Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs Review 2022


Are you a heavier individual, or do you regularly entertain people who are? If so, then you probably already know how challenging it can be to find furniture that’s rugged and robust enough to support you properly. That’s true no matter what kind of furniture you’re interested in buying: Indoor or outdoor, rocking chairs or other types of seating.

The simple truth is that most of the furniture on the market today are only designed to support about three hundred pounds of user weight. If you weigh more than that, the number of options open to you falls off very quickly.

Sure, there are good options out there, but they are notoriously hard to find. That’s exactly why we decided to write this roundup review. Our goal here is to make the process simple and help you avoid the frustration that the search often entails.

To that end, we scoured the internet looking for the best high weight capacity outdoor rocking chairs on the market today. We found a number of great options and then set about comparing them against each other to determine an overall winner.

As a result of that research, a clear winner emerged, and we’ll introduce you to the winning chair in just a moment. Before we do that, though, we’d like to start by providing you a high-level overview of all of the finalists we considered to give you a preview of what’s to come.

Author’s Note: I have a personal stake in this roundup review. As someone who is 6’6” tall and weighs in at 340 pounds, I know how frustrating it can be to try and find furniture big and robust enough to be useful. Most of the time, when I try a piece of furniture on for size, it feels like I’m sitting on a toy and not a real piece of furniture.

When I wrote this roundup, I was thinking about everybody in my situation, but I was also thinking about myself and what I’ll be looking for in a high weight capacity rocker when I get my own place and am ready to buy some outdoor furniture. That gives me a personal stake in the review. I want it to be as thorough and as complete as possible, for you and for me!

Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs 2022 Summary 

Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs - Top Pick

Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocker, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocker

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Handmade by Amish Craftsmen, right here in the USA.
Supports a truly impressive amount of user weight.
Mission style furniture is timeless and incredibly popular. Can be used either indoors or out.

CONS

The pre-stained versions of the chair only utilize a single coat, which is a little underwhelming.

OUR VERDICT

No matter how you slice it, this is a magnificent piece of furniture and the standard that everything else should be compared to. Highly recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs - 2nd Pick

Polywood Presidential Rocker, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Polywood Presidential Rocker

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Tremendously durable chairs.
Offered in a wide range of colors.
Very low maintenance.
Incredible 20-year warranty!

CONS

These chairs are advertised as indoor or outdoor use, but few people would use a plastic rocker indoors, no matter how stylish or durable.

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs - 3rd Pick

Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Simply designed, good looking rocking chair.
Supports an impressive amount of weight.
Offered in a modest selection of colors.

CONS

Seat is a bit on the low side. A bit pricier than other options.

OUR VERDICT

Provisionally recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs - 4th Pick

Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch

RATING

PRICE

$$ ½

PROS

A big, comfy, durable wooden rocker.
Can be used either indoors or outdoors.
Made in the USA.

CONS

Only offered in white.

OUR VERDICT

It’s a good alternative to our top pick if you’re looking for a different style of rocker. Recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs - Honorable Mention

SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Comes with weather-resistant padding.
Rocks AND Reclines.

CONS

Not everyone is a fan of Rattan furniture. You can only buy these chairs in pairs.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs 2022

Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocker, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocker

Polywood Presidential Rocker, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Polywood Presidential Rocker

Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair

Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch

*Honorable Mention*

SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner, Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs, Small

SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.7

4.4

4.3

4.2

4.1

Price

$$

$$$

$$$$

$$ ½

$$

Dimensions

29.5” x 36” x 41”

42.5” x 26.25” x 33.75”

27” x 32” x 44”

26” x 34” x 47”

32” x 25” x 38”

Seat Height

18”

17”

16”

17.25”

15”

Seat Width

24”

20”

23.25”

22”

23”

Seat Depth

17”

19”

17.25”

23”

21”

Chair Weight

38 pounds

42 pounds

33 pounds

20 pounds

34.2 pounds

Max. Supported Weight

600 pounds

400 pounds

500 pounds

400 pounds

400 pounds

Pros

Handmade by Amish Craftsmen, right here in the USA.
Supports a truly impressive amount of user weight.
Mission style furniture is timeless and incredibly popular. Can be used either indoors or out.

Tremendously durable chairs.
Offered in a wide range of colors.
Very low maintenance.
Incredible 20-year warranty!

