On camping trips, a log or tree stump can often become the go-to seat, but nothing gives you the much-needed support and comfort after a day of activities quite like a camping chair.
With many camping chairs on the market – and lots of different styles and prices – finding the right one can feel like a bit of a mission. And if you have ever sat on a saggy and uncomfortable chair, you’ll understand the importance of choosing wisely.
A good camping chair should not only offer comfort, it should also be durable. It will take a lot of abuse from being tossed in the back of cars, dragged around and left out in harsh weather.
Let’s take a look at some of the best camping chairs on the market right now.
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1. Best Lightweight Chair
Overview: A lightweight rustproof chair that doesn’t sink into sand or mud.
- Weight: 731g/1 kg
- Supports up to 159 kg
- Terragrip feet that prevents it from sinking into sand or mud
- Heavy-duty rust-proof aluminum frames
- Mesh fabric at the back of the chair
- Zippered and mesh fabric bag with velcro carry straps
Weighing just 1 kg, the WildHorn Outfitters terralite chair is perfect for backpacking. This chair is quite sturdy and can carry up to 159 kg weight.
The best part of the chair is its two interchangeable standard and Terragrip feet. With the enhanced feet, you can sit on a sandy or muddy terrain without sinking. The legs are further joined together with a shock cord for enhanced stability.
The WildHorn chair is very durable, made from heavy-duty aircraft grade 7075 aluminium alloy making it completely rust and corrosion proof. In addition, the seat cover is removable and is machine washable.
There’s also a mesh fabric at the back of the chair for air flow. The only downside to this is that it is not cushioned for comfort.
Another good thing about this chair is storage. The poles slot apart easily and can be folded into the storage bag. The storage bag is made of mesh fabric and has Velcro carry scraps. This bag can be attached underneath the chair when not in use or used as a handy storage pouch for your torch, keys, and cell phone.
The downsides to this chair is that it is not so high off the floor and it is tight fit for most people over 90 kg despite the 150 kg weight limit.
2. Chair with the Best Cooler
Overview: A versatile camping chair that keeps your snacks and beverages cool
- Drinks cooler and cooling pocket integrated in armrests
- Seat can be upright or reclining
- Padded seat / backrest
- Height (including head piece): 90 cm
- Weight: 6.9kg
- Max load: 105kg
- Packed size: 102 x 21 x 24 cm
The Johnny Relax camping chair from Qeedo is a great all-round seat that has a reinforced drinks cooler and cooling pocket integrated into the armrests, meaning you’ll no longer need to be up and down like a yoyo.
There is even a handy bottle opener integrated in the cooling pocket.
The chair folds out within seconds and is equally easy to put away. Unlike other chairs in this range, Qeedo hasn’t skimped on comfort either.
The padded headrest, relatively wide seating area and backrest, and double layer polyester leave you feeling supported and relaxed.
Perhaps our favourite part is that this folding camp chair can be converted into a recliner by opening up the foldable seat extension.
Based on the same idea as a Lazyboy couch, all you have to do is lean back with a bit of a push and and the foot part area upwards.
Lean forwards again to fold it back in. Once again avoiding the constant getting up and down or fiddling around with spare parts.
Built from steel rods, the chair is as robust as it is functional and is coated with hammer paint, which is not only more attractive but makes the frame scratch-resistant.
The two-tone polyester cover is water resistant, easy to wipe down and difficult to stain. Just sponge down with warm water at the end of your trip to maximise its lifespan.
3. Best Chair with Side Table
Overview: A sturdy chair that’s great for eating and drinking around camp
- Side table with cup holder and small side storage bag
- Supports up to 180kg
- Seat height 45 cm, width 53 cm
- Weight 4.4 kg.
- Packed Size 83 x 14 x 50 cm
KingCamp’s director-style chair has a padded seat and back support but the armrests leave a bit to be desired in terms of comfort.
The main selling point of this camp chair is its side table with cup holder and storage bags for stowing small items like your phone, keys and flashlight.
For anyone who enjoys eating around the camp fire or having picnics on the go, being able to keep your food up off the ground – away from ants, pets and the rest – is completely invaluable.
The side table is removable and washable and the cup holder keeps your hot drinks upright even on uneven ground.
