Best sun lounger: 5 top buys to catch the late summer rays

These luxurious garden sun loungers are perfect for lying back and catching some rays in your garden

Best garden sun lounger: Lafuma Mobilier Recliner
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The best sun lounger has been a must-have purchase in 2020 – so many staycations spent chasing the rays in the garden. Now the colder weather has come, you might think now is not the time to buy, but we say that now is the best time to get a sun lounger as shops sell off summer stock. And with us having no idea what travel will look like next year, we are making sure our gardens are perfect for a season of chilling at home.

We've rounded up the best sun loungers on the market right now, that combine top-notch design, quality materials, and ease of use. From budget sun loungers to luxury double sofa loungers and more, we've got them all on our list. Don't like too much sun in your face? Several of our picks have sun shades or canopies to protect you from strong sun too. Read on to see our choices.

Prefer sitting up? Check out our pick of the best garden chairs.

The best sun loungers

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Kingfisher Reclining Zero Gravity Sun Chair

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Kingfisher Reclining Zero Gravity Sun Chair

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1. Kingfisher Reclining Zero Gravity Sun Chair

Best sun lounger: a high-quality recliner with a side table and roof

Specifications
Material: Metal, Fabric
Foldable?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Easy to fold and store +Removable and adjustable headrest+Waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Synthetic material

This reclining chair is lightweight and easy to position for the perfect sunbathing angle. It folds away neatly, making it easy to store in a shed or garage. These recliners also have integrated head rests for the most comfortable recline and they come with a side table and sun shade; the ultimate value in the world of sun loungers.

  • Buy the Kingfisher Reclining Zero Gravity Sun Chair

Lafuma Mobilier Recliner

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2. Lafuma Mobilier Recliner

Best lightweight sun lounger: a sturdy and strong recliner that won’t wear easily

Specifications
Material: Texplast (polyester + polymer)
Foldable?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+UV resistant material +Zero gravity
Reasons to avoid
-Pricy

If you’re out in the garden at every chance you get, then the is a great design to have. The frame and fabric are UV-resistant, anti-fungal and tear resistant, so you can expect this lounger to last very well. It’s fully adjustable with a removable headrest and it is also easy to maintain and wipe clean. Users say it is reasonably lightweight so it can also be taken on days out to the beach and it is said to be smooth and easy to collapse and recline at your leisure.  

  • Buy Lafuma Mobilier Recliner

Birchtree Double Sun Lounger

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3. Birchtree Double Sun Lounger

Best sun lounger with a roof: keep protected from the sun

Specifications
Material: Steel and polyester
Foldable?: No
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable sun roof +Washable cover+Weatherproof
Reasons to avoid
-No adjustable recline

For the ultimate luxury day in the sun, this lounger gives you the choice to enjoy good weather while staying protected from the sun with the adjustable roof. The lounger itself is comfortable thanks to the high-quality polyester cover that gives plenty of support. What we especially like about this sun lounger is how spacious it is – a full two metres in width, which will comfortably accommodate two people. Oh, and two headrest pillows are included, which adds to the comfort. Choose from black or brown colour. 

  • Buy the Birchtree Double Sun Lounger

Costway Folding Rattan Sunlounger with Wheels

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4. Costway Folding Rattan Sunlounger with Wheels

Best foldable sun lounger: relax in style in this spacious garden lounger

Specifications
Material: Aluminium, synthetic rattan, synthetic cushion
Foldable?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Seven positions+Weatherproof+Completely folds away
Reasons to avoid
-Difficult to assemble

This  sun lounger is very, very comfy thanks to its many adjustable positions – seven, to be precise – and the high portability thanks to back wheels and foldable design. The back wheels also add a slightly vintage look that's very nice on a patio or deck. And the detachable cushion is just luscious – smooth and very easy to wipe clean. We didn't like the instructions or the assembly process for this lounger, though – very fiddly and confusing. Once it is assembled, it's great. 

  • Buy the Costway Folding Rattan Sunlounger with wheels
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Oleron Solid Teak Sun Lounger

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Oleron Solid Teak Sun Lounger

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5. Oleron Solid Teak Sun Lounger

The best wooden garden sun lounger: a comfortable and stylish wooden recliner

Specifications
Material: Teak
Foldable?: No
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful design+Easy to move around
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't fold-Mattress sold separately

The Oleron lounger is beautifully crafted from FSC-certified teak, making it natural and durable – it will look very chic on a deck or by a swimming pool. The castors make it very easy to move around, and the side table is handy for drinks or a book. It is a shame that the beautiful stripy mattress in the photo doesn't come with it, as it's already quite expensive. 

  • Buy the Oleron sun lounger

What is the best sun lounger? 

The best sun lounger is the great value pair of Kingfisher recliners that feature head rests and cup holders, and are made from durable textilene. 

How to buy the best sun loungers

When considering which garden sun loungers are best for you, material is a big factor. If you go for wooden garden recliners, then remember that these look stylish but do require some upkeep. You’ll need to stain them every summer to ensure they keep their new, pristine finish; otherwise the wood will fade and deteriorate over time. 

Metal recliner chairs don’t require as much maintenance but will need to be covered over or stored away when not in use to ensure they don’t rust. You may also want to consider if your recliner comes with cushions, as this will be something else you need to factor into your budget if not. Check out the full list below for some garden inspiration.  

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