The 4 Recliner Styles You Should Consider

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Blog

There is nothing better than coming home and plopping yourself down on your favorite recliner after a long day. Discovering exactly what recliner suits you is a difficult task. With so many brands and types 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 with the basics. Here is a list of the most popular options on the market, and how they function.

Types of Recliners

1. Flex-Back or Push-Back Recliners

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 options like the rocker or two-position.

Another notable feature is that 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.

2. Two-Position Recliner

As the name suggests, there are only two options settings available. These are either upright or fully reclined. In order to recline, you use a lever typically located just below the armrest. They are also among the most inexpensive choices. However, finding a good two-position 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.

These styles come in a variety of sizes, materials, and level of recline. For instance, an oversized recliner is just a large two-position. They come in materials ranging from leather to microfiber. The level of recline can range from 90-120 degrees to completely flat at 180 degrees. Truth be told, most recliners are two-position.

3. Rocker Recliner

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. Just as the name implies, this recliner can “rock” back and forth.

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.

4. Riser Recliner

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 being able to rise 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 a 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 motors 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.


Although the recliner has come to be synonymous with comfort and dads, 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 people and ease the pain for the elderly and disabled.

Ultimately, the best option is one that serves your individual needs. Be sure to consider who will use it most and how much comfort they need. With any luck, you are now able to pick out a recliner for your needs.

Barry White

Chief Editor and Furniture Expert for


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