Nothing says you’re a sociable person who likes to have people over than a picnic table majestically taking center stage in your yard. Whether it’s a family reunion or a social get together, this piece of outdoor furniture is indispensable for every occasion.
For the best picnic table, we chose the Giantex 70” 3-Piece Portable Folding Picnic Beer Table with Seating Set. It blends style with functionality in a way that makes it a true addition in every yard. It’s both portable and foldable making it convenient to use and store. The table is easy to set up and maintain as well and comes at an affordable price.
We tested many picnic tables and reviewed the best 15 tables to suit different budgets, tastes, and needs. Here are the 15 picnic tables included in this review.
- Giantex 70” 3-Piece Portable Folding Picnic Beer Table with Seating Set Wooden Top Picnic Table for Patio Outdoor Activities Garden Use, 30” Table Height
- Best Choice Products 6-Person Circular Outdoor Wooden Picnic Table with 3 Built-in Benches and Umbrella Hole, Natural
- Christopher Knight Home 298403 Bowman Wood Outdoor Picnic Table Set | Perfect for Dining, Brown + Black Rustic Metal
- Merry Garden Interchangeable Wooden Picnic Garden Bench Outdoor Patio Dining Table, Natural
- Lifetime 22119 Folding Picnic Table, 6 Feet, Putty
- 2x4basics 90182ONLMI Custom Picnic Table Kit, Sand
- Lifetime 60030 W-Frame Folding Picnic Table, 6 Feet
- Giantex Picnic Table Bench Set Outdoor Camping All Weather Metal Base Wood-Like Texture Backyard Poolside Dining Party Garden Patio Lawn Deck Large Camping Picnic Tables for Adult (Black)
- Lifetime 80123 Folding Picnic Table and Benches, 8 Feet
- AceLife Folding Table Portable Aluminum Indoor Outdoor Camping Picnic Suitcase Table Set with 2 Benches
- Jack Post FC-30 Picnic Table Frame
- Lifetime Round Picnic Table and Benches, 44 Inch Top , Almond
- Step2 Naturally Playful Kids Picnic Table With Umbrella
- Little Tikes Fold ‘n Store Picnic Table with Market Umbrella
- Stansport Heavy Duty Picnic Table and Bench Set
15 Best Picnic Tables Reviews
If you have been following our other reviews here you’ll know by now that we always start with the best. In this case, Giantex Portable Folding Table earns its stripes with distinction in every field. From durability to style and functionality, this is the table for your backyard.
Now let’s unpack that. The table set labels itself as the perfect setting for a lazy afternoon with your buddies bonding over a few chilled beers. The bucolic image these words conjure up helps set the mood for what follows. And the table doesn’t disappoint.The steel frames give it strength and durability while the solid and smooth wood top brings elegance and class to the whole setting. But to be honest, this table serves any social occasion you want to have in your yard. You can move it around and even fold it and store it when you’re not using it.
Maintenance is a breeze. The fir wood top is easy to clean and the steel frames are rust-resistant. No assembly is required and it’s easy to set up. This means you can also dismantle it easily and stow it away.
- Steel frame and fir wood top.
- Foldable design.
- Easy to set up, clean, and maintain.
- Suitable for all social occasions in your backyard.
- Affordable price tag.
- The bottom seating has filler wood.
- Needs repainting.
What the Best Choice Circular Table brings to your life are effectiveness, easy of use, and a low price within the reach of every budget. Apart from the unique shape, circular, the wooden picnic table with its appealing design is the centerpiece of all outdoor furniture wherever you place it.
But this circular design is not just about looking good. This table can seat 6 people with maximum weight of 500 pounds. And with the durable and weather-resistant wood, you know that your social gathering will be a resounding success.The umbrella hole in the middle of the picnic table makes it suitable for all weathers. Rain or sunshine, you can still have you little get-together out in the backyard. The natural finish makes it a perfect choice for anyone looking to give their backyard more style and class.
