The Best Recliners Reviewed for 2017

November 5th, 2017

You probably know the feeling when you come home after a long day at work, you brew some coffee and want to just sit down somewhere and relax.

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Flash Furniture Plush Leather Rocker Recliner

Flash Furniture Plush Leather Rocker Recliner

  • Well thought out design
  • Sits more upright when not reclined
  • Vinyl can be hard to maintain
  • Reports of package damage on arrival
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The first thought that comes to mind is what if I owned one of the best recliners on the market! A bench at the front porch outside? relaxing-on-reclinerMight be a good option, but in winter it is always really cold while in summer instead of sipping on your cup of coffee and trying to have a quiet time alone you will be fighting off bugs and mosquitos constantly trying to suck on some blood. Well, a living room couch? Mmm… sounds cozy, but there is a better alternative.

You work hard for your money spending your valuable time and energy, therefore you deserve to take a break and relax in the best way possible. A recliner, the product that started filling up the markets just recently, with more and more people leaning towards buying one instead of a sofa. Keep on reading if you want to know why!

The Best Price Effective Recliners

Dorel Living Slim ReclinerB$
ACME 00632 Arcadia ReclinerB+$$
Flash Furniture Contemporary Leather ReclinerA$
Giantex Manual ReclinerA$$$
Davis Fabric ReclinerB+$$

Dorel Living Slim Recliner

Meet your action packed hero in a turtle shell! The Dorel Living Slim Recliner is perfect for those rooms where space is a luxury and effective use of it is a must. If you have a city apartment or just a smaller room, then the Dorel will work perfectly.

This is a super easy recliner to assemble, but a tip for those who are awaiting their orders, make sure you assemble the chair in the location that you plan on keeping it.

In terms of size, it’s positives can also be it’s negatives as those of us who are over the 5ft mark may struggle to keep the chair in a fully reclined position. From our initial testing, the chair was a little sensitive to movement when in the fully reclined position. The movement would cause the chair to snap back into it’s upright position. However, this issue is not to uncommon on lower priced chairs such as this one.

For the price, this is a really great deal. The arms and back are very puffy in a way that I like. A lot of furniture today has much puff in it’s pillows but can still feel like a rock because of the quality of materials. This is not the case here, we found this chair feels great to cosy up into.

There are a few things you should be aware of though. We tested the size of the seat and for a larger person it can feel a little narrow. However, for an average sized person this will be perfect. You will also need to “break-in” the reclining function, we found this a little stiff when straight out of the box, but after a few days of usage, it was reclining like a ninja.

Easy assembly

 Efficient use of space

 Great value at a low cost

 Taller people may find it a little small

 Sensitive to movement when fully reclined

ACME 00632 Arcadia Recliner, Oakwood Chocolate Microfiber

Need a chair quickly? Need one of the best recliners that does the job it’s says it will on the label? Well, the ACME Arcadia Recliner is the chair for you. This recliner serves a great purpose of quickly and easily filling a small space in your room with a comfortable chair. So comfortable in fact that I almost feel asleep twice while testing it out.

Clearly by the price point, this is your bang for buck chair which would be perfect for the occasional user who wants something that is a cinch to put together. Basically snap the back half of the chair onto the bottom and you’re done.

Have pets? Great! The recliner is covered with a polyester microfiber that will result in a slightly rougher feeling that many domestic animals tend to appreciate, namely cats and dogs. However, the down side is that this couch is prone to easily stain, so just make sure that you place a protective layer between the couch and your pet’s bodily outputs.

The padding on the chair is very comfortable and you tend not to sink in to a ever lasting pit like some other recliners we have tested recently. Over time, be sure to keep an eye on how the padding shifts as you start to mould your grove into the chair. We have seen some cases of padding being pushed into the reclining corners of the couch causing the reclining function to faultier over time.

One interesting quirk we found was the strength of the spring on the foot rest of the chair. It’s a little too strong in our opinion and makes the leg rest a little more difficult than necessary to retract back into the chair. This may however just be the case of a newer spring that needs some time to loosen up a little.

