With great weather on the horizon, comes the desire for the perfect garden. Rolling out the paddling pools and splash pads, we'll all be getting our bits together for the perfect summer. There's nothing worse than having an outdoor space that doesn't work for your needs, especially when you're sprucing it up for visitors.
If you're currently undertaking a bit of a garden makeover, you're probably on the lookout for some comfortable, functional but good-looking garden furniture. You might be decking out your patio area, furnishing your new gazebo or providing some more seating for an upcoming BBQ. Whatever your plans are, you can't go wrong with a sun lounger.
Perfect for basking in the sun's rays, sitting on to chill or maybe even have a cheeky afternoon nap, sun loungers will give you that luxury holiday feeling, but without the hefty price tag.
Sun loungers and deck chairs fly off the shelves every year as soon as we feel a bit of warmth in the UK, so get ahead of the game and start prepping now. We've found some great ones that are available right now, so you'll be ready for the next heatwave.
What is the best sun lounger?
• Best low maintenance sun loungers: SUNMER Set of 2 Sun Loungers
• Best sun lounger with sunshade: Sun Lounger with Adjustable Sunshade
• Best cushioned sun lounger: Argos Home Metal Folding Sun Lounger
• Best wooden sun lounger: John Lewis Kettler RHS Chelsea Garden Steamer Chair
• Best traditional sun lounger: Argos Home Wooden Sun Lounger with Cushions
• Best sun lounger for comfort: Marlow Garden Sun Lounger
• Best fold-up sun lounger: Argos Habitat Wooden Deck Chair - Charcoal
• Best rattan style sun lounger: Helsinki Lounger
• Best zero gravity sun lounger: Kingfisher Reclining Zero Gravity Sun Chair Lounger – Twin Pack
On the lookout for something to lounge around in? We've also listed the best hammocks if that's more your style.
The best sun loungers for your garden 2022
Best sun loungers
1. SUNMER Set of 2 Sun Loungers
These reclining sun loungers are some of the best-rated on Amazon at the moment and the price is really purse-friendly for a set of two. Made from alloy steel, they're low maintenance, comfortable and easy to clean. They fold away neatly to be stored and the locking mechanism means you won't be jolted awake, should you have an afternoon snooze. You can't lie down flat on these, but the fully reclined position is more than comfortable. They even include a tray with a phone and cup holder - now that's luxurious!
Review: "Really pleased with these chairs, especially for the price. Very comfy. We're both 5'10" and they're great - don't put pressure on my calves like a lot of chairs do. We've bought cushions too, but we don't really need them. I don't know how long they'll last at that price, but they seem very sturdy and are so comfy."
2. Sun Lounger with Adjustable Sunshade
This sun lounger is excellent value for money and is ideal for someone who wants to whip out their sun lounger and relax as soon as the sun makes an appearance. It's lightweight, has five reclining positions (including horizontal) and is easy to clean. Make sure to store it in a shed, garage or indoors during he autumn/winter. Also available in beige, blue, khaki.
Review: "Super easy to attach the shade, folds up super easily, efficient to store, easy to use, great value for money and arrived a week early!"
3. Argos Home Metal Folding Sun Lounger
This classic sun lounger design is brought into the modern-day by a lovely leaf print cushion - bringing a chic touch to any garden. The multi-position backrest is adjustable to six different positions, it's easy to use and robust. Also available in a striped design.
Review: "Got two chairs to relax in the sun they are comfortable, look good and easy to put up and down."
4. John Lewis Kettler RHS Chelsea Garden Steamer Chair
This classic design will make a perfect addition to your garden this summer. Easily adjust the chair to find the ultimate, relaxing position with three reclining options. Made from durable eucalyptus wood, this chair can deal with all types of weather and still look immaculate.
Review: "Beautiful chair. So pleased I bought this, had it about two months now and I'm really happy. It looks beautiful, has stood up to the wet weather well. It's very comfortable. I like the detachable foot rest, but you do need to check it is located correctly after moving the chair. It's a well made quality chair."
5. Argos Home Wooden Sun Lounger with Cushion
Made from FSC eucalyptus, this traditional steamer chair is the ultimate in relaxation and can fold up for easy storage in the colder seasons. Stain and weather resistant, this multi-position lounger is guaranteed to go the distance.
Review: "Great lounger and excellent price compared to others have seen advertised. Easy to put together. Slight negative is the cushion is quite thin compared to other loungers we own but would recommend."
6. Marlow Garden Sun Lounger
A stylish sun lounger suited for any garden. This sun lounger is great for those who want to relax in the sun whenever you fancy reading a book or having an afternoon snooze. Finished with an adjustable back and synthetic rattan complete with water-repellent cushions so you can trust the sun lounger can stand the test of a typical English summer.
Review: "I wanted a lounger that looked good as well as being comfortable and this fits the bill. The adjustable back is useful for when you want to read etc and the waterproof cushions mean there is no need to take them in when it rains."
7. Argos Habitat Wooden Deck Chair - Charcoal
A little different to a lounger but a lounging chair no less, this deck chair is available in a range of patterns, is comfortable and requires no faffing to set it up. It has three positions and folds up perfectly for trips not just to your own garden but the beach, camping trips and more.
Review: "Perfect for the garden and the design is lovely too. Love that you can change the recline too for more upright or nearly lying down."
8. Helsinki Lounger
Looking for a sun lounger that fits more naturally into your outdoor haven? This one is the perfect fit for you. With a natural rattan rope effect and a strong, contrasting aluminium frame, this unique but minimalist sun lounger will look the part among your garden greenery. Available in tan or black.
9. Kingfisher Reclining Zero Gravity Sun Chair Lounger - Twin Pack
Made from a waterproof back texteline fabric and open weave elastic lacing, these chairs are ergonomically designed to distribute your body weight evenly through all three reclining positions. Easy to set up and nice and lightweight, they'll be easy to pack away or move around the garden. With the zero-gravity, you'll feel like you're hovering in mid-air!
Review: "Where do I start? The whole family love the recliners. It's a good thing I bought more than one so there are no fighting over it. I would definite recommend. In fact I also bought the side storage tidy for drinks, mobile and other little items making the reclining even more attractive with the storage. I can see myself using reclining outside from now on. A great buy."
What is a zero-gravity sun lounger?
You may see these 'zero-gravity sun loungers' floating around and we've even featured the Kingfisher Reclining Sun Chair as our best ever zero-gravity lounger. Sounds crazy, right? But it's not as complicated as it first seems.
What a 'zero-gravity sun lounger' really means is that the chair's reclining feature sinks back and distributes your body weight across the lounger so you don't fall over. Most of the support in the chair comes from the middle section, but whatever position you're in it will be a stable chair - whether that's upright, laid back or laying down.
They're a great option if you're looking for ultimate comfort but a practical lounger too.
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Jade Moscrop is a Deputy Commercial Content Editor for WhatsTheBest, specialising in lifestyle topics. She also writes for Closer, Heat, and Mother&Baby.
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