The 7 Best Couches to Buy in 2018

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Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric 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...MORE 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.

  • Best Overall: Homelegance Linen-Like Fabric Sofa

    The Homelegance tops our list as the best overall choice for your home because it’s functional, comfortable, affordable and stylish. If you’re looking for a piece that’s not too trendy, but attractive and well made, the Homelegance sofa is a great choice. It comes in three colors: teal, grey and beige (though we’re partial to the gorgeous teal) and is made from a polyester fabric that has the look and feel of linen. The couch is 84 inches long and only requires the new owner to attach legs upon arrival. As an added bonus, the chair comes with two throw pillows, though we recommend customizing this piece to suit your own taste with fun, bright accessories.

    Owners say assembly is easy (one reviewer even put it together while pregnant!), and that for the price, the comfort and look of the couch can’t be beat. If you’re looking for a simple piece that you won’t tire of after a few years, then Homelegance is a great choice.

  • Runner-up, Best Overall: Elle Decor Chloe Sofa

    Okay, we admit it—we love the sleek lines, tapered legs and modern beauty of the mid-century look, and this Elle Decor Chloe sofa simply makes us swoon. Priced under $500, this sofa is incredibly well made, soft and stunning. It comes in beige, dark gray and light gray microfiber fabric. And at 74 inches long, it’s a great choice for a smaller space or a larger living room that has a love seat and a few cushy chairs as well.

    Assembly is simple, and the whole couch is delivered in a single box—so you don't have to worry about staying home for multiple deliveries. Owners say the piece looks fantastic in their home. Add a few geometric or block-printed throw pillows, and you’ll have a stylish mid-century piece that can make an entire living room.

  • Patricia Rolled Arm Sofa

    Best Budget: Charlton Home Patricia Rolled Arm Sofa

    The Patricia rolled arm sofa is a beautiful piece that looks far more expensive than it is. While it’s not quite the cheapest sofa on our list, it’s by far the best value for your dollar. Even though it costs just over $300, this sofa looks and feels very high-end. It’s only 78.75 inches long and a little narrower (31.5 inches deep) than some of our other picks, so it’s a great pick for a starter apartment or a cozy den. It comes in a deep slate gray, which would look great with a few black and white throw pillows.

    Owners say the couch feels firm at first, but softens over time. They also mention that the color can look a little blue against cooler paint colors. We recommend this sofa if you’re looking for a timeless style that is gentle on your wallet.

  • Florence Leather Sofa

    Best Splurge: DwellStudio Florence Leather Sofa

    Pro: The Florence 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 Florence from DwellStudio is the perfect choice. Upholstered in five shades of top grain leather, the Florence oozes luxury and class. Owners can personalize the shade of leather as well as the color of the legs, choosing from black, oak and walnut. Plus, at 85 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.

    Owners love the button-tufted backing, and praise the elegance and comfort that the Florence provides.

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  • Best Pull Out: Ashley Zeb Pull-Out Sofa Sleeper

    Comfort is of the utmost importance when picking a sleeper sofa. If you host overnight guests often, knowing they’re sleeping back-pain free will help you rest easier—but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or spend a fortune to find a great couch. This Ashley Zeb pull-out comes with a full-size memory foam mattress that owners say is far more comfortable than its spring mattress ancestors. The couch itself is 79 inches wide and has detailed piping that gives it an updated look. This is definitely not your grandma’s pull-out couch, and your guests will be thankful you’re not giving them the air mattress again this holiday season.

    Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best sleeper sofas article.

  • Best Modern Style: Modway Engage Upholstered Sofa

    There are endless affordable sofa options out there if you’re coveting the mid-century modern style, but we think the Modway Engage sofa easily beats out its competition. This sofa is incredibly customizable, coming in 13 different colors like “atomic red” and “wheatgrass.” We love the period details that make this sofa look like it’s on the set of a 60s television show (in the best way possible, of course). At 90.5 inches long, it’s one of the largest pieces on our list, so it’s best suited for larger spaces.

    Owners say that the piece looks terrific in their living room, but do note that it’s a little firmer than most couches. If you’re a savvy decorator who ranks style as the most important feature when purchasing a new couch, this Modway Engage sofa is the best choice for your home.

  • Best Traditional: 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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