Best Electric Recliner Chairs 2018

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Model
Features
More4Homes Madison Electric



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  • Single action
  • Side button
  • Plush and comfortable
  • Three colours
Riva Dual Motor


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  • Dual motor
  • Tilt action
  • Full recline
  • Footpad adjust
GFA Oxford Recliner


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  • Traditional look
  • Quality fabric
  • Three colour choices
  • Rise and recline
Simplelife Mobility Kendal


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  • Rise and recline
  • Fabric finish
  • Three colour choices
Wiltshire Top Grain Leather


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  • Rise and recline
  • Independent foot rest
  • Dual motor

We all like our home comforts, and as we spend a large proportion of our lives seated it is understandable that comfortable chairs are a priority. You likely have a suite in your living room, a room where you spend a lot of time sitting down watching TV, reading the newspaper or perhaps knitting, and you want to be able to relax and get comfortable as quickly as you can. A reclining chair is also a popular choice; they do offer great levels of comfort, and they are a great aid if you have back problems or other painful ailments.

For the elderly and infirm a reclining chair is a great addition to the living room furnishings. It will be supremely comfortable and provide excellent relaxing space. The only problem is that manually operated recliners – although they are very comfortable and often extremely attractive – can be difficult to recline as they are operated by a lever system. It is for this reason that the electric recliner chair came about, and they are excellent items of furniture that you really should have a closer look at!

We have taken the trouble to put together – especially for you – a review of the best electric recliner chairs you can buy today. Among them are some truly impressive chairs that are surprisingly well-priced. Before we go on to look at them in detail, here’s a bit about how they work, and why you need one.

Best Electric Recliners Chairs

1: More4Homes Madison Electric


Our first featured recliner is this one from the More4Homes range of impressive furnishings. They have a reputation for quality, comfortable items at sensible prices, and we think this is a great example of an affordable electric recliner chair that deserves your attention. The styling may not be to everyone’s taste – it is a large chair and looks it – but the leather finish and excellent padding make it a great choice and a very comfortable chair in every way. It is designed with extra lumbar support so you get that benefit, too.

The control button is conveniently on the side of the chair – there is only one function which is an all in one recline – and it is a very popular model with elderly users and with people who simply want a comfortable reclining chair. It’s a well-made chair, too, and comes in three available colours – cream, black and a lovely dark brown. All in all, this is a good chair for those who appreciate this style of furniture, and at a surprisingly affordable price.

Key Features
  • single action
  • side button
  • plush and comfortable
  • Leather

2: Riva Dual Motor


As we mentioned in the introduction, some electric recliners have a single motor, others that offer more features may have two: this is one of the latter, and it’s a good example of why dual-motor recliners are popular. In addition to the button command to recline – which is one of four buttons on a handy control pad – this one also has a tilt mechanism. The benefit of this is that it will tilt the chair forward on command, making it easier for the person sitting to get on their feet – great for the elderly in the family.

This is a chair in the classic armchair design, so will fit neatly in any room, and it is a very stylish chair too. It is also available in a choice of materials and colours; you can have it in leather in either black, brown or cream, and if you prefer, in a quality cream fabric. It is nicely padded and provides ample support, and the footrest can also be adjusted. This one is more expensive than the above – it does have a more complex mechanism – yet we recommend you check it out as it is a quality item.

Key Features
  • Tilt action
  • Full recline
  • Footpad adjus
  • Leather or cloth

3: GFA Oxford Recliner


This is another example of a classic design of armchair, if perhaps one that will appeal to those with a more traditional choice of style. It is a nicely made chair, with a no-frills approach, and is finished in quality fabric for long life and added comfort. You can have this one in beige, brown or red – the latter being rather unusual for such a chair – and it is operated by a two touch button console via a sole electric motor. It also has the tilt feature for easy egress.

The recline angle offers excellent comfort and it is nicely padded with extra care having been taken around the headrest, and if you are perhaps into more old-fashioned furnishings or have an older type of house, this could be the right choice. It’s also worth noting that – as with some others on the list – this chair may be available VAT free in certain circumstances relating to the health of the user, so it is certainly worth having a closer look.

Key Features
  • Traditional look
  • Quality fabric
  • Rise and recline
  • Single motor

4: Simplelife Mobility Kendal


This mode is another that follows the highly traditional design in terms of looks, and would make a nice addition to a lounge suite as it is fairly neutral in style. It is quite a large chair in comparison to a couple of others on this list, and offers excellent levels of comfort. The padding is more than adequate and it has extra additions in the headrest, while the seat itself is very nicely made and will provide adequate support for anyone wishing to enjoy a little lie down!

This one has a single motor and offers the usual rise and recline functions, operated via a simple console in a convenient place on the side of the chair. It is finished in a quality and durable fabric, so is certainly worthy of attention if leather is not your thing, and you can choose between one of three different colours – beige, chocolate and a rather fetching terracotta. Not the cheapest on the list by far, but one that is certainly of a high enough quality to merit a second look.

Key Features
  • Rise and recline
  • Fabric finish
  • Quality material and build

5: Wiltshire Top Grain Leather


This is one of the leather models, so if you want a fabric chair this is not for you. If leather is your thing, we recommend you give this one a good look as it is a very high quality chair. Made from the best quality leather and finished quite beautifully, it comes in a lovely dark brown colour and is a stylish chair that will fit nicely into contemporary surroundings. It is a large chair, however, so we advise you check your available space carefully before you buy.

