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Coleman Cascade Classic Review

An affordable, portable, and fuel efficient two-burner stove with slow boil time and low wind resistance
coleman cascade classic camping stove review
Credit: Jared Ross
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Price:  $100 List
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 10, 2022
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RANKED
#6 of 15
  • Boil Time - 25% 4.0
  • Fuel Efficiency - 25% 7.0
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0
  • Portability - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Cascade Classic is an upgrade from other Coleman stoves without sacrificing the features that make it a great entry-level car camping option. Like other Coleman stoves, this one has adjustable windscreens that can accommodate larger pots or provide better wind protection. With just 10,000 BTUs per burner and a higher cooking grate, it lacks the power of other stoves in our review, leading to slow boil times and just below average wind resistance. On the upside, it has a piezo igniter that works consistently well, it carries well and is decently compact, and it is one of the most fuel-efficient stoves in our review. We recommend this stove for folks who want an affordable 2-burner that simmers well and is easy to care for and set up.
REASONS TO BUY
Piezo igniter
Fuel efficient
Reasonably priced
Easy to clean
REASONS TO AVOID
Slow boil time
Average wind resistance
Below average durability
Editor's Note: Our review team updated this review on November 10, 2022, to reflect test results from some new metrics and comparisons.

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Pros Piezo igniter, fuel efficient, reasonably priced, easy to cleanAffordable, straightforward, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering abilityAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensionsGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionLightweight and compact, easy to use and set up, inexpensive
Cons Slow boil time, average wind resistance, below average durabilityCannot store regulator inside stove, average boil timeNo auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spotsBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)Minimal wind protection, slow boil time
Bottom Line An affordable, portable, and fuel efficient two-burner stove with slow boil time and low wind resistanceA compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protectionThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice priceVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis lightweight single burner butane stove is reasonably priced, portable, and easy to use
Rating Categories Coleman Cascade Cla... Kovea Slim Twin Coleman Classic Gas One GS-3000 Eureka SPRK+ Butane
Boil Time (25%)
4.0
7.0
6.0
3.0
2.0
Fuel Efficiency (25%)
7.0
6.0
6.0
2.0
1
Simmering Ability (20%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
Portability (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Coleman Cascade Cla... Kovea Slim Twin Coleman Classic Gas One GS-3000 Eureka SPRK+ Butane
Weight 9.71 lbs 9.94 lbs 9.8 lbs 4.1 lbs 4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 10,000 10,500 10,.000 9,000 11,500
Average Boil Time (1 liter of water, wind & no wind) 6 min 39 sec 4 min 58 sec 5 min 30 sec 8 min 45 sec 9 min 13 sec
Boil Time (1 liter of water, wind from a box fan) 7 min 56 sec 5 min 20 sec 6 min 25 sec 13 min 13 min 10 sec
Boil Time (1 liter of water, no wind) 5 min 23 sec 4 min 36 sec 4 min 45 sec 4 min 30 sec 4 min 36 sec
Cooktop Material Aluminized steel Nickel-plated steel Aluminized steel Enamel Coated Steel Stainless steel
Packed Size 21" x 13" x 3.5" 23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3" 21" x 13" x 3.5" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 15.3" x 13" x 3.6"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 20" x 12" 20.5" x 12.5" 18.75" x 10.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 9.5" x 9.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 3.25" 3.25" 3.5" 2.875" 3'
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 11" 10.5" 7.75" N/A N/A
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes No Yes Rotary
Number of Burners 2 2 2 1 1
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Butane Butane
Model Number 2157477 168,970 2000020943NP GS-3000 2572201

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Cascade is a reasonably priced tabletop stove. While it features below-average wind resistance and a slow boil time, it is compact, easy to use, and simmers well. It wasn't a top performer in any of our metrics, but it does well enough to be a decent option for the budget-minded car camper looking to get a stove without breaking the bank.

Performance Comparison


coleman cascade classic camping stove review - with adjustable windscreens, the coleman cascade can accommodate...
With adjustable windscreens, the Coleman Cascade can accommodate larger pots or provide better wind protection. Lucky them, our testers have been doing side-by-side comparisons for years, and have cooked a lot of excellent food in the process.
Credit: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


To evaluate boil time, we set up each stove in our windless garage at 5,000 feet in elevation and did two boil tests — one with "wind" and one without. We measured how long each stove takes to boil 1 liter of 58°F water in a 1.7-liter tea kettle. The Cascade had an average boil time of 6 minutes 39 seconds, which placed it right in the middle of the test suite. In the wind test, we time how long it takes each stove to boil 1 liter of water in the presence of 2-4 mph of "wind" from a box fan on the lowest setting. This stove took 7 minutes 56 seconds, which was also a fairly average result in our windy test. In the wind-less test, it took 5 minutes and 23 seconds, which was the second slowest score in our review. Several other stoves with 10,000 BTU burners performed better in this test. We think the slow boil time is due to the gap between the cooking grate and the burner; this means the burner has to work much harder to heat up your pots and pans. It would have done worse in the wind test if it weren't for the great design of the Coleman windscreens, which can be adjusted for better wind protection or extended to accommodate larger pots.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - while we love the adjustable wind screens on the cascade classic, it...
While we love the adjustable wind screens on the Cascade Classic, it did not have a fast boil time in either our windy or windless test.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Fuel Efficiency


