The 7 Best Outdoor Recliners of 2021

Comfy, stylish seats for lounging outside

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Best Outdoor Recliners for Patios

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

Outdoor recliners offer a comfy place to lounge outside your home. They're great for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, relaxing after a long day, hanging out on the weekend, or hosting guests. The right reclining chair can also enhance the aesthetic of your outdoor space.

Whether you prioritize comfort, support, convenience, design, style, or all of the above, there's a perfect recliner out there for you. We found weather-proof options that check all the boxes, including zero-gravity chairs, teak recliners, wicker armchairs, outdoor chaises, cushioned seats, rocking chairs, and two-person loungers.

Without further ado, here are the best outdoor recliners available today.

Our Top Picks
This zero-gravity chair can help improve circulation, alleviate pressure on your spine, and relieve muscle tension.
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Made of kiln-dried teak wood, this classic and comfortable recliner won't split, crack, or warp—even in rainy weather.
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This weather-resistant recliner adjusts to five different positions and has wheels on the back for easy maneuvering.
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West Elm's Portside Lounger has a chic beachy appeal, and the solid wood frame is constructed of solid mahogany and eucalyptus.
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With a white metal frame and rope wicker cording, this chair and ottoman set will transport you back to the 1960s.
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This set of two ergonomic recliners have reliable steel frames, breathable mesh seats, and a smooth zero-gravity locking mechanism.
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Featuring a waterproof aluminum frame and a mesh seat, this comfy rocking chair was made for outdoor lounging.
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Frontgate Original Mesh Zero-Gravity Recliner

Frontgate Original Mesh Zero-Gravity Recliner

Dimensions: 71 x 21 x 45-inches | Weight: Not listed | Seat Material: Polyester | Frame Material: Aluminum | Capacity: 250 pounds

What We Like
  • Adjustable neck/lumbar support

  • Aluminum frame improves outdoor durability

  • Comfortable reclining positions

What We Don't Like
  • 250-pound weight limit

Zero-gravity chairs are becoming more and more popular, and we can see why. Inspired by the naturally assumed position of astronauts hanging out sans gravity, this mesh recliner from Frontgate is out-of-this-world comfortable.

It locks into the reclined position, relieving pressure on your spine, improving circulation, and reducing muscle tension. The aluminum frame is designed to hold up outdoors, and the high-performance fabric resists weather damage.

What Testers Say

"Everyone in my family of six could adjust the chair to a position that felt good to them. The chair's versatility is a huge plus when you have multiple people using the same chair."—Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Pottery Barn Astola Teak Recliner Lounge Chair

Astola Teak Recliner

Dimensions: 36 x 31 x 38-inches | Weight: 19 pounds | Seat Material: Polyester | Frame Material: Teak wood | Capacity: 275 pounds

What We Like
  • Crafted out of sustainably harvested materials

  • Improved durability with wood frame

  • Diversity in cushion options

What We Don't Like
  • Reclines manually

The Astola Recliner is a cozy lounge chair with a classic appeal. Crafted out of sustainably harvested kiln-dried, marine-grade teak, the wood frame won't crack, split, or warp outside—even in rainy weather.

This chair reclines manually into a flat-back position. As for the cushions, you can choose from weather-proof linen, canvas, or polyester in a handful of colors (sold separately).

IKEA ÄPPLARÖ Chaise

Applaro Chaise Lounge

Dimensions: 73 x 28 x 13-inches | Weight: Not listed | Seat Material: Acrylic | Frame Material: Acacia wood | Capacity: Not listed

What We Like
  • Wheels make it easy to move around

  • The frame boasts a weather-resistant stain

  • Compatible with IKEA's outdoor chaise pads

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky design

We're also loving the IKEA ÄPPLARÖ Chaise. This outdoor recliner has a durable wood frame with a weather-resistant stain. Wheels on the back make it easy to move around your space, and the back can be adjusted to five different angles. It's compatible with any of IKEA's outdoor chaise pads, which are sold separately.

