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Helinox Beach Chair Review

Be the envy of all your friends on your next beach excursion with this chair that excels in soft, loose sand
Helinox Beach Chair
Helinox Beach
Credit: Helinox
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Price:  $170 List | $169.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Head and neck support, lightweight, stable, won’t sink in sand, stuff sack converts to pillow
Cons:  Expensive, low to the ground
Manufacturer:   Helinox
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 16, 2022
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RANKED
#8 of 15
  • Comfort - 40% 6.0
  • Portability - 25% 9.0
  • Durability - 20% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 4.0

Our Verdict

Helinox has done it again with this member of their chair family, the Helinox Beach Chair. With shockingly sturdy construction and a high weight capacity, this chair practically floats on the sand and was the envy of all our friends on the beach. It provides a comfortable seat with head and neck support without funneling you into a tiny point, as some other smaller camping chairs can. At just over three pounds with a compact design, we have no qualms about tossing it in a tote bag and heading to the waterfront.

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Pros Head and neck support, lightweight, stable, won’t sink in sand, stuff sack converts to pillowFits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to useComfortable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, good priceSeats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holdersEasy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensive
Cons Expensive, low to the groundFairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathableLow back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beveragesPoor ventilation, heavy, bulkyVery tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, long when packed
Bottom Line Be the envy of all your friends on your next beach excursion with this chair that excels in soft, loose sandOur favorite among all contenders, this robust chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfortable affairIt's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the priceLike a portable love seat, this two-person chair is surprisingly comfortable and durable for you and a friendA tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buy
Rating Categories Helinox Beach Chair ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat GCI Outdoor Comfort...
Comfort (40%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Portability (25%)
9.0
5.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Durability (20%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Ease of Use (15%)
4.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Helinox Beach Chair ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X Kelty Low Loveseat GCI Outdoor Comfort...
Weight 3.3 lbs 14.1 lbs 8.0 lbs 15.5 lbs 8.3 lbs
Weight Capacity 320 lbs 800 lbs 300 lbs 500 lbs 300 lbs
Folded Dimensions (length x width x height) 18" x 6" x 5" 39" x 8" x 8" 33" x 7" x 7" 34" x 12" x 7" 45" x 7" x 5"
Unfolded Dimensions (depth x width x height) 28" x 23" x 32" 24" x 37" x 38" 21" x 31" x 31" 24" x 44" x 32" 25" x 35" x 37"
Seat Height (middle) 5" 15" 11.5" 7" 15"
Features Mesh sides, storage sack converts to a pillow 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests 1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests Seats two, 2 insulated adjustable drink holders, adjustable armrests Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Beach Chair is a low-slung chair with a high back. It comes apart into smaller sections that fit into a relatively small carry bag. Sitting so close to the ground, it lacks many features other than the storage sack that doubles as a headrest.

Performance Comparison


Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - the helinox beach chair in its native habitat.
The Helinox Beach Chair in its native habitat.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


The Beach Chair scores highly in the most important category — comfort. It sports a high back to provide head and neck support, and the storage sack converts to a pillow by filling it with an extra clothing layer or beach towel and attaching it via a large velcro patch. With mesh side and back panels, the Beach allows quite a bit of breathability. Overall, this chair provides what we feel is an excellent balance of comfort and support. It has a wide seat that prevents that hammock feeling and also has a wide and sturdy base that won't tip over when you lean out of it to grab a beverage.

We have very few complaints about the comfort of this chair. While its relatively low seat height of just five inches may make getting in and out more of a challenge than taller models, we appreciate being close to the sand on a true beach day. The Beach is relatively narrow for the arms and the edges also aren't the best design for resting arms or elbows while you're reading a book, as they dig in a bit uncomfortably. We also noticed that the very top of the chair has a relatively hard bar across it. This bar is padded, but very tall folks might need the extra cushion of the storage sack/pillow to really get comfy.

Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - the tall supported back and optional pillow were a hit with our...
The tall supported back and optional pillow were a hit with our testers!
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


For as large and sturdy as this chair is, we find it to be very portable. It packs down to just 18 inches long and 5-6" in diameter, which is an acceptable size to fit into a beach tote with other lakeside accessories. This chair is also among the lightest we tested, at just 3.3 pounds.

Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - the helinox is small and lightweight enough to fit in a tote or...
The Helinox is small and lightweight enough to fit in a tote or backpack to the beach.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


Constructed of sturdy DAC tent poles and 600D polyester fabric, the Beach has an impressive capacity of 320 pounds. All the seams holding this chair together are double stitched, and an extra layer of fabric protects the edges. The corners for pole insertions are padded, and all junctures and pressure points are backed up with extra stitching. The poles are strung with bungee and fit together snugly in the thick plastic joints.

Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - durable poles and strong joints keep you lounging in comfort.
Durable poles and strong joints keep you lounging in comfort.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


The Beach takes a little time to set up. Though all the poles are attached with a shock cord, it takes a bit to assemble them. Directions and helpful hints for setting up are helpfully printed on the bottom of the seat fabric, though. We also greatly appreciate the side-opening stuff sack of this model, as it makes packing up a total breeze.

This chair doesn't have any extra pockets or cup holders, but we like the storage-bag-turned-pillow feature. It is easy to use and lets you choose the firmness or squishiness of your headrest, as well as its placement. And if you don't want a pillow, you can also use the storage sack to keep items off the ground and safe by velcroing them to the back of the chair instead.

Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - add a puffy and turn the stuff sack into a pillow! or attach it to...
Add a puffy and turn the stuff sack into a pillow! Or attach it to the back to keep your other belongings off the ground and close at hand.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


Retailing for triple digits, this chair is an investment. If you're looking for a seat for all surfaces or one you can use to eat from a normal-height table, the Beach probably isn't for you. However, if you spend a lot of time enjoying life at the beach, park, or on your deck, this chair is a comfortable, durable, and portable option that we think you'll love.

Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - enjoy the beach chair on the beach or in the backyard.
Enjoy the Beach Chair on the beach or in the backyard.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


With solid construction and a decent amount of portability, this highly comfortable chair is no less than we have come to expect from Helinox. Though a bit of an investment, it's great for its namesake — the beach — and just might be exactly the accessory you've been searching for.

Helinox Beach Chair camping chair - relax in yet another one of our favorites from helinox.
Relax in yet another one of our favorites from Helinox.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Nichols
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