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TOMMY BAHAMA
Backpack Cooler Chair
OUR TOP PICK

Tommy Bahama 2020 Backpack Cooler Chair with Storage Pouch and Towel Bar

4.9  /5

OSTRICH
On Your Back Chair
BEST VALUE

Ostrich On Your Back Chair, Green

4.8  /5

TOMMY BAHAMA
Big Boy Chair

4.7  /5

OUR TOP PICK

Tommy Bahama 2020 Backpack Cooler Chair with Storage Pouch and Towel Bar

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Features

4.9

Portability

4.9

Comfort

4.9

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General Impression

The Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair with Storage Pouch and Towel Bar is our top pick for the best beach chairs for heavy people. These extra wide beach chairs are durable, supporting up to three hundred pounds of weight. With a rustproof frame built to last and a reinforced wide seat comfortable for all sizes, this is an excellent choice for a beach chair. The Tommy Bahama Backpack Cooler Chair features passed shoulder straps, making it easy to transport from place to place, and the built-in insulated pouch and cup holder is also a perk. This big and tall beach chair is adjustable to five different positions, including the full laying down position.

Specifications

BRAND: TOMMY BAHAMA
WEIGHT: 7.8 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Aluminum
FEATURES: Insulated storage pouch, adjustable pillow, padded straps, cellphone/cup holder

PROS

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Rustproof frame
  • Insulated pouch
  • Five chair positions
  • Cell phone/cup holder
  • Reinforced wide seat

CONS

  • Sand sticks in the crevices
  • Very low to the ground
BEST VALUE

Ostrich On Your Back Chair, Green

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Features

4.8

Portability

4.8

Comfort

4.8

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General Impression

The Ostrich On Your Back Chair is our choice for the best value in beach chairs for people over 300 lbs. This stylish and functional heavy duty beach chair comes in five color options and features an extra-wide seat for ultimate comfort. The five adjustable position settings make this chair an excellent choice for sitting or lazing on the beach. The Ostrich On Your Back Chair has a built-in open and close face opening and built-in arm openings for laying on your stomach to relax or read your favorite book. The seat sits nine inches off the ground, is extra-wide, and the weight capacity for this beach chair is up to three hundred and twenty-five pounds.

Specifications

BRAND: OSTRICH
WEIGHT: 9.6 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 325 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Aluminum
FEATURES: Cup holder, face cavity, arm slots, head pillow, backpack straps

PROS

  • Five color options
  • Open/close face and arm openings
  • Sits higher off the ground
  • Extra-wide
  • Increased weight capacity
  • Five adjustable positions

CONS

  • Backpack straps uncomfortable
  • Water gets inside the chair and hard to get out

Nice C Low Beach Camping Folding Chair, Ultralight Backpacking Chair with Cup Holder & Carry Bag Compact & Heavy Duty Outdoor, Camping, BBQ, Beach, Travel, Picnic, Festival (1 Pack of Blue)

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Features

4.8

Portability

4.7

Comfort

4.7

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General Impression

The Nice C Low Beach Camping Chair is one of the best heavy duty beach chairs. The polyester mesh extra-wide seat is both comfortable and durable, and the sturdy pan shaped feet allow weight to be distributed evenly in this XL beach chair. The design of the Nice C Low Beach Camping Chair is compact, making it easy to store between uses and transport from place to place. The mesh material and heavy-duty steel-framed material is easy to clean and will not wear out as quickly as some other materials used to make beach chairs for plus size beachgoers. The Nice C Low Beach Camping Chair is an excellent big man beach chair that is great to use for a wide variety of activities like camping, beach days, festivals, picnics, BBQ’s and other outdoor events.

Specifications

BRAND: NICE C
WEIGHT: 6.6 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Steel, Polyester
FEATURES: Cooling mesh netting, carry bag with shoulder strap, cup holder, padded arm rests

PROS

  • Heavy-duty steel frame
  • Compact storage
  • Sturdy pan shaped feet
  • Industrial polyester mesh seat
  • Easy to clean
  • Extra-wide seat

CONS

  • Back of chair is too low
  • Low to the ground

Coleman 2000026491 Chair Quad Oversized

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Build Quality

4.6

Features

4.5

Portability

4.5

Comfort

4.6

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General Impression

The Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Camping Chair is an excellent choice for the best heavy duty beach chairs. This extra-wide beach chair review features an oversized seat and a durable steel frame that is built to withstand a weight of up to three-hundred and twenty-five pounds. The Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Camping Chair has a water-resistant storage sleeve to keep your electronics dry during your outdoor activities and a self-drain seat to keep you dry. Coleman beach chairs for heavy people sit high off the ground, making it easy to get in and out off without exerting too much energy, and this chair comes with a carrying case so you can take it with you on the go.

