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Find the Best Outdoor Recliner Chair for Your Backyard

By · November 24, 2022

The outdoor living space has become an extension of your indoor home and this year you want to extend the time you spend outdoors. What better way than to add an outdoor recliner chair.

With so many styles and models, how can you decide which to choose?

We have put together this list of the best outdoor recliner chairs to get you started. We will talk about what we liked and didn’t like, what to look for in a recliner, and more.

People Reclining on Patio

What to Look for in an Outdoor Recliner

You’ve decided to purchase an outdoor recliner, what are some of the things you should be looking for?

Comfort – Comfort is defined as, “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.”

So, what does that mean to you?

Each person will have a distinct version of what they feel is comfortable.

So when looking for your version of comfort, make it personal. What makes you feel comfortable? Cushiness, firmness, or a perfect mixture of both may be your idea of comfort.

Boy in Zero Gravity Chair

Style – Again, a personal preference, but this time you have another factor to add in. The style of your chair should match your existing outdoor furniture, or at least complement it. And then on the other hand if you like something you like something, so go with what you like.

Size – Size matters if you have limited space, like on a small balcony or a small patio, one of the giant outdoor recliners might not be the best fit. Consider if you have room for reclining without knocking things over. Also, size can be whether you fit or not.

Durability – This one goes without saying really but worth mentioning. You want a recliner chair that can stand the elements, withstand multiple people sitting in it and still function and look good in your outdoor living space.

Strong, sturdy, functional, and can take wear and tear for many years to come.

Care & Maintenance – Having the ability to care for and maintain your reclining chair and knowing how to do it is important for the longevity of your purchase. 

Top 10 Best Outdoor Recliner Chairs for Your Backyard

1. Grand Patio Outdoor All-Weather Wicker Reclining Patio Chair

The Grand Patio outdoor reclining chair has big potential for a small area but can easily be part of a greater backyard scheme. When a recliner is advertised as a recliner you think about being able to lay back, quick your feet up and relax or even nap if you want to. This reclining chair has 150 degrees of recline.

Size wise it's not a huge chair and can fit nicely in smaller spaces, while the style of the chair is unassuming and could fit most decors. The polyethylene wicker over the metal frame gives this chair a good durability rating, and the Olefin cushions are super water-resistant and maintenance is a breeze. The one-piece cushion section is removable for easy cleaning.

Features –

Dimensions: 31″D x 26″W x 42″H

Weight: 41.8 lbs

Capacity: 330 lbs

Frame Material: Alloy Steel

Seat Material: Polyethylene Wicker, Alloy Steel, Olefin

Color: Beige

Price: $339.99

What We Liked:

  • Integrated Side Tray
  • Removable Cushions
  • Waterproof

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Footrest and Headrest are linked, unable to lift feet without reclining
  • Not Made for Tall People

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2. Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Outdoor Recliner

Zero gravity recliners are meant to simulate a gravity-free environment while you recline, the Caravan Sports Infinity is one such chair. It has a double bungee system that has a 300 lb weight capacity to support your body comfortably as you recline into a full recline position using the dual finger locking mechanism. Adjustable headrest and footrest round out the comfort factor of this reclining chair.

Sleek styling but sturdily manufactured, the Infinity is available in four colors, making it easier to match your existing decor or create a new one. The alloy steel frame has an iron phosphate powder coating, and the all-weather Textilene fabric makes this recliner as durable and weather resistant as it is comfortable.

Features –

Dimensions: 31″D x 25.5″W x 45″H

Weight: 20 pounds

Capacity: 300 lbs

Frame Material: Alloy Steel, Iron

Seat Material: Textilene Fabric

Color: Gray

Price: $90.63

What We Liked:

  • Folds Up for Storing

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not Made for Big and Tall
  • No Cup Holder

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3. ATR Adjustable Wicker Lounge Recliner Chair

Making the list of best outdoor recliners, ArtToReal brought all the “what to look for” categories to life with this wicker recliner. Comfort is brought to you by the 5.12” of foam padding that covers the spacious seating area. The padding is a single removable piece, zippered for easy cleaning.

Style points for the hand-woven resin wicker covering manufactured to resist the powerful UV rays of the summer, but also stylish enough to grace a sunroom for indoor seating and reclining.

A big comfy seating area and a 3-position recline offer positions to kick back by the pool or relax indoors with a good book. A durable powder-coated aluminum frame with a 330 lb weight capacity will keep your mind at ease while you recline.

