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20 BEST and Comfortable Camping Chairs of 2024

There’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire under the stars in your trusty campi cair. When you’re looking for the best camping chairs for relaxing outdoors, the choices can be overwhelming. There are thousands of options to choose from!

As someone who is currently living the van life and has spent the better part of a decade hiking and camping, I have spent a significant portion of my life in camp chairs. I’ve used cheap Walmart chairs, oversized luxury recliners, and ultralight backpacking stools. I’ve tested dozens of different chairs and am picky when it comes to comfort and functionality.

Choosing the right camping chair is a very subjective decision. You need one that fits you comfortably and is suitable for the intended use, whether it’s lounging in front of your RV or hiking deep in the backcountry.

I’ll show you the 20 best & comfortable camp chairs I’ve found, and help you for better camping experience

Helinox Sunset Chair

For decades, all camp chairs looked pretty much the same: folding x-shaped metal frames with floppy fabric seats, backs, and armrests. If you were lucky, you might get a cupholder. They weren’t that comfy, were big and bulky, and you had to carry them in stupid shoulder bags that always seemed to rip.

1. Helinoc Sunset Chair

In 2012, Helinox changed everything by inventing the lightest portable camping chair ever, with a folding design inspired by tent poles. The original Helinox Chair One is still one of their best-selling products and they have expanded their range to include a huge range of lightweight, packable and functional camping furniture.

For a chair to be our top pick for the best overall camping chair, it needs to be extremely comfortable, small when packed, sturdy, and easy to use. The Helinox Sunset Chair offers all of that in a stylish, compact (and expensive) package.

The Sunset Chair far surpasses conventional chairs in terms of comfort. Instead of the typical sagging seat and backrest, it supports your body comfortably. The high backrest allows you to lean back and the seat height is high enough for easy entry and exit, but low enough for you to stretch your legs.

I also love the headrest pillow holder which gives you an option for even more support and comfort for your head and neck.

This Helinox chair features built-in side pockets, perfect for smaller items like keys, wallets and flashlights. However, a cup or something larger won’t fit in it.

The innovative design also makes it very light (just over 3 pounds) and packs down to a slim 18.5-inch package (take that, bulky folding chairs!). This means it’s easier to transport, takes up less space in the car, and fits in a backpack for hiking. Although it is not as small and light as the Helinox Chair Zero, it is more stable and comfortable.

The disadvantages? This Helinox chair doesn’t have some of the standard features you might expect, like armrests and a cup holder. It also takes a little longer to set up than a folding chair, although I think this trade-off is definitely worth it due to the smaller packing space and improved comfort.

Oh, and it’s also quite expensive, so if you’re on a budget or won’t be using your camp chair on a regular basis, it may not be worth the price.

Kijaro Dual LockKijaro Dual Lock

If you’re on a budget, you’ll probably want something quite a bit cheaper than Helinox. You always go to Walmart and buy the cheapest one you can find, but odds are it won’t be comfortable and will fall apart within a year or two, which kind of defeats the purpose of saving money.

Even if you’re looking for an affordable chair, I recommend you try to find one that’s high-quality and will last a long time.

Kijaro isn’t a popular well-known brand, but they make some solid camp chairs that prioritize comfort, stability, and ease of use. The Kijaro Dual Lock looks like a pretty standard camp chair, but it has a few features that make it stand out.

Traditional camping chairs fold open but then sag down when you sit on them, which makes them less comfortable. The Kijaro Dual Lock camping chair changes that with a design that locks fully open, keeping the fabric taut. That makes it much more supportive and comfortable when you’re sitting around the campfire.

The chair is also locked in the closed, folded-up position and has a built-in shoulder strap. That means you don’t have to deal with stuffing it into a tight carrying bag. Just close it up, and throw it over your shoulder.

The Kijaro Dual Lock is a great budget camping chair, but more importantly, it is comfortable, sturdy, and durable, so you won’t be replacing it next season.

