A weekend in the woods is an idyllic getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, but having the right gear is key to enjoying your free time. Whether you’re a fan of “glamping” like the Kardashians or prefer a classic down-to-earth experience, having comfortable chairs to relax and unwind is essential.

Founder of Pitchup.com, Dan Yates, is special when it comes to camping chairs – and thinks you should be too. “Besides the obvious features of stable chair legs, a backrest, [a] bag to carry it, and [a] cup holders are huge bonuses,” Yates explained. Cup holders are a total plus in Yate’s eyes, as he later explains: “Wherever you’re camping, the ground is likely to be slightly uneven, which can lead to a few spilled drinks if you leave them on the floor.”

We tested 29 camping chairs to see which deals would make the best trip, and eight options made it to the top. Based on comfort, durability, portability and more, we’ve chosen our favorite chairs, from recliners to two-seaters, to ensure we provide a range of the very best. Our top pick, the Kelty Lowdown Camping Chair, is made of high-quality materials and is super comfortable for long lounging.

Below are the eight best camping chairs that PEOPLE have tested.

Things to Consider When Buying a Camping Chair

Environment

Whether your adventures take you to sandy beaches, wooded forests, or bustling festivals, your surroundings make all the difference when it comes to choosing a camping chair that’s right for you. If you’re planning on taking this chair to the beach, make sure you don’t opt ​​for a textured material that will trap grit after a long day of tanning. On the other hand, chairs intended for trails should be weather and tear resistant in case your pets follow the trail. For situations where you plan to transport the chair long distances, you’ll want to save your eyes by choosing a lightweight and portable option. (like the Helinox Zero chair).

Sustainability

The level of durability required by your chair will vary depending on your travel plans and the weight the chair will support, but it is still an important factor to consider. Heavy-duty polyester is a common fabric used in camping chairs, especially on this list, and can hold a lot of resistance to weight. You can also invest in a ripstop polyester chair (again, like the Helinox), which will extend the life of your chair if you have pets that like to lounge in it. The abrasion resistance quality of the frames and fabric of the chair is something you should definitely look into when looking for the right model.

Style

Not only should your chair be stylish (of course, an aesthetically pleasing chair is ideal), but it should also be functional for your travels. Many chairs are foldable, making it easy to set up and take down, but some chairs recline and some are two-seater, making the style you’re headed for imperative in your search. So whether you want to open the frames and lower yourself, relax on bungee cords, or get cozy with a partner, there’s a chair style that’s just right for you.

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How we tested

Our testers tried each chair in five steps – first setting it up, sitting it down, packing it, transporting it, and knocking it around a bit to test its durability. During this durability test, the chairs were placed like a tired camper after a long hike, folded and dropped from table height, and rated for durability. After each test was completed, each was rated on a scale of one to five (one being poor, five being excellent) based on ease of use, comfort, portability, durability, and value. . Then everything was repeated for the next chair.

Who are the people tested?

We created the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval to help you find the best products for your life. We use our unique methodology to test products in three labs across the country and with our network of in-home testers to determine their effectiveness, durability, ease of use and more. Based on the results, we evaluate and recommend products so you can find the one that suits your needs.

But we don’t stop there: we also regularly review the categories in which we have awarded the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval, because today’s best product may not be tomorrow’s best. And besides, companies can never buy our recommendation: their products must deserve it, fair and square.

In short, PEOPLE Tested provides recommendations you can trust – every day, every purchase.