3 Position Recline

Features –

Dimensions: 31.1″D x 31.5″W x 39.8″H

Weight: 43.1 lbs

Capacity: 330 lbs

Frame Material: Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Rattan

Seat Material: Rattan

Color: Brown, Beige

Price: $369.00

What We Liked:

  • Spacious Seating Area
  • Removable Cushions
  • Full Recline

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Expensive
  • Tricky Assembly

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4. Safavieh Palmdale Teak Lounge Chair

Classically elegant and stylish this sustainably sourced Acacia wood recliner is a perfect addition to go alongside the pool or patio, or nestled into a balcony outdoor living space. The cushions come in natural or navy colors for a traditional nautical style, and in three choices of material coverings, canvas, polyester, or a waterproof linen.

Marine grade teak wood gives this recliner a durable frame that resists the wettest of conditions and it can be folded and put away when not being used.

A simple yet classical design, durability and ease of maintenance is why this recliner makes the best outdoor recliner list. 

Features –

Dimensions: 56.3″D x 21.9″W x 36.1″H

Weight: 26.4 lbs

Capacity: 330 lbs

Frame Material: Wood

Seat Material: Upholstered Material

Color: Natural, Navy

Price: $208.75

What We Liked:

  • Simple Elegance
  • Sustainable Wood
  • Foldable
  • Easy Assembly/ No Tools Needed

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Narrow Seating Area
  • Doesn’t Fully Recline
  • Armrest Thinness

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5. Ulax Furniture Outdoor Metal Patio Recliner Chair

A sturdy well put together outdoor recliner with a powder coated steel frame made to withstand the elements. It is UV resistant and water resistant. The Olefin fabric that covers the cushions is like the back of a duck, the water just rolls right off.

The push-back and relaxed recline motion needs no lever or buttons to make it into the reclining position, so you’re one motion away from enjoying 5 inches of padded seating comfort. This chair is stylish enough for indoors or outdoors. You can add this simple recliner to your backyard, balcony or garden sunroom.

Features –

Dimensions: 38″D x 23″W x 38.5″H

Weight: 60 lbs

Capacity: 300 lbs

Frame Material: Alloy Steel. Metal

Seat Material: Olefin

Color: Navy

Price: $299.99

What We Liked:

  • Removable Cushions
  • Olefin Fabric
  • East Motion Recline

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Limited Recline
  • No Head Rest Pillow

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6. Coastrail Outdoor Zero Gravity Camping Recliner

170 degrees of recline while floating in space. Zero gravity reclining is a different level of recline. A foldable recliner that can be used indoors or outdoors or a combination of both.

This recliner is big, and has a 400 lb weight capacity and yet it weighs only 25 lbs. A durable 600 denier fabric attached to an alloy steel frame with a very handy portable side table makes this recliner a perfect addition to the backyard living space or indoor sunroom.

Features –

Dimensions: 21.6″D x 33.5″W x 44.9″H

Weight: 25 lbs

Capacity: 400 lbs

Frame Material: Alloy Steel

Seat Material: Polyester

Color: Blue

Price: $109.99

What We Liked:

  • Portable Side Table
  • Removable Headrest
  • Portable
  • Price

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not Weather Resistant

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7. Hanover Ventura Outdoor Patio Hand-Woven Wicker Recliner

Handwoven wicker can be an elegant addition to your outdoor living space. A stylish and durable designed outdoor recliner can be something to look forward to after a long day or even just a favorite backyard destination. Hanover’s Ventura collections offers you both of these with their hand-woven wicker recliner.

A durable heavy-duty steel frame ergonomically designed for comfort, covered with 4.5 inches of foam, and a tastefully added throw pillow rounds out a fashionable outdoor reclining ensemble.

This recliner has a 250 lb weight capacity and is designed with longevity in mind. A three level leverless recline gives you a selection of recline positions.

Features –

Dimensions: 36″D x 26.75″W x 40.5″H

Weight: 46.3 lbs

Capacity: 250 lbs

Frame Material: Steel

Seat Material: Resin Weave

Color: Vintage Meadow

Price: $549.00

What We Liked:

  • Stylish
  • Quick Dry Fabric
  • Weather Resistant Frame
  • Four Colors Available

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Cushion Slippage When Moving
  • Price

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8. Outsunny Outdoor Wicker Rattan Lounge Chair

Wicker recliners might just be the quintessential outdoor recliner with all the attributes you look for in an outdoor chair. Durability, style and functionality and easy maintenance are exactly what you are looking for.

