Zero gravity chairs sound like they are straight out of works of Asimov or Verne. But the name really has nothing to do with being able to fly. In fact, many of the ‘zero gravity chairs’ on the market today weigh 20 to 30 lbs. if not more. The name actually comes from the fact that when you are seated in one, you are in the same position as an astronaut just before liftoff.
Another thing about zero gravity chairs is the sense of weightlessness one gets when reclined. As mentioned, the position is the same as an astronaut and this is important as it helps to reduce the stresses of gravity on the body. Ok, ok, you won’t be using the chair to throttle through the air at twice the speed of sound, but a lie down in on and you will feel like you are weightless.
This is part of the reason why the chairs are popular for poolside siestas or in massage parlors. It is almost as if you are sitting on air. With that in mind, we want to take a look at four of the best zero gravity chairs on the market today. This way we can review the chairs and the look at some of the key points you should consider when getting a chair for yourself or your family.
Table of Contents
- 1 Reviews of the 4 Best Zero Gravity Chairs
- 1.1 Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige
- 1.2 Best Choice Products® Zero Gravity Chairs Case of (2) Black Lounge Patio Chairs Outdoor Yard Beach New
- 1.3 XtremepowerUS Zero Gravity Chair Adjustable Reclining Chair Pool Patio Outdoor Lounge Chairs w/ Cup Holder – Set of Pair (Tan)
- 1.4 Bellezza© 2-Pack Zero Gravity Chairs Patio Lounge +Cup Holder/Utility Tray (Brown)
- 2 Buying Guide
- 3 Conclusion
Reviews of the 4 Best Zero Gravity Chairs
Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige
The company’s motto is ‘all things sport’, and if you are an Olympic napper then this is the chair for you. Portable and comfortable, Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair has an improved locking system which allows you to put the chair in the most comfortable position depending on your mood.
- As mentioned this chair is portable, so you can use at home around to pool, take it with you to the park or the beach, or you can even bring it camping. The chair only weighs 19 lbs. but can support up to 300 lbs. and it is so comfortable that once you lie down all of your worries will fade away.
- The model we reviewed comes in Beige, but there are several colors you can choose from including black, burgundy, grey, red, terra cotta, emerald green, and toffee. When unfolded the chair’s dimensions are 25.5” x 45” x 64.5” and it can fold down to just over 6” wide – simply amazing.
- The fabric is made from textaline and uses a double bungee system to give you that weightless feeling. Whilst is a comfortable chair for sitting, reclining, or sleeping, the lack of a cup holder is a potential oversight from the designers. Basically, you will need to have a table if you want to have some refreshments near at hand.
Best Choice Products® Zero Gravity Chairs Case of (2) Black Lounge Patio Chairs Outdoor Yard Beach New
Wow, the name is a really a mouthful. This set of two zero gravity chairs is a good choice it you are looking to relax with someone special. According to Best Choices, these chairs were ‘designed with comfort in mind.’ I would have to agree. The chairs are very comfortable and I even fell asleep during the test. In fairness, I don’t know if that was because of the chair or my late night before the test. Either way, I did fall asleep.
Just like the other zero gravity chairs we reviewed these chairs can be used in a wide variety of situations including poolside or even in a beauty salon. The seats are UV-resistance material which means they will last for years in direct sunlight. This is a big plus as many other chairs tend to fall apart over time.
Another great thing about the combo set is the small table which comes with the chairs. This means your libations are always close at hand. These zero gravity chairs can support up to 300 lbs. each and they also include padded headrests.
As anyone who has a zero gravity chair knows the bungees tend to wear out over time. But the folks at Best Choice Products have thought of this as the bungees for these chairs are replaceable. Not that everything about these chairs is great. The only color available was black and as everyone knows black absorbs sunlight. This means the chairs can get hot in direct sunlight, so much so that they can be uncomfortable to use at times.