The two drawbacks about this table have to do with its size and seating capability. Because it’s round, that means it will require more space in your backyard. It might prove to be uncomfortable for 6 adults to sit together at the table at one time.
- Circular design.
- Durable and weather-resistant wood.
- Natural finish.
- Easy to put together and transport.
- Too small to seat 6 adults comfortably.
- The maximum weight means only 4 people can use it at one time.
The Christopher Knight Home 298403 reached the sweet spot of balance between functionality and appearance. We’re talking of course about the durable steel frames and the wooden tops. And don’t let the plain design fool you. This table is as practical as it is handsome looking that fits in any setting.
There’s a rugged look about this table with its acacia wood and rustic metal finish that makes it good to use either outdoors or indoors. Think of it like you’re getting a multi-purpose table to use anywhere you like it. Its beauty makes it a good investment for your money.Maintaining this picnic table from Christopher Knight Home is easy. The coated metal resists rust and the wood is sturdy and durable. All you need is a piece of cloth to clean it and keep that new look about it.
On the other hand, the table needs to be assembled. And because of its hefty size, that might not prove to be as easy or straightforward as you hope. Fitting the wooden benches in the metal frame can be a hassle. And you’ll certainly need the help of someone else with you.
- Good balance between appearance and functionality.
- Acacia wood for durability.
- Easy to clean up.
- Not easy to assemble.
- Holes don’t line up.
When you’re looking for a picnic table that doubles as a garden bench, Merry Garden won’t let you down. To be honest, that’s the only thing that sets this table from the others on this list. It’s not the most sturdy or beautiful. It just serves you in more than one way which might be what you’re looking for.But that’s not all the advantages you get with this nifty table/bench set. Because of its sleek shake, it fits in any backyard space or patio. It doesn’t take up much space and that’s a great feature that makes it worthy of a place on our top backyard picnic tables reviews.
The material is kiln-dried Asian fir wood which is both durable and good looking. This has to do with the natural stains that make this table/bench an attractive addition to your outdoor furniture. You can also fit in an umbrella right in the center of the table to give you shade from the blistering sun.
- Kiln-dried Asian fir wood.
- Doubles as a picnic table and garden bench.
- Umbrella hole to give you shade.
- Can’t seat 4 adults at the same time.
- Lacks assembly instructions.
As soon as someone mentions the Lifetime 22119 folding picnic table, the first thing that comes to mind is strength and sturdiness. Don’t get me wrong, this table is made from polyethylene, yet durability is a distinguishing mark that makes it the right choice for many people who can afford it.
Does this mean that this table is above the average budget? That is true, unfortunately. For a table made from plastic, this is a hefty price to pay. That said, the table has some merits that make it worth your consideration.The first thing about it, is that it avoids all the pitfalls of wood. It doesn’t chip, crack, or peel. Water won’t make it rot or swell or change shape. And of course it won’t rust. So you get durability and ease of maintenance all rolled into one snazzy looking picnic table.
Another endearing quality of this Lifetime table is how easy you can fold it. Here, folding means you will turn it into a flat surface that is easy to stow away in a cabinet or behind a chair even. In addition, it’s easy to clean and doesn’t stain easily.
- Made from high-density polyethylene.
- Folds flat for easy storage.
- Don’t crack, chip, peel or stain easily.
- High price tag for this type of table.
- Not as sturdy as you’d expect.
Few picnic tables come with the kind of style you get when you purchase the 90182ONLMI table. Made from structural resin, it has both durability and weather-resistant qualities that are practically essential for all outdoor furniture.
It also comes with two wooden benches that can take up 6 adults without as much as a creak. That’s because the frames are made from that structural resin as well as the brackets. No rust, or rot with these sturdy benches.That said, there’s a huge drawback concerning this table. If you wondered why such a sturdy table came at such a low price, that’s because the wooden top and benches are not included. This isn’t just an inconvenience. Besides buying the lumber, you’ll need to cut it to fit perfectly to the frame.
