Couple toasting to the great outdoors while lounging in their camping chairs

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The realm of outdoor comfort finds its epitome in the best camping chairs, combining portability, durability, and ergonomic design for sublime relaxation. These chairs redefine campsite lounging with features like breathable mesh, adjustable recline, and insulated cup holders, elevating outdoor leisure to new heights. Whether it’s unwinding by the campfire or taking in panoramic vistas, these seats are the embodiment of coziness and convenience, enhancing the joy of the great outdoors.

If camping is something you’ve been wanting to try, but have yet to push yourself to do, then investing in equipment first can certainly provide you with all the motivation you need. Enjoying a camping trip with family, especially children, can be very rewarding. One recent study shows that 63 percent of respondents regret not spending more of their childhood in the great outdoors. Moreover, another survey shows that more than half of Americans agree their kids simply don’t spend enough time outdoors these days.
Now, if you’re thinking to yourself that it doesn’t make sense to buy equipment if you’re not sure you’re going to use it, well there are plenty of places where a good camping chair will come in handy. Besides the park, tailgates, concerts, the beach, and even your own backyard are common places you’ll find people lounging.

Ready to embark on a new adventure? StudyFinds compiled a list of the five best camping chairs from ten expert websites, pinpointing the products most recommended across the reviews. As always, we’d like to see your own recommendations in the comments below!

People seated around a campfire
People seated around a campfire (Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)

The List: Best Camping Chairs, According to Travel Experts


1. Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair

This chair gets high marks for comfort, quality, and ease of use. It also comes in a variety of colors. “Not only is the fabric super-strong, but this chair can hold the most weight out of any of the chairs on this list, with a capacity of up to 800 pounds,” notes People. 

Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair
Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair                          

“The slightly padded fabric makes it ideal for long lounging sessions, and the seat itself is exceptionally roomy — if a bit slouchy — with an incredibly stable frame,” adds GearLab

2. REI Co-op Camp X Chair

If you are looking for a budget-friendly chair to bring to your excursion, this could be your best bet. “The REI Camp X is a simple, affordable chair that’s great for sitting around a campfire, at the beach, or just about anywhere,” adds CleverHiker.

REI Co-op Camp X Chair
REI Co-op Camp X Chair (

Switchback Travel notes the X-shaped webbing design, “effectively tensions the seat and backpanel to distribute weight evenly, the steel frame is strong and confidence-inspiring, and the cup holder and drop-down pocket at either arm rest make it easy to stow a beverage and smaller items like your phone or keys.”

One thing to keep in mind, the Camp X chair does sit lower to the ground.

3. Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair

This chair comes in on the more expensive side, but it’s sturdy, durable, and can hold a lot of weight. “Made from a specialty ‘flexgrid’ fabric, this material is manufactured to be ultra-durable due to its UV-resistance and ability to bear up to 500 pounds while contouring to the body. Another perk is the handy sheath that this chair can easily fold up into, which has versatile straps that can be worn cross-body or as a backpack for extra mobility,” notes People

Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair
Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair

GearJunkie adds that this 13-pound seat “falls in the middle ground of acceptable camp chair weight.” 

“If you have young kids, the YETI Trailhead Camp Chair is tough enough to let a kid climb into your lap by the campfire at night,” points out Man Makes Fire.

4. Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair with Cooler

A comfortable camping chair with a built-in cooler? Sign me up! GearJunkie points out this chair, “has a taller seat height and a more upright back, which makes getting in and out easier.”

Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair with Cooler
Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair with Cooler

This steel frame chair can hold up to 325 pounds, and “handles the two essentials of a frontside folding chair: comfort and a dependable cup holder, but adds a four can cooler to save you the trek to the icebox,” adds Divein.

The New York Times calls the Coleman, “the Ford F-150 of camp chairs: big, tough, and widely beloved.” It comes in a few colors too. 

5. Kelty Low Loveseat

Consider this option if you want to snuggle up with someone around the campfire. And it won’t break the bank. “While this isn’t the lightest of chairs, it’ll fit two people, and you both can lean back to enjoy the views, making it all the better to check out the sky and rest your achy legs and back,” according to Gear Patrol.

Kelty Low Loveseat
Kelty Low Loveseat

“Kelty kept things compact and made sure the chair could collapse down inside its own manageable carrying case. Many more oversized chairs come with a bag, but not many folds up as nicely as this one,” adds The Broke Backpacker.

Honorable Mention: Helinox Chair Zero

This chair folds easily, making it ideal for backpacking. Weighing an impressively low 1 pound even, the Helinox is surprisingly sturdy thanks to an aluminum structure with poles from highly regarded DAC (the same DAC that makes poles for many of the top backpacking tents),” according to Switchback Travel.

Helinox Chair Zero
Helinox Chair Zero

“The nylon scoop seat supports your back in a slightly reclined position, and it’s just the right height for your legs to extend comfortably,” notes CleverHiker.

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  1. Val says:

    If u read the Coleman website, u will find many people including me, whose chair broke. I weigh 135 lbs so it wasn’t the weight on the chair. Like the others reporting, the leg or legs just broke after using it only 1 week. Coleman acknowledged it but never offered a replacement!

  2. Biklangelo says:

    You didn’t include the Big Agnes Mica. I am currently gearing up for extended bicycle touring which I plan on using after I retire in a few years. I have no room for gear failure so I’m spending extra to get what I consider the best. I bought the Mica based on it’s metal framework…kinda like Helinox but better.

  3. Paul Hicks says:

    The OneTigris high back chair is really nice, I am surprised to not see it listed, I own 5 of them.

  4. Jack says:

    What is the highest ground to seat chair