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The Best Camping Chairs of 2024: Discover Your Perfect Seat

CEO Khai Intela
Are you tired of sitting on the ground or balancing on a log during your outdoor adventures? There's no better way to end a day outside than being gathered around the campfire in the comfort...

Are you tired of sitting on the ground or balancing on a log during your outdoor adventures? There's no better way to end a day outside than being gathered around the campfire in the comfort of a good camp chair. In this guide, we've tested and ranked the top camping chairs of 2024 to help you find your perfect seat.

Testing and Ranking the Best Camping Chairs

Our team of experts has spent countless hours testing camping chairs in various locations and weather conditions. From the wilds of the Desolation Wilderness to the swamps of Apalachicola, we've put these chairs through their paces. We've considered factors such as comfort, value, portability, durability, ease of setup, and additional features. Our goal is to help you find the best chair that suits your needs.

Our Top Picks for Camping Chairs

  1. Best Overall Camp Chair: REI Co-op Skyward Chair
  2. Best Budget Camp Chair: Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Chair
  3. Best Rocking Chair: GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker Chair
  4. Most Stable Camping Chair: ALPS Mountaineering King Kong
  5. Best Campsite 'Couch': Kelty Discovery Low Loveseat
  6. Best Beach Camping Chair: BOTE Inflatable Aero Chair XL
  7. Best Camping Chair for Kids: REI Co-op Kids' Camp Chair

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

How We Tested Camping Chairs

For over five years, we've been testing camp chairs in various outdoor settings. Our primary testers, Miya Tsudome and Nick Belcaster, have extensive experience in outdoor equipment testing. They've traveled to different locations, from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the granite crags of Southern California, to find the perfect camp chair.

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

We've also gathered feedback from our team and considered popular, durable, and bestselling camp chairs on the market. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive information to make an informed decision.

Buyer's Guide: How to Choose a Camping Chair

When choosing a camping chair, consider the following factors:

Type of Use

Think about how you'll use the chair. Whether it's for car camping, backpacking, or other activities, knowing your specific needs will help you narrow down your options.

Value

Consider how frequently you'll use the chair and your budget. There are options for backpacking, occasional use, and everyday use. For a balance of comfort and affordability, we recommend the REI Co-op Skyward Chair.

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)

Comfort

Comfort is paramount when it comes to camping chairs. Consider factors such as seatback height, width, height off the ground, materials, cushioning, and overall shape. Our top picks for comfort are the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong and the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair.

Weight and Packed Dimensions

If you're backpacking, weight and packed dimensions are crucial. For car camping, they're less important. Look for collapsible chairs like the REI Co-op Skyward or folding-style chairs like the GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker Chair.

Ease of Setup

Nobody wants to struggle with setting up a camp chair. Look for chairs that are easy to set up without instructions or excessive time dedicated to the task. The ENO Lounger DL Chair and the BOTE Inflatable Aero Chair XL are both easy to set up.

Height

Consider the height of the chair from the ground to the bottom of the seat. This will affect your comfort and ease of getting in and out of the chair. The Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Chair and YETI Trailhead are great options for those with knee issues or mobility concerns.

Stability

A stable chair is essential for a relaxing campfire experience. Look for chairs with a wide leg base and broader feet for better stability. The REI Co-op Skyward and the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong offer excellent stability.

Features

Extra features like cupholders and pockets can enhance your camping chair experience. Strike a balance between features and simplicity. The REI Co-op Skyward has a convenient stash pouch, while the ENO Lounger DL Chair offers a unique slung-back style.

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)

Conclusion

No matter which camping chair you choose, the most important thing is to get outside and enjoy nature. So, throw a log on the fire, pull up a chair, and unwind under the stars with the perfect camping chair for you.

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

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