Jetboil Sumo Stove

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Jetboil Sumo Stove and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 83 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.1 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 94

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Boils water quickly.
  • Easily fits the most commonly available size of fuel can.
  • Efficiently boils enough water or cooks a meal for two people, and accessories increase capacity.
  • Components all fit together for compact packing.

Expert Reviews

  • Stove is efficient, although trips longer than a few days will require packing several fuel canisters.
  • Stove functions well even in wind gusts and cold temperatures.
  • Easy to light with no flare-ups.
  • Can simmer.
  • Jetboil pots and stoves of different sizes are compatible with one another and nest together.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Some users reported holes or plastic components melting after only a few uses.
  • One user reported the stove failed on a multi-day trip.
  • Boils water quickly but too small for more complex meals, or to feed several people.

Expert Reviews

  • Plastic components cracked after moderate use.
  • Construction is flimsy. Metal and plastic parts separated from one another.
  • While the stacking system makes it compact, the stacking method is not intuitive.
  • Stove must be used with the pot support if other pots are used; instructions do not make this clear and assembly is not obvious.
  • Fuel canisters are not refillable.


The Jetboil Sumo Stove is part of the Jetboil system of burners, pots and accessories. The Sumo boils water in two to four minutes, and is well-suited for a quick meal of coffee and oatmeal, or packaged noodles. The stove is self-contained, with components that nest together, although some of the components are fragile and fitting everything back together can be a little complicated. The reliable push-button lighter makes it easy to light the stove with no flare-ups.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.