I have never before posted a product review but was compelled to do so because of this rare experience that exceeded my expectations. Prior to Christmas I had selected a competition quality table that cost approximately $2000. Your guess as to why I didn't purchase that table, is likely correct. Instead, I bought this table for 1/4 the price. I was hesitant and I must admit concerned not only about quality but also about its physical condition following shipment. Well, all my worries were put to rest. Please read on.
This table is of excellent quality. It's actually too good to believe for the price. I have provided two photos, one of hardware and the other of packaging. Walmart's photo of the table is true to life. It is indeed that attractive and as structurally sound as it appears. The packaging was impressive for it was secured well to a heavy duty corrugated pallet with internal protective shock absorption material. The carton measures approximately 5' x 5' x 10" including the pallet. Yes it is heavy but it can be moved fairly easily with a portable hand-truck. By the way, heavy is good and is an essential characteristic of a quality table.
Notice the hardware is sealed with each piece clearly identified to match the assembly directions. I was surprised to find such high quality hardware with all necessary tools included. Now this really impressed me; All individual pieces of hardware not only come sealed and identified but also oiled for protection prior to usage, ease of assembly, and improved performance. I assembled the table myself with no problems. However, I did not follow their directions but chose as another reviewer first mentioned, to work from beneath the table so turning the table over after assembly is NOT required. It does require technique but is not complicated. I suggest acquiring assistance from a good handy person to attempt this. "Each half of the table must be supported well. The legs can be opened to support one end but you'll need another supporting device for the opposite end. Then be sure to secure the table half you are working on, in this position, or it will collapse." If this is done, the rest of the assembly is easy.
You will be very impressed with the finished table both in appearance and structurally. It also performs well with a true bounce that will satisfy the most critical competitive player. Fold up is a breeze and it will remain in a safe position because they incorporated safety into the design by installing two security latches and a safety strap. Finally, rolling the table is smooth and effortless. Nothing's perfect, there is one flaw. Fortunately it's not the table but the inferior net set. It's not even of official size and cannot be set to 6" per the rules or it will have a large gap between it and the table. The separate purchase of a quality net set is necessary for any discriminating player.
Synopsis: This table tennis table is an extraordinary product for the price. It simply can NOT be beat elsewhere. The delivery was faster than anticipated and it arrived in perfect condition. I'm a persnickety tough judge and I'm thrilled with this product, the delivery, and my Walmart shopping experience. Not long ago I would never have guessed I would have relied upon Walmart to make my Christmas so special. Go for it!
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