Our Review of the 10 Best Outdoor Recliners

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Here I’m going to review some of the very best outdoor recliners available, from brands you may know and brands you may never have heard of, based on a set of criteria which I am about to explain.

A ton of research (see picture below) went into this one, and I hope that you, after reading my guide, will know what to look for and it will change your life.

Also, below the following guide, I’ve included a number of extremely well put together outdoor recliners that I think you and your whole family will enjoy.

Where ever you come from, and are going, I feel that people deserve to relax in style.

Choosing The Best Outdoor Recliners – My Exhaustive Guide

You may think a lot of these factors would be rather obvious to everyone, but not so! 

Sometimes, the factors that make a top-selling outdoor recliner needs a little more examination and explanation.


A Recliner…Actually Reclines

Let me start with the most ridiculously obvious thing about outdoor recliners, which is that they should recline.  You might think that’s not worth mentioning, but hear me out.

Advertisers, being extremely sneaky sometimes, like to exaggerate some words to the point where you almost can’t believe they’d use that word to describe that particular product.

The same goes the word “recline”.  When some companies manufacture a recliner, and advertise it as such, you might say, “Are you kidding?  This thing barely leans back!” 

The advertising world is full of misleading terms: gourmet, upgrade… even “free” doesn’t mean free.  So when it comes to recliners, just make sure your idea of the word “recline” matches what the seat actually does.

It makes one wonder…what does the word recline even mean?  For instance, to be considered a recliner, how far back should the chair have to go before you can make that claim.

In other words, what does recline mean, by definition.  Mirriam Webster defines recline as a transitive verb, meaning: to cause or permit to incline backwards.

There are also two intransitive verb definitions, including: 1. to lean or incline backwards, and 2. to repose / lie.

Clearly these definitions indicate some amount of relaxation would be involved, since generally the term recline relates mostly to people who are laying back, presumably to relax.

So, to recline, you need to have an incline, which is a slope or grade, which is measured in degrees and where zero is considered horizontal and 90 degrees is vertical.

From the vertical position (being 90 degrees straight up and down, ie. a wall relative to a floor, more or less), if you imagine now the slope being 80 degrees or almost vertical but not quite, this is where the fun part comes in.

Not to get too math-y, but this is where the companies who claim to make recliners can essentially confuse you and trick you.  Why?  Because, technically, if we have a chair where the back of the chair is leaning only 10 degrees from vertical, or 80 degrees, there you have some sort of recliner.

And so, you know what that means?  Yes, it means the vast majority of couches and chairs are technically all “recliners”, because their backs are not completely vertical.

Advertisers love stuff like this, so that they can exploit it.

There are certainly straight back chairs out there (with perfectly vertical backs), but most backs of chairs have at least some tilt, or backwards incline, to them. 

Here below is an outdoor chair that is more of a straight back.  These are used primarily for dining.  We won’t go too deep into why straight back chairs are for dining, but, suffice it to say, it is both more polite and also healthier for you to sit at a dining table in this way.

Now, have a quick look around your home, and see if you agree that they all have a bit of a recline going.  That said, you wouldn’t call those chairs with their slight tilt “recliners”, would you?

Recliners, especially the outdoor kind, are designed specifically for relaxing.  There’s no such thing as a “lounge chair” that will sit by your pool and have a straight back.  Seeing that would be like seeing an actual unicorn trotting across a meadow.


So…What *Is* A Recliner?

Now we get to the crux of the matter.  Just what IS a recliner then, since now we can see for ourselves that all chairs sort of fit the description for the word recline, by having a back that tilts at an incline to some degree.

Well, here’s Mirriam-Webster Dictionary again, defining “recliner”, as in, the seat itself!

They say it’s: a chair with an adjustable back and footrest.

Let’s take a quick quiz, now that you know a few of the attributes of recliners.  Are these recliners?

Did you just say yes? No my friend, these are just non-adjustable folding chairs with unattached footrests.

The footrests need to be attached, and these chairs (above) don’t appear to recline further, although they are on a slight tilt, aren’t they?  That said, there’s nothing wrong with them.  They just aren’t recliners, as such.

A-ha!  So it has to be adjustable, by definition, and also have a footrest that’s attached..  Now we’re getting somewhere!

By this definition, most chairs are then not recliners, despite tilting back slightly.

This definition, of course, makes complete sense when you consider the fact that a chair that does have a substantial incline of, say, 45 degrees, isn’t going to have that 45 degree angle permanently built into the design. 

Why would anyone build such an uncomfortable chair? (hint: some people are a bit crazy)

A chair with a substantially reclined back is only going to get that way if you adjust it to be that way. 

It’s just this grey area where a chair comes with a slight incline which is generally permanent and is then called a recliner because it has a bit of a tilt. 

