If you are an adventurous person with a passion for the outdoors, you definitely need to own a camping chair. Whether it is for attending outdoor events, camping, backpacking, or chilling in your lawn, owning at least one portable camping chair is a great investment.

An indicator of a great camping chair is one that is portable, foldable, easy to set-up and lightweight. More of this will be discussed in detail below.

Before you purchase a camping chair, it is important to have refresher on the basics, and be familiar with the specifications and capabilities you should look for. To help you with this, this article contains the basics of a camping chair, a list of capabilities to look for, and some product recommendations.

Top camp chairs to choose from

Here are our top picks for camp chairs to save you the headache from going over those thousands of brands and models.

These are based on research and tested for several factors such as stability, durability and construction, comfort, etc.

After that, these are then rated into three factors with the brand having  40% of the overall percentage while value and customer reviews weighing 30 percent each.

Camping chairs for those with back issues 

Coleman portable camping quad chair

The Coleman portable camping quad chair is popular because aside from its budget-wise price and great quality, it can also accommodate several beverages. What’s even more great is that it contains a mesh pocket where you can keep your keys, phone and other belongings in an easy-to-reach distance.

Even if you use it under direct sunlight and expose it to water spills, you won’t worry about this chair fading because it is highly fade resistant. It can support up to 325 pounds and has a seating height of 18 inches.

Pros

  • Adjustable armrest
  • Has a camping bag      
  • Reliable and durable legs
  • Seat comes with a lumbar support and pad
  • Has a cup holder in the arm rest which can hold up to 5 cups
  • Comes with a cooler compartment for up to 4 beverages 

Cons

  • Not lightweight
  • Steel legs could rust after a year of use
  • Camping chair is difficult to put back to its bag
  • The free bag is not constructed from durable material

Strongback camping chair with lumbar support

From the name itself, its lumbar support is one of its best features. This chair will not give strain to your back because aside from its lumbar support, it also has a firm backrest. Sitting in it for hours can be as comfortable as using a pillow. You can also be assured that the backrest does not sag. With a seating height of 18 inches, this camping chair can accommodate up to 300 pounds.

Pros

  • Lightweight, weighs only 11.9 pounds
  • Fabric is made of Polyester 600D for longevity
  • Comes with a dual shoulder strap backpack for portability
  • Legs constructed from steel with silver powder coating

Cons

  • Does not have bar under for leg resting
  • Does not have a pocket or compartment for your belongings
  • Has only one small 7-centimeter cup holder which cannot accommodate wine glasses and other beverage containers

Camping chairs for recreational vehicles (RVs)

Helinox chair one

Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair
  • Lightweight, compact camping and backpacking chair packs smaller and weighs less than a bottle of wine
  • Chair frame is constructed from advanced proprietary aluminum alloy to provide maximum strength at a minimum weight; holds up to 320 pounds
  • Removable seat and zippered carrying case are made from durable, UV-resistant, 600-weave rip-stop polyester; material is machine washable
  • Setup is fast with a single internal bungee cord that assembles poles; assembled chair measures 21.5W x 20D x 25.5H inches, seat height is 10 inches
  • Ideal for travel and camping; weighs 2.10 pounds and measures 4 x 4.5 x 14 inches packed in included bag; manufacturer’s five-year warranty

If you are looking for a lightweight 1.96-pound chair which does not take up a lot of space, this one’s for you. This is ideal for those who are backpackers and trekkers as this chair is smaller than a newspaper. The downside is that it lacks most of the features needed to give way to its small size. The lack of features can compromise your comfort especially that it does not have an armrest and a head rest.

