Best camping table 2022: lightweight, folding tables for outdoor eating and socialising

Eat and entertain in style on the campsite with our pick of the best camping tables

best camping table: man in front of campervan, eating from Helinox Cafe table
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Investing in one of the best camping tables can make all the difference to your camping trip. While it might seem like a bulky extra you could manage without, don't underestimate the usefulness of having a flat surface to put stuff on when you're pitched up, whether for cooking, eating or socialising. As with the best camping chairs, once you've got used to a good camping table there's no way back, adding not only the convenience of a handy mug of tea or cold drink, but also somewhere to put valuables you'd rather not be trodden on. 

The best camping tables are lightweight, fold flat and as slim as possible, but robust enough to not collapse under the weight of a large dinner. An easy-clean surface is ideal, as well as being relatively weatherproof, and it's worth considering the height of your chairs and general use you'll need from it before parting with your hard earned cash. Some camping tables are slightly higher than others, designed to be a dedicated cooking area, where you can sit a camping stove and prepare food, while others are more coffee-table height and intended as mainly a relaxation aid, where you can balance your camping lantern and play cards. 

We have been busy testing out the best best camping tables available today. Read on for our top picks for a range of party sizes and budgets.

The best camping tables 2022, reviewed

Decathlon Quechua Folding Camping TableT3 Best Buy badge

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The best camping table for most people

Specifications

Material: laminated table top, aluminium frame, steel legs
Weight: 8.7kg
Sits: 4-6
Includes: table, 4 stools

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable height and sturdy construction
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Packs down small and light 
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Four handy stools packed in

Reasons to avoid

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Included stools are flimsy

Our top pick for the best camping table to buy now is Decathlon’s Quechua Folding Camping Table. A great all-rounder, it's compact and unassuming when packed up, but open it up and it transforms into a large table, comfortably seating six. There are even four foldable camping stools packed in. The sturdy aluminium frame and steel legs will take up to 50kg of weight, and the height is adjustable, too. While the included stools aren't the most robust, they will take the weight of an adult, and are a handy extra. Head to our Decathlon Quechua Folding Camping Table review to find out more. 

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The best small-but sturdy camping table for four

Specifications

Material: aluminium
Weight: 3.9kg
Sits: 4
Includes: Folding table with carry handle

Reasons to buy

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Good quality and sturdy
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Lightweight
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Plenty of space for four

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't fold in half

If you only need to seat four people, take a look at this classic Coleman Square Camp Table. While the looks might be basic, it's higher quality and sturdier than many of its competitors. Nice and lightweight, the legs fold in when it comes time to pack up, and there's a carry handle to help you get it from place to place. The fact it doesn't fold in the middle mean this is still a bit bulky when collapsed, though. The 80x80cm surface provides plenty of place for four people to eat, and comes with an antimicrobial treatment designed to prevent mould from forming. Head to our Coleman Square Camp table review to find out more. 

man in front of campervan, eating from Helinox Cafe tableT3 Approved badge

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3. Helinox Cafe table

The best compact table that's high enough to eat from

Specifications

Material: aluminium alloy and high-pressure laminate
Weight: 3.51kg (or 3.8kg packed)
Size (in use): 68 x 60 x 60cm (H x W x D)
Size (folded): 6 x 65 x 61cm (H x W x D)
Includes: table
Seats: -

Reasons to buy

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Tall enough to eat from
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Lightweight but strong
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Packs down very flat

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey option

If you're prioritising compactness when packed, you often have to sacrifice table height, leaving you with something low to the ground. While low tables still have their uses – don't underestimate the value of having somewhere to put things that's not the cold, wet ground – they aren't hugely comfortable to eat from, or play cards on, for example. Enter: the Helinox Cafe table, which stands at 68cm from the ground, but packs down impressively flat. This is thanks to the tabletop being made from solid high-pressure laminate, which offers impressive strength despite being very thin. For storage, you just need to make room for this relatively flat surface, and the frame, which collapses down in a similar way to a lightweight camping chair. Paired with similarly light-but-strong aluminium alloy legs, the overall weight of the packed table is just 3.85kg. This camping table will support up to 50kg of weight, is wipe-clean and heat resistant to 180°C. It's a relatively pricey option, but it should last. 

Quechua Low Folding Camping Table MH100T3 Approved badge

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4. Quechua Low Folding Camping Table MH100

The best compact, portable camping table

Specifications

Material: steel frame, MDF + polyester tabletop
Weight: 12.8kg
Size (in use): 52 x 58cm tabletop, 32cm tall
Size (folded): 58.5 x 11 x 11cm
Includes: table
Seats: -

Reasons to buy

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Folds up small for transport
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Simple yet effective design
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Very good value 

Reasons to avoid

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Too low to eat a meal off

Sometimes, you don't need a full dining table. Sometimes, you just want something east to carry to keep your snacks off the floor when you hit the beach. And the best camping table for that is the Quechua Low Folding Camping Table MH100. This ingenious design folds cleverly into one compact, easily transportable package, with the tabletop wrapping around so you don't even need a separate carry bag. This is a strictly no-frills affair, but it does what it does very well, and all for an extremely low price, too.

