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Updated April 10, 2024

Sitting down to dinner with the family is always a special occasion, whether you’re squished together on the couch or gathered casually in the kitchen. Sitting together around a dining table, though, adds a sense of occasion, and if you like to have guests over, it’s actually the most practical option, for the size alone. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best dining tables from our favorite online furniture stores, and elsewhere.

What to consider when buying a dining table

Price

When looking for a table on which to set your best dinnerware sets, the first thing you’ll need to do is consider your budget. “Dining tables can vary significantly in price due to factors like brand, craftsmanship, materials, and design,” says Shawn Zar, furniture and seating expert at Superior Seating. “We all love a good deal, and with all this easy-to-assemble furniture popping up, who can resist? But it's really worth thinking about how much bang you're getting for your buck over the long run. It's not just about the immediate price, but also the table's lifespan.”

Location

“The spot where you're planning to place your dining table, whether in an open-plan area or next to distinct architectural features, can dictate its size, shape, and material,” says Zar. “For instance, tables in sunny spots might age faster due to UV rays. If your table's near a high-traffic area, you might want something more durable. In open spaces, choosing a table that's pleasing from all angles is a good idea, since it's on full display.”

Materials

When shopping for any kind of furniture, be it comfortable couches, sleeper sofas or, yes, dining tables, what it’s made of is a huge factor to consider. “The table's material influences its durability, aesthetics, maintenance needs, and price,” explains Zar. “While wood offers a classic appeal, it reacts to environmental changes, like temperature and humidity. Glass, though modern and sleek, is a magnet for fingerprints. Metal, with its industrial charm, is sturdy but may lack the warmth you're aiming for. Marble and stone scream luxury, but they need a bit more love to maintain their look. And remember, even though that marble table might seem like the star of a magazine spread, if you've got kids, it could become a hub for unexpected 'art' and stains.”

Use

“Your table's primary function can be a guiding star,” concludes Zar. “If it's the mainstay for daily family dinners, you might lean toward a hard-wearing option. But if you're showcasing it during special events, perhaps aesthetics can take the driver’s seat. And if you're the host with the most, consider a versatile table that can accommodate both intimate dinners and big bashes.”

Our top picks for the best dining tables

Best splurge dining table: Herman Miller Eames Round Table

For those happy to splash out a little on a dining table, Brad Smith, interior designer and CEO at Omni Home Ideas, suggests looking at this classic Eames round table from Herman Miller. Smith describes it as, “A timeless design with impeccable craftsmanship,” and since it’s available in a variety of sizes, with multiple options for both the table top and the base finish, it’ll go with just about any decor you have.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 30, 36, or 48 inches diameter x 28.5 inches high
  • Material: Walnut, white ash, or laminate top, aluminum or polished aluminum base
  • Seating capacity: 4-6
  • Shape: Round
  • Price on publish: $1,295-$1,610

What we like:

  • Lots of options for customization
  • Also available in rectangular or square shapes

What we don’t like:

  • On the expensive end for a smaller table

The bottom line:

A sleek, versatile table with enough options to suit any style of room.

Best splurge dining table
Herman Miller Eames Round Table

Herman Miller Eames Round Table

Best budget dining table: Zinus Louis Modern Studio Collection Soho Dining Table

At the other end of the pricing spectrum is this bench and table combo, recommended by Mariya Snisar, head of interior design at Renowell. “This sturdy set features black steel tubing and a neatly-done surface panel, boasting a rich, brown wood grain finish,” she says. A great space-saving option, both the benches fit neatly underneath the table so you don’t trip over them when not in use.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 48 inches x 30 inches x 29 inches
  • Material: Wood, steel
  • Seating capacity: 4
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Price on publish: $239.99

What we like:

  • Compact
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to put together
  • Comes with benches

What we don’t like:

  • Several customer reviews note various parts of the table arrived damaged or scratched
  • Bench seating may not be the most comfortable for some

The bottom line:

A cheap, compact option for those looking to save space and money.

Best budget dining table
ZINUS Louis Modern Studio Collection Soho Dining Table with Two Benches (3 piece set) - Espresso

ZINUS Louis Modern Studio Collection Soho Dining Table with Two Benches (3 piece set) - Espresso

Best wood dining table: West Elm Anderson Solid Wood Expandable Dining Table

“This dining table is made of sustainably sourced wood, with a beautiful grain,” enthuses Smith. It features a clean, uncluttered design, modern, angular legs, and is crafted from solid acacia wood, but it’s the fact that it’s also extendable that makes this such a win. The two drop-in leaves allow for up to eight people to enjoy a meal, and should you be interested, it coordinates neatly with West Elm’s Anderson dining bench (although you’ll have to buy that separately).

