Coleman Outdoor Compact Camping Table
REDCAMP Outdoor Picnic Table
KingCamp Steel Frame Folding Table
If you want to get the most from your outdoor experience it’s essential that you have a well-organized campsite. This is especially true if you’re camping with the family or a large group of friends. You need to have a place to put your pots and pans, conduct food prep and of course, serve your food once it comes off the grill or campfire. The camping table is how you do that. Today’s camping tables combine the best in contemporary engineering with high quality materials and can elevate a humdrum week of camping into one you’ll never forget. Below are the best camping tables on the market today.
The Best Camping Table
Camping tables are all about making your outdoor experience more comfortable which has been Coleman’s mission for the better part of a century. So it’s no surprise that their Outdoor Compact Table should end up our Best Choice. It’s rated to 100 pounds, seats 4 and weighs less than 10 pounds soaking wet. The accordion leg structure expands by pulling the sides and the durable aluminum tabletop then unrolls and snaps into place to provide the perfect platform for your camp meals and late night card games in your large camping tent.
Rated to 100 lbs.
Seats up to 4 people.
Tabletop height 27.5 inches.
Sets up in minutes.
Accordion style frame.
- Weight8.86 pounds
With its moso bamboo table top and sturdy legs fashioned from aircraft grade aluminum the Beckworth & Co. SmartFlip Outdoor Folding table is handsome enough to use indoors. The table is rated to 66 pounds and those legs can be adjusted to any height from 23 to 31 inches. The SmartFlip sets up in about a minute with no tools and no assembly required and when you’re done it folds back down just as fast to be stored in the durable carrying case. If you love camping and a good nights sleep, check out our guide to the best camping mattresses.
Premium moso bamboo tabletop.
Nothing to assemble.
Sets up in seconds.
Tabletop height 23.6 inches.
Aircraft grade aluminum frame.
- BrandBeckworth & Co.
- Weight10.2 pounds
The GCI Outdoor camping table is a portable cook station that’s big enough to accommodate all your pots, pans and camping cookware. It’s fashioned from heat-resistant aluminum with the tabletop rated to 48 pounds and the fold up shelves to 30 lbs. The company says you can place your grill up top but be careful if you do. It might cause the table to become top heavy. That said it folds down in seconds with a convenient integrated carrying handle. Be sure to combine this with a cool camping chair from our list.
Durable powder-coated steel frame.
4 fold out side shelves.
Table top load capacity 48 pounds.
Lower rack for storage and drying.
- BrandGCI Outdoor
- Weight18.9 pounds
The Camco Deluxe Folding Grill Table looks a bit fragile but don’t judge this book by its cover. With a lightweight but tough steel frame it’s rated to 100 pounds. The consensus here was that we’d put the grill somewhere else and keep all the table real estate for food prep. But the choice is yours. There’s two fold up side shelves and a paper towel rack to add to the convenience. The Camco Deluxe folds down to almost nothing when you’re done and slips easily into its durable carrying sack. You may also like to check our guide to the best double sleeping bags.
Light but tough steel frame.
2 fold out side shelves.
Integrated paper towel holder.
Attractive carrying case.
- Weight6 pounds
When you need serious tabletop space to accommodate the family or a big tailgate crowd the Lifetime 4428 Utility Folding Table is here to answer the call. There’s nothing fancy here. It doesn’t break down to microscopic dimensions and walk itself to the car. But it does adjust to 3 different heights, unfold in about 10 seconds and hold 150 pounds of stuff while being stain and corrosion resistant. Just for good measure it only weighs 19 pounds and has an integrated carrying handle. Make sure you also check our guide to the best coolers for camping.
Adjustable to 3 different heights.
2 x 4 foot tabletop.
Folds in half for easy transport.
High density polyurethane top.
Seats up to 4 people.
- Weight14.7 pounds
What’s missing with most camping kitchen tables? If you said “chairs”, congratulations. While there are lots of great camping tables out there they pretty much leave the whole seating thing up to you. Not the Redcamp Outdoor folding camping table and chairs. It comes with 4 folding chairs so that family and/or friends can not only admire the food on the waterproof, stain resistant tabletop, they can sit down and eat it to. That welcome touch and the attractive price point combine to make it our Best Value.
Adjustable to 22 or 27 inches.
Tabletop dimensions: 2 x 4 feet.
Sets up fast and easy.
Waterproof and stain resistant.
Includes 4 foldable chairs.
- Weight15 pounds
The Pack-Away Folding Camping Table by Coleman is a durable, easy to set up, versatile platform for outdoor eating. It’s composed of two equal sections that can be configured in myriad ways to accommodate the needs of the occasion with the height of each component fully adjustable to between 24 and 31 inches. It’s rated to 300 pounds, though we’ll take that with a grain of salt, and features an MDF tabletop covered in a beautiful mosaic laminate. Great for campgrounds, picnics, BBQs on the deck and more. Our handy guide to the best camping cots features more great products like this.
