The 10 Best Helm Chairs

This review has been updated 7 times since it was first published in March of 2019. In order to get the most out of the time you spend manning your watercraft, a quality helm chair is a must. They’re designed to keep you comfortable, so you can focus on what really matters: having fun. The models on this list are padded, waterproof, and quite stylish, too. We’ve included options sized for smaller fishing boats along with sporty models perfect for luxury vessels. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 Helm Chairs

10. Wise Captains

  • Slim design suits smaller vessels
  • Attached mounting plate
  • Not especially mold-resistant

9. Leader Accessories Bucket

  • One-piece plastic frame
  • Bottom vinyl cover is removable
  • Not ideal for large people

8. Tempress Elite

  • Patented design
  • Dries off quickly
  • Metal parts can rust

7. Wise Razor Style

  • Air-powered height adjustment
  • Double-stitched seams
  • Expensive compared to other options

6. Leader Accessories Premium

  • 19 inches from base to top
  • Several color patterns available
  • Included hardware is low quality

5. Wise Rotomolded

  • Three-year warranty on upholstery
  • Six-year warranty on frame
  • Cushion for your back is too slim

4. Leader Accessories Deluxe

  • Retro striped design
  • Not ideal for heavier users
  • Included pump is low quality

3. Seamander Sport

  • Maintenance tips included
  • Installation is simple
  • Material is not prone to tearing

2. Leader Accessories Shell

  • Folds down for storage
  • Padded back provides good support
  • Seat is 18 inches deep

1. Seamander Pontoon

  • Universal mounting bolt pattern
  • Screws and washers included
  • High compression foam padding

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