Specifications

BRAND: COLEMAN
WEIGHT: 12.2 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 325 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Steel
FEATURES: Draining extra wide seat, water-resistant sleeve, carry bag

PROS

  • Oversized seat
  • Self-drain seat
  • Durable steel frame
  • Water-resistant storage sleeve
  • Sits high from the ground

CONS

  • Big-N- Tall Printed on carrying case
  • Metal frame uncomfortable on legs

500-lb. Capacity Heavy-Duty Portable Chair (Blue)

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Build Quality

4.6

Features

4.6

Portability

4.5

Comfort

4.6

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General Impression

The Living XL Heavy-Duty Portable Chair is an excellent choice for the best beach chairs for heavy people. Not only are these plus size beach chairs stylish, coming in three different color options, but they also feature a fully padded polyester seat for ultimate comfort for all sizes. The durable frame and oversized shatterproof feet prolong the life of the Living XL Heavy-Duty Portable Chair even after many uses. Unlike some other extra-large beach chairs, the Living XL Heavy-Duty Beach Chair has a gadget and cupholder attachment as well as a mesh storage pouch to keep your belongings secure during your outdoor adventures.

Specifications

BRAND: LIVING XL
WEIGHT: 10.6 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 500 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Steel, polyester
FEATURES: Super sturdy frame, padded seat, Shatterproof feet, cup holders, carry bag, mesh side pocket

PROS

  • Three color options
  • Oversize shatterproof feet
  • Durable frame
  • Gadget and cup holders
  • Mesh storage pouch
  • Fully padded polyester seat

CONS

  • Bar presses against legs
  • Fabric rips after multiple uses

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Features

4.7

Portability

4.8

Comfort

4.7

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General Impression

The Tommy Bahama Big Boy Backpack Chair is a top choice for sturdy beach chairs. The Tommy Bahama Big Boy Backpack Chair features backpack-style carrying straps and lightweight design, making it easy to carry to and from the beach. The cushioned pillow, extra-wide seat, and molded cushioned armrests provide ultimate comfort, and this heavy-duty beach chair can move between four different reclining positions for reading, napping, suntanning or just simply relaxing on the beach. The Tommy Bahama Big Boy Backpack chair also features a cupholder for your drink, and it sits thirteen inches off of the ground, making it easy to get in and out of.

Specifications

BRAND: TOMMY BAHAMA
WEIGHT: 10.8 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Aluminum
FEATURES: Padded headrest, drink holder, adjustable padded straps, extra wide seat

PROS

  • Four chair positions
  • Backpack-style carrying straps
  • Cushioned pillow
  • Cupholder
  • Molded cushioned armrests
  • Extra-wide seat

CONS

  • Back pocket velcro isn’t secure
  • No storage pouch for phone

Rio Beach Big Kahuna Extra Large Folding Beach Chair - Baja Boho Palms

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Build Quality

4.5

Features

4.5

Portability

4.6

Comfort

4.6

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General Impression

The RIO Gear Beach Big Kahuna Extra Large Folding Beach Chair is a top choice for beach chairs with a 300 lbs capacity. RIO’s beach chairs for heavy people also feature an extra-wide seat and a sizeable contoured pillow for comfort. These oversized beach chairs come in four color options and include a zippered storage pouch to keep your belongings secure when you want to go and take a dip in the waves. The aluminum frame is sturdy and allows user to recline into five different positions for various activities like reading, sunbathing, and napping. The RIO Gear Beach Big Kahuna Extra Large Folding beach chair also includes a swing-out cupholder and a fold-down towel bar.

