Just look at the photos of these inflatable air loungers. Imagine the silky exterior covered with rip-stop nylon. It’s not sticky and sweaty–it doesn’t feel plastic like a pool float. It’s not flat like an air mattress. It’s a sofa you can share with friends at a concert. It’s a bed on the beach while you gaze at the sunset. If you have no hammock and no trees, there’s no problem! The lounger cradles you comfortably as you relax in your own backyard.
The 3 best inflatable air loungers in this review all support up weights to 350 pounds or more, so you can enjoy them with someone special. They don’t need an air pump to inflate, and you won’t have to wear out your lungs to fill them. They stay inflated for a few hours, then you can top them off, or pack them up and carry them with you. None of them weigh more than 4 pounds and they all come with tote bags.
People are taking these self-inflatable air lounges to all sorts of places and all kinds of events because they’re so comfortable, easy to transport, and quick to set up. Let’s look at the top three loungers to see which one is the best deal for you.
Table of Contents
- 1 WindPouch Inflatable Air Chair
- 1.1 Lamzac Hangout
- 1.2 History of the inflatable air lounger
- 1.3 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about air lounges
SunbaYouth Beach Lounger
The SunbaYouth Beach Lounger might be one of those knock-offs or replica products that AeroNest scorns, but they are selling fast on Amazon. Their price is currently the lowest. The reviews are a mixed bag of satisfied users and other people who can’t figure out how to inflate it.
SunbaYouth is filling in the gap that Lamzac and Kaisr are leaving because those companies can’t keep up with demand yet. This air lounger is made from a rip-stop weave of polyester cloth on the outside and a PVC liner on the inside. It holds up to 350 pounds, but it only weighs 2.95 pounds by itself. SunbaYouth says it holds two or three people and stays inflated for about 4 hours.
The method of inflation is the same as what you’ll do with any of these loungers. Open the end and scoop up air, or else let the wind fill it. Roll and clip the end shut, and you’re ready to relax.
When you’re done using it, let the air out and store in the included carrying bag. It folds down to 4.1 by 10 by 14.2 inches.
AeroNest Air Lounger
The AeroNest Air Lounger is made by a company based in Maui, Hawaii. At the time of writing, customer reviews rated it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. AeroNest claims that their product is made from thicker, more durable material, unlike some Lamzac, Laybag, or Kaisr knock-offs. That may justify their higher cost. We like that they give the lounger a 90-day quality guarantee. If you don’t like it, or if there’s a problem, return it for a replacement or a refund. This may give you more bang for the buck in the end.
Bring the air lounger to the beach, the pool, music festivals, BBQs, and outdoor activities. If there are no trees to hang a hammock, it doesn’t matter. The air lounger can rest on grass, sand, or pavement. Although the outer surface is made of abrasion-resistant rip-stop material, it isn’t a good idea to expose it to thorns, sharp objects like broken glass, or fire.
AeroNest explains how to inflate the lounger. Hold one side open and sweep it through the air in a “straightish” line. This scoops up air to fill it. Using it where there’s a breeze (like on the beach) helps the process along. Watch a similar air lounger being inflated in this really short video. The video is only a few seconds long because it should only take a few seconds to fill the air bag.
Roll up the end and fasten it. The lounger should stay inflated for 3 to 6 hours. If you want it to feel more firm underneath you, roll up the end a couple more times before you clip it closed. The lounger can hold up to 400 pounds, so two or three people can enjoy it at the same time. It measures 22 by 34 by 68 inches when fully inflated.
When you’re done, open the end to deflate it. Roll it up by starting at the closed end. Then stuff it into the included carrying bag. It’s way more portable than a beanbag chair since it compresses down to just 15 by 8 by 4 inches. With the tote bag and shoulder strap, the lounger weighs just 3.4 pounds.
If it gets grungy, you can clean the lounger with mild soap and lukewarm water. And one last note: AeroNest says they plant a tree for every air lounger they sell.
WindPouch Inflatable Air Chair
WindPouch’s Inflatable Air Chair is perhaps the toughest of all these air loungers we’ve reviewed. Its polyurethane-coated Diamond Lattice ripstop nylon exterior and PVC interior support over 500 pounds of weight. Yes, that exterior shell is the same stuff parachutes are made from.
