Our fantastic new list of the top 10 camping chairs illustrates how these handy essentials have come a long way from the utilitarian fabric stools that once served in their place. However, they all contain the same underlying technology—that telltale X-shape of the crossing legs that can be folded quickly and neatly for storage. Because there are many options available in the online marketplace, not all of which are equal, we’ve compiled a review of our favorite choices for great folding camp chairs. This will maximize value, offering you high-quality, affordable options so you can head confidently off into the great outdoors with your chair.
1. Portable Quad Chair with Four-Can Cooler from Coleman
The folding design of this chair makes it perfect for taking along to any outdoor event. Coleman has a reputation for building the best folding camp chairs, and this is no exception. Crafted from lightweight steel and durable polyester, it’s both compact and easy to handle so that it won’t slow you down. A fully padded back and seat offer great support, and the lap of the chair is a generous 24-inches wide for a supremely comfortable experience. The cooler pouch holds up to four cans of your favorite beverage, and a mesh cup holder and side pocket help to keep all your essentials close at hand.
2. Dual Lock Portable Sports Chair by Kijaro
Locking for extra stability, this folding chair offers comfort and support for anyone at an outdoor event—from tailgating to trailblazing. The diamond rip-stop polyester won’t sag or snag, even with constant use, and supports up to 300 pounds. Two cup holders and zippered mesh pockets allow you to tote everything you’ll need and keep it close to hand. When it’s time to go, the carry strap and bag will make packing up your chair and gear a breeze. The locks that hold it together can be used to keep it closed and bundled as well.
3. King Kong Chair from ALPS Mountaineering
A powder coated steel frame unfolds with ease for use in any venue. This superlatively strong frame supports a quilted seat and back crafted from 600D polyester fabric that won’t fray or sag and offers a comfortable place to rest, take in the view or enjoy time chatting with family and friends. The cup holder keeps your beverage within easy reach, and a side pocket provides storage for any essentials. When it’s time to strike camp, fold it and stow it in its own carrying bag with a durable shoulder strap.
4. AmazonBasics Camp Chair
The rolled steel frame of the chair is both lightweight and strong. The black polyester material is quilted, with a fully cushioned seat and back for extra support and comfort. You can stow reading materials or other essentials in the side pouch that hangs from the seat frame, so you’ll be prepared for any contingency that involves relaxation. A cooler appended to the opposite armrest holds up to four 12-ounce drinks, and a cup holder offers a safe place to set an open beverage. Carry this chair to any event in a convenient carrying bag with a sturdy shoulder strap.
5. YIZI GO Compact Backpacking Chair by Trekology
While many camp chairs are portable for short distances, when you’re hitting the trail every ounce matters. The 600D polyester fabric of this chair stretches over a strong, lightweight metal frame for great back support and comfort. Crafted in a pocket style, the chair seat has mesh side panels to allow air to circulate and keep you cool after a long day of backpacking. Designed like a single-person pop-up tent, set up and breakdown is a simple matter of sliding the frame poles open or closed and securing the seat fabric. The handy carrying bag acts as extra storage and is easily attached to the seat frame beneath for access to essentials.
6. Heavy Duty High-Backed Camp Chair from Timber Ridge
This is one of the top camp chairs, ideal for sporting events or other instances in which you find yourself sitting for long periods of time. The high back and durable, foam-padded material offer perfect comfort and support. A unique swivel cup holder is appended to the right front corner of the seat. Unlike many other designs, it’s novel location and foldable, rotatable structure keep drinks out of harm’s way yet close to hand. Removable padding for the armrests allows you to customize your experience.
7. GCI Outdoor’s Freestyle Portable Rocker
When what you really want is a rocking chair, nothing else will do. GCI Outdoor offers you a great solution for all your outdoor event seating needs—the Freestyle Rocker. This folding, portable rocking chair is crafted from a rolled steel frame and padded polyester material for excellent support. A soft cup holder keeps your beverage handy and safe while you enjoy the patented spring action rocking motion. When it’s time to leave the party, simply fold it up and carry it away by its handle.
8. Oversized Quad Chair by KingCamp
Shopping for affordable camp chairs can present a bit of a challenge if what you require is a durable, large folding chair that will allow you to sit comfortably through the game or rest during a long outdoor event. This oversized quad folding camp chair is ideal. Crafted from strong rolled steel and constructed with metal-on-metal stress points for a maximum capacity of 350 pounds, it will comfortably hold you while you read, chat, and enjoy your day. A mesh cup holder and convenient cooler pouch keep beverages close at hand, and a detachable sleeve bag holds all your essentials, from magazines to sunscreen.
9. XL Heavy Duty Camp Chair from Mossy Oak
With a maximum capacity of 400 pounds, this chair is ideal for any outdoor activity that calls for a spacious and durable camp chair. The powder coated rolled steel frame unfolds with ease, while the 600D polyester material offers superior support and comfort. A padded upper back keeps your relaxed and soothed during hunting, camping, fishing, game day, family reunions, or bird watching. A cooler pouch and mesh cup holder allow you to keep plenty of beverages close at hand.
10. Moon Lence Outdoor Ultralight Portable Camp Chair
Crafted to be the ultimately portable, affordable camp chair, both the aluminum frame and the 600D polyester Oxford cloth fabric can be folded to fit in compact spaces. With a pocket design, the seat is set with mesh panels to maximize airflow and keep you cool, even after a long day of hiking or for long periods of sitting. It’s ideal for air travel, backpacking, game day, or outdoor family events.
Whether you’re in need of a good sidelines seat for the game, a perch for fishing or game-blind hunting, something ultra-light for ease of travel, or a durable and generously proportioned portable seat, there’s an option that’s perfectly suited to you. Camping chairs are portable, lightweight, crafted from sturdy materials, and affordable, which make them the go-to choice for outdoor seating.
By BCR Staff