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This TecTake Rattan Sun Lounger looks stylish and modern. It has a strong steel and iron base, easy-to-clean poly-rattan frame, and comfortable polyester cushions. You can adjust this lounger to 6 different positions and move it around easily thanks to the two rubberised wheels.CHECK PRICE →
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TecTake Rattan Sun Lounger Review
Although attractive sun loungers like this TecTake Rattan Sun Lounger can often be quite expensive, this particular model offers better value for money by coming as a ‘self-assembly’ option.
It takes about an hour to put together, with relatively clear instructions that are predominantly pictorial. An Allen key comes included for the screws and there are no aspects of assembly which are overly challenging, although it may take some patience and time.
In terms of the chair itself, it has a stylish finish and looks similar to the sort of rattan lounger you would expect to see around the pool at an up-market Mediterranean resort. The cream mattress contrasts with the black steel/iron base and is reasonably comfortable to lie on. It is only 5 cm thick though, which is a little thinner than some other models available.
The mattress cover can be removed for cleaning, and the pillow is also detachable, fixing in place with Velcro. There are six reclining positions to choose between, ranging from an angle of around 110° to completely reclined.
There are enough reclining options to make it versatile in the summer, the most upright is suitable for eating and drinking, whilst the fully reclined would be great for any mid-afternoon siestas…
When it comes to durability, the frame has been coated to protect it against corrosion and the synthetic rattan can be wiped clean. However, it can suffer the effects of the weather if not adequately stored in winter, and also doesn’t come with a protective cover so one may need to be built separately.
Movement in and out of storage is facilitated by the two back wheels and the chair’s relatively light 15 kg weight. The wheels can stick sometimes though, and may need adjusting several times after assembly to keep them turning smoothly.
Overall, if you’re after a rattan chair with this sort of sleek appearance, this may be one of the best sun loungers to go for because the self assembly may mean that it’s cheaper than some pre-assembled models.
- Relatively quick assembly in around an hour
- Cushion attaches using Velcro making it easy to remove and reattach
- High weight capacity of 120 kg
- Comfortable to lie on
- Mattress cover can be easily unzipped and removed for cleaning
- Can suffer weather damage if not stored correctly and kept sufficiently dry
- Mattress is only 5 cm thick which, although relatively comfortable, could be more padded
- Wheels can stick meaning bolts need to be occasionally loosened
Resol Marina Sun Lounger Review
These Resol Marina Sun Loungers are commonly used by hotels and resorts because of their durability and stackable design. I don’t know about you, but they seem to bring back holiday vibes just from looking at the photo.
Therefore, if you’re after for a lounger which has proven itself in a professional setting, is comfortable to lay on, and also easy to store, this type of chair will be a great choice.
Plus, you actually get two in a set, so despite the seemingly high price tag they are some of the best sun loungers in terms of value for money when comparing quality and price.
The base is made from strong polypropylene resin making them a durable option; they’re easy to wipe clean and relatively unaffected by the harsh and changeable UK climate. Covered with a synthetic canvas material, they are available in several colours and the fabric is water repellent.
Although storing these loungers away in winter is probably advisable, some customers keep them out all year round which speaks to the strength of their construction.
Overall, there are four reclining positions to choose between, which is less than some of the other sun loungers featured, but still offers sufficient choice between upright and fully reclined.
In general, there don’t seem to be many downsides to these loungers; however, they’re not quite as padded as options that have a stuffed mattress. Therefore, it will likely be necessary to add a separate cushion sometimes, especially when laying down flat.
All things considered, these are high-quality sun loungers that are considered very durable and long lasting. Plus, thanks to their design, it’s easy to store two loungers in the same space taken up by one lounger, simply by stacking them.
- Polypropylene resin base is durable and weather resistant
- Stack on top of each other for more efficient storage
- Integrated drinks holder at the side so you don't have to reach down to the floor
- Can be left out in rainy summer weather and then dried off quickly for use when the sun comes out
- Offer good value when comparing quality and price
- No cushions included which might need to be added separately to improve comfort
Alfresia Garden Sun Lounger Review
Whilst some sun loungers on this page get marked down for the comfort of their mattress, the same can’t be said for this Alfresia Garden Sun Lounger.
It has a thick 10 cm cushion which is certainly one of the main draws of this design. The cushion covers the whole chair area, padding out the leg rest too, and makes this one of the best sun loungers for people who struggle to get comfortable with more ‘bare’ options.
