16 best sun loungers 2021: luxe garden loungers and daybeds

The best sun loungers for soaking up the rays this summer; the most stylish folding garden loungers, reclining chairs and luxury outdoor daybeds

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Looking for the best sun loungers? Now that spring is officially underway it won’t be long before the good weather hits, and once the clouds part and the sun starts shining we all want to head straight out into the garden or onto the balcony to soak up some mood-boosting Vitamin D. 

So now's the time to get ahead of the game and ensure your outdoor space is fully equipped for relaxation once the temperatures climb. 

We’ve rounded up our top choices of design-led sun loungers; from quick-drying options for the poolside to classic wheeled sun loungers, folding and stackable sun loungers for space-saving storage, contemporary reclining chairs for the garden, and decadent outdoor daybeds. 

If you’re looking to furnish your whole outdoor space for rest, relaxation and entertaining, then make sure to explore our guide to the best garden furniture of 2021, otherwise, read on to find the best sun loungers for those balmy summer days...

Best sun loungers of 2021

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Emu red sun lounger

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1. Snooze Multi-position sun lounger

A spacious sun lounger that stacks and wheels; perfect for the pool or garden

Specifications
Size: L215 x W92 x H37cm
Materials: Painted steel, 'Emu-Tex' fabric
Reasons to buy
+Generous proportions+Wheeled for easy manoeuvrabilty +Adjustable backrest+Stackable+Good range of colour options

Opt for bright and playful colour or minimal monochrome with one of the best sun loungers for versatile functionality and uplifting design.

Stackable for easy storage and with rear castor wheels for easy manoeuverability, this is a great option for the poolside or garden, with quick-drying polyvinyl fabric that's UV-resistant and designed to stay cool even in direct sun.

Even better, despite streamlined design and lightweight looks, this is one of the most generously proportioned sun loungers on our list. After all, who doesn't want more space for a drowsy daytime nap?

Best sun loungers 2021 - best outdoor daybeds - Ethimo

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2. Essenza Double Sun Lounger

Create an oasis of relaxation with this double sun lounger or outdoor daybed

Specifications
Size: L170 x D215 x H198cm
Materials: Solid teak wood, stainless steel, linen
Reasons to buy
+Resort-worthy lounging+Fabric canopy to add privacy and keep out the glare+Room for two or more+Adjustable backrests
Reasons to avoid
-Mattresses available separately-Very bulky to move and store

For the ultimate in outdoor relaxation, this teak framed double sun lounger will create an oasis of zen-like calm in the garden. 

Adjustable backrests allow you to find the optimal degree of recline for the most restful laidback lounging, whilst the linen canopy offers shade and privacy - great if your outdoor space is overlooked.

Who needs a holiday anyway when you have resort-worthy relaxation in your own backyard.

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Hay Palissade

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3. Hay Palissade Sun lounger

The best garden lounger; sculptural form and ergonomic comfort

Specifications
Size: H70 x W65.5 x L164.5cm
Material: Powder-coated steel
Reasons to buy
+Adds sculptural form to the garden as well as function+Coordinates with the Palissade outdoor furniture collection for a cohesive look
Reasons to avoid
-No adjustable backrest-Fairly bulky to move and store

If you're willing to sacrifice being able to turn onto your front, then the fluid lines of Hay's Palissade sun lounger bring both function and sculptural form to the garden. 

Modern, minimalist, and with a carefully-considered and aesthetically-pleasing silhouette, this chaise longue design is an outdoor focal point rather than a lounger to wheel out of view when not in use.

The ergonomic form is far more comfortable than its weather-resistant metal frame might suggest, but you can opt for maximum comfort with the specifically-designed quilted cushion back and padded headrest.

For effortless garden styling, the Palissade collection also offers a wide variety of coordinating outdoor furniture; from lounge and dining chairs to coffee and bar tables.

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Skagerak

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4. Columbus Teak Sun Lounger

A classic wooden sun lounger in FSC certified teak

Specifications
Size: L200 x W66 x H31cm
Materials: FSC certified teak wood, fabric
Reasons to buy
+Wheeled for easy manoeuvrability+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to store

You just can't beat solid teak wood for a timeless addition to an outdoor space, and this FSC certified wood option from Danish brand Skagerak is one of the best sun loungers for a classic look.

Two wheels for easy manoeuvring and an adjustable backrest ensure you have everything you need for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, whilst the classic design is simplicity at its finest. 

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5. Cane-line Conic Sunlounger

The best sun lounger for resort-worthy style and comfort

Specifications
Size: H40-83 x W78 x L220cm
Materials: Aluminium frame, SoftTouch fabric cushions
Reasons to buy
+Padded quick-dry upholstery+Simple gas-spring adjustable backrest+Wheeled for easy manoeuvrability
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to store

Quick-dry upholstered cushions and a clever gas-spring reclining mechanism maximise comfort and relaxation in this stress-free sun lounger from Cane-Line.

