Comparing Adirondack Styles

One of the first products developed at POLYWOOD was the Classic Folding Adirondack Chair – it’s actually our best-selling Adirondack to date.


Since then, we’ve added several styles of Adirondacks, which at first glance, can sometimes be difficult to distinguish. In order to find the perfect fit for you and your home, let’s take a look at the different styles we offer and what makes each of them unique.

Classic Adirondacks

There are three styles of Classic Adirondacks. Two of which fold for easy storage and transportation.

Out of all our Adirondack chairs, our Classic Adirondacks have the shortest seat heights (13.5″ and 14″), making them the closest to the ground — a great fit for those of us who are shorter. Consistently a best-seller, the Classic Folding Adirondack is a traditional folding Adirondack with straight arms and classic details. The Classic Oversized Oversized Adirondack is just that, an oversized version of the Classic Adirondack with all the same features. If you’re not worried about storage or transporting your chairs, then the Classic Adirondack Chair is the right choice for you — this option does not fold, but it was designed to complement our entire Classic Adirondack Collection.

Classic Adirondack Chair
32.75″ D x 28.13″ W x 35.25″ H
Classic Folding Adirondack Chair
Folding | 35.75″ D x 29″ W x 35.75″ H
Classic Oversized Adirondack
Folds | 37″ D x 30.75″ W x 38.25″ H

Wave Collection Adirondacks

The Ocean Chair and all four Adirondack chair designs in the Wave Collection pay homage to our beautiful oceans. While each all-weather chair looks great on its own, when all four Adirondack chairs from the Wave Collection are arranged in a row together they create a stunning visual of a cresting wave.

The Ocean Chair
33.25″ D x 30.16″ W x 35.63″ H
The Crest Chair
33.25″ D x 30.16″ W x 35.63″ H
The Wave Chair Left
33.25″ D x 30.16″ W x 35″ H
The Wave Chair Right
33.25″ D x 30.16″ W x 35″ H

Vineyard Adirondacks

Designed with comfortably contoured seats and waterfall fronts, the Vineyard Adirondacks will be a stylish addition to any outdoor space.

Similar to our Classic Adirondack, the Vineyard Adirondack Chair features five back slats and wide arms. For a more spacious option, check out the Vineyard Curveback Adirondack Chair — designed to give you all the room you need to relax in style. This oversized option has all the same features as the Vineyard Adirondack Chair, but with the addition of the contoured back for maximum comfort.

Vineyard Adirondack Chair
32.81″ D x 29.25″ W x 36.25″ H
Vineyard Curveback Adirondack Chair
34.5″ D x 31.25″ W x 40.5″ H

Nautical Adirondacks

With a fanback design and sleek leg profile, our Nautical Adirondacks aren’t just for the beach, porch, patio, or backyard, they’ll complement any outdoor space.

The Nautical Adirondack Chair features a comfortably contoured seat and waterfall front. Similar to the Vineyard Adirondacks, for a more spacious option check out the Nautical Curveback Adirondack Chair — this oversized chair has all the same features as the Nautical Adirondack Chair, but with the addition of the contoured back for maximum comfort.

Nautical Adirondack Chair
32.81″ D x 29.25″ W x 36.25″ H
Nautical Curveback Adirondack Chair
34.38″ D x 31.25″ W x 40.5″ H

Palm Coast Adirondacks

Our Palm Coast and Palm Coast Folding Adirondacks are almost identical. Both feature sleek, contoured arms for additional room on either side as you relax, but the folding version folds for easy storage and transportation. You’ll notice that the folding version also features a contoured front “apron” – that’s what we call the front horizontal piece of the chair.

The Palm Coast Ultimate Adirondack with Hideaway Ottoman is just that, the ultimate relaxation chair — this chair was designed to complement the other two Palm Coast Adirondacks, but with the addition of a hideaway ottoman. Keep the ottoman tucked away or pull it out for an afternoon of sunbathing; the choice is all yours.

Palm Coast Adirondack
33.5″ D x 29.75″ W x 37.5″ H
Palm Coast Folding Adirondack
Folding | 33.5″ D x 29.75″ W x 37.5″ H
Palm Coast Ultimate Adirondack w/ Hideaway Ottoman
33.5″ D x 29.75″ W x 37.5″ H

South Beach Adirondacks

The South Beach Adirondack sits higher than our other Adirondacks (16” seat height) – which could be a perfect fit for those who are taller. It also features a wider frame allowing more room for you to pull your feet up and get cozy under a blanket. Bonus: The arms are actually oversized too so you can rest your drink right by your side.

The South Beach Folding Adirondack has all the same great features but was designed with the ability to fold for easy storage or transportation.

South Beach Adirondack
33.75″ D x 31.25″ W x 38.5″ H
South Beach Folding Adirondack Chair
Folding | 33.75″ D x 31.25″ W x 38″ H

Long Island Adirondack

The Long Island Adirondack is similar to our South Beach Adirondack in size, seat dimensions, and roomy contoured arms, but it features a unique “flower” curved and closed backrest.

