The Best Beach Chairs
Kick back and relax with one of these top-rated beach chairs that shoppers swear by.
Nothing can take a beach day from good to great quite like being prepared with a few essentials. A Bluetooth speaker, cooler, shade tent and sand-free mat make our good-to-have list. But a quality beach chair? Now, that’s a necessity for seaside relaxation.
What to Look for When Buying a Beach Chair
When shopping for a beach chair, there are a few things you should consider: portability and weight, functionality and style, and price. If you plan on toting your chair often — or want it to fit in a bag — then portability and weight might be your biggest factors. A chair that weighs two pounds versus 10 pounds will make a big difference. Plus, a chair that folds flat or fits into its own storage bag will take up less space in your car or camper than one that isn’t marketed for its portability. You’ll also want to note any functions — or bells and whistles — that are important to you, like canopies, backpack straps, headrests, cup holders, coolers and more. And while it’s difficult to find a high-quality, long-lasting beach chair for less than $30, you can certainly find what you’re looking for within a reasonable price range. Many brands even offer special prices for sets, so you can buy two at a better price.
Shop our top picks for beach chairs that were chosen based on their top-notch ratings and positive reviews across the board.
Best Overall Beach Chair
With more than 46,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this classic camp chair from Coleman takes our Best Overall spot. The fully cushioned seat and back provide support and comfort, and it folds up for easy transport and storage. It even comes with a four-can cooler pouch, cup holder and side pocket for quick access to personal items.
Best Backpack Beach Chair
If you need to stay hands-free, then this folding backpack beach chair from Tommy Bahama is a solid choice. It easily adjusts to five seating positions, including a lay-flat option, and features a towel bar, insulated cup holder and mesh storage pouch. The rust-proof aluminum frame and scratch-free wooden armrests ensure you’ll be tossing this on your back for years to come.
Best Beach Chair With Canopy
Looking for some additional UV protection? Grab this top-rated chair with a built-in canopy. The sun shade provides UPF 50+ protection whenever you need it. Plus, the heavy-duty steel frame offers durability and stability for years of use. When you’re ready to leave, simply fold it up and into its storage bag in seconds.
Best Reclining Beach Chair
If you’re ready for next-level comfort on the go, then you need a zero-gravity chair. The seat smoothly glides to an ergonomic zero-gravity position, immediately adjusting to your body. An adjustable canopy shade and headrest protect your eyes and face from the sun and allow you to truly relax. There’s even a convenient side tray with two cup holders, a phone mount and a tablet holder so you don’t have to move a muscle once you get comfortable.
Best Lightweight Beach Chair
At only two pounds, this portable camping chair is tiny but mighty. It can support up to 300 pounds while cleverly folding into a small, 14-inch storage bag. We love that it sets up in seconds with a single-piece aluminum pole system that allows you to guide the connected poles directly into the frame — just like setting up a small tent. The engineering-grade 600D polyester seat fabric is durable, flexible, comfortable and machine washable for easy care.
Best Beach Lounger
If you’re looking for a traditional beach lounger with genius upgrades, look no further than the Ostrich Chaise Lounge. Three positions allow you to recline or lay flat, while the open/close face cavity, arm slots and pillow ensure you’ll be comfortable when laying on your back or stomach.
Best Low Beach Chair
This wide and low beach chair features an ergonomic design with back support for added comfort and durability. At just 6.6 pounds, the small chair can hold up to 300 pounds and can fold into its own 30-inch carrying bag that takes up little room on the go.
Best Heavy-Duty Beach Chair
If you’re looking to invest in a high-end piece of portable outdoor furniture, the Hondo Base Camp Chair is for you. This YETI exclusive is built to last season after season with its aluminum alloy frame, solid joint construction and breathable, comfortable fabric that won’t break or tear. Plus, it comes with a built-in hauler handle and cup holder that, of course, will fit your favorite YETI drinkware.
Best Beach Chair With Back Support
Protect your back even while you’re relaxing in the sand with the Strongback Low-Gravity Beach Chair. The patented lumbar-supportive design aligns your body posture to provide relief to your spine and ease tension throughout your back while you relax. It even folds up to fit neatly inside its own carrying bag.
Best Beach Chair With Headrest
There are a lot of things we love about the 4ocean Signature Backpack Beach Chair. For one, all fabric and parts are made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic. In fact, purchasing this product pulls one pound of trash from the ocean! Plus, it features an ergonomic neck pillow with a secret zippered pouch to hold your valuables.
Best Kids' Beach Chair
Babies outgrow their gear quickly, so we love that this portable chair will last from three months to 75 pounds. The five-point removable harness keeps your baby secure and comfortable as she sits upright. As your baby grows, a flap on the seat can detach to reveal two leg holes perfect for letting your little one stand with support. The chair can then be used through toddler and big-kid ages either with or without the snack tray and canopy. When you’re ready to pack up, the chair, canopy and snack tray all fit snuggly into the included carry bag so you’re ready to go in seconds.
Best All-in-One Beach Chair
Sometimes you just want a beach chair that does it all. The Life is Good Jake Beach Chair is our favorite multipurpose pick. This sturdy and dependable chair features an adjustable, five-position backrest, an oversized seat and armrests, two large cup holders, a removable cooler bag, a built-in accessory pouch and adjustable backpack straps for easy travel.
Best Inflatable Beach Lounger
At just over two pounds, this inflatable hammock is one of the most portable and lightweight picks on our list. Simply whisk it through the air to inflate — no pump required! You’ll love how the pillow-shaped headrest gives your upper back and neck comfortable support when you’re ready to relax. There are even spots for your shoes, tablet, cellphone and drink, so all of your must-haves are within reach.