No, a true recliner is something YOU can adjust, AND put your feet up on, so you can rest easier. 

On top of that, we here at the Backyard Gnome thinks that the range of adjustment should be substantial.  For instance, you should be able to sit up nearly vertically, and then, if you wish, recline to a position where your feet are above your hips. 

Some, but not all, recliners can even go into a horizontal position so you can lie down flat, for purposes such as napping, or sunbathing.

Comfort – What Does It Really Mean?

Now that the matter of defining what a recliner actually is is settled, as well as how you can tell a recliner from a regular chair or couch, let’s talk about something a little more fun – the comfort factor!

One thing everyone loves about a good recliner is how comfortable it is. Many people have their favourite easy chair. 

Your favourite outdoor recliner should be no different.  It’s a chair you love to recline in, and maybe you’re even a bit possessive about it.

Just the fact that we can adjust the amount that the chair reclines ourselves, and use a footrest to boot, is great for making things more comfortable, for starters. 

Yes, these two factors are a big part of what makes any recliner comfortable, but these things are also part of the overall definition of what a recliner is, so those two things are a given, at this point.

So then, what else is there to make a recliner more comfortable?

I think some people would say that the cushiness, or softness, of a recliner would play a big part in whether or not it’s comfortable. 

I’ve heard people describe their ideal chair as something along the lines of a giant marshmallow that they can sink into and never come out of again. 

However, the more one thinks about the concept of super squishy ultra-softness being equivalent to equating with comfort, the more err..wrong it sounds.

Why?  Because comfort is, in this Gnome’s opinion, a perfect balance of the hard and the soft.  Of both give, and support. 

My mom, for example, enjoys sleeping on a mattress which is both flat and hard – not really very “cushy” at all.  It has some amount of memory foam in it, and she needs her head to be higher up than her feet (ie. the bed is on an angle).

Her pillows that she sleeps with are also very dense and hard, like they’re filled with sand.

I used to think she was a bit.. let’s say kooky, but, now that I’m a little older and maybe wiser, I’ve learned that everyone needs something a little different to make them comfortable. 

The truth is, she can explain the reasoning behind each of these choices she’s made for her bed being the way it is, and they are fairly scientifically based.

I’ve also learned that comfort has just as much to do with supporting your frame as it does with helping you get into a more (supposedly) relaxed position. 

On top of that, there’s health reasons for not having your recliner be too cushy.  For instance, we all have skeletons. 

We have bones to look out for, and laying in an unsupported position for too long isn’t good for us health wise. 

Our circulation depends on proper support in all the right places.

Some recliners can be “too” soft, and you basically get swallowed by them.  The cushions are made to impress you, or the seat is just so loose that your butt can almost touch the ground.

This isn’t good for a lot of people in terms of their posture being supported, or even being comfortable at all either.

In fact, people with certain conditions relating to their posture or their bone structure can not have a recliner that’s too soft or, rather, unsupportive of their lower back, at least.

This is exactly what some manufacturers do, is overwhelm you with puffy objects that you might think are comfy to sit on or lay on, but the truth is that you won’t enjoy that recliner in the long run.

In fact, you might hate it maybe 30 seconds after you sit down on it, expecting to feel relaxed, and then feeling…unsupported.

So, to recap, comfort is about support and firmness, not just softness.

The Importance of “Healthy” Sitting

Now, before we finish with our section on comfort and the idea of needing support underneath us, I need to mention a few other things about health

We all know that putting on the pounds, smoking, drinking alcohol, and ignoring exercise programs, will all cause back pain eventually.  Oh, and did we mention that our bones and muscles begin to deteriorate for all of us around the age of 40.  That’s just a general rule, but it’s reality!

Before we take that daily seat to begin our well deserved relaxation routine, we want to make sure that our recliner is going to support our backs as much as possible, and provide us with the comfort we deserve.

Here are some healthy ideas that you should think about before you purchase chairs for your backyard…

The chair should provide a stress-free weightless feel that will relax your muscles and reduce stress.

It would be nice if the chair came with adjustable sun shades that will offer protection from the ultra violet sun rays.  A drink tray on either side of the recliner will encourage you to drink more water.

The frame must be strong, durable, and suitable for reasonable size people.  Make sure you find out if the frame is weather-proof.

The seating material must be strong enough to support your lumbar spine (low back muscles) so one option could be woven PVC coated polyester that will provide you with versatile and strength where you need it most.

The reclining parts and locks should work as smooth as possible and in a variety of positions, for personalized comfort.  The headrest needs to be padded to protect your neck muscles and add ergonomics for efficiency and safety.    

To summarize this section on health, a healthy backyard recliner will increase blood circulation to your back. 

