Camping tables are an essential bit of gear that make any camp a home. Eating, drinking, and playing cards around a table in the heart of the great outdoors are what it’s all about, and no doubt these moments will form some of your fondest holiday memories.
The last thing you want is these moments being ruined by a table buckling underneath you, by too many trips to the car, or by dropping your evening meal because you had to eat it off your lap… which is why choosing the best camping table for your trip is so important. There’s an astounding range of camping tables out there, most with folding frames, some with roll-up tops, and even a few with foldable chairs attached.
Weight, durability, and of course price are key factors to consider, but there’s a whole bunch of extra features out there that can help to set a camping table apart from the rest. All of these options can make shopping around a little daunting, which is why we’ve put together a list of our best camping tables just for you.
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The first table to make it into our top ten is the Coleman Aluminum Camping Table. This sturdy table is constructed of a snap-together aluminum frame that takes seconds to assemble. The countertop itself is made of aluminum slats that are rolled up for storage and travel purposes but take no time to unravel. Once unrolled, simply insert two rods for rigidity, and, hey presto, you have a solid all-aluminum table at the ready.
Both the frame and the top fit inside the included carry bag, so you can keep things nice and tidy when you aren’t using the table. Weighing 10 lbs, this isn’t a super lightweight camping table, but it isn’t particularly heavy either. It’s nice and roomy too, easily fitting four people, so it’s perfect for families or if you want to invite your fellow campers around for dinner on your camping trip.
Overall, we’re confident that the solid, no-frills design of this camping table means that it will last you a while and, at this price, we think it’s a steal, but if you don’t want to take our word for it, there’s a 1-year warranty included too.
If you don’t like clutter on the camping table, but you want something portable and convenient, then look no further than the Camp Time Roll-a-Table. We love that it has a storage compartment attached, so you can keep your condiments and cutlery at the ready. The extra space this creates alongside the spacious dimensions of the top itself means that you’ll have no trouble seating four at this table. The top is made of vinyl that’s durable but also super easy to wipe clean.
It’s been cleverly designed to avoid X braces in the frame, which means you can stretch out your legs out as much as you like. The legs themselves are made of sturdy aluminum, but the thing we like best about this folding camping table is that you can adjust the height of the legs, so you can have a flat surface even on bumpy ground. It also makes this a very versatile table that you can easily adjust to the optimal height for any occasion – whether that’s a sit-down dinner, a card game, or a buffet table.
Like the Coleman Aluminium Folding Camping Table, this table seats four, weighs 10 lbs and can be folded away to a compact size. However, this table has an extra storage compartment and adjustable legs. At twice the price of Coleman’s model, it’s up to you how important these extra features are, but we know we’re definitely tempted!
And remember, don’t forget to bring your camping chairs.
So, you’ve probably all heard of pop-up tents already, but what about pop-up tables? Well, the Preferred Nation Folding Table folds in half and opens up flat, making its assembly incredibly easy – just pop the frame into the clasps on the base of the table. It might not have the smallest dimensions when folded, but we doubt that you’ll have much trouble carrying it around with you thanks to its carry case and the fact that it weighs in at an incredibly light 5.83 lbs.
The polyester tabletop will dry in no time if you get caught in any downpours, and we love that it has in-built cup holders so you can pop in your glasses and cans without fear of them getting knocked over – particularly useful if you’re camping out on the uneven ground.
Another huge plus of this camping table is that it has a whole extra tier for storage underneath the main tabletop. This means you can have your main meals on top and keep your sides and condiments down below, or keep the top for your drinks and leave the bottom as a secret snack stash. The main thing to keep in mind with this table is that its weight capacity won’t be as high as some of the other options out there, so if you’re planning on using your camp table for heavy loads this might not be the one for you.
Overall, however, this folding table is affordable, lightweight, and has some quirky extra features, and it’s easy to see why this is one of our best camping tables.