Want another option? The REI Skyward Chair (formerly the Camp X Chair) has a similar design and price, but comes with REI’s awesome warranty and return policy.

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong ChairALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair

3. ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair

ALPS is an acronym for Active Lifestyle Products and Services, and ALPS Mountaineering is a family-owned business that produces a wide range of outdoor gear for hiking, camping, hunting, backpacking and more. Your equipment offers optimal value for money.

Although I’m a big fan of Helinox-style folding chairs, it’s true that a folding chair is easier to assemble and can be more stable if constructed correctly. The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair is a perfect example of this. It’s big, strong and built to last.

A sturdy, powder-coated steel frame and robust fabrics make this chair very robust and durable. It has a weight limit of 800 pounds! Hopefully you won’t have to test that limit, but it’s reassuring to know that if a child (or anyone else) decides to jump on your lap, this chair can easily handle it.

The King Kong chair also has a seat width of over 24 inches. This gives you plenty of room to get comfortable without feeling like your butt is being squashed by your chair.

While some other chairs on the market are low to the ground, this one gives you a nice high seat (19 inches off the ground) that makes it easier to get in and out of and provides a better fit at a picnic table.

You also get a different size cup holder on both armrests and three additional pockets on the sides and back. You no longer have to put your things on the floor or hold things between your legs.

Although the King Kong camping chair is very comfortable, I don’t think it’s as good as some of the more innovative designs on this list. It’s still sagging a bit. However, for a standard folding chair, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Let’s face it, most camping chairs just don’t seem designed for taller people. They are too tight and too thin. They don’t give you enough space to feel comfortable and they don’t feel supportive.

Coleman Big and Tall ChairColeman Big and Tall Chair

4.Coleman Big and Tall Camp Chair

The Coleman Big and Tall Camping Chair changes that with a roomier, sturdier and better design that’s perfect for anyone tired of cramped, wobbly chairs. Coleman camping gear is durable and reliable, and this chair is no different.

With a sturdy, powder-coated steel frame, this Coleman camping chair is designed to hold up to 600 pounds. The fabrics are also durable and it doesn’t feel like they’re going to tear apart after a few uses.

The design is pretty standard, with criss-cross folding legs, fabric armrests, and a cup holder (only one, unfortunately). It does have a clear cell phone pocket and a small mesh pocket for storing small items, but beyond that, there are no fancy features on this Coleman camping chair.

Honestly there’s nothing wrong with this Coleman chair, I just wish it wasn’t so plain. The armrests aren’t great and the carrying case is thin and fits pretty tight. Still, overall, this is one of the best chairs for anyone looking for a camping chair that is a bit more spacious and sturdy.

5. STRONGBACK Elite: Best Camping Chair for Bad Backs

Strongback EliteStrongback Elite

If you have back problems, it can be challenging to find a camping chair that won’t aggravate them and cause discomfort or pain. If you want a comfortable place to sit on your next camping trip, you need to go beyond traditional camping chairs.

STRONGBACK was specifically founded with the aim of developing a camping chair that provides excellent back support to help you maintain a healthy posture and avoid pain. You have great information describing it.

The STRONGBACK Elite was designed to be the ultimate solution to unsupportive chairs that lead to back pain. While typical chairs sag under your weight and round your back, the STRONGBACK Elite has extra structure and support to keep your spine in good posture.

At the heart of the design of this camping chair is lumbar support. While most camping chairs only feature a flat piece of fabric for the backrest, the STRONGBACK Elite features a design with a textured arch to support your lower back.

It’s hard to understand the difference until you try it, but this is a game changer for folding camping chairs. Instead of feeling like you’re slowly being folded into a taco, this chair ensures you stay upright and comfortable.

The overall design is also much more structured and less sagging, which is great.

It’s a bit pricey for something that otherwise looks like most other camping chairs, but if you’re looking to improve your posture and protect your back while sitting around a campfire, I think this is a worthwhile investment.

