When you’re coarse fishing, it’s undeniable that you have to spend a lot of time waiting for bites. Being on the bank for several hours and sitting patiently requires a quality, comfortable fishing chair.
So, standing around or sitting on a soggy bank isn’t very appealing while waiting for a fish to eat your bait. You wouldn’t last long on the water and would probably head home much earlier than expected.
That’s when a good fishing chair comes into play. With a fishing seat, you’ll be sitting in comfort, enjoying nature and letting your mind wander while you wait for a fish to take the bait, and you’ll be there until sunset, not just until lunch!
In this article, we look at our five best fishing chair recommendations for 2024 so you can choose the one that works best for you or your fishing partner.
Daiwa Black Widow Carp Chair – Our Best Budget Carp Chair!
The Daiwa Black Widow Carp Chair is an excellent all-around fishing chair as it’s comfortable, durable, affordable, and pretty portable, although it is a little heavy.
The black widow comes with a powder-coated steel frame, meaning it’s tough and will handle a lot of weight, while the coating ensures it doesn’t rust over time.
But, it’s the steel frame that makes it a little heavy at 4.1 kg, but surprisingly, it’s not as heavy as others, and if you wanted a super light chair, you’d be paying more for a weaker material like aluminium. If you are a big-size angler, this solid construction is a great choice.
The chair comes with a padded seat and backrest that is well cushioned to ensure you’re comfortable while you’re fishing. The backrest is also at an excellent angle to provide ample support and, therefore, more comfort on long fishing days.
The legs are adjustable; therefore, you can ensure you are sitting at the optimal height for looking over the water. Combine this with the swivel mud feet, and you have a recipe for stability so you can be sure the chair isn’t going to slip and slide around.
The chair folds up, and the legs close up and lock, making the chair quite small and portable. Getting it in and out of a car and carrying it to your swim is easy.
Durable, long-lasting steel frame
Packs down small for portability
Excellent cushioning for all-day fishing comfort
Great backrest for extra comfort
Extendable legs for the perfect height over the water
Swivel mud feet for excellent stability
Affordable for the quality that you get
A little heavy for carrying long distances
Weight: 4.1 kg
Packed Size: 67cm x 52cm x 17cm
Leg Length: 33 cm – 41 cm
Seat size: 43 x 51.5cm
Shakespeare Deluxe Folding Armchair – Our Best Fishing Partner Chair!
The Shakespeare deluxe chair is built from 600D polyester with a folding frame. The polyester is thick, tough, and water-resistant so that it will last for many years. Setting it up is easy; all you need to do is unfold it, and you’re ready.
It has several convenient features, such as a built-in drinks holder on an armrest and two gear pockets, one on the back of the chair and one under the seat. This makes having everything you need close by and organized pretty easy.
The one major selling point is how light and portable it is. It collapses into a tiny packed size, and it’s light enough to sling onto your shoulder and carry to your fishing spot.
The major downside is the lack of padding and support on a long fishing day. You might get a bit achy sitting in this for a full day of fishing.
This Shakespeare folding fishing chair is perfect for your non-fishing partner to sit beside you while fishing. My wife uses this chair when she comes along with me, and she finds it sturdy and great for reading a book or using her iPad.
Lightweight and packs down small
Built from durable 600D polyester
Includes a built-in drink holder
Mesh pockets behind and under the seat for tackle storage
Affordable and will last for years
Less padding than other options
Can get uncomfortable on long days
Weight: 2.4 kg
Packed Size: 86 x 20 cm
Leg Length: 40 cm
Seat size: NA
JRC Defender Armchair – Our Best Value Chair!
The JRC Defender Armchair is another excellent fishing chair, as it’s super comfy, portable, affordable, and durable. I would get this one if I were buying a new fishing chair.
The construction is built from a tough powder-coated steel frame that handles corrosion very well and isn’t going to bend or buckle even after years of use. The fabric on the seat is a high-D polyester that sits over high-density foam, so no matter the weather, this fishing chair will be comfy and survive.
The padding on the seat is excellent, providing you with ample support and comfort while you’re fishing. The backrest also provides a lot of back support, and there is even a head/neck pad so you can sink back and enjoy your surroundings. Plus, the armrests only add to this, as having a chair with armrests is always more comfortable than having one without.
The legs are fully adjustable in terms of height so that you can get a good viewing height across the water, and the swivel mud feet ensure that you will be stable on slippery banks.
The Defender does fold up for portability, and you’ll have no issues putting it in the boot of your car, but it is quite heavy at 5.2 kg to haul to the water.
Durably built from steel and polyester
Padded seat for extra comfort
Super supportive backrest
Legs are adjustable for the perfect height
It comes with mud feet for stability
It folds up for portability
Includes comfy armrests
A little heavy to carry long distances
Weight: 5.2 kg
Packed Size: 58 x 83 cm
Leg Length: Adjustable
Seat Size: 58 x 45 cm
Wychwood Tactical X Standard Chair – Our Best Overall Chair!
