It is most important to know about the specifications of equipment that you are using when playing billiards. Many factors affect the quality of the game including pool balls, quality of table cloth and cues, etc.
Some people generally give minor importance to feel, but it has a huge impact on the quality of the game. So, when you are renovating your old table cloth or felt, you need to know certain specifications.
But which felt is most suitable? This always makes us dizzy as we are not aware of the different types of felt and their feels. That is why I am writing this article to guide you in choosing the best felt for your pool table.
Table of Contents
- List of Top 10 Best Pool Table Felts
- 1. Iszy Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth
- 2. Championship Saturn II Billiards Cloth Pool Table Felt
- 3. CPBA Competition Worsted Professional Pool Table Cloth
- 4. ProLine Classic 303 Billiard Pool Table Cloth Felt
- 5. Iszy Billiards Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth
- 6. Simonis 860 Tournament Pool Table Cloth
- 7. Iszy Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth
- 8. Imperial Billiard Cloth
- 9. Championship Invitational 8′ Burgundy Pool Table Felt
- 10. 8′ Proform High-Speed Professional Pool Table Felt
- 10 Best Pool Felt Brands
- Features to Look For in a Felt:
List of Top 10 Best Pool Table Felts
Here is a list of ten best pool table felts for you to choose from.
1. Iszy Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth
The heavier your pool table felt is ( in terms of ounces), the better it’s going to be for you. This pool table felt at 21 ounces is a product of a credible and famous brand Iszy, and despite being made of high-quality material, doesn’t cost you as much as you would expect such a top-grade product to. If you are looking for the best felt for home, give this product a try. The company has adeptly manufactured this balanced and top-notch product by using the right proportion of material in the form of 80% wool and 20% nylon.
The icing on the cake is, you have plenty of colours to choose from, as this product is available in 8 different colours – Black, Light Grey, Navy Blue, Red, Standard green, Tan, Green – allowing you to pick the right one that’d make a decent match with its surrounding and your other pool table equipment. Moreover, this product is available in different sizes. If your pool table is 7’/8’/9′, you can order one of the best felt for money and enjoy the glamour it adds to your pool table.
Are you one of those who don’t enjoy the installation part? Don’t worry! This pool table felt has been reviewed as very easy to install. Even a few of those buyers who had never previously done the installation before, managed to install it neatly. To do it smoothly, use the original pieces of felt taken out from the table as models to cut the replacing ones
All in all, we can say that this is the best felt for money you pay.
- Made of 80% wool, 20% nylon
- Available in 3 different sizes ( 7’/8’/9 ‘)
- Available in 8 different colors
- Plenty of colours to choose
- Full value for money
- Smooth surface
- Requires perfect measurement because the fitting is too tight.
- Lack of instructions to use it
This product is available in different sizes and in different colours, which means anyone can buy the right size in their preferred colour, that too at a reasonable price. For these reasons, we are keeping this product at #1.
2. Championship Saturn II Billiards Cloth Pool Table Felt
Made to withstand bumps and bruises, the Champion Saturn II is one of the best pool table felts you can buy for your pool table. The felt is well protected due to tight woven blending of wool, and the Du Pont Teflon coating over it, which protects it from stains. The billiard cloth has a blend of 75% wool and 25% nylon. The fibres are well bound and there’s no sign of piling – piling indicates poor manufacturing. Ideal pool table felt for people prone to accidents.
The product is available in two different sizes ( for 7’and 8′ tables), and in 5 different colours: Black, Burgundy, Camel, Green and Red. Now, the people who are so choosy about the colours of objects they buy, have 5 different colours to choose from, which is not the case in every pool table felt as most of them are restricted to just one or two colours.
And here comes the bonus. You will get additional accessories in the form of a table spot with a cloth that can come very handy for you. Other than that, you’ll get two pieces of colour-matched cue chalk that can be used for creating boundaries.
Another perk is the cloth comes pre-cut, that makes installation easier than in the case of worsted wool cloth. The felt holds up nicely and the ball moves smoothly.
- Available in 2 different sizes ( 7’/8′.)
