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Best Camping Cookware – See Comparison Table (2019)

  • Updated: November 14, 2019
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Whether you’re car camping or hiking, this guide to camping cookware will provide you with a great starting point for your culinary camping journey.

For this list we've considered 25 different cooking sets and items. See the full list below.

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Best Camping Cookware

Stanley Adventure Base Camp Set

The Stanley Adventure Base Camp cookware set has all you need, including 18/8 food grade stainless steel pot and a frying pan.

The set comprises tools for both food prep, cooking, serving and cleaning up.

You can use the whole set for car camping for up to four people, or take only what you need for lightweight backpacking.

Top Cookware for Camping - Comparison Table

Take a look at the comparison table below before moving on, it might help you make a quick decision based on the most important specs.

Gear

Rating

Weight

​What's Included

​Serving Capacity

#1

Stanley Adventure Base Camp

Best Overall

4.66 lb / 2.11 kg

19 pieces:
1x frying pan
1x pot (with lid)
1x cutting board
1x spatula
1x serving spoon
4x 15cm plates
4x 650ml bowls
4x sporks
1x dish rack
1x heat-resistant trivet

4

#2

Lodge Dutch Oven Combo

​Best for Cast Iron Cooking

13.62 lb / 6.18 kg

2 pieces:
1x deep skillet
1x shallow skillet

1-4 people

#3 

STANSPORT Heavy Duty

Best Heavy Duty Cookware

8.55 lb / 3.87 kg

7 pieces:
1x 4qt. pot
1x 3qt. pot
1x 2qt. pot
1x 1qt. pot
1x 9.75” pan
1x universal lid
1x handle

Up to 5

#4

GSI Pinnacle Camper

Best Premium Set

3.63 lb / 1.65 kg

23 pieces:
1x 2L pot
1x 3L pot
2x strainer lids
1x frying pan
4x plates
4x bowls
4x mugs
4x mug covers
1x folding handle
1x wash sink

2-4

#5

Winterial Set

Best for Car Camping

1.5 lb / 0.68 kg

11 pieces:
2x qt. pots
2x lids
1x qt. frying pan
1x qt. tea kettle
1x serving ladle
1x bowl
1x serving spoon
1x sponge
1x carry bag

1-3

#6

TOAKS Titanium Pot

Good for Backpacking

103 g

1 x pot 

1 x lead

1-4

#7

MalloMe Mess Kit

Best Value

1.75 lb / 0.79 kg

10 pieces:
1x 1L pot
1x lid
1x pan
2x bowls
1x spork
1x soup spoon
1x spatula
1x sponge
1x travel bag

2+

#8

Bisgear Cookware Stove

Best Budget

1.46 lb / 0.66 kg

16 pieces:
1x stove
1x ignition stand
1x pot
1x pan
1x pan lid
2x bowls
1x soup spoon
1x rice ladle
1x spoon
1x fork
1x spork
1x knife
1x sponge
1x carabiner
1x bag

2+

1. Best Overall Cookware for Camping

5/5 Overall Rating

The best feature of the Stanly Adventure Base Camp Kit is that it’s got everything you could possibly need from prep to clean-up.

All 19 pieces can be packed into the 3.5 L pot, providing a compact and easy stowage.

These include a stainless steel pot and pan, which can be used over wood fire, as well as four sets of eating utensils and a drying rack.

The kit in its entirety is too heavy for backpacking, but is great for car or RV camping. If you’re looking for something compact yet comprehensive, this is probably the kit for you.

Main Features
  • Scratch-proof
  • Food-grade, 18/8 stainless steel pot and pan
  • BPA free
  • Multi-layer frying pan ensures even heat distribution
  • Rust-proof
What we like
  • Versatile lid use (pot or pan)
  • Packable into pot
  • High quality stainless steel
  • Long-lasting
  • Durable
What we dislike
  • Plates and bowls are a bit small
  • Pan is not non-sticky
  • Spork is a bit flimsy

2. Best Set for Cast Iron Cooking

4.5/5 Overall Rating

The Lodge Dutch Oven Combo Cooker comprises two pieces, including a deep skillet and a shallow one, which can be combined to form a Dutch Oven.

Both pieces are seasoned, meaning you won’t be scrubbing away blackened food when you could be enjoying the sunset.

The pieces can be used for various cooking methods, including; deep frying, sautéing, braising, or grilling.

These skillets are cast iron, which means they’ll last long, but it also makes them pretty heavy – we wouldn’t recommend taking them on a backpacking trip!

Main Features
  • Pre-seasoned (100% natural vegetable oil)
  • Heat-retention
  • Even distribution of heat
  • Quality cast iron
What we like
  • Able to use on open flame
  • Combo allows for diverse uses
  • Affordable
  • Long-lasting
What we dislike
  • Handle requires extra care or it breaks
  • Coating peels off
  • Join between lid and deep skillet is not as sufficient for heat retention

3. Best Heavy Duty Cooking Set

4.5/5 Overall Rating

This STANSPORT cookware set provides you with an extensive range of pots – you can either use them all at once, or swap them out depending on how many people you’ll be camping with.

