Ping Pong is a speed-demanding, fierce sport. To be perfect in any sport it requires lots and lots of practice and unshakable determination. But Ping Pong is a two-person game (mostly), hence you would require a partner even for the purpose of practicing. Not everybody might be as keen as you to practise the sport every single day. Well, that’s their loss, but what should you do next? The answer is easy, go for a Ping Pong Robot. Yes, you heard it right! Technology has reached its peak, and today you can play as much Ping Pong as you want, and you don’t even need a partner. These robots are manufactured in ways that make them absolutely amazing in refining your skills in the game. A good robot must possess a wide range of characteristics and capabilities to be your Ping Pong partner. We have brought a curated list of 7 best Ping Pong robots available in the market today. We have included all the significant features, their prices and a buying guide which would help you choose the best one for your needs.
Top 7 Ping Pong Robots
1) The Power Pong 5000
The Power Pong 5000, as the name suggests is a power-packed pro-level Ping Pong robot. For advanced-level players who want to keep their game up-to-date, and want to stay at the top of the sportsmen’s list; this robot is next to the perfect choice. It’s a state of art, a versatile robot that is sure to blow your mind with its amazing features. The robot is capable of creating a drill of 8 balls and can store up to 99 drills in the memory box. You can control it in innumerable ways via the Bluetooth connectivity that it features which can be accessed very conveniently with one’s smartphone.
- All spins, trajectories, frequency and speed can be programmed.
- 33 no. of saved drills in each slot of the memory box.
- Pre-programmed drills
- Ball recycling unit
- Warranty of 3 years
- A bit expensive
2) Newgy Robo-Pong 2040+
The Newgy Robo-Pong 2040+ is an upgrade to the earlier version 2040. The robot now can handle the slightly bigger 40mm balls. If you are looking for a fancy robot with bells and whistles, this might not be the choice for you. The Newgy Robo-Pong 2040+ is a rather simple robot which does its job pretty efficiently. It’s easy to set up and works on power.
The Newgy Robo-Pong 2040+ allows you to customise a lot of things (shot selections) like frequency, speed, angle and height. You can also get it to oscillate and send your balls to reach the different parts of the table, which proves to be really beneficial.
The spins can also be pretty much controlled, including backspin, left sidespin, topspin, right sidespin and also a combination of them all. We absolutely love the fact that the Newgy Robo-Pong 2040+ is capable of holding a great number of balls. You can expect it to hold about 200 balls (along with the bucket extender), which is pretty amazing. It comes with 48 2-star rated balls, which is another great feature of the robot.
- Reasonably priced
- Can handle 40mm balls
- Great capacity of ball holding
- The spins cannot be programmed
- A bit noisy
3) iPONG Trainer Motion
An upgrade to the iPong V300, the iPONG Trainer Motion is a small and compact Ping Pong robot-partner with a small footprint and great features. One can have control over the number of balls per minute, topspin, backspin and side-to-side oscillation. The iPONG Trainer Motion is able to hold up to 100 balls and have a shooting frequency from 12 to 70 balls per minute. This little Robo-player comes with a tilt stand to enhance the strokes-variety, and also with a wireless remote that adds to the convenience. This robot is perfect for beginners who wish to refine their skills. It is available in the market with 80 balls and a pick-up net.
It has a programmable memory that saves your settings, and also a digital display for easy configuration and control. The set up takes only a few minutes, and it uses regular AC power.
- Easy set-up, usage, movement and storing
- Tilting feature for versatility
- Digital display and wireless remote
- Affordable price
- Unpredictable oscillation function
- Speed settings cannot be changed independently
- Can be inconsistent
4) Butterfly Amicus Prime
This very robot comes with a tablet computer and an app of its own. You can operate this app from your own device as well to get a vast canopy of settings and pre-programmed drills. The Butterfly Amicus Prime also comes with a remote for frequent control adjustments and quick pauses.
This amazing combination of the Amicus Prime application and the robot allows you to use the collection of 10 included shots as well as manually control the frequency of ball from 5-120 balls per minute. Also, you have control over spin, trajectory, speed, and ball placement. The user also gets the convenience of mirroring or reversing the setting to change the dominant hand without having to alter any other settings. The strokes can be randomised to bring a customised feel to the training.
The Butterfly Amicus Prime robot comes with a set of 12 pre-programmed exercises designed by Coach Richard Prouse. There are also pre-installed videos in the app that would help you learn each exercise easily. Exercises and programmes can also be altered (modified or replaced), which means that you can shoot and upload your own videos to the list. You can create your own customised playlist to practice your game.
This robot is basically a step-up from the Butterfly Amicus Professional robot which doesn’t use the app. The price tag speaks about the intention of the manufacturer who has strictly designed the robot for professional, competitive and intense solo practice.
- Customizable, in the terms of shots and other programmes
- Comes with solo remote, tablet computer and collection net
- Comes with an app that can be used in the tablet or in your own device
- Coach-designed exercises to refine your skills
- Complex set-up
- Completely dependent on Bluetooth connection and app. If one crashes, the robot won’t function
5) Oukei TW-2700-S9
The Oukei TW-2700-S9 is yet another professional training level robot that comes with many interesting features that are sure to dazzle any Ping Pong lover. The robot is pretty customizable and allows you to enjoy its feature of having 6 different kinds of serves with 18 varied landing points along with 9 different types of spins. This means that you get a great opportunity of getting a good combination of shots that can be customised as per your need. You get a feel of playing with a real opponent.
