Stadium seats are very important if you spend any amount of time on bleachers watching a game, or cheering on a child or grandchild. Game nights can be a very exciting time for the family. Sadly, you cannot move your favorite rocking chair
to any game you want to watch, or take along your outdoor cushion
. You're left with the option of making do with the extremely hard bleachers, or getting a mobile, comfortable seat.
The choice here is very easy. To avoid the need for recuperative treatment on massage seats
after every game, it is important to find and get the best stadium seat you can. There are different kinds of stadium seats with different features, and we will look at them briefly.
Stadium seats are mobile. You have to be able to move one to the venue and move it back. There are seats with rigid frames, and without rigid frames. The ones with rigid frames offer more support and are usually heavier. The ones without rigid frames offer little support. They are, however, easier to carry around. The seats with rigid frames also tend to have more seat padding for more comfortable seating, while the soft seats have little seat padding.
If you want support and that extra comfort, then you will need to put up with the additional weight these features will add. In addition, check for the quality and amount of padding if that is a major deal for you. You can also simply get a stadium seat cushion to increase the comfort.
Another thing to consider is how the seat attaches to bleachers (if it does). Some stadium seats do not attach to the bleachers at all. This increases the risk of both the seat and its occupant sliding off in moments of excitement. Some seats try to prevent this by adding no-skid rubber under the seat. Others have Velcro straps or hooks that attach to the bleachers. If this is a major concern for you, know that the hooks tend to have a stronger hold than the Velcro straps and non-skid rubber.
Some seats come with pockets so you can store things there. The number of pockets will vary from seat to seat. If this is important to you, then look out for it.
How much are you willing to spend on this purchase? Hopefully you already know that what you will pay will largely determine what you get. A well-built stadium seat with steel frames and cushioned seat is sure to cost more than a frameless seat without padding.
You can decide how much you are willing to spend, and then find a stadium seat within that price limit. That means you will base your decision on cost alone. The second option is to decide the features you want, and then pay the price for a seat with those features.
A good stadium seat will cost anywhere from $35 to $70, with the ones with the least features on the lower end and the ones with the most features on the higher end. This is an average range. You can certainly get seats below and above this range. However, we reviewed products that will offer you the best value for your money. Cheap stadium seats that fall below this range are of such low quality that we’ve decided they aren’t worthy of listing here.
There are some factors that will determine how suitable any stadium seat is for you. The features listed below will give you an idea of what you can generally expect from various stadium seats. No one seat will have all these features. Choose the features that best meet your requirements, and then find the seat with those features. Qualities to consider include:
- Type – foldable, recliner
- Build – no frame, rigid frame
- Material – steel frame, canvas, polyester
- Size – dimension and weight
- Weight capacity
- Mobility – how easy it is to fold and carry
- Maintenance – how easy it is to clean and store
- Durability – determined by the quality of materials used
- Padding – the amount of padding determines the level of comfort
- Attachment to bleachers – how does it attach to bleacher (if it does)
- Extra features – pockets, customizable, etc.
Construction and Design
Stadium seats are pretty simple products with simple designs. They are either framed (usually steel-framed) or frameless. If you are looking for something that will provide more comfort and support and also last longer, get a steel-framed seat. You should also consider the material used to cover the steel, and the amount of cushioning. Note that all these features will make it heavier, but you'll get added comfort.
You should also consider your weight when making a choice. The heavier you are, the more support you will need. In that case, choosing a frameless seat may not be the best for you.
Performance and Ease of Use
The main idea behind stadium seats is mobility. How easy is a seat to fold and carry? As more features are added to make a stadium seat more comfortable, the weight increases. This is something to be aware of.
Another factor that can affect your comfort level is how the seat attaches to the bleachers. Some seats will slide around on the bleachers, increasing your discomfort. The most secure seats attach to bleachers with a hook. There are also ones that attach with Velcro straps, and ones that just have non-skip rubber bases. Decide which will work best for you.
If you have a lot of small items, such as mobile phones, keys, and drinks, you may love to have a seat with extra pockets for storing them. Get one with pockets and have a great time unencumbered.
Only you can decide the kind and brand of stadium seat that is best for you. You have seen some factors you need to take into consideration. Look at them closely, and let them help you draw a conclusion on what factors are most important for you. This review will be most effective if you know exactly what you want before delving into it. Hopefully, with the information you have received, you now do. Let us then go straight into the review of our five top picks.
Now that you have taken the time to read this guide and review, you should be ready to make your purchase. Do so right away and let the fun begin.