- Coated with DuPont Teflon
- 75% Wool 25% Nylon fabric
- Available in five different colours
- Easy to install
- Made of top quality material
- Colour confusion among its buyers
This is one of the best felt for money you can have. Five different colours, different sizes and the quality material used in its manufacturing are worth praising. The felt is reviewed as long-lasting and apart from slight confusion regarding the colours, there are no other cons. For this reason, we have kept this felt at #2.
Hey, have you chosen the right pool table felt for you? If yes, then we’re glad our reviews did help. If no, don’t worry, there’s still a lot to come.
3. CPBA Competition Worsted Professional Pool Table Cloth
For a pool enthusiast, no other investment is better than having durable pool equipment. And one of the most important parts of your pool table collection is the pool table felt. This felt is precisely worsted in every inch to make sure the balls move smoothly over it, and the player gets to play the way he meant it. This felt is one of the best felts for home, that will surely maximize your playing experience.
This pool table felt is durable and will last long due to the high thread count. This high thread count prevents penetration of dirt and chalk and ultimately prolongs the lifespan of your pool table. CPBA billiard cloths are trusted and used worldwide and for this reason, have been officially used in many international tournament games since 1998 because of the smooth play and durability they entail.
Moreover, this pool table felt is available in 8 different colours ( Black, Burgundy, Camel, Power blue, Royal blue, Tournament Blue, Tournament green and yellow). Also, you can buy it in 4 different sizes, 7/8/8 ( oversized) and 9 ft. tables)
Easy installation is another reason to choose this pool table felt and it can save you a decent amount of cash by installing it yourself, instead of hiring a professional. There are uncountable videos available on Youtube to help you, and when you have such an easy-to-install product in hand, you can do it by yourself easily. For your convenience, they deliver the package with a pre-cut bed and 6 rails to make your job easier.
- Components: 80% wool 20% Nylon
- 100% pure Australian wool
- Used in diamond league tables
- Available in different sizes
- So many colours to choose from
- Best for professionals
- Full value for the price
- Higher than average price
From versatile colour options to varying sizes, this pool table felt has everything to stand among the best pool table felts for home. However, some people may find the price slightly higher than the average price. For this reason, we have put this pool table felt at #3.
4. ProLine Classic 303 Billiard Pool Table Cloth Felt
Another very fine quality pool table felt in our compiled list of Best felts. The right weight makes the felt apt for long-term use and makes it durable to survive bumps and abuse in various forms. This 21 oz cloth comes with excellent and precise pre-cut rails, so it can be easily stretched and goes down with zero effort after the slate is set up and levelled.
Moving on to its performance, this is a thicker felt, that means the ball will slow down quicker than a thin felt. But don’t worry, the slowing effect will fade over time with use. It is a fine quality woollen (non-worsted) blend pool table felt that will give you the best experience in your pool game and is perfect for everyday casual play. To protect it from stains and spills, it is coated with Teflon, increasing its lifespan and performance.
All in all, if we talk about its price and the features it has, it is worth paying for. Or in other words, if you are looking for the best felt for the money, this is your go-to felt.
- 80% Wool / 20% Nylon
- 21 oz
- Pro 8 or 8.5 ft
- Looks good and performs well
- Medium rolling speed of ball
The overall product seems to be a good one. The weight is decent, perfect for Pro 8 or 8.5 ft pool tables and the price is also reasonable. The only downside is: it will slow down quickly in the early days, but the effect will fade over time. And for all these reasons, we keep it at #4 in our list of best pool/snooker table felts.
5. Iszy Billiards Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth
5th in the list is Cotton Backed Performance Grade Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth by Iszy Billiards, and it is available in 3 different sizes ( for 7,8 and 9 ft. tables). This top-notch product is made by using 70% wool, 30% nylon, making it durable. The unit bears a cotton-back cloth, which is great for high use tables. The top quality material used in the felt prevents dust and other damaging materials to penetrate inside it and damage your pool table.
It is available in English green colour, also known as the colour of life. The colour is further associated with nature, energy, growth, and the environment. It is also available in Red and Blue colour, so you can buy in one of three, whichever you prefer.
