20 Best Padded Folding Camping Chairs for 2019

Share

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.

 Best Padded Folding Camping Chairs.


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.
  • There are also double wide chairs in the list.

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
  2. ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair 
  3. Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Chair 
  4. Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler
  5. CORE Equipment Folding Padded Hard Arm Chair
  6. EARTH Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair
  7. GigaTent Outdoor Quad Camping Chair
  8. Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair
  9. Guide Gear Oversized XXL Rocking Camp Chair
  10. Guide Gear XL Club Love Seat
  11. Jet Tent Pilot DX Camping Chair with Lumbar Support
  12. Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair with Lumbar Support
  13. KingCamp Folding Quad Chair With Lumbar Support
  14. ONIVA Picnic Outdoor Folding Chair
  15. OzTent Gecko Camping Chair with Lumbar Support and Swivel Table
  16. OzTent Goanna Camping Outdoor Chair with Lumbar Support
  17. Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax & Rock Chair
  18. Timber Ridge Rocking Chair
  19. VINGLI Folding Fishing Chair Plus Foot Rest
  20. Zenree Folding Camping Director’s Chair

 


1. ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair.
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.

Read my ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Camping Chair review.


2. ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair

ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair.
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.

Read my ALPS Mountaineering Rocking Chair review.


3. Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Chair

Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Chair.
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).

Read my Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Chair review.


4. Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler.
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.

Read my Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler review.


5. CORE Equipment Folding Padded Hard Arm Chair

CORE Equipment Folding Padded Hard Arm Chair.
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).

Read my CORE Equipment Chair review.


6. EARTH Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair

EARTH Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair.
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.

Read my EARTH Ultimate 4 Position Outdoor Chair review.


7. GigaTent Outdoor Quad Camping Chair

GigaTent Outdoor Quad Camping Chair.
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).

Read my GigaTent Outdoor Quad Camping Chair review.


8. Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair

Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair.
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.

Read my Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair review.


9. Guide Gear Oversized XXL Rocking Camp Chair

Guide Gear Oversized XXL Rocking Camp Chair.
Guide Gear Oversized XXL Rocking Camp Chair.

This Guide Gear Oversized XXL Rocking chair is in the list because it is a padded chair. But it offers much more. You have a high backrest and headrest and it comes with solid armrests.

This is also a rocking chair with the U-shaped rocking bar serves as a rocking platform. You have two pins which allow the front legs to slide along the rocking bar and to fold the chair when you want to store it. I have included it in my list of rocking camping chairs.

The chair is with a huge capacity of 600 lb (272 kg), and naturally, I have included it also in my list of chairs for heavy people. Its dimensions are also impressive (W x D x H) 33 x 33 x 44 inches (84 x 84 x 112 cm). Please follow the link to read more.

Read my Guide Gear Oversized XXL Rocking Camp Chair review.


10. Guide Gear XL Club Love Seat

Guide Gear XL Club Love Seat
Guide Gear XL Club Love Seat

I have decided to include this Guide Gear double-size camping chair in the list, and when you see the picture you realize why this is so. You will hardly find a chair that is with such a plush and comfortable padding.

This chair also offers padded armchairs, and on both sides you have storage elements which include a cup holder and a pocket. You might want to know that it comes with a carry bag included.

If you need to see some numbers, the weight is 18.7 lb (8.5 kg) and the capacity is 500 lb (227 kg). The overall dimensions when deployed are (L x D x H) 58 x 20 x 38 inches (147 x 51 x 97 cm), and the packed size is 38 x 16 x 12 inches (97 x 41 x 30 cm).

Read my review.


11. Jet Tent Pilot DX Camping Chair with Lumbar Support

Jet Tent Pilot DX Camping Chair.
Jet Tent Pilot DX Camping Chair.

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.

Read my Jet Tent Pilot DX Camping Chair review.


12. Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair with Lumbar Support

Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair.
Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair.

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.

Read my Kamp-Rite Padded Folding Chair review.


