The Best Camping Chairs: Our Top Picks For Folding, Portable Outdoor Seating

Comfortable chairs for camping, backpacking, beach, festivals & more

Our guide to the best camping chairs features a selection of portable, folding chairs that you can use for outdoor seating, whether that’s chilling on your lawn, or smaller, more lightweight options to take camping, backpacking, tailgating or to the beach, concerts and festivals.

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To help choose the right one for you, we’ve selected our favorite portable camping chairs for different types of uses, budgets and preferences, from great all-rounders to luxury, high-comfort reclining camping chairs and ultralight camping chairs that fold down small and fit in a backpacking backpack or even a hiking daypack.


The Best Camping, Backpacking & Beach Chairs


Best All-Rounders

1. NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair

NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Camping in style, rocking, snoozing, sitting in comfort and watching the sky
  • Weight: 6lb 5oz
  • Cost: $220
  • Weight capacity: 300lb
  • Folded dimensions: 7 x 24
  • Unfolded dimensions: 45.5 x 36 x 25.5 inches
  • Frame material: Aluminum

This NEMO reclining camp chair has every feature we would want in a comfy outdoors seat. From the smooth rocking chair movement, adjustable headrest and padded arm rests to the smaller features such as the cup holder, pockets and water-resistant mesh, we can definitely spend long periods of time snoozing, reading, chilling or stargazing in this luxury option.

At $220 it may not be for everyone, but if you don’t mind the cost this is the best camping chair to go for, whether you’re actually taking it camping or want a luxe lawn chair to chillax in at home.

2. CLIQ Camping Chair

CLIQ Portable Camp Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Camping, the beach, travel, festivals
  • Weight: 3.5lb
  • Cost: $90
  • Weight capacity: 300lb
  • Folded dimensions: 3.4 x 3.4 x 13
  • Unfolded dimensions:
  • Frame material: Aluminum

Referred to as the ‘most funded portable chair in crowdfunding history’, the CLIQ compact outdoor chair is designed to use anywhere, by virtue of its lightweight, small packed size and ease of setup. It takes 5 seconds to put up and can hold 300lb while still only weighing 3.5lb and being the size of a bottle when folded.

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3. REI Co-Op Camp X Chair

REI Co Op Camp X Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Camping, the beach, tailgating and parties
  • Weight: 7lb 3oz
  • Cost: $50
  • Weight capacity: 300lb
  • Folded dimensions: 7 x 33
  • Unfolded dimensions: 31 x 31.25 x 20 (H x W x D)
  • Frame material: Steel

If you’re looking for a comfortable, all-round folding camping chair that won’t break the bank but should last you many years, then this REI option is our top pick. It features a durable steel frame, drink holder, pocket for your phone and small accessories, and a quick-draining mesh, which is tensioned just right to distribute your weight and not sag.


Value Rocking & Reclining Chairs

4. GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Backpack Chair

GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Portable Backpack Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Camping in style, kicking back at home
  • Weight: 8.6lb
  • Cost: $65
  • Weight capacity: 250lb
  • Folded dimensions: 28 x 24.4 x 3.5
  • Unfolded dimensions: 31.5 x 24.4 x 25
  • Frame material: Steel

For a selection of more budget-friendly outdoor reclining and rocking chair options, look at GCI Outdoor chairs’ range, most of which cost in the region of $55 to $80. We’ve gone for their Wilderness Reclining Backpack Chair as our top pick as it’s sturdy, comfortable and portable (aided by the backpack-style straps), but it’s worth exploring the full range in case particular extra features stand out for you, such as side tables, foot rests and sun-shades.

