Helinox Swivel Chair: Definitive Review (2020)

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This is the Ultimate Review of the Helinox Swivel Chair 2020…..

In this comprehensive Helinox camp chair review we’ll cover:

  • Some unique features of our Helinox
  • An overview of how it performs against different metrics and a side by side comparison with other camping chairs in the range
  • Value for money
  • Lots more…

So if you want to know more about this portable, versatile swivel chair for a great camping experience or as a handy beach chair, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started…

We’ve put the Helinox Camp Chair to test against our favorite 9 top sellers in the range and it impressed us on a few aspects. and not so much in others.

But you’re probably wondering whether this lightweight camping chair matches its performance with the price tag?

Time to learn about it in some more detail.

Value For Money
7
Comfort
8
Pack Size
5
Durability
7
Versatility
8
Overall Score
70
  • Manufacturer: Helinox
  • Main Material: Polyester with an alloy frame
  • Weight (oz): 45

Bottom Line : The Swivel’s unique design and comfortable fabric seat make for a great backpack camp chair

Pros


  • Notably comfortable
  • Easy to set up and disassemble
  • TopNotch breathable mesh
  • Highly versatile

Cons


  • High price point
  • Not the lightest in the range

Our Verdict: Helinox Swivel Chair

We found comfort and versatility are the main pluses of this lightweight camping chair.

The swivel makes it a perfect comfy partner for all your weekend camping trips, outdoor gatherings, and also for lazy afternoons in the backyard.

We preferred it to the standard non-swivel version, Helinox Chair One, the Helinox Swivel Chair felt more like a throne than a chair.

The quick assemble and disassemble time is the other notable feature that adds value.

If you are looking for a durable and comfortable camp chair that’s sturdy, Helinox Swivel makes a great choice.

Apart from the comfort factor, we found the breathable mesh TopNotch for quality.

The overall stability is pretty good as well.

However, it doesn’t come without snags…

… If you’re concerned about the weight, it’s not the best fit.

In addition to that, the price tag is a bit hefty.

But wait – there’s more

…though it’s not necessarily the most ultra lightweight camping chair in its class, the versatility and comfort compensates to some extent for that.

On the whole, this chair is a great option if you’re looking for a versatile and collapsible chair. 

Let’s start with the detailed review….

Related: 10 Best Backpacking Chairs

We preferred the Helinox Swivel Chair to the standard non-swivel version, Helinox Chair One. The Helinox Swivel Chair felt more like a throne than a chair.

Our Analysis Comparisons and Test Results

We tested 39 best selling camp chairs on the market to find the Top 10 Contenders for 2020

The Helinox Swivel Camp Chair didn’t rank in the top 3 but it came out as a great option anyway.

It was judged against the different metrics that are a critical part of our product comparison.

The TopNotch team all agreed that the level of comfort it offers is as good as it can get, particularly for tall and heavy users. 

But for backpacking or hiking, we feel the Trekology Chair is the best choice for lightweight convenience.

So, now let’s delve into the details.

Value For Money

The Helinox Swivel Camp Chair comes with a hefty price tag and it is not the best choice for the price. But there are some unique features that you may like. 

The Helinox Swivel works great as a multipurpose, portable chair, and the sturdiness adds to the longevity.

That’s not all. The 360 degree swivel works seamlessly which makes it ideal for relaxing.

helinox swivel chair

Value For Money Rating

TravelChair Joey
9
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
8
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
8
Helinox Chair Zero
8
Helinox Swivel Chair
7
Big Agnes Big Six
6
Crazy Creek Original Chair
6
Kelty Camp Chair
5

As far as the quality is concerned, it’s good value for money and is a perfect companion for almost all your trips; be it to the woods or the camping ground.

If you’re looking for a plush and collapsible chair to complete your set of portable furniture for camping, this one is a great fit.

It is a no-fuss companion to carry with you, wherever you go. 

It works great for at-home use as well. The high-quality alloy structure and polyester mesh makes it a nice addition to the garden or veranda.

If it matches your preferences overall, and you have a thing for that smooth swivel, then this is the one for you.

Comfort

As far as comfort is concerned, we were pretty happy with the performance.

It has nice stability for its size and offers good back support  – which is super helpful

helinox swivel chair

Comfort Rating

TravelChair Joey
10
Big Agnes Big Six
9
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
9
Helinox Swivel Chair
8
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
7
Helinox Chair Zero
7
Crazy Creek Original Chair
6
Kelty Camp Chair
5

On the other hand, the adjustable side straps do offer easy fine-tuning to fit your size.

Also, you’ll have no problems leaning back comfortably as the weight capacity on the chair is 250 pounds.

The removable seat and high-quality mesh side rests add to the comfort factor of this Helinox camping chair.

