Camping in the outdoors (especially tent camping) usually means you’re going to have a hard time finding a flat surface to prepare meals on or even eat on. Having a great folding camping table will give you a nice flat area to use, whether it’s for making food, playing cards, or even just storing items on so they’re out of the dirt.
One folding camping table usually isn’t enough either. We have several portable camping tables that we take every camping trip, and we always are trying to find more room to put stuff. We even use the tailgate of my truck to hold things like our water jug. When looking for a folding camp table, you’re going to need something sturdy – you may end up cutting food on it or putting something heavy on it, both cases you don’t want it to fail.
Best Folding Camping Tables
These are the best folding camp tables that I could find, they are all top quality and score highest in sturdiness, portability, and durability. No sense in buying a portable camping table that wears out or gets weak after it’s first few uses.
Coleman Pack-Away 4-In-1 Table
This is a very versatile portable camping table that will come in handy in a variety of situations. It’s basically 2 separate tables that you can arrange in a variety of ways. You can put them end to end for a long, buffet style table, arrange them back to back for a traditional square dining table, or use them separately for anything else.
Each table’s surface measures 31.5″ wide by 15.5″ deep, they fold down to 32″ x 3″ x 16″ (product description says 24″ but that doesn’t seem to be the case) which is very compact and portable. You can even adjust the height from 14.5″ to 27.5″ to 31.5″ depending on what you’re using it for (not telescoping though). They only weigh 12.3 pounds and have a 300 lb. capacity, plenty to hold whatever you want to put on these folding camping tables. These are not recommended for use with stoves or other hot items though.
Price Range: $50-$100
Complaints: These folding camp tables are a little unsteady if used by themselves, and when they are put together in a square the center seam is not flat (since it’s not 1 seamless table).
KingCamp Lightweight Aluminum Rolling Table
This is a very compact and unique folding camp table, it actually folds up and fits in a convenient carry bag that is only 6″ x 6″ x 33″. Unroll it for a 28″ x 28″ table surface with 28″ tall aluminum legs. This portable camping table can hold up to 170 lbs, so it’s not as heavy duty as some of the other folding tables, but it’s a heck of a lot sturdier than other tables in it’s category that can only hold 100 lbs. Plus it only weighs 8.8 oz, so it’s super light weight.
The KingCamp Aluminum Rolling Table is almost entirely aluminum so it won’t break down in the sun or get damaged by water. It’s very easy to set-up or take-down and is a great camp table if storage space is a concern.
Price range: $50-$100
Complaints: This table does not have many reviews yet…but it should! So far buyers are thrilled with how easy it is to setup and that it’s much higher quality than it’s competitors.
Coleman Pack-Away Kitchen
The Coleman Pack-Away Kitchen is more than just a camping table. It’s an entire kitchen area that you can fold up into a little suitcase! After setting up, it has a 24″ x 24″ cooking area, a 32″ x 24″ food prep area, a mesh shelf to keep paper plates and other items on, and a lantern hook so you can see what you’re doing when you’re cooking in the dark.
It can hold up to 100 lbs total, which is a bit less than I would like, but it’s doubtful that you’d have 100 lbs of food and stoves to put on it. Plus it packs up into a 32″ x 11″ x 4″ carry case for easy transporting. It weighs just 11.6 lbs. Overall it takes about 5 minutes to set up and tear down, pretty simple.
Price Range: $50-$100
RIO Adventure Centerfold Table
The RIO Adventure Centerfold Table is the traditional style folding camping table that folds once at the center. It’s a great choice for any camping trip unfolding to a 48″ x 24″ table top that is heat-resistant up to 425 degrees F. This folding camp table is only rated up to 60 pounds, so don’t sit on it or store heavy gear on it. Great for a dining table, cooking surface or card table.
Folds in half to be 24″ x 24″ and only weighs 11 pounds. This is a very portable camping table that will deliver a variety of uses.
Price Range: $50-$100
Complaints: The only complaints were that this folding camp table couldn’t hold more weight. With it’s big size, light weight, and heat resistant surface it more than makes up for this though.
Camp Chef Sherpa Camp Table and Organizer
The Camp Chef Sherpa Camp Table and Organizer is much more than just a simple table. It is a complete storage solution for all your camping cooking supplies and plenty of other small items. Underneath the tabletop is 4 compartments with removable bags that you can store matches, utensils, and other supplies which makes this a great camp box to bring every camping trip.
The only downside is this is not a folding camp table, but you can compress the legs down, making it 15.75″ x 27″ x 18.25″ for storage and hauling purposes. With the legs extended the table top height is 28″ tall. Each bag is 12″ x 11″ x 6.5″ – perfect size to keep lots of camping goodies in.
Price Range: $75-$125
Complaints: While it’s not a folding camping table, the Camp Chef Sherpa will save you storage space by doubling as your camp box. The bags are very spacious and since there’s 4 of them you can keep things well organized for every camp trip. No complaints here.
World Outdoor Products Original QUATRO FOUR Aluminum Adjustable Portable Folding Table
If you need a folding camping table that’s a little bigger than your average camp table, definitely check out the World Outdoor Products Quatro Camp Table. This thing folds out to a monstrous 72″ long by 32″ wide and 28″ tall. Amazingly, it folds down to a tiny 32″ x 18″ x 5″ and only weighs 23 pounds.
This folding camping table comes with a sturdy double laminated green top (edged in aluminum) and an anodized aluminum frame for sturdiness. Host a sit-down dinner with 6 adults comfortably, or lower the table to it’s 15″ height for the kids to use. If you need a lot of space or have a big family, this is a great portable camping table to bring along.
Price Range: $100-$150
Complaints: Because of it’s big size and fold-ability, this table is not recommended for heavy storage or sitting on. Using as a dining table is it’s ideal function.
Folding Camping Table Buying Tips
Be sure to take into account what you need a folding camp table for before you go out and buy one. You’ll be able to find a table for just about anything you need. Remember: If you want heavier duty it will weigh more and likely not fold up as small. If you don’t need to support a lot of weight but do need more room, get a bigger table like the World Outdoor Products 6 Person instead of the Coleman 4-in-1.
On the other hand, if you aren’t sure what you’ll be putting on your portable camping table and just need some extra counter space, the Coleman 4-in-1 is a great choice because of it’s versatility. Also keep in mind that many brands of tables are made differently and in most cases you get what you pay for. Lot’s of lower priced folding camp tables will have flimsy legs or cheap hinges/locking mechanisms.