Best Folding Camping Tables in 2018
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Camping is the best! Camping pretty much ALWAYS involves food. When food is involved, counter space is usually necessary. As you well know, counter space is not always available in a tent. (Nor is it inside of RVs) Thankfully, there's a solution. Get a small folding table to put things on.
It's so simple yet so brilliant at the same time. As with all things in life, not all things are made the same. Some small folding tables will serve your purpose better than others. It's not easy to sift through the 'why's' that a portable table will serve a purpose well.
That's why we sifted through the good and the bad of the folding camping tables available out there to make it easier for you to get one without getting that dang analysis paralysis.
Camping Table Reviews
Here you go... the best portable tables in the categories that we think are the most commonly needed. Of course, we can't cover EVERY single scenario out there, but here are some popular needs.
The Camp Time Roll-a-Table camping table is the ultimate primitive folding camping table. It's good for other occasions as well, but we love this one for primitive because it has the adjustable legs which are great for uneven terrain (and to set the table at whatever height you want).
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Uneven ground is almost a given when you are primitive camping. How does one use a camp table on uneven ground with ease? Make the legs adjustable, of course!
We only wish the Camp Time Roll-a-Table had the same lever-lock system that most tripods use for their leg adjustability. This way, the legs would be fully 100% adjustable to the exact lengths that you need at a given spot.
Still, the legs do adjust using a spring button that positively engages into any of the 11 holes for height adjustment. With the Camp Time Roll-a-Table, you can have one table at 12 different heights or each leg can be at different heights to accommodate an uneven spot. That's the real beauty of this portable camping table. The legs will extend from 19 to 31 inches, in increments of one inch.
The slats that make up the camp table top are super easy to set up and break down. They are made from laminated wood and are completely covered by a water-resistant fabric.
The table rolls up into a compact tube, with the table legs stored in the middle of the roll.
Camp Time Roll-a-Table Features and Specs:
- Weight capacity: 100 lbs
- Dimensions: 32" Wide x 32" Deep x 28" (adjustable) Tall. Rolled up: 32" x 5.5" Diameter
- Legs: Adjustable from 19" to 31" tall in 1" increments
- Leg Material: Aluminum with zinc plated steel hardware
- Table Top Material: Laminated wood covered with water-resistant fabric
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Made in the USA
- Warranty: Per Camp Time, they have a very generous warranty against manufacturing defects so will take care of their customers.
The X-frame design of the legs on this folding portable table are what make it so fast and easy to set up. It's also nice and clear underneath for sitter's legs to go under without hitting anything. The ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table is available in three sizes - Regular, XL and Square.
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The ALPS Mountaineering fold up dining table is made from a heavy-duty aluminum so it's light and hardy. The folding top makes this portable table super compact to store. The frame and the top are separate. When packed away into the carrying bag it takes up very little space. The entire folding camping table weighs just 8 to 14 pounds (depending on model) so it's super easy even for a little kid to tote around.
This portable folding table is quite light due to the aluminum material it is made from. Aluminum is pretty strong compared to how light the material is, so the table should stand the test of time with reasonable use. Plus you don't have to worry about aluminum rusting, so you can keep it out in the weather.
The storage bag should help with keeping this foldable camping table in good shape to a point. However, like many carry bags, it's not the easiest thing to get your table back into it. Also, you could lose it and/or at least you have something you have to keep track of aside from the table. Still, having a carry bag is better than nothing.
The ALPS Mountaineering Dining Table top slats are held together by a bungee-type cord. Whether or not the bungee will keep its spring for years and years to come is a question we cannot answer. The hope is that ALPS Mountaineering, with their excellent reputation for quality goods, will have taken this into consideration and used a high-quality cord that will last.
All in all, this portable camp table is good for dining or any other special need you may have for camping as they have the three sizes. You might get the extra-large size for dining and the square size for accessories.
