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Coleman Fold N Go Review

This stove is relatively affordable and compact, but its overall performance is less than impressive.
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Price:  $105 List | $75.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to transport, relatively compact, easy to clean
Cons:  No windscreen and poor wind resistance, closure system awkward in several ways
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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  • Simmering Ability - 20% 6
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 7
  • Ease of Care - 10% 8
  • Portability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Coleman Fold N Go is fun in theory but, unfortunately, falls short in quite a few categories. Way short. It's lightweight and has a modest stow-away size because it folds, but when it comes to cooking performance, it's just subpar. Additionally, there are a few aspects of setting up and breaking down that aren't well-conceived, especially when compared to other models in our review. All in all, if you're on a budget and need something that can accomplish the basics — albeit slowly — this stove will do, but there are better options that make this one tough to recommend.


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Pros Easy to transport, relatively compact, easy to cleanDurable, wind-resistant, powerful, even cooking, auto-ignitionEfficient, durable, compact, has auto-ignitionNon-slip rubber feet for leveling, large cooking surface, durable metal latches instead of plasticGreat simmering ability, freestanding, legs are removable, powerful burners, tons of cooking space
Cons No windscreen and poor wind resistance, closure system awkward in several waysPlastic latches on frontCooks hot, ignitor is sometimes finickyStruggles with the wind, not super powerful, on the heavy sideNo auto ignition system, does not operate on 16oz propane canisters, wind puts out burner easily
Bottom Line This stove is relatively affordable and compact, but its overall performance is less than impressive.This has been an Editors' Choice for more than six years.This compact and well-functioning stove boil quickly, is easy to care for, and won't break the bank.This stove is pretty standard, but does provide a large cooking surface and useful non-slip rubber feet for keeping it level, no matter where your camp kitchen ends up.With high BTUs, a large cooking area, and removable legs, this freestanding stove offers a lot of options for big groups and chef-minded camp cooks.
Rating Categories Coleman Fold N Go Camp Chef Everest GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540 Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner
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Specs Coleman Fold N Go Camp Chef Everest GSI Outdoors... Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Chef Explorer...
Weight (pounds) 8 lbs 12.3 lbs 9.8 lbs 12.0 lbs 30.6 lbs (19.2 lbs without legs)
Total BTU (from manufacturer) 20,000 40,000 20,000 20,000 60,000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) gave up at 25 min 3 min 5.5 min 6.25 min 5 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 7 min 2.5 min 4 min 4.75 min 3.75 min
Cooktop material Aluminized steel Nickel-coated steel Nickel-chrome steel Plated steel Cast aluminum
Packed Size (inches) 13.75" x 12.25" x 5.25" 23.5" x 13.5" x 4" 21.4" x 12.9" x 3.8" 23" x 12.8" x 4" 32.75" x 14" x 7.75" (height not including legs)
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 9" circle 19" x 9.5" 17.5" x 9.5" 20.5" x 9.5" 32.5" x 13.75"
Burner/flame diameter 2.75" 3.5" 3" 3" 5"
Distance between burners (center to center) 13" 12" 11" 12" 13"
Windscreen? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Number of burners 2 2 2 2 2
Type of Model Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop, foldable Freestanding
Fuel Type Propane Propane Propane Propane Propane - large 20# tank
Mfr. Model Number 2000020939 MS2HP 56012 2572195 EX60LW

Our Analysis and Test Results

We had high hopes for the Fold N Go, but it simply didn't stack up when put through our rigorous testing process. It can get most jobs done decently, and the price point is alright, but when compared to other options available, this one isn't anywhere near our first choice.

Performance Comparison


Cute and compact for sure  but this stove just wasn't able to hack it in our head-to-head tests overall.
Cute and compact for sure, but this stove just wasn't able to hack it in our head-to-head tests overall.

Time to Boil


This stove had the slowest time for boiling water of all the models in our review. On a sunny day with zero wind, the Fold N Go took a full seven minutes to boil a quart of water. Even stoves with fewer BTUs boiled faster than that. We think the issue lies in the fact that the cooking grates sit too high above the flames. Combine that with only having 10,000 BTUs per burner, and you just don't get a stellar performance.

Here you can see how much empty space there is between the burner and the cooktop on the Fold N Go. This causes it to have trouble boiling quickly even when no wind is present.
Here you can see how much empty space there is between the burner and the cooktop on the Fold N Go. This causes it to have trouble boiling quickly even when no wind is present.

