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Coleman Triton Review
Cons: Average time to boil, wind resistance, smaller cooking area
Bottom line: Compact and affordable, the Triton struggles with the wind, but is a nice option for a camp cook with simple needs.
The Coleman Triton performed solidly across most all of our rating metrics. Other than the Coleman Butane Instastart one-burner that retails for $29.99, this was the least expensive stove we tested at $90. While it is an excellent stove in many respects, it definitely had some shortcomings when stacked up against its competitors. This really has more to say about the caliber of stoves we tested than the Triton itself.
The competition was fierce this year, as we tested some very high-performing models. The Triton simply boiled a little slower, struggled with the wind a bit more, and offered a couple inches less cooking space than the other compact tabletop models we tested. That said, it is a solid stove with excellent simmer control, a good auto-ignition system, and a well-made design. Depending on your particular needs, this may the perfect stove for you at a very nice price.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Triton is a well-rounded stove with a modest price tag. It's not as fancy or as powerful as many of the other stoves we tested, but it definitely gets the job done and we genuinely enjoyed the cooking experience it provided.
Time to Boil
The Triton boiled a quart of 60-degree water in 4:45, which is a pretty decent time considering it only has 11,000 BTUs per burner. However, on a cooler breezier day with 50-degree water, this same task took 9:15. This was a larger time difference than we saw with almost any other stove, even models without a windscreen and with lower BTUs like the Primus Onja. For reference, our Editors' Choice and boil test winner, the Stansport 2-Burner, boiled the 60-degree water in 2:30 and the 50-degree water in 3:30. If boiling water is an important aspect of your camp kitchen experience, you may want to purchase a different stove or get a JetBoil Flash as a companion accessory.
The Triton simmered quite well after we got the hang of it. The flame is a bit hard to see when it's turned down very low, so some attention was required to not accidentally turn it off. On top of that, the burner knob's full range is several full 360-degree rotations, yet to turn it from low to off is only about a quarter turn. And despite the low BTUs on this stove, it did actually seem to cook quite fast so, again, some attention was required to find the right setting when we wanted to simmer. Once we learned the nuances of the burner, we had no problem with performance and were able to cook low and slow with no problem. If nuanced cooking is paramount for your meals, some of our best simmers were achieved with the Stansport 2-Burner, the Camp Chef Everest, and the Primus Kinjia.
This probably isn't the stove to choose if you regularly cook for groups larger than 3-4 people. The stovetop space is a bit limited, with 2.5 inches less width than the Stansport 2-Burner and the Camp Chef Everest. However. it was the only stove we tested with a windscreen that allows for width adjustment. All the other stoves with windscreens simply fold up and clip into the lid, but the Triton has bobby pin shaped connectors that fit into holes on the side of the stove. This design allows for a couple of inches of adjustment on each side, a nice ability if you're trying to squeeze two large pans on the burners. This only goes so far for big meals because each burner is only 11,000 BTUs and three inches in diameter. If you're planning to cook for some really large groups, be sure to check out the Camp Chef Pro 60 and the Stansport Outdoor Stove.
Ease of Setup
This stove sets up just like all the other compact tabletop models we tested, with only a slight variation in the design of the windscreen. There is a small recess that the propane adaptor nests into so that it doesn't slide around inside the stove as much. This isn't as nice as the fuel adapter attaching to the bottom of the stove the way it does with the Coleman Hyperflame Fyrecadet and the Primus Kinjia, but it's slightly better than having no dedicated place for the adapter at all. The adaptor on the Triton also screwed into the stove body much more easily than with several of the other models we tested such as the Stansport 2-Burner, which gave us a bit of trouble in this department.
Ease of Care
Simple and straightforward. The cooking grate lifts out exposing an easy-to-clean steel drip tray. The recess for the propane adaptor will undoubtedly collect food bits over time, but nothing substantial unless you had some sort of enormous spillover. The only compact two-burner we liked better in this category was the Primus Kinjia which allowed us to completely remove the steel drip tray and get underneath it.
We did notice after taking the stoves out for testing that the Triton seemed to get beat up and dented faster than the others, but not in any way that made us doubt the overall product integrity.
This is definitely the area that the Triton struggled with the most. With only 11,000 BTUs per burner, we expected some loss in performance under less-than-ideal circumstances, but perhaps not to the extent we experienced. During our box fan test where we set up a large fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and timed the boiling of a quart of water, the Triton finished with one of the slowest times at 15 minutes. For comparison, our fastest stoves in the box fan test were the Stansport 2-Burner at 2:45 and the Camp Chef Everest at 3 minutes. The only stoves slower than the Triton were the Coleman Butane Instastart at 21:30 and the Primus Onja, which we gave up on after 27 minutes.
The Triton packs down to 21 x 12.5 x 4.5 inches. This is a couple of inches smaller than many of our other compact tabletop models which, to us, wasn't really worth the smaller burners and lower BTUs. With the Stansport 2-Burner, you may have a couple more inches of stove to contend with, but you also get a large jump up in performance for not much more money.
The Triton is best for smaller groups of four people or less. While it is a reliable stove that performed well in almost all areas, if you camp a lot you really may want to consider spending a little bit more and buying something that it is a bit more powerful and wind resistant. Particularly if boiling water is an important part of your camp routine. You could pair this stove nicely with a JetBoil, but at that point you've spent way more money than you would if you just bought a more powerful stove to begin with.
At $90, the Triton is decently priced for a solidly performing camp stove. However, when you look at the fact that you can get a stove like the Stansport 2-Burner with 28,000 more BTUs and 2.5 inches more cooktop space for $25 more, then it makes less sense to choose this stove. Coleman also offers another version of the Triton for $20 less that is virtually identical but doesn't have the auto-ignition system. Piezo ignitors are notorious for ceasing to work over time, so it may make sense to save the $20 up front and just bring a lighter.
The Triton is a solidly performing stove at a decent price. It simmers well, sets up and ignites with ease, and is simple to care for. As a stand alone stove it's absolutely fine, but when stacked up against some of the other stoves we tested it fell a bit short. It has low BTUs, a smaller cooking area, and struggled with the wind. All-in-all it's a decent stove, but not our first choice.
— Penney Garrett
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