Simply designed, good looking rocking chair.
Supports an impressive amount of weight.
Offered in a modest selection of colors.

A big, comfy, durable wooden rocker.
Can be used either indoors or outdoors.
Made in the USA.

Comes with weather-resistant padding.
Rocks AND Reclines.

Cons

The pre-stained versions of the chair only utilize a single coat, which is a little underwhelming.

These chairs are advertised as indoor or outdoor use, but few people would use a plastic rocker indoors, no matter how stylish or durable.

Seat is a bit on the low side. A bit pricier than other options.

Only offered in white.

Not everyone is a fan of Rattan furniture. You can only buy these chairs in pairs.

Our Verdict

No matter how you slice it, this is a magnificent piece of furniture and the standard that everything else should be compared to. Highly recommended.

Highly recommended.

Provisionally recommended.

It’s a good alternative to our top pick if you’re looking for a different style of rocker. Recommended.

Recommended.

*While aesthetics is a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home décor schemes.
**Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Our Selection Criteria

As the title of this roundup review indicates, our primary focus here was to find high weight capacity outdoor rockers, but what does that mean, exactly?

Opinions vary, of course, but for us, and given that most of the furniture on the market today boasts a weight limit of around 300-pounds, we decided that in order to even be considered here, all the rockers we looked at needed to be able to support at least 400-pounds, with higher weight limits than that being welcomed.

In addition to that, we focused on the value proposition that each chair brought to the table and fun extras like color options and other flourishes that added value to the chairs we considered. These things provided the framework from which our analysis proceeded.

Best Heavy Duty Outdoor Rocking Chairs on the Market Today

Top Pick - Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocking Chair

Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocking Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.7

Summary

This Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocking Chair looks amazing and is rock solid in its construction. A tremendous value for the money. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 600 pounds who’s looking for a well-made rocker for indoor or outdoor use.

In our view, this is the Gold Standard where high weight capacity outdoor rocking chairs are concerned. It is simply a fabulous piece of furniture. Before we get into the details, let’s start with a review of the basic stats that define this model. Here they are:

Unfinished Color, Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocking Chair, Left
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 29.5” x 36” x 41”
  • Seat Height: 18”
  • Seat Depth: 17”
  • Seat Width: 24”
  • Chair Weight: 38 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 600 pounds

These numbers are exceptional and work together very well. The seat height on big and tall furniture typically starts at 18” and goes to 22” or higher, so this chair is in the big and tall territory on that front. In addition to that, we’re thrilled with the seat width and regard it as an excellent match for the impressive 600-pound supported weight limit.

For most people, this chair will be a delightfully comfortable fit, though if you are close to the chair’s upper weight limit, you will want to take a quick measurement to be sure that the seat is wide enough for you.

Finally, at 38 pounds, this rocker is heavy enough that if it’s on your porch during a windstorm, it’s unlikely to get tossed about, while being light enough that if you decide you want to move it somewhere else, you can do that without requiring an extra pair of hands to assist you.

The numbers above only tell part of the story, though. This chair is handcrafted right here in the USA, using pressure-treated pine, and even better, it’s offered for a song, providing tremendous value for the money.

Mission-style furniture is incredibly popular. It features clean, simple lines and has a timeless quality about it that makes it easy to blend it in with just about any outdoor décor scheme.

Comfort-wise, it’s about what you’d expect from a solid wood piece of furniture. There’s enough space between the slats that the chair is quite breathable, which will help keep you cool even on a hot summer’s day, and of course, the ability to rock makes the chair more comfortable than a piece of stationary wooden furniture.

If it’s not as comfortable as you’d like it to be, it’s easy to add a seat and/or seatback pad of whatever thickness you’d like. Doing so, however, will mask the natural beauty of the wood. There are no right answers where that’s concerned. If you’re a fan of all wood furniture and you don’t plan on spending endless hours in the chair, you can probably get by without a seat pad.

Unfinished Color, Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocking Chair, Front

On the other hand, if you’re not bothered by covering the wood up, or if comfort matters more, then a seat pad is a good addition.

If you decide you want one, you can order yours either unfinished or with your choice of a modest selection of pre-stained varieties. In our view, getting the unfinished version of the chair is your best bet.