West Elm Portside Outdoor Textilene Lounger

Portside Lounger

Dimensions: 27 x 81.8 x 42.1-inches | Weight: 45.1 pounds | Seat Material: Textilene | Frame Material: Mahogany | Capacity: 250 pounds

What We Like
  • Weather-resistant frame

  • Covered in comfortable Textilene fabric

  • Has three different reclining positions

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

West Elm's Portside Lounger is an attractive outdoor recliner with a chic beachy appeal. The weather-resistant frame is made of solid mahogany and eucalyptus wood and features a wire-brushed finish. Flexible yet supportive Textilene fabric cradles you in this easy-breezy chair as you sit back and relax in one of the three reclining positions.

CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan Lita Recliner Patio Chair and Ottoman

Lita Recliner and Ottoman

Dimensions: 37.0 x 25.0 x 33-inches | Weight: Not listed | Seat Material: Rope wicker | Frame Material: Steel | Capacity: 250 pounds

What We Like
  • Chair reclines to four different angles

  • Rope wicker cording provides outdoor durability

What We Don't Like
  • Armless metal frame can be uncomfortable

This retro-inspired chair and ottoman set by CosmoLiving is reminiscent of patio furniture from the 1960s. It has an armless metal frame with rope wicker cording across the seat, back, and footrest. The chair reclines to four different angles, allowing you to find the most comfortable position for reading, sipping lemonade, taking golden-hour selfies, or watching the sunset.

Best Choice Products Adjustable Zero Gravity Lounge Chair Recliners Set of 2

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Dimensions: 32.5 x 25 x 44-inches | Weight: 16.3 pounds | Seat Material: Polyester | Frame Material: Steel mesh | Capacity: 250 pounds

What We Like
  • Affordable price-point

  • Sturdy build through the steel frames

  • Smooth locking system provides effortless reclining

What We Don't Like
  • Each chair weighs over 16 pounds

Thinking of getting a zero-gravity chair? Why not get two? This affordable set from Best Choice Products is just the thing for hanging out in the warm breeze with a buddy.

These sturdy outdoor recliners have steel frames, breathable mesh seats, cup holders, and a smooth locking system that effortlessly glides you into an ergonomic position. Plus, they weigh just over 16 pounds each and fold up for easy storage and transport.

Vivere Wave Rocker

Wave Matte Black and Grey Aluminum Outdoor Rocking Chair

Dimensions: 48 x 24 x 36-inches | Weight: 17 pounds | Seat Material: Acrylic | Frame Material: Aluminum | Capacity: 250 pounds

What We Like
  • Rust-resistant aluminum frame

  • Built-in cradle design for reclining comfort

  • Durable acrylic mesh seat

What We Don't Like
  • No variety in reclining options

The Vivere Wave Rocker is a modern take on the classic front-porch rocking chair. Featuring a waterproof and rust-resistant aluminum frame and an acrylic mesh seat, it hits all the marks for comfy outdoor lounging.

This chair has a curved design that cradles you in a comfy reclined position. Whether you're sitting back and looking up at the stars or rocking back and forth, you'll feel relaxed and right at home.

What to Look for in an Outdoor Recliner

Style

From rattan to resin, wicker to wood, there are ample choices when it comes to recliner styles. Your personal taste—as well as the style of your house and outdoor décor—can help you narrow your search.

Size

The size of your patio should be a key consideration when choosing a recliner. You don't want one that overwhelms the space or doesn’t fit. If you have a lot of space to fill, you may want to consider one that comes with additional pieces of furniture as part of a set. Also, think beyond chairs when choosing your outdoor furniture—some loveseats and couches double as recliners, too.

Comfort

Recliners shouldn’t be stuffy chairs, so comfort level should be a prime consideration for you as you shop. Take note of how firm or soft a recliner is—as well as how many different types of positions it can be in—and compare that with your preferences.

Storage

All of the recliners on this list can stand up to sun and rain, but if you live somewhere with heavy snow, you might not want to leave your chair out all winter unprotected. Additionally, you may choose to store cushions when not in use to help keep them clean.

It’s a good idea to consider your storage preferences and how much storage space you have before making a purchase. Some chairs fold up into a compact unit, so they store away easily, while others could be harder to pack away. If you don’t want to move your recliner, another option is to consider getting outdoor furniture covers. 

Why Trust The Spruce?

The Spruce contributor Theresa Holland has substantial experience researching and writing about home goods, including furniture and outdoor products. With a deep appreciation for outdoor lounging, she's well-versed in the world of weather-resistant seating. You can read more of Theresa's writing on Byrdie, MyDomaine, and Verywell Fit.

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