Originally Published on May 4, 2016. Last Updated on August 17, 2023.
Few things are better than quality time spent in the great outdoors, and no nature retreat is complete without the iconic Adirondack chair. Thanks to their wide armrests, comfortably slanted seats, and tall slatted backrests, Adirondacks have become the unofficial symbol of summertime relaxation.
Ready to dive into our different styles of Adirondack chairs? Whether you’re looking for a folding option, a more modern look, a larger seat, or one that sits higher than average, there’s a perfect-fit Adirondack for your outdoor space. We’re going to help you find the right best POLYWOOD Adirondack chair—no matter how, when, or where you like to relax.
Classic Adirondack Styles
Classic Adirondack Collection
Best-selling styles that prioritize both form and function.
Long Island Adirondack Collection
Casual yet chic with unique scalloped backrests.
Designed with comfortably contoured seats, wide arms, and waterfall fronts.
Transitional Adirondack Styles
The Wave Adirondacks
Four seats that come together to create the look of a cresting wave.
Fanback design, waterfall fronts, and sleek leg profile balance style and comfort.
Palm Coast Adirondacks
Supportive contours, curved armrests, and open fanback design.
Elegant coastal-inspired designs with body-hugging backrests.
South Beach Adirondack Chairs
Shell-style backrests that nod to Miami’s art deco design.
Modern Adirondack Styles
Sleek style and endless comfort makes their way to the great outdoors.
Grand Adirondack Styles
Built strong with more space to stretch out or snuggle up. (And tested at double the standard weight capacity for peace of mind.) Sit anywhere, fits anyone.
Grand Upright Adirondacks
The same weight capacity and grand-sized design but with less recline, making it easier to get up and sit back down.
More Adirondack Styles
Chic style meets comfort-centric design details.
How to Find Your Perfect-Fit Adirondack
All POLYWOOD outdoor furniture collections can be categorized into three distinct styles, and the same is true for our Adirondacks. Here’s a brief summary of what defines each one:
Classic: Inspired by traditional furniture with soft lines and timeless appeal.
Transitional: A fresh take on traditional that pairs subtle curves with straight lines.
Modern: Sleek silhouettes that come together in clean lines and bold angles.
Overall sit refers to the total seat size. It should help determine what chair will have enough space for you to scoot in and sit back comfortably. If you plan to share with pets or little ones, you may want to explore our larger Adirondack options.
Cozy: Not too wide, not too narrow, just right.
Roomy: Designed for extra comfort and elbow room.
This refers to the distance between the ground and lowest point of the seat. The taller the seat, the easier it is to get into and out of. We also design all of our Adirondacks to be at an appropriate height for reaching drinks on a side table.
Lowest: Sits close to the ground for maximum lounge.
Classic: Keeps a low, linger-worthy profile.
Highest: Easiest to sit back, relax, and stand up.
Recline refers to the backrest’s pitch (or level of lean). As one of the defining features of this iconic seating style, all of our designs feature at least some degree of recline.
Relaxed: Ideal for stargazing and afternoon naps.
Conversational: A medium incline for everyday relaxation.
Upright: Great for socializing or sipping a drink.
The History of Adirondack Chairs
The original was created by Thomas Lee in 1903 with the intent of designing the perfect outdoor chair for his home in the Adirondack Mountains. While his prototype (an unslatted model crafted from hemlock wood) paved the way for every variation we have today, the most familiar form (a waterfall front and slatted seat and backrest) was patented by another inventor in 1938.
In 1990, the founders of POLYWOOD created a brand-new Adirondack style: one made from recycled plastics. This development diverted unnecessary waste from landfills and oceans, and it proved to be the most durable, low-maintenance material on the market. (Not to mention incredibly weather resistant.) Fast-forward a few decades, and we’re continuing our founders’ mission of sustainability with new-and-improved iterations that accommodate different comfort levels and aesthetic preferences.