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Coleman Peak 1 Review

This heavy stove takes a while to boil but simmers reasonably well
Coleman Peak 1
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Price:  $25 List | $18.42 at Amazon
Pros:  Simmers well, easy to set up
Cons:  Slow, heavy
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Ian McEleney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 6, 2021
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  • Fuel Efficiency - 25% 4
  • Weight - 25% 4
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 5
  • Boil Time - 10% 2

Our Verdict

The Coleman Peak 1 is a small canister stove that does what it's supposed to — make water and food hot. However, it isn't very good at it. Simmering is what it does best. This is primarily because the resistance in the valve is perfect, making it easier to cook tricky stirring-intensive meals. It's somewhat easy to use overall, though we still prefer the long wires over short knobs for our flame control and miss a piezoelectric igniter. It's not very fuel-efficient, it's one of the heaviest small canister stoves, and it's also one of the slowest to boil.

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Pros Simmers well, easy to set upLightweight, works in the wind, great piezo lighter, very stable for small canister stoveWorks in the wind, great for simmering, best of the bestCompact, light, fast boil time, stable, insulated potLightweight, easy to use, good at simmering, piezo igniter
Cons Slow, heavyNot the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stoveUnreliable piezo igniterSmall pot size, not versatileA bit heavier and bit pricier than the competition
Bottom Line This heavy stove takes a while to boil but simmers reasonably wellOur favorite small canister stove, providing the best performance for most backpackersThis simmering champ can also perform in the windThis basic model still has all the frills, and is a great value if you want to boil water immediatelyThis stove does everything well
Rating Categories Coleman Peak 1 Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket De... Jetboil Flash Snow Peak GigaPower...
Fuel Efficiency (25%)
4.0
6.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Weight (25%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
3.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Boil Time (10%)
2.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
3.0
Specs Coleman Peak 1 Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket De... Jetboil Flash Snow Peak GigaPower...
Category Small Canister Small Canister Small Canister Integrated Canister Small Canister
Trail Weight 6.7 oz 3.0 oz 3.0 oz 12.3 oz 3.0 oz
Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph) 15 min 7:24 min:sec 7:20 min:sec 5:18 min:sec 15 min
Boil Time (1 liter) 6:58 min:sec 4:42 min:sec 3:39 min:sec 4:10 min:sec 5:53 min:sec
Packed Weight 6.7 oz 3.5 oz 3.5 oz 15.7 oz 3.9 oz
Dimensions (inches) 5.1 x 5.5 x 4.3 in 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in 4.1 x 7.1 in 4.2 x 2.6 in
Fuel Type Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane
Additional items included None Stuff sack, pot support Stuff sack 1L pot, canister stand, plastic cup Plastic case
Piezo Igniter No Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Coleman has been making outdoor gear forever. Many hikers have owned something by this brand at some point. The Peak 1 stove is classic Coleman: a "good enough" product at an affordable price.

Performance Comparison


The Peak 1 on a quick desert overnight.
The Peak 1 on a quick desert overnight.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Fuel Efficiency


The Peak 1 is near — but not at — the bottom of the pack when it comes to fuel efficiency. It burned 0.8 ounces of fuel bringing 1 liter of water to boil in calm conditions. In front of the fan, it burned 1.1 ounces of fuel but was not able to bring water to a boil after 15 minutes. To be fair few small canister stoves could pull off this feat.

We experienced a few flare-ups when using the Peak 1 with a brand...
We experienced a few flare-ups when using the Peak 1 with a brand new fuel canister. The flames aren't coming out of the perforations in the burner head. We think this has a negative impact on fuel efficiency.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Weight


The Peak 1 weighs 6.7 ounces. We weigh small canister stoves without any accessories, and that was easy with this stove because it doesn't come with any, not even a stuff sack! It is one of the heaviest small canister stoves in our test.

The Peak 1's bulky shape took up a lot of space in our 1-liter pot.
The Peak 1's bulky shape took up a lot of space in our 1-liter pot.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Simmering Ability


We were pleasantly surprised by the above-average simmering ability of the Peak 1. The burner head is on the wider end of average. While this adds some weight, it also helps distribute the flame, and thus heat, around the bottom of the pot more evenly.

We really like the resistance of the valve control knob. This let us have an easier time dialing in the precise amount of flame for a meal. Additionally, there is no "rebound" built into the valve — when you take your hand off of it, the flame stays exactly where it was. We were able to turn the stove down quite low before it went out.

The control knob has just the right amount of tension, which makes...
The control knob has just the right amount of tension, which makes simmering easy.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Ease Of Use


Small canister stoves are fairly easy to use by design. Beyond this, several factors help us differentiate among models, and the Peak 1 had some strengths and weaknesses in this category. The red plastic parts under the burner head made attaching and detaching the canister a breeze, even with cold hands. The pot supports aren't particularly wide, but they are sturdy enough. Because this stove doesn't come with any small parts or accessories, there's nothing to lose or forget at home.

While we like the operation of the valve (see the simmering section) and the plastic knob is easy to grab onto, it still hides well under the pot, unlike some of the wire knobs found on other stoves. There is a little metal flap that offers our fingers some protection from the flames, but that won't help if the stove is boiling over and you have to turn it off. This stove also lacks a piezoelectric igniter.

The red plastic base of this stove made attaching and detaching the...
The red plastic base of this stove made attaching and detaching the fuel easy, even when the burner was hot.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Boil Time


For a small canister stove, the Peak 1 is slow to boil. It took just under 7 minutes to boil a liter of water in calm conditions. It could not bring that same amount of water to boil after 15 minutes in breezy conditions.

The Peak 1 in our wind test. The fan is out of frame to the left.
The Peak 1 in our wind test. The fan is out of frame to the left.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Value


We don't think this stove is a great value. You can pay less for a stove that performs better in most categories, and you can pay only a bit more for a model that is better all around.

Conclusion


The Coleman Peak 1 makes water hot. Beyond this, its performance is uninspiring. Though simmering is what it does best, it didn't knock our socks off at that either. It's fairly easy to use, but it's quite heavy (for a small canister stove) and slow to boil.

Fixing a late breakfast with the Peak 1.
Fixing a late breakfast with the Peak 1.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Ian McEleney