There’s nothing quite like the thrill of camping. For all the convenience and complexity of the modern world, there’s something incredibly calming about returning to nature. In fact, all those smartphones and Starbucks cups can make you appreciate the serenity of nature all the more.
Of course, just because you want to return to nature doesn’t mean you want to do without any modern conveniences, especially when they aren’t all that “modern.” We’ve had tables for thousands of years, and with good reason. No matter how much you love nature, chances are you don’t want to sit in a big pool or mud or shiver in the snow. Even if you plan on camping in pristine weather, sitting on the ground isn’t always the best way to enjoy a meal or conversation, which is why tables have existed for millennia.
That’s why you’ll want to look into high-quality camping tables for your next excursion into the wild.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at an outdoor folding camping table, the top options on the market, and which choice is best for your next trip into the wild.
- What to Look for
- Top Seven Camping Tables
- 1) Gr8 Garden New Compact Foldable 6ft Party Table
- 2) Oypla 4ft Folding Outdoor Camping Kitchen Work Top Table
- 3) Deuba Folding Camping Table Transportable Garden Dining Tables
- 4) Stream Folding Camping Table with Carry Bag
- 5) Outsunny Aluminum Picnic Table and Bench Set
- 6) Hangou Camping Table with Carry Bag
- 7) Andes Wooden Folding Portable Camping Table & Stool Chair Set
- In Conclusion
What to Look for
Here are some tips to consider before purchasing a camping table.
First and foremost, you need to make sure that any camping tables you consider are strong. That may seem like an obvious thing to note, but you need to take into account how much your table will be supporting. This dovetails with another of the most important qualities, size. A small folding camping table likely won’t support the same amount of weight as a larger one.
Both of these factors combine for one of the most important qualities in any outdoor camping table – weight capacity. Tables with metal frames tend to be able to support more weight, and they’re more durable, but they’re also heavier than plastic and wooden options. Plastic tables often have lower weight capacity, but also tend to come with lower price tags.
Size and Space
Then there’s the issue of space. You obviously need to make sure you have plenty of space on which to place any food, tools, or other items you and your fellow campers will want to use. How many people can you fit around this table? Do you prefer a larger table or a smaller one? Round or rectangular? Smaller, bistro-sized tables can be an ideal choice if you’re camping by yourself or with only one or two guests, whereas larger models are necessary to accommodate bigger parties. Extendable options are often a good choice among folding table options, allowing you to fold them up for easier transportation before extending them for use while camping.
The issue of portability is important as well. Remember, you need to consider not just the size of a folding camping table when it’s opened but when it’s folded up as well. Portability is also dependent on how you plan to transport the table. A table that is easily portable in a larger van or RV may not be as easily moved in or suited to a smaller car.
Foldability and Extra Features
In addition, there are all manner of extra features that can help you bring a few of civilization’s comforts into the wild with you. For example, some foldable tables come with cup holders. Others have seats that are made of slightly more flexible materials than, well, metal or hard plastic. Even if you like to rough it while camping, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a little comfort too.
Of course, from comfort to size and every qualifier in between, not all camping tables are created equal. On the contrary, different tables have different purposes. You wouldn’t wear khaki shorts to the opera or a sports coat or dress while hiking in the woods, and you likewise don’t want to use a folding table meant for cooking for dining, or vice versa.
Table Style and Purpose
Dining tables for camping tend to sit a bit higher, which makes sense as this gives you more space for you and your guests to sit down and make yourselves comfortable while eating. Some come with foldable chairs. You’ll also want to pay attention to the texture of the surface as well, since you won’t want your glasses, plates, utensils, or anything else slipping off a smooth tabletop while you eat. Conversely, a cooking table needs to be sturdy enough to handle all manner of cooking accoutrements, and can benefit from added compartments or mechanisms to help keep it in place while you work your culinary magic. Utility tables may not have the specialised abilities of cooking or dining tables, but their all-around design makes them a good choice for camping purposes.
Finally, you’ll want to give some consideration to the materials used in the table. Wood is obviously one of the most common materials, but with many types of wood available, you’ll need to consider their individual virtues. For example, cedar, teak, and eucalyptus rank among the most comfortable to sit on and have a nice, rustic look, and are also more damage and moisture resistant.
As mentioned above, metal tables are even more durable, though unlike wood they can rust quickly if you aren’t careful. Steel and iron options tend to be the most durable, but are also the heaviest, whereas aluminium can be more lightweight but more easily dented and damaged.
PVC and plastic tables strike an interesting balance. When they are well maintained, they can last for a long time, but if you’re not careful they can be scratched up or be subject to mildew.
