Whether you’re headed out into the great outdoors or hosting a conscious backyard get-together, these 7 camping chairs are the best bang for your buck.
Finding a solid, comfy portable chair that doesn’t break the bank is, essentially, an artform. Anyone who’s ever sat in a camping or lawn chair has sat in a terrible one. As such, finding the right chair for you can be frustrating, to say the least. With this in mind, Outsider.com has compiled the 7 best camping chairs available directly through Amazon. From classic brands like Coleman to GCI – one of these lucky 7 is sure to become your “best chair”.
Your “best chair” should be like a best friend. You can take it anywhere without being embarrassed. It brings you comfort. And most importantly: it doesn’t weigh you down. There’s a metric ton of cheap options out there, but we’ve put our best on it to bring you top quality for affordable prices.
Ready to find your travel buddy? Let’s dig in.
- Best Deal: Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camp Chair
- Best-Reviewed Item: Coleman Oversized Quad Folding Chair
- Staff Choice: Kijaro Dual Lock Chair for 2, ALPS’ King Kong chair for 1
- Surprise Hit: GCI’s FirePit Rocker
ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Lawn Chair
- Weight: 12.5 pounds
- Size: 38 x 20 x 38 inches
First things first: comfort is king. Whether that’s in lugging a chair around or sitting in it for long periods of time – a chair is near-pointless if not comfortable. As a result, if you stop right here and settle on ALPS’ King Kong chair, you won’t be disappointed. ALPS delivers excellent durability in their chairs – and they’re always attractive, to boot. This model, in particular, features a powder-coated steel frame. More importantly, the premium 600D polyester padded fabric is fit for a queen or king.
How robust is it? If you’re SO wants to sit on your lap – no problem. With a test-weight of 800 lbs, it’ll hold two campers no problem. And no top camping chair is complete without cup holders and a carrying bag, either. All are accounted for here. It’s fairly lightweight for including all of these features, as well. This does, however, come at a higher price. We’ve got plenty more affordable options below, too, if this one isn’t budget-friendly.
- Extremely durable for campers & hikers
- Padded, quilted fabric
- Steel frame, cup holders, carrying bag
- 800 lbs weight tested
- Pricey $$$
- Heavier than standard camping chair
Coleman Deck Chair Pro
- Weight: 7.12 pounds
- Size: 31.2 x 21.1 x 8.5 inches
Next up is one of the most solid deck chairs to come on the modern market. The Coleman Deck Chair Pro is near perfection for a foldable chair. A more robust design gives a larger seating space. In addition, any looking to chill and grill in the backyard will be thrilled with the Deck Chair Pro’s reinforced side-table and cup holder.
All of this does, however, come at the price of portability. While excellent for backyards and decks, the larger frame won’t be as suitable for campers – and definitely not hikers. It collapses with a handle for carrying but is not lightweight or storage-friendly as a result.
- Reinforced side-table & cup holder
- Wide frame for comfy seating
- Attractive design
- Carrying handle
- Pricey $$$
- Folds into large square, no carrying-case
- Much bulkier than collapsible camping chairs
- Weight tests at a low 225 lbs
Coleman Oversized Quad Folding Chair
- Weight: 7.69 pounds
- Size: 7.8 x 27 x 27 inches
If like many campers, however, you like to stick to trusted brands like Coleman – but want something more portable – then the Coleman Oversized Quad Folding Chair is an excellent option. It’s available in four attractive colors, each readily available on Amazon. The red option is a few bucks cheaper, as well. All of this, combined with its affordable price, has it ranking as Amazon’s top foldable lawn and camping chairs for 2020.
It’s a sturdy polyester classic designed with comfort in mind. The best part? It has a built-in cooler to keep your drinks and foods cold whilst chillin’ yourself. Combine this with its collapsible design and you’ve got an excellent best chair for home and adventure. As with most of Coleman’s products, it also comes with a storage pocket, as well.
