Welcome to our big teak table test 2021. Here we present all the teak tables 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 teak 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 teak table.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important facts
- 3 The Best Teak Table: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a teak table
- 5 Decision: What types of teak tables are there and which one is right for you?
- 6 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate teak tables
- 7 Facts worth knowing about teak tables
The most important facts
- With a teak table you have a robust, durable, weather- and pest-resistant piece of furniture that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Teak tables are available in young or old or recycled teak. They also differ in their shape, size, quality and, if applicable, their functions.
- Teak tables are easy to care for, you will enjoy them for a long time without much effort.
The Best Teak Table: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a teak table
Is a teak table suitable for indoors and outdoors?
Due to these properties as well as its density and moisture resistance, the teak table proves itself for indoor use, as it does not warp in heated rooms and can also be used in wet rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom without any problems.
Nevertheless, it is important to ensure optimal humidity indoors so that no cracks form. It is equally well suited for outdoor use. Due to its naturally contained oils, it is resistant to weathering and insect infestation.
Tarpaulin table tops are only suitable for indoor use. For outdoor use, a table top with grooves is recommended. This allows rainwater to drain away and prevents stains caused by waterlogging.
What kind of wood is teak and where does it come from?
Outside this area, the teak tree is now cultivated on plantations throughout South Asia and in parts of Africa and South America. It is well suited for this because it grows relatively quickly.
For optimal growth, the teak tree needs a warm climate and plenty of light. Teak trees are tall, about 30 metres on average, and the crown starts very high up.
This has the advantage that a large part of the tree can be used for timber production, because the trunk is used for this.
The hardwood is basically stable, robust and insensitive, it dries without cracking and throwing and can be processed well.
Its golden to medium brown colour is popular. Teak naturally contains oils that make it resistant to weathering, fungal and insect attack.
It should be noted that there are quality differences in teak, which are divided into A, B and C grades, depending on how old the trunk is and which part of it is used.
- A-grade teak is the highest quality, it comes from the inner core of old trunks
- B-grade teak comes from the outer core of old trunks, it is also recommended, but is not quite as resistant as A-grade teak
- C-grade teak comes from the outer part of young trunks, it is much cheaper than A- and B-grade teak, but needs more care
Teak should not be obtained by clearing the rainforest, but always from plantations established for this purpose.
What alternatives are there to the teak table?
These include tropical woods such as eucalyptus and acacia or domestic hardwoods such as robinia, oak and chestnut.
Like teak, they are all strong and contain natural oils that make them highly resistant to weathering and insect attack.
An important factor in relation to wood is sustainability.
Domestic wood is much more environmentally friendly and no rainforests are cut down for it. If you decide to use tropical wood, you should make sure that it is certified.
The FSC seal, for example, assures that the tropical wood comes from plantations, not from the rainforest, and that attention has been paid to sustainability in forestry.
Alternatively, you can get a table made of soft wood. However, it should be noted that these require more care, at least in the outdoor area, as softer woods are not as weatherproof and pest-resistant as hardwoods.
Decision: What types of teak tables are there and which one is right for you?
If you want to buy a teak table, you can choose between two alternatives:
- Young teak table
- Table made of recycled teak
The differences lie in the environmental friendliness, the type of construction and the appearance. Each variant has both advantages and disadvantages.
Depending on which type of material suits you better and how decisive the individual advantages and disadvantages are for you, one or the other alternative is the best choice. To help you decide, the two variants are presented in more detail in the following section.
What distinguishes a teak table made of young teak and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Tables made of young teak are stable, robust and durable, weatherproof and pest-resistant.
In order to enjoy them for a long time, it is nevertheless advisable to invest a little in their care. Especially if the table is used outdoors.
The young teak wood usually comes from plantation cultivation and is therefore sometimes also called plantation teak.
There, the trees are usually felled young and are therefore mostly C-grade quality. For the sake of the environment, make sure that the wood has a certification that guarantees that it does not come from the rainforest and that attention has been paid to sustainability in forestry, e.g. the FSC seal.
This way you can counteract the negative environmental balance of tropical woods a little.
The advantages of young teak are the even structure and the sometimes lower price compared to variants made from old or recycled teak.
The difference in purchasing costs is related to both the quality and the fact that tables made of young teak are often industrially manufactured.
What distinguishes a table made of recycled teak and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Recycled teak is old teak that has been used before and has undergone extensive processing. It is also called old teak.
Tables made of recycled teak are hard-wearing, robust and very stable; they are durable and resistant to weather and pests. They therefore require hardly any care. The wood comes from old benches, doors, buildings or ships, among other things.
It is elaborately sanded and brushed and then further processed. As a rule, it is of A- or B-grade quality.
