In a hurry? After careful examination, I’ve concluded that the ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table is the best camping table on the market today.
Like camping in comfort?
So do I.
And while the ultralight backpackers get by on a bare minimum, us car campers need a bit more. This is doubly true if you tend to camp with your family or a large group of friends.
One of the must-haves for pleasurable camping experience is a solid camping table.
Here’s how to choose the best one.
The Best Camping Table: Our Top 5 Picks
While I love getting in touch with nature, I still prefer not to eat my meals off the ground. That’s where a good camping table comes in.
In this article, I’ll list the top 5 camping tables available today, and then explain the criteria used to judge the best camping table.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table
I wholeheartedly disagree with that approach…and that’s why I’m starting this list with our top pick.
Starting off, you’ll notice that this table is large. With dimensions of 28″ W x 43″ L x 28″ H, it will provide plenty of space for applications you might think of, from eating to storing gear. And that’s just the regular size – it also comes in a square (mini) and extra-large sizes.
Next, I love this table’s super simple setup. With the fold-up top, there’s no fiddling around. Just extend the legs, put on the top, and you’re done. That leaves you extra time for gorging on BBQ and tossing the frisbee around.
Thanks to its aluminum construction, this table is both sturdy and lightweight. Additional stability is achieved by its X-frame legs, which prevent any wobbliness from ruining your meals.
Now, this table is not all sunshine and rainbows. Due to its quality build and bigger size, this table is definitely on the higher end of the price range. However, when you consider the fact that it will last you for years and years, the couple extra bucks you pay upfront will seem like a bargain in the long run.
- Fairly large – (28″ W x 43″ L x 28″ H), so you’ll have a lot of space for your food & gear
- Super simple setup – the aluminum fold-up top will have you up and ready in seconds
- Comes in three different sizes, so you can choose the best one for you
- X-frame legs offer additional support and stability
- The shoulder carry bag allows for easy transportation
- A bit pricier than some other tables mentioned here
Best for: campers and backpackers looking for the overall highest-quality camping table.
Coleman Camping Table
Ah Coleman, the brand every outdoors enthusiast knows and loves.
And for good reason. They keep proving themselves over and over again, especially with this table.
First off, this tent is affordable. It is almost half the price of other tables while keeping most of the perks that make them great, such as quality and sturdiness.
It’s also incredibly light – with a weight of 8.9 pounds, you can easily carry it around without breaking a sweat. That’s even more true when you include the fact that it comes with its own carry bag.
Despite that, it is incredibly durable. Some customers have stress-tested it by placing weight lifting plates on it, and it supposedly supported 100 lbs. evenly distributed. To be clear, I don’t recommend you do this, but it shows how strong and durable it is.
Now, the main problem I have with this table is its size. While it says it can accommodate up to 4 people, the dimensions of 27.6” on each side make that unlikely. Well, maybe not unlikely, but you’re definitely going to be cramped. I think that it would be ideal for two people max, so you can have some elbow room.
- Very affordable – a great option for campers on a budget
- Lightweight – 8.9 pounds means you can carry it anywhere without straining yourself
- Durable – able to hold up to 100 lbs. without breaking or falling over
- Steel top makes cleaning the table a breeze
- Smaller size might be a problem for some people or larger groups
Best for: backpackers on a budget.
Trekology Portable Camping Side Table
Well, those tables have nothing… NOTHING… on this bad boy right here.
Trekology’s tables come in three sizes, but all of them weigh less than 3.2 lbs (with the smallest at 1.8 lbs). That is light. The tabletop size varies, but the largest one is 27’’ x 18’’.
This table is made out of aluminum, which means it’s both durable, waterproof, AND super easy to clean. In fact, this table is ideal for food prep or as a coffee table, but you can use it for other purposes as well.
Now, this table’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. That is – its small size. The biggest issue here is the height – the medium and the large versions have a height of only 16 inches, while the small one has a size of only 13 inches. For a big fella like me, that’s a problem.
Whether or not this presents a problem mostly depends on the height of your chair. Lounge-type chairs will fit perfectly with this type of table, but others might not so make sure you do some measuring before hitting the campsite.
- Supremely lightweight – even the largest model weighs only 3.2 pounds
- Portable – the large size is only 27’’ x 18’’
- The aluminum table top is both waterproof and easy to clean
- Super easy to assemble and put away – it’s up and ready in less than 60 seconds
- Max height of 16” might be a turnoff for some people
Best for: customers looking for extremely lightweight, knee-height camping tables.
Lifetime Height-Adjustable Camping Table
With top dimensions of 48 x 24 inches, this table will provide you plenty of space for any and all of your needs. As an added bonus, it also comes with three adjustable heights of 24, 29, and 36 inches. This means that no matter your height or the occasion, anybody can comfortably use and be seated at this table.
