What are the best overbed tables? Our team have tested a variety of products for pros, cons and features below
Product reviews of the best overbed tables
We spent over 80 hours testing more than 30 different models of overbed tables.
Needless to say, we found a lot of differences in their performance. In the end our top pick is the Elite Care overbed table.
It features a sturdy frame, is stable and easy to manoeuvre.
We also handpicked 7 more top performing overbed tables. This was based on reliability, convenience and comfort.
The Coavas adjustable overhead table is the most lightweight overbed table on our list and features twin table tops.
Read on for our product comparison table and in depth look at the top performers.
Elite Care Overbed Table Review – 98%
We immediately liked the simplicity that came with adjusting the height of the Elite Care overbed table.
You can use a single finger to lift the table top.
The table has a large table top 76cm x 38cm which easily and safely goes over a bed or chair. Please compare with some of the other tables advertised which have small tops and dont raise high enough.
Bringing the table down is also simple and requires just a turn of the knob at the back. This table also comes with a large spacious top.
The downside is that the tubular legs are quite thick which means that it had trouble going under a divan bed. The frame is strong but the stability is not the best. Unlike the Patterson medical overbed table, this one is a bit wobbly.
Days Height Adjustable Overbed Table Review – 94%
We immediately liked how lightweight and simple to push the days height overbed table was. Adjusting the height was also simple.
Table with plastic top measures 24
Four independently turning castor wheels made it simple to maneuver the overbed table.
However, we didn’t like the plastic top. It looked cheap. The table top is not the largest which means that using it with the bed means that you have to sit close to the edge.
Elite Care Deluxe Twin Top Overbed Table Review – 92%
We immediately liked how simple it was to move the deluxe twin top by Elite care.
- Over bed table ideal for use in the bedroom or the lounge. Easy to lower or raise the table.
- Easy to tilt the large table top for reading etc. Swivel castors allow easy positioning and moving.
- Easy maintained wipe clean top and frame. The over bed table also has brakes fitted onto 2 of the castors.
The four castor wheels move independently making pushing and pulling the table simple.
We also liked the double top. You can use one for the laptop while the other for a cup of coffee making it a convenient and comfortable to use overbed table.
However, we didn’t like that while the larger table is sturdy, the smaller one is not.
Assembling the table also took a bit of time compared to the NRS Healthcare M15691. The base is also set high and doesn’t not go easily under low lying furniture.
Medical Adjustable Overbed Bedside Table with Wheels – 92%
We liked the hardwood table top of the adapt Medical Adjustable Overbed Bedside Table.
The frame is chrome plated which means that it will last a long time. Another thing that we noticed and liked is how easy it was to clean the table. It was also quite sturdy.
The height adjustability is not the best however especially for hospital beds.
Also, the lip on the side of the table that is intended to prevent things from sliding off is quite large and uncomfortable. This is especially true when using a smaller sized laptop.
NRS Healthcare M15691 Portable Overbed Table – 88%
The first thing we found out with the M15691 was how simple and quick it was to assemble only requiring a few minutes.
- NRS Healthcare M15691 Portable Overbed/Chair Table Wheeled
- Height adjustable table for use over a bed or a chair, portable with four castors to roll into position
- Tilts up to 45 degrees for use when reading. Wheeled Table Height Adjustable: 520-820mm (20-32"), Table top: 530 x 400mm (20¾-15¾"), Footprint:565 x 435mm (22¼ x 17¼"), Maximum tilt: 45 degrees, Wheeled clearance required 80mm (3¼"), Maximum load weight: 5KG (11lbs)
We also like the high-quality construction and the simplicity of adjusting for height and tilt.
However, we didn’t like the fact that unlike the Patterson Medical overbed table, this one was not very sturdy and can be knocked over.
The design of the table means that any spillage can sip into the spaces at the edge and cause it to deform.
Patterson Medical Overbed Table Cantilever, Wheels – 88%
We liked how simple it was to move the Patterson medical overbed table. The 4 castor wheels move independently to make movement easy.
Height adjustable overbed table is adjustable from 610 to 910 mm which is ideal for a variety of uses and preferences of the user
Adjusting for height was also simple and the table also allowed for tilt adjustment.
The frame is very sturdy and stable compared to the NRS M01278.
On the downside, the overbed table didn’t leave much room once used next to the bed.
The table legs are quite narrow and not the best when you want to put your feet between them. Also, when pushing the Patterson medical, we did notice that the castor wheels tend to get stuck.
NRS Healthcare M01278 Overbed and Chair Table – 88%
We instantly liked the versatility of the NRS Healthcare M01278. Its height adjustability makes it possible to use on the bed as well as sited on a chair.
- NRS Healthcare M01278 sturdy table for use when you're in bed or chair, ideal at mealtimes, for reading, writing or hobbies
- Tubular steel design slides under bed or chair bringing table top close to you
- Table top tilts up to 45 degrees and features raised edges to prevent spillage
We also liked its sturdy steel frame and the sliding mechanism that makes it simple to use.
