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Getting a good night’s rest when you have a heart condition, digestion problems, sleep apnea, or other medical issues can be difficult. Some people want or need to sleep in an elevated position, and of those, many find that a comfortable power recliner can provide the right angle for them to sleep soundly.
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Questions to ask before you buy a recliner
Some things to consider when buying a recliner include the reclining angle, the size of the chair itself, the material (for example, faux leather can be easier to clean but may not be as warm and cozy as fabric), whether it is operated manually or electronically, and if it has dual motors so the backrest and footrest can be adjusted independently from one another. Do you want heating and massage options, cupholders, or other accessories?
For those who have difficulty getting in and out of chairs, you may want to consider a power lift recliner rather than just a power recliner. While a power recliner makes leaning back and sitting up effortless with just a push of a button, a power lift recliner will actually tilt up from the floor and gently tip you forward onto your feet. Our list below contains both kinds.
Finally, of course, is your budget. (Note that some power lift chairs are covered by Medicare if considered medically necessary. You will need a prescription from your doctor.)
With so many varieties on the market, selecting the right recliner can be daunting. If possible, try out the recliner before purchasing. If you are unable to visit the store and need to purchase your chair online, make sure you understand the return policy.
Also, most recliners require assembly and are usually shipped in two or three separate cartons due to their size. For those who prefer to purchase their chair online, we’ve selected nine models to help you get started with your search.
Power lift recliners we recommend
1. Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner 7040
If you’re looking for a recliner with all the bells and whistles, this might be the chair for you. In addition to reclining, the chair also offers power lift for easily getting on and off the chair. The lift and recliner mechanisms are operated by a simple two-button remote control. The chair reclines to 140 degrees, so while you can’t lie flat, it should allow just enough of an angle for elevated sleep.
Be aware, however, that the manufacturer recommends this chair for people 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-9, so your feet may hang over the edge of the footrest if you’re taller. (There is a similar version of this chair designed for taller people.) Fully reclined, the chair measures 64.6 inches.
The chair can accommodate up to 320 pounds and features eight vibrating massage points in four areas (back, lumbar, thighs, and legs) as well as heating of the lumbar region. Operated by remote control, the heating and massage can be set to turn off after 10, 20, or 30 minutes. The recliner comes in black, light brown, dark brown, cream, and red easy-to-clean faux leather.
2. Signature Design by Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner
For taller people, this generously sized (35″W x 40″D x 42.5″H) power lift chair is a good option. It measures 69.25 inches when fully reclined at 180 degrees and has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.
The chair positions are adjusted using a one-touch button, and the dual motor allows for the footrest and recline positions to be set independently from one another. The armrest and backrest are generously padded for additional comfort. There are no heating or massage options, cupholders, or USB ports, but the chair does include side pockets.
It is made of 100% polyester with the look of leather and is available in brown or black.
3. Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner
With a 21.25-inch-wide seat and weight accommodation of 330 pounds, this power lift chair is a good choice for the heavier user. It reclines to 150 degrees for elevated sleep, and the lift and recline mechanisms are adjusted using a button on the side of the chair. The backrest and footrest operate simultaneously, so they can’t be adjusted independently from one another.
The chair features heating as well as four massage settings (leg, thigh, lumbar, and back) and five massage modes, with two settings for vibration intensity, all set using a remote control. The chair also comes with two cupholders, USB outlets, and deep side pockets. It includes an overstuffed backrest and cushions and is covered in a soft brown fabric.
4. Merax Big and Tall Faux Leather Power Reclining Recliner
This faux leather Merax recliner is a customer favorite at The Home Depot, with close to 200 shoppers praising its full-body support and sturdy build. Constructed with a solid steel frame and outfitted with a heavy-duty power lift and recline motor, it can support up to 330 pounds and smoothly reclines to 160 degrees. The double padding on key pressure points and padded armrests ensure maximum comfort for the user as well.
5. Magic Union Power Lift Massage Recliner
This power lift chair reclines to a maximum 140 degrees, which may work well for those who want to sleep at a fairly elevated position. It operates using two remote controls: one for the lift/recline mechanism and the other for the massage and heating features. (Note that the backrest and footrest can’t be adjusted independently of each other.)
The chair features four massage areas (back, lumbar, thighs, and legs) and five levels of massage (pulse, press, wave, auto, and normal). It also offers heating for the lumbar area. The massage and heating can be set on a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. The chair accommodates up to 300 pounds, is made of easy-to-clean faux leather, and has two cupholders, USB ports, and generous side pockets.
6. Nojus Wide Power Lift Assist Recliner
For the heavier person who just needs a basic sturdy power lift chair without heating or massage, this chair could be a good choice. It accommodates a maximum weight of 400 pounds and has a generously sized seat that measures 22-by-22 inches. When fully reclined to 180 degrees, the chair measures 68 inches. It is adjustable using a simple two-button remote and is available in navy blue, black, brown, dove, and red faux leather.
7. U-MAX Lift Recliner Power Lift Chair
This chair has all of the bells and whistles of some fancier chairs at a reasonable price. The faux leather means it’s easy to clean for those annoying TV snack spills, and the dark brown leather makes it a seamless addition to any living space. The silent power lift mechanism lifts and reclines up to 140 degrees, so the user doesn’t have to do any work to move to a completely standing position.
The lumbar heat and massage come with eight vibration points all the way from the neck down through the legs, making it more of a spa day treatment than just a living room recliner. Amazon reviewers say that it’s easy to assemble, comfortable, and sturdy, though a few reviews recommended not to try to expedite shipping, as it didn’t come as quickly as they’d hoped. Another reviewer loved it because of easy assembly in under 30 minutes.
The max weight capacity is 330 pounds, and the timer functions in 15-, 30-, and 60-minute increments.
8. CANMOV Power Lift Recliner Chair
This chair comes with an innovative safety feature that most others don’t: an anti-skid fabric. If you’ve ever accidentally slid down your recliner, you know that it can easily lead to a fall. It also means you will stay put at the correct angle the entire time you are using the chair, even if you doze off for a bit. The anti-skid fabric still looks beautiful, and it features another key convenience others don’t: a pocket. The side storage pocket makes this chair a game changer when it comes to having to get up to find the remote, your favorite magazine, and other personal items.
While this seat features an overstuffed lumbar support pillow, it’s important to note that it cannot be removed, so make sure that’s an attractive function to you before purchasing. This chair holds users up to 300 pounds, and Amazon reviewers gave this chair a high rating for ease of assembly, comfort, and support.
9. Ashley Signature Design 5920313 Rowlett Power Recliner
When Reviewed’s accessibility editor, Sarah Kovac, went shopping for a recliner to soothe her chronic back pain, it only took sitting in the Rowlett for 10 seconds for her to know it was the one. While more recliners these days have adjustable head rests, which allow for neck comfort at any angle, the Rowlett also has adjustable lumbar support. That means this chair can both offer lower back support when upright and flatten out when fully reclined—because having a big bump under your back when lying down can be very uncomfortable.
While this recliner has dual cup holders, it’s important to note that they’re farther away from the chair back, about where one’s knees land when in the seat. This might be trouble for someone who struggles to bend forward or reach. This faux leather power recliner comes in two colors, Fog and Walnut, and there’s even a USB charging port tucked against the inner side of the armrest, next to the user’s hip.
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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.