If you are preparing for camping, you might want to check this list with best padded folding camping chairs that also include quite a number of extra features.
So what is included in the list
Obviously, all of the chairs in the list are padded, but I have tried to add the models that also include some extra features. So you will see any of the following:
- Chairs with high back and with a headrest.
- Some chairs are rocking type.
- Some of the chairs include a footrest as well.
- There are examples of chairs with a side table, or a swivel table, with one or two cup holders, some have storage pouches.
- Some of the chairs are also reclining type.
- You will also see examples of chairs with lumbar support.
My list with best padded folding chairs
The chairs in the list are ordered alphabetically, so this is not a ranking. I give only a few basic details, so please follow the links to my full reviews.
1. ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair
This King Kong Chair is probably the most famous of all chairs on the market. It is unlikely you will find a chair with a greater capacity, here you have 800 lb (363 kg). In view of such a capacity, the weight of 12.5 lb (5.7 kg) should not be surprising.
This is a folding steel structure, completely padded as you realize from the picture and they build it in several nice colors.
The chair has adjustable soft armrests that are with cup holders on both sides. It comes with large pouches on the sides where you can keep larger items like books. But it also has a large mesh pocket on the back. Note also that it comes with a nice carry bag.
2. ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair
The most remarkable features in this nicely padded chair are its height and its rocking design. So you have a great backrest and headrest, and the chair is a rocker as well.
The rail system on the ground is such that the chair must remain large when packed. So this is a folding structure and its packed size is roughly 47 x 26 x 6 inches (119 x 66 x 15 cm).
But this is a very reliable, stable, and strong chair. The weight is 17.5 lb (7.9 kg) and this is a Pro-Tec powder coated steel. Please follow the link for more.
3. Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Chair
If you need a chair for very heavy people, this is the one. The capacity here is 600 lb (272 kg) and this will be enough even for the heaviest sumo wrestlers.
The chair is here in the list because of its padding, but apart from that you also have soft armrests, a bonus cup holder, storage pouch, and a cell phone sleeve.
For such a mentioned capacity, this is a lightweight chair, it weighs only 9.9 lb (4.5 kg). The packed dimensions in its included carry bag are 38.2 x 7.9 x 7.1 in (97 x 20 x 18 cm).
4. Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler
The dimensions of this chair are (W x D x H) 37 x 24 x 40.5 inches (94 x 61 x 103 cm), so now you have some idea about the word ‘oversized’ in the name. Apart from this, it is fully padded, and it has soft armrests.
What makes it different from the other Coleman chair above is the cooler which you have here. But it also has a storage system and a cup holder on the other side.
The capacity is lower than in the other chair above, so the chair supports 325 lb (147 kg). The weight is 9.94 lb (4.5 kg). You would not believe but you can get this chair on Amazon for $22 or so.
5. CORE Equipment Folding Padded Hard Arm Chair
This is a chair from a renown brand, padded throughout its surface and with solid but padded armrests.
This is a steel construction yet the weight 10 lb (4.5 kg) is quite moderate for such a type. You have storage pockets on one side, and a collapsible cup holder on the other side.
Note that it comes with its carry bag with the dimensions 36 x 9 x 7 inches (91 x 23 x 18 cm).
6. EARTH Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair
This Earth Ultimate Chair is a reclining type, so you have 4 different back positions. But see how tall the chair is, so you have an excellent headrest and a head pillow. I have added it also to my list of chairs with headrest.
This is not all. You have adjustable front legs and this is useful to have on uneven terrain and when you use it as a recliner. The chair comes with solid armrests and with cup holders on one side, and with a zippered storage pouch on the other side.
The chair weighs 14.5 lb (6.6 kg) and it folds so that it is large in two dimensions, but thin to store it in narrow spaces.
7. GigaTent Outdoor Quad Camping Chair
This GigaTent chair is one of those that fold remaining relatively large in one dimension only. So it fits nicely in its carry bag which is with a strap and you can carry it attached to the shoulder (see it in the picture).
But one of its main features apart from the padding is its footrest which you see in the picture. This footrest is foldable so you can use the chair also as an ordinary camping chair for sitting.
The chair has a high back section so it provides a headrest as well. You have soft armrests and a cup holder. It weighs 9.25 lb (4.2).
8. Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair
This Guide Gear chair is obviously padded but it has a few other great features. You notice that it is very tall, so indeed you have an excellent back and head support, with some extra padding in the head area.
But this is also a rocking chair as you see from the picture. What you do not see is its incredible capacity. It supports users of up to 500 lb (227 kg) of weight.
You also have a cup holder and solid armrests. Note that this is a folding type that remains large in two dimensions when packed, so it takes some space but it is thin and can fit in narrow spaces.
9. Jet Tent Pilot DX Camping Chair with Lumbar Support
This Jet Tent Pilot Chair is a folding type which packs nicely to its included carry bag with the dimensions (L x D) 39.6 x 8 inches (100 x 20 cm). It has a high back part and offers a nice head support where you have some extra padding.
It offers an adjustable lumbar support, padded solid & adjustable armrests. Note that it is cleverly designed so that all the parts are replaceable. You also have a cup holder and a storage pocket.
The chair is a bit heavy with its 14 lb (6.35 kg), but this is because of its strong construction and padding.
10. Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair with Lumbar Support
As the name of this chair suggests, it comes with a lumbar support design, so you have an adjustable strap behind the backrest and with this you can change the lumbar curvature.
The chair comes with soft armrests and a pair of integrated cup holders. This is a collapsible and folding design so it packs nicely in its included carry bag which is 38 x 9 x 8 inches (97 x 23 x 20 cm).
This is a light chair with its 9 lb (4.08 kg) of weight and it is also very affordable. Please follow the link for more.
11. KingCamp Folding Quad Chair With Lumbar Support
So this KingCamp chair is folding as the name suggests and it remains relatively large in one dimension only when packed. The packed size is 38 x 9 x 8 inches (96 x 23 x 20 cm).
The chair offers an adjustable lumbar support with a strap behind the backrest. This allows you to regulate the lumbar curvature as you wish. The backrest is very high and this chair offers also a great headrest.
It has a cooler on one side, and a cup holder and storage pouches are on the other side. But note also that it has an extra zippered pocket in the head section. The armrests are soft.
12. ONIVA Picnic Outdoor Folding Chair
This ONIVA chair is padded, but it has more features than any other chair in the list. So the back area is with a partial support and it is nicely padded as well as the seat.
But it also has a side folding table, side shelves, then you also have a huge detachable insulated cooler that also doubles as a shoulder bag so you can use it that way.
Note also that the chair is folding and it has its own shoulder straps so you can carry it as a backpack. The chair is with solid armrests and it also has multiple pockets. The frame is aluminum, and you have integrated loops on the back for umbrella or sports banner.
13. OzTent Gecko Camping Chair with Lumbar Support and Swivel Table
So this OzTent Gecko is here because of its padding, but this is also a chair with an adjustable lumbar support. This includes a strap that goes behind the lumbar area and you can tighten it or loosen it as you wish for an optimal body posture.
The chair comes with an adjustable swivel table with locking features. You also have solid and padded armrests. It comes with a carry bag, which is unusual for the folding chairs of this type, so this is a true bonus here.
Note that the chair weighs 12.1 lb (5.5 kg), so this is quite normal for such a type. Please follow the link to read more.
14. OzTent Goanna Camping Outdoor Chair with Lumbar Support
This is again a chair from OzTent but it could not be more different. Of course it is again a fully padded example, but this chair collapses so that it remains large in one dimension only. It comes with its nicely designed carry bag which you see in the picture.
This chair also has lumbar support and the design is similar as in their other chair above, so you have an adjustable strap behind the backrest.
The chair has adjustable soft armrests, insulated cup holders, pockets for small items, and the feet which you see in the picture are replaceable alloy.
15. Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax & Rock Chair
This Catalpa Chair is a very elegant rocking chair, padded all over the surface, very easy to use and to store. When you pack this chair, you pull the pins which you see on the rails and this allows you to collapse it and pack into its carry bag which is included.
The chair is with solid but padded armrests which you see in the picture. It is interesting that it has a storage pouch underneath the seat.
The chair weighs 11.4 lb (5.17 kg) and its weight capacity is 250 lb (113 kg). You might want to know that it is incredibly affordable.
16. Timber Ridge Rocking Chair
So this is yet another chair from Timber Ridge brand here in the list, completely padded as you see, but this is a very high chair that offers a good back support and also a headrest.
As you realize also from the picture, this is a rocking chair and really nicely constructed and reliable. I have added it also in my list of rocking chairs. The armrests are solid and without padding.
Note that the chair is a bit heavy, it weighs 16.53 lb (7.5 kg) and the packed size is 46 x 24 x 5.5 inches (117 x 61 x 14 cm). So it needs quite a space in the car when you transport it to the camping place. They also have a version which is not padded, just to know.
17. Zenree Folding Camping Director’s Chair
This Zenree Folding Chair is quite specific because of its folding features. Namely, it folds twice. So the solid armrests which you see in the picture fold first and then you fold the chair itself.
This is why its packed size is much smaller than in the other folding chairs with solid armrests. What you have here is a patented design and the frame is steel.
As you realize from the picture, it is partly padded but the padding is on the most important zones. The chair weighs 11 lb (5 kg) and it comes with a cup holder and with a few storage pouches.
How to choose
So this was my list with best padded folding camping chairs and as you realize you have plenty of different options to choose. If you are undecided here are a few tips that may help.
- All of them belong to two basic groups: i) those that are large in one dimension when packed, and ii) the chairs that are large in two dimensions. The later you fold like a book so the collapsed size is normal. So you might want to consider the packed size first.
- Some come with a carry bag and some not. This might be your next criterion.
- Not all of them are with huge capacity, so if you are a heavy person, you will on those that are. You have seen a few true champions in the list.
- All chairs have armrests, but here you have two groups: i) soft armrests, and ii) solid armrests. The latter may be more suitable for elderly people, this feature makes it easier to get in and out of the chair.
- Some of the padded chairs in the list are very simple and without many additions, but some offer many extras. So this is also one criterion to choose.
- Regarding the price, you have incredibly affordable items here. Just follow the links to check for the updates.
You might want to check also my list with ultralight backpacking chairs if you need something to carry on the trail.
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