13. KingCamp Folding Quad Chair With Lumbar Support

KingCamp Folding Quad Chair With Lumbar Support.
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.

Read my KingCamp Folding Quad Chair With Lumbar Support review.


14. ONIVA Picnic Outdoor Folding Chair

ONIVA Picnic Outdoor Folding Chair.
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.

Read my ONIVA Picnic Outdoor Folding Chair review.


15. OzTent Gecko Camping Chair with Lumbar Support and Swivel Table

OzTent Gecko Camping Chair.
OzTent Gecko Camping Chair.

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.

Read my OzTent Gecko Camping Chair review.


16. OzTent Goanna Camping Outdoor Chair with Lumbar Support

OzTent Goanna Camping Outdoor Chair.
OzTent Goanna Camping Outdoor Chair.

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.

Read my OzTent Goanna Camping Outdoor Chair review.


17. Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax & Rock Chair

Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax & Rock Chair.
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.

Read my Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax Chair review.


18. Timber Ridge Rocking Chair

Timber Ridge Rocking Chair.
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.

Read my Timber Ridge Rocking Chair review.


19. VINGLI Folding Fishing Chair Plus Foot Rest

VINGLI Folding Chair Plus Foot Rest.
VINGLI Folding Chair Plus Foot Rest.

So this Vingli chair is here because of its padding, and it is indeed nicely padded throughout its seat and backrest, but also on the footrest as well. You have one-inch open cell foam everywhere.

This is a chair with a nice headrest, solid armrests, and the mentioned huge and padded removable footrest. So I have added it to my list of chairs with footrest. They have yet another version without the footrest:

VINGLI Professional Fishing Chair.
VINGLI Professional Fishing Chair.

But this is a reclining design and it can be angled at 6 different positions. You can even make it completely flat, and in such a position you can use it as a camping bed. This is why I have added it to my list of best reclining chairs.

Note also that legs are fully adjustable and this can be done independently. The feet are large, rotating, and adjustable. You get a carry bag with this chair, so you can attach it to the shoulder and carry short distances.

Read more about VINGLI Folding Fishing Chair Plus Foot Rest in my full review.


20. Zenree Folding Camping Director’s Chair

Zenree Folding Camping Director’s Chair.
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.

Read my Zenree Folding Camping Director’s Chair review.


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.

Thank you for reading. There is a comment box below so please use it if you have a comment or question.


Share

2 thoughts on “20 Best Padded Folding Camping Chairs for 2019”

  1. First of all, Jovo, kudos for a well-designed site with comprehensive, fair-minded and informative reviews. While I saw some camping chairs on your site which may serve, I’d like to ask for additional intel if you have it. I lost all my camping equipment when our home burned down in the 2017 Sonoma fires and we’re just now getting to the point we can start to replace things.
    I play stringed instruments and need an armless comfortable chair to sit in while playing. I had a wonderful L.L. Bean armless chair w/ a ~18″ high (‘hammock’ type) that was hinged and collapsed in, somewhat similar to the Timber Ridge Catalpa Relax & Rock chair you review on your site. Unfortunately, it melted along with most of our other belongings, and L.L. Bean hasn’t carried these in many years. I’m considering the Catalpa chair, but I’m 6′ & 200 lbs., and while Amazon reviews are not always reliable, I’m wondering if it’ll be large and capacious enough for me and (pick one) a guitar, mandolin, fiddle, pennywhistle or harmonica.
    Can you suggest such a chair w/ ~18″ or higher seat and no bar across the back?
    Also, while I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to put such a well-designed site together, think there may be some way I can support your efforts, either by clicking through to a seller’s site so you receive the referral credit or otherwise. Please let me know, ideally through email vs. site posting.
    Many thanks.
    Kind regards,
    Robert Howseman

    1. Hi Robert
      thank you for the kind words. Sorry to hear about the reasons for searching for a new chair. I checked at L.L. Bean and could not see a chair that would correspond to your description. I shall send you some information through email as you requested. Best regards.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *