France might not go down in history as the country with the most inventions but they will always be remembered for creating the best recliner chair. In the early 19th century, French campers concluded that they love both chairs and beds equally and they weren’t ready to give up one or the other and hence came the invention of the chair/bed. However, it wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that recliner chairs began to gain traction in the US and since then they have grown into a variety of choices, designs and features to suit the different needs and requirements of comfort worshipers.
The evolution of recliner chairs was very subtle and that gave it plenty of time to impress us multiple times with different aesthetic and practical additions. However, the choice didn’t get any easier, in fact, the deeper you dive into the market or recliner chairs, the harder it gets to make up your mind but we’re here to help.
To make things easier for you, we ran an objective statistical analysis to help us find the 10 best recliners on the market as of today and it goes something like this.
Top 10 Best Recliner Chairs Reviews
1- Homelegance 9668BRW-1 Glider Reclining Chair
The traditional recliner at hand is definitely the way to start this list for many reasons. Just like most recliner chairs on the market today, the Homelegance features a synthetic skin, which consists of 74% polyester, 18% leather, and 8% cotton that mimics the leather look and feel nicely while maintaining a soft and flexible texture.
As mentioned earlier, this is a traditional recliner and that is something which sets this chair apart from the modern movement that takes away a lot of the character of our beloved man cave recliner chair. So, in order to preserve its authenticity, the chair commits to the round armrests with a nail head finish, a lever action reclining mechanism and a nicely padded back and neck cushions to make sure you remain comfortable for as long as possible.
On the downside, the Homelegance traditional profile doesn’t extend beyond the leg raise as it does not exhibit any other type of movement mechanism which isn’t a problem for many, being labelled as one of the best recliners on the market… must admit that the price tag helps a lot however.
2- GDF Studio 301371 Mason Recliner
The mid-century neat chair could be the most comfortable recliner out there and the smartest addition to a modern or traditional living room. Indeed, this recliner is one of the few recliners on the market that appeals to most people and that is already a big advantage for the GDF Studio.
If design does not cut it for you then perhaps you would be interested in the fact that this chair is made of microfiber tissue and it comes in muted green, red, purple and yellow. This might just be the biggest selling point for this little chair as it results in some really interesting results. Further, and to emphasize comfort even more, the chair is softly yet firmly padded in order to help you forget about a laborious day in a matter of minutes.
Additionally, in order to preserve the simple traditional touch of the GDF Studio recliner chair, it features a nice birch dark espresso leg finish that blends in nicely with wooden and tile floors alike but the satisfaction you get from kicking it with your extended legs and supported back is unmatched. Thus, if anything, the GDF Studio recliner chair is made for people who secretly crave a recliner chair while simultaneously trying to maintain a professional / modern profile and at that, it makes the best recliner chair.
3- BarcaLounger Relax & Restore Recliner
The Barcalounger at hand is one of the best recliners as it features a European inspired design with a traditional American recliner chair profile and for the first time in history, that is a good mix. Indeed, the recliner at hand is a very appealing chair with a subtle character that enables it to fit in nicely within any living room or man cave because of the generous seating area and deep plush body cushions.
The material out of which this seat is made sticks to basics as it goes for a leather like synthetic fabric that can be wet cleaned within reason as it embodies the main characteristics of real leather without torturing any animals. Nonetheless, the selling point for the Barcalounger has got to be the soft padding, making it perhaps the most comfortable recliner on this list.
In terms of practicality, the chair at hand keeps it simple for the most part with the small addition of a hand lever for the leg raiser for easier access. Eventually, the Barcalounger is a splendid recliner chair with the potential of being the best chair you’ll ever sit on.
4- Homall Manual Recliner Chair
Homall is actually a brand that takes production more seriously than most manufacturers today. Indeed, this is a brand that excels at making great office and computer chairs and that is already a good place to find the best recliner chair for you.
The Homall recliner chair is thus a very well made chair, featuring a high quality PU leather skin which is both comfortable and easy to clean. The chair is also designed to have higher density and thicker sponge for high resilience, permeability and comfort. Speaking of which, at its price range, the Homall might just win the prize of most comfortable recliner chair on the market right now because just by looking at it, you can tell that it features splendid back, neck and arm support.
In terms of practicality, the chair at hand is definitely more flexible than the previous ones on the list because it features an upgraded footrest that aligns your feet high enough to reach maximum comfort, which easily places it amongst the best recliners on the market. Also, the embedded steel frame will enable you to push the seat back far enough for you to go to bed and that’s always a nice touch. Lastly, you’d imagine that a chair like this couldn’t get much better but wait till you see that price tag.
5- GDF Waldo Tufted Wingback Recliner
The GDF Waldo Tufted wingback is a beautiful classic recliner chair with traditionally hand crafted details that gives it so much character and puts it nicely in a cozy and comfortable era of time and space.
The Waldo might not feature the tricks and tales of modern recliner chairs but it still is one of the most comfortable recliners out there. Accordingly, the chair at hand is made of sublime microfiber tissue which is both durable and classic, putting this recliner chair in the perfect timeline. Moreover, the Wingback is meticulously padded in order to support your back, neck and legs in the smoothest manner.