It will put less pressure on your spine so you will be able to tilt your pelvis slightly without much effort.  Your lungs will work better too, allowing more oxygen flow to your muscles and connective tissues. 

If your chair can support your back, keeping you in that body position that you started out with as a baby, then you will be able to maintain the natural “S” curve. 

The right chair will reduce or eliminate snoring, and your heart will be in a healthier position.


Weatherproof Outdoor Furniture Materials

Now, what about breathability?  Breathability of materials, when it comes to outdoor recliners, is a major factor indeed.  

Breathability is simply how well the material in question deals with moisture.  You want the material to be light, but if no air can go through it, due to chemical coatings, then water will collect.

In order for a recliner to be outside and stay outside through even the summer months, it’s going to have to be at least partially weatherproof. 

In order for it to be weather proof, that means the materials used must be sealed to protect them from moisture and also the sun’s rays.

This means various forms of outdoor-friendly fabrics, and rust-resistant metals, and treated wood or wood compounds MUST be used in the creation of this furniture.

Outdoor fabrics are synthetic, and include acrylic, polyester, cotton blends.

If a piece of furniture is using fabrics that are weather proof, but not adequately breathable, moisture is going, as we said, to pool.

Picture a chair, covered in layer of rubber and / or plastic to shield it from the rain. 

Sure, the rubber / plastic is going to block the rain, but moisture is going to pool and that means that your sweat, or precipitation in the air, is going to sit in the pockets and crevices of the covering. 

And then you sit in it.  Eww.  Sitting in your own sweat is not going to make you feel too good.

Also, if it rains, and the material isn’t quick-drying, because it’s not breathable, that’s going to mean it will stay wet longer.  It may not damage it, but it will stay wet longer and that’s not preferable.

Similarly, if a fabric is weather proof, meaning that is has undergone a chemical treatment at the manufacturing stage, it must resist water damage, and also mould and mildew. 

This is what the chemical treatment is for, but it also means that breathability of the material is potentially going to be less due to this treatment.  It depends on how the product was actually made, and the “recipe” the manufacturers use for the chemical sealants.

The overall design and professionalism of the manufacturer comes into play here, not to mention their ethics and morals. 

For instance, most outdoor materials need to be coated with something to resist the elements.  But how much, and how carefully this is done you can only know if you are in the factory watching them do it.

It’s not something you necessarily think about when you’re looking at the product on the shelf, but, at some stage, the product was either slathered in chemicals to make it waterproof in some shoddy factory, or the correct amount of time was taken to make a quality product.

In terms of breathable fabrics, the most breathable fabrics include linen, cotton, rayon, and silk.  Of these, rayon is the only synthetic and it’s not meant for furniture.  In fact, if it gets too hot, it melts.  It is light, though.

Many throw pillows or coverings can be made with these non-weather proof fabrics, and although they might be more comfortable, you can’t leave them out all the time.  They’ll get destroyed by the weather, as they are not meant to be left out.  

If you are big into coverings, then there are ways around using natural fabrics outdoors, but that’s a topic for another article.

So what synthetic fabrics do they use to make outdoor recliners, then?  It’s usually some sort of plastic compound, and often it is a very fine mesh, so that the faux fabric can breathe.

Ok pop quiz – are these recliners, by definition?

Answer: no, because although they recline and they have a place to rest your feet, you can’t adjust them yourself.  That said, it’s a paradox, because they … they recline!  That’s what these are called “lounge chairs”.  🙂

Ok back to synthetic outdoor fabrics.  Of course, the materials used to make outdoor recliners are not just synthetic fabrics, whatever compound or combination of synthetic materials they happen to use.

The bottom line is, if the materials are used with certain chemicals, they can stay outside, but they also need, then, manufacturer warnings.  This goes for the metals too, which are often coated to avoid rusting.


Metals And Types Of Wood Used In Outdoor Recliners

Indeed, there are also metals involved, like aluminum, steel, or iron.  The weight of the metal will affect how light and / or sturdy the furniture is. 

Aluminum, for example, is popular because it is light, durable, and generally affordable.  It doesn’t fade or require much maintenance. 

Many chairs made with aluminum are more portable, because they are lighter.  On the flip side, it gets hot quickly and is less sturdy than, say, steel.

Wood is often involved as well.  Woods like Acacia, Black Locust, Cedar, Teak, and Douglas Fir are some of the most common woods used for outdoor recliners.

These woods will affect the overall look of the recliner, and also, depending on how hard or stiff that wood is, it will provide more or less give from you sitting on the recliner.


Portability

This brings us to our next concept – portability.

Some outdoor recliners are designed to be light and portable, and used for multiple purposes. 

This is an advantage if you’re a get-up-and-go kind of person.  You might like going to the beach, you might go camping a lot, you might go to friends frequently. 

