The 8 Best Couches to Buy in 2018

Get comfy with these fine pieces for your living space

Maxine Leather Sofa
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Picking the perfect new couch for your living room can be one of the hardest purchases you’ll make. While finding a beautiful bed or a gorgeous dining table may make you sweat a little at the furniture store, your couch functions as a central gathering place in your home—a place to make memories, enjoy late-night snacks and sometimes even host guests overnight. It’s important that your couch is comfortable, durable, big enough for your whole family and hopefully makes your heart beat a little faster when you see how beautifully it fits into your living space.

From just under $300 to a bit of a splurge at $2,000, we’ve narrowed down the best couches you can buy this year. Whether you adore the mid-century trend or you’d rather stick with traditional beauty, we’ll help you find a couch that will live through thousands of movie nights for years to come.

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    Best Overall: Ikea Ektorp

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     Courtesy of Ikea

    This Ikea classic sofa has been a top buy for all types of people over the years ranging from young apartment dwellers to busy families. This sofa can stand up to wear and tear because it comes with a slipcover that is washable and you also have the option to buy other slipcovers to either switch out your look or have a backup on hand.

    Besides the extremely affordable price customers love all of the different types of configurations you can get this sofa in ranging from a loveseat, a three-seater, sectional, and armchair making this sofa super customizable for your space and needs. Of course with Ikea furniture, there is some assembly required and you will have to pick this up in store or see what the delivery options are for your area. 

  • 02 of 08

    Best Budget: Buxton 73" Rolled Arm Sofa

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    Courtesy of Wayfair.

    The Buxton 73" rolled arm sofa is a beautiful piece that looks far more expensive than it is. Reviewers love this modern foam-filled sofa for its clean lines and versatile color. It would look at home in a casual apartment or a coastal beach house—it's all about how you style it.

    The upholstery is a blend of polyester and linen, and it measures 35'' x 73'' x 32''. It's a little bit on the smaller side, so it would be perfect for a small living room, starter apartment, or vacation rental. Some reviewers noted that the cushions are rather firm, so it you prefer softer cushions this may not be the model for you. Reviewers also mentioned that it comes unassembled, but it's easy to put together in 30 minutes or less. We recommend this sofa if you’re looking for a versatile product that won't break the bank.

  • 03 of 08

    Best Leather: DwellStudio Maxine Leather Sofa

    Maxine Leather Sofa
    Courtesy of Wayfair.

    Pro: The Maxine sofa is one of the most gorgeous and comfortable sofas your money can buy. Con: It may cause neighbors to stop by a little too frequently to admire its beauty. If you’re finally ready to invest in a piece of furniture that will last for years to come (and look gorgeous as it ages), the Maxine from DwellStudio is the perfect choice. Upholstered in eleven shades of top grain leather, the Maxine oozes luxury and class. Owners can personalize the shade of leather as well as the color of the legs, choosing from gold, bronze, chrome and brass. Plus, at 89 inches long, this couch provides more than enough space for casual weekend naps or cocktail parties. A leather couch is also a great choice for families who worry about food spillage, but if you have pets you’ll want to be careful to keep tiny claws away from the fabric.

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    Best Chesterfield Coaster Home Furnishings Sofa

    There’s just something alluring and irresistible about a Chesterfield sofa. Between the tufting, the metal studs and the rolled arms, this sofa just screams class. If you’re looking for a traditional Chesterfield at a good price, the Coaster Home sofa is a great choice. Adorned in dark brown bonded leather with a solid wood frame that can withstand a lot of use, the Coaster Home is a gorgeous piece for a formal sitting area or a cozy living space. This sofa is 93 inches long and weighs 143 pounds, a detail users say helps the couch feel sturdy and durable. This hefty piece of furniture is perfect for high-traffic homes or rooms where you want to fill a lot of space without spending a great deal. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Traditional: Home Decorator's Collection Riemann Polyester Sofa

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    Courtesy of Home Depot

    A traditional sofa doesn't mean it has to look shabby. This Riemann sofa from the Home Decorator's Collection at Home Depot would look just as nice in a formal living room as it would in the family TV room. It has a microsuede fabric so cleaning is a breeze when messes do happen—because they do! This sofa comes in a pearl, blue, and smoke color so you can choose whatever works with your room's decor.

    What we also love about this sofa is the curved design which makes having conversations easy. It has a hardwood padded frame and full seat cushions which make it firm but comfortable enough to sit back and relax. With this purchase, you'll also get two matching pillows so your room will be ready to go. 

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    Best Sleeper Sofa: Zeb Queen Sleeper Sofa

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    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Sleeper sofas do not have to be uncomfortable. This favorite from Wayfair not only looks good in your space it is also comfortable for guests to sleep on. The mattress is memory foam ensuring a restful night which is all you can really ask for in a sleeper sofa. The sofa has seating for three, comes in three different colorways (charcoal, quartz, or espresso), and has a microfiber cover so cleaning it will be easy.

    Customers were overall impressed with a lot saying they were nervous to make such a big purchase online without trying it out first, but most were very impressed with the size and comfort this provided. 

  • 07 of 08

    Best Loveseat: Suffield Serta Upholstery Caroll Loveseat

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    Courtesy of Wayfair

    Sometimes all your space can accommodate is a loveseat whether that means you live in a small space or you're looking to compliment an existing sofa—loveseats serve a purpose. This favorite from Wayfair has a traditional profile so it can work with most existing decors but it also has a trend-forward nailhead design that gives a bit of an updated edge.  Measuring at 59" length this loveseat has a small profile that you need when searching for a loveseat.

    Reviewers were overall satisfied with this purchase which some saying the sofa is a little firm so it might be suited better for a more formal setting because it might not be the best to sit back and watch television on. 

     

  • 08 of 08

    Best Mid-Century: Better Homes & Gardens Griffin Sofa

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    Courtesy of Walmart

    Mid-Century furniture has been big for the past decade or so and it is here to stay. If you want to try this type of look at home but don't want to spend a fortune, this sofa is the way to go.

    Available in a vibrant cranberry, appealing blue stone, or soothing grey this sofa will add some character to any space. Putting this together is easy with its "tool-less" construction which will have you relaxing minutes after you open the box. This also comes in a loveseat and armchair version so you can outfit your whole room if ​matching decor is your thing.