Lightweight camping table.
Carrying capacity 300 lbs.
Use tables together or separately.
1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Weight12 pounds
The ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table is too heavy to use mountaineering but perfect for a relaxing week camping in the woods or by the seashore. The X-frame construction offers maximum support with minimal weight and there are no side supports to interfere with you sidling up to the table. It’s a dependable, affordable table that’s perfect for food service, cards and games but it’s not made to host your grill, so resist that temptation.
Comfortably seats 4.
Folding tabletop and frame.
Handsome carrying bag.
- BrandALPS Mountaineering
- Weight11 pounds
The KingCamp Steel Frame Folding Table sets up in about a minute and provides a large, attractive aluminum alloy slat tabletop that’s rated to 176 pounds. We love the attractive carrying case, the way it clicks together, how easy the tabletop unrolls and slips into place and the fact that it leaves plenty of room for legs underneath and cleans up fast. It’s handsome, built to last and carries a 1 year warranty. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best sleeping bags.
42 x 28 inch aluminum camping table.
Rated to 176 lbs.
Leg locks ensure safety.
Attractive carrying case.
Built to accommodate grill.
- Weight14.6 pounds
The Trekology Portable Camping Table is fashioned from rugged and handsome anodized aluminum and sits low to the ground so you don’t need to tote chairs to the campsite with you. It makes the perfect accompaniment to your day in the park, week at the shore, backyard BBQ or pool party. It’s got a nice, solid tabletop, doesn’t require any fancy tools to put it together and will accommodate a small grill. The rich metallic finish is just the icing on the cake.
Aircraft grade aluminum.
No tools required.
Accordion style frame.
- Weight2.8 lbs.
The ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table takes a slightly different approach to camping table design. Instead of leaning on aircraft grade aluminum or wood for the tabletop they provide two canvas surfaces that provide plenty of acreage for your food and games and 4 integrated beverage holders for your drinks on the bottom shelf. While it’s too much to take up the mountain it’s not too much to carry a couple of miles to your favorite secluded spot. Sets up in seconds with a nice big side pocket for storage. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best camping blankets.
Top dimensions 27 x 27 inches.
Bottom level for added storage.
Unfolds in seconds.
4 beverage holders.
Side storage pouches.
- BrandALPS Mountaineering
- Weight6.2 pounds
The final entry on our best camping tables list is the Camp Time Roll-A-Table. It features plenty of legroom for 4 and a durable wood slat table top that’s 32 inches square. That tabletop is rated to 100 pounds so go ahead and load it up and the gear pouch along the edge provides plenty of room to store utensils, your smartphone, maps and whatever. It breaks down nice and small but it’s not the easiest to set up. Still, it’s a sturdy, dependable food service and game table that you’ll likely use at home during parties as well as in the campground.
Tabletop height 28 inches.
Rated to 100 lbs.
Folds down to 32 x 6 inches.
Seats up to 4 people.
Side storage pouch.
Aluminum legs, wood table surface.
- BrandCamp Time
- ModelRoll-a-table Camp Table
- Weight10 pounds
Camping Table Buying Guide And FAQ
Features To Look For In Camping Tables
Type - There are several different types of camp tables and we’ll get into the details of each below. They are cooking tables, dining tables, utility tables and small backpacking tables. Be aware too that different manufacturers categorize their tables differently. So what is a “dining table” to one company may be a “picnic table” to another manufacturer. The key to getting the camping kitchen table you want is to focus on the function, rather than just the category the manufacturer decides a given table may belong in.
Size - The best camping tables run the size gamut from ultra-compact to large enough to use in your outdoor kitchen. Obviously, if you’re heading up-mountain size is a major consideration because the table is going to have to compete for space in your backpack with the tent, the stove, additional clothes, food and more. If you’re able to pull the car right into the campsite however, the sky is the limit as far as your camping table size is concerned.
Weight - Camping tables can weigh anywhere from a couple of pounds to 30 or 40 pounds. Weight will be determined almost entirely by intended function. Small backpacking tables are made from lightweight materials because you need to carry them all day up hill and over dale. However, there’s a tradeoff with the lightweight camping table and that is the load the table will be able to bear. Don’t expect to get more than your meal, your tactical flashlight, your phone and a drink on a backpacking table. Whereas certain dining and utility tables will be able to handle your pots and pans along with plates, drinking cups, water bottles and more. The tradeoff being that all that strength requires a heavy frame and a stout tabletop.
Quality - Quality is an elusive, well, quality. It’s hard to quantify but most people know it when they see it. Camping tables - whether they’re camping cooking tables or a small folding camping table - are going to be exposed to the elements so they need to be able to hold their own. The best camping tables will be well-engineered, well-built and won’t rust or become moldy. At least not right out of the gate. They’ll set up easily, clean up easily, break down just as easily and be easy to transport. Some, (especially the larger utility and cooking tables) will have a limited lifetime warranty.
