9 of the best Adirondack chairs to buy now for kicking back al fresco this summer

Looking for the best Adirondack chair on the market to complement your porch or outdoor seating area? Our shopping editor has got you covered

A set of Adirondack chairs
(Image credit: Fabian Martinez. Design: Direccion)

Is your porch or outdoor space even complete without an Adirondack chair? These classic style of outdoor chair, hailing from the Adirondack mountains outside of New York are proving to be timelessly popular. Providing a space for relaxation, they have a sculptural element to them, and more modern manifestations of the trusty Adirondack sees them in a variety of fun colorful pops to brighten up a lacklustre porch.  

What you want to look for when shopping for an Adirondack chair is durability. These are classic pieces that are meant to withstand the test of time, it is a style that will compliment your backyard for years, so make sure it's a material that lasts. We've picked 9 Adirondack chairs that we feel are some of the best outdoor furniture pieces on the market right now. 

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'There's a comfort and a familiarity in Adirondack chairs,' say Lucia Bartholomew and Cayley Lambur, Electric Bowery co-founders who have just teamed up with Studio Campo to create custom Adirondack chairs that celebrate the great outdoors. 'But with modern lines & a clean riff, they feel like an old friend who's gotten a new look.'

When it comes to picking the perfect material, think about what will withstand the elements. Wood is the classic choice for an Adirondack chair. While they are heavy, they can last for years if looked after. If you want a colored Adirondack chair, which bring a playfulness to your chair, it's best to avoid painting your wood and pick plastic chairs. A powder-coated metal Adirondack chair could also work in your backyard. 

Resin is another great option which you can find in a variety of colors. Resin is technically a plastic, but it is made differently, made from plant matter instead of synthetics so the material can feel sturdier and more durable than plastic, also giving it a more quality appearance. 

Can you leave Adirondack chairs out all winter?

The answer to this vastly depends on what material you've gone for. If you've selected a plastic or powder-coated material, you should be ok. But wood needs a little more maintenance. 

The heritage of Adirondack chairs comes from the Adirondack mountains outside of New York. They are meant to withstand winter weather so a good quality Adirondack chair should be able to take the winter weather. 

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.