Best Deck Chairs
It seems more appropriate to look for patio furniture right around the end of winter when the birds begin chirping and you know spring is on the horizon. But, there may not be anything better than sitting outside on your deck feeling the nice fall breeze enter in your hair. Of course, it really is irrelevant when you decide to look for comfortable deck chairs because you can always find a use for them. In addition, most will be designed to handle the outdoor elements (somewhat, at least) anyway. To wrap this up into a small sentence, why not make today the day? But, first, you need to be properly educated. Well, that is why you are here today.
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Will adjust to the size of your body
Can fold up easily for transportation
Comes in a plethora of different colors
Top 10 Picks
1. Best Choice Products
Will adjust to the size of your body
Can fold up easily for transportation
Comes in a plethora of different colors
Some of the hardware may loosen
The knobs can be a pain
There really is not a straight-up winner for this list as the top two to three most comfortable deck chairs are all so close in quality. This begins with Best Choice Products and their amazing chair recliners.Read more
The chair itself is supported by durable steel. But, the seat itself is made of UV-resistant Textilene fabric. Overall, this chair can handle weights of up to 250 pounds.
In addition to the removable and adjustable padded headrests, this is designed to both recline and adjust to your body’s size. If you are uncomfortable in this chair, it is your fault.
Each chair comes with cup holder trays to store your accessories and food. With these trays, you could place your drinks, phones, magazines, and really any small accessory that you have.
At 16.3 pounds each, these chairs are fairly lightweight and will fold up easily for transportation. They can easily be used for camping, tailgating, and even a bomb fire.
First off, these recliners are striking. No matter which color option you choose, which includes options for black, burgundy, light blue, brown, and navy blue, they are all superb.
No other model on this list provides consistency in every area as this one does. At the end of the day, most people will choose a jack of all trades over a one-trick pony.
2. Montana Woodworks
Handcrafted with pole pine
Backed by a 20-year warranty
Will shed moisture quickly
Not the most portable chair in the world
Granted, this next comfortable deck chair may only target a specific demographic it is hard not to be somewhat impressed. After all, the heavy-duty pine construction is not only stunning but also durable.Read more
Montana Woodworks rates their model with a 350-pound weight capacity. Part of the reason why is due to the natural strength of the handcrafted American grown, lodgepole pine.
The general consensus is this chair is surprisingly comfortable. Considering its main design is wood, one could easily assume it would be uncomfortable.
While most of the entries on this list are portable, the same can’t be said about this one. At 60 pounds and real wood construction, this may be better suited to stay on your patio.
Due to the superior grade exterior oil finish on top of the natural beauty of the pine wood, this is one of the most striking chairs in the entire world, quite honestly.
It is easy to assume that these wooden deck chairs are better suited for aesthetics and not practicality. Yet, even though it is a masterful piece of art, it is highly practical thanks to its build quality and surprising comfort.
3. Garelick EEz-In
The cushions are firm yet comfortable
It does fold down for storage
The all-white appeal is very striking
You may need to replace the included bolts
Designed with plastic feet covers that can slide
Speaking of stunning, how about this model? Even though it is specially designed for marine goers with its aesthetics, it can make a tremendous addition to your patio, as well.Read more
The EEZ-In was made to handle the extreme nature of the outdoors. After all, its anodized frame and seat and back substrates can resist the elements and resist rotting and warping.
Included with this product are 3.5-inch thick foam cushions. Even though they are firm, they offer an excellent amount of comfort at the same time. Plus, the armrests are masterfully sewn.
When you need to transport the EEZ-In, it will fold down for convenient storage. Now, you may have to tamper with the front legs to do so, but it will fold down.
Even if you are not planning on using this for your boat, the all-white design is truly amazing. However, for fishermen and mariners, this aesthetic is about as amazing as it gets.
It is fair to say that this specific entry is only going to appeal to a specific demographic of consumers. But, do know that it is just as suitable as a deck chair as it is a boat chair.
4. Bonnlo Infinity
Designed with upgraded Textilene fabric
Made with an all-weather material
Has an upgraded lock system
Some rust may occur
In a lot of ways, this furniture resembles the top model on this list. Not only is it crafted with premium textilene fabric it can also safely lock into a reclining position for ultimate comfort.Read more
Both the frame and the fabric of this model have been upgraded. The former has a tube thickness of 6/7-inch and is made of iron pipe. The latter is made of 550-gram textile fabric and is resistant to wear.
In addition to the adjustable and padded headrest, the material of this chair manages to reduce heat transfer. Thus, on hotter days, the breathability is admirable.
