Who says a beach chair is just for the beach? The hallmark design feature, a low stance and comfortably angled back, works for a huge variety of outdoor settings from afternoons at the beach, to grassy concert venues, to evenings around the campfire, and beyond. But finding a great seat can be a tall order. It has to fit right, store and carry conveniently, and hold up to the rigors of outdoor adventures.
So, why waste time and money on chairs that won’t hold up? We’ve done the research and assembled a diverse selection of seating for trips to the shore, amphitheater, park, and more. If you’re looking for the right chair to bring along, read on to check out the picks.
This beach chair offers an excellent value at less than $35. The low-profile chair features a powder-coated steel frame and rugged 600 denier polyester fabric. It’s sturdy enough to support up to 190 pounds. The space saving design folds nearly flat, making it easy to store and easy to carry.
Reviewers appreciate the low-rise seat, just 5.5 inches high, that keeps them close to the sand but off the ground. They also say the compact size makes it easy to carry between the car and the beach. Says one reviewer, “Simple lightweight chair to carry to [the] park or beach. Sits low to [the] ground. If you are older or have bad knees- may have to be a little creative to get back up. Way better than sitting on the ground.”
Roomy and sturdy folding beach chair for under $50. This is built for heavy use with diamond ripstop polyester fabric, rust resistant frame, and fast drying ballistic mesh on the seat and back. It comfortably supports up to 300 pounds. It features a detachable pillow headrest, two ballistic mesh cup holders, a built in cooler, convenient carry straps on the chair frame and bag, and a water resistant accessory organizer
Reviewers give the Kijaro Coast chair high marks for comfort, lightweight, and sturdiness. One customer raves, “It’s super comfortable, LOVE the padded headrest”. “I’m a ‘lean way back and stretch out my legs’ kinda guy…So this was a perfect chair for me” says another. As for storage capacity, “On one side the cooler came in handy…Could hold many drinks at once! The other arm rest had the perfect size pocket to hold my cell, wallet and flip flops”.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive packable chair, this Moon Lence folding chair comes at a value price, under $35. It offers durable construction of 600D Oxford cloth and a high-strength aluminum alloy frame. Small and strong, this chair weighs in at just 2 pounds but holds up to 242 pounds. The unique ergonomic design and breathable material offers a super comfy place to relax at the beach, or on a wilderness adventure.
One reviewer offers, “Took it out for 16 day 140 mile trip and this chair was awesome to have. Strapped it to the outside of my pack and I could be sitting in one minute from the time I dropped my pack.” Another shared, “I ended up getting a second one.” It receives overall high marks for lightweight, portability, comfort, support, and sturdiness.
Coleman’s simply designed folding sling chair is built for comfort and convenience, for under $45. This low, slightly reclined seat holds up to 250 pounds, and weighs just over 5 pounds. The front of the chair sits about 6 inches above the sand, while the back is nearly at ground level. It includes a cup holder on one arm rest, and a storage pocket in the back. A convenient storage bag with shoulder strap is included.
Reviewers give this chair better than four stars for easy to fold, comfort, and sturdiness. “Very comfortable and good quality. Doesn’t take up much space in my trunk, easy to carry” relates a happy customer. Another reports, “They fit beautifully under our small beach tent.” Overall this chair stands out as comfortable and conveniently portable.
For those who prize comfort over portability, the Zero Gravity Chair could be a great choice. It sits at full chair height and features a smooth recline function with dual fingertip locking system for ultimate comfort. The breathable mesh and polyester sling, and padded headrest with removable cushion provide excellent comfort and coolness. The sturdy frame is made of iron phosphate powder-coated high-strength steel for durability and rust protection. This chair supports up to 300 pounds.
This is a full size chair and customers appreciate that it comes fully assembled. “No assembly, easy to move, easy to open and use” according to one reviewer. It may also help with back pain. Another reviewer shares, “I just recently threw out my back…unfolded the chair and sat on it for about 5 minutes. The relief was incredible!”
Alps Mountaineering has created a tough, lightweight little chair that is built to last. It features a sturdy powder-coated steel frame, with strong mesh fabric for outstanding stability and breathability. The weight capacity is 300 pounds. The low profile and wide stance is roomy enough for larger adults to sit in comfort. No extra bells and whistles with this one, just a sturdy little chair that will handle lots of hard use for less than $75.
Amazon reviewers give this chair a perfect five stars for support, along with excellent marks for lightweight, sturdy, and comfort. They rely on this chair for beach days, outdoor concert venues, family reunions, camping, fishing, and more. One reviewer says, “Great chair, comfortable and well constructed.” Another reports, “…comfortable and well built. The cloth is thick, rugged, well stitched and trimmed.”
This KingCamp sling chair supports up to 300 pounds and costs less than $65. It is built with a heavy duty steel frame for strength, and covered with 600D Oxford fabric for durability and comfort. The seat is more than 23 inches wide, a comfortable width for a variety of body types. Wide anti-skid leg caps resist sinking in sand and slipping on hard surfaces.
Users give this chair great reviews for durability, lightweight, sturdiness, and comfort. One user raves, “I LOVE that it collapses into a bag because it takes up much less room in the vehicle and is much easier to pack.” It’s also conveniently lightweight. According to another reviewer, “Super light; which is important when I’m dragging a wagon FULL of stuff a mile away from my car.”
One of the more innovative chairs in our list, this one reclines to a lying position and includes backpack straps for easy carry. The Ostrich On Your Back Chair sits low with a tall back, like a traditional beach chair. But the back also reclines fully, and includes an open/close face cavity with pillow and arm slots for those who want the option to lie facedown for reading or scrolling social media while sunbathing. And it’s built strong, with a weight capacity of 325 pounds. All for less than $75.
The Ostrich On Your Back Chair gets great reviews for comfort and durability. One user remarked, “Super durable material does not stretch out like a lot of the ones I’ve used in the past.” If you’re looking for an easy to carry, comfortable, well built chair, this could be a great choice.
Toddlers want their own stuff, so here’s a quality kids’ chair and umbrella for under $30. The chair frame is sturdily built and covered with durable polyester fabric. The umbrella and chair conveniently fold and store in the included drawstring carry bag. Use the convenient carry strap to tote the chair to the beach, campground, soccer game, or playtime in the backyard.
Reviewers appreciate the simplicity, durability and convenience of the chair. From one user, “Umbrella does stay up! My son is four and a huge four, and my daughter is two, and they fit good.” Another reviewer appreciates the safety features, “It also has clips to prevent the child from closing the chair”.
Easy to carry and featuring a simple design, the ONIVA Beachcomber offers the simplicity of a mat plus the added comfort of a sturdy, adjustable backrest. This fully padded beach recliner is made of durable polyester, featuring a large zippered pocket for personal items and an easy carry shoulder strap. The steel frame reclining backrest adds some support for relaxing on the sand, and reclines fully for napping.
Overall, reviewers liked that this beach mat is lightweight and easy to fold. “Easy to adjust. Easy to put up and take down. Super lightweight” says one reviewer. Another adds, “They are really light, easy to carry with the shoulder strap, and have a zipper pouch on the back for storing phone and wallet while I was in the water.” Simple.
Downtime is limited, and you want to make the most of it. Don’t waste your vacation in an awkward, cramped seat. Instead, grab one of these comfy beach chairs for some quality rest and relaxation.
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