Top 5 Outdoor Folding Camp Rocking Chairs in 2023

Last Updated on October 23, 2022 by Stone

Sitting and relaxing by the campfire is the highlight of any camping trip. Five minutes after you sit down, however, you start to focus on just how uncomfortable the camp chair is. There’s probably a bar sticking in your back, the cup holder doesn’t fit your beverage of choice, and it wobbles. Furthermore, getting up from it can be a harrowing experience if you have any mobility problems. It is paramount to have a great chair when you go camping. In particular, I love a good rocking camp chair. The best ones are roomy, comfortable, breathable, strong, and durable. It should be easy to get out of, easy to store, and of course, have a decent cup holder. Sitting by the fire is nice, sitting in a rocking chair by the fire is better. This article will review my top five outdoor folding camp rocking chairs for 2023.

Are there Health Benefits to Rocking?

Before we get to the list of chairs, let’s explore why you would want to rock in the first place. Most of us were rocked in chairs at some point as a baby. According to Nancy Watson, a researcher at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, the act of rocking brings peace of mind to many people. She says that it is very well documented that the gentle repetitive motion of rocking soothes infants and she has shown the same effect in her research on elderly people suffering emotional distress. It would stand to reason that people in other age categories between infants and the elderly might also feel emotional relief from a good rock in a comfortable chair.

Research published in Current Biology in 2019 was able to show that sleeping on a rocking surface improved sleep quality and memory consolidation. Most of us don’t sleep on a rocking surface, but electroencephalography data showed that rhythmic rocking movements helped to synchronize the brain, especially the neural circuits related to sleep and memory. Maybe that is why we tend to feel more relaxed when rocking. Rocking by the campfire under the stars can only enhance this effect I think.

The Best Folding Camp Rocking Chairs

This section will show you my picks of folding rocking chairs for camping. These chairs are not just limited to camping; however, they also work well on a patio, balcony, or porch though some work better than others. So however you plan to use it, there is something here for everyone.

Top 5 Picks

Deerfamy Camping Swinging Chair – Best pick for big guys/gals

This innovative chair moves like a hammock. It can hold 350lbs (159 kg), is durable, has a cup holder, and is easy to store. Unfortunately, it does not have neck support. See full review.

Sunnyfeel Camping Rocking Chair – Best Traditional Rocker for Durability

This chair works like a traditional rocker. It is comfortable to sit in and has neck support. The rocking bars design limits where it can be used. There is no cup holder. See full review.

Coastrail Outdoor Camping Rocking Chair – Best Budget Rocker

This chair is a comfortable, affordable option. It works like a traditional rocker and has internal pockets for the storage of items you want to keep handy. See full review.

Timber Ridge Outdoor Folding Rocking Chair – Best Semi-Permanent Solution

Made with an iron frame, this chair is heavier. It has more options for comfort with adjustable back support but is more suited to semi-permanent uses. See full review.

GCI Outdoor Roadtrip Rocker – Best Overall

The GCI Rocker is the one I personally use. It checks all the boxes for me. It’s comfortable, breathable, has neck support, is easy to store, and has a cup holder. See full review.

Detailed Reviews

Deerfamy Camping Swinging Chair – Best Pick for Big Guys/gals

The Deerfamy Camping Swinging Chair takes an innovative approach to rocking. It has a stable base, and the chair itself swings like a hammock. The seat is nice and wide for a larger person or big enough for a small person or a kid to curl up in and perhaps take a nap. It is 38.5 inches (98 cm) at the top of the back for your upper body and 22 inches (57 cm) at the bottom where your thighs would rest. The seat portion is a breathable SP515 nylon mesh, so your bottom will stay cool and dry during those hot summer days.

The fabric portion is 600D (denier) polyester. This is the typical thickness of polyester used in higher-quality backpacks, luggage, and rugged electronics accessory cases. The frame is made of thickened steel tubing allowing the chair to support 350 lbs (159 kg). This makes this chair the best rocking camping chair for big guys (or gals).

The included storage bag is wide enough that you do not have to fight to get the chair into it for storage. The final stored chair in the bag is 38 (98 cm) inches tall, with an 8.2 (21cm) x 5.5 inch (13 cm) footprint. The chair has a wide variety of applications such as camping, porch sitting, beach relaxing, or indoors as temporary seating.