Equipped onto these comfortable deck chairs (as they come in a pack of two) are large and durable accessory trays. With this integration, you can set your drinks, smartphones, snacks, and other small items directly next to you.
Bonnlo designed its product to be easily folded. Not only that but when it is stored, this will not take up too much room for storage. Thus, it is ideal for all sorts of outdoor adventures.
Among the three color options to choose from (blue, brown and gray), all of them should blend into your current patio décor. Each option is subtle enough to do so.
Again, you can see how similar this is to the top model. Given the praise that was given to that model that certainly is the utmost compliment. But, be careful about leaving them out too long in extreme weather as they can rust.
The comfort provided is fantastic
The neutral gray color will fit into any background
Designed with an ergonomic back
Do not fold very well for storage
Bolts will rust in the winter
Even though Giantex did not engineer their furniture to be the most portable, they did design it with pure comfort in mind. Plus, they come in a pack of four which is the icing on the cake.Read more
Thanks to the heavy-duty steel frame, the structural stability of the product is not an issue. Also, it will be able to resist warping over time.
Giantex clearly outfitted their chair for comfortability. After all, how else do you explain the ergonomically back design and breathable and stretchable material?
Even though the legs are foldable by nature, users have reported issues with portability as a whole. The main issue stems from the fact that these chairs do not fold completely flat.
It really does not matter where you take these or what your outdoor décor resembles, the neutral gray appeal of these will blend in. Plus, the black steel tube frame ascents the gray exquisitely.
Though these will not fold completely flat for storage and lack any storage capabilities, they are one of the top models in the world because of their build quality and comfortability. You could also check our guide about patio umbrellas here, to complete your outdoor furniture in your backyard.
6. Keter Rio 3
Made with sturdy metal
Features a rattan finish that is visually appealing
Built with all-weather resin
Some buyers have had assembly issues
Keter’s Rio set is quite unique as compared to the other entries on this list. First off, there are no integrated armrests and secondly, it is made of all-weather and rustproof resin.Read more
While the legs of this chair are made of metal, the main material utilized throughout is resin. Besides being durable in its own right, this will also resist the outdoor elements.
Thanks to the fact that this is not a woven rattan design and instead is molded rattan, the comfortability is enhanced. But, do know that the manufacturer does not sell cushions separately.
Overall, you should have no real issues when it comes to maneuvering this product around. They are made to be as lightweight as possible for your convenience.
Both of the available designs, brown and gray, resemble each other quite a bit. No matter, the rattan finish of them provides a deep and rich attraction.
Without a doubt, the proof is in the pudding here. The quality really does speak for itself and to be quite honest, sometimes it is nice to sit in a chair that does not sport armrests.
7. Best Choice Loveseat
Has a massive weight capacity of 400 pounds
Sports removable cushions that are weather-resistant
Will easily fit into any décor
It can be difficult to put together
The included instructions are not good
Okay, so is this technically a chair? Well, it is classified as a loveseat but it allows you to rest comfortably on your patio and thus, it seems fitting to be included in this list.Read more
The superb combination of the powder-coated steel frame and the weather-resistant and UV-resistant polyester is able to support up to 400 pounds of weight.
As this is a loveseat, it comes equipped with two seat outdoor cushions and two backrest cushions. Additionally, it can glide back and forth in a smooth motion.
If you can just live with the fact that this is going to stay at your home, you will not be disappointed. Indeed, it is not portable in any meaning of the word.
Due to the excellent combination of the light brown cushions and the dark frame, this blends in masterfully together and will blend into any existing décor wonderfully.
For those of you still complaining that this is not technically a deck chair, give it a rest. It may be bending the rules a little bit but this loveseat deserved recognition.
8. Caravan Canopy
Features a new and improved locking system
Equipped with an adjustable headrest
Reduces pressure on your back
Some users have commented on how difficult it is to recline
The sheer amount of consumer feedback (mostly positive) and the popularity of this gravity chair should be enough to sell you. But, let’s see why so many buyers are raving about this.Read more
One thing is for sure; the build quality was not suffered in the slightest. First off, it is designed with a powder-coated steel frame. Secondly, the textilene fabric is suspended by a double bungee system.
This has been engineered to elevate your legs and reduce the pressure on the back. Overall, the ability to lock the chair in any position and the adjustable headrest is true welcome sights.
Not only does this model fold up for storage, and it does so neatly and easily. This is sometimes overlooked but is essential when assessing portability.
There are six colors available for you to select from. Among them is gray, blue, camouflage, burgundy, beige and black. Every single one of them, though, is appealing.
One thing that was not mentioned is the fact that various buyers have pointed out that it can be a pain to recline in this chair. Past that, though, this is fantastic.