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Ultra Lightweight Camping Chairs

5. Helinox Chair Zero

Helinox Chair Zero Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Backpacking, festivals, anywhere you need a portable, ultralight camping chair
  • Weight: 1lb
  • Cost: $120
  • Weight capacity: 265lb
  • Folded dimensions: 13.8 x 3.9 x 3.9
  • Unfolded dimensions: 20.5 x 18.9 x 25.2 (W x D x H)
  • Frame material: Aluminum

If you want the lightest, most compact folding camping chair you can get, then check out the Helinox Chair Zero. At a weight of 1lb and no frills to add weight, this ultralight chair also folds down small and will fit in any backpack or duffel bag for ultimate portability. We keep two of these in our camper van full-time, where they take up a minimal amount of precious space when not in use. If you want to take a chair backpacking, this is the one to get.

6. REI Co-op Flexlite Air Chair

REI Co op Flexlite Air Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Backpacking, festivals, anywhere you need a portable, ultralight camping chair
  • Weight: 1lb
  • Cost: $70
  • Weight capacity: 250lb
  • Folded dimensions: 5 x 16
  • Unfolded dimensions: 19 x 22 x 22
  • Frame material: Aluminum

This ultralight camping chair from REI is another great option if weight is your top priority. While it doesn’t fold down quite as small as the Helinox Chair Zero, it’s a similar weight, at a significantly lower price point. Because of the leg layout, this chair has more front to back stability than side-to-side stability like the Helinox.


Most Comfortable Camp Chair

7. YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

YETI Trailhead Camp Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: When sitting upright, comfortable, is your top priority
  • Weight: 13lb
  • Cost: $300
  • Weight capacity: 500lb
  • Folded dimensions: 10 x 8 x 43
  • Unfolded dimensions: ~ 36 x 30 x 25
  • Frame material: Steel

If comfort is your priority and you don’t need a particularly compact or light chair, then invest in this premium YETI camp chair that should last a lifetime. While we have other comfortable folding camp chairs here that are great for chilling and even sleeping in, this chair is ideal for sitting up, whether eating, drinking, reading a book or hanging out around a campfire. As you would expect from YETI it’s great quality, and over-built so it’s super sturdy.


Best Double Camping Chair

8. Kelty Loveseat

Kelty Loveseat Camping Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: When you need a camping chair for two people!
  • Weight: 15lb
  • Cost: $115
  • Weight capacity: 400lb
  • Folded dimensions: n/a
  • Unfolded dimensions: 40 x 10 x 6
  • Frame material: Steel

This high-quality double camp chair is durable and sturdy with one or two people in it. The fabric is tough and easy to clean, and it folds down neatly into its own roll tote for ease of portability. We also like the insulated drink holders on each of the adjustable arms.

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More Camping Chairs To Consider

9. Heavy Duty: ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair

Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Stability, extra weight capacity, durability
  • Weight: 13lb
  • Cost: $60 to $70, depending on color
  • Weight capacity: 800lb
  • Folded dimensions: 41 x 7
  • Unfolded dimensions: 20 x 38 x 38
  • Frame material: Steel

For a very stable and chair option that is relatively high off the ground, this ALPS Mountaineering chair is one of the best out there. It also has a higher weight capacity than other chairs on this list, which contributes to the sturdiness. We also like that it’s available in a range of colors in addition to the blue version, pictured.

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10. High Back Support: ENO Lounger DL Chair

ENO Lounger DL Chair Best Camping Chairs Trail and Kale
  • Best for: Using as a beach chair, chilling at a campsite, napping anywhere
  • Weight: 4lb 10
  • Cost: $125
  • Weight capacity: 250lb
  • Folded dimensions: 23 x 7
  • Unfolded dimensions: 37 x 32 x 23
  • Frame material: Aluminum

ENO knows all about relaxation – they also make a great range of camping hammocks! With a high back and integrated pillow, this ENO chair is designed for relaxing and snoozing in. The adjustable legs can be switched between 3 and 10 inches, meaning you have the option of sitting low to the ground, which you may prefer to do when using this chair at the beach, for example.