The main draw back that we noted is that the locking mechanism on the wheel tends to come off by itself.
We also didn’t like that it wasn’t the most stable overbed table. The screws on the table were also too short and didn’t provide a tight and very secure fit.
Coavas Adjustable Overbed Table Review – 84%
Unlike the NRS Healthcare M15691, the Coavas comes with 5 independently moving wheels. We liked that they provided the table with excellent support.
We also liked that it can be used on both sides of the bed and is tilt adjustable. It has a baffle that stops your smartphone, table or laptop from sliding off.
The main drawback that we noted is that the Coavas overbed table doesn’t go very far over the bed to use a laptop easily and you will need to sit very close to the edge which isn’t very comfortable.
This is not the best overbed table for low lying furniture as the base is set quite high.
Frequently asked questions
What Is an Overbed Tables?
This is a rectangular table that is mainly used by hospital patients. It features casters for easy movement and a height adjustment system.
Overbed tables are designed to span the width of the hospital bed and make it possible for patients to perform tasks such as writing and eating.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of an Overbed Tables?
Compared to bed trays, overbed tables have a lot more functionality.
When loved ones come home from the hospital and need to spend a lot of time in bed, overbed tables allows them to still perform a few tasks as they recover.
Overbed tables also provides room to place a few basic necessities such as a mobile phone, pen, notebook or a newspaper.
If you are recovering from injury, you can spend more time in bed to help you recover faster.
When injured is not the only time that you require an overhead table.
If your physician recommends bed rest due to say, pregnancy, an overbed table will certainly help you sleep and rest better by placing all your necessities close by and eliminating the need to move more.
However, overbed tables also come with a few drawbacks.
Firstly, if there is not enough clearance between the top of the bed and the base of the overbed table, getting on and off the bed can prove a bit difficult.
Also, some overbed tables are non-tilt which makes them harder to use especially with a laptop.
Often, overbed tables that allow for tilt are much more comfortable to use.
A lip at the bottom of the table will help prevent things from sliding off when you tilt
What Should I Look for When Choosing an Overbed Table?
An overbed table should come with a top that is simple to clean.
It should also have a large enough area to help you conveniently perform the activities that you engage in often.
Overbed tables need to have a height adjustment feature. This will help accommodate the height of the bed.
And don’t let the name fool you. overbed tables can also be used on a chair or a wheel chair as long as the height adjustment allows for this.
Speaking of height, it should be simple to adjust. After all you don’t want an equipment that is difficult to operate.
The aim here is to make life easier and not hard.
The top needs to also allows for tilting to ensure you enjoy the best possible angle for the task you want to perform on the overbed table.
The total weight of the overbed table is an important feature. Between 40 and 50pounds is best.
However, it’s good to keep in mind that the table is not designed to support your weight when standing up to get out of bed.
What’s the Approximate Price Range for an Overbed Table?
Overbed tables have a large price difference.
If you are on a tight budget, you can find an overbed table priced as low as £10.
However, there are some high-quality models that will come with a large price tag sometimes as high as £400.
What’s the Best Bedside Overbed Table for a Laptop?
The Coavas adjustable laptop desk overbed table is the best bedside overbed table for a laptop.
It can be used on both the left and right side of the bed and can be tilted to provide the best possible angle.
This is also a high-quality product that is simple to assemble and use.
What’s the Best Tilt Top Overbed Table?
The NRS Healthcare M01278 overbed and chair table is the best tilt top overbed table.
It is simple to assemble and features a sturdy frame. And let’s not forget it can be tilted for the most comfortable angle.
What’s the Best Rolling Overbed Table?
For the best rolling overbed table, we recommend the So Buy nursing home auto-touch overbed table.
It is easy to move, has a large table top and can be adjusted for both height and tilt.
This overbed table is sturdy and features a high-quality design.
What’s the Best Swivel Overbed Table?
The Elite Care overbed table with 4 castors and height adjustable top is the best swivel overbed table.
The four swivel castor wheels move independently making it simple to move and position the overbed table.
What’s the Best Hospital Style Overbed Table?
The NRS healthcare M15691 portable overbed table is the best hospital style overbed table.
Its height adjustability makes it possible to use with hospital bed.
It is also quite sturdy and features a powder coated steel frame for durability.
What’s the Best Tilting Overbed Table?
Tilting overbed tables allow you to easily read a newspaper or use your laptop without too much strain on your arms.
For that we recommend the Elite care deluxe twin top overbed table with adjustable height.
It is simple to adjust for height and tilt and features two table tops that are easy to clean.
What’s the Best Small Sized Overbed Table?
When space is limited, you obviously want a small size overbed table that is still able to offer functionality and convenience.
The greenhurst adjustable table allows for a height adjustment of between 46cm and 72cm, has a simple design and its steel frame provides extra sturdiness.