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9 best hanging egg chairs that are the perfect addition to your patio

Whatever your budget, hang out in the cosiest cocoons for every outdoor space

Ali Howard
Tuesday 12 April 2022 10:59
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Hype around these trendy oeufs has made the once unattainable piece increasingly affordable

With design roots in the swinging Sixties (pun fully intended), the hanging egg chair is a naturally chic patio piece. Perhaps the ultimate indulgence when it comes to outdoor furniture, its playful form offers an idyllic spot in which to curl up and relax, cocooning us as we drift softly in the breeze.

Given that very few of us can boast a mature oak tree to swing from in the back garden, most designs come with a sturdy metal cantilever stand. The chair itself is then typically suspended via a strong chain and sometimes a hefty spring, which gives a little bounce, making us feel both comfy and supported.

While a hanging egg chair’s natural habitat is the patio or terrace, there are plenty of indoor/outdoor designs on offer: if you have the space, a natural rattan number can add a laid-back bohemian feel to your interiors.

And while we often associate faux rattan with cheaper products, materials such as polyethylene rattan or bamboo in fact prove highly durable and weather-proof – as well as being near-impossible to tell the difference. Now, some of the most expensive, luxurious outdoor furniture ranges are crafted from poly-rattan.

Excitingly, buyer demand is making this once unattainable piece increasingly affordable, with top brands competing for our attention – even budget retailers such as Aldi and Robert Dyas have joined in with the hype. Call it self-care – this is a luxury we all want in on.

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How we tested

We put a range of hanging egg chairs to the test on our patio space, looking for great design and all-weather durability, ease of assembly, quality of materials, and of course, the ultimate in comfort.

The best Aldi egg chair alternatives for 2022 are:

  • Best overall – JYSK hanging chair GJERN, nature: £225, Jysk.co.uk
  • Best bang for our buck – Gardenline hanging egg chair: £189.99, Aldi.co.uk
  • Best for cosy couples – Maze Living rose rattan hanging chair, brown: £699, Mazeliving.co.uk
  • Best for minimalists – Trimm Copenhagen outdoor cocoon hang chair, beige: £1,330, Amara.com
  • Best round hanging chair – Garden Trading Hampstead hanging nest chair: £550, Gardentrading.co.uk
  • Best mid-priced style – Charles Bentley hanging swing egg chair: £378.99, Robertdyas.co.uk
  • Best private swing – Alexander Rose cordial Lucy chair with cantilever frame: £2,249.10, Gardentrends.co.uk
  • Best contemporary design – Made Lyra garden hanging chair, charcoal grey: £380, Made.com
  • Best luxury egg chair –  Skyline Heri hanging chair: £2,955, Luxdeco.com

JYSK hanging chair GJERN, nature

Best: Overall

Rating: 10/10

There’s so much to love about JYSK’s egg chair, not least its tantalisingly affordable price. Simple in design and crafted from poly-rattan with a sturdy black metal frame, it more than does the job. The egg chair comes with a plush and enveloping cushion complete with a nifty headrest that can be tied onto the frame to find its perfect position. The cushioning is upholstered in a natural ecru fabric that blends nicely with the pale rattan, and it proves highly durable (simply wipe clean with a damp cloth if you drift off and spill your Aperol spritz). This one has a looser, airier weave than most, but its bulky cushion keeps you nicely cocooned.

Gardenline hanging egg chair

Best: Bang for our buck

Rating: 9/10

Offering incredible value for money is this swinging patio piece from Aldi. It’s become quite the cult favourite and as such we’ve seen the product historically go out of stock almost as soon as it goes live. To help you snare one we’re in contact with Aldi for the latest stock updates.

What we love about this one is that it looks and feels much more expensive than it is. The body of the egg chair is made from a synthetic polyethylene wicker but cleverly, its imperfect criss-cross weave awards it all the charm of the natural material it apes. Add to that a sturdy powder-coated steel frame and plush padded cushioning, and you really can’t go wrong.

Maze Living rose rattan hanging chair, brown

Best: For cosy couples

Rating: 8/10

Thanks to its generously wide shaping, this is a sociable hanging egg chair, made for two. Crafted from a waterproof and frost-resistant rattan, and in a relatively tight and symmetrical weave, it looks and feels suitably luxurious in either the brown or grey colourway. A thoughtful design detail is that whichever colour you choose, the basket perfectly matches the aluminium frame, meaning the frame blends into the background, keeping the focus on the chair itself.

