Stiga Vapor vs Stiga XTR: Stiga XTR Is An Affordable All-weather Table

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If you wonder which Stiga outdoor table stands out among its numerous all-weather products, this Stiga Vapor vs Stiga XTR will answer your question.

It would be difficult to find another all-weather table that offers such a good deal like Stiga XTR. The table welcomes beginners and has standard durability for an outdoor table.

On the flip side, Stiga Vapor shares several similarities with Stiga XTR, but its price can’t compete with the other.

Here is why you should consider Stiga XTR rather than Stiga Vapor. 

Stiga Vapor vs Stiga XTR: Comparison Chart

Name
The Winner (#1)
Stiga XTR
The Runner-up (#2)
Stiga Vapor
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STIGA XTR Professional Table Tennis Tables – All Weather Aluminum Waterproof Indoor / Outdoor Design with Net & Post - 10 Minute Easy Assembly Ping-Pong Table with Compact Storage
STIGA XTR Professional Table Tennis Tables – All Weather Aluminum Waterproof Indoor/Outdoor Design with Net & Post - 10 Minute Easy Assembly Ping-Pong Table with Compact Storage
Thickness of tabletop
6 mm
6 mm, aluminum and plastic composite material
Dimension
160 x 144.8 x 10.2 cm
‎167.64 x 152.4 x 162.56 cm
Weight
75 kg
64 kg
Leg levelers
2”
1.5”
Undercarriage
30mm x 30mm
30mm x 30mm
Steel aprons
1.5 "
1.5 "
Stable steel legs
1.25”
1.25″
Self-opening legs
Easy to assemble
Net
all-weather, clamp-style net
all-weather, clamp-style ne
Caster wheels
3’’
3”
Playback mode
All-weather
Color
blue
blue
Safety latch system
What I like
Price
$499.99
$539.99
The Winner (#1)
Name
Stiga XTR
Image
STIGA XTR Professional Table Tennis Tables – All Weather Aluminum Waterproof Indoor / Outdoor Design with Net & Post - 10 Minute Easy Assembly Ping-Pong Table with Compact Storage
Thickness of tabletop
6 mm
Dimension
160 x 144.8 x 10.2 cm
Weight
75 kg
Leg levelers
2”
Undercarriage
30mm x 30mm
Steel aprons
1.5 "
Stable steel legs
1.25”
Self-opening legs
Easy to assemble
Net
all-weather, clamp-style net
Caster wheels
3’’
Playback mode
All-weather
Color
blue
Safety latch system
What I like
Price
$499.99
More info
The Runner-up (#2)
Name
Stiga Vapor
Image
STIGA XTR Professional Table Tennis Tables – All Weather Aluminum Waterproof Indoor/Outdoor Design with Net & Post - 10 Minute Easy Assembly Ping-Pong Table with Compact Storage
Thickness of tabletop
6 mm, aluminum and plastic composite material
Dimension
‎167.64 x 152.4 x 162.56 cm
Weight
64 kg
Leg levelers
1.5”
Undercarriage
30mm x 30mm
Steel aprons
1.5 "
Stable steel legs
1.25″
Self-opening legs
Easy to assemble
Net
all-weather, clamp-style ne
Caster wheels
3”
Playback mode
All-weather
Color
blue
Safety latch system
What I like
Price
$539.99
More info

Stiga Vapor vs Stiga XTR: Differences

The winner: Stiga XTR (2-1)

Although the two tables are identical in almost every feature, Stiga XTR has a slightly bigger steel leg than Joola Outdoor.

Weight

The winner: Stiga Vapor

Stiga Vapor is 10 kg lighter than Stiga XTR
Stiga Vapor is 10 kg lighter than Stiga XTR

Stiga Vapor is around 65kg, while Stiga XTR is 10kg heavier. This 10kg didn’t make much difference during assembly (small alert: ask for help from at least two more adults in this step), but Stiga Vapor’s is more balanced considering the weight-wheel ratio.

Why is Stiga XTR heavier than the other even though almost all measurements are identical? It could be that the materials chosen to make Stiga XTR are heavier, which could make it sturdier. However, as Stiga doesn’t publish in detail this info, this theory remains untested.

So I pick Stiga Vapor as the winner here simply because its weight works better with the 3-inch caster wheels.

Leg levelers

The winner: Stiga XTR

Outdoor tables are better off with 2” or above leg levelers. The reason is that the ground is rarely even, and leg levelers are mandatory to avoid tables being tilted and spoiling the fun.

That’s why I’m pleased by Stiga XTR’s 2-inch leg levelers but not by Stiga Vapor’s 1.5-inch ones. If your backyard is not too rocky or your tables are placed inside the garage, the 1.5–inch wouldn’t be a problem. Nonetheless, as an outdoor table, Stiga XTR is apparently superior to the other. 