XtremepowerUS Zero Gravity Chair Adjustable Reclining Chair Pool Patio Outdoor Lounge Chairs w/ Cup Holder – Set of Pair (Tan)
Here we have another set of zero gravity chairs with a really long name. These chairs are from XtremepowerUS and we tested the chairs as a set, but they can also come as a single. These zero gravity chairs can fully recline, so you can use them in any number of positions. They also fold flat, which make it really easy to stow them away during the winter months. When opened the chairs measure 63.8” x 26.8” x 29.3” and each chair weighs 25 lbs.
Even though the set does not come with a table which fits between each chair, you can get a side table and this comes in really handy. The chairs also come with removable headrest and they come in black, grey, tan, and blue. Though at the time of testing the blue chair was only available as a single.
Overall XtremepowerUS are a good value for money, but we found the locking system to be a bit confusing. While the chair would hold in position, it doesn’t click, so there is no way to know if you have set it up correctly. Also, the arm rests could have been better finished. Maybe we got a best set but they weren’t really buffed out. If you buy this chair, our recommendation would be to get some padded armrests.
Bellezza© 2-Pack Zero Gravity Chairs Patio Lounge +Cup Holder/Utility Tray (Brown)
To tell this truth, this might be my favorite set of zero gravity chairs. They are well finished and extremely comfortable – it’s like you are floating on air. The chairs also look great, and are made from UV-resistant material so they will age well. The bungees are heavy duty as well and they help to provide the right amount of support.
According to the manufacturer, these zero gravity chairs are widely used in healthcare and this may well be true. I tested mine after a bicycle accident and it was so comfortable to lie down, even with road rash. The designers also claim the design helps to improve blood flow. While we did not test this claim, one nap in the Bellezza zero gravity chair and you will feel completely refreshed.
The armrests and headrest are also comfortable, and when fully reclined it is 33.5” x 65”. These chairs can support up to 300 lbs. each and each set comes with two side tables. The one downside to the chairs in the locking system, which uses a twist lock. Not that we found it difficult to use but others might, and there is the potential for the locks to wear out over time.
Color-wise you can get these zero gravity chairs in brown, black, burgundy, grey, green, sky blue, tan, and even a checker print. My favorite is the brown as it is extremely stylish.
As mentioned in the introduction, a zero gravity chair give you the feeling of weightless by placing you in a similar position as astronauts during liftoff. This position is considered beneficial for your circulation as it elevates your legs and helps promote circulation.
This position is called the ‘zero gravity’ position and it is thought to be one of the best ways to rest and recover from muscle aches and back pain. It’s also a great way to let your cares go. The initial research for the chairs comes from NASA, so you could say that zero gravity chairs are rocket science.
While the concept behind the chairs is based on rocket science you shouldn’t need a Ph.D. in astrophysics to buy one. However, choosing the right chair can be confusing. Many of the manufacturers make claims online and in their advertising materials. So it hard to know who and what to trust.
Benefits of a Zero Gravity Chair
Before taking a deeper dive into the specifications, let’s review in concrete terms the benefits of a zero gravity chair. Please note that the exact benefit may vary from person to person. So if you are considering a chair for medical reasons, you should discuss the key criteria with your doctor or physical therapist.
In a nutshell, a zero gravity chair helps the body to recover from the effects of gravity. This could be circulation to extremities, or it could be lower back issues including compressed spines. As such, proponents of zero gravity chairs claim that they reduce spinal compression, improve circulation and respiration, alleviate stress, and help to improve sleep quality.
Again, these are broad-based claims and the exact benefit will depend on your physical condition. So what should you look for when purchasing a zero gravity chair? Some of the criteria are pretty straightforward and include ease of set up, the locking system, stability, quality, and comfort. But we think you should also look at the best fit depending on any physical condition, customer reviews, and value for money.
Obviously, this include the size of the chair. You wouldn’t purchase a children’s zero gravity chair for a professional basketball player. But you also want to make sure the chair has the right support, especially in the position(s) you will use it the most. Make sure wherever you buy the chair that can try it out first. If you are buying the chair online, the make sure they let you return it in case it is not the right fit for you.
