With the days getting warmer and the sun being out longer, my family and I are starting to spend more and more time outside, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! One of our favorite traditions is going down to Salt Creek in Dana Point to watch the sunset and let the kids run around, climb on trees and play tag. Everyone loves it. We've also entered the time of life where we spend our Saturdays sitting outside watching little league sports – so fun!
So, with all of these fun outdoor activities picking up again, I dove into a huge research project finding the most reliable, comfortable camping chairs. I can’t wait to share with you the BEST of the best with you – all at Backcountry!
Whether for an outdoor concert, camping, relaxing on the beach, sitting around a bonfire cooking s’mores, or watching your kids’ games, camping chairs are SO useful all year long. So if you’re in need of an outdoor chair, here are my top 5 picks!
Before we jump into the best camping chairs, I wanted to let you know that right now at Backcountry – the retailer who carries ALL 5 of these chairs – is having a sweet sale right now!! You can use the code MINTBC15 for 15% off – as long as it's your first Backcountry order!! (Exclusions apply.)
While we're talking about Backcountry, I thought I'd also let you know that right now thru 4/5 they're having a HUGE sock sale! Here’s a roundup of the best socks on sale:
Now, let's talk about the top 5 camping chairs on the market!
5. Best budget friendly chair – Kelty Essentials
You CANNOT go wrong with this camping chair!
This chair's under $100 and it's SO. GOOD. Great quality, and only 7 lbs – which is so lightweight for a camping chair!
It folds up so easily, too, which is perfect for transport. Imagine bringing it on a camping trip or to the sports park on a Saturday morning with literally NO HASSLE. And of course, I LOVE a chair with an insulated cup holder for my Diet Coke!!!
To top it off, this chair has perfect 5-star reviews and for only $74.95 for a high-quality chair that will last forever, it's a STEAL.
4. Best travel chair for the beach-goer
Okay, this one's for all your beach/lake days coming up this summer!
This chair is low to the ground which is the BEST for a beach or lake day. It feels like you’re laying out, while still having the support of a chair! Perfect if you’re wanting to lounge and tan your legs, but not lay on the ground. Plus, you can just sit down right after a dip in the water because the mesh construction allows you to dry off quickly.
There are SO many good reviews on this outdoor chair. The perfect lightweight beach chair to bring anywhere!
3. The most comfortable chair
If you haven’t tried a zero gravity chair, it's absolutely mind-blowing how comfortable it is! You can sit more upright, lounge all the way back, or anywhere in between. It seriously feels like you’re weightless!
This chair has the perfect distribution of your entire weight for ULTRA comfort. I LOVE taking this chair outside in my backyard to take a relaxing break from work or a Sunday nap. And it folds up so small and compact for easy storage!
Definitely a chair you probably wouldn’t take around town or up and down to the beach – but the perfect one for your patio or backyard to lounge in, or if you're driving to a campground for a weekend. There aren’t enough words to explain how much I love love LOVE this zero gravity lounge chair for a relaxing outdoor day at home!
2. Best chair for anyone who's taller/larger
This chair has a few additional features and isn’t much more than the Kelty Essentials chair I talked about very first! It rolls up completely and, most importantly, has TWO insulated beverage holders. (Let's be real, the more spots for my Diet Coke, the better!!)
It has multiple reclining positions, too, so you can kick back and relax – and it holds up to 325 lbs. It's such a durable and big chair that's perfect for a larger or taller person. Plus, the reviews are RAVING about it.
One reviewer said, “As a 6'1″ female dating a 6'4″ male, I have little patience for “average human” proportions. THIS CHAIR IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING FOR ANYONE ABOVE AVERAGE!”
1. BEST OVERALL – the MOST amazing YETI chair
On Ani’s softball team, the coach’s wife recommended this chair to me, so I bought it and I’M OBSESSED. I seriously love it so much!
This is one of those chairs that from the moment you open it up, you can tell it’s going to last forever. In my opinion it's the best camping chair you’ll find!
Overall, this chair is just really really well made. It's made to be SUPER durable and is extremely comfortable! It’s also breathable so you can sit in it on a warm day and not get too hot. Plus, it has a movable cup holder that can easily fit a really big cup – you know I love that!
One of the biggest things I love about it, though? The armrests. Every other camping chair I’ve owned, the armrests are sitting on this ring and the moment I put my arms on them, they slouch and slide out form underneath me. But not this Yeti chair! It’s so solid your arms will be supported the whole time. It’s seriously amazing!
There are only the best of reviews on this outdoor chair. There just aren’t enough words to explain HOW GOOD it is!
It also includes a carry bag that can be used as a shoulder bag or backpack, so it would be perfect for any outdoor activity. This chair is a bit of an investment, but I’m telling you it's WORTH it and will last you YEARS!
BONUS: an amazing outdoor Kelty blanket!
Another FANTASTIC Kelty product I'm loving lately is their Biggie blanket!
It's the perfect large blanket to sit and have a picnic on, or to use to cover up and get warm at a nighttime game. It comfortably keeps two adults warm, or a bunch of kiddos!
The wood patterned side is more of a waterproof side and the green is a soft and cozy material – my girls absolute LOVED sitting on this to watch the sunset!
Okay, a couple last few things: let's talk outfit details, because I'm obsessed with these new finds and I think you might be, too!
Everything I’m wearing is ultra comfortable. This specific pair of girlfriend collective leggings were recommended by so many of my friends and they definitely live up to their super high ratings!
And THIS JACKET! It's always selling out everywhere because it’s so popular. I finally tried it and I love it – it's the perfect spring jacket to keep you warm, but not too heavy that it’ll make you sweat.
Now let's get outside!!
I'm SO excited for warmer days and to be outside with my kids! I hope this guide helps you find that outdoor chair you’ve been looking for – I truly think these are the BEST camping chairs out there right now.
And don’t forget to use the promo code MINTBC15 for 15% off if it's your first Backcountry purchase! (Exclusions apply.)