Materials - In a very real sense the material your camping table is made from will make or break it. The small folding camping table will typically have lightweight aluminum legs and a ripstop nylon or polyester top. While larger utility and cooking tables will be (or at least should be) fashioned from high quality steel and/or aluminum. The bulkier steel or aluminum frame and top will make the table heavier but will also enable it to easily accommodate all your cooking gear.
Portability - The level of portability you need will depend on how you intend to use the camping table. If you just want something to set up in roadside campgrounds and state and national parks then chances are the car will never be too far away and you can get away with a larger, heavier camping table. Maybe even a camping table with storage. However, if you plan to transport your camping table into the deep woods or up a mountain then weight and size will be the primary considerations.
Durability - Camping tables are going to take a beating. It’s the nature of camping. You’re outside, the sun is beating down, maybe it’s cold and windy, or you get taken by surprise by sudden downpours. You get the picture. The folding camping table you choose needs to be able to bear the brunt of nature’s indignities. So build quality, materials and the like are important. A given table might look good but if it’s poorly built from cheap materials you’ll need to replace it the first time it gets knocked over by the wind.
Types Of Camping Tables:
Cooking Tables - Cooking tables are large, typically steel or aluminum folding tables that you often see in roadside campgrounds. Tailgaters are also fond of this type of camping table because it’s big and sturdy and will hold lots of burgers and brews. If you’re taking a serious road trip in the RV you’ll probably want to have a cooking table along so you can take full advantage of the great outdoors wherever you go. Keep in mind if you drive a subcompact you’ll have a hard time wedging a cooking table into the back.
Dining Tables - Dining tables are ideal for family camping excursions because they prioritize tabletop real estate. They’re like a portable picnic table (and some companies will market them as such). The dining table is used for sit down meals and is in some ways interchangeable with a simple utility table. They can weigh 10-15 pounds, though most hover around the low end of that range. Again, you’ll probably have difficulty fitting one in the back of a subcompact car.
Utility Tables - Utility tables can be ultra-simple (4 legs and a tabletop) or they can be pretty complex with multiple levels, foldout shelves, a built in sink and perhaps even a pole to hang a camp light on. While a few unadorned utility tables can be used for dining, most are intended for food prep and cleanup with minimal space for holding food once it’s cooked. In short, the utility table is a way-station between the camp stove and the diners and is most often used by families on long stays in the campground or large groups on day outings to the park.
Small Backpacking Tables - The small camping table used by hikers is another matter altogether. For the most part serious mountaineering is a reductionist activity. The goal is to pare away as much weight and bulk as possible. As such, the first things to go are usually things like camping chairs, big heavy stoves and camping tables.
In recent years however, clever designers have found ways to break the weight and size barriers that stood between mountaineering and comfort. Today’s best folding camping tables are a good example. Some weigh less than 2 pounds and can be lashed to the webbing on your pack. When unfolded on the mountainside they add juuust a touch more comfort than previous generations of climbers had any right to expect.
Camping Table FAQ
Q: Why do I need a Camping Table?
A: A camping table is a luxury but if you can afford it why not? The best camping tables add a bit more to the comfort side of the camping equation which, for most people, ramps up their ability to relax and fully appreciate the great outdoors. They make the vital business of food prep and service easier and you would have to be a serious Scrooge to find fault with that.
Q: Should I choose a roll up or folding Camping Table?
A: Which one you choose will depend in large part on how much room you have to store and transport the camping table. Both do an outstanding job of providing a strong, stable platform to cook and/or eat on but the roll up camping table will take up less space in your car and is typically easier to carry from car to campsite. That might be a consideration if you have to park a ways from where you’re camping. Keep in mind that “roll up” refers to the table top. The frame itself is usually some type of accordion design that you pull at the sides to expand.
Q: How to store a Camping Table?
A: Storing your aluminum camping table is largely a matter of common sense. If it’s made with metal and/or fabric then you want to store it in a dry place to avoid corrosion and mold. Make sure you clean it off before putting it away as well, which in some cases will likely mean hand washing the fabric tabletop or running it through the washing machine on gentle. Before you do either however, check with the care instructions on the label.
Q: Can I place my grill on the top of the table?
A: Unless the table was designed specifically for that purpose like the Camco reviewed above, then no. Even the best folding camping tables will wither under the intense heat generated by a gas or charcoal grill unless they’re engineered to deal with it. While it may be tempting to place your gas grill on top of your camping picnic table you should resist that temptation if there is even a tiny bit of doubt about whether your camping table is built to host a grill. Because if it’s not, and you place the grill on it anyway, the tabletop is likely to warp which could lead to a serious accident.