Comparing Adirondack Rocking Chair Styles

Originally Published on October 19, 2022. Last Updated on July 19, 2023.

POLYWOOD® Adirondack rocking chairs combine the best features of two classic lounging favorites. You can settle into the Adirondack chair’s iconic comfort while rocking back and forth with ease. Whether they’re out on your front porch or oceanfront patio, this seating style is the perfect addition to your outdoor space. Let’s compare our designs to help you find your perfect fit.

Adirondack Rocking Chair Styles

While every POLYWOOD rocking chair features all-weather durability and linger-worthy comfort, there are a few defining details that set each style apart. Sizes and silhouettes vary, but we’re going to take a chair-by-chair look to take guesswork out of which type of Adirondack rocker is best for you.

Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair

Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair

Rustic, refined, and oh-so relaxed, the POLYWOOD Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair feels familiar thanks to the traditional Adirondack chair back design. The curved waterfall front also draws from the original and provides contoured comfort for the back of your knees. If you love the profile of these chairs, consider a complete setup with the Vineyard 3-Piece Adirondack Rocking Chair Set, which includes two chairs and a coordinating side table.

Vineyard Curveback Adirondack Rocking Chair

Nautical Adirondack Rocking Chair 

Nautical Adirondack Rocking Chair

Enjoy oceanfront sunrises and sunsets from the POLYWOOD Nautical Adirondack Rocking Chair. This rocker boasts a beach-inspired flair with its shellback design but remains true to the Adirondack style with its sloping seat. A contoured waterfall front and gently sloped runners makes it easy to sit back, relax, and take in the views from your patio or deck.

Nautical Curveback Adirondack Rocking Chair

Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair

Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair

Relaxation becomes an art form with POLYWOOD Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair, a rocker that’s equal parts style and comfort. As the name suggests, this rocking chair lends itself to modern decor with its clean lines and sleek profile. The waterfall front supports the back of your knees, while the sloped runners offer an easy, breezy back-and-forth motion.

Modern Curveback Adirondack Rocking Chair

Modern Adirondack Rocker 

Modern Adirondack Rocker

The POLYWOOD Modern Adirondack Rocker offers an even more contemporary look than our Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair (shown above). This variation swaps out the waterfall front for a straight-lined design, and a higher back makes it a great option for taller folks. 

Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair

Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair

A classic summertime hit. The POLYWOOD Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair is exactly what it sounds like—the timeless design of an Adirondack chair combined with the gentle motion of a rocking chair. It’s a versatile piece of furniture that adds a laid-back, welcoming feel anywhere it goes. For a little extra comfort and pop of contrasting color, consider adding a seat cushion or headrest pillow.

Palm Coast Adirondack Rocking Chair 

Palm Coast Adirondack Rocking Chair

Step up your self-care game with the POLYWOOD Palm Coast Adirondack Rocking Chair. Featuring a shellback design and wide armrests, this outdoor chair brings unbeatable comfort and style to your patio, porch, or deck. Like all of our rocking chairs, this one is built with genuine POLYWOOD lumber that looks great year after year, come rain or shine.

Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair

Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair

In a thoughtful balance of modern styling and casual elements, the POLYWOOD Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair is a bold interpretation of this ever-popular seating style. The gentle rocking motion from the sloped runners offers extra relaxation whenever you’re decompressing from a busy day. If you love the look of this chair, consider the Quattro 3-Piece Rocker Set for an intentional, eye-catching setup on your porch or back patio.

How to Choose the Right Adirondack Rocking Chair for Your Style 

Still unsure which option will coordinate best with your space and style preferences? Here’s a quick guide to POLYWOOD Adirondack rocking chairs in our modern, transitional, and classic categories.




More About POLYWOOD Adirondack Rocking Chairs

Rocking chairs can truly elevate everyday moments, from those crisp, quiet mornings to friendly chats over cocktails. We invite you to kick back and find your happy place as you rock back and forth with ease. Designed for all seasons, our durable furniture is constructed from genuine POLYWOOD lumber, a highly durable material made from ocean- and landfill-bound HDPE plastics that resist summer sun, heavy winds, salt spray, and rain. Our products are proudly made in the USA with free shipping.

Featured: Nautical Adirondack Rocking Chair and Round 18″ Side Table

What’s your favorite Adirondack rocking chair style? Let us know in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “Comparing Adirondack Rocking Chair Styles

  1. Thanks for this comparative article on both Adirondack rockers and chairs. I love the classic look and great seat height for tall folks and with bad knees. Can’t wait to get two of these for the porch!

  2. Ordered two chairs plus one table. Be chair and the table were manufactured incorrectly. Home Depot guy laughed and said this happens all the time with poly wood. Worst customer service ever. Never pick up phone. Chat doesn’t work. All you get is a promise of “we will get back to you in 3-5 business days”. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY!

    1. Hi Laurie!

      We are sorry to hear your furniture arrived in less than perfect condition. We do not have any requests from your email address, however, our Customer Experience Team has sent you an email to assist. We look forward to hearing back from you.

      All the best,

  3. Adirondack rocking chairs truly offer the best of both worlds – classic comfort and soothing motion. They’re an ideal addition to any outdoor space, and I appreciate this blog’s intention to help readers find the perfect fit. Looking forward to learning more about the different styles and their defining details!”

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