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Coleman Triton Plus Review

Compact and affordable, this stove struggles with the wind but is a nice option for a camp cook with simple needs
Coleman Triton Plus
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Price:  $115 List | $114.95 at REI
Pros:  Solid performer across many metrics, good packed size, excellent price, reliable
Cons:  Slower boiling time, struggles with wind resistance, smaller cooking area
Manufacturer:   Coleman
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 5
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 2
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 6
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 7
  • Ease of Care - 15% 6
  • Portability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Coleman Triton Plus is an affordable stove with decent performance, though it has shortcomings when stacked against some of the other competitors in our review. 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 boils water a little slower, struggles with the wind a bit more, and offers a couple of inches less cooking space. That said, it is a solid stove with excellent simmer control, a sound 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.

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Pros Solid performer across many metrics, good packed size, excellent price, reliableAffordable, straightforward to use, easy to clean and carry, compact, great wind resistance, good simmering abilityGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensionsLightweight, compact, easy to use, easy to set up, highly portable, inexpensive
Cons Slower boiling time, struggles with wind resistance, smaller cooking areaCannot store regulator inside stove, average boil timeBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spotsMinimal wind protection, slow boil time
Bottom Line Compact and affordable, this stove struggles with the wind but is a nice option for a camp cook with simple needsA compact and reasonably priced stove that simmers well and provides great wind protectionVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice priceThis lightweight single burner butane stove is decently inexpensive and easy to use
Rating Categories Coleman Triton Plus Kovea Slim Twin Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic Eureka SPRK+ Butane
Time To Boil (20%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
2.0
9.0
3.0
7.0
2.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Ease Of Set Up (15%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Ease Of Care (15%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
9.0
Portability (10%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Coleman Triton Plus Kovea Slim Twin Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic Eureka SPRK+ Butane
Weight 11 lbs 9.94 lbs 4.1 lbs 9.8 lbs 4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone
BTU per Burner (from manufacturer) 11,000 10,500 9,000 10,.000 11,500
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 15 min 4.5 min 13 min 6.25 min 14.5 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 4.75 min 4 min 4.5 min 4.75 min 5 min
Cooktop Material Aluminized steel Nickel-plated steel Enamel Coated Steel Aluminized steel Stainless steel
Packed Size 21" x 12.5" x 4.5" 23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 21" x 13" x 3.5" 15.3" x 13" x 3.6"
Cooking Surface Dimensions 17" x 9" 20.5" x 12.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 18.75" x 10.5" 9.5" x 9.5"
Burner/Flame Diameter 3" 3.25" 2.875" 3.5" 3'
Distance Between Burners (center to center) 11" 10.5" N/A 7.75" N/A
Windscreen? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Yes Yes Yes No Rotary
Number of Burners 2 2 1 2 1
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Propane Propane Butane Propane Butane
Model Number 2000020954NP 168,970 GS-3000 2000020943NP 2572201

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Triton Plus is not as fancy or powerful as many of the other stoves we tested. Still, it gets the job done, and we genuinely enjoyed the cooking experience it provided.

Performance Comparison


The Triton performs well with detailed cooking and simmering.
The Triton performs well with detailed cooking and simmering.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Time to Boil


The Triton boiled a quart of water in 4:45, which is a pretty decent time considering it only has 11,000 BTUs per burner. However, on a breezier day with cooler water, this same task took 9:15. This is 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.

With its small burners and lower BTU per burner, the Triton didn't...
With its small burners and lower BTU per burner, the Triton didn't fare as well as its competitors and ended up with one of the lowest scores for boiling time.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Wind Resistance


This is the place where the Triton struggles 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 saw. 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. 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 doesn't boil water very quickly, particularly when there...
The Triton doesn't boil water very quickly, particularly when there is wind, but it does cook food efficiently.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Simmering Ability


The Triton simmers quite well once you get the hang of it. The flame is a bit hard to see when it's turned down very low, so some attention is 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 does seem to cook quite fast, so, again, some attention is required to find the right setting when you want to simmer. However, once you learn the nuances of the burner, there is no problem with performance, and cooking low and slow is 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 — helpful 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 screws into the stove body much more easily than with several of the other models we tested. All in all, it's a straightforward experience with no quirks or annoyances.

This stove has a small recess to nest the fuel attachment elbow and...
This stove has a small recess to nest the fuel attachment elbow and keep it from sliding around when carrying.
Photo: Penney Garrett

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 have some 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 cover got scratched and dented much easier than its...
The Triton cover got scratched and dented much easier than its competitors.
Photo: Penney Garrett

Portability


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, but, depending on your setup, probably isn't worth the smaller burners or lower BTUs.

Value


This is fairly priced for a solid camp stove. However, when you look at the fact that you can get other stoves with more BTUs and cooktop space for just a bit more, then it makes less sense to choose this one. That being said, if you end up owning this stove, we don't think you'll be disappointed.

Conclusion


The Triton Plus is a solid stove at a reasonable 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 struggles with the wind. All-in-all it's a decent stove, but not our first choice.

The Triton has the ability to adjust the position of the...
The Triton has the ability to adjust the position of the windscreens, allowing use of larger pans than would otherwise be possible.
Photo: Penney Garrett

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