There’s nothing like camping in the great outdoors to put you back in touch with nature and help recharge your batteries. But even hardcore outdoor types know the value of having a solid surface to eat your meals from, whether you’re in an organized campsite or deep in the woods miles from anyone else. It’s tough enough cooking with your camp stove on the ground but eating off the ground can be a major drag. What you need is a camping table. Fortunately there are plenty of styles and sizes available these days so whether you’re in the state park with the family or by yourself half way up a lonely mountainside in the Sierra Nevada there’s a camping table that’s perfect for your situation. Below we’re going to look at 11 of the best.
The Best Camping Table
Here’s another camping table that does legroom right. While it’s not the aesthetic equal of the Beckworth it is every bit the functional equal. Setup is a bit more complex than that of the Beckworth but when the REDCAMP Folding Table is open you have a large, strong surface for food, your laptop, your card game or tailgate party. Like the Beckworth this REDCAMP table is also delightfully stable and, as we mentioned, accommodates the fact that people have legs. It’s also about ½ the price of the Beckworth.
Lightweight and portable folding table
Easy to set up
Secured with U-shaped side supports and latches
- Weight5.99 pounds
May be the sturdiest of the small camping tables
Folds down nice and flat with built in handle for carrying
Table surface itself is medium density fiberboard
Legs and frame are high quality aluminum
Comes with 2 small folding stools
Removable leg extensions could get lost if you’re not careful
Sporting a solid and stable build, the Coleman Pack-Away 4-in-1 Adjustable Folding Table is the perfect outdoor dining table. It’s relatively easy to carry around, with a packing case and a handle for extra convenience when setting it up and during storage. Both the tables are quite lightweight and can be adjusted to three different height levels depending on preference. For optimal balance, the leveling feet ensure that once the table is adjusted, it stays stable and even on practically any terrain.
The tables can actually be used in a variety of ways; side by side, separately or placed buffet style. There are other creative ways of arranging the tables to suit the event and most importantly, serve more people or items on its sturdy surface. As much as these tables are quite the functional duo, they don’t compromise on looks. The tabletop is designed with a beautiful mosaic laminate style that will definitely impress family, friends, and guests.
Adjusts to 3 different levels
Lightweight and portable tables
Includes secure brackets that join the tables
1 year limited warranty
- Weight12 pounds
The Camp Field Camping Table with Adjustable Legs features quite a genius design that doesn’t just allow you to place items on it but provides storage options. With a width of 18.5,” it accommodates a good range of items, as well as a cooker for those nights where you’re feeling less primitive. The sturdy surface is stylishly partitioned into two encouraging creative ways of arranging food items, drinks, snacks, games and the rest.
Setting it up is equally a breeze, just push on the buttons to lift or lower the height to the preferred level. The strong and durable frames provide the stability needed for a hassle-free adjustment, it also makes it a lot easier to fold up. Without quivering under pressure or struggling to find its stance, the well-constructed table comes with a zippered carton storage compartment where food items can be stored. This viably protects such items from bugs and other uninvited guests, keeping them clean and safe for later use. When it comes down to sturdy, stable and reliable camping tables, the Camp Field’s portability, build and durability definitely stand out.
Zippered carton compartment
Aluminum alloy frame
- BrandCamp Field
- Weight16.4 pounds
The Helinox Collapsible Portable Outdoor Table isn’t that table that you make do with, it’s a solid, compact and versatile product that provides a good amount of space to play with. It folds into a compact size that can easily be carried around and once set up, a firm yet soft mesh top combined with rip-stop polyester material is revealed. This material reliably resists harsh weather conditions as well as UV rays, providing the all-round durability all campers desire. It holds flat on the strong aluminum frames serving as a great surface to place plates, cutlery, food items, snacks, and the likes.
Right in the middle, there are two cup-holder provisions for those cold/warm cups of liquid goodness measuring up to 120z in size. With the capacity to hold up to 110 pounds, it provides maximum strength and stability required for diverse terrains. Setting the table up in itself is quite easy, it’s a simple matter of connecting the poles for the perfect assembly. For those fun camping trips and outdoor events, go equipped with this lightweight, quality camping table. It may not look it, but it definitely stands its grounds.
