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Best Folding Table of 2021

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By Amber King ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 15, 2020
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We researched over 40 of the best folding tables before selecting 10 to test side by side for this 2021 review. Our lineup features options ranging from standard-sized tables and tray sets to a roll-up option for camping and even a picnic table complete with benches. We set each table up while working on construction projects, performing gardening chores, crafting, and even while working remotely. We also subjected each to a series of objective tests to determine performance differences. After hours of testing, we offer you our unbiased opinions to help you find an option that'll suit your needs and budget.


1

Best Overall Folding Table


Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial Adjustable Folding Table


Tabletop Dimensions: 48 x 24" | Features: Carrying handle, 3 adjustable heights
Stable at most heights
Durable tabletop
Easy to use push-buttons for height adjustability
Easy to clean and move around
Tabletop does not fold (only legs), taking up more storage space
Some lateral movement at max-height

If a good investment is what you seek, the Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial Adjustable is our top recommendation. This high-quality table features three adjustable heights (34 inches, 29 inches, and 24 inches) and a durable design. The steel hardware is smooth and easy to operate. We used it for home construction projects and as a part of our events arsenal for our main testers outdoor school. Adjusting the height is easy, even with items on the table. The tallest setting offers more height than any other option, while the medium setting is the same height as a standard table. The shortest height is great for sitting children, making this table ultra-versatile for any family or household. At the lower heights, it's stable and provides an unbeatable level of performance.

While the legs of the Lifetime do indeed fold in, the table itself doesn't fold. As a result, it's longer than other standards folding tables, taking up more storage space. And while we appreciate the stability at medium and low settings, the tallest setting shakes and has some side-to-side movement. Still, this is an excellent choice for any family or household because of its exceptional versatility, attributed to its adjustable height. It's easy to clean, maneuver, and made of high-quality materials.

The Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial Adjustable Folding Table features...
The Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial Adjustable Folding Table features three height adjustments, a solid stature, and a durable table top. Our favorite of all the larger folding table options.
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2

Best Bang for the Buck


Cosco Deluxe Fold-in-Half Table


Tabletop Dimensions: 72 x 29.5" | Features: Tabletop folds in half, carrying handle
Great price
Locking design when set up
Easy to carry and maneuver
Height is not adjustable
Thinner tabletop

The Cosco Deluxe Fold-in-Half Table is a simple table with a 6-foot length that locks into place when set up. It utilizes a plastic composite tabletop that is relatively durable and a straight leg design that creates a wide, stable base. It sets up in just a few seconds, locking into place to enhance maneuverability. The table proved to hold a lot of weight, easily accommodating our welder and other construction gear while testing. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor use and comes to a height of 29-inches when setup. We think it's a great deal because it performs well, is large, and comes at a good price. This table is also available in an 8-foot version.

Our only real concern with this product is craftsmanship. While it is relatively stable, the tabletop is thinner than other products in our review and flexes a bit under large amounts of weight. Also, when we unboxed it, we noticed that the plastic was 'bubbled' in one spot. The hardware looks solid but is thinner and lighter than other contenders. All this leads us to believes it's not as high quality as more expensive options. However, if you are looking for a good deal, this table is a steal and will do everything you need a 6-foot table to do.

The Cosco Deluxe Fold-in-Half Table is light and offered at a great...
The Cosco Deluxe Fold-in-Half Table is light and offered at a great price with the ability to take a load.
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3

Best Personal Table


Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table


Tabletop Dimensions: 26 X 18" | Features: 3 adjustable heights, ergonomic curve
Very light and easy to store under furniture
Easy squeeze height adjustment
A durable tabletop that resists scratching and scuffs
Lots of different uses
A tiny bit of shake at the tallest height
Have to flip over to adjust the height

The Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table measures 26 inches long (and is also available in a 30-inch version) and comes with three height adjustments (28, 26, and 24 inches). It has a solid and durable 2-inch plastic composite topper that proved to be scratch-resistant after our testing. It can be used for multiple purposes, such as a laptop station, tv tray, small crafting table, and more. It also stores easily underneath any piece of larger furniture. In comparison to other products with similar construction, this table proved to be more durable and easier to adjust. We also appreciate its ergonomic shape, which features an inward curve at the torso, allowing you to get a little closer.

