Kettler Champ 5.0 Review
Before moving any further with the review, I’d like to tell you that Kettler Champ 5.0 is one of the finest outdoor ping pong tables that I have ever used, and believe me, being an avid ping pong enthusiast, I have hands-on experience of a lot of ping pong tables!
Now let us begin!
One of the best things about Kettler Outdoor Ping Pong Tables is that they are equipped with the one of a kind patented ALU-TEC technology, the primary function of which is to enlengthen the life of your ping pong table.
ALU-TEC technology is a part of the 6-layer tabletop construction of Kettler. This, being the bottommost layer, ensure that the resin sheet above does not get affected by the ill-effects of weather. It saves the table from getting warped, expanded, contracted, or damaged because of prolonged outdoor impacts.
6-Layer Tabletop Construction
Another unique feature about Kettler Champ 5.0 is its 6-Layer Tabletop Construction.
First of all, I’d like to let you know how most of the outdoor ping pong tables from other brands work. As wood is not an option for outdoor environments there needs to be an alternative that can endure weather impacts yet can produce the perfect bounce and feel like a standard indoor ping pong table. In order to get this weather protection, most of the outdoor tables use aluminum for the tabletop, which Kettler does as well. However, these aluminum tabletops often do not produce a good quality bounce and hence cannot be used for a professional purpose.
On the other hand, Kettler has made sure that their outdoor ping pong table, i.e Kettler Champ 5.0 gives you the perfect tournament-quality bounce so that you can enjoy the feel of the game as if you were playing indoors!
In this 6-layer technology of Kettler, the topmost physical layer is an aluminum sheet. This sheet is topped by 2 layers of color coating. Double layer of color ensures that your table tennis table looks flawless while lying on your garden.
The topmost coating is of UV Resistant finish. This UV resistant finish saves your table from the harsh rays of the sun while lying outdoors. While most of the outdoor tables and products lose their color over time due to the sun, this one will not get faded for a long long time.
Kettler Champ 5.0 promises of true bounce that most of the other outdoor tables fail to deliver due to their only aluminum-made tabletop. However, this Kettler tabletop is backed with a resin sheet at the bottom of the aluminum one. This wonderfully engineered technology delivers great bounce, just like those indoor tournament ping pong tables. So that you can have the fun of ‘true’ ping pong even if you are playing outdoors.
Kettler Champ 5.0 is a weatherproof table. As we already mentioned, it comes with rain and sun-proof tabletop. In addition, its steel body is also rustproof and can withstand scorching rays of the sun without any complaint. They will not lose their color for sure.
Also, this table has been made with technology so superior that you can leave the Kettler Champ in pouring rain without having a second thought. (However, we will suggest using a cover for the longevity of your investment!)
Bigger Wheels & Casters
When you are looking for an outdoor ping pong table, make sure that it comes with big wheels. In my earlier years, I once purchased a ping pong table that functioned spectacularly as an outdoor table. However, it came with smaller wheels which caused me a lot of troubles.
It may not sound such a serious issue at first. But consider that you have to move your table from one end of your garden to another and that too single-handedly. Smaller wheels tend to get stuck in the small gaps of the terrain and cause trouble pushing or pulling the table; in the worst case scenario, the table may even fall to its sides. Thus it is wise to look for a table with bigger wheels.
Kettler Champ 5.0 comes with bigger 6-inch rubberized casters that allow you to easily move it anywhere; a necessity, considering its bulky weight of 200 pounds.
Kettler gives away 2 of their best Kettler Halo 5.0 ping pong paddles and 3 ping pong balls of 3-Star quality so that you can begin having fun with your brand new ping pong table right away without making additional purchases!
Also, there are separate storage compartments on the sides of the table to store your paddles and ping pong balls.
This table from Kettler comes with two separate halves of the table which is totally foldable. Both the halves make independent units that can be folded up in vertical positions. By setting one of the halves in the vertical position you can create a playback mode that allows to practice alone if there’s no companion to join you.
Also, folding the halves create a compact storage unit that you can easily hide in the garage or storeroom of your house.
- 6-layer tabletop creates the perfect bounce using aluminum and resin sheet.
- The ALUTEC technology prevents the table from getting warped, contracted, or expanded because of weather issues.
- The table is completely weatherproof. It can endure both the pouring rain and scorching sun.
- Comes with big 6-inch wheels for better mobility.
- Free ping pong paddles and balls with this Kettler Champ 5.0
- Both the halves function independently for compact storage and playback.
- Poor customer service.