Your Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to the Best Recliners of 2018

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It’s time to sit back, relax, and discover a whole new way to, well, sit back and relax as we deliver your ultimate guide to the very best recliners 2018 has to offer.


Because, let’s be honest:

After working hard right the year round, don’t we all deserve to come home, put our feet up and unwind with chairs and recliners that deliver the very pinnacle of comfort and relaxation?

Sure we do, but let’s be honest, the typical chairs, sofas, and furnishings most of us have in our homes simply don’t offer that.

OK, so they might just be passable for a night in front of the TV, but stacked up against the high-tech features of modern home recliners and designs that are purpose-built to make you feel good, there really is no comparison.

Yet what if over self-indulgence has never really been your thing? Is there really any reason to invest in one of this year’s best chairs and recliners?

In short, yes. In fact, there’s several reasons.

The Health Benefits of Home Recliners
A number of the chairs listed here today come with integrated massage systems. With some, it’s a basic back massager, with others, it’s a complete pamper solution for your entire body.

Either way, the legitimate health benefits go above and beyond mere relaxation.

From immediate and relief and long-term recovery from back pain, to combating troubles with sleep, improved circulation and a better immune system, an investment in a new home recliner could prove to be the best investment you make for your body and your health all year round.

With that in mind, just one question remains:

Which are the best recliners 2018 presents us with?

Before we take an in-depth look at our carefully-selected picks for the best of the bunch, here’s our up-to-date comparison chart providing a brief overview of all the things you really need to know when choosing a home recliner that’s right for you.

No. Chair Name Size ( L x W x H in inches) Massage Functions Material Check Price
1: Kahuna LM 6800 Zero Gravity Recliner 48 x 31 x 46 6 auto massage programs including Shiatsu, yoga stretching, and chiropractic options, plus targeted body massage, heat therapy, and air cell massage technology Bonded Grade leather seating with synthetic leather side pads and frame. Check Price
2: Tangkula Deluxe Massage Recliner 33 x 30 x 19.5 8 massage nodes with multiple intensity settings and heating options. PU Leather Check Price
3: BestMassage® EC-06 Massage Chair 55 x 42 x 35 Air massage, Shiatsu power rollers, heat therapy, and multiple preset massage programs. Bonded Grade Real Leather Check Price
4: Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG LeatherSoft Recliner with Ottoman 27.25 x 39 x 37.5 N/A Overstuffed padding with LeatherSoft (leather and polyurethane) finish. Check Price
5: Recliner Genius Heated Massage Recliner Chair 38 x 42 x 34 8-point heated, vibrating massage Bonded Grade Real Leather Check Price
6: Dorel Living Padded Dual Massage Recliner 41 x 36 x 40 2-level vibrating massage Foam seating with soft, microfiber fabric Check Price
7: Madison Real Leather Armchair Recliner 38 x 36 x 40 N/A Bond Grade Real Leather Check Price
8: Flash Furniture Lever Rocker Recliner 40 x 66 x 42 N/A LeatherSoft (leather and polyurethane) Check Price
9: Elizabeth Living Room Armchair Recliner 29.50 x 35 x 40.50 N/A Tufted fabric with wooden base and frame. Check Price
10: Hoation Rocking Chair Seat size ( LxW ): 56 x 50 cm . Back size ( LxW ) : 56x74cm N/A Polycotton w/ Birch veneer frame and metal back frame Check Price

Just one look at the table above should give you some idea as to why we put together this complete buyer’s guide in the first place.

With so many variables to consider (price, features, design, and weight to name but a few), navigating your way through all of the available recliners for sale and picking one that’s perfectly suited to your needs, your home, and your lifestyle can prove to be a challenge all of its own.

That’s why, below, we’ve looked at each individual reclining chair on its own individual merit, assessing the pros and cons of each one so that you can be one step closer to enjoying the pinnacle of comfort and relaxation in 2018.