Either way, you’ll never need to buy another pot after this. Each pot is made of 18/10 stainless steel and bottom-clad in triple-ply 0.2 mm aluminum.

The pots nestle into one another, making the whole set easy to transport, and they can even be taken backpacking.

Main Features
  • Great conductivity and heating
  • Made from kitchen quality 18/10 stainless steel and triple-Ply 2.0mm aluminum-clad bottom
  • The set includes: 4 qt. pot, 3 qt. pot, 2 qt. pot, 1 qt. pot, 9.75" fry pan, universal lid, handle
  • Detachable handle can be used on all pots and fry pan
  • All items fit in the pot together
What we like
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact
  • High quality material
  • Fairly large pots
  • Handle has good grip and is stable
  • Sturdy
What we dislike
  • Only one handle that can be tricky to detach

4. Best Premium Camp Cooking Set

4.5/5 Overall Rating

The GSI Pinnacle Camper is the crowd favorite.. Like the Stanley Adventure Base Camp set, this cookware set kind of has it all and then some – this set even comes with insulated mugs.

The whole kit can be configured for four people to use in a car or caravan camping, or for two people backpacking.

However, GSI Pinnacle is pretty expensive, so it’s built to last for years to come. But if you’re only looking to use it once or twice, you might consider a cheaper alternative.

Main Features
  • Anodized aluminum pots and pan coated with Teflon Radiance non-stick technology
  • Includes 4 plates, 4 insulated mugs and sip-it tops and sleeves, 4 bowls, 2L pot with strainer lid, 3L pot with strainer lid, fry pan, folding handle and stuff sack/wash basin
  • Items are color-coded
  • Plates, bowls and mugs made from durable Infinity Clear Polypropylene
  • Removable handle locks onto pots and pan
  • Crushproof, heat-resistant strainer lids and silicone rings don't deform when packed
What we like
  • Each pot comes with a lid
  • Grip handle is easy to use
  • Stacks together well
  • Stuff sack/wash sink
  • Long-lasting dishes
  • Extensive set of high-quality items made to last
What we dislike
  • Handle gets hot
  • Heavy
  • Flimsy sporks

5. Best Cookware for Car Camping

4/5 Overall Rating

The Winterial Camping Cookware set is pretty lightweight, so you can use it for backpacking and solo camping trips.

However, the eleven piece set only includes one bowl and no spork, so you will have to buy some extras to be fully prepared for a camping trip.

The pots and the pan are made of aluminum and coated with Teflon so that they can be used either over an open fire or on a stove.

Main Features
  • 1.5lbs
  • All items are stored together in a carry
  • Pot, frying pan and tea kettle are made of solid and light aluminum oxide
  • All items had non-stick Teflon coating
  • Dome shape
  • Preassembled poles
  • Vents
  • Wall pockets
What we like
  • High-temperature and friction-resistant
  • Durable
  • Easy cleaning
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Handles don’t get too hot
What we dislike
  • Small
  • Eggs tend to stick in the pan

6. Best Single Pot for Hiking

4/5 Overall Rating

This TOAKS pot is made from Grade 1 or 2 titanium and is super light, making it perfect for ultralight backpacking.

The size of this pot means it’s great for big campfire meals, and you can easily boil two cups of water in it without worrying about water boiling over.

Other pieces of TOAKS camping cookware can be stored in the pot when not in use, like the 375 or 450 ml cups, alongside the TOAKS small wood stove and 4 oz gas canister.

If you’re going for a minimalist cooking approach, this might be the item for you.

Main Features
  • Titanium
  • 3.6oz (103g)
  • 750 ml capacity for boiling
  • Comes with a mesh sack
  • Has many useful accessories that can fit inside the pot: 375ml & 450ml cup, small Wood Stove, 4oz gas canister, 42oz water bottle 
What we like
  • Ultralight
  • Good quality material
  • Easy to clean
  • Great size
  • Very versatile
What we dislike
  • Handle gets hot when cooking
  • Ring on the lid could snapped if not careful

7. Best Value Cookware

3.5/5 Overall Rating

The MalloMe kit is pretty cheap considering you’ll get ten pieces worth of cookware.

The kit includes a cleaning sponge and mesh bag, and at only 1.75 lb it is rather light.

It’s generally considered the best low-budget cookware set, but if you’re looking for something that lasts longer and is more user-friendly, you might consider investing in a more durable kit.

Main Features
  • Non-Toxic Anodized Aluminum Camping Cookset
  • All 10 items store as a small bundle
  • Kit includes Anodized Aluminum Nonstick 1 L Pot, pot cover, nonsticky pan, 2 bowls, folding stainless steel spork, soup spoon, wooden spatula, cleaning sponge
  • Nylon travel bag drawstring pouch
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
What we like
What we dislike
  • Bad heat distribution in pan
  • Bowls are too small
  • Not as well-made

8. Best Budget Cookware for Camping

3/5 Overall Rating

The 16-piece Bisgear set has everything you think you’d need, as well as a few things you didn’t even consider, perhaps.

