Top 10 Recreational Ping Pong Ball Picks

Ping pong balls are an essential part of table tennis! From one to three-star balls, different ball companies and different ball material, choosing the right balls to-lay with can be overwhelming. Listed below are our top picks for recreational ping pong balls that won’t break your bank!

Name of Ping pong BallsDescription and Price
1. Butterfly S40+ Table Tennis BallsFrom
The 3-Star S40+ is Butterfly’s newest plastic table tennis ball. These are professional table tennis balls approved by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for top level tournament play. Table tennis balls made from the innovative ABS material have become increasingly popular among players of all skill levels. The ball itself plays very similar to that of a traditional celluloid ball. The S40+ balls are regulation size (40mm) and are very round, characterized by the exact same thickness at all points. This creates a very consistent bounce that can be appreciated by table tennis players of all levels. The Butterfly S40+ is a product of our continuous development and rich experience in manufacturing competition balls from ABS material in Germany, leading to a marked improvement in playing characteristics. The S40+ features a rougher surface which makes it easier to impart spin on the ball while the increased friction will also result in a lower bounce during topspin play and a more discrete sound. The even roundness and hardness result in a reliable bounce and high durability. This ball undergoes rigorous testing to meet Butterfly standards as well as those of the ITTF. Professional table tennis players can depend on this ball just like they depend on other Butterfly table tennis equipment to have the highest quality. The ball is available in either a 3-pack or 12-pack.

Price $33.99 (Price varies by package size)
2. Butterfly G40+ 3-Star Ball WhiteFrom
Official Ball of the 2018 ITTF World Cadet Challenge
Official Ball of the WAB “We Are Butterfly” Clubs
Official Ball of the 2018 ITTF Butterfly Canadian Junior Open
Very round as the ball has the same thickness at all points
The bounce more closely resembles that of a celluloid ball
New material – New feel – New sound – New ball
Play the best, Play Butterfly
Made in Germany.

Price$7.99 – $29.99 (price varies by package size)
3. Butterfly 3-Star A40+From
The Butterfly 3-Star A40+ Ball is the official ball of the 2018 & 2019 World Table Tennis Championships. Manufactured under strict quality control, this ball achieves high uniformity, stable rotation, speed, and balance.

4. Nittaku 3-Star Premium 40+ BallsFrom
Nittaku 3-Star Premium 40+ balls are a new non-celluloid, plastic ball. It is made in Japan. It is ITTF approved and legal for all ITTF sanctioned tournaments. 

This ball is the highest quality poly ball, with outstanding durability, roundness, and consistency. It is made with special poly material available only to Nittaku. The label on the ball says “Nittaku Premium 40+” and “Made in Japan”. Packaged in boxes of 3 balls. Available in white only. 

The Nittaku 3-Star Premium 40+ ball is the official ball of USA Table Tennis, used at the US Nationals and US Open, as well as major tournaments throughout North America. It is the official ball for the 2017 World Championships in Germany. It is used worldwide in major tournaments including the TMS 2014 European Table Tennis Championships in Lisbon, the Liebherr 2015 ITTF European Table Tennis Championships in Ekaterinburg, the 2015 ITTF World Team Cup in Dubai, the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Sendai, and the 2016 Tokyo Open.

5. Nittaku 3-Star SHA 40+ BallsFrom– Nittaku 3-Star SHA 40+ Balls are non-celluloid plastic balls, made in China. ITTF approved and legal for tournaments. Label on ball says “Nittaku SHA 40+, Made in China”. Available in white. 

6. JOOLA Prime 3-Star Table Tennis Ball (Set of 72)From
The JOOLA Prime 3-Star Table Tennis Ball is an all-new ITTF-approved competition ball, made of the raw material, ABS, with a seam. It guarantees identical thickness, even hardness and therefore, considerable durability. Performance regarding rotation, ball bounce, and flight characteristics, have been confirmed in various practical tests, proving the absolute top quality of JOOLA Prime balls, setting new standards for table tennis competition balls. JOOLA Prime 3-Star Table Tennis Ball offers the greatest price-performance ratio!

Price $71.99 (for 72 balls)
7. DHS 3-Star 40+ Balls From
New 3-star poly ball from DHS. Made in China. ITTF approved and legal for all ITTF sanctioned tournaments. Label on ball says DHS 40+ and “Made in China”. Packaged in boxes of 6 balls. 

Available in white only. Official ball of World Games 2014-2016.

8. 50 Count KEVENZ 3-star White Tournament Table Tennis Ball Ping Pong BallsFrom

50 Counts, color is white , 3-Star Balls
Superior Quality for Tournament Play
Durable ,Consistent bounce, Great Spin, Good Control
Perfectly round and have smooth seams
Perfectly balanced and long-lastingThe Kevenz Sports & Outdoors Store is the leading online retailer of sporting goods and outdoor equipment.

Price $12.99
9. GEWO Ball Select Pro 40 Plus ABS Table Tennis Ball 6 PackFrom
GEWO Ball Select Pro 40 Plus ABS Table Tennis Ball 6 Pack is a three-star high-performance competition table tennis ball.  Produced under the strictest of ITTF standards, this ball is long-lasting and produces a significantly longer life compared to former ball generations.

GEWO uses the most economical selection methods in the manufacturing process to guarantee uniform wall thickness and hardness, resulting in improved durability and optimized playing features. ITTF-approved, high-end competition ball; developed based on ITTF-compliant raw material, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS).

10. DHS 1-Star 40+ BallsFrom
1-star poly practice ball, made by DHS. Made in China. Packaged in boxes of 10 balls. 
White only.


*These ping pong balls listed is sold by third party companies, and FTTC takes no responsibility for any issue that may arise with your order. Please direct any questions or concerns to the respective listed company

*Prices may vary