The 8 Best Rocking Chairs of 2021

These classic chairs provide the perfect place to perch

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Our Top Picks
"Beautifully designed and durable, this comfortable and classic looking rocking chair offers a gentle and smooth rocking motion."
"With a sleek, modern look, this beautiful chair is comfortable and cozy, and comes in several different colors and textures."
"This sophisticated rocking chair will fit your modern decor at a budget-friendly price and comes in several fun colors."
"This glider offers more than just a smooth back and forth motion, it also swivels and reclines and even has a leg rest."
"Perfect for a nursery, this cozy rocker is great for small spaces, and has an ottoman so you can put your feet up while you rock."
"With a classic, elegant design this chair can provide a great place to relax and unwind on your deck or porch."
"This mahogany rocker has a weather-resistant finish, making it great to use indoors or out, and comes in several different colors."
"This sturdy rocker provides the comfort of a rocker with the convenience of a folding chair and is available in two finishes."

Few things in life are as soothing as swaying back and forth in a rocking chair. Rocking chairs are incredibly versatile: You can use them indoors or out, and they can be old-fashioned or modern looking. They’re also available in a wide range of materials. And while they’re great in the nursery for soothing babies as part of a nighttime ritual, they’re also a joy for people of all ages.

Here are some of our favorite options in various categories.

Best Overall: Soto Rocking Chair

Soto Rocking Chair

Mid-century modern lovers will love this rocking chair's classic appearance, which has visually striking arms and a gentle, relaxing rocking motion. Unlike some beautifully designed furniture that prioritizes looks over comfort, this rocker is also a joy to sit in. 

The rocker is made from wood and comes with firm, comfortable cushions free from flame retardants and other potentially harmful chemicals. It’s well designed and durable. While the chair itself is wide (and sits high, making it ideal for taller people), it only rocks slightly so it won’t take up too much space in your home. It offers a gentle and smooth rocking motion. 

This rocker comes assembled and is thoughtfully constructed. It is intended to last for years to come in your home.

Best Splurge: CB2 Saic Quantam Rocking Chair

Saic Quantam Rocking Chair

This elegant, eye-catching rocking chair was designed to deliver peak comfort. It was created by a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to make people feel totally immersed in the chair.

Sink into this beautiful chair, and you’ll find yourself instantly feeling more relaxed. The frame of the chair is made from larch plywood, while the rocking base is made from catalpa wood. The foam seat is covered in beautiful fabric, available in several different colors and textures. 

You’ll find that this chair is incredibly comfortable and cozy while still offering a sleek, modern look.

Best Budget: Brayden Studio Saulsberry Fabric Rocking Chair

Saulsberry Fabric Rocking Chair

Available in several eye-catching colors, this Saulsberry rocking chair is relatively budget-friendly. Sure, you can find cheaper rockers, but lower-priced selections will do you no favors. If you’re looking for something less outdoorsy and slightly more sophisticated, this Saulsberry rocker offers a modern style. 

This rocker requires assembly, is made from birch wood, and uses polyester for the cushions and fabric armrests. It is stylish and a great choice, particularly for people who are on the shorter side. Taller folks may not find this chair overly comfortable.

Best Glider: Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

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If you want a smoother ride from your chair than a rocker provides, check out a glider. As you might imagine from its name, this chair glides back and forth on its track. The Mikayla chair does more than glide: it swivels, reclines, and comes with a leg rest. It’s comfortable for everyone, particularly taller people who will appreciate that the chair’s design accommodates their height. 

This boxy-style glider is available in a few different colors. The chair is easy to set up. It’s high quality, although you may need to use some muscle to get the chair to recline or to stow the footrest.

Best for Nursery: Pottery Barn Kids Minna Small Spaces Rocker & Ottoman

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This rocking chair has a lot to love: Along with a comfortable cushioned exterior, it has armrests and is available in various fabrics and colors. 

This chair may be cozy, but it’s not huge—in fact, it’s designed to accommodate small spaces. Plus, it’s got chic, thoughtful details, like wooden rocker legs. The rocker comes with an ottoman so you can put your feet up as you rock. It’s perfect for the nursery and Greenguard Gold-Certified—that means this rocker is designed with health and safety in mind and that it meets chemical emissions standards. 

Once babies get older, this thoughtfully designed and chic rocker will work just as well in the living room or an adult bedroom.

Best Outdoor: Arcadia Grey Wood Outdoor Rocking Chair

Arcadia Grey Wood Outdoor Rocking Chair

Bring the relaxation outside to your deck or porch with this rocking chair from Noble House. It’s made from acacia wood, which is durable as well as sustainable. This chair has a classic, elegant design and is available in a few different finishes. 

You’ll need to do a bit of assembly to put this chair together, and while the instructions are clear, two adults are required. The process will take 30 minutes or more. 

Best Wooden: Gracie Oaks Rajesh Rocking Chair

Gracie Oaks Rajesh Rocking Chair

This wooden rocking chair, made with mahogany, has a weather-resistant finish, so you can use it outside despite being elegant and comfortable for indoor use. This comfortable rocking chair is available in several colors. Assembly for this is simple and straightforward.

Best Folding: Cinthia Rocking Chair

Cinthia Rocking Chair

If you're short on space, this versatile folding option from Cinthia allows you to easily fold up the rocker and store it away when it’s not in use. 

The rocker is sturdy, weighing 16.5 pounds, and comes fully assembled. Unfold it from the box and you’ll be ready to sit, rock, and relax. This folding rocker is available in two finishes, coming in a variety of seat cushion covers.

Final Verdict

We prefer Joybird’s comfortable, attractive rocking chair (available at Joybird), which offers a durable and updated version of a mid-modern classic. But if you’re on a budget, the Saulsberry rocker (available at Wayfair) is a similarly styled alternative that's just as modern and sophisticated.

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