5 Of The Best Beach Chairs Of 2017

It is a beautiful day: the sky is blue, and the sun is out. What are we doing today? Beaching; that’s what. So, here is the checklist for tag-along: SPF 50+ lotion, a bikini (very important), a beach tent, a carefree attitude, and the best beach chair! Yeah, you will not spend all your day in the water because you are not a fish, so you may as well bring that chair along.

But before you make that commitment, what should you look for in a beach chair?

Beach chairs difference from ordinary chairs in a few ways one of them being that they are more about comfort and style. Yeah, vanity and comfort can be in the same sentence, and that’s alright.

Material

First, you will be headed to the beach with a large water body in front of you. Actually, that’s why you are going there in the first place. You want a chair that is waterproof to defy all the mess that good ole water can cause. The material that makes up the sitting pad and the back should not hold water, as that will take longer to dry and the sun is sometimes limited.

The legs matter too. You want them to be foldable so that they do not take too much storage space. Most chairs are made of steel, but you will find a few made of wood. Wood is slightly heavier, and so it will not work well if you want your chair to tag along for trips.

Powder-coated steel is durable, and so it will weather the storm and the salty water on the beach. It is also foldable and easy to transport. The size of the chair is a personal choice, although you don’t want it to be too big and bulky.

Other Things To Consider

Comfort

The best beach chairs on Amazon are not necessarily the priciest. They simply have great features (and are colorful too). As long as it is comfortable and made of the right material, you are good. Cup holders are great additions, seeing as no one wants to place their drink on the sand and then have to stretch their arms to pick it up.

Padded armrests and backs make the chair even more comfortable, and they are certainly important for those with bad backs. You may have to add a little money for a more comfortable chair, but it is necessary, especially if you spend several hours sitting down.

Carry bags are deal breakers these days. A retailer should be gracious enough to throw in a carry bag given the cost of these chairs. Again, if you are always moving around with your new possession, you want a nice convenient bag to carry it in.

Why Do You Need Beach Chair Anyways?

Oh, The Comfort!

The beach is for good days! You want to go down there and forget about Syria or that children are dying of hunger in some parts of the world. The only way to lounge and read that book without interference is by getting yourself a beach chair. Better yet, get one that is padded for comfort and add a beach umbrella to it for unrivaled comfort. The only problem could be you falling asleep and only waking up to angry waves lapping at your feet.

Take It Anywhere

The best thing about these beach chairs is that they are multipurpose. You can take it to camp with you so that you can take a break from the hammock. They also come in handy when you sit down to roast wild vegetables and bush meat or otherwise you will be sitting on an uncomfortable rock.

Various Types Of Beach Chairs​

Traditional Chairs

Most of these are made of wood, and they are a tad bulkier than your usual beach chair. They used to be quite popular back in the day, but some people still use them to date. They are sturdier and offer better back support, thanks to their construction. However, they are bulky and ideal for those who own beach houses or those who don’t mind lugging them in the car.

Portable Beach Chairs

They are usually small, and light and their feet are naturally made of steel for its weight. They are collapsible, and so they port quite easily as all you gave to do is fold the little thing and throw it in the trunk. The main undoing of these chairs is in their construction. Compared to the traditional beach chair, they feel flimsy, and they will make you feel uncomfortable if you sit on these chairs for too long.

Portable beach chairs are ideal to use for the short-term because they are not designed for longevity anyways, and it is best not to spend too much time on one. Upside, they are cheap.

Before we delve into the reviews, see this comparison table.

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5 OF BEST BEACH CHAIRS OF 2017

Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair with Storage Pouch and Towel Bar
Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler
Rio Brands 5 Position Classic Lay Flat Beach Chair
Rio Brands Lace Up Aluminum Backpack Chair
Coleman Aluminum Deck Chair

Name

Tommy Bahama

Coleman Oversized Quad

Rio Brands

Rio Brands Lace Up

Coleman Aluminum Chair

Weight

7 lbs

8lbs

6.5 lbs

7 lbs

7 lbs

Load Capacity

300 lbs

300 lbs

250 lbs

240 lbs

225 lbs

Cup Holder

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes (Deck)

Kickback

Low

Low

Low

Low

Low

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5 Of The Best Beach Chairs Of 2017

#1 - Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair  – Best For Inclining

It reclines all the way to the ground, but it gets uncomfortable if you sit on it too long.

This chair is colorful; there is no doubt about that. It fits the beach life perfectly. This Tommy Bahama backpack chair is collapsible and foldable into different positions, including laying it back so that it feels like a beach bench.

On the side, you have a beverage holder in the form of a pouch. It is wide enough to accommodate two bottles of coke. There is also a pouch for your phone and keys. The armrests are not padded, but they are 24 inches wide and comfortable.

The fabric is polyester, which we know is waterproof. Both the back and sitting pad are made of this material to keep you warm and so that the seat dries fast when you wash. Speaking of washing, polyester is also easy to launder.

At the top where the head rests is a towel holder, which molds perfectly to form a pillow. This beach chair is not only comfortable but also sturdy enough to handle 300lbs. It comes with padded shoulder straps for the carrier, which forms part of the chair. Essentially, you only need to fold the seat and place it on your back like a pack. It weighs 7lbs.