There is the tiniest bit of shake when typing or eating on this table. Additionally, to adjust the height, you have to flip over the whole thing. Once you get there, adjustment is easy with a squeeze design that allows you to easily adjust the bars. We didn't find the shorter heights to be very helpful for taller folks but, depending on your needs, that might be perfect. If a small multi-use personal table is what you seek, this is our top recommendation for its high-quality tabletop and easy adjustments.

The Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table features three...
The Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table features three different adjustable folding settings and a durable table top. A multi-use table that can be set-up anywhere.
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4

Best Table and Bench Combo


Office Star 3-Piece Folding Bench and Table Set


Tabletop Dimensions: 72 x 30" | Features: Benches that also fold, carry handles
Very stable design
Comes with benches
Durable tabletop
Adaptable for inside or outside use
Hard to maneuver when open as the divider has no locks
Pricey

The Office Star 3-Piece Folding Bench and Table Set is a great setup that can easily be used inside or outside. With a 6-foot length that folds into two sections, it can accommodate a variety of uses. For example, we used it as a coffee station during an astronomy night event outdoors, while eating outside with friends, and as a construction table for home projects. It sets up nicely on uneven ground and offers excellent stability when set up. The tabletop is thick and doesn't flex under large amounts of weight, and stood up better to scratching and slicing in our tests. We love that the benches and table store flat and take up little storage space when not in use. The carry handles are also well padded, making transport a cinch.

Our biggest caveat with this product is that it doesn't lock into place when setup. When trying to pick it up after being set up, both table and benches fold in, making it impossible to move it with anything on the table surface. The benches aren't as stable on uneven ground as the tabletop, though on flat ground, the whole system performs as it should. If you're looking for a table and bench set that functions as a picnic table and can accommodate 6-8 people, be sure to consider this beauty.

The Office Star 3-Piece Folding Bench and Table sets up like a...
The Office Star 3-Piece Folding Bench and Table sets up like a picnic table with a wide variety of uses. It's very stable with excellent storage and portability.
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5

Best for Camping


Coleman Roll Top Aluminum Camping Table


Tabletop Dimensions: 27 x 27" | Features: Roll-up design with carrying case
Excellent for outdoor use
Easy setup on uneven ground
Very stable with weight
Plastic components have questionable durability
Items can fall between the slats
Can blow away in a high wind if not weighted

If you're headed out on an adventure, the Coleman Roll Top Aluminum Camping Table is a classic must-have. We've used this table throughout the years on river rafting trips, car camping adventures, and at home. The aluminum construction is very light, with a roll-up table top that easily fits into a carry case. It cleans up nicely and has proven its tenacity on a number of our camping trips over the years. Set-up requires putting together the frame and attaching it to the elasticized roll-up top. When assembled, it's stable enough to move around without it collapsing. We've cooked on it with a full two-burner stove, accompanying utensils, and accouterments. Over sand, snow, and dirt, it can easily be stabilized, especially when you load it up with a little extra weight.

While this setup is light and easy to take with you, it can also fly away if you're not careful. On a rafting trip during a wind storm, this table was lifted and sent into the river. So as a warning, if high winds are in the forecast, put it away or weight it down strategically. We've also experienced the plastic tips of this table breaking in the past, which deems it useless, so be careful when setting it up and with how you store it. These warnings aside, if you're in the market for a portable and stable camping table, this is a top-shelf option.

