As soon as the sun comes out, we Brits know to get the BBQs out and slap on factor 50. Sometimes, though, the best way to enjoy the summer is from the comfort of your own garden soaking up the sunny rays.
If you're a sun worshipper, the best piece of furniture you can have for your garden is a sun lounger. Whether you want to watch the wildlife go by or stick in earphones and enjoy a sunbathing session, a sun lounger will be your best friend for summer.
What sun lounger should I buy?
If you're struggling to weigh up all the options that are out there with sun loungers in mind, we have some top tips to make your life slightly easier. There are a few things you should consider before splashing out on these garden chairs.
First things first, you'll want a sun lounger that is ultimately comfortable. With the name in mind, you'll want to be able to lounge in comfort and generally, that means a good reclining feature that allows you to lay back in peace.
As well as the recliner, there are loungers that have removable pillows, or you can get ones with built-in pillows already. This is a factor to consider as it may mean putting the chairs away if it starts to rain.
Getting down to the important stuff, price is always going to be a factor in any garden buy. We go more into the average price of sun loungers below but to kick off, make sure you're considering what cheaper or more expensive options may mean.
When it comes to cheaper sun loungers, the materials may be lower quality but they also might be easy to move and adjust. On the other end of the spectrum, you can get high-quality wooden loungers, but this may mean they're heavier. It depends on how long you want to keep your loungers and finding a good balance between value and quality.
Sun loungers come in a variety of materials; from rattan and wooden to metal or plastic, you'll want to figure out which materials go with your garden and your price point before you invest. We recommend going for a good quality material that's going to stand the weather but isn't too heavy, such as rattan.
Weight and flexibility
This has come up a few times already in our tips but weight is a major factor in deciding the best sun lounger. As the British weather is always changing, you may want a lightweight chair or foldable sun lounger so that it's easier to move around if you're getting it in and out frequently. On the other hand, you can buy heavier, sturdy sun loungers that are weatherproof, then all you'll need to do is bring the pillows in.
How much should I spend on a sun lounger?
The cost of a single sun lounger in the UK can range anywhere from £50 to £500 - if you're looking at a pair it can be even higher.
This, of course, depends on your price point and what kind of sun lounger you're looking for. Loungers with heavier, more expensive materials may come up in the more expensive end, but flexible chairs can range lower.
We've selected a range of sun loungers that fall across this average so you can select the best sun lounger for you - whether you're looking for a value reclining garden chair or a high-end luxury lounger.
The best sun loungers UK 2022
From armchairs to zero-gravity or foldable sun loungers, we have a pick of the best lounging and reclining garden chairs you can get your hands on.
Kicking off our first choice is this set of two modern sun loungers from VonHaus - unique because of their attached sun canopies, creating a great shade for your face. Wave goodbye to newspapers and hats over your face because this will let you relax in peace without the sun blinding you.
Including a drinks holder as well as being foldable, flexible and zero-gravity, they are an absolute steal and our all-rounder for the features. Reviews say that they're well made and sturdy, which will do well in years to come.
Features: Shade canopy, drinks holder, zero-gravity
Dimensions: 112H x 91L x 67.5W cm
Material: Alloy Steel
Why we like it: Well-made, efficient and practical
The ideal companion for everything from sunbathing to reading, this sleek rattan effect sunlounger has four positions for comfortable seating. With the classic rattan style that many modern gardens wish for, it's durable, weatherproof, and fade-free, though cushions should be stored indoors.
Features: Four recline positions, weatherproof, full-length cushion
Dimensions: 26H x 195D x 65W cm
Material: Rattan sun lounger with resin frame and polyester cushions
Why we like it: This set has everything you could want in a beautiful rattan design
What's zero-gravity, you ask? This means that the chair can stay sturdy in whichever position, whether stood up or leaning back - providing maximum comfort and maximum practicality.
These are our favourite zero-gravity sun loungers because they're stylish but efficient, available in black or grey to suit your garden.
Features: Zero-gravity, foldable, reclining, weather & stain resistant
Dimensions: 110H x 89L x 66W cm
Material: Textoline, powder-coated steel
Why we like it: Stylish but foldable, meaning easy access
This solid wood sun lounger set from RHS Chelsea is perfect for those looking for quality with comfort. With three recline positions and an adjustable footrest, this is a great basic chair with quality in mind, made from FCS-certified eucalyptus wood that's naturally durable.
You will have to buy some extra cushions for padding on this lounger because it might not be so comfortable without.
Features: Three recline positions, RHS etched, high quality solid wood
Dimensions: 95H x 150W x 55D cm
Material: Solid eucalyptus wood
Why we like it: High quality materials for a modern garden
This no-nonsense sun lounger is great for a sleek, modern garden. A relaxing reclined position with a head cushion for extra comfort is the perfect partner for any sunny months.
Folding away for easy storage, this Monte Carlo sun lounger will be at home in any garden.
Features: Foldable, lounging shape, one-year guarantee
Dimensions: 63H x 173L x 65W cm
Material: Steel frame with all-weather fabric
Why we like it: This sun lounger is comfy but minimalistic
Looking for a luxury sun lounger to share with a partner? This Deance Double Sun Lounger is perfect for someone looking to splash out.
Whether you push them together to make a double lounger or split them to have two singles, this is chic and comfortable. Available in Charcoal or Grey.
Features: Stain-resistant, multi-position headrest, maintenance-free, can be washed with a pressure washer, rust-resistant
Dimensions: 79H x 150W x 180L cm
Material: Metal, weather-proof fabric
Why we like it: It's weather-resistant and stylish for any modern garden
Want to take a reclining sun lounger wherever you go? Check out this Congleton sun lounger which is totally portable, meaning you can take it to the beach, a lake and elsewhere for your summer in the UK.
Made from polyester, this is foldable, reclining and stackable, making it the ultimate value sun lounger. A top beach pick for summer 2022.
Features: Portable, folding, stackable, ready assembled
Dimensions: 61H x 168L x 58W cm (when laid flat)
Material: Polyester, metal alloy frame
Why we like it: The ultimate portable sun lounger you need this year
If you're looking for a cheap and cheerful sun lounger that's packed with comfort and character, look no further than the Argos Home Metal Folding Sun Lounger. With six reclining positions to help you find your sweet spot, it's perfect for chilling in with the plush comfy full-length cushion.
Features: Folds for storage, six recline positions, removable cushions, minimal assembly
Dimensions: 100H x 75D x 60W cm
Material: Metal frame with cotton cushions
Why we like it: It's affordable and yet still bursting with charm
COPACABANA Sun Lounger
Most trendy sun lounger
The COPACABANA Sun Lounger will transport you on holiday from the comfort of your very own garden with the trendy resin mimicking rattan for an exotic touch. Available in a natural brown or black, add some tropical print cushions for extra comfort and to echo the beach vibes all around.
Features: Lounging shape, assembly required
Dimensions: 70H x 172D x 60.5W cm
Material: Polyethylene resin coating and metal
Why we like it: It's seriously cool and stylish
Similar to the KETTLER RHS Chelsea Garden Steamer Chair but with a full-length cream cushion included, the Argos Home Wooden Sun Lounger is designed as a traditional steamer chair and made of FSC eucalyptus and timber. With three recline positions, you can relax and unwind to your heart's content, even lying flat if you wish, with a fixed footrest included.
Features: Three recline positions, folds for storage, removable cushions, minimal assembly
Dimensions: 94H x 139D x 56W cm
Material: FSC certified timber with eucalyptus
Why we like it: With a versatile design, this comfy addition will suit most modern gardens.
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