9. Flash Furniture
Comes with protective plastic feet
Designed with a black powder-coated finish
It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use
Can be uncomfortable if sat in too long
Many buyers have received damaged chairs
With its rattan seat and curved back, this has been outfitted to provide the utmost comfort. In addition, it has a rustic appeal that will certainly attract a vast amount of people.Read more
While it is recommended that care is taken when this is exposed to long periods of wet weather, it is designed with an all-weather frame and roughly a 350-pound weight capacity.
Admittedly, this can be uncomfortable for longer periods of time due to the low back. Still, though, the back is curved and the rattan seat is engineered to provide comfort.
One of the selling points of this model is actually the fact that it is stackable. In addition to the lightweight nature anyway, this only adds to the portability.
There are certainly not any vibrant color options available. However, the subtle choices of black, dark brown, and gray should be good enough for just about everyone.
You can either purchase this in a set of four or just one. Either way, this model is certainly not very flashy or overflowing with features. Then again, it hits the nail on the head when it comes to craftsmanship.
10. Kijaro Dual
It is available in a wide range of colors
Comes with a padded seat and headrest
Perfect for tailgating and camping
The structural integrity is not the greatest
Even though this is more suitable as a sports or camping chair, it can easily be suitable on your deck. In fact, its high versatility and portability are two of its best features.Read more
Even though this is ready to handle up to 300 pounds (with its durable ripstop polyester), the L-shaped metal that is used to join the pieces is a little thin.
This is designed with a seat that is promised not to sag. Also, due to the padded seat and headrest, there is an optimal amount of comfort that is provided.
In addition to the dual cup holders, there is also an integrated organizer with a zip pocket. With this, you can store some of your small essential items.
Not only will this fold up compactly for storage but a carrying bag is included. It does not get more portable than this, folks.
Every single consumer in the world should be able to find a color combination that they find appealing. If not then somebody needs to broaden their horizons.
Even though this chair is more suitable for camping and sporting events, it can find great use as a deck chair. Just know, though, that its versatility is arguably its greatest attribute.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
All outdoor patio furniture comes in different makes and model and deck chairs are certainly no different. However, it is tough to claim that one type is superior to another. But, a lot of it does depend on how the materials are finished and treated. For example, wood, resin, and metal can all be suitable materials for deck chairs. The trick is, though, that some chairs will be designed for indoor use and others will be suitable for the outdoors (hence the deck).
So, what makes them suitable for outdoor use? Simply put, it is how the materials have been treated to handle the outdoor elements. Let’s take a look at steel, for example. With a steel frame, it should be powder-coated to better resist the elements. Along the same line, any type of wood should be sealed with an all-weather protectant. The last thing you want is for the metal to rust and the wood to rot due to the abuse it takes from rough storms.
Stupid question, who likes to sit in an uncomfortable chair? Okay, so this is basically a rhetorical question but it pretty much sums up why this next section is of the utmost importance. If what you are sitting in is uncomfortable, why would you want to sit in it? Above all else, comfort is truly everything in this case and there are several factors that can either increase it or decrease. For example, are there padded cushions and a padded headrest? Or, better yet, is the material comfortable to sit on, to begin with?
These are important questions to answer as they will go a long way in determining the overall comfort level. But, the chair should also be breathable. If you plan to sit in it during hotter climates, you may want materials that reduce heat transfer. Oh yeah, and you should always look for chairs that are ergonomically designed. In other words, models that are designed to contour to the natural shape of your body.
For some people, this next criterion will actually be irrelevant. It truly all depends on how you plan to use your new deck chair or chairs. If all you are intended on doing is maybe carrying it into your home or garage to store during the winter, then the portability of the unit will probably not be that much of a priority. Then again, perhaps you want to use your new chair for other adventures. For example, maybe you want to take it tailgating, camping, or to events. No matter how you slice it, it is only beneficial to you when they are designed to be portable.
There are two critical components to look for in this case and the first is how compactly it can be folded (or if it can be folded at all). Chairs are too awkwardly shaped to easily be transported without being folded down. But, the best ones can be folded completely flat and perhaps even stuffed into a bag. The next component is the weight. No matter if it folds, the weight will not be reduced. So, a 60-pound chair assembled will be 60 pounds folded and may be too heavy for optimal transport.
A really big part of the buying process is choosing the material you desire. If you think about it, it comes into play in every section including this one. Depending on your taste, you may like the natural look of resin or wicker. Then again, the luscious ascent of genuine wood is also irresistible for some buyers. Of course, others will enjoy the brilliant color options for a chair made of metal and fabric. The choice is really up to you and the style that you think best matches your outdoor décor. No one can tell you what you like so the overall appeal is literally entirely up to you.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
If you have found the perfect chair (or set of chairs) but over time realized that they may not be so comfortable for long periods of time, you are not out of luck yet. A great addition to almost any outdoor seating is cushions. Cushions are available in many different colors, shapes, and sizes and can transform an uncomfortable chair into a cloud.
