Top – Simply put, the thicker the top, the better the bounce. Butterfly indoor wood tops are made of compressed particle board while the outdoor tops are comprised of a synthetic laminate made of melamine. A wood top that is at least 1/2” thick is suitable for home or recreational play. Many institutional tables are 5/8” to 3/4” thick. Almost all international quality tables are a minimum of 7/8” to 1” thick.
Rail – A heavy gauge steel rail will reinforce the structure of the table and provide additional support. It also serves a cosmetic purpose, adding to the beauty of your table.
Legs – Heavy gauge steel legs provide a solid foundation for your table. Round legs are sufficient, but square legs are more structurally sound.
Wheels – All Butterfly tables have wheels that caster so your table will roll easily. Most Institutional and International level tables offer a rubber ball bearing wheel system, providing for the smoothest rolling possible.
Net – Butterfly tables come with a net set. The Institutional and International level models are equipped with a higher quality cloth net which clamps directly to the table and features heavy duty brackets with padded clamps that help protect the surface of the table. These nets also offer a dual precision height adjuster.
Playback Position – Most models allow you to fold up one half of the table and use it as a backboard. This will quicken reflexes and sharpen hand-eye coordination. A great feature for the kids.
Adjustable Feet – Many of the Institutional and International level tables have adjustable feet. This will ensure that the table is level, even when the floor is not.
Accessory Holder – Some models feature a convenient accessory holder that is integrated into the frame of the table. It will accommodate multiple rackets and balls. This system also allows the net to remain attached to the table during play as well as in the storage position.