Best sun loungers 2021: garden loungers and reclining chairs

The best sun loungers for enjoying the summer sunshine; from luxury sun loungers for ultimate relaxation to the best reclining chairs for the garden

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - luxury sun loungers, the cheapest sun loungers, folding garden loungers and reclining chairs
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Our pick of the best sun loungers available in 2021 will help you to create a luxury resort in your own backyard; even if your outdoor space is more paddling pool than infinity pool.

The minute the sun comes out we want to head straight to the garden for some well-earned relaxation, and the best sun loungers on the market will allow you to kick back in comfort, whether that's on a luxury sun lounger, a decadent daybed or versatile reclining chair. 

Want more ideas for enjoying the garden? Browse the best garden furniture in our buyer's guide. Otherwise, read on to find the best sun lounger for catching the rays this spring/summer.

The best sun loungers

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Maisons Du Monde

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1. Maisons Du Monde Hurghada Aluminium Sun Lounger

Best sun loungers: budget-friendly sun loungers with luxe looks

Specifications
Size: H49 x W51 x L174cm
Materials: Epoxy-coated aluminium and plastic-coated canvas
Folding: Yes

For resort-style sunbathing, Maisons Du Monde's Hurghada sun loungers offer luxe looks at a fairly affordable price point. 

The minimalist aluminium frame and plastic-coated canvas seating is simple yet functional and a folding design makes for space-saving storage.

Available in understated black, white and taupe monochrome or colourful terracotta and khaki green, these sun loungers offer a high-end look without the accompanying price tag. 

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Foldable Folding Sun Lounger - Fiam Amigo

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2. Fiam Amigo Sun Lounger

Best sun loungers: a compact folding sun lounger for easy storage and transportation

Specifications
Size: H29 x W58 x L190cm
Materials: Aluminium frame with synthetic fabric
Folding: Yes

You'll not just be the envy of your friends and neighbours, but also the envy of the beach, park or festival with this lightweight sun lounger that folds away for easy transportation and space-saving storage. 

The synthetic fabric is breathable and quick-drying, and the aluminium frame feels lightweight but well-designed, making this sun lounger a really practical solution for garden relaxation.

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Antalya Aluminium Sun Lounger on Wheels Maisons Du Monde

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3. Antalya Aluminium Sun Lounger on Wheels

Best sun loungers: luxury sun lounger on wheels

Specifications
Size: H83 x W72 x L203cm
Materials: Metal
Folding: No

If you're after a resort-worthy luxury sun lounger then the Antalya from Maisons Du Monde could have your name on it. 

We love the cool and contemporary black, white and taupe colourways, but mostly we love the wheels. Yes, they're practical for manoeuvring yourself into the sun, but they also just look really good. 

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Lafuma Mobilier

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4. LAFUMA R CLIP SUN LOUNGER

Best sun loungers: an affordable folding reclining chair

Specifications
Size: H68 x W97 x D16cm
Materials: Batyline Iso (polyester) & Steel Tube
Folding: Yes

You may not be able to lay on your front with this option, but this reclining chair is lightweight, foldable and perfect for packing up and taking to a friend's garden, the beach or the campsite to soak up some rays.

It's comfortable, sturdy, and the ergonomic reclining position has been carefully calculated to raise your legs slightly above the heart for optimum relaxation. It's also a great option for anyone who struggles with the height of a low-to-the-ground sun lounger.

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - wooden sun lounger with wheels - Maisons Du Monde

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5. Teak-effect solid acacia sun lounger

Best sun loungers: best wooden sun lounger with wheels

Specifications
Size: H30.5 x W68 x L200cm
Materials: FSC certified acacia
Folding: No

FSC-certified acacia wood and an epoxy-treated khaki aluminium frame make up this stylish wooden sun lounger. 

Wheels for easy manoeuvrability and an adjustable backrest give you all you need to relax in comfort and style. 