The lightweight powder-coated aluminium frame and rear wheels make for easy manoeuvring, so all you have to worry about is laying back and catching the rays. 

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - DNA Teak

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6. DNA Teak Sun Lounger

A contemporary wooden sun lounger with a minimal aesthetic

Specifications
Size: L198 x W70 x H45 cm
Materials: Teak, aluminium, 'Silvertex' fabric upholstery
Reasons to buy
+Wheeled for easy manoeuvrability+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to store

Inspired by the play of light and shadow through Mediterranean window shutters and the refined aesthetic of Japanese bamboo and wooden slatted architecture, the DNA sun lounger by José A. Gandia-Blasco is a masterclass in minimal simplicity. 

Linear teak wood and white aluminium are contrasted by statement teak wheels that make for easy manoeuvring. 

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Livingetc - Emu Holly Sun Lounger

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7. Holly Sun Lounger

A space-saving sun lounger for easy stacking

Specifications
Size: L202 x W79 x H103cm
Materials: Aluminium, texplast fabric cover. UV protecting nylon
Reasons to buy
+Stackable for space-saving storage+Hidden wheels for easy manoeuvrability+Adjustable backrest

Taupe and black are the shades of moment, and on-trend neutrals can continue out into the garden with this muted sun lounger.

Designed to stack for space-saving storage and with hidden wheels that make following the sun that little bit easier, this quick-drying lounger is a great option for poolside or terrace.

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Houe Click Sun Lounger

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8. Houe Click Reclining Chair

Simple yet stylish, a mechanism-free reclining chair for catching the rays

Specifications
Size: H90 x W64 x L180cm
Materials: Bamboo, metal and plastic
Reasons to buy
+Simple reclining chair without mechanisms
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to move and store-No adjustable backrest

Ingeniously designed to offer a reclining chair without any finger-trapping mechanisms, in Houe's Click chair you simply pitch yourself backwards onto the angled rear legs when you're ready for some time spent horizontal.

Of course, you can't turn over and lay on your front as you can with a classic sun lounger, but once you've discovered this ergonomically-friendly legs-slightly-above-heart reclined position, we're not sure you'll want to. 

Best sun loungers 2021 - rattan sunlounger, contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - La Forma Kubic

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9. La Forma Kubic Sun Lounger

Add beach vibes with this curvaceous garden lounger

Specifications
Size: L169 x W84 x H91cm
Materials: Eucalyptus wood, polyester UV-stabilized rope
Reasons to buy
+Beach-holiday vibes
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to move and store-No adjustable backrest

A eucalyptus wood frame and UV-protected woven synthetic-rope seat give this laidback lounger beach-holiday vibes with added weather-resistance.

The perfect garden lounger for settling down with a good book or daydreaming the day away on a warm summer's day, the curvaceous shape will gently cocoon you as you relax. 

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Serax Sun Lounger

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10. Serax August Sunbed

A minimal sun lounger designed for the monastery

Specifications
Size: L205 x W79 x H25cm
Materials: Powder-coated aluminium, plastic
Reasons to buy
+Wheeled for easy manoeuvrability+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to store

Simple and minimalist, the August Outdoor collection was designed by architect Vincent Van Duysen to furnish the terrace of the former monastery he had been commissioned to transform into a not-so-monastic hotel.

Reflecting the austere craftsmanship of the monastery's original functional furnishings, the August sun lounger is perfectly formed with minimal fuss. 

Best Garden Furniture - Skagerak Between Lines Deck Chair

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11. Skagerak Between Lines Deckchair

The best wooden lounge chair and footstool

Specifications
Size: H90 x W61.5 x D93.5cm
Materials: FSC-certified teak wood
Reasons to buy
+Versatile seating and lounging option+Hardwearing and durable teak wood
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to move and store-No adjustable backrest

This clean-lined Scandinavian lounge chair is the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee, and with the addition of the coordinating footstool, it transforms into a lounger worthy of naptime. 

Designed to be passed from generation to generation, Skagerak's Between The Lines deckchair is crafted from FSC-certified teak wood sourced from sustainably-managed forestry plantations. 

Allow the wood to weather gently to a restful silver-grey tone or boost the naturally high oil content of the teak wood with regular weather-proofing to maintain the honeyed colour.

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Ponente blue sun lounger

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12. Slide Ponente Sun lounger

A colourful sun lounger perfect for the poolside

Specifications
Size: L200 x W68 x H80cm
Materials: Rotomoulded polyethylene
Reasons to buy
+Can quickly wipe down so good for the poolside+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky to move and store

Made in Italy, this rotomoulded polyethylene plastic sun lounger has the benefit of drying quickly, which makes it perfect for the poolside.  

The adjustable back also has six different inclines, allowing you to find the perfect angle for reading, napping, or reclining blissfully, cocktail in hand. 