Below are some snazzy beach loungers.

Remember, in the world of strict definitions, these aren’t recliners.  They recline, and your feet are up, but they are not recliners.

There’s no adjustment handle, and so the definition police say “no, not recliners at all!” (who ARE these people?).  Still, they can be a great option for beachside relaxing, as they are quite portable and you can take them anywhere easily.

You might like to bring your favourite recliner with you to a friends’, so you’re not subjected to either no seating, or inadequate outdoor seating.  The option to kick back is always nice, and have a drink at your side, and better seating is not always offered.

Portable recliners are, overall, plus.  But some are definitely not made to be portable.

This doesn’t make them bad, though.  It just makes them not portable.  In any case, this is something you need to think about when you buy an outdoor recliner – do you NEED it to be portable?

Or, can you just leave it where it is, and be happy with that?  Maybe it’s a chaise lounge that you want to have by your pool, and you might want to move it only as far as your shed or perhaps into the house, or just throw a covering on top of it.

Certain loungers are not weatherproof, nor are they portable.  But they might have a look and a feel that appeals to you.  Sometimes style comes first.

In fact, not everyone wants to decorate their backyard with a bunch of seats that look like they’re going to blow away if it gets windy.

That’s another good point, too, which is that none of your recliners should end up in your neighbours’ pool, or in your pool, or flying through the air at any point. 

Of course, maybe the chair is supposed to be in the pool.  Then, it’s ok.

Whether a recliner is able to go airborn is not just related to weight, but also the structure of the recliner. 

Just because a recliner is portable, doesn’t mean that the wind is going to be able to knock it over.  Of course, this is more likely the lighter the recliner is.

A non-portable, heavier outdoor piece of furniture is certainly not going to blow away, but then it might have other drawbacks like lack of weatherproofing. 

So then, while it looks great and looks perfect with your backyard’s decor, it might not be 100% weatherproof, which means you are going to need to drag it around once in a while, when storm clouds come a-rollin’ in.


Easy to Adjust?

Back to the point about the recliner being adjustable.  Yes, adjustability is part of the definition of any recliner, and the fact that YOU can adjust it, but, beyond that, the methods by which a recliner can be adjusted can differ greatly.

Ok, now to get something straight, many recliners do not lock into place mid-movement.  They just ease back and, if they’re a little more expensive, they might have “stages” of reclining.  Meaning, you can go from semi-reclined, to fully reclined.

At that point of being fully reclined, they do lock into place, which is different from the types of chairs that lock at any point along the way.

Some recliners, such as zero gravity chairs, that lock into a certain spot anywhere you want them to, based on how you adjust them and where you lock them into place.

Let’s talk about the locking mechanisms that are used with zero gravity chairs, which, if the locking mechanism goes wrong, can be a huge problem.

To be frank, some locking mechanisms on some inferior recliners suck.  They’re poorly designed, and you don’t stay in the position you intended to be in.

When it comes to recliners, a faulty or just shabbily-made locking mechanism can be a total nightmare for some people.  To some, it might be just a nuisance, but to others, this can be a health hazard.

What if you are buying a recliner because you hurt your back and the reason you bought it is because you NEED to lie back sometimes.  And not just lie back, but lie in a certain position to help you recover from your injury.

In this instance, a poorly made locking mechanism is hazardous. 

Or, what about a pregnant woman, who finds herself in a position where she can’t get back up, because her recliner has reclined slowly but surely into a position where she’s practically lying on her back.  Maybe the whole damn thing is just out of whack and nothing works, stability wise.  

You don’t want something like this to happen, except without any laughing.

On the other end of spectrum, a truly GREAT locking mechanism not only locks to where exactly you want it, but it is attached to a lever or crank that has micro-adjustments which can be made so that the person sitting in the recliner has complete control of which direction they are going in the chair.  Again, these are mainly featured in zero gravity chairs (which we’ll talk about soon).

The thing to look for with any type of chair lock is the fact that you can trust it to BE locked into place.  The act of putting the “brakes” on should be smooth and require little effort on your part.

From there, the lock shouldn’t be clunky or sticky.  It should be easy to use, and slide into place with ease so that even a child could lock the recliner into place and not have to twist their wrist at all.

Some adjustment levers are easier to grab, easier to turn, and easier to lock.  The best outdoor recliners make all this happen like it’s not a big deal. 

The recliner does the work for you, and shouldn’t feel to you that it’s ca-chunking into place.  If you are wrestling with any of the controls, to make adjustments, this is bad news.  It should all be smooth.


Anti Gravity Chair Technology

Maybe you want to up your ability to relax in a recliner to the next level.  Of course, who wouldn’t?