 Super comfortable for long periods

 Fast assembly

 Popular online for years now

 Prone to staining

 Footrest difficult to retract

Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG Contemporary Black Leather soft Recliner/Ottoman with Wrapped Base

This is the one of the best recliners for the modern apartment looking to maximise space while keeping a sleek interior design look. This chair will fit into most modern homes with it’s attractive exterior and be loved by it’s owners for it’s comfortable padding.

We put this chair through the most rigorous of tests – as a gaming chair / house entertainment room chair, and it passed both with flying colours. The back is very high for a recliner which makes this chair perfect for taller people. Furthermore, we could not find any slant in the front of the chair, this means it’s perfect for a quick kip while putting no pressure on your knees to hold you in a comfortable position.

Assembly of the chair of relatively straight forward. You will need the tools provided in the box, however, if you have your own tool-set, it’s probably best you whip that out at this point.

Circling back to our testing environment, the reason we dropped it into a gaming household was the swivel ability of the chair. It provides the versatility for seating when hosting many guests, or the frantic movement of playing a console game in front of the TV.

In terms of comfort, you are sacrificing a little bit of comfort here for appearance, as although we felt the chair fit the room perfectly, we also felt a little bit of the chair when we sat on it for longer periods of time. This might also be the case because the leather of the chair is not real, giving you that “pleather” feeling on the skin. I would recommend combining the chair with a nice pillow set that may add the additional comfort needed.

Overall, a highly recommended buy for consumers who want to dip their toes into the range of best recliners world at a great price, without taking up too much space and all while keeping the home looking stylish.

 Stylish recliner for the modern home

 Swivel ability

 No frontward slant

Sacrifices comfort for style

 Some assembly needed

Giantex Manual Recliner Chair Black Lounger Leather Sofa Seat Home Theater

Tall? Want no hassles? And desperately want to relax? Then the Giantex is your godsend. This simple and space effect manual recliner is perfect for the taller (as well as shorter) sized person. The high back, combined with lock in reclining functionality allows you to lay back and nod off for the rest of the afternoon. For assembly, I couldn’t ask for anything more, it practically came pre-built in the box. So once you unwrap, make some adjustments, you’re pretty much ready to sit back and relax.

Unlike other chairs we have reviewed here we found the build and parts of the Giantex chair to be of a better quality in terms of the overall price that one would pay for the chair such as this. Our testing has been going on for 8 months now and we found no issues in the recline function or loosing of the foot rest springs.

These chairs would serve those who are looking to buy in multiples for such things as a home movie theatre or a manicure salon. They offer the creature comforts of having your nails done in luxury while not consuming nearly as much space as a saloon chair.

The main issue we found however is that the width is not very forgiving if you are a little wider. Some of the best recliners compensate for wider width by allowing the padding to re-mould around your body. However, with the Giantex chair, if you don’t fit, you ain’t going to be sitting in this chair at all.

Overall, this chair was one of our favorites for it’s sleek appearance combined with comfort that should last you for years to come and at a price tag that you just can’t turn down.

 Great for taller people

 Good quality parts

 Perfect for multiple chairs in a row

 Unforgiving for the wider individual

Little more expensive

Best Selling Davis Fabric Recliner Club Chair, Light Beige

This modern and chic recliner is a steal at it’s current price as it looks expensive and feels like it should be too. You can understand why this is one of Amazon’s most popular and best recliners when you combine all it’s positives together.

Firstly, let’s review the crafting of the optics of the chair. I asked some friends the other night how much they think I paid for this chair and they replied with at least triple the amount that I’m out of pocket, not to mention how gobsmacked they were to hear the real price.

Where I feel the designers saved some money though is the material used for the chair. It may look nice, but it does not feel as good on the skin as some of the more expensive recliners would feel. Saying that, picking up a low cost sheep skin throw over would solve this issue immediately. This would also protect the fabric from stains as it’s not stain resistant at all (possibly some scotch guard spray would not go astray either).

Another great positive going for this recliner is it’s recline function. Straight out of the box it felt like it had been “wore in” already, no stiffness or extra spring like we found on some of the other recliners, it just felt right. Furthermore, it didn’t loose this tension over time. The chair has been used now for 4 months and it still feels like the same easy to recline strength as when it first removed it from the box.