Plus, whilst there are different reclining angles available, there’s no option to lie it completely horizontal, so it might be a favourable choice for those with limited mobility. Unlike many other sun loungers, the angle can also be changed whilst sitting on the chair, without getting up, simply by lifting the two arm rests.
The cushion is filled with crumbed foam and is available in a few different prints, finished with contrast-coloured piping and sewn-in buttons. This gives the lounger a well-finished, comfortable and inviting appearance. It would also be a good semi-permanent choice for the conservatory, given these factors.
With a frame made from alloy steel, the entire construction of this lounger suggests that, if used outside, it should be stored away whenever it’s not in use. It folds up similarly to a steel deckchair when it’s not needed, and the cushion can be detached by undoing the ties at the top and sides.
Overall, this seems to be one of the most comfortable sun loungers featured here, and would be a good option for both the garden or conservatory. If you want something that will recline fully, this isn’t the right choice, but it offers a comfortable option for those who want to partially recline, and is easy to pack away too.
- 10 cm cushion is a lot thicker than most on the market
- Attractive design that could be used in both the garden and conservatory
- Simple to detach cushion and fold chair for quick storage
- Offers sufficient leg support even for users those who are 6 ft tall
- Maximum weight capacity is a little low at 110 kg
- May not be as durable as other options and should be stored away when not in use to avoid it getting wet
- Feet will hang off the end even if legs are supported
Garden Market Place Sun Loungers Review
Whilst some sun loungers might be limited to a certain number of reclining angles, these Garden Market Place Sun Loungers let you choose exactly how much to recline. They go between an ‘upright’ and ‘relaxed back’ position.
Unlike other chairs that only have a few lockable positions, these offer a lot more options. They’re zero gravity, so you can unscrew the locking bolt and simply push back with your head and feet until you get the angle you want. Then you lock it in place, all from the lounger, without getting up.
Two chairs are included in the set, and due to the variety of reclining options, they’re some of the best sun loungers in terms of versatility.
When it comes to construction, the frame is made from powder-coated steel, and then the armrests are made from plastic. Overall, this seems to be durable, with a couple of other design features included to add to its strength. The elastic suspension cord used to attach the canvas to the frame is thick and has been doubled up, and the seating fabric is made from a sturdy woven Textiline plastic.
The seat is lightly padded all over with polyester padding which is considered durable and will improve the comfort of the lounger. It stops any breezes or draughts coming through the back of the chair.
Despite this robust construction, these chairs should still be folded away and stored over winter.
Whilst the overall design and performance of these loungers are good, there are two criticisms to mention. First of all, this lounger has a relatively low maximum weight capacity of 90 kg, which may make it unsuitable for some users.
Secondly, the bolts which lock it in position can be difficult to alter, or slip from time to time, especially if the user is close to the weight limit.
- Not limited to just a few reclining positions
- Doubled-up elastic suspension cord makes for a firm, reinforced construction
- Folds down for storage becoming relatively compact
- Padded with polyester which stops breezes and cool air coming through the back
- Seating fabric is more coarse than the standard canvas fabric used in loungers - a cushion may be required
- Fabric becomes very hot when left out in the sun
- Locking mechanism can sometimes be difficult to turn from a seated position
- Low maximum user weight of 90 kg
Marbella Sun Lounger Set Review
If you’re after rattan furniture that doesn’t require any assembly at home, this Marbella Sun Lounger Set arrives ready to use. The loungers are constructed around a frame made from weatherproof aluminium.
They’re quite large, offering the ability to lie down flat without feet hanging off the ends, and they’re double ended, meaning that either end of the bed can be lifted into an inclined position. This gives the opportunity to change ends as the sun moves, without moving the whole sun lounger, or choose to have the sun in front or behind you.
Whilst they’re relatively easy to change into an upright position, it can be easier to do so by pushing from underneath, as there’s no tab to hold onto or pull on.
This set includes two large sun beds as well as a matching table to rest your cuppa (or cocktail!) on.
The poly-rattan exterior is weatherproof and can be left outside during the summer, although the cream cushions will likely pick up dirt easily. However, they do have a spill-proof coating and are relatively easy to wipe clean. The covers are also removeable and can be washed.
At 10 cm deep, the cushions are some of the thickest of the loungers featured on this list, particularly out of the chairs that can be fully reclined. As a result, these are some of the best sun loungers for summer, offering the potential to create a complete lounging area in the garden – table and all.
