Best garden swing seats: 7 top rockers for relaxing in your garden

These garden swing seats are perfect for lounging, loafing and lying back in– with a well-earned drink, of course – say hello to paradise on your patio

best swing seats: Outsunny Swing Chair
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Want a gorgeous garden swing seat for your outdoor space? From wooden and rustic-looking seats to contemporary contraptions with UV-resistant roofs, there is plenty of choice out there. There are swing seats with built-in cushions and those that will accommodate as many as three people at once. Browse our guide to find the one that's perfect for your garden. 

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What is the best garden swing seat?

The very best swing seat for our money is the Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour. It's beautifully made in a classic all-wood design that will fit into any garden scheme. If it's a metal swing seat you're after, we have a soft spot for the very pretty (but sturdy) Caroline swing seat. No time to read the whole guide? Here is the complete list of our favourite swing seats and where to buy them:

  • Best garden swing seat: Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour
  • Best two-seat garden swing seat: Caroline swing seat with stand
  • Best three-seater garden swing seat: Charles Bentley 3-Seater Garden Swing Seat
  • Best loveseat: Outsunny Vintage Loveseat
  • Best garden swing chair with canopy: Outsunny Swing Chair
  • Best wooden garden swing chair: Kingfisher Swinging Bench Seat with Canopy
  • Best aluminium garden swing seat: LG Outdoor Milan Outdoor Swing Seat

The best garden swing seats

The Best garden swing seat: Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour

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1. Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour

The best garden swing seat

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Pressure-treated softwood
Canopy material: Natural timber
Cushions included?: No
Maximum weight: 200 kg
Reasons to buy
+ Two-in-one seating and shelter 

With the impeccable style of a wooden arbour and the relaxation of a swing seat, the Rowlinson Dartmouth Arbour 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.

best two-seat garden swing seat: Caroline swing seat with stand

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2. Caroline Swing Seat with Stand

The best 2-seater garden swing seat

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Metal
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: Yes
Maximum weight: 220 kg
Reasons to buy
+ Statement curved design 

This slightly retro-styled swing seat looks delightfully light and romantic, but the Caroline is actually quite sturdy and well built, and able to support as much as 220 kilograms. What we really like about this swing seat is the design with two separate seats, rather than the usual bench-style seating you get with most swing seats. And the seats themselves are well padded and very comfortable. The dusty pink colouring makes this swing seat look bang on trend, too – a welcome departure from beige. 

The best three-seater garden swing seat: Charles Bentley 3-Seater Garden Swing Seat

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3. Charles Bentley 3-Seater Garden Swing Seat

The best three-seater garden swing seat

Specifications
Number of seats: 3
Frame material: Steel
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: No
Maximum weight: 280 kg
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable mesh material

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 sturdy polyester mesh gives it an edge over other, similar designs – it's tough yet bouncy enough to be comfortable to sit on. We also like how modern the chunky frame makes this swing seat look – perfect for a contemporary deck or patio. 

The best loveseat: Outsunny Vintage Loveseat

4. Outsunny Vintage Loveseat

The best loveseat

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Metal
Canopy material: Polyester,Textilene
Cushions included?: Yes
Maximum weight: 180 kg
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. 

The best garden swing chair with canopy: Outsunny Swing Chair

5. Outsunny Swing Chair

The best garden swing chair with canopy

Specifications
Number of seats: 3
Frame material: Steel
Canopy material: Terylene
Cushions included?: Yes
Maximum weight: 340 kg
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. 

The best wooden garden swing chair: Kingfisher Swinging Bench Seat with Canopy

6. Kingfisher Swinging Bench Seat with Canopy

The best wooden garden swing chair

Specifications
Number of seats: 2
Frame material: Hardwood
Canopy material: Polyester
Cushions included?: Yes
Maximum weight: 150 kg
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 means 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.

The best aluminium garden swing seat: LG Outdoor Milan Outdoor Swing Seat

7. LG Outdoor Milan Outdoor Swing Seat

The best aluminium garden swing seat

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. 

How to buy the best garden swing seat

Wood or metal frame?

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.

Cushioning

It's a must-have. If they're shower-proof, all the better. Machine washable? Marvellous.

The shade

Is it easily adjustable? Shower-proof? Easy to remove it if needs cleaning?

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