Plus, if you’re tall, this is the perfect bag for you. It inflates out to measure 7.2 by 2.3 feet in size. You can use it on pavement, sand, or water because it resists punctures and tearing, and because it’s water-proof. WindPouch backs up their product with a lifetime warranty, something no other manufacturer among these reviews offers on their air loungers.
The high-quality materials help this air chair stay inflated for 6 hours or more. That’s great when the other brands often need a refill every 2 to 4 hours. Plus, it has a handy bottle holder and mesh side pocket.
Along with this rugged air hammock, WindPouch provides a bottle opener, a rust-resistant carabiner and securing stake, and a water-resistant carrying case with strap. When deflated, it compresses down to 14 by 0.7 by 3.5 inches in size. It weighs 2.3 pounds, so it’s one of the lightest brand lounges.
• Polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon exterior and PVC interior
• Supports over 500 pounds of weight
• Inflates out to measure 7.2 by 2.3 feet in size
• Stays inflated for 6 hours or more
• Lifetime warranty
• 6 color options including a type of camouflage pattern
Here is the original Lamzac Hangout. They say that this is their new model released in March 2016. It’s the strongest of these three similar air loungers because it supports up to 440 pounds. It’s also the largest. The dimensions are 78.7 by 35.4 inches when fully inflated. (That’s over 6 feet long and almost three feet wide.) This means it really can be a comfortable couch or sofa for three people.
The exterior is made from rip-stop nylon. Although it is made to repel dirt and moisture, you can clean it with lukewarm water and mild soap. If you want to see just how “moisture-repellent” the Hangout is, check out this video. It’s the inventor using his air lounger as a boat.
Although we can’t recommend boating with a Hangout, we do love the convenience of having a portable lounger at the beach, the park, basically anywhere. It only weighs 2.6 pounds and it folds down to 13.8 by 7.1 inches. That makes it the lightest-weight air lounger out of the three in this review.
As for how hard, or easy, it is to inflate, take a look at this demonstration. Yes, it probably takes a little practice to get it right, but who cares when this thing is so cool? It is an air bed, a portable sofa, and a chair all-in-one.
History of the inflatable air lounger
So who came up with this great idea? Lamzac is the name of the small 8-person company in the Netherlands that invented the Hangout. The name “Lamzac” literally means “lazy person” or “inactive sack.” The famed KAISR air lounge was also created by a group from the Netherlands who ran a crowd-funding campaign. The AeroNest featured in this review was invented by a “hiker and traveler” from Hawaii.
All of these air lounges are based on the design of drybags. A drybag is a waterproof sack that has a top that rolls up three times to form a watertight seal. Kayakers and canoers use them to carry gear that can’t tolerate water.
Instead of just being waterproof, these air loungers are “air-proof.” They are made to hold air inside, and they usually last up to 4 hours before needing to be refilled, or at least plumped up a bit. Most of them have a plastic liner on the inside and a rip-stop nylon exterior shell.
All of them have wide openings to scoop up the air. These openings have ends that roll over and clip shut to keep the air inside. There are no valves and no way you can fill them with an air pump.
People using a Lamzac Hangout or similar air sofa for the first time love how comfortable it feels. But they also complain at how difficult it can be to inflate one. It seems like it’s much easier if there is a breeze to start. Then running with the bag or making broad swooshes through the air finishes the job. All the companies insist that once you get the hang of it, it’s simple.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about air lounges
What happens if you rip or damage an air lounger and it leaks?
AeroNest has an easy answer for you: they sell replacement liners. As for cosmetic damage to the surface of your inflatable lounge, you have a couple of options. Stores that sell tents and camping equipment usually sell nylon repair tape. This is like a Band-Aid to hold the wounded material together. It’s not permanent, but it will hold for a while. Some repair tapes need a pass with a low-temperature iron to seal them onto the nylon.
How long will my inflatable air lounge last?
Since these products only started appearing on the market in 2014, we just don’t know yet how long they last. We haven’t seen reviews yet that complain about durability. For longest wear, don’t exceed the weight limit, and don’t use it around sharp rocks or other things that could damage it. Clean it only with a mild solution of soap and lukewarm water. Better to have a stained lounger than no lounger at all.
What if my air lounger gets soaked?
Well, the inventor of the Hangout used his as a boat. (We don’t recommend doing that.) Give the lounger plenty of time to dry before you put it away. You may need to deflate it and let it lay open to air out for a couple of hours.
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