In this guide we’ll look at the best garden recliners for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, build quality, comfort and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll look at the best garden recliners for the UK market.
What is The Best Garden Recliner?
In a rush? Here's my top choice...
Zero gravity chairs with an adjustable canopy system for extra hot days
The VonHaus Set of 2 Zero Gravity Chairs are designed for hours spent outside in the garden! These chairs have an adjustable canopy so you can keep your head in the shade. There’s also 3 recline settings for unrivaled comfort.CHECK PRICE →
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More Detailed Garden Recliner Reviews
VonHaus Set of 2 Heavy Duty Textoline Zero Gravity Chairs with Canopy Review
The VonHaus Set of 2 Heavy Duty Textoline Zero Gravity Chairs are the best garden recliners thanks to their three recline settings combined with a built-in canopy and great build quality.
The three recline settings in this recliner allow you to get just the right position for the mood you are in. When fully reclined it’s almost like a deck chair in terms of angle. Once you are done relaxing in the sun you can tilt the chair forward to easily have a snack or drink.
Part of what makes this the best garden recliner is the smooth reclining action as well as the great build quality overall. The recliners come with a 2-year warranty showing that the company is confident they will last well.
On top of these features, the chair also has a nice canopy system allowing you to relax in the sun but keep your head in the shade. This is great if you want to read a book or check your emails.
These recliners are a great option if you are looking for the best garden recliner chair that comes in a set of two, and features several reclining positions and a built-in sunshade.
SUNMER Set of 2 Sun Lounger Garden Chairs Review
The SUNMER Set of 2 Sun Lounger Garden Chairs are another great option thanks to their wide recline range and lightweight frames that make them easy to move around to follow the sun.
These garden recliners offer a range from 30 to 90 degrees allowing you to find the perfect position for lounging, reading or eating. These great reclining chairs are also very lightweight thanks to the powder-coated steel frame. This means they can easily be moved and repositioned in the garden or taken with you on your travels. The chairs also fold up nice and small making them easy to store. This also allows you to pop them in the car and take them with you wherever you want to go.
These recliners are a great lightweight and portable option with good reclining options.
ATR All Weather Wicker Chair Sofa - Adjustable Patio Recliner Review
The ATR All Weather Wicker Adjustable Patio Recliner is the best-padded garden recliner thanks to its plump cushions, supportive aluminium frame and good weather resistance.
This garden recliner uses a good quality, thick foam to ensure that the cushions are plump and very comfortable for extended periods of time. These comfortable and padded cushions sit on top of a lightweight but strong aluminium frame. This is very supportive and helps enhance the comfort levels of this chair.
This frame and cushions are water and UV resistant. This stops your cushions fading or getting water damaged and keeps the chair looking as good as new.
This is a good option if you want the best padded reclining chair that offers great comfort combined with a good build quality.
Azuma Zero Gravity Padded Garden Reclining Relaxer Review
The Azuma Zero Gravity Padded Garden Reclining Relaxer is a good option thanks to its range of colours, smooth recline mechanism and the fact that it folds completely flat for easy transportation.
This model comes in a wide range of colours allowing you to choose the perfect colour for both your garden and personality.
When you use this chair, you will notice the smooth reclining mechanism. It doesn’t lock at any specific point which allows you to get it to a position that’s just right for you. It can be positioned anywhere from straight upright to almost vertical. This smooth recline mechanism also means it can fold completely flat for when you want to store it or transport it in the car.
This is a good option if you want a free reclining mechanism, without specific lock points, that’s also very portable and comes in a wide range of colours.
Allibert by Keter Vermont Rattan Reclining Chair Review
The Allibert by Keter Vermont Rattan Reclining Chair is the best rattan reclining chair thanks to its lovely covering which means it looks good and is also very comfortable.
The rattan used for this garden chair gives it a very sleek and elegant look with a bit more class than your average garden a chair. It’s also very thick and durable making this chair hardwearing and long-lasting. The build quality overall is excellent and this is backed by a three-year warranty.
The rattan chair is also very easy to assemble with simple tools. Once assembled you have a very comfortable and supportive chair that has a nice smooth reclining mechanism.
This is a good option if you want a good-looking, well-built rattan garden chair that’s hardwearing and comfortable.
