The Best Camping Chairs of 2024

The Best Camping Chairs of 2024

There’s no better way to end a day outside than being gathered around the campfire. While we’ve all spent many an evening sitting on the ground or balancing on a log, it’s hard to beat the pleasure and rejuvenation of sitting in a good camp chair.

In order to find the best camping chairs, we’ve spent countless hours testing chairs in a variety of locations and weather conditions. From the wilds of the Desolation Wilderness to the swamps of Apalachicola, from birthday parties at the park to relaxing somewhere with a view, our testers have spent countless hours setting up, taking down, and, well, sitting. All told, we’ve tested close to 25 different camping chairs over the last half-decade, and collected the top 15 on the market today in this guide.

While testing and ranking camping chairs, we focused primarily on comfort, value, and portability (such as size and weight). Secondary considerations included durability, ease of setup, and additional features (like cupholders and pockets). 

And while there’s no single “best” chair that will suit everyone, we’ve broken the list into categories that should help you identify the best chair for your needs. For even more help finding the best camp chair, refer to our buyer’s guide, comparison chart, and FAQ at the end of this article.

Otherwise, pull up a chair while you scroll through to see all of our recommended buys.

Editor’s Note: We updated our Camping Chairs guide on March 6, 2024, to add the PARKIT Voyager Camp Chair — a to-the-hilt seat with all the bells and whistles, as well as the REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair — the perfect chair for concerts with padding to spare.

The Best Camp Chairs of 2024


Best Overall Camp Chair

  • Weight
    7 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    34.25″ x 24.75″ x 24.5″
  • Cupholders
    One pear-shaped cupholder for a variety of beverage containers
  • Pockets
    One smaller mesh drawstring pocket for small items
  • Weight capacity
    300 lbs.

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  • Simple, lightweight design

  • Made primarily of mesh for easy cleanup and breathability

  • Comes with a shoulder bag for easy transport


  • Mesh could cause concerns for long-term durability

  • Not a tall seat height for ultimate lounging

Best Budget Camp Chair

  • Weight
    6 lbs., 4 oz.
  • Dimensions
    35.8″ x 31.1″ x 21.3″
  • Cupholders
    One mesh cupholder
  • Pockets
    None
  • Weight capacity
    250 lbs.

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  • Inexpensive

  • Breathable mesh back panel

  • Tried and true design that’s easy to deploy


  • Less portability

  • Long-term durability

Best Rocking Chair

  • Weight
    10 lbs., 9.6 oz.
  • Dimensions
    32.5″ x 31.7″ x 27.2″
  • Cupholders
    One tall mesh pocket on right arm
  • Pockets
    One tall hanging pocket on left armrest with enough room for a phone
  • Weight capacity
    250 lbs.

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  • Comfortable

  • Rocker

  • Easy fold-up


  • Large size

  • Less portability

Most Stable Camping Chair

  • Weight
    13 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    38″ x 20″ x 38″
  • Cupholders
    Two mesh cupholders
  • Pockets
    Two hanging side pockets
  • Weight capacity
    800 lbs.

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  • Extremely sturdy at a rated 800 lb. capacity

  • Backpack-style carry case included

  • Not lacking in storage with two pockets and two cupholders


  • Heavier than most chairs at 13 lbs.

Best Campsite ‘Couch’

  • Weight
    15 lbs., 6 oz.
  • Dimensions
    44″ x 23.5″ x 31.5″
  • Cupholders
    Two insulated cupholders
  • Pockets
    None
  • Weight capacity
    400 lbs.

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  • Campfire snuggling

  • Adjustable cupholders

Best Beach Camping Chair

  • Weight
    7 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    20.5″ x 25″ x 23.5″
  • Cupholders
    Available as accessory
  • Pockets
    One stretch mesh
  • Weight capacity
    225 lbs.

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  • Impressive rigidity for an inflatable

  • No moving parts to break or wear out

  • Simple to wash down

  • Stable to sit on most anywhere


  • Requires specialty pump to inflate

Best Camping Chair for Kids

  • Weight
    4 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    24.5″ x 26.5″ x 16.25″
  • Cupholders
    Single pocket serves as a cupholder or as a pocket for small trinkets in the right armrest
  • Pockets
    No additional pockets
  • Weight capacity
    125 lbs.

