[Updated 9 Jan 2019] A few weeks ago I visited a friend who had the most stylish chairs but they were also very uncomfortable. She had sacrificed function for aesthetics and this reduced her pieces of furniture to decorative sculptures. But Adirondack chairs do not just look stylish in your back or front yard, they are also comfortable.
The Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 when he was on vacation in Westport, New York. These chairs are basically lawn chairs that have a high slatted back, broad arms and a seat that is lower in the back than in the front. Originally they were made of wood, but in modern times they can be made using synthetic material.
There are many types of outdoor patio chairs, but the Adirondack chair is one of the most popular. When choosing an Adirondack chair, consider the following structural features:
When you rest your back on the backrest of an Adirondack chair, it is the bracing at the back that helps support that weight. These braces are meant to support the weak points of the backrest and maintain its structural integrity. The lesser the back braces, the greater the risk of you breaking the backrest of your chair.
When you go out shopping for Adirondack chairs, ensure that the chair has at least two back braces. If you are heavier, you may want to consider getting a chair with three crisscrossed back braces. Such chairs are the strongest and they last even longer.
Any chair that squeaks or shifts when you rest your back on the backrest may not have enough bracing.
An ideal Adirondack chair backrest should lend support to the natural arch of your back. This is especially true for chairs with slightly curved or completely straight backrests. Slats that slightly curve inwards towards the inner slats provide a mildly curved and cradling backrest. But if the backrest is too curved, it may make you hunch over. This can adversely affect your posture.
Chairs with greater recline backs do not necessarily provide greater comfort. If the chair is used on a flat surface, it could be extremely hard for the user to get up from the chair. To prevent this, buy an Adirondack chair that has a back that leans slightly, or has an adjustable backrest. There should also be grids on the chair’s rear legs.
Curved seats may cause your legs to feel numb if you sit on the chair for too long. They may also put a lot of strain of your lower back and the areas under your knees. Generally flat seats are more comfortable and they also happen to be better for your posture. But the comfort of a seat depends on your personal preferences. So the best thing to do is try out the chair before you buy it.
The chair’s legs must be thick enough to support the user’s weight. They should also be able to rest on any surface whether it is a flat or irregular surface. The legs need to be sturdy enough to support the arm brackets of the chair.
Before you buy, look underneath the front of the seat to make sure it is supported by a front rail underneath that attaches to the front legs of the chair.
We took our time and looked around for the best synthetic Adirondack chairs. Here is what we found:Top7AdirondackChairs
The high-density polymer used to make this chair feels and looks like wood. It is a heavy, rigid, nonabsorbent synthetic that resists staining and can withstand extreme temperatures. High-grade rust and corrosion resistant 316 stainless steel hardware support the structure of the chair.
The difference between 316 stainless steel and others steel grades is that it contains Molybdenum, which is the element that provides protection against moisture. It is very effective particularly against the saltwater air in marine environments. It is sometimes used to make surgical implants like pacemakers and naval vessels.
This chair’s synthetic wood is made through extrusion molds where it is dyed to the core. You do not need to paint or repaint it. It is during the extrusion process where UV inhibitors are infused into the chair to maintain its vivid colorfastness under the sun.
It may look like wood but since no moisture can penetrate the material it cannot rot like wood. Thorough bonding of the polymer during manufacture ensures that it will never splinter or crack during day-to-day use. These chairs are heavy duty and can last a lifetime.
The chair is sturdy and durable but you have to part with a lot of money to get it. The armrests are also a bit narrower compared to other Adirondack chairs.
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The Lifetime Faux Wood chair is constructed of weather-resistant Polystyrene. The chair is UV protected so that it does not undergo any sun damage from prolonged exposure. It looks like wood but does not crack, chip, peel or rust. The chair has a classic comfortable design and its various joints and parts are held together using stainless steel screws. It is also weather resistant and stain resistant.
This chair will not lose the vibrancy of its color or peel when placed out in the sun like cheap plastic chairs do. The stainless steel screws used to put the chair together means you also don’t have to worry about rust. You can assemble the chair quickly and also benefit from a 2-year limited warranty.
The only issue with this chair is that it only comes in two colors: brown and grey. Some users claim that some slats in the seat are brittle and that it sometimes stains easily.
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According to the manufacturer, this chair has been load-tested and has a 500-pound weight capacity. The chair has been assembled with 304-grade stainless steel hardware that requires low maintenance. This allows you to leave the chair outside all year round. The material used to construct the chair does not absorb moisture but repels dirt and grime making it easy to clean.
