Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Inflatable Lounger

Relax under the sun in a compact, lightweight, air-filled recliner.

Inflatable loungers let you carry the comfort of a living-room couch outside. Most weigh less than a pound and compress into a pack the size of a loaf of bread, so you can bring one just about anywhere. Loungers don’t require a pump to inflate and can hold air for four to six hours. You can even use one as a float in a pool or pond. Here’s how to choose the best one to help you relax.

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This outdoor seat retains air for up to six hours. Wekapo

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After you master the trick of trapping air in the chambers, which can sometimes be cumbersome, you’ll want it to hold air for at least a few hours. Read the product description to learn how long a lounger should hold air before needing re-inflated and make sure it’s long enough to make it worth the work.

Funky Patterns

This lounger weighs less than three pounds. Chillbo

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An inflatable lounger’s durability and ability to retain air depends on the quality of the materials and construction. High grade (parachute grade) nylon is the standard, and some loungers feature a coating that seals pores to help retain air. Most are lightweight, easy to clean, and flame, mold, and water-resistant.

For Heavier Loads

This recliner holds up to 400 pounds. AlphaBeing

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Inflatable loungers come in different sizes and configurations, and so weight capacities vary. Be sure the one you choose can support the weight you plan to put on it.