Last updated: August 21, 2021

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Welcome to our large round garden table test 2021. Here we present all the round garden tables that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best round garden table for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a round garden table.




The most important facts

  • For a round garden table, you have the choice between wood, metal, glass, plastic and polyrattan. A round plastic garden table is the cheapest in comparison, a round wooden garden table the most expensive.
  • The round polyrattan garden table is comparatively the best. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. It is light, stable, weatherproof and easy to clean at the same time.
  • If you have little space in the garden, the diameter and the functions of folding and extending are of great importance.

The Best Round Garden Table: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a round garden table

What do I need to consider when buying a round garden table?

There are many things to consider when buying a round garden table. The most important thing, however, is the material. The garden table should not only match your garden, it should also be of the best quality so that you can enjoy it for a long time.

The second thing to consider is the diameter. Before buying, you need to know how many people will sit at the round garden table.

The height is also important. It is customary to eat or drink something at a garden table. Children should therefore be taken into account here. A height-adjustable garden table would be suitable.

Furthermore, many use a garden table to work in nature, be it with papers or with a laptop. For this reason, the table should either be measured according to body height or determined on the basis of existing garden chairs.

Features such as folding and extending should also be considered.

How can I build a round garden table myself?

If you want to build a round garden table yourself, you can decide whether to cut the wood yourself or buy it ready-cut from a DIY store.

If you work with wood that has already been cut to size, you will need a cordless screwdriver as well as wood, screws, brackets and nuts.

The homemade round garden table consists of four legs and two beams that stabilise the legs. A round table top is needed for the surface. You can also make this yourself. The diameter depends on your needs.

First you have to assemble the frame. As mentioned above, this consists of four legs and two beams. You have to screw everything together. The two beams are made into the shape of an X and screwed together. Then a wooden leg is attached to each end with screws.

Finally, the round wooden plate is attached to the legs.

You can then paint your table. We would highly recommend this, as it makes the garden table last longer and protects it from the weather.

What are the alternatives to a round garden table?

If you are looking for alternatives to a round garden table, you can take a look at the table below. In this table, we present other types of tables.

Type Description
Corner garden tables Corner garden tables are usually larger than round garden tables. So if you have organised a party, a square table would be a great place to seat your guests.
Standing tables Standing tables are great if you either like to stand or prefer to sit on long stools. These tables are mostly round and encourage your guests to talk.
Bench sets Bench sets make it easier for you to find suitable garden chairs. They give you the feeling of enjoying a nice picnic with family or friends.
Coffee tables Coffee tables are very deep compared to the alternatives already mentioned. For this reason, you can combine them well with beanbags or mats. If you want to make yourself comfortable on the floor, coffee tables are just the thing for you.

You can also look at the alternatives if you already have a round garden table. Your garden should just be big enough. The more seating, the bigger your parties can be.

Decision: What types of round garden tables are there and which one is right for you?

As mentioned above, you can buy a garden table made of the following materials:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Polyrattan

For wooden garden furniture, teak, acacia and eucalyptus are very common. Metal garden furniture is usually made of stainless steel, iron or aluminium.

Polywood and solid plastic are used for plastic garden furniture. For polyrattan garden furniture, you can choose between round rattan and flat rattan.

If you have decided on a glass top, you have the choice between pure glass and a mixture of glass and ceramic - i.e. glass ceramic.

In this section, we would like to tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of the materials mentioned.

What distinguishes a round garden table made of wood and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Round garden tables made of wood are a perfect match for nature and thus also for your garden. But do they also fit your needs?

Advantages
  • Durable
  • Weather-resistant
  • Robust
  • Temperature-neutral
Disadvantages
  • Requires regular maintenance
  • Wood not of high quality breaks easily
  • Extreme temperature fluctuations lead to cracks

Many garden tables are treated with chemicals to protect them from the weather. The wood is then impregnated. For natural wood, linseed oil is used.

To clean your round garden table, all you need is a damp cloth. You should maintain the wood with oil every year.

What distinguishes a round metal garden table and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

You can find round metal garden tables either only made of metal or also in combination with wood.

Advantages
  • Robust
  • Resistant
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Durable
Disadvantages
  • Fingerprints depending on coating
  • Not temperature neutral
  • Low seating comfort

Thanks to the powder coating, which is hardly missing from any piece of metal furniture these days, your round metal garden table will not rust.

What distinguishes a round garden table made of glass and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Garden tables that are round can also be purchased with a glass top. The advantages and disadvantages are as follows.

Advantages
  • Easy to care for
  • Robust
  • Weatherproof
Disadvantages
  • Heavy
  • Fingerprints form easily
  • Scratch-sensitive

Some manufacturers provide the glass top with a coating that protects against scratches, dirt and fingerprints.

What distinguishes a round garden table made of plastic and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Plastic is not a natural material. For this reason, plastic garden tables can be found in different colours and shapes.

Advantages
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to care for
  • Inexpensive
  • Space-saving by stacking
Disadvantages
  • Need regular maintenance
  • Heat up quickly
  • Scratch sensitive

To clean your round garden table made of synthetic material, we recommend a mild cleaner. This removes dirt very easily.

What distinguishes a round garden table made of polyrattan and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Polyrattan garden furniture is currently very popular. These usually consist of a glass pallet.