Outsunny has put together all those elements and more. A contemporary design that will add style to your deck, poolside, or the perfect corner of your balcony. The frame is a high-quality steel frame wrapped in a polypropylene resin material made to look like wicker, but it is UV resistant and weather resistant material designed to take the elements and continue to look amazing.

This outdoor recliner has a special pop-out drink tray on the side to keep your drink and snacks close, or a place to lay glasses or phone. When it's time to clean the recliner, you can remove the cushions and hose of the chair and let it dry. That's it.

With a 400 lb. weight capacity, this outdoor recliner easily makes the best recliner list.

Features –

Dimensions: 34.99” x 29.99” x 25.99”

Weight: 65.99 lbs

Capacity: 400 lbs

Frame Material: Metal

Seat Material: Rattan

Color: Beige, Cream White

Price: $359.99

What We Liked:

  • Pop-out Drink Tray
  • Resin Material/Wicker
  • Washable Fabric
  • Easy Cleaning

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Not Made for Tall People

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9. BTEXPERT Foldable Outdoor Chaise Reclining Lounger

Quite different from the other entries this recliner is a foldable chaise lounger perfect for poolside. By folding it in half it is easily carried from one place to another around the pool, or deck. The adjustable back rest allows you to choose your recline.

Chaise Lounger Folded

Relaxation is the motive of this outdoor recliner and with the ergonomic contoured design of this chair relaxing comes easy. A powder coated steel frame and all-weather polyethylene resin wicker keeps your chaise lounge looking good through all the seasons and makes cleanup a breeze.

Features –

Dimensions: 79” x 23.6” x 33.5”

Weight: 32 lbs

Capacity: 350 lbs

Frame Material: Alloy Steel, PE Rattan Wicker

Seat Material: Polyester

Color: Gray

Price: $259.00

What We Liked:

  • Adjustable Back Rest
  • Foldability/ Portability
  • Weather Resistant

What We Didn’t Like:

  • No Sitting Position

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10. Best Choice Adjustable Zero Gravity Recliner Chair

Zero gravity recliners are in a world of their own. Lightweight, with multiple reclining positions this outdoor recliner is set up on a two bungee/ elastic band system that contours to your body while sitting, giving a weightless feeling of comfort.

Adjustable and removable headrest gives you some control over your comfort and the easy glide locking recline system lets you choose your level of recline. This outdoor recliner comes with a detachable tray, phone holder, and accessories compartment.

Foldable and lightweight you can easily take this recliner with you or move it from place to place around your backyard with ease.

Features –

Dimensions: 32.5″D x 25″W x 44″H

Weight: 38 lbs

Capacity: 250 lbs

Frame Material: Alloy Steel

Seat Material: Mesh

Color: Burgundy

Price: $99.99

What We Liked:

  • Lumbar Support
  • Side Tray
  • Portability
  • Adjustable Headrests

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Limited Cushioning

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A Quick Review

1. Grand Patio Outdoor All-Weather Wicker Reclining Patio Chair

This recliner is a great small area chair with some cool features. Style-wise it could fit almost anywhere, durability isn’t an issue, and it's easy to care for.  It had a lot going for it but is not made for tall people.

2. Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Outdoor Recliner

The Zero Gravity idea is cool and it has a certain feel to it, lightweight enough to be portable. Style-wise the Z.G. chairs all pretty much look the same, and care and maintenance are easy.

3. ATR Adjustable Wicker Lounge Recliner Chair

Although one of the more expensive outdoor recliners on the list, this recliner offers quality to go with the price. With a full recline, deep cushy seats, style points for the  hand-woven resin wicker, and removable cushions for easy cleaning this is a solid recliner to consider.

4. Safavieh Palmdale Teak Lounge Chair

Classically styled after cruise ship deck chairs and using sustainable Acacia wood these are plain and simply elegant. However, they fall short on cushion comfort, and they are somewhat narrow and don’t leave much room for bigger people to enjoy them.

5. Ulax Furniture Outdoor Metal Patio Recliner Chair

If you're looking for a durable outdoor recliner this is it. Metal frame and Olefin fabric make this recliner tough enough for all seasons. It’s on the heavy side at 60lbs and doesn't offer a full recline, and the backseat area doesn't have a headrest.