Alps Mountaineering Dining Table Features and Specs:
- Light, durable, strong and with the 3 sizes, a camping table for most uses
- Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 8 lbs (Square), 12 lbs (Regular), 14 lbs (XL)
- Dimensions (Square): 31" Wide x 31" Long x 28" Tall. Folded: 5" x 8" x 31"
- Dimensions (Regular): 28" Wide x 43" Long x 28" Tall. Folded: 5" x 7" x 43"
- Dimensions (XL): 28" Wide x 55" Long x 28" Tall. Folded: 5" x 7" x 55"
- Carry bag included
- Warranty: 'Common Sense' warranty (no time limit given) against defects in materials or workmanship
Alps Mountaineering Dining Table Review
The GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station is the best outdoor prep table available for cooking while camping. Why? Because it's well-built, it's easy to set-up and break down, offers multiple shelves and the height is practical for cooking.
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The ease of set up of the GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station is genius. It couldn't be easier or simpler to set-up or to break down. Once it's set up, it offers multiple shelves to keep your cooking accessories on.
You can even put your grill on top of it, making it a portable grill table, if your grill is small enough and weighs under 48 lbs (the weight limit of this portable table).
This is a fairly large folding camp table compared to the others in this list, due to all the counter space it offers.
Note: Items in above photos not included with purchase of the GCI Cook Station
There is plenty of storage to be had but the GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station itself is a little narrow at 21" deep. Still, the extra shelves pretty much make up for this.
It's not the smallest outdoor kitchen you will find but it's sturdier than any of the others, such as the Coleman Pack Away Deluxe Kitchen.
The center counter is made from aluminum for extra durability but the four side tables are plastic. These side tables of this outdoor prep table offer extra features such as glass holders, paper towel holders, trash bag holders and hooks for hanging BBQ utensils. This creates even more storage and keeps the counters uncluttered.
GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station Features and Specs:
- Super easy to set up and break down
- Center aluminum shelf (heat-resistant) to put grill on
- 4 fold-out side tables (2 each side) that are made of plastic and are multi-use
- Bottom wire rack for extra storage (directly below aluminum shelf)
- Material: Powdered coated steel frame, aluminum center table (heat-resistant), plastic fold-out side tables
- Weight: 18.9 lbs
- Dimensions (opened): 20.9" Deep x 52" Wide x 32.3" Tall
- Dimensions (folded): 20.9" x 3.7" x 34.6"
- Weight limit for center (aluminum) table: 48 pounds
- Weight limit for 4 (plastic) side tables: 30 pounds each
- Weight limit for lower wire rack: 35 pounds
- Lifetime limited warranty
GCI Outdoor Slim Fold Cook Station Overview
The Coleman Outdoor Compact Table is a super handy little powerhouse of a small folding table. It gets stellar consumer reviews and is backed by the Coleman name brand. If you are looking for a general purpose portable folding table, this gem might be exactly what you are looking for.
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This small folding table is small enough to be stored in a very small space but is a good size for keeping plenty of stuff on top such as a lantern, drinks and the makings for s'mores.
The top of this Coleman outdoor folding table is comprised of aluminum slats that are connected together. These slats roll up for storage and roll out to make the table top. The steel legs collapse together in one motion for the easiest setup you could dream of.
The Coleman Outdoor Compact Table is quite sturdy and it comes with a carrying bag as well.
It's simply a very good all-purpose (aside from using it as a dining table) and affordable folding camp table for whatever you might need to make your camping trip more luxurious.
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table Features and Specs:
- Weight capacity: 100 lbs
- Folding aluminum slat top
- Material: Aluminum top, steel legs
- Dimensions: 27.6" x 27.6" x 27.6"
- Weight: 9 pounds
- 1-year limited warranty
- Comes with a carry bag
The Helinox Table One is one of the best quality, lightest weight small outdoor tables on the market and is ideal to use next to a low profile camping chair. With the popular Helinox name behind it, this small portable table will be with you for years to come. The Table One comes in the original mesh top version or a hard top version.
Table One Mesh Top
Table One Hard Top
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The Helinox Table One is a small folding table that has a very good reputation among backpackers and campers alike. This is due to the superior products that they put out into the market. Their stuff lasts for years to come with reasonable care.
This portable table has near perfect consumer reviews and ranks highly with other reviewers on the internet. The price is the only thing that might steer consumers away. (This is why we also ranked a runner-up for this category.)
Standing at 14.2" high, this small camping table is just high enough to use with a traditional chair and short enough to use with an ultra-low backpacking chair. The feet aren't terribly wide so if you do put a lot of weight on it, it COULD possibly sink a little on one leg.
