In this text you have the list of the best folding camping chairs in 2018, handpicked and also reviewed in detail in separate texts. So please have a look.
If you go to Wikipedia, you can read that a folding chair folds flat. In my understanding, this would mean that instead of a 3-dimensional object it reduces to only two large dimensions. There are such camping chairs and you will see some of them here, but we use this term in a broader meaning.
The majority of the camping chairs here and on the market fold so that only one dimension remains relatively large. Such a type may be more suitable when you have to pack it in the car trunk. In practical terms, these chairs collapse from all four sides towards the central point, similar to what you would have in an umbrella, and also in some great instant cots which you have here in the site.
They also deploy in a similar manner, from the center in all directions, and this is done in seconds, no assembly is needed. Note that they are also described as foldable camping chairs. The meaning is the same.
So back to the definition in Wikipedia, they describe the term properly, but the meaning of the term ‘folding’ widely used on the Internet implies at least these two types:
- Chairs that pack so that they remain relatively large in two dimensions. See the ALPS Mountaineering Camp Chair as one example. I sometimes describe them as folding like a book.
- Chairs that pack so that they remain large in one dimension only. Those I describe as folding like an umbrella.
Note also that these chairs are a sort of collapsible type but without assembly.
On the other hand, here I do not include those collapsible chairs that need assembly. You can see my list of such chairs for backpacking and hiking. Those are much lighter in general and follow a different design principle.
What is included
The list of the foldable camping chairs includes the following:
- Padded and unpadded folding chairs. Normally, padding is never too thick in these chairs, so do not expect too much from it.
- Chairs with solid armrest and those with a soft armrest.
- All chairs have a good back support.
- All of them are very comfortable. This implies the mentioned features above, and also great dimensions and bonuses like a cooler, cup holder, storage pouch.
- All are ready to use in seconds.
- All of them are sturdy and with a great capacity.
- Some of them are with rocking design.
My list of the best folding camp chairs
So here is my list of chairs ordered by the capacity, from lower to higher:
1. GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker Chair
This is a folding and also rocking chair, quite unique with its spring action rocking technology. It is here because of its folding design, so it folds like a book which is easily done, but it remains quite large in two dimensions.
Its design is similar to its bigger cousin which you will see below, so it sits on the two bars and it will keep rocking on any surface.
You have a cup holder attached to the chair, and the solid armrests are padded. The weight is quite reasonable, 11.9 lb (5.4 kg), and this is a steel construction. This chair is rather low and suitable for shorter people, this height is the main difference between it and the other chair below from the same brand.
2. GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair
This GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker is a unique design with rocking features. In fact, this is a patented design with hydraulic pistons which you can see in the picture. The chair is lifted from the ground and it rests on the two bars, so the rocking feature will work even on a soft ground like a sand.
The seat is padded and the frame is a steel, so the chair is heavy, you have 12.1 lb (5.5 kg). It supports the weight of up to 250 lb (113 kg). This is an incredibly popular item with a very high rating by users, and very affordable for all the features which it offers. Please read more in my full review.
3. Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax & Rock Chair
Obviously, the Catalpa is a folding chair and this is why it is in the list here. This is one of those that you fold from all four directions towards the center so that it remains relatively large only in one dimension. The resulting packed size is 32.75 x 9.75 x 6.9 inches (83 x 25 x 18 cm). This is very reasonable and transporting it in the car should not be a problem.
But this is also a rocking chair as its name suggests. So you have two rails visible in the picture, which are with pins that lock the rear legs. Therefore, when you want to fold it, those pins must be released. Regarding the weight, it is in the group of medium chairs with its weight of 11.4 lb (5.17 kg).
The chair is padded, and you see from the picture that it has solid armrests with a foam for padding. It comes with a nice carry bag, and this is also a very affordable chair.
4. ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair
This is one of the chairs with solid armrests and this is also a rocking chair. It is very tall and with a great headrest, 41 inches (104 cm) from the ground to the top, so I have included it in my list of best chairs with headrest.
