The Best Camping Chairs

The Best Camping Chairs

Our pick

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler

Best camping chair

The Coleman camping chair is big and durable, and of all the upright chairs that our panel of campers tested, it was the most comfortable.

Buying Options

$30 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Every big-box and outdoor-equipment store sells camp chairs that have a similar design to the Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler. But after three group camping trips and six months of regular backyard use, we concluded that the Coleman chair is far more durable than the cheapest chairs of this design. And it’s also more comfortable and functional than similar chairs that cost over twice as much. With ample storage for beverages, a wide seat that testers of all sizes appreciated, and an affordable price, this is the Ford F-150 of camp chairs: big, tough, and widely beloved.

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Also great

Renetto Original Canopy Chair

Renetto Original Canopy Chair

For built-in shade

The Renetto’s big, heavy canopy provides ample sun protection at a campsite or cookout and doubles as a backpack-strap-equipped carrying case

Buying Options

$70 from Renetto

The Renetto Original Canopy Chair, a cleverly designed specialty seat, is ideal for anyone who wants sun protection and doesn’t mind a heavier, bulkier chair. Despite the Renetto’s weight, though, our testers found it easy to carry and simple to set up and adjust. We discovered that even though most testers had not previously considered a shade-equipped camp chair, once they used one they appreciated the comfort and convenience of built-in sun blocking.

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GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair

GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair

The best low-to-the-ground chair

This low-profile chair is easy to carry, and it adjusts for uneven ground.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

A low-to-the-ground chair can be ideal for outdoor movies, concerts, theater performances, and other events where you want to avoid blocking other people’s view. Our testers liked the comfort and back support of the GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair, as well as the ability to adjust it to sit on uneven ground. They also appreciated its cupholder (rare in chairs of this sort) and its quick close-up-and-carry design.

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Helinox Chair One

Helinox Chair One

Ultra-lightweight chair

You can stow this featherlight, compressible chair in a backpack or even a work bag.

Buying Options

$75* from Backcountry
$100 from REI

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Today’s specialty backpacking chairs are impressively small and light. They’re also far more expensive and significantly less comfortable than typical full-size camp chairs. We recommend buying this type only if you intend to carry your chair long distances, whether you’re backpacking or trekking across Central Park. If you do need a fits-in-a-knapsack chair, we recommend the Helinox Chair One. We found this model to be slightly more comfortable and easier to pack than other, similar chairs.

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REI Co-op Camp Chair - Kids’

REI Co-op Camp Chair – Kids’

The best camping chair for kids

A functional cupholder, a convenient carry strap, and durable fabric distinguish REI’s kids’ chair from similar seats.

Buying Options

$30 from REI

Cheap child-size chairs bought at big-box stores are unlikely to last more than a summer or two. The fold-up REI Co-op Camp Chair – Kids’ uses more-durable fabric and materials and has a stable design that resists toppling toddlers. You could buy this chair for a 2-year-old and expect the child to outgrow it before it gives out.

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Our pick

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler

Best camping chair

The Coleman camping chair is big and durable, and of all the upright chairs that our panel of campers tested, it was the most comfortable.

Buying Options

$30 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Also great

Renetto Original Canopy Chair

Renetto Original Canopy Chair

For built-in shade

The Renetto’s big, heavy canopy provides ample sun protection at a campsite or cookout and doubles as a backpack-strap-equipped carrying case

Buying Options

$70 from Renetto

Also great

GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair

GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair

The best low-to-the-ground chair

This low-profile chair is easy to carry, and it adjusts for uneven ground.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

Also great

Helinox Chair One

Helinox Chair One

Ultra-lightweight chair

You can stow this featherlight, compressible chair in a backpack or even a work bag.

Buying Options

$75* from Backcountry
$100 from REI

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Also great

REI Co-op Camp Chair - Kids’

REI Co-op Camp Chair – Kids’

The best camping chair for kids

A functional cupholder, a convenient carry strap, and durable fabric distinguish REI’s kids’ chair from similar seats.

Buying Options

$30 from REI

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