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Coleman Oversize Quad with Cooler Review
Cons: Cooler gets in the way when folding it up, slouchy seat, not supportive
Bottom line: A good chair with intriguing extra features make this more of a specialized model at an affordable price point.
This former Editors' Choice model didn't pick up any awards this time around, but it was still regarded as an affordable and versatile model. It is roomy, has a ton of storage, and packs up easy. Unfortunately, it lacks any kind of back support, a feature which resulted in the Kijaro Dual Lock Folding Chair stealing our Best Buy award. Nevertheless, the $35 Coleman Quad is a satisfactory buy that is ideal for infrequent users who need a chair for a variety of functions. To see how it stacked up against the rest of our camping chair options, check out our full review.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Testers thought the Coleman Quad was a solid, all-around performing chair for a great price. Nevertheless, the line up of chairs for this review was too strong to allow this model to earn the Editors' Choice this time around. It was more comfortable than many of our chairs, reasonably portable and durable, and super simple to assemble. It had excellent storage with many bonus features such as a cup holder, arm cooler, and storage pouch.
We awarded this model better than average, but not exemplary scores on comfort. It is very roomy, which is great if you approach the chair's 325 lb weight limit, but it has minimal back support. This model was frequently compared to the Kijaro, another traditional camping chair which cost only $5 more than the Coleman. Unfortunately for this model, the Kijaro had exceptional back support. Its sagging sling seat has a tendency to make your butt fall asleep after a few minutes of sitting. The feeling of the Coleman was very similar to that of the Sport-Brella Recliner, which had another saggy, unsupportive seat.
The Coleman was as easily portable as most of our other traditional models. At just under 10 lbs, it wasn't too heavy and was no problem to carry when it was packed into its carrying bag with strap. The only hang up when packing this chair is that its cooler is hard to collapse and would provide resistance when attempting to pack the chair into its storage bag.
This chair received average scores in durability. After using the side pouch a few times, the mesh started to stretch out and sag. Although it was more of a cosmetic complaint than a functional one, it did not make testers feel as if the mesh was very strong. The cup holder is constructed out of the same mesh material which made testers concerned for its lack of durability as well.
Ease of Set-Up
Users of any age could assemble the Coleman Quad. All you have to do to set it up is pull apart the chair at two opposing vertical support legs and it sets itself up from there. This was much appreciated for times when you pull over for a quick lunch and want some simple, hassle-free seating.
The Coleman Quad has a cup holder, an arm cooler which can hold three 12 oz soda cans (the website states it can hold four), and a side storage pouch. The pouch is roomy and can hold many items at once such as a book, shirt, snacks, phone, sunscreen, and more. Testers loved this extra storage and felt it increased the functionality of the chair.
We would recommend this chair to the versatile and infrequent camper. Someone who doesn't want to spend too much on a chair because they don't use it very often, but when they do, it's for an array of different uses. Testers preferred the extra support of the Kijaro, the Best Buy option, but if you are attached to the extra storage options of the Coleman, it is a good alternative.
This was the cheapest chair that we tested and performed at average or above for all of our metrics. We think your $35 will not go to waste on this model. It appears durable enough to last for many seasons and has plenty of bonus features for such a good price.
Testers thought the Coleman Quad was a good chair, especially for $35, but not a standout performer. Options like the Eureka Curvy High-Back were substantially more comfortable, and the Kijaro was more comfortable and super affordable. If you find this chair for a smoking deal, we would say go for it. Otherwise, check out some of our stand-out performers in the full review.
— Laura Lingeman
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