A camping chair is an absolute must-have for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors. It may feel 'authentic' to sit on logs or rocks around the fire, but trust me – the fun of it quickly wears off. The best camping chairs have the ability to totally revolutionize your camping or backpacking trip. They should be lightweight and easy to carry as well as comfortable and supportive.
If you are in the market for a good camping chair, read on! (But if you can't be bothered to go through all the options and just need a recommendation, then check out the ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous - it's got everything you want in a great camping chair and more!)
Please note: I have written several other articles about specific types on camping chair. The best chair from each article is featured below, but if you would like to dig deeper into a specific 'class' then feel free to check out any of the following posts:
ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Chair
Helinox Chair ONE - Lightweight Backpacking Chair
GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair
ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair
KingCamp Camping Chair
Coleman Portable Quad Chair
STRONGBACK Low Gravity Beach Chair with Lumbar Support
Terralite Portable Camp Chair
Crazy Creek HEX 2.0 Original Chair
The ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous chair is a folding chair that measures 22”W x 14”D x 24” high. It’s relatively lightweight at 6.8 lbs and has the capacity to hold up to 300 lbs.
To me, this is the best camping chair is because of the meshing on all sides. This provides great ventilation for not just camping but any outdoor activity. It’s easy to fold up and pack up with all the rest of the gear without sacrificing the comfort.
If you want something that is easy to fold and pack up, then this is the chair you want. It sits low to the ground and has plenty of ventilation to make sure you are comfortable. It’s great to sit in for fishing or any other outdoor camping activity.
This heavy duty camping chair can hold up to 250 pounds, yet it weighs just 3.88 pounds. It's easy to carry around and measures 21.3 inches by 31.1 inches by 35.8 inches when it’s unfolded. The height of the seat is 18 inches above the ground.
The Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad camping chair offers the best price for quality — it’s heavy duty but comes at a great price. It’s portable, can be folded easily to carry around, and is extremely lightweight at under 4 pounds.
Unlike other heavy duty camping chairs, this one isn't as big, but it does have a spacious seat measuring about 21.3 inches. The main reason we classify this quite basic chair as a heavy duty camping chair is due to its durability. The materials used in the chair — such as the strong steel frame — are built to last.
The seat has a breathable mesh on the back that can keep you cool on hot days. However, it may not be the most comfortable for taller people due to the lower backrest. The chair is made of a durable mesh and polyester that doesn't wear out easily.
The chair has an integrated mesh cup holder with adjustable arms that lets you customize to suit your preference. It comes with a carry bag to help you transport it, and out of all the choices, this is the one you want to take hiking with you!
The Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Camping Chair has a strong steel frame that makes it sturdy.
If you’re operating on a strict budget and want to acquire a heavy duty camping chair, then this is a fantastic option designed to withstand heavy use. Its collapsible, lightweight design together with a convenient carry bag makes it easy to transport and store.
It’s not quite as comfortable as higher quality camping chairs. However, it offers value for money if you want to keep your costs low and acquire something to do the job.
The Helinox chair is made with an aluminum frame and can hold up to 320 lbs. It’s 20” x 26” x 21” and only weighs about 2 lbs.
This is the best backpacking chair because of how lightweight it is. It barely adds any weight to the rest of your pack and is easy to put together. I like the aluminum frame because it makes it feel sturdy despite how light it is.
Not only is it a great chair, but the pouch it comes in has all sorts of attachment points so that you can attach it comfortably to your pack. The aluminum makes it lightweight and sturdy while also making it easy to put together and take apart.
The GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker weighs 12.1 pounds. Its folded dimensions are 25 inches by 4.9 inches by 34.8 inches, and when unfolded it measures 25 inches by 4.9 inches by 24 inches. The height of the seat is 19.7 inches and it has a weight capacity of 250 pounds.
Here we have something a little different. If you’re going camping to get away from the city and relax in nature, this might be just what you’ve been looking for. The GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker is a portable rocking chair, so you can enjoy the motion no matter where you are.
The Spring-Action Rocking Technology offers a smooth and relaxing movement. The shocks at the back ensure a rocking motion on soft or hard ground.
The frame of the chair is made from a powder-coated steel frame, which is scratch resistant to keep it looking fresh. Due to its strong frame, it can support fairly large weights.
The chair has padded armrests to ensure comfort. Similarly, the breathable back mesh has a cooling effect during hot days and prevents that back sweat we all hate.
This chair doesn’t feature any side pockets like many other camping chairs, but it does have a mesh cup holder. It also has an integrated carrying handle for ease of transport. The chair can fold easily and quickly due to the patented Eazy-Fold Technology.