Outwell Pemberton Picnic Set in black with two long bench seatsT3 Approved badge

5. Outwell Pemberton Picnic Set

The best camping table for family dining

Specifications

Material: Moulded plastic table top, steel frame
Weight: 12.8kg
Includes: Table with two benches
Seats: 4

Reasons to buy

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Opens and folds in seconds 
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Benches attach to table for easy storage 
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Waterproof so can be left outside 

Reasons to avoid

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One-hand carry handle a bit awkward
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Bench seats could be more stable

The beauty of the Outwell Pemberton Picnic Set is that it comprises both a table and two benches, which are plenty sturdy enough for two people to sit on. It's easy to put up and down, and the benches attach to the table when dismantling, meaning you can haul both together in one compact, handled case (although the single handle is a little awkward if carrying over longer distances). It's well sized for four people, and promises longevity, too, with a steel frame and waterproof plastic surface built to survive many a tent-based adventure. The benches can be a little unstable on uneven ground, but it's a minor niggle.

Vango Orchard 86 camping table and chairsT3 Approved badge

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6. Vango Orchard 86 table and chairs

A straightforward and sturdy camping dining setup

Specifications

Material: steel frame
Weight: 14.4kg
Size (in use): not stated
Size (folded): L86 x H25 x W44.5cm
Includes: table + chairs
Seats: 4

Reasons to buy

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Chairs included
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Basic but effective design

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing overly exciting

The Vango Orchard 86 is a straightforward design that has everything you need from camping furniture. The set includes a square table, with steel frame, along with four seats that are moulded for comfort. Everything is waterproof, as you'd expect, and the table will support up for 80kg of weight. For carrying it can be folded in half – although we haven't been able to test this one out yet and there are no pictures that show how the chairs fit into the situation. It comes well reviewed on Amazon. 

Low Snow Peak Ozen Solo camping table, metalT3 Approved badge

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7. Snow Peak Ozen Solo

The best camping table for premium soloists

Specifications

Material: Aluminum alloy top, stainless steel legs
Weight: 270g
Includes: Table
Seats: 1

Reasons to buy

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Opens and folds in seconds 
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Superlight 
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Packable

Reasons to avoid

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Too low to eat off

The Snow Peak Ozen Solo is a study in ultralight table goals. Weighing in at a zen-like 270g, yet expanding to create an 11 inch by 8 inch surface area, the Ozen is surely the most packable and portable table in existence. Admittedly, this is more of a tray on legs than a proper table, but it's also light and small enough to take anywhere you fancy a properly civilised cup of tea, whether that be the top of a mountain peak, or wild camping on the moors. In a typically ingenious Snow Peak manner, the wire legs conspire with the edge of the table to lock a gas canister into place, creating the perfect ultralight kitchen prep area for the safety conscious. Overall, this may be tiny, but it is mighty handy. 

Regatta Cena Table in metalT3 Approved badge

8. Regatta Cena Camp Table

A sturdy, long-lasting outdoors table with adjustable legs

Specifications

Material: Aluminium, fibreboard
Weight: 8kg
Sits: 6 people
Includes: Folding table

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight yet durable
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Folds into itself

Reasons to avoid

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Rather plain looking
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Gets cold to the touch

If you’re looking for a trusty camping table that will last for many camping trips to come, you can’t really go wrong with this one from Regatta. While it doesn’t come with any chairs, it features adjustable legs so you can ensure  the table is at the right height for your existing camping furniture. It also folds into itself for easy transportation from the car to your pitch. 

Coleman Packaway Table in solver, with two long bench seats with green cushionsT3 Approved badge

9. Coleman Packaway Table

Camping table to go? You got it!

Specifications

Material: Aluminium, Polyester, PVC
Weight: 8.4kg
Includes: Table with two benches

Reasons to buy

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Folds into compact carry case
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Machine washable seat covers

Reasons to avoid

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Padded seats are added weight

The ideal table for families of four or a group of friends, this sturdy picnic table and benches folds down into one compact carry case for easy transportation. If you’re looking for that extra touch of comfort, the benches feature removable padded seat covers, which are machine washable – great after coming back from a particularly muddy trip.

Mark Mayne has been covering tech, gadgets and outdoor innovation for longer than he can remember. A keen climber, mountaineer and scuba diver, he is also a dedicated weather enthusiast and flapjack consumption expert. 

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