Pros

  • With a backrest made of breathable mesh fabric
  • Does not fade when exposed to heat and humidity
  • With sturdy, rust-resistant, and stainless alumni legs
  • With a ground sheet to prevent legs from slipping when used in different surfaces

Cons

  • Does not have an armrest and headrest.
  • Not the best choice for people shorter than 5’8”
  • Cannot support heavy weight as the base support is not strong
  • No necessary features such as cup holder, cooler, and storage pouch.
  • The bag sags which is not ideal for those with back pain and other lumbar issues

Helinox swivel chair

Helinox Swivel Chair Lightweight, Versatile, Compact, Collapsible Camping Chair
  • Lightweight, compact camping and backpacking chair packs makes multitasking more fun with its smooth swiveling design
  • Chair frame is constructed from advanced proprietary aluminum alloy to provide maximum strength at a minimum weight; holds up to 320 pounds
  • Removable seat and zippered carrying case are made from durable, UV-resistant, 600-weave rip-stop polyester; material is machine washable
  • Setup is fast with a single internal bungee cord that assembles poles; assembled chair measures 21W x 20D x 29H inches, seat height is 11 inches
  • Ideal for travel and camping; weighs 2.8 pounds and measures 4 x 5.5 x 16 inches packed in included bag; manufacturer’s five-year warranty

The Helinox Swivel is another lightweight option worthy of consideration. Its edge over the previously mentioned model, the Helinox chair one, is that even though it is a little bit heavier, it can swivel. This is best for tall people. It is also very comfortable to sit at because the fabric is made of breathable mesh. However, if you suffer from back pains, this is not the best choice for you as it may sag.

Pros

  • Sturdy and rust-resistant legs
  • Lightweight at 2.82 pounds
  • Does not consume a lot of space

Cons

  • No headrest
  • Does not include ground sheet for leg slipping prevention
  • Shoulders of those less than 5’8 can get chaffed by the chair
  • Does not have a cup holder, cooler and storage pouch.
  • Not ideal for heavy-weight people, can only accommodate at a maximum of 265 pounds

Camping chairs for tall people

ALPS mountaineering king kong chair

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair
  • Our Extra Wide King Kong Folding Camp Chair brings plus size support and comfort wherever it goes
  • To the beach or in the backyard, this chair is ready for whatever the outdoors can conjure up.
  • Extra-Wide 24'' Seat . High Backrest . Side Pocket Cooler . Powder-Coated Steel Frame And Cushioned Polyester Khaki Canvas . Compact Design Folds Quickly &Amp; Fits In 7'' X 41'' Bag . Dimensions: 38''W X 20''D X 38''H
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This camping chair is suited for heavier and taller individuals. It can accommodate up to 800 pounds of weight, and has a great sitting height ideal for those standing 6 feet and above. It is also durable and sturdy. It is resistant to different weather conditions because of its 6000D fabric. Another plus is that it is foldable at 5”x 5” x 18”.

Pros

  • Comes with a dual shoulder strapped 7×41” carrying case
  • Seats are padded
  • Legs are resistant to rust
  • Has two side pockets and storage space
  • Has 2 cup holders on the arm rest

Cons

  • Not ideal for those under 5’7 as you’ll have a hard time getting out
  • Fabric tends to hold rainwater and can get moldy

KingCamp camping chair

KingCamp Camping Chair with Lumbar Back Support, Padded Folding Chair with Cooler, Armrest, Cup Holder, Oversized Quad Camp Chair Heavy Duty, Supports 350 lbs, Black-1 Pack
  • ★LUMBAR SUPPORT: Lumbar support system provides luxurious comfort. Along with an alignment, strap to ensure your lumbar stays in place on your chair. Design considered with the end-user in mind
  • ☂PERFECT STORAGE: Durable mesh cup holder and armrest at the perfect height allows you to relax in comfort. Large side storage bag for keeping your mobile phone and magazines. Relax with comfortable and stocked with drink holder, insulated cooler bag (3 cans of cokes capacity)
  • ☻THE RIGHT MATERIALS: The foldable camping chair oversized with 600 x 300D oxford fabrics for maximum comfort, built with high strength steel tubes. Card slot type and metal on metal contact point design makes chair extra durable. Weight capacity up to 350 lbs
  • ❤PORTABLE: 24.5 x 23.5 x 41 inches large padded seat area with the outdoor camping chair. 8.7 x38.2 inches after folding, and only 11.3 lbs, the lightweight camping chair packs up into the included shoulder carry bag for easy storage and transport
  • ▲THE RIGHT USE: KingCamp deluxe folding camping chair is perfect to be used indoors or bring it to outdoor activities such as a picnic, camping, traveling, hiking, patio parties, fishing, and any other outdoor activities. Even use it in the home! 1-year warranty, free replacement or refund promised for any quality issue

If you are suffering from back pains, this is the best fit for you as it offers lumbar support. This also comes with a headrest for neck and head support, thus, a winner in the area of comfort. This 41-inch, 11-pound camping chair is also a good choice for tall individuals because of its 18 inches seat height.

