This review is around the easy camp picnic table. This is a table we have had in our family since I was maybe 6 years old, and its still going.
Basically the table comes in a suitcase shaped box. Once you open it, the "outside" of the suitcase will become the table top, and inside you have the folding mechanism that holds the seats, chairs and legs. Its very easy to assemble, you just pull out the seats, which sort of unfold as they come out, and slide a piece of plastic down over the joint to "lock" the seats into place. Then you pull on the legs, which are on the underside of the seats, and they pop down. Once again, you lock them into place, and then you have to turn the table "the right way" up, and thats it. This can be done in under 2 minutes by one person, I even remember doing it by myself when I was younger whilst my parents would try to start a BBQ or finish unloading the car or whatever.
However, all this portability does come at a cost. It isn't the worlds most stable table, there is a little flex in all those little plastic locks, and the legs, and all the supporting parts. This results in a general wobbly sensation when using the table. Its fine for simple stuff, but if you have 4 people, plus a load of food on this table... well lets say it isn't fun. To be honest, having 4 adult on the table is pushing it a bit in terms of space as well as structural support.
For this reason, we have always used this table as a sort of "food preparation" table, and generally try to find a wooden bench, or something much more stable as a eating area (either that, or just roll out some matts if there are loads of people.... which there usually is at these impromtu bbq's in the middle of nowhere).
Overall though, this has been a very nifty piece of kit, and is brought along with us to every trip we go on. Not only that, but one of our friends even went out an bought his own after seeing ours, and ok it might not be as sturdy, or comfortable as a proper bench, but you can't put a proper bench in the back of your car at the end of the day.
It has never broken, and still works just fine, and it has had some pretty heavy dishes, plates and people sitting/perched on top of it. Although saying that, it does feel that if you were to jump on it or anything like that it would snap straight away.
And the unstability thing... although it has never collapsed, or toppled over or anything like that, trust me when I say this, it doesn't feel "at rest" if you have 4 big people moving about slightly in their seats. I can't really explain it, but its that feeling you get in your stomach that says.... maybe we are pushing our luck a bit here. That said, nothing has gone wrong, but we haven't exactly tested it to destruction.
Overall then 4/5. Its super portable, reasonably priced, and gets a lot of use. The cons are that it doesn't function as well as a normal bench just due to that flexing and stablity. Overall, I think we must have used ours over 100 times now, and we still do.
Me and my husband purchased one of these tables as we are planning to go camping this year, and wanted something cheap that we could just take with us to use as a table and chairs.
We got ours from Go Outdoors, and it cost £25.99 with one of their discount cards. I'm not sure of the price without a discount card, but these are readily available on the internet too.
The table is a foldable table and 4 chairs. I haven't measured it but when it's all folded up it looks about the size of 2 briefcases in length, and it is incredibly light. It also has a handle so it's really easy to carry around and manoeuvre.
It's very easy to unfold this and set it up. I am terrible at working out things like that and I managed to do set it up in about 2 minutes. You just have to un-clip the top, stretch it out, and pull the legs down on the chairs, which then lock into place. There are also two little clips on ropes at the sides to poke into holes in the sides of the table to keep it in place. I think this also stops it folding back up while your sat on it. It's just as easy to put away, and it won't shut unless you have folded it flat properly so it would be very difficult to break it by doing it wrong.
There is a round hole in the middle of the table, so you can put a parasol in there if you wanted to.
I was so wary of actually sitting on this as it's just plastic with a couple of metal legs. I'm not over weight or anything but it just looked very thin and unstable. However after gingerly parking myself on it, I actually found it very stable.
It's not the comfiest of seats as it has no backs, so I don't think I would sit on it for very long, but to have a meal on it, it's perfectly fine. We tested this in the back garden with a barbecue and the table coped with a lot of food on it, I was really pleased with it. As it's plastic it's also very easy to clean after use.
I wasn't expecting much from this as it was so cheap, and it certainly doesn't look fancy, but for speed and convenience it's actually perfect. I would definitely recommend one of these for any camping trip as they are so cheap. I think it will be great for us, and I expect to use it on a lot of camping trips. To be honest even if it breaks after a few trips, I would just replace it because the cost is so cheap. It will easily fit in the car, and is very light weight and easy to carry. I am really pleased with it. A great product.