6. YETI Trailhead: Best Heavy-Duty Camping Chair

YETI Trailhead Camp ChairYETI Trailhead Camp Chair

YETI is probably best known for its sturdy, apocalyptic coolers and drinkware, but the company also specializes in luggage, backpacks, cookware, camping furniture, and more. Their stuff is expensive, but it’s oversized and can take a lot of abuse.

If you’re looking for a sturdy, durable camping chair that will last for decades, the YETI Trailhead is for you. It is big, heavy and strong. It may be too big and heavy for some, but the quality of this camping chair is hard to beat. Nothing is thin, flabby or rickety here.

Seriously, this chair just doesn’t feel like other camping chairs. It’s built like a tank and the powder-coated steel frame feels super sturdy. Instead of the typical floppy fabric armrests, the YETI Trailhead Camp Chair features solid plastic armrests that can support your full weight when you press on them.

The carrying case is also much better than what you usually find. It features a wide zipper opening that makes loading easier and even comes with a pair of backpack straps to make it easy to carry. This is a welcome addition to such a heavy chair.

The downside will be the size and weight. It weighs over 13 pounds and still takes up a lot of space when folded. It is also by far the most expensive chair on this list with the YETI Hondo. However, you pay for what you get and this camping chair will last a lifetime.

GCI Outdoor Freeform Zero Gravity LoungerGCI Outdoor Freeform Zero Gravity Lounger

7.GCI Outdoor Camping chair

GCI Outdoor is a company that produces a range of outdoor furniture and sun shades. You will not find any ultralight backpacking chairs in their range. They specialize more in casual camping chairs for car camping, tailgating, outdoor events or just hanging out outside.

If you want the ultimate outdoor relaxation, check out the GCI Outdoor Freeform Zero Gravity Lounger. The name is pretty long-winded, but this chair is a pretty impressive piece of engineering that makes lounging and relaxing easy.

The Freeform Lounger can be used as a regular upright chair or in two different lounge modes. In the first mode, you can easily lift the footrest with an integrated handle. In the second mode you can recline your entire body. It can be easily adjusted and locked in any desired position.

The seat material is comfortable and very breathable. This means you can relax even on hot summer days without breaking a sweat.

The overall construction is solid. This camping chair features a sturdy steel frame, sturdy composite armrests and high quality materials.

With a generous seat height of 20.7 inches from the ground, getting in and out of this chair is easy, even if your joints are a little stiff.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t fold up very small, so you’ll need a lot of space in your car if you want to take it on a camping trip. At over 20 pounds, it’s also the heaviest chair on this list. If you take your chair with you to many different places, you may want to check out one of the more portable outdoor chairs on this list.

8. Helinox Savanna Chair

Helinox Savannah ChairHelinox Savannah Chair

If you read the entire article, you’ll notice a pattern: I’m a big fan of Helinox. Their chairs are innovative, comfortable and high quality and won’t take up much space in your car, backpack or garage.

The design of high back chairs is great because they allow you to lean back and provide much more comfort and support than a camping chair that only reaches halfway up your back. The Helinox Savanna Chair stays true to Helinox’s proven lightweight yet sturdy construction, but offers a new level of comfort and durability. This chair is the top of their range, it is deeper, wider and sturdier, yet packs down remarkably small.

The Helinox Savanna chair is designed to hold up to 320 pounds but weighs just 4.3 pounds. These numbers blew me away. I have yet to find another device that has a comparable capacity and weighs so little.

Unlike most Helinox chairs, the Savanna Chair is equipped with two cup holders and additional pockets. This is the feature that is usually missing from compact folding chair designs, so it’s great to see it here.

One downside is that many other Helinox chairs come in a variety of fun colors, but the Savanna Chair is either black or brown, neither of which is definitely fun.

It is also one of the more expensive chairs on this list. So you have to decide whether the comfort, quality and small pack size are worth it for you.

9. ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair

ALPS Mountaineering Rocking ChairALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair

There’s nothing like the relaxation of sitting in a good old-fashioned rocking chair. What if you could combine the soothing motion of your grandmother’s old wooden swing with the portability and convenience of a modern camp chair?

That’s exactly what the ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair promises. It’s the best rocking chair I’ve ever seen, and while it doesn’t fold down particularly small, it’s compact enough to take with you in your RV or on relaxing car camping trips.

I love that this chair has a fully padded seat and back. This makes it super comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. However, the downside is that it doesn’t breathe well. This camping chair would definitely not be my first choice for hot summer days.

A cup holder is also missing. It would have been so easy for ALPS to add this feature and it would have made this rocking camp chair even better.

10. GCI Outdoor Sunshade Rocker

GCI Outdoor Sunshade RockerGCI Outdoor Sunshade Rocker

This is the second GCI outdoor chair on this list, with one more to come. They simply make solid chairs with innovative designs that you won’t find anywhere else.

The GCI Outdoor Sunshade Rocker is a perfect example. This chair features a great shade canopy that is integrated into the back of the chair. If you’re at the beach, at a kids’ sporting event, or at a sunny campsite, having built-in shade is a huge benefit.

The Sunshade Rocker’s sun canopy has a sun protection factor of 50 and is adjustable, giving you shade where you need it. No more squinting while trying to read your book in the sunlight and no more sunburn from sitting for too long.

Not only is it shady, but it also features one of the best rocking chair designs around. The innovative spring design comes from the unique GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker, transforming it into a comfortable rocking chair without the need for a smooth floor surface like the typical curvy rocking legs.

For a chair with so many features, you’d expect it to be super heavy and bulky, but the Sunshade Rocker packs into a surprisingly compact bag. It’s definitely still larger and heavier than a traditional portable camping chair, but it’s small enough to easily fit on car camping trips or be carried to the beach.

11. REI Helinox Co-op Flexitile Camping chair

REI Co-op FlexliteREI Co-op Flexlite

REI is one of the best-known outdoor retailers and now also offers its own product line under the REI Co-op brand.

After Helinox released its first ultralight, portable chairs, REI Co-op was one of the companies that quickly followed suit and designed similar folding camping chairs. To date, REI is one of the few brands that can compete with Helinox in the ultraportable camping chair category.

The REI Co-op Flexlite was the brand’s first foray into lightweight camping and backpacking chairs and is a resounding success. It is light, packs down small and costs significantly less than the comparable Helinox Chair One.

When packed, the REI Co-op Flexlite is just 4.5 x 15 inches. This means it takes up much less space in your car than a typical camping chair. You can easily put it in a backpack to relax on a day hike.

Despite the compact size and minimal weight, this chair has an impressive weight limit of 250 pounds. In real use, it appears robust and reliable.

You’ll have to sacrifice some features like cup holders and armrests, but I think the portability is worth the tradeoff.

The comfort of this REI camping chair is also impressive. I have sat in it for hours playing children’s soccer games or watching outdoor movies and it has provided me with a lot of comfort.

Helinox Chair ZeroHelinox Chair Zero

12. Helinox Chair Zero

There’s no getting around it: Helinox is the king when it comes to ultralight backpacking chairs. I always used to fret about bringing a chair with me on a backpacking trip; Who wants to carry that extra weight?

After using the Helinox Chair Zero on a few trips, I changed my mind. The Chair Zero weighs just one pound, and if I know I’ll be spending a lot of time at camp, the extra packing weight is definitely worth it for a comfortable off-the-ground seat.

Since Helinox practically invented this category and most backpacking chairs on the market are essentially copies of their design, it’s no wonder that the Helinox Chair Zero is the best lightweight camping chair overall.

The Helinox Chair Zero features a lightweight aluminum alloy frame that clips together in the same way as tent poles. With a weight limit of 265 pounds, this thing is impressively strong for its spring-like weight.

