We updated this article in September 2022 to make sure all recommendations, vetted by The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab, were in stock and showed accurate prices. We added new picks from Ikea, Ashley and Nurture&.
Recliner chairs are the epitome of comfort. But if the bulky eyesore in the corner of your grandpa’s living room comes to mind, then think again. These days, there are tons of stylish recliners that are anything but. Comfort should always be top of mind, but the right recliner serves many purposes: parents can use the rocking feature to put their babies to sleep, kids can plug their devices into the hidden USB outlets and seniors can find relief from back pain with massagers. There’s truly a great option for every need, budget and comfort level.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab evaluates all sorts of furniture, from standard couches to sleeper sofas to sectionals. For this article, our Lab pros researched best-selling recliners online, analyzing features like fabrication, reclining abilities (manual vs. power) and size. Plus, we recently worked with over 4,000 survey panelists who shared over 90,000 data points about their own sofas with us, and we were able to apply their feedback when making our best recliner picks. The following recliner chairs have unique features or are from popular furniture brands that received rave reviews from our panelists. Here are the best recliner chairs online now:
Our top picks:
Keep reading for a helpful shopping guide, but first, here’s everything you need to know about our best recliner chair picks.
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Best Overall Recliner Chair
Leni Manual Standard Recliner
41.5” x 33.5” x 36”
Material options include polyester or polyester/cotton blend
Best Value Recliner Chair
37.75″ x 26 ” x 33.13 “
Material options include polyester/cotton blend or polyurethane
Best Custom Recliner Chair
Raleigh High Leg Reclining Chair
38.5″ x 33.0″ x 35.0″
Material options include polyester, polypropylene and acrylic
Best Power Recliner Chair
Push-Button Power Recliner
41″ x 37.75″ x 38″
Material options include polyurethane or polyester
Best Modern Recliner Chair
Teasley Vegan Leather Manual Recliner
42.5” x 30” x 34”
Faux leather (polyurethane)
Best Leather Recliner Chair
Irving Roll Arm Leather Recliner
38″ x 33″ x 35″
Best Recliner Chair for Seniors
Reclining Heated Massage Chair
40.9” x 34.4” x 30.7”
Best Swivel Recliner Chair
The Glider Plus
42.9″ x 33.3″ x 39.7″
Polyester and nylon blend
How we choose the best recliner chairs
Good Housekeeping Institute staff and Textiles Lab experts researched best-selling recliners from popular brands, evaluating properties like fiber content, fabric, cushion, size and reclining ability. Plus, they analyzed feedback from survey panelists who provided their opinions on the sofas they own. Over 4,000 respondents gave over 90,000 points of feedback about their sofas, including how quick and easy delivery was, how comfortable the sofa felt and how easy to clean the fabric was. Lab experts used the sofa survey input when picking the best recliner chairs, choosing some picks from our panelists’ favorite sofa brands.
What to look for when shopping for the best recliner chairs
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for the best recliner chair:
✔️ Size: Unlike a standard chair, recliners need plenty of room to fully extend — both in front of the chair for the foot rest and behind the chair for the seat back. You’ll want to make sure that you have the space for the chair you choose without it bumping into walls or other furniture, so it’s important to consider the dimensions of the chair in its stationary and fully-extended position. It’s also a good idea to consider your body size when shopping for recliner chairs. Some chairs are designed specifically for petite bodies and are on the smaller side, while others are oversized and comfortably fit larger frames. You will typically be able to find the dimensions and the weight capacity in the product listing on the brand’s website, which can help you decide if the chair is right for you and your home.
✔️Fiber content: The fiber used for the final fabric can impact the chair’s feel and appearance. Here are some common fiber types used for recliner chairs:
Polyester: This is a durable synthetic fiber that can be used for all sorts of fabrics with different textures, feels and appearances — from velvets to faux suedes to basic weaves. It’s typically relatively affordable and easy to care for, making it great for families with kids and pets.
Natural fiber: You may also find some recliners made with natural fibers like cotton or linen, which aren’t quite as durable as synthetic polyester but are breathable and comfortable.
Faux leather: If you’re looking for a faux leather chair, polyurethane is the most popular option. It can be smooth and supple and designed to look just like true leather for a more affordable price, but it can also be prone to peeling.
Leather: True leather from animal hides is luxurious, durable and usually long-lasting but may face discoloration with continued use. It’s also on the more expensive side and can be difficult to keep clean.
✔️ Reclining abilities: Some recliners are manual, which means they require effort on your part to extend, while others are powered with electricity for easy reclining.
Pull tab: There are tabs that you can pull out or up to lift the footrest. Once the foot rest is extended, pushing back on the seat reclines the chair.
Push back: Push back designs don’t require the extra step of pulling. You just push yourself back into the seat, which simultaneously lifts the footrest and extends the seat backwards.
Power: A recliner with power plugs into a wall outlet and is typically equipped with a panel of buttons or remote that easily controls the reclining and leg rest features without any extra pushing or pulling.
Why trust Good Housekeeping?
Amanda Constantine joined the Good Housekeeping Institute in 2022 as a home and apparel reviews analyst in the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab. She has researched and tested home goods and furnishings including mattresses, curtains and bedding. For this article, she used her categorical expertise, feedback from over 4,000 survey panelists and input from Good Housekeeping Institute experts to choose the best recliner chairs.
Amanda Garrityis a lifestyle writer and editor with over seven years of experience, including five years on staff at Good Housekeeping, where she covered all things home and holiday, including the latest interior design trends, inspiring DIY ideas and gift guides for any (and every) occasion.
Amanda Constantine Home & Apparel Reviews Analyst Amanda (she/her) researches and reports on products in the Good Housekeeping Institute‘s Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab, ranging from clothing and accessories to home furnishings.