The best sun loungers for relaxing this summer

Technically, summer might not arrive until June, but the sun is shining brightly, which means it’s time to roll out sun loungers. The sun lounger is one of those garden furniture items we consider a real must for enjoying a hot summer day, and it’s actually surprisingly versatile. Of course, if you’re with friends or in the park, outdoor rugs have their time and place, but if you’re sleeping in your own garden, sunbathing, reading, or just enjoying a cocktail, a sun lounger is the place to go. It’s the key to a relaxing afternoon and where we’ll get through the next heatwave.

You can find sun loungers and sunbeds in just about any outdoor furniture store these days, and while most of them offer a place to sit (and/or lie), pick one that’s comfortable, durable, and (most importantly) Stylish models are another story. You have to know what to look for, or you’ll find yourself either stashing it in the garage when not in use, or risk having to invest in a new one if it can’t handle the rain that’s bound to come in between good British weather .

Whether you’re looking for a wooden sun lounger or something with cushions or metal, we’ve found garden sun loungers that will bring instant style to your garden or poolside this summer . Just keep one in your basket and you’ll be ready for many beautiful sunny afternoons.

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 Most stylish sun lounger: Made Zambra 

In a summer-friendly acacia wood and natural white design, Made’s Zambra perfectly incorporates an elegant resort vibe into the cushions, making it even more comfortable.

Best wooden sun lounger: Barker & Stonehouse Barlow
Wooden sun loungers from Barker & Stonehouse, which have a slatted design to keep you cool on hot days, have mastered the wooden sun loungers.
Most functional sun lounger: John Lewis & Partners 
Separating the headrest/chair from the footrest, John Lewis made a sun lounger for when you need it as a chair for socializing and gatherings of friends, and when you want to lie back and enjoy the warm weather in peace can use. Speaking of practicality.

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