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.
- Some come with a folding side table.
- Some of the chairs are with an integrated lumbar support.
My list of the best folding camp chairs
So here is my list of chairs ordered by the capacity, from lower to higher:
1. Coleman Portable Deck Chair With Side Table
This Coleman Chair comes with a bonus side table and an integrated cup holder. This is an incredibly popular chair that has been on the market for a number of years already, tested and tried and a very reliable tool.
The chair is folding obviously and this is why it is here in the list. But note that the folded size is not so great, it remains large in two dimensions. Though this is a very lightweight item built from aluminum and it weighs only 7.12 lb (3.22 kg) and its capacity is 225 lb (102 kg).
Note the legs design which is such that it will not sink regardless of where you use it, and this is also a floor-friendly design. The price is also partly behind its popularity so please follow the link to check for the updated price.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. GCI Outdoor RoadTrip Rocker Chair
This RoadTrip chair is one of those that when packed remains large in one dimension only. So its packed size is 43.5 x 8.7 x 8.1 inches (110.5 x 22 x 20.5 cm). You have a stuff bag here with a strap to carry it attached to your shoulder.
It also provides a good backrest and some headrest as well, so I have included it in my list of chairs with headrest. The seat is 19.7 inches (50 cm) high. This is also a rocking chair but with a design unique to this brand, with the Spring Action Rocking mechanism. So it is in my list of rocking chairs.
The weight is moderate, 13.2 lb (6 kg). You have solid and padded armrests. The price is really fair, please follow the link to read more.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. CORE Equipment Folding Padded Hard Arm Chair with Carry Bag
This Core chair is one of those which collapses so when packed it remains large in one dimension only. The packed size is 36 x 9 x 7 inches (91 x 23 x 18 cm). This is a steel structure and the weight is quite reasonable for such a material, it weighs 10 lb (4.5 kg) and its capacity is 300 lb (136 kg).
The chair comes with several bonuses which you can see in the picture and those include the cup holder, storage pouches on the other side, and solid armrests. Note also that the chair is padded and you have a padding on the armrests as well. The price is very affordable for such a quality and for such a renown brand, please follow the link for the updates.
9. CORE Equipment Tension Chair with Carry Bag
Here you have a very elegant design with lots of mesh on the back so the chair is suitable for a warm climate. But this chair still has some light padding on the seat and on the shoulder area. It comes with several bonuses visible in the picture, and those include the oversized cup holder, a phone holder, and a nice carry bag with a strap.
The dimensions of the chair are really great, it measures (W x D x H) 37 x 25 x 37 inches (94 x 64 x 94 cm), and the seat is (W x D) 22.5 x 16.5 inches (57 x 42 cm). The weight is quite typical for such a folding steel chair, it weighs 9.6 lb (4.35 kg). The packed size is also typical, the carry bag dimensions (L x D) are 39 x 6.1 inches (99 x 15.5 cm). Please follow the link to check for the updated price.
10. Eureka Directors Chair with Side Table
As you realize from the name and from the picture above, this is a comfortable chair with a side table. So this is a design very similar to several chairs here in the list. The only difference here is the legs design where you have a combination of legs with cups on the back and bars on the front. So this is a floor-friendly design and also suitable even for a soft ground as it will not sink.
The chair remains quite large in two dimensions when folded, so the packed size is 33 x 22 x 5 inches (85 x 56 x 13 cm). But the chair is also easy to use, no assembly and it is ready in a couple of seconds. The frame is steel so the weight is 12 lb (5.44 kg), but you also have solid and padded armrests.
11. 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.
12. Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair with Lumbar Support
This Kamp-Rite chair is a folding type that remains large in one dimension only when it is collapsed. So the packed size is 38 x 9 x 8 inches (97 x 23 x 20 cm).
But its main feature is its lumbar support, and more importantly this is an adjustable design, a strap goes behind the back so you can fit it to your body shape. The weight is also very typical, 9 lb (4.08 kg).
You have armrests and they are with two integrated cup holders. Also, throughout the seat and the back section you have a light padding. All in all, the chair is nicely built and ergonomic, a carry bag is included, and the price is more than fair.
13. KingCamp Heavy Duty Compact Camping Folding Mesh Chair with Side Table
This is a folding chair of a particular type, it folds twice so the packed size is smaller than in the other chairs of this type. As you realize from the picture, this is also a chair with a side table and an integrated cup holder.