Wind Resistance


This is where the Fold N Go struggles the most. With no windscreen and the cooking grate sitting too far above the burners, wind transforms what could be an adequate stove into a barely-functioning one. In our box fan test where we boiled water with a fan pointed at the burners, we gave up after 25 minutes because the water wasn't even pre-boiling. And out in the field on a breezy morning, we had to switch stoves while cooking breakfast in order to finish. Our food was barely getting hot even after cooking for more than 10 minutes.

Even covering all our pans on a breezy morning wasn't enough to get this stove to be able to put up a fight against the breeze.
Even covering all our pans on a breezy morning wasn't enough to get this stove to be able to put up a fight against the breeze.

Simmering Ability


On our first dinner field testing session, we were impressed by this stove's simmering ability — we perfectly caramelized onions, made rice, and prepared a big pot of slow-cooked curry without a hitch. On an essentially windless night, simmering was great. Come the next morning, though, there was a steady breeze in the air, and we couldn't get a proper simmer at all. Even with the burners turned up high, our sweet potatoes stayed lukewarm and raw until we switched to another stove. Bottom line: if you are cooking with zero movement in the air, the Fold N Go can simmer well, but if wind crops up, so will problems.

A tiny amount of breeze actually aided this stove with simmering  keeping it from getting too hot!
A tiny amount of breeze actually aided this stove with simmering, keeping it from getting too hot!

Ease of Set Up


Set up is relatively simple with this model, though it does require an extra step from the other folding model in our review, the Genesis Basecamp. For the Fold N Go to be packed away, one of the cooking grates must be removed and flipped upside down (and you don't want to do this if it's still hot). To set up, you flip it back over, squeeze the edges, and attach it to the stove body. Not a big deal, but an extra step nonetheless. We do like the fuel adaptor — it's easy to connect because the threads are fully exposed instead of recessed and hidden inside the stove body, as on most traditional models.

Both setting up and breaking down this stove requires removing the cooking grate and flipping it over. This means that if the stove is hot  you have to wait to touch it.
Both setting up and breaking down this stove requires removing the cooking grate and flipping it over. This means that if the stove is hot, you have to wait to touch it.

Ease of Care


This is about as easy a stove to clean as any. Just remove the grates to get to the stove body and scrub away. We do, however, feel that packing this up is a bit tedious. Besides having to flip a grate over, you need to make sure that the two sides are perfectly in line before folding them up — otherwise, it hinges improperly, and you can't close the latch on the handles. Furthermore, the latch is flimsy and, if you squeeze the handles together too tightly, it just pops open during transport. The fuel regulator can nest inside with the burners, but you have to search around for just the right spot, or it won't all Tetris together. All minor inconveniences to be sure, but it adds up to a less streamlined experience than other, better-conceived models.

If you don't pay attention when folding this stove up  it gets stuck in a wonky way that doesn't allow you to close it.
If you don't pay attention when folding this stove up, it gets stuck in a wonky way that doesn't allow you to close it.

Portability


The Fold N Go is more portable than a traditionally shaped two-burner. It only weighs 8 pounds and packs down to 13.75 x 12.25 x 5.25 inches. However, it's a bit of an awkward shape and doesn't stack into a kitchen box or crate very easily.

The Fold N Go  packed up and ready to go. While it's decently lightweight and compact  the way the hinges and handles stick out creates a rather awkward  not-easily-packed-into-a-kitchen-box shape.
The Fold N Go, packed up and ready to go. While it's decently lightweight and compact, the way the hinges and handles stick out creates a rather awkward, not-easily-packed-into-a-kitchen-box shape.

Value


The Fold N Go retails at a decent price, but it's still a bit steep when you consider its significant performance issues. We can't recommend this stove whole-heartedly when there are other options at comparable prices that perform far better.

The Fold N Go with our other foldable model  the Genesis Basecamp  our Top Pick for Portability. The Basecamp performs better in every category  though it is also more than twice the price.
The Fold N Go with our other foldable model, the Genesis Basecamp, our Top Pick for Portability. The Basecamp performs better in every category, though it is also more than twice the price.

Conclusion


While the overall concept of the Fold N Go is fun and it's sufficient for uncomplicated weather, overall, this stove has enough quirks that we think your money is better spent elsewhere.

For fair-weather campers that just need a sometimes-stove  this model is fine --  but we think you can do better.
For fair-weather campers that just need a sometimes-stove, this model is fine -- but we think you can do better.


Penney Garrett