One can program the robot to perform set routines which is another great feature. The thing that we liked the best about the robot is its automatic ball recovery system which collects the balls and feeds them automatically into the robot. This saves a lot of time for the player.Pros:
- Has the ability to serve 100 balls per minute
- 9 types of spin
- 18 different position of the landing
- Automatic ball recovery
- A bit expensive
- Lesser memory than other robots
6) Power Pong 2001 Robot
Have you heard of (or tried) Power Pong 5000? Well, the Power Pong 2001 is just the more basic, slimmed-down version of that. Unlike the former, this robot is quite pocket-friendly. You may wonder if this 2001 version is as good as the 5000 one, and to answer this question, let us just say you get almost everything with it, but at the range of what cost it comes at. You can still create several complex drills with the huge amount of spins, serves and placement that it allows. It’s not less than a completely realistic training experience.
It has a place for about 22 different drills and 5 varied settings for a spin. It’s not as much as the 5000 robot, but still, the experience you get is nothing less than that. Like other robots of today’s era, the Power Pong 2001 also has a ball recycling net that makes your job easier.
- Pre-programmed drills
- 3-year warranty
- 22 drills memory space
- Catch net
- Ball recycling net
- 100 balls included in the package
- Can’t create cluster drills
7) Paddle Palace H2W Touch Pro Robot
Featuring an LCD touchscreen for convenient control and programming, the Paddle Place H2W Touch Pro Ping Pong Robot is the last in our list. The user has control over underspin, no spin, topspin and side spin and the choice of 22 possible landing spots on the table. The robot can create varied spins on consecutive shots which provide more variations to your practice sessions. One of the things that we liked the most about the Paddle Palace H2W Touch Pro Robot is its characteristic of providing its user with the choice of playing one of the 30 stored programs, or customizing and playing one of the 9 self-programmed sessions that can be saved in the memory box. The LCD screen shows the spin for each shot which is yet another special feature of this robot. The package includes 120 Nittaku balls, a catcher net and a reloading system in addition to the robot.Pros:
- Two-throw wheels
- 30 pre-programmed sequence + customisable programs
- Displays spin before every shot
- Comes with net and reloading system
Now that you’ve got the best 7 robot options available in the market, you’d be wondering which one to buy. Most of the people end up choosing the highest priced one. But how do you know that the one you chose is perfect for you? Rather than hitting the ‘buy’ button for any robot that comes before you, it’s better to check the reviews, features and characteristics of the robot. This will help you know whether or not the robot is apt for your needs. Here’s a buying guide which will hint you about the kind of robot you should buy.
Of the most desired Ping Pong robots are those which are capable of producing 4 different kinds of spins – topspin, sidespin, backspin and no spin at all (plus, all the customised programmes). Some robots can produce one or two of these spins, but for some robots, one would need to change the settings altogether to produce spins. Some pro-level robots are also capable of producing bi-directional spin, which is not possible by human efforts. This isn’t a realistic-practice but such spins can help you sharpen your game, which would make you good with unpredictable shots.
Getting a robot featuring storage of a good amount of balls is the first thing you must look for while you are out shopping for a robot. You can buy a robot having ball capacity from 100 or way up to 200 at a time. Larger and more complex robots have ball recovery (or, collection) system which saves a lot of time for the player.
When you are trying to practice a certain kind of shot, a feature of sending the ball to a specific location by the robot helps a lot. Some robots possess this feature and are capable of shooting the ball to the desired location pretty accurately. Some others have settings for the ball locations and at the same time, they can oscillate as per your direction.
If you are in the intermediate or advanced level, you might need to practice your shots and drills more often. Some robots have the feature of storing pre-programmed drills in their memory, and also have space for you to store your drill.
Some find their robot better with a constant power supply, while others like moving their robot around. The robots with battery are more convenient (obviously), but one must also ensure checking the kind of battery that the robot has before buying such robots.
Would you like to walk down to the robot every time you want to change the kind of shot, or would you like if you can control the robot with a single click? Obviously, it’s the second one. Try getting a robot with a remote control so that you can save the time of walking around uselessly, and spend the same in playing Ping Pong.
Modern, more sophisticated robots come with a companion app of their own. These apps not only help you customise your drills but also help you track your progress. Serious Ping Pong players ought to have a robot with this feature.
One of the most important features that you must consider before buying a robot is its memory, i.e., for how long and what amount it can store your settings and drills. This feature saves a lot of time and helps in providing a more life-like practice session.
Are table tennis robots worth it?
Although nothing can replace a good Ping Pong partner, these robots are close to it. A good quality robot can help you play and practice Ping Pong pretty conveniently.
What is the best Ping Pong robot?
So far, we believe that Power Pong 500 is the best robot available in the market.
What is a Ping Pong/Table Tennis robot?
A Ping Pong robot is simply a machine that is programmed to shoot balls at a specific interval. Robots are designed to fill the void of a practice-partner.
How many balls can a Ping Pong robot store?
A Ping Pong robot can store approximately 100-200 balls.
Are all Ping Pong robots same?
o, every new Ping Pong robot that comes to the market is designed by a different manufacturer and has different features. The core purpose of every robot is still the same.
This is pretty much everything we wished to share about Ping Pong robots with you. The above-mentioned robots are the best ones in the market. We’ll make sure to update the list as soon as we hear about a new or better Ping Pong robot.
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