In the carrying case, the Helinox Chair Zero is a tiny 13.5 inches long. That’s pretty amazing considering a typical folding camping chair is about 36 inches long when packed.

Note that the Helinox Chair Zero is not as structured and supportive as most chairs on this list. Unless you’re backpacking, you don’t need something that lightweight and should probably choose a more sturdy option.

There are no pockets, cup holders or fancy doohickeys. This works for backpacking because all the additional features correspond to the weight you need to carry. The Chair Zero is a place to rest your butt and that’s all.

Dometic Quattro MilanoDometic Quattro Milano

13. Dometic Quattro Milano

As you get older, camping chairs can become problematic. Many are low to the ground, making entry and exit difficult. The seats and backrests are not well supported and can become uncomfortable. The armrests are weak and don’t help when you try to sit up.

Dometic makes some of the best RV, van and car camping gear. Their camping furniture is simple, stable and well made. The Dometic Quattro Milano in particular is a fantastic camping chair for seniors. It has an accessible seat height, a sturdy construction and armrests that you can actually lean on.

The Dometic Quattro Milano has comfortable padding in the seat and backrest. The fabric is stretched taut over a sturdy aluminum frame so it doesn’t sag when you sit.

It can also be used as a deck chair. The backrest can be easily adjusted to seven different positions and you can also purchase a footrest to turn it into a full-fledged lounger. Despite the footrest, this chair is still cheaper than some other camping recliners.

However, some features are missing. It does not have a cup holder, storage compartments, or carry bag. It also doesn’t pack down very small, so it’s not ideal for transport.

However, if you’re looking for a comfortable, supportive chair that’s easy to use, the Dometic Quattro Milano is a great option.

14. YETI Honda Base Camp Chair

When you travel in an RV, you don’t have the same space limitations as someone car camping or backpacking. You may also be staying in one place for a bit longer, and a sturdy, comfortable chair makes more sense than an ultra-light, ultra-compact one.

The YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair is designed to keep you comfortable on the go. It’s larger, sturdier, and more supportive than most chairs on this list, and it won’t be blown away by a gust of wind (as long as you avoid tornadoes). It is designed to be set up and put down and is great for creating an outdoor living space when traveling by RV.

What initially seems like this camp chair’s biggest weakness turns out to be the very same thing that makes it so great. Unlike most camping chairs, it doesn’t fold into a small, tubular package. Instead, it folds flat into a large rectangle.

This makes it less portable when car camping, but also makes it very sturdy and supportive. This is the type of chair I wouldn’t hesitate to use at home as a patio chair, lounge chair, or even an impromptu office chair for working at home.

It weighs almost 17 pounds, which means you won’t want to carry it very far, but that weight makes for an extremely sturdy frame. The YETI Trailhead chair is sturdy, but this one is even stronger.

I really like the FlexGrid fabric in this camping chair. It is super breathable, which makes it comfortable on hot summer days. It’s also stretched tightly over a rigid frame, providing much more support than typical sagging camping chairs. It has just enough flexibility to be comfortable without sagging.

15. GCI Outdoor Legz-Up Lounger

GCI Outdoor Legz-Up Lounger ChairGCI Outdoor Legz-Up Lounger Chair

GCI Outdoor offers a wide selection of camping lounge chairs, but the Legz-Up Lounger is my favorite. It’s comfortable, oversized, full of features, and surprisingly affordable.

The best thing about this chair is that it gives you so many options for relaxing, unlike any upright chair on the market. Do you want to sit upright but stretch your legs? It has a handle that can be used to lift only the footrest. Ready to kick back in the shade for your afternoon nap? There are four different lounge positions so you can find your favorite spot.

It’s easy to get comfortable in this chair. Not only does it fully recline, but it also has a built-in headrest pillow that’s perfect for a nap.