Since recycled teak has already been used once, it may show irregularities and/or signs of use. However, this is not necessarily a negative thing, it gives the table made from it a unique look and a rustic character.
Recycled teak is very good for the environment and sustainability because old wood is not destroyed but recycled.
However, you should also pay attention to the certification here.
In terms of price, tables made of recycled teak are comparable to old plantation teak, as the preparation is time-consuming and laborious.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate teak tables
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate teak tables. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular teak table is suitable for you or not.
In summary, these are:
- Place of use
Teak tables come in various square and round shapes as well as special shapes.
Angular shapes are rectangular, square, hexagonal or octagonal, while round tables can be circular, oval or kidney-shaped.
There are also flower-shaped tables that resemble the trunk of the teak tree. Arabesque shapes are based on the shape of the teak root.
Before you buy a teak table, it is important to consider what you want to use it for, because the size plays an important role.
If you want a dining table, you have the choice between small or larger bistro and dining tables that can seat two to about six people. The dimensions vary depending on the shape and the recommended number of people.
There are also so-called monastery tables. These are large, solid tables that can comfortably seat many people, depending on their size.
Standing or bar tables are high, approx. 100 cm to 110 cm, as they are preferably used for standing at. Their size varies depending on their shape.
Round ones usually have a diameter of between 60 cm and 90 cm, the square ones go from 80 cm by 80 cm to about 180 cm by 70 cm.
Couch and side tables are usually smaller and lower, they are independent of the number of people.
This concerns not so much the appearance as the properties of the wood.
A-grade teak comes from the inner core of old teak tree trunks from growing areas with the best conditions. It is characterised by high strength, weather and pest resistance and is therefore ideally suited for outdoor furniture.
With the FSC seal, it is extremely rare to find and then expensive.
B-grade teak comes from the outer core of old teak trunks. It has a high oil content, is strong and resistant to weathering and pests. It is not quite as resistant as A-grade teak, but is still highly recommended, even for outdoors.
C-grade te ak comes from young teak trees from the outer trunk. It also has good weather resistance, but should be regularly maintained to preserve it in the long term. C-grade teak is considerably cheaper than A- and B-grade teak.
Which quality suits you depends on where you use it, how much you care for it and your wallet.
The quality of teak can be divided into three levels, the so-called grades.
Place of use
When it comes to the place of use, a distinction can be made between two areas:
This is a decisive factor for choosing the right teak table or the right wood quality.
All three quality grades can be used for both areas. However, it should be noted that C-grade teak requires more care than A- and B-grade teak. This is especially true for outdoor use.
Furthermore, it is important to pay attention to the type of table. For outdoor use, it is advisable to choose a tabletop with grooves so that rainwater can run off. This prevents stains caused by waterlogging. Flat tabletops are also suitable for indoor use.
A teak table can have various functions that may be of advantage to you.
- There are tables that can be extended or folded up to make them bigger when needed.
- Tables that can be folded up completely, e.g. if there is little space available.
- Tables that can be suspended, for example on the balcony railing.
- And height-adjustable tables.
Which teak table or which function is suitable for you depends on various factors and your wishes, e.g. the type of table (couch, dining, bar table), the available space, is a variable or unchangeable table desired.
Facts worth knowing about teak tables
How should I treat a teak table so that it will last for a long time?
As already mentioned, teak is a robust, weather-resistant hardwood and, because of these properties, easy to care for. Nevertheless, you should clean your teak table when necessary and maintain it regularly so that you can enjoy it for a long time.
A cotton cloth and soapy water made from natural soap are recommended for cleaning. It contains vegetable oils that clean and re-lubricate.
Maintain your teak table with maintenance oil at least once a year. C-grade teak tables are better two to three times a year.
There is a special oil for treating teak wood for outdoor furniture. This prevents the formation of a grey patina (natural weathering layer) and counteracts weather damage in the long term.
For indoor use, a colourless sealant is recommended to prevent stains from liquids or grease.
Apply the oil or sealer to the entire surface with a brush or lint-free cotton cloth.
Always clean before maintenance.
How can I freshen up an old teak table?
If the teak wood of your table is badly damaged, has scratches or stains that can no longer be removed by cleaning and care, you can refresh it.
To do this, you need sandpaper and sanding fleece, a brush, a paintbrush, cleaner or degreaser and teak oil.
First brush off the teak table and then apply the cleaner/degreaser with a brush. Leave to soak in for five to ten minutes, this will loosen the dirt and de-grey the patina.
Then rub the table with the abrasive fleece and water, to remove loosened dirt rinse with water.
Allow the table to dry and then sand lightly.
Once you have removed the sanding dust, you can treat the table with the oil as described above.
Wooden garden furniture or patios should never be cleaned with a pressure washer. This will damage the wood surface and make it rough.
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