Advantages
  • Lightweight
  • Weatherproof
  • Easy to care for
  • Stable
Disadvantages
  • Will rot if exposed to rain for long periods
  • Bare surface not suitable for placing sensitive items

The longevity of your garden table can be supported with the help of maintenance sprays. You can also use a special wax to maintain the surface.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate round garden tables

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate PRODUCTS. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular PRODUCT is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material
  • Extendable
  • foldable
  • Height adjustable
  • Diameter
  • Parasol

Material

Since you have the choice between different materials, you have to think carefully about which one suits you and your ideas.

Before you start thinking about other things, you need to know what material your round garden table should be made of. In the decision section, we have explained the advantages and disadvantages of the following types of material.

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Polyrattan

Once you have decided, you can think about the functions you want your round garden table to have.

Extendable

Extendable tables provide more space for people. They are great for a big feast with family and friends.

Usually there are two plates underneath the centre of the table that appear when you pull out the two halves of the table. You have to put these two plates together by pulling them up and joining them.

An extendable round table saves space and offers room for more people. With a simple technique, a small party instantly turns into a big one. (Image source: gartenbook.de/Lara Khreis)

This is how your small round garden table is transformed into a large round garden table.

However, there are also garden tables that extend sideways. This function is more common with rectangular tables.

If your table has a glass top, it is either not extendable or you cannot use the glass top in the extendable state.

Collapsible

Garden tables that can be folded save a lot of space. You will find two ways to fold round garden tables.

On the one hand, there are tables whose frame is designed to fold up easily. On the other hand, there are round garden tables that are easy to store by folding up their tops.

With these, both sides are folded down. A small piece of the tabletop remains in the middle to which both sides can be reattached.

Another possibility is to bring the legs of the table together and fold the whole top down to one side.

If you only have limited space in your garden, a garden table with this function is just right for you. You can set it up when you need it.

Height-adjustable

Who hasn't experienced this? You often have children over or have children of your own and they can't comfortably reach the tabletop? Then a height-adjustable garden table is exactly what you are looking for.

Height-adjustable tables draw their function from their frame. The garden table can be raised in just a few steps.

A garden table can only be raised if its frame is made of metal. However, there are also garden tables made of polyrattan and wood that can be raised with the help of a turning handle on the side of one leg. The mechanism behind it, on the other hand, is made of metal.

Diameter

The diameter of a garden table also determines the number of people who can sit comfortably at the table.

The diameter is even more important if the table you have chosen is not extendable or foldable.

If your round garden table is not extendable, the diameter must be large enough to provide space for you and guests. On the other hand, your garden table must not be too big, because it still has to fit in your garden.

The same applies if your round table is not foldable.

Parasol

Many people like to attach a parasol to their garden tables. To do this, the table must have a hole in the middle through which the pole of a parasol can be pulled.

Parasols are available in various shapes, colours and patterns.

Parasols are the perfect accessory for round garden tables. This way you can enjoy the sun on a beautiful summer day and be protected from it at the same time. (Image source: pixabay.com / Albrecht Fietz)

Basically, there are hardly any round garden tables that can be folded up and/or extended to provide a hole for a parasol.

Therefore, you need to think about which function is most important for you.

Facts worth knowing about garden tables

Which varnish should I use for painting a garden table?

When painting your garden table, you must consider what material your table is made of. Only metal and wood can be painted.

You must remember that your garden table will be exposed to the weather outside. For this reason, you must use a varnish that is UV-resistant.

Temperature fluctuations also affect your table. Wood expands and contracts. Therefore, the lacquer must be elastic.

Furthermore, the lacquer must not be water-soluble, otherwise rain will easily dissolve it.

The same must be observed for garden tables made of metal. Since metal can expand much more than wood, the elasticity of the lacquer is all the more important.

Which oil / glaze should I use for a garden table?

If you have decided to oil your round garden table, we recommend linseed oil. Acrylic paints are suitable for glazing.

Natural oil paints, which usually have linseed oil as a base, are excellent for wood. Because the oil penetrates deep into the wood, it protects it from the inside. It prevents the paint, which only sits on the surface and is breathable, from cracking and flaking off.

Oil-based paints take about 12 hours to dry.

Acrylic paints, unlike natural oil paints, are based on water. Acrylic is dissolved in water. Therefore, it remains on the surface of the table after the water has dried. It is waterproof. Acrylic paints are elastic and breathable.

They take an estimated four hours to dry.

How do I remove grease stains from a garden table?

Grease stains are not welcome on any piece of furniture. On garden tables it is even less nice. There is a different way to remove them for each material.

If your garden table is made of plastic, you can fight grease with grease. Put a few drops of olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the affected areas. The grease stains will be removed.

The more stubborn the stain, the more times you will have to work on it.

If the table is made of wood, it must be sanded. You will need sandpaper for this. After sanding, you have to seal the wood again. Oil, wax or varnish are suitable for this.

Cleaning glass is the easiest thing to do. You only need a glass cleaner and a paper towel.

For metal garden tables, soapy water and a cloth are sufficient. You should not use strong cleaning agents, as these can remove the powder coating.

What can I do against ants on a garden table?

As everyone knows, ants can be found in nature, including your garden. To prevent ants from crawling on your garden table, you need to make your garden unattractive to them.

Spread essential oils around the garden - ants don't like them. These include cinnamon, lemon, spiced cloves and lavender.

It is especially important that you do not leave food or drink outside on your garden table, especially sweets. If this is the case and it happens several times, the ants will make themselves at home.

You can also use chalk powder to prevent the ants from coming to your table. The powder creates a barrier.

Ants are not uncommon in the garden. However, there are a few tips & tricks you can use to prevent them from choosing your round garden table as their new home. (Image source: pixabay.com / Tworkowsky)

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