Is a roll-up camping table on your list? The Coleman Roll Top is a...
Is a roll-up camping table on your list? The Coleman Roll Top is a classic and has stood the test of time in our experience. Use it for any car camping adventure, outdoor project, or river trip. Just know to take care when setting it up and taking it down.
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6

Best for Board Games and Cards


Flash Furniture Black Folding Card Table


Tabletop Dimensions: 33.5 x 33.5" | Features: Vinyl surface ideal for cards, legs lock in place
Vinyl top prevents cards from slipping off the table
Fits up to four people with a large square surface area
Solid hardware and locking mechanism
Can rip or tear when exposed to sharp objects
No carry handle and larger to store

The Flash Furniture Black Folding Card Table is a vinyl square top table that features a fairly stable construction when setup on carpet. At a standing height of 28-inches, it fits up to four people. The vinyl tabletop offers a non-slip surface, excellent for playing cards or other larger board games. The table legs are a little thin, with each individual leg supported by its own locking mechanism. The functionality of these parts is smooth and easy to use. We tested it while playing big board games like monopoly as well as regular card games. Of the tables in this review, this is our favorite for game nights. It's also easy to transport and bring over to a friend's house.

After just a few weeks of use and storage, we noticed some scuffing of the vinyl on the Flash, though it did remain resistant to full-on scratches. This wouldn't be our first choice for construction, gardening, or other hobbies where sharp tools are involved. During our scratch and slice tests, we were able to, no surprise, easily cut the vinyl with a small blade. Also, it's not the most stable on solid floors. However, if you're looking for a table for a game night, we think this is a great option with a classic appeal.

Planning a game night with a couple of friends? The Flash Furniture...
Planning a game night with a couple of friends? The Flash Furniture Black Folding Card Table is a solid addition to your night with a vinyl top square construction.
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7

A Larger Personal Table for Laptop Use


Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table


Tabletop Dimensions: 30 x 20" | Features: Removable legs with 3 adjustable heights
Easy storage and lightweight carry
The large table surface is excellent for larger laptops and accessories
Very stable design
The tallest height is quite functional
Height adjustment is difficult
The plastic tabletop is far from "indestructible"

The Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table stands out for its larger tabletop and ultra-stable design. For laptop use, it's our favorite, hands down. It features three main height adjustments (29.5, 25.5, and 19.5 inches) suitable for folks of all heights. It can be used to turn a regular desk into a standing desk or used on its own with any chair or couch. We even used it as our personal aid station when using a treadmill during our workouts. In all cases, we found it to be very stable because of its wide base. It can easily be stored underneath a couch, and the legs can be separated completely to make storage simple.

The tabletop quality is our only let down with this product. Even though it's called the "IndestrucTable," it is far from it. After just a few weeks of use, we noticed scratches and scuffs. We also noticed that the plastic polymer on the top sheet starting bubbling, which infers poor craftsmanship. The height adjustment process is also a bit of a pain. Both legs can come out, and they need to be pushed into the slots, which requires a bit of muscle to release and set. Caveats aside, we found ourselves reaching for this table when we needed to set up a personal laptop station in our living room. If you're in the market for a smaller personal table with a larger desktop space and stable design, we don't think you'll be let down.

The Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table is our...
The Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table is our favorite for laptop use with its larger tabletop and ultra-stable design.
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8

A Stylish Round Rattan Table


Flash Furniture Round Rattan Folding Table


Tabletop Diameter: 31.5" | Design: Plastic faux-rattan surface
Stylish option suited for any living space
Easy to fold and transport
One-step setup
Versatile
Storage requires some space, but it folds flat
Smaller than it looks

If you're looking for a round table that'll look good in your living space, the Flash Furniture Round Rattan Folding Table should be considered. This super cute option looks great and has oodles of uses, from morning coffee to afternoon crafting to evening game night. Its hardware is quality and operates smoothly. It also folds up easily with one single action and can be easily carried by one person and loaded up into a car or truck for transport. The plastic legs have protective caps for interior floors, while the plastic construction also does well outdoors.