This is one of the dual-motor chairs and it is very efficient. The footrest and the back are controlled individually in this chair so you can achieve perfect reclining, and it is operated by a simple control panel. It also offers the rise function so is easy to get out of. This is without doubt a quality chair and one that has seen plenty of attention given to padding and support, and is extremely comfortable both upright and reclined. It’s far from the cheapest, but worth a look.

Key Features
  • Rise and recline
  • Independent foot rest
  • Dual motor
  • Leather

6: Elite Care Cullingworth


In our introduction we mentioned a broad range of prices covering the chairs on our list. This one, from Elite Care, is one of the costlier ones – indeed it is more than twice the price of some of those here – yet it is of such a high quality we could not leave it out. Made to a very high standard with extreme care, attention and craftsmanship, this is a chair that will easily match up with a top quality lounge suite, and one that you should look at closely if the user suffers from any ailments that cause pain as it is designed for such.

This is a dual-motor design; the two electric motors power the headrest and back independently, and you can also adjust the lumbar support using the four-button console. It is beautifully padded and very comfortable indeed, and is finished in quality fabric. The remote console is detached from the chair itself and is rechargeable via a USB port, and all in all, there is nothing that this chair will not do! It’s a beauty and if you want the best, this has to be it.

Key Features
  • Dual-motor
  • Lumbar control
  • Headrest control

7: Cavendish Dual Motor


As we mentioned in the introduction, some electric recliners have a single motor, others that offer more features may have two: this is one of the latter, and it’s a good example of why dual-motor recliners are popular. In addition to the button command to recline – which is one of four buttons on a handy control pad – this one also has a tilt mechanism. The benefit of this is that it will tilt the chair forward on command, making it easier for the person sitting to get on their feet – great for the elderly in the family.

This is a chair in the classic armchair design, so will fit neatly in any room, and it is a very stylish chair too. It is also available in a choice of materials and colours; you can have it in leather in either black, brown or cream, and if you prefer, in a quality cream fabric. It is nicely padded and provides ample support, and the footrest can also be adjusted. This one is more expensive than the above – it does have a more complex mechanism – yet we recommend you check it out as it is a quality item.

Key Features
  • Dual-motor
  • Tilt action
  • Full recline
  • Footpad adjust

8: Oldbury Riser Recliner


This classically designed armchair will certainly appeal to anyone who has a traditional approach to their home décor, and it is rather nice if that’s your thing. It is a nicely made chair, with a no-frills approach, and is finished in quality fabric for long life and added comfort. You can have this one in beige, brown or red – the latter being rather unusual for such a chair – and it is operated by a two touch button console via a sole electric motor. It also has the tilt feature for easy egress.

The recline angle offers excellent comfort and it is nicely padded with extra care having been taken around the headrest, and if you are perhaps into more old-fashioned furnishings or have an older type of house, this could be the right choice. It’s also worth noting that – as with some others on the list – this chair may be available VAT free in certain circumstances relating to the health of the user, so it is certainly worth having a closer look.

Key Features
  • Traditional look
  • Three colour choices
  • Rise and recline
  • Single motor

That’s our selection of 8 of the best electric recliner chairs for you, but which one is for you? Before we go on to give you our verdict, here’s a look at some things you need to consider.

Important Features

What to look for in the best electric recliner? A lot of that will be the same as if you were buying a standard armchair – in other words, you want one that you like the look of and is comfortable – and yet there are a couple more features we think you should consider:

Material – basically this comes down to leather or fabric. Not everyone likes a leather chair, so it really is a very personal choice.

Style – traditional or modern? Again, it’s down to you and how it fits in with your surroundings and meets with your taste.

Single or Dual Motor – single motor models offer all in one movement; dual motor chairs have independently adjustable back and footrest, and sometimes head rest and lumbar controls, but tend to be more expensive.

Tilt – each of these has the tilt mode so you can get out easily.

That’s our advice, so have we found one that is a winner? Well, we reckon a few of these are stand-outs for various reasons.

How It Works

Let’s clear something up: electric recliner chairs are not disability aids, they are brilliant items of furniture that will be enjoyed and used by all the family. They are, however, very useful for people who suffer from back pain, arthritis and other painful ailments, and for the elderly – particularly those who might enjoy a nap in the afternoon! As with ordinary chairs and recliners, there are many different sizes, styles, types and colours to choose from – let alone material – and a wide variety of prices too.

Electric recliners use a mains-powered motor to move the chair into the reclined position. Sone use more than one motor if they have other functions such as moving foot and armrests, or headrest adjustments. Usually, they are operated by a panel on the armrest, or by a remote control pad attached to the chair by a cable. They are very simple to use and surprisingly effective, and cost very little to buy and run.

So, is there an electric recliner suitable for you? You need to find one that will fit in your available space, of course, so here’s our selection of the best best electric recliner chairs on the market right now.

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Let’s Wrap It Up!

If you want the very best electric reclining chair available, there is no doubt it is the Elite Care Cullingworth, number 6 on the list. It is stunning quality, offers all the adjustments you can wish for, and is well-designed so will fit in anywhere. In terms of comfort it is excellent, but the only problem we have with it is the price. This is one is as much as four times as costly as some on this list, so you have to be prepared to pay for it if you want it.

If you are not willing to spend that much and want a leather chair, the first one on the list – from More4Homes – is a bargain, and does the job well. It’s not sophisticated and the style night not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s certainly very good value.

If you are willing to pay a bit more and want a quality, dual-motor chair with multiple adjustments, we recommend you look at the Riva design, number 2 on the lost. This offers all the reclining options, and is available not just in a choice of colours but also in either fabric or leather, and is sensibly priced given the competition.

So, that’s our verdict, but you may have your own favourite. All we will say is we hope that you get many years of comfort and enjoyment from your new electric recliner!

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