If you’re after something a little smaller than the previous options, then we have something for you – the Trekology Camping Side Table. This camp table features an aluminum top with a beautiful metallic coating that not only looks great but is also waterproof, durable, and folds away neatly. The frame is made of the same material and opens via reinforced hinges, so assembly only takes a few seconds. The legs are inserted into caps that are designed to be anti-slip, so they won’t go popping out on you when you have a table full of treats.
Available in small, medium, and large sizes, you can find the size that’s right for you. Even the largest size weighs just over 3 lbs, yet despite its lightweight, it can withstand a decent load for its size. They fold down nice and compact too, so you’ll always be able to find room for them in the boot of your car or camper van, and carrying them to your camp won’t be any trouble either. And if you’re more of a water person, you can even pop one on your deck without sinking the boat.
This camping table is ideal if you want a surface for your coffee breaks, or somewhere to pop your gear at the end of a long day. We love that it’s gorgeous but also weather-resistant, and it comes at a very reasonable price too. It probably isn’t the one for you if you need somewhere to feed a family of four but, for those smaller occasions, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a nicer option.
If weight is a top concern for you, then the iClimb Folding Camping Table should be right up your street. Weighing an astonishingly light 3.09 lbs, you’ll hardly notice that you’re carrying this camp table alongside all your other gear. It folds down into a super-compact package too, and you can pop this inside the included rip-stop mesh bag.
The frame of this folding table is made of a lightweight yet durable aluminum alloy and this slots into the top that folds away and has hollows in it to shed even more weight. Don’t let the holes fool you though, this camp table has some strength behind it and can hold up to 66 lbs worth of goods.
We love the extra tier that clips onto the table legs, giving you the choice of extra storage or removing it if you’d rather go for the legroom. Simple yet effective, this table is lightweight, weatherproof, and can hold a decent weight, and affordable too – you’ll be hard-pushed to find something more substantial yet this lightweight.
So far we’ve looked at roll-up tops and pop-up tables and we’ve seen some great options, but now we’re moving on to look at our best foldable camping tables. The first on our hit-list of entirely foldable tables is the REDCAMP Camping Table.
Despite having the largest surface of our featured camping tables so far, this table weighs in at just 9.3 lbs, and the whole thing folds away and forms its own carry case with an attached handle – neat isn’t it? These features make this camp table a super convenient and portable option for outdoor trips.
With a decent weight capacity of 70 lbs, this camping table can handle more than just breakfast. It’s pretty versatile too, thanks to its adjustable legs. Having the choice of 15-inch or 28-inch legs makes this suitable for various tasks both at home and outdoors. The top is made from 1.5-inch medium-density fiberboard, which might not be quite as durable as metal tabletops, but it does help to keep the weight down and is also easily cleaned. The frame itself is made from an aluminum alloy, making it durable and weatherproof.
If you like the sound of this camp table but were hoping for something smaller, then don’t worry – there are a range of models available, although personally, we love the large surface. If you’re after something simple, large, and convenient, then your search is over.
And it’s with great excitement that we introduce to you our first featured folding table that includes a full set of chairs – the Outsunny Foldable Camping Table.
This camp table has a classic picnic-table design thanks to its wooden seats and tabletop, and it even has a hole in the center for umbrellas – perfect for those outdoor summer lunches. But this table not only looks great, it’s practical too. The one-piece design can be unfolded in minutes, and you can say goodbye to multiple car trips when you’re setting up camp, as all four seats are in-built. They’re reinforced and pretty solid too, with a weight capacity of up to 220 lbs each, while the camping table itself can hold a substantial load of up to 110 lbs.
The wooden top is a decent size and is perfect for a group of four, and it’s wear-resistant and easy to clean too so you don’t have to worry about any spillages. The aluminum frame is sturdy and anti-rust so your camping table will last you that bit longer, and we love the non-slip feet that hold things in place even on slippery surfaces such as patios and decking.