While this table easily folds flat, the tabletop doesn't fold in half, so it takes up a bit more storage space. It's also a little smaller than it looks. We originally brought this to a friends house to play monopoly to learn there wasn't enough room to set up the board game and host four people. As a result, we'd recommend it for smaller games or fewer people. If you're seeking a good looking round table, this one looks great indoors or on a patio and can accommodate a wide range of uses.

Looking to share a coffee with one other person? This round rattan...
Looking to share a coffee with one other person? This round rattan plastic fold-up table is super cute and looks great in any living space. Use it for a variety of chores and transport it easily.
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9

Faux Marble Set of 4


Linon Home Decor Tray Table Set


Tabletop Dimensions: 19 x 16" | Features: Faux marbled look, 4 trays, rack for storage
Stylish for some living room decors
Protective legs on hardwood
Clean overall look
Comes with 4 trays
Very wobbly on both hardwood and carpet
No locking mechanism
High price

The Linon Home Decor Tray Table Set features a faux marble surface that'll look chic and sophisticated in most living rooms. The set comes with four tray tables and a storage rack that requires installation. This product is a good solution if you prefer to do dinners in front of the TV or need several matching side tables around your home. We appreciate the user-friendly dimensions that will do as a small laptop station in a pinch and the attractive smooth surface. These also seem to be built of higher quality materials than other contenders of a similar style in this review, and they won't scratch your floors.

While this set will look great in any living room, it's not the best-performing. When using it for eating or computer work, it wobbles side to side on both hardwood and carpets. It doesn't lock when setup, making it seem unstable and impossible to move with items on the tabletop. The biggest caveat, however, is the price. While it's got a cute look and comes in a set of four, it's still expensive with lackluster performance and construction. As a result, it's not one we'd recommend to our friends or family. However, if you like the faux marble look and stability isn't crucial, you might find value in this set.

A chic faux marble set that is a little expensive with sub-par...
A chic faux marble set that is a little expensive with sub-par performance. However, it still does the job and looks great in any living room.
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10

A Bargain Wood TV Tray Set


Mainstay 5 Piece Tray Table Set


Tabletop Dimensions: 19 x 15" | Features: Wood (particle board) construction, 5 trays, rack for storage
Wooden look fits many decors
Functional
Light and easy to store
Great price
Flimsy construction
Legs scratch hardwood
Can't maneuver without it collapsing

The Mainstay 5 Piece Tray Table Set offers the right amount of functionality you'd expect from any low-priced tray table set. It's got a wooden particle board construction that'll allow you to eat a meal or do small crafts in front of the television. The smaller table dimensions will still fit any laptop, and the trays stack nicely on their storage rack. There are five tables in the package with a price that is hard to beat.

Unfortunately, this is a lower quality product with rough edges that'll scratch your floor. It doesn't lock into place, causing wobble and instability, and, since it doesn't lock, you can't pick it up and move it with anything on the tabletop. It also takes some time to install the storage rack — if you decide to use it. Even though this isn't the highest quality product, it still performs similarly to others that cost almost twice as much, making it a good bargain option if you're in the market for a wooden tray table set.

A cute wooden tray set at a great price.
A cute wooden tray set at a great price.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Our main tester Amber King and her testing team brings a whopping 7 years of experience to the table (see what we did there?). Amber has tested and written over 30 different categories for GearLab covering electronics, outdoor gear, and household items. She is the founder of a local non-profit in Ridgway, Colorado called Treeline Education, which is an outdoor enrichment program. On school days, she uses folding tables regularly. She also uses them during community astronomy events and at home. You can find her working on household projects where each table is regularly employed. In addition, she works remotely part-time, using smaller personal tables as work stations in different locations around her home.