This is where anti-gravity lounging comes into your life and changes what you thought you knew about relaxation. A zero gravity recliner chair is lightweight but provides one of the most comfortable lounging experiences possible.

In case you haven’t yet seen our extensive article on how they work, zero gravity recliners feature an innovative design that allows your body to relax in a position that evenly distributes your weight across the seat.

This technology makes sure there isn’t any concentrated pressure anywhere on your body due to gravity.

An anti gravity lounge chair mimics the position your relaxed body would assume if it were floating in zero gravity, therefore making it the most neutral and relaxed position a person can have.

Outdoor zero gravity chairs are taking the patio décor and furniture world by storm and we know you’ll want one, too.

These chairs are excellent for the backyard; once you’ve tried one you may never want to sit in a normal chair again.

All of them have extensively ergonomic features, great durability against the elements, and quality product build that is lightweight and easy to transport and store.  

We’re going to take a gander at some standard issue zero gravity chairs later in this article (with a variety of accessories).

Some of the zero G chairs will come with double seat sets (2 packs, very convenient).  There are also extra large zero gravity chairs, and some two person zero gravity loveseats.

For the full scoop on how they work, you should check out our article on outdoor zero gravity chairs.

Whether you’re looking for the best zero gravity patio chair, this style of lounging works anywhere in the yard. You can throw the chairs on the deck, on the patio next to the pool or even take them camping.

While they are the highlight of anyone’s backyard seating arrangement, their durability and portability also make it easy for people to take them along on vacations or camping trips.

Zero gravity recliners take a special place on our list, as they are are recliners with a little something extra added in the way the chair leans back and how it can be locked into place.

Remember, though, that not all outdoor recliners are not zero gravity chairs, just as chaise lounges are not recliners, and deck chairs are not loungers nor recliners.

Zero gravity chairs are just a type of recliner that uses a certain extra-relaxing technology that allows you to go further back, and lock yourself into place very specifically.

Now, onwards to…

My Reviews Of The Best Outdoor Recliners For My Money

Outsunny Outdoor Rattan Wicker Adjustable Recliner Lounge Chair

Let’s start out with a truly solid recommendation – the Outsunny Outdoor Rattan Wicker Adjustable Recliner Lounge Chair.  Wow, that’s a mouthful!

This outdoor recliner is quite popular, and comes from a reputable brand in Outsunny, who is known for their quality decor-enhancing furniture.

This recliner does require some assembly, but there are only 2 pieces in the box, with a few screws and nuts, so there isn’t a lot of work to be done to put this chair together.  Even the most un-handy of people have been known to do it with no problem.

Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful chair with a nice shape and could easily be used indoors as well as outside. 

The color scheme is simple and calming, with a light brown PE (polyethelyne) wicker rattan construction and soft white polyester fabric. 

The entire recliner is made to be weatherproof, so you can leave it out all year.  That said, leaving it out in sub zero temperatures should require a cover to be used, rather than leaving it to face the elements head on.

This Outsunny outdoor lounger is made from lightweight steel construction, meaning that it is relatively light at 60-ish pounds, but not exactly portable like you’re going to grab it and toss it in the back of your truck.

That said, it is relatively light for a chair of its dimensions (35 x 30 x 26 inches), and can be moved around easily, the same way you would any sort of sturdy couch or chair that isn’t hundreds of pounds.

The mechanics of the chair are simple, you simply lean back to recline, and push with both hands on the arm rests and there is a two-stop motion to get the footrest out. 

To reverse the position and come forward, simply lean forward and with your hands on the arm rests and you will be back to an upright seated position.

This recliner comes with a side tray, so you can put your things on it.  This side tray is also made of wicker rattan and can be tucked back into the chair when not needed.

The cushions that come with this Outsunny outdoor recliner are cushy, but, like we said earlier, not massively spongey so as to suck you into their depths. 

The pillows are attached with straps at the footrest and seat, and, for the back cushion, you can simply lay the pillow in place. 

The chair itself is sturdy, but not overly cumbersome, made from treated wicker rattan for weatherproofing purposes. 

Common Questions about the Outsunny Outdoor Rattan Wicker Adjustable Recliner Lounge Chair

Can you sit on this recliner without the cushions?

You can, but it was not meant to be used that way, and it wouldn’t be that comfortable.

How far back can you recline?

It goes back pretty far, but not so that you feel you’re lying down.  The feet come up, and you are able to recline the back to a comfortable angle for resting.

Where can you purchase this recliner?

Wal Mart, Amazon, and just about any furniture outlet store near you.

If my elderly mom can’t get the chair to recline (she’s very frail), can I help her do it from a standing position?

Yes.

What is the maximum weight this chair can take?  I’m bigger, at 300+ pounds and 6’5″.

This chair was designed to support up to 400 pounds, so you should be fine!

