Ashley Furniture’s oversized power lift recliner has dual-motor capability so the backrest and footrest work independently of each other. This gives you more options to customize your comfort with the touch of a button. The power chair can effortlessly lift you up or recline to the horizontal position, but it won’t recline any further than that, so if you need to rest with your feet above your head, this chair isn’t for you.
With a high back and thick cushions, this power chair is firm for support, yet extremely comfortable. The faux leather upholstery is an attractive saddle brown that resembles gently worn leather but is actually a comfortable, thick poly fiber. This oversized recliner is 35 inches wide by 40 inches deep with a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds.
This chair is sold and shipped directly from the manufacturer, Ashley Furniture, a trusted furniture brand. It’s easy to assemble and comes with a one-year limited warranty. This chair’s power controls are so quiet and smooth, you can’t even hear when they’re in use. In case of a power outage, this chair’s emergency battery backup allows it to continue to run on 9-volt batteries.
Mcombo’s Electric Power Lift Recliner has all the bells and whistles (heat, massage, cup holders), but it operates on one motor, meaning the back and footrest move in unison with one control. This recliner is a 3-position chair, so it only reclines 140 degrees. While that means it won’t go completely flat like a bed, it is a nice napping position like you would experience in a standard recliner.
Let’s talk about luxury features! First of all, the high-quality faux leather upholstery can be easily cleaned and comes in five colors. There’s a cup holder and a side pocket on each side. Plus, there are dual USB outlets to keep your devices charged. And best of all, this chair will give you a warm, vibrating massage. Eight vibrating nodes operate on nine modes of vibration with five intensities. Set it to massage for 10, 20, or 30 minutes and turn the heat on to get extra cozy.
Mcombo’s Electric Power Lift Recliner may not be the best choice for tall folks. It’s recommended for people between 5’1" and 5’9” tall, with a maximum weight capacity of 320 pounds. This power chair is easy to assemble and comes with a one-year warranty.
CANMOV’s Power Lift Recliner Chair is your basic, average-sized model, but it’s upholstered in soft anti-skid fabric to prevent slipping as it raises to a standing position. This microfiber fabric is resilient and easy to clean. This chocolate-colored chair is overstuffed for comfort, with a high back and a thick cushion.
This power chair reclines, but not all the way flat. The electric motor is silent, but the back and footrest are not independently operated. The durable metal frame gives this chair stability and strength to hold a maximum of 300 pounds. The simple two-button remote fits in the side pocket, which is big enough to hold magazines, too. You can quickly assemble this chair, and it does come with a warranty.
This power recliner is designed for both function and style. The chair’s integrated reclining and lifting mechanism smoothly recline up to 160 degrees. The wonderfully soft faux leather upholstery is a stylish smoky brown color with double stitching throughout, and the rolled padded armrests are accented in a brass nailhead trim. A small side pocket holds the remote.
This chair is generously stuffed for support and comfort. Certain pressure points, including the head, neck, lumbar region, arms, and back, get double padding. It’s made with heavy-duty steel to support up to 330 pounds. No warranty is mentioned, but you can contact the seller or manufacturer to see if they offer one.
Furgle’s Power Lift Recliner comes with all the bells and whistles, and it’s stylish to boot. The high-grade faux leather upholstery, available in brown or cream white, is soft yet durable and easy to clean! This chair is overstuffed with high-density sponge for comfort and support and reclines up to 140 degrees, however, the footrest cannot be lifted without reclining.
This power lift chair features five massage modes and eight vibrating points with two levels of intensity, plus lumbar heating. Big side pockets are complemented by dual cup holders, one on each side. This massage chair’s solid wood and integrated metal frame construction is sturdy enough to hold up to 330 pounds.
Ergoreal’s infinite-position power lift recliner is one of the most affordable options, plus it includes heat and massage! Unlike some of the faux-leather options on this list, this chair is upholstered in warm and durable slip-resistant linen—the blue fabric covering is waterproof, oil-proof, and dust-proof. Its FCC-certified motor smoothly and silently lifts and lowers. The back can be adjusted from 100 to 150 degrees with the footrest extended.
One of the main selling points on this electric lift chair is the heat and massage feature. The two-point vibration massage system is located on the lower back. Both the heat and massage features can be set to 10, 20, or 30 minutes. The remote has a USB port so you can charge a phone or tablet, and the side pocket keeps the remote and other small items within reach.
At just a little over 20 inches wide and deep, the seat is smaller than other styles included in this review, and the armrests are narrower as well. This option would probably be more suitable for a little old lady than a large man. However, the lift chair’s iron frame is durable and stable enough to hold up to 330 pounds. It’s easy to assemble and comes with a one-year warranty.
From reclining position options to size, material, advanced features, and warranties, there are many variables to consider when choosing the power lift chair that’s right for your needs.
Power lift chairs are available in three different types: 2-position, 3-position, and Infinite-position. This tells you how the chair can operate via the remote hand control. Both 2-position and 3-position chairs only have a single motor, so the headrest and the footrest operate in unison with one control. If the back reclines, the leg rest will come up at the same time. In other words, the leg rest must be extended in order to recline.