- Affordably priced $
- Multiple colors available
- Collapses completely w/ carrying case
- Storage pocket
- Built-in cooler
- Smaller seating area
Cost: $30.99 – $34.99
GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker
- Item Weight: 11.9 Pounds
- Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 5.5 x 33.1 inches
Ready to rock? Here’s another beaut that steps up comfort without sacrificing durability. This collapsible rocker houses a patented “spring-action rocking technology” for smooth rocking on any surface. GCI’s FirePit Rocker is durable, too, with hollow powder-coated steel that keeps it relatively lightweight for what it is.
In addition, the weight-test is high for a portable rocker at 250 lbs. Tailgating, bonfires, grill-outs, and patio-laden evenings are all calling with this bad boy. The arms are also padded, and the front frame sports a cupholder. While it does fold and have a handle, it’s not going to completely collapse.
- All-terrain rocker
- “Spring-action rocking technology”
- Padded armrests
- Pricey $$$$
- Doesn’t fully collapse, only folds
- Bulkier design
Kijaro Dual Lock Chair
- Weight: 9.5 pounds
- Size: 35.4 x 26 x 37.4 inches
The Kijaro Dual Lock Chair is another exceptional “best chair” contender. While collapsible chairs are great – collapsing into one, however, is not. Built to last, the dual lock design has one key component most have only dreamed of. This is a chair that will never collapse on you while sitting in it, or getting out. Anyone who’s had this happen knows exactly what we’re referencing.
In addition, Kijaro has their camping chairs available in ten different color schemes. Like the best of outdoor chairs, this one also comes with a completely collapsible design and carrying bag. It also sports a zipping pocket, mesh pocket, and cellphone holder alongside dual cupholders.
- Dual lock system
- Multiple storage pockets
- Zipper pocket
- Dual cupholders
- Carrying bag
- Mesh back may be prone to rips
- Larger footprint
- Some colors not available for Amazon Prime
Kelty Low Loveseat Chair
- Weight: 14.6 pounds
- Size: 12 x 45 x 23 inches
Now here’s a modern marvel of the camping chair world. The Kelty Low Loveseat chair would make our list for novelty alone if it weren’t such an excellent product, as well. This great offering from Kelty comes set with everything you and a backyard and/or camping partner could ever want in a portable chair. The unique loveseat design sits two very comfortably, and doesn’t sacrifice collapsibility for it.
If you’re shopping for a lawn chair for you and the SO, this is the way to go. Super comfortable, this premium chair has every music festival, bonfire, or camping adventure’s name written all over it. Not only does it completely collapse into its carrying case, but the case itself has storage for other essential items, as well. In addition, the arms are adjustable in height – the only chair on this list to offer such a feature. If you see it in stock, however, act fast. The popularity of this chair means it sells out often. If Amazon doesn’t have any, BlackLeaf.com does.
- Extra padded for comfort
- Padded, durable carrying case
- Adjustable armrests
- Adjustable cupholders
- Built for two!
- Pricey $$$
- Very large footprint
- Popularity means Amazon goes out of stock regularly
Cost: $99.99 – above
Quik Shade Folding Camp Chair
- Size: 21.2 x 35.8 x 68 inches
- Weight unavailable
The last chair on our list is a must for beach-goers or long-term music festival dukes. Sun protection is a growing concern for much of the world. The Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Camping Chairs feature a collapsible canopy for those who need some serious shade. It’s polyester fabric is made to last, and is stain resistant, as well.
Surprisingly, this chair only weighs around 9 lbs. This is impressive for including the canopy. It’s weight tested for 225 lbs, as well. Combine all of this with its dual cupholders and storage pocket and you’ve got a chair that’ll take care of you in almost any situation. On top of all this – it’s one of the most affordable chairs on this list. It costs the same as most canopy-less chairs.
- Afforadble $
- Foldable canopy
- Dual cupholders & storage pocket
- Carrying case
- Smaller seating area
- Larger carrying size
- Slight sacrifice in comfort for canopy
Did you find your “best chair”? If you’re on the hunt for more than just chairs, we’ve compiled other camping essentials via Amazon in our 17 Amazon Camping Supplies You Didn’t Know You Needed.
Happy adventuring, fellow Outsiders!