Best sun loungers: 6 top buys to recline in all summer long

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

The best garden sun lounger: Helsinki pair of sun loungers from Dunelm
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Sun loungers are a must for anyone with a garden or deck this summer, of all summers. Let's face it: most of us will spend our summer holidays in the garden, so it makes sense to invest in something comfortable for enjoying the sunny days. 

Not a sun worshipper? A sun lounger with a UV resistant canopy is what you should be after – all the comfort of stretching your legs out in the open air without any sunburn – for an added bit of protection. 

We've rounded up the best sun loungers currently on the market that combine the best design, quality of materials, and ease of use. From budget sun loungers to luxury double loungers, we've got them all on our list.

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

What is the best sun lounger? 

The best sun lounger is the chic Venice 'Steamer' Sunlounger from John Lewis. It wins on comfort, design, and sustainability. If you want two great sun loungers at a great price, go for the Montreal pair from Dunelm. No time to read the rest of the article? Here are all the best models and where to buy them:

The best sun loungers

Best sun loungers: Helsinki Pair of Zero Gravity Loungers

1. Helsinki Set of 2 Bronze Zero Gravity Loungers

Best folding sun loungers: a set of metal recliners for chilling in the garden

Specifications
Material: Metal, plastic, polyester
Foldable?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to fold and store 
Reasons to avoid
-Synthetic material

This set of two metal garden recliner chairs is lightweight and easy to position for the perfect sunbathing angle. They fold away neatly, making them easy to store in a shed or garage so they do not rust. These recliners also have integrated seating pads and head rests for the most comfortable recline and they come with a handy drinks holder and well for your phone; the ultimate luxury garden recliner.

Shop more garden recliners and sun loungers at Dunelm.

Best lightweight sun lounger: Lafuma Futura sunlounger

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2. Lafuma Futura Sunlounger

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

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

If you’re out in the garden every chance you get, then the Lafuma sun lounger 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.  

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the best sunlounger with roof: Blumfeldt The Big Easy Swing Lounger

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3. Blumfeldt The Big Easy Swing Lounger

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

Specifications
Material: Steel and synthetic mesh
Foldable?: No
Reasons to buy
+ Removable sun roof 
Reasons to avoid
-No adjustable recline

For the ultimate luxury day in the sun, this lounger from Blumfeldt gives you the choice to enjoy good weather while staying protected from UV radiation with the UV resistant roof (it can also be removed if you prefer). The lounger itself is comfortable thanks to its ergonomic, wave-shaped design and mesh-like material that gives plenty of support. What users especially like about this sun lounger is how spacious it is – a full two metres in width, which will comfortably accommodate two people.  

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Best rocking sun lounger: Suntime Monte Carlo Rocking Sun Lounger

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4. Suntime Monte Carlo Rocking Sunlounger

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

Specifications
Material: Steel, all-weather fabric
Foldable?: No
Reasons to buy
+ Head cushion for extra comfort+
Reasons to avoid
- No adjustable recline 

The Suntime Monte Carlo sun lounger is already set in a recline position and is on a rocking base which makes for a comfy position to rest in. With armrests and a head cushion, you can expect to easily drift off in this floating recliner. Reviewers found this chair easy to assemble and fully supportive when in use but say that the rocking mechanism isn’t for everyone.  

Shop more rocking sun loungers and recliners at Amazon

4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine 2-Seater Sunbed

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5. 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine 2-Seater Sunbed

The best sunbed: the most luxurious sun lounger ever

Specifications
Material: Synthetic wicker, aluminium frame
Foldable?: No
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious and spacious
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

The 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine 2-Seater Sunbed from John Lewis is so luxurious and spacious, it's no wonder it's selling like hot cakes. You perfect staycation companion, or that crucial piece of garden furniture for creating an out door living room, this sunbed is so much more than just a sun lounger. It's sun, salt, chlorine, and sun lotion resistant, while the cushions are water repellant, making it possible to leave them out in a shower or two. The best options for a larger garden or deck.

The best garden sun lounger: John Lewis Venice 'Steamer' Sunlounger

6. John Lewis Venice 'Steamer' Sunlounger

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

Specifications
Material: Eucalyptus wood
Foldable?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Five reclining positions 
Reasons to avoid
-A bit small

The Venice classic wooden sun lounger is perfect for anyone wanting to relax in their back garden this summer. With five reclining positions and a cushion included, you can find the best positioning to soak up the rays all afternoon. It folds away so it’s easy to store and carry, and the robust frame can take a maximum weight of 20 stone. It is however, a little small for anyone over 6ft, but those who have this recliner find it to be very comfortable and sturdy and also say it weathers well so you won’t have too much upkeep either.  

Please note that the Venice is currently out of stock at John Lewis. You can sign up to be notified by email when it comes back into stock.

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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, such as the John Lewis Venice 'Steamer' Sunlounger, 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 such as the Montreal sun loungers 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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