The most common question I receive on a daily basis from customers is still "who makes the better pool table Brunswick
?" I attempted to answer this question in my previous blog Olhausen vs Brunswick Pool Tables
but since that was written Brunswick discontinued the Camden model that I used to compare the manufacturers. The point of using the Brunswick Camden vs the Olhausen Santa Ana
was to compare two middle price point tables with all the top of the line construction bells and whistles.
Today I am going to compare two tables designed to appeal to a much broader customer base and specifically engineered to hit a lower price point. The majority of slate pool table sold in the US fall between $2,000 and $2,500 so lets compare Brunswick vs Olhausen
Pool Tables in this more affordable price range. Over the last 10 years we have two pool tables that are all time best sellers in this category.
The first table I would like to offer for comparison is the Brunswick Allenton
. This table is marketed under the Contender Line and is available through Costco, Sears, and some other mass merchant sellers. The Allenton
can still be purchased through the authorized Brunswick dealer network for the time being. To compare I have our Olhausen Grace Pool Table
. The Grace by Olhausen
is only available at Robbies
Billiards Home & Patio and carries our Exclusive Lifetime Guarantee
. I am comparing these tables because they are very similarly priced, have a similar style, and are very popular for residential 1st time pool table buyers in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. The finish on both tables is very consistent and durable. Olhausen
has a catalyzed lacquer finish with a matte texture and very smooth hand. The Contender Allenton
has a high gloss multi stage finish with a plastic like clear coat top layer for added durability. If you like a more natural wood look the Olhausen
finish is superior but the Brunswick finish may be more durable over time.
From an engineering standpoint the Brunswick Allenton
Grace are very different. The Allenton
is made in Vietnam from South East Asian Hardwoods and Veneers, Plywood, and features Tru
-speed cushion rubber (not Super Speed). The base frame is shipped disassembled and must be built and squared on site in your home. Brunswick builds a great knock down product but it is obvious the Allenton
is not built to the same standards as the Brunswick Collection Tables that it imitates. From the hardware to the packaging you can tell this table was built to hit a price point. The Allenton
features the same 1" tournament slate at the Brunswick Collection Tables but that is the only component of the Contender series shared with the higher end tables.
Grace is a simple table with a solid Fruitwood
cabinet and legs (better known as Poplar) and real Accu
-Fast tournament cushions. The rails are only 5" wide vs the 6.5" or wider rails on higher end Olhausen
tables but they are real North American Rock Maple rails. The cabinet is factory squared and pre
-assembled but can be knocked down if needed to get into a tight space. The slate is the same 1" tournament Brazilian slate that Olhausen
uses on all of their pool tables and the entire table is built by hand in Tennessee. Unlike the other Olhausen
tables, however, you cannot custom build a Grace any way you like. The Grace only comes in 7' or 8' and in Traditional Mahogany or Original Cherry wood finish options. This is a concession to the price point and a great example of how an American company can stay competitively priced against China and Asian manufactured pool tables.
The verdict here is simple. The Allenton
is not a bad table by any means but is does not compare to the Brunswick Collection tables it apes. If you are in the market for an import pool table you are still better off with the Contender line than other China made products. The Olhausen
Grace is clearly a baby Olhausen
but it still features everything that makes an Olhausen
table special. From the cushions to the hand built solid hardwood cabinet, you are still getting a real Olhausen
when you buy a Grace. If Made in the USA is still important to you then the debate is over.