Moving on to its installation, which has mixed reviews. Some buyers found the installation difficult, while some thought it was a piece of cake. Nevertheless, there are a plethora of videos available on Youtube on how can you install a pool table felt. So the installation shouldn’t be a worry for you at all!
- Width of felt is 59″
- Made of 70% wool, 30% nylon
- Cotton back clot
- For ( 7/8/9 ft. tables)
- Plenty of extra cloth extra for the sides
- Easy to install
- Reasonable price
- Some complaints suggest that fabric is less than advertised
This best felt for money is a very decent felt to have for your pool table. It is available in different sizes and colours aren’t bad at all. The only downside we could see were a few complaints regarding its fabric, other than that, it’s more than fine. And after evaluating this product, our experts have chosen it at #5.
6. Simonis 860 Tournament Pool Table Cloth
Fancy buying luxurious and expensive objects? Well, we have one of those posh pool tables felts for you, which are slightly expensive but worth buying if your budget permits. This made-in-Belgium felt was developed especially for competition-level 9-ball billiards and is made of top-grade material – Combed worsted wool and high thread count – which assures that it will last long.
Comprised of 90% Wool and 10% nylon, this top-quality cloth is nap-free and will not fluff. It is designed to naturally repels stains and provide smooth rolling of the ball at intended pace.No doubt, this could be a nice felt for your 7 ft. pool table.
Though it is a little slower than its sibling Simonis 760 blend but it is still a very decent felt that will maximize pool experience. If you prefer a little less speed, this is a great worsted wool option. The buyers are particularly happy about how well it stretches and how he strips for the rails were pre-cut, which made the installation very easy.
- 90% Wool and 10% nylon
- 27oz Per linear yard
- Naturally repels stains
- For 7 ft. Table
- High quality cloth
- Nice stretch
- Only available in one colour and one size
This elegant and long-lasting felt is great for your professional pool ball table. It repels stains and provides a fluent rolling of the ball, that every pool enthusiasts enjoy. However, if your table size is over 7 and the preferred colour is other than blue, you will have to choose any other pool table felt in the list. Our experts have kept it at 6th, after carefully evaluating the quality of this felt.
7. Iszy Pool Table Felt – Billiard Cloth
When it comes to pool equipment, you just can’t keep Iszy away. Another of Iszy pool table felts in this list worth buying. This pool table felt is durable and top-grade material made available in three different sizes – for 7,8 and 9-foot pool tables. Looking for best felt for home? This could be the one for you!
The 19 oz felt is available in 8 different colours (Black, Blue, Burgundy, English Green, Tan, Navy Standard Green and Red). Make sure you’re choosing the right colour that would make a perfect match with your pool table’s surrounding objects.
It’s all about performance, and the rest comes as a bonus. Upon using this felt, you’ll realise that your play is getting better and better after the installation i.e. balls move more smoothly without creating any fuzz on the felt.
And yeah, we missed to discuss the installation part. But why should we? When it’s so easy. Many people face the problem due to the shipping issue when their felt arrives folded. Though not in this felt’s case. You can install the felt immediately and start playing pool. All these perks together, makes this felt one of the best felt for money.
- Weight: 19 oz
- For 7/8/9 foot tables
- Made of 70% wool, 30%
- medium/fast speed
- Plenty of colours to choose from
- Easy to install ( can do it yourself)
- Provides full value for the money
- No indicator for installation
Iszy is one of the famous felt producing brands and there isn’t the slightest doubt that this felt like other Iszy felts is of very fine quality. You have plenty of options available in terms of colour and size, and one can purchase the one according to his needs and preferences. Alongside some excellent reviews, there are complaints regarding its quality and other factors. For which, we have kept it at #7.
8. Imperial Billiard Cloth
The name of Imperial shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, as the brand has already established a high rep in the market for selling top-notch quality pool equipment including pool tables, pool ball covers and pool table felts. This pool table felt weighs 4.5 lbs, so as said earlier, the heavier the better. 21oz fabric and stain-resistant solution are other materials used in it, making it long-lasting.
