We're a bit spoilt for choice when it comes to garden seating with the temptation of stylish Acapulco chairs and standout cocoon chairs, but there are no designs quite as soothing as the outdoor rocking chair. Whether you're enjoying a morning cuppa in the sun, or snuggled up with a blanket in the evening, an outdoor rocking chair is the perfect way to relax and unwind.

There are lots of different styles available from hot pink rocking deck chairs, to traditional wooden designs for a classic look, so there's an outdoor rocking chair for all gardens. We've rounded up nine of our favourites so you can find a perfect fit for your outdoor space.

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Best outdoor rocking chairs for 2023

Bronze Iron Rocking Chair

Iron rocking chair

This elegant outdoor rocking chair has a charming vintage appeal. Made of wrought iron, it's a solid and durable choice - a top pick if you're looking for a sturdy seat. It's not too narrow either, so you can add plump outdoor cushions and throws for a splash of colour and a more comfortable seat.

This sort of outdoor rocking chair style would look gorgeous in a garden bursting with pastel-coloured roses and foxgloves. Place it in on your patio and observe the wildlife in your garden while enjoying the gentle rocking motion.

John Lewis Salsa Garden Rocking Chair

Yellow outdoor rocking chair

If you're not a fan of the more traditional outdoor rocking chair designs, there are plenty of bright and funky options available too. This two-toned yellow number features a dense weave backing, and it's ideal for smaller spaces. An easy way to add a fun pop of colour to any terrace or decking.

Add some outdoor lighting and an outdoor rug for the perfect summer chill-out space.

Outdoor Adirah Rocking Metal Chair

Blue metal rocking chair

Another colourful choice, this time in a cool icy blue. We love the simplicity of this outdoor rocking chair from Wayfair, and it would work particularly well in a contemporary garden. Place on black decking for a contrasting look. This metal design is again on the neater side, so you could pick up a couple and create a matching set.

Also available in yellow, red, white and charcoal, find the colour that suits your garden best.

Rope Weave Rocking Chair

Outdoor rope weave rocking chair

For a stylish yet homey vibe, go for this slate grey rocking chair from Amara. Its unique design with the mix of wooden legs and weave rope back support makes it a standout choice if you're looking for something a little different. Layer with blankets and cushions and create your own comfy spot to enjoy those end of day rays.

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Rocking Wooden Chair

Outdoor Lentz Rocking Chair

One for the garden sunbathers! With the option to turn this design into a lounger recliner, this outdoor rocking chair is perfect for those who enjoy a lazy day in the garden. There's even a massaging footrest, so you can really kick back and relax.

While this style of chair is on the larger size, it's convenient to store away as it folds down. Simply pop the chair into your garden shed when the sun disappears.

  • £177.99

Buy the rocking wooden chair now from Wayfair

Lyndhurst Rocking Chair

Lyndhurst cream rocking chair

If you're all about adding warm creamy tones to your garden for a soothing ambience, this cushioned rocking chair is a super choice. Surround with lanterns and large outdoor candles for a peaceful, boho-chic vibe. The cushion covers are removable for easy cleaning, so you can keep your chair in a nice state after a summer of al fresco eating and kids' parties.

This is another design that works well for indoor use - place in your hallway, or the corner of your kitchen as a decorative touch.

  • £249.99

Buy the Lyndhurst rocking chair now from Gardenesque

Rocking Deck Chairs

You can always rely on Graham & Green for adding a fun and vibrant twist to home and garden accessories. Whether you're enjoying cocktails in the garden, sharing a picnic with friends or having a post-lunch nap, these rocking deck chairs are sure to come in handy. Choose between silvery grey and hot pink, or of course you could mix and match. The chairs fold away like classic deck chairs, so they're great for beach trips and campervan adventures too.

  • £69

Buy the rocking deck chairs now from Graham & Green

Repton Outdoor Rocking Chair

Outdoor rocking chair

Looking for a traditional rocking chair design to watch the world go by? Made of eucalyptus hardwood, and featuring a long back, this outdoor rocking chair offers a classic look. Add some colourful cushions to break up the grey, and position in a tranquil corner of your garden so you can enjoy some well-deserved peace and quiet.

  • £199.99

Buy the Repton Outdoor Rocking Chair now from Gardenesque

Rattan Rocking Chair with Cushion

Rattan rocking chair

Rattan is always a safe bet for outdoor furniture thanks to its lightweight and easy-to-clean nature. The neutral beige colour of this outdoor rocking chair is bound to work for any garden, with its light colour looking particularly lovely in the warm summery months.

The chair comes with a cream-coloured padded cushion seat so it's sure to make for a comfortable reading or podcast listening spot. The fade-resistant fabric and anti-rust treatment should ensure the chair stays in tip-top condition.

A nice choice for a porch too, you can pop this design indoors during the colder months.

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Rachel HowatsonDigital Writer

Rachel Howatson is a digital writer who works across a range of Immediate’s special interest brands. Whatever your passion, whether it’s hillwalking, cooking, gardening, running, socialising or even sleeping, she'll likely have written about it.