The Wychwood Tactical X Standard Chair is an awesome fishing chair, and it’s probably the most comfortable of all the fishing chairs featured in this review, but it does come at a higher price.
The thing that makes this fishing chair so comfortable is the reclining backrest, which allows you to adjust the backrest to your perfect angle. This is the only fishing chair in this review with this reclining fishing chair feature, and we all know how much extra comfort comes from reclining when you want to.
The seat and backrest are also well-padded, meaning you can sit comfortably all day without any worries. It’s also built from tough and durable fabric, so it can easily handle getting wet and wear and tear.
The frame on the tactical X is made from coated steel like all the others, which makes it durable but heavy to carry, weighing in at 5.5 kg. But, when it comes to portability, the chair does a good job since it folds up neatly so you can get it from A to B with ease.
The legs are fully adjustable in height, so they can always sit above the water and fit flat on uneven terrain. The legs also come with mud feet to ensure stability in mushy ground conditions.
Overall, it’s a great chair that is super comfy for any fishing method. This is the chair I own and use for pleasure and carp fishing. Whilst it has no armrests, this helps give more access to the rod at the side of the chair and a better striking ability to catch more fish.
Made from top-quality steel and polyester
It is durable and will last a lot of seasons
Padded seat and backrest for comfort
Reclining backrest for ultimate back support and comfort
Korum S23 Accessory Chair – Our Most Versatile Chair!
The Korum S23 Accessory Chair is a little different compared to the other chairs featured as it comes with a square frame that the chair sits on. What’s good about that, you might ask?
Well, the square frame allows you to create a level seat no matter the terrain of the bank you are fishing on. This frame also allows you to add accessories such as rod or bait holders, hence the name “accessory chair”.
The seat is made from a breathable, deluxe padded mattress to ensure you don’t sit sweaty on hot days. It’s made from 600D Korum fabric, which is super durable, handles wear easily and is water-resistant.
From a stability perspective, this fishing chair is pretty out of this world, as between the frame and the mud feet, you’ll be more secure than ever.
In terms of portability, this chair is also top of the line as it weighs only 2.3 kg, so carrying it is easy, and it packs down small, too, so getting in your car is simple too. The Korum S23 is the lightest chair on our list and one of the super lightweight fishing chairs in 2024.
The one drawback to the Korum S23 is its cost, as it’s almost double the price of all the others, but that is what you get when top-quality, durable, lightweight materials are used instead.
Another point to consider with the Korum is that the setup time is slightly longer than the others due to the adjustable legs and square frame.
Lastly, there is an option to purchase the Preston Korum S23 (k0300022), which features a new reclining armrest system; if you don’t want the armrests, they can be easily moved on one or both sides of the chair. The deluxe model also has a new telescopic leg system, which gives greater adjustment.
Vertical adjustable leg design for the perfect height
Padded mattress for great comfort
Durable build that lasts
Includes a rod holder
You can add accessories with ease
4 legs adjustable for steep backs
Swivelling mud feet for stability
Built to be as lightweight as possible
Weight: 2.3 kg
Packed Size: NA
Seat Size: 47 x 58 cm
What To Consider When Buying A Fisherman’s Chair?
Nothing is worse than owning a fishing chair that is a pain to carry around. If it doesn’t fold up into a neat package, it will be a pain to store at home, get in the car, and carry. Chances are you won’t even use it if this is the case.
Make sure the chair is light enough to carry and packs down neatly so you can easily get it from A to B.
When you buy any fisherman chair, you want it to last, and all five options in this article are durable as they are built with a steel frame and excellent denier fabrics.
Comfort is key to enjoying your fishing and sitting in it all day. Comfort for me comes from support, padding, and stability. Ensure the chair you choose has what you need to stay comfortable and fish for at least a full day. The Wychwood Tactical X Standard Chair ticks all the boxes for comfort.
As usual with fishing gear, you get what you pay for, but luckily, most options in my selection are reasonably affordable. Some are over £100, but most are around in the £50 range and, therefore, quite inexpensive for most budget anglers.
If you haven’t picked a fishing chair yet due to uncertainty, I highly recommend the JRC Defender armchair since it offers the perfect balance of affordability, durability, portability, and comfort. This option will keep you happy while fishing and last for years, too.
Thanks very much for reading my article. I hope it was informative. It’s all about balancing the budget with comfort, durability, and portability. Why not check out some of our other fishing accessory articles, covering a full range of reviews on items such as bivvy, umbrellas, and fishing cradles.
Steve is a seasoned angler whose lifelong passion for fishing has not only shaped his personal life but also laid the foundation for Positive Fishing—a community where he and his team of dedicated fishing enthusiasts share their love for the sport. With an impressive repertoire of skills honed over five decades, Steve has mastered both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Steve holds a special place in his heart for the mighty Carp and the elusive Tench