This table wins you over with visual appeal, rather than great gameplay. Let’s discuss negatives first.
It’s not the end of the world, but there are a few things I have to touch on.
The main biggest problem with Hathaway Primo is the shape of foosball men. Unlike their counterparts in KICK Legend, they kinda suck. People in Hathaway didn’t try to emulate the design of Tornado men and went for more common robot-style with blocky legs. It may not seem like a big deal, but the pin controll will be almost impossible, unless you have a special ‘yellow’ ball from Warrior or Bonzini.
Also, Hathaway claim to have counterbalanced men. It is true, but the way the’ve implemented this feature is the weirdest I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, you have to play on it to get what I mean and I’m sorry I can’t describe it better. Long story short, dont put too much hope into great 1 v 1 experience.
If all said above didn’t scare you off – awesome. Aside from gameplay cons, this is actually a very solid product.
The table cabinet has a thick and durable melamine and looks so good! I personally love metallic colors and non-traditional silver and brown men. Damn, it just pushes all the right buttons and makes you want to wear a tailcoat while playing.
In conclusion: being a hardcore fooser I honestly can’t recommend this table over Warrior. But objectively, this table wasn’t designed for professionals and there’s obviously high demand for it on the market. People love it for relavitvely good gameplay, very solid build and expensive look for a very affordable price.
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KICK is a relatively new brand on the market, but their founder is a 25-year veteran of the game. I like their tables because they fill the very important nieche of good quality middle-priced foosball tables, previously occupied solely buy Warrior.
In general, KICK Onyx is an ‘elegant’ model and has a lot going for it. While Warrior is still better for professional foosers, KICK Onyx suits casual and intermediate players more.
It does’nt have your typical blocky desing which makes it a nice-looking piece of furniture. Let’s not forget that for many people foosball is a game, rather than a sport.
The main positive in terms of gameplay must be the foosball men that Kick use for this table. Their shape is more in line with Tornado men, which provides really, really great ball control and smooth gameplay. Not surprising, if you remember the background of the founder of the company. KICK Onyx also comes with numerous features like leg levelers and optional 1 or 3 goalies setup and etc. Not crucial factors, but rather a nice bonus from the manufacturer.
KICK company is also famous for providing easy to assemble products and great customer support. They offer a lifetime manufacturer warranty and a satisfaction policy
Overall, KICK Onyx is a solid purchase and I’m sure you’re going to be delighted to have it in your room.
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Warrior foosball table review
Can’t say enough good things about Warrior! If I’m not mistaken, it’s the cheapest table recognized by ITSF. Honestly, that’s the best recommendation. Yes, it costs more than $500, but if there is a table worth spending extra $90 on it’s this one.
Honestly, this table is the only offer where you don’t have to make compromises. I still can’t understand how did they manage to put such a low price on to such an awesome and (screw it) FLAWLESS table. I’m not joking, this table even manages to combine american and european playing styles. If you’re a fan of european pin ball control (which is incredibly hard to do on Tornado), you need a worthy hobby and you’re looking for a way to spend your time with some benefit to your mind and body, then Warrior is the way to go. This is not your usual low quality, rotten piece of wood.
Despite such a low price, it’s sturdy, relatively lightweight and provides smooth gameplay. The company ships only one model of foosball tables and they’ve put all their time into it. They’ve also done a lot to bring foosball to the mainstream audience. It’s a tough task ahead of them and they deserve respect for fighting this uphill battle.
Honestly, this is a dream option for small budget. Just get a proper ball and you’ll enjoy this table for years, no jokes.
*Edit: since I first wrote this post the Warrior company has noticeably raised the price (a few times), making this table even less fitting to the category ‘under $500’. I still recommend this model and manufacturer, despite the changes. It’s still the only option where you don’t have to compromise, still great price and great quality. Also, and it’s not like I recommend doing this, but you can literally bargain with the manufacturer. I’ve seen them give seroious discounts/pr campaigns numerous times and you can contact people from the company directly or via foosball reddit (or just leave a comment and I’ll respond). It’s not difficult to get a brand new table under $600.
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I don’t give a damn, this thing… it’s awesome. I know this site is about foosball, but guess what: foosball part of this one could easily hold a candle to any other model I’ve listed in this category. They use freakin robot-style players!
Now add pool and air hockey to that!
Screw the Xbox, Ipad and PC, time to play some tabletop games! 🙂
Overall, if you value the visual appeal to kids, this talbe is the best option in this category.