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Affordable sun lounger Maisons Du Monde

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13. Hurghuda Folding Sun Lounger

The best value sun lounger for affordable style

Specifications
Size: L174 x W51 x H49cm
Materials: Plastic-coated canvas, polyester, metal
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Folds for space-saving storage+Narrow design useful for small spaces+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Narrow width and shorter length won't suit all-No wheels

If you want one of the best value sun loungers that still offers a good dose of style, then Maisons Du Monde's Hurghada sun lounger is a good affordable option.

Check your measurements as this sun lounger is narrower - and shorter - than most, but the folding design makes for easy storage and is a great option for any outdoor area, like a balcony or urban courtyard, where space is tight. 

Available in terracotta, khaki green, black, white and taupe, it also has a great selection of tasteful colour options.

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - curved recling chair Unopiu

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14. Unopiu Swing Sun Lounger

The best curved wood garden lounger for contemporary relaxation

Specifications
Size: L161 x W59 x H59cm
Materials: Teak wood, stainless steel
Reasons to buy
+Sculptural design+Hardwearing and durable teak wood
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky and heavy to move and store-No adjustable backrest

The curved lines of this teak garden lounger are reminiscent of a fluid wave, allowing the mind to relax into Zen-mode before you even lie down.

Sit the sculptural form directly on the ground, or rest it on the metal legs provided; either way the curvaceous lounger offers striking design and optimum relaxation.

Best sun loungers 2021 - contemporary garden loungers and modern outdoor daybeds - Fiam Amigo Folding sunlounger

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15. Fiam Amigo Sunlounger

The best folding sun lounger for taking on the move

Specifications
Size: L191 x W58.5 x H36cm
Materials: Aluminium, textilene
Reasons to buy
+Super lightweight and compact for easy transportation+Folds for space-saving storage+Narrow design useful for small spaces+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly narrow width-No wheels

This lightweight sun lounger folds away into a super compact rectangle when it's not in use, making it one of the best sun loungers for small outdoor spaces, and for packing up and taking to the beach, lake or park. 

This option is on the narrower side to make it easier to transport, but if you want a bit more space then Fiam's well-stocked sun lounger collection offers a range of widths and styles. Plus a never-knew-you-needed selection of sun lounging accessories, including a handy attachable sun visor and adjustable padded headrest for bespoke comfort.

Best sun loungers 2021 - best steamer chair - Skagerak

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16. SKAGERAK Steamer Deck Chair

The best steamer chair for the garden

Specifications
Size: L163 x W58 x H100cm
Materials: FSC certified teak wood
Reasons to buy
+Classic style +Hardwearing and durable teak wood+Folds for space-saving storage+Adjustable backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly bulky and heavy to move and recline

The classic steamer chair is a great option for laidback reclining.  An adjustable back offers a wide range of reclining angles and the footrest is ready to whip out as soon as you fancy putting your feet up. 

Timeless design and hardwearing FSC certified teak wood ensure this Skgerak garden lounger will stand the test of time. 

What are the best sun loungers to buy?

Ensuring you source the best sun loungers for your outdoor space depends a lot on how you plan to use your lounger:

Manoeuvrability: If you want the freedom to move your sun lounger around the pool or garden to follow the sun,  then the best sun loungers for you are likely to be lightweight models with wheels for easy manoeuvring. 

Storage: Despite being weather-resistant, you'll lengthen a sun lounger's longevity by storing it under cover during inclement weather. A wheeled sun lounger will make getting it to cover much easier, whilst stacking sun loungers can be placed one on top of the other to save on floor space and foldable sun loungers pack away neatly for the ultimate compact storage.

How low will you go: A true sun lounger will recline into a flat position so you can turn onto your front and catch the sun from all angles, but if you're not a sun-worshipper then some of the best reclining chairs on our list can often be more versatile and comfortable for relaxing backwards. 

After all, the optimal relaxation posture is suggested to be having your legs raised slightly above your heart, so a curved reclining seat or steamer chair can be an alternative well worth considering.

Poolside or garden: If you'll be using your sun lounger poolside where it's likely to get wet regularly, then the best sun loungers for you are likely to be models with plastic-coated fabric seating which offers the quickest-drying option. 

A fabric seat will usually also have enough give in it to make it comfortable to lie on with just a towel rather than cushioned padding. 

In the garden anything goes, but with most metal or wooden designs it's best to check if cushioned padding is included or available to buy separately for the maximum comfort.

Transform your outdoor space this summer

With the warmer weather on its way it's time to make the most of whatever outdoor space you have to play with, whether that's sitting pretty on the best garden chairs, cooking up a storm with the best barbecue or a long summer's evening entertaining  with the best-in-class firepits.

For more garden inspiration take a look at our modern garden ideas pages and find the hottest design trends and wow-factor landscaping.

And if your outside space is more bijou than bountiful, discover how to maximise a smaller space with these brilliant balcony ideas.