In this guide we’ll look at the best sun loungers for summer.
I’ve compared design, comfort, durability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Sun Lounger?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Sturdy and stylish lounger, adjustable to 6 positions!
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.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Sun Lounger Reviews
TecTake Rattan Sun Lounger Review
This stylish TecTake Rattan Sun Lounger looks extremely modern, with a clean finish that screams ‘comfortable summer lounging’!
It has a sturdy, weatherproof steel and iron base that feels extremely supportive and comfortable.
The synthetic rattan-effect weave of the frame is both strong and durable, with the added bonus of being extremely easy to clean.
The manufacturers recommend using a cover to keep this lounger protected and extend its life, but they have also taken steps to improve its longevity. The base has been painted to protect from corrosion.
In terms of sun-lounging potential, this lounger has got a lot to offer. It’s adjustable to six different positions so you can sit comfortably to eat, read a book, or chat, or recline fully and lie flat if you want to.
It’s easy to change between positions so you can vary throughout the day (UK weather permitting!).
There are two wheels at the head of the lounger so you can move it around to get the perfect position in the sun.
It’s also extremely comfortable – the polyester cushions and coverings covers are thick and ideal for relaxing on. They’re also splash proof so can withstand the odd spillage or quick rain shower!
The cushions attach with Velcro which stops them slipping around.
In terms of assembly, this lounger does need to be put together when it arrives. It can be a little fiddly, but once constructed you’re all set!
All in all, this is one of the best sun loungers around; it offers loads of different, comfortable seating positions. Plus, it’s extremely comfortable and easy to move around.
Resol Marina Sun Lounger Review
These Resol Marina Sun Loungers are commonly used by hotels and resorts because of their durability and stackable design.
If you’re looking for a lounger which has proven itself in a professional setting, is comfortable, and also easy to store, these will be a great option for you.
You get two loungers and can choose from a range of colours.
The base is made from strong, polypropylene resin – making these loungers virtually indestructible. It’s a reliable design which will keep its shape for years.
The loungers have 4 reclining positions to choose from, from upright to completely flat. Whether you’re eating lunch or having a nap, you’ll be able to find a comfortable position!
They’re reasonably comfortable and definitely extremely hard wearing and durable. You may wish to add some pillows to improve comfort further.
If you enjoy the design of the classic hotel sun lounger, these are the best sun loungers for recreating that holiday feel right in your own garden!
Alfresia Garden Sun Lounger Review
This Alfresia Garden Sun Lounger comes with an extremely comfortable padded cushion. It’s perfect for wiling away the hours outside in luxury.
There are even different cushion designs to choose from, whether you want the classic green to match the frame, a tartan blue option, or a fun tropical design.
This chair folds away and unpacks easily so it’s great for getting out at a moment’s notice as soon as you see a slither of sun.
The lounger can be upright or reclined, depending on your mood and activity.
Considering how easy it is to fold away, it would make a great option for the beach or a camping trip, and you can be sure to lounge in comfort thanks to the fantastic padded cushion!
Olive Grove Padded Garden Sun Lounger Review
These Olive Grove Padded Garden Sun Loungers have bronze-coloured frames and a brown tweed coloured canvas.
Two chairs are included in this set.
They have padding built in, plus an additional headrest cushion making them very comfortable. The headrest can be moved around to find the perfect position.
They are described as anti-gravity chairs and have a foot rest allowing you to recline and feel fully supported.
The loungers are fully adjustable, moving from upright to reclined.
They are easy to adjust; you simply lean back and the chair gently reclines. When you press your legs down, the chair rises smoothly to a more upright position.
The fabric parts are made from textiline, a hard-wearing, weather-resistant fabric, so they can be left outside all summer long.
They are also easy to fold away for winter storage.
These chairs are stylish and comfortable, offering great value for money for two quality loungers.
Marbella Sun Lounger Set Dark Brown Review
These stylish Marbella Sun Loungers are fantastically comfortable and look great in the garden.
