Best sun loungers 2021: relax in style this spring/summer

The best sun loungers and most stylish daybeds for enjoying the summer sun in 2021; create resort-style relaxation in your own garden

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Best sun loungers 2021
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The best sun loungers on the market can transform your outdoor space into a resort-style retreat and deliver some serious relaxation when the sun comes out. 

And as we know, sunshine in the UK can often be fleeting, so it's wise to find the best sun lounger for your garden ahead of time - before the warm weather hits and we just want to be outside with our feet up!

As such we've rounded up the best sun loungers available online and in-store for 2021; whether you're looking for a space-saving folding sun lounger, a luxe daybed to recline on in style, or the cheapest sun loungers about for a quick and affordable garden update.

Don't forget to check out our guide to the best garden furniture to get the rest of your outdoor furniture ready for spring, but if you're ready to kick back and relax, read on to find the best sun lounger for you.

The best sun loungers 2021

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Maisons Du Monde

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1. Maisons Du Monde Hurghada Aluminium Sun Lounger

Best sun loungers; the most affordable sun lounger for luxe looks

Size: H49 x W51 x D174cm
Weight: 17.5kg
Foldable: Yes

For poolside glamour - with or without the pool - Maisons Du Monde's Hurghada sun lounger offers luxe styling at an affordable price point. 

Foldable for easy storage, the minimalist aluminium frame and plastic-coated canvas seating is simple yet functional, with on-trend colourways of black, white, taupe and colourful terracotta and khaki green ensuring a high-end look at a fraction of the price. 

Best Sun Loungers 2021 - Lafuma Mobilier

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2. Lafuma R Clip Sun Lounger

Best sun lounger; best reclining chair for lounging in the sun

Size: H68 x W97 x D16cm
Weight: 7kg
Foldable: Yes

How far does a sun lounger need to recline to be classed as a true sun lounger? We're not sure, but this reclining chair from Lafuma is so comfortable we're not sure we need to know the answer. 

Designed to recline so that your legs are slightly above your heart for optimum relaxation, the higher seat and ergonomic resting position are ideal for anyone who finds getting down low to the ground on a traditional sun lounger a struggle. And just for anyone who enjoys being very comfortable. 

Easy to fold, compact to store and with a removable, adjustable head rest and a UV-resistant, anti-fungal, quick-to-dry open weave seat fabric, we think this is a great investment if you don't mind the fact you can't lay on your front.

Best Sun Lounger 2021 - Wayfair Thistletown Reclining Sun Lounger

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3. Wayfair Thistletown Reclining Sun Lounger

Best sun lounger; best wooden sun lounger for contemporary curves

Size: H55 x W50 x D175cm
Weight: 11.7kg
Foldable: No

We love the contemporary curves of this solid teak wood sun lounger, but it doesn't come with any padding so you'll need to add your own cushions if you're planning on spending a good few hours here. And, of course, you'll be limited to laying on your back only. Worth it for the fluid, curvaceous lines? We think so.

Best Sun Lounger 2021 - Maisons Du Monde Antalya

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4. Antalya Aluminium Sunlounger on Wheels

Best sun loungers; modern, minimalist and easy to move

Size: H83 x W203 x D72cm
Weight: 11.8kg
Foldable: No

Available in black, white and taupe, we love the modern and minimalist looks of the Antalya sun lounger from Maisons Du Monde. 

An aluminium frame and plastic-coated canvas backing are elevated by contemporary coordinating wheels which make for easy manoeuvring as you follow the rays. 

Best Sun Lounger 2021 - Maisons Du Monde Oleron

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5. Oleron Solid Teak Garden Sun Lounger on Wheels

Best sun loungers; best wooden sun lounger on wheels

Size: H36 x W66 x D205cm
Weight: 24kg
Foldable: No

Timeless good looks and an FSC certified solid teak frame make this wooden sun lounger built to last.

An adjustable back, pull out drinks rest and handy wheels mean you'll be ready to roll out into the sunshine as soon as the good weather hits. Just remember to buy the padded cushion separately for maximum relaxation.

Best Sun Lounger 2021 - Cox & Cox Outdoor Beanbag

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6. Cox & Cox Indoor Outdoor Double Beanbag

Best sun loungers; a comfortable and easy-to-move alternative

Size: H62 x W130 x D95cm

If you're looking for somewhere comfortable to lounge when the sun comes out - but that isn't going to be kept in storage in the shed for the rest of the year - then this indoor/outdoor beanbag from Cox & Cox could be an option worth considering.

It makes ideal extra family seating indoors, and when the sun comes out the UV-resistant and splash-proof fabric with sturdy double-stitched seams makes it perfect for dragging out onto the deck and making yourself comfortable - although you might have to beat the kids to it.

How to buy the best sun lounger for you

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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Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.