There’s nothing technically wrong with the pre-stained versions, but the company only applied a single coat of stain and topcoat. This gets the job done, but it won’t hold up as well over time. If you’ve ever stained furniture before, you could definitely do a better job here, and you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to apply a stain that will match perfectly with the rest of your outdoor décor scheme.

Unfinished Color, Amish Heavy Duty Mission Rocking Chair, Side View

The trade-off with that approach is that if you decide to stain it yourself, then the process of getting it ready for first use will probably take you a few days. Sanding and applying the first coat of stain. Letting that dry overnight and then possibly a second coat of stain. After that dries, then a couple of coats of protectant before finally putting the chair together and placing it where you want it to go.

Even though the pre-stained variants are a bit underwhelming, the big advantage is that you can take the pieces out of the box, spend about thirty minutes putting it together and then have a seat, which is obviously much faster.

Either way, we think you’ll be thrilled if you purchase one of these. It’s a big, ruggedly built rocker that can support more user weight than any other option on our list of finalists, and in our view, this chair is completely deserving of top honors here in our roundup review of the best high weight capacity outdoor rocking chairs. We highly recommend it.

Final Note: This chair will arrive at your door in a large box and unassembled. The production quality is amazing and the assembly instructions are clear, so putting it together is a breeze. 

The company does offer an expert assembly option, but we don’t recommend it. Not only is it a pricey service, but if you’re planning to stain it yourself, you’ll want to leave it unassembled until you’re done with that process anyway, and when you’re ready, it only takes about a half an hour or so.


Polywood Presidential Rocking Chair

Polywood Presidential Rocking Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.4

Summary

The Polywood Outdoor Presidential Rocking Chair is a sturdy, unobtrusive rocker with an insanely good warranty. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 500 pounds who wants to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style.

Where our top pick is an all-wood rocker with timeless styling, our second-place winner is made of a plastic-based composite material called “Polywood” and is styled like an outdoor beach chair.

Although the company advertises this model for both indoor and outdoor use, we’re doubtful that many people would use it indoors. No one will mistake this for a wooden rocker, and few people use plastic furniture inside their homes. Despite that, this is an incredibly good rocker. Before we get into the particulars though, let’s start with a quick review of the chair’s core stats:

White Color, Polywood Presidential Rocking Chair, Left View
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 42.5” x 26.25” x 33.7”
  • Seat Height: 17”
  • Seat Width: 20”
  • Seat Depth: 19”
  • Chair Weight: 42 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds

These are good numbers, though in our view, not as impressive as the stats for the Mission Rocker, which won top honors from us.

The seat height is good but falls just shy of the standard big and tall height range. That actually works out better for you if you’re heavier, but not especially tall, and the seat depth is a good pairing with the height.

The seat width is a little underwhelming, and if you’re close to the chair’s 400-pound weight limit, you’ll definitely want to take a quick measurement to be sure you’re a good fit for the chair. The weight limit is impressive, and enough to get the chair onto our list, but it’s not nearly as impressive as the weight limit offered by our top pick.

Finally, note the weight of this chair. It’s actually heavier than the all-wood rocker we just talked about! That came as a bit of a surprise to us. Plastic-based chairs are typically fairly lightweight, but Polywood is a breed apart. Their chairs have heft and are incredibly durable, which is why the company offers an unbelievable 20-year warranty on their products. This is a chair you buy for life.

Even better, if you decide you want one, you can get yours in an impressive range of color options, and best of all, Polywood chairs are incredibly low maintenance. They won’t chip or fade, and they can be cleaned with nothing more than a damp cloth.

Where comfort is concerned, as we mentioned in the section detailing the Amish rocker, it’s easy to make this chair as comfortable as you’d like by adding a seat and/or seatback pad. In this case though, there’s no trade-off, since you won’t have to worry about covering up the natural beauty of the wood, so adding a seat pad is all upside if you’re looking for an easy way to make the chair more comfortable.

Like our top pick here in our roundup review of the best heavy duty outdoor rocking chairs, if you order one of these, it will arrive unassembled, so you’ll have to do a bit of work to get it ready for first use. The production quality is extremely high, and the process of putting the chair together is simple, so even though the company offers an expert assembly option, you’re better off saving the money and just doing it yourself or asking a friend to give you a hand.

