The 10 Best Outdoor Rocking Chairs

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in December of 2017. These outdoor rocking chairs allow you to enjoy a soothing, rhythmic motion while experiencing the fresh air, and sights and sounds of your backyard, making them ideal for decks and porches. Here you'll find a variety of sturdy designs that will fit in with your existing patio furniture, as well as lightweight, portable selections that are convenient for taking on camping trips. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Outdoor Interiors 21095RCG

2. Amish Casual Heavy Duty

3. Polywood Presidential

Editor's Notes

July 16, 2020:

Joining the list in today’s update is the Amish Casual Heavy Duty, an American-made selection crafted from kiln-dried, pressure-treated pine, and its attractive mission slat design never goes out of style. It comes unfinished or in your choice of cedar, dark walnut, or solid black stains. Each of the three stains is made with an environmentally friendly soy-based formula. This sturdy choice can accommodate a weight of up to 600 pounds and while some assembly is required, it’s relatively quick and easy. If you prefer a virtually maintenance-free option, check out the newly added Polywood Presidential, which won’t splinter, chip, or rot, thanks to its durable plastic construction. It also holds up under hot sun, heavy rain, and salty sea spray. In addition to being resilient, it’s also made with comfort in mind, with wide arms, a contoured seat, and slats that are easy on the back. You can purchase it with confidence, thanks to its generous 20-year warranty.

If you’re looking for a compact selection that’s well suited for camping, look to the Alps Mountaineering Low Rocker. It folds up when not in use and fits into the included carrying bag. Its powder-coated steel frame locks securely in place when opened. Many users attest to the fact that it holds up nicely over time, and the seat doesn’t start to sag eventually the way many other portable chairs do. It might not be the best choice if you’ve got far to carry it, as it does feel heavy after a while. After some careful deliberation, we decided to remove the SunLife SLN-FCS0901 from the list, due to some quality control issues. The Suncrown 3-Piece Rocking Bistro Set also makes its departure, as the two chairs sit too close to the ground for the comfort of most adults. Lastly, we removed the Sophia and William Multi-Use Set due to issues with availability.

If you’re partial to Adirondack designs, check out the rocking Christopher Knight Home Adirondack, or for more stationary choices in this popular backyard style, see our list of best Adirondack chairs. For some comfortable backyard seating that two people can enjoy at a time, check out our selection of best canopy swings.

June 11, 2019:

Everybody can agree that smooth motion is critical to a good outdoor rocking chair, but the other features one might look for depends on where you live and how you like to enjoy being outside. That's why we included a couple of options that are easy to pick up and move around, like the GCI Freestyle and the Best Choice Products SKY1867, both of which are lightweight and fold up compactly, so you can drag them from the front of the house to the back as the sun moves.

Those looking for a more traditional, sturdy piece, not unlike the one grandpa used to sit in, will appreciate the Trex Yacht Club TXR100CB, which is made from recycled milk jugs with stainless steel hardware and built to last a lifetime, or the quaint Great Deal Furniture 304055 Estelle. We looked for materials that would be easy to maintain too, which is why we liked the plastic Semco SEMW. It shouldn't pick up stains and is easy to just rinse off when it does get dirty. Also, the Outdoor Interiors 21095RCG features resin wicker, which withstands the elements nicely.

Special Honors

Eleya With natural teak armrests that stand in stark contrast to its dark grey cushions and aluminum frame, this rocker is sure to make a statement. It offers thick foam padding that keeps its loft through years of use, and it is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth or soft-bristle brush.

Lansbury Rocker With a roomy seat and high back, you should be able to lounge quite comfortably in this attractive piece of outdoor furniture. It features an elegant geometric design that, when paired with the eye-catching white color, guests are sure to take notice of. It is made from a blend of hardwoods that allow it to weather the elements well.

Outdoor Wing This luxurious offering from a premium furniture brand both swivels and rocks, so whether you are lounging with a good book or carrying on a conversation with friends, it is well-suited to the task. Its rustproof aluminum frame is completely hidden by all-weather rattan, giving it a timeless look. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay dearly to have this attractive model on your porch.

4. SCYL Color Your Life Wicker

5. GCI Freestyle

6. Semco Outdoor Extra Large

7. Alps Mountaineering Low Rocker

8. Christopher Knight Home Adirondack

9. Best Choice Products Zero Gravity

10. Trex Outdoor Furniture Yacht Club

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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