Plump cushioning makes for a comfy sit, white the double-pronged support at the top keeps the egg chair perfectly suspended and swinging lightly, without tipping sideways. Order now for June.

Trimm Copenhagen outdoor cocoon hang chair, beige

Best: For minimalists

Rating: 8/10

A chic and contemporary take on the classic hanging egg chair, this is Trimm Copenhagen’s outdoor version of the brand’s design-led beauty in tan leather. Boasting the same shaping, the circular frame is covered in a water repellent and UV resistant “sunbrella plus” coated canvas, making it super durable. Without a frame, this one’s designed to be hung from a sturdy branch, but it is wonderfully lightweight. Available in three neutral colourways, grey, graphite, and beige, it’s ideal for those who appreciate a minimalist clean line without the fussiness of textured woven rattan.

Garden Trading Hampstead hanging nest chair

Best: Round hanging chair

Rating: 9/10

While the classic egg chair is objectively attractive, there’s something even more aesthetically pleasing about a perfectly round design. This one from Garden Trading echoes the shaping of the classic Sixties bubble chair. It’s intricately crafted from a polyethylene bamboo, which looks every bit the real thing, wrapped around its strong steel frame in contrasting black. And the chair also comes complete with a simple off-white cushion that can easily be moved around and rearranged to suit your positioning. Whimsical and romantic, this one’s positively made for curling up in with a good book.

Charles Bentley hanging swing egg chair

Best: Mid-priced style

Rating: 9/10

It may seem counterintuitive but jet-black garden furniture on the sunniest of days is the height of chic. We loved this monochrome hanging egg chair for its dark drama and its contemporary design: it boasts an irregular, messy weave, which awards it a striking texture, while its upright black aluminium frame has a pleasing curve to it. The frame also proves highly sturdy and allows the chair to both rotate and swing. This one also comes with a large, round padded cushion in contrasting cream, which is both comfy and durable.

Alexander Rose cordial Lucy chair with cantilever frame

Best: Private swing

Rating: 8/10

This striking egg chair boasts an oversized, chunky basket-style weave, which awards it a playful contemporary twist. Part of the brand’s cordial luxe collection, the Lucy chair is crafted from a strong olefin fibre with a tubular aluminium frame. It also comes with a plump base cushion and two scatter cushions – arrange them as you like to create your perfect cosy spot. Thanks to its dense weave, the egg chair offers almost complete shade from the sun and feels wonderfully cocoon-like. Family members will be fighting you over it.

Made Lyra garden hanging chair, charcoal grey

Best: Contemporary design

Rating: 8/10

With its geometric design and angular silhouette, Made’s offering is more upturned shopping basket than egg. But where it does stay with convention is its intricately woven poly-rattan material, which gives it a charmingly aged and naturally imperfect look.

We loved the little details in this one: the weave is in tight stripes top and bottom of the piece, with an attractive latticed design in the centre, while its plump seat cushion sits snugly into the chair. This one boasts a generous swing height and is larger than most, meaning you can team the existing pad with further scatter cushions – there’s plenty of room.

Skyline Heri hanging chair

Best: Luxury egg chair

Rating: 8/10

This is a super luxurious version of a hanging egg chair from high-end contemporary outdoor furniture brand, Skyline. Made to order, the stylish patio piece features a swooping elongated egg-shaped exterior, which supports a more conventionally shaped interior seat, while a simple, sturdy metal frame keeps the chair firmly suspended.

Its polyethylene weave, together with its durable leather-like fabric cushioning, ensures the piece is fully weather-proof. We love the way the Heri hints at a classic enclosed egg chair yet its unique design keeps the piece light and airy with an open back. Ideal if you prefer a free and easy feel. It’s not cheap, but it’s both an investment for your patio, and a stand-out statement piece.

The verdict: Hanging egg chairs

We loved JYSK’s Gjern hanging chair, most of all for its affordable price. But this one doesn’t look or feel cheap. Its open and airy weave doesn’t overwhelm a smaller patio space, while its cosy cushion kept us nicely cocooned. We also loved Garden Trading’s Hampstead hanging nest chair for its pleasing round shaping and its cosy cushioning. It’s perfect for curling up in.

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