Want a place to put your feet up and relax? A recliner can be a cozy spot to read a book or watch a game. These picks don’t cost a lot and allow you to upgrade your seating on a budget while still enjoying many of the special features of recliners. Size and material are two things that can make a difference in price, style, and comfort.
And while you might think of recliners as a clunky eyesore, today, you’ll find a number of options that are sleek and contemporary. “There are a couple of pieces that are really good looking with contemporary lines,” says Jeanine Turner with Turner Design Firm, which specializes in organic, contemporary design.
Here are the best budget recliners.
Homall PU Leather Recliner Chair
Multiple color options
Easy to clean
The modern silhouette of the Homall recliner chair makes it fit in with a sleek decor style, while the padded seat and back bring plenty of comfort. It is covered with faux leather that is available in six different colors and is easy to clean. The footrest and back are all adjustable. You can put the footrest up into multiple positions and lean back half or full.
This is a narrow recliner, which means that you can fit one or two in many spaces. It also makes an ideal home movie seat, because you can put multiple chairs side-by-side. The faux leather is also easily wiped if you spill popcorn or soda. To recline, you will need to manually push back on the recliner. Because it isn’t heavy, weighing only 57 pounds, that is easy for most people to do. It also reduces the need for bulky hardware that can detract from the style.
The back is only 38.6 inches tall. If you are on the taller side, it might not be big enough for you. This recliner is an exceptional value, even among a list of budget-friendly recliners. If you want to add comfortable seating to your living room, game room, or den, this is our top choice. It requires some simple assembly of putting the back and the seat together and screwing in four feet.
Price at time of publish: $200
Size: 38.6 x 20.6 x 29.1 inches | Weight: 57.2 pounds | Materials: Faux leather | Assembly: Yes
Ebern Designs Pettit Vegan Leather Recliner
Multiple color options
May be hard to maneuver through doorways
True to its name, the Pettit Vegan Leather Recliner from Ebern Designs is a petite option that works well for compact spaces. The back is narrow, and the arms are very sleek—but even with its smaller size, the recliner still has plenty of comfortable features. These include extra thick padding on the back, along with tapered arms that make the most of the space.
It comes in four different colors of faux leather, which is water-resistant and easy to clean. The seat is only 19.7 inches wide and 22.1 inches deep, so it may not make the best option for curling up. Instead, this recliner is a good pick for a small sitting room or movie room if you want to have plenty of seating and make the best use of the room that you do have. It is easy to move around in the room as the recliner weighs only 60 pounds. You will need 28 inches to maneuver it through doorways, however, so keep that in mind before assembling it. You might need to put it together in the room where you plan to use it.
Price at time of publish: $233
Size: 38.6 x 27.6 x 29.1 inches | Weight: 60.01 pounds | Materials: Faux leather | Assembly: Yes
DaVinci Piper Upholstered Recliner and Swivel Glider
Doubles as a glider
The DaVinci Piper Recliner and Swivel Glider does double duty, making it an ideal pick for a nursery. It reclines and swivels so you can relax and soothe your new baby as needed. The clean lines also make it stylish enough to keep in any room, where it fits in well with modern design. The reclining mechanism is out of sight, and it doesn’t look like a traditional recliner. If you want the comfort of a recliner but not the look, this is a great pick.
While on the more expensive side of budget recliners, given its dual purpose and longevity, we think this recliner offers a great value. It comes in four colors and is Greenguard certified, which means that the polyester materials are free of volatile organic compounds, VOCs, and formaldehyde. It comes in at a mere 55 pounds, making for easy moving. Just note that some assembly is required.
Price at time of publish: $399
Size: 34 x 30.5 x 39.5 inches | Weight: 55 pounds | Materials: Upholstered polyester fabric, metal base | Assembly: Yes
Best Lift Recliner
Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner
Built-in USB chargers and cup holders
Multiple color options
Lift recliners tilt backward and forward, helping the user to relax and get back on their feet in no time. These types of recliners are ideal for those with mobility issues, as it takes overall less effort to stand up.
In this category, the Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner is our favorite pick, as it offers superior comfort and three different sizes to choose from. This option offers extra cushioning on the headrest and a wider seat of up to 22 inches, allowing people to really sink into comfort when they sit. Mcombo offers three different models to choose from, each a different size. You can see which is the best for you based on their weight and height recommendations.
This chair also includes extra features that can make it your new command central. It is made from faux leather and is a bit heavy, weighing 120 pounds. It has two built-in USB charging ports, a cup holder on each armrest, and exterior side pockets, perfect for a remote control or a favorite book. This recliner is a bit pricey but still a great value given its many features. Power lift chairs tend to be more expensive than other recliners due to their additional functionality. The recliner does require a bit of assembly before use.
Price at time of publish: $620
Size: 34.6 x 30.7 x 41 inches | Weight: 120 pounds | Materials: Faux leather | Assembly: Yes
Three Posts Kerstetter Leather Recliner
Multiple color options
While it’s on the more expensive side, the Three Posts Kerstetter Leather Recliner is a high-quality option made of real leather in either dark brown or blue and has a wood frame. It also has nailhead trim to really give it an old-world feel. It reclines into three positions using a manual lever. The back and seat are extra-cushiony, with an additional padded headrest and footrest that extends.
Although it is on the pricey side, especially given the size, you’re paying for high-quality materials rather than extra size or features. The seat is 20.1 inches deep, and even when fully extended, the entire chair is only 65 inches long. It weighs 82 pounds and requires partial assembly.
