Outdoor Garden Recliner Chairs – Buyer’s Guide

outdoor recliner buying guideOutdoor chairs, tables, and couches are great, but when you really want to relax, you’ll want to reach for an outdoor recliner.

These durable, weather-resistant, and attractive chairs allow you to sit up when you want to, and take a load off when you need to, making them a great choice if you’re investing in some new outdoor furniture and want to take your deck or patio to the next level of comfort and relaxation.

Not all outdoor recliners are created equal, however – for every high-quality wicker, UV-resistant outdoor recliner, there are several that are crafted from cut-rate plastic or unsuitable materials, and are shoddily made or otherwise unsuitable for outdoor use.

No need to worry, however – we’re here to walk you through the basics of what you should be looking for when buying an outdoor recliner, discuss features and desired design characteristics, and then take a look at some of the best products available on the market today.

So read on, and learn with us – your deck will thank you!

Recliner NameWeightWeather Resistant?DimensionsDetails
Caravan Sports18 lbsTextilene fabric25.5 x 45 x 64.5 inches
Odina Outdoor50 lbsFabric30.7 x 25.6 x 22.8 inches
Hanover VENTURAREC Ventura46.3 lbsYes40.5 x 26.75 x 36 inches
Outdoor Wicker Recliner48.8 lbsYes31.6 x 24.7 x 15 inches
Hanover Strathmere Luxury55.1 lbsYes40.75 x 30.25 x 36.25 inches

To help you as you consider our above advice, we’ve put together a list of some of the best outdoor recliners you can find today, in a variety of different styles and from several different brands. This will help you better understand the market, and see what options and styles you have to choose from.

1. Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair

reclining lawn chairNow, there are those who may say that this chair isn’t a true “recliner” – but we’d beg to disagree. This lightweight folding chair is built with a reclining design that swaps from upright and vertical to laid-back and horizontal – if there’s any other definition of what a recliner is, we’d like to hear it. Besides its low cost, there are some great advantages to this recliner – it’s totally portable, folding down to a small, 6.3-inch profile, and weighing a little over 10lbs. Because of this, it’s a fantastic choice if you’re looking for an outdoor recliner – but lack a porch, deck, or a patio. You can set this chair up outside on your lawn, relax, and take it back inside or to your garage once you’re finished, ensuring it won’t be stolen or vandalized. It’s also highly weather resistant – the textilene 2X1 is long-lasting and durable in outdoor applications, and the steel frame used in the construction is treated to resist rust and wear, giving this little chair a long life, even in harsh conditions. And despite its low weight and small profile, it’s quite strong, the size is similar to a wall hugger recliner – the textilene fabric supported by the unique double-bungee system combined with a high-strength, powder-coated steel frame can support up to 300lbs, making it suitable for just about everyone. The reclining action works wonderfully, as well, with a dual fingertip locking system to keep your chair locked in place, whether you’re looking to sit up or lay back down. Overall, this is a fantastic choice if your outdoor setup or budget disallow a “traditional” recliner, and it’s comfortable, durable, and incredibly weather resistant, making it a great pick.

garden reclinersThis recliner by Hanover is certainly one of the most luxurious picks on our list – crafted out of a high-strength aluminum frame, hand-woven resin wicker, and thick, durable cushions that provide incredible support and comfort.

It’s not just looks, either – the powder-coated aluminum frame construction resists any form of rust or corrosion, and allows this chair to maintain a surprisingly light weight, and the heavy, hand-woven resin wicker is UV-resistant and helps protect the internal reclining mechanisms of this chair.

It’s comfortable, too – the heavy-duty cushions feature the most padding of any recliner on our list, and though they’re not removable, they’re made of an attractive, quick-drying, and stain-resistant/UV resistant material that maintains its original shape, even under heavy use.

This chair also comes with an included accent pillow, which allows you to have a great neck rest, and adds a pop of color to this subtle, beautiful chair.

The reclining action is great, with three preset reclining depths that can be accessed smoothly with the side button.

This chair is a fantastic choice if you have a higher budget, and are looking for one of the most durable and comfortable outdoor recliners on the market.

3. Hanover Venturarec Ventura Outdoor Recliner

garden reclinersThis recliner by Hanover is certainly one of the most luxurious picks on our list – crafted out of a high-strength aluminum frame, hand-woven resin wicker, and thick, durable cushions that provide incredible support and comfort.

It’s not just looks, either – the powder-coated aluminum frame construction resists any form of rust or corrosion, and allows this chair to maintain a surprisingly light weight, and the heavy, hand-woven resin wicker is UV-resistant and helps protect the internal reclining mechanisms of this chair.

It’s comfortable, too – the heavy-duty cushions feature the most padding of any recliner on our list, and though they’re not removable, they’re made of an attractive, quick-drying, and stain-resistant/UV resistant material that maintains its original shape, even under heavy use.

This chair also comes with an included accent pillow, which allows you to have a great neck rest, and adds a pop of color to this subtle, beautiful chair.

The reclining action is great, with three preset reclining depths that can be accessed smoothly with the side button.

This chair is a fantastic choice if you have a higher budget, and are looking for one of the most durable and comfortable outdoor recliners on the market.

4. Outdoor Wicker Adjustable Recliner with Cushion

garden furnitureThis adjustable recliner by Cabana Way is a fantastic, durable, and attractive recliner with removable cushions and an adjustable, three-point reclining system.

