A good beach chair is light, stable and worth sitting on. A great beach chair is all of those things, but also fits into your budget, is easy to carry across burning hot sand and looks good waiting for you, while you take a dip in the water.
The 20 chairs on this list address the needs of every beach goer — there are models with integrated sunshades for the sun-conscious, simple two-piece folding designs that prioritize form, cheap and easy to set up camping chairs and more classic designs made for a day in the sun and surf.
Sunday Supply Co Mineral Beach Chair
Simple, stylish and comfortable to boot, Sunday Supply Co's beach chairs are also durable. The water, tear and fade-resistant fabrics can stand up to summers in the sun, and the powder-coated aluminum alloy frame won't rust or break down.
Business and Pleasure Co The Two-Piece Chair
If you're small on space and don't mind spending a few extra bucks for style, B&P's hardwood and canvas Two Piece Chair is an ideal pick. Pack it flat for trips to the beach, or set up a few on the back patio or boat for relaxing in the sun.
Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair 2 Pack
The epitome of beach vibes, no one can compete with the name Tommy Bahama when it comes to aquatic adventures (or prints, for that matter). This two-for-one chair deal brings you the best of both worlds: classic beach style, comfort in the form of an adjustable pillow and padded shoulder straps and at the same price as some of the solo chairs on this list, a little relief for your wallet.
Casual Home Sling Chair
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.
Urban Outfitters Tatami Beach Chair
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.
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.
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 this one from Dick's does.
Destination Summer Beach Chair
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
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
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?
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, allowing 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.
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 aluminum 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.
Telescope Casual Original Mini-Sun Beach Chair
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.
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.
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.