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Rocking chairs are such versatile items of furniture. Traditional designs can be quaint and bring olde worlde charm, while contemporary options can add a touch of comfortable chic to modern spaces. We're taking a look at the best rocking chair options available today encompassing luxurious gliding recliners, portable perches for the great outdoors and classic options that would look great on your grandma's porch.

Rock the past

Coaster Home Furnishings Rocking Chair with Ornamental Headrest

Staff Pick

This isn't just a rocking chair, it's a potential future heirloom. Made from Asian hardwoods with a lovely rich, warm brown finish, this friendly-looking seat is just begging for a fireplace to go next to. The traditional design elements such as the turned spindles and the carved ornamental headrest really set it apart.

$165 at Amazon

Rock in style

Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid-Century Upholstered Rocking Chair

This attractive modern option is inspired by mid-century design, offering retro looks with up-to-date construction using solid wood with a walnut finish and padded seats in practical, grey polyester fabric. A high back contoured design and ergonomic arm rest height takes care of the comfort angle.

$253 at Amazon

Rock on a budget

AmazonBasics Foldable Rocking Chair

This affordable choice is a portable, folding rocking chair for your porch, patio or yard area, ideal for camping and touring and could even be used as additional seating when required in the home. It easily collapses down for travel or storage, but still offers an ergonomic nylon mesh seat with spine-supporting elastic cording and a padded headrest.

$56 at Amazon

Rock on nursing

Angle Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman

Available in a range of lovely, muted colors, the Windsor glider rocking chair and matching ottoman is designed as a nursing chair for use in baby's room, but if you like the design there's no reason you can't use it elsewhere. With a comfortable, padded seating area, it has enclosed metal bearings for smooth gliding motion and side pockets for handy storage.

$130 at Amazon

Rock on camping

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair

Take your rocking chair with you wherever you go with this portable perch that folds flat for easy transportation and storage. Adding to the portability, it opens and closes easily thanks to GCI Outdoor's patented "EAZY-FOLD" tech and even has a carry handle. There's spring-action rocking for a smooth gliding motion, a sturdy steel frame and even a cup holder.

$60 at Amazon

Rock on dining

Poly & Bark Patchwork Rocker Dining Arm Chair with Natural Wood Legs

This chair is perfect for chilled out, vintage-inspired dining areas and for around friendly, retro-loving kitchen tables. This mad-rad rocker combines mid-century looks, clean wooden lines, shiny Sputnik-style chrome supports, adds in some crazy, hand-stitched patchwork fabric and the end result is this eye-catching seat.

$122 at Amazon

Rock on the porch

B&Z Vintage Wood Rocking Chairs

In oak, white and black finishes, this versatile rocking chair can be used indoors or with care, or in covered seating areas, outdoors too. A traditional design, it keeps things simple but offers a few nice design touches like turned arm and leg supports. Made of solid hardwood, this boasts a smooth rails slip motion and can support weight of up to 250 pounds.

$126 at Amazon

Rock in the bedroom

Christopher Knight Home Bethany Rocking Chair

With a buttoned back, a seat with extra cushioning and upholstered arm rests, this rocking chair is a comfortable option perfect for a bedroom reading nook, or in a dressing room. Another mid-century inspired option, this works for both trad and mod room settings. The polyester material is practical and the light walnut finish complements the grey tones well.

$185 at Amazon

Rock and relax

Haotian Relax Recliner Rocking Chair with Foot Rest

Perfectly formed to suit more contemporary living spaces, Haotian's rocking chair is all about relaxation. This is helped along by the five-way adjustable footrest, padded headrest and removable side pocket that keeps your essentials to hand meaning you don't have to move to reach them. The frame is birch wood and the cover is PU leather.

$120 at Amazon

Rock in the garden

Jack-Post Country Garden Double Glider with Trays

If you're lucky enough to have outside space and someone to rock with, you owe it to yourself to consider this glider made for two. Made of hardwood from Indonesia, with corrosion-resistant steel, it can live outside if treated well and covered from extreme weather. It has a smooth rocking action and handy drinks tray rests either side.

$134 at Amazon

Rock and cozy up

Pulaski Ashewick Swivel Glider Recliner

Possibly our squishiest option, this chair not only rocks with a glider action, but also swivels for an all-round motion-packed sitting experience. It has a fully 360-degree steel swivel base and quiet reclining mechanism, meaning it is suitable for use in a nursery as well as a living space. The seat boasts pocket coils and the material is rayon and polyester blend.

$370 at Amazon

Rock on small-scale

Jack-Post Classic Child's Porch Rocker

Kids deserve rocking chairs too! This small-scale version of a traditional rocking chair is perfect for children aged up to four years old, or until they weigh in at around 80lbs. It's constructed from real wood with lead-free and non-toxic paint and varnish. The available finishes are this natural tone, as well as blue, pink, red and white.

$30 at Amazon

Pull up a pew

Our overall staff pick Coaster Home Furnishings Rocking Chair with Ornamental Headrest is a classic, traditional rocking chair that has such handsome, period looks, visitors to your home will probably assume it's an item that's been passed down through several generations.

Mid-century looks are a big trend in rocking chairs and you've got plenty of options to choose from with the Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid-Century Upholstered Rocking Chair, the Christopher Knight Home Bethany Rocking Chair and the Poly & Bark Patchwork Rocker Dining Arm Chair with Natural Wood Legs all taking thier inspiration from the iconic design period.

If you're more into modern looks, then consider the Haotian Relax Recliner Rocking Chair with Foot Rest. It's a contemporary take on the rocking chair with smooth lines, a footrest and a faux leather finish.