Top 10 Best Recliner Chairs For Comfort

Our top 10 picks of the best recliner chairs will help you choose the right style and important things to look for when shopping for one.
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Large and wide seat recliner

Types of Designs

There are many variations on the theme of the quintessential oversized leather recliner chair (just as there is with recliner sofas). While you’ll find larger recliner options and smaller chairs, most fall under the category of standard. These are the classic forms in which there are a moveable back and a footrest that extends in front. How it gets into that reclining position varies.

There is the traditional lever design.

You’ll also find powered recliners and rocking models. There are also lift recliners which are an excellent choice for older individuals with mobility issues. You’ll even see recliners with heating pads or massage features for the ultimate in comfort. You can still enjoy having a recliner even if you’re short on space with a wall-saving chair.

Things to Look for in a Recliner Chair

Size is one of the foremost features to consider when shopping for a recliner. Even standard models take up a good amount of space. Then, there’s the upholstery. While leather is traditional, it’s also expensive. You can find decent chairs available in faux leather or fabric. But perhaps most important is the reclining mechanism.

A chair should move freely and smoothly. You should be able to operate the handle easily. If you’re choosing a power recliner, make sure the motor runs quietly. With these pieces, a warranty is an excellent idea to protect your investment. Also, look over the construction of the chair, paying attention to the space between the leg rest and the seat.

You should stick with a chair that has a gap less than five inches, especially if you have pets or small children. A curious cat will find it, to be sure.

How We Narrowed Our Choices

Recliners have a standard form with variations on the size. We honed in on the other features that would differentiate the pieces.

1. The essence of this design is comfort. No matter what the type, this chair must be comfortable and one we would gladly spend an evening sitting in with a good book. We weren’t as picky about the upholstery as long as there was generous padding.

2. A flawless reclining mechanism is essential. What’s the point of having one if the reclining function doesn’t work smoothly? It’s important to focus on quality manufacturing to avoid getting stuck with a dud.

Curated Gallery Collection

Below is a large gallery showcasing a huge variety of chair recliners.  Scroll with the arrows.  Our top 10 list continues below this gallery.

10 Top Recliner Chairs (Diverse Selection)

1. Chestnut Run Chaise Recliner

Yellow Chestnut Run Chaise Recliner

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  • Style: Traditional
  • Design: Standard model with curved lines and a streamlined profile

The Chestnut Run Chaise Recliner is in the traditional style but with a contemporary flair. It has a sleek profile without bulky side panels. It resembles a chaise lounge chair when extended. You’ll need at least an 11 ½ inch clearance for the back. It is a solidly made piece with faux leather upholstery.

We loved the fact that it swivels in addition to reclining. It’s comfortable with high-density foam cushions with an adjustable headrest. It comes with a 10-year limited manufacturer warranty.

2. Granby Bonded Leather Rocker Recliner

Deep red Granby Bonded Leather Rocker Recliner

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  • Style: Traditional
  • Design: Generous padding in cockpit style with handle operation

The Granby Bonded Leather Rocker Recliner is what we envision when we think of this style. The faux leather upholstery gives it the traditional look while foam padding all through the design provides the necessary comfort. It operates with a handle. The chair requires a 10-inch clearance to recline fully.

It’s a well-made product that extends smoothly. It is made in the United States and comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty.

3. Joao Storage Recliner

Black Joao Storage Recliner


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  • Style: Modern/Contemporary
  • Design: Curved back with straight sides in a wall-saving model

The Joao Storage Recliner takes the traditional style up a notch with a piece that would be ideal for a man cave or in-home theater. It features a cup holder and hidden storage. The back is curved, giving it the appearance of a chaise lounge. We loved the fact that it is a wall-saving model, only requiring a 4-inch clearance.

The manufacturer took a lot of care in the design of this chair. It is evident with insulated springs to reduce noise, faux leather upholstery that is easy to clean, and a generous amount of high-density foam for comfort.

4. Hampton Recliner

Burgundy Hampton Recliner Chair

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  • Style: Modern/Contemporary
  • Design: Wingback style with closed side panels and a high back

The Hampton Recliner is a contemporary take on the design with elements that speak to French country or cottage styles. This piece stands out with a wingback chair form. It has closed side panels and a high back typical of this design.