6. Coastrail Outdoor Zero Gravity Camping Recliner

Coastrail gives a performance lesson on zero gravity recliners. A full 170-degree recline and has a big seat area to lie back in. It’s heavy-duty with a 400 lb weight capacity but yet light enough to be portable. Z.G comfort and style are top level and durability is not an issue.

7. Hanover Ventura Outdoor Patio Hand-Woven Wicker Recliner

Hand-woven wicker is a stylish way to go and the Ventura packaging is elegantly done. With a throw pillow tossed in for style points, and durability not an issue, one drawback is the 250 lb weight capacity, which is normal for most outdoor furniture. Another point to notice is the hefty price tag.

8. Outsunny Outdoor Wicker Rattan Lounge Chair

Durability, style, and functionality are part of this outdoor chair's list of offerings. A side-mounted foldaway tray is handy, and the easy clean fabric and overall washability are a plus. Tall people will be disappointed with the length and budget shoppers will find the price tag in the upper range. 

9. BTEXPERT Foldable Outdoor Chaise Reclining Lounger

Foldability, weather resistant and portable, and perfect for poolside lounging. There is no sitting position with this chaise lounge-style recliner but for tanning and lounging the adjustable back seat has several positions to offer and the ergonomic roll will keep you comfortable.

10. Best Choice Adjustable Zero Gravity Recliner Chair

Zero Gravity recliner with adjustable headrest, and easy-glide locking system gives you some room to choose your recline. 250 lb weight capacity and mesh material won’t let you down while you're relaxing. Light enough to be portable and the price is right.

FAQ’s

What is the best material for an outdoor recliner chair?

There are several types of material that would be best suited for outdoor recliner chairs, the main thing is that they are UV resistant and water resistant. Olefin, polyester, or a coated fabric material would be best.

Can I leave my outdoor recliner out during the winter?

That depends on the material, but the best option would be to pull the cushions and bring them in if they are removable or consider a cover for your recliner.

How do I store my outdoor recliner chair?

If the cushions are removable, take them indoors. Depending on the frame material, you may want to consider storing them in a shed or a garage. If they fold up this would be easier. For recliners that are not easily folded or have removable cushions, purchasing a cover for them will keep your investment looking good and in good shape.

How long do outdoor recliner chairs last?

If you buy quality outdoor recliners, they could last up to 15 years, but there are a lot of variables. Climate, maintenance and the materials your recliner is made of will be the deciding factor. There really is no set time that the outdoor recliners will last.

Types of Outdoor Recliner Chairs: What’s the Difference?

Zero Gravity chair – A zero gravity chair is designed to keep your legs above your heart level while holding you in a neutral body position, simulating the positions of astronauts in zero gravity.

Lounge chair – A lounge chair is a leaned-back chair often with no armrests formed into a static non-moving reclined position.

Armchair – An armchair is a chair with side rails to support the arms and forearms.

Folding chair – A folding chair is designed to be folded in half to make it smaller for storage or portability.

Places You Need an Outdoor Recliner

Describe why you may want a recliner and its uses in each of these places:

Patio – Patios are a great place for an outdoor recliner to catch some sun or to relax in the evening shade.

Front porch – Front porches can be the first thing people see when they come to visit, and having a place to relax and entertain while sitting in a recliner sounds amazing.

Poolside – Poolside lounge chairs and outdoor recliners offer a way to tan or just relax beside the pool after a cool swim in the hot summer off of the hot concrete.

Chair by Pool

Backyard deck – Backyard decks are often extra outdoor living spaces, so what better way to extend your living room space than by having a recliner on the deck.

Around a fire pit – The fire pit is the quintessential place for getting together with friends and family relaxing and warming up on a chilly night or roasting some marshmallows and making smores.  

In the camper – Having portable outdoor recliners makes it easier to pack them in your camper for a weekend of relaxation, Can you think of anything better than sitting by the lake with your feet up?

Girl Camping Outdoor

On the go – Visiting friends, kids' soccer games, or other places you may want to take a chair, so why not take a next-level outdoor recliner.

In Conclusion

When it comes to outdoor recliners there are quite a few options to choose from. Hopefully, within this list, you have discovered some things that you want in your own recliner.

Comfort, style, durability, maintenance, and price all should factor into your decision.

Your backyard is an extension of your home and outdoor recliners bring the comfort of indoors to the outdoors.

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