JOOLA Tour 2500 Review
Ping Pong table Review: 4.7 stars out of 5
The Joola Tour 2500 is a USA Table Tennis Approved recreational ping pong table. It offers a lot of the quality and many of the features of Joola's professional tables at a price that is more suitable for homes and table tennis clubs. This two-piece regulation size table has a 1-inch thick top made of medium density fiberboard (MDF) for an excellent bounce and great playability. The heavy-duty powder-coated metal frame and undercarriage make it a stable playing surface and some nice convenience features. The Joola Tour 2500 is a solid table that really bridges the gap between recreational and professional-grade ping pong tables.
- High-Quality Tournament ready table tennis table includes competition net and post
- Thick 1-inch (25mm) MDF painted surface
- Durable 50mm metal frame and 50x50mm undercarriage
- Nearly preassembled with two separate stand-alone halves on trundle system
- Optimal storage dimensions of 24 1/2 x 62 1/4 x 64 Inch
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The heavy-duty construction of the Joola Tour 2500 is immediately apparent as the table weighs in at 235 pounds. While it isn't as heavy as other more expensive indoor tables, the Tour 2500 has the weight where it counts. The frame is built with a 2-inch by 2-inch square steel construction along with a 2-inch by 2-inch undercarriage that holds the top securely in place. The substantial frame helps to keep the table level and protects against wear and tear to give the table a much longer lifespan.
The Joola Tour 2500 certainly has a premium quality top. It's a 1-inch thick sheet of MDF that goes through an elaborate polyurethane paint process that consists of many layers and coats. Ths makes the playing surface resistant to chipping, scratching and warping as well as allowing for great playability. The surface has a very consistent bounce, no noticeable dead spots and takes spin very well.
A great thing about the Tour 2500 is the fact that it's essentially two separate table halves that come together to form the full table. Each standalone half has its own built-in trundle system that allows it to be transported and stored separately. This dual undercarriage system makes the table very easy to maneuver and due to the 3-inch lockable casters, the table rolls smoothly and easily across most surfaces.
When in folded position you can nest the two table halves easily allowing the table to be stored in relatively small spaces. The optimal storage dimensions of the Joola Tour 2500 is 24 1/2 inches x 62 1/4 inches x 64 inches.
The table also comes with a matching competition-grade net set that comes with an adjustable post that can be used to help level the table surface.
In addition to a solid, strong frame and a great table top, the Tour 2500 also offers some nice convenience features. The outer four legs of the table have adjustable height levelers that easily allow you to level the table to any surface. This is a great feature that ensures you have a the best playing experience possible. The frame also features auto-folding legs so that facilitate easy folding and unfolding of the table. All you need to is disengage the safety locks on each side to the unfolded table and then push the table top up. The legs will automatically swing into position.
Other safety features include an anti-tilting device that locks the folded table half in place to avoid any unintended accidents while the table is in storage position or in the process of being moved. This is an especially important feature with a table like the Joola Tour 2500 as the heavy 1-inch top could prove deadly if it landed on someone unexpectedly. The four casters for each table half also lock which provides an added protection during storage as well as extra stability during play.
Lastly, the Tour 2500 supports playback mode, allowing you to fold up a single side and play against it to warm up or to practice by yourself. The previously mentioned auto-folding legs make it really easy to switch back and forth between playback and normal play modes.
The Tour 2500 ships to you nearly preassembled in two separate table halves. The actual assembly process only really involves attaching the caster legs (shaped like T brackets) to the rest of the frame. This just requires sliding them in and tightening a few bolts. The hardest part is just lifting the two separate table halves together and actually moving the table to its desired location. It is very heavy and unruly so we recommend you have at least two adults to help put it into place.
The biggest reported problems with the Joola Tour 2500 have to do with damage during shipping. Because it is such a heavy table, it's easy for the surface to get scratched and for the own weight of the table to cause components to bend and break when sliding around in the back of a truck. Joola could probably do a better job packaging the table for shipment and eliminate many of these issues. These problems are somewhat common with heavy tables like and no matter how well-packaged they are, a careless delivery worker can easily cause damage to your table. Our best advice is to carefully inspect the table when it is shipped to you and if there is damage, refuse to sign for the item.
The Joola Tour 2500 is the product of great engineering and high-quality materials. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of higher-priced indoor tables, it delivers on a giving you a great playing experience at a reasonable price.