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16 beach chairs to kick back and relax anywhere you are

From loungers to backpacks, these folding chairs are beachgoer-approved.
Woman walking to her partner, who is sitting on a striped beach chair at the beach
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Before you make your way back to the beach this summer, it might be time to double check your go-to beach gear. Be sure to have a functional cooler, unexpired sunscreen, a steamy beach read, a sturdy umbrella and — last but not least — a reliable beach chair.

Whether you're spending the day lounging and soaking up the sun or taking a seat in between beach volleyball games and dips in the water, having a reliable beach chair can provide you peace of mind for every beach trip this summer.

We put together a list of the best beach chairs to try on the market right now. From sand chairs to loungers, check out some great finds beachgoers can't get enough of.

Best beach chairs, according to shoppers

Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile Folding Chair

Labeled "the perfect low-profile beach chair" by one recent Amazon reviewer, this option from Cascade Mountain Tech delivers it all — breathable mesh for humid stretches, a convenient storage bag for easier carrying and a strong aluminum frame that can withstand up to 250 pounds of weight.

Kijaro Dual Lock Portable Chair

Whether you're watching an intense beach volleyball tournament or kicking back and relaxing watching the sunset along the shore, you'll super secure knowing you're sitting in a chair with dual-lock technology for extra stability and transporting. Its near-perfect average (10,000+ verified reviewers gave it a stellar five stars on Amazon alone) is also hard to resist.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Flex Octopus Folding Beach Chair

This Melissa & Doug chair is a great affordable option for this summer for the kiddies. Reviewers love this chair because it is small, durable and easy to carry.

Rio Beach 4-Position Highboy Beach Chair

Perfect for seniors or the tallest member of your crew, this beach chair raises high off the sand, making for a more comfortable seating experience. Its body is made with a durable, quick-drying polyester fabric and a lightweight, rust-proof aluminum frame.

Ostrich Face Down Beach Chaise Lounger

Currently an Amazon bestseller, this lightweight lounger comes with a carrying strap to ease transport. Plus, the rust-, water- and fade-resistant frame will help ensure durability so you can get the most out of your money.

Sport-Brella Beach Chair with UPF 50+ Adjustable Umbrella

This water-resistant beach chair literally has you covered with an adjustable umbrella made with UPF 50+ fabric. (Ultraviolet protection factor indicates how effectively the fabric blocks the sun’s rays, with 50 being the highest.) The chair’s polyester mesh material provides ventilation to keep your body cool, while the long carrying bag makes packing up after a long day at the beach easy.

Pacific Breeze Lounger

If you'd rather be closer to the sand, this lightweight lounger is a great alternative to your traditional beach chair. The lightweight folded design makes it simple to transport, plus its adjustable back rest and padding will make it super tempting to take a long nap under the sun.

Phi Villa Oversize XL Padded Zero Gravity Lounge Chair

This top-rated beach chair "is one of the most comfortable and secure chairs out there," according to one verified Amazon reviewer (out of 2,600+!) who rated this pick five stars. With its innovative ergonomic design, adjustable back that reclines up to 170° and weight capacity of 400 pounds, it's hard to argue with that opinion!

Sunflow Chair

With a whopping 96 percent of reviewers leaving positive reviews on this "Shark Tank" find, this brand — labelling themselves "the best seat on the beach — has made a product that's practically universally loved. Aside from impressive features like a rust-resistant aluminum frame, four positions, detachable backpack straps and several patents under its belt, it's also available in nearly 20 colors to suit every kind of beachgoer.

Coleman Camping Portable Quad Chair

Over 37,000 verified Amazon reviewers have rated this Coleman chair a perfect five stars and it's simple to see why. It's designed with a strong steel frame that'll hold up to 325 pounds, along with other convenient features like a built-in cooler, roomy side pockets and adjustable arms.

Coleman Beach Ground Mat

This Coleman beach mat is the perfect compromise between sitting on a beach blanket and sitting in a chair. The adjustable A-frame reclines, while the mesh fabric keeps your skin cool. Simply fold up the mat when the day is over and carry it on your shoulder using the straps. Bonus: There’s an attachable cooler that can hold up to eight beverage cans!

Rio Gear Aluminum Lace-Up Backpack Chair

The lace-up suspension on this lightweight aluminum beach chair provides firm back support and a unique design while sturdy plastic arms move the back into four different positions. The backpack-style chair comes with a cup holder, storage pouch and an adjustable pillow.

Tommy Bahama Deluxe Backpack Beach Chair

With a lightweight steel and aluminum frame, this Tommy Bahama beach chair is 2.5" wider than most traditional backpack chairs and comes with five reclining positions. It’s loaded with accessories, including an insulated cooler pouch, cell phone holder, towel bar and adjustable pillow.

Life is Good Beach Chair with Cooler

This chair comes with a happy message and lots of goodies: an adjustable headrest, an insulated cooler bag, two cup holders, a detachable pouch for jewelry and a cell phone and a shoulder strap to free up your hands. One more reason to love this chair: 10 percent of all sales go to the Life is Good Kids Foundation.

4ocean Backpack Beach Chair with Cooler

Soak up the sun while contributing to a cleaner ocean with this beach chair from 4Ocean. This chair is entirely made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. There's space for everything with storage and cooler pouches on the back, along with an extra zippered compartment in the neck pillow. The adjustable padded shoulder straps also make travel easy and comfortable.

Strongback Low G Recliner

If the thought of sitting for hours sends your back into spasms, this chair may be your ticket to a more comfortable day at the beach. The ergonomically-designed curved back and tilted seat supports your shoulders and aligns your spine. Plus, it comes with backpack-style shoulder straps, a beverage holder and a three-year warranty.

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