Long Island Adirondack
33.75″ D x 31.25″ W x 38.5″ H

Seashell Adirondack

The Seashell Adirondack features an elegant waterfall seat (see how the seat slats continue down the front of the chair?). This is one of our larger Adirondacks with a sturdy 1-1/2″ thick front leg.

Seashell Adirondack
33.75″ D x 31.25″ W x 38.5″ H

Modern Adirondacks

The Modern Adirondack Collection by POLYWOOD combines straight edges with soft curves for a contemporary look. We’ve taken the Classic Adirondack base we all know and love but created modern chairs by utilizing three to four wider back slats without minimizing comfort.

The Modern Adirondack Chair has quickly become a best seller and for good reason; a modern back style and sleek profile paired with the comfort of a contoured seat and waterfall front make the Modern Adirondack Chair the perfect complement to any outdoor space. For an oversized option, the Modern Curveback Adirondack Chair features all the same design elements with the addition of the curved back for maximum comfort.

Our Modern Folding Adirondack and the Quattro Folding Adirondack complement the entire collection, but with the added feature of being foldable Adirondacks, perfect for storage and easy transportation.

Modern Adirondack Chair
32.13″ D x 29.25″ W x 34.68″ H
Modern Curveback Adirondack Chair
33.5″ D x 31.25″ W x 39.13″ H
Modern Folding Adirondack
Folding | 32.35″ D x 30″ W x 37″ H
Quattro Folding Adirondack
Folding | 32.35″ D x 30″ W x 37″ H

Kids Adirondack

If you happened to catch our blog post, 5 Products You Didn’t Know We Offered, you probably noticed our Kids Adirondack (also known as the Kids Casual Chair). This adorable, pint-size chair is fashioned from our South Beach design with a four-slatted curved shell back and simple straight arms.

Kids Casual Chair
23″ D x 21.5″ W x 31.5″ H

One of the most prominent characteristics of our Adirondack chairs is the backrests. POLYWOOD features a variety of styles of backs from straight to curved, three slats to seven slats, and classic to modern. There is a style for everyone!

What’s your favorite POLYWOOD Adirondack?

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Blog Post Updated March 15, 2021

24 thoughts on “Comparing Adirondack Styles

  1. We have several Polywood pieces on our patio, and love them all. We’d love to see a patio cart, ie, 2 shelves, handle, wheels. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Joyce! We’ll pass that on to our engineering department as an idea.

  2. I like the Seashell the best. That rounded front is very attractive. I have two
    Adirondack chairs in our pergola but the need painted every year because they are wood. Polywood is so much better!

  3. I am trying to purchase the Trio rocking Adirondack chairs, but cannot find anyone who carries them. I’ve looked at Wayfair and Lowes Any suggestion would be helpful.

  4. Can you please tell me if you ship to Australia to a private home.. I really like the Seashell design. A friend of mine in NYS has the Polywood chairs and I fell in love with them when visiting last year. Thank you.. Sue

    1. Hi Laura!

      Thank you for reaching out to us! We don’t have video at this time of the chairs folding at this time. That’s a great suggestion through. You are able to fold the adirondack by removing the adirondack pins located in the front leg. Once the pins are removed, you may fold the chair by simply bringing the back assembly towards the seat assembly.

      I hope this helps!

  5. Love my Polywood, bought a outdoor dinning set last year and this year bought my first Adirondack chair. The products are fantastic

  6. Any chance you could make a non folding Adirondack that has cup holders (a cross shape so they don’t collect water) in the armrests? We have one that we bought elsewhere but cannot find them any more.

    1. Hi Katie,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback!

      We’ll be sure to pass this along to our design team.

      Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Jeff,

      Thanks so much for reaching out to us!

      You can see all of our products, including colors and pricing on Once you’ve decided, you can place your order directly on the site as well!

      Have a fantastic day!

  7. Hi – I purchased the Portside 3 piece set a year ago and it is Out-of-Stock. It appears the Nautical Curve Back is very close and maybe the same chair just marketed under a name. Is my thought correct?

    1. Hi Ken,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      The Portside collection is very similar to the Nautical line, but the chairs are not identical. There are some small style differences, including dimensions. So if you are trying to add to your current seating area, we would recommend waiting for the Portside to be available again.

      Have a great day!

  8. Which chairs are best for those of us of a certain age that have trouble getting out of a very deep chair. We have several polywood and some are deeper than others.

    1. Hello Lydia,

      Thanks for your question!

      The Adirondack Chairs we manufacture with the highest seat height are our Curveback Adirondack Chairs at 16.25″. However, they will still recline towards the back of the seat. If this is still not suitable then we would recommend one of our Curveback Dining Chairs or our South Beach Casual Chair, which will have higher seat heights and less of a recline. You can view these options via the links below:

      I hope this is helpful!

  9. I have a question. My husband and I purchased 4 RED POLYWOOD Adirondack chairs awhile ago near Traverse City MI. We love the chairs and they get plenty of use by the lake. The red has faded quite a bit. Is there any product that we can use to get that red again? Please help us find the answer. Thank you! Great durable chairs! We love them!

    1. Good afternoon Nancy,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a method of restoring color to the material once it’s faded. We do recommend using Armor All wipes and the one with the UV protectant could help stop the fading from getting any worse.

      Best wishes,

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