The testing for these tables began with deep research. We looked at over 40 different products before selecting some of the best to test side-by-side. Then the real-life testing began. We measured dimensions, shook each at different heights, scratched and sliced tabletops, scrubbed them down, timed setup and breakdown, and used them in the field. We used them for crafting projects, gardening sessions, with kids at work, and for events. We objectively tested quality by assessing the smooth operation of hardware and key craftsmanship details. All to help you find the best folding table for your specific needs.

Our testing process includes confirming all manufacturer claims.
We don't hold back once the testing gets started! Every table had a...
All our contenders, lined up and ready to go.

Analysis and Test Results


This review covers a wide range of folding table options. From full length to personal use tables to tray sets. When using each, we note key differences and similarities to help you understand how each product compares. We assess each on the following key metrics: stability, ease of use, portability, storage, and quality.

Putting our full-length folding tables to work during this shelf...
Putting our full-length folding tables to work during this shelf building project. Here we see the Office Star (left) and Cosco Deluxe (right) table used.
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Stability


A table that doesn't shake and stays put while you use it is of utmost importance. What good is a table that you can't trust to hold up the items you put on top of it? To test this metric, we shook each table and evaluated its stability elements. We also set it up over uneven terrain, carpet, and hard floors to test lateral movement. We then used each while doing household projects, working on them daily.

The Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table is incredibly...
The Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table is incredibly stable, making it our favorite option for a personalized living room laptop station. The wide base and tabletop doesn't shake, even when typing.
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The most stable contenders proved to be the Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO, Cosco Deluxe, and Lifetime 4-foot Commercial Adjustable. The Iceberg is a smaller sized personal table with a base that's almost as wide as the table itself. The larger and thicker tabletop design absorbs shake and movement, making it an excellent laptop table, whether on hardwood or carpet. The Lifetime Adjustable is another personal-sized option that earns a high score because of its durable tabletop design, but it's not nearly as stable as the Iceberg IndestrucTable.

A look at the designs of the three larger folding tables in this...
A look at the designs of the three larger folding tables in this review. The Office Star (right) is the most stable when set up due to its bow-legged architecture. The Cosco Deluxe (center) is great too and locks into place when set up. The Lifetime 4-foot (left) is also stable at its two lowest settings, though the highest one gets wobbly.
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Both the Cosco Deluxe and Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial are longer full table options. The Cosco is 6-feet long (and also available in an 8-foot length) with a straight wide leg structure and several stability slats, providing limited movement once setup. It locks across all the folding hinges, ensuring it won't fold in on itself. The OfficeStar Bench and Table set is also quite stable with a thicker tabletop and a similar level of stability to the Cosco Deluxe — though it doesn't have the locking features. The Lifetime 4-foot Commercial is a straight leg design with multiple heights. Its stability varies, with it being the most stable at the lowest setting. Since it doesn't fold in half, its stability comes in the form of its full-tabletop construction. Overall, of the larger tables, if you want the best in stability, go with the Cosco Deluxe.

The full tabletop construction of the Lifetime 4-foot Commercial...
The full tabletop construction of the Lifetime 4-foot Commercial Adjustable in addition to the reinforced V-frame makes this pretty stable at low and medium settings. At its highest, there is a little side to side wobble.
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All of the table tray sets we tested proved to be relatively unstable, with lots of shaking and lateral movement and no locking mechanisms to speak of. For mid-range sized options, the Flash Furniture Round Rattan is stable on carpet and hardwood, as is the Flash Furniture Black Folding Card Table. The Coleman Camping Table stands out for being stable over uneven terrain, designed for adventures into the backcountry.

Ease of Use


How easily can you take your table down and put it back up again? To test this metric, we fiddled with all the parts and practiced putting our tables together and taking them down to understand which are the easiest to use. We also evaluated which are easiest to clean and maintain and assessed their ability to set up and be functional on a variety of surfaces.

