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Don’t confuse a recliner chair with a lounge chair – a recliner chair is about so much more than just lounging. The best recliners act as both a place to relax after a long day at work, and as a comfy command center for several hours of gaming, movie watching or reading (they are also good for mid-day naps).
What Are the Best Recliners?
The best recliners should feel like a cozy, familiar hug, so when you’re shopping for the best recliner, what you’re really looking for is what will ideally become “your” chair.
If a chair is to be officially “yours,” it has to speak to you, of course, on a comfort level. But it also has to fulfill a few basic requirements, all of which contribute to its overall comfiness. We look at upholstery, the size and shape of the seat, cushion thickness, and construction, to make sure your chair really lasts. Specifics of your chair will depend on your personal preference — leather versus fabric, for instance, or the depth of seat that feels most comfortable for your particular backside.
The best new recliner chairs include cupholders for beverages (it’s important to stay hydrated) and sometimes remote control operation. As its name suggests, a good recliner should recline to a snooze-friendly angle, and the footrest should perfectly support your feet with no dangling. Ideally, this chair will also look attractive in your living room because there is no reason a recliner has to be an eyesore.
1. Homall Recliner Chair
This recliner certainly looks more modern than one of those classic Al Bundy-style loungers, but trust us when we tell you it is just as comfy. It’s made of high-quality PU (vegan) leather, which is pleasant to the touch and easy to clean. A a thick, padded seat, back, and footrest add extra coziness. Design elements, like the high back, wide, curved arm rests, and an easily-adjustable footrest are also vital to the comfort level.
We like the modern, minimalist look of the chair, but we’re also fans of small aesthetic details like the stitching design, which puts it a step up sophistication-wise.
This chair is easy to set up and looks exactly as expected. But because it is a bit on the smaller size, this chair isn’t necessarily a good fit for very tall bodies. It also doesn’t use a lever to recline, so those on the smaller side may need to work a bit to use their body weight to move the chair.
2. FDW Reclining Home Theater Seating
Ergonomically-designed for comfort and small enough to fit most rooms, we love this this unassuming recliner, which works well in living rooms, basements, game rooms and dens.
Like our first pick, this chair’s high back and wide arm rest are designed for optimum lay-back-and-relax vibes, which people find especially soothing for painful chronic back problems. You’ll also appreciate the chair’s heavy-duty, steel-reinforced backrest and frame, which provides stability and durability — important if you want this chair to last a while.
While this recliner is on the small-side (relative to similar loungers), it is still plenty large enough to be comfortable. That said, if you’re significantly taller than six feet, you might need something a bit roomier.
3. JUMMICO Fabric Recliner Chair
Leather upholstery may be easier to clean, but many people find cloth fabric to be more comfortable for furniture, which is why we included this linen-upholstered recliner.
Similar in size and design to the recliners above, this chair’s extra plush cushions, high back, and wide armrests are just begging for someone to sink into. An included remote control lets you choose from eight massage modes to help relieve tension in your back and joints.
People are pleasantly surprised at how easy this chair is to assemble — you need only to screw in the legs, saving potentially hours of manual-decoding, bickering, and feats of mental endurance. Another bonus: once you do have the thing assembled, it’s light enough to move easily from room to room, or corner to corner.
4. Ashley Yandel Power Lift Oversized Recliner Saddle
Much as we’re drawn to slim, moderately-sized recliners, sometimes the occasion calls for a truly gigantic piece of furniture that lets you really sink in. This is why we like this Ashley Furniture oversized recliner, which is as comfortable as it looks.
The brown upholstery is faux-leather poly fiber that is both high-quality and super soft, perhaps even more comfortable in some cases than genuine leather. Design-wise, this chair is generously wide, deep, and indulgent where the chairs above are more restrained. This makes it easier to nap in, but more difficult to fit into all rooms.
Another bonus to this chair is that it is operated by mechanical button rather than lever or having to shift your body weight, thus eliminating any last need for physical effort, which is the goal here.