What Are The Best Beach Chairs For Elderly On The UK Market?

While you might be fine on just about any type of beach chair, someone older needs to be more cautious about their choice.

A good quality and comfortable beach chair ensures they can enjoy the sun and sand without any aches or cramps.

In this buying guide, we are going to review what we think are the best beach chairs for the elderly. We considered factors like portability, breathability and overall comfort to select our top picks.

Before we get to the reviews, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a senior-friendly beach chair.

What to Consider When Buying a Beach Chair for a Senior

a. Ergonomic design

Proper support is essential for seniors. So make sure the chair has adequate support especially for the lower back.

The user should be able to lounge in the sun for hours without feeling any strain or aches in their back or joints.

b. Multiple recline positions

Even a good quality ergonomic beach chair can feel tiring after hours of sitting in the same position.

A beach chair with multiple recline positions allows the user to adjust their sitting to stay comfortable.

At the very least, get a chair with two recline positions; one almost upright and the other leaning back. Extra recline positions are even better. Some chairs have as many as 8.

c. Breathable

You are going to be sitting in the sun for hours. Breathability is essential.

When buying a beach chair, check the material at the bottom and back. It should be an airy fabric that easily wicks away sweat.

Most beach chairs incorporate a mesh backing to maximize breathability.

d. Strong but lightweight

Since the chair is going to be carried around a lot, it should be light. But it also needs to be strong enough to take the weight of an adult without buckling.

Manufacturers use different materials to achieve a strong but lightweight design.

The most common is aluminium. An aluminium frame is strong and durable but also light.

Wood is also common. The wooden frame is often treated to resist degradation by the weather and ensure longevity.

Another ideal strong-but-lightweight option is plastic. It is weather-resistant, lasts long and is light enough for an elderly user to lift.

Steel beach chairs are also fairly common though they are a bit heavy.

e. Foldable

Almost all beach chairs are foldable. This makes them easy to carry to and from the beach.

Check that the folding mechanism is easy to use. It should not involve more than a step or two.

f. Accessories

Finally, check which accessories the beach chair comes with.

Our favourite extra is a neck pillow. It makes the chair more comfortable.

Other convenient accessories to look for include a cup holder, a storage pouch and straps for easy portability.

The Best Beach Chairs for the Elderly Reviews

1. Coleman cm Low Recliner

The aluminium frame makes this low recliner beach chair light yet strong. It may not feel like it but this chair will last for years without any damage or wear.

The fabric is polyester, which is also very durable and hardwearing.

You have the option of reclining the chair in five different positions from almost upright to completely flat. Adjusting your position is easy and quick.

A mesh backrest keeps the chair breathable, ensuring you stay sweat free no matter how hot it gets.

The chair comes with a couple of nice extras.

There is a neck pillow to improve comfort and support. You also get a pocket to store your personal items.

The chair is of course foldable which makes it easy to transport. For even easier portability, there are carrying straps included.

What we like about it:

  • Lightweight and strong.
  • 5 recline positions.
  • Carrying straps included.
  • Breathable mesh backrest to keep you cool and sweat-free.

2. Red Mountain Beach Chair Deluxe

5 recline positions not enough for you?

This beach chair from Red Mountain provides 8 recline options ranging from upright to a completely flat sun lounge.

So whether you want to have a good view of the water or lay flat on your back to bask, this chair is perfect.

The overall design is very comfortable. The backrest is extra-high to provide adequate back support and there is an adjustable neck pillow for added comfort.

There are also armrests.

The chair weighs just 2.8kg but it can support a total weight of up to 100kg. That is because of the anodised aluminium frame that is strong and durable.

The backrest and bottom are made from an airy fabric that keeps the heat and sweat off your body.

When you’ve gotten enough sunshine, the chair is easy to fold up into a flat shape that is easy to carry.

What we like about it:

  • 8 recline positions.
  • Strong, light and durable aluminium frame.
  • Breathable fabric and adjustable pillow for added comfort.

3. Isabella Beach Chair Pair

This is another 8-posiiton recliner for those who want extra versatility. You can move the chair from an upright position to completely flat or any position in between.

At 4kg, the chair is light enough for most seniors to carry without any problem. The aluminium frame, which makes it light, is also strong enough to hold up to 100kg.