If it’s any consolation, you get the set of tools you’ll need to put this picnic table together. And if you missed the “kit” part in the title, this is what it means essentially. You get a frame and you have to provide the rest to make it into a real table.
- Structural resin for durability.
- Can seat 6 adults with ease.
- Toolkit included.
- No lumber included.
- Cutting and assembling can be a headache for the average person.
This is the second Lifetime product we review here which tells you something about this company. The Lifetime products are usually stylish, practical, and easy to store. The 60030 is no exception. It has a rust-resistant metal frame for strength and durability and high density polyethylene top and benches as well.
To say this table is good for your backyard is an understatement. The material is UV-resistant which is what you’d expect from a piece of outdoor furniture. In addition, it’s easy to clean and maintain. It seats 6 to 8 adults with no problems at all.Add to that the folding feature. As we have seen with other Lifetime tables, they can be folded flat to allow you to squeeze them into the tiniest storage places. In other words, you can reclaim your backyard space back when you don’t need to use the picnic table. It doesn’t get any more convenient than this.
Sometimes even the best products can be ruined by small things. In this case, packaging and shipping are two major drawbacks of the 60030. When you pay for a product online you’d expect to receive it in good condition. But for some reason many arrive to customers bent or even badly damaged.
- Easy to fold and store away.
- Rust-resistant metal frame.
- Seats up to 8 adults.
- Packaging and shipping are major drawbacks.
Giantex makes another appearance on our list and this time it’s with a table bench set. What sets this one apart from the other product we reviewed above is that this one is made from upscale wood-like texture that is eco-friendly and durable.
What this customized polyethylene has that other tables don’t is the lack of smell. You’ll notice that most tables made from resin have a certain offputting smell when you take them out of the box. That smell can linger for days or weeks even. Not this Giantex table though.The natural finish of this table bench set gives it the appearance of wood without the usual problems such as rotting, cracking, and chipping. Add to that its weather-resistant qualities. Not just heat, but cold temperature as well. Thus making it a natural option for your backyard setting.
The table corners are round to decrease the chances of bumping into them and hurting yourself. You’ll appreciate this anti-bump feature if you have children who love to run and jump over furniture in the yard.
- Upscale wood-like and eco-friendly texture.
- Resists high and low temperature.
- Anti-bump corners makes it safe around children.
- Holes in frames not aligned.
- Can be unstable on uneven ground.
Lifetime must have listened to customers’ feedback and came up with a better solution for their backyard social events. This one is a giant of a picnic table and it can accommodate 10 people with enough room for their elbows as well.Like the other products on this list from Lifetime, the 80123 is made from high-density polyethylene that gives the table extra strength and durability. The top and benches are stain resistant. So no wine, or food stains will stick and you can easily clean the surface with a piece of cloth.
It also comes with a 10 years limited warranty to give you confidence in the quality and durability of the table. You can also fold it and store it away when you don’t need it in your backyard. This is rather convenient since you wouldn’t want to leave your outdoor furniture out in the rain or when it snows.
- Can seat 10 people comfortably.
- Stain-resistant top and benches for easy cleaning.
- Easy to fold.
- Lack of quality control.
- Incoherent directions.
If portable outdoor furniture is what gives you satisfaction in life, then you wouldn’t go wrong with this stylish picnic table from AceLife. The design is sleek, streamlined, and multi-functional. This is the kind of table that you can keep set up on the fly and enjoy your social occasion that you didn’t have time to plan for.Not just that, you can also take it with you camping. In that sense, you’re not just getting a piece of outdoor furniture for your backyard, but also for all your outdoor activities. It can seat 4 adults comfortably or 2 adults and 3 children.
The table doesn’t get wet which makes it suitable for all kinds of weathers. Naturally it comes pre-assembled so you won’t need to put it together. Just unfold it and set it up. When you’re done, fold it back and store it away until the next time you need it.
