Poolside, patio, or garden, a sun lounger is very much a matter of personal taste. Apart from how a particular sun lounger looks and feels to you, a few variables enter the equation.
Among these variables are size, weight, materials, adjustability, foldability, and whether the item is fully assembled or requires assembly.
Also consider maintainability and durability. A sun lounger may well be subject to the elements so you want to be sure that you can clean it with a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth and that metal parts won’t rust, at least not too soon. On which note, consider applying a rust inhibitor on your new purchase (but make certain that the chemical doesn’t smell too much and the vapours aren’t harmful).
Next, will your sun lounger be used and abused? Will the kids use it as a trampoline? Will the dog appropriate it? If so, and if you want your to-be-abused sun lounger to last for more than a summer or two, pick a sturdy and durable unit.
Price, of course, is another variable – rather an important one – and underneath we evaluate five sun loungers to suit all pocketbooks.
Ah, yes, as for the summery music, you can chill to Koop’s ‘Summer Sun’ with those deliciously funky vocals by Yukimi Nagano or, if you’re a certain age, bob your head to Brazilian Boss Walter Wanderley’s ‘Summer Samba,’ as you relax on your new sun lounger.
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Let’s take a look at our top pick –
Prioritising function over form, Club Rattan’s sun loungers look good enough but the lounging experience they provide is awesome – high price, deluxe product.
Club Rattan’s well-constructed and cushiony sun loungers measure 196 x 60 (width) x 40 (height) centimetres. The fabric cushions are pewter grey and the rattan base is, shall we say, about fifty shades of grey. The product includes two sun loungers and a glass-topped rattan side table which is perfectly proportioned.
The rattan base looks cool and feels cool. The backrest has five positions ranging from about 135 to about 170 degrees. It, of course, lies flat too. As such, this product can do double duty as a spare bed, and a very comfortable one at that. The attached headrest pillow adds to the comfort but those who don’t like it can flip it over the end of the lounger.
The adjustment bar behind the backrest is solid and sturdy, and locks firmly in place. Obviously, you cannot adjust the angle while you are reclining.
As a strange cross between a sun lounger, deck chair, and camp bed, this item has no armrests. However, the cushioned seat and backrest are as comfortable as a sun lounger, deck chair, or camp bed can get. After all, Club Rattan’s sun lounger is meant for sybarites!
The rattan is billed as ‘durable’ and the covers as ‘showerproof’ and ‘washable.’
This high-end and expensive product lives up to its price tag because it is quite flawless. It is as rock-solid in use as it is in appearance. Its overall quality and finishing are simply excellent. We only wish Club Rattan made their Soak Sun Loungers in a wide range of colours.
These loungers are delivered fully assembled. They are not foldable. Though they are lighter than they seem at first glance, they are not portable.
- The sun lounger in its entirety exudes superior build quality.
- The side table is not only useful to keep drinks and novels, but is a classy touch.
- Offers the ultimate in lounging comfort for sun-worshipping sybarites.
- The drab, ‘blah’ colour.
- Boxy and functional, it does not a style statement make.
Sunmer’s loungers may not exhibit the best build quality but they do exhibit the best price – and are smartly designed, highly adjustable, and very comfortable.
Sunmer’s garden loungers are sold as a set of two. Each measures 165 x 65 (width) x 110 (height) centimetres and weighs 8 kilogrammes. They are a very pleasing shade of light grey. The frame is made of lightweight powder-coated steel and the seat and back of textilene fabric. An easily-adjustable headrest is attached to the backrest.
These sun loungers convert from an upright chair at nearly 90 degrees to a relaxing 150-degree angle with no settings or stops in between but a continuous range of positions. Lock the chair into your preferred position using the ringed levers under the armrests.
These super-comfortable loungers come with cup and phone holders which clip on the frame just below the armrest to enhance your ‘lounging experience.’ holders are models of really smart design and secure implementation.
These bargain-priced chairs have rubber cylinders on the lower bars and the elastic cord is threaded through reinforced eyelets.
One drawback is that the fabric is prone to sagging so these loungers cannot be recommended for persons over some particular weight, say 80 kilos. Otherwise, they are very stable.
The metal frame starts rusting quite quickly and these loungers do not manifest the finest build quality but they are still of very good quality and more than acceptable. However, when you evaluate the overall quality from a price perspective, there’s only one conclusion: fantastic value!
They come fully assembled and are eminently foldable.
It has to be said that the seller’s responsiveness and after-sales service leaves a lot to be desired.
- A full and continuous range of positions and a convenient level to lock it at a chosen reclining angle.
- Clip-on tray to hold a glass and a mobile phone seems smart and is actually useful.
- For sun loungers of such good quality overall, the price is amazing.
- The fabric will sag if a heavy person plunks himself on this lounger.
- The metal frame is prone to rust.
- Seller’s spotty, iffy after-sales service.
Dovetailing both form and function, Jarder’s affordable product is as comfortable as it is stylish – this sun lounger is where the sleek seats the svelte.
Jarder’s sun lounger measures 175 x 63 (width) x 65 (high) centimetres, and it weighs 7 kilogrammes. The steel frame is advertised as ‘sturdy’ and the textilene material is termed ‘weather-resistant.’ Yes, the sun lounger is ‘sturdy’ and will tolerate even 110-kilo heavyweights.
What you get in this lounger is a medium grey-coloured undulating curve. If you are not too distracted by the undulations you will spot stylised armrests and a padded headrest.
It is probably actually best suited to persons of medium height and above; short persons may find it uncomfortable because their bodies may not ‘drape’ well on the predefined curves of the chair. Exception noted, this sleek sun lounger is for the svelte set. The one downer is the mid-grey colour. This kit needs to be available in cool hues.