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 40-90 inches (depending on number of leaves used) x 40 inches x 29.5 inches
  • Material: Solid acacia wood
  • Seating capacity: 4-8
  • Shape: Square or rectangular (depending on number of leaves used)
  • Price on publish: $1,399

What we like:

  • Extendable
  • Beautiful design

What we don’t like:

  • Some reviews note the legs have the potential to wobble if not well maintained

The bottom line:

A stylish and versatile dining table suitable for both small and larger groups.

Best wood dining table
West Elm Anderson Solid Wood Expandable Dining Table

West Elm Anderson Solid Wood Expandable Dining Table

Best value dining table: Castlery Seb Dining Table

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck—or perhaps, the most table for your tender—then Castlery’s Seb dining table is for you. “A remarkable blend of style, craftsmanship, and value, this table becomes the star of any dining room,” says Artem Kropovinsky, an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in NYC. “Its timeless elegance promises years of admiration and hearty meals.”

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 59 inches x 31.4 inches x 29.5 inches
  • Material: Solid acacia wood
  • Seating capacity: 6
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Price on publish: $629

What we like:

  • Durable
  • Sturdy
  • Also available in a 71-inch length

What we don’t like:

  • Some customer reviews note that the table’s finish is rougher (or “more distressed”) than they expected

The bottom line:

A simple, but elegant table that’ll stand the test of time.

Best value dining table
Seb Dining Table, 59"

Seb Dining Table, 59"

Best extendable dining table: Crate & Barrel Lakin Extendable Dining Table

We’ve had a few excellent extending dining tables on our list already, but if extendability is your priority, the Crate and Barrel Lakin is Snisar’s top pick. Available in either teak or oak, and in three different size options, its wooden top has rustic farmhouse vibes, while its sturdy metal legs give it an air of industrial toughness. By adding the two leaves, it can seat up to ten people, so don’t skimp on the dinner party invitations.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 61-99/81-119/106-144 inches long (depending on size bought and number of leaves used) x 38 inches x 29.5 inches
  • Material: Teak or oak top, aluminum legs
  • Seating capacity: 6-10
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Price on publish: $1,999-$2,599

What we like:

  • Stylish design
  • Durable
  • Multiple size options

What we don’t like:

  • A minority of customer reviews complain of having to request a replacement after receiving a scratch or chipped model

The bottom line:

A stylish, eye-catching table with the potential to seat up to ten people.

Best extendable dining table
Crate & Barrel Lakin Extendable Dining Table

Crate & Barrel Lakin Extendable Dining Table

Best small dining table: Anthropologie Maja Dining Table

Small doesn’t have to mean anonymous, and if you’re looking to create a visually appealing area in a small space, this might be the table for you. “Perfectly suited for compact spaces, this table is a testament that grandeur can come in small sizes,” says Kropovinsky. “It's where classic wood meets modern aesthetics.”

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 46 inches in diameter x 30 inches high
  • Material: Ash wood top, resin base
  • Seating capacity: 4
  • Shape: Round
  • Price on publish: $1,198

What we like:

  • Striking
  • Attractive

What we don’t like:

  • Very heavy for its size (130 pounds)
  • Expensive
  • Sculptural base does reduce leg room

The bottom line:

A small and certainly very heavy table, but with a striking look that will make the most out of a small space.

Best small dining table
Maja Double Pedestal Dining Table

Maja Double Pedestal Dining Table

Best small rectangular dining table: Bette Metal Outdoor Dining Table

Although Snisar’s pick for this category is sold as an outdoor table, there’s nothing to say you shouldn’t place it indoors, especially if you’re going for a more modern or colorful look. Made of sturdy, yet lightweight metal and available in four different colors—bright white, a more utilitarian gray, or striking shades of green or orange—it seats up to eight people.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 71 inches x 35 inches x 30 inches
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Seating capacity: 8
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Price on publish: $940

What we like:

  • Vivid colors
  • Easy to assemble
  • Durable

What we don’t like:

  • A little expensive for what it is

The bottom line:

An outdoor table that you’ll be happy to bring indoors for a more modern look.

Best small rectangular dining table
Bette Metal Outdoor Dining Table

Bette Metal Outdoor Dining Table

Best oval dining table: Crate & Barrel Panos Dining Table

Can’t decide between round or rectangular? Split the difference! “This contemporary showstopper brings an artful touch to any dining space,” says Kropovinsky. “The unique leg design and oval top showcase the rich grain of the acacia wood.” Available in three different finishes—regular, sandy, or black—the table’s pleasingly curved legs continue the oval theme right down to the floor.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 94 inches x 42 inches x 30 inches
  • Material: Solid acacia wood
  • Seating capacity: 6
  • Shape: Oval
  • Price on publish: $1,399-$1,419 (depending on finish)

What we like:

  • Sophisticated
  • Sculptural

What we don’t like:

  • Needs to be kept out of direct sunlight

The bottom line:

A stunning table designed to be the centerpiece of any dining room.

