Best camping table 2021: lightweight, folding tables for al fresco eating and socialising

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

best camping table: people playing cards on Decathlon Quecha Folding Camping 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 an 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. 

Whatever your needs though, the best camping table will serve you well for years of outdoor adventure to come. Read on for our top picks for a range of party sizes and budgets.

The best camping tables 2021

Decathlon Quecha Folding Camping Table, blue with four collapsable stools

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The best camping table for most people

Material: laminated table top, aluminium frame, steel legs
Weight: 8.7kg
Sits: 4-6
Includes: table, 4 stools
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable height and sturdy construction+Packs down small and light +Four handy stools packed in
Reasons to avoid
-Included stools are flimsy

Our top pick for the best camping table to buy now is Decathlon’s 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 Folding Camping Table review to find out more. 

Coleman Square camp table, with grey squares pattern on the tabletop

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The best small-but sturdy camping table for four

Material: aluminium
Weight: 3.9kg
Sits: 4
Includes: Folding table with carry handle
Reasons to buy
+Good quality and sturdy+Lightweight+Plenty of space for four
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

Quechua Low Folding Camping Table MH100

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3. Quechua Low Folding Camping Table MH100

The best compact, portable camping table

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
+Folds up small for transport+Simple yet effective design+Very good value 
Reasons to avoid
-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 seats

4. Outwell Pemberton Picnic Set

The best camping table for family dining

Material: Moulded plastic table top, steel frame
Weight: 12.8kg
Includes: Table with two benches
Seats: 4
Reasons to buy
+Opens and folds in seconds +Benches attach to table for easy storage +Waterproof so it can be left outside 

The beauty of the Outwell Pemberton Picnic Set is that it comprises both a table and two benches. Not only that, but the benches attach to the table when dismantling, meaning you can haul both together in one compact, handled case. The Pemberton Picnic Set promises longevity, too, with its steel frame and waterproof plastic surface built to survive many a tent-based adventure. 

Vango bamboo camping table with bamboo top and integrated drinks holders

5. Vango Bamboo Table

The best outdoors table for luxury camping

Material: Bamboo, Aluminium
Weight: 7.96kg
Includes: Table
Seats: 4
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable legs+Simple to setup+Built-in cup holders
Reasons to avoid
-No storage bag

This gorgeous bamboo-topped camping table will add a splash of glamour to the dreariest of campsites. It's not all good looks and no substance, though – it's easy to clean and has a folding design that enables it to be stowed away easily and quickly. The adjustable legs and frame create maximum stability, even on rough terrain, and the entire table is made of superb materials that will withstand regular use outdoors. Wipe it down after your meal and you'll have an amazing surface upon which to play cards, read, or set up your camping lantern to chat by. 

Eurohike Basecamp Camping Storage Table, aluminium top with black storage bags hanging from the tabletop

6. Eurohike Basecamp Storage Table

The best camping table for storing lots of supplies

Material: Aluminium
Weight: 7.7kg
Sits: 6
Includes: Table with storage compartments
Reasons to buy
+Keeps food and gear dry +Adjustable telescopic legs +Washable compartments

It may look a bit like one of those contraptions that magicians use to saw their smiling assistants in half, but this is actually Eurohike’s ingenious solution for keeping luggage dry and hidden from would-be thieves. The Basecamp Storage Table features two concealed off-ground storage compartments that are accessed via a zipped entrance, plus two extra side compartments for stashing away any additional bags and accessories. The table is a dream to manoeuvre, too, with telescopic legs that adjust to suit your required height, and a modest weight that makes it easy to carry from one place to another.  

Kampa Happy Table in black with four small integrated stool seats

7. Kampa Happy Table

A budget camping table

Material: ABS table top, aluminium and steel frame
Weight: 7.3kg
Sits: 4
Includes: Table with carry handle, briefcase
Reasons to buy
+Folds away into a briefcase +Comes with a parasol hole +Rigid construction 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the comfiest seats

Worried that your car won’t be big enough to carry all your camping supplies? Here’s a solution: a one-piece, four-seater camping table that folds down neatly into a briefcase (of sorts). Kampa’s unit is super-simple to put up and to fold down. Its hybrid aluminium and steel frame is lightweight yet rigid, while the robust ABS table top will withstand everything from camping gear being thrown down upon it to impromptu rain spells. Saying that, you won’t have to suffer the latter if you put up a weatherproof parasol – and a handy hole in the table’s surface enables you to do exactly that.

Low Snow Peak Ozen Solo camping table, metal

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8. Snow Peak Ozen Solo

The best camping table for premium soloists

Material: Aluminum alloy top, stainless steel legs
Weight: 270g
Includes: Table
Seats: 1
Reasons to buy
+Opens and folds in seconds +Superlight +Packable

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 metal

9. Regatta Cena Camp Table

A sturdy, long-lasting outdoors table with adjustable legs

Material: Aluminium, fibreboard
Weight: 8kg
Sits: 6 people
Includes: Folding table
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight yet durable+Folds into itself
Reasons to avoid
-Rather plain looking-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 cushions

10. Coleman Packaway Table

Camping table to go? You got it!

Material: Aluminium, Polyester, PVC
Weight: 8.4kg
Includes: Table with two benches
Reasons to buy
+Folds into compact carry case+Machine washable seat covers
Reasons to avoid
-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.