We found the cushioning to be a little more stiff than compared with the other recliners, but once the chair found our groves, it tended to keep that shape. This made it much easier to hope up as well as sit down.

 Modern and expensive looking chair at great price

 Smooth recline function straight out of box

 Cushioning finds groove quickly and holds

 Fabic does not feel the best on the skin

 Not stain resistant

The Best Recliners for Investment in Comfort

Dorel Living Padded Dual Massage ReclinerB*$$
Flash Furniture Contemporary Leather ReclinerA$$
Relaxzen Leisure ReclinerA-$
Monarch Specialties Leather Swivel Glider ReclinerA+$$$

Dorel Living Padded Dual Massage Recliner, Tan

Welcome to the introductory level of a combined recliner / massage chair. Dorel has done a wonderful job in trying to pack the features of a more expensive recliner into an affordable and well sized recliner.

The first great advantage this chair has over it’s competitors in this price bracket is that it reclines entirely to offer you the full relaxation experience. You will find that some of the chairs do not recline entirely or are very fragile when in full recliner mode. Once you’re done relaxing, the chair has an excellent built in “rock forward” function to assist you standing up. This is especially handy when your legs feel like jelly after waking up from a cosy nap on the chair.

Dorel aren’t done there though, they have thrown in a basic head and leg massager that is controlled with a simple remote on the side. However, keep in mind, this is only an entry level massaging mechanism, so it’s basically sending vibrations through your neck and legs. The downside to is that it can be a little loud and not something you can leave on for longer periods of time.

The padding on the chair is very comfy with the microfiber the fabric showing nicely stitched lines.

This chair is highly recommended for new moms who have a nursery area they love to escape to while feeding or caring for their newborns. The vibration of the massaging functionality can offer a soothing feeling for your young one. At the price of the chair, it does not have to be a long term commitment, so as your child grows you will not have to be forced to find ways hide the chair as it’s useful lessens.

 Combines massage and reclining function at entry level price

 Massage remote control

 Vibration excellent for new moms cradling young ones

 Vibration loud

 Lever recline only

Flash Furniture BT-7818-BGE-GG Contemporary Beige Leather Recliner and Ottoman with Swiveling Mahogany Wood Base

For those following along at home, may have noticed that this is the upgrade model of the earlier chair we reviewed with the “wrapped base”. This is because we have to admit, we are kind of fans of the Flash Furniture range, they make cost effect, sleek and functionally best recliners that have passed our tests with flying colors.

So for around $100 more than the base model, you step up in materials and comfort. As mentioned in the name, this model is styled with a mahogany wooden base making it look like a $1,000 recliner at nearly a quarter of the price. Flash Furniture also upped the anti on the padding, adding extra cushioning around the base and head areas.

Assembly was a little longer with this recliner compared to the previous models we tested as we timed having completed building the chair in 45 minutes from the start of the unboxing process. The most complex part was attaching the head onto the base, but the instructions are clear enough to help you through.

Keep in mind that this is not a fully reclinable chair, the angle would be just over 45 degrees at most. We found ourselves not entirely falling asleep on the chair, but it was definitely comfortable enough for a power snooze.

One last point worth noting is that the chair is available in a nice array of colors to suit any living space. This is often a luxury not afforded in the reclining chair world, so be sure to find the right color for your home.

Style mahogany base stands out

 Comfortable chair with moderate padding

 Available in multiple colors

 Not fully reclinable

 Little longer to assemble than most chairs

Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Recliner Chair with 8-Motor Massage & Heat, Brown

Meet the smooth operator of the best recliners world, the Relaxzen talks the talk and walks the walk. This chair appeals to the shopper looking for a recliner with high end functionalities combined with a modern appeal.

The first advantage out of the blocks is that Relaxzen have cut a great balance between padding and style. If you stand on the side of the fence that says many of the recliners on the market are overpadded, then look no further, you have your winner. The even better news is that we have sat in the chair a combined many hours and it’s still remaining quite comfortable to sit and relax in.