The chair weighs 11.9 lb (5.4 kg), and its capacity is 300 lb (136 kg). The frame is steel and the fabric is mostly a mesh. You also have solid and padded armrests.
The legs are bars so this chair will not sink regardless where you use it. Please follow the link for more.
14. 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.
15. STRONGBACK Low Gravity Beach Chair with Lumbar Support
As you realize from the picture and from the name, this is indeed a very low chair with the seat 7.5 inches (19 cm) high on the front and 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) on the back. But its most important feature is its ergonomic frame-integrated lumbar support. You also have solid armrests which help to get in and out of this low chair.
The weight is quite typical for this steel structure, 8.5 lb (3.86 kg), and the same holds for its packed size 30 x 8 x 8 inches (76 x 20 x 20 cm). This is a folding design and it fits nicely in its stuff bag which you can carry backpack-style. Please follow the link to my full review.
16. STRONGBACK Elite Folding Camping Chair with Lumbar Support
Here you have a camping chair with a patented and award-winning design because of its excellent integrated lumbar support. This is accompanied with ergonomic solid and padded armrests so the comfort is guaranteed.
The dimensions are optimal (W x D x H) 28.5 x 27 x 36.5 inches (72 x 69 x 93 cm), the seat is 23 inches (58 cm) wide, and it is 18 inches (46 cm) above the ground. The chair is a bit heavy, 11.9 lb (5.4 kg), but you have a nice carry bag with shoulder straps so you can carry it like a backpack.
This is a steel structure with some extra padding in the lumbar zone, and you also have a cup holder included.
17. STRONGBACK Guru Folding Camp Chair with Lumbar Support
This STRONGBACK Guru is a smaller chair as compared to their Elite chair which you have in the list here. Yet another difference is that it is without solid armrests, but as you see from the picture, the frame continues to the front parts of the armrests so you still have a great support there. You will also notice that it has excellent caps on its feet so this chair will not sink easily in the ground.
The lumbar support is at its best, this is an ergonomic and patented design. The chair comes with a carry bag which you can carry backpack-style.
A few numbers might be useful, so the dimensions are quite good (W x D x H) 32 x 27 x 34 inches (81 x 69 x 86 cm), and the capacity is 300 lb (136 kg). The weight is normal for such a type, 10.5 lb (4.8 kg), this is a steel structure. Please follow the link for more.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. KingCamp Heavy Duty Steel Folding Chair/Director’s Chair with Cooler Bag and Side Table
This KingCamp chair is a steel structure with several bonuses which you see in the picture. Obviously, it is with the side table that contains also a cup holder, but it also comes with the cooler on the other side, which is 765 cubic inches (12.5 liters) of volume. You also have solid and padded armrests.
The chair is a bit heavy and bulky, the weight is 14.8 lb (6.7 kg) and the capacity is 330 lb (150 kg). The packed size is 36.6 x 22 x 7.1 inches (93 x 56 x 18 cm) but this is similar to many other chairs here in the list. Much more is available in my full review.
21. 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.
22. Kamp-Rite Padded Chair with Mesh Back
As the name of this chair suggests, you have a padded structure here but with a mesh section where you need it most. This is a steel structure which weighs 9 lb (4.08 kg) so its weight is reasonable for such a type. The capacity is also typical, 350 lb (159 kg).
The chair’s dimensions are really good, 35 x 22 x 38 in (89 x 56 x 96), but the packed size is not so great, it remains a bit long when folded 39 x 9 x 8 in (99 x 23 x 20 cm).
You have cup holders on both sides, the feet are wide and this is a floor-friendly design. The price is more than reasonable, and it comes with a carry bag. Please follow the link to read more.
23. 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.
24. Stylish Camping Full Back Folding Director’s Chair
As you realize from the picture, this chair comes with a bonus side table which is (L x W) 15.5 x 10.5 inches (40 x 27 cm) and it has a cup holder in it. But this is not all, there is a big organizer on the other side, with several very useful pockets to store your items.
This is a very lightweight construction, it weighs only 6.13 lb (2.78 kg). Obviously, it is here in the list because it is a folding chair, so when folded it remains large in two dimensions but it is also rather thin, the dimensions in the packed state are 23.6 x 19.5 x 32.7 in (60 x 50 x 83 cm). Note that you have solid and padded armrests.
25. 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.
26. 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).
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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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