There are many pieces of outdoor furniture that can be used for more than one purpose. An ottoman can also be used as an extra seat when you have friends over. There are also many people who use iron chairs as plant holders. This looks very cute but we wouldn't recommend using the same chair for your plants and your friends.
Other Factors to Consider
For the most part, a chair is a chair, right? Well, while many of these deck chairs don't have cup holders or folding tray tables, they still have unique features. Some of the seating options have an adjustable recline feature, and some have the ability to swing. If you suffer from back pain, one of those features may be important to you.
It is the simple sensations in life that oftentimes get overlooked and this is a great example of such. Having your beer or soda right at your fingertips is going to be something that some people will not be able to live without.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How long should outdoor furniture last?
As long as you know that the furniture, in this case being chairs, you are looking into is suitable for outdoor use, it should last you a long time. As was addressed earlier, outdoor chairs will be designed to resist the elements. Even more so, some manufacturers will slap an impressive five to 20-year warranty on their product. But, their chairs will oftentimes outlive the lifespan of the warranty.
What is also nice is even if the quality begins to deteriorate, you can refurbish it. While this will not be suitable for all types, you could always apply a fresh coat of powder-coating to the steel frame or even replace the cushions. But, as you will also find out in a minute, you can also prolong the lifespan by taking proper care of the furniture.
q: How do you avoid sun damage?
Anytime you are dealing with outdoor equipment, the issue with the sun is always going to remain prominent. Our world is predicated on the power of sunlight and in case you did not know, the sun is kind of hot. But, also can emit damaging light rays that can begin to discolor your deck chairs. So, how do you avoid this as you can’t control the sun? Well, for starters, you should either look for models that are UV-resistant or (if you plan to paint) apply paints that have UV-resistance. The sun gives off ultraviolet lighting and this type of coating will resist those rays.
Also, and this one is quite simple, plan your layout around the sun. The best way to prevent sun damage is to leave your chairs in a shaded area where it is not in direct sunlight. Do not overthink the small things, people.
q: What are the steps to remove mildew or mold?
When food and objects become exposed to excess moisture, mildew and mold can begin to grow. Without moisture, mold can’t grow but when your chairs are left outside, you can’t prevent moisture (for the most part). But, even if it does begin to grow, you can remove it. However, the steps you take depend on the materials. Let’s start off with fabric cushions. With these, simply create a solution of bleach (1/2 cup) and water (one gallon). Essentially, you are diluting the bleach and then with this, pour the solution into a spray bottle and apply it to the cushions.
For acrylic cushions, mix one cup of bleach and two cups of detergent into a gallon of water and apply it in the same manner as above. But, for wood chairs, you may want to avoid bleach. Instead, mix a solution of ¼ cup baking soda, one cup ammonia, and ½ cup white vinegar into one gallon of water. This time, you can simply use a sponge to wash the mold.
q: Do they get hot outdoors?
This is a good example of a question that can’t be given a direct answer as there are simply too many dynamic variables that come into play. Whether or not the furniture you invest in will become hot outdoors is reliant on the ambient temperature and the materials being utilized. But, know this, when exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time, anything is going to be hot (that is the power of the sun) if the ambient temperature is warm to hot, as well.
Think about it this way; when your vehicle has been baking in the sun all day in the middle of the summer, what happens when you go to touch it? It can burn you if you are not careful and deck chairs can do the same. Of course, some metals will retain heat more than others and will also hold heat longer.
q: What maintenance is required?
To be honest, there really is not going to be too much maintenance for you to deal with. Again, if you adhere to some of the above advice then your chairs should be fine. Now, it is never a bad idea to store them away during the winter or at least put a cover on them. In regard to cleaning them, most of the time a garden hose will suffice. Then again, you can make the maintenance process much easier by investing in a high-quality model that can handle the outdoor elements.
q: How do you clean wood chairs?
This plays off the previous question and for those of you who end up going with wood, here is the best way to clean it. Actually, there are a few options at your disposal. On one hand, you could choose to mix a simple solution of white vinegar (two tablespoons), ammonia (1/4 cup), and water (one quart) together. As a side note, if you do not want to use that much water you can proportion the included substances accordingly. Option two would be to invest in some special wood cleaner.
Either way, you go, you can rinse off the wood with your garden hose and allow it to fully dry in the sun.