1. Kahuna LM 6800 Zero – Gravity Recliner

Best For: All-round health benefits
Price: From $1,466 to $3,500 on Amazon

This is it then, the very best recliner 2018 has to offer; a powerful yet exquisitely comfortable high-performance massage chair that looks -and operates- like something you could probably imagine The Jetsons using to unwind after a long day dealing with the stresses and pressures of Orbit city.

Sure, the futuristic design of Kahuna’s zero-gravity, full-body massage chair recliner may lack the finesse and refinement boasted by some of the more elegantly styled pieces of furniture on our list, yet what it lacks in elegant design it more than makes up for with an abundance of next-generation features, all of which combine to make this one of the best recliners for sale anywhere.

TOP TIP: Zero gravity chairs are specially designed spread the user’s weight across a larger surface area of the chair, alleviating stress on the body and opening the body up for a deeper, more powerful massage. Plus, with the legs elevated higher than the head, you experience a full range of additional health benefits.

That said, the design itself isn’t the worst thing we’ve ever seen. The brown frame is gently curved to add a contemporary feel, whilst the black, faux-leather seat and leg massagers will compliment a similar-styled sofa.

Still, Kahuna didn’t design the LM-6800 to just sit there and look pretty. This one is all about what it can do, and what it can do is an awful lot.

At its core, you’ll find an L-track 4 roller massage system which provides superior quality support all the way from the spine to the buttocks and adds a level of compression which ensures you get more out of every massage.

Speaking of the massage features, the real highlight of the LM-6800 is the computerised body scan technology which, as the name implies, carries out an automatic body size scan so that the chair can best fit itself around you and deliver a bespoke massage experience customised to fit your exact body.

That massage is delivered using state-of-the-art air cell massage technology, in which each individual air cell inflates and deflates separately to twist and provide a deep stretch to each part of the body.

The result is that not only does your massage feel far superior to the one you’d get with a lot of other leading home recliners, but that it operates much more quietly than some of the louder, vibrating models currently on the market, meaning an even greater sense of peace and relaxation.

TOP TIP: The biggest complaint we (and others) have with this chair is that the feet massagers can be unnecessarily powerful and even uncomfortable when the massage is turned off. Lots of users suggest small hacks, such as attaching a soft piece of velcro, which can make the feet feel just as good as the rest of the body.

The neck, shoulders, arms, waist, hips, thighs, and calves can all be massaged, with advanced heating therapy technology on the calves and lower back adding to the all-round sense of ease and comfort.

In terms of recline, this popular oversized recliner offers three levels of zero gravity to help reduce stress on the body and allow you to lie in the optimum position to make the most of your massage.

Elsewhere, the LM6800 comes with six preset, automatic programmes, each one optimised for a different massage experience.

The Kahuna Signature Yoga-Stretching program is designed for full-body therapy, stretching your body to improve circulation, provide relief from pain and stiffness, and leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and reinvigorated.

The SH-chiro program is a patented auto program designed to unlock nerve energy in the spinal region and provide deep, effective massage for reducing back pain and tension.

Finally, the full-body Shiatsu specialised therapy programs provide massages targeted to individual body areas, including upper or lower back, complete back, lower body or lower back and body, and you can also set different massaging techniques, including kneading, tapping, rolling, as well as other combinations.

All in all, one of the most impressive, multi-functional massage for sale this year, and every bit deserving of its place at the top of our list of 2018’s best recliners.

Pros Cons
6 auto programs Higher price tag
3 zero gravity levels Some assembly challenges
Heat therapy Heavy – not easy to move around
Computerised body scan technology Timed massage only operates for 15 minutes.
Air cell massage technology


So, there you have it; our guide to the best reclining chairs 2018 has to offer, but even though you’ve now seen the best of the best, there’s still a lot to think about when it comes to determining which chair is right for you.

Below then, we finish our ultimate recliner guide with a few top tips and suggestions on what to think about to ensure that you get the absolute best value for your hard earned money.

2. Tangkula Deluxe Massage Recliner

Best For: Ergonomic design and superior comfort
Price: $359.99

This Deluxe Massage Recliner earns its spot on our list for a couple of reasons, not least of which being the fact that it manages to do what so many other chairs fail at time and time again:

Providing ergonomic massage and state-of-the-art features whilst still looking absolutely beautiful.

