The Outwell Padres is a new range of Kitchen Table/Storage units that Outwell introduced in 2016. We put the Padres XL to the test.
Yes, I'm a bit of an Outwell fanboy, but you have to agree that this looks like a great bit of kit.
Our Score: 9.8/10
We've given the Outwell Padres XL Camp Kitchen the Thumbs Up award.
- The Outwell Padres XL looks fantastic, has great storage, can use with a stove and a sink, and is quick and easy to put up.
The not so good
- These are so popular, that a lot of retailers have sold out already.
This was a hands-on product review. The product was supplied to us to test and conduct the review.
Outwell Padres XL Camp Kitchen has a recommended retail price of £217.
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We've always found that when camping multiple nights with the family, a good place to store and prepare food makes all the difference.
If you don't have much other camping furniture, getting a decent family kitchen unit should be high on your list.
We've been using Outwell kitchen units for quite some years now. Even when nearly wild camping, the ability to pop up the kitchen unit and store all the food, pans, etc., helps keep things tidy and off the ground.
Last year we reviewed the excellent Drayton kitchen unit, with its built-in sink and utensil storage. Well, it has done it again with its new Outwell Padres XL unit this year.
The first thing you notice about this kitchen unit is the bamboo top. I like the look of this. Plus, bamboo is quite a hard-wearing material too.
Easy to Put Up
the less time spent setting up camp, the more time you can spend enjoying it
The legs on the Padres XL pop-up. This mechanism is similar to the Outwell Lucia storage unit we've reviewed in the past. However, I was pleased to see they've done serious re-engineering to strengthen the joints.
This means you get a big storage unit that is very quick and simple to put up, which is very welcome, as the less time spent setting up camp, the more time you can enjoy it.
There are two cupboards for storage, each with two shelves. The storage area has a mesh vent keeping the storage area dry, making it ideal for storing food.
A neat design on the Outwell Padres XL is that you can remove the middle shelves, making it easy to store something taller if needed.
You do this simply by unzipping the upper shelves.
On top of the Padres XL are slots for a stove windshield, which comes supplied.
Of course, this fits neatly around an Outwell Chef stove, though it will work with other stoves too.
There are slots at the back of the windshield to route your gas cable, keeping it safely away from the cooking area and out of sight.
To the unit's right is a pull-out rail, complete with hanging hooks.
Now this could be ideal for hanging a tea towel and other utensils, but where this shines is that it is designed to be the exact dimensions for the Outwell Collaps Kitchen Sink.
Safety Note: If you have kids whose head height is the same as where the hooks are, we recommend you don't put the hooks on, or if you do, hang the hook so that it points inwards.
Outwell Padres XL vs. Drayton Kitchen Unit
In the table below, we compare two fantastic kitchen units from Outwell.
Both are similar sizes. The Drayton has a sink; the Padres XL has a Collaps Sink support.
The Outwell Padres XL comes with a gas stove windshield; the Drayton doesn't.
I think this is a great design feature. In one easy-to-put-up unit, you have storage, cooking, preparing, and cleaning.
It certainly gets the GOWTK Thumbs Up award as a great family camping kit.
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