American Legend Manchester Foosball Table

Editor rating

3/5 on Jul 3, 2015

User's rating

20 reviews

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Strong construction
  • 3-goalie configuration

CONS

  • Dead spots
  • Fairly low quality of play
  • Long assembly time
  • Lightweight
  • Uneven leveling
  • Awkwardly placed counter-balance players

VERDICT

The American Legend Manchester Foosball Table is an affordable table that will totally entertain the beginner player. However, given that this is not a high-end table it is prone to several flaws such as dead ends, some plastic parts and an uneven playing surface, which may take away from the table’s quality rating.

Features

  • 1” thick sturdy cabinet
  • 100 lbs
  • 3/8” wide playing surface
  • 4.75” leg levelers for leveling
  • 5/8’’ solid steel rods with chrome finish
  • Abacus scoring
  • Ball bearings on rods for good quality play
  • Big wooden handles for perfect grip
  • Exterior cherry laminate finish
  • Solid 5” square legs
  • 2 cup holders

Some great features of the American Legend include:

Affordable

If you are not looking to shell out thousands of dollars on a foosball table but still want good quality, the American Legend Foosball Table could be a great match for your budget. The price range is just right without compromising on the features that make a good foosball table.

Strong construction

There are concerns that MDF is prone to warping and damage compared to real wood. However, this really depends on the quality of the MDF. The American Legend is made from high quality MDF that does not succumb to warping. The cabinet itself is 1’’ thick and the entire table weighs 100 pounds. The rods are built from steel, providing long-term durability.

3-goalie configuration

Like most American foosball tables, this one comes with three goalies on the last line. This provides a pretty easy play, which most beginners will enjoy. Tables that come with one-goalie offer a more challenging play especially for intermediate and pro players.

There are some notable downsides to the American Legend Foosball Table:

Dead spots
A significant problem with the American Legend is that it comes with several dead spot at the corners and in between the roads. This means you would have to do numerous corner kicks or restarts with each game, something that can make the gaming experience a bit too cumbersome.

Quality of play
Due to its construction, this foosball table has a space between the goalie and the back wall, causing the ball to constantly roll in behind the goalie and there is no way to stop this from happening. This leads to soft goals, which can be quite frustrating.

Long assembly time
As is the case with most foosball tables, the American Table takes a considerably long time to put together. You might want to give yourself about one hour and a couple of helping hands to assemble the table successfully.

Lightweight
While the 1’’ thickness of the cabinet is standard and provides some durability, the weight of this foosball table (100 pounds) is a bit light compared to others such as the Carrom brand. The lightweight may affect the table’s stability and levelness.

Uneven leveling
It is unsurprising that the American Legend would have leveling issues. This could be attributed to the table’s lightweight, which as mentioned, tends to affect stability and levelness. It is important for any table to have an even playing surface to ensure excellent and fair play.

Awkward counter-balance players
The counterbalanced players on this table are tilting upward. This way, it is easy for the ball to roll beneath your own players without any way to stop it. The best and often expensive foosball models come with players that are placed horizontally along the playing surface.

Conclusion

If you are looking for something that will look and feel good in your game room, the American Legend Manchester Foosball Table will not disappoint. Admittedly, this is not a pro-level foosball table but the great features and excellent play bring you an inch closer to that pro feeling.

This page is part of our Foosball table reviews section.