With its sunshine stripes, this deckchair really brought a smile to our faces and a lovely splash of colour to our garden. We loved the wide-striped cabana-style print. It brings a contemporary look to any patio or terrace. Okay, so it’s quite low down meaning it’s not going to be the easiest to get in and out of – but when were deckchairs ever? And once we were sat, it was really comfortable and we could easily while away the hours in it. The matching headrest also helped with comfort levels. The metal frame folds really small, so good for those short on space. It’ll easily jam in a cupboard or slither of space in the shed too.
Summer is when we can really enjoy some al fresco relaxing. If your outdoor space or budget doesn’t stretch to accommodate larger garden furniture, deckchairs are the perfect answer. Comfortable, durable and cool, they’re a flexible answer for lazy summer relaxing.
Once upon a time, deckchairs were a piece of fabric suspended on a wooden frame. And while they’re very much still the mainstay, the design has evolved to incorporate other materials and looks. Whether you’re looking for something lightweight to sling under your arm, something that adds a pop of colour, or something durable and comfortable, there’s a deckchair for you.
Wooden deckchairs tend to be more heavy weight. This can make them more durable and means they have a very classic look, which many of us are drawn to. Wood is not the be all and end all, however. If you want to move your deckchair frequently, you might want to consider a metal deckchair. Most of these have lightweight frames and are easier to fold than their wooden counterparts. They can however feel a tad less stable.
Other features to look out for are recline positions. Many, but certainly not all, deckchairs have recline positions. Some deckchairs come with arms – these can provide comfort, or they might make you feel a bit hemmed in.
The fabric on the sling part of the chair is also worth considering. If it’s cotton, it might pick up and hold dirt a bit more, but it’s going to be more breathable to sit on for hours on a hot summer’s day. Man-made fabrics like polyester, meanwhile, are lightweight and wipe clean, and will dry quickly in downpours, but you may find them a sweatier sit.
How we tested
We spent around a month sitting around, seeing which deckchairs met our incredibly high standards. Our criteria for the best deckchair roundup was comfort first and foremost. We wanted a nice stable seat, ideally without any creaking. Something that was easy to get in and out of was a big tick for us, too. Other things we were after were value for money (as always!), durability and something that actually looked nice in our garden. Here are the ones that made the cut…
The best deck chairs for 2023 are:
- Best overall – B&Q curacao golden apricot foldable cabana striped beach chair: £8, Diy.com
- Best premium deckchair – The Stripes Company premium deckchair in surfing: £165, Thestripescompany.com
- Best deckchair for under £20 – B&Q GoodHome Joline steel grey metal deckchair: £18, Diy.com
- Best lightweight deckchair – Gardeneque striped wooden sun lounger: £89.99, Amazon.co.uk