If you’re like most campers, your trusty fold-out chair is where your butt spends most of its time when it’s not carrying your pack-laden torso to and fro. It just makes sense, then, to have a good one.
Why stop at one, though? We present you with a half-dozen of the best camping chairs to choose from for your next sleepover in the woods.
6 Best Camping Chairs for 2021
To compile this list, we compared scads of top-rated, readily available products across three key categories:
- Additional non-sitting space
These six suggestions are an enticing taste of the sweet, sweet fruits of our labor.
Best Low-End Lightweight Chair – Pacific Pass Easy Carry Tripod Chair
If you’re in the market for a simple, inexpensive, and, above all, highly portable perch, listen closely—the Easy Carry Trip Chair from Pacific Pass is calling your name.
Not only does it far exceed the minimum style and comfort requirements for a base-level camping chair, but it also weighs in at well under 4 pounds and folds up into a slim, unobtrusive bundle, complete with a carry bag and convenient shoulder strap.
It can go from your hatchback to your actual back to your backside and back again lickety-split.
- Extremely lightweight and easy to carry
- Supports sitters up to 200 pounds
- Costs about as much as a large pizza
- Low durability (and therefore a potentially short lifespan)
- May feel a bit claustrophobic for some users
Best High-End Lightweight Chair – CLIQ Camping Chair
Touting itself as “the most-funded portable chair in crowdfunding history,” CLIQ’s thermos-sized camping chair backs up its hype with features like a sturdy-yet-featherlight aircraft-grade aluminum frame, durable ripstop nylon backing, and an easy-open, easy-close collapsible push-button design.
As if that weren’t enough to get your rump itching for a good sit, it also contains a pair of open-ended mesh pockets for snacks, beverages, and personal items and even offers some extra leeway to lean back as you take a load off. That’s a lot of pow for such a small package.
- Can hold up to 300lbs, despite weighing only 3.3lbs
- Folds up to roughly the size of a 1L water bottle
- Available in multiple colorways
- Smaller items can slide down between pocket and seat fabric
- Some quality control issues reported
Best Low-End Comfort Chair – Coleman Camping Chair w/ Built-In 4-Can Cooler
The product designers at Coleman understand that their customers aren’t looking for engineering excellence—what they’re after is above-average performance at a below-average price.
Their simplistic yet solidly made camping chair/mini cooler combo strikes the perfect balance between functionality and thrift. It sprawls out enough to let you really settle into it, but it’s not bulky to the point of making it a chore to lug around. It’s cozy but not so lavishly outfitted as to make it an impractical purchase.
As a welcome bonus, it comes with a spacious insulated cooler pocket (big enough to hold four cans at one time) to guarantee that you won’t have to bother getting back up once you’ve plopped down.
- Thoroughly sittable
- Plenty of supplementary storage
- Low price point
- Slightly cumbersome to carry on hikes
- Prone to breaking
Best High-End Comfort Chair – ENO Outdoor Lounge Chair
Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (ENO for you outdoor initiates) are mainly known for their quick-draw portable hammock systems. However, their outdoor lounger is further proof of their commitment to producing quality leisure goods.
The most notable features on display here are a super-supportive high-backed design, an integrated pillow-style headrest, and a scooped seat that cradles your bum like the palm of a gentle giant. Another standout (no pun intended) is the telescopic leg poles, which invite you to elevate or get down and dirty as you desire.
Along with all that ergonomic awesomeness, you get a pair of cargo pockets and a cup holder for your freshly-cracked cold one.
- Durable aluminum alloy and ripstop nylon construction
- Supports up to 250lbs
- Plenty of storage potential
- Takes some time to set up and repack
- May be prohibitively pricey for some
Best Low-End Chair With Side Table – PORTAL Compact Folding Director’s Chair
I’ll level with you: PORTAL’s isn’t the most attractive chair, nor is it the lightest, the comfiest, or the most totable or long-lasting. It is, however, like the camping chair equivalent of a Venn diagram of all these qualities.
The strong steel frame and impressive max weight capacity are major selling points for a chair in this price range. While it somewhat lacks in the support department, it sits up nice and high, with enough width to let you spread out a little.
Then there’s the hinged tray table, of course, which at 10” by 15” provides enough at-hand real estate for a small lunch or smorgasbord of snacks, something to sip, and the proverbial bag of chips.
One downside of this chair is the temperamental joints, making folding and unfolding it just short of infuriating at times. That said, its subterranean cost and bevy of useful accessories more than make up for its mostly trifling shortcomings.
- Excellent value for everything you get
- Flip-down table with cup holder
- Ideal for older campers and those who have trouble standing
- Difficult to fold and unfold
- Not very pleasant for long sitting sessions
Best High-End Chair With Side Table – KingCamp Heavy Duty Steel Camping Chair
The Heavy Duty from KingCamp isn’t made for the tent-and-knapsack kind of camping—it’s made for the RV-and-portable-gas-generator kind. But hey, camping is camping, and a good chair is a good chair. And this, my friends, is a good chair.
The formidable steel-boned behemoth has a 12-liter hidden cooler bag, padded armrests, and a folding tray table with a molded cup holder. Yes, it’s roomy, but it also has a great sturdiness to it and is easy to climb in and out of. It even packs down surprisingly well, given its throne-like character when fully expanded.
In short, you can bet 150 of your bottom dollars that it’ll take a beating and keep on seating.
- Unmatched strength and stability
- Tons of eating and storage space
- Durable and hard-wearing
- Seat edges can make sensitive legs cranky
- Doesn’t always want to fold
Any of the chairs listed here will give you a worthy place to cool your haunches on a fun-filled weekend outing, whether you’re roughing it or savoring some much-needed R&R. It’s up to you to decide which one best fits your bents, budget, and booty.