The workmanship quality is also impressive. With a sturdy steel frame, sturdy armrests, sturdy fabrics, and a weight rating of 250 pounds, you don’t have to worry about it falling apart anytime soon.

It is also packed with great features. There is a strap-adjustable cup holder, additional pockets and backpack straps for easy carrying.

Unfortunately, the Legz-Up lounger doesn’t fold up into a neat little package. Instead, you end up with a bulkier, flat rectangle when folded, so it’s not the most portable camping chair. However, I would say this is a good compromise for the luxury lounger experience.

When it comes to a lounge chair for camping, GCI Outdoor has cornered the market, and the Legz-Up Lounger will have you snoring in no time.

16. ALPS Mountaineering Escape

ALPS Mountaineering Escape ChairALPS Mountaineering Escape Chair

If you like to sit back and put your feet up, the ALPS Mountaineering Escape could be the perfect camping chair for you. No, it doesn’t fully recline like the Legz-Up Lounger, but it is more compact and the integrated footrest does a great job of keeping you comfortable.

The footrest system looks a bit sketchy at first. Essentially, it’s a panel of fabric suspended from two criss-cross metal bands and two adjustable straps. However, it works and is more affordable than the more sophisticated recliners on this list.

It is also more compact: this chair takes up hardly any more space than any conventional folding chair. This means it’s easier to take the car with you for weekend trips or nights around the campfire.

Honestly, there isn’t much to impress me other than the footrest. If you’re happy with a simple portable camping chair and just want a place to put your feet up, this one is for you.

17. REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Dreamer

REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Dreamer ChairREI Co-op Flexlite Camp Dreamer Chair

REI is one of the best brands on the market when it comes to car camping gear. They make great tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and of course chairs.

A good car camping chair doesn’t have to be ultralight like a backpacking chair, but the more compact the better. Your car is already crammed with other equipment and bulky chairs can take up a lot of space. Of course, comfort is also important.

The REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Dreamer uses a collapsible tent pole design like Helinox chairs, making it lightweight and compact. It’s also super comfortable for chilling at camp.

When you take it apart, this chair packs down to a small 22 inches. This is much smaller than most folding chairs and also lighter at 3.4 pounds. This thing is easy to pack in your car or in a backpack for a day outdoors or a longer trip.

The high back design makes the Flexlite Camp Dreamer perfect for long, relaxing days at camp. It is high enough to support your entire back, neck and head. Additionally, it is equipped with a removable pillow for additional neck support and comfort.

Although it doesn’t look like it has armrests, the padded “wings” on the sides actually provide a perfect way to rest your arms and you don’t have to deal with the uncomfortable, saggy fabric of typical camping chair armrests.

The Flexlite Camp Dreamer doesn’t have a cup holder, but does have some smaller zippered pockets for smaller items like a wallet, keys, phone, or a few snacks.

Honestly, I can’t think of many reasons not to buy this camping chair unless you really prefer a standard folding chair. I get it, some people are stuck in the past. It’s not the easiest thing. It’s not the strongest. It’s not the cheapest. It just strikes a great balance of everything.

Finally, the value is pretty impressive. A comparable chair from Helinox is significantly more expensive. I honestly think the REI Co-op Flexlite Camp Dreamer is one of the best chairs on the market for this price.

18. Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile Camp Chair

Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile Camp ChairCascade Mountain Tech Low Profile Camp Chair

If you shop at Costco, you may have seen some Cascade Mountain Tech products. Your hiking poles, snowshoes, and camping blankets are often for sale at the big box store warehouse.

When it comes to your outdoor gear, value is the priority. They don’t believe that getting outside should cost an arm and a leg, and their products are designed to be durable and functional while offering an affordable price.

There are many reasons why you might want to sit closer to the ground. Maybe you attend concerts and outdoor events and don’t want to block others’ views. Maybe you’re a gourmet marshmallow roaster and want to be closer to the campfire. Maybe you want to stretch your legs and look up at the stars. Maybe you’re afraid of heights.