Best oval dining table
Crate & Barrel Panos Dining Table

Crate & Barrel Panos Dining Table

Best farmhouse dining table: Sand & Stable Amelia Dining Table

When you think farmhouse table, you think chunky, wooden solidity, and that’s absolutely what you get here. “This is a rustic gem that exudes coastal farmhouse allure,” says Kropovinsky. “Its trestle base and decorative trim blend old-world charm with modern design elements.” Now all you need is a few goats and chickens to complete the effect.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 71.63 inches x 35.38 inches x 30.25 inches
  • Material: Solid and manufactured wood
  • Seating capacity: 8
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Price on publish: $590

What we like:

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Rustic

What we don’t like:

  • Use of manufactured wood might be off-putting to those looking for a classic, solid wood table

The bottom line:

A rustic-looking table that will look good just about anywhere.

Best farmhouse dining table
Sand & Stable Amelia Dining Table

Sand & Stable Amelia Dining Table

Best outdoor dining table: Christopher Knight Home Della Acacia Wood Dining Table

Eating outdoors doesn’t have to mean a rickety picnic bench, as this elegant dining table shows. Available in three different finishes—dark brown top with white legs, and gray or teak with rustic metal legs—it’s both weather- and water-resistant. “I love how this table combines acacia wood on the top and rustic metal finish on the legs for a contrast that enhances its overall appeal,” comments Snisar.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 69 inches x 32.25 inches x 29.5 inches
  • Material: Acacia wood top, metal legs
  • Seating capacity: 6
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • Price on publish: $269.49-$303.99

What we like:

  • Weather-resistant
  • Three finish options
  • Easy to assemble

What we don’t like:

  • A minority of reviews voice concerns about durability

The bottom line:

An outdoor dining table that looks good enough to use inside.

Best outdoor dining table
Christopher Knight Home Della Acacia Wood Dining Table

Christopher Knight Home Della Acacia Wood Dining Table

What is the best place to buy a dining room table?

The short answer is, just about anywhere that sells furniture. “You can buy your dining table from various places such as established furniture stores, online retailers (popular ones include Bed Bath & Beyond [previously known as Overstock], Wayfair, and Amazon), custom furniture makers, home décor retailers (I love the likes of Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and IKEA), antique shops, estate sales and auctions, as well as local artisans and craftsmen,” says Snisar. “You could also buy from designer showrooms, thrift stores, and second-hand markets, and warehouse clubs such as Costco.”

“Your choice of venue largely depends on your priorities,” adds Zar. “Local furniture stores give you the tangible advantage—you can touch, feel, and visualize the table in your space. On the other hand, online platforms like Amazon or Wayfair offer a broader range, often at competitive prices, but lack that tactile experience. For those seeking uniqueness, custom furniture makers are invaluable, albeit often pricier. Vintage stores are a wildcard, potentially offering both value and distinctiveness.”

How we selected the best dining tables

Our selections were made through consultations with our panel of experts, who have decades of interior design and furniture experience among them. We also conducted thorough research to ensure every table we included had mostly positive customer reviews.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What type of dining table is most durable?

“A solid wood dining table, particularly those made from hardwoods like oak, maple, or walnut, tends to be the most durable option,” advises Snisar. “I love these tables for their longevity and ability to withstand everyday use and occasional impacts. On top of that, you can refinish them if they suffer minor scratches or wear over time.”

Kropovinsky agrees, adding that you should opt for tables with solid joinery, avoiding those that are merely glued or nailed together.

How much should a good dining table cost?

“Tables span a wide pricing spectrum,” warns Zar. “While budget tables ($100-$500) might suffice for temporary needs, mid-range ($500-$1,500) typically offer better longevity and design. High-end ones, starting at $1,500, often come with design premiums and superior craftsmanship.”

What is the best wood for a dining table?

“Typically, when it comes to choosing the best wood, hardwoods tend to be more robust and have a longer lifespan compared to softwoods,” says Snisar. “Common hardwoods utilized for wooden table tops in the United States include red oak, white oak, cherry, hard maple, and walnut.”

How can you tell if a table is good quality?

Kropovinsky suggests checking for the following to ensure you’re making a worthwhile investment:

  • It feels sturdy, with no wobbles or creaks
  • The finish is smooth, uniform, and free from bubbles or rough patches
  • The joints are tight, and there's an attention to detail in areas like table edges and leg attachments

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