Inflatable loungers have grown hugely in popularity in recent years as people realize they can be both useful and reliable. Inflatable loungers are easy to blow up and provide an extra seating or laying area. When you’re finished, you can pack them up and put them in a backpack. The best inflatable lounger is a great option for days on the beach, on camping trips, or just having around the home for a bit of extra outdoor seating when the weather is nice.
To establish which are the best options, we have reviewed some excellent inflatable loungers. Our reviews are based on multiple factors including the weight capacity that they can hold, how easy they are to inflate, the dimensions (both inflated and deflated) and how much they weigh when stored away in your backpack.
Top 7 Inflatable Loungers Review 2019
There are plenty of poor quality products in this particular market. We’ve put in a lot of time researching to ensure we only recommend the very best. We’ve used sources including manufacturer information, YouTube reviews, consumer reviews on Amazon and elsewhere on the internet and, of course, first-hand experience. Our list is presented as a simple-to-view table, followed by detailed reviews of many of the top options we’ve picked out. At the end, a buying guide has been put together to help you make the right decision for your own needs.
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| 1. WindPouch Chill 2.0 (Editor's Choice)
Incredibly lightweight, comfortable, and durable lounger, with a weight capacity of up to 250 lbs.
| 2. CHILLBO SHWAGGINS 2.0 (Best Inflatable Lounger Design)
A capacity of up to 440 lbs. and suitable for tall people – available in 12 color options
| 3. Intex Ultra Daybed Inflatable Lounger (Best Two-Person Inflatable Lounger)
Extra-large inflatable lounger, incredibly durable and stable, with a 550 lbs. capacity
| 4. Loungel Inflatable Air Couch (Best Inflatable Beach Lounger)
400-pound capacity lounger with pump-free inflation
| 5. Sable Inflatable Lounger (Best Inflatable Lounger with Ottoman)
Comfy lounger with a 120-degree reclining angle and ottoman
| 6. OutSmart Inflatable Lounge (Best Outdoor Inflatable Lounger)
440-pound capacity lounger that folds into a compact size for easy transportation
| 7. ORSEN Inflatable Lounger (Budget Pick)
Lightweight lounger with side pockets – supports up to 440 lbs. and available in 4 colors
- Weight capacity: 250 lbs
- Inflate by: pump-free
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 2.3 feet
- Weight: 1.6 lbs
Extra features: inflates in 10 seconds, highly durable: made out of 100% ripstop nylon with reinforced seams and triple stitching
OVERALL RATING: 9.9 out of 10
Plenty of inflatable loungers have a weakness or two, and don’t have perfect reviews by any stretch of the imagination. However, if you are looking for a reliable inflatable lounger which is perfect for one person, the WindPouch Chill 2.0 is worth a look.
It inflates in just 10 seconds. The clever design means that you can inflate this by waving it around in the air – it really is that simple. Though this is a little trickier if you need to inflate it indoors, for outdoor uses like festivals, the beach or camping trips, it is perfect.
The durability is another plus point of this lounger, it is triple stitched to avoid air from leaking, and is made from a ripstop nylon material. While not indestructible, it takes quite a bit to damage and deflate.
It has its own drawstring bag to store it in, and once it has been deflated and put in the bag it weighs less than two lbs. This makes it perfect for slinging in your car with your camping gear or even in your beach bag.
The capacity is 250 lbs, which is enough for most people to lounge comfortably. It should last 6-8 hours per ‘refill’.
All-in-all, it is hard to argue with this being an elite option as a lounger for one person to use.
- Only takes 10 seconds to inflate
- Incredibly lightweight and portable
- Hard to rip thanks to the ripstop nylon material
- Hard to inflate indoors with no manual pump option
- Not suitable for multiple people at once
- Weight capacity: 440 lbs.
- Inflate by: pump-free
- Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 3 feet
- Weight: 3 lbs.
Extra features: available in 12 colors and prints, takes 30 seconds to inflate
OVERALL RATING: 9.8 out of 10
Say what you like about the Chillbo Shwaggins, the company has got the branding spot on. The cool name and the fact you can purchase this lounger in 12 different colors and patterns means that it is the best looking inflatable lounger.
The design is more of a ‘hammock’ design than a reclining chair, so you’re meant to lay in it rather than sit. That said, it has a 440 lb capacity so two small or medium sized people could comfortably sit on this lounger.
Like some of the other modern loungers out there, inflation, if done right, is very fast as you simply scoop air into the lounger rather than spend ages pumping or blowing. It takes around 30 seconds and two big scoops to get this inflatable lounger ready for use, however, some people have reported struggling with this.