Given that it can support up to 180 kilograms (though we didn’t manage to test at this load) and has a side table, we can’t believe it weighs under five kilos.
Its rugged frame is built with steel rods and polyester that is both waterproof and abrasion-resistant. It feels supportive and safe though the seat is pulled so taut that it isn’t the comfiest option around.
It is quick to pop open but doesn’t fold down as small as some of the others on our list, instead folding in half and transported using the easy-to-carry with handle.
If you decide you love having a side table so much that you want them on your existing camp chairs too then consider buying a clip on table (with phone tray and cup holder), like these ones from Sunmer.
4. Best Chair with Footrest
Overview: A camping chair that gives comfort with its padded back, arms and footrest.
- Weight: 5.5 kg
- Supports up to 120kg weight
- Padded removable footrest
- Padded back and arms that are UV protected
- Coated steel frames
- Three recline positions
The Portal Outdoor Folding Portable Camping Armchair is provides comfort with its padded back and arms. While this padding doesn’t allow much for breathability, it is UV protected to ensure that sunlight doesn’t damage the fabric of the chair.
This is supported by coated steel frames that do not rust easily, are durable, and support up to 120kg. Furthermore, it reclines into three positions from sitting upright to comfortably reclined.
The footrest is also padded and when you don’t need it, you can unclip it from the seat pad so that it lies flat on the ground or unscrew it at the feet completely.
For storage and transportation, there’s a storage bag that has carry straps. Some users, however, complained that it is a little hard to get the chair back in the storage bag due to its size.
Another downside to this chair is its weight. It weighs 5 kg which is much heavier than most camping chairs and this could become a burden when walking from your car or if you chose to backpack.
5. Best Canopy Chair
Overview: An oversized camp chair that has an adjustable canopy for all-day protection against the sun
- Dimensions: 93cm x 60cm x 135cm
- 150kg weight capacity
- Breathable mesh design
- Weight: 6.4kg
- Multiple colour options
The latest folding camp chair from Alpha provides protection from up to 20 angles of the sun with its adjustable canopy.
This allows you to enjoy the shade and breeze outdoors without having to run for cover of a stuffy tent on a hot day.
The UPF50+ canopy protects skin and eyes from harmful UV rays, making it the perfect companion on summer camping trips – particularly for those with small children or who are light-sensitive.
Weighing in at 6.4 kilograms it is by no means the lightest chair in our lineup but given its strength, durability and built-in canopy, it seems very reasonable.
The flat armrests and oversized frame boost the chair’s comfort, and the wide seating area allows plenty of room for virtually any physique.
The heavy-duty steel frame with extra supporting tubes provides unmatched stability and the reinforced mesh back is sturdy but allows some air flow.
The Oxford mesh is breathable so that there is no moisture build up, even in warm temperatures and extended periods of sitting down.
Extra supporting tubes on the bottom improves the overall weight capacity and the alloy steel rods are coated with anti-rust hammer paint.
The only downside is that the canopy can be raised, lowered or tilted, but not completely taken out.
6. Best Tripod Stool
Overview: A lightweight tripod stool that is sturdy and waterproof.
- Weight: 762g
- High strength steel frame
- Mesh accessory pocket
- Shoulder strap for carrying
The GEERTOP Large Folding Tripod Stool Slacker Chair is a portable and sturdy stool. It is 900 grams and can be set up or collapsed within seconds. Furthermore, it has a shoulder strap for carrying.
This tripod stool is made of reinforced powder-coated steel frames that have an extra centre support system. The three legs are also made with this material making them sturdy. This can carry a weight of up to 100 kg. In addition, the fabric is made of waterproof and durable 600D oxford fabric.
The stool is wider than most tripod stool with a width of 14 x 14 x 16 inches. It also has a mesh pocket by the side where you can place your phone, keys, and other accessories as you relax.
The downside to this chair is that it is quite low. Secondly, it cannot be used on a muddy terrain; if used, it will sink in and you may tip over.
7. Best Oversized Chair
Overview:A sturdy waterproof camping chair that supports up to 150kg weight
- Extra wide, extra comfortable
- Supports weights up to 150 kg
- Dimensions: 105 cm x 93 cm x 65 cm
- Seat height: 45 cm
- Durable, collapsible and includes carry bag
- Heavy duty design for durability
Whether you need a wider chair or just want some extra wiggle room, the 70-centimetre width of Spetebo’s XXL allows you to assume whatever position is most comfortable with room to spare.
