The 5 Best Recliners of 2021

Great options in a range of styles and budgets

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Best Recliners

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Our Top Picks
You can customize your chair massage with five control modes.
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The birchwood frame is padded with high-density foam for extra comfort.
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The upholstery resembles old leather with some patina.
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Microfiber upholstery is easy to clean with just a damp cloth.
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Provides all the soothing, gliding action that lulls babies to sleep.
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Reclining chairs have been around for a long, long time. And for good reason—who doesn’t want to sink into comfy cushions and kick their feet up? Featuring handcrafted frames, luxe upholstery, high-density foam, down filling, and even some seriously high-tech features, today’s recliners aren’t just comfortable—they’re stylish, durable, and, perhaps most importantly, affordable.

Whether you’re shopping for your first apartment or decorating your long-time homestead, these are the best reclining chairs for every budget and style.

Best Massaging: Esright Massage Recliner Chair

Esright Massage Recliner Chair

Dimensions: 33.1 x 35.8 x 43.2 inches | Weight: 92.6 pounds | Material: Polyurethane (PU) Leather | Finish: Black

What We Like
  • Different massage settings

  • 360 swivel and rocking features

  • Durable

  • Has extra storage

What We Don't Like
  • Not recommended for taller people

  • Massage function could be stronger

Transform your living room into a day spa with this massaging (and heating!) reclining chair. With five control modes and two intensity levels, you can customize your chair massage to fit any needs—whether your back is in knots or you just need to unwind with a gentle massage after a long day.

Its PU leather design (polyurethane leather, which is artificial leather)—which comes in dark brown and black—makes it durable enough for everyday use, while its thick, sponge-like padding makes the seat, back and armrest cushions extra comfortable.

This chair also features two cup holders and four storage bags, so you can settle in for a movie marathon or reading session totally undisturbed.

Best Modern: GDFStudio Mason Mid-Century Modern Tuft Back Recliner

 GDFStudio Mason Mid-Century Modern Tuft Back Recliner

Dimensions: 34.25 x 38.7 x 38.7 inches | Weight: 59.3 pounds | Material: 100 percent Polyester, Textile, Birch | Finish: Various

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Affordable

  • Small size

What We Don't Like
  • Not recommended for taller people

  • A bit on the firm side

Love the midcentury modern style, but don’t want to spend a small fortune on the real thing? No one would guess this super chic, midcentury modern armchair is actually an affordable recliner—until they kick back and put their feet up.

Its birch wood frame is padded with high-density foam for extra comfort and can be upholstered with nine different colors of polyester, so you can match it with any décor in your house. The chair’s tufted back makes it feel extra stylish—and makes it look way more expensive than it is. 

This chair’s smaller dimensions—it’s only 27.25 inches in width—make it easy to tuck into a corner or pair with a second chair in your living room, den, or family room.

Best Classic: Christopher Knight Home Walder Tufted Wingback Recliner Chair

Christopher Knight Home Walder Tufted Wingback Recliner Chair

Dimensions: 35.5 x 36 x 42 inches | Weight: 70.9 pounds | Material: 100 percent Polyester, Birch Wood | Finish: Warm Stone

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Large size

  • 90-day warranty

What We Don't Like
  • On the firmer side

  • Reclining mechanism can be tricky and sticky

This is the kind of chair you want to sit in while you’re in front of a fireplace, drinking a glass of scotch. From its wingback to its tufting, to its decorative nailhead trim, this reclining chair defines classic, heirloom style—at a non-heirloom price. The upholstery looks like an old leather with some patina, but it’s actually super durable microfiber polyester, so you don’t have to worry about conditioning it every few months. 

Because this chair is slightly larger—at 39.76 x 35.83 x 41.30 inches—it would be best in a bigger room, like a living room or family room. If you’re looking for a super squishy reclining chair, this pick may not work for you: customers say it’s on the firmer side.

Best for Kids: Flash Furniture Microfiber Kids Recliner with Storage Arms

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Dimensions: 39 x 25 x 28 inches | Weight: 28 pounds | Material: Hard Wood, Foam, Microfiber | Finish: Various

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Easy to clean

  • Has extra storage

  • Solid warranty

What We Don't Like
  • May not work for older children

  • Smaller than it looks in photos

Sometimes the kids need to get comfy, too! Featuring overstuffed, foam-filled cushions, this adorable, miniature version of your favorite recliner is the perfect place to kick back, relax and have a cold glass of . . . milk. Don’t worry about spills, though—its microfiber upholstery (which is available in almost 30 colors) is easy to clean with just a damp cloth. Plus, it has storage compartments in the arms, so your kids can stash their favorite gear or their afternoon snacks.

This chair has a weight limit of 90 pounds, so it may not work for older children. And if you have any issues with parts, the manufacturer offers a solid two-year warranty.

Best for Baby: Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

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Dimensions: 37 x 30 x 41.75 inches | Weight: 225 pounds | Material: Wood, Metal, Linen, or Microfiber | Finish: Gray or Mocha

What We Like
  • Swivels

  • Comes in various colors

  • Easy to assemble

  • 1-year limited warranty

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Not recommended for taller people

  • Quality of frame could be better

Every nursery needs a glider, and this one from Baby Relax gets top marks for comfort and style. It glides, reclines, and swivels. It’s perfect for feeding, reading, snuggling, and even for mom or dad to catch a quick nap while baby sleeps.

Modern and stylish, it comes in both linen and microfiber fabrics and in either grey, mocha or white to blend in with most any decor.  Its classic clean lines and tufted back make it easy to transition to other rooms once it’s not needed in the nursery. In other words: it doesn’t scream baby. The price is affordable, too.

What Testers Say

"To frazzled new parents who don’t have time to eat, let alone put together furniture: This chair took about 30 seconds to assemble. It arrives in two pieces, and the top and bottom literally snap together for a quick and easy setup." — Karen Tietjen, Product Tester

Andover Mills Leonie 35 Wide Manual Recliner
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What to Look for in a Recliner

Style

Today’s recliners come in a wide variety of styles, from classic to modern and everything in between—some don’t even look like they have reclining capabilities! You’ll also have to decide what type of fabric you want—like leather, microfiber, or linen—and what will match your style.

Controls

There are two types of common controls for recliners: the old-fashioned lever or more modern electronic controls. While the former allows you to recline more slowly (and often to various degrees), electronic options tend to be more expensive. You’ll also have to plug yours into an electrical outlet, which limits where you can put it.

Extra features

Certain recliners have additional features that make them more convenient or comfortable. For instance, some have massage capabilities, and others have built-in phone chargers. However, keep in mind these extra features come at an additional cost.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Christie Donnelly, a freelance writer with over a decade of experience covering home topics. To make this list, she considered the style, controls, and additional features of each recliner.

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