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  • Light, portable mini version of the adult chair

  • 4 pound weight isn’t too heavy for tikes to carry themselves

  • Locking mechanism prevents chair from shifting


  • Best for kids 9 and under

Best of the Rest

  • Weight
    12 lbs. with empty cooler
  • Dimensions
    20.5” w x 16” h
  • Cupholders
    One detachable
  • Pockets
    None
  • Weight capacity
    350 lbs.

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  • Seat height isn’t too close to the ground

  • High-quality materials

  • Comes with a detachable cupholder and soft cooler

  • Comes with backpack straps


  • Doesn’t pack small

  • Expensive

  • Weight
    7 lbs., 7 oz.
  • Dimensions
    23” x 24” x 26.5”
  • Cupholders
    None
  • Pockets
    None
  • Weight capacity
    250 lbs.

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  • Comfortable padding

  • Included backpack straps for easy transport

  • Attractive design


  • Doesn’t pack small

  • Not the most durable materials

  • Weight
    9 lbs., 6 oz.
  • Dimensions
    32″ x 28″ x 24″
  • Cupholders
    None
  • Pockets
    Single back of chair
  • Weight capacity
    280 lbs.

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  • High-quality materials and design

  • Comfortable sitting angle

  • Zip-up carrying bag


  • No cupholders

  • A bit on the heavier side

  • Weight
    4 lbs., 10 oz.
  • Dimensions
    37″ x 32″ x 23″
  • Cupholders
    Single hanging cupholder
  • Pockets
    Two elastic sleeve pockets
  • Weight capacity
    250 lbs.

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  • Comfortable sitting position

  • Padded armrests and head pillow

  • Two elevated sitting heights


  • Complicated to set up

  • May be too low for some campers

  • Weight
    13 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    29.9″ x 36.3″ x 25.1″
  • Cupholders
    One below the right armrest
  • Pockets
    None
  • Weight capacity
    500 lbs.

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  • Durable

  • Comfortable

  • Super stable

  • Weight
    8 lbs., 11 oz.
  • Dimensions
    41″ x 37″ x 27″
  • Cupholders
    One on the left armrest
  • Pockets
    One zippered pocket on the right side
  • Weight capacity
    300 lbs.

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  • Expensive

  • Takes longer to get in and out

  • Weight
    7 lbs., 13 oz.
  • Dimensions
    21” x 24” x 35”
  • Cupholders
    One that swivels out under right armrest
  • Pockets
    None
  • Weight capacity
    300 lbs.

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  • Design-forward

  • Versatile

  • Comfortable, high seat

  • Weight
    20 lbs.
  • Dimensions
    43.1″ x 35″ x 30.3″
  • Cupholders
    None
  • Pockets
    One hanging mesh pocket
  • Weight capacity
    300 lbs.

The Best Camping Chairs of 2024


  • Recliner

  • Nap-worthy

  • Breathable

Camping Chair Comparison Chart

No matter the season or the reason, there’s a camp chair to settle down into; (photo/Miya Tsudome)

How We Tested Camping Chairs

For half a decade now, we’ve been parking our behinds in camp chairs of every stripe, looking for the best seat in the house for kicking back in the great outdoors. Since 2019, we’ve personally researched, toted, and tested close to 25 different camping chairs in the wilds, comparing each and weighing their specifications against our idea of the perfect seat.

Our travels have taken us from the dark understories of the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the granite crags of Southern California, and after a hard day of playing in the dirt, a good seat makes all the difference.

Primary testers for this guide are Miya Tsudome and Nick Belcaster, both consummate outdoors folk from opposite ends of the West. Tsudome has over 10 years of experience with testing outdoor equipment, and covers the California side of the equation, camping and adventuring around the Sierra Range for much of the year. Her search for the best camping chair out there has her testing new additions on a rolling basis.

Senior Editor Nick Belcaster, on the other hand, hails from Washington State, and after a long walk on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018, is pretty ready to kick back in a comfy seat. He often deploys a camp chair during basecamp for climbing trips, as well as the elusive (if not controversial) “seated top-rope belay.” Both testers have a keen eye for the balance a good camp chair needs to bring across the comfort, packability, and ease of use fronts.

