There are plenty of air hockey tables on the market but few are the ones that truly deserve to have “professional” associated with their name. Gold Standard Games tables have always brought exceptional quality and superb functionality and their Pro Elite series are a testament to that. The series includes lots of options in different price ranges, kicking off with the Home Pro Elite. In this review, we will take a look at its features, capabilities, dimensions, build quality, and will compare it to other air hockey tables in its price range!
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Overview and Features
One of the standout things about this table is that it is made in the USA. This single fact translates throughout its build quality, its assembly, the way it performs, and the overall material quality. And while it generally accounts for a better product, homemade air hockey tables are usually much more expensive. That is very apparent here, as it is one of this table’s biggest disadvantages.
Design & Build Quality
In my opinion, the design of this particular table isn’t as flashy as most other air hockey tables on the market. In fact, it is one of the most boring-looking tables coming from GSG. Their other tables, such as the Tournament Pro Elite are far more interesting and a much better investment if you’re looking for something to wow your guests with.
Also, the manufacturer also offers you a version without the side graphics which makes the table look even more low-key. There are no color options available for the frame nor the top surface and the only bit of graphics there are the face-off circle and centerline.
One thing I cannot fault here, though, is the build quality. Everything is exceptionally well-made. All the elements work together very well and are precisely cut. This is one of the main advantages of having more expensive, USA-made products since their quality is typically leagues above most of the imported products.
The setup of this table is actually another one of its downsides since it is quite difficult to do. It isn’t as hard to do because it is a complex process but rather because of the table’s weight. In the ideal scenario, you will need 4 people to easily set up this table. The standard delivery of the table is curbside but the manufacturer offers you a 90-dollar option to get it inside and assemble it for you. While that does bulk the price even higher, it is well worth the money (and your time) if you think you won’t be able to handle the process.
Pro Tip: Most tables like that will tend to be quite heavily packaged. When you assemble them, clean them thoroughly since there might be quite a lot of dust everywhere from their top surface to the underside. Also, the packaging and large pellet are yours to dispose of, so keep that into consideration as well.
Inside this air hockey table, you have a 1.9 Amp, 3000rounds/min, 210 Watt motor which works on 110V (60Hz), meaning standard grid electricity. It is quite potent and very consistent in its air delivery. The motor is also reliable and years of usage haven’t made it show its age a bit, meaning casual playing every weekend with friends and family will be a walk in the park for it.
One of the cons of this motor is that it is fairly loud as opposed to other tables in this price class. The top surface slides really well after you’ve cleaned it and it doesn’t require a ton of maintenance. The puck movement, wall bounces, and entries in the goals are consistent.
The scoreboard on this table is fairly small and simple. It is a LED board and it is quite visible even under bright lights. There are sounds to it but they aren’t too obtrusive and won’t get annoying, at least not like the sound from the motor.
An issue I’ve found with this table is that the scoreboard doesn’t always score accurately, or consistently depending on how you look at it. It doesn’t happen too often but it occurs from time to time, so keep an eye on the score.
The dimensions of this table are substantial. While it is officially sized, it is super heavy. The table measures 44.75 by 84.75 by 30.50 inches. It weighs around 450 pounds when fully assembled with the top part easily surpassing 400 on its own. This is why you will need at least 3 people to move it to where it will sit. Lifting it to install the legs will also require a few people for that same reason. As a whole, it packs quite a lot of playing surface which makes for some fun games and great shot strategies.
There are no notable additional features that are worth mentioning here. However, you do get a free set of air hockey pucks and paddles with the table. Moreover, the quality of that set is on par with the quality of the table, meaning you won’t have to get an additional aftermarket one.
Price & Warranty
The price of this table is perhaps one of the only aspects that can make you look elsewhere. While it does bring professional-grade quality and performance, it costs more than twice the price of some other air hockey tables for your home. However, the way this table is built, the longevity of its motor, and the laminated top surface do make up for that high price and if you aren’t on a tight budget, this remains a solid contender.
All of the Gold Standard Games air hockey tables come with a 1-year full warranty, including this Home Pro version. Now, let’s discuss some of the most notable ups and downs of this table!
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Very durable
- Made in the USA
- Aluminum base and frames
- Good bounce and bankability
- Long-lasting laminated top
- 210 Watt, 3000rounds/min motor
- Comes with accessories
- Very heavy
- Quite expensive
- Somewhat difficult to assemble (due to the weight)
- If you decide on having them assemble it for you, it adds even more to the cost
- The motor can be loud
- Pucks can get stuck in the slots from time to time
GSG Home Pro Elite vs GSG Tournament Pro Elite
Gold standard games make quite a lot of products, including pool tables, foosball tables, air hockey tables, and accessories for darts. Their line of air hockey tables consists of multiple tables that fit in all categories from casual to tournament tables. Their Home Pro Elite table is one of their base products which has their patented great build quality and strong motor.
As you move up the ladder, though, their Tournament Pro Elite table will give you even better performance and a much better appearance. However, it comes at an even higher price which is a major downside to all of these tables, especially when compared to other models which cost less than a thousand dollars.
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Conclusion and Rating
The Gold Standard Games home pro elite air hockey table is one of the, if not the, best tables for home use. While it is extremely expensive when compared to other casual air hockey table options, it performs exceptionally well, will last for years, and is extremely sturdy. It does weigh quite a lot and isn’t the easiest to move around and assemble, but once it’s fully set up, you will never feel the need of replacing it, nor will you have to. As a whole, if you aren’t on a tight budget, this table should definitely be on your short list!