Lightweight, portable and collapsible
110 pounds capacity
Durable mesh and rip-stop polyester material
Aluminum alloy frames
- Weight1.34 pounds
Enjoy the advantage of having a handy collapsible table that can come along on those outdoor trips, camping trips, and hangouts. It’s like taking a portable kitchen with you on those trips and mini-adventures, with all the useful compartments provided. Featuring a cool roll-top aluminum top where heavy items can be placed; it’s a durable surface that can viably take the weight. There are four compartments that help to store food items, kitchen utensils, plates, and cups as well as a fourth compartment that serves as a sink! This is achieved via the water-proof lining on the storage bags that allow quick and easy rinses of food materials, cups, and plates.
There are also side patches for those additional items with the advantage of enjoying easy access to them at all times. The telescoping legs extend out of the box-shaped table to provide the height leverage a lot of campers seek. Adjust the length to suit your personal preference in seconds without breaking a sweat. At the end of the day, the Camp Chef Sherpa Table is a reliable camp organizer that should be taken along on every outdoor trip.
4 zippered compartments
Padded carry handles for easy carrying
600 Denier fabric
Telescopic aluminum legs
- BrandCamp Chef
- Weight13.45 pounds
Although the Coleman marketing team could afford to do a little work on the name of this camping table (maybe use about a dozen fewer numbers) it nonetheless earns a spot on our list of the best. Primarily because it sports one thing even some of its fellow ‘best of’ list mates can’t claim: stability. Coleman 2000020279 is probably the most stable folding table out there for its size. And even though the legs are a tad spindly you won’t have to worry about things tipping over even when you place heavy items near the edge.
Ultra-compact aluminum folding table
Includes a lightweight carrying bag for portability
Seating for 4 people
- Weight13.11 pounds
Table surface is almost all useable
Folds down to next to nothing
Remarkably stable for a table this size
Typical Coleman quality throughout
Not the most beautiful camping table on the market
Seating 4 people at this table at once would be pushing things
The ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table unfolds fast and provides a decent sized platform for your camp food. The table surface is a 27” square and below that there’s ample room for storing drinks. Having the drink holders underneath the main table surface has the benefit of aiding in stability by lowering the table’s center of gravity. Besides that you can adjust the tautness of the cloth table top and there’s a side organizer pocket for recipes, cell phones and the like. Makes a great card table for those summer evenings in the tent.
2-tier design enhances stability
4 built in drink holders on the lower level
Surface tightness can be easily adjusted at the corners
Surface areas made of 600 Denier polyester
Can’t really pull your chair up to it
A “busy” look not everyone will find attractive
The Outsunny Portable Folding Picnic Table is a great way to bring the picnic table with you wherever you go. There are plenty of campsites out there that don’t have picnic tables or anywhere else to sit so having the Outsunny Folding Picnic Table with you at all times is a perfect way to ensure you’re never left eating off the ground or out of your car. Unlike a lot of camping tables sitting right up against the table top is no problem with the Outsunny and when they claim it will seat 4 you can believe it will seat 4.
High quality, heavy duty construction
Aluminum alloy frame for outstanding durability
Folds up into a suitcase size container with carrying handle
A must for dedicated outdoor types
If you’re a big person you’ll find the seats a bit small
The Trekology Portable Camping Table with Aluminum Top is a made-for-one table that sets up in less than a minute and provides you a nice hard, stable surface to put your camp food, drinks, camping lantern, cell phone or myriad other things on. It’s not intended to be the table your group eats off of. It’s intended to be set up in front of your camping chair to hold whatever it is you don’t necessarily want to set on the ground. This Trekology camping table is actually small and lightweight enough that even those on a trek deep into the wilderness can consider taking it along.
Rated to 50 lbs
Waterproof and easy to clean
Aircraft grade aluminum alloy frame
Compact, long lasting and affordable
Smaller than it looks in the photos
The GCI Outdoor Compact Folding Camping Table looks a lot (when open) like those folding pine tables you get at Crate and Barrel or a hundred other stores. The difference is that its frame and top are fabricated from aluminum rather than pine so it will stand up to the demands of the outdoors. If you’re a fan of campsite hopping during the warm weather you’d do well to have a couple of these in the trunk or the RV. They’re the kind of simple accessory that can turn an awkward camping experience into a comfortable, totally enjoyable one.
Weighs in at a svelte 4 pounds
Sets up in about 15 to 20 seconds
Sets up high so you’re not bending over all the time
Will serve you well for years for less than a pair of jeans.
