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17 best beach chairs to try in 2021

From loungers to backpacks, these folding chairs start at just $10.
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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, the hottest beach reads, 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 — and asked a few design experts to weigh in on the ones they love this season. From sand chairs to loungers, check out our great finds starting at just $10.

The best beach chairs

1. Sun Squad Tie-Dye Sand Chair

This Sun Squad 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.

2. 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% 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. Adjustable padded shoulder straps make travel easy and comfortable.

3. Sun Squad Multi-Position Lounger

This lightweight lounger comes with a carrying strap to ease transport. The rust-resistant steel frame will help ensure durability so you can get the most out of your money.

4. 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% of all sales go to the Life is Good Kids Foundation.

5. Coleman Beach Ground Mat

This 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!

6. 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.

7. Hearth & Hand Travel Beach Lounge Mat

“My love for all things Target is well-documented and it’s because of extremely cute things like this awesome beach chair. It’s affordable, lightweight, and has a compartment to keep your things sand-free. Plus, it turns into a backpack for easy transport,” celebrity design blogger Emily Henderson told Shop TODAY of her affordable pick.

8. GCI Sunshade Eazy Chair

This beach chair literally has you covered with an adjustable canopy 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 nylon and polyester mesh provides ventilation to keep your body cool, while the wide-mouth carrying bag makes packing up after a long day at the beach easy.

9. Tommy Bahama Deluxe Backpack Beach Chair

With a lightweight steel and aluminum frame, this chair is 2 1/2-inches 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.

10. 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.

11. Rio Classic 5-Position Lay Flat Beach Chair

“This is my go-to chair for the beach. It’s extremely well made and light enough to carry a couple at a time (since I am a dad). I like to be as close to the sand as possible and this one is low to the ground and lays flat as well. This is the chair for me!” said John Colaneri, designer and television personality.

12. Lands' End Wooden Lounge Chair

Here’s why you’ll need to spend a little more for this beach chair: It’s made of solid oak and the wood has been coated in a marine spar varnish, the fabric is a marine-grade acrylic and the hardware is crafted using rust-repellent stainless steel. Plus, there are four reclining positions and 12 beautiful colors (from black to turquoise to pistachio) to choose from.

13. Rio Beach Bum Folding Beach Chair

“I love this beach chair — it has a drink holder and a storage pouch, which is perfect for my cell phone," said Chris Lambton, host of "Yard Crashers" and "Lawn and Order." "It’s lightweight and has a carry strap so I can hold my son or daughter in one arm plus the chair and a bag of kids’ toys!”

14. Coleman Camping Portable Quad Chair

"I don't mess around when it comes to beach chairs. Once I'm off my feet I want to stay that way, so a chair with a built-in cooler and room for a few drinks and an ice pack is exactly what I need," said Scott McGillivray, designer and "Scott’s Vacation House Rules" host. "This one is also super comfortable, durable and folds up easily. I take it everywhere."

15. Mark & Graham x Pottery Barn Kids Beach Lounger

Designed for kids before they’re too cool to sit in beach chairs, this navy and white striped lounger, is made with durable polyester fabric (simply spot clean any spills with a dry cloth) and can be easily folded and carried away using the attached shoulder strap.

16. Rio Beach Hi-Boy Beach Chair

This color-blocked beach chair comes with an adjustable canopy made of a UPF 50+ fabric and has an extended backrest (a typical backrest height is about 20 to 25 inches; this one is a little over 27). The body is made with durable polyester fabric and a lightweight, rust-proof aluminum frame.

17. Picnic Time Monaco Beach Chair

This classic-looking navy beach chair has it all! It features six reclining positions, is made with durable polyester fabric and also has a cup holder, pillow and backpack straps.

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This article was originally published on June 12, 2019.