Another table made almost completely ou of MDF. It could be a little sturdier (see American Legend Charger), but since it’s designed for children I don’t really mind that.
The main advantage of Playcraft Sport is the design. It comes in black and red colours with a lot of graphics, well, you get the point. Probably worth mentioning, that graphics are not painted on to MDF, but rather the table is wrapped in this huge sticker.
I haven’t noticed any outstanding features in Playcraft Sport, apart from the leg levelers. Honestly, I’d say it’s an overreach, you don’t really need this feature for casual play and it influences the price negatively. But whatever, I guess it’s still a nice feature to have and beats the same model from this manufacturer that has foldable legs.
In terms of gameplay: other from the leg levelers, it’s pretty standard and feels the same as in most other tables in this category. One thing that made me like this one more than Hathaway Playoff is the design of the cabinet. It’s more ‘deep’ which makes the walls higher. They don’t use this in their marketing, but they should. It really affects the gameplay and prevents long breaks!
The last thing I shoudld mention is that the assembly time seems like a big problem with this one. I’ve never had to do it, but there are many people complaining about it in the Amazon comments section!
One of the cheapest model in this category, it still beats Hathaway Playoff in terms of material quality. It’s beyond my understanding, why are these tables priced that way. I guess, the colourfull visual look of Hatthaway keeps it competetive.
There’s nothing really special about Best Choice Products 48″, but on the other hand it’s absolutely worth the money. It’s professional foosers nightmare and a dream purchase for any kid or just a casual player.
You get a relatively heavy, sturdy table and the price doesn’t even reach a hundred bucks.
This table is a very unique piece of furniture. Yes, it’s a coffe table first!
Before we get to the positives, I’ll mention the only problem with this one. It’s kinda obvious and not really a big deal if you know what you want, but still: the gameplay is terrible, men are cheap plastic ones and there are many unreachable spots.
Now with that out of the way, some reasons why someone would want to buy it:
- It’s actually quite big for a coffee table and I like that.
- In addition to the playfiled it has a shelve below, which can be handy.
- It’s absolutely unique item and you can hardly find any alternatives to this table.
- If you don’t trust a single opinion, you should check the reviews on Amazon, people seem to go crazy over it 🙂
- And finally, ‘social’ reasons. Whenever your friends come to visit, you sure have at least one thing to entertain them. Adults will love it, kids will love it. And jsut overall a great solid purchase!
Now, I actually made up the title, and since my experience with these table was just playing for one evening on Scottsdale, you probably should do some additional research. There’s also zero information on Tornado website, so bare with me on this one.
There are 4 tables currently available on Amazon and I’ve gathered them all here in one post. Pardon my lazyness, but the tables here have pretty much similar costs, playfield cabinet and only differ visually.
So just choose the one that looks the best to your eye!
Tornado Scottsdale (2,400$)
Tornado Reagan (2,200$)
Tornado Worthington (2,200$)
Tornado Madison (2,200$)
The classiest I could find! This table wins over every other one in terms of visual appeal, at least in my opinion.
It looks very similar to the ones I’ve listed in Tornado post (Sottsdale and Madison), but is so much more unique. Designer Home Foosball not only looks great for the outside, it also has an awesome original cabinet design, which is what differs it from Tornado tables I’ve mentioned above. It is also twice as cheap 🙂
Now to the sad part, which is gameplay. It actually sucks. It’s not the end of the world, but if it was at least a bit better, I would be able to put this awesome looking tabe above American Heritage Carlyle.
And now imagine the difference in gameplay between Designer Home Foosball and Tornado design models. It’s huge. The unique cabinet may be a positive when talking about the aesthethics, but I would never choose it over almost as good looking table with Tornado cabinet ‘under the hood’. Well, if I had 2,000$ to spend on Tornado, of course 🙂
The second classiest I could find and the winner of this category! Yes, when comparing this table to Carmelli Millennium the latter won in terms of gameplay quality.
But the ability to perform all complex shots is not something that an average customer needs. People prefer sturdy, durable models. Carlyle nails this aspect.
It is still a great table to play on for advanced players: hollow rods, counterbalanced men, adjustable leg levelers, very nice feeling wooden handles. Really, it would be unfair of me to complain.
To summarize the review: Carlyle’s main competitor among my picks Carmelli Millennium looks good and plays great. Hovewer, American Herritage Carlyle undisputably wins me over with elegant design and a whole bunch of awesome features as a bonus. If you can afford the price, it will make your living room a better place.