Best Overall Camping Chair
ALPS Mountaineering King Kong
This prized award goes to the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong
. It is the undisputed most comfortable chair and was always the first model to be occupied around a fire ring. The fabric is ever so slightly padded which makes the chair great for long lounging sessions. The seat itself is super roomy and the frame is incredibly stable. The weight capacity of the chair is 800 lbs (which we tested, of course) and as a result, its reinforced fabric is very durable. This added reinforcement comes at the price of several extra pounds making the King Kong being the heaviest model that we tested at 13 lbs. Set up of this chair is super simple and takes a matter of seconds. Testers appreciated all of the functional storage features that the King Kong had, including two cup holders, two side pockets, and an additional small pocket behind the head rest. If you need a chair and don't mind a bit of bulk, we highly recommend the King Kong. Camping, tailgating, fishing, you name it - if you are someone who uses a camping chair regularly, we think this model will stand up to all of your needs.
Best Bang for the Buck
Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair
Sometimes the Best Buy goes to a product that performs well considering its price. Other times, you find a product that performs great and
is affordable. Meet the Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair
, which costs just $40. This chair is super comfortable and easy to set up, and its taut fabric provides the best back support of any of the models we tested. Additionally, the back is constructed from a sturdy mesh material that makes for comfortable, well-ventilated lounging on sunny days. Testers loved the carrying strap as it made this model much more portable than all of the other traditional models. Although we initially questioned its durability, we didn't notice any wear or tear during our testing process (although the yellow fabric did get quite filthy). What is most important to note is that the Kijaro is well-made, supremely comfortable, and supportive. Add to that the fact that it is one of the cheapest models we tested, and it was an obvious pick for our Best Buy Award.
Top Pick for Portability
Big Agnes Helinox Chair One
Many testers worried that a portable chair would force them to sacrifice their favorite qualities: comfort, stability, and bonus features (cup holders, coolers, etc); however, the Big Agnes Helinox Chair One
did a good job at representing all of the perks one can have in a small and lightweight seat. First of all, it weighs less than two pounds and packs up in a pouch that is only slightly larger than a 2 liter water bottle. Hands down, this chair is better at traveling than any of the traditional models. It takes up less space in a car and is suitable to carry on short hiking or backpacking outings. That said, our shorter testers (5'8" and under) reported that their shoulders felt a bit squished in by the frame, which was the biggest issue affecting its comfort. The Helinox collapses in to two pieces, the fabric seat and a frame, and takes less than two minutes to assemble. We think the Helinox could be a good choice for kids because they fit better in to its small egg shaped seat (however, be wary of the lack of stability!). Otherwise, this chair is ideal for scenarios where weight and size matter. It is the best packable option we tested and a great seat to have around camp in the backcountry.