Best Recliner of 2019: Ultimate Relaxation!

by | Feb 27, 2019 | Reviews

Nothing beats a good recliner. When you come home after a long day at work, your first reflex is to sit down and relax. Sitting on an uncomfortable chair leaves little to be desired. You can do your back, torso, and legs some much needed justice by getting rid of your tattered chair, and getting a new one.

But where do you even begin your search?

Before making a decision you should consider the different types of recliners available to you. We attempted to pick one from each category, ranging from lift chair to push back.

The next thing to consider are your upholstery and frame options. Some people prefer faux leather and others want the real deal, and some people only want microfiber and fabric blends. 

The Best Recliner

NameMaterialWeight Capacity 

Signature Design by Ashley

Polyester/polyurethane Blend

250 lbs

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BONZY

Micro Fiber Cover

300 lbs

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BONZY

Polyvinyl Chloride

300 lbs

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CANMOV

Bonded Leather

300 lbs

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Stone & Beam

Leather

250 lbs

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Signature Design by Ashley

Material

Polyester/polyurethane Blend

Weight Capacity

250 lbs

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BONZY

Material

Micro Fiber Cover

Weight Capacity

300 lbs

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BONZY

Material

Polyvinyl Chloride

Weight Capacity

300 lbs

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CANMOV

Material

Bonded Leather

Weight Capacity

300 lbs

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Stone & Beam

Material

Leather

Weight Capacity

250 lbs

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1. Best Overall

Signature Design by Ashley Larkinhurst Rocker Recliner

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First of all, let’s take a look at the design. The Larkinhurst has a beautiful rustic look to it. This look is especially accentuated by the deep earth tone of the recliner. Also, the rich texture of the material and the rolled arms give it plenty of charm.

The fact that the color is pretty neutral allows you to pair it with sofas and other furniture of any color, without ruining the concept of your interior design. The weathered faux leather makes it especially pleasing to the eye.

If you’re going for a more toned-down living room or bedroom, you should definitely opt for this recliner. On the other hand, you can also pair it with brighter tables and sofas, and the styles and colors won’t clash.

Next, let’s talk about the durability. The Larkinhurst rocker recliner is exceptionally durable. The frame construction is reinforced with strong metal, and so is the footrest. As for the materials, they are expertly glued at the corners, and additionally stapled and blocked to keep them in place. The fabric itself is pre-approved for wearability against AHFA standards.

This recliner is equipped with comfy overstuffed pillows that give you extra support for your back. The Larkinhurst provides you with comfort and quality, so no need to worry about back pain anymore!

With all these great features in mind, you’re probably a bit worried about the price. Well, there’s no need for that! This rocker/recliner is not only packed with great features, but it’s also quite affordable.

Pros and cons

  • Durable construction
  • Soft earth tone
  • Rocker
  • AHFA Pre-approved fabric
  • Affordable
  • Lacking in padding for the lower back

2. Best Value

BONZY Power Recliner

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Yet another great recliner is the Bonzy power recliner chair. While there is also a brown model available, the smoke grey one is our favorite. The overall size of the recliner in inches is 42 x 38.5 x 39.4. As for the seat, it’s 22 x 21.5 x 19, and it can support up to 300 lbs, which is pretty impressive.

The recliner features a power reclining system that’s button-controlled, which means that no instructions are necessary to use it. It uses a smooth, gentle motion to adjust. If you’ve suffered an injury, and you have trouble finding a comfortable position, this recliner is exactly what you need. The backrest and cushions support your back, neck, and lumbar region nicely.

The upholstery is durable and has been rigorously tested according to BONZY, so you won’t have to worry about any ripping and tearing.
Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that the Bonzy recliner has not one, but two cup holders installed! That alone makes it the ultimate movie-watching recliner!

Pros and cons

  • Supports up to 300 lbs
  • Durable upholstery
  • Offers great back, neck, and lumbar support
  • Button-controlled
  • Two cup holders
  • It’s designed as an “oversized” recliner. Could be considered a con for some.

3. Best with a Lift

Bonzy Classic Power Lift Chair

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The next entry on our list is the Bonzy Lift Recliner. Now, this recliner is remote controlled, so that’s quite an exciting feature to start off with. Lift recliners are great for people who suffer from severe arthritis and pain in their joints. The Bonzy recliner allows you to adjust the chair to three positions – you can go from sitting down to an upright position in a matter of seconds.

The lift actuator and the scissor mechanism are heavy duty and easy to handle. Namely, you can stop the mechanism at any time while you are lifting or lowering. This function allows you to take on a variety of different positions by simply releasing the selected button on your remote control.

The upholstery is made out of top-quality fabric which is soft to touch. Also, the cushion padding is filled with high-density sponge, which makes you feel like you’re sitting on a cloud.

When purchasing this recliner, you will get a one-year warranty on the fabric, and a three-year warranty on both the reclining mechanism and the frame. That makes it a great option for those of you who want a long-term warranty for your furniture.

