Butterfly TR21 Personal Rollaway

This next review comes from a customer who emailed us and wanted to review the table he just purchased. Thanks David, here it is:

I bought the Butterfly TR21 table a few months ago and it’s perfect for us. It has a very thick top, folds easily and has pockets to store paddles and balls. I carefully studied other tables in this price range and I’m sure I made the best choice.

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Specifications

  • Affordable, fold-and-roll table tennis table
  • 3/4-inch wood table top, 1-1/2-inch steel railing rim, and 1-inch steel legs
  • Folds up to 74 inches high, 27 inches wide
  • Easy fold-and-roll system with 5-inch ball bearing casters
  • Backed by a three-year warranty

¾ Inch Thick Top

You don’t find many tables in this price range with such a thick top! More professional tables, starting at $1,000, are just one inch thick, so I think 3/4 inch for my basement is excellent.

Folds Easily for Single Player

I like that the net doesn’t have to be removed when you fold it up. However, as with all fold-up tables, there is a gap when folded. I expected that, because I had a fold-up long ago. It’s simple to overcome the gap problem, though. Don't hit a wimpy, soft shot.

Steel Legs and Apron

This is one tough ping pong table! It’s heavy with one-inch legs (eight altogether, with four swivels). You can bet it’s not going to move when you’re playing. The 1 1/2" wide steel-rim apron is protection from edge damage and makes a sturdier, warp-free table. I believe it will last a long time and my husband thinks so, too.

Pockets for Paddles and Balls

The pockets were a total plus for me. Our basement area is already too cluttered and I didn’t want to add to it. There’s space for two paddles and two balls in the pockets - it's all nice and neat.

Butterfly - Respected Manufacturer

Not only have they been making tennis tables forever, they also make professional tables that are the gold standard for serious tournaments. I guess that’s why they give a three-year warranty.

Good Cheap Table for Family

We’ve had many fun nights, with all the kids and young at heart folks. The competitions between generations are so endearing. We bought this Butterfly personal rollaway to have fun and it definitely has been fun.

Cons:

  • Assembly is not easy – same as other tables delivered in a box, I guess
  • Arrived damaged by freight company (Replacement was quick to arrive)
  • Rolling it can take some effort, especially on carpet

Pros:

  • Easy to fold for one-person play
  • Very sturdy and durable
  • 3 year warranty
  • Good Value
  • Fun!

Conclusion

The Butterfly TR21 has nearly all the features of the more expensive folding tables. I'm convinced that this is the best value of all the tables in the $500 range.

Also, it was impressive to me that the Butterfly Personal Rollaway showed consistently good ratings and reviews. I would recommend this model to anyone wanting an affordable table for casual play. It gets my five stars!

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