Kettler is one of the top brands when it comes to table tennis table construction and manufacturing. It is also well known for its standards and achievements in furniture and fitness equipment creation.
The Kettler Match 5.0 Outdoor Table Tennis Table is another sample of German quality, a table with a dark green top, with confirmed true tournament bounce and storage room for several rackets and balls.
Kettler paid attention to what tennis table customers hoped for the outdoor use models. This is how the brand got to work on the weight of its tables, the folding and storage method, the dimensions and especially on the weatherproof qualities.
Protection Against Impact and Warping
The Match 5.0 Outdoor has edges with aluminum apron protection, as seen in other Kettler models. The size of this apron is of one inch. Thanks to it, the table top is well cradled so it does not warp.
The board is resin treated and water cannot infiltrate it by any means. You get no exaggerated bounce, like with other tennis table models. The feedback is also good when the bounce wall is being used for solo practice. The aluminum top is measuring 0.875 inches in depth.
The surface and all components are completely weatherproof, so no type of weather should make you pack it and take it inside. The chassis looks very delicate but it holds well and provides great support.
Reliable Fold and Lock
The Safety-Fold mechanism represents a patented system that locks the folded table in place, so it can’t be open accidentally. The same goes about the reverse. It’s a double lock mechanism, which is why it is so effective.
You can fold it in half so that one player can practice alone, just against the table. This is a feature that works really well. One person alone can manipulate this table without trouble. Underneath to the side you have a ball and paddle holder for easy access.
This is also handy when the table is configured for practice. Note that when the frame collapses and the table is folded, its dimensions are actually small. The wheels roll with ease, so it is easy to move it around.
Besides the features discussed, it would be good to mention some more aspects about this surprisingly sturdy and convenient ping pong table:
- 108 x 30 x 60 inches when fully unfolded
- Permanent Net System
- Solo play enabled
- Ball and paddle holder
- Steel legs with rounded endings
- Galvanized coating
- Automatic Tension Device
According not only to its specs, but also to its user review, the Kettler Match 5.0 is excellent for outdoor use and 100% reliable in both the hot and cold climates anywhere on the globe. It can’t compare to any table for indoor use, mostly thanks to its special materials and sealed elements.
All in all, you should know that the table is quite heavy. This has been noted as an issue by some customers when they received it and had to begin installing it.
However, when there is a second person to offer help with its installation, it goes very smoothly. For moving it around, there is no need of extra power, since it can move on its own wheels. Once set into place, the table is proof of good engineering and efficient design.
To have it quickly and easily installed, do not rely on the instructions manual inside the package, but look for info on the company’s website, since it’s a lot more helpful there.
Cost-wise, we’ve spotted an interesting aspect, too. For an outdoor tennis table of its kind, the Kettler Match is one of the cheaper ones. It is priced at $699 and can benefit of free shipping.
This is a sale price, however, the table being normally around $850. It is a product that is still being fabricated in Germany, with great care to the brand’s high standards. You may also want to consider it’s 3-year warranty.
If you’ve had any Kettler table before, you probably had it for many years. This model (with actually truthful ads) is only taking the brand higher.