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The Best Dining Tables on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve covered coffee tables under $250, cheap-but-expensive-looking dining room décor, even animal-footed end tables, here we’re zeroing in on the best dining tables on Amazon, according to the people — and all of them happen to be under $500. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best rectangular dining tables

Clayton Rectangular Dining Table Cappuccino

“I absolutely love this table. It’s wooden, very heavy, and has a great look and finish to it. It’s also pretty large, perfect for a two- or three-person dining table. It just looks so good. Some warnings about this product: It is HEAVY. I managed to assemble it myself (small and puny person here), but I wish I had called a friend over just to make the process go faster. But honestly, this is a great table for the price. I keep the original box it comes in because I want to transport this if I ever have to move. I had to transport this once, and it’s easily disassembled. This is one of the best purchases I’ve made.”

Zinus Modern Studio Collection Soho Dining Table

“Love how modern and sleek it looks, and the price is not bad at all. I pretty much use this every day when I eat at home and haven’t encountered any problems. My roommates also like to do homework, on it so it doubles as a work table.”

Best rectangular drop-leaf dining table

Nathan James 41001 Kalos Solid Wood Drop Leaf Folding Kitchen Dining, Rustic Oak

“Love everything about this table! Handsome color and I like the contrast of black legs and wood top. I use one table as a side-table in my family room, raising the leaf when I have guests and using the added width as a serving space for appetizers, etc. Be careful about placing too much weight on the leaf section, as there is risk in it dropping under the weight and breaking the support underneath. I recommend stronger, longer screws than the ones that come with it, but be careful about splitting wood or screws going through to the surface of the table. My second table I use as a work desk in the basement. I like the drop-leaf feature for when I’m done working for the day and can move my wireless keyboard and mouse off to the side.”

Best square dining table

Winsome Wood 94035 Groveland Dining, Walnut

“This is a fantastic little table for the cost. It is sturdy and beautiful and functional. It comes in a dark walnut finish, and seems to be a solid wood table. It fits perfectly in a tight little corner of my small kitchen where my daughter can sit at it for breakfast or a snack and at which she can do her homework. It arrived in perfect condition, and I was able to assemble it by myself, without the help of my husband, in a very short period of time. It looks great, and I am very happy and satisfied with this purchase.”

Best round dining table

Coavas Chad White Round Modern Dining Table

“I’m pretty excited about this table we bought. It was super cheap, under $100. I really like that it mimics the same iconic look of the Eames chair with the Eiffel base. The table itself is pretty small, but in a good way. It’s the perfect apartment dining table since it doesn’t take up much space but you can still fit four chairs underneath it. All in all, I’d give this table a solid five stars. Brand new, shipped for free to your house for under $100, can’t complain!”

Best round drop-leaf dining tables

East West Furniture DLT-BLK-TP Round Table with Two 9-Inch Drop Leaves

“This table is very sturdy, easy to assemble, and looks beautiful in my small apartment. It is perfect for playing cards with friends, and is also large enough for dining for four. I am an 81-year-old widow, and if I can put it together all by myself, you can, too! With the leaves down it is very compact. I love it.”

Winsome Wood 34942 Hannah Dining, Light Oak

“This table is beautifully finished, folds into a very compact shape and works perfectly for tea, hand-writing notes, coloring, assembling jigsaw puzzles — you name a quiet occupation and this table will work for it. Mine is outdoors in an insulated shed and I’m hoping it will stay temperate enough there during the New England winter for the table to stay safe. Because it’s made from solid wood, it is a bit heavy for one person to carry around. But I did get it unpacked, put together, and situated in the shed, which I use as a four-season outdoor room, all by myself.”

Best rectangular counter-height dining tables

Sauder Counter Height Dining Table, Craftsman Oak

“I love this table. It’s just the right height and it’s held up very well over the last couple years. I paired it with four clear, adjustable bar seats to bring together a warm and cozy feel with a more modern and contemporary style. I always receive compliments on the combination and I just love how nice and sleek it looks without overcrowding my small dining space.”

Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Pinnadel Counter Dining Table

“This is one of the BEST dining room tables I have ever owned. It is super-duper sturdy as well as really easy to assemble. My 15-year-old son did it by himself. This table is very solid, and it is tall. And the color is really nice — looks like a real wood-grain table, not fake. I did have trouble finding the correct bar-stool height and ended up with 26-inch ones that fit perfectly … Regardless, I LOVE THIS TABLE.”

Best round counter-height table

Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Challiman Dining Room Bar Table

“I bought this table and its matching stools for my small open living room/kitchen. The assembly was fairly easy; it only took me approximately one and a half hours to put everything together, including the stools. All three pieces are sturdy and look great. They look exactly as they do in the photos. They’re made out of real wood and metal — I wish the planked design wasn’t laser-etched, but it still looks good, especially for the price. Overall, I’m satisfied with my purchase. The table and the stools go great with the modern rustic look I’m going for in my home.”

Best 3-piece dining room sets

Coaster Home Furnishings 3-piece Dining Set with Drop Leaf, Cappuccino and Tan

“Beautiful little table! I live in a small, one-bedroom apartment, and this is perfect for it. There are two flaps on the table that fold down to make it smaller. I’m a big girl and the chairs hold my weight. They feel very sturdy, and I don’t feel like I’m going to break them. Could probably hold up to a 300-pound person, no problem. Took me about three hours to put it together on my own. Solid wood, sturdy, great buy.”

Zinus Modern Studio Collection Soho Dining Table with Two Benches

“I purchased this dining table for our new home because my fiancée thought that benches for dining tables were “in.” And indeed they are. This is a well-constructed, sturdy dining table with a handsome wood-finish surface that would make a welcome addition to any modern home. I’m really thankful for the aesthetic that it gives my new apartment because the wood is well-grained, and you can definitely tell that it is high-quality. The metal frame too is a dark, burnished metal that is sturdy and handsome. It was quick to construct, with well thought-out, clear instructions, and would easily fit a family of four for any warm family dinner at your home.”

Best 5-piece dining room sets

Home Styles 5-Piece Dining Set, Black Finish

“This was the PERFECT set for our kitchen breakfast nook. Super heavy and well-made! Everything arrived in perfect condition and it was a breeze to put together. The chairs are extremely comfortable to sit in. We purchased a round piece of glass to give the top extra protection, and we’re glad we did.”

VECELO Dining Table with 4 Chairs, Silver

“The dining room set exceeded my expectations by a long way. Number one: I couldn’t fathom how a decent dining room set could cost less than $400, but I took a chance and I am very happy I did. Assembly took some time but all of the tools were included, and once you follow the instructions EXACTLY as outlined, you cannot go wrong. I though that they would look cheap but alas, they look pretty decent and a bit modern. I only used two of the chairs and will keep the other two as spares (personal preference, four chairs is a bit too crowded for my needs). Everything is sturdy and I expect to keep this set for years. I highly recommend it.”

Best counter height dining room set

Crown Mark Tyler 4-Piece Counter Height Table Set

“We got this table as an early Christmas gift to use as an island/kitchen table. For the price, I’m surprised it is as good as it is! Not only is it nicely built with strong parts, but it comes with stools, which many tables in this price range do not. The table is a nice size. It is counter-height and fits nicely in the kitchen. The stools slide COMPLETELY under the table, conserving space, the color is nice, and the build is strong. Typically with DIY-assembly furniture, it takes forever, because the parts are cheap, and you can’t use power tools to speed up the process. With this one, however, I was able to use drills and impact drivers to get the job done in under 30 minutes, by myself. It makes the flow of our kitchen much nicer. Next step is to paint our counters and cabinets to match this great table.”

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The Best Dining Tables, According to Amazon Reviewers