The flat back provides comfort and the chair’s structure can support a lot of weight. It comes in a variety of colors such as mocha, green, black, white, blue, red and more that do not fade easily. It also requires little maintenance.
They are lighter than some Adirondacks but at the same time have a solid feel to them (weighs 30 pounds).
Some users complain that the back part of the seat is too low and that the seat height cannot be adjusted.
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The Sunnydaze All-weather chair is constructed with high-density polyethylene, which gives the chair waterproof and weather-resistant properties. It also looks like wood but you don’t need to seal or stain it so you get the best of both worlds. A single chair comes with heavy-duty stainless hardware for assembly. It also has a curved and roomy 21-inch by 19-inch chair that is extremely comfortable.
The chair requires minimal maintenance and you don’t have to worry about the bolts rusting. The back slats are put together in a fan-like design that supports your weight and enhances the aesthetic of your patio. It also has a roomy seat and can withstand most weather conditions.
You can only choose from four different colors: salmon, brown, gray and white.
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You can get this chair in a variety of colors including red, blue, black, white and more. The chair has a contoured seat and a flat back. Corrosive substances like oil, salt spray and harsh sunlight cannot damage the chair because it is resistant to them.
You will save a lot of money not staining, painting or waterproofing the chair. This chair has been built to withstand strong coastal winds, snowy winters, and other weather conditions.
It is also very easy to clean and can be folded flat for easy transportation or storage. It is constructed using high-density Polyethylene (HDPE) lumber, which does not peel, crack, chip or splinter.
The chair’s contoured seat offers extra comfort. It is also low maintenance and does not corrode if exposed to oil or saltwater conditions. You can also transport it quite easily and don’t have to worry about wine, mustard or other kinds of stains. It comes mostly assembled so you do not have to worry about doing the whole assembly yourself.
Some users complain that you have to disassemble it before folding it. The chair does not have reclining options.
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One great thing about this chair is it has an adjustable recline with 3 positions and a curved back for comfort. You can adjust the angle of the chair to increase your own comfort. It is made of recycled plastic, but its subtle surface grain texture makes it look just like wood. But unlike wood, the material used to construct the chair is durable. You can leave it outside all year long through rain, sunshine, and ice and it will retain its color and structure.
The seat height is 9.5 inches with a width of 20 inches. The material is assembled using 304-grade stainless steel hardware, which means ultra-low maintenance.
The chair not only looks great but is also comfortable. It also folds flat for storage or transportation and has three levels of seat adjustment. It does not rot like most wood chairs and you can adjust the angle of the backrest for greater relaxation.
Some users complained about the chair having sharp edges. Others felt that the chair was not sturdy enough.
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The chair has a roomy contoured seat and curved back. You don’t have to worry about staining or waterproofing. Things like salt spray, oil, and several other environmental stresses cannot corrode it. The SBA does not splinter, peel, crack, chip or rot and it cleans easily with soap and water.
The Polywood SBA is available in a variety of fade-resistant colors and is ideal for any patio, deck, or porch.
If you want your backyard patio to look unique, then you will like the wide range of chair colors available. Just like other synthetic Adirondack chairs, it does not need a lot of maintenance. It has a great overall design and can withstand the sun for years.
They are not easy to disassemble and the backrest is too low. Some users complain that adults’ heads extend over the top of the chair’s backrests when they are seated.
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We usually advise our readers not to rely on photographs when choosing Adirondack chairs. Furniture often looks grand, shiny and well designed in photographs. But at the end of day the durability of the furniture is determined by its construction and the material used to make it.
Many homes have these chairs in their back and front yards. These chairs are popular because of several features:
They have a functional or useful design like their extra wide armrest and a slightly curved back. Their armrests are wide enough to use as a table for placing drinks, food, or an end table for reading magazines, books and more. The chairs come in vibrant colors and shapes, which is just what you need to make your yard aesthetically unique.
Adirondack chairs have seats that are designed to distribute weight evenly throughout your upper legs and back. You no longer have to endure pain in your legs after sitting in the chair for long periods of time.
Adirondack chairs can serve a variety of purposes. They can be used as lounge chairs for the poolside or as outdoor dining furniture. You can buy folding, rocking, swing, loveseat, tall, double, and kids Adirondack chairs.
You can also buy Adirondack chairs made of plastic, resin, plywood, teak, wood, and more.
Synthetic Adirondack chairs are actually good for the environment because they are not made of wood. They look like wood but they perform better than wood Adirondacks and last longer. They are the best solution for people who prefer sitting outdoors, especially during the summer.
The best synthetic Adirondack chairs have the following features:
If you have come across a good synthetic chair different from the ones we have listed, please share it with us in the comment section.Follow Us