Adding a picnic table in your backyard is a relatively inexpensive investment compared to buying an outdoor furniture set that’s sure to pay for itself by midsummer. We bet you’ll use it at every opportunity to enjoy barbecues with family or pizza and wine under the stars with friends on warm evenings. Whether you’re looking for something that’s practical and affordable or want to spend a bit more on a solid wood set, here are our top picks for some of the best picnic tables to buy well in advance of Memorial Day Weekend while they’re still in stock.
What to Consider
You’ll want a picnic table with plenty of seating space to accommodate your family and guests, so it’s best to err on the side of an option that has slightly more room. They’re generally made of solid wood, plastic resin, and metal, each with pros and cons. Natural wood always looks beautiful but can require more maintenance than other materials, particularly if it’s unfinished. Plastic is waterproof and wipes down clean, but it’s essential that the pieces have enough weight to them for stability. Metal is durable and typically has a powder-coated rust-resistant finish, but can be uncomfortable to sit on if it isn’t ergonomically designed.
How We Chose
All of the picnic tables featured below are rated four stars or more. Our selection includes tables in a variety of materials and styles, from sleek and modern to country-chic, and some with practically as their main selling point. We’ve highlighted features such as seating capacity, color options, ease of setup, portability, and storage, and also focused on durability and maintenance, Our picks cover a range of price points: Most of our picks are in the $300 range or less.
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Our Value Pick
Adam Picnic Table
This sturdy, durable picnic table collapses flat for easy storage and is a great value, priced at well under $300. It’s constructed of metal and plastic and comfortably seats six. There’s a hole in the center for an umbrella, plus it’s weather-resistant and won’t scratch. It’s a customer favorite too, with an average 4.7 stars. Reviewers say that the table is easy to assemble and keep clean. The legs have a matte mocha finish and it’s available in gray and taupe.
The Wood Table
Abernethy Three Piece Picnic Table
Made of solid, sustainably sourced wood harvested from US forests, this picnic table comes unfinished or in a soy-based cedar stain. It’s on the smaller side but comfortably seats four, and several customers note that it’s easy to put together. It doesn’t have a water-resistant finish, so it’s best to keep it covered if it isn’t underneath a pergola or an awning. Varnishing it yourself is another option.
You’ll love using it for relaxing in the morning with coffee and the newspaper or gathering with a few close friends for a potluck dinner and s’mores by the wood-burning fire pit.
The Metal Table
Latitude Run Round Picnic Table
This jet-black picnic table is made from thermoplastic-coated steel, designed to prevent rust and withstand the elements for easy maintenance. The benches are connected for safety and they’re fairly close to the table so kids can eat comfortably, and it seats eight adults. If your backyard lacks trees and gets a lot of sun, there’s a hole in the center for a patio umbrella to add shade.
The Resin Table
Brodie Picnic Table
If you love outdoor furniture with industrial-chic vibes, this picnic table is an excellent choice. The base looks as if it weighs a ton, cast from heavy duty wrought iron, but it’s actually crafted from plastic resin, so it holds up to the elements and wipes down clean. It’s also topped with thick resin slabs that could easily be mistaken for high-end concrete.
A party of six can sit and relax comfortably, but if you want shade, you’ll have to get a cantilever umbrella because there’s no center hole.
Great For Families
Kutlay Picnic Table
This modern picnic table is a five-star winner, with rave reviews from customers who say that it’s sturdy and comfortable. It has a metal base that’s powder-coated to prevent rust and wood-textured plastic tops the seats and table, plus corners are rounded for safety. Eight adults would be a tight squeeze—the benches are less than 5 feet wide—but it’s perfect for families with young kids.
A Table for Two
Roland Solid Wood Picnic Table
Take out this petite picnic table anytime you feel like an impromptu al fresco meal for two. It’s crafted from solid wood and Its simple, elegant style is versatile enough to blend in well with any contemporary or rustic outdoor furniture. There’s a center hole to add a small beach umbrella for dining midday or in the rain and adding wrought iron or cafe-style folding chairs complete the look. The table is available in unfinished wood and seven lovely stains.
Impact Instant Canopy Folding Picnic Table
This one-piece table and chair set weighs a mere 27 pounds for ultimate portability. Made from lightweight aluminum, it packs up small enough to fit into the trunk of a full-size car and unfolds quickly for meals at the park or beach. The chairs and table are covered in gray fabric, and the chairs are accented with eye-catching, bright orange details. There’s also a handle attached to one of the chairs, so carrying the set to and from the parking lot isn’t cumbersome or awkward.
Cedar Stain Bermondsey Picnic Table
With comfortable, sturdy high-back benches that seat eight and pull up close to the table for intimate conversation, this set is both handsome and practical. It’s crafted from solid wood, with angled legs and that add stability and give it a rustic look. Corners of the benches and table are rounded off and beautifully finished, and there’s a center hold in the table to add an umbrella.
The set shown here has a warm, cedar stain, but it’s also available in several others, including a walnut and redwood, plus an unfinished option that you can stain yourself. All are said to be naturally weather-resistant, but you may wish to cover it for extra protection.
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