Stiga STS 285 Review

The STIGA STS 285 comes to you preassembled and ready to play. You can literally open the box, pull it out, unfold in the driveway and get ready to play!

And with no need to remove the net when folding, it’s easy to open and easy to stow away until you are ready to play next time.

Specifications

  • No Assembly Required with InstaPlay Technology
  • 3/4" Thick Table Top with Silk-Screened Striping
  • 2" Legs and 3" Mag Wheels with Locks
  • 2" Powder-Coated Steel Apron with Patented Half-Length Ball Storage
  • 72" Pivoting Net and Post Set Included- Open and Close Without Removing Net
  • For Indoor Use Only

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With its ¾ inch thick tournament top, the STIGA STS 285 gives a solid performance in an amateur setting, perfect for home or neighborhood tournaments. The table has regulation markings in silk-screened lines so you enjoy a smooth playing surface, without dealing with lines that adhere to the table like a sticker. These lines will never come off as they are under the clear top coat that finishes the playing surface.

Great Table for the Price

Play alone or with a partner. Lay the table flat for two players or leave one side up for single play and practice. The table features a two-inch powder coated steel apron for bounce consistency across the whole table. It has two-inch steel legs for stability with caps on the ends so that your floor is protected from damage.

The two sets of ball bearing wheels support the frame and yet move effortlessly over most surfaces and lock into place to keep the table steady during play. The 72-inch pivoting net stays on when the table is folded so set-up is always a breeze.

Each side of the table has one set of capped legs and one set of wheeled legs which allow the two table halves to stand independently of the other. This table is rated for indoor use only. If you are planning on using and storing this table inside, this is perfect.

Table Dimensions

In the two player game position this table measures 60 inches wide, 108 inches deep, and 30 inches high. In the single user position, the measurements are 60 inches wide, 68 inches deep and 62 inches high. In the storage position, the measurements are 60 inches wide, 30 inches deep and 62 inches high.

Pros

  • High-quality construction to withstand years of play
  • Features Ping Pong ball storage built in and holds balls even when folded
  • Easy lock wheels for stability
  • Can be folded with one side up for self play
  • ¾ inch top is very durable

Cons

  • Customers reported sagging in the middle on some tables
  • Net hardware made of plastic
  • Sides are large, unfolding and locking difficult
  • Needs better support

Alternative Table

Reviews rated the STIGA STS 285 2.8 stars out of 5. However, another STIGA Ping Pong table, the STIGA InstaPlay Table Tennis Table, faired a bit better with a 4.3 rating. The most prized feature is the preassembled, ready to play feature, which both tables have. The InstaPlay was also highly praised for the matte black top (vs. the blue tournament top on the 285) and ease of moving on the three-inch ball bearing wheels.

Conclusion

While both tables offer the ease of a foldable no-assembly required table, ¾ inch tabletop, silk-screened markings, 2-inch legs, 3-inch ball bearing wheels, and no assembly play. The major difference between the InstaPlay and the STS 285 is the size of the net, 66 inches on the IstaPlay and 72 inches on the 285, and ball storage. The 285 has ball storage in the apron, the InstaPlay does not. And the InstaPlay is $50 less than the 285.

Both of these STIGA Ping Pong tables have similar features, are rated for indoor play only, and offer no assembly required, which is the best feature, but the InstaPlay seems the better choice for the lower price and higher customer satisfaction.

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