No game room is complete without a game table – it even has the word “game” in it! On a more serious note, though, any home bar, man cave or kids’ room could use a ping pong table, or a pool table, or a foosball table, or all three. The tricky part is making space for it all, plus there is the cost getting everything you want. Here’s where combination tables come into play. If you’re here just to get the scoop on the best multi game tables in 2017, read on, but if you’d like to learn more about them first, skip ahead to the Buying guide, and then read the reviews at your leisure.
Our Number 1 Small Table Pick
Hathaway Matrix 54″ 7-in-1 Multi-Game Table Review
- Easy to assemble.
- Small and fairly lightweight.
- Features 7 different games.
- Attachable top, easily convertible.
- Secure legs.
- 180-day limited warranty.
- Under the regulation size for ping pong.
- You need a storage box for the parts you’re not using.
If you’re on the hunt for a budget-friendly multi game table, then you should check out the Hathaway Matrix. As the name might suggest, it’s a 54-inch table, so it counts as small. The full measurements are 54L x 26W x 34H, which gives you a total footprint of about 10 square feet (9¾ sq. ft. to be exact). It’s made of MDF boards, with adjustable ABS leg leveler to keep it from slipping and, more importantly, keep the table firm and leveled no matter the surface under it. This weighs just shy of 96 pounds when assembled, which isn’t bad.
This is an attachable top table, so to switch between games you simply attach the appropriate top. The fixed part plays billiards, and there are four interchangeable parts that play table tennis, foosball, glide hockey (Not air hockey) and chess/backgammon/checkers, respectively. Sure enough, you get all the accessories for each of these games. It’s a lot of small bits, so make sure you check if everything’s in the box when it arrives. The foosball is definitely the highlight of the Matrix, while the table tennis is a bit underwhelming, as it is under regulation size. On the flip side, the rest of it more than makes up for it, and the kids will love it. The board games are a nice touch, as well.
Our Number 1 Large Table Pick
Fat Cat Original 3-in-1, 7-Foot Pockey Game Table Review
- Excellent quality.
- Flip table.
- Fairly quiet fan for the air hockey.
- The turning mechanism works beautifully.
- The ping pong table folds for efficient storage.
- Minimal assembly (under an hour with someone helping).
- Quite heavy.
- Under regulation size ping pong table.
The Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 Pockey Game Table (no, that’s not a typo, it’s actually called Pockey) is a true hybrid cousin of the Fat Cat Phoenix (reviewed further down the page). It has a flipping part that plays air hockey on the one side and billiards on the other, plus another part which you fix on top of the billiards’ one to play table tennis. The hockey table has a glossy white playing surface, and all you need to do to turn it into a pool table is unlock and rotate it.
The action is straightforward and the table rotates around an axle, so you don’t have to use any muscle at all. On that note, the table is pretty heavy (just shy of 290 pounds), so be sure to have someone to help you assembling and moving it. Speaking of measurements, the whole table has a footprint of about 25 sq. ft. (80L x 44W), and it’s about 32 inches tall, including the adjustable leg leveler. This is definitely a favorite and why we chose it number 1 from our best multi game table reviews selection.
Other Tables for Consideration
Playcraft Danbury 14-in-1 Multi-Game Table Review
- Value-pack, excellent bang for the buck.
- Small footprint.
- Corded electric fan motor (for the air hockey).
- Regulation size ping pong.
- Everything included.
- The flipping part is heavy (air hockey/foosball).
If you’ve got a log cabin theme going on in your man cave, the Playcraft Danbury Multi-Game Table might just be the right fit. It’s got a nice, wood finish, and comes in two distinct flavors – cherry and espresso. As far as sturdiness goes, the Danbury’s got four 4×4’s for legs, each with adjustable leveler to keep it firm. It’s a hybrid table, with the flipping part playing air hockey and foosball. Unfortunately, this piece is quite heavy, and it takes two people to flip it. On The air hockey is great and the electric-powered fan motor works to the specs.