Whatever the reason, the Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile Camp Chair is the perfect choice for sitting low. It’s comfortable, well-made and very affordable.

The Low Profile Camp Chair seat is just 5 inches off the ground, allowing you to be very close to the campfire. Plus, the low height means you don’t have to put a cooler under your feet to stretch your legs.

I’ve also found that low profile camping chairs tend to be stronger and more durable than taller folding chairs. The steel frame parts are not as long, so there is less stress on the components and pivot points.

This chair has a weight limit of 250 pounds, which is slightly lower than many chairs on this list. However, it feels stable and as long as you stay within those limits I wouldn’t worry about this chair.

Of course, there will be times when a low profile camping chair isn’t the best choice. If you try to eat dinner at a picnic table or sit on taller chairs with friends, things can get uncomfortable. Even if you have stiff joints, getting in and out of this low chair might be difficult.

But if you know you want to sit low, this is the chair for you.

19. ENO Lounger DL: Best Comfortable Camping Chair

ENO Lounger DL ChairENO Lounger DL Chair

ENO sells some of the most popular hammocks on the market as well as a wide range of hammock accessories. No wonder they are adept at getting comfortable outdoors.

ENO is also one of the best brands on this list when it comes to sustainability and positive impact. They partner with 1% for the Planet and other environmental nonprofits to donate 1% of their total sales (not just profits) to charitable causes. They have funded the planting of almost 3 million trees and use a wide range of recycled materials in their products.

The Lounger DL combines all of ENO’s hammock know-how in an extremely comfortable camping chair. It honestly feels a bit like hanging in a hammock, but you don’t need any trees and you’re not swinging in the wind. If there’s one chair on this list that’s perfect for napping under the trees, it’s this one.

Using a tent pole-inspired design, the Lounger DL packs into a smaller bag than typical folding chairs. Yes, you can enjoy great comfort without a heavy, bulky package.

With its unique triangular base, the Lounger DL also impresses with its stability. The aluminum frame is sturdy and the ripstop nylon seat fabric feels durable.

Another unique feature of this chair is that the height is adjustable. You can sit close to the ground or fold up the extendable legs to reach a higher seat. However, even in the higher position, the Lounger DL is still fairly close to the ground and is therefore not suitable for sitting at a picnic table.

If you’re looking for the best comfort in a lightweight, compact package, the ENO Lounger DL is a fantastic choice. However, be aware that you may fall asleep before you can finish reading your book in this chair.

20. Kelty Low Loveseat

Kelty Low LoveseatKelty Low Loveseat

Kelty is one of the most well-known brands in the outdoor industry. They’ve been around for decades and it seems like everyone who enjoys the outdoors has owned a Kelty tent, sleeping bag, backpack or chair.

While Kelty is no longer known as much for high-performance adventure gear, their camping gear is top notch and represents great value for money.

The Kelty Low Loveseat is an iconic two-person camping chair where you can snuggle up close. It’s comfortable, stylish, easy to use and perfect for nights around the campfire. If you have someone you would like to sit next to, that is certainly better than sitting on separate chairs.

The Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair is very durable and well made. It is designed to hold up to 400 pounds. The fabric feels very durable and has built-in padding for support and comfort.

I really love the carrying system of the Kelty Low Loveseat. Instead of making a tubular floppy bag that’s impossible to fit around your hair (unless you have seven hands), they opted for a simple “wrap.”

Basically it’s just an extra piece of fabric that goes around the folded chair like a burrito and fastens the buckles. This is MUCH easier to use than those stupid chair bags and it has a nice, comfortable strap.

They even advertise that you can use the unfolded chair cover as a dog bed. Of course, that’s not necessary because you have reserved the seat next to you for the dog, right?

Even if you’re flying solo, this two-person chair gives you extra space to stretch out or stack your supplies.

