Best Camping Chairs in 2018
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Aah, camping. RVing. The great outdoors. As much as we love the great outdoors, we also certainly love to have a place to sit while we aren't hiking. What better place to sit than a nice cozy rock? Pfffffff.
You know you need a camping chair! They're great for chilling around a campfire with friends or family, eating lunch or working up some s'mores.
Of course, you want to find the best camp chair. Not all camping chairs are created equal, however. Camping chairs are designed for different needs. Also, the comfort factor of the bum is somewhat in they eye of the 'bumholder'. We wanted to pick out the best camping chair out there for you but we found that 'best' depends on the needs of the individual. There is no one best camp chair. There are types and general favorites but there is no fits-all-needs-and-wants chair for everyone.
Therefore we decided to find the general 'greatest hits' best camp chair for you but your own butt is going to have to be the chooser for your best camp chair. It's too bad that we can't try a chair over the internet yet. Maybe, someday...
Camping Chair Reviews
We chose what we thought would be the most sought-after categories for folding camping chairs. If you are simply looking for more information on camp chairs, just jump down to our camping chair guide below
The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair is a super popular folding camping chair among campers due to its low price and superior comfort/durability. The attached 'cooler' also makes it a hit among users, holding up to 4 cans at a time.
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The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair has a mesh cup holder, so hey, actually you could keep 5 drinks with you all at one time! You will never have to get up again! ????
Lots of reviewers and users claim this is the most comfortable camping chair they have found. This is the perfect quality folding camp chair with its comfortable padded seat, tall back, and roomy seat. For the price tag, you are getting pretty good quality materials that will last a long time if well taken care of.
The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair is one of the only folding camping chairs to have a built-in cooler bag. It will potentially lose one can if you decide to put some type of ice bag or ice in there. It also includes a mesh pocket for storing your phone, keys, headlamp, or whatever you want to keep in there. It is a very stable chair and it keeps your amenities close by while keeping your body comfortable.
There are less expensive knock-offs by REI and Wal-Mart, but the quality difference is very clear when you look at them side by side. The Coleman is worth the extra few bucks in that it will last longer.
The fade resistance of the Coleman is also pretty staggering. Kelly of Camp Addict has had a Coleman folding camping chair since 2002, and it has YET to show any signs of fading.
Coleman Oversized Quad Chair Features and Specs:
• Mesh cup holder
• Side pockets
• Steel frame
• Arm height is adjustable
• 24-in. seat
• Comfortable 18.1-in. sitting height
• Up to 325 lbs of support
• Carry bag included
• Limited 1-year warranty
Coleman Oversized Quad Chair Video Review
The Helinox Chair One is one of the lightest ultralight camping chairs on the market today. This is a best bet for backpackers who need an ultralight backpacking chair. It's one of the smallest camp chairs out there, so obviously it's going to lack luxe things such as built-in coolers or cup holders.
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Cupholders are not why you buy this ultralight camping chair. Instead, its main purpose is to be as comfortable and as light and one of the smallest camp chairs as possible. It does the job very well.
We chose the Helinox Chair One over the Helinox Chair Zero as currently, we are more of an RVing site, at least at this point, than we are a backpacker site. If you are a hardcore backpacker, you likely already know about the Helinox Chair Zero and how light it is. The Helinox Chair One is a little more comfortable and less expensive than the Helinox Chair Zero. They are both very cool camp chairs.
This camping chair is actually quite comfortable. However, some campers under 5'8 say that the sides of the back of the chair squeezes their shoulders a bit. Larger campers don't have this issue. Clearly, there's nowhere to rest your head, but many camping chairs go without this feature and people are more than comfortable.
The legs of the Chair One are made out of adonized DAC aluminum pole technology. They are strong and durable, and they won't eventually rust. They are linked with shock cord so the poles slip right into their intended destinations.
Sold separately is a ground sheet to help keep the legs from sinking into soft ground.
This little powerhouse can hold up to 320 lbs despite its tiny frame. The balancing of the chair might come into play with some people. It doesn't have the widest base of support, so be aware.