Built out of a heavy-duty, water-resistant steel frame, this durable chair can hold up to 250lbs, and the steel frame is wrapped with an all-weather wicker that covers up the reclining components for extra protection and lends some extra style and class to its design.

One of the best aspects of this chair has to be the removable cushions – you can take them inside with you if a big storm is approaching, or if you need to clean them. The cushion covers zip off and can be run through a washing machine and dryer – no special care needed. The cushions, while light, are packed with a comfortable foam that gives you plenty of cushioning and support.

The fade-resistant all-weather fabric is also quite attractive – a subtle weave and beautiful terracotta red pattern accent the black design of the wicker and steel frame perfectly.

The reclining action is great too – reclining smoothly to three different positions – upright, feet up with a slightly reclined back, and then a deep, “V” shaped recline that offers maximum relaxation.

If you’re looking for a low-key, subdued, and high-quality recliner with a great style and removable cushions, this chair by Cabana Way is a great choice.

5. Hanover Strathmere Outdoor Luxury Reclining Chair

reclining patio chairThe Hanover Strathmere Outdoor Luxury Recliner is another high-end option on our list, featuring an all-weather design with removable olefin cushions, a rust-resistant heavy-gauge steel frame, and all-weather wicker.

The cushions are certainly a highlight of this chair – crafted from weather and UV-resistant Olefin, they’re incredibly comfortable, with a dense fill that gives just the right amount of support. They’re also removable, which is a plus if you’re looking to protect your cushions from the worst of the elements, and don’t require the use of velcro or tie-ons to attach to the chair. Instead, they use a snug sliding design with attached-textile straps to secure to your chair, and they’re easy to remove and slide back on.

The rest of the chair doesn’t disappoint either – while heavy, the high-strength steel frame feels rock solid. You won’t be rocking around, or worrying about the integrity of your chair. The wicker accent is also beautiful, matching the steel, and adds some visual interest to this chair.

The reclining mechanism is also very smooth, and it offers the standard three levels of reclining – sitting, feet-up, and full recline – so you can always choose the setting that’s right for the mood and the occasion.

While it’s not cheap, this recliner is certainly a fantastic choice and will keep you lounging and relaxing on the porch for years to come.

What To Look For When Buying Outdoor Recliners

Like all outdoor furniture, there are some important things to be understood when it comes to purchasing an outdoor recliner. Let’s look at a few of these below.

Weather Resistance

If you’re buying an outdoor recliner, this has to be one of your top priorities. Weather resistance is very important, as the conditions outdoors can be quite harsh – blowing winds, harsh sunlight, driving rain, and wide ranges of temperature variation.

This is why you should ensure that whatever outdoor recliner you buy is very weather-resistant, ideally with sturdy materials like wicker or high-quality plastics, water and UV-resistant fabrics, and lightweight padding and foam that can dry quickly if forgotten in a rainshower.

Durability

The durability of an outdoor recliner is paramount – unlike big boy recliners, this chair will have to hold up to a huge variety of weather conditions and variations, so a heavy-duty, durable construction is extremely important.

Most high-quality outdoor recliners are made with metal frames crafted from stainless steel or lightweight aluminum – depending on the price – and covered with another durable, attractive material like natural or PE (Polyethylene) wicker to allow for a much more heavy-duty construction that can hold up to plenty of weight, and the elements.

Having a high-quality frame and reclining mechanism is very important, especially given the fact that your recliner is likely to get wet. The metal components of the recliner must be rust resistant and function well even after they’ve gotten wet – otherwise your chair will literally rust out from underneath you.

Removable Cushion Design

Having removable cushions on an outdoor recliner is quite important – even the most weather-resistant cushions don’t enjoy a heavy soaking from a rainshower – but this is less important if you purchase a lightweight, easily movable recliner, or plan to place your recliner in a protected outdoor area like a patio with an awning, or an open-air sunroom.

But if your recliner is going to be exposed to the elements, you’ll likely want to check out a design that features removable cushions. They’re easy to take off of the chair when rain is likely, and secure easily when you need to relax.

In addition, it’s much easier to keep your chair clean if you have removable cushions, as these lightweight foam and UV-resistant textile cushions can generally be run through washing machines with no problems.

So while having a fully-upholstered, non-removable-cushion design may be attractive, it can be impractical if you’re placing it in an area likely to receive rain, and it will likely be harder to keep clean, though proper maintenance and prevention both of these problems will be avoided.

Style and Comfort

While perhaps not as important as build quality and all-weather durability, both style and comfort are very important when buying an outdoor recliner.

Most outdoor recliners are quite comfortable, built out of lightweight foams and high-quality textiles, but it’s still a good idea to get an idea of the comfort level of a specific recliner, especially if you’re looking for options like variable reclining, rocking, or other specific comfort features.

Style shouldn’t be overlooked, either – given that your recliner will be outside, an eyesore will likely not just be noticed by you – so if that’s something you care about, you’d best be served finding an outdoor recliner that blends in with the rest of your outdoor furniture.

Wrap-Up

We hope this article has been informative, and helped you get a better understanding of the sorts of outdoor recliners that are popular on the market today. Armed with knowledge, we’re sure you’ll be able to pick the perfect recliner for your patio, porch, or deck.

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