These days, there are only two brands that dominate sales of table tennis conversion tops. I think it is a waste of time for buyers to branch out from these unless they have a really specialized need. Most will find what they’re looking for in a conversion top from one of these companies:
- Martin Kilpatrick
Both conversion tops are essentially the same, and I don’t think yo can go wrong with either one of them. In this article, I’ll give a brief overview of each of them.
Currently the Martin Kilpatrick conversion top costs $290, and is Amazon’s top seller. The chief draw is that it is German-crafted. Everybody knows Germans take their manufacturing quality very seriously. The online reviews reflect people’s satisfaction with this model.
Here is a quote from a reviewer about a year ago: “Really good quality conversion top. Workmanship of table is excellent.” There are many other similar reviews.
One of the main things you want to avoid is getting a faulty Chinese table tennis conversion top that doesn’t stand the test of time. This is the reason, I believe, that the Martin Kilpatrick top has sold so well.
The second best seller, and the only other brand of conversion top with a lot of reviews on Amazon, is the Joola model. Joola is a company that sponsors the US National table tennis team, so they are not exactly a fly-by-night operation.
If you peruse the Joola listing that I just linked, you will see that it is a table tennis conversion top almost indistinguishable from the Martin Kilpatrick one. It’s hard to even say which is better. It is a little pricier, at the time of this writing, costing $306, but both tops are very close in price.
Why I recommend sticking with these 2 models
It is really simple why I would either go with Martin Kilpatrick or Joola: because they are the only two conversion tops that have more than a dozen reviews at Amazon. The Martin Kilpatrick has 77 reviews and the Joola has 62 reviews. There is another Martin Kilpatrick that has 41 reviews but I think it might just be the same model as I talked about above, with a different listing for some reason.
This article may seem overly simplified, but for 95% of table tennis conversion top purchasers, I think one of these models will suffice for all your ping pong fun. Like I said at the beginning, there is rarely a good reason to unnecessarily complicate things. It’s basically just two pieces of wood that you will put on top of your pool table.