In a Nutshell:
A handsome, rugged outdoor chair offered in classic Adirondack styling. The Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack Chair is recommended for anyone weighing up to 500 pounds who’s looking for a great Adirondack chair for their porch, lawn, or deck.
Value for the Money
Recommended For: Anyone weighing up to 500 pounds who are looking for a great Adirondack chair for their porch, lawn, or deck.
Do you love spending time in the outdoor spaces around your property, whether in your yard, on your porch, patio, or deck? Are you a heavier individual?
If you answered yes to both of those questions, and you’ve been hunting for outdoor furniture to enhance your enjoyment, you know what a struggle it can be.
Most of the outdoor furniture on the market today will support in the neighborhood of 300-pounds. That’s great if you weigh less than that, but if you’re heavier, most of the furniture sold today is useless to you.
The Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack Chair set is a happy exception to this. It’s a handsome chair by any reckoning. Moreover, it can support an impressive amount of user weight and looks great in almost any setting.
In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you everything this chair has to offer, so you’ll have all the information you need to decide if this is the chair you’ve been looking for. If that sounds good to you, let’s jump right in and look closer.
An Overview of the Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack Chair and Ottoman
We’ll start by saying that not everyone likes or is comfortable sitting in the Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack chair and ottoman. While we love them, we understand that not everyone feels the same. If you’re not a fan, then it doesn’t matter what we say in the rest of this review; you’re not likely to be swayed. If you are, then let’s start by taking a closer look at the core stats that define the model:
As you can see, this is a sizable chair with some heft to it. It’s not so heavy that it can’t be moved around your yard easily enough if and when you need to, but it’s heavy enough that it’s unlikely to get blown over on a windy day.
Most importantly, though, it supports an impressive five-hundred pounds of user weight. The only potential drawback here is the seat width. If you’re fairly close to the chair’s maximum weight limit, the seat may not be wide enough for you. You’ll want to take a quick measurement to be sure it’s a good fit.
Assuming that’s not an issue for you and you decide you want one, you can get yours in a modest selection of colors, including:
Finally, we should point out that this chair isn’t crafted of wood, but rather is made right here in the USA from an environmentally friendly synthetic wood product. It’s got a look and feel that’s similar to wood, but if you have an interest in “going green,” you’ll be pleased to know that no actual trees were harmed in the creation of this chair.
Adjustability and Comfort
There’s nothing adjustable about the Essential Adirondack Chair, so there is nothing to say on that front. Comfort-wise, Adirondack chairs offer a delightful seating experience, but there’s a catch: If you suffer from any sort of mobility issue, you’re probably going to find it challenging to get into and out of this type of chair.
Assuming that’s not an issue for you, while Adirondack chairs are delightfully comfortable on their own, this particular one also comes with an ottoman, which makes it even more of a delight to lounge in. If that’s still not enough, it’s easy enough to add a seat and/or seatback pad of whatever thickness you desire.
Minimal Assembly is Required
Most of the furniture you can buy online today has to be assembled before you can enjoy it, and this chair is no exception. The good news, though, is that only minor assembly is required, and it shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes to get the chair ready for first use. The production quality of the chair is quite high, all the pieces fit together exactly as they should, and the assembly instructions are clear and easy to understand. You should have no difficulty on this front whatsoever.
Note that this chair doesn’t come with an expert assembly option, but even if it did, we couldn’t recommend it in good conscience. The process is so simple that it just wouldn’t be worth the money, even if you loathe the idea of putting your own furniture together.
Variants of Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack Chair Set
Pros and Cons Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack Chair Set
There’s a lot to like about this chair. It’s a good-looking, environmentally friendly piece of furniture, proudly made in the USA, and it comes with an Ottoman, which makes it a great chair for lounging. It also supports an impressive amount of user weight. Though we didn’t mention this earlier, it’s got an impressive 12-year warranty.
The biggest drawbacks are the rather steep price, the somewhat narrow seat, and the fact that it’s an Adirondack chair, which is a style that not everyone appreciates. In addition to that, these chairs tend to be fairly low to the ground and difficult to get into and out of if you have even a moderate mobility issue. Those things can be deal-breakers for some people.
Highwood Essential Adirondack Chair With Essential Folding Ottoman Review Conclusion
We like the Highwood Elk Outdoors Essential Adirondack chair, but we readily admit that the Adirondack styling makes it a bit of a niche product and a self-selecting chair. If you’re a fan, then this is a great option to consider, but there are enough potential gotchas here that we can only give it a provisional recommendation. If you decide you want one, though, you’re going to love it.
References & Resources
- Highwood USA, Official Brand Website.
- Anatomy of an Adirondack Chair, Bob Vila.
- How to Clean and Protect Adirondack Chairs, Hayneedle.
- What Is an Adirondack Chair? The Scandalous Story Behind This Summer Seat, Realtor.com.