Unlike some of the large, clunky design that a number of leading massage recliners stick rigidly to, aesthetic appeal is a big part of the Tangkula PU leather recliner appeal, with a smooth, elegant, ergonomic design and beautiful PU leather ensuring that it’s a welcome addition to any home environment.

TOP TIP: The PU leather finish means that not only does this look really good, it’s also a breeze to clean and provides greater resistance to scratches, and general wear and tear than top-grain leather, ensuring a greater long-term return on your investment.

That said, this isn’t all for show. The ergonomic design combines plush, oversized padding for the seat, armrests, back and neck support t deliver unrivalled comfort.

That alone makes this one a good option for long periods of relaxation, but there are of course a number of massage options which only add to the chair’s appeal.

Eight different massage nodes targeting different parts of the body each have a heating option and different levels of intensity, and work well to get the blood flowing, alleviate stiffness and remove lower lumbar and neck pain.

The side pouches and two cup holders are a nice touch, though with this one, it’s all about that ergonomic design and incredibly comfortable seating.

TOP TIP: Be warned, that at 300 lbs, this is one of the heaviest chairs out there, so you’ll need a hand getting it into place and set up properly. That said, the huge weight does provide ample support for larger-bodied users.

Pros Cons
Ergonomic design Heavy
8 massage nodes Delivery and assembly issues
Leather-look finish Low seating making it unsuitable for larger users
Multiple reclining options  


3. BestMassage® EC-06 Massage Chair

Best For: Full body massage
Price: $799 on Amazon

A recent update to BestMassage’s earlier foray into the world of Shiatsu massage chairs, the comes with a wealth of additional and revised features not found on the company’s earlier models. Together, the new features combine to make this a top choice for those whose top priority when choosing a new leather recliner is the health benefits it provides.


TOP TIP: It’s important to note that BestMassage only offer a limited warranty on this model, and if something breaks down you’ll be liable to pay the costs of sending the chair back to repair. Though it may be worth the risk for the great price of a great chair, it is something to think about when making your purchasing decision.

A total of 30 carefully-placed airbags are located throughout the lower half chair to provide a deep, invigorating air massage for the legs, thighs, calves and feet which aims to improve blood circulation and leave tired legs feeling fit and healthy enough to run a marathon.

Not that you’ll be wanting to get up and go anywhere when you’ve got this shiatsu massage chair working over your entire body.

The chair moulds itself to your body on each use to enhance the effectiveness of massages to your back, neck and shoulders, with additional massage heads located in the upper part to target the most common sore spots in the neck.

Meanwhile, the combination of Heat intelligent power rollers, compression and percussion and multiple air massage points work together to provide a number of pre-set massage programs, from those targeting individual body areas to an all-over shiatsu massage, all with multiple intensity levels

TOP TIP: This chair has been designed to target the ‘tsubo’ (meridian) points on the body that are used to deliver an effective shiatsu massage, meaning it delivers a superior targeted massage as well as full-body relaxation.

Design-wise, we’re talking soft, stylish faux-leather, with mahogany armrests adding a certain luxurious touch. For the most part, this does make the EC-06 one of the better looking massage recliner chairs on the market, though the addition of a fixed control panel permanently protruding from one of the armrests does look a little unsightly – surely on their next upgrade, BestMassage can provide this as a remote control option.

Like all god chairs, this one offers multiple reclining positions, with the backrest and ottoman fully adjustable so that you can choose a custom recline position that suits you.

Meanwhile, at 55 x 42 x 35 inches and an eye-watering 300lbs, this comes in as one of the biggest and heaviest recliners out there, making both delivery and assembly something of a challenge.

Pros Cons
Air massage features Heavy 300lb weight
Heat intelligent roller system Difficult to assemble
Automatic recline Control panel fixed into armrest
Multiple massage settings


4. Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG LeatherSoft Recliner with Ottoman

Best For: A reclining chair for your home office
Price: $121.13 on Amazon

So far, we’ve covered the best recliners for sleeping, gaming, massaging and generally relaxing, but what about working?

