Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), 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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best massage chairs, lawn chairs, and office chairs, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed rocking chairs on Amazon for leisurely nights on the back porch or lulling a baby to sleep. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best traditional rocking chair
“I bought this rocker for my elderly mother because hers finally fell apart after 50-plus years. I was honestly skeptical because replacing something that someone has been using and grown accustomed to is very difficult. But she absolutely loves it, and every day when I visit her she tells me how comfortable and nice-looking it is. I’ve tried it myself several times, and I would recommend this chair to anyone looking to purchase a high-quality rocker for an affordable price.”
Best outdoor traditional rocking chairs
“We love these rockers! They look gorgeous on our porch. We’ve gotten so many compliments. For a total hardware newbie like me, they were a little overwhelming to assemble. My father-in-law, however, who is very skilled in woodworking found them to be a breeze. These chairs are total showpieces, and at the price, a steal for what you’re getting!”
Best folding outdoor rocking chairs
“Most amazingly comfortable/portable lawn chair EVER!! After sitting in our neighbor’s rocker, I had to get two of these rockers for our deck at the cabin. Not only do we use them on the deck, but when seating inside is limited we bring them indoors as well. They are easy to fold closed/open and store nicely.”
“I am a big fan of this chair. It’s comfortable, the rocking motion is smooth, and the cup holder on the leg is very convenient! It has a very sturdy build that I have not seen in too many other chairs of this style. When collapsed, it’s easy to carry thanks to the built-in handle on the side of the seat. As for weight capacity, I can vouch that it is capable of holding at least 300 pounds.”
Best kids’ rocking chairs
“This chair is perfect for our growing toddler. He has been trying to climb on our adult chairs, so we decided it was time to purchase him his own kid chair. He immediately walked over and sat on it and rocked back and forth. He was thrilled to have his own chair. It arrived in great condition, ready to use, and the fabric is adorable. For the price point, you get a very sturdy chair. It’s been easy to clean, and I love that I can easily move it around the house and outside. It’s surprisingly lightweight for how sturdy it is.”
“This rocking chair is super cute and sturdily built. This was purchased for a 14-month-old, and I think he’ll be able to use it for several years. I like the design of this chair as the vertical back spindles prevent kids from sitting with their legs out the back and tipping onto their face. I have another rocking chair that is more open in the back, and my little guy routinely sits backward or gets his legs stuck. That won’t happen with this one!”
“I bought this for my granddaughter for her first birthday. It is the perfect size for her. I have bought rocking chairs in the past and they were too large for the kids to get into. We had a party and everyone loved it. I put some stickers on it with her name and her party theme. It looked beautiful. My granddaughter loves it; her mom says she is obsessed with it.”
Best nursery rocking chairs
“Absolutely love this chair. No assembly was required. It’s firm, but very comfortable. I have back issues and my previous rocker/glider killed my back. This one provides support and keeps me very comfortable while rocking my twins. It’s very smooth and completely silent when you’re rocking. It’s very well-made and the fabric is great. Definitely a great chair for the price. The only gliders I’ve tried that were comparable to this one were in the $500 to $700 range.”
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