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Comparing Rocking Chair Styles

As the end of summer approaches, we’re looking forward to enjoying Fall weather in a comfortable rocking chair with a hot cocoa in hand. If you’re in the market for your first rocking chair or hoping to add to your collection, you’re in luck! We have many options, traditional or adirondack, that will work with any outdoor space.

blue presidential rocking chair
Presidential Rocking Chair

Presidential Rocking Chair: By far our most popular rocker, the Presidential Rocker is our only traditional style rocker available in both traditional and vibrant lumber colors. It’s shorter in overall height compared to the Jefferson Rockers, with a seat just a half an inch closer to the ground.

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Presidential Woven Rocking Chair

Presidential Woven Rocking Chair: The same size as the Presidential Rocking Chair (but a few pounds lighter), the woven version features an all-weather woven back and seat.

white wooden porch rocking chair
Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair

Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair: With a traditional look and comfortable curved seat, you can create a quiet retreat on your porch or patio with the Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair. This rocking chair is available in traditional lumber colors in both Classic and Vintage Finish.

Jefferson Rocking Chair

Jefferson Rocking Chair: Our Jefferson Rocking Chair lends a more traditional rocker – one you’d typically picture on a southern porch. Regardless of where you live, this rocker may be most comfortable for taller individuals while also providing the largest seat.

Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair

Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair: The same size as the Jefferson Rocking Chair (but a few pounds lighter), the woven version features an all-weather woven back and seat.

Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair

Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair: Our Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair is modeled after our most-popular Adirondack with a seat that is lowest to the ground of all our rockers. If you’re looking for a laid-back rocker with a beachy vibe, this is the chair you want.

Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair

Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair: Enjoy laid back rocking in the Vineyard Adirondack Rocking Chair, complete with a comfortably contoured seat and waterfall front. With a classic back and sleek profile, this Adirondack chair looks great in any outdoor space and is available in both traditional and vibrant lumber colors and in both Classic and Vintage Finish.

Long Island Rocking Chair

Long Island Adirondack Rocking Chair: The Long Island Adirondack Rocking Chair is similar in size to our South Beach Adirondack Rocking Chair and offers a more upright seat with straight arms.

Palm Coast Adirondack Rocking Chair

Palm Coast Adirondack Rocking Chair: Our Palm Coast Adirondack Rocking Chair features a slightly wider seat than the Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair as well as wider rocker feet profiles with roomy arm rests.

Seashell Rocking Chair

Seashell Adirondack Rocking Chair: The Seashell Adirondack Rocking Chair provides the roomiest seat of all our Adirondack rockers and is only available in traditional lumber colors. Like the Palm Coast style this rocker features wider rocker feet profiles, but also a unique waterfall front (very comfortable behind your knees!) and seven back slats.

South Beach Adirondack Rocking Chair

South Beach Adirondack Rocking Chair: Just slightly heavier than the Long Island Adirondack Rocking Chair, the South Beach Adirondack Rocking Chair is almost identical in size and style (this seat is more upright as well), but features the curved South Beach style back rest with five slats.

Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair

Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair: Very similar in size to the Modern Rocking Chair, the Quattro Adirondack Rocking Chair features four slightly fanned straight back slats and spacious arm rests.

What’s your favorite POLYWOOD Rocking Chair?

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15 thoughts on “Comparing Rocking Chair Styles

  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.


  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?

    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.


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