Yes, it is possible to kick back, recline and unwind in an office environment, as this stylish and study LeatherSoft Recliner with Ottoman proves.

Fashioned in the style of your standard executive chair, Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG certainly looks the part, with the soft leather recliner, ottoman, and leather-wrapped base all providing a cool, contemporary finish that lends itself well to a modern home office or study environment.

Underneath that leather finish, you’ll find a chair overstuffed with generously-inviting CA 117 fire retardant padding, for ample comfort.

The padding is stuffed not only into the seat and back, but into the armrests as well, so you’ll be well supported regardless as to whether you’re working away at a laptop, kicking back with a book, or simply enjoying some well-earned downtime.

TOP TIP: Though the chair’s light weight (just 44lbs) and small frame (27.2 x 39 x 37.5 inches) makes it very easy to move around, that does also make it one of the more ‘compact’ chairs on our list. Larger and taller users may find this far too small to be comfortable.

The reclining features use a simple knob which, though easy to use, does only offer a limited number of reclining positions.

TOP TIP: Though the chair’s light weight (just 44lbs) and small frame (27.2 x 39 x 37.5 inches) makes it very easy to move around, that does also make it one of the more ‘compact’ chairs on our list. Larger and taller users may find this far too small to be comfortable.

Still, with a relatively low price tag and a great leather-look finish, this is still good value for money.

Pros Cons
Contemporary, leather-look design Compact chair not suitable for larger users
Includes ottoman Limited reclining positions
360 rotation swivel chair Limited colour options
Overstuffed padding


5. Recliner Genius Heated Massage Recliner Chair

Best For: Multiple massage zones
PPrice: $327 on Amazon

Another top contender for 2018’s best leather recliner, this heated massage chair from Recliner Genius combines all the best bits of the chairs found in the top half of our list, and takes them to another level in an effort to set itself up as the year’s ultimate home relaxation chair.

Right out of the box, the chair assembles effortlessly, with just two main pieces to put together and three cables to connect the heat and massage options (more of which later) so that it can be ready to use within minutes.

Before you assemble it, however, you might want to think carefully about where you’re going to put in your home. At close to 100lbs and fairly sizable to boot, this isn’t the easiest thing to move around once you’ve set it up.

That said, the size and weight, with a total weight capacity of 400 lbs (just over 181 kg) and overall dimensions of 38″ x 42″ x 34″ inches with a 21.5″ x 18″ seat, do make it a very strong, sturdy, and reliable option.

TOP TIP: Finding chairs that can support the weight of larger-bodied users can be tough, but the Recliner Genius Heated Massage Recliner Chair’s oversized dimensions do make it ideal for this very purpose.

Wherever you put it, the bounded leather finish (genuine leather with a polyurethane coating) adds a classic, elegant touch that accentuates the design aesthetic of modern living spaces and even office environments, whilst also ensuring an almost unrivalled level of comfort.

Speaking of comfort, the oversized padding of the back cushions provide excellent support for the neck, lower lumbar, and spine, with soft armrests bring a sense of ease and well being to arms and legs.

Elsewhere, those of you disappointed by the entry-level Dorel Living massage chair’s dual-massage options will be glad to note that the Recliner Genius Heated Massage Recliner Chair does come with an eight-point massage system, complete with in-built heating system.

At any one time, you can choose to massage your back, buttocks, legs, waist or indulge in an all-over body massage, with multiple intensity levels for each.

One of our favourite swivel recliner chairs that we’ve come across so far this year, the chair is capable of 360 degree rotation, and comes with a manual lever function to operate the recliner.

TOP TIP: Even more so than with other models, the lever system on this chair has a reputation for being notoriously stiff, which certainly diminishes its appeal. If you’re prepared to contend with that though, the rewards of relaxation are well worth it.