It might not be the most lightweight or cheapest folding table but, bearing in mind that you get four seats included in the weight and price, we don’t think it’s bad value for money overall. Plus, this is one of the nicest looking foldable tables we’ve found, and it would look great at a summer garden party as well as on the campsite.
If you’re after a picnic-style foldable table but you want something a little more weather-proof than wood, then the Stansport Picnic Table is the one for you. This foldable table has four seats attached and is constructed from a solid aluminum frame alongside high-density polyethylene, making it resistant to both rain and stains.
The tabletop is pretty spacious and, with four chairs attached, this table is perfect for family dining. It even comes with an umbrella that slots right into a hole in the middle, so you don’t have to worry about getting sunburnt during lunch or your food getting spoiled by the rain or rays.
The chairs fold in and the camping table folds in half to form a portable carry case with a handle, so you won’t be trekking back and forth from the car to the tent thanks to this all-in-one design. Unlike most tables with this design, the table height can be adjusted, so you can choose the height that’s right for you.
It might be a little on the heavy side but, given that you don’t have to use extra weight on seating, we think we can forgive it. With a table, four chairs and an umbrella included, we think this table is great value for money, and it comes with a 1-year warranty too, so you don’t need to worry about it breaking on you.
So maybe you don’t need family-friendly tables, built-in seats or cupholders, maybe what you’re really after is a table you can put all your barbequed goods on buffet-style. If that’s the case, then we certainly recommend the GCI Outdoor Cook Station. This table really does bring the kitchen to the outdoors, with its heat-resistant aluminum countertop that’s suitable for camping stoves and all its extra storage space for cookware and utensils.
The aluminum top can hold up to 48 lbs of food or equipment, but if you’re cooking up a feast don’t worry because there are not one, not two, not three, but four additional tabletops you can fold out for that extra grub, each with a weight capacity of 30 lbs. Oh, and they have hooks and glass holders on the edges that make the perfect holding place for all your drinks, trash bags, and utensils. There’s also a rack at the bottom where you can let things cool down or air out and a holder for your kitchen roll – is there really any more you could want?
This table folds up completely flat for storage thanks to the manufacturer’s slimfold technology, and it has handles for transportation too. It may be a little on the heavy size, but if you’re going to be doing some heavy-duty BBQing then you need the table to match. You really will be able to cook up a storm with this table at the ready – don’t be surprised if half the campsite suddenly turns up for dinner!
If you’re anything like me then sometimes you find decision making a difficult task. Well, you certainly don’t have to worry about making the wrong choice with the Coleman 4-in-1 Camping Table. Yes, that’s right, this incredibly versatile table can be set up in four different ways, so you can be sure you’ll always have the right table for the occasion.
Option number one is the classic square table set-up. This is great if you want to sit down for lunch or play a late-night card game at the campsite. As this option is essentially joining two rectangular tables together, there will be a small crevice in the middle so perhaps you shouldn’t place your heaviest loads here. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem though, thanks to the sturdy clips and bolts that join the two frames together.
If you want to put on more of a spread, why not go for option number two and join the two tables together longways? This buffet-style arrangement is a great way to display BBQ treats or other nibbles if you want a casual campsite dinner vibe.
The third option is the bi-level set-up and makes full use of the adjustable table legs. By having one table higher than the other, you can leave your drinks on one level and your food on another. This arrangement is particularly nice if you want to sit side-by-side in a pair facing out to sea or watching the sun go down. Finally, you can simply separate the two tables.
This can be great if you want some time away from the kids, or perhaps there are only two of you going camping and you don’t want to carry the extra weight. Either way, it’s great to have the option to separate or downsize when you need to. No matter which arrangement you go for, you can choose one of three heights for your table too.
