It’s a well-known fact that one of the best ways to help a baby calm down or fall asleep is by gently rocking them. Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise that rocking is also soothing to adults. There’s nothing more relaxing than gently swaying in a hammock between two trees. One of the best ways to enjoy that back and forth motion at home is with a rocking chair.
Rocking chairs come in about as many different shapes and materials as regular chairs do, from traditional patio Adirondacks to mid-century indoor armchairs from Eames. There are even folding rockers for campers who love comfort. Besides comfort, studies have shown that rocking chairs can even provide some health benefits, ranging from reduced back pain to improved balance.
We’ve rounded up a handful of the best rocking chairs, including stylish and comfortable indoor options, a camping rocker, and a traditional chair. These are the ones to get.
1. Baxton Studio Yashiya Rocking Chair
This mid-century-inspired rocker has a stylish look that will fit in well with a variety of home decors. The upholstery is available in beige or gray, and the legs are done in solid walnut. The high back provides support and comfort without sacrificing the chair’s minimalist look. It’s a good option for seating in the living room, but it’ll also work well as a nursery chair.
Pros: Stylish mid-century modern look. Solid walnut legs and base. Suitable for various heights.
Cons: Could be better packaged during shipping.
2. GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker
If you’re committed to the rocking chair lifestyle, even when you’re not home, then this camping rocker is a worthwhile investment. The chair is attached to a frame that sits solidly on the ground, so the chair can freely rock back and forth without actually moving from its position on the ground. This means that even if you’re sitting on uneven ground, you’ll still be able to effortlessly rock back and forth. Other features include a handy cupholder and covered metal armrests for comfort.
Pros: Rocks along the frame, making it easy to move even on uneven ground. Easy to fold up and take on the go.
Cons: Back and seat could be higher and deeper for tall people.
3. ACME Butsea Rocking Chair
This rocking chair from ACME has a traditional look with brown wood arms and legs and a leather seat and back. The leather has a marbled look, giving this chair something of a rustic, worn-in look. Because of the leather upholstery, it’s best suited as an indoor chair, and will look good in a living room or nursery. The chair itself is lightweight, making it easy to move around.
Pros: Rustic look, padded seat and back. Easy assembly.
Cons: Leather texture may look too worn-in for some.