Looking for the best mini air hockey tables for kids? You're in the right place. We've hand-curated 10 tables that will give kids hours of entertainment.
In this guide, expect to find...
- Our top picks for the best kid's mini air hockey tables.
- What a "mini" air hockey table actually is"
- The pros and cons of each of our 10 tables.
Let's get started...
Best Mini Air Hockey Tables for Kids
In a rush? Here's three of our best picks that we think you should check out...
- Two in One Soccer & Knock Hockey Table: This is one of the smallest table on the list, but it’s also one of the most unique. While it doesn’t have any airflow (it’s knock hockey), it doubles as table soccer or what some might call “two person pinball”. This isn’t a serious air hockey table by any means, but we think it’s a cool “just for fun” option to have around for the kids or even in an office.
- Playcraft Sports Breakaway Mini Table: As far as a balance between cost, size, and quality of air hockey goes, this is the best option on the list. It’s 42″ long, plugs into a wall outlet for a decent blower, and is quite affordable. It’s a tabletop unit so you can place it on an desk, table, or even play on the floor.
- Power Band Hockey: This is the most versatile item on the list because you can play it on literally any surface. There’s no air and it’s actually not a table. It’s simply a frame with bands on the sides which act as rails. The reason it can be played on any service is because the mallets and the puck have multiple settings which allow it to slide on carpet as well as smooth surfaces.
And be sure to check out this guide for ALL air hockey tables, not just mini ones.
What is a "Mini" Air Hockey Table?
We would consider a mini air hockey table as anything that's between 20" and 50" long. As tables start getting above 50" long, but don't exceed 80", we think that they're too big for kids, and too small for adults. At that point you're better off picking one of our larger choices for the top air hockey tables tables so that your kids don't quickly outgrow it.
But let's not get off track.
Mini air hockey tables can come in several different varieties:
We'll cover each of these varieties below in greater detail below to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
What Do They Play Like?
Although it's difficult to quantify, you can expect some decently smooth air hockey from these tables, but obviously not as smooth or competitive as one that's decently sized. As long as the table has airflow, you'll find that the puck does indeed glide, as long as you're not using one that's too heavy. The video below will give you a good idea of what the shooting the puck looks and feels like.
Are They Strictly for Kids?
If you're a full grown adult and want to get an air hockey table for your game room or office, a mini table is probably not the way to go. Now, it's fun to play mini air hockey with a youngster, but two adults playing is going to be wildly unsatisfying. These tables aren't built to handle trick shots or anything with power behind it.
If you want something that will be great for kids and adults in the long term, we highly suggest checking out our review of the Fat Cat Pockey.
Are They Expensive?
There's a bit of a range, but these tables certainly aren't going to break the bank. Most of them are pretty cheap (comparatively speaking). Keep in mind that they also aren't designed to last forever. Many of them can be seen more as a novelty, starter tables, or even as toys.
With this in mind, don't buy one of these as a long term fixture for your house or game room. Think of it as a small purchase that's going to supply a bit of short term fun and perhaps spark a child's passion for air hockey!
Do They Required Electricity?
Some do and some don't. There are a few variations on this list that don't need to be plugged in. A few of these are battery powered and for some, the puck just bounces around without any air flow.
At that point, they aren't really an "air" hockey table, but more of a hockey board game, sometimes referred to as "knock hockey". These tend to be the cheapest options, for obvious reason.
But without further ado, let's get into the tables themselves!
Best Mini Air Hockey Tables Reviewed
Here are 10 mini tables that we felt were worth checking out. They aren't in a particular order of best to worst or anything like that, but were curated to give you the best possible variety to choose from.
1. Matty's Toy Stop Deluxe Mini Table
Table Category: Super Tiny
Table Sizing: 21 x 12.5 x 4 (inches)
What We Like: The thing that's cool about this table is that it's really small. At only 21" long, you can take it almost anywhere. The other thing that's pretty neat is that this table actually has some battery powered airflow! Many other small tables are lacking any sort of air which makes them nothing more than glorified knock hockey.