It has plenty of style, but isn’t lacking in substance either. The lounger is made out of good quality materials making it difficult to tear or perforate in any way. It stays inflated for long periods of time and once you’re done, you can pack it down to just 3 lbs.
- Great value for money
- Available in 12 different designs to suit your preference
- Well built, rugged and comfortable once inflated
- Not as easy to inflate via the ‘scoop method’ as some other loungers
- Short people will find it tough to get high enough to inflate
- Weight capacity: 550 lbs.
- Inflate by: pump
- Dimensions: 75 x 20 inches
- Weight: 16.6 lbs.
Extra features: additional chamber for water adds extra stability
OVERALL RATING: 9.6 out of 10
Intex is a brand you might have heard of for manufacturing other inflatables including dinghies and canoes. Their offering for inflatable loungers is pretty impressive and luxurious.
The Intex Ultra Daybed Inflatable Lounger is modeled on a daybed, as the name suggests. This means it is suitable for two people to lounge or even sleep on. The weight capacity is 550 pounds, meaning that even if it is taking a lot of weight, it won’t start to deflate and become any less comfortable.
A clever design feature is to include a water chamber, this is designed to fill with liquid and add some extra stability, perfect to ensure it doesn’t blow away on the beach.
A backrest provides a little bit of extra comfort and means that both sitting and laying are possible (and comfy) with this lounger.
This lounger is a little trickier than some of the others. Not only is it harder to inflate (it requires a pump to do so and can take a little while), it also weighs more. This allows it to be more sturdy for multiple people, but it is less portable, too.
This is great for more than one person and is recommended for home and garden use, but could be more portable.
- Comes with a backrest
- Clever water reservoir adds some stability
- Big capacity for multiple people to relax on this daybed
- Only one design
- Some users have reported the seams not being the highest quality
- Weighs 16.6 lbs and not very portable
- Weight capacity: 400 lbs.
- Inflate by: pump-free
- Dimensions: 7 x 2.2 x 3 feet
- Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Extra features: inflates in 60 seconds, 2 side pockets, loop and stake ensure stability, made from ripstop nylon fabric
OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10
The Loungel seems to have been designed with the beach in mind. It is perfect for inflating and easily used in areas such as the beach or out on camping trips.
It weighs just 2.4 lbs when packed up, but can support a hefty 400 lbs in weight, often enough for two people.
This lounger is wonderful for beach or swimming pool usage. It can even be floated in the water. Be careful if you’re at the beach – however, the nylon lounger is totally waterproof and can be used as one of the coolest pool inflatables you’re likely to ever see. It even has three different pockets for holding your drinks or protecting other items while you float and relax.
Another reason this is great for the beach is the fact that it has stakes and loops to keep it in place – which is also good news for camping trips. Taking inflatables on the beach can mean that a gust of wind carries them away if you get up to have a swim or grab a beer, but this isn’t a worry with the Loungel.
Like a lot of the loungers designed with the ‘hammock’ feel to them, this deflates to an incredibly lightweight and portable size, weighing just 2.4 lbs and having its own bag. Inflation uses the scoop and fill method and should only take a few seconds once you understand how it works.
- Incredibly lightweight
- Fill with air in less than a minute with no pump required
- Comes with stakes for keeping in the ground
- Can be used on water
- Tough to fill if it isn’t windy
- Weight capacity: not specified
- Inflate by: pump
- Dimensions: 39 x 51 x 30 inches (sofa); 11 x 25 inches (ottoman)
- Weight: 6.6 lbs.
Extra features: inflates in 3 minutes, made from tough, thick PVC, 120° reclining angle
OVERALL RATING: 9.3 out of 10
Now for something a little different! This lounger is perfect for using in a variety of different settings, but it definitely isn’t designed like most of the products on this list. The Sabel has the look and feel of an armchair and even comes with an ottoman, which is also inflatable.
This lounger is made out of tough and thick PVC which is very hard to tear or puncture. It is also incredibly easy to dry, making it one of the best inflatable loungers for camping trips, too. This is a great model for sitting by the fire (not too close) on a campout with your feet up.
Though it isn’t as instantaneous to inflate as some others, the brand describes this as popup, and suitable for relaxing anywhere as it takes just three minutes to inflate. It has extra wide valves which mean it is easier to both inflate and deflate. The fact that it has a strong PVC design also means it is good at keeping the air in.