But it’s not just our opinions, either. We polled our crew to determine their absolute favorite camp chairs and why. We gather every year for a group campout to test a new collection of camping chairs side by side, and we use these camp chairs throughout the year, from season to season and sport to sport.

We’ve used these camp chairs while crewing ultramarathons and enjoying slam poetry and concerts at the park. We’ve also used these camp chairs at home for outdoor birthday parties and sitting around portable fire pits.

Some of our editors have used their choice camp chair across every season for many years with no sign of deterioration or a desire to switch. Beyond our team’s experience, we also considered the most popular, most durable, and bestselling camp chairs on the market as well as a broad range of price points and features for a range of users.

GearJunkie Testers Sitting Around the Campfire
GearJunkie editors sitting around the campfire; (photo/Eric Phillips)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Camping Chair

Here are the primary factors we use when testing camp chairs. Scroll through to help ensure that you pick the best camping chair for your individual needs. We will note that these choices are specifically for kicking back during car camping and the like. If you’re looking for a more packable and lightweight option, take a look at our in-depth review of backpacking chairs.

Type of Use

(Photo/Miya Tsudome)

How will you use the chair? Whether you enjoy car camping, backpacking, soccer game viewing, backyard barbecuing, or a mix of everything, it helps to have a clear idea of how you’ll use your camping chair. It will help you narrow down which of the other factors are most important.

Car Campers: For those weekend warriors who pack the car and head for the outdoors as soon as 5 p.m. on Friday hits, a good chair is essential for hanging at the nearest campground. While just about any chair can be thrown in the back of the car and used campside, car campers will want to look for chairs that can withstand some abuse, aren’t too large or heavy, and fold up nicely for easy packing. 

The REI Co-op Skyward Chair, Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Chair, and ALPS Mountaineering King Kong are great choices to grab and go. The ENO Lounger DL slings low for easing back, and has a cupholder to keep your beverage close. 

Man Sitting in REI Co-op Skyward Chair Around the Campfire
The REI Co-op Skyward is comfortable and versatile in a variety of outdoor settings; (photo/Miya Tsudome)

Backyard Chillers: For kicking it at backyard barbecues and hanging out around fire pits, there are those chairs that you can pack up and bring along, or those chairs that stay at your house for when you’re hosting the party. If you want an easily portable option, look for a foldable chair with a nice design so your friends will be asking where you got it. If you want a mainstay for your own backyard, look for a bigger lounge chair that your guests will be fighting over. 

The REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair and Dometic Go Compact Chair are great, stylish choices for packing up to take to your friend’s outdoor birthday party, bonfire, or concert with their good looks and easy-carrying design. The YETI Trailhead Camping Chair and GCI Outdoor Freeform Zero Gravity Lounger are good choices for keeping out on the deck for your friends to relax while you tend to the grill. And the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair is a novelty pick for rocking next to a fire and looking up at the stars. 

Beach-Goers: When packing for the beach, you usually want to keep the load light to avoid lugging too much from the car to your spot. You’ll want to find a chair that isn’t too heavy, comes with a good carrying system, and is low enough so you can lean back and relax under the sun. 

The BOTE Aero Chair XL was made specifically for beach-goers with its inflatable build, low-to-the-ground seat, and integrated cup holder. The wide surface area of this chair makes it sit easily and comfortably on the sand. The REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair and PARKIT Voyager Camp Chair are also good choices as well with their backpack straps and u-shaped frames that distribute weight well over sand.

Value

(Photo/Miya Tsudome)

This ties into the above consideration. Are you looking for a chair that works for backpacking? Do you plan to use it once a month, once a week, or every day?

These factors will affect the price and can help you determine if it’s worth spending more for a chair that pairs comfort with packability (like the ENO Lounger DL Chair). Or perhaps a budget pick like Coleman will suit your needs better without emptying the wallet. For the best of both worlds, we are partial to our top pick, the REI Co-op Skyward chair, which pairs an affordable price with comfort and quality.

For $50 to $100, you can get a chair like the Skyward Camping Chair, Coleman Broadband, ALPS Mountaineering King Kong, GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker Chair, REI Co-op Wonderland Chair, and REI Co-op Outward Low Padded Lawn Chair. This price category holds the largest amount of chairs, making it the reasonable range you could expect to spend on a good camp chair that covers the basics. 