Great for kids with small hands to get started with air hockey.
What's Lacking: Well, it would be kind of cool if this table had some electronic scoring, especially since it's built for kids. The lack of sound effects and the burden of moving the marker to keep score isn't as immersive for kids.
2. Two-in-One Soccer and Knock Hockey Table
Table Category: Super Tiny / Combo Table
Table Sizing: 14 x 2 x 8 (inches)
What We Like: This is one of the smallest tables that we've ever seen. It's 6 inches smaller than the previous table, and we considered that table to be really small! Now, let's be clear, there's no airflow on this table so knocking puck around isn't going to be as smooth as if there were. If you're an adult playing with your kid, you'll have to hold back your strength quite a bit!
This is simply the nature of knock-hockey.
On the other hand, the table soccer is a pretty cool version of two-player pinball. Rather than using the puck, players can use the flippers to knock the ball into the opponent's goal.
What's Lacking: While this table is certainly really neat, it's probably the farthest cry from traditional air hockey compared to any table on this list. It also lacks any electronic scoring, but without the need for batteries, we can't really complain too much.
3. Franklin Designs Mini Table
Table Category: Super Tiny
Table Sizing: 20 x 12 x 6 (inches)
What We Like: This table isn't very much different than the other mini-tables out there besides for the super awesome color scheme. It is battery powered, so there air circulation, very much like the Matty's Toy Shop Deluxe table pictured above.
The main reason we added it to the list was for the colors.
What's Lacking: This table also lacks any sort of cool sound effects or scoring. It's also quite fragile, but this isn't anything different than the other super tiny tables.
4. Harvil 40-Inch Tabletop Air Hockey
Table Category: Tabletop Mini Table
Table Sizing: 40 x 19.6 x 4.25 (inches)
What We Like: This table is the next step up from the super tiny ones. It's a great table for kids to start out with, and it will probably keep them entertained until they start getting into their teenage years. It has a AC-12V powered motor which means that it's going to have far better airflow than any of the battery powered ones.
Adults can enjoy this game a lot easier than the super mini tables too which makes it great for quality family time. We're not so sure that it would be fun for two adults to ply against each other on this table, but it's still going to be a heck of a lot easier to play on than a table that's battery powered and 20 inches long.
Given that this table doesn't have any real legs, it can also be played from the floor or on any table that's large enough to hold it. Since it's not even 15 pounds, it can be picked up and placed anywhere your kids want to play! This includes being brought over to friend's houses.
What's Lacking: Much like many of the others, this table lacks any sort of electronic score-keeping. And although the airflow is certainly better than on a battery powered table, it's still not going to be anything like a full-sized one.
See Also: Our review of the standing Harvil Air Hockey table.
5. Mainstreet Classics 35-inch Tabletop Hockey
Table Category: Tabletop Mini Table
Table Sizing: 35 x 20 x 8.25 (inches)
What We Like: We like this table for the same reason that we like the Harvil 40-inch. It's portable, powered by an outlet, and provides enough airflow for a good kid's game. It is slightly smaller than the Harvil at only 35 inches long, but this could be a positive for you if you don't have a big enough table for a 40-incher.
What's Lacking: This table was not quite tiny enough to make it into our "super tiny" table category, but not quite. Unless you don't have the room for a 40-inch table, we think that a larger table is always going to be the better choice - even if you're in the market for a mini table.
6. Face-Off Frenzy Powerband Hockey
Table Category: Tabletop Mini Table
Table Sizing: 49 x 34 (inches)
What We Like:
This "not-table" is basically a large frame with "power bands" along the outside. Rather than using a hard rail to bank the pucks, the bands move the puck by flexing and bouncing. You can play it on mostly any flooring surface or on a counter-top large enough to fit it.
Rather than the pucks and strikers being designed specifically for one surface, both of them actually have some interchangeable options.
The pucks has two sides to it. One of these sides is designed for hard surfaces (tables, hardwood floors, etc.) while the other is designed for carpet.
