As the weather gets more and more picnic-perfect, you may be starting to plan wholesome get-togethers with your friends and family. A detail that you don't want to overlook for your sanity and convenience is how to transport the important goods in an easy and aesthetic way. That's why we researched the best picnic baskets for groups of two and four and created a ranking of the top five of each.
The White Wicker Picnic Basket for Two by Inno Stage placed first in our rankings for how much it can pack and the extras that are included. Juvale's Delux Double Lid Classic Wicker Picnic Basket also took the number one spot for its quality and how much it can store. We found many other great picnic baskets that are sure to fit picnics of all kinds and have put together a buying guide to help you choose, so go on and continue reading to find your perfect picnic basket!
Here's our list of the top five picnic baskets for two. We picked the baskets based on factors like appearance, durability, design, and extras.
|Material||Wicker, tartan fleece blanket, PU leather straps|
|Dimensions||15.75 x 11 x 7 in.|
|Extras||2 sets of tableware, ceramic plates, cotton napkins, wine glasses, one bottle opener, picnic blanket|
|Dimensions||16 x 9.5 x 14.5 in.|
|Extras||Two sets of tableware, acrylic wine glasses, one bottle opener|
|Dimensions||17.25 x 13.5 x 8.25 in.|
|Extras||Removable cotton/poly blend lining|
|Dimensions||15.25 x 17.75 x 10.5 in.|
|Extras||2 sets of tableware, wine glasses, napkins, one cutting board, one corkscrew, cheese knife, salt and pepper shakers, tablecloth|
|Material||Willow, faux leather straps|
|Dimensions||15 x 7.8 x 10.5 in.|
|Extras||2 sets of tableware, wine glasses, napkins, one bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, blanket|
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White Wicker Picnic Basket
Piccadilly Willow Picnic Basket
Country Picnic Basket
Lauren Modern Heart Picnic Basket
Picnic Basket Set
A Basket With All the Picnic Extras You Need
A Classic Dual-Lid Basket Lined in Classic Red Gingham
A Classic Picnic Basket to Set the Picnic Mood
A Heart-Shaped Basket for Special Picnics
A Great Party Basket That Comes With a Waterproof Blanket
|Material||Wicker, tartan fleece blanket, PU leather straps||Willow||Willow||Willow, cotton||Willow, faux leather straps|
|Dimensions||15.75 x 11 x 7 in.||16 x 9.5 x 14.5 in.||17.25 x 13.5 x 8.25 in.||15.25 x 17.75 x 10.5 in.||15 x 7.8 x 10.5 in.|
|Extras||2 sets of tableware, ceramic plates, cotton napkins, wine glasses, one bottle opener, picnic blanket||Two sets of tableware, acrylic wine glasses, one bottle opener||Removable cotton/poly blend lining||2 sets of tableware, wine glasses, napkins, one cutting board, one corkscrew, cheese knife, salt and pepper shakers, tablecloth||2 sets of tableware, wine glasses, napkins, one bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, blanket|
As the saying goes, the more the merrier! Here are the top five best picnic baskets for four people. Convenience, ease of use, and spaciousness were some of the important points we took into consideration when curating this list.
|Insulation||Yes, 1 compartment|
|Dimensions||21 x 14.5 x 10.3 in.|
|Extras||Aluminum insulation, 4 sets of tableware, glasses, 1 corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers|
|Dimensions||18.5 x 11.5 x 10.5 in.|
|Extras||Front pocket, aluminum swivel handles|
|Extras||4 sets of tableware, acrylic wine glasses, napkins, 1 bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, cheese board, cheese knife|
|Material||Willow, polyester and cotton lining|
|Dimensions||18.9 x 13.8 x 11 in.|
|Extras||Fully removable lid serves as a surface|
|Insulation||Yes, one compartment|
|Dimensions||18 x 13 x 8.5 in.|
|Extras||4 sets of tableware, glasses, locking latch|
Picnic at Ascot
Bee & Willow
Delux Double Lid Classic Wicker Picnic Basket
Insulated Folding Picnic Basket
Extra Large Picnic Basket for 4
Canasta Picnic Basket
The Ultimate Basket With Plenty of Storage Space
A Canvas Take on the Traditional Picnic Basket
A Functional and Insulated Picnic Basket
A Sturdy and Simple Two-Strand Weave Design Basket
A Space for All of Your Picnic Necessities
|Material||Not specified||Polyester canvas||Not specified||Willow, polyester and cotton lining||Willow|
|Insulation||Yes, 1 compartment||Yes||Yes||No||Yes, one compartment|
|Dimensions||21 x 14.5 x 10.3 in.||18.5 x 11.5 x 10.5 in.||Not specified||18.9 x 13.8 x 11 in.||18 x 13 x 8.5 in.|
|Extras||Aluminum insulation, 4 sets of tableware, glasses, 1 corkscrew, salt and pepper shakers||Front pocket, aluminum swivel handles||4 sets of tableware, acrylic wine glasses, napkins, 1 bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, cheese board, cheese knife||Fully removable lid serves as a surface||4 sets of tableware, glasses, locking latch|
There are several iterations of the classic picnic basket look as well as non-traditional options to choose from. Think about what the most important aspect of a picnic basket is for you. Decide what kind of look you are going for, how much you can fit inside, whether it comes with extra things, and if you need insulation.