Some of the strongest features include its sturdy design and comfortable seat that doesn't sag. However, at 12.1 pounds, it's relatively heavy and bulky, so using the chair near your car is the best option.
This GCI Outdoor chair is the best for relaxing and stands out when it comes to durability and comfort. A unique feature is the rocking motion that suits people who like swaying and motion.
The downside is that the chair is relatively bulky and heavy even when it's packed. If portability is not an issue, then this is your best choice that will last for a long time.
The King Kong is made with a steel frame, can hold up to 800lbs and measures 38”W x 20”D x 38”H. It comes in several different colors: a jazzy charcoal/citrus, an elegant 'deep sea' blue, an understated khaki (pictured), and an electric salsa!
In my opinion, this King Kong chair really does live up to its name. Its steel frame and weight capacity really make it a hardy and tough option. The fabric surrounds the solid steel bars and feels like it can handle the stress of an outdoor environment.
This chair has a high back and is super comfortable to sit in. Each armrest has a cup holder and the arms are adjustable. It has a solid leg system that is sturdy and will feel properly anchored down while you sit in it.
I have actually written a whole article reviewing a range of the Best Heavy Duty Camping Chairs (6 in all). The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong came out on top but if you would like to read a more in-depth review of the chair, or even compare it to the others I looked at (you never know, one of them might be better suited to your specific needs) then check it out over here...
The KingCamp can support up to 350 lbs. Its dimensions are 23.5” x 23.5” 41” while its overall weight is 11.3 lbs.
This is the most comfortable chair because of its lumbar support. Quite honestly, I have not found a chair that is as comfortable as this. The high back gives you options to rest your head back and it has some cushion right where your lower back rests. It’s a great chair if you are going to sit for long periods of time.
This chair is not only comfortable but also works as an insulator for cold drinks. It's got an extra cushion and feels like the sofa of camping chairs. The head and neck rest make it great for lounging and also comes with a storage pouch. If you want to sit around the campsite all day and just relax then I would recommend this chair.
The Coleman Quad Chair comes with a 4-can cooler pouch and is lightweight at 8.3 lbs. The dimensions are 8.1" x 37.6" x 9.1". It has a weight capacity of 350 lbs.
This is the best fold out chair because despite its rather simple design, it still comes with a cooler, cup holders, and a small storage pouch. It’s convenient and easy to assemble and disassemble.
This chair has a cushioned seat and all the little camping chair amenities you could want. They are roomy and comfortable and can hold up to 350 lbs. It is sturdy and comes apart easily. It’s easy to carry and you can pick from different colors.
Specially designed for back support, this Strongback chair comes with a convenient carrying case and a 300-pound capacity. It is known for its comfort and how easy it is to transport.
Don’t let back pain stop you from getting out there and enjoying the outdoors. The Strongback chair is super supportive, while still portable. Its low design makes it good for stadiums and bleachers, too.
I found this chair way more supportive than most camping chairs. It is a little heavier than some other models like the Crazy Creek, but totally worth it for the high level of comfort.
This Strongback chair is lightly heavier but super comfortable. You’d love it for camping, stadium events or backpacking.
This Crazy Creek is light, packable and surprisingly comfortable for its size. It is made of durable, water-resistant nylon and can be rolled up to take up minimal space.
There are a lot of benefits to owning a Crazy Creek, especially if you are a backpacker. This is the only chair on this list that I would recommend to someone who does a lot of long, overnight treks. You can easily pack it with you, and it can also unclip to double as a sleeping pad.
This little folding chair can turn any surface into a seat. I find it super useful for stadiums as well as campfires.
Portable, comfortable and versatile, the Crazy Creek Hex is great for light travelers.
What to look for in a camping chair
Before you make a purchase, here are a few things to consider when you’re finding the perfect outdoor or camping chair.
Camping vs. Backpacking
It’s important to remember that some chairs are far more portable than others. Consider where you are going to use your chair most and how you are going to get it there – if you generally go car-camping or just take day trips to the beach, you can value support and comfort over portability. But if you want to take your chair on a longer backpacking trip, make sure it is lightweight and packable.
Legs or no legs?
Some of the camping chairs reviewed here have legs, others do not. Legless chairs like the Crazy Creek are designed to be placed on a higher surface to turn a rough log or bench into a supportive chair. You might want to consider a legless seat if you plan to use it for sporting events or concerts.
Before buying a chair, you should also take note of the type of material used. If you plan on using your chair outdoors often, make sure it is weather-proof and durable. Or you could always make you own!
Camping chairs come in handy more often than you might think. The chairs I have reviewed here are all light and portable, simple to use and comfortable for any outdoor circumstances. The Helinox One, in particular, is an essential part of my pack, alongside my tarp. But any of them would make a great investment for a happier camping trip.