Overall, the compact design is quite innovative and the chair is definitely more comfortable to sit on than some other contenders in the category.   

But that’s not all. It gets better.

The swivel feature is flawless.

The technology supports complete noiseless, 360 degree swivel action without compromising on stability or comfort. It was a really cool design feature – especially if you’re in a cramped or small space.

However, there’s more to it

We tested this lightweight camping chair with people of different sizes and weight, and found, while the comfort scale was high for taller people, it did niggle the shoulders and hinder our hand movement for people of average height.    

If you’re looking for the best in comfort, try our TopNotch Award Winners.

Packed Size

This camping chair performed reasonably well for pack-up time and ease. It’s simple to assemble and disassemble anywhere, anytime and comes with a super storage sack.

But the bottom line is…

Though it’s completely collapsible, for packed size, it didn’t score well – it would be better for car camping than backpacking.

helinox swivel chair

Packed Size Rating

Helinox Chair Zero
10
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
8
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
6
Crazy Creek Original Chair
6
Helinox Swivel Chair
5
TravelChair Joey
5
Kelty Camp Chair
4
Big Agnes Big Six
3

The sturdy design of the chair adds to the comfort but it works to make the packed size bigger compared to other camping chairs in the category. 

For backpackers and hikers, the packed size can be a real disadvantage.

If you are planning to stuff it in your backpack or rucksack, it’s going to take up a fair amount of space.

But there’s more. The chair is also quite heavy which becomes a nuisance when you have to carry it over long distances.

Certainly, it is not the most ultra lightweight camping chair out there.

The Helinox comes in a handy storage sack with chains and loops for attaching, which makes it easy to carry on its own or attached to your backpack.

Simply put, when you’re okay to carry it separately, it works.

However, it’s not suitable if you need to pack it in your bag where space is limited.   

Durability

We know, durability is a major concern when you are spending your hard-earned bucks on a camping chair.

In this aspect, the performance of the Helinox unit is super commendable.

The structure of the chair is made with high-end aluminum alloy and TopNotch quality polyester has been used to make the seat. It’s machine washable and easy to maintain. 

helinox swivel chair

Durability Rating

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
9
TravelChair Joey
9
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
9
Big Agnes Big Six
8
Crazy Creek Original Chair
8
Helinox Chair Zero
8
Helinox Swivel Chair
7
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
7
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
7
Kelty Camp Chair
5

The unit is completely collapsible and light-weight, but not flimsy.

The swivel incorporates high end design and the structure can easily withstand heavy-duty use.  

Best of all, it comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Fantastic.

Versatility

In the versatility stakes, the Helinox Swivel performed well. We liked it more than the other Helinox camp chairs in the category.

The sleek look and feel along with the smart color combination of steel blue and dark black means it looks good – even for use in your home.

The Helinox Swivel Camp Chair fits into both outdoor and indoor environments happily.

helinox swivel chair

Versatility Rating

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 PowerLounger
9
Trekology YIZI GO Portable Camping Chair
9
ALPS Mountaineering Weekender Seat
9
Helinox Swivel Chair
8
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
8
TravelChair Joey
7
Helinox Chair Zero
6
Crazy Creek Original Chair
5
Kelty Camp Chair
5
Big Agnes Big Six
4
The easy packing and carrying option makes it a not-to-miss companion for any open event or beach holiday.

But wait, we’re not through yet,

The height of this Helinox chair is towards the higher end, which makes it less suitable for use inside a tent or tarp.

Because of the height, we had to bend quite a long way to work with anything on the ground. 

Conclusion: Helinox Swivel Chair

So, we’re at the end of our Helinox  camp chair review and now you know everything there is to know..

Let’s rewind.

It is one of the best camping chairs if you’re looking for something with a flawless swivel you can pack in its  storage bag for your next camping trip or if you want a compact beach chair.

The overall comfort, durability, and versatility are pretty much best-in-class.

But…

The bigger packed size and weight don’t work well when you have to carry it for long or accommodate it in limited space.

So, if you are looking for a camp chair with a dash of luxury which can be used in your home as well, and don’t mind spending extra for that premium look and feel, then it’s a great little choice.

So this is all from our end – we’ll hand the baton to you now to make your choice.

 

Other Versions: Helinox Swivel Chair

Other camping chairs from Helinox include the Chair Zero is the other variation of this Helinox camping chair which has earned a place in our 10 Best Backpacking Chairs: Definitive Review (2020)

This is the lightest chair in the list with great durability and it’s very compact.

There is also the Helinox include the Chair One, which didn’t make it to our top 10

topnotchoutdoor award

Trekology Chair
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ALPS Mountaineering Weekender
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Crazy Creek 2.0