GearJunkie Testers on Camp Chairs
GearJunkie editors enjoying the sunshine in camp chairs by the tent; (photo/Eric Phillips)

For $100-150, you can get the Kelty Discovery Low Loveseat, Dometic Go Compact Chair, ENO Lounger DL, and Zero Gravity Lounger. This price range crosses over into more specialty chairs, like double seats, premium materials, or special qualities like extendable reclining systems or adjustable height features.

And for $200+, you can get the BOTE Inflatable Aero Chair XL, YETI Trailhead Camping Chair, NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair, or PARKIT Voyager Camp Chair. This expensive category enters even more into the specialty category, with inflatable chairs and rocking recliners, or will get you high-quality materials and accessories such as UV-rated breathable fabric or included soft coolers and cupholders.

Comfort

Man Sitting In ENO Lounger DL Chair in Joshua Tree National Park
The low-slung style of the ENO Lounger DL makes it perfect for kicking back after a long day; (photo/Nick Belcaster)

Nobody wants an uncomfortable camping chair. When considering comfort, we looked at seatback height, width, height off the ground, materials, amount of cushion, rigidity versus flexibility, overall shape, and ergonomics. Comfort varies from person to person and depends a lot on your size, build, and mobility.

If you’re looking for a traditional chair, the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong sports a pleated seat that was high on our list of the most comfortable. And for a slung-back style of chair, look no further than the hammock-inspired builds of the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair and ENO Lounger DL Chair.

Weight and Packed Dimensions

Folding camp chairs won’t be the most compact, but oftentimes will sport backpack straps to make for an easier carry; (photo/Miya Tsudome)

This is paramount if you’re backpacking, semi-important when packing the rig for car camping, and not very important when setting up in the backyard. Camping-style chairs won’t pack up as small as backpacking chairs, but will typically collapse to a more travel-friendly form for moving around.

Traditional collapsable chairs like the REI Co-Op Skyward or Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Chair have a classic stow technique that most everyone has seen before and only require a simple pulling together of the legs to collapse down into a more compact package.

Then, there are folding-style chairs like the GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker Chair, which fold along a central axis and create a flat package for moving about. And finally, there are the DIY-style chairs, such as the ENO Lounger DL where some assembly is required, though at a great benefit to overall packability.

Carrying the REI Co-op Wonderland Chair
It’s nice to have a strap or bag that accompanies your chair, like on the REI Co-op Wonderland, for easier transport; (photo/Miya Tsudome)

Carrying Style

When considering the packed dimensions, also consider how exactly you’re going to be toting your favorite camp chair around. Many are familiar with the fabric sleeves that encase collapsable chairs for travel, but there are few other options available.

Folding-style chairs typically don’t come with a carrying bag at all, and you’ll have to wrestle them around yourself. Collapsable chairs, like the ENO Lounger DL Chair, will come with a bag that will pack away everything needed to set them up once you hit camp. And finally, a few chairs will sport integrated straps directly on the chair for shouldering them, such as the REI Co-op Wonderland.

Ease of Setup

Testing the Best Camping Chairs of 2023
Camping chairs range from small and packable to large, yet comfortable; (photo/Eric Phillips)

No one wants to spend 20 minutes fighting to set up their camp chair — or worse, trying to wrangle it back into its carrying bag. We want to be able to set up and take down the chair without instructions or excessive time dedicated to the task.

All of the chairs included here are easy to set up. Some simply fold open, whereas others take a couple of minutes to assemble. The NEMO Stargaze is one that takes a bit more time to set up. But we were able to do it without reading the directions, and the tradeoff for the fun, rocking chair feature is worth it.

We wish the REI Co-op Wonderland was a bit more intuitive to fold out, but once you figure out its strap system it won’t take much time at all. And it’s hard to deny the ease of inflating the BOTE Inflatable Aero Chair XL, which pumps up in minutes.

Height

Camp Chairs at Sunset
Various camp chairs gathered at camp during sunset; (photo/Eric Phillips)

The height from the ground to the bottom of the seat is an often overlooked yet extremely important consideration. This dictates not only how bent your legs will be but also makes a chair easier or more difficult to get out of. While most chairs don’t offer multiple heights, we will note that the ENO Lounger DL Chair does — with the choice of deploying either 3- or 10-inch legs.