Jarder’s model exhibits stylish and elegant curves but this sun lounger is not only about making a style statement in your garden. While it looks very inviting it also makes good on its invitation: it will send you to Dreamland. At least you will have a hard time pulling yourself out of it!
Though this chair is a fine example of minimalist design, this slick modernist thing is built like a rock – there is no faulting the overall quality.
This sun lounger is not adjustable but it is foldable, which one wouldn’t guess when viewing it fully extended.
It comes fully assembled.
- Sleek, svelte, stylish – this sun lounger makes a statement.
- Stylish it may be, but it is also surprisingly sturdy.
- Very comfortable, and enough to make you drop off.
- Cannot be adjusted – it is the way it is.
- No cool alternatives to the dull grey colour.
As solid as a rock and meant to seat those as heavy as lead, VonHaus’s inexpensive zero gravity chair is super-comfortable through its full reclining range.
VonHaus’s zero gravity lounger measures 91 x 67.5 (width) x 111.5 (height) centimetres and weighs 8.5 kilogrammes. It boasts a capacity of 110 kilogrammes and makes good on its boast. The materials comprise of a charcoal grey powder-coated steel and steel grey padded Oxford 600D textoline. It has an adjustable and removable headrest.
This lounger transitions from nearly upright to an American La-Z-Boy style of recline. Take the chair from upright to reclining with a simple shift in weight – rock back, rock forth, it’s done. Unfortunately, lighter persons will likely experience difficulty manoeuvring the stiff mechanism using only their body weight.
You’ll find neither any niggly knobs or levers nor any preset positions; stop the recliner at any point in a continuous range of positions. Then just push the button under the armrest and the lounger will stay locked in that position.
This top-notch recliner’s distinctive characteristic is that it is equally comfortable, which is very comfortable, throughout its range of positions. It is ideal for comfy afternoon naps.
By the standards of often-tottery sun loungers, this chair is stable and rock-solid; it is one of the most well-constructed sun loungers and manifests excellent build quality.
It is not waterproof. It is fully foldable and folds neatly at that.
It comes fully assembled.
VonHaus provides a two-year warranty.
- Wide range of continuous reclining positions with an easy button to lock the chair in place.
- The adjustable headrest and broad armrests are very comfortable – like the rest of the lounger.
- Sturdy and solid, this sun lounger could perhaps seat even the Tyson Furies and Anthony Joshuas of the world.
- The stiff mechanism means that those who are light in weight may not be able easily to recline.
- No waterproofing – better not leave it out in the rain.
Though units are of variable quality, Lichfield’s kit is a budget alternative to high-end deck chairs, doubling as a relaxing recliner and as a camp bed.
Lichfield’s basic sun lounger measures 180 x 60 (width) x 30 (height) centimetres, and at only 4.6 kilogrammes it is lightweight and portable. It is two-toned, being pewter and charcoal. The frame is of aluminium tubing and the fabric is a light canvas-like 600D polyester.
It has five positions, 4 reclining settings plus flat in which position this lounger doubles as a camp bed. Changing the position is a drag because it is well-nigh impossible to do so when you are reclining – you have to get up. It is quite comfortable as a recliner and more than serviceable as a spare bed.
In view of its design it has no armrests, and in view of its budget price, it is not padded.
Lichfield’s sun loungers are of vastly variable construction and quality; perhaps they are made in different locations with different quality control standards and are made of non-standardised materials. Some pieces weather well but others exhibit the common defect of ripping along a seam, making them good for only a summer or two. As such this chair cannot be called durable.
The legs cannot be locked in place and if the legs are not fully extended they may suddenly fold inwards, dropping lounger and loungee to the ground. The legs’ bars are reinforced with plastic tubes.
The weak links are the thread, the stitching, and the design of the legs.
This lounger is completely foldable but wants to spring open after it is folded. It lacks straps or clips to keep it folded.
It comes fully assembled.
- Simple and basic sun lounger emphasises function over form.
- A serviceable item at its low price is a good deal.
- Can double as a makeshift bed.
- The quality varies widely from unit to unit.
- On some units, if you’re not careful the legs will suddenly fold inwards and the lounger will collapse.
- Some units rip along a seam, necessitating repairs or a trip to the skip.
How To Clean Your Sun Lounger
If your sun lounger’s manufacturer has provided cleaning instructions, stick with those. Otherwise, you have to tailor your cleaning to the materials that your sun lounger is made from.
Most sun loungers have a metal frame and textilene or polyester-based seating materials. For maintenance cleaning, first give the sun lounger a brisk spraying with your garden hose.
Then prepare a pail of mildly soapy water and add a dash of white vinegar and squeeze in a lemon. Take a cotton cloth or microfibre cloth, soak it in the water, and clean the entire sun lounger, metal and fabric. Use as much vigour as you think your sun lounger will tolerate as some of them are not exactly strong and tough. Remember to dry the metal frame especially if you live in a humid region. For troublesome stains or hard-to-remove grime, try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Prior to using it run a localised test on the underside of your sun lounger to check whether it causes any damage to the material.
If your sun lounger has cushions or a padded mattress, do not wet it let alone soak it. Check whether the fabric is water-resistant. If it is, you can clean the sun lounger as described above, skipping the hosing-down step.
Can You Leave Them Out In The Rain?
Ideally, sun loungers should not be exposed to rain. However, the degree to which they are affected by rain depends on their materials and whether they are water-resistant. It is smartest to read the care guide that comes with your purchase.
As a rule, sun loungers made of plastic can be left out in the rain, those made of metal and synthetic fabric can be left out to some extent in light rain, but if they have any foam or padding they should be protected from the rain.
You may want to buy an affordable waterproof sun lounger cover to put on your little garden investment when you know rough weather is headed your way.