Best Camping Chairs in 2021
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Aah, camping. RVing. It's all about the great outdoors.
As much as we love mother nature, we also love to have a place to sit while we are chilling.
What better place to sit than a nice cozy rock? Pffffffft.
Camping chairs are 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 seat rests in the eyes of the bum that sits in it.
Let's learn a few things about the differences in camping chairs and what you may and may not be looking for.
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Camping Chair Guide
Camping chairs come in all shapes and sizes. They are made for different purposes and needs.
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 don't need frills.
They want a light, 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 your consideration.
Generally, chairs are made to fit into one of these categories:
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, decide how you will mostly be using your camp 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.
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.
They must be hardy, considering how much wear and tear they receive.
They get thrown in the back of trucks, get burned bt embers, deteriorate from the sun, and more.
However, if you go out and get a $10 camp chair from the drugstore, don't expect it to be comfortable or to last for 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. Most offer no back 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 a bad camp chair long enough, you could even create back issues for yourself.
Therefore, you have a couple of choices in this matter.
First, you can get our recommended chair that does have back support. Second, you can always have a pillow on hand to put behind 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.
Luckily, many camp chairs out there are quite cozy.
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 holders, 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 in a canvas tote along with a bottle of wine and some munchies for happy hour at the neighbor's RV.
One thing to note: The Chair One is not the best choice for tall people. My husband is 6'4" and finds that the back of the chair is too short and the fact that it's so low to the ground makes it hard to get out of.
Fortunately, he found a solution in the Helinox Sunset Chair. With a taller back and a higher ground clearance, this chair is tall person approved!
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 skin 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.
As you can see, there are many different things to consider when looking for a new camping chair.
The way you camp, your bodily needs, weight, and durability are four of the major things you should consider before making a buying decision.
If you are in the market for a new chair, read on below for our camping chair reviews.
We found the best overall, best for bad backs, best for larger people and much more. We have tried out most of these chairs, but not all of them.
Some we have narrowed down the competition through logic, reviews, and friend's opinions. Still, the final decision is going to be your own butt in the seat.
Regardless, we're here to help you make a decision on the best camping chair for your needs.
Camping Chair Reviews
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.
We chose what we thought would be the most sought-after categories for folding camping chairs.
Best Overall Camping Chair
Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Built-In Cooler
The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair is a super popular folding camping chair among campers due to its low price and superior comfort/durability.
Its attached 'cooler' also makes it a hit among users.
Continue Reading Coleman Oversized Quad Chair Review
Best Super Compact / Lightweight Camping Chair
Helinox Chair One
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.
Other Helinox Chair One Sizes
Helinox offers three sizes of their Chair One lightweight camping chairs.
To view the other two sizes (other than the original size reviewed here), click on 'Continue Reading..." directly below to open up the Helinox Chair One review and scroll to the bottom of it.
Continue Reading Helinox Chair One Review
Best Backpacking Chair with Swivel
Helinox Swivel Chair
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.
Continue Reading Helinox Swivel Chair Review
Best Camp Chair for Big and Tall People
Alps Mountaineering King Kong
The Alps Mountaineering King Kong camping chair is a heavy-duty camping chair made for durability and ruggedness.
The frame can support up to 800 lbs.
Continue Reading Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair Review
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.
Continue Reading Renetto Original Canopy Chair Review
Best Camping Chair with Back Support
The Strongback Elite
It's true that not many camping chairs have good, or even ANY lower back support.
That said, this camp chair has excellent lower back support that can keep you more comfortable for longer.
Other Strongback Chairs
Strongback offers other folding camping chairs besides the Elite (their flagship product).
Click on 'Continue Reading..." directly below to open up the StrongBack Elite Chair review and scroll to the bottom of it for additional StrongBack Chair options.
Continue Reading Strongback Elite Chair Review
Best Camping Chair for Little Kids
Melissa And Doug Line Of Chairs
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. Above all, they have designs modeled for boys and for girls.
Continue Reading Melissa and Doug Kids Chairs Review
Of course, your own 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.
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He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.