The 8 Best Recliners to Buy in 2018

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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 a comfy spot and put their feet up to relax after a long day? Around 1850, the French developed a camp bed that could be used as a chair, a chaise lounge and a bed. In fact, the first reclining chair was allegedly owned by Napoleon III. Fast forward a few years: In the 1920s, American cousins named Knabush and Shoemaker patented an upholstered chair with a reclining mechanism—a patent that led to the founding of La-Z-Boy furniture years later.

Today’s recliners, however, are far from the no-frills (read: wood and simple cushion stuffing) models of yesteryear. Featuring handcrafted frames, lux upholstery, high-density foam and 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 simply decorating your long-time homestead, we’ve rounded up the best reclining chairs for any style or budget. 

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    Best Overall: Wayfair Alcott Hill Henley Recliner

    With nearly two thousand reviews, it’s clear that this classically designed reclining chair is a fan favorite. Why? Customers love its super stylish design, comfort, ease of assembly and overall value. One reviewer even wrote that this chair was the best purchase she’s made in years!

    Available in six different colors—including durable, tear- and stain-resistant bonded leather—this recliner makes the perfect accent piece for a traditional living room, parlor, den or office space. Its tufted back and nail head details make it look lux (and way more expensive than it really is!), while its all birch frame makes it extra strong.

    Even if you’re unhappy with your purchase, this recliner has a solid 90-day manufacturer’s warranty—and Wayfair offers an extended protection plan for additional cost.

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    Runner Up, Best Overall: Homelegance Glider Reclining Chair

    This reclining chair snagged the second spot on our list for its design, comfort level and ultra-affordable price tag. If you’re on the hunt for a cozy chair that won’t break the bank, Homelegance delivers: Its plush seating, strong bonded leather upholstery and gliding motion make this chair the perfect spot for a Netflix binge or reading session.

    This reclining chair is available in dark brown or black bonded leather upholstery, making it easy to pair with any style of home décor—but its traditional rolled arms and nail head accents give it a more classic vibe.

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    Best Modern Design: GDF Studio Mason Midcentury Modern Tuft Back Recliner

    Love 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. (I personally love the dark blue color!) 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.

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    Best Classic Design: Great Deal Furniture Waldo Tufted Wingback Recliner Chair

    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 nail head 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 inches x 35.83 inches 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.

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    Best Massaging: Esright Massage Recliner Chair

    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.

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    Best Recliner for Kids: Flash Furniture Microfiber Kids Recliner

    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.

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    Best High-End: Sanford Leather Power Recliner

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    Courtesy of Wayfair

     If you’re looking for all out comfort, this recliner delivers on every account.

    Sleek and stylish in genuine leather, it’s like the Mercedes of recliners. From its pillow-top padded arms to plush pillow back design and cushy memory foam filling, it’s designed with comfort in mind. It’s also practical though with a power reclining feature,  built-in USB port and a power headrest you can adjust to just the right height. The head and footrest can be controlled separately, and no-sag springs and a solid wood frame ensure it will hold up well over time. It can hold up to 350 pounds.

    Of course, all that awesomeness comes at a price, and this one isn’t cheap, but reviewers say it’s worth it. The only problem: You may never want to get up from this chair.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best leather sofas.

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    Best for Baby: Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner, Choose Your Color

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    Courtesy of Walmart

    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.