Best Camping Tables
In the midst of all the fun that you can experience while camping, it can often be glanced over how important it is for you to bring excellent equipment alongside with you. One of those is unquestionably camping tables. Whether you need one for eating meals near the campfire, as a stand to place your drinks and accessories on it, or simply as a handy item to have around you can always find a use for a camping table. But, much like everything else, some models stand above the rest. Based upon certain criteria, user reviews and overall quality, down below you will find the best versions available on the market.
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10 Best Camping Tables
LIFETIME UTILITY TABLE
Although the table is made of plastic, the design is still stellar. Built with a power-coated steel and high-density polyethylene plastic, this table is both durable and scratch-resistant.
For average use, it is good to keep the capacity from going beyond 75 pounds.
24” x 48” x 24.4”
When traveling with the Lifetime table, you can easily fold it in half and carry it with a convenient handle.
What puts this over the top is its adjustable height settings. To accommodate several people, there are three different height settings (22”, 29” and 36”).
If you need more than one table, you can buy them in packs of two all the way through five.
- Three different height settings.
- 2-year limited warranty.
- Can be tough for the elderly to open it up.
- A little small in width.
KINGCAMP CAMP TABLE
The frame is steel and the top is made from aluminum alloy. Not only is it scratch and rust-resistant but it is designed with non-slip foot pads to prevent slipping. In addition, it is heat-resistant and the spring buckle and safe locks prevent it from collapsing.
Up to an incredible 176 pounds
42” x 28” x 28”
Even though the KingCamp is built like a haas, it remains very portable. Alongside the table is an Oxford handbag. Simply place the components in the divided pack and bring the table to any adventure you desire.
About the only extra accessory included is the aforementioned Oxford handbag.
This is the only version available.
- Extremely durable with an incredible design; holding over 150 pounds.
- The black interior of the handbag can make it difficult to see the divider; making it occasionally annoying to store.
KAMP-RITE KWIK SET TABLE
To ensure durability, the frame is constructed of aluminum and the feet have non-skid rubber to prevent slipping. The tabletop is water-resistant and there is one aluminum support leg for extra strength.
It is capable of holding up to 70 pounds.
27” x 25.5” x 45”
Kamp-Rite designed this table for easy storage. The table will roll up in mere seconds and can be stored in the accompanying storage bag.
A storage bag that comes equipped with a shoulder strap to ensure the easiest travel possible.
No other color or package options are available.
- The tabletop is water-resistant.
- The slats are squeezed together by bungee cords; which could cause complications in the future.
COLEMAN OUTDOOR COMPACT TABLE
Designed with a steel frame and aluminum top, this camping table is built to last for years to come.
It is recommended that you do not exceed 100 pounds, but anything less than that is fair game.
27.5” x 27.5” x 27.5”
The frame is equipped with a fancy snap-together design that allows for easy disassembly and assembly. In addition, it can be easily fitted inside of the included storage bag.
The table itself is very standard (which is not a bad thing) and does not possess and extra accessories. However, the storage bag you receive will fit in most trunks.
What you see is what you get, as far as different options are concerned.
- Very easy to assemble and store.
- The design is very sturdy, but also light in nature.
- The placement of the cross bars underneath the table prevent decent leg room.
- One fixed height setting; no adjusters.
GCI OUTDOOR COMPACT
As the elite models that have proceeded it, the GCI Camp Table 20 is built with an aluminum frame and tabletop. A nifty feature, for easier transportation, also implemented is the telescoping leg design.
For a little stand, this can hold an incredible 60 pounds or less.
18” x 20” x 24”
As previously mentioned, the telescoping leg design allows the table to be easily folded with little to no hassle. In your vehicle, it will take up no room at all.
Again, GCI stuck with the basics and did not include any extra accessories for the users to enjoy.
GCI put all their work in perfecting one model, so no other options are available.
- The frame and tabletop are made out of aluminum.
- For such a small stand, the weight capacity of 60 pounds is terrific.
- Too small to accommodate several people.
- The tabletop will not lock in place.