If you want one of the smallest camp chairs but aren't willing to go quite so minimal and want a little more support and don't mind a little more weight, you can go with the Helinox Chair Two. It boasts the same tent pole technology and relatively small size but is a little wider, and more comfortable. This model qualifies as a high back camp chair. You can purchase separately rocking legs and/or a ground sheet AND a head rest for the Helinox Chair Two. Instantly you have a camping rocking chair!
Helinox also makes a seat warmer for the Chair One if you will be in cold areas.
(See Amanda Watson's testimonial in the Guide section of this page, below)
Helinox Chair One Features and Specs:
- QUICK AND EASY SETUP: assembles quickly using self-locating shock cord technology
- Fully assembled size: 20" wide x 20" deep x 25" high
- Packs down to 14" x 4" x 5" (35cm x 10cm x 12cm) - smaller than the Sunday Times
- Material: 600d polyester
- Frame: Advanced TH72M allow by DAC
- Weight: Setup= 1.96 pounds, Packed= 2.1 pounds
- Warranty: 5 years
- One of the smallest camping chairs you can get
Helinox Chair One Video Review
The Helinox Swivel Chair is exactly the same as the Helinox Chair One except that is swivels. It's still an ultralight camping chair compared to most camp chairs on the market, but hardcore backpackers might find it too heavy for their pack at almost 3 lbs.
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Still, if you're not that hardcore and want to take it for a day hike, the swivel feature is certainly a fun and useful amenity for a camp chair.
Some campers under 5'8 might find that their shoulders get a smidge cramped by the back of the Helinox Swivel Chair. Otherwise, most seem to like the way this chair feels. It's surprisingly comfortable for such a small camp chair.
If you are by the fire and are working dinner, the swivel comes in handy. You can have tables on both sides of your chair, and you can keep an eye on your kids (behind you) all without getting up. Kids also love this chair.
This chair would also be handy for photographers, birders, artists, and more. It comes with a case that has a webbing ladder to attach to the outside of your backpack if desired. The Helinox Swivel Chair also comes with the option to purchase the duck feather seat warmer.
Helinox Swivel Chair Features and Specs:
- Quick and easy setup: Assembles quickly using self-locating shock cord technology
- Weight Rating: Up to 265 lbs
- Weight: 2.82 lbs
- Warranty: 5 years
- Frame: Advanced TH72M alloy by DAC
- Dimensions: 28 x 20 x 21 inches
- Material: 600D polyester
- One of the smallest camping chairs you can get
Helinox Swivel Chair
The Alps Mountaineering King Kong camping chair is a heavy-duty camping chair made for durability and ruggedness. The frame can support up to an impressive 800 lbs.
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It offers plenty of storage with 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, and storage built into the head rest. It is heavier than most of our reviewed chairs at 13 lbs but this is to be expected for the quality needed to be this rugged.
This folding camping chair is slightly padded, making it even a little easier on the bum.
The only downside we found with this heavy-duty camping chair is that sometimes when smaller people use it, they sink down into the seat, causing their legs to push into the front of the chair. For some, their legs will start going to sleep due to loss of circulation. Because of this, we would only recommend this chair for truly big and tall people.
The 600D polyester fabric is taut and supportive. It comes with a carrying bag that has two straps to fit you like a backpack leaving your arms totally free to carry other items. Carrying case dimensions are 7 x 41"
The legs of the King Kong Chair are made out of steel.
Setup and breakdown couldn't be simpler with this folding camping chair. Simply fold it up or expand it out when you want to use it or break it down. It's a little challenging to get back into the carrying bag, but this is a pretty universal issue with folding camping chairs. It is not unique to this one.
The only downside we found about this heavy-duty camping chair is that the material is so thick that it will hold water after a rainstorm. This is only an issue if you leave it outside when it rains. (So, don't leave it outside in the rain!) Moreover, the padding in the material was still seen as a positive thing.
