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POLYWOOD Rocking Chairs Comparison Guide

If you’re in the market for your first outdoor porch rocking chair or adding to a current collection, you’re in luck. We offer a wide selection, including modern rocking chairs, more traditional styles, and even cushioned deep seating designs. 

Types of Rocking Chairs

Every rocking chair offers all the benefits of POLYWOOD outdoor furniture—sustainable materials, all-weather durability, easy upkeep, and unrivaled comfort. Unlike wooden rocking chairs, ours don’t need to be sanded, repainted, or covered when not in use. Ours are all true rocking chairs in that the seats are connected to sloped rockers that move back and forth in a gentle arced motion.

To help narrow down which will be the most comfortable rocking chair for you, let’s look at the features that set each one apart, including the style, size, and design details. 

The Rocking Chair: A Brief History 

Just like POLYWOOD furniture, the traditional rocking chair was invented in the USA—and it has played a prominent role in American culture, home design, and outdoor living since the early 18th century. Some credit Benjamin Franklin as the chair’s inventor; others think farmers are to thank for this slice of Americana. 

Regardless of who invented it, the design itself was most likely inspired by two other baby-friendly pieces: rocking cradles and rocking horses. Today, rocking chairs can be found in living rooms, nurseries, and outdoor spaces. 


Classic Rocking Chairs

Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27″ W x 37″ H x 34″ D

Combining the Adirondack chair’s traditional back and seat with gently sloped runners, the Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair sets you up for comfort and relaxation anytime, anywhere. 

Country Living Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Country Living Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27.5″ W x 47″ H x 33.75″ D

Our Country Living Rocking Chair features a Shaker-inspired design with round posts, soft curves, and classic slats. A contoured seat provides hours of comfort whether you’re visiting with the neighbors or basking in the warm sun.

Country Living Legacy Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Country Living Legacy Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
28″ W x 45.5″ H x 33.75″ D

Your dream front porch starts with the Country Living Legacy Rocking Chair. Noteworthy features include a classic Shaker-inspired backrest and square posts. Put it all together and you’ll find a country-inspired style that makes everyone feel welcome. 

Estate Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Estate Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
26.25″ W x 41.25″ H x 34″ D

In our rendition of a classic, the Estate Rocking Chair features wide, vertical back slats to give this rocker an updated look. With a straightforward design, it plays well in any outdoor space, even if your style changes over time.

Presidential Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Presidential Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
26.25″ W x 42.5″ H x 33.75″

By far our most popular rocker, the Presidential Rocking Chair is available in both traditional and vibrant lumber colors. While it’s shorter in overall height than some POLYWOOD rocking chairs, it’s ideal for longer legs thanks to its 17-inch seat height. 

Presidential Woven Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Presidential Woven Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
26.25″ W x 42.5″ H x 33.75″ D

The Presidential Woven Rocking Chair features the same size and silhouette as the standard Presidential Rocking Chair but features an all-weather wicker back and seat. Plus, it’s a few pounds lighter.

Jefferson Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Jefferson Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
26.5″ W x 47″ H x 34″ D

Our Jefferson Rocking Chair is a more traditional rocker, one you’d typically picture on a Southern porch. The defining design features include slightly rounded posts, six back slats, and an arched top rail. The deeply contoured seat is larger than most, creating a bit more elbow room.

Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
26.5″ W x 47″ H x 34″ D

The same size as the Jefferson Rocking Chair (but a few pounds lighter), the Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair features an all-weather wicker back and seat that offers a bit more give than solid lumber designs. 

Shaker Porch Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Shaker Porch Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27.18″ W x 45.25″ H x 34″ D

The Shaker Porch Rocking Chair puts a fresh perspective on classic stylings. The symmetrical horizontal slats come together in a traditional ladder-back design, but we’ve designed them with cleaner lines. With a seat height of 17 inches and an oversized backrest, this rocker is also great for taller individuals. 

Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27.25″ W x 45.88″ H x 34.25″ D

Designed with sway-all-day comforts, the Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair helps create a quiet retreat on your porch or patio. This rocking chair is available in traditional lumber colors in both Classic and Vintage Finishes.

Vineyard Deep Seating Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Vineyard Deep Seating Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
28.5″ W x 29.25″ H x 37″ D

With supportive seat cushions and soft, button-tufted back pillows tailored in durable all-weather performance fabric, the Vineyard Deep Seating Rocking Chair provides the ultimate spot for relaxation.


Transitional Rocking Chairs

Braxton Porch Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Braxton Porch Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27″ W x 45.88″ H x 34″ D

The Braxton Porch Rocking Chair mixes clean lines with rustic details for a transitional look that works well with most decor. It features a contoured seat and an eye-catching X-back design inspired by pastoral barn doors. At a height of almost 46 inches, this chair is great for folks on the taller side.

Braxton Deep Seating Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Braxton Deep Seating Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
28.38″ W x 30.88″ H x 33.13″ D

The Braxton Deep Seating Rocking Chair pairs comfort and style like no other. With pillowy cushions and a charming cross-back design, it strikes the perfect balance of straight lines and curved details for a style that is traditional, timeless, and cozy.

Nautical Porch Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Nautical Porch Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27.18″ W x 45.88″ H x 34″ D

Bring the calming feel of the coast to your outdoor space with the Nautical Porch Rocking Chair. This chair features a comfortably contoured seat and a convenient handle in the headrest, and it also gets along swimmingly with other styles from the POLYWOOD Nautical Collection.

Portside Traditional Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Portside Traditional Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
27″ W x 43.25″ H x 34″ D

Inspired by farmhouse designs with its symmetrical back slats and straight top rail, the Portside Traditional Rocking Chair is a versatile, hardworking piece of furniture that works well in any outdoor space.

