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Here's my take on the Stiga lite table
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
Novice player, wanted a table for kids to enjoy and get off their device screens and for family. Bought the table with 20% off due to Amazon's Prime Day special sale. Chose Stiga over Joola and others due to Stiga having less complaints on customer service than others.
Elected to have the delivery to 1st room inside so no extra charges there, free delivery. Two men delivered and handled the box with care. Did a great job getting it into my basement. I politely asked if they can move it into next room and they were kind enough to do so. YMMV for others but mine was a straight shot from one to another.
The box was in excellent condition. Once opened, I see the two halves with the playing surface are facing each other, this helps reduce damage. Any damage would only result in the underside surface and/or the corners. Assembling is a piece of cake. Literally assembles in 15 to 20 minutes. All the screwed in parts from factory are perfect, didn't see any loose screws, crooked assembly, etc.
Locking clip for the folded up halves, perfect fit, locks and unlocks without any rubbing. The adjustable leg bottoms also spin freely, no issues there. Two little issues that I did have with the table was the surface. There is a small 1/8" dent near the side by the where the net goes (closer to center) on surface and also finger prints on surface. The dent clearly happened during production, as there are no "fresh" damage like exposed material. It's coated in same paint as the rest of of table surface. It would have been nice if QA caught it early and filled it in prior to painting. It no way affects play because it is close to the net but still unsightly and frustrating because it is a new purchase. The finger prints appear to be there during the production as well, I can't wash it off or clean in any way. Looks like it was there, after the paint but and then coated over with final protective coat?
Not going to do an exchange because it's a bit of a pain and like I said above, due to where the dent is and a few prints, I think can live with it. If there were more damage that affects play, I'd definitely go and request a new table.
In hindsight, I think I may have chosen the thicker 3/4" Stiga table. This is ok for family play and will do the job for us for the time being. I went cheaper because I was not sure how younger kids will treat the table and didn't want to spend more only to have it damaged. If I were buying, didn't have kids around, and have more experience, definitely thicker surface.
Giving Stiga table 3 stars, due to the disappointing flaws. If it came perfect, I'd give it 4 stars.
FYI, Stiga offers free dozen 3 star balls for reviews. I'll update the review to let others know if they back it up.
UPDATE 8/17/19: I received the dozen 3 star balls from Stiga. I emailed Stiga, I received a reply back shortly regarding the balls being sent out. The balls then came pretty quick, maybe within 10 days of me contacting them. Thumbs up for Stiga being prompt on connecting with their customers.