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair Features and Specs:
- Dimensions: (Set Up) 38 x 20 x 38 Folded down: 5 x 5 x 38
- Weight: 13 lbs
- Leg Material: Steel
- Material: 600D Polyester
- Side pockets for storage
- Weight capacity: 800 lbs
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair Features
Best Camping Chair with Canopy
Renetto Original Canopy Chair 3.5
If your primary goal in a chair is to stay out of the sun, THIS is the chair you have been looking for. The Renetto camping chair comes with an attached bag that doubles as a shade for overhead.
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It's a pretty ingenious design as there are no 'wasted' parts i.e. a separate bag that is useless when the chair is in use.
Instead, the bag becomes the topper which again becomes the bag when putting it away. The topper can be overhead while in use or it can be stored away behind the chair. You don't even have to get up to put the shade up or back down.
The chair is spacious and comfortable, sporting two drink holders and 16mm wide thickness in the legs, much sturdier than any other chairs on the market. We suppose this chair should be able to compete with the King Kong chair, but somehow it is only rated for 350 lbs compared to the King Kong's 800 lbs.
The actual bag also comes with storage space, both for when you are using it as a carrying case and also for things like your spare keys for underneath the canopy. Pretty slick!
They now offer a hide-a-way footrest sold separately as well and they claim it is easy to install. This way you can have a shaded camp chair with footrest!
Also offered are detachable side flaps for the awning for further sun protection.
Renetto Original Canopy Chair Features and Specs:
- Weight: 15 lbs
- Back Height: 21"
- Seat Depth: 19"
- Ground to seat: 18"
- Chair to canopy head room: 35"
- Backpack dimensions: 38"x9"x9"
- Pole thickness: 16mm
- 100% UV and water-resistant
Renetto Canopy Chair
It's true that not many camping chairs have good, or even ANY lower back support. Over time, this can lead to back and disc issues. Enter the Strongback Elite. This camp chair has excellent lower back support that can keep you more comfortable for longer.
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Even Kelly of Camp Addict likes her camping chairs, but she cannot stay in them for long without using a pillow at her lower back. The Strong Back would eliminate the need for this and keep her back in a supported position.
The company claims that their patented lumbar support aligns your body posture. This should ease neck tension and provide relaxation of the muscles of the body. Makes sense.
The Strongback Elite is relatively light though it's not the lightest chair on the block. The backpack style carry bag is very helpful, adding to its mobility.
It's not the cheapest chair on the block either, but if you spend a good deal of time in a camping chair, this model could save you money on the chiropractor. Who wants to have a painful back? If you don't, this could be the camping chair for you.
The legs are made with silver powder coated steel. The material is a heavy duty Polyester 600D wear and tear resistant fabric. This chair should last you for a long time.
Strongback Elite Chair Features and Specs:
- Dual shoulder straps
- 600D polyester
- Silver powder coated steel legs
- Weight: 11.9 lbs
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
- Chair Size in Use: 28.5" x 27" x 36.5"
- Chair Size Folded: 11" x 6" x 44"
Strongback Elite Camping Chair
The Melissa and Doug line of compact camping chairs for kids couldn't be any cuter! Your little ones will know which chair is theirs for sure and they will love their cute design. They have designs modeled for boys and for girls.
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The chairs do have cup holders for your kid's drink and the fabric is water-resistant
The edges are reinforced to prevent tearing and the material is fade resistant. These Melissa and Doug Chairs are good for children, depending on their size, to up to 7 years old.
The material is made to be easy to clean in case of spills. The chair is low enough to the ground for your child to easily get in and out of by themselves.
Features and Specs:
- Package: 23.7" H x 6.7" W x 6.7" L
- Product: 25" x 13" x 12.75" 2.7 lbs
- Material is easy to clean
Camping Chair Guide
Camping chairs come in all shapes and sizes. They are made for specific different purposes. Some people want super wide chairs with all sorts of 'amenities' such as umbrellas, storage bags, tables, and cup holders/coolers built-in. On the other end of the spectrum, backpackers need their chair to be as light as humanly possible and they aren't looking for frills. They want a compact camping chair.