The chair also sits a bit higher off the ground than most others, which is great for tall individuals.
The chair comes in a lightweight drawstring bag with a large strap attached for ease of transporting.
This Spetebo oversized chair is ideal for a person that is heavyweight or parents that often sit with kids on their knee.
The seat and backrest are padded for comfort and are also waterproof, so if you accidentally leave it out in the rain it is no issue.
The cupholder takes a standard size can or bottle and the armrests are comfortable enough. Our main concern is just how long the foldable chair will last, given its price and lack of reinforced steel rods.
8. Best for Mini Campers
Overview: A waterproof and safe camping chair for children above two years old.
- Weight: 1.3 kg
- 600D PE coated polyester fabric
- Supports a child of up to 45 kg
- 13mm steel frames
- Built-in safety lock
The Quest Children’s “Monkey” Camping Folding Chair is great for children between 2-6 years old. It features an animal ‘monkey’ design and has a colour coded carry bag when it’s not in use.
The seat and backrest are made of 600D polyethylene-coated polyester fabric. This makes it soft, waterproof, and easy to clean. The 13mm steel frames are strong enough to support a child of up to 45 kg. There’s also the safety lock that keeps the chair open or closed when you click it in place. Furthermore, there’s an integrated cup holder.
We haven’t noticed any downside to this chair.
9. Best Reclining Chair
Overview:A fully reclining chair with cup holder and detachable side table
- Upright or fully reclined positions
- Cup holder and detachable side table
- Unfolded dimensions: 54cm x 150cm x 89cm
- Max load: 130kg
- Weight: 6.8kg
- Carry bag included
Suited to any outdoor activity, from camping or fishing, to the beach, festivals or a garden party, this reclining camp chair from Asteri is unique in its design and goes above and beyond your average camp chair.
Wide armrests, cup holder, a mesh storage bag and the reclining design all come together for outstanding comfort and ease of use.
But what truly sets it apart is the section at the bottom that can be clipped on to become a footrest or taken off to be used as a detachable side table.
Being able to adjust the height of the back and add a footrest means that the chair more than meets the requirements of different people.
The reclining chair is surprisingly easy to set up/break down, with no complicated assembly required.
Sit up to eat and drink then recline backwards to read a book or have a snooze.
A simple mechanism enables you to easily adjust the headrest to different positions and the mesh back allows air flow to the body during long stationary periods.
The strong tubular steel frame supports up to 130 kilograms. The main downside is that it weighs in at almost seven kilograms, so you won’t want to carry it too far from the car.
That said, this chair is about comfort and versatility, not portability.
10. Best Legless Chair
Overview: A comfortable legless chair with back support and six reclining positions
- Weight: 3.5 kg
- Supports up to 130 kg weight
- Padded seats and armrest
- Steel frames in the arms
- Six reclining positions
- Back support
This DITU Legless Outdoor Chair is designed for comfort with its padded seat, back and armrest. The back doesn’t need to rest on a tree because it has its own back support. Furthermore, it can be reclined into six positions. The armrest can also be inverted.
This chair is rainproof. The arms also have steel frames for better support. All these make the chair durable. For storage, it can be folded down and carried like a rucksack with two shoulder straps that are positioned behind the chair.
Although it weighs only 3.4 kg, carrying it may be a little tasky when placed with your other camping gear because it cannot fit into any bag.
11. Best double camping chair
Overview: A classic folding chair with room for two
- Two-person chair
- Dimensions: 85 x 126 x 50cm
- Seat Height from Floor: 42cm
- Weight: 3.6kg
- Built in cupholders and pockets
Marko has recently released their highly affordable classic-style camping chair in two-seater form.
This folding chair easily sits two adults but the lack of central armrest means that it is equally suitable for someone who wants to spread out.
For those with small children, you could squeeze four kids on without an issue.
The steel tubular frame folds out scissor style and seems durable enough, particularly given its price.
With a capacity of 240 kilograms, just be sure to spread the weight out evenly to avoid any sagging in the middle.