So you are reading a review of the best zero gravity chairs on the market and we are telling you to check out customer reviews. What gives? Well simply put, everyone is different and while the reviews here are based on our tests, there is also an element of opinion.
As you conduct your due diligence, make sure to check customer reviews on Amazon and other websites. All four of the cot are highly rated and have great reputations, but the key is to look for other customers who will use the zero gravity chair in the same way you will.
Value for Money
It is not like you are looking for an 18 karat gold zero gravity chair. We live in the real world, the world of credit card bills and paychecks. As such you want to make sure the chair you buy is worth the money. Will it last, or is it only good for one summer.
Now for some people, they won’t mind if they need to buy a new zero gravity chair each year. But if you are like me then you want the chairs you buy to last for many years to come.
Ease of Set Up
Fortunately, buying a zero gravity chair is not like getting an armoire from Ikea. You don’t need to muck with detailed instructions and those funky tools to get it set up. However, you want to make sure you care easily take it out of the box and set it up. This means the chair does not come with excessive packaging and the legs are pre-installed or easy-to-install.
While we are at it, check out the bungee to see if you can replace them if they get worn out. There is nothing worse than using a zero gravity chair when the bungees are completely worn out.
We have all seen someone lie down on a recliner and then it totally collapses. Whilst this may have been funny to watch, I can assure you it is painful. As such, you want to make sure whatever the locking system on the zero gravity chair of your choosing is robust enough to remain in place, while be easy enough to change position without needing a toolkit.
It is a fine line, but it is important. The whole idea of reclining is relaxing, so breaking out your tools every time you want to relax is self-defeating.
Regardless of your favorite position, the zero gravity chair of your choice should be stable. This way you don’t need to worry about it tipping over or collapsing. This also means that the chair can be balanced correctly, especially when lying flat.
Stability also means that you don’t need to crawl to get out of the chair. You should be able to simply sit and then stand. Any other gymnastics are just that and you should look for another chair.
Look you are spending your hard earned money on a zero gravity chair. You want it is last. Make sure the mesh is UV resistant, the bungees are study, and the frame is finished to withstand the elements. These are important issues when looking at a zero gravity chair, especially if you are going to use the chair near the pool or the ocean as the extra water in the atmosphere can cause the frame to rust.
Last but not least is the chair comfortable? Somewhat defeats the purpose if it is not, so you want to make sure that it is. As mentioned, this means trying out the chair and making sure you can send it back if you don’t like it. Also look at the head and arm rests. Are they padded, will they be comfortable and can they adjust. In the end, it is your zero gravity chair, so you want to make sure that you will enjoy relaxing in it.
A couple more points to remember. Is shipping included and what is the warranty? And is the zero gravity chair of your choice in stock? If not, are you willing to wait until it comes in? Making sure you know when your choice will ship and be delivered to you is important as carry their clubs?
All four zero gravity chairs cart are great. In the end, the choice is yours. Are you looking for a durable, yet inexpensive zero gravity chair? Then the Best Choice Products® Zero Gravity Chairs Case of (2) Black Lounge Patio Chairs Outdoor Yard Beach New and the XtremepowerUS Zero Gravity Chair Adjustable Reclining Chair Pool Patio Outdoor Lounge Chairs w/ Cup Holder – Set of Pair (Tan) and good choices.
Do you want a stylish set that will last for years? Then the Bellezza© 2-Pack Zero Gravity Chairs Patio Lounge +Cup Holder/Utility Tray (Brown) is an excellent choice. Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige is a good choice as well; I just wish the designers included a cup holder.
As mentioned, my choice was the Bellezza 2-Pack Zero Gravity Chairs Patio Lounge +Cup Holder/Utility Tray in brown. I liked the design as it is really stylish and the chairs are durable. So if you are looking for one of the best on the market today go with the Bellezza© 2-Pack Zero Gravity Chairs Patio Lounge +Cup Holder/Utility Tray (Brown).