If it rains, will this chair get mouldy or destroyed?

No, it was made to take any weather, including rain.

Will this recliner blow over in strong winds?

Maybe hurricaine winds.  Otherwise, don’t worry!


La Z Boy Outdoor Carson Luxury Outdoor Recliner

If any manufacturer belongs on this list, it’s La Z Boy.  Their sofas are the stuff of legend when it comes to comfort.

The company is no stranger to outdoor recliners either, which you can credit to their La Z Boy Outdoor collection, of which this luxury outdoor recliner is a part of.

This recliner is, not surprisingly, a little on the pricy side.  It’s also not particularly light or portable.  Actually, this recliner is about the same weight as the Outsunny recliner we just mentioned, at about 60+ pounds.

But, we’re glad to say that while this recliner might be a little more expensive than some others, La Z Boy hasn’t skimped on the “luxury” aspect of this recliner.

Let’s begin with what’s different about this recliner, from, say, the previous one we looked at.  This also should help explain the differential in price.

First, there are three levels of comfort with this chair, not just two.  You can get yourself into a full reclining position, or you can recline slightly, or you can sit up basically straight.  This is done simply by pushing on the arm rests, and then pushing again to the next position.

Having several “levels” to choose from is a nice touch, and those who wish to have a little more versatility in their relaxation modes will appreciate it. 

Of course, three levels of comfort isn’t the same as, say, 15, but the folks at La Z Boy have done their homework and probably know that most people really only need these three. You have sitting up straight, laying back, and one in the middle.  For some, that’s just great!

The cushions on this recliner look much the same as the last one, however they are made with a special Phifer GeoBella® olefin fabric, which is designed to be quick drying. 

This is a fully weatherproof chair, but that doesn’t mean the cushions don’t get wet, and if they do, you want them dry as soon as possible.  So that is a nice touch also.

Another nice touch is the hand woven side panels.  These side panels are ” fused with textured banana leaf details”, which sounds exotic, and actually does look great! 

They say that God is in the details, and this is one detail that we think adds to the classy appearance of this recliner, if not the functionality.

If you look closely at the cushion fabric, you can see that it’s just a bit higher quality than the previous Outsunny chair.  I think this is owed to the special fabric they used to make the recliner.

I’d say the cushions are slightly thicker as well, less pillow-y and offering more support than the previous chair we talked about.  They are made from a thick foam.

The recliner comes in four colours: pewter (beige / off-white), bordeaux (dull red), indigo (grey blue), and mocha (tan / brown).  Each colour costs slightly different, or so I’ve been told, depending where you shop.

The frame on this chair is a heavy duty aluminum, and powder coated for weather and rust resistance. 

Because of the powder coating, there is a P65 warning, since the chair is made with both Ethylene glycol and Acrylamide, which are both materials that are quite dangerous if ingested.  So don’t be licking the chair, please!

That said, these are chemicals needed to make the recliner extra durable, so keep that in mind as well.

So is there anything more typical to say about the La Z Boy Outdoor Recliner here?

Well, it once again comes in two pieces and is relatively easy to set up.  Even the most all-thumbs member of your family can probably do it.

In terms of cushions being secure or flopping around, the cushions on this recliner are really no different than the Outsunny model, which means they are strapped on securely, but there is wiggle room as the main part of the cushioning isn’t locked into place. 

So, the cushions could conceivably fall of if you choose to roll around or wrestle on this chair, which I hope you won’t.  Remember, this is a luxury recliner, so keep it away from particularly spastic children, or drunk friends with red wine sloshing around.

This recliner is also totally weather proof, meaning you can leave it out in all kinds of weather.  It also has a 1200-hour UV protection against fading.

That said, once again, you might like to cover it if the weather is particularly bad.  It’s not invincible, and certainly snow and ice can damage it if you leave it out uncovered.

Common Questions about the La Z Boy Outdoor Carlson Luxury Recliner

What is the measurement of this chair when fully reclined?

It is about 66 inches when fully outstretched.  It is also 26 1/2 inches wide and measures 31 inches from front to back, when pulled in.

What is the weight capacity for this chair?

La Z Boy says 300 pounds is the maximum weight it can take.  So, far less than the Outsunny.

Can you use this chair as a dining chair?

Since it is a recliner by nature, it isn’t really designed to be 100% straight upright, and so, it’s not really good for using to eat at a table.  This is more of a book-reading type of chair.


Apontus Zero Gravity Reclining Lounge Chair (Set of Two)

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What can possibly be better than a zero gravity chair?  Why, two outdoor zero gravity chairs, of course!  Another great starter for those getting acquainted with the world of zero gravity lounging, this set features two zero gravity chairs which are perfect for any backyard.

