Easy to recline
Cushions dry quickly
Some assembly required
Bulky and heavy when moving
If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, you know warm days are best spent relaxing in the yard, hosting a barbecue with friends and family, or just embracing long, lazy hours with a good book in tow. An outdoor oasis can be costly to create, though. Saving money on comfortable and durable outdoor furniture is a great way to get the look you want without emptying your wallet. Read on for a review of Mainstays’ Woven Wicker Outdoor Recliner to see if this is the chair for you.
Delivery and Setup: Bulky and heavy
The Mainstays Woven Wicker Outdoor Recliner arrived right on our doorstep in one large box. The good news was that it was securely packaged and undamaged. The challenge was that it took two adults to get the 60-pound, 31 x 28.27 x 21-inch box into the house to unpack.
If you’ll need to carry the box (or even the chair itself), up any stairs, ask for help ahead of time. The same is true for moving it around the yard or patio area. Your best option is to decide where you want the chair ahead of time and assemble it there. Fortunately, the only tools needed are the included Allen wrench. Assembly only takes 10 to 15 minutes to secure the frame in place.
Design and Comfort: Multiple options for a customized chair
Aside from the affordable price, one of our favorite features of the chair was the ability to recline in two different positions (in addition to the upright setting). For a budget price, we expected just a single recline option. Reclining the chair is pretty straightforward: there’s a simple hinge that’s activated by pushing on the back of the chair. Having two different angles was particularly great for my husband and I as it allowed for maximum comfort for both his 6’2” frame and my petite 5’6” frame.
Other outdoor recliners that we’ve seen do not include a cushion on the foot portion. We didn’t think that this would be a real advantage until we actually sat in the chair. What a difference it made! With the sun beating down, having the foot cushion meant less sweating and sticking to the chair.
Aside from the affordable price, one of our favorite features of the chair was the ability to recline in two different positions.
The chair’s cushions are made of olefin—a fabric that’s known for being mildew resistant and durable. The cushions proved comfortable but definitely had the tough feel of outdoor-friendly fabric. The metal arms were a bit hot after sitting in the sun but unless you have the chair in direct sunlight for hours, they’re still comfortable.
Support: Lumbar support needed and included
The chair comes with a lumbar support pillow that we used regularly—especially when in the upright position. While it’s a great addition, our one complaint is that it’s not attached to the actual cushion, so it’s easy to misplace.
The chair comes with a lumbar support pillow that we used regularly—especially when in the upright position.
The arm rests on the side provide a small place for arms to rest but we wish they were a bit more substantial. This small feature isn’t a dealbreaker by any means, but it may be something to consider if you don’t plan on having a nearby table to rest plates, cups, or anything else you may be lounging with.
Durability: Use a cover to prolong your chair’s life
The chair comes with a one-year warranty but it only covers manufacturing defects. Our outdoor furniture is regularly exposed to wind, sun, snow, and all kinds of temperature fluctuations, so we were happy to find that the chair is made from durable powder-coated steel and resin wicker. We were especially happy with the heavy-duty wicker sides which held up to rain and sun without fading or showing any obvious signs of wear. We did spray them with water from the hose to get yard debris off after mowing our grass, and this kept them looking brand new.
The cushions are also water, stain, and mildew resistant. We had one good overnight rainstorm and found dry cushions the following day. As long as your store and care for your chair properly—especially during winter—it should last multiple seasons.
Because the chair reclines on a hinge and its frame is metal, rust is a concern. While it holds up well at first (we had no issues here), investing in a chair cover can prolong the life of your chair’s frame. Covering the hardware and any exposed metal—especially the reclining mechanism—during unexpected showers or extreme weather will keep them in good working condition.
Price: Nice product for a cheap price
When considering outdoor furniture, we always look at cost. Not only are these pieces subject to extreme wear and tear from the weather, but we also purchase multiples to allow for guest seating. When buying four or more chairs, an additional $20 to $30 per pop can really add up.
Despite Mainstays’ budget price, we were pleased to find the $200 chair was solidly made. In researching our options, we found other reclining outdoor chairs ran $250 or more.
Competition: Plenty of chairs to choose from
Timber Ridge Zero Gravity Locking Patio Outdoor Lounger: For around $50 less, you can snag the Timber Ridge Outdoor Recliner. The chair is comfortable and also reclines, but don’t expect it to have the same aesthetic appeal as the Mainstays Woven Wicker Recliner. It’s a great option for camping or travel, but not a chair we would plan to put in our yard permanently.
Mainstays Outdoor Recliner: At $200, the Mainstays Outdoor Recliner is very similar to the Mainstays Woven Wicker Outdoor Recliner. The main difference is seen in the side panel, which is constructed of resin wicker in the test chair and of a wicker-looking mesh in the competitor.
Better Homes and Gardens Providence Outdoor Recliner: This chair has a very similar look and feel to the Mainstays Woven Wicker Outdoor Recliner. The same resin wicker side panels, powder-coated steel frame, and treated outdoor fabric cushions make the Better Homes and Gardens Providence Outdoor Recliner a good buy. The main difference here is in price as it costs roughly $30 more.
- Product Name Woven Wicker Outdoor Recliner
- Product Brand Mainstays
- Price $199.00
- Weight 60.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 35 x 27.5 x 38.75 in.
- Weight Capacity 250 lbs
- Warranty 1 year for frame manufacturing or workmanship defects (does not include rust, corrosion, or rust staining); 1 year for fabric seam separation (does not include fading, mildew, or discoloration due to exposure to elements)