Putting too much weight on one side or the other imbalances the seat and can cause isolated stress on the fabric or metal.
The double seat is designed with one armrest per person, each with their own drink holder, and a small pocket on the back of each seat.
The chair’s design has its limitations and the quality of build is not as good as some of the more expensive options in our lineup but as long as it’s for occasional use, it should last a good few years.
12. Best all-round camp chair
Overview: A camping chair that is comfortable, supportive, relatively lightweight and will stand the test of time
- Unfolded height: 100cm
- Distance of seat from floor: 33cm
- Weight: 1.5kg
- Holds up to 120kg
- Packed length: 45cm
Helinox has a wide range of foldable camping chairs but this Sunset chair would have to be our favourite.
The winning points are the high back, compact size and greater ground clearance for easy in-and-out.
The Sunset is more comfortable and easier to get in and out of than the original Helinox Chair One but still as easy to unfold and pack up.
The storage-sack-turned-pillow is incredibly handy but is worth stuffing with a towel or t-shirt for extra comfort.
Although it’s not cheap, this sort of quality comes at a price and you get what you pay for.
The Sunset chair is well made, extremely comfortable, very light and will look and feel as good as new every time you go camping.
The removable seat and carry case are made from durable, 600-weave rip-stop polyester that is well ventilated for hot summer days and also machine-washable.
The corded-pole structure uses a single internal bungee cord that self assembles the poles. Its taller profile keeps you higher off the ground for easy in and out, making it ideal for those with knee and back issues.
The aluminium alloy frame is light yet strong, holding up to 145 kilograms, backed up by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Additional accessories can be purchased such as the large feet or ground sheet to stop you sinking into soft dirt, a cup holder to keep your drink within easy reach, and even rocking feet for lazy afternoons.
The only downside is of course the price. For those who use camping chairs once in a blue moon it might be an overkill but for anyone else it is definitely a worthwhile investment.
What to Look for in a Camping Chair
To ensure that you purchase the right chair, you need to consider a wide range of features and uses.
Primary Use, Location and Weather
Where you plan to go and your primary use for the chair should determine the most suitable option for you.
You may want a more comfortable chair that you can use for camping, relaxing on the beach or watching the kids footy from the sidelines.
If you are going with your family or in a group, you may like portable sideline benches that can take four to six persons; or 2-in-1 chairs.
In summer, you may want a chair which has a mesh back for increased airflow or a canopy chair to shield you from the sun.
You may also prefer legless chairs if you are on a grassy terrain.
Size and Weight
Most foldable chairs are light until you backpack with them for a long time, at which point their weight and size begins to matter.
Since you’ll likely be carrying a lot of gear, it is good to have a chair that can be easily folded into a storage bag. Some chairs don’t have this but most of these ones are carried using carrying straps.
If you want the most portable chair, go for one with corded legs that you can collapse into a very compact space.
Stools are also another option when backpacking, with tripod stools being the cheapest and lightest but you wouldn’t expect as much comfort as a standard chair.
The most comfortable chairs that come with a footrest, reclining capability, plush seats and more can be up to 150 kg in weight.
Back Support, Weight and Height Capacity
Many camping chairs do not have good back support or any at all. If you have back issues or you’ll be sitting in them for a long time, you will need to consider your choice carefully.
All camping chairs have a weight limit, and some also have a height limit. On average, children’s chairs hold up to 100 kg child and adult chairs can take up to 230 kg.
Some chairs can carry the weight but do not have extra room (width), so you need to also check this out because it will make the difference between cramped and comfort.
The seats of camping chairs are commonly made from oxford canvas – nylon or polyester – and foam.
Oxford canvas is common in the seats of high-quality chairs. They easily resist stain and are easy to clean. They are also waterproof and more durable than foam/fabric covered seats.
Closed cell foam padding/fabric covered chairs, on the other hand, are better at resisting temperature change but they are not waterproof.
The material of the frames is also important. Metal is quite common. These chairs will withstand the rigors of frequent use and resist scratches.
Plastic is used by some manufacturers on the seats or legs; these chairs are lightweight and easier to clean but are not durable.
Depending on how you plan to use your chair, there are bonus features that make your experience better. Some things that we would look out for are accessory pockets, insulated beverage pockets, cup holders, footrest, and reclining ability.
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