Garden Recliner Chair Buyer’s Guide
Comfort is a key component in a great garden recliner. Different types of reclining chair use different materials to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. There are two mains ways that this comfort is achieved.
Firstly, some styles use a sheet of fabric material that is stretched over the frame of the chair. This fabric is often anchored by a stretchy cable material that allows the sheet of material to flex and mould itself to your body. Chairs that use this style can be very supportive and comfortable. They also make the chair lighter and more portable.
The other main style uses good quality cushions to ensure that the reclining chair is comfortable. These cushions are usually well stuffed with a foam material as this handles the elements well and stays reasonably firm.
All the recliners in our list provide for comfortable reclining, so the style you choose will be dependent on how you are going to use, store and transport your chair.
Garden recliners come in a range of designs. The best one for you will depend on how and where you plan to use the chair. Some chairs are built in a more lightweight manner to enable them to be more portable. This means you can easily transport the chair to the beach or on holiday as well as easily moving it around your garden to follow the sun. It also makes them easy to store through the winter months. This type of chair also gives you a sleeker-looking garden chair.
More substantial garden chairs are designed to be left in the garden ready for you to use. These are often larger chairs with big cushions that just invite you to sink in and relax.
Larger garden recliners are great if you want to leave them in the garden and have a nice large comfortable place to sit. Smaller recliners are more portable and easy to store.
The overall size will depend on how you plan to use the chair and the space you have available for your garden recliner.
The materials used will affect multiple aspects of your garden recliner.
The first area materials will affect is the comfort. If you have a recliner that uses a sheet of fabric this fabric will need to be soft and light. Fabric is often pulled tight by an elastic material so this elastic will need to be nice and stretchy to ensure there is enough give to provide comfort and support. The elastic also needs to be strong enough to be durable and long lasting.
If you choose a recliner with cushions you should ensure that the cushions are weather resistant so they can withstand a shower as well as days in the sun without deteriorating or fading. Having good quality foam in your cushions will make it soft and comfortable.
The second area that material is crucial is the frames. Often steel or aluminium frames are used. Steel gives you great strength and durability and is best suited for a larger garden recliner that you don’t plan on moving. Aluminium gives you strength but remains a bit lighter so this is ideal for a portable garden recliner.
Weatherproofing is an important part of garden recliners as inevitably they will get caught in a rain shower at some time. All the recliners in our list offer some weatherproofing to ensure they can withstand showers at a minimum. This is done by using water-resistant materials on cushions and covers as well as the frame.
The material inside the cushions needs to dry quickly if it does get wet. Most recliners use foam cushions as these dry fast so if your recliners does get left out in a shower it will soon be dry and ready to use again.
A weatherproof frame will ensure the longevity of your garden recliner. Powder-coated steel or aluminium will help the frame of your chair to resist corrosion and water damage.
Garden Recliner FAQ
How much weight can a garden recliner hold?
This depends on the specific chair you purchase, but if you’re a lot heavier than average you may want to look for a chair with a higher weight capacity.
Garden recliners can usually hold up to 150kgs, but I recommend checking the manufacturer’s specifications.
Remember that regularly getting close to the chair’s maximum weight capacity may reduce its lifespan.
What is a zero gravity recliner?
Some of the recliners I have recommended are zero gravity recliners. These allow you to recline in a suspended neutral position, with your feet in line with your heart. The idea is that lying in this way helps you to relax and can relieve pressure on the spine.
Zero gravity chairs are arguably the most comfortable style of reclining chair.
How should you store a garden recliner?
Most reclining chairs fold up for easy storage. They don’t take up much space once folded, which means they can be stored away in the shed or garage.
While many reclining chairs are weather resistant, I highly recommend storing them inside in the winter months or in very bad weather.
A lovely, comfy reclining garden chair can help you make the most of summer. Having a good comfortable place to sit means you can stay out and enjoy your garden for longer without getting uncomfortable. In fact, sometimes it makes it hard to leave! Recliners also add a nice feature to your garden and make it look very welcoming.
I would recommend the VonHaus Set of 2 Heavy Duty Textoline Zero Gravity Chairs as they are durable and comfortable, offer 3 reclining positions and also include a sun canopy.