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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:  $100 List | $99.95 at REI
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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  ⋅  Feb 2, 2018
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  • Comfort - 40% 8
  • Portability - 25% 4
  • Durability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Set-Up - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Kelty Low Loveseat is a great overall camping chair. It earns a Notable Tag for being a two-seater camping chair - how cool is that?? Its durability, ease of use, and comfort put it not far behind our editor's choice, the ALPS Mountaineering King Kong. With impressively high test scores in 3 of the 4 categories, the Kelty Low Loveseat only lost points in portability for being so large and heavy. 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.

March 2019


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Pros Seats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holder plusLarge, comfortably padded seat, robust design, adequate storageCarrying strap is built-in and easy to use, set-up is casual, exceptional support for your back, light weightComfortable, portable, well-ventilated, stable, great storageMore supportive, very durable, low profile, easy to use
Cons Poor ventilation, heavy, bulkySubstantial size and weight, soaks up waterFabric can get dirty easily, durability could be better, cup holders could be largerLow back height, lower seat heightVery low to ground, no head/neck support
Bottom Line A surprisingly comfortable and durable, though heavy, option for you and a friend (furry or otherwise)!Our favorite among all contenders, this chair makes camp lounging a simple and comfy affair.Versatile, supportive, and lightweight, this high value chair is ready for outdoor concerts, sporting events, and campsites.It's tough to complain about this versatile and portable chair, especially considering the price.The Rendezvous is a stable supportive chair, with an exceptionally low profile and an affordable price tag!
Rating Categories Kelty Low Loveseat ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Dual Lock Folding Chair REI Camp X ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous
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Specs Kelty Low Loveseat ALPS... Dual Lock Folding... REI Camp X ALPS...
Weight (pounds) 15.5 lbs 13 lbs 9.5 lbs 7.2 lbs 7.1 lbs
Weight Capacity (pounds) 500 lbs 800 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs
Folded Dimensions (inches) 34 x 12 x 7 in 38 x 7 x 7 in 37 x 6 x 6 in 32 x 8 x 8 in 29 x 8 x 8 in
Unfolded Dimensions (inches) 23.5 x 44 x 31.5 in 24 x 37 x 38 in 26 x 36 x 37 in 20 x 31 x 32 in 21 x 22.5 x 23.5 in
Seat Height (inches) 13.5 in 19 in 19 in 15 in 3 in
Features Seats two, 2 insulated adjustable drink holders, adjustable arm rests 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest 2 cup holders, side pocket, carrying strap 1 cup holder, side pouch Mesh back and seat sides, foam-wrapped armrests

Our Analysis and Test Results

Okay, it's obvious; this chair seats two people instead of just one. That's cool! But how does it really stack up to the other chairs? Are you and your chair-sharer going to be comfortable? Are you going to be able to lug around this beastly two-seater? Is it easy to use? Will it even last having two humans lounging instead of just one? We put this chair through the same tests we used for all our camping chairs to see how it stacked up.

Performance Comparison


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.

Comfort


The Kelty Low Loveseat is a pretty comfortable chair to hang out in. The seat, back, and armrests are padded, just like the luxuriously comfortable ALPS Mountaineering King Kong. The armrests are an adjustable height as well - and not like most camping chairs, where you just 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 are nice and wide - no cramming in this chair or sitting on each others' laps! 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 would make that spot pretty uncomfortable for all but a small child or possibly 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 - and one of the only two-seater camping chairs on the market!


The Kelty is also nice and low to the ground (just 13.5 inches high), 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 Love Seat - at 19 inches from the ground, it's on par with other foldable camping chairs like the REI Camp X or ALPS King Kong. 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 were quite pleased with the comfort of the Kelty Low Loveseat.

Adjustable arm rests make the Kelty more versatile to different comfort desires.
Adjustable arm rests make the Kelty more versatile to different comfort desires.

Portability


It's no surprise that this two-person camping chair is the largest of all the camping chairs we reviewed - at 15lbs 8oz, 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 the rest of the traditional camping chairs, it's not double the weight or size, and yet seats double the people. The next closest chair by weight or size is the 13 pound ALPS King Kong.


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. 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 very large and heavy.

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.

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. With the second-highest weight capacity in this review of 500 lb (first place goes to the ALPS King Kong with a rocking 800 lb capacity!), our reviewers remarked that plopping heavily into the Kelty actually feels strong and stable. And to boot, it 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, or firewood or other gear!

This wide  padded strap is not only comfortable to use  but is also well-constructed so you can cart your Kelty all around.
This wide, padded strap is not only comfortable to use, but is also well-constructed so you can cart your Kelty all around.

Ease of Set-Up


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. Ta-da!! 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. That's it!


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 and is on par with the King Kong and REI Camp X. The carry case is where this chair stands out 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 bottom cupped 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 (what the what??), 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 thought was a pretty nifty feature. 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 (aka beer!), you still have room in the cup holder area to hold other objects like your cell phone, sunscreen or a small snack.

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!

Best Applications


The obvious best use for the Kelty Low Loveseat is as a two-person camping chair. However, we loved the shocking portability of this chair aided by the convenient carry case as well as the overall comfort, durability, cool features, and how easy it is to use. Even if you're headed to that bonfire by yourself, this two-person chair will likely be a hit with everyone and probably score you some new friends! And don't forget about Fido - he'd love to sit next to you while you both enjoy the outdoors.

Value


Though a bit on the pricey side, retailing around $100, 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.

The Low Loveseat is a unique and comfortable option for BFFs  snugglers  dog-lovers  and folks who like to share!
The Low Loveseat is a unique and comfortable option for BFFs, snugglers, dog-lovers, and folks who like to share!

Conclusion


At the end of the day, we were thoroughly impressed with this chair. As one of the only two-person camping chairs on the market, we weren't sure how it would stack up when compared to other camping chairs. We were so surprised at how much we liked 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.


Maggie Brandenburg