Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair review: judge it not by its size

The bargain-priced Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair is lightweight and super-easy to carry and use

Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair
(Image: © Mountain Warehouse)

Advnture Verdict

A comfortable, stable, lightweight, easily transportable and reasonably priced little camping pew, ideal for use in various outdoor scenarios.

Pros

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    Reasonable price

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    Very stable

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    Lightweight

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    Easy to transport

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    Versatile and comfortable

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    Carry bag included

Cons

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    Relatively small

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    No arm rests or drink holders

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    Lack of color options

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Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair: first impressions

When you first pull the the Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair out of the carry bag that it comes with you could easily be forgiven for thinking that it’s a child’s camping chair, and that’s even when you’ve unfolded it.

Specifications

• List price: £30 (UK)
• Weight: 1,136g / 2lb 8oz
• Seat height: 26cm / 10in
Size (WxDxH): 56cm x 38cm x 66cm / 22in x 15in x 26in
Pack size: 66cm x 14cm x 14cm / 26in x 5.5in x 5.5in
• Capacity: 110kg / 242lb
Colors: Blue
Compatibility: Car camping, beach use and short-walk picnics

It really does appear diminutive. But looks can be deceiving and this bucket seat can support a good amount of weight (110kg / 242lb), which is quite a lot of camper.

Nicely designed and made from durable steel and polyester, this seemingly simple chair is surprisingly robust and feels as though it will last for a reasonable length of time, making it a good deal for the modest price tag. But can it compete with the chairs in our Best Camping Chair buying guide? We put it to the test…

Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair

There are are no arms with drink holders so you may need to seek out a handy flat(ish) surface for your coffee or beer (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)

Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair: on the trail

Sometimes, a compact size and simplicity are massive virtues, and that’s certainly the case with this bucket chair from Mountain Warehouse. When you’re camping or hanging out at an outdoor gathering and you’re looking for somewhere to park your posterior, all you really need is a bit of comfort, and this chair totally delivers that. 

The bucket design cradles your backside nicely and makes you feel relaxed, whether you’re reading, talking to friends around the fire, scoffing something you’ve just prepared on your camping stove or just indulging in a bit of nature watching with your best binoculars. It’s a small chair, but with a low center of gravity it feels safe and secure, although people with limited mobility might struggle to get out of it easily. 

Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair

The Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair all packed up (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)

Being a bucket design, there are no arm rests and therefore it also lacks drinks holders, but being a lefty in a righthander’s world, I’m well used to holding my brew or placing it on a table or tree stump – others might miss these features more than me.

I have been testing the Mountain Warehouse Bucket Camping Chair in fields, hillsides, campsites and beaches, and the feet and smart frame design make it stable on almost all terrain types. It comes with a carry bag, is light enough to carry over short distances (for example to the beach or parties in the park) and is so compact that it’s ideal for keeping in the car, ready for impromptu picnics.

Writer, editor and enthusiast of anything involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing adventure stories. En route he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set short-lived records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s Great Walks. He’s authored walking guides to Devon (opens in new tab) and Dorset (opens in new tab), and once wrote a whole book about Toilets (opens in new tab) for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades here (opens in new tab).