Benefits of plastic chairs over wooden ones
There are lots of benefits to getting a plastic Adirondack chair instead of a wooden one. These include the following:
- More durable – Perhaps the biggest benefit of getting a plastic piece of furniture is that it will be a lot more durable than a wooden one. Plastic can withstand a lot more punishment, whether it comes from the environment or from someone dropping it than wood. Plus, over time, wood will crack and split, especially if the chairs are left out in the weather. This will not happen with plastic, which is a big plus.
- Cheaper – As a rule, anything that is made out of plastic is going to be a lot cheaper than the same thing made out of wood. This is due to the differences in the manufacturing process. Plastic is a lot easier to mold and shape in comparison to wood, which requires a lot more labor to be made into a chair.
- Lighter – If you have a deck or a patio, then odds are that you need to rearrange it multiple times for cleaning or for parties. Plastic Adirondack chairs are extremely lightweight, with the heaviest weighing less than 40 lbs., which makes them extremely easy to move from place to place in comparison to wooden models.
- Less maintenance – Unlike wood, which will need to be refinished or painted after a while, plastics are forever. Even if you leave them out in the weather all the time, all you have to do to keep them looking their best is spray them off once or twice a season, which is a huge time saver.
Features to consider when choosing a plastic Adirondack chair
As you can imagine, there are many different features that you need to take into account when you are selecting the best rated plastic Adirondack chair for your yard. In this section, we will go through everything you need to know to get the best chair for your needs.
When it comes to selecting your material for your new chair, you have two different options. Both of these materials are referred to as poly-lumber. The difference, however, is whether or not the plastic is freshly made or made out of recycled plastic, which is called HDPE recycled plastic. Both of these materials are highly durable and will serve you well over the years. Of course, if you get a recycled plastic chair like the POLYWOOD AD5030WH, you will not only be getting a great chair but will also be helping the environment, since the plastic has been recycled.
One of the most important things you need to consider when you are looking for any new furniture is whether it not it fits in with your décor. As such, you should make sure that you get a chair that comes in a color that you want for your backyard space. Thankfully, many chairs on our list, like the Highwood AD-CHL1-NBE, which can be purchased in 14 different shades, come in tons of different colors. If you are not sure which color you want, then maybe the POLYWOOD AD5030WH is a better choice, as this model comes in 15 different colors.
Another big consideration that you need to take into account is how big your new chairs are going to be. Adirondack chairs have a tendency to be larger than other types of patio chairs, so if you have a smaller outdoor space, you need to make sure you get a chair that won’t be too big. If you have a smaller space, then the PolyTEAK Classic Folding Poly Adirondack Chair might be a good model for you. Of course, if you have a larger space and size isn’t an issue, the POLYWOOD Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair might be a good fit.
Something else that you will want to take into consideration is the overall height of the seat for each chair. Adirondack chairs are known for their relaxing slanted design. While this design does help to make them exceptionally comfortable, it does make getting up out of them a bit harder, especially if you have any mobility issues. This can be solved by getting a chair with a higher seat since it will allow you to keep your knees from flexing too much, which will make getting up a whole lot easier.
Dimensions when folded
While the dimensions of the whole chair will play a big part in choosing where you will actually use it, the folded dimensions should also be taken into account. The size of the folded chair will let you know where you can store it during the winter months when it is not in use. Even though all of the chairs that fold will get a lot smaller, the PolyTEAK Classic Folding Poly Adirondack Chair is going to be your best option if your storage space is limited.
One of the biggest reasons that some folks are unsure of whether wood or plastic is the best material for Adirondack chairs is because they are worried about the capacity. Thankfully, even though plastic is a whole lot lighter than wood, the people using the chairs don’t need to be. For instance, the Highwood AD-CHL1-NBE has a capacity of 400 lbs. This should be more than enough for most sitters. The lowest capacity of the chairs on our list is PolyTEAK Classic Folding Poly Adirondack Chair, and even that has a capacity of 300 lbs.
Like we said before, one of the biggest benefits of getting a plastic Adirondack chair is that they are so easy to move from place to place. While wooden chairs can easily weigh upwards of 50 or even 60 lbs., plastic models usually top out at around 35-40 lbs.
The lightweight design makes them much easier to rearrange until you find the perfect setup for your patio or deck.
While Adirondack chairs are all very similar, there are still some design features that you might want to consider. For instance, the POLYWOOD Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair is able to rock. This combination design is extremely comfortable and very relaxing, which is just perfect for lazy afternoons with friends and family.
Something else that you might want to consider is looking for a chair that has waterproof or water-resistant hardware. Even though the plastic won’t be affected by the weather, the hardware certainly could be. The last thing you want is to have your new chairs ruined by some unsightly rust stains.