However, the cushions should be stored away when not in use, to avoid them getting caught in any unexpected showers. Plus, the whole set will be better off being put away during winter, to protect the frame, although it does not seem very prone to rust.
- Does not rust easily
- 10 cm thick cushions are comfortable and offer good support
- Arrives fully assembled so no set up required
- Either end can lift at an inclined angle, meaning you can lie at either end depending on the position of the sun
- It can be difficult to lift up the end of the lounger in order to create a backrest and is sometimes easier to push from underneath
- Cushions should be stored away when not in use to avoid them getting wet
Jati Wooden Reclining Sun Lounger Review
This Jati Wooden Reclining Sun Lounger has a much more natural feel compared to plastic or metal designs, with a wooden base made of teak and a neutral-coloured cushion.
The overall look is quite modern, and it’s certainly a style that would complement a minimalist space. The light, natural hues will contrast well with the greenery of plants in the garden.
Given the wooden construction, 6 cm cushion, and the high-level finish of this chair, it’s one of the best sun loungers in terms of quality. The cushion is finished with piped edges, the nuts are made from brass, and the teak wood doesn’t require oiling.
All of the components seem to be of high quality, and, despite the fact that some self-assembly is required, it’s easy to put together. Only the legs need to be attached, and there are just ten screws in total to get the lounger assembled.
It’s also easy to move around on the two wheels, and has a couple of other nice design features too.
Firstly, there is a pull-out wooden tray that stays hidden under the lounger until it is required, creating a handy side table for resting drinks, snacks or books on.
Secondly, the way the wooden construction has been finished shows the thought that has gone into making this lounger. It has slightly curved legs, which make it look more aesthetically interesting, and it’s design choices like this, which didn’t need to be included but have been, that show a higher level of quality.
- Very little assembly required, legs just need to be attached with ten screws in total
- Teak construction will not require oiling or maintenance
- Extremely high-quality finish with all components made from quality materials
- Tray can slide out to either side depending on space and user preference
- Cushions should be brought inside in bad weather because although showerproof, they are not fully waterproof
Things to Know Before Buying a Sun Lounger
When the sun makes an appearance, we all want to make the most of it – especially as it can be a rare commodity here in the UK!
Whilst some loungers might seem like something you only associate with hotel resorts and holidays, they’re also a great thing to have in the back garden.
For starters, they’re often more comfortable than the standard deckchair, making it easier to stay outside in the sun all day, be it reading, sunbathing or taking a nap…
There are a few things to look out for, when trying to choose the best sun lounger for your garden, and the style that suits you best might be different to what suits your neighbour. Below, you’ll find more information about the different designs, what to look out for and what to avoid.
If you’re investing in a sun lounger (or even two, as some are sold in pairs), you want to be sure it’ll last more than one season.
There are certain design features to look out for that indicate a strong and durable construction.
Most sun loungers have frames made from aluminium, steel, plastic or hardwood. All of these are hardwearing although there are a few things to bear in mind:
- Steel tends to be more at risk of corrosion than aluminium, so extra care should be taken to keep the lounger dry if it has a steel metal frame.
- Plastics should have UV-resistant properties. If they don’t, they may be prone to fading and weakening in the sun and should be stored whenever they’re not in use.
- Wooden frames will require treating every few years to protect from water and insects.
If you want to extend the life of your sun lounger, buy a cover and put it over the chair when it’s not in use. This will protect it from any sudden extreme weather (which is quite likely, knowing our summers!).
Cushion Construction Material
It’s not only the lounger’s frame that needs to stand up to the elements, but the cushion or canvas material as well.
For the most part, stuffed cushions should be stored away when the lounger is not in use. Although many of them are shower proof, it’s not worth chancing a downpour. If cushions get very wet they may take a long time to dry, or get stained. Storing them away will prolong their lives for many reasons.
Plus, it’s not only rain that can damage textile cushions, but the sun as well. UV rays can cause fabric to bleach and degrade.
If you’re buying a sun lounger that has a removeable padded cushion, make sure that the cover is removeable too (often they have a zip fastening) so that the cover can be easily washed.
Loungers without removable cushions will have some sort of suspended ‘canvas’ to lie on. You may want to provide your own cushions, especially if lying down, as these can be less comfortable to kick back on.
Avoid too thin a canvas material and look for something that is easy to wipe clean. Good options include Textilene and other synthetic woven fabrics.
