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Coscto Venice Pool Table or Olhausen Americana?


Coscto Venice Pool Table or Olhausen Americana?

I'd really like some help with a dilemma I'm facing in choosing between a Costco pool table and an Olhausen Americana pool table.

My wife is wanting us to purchase a Coscto Venice pool table that includes a ping pong conversion kit and also a dart board set. I'm leaning towards an Olheausen Americana pool table from a local billiards dealer.

Now I don't know much about pool tables but I'm worried the Costco table isn't a quality pool table, granted the Olhausen table we're looking at is an entry level table, it's a very respected brand and the tables are made in the United States which is a huge selling point for me.

We're not avid pool enthusiasts but if we're going to make this big of an investment I'd like to get the best table for the money. I would really like to know your thoughts and if anyone has ever heard of the Venice pool table sold by Costco and hopefully of their quality.

Both the Venice pool table and the Olhausen Americana pool table are competitively priced at $3000. Specs are below

Costco Venice Pool Table

costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11281545

The Venice pool table combines simplicity in design with a touch of elegance. With its striking walnut/coffee finish, this table radiates a sense of grace throughout – from its matching leather pockets, the sleek arched cabinet and right down to its beautifully carved ball and claw legs. Enjoy countless hours shooting pool with friends on the Venice’s 1 inch slate surface. The pool table’s 100% natural rubber bumpers offer accurate rebound for truly precision shots.

Double your fun with the Kettler ping pong table conversion top! Sitting comfortably atop your Venice pool table, you will be able to enjoy an invigorating game of ping pong.

The fun doesn’t stop there. This package includes a premium dartboard that is housed in a gorgeous wall-mounted cabinet along with a set of darts for hours of entertainment.

Completing this game room collection are two matching barstools and wall pub shelf for spectators to take in all the action.

Costco Venice Pool Table:

  • Maple construction with a gorgeous walnut/coffee finish
  • True furniture-quality centerpiece for your home
  • Full 1 inch, 3-piece slate
  • 21 Ounce camel PermaGuard® Stain Resistant Billiard Cloth with Teflon
  • 5.5" solid wood rails with diamond mother of pearl inlaid sites.
  • Geuine leather, steel-reinforced pockets are custom-stained to match the table
  • Wood top-plate added atop each leg for additional support.
  • Cushions are made from 100% natural gum rubber molded to a K-66 profile to deliver professional rebound accuracy.
  • Two cross members and two center beams are utilized to keep the cabinet square and true forever. These cross-laminated beams interlock one another which prevents warping and twisting and are then mortised into all four cabinet sidewalls
  • Utilizes Magna-Board™ foundation underneath the slate for levelness.
  • Legs are supported by a 2" solid wood block
  • Constructed to BCA pool table specifications
  • Playing surface dimensions: 44" W x 88" L
  • Outside dimensions: 56" W x 100" L x 32" H
  • All pool tables are partially disassembled and crated in a solid wood box to protect them during shipping. The approximate shipping weight is 950 lbs.
  • Limited lifetime warranty: Pool table, cabinet, legs, interior bracing and hardwood rails are warranted against splitting, cracking or warping; hardwood rails and cushions are warranted against separation, dry rot or hardening. Warranty does not include releveling

Kettler Ping Pong Table Conversion Top:

  • Full tournament size
  • Includes net and 2-player paddle/ball set
  • Thickness: 3/4”
  • Outside dimensions: 60” W X 108” L
  • Approximate weight: 60 lbs
  • Made in Germany

Included Pool Table Accessories:

  • 4 2-piece cue sticks
  • 1 bridge stick
  • 1 set of balls
  • 1 table cover
  • 1 triangle rack
  • 1 diamond rack
  • 1 box of chalk
  • 1 felt brush
  • 1 under-rail brush
  • 1 cue repair kit

Dart Board/Cabinet/Accessories:

  • Hinged cabinet doors to conceal dartboard
  • 2 attached scoring chalkboards
  • 2 set of weighted steel-tipped darts

Wall Pub Shelf:

