The Stiga Expert Roller table tennis table offers a high-level playing surface, optimum speed, spin and bounce. It is a bit on the costlier side but the high quality makes it worth the US$1,200 price. But is this table the right one for you?
The Stiga Expert Roller is one of the best offerings from Stiga. As one of the foremost manufacturers of table tennis equipment, Stiga is known to make high quality tables that cater to the needs of all kinds of players – from amateurs to professionals.
This is an especially solid table aimed at serious players and committed hobbyists alike. While its price may put it beyond the reach of the average ping pong player, for the serious player looking for a high quality table, this is a great choice.
Stiga’s reputation among table tennis enthusiasts is legendary. The iconic Swedish manufacturer has been ‘building world champions‘, as per its own slogan. It makes everything from balls and rackets to tables and athletic wear.
Stiga Expert – Table Features
The Stiga Expert table tennis table is sold under its ‘Competition Tables‘ category. It is approved by USATT and has actually been used in various competitions across the world. In features an especially dense 25 mm fiberboard top that offers optimum, precise bounce, spin and speed. It also has wheels in each leg that make moving the table a breeze and reduces unnecessary wear and tear.
In terms of dimensions, it measures 152.5 x 16.5 x 142 cm. It weighs 120 kgs, courtesy of the heavy-duty top and solid steel legs. It ships in double cartons and can be assembled quite effortlessly. Needless to say, this table is not meant for the family game room where you may need to fold, move, or roll things around. At 120 kgs, you will need more than one person to shift this table. Therefore, the Stiga Expert is ideal for practice halls, competitions, etc. where it can be given a somewhat permanent home.
Quality Playing Surface
The most important thing when selecting a table tennis table is the surface or the top. Precision is the keyword here: you ideally want a table that offers consistent bounce, spin and speed at all times. The thickness of the top and the material used affects the precision offered by the table. The thicker the top, the better the playing experience.
The Stiga Expert Roller fares exceedingly well on both these counts: it features a 25 mm top made of fibreboard – a strong material that has uniform density throughout. This translates into a better playing experience unencumbered by inconsistencies.
The frame that holds the table together is made of high quality steel. Therefore, if you are worried about damaging this table, you can rest assured that it will take a strong, concentrated effort to even make a dent in the 1.5-inch thick legs and heavy-duty steel wheels.
“Easy to set up. Great table. Very sturdy. The net is very high quality but the net clamps have a threded plastic nut and the threads easily strip. I had to replace with metal parts from a local hardware store. Other than that minor glitch, all works well.” “Took some time to assemble, but perfect for our basement and the whole family. Folds up easily and rolls with just a slight push.” “From the assembly instructions to overall build quality, this table has been an exceptional purchase. I am so glad we made the choice to go with this model.”
“Easy to set up. Great table. Very sturdy. The net is very high quality but the net clamps have a threded plastic nut and the threads easily strip. I had to replace with metal parts from a local hardware store. Other than that minor glitch, all works well.”
“Took some time to assemble, but perfect for our basement and the whole family. Folds up easily and rolls with just a slight push.”
“From the assembly instructions to overall build quality, this table has been an exceptional purchase. I am so glad we made the choice to go with this model.”
Stiga Expert Roller – Summary
As mentioned before, the Stiga Expert table tennis table is a bit on the costlier side, but justifiably so. The high quality playing surface, superb finish and durable frame make it ideal for use in practice halls as well as actual competitions.
While most amateur players would benefit more by buying a lower quality table, if you are serious about your game, or simply want a quality product, and can afford it then the Stiga Expert Roller table offers unmatched quality, precision, and durability.