White Color, Polywood Presidential Rocking Chair, Front View

Once you’ve got the chair put together, there’s nothing left to do but put it where you want it, have a seat, and start rocking. If you’re looking for a durable outdoor rocker with fun, casual styling, offered in a variety of colors, you can’t go wrong with this one. We highly recommend it.


Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair

Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.3

Summary

The Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair is a simply designed, beautiful rocker made from recycled materials and offered in a variety of color options. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 500 pounds who wants a great looking, high-quality rocker for their porch, deck, or patio.

We regard our third-place pick as being something of a niche product. Before we tell you why, let’s continue as we have been, by taking a moment to review the core stats that define the chair. Here they are:

Coastal Teak Color, Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair, Left View
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 27” x 32” x 44”
  • Seat Height: 16”
  • Seat Width: 23.25”
  • Seat Depth: 17.25”
  • Chair Weight: 33 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 500 pounds

We love the maximum supported weight limit and the seat width, but the seat height is a bit of a disappointment here. If you’re taller, this isn’t the chair you want, especially if you suffer from any sort of mobility issue as getting into and out of the seat might be a bit of a struggle.

If you’re shorter and heavier, you’re going to love it, though, and this is the first part of what we mean by this being a bit of a niche product. It’s optimized for shorter people, but it’s significantly more expensive than our other options, especially the Polywood rocker, which, like this chair, is made of plastic-based composite materials.

If you like the Polywood but weigh more than 400 and less than 500-pounds, this is a good substitute for the second-place chair, but you’ll pay a premium for owning one.

Also, like the Polywood rocker, it’s offered in a range of color options, but there aren’t as many choices here as you’ll find for the Polywood. This model has an impressive 12-year warranty, which is very good, but again, inferior to the 20-year warranty offered by Polywood.

On the other hand, this is a very good “green” option since the chair is made from 100% recycled materials. If that’s important to you, then this one will probably move to the head of the line by default. It is, however, the most expensive plastic chair you’ll ever own.

In yet another similarity to the Polywood rocker, it’s easy to make this chair more comfortable, and there are no tradeoffs for doing so since you’re not covering up the natural beauty of the wood.

Finally, like our top two picks here in our roundup review of the best heavy duty outdoor rockers, this chair won’t arrive at your doorstep assembled, so you’ll have to do a bit of work before you can sit down and start enjoying it. Highwood is a good company, though, and they make good products. The production quality is excellent, and the assembly instructions are clear.

Coastal Teak Color, Highwood Lehigh Rocking Chair, Front View

Though you could, in theory, buy this model with an expert assembly option, we don’t regard it as being worth the money and, as such, don’t recommend it. In our view, the ideal user for the Highwood rocker is someone who:

  • Likes the Polywood rocker, but is too heavy for that chair.
  • Has the extra money to spend on this model.
  • And is short to average height, weighing up to five hundred pounds.

The more of those that apply to you, the more you’ll like this chair. The fewer of those that apply, the more underwhelmed you’re apt to be. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.


Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch Rocker

Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch Rocker

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.2

Summary

The Oliver and Smith Wooden Patio Porch Rocker is a handsome, durable, American made outdoor rocker that looks great just about anywhere. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 400 pounds who’s in the market for a high-quality outdoor rocking chair.

Our fourth-place entry is a gorgeous, all-wood rocker and would make a great alternative to the Amish rocker that took top honors. As popular as Mission-style furniture is, not everyone is a fan. If you’re not, but you want a wooden rocking chair, this one deserves your attention. Let’s continue with the convention we’ve established above, and do a quick review of this chair’s stats:

White Color, Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch Rocker, Left View
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 26” x 34” x 47”
  • Seat Height: 17.25”
  • Seat Depth: 22”
  • Seat Width: 23”
  • Chair Weight: 20 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds

These are generally good numbers. Although the seat height doesn’t quite make it into big and tall territory, which starts at 18”, it doesn’t miss that mark by much, and the other seat dimensions are a good match for the chair’s 400-pound weight limit.

The big thing to be aware of when comparing this model to our top pick is that this one is a more lightly constructed chair. As such, it doesn’t weigh as much, and it supports correspondingly less user weight. Four hundred pounds is still pretty impressive, but if you need more than that and you’ve got your heart set on a wooden rocker, then the Mission rocker is the one you want.

At twenty pounds, this chair is heavy enough to withstand a stout wind without getting blown over but light enough that moving it from one location to another will be a trivial task for most people.

