If you're in the market for an air hockey table, you've probably come across a wide range of products from MD Sports, also referred to as Medal Sports. We created this guide to give our readers a clear overview of what they offer and how it compares to some of the other brands out there. It is important to note that they also manufacture EA Sports air hockey tables.
In a rush? Check out this table for a quick summary and overview of some of the most popular products they offer:
48" x 24" x 30"
Decent starter table for kids that's low commitment and easy to put away. Folding legs make it convenient and easy.
44" x 22" x 9"
Offers play on any table-top surface, but comes without any legs. Includes ping-pong net and accessories.
MD Sports 4-in-1 Swivel Combo Table
48.5" x 23.8" x 32"
Similar to the 48" model with some unique additional games: ring toss, archery, and target shooting.
Adults and Kids
89" x 48" x 32"
It's a full-sized table that can offer high-speed and fun game-play. A good choice if you can't afford a full-on commercial-grade machine.
MD Sports creates all sorts of table games including billiards, foosball, basketball, and of course, air hockey. They're a brand that's geared towards the mass market and not necessarily towards professional or competitive air hockey. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it just depends on what you're looking for. Many of their products, especially some of their multi-game tables deliver a lot of value.
If you're interested in playing air hockey at a higher / competitive level you're going to want to check out this post.
For a quick understanding of what we mean by competitive air hockey, check out this short video clip:
Although some of the MD tables are rather large, they aren't USAA sanctioned tables and thus aren't equipped for competitive air hockey. The games can still get pretty fast and intense if you get their big table, though. They're designed to provide casual entertainment for kids and adults alike.
In this section, we'll give you a quick overview of each of their models, pros and cons, and the type of person that they would best be suited for.
MD Sports 48" Air Hockey Table
This table is one of the company's smallest tables. At only 48" inches long, it's best suited for kids and pre-teens. Being that it's a small table, you can assume that the airflow in it isn't too great. With low levels of airflow, you can't play with adequately weighted pucks so pulling off accurate, high speed, and well-timed shots is going to be difficult.
Your kids may also enjoy these air hockey alternatives (that don't require air).
Who should get this table?
While we don't see any issue with getting this table as a gift for a young person, it is important to realize that they are going to outgrow it. By the time they're hitting their teen years, they'll likely want to play a more intense version of air hockey if it's something their into.
Get this table if you need to get a quick gift and don't mind it making its way to the closest within a few years or months. It would make a great starter table for little kids.
MD Sports 44" Tabletop Air Hockey and Ping Pong
Measuring in at 44" x 22" x 9", this tabletop design is versatile with a few unique things that set it apart. In addition to the obvious ping-pong top, it also comes with a phone mount which allows you to keep score on a smartphone app. It's also possible to play while sitting on the floor, assuming it's comfortable enough. Please note that you will need a wall outlet to keep the blower going for air hockey.
Who should get this table?
Similar to the foldable table, you should get this table if you want something low commitment designed to keep young kids occupied. The table-top design obviously has its pros and cons, but with this level of air hockey table, we'd make the argument that it doesn't matter too much. It simply comes down to the space you have and where you think the kids would actually play it.
MD Sports 48" 4-in-1 Combination Table
With a size of 48.5 x 23.875 x 32 inches, very similar to the foldable table, this combination table is probably one of the coolest ones on the list. Yes, even though the air hockey isn't likely to be like the arcade, the other tables are actually pretty neat! It comes with ring toss, darts, and archery shooting which is going to be fun for a while, even for adults. Playing ping pong or air hockey on a table that's way too small is kind of awkward for a full grown person, but you'll likely find these three bonus games more fun.
Who Should Get This Table?
If you want to increase the "wow" factor of a kid's gift, this is the table to go for. With so many options to choose from, it's likely to get played with for a lot longer than the other kid's air hockey tables that we've mentioned. There are also probably a lot of other fun uses for the accessories once the table itself stops getting used
MD Sports 89" Air Hockey Table (The Titan)
The MD Sports 89" table is also sometimes referred to as "The Titan". It's the biggest table in their line up and is nearly the same length as some commercial tables. The table can deliver some excellent and competitive games, but the way we'd describe it is "family fun". If you want to be able to do proper air hockey trick shots and strategies then you'll need to look elsewhere. But if you're looking for the occasional game decent-speed game, then go for it!
Who should get this table?
This is a great table if you're looking for a decent way to entertain some friends or family. If you find yourself sitting around and watching TV and would rather do something more mentally and physically engaging, this isn't a bad deal. Considering that the tournament-style tables aren't going to be affordable for everyone, this is a solid alternative that kids won't outgrow.
With the solid size, decent weight, stability, lights, and sound effects, it's a a super fun piece of equipment to have around.
Comparison vs. Other Brands
When it comes to kid's air hockey tables, then we think that any of the tables from MD Sports are a great choice. However, if you are going to be playing frequently, then there are some other brands to consider.
While their 89" table is the top of the line for recreational tables, we do recommend considering a table from Gold Standard Games or Dynamo. Although their price points tend to be higher, we think that it's a worthwhile investment. These tables are designed for competitive level play and have the ability to handle tournament sanctioned pucks. In combination with the a heavy puck and carefully regulated airflow of these tables, you can really start practicing the sport and getting good at air hockey.
If you're approaching your purchase as something to keep you occupied for years to come, then why not get the best of the best?