You want to be able to fit enough food and drinks to leave everyone at your picnic satisfied. By choosing the picnic basket based on how many people you intend to serve, you avoid being stuck with a basket that’s big and tedious to carry or too small to fit enough food and drinks for everyone.
Additionally, if your basket of choice comes with a blanket, you may want to check that the blanket is big enough for everyone. If you're going on a picnic with a large group of people, a regular blanket might be too small. So make sure you have a big blanket or placemat so that everyone is comfortable.
Think about how the basket opens and closes or where the handles are located. That affects how you carry the basket and what happens to its contents.
Some picnic baskets are like suitcases where you pack your items while the basket is on its side, but carry it upright, which can cause the contents to roll around. On the other hand, you can find picnic baskets where you can pack everything upright and carry it the same way, minimizing the chances of causing a mess inside.
You might also be interested in compartments, so you can separate different types of items or organize the contents more neatly. Another option is getting a basket that has little pockets or straps on the side or the lid to carry things like cutlery, plates, glasses, and more.
If you're new to the world of picnics, you may want to get a basket that comes with extra things such as tableware, plated, napkins, glasses, or even a blanket. Getting a set like this can save you the stress as well as the time of looking for all of those things separately.
Some picnic basket sets come with high-quality tableware, such as ceramic plates, real wine glasses, and stainless steel utensils. While they may feel better to use and are sturdier in some ways, they can weigh a lot in the basket. Glasses and plates also have the chance of breaking if they're not secured properly.
Alternatively, many picnic baskets come with tableware that is partly or entirely made of plastic. Plastic tableware can look cheap or feel flimsy, but they are lightweight and less likely to break if dropped or tossed around.
Traditionally, picnic baskets are wicker baskets made out of willow. Willow is a type of wood that is light and flexible, yet strong and durable. Other natural options include rattan, a type of strong wood that is frequently used for the handles.
Canvas is a great alternative to the wickerwork basket that still looks classic. Some advantages include its durability, color options, and ease of cleaning. However, they can be tedious to deal with if they get wet or if something leaks inside them.
Artificial materials like plastic or aluminum can provide benefits like insulation. Depending on the places you intend to picnic, you may want to keep an eye out for waterproof or water-resistant options. These baskets may not have the same classic look as a natural picnic basket, but they keep your picnic clean and dry.
If you live in a warm climate or have any picnic foods that need to stay refrigerated, insulation will be a feature you want to look for in a picnic basket. If you live in a cold area or don’t need to travel far for your picnic, you may be able to get away without insulation. Another option is to get a portable, removable insulated cooler to put in the basket.
However, many modern picnic baskets come with insulated lining to keep their contents cool. Some may have separate compartments that are insulated, so you can separate the things inside. Check if a basket has insulation before you buy it, and it may save you the worry of your food getting too warm!
Now that you have the basket, you may need some help with ideas of what to fill it with. Here are some item ideas that we recommend.
Home electronics, PC, camera
Cosmetics and skincare
Food and drinks
Kids and baby
Interior and furniture
DIY and tools
Sports and fitness
Books, CDs, DVDs
Cars and motorcycles
Housing equipment and renovation
Smartphones and mobile phones
Investment and asset management
Credit cards and loans