The 6 Best Recliners of 2021

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Best Recliners

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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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The 53 ball bearing mechanism features a 360° swivel.
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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? 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

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

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—which comes in dark brown, black and cream—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 Design: Christopher Knight Home Mervynn Mid-Century Modern Fabric 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

Love the mid-century modern style, but don’t want to spend a small fortune on the real thing? No one would guess this super chic, mid-century 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 Design: 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

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 Recliner 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

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

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 six 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, and Linen or Microfiber | Finish: Grey 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

Every nursery needs a glider, and this one from Baby Relax gets top marks for comfort and style. It provides all the soothing, gliding action that lulls babies to sleep, but it also reclines and swivels. It’s perfect for feeding, reading, snuggling and even for mom or dad to catch a quick nap in while baby sleeps.

Modern and stylish, it comes in both linen and microfiber fabrics and in either grey or mocha to blend in with most any decor. Reviewers give it high marks for comfort, particularly for the fabric’s softness and for its style. 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

Best Swivel: PRI Sutton Gray Fabric Swivel Recliner

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Dimensions: 36 x 31.5 x 39.5 inches | Weight: 90.39 pounds | Material: Polyester Upholstery | Finish: Grey

What We Like
  • Easy to clean

  • Durable

  • Swivels

  • Easy to assemble

  • 1-year warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

This comfy swivel recliner will accommodate all of your relaxation needs, whether you're a bookworm or a TV fanatic. It boasts padded back, sides, and arms for maximum comfort and support. The soft fabric cover can be removed for easy cleaning, and it's available in two neutral colors (charcoal grey and tan) that work well with a variety of decors. It also has a reinforced hardwood frame and drop-in coil seating construction—which means no sagging over time.

When you want to stretch out, just pull the lever and rest your feet on the supremely soft footrest. Not a one-trick pony, the 53 ball bearing mechanism features a 360° swivel, so you can go ahead and swivel around to reach the remote!

Reviewers say that this chair has good support and the swivel mechanism works perfectly. Minimal assembly is required, which is another huge bonus. The Sutton recliner measures 31.5 x 36 x 39.5 inches.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a modern and affordable recliner, the Christopher Knight Home Mervynn Mid-Century Modern Fabric Recliner (view at Amazon) is a great choice. It is available in multiple colors and fits in smaller spaces. However, if you want a recliner with more deluxe features, the Esright Massage Recliner Chair (view at Amazon) has two cup holders and a massage feature.

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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