But it is very heavy with its 17.5 lb (7.9 kg), and its capacity is 300 lb (136 kg). The weight is due to its steel construction and the long U-shaped bar on the ground which serves for the rocking purposes.
Note that this chair remains quite large when folded, its packed size is around 47 x 26 x 6 inches (119 x 66 x 15 cm) so it takes quite a space in the car. Please read more in my full review.
5. ALPS Mountaineering Steel Leisure Chair
This Leisure chair is with a particular feature which you see in the picture; it has the solid armrests. Its weight is 13 lb (5.9 kg) and it supports up to 300 lb (136 kg) of weight.
This is a steel construction, very easy to use and with a bonus cup holder on the side, see the picture. The packed size is not so great, you have it in the bag which is (L x D) 45 x 7 inches (114 x 18 cm). Please follow the link for more.
6. Kamp-Rite Folding Rocking Chair
This is a folding chair of the type that remains large in two dimensions when packed. This is because of the bars which you see on the ground. The chair is also a rocker-type so this is an extra feature here.
You also have solid and padded armrests, and the chair is with a high back section so it provides a good headrest as well. I have included it in my list of chairs with headrest. The packed size is 37 x 28 x 7 inches (94 x 71 x 18 cm), and the weight is 12 lb (5.44 kg), so this is a chair for car camping. Please follow the link for more details.
7. KingCamp Low Sling Beach Camping Folding Chair
As the name suggests, this is a low chair. The seat’s lowest point is at 4.7 inches (12 cm) above the ground. But this is a steel construction and fully foldable so the packed size is 30.7 x 7.9 x 5.1 in (78 x 20 x 13 cm). The capacity of this chair is moderate, 300 lb (136 kg), and its weight is very good 6.6 lb (3 kg).
So this is a tool for camping, and you have solid armrests here. It comes with a bonus cup holder and a carry bag. The feet are oversized and they fit any floor and will not sink easily when you use it outdoor. Please read more in my full review.
8. Timber Ridge Rocking Chair
The Timber Ridge Rocking chair is one of those that remains quite large when you pack it; it folds from front to back (or vice versa) and the packed size is 46 x 24 x 5.5 inches (117 x 61 x 14 cm). So it will take quite some space in the car.
This is a high chair with a good headrest, its height is 40.5 inches (103 cm) from the ground to the top. As you realize from the picture, this is also a rocker chair. In addition, you have solid armrests design. The frame is steel and it makes it quite heavy, it weighs 16.53 lb (7.5 kg).
There are two versions; the one shown here is with a padded headrest and without padding on the rest. The other model is quite the opposite. Please follow the link to read more.
9. Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler
This is one of the largest chairs on the market when you count all three dimensions. At the same time, this is the most popular one. This is not a surprise because you can order it for $22 or so.
The chair is padded and it comes with several bonuses. These include a padded cooler for 4 cans, one large storage pouch, and a mesh cup holder.
It is heavy, 9.94 lb (4.5 kg), but it is not the heaviest in the list of course, and its weight capacity is 325 lb (147 kg). Please read more in my full review.
10. Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair with Side Table
This is one of the folding chairs that remain relatively large in two dimensions when you fold it. This is due to its integrated table and the solid armrest design. The capacity is quite good, it can support up to 350 lb (159 kg). But its packed size is far from impressive so bear this in mind.
The frame is aluminum and the fabric is polyester, the chair is lightly padded and you have a foam padding on the armrests as well. The legs are such that it will not sink on any ground, see the picture above. Please check the link to see the updated price.
11. Kelty Lowdown Camp Chair
This is a chair with a padded seat and the back area. It may look similar to the other chairs, but you have a very specific feature here. It is with what they call the Roll-Tote storage bag. So this is something unique, not a true carry bag, rather a multi-functional system which allows for carrying a few chairs together, and you can also use it to carry other stuff in it.
