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Best Camp Chairs of 2023

Chairs are an essential part of camping. Standing or sitting on the ground gets old real quick. There are tons of them out there. Some crazy expensive, some cheap. We researched dozens and tested 8 of the best we could find. Here are the results.

Big Six ArmchairEliteChair Zero HighbackGO Compact Camp ChairWonderland ChairLuxury Low Beach ChairRocking ChairBasecamp Chair
BrandBig AgnesStrongbackHelinoxDometicREISnowpeakAlps MountaineeringMEC
Weight3.8 pounds
1.7 kg
11.9 pounds
5.4. kg
1.5 pounds
0.7 kg
9.4 pounds
4.2 kg
13.4 pounds
6 kg
7.5 pounds
3.4 kg
17.5 pounds
7.9 kg
11.5 pounds
5.2 kg
Size24 x 26 x 40 inches
60.9 x 66 x 101.6 cm
28 x 27 x 36.5 inches
71 x 68.5 x 92.7 cm

19.5 x 32.5 x 21.5 inches
49 x 82 x 54.5 cm
28.7 x 32 x 24.5 inches
72.9 x 81.3 x 62.2 cm
35.8 x 24 x 21 inches
90.9 x 60.9 x 53.3 cm
23 x 26 x 27 inches
58.4 x 66 x 68.5 cm
42 x 37 x 24 inches
106.6 x 93.9 x 60.9 cm
20 x 21 x 38 inch
52 x 55 x 96 cm
Packed Size5 x 6 x 22 inches
12.7 x 15.2 x 55.8 cm

44 x 11 x 11 inches
111.7 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm
5 x 5 x 16 inches
12 x 12 x 40 cm
40 x 6 x 6 inches
101.6 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
42 x 11 x 11 inches
106.7 x 27.9 x 27.9
6.4 x 7 x 33 inches
16.3 x 17.8 x 83.8 cm
27 x 24 x 6 inches
68.6 x 61 x 15.2 cm
8.4 x 8.4 x 38 inches
21.5 x 21.5 x 96 cm
CupholderYes, 2Yes, 1NoNoYes, 1NoNoYes, 1
Weight Limit300 pounds
136 kg
300 pounds
136 kg
265 pounds
120.2 kg
280 pounds
127 kg
300 pounds
136 kg
240 pounds
108.8 kg
300 pounds
136 kg
300 pounds
136 kg
Price$249.95 USD $319.95 CAD$149.95 USD
$205 CAD
$179.95 USD
$229.95 CAD
$149.99 USD
$205 CAD
$99.99 USD
$135 CAD
$249.95 USD
$341 CAD
$149.99 USD
$205 CAD
$47.97 CAD
RatingHighly RecommendedHighly recommendedHighly RecommendedRecommendedEditor’s ChoiceRecommendedRecommendedRecommended
ReviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull reviewFull review
Camp chairs compared

REI Wonderland Chair

The REI Wonderland Chair looks like an unassuming camp chair at a good price. Give it a sturdy frame and recycled materials and it bumps it up a notch. REI took it one step further with a simple subtration. They chucked the bag. In it’s place is a sleep carry strap that clips together, holding it folded. This simple feature makes it a joy to carry and use without having to fuss around with a bag and earns it our Editor’s Choice.

Verdict: Editor’s Choice – Highly Recommended see our rating system

$99.99 USD ($135.95 CAD) on

Big Agnes Big Six Armchair

The Big Six Armchair from Big Agnes is a cross between utralight and full size chair. It snaps together like a tent and then then the seat is hung on top. The poles are very sturdy but still lightweight. It has a capacity of 300 pounds.

Like the ultralight chairs, it takes a bit of setup but only about a minute. The fabric is taut an holds a drink nicely in either of the 2 cupholders. After you’re done it folds all down into a bag about the size of 2 water bottles.

Verdict: Highly Recommended see our rating system

$249.95 USD ($319.95) on

Strongback Elite Chair

The Strongback Elite is a beefy chair with exceptional lumbar support. The back and side are wide and comfortable and the arms well-padded. Larger feet keep the legs out of the sand. Being so big and comfortable, it’s a bit bigger to carry but well worth the weight.

It comes with a god bag that’s easy to fit the chair into. The bag has 2 carry straps that can be used like a backpack. 1 small cupholder flips down from the side. It could be bigger for tumblers and phones but holds cans no problem.

Verdict: Highly Recommended see our rating system

$149.95 USD on

MEC Basecamp Chair

The MEC Basecamp chair is a sturdy addition to the campsite. I was impressed with the stability and sturdy feel to it. The back could be reclined a little more and the armrests a little wider but overall it was nice and comfortable. The cupholder holds a can easily as well tumblers with narrower bottoms. For carrying, the bag has a wide opening and shoulder strap for easy packing.

This exact model may have been discontinued so it might be harder to find in the future.

Verdict: Recommended (if your on a budget) see our rating system

$35.48 USD ($47.97 CAD) on

Helinox Chair Zero Highback

The Chair Zero Highback is a ridiculously lightweight camp chair. It’s perfect when you don’t have a lot of room for a bigger chair like in a small car, a bike pannier or a pack pocket. The DAC poles fold out like a tent and the non-stretch seat hangs in them. The higher back is more supportive and just enough to rest your head on if you’re shorter than 5’10”. The whole thing packs up in 1 minute to less than 2 water bottles.

Verdict: Highly Recommended (if you need lightweight) see our rating system

$179.95 USD ($229.95 CAD) on

Snow Peak Luxury Low Beach Chair

The Luxury Low Beach Chair from Snow Peak is a small, low chair with solid metal-work and high quality parts. It’s got a unique frame work it sits on the sides of the back legs. It packs up quickly into a close-fitting bag. The back is quite short but the recline, thick canvas, and seat edge are comfy for long sits around the campfire.

Verdict: Recommended (if you need a smaller chair) see our rating system

$249.95 USD ($340.95 CAD) on

Dometic Go Compact Chair

Dometic makes camping and outdoor living gear like battery powered fridges, tables and, in this case, chairs. The Go series is all about living outside and taking life to the outdoors whenever.

The Compact chair weighs is made with a aluminum frame and weighs about 9.4 pounds and holds 280 pounds. A zippered bag has plenty of space for the chair when it’s folded. The recline on the back and arms is more than all the other chairs we tested but still plenty comfortable for chilling around the campfire or the dock.

Verdict: Recommended see our rating system

$149.99 USD on

Alps Mountaineering Rocking Chair

The Rocking Chair from Alps Mountaineering is exactly that, a rocking chair. It’s big, wide, stable and rocks well. You do feel the ground under it while rocking so it’s nicer on smoother ground but patio, grass, deck and smoother dirt are great. It folds in half and latches closed when you’re not using it. It also locks open so you don’t fold yourself into the chair, or a campfire, while having a nap.

Verdict: Recommended (if you want a rocking chair) see our rating system

$149.99 USD ($200 CAD) on

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