Pros

  • Sufficient capacity of 350 pounds
  • Has a 3-can beer cooler below the right arm
  • Has 2 pounces for storage

Cons

  • Large folding dimension of 38” x 9’ x 8”
  • Not that portable with its 11 pounds weight
  • Carrying case not large enough to cater the camping chair

Camping chairs with canopies

Sport-brella recliner chair

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Sport-Brella 3-Position Recliner Chair with Removable Umbrella and Footrest, Midnight Blue
  • ULTRA COMFORTABLE: The easy to adjust recliner hinges have 3 options, meaning you can sit up, lay back or nap, as you sit and watch the waves; Put your feet up with the detachable footrest and relax with the Sport Brella Recliner Chair
  • FULL COVERAGE UMBRELLA UPF 50 plus PROTECTION; The Sport Brella will keep your skin protected from UVA or UVB rays; The canopy has a 3 way swivel and metallic undercoating for superior UPF 50 plus protection, plus safety tips for eye protection
  • REFRESHMENTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: Built in insulated pocket, cup holder, and storage pocket holds up to 4 drinks, so you’ll always be prepared to crack a cold one; Meanwhile, the zippered storage pocket has a built in a bottle opener
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, STRONG, AND EASY TO STORE: Made of ultra strong, lightweight steel construction, the Sport Brella Recliner Chair can hold up to 250 pounds; Use the easy to carry bag for transportation and storage
  • JUST THE RIGHT FIT: This ultra comfortable, lightweight, Sport Brella Recliner Chair covers all the bases; Put your feet up on the detachable footrest, or grab your beverage of choice from the insulated drink pouch

This durable camping chair comes with an overhead canopy with a UVA/UVB ray protection and a metallic undercoating for extra sun protection. It can also swivel in three different settings, and is adjustable to specifically block the sun’s direction. It is extremely comfortable because aside from its reclining chair and umbrella, it also has a detachable footrest for additional comfort. 

Pros

  • The armrest has a bottle-holder
  • With an adjustable and detachable umbrella
  • Has a pouch which can accommodate up to 4 cans
  • With an adjustable three-optioned recliner for sitting, reclining and napping.

Cons

  • Umbrella cannot withstand strong winds
  • Has a narrow seat not ideal for the heavier ones
  • Can only accommodate up to 250 pounds of weight

Quik shade

Quik Shade MAX Shade Chair, Blue
  • SUN PROTECTION: Patented adjustable canopy for sun protection lowers and tilts easily for shade when you need it
  • DURABLE, QUALITY FABRIC: Breathable 600 x 300 denier polyester fabric is made for durability and comfort. It's water, stain, and moisture resistant to keep your chair looking brand new
  • EASY TRANSPORTATION: At only 9 lbs., the canopy chair is easy to transport. Includes carry bag for easy and convenient travel and storage
  • SUPPORTIVE OUTDOOR CHAIR: Constructed with a sturdy steel frame with higher arched back. 22.5" wide seat is comfortable and supports weight up to 500 lbs.
  • SEATSIDE CONVENIENCE: Comes with 2 mesh cup holders for a easy access to your drink

If blocking the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is your priority, this camping chair is best suited for your needs. From the name itself, Quick shade, this camping chair has an overhead canopy which can be adjusted to block sun and even rain from different directions. You also get a storage pouch under the right armrest to store your belongings.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Armrest has 2 cup holders
  • Has a 22.5” seat with 19” height
  • Non-saggy and comfortable backrest
  • Water and stain-resistant fabric made of 300x 600D polyester

Cons

  • Backrest cannot support neck or head
  • 225-pound weight capacity only ideal for slim people
  • Non-durable armrest material, may rip within few months
  • Overhead canopy may obstruct view and not ideal for outdoor events

Camping chair with rocking motion

GCI outdoor freestyle rocker chair

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair
  • Portable outdoor rocking chair quickly and easily folds flat for storage and transportation
  • Sturdy powder-coated steel frame supports up to 250 pounds includes padded arm rests and built-in beverage holder
  • Patented Spring-Action Rocking Technology delivers smooth rocking motion anywhere outdoors – lawn, patio, camping or tailgating
  • Opens and closes safely and easily with patented EAZY-FOLD Technology; includes carry handle
  • Seat height: 19.7 inches; open size: 24 x 25 x 34.8 inches; folded size: 25 x 4.9 x 34.8 inches; weight: 12.1 pounds; limited lifetime warranty

This rocking chair is best for backyard and front-country camping use. It is the leader in durability and comfort with a firm support despite its rocking motion. If properly taken care of, this chair can last for many years.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Capable of rocking motion
  • Non-saggy, comfortable to the back

Cons

  • Cupholder is flimsy
  • Heavy, weighs 13 pounds
  • Can produce squeaky sounds

Types of camp chairs

Two-legged chairs

Since it only has two legs, your feet will serve as the chair’s front leg. You may swing a little because of this. The drawback with this type is that you are prone to losing balance and falling over.

Three-legged chairs

From the name itself, it has three legs which is more stable than the two-legged chair but not as reliable as the four-legged one. These are simple, not heavy and ideal for outdoor adventures and trails.

Classic camp chairs

These have four legs, a flat seat and a straight back. These are affordable and not tippy. Because of its height, you can easily sit and stand from these.

Low chairs

These are the best chairs to use for uneven ground or even for a sandy surface as these are seatdy.

What to look for in a camping chair

Purpose and versatility

It is important to know when, where and for what you will use your camping chair. Is it more for watching outdoor games like a soccer game? Is it for more adventurous activities like backpacking and viewing? Is it for car camping or backyard barbecuing? Is it for multi-purpose use? How often are you going to use it? Is it yearly, monthly, weekly or daily? Once you know where you will need it for, it is easy to focus on the price and the feature and capability you should prioritize. Make sure that it has the necessary features for the intended purposes.

Portability and ease of use

For those who travel and walk long distances a lot, this one should be prioritized. Choose a camping chair that is not so heavy since it is not the only thing you will be taking on your trip. You also have to bring your tents, cooking gear, etc. Consider also the foldability and the carrying bag that comes with it.

Foldability

Go for a camping chair that is easy to fold and unfold. Ideally, it is best to have a foldable camping chair, one that does not take up much space. Look for ones which can be folded inwards, or with a torpedo-like shape when folded. It does not take up much space. Choosing the ones with a thin folding dimension could consume a lot of space when laid flat. It should be easy to unfold, set-up and fold back into its carrying bag.

Carrying Bag

Aside from the foldability, also choose one with a carrying bag. Choose a camping chair that when folded, can fit perfectly in its carrying bag. In some models, you’ll find a hard time fitting the chair in its bag, so be wary of those items. Strapping the camping chair across your back through a bag is more practical than carrying it with your arms.

Height and weight

Another factor for portability is the height and weight. If possible, choose the most lightweight option without compromising the features and functionality. In terms of its height, if you are a fan of going to outdoor events with your camping chair, choose a low chair type, one that does not obstruct the view of other people. However, if your focus is comfort and you have weak knees, high-seated chairs are best suited for you as it is easy to get in and out of these.

Durability

The material it is made of, the fabric, and the leg quality are some of the considerations in determining the durability, reliability and longevity of your camping chair.

Construction

Choose one that is constructed from sturdy aluminum or steel. Ideally, it should have a bracing under the legs for added stability. Do not forget to consider the fabric of the chair. Polyester or high-quality canvas are great choices because these are durable and does not easily tear up.

Legs quality

Choose durable and sturdy legs. Be wary of those which easily snap. Strike a balance between strength and foldability because if you opt for super firm ones, you’ll have difficulty folding it. Consider the durability, foldability, and weight of your chair’s steel tubing.