11.3 lbs

Our CategoriesSpecifics
Comfort– Breathable material SP515 nylon mesh
– oversized seat
Durability– Very. Can hold 350 lbs (158.8 kg)
Neck Support– No
Do you have to Fight with the Storage Bag?– No. Easy to get back in the bag.
Passes the Hold My Beer Test?– Yes
How is the Movement?– Like a gentle rock, not a wild swing motion
Total Weight– 11.3 lbs (5.1 kg)
Notable Mentions– 2-year warranty
– Works like a hammock
– Footrest

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable and can hold 350 lbs (158.8 kg)
  • 2-year warranty
  • Has a cup holder
  • Easy to put away in its storage bag.

Cons

  • No neck support
  • The rocking motion is minimal

Sunnyfeel Camping Rocking Chair – Best Traditional Rocker for overall Durability.

The Sunnyfeel Camping Rocking Chair is a traditional rocker with curved rocking bars. It has a high back and is well-padded for comfort. The high back means your neck will be supported as you sit and rock. The frame itself is strong and holds up to 300lbs (136 kg). The fabric used is a mix of strong 600D polyester and 300D polyester which is lighter but less durable. A few customers have complained that their chair developed tears from regular use and I suspect this might occur in areas where 300D polyester was used. The trade-off in reducing the chair’s weight is a decrease in durability.

This chair does have a storage bag, but the chair itself is not intuitive on how to fold up, and the width of the bag is too narrow to easily get the folded chair back inside it. You will end up struggling with the storage bag to get the chair in it, increasing the risk of ripping it. This isn’t a big deal if you don’t plan on storing it in the bag.

Because this is a traditional rocker, the terrain you use should be somewhat flat, limiting your use options. It sits a bit low and feels comfortable to sit in, but this makes it harder to get out of if you have bad knees or hips. The armrests are soft and don’t make good supports if using your arms to assist yourself up to standing. This is something to consider if you have mobility issues but probably not a big deal if you don’t. Finally, there is no cup holder.

11lbs (5kg)

Our CategoriesSpecifics
Comfort– Fully padded with a high back and cushioned armrests.
Durability– Alloy Steel frame. Can hold 300 lbs. Material is 600 x 300D Polyester.
Neck Support– Yes
Do you have to Fight with the Storage Bag?– Yes
Passes the Hold My Beer Test?– No
How is the Movement?– Moves like a traditional rocking chair with curved rocking bars.
Total Weight– 11 lbs (5 kg)
Notable Mentions– 1-year warranty

Pros

  • The Alloy steel frame can hold 300lbs
  • Neck is supported
  • Comfortable to sit in
  • Traditional rocking chair experience
  • Easy to get into

Cons

  • 300 D polyester in some sections is less strong than 600 D making tears in fabric more likely.
  • No cup holders
  • Folding up for storage is not straightforward.
  • Hard to get back into the bag and the bag is a thinner fabric prone to ripping
  • Hard to get out of if you have mobility issues.
  • The ground must be level to rock.
  • Easy to hit your ankles on the ends of the rocking bars.
  • Not good for uneven surfaces.

Coastrail Outdoor Camping Rocking Chair – Best Budget Rocker

This chair is the most affordable on the list. It is very similar to the Sunnyfeel chair reviewed above. One key difference is more prominent padding on the seat to the upper back with a padded neck rest. The chair is oversized, comfortable, and can hold 300 lbs (136 kg). The fabric is polyester and finished with a PE coating to make it more durable and water-resistant. The chair is big enough for an average-sized person to even have a small to medium-sized dog snuggled in with them. The chair is 34 inches (86.3 cm) at the top of the backrest, 22 inches (55.9 cm) where the thighs rest, and 38.2 inches (97 cm) tall.

There are inner mesh pockets on both sides of the chair which are perfect for storing your phone or other items you want to keep handy. Unfortunately, there is no cup holder. Some customers also complain (similar to the Sunnyfeel mode) that this chair is an ankle killer.

Similar to the Sunnyfeel model, this chair also has soft armrests. They, therefore, cannot be used to support someone with mobility issues who need to use their arms to get out of the chair. This is another difficult chair to get back into the storage bag. The final stored chair is very long at 48 inches (123 cm) with an 8.3 in (21.1cm) x 9 in (22.9 cm) foot print⸺make sure it will fit in your car for transport or the location in your home you plan to store it.

