Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about the best beach gear before — including the best round beach towels and the best beach tents — here, we’ve rounded up the best beach chairs, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated beach chair
While combing through the over 5,000 glowing reviews, we saw that reviewers consistently praised the Coleman Oversized Quad Chair for its built-in accessories and overall comfort. “This Coleman chair is worth every penny — it’s comfortable, supportive, sturdy, convenient, and roomy. The cup holder is a common feature, but the cooler that is built into the left arm is unique. It comfortably fits three bottles with two small bags of ice. The side pouch with netting is good for keys, books, phones, sunblock, bug spray, or whatever else you’re carrying with you,” writes one reviewer. A second satisfied customer writes, “This chair is very comfortable. It has not only a cup holder, but a small mesh flap that will hold a cell phone, attached to that another flap for a book and/or magazine, AND on the opposite side, a small cushioned “cooler” pouch that will hold at least two soda cans or water bottles.”
Reviewers also praised the chair for its accommodating size: “These chairs are plenty sturdy and sized for bigger folks. The backrest has a bit of an angle and very comfortable compared to more vertical designs,” writes one reviewer. “My husband and I are both big people, and I needed a chair that would hold us, sitting upright, and not low to the ground, so we can sit comfortably and watch our grandkids’ ball games. These chairs are great, so glad I ordered two!”
Best-rated (less expensive) beach chair
“We ordered these chairs for our spring-break trip to the beach. I have seen chairs at all price points, so I was not sure what quality I would receive for $30, but we were very pleased,” writes one happy customer. “They are comfortable and durable. NO RUST, which is a huge plus for a chair that is in and out of water. We plan to use them all summer.” Several others were also impressed by the longevity of these chairs: “We used them all summer and with sand/salt water exposure they still look new.” And another reviewer was shocked at the low price point. “Beach chairs are so expensive. So I was doubtful when these seemed more affordable than others, but they are great. They are so pretty and sturdy, nice bags to carry them with, and my husband and I are not small people so … they’re great!”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of beach chair you might be looking for.
Best canopy beach chair
Reviewers loved this beach chair for its sturdy construction and canopy. “The detachable side tray and overhead shade are great features. I shouldn’t be lying out in the sun … but as long as I’m doing it, this is definitely the way to go!” writes one reviewer who uses the chair on her terrace. “I love this chair. The colors are great and it’s so comfortable. I also appreciate the sun shade that completely folds flat against the back when not using,” writes one dermatologist. Another reviewer notes the chair’s versatility: “We got two Bliss Hammocks for the back yard and the beach. Once you are settled into one, you’ll understand the rating, you can either sit up or recline easily, and you can lock that setting into place using the locking tools at the armrests. Very comfy … and the sun shade has a wide movement range.”
Best beach chair with pockets
“I got one of these for my father and my mother-in-law. These work way better than beach chairs for them because it’s so much easier for them to sit down and get up from. They both have bad knees and hips, so sitting in a low chair on the beach is not very comfortable, and getting up is even worse. In fact, this is the first time I’ve seen my dad sit in a chair on the beach in years,” writes one reviewer. “I’m 300 pounds, and these have held up great. I have no fear of collapse. I love the height, padded seat and arms, and how they’re easy to get out of.” On top of being easy to get in and out of, reviewers were delighted by the additional add-ons. “Tray table and pockets are well designed and useful. The grandkids arrange them tray-to-tray, side-by-side to eat, play games, etc.” Another reviewer adds, “The pockets on the side and the table make this model highly coveted. It even has an umbrella loop on the back to keep your umbrella secure and your chair in the shade.”
Best beach lounger
Many reviewers purchased this lounger from Pacific Breeze as a more comfortable alternative to traditional beach chairs. “I like the idea of having something that functioned more as a lounge chair than a regular chair, and I liked how this was lightweight. I quickly came to realize that all the years I spent sitting on the beach on a towel with nothing to support my back were over,” writes one happy customer. “The lounger is lightweight and the backpack carrying style makes it easy to carry. It’s comfortable and wide. I like that it reclines and can be a lounger or a chair,” writes one reviewer who also notes that the lounger fits perfectly in their beach tent. “Before I bought them, I noticed a few reviews that said they were not comfortable, but the trick, at least when used at the beach, is to use your foot to scoop away some sand where your butt will be, before laying it out. I recommend them!” advises a third reviewer.