Specifications

BRAND: RIO GEAR
WEIGHT: 9 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 280 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Aluminum
FEATURES: Extra wide seat, swing out cup holder, fold out towel bar, Contoured head pillow, zippered storage pouch

PROS

  • Extra-wide seat
  • Five reclining positions
  • Four color options
  • Zippered storage pouch
  • Large contoured pillow

CONS

  • Difficult to carry
  • Support latches not secure

EZCHEER Zero Gravity Chair Oversized,420 lbs Weight Capacity Patio Lounge Chair, Folding Beach Chair Recliner 31.5 inch Extra Wide Yard Chair with Cup Holder(1 Pack)

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Features

4.6

Portability

4.6

Comfort

4.7

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General Impression

The Ezcheer Zero Gravity Chair Oversized extra wide beach chair review features a broader and longer design than the previous models making this chair an excellent choice for beach chairs for heavy people. The extra-thick bungee cord system provides flexibility and comfort when seated in this chair, and the headrest pillow is excellent for lumbar support. Heavy-duty folding beach chairs should be portable and able to recline, the Ezcheer Zero Gravity Chair makes this a breeze with its flexible lock reclining system. This XL beach chair also includes an attachable holder for cups, books, or phone and supports up to four hundred and twenty pounds of weight.

Specifications

BRAND: EZCHEER
WEIGHT: 24 pounds
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 420 pounds
CONSTRUCTION: Steel, Teslin
FEATURES: Headrest, cup holder/book holder, 5mm bungee cord, reclinable seat

PROS

  • Extra-thick bungee cord system
  • Wider and longer design
  • Flexible lock reclining system
  • Headrest pillow
  • Attachable holder for cups, books, phones
  • Supports up to 420 pounds

CONS

  • Heavy to transport
  • Reclining system difficult to change while seated

Everyone loves to spend a day at the beach. Having a comfortable beach chair is very important if you want to ensure your beach day is as relaxing as possible. Beach chairs come in all shapes and sizes, and there are quite a few on the market that are oversized beach chairs for heavy people specifically. Beach chairs for people over 300 lbs are designed to be sturdy and comfortable with a few added features to make them stand out from the more traditional beach chairs on the market.

A top extra wide beach chair review should include key features that will make your beach day enjoyable. When looking to purchase heavy-duty folding beach chairs, there are a few items that should be on your list to look for.

Build Design

The overall quality of plus size beach chairs depends mainly on the build design of the chair. A beach chair for people over 300 pounds must be sturdy enough to withstand prolonged use with the amount of weight it sustains during each use. An XL beach chair with a lightweight build design is ideal because that makes it easier to use. An ergonomic design is also a plus, especially if you have back or knee issues.

One of the essential parts of sturdy beach chairs is the frame. A beach chair with a frame made of aluminum or steel makes the chair more robust and harder to break or bend when weight is put into the chair. Steel frames tend to be the strongest, but aluminum frames make the chair a bit lighter and easier to carry.

The best heavy duty beach chairs feature frames with a rust or corrosion-resistant paint or powder coating. This will keep the metal materials from deteriorating when coming in contact with sand or saltwater after multiple uses at the beach.

The feet of wide beach chairs should be wider and shatterproof to increase the stability of the chair not only on sandy surfaces but also on grass, dirt, or pavement. Wider feet help distribute the weight evenly on all different types of surfaces.

Many zero-gravity beach chairs for plus size individuals use thick bungee cording to help the seat fabric stretch more freely.

Portability

Transporting beach chairs can become a tedious task and can be simplified by using a beach wagon. A portable beach chair for people over 300 pounds should be lightweight, foldable, and easy to transport from place to place. Many heavy-duty folding beach chairs come with either padded backpack style carrying straps or a convenient carrying bag with one or two straps. These are the best heavy duty beach chairs because they are the easiest to haul around.

Another important feature when it comes to portability is the weight of the actual chair. Most lightweight folding beach chairs are less than ten pounds making them a breeze to pack and carry. Others may weigh slightly more, but we recommend you find a portable beach chair that weighs no more than twenty-five pounds.

Storage and Add-ons

Being able to store your belongings, such as keys, water bottles, books, or phones, is also a key feature to look for when buying a beach chair. Many beach chairs have built-in cup holders, swing-out cup holders, side or back storage pockets with velcro or zippers, or insulated pockets that keep your drinks and snacks cool on a hot day. Because these chairs come in a variety of styles, you can even find a beach chair that matches your beach cooler.

For ultimate comfort, choosing an extra-large beach chair with a pillow is a top priority. Some beach chair pillows can also be removed and adjusted for both neck or lumbar support. Many beach chair models also come with fold-out towel racks so you can hang your beach towel to dry after a swim or drape a towel over the top of the chair to shade items underneath the back of your chair.

