Jump onto any billiards online store, and you’ll see a ton of pool tables for sale. Prices will vary from $100 for a cheap and flimsy product, through to $10,000 for a high end pool table.
This guide doesn’t cover all brands available. Instead, we’ll focus on the best pool table brands for the money, available in the USA right now.
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How much do the best pool table brands cost?
You should expect to spend somewhere in the region of $2,000-5,000 for a top quality product from one of the best brands. If budget allows, there are tables available in excess of this, sometimes creeping towards $10,000.
We’ll be focusing on higher end products here. But, if you are looking for something below $1,000, we’d suggest going for something like the Barrington here.
The Best Pool Table Brands
Any billiards connoisseur is going to be sticking Brunswick in their list of top pool table brands. They’ve been creating lifestyle products for over 170 years. And, over this time, they’ve managed to gain big exposure, with their tables now being sold across the globe.
One of their showstoppers, is the Brunswick Danbury. It’s a chunky 8ft table with ball and claw design. It’s certainly not the cheapest pool table on the market, costing over $3000. However, it’s certainly one of the best.
Eastpoint Sports can’t be compared directly to the likes of Brunswick or Valley in terms of quality. However, where they do come up trumps is price. They’re able to deliver quality products in the sub $1,000 range, such as their 2-in-1 (pool and table tennis) which you can check out here.
Although Eastpoint Sports offer plenty of options for those on a budget, if your budget stretches to $2000-4,000, in our opinion, there are plenty of better options on this list.
Looking for one of the best pool table brands, offering great value for money? Empire USA are certainly worth a look.
They tend to sit in the mid-range in terms of price, with a lot of their pool tables being offered in the $2,000 range. However, it’s hard to differentiate them in terms of quality when directly compared to much more expensive brands, which is certainly a good thing.
If you’re searching for a modern looking pool table, and have a budget of around $2,000, the Empire USA Carton Table is worth putting onto your short list.
Got a $3k budget and looking for something sleek and modern?
Harvil pool tables are going to fit the bill. One of our favorites is the Harvil Galaxy, which is an 8ft table made from cabinet grade wood, with a 3-piece slate surface, meaning it won’t warp over time.
You can check it out here.
Hathway are one of the best pool table brands on this list for those on a budget. Their focus is on billiard tables in the sub $1,000 range, and they have plenty on offer.
One thing we don’t like is there’s a distinct difference in design and quality when compared with other brands on this list (such as the Harvil mentioned above). However, that’s to be expected when you’re looking at a purchase price of around 50% less.
Looking for a pool table under $1,000? Check out the Hathway Bristol 7ft table. In fact, it’s not just a pool table; it doubles up as a ping pong table too!
Imperial USA is one of our favorite brands on this list, but certainly not the cheapest. A quick flick through their range and there’s a distinct difference in quality and design when directly compared to pool table brands in the same price bracket.
But brace yourself! You’ll need a budget in excess of $3,000 to get one of their top products. A quick example would be the Imperial 8ft outdoor pool table; you won’t get much change from $4,000 if this is what you choose to buy.
We’ve put Olhausen on our best pool table brands list for one reason; this is a specialist pool table company. Many other companies produce a wide range of sporting equipment, meaning their focus isn’t making the best pool tables possible; it’s quantity, not quality.
Olhausen started back in 1973, when Butch and Don Olhausen purchased a pool table manufacturing company for $1,000. At the time, they were installing and re-covering tables for that very company. They took Olhausen from 35 tables per year, to 70, in their first year. And from there, it’s grown from strength to strength. They now produce some of the best pool tables that money can buy.
But, the best, comes at a premium. A typical Olhausen is going to cost in the region of $5,000-6,000. For instance, both the modern looking Olhausen West End and the more rustic looking Hampton, won’t give you much change from $6,000.
But if you have the budget, they’re worth it. The design and quality are leaps and bounds above anything else that’s out there; Olhausen make some of the best high end pool tables on the market.
Plank & Hide
Plank & Hide is a company that focuses on luxury living. They create some of the most unique furniture and household items that money can buy. And, fortunately for us, that includes some of the best pool tables available too.
If you’re looking for your pool table to be the centre piece of your home, we’d suggest looking at the Plank & Hide Thomas. It’s a solid but rustic looking table. But, when you’re not using it for pool, it doubles down as a stunning dining table.
The only problem? Like Olhausen, quality comes at a price. Don’t expect much change from $6,000 if you want the Thomas pool/dining table.
Valley-Dynamo are better known for their coin operated pool tables. So, if you need a table for a man cave and want a true billiard hall experience, this is the brand for you.
The company has been manufacturing some of the best pool tables on the market since 1947. Over decades, the company has grown from strength to strength, with their products now being distributed in 24 countries.
However, if you’re not a fan of coin operated machines, they do have other options. One of the most popular being the Valley-Dynamo Black Cat. It’s 88in long and is priced around $3,000, so is similar in price to the likes of the Brunswick mentioned at the start of this list.
Which pool table brand should you buy?
For those on a budget sub $1,000, we’d be heading towards Barrington. You’ll notice the difference in design and quality compared with the top brands on this list, but you’ll also have made a big cash saving.
So, that’s it; our guide to the best pool table brands available in the USA.
Got a brand you like (or not, for that matter), that we’ve missed off this list? Drop us a line via our contact form and let us know!