The clips that are supposed to hold the chair in place when folded do not fasten easily to the bars as the thick fabric material is in the way. Because of the rocking bars, this chair also works best on flatter surfaces. It seems to be a solid choice for many applications like a patio, porch, or flat campsite. I’d say if you are going to use it often, don’t need to store it, and will use it on flat terrain then this chair is the best value in terms of comfort and price.

Our CategoriesSpecifics
Comfort– Fully padded seat to upper back and cushioned armrests.
Durability– Powder-coated steel frame. Can hold 300 lbs. Polyester fabric with PE coating.
Neck Support– Yes. Has a prominent padded headrest
Do you have to Fight with the Storage Bag?– Yes
Passes the Hold My Beer Test?– No. Has inner mesh pockets only.
How is the Movement?– Moves like a traditional rocking chair with curved rocking bars. 30-degree rocking motion.
Total Weight– 13.6 lbs (6.2 kg)
Notable Mentions– 1-year warranty

Pros

  • Comfort. Padded seat, upper back, and neck support
  • Most affordable
  • Durable and water resistant
  • Has inner mesh storage pockets for items you want to keep handy like a phone.
  • Decent rocking angle.

Cons

  • No cup holder
  • Hard to put away
  • The ends of the rocking bars are killer on the ankles.
  • No hard armrests make getting up difficult if you have mobility issues.
  • Not good for uneven surfaces.
This Model is Not Available at Walmart

Timber Ridge Outdoor Folding Rocking Chair – Best Semi-permanent Solution

This chair scores high for durability depending on your intended use. The frame is made of iron, making this chair strong but heavier than the others reviewed. The metal is powder coated but if you use this chair on a rough surface like rocks or concrete the rocking motion on the bars will scrape off the coating, and we all know that exposed iron will rust. It would be a great option for a relatively flat grassy area, a patio, or even a concrete balcony as long as you had a mat underneath to protect the coating.

What is really nice about this chair is that the backrest is high and adjustable so you can set it in a position that works for you. Also if you have knee problems, you can use the hard armrests as support when getting up from the chair. This chair does have a mesh storage bag but no cup holder. This is not a problem as long as you are set up next to a table or other flat surface to rest your drink on.

Another thing to consider is the size and weight. It is a bulky rectangle shape when folded (36.75 in x 26 in x 5 in or 93.3 cm x 66 cm x 12.7 cm) and weighs 16 lbs (7.3 kg). When it is set up and ready to use, the dimensions are 23.5 in x 16 1/8 in x 40. 5 in (or 59.7 cm x 16 cm x 103 cm).

I see this chair as a great option for an older person who would like to be able to adjust the backrest and have neck support and hard armrests. This chair while portable feels more suited to semi-permanent uses like on your patio for the summer season or maybe next to your RV at a campsite for a couple of weeks.

This Model is Not Available at Walmart
Our CategoriesSpecifics
Comfort– Fully padded seat and backrest. The backrest is 28 inches and adjustable.
Durability– Iron frame with powder-coated finish. Can hold 300 lbs (136 kg)
Neck Support– Yes.
Do you have to Fight with the Storage Bag?– No
Passes the Hold My Beer Test?– No. Has one mesh side pocket only.
How is the Movement?– Moves like a traditional rocking chair with curved rocking bars.
Total Weight– 16 lbs (7.3 kg)
Notable Mentions– 1-year warranty
– Has hard armrests.
– Storage bag like a large tote. Much like carrying a folded table.

Pros

  • Strong Iron Frame
  • The storage bag is awkward
  • High back that is adjustable
  • Hard armrests.

Cons

  • Weight
  • No cup holder
  • Prone to rust if powder finished is scraped off.
  • Not good for uneven surfaces.

GCI Outdoor Roadtrip Rocker – My Top Pick Overall.

The GCI Outdoor Roadtrip Rocker is the one I personally own. My wife got it for me for father’s day one year. I have taken it camping several times, and it is the chair that everyone fights over. Since it sits on four legs and there is no rocking bar, you have more options on where you place it. You could use it on a rocky campsite for instance. You should position it so that the legs feel firm on the ground and you’ll want to ensure the short front legs are not on a downward slope (which would make the chair prone to tipping forward).

