These chairs (we also bought the matching table) function the same as chairs at your dining room table. They are not uncomfortable, but they position you to sit upright at a dining table. Perhaps a strange point to make - but our former outdoor patio set had chairs that you could lounge in - they were super comfortable. I like the new set - very clean looking and will last forever - but they are for dining at the table. We kept our old vinyl strip chairs (from our previous set) and are having them refurbished - just too comfortable to let go. Lastly - Amish Yard has the best pricing and used Fed Ex to deliver our chairs. We bought the table first from www.Poly-Lumber-Furniture.com - note we chose not go back to buy our chairs from them.