Finally, for added convenience, this solid leather recliner chair also comes with two cup holders (one on each armrest), a side pocket (perfect for storing the chair’s control and other remote controls) as well as two front pockets.

Pros Cons
8-point massage system Heavy (difficult to move about)
Easy assembly Mechanical lever system can be stiff
Bonded leather finish Heat doesn’t function without massage vibration
Heated seat


6. Dorel Living Padded Dual Massage Recliner

Best for: Entry level massage chair
Price: $278 on Amazon

It’s often tempting to think of massage chairs as big, unwieldy things that take up huge amounts of space and often aren’t too attractive to boot.

This tan recliner chair from Dorel Living bucks that trend by managing to be both stylish and relatively compact whilst still delivering a relaxing massage.

Built around a solid, sturdy frame made from superior quality wood for long-lasting durability and support even for bigger frames, the seating is lavishly padded with foam, and comes with extra seat and back cushions to provide the kind of high quality comfort you’d expect from one of the best recliners of the year.

The whole thing is finished off in a soft, smooth microfibre fabric which cleans easily.

Along with the tan recliner chair which creates a beautiful aesthetic which suitably compliments a light, airy interior design, the model also comes in a luxuriant chocolate finish, making it an ideal addition to any lounge, bedroom, study, or similar living space.

Of course, looks aren’t everything, and what really puts the Dorel Living Padded Dual Massage Recliner in a league of its own are the chaise seating and massage options.

As with lots of other popular recliners for sale, this one uses a flexible lever mechanism to help users settle into one of many different positions, from a simple, extended footrest to a fully reclined position.

This makes it as comfortable to use for relaxing and reading a book as it does for throwing a blanket over yourself and taking a long, peaceful nap, especially with the oversized padding on the seat, back, and armrests adding a whole new level of comfort.

Speaking of levels, the massage functionality comes in two zones – a light, gentle vibration for relaxation and a higher setting that’s perfect for helping ease away any aches and pains, and makes this a good entry-level model for all-over massage.

TOP TIP: For a little extra money, you could get a massage chair with more options that will prove better if you need to target a specific part of the body (back, legs etc) or use different massage techniques, but at less than $300, this is still a great little chair for general relaxation.

Pros Cons
stylish, contemporary design Limited massage features
Oversized padding for comfort Not suitable for taller, larger users
Multiple reclining options 2nd level massage feature can be too loud
Low cost


7. Madison Real Leather Armchair Recliner

Best for: Luxury gaming chair
Price: $174 on Amazon

We’ve long since passed the age when gaming was seen as being merely for kids. These days, gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry widely accepted in the mainstream, with consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 proving to be as integral to many modern homes as a flatscreen TV or stereo system.

Yet gaming’s rise in popularity doesn’t just mean that it’s the consoles themselves that are making their way into our homes – a range of accessories and dedicated furniture have seen a huge surge in demand in recent years, no more so than the humble gaming chair.

A step above conventional reclining chairs, modern gaming chairs have evolved to accommodate the long periods of time players spend locked into their favourite consoles, as well as ensuring that players have the freedom and flexibility to make full use of their controls.

With that in mind, they need to be beautifully ergonomically designed, extremely comfortable, and built to last.

The good news, is that a number of models released in late 2017 and early 2018 deliver just that.

The even better news is that Madison’s luxurious Real Leather Armchair does it better than most.

Unlike conventional gaming chairs which base their designs on standard office chairs (albeit with extra lumbar support and usually reclining features), this exuberant brown leather recliner models itself after the kind of soft, sumptuous armchair you’d typically find yourself enjoying an afternoon snooze in.

And that’s not a bad thing.

If you’re the type of gamer who likes to spend some serious hours working your way through the latest Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto release, then you’ll already know that comfort is of paramount importance when it comes to choosing where to sit.

As one of the best leather recliners currently available, Madison have made comfort their top priority here, with generous padding and soft, Bond Grade real leather making it ideal for extended gaming sessions.

The chair also comes with latch mechanism functionality to transform the chair from standard armchair into a luxury recliner, complete with a much-welcomed foot stool.

