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Choose Brunswick Pool Table or a House Brand Pool Table?

Choose Brunswick Pool Table or a House Brand Pool Table?

Looking for opinions on the Brunswick Contender line. I'm a beginner looking for a slate table for my basement. Not sure if I should pay more for the Brunswick name, even though it doesn't have k66 rubber rails, or go with an off-brand that seems to be higher quality (if one is to believe the seller) for lower cost.

Here are the two I'm comparing:

  • brunswickbilliards.com/catalog/pool-tables/tremont.html
  • familyleisure.com/Minneapolis/Pool-Tables-Billiards-Tables/San-Antonio

If you had to choose between them, which would you pick?

Choose Brunswick Pool Table or a House Brand Pool Table?

Replies & Comments

  1. smmcrobertsMitch Alsup on 3/10/2012 5:06:07 PM

    Well, my table at home has the body of the Brusnwick and the legs of the family leisure (wihout the route).

    But, overall, and with no disrespect to FL, Brunswick is a manufacture of pool tables whereas FL is a marketing and sales company. That is, If you want a real pool table, stick with Olhausen, Brunswick, Connelly, and Diamond. OCD do their manufacturing in the USoA. Brunswick does manufacture in Brazil and VietNam.

    Olhausen has a configuration tool that allows you to customize your pool table. I suspect Diamond and Connelly can do the same. Don't know about Brunswick.

  2. smmcrobertsAwdMan on 3/10/2012 7:37:18 PM

    I would have to so that both tables are similar in quality, craftsmanship and the way they are built. The San Antonio is actually manufactured (appears to be) by American Heritage Billiards Avon by AHB they are good looking tables and have tons of matching furniture, but usually come with non-backed slate (you would have to ask) which requires you to glue the bed down. Brunswick's come with backed slate so you can staple the bed, which with a stain resistant based cloth, the glue does not stick as well. $1,699 is a fair price on the San Antonio. The Tremont has a MSRP of $1,729 so you may be able to get the Tremont at the same price. Peters Billiards carries Olhausen and Brunswick. I would go check them out and compare.

    From my experience both tables are about the same, go together the same, and are veneer over MDF have faux leather pockets.

    If you can get the San Antonio with backed slate I would say it is a toss-up.

    Go crawl under some tables, compare the construction yourself and make a decision.

  3. smmcrobertssmmcroberts on 3/11/2012 4:37:16 PM

    After considering your input I've pretty much decided to go with the Brunswick.

    Also, I've heard that the FL comes in for more repairs, and the local Brunswick dealer has impressed me more.

  4. smmcrobertsGodspeed128 on 4/15/2013 5:25:24 PM

    I too am thinking of getting the Tremont pool table. Please let me know how you like yours.

  5. smmcrobertssmmcroberts on 4/15/2013 6:56:10 PM

    I like it just fine for my low level of play. I've had no problems with it. Others, with more experience, who have played on it have remarked that it is a good table.

  6. smmcrobertsNashville Billiard & Patio on 6/9/2017 3:55:36 PM

    Buying a Brunswick pool table is buying value. Antique pool tables like these two below one have been passed down through generations and continue to increase in value:

    • Brunswick Amaranth pool table is a wonderful investment, considering how great they look and play, and how much family fun they provide.
    • Brunswick Anniversary pool table is another favorite that we have restored many times - a beautiful table, and in high demand, which further increases values.

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Choose Brunswick Pool Table or a House Brand Pool Table?

  • Title: Choose Brunswick Pool Table or a House Brand Pool Table?
  • Author: (Steve McRoberts)
  • Published: 3/10/2012 12:33:48 PM
  • Last Updated: 6/10/2017 7:14:44 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)