The Best Folding Chairs for the Lawn and Patio

Comfortable, convenient, and easy to stow in the garage when not in use, folding lawn chairs are a staple in most backyards during summer.

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The Best Folding Chair Options

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While many types of patio furniture, such as benches and table-and-chair sets, are designed to remain outdoors during warm weather, folding chairs usually store away in a garage or shed when not in use. It’s easy to then take them out and dust them off for a family barbeque or when guests drop by. Portable and usually lightweight, the best folding chair won’t take up a lot of permanent real estate in your backyard but it will be ready anytime extra seating is needed. Those features and others, plus several styles and sizes, were considered for this list of some of the best folding chairs for outdoors.

Our Top Picks

To qualify as a top pick, a folding lawn chair should be durable, weather-resistant, easy to open and close, and above all—comfortable to sit in.

The Best Folding Chair Option: PORTAL Oversized Mesh Back Zero Gravity Recliner

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BEST OVERALL: PORTAL Oversized Mesh Back Zero Gravity Recliner

With an oversized sitting area—29 inches wide—and the ability to hold up to 350 pounds, the PORTAL Oversized Mesh Back Zero Gravity Recliner is a top choice for a folding lawn chair. In true lounger style, the feet of the chair lift as the back reclines and the user can “lock” the chair into a variety of reclining positions with the loop locks located just below the armrests. The chair seat is covered with heavy-duty waterproof fabric and padded for extra comfort. In an upright position, the PORTAL chair measures 30 inches deep and is 44 inches high. When fully reclined, the chair reaches 72 inches in length, making it a good choice for tall people who find shorter chairs uncomfortable. The chair folds flat when not in use for easy storage and requires no assembly. An included, optional table and beverage tray can attach to the side for holding drinks and phones.

The Best Folding Chair Option: GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Folding Chair

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ROCKER PICK: GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Folding Chair

Soothing time outdoors becomes more relaxing when sitting—and rocking—in the GCI Outdoor Folding Rocker Chair. This portable outdoor chair features patented spring-action rocking technology that provides a smooth, steady rocking motion. It comes in weather-resistant fabric and padded armrests for comfort. Available in a choice of “Indigo Blue” or “Cinnamon,” the GCI rocker might become a favorite chair of family or friends. When opened up, the GCI measures 25 inches wide, stands 34.8 inches high, and supports up to 250 pounds. It also features a detachable beverage holder and comes with its own bag for easy storage.

The Best Folding Chair Option: Giantex Set of 4 Folding Sling Chairs

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UPRIGHT PICK: Giantex Set of 4 Folding Sling Chairs

Family and friends can gather around the fire pit or outdoor dining table with four GIANTEX Folding Sling Chairs that are designed to complement outdoor décor while providing comfortable seating space. Whether the family needs extra seating for company or likes to dine outdoors, this set of four folding chairs can come in handy. The chairs have durable metal frames and feature fade- and wear-resistant fabric. When open, the chairs measure 36.6 inches high, 26.8 inches wide, and can hold up to 250 pounds. The bottoms of each chair leg come with anti-slip caps to keep the chairs from moving and to protect the metal legs from concrete surfaces. The chairs fold flat for storage when not in use.

The Best Folding Chair Option: Trex Outdoor Furniture Cape Cod Folding Chair

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ADIRONDACK PICK: Trex Outdoor Furniture Cape Cod Folding Chair

The Trex Outdoor Cape Cod Folding Adirondack Chair offers the great look and feel of an Adirondack chair without having to store a bulky piece of outdoor furniture. The chair comes in seven attractive colors, including “Rainforest Canopy” and “Tree House” to complement a patio’s existing décor. When set up, the Cape Cod stands 35.25 inches high and is 29 inches wide. This chair requires some assembly and should take 30 minutes or less to assemble. Made from durable fade-resistant material, this folding Adirondack should look as good a few years from now as it does the day it first goes in the yard.

The Best Folding Chair Option: SwimWays Kelsyus Kids Outdoor Paw Patrol Canopy Chair

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KID-SIZED PICK: SwimWays Kelsyus Kids Outdoor Paw Patrol Canopy Chair

Small children will appreciate having their very own folding lawn chair that won’t swallow them up, as some large folding fabric chairs can do. The Kelsyus Kids Outdoor Paw Patrol Foldable Children’s Chair comes with a durable steel frame and whimsical fabric that features the popular PAW Patrol characters. The chair can support up to 75 pounds of wiggly weight, and it comes with a handy beverage holder located on the right armrest. This “just my size” folding chair also comes with a detachable sun canopy—rated 50+ UPF—to shield children’s tender skin from harsh sun rays, lessening the need to constantly apply sunblock. When set up, the chair is 22 inches tall and 15 inches wide. The canopy tops out at 32 inches high. The chair is designed for children three years and older.