Affordability and flexibility are the biggest advantages of the Fat Cat Original 3 in 1.
It is smaller than regulation size tables, but it’s good enough to provide endless hours of entertainment.
It is good enough for practicing and simply having fun, which makes it a great addition to any family’s game room.
Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 Review
- Easy assembly
- Easy game change
- Adjustable leg levelers
- Storage space for accessories
- Poor quality accessories
- The seams of the foldable table tennis surface disrupt play
- Weak latch locks
Children, especially when they are in their early teens like mine, can be easily bored. This versatile table came to my rescue.
They play air hockey most of the time, but they also enjoy pool and table tennis every now and then.
My teens can transform the table by themselves when they want to switch from one game to another.
They simply spin it and the latch locking system keeps it secure. Some people mentioned that the locking device breaks easily so I remind my boys to take it easy on the flipping.
I also like the built-in storage. All accessories and game supplies are easily accessible. Once they’re done with the games, they can easily put everything back in place.
The table also has adjustable leg levelers to maintain a flat surface. However, the pool surface is not very even despite having a perfectly leveled table.
Design And Specifications
The Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 is 7 feet long and weighs almost 300 lbs.
The billiards playing surface is covered by a green Tetolon cloth that pales in comparison with felt.
There are decent-quality rubber bumpers and drop pockets. There are also circle sight accents for better shot accuracy.
The table tennis surface is my least favorite among the three. It is made of a trifold board that you place on top of the billiard table. However, the seams are very visible and they affect the game terribly.
It measures 84″ x 42″ and can be too small for adults.
The air hockey playing field is a glossy white surface where the puck glides smoothly. It also has a high output blower that boosts the game’s excitement.
However, the pucks are not proportional to the size of the table and the mallets. They are too small and light and they fly off the table when the game gets intense.
The table comes with complete accessories: four pushers (mallets), four pucks, a set of 2-1/4″ billiard balls, a resin triangle, two 57″ two-piece cues, a billiard brush, two pieces of chalk, two table tennis paddles and balls, and a net and post set.
Is it easy to assemble?
Yes. It is easy to assemble but you will need help in lifting the table and fitting all of the parts where they need to go.
Does it come with accessories needed for all three games?
Yes. However, do not expect them to be top-quality. I had to buy heavier cues but my kids were able to make do with the rest.
Can the height be adjusted?
No. There are adjustable legs for leveling but the table has a fixed 32″ height.
How much room is required to play around the pool table?
If you are using regular pool cues, you need a playing space of 16′ L x 13′ W. If the pool cue is 48”, 11.5″ x 14.5″ should be enough for you to aim and shoot comfortably.
Is there a dedicated storage space for the table tennis top?
None. It comes in three foldable parts so it is still easy to keep when not in use.
Does it have electric scoring?
No. It has electricity to produce air flow needed for air hockey, but you set the score manually.
There are also affordable alternatives such as the Fat Cat Phoenix 3-in-1. It is also a combination game table but it costs $150 less. You don’t flip the table itself, but you can also change games quickly.
If you’re not sure what portable pool table is best for you, you can check out our comparison of the best.
Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 Game Table: Conclusion
The Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 is a versatile game table that the young and old alike can enjoy. The table and accessories are not tournament-quality, but it is still a lot of fun for its price.