10 Best Outdoor Lounge Chairs
Summer 2020: The summer of staying at home. Kick back on the patio or deck with one of these inviting outdoor lounge chairs.
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Taste of the Tropics
This low-slung lounger ($192) feels as at home at a Balinese resort as in your backyard. The cool angular acacia frame is accented by a tufted, full-length cushion filled with weather-resistant foam for comfort. It’s foldable for off-season storage, too.
Little Black Lounger
For the minimalists, feast your eyes on this can’t-go-wrong, clean-lined mesh lounger from CB2 ($299). Made of aluminum-tube framing with a black powder-coat finish and black polymesh seat, this lounger reclines in five positions, and it cleans up with mild detergent and water. While it’s rust-resistant, make sure you store it in a covered spot for the off-season.
These breezy slatted acacia-wood loungers ($238 for two) make a perfect pair. At 26 lbs., they’re not too heavy to move around on your deck or patio, but still sturdy enough to withstand wind and storms. (Yes, they’re weather-resistant, too.) Maintenance is a snap — just spot or wipe clean.
This modern-style beanbag lounger ($290) will help you perfect the summer slouch. It’s no slouch in the style department, either — more like a modern sculpture for your deck or dock. A metal frame inside supports the chair structure while the beans fit to your body when you sit, creating a custom feel. Outside, Sunbrella fabric is soft on your skin but durable and resistant to weather, dirt, mildew and more. The cover is removable and machine washable.
For you sun worshippers, this is the ultimate natural tanning bed. Slather on the sunscreen and cozy up in this lightweight lounger from Target ($65), made of quick-dry mesh. perfect for after a quick dip in a backyard pool. It features a face cradle for when you rotate to your tummy, plus a stretchy chest area to accommodate all body sizes. A rust-resistant aluminum frame makes this piece of patio furniture easy to lift, and a carrying strap makes it easy to tote.
Lounge a Deux
This double lounger ($410) is perfect for hanging out with your favorite person. The seats, outfitted with cream cushions, are framed by solid acacia wood, stained to look like teak. The two sides can recline at three angles, including flat. And they operate independently, so one of you can peruse a magazine with an umbrella drink while your partner catches a catnap.
Lounge for Life
This L.L. Bean Adirondack lounger ($399) is truly timeless. This classic East Coast style will never be passé, thanks to its homey and functional design. And if you splurge a little, you’ll likely save in the long run, because this one is built to last.
Made of recycled materials, the high-density polyethylene stands up to weather extremes and moisture, as will the marine-grade, rust-resistant hardware. It’s heavy — almost 50 lbs. — so it won’t blow away in a storm. Clean it up with a little soap and water and it’ll be good as new, even if you leave it out in the winter.
Leave it to IKEA to design a good-looking, solid-wood lounger at a price most anyone could love. The Applaro ($129) is a slatted, sustainably sourced, dark hardwood chair that is surprisingly durable. The lovely lounger features wheels to make it easy to move, and it can be configured into five reclining angles, including flat. The chair comes stained, and IKEA sells the stain if you ever want to refresh it. Cushions sold separately.
Made in the Shade
There’s a reason zero gravity chairs ($166 for two) top bestseller lists for outdoor furniture: Slide into one of these chairs to enjoy feeling nearly weightless. What they may lack in style points, they make up for in usability: easy-to-clean mesh, and foldable for efficient storage. These chairs also feature a canopy to shield your face from the sun and a cupholder for your favorite happy hour cocktail.
Get really Mod Squad with these sculptural plastic loungers ($565 for two chairs and table). Lightweight and nearly indestructible, they’re water-, rust-, mildew- and UV-resistant. You can pull them from your pool deck to shallow water for an aqua-lounge, or warm your feet by a campfire. The set comes with a side table with a removable top that functions as a tray to bring treats from the kitchen to your al fresco area.