The felt is constructed from 80% wool and 20% nylon, to ensure maximum durability of the felt and repealing stains which can easily mar its quality. This felt is perfect for 8 ft. tables and is available in different colours. Unlike other felts in the list which are available in 1-8 colours, this felt can be bought in 22 colours – including the electric blue colour it is shown in the picture above . So, if your quest for durable felt available in your favourite colour is still on, this felt could be the best felt for money for you.
- For 8ft Tables
- Weighs: 4.5 lbs
- Constructed from 80/20 Blend of Wool to Nylon
- 21oz Fabric
- Stain-resistant solution treated
- Available in 22 colours
- Made of top-grade material
- Enough fabric used
- Pre-cut rail pieces
- Too thin and stretchy
Having a single pool table felt available in 22 different colours is no less than a treat. The quality fabric and balanced nylon/wool proportion used in manufacturing is another secret to its effectiveness. However, after looking at the buyers’ complaining for its thinness, and poor customer services, we have ranked it at #8. Though the product is still a pretty decent choice if you feel it’s exactly the thing you were looking for.
9. Championship Invitational 8′ Burgundy Pool Table Felt
Next up is championship invitational table felt made by the blend of 25% nylon and 75% wool. This table felt has a decent weight of 21 ounces, neither making it too heavy nor too fragile to be easily scratched or torn apart. The cloth itself has a good feel and the buyers have reviewed it as a very ‘satisfactory product’.
This product can stand up to the hard use it gets in commercial environments – thanks to the quality fabric used in it. Whether you are looking for commercial use or home use, this product is perfect for both. Moreover, enough cloth is included to cover the pool table bed and rails. The 8-feet felt besides being durable comes at a very affordable price, thus, even with a tight budget, you can enjoy a smooth pool game.
And its easy installation process makes your job extremely easy. You get plenty of material to install, including cutting strips for pocket linings. The buyers have reviewed this felt ‘perfect’ on their pool tables after it’s been installed.
All in all, you’re getting a very nice deal in the form of a long-lasting and beautiful pool table felt , giving you full value for your money.
- Blend of 75% wool and 25% nylon.
- For 8-foot table
- Heavy duty
- Burgundy colour looks beautiful
- Quality material
- Quality of fabric can be further improved
This felt feels good and is affordable too. And the buyers’ positive reviews further remove any doubts regarding its effectiveness. However, we feel the product could have been improved further by adding more fabric, that’d ultimately prolong its lifespan. This product stands at #9 in our list of best felt for home.
10. 8′ Proform High-Speed Professional Pool Table Felt
Another very fine pool table felt that’d leave you with great pool experience by getting better with every passing game after you’ve installed it. This cloth is a newly designed worsted fabric and is one of our most popular choices for billiard felt. This felt is comprised of 70% wool and 30% nylon, making it capable of combating ball burns and wrinkles.
The heavier it gets, the better it is. This felt weights 23 oz, as said earlier, the quality material used in it makes it suitable for both commercial and home use. Its nap-free and precisely threaded weaves create perfect playing surface, thus maximizing the ball speed and accurate rolling – where you mean it!
Moreover, the tight weave doesn’t only make the ball travel faster and accurately, but the cloth is also made naturally spill-resistant so that no spill or even other damaging elements could affect its durability. To give you enough choices, the felt is available in 14 different colours including Red, Wine and Burgundy.
If we sum up all its features, this cloth is one of the best felt for money you can get.
- Blend of 70% wool and 30% Nylon
- For 8-foot tables
- Fast speed
- 23 oz weight
- Fast and professional
- Available in 14 different colours
- Great English control on the cue ball
- Buyers complained that it’s hard to install
When all of the pool table felts in the list are of such high quality, it’s hard to rank them. Similarly, this cloth is made of top-grade material and that’s why it is reviewed as durable and smooth by the buyers. However, because of its higher-than-average price, we have kept this pool table felt at #10.
So, here we are! We have discussed some of the finest quality pool table felts you can buy. And before you buy, we thought it was worth giving you a brief review of each of them, so you can decide which one is best for you.