How to Choose the Best Camping Chairs

There is a lot to consider when buying a camping chair. Do you want light and compact or big and sturdy? Would you like a cup holder? additional pockets? an adjustable backrest? How much are you willing to spend? Here you will find detailed instructions to help you find your new favorite camping chair.

Types of Camp Chairs

Most camping chairs fall into three categories

  • scissor folding chairs
  • flat folding chairs
  • compact folding chairs

Which one you get depends on what you need it for and how often you use it.

Scissor Folding Chairs

This is the most common type, and when you imagine a stereotypical camping chair, this is probably what you think of. Scissor folding camping chairs consist of a fabric seat and backrest that are stretched criss-cross between several metal tubes. This allows them to be folded into a relatively small package and most fit into a tubular carrying case.

These folding camping chairs are characterized by their easy handling: you simply pull out the chair, unfold it and you’re ready to go.

Flat Folding Chairs

Flat folding chairs are the bulkiest, heaviest, and strongest chair types. Imagine a classic beach chair or garden chair. Instead of folding into a narrow tubular shape, these chairs simply fold into a flat rectangle.

This means they are much less portable than other camping chairs. They also take up more space in your car or storage room.

The downside is that they tend to be the most supportive and can be equipped with some great features like footrests or full reclining positions.

Flat folding chairs are usually best when space is not limited and you don’t need to carry them very far.

Compact Collapsible Chairs

Compact folding chairs are the latest variant, introduced in 2012 with the Helinox Chair One. These chairs typically consist of two parts: 1) a lightweight aluminum frame that comes apart like tent poles, and 2) a fabric or mesh seat that attaches to the frame.

This design made it possible to create a chair that was a fraction of the size and weight of a standard folding chair.

Since you have to assemble different parts, these are not as good in terms of user-friendliness, but they can still be put together quite quickly.

Compact folding chairs are best for backpacking trips and for anyone who wants to carry a chair in their backpack or take up less space in the car.

Personally, I find these chairs to be more comfortable than traditional folding camping chairs.

Materials and Durability

Once you know what type of camping chair you want, it’s important to consider the materials and durability. Sure, you can buy the cheapest model on Amazon, but it probably won’t last long (and it’s not very comfortable).

Look for chairs with durable fabrics like ripstop nylon or polyester. Since your chair may spend a lot of time in the sun, UV resistance is also a big plus.

A good camping chair also has a sturdy metal frame. Aluminum is lightweight and corrosion-resistant, while steel is best because of its strength.

Ease of Use and Carrying

Trust me, you don’t want to waste precious time figuring out how to set up your chair.

Cheap tote bags are my biggest pet peeve. Many folding chairs come with cheap fabric drawstring bags that barely fit on the chair. Look for something like the YETI Trailhead Camp Chair, which comes with a more structured bag that opens wide.

Packed Size and Weight

Even if you’re not going on a long backpacking trip into the backcountry, size and weight still matter. Camping chairs can take up a lot of space in the car and every centimeter counts on camping trips.

In general, if in doubt, you should choose a smaller chair. Compact chairs are simply more versatile. You can put them in a backpack, they take up less space in the car and the good ones are still very comfortable. I use my Helinox Chair Zero for everything: backpacking, car camping, and hanging out in the RV.

If you know you never want to take your chair hiking, something bulkier but much sturdier like the YETI Trailhead Camp Chair might be better for you.

Features Of Camping Chair

A camping chair can be much more than just a place to rest your butt. Additional features can increase the comfort, versatility and ease of use of your chair. However, keep in mind that additional features often also increase weight and possibly price.

Here are some features of a camping chair to look for:

  • Cup holder to keep drinks within reach and off the floor
  • Additional pockets for your phone, a book or snacks
  • Reclining positions so you can sit back and relax
  • Headrest for better comfort and support
  • Padded seat and backrest
  • Ventilated mesh to prevent the dreaded sweaty butt
  • Rocking chair design like the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker

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