- Made from reinforced aluminum alloy for durability.
- Portable and easy to set up.
- Can seat 4 adults.
- Not suitable for big gatherings.
- Not that sturdy.
Before we get to the features that set this picnic table from Jack Post apart from the others, we need to point out that this isn’t actually a table. It’s rather a table frame. You’ll be getting a good looking and sturdy frame, but that’s all. The lumber? You’ll have to source that out yourself.These kinds of products are not for everyone. We get that. That’s why we needed to warn you in advance. If this kind of challenge isn’t up to your alley, you can simply move on to the next product on the list. However, some people thrive on these product puzzles since it allows them to customize the table to their own taste and liking.
What you get from Jack Post is a heavy-duty steel tubing that is both elegant and sturdy. Once you get the top and benches you like, you can cut them and fit them right in. No toolkit is included with this product, so you’re practically on your own here.
- Heavy-duty steel tubing.
- Black frame finish that resists rust.
- Lumber not included.
- Can be a hassle to assemble this table.
OK, we have to admit that we really like the Lifetime picnic tables line. They have so many qualities and customer satisfaction is high with these products. This is why we’re including yet another picnic table from this company.
The first thing that tickle our fancy with this picnic table was the way the benches swung out to allow us to slide in and seat ourselves without hassle. You don’t have to bend over, then lower your knees as you try to squeeze yourself in. None of that. You get ample room to get in and out.The top is stain-resistant and you will love how easy it is to clean the table and benches with minimum effort. The high density polyethylene gives the table strength which is what you require out of a table for grownups.
As part of its accessibility, the table is easy to access for wheelchairs. This is a feature we haven’t seen in other products, so it’s worth mentioning here.
- UV protected top that resists stains.
- Enough space to get in and out of the table.
- Easy maintenance.
- Wheelchair accessibility.
- Top and seats are not level.
- Not easy to put together.
As we have seen before, affordability usually comes at the cost of quality. But the Step2 kids picnic table comes at a low price while maintaining good quality. How do they pull it off? Well, for one thing, the table can accommodate six children seated together.The umbrella protects the kids against UV light and keeps them comfortable while enjoying their picnic at the table. The surface is large enough while at the same time easy to clean. If you have seen children eat and drop food all over the place, you’ll love how low-maintenance this kids table is.
The table is child-proof. There are no sharp edges or pointy objects that would hurt your kids. It’s a well-designed table set that your children will love, no matter how young. In addition, the table is solid and sturdy. It can handle kids jumping up and down on the benches without shaking or tipping them over.
- Easy to operate umbrella to protect against UV rays.
- Sturdy and solid to handle overactive children.
- Child-proof with no corners or sharp edges.
- Not pre-drilled.
- Needs at least 2 people to put together.
We have seen many picnic tables and each has its own set of unique and not so unique features. But Little Tikes has something that sets it apart from every other picnic we have tried. You can fold it and hang it on the wall. Just like that.
Little Tikes is for kids, however, its streamlined design makes it so easy to assemble, set up, and then fold and stowed away. The kids will love it because it’s safe to use and it’s also fun. It has natural wood grain look but it’s much more sturdier and durable than wooden tables.It comes with 4 benches, each is able to hold 200 pounds of weight. You can easily seat 8 children comfortably at this table and they won’t feel crowded.
The table comes with an umbrella that is easy to install and fold. Every part of the table has been designed with the kids in mind.
- Once assembled it can be set up and folded with ease.
- Compact design that lets you hang it on a wall.
- Safe for children to use.
- Not suitable for adults.
- If left in the sun it gets very hot.
