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Coleman Square Camp Table review: sturdy and ready for prawn to knife four-style chess/eating crossovers

The no-nonsense Coleman Square Camp Table has wobble-proof legs and a gaming-ready top

Coleman Square Camp Table
(Image: © Coleman)

Our Verdict

A simple-but-sturdy camping table ideal for keen cooks to prep on or for a family of four to eat around, Coleman’s Square Camp Table is a fuss-free design that’s built to last.

For

  • • Easy-clean surface
  • • Sturdy legs
  • • Grid pattern for games

Against

  • • Tabletop doesn’t fold

Coleman Square Camp Table: first impressions

You can seat four friends or family around this simple-but-sturdy Coleman Square Camp Table, which folds flat when not in use, making it relatively easy to carry around, pack in the car and store (so long as you’re a well-organized packer). 

Although it looks fairly basic, there are a few innovative features on this table, including an antimicrobial treatment on the top surface to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew developing.

But how did it fare under test conditions for our best camping tables buying guide? Read on…

Specifications

• RRP: $45.99 (US) / £29.99 (UK)
• Weight: 3.9kg / 8.5lb
• Height: 80cm / 31.4in
• Length & Width: 80cm x 80cm / 31in x 31in
• Pack size: 80cm x 80cm x 6cm / 31in x 31in x 2 in
• Main materials: Aluminum
• Seating capacity: 4
• Carry bag: No
• Compatibility: A good all-rounder for shorter camping trips

Coleman Square Camp Table: on the trails

Coleman Square Camp Table in use

Eat off it or play chess on it (Image credit: Coleman)

While it was hard to scientifically test how well the antimicrobial treatment on the tabletop works in real life, this was definitely one of the easiest tables to wipe and the quickest to dry of all the models we reviewed.

The legs stand out, too, and not just in the obvious way. They are solid and sturdy, yet lightweight, and have pivoting “Sand Feet” to prevent sinking into soft ground. This feature works really well, ensuring the table feels solid even when it is out up on uneven ground. 

When testing out the Square Camp table we also rated using it for cooking on, as its sturdiness and 70cm height make it ideal for popping a large and heavy camping stove on for easy food preparation.  

When no longer required, the legs fold neatly into the tabletop and there’s a handle for easy transportation and storage. So while the table doesn’t fold up small, it does fold pretty flat for popping in your car boot or camper van, or against a wall once you’re home. 

We also like the grid-patterned top of the table, which is inspired by picnic blankets but can be used for a quick game of chess or checkers. A few online reviews noted that the table didn’t stand up well to heavy rain – we found ours was absolutely fine after a shower, but would recommend storing it in a dry place and drying it after rain, in case this is a long-term issue.

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.