In a Nutshell:
This is a gorgeous, delightfully comfortable rocking recliner that looks great just about anywhere. Be warned though, it is a bit on the pricey side! The SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner is recommended for anyone weighing up to 400 pounds who wants to enjoy their patio, deck, or other outdoor spaces in style and comfort.
Value for the Money
Are you a bigger, taller, heavier user? Do you love enjoying the outdoor spaces your property has to offer?
If you answered yes to both of those questions, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the patio and outdoor furniture available on the market today just isn’t big or robust enough to support you.
The good news is that high weight capacity outdoor furniture does exist, and there are actually a lot more options available than you might first think. The SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner is one such option. It’s a great-looking, comfortable chair you’ll be proud to own, but it does have one drawback to be aware of that could wind up being a deal-breaker for you.
In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you everything this chair has to offer, and we won’t be shy about discussing its shortcomings and limitations. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this is the outdoor chair you’ve been looking for. Let’s take a closer look!
An Overview of the SCYL Rattan Rocker Recliner
Before we say anything else, let’s get the one potentially deal-breaking issue on the table right upfront. The reason the SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner is a pricey purchase is that you can’t buy just one of these. They’re only sold in pairs. If you only want one, the best thing you can do is go in 50/50 with someone, split the cost and each gets one chair.
Assuming you want two (or more) and the price doesn’t cramp your budget, there really is a lot to like here. The chairs are stained a deep, rich brown and feature generous amounts of cream-colored padding on both the seat and the seatback.
The neutral colors look great in virtually any setting, and depending on how you decorate the space around them can either become an understated focal point or politely fade into the background.
Most people don’t think of rattan as being a terribly strong or durable material, so they don’t often associate it with big and tall furniture. In this case, it’s not the rattan that provides the bulk of the support, but rather, the tubed steel frame that underlies it.
As you’ll see, when we take a quick look at the core stats that define this model, the combination of materials is delightfully effective. And these chairs are stronger than you might think. Here are the numbers:
We were pleasantly surprised by this chair’s generous 400-pound weight limit and the seat dimensions, which are a good compliment to it. The seat height, however, may be problematic for taller users. The normal big and tall height range starts at 18” and goes to 22” or higher. So, with a seat height of just 15”, this chair is a better fit for people of average height or less who are also a bit on the heavy side.
Not to say that a taller person couldn’t enjoy the chair, especially if they spent most of their time reclining in it, but the relatively low seat may make it more difficult to get into and out of.
Rattan is known for being relatively lightweight, and these chairs don’t disappoint on that front. They’re heavy enough that the first stiff breeze that blows won’t knock them over but light enough that most people will have no particular difficulty picking them up and moving them around as needed. In our view, that’s the sweet spot where outdoor furniture is concerned, so kudos to SCYL for hitting it!
Adjustability and Comfort
There’s only one adjustable feature here, which takes the form of the recline function itself. The seatback and the footrest recline together, so you don’t have the option of engaging the footrest without reclining the backrest as you do with some recliners. That’s not the end of the world but is something to be mindful of.
The comfort of the SCYL Rattan Rocker Recliner is driven by three things: the generous (but not excessive) padding, which measures nearly 3” in thickness, the recline function, and the fact that the chair rocks. Put those three elements together, and you get a chair that’s delightfully comfortable.
Granted, these aren’t chairs you’ll want to spend an entire day lounging in – the padding is decent, but it’s not that good—but for a few hours on a leisurely afternoon, they’re pretty close to perfect.
The only real drawback here is that the footrest is not padded. That’s not the end of the world, but if you were planning on reclining in your bare feet, it’s likely to get uncomfortable pretty quickly.
Where the padding is concerned, it’s high-quality block foam, clad in quick-drying waterproof fabric that’s perfect for outdoor use. Even better, the covers are removable and machine washable, which makes the task of keeping them looking great a simple one.
Assembly is Required
If you decide these are the chairs you’ve been looking for, they’ll arrive in a giant box and in pieces. Before you can start rocking your worries away, you’ll need to spend some time putting them together.
Fortunately, SCYL did a great job where the assembly instructions are concerned. If the written instructions aren’t enough, there are detailed videos online that will make the process smooth and painless. Expect to spend about an hour on both chairs, including unboxing and sorting the parts, and note that the company does not offer an expert assembly option here.
Pros and Cons SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner
From a technical point of view, there’s not a thing in the world wrong with the SCYL Rattan Reclining chairs. They’re well made, they have high production values, and once you’ve got them put together, they’re delightfully comfortable. With proper care, they’ll last you for years.
The only real drawbacks are these:
Neither of these is huge nor deal-breaking, and the strong points these chairs bring to the table overshadow them by a wide margin.
SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner Review Conclusion
These are very good chairs. While SCYL isn’t exactly an industry Titan, they are a well-respected company that takes customer service and support seriously. If you’re looking for a great looking, comfortable outdoor rocker and recliner to enhance your enjoyment of your outdoor spaces, the SCYL Rattan Rocking Recliner belongs on your shortlist. We recommend them.
References & Resources
- A Short History of Outdoor Furniture, Summer Classics.
- How to Mix Furniture Styles on the Patio, Houzz.
- 5 Types of Outdoor Furniture That Lasts, The Property Geeks.
- Don’t Underestimate the Benefits of Rattan Furniture, Civil Engineer Blog.
- Everything You Need to Know About Neutral Colors, Apartment Therapy.