Best beach chair for two
Dozens of reviewers described this two-seater as “well made” and “sturdy.” “First of all, it’s really sturdily built and feels like it will last a long time. However, most importantly, it is so comfortable. I have never in my life found a camp chair that was comfortable; I always felt stuck in them. This chair makes lounging around the campsite an actual pleasure,” writes one woman who is one month into a long van-and-camping trip with her husband. “This chair is a whole different beast. First, it is super-stable — both kids can crawl into and all over it, and I don’t worry about it falling over. It’s much heavier than the single chairs, which helps — but really the key is its width and the low profile. The fabric is really nice and thick; it feels like it will last forever.” Reviewers did note that this chair is fairly low to the ground: “The low profile is awesome — what is means is that your feet can kick out a little more in front of you, which feels much more relaxing to me than being more upright. Also, the back fabric has just enough give to feel like you are a tiny bit reclined — our other single chairs have less give, and you are seated much more upright. I love the feel.”
Best beach chair with cooler
Reviewers praised this classic Tommy Bahama chair for its built-in cooler and shoulder straps. “This is the best backpack chair out there. It has everything you need with the storage and cooler pouches. The straps are perfect and easy to slip into, and it folds without a hitch. It also is just the right level off the sand, so you are comfortable in all positions. Highly recommend!” While the chairs are on the expensive side, reviewers were in agreement that they are worth the investment. “They are a little pricey, but they have what most beach chairs don’t: plenty of pockets and a small insulated bag attached to the back where you can put a couple drinks, sandwich, snacks, etc. So once you’re ready, put it on your back and go. No need to carry an extra bag or cooler for your stuff — its all in one.”
Best lightweight beach chairs
Reviewers were pleased with this three-pound beach chair. “Wanted a lightweight, easily carried chair for general use. Bottom line — you can spend a heckuva lot more $$ on a chair, save a few ounces, but not get any better quality. This chair is perfect for what it is — light, small, easy to deploy, and comfy.” Another reviewer sums up the broad appeal of this chair like this: “I used to work at REI and know a thing or two about outdoor products. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the purchase. Lightweight. Easy setup. Solid construction. Comfortable.”
Best (less expensive) lightweight beach chair
Reviewers could not stop raving about how light this chair is. “They are so light. We used carabiners to attach them to our backpacks and almost couldn’t tell they were there. Bonus feature is the fabric dries very quickly, too!” writes one reviewer who traveled on a cruise with two of the chairs in two. “Great little beach chair. Compact and lightweight. Good if you need to walk to your destination. Easily fits in a drawstring backpack with a towel,” seconds another reviewer.
Best beach chair with adjustable headrest
“I first found this chair last year, when my family and I went camping. I had already ‘thrown’ my back out and was in extreme discomfort. I decided to sit on the chair and give it a try. I was instantly relieved of pain as soon as I lay all the way back. It felt like a complete miracle,” writes one reviewer who suffers from back pain. “I have chronic back and hip pain that a memory foam mattress doesn’t relieve. This chair is AMAZING because there are no painful pressure points and the curves/bends of the chair are in all the right places,” writes another. “Great for decks, patios, or on the beach. Feels great on the lower back if you have any back pain. My only regret is I just bought one instead of two, now my husband and I fight over it.”
Best inflatable beach lounger
This compact, inflatable lounger was a significant favorite amongst reviewers looking for super light, versatile seating. “These loungers are the most envied item on the beach. I constantly have people checking them out from a distance or coming up to comment. I gladly help them decide to get one,” writes one reviewer. “The possibilities are endless, you could take it camping, to the pool or to the beach. It took me a couple of tries to get it filled properly, but once I figured it out, with the help of the instructions, it was a breeze. I do like the addition of the head rest, and the pockets are a nice touch as well,” writes another. Several reviewers recommended “filling one chamber at a time” for the most straightforward setup.
Best beach chair with locking mechanism
Many reviewers were in agreement that this chair is “the most sturdy foldable chair that I have ever used in my entire life.” Another reviewer writes, “It is solid as a rock and the fabric does not sag like most of those other folding chairs on the market. The chair also comes with built-in locks that lock the chair in place when you fold it as well as unfold it. This is great because it stops the chair from collapsing on you by chance.” This added safety feature was seriously loved by reviewers, like this one who writes, “I think the coolest feature of these chairs is the fact that they are dual lock. It’s a quick-release button you press when you need to unlock them which is very easy to use.” Reviewers also appreciated the higher seat. “This one has a higher seat than most, and the seat is firm, plus it doesn’t tip as I lean forward to get up. The arms are also sturdy enough to actually use to help me get up, although with the seat height and firmness, that isn’t such an issue.”
Best beach chair with backpack straps
“The chair is such a great beach chair,” writes one reviewer, “it’s pretty sturdy and has so many nice places to store things. On the rear, you have an insulated place to keep about three sodas or other drinks cold. The arms are built well and comfortable. I also think the design of the webbing and material are great because I never felt hot and sweaty.” In addition to the extra storage pockets, the backpack straps make it very easy to carry all of your beach essentials in one place. “Loved how this chair simplified carrying stuff — wear the chair like a backpack, put your food and drinks in the cooler, towel in the extra pouch, and you have extra hands to carry a float and the Rio Beach chair canopy.”
