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 15 examples are all those things.
Dick's Sporting Goods Logo Chair
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.
Crazy Creek Air Chair
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.
Coleman Portable Camping Quad Chair
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
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
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
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.
Weddingstar Reclining/Folding Beach Chair
Less of a chair and more of a mat, Weddingstar's beach chair is for those who are used to lying on towels at the beach. The added benefit is the backrest for sitting up and watching people go by.
Guide Gear Oversized Director’s Camp Chair
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.
REI Co-op Outward Low Lawn Chair
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
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
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
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.
The Inside Cabana Chair
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.
Sunflow Sunrise Beach Chair
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
“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.