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4 Recliner Styles You Should Consider

Mar 5, 2018

There is nothing better than to get home and plop yourself on to your favorite recliner after a long day. That is unless you have a nice, cool drink to go with it. But discovering exactly what recliner suits you is a difficult task. With so many brands and kinds of recliners on the market, your head can go into a tailspin long before you actually get one you really want. That being said, it’s best to start from the basics. Here is a list of the kinds of recliners on offer, and how they function.

Flex-Back or Push-Back

The Flex-Back is the most modern selection on this list. All you have to do is literally push back on your chair in order to recline it. Only the back support is in motion during this reclining action. Thanks to this, it usually takes up less space than other types like the rocker or two-position. Another one of Flex-Back’s most notable features is it has no footrest built in. However, if you require one, there are poufs available that will accommodate your needs. Usually, they fall under the same price range as two- position chairs.


As its name suggests, there are only two modes in its basic function. These are either upright or fully reclined. In order to recline, you use a lever typically located just below the armrest. They are among the most inexpensive recliners. However, finding a good position for them can be challenging. The chair itself takes up a lot of space. In addition, the footrest can easily knock things over if you aren’t careful.


The Rocker recliner, aka the wall hugger recliner, is extremely popular. Since this model does not recline completely like the two-position, it doesn’t require as much space. In addition, you get a variety of angles at which to recline. The downside though, is they do cost slightly more than the flex-back or two-position. Even so, it is still among the more affordable recliners.


The Riser recliner is powered by motors which both recline and lift. It was designed specifically for the disabled and elderly, who often have medical problems. They recline and lift up, allowing for relaxation and getting up with minimal difficulty. Therefore, they are naturally the most expensive and versatile. They need to be located near a socket, as they must be plugged in. The risk of shock is greatly reduced by a transformer whose main purpose is to decrease the voltage input. Made with either single or double motor, Riser recliners typically have control pads or remotes.

The difference between single and double motor chairs comes in price and versatility. Single motor recliners are cheaper to produce, hence cheaper to buy. In addition, they also have simpler controls. This often includes only two buttons on the control pads, for the rise and recline. Double motor recliners, on the other hand, are more flexible and provide more comfort. The controls typically have four buttons and manipulate each motor independently.

Wrapping This Up

Although the recliner has come to be synonymous with comfort and dads, the times are changing. There is more variety suited to different types of people, in different styles with different levels of flexibility. They can even help rehabilitate injured persons and ease the pain for the elderly and disabled. Ultimately, the best recliner is one that serves you well. Be sure to consider who will use it most and how much comfort they need. With any luck, you are now better able to pick out a recliner for your needs. Happy recliner shopping!

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