Best low-profile beach chair
“The low profile is great for the beach or just stretching out your legs. Low-profile chair for low-profile camping. The smaller size will make it easier to stow and carry. I still have a garage full of camp chairs, but this will be the go-to gear,” writes one reviewer about this low-profile beach chair. While some reviewers did warn the lower height makes it difficult to get up, the vast majority actually preferred the lower seat, with one reviewer writing, “I used this all summer. Sturdy and comfortable, lightweight and low profile. Perfect for the beach.” Several reviewers appreciated that these chairs can also be used camping or at outdoor concert venues. “Very comfortable low-profile chairs that allow us to get into almost any outdoor concert venue, as they are low enough to meet the < 24-inch standard.”
Best folding beach chair
“They are lightweight, easy to carry, and extremely comfortable to sit in, even for longer periods of time. We use them primarily for the beach, and they’re a great choice. They do sit low to the ground, which was not at all a concern for us, but might be for some,” writes one reviewer. “My spouse and I purchased two of these chairs to use inside our beach tent, and these fit perfectly. Low enough to the ground to fit in the tent or put your feet in the surf but just high enough to keep your bottom from hitting the sand,” adds another. “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,” writes a third.
Best oversize beach chair
This chair was especially loved by reviewers who experience back pain and by reviewers who have larger builds. “The way it’s designed and your body lies in it does not make your body ache. I have back issues, and I was comfortable lying in this for a few hours — no problem,” raves one reviewer. “Bought this for my husband, and he loves it. He’s 6’3”, 260+ lbs, and the chair is comfortable, sturdy and big enough for him,” writes a second. “The chair feels sturdy and solid. Great for us big and tall guys.”
Best high beach chair
“Bought one for both my wife and I. We are both over the moon on these chairs. The height is perfect as we are both over 60 and have old knees yet we have no trouble getting in and out of these chairs,” writes one reviewer who goes on to say, “I am 230 lbs and this chair supports my weight easily. The frame is so light, yet very thick and sturdy.” Another reviewer who compares it to the Tommy Bahama Cooler Chair explains, “Cheaper than the Tommy B. chair but equally as well designed, just wider and slighter higher off the ground. I own both and prefer this.” A third reviewer with double knee replacements writes, “LOVE! It’s great to be able to sit into a chair (not fall into it like most) and still be able to get UP without looking like a fool or in pain.”
Best lay-flat beach chair
This chair is ideal for beachgoers who like to tan (or nap). “We bought these chairs for a recent beach trip and were not disappointed. They are well-made, sturdy, comfortable, and easy to fold up and carry. I wanted chairs that sit low and lie flat so you can lie on your stomach, and these work perfectly,” writes one reviewer. This versatility was constantly cited as a reason to buy. “Solid chair. Has an amazing high backrest so I can lay my head down. The chair also lays completely flat and is low to the ground which is perfect at the beach.”
Best ergonomic beach chair
“We bought two Strongback beach chairs to fold out on the deck of our sailboat and watch the sunset, with mojitos in hand. All I can say is, ‘Buy it, you will love it!’ The most comfortable and compact chair, with fantastic lower-back support and really well-made,” promises one reviewer. “Finally someone got it right! If you have had back issues from having a herniated disc, sciatica, or spinal surgery, this would be your best choice if you want to enjoy the beach and stay for hours without having to rearrange and get up to stretch your back.”
Best beach chair with a backpack pouch
The Rio Beach Lace-Up Suspension Folding Backpack Beach Chair is the perfect choice for those looking for a hands-free trip to the beach. “Worked perfectly for our trip to the beach in Alabama. Was a bit of a hike to the beach, and this backpack pouch held towels, books, suntan lotion, and even my big blanket in the fold-up part of the chair,” writes one reviewer. “I plop my pale, one-piece-covered, mom body in this jam all day long. I take it to the beach, the pool, and picnics. Has a sweet little backpack portion for snacks, and a cooler portion for wine … I mean water,” writes one enthused mom.
Best beach chair for kids
Parents and kids alike love this chair from Melissa & Doug for its durability and design. “Our 2 year old was thrilled to get his own chair for the beach. It’s a great chair and has a good carry bag as well.” writes one mom. “Cute chair and even mom’s bottom fits into the seat! I found myself grabbing for my toddler son’s chair multiple times at the beach. My boys love it but its great that an adult can plop down in it for a few minutes. Its very sturdy and completely adorable,” writes another.
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