This pair makes for one of the best zero gravity camping loveseats, since they are two separate chairs, making them ultra portable.

Coming with a very snazzy striped design, these chairs are not only a great combination of price and quality, they also have a variety of features that match even the priciest big label brands out there.

First thing you will notice is that they are quite lightweight and portable.

Weighing in at 5 lbs and being able to fold down to 5 inches, this chair is both lighter and more compact than our previous candidate.  At the same time, it is brutally uncompromising on durability, being able to sustain up to 350 lbs which is 50 lbs more than your average zero gravity chair.

Another interesting aspect is that this chair is a little larger than the rest, almost resembling one of the larger “XL” or “oversized” gravity chairs.  The Apontus double set of zero gravity chairs also comes with the adjustable headrest, plastic armrests, and a smooth reclining mechanism for your lounging pleasure.

Between the accessories and functionality, the lighter yet stronger build, along with the larger seating area and the fact that it comes in a set of two, this purchase is packed full of value and almost impossible to overlook.

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Best Choice Products Two Person Recliner

Best ChoiceProducts Huge Folding 2 Person Gravity Chair

This wonderful chair by Best Choice Products, is suited for those who wish to recline with a friend or partner.  The fact that this chair is a well-loved, oversized, and zero gravity make it a potential winner in our books.

When you actually use the chair, it goes from potential winner to class act all the way.  This is definitely a relaxing chair, if ever there was one.  The padded head rest is a nice touch.

The two-person design, with built in cup holders (which can be removed), is great for relaxing with company over, or for seating people together at a party.  It’s also great for taking to the beach, camping, and any sort of lounging activities.

With that said, however, should you feel like taking up the entire chair yourself and reclining in the most indulgent and spacious way possible, there will be nobody to stop you.

The design is most durable, with the powder-coated steel frame and high quality breathable mesh making it one of the best built chairs out there.

The ergonomic, adjustable frame is designed to resist bending and buckling even with two people using it for extended periods of time.

While being a particularly large and comfortable chair, the Best Choice 2-Person Recliner is actually very easy to set up anywhere around the backyard, and just as easy to pack up when you’re done.

This, along with the UV and weather resistant materials make this chair an easy choice for anyone’s dream backyard.

Commonly Asked Questions about the BCP 2-Person Recliner

Is this recliner weather proof / rust proof? For instance, can it be left out in the rain and not get damaged?

Made with UV-resistant materials, this chair can be left outside through most kinds of weather.  That said, it’s easy enough to fold up and store to avoid any undue damage.

What is the weight capacity for this recliner?

This chair has been tested and can handle up to 450 lbs., so it’s great for bigger people too.  The ties that hold the chair together are made from a bungee type of material, so they’re a little stretchy, giving the chair some give, but not too much.  This adds to the relaxing feel.

What accessories does this chair come with?

It comes with two removable cup holders for each side of the chair, as well as a phone holder.

Is there assembly required?

No.

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Odaof Zero Gravity Recliner

The Odaof Zero Gravity Recliner is definitely one of our favourite picks, which is why we’re eager to show it off in the top 10.

You can get the chairs singly, or in a convenient and inexpensive two pack, depending where you buy.

It works brilliantly on the patio or by the poolside, as well as under a gazebo or in the middle of your yard.

It is a well put together ergonomic chair, coming in a luxurious black fade-resistant colour scheme, or a number of other great colours, such as bright blue or beige.

The frame is very light, but also quite durable. It is scratch resistant, and can sustain up to 300 lbs.

The reclining system allows you to select your perfect angle to relax into and is specifically designed to be smooth and easy to handle, while reducing the risk of the chair flipping over, which of course it can if you’re clowning around or literally trying to make it do so.

Generally, however, this is one of the most stable outdoor recliners available.

The angle lock ensures the chair is sturdy and safe for use. More so, one of the best aspects of this chair’s frame is the so called Zero Gravity Position it cradles you in.

This is indeed a very cool feature because it allows your body to rest in the exact same position it would default to while floating in zero gravity.

This makes it so that gravitational stresses and built up pressures on your body are completely eliminated, leading to one of the most delightful lounging experiences out there.

Zero gravity chairs are actually such a neat concept, that we went full out and dedicated an entire section to reviewing the 10 best Zero Gravity Chairs, if you care to read.

The Odaof also comes with an adjustable and removable pillow as well as a high quality breathable and water/UV resistant mesh material.

Commonly Asked Questions about the Odaof Zero G Recliner

Is this chair good for bigger / taller men?

On one hand, if you’re much taller than 6’3″, or much heavier than say 300 lbs, you might start to feel a little too big for this chair.

However, it does have a tilt tension adjuster / angle lock, so if you’re leaning back, it’s not going to fall over if you’re a larger person and you put your weight back.  This chair is meant for sitting in, and can accommodate all body types.

