The Butterfly Personal Rollaway TR21 table tennis table is a high quality table priced around US$500. It features a high quality wooden top, sturdy steel construction, and the trademark Butterfly ‘rollaway’ design for easy storage and movement. For first time buyers, amateurs and semi-professionals, this may be the best and cheapest combination of quality and low price.
This Butterfly ping pong table is aimed squarely at the amateur and recreational player who wants a high quality table at an affordable price. Whether you want something to practice on, or add a table to your game room, you will find this table to be worthy on all counts.
As the name suggests, the Butterfly Personal Rollaway is meant more for ‘personal’ than for competitive use, and should be at home in a recreation room or a ping-pong practice hall. It should take you about 3 hours or so to assemble the various components, (a bit shorter if you have some help). It is available in green or blue (TR21B) finishes.
Butterfly Personal Rollaway – Table Features
The table has a 5/8 inch solid wooden top that offers good bounce, spin and speed. When it comes to table tops, the thicker the better. Thinner tops tend to provide inconsistent bounce. While a 1 inch thick top may be the optimum choice, a 5/8 inch top does not fare too badly either.
Many tables around $500 suffer from a lack of quality, especially in terms of the material used for the table top (the single most important element in a table). Butterfly has not compromised in this department in the Butterfly Personal Rollaway ping pong table, and the results are pretty apparent. Despite the low price, this top not only looks great, but also plays amazingly well.
Another complaint most players have with tables in the sub-$500 price range is the lack of sturdiness. The frames are often flimsy and prone to damage. In contrast, the Personal Rollaway rests on 1″ thick legs made of German steel. A 1.5″ thick side rail provides additional support to the structure and enhances the life of the table.
Good Family Choice
This table has lots of nifty features built in, such as an accessory holder that can hold a pair of rackets and a few balls, and a child safety lever to prevent the top from accidentally falling off. It comes with a standard net set that is easy to install and remove. Features like these make it the ideal choice for homes and family recreation rooms.
This table is built on Butterfly’s ‘rollaway’ design. Essentially, this is a design feature that makes it effortlessly easy to fold up the table and roll it out of the way using the four built in steel wheels. If you are concerned about space, this is a great feature to have: simply unfold the table when you want to play, and when done, just fold it up and roll it into a corner! The low weight (170 lbs) is especially helpful in this regard.
To top it all off, the Butterfly Personal Rollaway also comes with a 3 year warranty, so you can rest assured that your investment is covered for 3 years at least.
“The assembly took about two hours for two young men. The table is quite heavy, but once assembled it moves very easy. Good quality table. We have not played ping pong for many years, so this has become good fun time for the whole family. Definitely creates a work out for those of us that are starting to age. Buying this table was a great idea.”
“It is a great table, good true bounce. And I particularly like how easy it is to fold up and take down. Couldn’t be easier.”
“Once assembled, we enjoyed playing on the table, which has a solid 3/4-inch, well-painted surface. The table also has twin paddle & ball holders. An adult can readily fold/unfold the table and roll it away. Our family is very pleased.”
Butterfly Personal Rollaway – Summary
For home buyers, amateur players and beginners learning the ropes, this is the perfect table. Priced competitively around $500, it would make the ideal choice for gymnasiums, recreation rooms and practice halls. It is strong enough to take a fair bit of abuse, and comes with a top that is surprisingly responsive. In terms of value for money, few tables can come close to the Butterfly Personal Rollaway ping pong table.