Oversized Recliners, Big and Tall, Big Man Chairs
There comes a time in every mans life where you don’t just want a huge oversized recliner in your life, you need one. The idea of a super comfortable chair you can chill in while gaming, sleeping, or watching television is a wonderful thought.
With this new-found popularity, lots of manufacturers now manufacture a range of big boy chairs to suit almost any home.
The Big Man Recliners
If you’re entirely new to sofas, Major-Q is a top brand that’s been around for years. They’ve built up a solid reputation for quality, and their oversized range of recliners are solid.
As with any quality furniture item, you’ll get several years of use out of a Major-Q chair.
The Major-Q packs in quite a few features, including a tight back and seat cushion, pillow top arm and of course a full reclining mechanism. The seat is sprung with pocket coils for that “sink in” feeling as you take your seat.
The Major-Q recliner is available in a variety of colors and materials.
This recliner, in particular, is a soft corduroy fabric that molds perfectly to any body shape. The only issue we can see with this is the fact it might be prone to picking up stains. If you do purchase this recliner, you’ll probably want to pick up a cover or a throw blanket.
The Major-Q is a well-built piece of furniture, with all the reclining mechanisms operating with a certainty that points towards a long life. The recliner can’t go back to a fully prone position, yet it gets close to it.
One of the benefits of pocket springs mentioned earlier is that you get the full “sink in” feeling when taking a seat. The cushion pad is ultra-supportive when sitting down for extended periods, precisely what an oversized recliner should do.
The armrests are good too. As pillow top arms, they’re supportive of your arms and lend to that sink in feeling as well.
Pros and cons
- Superb quality, as you would expect from Major-Q, and a classic design with pocket springs that you’ll love.
- Corduroy is surprisingly comfortable but if it’s not your favorite consider their other fabric types.
Just one look at the Catnapper chair and you can see exactly what you’re going to get. Maximum comfort and total relaxation. Pillow armrests, ultra-cushioned supports, and pocket springs – this recliner has it all.
The Catnapper recliner offers a precision cut plywood frame, high-density foam cushions plus those all-important pillow armrests and recliner motion.
The recliner is a fully manual motion, set in the traditional right-hand side lever. It works extremely well, and although not quite as smooth as the Simmons and Roundhill chairs listed, it still has a quality feel.
One of the good features of the Catnapper recliner is the number of separate cushion pads in the base.
This recliner features leather-based suede which is great for people with children. Thankfully, the fabric is easy to wipe down.
It might be worth investing in a stain repellent coating if you’re planning on picking up this chair, especially if you plan on eating and drinking on it. You could also consider a large recliner cover to prevent stains.
The Catnapper offers up that sink in feeling with ease. The padded base is exceptionally soft and you will be happy to come home to it after a days work.
Pros and cons
- Well-known brand.
- Comfortable materials and durable build.
- Patented omega reclining system.
The Simmons Upholstery chair is a traditional looking piece, with a brown leather finish and an almost standard sofa look about it.
Of course, Simmons Upholstery is a well-known brand in the furniture space, and they are most known for their traditional styles and timeless quality.
The Simmons Wisconsin recliner chair takes a slightly different approach to the construction, in comparison to the Major-Q model. Instead of pocket springs, the Simmons recliner uses sinuous wire springs and high-density foam to provide the support. Unfortunately, that’s a type of construction that doesn’t usually offer much support – it’s a favorite of budget brands.
On a happier note, the Simmons recliner comes with a pocket spring overlay, which should help provide that sink in feeling every recliner should have!
The Simmons Wisconsin is also made in the USA, a major bonus if you’re looking for top quality instead of cheap knock-offs.
The Simmons recliner is made from genuine leather in a rather pleasing walnut brown color. The material is extremely easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth, although we would suggest you use a dedicated leather cleaner to keep the recliner in perfect condition.
Pros and cons
- A well-made, traditional style recliner.
- The leather is super easy to keep clean too.
- Great value overall.
- While the leather is easy to clean, it’s lacking in comfortability.
You will be spoiled with features with this recliner. It offers a dual rocker operation, solid hardwood frame and slightly softer sinuous springs to give that comfortable recliner feel.
As for the recliner mechanism, it’s a fully manual operation, with the standard lever on the right side to help you achieve the perfect position.
As a testament to the overall quality of the product, all the joints and seams are pinned and glued during manufacture, ensuring they won’t come apart during long-term use.
The Roundhill uses genuine leather that’s a snap to keep clean and wipe down. The usual caveats regarding leather recliners and using throws and covers apply.
As with most leather chairs, it might take a week or two before the leather begins to sink in. Take your time, set your position and the Roundhill should eventually take care of the rest.
Pros and cons
- Well priced and nicely made.
- Made of durable materials.
- It’s a rocking recliner.
- The material almost feels like a plastic leather.
Here we have a lower priced recliner, yet keeping some of the features that made the Catnapper above a real winner. Well padded, multiple cushions and engineered to last.
Lane furniture was founded in Virginia and hasn’t moved far from its original base all those years ago. They have a long-standing history of quality in their furniture.
The best feature of the Lane recliner is the fact it’s made by such a long-standing company. Lane furniture is all about quality, and you should expect a recliner that will last for many years without fault.
On top of that, the Lane recliner features a manual operation, pocket springs and a set of half pillow armrests. The cushions are split into three sections too, making for a comfort level like the Catnapper recliner.
The recliner motion is as you would expect from Lane too, although the handle is located quite far down on the right side of the base. Shorter folks might benefit from a lever extension to allow for easy operation. One bonus point goes to the Lane recliner for the amazing amount of padding on the leg rest. It’s almost to the same level as the seat base, which is a rarity and makes for super comfortable legs!
Pros and cons
- True budget/quality option
- Stain repellent suede fabric
- Cushioned leg rest
- Recliner handle is a bit short
There are three main winners in our review, and which one you choose depends on what you’ll value most about your oversized recliner. If you’re a true comfort junky, then the Catnapper is the chair you want. The level of comfort and adjustability is good, as is the price.
If you’re looking for something a bit more classic, you won’t go too far wrong with the Simmons recliner. It’s a lovely, traditional recliner and still manages to be comfortable and stylish.
If you have your heart set on the Catnapper, but your children are threatening to spill food all over it, then the Lane Furniture recliner is your best choice. It’s not quite as comfortable as the Catnapper, yet that high-density suede is super easy to keep clean. The high cushioned leg rests will help you get over the Catnapper too!
Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for Reclinercize.com
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