Danger of becoming top heavy if overloaded
This is a nifty camp table that sets up in under a minute and has 2 things many other camp tables don’t: stability and leg room underneath. Leg room (or lack thereof) is one of the unspoken issues where camp tables are concerned with many telescoping designs negating the ability to pull your chair in close. This Beckworth table is one of the few exceptions. But beyond that this SmartFlip has other things going for it as well, including the attractive bamboo table surface and the ability to lengthen or shorten the legs to your needs. When you shorten up the legs a bit you have one of the most stable camping tables out there. You can combine this with one of the backpacking chairs from our list.
Attractive, portable and easy to clean
Attractive heavy duty carrying case
Legs adjust to various heights
Plenty of leg room underneath
A very affordable outdoor table
Gets just a bit shaky when the legs are fully extended
Top on our list of best camping tables is the KingCamp Ultralight Camping Aluminum Folding Table – a product that is both durable and lightweight, and which will undoubtedly give you value for your money. Weighing just 2.4 lbs., the camping table is a marvel. It’s strong enough to handle winds, should in case you’re going camping close to a lake or some other water body. You will also love the mesh pockets that come in the side and which will hold all of your personal stuff.
However, some customers have also complained about the strength and quality of the mesh pockets. For your best interests, only keep non-fragile stuff here. The camping table is able to support a maximum weight of 44 lbs – that’s almost 20 times its own weight. It might not support heavy machinery, but if you and your camping buddies would like something to sit around as you eat, then there’s no problem on this end. Now, that’s some impressive stuff right there.
Mesh side pocket
44 lbs. weight capacity
Carry bag included
- Weight2.8 pounds
Next on the list is the MOON LENCE Lightweight Portable Camping Table – an unfolding table that brightens your campsite and provides a lot of functionality. The manufacturers of this product definitely went all out here, especially with its strength. The top is made from scratch-resistant processed aluminum material, and they claim that it’s been additionally processed to reduce skidding. They also attached a rubber material at the table’s legs, so it doesn’t slip when it’s mounted.
The product has a split joint, which you will need to assemble and break up when setting the table up and down. This means you have to be careful with its joints.The product weighs just 3.5 lbs., and it’s capable of holding up to a staggering 66 lbs. in weight. Quite impressive. The table also comes with a nylon mesh that is placed under it. The mesh will keep all your important materials, although it also appears to be of low quality – especially its fasteners, which hold on to the table’s four legs. For your safety, don’t put anything fragile or breakable on it.
Processed aluminum top plate
Nylon mesh pockets
- BrandMOON LENCE
- Weight3.8 pounds
Lifetime 4428 is a fairly large folding table intended for social gatherings at the seashore or in the campground. (Although it’s not something you’re going to want to schlep up the mountain.) It’s durable, opens up to a comfortable height, will hold a fair amount of food and folds down pretty small. Maybe the best thing about this table is that it has a slew of other applications as well. Use it to augment your kitchen setup during big holiday get togethers. Use it to display items during a yard sale or put it to work as a craft table.
Includes carry handle
Three adjustable settings
Folds in half for a more compact carry
Stain and rust-resistant
- Weight19.18 pounds
Folds down small for easy storage
Built in handle for carrying
Stain resistant surface
Powder coated rust resistant frame
As it’s only 24” wide it can become unstable in the wind
Camping Tables - Conclusion
Weight Capacity - Depending on the number of items you plan to place on the table, the weight capacity is extremely important. It’s largely a personal choice, however, make sure to check the maximum weight capacity so you don’t go overboard.
Size - When it comes to size, portability is important; the width, length, and diametres determine how portable the table will be and the space it would fit in. Ensure to check the size of the table to ensure it’s convenient to carry, transport and store.
Easy Setup - Be sure to ensure that the camping table is easy to assemble and disassemble, this reduces the minutes used for setting up. Most importantly, ensure the package comes with a detailed instruction manual.
Sturdiness and Durability - Camping tables are most likely to be used outside, this entails that they should have a strong and stable build that would be able to survive in more remote environments.
Camping Table FAQ
Q: Is a camping table necessary?
A: Camping tables are extremely necessary; they act as a useful storage surface for food items, drinks, games, and other light objects. They come with different features that make carrying a table a lot easier; opt for a portable, foldable and adjustable design with good storage compartments for more hygienic and safe storage.
Q: How do I set up a camping table?
A: Depending on the design and type of table, there are different ways to set up a camping table. The instruction manuals provided should shed more light on such methods peculiar to the product in question.