Value for Money

The winner: Stiga XTR

Stiga XTR is significantly more affordable than Stiga Vapor
Stiga XTR is significantly more affordable than Stiga Vapor

I believe this will convince most customers to side with me on the Stiga XTR team. Surprisingly, despite their similar quality, Stiga XTR is significantly more affordable than Stiga Vapor. 

Not to say, online markets occasionally promote sale campaigns for Stiga XTR.

Stiga XTR Vs Stiga Vapor: Similarities

Thickness and Tabletop

Outdoor tables are made of aluminum or aluminum plus plastic instead of wood to avoid getting chipped or warped up under difficult outside conditions. In return, their tabletop usually has an inferior bounciness than the conventional wooden ones.

So with Stiga XTR and Stiga Vapor, their 6mm tabletops have the playability that reminds me of 15mm indoor tables. That indicates they are well-made for beginners and recreational purposes but won’t satisfy professional practices. 

But again, playability is not the number one priority for an outdoor table. What matters is how it preserves against the weather, which both XTR and Vapor are qualified at thanks to the waterproof and anti-dust paint.  

Net

Clip-style net has never been my favorite. Their set-up is hassle-free, yet they do a terrible job as a net with the horrible tension adjustment. 

Ironically, despite customers’ flooding complaints about this design, it’s becoming more and more common with current products. 

However, one good thing about Stiga XTR and Stiga Vapor’s clamp-style net is that they are both water-proof. 

Caster wheels

3-inch caster wheels of Stiga XTR
3-inch caster wheels of Stiga XTR

Our candidates feature 3-inch caster wheels, a rather incompetent size for outdoor tables. Ideally, tables should feature 5-inch-or-above caster wheels to work decently outside on the uneven ground. 

So if you decide to go with either Stiga XTR or Stiga Vapor, remember to maneuver it with care on uneven ground to avoid damage.

All-weather proof

Despite Stiga’s confidence that their tables can tolerate outdoor conditions, I don’t think you should trust them entirely. Instead, it would be wiser that you add protection for your tables. Use plastic cover, or place them in a shelter… whatever method you choose, just limit their exposure to the sun and humidity as much as possible.

Even better, if you’re not too lazy moving tables in and out, store them indoors after use.

Quick Rundown of Stiga XTR

STIGA XTR Professional Table Tennis Tables – All Weather Aluminum Waterproof Indoor / Outdoor Design with Net & Post - 10 Minute Easy Assembly Ping-Pong Table with Compact Storage
  • PERFECT ADDITION TO ANY OUTDOOR PATIO SET - Durable outdoor table tennis table perfect for the patio or garage
  • BUILT TO LAST - Specifically designed and manufactured to withstand the elements.
  • ALL-WEATHER PERFORMANCE - Aluminum composite top offers great playability with all-weather performance
  • QUICKPLAY DESIGN - 10-minute QuickPlay design comes 95% preassembled out of the box for quick and easy setup
  • SIMPLE STORAGE - Effortlessly folds into an ultra-compact storage position in seconds with self-opening legs
Pros
  • 6mm tabletop is ideal for recreational purpose
  • Tabletop and net is waterproof; frame and undercarriage are dust-resistant
  • Playback mode is essential for beginners
  • Leg levelers are 2”
  • Affordable price considering what it can offer
Cons
  • 3-inch caster wheels are safe to use on even ground only
  • Weight is heavier than Stiga Vapor

Quick Rundown of Stiga Vapor

STIGA XTR Professional Table Tennis Tables – All Weather Aluminum Waterproof Indoor/Outdoor Design with Net & Post - 10 Minute Easy Assembly Ping-Pong Table with Compact Storage
  • PERFECT ADDITION TO ANY OUTDOOR PATIO SET - Durable outdoor table tennis table perfect for the patio or garage
  • BUILT TO LAST - Specifically designed and manufactured to withstand the elements
  • ALL-WEATHER PERFORMANCE - Aluminum composite top offers great playability with all-weather performance
  • QUICKPLAY DESIGN - 10-minute QuickPlay design comes 95% preassembled out of the box for quick and easy setup
  • SIMPLE STORAGE - Effortlessly folds into an ultra-compact storage position in seconds with self-opening legs
Pros
  • 6mm tabletop is adequate for recreational-purpose outdoor tables
  • Lightweight for an outdoor table
  • Net and tabletop are water-proof
Cons
  • Caster wheels are only 3”
  • Leg levelers are only 1.5”
  • Price is not as attractive as Stiga XTR

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