Best Camping Table
Over the years my very creative husband has “created” his own tables at the campsite we frequented in order to meet his needs. As someone who loves to cook, he will typically have a number of dishes in process even when camping, making a preparation area important.
I would like to help make things easier for him with the purchase of a portable table that we can bring with us on our camping trips. As there are a lot of options to explore, I will have to consider his needs before choosing the best camping table for our family.
After conducting a basic search, I can see that there are several types of camping tables available. Options include a basic table as well as a table that can be raised and lowered to meet your current need. Other tables are not merely tables, but small kitchen set-ups that help you to organize your outdoor space.
The tables are also made of different types of materials, and are able tofold down to different sizes. Each of the tables has their strengths, and its suitability for you will depend upon your needs.
Reviews of Camping Tables
There are a lot of available options for camping tables and looking at all that is available can feel overwhelming. The following will include six camping table reviews. The tables range from basic to more complex camping “kitchen” set-ups, and are made of different materials.
The weight of these tables range from as low as 6 pounds to as high as 20 pounds and even the most expensive option is less than $100 in cost. In addition to providing basic information about each table, I will highlight some key features of each one.
This reasonably priced option has a steel frame and aluminum top, ensuing that hot pots or pans will not harm it. Weighing in at nine and a half pounds, I appreciate that even the kids will be able to lift this small camping table and bring it to the campsite from the car.
The Coleman Compact Aluminum table promises to be easy to set up, with a frame and top that snaps together and can hold up to 100 pounds of weight. The table opens to 27.5” x 27.5” x 27.5” and folds down to the following dimensions: 5.5” x 5.5” by 27.5”.
The table comes with a storage bag (with a strap for easy carrying) and a one-year limited warranty.
- Lightweight at nine and a half pounds
- Can seat four
- Easy to set up with a frame and top that will snap together.
Also a reasonably priced option, the Lifetime 4428 Height Adjustable Folding Utility table is made of steel and a high density polyethylene plastic. At 20 pounds, it is more than twice the weight of the Coleman Outdoor Compact Table.
The tabletop is 48” x 24” and it is adjustable with three height settings (22”, 29” and 36”); great for being able to be set up for the kids when they are helping to cook. The table folds in half when packing up and includes a carry handle to make it easier to transport.
The Lifetime 4428 Height Adjustable Folding Utility table comes with a 2-year limited warranty and a surface that is stain resistant, a plus for a household that can make quite a mess.
- Three height settings so that the table can meet a variety of needs
- Includes a handle to make it easier to carry
- At 20 pounds it is a bit heavier than other options
Similar in price to the first two options, the ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse is made of polyester fabric; there are buckles at the corners that allow you to adjust the table to your desired tautness. At six pounds, it is the lightest table reviewed so far.
The table is 27” wide, 27” long and 26” tall with two levels and has four beverage holders built into it. The table folds down and fits into a carry bag.
The ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse is easy to set up and the second level provides you with additional storage.
- Very lightweight at only six pounds
- Beverage holders mean you will avoid accidental spills
- A second level offers a place to store additional items
Offering an aluminum frame and a table top made of dissipating aluminum, the GCI Compact Camp Table is a portable option that can hold up to 60 pounds of weight. At six pounds, this folding camping table is the same weight as the ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse.
The GCI Outdoors Compact Camp Table opens to the following dimensions: 25” x 25” x 27.5” and folds down to 25” x 24” x 2”, making it easy to store and pack in your vehicle. According to Amazon, the table is easy to fold up as well as set up, as a result of its Squeeze Telescoping Technology.
- Very lightweight
- Ease of set up through Squeeze Telescoping Technology
- Can hold up to 60 pounds
The GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station has an aluminum counter top and the frame is made of powder coated steel. With a weight of around 20 pounds, this camping table is on the heavier end of the tables I have discussed, however it can hold over 200 pounds.
When open the table measures 20.9” x 52” x 32.3” and when folded it measures 20.9” x 3.7” x 34.6”. The table offers a storage rack and 4 side tables that fold out and it folds flat when you are looking to store or transport it.
The GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station is the largest of the options discussed thus far and also the most expensive.
- Can hold over 200 pounds
- Folds flat with SLIM-FOLD Technology
- Offers significant space at 20.9” x 52” x 32.3”
Made of an aluminum frame and medium density fiberboard, the Coleman Pack-Away Kitchen is relatively lightweight at 11 pounds. With the weight distributed throughout the item, it can hold up to 100 pounds.
Containing a frame that expands and surfaces that easily snap on, the Coleman Pack-Away Kitchen includes a side stand that fits most Coleman Stoves and there is a food preparation area that is 32” x 24”. The “kitchen” folds down to 32” x 11” x 4” and can be stored in an included carrying case.
In addition to the space for food preparation and cooking, the Coleman Pack-Away Kitchen includes a lantern hook, other hooks to hang items and a mesh shelf. While it is the most expensive of the options reviewed, it comes with a one-year limited warranty.
- Lightweight at 11 pounds yet holds a weight of 100 pounds
- Offers more space than just an area to prepare food
- Folds down small and includes a carrying case for easy storage and transport
Things to Consider When Choosing a Camping Table
As with any item that you are looking to purchase, what is best for another buyer may not be the best option for you. It is important for you to take the time to consider what is most important to you in your purchase of a camping table.
The following are things to consider:
- Price: how much do you want to spend on your table?
- Ease of set up: if the table is easy to set up is it also as portable as you would like?
- Weight: is it important to you that the table be lightweight and easy to carry?
- Portability: how small does the table fold down to? Will it be easy to pack in your car and easy to store or will it be bulky and a struggle to take with you?
- Type of Surface Material: what type of material is the table made of and will it be sufficient for your planned use?
- Durability: how sturdy is the table and will it last longer than one or two seasons?
- Use: are you just looking for an area to prepare food to cook your meals, a place to hold drinks or an entire camping “kitchen” set-up?
As seen in the reviews above, there are a variety of options to meet your needs should you be seeking to purchase a camping table. Before beginning your search, consider what is most important to you in your new table and search with those considerations in mind.
For example, narrowing down whether you want a basic table or a “kitchen” set up will help you narrow down your search. The same can be said for price and weight. You will then be able to choose from the options that include the features you are seeking.
Have you purchased a camping table? Please share your experience and how you feel about the table you bought.