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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
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
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
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
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
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, so 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
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
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
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.