Also note that since this chair only comes in one color (white), there’s not much to lose in terms of adding a seat or seatback pad to enhance the comfort of the chair if you want to. The paint is already covering the natural beauty of the wood, and if you’re planning to use the chair for extended periods of time, adding some extra padding is probably a good option.

As with the other chairs we’ve talked about, if you decide you want one of these, it will arrive at your door in a large box and in several pieces.

You should be aware that this company has had product quality control issues in the past, but at this point, those seem to have been resolved, so we’ll count the production quality as good, and the assembly instructions are clear. It will probably only take you 20-30 minutes to complete the assembly process, all told.

White Color, Oliver and Smith Heavy Duty Porch Rocker, Front View

Although we don’t regard this model as being quite as good as the Amish Mission Rocker, it’s still a very good chair, and we do recommend it, especially if you’re not a fan of our top pick’s styling.


SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner

SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.1

Summary

This SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner is a gorgeous, delightfully comfortable rocking recliner that looks great just about anywhere. Be warned though, it is a bit on the pricey side! Recommended for anyone weighing up to 400 pounds who wants to enjoy their patio, deck, or other outdoor spaces in style and comfort.

These chairs are a bit different than every other rocker we’ve talked about to this point, and we didn’t feel that our review would be complete if we didn’t give them a brief shout out here. The very first thing to mention, even before we look at the stats, is this:

These chairs are only sold in pairs. If you just want one, you’ll need to partner up with someone who is willing to split the cost and take the spare off your hands. For some people, that fact alone will be a deal-breaker. If it’s not for you, then let’s take a quick look at the stats to see exactly what we’re dealing with here:

Dark Brown Color, SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 32” x 25” x 38”
  • Seat Height: 15”
  • Seat Depth: 23”
  • Seat Width: 21”
  • Chair Weight: 34.2 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds

These are pretty good numbers, with one key exception. These chairs are not built for taller users. Typically, big and tall chairs have a seat height that starts at 18.” These miss that mark by a significant margin, so if you’re taller, and especially if you’re taller and have some type of mobility issue, getting into and out of these chairs might prove to be a bit of a challenge.

Other than that, the numbers are excellent, and they all work together very well. Even if you’re close to the chair’s upper weight limit, the seat should be wide enough to comfortably accommodate you, though it’s always good to take a quick measurement to be sure.

There are a couple of things to talk about that go beyond the numbers, though. First, is the fact that of all the chairs we’ve talked about, these are the only ones that come with padding included. There’s not a ton of it, but there’s certainly enough to make you comfortable, and you won’t mind spending even extended periods of time lounging in these.

And lounge you can! These chairs not only rock, but they recline as well, which is fantastic. And don’t let the presence of rattan put you off. Most people don’t regard rattan furniture as being overly strong, and some people have a problem with the aesthetic, but in this case, the rattan is supported by tubed steel beneath, which makes it delightfully rugged and durable.

Depending on your home’s décor scheme, these rocking recliners are just as at home in your sunroom as they are on your deck, porch or patio, and the fabric covering the foam padding is weather-resistant and quick-drying, making them more than capable of standing up to the elements.

The only real drawback is the fact that cleaning rattan furniture is a frustratingly time-consuming process if you want to make sure you get the inevitable buildup of dust and grime out of all the nooks and crannies, but this is more of a feature than a bug and something that anyone who has ever owned rattan furniture is already quite familiar with.

Dark Brown Color, SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner, Front View

We’ll be quick to admit that these chairs won’t be for everyone, but for the right person, they could be pretty close to perfect, and on that basis, we provisionally recommend them.

Final Note: Assembly is required here, but the instructions are clear and pretty straightforward, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty on that front!



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Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair 

Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.2

Summary

The Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair is a decent looking, if minimalist rocking chair designed to support a generous amount of weight and be used almost anywhere. Recommended for anyone weighing 500 pounds or less who loves the great outdoors and rocking chairs and wants to put those two things together.

In addition to the five finalists we just talked about, we also wanted to bring this little chair to your attention if the ones on our main list weren’t exactly what you were looking for.

We’ll be quick to point out that this chair won’t work for just anyone. It’s definitely a niche product, but if you fall into the niche this chair is targeting, then you’re probably going to fall in love with it. Even if you’re not a member of the target market for this chair, it’s interesting enough that we wanted to give it a quick mention.

