The Centrefold by Butterfly is a pro-quality table tennis table that’s designed for indoor use only and it comes with some great features that players of all skill levels will love.
This is a large, regulation size table that’s perfect for ping pong players of all skill levels, but marketed toward the more serious table tennis player. This table earned top marks for its build quality, durability, and simple assembly process.
Our Verdict: This table is directed more toward the ping pong player in search of a table that’s regulation size, however, despite the pro design, it’s also perfect for families who love to play together. The table’s massive size may be a deal breaker for some, but if you’re looking for a table that’s designed to last, look no further than the Centrefold.
Overview and Features
Table tennis pros or aspiring pros will love this model for its sturdy design, the fact that it can easily fold up into a tight package for storage, and the included pro-quality Europa net set.
This table was approved by the USTTA and the International Table Tennis Federation for tournament use. This means the playing surface is regulation thick, while the quality and dimensions of the table itself meet the required regulations.
Whether you decide to play indoors or wheel this massive ping pong table outside, the leg levelers will come in handy, ensuring you’re playing a challenging game on a level surface. The adjustable legs are designed to compensate for uneven ground. Each leg can be adjusted independently.
The frame consists of two-inch-thick steel square shaped legs for increased durability and stability during use.
The playing surface is surrounded by a thick, tough PVC band and a steel rim that’s two inches thick.
The table comes with a safety latch that ensures the table remains closed and secure when in the folded position. Additionally, the five wheels are lockable, preventing the table from rolling or moving at all during use. The lockable wheels are designed to improve stability during use, but it’s also a great safety feature to have if you have small children in the home.
The table is fairly easy to move and store, thanks to the included five large locking rubber wheels and the one-piece foldable design that allows you to easily store this regulation size table in a tight spot in the basement, garage, or in the corner of the family room. When collapsed into the storage position, you can engage the safety lock, which will prevent the table from accidentally opening.
The table measures in at a 5.25 feet tall, 1.6 feet long, and five feet wide when it’s placed in the storage position. As you can see, the table can easily be stored in a tight space. When placed in the playing position, the table is two and a half feet tall, with a tabletop that comes in at nine feet by five feet.
This model features the regulation one-inch-thick playing surface. This is the thickness you’ll find on tables designed for use in competitions. Since this is a competition quality table tennis table, it comes as no surprise that it features a one-inch-thick playing surface, which provides an optimal bounce. If you regularly enter table tennis competitions, then playing on a table that features a one-inch-thick playing surface is essential.
As an example, a table with a half-inch-thick playing surface won’t provide the same type of bounce response as a one-inch-thick playing surface. With a thinner playing surface, you will need to compensate for the lack of the bounce by using more force when you serve or return a shot.
This can negatively impact muscle memory, especially if you’re used to normally practicing on a one-inch-thick playing surface.
Because of this, pro-level ping pong players recommend consistently playing and practicing on tables that offer regulation-thick playing surfaces.
The Centrefold will arrive fully assembled and ready to go, right out of the box.
The Centrefold comes with a five-year product warranty.
The table also includes the competition quality Europa net set, a nice extra that you won’t have to upgrade.
This table is pro-quality all the way. Enjoy the same type of bounce and table quality that you normally do when playing in a competition but in the comfort of your own home. This model is rated for indoor use only since it doesn’t have a waterproof playing surface like competing models such as the Kettler Champ 5.0 Outdoor Table Tennis Table does, or the playback feature, however, serious players in search of a competition-quality table will appreciate everything the Centrefold has to offer.
If you want to practice how to spin ping pong balls using a new serve you won’t find another table in this price range that can deliver the same type of tournament-quality setup.
The lack of a playback feature can be a drawback for people who are looking for a table that can use for practice. The playback feature allows the user to fold up half of the table and position it as a backboard, so the player can practice independently.
To learn more about ping pong tables and what to look for in your next model, click here to check out our buyer’s guide.
Advantages And Disadvantages
- Equipped with five wheels for easy transport
- Wheels are lockable
- Safety latch prevents the table from opening when in the folded position
- Europa net set
- Regulation size
- One-inch-thick playing surface
- Arrives fully assembled
- Comes with a five-year warranty
- Indoor use only
- High price tag
- No playback feature
Conclusion and Rating
DDplan .com Product Rating:
The Centrefold by Butterfly is a large indoor, pro-quality table tennis table that’s competition worthy and equipped with the ideal one-inch playing surface. While the price may be on the steep side, the overall design, high quality net set, large wheels, and portable design make this model worth every penny. We gave the Centrefold a rating of four and a half out of five stars.