The Coleman Classic is a simple, functional stove available at a very comfortable price. It didn't blow us away in any one category, but it did perform steadily and predictably — an essential trait for any piece of gear, but especially the thing that helps you get coffee and a hot meal. It boiled water fine, blocked the wind, and simmered our sauces. On top of that, it's simple to set up, lightweight, and packs down to a compact size. We also loved the adjustable windscreens, which allowed us to widen the cooking surface a bit to accommodate a larger pan. All in all, we felt that this was a great no-frills option for the budget shopper which is why we awarded it one of our coveted Best Buy awards.
However, if you want to keep costs down even more, consider checking out our other Best Buy winner, the Gas One GS-3000. This single-burner option performed well across the board and retails for only $31. If one burner doesn't seem like it will be enough, you could get two Gas One's and still be ahead of the game.