CAMP TIME ROLL-A-TABLE
While the legs are made out of aluminum, and easily screwed on, the tabletop is made from an eloquent strong wood hinged inside waterproof fabric. At one given time, four people can sit at this table with plenty of leg room for everyone.
Keep the components on the table under 100 pounds, and you are in the clear.
32” x 32” x 28”
While a bag is not included, this table will easily roll up into a small package and can then be placed anywhere in your vehicle.
Right on the end of the table, a gear pouch is present to hold all kinds of utensils and accessories. Plus, when it is rolled up, this securely holds the frame inside.
Once again, this is the only option available.
- Very durable, holding up to 100 pounds.
- Excess leg room.
- Does not come with a storage bag.
- The legs are not adjustable.
ALPS MOUNTAINEERING ECLIPSE TABLE
Instead of a tabletop that is designed with aluminum, plastic, or wood, the Eclipse is designed from durable 600D polyester fabric. However, the corner buckle design offers adjustable tautness and extremely quick set-up.
Being fabric, it is going to give. Although there is not a set limit, you may want to avoid placing heavy items on it.
27” x 27” x26”
The fabric does come into play with portability, as all you need to do is unlatch the buckles and place it inside the accompanying storage bag.
There are two levels to this table and the underneath level has four built-in beverage holders. Also, there is a pocket organizer on the side.
You can either choose a khaki or checkerboard design, but the latter has a slightly different pocket organizer (only having a single pouch).
- Multiple levels with beverage holders’ underneath.
- Will not hold heavy items.
- Pulling the fabric tight to increase the strength puts excess torque on the clips holding it.
ALPS MOUNTAINEERING DINING TABLE
While it is very lightweight in nature, the anodized aluminum frame ensures that it remains sturdy.
It does not look it, but this table is very sturdy. But, it is not recommended to exceed 50 pounds on a normal basis.
28” x 55” x 28”
When wrapping up a camping trip, it is very easy to pack this table away. Simply unfold it and it will lock in place with its corner braces.
The biggest accessory here is the included storage bag. With a strong and lengthy carry strap, you can easily carry this with you anywhere you go.
There is the extra-large version (which is the one that was documented), a medium version (with dimensions of 28” x 43” x 28”) and a square version (31” x 31” x28”).
- Carry bag is excellent.
- There are multiple size options to select from.
- While standing up, it can be a little shaky.
- The slats are only held together by flimsy cloth.
OUTRY LIGHTWEIGHT FOLDING TABLE
To increase traction, the feet on the legs have been equipped with anti-slip rubber. While the frame is aluminum, the tabletop is made from 600D nylon fabric.
Again, the fabric is not as durable as plastic or aluminum. Be careful how much you place on top and try not to exceed 25-30 pounds.
29.5” x 22” x 21”
Much like the competition, this table excels when it comes to portability. It is both easy and quick to set-up and can be placed in the carrying case.
Right on the tabletop, there are four cup holders built-in on each corner. This lessens the chance of accidentally spilling a drink.
This is the large version, but there is also a medium version available. It is a little smaller (22” x 17” x 15”) and only has two cup holders instead of four.
- Visually appealing red and black design.
- The four cup holders.
- When it is packed, it can be a little awkward to strap in properly.
While most have been made with aluminum, the Adams Manufacturing Quick-Fold Table is designed with a resin material that will not rot, rust or peel.
It is only rated to hold up to 25 pounds, but with the size that should not come as a surprise.
19.75” x 15.25” 17.37”
With it being so small, to begin with, it is already easy to store. But, with its ability to be folded and only weighing three pounds it can be stored in any location.
To allow the colors to stay attractive, there is a UV-inhibitor that will prevent the sun from damaging the exterior.
There are so many options at your disposal that it could be hard to choose. You can get them in packs of two, three, and four and in all sorts of colors (baby blue, bright green, black, white, brown, banana, etc.)
- Resin material to prevent rust or rot
- The vast variety of color options
- When moving the table with components on top, they will fall through the middle.
