After 11 hours of research evaluating 75 products, we picked Coleman Oversized Quad Chair as our top choice.
Ahh, the beach! The perfect place to relax in the sun, escape the winter chill, and enjoy all the Margaritas and Pina Coladas you can handle. Plus, it's great for kids who want to spend time splashing around in the water and adults who need a bit of down time.
The one downside of the beach: nowhere to sit. Unless you like sand down your pants (we, personally, do not), you have to bring your own seating. That's reason enough to have the best beach chair you can find.
Enter awesome beach chairs:
Beach chairs are a simple, cheap, and comfortable solution for relaxing at the beach—the single most important item of beach gear you will ever own. A bad beach chair will make your back and neck ache, but a great beach chair will make for hours of happy sitting.
Below, check out our list of the best beach chair options around. We've done hours of thorough testing (with the sunburns to prove it) and research, combing through hundreds of products and thousands of reviews. Our list contains the best options for your butt on the beach!
Super comfortable, great for lounging and reclining, comfy footrest, durable outdoor-grade fabric, solid bungee support system, folds down to portable size, durable steel frame, 300-pound weight capacity, and adjustable headrest included.
Locking levers can be a bit tricky to use.
Design: This chair is a proper beach lounge chair, meaning it fully reclines and comes with an extendable footrest. You'll love how sturdy the chair is, and it feels solid as you carry it around on your back. It collapses to a nice 6.3 inch-wide chair that you can fit in any car trunk for your beach trips. Instead of four legs, it has two solid bars that provide sturdy, stable seating. The double bungee support system for the seat itself will give you just the right amount of give for comfortable contour to your back and butt.
Materials: The frame is made from durable steel, with a powder coating to keep it resistant to rust and dirt. The chair material is texteline, a lightweight synthetic fabric made from high strength polyesters with PVC compounds mixed in. The fabric is both UV resistant and easy to clean, with a comfortable elasticity (enhanced by the bungee support system) that makes for easy sitting.
You get a full 300 pounds weight capacity with this chair, and it's definitely one of the most durable seats on our list.
Features: The chair has a unique fingertip-controlled locking system that allows you to easily adjust the angle and recline of the chair back and footrest. It can be a bit tricky to learn and may accidentally be triggered too easily, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find you can lounge in comfort and style on this bad boy.
Price: This is one of the best-priced chairs on our list, and it offers great value and durability at a cost anyone can afford.
Side picnic table included, durable steel frame, solid polyester seat and backing, 300-pound weight capacity, backpack carrying design, lifetime guarantee, six pockets and holders included, and super comfortable.
Tough to open and close, and the carrying strap is a bit flimsy.
Design: For those who want to enjoy a snack or picnic on the beach, this is the beach chair for you. It comes with a side table that folds out, offering you a place to put your sandwich, drink, cheese plate, or anything else you want to eat.
The chair is designed with four legs and sturdy crossbars that offer good support, ensuring maximum durability. The chair is beautifully lightweight and folds up backpack-style for easy carrying.
Materials: The frame is made from sturdy aluminum, keeping it lightweight without sacrificing strength or durability. The 600D polyester is very durable and resistant to wear. It can hold up to 300 pounds and has a nice, wide seat for heavier users.
Features: This is the most feature-rich chair on our list. Not only does it include the fold-out table, but it comes with two insulated pouches (for cans and bottles), a zippered security pocket, two small Velcro-closed pockets, and a mesh pocket for your knickknacks. You'll find the pockets can hold your smartphone, keys, wallet, or ID cards—whatever you carry on you.
Once folded, the chair comes with an adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying. Sadly, the strap design is flawed and breaks too easily.
Price: If only this chair were a tad bit cheaper! It's a pricey option, but so worth it for a picnic on the beach or tailgating at a football game.
Mesh backing, extra-wide seat, durable nylon fabric, portable, easy to fold and set up, integrated cupholder, slim, and lightweight.
Can't support users over 225 pounds.
Design: This is a simple chair, one with few frills or extras. You get a simple quad design (four individual legs supported by interlocking metal struts) that will sit well on any beach or campsite.
The mesh backing offers amazing ventilation to keep you cool in the summer. No matter how hot it gets, the wind can pass through the mesh to dry off your back and prevent overheating. Thanks to its extra-wide seat, even heavier users can enjoy lounging on the beach or by the lake.
Materials: The frame is made from durable steel that has been treated with a rust-proof powder coating. The mesh fabric is tough nylon, and the nylon seat will bear up under regular use. Sadly, the seat only has a 225-pound weight capacity, so it's not as tough as some of the other chairs on our list.
Features: In addition to the cooling mesh seat back, the chair comes with a mesh cup holder to store your beer or soda while you lounge. The arm rests are also adjustable according to your size and height. A simple chair, yet it gives you what you need for ocean and lakeside comfort.
Price: This is the cheapest chair on our list, yet it doesn't sacrifice quality for low costs. It's lightweight, built for slimmer users, and beautifully portable—perfect for kids or teenagers!
Dual-locking design, beautifully lightweight, push-button operation, carrying strap integrated, comes with carry bag, up to 400-pound weight capacity, well-sized chair, good ventilation, durable polyester, and steel frame.
Chair suffers quality control issues.