An optional accessory for your 500 lb capacity beach chair is an umbrella or canopy. These are usually not included with the chair but can be purchased separately to help protect you from too much sun exposure if you do not have a sun hat.

Reclining Positions

Some of the best beach chairs have a zero-gravity design or the ability to recline into up to five different positions. This is helpful when you want to take a break from sitting up and spend some time sunbathing or napping. Some chairs, like our pick for the best value, the Ostrich On Your Back Chair, even have arm openings and an open and close face cavity that makes it easy to read on your stomach while lying down in the chair.

Most reclining beach chairs use a locking mechanism on the arms of the chair that allow you to move from one position to the next. Others, like the Ezcheer Zero Gravity oversized chair, have a flexible locking mechanism that moves the entire surface of the chair by turning the knob.

The height of a chair may also be something to consider if you have back or knee issues. Choosing a chair with more considerable height above the ground may be easier to get in and out of, but lower chairs may be more comfortable and not irritate the back of your legs while sitting.

Breathability

Choosing a beach chair with breathable, flexible, and durable fabric is very important, especially if you plan to get the chair wet or sit in it on the beach on a hot day. Industrial grade mesh fabric is a lightweight and breathable option that will not wear out as quickly as other mesh fabrics. Outdoor-grade polyester fabrics are also great for being durable and also offering the breathability that helps keep you from over sweating on a hot day at the beach.

1. Which beach chair will best hold a heavier person?

The best beach chair for a heavier person will have a few critical elements in the design. The first is a very stable frame, usually made of aluminum or steel. A heavy-duty frame will keep the weight distributed evenly and helping the beach chair last much longer. Extra-wide feet and a wider seat also help to keep the weight from staying in one place to damage the structure of the chair. Having a wider seat is also easier on the back and legs without causing too much pressure or pain while you are seated. The best heavy duty beach chairs for heavier people should also have thick and breathable fabric material. The breathable material will keep you cool, and the thickness will keep the chair from wearing out too quickly. The industrial mesh is always a good choice for a beach chair if you want to stay cool. A zero-gravity design or reclining beach chair that is not too low to the ground is also an excellent choice for a heavier person.

2. As a plus-sized person, what is unsafe, uncomfortable and unhealthy about ordinary beach chairs?

Ordinary beach chairs can sit very low to the ground, which can be an issue when trying to get in or out of a chair. On the other hand, if a beach chair is too high, the bars of the frame of the chair may press too tightly on your legs, causing discomfort. This is also the case for a smaller seat in ordinary beach chairs; having an extra-wide seat is much more comfortable. If the frame is not made of durable material, it may be unsafe to sit in because the chair could break, causing a plus-sized person to fall and injure themselves. Sitting in a chair that is too small can also limit circulation in your body, which can cause dizziness, injury, or other health concerns. Ordinary beach chairs may not have supportive lumbar or neck pillows, which also can cause discomfort in plus-sized people.

3. What should I look for in a beach chair as a plus-size person?

As a plus-size person, when looking for a beach chair that provides the ultimate amount of comfort, there are a few key factors to consider. A top priority is the build of the chair. Be sure to find a beach chair that has a wide seat and a durable, sturdy frame made of either steel or aluminum. Steel is usually stronger, but aluminum is lighter and easier to carry from place to place. You also want to consider the height of the chair and how far or close to the ground, it sits. If you have trouble sitting or standing, you may want to choose a taller chair, making it easier to get out of. A zero gravity chair is also a good option because the adjustable settings can help you move back and forth in the chair. A plus size beach chair with a storage and carrying case or backpack style handles is also a perk to make the chair more portable in between uses. If you like to store a drink, your phone, or your favorite book, many oversized beach chairs come with storage pouches or holders for your belongings. Another top priority is to choose a beach chair with breathable and flexible fabrics that will not tear easily or make you sweat more than necessary.

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Heather Wyatt

Heather is a product expert, a degreed communications and business professional, and an adventurous, entrepreneurial travel writing enthusiast originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Heather is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and holds a Silver Advanced Open Water Instructor certification from SSI, having logged more than 300 training classes over the last four years. Heather is a certified Travel Specialist and also holds a Day Captain's license qualifying her to skipper a boat up to 72 feet. She has extensive experience in specialty dive training, navigation, and booking travel accommodations. Her interests include writing, social media marketing, and serving her Virtual Assistant and Travel Clients from around the globe.

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