The Helinox Table One comes in two versions - the original mesh top version and a hard top version for those that need a table with a more rigid top. Helinox claims you can do light work on the hard top version, such as cut cheese to make a nice cheese platter to enjoy as you watch the sunset. Sigh...
The Table One stores away in a very small carrying case (included) so it's VERY easy to take with you just about anywhere.
All in all, this is one excellent lightweight and ultra-portable camp table that will last you for years to come.
Helinox Table One
Helinox Table One Features and Specs:
- Ultra lightweight portable camp table that takes minimal space and can be taken/used just about anywhere
- Table Top: 600D polyester material
- Legs: DAC aluminum with shock cord technology (to hold legs together)
- Weight Capacity: 110 lbs
- 2 beverage holders (mesh top version)
- Dimensions: 15.7" Deep x 23.6" Wide x 14.2" Tall
- Weight: 1.3 pounds (mesh top), 1.9 pounds (hard top)
- Folded Dimension: 16.1 " Wide x 4.3" Diameter
- Helinox brand has an excellent reputation for quality and innovation
- Warranty: Guaranteed against manufacturing or material defects (for an unspecified amount of time)
The Trekology portable aluminum camping table is great for use beside low profile camping chairs or anywhere else a low (16" tall) portable folding table might be needed. It features a lifetime warranty, a hard aluminum top, and a quick and easy setup. We like that the table top is solid as opposed to fabric for extra stability.
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This little folding camping table is a perfect size, fit and price to be your camping chair accessory table. It's small, lightweight, durable, and hardy enough to withstand the rigors of your camping lifestyle, yet folds down to a very compact package.
This Trekology folding camp table has a fairly small table surface (22" x 18") and stands 16" tall. Weighing only 3.5 lbs this very portable camping table is light enough to tote around some but likely not optimal for a backpacking trip. See the Helinox Table One for that type of use.
This portable table is made of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy. It is actually colored, unlike most aluminum products. They made it a nice brown metallic color that blends nicely into the outdoor landscape.
As one would expect, there are no tools needed to put this Trekology table together, just your brain. It doesn't require much of that, either, which is nice when you're trying to get away!
There are a lot of options for small folding tables, some better than others. We can't find any flaws in this table. It's the perfect blend of everything you need for a comfortable, functional table and works well next to a camp chair.
Trekology Portable Camping Table Features and Specs:
- All aluminum construction
- Lightweight and waterproof
- Folds down for easy storage in the included carry bag
- Weight Rating: 50 lbs
- Dimensions: 22" Wide x 18" Deep x 16" Tall
- Weight: 3.5 lbs
- Carrying bag included
- Lifetime Warranty
Trekology Camping Table Review (We wish every reviewer had an accent like this!)
NOTE: Above video shows the smaller sized Trekology table. Assembly and functionality is identical to the one we review.
Portable Camping Table Guide
There are a few different types of portable camp tables. We all have different ways we camp and we all have different needs when it comes to tables used for camping.
Typically, camp tables come in about 3 broad categories:
- Cooking stations/ outdoor prep tables
- Dining tables
- Accessory tables
Cooking Stations/ Outdoor Prep Tables
These camp tables are multi-functional in design. They need to be sturdy enough to have cooking utensils and potentially heavy food items and bowls on them without collapsing. Some of them are made to have the grill fit on top of the station.
They are not made to eat on, so don't consider trying to use one as a dining table, it won't end well for you. Look for portable cooking tables that feature lots of different 'compartments' for things you need.
Some have wine glass holders, lantern hangers, utensil hooks, and more. A hanging drying rack under the table is a handy feature for letting dishes dry. Having a paper towel holder is also extremely handy, especially in windy areas.
Dining Camp Tables
Your dining camp table is the table you and your friends/family will eat on. Well, duh... but some people opt not to have a dining table and that's just fine. That's ok, but the reality is that it's easier to have a dedicated place to eat. Especially if you have a lot of people to feed. It can also serve as a general purpose camp table to set things such as condiments, paper towels and more.
The camping equivalent of a home dining table tends to be a little shorter than the standard height of about 30" high. They should have good room underneath for legs to go, or you're going to hate trying to use your table for this purpose.