In general, those with knee issues or mobility concerns will have an easier time getting out of taller chairs. If you fall into that category, consider something like the Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Chair or the YETI Trailhead.

Stability

Sitting around the campfire should be a relaxing time. And that means not having to worry about falling out of your chair (especially if you’re enjoying a few campfire cocktails) or the chair toppling over when you move to get out of it. A wider leg base provides extra stability but often comes at the cost of weight and pack size.

Besides a wide base, also look for broader feet at the end of those legs. These will better distribute the load across the surface you’re sitting on and will avoid sinking into soft soils.

Features

Cupholders and Stash Pockets on the REI Co-op Skyward Camp Chair
Cupholders are great, and pockets are even better. We love the stash pouch on the REI Co-op Skyward, which is the perfect size for our phone and keys; (photo/Miya Tsudome)

Drink holders, pockets, carrying bags, armrest coolers, user-adjusted heat settings, and more — these extra features may seem inconsequential, but they can help take a camp chair from OK to awesome.

When we’re looking for a good camping chair, we like to balance the features it has with the overall complexity. It’s easy to pile on extra features, but annoying to have to extract yourself from a cocoon of cupholders, pockets, and straps. In general, one cupholder will do you, as well as a single accessory pocket to securely stash your keys.

Whether you choose the tiniest camp chair, the biggest camp chair, the cheapest camping chair, or something in between, don’t forget what it’s really all about: getting outside. Throw a fresh log on the fire, pull up a chair, and enjoy an evening under the stars.

Proper beverage containment is high on our list of important features; (photo/Miya Tsudome)

FAQ

The most comfortable camping chair varies from person to person and depends largely on your body type and height.

The REI Skyward is among the most comfortable — it’s malleable yet supportive but not too rigid. Our testers also gave the YETI Trailhead extremely high marks for comfort and stability, although that does come with a price tradeoff. And if you want to lay back and take a nap, the GCI Zero Gravity chair is a winner.

First, think about how you’re going to use the chair. If you plan on backpacking or hiking into camp, then a small, lightweight chair will serve you best. If you’re car camping or hanging in the backyard, go for maximum comfort and features.

You may also want to consider your mobility and height. Lower chairs can be more challenging to get in and out of if you have knee issues or any other mobility concerns. Taller people also tend to prefer a chair with a bit more height to it.

Last, think about the features you would enjoy. Is a cupholder important? Or maybe you really want a rocking camp chair? Whatever it is, chances are you can find a camp chair that perfectly suits your outdoor-loving needs.

Birds eye drone view of campers, camp chairs, and tables
Choices, choices, choices; (photo/Eric Phillips)

Yes. All the camping chairs on this list can get wet. Some will dry more quickly than others, but none of them will be damaged by a little rain.

The weight and packed size relate to how portable a chair is. For car camping, this mainly matters for fitting everything in your vehicle and carrying it short distances. The packed-down size can also be important for those with limited storage space.

If you’re spending a lot of time at the ball field, you may want a camp chair you can carry hands-free. Many of our top choices for camp chairs come with an included carry case for convenience. Most of those bags have a single strap to sling over your shoulder, but the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong carry-case has two backpack straps for even more aid.

If you plan to backpack or hike a longer distance with your chair, the weight and packed size are very important.

First, consider the type of trips you’re looking to take your camp chair on. If you’re more of the light and fast type, you may be better suited to a backpacking chair. But if settling down in front of a campfire sounds like your type of evening, a camping chair is likely right up your alley. We will note that there are a few chairs on the market that will do both, and these can be considered if you want one chair to do it all.

Then, think about the type of relaxing you’re looking to do. Some chairs are more suited to reclining, which while the ideal angle for star gazing, likely isn’t going to work great for roasting marshmallows. A chair like the ENO Lounger DL Chair is certainly among this camp, while the ALPS King Kong offers a more upright position.

Finally, take into account the features you’re looking to use while camping. Some chairs offer a good bit of storage, while others are particularly spartan. Some come decked out in multiple cup holders, while others leave it up to you to cradle your beverage.

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