It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes..” or something like that. While it may not become that hot, the recliner has a sweet heating feature that serves wonders on a cold winters evening in front of the TV. And while your back is warming up, you can switch on the vibration to further subdue and relax those tired muscles. Unlike the massage feature on the previous chair we reviewed where the massage was a constant vibration, this chair sends out pulses which which we found very relaxing for the lower back muscles.

The only downside here is that you have to have the heat on if you want the massage working too. Strange design decision, but I’m sure they had their reasons. Heating and massage are all controlled via the handy remote on the side of the chair.

We found assembly for this chair a little more time consuming than most, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Tools are provided, but if you have your own on hand, that would be very useful.

 High end functionalities at good price

 Tech tech massaging that heats you up too

 Good balance of padding and comfort

 Heating has to be on at the same time as massaging functions

 Little longer to assemble than most chairs

Monarch Specialties Ivory Bonded Recliner

This white knight is a little on the higher price range for our “investment in comfort” category. However, we couldn’t overlook the Monarch Specialties Recliner. This white, leather reclining chair will easily blend into any interior you might have in your home while offering all who seat on it’s throne a delightfully relaxing experience.

This recliner features a retractable footrest system which helps you gain the most comfortable position and is hidden while retracted. While this chair is not computer operated, it is still easy to use as it reclines and swivels around. The bold and fashionable white, leather recliner will add some class to any living room.

Monarch Specialties recliner will only take about 40 inches of space in any direction, which is not a lot, and it weighs around 88 lbs fully assembled. Don’t be fooled by the statistics however, because from all accounts, this chair can fit most shapes and sizes very easily.

Similar to the other sleek best recliners we have already reviewed, this chair does not over do the padding while still keeping a sustained level of comfort (even after 10 months of use so far).

Putting the chair together was a simple as pie and if you have any  silicone spray handy, I would recommend applying some under the arms and in between the cranks of the chair. Since doing this you can barely hear a peep out of the chair as it reclines.

Keep in mind that the chair does not recline without putting up the footrest. However, you will be able to rock and swivel very comfortably.

 High end functionalities at good price

 Tech tech massaging that heats you up too

 Good balance of padding and comfort

 Heating has to be on at the same time as massaging functions

 Little longer to assemble than most chairs

The Best Recliners that are Feature Packed

MSG Massage ReclinerB$$$
Flash Furniture Plush Leather Rocker ReclinerA$$$
HomCom Deluxe Heated Vibrating ReclinerB-$

MSG Massage Recliner Leather Sofa Chair Ergonomic Lounge Swivel Heated with Control Black

This is one recliner that you won’t find many, if not any, negative reviews for. We have tested the MSG recliner for well over a month now and love it. The first and very noticeable advantage is the ergonomic design that can accommodate a person of almost all shapes and sizes. You can take extra advantage of the adjustable head rest which is a feature rarely seen on modern day best recliners. From our measurements, the height of the seat and the width from arm to arm is 18.5” and the width from arm to arm is 20.9”. In terms of size though, we did feel more pressure on our legs and usual and believe that the chair could be an inch or two higher.

The great stand out functionality is that you can use the heat and massage functionality separately. This is good because it’s normally common for the best recliners in this price bracket to make these two functions dependant on each other to run.

The leather feeling of the material is soft and caressing on the skin, we also found it quickly matched your body temperature. So if you have forgotten to turn on the heating function prior to sitting on the chair, the embrace of the cold leather is not long lasting at all.

Of the 8 massage modes available, we particularly enjoyed level 4 or 5. These modes cut a great balance with pushing tension out of our backs while not feeling uncomfortable or uneasy which some other recliner massage functions tend to do.

Did we forgot to mention the cup holders? Definitely not! We used these regularly as they surprisingly fit almost all drink diameter sizes that we could throw at them.

 Accommodates all shapes and sizes

 Heats and massages separately and together

 Leather + cup holders!

Some unnecessary massage functions

 Wider chair, not for narrow spaces

Flash Furniture MEN-DSC01078-BRN-GG Plush Leather Rocker Recliner, Brown

This has to be our number #1 pick for best recliner on the market, the Flash Furniture Rocker Recliner ticks all the boxes and delivers everything you need at a sensational price.