10 Best Pool Felt Brands
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Can pool table felt be ironed?
No, it’s not a safe way to get your billiard felt straight. Instead, mist some water on it as your installing it and when it dries out, the fabric will pull together even tighter and wrinkles will disappear. Slightest of mistake while running iron over your felt can cause irreversible damage.
Which side of pool table felt is up?
Usually, it is always indicated on the felt which side of pool table felt is up. If it isn’t in yours, consult a professional. Your felt surface could be smooth or may have a nap in one direction, it varies from type to type. If you are not familiar with the material, better consult a professional.
What types of fabric are used on pool table felt?
There are two types of fabrics used in pool table felt: woollen cloth and worsted wool. The woollen cloth is usually thick and heavy, comprised of at least 60% wool. On the other hand, the worsted cloth feels more like a woven suit. It is primarily used in professional tournaments, in pool rooms that host leagues, etc.
How long does pool table felt last?
It depends on the quality of cloth and how often do you play on it. If you use your pool table regularly for an hour or two, given that your billiard cloth is made of strong fabric, it is likely to last for a good four to five years. However, in such cases, people usually change the fabric after a couple of years, even if it’s alright. You can prolong the lifespan of your felt cloth by brushing your table regularly and removing all of the chalk that settles onto the cloth.
Can you wash pool table felt in a washing machine?
Felt can be washed in a washing machine, however, we still recommend you hand wash over the washing machine. Even if you are inclined to do so, start your washing machine with cold water and set it to a gentle cycle. No rush! You only need enough water in it so your felt can be submerged into it. Don’t fill the machine to the top. After one good cycle, remove the felt and let the air dry it. No, don’t put it into the dryer. The heat will shrink your fabric and may also cause pilling.
Features to Look For in a Felt:
When you are looking for a feeling, you must remember that felts come in various types which vary from thickness to thread specification; also, in color range and price worth as well. Following are a few factors which you must keep in mind when you are about to do the purchasing.
Types of felt:
There are usually two types of felts and they are as under.
Woolen Cloth: Woolen cloth is commonly used in public tables and ball roll slowly on those tables because of friction which is produced between the ball and the cloth.
Worsted Wool Cloth: It is used on the professional grade pool table and sometimes referred to as speed cloth. It is an expensive buy, and pool balls travel faster on this type of cloth. It offers so much smoothness and consistency in the gameplay.
Different pool felt colors are available in the market and user can buy on its personal preference. In the modern age, any color from red, maroon, blue, khaki, black, orange, grey can be used in the table cloth. But black and grey should be avoided as they clash with the 8-ball and the cue ball.
The Sensitivity of Pool Table:
Pool table felt is very sensitive to its environment as its color fades away in the sun, absorb moisture from air and ball burn happens due to friction. There are some tips to prolong the life of pool table felt such as:
- Use a microfiber cloth to clean the pool balls. So, the chalk residue can be avoided from all over the table.
- Buy a pool brush with soft bristles to remove extra chalk from the table cloth.
- Always cover the table after use as it prevents it from moisture and sharp light conditions.
Durability of the cloth depends on the wool present in it. Although no one can predict exactly how long felt can be used as it depends on its installation and the number of games played on the table, but if you take good care, then it will last long with you.
A very important factor that you must not forget is the price. The market is flowing with every kind of felts, and they vary in price so beware. Not everything which appears expensive is good for you.
Also, keep in mind your budget. From purchasing to installing it on your pool table; it means expense, and you will not want to cross your limit.
Some professional tips should keep in mind to install a new felt like the felt should be cut in regular size and remove the rails and place the felt tight without leaving any wrinkle or bump on the table. The surface should be silky and smooth.
There is a variety of pool table felts available in the market that comes in different colors, textures and prices ranges. It depends on the user that which he is going to pick for installation.
A good felt provides you greater control on the cue ball.
The user should choose the felt according to the environment in which he is going to play the game.
I am sure you must have learned quite a lot about that feel by now. If you apply these pointers in your felt purchasing, then I am sure you will get the benefit and nothing else.