Stability

If you travel and move a lot, it is important to consider the stability of your camping chair. Choose one that can adapt well to various surfaces and texture may it be uneven, rocky, sandy, wet, etc.

Comfort

Several factors would help you determine how comfortable a chair is. It should at least have a back support, a comfortable height and weight capacity, and some storage pouches to place your belongings.

Lumbar support

If you have pre-existing back concerns, choose a camping chair that won’t worsen it. Don’t choose the units that have sunken backs. Look for ones that offer back and lumbar support with an extra padding at the lower part. This way, you can maintain your good posture and prevent worsening of current conditions.

Canopy or shade

Some camping chairs come with an umbrella or canopy to protect the user from UV rays or from the rain. It can be made of canvas material or nylon. This is a must-have feature especially if you travel a lot to places with extreme weather conditions. If you are tall, choose a camp chair whose canopy would not touch your head.

Storage pouches and cup holders

It is important to have a spot to put your cups, phones, keys and other belongings. Without it, you would have to keep your hands full or look for a table to put it to. In worse cases, you could spill your drinks, drop your phone or lose your keys.

Other considerations if you are tall:

Backrest’s height

This is also called seat back height. If you are tall, stay away from too short seta back height as it may strain your upper back and neck. It can even lead to neck cramps if used in extended periods. Look for a backrest with enough height to support your neck and head.

Ground-to-seat height

If you are tall, it is very important to consider the ground-to-seat height or commonly referred to as the seat’s height. It was mentioned above that if you frequently attend concerts and other outdoor activities, choosing a seat with a short height is ideal. However, if you are on the taller side of the spectrum, this might compromise your comfort. Choose a seat height that won’t obstruct other people’s view without compromising your comfort even when you seat at it for extended periods of time.

Frequently asked questions

How do I choose a camp chair?

Here are some of the aspects you must consider when choosing a chair

  • Purpose- Are you using it for backpacking, hiking, car camping, watching concerts, or for sitting in the backyard? Your next priorities will highly depend on what you will use it for.
  • Height and portability- If you have knee issues, chairs with short heights can be a dealbreaker. Choose a chair from which you can easily and comfortably sit on and get out of
  • Features and capabilities- Do you consider cup holders and storage pouches essential? Or do you prioritize sun and rain protection? Are you more of a rocking chair kind of person? Understanding your priorities will help you choose the best camp chair.

How much weight can a camping chair accommodate?

Different brands have different weight capacities. Be sure to check it in the product description. To be safe, choose a chair which can hold at least 250 pounds.

How much is a camping chair?

Depending on its quality, features and capabilities, a camp chair’s price can be as low as 25 dollars to as high as 250 dollars. If you rarely use it, there is no need to buy the high-end ones. Just make sure to strike a balance between your budget, the frequency of use, and its features.

I prioritize comfort, what camping chair should I get?

The word comfort can be subjective and it depends on your body type, height, and weight. YETI Trailhead scored the highest in terms of stability and comfort. For laying back and taking a nap, the best choice is the GCI Zero gravity camping chair.

How will I know if that is the chair size for me?

Most camping chairs created in the market are 21 inches wide and are fit for adults. However, if you really want to be sure, the most practical tip is to measure a chair from your home, one which you are comfortable sitting in. The size of that chair at home is the size of the camping chair you should get.

Is it okay if my camping chair got wet?

Yes, camping chairs getting wet is fine. It will not be damaged with a little spill and rain. However, depending on the fabric it has, some may dry faster than others.

Should I consider the camp chair’s weight and packed size?

The packed size and your camp chair’s weight will determine its portability. If you travel a lot, it is best to choose a chair which is easy to hand carry, the REI, for instance.

How should I clean my camp chair?

Before anything else, check the product’s instructions on how to clean it. As a general rule, you can use a mild detergent and warm water. Use a soft brush to rub the detergent on the chair. After that, rinse it with cool water.

Conclusion

Choosing a camping chair all boils down to a combination of these factors: purpose and use, durability and longevity, foldability and flexibility, capabilities and features, and your budget. Be sure to choose wisely, after all, going to the store without a plan in mind might lead you to a regretful purchase. 

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