The 15 Best Folding Chairs to Bring on Your Next Camping Trip
There are many gifts to be found in the Great Outdoors — once-in-a-lifetime vistas, solace, inspiration, endless adventure — but a comfortable place to sit is generally not one of them. In times of need, a log or stump will suffice, but nothing can cradle you above the pine needle-laden ground quite like a good camping chair.
Once you’ve found the perfect folding chair for you, it will become your closest confidant in comfort. You’ll be tempted to bring your fireside friend to barbecues, music festivals, sporting events, and even your back porch on a particularly perfect summer evening.
There are tons of cheaper options out there that technically meet the requirements to be a folding chair— they have a collapsible frame, a seat, and maybe a back — but they really don’t have much else going for them. Consider that when it comes to camping gear, a chair isn’t as much a necessity as say, a tent. If you’re going to tote one along with you, it better be comfortable enough to be worth the weight — although, we did find some that are less than two pounds!
At the baseline, these 15 folding chairs are easy-to-use, sturdy, varying degrees of portable, and above all, actually nice to sit in. But what makes them the best? Some other not-so-standard features like reclining, rocking, cooling your beverages, and heating to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 20 seconds.
These are the best camping chairs to shop:
- Best for Storing All Your Stuff: Oniva Portable Folding Chair
- Best for a Hiking Break: Big Agnes Helinox Chair One
- Best for Stargazing: Amazon Basics Outdoor Zero Gravity Lounge Folding Chair
- Best for Keeping Drinks Cool: Coleman Cooler Quad Chair
- Best for Getting Cozy: Kelty Low Loveseat Camping Chair
- Best for Lots of Room: Alps Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair
- Best for Mini Campers: Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair
- Best for Backpacking: L.L Bean Packlite Chair
- Best for Car Camping: Core Equipment Folding Camping Chair
- Best for Chilly Nights: Pop Design Heated Portable Chair
- Best for Rocking on Any Kind of Ground: GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair
- Best for Sunny Days: Kelsyus Canopy Chair
- Best Simple Seat: TravelChair Slacker Chair Camping Stool
- Best for Beach Days: KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair
- Easiest to Carry: GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Portable Backpack Chair
Best for Storing All Your Stuff: Oniva Portable Folding Chair
If you value convenience over comfort, the Oniva Portable Folding Chair is a fine choice. It has an attached side table, two beverage holders, and other nooks of various sizes for storing your sunglasses, phone, bug spray, and anything else you might otherwise need to abdicate your throne to retrieve. This Amazon’s Choice pick has a 4.8-star rating and more than 1,000 glowing reviews, with shoppers praising everything from its sturdiness and durability to its lightweight feel. One reviewer noted that “all of the side pockets eliminate the need for me to carry an extra bag.”
To buy: amazon.com, $90 (originally $98)
Best for a Hiking Break: Big Agnes Helinox Chair One
Even though it only weighs 1.9 pounds, the award-winning Big Agnes Helinox Chair One is strong enough to support up to 320 pounds. The poles actually pop themselves into place automatically, so all you’ll need to do is slide on the seat cover. Bring it along on a day hike for your hard-earned lunch break. Amazon shoppers have given this travel-friendly chair hundreds of five-star ratings and reviews for its comfort, convenience, and easy-to-assemble design.
To buy: amazon.com, $100
Best for Stargazing: Amazon Basics Outdoor Zero Gravity Lounge Folding Chair
The Amazon Basics Outdoor Zero Gravity Lounge Folding Chair sets you up for the most comfortable stargazing session with an adjustable reclining design, headrest pillow, and footrest. For added comfort, its armrests are designed to contour to your body so you can easily slip into the best position to get a great view of the sky. In their reviews, Amazon customers called the chair “professional grade” and an “excellent deal.” One raved, “It is easy to maneuver into the fully reclined position and took the pressure off of my lower back.”
To buy: amazon.com, $65
Best for Keeping Drinks Cool: Coleman Cooler Quad Chair
The roomy Coleman Cooler Quad Chair has an insulated pouch in the armrest that holds up to four cans and a mesh cup holder for a fifth, a feature that also makes this chair ideal for tailgating. It’s so good that it’s got more than 25,000 five-star ratings on Amazon from outdoor enthusiasts for its portability, sturdy construction, vast storage possibilities, and, of course, the cooler. One reviewer wrote, “The cooler in the arm keeps things cold for a long while. We left a single bottle of water from our big cooler overnight and it was still cold in the morning even without ice.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $30 (originally $48)
Best for Getting Cozy: Kelty Low-Loveseat Camping Chair
This tandem camping chair — couch? — is easy to transport thanks to its roll-tote carrying bag that can pull double duty when you’re gathering wood for the campfire. Also, the Kelty Low-Loveseat Camping Chair’s arm height is adjustable and the quilted material is surprisingly soft. “I always hated traditional folding fabric chairs because you can never get that comfortable, relaxed position. With this chair you can,” one reviewer said, adding that it’s easy to set up, lightweight, and balanced.
To buy: amazon.com, $115
Best for Lots of Room: Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair
The super sturdy Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair is a heavy-duty chair. With its 800-pound capacity, even Bigfoot would probably still have a little wiggle room. Plus, the carrying bag has two straps like a backpack for hands-free transport. “I'm an almost-six-foot, heavy-set woman and I needed a camping chair sturdy enough to hold me like no past relationship has,” one reviewer began. “It hasn't disappointed me yet. Convenient side pockets on both arms, cup holders, semi-padded seat. When you plop down in this chair, you know you'll be held up no problem. I can rest easy, finally!”