Price at time of publish: $780
Size: 40.9 x 33.5 x 34.3 inches | Weight: 82 pounds | Materials: Leather, wood frame | Assembly: Yes
Red Barrel Studios Babble Upholstered Recliner
Heat and massage features
Blue upholstery is more gray than expected
If you want something that is extra cushiony, the Red Barrel Studios Babble Upholstered Recliner has extra layers of foam on the headrest, armrests, seat, and footrest. It also comes with heat and massage settings, which you can control using the included remote. If that’s not enough luxury for you, just plug in your device using the built-in USB charger to play some relaxing music or watch a movie.
This polyester chair isn’t as sleek as some of our other options and looks more like a traditional recliner. There is a side pocket to hold a book, the remote, or other small items, but it is secured by elastic that can sag. It comes in a slate blue which is more gray than blue. The back is 28 inches in height with a seat of over 19 inches in width. You won’t want to move this recliner around much, as it weighs a hefty 123.4 pounds. Some assembly is required.
Price at time of publish: $710
Size: 41.3 x 35 x 30.75 inches | Weight: 123.4 pounds | Materials: Polyester, metal frame | Assembly: Yes
Anj Home Recliner Chair Overstuffed
Matches various decor styles
Multiple color options
Recline button is more noticeable
Anj Home Recliner Chair Overstuffed is a spacious and comfortable option, a whopping 23 inches deep and 20 inches wide. Because the armrests and back go seamlessly into the seat, when it is fully reclined, there is even more room to spread out. Plus, it has super soft padding to keep you comfy. It uses a manual lever to extend the footrest. You can use just the footrest or push back on the back to recline it further.
This recliner’s fabric is polyester and comes in two neutral colors: apricot and gray, lending it to various decor styles. It requires some assembly, which may be difficult if you are buying this recliner because you want or need the therapeutic benefits to help with mobility. The recline button on the side is dark black plastic, which stands out visually but makes it easy to get to when you want to extend the footrest. This recliner weighs 70 pounds.
Price at time of publish: $370
Size: 37 x 39 x 39 inches | Weight: 70 pounds | Materials: Polyester, metal frame | Assembly: Yes
Hanover Ventura Outdoor Patio Recliner
Pairs with Ventura line of furniture
Multiple color options
Back does not recline
No matter the weather, the Hanover Ventura Outdoor Luxury Recliner can keep you relaxed and comfortable. It’s made with a steel frame that is UV-resistant and won’t fade in the sun or rain. It is also rust-resistant and easy to clean with just a simple all-purpose cleaner. The polyester cushions are also made for the elements and come in four colors: crimson red, navy, ocean blue, and vintage meadow.
The back of this outdoor seat does not recline, but the footrest does extend, allowing you to put your feet up and relax. The seat offers ample room with a width of 21 inches. The recliner is easy to assemble and move around, weighing only 46 pounds. It is part of the Ventura line of outdoor furniture, which includes sofas, tables, and other types of chairs. You can opt for one with an extendable footrest in one area and have a matching set in another part of your yard.
Price at time of publish: $599
Size: 36 x 26 x 40.5 inches | Weight: 46.3 pounds | Materials: Steel, aluminum, polyester Assembly: Yes
Our top pick is the Homall Recliner Chair for its exceptional value, great features, and sleek style that works in everything from movie rooms to modern living areas. The Ebern Designs Pettit Vegan Leather Recliner is another great pick that has a smaller silhouette and fits in cozy nooks in your home.
What to Look for in a Budget Recliner
Recliners come in several sizes, so be sure to choose one that fits the size of the person who will be sitting in it most. Before purchasing, you should also consider where you want to put the recliner. To be sure you buy an appropriately sized recliner, measure your space before choosing one. It may also help to measure your doorways before bringing a recliner into your home.
Like other seating options, recliners are made with various materials, from woven fabrics to leather. You can choose the chair's fabric based on your personal preference, but it's also important to consider factors like durability. If you're worried about spills and stains, a leather recliner that's easier to clean may be a better choice than a fabric one.
Unlike traditional chairs, recliners often come with additional features (which is part of why they're so relaxing to sit in). Before you buy a recliner, decide which features are most important to you. For example, do you want the recliner handle on the right or left side? Do you have any special needs that require a certain type of cushioning or support? Do you want a recliner with built-in heating or massage capabilities? Answering these questions can help you decide on the best recliner for you.
How do you decorate with two recliners?
Two recliners will definitely take up more space in a room, which is important to consider before purchasing. If your recliners match, you can put them next to each other; if not, they may look best on opposite sides of the room. Adding a side table next to your recliner or a coffee table in front of it creates extra space for drinks and other personal items. Consider placing an area rug under the recliners to make a defined space.
How do power recliners work?
A power recliner is a great option if you'd rather not manually recline your chair each time you use it and if you want more precision when you recline or use the chair's footrest. These chairs contain a motor you can control with a button, so you can decide how much you want to recline. These chairs require a power source, so they'll need to be placed near an outlet.
How long do power recliners last?
Power recliners are an investment. How long your power recliner will last depends on how often you use it. A power recliner can last for several years as long as you take care of it. If it's used more frequently, and you don't properly care for it, then the power recliner may not last as long.
“Usually, things get replaced because people are moving, or downsizing, or upsizing. Less often because they get broken,” says Jeanine Turner with Turner Design Firm. “Go with a neutral color in the big pieces so that you can change [the] color scheme with wallpaper, art, rugs, or pillows.”
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Melynn, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. To compile this list, she looked for recliners that didn’t skimp on style or features, even while they kept budget in mind. She also talked to Jeanine Turner with Turner Design Firm, the recipient of the International Property Awards 2022 Best Kitchen Design.