Pros and cons

  • Heavy duty mechanism and frame
  • Long-term warranty
  • Soft padding
  • Top-quality fabric
  • Adjusts in various positions
  • A bit expensive

4. Best on a Budget

Signature Design by Ashley Ludden Rocker Recliner

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The Canmov leather recliner is the second manual recliner on our list. It’s a luxury recliner with high-density foam that provides extra comfort. The breathable bonded leather truly makes it a great addition to any living room or home theatre.

This Canmov recliner has a reclining mechanism that adjusts smoothly. All you have to do is pull out the lever on the arm of the chair and adjust it to any position you like. We especially love the brass nails located on the front side of the armrests. They add an interesting detail to the overall style of the recliner.

As we mentioned earlier, the recliner is generously padded and provides a high level of comfort that you can feel the moment you sit on it.

The backrest is steel reinforced, so it’s suitable for intense use. All in all, this Canmov recliner has a sturdy wooden frame and a durable design that will last you for decades to come. Also, if you happen to experience any installation problems, you will get a free exchange for damaged or missing parts. The chair also comes with a two-year warranty.

Pros and cons

  • Breathable bonded leather
  • Sturdy wooden frame
  • Steel reinforced backrest
  • Doesn’t lock in place when fully reclined.

5. Best in Pushback

Franklin Serenity Lay Flat Recliner

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Now here’s a type of recliner that we haven’t yet covered on our list. The Stone & Beam Marin pushback recliner has a beautiful design that will truly make your living room look elegant. It has a sloped armrest and soft foam cushions. The upholstery is 100% leather.

Another plus is that it’s very easy to clean – you just need to wipe or vacuum the chair.

This recliner is durable since it has a solid wooden frame that’s built to last. The detailing is also amazing in our opinion. It has nail heads on the front of the armrest that are applied to the chair by hand.

Assembling this recliner only takes up to 15 minutes, which isn’t bad at all.

The seat height is 21 inches, and the height of the whole recliner is 41 inches. The width of the chair is 30 inches, and the depth is 36 inches. If you’re looking for a beautifully crafted leather recliner that will add some style to your home, this is it. Of all the recliners on our list, this is the most sophisticated-looking one.

Pros and cons

  • Easy assembly
  • Sophisticated design
  • Durable wooden frame
  • Leather upholstery
  • Seat depth is shallow. To be expected in a push-back recliner.
  • Expensive

What to Look for in a Recliner

Hopefully, you have a clearer picture of what kind of recliner to look for. With that said, there are still some more details to flush out. Let’s take a look at a number of factors to consider.

Types of Recliner

The very first thing you need to consider is what type of recliner you want. For example, if you are looking for a trendy, space-conscious recliner, your go-to type should be a push-back recliner. They take up less space than any other type of recliner.

The downside of push-back recliners is that they’re usually a bit more pricey than the other types. Also, since they take up less space, their seats tend to be pretty shallow. So, if you don’t want to spend too much money on an eye-pleaser, consider a different recliner type.

The complete opposite of a push-back recliner is a rocker recliner. These chairs are great for a number of reasons, the obvious one being that they can rock! You can find these recliners at pretty affordable prices, depending on what you’re looking for. Also, if you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks, you can get a great-looking chair.

Another notable type are risers/lift chairs. These recliners are popular among older folks and people dealing with debilitating issues like arthritis. These chairs make it easier for people to stand up, who otherwise would struggle to do so.

Maintenance, Upholstery, and Durability

The next thing you need to consider is what material you want the chair to be made of. Keep in mind, leather upholstery is the most durable, but it’s also the most expensive. So if you’re not willing to spend a lot on a recliner, you should probably choose a synthetic microfiber instead. Check to see how many times the fabric has been machine-tested for durability. For reference, the best quality ones need to have been rubbed at least 10,000 times.

Maintenance is an important factor as well. Especially if you have small children that love to eat their snacks in front of the TV. Chances are, they’ll want to sit on your comfortable furniture while doing so. Check to see how you can clean the chair without damaging the material. Furniture like recliners and sofas will have care codes that detail how to clean messes depending on the material

Don’t overlook the frame of the recliner. You may not know this, but it’s usually the immobile parts of the recliner that break first. For that reason, it’s important to check the underside of the chair, or rather the construction. Also, remember to check the screws and fasteners. Plastic fasteners are definitely a bad choice, so be careful.

The final thing you need to check is how long the warranty on your recliner is. It’s good to have at least a three-year warranty on any chair, as well as a return policy.

Conclusion

We’ll admit, finding a top-quality recliner can be difficult. Especially if you’re looking for one that’s both stylish and affordable. The bottom line is, you just need to know what you’re looking for. Our favorite recliner is the Larkinhurst rocker recliner, since it’s got plenty of great features, and it’s affordable. However, you can’t go wrong with any of the others on the list. They’re all top-quality chairs that will be a great addition to any home.

Hopefully, after reading our list, you’ll have an easier time finding a recliner that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com

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