The Lifetime 4-Foot Adjustable table uses a smooth and easy to use...
The Lifetime 4-Foot Adjustable table uses a smooth and easy to use pinch to bring the table up or down. You can do this with the tabletop loaded, with the ability to adjust from floor level to top height in ten seconds.
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A key trait of any folding table is its ease of use, so most tables did well in this metric. The Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial earns top marks in this category since there is no need to fold the table in half to get it going — only the legs collapse. Plus, we love the easy adjustment buttons on each leg that allow you to adjust the height, even with items on its tabletop. None of the other long tables in our review have this level of adjustability, making it one of the most versatile. It takes about 10 seconds to take down and put up.

Our other large table options, like the Cosco Deluxe and Office Star Folding Bench and Table, took about 20 seconds to take down and put up. Both have hooks or latches to open them up, with legs that easily open up for quick and easy setup. Cleaning on all three is simple with a hand wipe or sanitizer. The Cosco proves to clean up a little better than the others because of its dark color that doesn't show dirt as readily.

The Flash Furniture Round Rattan table simply requires you to...
The Flash Furniture Round Rattan table simply requires you to release the lock on one side and it's ready for storage. One of the easiest products tested to take down and put up again.
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The Flash Furniture Round Rattan also has a super quick setup (about 8 seconds) that requires just one simple movement to erect and takedown. Cleaning it, however, proved to be a little harder due to the weaved finish. The Flash Furniture Card Table, in contrast, requires opening each leg separately, which takes a little more time (20 seconds), but the smooth vinyl surface is a breeze to clean.

Of the smaller personal use tables, the Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table is by far the easiest to use. Both it and the Iceberg IndestrucTable Personal Folding Table have three main adjustable heights, with the Iceberg having a few more options as you can remove both legs and choose which slates to adjust it into. However, it advertises only three main heights (29.5, 25.5, 19.5 inches). The Lifetime Adjustable is preferred because of its easier to use adjustment system. For both, you need to flip the table upside down to adjust the height, but the Lifetime Adjustable has a handy spring bar that makes the adjustment much easier. The Iceberg IndestrucTable, on the other hand, has a bar that you need to pull out with a little muscle and push back in manually.

The adjustment systems of the Iceberg IndestrucTable (left)...
The adjustment systems of the Iceberg IndestrucTable (left) and Lifetime Adjustable (right). The Lifetime proves to be much easier as it uses a spring-loaded lever to change the height in less time. The Iceberg requires you to pull the bars from the spaces and push them back in.
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The Coleman Camping Table, Mainstay 5-piece, and Linon Home Decor Set are all easy to use as well. The Coleman takes a little more time to put together (about three minutes) and is best over uneven surfaces. The tray sets are ready for use right away, setting up in under 10 seconds.

Portability


Most tables that are folded are transported either around the house or from place to place. As a result, we think that portability is very important. To evaluate this metric, we looked at each table's design and how easy they are to transport. We also opened each up and tried to move them around to see if any fold back in on themselves or can't maintain their shape. Those that are lighter with a great carry mechanism that locks on the folding hinges do best in this category.

Contenders like the Lifetime 4-Foot that can be moved around easily...
Contenders like the Lifetime 4-Foot that can be moved around easily after being set-up do well in this metric. We also like options with comfortable carry handles and a weight that's easy to handle.
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The most portable full folding table is the Cosco Deluxe and the Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial. The Cosco Deluxe boasts a six-foot design with a sturdy handle for carrying. In addition, when set up, it locks into place, making it easy to move around. The Lifetime Commercial Adjustable scores a little lower — it's bulkier to carry because it does not fold in half; however, the handle is more sturdy than the Cosco Deluxe. The Office Star 3-Piece Folding Bench and Table Set is great to move from place to place. Both benches and the table fold in half and lock for transport, with great handles. However, it earns lower points because it doesn't lock once set up. As a result, if you try and move the table or chairs, they collapse, meaning you can't move the tables after set up when things are on top of them.

