There are few better ways to enjoy your garden and soak up the sun’s rays than with a garden lounger. This must-have piece of furniture is great for making sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D plus, they’re brilliantly uncomplicated – a light, airy bed for lazing in the sun.
Loungers can be the focal point of an entire area, a subtle piece of furniture, or folded away neatly until the sunniest of days. The best loungers have UV protection so they don’t fade, parasols to protect your eyes from the sun, and in a few cases even handy cup holders. They’re also easy to manoeuvre with handy wheels, and can fold down for simple storage.
We’ve put together a range of loungers – from classic wooden loungers to those with newer innovations like reading holes and varied them across size, style, and function, to suit a wide range of needs and looks.
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Eight of the best garden loungers
SUNMER Sun Lounger Garden Chairs with Canopy and Cup Holder
For true indulgence, try this set of two sun loungers. They have canopies to protect you from the sun, four angles of recline, and most indulgently of all, their own cup and phone holders, so you have everything you need to relax.
Habitat Metal Folding Sun Lounger
The cheapest lounger on our list looks like the cosiest. It has thick, full-body padding and its reclining angle is controlled by sliding the armrests – you don’t even need to get up.
Monaco Padded Sun Lounger
This sun lounger from Robert Dyas puts comfort above all else. Despite a lightweight steel frame, the lounger boasts 8cm-thick padding and has the choice of reclining at four different angles.
M&S Melrose Sun Lounger
An understated sun lounger this is made from sustainable eucalyptus. The backrest is adjustable from 45-180 degrees, and it comes with a comfortable cushion. We particularly like the wheels at the back of this sun lounger, which make it easy to move around the garden as the sun moves across the sky.
Vonhaus Zero Gravity Table and Canopy Chair Set
Look no further for great value. This set of two loungers includes an impressive range of functions. Each lounger has a padded headrest and an overhead canopy to protect you from the sun plus the set includes a table with drinks holders. Made from breathable and weather resistant material the set folds down for easy storage.
Brescia Wooden Sun Lounger with Cushion
Crafted from acacia wood this unusual lounger from luxury brand Beliani gently rocks back and forth for added relaxation. It includes a padded headrest and the water and UV-resistant cushion is available in four different colours.
GARTIO Sun Lounger Recliner Set
This set of artful loungers is well-suited to a wide range of garden styles. The loungers’ single graceful curve would work well in contemporary gardens, but wouldn’t draw attention to itself in more rustic country gardens. It’s great value, as it includes two chairs – with five reclining angles apiece – and a little side table. The fabric is also UV-resistant, so it won’t fade.
Dakota Fields Double Reclining Sun Lounger with Cushion
A set designed for couples to relax together. This set is fantastic for two or indulgent for one. Made from hard-wearing polywicker with padded cushions it offers five different levels of recline.