The recliner is 66′ depth, 42′ height, 40′ width by 39′. You’re right in thinking that this recliner is a little wider than your average recliner on the market. But this extra width accounts for the extra padding in the seat, back and arm rests. The other measurement we love here is the height, it stands around 2′ taller than most recliners we have reviewed.

This is an extremely comfortable chair that neither of us could give up once we were nestled in and cosy. One of the main reasons for this is that the chair tends to sit more upright when not reclined. An experienced recliner would know that this places much less stress on your legs and does wonders for the comfort of the chair. We were so impressed with this recliner we took our review one step further to investigate the mechanics under the chair. We were happy to find a good quality build which was surprising the price and comfort of the chair.

Assembly was a breeze as there wasn’t much to put together, the chair arrived mostly intact and ready to serve. The material is a vinyl making it super easy to maintain and reasonably easy to remove most stains.

The only drawback we could find was the state of the packaging when the chair arrived at our door. There was damage to the box and scruff marks everywhere. Luckily for us, the chair inside was unharmed.

 Our favorite recliner!

 Great dimensions and well thought out design

 Sits more upright when not reclined

 Vinyl can be hard to maintain

 Packaging was very damaged on arrival

HomCom Deluxe Heated Recliner Chair

If you are not looking to spend more than just a few hundred dollars on a recliner chair, here is a great and price wise conservative option for you to look at.

HomCom presents a fully remote controlled recliner which will move to your desired position with a press of a button. It also features the ability to recline for up to 180 degrees and to spin 360 degrees in any direction. Moreover, if you live in one of the northern states, with this recliner you will never feel cold again on any chill night: HomCom Deluxe has got a built-in heater which you can easily activate with a remote.

On a negative note though, we have read about experiences of users who have been using the recliner all day everyday. They report that the foam padding does tend to deteriorate and move into problematic areas. So far we haven’t experienced this ourselves, but if you are looking for a recliner with those usage requirements in mind, maybe this one is not for you.

For those coffee lovers, you do not have to be afraid of spilling your favorite beverage anymore with two convenient cup holders inserted in either armrest. Check this one out! It comes in several different colors and you can pick one that fits your living room interior best.

 Good value mid range recliner

 Fully reclines and holds it’s position under movement stress

 Heater warms up really quickly

Not designed for all day, everyday use

 Little wider than similar recliners in the category

A Little Bit of History…

space-reclining-chairThe recliner as we know it today was introduced and patented by Daniel F. Caldemeyer of Evansville, Indiana. He did not use the idea of Knabush and Shoemaker, two fellow Americans, who first patented the wooden recliner back in 1928, but instead he developed his unique design based on the science of kinetics he obtained knowledge of while serving in the U.S. Air Force. His design was really helpful to the U.S. government with NASA later using the idea of the seat for space missions Apollo, Gemini and Mercury.

So Why Make the Best Recliners?

And seriously, why buy a reclining chair rather than a traditional couch? Having a recliner has its own perks that the majority of Americans find really useful these days. Even though the very first recliner was introduced in 1850s in France, more than a century and a half ago, the reclining chairs are starting to gain popularity only nowadays. And we will help you see the advantages and pick the best recliners for your home.

Advantages of a Reclining Chair

Having a recliner at home has lots of pros… and zero cons. Check it out:

  • Comfort. When you select from the best recliners, rest assured it will become your generator of comfort for years to come. The whole point of buying a reclining chair is to have the option to recline the back as you please. Something you cannot really do with a regular couch. Additionally, for a little extra fee, major recliner manufacturers offer an option to elevate your feet putting you practically in horizontal position while technically still sitting. You can try reading a book or watching TV laying back in that position. However, you will probably become too comfortable and will not resist a nap.
  • Space. Think about it. A regular couch can take up to 3 times more space in your living room than a chair. Surely, you will have to allow a little bit of room for the recliner to recline back to. However, compared to a couch it is simply a no-brainer. You can even buy another recliner for your loved one and put it right next to yours and still have lots of space left to fill. While some couch can transform into beds, it is usually a lengthy process as well as