2-position chairs only recline back about 45 degrees from the upright position, which is a fine angle for watching TV or reading. 2-position is somewhat of a misnomer, as you can stop the chair in any position between sitting and standing. 2-position chairs are the most affordable of the three types available. Choose this kind of chair if you only require temporary assistance due to an injury or operation, and know that this is not a good choice if you plan on spending extended periods of time in the chair.
3-position chairs do fully recline, like a traditional recliner, but will not lay flat for sleeping. They too have one motor, so the remote operates the chair and footrest in unison just like the 2-position version. Just like a standard recliner, these chairs are ideal for napping in a semi-upright position. Again, don’t be fooled by the name. 3-position recliner lift chairs can be positioned anywhere along their line of travel from reclining to standing.
Infinite-position chairs recline nearly flat like a bed, and some will even recline enough so your feet can rest above your heart, which is perfect for individuals with swelling in the legs and ankles. Infinite-position chairs have two motors that let the chair and footrest operate independently using separate control buttons. This allows a range of positions, so you can sit upright with the footrest up, which is impossible in 2- or 3- position chairs. Since they provide the largest variety of positions, Infinite-position power lift chairs are the best choice if you plan on sitting for long periods of time.
One of the most important concerns when choosing a power lift chair is its size. Not only do you need to consider whether the chair will fit in the space, but you also need to consider whether the chair is a good fit for the user’s height and weight.
If you already have a favorite chair, just take the measurements of that one to try to find something similar. Measure the seat width, the height of the back from seat to top, and the distance from the seat cushion to the floor of that chair. The measurement from the floor to the top of the chair’s seat cushion should allow your feet to rest on the floor when you are sitting upright with your back against the chair’s backrest.
The larger the chair, the deeper the seat cushion. The depth of the seat is measured from front to back, while the width indicates the measurement from side to side. The seat needs to be wide enough to accommodate your hips at their widest point. Go a little wider if you need to leave room for a pet to sit next to you. Make sure that the measurements of the seat cushion top to the top of the chair back is long enough to support your head and neck—approximately two inches above where your head reaches the headrest.
If you don’t have an old favorite to use as a reference, grab a tape measurer and take a seat in any chair where your feet rest on the ground and your back touches the backrest. Measure the width of your hips, the seat depth (from the surface of the back cushion to the back of your knee), and from the seat top to your feet on the floor. A special note here: It is imperative that the user’s feet touch the floor in the seated position of a lift chair and through the entire motion to provide stability. It is unsafe for feet to hang above the floor from a seated position, as the lift feature will slide you down to the floor as it’s elevated.
Most power lift chairs are made for people who are 5’1” to 5’9”. Those 5’10” and over may have to order a custom chair or look for footrest extenders to accommodate their longer legs. Most power lift chairs have a maximum weight capacity of 300 to 330 pounds. Heavy-duty lift chairs, sometimes called bariatric lift chairs, feature extra-wide seats and are reinforced to support users weighing up to 600 pounds. This reinforcement makes the seat considerably more firm. For best results, choose a chair with a weight capacity that closely matches your weight.
Lift chairs are the approximate size of comparable recliners. Consider the room in which the chair will be placed. Standard models slide both out and backward. A typical lift recliner must sit from 18 to 22 inches away from the wall, which could be a problem in tight areas. If you don’t have much space, wall-hugger models allow the lift chair to operate within 4 to 6 inches of a wall. These space-saving models start against a wall and slide forward without banging into the wall behind them. To see how a chair would look in your room, use Amazon’s handy “View in your room” option.
Power lift chairs are available in a range of durable, attractive fabrics, from linen to faux leather. Choose a fabric and color that complements your decor and your lifestyle. Keep in mind that leather and vinyl don’t breathe as much as cloth or even synthetic leather, which could make you sweat if you live in a hot area. The longer you sit, the hotter you get. If you’ll be sitting for long periods of time, skip the leather, which is generally more expensive anyway.
If incontinence is a problem, cloth is probably not the best choice. Some power lift chairs come with matching covers for the armrest, headrest, and even seat rest that detach for washing. Modern fabrics like microfiber, linen, and imitation leather are the most stain-resistant and are typically easier to clean than their leather counterparts.
Power lift chairs have many options that can increase their accessibility, comfort, and convenience. Higher-end chairs feature luxuries from vibrating massage and heat to cup holders and USB charging ports. Most come with a side pocket for the remote.
A massaging chair may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but the higher price tag may be worth it for those who suffer from aches and pains or poor circulation. While relaxing and cozy, vibrating chairs actually improve blood circulation to your head, back, lumbar area, and legs, too. If you want to buy a chair with vibrating massage and heat, check to see if the remote has separate controls for each area as well as heat intensity.
Some lift recliners are specially designed with removable armrests so wheelchair users can more easily enter them from the side. However, this feature may be harder to find on the mass market and may need to be specially ordered.
Powered furniture has many moving parts. Make sure the seller or manufacturer offers at least a one-year warranty that will cover the repair or replacement of the chair if a problem occurs. Review the warranty carefully and contact the manufacturer if you have any questions.