Criteria for Evaluation
How Well it is Designed and if it is Built to Last
At the forefront of nearly every piece of furniture in the world is how well they are constructed. Make no mistake about it, camping tables are no different. The first key aspect to keep in mind is if you like the design and if it is built to last. As you noticed with the options on this list, there is more than one way to skin a cat. In other words, some great models are built with an aluminum frame and tabletop. While, others, are constructed out of polyester fabric. However, no matter the material choice, they need to be kept at a relatively small weight. As their purpose is for camping and other outdoor activities, they need to be transported around.
But, the one aspect most seem to get right is designing the table with an aluminum frame. There are many benefits for this design choice as aluminum is an excellent resource that resists corrosion and increases strength in colder temperatures. Past the material choice, pay attention to the other minor design choices that make an immense difference. For example, tables that are scratch, rust, water and heat-resistant. These benefits will ensure your table lasts for as long as possible (and looks just as well for the same period of time). Being scratch-resistant will make the visual appeal stand the test of time, water-resistance will prevent water from damaging the material, rust-resistance will prevent the frame and table from rusting, and being heat-resistant will ensure the sun does not damage the table in any way.
Another nifty and useful feature to look out for, when it comes to design, is if they have non-slip rubber feet. Tables with this present will create more traction and will not slip as easily. As you do not want your table to collapse, and sometimes you must set it up on rough terrain, this is an important feature. Without it, if one side is heavy it may shift the weight and the table could come crashing down.
How Much Weight They Will Hold Before Risking Damage
Quick question, what is the main purpose for any sort of table? This is not a trick question; the answer is a means to be able to place certain components on top of it. Thus, it is critically important to take into consideration the amount of weight they can hold before you start risking damaging them. But, it also depends on what size of table you are looking for. If you simply are looking for a camping table to place your drinks and accessories on (basically, using it as a side table), then you are probably going to seek out smaller models. What this would mean is you can’t expect the table to hold upwards to 100 pounds.
On the contrary, if you are after a family table that will seat everyone around it, you could then consider a higher mass capability. For each person, this criterion is going to be different. The important thing to ask yourself is what you plan to use the table for. Do you want to place extra heavy items (such as grills or coolers) on top or just use it for standard dishes and silverware? As you probably noticed, the weight capacity for certain camping tables varies quite a bit. Whatever you do, do not glance over this aspect, though. The worst possible thing you could do is to exceed the table’s weight on a regular basis. Before too long, it will break and you will be going back to the drawing board.
How Wide, Tall and Long the Table Is
Honestly, you could just copy and paste the section you just read into this section. That is how eerily similar these two criteria are, but this one is just as critical as the last. To an average person, the dimensions may just be random numbers that are simply there for a proper product description. Take a closer look, please, as this can seriously be a deal breaker. No matter how incredible the design is and how much weight it can withstand, if you are not satisfied with the table’s height, width, and length then you are wasting the money you just spent.
All three areas are important to consider. First, the height. This really depends on how you intend to utilize the camping table. If you are planning on eating meals together with your family (with all of you sitting at the table), then it should be an adequate height. After all, you want some room for your knees so you do not feel squished. Then, there is the width of the table. The only question here is, how many items are you going to have on the table at a given time (and how immense are they)? For fully equipped meals for four people, you should have enough room for the dishes, silverware, food and eating space.
Finally, you need to consider the length. This plays along right with the width, with the longer a table being the more you can place on top. It seems simple, doesn’t it? Guess what, it is simple you just need to remember to take the dimensions into consideration.
If it is Designed to be Easy to Store and Transport
For a normal dining room table that is designed to stay indoors, this is not much of an issue. But, when it comes to a camping table this is as important as any of the other criterion in this list. For each camping trip, you can expect to open, close, and put together the table at least twice (once when you get there and once when you leave). However, if you plan to go on certain adventures while camping, you may pack it and unpack it even more. Thus, they need to be accommodated for portability. Meaning, they need to be simple to construct and to disassemble.
