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 2021:

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 Backpack Beach Chair

The multifunctional Tommy Bahama Backpack Chair is comfortable and easy to carry.

Tommy Bahama Backpack Chair is comfortable enough to spend hours at the beach.

It’s made a bit wide and reclines in five different positions. You can even lie completely flat.

There’s also an adjustable pillow, so your head is always supported.

The chair’s practical storage makes it easy to keep all your stuff together...

Put a small ice pack in the insulated cooler pouch and your drinks and snacks will stay cold. Store your little things like your mobile phone, keys and cash in the closing pocket and your water bottle in the bottle holder.

You can also hang your towel on the folding rack at the back of the chair.

The chair is easy and comfortable to carry with the padded backpack straps.

The frame is made of aluminium and the fabric of 600 denier polyester, and the chair can carry up to 136 kg.

Cons: Closing the chair is not intuitive. There’s a simple trick to it–stand at the rear of the chair, hold the back leg with your foot and push the back seat forward. 

3. Best Versatile Beach Chair

The compact and versatile Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile chair is perfect for a variety of places.

The versatile Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile chair will help you unwind whether you’re watching the waves at the beach, a match at a sporting event, a band at a music concert, or simply relaxing around a campfire.

Made of comfortable padded armrests and strong steel and aluminium frame, the chair also has a breathable mesh fabric that will keep you cool in the hot Australian weather and help you relax.

Weighing 3 kg and supporting up to 113 kg, the chair is easy to transport and pack away with its carry bag and shoulder straps.

Cascade Mountain Tech Low Profile chair comes in various colours, including black, blue, orange and green.

The chair has a one-year warranty.

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.

4. 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.

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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