Power Lift Recliners for the Elderly: Rise a Little Easier

Aug 16, 2018 | Reviews

If you’re an older person who needs a little help getting into and out of your chair, or you’re a disabled person who needs the same assistance, a lift recliner is exactly what you need.

Most lift recliners, lift to about 30 – 50 inches, depending on just how much assistance you need. The mechanisms in these chairs tend to be ultra-strong too, capable of easily lifting to 300 pounds with ease.

Top 5 Riser Recliners

NameDimensions (Inches)Weight Capacity 

BONZY

32 x 37 x 41

300 lbs

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Coaster Home Furnishings

39 x 37 x 41

300 lbs

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MAGIC UNION

32 x 34 x 42

300 lbs

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Merax

35.4 x 38.6 x 41.5

330 lbs

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Coaster Home Furnishings

41 x 39 x 37

350 lbs

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BONZY

Dimensions (inches)

32 x 37 x 41

Weight Capacity

300 lbs

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Coaster Home Furnishings

Dimensions (inches)

39 x 37 x 41

Weight Capacity

300 lbs

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Magic Union

Dimensions (inches)

32 x 34 x 42

Weight Capacity

300 lbs

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Merax

Dimensions (inches)

35.4 x 38.6 x 41.5

Weight Capacity

330 lbs

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Coaster Home Furnishings

Dimensions (inches)

41 x 39 x 37

Weight

350 lbs

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1. Best Overall

BONZY Power Lift Recliner

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The BONZY lift recliner is a solid choice when it comes to riser chairs. BONZY notes the chairs were rigorously tested 25,000 times for quality and durability. If you’re a senior or an injured person you can rest assured that the chair will help you stand up and take stress off your knees and back.

Some notable features are the side-pocket to store remotes, books, and the riser controls. The upholstery is a linen-like micro-peached surface which is quite soft to the touch. What’s great is the straightforward warranty information listed on the product page. They promise a one year warranty on the fabric, and 3 years on both the reclining mechanism and the frame.

BONZY has been around since 2003 and time and again their products seem to shine. Likely their dedication to customer satisfaction and the environment help!

Pros and cons

  • Great padding and supports 300 lbs.
  • Time-tested durable construction.
  • Straightforward warranty.
  • None. We really like this recliner.

2. Best Value

Coaster Home Furnishings Power Lift Recliner

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Coaster Home Furnishings, are a well-known brand of mobility furniture for around the home. Popular with care homes and hospitals, their range of domestic furniture is far less clinical, and should sit happily in most homes.

The first thing we must cover on the Coaster Recliner is just how comfortable it is. That chenille fabric is backed up by high-density foam and pocket springs that allow you to settle down in the chair. This recliner, also boasts pillow-style armrests and a broad base cushion, allowing even larger people to find a slice of comfort.

The recline motion and leg rest work well too, and the leg rest is well padded – perfect for people who suffer from poor circulation and need to take the weight off once in a while. Keep in mind, pocket springs usually lead to a “sink-in” feeling which could make it difficult for an injured or elderly person.

Pros and cons

  • Available in charcoal, deep red, fawn, black and cream colors.
  • The fabric is luxury chenille, with stain repellent technology.
  • 5-year mechanism warranty.
  • Pocket springs might make it difficult to get out of your chair.

3. Best with Heat and Massage

Magic Union Deluxe Wall Hugger Power Lift Recliner

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The Magic Union lift recliner comes with heated and massaging seats – perfect if you suffer from poor circulation or back issues.

This recliner also comes with PU Leather, rather than real leather. To be frank, with mechanical equipment involved, a fake leather or leather imitation might be preferred as it’s a bit more forgiving than the real thing. The cushion is reported to be quite firm, which could be a bonus for some people.

Cup holders and a side pouch for your remotes are also included in this model too.

Pros and cons

  • PU Leather fabric, easily wiped clean and maintained.
  • Eight separate massage points.
  • Heated back and bottom cushion.
  • Five massage modes including, pulse, press, wave, normal and automatic.
  • The chair could use more cushion. It’s rather firm.

4. Best in Infinite Range

Merax Power Recliner

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Merax, are better known for their range of office chairs, widely available online and in shops like Staples.

This chair also offers what they call “infinite position” technology. This means the seat won’t lock into any one position and can be adjusted to your heart’s content. Another awesome feature is you don’t have to be reclining in order to have your legs up.

The main benefit of this chair is the fact it’s so well built. Featuring a thick padded headrest and ultra soft upholstery. The back support appears better though, with large slabs of the high-density foam allowing you to find a comfortable position. The 2-year warranty backs up our thoughts, and we think this is a chair that will easily last a decade of hard use.

The main benefit of this chair is the fact it’s so well built. The 2-year warranty backs up our thoughts, and we think this is a chair that will easily last a decade of hard use.

Pros and cons

  • Easy clean PU leather.
  • Supports up to 330 pounds.
  • Has a range of safety systems to lock the chair when not in use (great for children).
  • Solid wood and metal frame construction.
  • A bit small. Although perfect for smaller elderly folks.

5. Best in Weight Rating

Coaster Power Lift Recliner Chair

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The last power recliner in our review is from Coaster Home Furnishings, this time we’re looking at their Chocolate model. Keenly priced, and with some of my favorite features to discover on a recliner.

As with the first Coaster, the Chocolate model also comes with a 1-year warranty and is made to the same high standards as the rest of the Coaster range.

As with the first Coaster recliner we tested, there was a small amount of assembly required to get this chair up and running. It’s not a huge deal though, and everything is included for you to get started. Instructions are in quality English, and all the tools required are included.

The fabric used is Chenille style in chocolate brown. Thankfully, it’s coated with anti-stain protection making for quick clean ups.

As ever with Coaster Furnishings, the recline and power lift worked perfectly, plus it comes with Coasters own version of the “infinite lift” systems on the Merax chair reviewed above. This means that you can lock the recline and lift in any position for lengthy periods of time.

The seat base in this recliner has pocket springs, covering in a thick layer of high-density foam. The cushions are a similar deal, with thick padding discovered underneath the Chenille fabric. Even the leg rests get a decent amount of padding.

Pros and cons

  • Chenille fabric, with anti-stain protection.
  • Pillow style armrests.
  • Pocket sprung core with high-density foam cushions.
  • Can lift 290 pounds.
  • Recliner handle is a bit short

Conclusion

When looking for a lift recliner it’s important to keep a few features in mind. The first being weight and lift ratings; Most of these chairs can easily lift an excess of 250 lbs, if you weigh more than that, look for a higher rated chair. The next thing to think about is the material. These recliners come in a variety of materials ranging from faux leather to microfiber. We would suggest avoiding real leather as it tends to have less give than their imitations. This is especially important when you involve moving parts and mechanisms like a lift chair. The last thing to consider is assembly and packing. If you are buying this as an elderly person, it may be difficult to set up as the motor/base can be quite heavy. Most recliners, in general, will come in two parts, a base and a backing that simply snaps into place.

With that said, our top choice was the BONZY chair. You can’t go wrong with the price, the lift and weight rating, material, and packing. It checked all our boxes and it will likely check yours.

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com

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