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All You Need to Know About Power Recliners

Are you ready to kick back and relax in style? In recent years, power recliners have surged in popularity, becoming the go-to choice for those seeking comfort and convenience. These innovative chairs have revolutionized relaxation, combining advanced technology with luxurious design.

In this article, we’ll explore the world of power recliners, including their definitions, types, benefits, and factors to consider when choosing the perfect model for your living space.

What Are Power Recliners?

Power recliners are the modern successors of manual recliners, offering a seamless and effortless reclining experience at the touch of a button. Unlike manual recliners, which require physical strength to adjust the angle, power recliners are equipped with electric motors that control the movement, ensuring a smooth transition to your preferred position.

Woman sitting in the Milan swivel power recliner by Fjords.
The latest advancements in power recliner technology have introduced features such as programmable positions, USB charging ports, and even voice-activated controls. These enhancements cater to a growing demand for furniture that is not only comfortable but also technologically adept. No more wrestling with levers or struggling to find the perfect angle – with power recliners, relaxation is just a click away.

Types of Recliners

Several different recliners are available, varying in design, materials, and features. Discover which recliner best suits your preferences and needs, from traditional leather recliners to modern adjustable models.

Pull Handle Recliner

The Palliser Theo recliner with a pull handle on the side.A type of recliner that reclines by pulling a handle on the side of the chair.

Lever Handle Recliner

The Felicia recliner by Best Home Furnishings. This type reclines by operating a lever, typically located on the side of the chair.

Wall Hug Recliner

The Banff ergonomic leather power recliner by Palliser.

Designed to recline forward making it possible to be placed in smaller spaces.

Push Back Recliner

The leather oxford recliner by Vogel.

Relies on body weight to recline–simply push back on the backrest to adjust the reclining position.

Rocking Recliner

The Codie power recliner by Best Home Furnishings.

This not only reclines but also rocks back and forth, providing a soothing motion.

Glider Recliner

The Oslo power recliner by Fjords.Similar to a rocking recliner, but moves in a smooth gliding motion instead of rocking.

Swivel Recliner

The Milan power recliner by Fjords.Rotates around its base, allowing you to easily change directions while remaining seated.

Power Lift ReclinerThe Theo power reclining lifted chair by Palliser.

Uses a mechanism to go from a seated position to a standing position, making it easier to get up.

Power Recliner

The Bexley power recliner by Vogel.Operated usually with buttons or remote control, allowing for precise reclining adjustments.

Benefits of Power Recliners

Power recliners provide numerous benefits, making them an excellent choice for those seeking comfort and convenience:

Comfort and Relaxation: Power recliners offer personalized relaxation with adjustable positions that cater to your body’s needs. Whether you’re unwinding after a long day or enjoying a movie marathon, the ergonomic contours and adjustable features enhance everyday moments.

Convenience and Ease of Use: Say goodbye to wrestling with stubborn levers or struggling to find the optimal reclining angle. Effortlessly transition between reclining positions using precision controls, providing seamless lounging at the touch of a button.

Health Benefits: Beyond comfort, certain brands of power recliners offer significant health benefits. Most notably, Fjords specializes in ergonomic designs that are made to help with proper spinal alignment, relieve muscle tension, and improve circulation through leg elevation.

Customization Options: Each recliner user has different comfort preferences, so power recliners often offer various customization options. Look for features like lumbar support adjustments, varying cushion firmness, and extendable footrests to create a personalized comfort profile. You can also choose from adjustable reclining angles or even enjoy built-in massage and heating functions.

Choosing the Right Power Recliner for Your Home

Selecting a power recliner is a personal journey dependent on your lifestyle needs and preferences. Consider how you plan to use the recliner, what room it will go in and how it can elevate your overall style.

It’s essential to compare different brands and models. While online shopping offers convenience, nothing beats the experience of testing out recliners in person. By doing so you can browse material options like leather or fabric, experiment with various reclining positions, and envision how each model would fit into your home.

The Bexley power recliner by Vogel styled in modern living room.
When evaluating different power recliners, pay attention to the following features:

  • Power Mechanisms: The motor is the heart of a power recliner. Options range from single-motor designs, which move the back and footrest simultaneously, to dual-motor systems that allow for independent adjustment. Control options vary from simple buttons to sophisticated remotes and even smartphone apps.
  • Upholstery Materials and Durability: Choose upholstery materials that complement your decor and withstand the test of time. Leather, fabric, and faux leather are popular choices, each offering its unique blend of style and durability.
  • Size and Fit Considerations: Take measurements of your room layout to ensure the recliner fits seamlessly into your space. Consider factors such as clearance for reclining, proximity to other furniture, and overall aesthetic harmony.
  • Additional Features: Want to take your relaxation to the next level? Look for recliners with built-in massage and heating options for a spa-like experience right in the comfort of your home.

Power Recliner Maintenance

As with any investment in comfort and luxury, proper maintenance is essential to preserve the condition and longevity of your power recliner. Follow these tips to keep your recliner looking and performing its best:

  1. Regularly vacuum or brush upholstery to remove dust and debris.
  2. Clean spills promptly with a damp cloth and mild detergent.
  3. Avoid placing your recliner in direct sunlight to prevent fading.
  4. Follow manufacturer guidelines for specific care instructions to prolong the lifespan of your recliner.

For more information on how to clean your recliner, read our Furniture Care Guide.


The world of power recliners offers a fusion of comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge technology that can enrich our daily lives. By carefully considering the benefits and features of these innovative chairs, you can make a choice that not only complements your home but supports your well-being. As you contemplate the addition of a power recliner to your space, remember that the journey to finding the perfect chair should be as relaxing as the destination.

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Power Recliner FAQs

How does a power recliner differ from a manual recliner?

A power recliner operates with an electric motor, allowing users to adjust the reclining position effortlessly at the touch of a button. While a manual recliner requires physical effort to adjust the reclining angle.

What are the main benefits of using a power recliner?

Power recliners offer convenience and provide various reclining positions. They also include features like adjustable headrests and lumbar support, making them ideal for individuals with mobility issues or those seeking a more luxurious lounging experience.

Are power recliners suitable for all ages?

Yes, power recliners are suitable for all ages. They offer customizable comfort settings and can accommodate various body types and preferences.

What features should I look for when choosing a power recliner?

When choosing a power recliner, consider features such as the range of reclining positions, material quality, padding and cushioning, additional features like massage or heating functions, durability of the motor mechanism, ease of operation, and warranty coverage.

How long do power recliners last?

The lifespan of a power recliner can vary depending on factors such as usage frequency, quality of materials, and maintenance. Generally, a well-maintained power recliner can last for many years. For more information on how to clean your recliner, read our Furniture Care Guide.

Are power recliners noisy?

The noise level of power recliners can vary depending on the quality of the motor and mechanisms used. While some may produce minimal noise during operation, others may generate a slight hum or mechanical sound. However, advancements in technology have led to quieter motor systems in many modern power recliners.