Simply pulling the latch on the side of the chair releases the foot stool and enables full chaise seating mode, but this does mean that, unlike other chairs on our list, you really only have two positions available – upright and chaise.

TOP TIP: Latch mechanisms can grow stiff over time and require a little more effort to release than other reclining methods. A remote system would have made this chair even better.

With other models, a variety of different positions can be utilised for maximum comfort, but given how inviting this one is to begin with, it’s a small complaint.

Size wise, the chair supports a maximum weight of 231 lbs (114kg), with a 25.98″ backrest and total reclined dimensions of 80 cm x 97 cm x 168cm, making it a popular choice for larger users.

TOP TIP: When ranking these chairs we looked closely at genuine user reviews to see how closely the experience of others tallies with our own. In this case, we found that the Madison received the highest positive-to-negative review ratio of any of the chairs on our list, making it one of the most popular models available.

Pros Cons
Extremely comfortable Limited reclining positions
Real, bond grade leather Lack of massage features
Low cost – value for money No cup holder or pouches
Easy to clean


8. Flash Furniture Lever Rocker Recliner

Best for: Leather finish
Price: $349 on Amazon

Competition for 2018’s best leather recliner was fiercely tough, with a number of leading furniture makers unveiling models which promise to deliver the height elegantly refined opulence and long-lasting durability.

Yet after hours of research (by which we mean lying around with our feet up) and agonising decision making, it was clear there could be only one winner, and that Flash Furniture’s grand Lever Rocker Recliner was it.

Built on an enduringly solid frame, with CA117 fire retardant foam finished in delicate yet durable LeatherSoft upholstery, the rocker is built to last for years, with even traditionally tough stains being easy to spot clean with a light cloth.

Together, that represents good value for money, ensuring that your $349 investment is going towards a solid piece of furniture that is going to serve you well for a long time to come.

And serve you well it will.

The unique, bustle-back cushions create a gentle, massaging sensation without the need to invest in an expensive massage chair whilst the patented Leathersoft finish (leather and polyurethane) ensures a soft, inviting seat.

TOP TIP: LeatherSoft is the brand name for a particular type of bonded leather, an affordable alternative to the higher-priced top grain leather.
It provides the benefits of softness, comfort, and attractiveness, but whilst genuine leather can be easily damaged in high traffic areas (living rooms, offices etc), LeatherSoft is also strong and durable to keep looking -and feeling- good for longer.


As ideal for laying back and watching TV as it is for completely letting go and taking a nap, the manual, lever recliner can be adjusted to create several different reclining positions, though users do report that the lever is stiffer than you might imagine and a little tricky to maneuver.

Whilst big and sturdy enough to support larger bodies, the 96lb weigh and ample frame means it isn’t the easiest leather recliner to move around – so if you do invest in this one, think carefully about where you’re going to put it, as it may be there for some time.

Otherwise, a beautiful, luxuriously comfortable home recliner that makes a welcome addition to any home.

Pros Cons
Highly durable and built to last Heavy and difficult to maneuver
Perfect for larger users Stiff lever
Easy to clean


9. Elizabeth Living Room Armchair Recliner

Best for: Traditional design
Price: $241 on Amazon

From contemporary style to a timeless classic next. This light blue recliner may not pack all the bells and whistles as those pieces you’ll find further on in our guide, but that’s never what Elizabeth Recliner was made for.

No, this one is all about serving as the focal point of any traditionally-designed lounge, study, or living space.

Elegantly upholstered in soft, plush fabric, with a tufted back to combine the Victorian-era aesthetic that has been so popular in the interior design world in recent years with a remarkable comfort, this is the kind of chair that will become an immediate talking point among household guests

TOP TIP: Though it’s often a factor most recliner buyers overlook, material that is easy to clean should be high on your list of priorities. The soft upholstery of the Elizabeth Living Room Armchair Recliner is one of our picks for this exact reason – a spot clean with a damp cloth typically removes most common stains.