Design: If you hate how beach chairs open when you carry them, give this chair a try. The Dual Lock design ensures that the chairs stay locked in the closed position, as well as locked when you open them fully. The push-button operation makes it easy to set up and collapse the chair in seconds. The 37-inch height makes it a great chair for people who don't want to sit too low to the sand.
Materials: The frame of this chair is made of steel rather than aluminum, so it's durable without sacrificing the light weight. The diamond ripstop polyester used for the chair itself is very tough and resistant to stretching and sagging, even with heavier users. The XXL version of the Dual Lock Chair can hold up to 400 pounds of weight.
Features: The chair comes with the push-button Dual Lock system to lock the chair either open or closed. The integrated carrying strap makes it easy to haul the chair with the rest of your beach gear. The mesh backing offers excellent ventilation, and you'll love the two built-in cupholders on the comfortable armrests.
Price: This is a well-priced chair, one that offers maximum user convenience and durability while still being fairly lightweight. Despite a few quality control issues, it's a great chair that is well worth considering if you are planning a beach trip.
Sturdy, 300-pound weight capacity, contoured pillow, comfy armrests, backpack design, four positions, easy to fold, easy to transport, good width, lightweight, drink holder included, and features an easy access rear carry pouch.
Very low to the ground.
Design: This chair is designed to be low in the sand—a bit too low for some people, unfortunately—with 12" legs built from solid aluminum. The seat comes with four adjustable positions, though it doesn't fully recline. You'll find it's beautifully comfortable for sitting, lounging, and napping in, thanks to its cushioned pillow and contoured armrests.
Materials: The frame itself is made from solid aluminum covered with a rustproof coating that will protect it from the elements and ocean spray. The seat is made of a polyester that is durable and thick, with solid stitching that won't wear out with heavy use.
The chair has a weight capacity of 300 pounds, and its extra-wide 22" seat makes it ideal for wider, heavier guys.
Features: The seat comes in a backpack design, meaning it can be folded up and carried on your back. The backpack straps are nicely padded to make it comfortable to carry from the car to the beach. In addition to the straps, the chair has a nifty rear-facing pocket to store your stuff, a drink holder attached to the armrest, and a cushioned pillow for the head rest. You'll love how comfortable this chair is even after long hours of lounging.
Price: $50 is a bit of a steep price to pay for a single beach chair, but it's worth it for this bad boy. It's comfortable, built for larger users, and will stand up to regular use. It'll give you many happy years of beachside comfort.
Backpack design, good weight capacity, durable material, lightweight frame, rustproof, padded head rest, adjustable, easy to clean, 5-position recline frame, and includes two side pouches, a towel bar, and padded shoulder straps.
Lower to the ground than may be comfortable for many users.
Design: If you're looking for a super comfortable, well-built beach chair, this is your top pick. It's designed to be low to the sand, so those with back and hip problems may find it uncomfortable. However, for the average active user, the 5-position reclining design (even laying flat) is an absolute marvel. You'll be able to adjust the angle of your recline easily.
The polyester backing is comfortable, but there are plastic armrests instead of canvas or material—meaning more solid and better for leaning on.
Materials: The frame is made of aluminum, a lightweight material that is surprisingly strong. You'll find the rustproof coating keeps this chair from being damaged in wet conditions—either rainwater or ocean spray.
The chair material is 600D (denier) polyester, which is heavier-duty than most beach chairs and a great deal more durable. You'll find it's one of the longest-lasting beach chairs on the market.
Features: These chairs come with some excellent features: 5-position recline, a built-in towel bar, a rear-facing pocket and two side-pouches, comfortable plastic armrests, and a head-rest pillow. The real marvel, though, is the seat's ability to fold up into a backpack. The padded straps make it comfortable to carry this chair around, and you can easily fold it out to pop a squat anywhere you want.
Price: At $55, this is one of the pricier chairs on our list, but so worth it if you have to walk a long way to reach the beach. The backpack design is so convenient, not to mention comfortable. Plus, it's one of the longest-lasting chairs on the market.
Comfortable design, solid construction, easy to set up and fold, built-in 4-can cooler, cushioned seat and back, mesh cup holder and side pocket included, strong weight capacity, not too heavy, good size, and durable.
The short backrest is unsuitable for taller users, and the cooler makes the chair a bit bulky.
Design: This is a simple, straightforward fold-out beach chair, with a padded seat and chair back that will be very comfortable for hours of sitting. Extra-tall users may find the backrest is a bit shorter than they'd like, but the chair is sized for the "average" user. However, the weight capacity on this chair is up to 325 pounds, making it suitable for heavier beachgoers.
Materials: The chair's frame is made of steel rather than the aluminum favored by other beach chairs. However, it's not as heavy as you'd expect from a steel chair, weighing just 7 pounds. The seat itself is made from polyester, making it solid and lightweight. It's not waterproof, but it will be very durable even if you spend time sitting in your wet bathing suit.
The chair comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Features: The features are really where this little chair shines! First of all, it comes with fluffy padding in the chair back and seat, so it's a lot more comfortable than your average canvas chair. It also includes adjustable height arm-rests, a mesh cup holder, a mesh side pocket, and a 4-can built-in cooler to keep your beers or soda cans nicely chilled. Though the cooler makes the seat a bit bulky, you can't argue with cold beers on the beach!
Price: For just over $30, this is a very well-priced chair! You get good quality design and maximum comfort at a price tag you can easily afford. It definitely deserves its place at the top of our list.