The Coleman Triton Plus performed solidly across most all of our rating metrics and was one of the more affordable options in our test suite. While it is an excellent stove in many respects, it had some shortcomings when stacked up against the other competitors. To be fair, this has more to say about the caliber of stoves we tested than the Triton itself. We tested some high-performing models, and this one simply boiled water a little slower, struggled with the wind a bit more, and offered a couple of inches less cooking space than most of the other compact tabletop models we tested. That said, it is a solid stove with excellent simmer control, a good auto-ignition system, and well-made design. Depending on your particular needs, this may be the perfect stove for you at a very fair price.
Coleman Triton Plus Review
Cons: Slower boiling time, struggled with wind resistance, smaller cooking area
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Triton Plus 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. 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.
This is the category where the Triton struggled 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 stove in the box fan test was the Editors' Choice Camp Chef Everest at 3 minutes. Again, for your sleepy-eyed campmates that need coffee ASAP in the mornings, you may want to also have a JetBoil on hand — it'll save you time and fuel for sure.
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 avoid accidentally turning it off. On top of that, the burner knob's full range is several full 360-degree rotations, but to turn it from low to off is only about a quarter turn. And despite the low BTUs on this stove, it did 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.
Ease of Set Up
This stove sets up just like any other compact tabletop model, with only a slight variation in the design of the windscreen. The wings slot into the side of the stove body in a way that allows you to change their angle - nice if you have an oversize pan that needs just a little more space. A small recess in the drip tray gives the propane adaptor a place to nest into so that it doesn't slide around inside the stove as much. The adaptor also screwed into the stove body much more easily than with several of the other models we tested. All in all, it was a straightforward experience with no quirks or annoyances.
Ease of Care
Another simple and straightforward process. 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. We did notice after taking the Triton out for testing that it seemed to get beat up and dented faster than our other competitors, but not in any way that made us doubt the overall product integrity or performance.
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 worth the smaller burners and lower BTUs. With the Camp Chef Everest, 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 probably isn't the stove to choose if you regularly cook for groups larger than 3-4 people, as the stovetop space is a bit limited and it's not super powerful. While it is a reliable stove that performed well in almost all areas, if you camp a lot you may want to consider spending a little bit more and buying something that is 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 priced fairly for a solid camp stove. However, when you look at the fact that you can get a stove like the Everest with 18,000 more BTUs and 2.5 inches more cooktop space for $35 more, then it makes less sense to choose this stove. We also reviewed the Coleman Classic, which won one of our Best Buy awards, and it costs $10 less. While it wasn't quite as high quality and doesn't offer an auto-ignition system, it's got a slightly larger cooking area and scored better in many of our tests. Piezo ignitors are notorious for ceasing to work over time anyway though, so it may make sense to save the $10 up front and bring a lighter.
The Triton Plus is a solid 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 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.
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