What is the one thing that stands out when you think of a man cave? Is it a bar, a lounge, or perhaps a themed entertainment center? For me (and many others), it is the idea of a billiard table as a focal point when I enter the room. The biggest issue that many of us face in terms of getting a billiard table is determining which one works and if the cost matches the quality. If you don’t have a few thousand to drop on a single table, Fat Cat has a few great options that have a great value for a smaller cost. Let’s take a look at a few billiard table reviews for the Fat Cat billiard brand!
Minnesota Fats Fullerton Billiard Table
- Self Employed Parents Rating: 8.0 out of 10
- Pros: Dark Chestnut wood veneer, synthetic leather pockets, professional grade cloth
- Cons: Past shipping issues (possibly due to UPS), weight
- Price Range: $$$
- Dimensions: 96 inches x 53 inches x 31 inches
- Weight: 309 pounds
With so many pool tables out there, choosing the best one can be daunting. While spending days upon days researching different styles and wood patterns, I happened to stumble across the Minnesota Fullerton style billiard table- a classic combination of modern and rustic.
When I think man cave, I think a nice mahogany or chestnut finish on my furniture. Realizing so many people out there with the same preferences are looking for pool tables, Fat Cat capitalized on this with the creation of the Minnesota Fullerton table- a nice mix of a professional grade red cloth and a rich chestnut finish. The combination of an amazing billiard cloth with the elegance of the chestnut wood allows you to place this billiard table in your man cave regardless of whatever else is in the room.
Quite often we have to purchase products that tie into everything else in the room, but this table enables you to bypass that hurdle. Chestnut can match both old and new, rustic and modern- enabling you to have a great centerpiece without the eyesore of a random out-of-place look.
Additionally, this table comes equipped with synthetic leather pockets. Unlike cheaper billiard tables, the Minnesota Fullerton keeps the sleek leather look without compromising overall pocket purpose. Most billiard tables have converted over to rubber pockets- this creates a higher bounce back should you hit a ball into a side or corner pocket at a higher speed. Leather pockets are a bit more forgiving, allowing you to have a little leeway in terms of cue stroking. Also, rubber looks tacky as hell whereas leather has extreme eye appeal!
If you are looking for something a bit lighter in weight and easier to assemble, we have a great option below for you!
Minnesota Fats Covington Billiard Table
- Self Employed Parents Rating: 8.4 out of 10
- Pros: Easy assembly, camel wool cloth, slated table
- Cons: Shipped in multiple boxes that can arrive a day apart
- Price Range: $$$
- Dimensions: 96 inches x 53 inches x 31 inches
- Weight: 250 pounds
Not everyone here likes the wood finished look, preferring a more unique look or perhaps a dark finish. The Minnesota Fats Covington pool table has an amazing black wooden finish on the table exterior and legs, creating a sleek finish without the generic wood-like appearance. Combine this with the camel color wool cloth and you have the dark versus light finish that appeals to all men!
If any of you out there reading this are like me, you aren’t a fan of the generic green or red billiard cloths. Fat Cat did a large amount of research to find the most appealing colors out there for man cave purchases and discovered that the camel color cloth is the ideal match for the black billiard table. Consider this, when you purchase a car or look at different car models on line, the most appealing to many is a black car with a beige interior finish. They (Fat Cat) has converted that ideology into their pool tables and create an amazing looking table at an affordable price.
Lastly, the Minnesota Covington has is a bit lighter than most billiard tables, allowing you to move it without worrying about where the nearest chiropractor is! What can be better than a lighter pool table you ask? This table, unlike any other on this list, takes only an hour to assemble! Most tables require multiple people to assemble it, but with the simple instructions, this can be assembled in a matter of an hour or so without hardship. If you can get past the fact that this pool table and all its components come in multiple boxes (sometimes a day apart), then this is a great option for you!
Table weight isn’t an issue for everyone- if you are one of those who don’t mind how much the billiard table weighs, then let us take a look at our highest rated billiard table out there!
Fat Cat Frisco Billiard Table
- Self Employed Parents Rating: 9.3 out of 10
- Pros: Wood veneer mahogany, warranty of 7 years, classic French design
- Cons: Rubber bumpers, lengthy assembly time
- Price Range: $$
- Dimensions: 89.5 inches x 50.5 inches x 31 inches
- Weight: 337 pounds
If I could type in the Anchorman voice while describing this table I definitely would! Rich mahogany, French design, and a wool-blended cloth provide a look that screams rustic. Rather than your traditional green or red cloth, the dark, wool cloth provides a unique look that appeals to all desires.
Unlike many billiard tables, the Frisco billiard table has a guaranteed warantee of 7 years! Most pool tables have a short warranty (if they have one at all), resulting in things breaking down a year or so down the road with no assistance. With the 7 years of warrantee guaranteed, you have the comfort of knowing that Fat Cat stands by this product and guarantee a long life with little to no issues. Combine the warantee with the cheaper cost of this table and there is no reason this table shouldn’t be near the top of your list!
Although there are so many positives regarding the Frisco billiard table, it is a hefty project to take on in terms of building it. We mentioned before how the Minnesota Convington billiard table has a short assembly time (about an hour) – well this one is a bit more extensive, often times taking a few hours to assemble. If you set aside a half day to assemble a pool table to begin with, then this is a minor issue (or no issue at all).
Also, the Frisco pool table uses rubber pockets. I have mentioned how I tend to sway away from these due to the look and “give” of rubber versus leather, but this table is the lone exception to this. The pockets look like they are high grade and provide the right amount of give in relation to pool balls, negating all of the factors that would lower rubber issues.
Lastly, this amazing billiard table has warp resistant cloth and adjustable leveling pads, allowing you to avoid potential aging issues from extensive use. Most house foundations built over 20 years ago are dipping to one side or the other, causing issues in a variety of areas for homeowners. The adjustable pads provided with this billiard table allows you to adjust any of the legs to create an even pool table for your man cave!
For our final review, let’s take a look at a hybrid table – a pool and air hockey combination!
Fat Cat Black Pockey Table – Billiard & Air Hockey
- Self Employed Parents Rating: 7.3 out of 10
- Pros: Billiard and Air Hockey, Felt Cloth, adjustable legs for uneven grounds
- Cons: Rubber bumpers, Cheaper looking that typical billiard table
- Price Range: $
- Dimensions: 80 inch L x 44 inch W x 32 inch H
- Weight: 284 pounds
We have already dove into the top three billiard tables created by Fat Cat, but there has to be other options right? If you have a man cave that you will have younger guests enter, you may be looking for something a bit more in terms of options versus flooring space.
Fat Cat has created the Black Pockey Table, a hybrid of sorts that has one side billiard table and one side air hockey. In terms of the billiard table, the felt cloth and adjustable legs mirror the quality of the Frisco table. The one fault I have in terms of the billiard table is that the cloth is a generic green and the bumpers a cheaper rubber. This table basically substitutes a lot of the quality for the ability to create a dual platform table.
The air hockey side of this billiard table is actually really nice. There are air blowers on each side that allow proper puck movement across an even, glossy surface. If you have kids at home who may venture into your man cave, then this is the best option to allow them to have a game to play with without damaging your pool table for when you have the boys over for a man’s night in.
Which Fat Cat Will Be Yours?
Everyone has their own preferences in terms of what type of billiard table they are looking for. Whether you are looking for a chestnut, mahogany, or black wood look, these are truly the best options out there. Green, camel, wool, or red cloth availability grants you access to set your pool table apart from all others. Lastly, if you are looking to consolidate space and have a two-in-one table, the pockey table is an exceptional option for you!
If you have any questions or comments on any of these products, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!