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Kelty Low Loveseat Review

A surprisingly comfortable and durable, though heavy, option for you and a friend (furry or otherwise)
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Price:  $110 List | $99.95 at REI
Pros:  Seats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holder plus
Cons:  Poor ventilation, heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Kelty
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 11, 2020
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RANKED
#3 of 12
  • Comfort - 40% 8
  • Portability - 25% 4
  • Durability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Setup - 15% 9

Our Verdict

The Kelty Low Loveseat is a great overall camping chair for you and your friend. It's our Top Pick for Two-Person Seating. We've been using the same chair for three years with no issues. That, along with its ease of use and comfort put it near the top of the pack. With impressively high test scores in 3 of our 4 metrics, the Low Loveseat only loses points in portability for being so large and heavy, despite having an excellent case. We think that this chair is not just a great choice for seating two people, but a great choice if you're searching for comfort, durability, and value as well.

Color Updates
This double chair is available in 3 new colors this season, but Kelty assured us there have been no design changes. See one of the new color options in the photo above.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Low Loveseat is a two-person folding chair with padded seats and backs. This version sits fairly low to the ground. It folds up accordion-style like a standard camping chair and fits easily into a wrap-around carry bag with a wide, padded shoulder strap to aid carrying this heavy package. It also features two adjustable cupholders.

Performance Comparison


We tested - and love - the Low version of this loveseat. If you prefer a taller chair  closer to most other camping chairs  you can get this same chair in that height too.
We tested - and love - the Low version of this loveseat. If you prefer a taller chair, closer to most other camping chairs, you can get this same chair in that height too.

Comfort


The Kelty Low Loveseat is a very comfortable chair to hang out in. The seat, back, and armrests are padded, helping this piece of furniture feel luxurious in the outdoors.


The armrests are an adjustable height as well - and not like most camping chairs, where you slide it up or down and rely on the weight of your arm to hold it in place. The Kelty armrests each have a small plastic buckle to hold the armrest exactly where you want it. Each of the two seats of the Kelty is nice and wide - no cramming in this chair or sitting on each others' laps.

Adjustable armrests make this loveseat even more versatile and comfortable.
Adjustable armrests make this loveseat even more versatile and comfortable.

Though you might look at this chair and think you could fit a third person in the middle (it's a whopping 44 inches wide), there's a support bar in the middle that makes that spot pretty uncomfortable for all but a small child or your cat. This middle bar also makes laying down in this loveseat not an ideal way to lounge. But if you want to sit next to your beau, this is a great option.

Plenty of space to spread out while keeping refreshments nearby.
Plenty of space to spread out while keeping refreshments nearby.

The Kelty is also nice and low to the ground (holding your bum just 7 inches from the ground), which provides a comfortable lounging position and prevents the seat from digging uncomfortably into the backs of your thighs. However, this may be a challenge for certain folks to get in and out of, because it's so close to the ground. If that sounds like you, perhaps consider buying the regular sized Kelty Loveseat - at 19 inches high on the front of the seat, it's on par with other more traditional foldable camping chairs. Between the low height of this chair and durable construction, we also found this chair to be quite stable both on solid ground and in the sand. Overall, we are very happy with the comfort of the Kelty Low Loveseat.

It's easy to relax in the Kelty Low Loveseat.
It's easy to relax in the Kelty Low Loveseat.

Portability


It's no surprise that this two-person camping chair is the largest of all the camping chairs we reviewed - at 15.5 lb, it's not a chair you're going to love carrying a mile from your car. However, as a two-person chair, you'd expect that extra size and weight. Really, compared to the rest of the traditional camping chairs, it's not double the weight or size, and yet seats double the people.


The carry case for this chair makes all the difference when it comes to portability. With a wide, padded, adjustable shoulder strap, and two easy-grab handles on either end, this chair is so simple to carry with you.

While not the smallest packed chair we reviewed (by a long-shot!) the convenience of this carry case helps take the pain away from carting it around.
While not the smallest packed chair we reviewed (by a long-shot!) the convenience of this carry case helps take the pain away from carting it around.

Whether you're crossing the beach to find the perfect spot, wandering through the park for the perfect picnic area, or up a flight of stairs to your buddy's pad for a game night, the carry case makes it much easier than you'd think. And even if you're heading to an event by yourself, you'll have an extra chair for a friend. The only real downside to carrying this chair is that it's large and heavy.

Despite being one of the heaviest chairs we tested  the Kelty helps make up for it with a super easy-to-use case and a wide  well-padded adjustable shoulder strap.
Despite being one of the heaviest chairs we tested, the Kelty helps make up for it with a super easy-to-use case and a wide, well-padded adjustable shoulder strap.

Durability


The Kelty Low Loveseat is made of thick, sturdy materials. With padded 600D polyester fabric and a thick durable steel frame, this chair is constructed to stand up to plenty of wear and tear. It also has one of the highest weight capacities in this review (500 lb) and our reviewers say that plopping heavily into the Kelty actually feels strong and stable - and doesn't make your partner bounce like in a hammock.


