The best swing seats

Make sure this summer is a swing and a hit with lounging, laughing and lying back with a well-earned drink, all courtesy of our best swing seats

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In the market for garden furniture? If hoisting yourself into a swinging hammock is just a little too much like hard work, or you’re tired of constantly having to move the patio umbrella in line with the sun, a swing seat with a built-in canopy might just be the meeting of relaxation and shelter that you’re looking for, and we’ve got the best swing seats – or the best swing hammocks, if you’re so inclined – right here for your perusal. 

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What to consider when choosing swing seats?

When it comes to the best, you’re typically looking at a choice between wooden benches and metal frames with fabric covers. Depending on how much padding you like, and exactly how much lounging you’ll be doing, you may want to choose a side although, like so many other things, it also comes down to aesthetics. Our best swing seat for its combination of good looks and durability – arguably the holy grail of garden furniture buying – is the Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour, a beautifully styled wooden arbour with lattice sides and Japanese-style roof that also packs in a swinging seat.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, to fit a contemporary outdoor living space or otherwise, keep reading for the rest of the best.

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The best swing seat

1. Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour

An arbour and a swing seat in one for genius space-saving in a stylish package

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Pressure-treated softwood
Canopy material: Natural timber
Cushions included?: No
Reasons to buy
+ Two-in-one seating and shelter 

With the impeccable style of a wooden arbour and the relaxation of a swing seat, this is a pretty genius piece of garden furniture. If fabric swing seats simply aren’t to your taste or you’re put off by leaving fabric furniture outside between seasons, wood is the way to go, and it doesn’t come much more elegant than in this arbour swing seat. Latticed sides look beautiful as-is, although if you’re chasing a more permanent, grown-in look, they could also be used as a support for climbing plants. Meanwhile, the curved Japanese style roof adds a hint of Eastern intrigue without looking too deliberately themed.

Leco Duo Swing XXL2

2. Leco Duo Swing XXL2

A curvy, comfy, trendy swing seat for two

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Metal
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Statement curved design 

This modern swing seat foregoes the traditional straight lines of the garden bench, instead going for contemporary curves which make for an unusual profile. The rounded supports mimic the deeply curved seat, which reviewers say is extremely comfortable, and with an adjustable canopy and head supports, you can tailor it exactly to your liking. Also unlike traditional bench styles, this seat is long enough for you to put your feet up and wide enough for two, making it closer to a double hammock in style – but a darn sight easier to get into. 

Alfresia Roma Garden Swing Seat

3. Alfresia Roma Garden Swing Seat

This three-seater swing seat is tops for capacity and comfort

Specifications
Number of seats: 3
Frame material: Steel
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Thick foam cushions for comfort 

While this three-seater garden swing seat might not have the added bonus of letting you stretch out quite so much as in our previous pick, it’s a great one to have on hand for parties and lazy afternoons alike. Seating three upright, or a relaxed one in need of a nap, its luxury cushions are what give it the edge – woven from polyester with a light water-resistant coating and a thick foam inner, they’re set to feel both durable and decadent, and come in a range of shades to suit most patios, each with a delicate sheen that looks a world away from dull, scratchy outdoor fabrics. 

Outsunny Vintage Loveseat

4. Outsunny Vintage Loveseat

For formal garden appeal and a dose of je ne sais quoi, this love seat ticks all the boxes

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Metal
Canopy material: Polyester,Textilene
Cushions included?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Gorgeous embellished arbour 

Almost sofa-like, the upholstered bench of this swing seat gives it a real indoor-outdoor look that’s just the thing for more formal outdoor spaces. The piped edges of the sofa cushions and elegant single-button detailing look very refined, while the vintage-style scrollwork metal frame is both beautiful and functional – there’s even a small shelf on either side to keep drinks close to hand. Rather than encompassing an awning, this swing loveseat follows the pattern of our first pick in combining arbour and swing seat for a comfortable, sheltered sit, with a neatly gabled fabric roof that blends in beautifully. 

Outsunny Swing Chair

5. Outsunny Swing Chair

Transforms from swing chair to double bed for emergency snoozes

Specifications
Number of seats: 3
Frame material: Steel
Canopy material: Terylene
Cushions included?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Changes from seat to bed 

Another option from expert outdoor retailers Outsunny, this swing chair errs on the side of the traditional more than our previous pick. Its scalloped awning and valance are exactly what you might picture when you hear the words 'garden swing seat', while its curved frame adds a little unexpected elegance. It’s not all standard though – the three-seater swing sofa folds flat, allowing you to stretch out on a double-sized surface, all the while protected by the water-resistant canopy. With two included pillows and a beverage tray on either side, it’s just right for those lazy, hazy afternoons. 

Kingfisher Swinging Bench Seat with Canopy

6. Kingfisher Swinging Bench Seat with Canopy

For timeless appeal, it’s hard to beat traditional timber

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Hardwood
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Incredibly durable build 

Another option that’s about as traditional as they come, but in solid wood rather than weatherproof fabric, this wooden swinging bench benefits from a timeless design, and that’s good news, because the tough materials ensure it’ll last through whatever garden trends might come our way. Reviewers loved the neat design and commended the bench’s sturdy build, as well as its deep seat and high back that mean you don’t have to sit quite as bolt upright as you might with shallower swing seats. The only issue some identified was that water could pool on the canopy in rainy weather, so it may just need the odd push to stop stagnation.

LG Outdoor Milan Outdoor Swing Seat

7. LG Outdoor Milan Outdoor Swing Seat

Incredibly cool in more ways than one, this stylish seat is just the thing for sunny days

Specifications
Number of seats: 3
Frame material: Aluminium
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: No
Reasons to buy
+ PVC-coated fabric for weather resistance 

Green, cream and natural wood are favoured outdoor furniture shades for a reason, but if you’re after something a little more unexpected, this Anthracite swing seat may be right up your street. In an all-over deep grey shade, it’s not just bang on trend but immune to common staining culprits like barbecue condiments and cups of coffee, and the PVC-coated polyester thread it’s woven from means it’s built to resist the weather too. With its large shade providing confident coverage in hot and sunny weather, it’s great for summertime. 

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