It was a constant theme throughout the list, as all the elite models are extremely easy to transport around. But, a lot of them achieve this is different ways. For example, some of them are designed to simply fold down and fold up. Others will simply roll up into a small package, fold up after you unlatch the buckles or snap-together with ease. The best aspect is each one of these design choices will more than suffice and all will accomplish what they set out to do.
For extra convenience and portability, some camping tables will come equipped with a storage bag or a handle for easy carrying. The ones that do are even easier to travel with as you do not have to worry about awkwardly carrying the table by itself. However, those that do not, may also come with a handle on the side for easier transport.
What Kinds of Extra Accessories Are Present?
What is truly sensational about this particular aspect is that you can include it for every single product in the world. Because, what is not to like about extra accessories that either alter or enhance the experience of whatever you are using? But, with that being said, this does not have to be a selling point, either. If you noticed, there were plenty of entries on this list that had little to no extra accessories available. So, it is not a necessity but it can put a table over the top.
One perfect example is in the two tables that were made from nylon fabric, as they had built-in cup holders for added convenience. An extra feature like this makes it less likely for you to spill a drink and must clean it up. Better yet, for one of them, the cup holders were located in the bottom half of the table (making it even less likely to spill anything). While this is only for the fabric tables, how about the ones that included some sort of gear pouch or pocket organizer to store various types of equipment? Having a pouch on the side creates an easy access for utensils, electronics, or various other accessories.
But, the granddaddy of them all, is when a camping table gives you the option of adjusting the height to better suit your liking. Unfortunately, not very many on this list implemented this feature; which makes the ones who did it even more special. Adjusting the height is especially beneficial when you have members of your family that are all sorts of different heights. For taller individuals, you could adjust it to the highest setting (and vice versa for shorter members of your family).
Finally, although they were briefly addressed in the previous section, an included storage bag is always a nice touch as it gives you a means to transport the table.
How Many Different Options There Are Available for Purchase
Sometimes, it is nice to have a plethora of options at your disposal. This is not in reference to the amount of different camping tables they are, but to the variations of a particular table that you are interested in. This could be a variety of different options, but some that the entries on this list provide are different colors, sizes, and amount. Let’s start with the color and even though it has no direct implication on the performance of the table, for some, it can be the most important aspect.
Some of you may be obsessed with sticking to a particular color, or at least one that matches other elements of your camping equipment. As such, it can be a bit of a letdown when there is only one color option at your disposal. So, if you do not like the color there is nothing you can do about it. But, again, it does not affect performance so it is strictly user preference. However, arguably, a more important aspect would be the different sizes that a company offers.
It was already documented how important it is for you to take size into consideration and it is a bonus when there are different dimensions available for you. Some will offer a medium or large version (or even a square version), which could make the difference depending on what you intend to use your camping table for. As far as the amount is concerned, some companies will offer packages of two, three, or four. Clearly, this is nice if you are looking for more than one table.
Just remember, that this is really an added bonus. If a table is phenomenal enough, it will need to give you different options. But, they can be nice.
A Few Additional Factors for You to Keep in Mind
In addition to all the factors you have already heard, there are some other minor ones that you can take into consideration when investing in a camping table. One is how much leg room is there if you want multiple people to sit around it at a given time? This is all in the design and unfortunately, there are some models where the aluminum frame is placed in a way that obstructs leg room. Honestly, the most adequate way to determine if there is going to be enough leg room is to view various pictures and see where the frame is located.
Secondly, does the company selling the camping table offer you a limited warranty and is it free? No matter what product you are planning on investing in, taking precaution and receiving one with a warranty is always a good idea. Ordering online, you never know when something is going to come defected or broken. In a normal circumstance, you could voice your complaint anyway, but chances are a warranty will guarantee if this happens you get your money back. Plus, some companies will offer it for no additional price so it only will benefit you in the long run (depending on how long the warranty lasts).
Q: Can You Write or Paint on the Surface?