Its rich wine color pattern and Queen Anne legs imbue it with elegance and charm. The pattern is understated, yet stylish. It’s these attentions to detail that makes this chair so inviting and why it made our top 10 list.

5. Dormont Zero Wall Wide Seat Recliner

Brown leather Dormont Zero Wall Wide Seat Recliner.

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  • Style: Modern/Contemporary
  • Design: Wide frame with curved lines and extra padding on the arms

The Dormont Zero Wall Wide Seat Recliner is the ultimate in a roomy piece of furniture that delivers on comfort. One look at this chair, and you’ll know it has comfortable written all over it. The generous padding and bustle back give it a luxurious feel.

You can choose between a manual reclining mechanism or a power one. Despite its large size, it only needs a 3-inch wall clearance. The faux leather upholstery means easy cleanup and a durable surface that will last.

6. Timothy Recliner

Gray and white Timothy Recliner chair

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  • Style: Modern/Contemporary
  • Design: Rectangular form with gray and white polyester upholstery

The Timothy Recliner could easily serve as an accent chair in any room, it’s that pretty. Unlike other chairs we reviewed, this one appears more like an arm chair than a recliner. While modern in its form, it has elements of the cottage/country styles that make it an attractive piece for any room.

It has a low profile, so it’s ideal for smaller spaces. It has a three-position reclining mechanism with plenty of padding and extra support for a comfortable chair.

7. Jayron Rocker Recliner

Brown leather Jayron Rocker Recliner chair


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  • Style: Traditional
  • Design: Box-shaped with rolled arms and plenty of padding

The Jayron Rocker Recliner combines elements of both the traditional and rustic style in a piece that’s sure to please. It has leather upholstery with faux leather on the back and sides. The chair commands a lot of space with a 12-inch clearance. There is generous padding all along the inside with plenty of support.

It is a stylish chair that is well-made with quality materials. We loved the fact that it rocks—especially because it does! You can get it with a manual reclining mechanism or upgrade to a power one if you prefer.

8. Rowan Rocker Recliner Chair

Beige Rowan Rocker Recliner chair

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  • Style: Modern/Contemporary.
  • Design: Streamlined rectangular shape with flared arms and a handle mechanism

The Rowan Rocker Recliner is an excellent example of how this design has evolved through the years. This piece is more streamlined than earlier version so that it can work in smaller spaces. It has flared arms that give it a casual, updated look on a modern-day classic.

It has a chaise seat and footrest that make you feel like you’re laying by the beach. The upholstery comes in either genuine or faux leather with your choice of three colors. The chair requires a 10 ½ inch clearance.

9. Shedd Swivel Reclining Glider

Soft yellow Shedd Swivel Reclining Glider chair

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  • Style: Cottage/Country
  • Design: Rounded back with a wide seat and rolled arms

The ample cushioning is the first thing that will attract you to the Shedd Swivel Reclining Glider. It makes this chair seems so inviting. We love a chair that does more than recline. With this one, you can glide and swivel. It does require a wider clearance than others we considered at 14 inches.

The upholstery is twill with 29 choices of solid and patterned fabrics. It has a wide form with a pillow back cushion for the tops in comfort. The fine craftsmanship is evident from the twill piping to the solid frame construction. The rounded back gives it a casual feel that suits this style to a T.

10. Churchill II Recliner

Deep red, rich leather Churchill II Recliner chair

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  • Style: Traditional
  • Design: Classic design with rolled arms and ample back support

The Churchill II Recliner is an ideal addition for the traditional or rustic style room. We could easily see this chair in a lodge or a cabin by the lake. It is made entirely of genuine leather, sticking true to the classic form. The back has adjustable upper and lower down-fill cushions, so you can get the positions right for proper support.

Brass nailhead trim along the front and side panels gives it a classy touch. Overall, the chair is a looker with gorgeous brown leather. Like many of these larger chairs, you can upgrade to a power reclining mechanism for an extra charge.








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