5 Best Beach Chairs to Buy in Australia in 2021

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I've been researching the best beach chairs to buy in Australia. 

Having a great beach chair is important, particularly if you’re going to be spending more than a few minutes at the beach.   

There are so many options out there, from chairs with an adjustable pillow and that fully recline to lightweight chairs that you can carry on your back.

Some offer built-in accessories like a cooler and a storage compartment, others some sit low in the sand or higher off the ground.    

Beach chairs can also be useful at other places like at the park or camping.    

There are so many choices on the market that it can be difficult to choose. That’s why I have researched and came up with these great beach chairs.

Here are some of the best beach chairs you can buy in Australia in 2019:

1. Best Overall Beach Chair 

Simple yet sturdy, Coleman Beach Chair Quad Low Sling is lightweight and compact when folded and keeps you comfortable at the beach all day long.

Coleman Beach Chair Quad Low Sling is very comfortable to sit on at the beach all day.

The high back provides full support, and the chair sits low so that you can stretch your legs in the sand.

The padded armrests are a welcome addition. 

You can store your items like sunscreen, keys and phone in the seatback pocket. And there’s also a mesh cup holder for drinks.

Coleman Beach Chair Quad Low Sling is light and easy to carry. It folds compact and you can carry it in the carry bag with the shoulder strap.

It’s a simple chair but very well made and built to last. Made with powder-coated steel frame, it can hold up to 113 kg.

Cons: Some people may find it hard to get out of the chair as it sits low in the sand. 

2. Best Lightweight Beach Chair

The stylish Companion Hi-Back Beach Chair is super light yet sturdy

Weighing only 1.9 kg, the Companion Hi-Back Beach Chair is super light.

It’s also easy to carry because it folds flat and it comes with an integrated carry strap.

The frame is made of aluminium which minimises the weight and keeps the rust away.

This chair is also comfortable. The high back is supportive, the mesh-like fabric keeps you cool in hot weather, and the padded armrest makes it comfortable for your arms to rest.

The armrests also make it easy to get in and out of the chair.

This chair is simple yet well-made.

Cons: There are no extra features like a drink holder or different reclining positions. It also sits low on the ground, which may not suit some people.

3. Best Budget Beach Chair 

The OZtrail Beachside Chair is comfortable and sturdy but also has a low-price tag.

The OZtrail Beachside Chair is comfortable and sturdy but also has a low-price tag.

If you’d like a strong but inexpensive chair that’s also practical and comfortable, OZtrail Beachside Chair will not disappoint.

Made with a powder-coated steel frame and a heavy-duty 600D Polyester fabric, the OZtrail Beachside Chair is light yet sturdy. It’s perfect for keeping in the car’s boot and using at the park or beach.

It’s easy to carry because it folds compact and comes with a carry bag.

The OZtrail Beachside Chair has two reclining positions. You can sit upright or lie back a little.

For $30, this lovely beach chair offers excellent value for money.

The chair supports up to 120 kg and weighs 2.2 kg.

Cons: There are no extra features like a cup holder, pockets or armrests. Also, the lowest reclining position keeps your head unsupported so you may need a cushion.

4. Best Portable Beach Chair

The comfy Rio Beach Lace-up Aluminium Backpack Chair is easy to carry and has a large pocket to store your small towel, sunscreen and phone.

This beach chair is comfortable as it has four reclining positions and an adjustable pillow.

Also, the chair sits at 28 cm off the ground, so you can stretch out your legs in the sand.

Rio Beach Lace-up Aluminium Backpack Chair is very easy to carry on your back as it’s lightweight (3.6 kg) and the backpack straps are padded.

The frame is made of aluminium which is rust-proof.

The large pocket at the back can carry a small towel and other small items like sunscreen and phone.

Stick the backpack chair on your back and walk to the beach hands-free.

Cons: Folding the chair is counter-intuitive, so better follow the instructions.

5. Best Lounging Beach Chair

You won’t need to dig in the sand anymore for back support. Coleman Beach Mat allows you to stretch your legs in the sand while supporting your back.

Spend a lazy day at the beach. Read a book or watching the waves roll in. The back is adjustable, and the meshed fabric in the back will keep you cool in hot weather.

Coleman Beach Mat comes with a nice added extra… an insulated cooler on the backrest to keep your drinks cold.

The mat is also easy to carry—it folds flats and comes with a carry strap.

It’s made with a durable 600D polyester fabric and powder-coated steel frame, and it weighs 2.3 kg.

Cons: The mat is rather narrow, so you may not find it very comfortable if you have broad shoulders.

How to Choose a Beach Chair

Frame Construction

Beach chairs are made of either aluminium, steel or wood.

Aluminium is lighter to carry and resistant to rust, but it may dent or bend if not handled gently.

Steel is stronger, but a bit heavier and less resistant to rust, although the metal has most of the time been powder-coated to make it rust-resistant.

Wood is durable and has a classic look but is too heavy to carry to the beach.


A comfortable beach chair will have a high back seat.

And it will come with added extras like an adjustable pillow, many reclining positions, a wide seat, vented sling and armrests.

Added Extras

These added extras can take a chair from good to great:

  • Cup holder
  • Integrated cooler
  • Storage pockets.
  • Headrest or adjustable pillow
  • Multiple reclining positions
  • Built-in umbrella


Most beach chairs on the market can be folded, are lightweight and come with a carry bag with strap.

But some chairs are lighter to transport than others.

Backpack chairs are the easiest chairs to carry because they leave your hands free. And the most lightweight beach chairs have an aluminium frame.

Weight Capacity

Weight support generally ranges from up to 100 kg to 180 kg.

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