We are also quite impressed with the cupholders and carry bag; two areas of many camping chairs that tend to fail relatively quickly. The cupholders are made of the same material as the chair but with a mesh bottom. This makes them easy to clean and ready to last the trials of the many objects you might put in them. The carry case, too, is made of the same padded material as the chair, and using it is simple and straightforward, making it more difficult to wear out. Kelty even advertises that the carry case can be used to carry multiple chairs, firewood, or other gear.

In addition to being a reasonably comfortable strap to tote this monster around  we're impressed by the durability of this carry case - especially since most manufacturers tend to skimp when it comes to the chair bag.
In addition to being a reasonably comfortable strap to tote this monster around, we're impressed by the durability of this carry case - especially since most manufacturers tend to skimp when it comes to the chair bag.

Our main tester has had the same Kelty Loveseat for three years and reports it still works as well as the day she first got it. The colors of the fabric and poles have faded a bit and some of the edge reinforcements are finally starting to come apart from UV damage. But considering this chair lives outside nine or ten months out of the year at an elevation that experiences such intense UV rays that home window warranties don't cover her location, we think this is some seriously impressive durability.

After three YEARS of heavy use and literal abuse  the Kelty Loveseat is still going strong. Comparing the colors of the chair (left/underneath) to the strap of the carrying case shows the color change from some harsh UV rays.
After three YEARS of heavy use and literal abuse, the Kelty Loveseat is still going strong. Comparing the colors of the chair (left/underneath) to the strap of the carrying case shows the color change from some harsh UV rays.

Ease of Setup


The Kelty Low Loveseat boasts one of the easiest camping chair set-ups - simply grab the two sides of the frame and pull them apart. This takes no thought and hardly any effort.


Even getting this chair out of its carry case is so easy - the case unbuckles (just three adjustable plastic buckles), and you lift the feet out of the bottom pocket. It's one of our favorite chairs to actually use the carry case, rather than leave it at home and throw the loose chair in the trunk of your car.

Rather than sliding this chair into the top of a tube-shaped bag like most camping chairs  it gets clipped into its padded travel case.
Rather than sliding this chair into the top of a tube-shaped bag like most camping chairs, it gets clipped into its padded travel case.

Taking the Kelty down is just as easy as setting it up. Just grab the sides of the frame and squeeze them together. One of the most convenient set-ups of all the camping chairs we reviewed, it takes less than 30 seconds. The carry case is where this chair stands out yet again. To put the chair back in, there's no squishing or sliding the case on top or asking a friend to help. All you have to do is stick the feet back into the cupped bottom portion of the case and clip the rest of the case back around the chair. Cinch the whole thing tight, and you're ready to rock.

How easy is it to put away this loveseat? So easy!
How easy is it to put away this loveseat? So easy!

Features


This chair has some excellent features that help it stand out from the crowd. Beyond just being a two-person camping chair, it also has three additional features that popped out to us. First, the armrests being adjustable with a plastic buckle (as discussed in the Comfort section) we think is a pretty nifty feature.

Not just any cup holder  the Kelty has an adaptive cup holder that fits more than just your drink!
Not just any cup holder, the Kelty has an adaptive cup holder that fits more than just your drink!

Second, the carry case is so easy to use and helpful for other things as well. Kelty themselves advertises the case as a great way to transport firewood, multiple chairs, and other gear. It's padded, aiding in the longevity of the case as well as being a decent pad for ground sitting or an impromptu picnic. The third feature worth noting is the extra-large cup holders with a built-in additional divider. This means you could fit your size-of-your-face coffee mug in the armrest, or if you have a regular-sized drink, you still have room in the cupholder area to hold other objects like your cell phone, sunscreen or a small snack.

With a matching handle on the bottom  Kelty has taken as much pain out of porting around this oversized chair as possible.
With a matching handle on the bottom, Kelty has taken as much pain out of porting around this oversized chair as possible.

Value


Though a bit on the pricey side, typically retailing for triple digits, we still think this is an absolute steal for such a comfortable and durable chair that seats not one but TWO outdoor enthusiasts! We think this is a great bargain and can't think of any reason why you should pay as much for just one chair when you could get two seats for the same price.

After three straight years of heavy use and serious UV exposure  what you see here is the worst of the damage to this chair - slight discoloration from the original tan and a bit of degradation around the edges. We think that's a pretty solid investment in your comfort.
After three straight years of heavy use and serious UV exposure, what you see here is the worst of the damage to this chair - slight discoloration from the original tan and a bit of degradation around the edges. We think that's a pretty solid investment in your comfort.

Conclusion


At the end of the day, we are thoroughly impressed with this chair. As one of the few two-person camping chairs on the market, we weren't sure how it would stack up when compared to other camping chairs. And yet after three years of using this chair under harsh sun and even some snow, we still adore it. If you're searching for a cozy camping chair for two, or a great way to make some new friends, we think you'll find so many reasons to love the Kelty Low Loveseat.

Sharing is caring! Our human and canine testers found the Kelty Loveseat to be inviting and comfy  as long as its low height doesn't bother you.
Sharing is caring! Our human and canine testers found the Kelty Loveseat to be inviting and comfy, as long as its low height doesn't bother you.

Maggie Brandenburg