Q: What questions should I ask before buying a power lift recliner?


If you’re buying a power recliner chair, there are several factors to consider: reclining angle, size of the chair itself, the material (for example, faux leather may be more heavy duty and easier to clean, but the material isn’t 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?

Those who have difficulty getting in and out of chairs may want to consider a power lift recliner rather than just a power recliner. While a power recliner makes leaning back and sitting up effortless with a push of a button, a power lift recliner will actually tilt up from the floor and gently tip you forward onto your feet. Our list above contains both options.

Finally, your budget. (Note that some power lift chairs are covered by Medicare if considered medically necessary. To take advantage of these benefits, 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 retailer’s return policy.

Also, most recliners require assembly and are usually shipped in two or three separate boxes due to their size. For those who prefer to purchase a chair online, we’ve selected 15 models to help you get started with your search.