Quality of Table Top
4.1 / 5
Strength of Frame
4.2 / 5
Extra Features
4.4 / 5
Value
4.5 / 5
Overall Score
4.6 / 5

Pros:

Great quality and features for low price

Cons:

Long assembly time, possible shipping issues

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The Stiga Master Series ST3100 Competition Indoor Table Tennis Table is an affordable indoor table aimed at beginner to intermediate level players who are looking for the best playing experience for their money.

Specifications

  • Performance table with integrated ball storage apron
  • Sturdy-link chassis with smooth and durable silk screened striping
  • Ball apron holds 24 balls total (12 per side), balls not included
  • 3/4-inch top
  • Includes net and post system
  • 3-inch casters
  • 2-inch apron
  • 2-inch legs
  • Size in package is 62.5" x 56.5" x 5.0"
  • Play position: 108" (9ft) x 60" (5ft) x 30"
  • Playback position 60" x 68" x 62"
  • Storage position: 60" x 30" x 62"

The Stiga ST3100 features a high-quality 3/4-inch top made of durable medium-density fiberboard (MDF) material that is coated and finished with silk screened striping for extra durability. It also comes with a strong, steel-reinforced link chassis with folding bars that support the apron.

Playing Experience

One of the highlights of the Stiga ST3100 is the high-end feel of the table, despite how affordable it is. Playing on the Stiga ST3100 gives players the experience of a $800 to $900 table while costing almost half that price. The table also features easy maneuverability, ball storage, and other convenience features to complete the package.

Construction

The thick 3/4 inch MDF top has very good bounce response for a table in this price range. Even better, the playing surface sits atop a solid apron and extremely sturdy steel reinforced frame that offers much better stability when compared to similarly priced table tennis tables. The frame is constructed of solid 2-inch steel legs, a heavy-duty 2-inch apron that wraps completely around the entire table and large 3-inch diameter wheels to make it easy to maneuver. The heavy duty frame especially important for more aggressive play when thin frames and weak aprons can affect gameplay by not remaining stable and still.

Single Player "Playback" Mode

The Stiga ST3100 also features a "playback" mode option in which a single half of the table can be folded upright and locked into place that way. This offers a great way for experienced players to train by themselves or for new players to learn on their own. The strong frame and locking mechanism make the table a good option for solo play.

Integrated Ball Storage

One of the best features of the Stiga ST3100 is the integrated ball storage inside the apron of the table. The integrated ball storage system allows players to start 12 balls at each end of the table. This is extremely convenient and gives players more time to actually play table tennis versus hunting for and picking up balls. The ball storage system is elegant and out of the way making not only a great convenience feature but one that also looks good as well.

Assembly

The trickiest part of the assembly process for the Stiga ST3100 is removing the table from the box. Be sure to be extra careful removing it from the box because the heavy staples used to keep the box together can easily scratch the playing surface or frame. The process should take approximately 3-4 hours for one person to complete. There are many loose nuts and bolts that need to be sorted before being used. Honestly, the assembly process is probably the biggest downside of the ST3100, the good part is that this only needs to be performed once.

Conclusion

The Stiga ST3100 is an extremely popular entry-level table. The reason it's so popular is that it delivers mid-tier features at a price that's nearly half of what a traditional mid-tier indoor table normally sells for. The quality of the top and the sturdiness of the frame are just not qualities you see in a table in this price range. Beginner to intermediate players will be thrilled with this table while more seasoned players may want a slightly better playing experience than what the ST3100 has to offer.