Yet don’t be mistaken for believing this one is all style over substance.

The nail-head accented arms and wing-backs, together with a sumptuous yet sturdy cushion help deliver a high level of relaxation, whilst the actual recliner is fully adjustable, lending itself well to a variety of sitting, lying, and relaxing positions.

TOP TIP: With a seat width of just 20.50″ inches and a height of 19,” this may not be the most practical chair for taller bodies, but its slightly smaller size does mean it fits perfectly into rooms or even whole homes where space is at a premium.

The only other drawback we could find was that assembly was deceptively tricky, but with two people on the job you should have no problem.

Pros Cons
Attractive, classic design Not suitable for larger frames
Ideal for small rooms / homes Some assembly difficulties
Extremely comfortable Limited colour options


10. Hoation Rocking Chair

Best for: Budget recliner
Price: $85 on Amazon

Later on in our guide to 2018’s best recliners, we’ll dive into those all-singing, all-dancing easy chairs with a host of high-tech features, but look, we get it:

That’s not always what you want.

Sometimes, you simply want a nice, solid, comfortable recliner chair to kick back in and unwind after a long day at the grind.

Fortunately, that’s where our number ten entry comes into its own.

With prices starting from just $85, the Haotian rocking chair with adjustable footrest may not be able to do anything more than offer you a comfortable place to sit, but if that’s all you want in the first place, you’ll find that few come better at this price.

The birch veneer frame offers exceptional stability and support, which, when combined with the generous dimensions (56×50 cm seat with a 56 x 74 backrest) ensure a comfortable rest for even larger-bodied users.

The polycotton cushion cover comes in black as standard, but is also available in red and white to blend in with the interior design of your lounge or office space.

Meanwhile, the curved design of the frame adds a touch of modern elegance to your home and also lends itself well to a light, rocking motion which is perfect for those moments when you really just want to drift away and relax for a while.

TOP TIP: As budget home recliners for short term use go, the Hoation rocker chair does serve its purpose well, but this one does start to suffer from wear and tear much faster than some of the premium-cost recliners out there, so you might be better off investing a little more for a good quality chair that will last a long time.

On the negative side, along with being susceptible to damage much faster than its higher-priced rivals, some users have complained that the position of the armrests and insufficient cushion padding make it ill-advised for long bouts of sitting.

Pros Cons
Easy to assemble Becomes uncomfortable after long periods
stylish, contemporary design Prone to wear and tear
Footrest adjustable to five positions Low seat.
Low cost
Sturdy frame.


Things You Need to Consider Before Buying One Of This Year’s Best Recliners

On the face of it, choosing a recliner should be a pretty straightforward task, but let’s not forget that you’re going to be spending a significant amount of money on something you want to last for years, so it’s important to get it right.

Here’s a few things you might want to think about before you hit the order button.

Why Do You Want a Recliner in the First Place?

Are you looking to buy one of the best recliners of the year so that you’ll have somewhere to sit back, relax, and read watch TV? Are you looking for a chair to provide ample comfort whilst gaming or even to take the occasional nap in?

Or are you buying a chair for health reasons? Is it to help alleviate back pain? To rest injured legs or for general health improvements like better circulation and more energy?

Think carefully about how you’ll be using your new home recliner as that’s going to play a large factor in determining the type of chair you buy.

If it’s just for general relaxing, a soft, plush leather recliner with overstuffed padding may be just the thing. If it’s for back pain, a chair that focuses on lower lumbar support should be on your radar, whilst those of you looking for overall health improvements will need to consider high-end massage chairs.

Where Will Your Chair Go?

Throughout our guide to the top ten chairs of the year, we mentioned a few times that it’s a good idea to decide on where you’re going to put your new chair as some of them are too heavy to constantly move around.

That said, this isn’t the only reason why you’ll need to have some idea in mind about the environment where your new furniture will ‘live.’

If it’s going in a relatively small room, then a huge, over-sized massage chair like the ones at the top end of our list might dominate the room in a way that doesn’t look all that good.

Speaking of looks, consider the interior design of your living space, and how that chair might complement that.