By considering all of these factors, you’ll be able to make a more informed choice when choosing the best folding camping table for your needs.
Top Seven Camping Tables
With all of those factors in mind, let’s take a closer look at seven of the best outdoor camping table options on the market today.
1) Gr8 Garden New Compact Foldable 6ft Party Table
This is about as big and basic as you’re going to get when it comes to camping table options. The biggest selling points of this model are right there in the title – it’s reasonably large at six feet long and can be easily folded, making it that much more portable. It weighs in at 13 kg, which is not unreasonable for a table of this size.
It boasts a nice solid build and is pretty inflexible, though whether or not that’s a benefit will depend on what you’re looking for. The legs of the table are easy to unfold, which is something buyers all too often take for granted and so is a definite plus. It can fold back up again with ease.
At the same time, the fact this model is white makes it easy to stain, and it can creak sometimes. Nevertheless, this is a good choice for those looking for a larger utility camping table.
2) Oypla 4ft Folding Outdoor Camping Kitchen Work Top Table
At four feet long, this table is neither too long nor too short, making it a good option for those looking for a more medium-range model. That said, it has a 20 kg weight capacity, which is good. At 20 kg, it’s shorter and lighter than the Gr8.
That weight difference is due in part to the Oypla being made from aluminium, which is a good choice for those who want a metal table without having to heave around something heavy. While aluminium can be dented easier than steel, it’s still sturdy enough to handle a fair amount of wear and tear. The combination of sturdiness and a more lightweight build is ideal for picnics, caravanning, barbeques, and all manner of other camping activities.
The legs of this table can be easily folded and adjusted as necessary. It also comes with a carrying handle, which makes it that much easier to move.
3) Deuba Folding Camping Table Transportable Garden Dining Tables
Measuring 80 x 60 x 70 cm, this model is definitely on the smaller side, making it a boxy little bistro table. If all you want is a table that is big enough for you and someone else, this may be a comfortable choice, but if you’re expecting a larger option you’ll want to look elsewhere on this list.
It’s another aluminium model, and an incredibly lightweight one – just 3.4 kgs. If you hate schlepping heavy tables around, you’ll love this.
This isn’t a very elaborate table – what you see is what you get. Still, if you like what you see, chances are you’ll be pleased with the portable perfection of this foldable table.
4) Stream Folding Camping Table with Carry Bag
If those 3.4 kgs for the Deuba are still too much for you, you can’t get much lighter than this. This table from Stream only weighs 1.62 kg. Given how lightweight this model is, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that this is an extremely portable model. Making that even easier is the fact that this model, as indicated from the title, comes with a carrying bag. Add to that the fact that this table can be assembled without any tools, and it’s easy to see why this is the Lightweight Champ of this list.
Still, big things come in small packages, and you may be surprised to find what this one has to offer. Even with its smallness, the aluminium alloy from which this table is made is durable enough to handle a fair amount of wear and tear. In addition, it makes use of a unique hinged method of opening and closing that affords it more stability when opened than others. It also has an impressive carrying capacity for a table of this size at 55 lbs.
5) Outsunny Aluminum Picnic Table and Bench Set
Weighing in at 7.4 kg, this model is heavier than the lightweight models on this list yet still a bit lighter than you might expect for a picnic table-style option. It has seats that fold out, giving it a huge edge over tables that lack that option. It also has a nice umbrella hole.
The biggest advantage, however, is its massive carrying capacity – 30 kg for the table, and 80 kg for the seats, allowing it to carry quite a bit.
6) Hangou Camping Table with Carry Bag
This unique circular table features two separate layers, both of which have cup holders for added dining convenience. The bottom layer is soft, while the top half is aluminium. It’s pretty lightweight at 2.2 kg, though it’s also quite small at just 72 x 35 x 10 cm. Still, for a bistro table for two, this is an enchanting option to consider.
7) Andes Wooden Folding Portable Camping Table & Stool Chair Set
If you’re looking for a table with a fine wooden finish, this is the table for you. As you can tell from the title, it also comes with stool chairs for added convenience. The table measures 85 x 73 x 27.5 cm, with the seats 29 cm wide. This model also comes with an umbrella hole. However, while it is sturdy, its weight capacity is less certain than the other camping tables on this list.
The outdoor camping table that’s best for you will depend on what you’re looking to do while out in nature. The smaller bistro-sized options here are perfect for those looking to enjoy a cup of tea and a bit of convenience with a friend or partner. The larger 4 ft and 6 ft options are ideal for larger camping parties looking to eat, drink, and be merry together.
Whichever you choose, you can rest assured you’ll get plenty of mileage out of these tables for many camping trips to come.
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