Note that this is a 2-pack. It’s perfect if you love going to the beach with your partner or friend.

Each chair comes with a neck pillow and armrests for maximum comfort. The polyester fabric is breathable to keep your back from getting all clammy and uncomfortable.

What we like about it:

  • 2-pack beach chairs – convenient for beach-going couples and friends.
  • 8 recline positions.
  • Lightweight.
  • Includes neck pillow.

4. RXF Back Folding Chair

This one is a bit heavier than the other beach chairs. But that’s because it uses a steel frame.

The upside of that is that it can support more weight than the other beach chairs.

So if you are looking for a heavy-duty beach chair, I recommend this one.

And don’t worry, it’s not that heavy. It weighs just 4.5kg. So you can still carry it around without a problem.

The oxford cloth is durable and can withstand sun exposure without fading too much. It’s breathable to keep you and is also washable.

The chair design is a bit different from the others. It looks more like a camping or picnic chair than a beach chair.

One feature you’ll miss if you are used to conventional beach chairs is the ability to recline. The RXF chair has only one position.

But at least you can fold it for easy portability. It even comes with a carrying/storage bag.

What we like about it:

  • Versatile – ideal for the beach, camping, picnics and general outdoor use.
  • Strong and durable thanks to the steel frame.
  • Breathable fabric.
  • Foldable and lightweight for effortless portability.

5. RIO Gear Unisex’s Lace-Up Suspension Folding Backpack Beach Chair

If you have back problems, this is the best beach chair.

It has a unique flexible suspension design that conforms to your shape and sitting positions. You get support exactly where you need it.

You also get arm support on the extra-wide armrests.

For your neck there is a large pillow you can adjust to your liking.

The chair has 4 recline positions to choose from with an easy-to-use recline mechanism.

The lightweight aluminium frame makes the chair light and easy to carry. It weighs 3.6kg. It also ensures the chair can take plenty of weight without any problem (max weight limit is 108kg).

The frame is rustproof so durability is not an issue.

A large cup holder can hold anything from a cup to a water bottle. You also get a large storage pouch at the back for your personal stuff.

What we like about it:

  • Includes storage pouch with straps for easy portability.
  • Ergonomic design – ideal for seniors with back problems.
  • 4 recline positions.
  • Higher seating position than most beach chairs – makes it easier for seniors to sit down and get back up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How to clean mould off beach chairs?

1. Wear safety gloves and goggles and importantly, put on an air mask to prevent mould spores from getting into your lungs.

If you intend to use a strong cleaning solution, wear protective outerwear to prevent your clothes from getting bleached or stained.

Remember to do your cleaning in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling spores and the fumes from the cleaning solution.

2. Prepare your cleaning solution. There are several cleaning solutions you can use to kill and remove mould including bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and white vinegar.

We recommend using white vinegar.  It is an inexpensive and easy-to-use option. You can purchase a bottle of vinegar from a local store or supermarket if you don’t already have it in your kitchen.

Prepare the cleaning solution by mixing white vinegar and water (in equal parts). Pour the solution in a spray bottle and it is ready to use.

3. Spray the vinegar solution on the affected area. Allow it to sit for a while before rinsing it off. This will give it time to soak in and attack any mould deep in the crevices and fibres. For tougher areas, spray more of the vinegar on the affected area.

If the vinegar smell bothers you, add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar solution.

You can also use a combination of dish washing liquid, lemon juice and baking soda to get rid of the smell. Use a sponge or piece of cloth to gently wipe down the chair.

After that, you can rinse your chair with warm water and let it sit in the sun to dry.

If the mould returns, repeat the cleaning process.

Q: How to clean rust off beach chairs?

Use mild acids or abrasives such as vinegar or lime juice to clean light rust of a beach chair.

For heavy rust removal, you can use commercial rust stain removers. These are available at any furniture, hardware or home improvement store.

If the rust stains are severe, apply a fresh coat of paint over the rusted areas.

Q: Where can I buy beach chairs?

If you do most of your shopping online, Amazon is a no-brainer. Their products are reasonably priced and they stock great variety from different manufacturers, including normal chairs for seniors.

Also check other major general and furniture retailers including Chaplins, Wayfair and Argos.


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