If you want extra comfort and functionality in the camp or anywhere outdoors, check out our selection of the best outdoor recliner chairs. All are very different, have versatile designs, and are from reliable outdoor brands.
Most of the chairs are folding, so they need no assembly. Moreover, even those that need a simple assembly are extraordinarily easy to use. Furthermore, a few are light enough to be carried over short distances. However, they are all best suited to places accessible by car.
Our selection of best camping recliner chairs
Below is our list of chairs ordered by weight from heaviest to lightest:
1. Outsunny Folding Zero Gravity Rocking Lounge Chair
This recliner chair has a locking mechanism underneath the armrests so that you can put it in several different positions. Additionally, it has many other great features, so we included it in our list of best rocking folding camping chairs.
It’s important to note that this is a rocking chair, but you can raise the feet to turn it into a regular chair. Moreover, designed as a zero-gravity chair, so you can expect a level of deep relaxation when using it. However, the chair is huge, with overall dimensions of (L x W x H) 47.25 x 26.5 x 40.25 inches (121 x 67 x 102 cm).
- An incredible combination of features.
- Unique feet and rocking rails design.
- Folded size.
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As with many other zero-gravity chairs, this one has a footrest that lifts when you tilt the backrest. It also has an adjustable headrest with a pillow and solid and ergonomic armrests. As you can see from the picture, there is also a folding side table.
The steel frame has a powder-coated finish and is covered by a weather-resistant polyester and PVCTextilene fabric. The fabric is thin and breathable, making it suitable for warm weather conditions. When folded, the dimensions are 43.5 x 26 x 6 inches (110 x 66 x 15 cm). The chair weighs 22 lb (10 kg) and can support 265 lb (120 kg).
2. VINGLI Professional Fishing Chair
This impressive reclining chair allows you to tilt it until the backrest is flat. On top of this, it also has a massive seat measuring 26 inches (66 cm). Consequently, we added it to our list of chairs with wide seats. To continue with numbers, the weight capacity is 300 lb (136 kg), and it weighs 15 lb (6.8 kg). Additionally, the packed size is 28 x 25 x 10 inches (72 x 65 x 26 cm).
Vingli has given this chair lots of padding on the backrest and headrest. In addition, the armrests are solid, which helps when you get in and out of the seat.
Yet another helpful feature is its pivoting feet and adjustable legs. As a result, this means you can nicely level the chair no matter where you use it.
Furthermore, the frame is made from high-quality, corrosion-resistant steel. Additionally, the fabric is 600D waterproof Oxford, which is removable and washable.
3. Kamp-Rite Chair with detachable footrest
This chair folds thin and into an elongated tube shape, so the packed size is 38 x 7 x 7 inches (96 x 18 x 18 cm). This is partly due to the soft armrests. As the name suggests, it also s a detachable footrest.
But the chair is on our list for its reclining design. It has two poles equipped with sliders and connected to the back support bars; the chair reclines to around 130 degrees, making it super comfortable.
Additionally, this chair features cup holders, storage pouches, a headrest, and a carry bag. We like that this is a very affordable chair, which is one of the reasons for having it here on the list. The official weight capacity is 300 lb (136 kg), and it weighs 11 lb (5 kg). The frame is powder-coated steel, and the fabric is 600D polyester.
4. POP Design The Hot Seat Heated Portable Chair
On the first look, this POP Design The Hot Seat Heated Portable Chair may look like an ordinary folding chair, but this is a recliner with 3 different reclining positions, and it is full of great features. This includes 5 different pockets, solid armrests, padding, etc.
The chair also offers heating in the seat, and this is mentioned in its official name. There are wires in the seat and they connect with a battery (not included) in a side pocket. You can use any rechargeable USB battery. Note that there are batteries that can heat the seat for more than 7 hours.
The numerous pockets are hanging on the front under the seat and sides; you can see them in the picture. There is also a large mesh pocket on the backside of the backrest.
The frame is powder-coated 0.5 inches (15 mm) steel tubing. The fabric is a robust and waterproof 600D polyester with foam padding inside.
This reasonably lightweight chair tips the scales at 11 lb (5 kg). Also, when you pack it into its carry bag, it measures (L x D) 37.5 x 8 inches (95 x 20 cm), and the capacity is 300 lb (136 kg). Note that the seat is 17.5 inches (44 cm) high, and you get a 2-year warranty. We have included this chair in our list of best padded reclining camping chairs.
