What We Like: This is one of the most compact and portable options available. Moreover, it’s made of military-grade PVC suitable for outdoor use.
Not So Much: The back sometimes collapses when you lean back. It’s also a low chair which may be uncomfortable for some.
I know you may think: beach chair, what’s that doing here? Yes, this inflatable outdoor chair from Bote is designed for beach use, but it works just as well for camping.
Made of military-grade PVC, which protects it against abrasions and scratches, it’s perfect for outdoor use. This is quite a roomy chair, designed to sit low on the ground. So, beware as this close-to-the-ground design may not be suitable for everyone.
Compared to other similar options, this one is considered to be on the lighter side, and it’s one of the few that includes a foot pump with a purchase. Note though that it ships separately.
The patent-pending Aero chair (full review) is ultra-lightweight and compact. It won’t take up much space in your bag, nor weigh it down. This is a blessing if you’ll be hiking on your camping trip. It also has a mesh side pocket, where you can keep your phone.
Its single inflatable chamber allows you to set it up in just a few seconds. I’ll let you in on a little secret too, you can alter the amount of air used to inflate to adjust for comfort.
This model is available in 2 sizes. The standard one reviewed here, and the Aero Chair XL, which has a higher capacity of up to 350 lbs.
The downside? There are reports of the back not being very sturdy; collapsing if you lean back.
What We Like: The pump-free inflation technique makes it one of the most portable options. Moreover, it’s also designed to float and is the lightest option on our list.
Not So Much: Starts deflating after about 4 hours, so it needs to be re-inflated periodically. Also, it doesn’t have a backrest, so it may not be comfortable for sitting for long hours.
Chillbo’s tagline “on a mission to perfect the art of chilling,” says it all. The Shwaggins is the perfect blow-up camping bed to relax and unwind.
It can seat up to three people, or if you’ll like me, you can use it just for yourself to lounge comfortably. So, this is a wonderful option for a group or if you’re looking to spend a relaxing time on your trip.
Another significant feature is that you can use this couch on water. So, if you’re camping by a river for example you can spend your afternoons floating about without a worry in the world.
Compared to others this couch is one of the few that float and the only one on our list that doesn’t require an air pump of sorts to inflate it.
It’s made of sturdy material that’s resistant to sun heat and comes in a variety of 12 unique and stylish patterns. Moreover, compared to other inflatable chairs, this one is relatively noise-free. So, no annoying squeaking sound when you’re adjusting yourself!
Now for the cherry on top, this model employs a pump-free inflation technique. There’s no need to lug around an air-pump then, so one less thing to pack when camping. This also makes it super light-weight and compact and fits in its own carry bag.
Nothing’s perfect though, this couch tends to start sagging after about 4 hours or so. However, you can easily inflate it again in just 30 seconds!
What We Like: This option is ideal for overnight camping. It’s both a super-comfy chair and a twin bed.
Not So Much: It’s bigger and heavier than others. It’s also not very sturdy as the cup holder material rips easily, affecting the chair’s overall durability.
Made of quality velvety vinyl the wide armrests and comfy backrest lets you sink and really relax after an activity-filled day camping.
Though heavier than most of its counterparts, the extra pull-out bed feature makes it worth a couple of extra pounds.
This one’s for the overnight campers, you won’t need to take a mattress or sleeping bag as this bad boy will do. Just pull out the cushion and it turns from a comfortable chair into a twin bed!
However, if you’re just going for a day, it may not be worth the hassle to carry and set up this chair.
Setting up this multipurpose chair is relatively effortless. It has 3 valves with extra-wide openings for quick inflation and deflation. It’s also designed to fold compactly when deflated for easy storage and transport. Do note though that the air-pump is sold separately.
The armrest includes a cup holder, which in this case can be considered both a pro and a con. Pro because, well, a cup holder is always a great extra. On the other hand, the material of the cup holder is thin and rips easily, which can ruin this otherwise decent chair/bed combo.
What We Like: A relatively comfy lounge that comes with an ottoman.
Not So Much: Not durable, customer reports of the chair becoming unusable after a month of usage. Also, the back support on this model isn’t ideal.
This is another fine model from Intex that also gives you a little something extra. This inflatable camping lounger comes with an ottoman, great for those times when you need to stretch your legs. You can also use it as an extra seat.
This model is made of 21-gauge vinyl which is waterproof and compact when folded. It also includes a built-in cup holder, which apart from its obvious purpose, you can also use for holding your phone or sunglasses.
The extra-wide opening of the valves allows for fast inflation and deflation, but again you need to purchase the air pump separately. The lounge takes just a couple of minutes to inflate. On the other hand, the ottoman takes a bit longer, around 5 minutes.
This ultra lounge has a few downsides though. The design doesn’t allow for proper back support, so this one’s not for you if you suffer from any back issues. Especially as it’s not very easy to get up from.
Also, there are some customer reports of the chair losing air and sagging quickly. This may be due to the fact that it tears easily since it’s recommended to set it up away from debris. Honestly, not a good quality for a camping chair.