Unlike other sets, this cookware includes a fork, knife, spoon and spork. Not only that, but you get a stove too, so this is one of the most comprehensive starter sets out there.

The pot and pan are made of anodized aluminum, making them non-sticky and quite lightweight, although it should be mentioned that the items aren’t dishwasher safe.

The set is also super cheap, but not all of the equipment is necessary, and there are often problems with the stove, so you could consider getting a less extensive set with better quality items.

Main Features
  • Anodized aluminum pot and frying pan
  • Set includes folding spork, soup spoon, small ladle, mini stove, pot, frying pan with cover, 2 plastic bowls, sponge, carabiner
  • All items are stored in a mesh bag
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
What we like
  • Easy to clean pot and pan
  • Lightweight
  • Stainless steel, foldable cutlery
  • Lightweight
  • Keeps out bugs
What we dislike
  • Stove didn't work
  • Bowls were too small to use
  • Extra equipment is unnecessary

Summary

Buying the right cookware set really depends on the kind of camping you’d like to do, and how often you’ll be using the set.

Car Camping Cookware

If you’ll be car camping, and are willing to invest in some high quality items, we’d suggest going for the Stanley kit – it’s an extensive set which you can either use in its entirety, or as separate items, depending on the kind of camping you’re looking to do.

The GSI Pinnacle is rated a premium product, but comes at a premium price, and doesn’t offer too much more than the Stanley kit.

The Lodge Dutch Oven kit is extremely heavy, although if you prefer cast iron over any other material then it might be the one for you.

The STANSPORT set is the heaviest, but can feed the most people and might be a better option, if you’re making more advanced meals that need lots of pots. However, only having one handle for all the pots could be a disadvantage.

Backpacking and Hiking Cookware

On the other hand, if you need cookware for backpacking, you might consider some of the lighter sets.

One option is to take a minimalistic approach and purchase the TOAKS pot and a spork – this would be perfect for one- or two-person hiking.

If you think you need some more gear, then buying a complete set might be better. While compact and light enough for backpacking, the Winterial kit is lacking some essential items and is generally considered to be a bit pricey.

The MalloMe and Bisgear sets come in at a lower price, but if you’re buying for the long run then we’d suggest spending a bit more money and get kits that will last longer.

Cookware for Camping - Buyer's Guide (Key Features)


When purchasing a new cookware kit, the most important thing to go for is durability and quality. Easy cleaning is also a huge plus. Have a look at some of the factors for consideration when making your decision.

Car Camping and Hiking/Backpacking

If you’re car or RV camping, then weight isn’t such an issue, and you can buy thicker, more durable pots and pans. You can also include a few extra items, like a cutting board, drying rack and some cleaning equipment to make the whole experience nicer.

However, if you need cookware for backpacking or hiking, you’ll need something lightweight and you probably won’t get as much value out of all the extra pieces. When it comes to carrying your own gear, low weight is key.

Quantity and Capacity

How many people you’ll be cooking for totally impacts how much capacity you’ll need. If you’re car camping with a large group of people, then you’ll be able to buy a sturdy, large, pot or pan for bulk cooking.

If you’re going hiking, it might be better to have multiple pieces of smaller, lighter equipment. If it’s just for one- or two-person camping, then you can half the size.

Longevity and Durability

If this is just a once-off camping trip for you, then you probably don’t want to invest a huge amount of money in your cooking equipment. In this case, it’s probably best to try find something secondhand or go for a value for money starter kit.

However, if you love the outdoors and plan to use your cookware for a long time, you’ll want to spend those extra bucks on getting something sturdy and of higher quality.

Materials

Pots and pans can be made of various materials which impact their weight and durability.
These can be anodized aluminum, stainless steel or cast iron.

Either way, you’ll want something non-sticky for easy cleaning.

The material of the bowls and /utensils also makes a difference – some people prefer stainless steel, others don’t mind plastic. If you do go with plastic, BPA free options are probably best.

List of materials:

  • Anodized Aluminum 
  • Stainless Steel
  • Cast Iron
  • Silicone
  • Teflon or Ceramic Coatings

Cost

Your budget obviously has a role in all this. Camping costs can add up pretty easily, and we understand that spending over $100 on cookware can seem ridiculous. This only makes sense when you are not getting a one-off set, but plan for a long run.

Getting cheap sets might seem like a good idea, but you will end up replacing them frequently, so the savings won’t be as good as they might seem. 

Accessories

Camping gear, like anything, can range from simple to complex. If you’re really into gear, there are many additions you can purchase for your cookware set, like various grip handles, collapsible sinks or gas stove regulators. And if you can’t do without your morning coffee, there is a range of camping coffee makers out there. Keeping it simple is also pretty easy – it’s really up to you.

At the end of the day, it’s your camping trip, and you should customize your cookware to suit your kind of camping.

With all the products out there, shopping for even the simplest camping gear can be overwhelming, but with this guide you’ll be well on your way to choosing the best cookware for your trip.

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