To buy: amazon.com, from $53
Best for Mini Campers: Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair
The Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair was designed for babies three months to three years in age. It has a secure lap belt for the monkey-prone little ones. Bonus: the chair’s material and vinyl tray cover are super easy to wash; marshmallow goop, meet your match. It’s no wonder it has more than 1,000 five-star reviews and an Amazon’s Choice banner.
To buy: amazon.com, from $59
Best for Backpacking: L.L.Bean Packlite Chair
The ultra-light L.L.Bean Packlite Chair is quite sturdy for only weighing two pounds, 11 ounces. And it’s certainly far more comfortable than perching on a log, a rock, or — gasp! — the ground. Plus, it folds up to a super compact size, making it easy to pack in a backpack. In fact, reviewers say that they prefer this pick to traditional outdoor chairs. One shared that the “support on the back is better than the old bag chairs.”
To buy: llbean.com, $70
Best for Car Camping: Core Equipment Folding Camping Chair
The Core Equipment Folding Camping Chair practically begs you to curl up with a good book in the Great Outdoors. There’s even a comfortable padded headrest and a drink holder for added convenience. It’s a bit heavy at 12.6 pounds, so keep in mind that you won’t want to haul it too far. Reviewers mentioned that the chair’s mesh fabric creates more ventilation in the summer. One said, “Love that you can still get a breeze on your back. Easy to set up and take down, lightweight, and very comfortable.”
To buy: amazon.com, $70
Best for Chilly Nights: Pop Design Heated Portable Chair
Finally, there’s a solution for the familiar plight of a campfire only warming the front of your body: the Pop Design Heated Portable Chair. This deceivingly normal-looking camp chair heats up in less than 20 seconds, has three heat presets — with the highest getting up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit — and can stay warm for hours. Plus, this reclinable chair is cordless and has plenty of storage compartments for your beverages, phone, and other camping essentials. One five-star reviewer said, “It heats up quickly, and the high setting is really warm,” and another called it “the sturdiest and most comfortable chair I’ve ever purchased.”
To buy: amazon.com, $130 (originally $170)
Best for Rocking on Any Kind of Ground: GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair
There are generally two issues presented by portable rocking chairs: They’re cumbersome to carry, and the ground needs to be somewhat flat for curved rockers to work. The GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair is a brilliant solution to both. It was designed with a spring-action rocking technology that makes for a smooth rock no matter what surface you’re on. According to its 4.8-star rating and more than 2,000 glowing reviews, you’ll be in good hands with this pick. “These are the most comfortable chairs we've ever owned,” one Amazon shopper said. “They fold flat super easy, are light enough to pack one handed across the RV park to neighboring BBQs, rock in uneven ground, grass, and gravel, and store flat in the underbelly of our trailer for travel.”
To buy: amazon.com, $65
Best for Sunny Days: Kelsyus Canopy Chair
Both supportive and easy to pack, the Kelsyus Canopy Chair has a deep, comfortable seat and comes with a retractable canopy to keep out the sun. Not only is it great for creating shade, but the canopy also acts as a carrying case for your convenience thanks to its foldable design and double-snap lock. Plus, the chair is UPF 50+, so you’ll also be protected from UVA and UVB rays. “Very happy with the size and construction of this chair,” one reviewer praised. “ First chair of this type that I actually feel comfortable in. Very sturdy. The canopy is well made and works well as long as the sun, and the position you want to sit in, allows for shade.”
To buy: amazon.com, $50 (originally $60)
Best Simple Seat: TravelChair Slacker Chair Camping Stool
The TravelChair Slacker Chair Camping Stool is the quintessential no-fuss camping chair. And it’s beautifully made, too. Each stool can hold up to 275 pounds and is made from durable steel and a rip-resistant polyester material. Earning more than 1,000 five-star reviews, this camping stool is a favorite for its compact stature and easy-to-assemble design. In fact, many were surprised by how comfortable it is — even for long periods of time.
To buy: amazon.com, from $19
Best for Beach Days: KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair
Perfect for camping trips and the beach, the KingCamp Low Sling Beach Chair keeps you cool and comfortable with its breathable mesh material and low sling profile, which provides support to your back. This roomy chair can hold up to 300 pounds and comes with anti-skid foot bars for additional sturdiness. No wonder it has a 4.7-star rating and hundreds of perfect reviews — like this one: “This chair is the best. Super light, which is important when I’m dragging a wagon full of stuff a mile away from my car. It folds up way easier than the pop up tent, and so far this chair hasn’t collapsed on my head or pinched my fingers.”
To buy: amazon.com, $65
Easiest to Carry: GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Portable Backpack Chair
The GCI Outdoor Wilderness Reclining Portable Backpack Chair has everything you need for a comfortable camping trip with its reclining design, cushioned headrest, mesh paneling, deep side pocket, and beverage holder. But unlike other chairs, this one can be worn like a backpack with its adjustable double straps and is incredibly easy to carry. Its lightweight frame also helps. “It's perfect. Sturdy. Easy to set up/ break down, quick. The pouch holds a lot of stuff. You can put a messenger bag right in there so you don't have to lug [one around] also. It's a really great chair. And it's comfortable when you're carrying it. Great design.”
To buy: amazon.com, $62 (originally $65)
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