  • Pub Shelf: Maple construction with a walnut/coffee stain
  • Dimensions: 36” W X 18” D X 15.5” H
  • 4 cue notches to rest your cues on

Nailhead Barstools:

  • Set of 2 barstools
  • Maple construction with a walnut/coffee stain
  • Black, leatherette seats
  • Stool swivels 360-degrees
  • Bar stool dimensions (approximate): 31" H x 15" W
  • Bar stool weight (approximate): 20 lbs each
  • Warranty: 1 year

Dart Board/Cabinet/Accessories:

  • Hinged cabinet doors to conceal dartboard
  • 2 attached scoring chalkboards
  • 2 set of weighted steel-tipped darts

Wall Pub Shelf:

  • Pub Shelf: Maple construction with a walnut/coffee stain
  • Dimensions: 36” W X 18” D X 15.5” H
  • 4 cue notches to rest your cues on

Nailhead Barstools:

  • Set of 2 barstools
  • Maple construction with a walnut/coffee stain
  • Black, leatherette seats
  • Stool swivels 360-degrees
  • Bar stool dimensions (approximate): 31" H x 15" W
  • Bar stool weight (approximate): 20 lbs each
  • Warranty: 1 year

Olhausen Americana Pool Table

The Olhausen Americana is Olhausen's entry level pool table for the discriminating pool player. Available in Solid Tulipwood finished in Distressed Matte Traditional Mahogany on Tulipwood.

  • Sizes: 7ft & 8ft
  • Wood Material: Tulip Wood
  • Finishes Available:Distressed Matte Traditional Mahogany
  • Rail Sights: Round
  • Slate: Framed Diamond-Honed
  • Pockets: Leather

Coscto Venice Pool Table or Olhausen Americana?

Replies & Comments

  1. BloodNinjaFenwick on 9/5/2009 5:47:21 AM

    The choice is yours of course. As long as both tables come with slate I think you're fine. Where I see a problem is the set up. I would not have a chain store set up a pool table. Coscto as far as I know isn't in the pool table business and I would be willing to bet the table is made in China. I have nothing against a imported brand of anything except when it comes to pool tables. They just don't hold up IMO.

    As far as the conversion to play Table Tennis you can buy the green partial boards to lay on the top of the table and with a net you're good to go. Did it for many years. Last the dart board can't cost very much. One time I would go the piece meal rout.

  2. BloodNinjaMitch Alsup on 9/5/2009 10:25:56 AM

    My advice is to go to the Costco store and put your head up under the bottom of the pool table and look at how its built underneath. Take 5-10 pictures and use flash. Then go to the Olhausen dealer and do the same.

    Now back at your home computer, look at the difference in construction techniques. Most of the time the differences are pretty obvious.

    Hint: I did the same thing and I bought the Olhausen in solid Cherry with Simonis 760 cloth and I feel that I made the right decision.

  3. BloodNinjaBloodNinja on 9/5/2009 10:43:53 AM

    Thanks guys, I'm sure I'll go with the Olhausen just to buy a pool table that was made in the USA and for it's build quality.'

    Unfortunately the downturn in the economy has impacted us and we're going to have to put off getting the table for a bit.

    Thanks for your time and advice, it's very much appreciated.

  4. BloodNinjaquickshot on 9/5/2009 1:58:27 PM

    With pool tables, as with most things, you get what you pay for.

  5. BloodNinjaFenwick on 9/6/2009 3:58:48 PM

    I've always said that buying cheap equals buying twice.

    I've researched every major purchase long and hard way before the days of the internet. I worked hard for my money. It's called comparison shopping. Car dealers have another name for it e.g. "Dealer hopping" or "playing dealers off each other".

    What you've done is the smart way to shop. Ask the experts (not that I'd ever call myself one).

    So save your pennies so you don't have buyers regret later. Take your time. We've all taken a hit with the downturn in today's economy. In the mean time spend a few hours and a few dollars and play at your local pool hall or pub. You might as well get a better feel for the game while you save up for your pool table. It's addicting in a good way.

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Coscto Venice Pool Table or Olhausen Americana?

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