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Ping Pong is one of my favorite games. It is great for fun at home with family and friends, perfect for a stress reliever in the office, and can also be a lot of fun for competition and tournaments. Regardless of how and where you play, of course, one of the basics that you will need is ping pong balls, along with a ping pong table and ping pong paddles.
There is quite a range in quality in ping pong balls, and you should be sure that you are getting balls that are a good match for your needs. Fortunately, even the higher-quality ping pong balls are still very affordable, so you don’t need to break the bank to get a decent ball. But at the same time, simply for recreational use at home you will be fine with one of the cheaper options.
In this article we’ll take a look at some of the best ping pong balls, including options at various levels of quality and price points. My top-rated ball is ideal for tournament play, but the cheaper balls are great for lighter use at home, or for practicing.
When buying ping pong balls be sure that you are buying balls that are actually made for ping pong (also called table tennis). These types of balls can be used for a lot of different things, and in many cases they are called “ping pong balls” even if they aren’t regulation size and weight. Similar balls are used for things like beer pong, cat toys, toy guns and other toys around the house. Be sure that you are buying genuine ping pong balls and not cheap imitation balls made for other uses. You won’t even need to pay that much more for good-quality table tennis balls.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the best options currently available.
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One of the top ping pong balls on the market, and our highest-rated, is made by Xushaofa. They are approved by the ITTF and USATT for competition play. The balls are made with poly-plastic material that is more durable than celluloid, which is the material of many cheaper balls. These calls are seamless, so they will give you a true, reliable bounce
These balls are available in several different quantities, ranging from a pack of 6 balls all they way up to a pack of 144 balls (white).
These tournament-quality balls from Stiga are also an excellent choice. They are 3 stars (high quality) and 40 mm ITTF regulation size. You’ll get a very consistent bounce with these balls. They are currently available in packs from 6 balls to 72 balls (orange or white).
This 100 pack of 3-star balls from KEVENZ is a great value. They are regulation size of 40mm and come in orange or white color. They may not be quite as high quality as our two top-rated options, but these are still very nice seamless ping pong balls that are durable and hold up very well.
For tournament use I would recommend the balls from Xushaofa, but for if you want a quality ball for recreational use or for practicing, this is an excellent choice.
The 3-star balls from KEVENZ are also available in a 50-pack. The price per ball is a little better with the 100-pack, which is why we have it rated higher than this 50-pack. Also, the 50-pack is currently only available in orange.
These balls from MAPOL are in the same class as the 3-star balls from KEVENZ. Maybe not quite tournament quality, but very good for practice and recreational use. Also like the KEVENZ balls, the ones from MAPOL come in a pack of 50 and at a great price. The are standard 40mm balls made of celluloid.
This 1-star ball from JOOLA is an excellent option for recreational use or for training and practice. It comes in a 12-pack, currently only available in orange. They’re 40mm and pretty durable for a 1-star ball (not seamless, made of celluloid). The only thing I don’t like about this ball is that it is currently only available in the 12-pack. For practice and training I would prefer to buy a very large quantity and get them at a better price per ball. Having a lot of balls for training is a good idea, especially if you are going to be using a ping pong robot.
[Budget-friendly] If you’re looking for a decent ping pong ball for basic recreational use at home or at the office and you don’t want to get a great deal, the 1-star ball from Franklin Sports is a good choice. They are available in different quantities (up to 144 in a pack) and in orange and white. They are official size at 40mm. Of course, as a 1-star ball they are not seamless and are made of celluloid, but they are still pretty durable. For practice or light use, this is a great budget-friendly option.
[Budget-friendly] This 1-star ball from EastPoint is another excellent option if you are looking for an inexpensive ping pong ball. You can get it in a pack of 6 or 36 (currently only available in white). The size and weight are official, and the durability is pretty good for a 1-star ball. The quality is very comparable to the 1-star ball from Franklin Sports. I’m ranking the ball from Franklin higher because you can buy it in larger quantities.
I live in Pennsylvania with my wife and four children. Time with family is very important to me, so I started Gameroom Vault to help others find fun ways to spend time with their families at home.