- Inflates in around three minutes
- Durable and easy to clean, great for camping trips
- Very comfortable and ergonomic reclining design
- Includes a cup holder
- Not as portable as some competitors as it is two pieces and weighs a little more
- Only suitable for one person
- Weight capacity: 440 lbs.
- Inflate by: pump-free
- Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.9 x 3.3 feet
- Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Extra features: made from durable ripstop polyester, compactly folds into carry bag for easy transportation
OVERALL RATING: 9.2 out of 10
On to the OutSmart. There is a reason this has the word ‘Out’ in its name: it is perfect for use in all sorts of outdoor conditions, and has been designed to be a durable option which still doesn’t compromise on comfort.
This is very similar in design to many of the most portable loungers out there. It has the same ‘scoop’ air fill system, and can be set up in a matter of minutes. It also deflates and fits into its own bag, which is a feature shared by a lot of the loungers to make our list. One big difference is that this is more rugged.
The material it is made out of is really tough – the OutSmart has been constructed out of ripstop polyester. Though this doesn’t feel unpleasant, it is in place for its durability. The brand’s product description says you can take this hiking and that even on spiky, rocky ground, it is safe from tears or punctures. A lot of consumer reviews back this up, though it is not indestructible, so it is best to still be cautious.
The rugged design also means a 400-pound capacity, fine for two averaged sized adults to enjoy this together. With all of this in mind, it still manages to weigh in at under 3 pounds when deflated.
- Extremely durable and rugged
- Raised feet area and reclining design
- Can be used on water
- Can be difficult to inflate if you haven’t mastered the technique
- Material not as comfortable as some other models
- Weight capacity: 400 lbs.
- Inflate by: pump-free
- Dimensions: 6.2 x 2.4 x 1.6 feet
- Weight: 2.8 lbs.
Extra features: available in 4 colors, 2 large mesh pockets
OVERALL RATING: 8.9 out of 10
We understand that not everybody is going to use their lounger on a daily basis, and for some it will be an occasional luxury. Spending a fortune on your lounger does not make sense if you are only going to take it out once or twice a year.
For those on a budget, the ORSEN Inflatable Lounger offers similar features to many of the other options on this list, without costing a huge amount of money.
This is another pump-free lounger, so once you get the hang of it, it can be inflated in a matter of minutes or even seconds. It is waterproof, can float and has mesh pockets for storing things. In spite of being cheap it can do most of what the other items on this list can.
A 400-pound capacity also means you can share this with a friend and treat it as a hammock to lay on or as an inflatable sofa.
Though it is a decent option, it is can be hard to get this lounger to inflate fully, or to get the hang of the pump-free inflation. It isn’t as durable as some of the other choices on the market, either. That said, for a budget pick, this is a very good option.
- Affordable and good value-for-money
- Available in multiple designs
- Comes with stakes for keeping in place
- Could be a little easier to inflate
- Doesn’t inflate to its full potential a lot of the time
The options above are our top choices for inflatable loungers on the market. When these products first became really popular a few years ago they were seen as something of a novelty. Because of this, some products were rushed to market which really did not have the qualities we’d be hoping for. All of the listed products have features we’re happy to recommend.
Our buying guide delves a little bit deeper into what the features of a top lounger are, as well as any considerations to make before you decide which is best for you.
Advantages of having a top-quality inflatable lounger
The difference between having one of the best inflatable loungers for outdoor use and having one which is poor quality are like night and day. A low-quality lounger can easily puncture and rupture, lose air and not be suitable for use in outdoor environments. High-quality loungers should be easy to transport and inflate and allow you to enjoy hous of comfort without having to worry about deflation.
Features to consider when choosing your inflatable lounger
In this section, we’re focusing on the top features to consider. Depending on your size and build, you preference and where you want to use your lounger, you may choose to prioritize some of these features over the others. Reading our guide and understanding what makes a top lounger will help you to weed out those which are not suitable.
When you see ‘weight capacity’ on a chair or lounger you may instantly think this relates to the size of the person who is going to be using it. While this is true to an extent, most loungers have more than enough capacity for even a large person.
Weight capacity has more of a bearing on how many people can use the lounger. Some options are only designed for one person. The WindPouch Chill 2.0 is a great example of a one-person inflatable lounger. Other models such as the Intex Ultra Daybed Inflatable Lounger could cope with a few people sitting on at once before it started to struggle with the weight.
Dimensions are also key to how many people will fit on the lounger, and also whether the product is suitable for taller or shorter users. Most of the ‘hammock’ design options are suitable for people of heights anywhere between five feet and well over six feet.
