TV trays are one of the best inventions of all time. And, in the age of technology, they are even more functional. Generally, they used to be used for eating while watching TV. Now, they double up as a laptop or tablet table. And for the simple fact that we wanted a table to do our work when and where we please, we went searching for the best TV trays and tables.
So, we began our search with functionality in mind. We wanted a table that can hold both our meal and our laptop — space was a big factor in our decision. And, although not all of our picks have the optimal amount of space, most of them do. And the ones that don’t, they have their own purpose in the TV tray world.
Next, we looked for quality. We needed something that was going to handle the weight of a computer and the hours we spend at the screen. And, for those moments we recklessly have a beverage sitting next to our computer, the best TV trays need not be wobbly.
Finally, call us vain, but the TV trays have to look good. We love our space and the inspiration our space gives us. So, the materials used and the design was an important factor in picking out the best TV trays and tables.
Best TV Trays
Best TV Trays
Manchester Wood Contemporary Cherry TV Tray Table Set
The Manchester Wood Company has been producing TV tray tables for the past thirty years, so they really know what they’re doing. The Manchester Wood Contemporary Cherry TV Tray Table Set is crafted from sustainable Northeast cherry hardwood at their mill in the Adirondack foothills of New York. Therefore, this pick for the best TV trays easily made the list because of the quality.
Made entirely of solid hardwood, this set of two TV trays features a double-glide design that will break down easy for storage. And when you’re ready to use, they seamlessly open right back up. These tables come with a durable, stain resistant lacquer finish. The natural cherry will darken over time into a beautiful, warm honey tone.
The Manchester Wood TV Tray Table measures in at 22.5 inches wide, 25.75 inches in height and 15.25 inches in depth. There is some assembly required but it’s fairly simple.
Our take: If you want the best of the best, this set is at the top of the food chain, or should we say, TV tray chain. The materials are high end and the quality is unbelievable. And, in the end, it’s not going to appear as just a TV tray, it’s going to look like a piece of furniture.
Lifewit Wooden Portable TV Tray Snack Table
We are a sucker for light and bright so that’s what initially caught our attention with this pick for best TV trays. The Lifewit Wooden Portable TV Tray Snack Table is an indoor/outdoor table that features a white finish coating to protect it from moisture and corrosion.
This TV tray is foldable for easy storage and is constructed of solid wood. The dimensions of the table are approximately 17.7 inches in width, 24 inches in height and 11.8 inches in depth. And, perhaps the best part, there is no assembly required.
Our take: We love the look and the functionality of this table. We can see it set up as a night table, out on the patio, used for a those unsuspecting bouquet of flowers and of course for some dinner with a side of internet.
This table is durable and wobbly-free, so you’re going to get quality with this TV tray. However, our only complaint is that it is on the small side and we like to spread out a bit. And, since this table looks so good, propping up two of these tables side by side is not out of the question.
Atlantic 2-Pack TV Tray
The Atlantic 2-Pack TV Tray got a spot on our Best TV Trays list initially because of the funky design. And it maintained that spot due to it’s durability and functionality.
Made of metal, these TV trays fold up flat for easy storage. In addition, these tables come with polished metal legs, a laminate surface and padded feet to protect the floors.
Each table measures in at 18.9 inches in width, 26 inches in height and 15 inches in depth. There is thankfully no assembly required and they come in your choice of 5 different colors and designs: Chevron Black & White, Diamond Eye Moonlight Blue, Park Place Black & White, Park Place Capri Breeze and Summer Peek Grey.
Our take: The Atlantic TV Trays are multi-functional and durable. The laminate surface will ensure the longevity of the tray while the metal construction will ensure stability. And, although these tables are lightweight, they are constructed uniformly so there will be no wobbling.
Finally, the designs are done tastefully and will add a pop of funkiness to any space.
NNEWVANTE Sofa Table TV Tray
Although this isn’t your typical TV tray that folds and stores, it is an amazing solution for multi-tasking while eating or perhaps surfing the web. The NNEWVANTE Sofa Table is made of 100% eco-friendly, natural bamboo. Which means this table is as sturdy as you’re going to get. In addition, since it doesn’t fold, it’s going to be even more sturdy with the thicker legs and the Z style of structure.