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11. Value Pick – Coleman Camping Chair

Coleman Camping Chair with Cooler Best Camping Chair Trail and Kale
  • Best for: All-Round Classic Camping Chair for Small Budgets
  • Weight: 8.8lb
  • Cost: $35
  • Weight capacity: 325lb
  • Folded dimensions: 24 x 18.1
  • Unfolded dimensions: 24 x 37 x 40.5
  • Frame material: Steel

If you’re looking for a simple camping chair to sit in rather than anything costly and fancy that swings, reclines or is designed to nap in, then this no frills Coleman chair is a great choice. Well, we say no frills – it features a drink holder, a storage pocket and an insulated pocket in the arm rest that can hold up four cans, plus it’s available in a range of colors.


Camping Chairs Buyer’s Guide

Choosing a good folding camping chair can be overwhelming because every store seems to sell them. However, if you want one that is actually comfortable and enjoyable to use as well as being durable, then our buyer’s guide will help you narrow down the options to make a good choice.

All the camping chairs on this list have one thing in common, which is that they are all folding outdoor chairs that are portable, whether that’s to carry a short distance and fold out on your lawn, or to take to the beach, camping, backpacking, tailgating, concerts or festivals, however they each have something different to offer.

The best camp chair for you will depend on how and where you are going to be using your chair, as well as any particular chair style, budget and comfort preferences you have. Here are some considerations to bear in mind when choosing.

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, you can get very basic camping chairs which are just something you sit on that is better than the ground… but we can do better than that. A good camping chair should at least have some good supportive, breathable mesh, or for a plusher option, have some good padding.

Higher-end seats also have headrests, padded arms and you can get swinging, rocking and reclining camp chairs to take that comfort level up a notch further.

It’s worth also thinking about how high off the ground you want to sit, as well as how important having a high back rest is to you. Some of these camp chairs sit you a few inches off the ground, and are good for casual chilling, as beach chairs, and taking to festivals etc – but not good if you want to sit in them to eat a meal or you may struggle to get up out of them.

Other chairs are very tall and have full-length backs, which are generally more comfortable for chilling in when camping, but, of course, larger (and you may not want to sit in one of those at a concert if it is going to upset everyone behind you).

Price

In this buyer’s guide we’re focusing on quality folding camp chairs, because as with most things, you get what you pay for. For purchases to be sustainable, we place emphasis on investing in quality outdoor gear that you won’t need to replace, at least not often.

For a good portable outdoor chair you can expect to spend upwards of around $50, with the more feature-packed chairs (such as the reclining versions) costing up to the region of $200.

Weight and portability

The first thing to consider when looking at foldable camping chairs is how much the weight of the chair matters to you, as this will narrow down your options.

If you’re looking for an ultra-lightweight chair that folds down small, then check out our recommended backpacking chairs. These chairs weigh less than 2lb and are designed to be highly packable and portable. Made with aluminum, rather than steel frames, they also feature thin (yet strong) woven mesh material to keep the overall weight to a minimum.

While more serious backpackers probably won’t take a chair at all (to save on overall pack weight when hiking), you may want one not necessarily for backpacking but to have a small chair that folds up small for you to take to places like festivals, camping and the beach.

If packing and portability is less important to you because you’re not going to be carrying the folded chair that far (perhaps from your car to the campsite or beach, or at least not walking with it for more than a mile!) then you can consider either less-expensive, simple camping chairs, as well as the fancier high-end swinging and reclining chairs which offer extra features such as headrests and added storage.

How it folds

Foldable camping chairs generally fold in one of two ways. They either fold flat by lifting the front of the seat up against the backrest, or the poles used to give the chair structure fold in on themselves into a narrow bundle that stows in a roll or stuff sack. Chairs that fold flat are more awkward to carry but usually quicker to set up. Unless… you’re comparing them to the innovative CLIQ chair!

Other features

As well as the features mentioned above, depending on the style of camping chair and your needs, you may also place value on other features such as whether the chair has:

  • A drink holder (and whether it’s insulated)
  • A headrest and/or footrest
  • Adjustable back and/or arms
  • A side table
  • Pockets
  • Good mesh drainage
  • Padding
  • A quick assembly and packing time.

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