Can you lay this chair flat?

While you cannot lay the chair flat, you can tilt it to the point where you’re staring up at the sky, which can be great for stargazing, or just looking up at the sky.

You also can’t raise your legs higher than your chest (ie. legs at an upward angle), in case you were wondering.  Still a very comfy chair, according to most buyers.  Some say the MOST comfy of all backyard outdoor recliners!

Does the Odaof Zero Gravity Recliner come with cupholders?

This chair definitely does, or should, come with cupholders.

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Caravan Sports Infinity Recliner

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For those who do not shy away from absolute indulgence, and for situations where space is not close to scarce, we recommend the particularly large Caravan Sports Infinty Zero Gravity outdoor recliner.

Being able to hold up to 330 lbs and featuring a frame 5.3 inches wider that your standard issue, this chair is nothing less than a luxurious reclining beast for your backyard.

Definitely worth mentioning is that it too features zero gravity technology, making this one of the most luxurious recliners out there.

Along with this, the end user benefits from a lot of the features of premium outdoor recliners such as weather resistant build, adjustable headrest and adjustable reclining angle.

Commonly Asked Questions About the Caravan Sports Infinity Recliner

Can you elevate your feet above your heart with this chair?

No.  While several people have said you can get close, the general consensus, once again, is that you cannot.

Does this product have anything to do with Diethylhexyl Phthalate?

Yes, and this chemical is not healthy, as it can cause all sorts of health problems.  That said, at least the company mentions it on their product page.  This chemical is something to look out for with many types of products.  Go here to learn more: https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/

What’s the best way to get back out of this chair?

With these types of chairs, you will have to get used to how they lock, and how they move.  It is always best to get up from the chair when it’s not in a reclining mode.  When it is upright, that’s when you should stand up.

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Camco Recliner

The Camco 51812 is truly a champion for the backyard entertainer.

The wonderful tan colour and fern pattern will undoubtedly add some flare to your backyard ensemble. It’s a light, yet durable chair, featuring a double locking recliner system, as well as a breathable mesh for maximized comfort.

At the same time, despite the many features, the price is definitely just right!

What this chair tackles best is being friendly to the day-long lounger who might be seated for extended periods of time.

Most wooden chairs and recliners put strain on your back and thighs, sometimes even restricting circulation over longer periods of time.

That’s certainly not our idea of a relaxing afternoon, which is why we recommend this one for all of your lazy Sundays (or whichever day of the week works best for you).

Commonly Asked Questions about the Camco Recliner

Is this chair the same as the rest – where you can only raise your feet if the chair goes back?  I want to do activities in the chair, while relaxing!

This recliner is meant for reclining and relaxing, and doesn’t really lend itself to doing certain activities while sitting in the chair.  And yes, like the other chairs mentioned so far, the chair will only recline if the feet go up with it.

Can your feet lift above your heart?

According to some customers, yes it can, and according to others, it’s iffy but it gets close.  If this is the main reason you’re getting this chair, consider that the purpose of this chair is not to recline into a such a far-back position.  It can go far back, but the point at which your feet will be above your body is basically the line where the chair stops reclining.

How does this recliner lock into place?

As with the other chairs mentioned so far, there are latches for locking the Camco Recliner into place – 2 of them.  Once they’re locked into place, the recliner shouldn’t move.

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Best Choice Products Recliner Double-Set

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Going back to Best Choice Products, this power duo of the outdoor recliner world is definitely something to consider for your wishlist.

Simple and straight to the point, they are an excellent price for the quality and durability they provide.  They feature rubberized feet, adjustable headrests and padded seating for extra comfort.

Coming in sets of two, each being able to hold up to 300 lbs, and ready to brave the outdoor elements, this Best Choice Products selection is ranking number three in our rockstar lineup.

Commonly Asked Questions about the BCP Recliner Double Set

Are these chairs good for taller / larger people?

There has been a bit of debate in the forums.  Some say that these chairs can each handle 300 lbs of weight no problem, while some says no dice.  Others say they are over 6′ and these recliners are great, others over 6′ say they’re not suitable for their taller height.  Our advice would be to take into consideration that some larger / taller people think they’re great, while others don’t.

Do these recliners come with cup holders?

Yes, they do.

What are the folded dimensions of these chairs?

Each chair is about 38″ x 26″ x 6″ when folded up correctly.

Can you use these chairs as seats at a table?

Not really, they are more for relaxing and a bit low for your average dinner table.

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1 thought on “Our Review of the 10 Best Outdoor Recliners”

  1. I love the comprehensive guide, but the post could be more helpful if you listed the chairs prices. Now I have to go to Amazon.com to get the prices for each chair.

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