Let’s say, for example, that your lounge area has a classic design. That’s the kind of space that one of the more traditional-style chairs such as our number nine entry, the Elizabeth Living Room Armchair Recliner, might be better suited for, whilst a more contemporary living space might make a better home for a sleek, stylish design.

Colours play an important factor too, with deep, dark brown colours often adding a certain classic charm to an office, study, or living space with lots of mahogany and dark wooden furniture, whilst a lighter finish can add a sense of cool to bright, light, and airy rooms.

Meanwhile, the black leather look featured so prominently in many of the chairs on our guide can blend in well with many modern environments, though again, it pays to think this through before you invest.

Who Will Be Using the Chair?

If you’re buying the chair for your own use and your own use only, then this is going to be straightforward. If, however, this is going to be the kind of chair that the whole family are planning to use -at least from time to time – then you’ll want to be mindful of just who will be using it -and how.

If you’re a person of regular size and height, then even a basic chair should not only fit you fine, but provide ample comfort to boot, but let’s say you’re planning to let Grandpa use the chair when he pays you a visit, and he’s much taller -and larger- than anyone else in your home.

In that case, you’ll want to consider reclining chairs built for larger frames and capable of holding increased weight volumes.

Where possible, we’ve listed the weight capacity of the chairs featured in our guide, or at the very least made note of whether or not we’re aware that the chair is suitable for a larger body, but be sure to double check this information for yourself.

Where possible, you may even find it beneficial to contact the seller or manufacturer directly to ask them if the home recliner you’re thinking of purchasing is going to provide the support and comfort you need.

An important factor that often gets overlooked is the floor-to-seat height.

Recliners with lower seats not only provide discomfort for taller users, but can also present users with mobility or pain management issues with a serious challenge when it comes to getting in and out of that chair.

Speaking of pain management, that’s another reason why it pays to think about just who is going to be using the chair you buy, and what for.

If it’s for your partner who needs leg massaging options to recover from pain or injury in that area, then a home recliner which only focuses on back massaging will naturally be out of the question.

Will You be Online or In-Store?

Having said all of that about choosing a reclining chair that fits an individual user’s needs, you can see why it might be beneficial to actually visit a furniture or specialist recliner store in person.

That way you (and/or whoever you’re buying for) will be able to physically test out different chairs and discover which one fits best and feels most comfortable. You’ll also be able to give the reclining features and massage programs a test-run and discover in person whether you’re getting good value for your hard-earned money.

Buying in store also has the added advantage of reassurance.

In other words, if something goes wrong with your chair, you don’t have to worry that the company you bought it from will disappear from the face of the earth, leaving you out of pocket with a broken chair. You can go right back to the store to either get your money back, arrange a repair, or get a replacement.

That said, finding quality recliners for sale on reputable retail sites such as Amazon does offer much of the same assurance that you’re dealing with a company you can trust to deliver high quality with both their products and their customer service.

What’s more, many of the best deals on recliners are often found online, with the same recliner chair costing far less if you order it online than if you went into a store and bought it in person.

How Much Are You Willing to Pay for Your New Recliner?

As we’ve just discussed, ordering your recliner online is the best way to ensure you’re getting the lowest possible price, but let’s be honest:

There’s more to budgeting for a new recliner than just the price tag alone.

As with everything in life, you really do get what you pay for, so scrimping on the cost for the sake of keeping a few extra notes in your wallet may come back to haunt you if “lowest price” turns out to mean “lowest quality.”

Remember – this is a piece of furniture that you’ll want to be sure can provide you with exquisite comfort for years after the original purchase, so whilst choosing a $300 chair over a $500 one may sound like a good deal at first, if that $300 starts falling apart six months later, you may start to regret not spending the extra $200.
To sum up then, it comes down to what you plan to use your new recliner for, where you’re going to put it and how much you’re going to pay. Keep those things in mind as you explore the different options featured in our list of 2018’s best recliners, and before know it, you’ll be experiencing the very best in comfort and style.

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