9 great recliners for elevated sleep
If you need to sleep a little more upright, the right recliner makes all the difference
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Getting a good night’s rest when you have a heart condition, digestion problems, sleep apnea, or other medical issues can be difficult. Some people want or need to sleep in an elevated position, and of those, many find that a recliner can provide the right angle for them to sleep comfortably.
Questions to ask before you buy a recliner
Some things to consider when buying a recliner include the reclining angle, the size of the chair itself, the material (for example, faux leather can be easier to clean but may not be as warm and cozy as fabric), whether it is operated manually or electronically, and if it has dual motors so the backrest and footrest can be adjusted independently from one another. Do you want heating and massage options, cupholders, or other accessories?
For those who have difficulty getting in and out of chairs, you may want to consider a power lift recliner rather than a standard recliner.
Finally, of course, is your budget. (Note that some power lift chairs are covered by Medicare if considered medically necessary. You will need a prescription from your doctor.)
With so many varieties on the market, selecting the right recliner can be daunting. If possible, try out the recliner before purchasing. If you are unable to visit the store and need to purchase your chair online, make sure you understand the return policy.
Also, most recliners require assembly and are usually shipped in two or three separate cartons due to their size. For those who prefer to purchase their chair online, we’ve selected nine models to help you get started with your search.
Power lift recliners
Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner 7040
If you’re looking for a recliner with all the bells and whistles, this might be the chair for you. In addition to reclining, the chair also offers power lift for easily getting on and off the chair. The lift and recliner mechanisms are operated by a simple two-button remote control. The chair reclines to 140 degrees, so while you can’t lie flat, it should allow just enough of an angle for elevated sleep.
Be aware, however, that the manufacturer recommends this chair for people 5 foot 1 to 5 foot 9, so if you are taller than this your feet may hang over the edge of the footrest. (There is a similar version of this chair designed for taller people.) Fully reclined, the chair measures 64.6 inches.
The chair can accommodate up to 320 pounds and features eight vibrating massage points in four areas (back, lumbar, thighs, and legs) as well as heating of the lumbar region. Operated by remote control, the heating and massage can be set to turn off after 10, 20, or 30 minutes. The recliner comes in black, light brown, dark brown, cream, and red easy-to-clean faux leather.
Signature Design by Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner
For taller people, this generously sized (35"W x 40"D x 42.5"H) power lift chair is a good option. It measures 69.25 inches when fully reclined at 180 degrees and has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.
The chair positions are adjusted using a one-touch button, and the dual motor allows for the footrest and recline positions to be set independently from one another. The armrest and backrest are generously padded for additional comfort. There are no heating or massage options, cupholders, or USB ports, but the chair does include side pockets.
It is made of 100% polyester with the look of leather and is available in brown or black.
Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner
With a 21.25-inch-wide seat and weight accommodation of 330 pounds, this power lift chair is a good choice for the heavier user. It reclines to 150 degrees for elevated sleep, and the lift and recline mechanisms are adjusted using a button on the side of the chair. The backrest and footrest operate simultaneously, so they can’t be adjusted independently from one another.
The chair features heating as well as four massage settings (leg, thigh, lumbar, and back) and five massage modes, with two settings for vibration intensity, all set using a remote control. The chair also comes with two cupholders, USB outlets, and deep side pockets. It includes an overstuffed backrest and cushions and is covered in a soft brown fabric.
Merax Big and Tall Faux Leather Power Reclining Recliner
This faux leather Merax recliner is a customer favorite at The Home Depot, with close to 200 shoppers praising its full-body support and sturdy build. Constructed with a solid steel frame and outfitted with a heavy-duty power lift and recline motor, it can support up to 330 pounds and smoothly reclines to 160 degrees. The double padding on key pressure points and padded armrests ensure maximum comfort for the user as well.
Magic Union Power Lift Massage Recliner
This power lift chair reclines to a maximum 140 degrees, which may work well for those who want to sleep at a fairly elevated position. It operates using two remote controls: one for the lift/recline mechanism and the other for the massage and heating features. (Note that the backrest and footrest can’t be adjusted independently of each other.)
The chair features four massage areas (back, lumbar, thighs, and legs) and five levels of massage (pulse, press, wave, auto, and normal). It also offers heating for the lumbar area. The massage and heating can be set on a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. The chair accommodates up to 300 pounds, is made of easy-to-clean faux leather, and has two cupholders, USB ports, and generous side pockets.
Nojus Wide Power Lift Assist Recliner
For the heavier person who just needs a basic sturdy power lift chair without heating or massage, this chair could be a good choice. It accommodates a maximum weight of 400 pounds and has a generously sized seat that measures 22-by-22 inches. When fully reclined to 180 degrees, the chair measures 68 inches. It is adjustable using a simple two-button remote and is available in navy blue, black, brown, dove, and red faux leather.
Comhoma Recliner Rocker Swivel Chair
For those who prefer a swiveling rather than stationary recliner, the Comhoma chair fills the bill. It reclines using a push-back mechanism that involves pushing down on the armrests and leaning back. It can be adjusted to five angle positions, from 110 degrees to 160 degrees, regulated by pulling on a ring located on the inner right side of the seat.
The chair swivels 360 degrees, can be rocked back and forth, and has two cupholders and large side pockets. It offers heating of the lumbar area as well as vibrating massage of the back, lumbar, thighs, and legs and five massage modes, all operated via remote control. It is available in black, brown, or cream leather.
Esright Massage Recliner Chair
Like the Comhoma chair, this recliner by Esright swivels 360 degrees and rocks back and forth. Recommended for people under 6 feet tall, the chair reclines to 140 degrees using manual control using a pull handle located in the right side of the seat.
It comes with two cupholders and side pockets and features massage points for the back, lumbar, thighs, and legs as well as heating of the lumbar region. The heating and massage are operated by remote control. The chair is available in brown or black polyurethane leather.
Homall Recliner Chair
If you’re looking for a basic, lower-cost recliner that doesn’t take up a lot of space, consider the Homall Recliner Chair. The chair can be adjusted to three positions, from 90 degrees to 180 degrees, making it a good chair for napping.
This is a push-back model, so keep in mind that you need enough strength and mobility to adjust it. With a seat width of 19.7 inches and back seat height just under 21 inches and a weight capacity of 275 pounds, this chair is more suitable for the smaller user. Made of easy-to-clean polyurethane leather, it comes in black, brown, gray, beige, and red.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.