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Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Kitchen Review

Price:  $130 List | $115.87 at Amazon
Pros:  Fully featured, nice table height for cooking
Cons:  On the heavy side, almost too many amenities
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Features:  Removable sink, condiment/spice racks, utensil hooks, extra wire side stand.
Unfolded Dimensions (inches):  75 x 21.5 x 51.5 in
Folded Dimensions (inches):  39.5 x 21.5 x 6.4 in
Manufacturer:   Coleman

Our Verdict

Did you find yourself missing many of the amenities from your kitchen at home during your latest camping excursion? Were those pesky dishes hard to clean, or were you fumbling around to find the cumin? If so, the Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Kitchen might be the table for you! This heavily featured table comes with everything, even the kitchen sink, and is guaranteed to make your next camping trip a glamping experience. However, if you're on a budget and looking for a simple, yet versatile camping table, check out our Editors' Choice winner, the Alps Mountaineering Dining Table Regular.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Gentrye Houghton

Last Updated:
Monday
November 16, 2015

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The Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Kitchen is a fully featured table with everything you need to port your kitchen to the campsite. This table comes complete with a removable sink, condiment or spice rack, utensil hooks, a lantern holder, a lower wire stand, plus a fold out side table that easily houses a stove on top with a cooler underneath. However, a multitude of amenities also comes with the price of weighing over 31 pounds and folding up into a self contained bundle measuring 39.5 inches in length, over 21 inches wide and just over 6 inches tall. This Deluxe Kitchen unfolds to a counter top over 32 inches tall, or the option to simplify your set up with the top closed for a counter top almost 34 inches high.

Performance Comparison


The Coleman table is the largest table we tested  with ample amounts of storage and counter top space for all your camping needs.
The Coleman table is the largest table we tested, with ample amounts of storage and counter top space for all your camping needs.

Stability


The Deluxe Kitchen is sturdily designed, however, it is a bit top heavy, especially with the top completely unfolded. Our reviewers had to pay careful attention on uneven ground, especially with the top unfolded, to make sure the table wouldn't topple over during a weight shift. That being said, the extra wire stand and the weight of the table makes for a pretty stable station to both store and prepare food.

This table is a great height for cooking; however  it can be a bit top heavy when fully opened.
This table is a great height for cooking; however, it can be a bit top heavy when fully opened.

Portability


This table is by far the heaviest table we tested, and did not receive a high score for Portability. Although all of the features included with this table are rather handy, they end up making the table heavy and difficult to move. We had to use two hands to carry this 31 pound table from car to campsite, whereas other models, like the GCI Outdoors Slim-Fold Cook Station, could be carried with only one.

This model is also bulky when completely folded. We tested these tables while travelling cross-country in a converted short school bus, and had ample storage space ourselves, but others using a compact car will find it difficult to transport such a bulky table.

As you can see  this table is much larger than an average sized camping chair; thus  making packing and storing this table difficult for small spaces.
As you can see, this table is much larger than an average sized camping chair; thus, making packing and storing this table difficult for small spaces.

Durability


This table, did not receive a high score for Durability either. Upon arrival, several of the wire pieces were bent during shipping and required adjustments in order to properly fit into the kitchen system. Even though a few bent metal pieces were the only issue experienced during our testing period, our reviewers were concerned that durability could be problematic in the future.

Ease of Setup


After the initial out-of-box installation, this table only takes about a minute to both setup as well as deconstruct. This is a self-contained unit in which everything folds up into one nice tight bundle. Even the wire stand folds up and locks to the other legs so it doesn't flop around during transport. However, the utensil hooks are a bit tricky to get to lay flat while folding everything up, and require you to take the time to fiddle with them in order to latch the table top closed.

This is a fully featured table  which helped keep us organized  but is time consuming to tear down and make sure all the pieces fit just right.
This is a fully featured table, which helped keep us organized, but is time consuming to tear down and make sure all the pieces fit just right.

Best Applications


This camping table is ideal for large groups, especially RVers with the space to store it. It is fully featured, with ample table top space for simultaneous preparations while cooking, as well as ample storage.

Value


While this table provides a great kitchen away from home, it is low value for anyone with limited space or someone on a budget. The GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station has the same cook station idea at a fraction of the cost. However, this is a great value for families needing an all-in-one kitchen where you can both cook, prep, store food and utensils, as well as wash your dishes in a single space.

Conclusion


If you're looking for a fully featured kitchen that you can take to your campsite, this is a great option.
Gentrye Houghton


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