Picture this. You’ve set your alarm. You’ve got up at the crack of dawn, loaded your gear into the truck, and driven to your destination.
You’ve found your spot and set yourself up for a glorious day of hunting. You catch a glimpse of a beautiful deer, but as you incline your head to take a closer look, the unimaginable happens.
Your chair lets off an enormous creaking sound, and the deer escapes in the opposite direction.
Hours of sitting and waiting for nothing.
We’ve scoured the internet to compare the best ground blind chairs 2020 in this easy-to-read article.
The ground blind chairs we’ve reviewed are:
- Primos Double Bull Tri stool
- Browning Camping Woodland Hunting Chair
- Benchmaster Four leg Ground Blind Chair Shooting Chair
- ALPS OutdoorZ Stealth Hunter Blind Chair
- Hawk Stealth Spin Chair
- MGS600 – Muddy Swivel – Ease Xtreme
Following our carefully selected criteria, we have chosen a few winners. But, in our opinion, the best all-rounder is the Hawk Stealth Spin Chair.
Each hunter has their own unique set of circumstances, requirements, and priorities. For this reason, we’ve also made some other useful recommendations throughout the article that are worth taking a look at.
How to choose the best ground blind chair for you.
Here we look at how to distinguish between the myriad of ground blind and hunting chairs available in 2020. We do this by examining which factors you should be considering when making your choice. These include comfort, effectiveness, durability, and transportation and setup.
A comfortable hunting chair
Everyone’s top priority when looking for a ground blind chair is that it can keep you comfortable for hours and hours in a blind. When we go out, we regularly hunt for 6-8 hours or more, so an uncomfortable chair will be the end of your back as you know it.
The most comfortable options should have high-density foam, and, of course, a backrest to avoid those aching muscles. Unsurprisingly, the drawback of a blind chair with more foam is that it tends to be slightly heavier and more cumbersome to move around.
Another key feature to keep an eye out for is arm rests. Do you need them? Probably. Do all chairs have them? Surprisingly not.
If you usually go hunting with a buddy, think about the dimensions of the chair itself too. Measure your chairs and the ground blind space to make sure two chairs fit. You must consider how much space you’ll have left around you both in the blind to maneuver freely.
An effective hunting chair
Of course, we all want to have a fancy ground blind chair with all the bells and whistles. But if this hunting seat doesn’t help you take your perfect shot when you need it, is it worth it?
The best hunting chairs for ground blinds will need to come equipped with a height-adjusting mechanism. We also value individually-adjustable legs to account for uneven terrain and slopes.
Everyone loves a swivel chair. But aside from the entertainment value, these chairs are also practical. They allow you to move around freely and keep an eye on all 360º of your blind.
Hot tip: watch out for chairs described as “swivel” that only allow for 180º movement.
To take this one step further, an office chair on castors is a cheap and functional alternative. It allows its residents to move stealthily around the blind (check out this video):
What this guy does have is his own permanent ground blind setup, with a robust and level floor.
Consider buying a ground blind chair with places to put your weapon, arrows, bolts, ammunition, and other accessories.
Another point any avid hunter must bear in mind is the noise of their blind chair. On several hunting trips, the cocking of a bow, the clanking of a tree stand, or a noisy chair has given me away.
Do your homework so that this doesn’t happen to you!
A durable hunting chair
Look for a structure and frame design that can support a lot of weight. From our experience, the 300lbs mark should be perfect for the average hunter. A 300-pound chair will support you and your weapon, while still moving freely around the ground blind.
Choose a chair made of a highly durable metal such as powder-steel or aluminum. These are both durable, lightweight metals that are more likely to stand the test of time. Materials must also be waterproof, rip-proof, and breathable.
On the other hand, this avid hunter recommends an intriguing product in his video of hunting tips. He tells us about sprays available to protect your blind from water and UV damage.
These may also be useful for your ground blind chair.
Transporting and setting up your hunting chair
I like to leave my blind chairs in the blinds, as I often go hunting on private land and can trust that they will remain there. If you don’t have that luxury, you will want a chair that weighs less than 10lbs. If it is any heavier, carrying it to your blind – depending on the distance – could be more challenging than you think.
In this vein, if you do need to transport your chair regularly, it is worth bearing in mind whether you can fold it and move it around with ease. Aside from being lightweight, some of the market favorites also come with a handy transportation bag/device and have a flatpack/foldable design to make transportation easier.
Make sure you get yourself a chair that’s easy to set up, too. When you arrive at your hunting destination, the last thing you want to be worrying about is reading a complicated instruction manual.
Best Ground Blind Chair Recommendations for 2020
Primos Double Bull Tri stool
The Primos Double Bull Tri stool is arguably one of the most economical hunting chairs on the market. Despite its low price point, it offers quite reasonable value for money. As with all the chairs that we have reviewed, it is made of steel and supports a weight of up to 300lbs.