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Houe Click Sun Lounger

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6. Houe Click Reclining Chair

Best sun loungers: a stylish reclining chair for catching the rays

Specifications
Size: H90 x W64 x L180cm
Materials: Bamboo, metal and plastic
Folding: No

Sometimes simplicity is best, and once you've pitched backward in this reclining garden chair you'll begin to wonder why all chairs aren't made with the ability to transition this simply from sitting to laying.

Of course, you can't turn over and lay on your front as you can with a sun lounger, but once you've discovered this ergonomically-friendly legs-slightly-above-heart reclined position, we're not sure you'll want to. 

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Best modern sun lounger Hay Palissade

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7. Hay Palissade Sun lounger

Best sun loungers: most contemporary design

Specifications
Size: H70 x W65.5 x L164.5cm
Material: Powder-coated steel
Folding: No

For a modern minimalist design that will become a focal point in the garden rather than something to wheel out of sight when not in use, the fluid-lined Palissade sun lounger from Hay is hard to beat.  

Designed to match the rest of the Palissade outdoor collection, this timeless metal lounger is ergonomically shaped to create a form much more comfortable than its weather-resistant metal frame might suggest.

Just bear in mind that you might want to invest in the quilted cushion back and headrest cushion too - so factor some additional spend into your garden budget. 

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Best garden daybed - Cox & Cox Turin

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8. Cox & Cox Turin Versatile Daybed

Best sun loungers: a luxury daybed for two

Specifications
Size: H80 x W181 x L126cm (with two chairs together)
Materials: Acacia wood, foam-filled cushions
Folding: No

For complete outdoor relaxation, this retreat-worthy daybed from Cox & Cox is top of our list. 

Made from warm-toned acacia wood with soft-grey cushions, you can push the two Turin daybed seats together to form one decadent reclining area, or position them separately along with the matching side table. 

You will have to wait a while to enjoy this daybed set as it's not due in stock until early May, but that still leaves plenty of time to sprawl in the sunshine as the weather gets warmer.

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Swinging Sun Lounger - Cox & Cox

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9. Cox & Cox Paros Swinging Lounger

Best sun loungers: the ultimate luxury sun lounger

Specifications
Size: H179 x W213 x D143cm
Materials: Powder-coated iron, foam-filled cushions
Folding: No

Well, now we're talking. This isn't just a sun lounger, it's a double sun lounger, that swings! Imagine drifting off on this on a warm summer's day... 

The shade is adjustable so you can tilt it as you wish depending on the sun's position, and it's big enough to share so you can cosy up with a blanket if it's cooler or enjoy a balmy evening from the comfort of what is essentially an outdoor bed. Dreamy.

How to choose the best sun lounger for you

The best sun lounger for you will depend a lot on how much outside space you have to work with and how much storage space you have, but things to consider are:

Do I need a folding sun lounger?

Although nearly all sun loungers are weather-resistant, most manufacturers will advise storing them indoors during the winter, or at least under the best outdoor furniture covers you can find if you don't have a garage or shed that's big enough.

This is where folding sun loungers like our top two best buys come into their own as they offer space-saving storage. 

A completely foldable sun lounger also offers the option to pack it up and take it to the beach or on the move with you.

What are the best sun loungers made out of?

The best sun loungers on our list come in a range of materials:

  • Lightweight aluminium frames with synthetic fabric seats are comfortable, quick to dry and easy to move, but they may not last as long as more sturdy options.
  • Wooden sun loungers are more robust, but heavier and will need padding to make them comfortable to lie on for long periods of time.
  • Metal sun loungers can get hot to the touch in the sun so padding is necessary for comfortable use.

Which sun loungers are easiest to get up from?

Sun loungers can often be low to the ground, which isn't ideal if you have a bad back. 

Our reclining chair options offer the best of both worlds, offering the height to sit comfortably, and the option recline to a comfortable angle when you're ready for a snooze. 

For more garden seating options, make sure to check out our guides to the best hammock and best garden benches.

Do I need a garden parasol?

We all need a break from the sun when it reaches its peak. Discover the best garden parasols to complement your sun lounger in our specially created edit.