Dimensions should also be considered if you have somewhere specific where you are planning to set up your lounger. For instance, if you have an area of the backyard in mind. Check your lounger will be a good fit for the space you have earmarked.
You can have an absolutely brilliant lounger, which fits all of your needs, but if it won’t inflate properly then there is very little point. Likewise, if it takes a long time to inflate or is simply too much effort, it ruins the point of having such a portable, popup type product.
Some inflatable loungers are manually inflated and need to be blown up, though there are not many of these that we recommend. Generally speaking, the hammock-style loungers inflate simply by scooping up air into them. This innovative design has become the industry standard among a lot of modern loungers. The CHILLBO SHWAGGINS 2.0 is an example of a very quick-and-easy lounger which inflates using the air and wind around you.
Some loungers require a pump. This is fine if you are at home, and may even be suitable for camping trips, but if you want the utmost in portable design then it is unlikely that you want to carry a pump around with you.
How long does it stay inflated?
Most inflatable loungers will advertise how long they are capable of staying inflated. These figures aren’t always totally accurate. The best way to establish exactly how long inflatable loungers will stay inflated for is to look through reviews and see what those who are using the product regularly say.
Some products such as the ORSEN Inflatable Lounger will only stay inflated for five or six hours, this is fine for a beach trip but isn’t ideal if you want to keep it in place for an extended period of time.
Deflated dimensions and weight
The dimensions and weight, once the lounger has been deflated, is a huge part of how portable it is. For instance, the Intex daybed is over 16 lbs when it has been deflated which means it is far from easy to take on a one-day trip.
A feature which is present in about half of the inflatable loungers on the list, including the OutSmart Inflatable Lounger, is that they are small enough to pack up and put in their own backpack or drawstring bag. Many of the most portable inflatable loungers weigh just two or three pounds.
Where you’ll be using it
Think about where you will be using the lounger before you jump in and make a purchase. Use your common sense to work out which features best suit the location. For instance, if you are going to use it at the beach, a lounger with stakes such as the ORSEN inflatable lounger can stop it from blowing away. If you’re going hiking, something like the OutSmart Inflatable Lounger is more sturdy and therefore less likely to puncture if you happen to set it down on a rock or stone.
Most of the inflatable loungers are made with a type of ripstop nylon. This is designed to prevent punctures and tears. The thickness of the material is another vital thing to consider, especially if durability is a big concern. Consider the stitching as well as just the panels. This will allow you to ensure that air leaks are not sprung from the edges and stitching.
Most of the loungers on the list are available at a fairly reasonable price. A budget of $50-$100 will probably mean you are able to find an acceptable option. Like most products, the more features and durability you are looking for, the more you are likely to spend. If you aren’t going to be using your lounger too often, a budget option may be suitable.
Tips on inflating and using your lounger
- When you first get your lounger, practice deflating and inflating so that when the time comes to use it on the beach, at a festival or on a camping trip you will know what to do.
- Clear an area before setting it up, and make a point of looking for any sharp objects, stones or flints underneath that could cause tears or punctures.
- Try to fill your lounger with air as close to 100% as you can. If you don’t, you run the risk of it gradually deflating further over the time you’re using it.
- If your lounger comes with stakes, make use of them to avoid the chance of your lounger floating away. A strong wind could take a lounger away from you altogether.
- Only use your lounger on water if it says it is suitable. Most will float, but some can let water in if you aren’t careful.
Pretty much all inflatable loungers will float on water, but they aren’t all advertised as being capable of doing so as they may not be waterproof in material. A great waterproof option is the Loungel lounger.
Uneven surfaces are best avoided, but if you do have to set up your lounger on an uneven surface then using stakes to keep it in place can be very useful.
Most loungers on this list use the ‘scoop’ technique to fill. This is pump-free, and it saves your breath. Though it is easy to do once you have got the hang of it, the first few times may be a challenge. It can also be tough if you are short.
The WindPouch Chill 2.0 is the best inflatable lounger model on our list, we’ve rated it 9.9/10 and for people who want to use their lounger solo, it makes perfect sense to purchase a product like this. It is durable, easy to inflate and packs up to a tiny, portable size. The only real disadvantage is that it only has capacity for one person.
We also strongly recommend the CHILLBO SHWAGGINS 2.0, which can be used either for one person as a hammock-style lounger or for two people as a sofa-style lounger. It comes in 12 different designs, too. We’ve rated this 9.8/10.
If you want something with capacity for more, the luxurious Intex Ultra Daybed Inflatable Lounger can hold two people (or more) and is very comfortable. It is our third highest rated lounger and is only let down by the fact it isn’t the most portable product.