More and more companies are offering a variety of multi-game tables to their customers. The big question, however, is whether these tables are worth the investment, or if you'd be better off getting each game individually. Here are some pros and cons to help with the decision making process.
The most obvious pro of purchasing a multi-game table is that you're getting at least two games that can be played on a single table. The space savings can be quite substantial, especially if the games are ones like billiards, table tennis, and air hockey, where just one table can easily dominate a room, making it hard to place anything else of size in it.
In addition to saving the space, multi-game tables can also save you money. Let's be honest and point out that things like billiards tables and air hockey tables can be quite expensive, so getting both in one table for less than the cost of buying both is a great deal that gives you the enjoyment of both games without having to buy both.
Finally, on top of saving you both money and space, multi-game tables also allow you to cater to the gaming tastes of a larger group and keep your investment fresh for longer. Don't feel like playing billiards? Flip the table over and you're playing table tennis. Table tennis not what you're craving? A quick attachment and you have an indoor basketball hoop. The table keeps you entertained no matter what you feel like playing.
The biggest thing that you give up with a multi-game table is quality. That's not to say that the tables aren't well made, simply that a multi-game table game like a billiards/table tennis table will never be as good as a table devoted to each. The quality issue can be as simple as less expensive materials, such as plastics instead of wood, and a decrease in the dimensions of the table, to either save on materials or to make the different games work more accurately on the surface provided.
Weigh The Options
In the end, only you can determine if the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to purchasing a multi-game table. Look at the specific table you're interested in to make sure that the investment is worth the quality versus investing in the one table game that you really want and then make your decision based on that. In the end, as long as you're having fun, you made the right call.