In addition to evaluating each stove for windy and windless boil times, we also looked at fuel efficiency during these tests. To measure this, we first weighed a brand-new propane canister, performed our wind test, and then remeasured the canister. We repeated this process for the non-wind test and then averaged the results. The Cascade performed surprisingly well in this metric, burning an average of 0.69 ounces or 4.35% of the fuel in a canister over the two tests. In the windy test, it burned 0.81 ounces or 5.15%, and in the wind-less test, it burned 0.56 ounces or 3.56%. These results rank this stove as the most fuel-efficient tabletop stove in our review. It may have sluggish boil times, but it uses fuel very efficiently, a boon for anyone looking to conserve fuel, reduce waste, and save money.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - to install the windscreens, you slide the aluminum tab into a slot...
To install the windscreens, you slide the aluminum tab into a slot onto the side of the stove. Not the easiest design, but it gets easier with time, and allows for more flexibility with pot size.
Credit: Jared Ross

Simmering Ability


For this metric, we made a pot of rice to see how well the stove could handle maintaining a low enough flame to produce fluffy rice. The Cascade performed pretty well in this category. We could absolutely dial down the knob to get the burner to produce a low enough flame to cook rice. The burner is somewhat recessed in the stove body, which means that the low flame was decently resistant to gentle breezes when used on low. All of this is fantastic if you want to cook sauces or rice at a reasonable price.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - as you can see, the cascade manages to sustain a very low flame for...
As you can see, the Cascade manages to sustain a very low flame for all your simmering needs.
Credit: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Use


The Cascade is as intuitive and straightforward as they come. The regulator pairs easily with its receiver, which is critical to avoid cross-threading the delicate brass threads. The igniter is an easy-to-turn knob on the front of the stove. It worked fairly consistently for the duration of our review. While these tend to wear out with use, we were able to get it to spark within 2-3 rotations nearly every time we tried to light the stove. The closure latch also works pretty well, though we wish there were two of them to ensure the durability of the closure system over time.

This stove did not earn the highest marks in this metric because the windscreens take a little effort to slot into position. Once disassembled, there is nothing to hold the windscreens in place, so you have to hold them to close the lid. While neither thing is a dealbreaker, this kept the Cascade from earning perfect marks.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - to secure the stove latch, you press down on the bottom metal tab...
To secure the stove latch, you press down on the bottom metal tab. To open the stove, you pull up on this spring-loaded metal tab. While it is a secure closure, it takes a little effort to leverage it open.
Credit: Jared Ross

The Cascade is also easy to clean, lift the cooking grate and wipe down the drip pan. For the most part, there aren't any holes for noodles to be forever lost, but you will want to be mindful of the large circular hole at the back of the drip pan. We were also disappointed with how the aluminum drip pan puckered at one of the corner seals. Over time, this could be a point of failure, and if it gets worse, it could also attract errant food scraps.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - to clean, lift the cooking grate and scrub, just be mindful of the...
To clean, lift the cooking grate and scrub, just be mindful of the large hole toward the back of the drip pan - this might attract errant food.
Credit: Jared Ross

Portability


The Cascade weighs just 9.71 pounds and features a generous carrying handle, making it a very portable stove. The stove's packed dimensions are 21" x 13" x 3.5", which means it will command very little space in your kitchen kit owing to its trim dimensions.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - the trim weight, compact size, and wide handle make this stove easy...
The trim weight, compact size, and wide handle make this stove easy to carry and highly portable.
Credit: Jared Ross

Should You Buy the Coleman Cascade Classic?


Maybe? We think the Cascade is an ok value. It is a reasonably priced two-burner tabletop stove with excellent fuel efficiency and simmering ability, but that boils slowly and has slightly below average wind resistance. There are other stoves that boil faster and have better features for not too much more, but this is a decent improvement in quality from other budget stoves in our review.

What Other Camping Stoves Should You Consider?


If you came to this review hoping for a perfect budget-minded option but left feeling like you want a more consistent performance, the Kovea Slim Twin is a great option. It's less expensive, highly portable, boils quickly, and isn't much less fuel efficient. If you want to strike a balance between affordability and ok performance, the Coleman Classic is another affordable option.

coleman cascade classic camping stove review - this affordable stove is portable, straightforward to use, easy to...
This affordable stove is portable, straightforward to use, easy to clean, and impressively fuel efficient. All good things, if you ask us!
Credit: Jared Ross

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