What's the difference between American and English Pool Tables?

This is one of the most popular questions from our customers, what really is the difference between the American and English pool tables?

Well there a a few differences between American and English Pool Tables which I will put in very simple terms for you to make it easy.

English Pool Tables are usually 7ft, which is the size used in Pool Leagues up and down the country. You can get them in 6ft which is ideal for a smaller room and popular in the home, or in the local pub where space is at a premium. We do offer 8ft English Pool tables but we would really only recomend this is you are an experienced pool player and definitely want a table of this size. Playing English pool on such a large table can be a challenging game and I wouldn't recommend this for beginners. An 8ft English Pool Table plays a great game and it is a touch more challenging than a standard 7ft, but you will find you have more space to move the cue ball around, although the potting distances will be greater.

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You might be wondering what the American Pool Table size is in comparison to English Pool Tables, an American Pool Table is much larger. American Pool Tables range in size from 8ft to 9ft, with 9ft being the official size for the table. The playing surface is much larger and the balls used are 2 1/4" in diameter as opposed to the 2" balls used on an English Pool Table. We do also sell 6ft and 7ft tables with American style pockets and larger balls, so if space is at a premium but you want the American experience we have a selection of tables to fit the bill.


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Traditionally, English pool was played with red and yellow balls and American pool played with the spots and stripes coloured balls. Nowadays you can get balls in all different colours and 2" American style spots and stripes balls. It's all really down to personal taste which is why we offer different options on all of our pool table listings.

The cloth used on English Pool Tables is a wool cloth, typically Hainsworth Smart Cloth or Strachan West of England cloth. This cloth is characterised by the nap which makes the playing surface slower than on an American Pool Table. American Pool is played on a napless Speed Cloth such as Hainsworth Elite Pro which has no nap and is woven.

Lastly there are the pockets. On an English Pool Table the pockets are smaller and the cushion curves into all the pockets creating no hard corners. On an American Pool Table the pockets are considerably larger and are sometimes called bucket pockets. The corner pockets are very forgiving however the pockets on the side rails have a right angled cushion which makes it harder to pot the balls from narrow angles.

Both games are fantastic and becoming more and more popular. We sell hundreds of pool tables every month to home customers, schools, pubs, staff recreation rooms and youth clubs. It's such an easy game to just pick up a cue and play, even for children. Then as your skill level grows the game becomes more and more rewarding as your position play improves and you are able to build impressive breaks.

We sell one of the largest ranges of Pool tables in the UK and can offer free knowledgable advice on any of our pool tables or help you find a pool table to suit your needs. Just give a member of our team a call on 0800 622 6464 and they will be more than happy to help.


Written By: Michelle Beresford

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