The NNEWVANTE Sofa Table TV Tray weighs in at 12.12 pounds and measures in at 23.6 inches in length, 25.6 inches in height and 15.7 inches wide. It is easy to assemble and is meant to be a more permanent piece. And, since it doesn’t fold and store, depending on how much time you spend at the TV or the internet, this could suit you just fine.
Our take: This is at the top of our list for best TV trays because it fits our needs perfectly. It has a large “tray” size so we can eat and get work done at the same time. It is also extremely sturdy, so when we have drinks on the table, we don’t have to worry about spillage, as long as we keep our elbow in check.
Giantex Set of 6 Folding Side Table
This is a great option if you’re buying for the whole family. The Giantex Set of 6 Folding Side Table comes with 6 folding tables and can be used for both indoor or outdoor use.
Made of powder-coated heavy duty steel and solid wood, these tables are both sturdy and durable. So much so, each one can hold up to 44 pounds. In addition, they are lightweight, so they’re easy to maneuver and easy to store.
The Giantex Folding Side Tables measure in at 18.9 inches in length, 15 inches in depth and 26.5 inches tall. This set included 6 multicolored tables: Pink, Magenta, White, Sky Blue, Yellow and Cyan.
Our take: This is a great budget option if you’re looking for your basic, although fun, TV tray. And, since it comes in a set of 6, this is great if you’re accommodating a lot of people. It’s also great for parties and patios.
However, they are on the small side. In addition, there isn’t a storing cart included. They do stack up nicely, though.
Winsome Wood Lucca 5 Piece Set TV Tables
This set of TV trays will bring some elegance to a seemingly un-elegant situation. The Winsome Wood Lucca 5 Piece Set TV Tables are made of medium density fiberboard (MDF) with wood legs and comes in a walnut finish.
Each table measures in at 22.9 inches in width and 29.5 inches in height and are extremely portable. They offer a cutout handle to easily lift the table off the stand and set up. And they just as easily break down.
Our take: Since these are made with MDF, they are extremely durable and sturdy. And, since this set comes with 4 tables, it is a great value. In addition, these tables are a really good size and quite roomy. Did we also mention they look elegant? Who knew you could have a fancy dinner with TV trays?
Cape Craftsmen Paris Cafe TV Trays with Stand
The Cape Craftsmen Paris Cafe TV Trays with Stand come in a variety of designs: Country Kitchen, Cucina, Elegant Farmhouse, Lodge Postcards, Mod Blue and White, Nautical, Rustic Wine, Seafood Market, Tuscan Wine and Wine Label.
These TV tray sets comes with 4 tables and a storage stand. Each table is 19.5 inches in width, 14.5 inches in depth and 24.75 inches tall. The stand is 19 inches wide, 14 inches in diameter and 32 inches tall.
The Cape Craftsmen TV Trays with Stand are made of MDF with heat and water-resistant tops. And for a heads up, there will be some assembly required but nothing too drastic.
Our take: Because of the designs, these tables are perfect for those that savor country or city style. Or, for those that romanticize a simpler life. Being made out of MDF, these TV trays are durable and sturdy. However, they are best used lightly. Out of all of our picks, this is probably the pick with the least amount of longevity. So, if you’re just looking for TV trays for every now and then, this is a good pick. If you’re looking to get more strenuous use out of a TV tray, check out our other picks.
Winsome Wood 5-Piece TV Table Set
Our final pick for best TV trays is another find from Winsome Wood. And this is because these trays not only look good, they are extremely durable.
The Winsome Wood 5-Piece TV Table Set comes with 4 folding TV tables and a matching storage stand. Each table measures in at 19 inches wide, 14.6 inches deep and 26 inches high.
These TV tables are made of solid beechwood with a natural finish. The tables feature rounded edges, square legs and a top handle for easy maneuvering.
Our take: Winsome Wood crafts some of the more durable TV trays on our list. And, while this pick isn’t the largest on our list, these trays can handle a large meal and perhaps a tablet to boot. They are simple and clean in design and will work well in any space.