Let's face it, an air hockey table is a fun thing to add to your game room. It is something almost anyone can play, and they come in different sizes. The good ones are expensive so you want to do your homework to make sure you even really want one. Like any major purchase, you might want to consider thinking on it a day or two, talk to your family about it, and be certain you really want one before dishing out your hard-earned cash.
Once you've done your due diligence, and know that you and your family definitely want an air hockey table, you are in a good position to consider the different features and configurations of the different tables to make a good decision. Sometimes game tables, like workout equipment, seem great for the first little while, then become just an expensive clothes hanger. If you've ever owned a treadmill then you know what I am saying. Don't buy a game table only to use it a few times and then leave it sitting neglected and unused.
An air hockey table that is not air powered is still fun and will give you and your family and friends hours of entertainment and fun. The puck doesn't float on a cushion of air like it would on an air powered table, so they tend to be a bit slower. The kids and Grandma will probably thank you for that. However, if you want the quickest table and game play experience, then opt for air power.
Tables like those made by Shelti offer some models for under $1500 that will give you all the bells and whistles. For example, the Enforcer Home air hockey table weighs in at a whopping 400 pounds, and sports solid polymer legs. This heft makes game play enjoyable because the table won't "walk" away like some of the lighter tables may have a tendency to do. It also has a commercial grade air blower motor that has the beans to hover the larger and weightier pucks. You are particularly sure to like the scoring system. It uses an infrared electronic unit that lets you choose from a couple of different game choices for lots of variety. This table has a nice play surface that is made out of a high pressure laminate that is bound to a thick underlying layer and attractively finished.
On the cheaper side of the spectrum, you might consider the DMI Sports Extreme air hockey table. It is under $300 bucks and weighs in at 85 pounds. It has leg levelers, and a unique blind that you can use to create a situation where you have less time to react because you don't see the puck as soon. It also has goal boxes with slide scorers. It is attractive and comes with everything you need to start playing right away.
An air hockey table is an exciting addition to any game room. If you do your homework and make sure you really want one in your home, then you will be glad that you spent your money on one and not regret your decision.
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