Not only that, but there are also reports of the chair not lasting for more than a month due to it losing its shape.
What We Like: Includes a water-fillable chamber that keeps your chair anchored in place. Moreover, it’s puncture resistant.
Not So Much: Reports of the water chamber leaking and the chair sagging. It also may need to be re-inflated frequently.
Another favorite from Intex is a no-fuss functional inflatable camping/beach chair. Its design makes it both comfortable and soft.
What sets this model apart from other inflatable chairs is that it has an extra chamber that you can fill with water. This helps keep your chair from being knocked over or flying away; a quite useful benefit for inflatable furniture. This one’s ideal if you tend to camp in a windy climate.
Not only that, but it also has a 2-ply puncture-resistant side and bottom, which makes it ideal for outdoor use. Note that, like other Intex models, you’ll need to buy the air pump separately.
Beware though, there have been some reports of the water chamber leaking occasionally. This can make for a very unpleasant camping experience. Apart from that, there were also some reports of the chair quickly losing air and needing to be reinflated frequently.
What We Like: Suitable for novice campers. It’s also one of the most budget-friendly options.
Not So Much: Not durable and may easily get holes and leaks.
Even though it’s not built for heavy-duty camping, it does feature some good qualities. The 15-gauge sides and bottom made of vinyl with a corduroy texture. It’s also designed to fold compactly for easy storage and transport.
Compared to other Intex products, this one is fairly basic and doesn’t boast many features. However, if you’re new to camping and just want a nice comfy seat for a couple of hours then this one may be for you.
Beware though, according to customer reports it sometimes can simply pop. It’s a good idea to always make sure not to overinflate it to try and avoid this happening.
What We Like: It’s relatively lightweight which makes it ultra-portable. Enforced bottom, suitable for outdoor use.
Not So Much: Not the most comfortable option available. It’s more of a stool than a proper chair.
This model from DonkeyEmma works as both a stool and an ottoman. It has PVC flocking and a reinforced bottom, so it’s suitable for outdoor use. It’s also compact, light, and easy to inflate and deflate.
Compared to other options this one isn’t the most comfortable. To put things more into perspective, some customers use it instead of a fitness balancing ball, so it’s not really built for comfort. It would be a better idea to get this as an ottoman to your inflatable chair.
It’s a great option for a quick rest on your camping trip. It’s not recommended though if you’re looking to relax and take a load off for a long while, as it has neither an armrest nor a backrest.
It doesn’t come with a pump though so you need to buy that separately if you don’t already have one.
What We Like: Acts as both a sofa and a bed. It can also seat/sleep 2 people.
Not So Much: Not very practical to carry around when camping, as it’s not the smallest option.
If you’re going on a backpacking camping trip then this isn’t for you. However, this Intex model is a great option if you’re going on a relaxed camping trip with your family or friends.
It’s both big and super comfy as a sofa, and when you pull out the cushion it can easily sleep 2. For that reason, it’s relatively big.
Yet, this is an ideal option for setting up in a tent. You get to have a nice comfy queen-sized bed at night. Alternatively, when you fold it up in the morning you get to have extra space to move around and a cozy sofa. Worth the extra weight, if you ask me.
Compared to other options, this one is one of the least compact options. It’s also not light, but it’s quite an efficient option if you don’t mind the extra weight.
As with other Intex products, it features an extra-wide valve opening for easy inflation and deflation.
Do note though that the weather and humidity will affect the firmness of this sofa, so you may need to re-inflate it accordingly. Make sure you get an air pump though, as this model comes without one.
What We Like: It can seat up to 3 people. It also comes with an electric air pump.
Not So Much: Heavy and not very portable.
An ultra-comfortable sofa, it can seat up to 3 people. You can also use it to just lounge around yourself. The deep seats and armrests are perfect for relaxing. You even have cup holders for your drinks, so no need to get up. It also has a waterproof flocked top and vinyl bottom.
This couch is considerably big and heavy for a camping accessory, especially compared to its counterparts. So, this may not be your first option when you’re thinking of an inflatable seat for camping.
However, you may find it a practical and convenient option if you’re camping with a group. If you’re looking for an easy and light option though, this one isn’t for you.
This is one of the few Intex models that come with an air pump, specifically the 120V Quick-Fill AC Electric Air Pump. This pump fits the extra-wide opening valves perfectly and rapidly inflates this relatively large sofa. Make sure you have a power source available though.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not sure if you should get an inflatable camping chair? Check our FAQ section to help with your decision.
What are the advantages of inflatable camping furniture?
Inflatable camping chairs offer you a range of advantages. You get to the benefit of having a comfortable seat to rest on your trip, without the need to carry around big and heavy pieces of furniture.
Perhaps the most prominent advantage of the inflatable chair is the fact that it’s both lightweight and compact. This makes it ultra-portable and easy to transport and store, which are important aspects when camping.
In addition to that, some of them can actually float, so you can also use them as floaties to relax if you’re camping by the water.
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