The Best Camping Chair

Updated on 7 November 2022

After 6 hours of comparing 17 camping chairs and testing 6, we believe that the Quechua Basic offers the best value for money.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best budget

Quechua Basic

It's quality/price/comfort ratio is hard to beat. It is a simple and perfectly sealed model that is suitable for use in outdoor environments.

£ 11.99 on Decathlon

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This relatively compact 2.8 kg chair is easy to transport with its strap, although it does not have a carry bag. The elastic band keeps it firmly folded. We tested the version without accessories, but as it is currently unavailable online, you should know that a version with two armrests and a cup holder is available. The comfort of this chair is unanimous among our testers at this price, and we think it offers the correct height. The backrest provides support for the back, and stability is ensured by the large non-slip feet. It is easy to deploy, has the good overall quality and even passed the waterproof test.

 

 

Best mid-range

Homecall 30115

It stands out for its practicality through its many accessories and easy folding. It also provides great back support and is very stable on many floors.

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Homecall 30115

This folding chair is easy to handle and looks well made. Despite failing the waterproof test, the fabric is breathable. Among our testers, some found it very comfortable, others regretted a lack of flexibility and the ergonomics of the two armrests need to be reviewed. Nevertheless, the backrest provides a lot of support, and its height is ideal for eating at a table. It also has cup holders (on each armrest) and two small side pockets which increase its practicality. In addition, its wide legs guarantee perfect stability. Although it is rather bulky and heavy (about 4 kg) to carry, the brand provides a carrying bag.

 

Best high-end

KingCamp Moon

Its high comfort and the space it provides are two key elements to which we can add a practical insulated pocket and outstanding stability. In short, it is solid but also heavier.

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KingCamp Soucoupe de Lune

Its round shape is original and attractive, and its structure seems well-made. During our test, we found it very comfortable due to its padding. We also liked the support offered by the backrest and its inclination. There is plenty of room for the arms, and the seat is suitable even for larger people. In addition, the wide, non-slip feet provide good stability. The accessories include a side pocket and an insulated pocket, which is very practical for storing food for fishing, in particular. However, it is not waterproof and takes a long time to dry. In addition, despite its practical carrying bag, it is quite heavy (4.7 kg) and bulky, which is why it is not suitable for hikers.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best budgetBest mid-rangeBest high-end
Quechua Basic Homecall 30115 KingCamp Moon
It's quality/price/comfort ratio is hard to beat. It is a simple and perfectly sealed model that is suitable for use in outdoor environments. It stands out for its practicality through its many accessories and easy folding. It also provides great back support and is very stable on many floors. Its high comfort and the space it provides are two key elements to which we can add a practical insulated pocket and outstanding stability. In short, it is solid but also heavier.
£ 11.99 on Decathlon £ 34.58 on Amazon £ 79.99 on Amazon

 

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How did we do the tests?

To begin with, we folded, unfolded and carried each of the chairs to assess their transportability through their weight, their bulk and possibly their carrying bag. Stability was also checked on several types of floors, from smooth and straight to uneven and uneven. This also allowed us to see their wind resistance.

Then we judged their comfort (flexibility, height, seating, support, inclination, etc.) by placing people of different heights and builds in different positions. In addition, we considered practicality, particularly with the presence of accessories (pockets, armrests, cup holders, etc.). Finally, we checked the strength and waterproofing of the fabric by placing water on each model.

 

How to choose a camping chair?

Like the tent or sleeping bag, the camping chair is an essential accessory for campers. Space-saving and practical, it is commonly used for all kinds of occasions (festivals, gardens, etc.).

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But to avoid unpleasant surprises, you should be aware of several criteria depending on your use:

  • The type of chair: the traditional chair is more bulky and heavy. It provides good space and comfortable seating (especially for the back), and you stand up better. A folding chair is lighter, more compact and easier to carry. However, it is often less high, less stable and less comfortable. Folding stools, tripods, and chairs are good options for going to the beach, hiking or fishing.

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  • Portability: the heavier the chair, the less transportable it is, but the more durable it is. Conversely, a foldable, lightweight and compact model improves transport. A weight of less than 4 kg is recommended if you need to carry or move it frequently. The carrying case with straps protects the chair and makes it easier to transport.

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  • Accessories: the more adjustments you have, the more you can make it your own. Padded armrests, footrests and a headrest increase comfort, while storage pockets, compartments and cup holders increase practicality. The height of the backrest also plays a role in comfort.

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  • Comfort: a higher seat height makes it easier to get up and down, which is a big plus for older or taller people. In terms of materials, nylon is water resistant and comfortable, as are the mesh elements, but polyester is better ventilated and efficiently wicks away perspiration, making it more interesting for hot weather. In any case, the backrest and seat fabrics should be waterproof. For the upholstery, closed-cell foam prevents water intrusion, and vinyl is easier to maintain.

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  • Stability: sometimes you may have to sit on more uneven ground such as sand. An aluminium frame is preferable, as it provides good resistance to wind and corrosion without making the chair too heavy. Steel is stronger, while carbon fibre reinforcements make the backrest more rigid. In addition, the legs should be non-slip, and if it is a folding model, the system should be lockable. Also, have a look at the maximum load-bearing capacity, as this gives an indication of its strength.

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Other camping chairs we recommend

Quechua MH100 (£11.99 upon publication): an affordable option for children or small people. Very light (1.2 kg) and ultra-compact, this folding chair is practical to transport with its strap and the unfolding button that keeps it closed. During our test, we appreciated its water resistance as well as the presence of a small side pocket with a net, but we regretted the absence of a carrying bag. In our opinion, this chair is narrow and too low for a tall person. The backrest also provides little support, but it is sufficient for the occasional seating of small people. It is also a little too light to cope with the wind.

 

Other camping chair tested

Mechhre Folding Camping Chair (£28.99 upon publication): too unstable. It’s a genuine lightweight, and in its handy carry bag, it’s the most compact we’ve tested, making it ideal for a hiker. It has two side pockets. However, the backrest is tilted too far back, which creates an imbalance. Despite the adjustable height, it is rather low and lacks stability. In addition, it requires a slightly longer installation time, is not water resistant and seems more fragile.

 

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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