But the convenience doesn’t stop there. No, to top it off, this magnificent table also folds in half and can be carried like a briefcase. This allows for both an easy setup and take down, leaving you more time for your other camping activities.
Unfortunately, due to its size, it’s not the lightest table around. Weighing in at hefty 19 pounds, this table is definitely more suited for large groups of people who like to go car camping.
- Three adjustable heights (24, 29, and 36 inches)
- Made out of powder-coated steel which means its more durable
- Folds in half, allowing for easy carrying and storage
- Multi-purpose use – anywhere from campsites to parties to working from home
- Weighing19 pounds, this table is pretty heavy
Best for: car campers who don’t mind trading weight for durability.
Camp Chef Sherpa Camp Table & Organizer
You may have noticed that every table mentioned so far has a fairly simple construction. Just a working surface with legs – no accessories, no additional storage, nada. While some people actually like that, others are looking for something more.
That’s where Camp Chef Sherpa Camp table comes in. You see, this table is basically a portable kitchen packed into one convenient package.
To do this, it comes with 4 storage bags tucked inside of the table that can hold your entire kitchen (and then more). As if that’s not enough, it also has side pouches that can store additional gear or kitchen utensils as needed.
Tired of hunching over the table while you’re preparing food? Then you’ll love the fact that the Sherpa comes with extendable legs that make height adjustment a breeze.
Sure, it’s bulkier (and pricier) than some other camping tables mentioned here. However, while other tables only give you a surface to put your food on, this provides a full-on storage and kitchen unit even Gordon Ramsey would be proud of.
- Four storage bags allow you to pack a lot of kitchen gear
- Extendable legs mean you can adjust the height as you see fit
- Side pouches provide even more storage space
- Even though it’s bulkier than most tables, at 13.45 lbs. it’s still not that heavy
- It’s a bit pricey, but you do get a lot of additional stuff for your money
Best for: outdoor chefs who want to bring a lot of kitchen gear on their camping trips.
How To Choose The Best Camping Table For Your Buck
While there are many factors you have to consider when purchasing a table for camping, a few of them stand out, head and shoulders above the rest.
- Ease of Setup
Of course, there are others, such as price, stability, design, and so on, but after careful analysis, I’ve found out that most people don’t need encyclopedias of data to make an informed decision – they just need a few, clear tips regarding the most important factors.
With that said, let’s discuss what you need to know before choosing your camping table.
Ease Of Setup
It doesn’t matter if the table is cheap or extremely well-made – if you need a Ph.D. to assemble it, it’s not a great choice.
This is especially true since it usually won’t be the only thing you have to assemble – you have tents, beds, kitchens, and so on. The last thing you need is to spend another 20-30 minutes fiddling around, trying to figure out which screw goes where. And don’t even get me started on tables that require two or more people to assemble – those are a real nightmare.
I kept that in mind while researching tables for this article, so all of them are easy to set up and takedown.
For example, here’s a quick video showing how to set up one of the tables mentioned here in our article:
As you might have guessed already, the camping table is supposed to be sturdy and durable. After all, it’s supposed to endure having a lot of food & gear on it for an extended time (and possibly in treacherous environments).
The most important thing you need to look at when it comes to a table’s durability is its materials. Most high-quality tables nowadays are made out of aluminum, which is both sturdy yet lightweight.
Some of them are made out of steel, which is a good second choice. While steel is more durable than aluminum, it’s often not coated, which leaves it exposed to the elements. And it’s a bit heavier, which is definitely something to take into consideration.
It’s also worth looking at tables that have adjustable legs. This prevents wobbliness that often plagues smaller, lighter tables. There’s nothing worse than a table that is always inches away from tipping over, so having one that has legs you can adjust and modify to fit the terrain is invaluable.
Let’s be honest – if your table is clunky and heavy as lead, you’re probably not going to be using it that much. That’s why portability is one of the key factors to consider when buying a camping table.
The portability of any camping table depends on two primary factors:
When it comes to size, that entirely depends on your particular situation. Are you going camping with your significant other and just need a simple, no-frills end-table to snack off? Or are you taking your entire extended family to feast in the woods?
Obviously, the bigger the table, the heavier it’s going to be. But weight also depends on the materials used. Aluminum (which is the material a lot of great tables are made of) is fairly light, yet sturdy and durable. Steel is heavier, and wood is usually out of the question.
It also bears a reminder that if you’re going car camping, the table’s weight isn’t going to be much of an issue since you can easily move it in and out of the car.
So there you have it – a complete guide to camping tables and how to choose the best one.
While there are a lot of great choices out there, the ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table is by far the best we reviewed so far.
It’s both lightweight and durable, large, yet easy to assemble. Its design allows for great stability, while 3 different sizes and 2 colors make it easy to choose no matter if you’re a backpacker or a family camper. It is a bit pricey, for sure, but when you compare the value you’re getting it’s a no brainer.
Overall, it’s a great choice if you want a quality, no-frills camping table that will last you for ages.