Sport-Brella Recliner Chair with Removable Umbrella and Footrest Next to Water

The Best Reclining Camping Chairs

Looking for a good camp chair for your next camping trip? 

There’s nothing quite like sinking into a camp chair next to a fire to relax and enjoy nature and the company of your fellow campers. And if it also reclines? Well that’s even better!

This buyers guide is designed to highlight the very best reclining camping chairs. We’ll start by talking about how to choose the perfect reclining camping chair for you, then talk about our favorite chairs. Each of the chairs in this guide is ideal for camping, whether in summer or winter. 

Now let’s dive in.

Best Reclining Camping Chairs

  1. ALPS Mountaineering Escape Chair
  2. Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair
  3. GCI Outdoor 3-Position Reclining Director’s Chair, Side Table, and Ottoman
  4. Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair
  5. Kelty Deluxe Reclining Lounge Chair
  6. Sport-Brella Recliner Chair with Removable Umbrella and Footrest

Best Reclining Camping Chairs Reviewed

1. ALPS Mountaineering Escape Chair

ALPS Mountaineering Escape Chair

With a weight of just 10lbs, the ALPS Mountaineering Escape Chair is an excellent lightweight option.

It’s a pretty basic chair, but it does have a detachable footrest so you can prop your feet up while you recline. That basic design also allows it to be the most affordable reclining chair on this list, despite its high quality. 

However, the recline position is not adjustable and it’s not at a very steep angle. It does allow you to lay back a bit, though, and the high back provides excellent back support. It’s a good chair if you want to be able to lean back a bit while still being able to see your fellow campers or to be able to read without having to tire your arms out holding a book over your face.

2. Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair

Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair

The Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair is a super comfortable lounger.

It uses a double bungy system and textaline fabric to create a supportive chair that conforms to your body’s shape and weight. The adjustable headrest can also be used to provide additional lumbar support.

The smooth recline system can be locked in at any position using the dual finger tip locking system in the adjustable armrests. The steel frame allows the chair to support up to 300 pounds and the outdoor grade fabric ensures that the chair will last for years to come. 

The chair is available in several different colors, so you can choose the one that suits your tastes.

3. GCI Outdoor 3-Position Reclining Director’s Chair, Side Table, and Ottoman

GCI Outdoor 3-Position Reclining Director's Chair, Side Table, and Ottoman

The GCI Outdoor 3-Position Reclining Director’s Chair is a pretty simple chair, yet it still manages to have several features that make it comfortable and convenient.

For one, it has a built-in side table with a cup holder. You can use it to keep small items conveniently at hand without having to keep them in your lap or place them on the ground, then you can fold it down and out of the way when you don’t need it.

It also comes with a foldable ottoman that can be stowed out of the way in a side pocket when it’s not use, so you don’t have to navigate around a footrest when you get up and sit down like with many recliner chairs that have built-in foot rests.

The adjustable backrest has three reclining positions and breathable mesh at the lower back to avoid that icky back sweat.

This chair folds flat for low profile storage and has two carry handles for portability.

4. Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

The Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair is a high end chair that’s ultralight yet strong, weighing just 7.2 pounds but with a 300 pound weight capacity. Sure, that’s probably still too heavy for backpacking, but it’s great if your campsite or other destination is a ways away from your car. 

This chair allows you to recline to the perfect position for you by just leaning back. The chair’s low center of gravity allows you to lean much farther back than most reclining camp chairs do, so it’s great for lounging. In fact, it almost feels like laying in a hammock due to the low recline and the chair’s supportive shape.

The Nemo Stargaze can also be used as a rocking chair by shifting your body weight forward and back. 

It has an adjustable padded headrest, padded armrests, and breathable water resistant nylon mesh for comfort. Other great features include the cup holder, a small storage pocket for small items like your phone or keys, and a padded storage bag with an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s also protected by Nemo’s Lifetime warranty.

The chair is available in four different colors.

5. Kelty Deluxe Reclining Lounge Chair

Kelty Deluxe Reclining Lounge Chair

The Kelty Deluxe Reclining Lounge Chair is a very comfortable outdoor chair that’s great for the minimalists out there. 

Sure, it has multiple reclining positions, but beyond that it doesn’t have many extra features, just a slightly padded seat and back, and a pair of insulated beverage holders. It also has a heavy-duty steel frame and 600D polyester fabric for excellent durability.

One unusual feature is that this chair doesn’t come with a carry bag. Instead, this folding chair has a padded roll-tote. When you’re using the chair, you can use the tote as a ground pad to place items on instead of putting them directly on the ground or for your dog to use as a slightly padded mat so they don’t have to lay on the ground.

6. Sport-Brella Recliner Chair with Removable Umbrella and Footrest

Sport-Brella Recliner Chair with Removable Umbrella and Footrest

Last up is the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair with Removable Umbrella and Footrest, the best choice for those who want shade wherever they go. 

This chair’s main selling point is the removable umbrella with UPF 50+ sun protection. The umbrella can be attached to either side of the chair with quick release clips and has three way swivel so you can position it in just the right spot to shade you from the sun.

For those who like to keep snacks and drinks on hand, there’s also a cup holder and a built in insulated pocket that can hold up to four drinks, as well as an additional storage pocket with a built-in bottle opener. 

These features, along with the three reclining positions, make this a great beach chair.

And to top it off, everything stores in a convenient carrying bag.

Final Thoughts on the Best Reclining Camping Chairs

Whether car camping, hitting the beach, or attending a sporting event, each of these reclining camping chairs is a great choice. Just choose the one with features that appeal the most to you.

And for even more great camp chair recommendations, check out our lists of the best heavy-duty camping chairs and the best canopy chairs for camping.