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What we like:

  • Light and collapsible
  • Comfortable
  • It has pockets and a towel case
  • Has a cooler

    What we don't like:

    • It is quite large
    • It gets uncomfortable if you sit on it too long.

    #2 - Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler  – Easy To Set Up And Take Down.

    This chair is beautiful, but it feels a bit flimsy.

    This chair stands tall when you put it together. The legs crisscross, so you simply unfold them and voila! You have a perfect seat. The back is covered in polyester fabric, which holds back water. The sitting area is also made of polyester. It is not padded, and neither are the arms, but they have the same fabric all over them, and they are broad and comfortable.

    On the side, you have a small pouch for your phones and water bottles. The armrest will hold up to four cans. This particular one is black with steel rods for legs. The bars are coated, and so they will not succumb to moisture and sea salt.

    Because of the stellar steel construction, this chair handles up to 300lbs.

    When folded, the beach chair measures 27 x 27 x 7.75 inches to fit perfectly into the carrying case that it comes in. It is easy to carry around if you don't mind hauling 8lbs on your back.

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    What we like:

    • It is simple yet elegant.
    • It folds up nicely and sets up easily.
    • It is light and waterproof.
    • The pouch and cooler make it even more convenient.

      What we don't like:

      • It feels a bit flimsy.
      • The straps to the carrying bag are not strong enough.

      #3 - Rio Brands Classic Lay Flat Beach Chair  – The most colorful beach chair

      The colors are bright and fade-free, but it is a little too low for some.

      This Rio brand is not only cheerful (thanks to its colors), but it is also cheaper than you can imagine! The material, polyester, is sturdy and waterproof, and so this chair is expected to last a good while. It sits 8 inches off the ground, and so it may feel a bit uncomfortable for come people. The blue flowery fabric is fade-free and easy to clean.

      The armrests are wooden with a classy finish. They attach to the rest of the steel holding this chair together. What we like the most about this chair (apart from the colors) is its ability to recline all the way to the ground. It takes up to 5 positions for your comfort.

      When folded, it measures 9 x 24.5 x 30 inches and weighs just a little over 6lbs. It comes with a carrying bag, and it fits easily when you fold it right. It holds up to 250lbs. It does not have a designated headrest, but it holds you well enough especially if you are below 5’6.

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      What we like:

      • It is colorful.
      • It is compact and fits into a carrying case.
      • It is quite light.
      • Cheap

        What we don't like:

        • It sinks a little too low for some people’s liking.
        • No pouch or pocket

        #4 - Rio Brands Lace Up Aluminum Backpack Chair  – A Beautiful And Sturdy Beach Chair.

        Blue and beautiful, but without pouches

        Blue is a beautiful color and well loved by most makers of beach chairs from the collection we have seen. This beauty is blue and elegant. You would think it were a typical chair that you find in a home, thanks to its sturdiness that shows in its steel legs and armrests.

        The material is polyester, and so it does not hold water. The aluminum legs and frame are coated to prevent rust. The armrests are plastic coated for more comfort, and you will notice plastic hardly gets cold. It has a cup holder on the side, but no larger pouch for other items. It has a headrest that comes in handy when you recline it or reposition it in any of the 4 possible positions.

        This chair holds up to 240lbs, seeing as it is quite sturdy. It folds into this compact unit measuring 4.13 x 25.24 x 29.76 inches and weighing 7lbs. It comes with a sizeable carrying case with a wide, comfortable strap. It is easy to carry around, thanks to the comfortable carrying bag and its compact size. The weight helps too.

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        What we like:

        • It is lightweight.
        • It folds into this compact unit.
        • It unfolds into four different positions.

          What we don't like:

          • It could use a larger pouch.

          #5 - Coleman Aluminum Deck Chair  – The Best Looking Chair

          It is elegant, but it does not recline.

          Coleman is known for their dark choice of color that still brings out the best of each beach chair the company brings out on the market. This chair is 24 inches off the floor, and so it is as comfortable as most regular chairs you have at home. The great thing is that it works perfectly for other settings as well, and so you can take it to camping and all.

          The armrests on this baby are a bit narrow, but they are padded, and so they are still comfortable. The side table that you pull from the collapsible chair will comfortably hold a book and drinks. It is made of hard plastic to handle pressure. The steel frame will handle up to 225lbs, and it folds easily when you want to pack it.

          It has no headrest, and it does not recline into several positions like some beach chairs, but it makes up for this teeny shortcoming with the pull-up table and its elegance.

          Last update on 2017-12-15 at 02:21 PST - Details

          What we like:

          • Elegant
          • 24 inches off the floor
          • It is easy to fold and light to transport.
          • The pull-up table is a touch of genius.

            What we don't like:

            • It does not recline.
            • The armrests are too thin.

            Conclusion

            You may be deceived to go for beauty because; who doesn’t want elegant beach chairs, no? That is not an entirely bad thing, seeing that the chairs on our reviews are both functional and beautiful. Before you buy, go through this guide to help you make up your mind.

            Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair stands out for not only its attractive colors but for its ability to recline all the way to the down and to be changed into 5 different positions. It is light for backpackers and comes with a comfortable carrying bag. Happy shopping!


            Amelia
             

            Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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