A: No matter the table, you will be able to write or draw on top of it. However, depending on the texturizing it may be annoying to do so. For some of them, you may want to have a clipboard behind it to prevent jagged lines. In addition, some are designed with slats in the middle that will prevent you from properly writing. But, in specific, with the tables that are designed with nylon fabric, you could get it tight enough so this would not be an issue. Now, as far as painting is concerned, the other aspect that needs to be considered is the excess paint being dripped on the surface.
A solution would be to simply cover the tabletop with several newspapers to accommodate for the extra paint. Basically, just treat it as a table you would treat in your home.
Q: Can You Place Microwaves or Grills on Top?
A: Now, this question can be a little tricky to answer. It truly depends on the particular table that you decide to invest in. Here is why. For the models that do not accommodate a lot of weight (such as 25-50 pounds), you will want to be careful about placing such a heavy piece of equipment on top. But, the camping tables that allow utmost to 100 pounds will easily hold a microwave or grill.
However, the question does not stop there. Not only does the table need to be durable enough but you have to find a solution to the heat that is dispersed from these appliances. Obviously, the tables that are designed to be heat-resistant will not have many issues with this. For those who do not, you could place a heat-resistant material underneath either your microwave or grill (or both if you want them on the table simultaneously). If you ignore this and the table is not resistant to heat, you may end up damaging the finish and (in more serious circumstances) making the table unusable.
Q: Will They Be Fine if You Take Them to the Beach?
A: What is camping without going to the beach and swimming? On your journey to the beach, what if you wanted to bring your camping table with you? Great news, most of them will not be damaged or altered if you decide to do so. The easiest ones to take to the beach are probably the models that are designed from nylon fabric. But, side tables and camping dining tables can also be brought with no repercussions.
Sand is not going to physically affect the material that is used to construct most of these tables (wood, plastic, aluminum, etc.). At least, not for short instances. You may have to clean the table when you return, but that is the extent of the damage. The only recommendation is to keep the table relatively far away from the shoreline of the beach. Not because of the damage that the water will create, but because of people kicking up wet sand.
Q: If You Leave the Table out in the Rain, Will They be Fine?
A: Just because something is resistant to water, does not mean it is completely waterproof. Yes, most of the tables on this list will resist water but does that mean they should be left out in heavy rain or downpours? There are certain materials that may be susceptible to heavy doses of rain and over time, they may end up deteriorating. It seems odd to say this, as nylon and aluminum hold up very well against water. While neither are necessarily invulnerable to water, it will take a while for them to be damaged.
But, the question still has not been answered. The straight up answer is no, you should take care of your camping table in a heavy downpour. Plus, assuming all the contents on top of your table are not waterproof, you will need to remove everything that is sitting on top of it. You will already be doing some work, so you might as well disassemble the table (which is easy to do in the first place).
Q: What Can You Use a Camping Table For?
A: If you are reading this buying guide, you probably already know what you are going to use your camping table for. This is a good question, though, for those who are looking for additional activities and uses for it. If you are stuck in limbo with the thought of how you can properly utilize a camping table, consider using it for the following. Of course, it depends on the size and the weight, but you could use it for eating meals with your family, playing card and board games, using it as a footstool, placing snacks and drinks on top of it, and listening to your stereo while it is on top of it.
What is great, in addition, is you can use it at home when you are not camping. Place it in your backyard for the same uses, or use it inside your home as a television stand or computer set-up. Through it all, keep the weight capacity in the forefront of your mind.
Q: If You Want Chairs, Will You Have to Shop Separately?
A: As you may have noticed through the entirety of this list, chairs were not an additional accessory that was offered. Now, the only good thing that comes out of this is you get to shop for any brand of chair your desire. Of course, if you already have chairs then you do not have to concern yourself with it in the slightest. To stay with the same brand, there is a strong chance that the creators of each table have designed their own lawn and camping chairs. But, for the total package, prepare yourself to have to shop separately for the chairs.
The hope is that you took something out of this buying guide. Now, you should have the knowledge and capability of picking the perfect camping table for you. If you keep all the above criteria in mind, you will be more than satisfied. Enjoy the search!