Your portable picnic table should also be sturdy. People will be bumping it, and it needs to be able to support the weight of your food drink, and the elbows resting on it.
Before you buy, decide how many people will typically be seated at the table and buy accordingly.
Remember, RVs don't have endless storage space, so you still want a portable table that will pack away in a relatively small space.
Consider the weight of the portable picnic table as well because you will need to consider the weight of everything you carry in your RV so you don't go over your weight limit. Doing so is very dangerous.
Again, we can't stress enough how aware you should be of the dining table design you choose. If your legs cannot comfortably go under the table because of the legs or arms that support the legs, then the camp table is useless to you.
Also, consider the camping chairs you are going to use for your portable picnic table. They may be too high for what you want to use them for. Keep these things in mind while shopping.
Accessory Camping Tables
Accessory camp tables can be used for anything from playing games to being a place to set your drinks or appetizers, to using it to place cooking supplies on, to whatever the heck you want to put on them. These small folding tables can come in an assortment of sizes and heights. Here again, it depends on what you want to use one for as far as what size and style to get.
One of the biggest considerations to keep in mind for an accessory camping table is stability. It's not a table you will want to go flying away when there's a big wind gust, that's for sure! Still, these tables will tend to be relatively light. Legs that tilt outward can be helpful as can a low profile.
Depending on how they are built, some of these small folding tables could be weighed down at the bottom but most don't come with a 'part' to do this with. We are talking about using something like a rock or a sandbag. This goes for any folding camp table that you get.
Portable Camping Table Purchase Considerations
Easy Set Up: The last thing you want to have to do while trying to enjoy your camping trip is to set up another annoying frustrating device for your stay. It's pretty important to look for easy setup in your table, no matter what kind you are needing.
It's fairly easy to look at a small folding table and be able to tell if it's going to take forever or be easy. You can also search the online reviews for others' experience with the particular table in question.
The ALPS Mountaineering camping table we selected for best dining table couldn't be much easier to set up. The outdoor kitchen tables will likely take slightly more time to set up, but if you have to read directions to do so, you're probably going to regret your purchase!
Read the reviews for guidance or test it at the store before purchasing. (We already know that the GCI Outdoor Slim Fold takes hardly any time at all to set up.)
Hardiness: Well, what's the point in spending your money on a product that will only crash and burn after a few uses? Really, this is never a good idea. If you are smart, you already know that you get what you pay for and if you get a cheap camp table, likely it's not going to last very long.
Aluminum is one of your best bets for materials for your portable camping table. It won't rust and hot pots and pans won't damage it. The material is softer than steel, by nature, and it is somewhat susceptible to dents. However, it's also a light material, meeting the requirements of needing a light camping table and for it not to rust since you will be using it outdoors.
Many manufacturers make the top out of aluminum. However, they make the moving components, and possibly the legs out of steel, which can rust, so it is advisable to bring your table(s) inside if it's going to rain.
Wood is also ok, though heavier and less durable for a portable folding table. It might require more maintenance.
For side tables, look for the lightest table leg materials that are available. DAC aluminum and carbon fiber are very light and strong. Usually, the table top is made of fabric and barely contributes to the weight.
Lots of tops of this kind are made out of Polyester. Look for 600D polyester for the best quality portable folding table.
Weight and Size: No matter whether you car camp or you have a long Class A rig, you should be concerned with the size and weight of the tables that you bring. Why? Well, your rig has a weight limit to keep under and your car is only so big. The more compact and light your tables are, the easier time you will have storing them.
They are also easier to move around if they are light and compact. There are better made tables out there that were not made for camping. That's why you don't see them in campsites. Even a nice light/small IKEA kitchen table would be too big to try to bring out camping! They simply aren't made for portability.
There are plenty of well sized/lighter folding camping tables out there. Just make sure what you get suits your size storage and camping needs. And don't try to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Camping tables aren't always necessary, but they sure can make your outdoor experience a lot more luxurious. At the very least, it's nice to keep your stuff out of the dirt, keeping things cleaner for when you have to put everything back into your car or RV.
The key is to know your needs before you buy. You can't always anticipate what your needs are, so it might be a good idea to try going on a few outings first to see if you really need a small folding table, and for what purpose you will need it for.
We don't care what you use it for really, we just want you to get out there!
Camp on, Addicts!