Chairs have been made with every need in mind. Here we cover the ins and the outs of what's out there for you to consider.
Generally, chairs will be made to fit into one of these categories:
- Back Support
- Best Of All Worlds
Things to Look For In A Camping Chair
Well, how will you be using it? Backpacking? Hanging around the fire? Working outdoors daily on your computer? Before you jump into buying a chair, know how you will mostly be using your camping chair.
Portability (Backpacking Chairs)
If you are going to be hiking a lot with your chair for long distances, or even short ones for that matter, you are not going to be happy with an 8 lb chair. This means you are likely not going to want a traditional chair that tends to come with lots of features and there is not much consideration for size or weight.
There are now camping chairs that can pack as small as a 2 liter bottle and weigh around one pound. If you are only going to be using your chair around a campfire, then a traditional chair may work better for you, although many of the small portable camping chairs are quite comfortable as well.
The smallest and lightest have legs that are made by DAC, who also makes the lightest aluminum tent poles. The construction is made to be easy to put together with the shock cord on the insides much like tent poles.
They almost put themselves together. There aren't many parts and set up takes a little under 2 minutes. These tiny chairs fit easily in your backpack.
Sure, pretty much anything we purchase we want to be as durable as possible. Not all camping chairs are the same in this regard, either. However, most chairs out there are quite durable, considering how much wear and tear they receive with getting stashed in the truck to go camping, withstanding the fading and deterioration effects of the sun and burn holes from campfire embers. However, if you go out and get a $10 camp chair from the drugstore, don't expect that one to be comfortable or to last long. They are made cheaply TO be cheap.
Honestly, not many camping chairs can boast this feature. Many camp chairs are quite sunken around the back area and this might not work very well if you have back issues. They offer no support whatsoever. Therefore, you end up sinking into the camp chair with a rounded lower back. This won't bode well for those with any kind of back issue. If you sit in it enough, you could even create back issues for yourself.
You have a couple of choices in this matter. You can either get our recommended chair that does have back support, or you can always have a pillow on hand to use at your lower back while using your chair.
This is a top priority for pretty much any camp chair, regardless of the other features you may want it to have. Again, luckily many of the camp chairs out there are quite cozy due to today's technology and materials. Still, some camping chairs win over the others in this category, regardless of size. Who doesn't want to be comfortable while camping?
Keeping your butt back in the seat will help your back with support. The smaller backpacking chairs are fairly supportive in this regard as is the Strongback Chair that we recommend. Still, most of our picks are rated as quite comfortable by most users.
I’ve tried nearly every kind of camp chair out there. Zero gravity chairs that allow you to recline and snooze, canvas folding chairs with built in footstools and drink coolers, retro folding camp chairs, and even a camp chair with straps so I could wear it on my back. Eventually, they all failed me. They were too heavy, too cheaply made, or simply too uncomfortable. After struggling to find a chair that fit all my needs, last summer I finally broke down and shelled out the bucks for a Helinox Chair One.
It only took a week of use to realize that all my chair dreams came true with the Helinox. This chair is well-made, lightweight, easy to set up and take down, and best of all…incredibly comfortable! Aside from the comfort, my favorite feature is how portable this chair is. I can put it in my backpack, my kayak, or throw it a canvas tote along with a bottle of wine and some munchies for happy hour at the neighbor’s RV.
There are a few camping chairs out there that come with a built-in shade. This is great for those who need to be out of the sun or are using a computer and need the shade so they can see their computer screen. We all know that skin cancer can be caused by sun exposure, so having the convenient shade built-in to your chair makes it that much easier to keep yourself cancer-free. It's not always possible to stay under an awning or to wear a hat. For times like these, having an umbrella of sorts above you will help you stay in the shade.
Your preferences are going to determine what kind of camp chair you will want to have. Simply decide how you are going to use it and then look for the features that you want. There is no one-size-fits-all chair in terms of features, unfortunately, so you may need more than one for your different occasions. Whatever you decide, just get out there into nature. We hope we have helped you find the best camping chair for YOU.
Camp on, Addicts!