The 7 Best Patio Tables to Buy in 2018

Rest your drink or meal on one of these top picks

Mantega Faux Wood Folding Patio Dining Table - Project 62™
Courtesy of Target

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Dining al fresco is one of the best things about summer. We don’t know why, but for some reason food just tastes better when it’s enjoyed out in the fresh air. And whether you have a small patio space or a large backyard at your disposal, we can help you take full advantage of your outdoor setting — and raise the bar of every meal. From wood to steel to wicker, there’s an option out there to complement every style.

Starting at under $100, we’ve rounded up our favorite patio tables on the market, so you can enjoy every moment under the sun to its full extent.

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    Best Round: Home Styles Round Outdoor Dining Table

    A round table fosters intimate conversations, lets your guests see each other and adds flow to small or awkward spaces (while allowing you to squeeze in a few extra chairs). We love the Home Styles Round Outdoor Dining Table because it’s made from sturdy cast aluminum and has a classic traditional look that won’t go out of style. The charcoal finish is powder coated to resist UV rays and water, and the deep gray color goes well with almost anything. The table measures 48” around, and the base is designed to prevent water pooling—which can cause damage. Because it’s made from aluminum, the table weighs only 61 pounds, so you don’t have to worry about lugging it once it arrives. It can also support a standard patio umbrella.

    Owners love the table’s sunburst-style look, though they do note that the slotted design means that there’s a bit of negative space—so be sure to consider how you’ll primarily use the table. Assembly is easy, and reviewers note that you can squeeze in up to six people.

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    Best Rectangular Table: Project 62 Mantega Faux Wood Folding Patio Dining Table

    Mantega Faux Wood Folding Patio Dining Table - Project 62™
    Courtesy of Target

    A large rectangular table is made for entertaining. Because it can hold so many people, it’s a wonderful idea if you plan to host large dinner parties and you have the space. The Project 62 Mantega Faux Wood Folding Patio Dining Table is a hip, affordable piece that you’ll want to Instagram every time you sit down. This lightweight item can easily fold up for storage or travel—always a great perk. Meanwhile, the slatted faux wood top has a rustic appeal, and the matching bench sets can squeeze in a large number of guests if you don’t mind getting a little cozy. It measures 36” by 77”, and though it ships in a large box, it requires zero assembly on arrival.

    Target fans love the Project 62 line, and this patio table is no exception. It’s trendy, durable and affordable. If you want a stylish table that’s large enough for the whole crowd, this is it.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Side Table: Modway Marina Outdoor Patio Teak Side Table

    Modway Marina Outdoor Patio Teak Side Table, Natural
    Courtesy of Walmart

    If you plan to spend your time outdoors lounging with a glass of wine instead of serving meals, a nice side table may be more your style. The Modway Marina Outdoor Patio Teak Side Table is a trendy little item that serves as a great place to settle down with that beachy summer read and a cup of coffee. Made from solid teak, it can withstand the elements without fading or peeling. The table measures 19.50” in all directions, so it works in cozy spaces as well as larger ones. We love the subtle, natural wood grain finish because you can pair it with any style of patio lounge furniture without its clashing.

    Modway Marina offers a one-year manufacturer's warranty, so you can rest assured that your purchase is protected. If you need a chic, stylish side table for a small space, this teak one sold by Walmart is a great choice.

  • 04 of 07

    Best Coffee Table: Darby Home Co. Widmer Patio Coffee Table

    Widmer Patio Coffee Table
    Courtesy of Wayfair

    When considering what type of patio table is right for you, use the same guidelines you’d apply to your main living space, especially if you want to create an outdoor living room. If you need a place to drop snacks, magazines and maybe kick up your feet, the Widmer Patio Coffee Table is the one for you. It has a modern look, made from acacia hardwood and treated against water and stains. It comes in both dark and light brown finishes, so you can match it to your outdoor chairs or couch (we love it when paired with wood or wicker). It runs 21'' by 20'' by 50'' and weighs just over 30 pounds, so you can easily store it during winter months to avoid fading.

    Owners say the Widmer Coffee Table takes less than an hour to assemble and feels as sturdy as a more expensive piece of furniture.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Bistro Table: Rosecliff Heights Vivian Tile Bistro Table

    Vivian Tile Bistro Table
    Courtesy of Wayfair

    A bistro table is perfect for a small balcony or patio, providing the surface area you need to comfortably dine without taking up a lot of room. The Vivian Tile Bistro Table is the perfect item for a single person or a couple to enjoy a leisurely coffee before work or sip wine in the evenings. Measuring 24” around, it can fit two chairs and is made from iron and stone. The tabletop features a blue and white Moroccan-style tile design with a beach house flair.

    Reviewers love the Vivian Tile Bistro Table on a front porch or a small balcony, noting that it’s sturdy enough to handle a laptop if you want to work under the sun. If you’re short on space, a bistro table is a great choice.

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    Best Glass: Hampton Bay Statesville Pewter Glass Table

    Hampton Bay Statesville Pewter Rectangle Aluminum Glass Outdoor Dining Table
    Courtesy of Home Depot

    Glass patio tables offer a whole different look from their counterparts, and they can be easier to keep clean, requiring little more than a damp rag and some cleaner spray. If you’re on the hunt for a glass table that can withstand the elements, the Hampton Bay Statesville table makes a beautiful addition to any yard or patio. Comfortably seating six, it includes a durable and rust-free aluminum frame and a clear glass top. When buying a glass patio table, it’s essential to consider quality to avoid shattering or cracks—so it’s worth it to spend a little bit more. This one measures about 65” by 39” and weighs 55 pounds. It pairs well with aluminum, steel or pewter chairs if you want to mix and match brands.

    Owners say assembly is easy and the finished product feels sturdy and strong. With any glass table, however, we recommend storage in a shed or garage during winter months, especially if you get a lot of snow.

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    Best Bar Table: Polywood Nautical Bar Table

    Courtesy of Wayfair

    A higher table is a great buy for those who want to enjoy a view over a railing or entertain outdoors and want varying seating or resting options. This nautical table (measures 42'' x 37'' x 37'') by Polywood and comes in seven different hues to complement your outdoor escape. It is made of a high-density plastic that will withstand all of the elements outside and look good for many years. It also has a 20-year residential warranty for added insurance. 

    Reviewers comment this has held up well in the wind and salty air and that it is very easy to put together.