Mossy Oak Color, Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair, Left View

Before we tell you why you may want to consider it, let’s do as we have been and begin by taking a look at the core stats that define this model. Here are the basics:

  • Overall Product Dimensions: 26” x 35” x 45”
  • Collapsed Dimensions: 26” x 7” x 48”
  • Seat Width: 23”
  • Chair Weight: 17.5 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 500 pounds

These are impressive numbers. We’re especially excited by the generously wide seat and the five-hundred-pound weight limit. It’s lightweight and collapses down into a footprint that makes it easy to carry. Note, too, the presence of the handy cup holder located on the side of the chair.

In addition to that, this model also features a nominally padded headrest in the form of a block foam pillow attached to the headrest via a Velcro strap. It’s not super thick, but there’s enough padding to be comfortable, and it definitely adds value to the chair.

There’s no padding anywhere else, but the fabric the chair is upholstered with is weather-resistant and reasonably breathable, so you won’t mind spending time in it. Granted, this isn’t a chair you’ll want to spend an entire afternoon lounging in, but it’s comfortable enough for a couple of hours at a stretch.

This is also a surprisingly adjustable chair. You can change the angle of the seatback by adjusting the armrests, allowing you to recline back a bit to find the perfect angle for you, then rock your troubles away.

It’s a good feature, but you should be aware that some users have complained that the armrests are a bit on the fragile side and prone to breaking. That’s a bit of a surprise, considering that the rest of the chair is incredibly rugged and robust. Just be careful when you’re making angle adjustments, and you should be fine, but if something on this chair is going to break down on you, it will likely be the armrests.

Fortunately, this chair is offered by Guide Gear, which is one of the big, respected names in the camp furniture market. So if you do encounter a problem, you can rest assured that they’ll take good care of you.

Other than the somewhat fragile armrests, which may give you pause, there’s one other aspect of this model’s design that might make it a poor fit for you. It’s camo, trimmed in black.

Mossy Oak Color, Guide Gear Oversized Rocking Camp Chair, Front View

That’s fine for camping, and in fairness, that’s exactly the context and use this chair was designed for, but depending on what the rest of your outdoor décor scheme looks like, this chair may stick out like a sore thumb, which will make it a deal-breaker for you.

On the other hand, it’s delightfully inexpensive and supports more user weight than most of the chairs on our list of finalists. If you’re an avid outdoorsman and you love rocking chairs, you may want one for camping, and if you need some additional seating at your next backyard party, it’s easy enough to break it out as needed.

As we said at the start, this model isn’t going to be for everyone. But for the right user, it could be perfect, giving you a great chair to take camping that can pinch-hit as an outdoor rocker around the house when and as needed. We provisionally recommend it.


Final Thoughts: Best High Weight Capacity Outdoor Rocking Chairs Roundup Review 2022

So, what’s the best high weight capacity outdoor rocking chair on the market today? For us, the answer is simple: The rocker you want is the Amish Casual Mission Rocker. It’s an exceptional piece of furniture and a tremendous value for the money, completely deserving of top honors here.

We realize though, that tastes and opinions will vary, and after reading this roundup review to the end, you may have a different view. Here then, are some of the reasons that one of the other chairs we’ve talked about might be a better fit for you:

  • The Polywood Presidential Rocker is the one you want if you’re looking for a rugged, low-maintenance rocker with an incredible warranty and more casual styling.
  • The Highwood Rocker is your best choice if you want the Polywood rocker but weighs between 401 and 500 pounds, which puts you outside the weight range for the Polywood chair.
  • The Oliver and Smith Rocker is a great choice if you’re interested in a wooden rocker, but aren’t impressed by the Mission styling of Amish Casual’s offering.
  • The SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner is a great choice if you love rattan furniture and want a chair that serves as both a rocker AND a recliner, if you don’t mind buying two of them.
  • And the Oversized Rocking Camp Chair, offered by Guide Gear will probably wind up being the top pick of outdoorsmen who are looking for a camp chair that can pull double duty as an outdoor rocker for casual use and occasional backyard entertaining.

Ultimately, there are no right answers here. The real question is: What is the best high weight capacity outdoor rocking chair for you? One thing we feel confident of though, is that you’ll find your new favorite outdoor rocking chair somewhere in this roundup review!


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