The mallets on the other hand have an interchangeable bottom. Just like the puck, one setting is designed for hard surfaces while the other is designed for soft surfaces such as carpet.
What's Lacking: Without the airflow, this table is obviously going to play a little bit different. It's still pretty decent, but many people won't find it as smooth as one with air. Occasionally, you'll have pucks flipping or getting stuck in the side of the frame.
We're not trying to take anything away from this table specifically, though. The best way to reduce the chance of any pucks flying out of play is by using a full-sized table with a heavy puck. Heavy pucks require commercial-quality airflow that's not going to be found in any of the mini tables.
Read Also: Air Hockey Alternatives That Don't Need Air
7. Playcraft Sport Breakaway Mini Table
Table Category: Tabletop Mini Table
Table Sizing: 42 x 24 x 9 (inches)
What We Like: This table is probably one of the highest quality mini tables you're going to find for an experience that's as close to real air hockey that you're going to get with a mini table. At 42 inches, it's on the comparatively larger side of all of these mini tables. This just gives you a bit more room and gives you a great chance at setting up some awesome trick shots. Given that it actually plugs into the wall, you'll be able to get some decent airflow out of this table.
What's Lacking: Still no electronic scoring! Don't worry though, the next small table we're going to be talking about actually has this feature!
8. Franklin Sports 48" Standing Mini Table
Table Category: Mini Table with Legs
Table Sizing: 48 x 24 x 29.5 (inches)
What We Like: This table has everything that you'd want in a decent kid's table. Because of the folding legs, it's easy to put away when it's not being. It's got the electronic we've been talking about, along with a backup manual option (more on this later). At 48" it's a pretty decent size for what it typically costs as well. Finally, the colors on this table really stand out which will hopefully translate to your kid and his or her friends wanting to play on it more!
What's Lacking: For what it is, there's not much lacking on this table. It makes for great quality time with the kids.
One important thing to note is that you may experience some stability issues. Being that it's lightweight with legs that fold comes with a reduction in stability. However, it does come with leg levelers which can mitigate this to some extent.
The other thing complaint is that the scoring system requires batteries to work! That is, it's an entirely separate entity to the blower system which gets plugged in.
9. Giantex Multigame Air Hockey Table
Table Category: Multigame Tabletop
Table Sizing: 36 x 20 x 7.8 (inches)
What We Like: If you're getting this table as a gift, you have a 3 in 1 chance of making it something that the recipient will love! Also check out our list of air hockey tables with basketball.
What's Lacking: The air hockey table doesn't have air - so yeah, it's just knock hockey. If you're main focus was the best air hockey possible on a mini table, then don't get this one. It's also a bit small for the price.
10. Funmall 4-in-1 Table
Table Category: Multigame Mini Table Combo
Table Sizing: 48 x 24 x 32 (inches)
What We Like: If you did want to go the multigame route for your kids, this table is the ultimate bargain. It includes hockey, billiards, foosball, and table tennis. It's also on the larger end of the mini table spectrum, meaning that it's easier to play for adults and kids are likely to enjoy it for a few more years.
The foldable storage is also quite nice. It makes i easy to clear things away if you want to use the room for a different activity and all of the pieces store nicely together.
What's Lacking: Just like the other small multigame table that we mentioned earlier, there's no air for air hockey! As you'd imagine, there's no automated score-keeping either.
The other thing is that it's difficult for youngsters to switch out the games for themselves. Depending on their age, they probably shouldn't be doing it at all. This table works by placing different tops on the pool table base. Such activities, specifically the foosball which is quite heavy, is going to require some parental assistance.
Be sure to check out our complete list of air hockey tables with foosball.
By this time, you’re probably overwhelming by the amount of available mini kid’s tables available. If you’re having trouble making your final decision, we would recommend going for the Playcraft Sports Breakaway or the Power Band Hockey. While the other ones are great if you’ve got a bit of money to throw around, just remember that these are tables that are going to get outgrown. Either of those two tables will give you the best air hockey experience for your buck.
As always, if you have any questions or recommendations, please feel free to comment below and let us know!