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9 Best Portable Beach Tables: Foldable, Lightweight, and Sturdy (2021)

portable beach tables

A day at the beach can be such a relaxing experience! When it is time to pull out the food from our coolers, we want somewhere we can arrange it nicely so that it doesn’t end up in the sand at our feet.

For a beach picnic table we are looking for:

  • A sturdy table that is wind-resistant
  • Portability
  • Ability to stay level in uneven surfaces
  • Waterproof design

Many lower tables will be more wind-resistant than taller tables. We also found some interesting stake tables in our search which were very portable, but we’re afraid these could easily tip once weighted with drink or food.  

These are the 9 best tables we found that should be a safe bet to make your beach experience as relaxing as possible… without losing a plate of food you worked so hard on to the sand!

Best portable and foldable beach tables

1. Best Overall: Short Table Wood Table

Our Rating:
5/5

This table was one of our all-around favorites! Designed by Glen, a talented woodworker who all his life loved to craft practical and one of a kind designs

Made of 100% natural wood, this table is durable, versatile, foldable and easy to carry anywhere. Perfect for beach picnics, winery outings, concerts, pool parties and basically anywhere else outdoors or indoors.

With its attractive design, this low picnic table is ideal for boho picnics and for sure its very photogenic. 

2. Best Value: NiceC Folding Table

Our Rating:
5/5

This was also one of our favorites. It is made of lightweight material and is waterproof so it is easy to clean. You have four deep cup holders for drinks to keep drinks from turning over on your blanket or table. 

There is a deep mesh area in the middle of the table to insert a bowl with chips, fruit, or snacks. This drop-down area can keep lightweight snacks from blowing off the table.

If you are wanting to serve plated food like sandwiches, or cheese and crackers, you can use this area for keys, phones, or other items and cover it with a sturdy tray. Below the table area, you also have an insulated soft side cooler that can zip up to keep drinks or snacks cold. The weight of a full cooler can help keep your table stable on uneven surfaces like beach sand.

We love that this table is a one-stop place for food, drinks, and picnic fun! 

3. Best Compact Table: GCI Compact Camp Table

Our Rating:
5/5

For its collapsible capabilities, this table gets all the stars. When unfolded it stands at about 2 feet tall and it can handle up to 60 lbs of food and drinks

Its legs are reinforced by a bar at the bottom for added stability. It’s not a large table, but it should have enough space for a platter of food for two. With weather-proof coating on the outside of its aluminum frame, we say that this is a solid choice for a beach picnic! 

4. Best Chaise Lounge Side Table: Rio Beach Personal Table

Our Rating:
5/5

For beach lounging and traveling, this table is a great choice.

 Keep snacks or a drink off the ground and within easy reach by propping up this table next to your chaise lounge or beach blanket. This low small-scale table can be adjusted by flipping the legs to pick one of two heights. The legs poke into the ground to maintain a level surface on a sandy or uneven terrain. 

It weighs approximately 2 pounds making it one of the most portable tables we found. This is a lightweight, practical table that can easily fold up and be carried to a new sunny spot.

5. Best Large Lightweight Table: Wuromise Roll-up Picnic Table

Our Rating:
5/5

Maybe you are wanting a large picnic table to fit the most food and friends, but are worried about carrying that bulk and weight to the beach. This aluminum roll-up table may have just solved your problems! 

We love that it can fit into its own thin bag and it can hold up to 225 pounds… Now that’s a feast! 

You can also store utensils, snacks or games in its lower level mesh bin. When you unfold this table it can serve 4-6 people

The legs are supported by “x” style braces for added strength.  Now you’ll just have to get to the beach early enough to stake out the space for this large table.

6. Best for Wine: BAMBÜSI Picnic Cheese Board Set

Our Rating:
5/5

With an impressive design, this table is ideal for all wine lovers. Elegant, practical, and portable, it comes with a wine opener and a  full cheese cutlery set: stainless steel knives with wooden handles.

Made of bamboo, it’s food-safe, BPA free and easy to maintain.

You can disassembly it easily in less than 1 minute, and take it with you anywhere you want.

It also makes a fantastic gift for wine and cheese lovers.

READ NEXT: 9 Best Folding Picnic Tables

7. Best Set: Inno Stage Portable Table and Cooler

Our Rating:
5/5

This wine table was one of our most exciting finds! It comes with a soft-side cooler bag to keep your food (and wine) cool. The front pocket of the cooler is made to exactly fit your portable wine table! 

The table has a cut-out to hold a bottle of wine and two glasses. A cutout handle also provides an easy way to carry this bamboo portable wine table. There is also some free space in the middle for cheese and snacks. We love that it is a practical way to set up a small picnic at the beach.

8. Best Outdoor Kitchen Table: Giantex Folding Table

Our Rating:
4.4/5

This portable grill table is like bringing your own little kitchen with you to the outdoors… and even includes some kitchen cabinets! 

When you are out grilling, this table has space to keep your utensils and dishes organized and at the ready. You can zip up the cabinet area to protect your dishes from getting dirty outdoors. 

To protect your freshly cooked food from getting dusted with sand, this table has a wind-guard on 3 sides. For a beach cook-out (or any cookout!), this table can be a great asset.

We love all the space and organization that it provides. Just wipe down, fold up, and carry off in its own carry bag when you are done!

9. Best Kids Picnic Table: Phanty Pic ‘N Rock

Our Rating:
4.6/5

So, this table might not be the most portable design, but we wanted to include it because it looks like it would be so much fun for kids at the beach.

Although technically the pieces can come apart to lay flat, we’re not sure that it was meant to be disassembled very often for beach trips

This sturdy plastic table can fit up to 4 kids for their own “kid table” at a beach picnic. When they are done eating, it can be flipped to make a rocking see-saw! It looks like it could be a fun table to make sand castles with buckets and molds.

If you live close to the beach, you could give it a try one afternoon!

Final thoughts

When you are off to a day at the beach, you want to find comfort, fun, and relaxation. These tables are some of our favorite picks to help you enjoy your time to the fullest and keep sand out of your food. We hope you find the best one to work for your needs!

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