I think that perhaps some of my earlier answer got lost in translation.
Yes, commercial pool tables will almost certainly be more durable and play better for the most part than the furniture models. However, in my earlier answer, I do go on to mention that there are in fact quite a few furniture-style pool table models that play nearly as well as commercial-grade pool tables. The problem is that the really nice furniture-style pool table models that play like tournament tables are very expensive when purchased new. Connelly, AR Schmidt, and Golden West all have that level of quality. You may want to further tweak them by installing Artemis cushions and Simonis cloth.
However, many furniture-style pool tables can be found used, which, after fixing rails, recovering, and installing new cushions you can get top quality play.
However, think about this...
If you buy a used pool table in "slightly worn" condition for between $800 and $1200, after you...
- have it professionally moved,
- refinish any bad wood damage,
- install new cushions, and
- recover it
... you've turned that turned that $800 and $1200 pool table into a used pool table that cost double that, or more.
- Moving a 9 foot pool table costs around $400.
- Labor and supplies for recovering with Simonis cloth $400 to $500,
- New cushions will be another $400 - $500 if you use Artemis or other cushions of similar quality.
This does not include pocket wear and tear refurbishment or adjustment etc.
Now your $800 - $1200 used pool table from eBay or Craigslist now costs about $2200 - $2600, and you still have a "used pool table".
My buddy who sells pool tables and installs them for a living will tell you that my estimates above are VERY conservative.
Finally, I want to address the comment that you should always look at buying a commercial pool table if you are buying used.
First let me say, yes, a used Brunswick Gold Crown (GC), Diamond Billiards, or Olhausen pool table is indeed the best way to go if playability is your ONE and ONLY focus (and good luck finding a Diamond Billiards pool table as they relatively new and thus not a lot of inventory exists on the secondary market). Honestly among those, used, for home use, Brunswick's commercial pool tables are my favorite. Just this month my buddy acquired six of them from a pool hall, refurbished them, and sold each for a profit in the same month. They are that good.
HOWEVER, that same buddy, all my other friends, and my own family would object harshly if you have a Victorial-style library or man cave that is very well appointed in classical Victorian style, turn of the century, cigar whiskey bar style where the room cost was $50,000 to $100,000, and then you plop a mid century modern commercial GC pool table in the middle.
If you have a converted basement, minimalist home decor, investment property, etc... then by all means furnish it with a Gold Crown pool table, but otherwise you'll most likely want to go search for a furniture style pool table.
I would not be exaggerating if I told you that my family would frown in disapproval and my wife would certainly exhibit a fearsome response if I went with a commercial-grade pool table in either our library, office, or man cave. This is why the vast majority of pool tables sold for the home are always furniture style pool tables. My buddy who sells pool tables for a living once caught me drooling over Brunswick GC5 and GC6 pool tables which he had set up to sell in his warehouse. Before I could say a word he knew what I was thinking and yelled "don’t do it man!". So I was once sorely tempted to buy a commercial table for my home. But because I have seen this done before, I can tell you first-hand that it ruins the decor of the room if the room decor itself does not match the style of the pool table. Do I love commercial Gold Crown pool tables? Yes. Do I want to mess up the decor of a room that cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to appoint? No.
One other option is to purchase an antique pool table from a reputable brand name. They can hold "value" well over time also. Once again, you'll be looking most at the Brunswick-Balke-Collender line of pool tables circa late 1870s to 1930s.
One example would be a used antique Brunswick Medalist pool table. They'll run you between $5000 and $7000 if they are in "modestly worn" condition. You then put $2000 to $3000 into restoring it. After being fully restored, one can sell it for a LOT of bucks.
Famous billiard dealers around the USA have been doing this for half a century or more. This year, my Doctor buddy got a used 1928 Brunswick Medalist pool table for $6000 and put an additional $3000 injto it. From the moment the restoration was done there were people willing to pay him $15000 to $19000 for it. Of course he would not sell it but the point is that it will ALWAYS be worth that much, even if he passes it to his children or his children’s children. The thing has Burl, Walnut, Birds Eye Maple, Ivory, and more...
NO ONE makes pool tables like that any more and probably no-one ever will again. For obvious reasons almost no-one can use Ivory any more (unless you re-purpose existing ivory). I intend to do this in my next home, provided that antique pool tables worth restoring are still available. Until then I love the way my current Golden West pool table plays. It is about 90 percent as good as a Diamond Pro-Am pool table (but I also have to say that it cost as much or more than a new pool table from Diamond Billiards.