The table has a solid aluminum frame and a medium-density fibreboard, helping to keep the weight down. On top of this, the table has an outstanding weight capacity of 300 lbs – the best of our featured tables – so you can load it up without fear of it buckling. It folds away into a self-contained case for transport, and it comes with a 1-year warranty too.
The only minor drawbacks are the fact that there are no seats included and that it comes with a warning not to place extremely hot items on it, although you probably shouldn’t be placing extremely hot items on most camping tables anyway. Overall, this is a super versatile option that gives you so many options without an increase in price.
As you’ve seen, camping tables have many different designs, ranging from pop-ups to roll tops to entire picnic tables that fold away entirely. With such variety on the market, deciding which one to go for can be a bit overwhelming.
To try and make the decision a little easier for you, we’ve highlighted some key things to think about when looking at tables, and we’ve managed to narrow down our top ten to our top three best camping tables.
Space may seem like an obvious factor, but it has a few different elements. Firstly, and most importantly, is the size of the tabletop itself. How many people can you seat around it comfortably and still have room to maneuver your cutlery? If you’re planning a trip with a family of four what you need will be very different from someone going on a solo camping trip.
The size of the table when it’s folded down is also important for at-home storage. If space is tight at home, you want something that folds away as small as possible. If you like to have lots of legroom, keep your eyes open for frames that avoid an X structure, as this might get in your way. On the other hand, you might want to look for something with storage underneath the tabletop to leave more room on the top itself.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the larger the table, the heavier and more expensive it will be, so if you want a decent amount of room be prepared to shell out for it.
The importance of portability will vary depending on the kind of trip you’re planning. If you have a huge campervan and only need to pop your table right outside during meal times, then a heavy table might not be such a burden. Alternatively, if you plan on slinging your table on the back of your motorbike or might have to set up camp far away from the car, then you’ll want to shed as many pounds as you can.
You also need to think about how tightly the table folds up. Some pack away into suitcases with handles attached, while others come in little carry bags – make sure you’ll be able to handle your table in its folded form.
Durability is an important factor for any kind of outdoor gear. Metal frames are generally quite tough and can withstand some bumps and scrapes, but they’ll be heavier than plastic options and there are some sturdy plastics out there nowadays, which tend to be cheaper too.
Make sure you check out the weight capacity of not only your tabletop but also the seats (if there are some included) – there’s nothing worse than underestimating this and not being able to use your table properly. The metal table tops can generally take more weight than fabric ones, but again they’ll add more weight to your table.
There are a whole bunch of extra features out there, such as cupholders, attached seating, storage spaces, and umbrella holders just to name a few. Which of these appeals to you is a matter of personal taste, but it’s worth checking that the price hasn’t doubled just for the sake of one quirky extra feature.
Our best folding camping table for families has to be the Stansport Picnic Table. With the table and four seats folding into a single handy travel package, you won’t have to keep running back to the car to get things when you set up camp. It’s versatile too, so if the kids have friends round for dinner you can simply lower the table for them then pop it up later on when you want to dine.
The included umbrella offers UV and weather protection, so you won’t get caught out on those sunny days, and the counter itself is stain resistant so it doesn’t matter if that spaghetti bolognese ends up causing chaos. We think the price is reasonable too, especially considering that you get four chairs and an umbrella included. Overall, this a fantastic option for those family camping trips.
Our best portable option is the iClimb Folding Camping Table – we just can’t believe it weighs just 3 lbs! Despite this, it certainly stands its ground, with a weight capacity of 66 lbs. It folds down into a very compact package too, so you can carry it or sling it on the back of your bicycle without any problems.
It might not have the largest tabletop, but if you just want a casual surface for eating or storing your gear that doesn’t weigh a tonne, then this is definitely the table for you.
So, what’s our overall top pick? Well, it has to be the Coleman 4-in-1 Camping Table. With so many uses, this is a great allrounder that you’ll use time and time again. It isn’t the heaviest option either and its durable materials mean it’ll last you a while, not to mention that it comes with a warranty too.