The Office Star set has the best carry handles of the bunch, on both...
The Office Star set has the best carry handles of the bunch, on both the benches and table.
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Of the personal size folding tables, the Lifetime Adjustable Laptop Table and Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO are the most portable. Neither fold up, and neither have handles, but they are incredibly light, and the legs bend down flat for easy maneuverability. The Lifetime Laptop Table earns an extra point in this category because it is slightly lighter and smaller than the Iceberg IndestrucTable. The Flash Furniture Rattan and Flash Furniture Card Table both fold down and are relatively light, though neither have handles. However, they both lock into place, so you can easily change their position when set up, even if you've got the tabletop littered with cards or a game.

The Flash Round Rattan has no carry handle but it's incredibly...
The Flash Round Rattan has no carry handle but it's incredibly light, with the legs basically turning into a handle for easy transport.
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Storage


A folding table should also store easily in a closet, basement, or under a piece of furniture. To test this, we simply packed each one up and noted the profile and space they took up. Those that stash away the best earn the highest kudos in this category.

A look at the size of each contender folded down. As you can see...
A look at the size of each contender folded down. As you can see, the Coleman Roll Top Aluminum Camping Table (bottom left) takes up the least amount of space, making it a great option for travel.
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The most storable tables are the smallest, which isn't too surprising. The Coleman Roll Top Camping Table is the cream of the crop in this department as it breaks down completely and fits into a handy carrying bag. The Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table and Iceberg IndestrucTable TOO Personal Folding Table both fold up flat and fit under a piece of furniture. The Lifetime Laptop Table is a touch smaller, but the Iceberg IndestrucTable has the ability to remove its legs completely, earning it a slightly higher score in this category. The tray table sets, including the Linon Home Decor Tray Table Set, and Mainstay 5 Piece Tray Table Set come with their own storage racks that easily stack next to a couch or in a closet. If you prefer to keep them out of sight, they slide underneath furniture easily as well.

We appreciate that the Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table...
We appreciate that the Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table folds and has locks across the back of the table. Here we store it behind our bike trainer for use as a side table to hold water and snacks while training.
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Quality


A product that you won't have to buy again or that will last you a long time is an important consideration, especially when it comes to the wallet. As a result, we looked at the hardware, materials, thickness, and critical hinge points to assess quality. We also scratched and sliced each surface to see which ones can handle the inevitable scrapes and scuffs of life and which can't.

Not all tables are made the same. Here we size up the Lifetime...
Not all tables are made the same. Here we size up the Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial (left) to the Cosco Deluxe (right). While both perform well, the Lifetime is built from sturdier materials and hardware.
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Of all the tables tested, the Lifetime 4-Foot Commercial Adjustable and Lifetime Adjustable Folding Laptop Table have the most durable tabletops. The components are solid, smooth, and don't stick. The Office Star 3-Piece Folding Bench and Table Set comes in a close second with a thicker scratch-resistant tabletop and burly hardware. The Cosco Deluxe pales in comparison to these full folding tables in this metric. While it seems sturdy enough, the plastic tabletop is thin and showed craftsmanship issues upon unpackaging.

We also like the Flash Furniture Round Rattan and Flash Furniture Vinyl Card Table. Both have smooth components that can scuff, but use a darker color so you can't see the damage as easily. The Iceberg IndestrucTable scores fewer points because the tabletop, despite being thick, has scratched deeply with minimal use. The tray table sets score even lower, with the Linon Home Decor Tray Table Set, a faux marble set, looking to be a touch more high quality than the particle board Mainstay 5 Piece Tray Table Set.

We hope our research has helped you out! Here we set up a couple of...
We hope our research has helped you out! Here we set up a couple of contenders at a local community astronomy night. One of the many ways we test each product to give you an idea of what's excellent and what should be left at the warehouse.
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Conclusion


While the folding table market is vast, there's a light at the end of the shopping tunnel. We've done the hard work, testing some of the most popular products, so you don't have to guess your way through your shopping experience. We hope that our unbiased review will help you find an excellent folding table for your needs and budget.

Amber King