It’s design – similar to that of a typical camping chair – makes it one of the most portable hunting chairs on the market. At less than 10 pounds, it is far lighter than some of the other ground blind chairs that we have reviewed. You won’t get tired out from lugging it across a field before you even get down to your hunting. And if that wasn’t enough, it comes with a nifty shoulder strap for more manageable transportation.
The padded backrest makes for a more comfortable day of hunting, and the triangle seat design allows for better blood flow to the legs. There’s nothing worse than those aches and pains after a long stint out in the countryside waiting for game to approach.
Unfortunately, like so many of its competitors, this hunting chair does tend to squeak as you move – a big disappointment.
Neither does it include those handy arm rests that you need to endure a long day hunting. If those are a deal-breaker for you, this may not be your chair of choice.
- Economic price point
- Back rest
- Handy shoulder strap for carrying
- Steel (300 lbs)
- Triangle seat design prevents loss of blood flow to legs
- Some users complain of squeaks
- No arm rests
Browning Camping Woodland Hunting Chair
Like the Tri stool, the Browning Camping Woodland Hunting Chair is another perfect example of a highly portable hunting seat. It is also extremely lightweight compared to other models and comes equipped with a carry strap for easy transportation.
Compared to other market favorites, it is reasonably priced and has not sacrificed on material quality. Similarly to the Tri stool, it has a durable steel frame and a weight limit of up to 300lbs.
In our opinion, the storage pockets are the most stand-out feature of this ground blind chair compared to others we have tested. These enable you to store with ease any ammunition or other paraphernalia that you might need during your day out..
But, no product is without its drawbacks. With a height of just 21″, it may or may not be the ideal hunting seat if you use a ground blind with a higher vantage point. Be aware it’s a little shorter and measure your ground blind height (while you’re sitting in it) to see whether it adapts appropriately to your needs.
Let us not forget that when hunting, all of us aim to be as quiet as a mouse to avoid scaring away our potential kill. Unfortunately, as a squeaker, this chair does not offer the stealth and silence needed to go unnoticed in our blinds. So despite the advantages of the mobility and storage features, this is a deciding factor for us. As a result, it has put it further down our list of top ground bling chairs for 2020.
- Handy storage pockets
- Easy to carry strap and bag
- Lightweight (6.5lbs)
- Steel frame (300lbs)
- Low – tricky to get out of
Benchmaster Four leg Ground Blind Shooting Chair
Next up is the Benchmaster Four leg Ground Blind Shooting Chair. This swivel blind chair, aside from offering a 360º view for the most effective hunting experience, is the first of the chairs that we have reviewed that was utterly silent. Finally, a viable option for excellent movement without giving away your position.
It also beats other competitors in terms of comfort: it comes with a cushioned seat and backrest. These are perfect for keeping you well-supported and free to sit out in the sticks for a long hunting session.
Another stand-out feature compared to other hunting chairs is the built-in weapon stand. Usually, weapon stands are purchased separately, so we like this addition.
This chair also delivers on adjustable legs, a feature we believe makes a massive difference. Regardless of where you are or the terrain you’re on, you can adjust the legs to achieve the correct height.
Although offering the convenience and commodity of the gun stand and padded seat, this model lacks appropriate arm rests. Not necessarily a priority for everyone, but worth bearing in mind when planning a long day.
Another limitation of this seat is that, despite boasting a steel frame like so many others, its weight capacity is only 250lbs. This weight is somewhat lower than the 300lbs offered by many of its competitors. Perhaps this would make this chair a perfect choice for female hunters. Guys – depending on your weight – might need to look elsewhere.
It is also arguably somewhat on the heavy side (weighing around 15lbs). Therefore, it might not be the chair of choice if you regularly move around and need a portable chair.
- Quiet 360 swivel
- Steel frame
- Adjustable legs
- Built-in weapon stand/holder
- Comfortable cushioned seat & backrest
- No arm rests
- Not easy to transport – almost 15lbs
- Lighter weight capacity.
ALPS OutdoorZ Stealth Hunter Blind Chair
As the most expensive of the hunting seats we’ve reviewed, we had high expectations for the ALPS OutdoorZ Stealth Hunter Blind Chair, and we must admit that it did live up to our expectations with many of its features. Made of powder-coated steel, it has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.
Inevitably, on a beautiful spring day with the sun beating down on our blinds, most of us sweat. Cheap polyester chairs will likely lead to more sweating and make your experience worse. That’s why we are such fans of another unique characteristic of this hunting chair: the state-of-the-art material they have used to build the actual seat – TechMesh. This material is breathable, so it allows your body to breathe and sweat evaporates into the atmosphere.
Just as the Benchmaster model does, this ground blind chair also has a 360º rotation and four adjustable feet. However, this one is height adjustable too! It proved far more adaptable than the other chairs we have reviewed, both for terrain and height adjustment.
With this swivel blind chair, buyers also can purchase the deluxe version with those much sought-after armrests.
Bearing in mind all of the personalizable components it offers, it’s also quite impressive how neatly it can be flat packed. However, it’s also somewhat heavier. Its weight makes it a less practical option for those of you looking for a portable hunting chair.
