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Kelty Low Loveseat Review

Like a portable love seat, this two-person chair is surprisingly comfortable and durable for you and a friend
Kelty Low Loveseat
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Price:  $140 List | $126.93 at Amazon
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Pros:  Seats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holders
Cons:  Poor ventilation, heavy, bulky
Manufacturer:   Kelty
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 16, 2022
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  • Comfort - 40% 8.0
  • Portability - 25% 4.0
  • Durability - 20% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Kelty Low Loveseat is a great overall camping chair for you and your friend. 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 three of our four 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 an excellent choice for seating two people but also for comfort, durability, and value.

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Pros Seats two people, comfortable padded design, stable and durable, easy to set up and take down, handy cup holdersFits just about anyone, comfortably padded seat, super robust, plenty of storage, simple to useComfortable, well-ventilated, stable, great storage, easy to use, good priceLightweight and packable, comfortable, good neck and back support, durable ergonomic designEasy to set up, tall angled back, supportive, high seat height, less expensive
Cons Poor ventilation, heavy, bulkyFairly large and heavy, holds water, not breathableLow back height, slightly lower seat height, cup holder not ideal for thin beveragesExpensive, no arm restsVery tall seat, limited pockets, no locking mechanism, long when packed
Bottom Line Like a portable love seat, this two-person chair is surprisingly comfortable and durable for you and a friendOur 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 priceWith impressive upright support for the lumbar spine all within a compact and ergonomic design, this chair is our favorite for packabilityA tall chair with a simple set up that's easy to use and less expensive to buy
Rating Categories Kelty Low Loveseat ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X Helinox Sunset Chair GCI Outdoor Comfort...
Comfort (40%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Portability (25%)
4.0
5.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Durability (20%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Ease of Use (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
4.0
9.0
Specs Kelty Low Loveseat ALPS Mountaineering... REI Co-op Camp X Helinox Sunset Chair GCI Outdoor Comfort...
Weight 15.5 lbs 14.1 lbs 8.0 lbs 3.24 lbs 8.3 lbs
Weight Capacity 500 lbs 800 lbs 300 lbs 320 lbs 300 lbs
Folded Dimensions (length x width x height) 34" x 12" x 7" 39" x 8" x 8" 33" x 7" x 7" 18.5" x 4.5" x 5.5" 45" x 7" x 5"
Unfolded Dimensions (depth x width x height) 24" x 44" x 32" 24" x 37" x 38" 21" x 31" x 31" 28.5" x 23" x 38.5" 25" x 35" x 37"
Seat Height (middle) 7" 15" 11.5" 18.5" 15"
Features Seats two, 2 insulated adjustable drink holders, adjustable armrests 2 cup holders, 2 side pockets, storage pocket behind headrest, adjustable armrests 1 uniquely shaped cup holder, "stowable" armrest pouch, adjustable armrests Mesh back and sides, adjustable head rest, side pockets Beverage holder, small sleeve pocket

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Low Loveseat is a padded two-person folding chair that 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. It also features two adjustable cupholders.

Performance Comparison


Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - we tested - and love - the low version of this loveseat. if you...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


The 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 smartly adjustable as well — each has a small plastic buckle to hold it exactly where you want it. Each of the two seats of the Loveseat is nice and wide — no cramming in this chair or sitting on each others' laps.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - adjustable armrests make this loveseat even more versatile and...
Adjustable armrests make this loveseat even more versatile and comfortable.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

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), a support bar in the middle makes that spot pretty uncomfortable for all but a small child or your pet. This middle bar also makes laying down on this loveseat not an ideal way to lounge. But if you want to sit next to your buddy, this is a great option.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - plenty of space to spread out while keeping refreshments nearby.
Plenty of space to spread out while keeping refreshments nearby.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Low Loveseat 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 the thighs. Between the low height of this chair and durable construction, we found it quite stable both on solid ground and in the sand. However, the height may be a challenge for certain folks to get in and out of. 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.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - it's easy to relax in the kelty low loveseat.
It's easy to relax in the Kelty Low Loveseat.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


It's no surprise that this two-person camping chair is the largest of all the camping chairs we reviewed — at 15.5 pounds, it's not a chair you're going to love carrying a mile from your car. However, as a two-person chair, the extra size and weight is to be expected. 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 simple to carry.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - while not the smallest packed chair we reviewed (by a long-shot!)...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Whether you're crossing the beach to find the perfect spot, wandering through the park for the perfect picnic area, or going up a flight of stairs to your buddy's pad for a game night, the carry case makes carting around the Loveseat easier than you'd think.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - despite being one of the heaviest chairs we tested, the kelty helps...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


The 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 pounds), 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, making them easy to clean. The carry case, too, is made of the same padded material as the chair, and using it is simple. Kelty even advertises that the carry case can be used to carry multiple chairs, firewood, or other gear.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - in addition to being a reasonably comfortable strap to tote this...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Our main tester has had the same 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.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - after three years of heavy use and literal abuse, the kelty loveseat...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Use


The 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 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 camping chair carrying cases, one we actually use instead of leaving it at home and throwing the loose chair in the trunk of your car. A couple other features we love are the buckles that allow you to adjust the armrests and the extra-large cup holders with an additional built-in divider.


Taking the Low Loveseat 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, this process takes less than 30 seconds. To pack everything up, 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!
Rather than sliding this chair into the top of a tube-shaped bag...
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.

Value


Though a bit on the pricey side, 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.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - after three straight years of heavy use and serious uv exposure...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


At the end of the day, we were 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 others. And yet, after three years of using the Kelty Low Loveseat 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 this fun and functional seat.

Kelty Low Loveseat camping chair - sharing is caring. our human and canine testers found the kelty...
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.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

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