Maximum Weight Capacity
Most sun loungers will come with a recommended weight capacity. This should not be exceeded, even if it seems as though the lounger can withstand a higher weight.
The reason for this is that exceeding the weight capacity can lead to damage of the components over time, and could lead to future weaknesses and breakages.
The comfort of a sun lounger generally comes down to a couple of things: it’s potential to recline, and its padding.
If you’re after maximum versatility, look for a lounger which has around 4 – 6 adjustable positions. This is standard, although some loungers may have unlimited range if they have a different locking mechanism.
Bear in mind that not all loungers are able to lie completely flat, so you’ll need to decide if this is important to you. Also, it may be harder for some people to get out of a lounger that lies flat, so anyone with reduced mobility may benefit from a more upright design.
Some sun loungers come with built-in cushioning; this usually makes them relatively comfortable without being overly padded. Seeing as the cushioning can’t be removed in these designs, it’s usually just enough whilst still allowing the lounger to be folded easily.
On the opposite ends of the scale, there are sun loungers that come with no padding, and those which come with large, removable padded mattresses.
What you choose will be down to personal preference, and you can always add padding to unpadded loungers. Just remember that loungers that come with padding included usually have a way to attach it to the chair. If you choose to add cushions yourself, they may slide around.
One final thing that can improve the comfort of your lounging experience is how easy the lounger is to move. This can make all the difference for easily moving in or out of the hot sun.
Loungers with wheels are easy to move around. Wheels are especially good to look out for if you think you will struggle to lift and move the lounger without them. It’s good to be able to move them round several times during a hot afternoon, without it being too much effort.
Alternatively, there are double-ended loungers which offer an alternative solution: you can leave them in place and change which end is elevated depending on the position of the sun. This way you may be able to change if the sun is in front or behind you.
Large sun loungers are solid and comfortable but can take up a lot of space to store.
For example, non-folding designs with box-style bases are not easy to pack away. These may only be suitable if you have a large garage or shed that you can store them in over winter.
Alternatively, there are sun loungers that fold up, or even be stack on top of each other, which is useful if space is limited.
These are things that need to be considered on a case by case basis, but can be easy to forget when caught up with looking at the lounger’s other specifications.
When it comes to storage, ask yourself:
- How does this lounger store away? (e.g. does it fold, detach, stack or need to be stored whole)
- How large is it in its ‘storable’ form?
- How much storage space do I realistically have available?
It might seem obvious, but these are all good things to check first. There’s nothing worse than a product getting damaged outside because there wasn’t enough room to store it over winter.
Anti-gravity loungers alter their positions depending on how you distribute your weight on the chair. This can be useful, as it means you don’t have to stand up to reposition the chair if you’d like to recline, but some people may find it inconvenient or uncomfortable. It can take a bit of time to get used to adjusting an anti-gravity chair when you first get one.
With a traditional-style sun lounger, you need to physically choose which ‘reclining’ position you would like the chair to be in. Depending on the style of the chair, this is done by adjusting the arm rests or the position of the back support. Often, you need to get out of the chair to make these adjustments.
One final difference is that zero-gravity loungers don’t tend to recline to a full 180°. Whilst they can come pretty close, if you want to lie entirely horizontal then you might want a different style of lounger.
Sun Lounger FAQs
Many sun loungers are highly durable and can be left outside all year round without suffering too much damage. Look for a model that has UV- and weather-resistant properties. If in doubt, message the manufacturer and ask if the lounger can be left outside. You will also want to choose something that is relatively heavy so that it won’t get blown around in the winter.
If you want to leave a sun lounger out year-round, invest in a cover to protect it from the worst of the elements over winter.
You might also like to investigate folding sun loungers as these are easy to store and take up less space in a shed, garage or attic.
Generally, sun lounger cushions are shower-proof only. This means that they will fare ok in a short shower, but shouldn’t be left outside in more extreme weather. It’s best to bring sun lounger cushions inside when not in use, to protect the fabric from both wet weather and UV rays.
If the cushions accidentally get very wet, remove and wash the covers and lie the cushions out somewhere to dry.
If you have a sun lounger made from poly-rattan or another plastic material, you can simply wash the sun lounger down with a sponge and warm, soapy water. You can use the same solution to gently clean wooden furniture.
For metal or plastic furniture, you can also use a hose, but don’t use it on too powerful a setting, especially on painted surfaces.
Make sure that the furniture dries relatively quickly, and don’t put a protective covering over the sun lounger until it is dry.