Prescott Deep Seating Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Prescott Deep Seating Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
30.25″ W x 29″ H x 37″ D

Relax and sink back into the comfortable Prescott Deep Seating Rocking Chair. This transitional-style rocking chair boasts plush cushions covered in performance fabric. The result? A cozy seat that’s perfect any time, in any season, for any reason. 


Modern Rocking Chairs

Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
29.25″ W x 32.5″ H x 34.5″ D

Relaxation becomes an art form with POLYWOOD Modern Adirondack Rocking Chair, a rocker that’s equal parts style and comfort. The waterfall front curves to cradle the back of your knees, while the sloped runners rock you gently into complete relaxation.

Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair

POLYWOOD Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair Measurements & Weight
29.75″ W x 37″ H x 34.75″ D

In a thoughtful balance of modern styling and casual elements, our Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair is a bold interpretation of a historical design. The gentle rocking motion is just what you want to come home to after a busy day.

No matter which rocking chair style you choose, you can rest easy knowing your POLYWOOD rocker is backed by a 20-year warranty and can withstand anything Mother Nature throws its way. Let us know which style you like the best in the comments below!

20 thoughts on “POLYWOOD Rocking Chairs Comparison Guide

  1. Have your chairs been tested in the sun in Florida? Intersted in your pricing. I would be interested in trying them in sunny Florida☀️

    1. Hi Jennifer! The formula for genuine POLYWOOD lumber includes a superior UV additive package designed for HDPE (high-density polyethylene) that improves exterior durability, greatly reducing characteristic surface degradation caused by sunlight and other UV light sources. While some fading may occur over the lifetime of the product, the toll the sun may take on any furniture, regardless of material, will vary depending on where your furniture placed (full sun vs partial shade) as well as where you live (Florida vs Ohio).

      If you have more specific questions we’d be happy to answer them for you! Feel free to contact our team at support@polywoodinc.com.

    2. I have purchased several Poly-Wood chairs in the last 6-8 years. ( 8 ) I had severe fading with my original red Adirondack chairs (I purchased multiple colors). The warranty is wonderful and Poly-Wood replaced them (in a different color at my request). I believe I had to replace my yellow also. Unfortunately, I had some fading to a lesser degree after my warranty expired on a few others but it was 5 years down the road and not as severe. I will add that I have very hot summers here in North Florida and my chairs are in the full sun all the time! You cannot beat the construction of this product. They are heavy and show very little if any, signs of wear. I am on here now looking at the rocking selection!

      1. Hi Becky,

        Thanks for your reply to Jennifer — Florida sun is definitely brutal! We’re so glad you had a great experience with our Customer Experience Team! In the past, the specific chemical blend in our Sunset Red lumber made it a little more susceptible to fading. However, as I’m sure they mentioned, this is something we have since corrected. Our current chemical blend, which includes our UV-inhibiting Color-Stay Technology, has tested significantly better and is a big improvement from what we offered historically.

        Best,
        Dannielle

  2. We have 2 Presidential Rockers we love, but unfortunately we moved and the color of them does not go well with the colors of the new house. Can the Presidential Rocker be painted? If yes, what special process do I need to use?
    Thanks,
    Robert

    1. While we don’t recommend painting POLYWOOD® lumber, one thought we had to help tie in the rockers with your new home is with accessories (pillows, plants, etc). Feel free to send us a photo of your rockers next to your home and we’d be happy to make any accessorizing suggestions we can: support@polywoodinc.com.

    1. Hi Natalie! Our St. Croix Rocking Chair is still available, it’s just exclusive to Target. You can find the entire St. Croix Collection for Target at Target.com.

    1. Hi Brian,

      Our Presidential Rocking Chairs are a more traditional rocker, while our St. Croix Adirondack Rocking Chair is an Adirondack style chair (which is also exclusive to Target).

      1. Can you give dimensions of the seat heights and back heights of the st. croix vs. the presidential? The Target site has conflicting dimensions.

        Thank you

        1. Hi Tobie,

          The POLYWOOD St. Croix Rocking Chair measures 40.5 inches (H) x 25.25 inches (W) x 34.0 inches (D), slightly shorter than the Presidential Rocking Chair which is 42.5 inches (H) x 26.25 inches (W) x 33.75 inches (D).

  3. Which model rocker has the largest seat and the highest weight rating? It would be great to have a comparison specs. chart now that there are so many models. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You’re right! We actually have an updated blog post planned to compare/include all of our new rocking chair styles. Currently, the largest seat available is with either our Prescott Rocking Chair or the Shaker Porch Rocking Chair — both feature seats that are 21″ x 19.75″. All of our chairs are weight tested up to 300 lbs.

      Best,
      Dannielle

  4. Are the chairs weatherproof? Meaning they can be left outdoors, uncovered?

    We were told chairs we purchased in May were just that and the finish has buckled, they have molded and the legs have broken :(. Really want to do my homework before I invest another 1k in chairs like I did on the last.

    We plan to leave them out on our deck with gets full N.C. sun, rain, etc.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Great question! POLYWOOD outdoor furniture is weather-resistant. Our all-weather material is built to withstand all four seasons and a range of climates including hot sun, snowy winters, salt spray, and heavy winds. It’s also resistant to stains and corrosive substances and isn’t prone to splinter, crack, chip, peel, or rot. It’ll do great in North Carolina! Thanks for reaching out!

  5. I have 2 presidential rockers and love them. I would like another rocker with a higher seat height. I have long legs and want the extra height. Thx

    1. Hi Ruth!

      That’s a great suggestion! At this time, our porch style rocking chairs have a seat height between 16″ – 17 “. We greatly appreciate that you brought your feedback to our attention and are excited that you’re loving your new Presidential Rocking Chairs.

      All the best!

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