This set includes two large, comfortable sun beds, as well as a matching table to rest your cuppa (or cocktail!) on.
The bases are sturdy and well-made, they have an aluminium frame and a rattan-style woven covering.
The poly-rattan is weatherproof and durable and can be left outside all summer long.
You can raise either end to a sitting position, making it easy to follow the sun without turning the whole lounger around!
They are sturdy, yet lightweight enough to move easily when necessary.
In terms of comfort, the 10 cm thick cushions are wonderful to lie on, and even store away into the base when not in use.
These loungers come fully assembled and ready to go! They are stylish and sturdy loungers that are super comfortable to relax in.
I would say these are some of the best sun loungers in terms of value for money, because not only are they extremely comfortable and easy to adjust, they also come with a matching table.
Jati Teak Hardwood Garden Sun Lounger Review
This Jati Teak Hardwood Garden Sun Lounger will look fantastic in any garden – whether you want something traditional or modern, this is the best sun lounger for doing both!
It’s made from high-quality teak that will only require minimal maintenance and looks fantastic.
The wheels make it easy to move around and the manufacturers have even thought to include a pull-out tray for your drink or book.
A comfortable, thick cushion comes included which is showerproof (perfect for the unreliable UK summer!).
When it comes to reclining, the backrest is adjustable from upright to completely flat making it perfect for relaxing in whether you’re after a little afternoon siesta or drinking a tea with a good book.
The fittings are all brass which look great with the lounger’s teak design, plus they’re also extremely durable.
On arrival, this lounger is more or less ready to go – you just need to attach the legs which is easy to do.
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!
A comfortable sun lounger will help you enjoy the long summer days, providing a comfy place to relax in the sun whenever and wherever you want.
You’ll want to go for something that looks great in your garden, is comfortable, and also hardwearing enough to cope with the inevitable summer downpour.
I’ve put together the following information to help you find the very best sun lounger for your garden!
Loungers That Stand the Test of Time
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.
The best sun loungers will be perfectly reliable, ready to be pulled out of storage at a moment’s notice – so what do you need to look out for to make sure they have such sturdy construction?
Most sun loungers are made from aluminium, plastic, hardwood or woven plastic. All of these are hardwearing although there are a few things to bear in mind:
- Aluminium should be coated to protect it from the elements and corrosion.
- Plastics should have UV-resistant properties. If they don’t, they will fade and corrode in the sun.
- 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!).
Store the sun lounger away during winter whenever possible.
Not all sun loungers come with fabric cushions and coverings, but when they do, these cushions are usually splash proof. However, cushions should still be stored when not in use – splash proofing will protect them from the odd shower, but they will suffer if exposed to too much rain, or even sun.
UV can really wear away at textile fabrics, so it’s better to bring cushions in even if it’s not raining.
Sun Lounger Comfort
The comfort of a sun lounger generally comes down to a couple of things: it’s potential to recline, and is padding.
If you’re after maximum versatility, look for a lounger which boasts 4 – 6 adjustable positions. Bear in mind that not all loungers are able to lie completely flat, so check this if it is important to you.
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 will be much easier to move. 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.
Storing Your Sun Lounger
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.
There are sun loungers that fold up, or even be stack on top of each other, which is useful if space is limited.
Zero-Gravity Vs. Traditional Styles
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 less practical.
With a traditional-style sun lounger, you need to physically choose which position you would like the chair to be in. You either do this 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, but it does mean that you can move around and shuffle as much as you like once in the chair, without changing its position.
I have a medium sized garden, but I have little room for storage. Is there a sun lounger that can be left outside all year round?
Many sun loungers are highly durable and can be left outside all year round. The Resol Marina Sun Lounger is a good example as it is UV and weather resistant. Teak furniture is also very durable and hard wearing. 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.
Are the cushions of my sun lounger waterproof?
Generally, sun lounger cushions are splash 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.
How can I clean my sun lounger?
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.