Despite its name, we haven’t found this blind chair to be particularly stealthy. Sadly, it is also a squeaker, like so many other chairs that we’ve reviewed.
- Deluxe version – arm rests
- Steel frame (300 lbs)
- 360º swivel
- Four adjustable feet and height adjustable
- TechMesh – breathable
- Heavy (15lbs)
Hawk Stealth Spin Chair
Now, this is a swivel chair in all its glory. The Hawk Stealth Spin Chair not only swivels 360º, but it also does so silently! Like its competitors, it is made of durable powder-coated steel and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.
As with the ALPS hunting chair, this model also uses top of the range Mesh comfort in the seat design to make for a comfortable, breathable hunting experience.
Another characteristic that makes this chair more comfortable is the backrest and padded armrests. And let’s not forget the ergonomic design of the seat itself, which bends down to avoid blood loss to the legs.
Despite the top-notch materials and comfortable design, this chair is also collapsable. It packs up nicely for transportation and has a handy sling, which we loved.
We can tell that stability was also a top priority for the designers of this swivel blind chair. It comes equipped with four pivoting feet. As discussed previously, these allow the chair to adapt to different terrain and distribute weight. These pivoting feet are an essential feature on softer landscapes to prevent hunters from sinking into the ground.
Although not being nearly as heavy as it’s swivel-counterparts, this chair also weighs in at 13 lbs, a few pounds over our recommended weight for ease of transport. Whether this is a deciding factor depends on each hunter and how much other equipment you take with you on your expeditions.
Some have also complained that there are a few design faults with this chair. To start with, the angle of the backrest is uncomfortable for some people. Possibly a question of personal preference – it’s worth bearing in mind anyway.
- 100% silent 360º swivel
- Powder-coated steel (300 lbs)
- Contoured mesh – breathable
- Back & Arm rests
- Large pivoting feet
- Easy transport and sling
- The backrest angle may be uncomfortable for some
- On the heavy side (13lbs)
MGS600 – Muddy Swivel – Ease Xtreme
The Muddy Swivel – Ease Xtreme is another swivel chair offering a 360º rotation. Like the other chairs we have reviewed, it also has a solid-steel frame, which supports 300lbs.
Another structural feature of this ground blind chair which differentiates it from others is its original base. All the other chairs have three or four legs. But this chair only has one with a circular base, somewhat like a kitchen bar stool. It makes it a good option for those sharing blinds as it isn’t as wide as some of its competitors.
We also loved the fact that this hunting chair is height-adjustable. It allows you to move between 17” and 24”, making it one of the most adaptable ground blind chairs. It makes it easier to share among different family members and means you can take it to different ground blinds and hunt with ease and comfort.
As if that wasn’t enough, it doesn’t fall short on comfort either. It has those comfortable armrests that so many of its competitors lack. It also has a Flex-tek seat to help you get through a long hunting session.
The designers have also added a footrest, which significantly reduces discomfort in the lower back when sat in the blind for a long time. We like this!
However, as with all the chairs we have reviewed, this one is not without its drawbacks. Structurally speaking, it is not as transportable as other chairs in this review since the leg cannot be folded or bent.
We are also not convinced by the circular base. Anyone who has swung around a little on a kitchen bar stool knows that if you lean a little too far to the side, the whole chair threatens to topple over. Not an ideal feature for a hunter mid-shot.
At 16lbs, it is also somewhat on the heavy side. Another reason why it is perhaps not the best option for those readers looking for a portable hunting chair.
The backrest is also fixed, and thus, as was the case with the Hawk Stealth Spin Chair, it may not be set at the most comfortable angle for all users.
And, of course, the mother of all downfalls: It’s a squeaker. Although some users have not complained of this chair making too much noise, others have found it frustrating.
- Adjustable seat 17”-24”
- 360º swivel
- Circular base
- Solid-steel frame (300lbs)
- Flex-tek seat
- Comfortable armrests
- Backrest not adjustable
- Not easily transported
- Heavy (16lbs)
We evaluated six different chairs, each of which offered a unique selling point compared to the others. It proved difficult for us to conclude a stand-out winner, as each provided users something different. Let’s not forget that one hunter’s ideal chair is another hunter’s nightmare.
If you value price, comfort, and ease of transportation, then the Primos Double Bull Tri Stool is our choice. Its unique three-legged, flat-packable design is sure to be a hit.
For readers who value comfort, we have another suggestion: The Benchmaster Four leg Ground Blind Shooting Chair. It has an ultra-comfortable seat and backrest and a built-in gun holder. This chair is suitable for those who have permanent blind setups or don’t carry a lot of equipment. And let’s be honest, anything that comfortable is worth investing a little extra in.
Our favourite all-rounder, though, is the Hawk Stealth Spin Chair. The deciding factor when choosing a ground blind chair has to be how much noise it makes. None of us go hunting to frighten off the animals we intend on hunting. So, in the end, we have opted for this ground blind chair. In our opinion, it offers the perfect combination of comfort, breathability, swivel and silence.