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 turn on the massager to ease back pain.
There’s truly a great option for every need, budget and comfort level. Here, we’ve rounded up the best recliner chairs you can buy from Wayfair, Pottery Barn and other top retailers, using the Good Housekeeping Institute‘s testing on the most popular sofa brands as our guide. Find a hand-picked assortment of reclining chairs and sofas in different fabrics (leather, velvet, tweed and linen), sizes (small or oversized), styles (modern or traditional) and reclining abilities (manual or electric). Some of these options take a more minimalistic approach, while others come with all the bells and whistles, making them better suited for nurseries or kids’ rooms. All of them are equally as cozy, which means one thing: They’re perfect for a long day in front of the TV … and the occasional snooze.
Now, shop the best recliner chairs online now:
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Best Overall Recliner Chair
Leni Manual Standard Recliner
- Two-step assembly
- Slim profile works in smaller spaces
Take a seat, grab the remote and push back for a comfortable night in front of the TV. No levers and remotes required — just put your weight into it to fully recline up to 63.5″. There are 37 different striped, patterned and solid fabrics to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your space. The 17,000+ reviews speak for themselves, including this one by a very happy shopper: “Only problem is I start to go to sleep in it too often because it’s so darn comfortable!”
Best Value Recliner Chair
Mid Century Modern Fabric Recliner
- Arrives in two days or less
- Easy to assemble
- Won’t support neck of a tall person
Add mid-century flair to any space with this tufted recliner, available in tweed, muted neutrals and bold fabrics. Amazon reviewers rave that this manual recliner combines style and comfort at a fraction of the price of other options on the market, saying that it’s “super comfy” and “not your dad’s bulky recliner.”
Best Modern Recliner Chair
Teasley Vegan Leather Manual Recliner
- Mid-century modern style
- Soft, plush vegan leather
It’s as comfortable as your grandpa’s trusty ol’ recliner, but way more stylish. The tapered legs, curved arms and plush leather and faux leather seat (available in black, caramel, navy and white) play up the mid-century modern look. Best of all: Reviewers say this push-back recliner is just as comfortable as it is chic. “The best looking recliners I’ve ever seen. Easy to put together and comfortable,” one wrote.
Best Leather Recliner Chair
Irving Roll Arm Leather Recliner
- 40+ leather colors
- Compact enough for small spaces
Pair this leather recliner with a fabric sofa or loveseat for a stunning contrast. The club chair design lends itself to a number of interior design styles, everything from modern farmhouse to traditional. Actually, it’ll be your little secret: No one will know it’s a recliner until you lean back, causing the foot rest to pop up.
Best Recliner Chair for Small Spaces
- 50+ fabric options
- Three reclining positions
True to West Elm’s signature style, this push-back recliner follows a modern design, thanks to rounded arms, tailored upholstery and center-seam detailing. Since it may be hard to pick between the dozens of twill, linen and velvet fabrics available to you, you can order 15 free fabric swatches before you make your final purchase.
Best Oversized Recliner Chair
Push-Button Power Recliner
- Simple, push-button power recline control
- Fits in with any home style
With a push of a button, this ultra-push chair extends to a full recline. It’s made with optimal comfort in mind — deep body cushions and soft pillow arm rests, for example — similar to Serta’s other products, including their top-rated mattresses and comforters.
Best Reclining Sofa
Tulen Manual Reclining Sofa
- Plush and cozy arms
- Two people can recline at once
- Stiff reclining mechanism
Best Recliner Chair for Kids’ Rooms
Kiwi Power Recliner
- Stain-resistant and water-repellent fabric
- Charges devices in USB charging port
- Jerky start/stop when reclining
Keep your electronics on hand and fully charged with the USB charging port on the control panel of this wingback-style recliner. Not only does this chair recline, but it also swivels 270° and glides back and forth, making it a great addition to any baby nursery.
Best Custom Recliner Chair
Raleigh High Leg Reclining Chair
- Can order free fabric swatches
- Great back support
The customization options for this La-Z-Boy recliner chair are basically endless — we’re talking 400 color and pattern options to choose from! Plus, the rounded arms, tall back and deep cushions make the chair super comfortable for long Netflix binges … or mid-afternoon naps.
Best Glider Recliner Chair
Piper Reclining Glider
- 360º swivel motion
- Comes with a matching lumbar pillow
- Difficult to put down the footrest
This chair is made with new parents and nursing moms in mind: In addition to the pop-up leg rest, this recliner also rocks back and forth, and swivels all the way around. Although the headrest, cushions and arm rest are super comfortable on their own, this chair also comes with a matching lumbar pillow for additional support.
Best Massaging Recliner Chair
Reclining Heated Massage Chair
- Ten intensity levels and five massage modes
- Easy one-pull reclining motion
- Colors may vary from photos
More than your average recliner, this chair features massaging and heating capabilities, turning your living room into an at-home spa. Kick back in this overstuffed chair, pull the reclining handle and choose from five massage modes, available with or without heat.
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