Hence, you would imagine that a chair like this will not be as flexible as modern recliner chairs and you would be right because the Waldo Tufted Wingback Recliner extends only far enough to cater for your basic sitting needs. Otherwise, this seat will mainly be used for aesthetic purposes even though it is impeccably comfortable.
In conclusion, this recliner is the kind of chair Ron Burgundy would love and so should you because it is elegant, comfortable, authentic and most importantly a great addition to a nice living room area.
6- Esright Massage Recliner Chair
So, this is a chair that we fully reviewed before and you can see the full review here. However, if you’re looking for a brief insightful analysis of the Esright massage recliner chair then you’re in the right place.
There are many ways to distinguish a good recliner from a bad one yet all you have to do is look at this chair and you will be hooked. Indeed, the best part about the Esright has got to be the aesthetic aspect as it looks exceptionally well done. Hence, the chair at hand features a soft and sturdy PU leather skin which is a synthetic fabric that consists mainly of polyester which looks like real leather, is cleaned likewise but it isn’t as strong.
Moreover, the recliner chair at hand exhibits excellent padding in the right spots, providing solid support for your neck, back and arms. However, what’s really nifty is the chair’s agility as it is designed to go in a 360 degrees swivel at a 150 reclining angle. So, to compensate for the faux leather, the Esright literally provides you with a proper relaxation station.
In terms of features, this chair will try to woo you with cup holders, side pockets and a neat footrest but the big prize must go to the massaging feature which is pretty much the cherry on top of the cake, making this recliner one of the most wholesome on the market.
7- Flash Furniture Kids Recliner
‘It would be selfish if only adults got to enjoy the luxury of recliner chairs’ is what Flash Furniture was thinking when they created this kids recliner chair. Actually, we have never sat to think about kids when we talk about recliner chairs and that is simply unjust which is why this brand took the initiative to cater for an unusual yet a much deserving audience.
Hence, the recliner chair at hand is perfect for kids of all ages above 5 and below 18 but admittedly, the sweet spot would be for those in the middle. What doesn’t care about age however is the fact that this chair is made of plush padding for extra comfort and body support which is an essential part of any recliner. Accordingly, the kids recliner by Flash Furniture is designed nicely to hug the user and with the clever back padding, their back and neck will be nicely supported.
As far as clothing goes, the chair at hand goes for a subtle yet durable microfiber upholstery, which is significantly soft. However, the best part about this texture is that it comes in a wide variety of colors and that makes this chair so much more versatile than the rest on the market.
Besides being easy to clean with damp cloth, the brand also provides an extra headrest cover that will allow you to clean it regularly and continuously. Eventually, this might not be an adult size recliner but it exhibits the character of one as it conveys all the benefits you can find in any great recliner out there; not to mention that it makes one hell of a comfortable bed when needed.
8- Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner
If there were an aesthetic rating on all recliner chairs online, the Ashley recliner chair would probably take the prize as it is one of the best looking contemporary power lift recliners. Indeed, this chair is strongly accentuating style and functionality, which makes it a solid contender on this list. But what is it exactly that makes it worthwhile?
First things first, the chair is coated in a sublime synthetic faux leather which gives it a charming first look as it embodies the main characteristics of a leather skin. Beyond looking so authentic, the chair actually feels quite nice as the thick poly fiber texture merges nicely with the padding to create a comfortable and reliable back and neck support.
One more reason to consider getting this chair is the generous size as it is big enough to cater for people of most sizes easily, making it significantly better for most people. So, if you’re looking for a high end recliner chair that provides comfort, quality and support then you can only stray further beyond this point.
9- Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner
Now don’t be misled because this isn’t a recliner chair for babies although a part of me wishes it were. Seriously however, the Baby relax recliner chair is undeniably a prominent figure in the industry as it has managed to appeal to over 90 percent of its users as observed through the different ratings.
Indeed, this is undeniably a nice recliner chair but what makes it even better is the synthetic coat which looks great in both modern and classic contexts, so you know it will fit nicely in any living room. Also, the chair at hand doesn’t only look nice but it also feels quite good as it features soft and wholesome padding to support the back nicely while keeping the overall design rather minimal for the most part.
Further, the chair at hand might look stiff but it is actually one of the most comfortable recliners on the market and that is due to its neat design, wide seat and the fact that it actually glides . In fact, this chair can glide and swivel ever so smoothly, making it a great addition to a nursery room and a comfortable way to rock your babies back to sleep.
10- Real Relax Massage Chair Recliner
If you’re wondering whether we saved the best for last then you’re absolutely right because it doesn’t get better than this in the recliner chair universe. The Real Relax recliner massager chair is that chair you always see in big malls but you never try because you can’t expose your comfort / relaxation face in public.
Accordingly, we can talk all we want about the synthetic PY leather skin and the comfortable padding but what we all want to hear is how good the massaging feature on this chair is.
Well, to put it simply, there is a reason why these chairs are found in public spaces and are often enjoyed by everyone using them. So, to make it brief, the Real Relax chair features an exclusive armrest linkage system with an embedded pulse type airbag extrusion massage. The chair also features what they call the zero gravity capsule which is the shell that nest the padding and the reason they label it as such is because it truly feels like you’re floating once on it.
Hence, with agile extension, 8 massage rollers inside the backrest and foot rest and 50 air bags helping float above at all times, you can rest assured that you will never want to leave this chair unless if you really really really have to.