The best camping chairs for your campervan trips

Whether going full-on luxury barge or simple DIY Ford Transit camper, Parkers has picked its range of favourite camping chairs.

a VW camper in Portsmouth, UK

by William Lobley and Chris Williams |

That image of holidaymakers sitting outside their campervans is an absolute classic: bum in seat, legs crossed, book and/or cuppa in hand. If you want a piece of that action you need a chair.

At Parkers, we know the importance of a good chair. It is impossible for us to under-emphasise the gravity of this issue - we test and review cars every day and poor seat comfort is something that naturally comes to our attention immediately.

What to look for in a new camping chair:

While the camping chair is, in many ways, a basic and simple object, there are a few key points to note when looking for a new one. The first thing to look for is fabric tautness, which dictates how much fabric sages when under a load – this sag can make or break a camping chair, so looking for a robust frame that’ll hold everything in place is key.

The second thing to note is the maximum capacity, as chairs all carry varying maximum loads and exceeding these may damage the chair and the sitter.

The third thing to consider is chair weight and size – this will determine the activity a chair is best suited to. For example, the Helinox Chair One is ideal for those who wish to take it hiking too because it’s small, compact, and lightweight.

However, if you’re going to only use a chair in the garden or at a campsite within walking distance of your campervan, a large luxurious chair like the Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger will be a fine choice.

The best camping chairs in detail:

Outwell Catamarca

Editoru2019s pick
Outwell Catamarca
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For a sturdy and comfortable camping chair, look no further. The Catamarca XL has a solid steel frame for strength and taut polyester fabric for comfort. Consequently, it has a maximum user weight limit of a massive 150 kilograms. At four kilograms, the chair itself is no lightweight but the trade-off benefits are thoroughly worthwhile for relaxing summer campers.

Specifications
Weight 4.1kg
Max user weight 150kg
Pack size 96cm x 23cm x 20cm
Opened size 96cm x 90cm x 62cm

Helinox Chair One

Best lightweight camping chair
Helinox Chair One
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The Helinox Chair One is a highly regarded product in the camping market. This is because of its extremely lightweight design, which incorporates light, but very strong, steel tubes to build up the frame of the chair. The seat itself sits very close to the ground, which also helps to reduce the amount of material needed in the construction. The result is an item that folds down to a very small, hike-friendly package.

Specifications
Weight 0.96kg
Max user weight 145kg
Pack size 35cm x 12cm x 10cm
Opened size 66cm x 52cm x 50cm

Bel-Sol Diva Eco-Friendly Camping Chair

Sustainability award
Bel-Sol Diva Eco-Friendly Camping Chair
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The Bel-Sol camping chair is made from recycled PET bottles. Often people consider an eco-friendly option as a compromise on quality but that is not the case, at least here. This camping chair has an adjustable backrest and has a maximum user weight of 120 kilograms. It also looks great and is very comfortable to sit in.

Specifications
Weight 5.3kg
Max user weight 120kg
Pack size 97cm x 23cm x 21cm
Opened size 105cm x 51cm x 47cm

Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger

Best recliner
Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger

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The Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger is something like a portable armchair. The fabric of the seat holds tightly to the frame, the well-padded backing offers extra comfort. The headrest is adjustable to support the head and neck. It's a large chair, so itu2019s best used at a campsite accessible via vehicle, or even in your own garden at home.

Specifications
Weight 6.3kg
Max user weight 150kg
Pack size 100cm x 68cm x 21cm
Opened size 114cm x 85cm x 68cm

Vango Thor Oversized Foldable Camping Chair

Most comfortable
Vango Thor Oversized Foldable Camping Chair
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Imagine a camping chair with padding enough to sink into; solid and stable like your favourite chair at home. Well, the Thor from Vango is it. Like the Samson above, the Thor has a steel frame capable of taking up to 180 kilograms. Meanwhile, the fabric is called DuoWeaveu2122; the idea being that it provides both soft comfort and durability. Mission accomplished.

Specifications
Weight 6.3kg
Max user weight 180kg
Pack size 105cm x 30cm x 25cm
Opened size 93cm x 87cm x 80cm

Zempire Moonbase Chair

Best moon chair
Zempire Moonbase Chair

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Zempire is one of the brands in the world of camping and glamping. Its Moonbase Chair really is the essence of Zempire: big, luxurious, and a real quality item. While it canu2019t match the Vango chairs above, the Zempire moon chair also features a steel frame (maximum user weight 120 kilograms) and durable yet highly padded 600D polyester fabric.

Specifications
Weight 6.92kg
Max user weight 120kg
Pack size 108cm x 48cm x 20cm
Opened size 89cm x 60cm x 60cm

Robens Geographic High

Lightest camping chair
Robens Geographic High

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In total contrast (bar the quality) to the Zempire Moonbase Chair is the teeny tiny stool from Robens. It weighs less than half what the Helinox Chair One does and can still manage a maximum user weight of 120kgs. Abuse aside, expect longevity from this stool thanks to its aluminium frame and 600D Oxford fabric.

Specifications
Weight 0.34kg
Max user weight 120kg
Pack size 42cm x 7cm
Opened size 33cm x 33cm x 32cm

Coleman Deck Chair

Best deck chair
Coleman Deck Chair
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Coleman's Deck Chair is a great choice for those looking for a seat with taut fabric and a long life. The design of the chair's frame ensures that the seat is tight even under the pressure of weight, and the thin padding adds a nice, if not excessive, bit of insulation into the mix. The rust-proof frame and 600D fabric should ensure this one lasts for many years to come.

Specifications
Weight 2.6kg
Max user weight 113kg
Pack size 75cm x 53cm x 13cm
Opened size 78cm x 62cm x 53cm

Amazon Basics Camping Chair

Best budget camping chair
Amazon Basics Camping Chair
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This is probably the design most think of when it comes to camping chairs. It's a basic seat, but it does the job well, being affordable, foldable, and even packing a cup holder and chiller to boot. While the frame design does mean a little sag develops in the seat underweight, it's nevertheless a comfortable and reliable chair.

Specifications
Weight 3.6kg
Max user weight 102kg
Pack size N/A
Opened size 97cm x 91cm x 61cm

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