5. Ostrich Deluxe Chair
This chair has a patented design that offers multiple configurations. In addition, it has a reclining mechanism for the backrest and the footrest, and with the openings on the top backrest, it provides no less than 15 possible configurations.
Furthermore, the footrest alone has 3 different positions. Notably, the chair can be completely flat, and you can use it as a cot.
There are many great features here, including wood armrests, a padded footrest, an adjustable and removable head support, storage, an adjustable lumbar pillow, etc. Additionally, it’s worth noting that it comes in 5 different colors.
Interestingly, the headrest has a face cavity, which provides ventilation. But you can also put your face in it when you put the chair in a completely flat position. The design allows you to breathe normally when face down.
The backrest also has two cut-outs on the sides. This means you can pass your arms around to hold a book underneath the backrest when face down.
Note that the pleasant wood armrests also have a cut-out, so you can use them as carry handles. On top of all this, there is a bottle holder and storage.
The aluminum frame is strong enough for this chair to support up to 275 lb (125 kg). This chair weighs 10.19 lb (4.6 kg), and its overall dimensions are (L x W x H) 60.76 x 28.93 x 39.73 inches (154 x 73 x 101 cm), the seat is 22 inches (56 cm) wide, and it is 12 inches (30 cm) above the ground. When folded, the chair measures 36 x 29.5 x 5.5 inches (91 x 75 x 14 cm). We have also included it in our list of reclining camping chairs with a footrest.
6. GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Portable Backpack Chair
Here you have another folding recliner camping chair with wooden armrests. Additionally, the word Backpack in the name indicates that the chair has shoulder straps for easy transport. Also,when folded, its size is 28.1 x 24.4 x 3.5 inches (71 x 62 x 9 cm).
We have added it to this list for its reclining design that gives you 4 specific reclining positions. The lowest position reclines to around 45 degrees. The locking mechanism is underneath its solid armrests.
As shown in the picture, this chair has a soft and adjustable pillow for extra comfort. For convenience, there is a cup holder on the side and a large back pouch. Additionally, the frame is powder-coated aluminum/steel, covered by PVC-backed polyester fabric. GCI has improved comfort by adding a mesh area for ventilation on the backrest.
This chair can support up to 250 lb (113 kg), and the seat measures around 19.1 in (49 cm). Furthermore, the total weight of the chair is 8.6 lb (3.9 kg). Lastly, you have the manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty. We have also included it on our list of best-rated beach chairs.
7. NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
Here you have a recliner of a very particular type. The chair was unique when it first appeared because it is a collapsible swinging chair with reclining features. Nowadays, there are more chairs on the market built in the same swinging style, but the reclining mechanism of this chair remains unique.
The chair comes with an adjustable headrest with Velcro tabs and solid padded armrests. As mentioned, this is a collapsible chair, so it is easy to assemble. Note that a carry bag is included.
The chair is very light, weighing just 6 lb 5 oz (2.86 kg), and its weight capacity is 300 lb (136 kg). Its dimensions are (W x D x H) 25 x 36 x 45 inches (65 x 92 x 116 cm). The seat height is 12 inches (30 cm).
This chair is built around a frame made from aircraft-grade aluminum, and the tubes are shock-corded. The feet are a thermo-rubber material that sticks to any surface. The fabric is a non-absorbent monofilament mesh. We have also included it in our list of best collapsible camping chairs.
So this is our list of best outdoor recliner chairs. So how to choose between them? They all have the reclining feature, but there are significant differences in design. Some can become completely flat and look like a cot, but some offer far smaller reclining angles. So this is something to bear in mind.
Almost all of them have plenty of features. For example, some are rocking chairs, some have lots of storage, can be carried like a backpack, and some fold into elongated but thin tubes.
There are significant differences in the weight by a factor of 3 or so. But this is not a big deal, as these are chairs mainly for car camping. However, weight may be important for elderly users.
The same holds for the seat height. Some are very low; therefore, these are not the best for elderly users. But in this case, it is great to have solid armrests.
The packed size may be an issue if space in your car is limited. With respect to this, you have i) folding reclining chairs that fold thin but remain large in two dimensions and ii) reclining folding and collapsible chairs that close like an umbrella and become narrow but long.
It would be good to make your list of priorities and then check which of the chairs fits best.
If you need a bit more information related to camping chairs, please see our separate articles where some other features are in focus. Check out chairs for heavy people, or chairs with extra-wide seats, or perhaps these best compact outdoor chairs.
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