Table tennis, or ping pong, is a fun and often recreational sport that requires 2 to 4 players opposing the other. When it comes to choosing the surface and equipment for your table tennis game, these brands offer high quality products to ensure smooth gameplay. This list compiles the top ten brands players buy from when it comes to table tennis, and details the roots and origins of said brands.
Stiga has been producing table tennis products since 1938, but did not become a formal company until 1944. The Swedish company quickly rose to a status entailing global notoriety as they were one of the first companies to mass-manufacture products for table tennis efficiently. To this day, Stiga sells all table tennis equipment, everything from paddles/ blades, to balls, bags, tables, clothes, and much more. Additionally, they sell various other sport novelties, like scooters, tabletop soccer, and more. If this list was strictly ranked, Stiga would be at the top because today, the majority of ping pong balls one might see are usually Stiga brand. One person they sponsor is 2019 World Junior Championship Medalist representing Sweden, Truls Moregardh.
Butterfly has had the worldly notoriety that a "top brand" needs to boast to be considered such a longstanding and honorable brand since 1950. Authenticity is never a question for Butterfly, as it was founded by Hikosuke Tamasu, a Japanese table tennis player at the time, who wanted a great table tennis equipment company. So, he started the brand, Tamasu, before it went by "Butterfly." They sell all sorts of ping pong products such as balls and paddles, but are very well-known for their quality tables.
Cornilleau was started in 1946 by Emile Cornilleau, who opened a joinery shop in France, recognizing a high demand for joinery products in an area recovering from war. He started making tables, cabinets, and etc. It was not until 1969, when a Parisian company ordered the manufacturing of 300 ping pong tables that Cornilleau's notoriety in ping pong was born. Today, the French company can boast a table production number of over 3 million. Cornilleau has also sponsored a number of competitions for the past 30 years, such as the Spanish and French Open in 1989, and the Italian Open in 1992, solidifying their position as a top tier table tennis brand.
Yasaka was founded in 1947 by two men named Hirosi Yaoita and Sakamoto, the name being a hybrid of their two names. Yaiota had humble beginnings and wanted to make quality table tennis products to improve his profession. His company shortly after made waves on a global scale. Making its mark on the table tennis world, Yasaka introduced "MARK V," which revolutionized rubber technology. Rubber is on either side of a standard ping pong paddle and Yasaka patented the kind that is used in most paddles today. One notable player Yasaka has sponsored is Ma Lin, who won multiple gold medals while representing Yasaka. The Japanese brand has continually sold all sorts of quality table tennis products, while being highly recognized for its rubber innovation.
Karl Frey founded Joola in 1952. Quickly after the founding, the company started to manufacture ping pong tables. While tables became the main focus of Joola, they started to manufacture blades and rubbers starting in 1973, leading to its sales of balls, accessories, apparel, and more. Joola is solidified as a top table tennis brand, as it has the honor of supplying the official table of three consecutive Summer Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004). It is one thing to be on the come-up as ping pong is growing as a global sport, but when a company can get the type of global recognition to be the table used at the Olympics, the quality of their product becomes unquestionable.
Nittaku was started in the 1920s as a production company. It was not until 1947 that it started manufacturing table tennis products. Like many other brands on this list, Nittaku can boast a global come-up around the same time as the sport became popular. They do not have much of a presence in America as their HQ is in Tokyo, Japan, but they are recognized as a top tier table tennis brand worldwide as they have provided the official balls for three Olympics and seven straight European Championships. They sponsor a number of Asian table tennis pros, including Mima Ito, Hitomi Sato, and Ma Long. What solidifies Nittaku's place in this list is its being the International Table Tennis Federation sponsor, crushing any doubt of worldwide notoriety for this brand.
Victas was started in 1931 in Tokyo, Japan. They specialized in the production of balls made of celluloid initially, but to this day they sell everything from blades to rubber, tables, accessories, apparel and more. The thing that sets Victas apart from a good number of the brands on this list is their longevity. It was one of the first companies to be well-known for selling table tennis products during the beginning of ping ping's popularity. They sponsor players like Yuto Muramatsu, Kazuhiro Yoshimura, and Kenji Matsudaira to name a few. What really solidifies Victas as a top tier brand is their consistency to manufacture quality table tennis products for over 85 years. Especially considering ping pong, a sport that has evolved and changed so much, Victas has always been known as a brand that makes quality products.
Tibhar was started in Germany in 1969 by Tibor Harangozo, a professional table tennis player. He focused on making a great blade and rubber, but presentlyTibhar sells products like tables, balls, apparel, etc., providing a more extensive range of products. They sponsor multiple players including Emmanuel Lebesson of France, Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, and Tomislav Pucar of Croatia. Tibhar was the official supplier of the 2007 World Table Tennis Championships in Zagreb. Tibhar is a solid brand that has produced consistently quality table tennis products since the sport began to gain notoriety worldwide.
Andro was started in 1970 in Dortmund, Germany. Scholer, a larger company at the time, and Sport-Micke, a similar brand started by Wilfred Micke of the German national table tennis team, merged after Sport-Micke was ordered to make custom racquet products. To this day, they are one of Germany's leading table tennis brands, selling a multitude of ping pong products such as blades, rubbers, and balls. They have numerous pro table tennis players representing their brand, such as Sharat Kamal Achanta of India, Simon Gauzy of France, and Killian Ort of Germany. Something that sets Andro apart from a lot of these brands is its involvement in the development of ping pong skills in youth - they have sponsored kids tournaments in Germany for many years.
Donic has an interesting history that dates back to 1889. In the beginning, "Donic Schildkröt" was a brand that had a large focus on rubber and celluloid. They started to make balls and rubbers in terms of table tennis products, but today they have a larger range of goods for sale. They are based in Germany and have been a top brand for over a century. Authenticity is unquestionable for this brand as they have been making quality products for over a century. No shortage of global recognition either: Donic has been the supplier of various table tennis products for multiple World Table Tennis Championships and has provided the tables for numerous European championships. Donic was on the come-up during ping pong's rise to global popularity, making Donic a classic brand and one of top tier.