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The 20 Best Beach Chairs You Can Buy in 2021

The best of beach chairs in 2021 is all about portability, durability and affordability.

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Lawn Chair USA

A good beach chair is light, stable and worth sitting on. Does it help if it looks decent? Sure, but after a few hours in the sun and sand, most are typically less inclined to worry about aesthetics. In finding the best beach chairs of the summer, we focused on ones that were cheap, comfortable and easy to carry. These 20 examples are all those things.

Dick's Sporting Goods Logo Chair

Logo Chair
Dick's Sporting Goods Logo Chair dickssportinggoods.com

If you ignore the obnoxious "Dick's" branding on the back, the brand's eponymous beach chair is the most affordable option on this list. For those looking for nothing more than a decent chair to bring to tailgates (with a convenient beverage holder), few chairs tick all the boxes like Dick's does.

Destination Summer Beach Chair

Beach Chair
Destination Summer bedbathandbeyond.com

An affordable chair ($40!) gets you basically everything you could want in a beach chair: five reclining positions, a cup holder, headrest, storage pouch and cooler pouch. The striped look also has a nautical feel if you're into that.

L.L.Bean Aero Insulated Trail Chair

Aero Insulated Trail Chair
L.L.Bean llbean.com

You could argue this isn’t really a chair, seeing as you’re still sort of sitting on the ground. But thanks to aerogel insulation, it won't feel like you're sitting on the cold hard ground. Plus, the foam is cushiony enough to give your backside a comfy seat regardless of uneven ground.

Rio Beach Folding Backpack Chair

Folding Backpack Chair
Rio Beach amazon.com

Roll up to your next outdoor hang with this backpack and get instant cool-kid cred when you transform it into your seat for the day. The back of the chair has a pouch that's still accessible when it's folded up, so who's to say you can't just use this as your daily backpack?

Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair

Portable Camping Quad Chair
Coleman amazon.com

Amazon's number one-selling camp chair is as classic as one can get with a beach chair. While it has all the features of a quality beach chair — roomy seat, easy setup, portability — it's the chair's standout feature that makes this a top pick. The chair has a built-in cooler pouch, which is big enough to hold up to four cans, so there's no constant need to run to the cooler.

Chillbo Baggins 2.0

Shwaggins 90s Fresh Prints
Chillbo chillbo.com

If you can get past the name and embrace its unconventional style, this is a great beach chair. It takes two to three minutes to blow up, allows you to either sit low like you would any beach chair, lay down or take it out into the water. Having used one for a recent beach trip I relate to you rolling your eyes at this, but you won’t get a lighter, more functional seat on the beach.

Lawn Chair USA Sea Island Beach Chair

Sea Island Beach Chair
Lawn Chair USA lawnchairusa.com

Lawn Chair USA’s many-colored folding seats harken back to decades past with their flexible, comfortable cross-webbing. They also feature plastic armrests, which absorb less heat than wood or metal, and a lightweight aluminum frame.

Quik Chair Folding Camping Chair

Folding Camping Chair
Quik Chair acehardware.com

There's something novel about a chair that has a canopy to block out the sun's harmful, and insanely hot, rays. Quik Chair's version of a canopy beach chair is cheap for what it offers — comfort, protection and convenience — and its low price means you can get one for everyone in the family.

Guide Gear Oversized Director’s Camp Chair

Oversized Director’s Camp Chair
Guide Gear sportsmansguide.com

This impressively strong chair has a powder-coated tubular steel frame that can support up to 500 pounds. The built-in cup holder also has a little table area to put your snacks so you don’t have to move an inch.

Casual Home Sling Chair

Sling Chair
Casual Home homedepot.com

Less beach chair and more outdoor lounger, Casual Home's Sling Chair was practically built for outdoor naps. The sling is made of heavy-duty canvas, and the wooden frame is sturdy and looks good.

REI Co-op Outward Low Lawn Chair

Outward Low Lawn Chair
REI Co-op rei.com

Like any good REI outdoor gear, this chair is heavy-duty, thanks to ripstop nylon seat, and convenient. When not in use, the chair folds up and users can carry it on their back like a backpack.

Helinox Personal Shade

Personal Shade
Helinox rei.com

Doze off at the beach and don’t worry about getting sunburned. The Helinox Personal Shade chair features a nylon ripstop canopy with an SPF 50+ rating so the sun’s harmful rays don’t cook you in your seat. The canopy can be reoriented to shield you from the sun as it sets from east to west. Plus, the whole thing weighs just over a pound and folds into a 25-inch sack.

L.L.Bean Packlite Chair

Packlite Chair
L.L.Bean llbean.com

The mitt-like shape of the L.L.Bean Packlite Chair will keep you comfortable for hours whether you’re lounging on the beach, hitting up a tailgate or chilling in the backyard. The chair remains fairly light thanks to the aluminimum frame, which is still very durable.

Oniva Picnic Time XL Chair

PT-XL Camp Chair
Oniva amazon.com

Where most beach chairs cap out at 250-pound weight capacities, Oniva’s wider, sturdier, altogether bigger chair carries up to 400. It comes with a lifetime warranty, a cup (beer) holder, sloped armrests and a powder-coated steel frame instead of the more liable to be aluminum.

Cliq Camping Chair

Camping Chair
Cliq amazon.com

In five seconds, go from tiny bundle of sticks to one of the most comfortable camping chairs you can buy. The frame is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, so it's durable, and crazy long-lasting nylon that's waterproof and tear-proof. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 from over 1,700 reviews, sitting in this chair might be more exciting than the beach trip itself.

The Inside Cabana Chair

Cabana Chair
The Inside theinside.com

The Cabana Chair is a beach resort-style lounge chair, and it's one of the most classic beach chairs out there. You can machine wash the sling, so don't worry about rolling around in the sand and immediately hopping in the chair. There are three reclining options for your lounging preference, and it's all made by hand in the US. Prices start at $119, with over 100 fabric options.

Telescope Casual Original Mini-Sun Beach Chair

Original Mini-Sun Beach Chair
Telescope Casual perigold.com

The family-owned Telescope Casual brand has been around since 1903, and its outdoor furniture is all made in America. The Mini-Sun Beach Chair is a luxe option for those who spend more time outside than inside. The three-position reclining chair is built with a sturdy and durable metal frame with a generous backrest for ultimate lounging.

Urban Outfitters Tatami Beach Chair

Tatami Beach Chair
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com

The Tatami beach chair is crafted from woven rattan, which gives your rear just a little protection from the sandy shore. The chair collapses to become nearly flat for easy transport and storage, and honestly, it just looks really nice.

Sunflow Sunrise Beach Chair

Sunflow Chair
Sunflow getsunflow.com

Sunflow's Sunrise is portable, intuitive to set up and looks good. Makes sense since the brand's founders linked up with legendary industrial designer Yves Behar's design and innovation firm, Fuseproject, which helped create the Herman Miller Sayl chair, to make the Hamptons' new favorite beach chair. The Sunrise beach chair has a four-way reclining seat made of lightweight rust-resistant aluminum and water-resistant fabric, and its setup is similar to that of a stroller

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury

Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
NEMO moosejaw.com

“Luxury” is in its name, and you’re paying a premium for it, too. The Stargaze Recliner features a free-swinging seat that reclines at the behest of your own body movements. The chair was designed to work on uneven ground, so it’s perfect for sandy beaches as much as it works on flat land. The Stargaze is like the perfect combination of a chair and a hammock, no trees necessary.

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