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Outdoor Recliners for the Patio and Garden
Are you looking forward to the Summer months? Looking for a way to relax outside while having a few drinks? If so, you need an outdoor recliner.
Outdoor recliners range all the way from cheaper metal and plastic framed models, to ones that are made from solid wood with traditional furniture springs in the base. There are a number of materials and styles to choose from, let’s take a look at some of the better options out there.
The Outdoor Recliners
This recliner makes it into the definition of “luxury outdoor recliner.” Not only is it manufactured from a rather pleasing metal and wicker frame, but it also has an adjustable leg rest.
As mentioned before, the base frame is constructed of metal with a wicker outer layer, while the cushion base is made from a mix of Polyester. Colors available are numerous, including bright red, yellow, light blue and of course more traditional creams and browns.
The reclining motion is decent too, allowing you to lay back quite far, while the adjustable leg rests are also easy to use and very comfortable.
It’s worth saying that while it’s fine for smaller folks, it’s not going to be comfortable bigger people. Anyone taller than 6 feet should try another option below.
The cushioned bases and well-sprung base, make this chair quite comfortable. The fabric is nice and breathable too, something to be aware of in hot climates.
As for the recliner function, it’s extremely smooth and allows a high degree of recline. The back cushion neatly fits into the base of the frame when reclining too; the Hanover is an easy place to get comfortable.
Pros and cons
- Well priced.
- Comfortable and durable.
- You should look elsewhere if you’re over 6 feet.
The Art to Real recliner is a solid choice for those who love to lounge and really get a near full recline. This is made possible by the frame which is a sturdy powder-coated aluminum which supports up to 330 lbs.
The frame is surrounded by a high-density polyethylene resin rattan wicker. Atop the wicker sits water-resistant cushions made from a soft sponge-like material with a thickness of 5.12 inches. These cushions come in six colorways: red, khaki, beige, espresso, navy blue, and orange.
While assembly of most outdoor furniture is quite daunting, this is quite easy with the assistance of the instructions.
Pros and cons
- Water/UV proof cushion
- 3000 Hour UV resistant wicker
- Durable frame
- Great value
- Little expensive, but is still around the price range for these pieces of furniture. The quality is bar none.
The Caravan Sports Recliner is well made and constructed using a strong textaline fabric, making it breathable, comfortable, and supportive.
The frame is made of strong steel that is rated to 300 pounds. It comes equipped with a headrest for additional support. Like most chairs of this type, you can fold this chair down to 6.3 inches. This is really perfect for use in your backyard or a day at the beach.
The Caravan Sports Recliner is available in several colors, including cream, black, red, blue, and terracotta. In all cases, the frame is powder coated in black, while the fabric is colored.
The reclining motion is easy to set and features a lever-less system; you’ll need to get out of the chair and lift it slightly to get that perfect position.
Pros and cons
- Well made and comfortable
- None. This is about as good as it gets for a folding recliner.
Outsunny is a popular brand in the outdoor space and you are likely familiar with the brand. This chair is no different from the rest of their product line, it’s solid.
The steel frame supports up to 400 lbs which is the strongest rating on this list. Surrounding that frame is a sturdy PE rattan wicker and UV resistant polyester cushions stuffed with cotton. All of these elements are also weather resistant.
Something this chair has that others don’t is the detachable tray. This can be used to hold a drink or your favorite book. With that said, the assembly is seamless as the chair comes in only two pieces.
While the detachable tray is nice, the chair only comes in one color, beige and gray. While these are somewhat muted colors, having the variety in a purchase decision is always nice.
Pros and cons
- Highest rated frame
- Side table
- Durable materials
- Set up is a bit difficult based on the manufacturing of materials being aligned poorly
Odina is a brand we hadn’t heard of before, so we were excited to see how it stacked up against the Hanover selection. One thing is for certain, the price is good for a recliner of this style, coming in at half the price of the Hanover equivalent.
The style of the Odina brand is very contemporary. There’s still wicker in the construction, yet it’s cut in a style that makes it very modern.
The Odina is a wicker constructed unit and has an aluminum frame to support up to 250 lbs. Unlike the other options we reviewed, you’ll need to assemble a few parts to get this chair up and running.
The reclining motion doesn’t quite offer as much choice compared to the other options, with a more ratchet style system of up to 150 degrees of incline.
As for the negative, the fabric isn’t quite as water repellent as you might want in outdoor furniture. You won’t want to leave the cushions out in the rain as they’ll get stained. They also do not sell the cushions separately.
Another small issue is you can’t operate the leg rest independently. That means won’t be able to have the seat upright and the leg rest out at the same time.
Pros and cons
- True budget option
- Great value
- The leg rest isn’t independent from the recline
What to Look for in Outdoor Chairs
When it comes to picking any type of outdoor furniture it’s important to remember that this furniture is exposed to the elements like rain, wind, and the sun. You want to look for chairs that are weather resistant and practical, rather than aesthetically pleasing and short lived.
Consider the Materials
When looking for outdoor furniture you want to look for materials that are weather resistant. Rain, sunlight, wind, and varying temperature changes are all items that can affect the life of this furniture.
Most of the products on the market in this category feature water and UV resistant cushions, powder coated metal, and PE wicker. These materials have proven to be long-lasting.
Fabric and Cushions
When buying outdoor furniture you want to ensure these cushions are water and fade-resistant. If they aren’t, you should take them indoors after use. Keep in mind that cushions aren’t always sold separately from their sets. Consider cushions that aren’t fully upholstered. These will be removable from their cushions allowing you to wash them.
Other Things to Consider
Think about your climate when making your purchase. Plastic and types of wicker can get quite hot in the summer. You want to look for fade resistant materials and UV-stabilizing pigments so your fabric and recliner maintain their color. If your area is prone to rainfall, we strongly urge you to consider water-proof materials.
Picking any type of outdoor furniture can be troublesome. Again it’s important to remember how you plan to use your recliner. If your recliner is going to be put into a patio rather than out by a firepit then you don’t necessarily need water-proof materials.
Most recliners will come with a metal frame and a type of wicker. The last thing to consider is the reclining mechanism and the cushions. Once you break it down to these two elements it becomes much easier to decide.
Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com
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