Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Beach Chair

How to find your new favorite seat in the sand.

Woman sitting in folding beach chair
A good beach chair is comfortable but also lightweight and easy to carry.Auskteez Tran

Chair manufacturers have reworked the beach chair concept around lightweight designs and heavy-duty comfort features. There’s a huge range of chairs from which to choose, including inflatable sofas, zero-gravity recliners, and packable beach chairs with integrated sunshades. When you’re ready to kick back and relax, here are three things to look for in your next perfect beach chair.

Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Hammock-Portable,Water Proof& Anti-Air Leaking Design-Ideal Couch for Backyard Lakeside Beach Traveling Camping Picnics & Music Festivals
This chair stays full for five to six hours.Wekapo

Not all beach chairs come in a fold-up-and-tote design. There’s an entirely new category of lightweight, easy to transport, inflatable beach furniture that turns into comfortable couches on the beach or in the backcountry. You don’t want to use one around a campfire or on rocky ground or you’ll risk damaging the material. But for a soft, cushioned way to lounge, inflatables are tough to beat.

Vnewone Zero Gravity Patio Folding Anti Reclining Lounge Deck Foldable Yard with Pillow and Cup Holder, Black
This adjustable recliner has a 330-pound weight capacity.Vnewone

If you don’t mind carrying a bit of extra weight to the beach or on a picnic, there are chairs designed with serious comfort in mind. Zero gravity folding chairs have reclining backrests, integrated ottomans, and side table attachments that rival a living room chaise for plush comfort. If you don’t think you’ll ever have to carry a zero gravity chair more than a few dozen yards from your vehicle, you might consider one with thicker fabric or a lumbar pillow.

Tommy Bahama 5-Position Classic Lay Flat Folding Backpack Beach Chair
This seat features an attached bottle opener and armrest pockets.Tommy Bahama

These days, even the lowly low-slung beach chair gets some serious design love. Lightweight aluminum tubing makes ground-level beach chairs easy to sling over a shoulder, while integrated headrests and multiple reclining adjustments help you sit upright to watch the waves or lay back for a snooze.

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