The Atomic Gladiator table is the top 2 best foosball table in the rankings for $300 – $500 tables. It is an immediate step above the rest of this category.
This Atomic Gladiator Foosball Table review will give a comprehensive guide on why we consider this brand the best in giving the value for your money, it is high in quality, durable, good customer service feedbacks and an edge in portability.
In today’s market, you can hardly find a foosball table that are both sturdy and stable but at the same time at a much lower price. Usually, sturdiness and stability comes with a high cost. This solid table can handle vigorous games and has the coolest playfields you can find. Later you will find more interesting and unique features as you go along.
Let me first show you a table of specifications of an Atomic Gladiator Foosball table.
|Materials||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)|
|Dimensions||56 inches L x 31-1/4 inches W x 34-3/4 inches H|
|Features||3/4″ MDF surface and with leg levellers|
|Rods & Handles||Solid Chrome Steel Rods and Solid Wood Handles|
|Side Ball Return||Internal Ball Return System|
|Additional Feature||Integrated Cup Holders, Foosballs and Abacus Scoring|
This table is made of medium density fibreboard (MDF) wood and it is heavy at 226 pounds. This unique feature will give you a longer life span of the table and will not give you any table movements during hard games. MDF is a high grade, composite materials that delivers better performance than solid wood in many areas. It is more stable than solid wood and stands up better to changing heat and humidity.
The table rods are made of solid steel they are fast enough for the gameplay. A solid steel construction, which is mostly common in mid-level tables and more expensive ones, will give the game a great feel and a good spin. Although the solid rods are not as fast as the hollow ones, the nylon bushings of the Gladiator allow them to move smoothly and sustain the fast-paced gameplay. The handles however are made of solid wood. It will add more control in the game.
The Atomic Gladiator foosball table is considered heavy. The thick cabinet alone provides a good stability, which removes any table movement during play. If you want to play hard, nothing to worry, this table is built to handle it. The existence of nylon bushings helps the rods functions smoothly. The solid rods that are most common in mid-level tables are fast enough to intermediate players.
The ¾ inch thickness of the surface table, as what we often see on the expensive tables, provides a sturdier and level foosball table. The thicker surface provides an optimal level playing surface. Also, it plays faster.
The ball retrieval is very convenient because the ball automatically returns on the sides. This table comes with four cupholders for those who having a few drinks while playing.
The Atomic Gladiator does not come with counterbalanced men. That is why the gameplay does not reach the tournament level compared to some more expensive tables. Some intermediate players would rather choose this feature because it makes a smoother, fast paced game as the men can stay horizontal.
The gameplay is closely comparable to Hathaway Primo foosball table. Gladiator can deliver a smooth fair play because of the stability and well-levelled playing field, with some minor dead zones.
The appearance of the Gladiator is a traditional style. The humanoid men are made with good quality and appearance. You can see a contrast between the chestnut cabinet finish and dark colored legs and the green surface and light wood handles. The plastic corners looks a little fancy same with the levellers but overall, it looks good for a foosball table.
If you are looking for a foosball table that looks fun, plays well and can take a rough game any day, the Gladiator is the best choice for that. The field and players look like you shrunk an actual soccer field into four legs; it is the miniature version of a soccer game. The foosmen have the glossy neat look with realistic faces and funny uniforms. This feature of the Gladiator psyches up the game.
It is very easy to assemble. If you do it alone, it will take you 2 to 3 hours to finish the whole set up. But with company, you can do it in less than 2 hours. The warranty of the Atomic Gladiator is only 90 days. It is quiet short for a warranty but with the main features of this table, it will take you a longer time to break the Gladiator.
The Gladiator is a high quality sturdy game table that can carry any abuse. If you are looking for tons of fun without breaking your budget, this foosball table is the best deal.
WHO SHOULD BUY THIS GAME TABLE?
The Gladiator is built for intermediate players. The teenagers, young adults and beginners who don’t mind playing a foosball table without having counterbalanced men. It is a solid and heavy table that can withstand a hard and vigorous play. The rod and surface create a fast play that intermediate players will love to enjoy.
- Good option for recreational gameplay
- High quality
- With comfortable ball retrieval
- Excellent game table design
- It is not an official tournament table
- Non-existence of counterbalanced foosball men
- Limited warranty of 90 days