The chair is with adjustable armrests, and you have insulated & adjustable cupholders. The structure is with a strong steel frame and durable fabric. It is one of lighter chairs here in the list, the weight is 7 lb 6 oz (3.4 kg), and the weight capacity is 350 lb (158 kg). please read more in my review.
12. KingCamp Folding Quad Chair With Lumbar Support
Here you have a great chair with one specific feature – it has an adjustable lumbar support system. This is a strap which you can tighten when sitting and with this you can have the optimal back support.
It comes with a full set of bonuses: there is a cooler on one side, a cup holder and a storage pouch are on the other side, and on the top you have a zipper with a pocket where you can store its own carry bag and with this you have some extra padding for the head. Very impressive as you see.
This chair weighs 11.3 lb (5.1 kg) and its capacity is 353 lb (160 kg). Please read more in my full review.
13. Kijaro XXL Dual Lock Oversized Chair
The Kijaro XXL is a chair without padding. But it has many great features. Already the name suggests that this is a very large and comfortable chair. The words Dual Lock describe the fact that it has a locking mechanism, just a press-button, which you use both when it is unfolded and when it is folded.
This is because you can carry it attached to the shoulder even without its carry bag; note that it has an extra strap on the back for exactly this purpose.
You also have a storage pouch and two cup holders. The weight is 12.4 lb (5.62 kg), and its capacity is impressive 400 lb (181 kg).
14. ALPS Mountaineering Camp Chair
Here you have one of those chairs that just fold like a book, so it remains relatively large in two dimensions. The weight of this Camp Chair is quite typical, 10.5 lb (4.76 kg), but the capacity is impressive 425 lb (193 kg).
Note that the seat is rather low as compared with some other chairs in the list, it is at 17 inches (43 cm) above the ground. You have a padding on the seat and on the back.
The specific feature you have here is also the solid armrests, so this may be useful for elderly people who need such a support to get in and out of the chair. The armrests are padded. The chair comes with a bonus cup holder which you can see in the picture. Please follow the link for more.
15. Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Chair
This is one of the strongest chairs here, with the 600 lb (272 kg) weight capacity. It is also a bit heavy, it weighs 9.9 lb (4.5 kg) but this is quite normal for this type. The dimensions are quite appropriate for the name, so the seat size is (W x D) 24 x 19 inches (61 x 48 cm), and it is at 19 inches (48 cm) above the ground.
The frame is steel and the fabric is with some padding. You also have several bonuses that include a cup holder, a media pocket, and a smartphone sleeve. Please read more in my detailed review.
16. ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair
If you want to know why this chair is in the list, just see its capacity. There is nothing stronger currently on the market. This is a capacity-king which can handle 800 pounds (363 kg) of weight easily. So it is strong enough even for sumo wrestlers, and its dimensions are appropriate for such a capacity.
The chair weighs 12.5 lb (5.7 kg), so it is not lightweight, but this is a strong steel structure and you need a car for transportation.
There are several bonuses. It is padded as you realize, the armrests are very pleasant and adjustable, and you have the cup holders and pouches on both sides, and you also have a storage pocket on the back. Please follow the link to read more.
17. ALPS OutdoorZ King Kong Chair
Here you have yet another King Kong chair with practically the same basic features and dimensions as the chair shown above. The fabric is different and there is some small difference in the weight.
So you have again 800 lb (363 kg) and the weight is 13 lb (5.9 kg). The chair is rather bulky when packed but it only in one dimension, the size of its carry bag is (L x D) 41 x 7 inches (104 x 18 cm).
It comes with several bonuses that include dual cup holders, dual storage pockets on the side, and a large pocket on the back.
So this was my list with the best folding camping chairs that are available on the market in 2018. As you probably know, there are hundreds of items of this type and it can be overwhelming when you have to choose. This list will be updated regularly, so bookmark this page and visit from time to time for updates.
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