The last picnic table we have on this review comes from Stansport. It’s a heavy-duty picnic table and bench set all rolled in one. The sturdy supports and legs are made from steel and give it durability. This allows it to serve both as a picnic table and a bench with equal strength.Add to that the rugged look that makes it fit within any setting. Whether you set it up in your backyard or take it with you while camping, it can seat 4 adults comfortably. The bench nests within the table which allows you to fold it and carry it with you wherever you go.
The table is easy to assemble and doesn’t require extra hands or special tools. Maintenance is a breeze with this table and you won’t have to go out of your way to keep it looking brand new even after years of service.
- Telescopic legs made from steel are easy to fold.
- Easy to install and set up.
- Works as a table and bench at the same time.
- The table is rather heavy.
- Latches don’t work when the table is folded.
Things to Consider Before Buying
After you jump into the reviews, we put together a small buyer’s guide. We focused on the factors to consider when choosing the best picnic table for your yard.
Picnic tables come in various types and categories based on their material. Overall, there are three types of tables.
- Wood: This is by far the most common material for picnic tables and the most traditional as well. Wooden tables are stylish and functional as well. Depending on the type of wood used, the table can be quite durable. But they’re also rather expensive. If you’re on a budget you can go with a fir table.
- Aluminum: These tables are more durable, lighter, and less expensive than their wood counterparts. They also require low maintenance and don’t rust or rot. The downside to these tables is that they’re so lightweight, a strong wind could carry them out of the yard altogether.
- Concrete: Unlike wood or aluminum tables, concrete is here to stay. That means you won’t be able to move it around. On the other hand, these tables are long-lasting and barely need any maintenance. They also cost quite a bit.
- Plastic: The cheapest and most practical type of tables. They’re light, durable, and come in various shapes and colors. Many people prefer these tables because of their versatility.
Size and Capacity
The size of the picnic table depends on the space you have and the number of people you expect to entertain. Most of the tables we review here can seat 6 adults comfortably. However, some have a larger capacity than that.
You’ll also need to consider the shape of the table. Some are narrow and long while others are rather wide. Your backyard will help you decide which shape, size, and capacity will work for you.
Portable tables are in high demand. Not only can you move them around, you also can fold them and store them when the weather conditions are not favorable. Wood, aluminum, and plastic tables are highly portable. While those made from concrete are more stationary.
When looking for portable tables, check if they can be collapsed. Some tables are fully collapsible while others can only be partly collapsed. For high portability, choose a table that is easy to fold, transport, and install.
Do you want a round table, a rectangle table, or an oval one? You could also choose between a square, hexagon, or octagon tables. And while the style of the table gives it an aesthetic value, it can also influence its seating capacity.
Round and oval tables tend to seat more people. You can expect to have 8 people enjoying a good meal at one of these tables. Square tables are the least accommodating. However, this capacity goes hand in hand with the space it occupies. So the higher the capacity the more yard area it takes.
The color of the table is more of an individual choice. However, in general, you should go for dark colors since they can handle the elements better. Aside from plastic tables, you’ll need to repaint the other types regularly since the color tends to fade.
That said, keep in mind that light colors are more cheerful. The table is also cooler since light colors reflect the sun as opposed to dark colors that absorb its rays.
Just as with all equipment and furniture, you get the option to add a few touches to the picnic tables to change their original look and appearance. From tablecloth to decorations, the choices you have are practically limitless. Just try not to overdo it since outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements.
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After this whirlwind tour of the best picnic tables in the market, it’s time to declare a winner. And our winner is the Giantex 70” 3-Piece Portable Folding Picnic Beer Table with Seating Set. But why did we choose this one over the others?
It strikes a good balance between durability, appearance, and functionality. It combines the best of the two worlds of steel and wood. The steel frame makes it durable and sturdy while the wood tops give it class and stylishness.
It is versatile and you can use it for just about any social event you hold in your yard. You can use it as a beer table or a BBQ table for your friends and family. It comes at a decent price for this quality and features which makes it the undisputed winner of our picnic tables roundup.
Mike Zhang. Founder of FamilyLifeShare