Since the legs are firmly in place and there is no rocking bar, you do not have to worry about wearing the coating off as other models reviewed. The rocking motion is slightly less than a traditional rocker. it weighs a bit more than the other rockers reviewed (except the Timber Ridge), but the folded dimensions are about. Open size: 29.4 x 25.8 x 39 in (75 x 65.5 x 99 cm).

It has a comfortable breathable seat, is durable, has neck support, is easy to fold and get back into the storage bag, and has a cup holder. It even has hard armrests that allow a person with bad knees or hips to use their arms to help them get out of the chair. One disadvantage of this chair is that it is only rated for 250 lbs (113 kg) so it would not be a good choice for a heavier person, but it was the perfect choice for me. The online price was also reasonable.

Our CategoriesSpecifics
Comfort– Comfortable Seat and breathable mesh panel for good airflow on hot summer days.
Durability– Powder-coated steel frame. Can hold 250 lbs (113.6 Kg).
Neck Support– Yes.
Do you have to Fight with the Storage Bag?– No
Passes the Hold My Beer Test?– Yes
How is the Movement?– Spring action rocking technology
Total Weight– 12.7 lbs (5.8 kg)
Notable Mentions– 1-year warranty
– Has hard armrests.

Pros

  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Neck Support
  • Cup Holder
  • Easy to store
  • Hard armrests

Cons

  • The ground where the front legs are should not be sloped down.
  • Shorter people find it difficult to rock in.
  • The rocking motion is a bit less than a traditional rocker.

Buying Guide

Storage Considerations – How do you fold and store a Rocking Chair?

An important consideration of these chairs is how easy they are to store. Camp chairs typically come with storage bags though some are easier to actually get back into the bag than others. One pet peeve of campers is that the storage bag is barely wide enough to get the folded camp chair back into it. Some models are still quite bulky and awkward when folded and placed back in the storage bag. You might want to consider the dimensions of the folded chair and where you will store it in your home when you aren’t using it. Most chairs are pretty easy to collapse.

Durability – Is it Strong and How much weight can it hold?

This is a huge consideration. Do you want a lighter chair made with cheaper materials that you will only get a few summers out of or do you want a more durable chair built to last? The latter is likely to be made with better metals, stronger fabric, and be a little heavier. If you are a large person, check that the weight limit is within your range.

Rocking Motion

These chairs will either have a seat that swings like a hammock, rounded rocking bars like a traditional rocking chair, or a spring mechanism. The rounded rocking bars will provide the best rocking motion that you are familiar with, but the other two have the advantage of having stationary legs that can be used in more applications where the ground does not lend itself to traditional rocking.

Where you are primarily going to use the chair will ultimately determine the type that you get. All of these work well on flat surfaces, but if you are going to use them on bumpy, rocky terrain, you might want to avoid rocking bars altogether. If you are going to use it mainly on nice flat terrain, rocking bars will give you the best experience.

Comfort

I think the whole point of these chairs is a more comfortable experience than your typical camp chair. You need to determine if the amount of padding is adequate for you, if not it might feel like metal bars are digging into your back. If neck support is important to you, you’ll need to ensure the chair’s back is high enough to rest your head against. Is the fabric breathable? If not you’ll be sweating in it on a hot summer day.

Neck Support

If neck support is important to you, then take a look if the chair you are buying has a high back that you can rest your head on. A chair may be comfortable to sit in, but if you have neck issues, that’s not going to matter if your head is not supported when you are rocking.

Can it hold your beer or other beverage of choice?

Many of these chairs come with internal pockets and don’t have a cup holder. This is not such a big deal if you have other surfaces nearby where you will be sitting to rest a drink. It becomes more problematic if you are at a campsite or on the beach with no nearby table and have to hold your drink in your hand the whole time. Not a deal breaker, but something to consider.

Final thoughts

I hope this guide and reviews have given you some options to explore in your search for the perfect camp chair rocker. If one of these models worked out well for you, I’d love to hear, so please comment.

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Outdoor Folding Camp Rocking Chairs in 2023”

  1. Having a folding chair when you go camping, certainly makes it more comfortable sitting outside. Although I had not previously considered a rocking chair for camping, I can see that some people would love having a rocking chair that can also fold, so thank you for sharing this selection. 

    You mention that many of these models come with an internal pocket, but not a cup holder. As a wine drinker, do you have a recommendation for a folding chair that can also accommodate a wine glass? Thank you. 

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