The table also includes table tennis, pool (1½ inch diameter balls), bowling, basketball (sort of gimmicky, but the kids should love it), checkers/backgammon, as well as Yahtzee, plus poker and pinochle cards. All of the major games are stackable (air hockey, pool, foosball), while some of the other components have to be store separately, and most of them are indeed stowed away inside the table itself. The only piece you’ll need to store somewhere else is the one for table tennis, as it’s too large (look on the bright side, though, it’s regulation size).
Fat Cat 7 ft. Phoenix 3-in-1 Billiard Table Review
- Quality made, durable.
- Nice looking.
- All accessories included.
- Reversible table top.
- It’s a bit on the heavy side.
The 7-foot Fat Cat Phoenix is a great choice if you’re just looking for the three key games. It’s well-made and fairly easy to assemble (you’ll need help, though), and should measure some 84L x 46W x 31.25L inches when fully assembled, weighing about 240 pounds (again, get someone to help you carry it if you decide to move it). The legs have leveler, so you can adjust them to accommodate for any imperfections in the floor.
You’re looking at a 3-in-1 table with reversible tops, so we’re technically looking at a hybrid, although it’s actually one fixed part (pool table with drop-pockets and rubber bumpers), with another part that fixes on top (slide hockey and table tennis on the reverse). There’s no motor for the air hockey for the simple reason that this is not AIR hockey – it’s slide hockey (aka glide), meaning it relies on the smoothness of the MDF surface rather than air to move the pucks. In a way, it’s closer to the original game than the air-cushioned version. Is it the best multi game table on our list? It’s certainly close.
Atomic 2-in-1 Flip 7 ft Table Review
- Simple and easy to use.
- The turning mechanism works great.
- Powerful motor for air hockey.
- Excellent customer service.
- More of a kids’ table than adults’.
The Atomic 2-in-1 Flip Table is an exercise in simplicity. As you have probably guessed from reading the name, it has only two games featured, that being billiard and air hockey, so the manufacturer was able to put more quality into both rather than cut corners trying to fit as many games on it. In short – it’s very well-made. The turning mechanism works smoothly and in perfect conjunction with the locking mechanism, so you shouldn’t have any problems flipping the table over.
The billiards table is made of a high-density MDF bed, so it’s well sealed and shouldn’t succumb to damp conditions any time soon (wouldn’t leave it outside, though, as the rain and sun will ruin the cloth). The one minor gripe is that the holes seem a bit too easy to hit. On the flip side, the air hockey is beautiful. The 110V motor can be powered from any standard wall outlet, and you do get a cord with the purchase (on the side of the table, has a compartment to tuck it in when not in use).
Hathaway Park Avenue 7ft Billiard Pool Table Combo Set Review
- Solid construction.
- Comes with matching bench seats.
- All accessories included.
- Doubles as a dining table.
- 180-day limited warranty.
- A bit on the pricey side.
- Doesn’t ship outside the continental US.
The Hathaway Park Avenue Billiard Pool Table Combo is intended for those not afraid to shell out some serious money for the best of quality. The table is made of fiberboard wood with vinyl cover, so it might be vulnerable to damp conditions, but the overall craftsmanship is great. On a similar note, this is heavy (319 pounds, 365 with all the packaging), so be sure you have a couple of people around when it arrives to help you move it around and assemble everything. The table measures 84L x 47W x 32H inches, which gives you a total footprint of about 27½ square feet. The table comes with a pair of matching benches, each measuring 70L x 12.5W x 18.75H inches, each with a built-in storage compartment.
The footprint here is not negligible, but it does allow you to have a decent size ping pong table (still not regulation size, though). The fixed part here is the pool table (with drop pockets), while the removable part comes in two halves that fix on top of that. One side of the removable part is the ping pong table, while the other doubles as a typical dining table. Of course, you get all the accessories for pool and ping pong with the purchase, and you can store them easily inside the matching bench seats.
Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Combination Game Table
If you’re looking for that perfect piece for your man cave, something that would really tie the room together, you might want to check out combination game tables, aka combination table, aka multi game tables. Granted, they’re not rugs (props to those that get the reference), but you’ll grow to like them. Now, even if you have no inkling of what a game table is, you probably have already guessed that a multi game table designed to let you to play, that’s right, multiple games.
Two games are more than enough to qualify a game table as a combination table, though the number could go up to 14, possibly even more. In general, the design of these tables will resemble that of their traditional counterparts that let you play a single game. The transition from one game to another should theoretically be easy-breezy, though it really depends on the craftsmanship. Depending on how this switch is done, there are several types of combination tables, as you can see below.
What Types of Multi Game Tables Are There?
Painting with a broad brush, we can divide the combination tables into three categories or types – attachable top, flip and hybrid. You can pretty much guess what the shtick with each of these is, but let’s explain it for those still not in the know.
Attachable Top Combination Game Tables
This type of combination table features a fixed top that is intended for playing a certain type of game, be it foosball, table tennis, or, more often than not, billiards. It’ll also come with a number of other parts that you fix on top of that, typically made as a single piece, with very little in the way of locking mechanisms or special fixtures. Pretty much all you have to do is place them on top, making sure whatever protruding parts fit into whatever holes the table has, and that’s it. The higher end ones will have some sort of hidden drawers to let you store these interchangeable parts, but usually you’re looking at two or three of these pieces, at most, so storage shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Flip Combination Game Tables
Tired of losing to your little brother at a game of foosball? Well, just flip the table. Now that the obligatory pun is out of the way, we can get on with describing the flip multi game tables. The top here usually features some sort of turning mechanism that allows you to, well, flip it, and then lock it in place once it’s fully turned. As you might’ve already guessed, this type is pretty much limited to two games, one on each side (usually billiards on one side and air hockey or table tennis on the other).
Hybrid Combination Game Tables
Much as the name would suggest, hybrid multi tables take something from both the attachable top and flip tables. There will be a top part that flips, plus at least one attachment to go over that, though more often than not it will just be the one. Usually, it’ll be billiards and air hockey on the flip, plus table tennis as the attachable piece.
What Games Are Featured?
With any given combination table, you can fully expect to get all the accessories for all the games it features. Of course, you have to keep in mind these are throw-in items, so the quality will be… adequate, at best. Granted, the higher-end a table is, the better quality the throw-ins will be. With this in mind, your biggest problem is calculating which is more cost-effective – getting a higher-end table with all odds and ends, or getting a cheaper one and then buying better equipment.
The most common games you can see on a multi game table are billiards, air hockey and ping pong – these are the holy trinity of table gaming (not tabletop gaming, mind you, that’s a topic for another day). Another big item is foosball (you’ll rarely see it on the same table as billiards), and there’s also bowling, basketball and a myriad of board and card games.
Which Size to Go For?
Again painting with a broad brush, there are roughly two sizes of combination tables – small and large. The former are usually around 5 feet, and the latter run about 7 feet in length, and both are well under the regulation size for table tennis (9 feet). Regulations notwithstanding, you should always go with something that fits the space you have available, and not much else.
Kids & Adults
You’d think that small combination tables are made for kids, and large ones for adults, but you’d be wrong. There are no age or skill requirements when choosing the size, and the only thing that actually dictates whether you’re going for a 5- or 7-foot long table is how much space you have available. Keep in mind that these puppies aren’t exactly designed for pubs and bars, but private homes, kids’ rooms and man caves.
How to Determine the Budget?
Most folks start with the budget and then try to find something that might fit within that budget, but this is oftentimes a mistake, and it’s definitely the case with combination tables. Your first concern should be something that is solidly built and that wouldn’t swell or deform when it takes up water. That said, you shouldn’t really go overboard and shell out thousands of dollars on something that’s liable to get damaged due to excessive use.
Hopefully the above information should help you in your quest for the best combination game table, but if you have a question about the reviews or would like us to review another multi combination game table, comment below.