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Last updated: August 12, 2022
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There’s only one thing better than relaxing in a reclining chair at the end of the day – relaxing in a reclining chair with heat. A heated recliner can help soothe aching muscles and melt away stress.
In order to help you find the best heated recliner, we looked at 20 different chairs on the market today. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the Mcombo Electric Lift Recliner Chair won our Editor’s Choice for its power reclining feature, diverse integrated massage modes, and USB ports and cup holders for extra functionality. We also gathered up five more of the best heated recliners to help you find the one that’s best for you.
We had a number of things to consider when choosing the top heated recliner chairs. First, we looked at whether the chair offered a power lift, whether it was rockered, or whether it just reclined to a single position. We also looked closely at the upholstery, since that impacts durability and comfort. The color, size, and weight capacity of the chair were secondary, but still important, considerations. You’ll find all six of our favorite heated recliners in the table below, followed by detailed reviews of each. Our buying guide covers everything you need to know about choosing the chair that’s right for you. Finally, we sum up our three overall favorite heated recliners.
This impressive heated recliner from Mcombo packs in a ton of features, which is why it won our Editor’s Choice award. To start, this chair is a lift recliner, so it’s extremely easy to get in and out of even if you suffer from mobility problems. The chair can recline to three different angles, with the maximum angle at 140 degrees.
What’s even more exciting about this heated recliner chair is that it comes with a massage built into the back. The massage function has nine different modes and five different intensity levels, so you can really customize the motion to suit your needs. All of this is controlled by a remote that can be slipped into the pocket on the side of the chair. Importantly, the heater can be turned on and off separately from the massage function.
Mcombo also paid attention to small features that make the recliner more enjoyable. It has two cupholders as well as USB ports so you can charge your phone or other devices while reclining.
Users were very happy with this chair and, aside from all the features, thought the plush padding was extremely comfortable. They especially liked the padded headrest, which keeps you neck in line with your back when sitting for extended periods. The upholstery of this chair is made with synthetic leather, and it’s available in five different colors – so, you can match this recliner with just about any room in your home. Several users also noted that Mcombo provides excellent customer service in the rare case that something goes wrong with the recliner.
What do we love it for?
Lift recliner with three positions
Massage with nine different modes
Heater operates independently from massage function
This heated rocker recliner from Esright packs is hard to beat if you’re in the market for comfort. The chair reclines to 140 degrees when you pull on a small handle hidden on the side of the seat. Users noted that this can be a little difficult to reach, but it’s a minor complaint otherwise. On top of that, the chair rocks back and forth when its upright and it has a 360-degree swivel base that works even when the chair is reclined.
The chair has an internal massager, which includes eight different nodes across your back and legs. The massage function can be controlled using a remote, and you can choose which of the nodes are activated at any time. Better yet, you can switch between five different massage modes and two intensity levels. The heater can be operated independently from the massage using the same remote control.
Users found that the chair itself is extremely comfortable. The entire chair is upholstered in synthetic leather and the seat and head are thickly padded for extra comfort. The seat is nearly 23 inches wide, so you hardly have to worry about having enough room. Plus, the arm rests are each nearly half a foot wide, so you have plenty of space to stretch out.
Since it’s a manual chair, users didn’t report many issues with it. Some found that assembly was difficult, but the manufacturer’s customer service team was very friendly and helpful in walking customers through the process. Users were also happy that the chair is available in a relatively wide range of colors.
This heated recliner from Relaxzen is a little different than a lot of other models on the market in that it doesn’t have a leg section. Instead, your feet rest on an included matching ottoman. This makes the chair slightly more flexible, since you don’t necessarily have to have your legs up when the chair is reclined. Plus, users thought the ottoman simply looks stylish, especially thanks to the finished wooden base.
Inside this recliner and the ottoman, you’ll find a total of eight massage nodes. You can use the included remote to determine which nodes are active at any time, and the chair can switch between nine different massage modes and five different intensity levels. That, combined with the fact that you can move the ottoman to perfectly target your leg massage, makes this one of the best heated massage recliners. Of course, the heat can be turned on or off separately from the massage nodes.
The downside to this chair is that the amount of weight it can hold is very limited – just 250 pounds. That’s in part because it uses a swiveling wooden base rather than a metal base. So, heavyset users will have to carefully consider whether this chair is strong enough to work for them.
It’s also worth noting that while users generally found this recliner to be comfortable, the armrests and seat are not as plushly padded as some other chairs. Still, customers thought the synthetic leather upholstery feels good against the skin, and there were few complaints that the seat is too hard for extended sitting.
This lift chair from MAGIC UNION competes with the Mcombo chair for the title of best heated lift recliner. It’s slightly less expensive and comes packed with nearly as many features.
The most noticeable of these features, aside from the heating element around the waist, is the massaging function. The massage heads are arranged to work on your legs, thighs, lower back, and upper back all at the same time, and you can choose between five different pulse modes depending on what feels best for you.
The massage and lift functions are controlled by two different remotes, which can be tucked away in the pocket on the side of the chair. Importantly, the heater can be operated independently of the massage heads using the remote.
The chair itself is adjustable between three different positions, with a maximum recline to a 140-degree angle. So unfortunately, you can’t lie all the way down to sleep in this chair. That said, it does have a thickly padded headrest to keep your neck in alignment while sitting and users found that the lift function operates at a nice speed.
Where this chair falls short of the Mcombo chair is in reliability. Some users found that the recliner motor burned out after several months of use, while others noted that the massage function can be surprisingly noisy. MAGIC UNION doesn’t have the same high-quality customer service as Mcombo, so customers with faulty recliners had difficulty fixing the chair.
Users loved this inexpensive manual recliner from WATERJOY. It’s thickly padded and features a very wide seat, so it’s easy to spread out and find a comfortable position. Although taller users may find that the headrest is too low for their liking, most users appreciated the thick padding for keeping their head and neck in alignment while sitting.
The recline function is activated by pulling on a simple lever on the side of the chair, so it’s easy to access. The chair reclines to several different positions – just let go of the lever when you’re back as far as you want to be, and the chair will lock into the next recline position. The chair doesn’t ever fully recline, stopping at about a 140-degree angle.
The recliner is equipped with eight massage nodes, which can be switched between five nodes and two intensity levels. Users thought that the modes felt relatively similar – all various feelings of vibration rather than true pulsing and kneading – but they thought the massager worked well nonetheless. The massage motor automatically shuts off after 25 minutes to prevent burnout.
Unfortunately, this recliner is only available in a single color: black. Still, users thought that the synthetic leather upholstery looks relatively good, and black has the advantage of matching with the interior of most rooms. Even better, customers found that assembling this chair was very simple and only took a few minutes.
What are our favorite features?
Thick padding throughout recliner
Multiple recliner positions
Massage with two intensity levels
What could be better?
300-pound weight limit
Only available in black
Massage modes aren’t all that different from one another
This rocker recliner from Homegear is ideal for heavyset users. It is rated to hold up to 485 pounds safely, making it a far safer choice for anyone on the border of what other chairs can hold.
Regardless of weight, users note this is a comfortable heated recliner. The seat is wide and thickly padded, as are the armrests. The headrest is padded too, which helps keep your head and neck in line with your spine when fully reclined. Users found the rocker function is enough to gently rock back and forth without creating too much motion, and the base swivels 360 degrees.
Like the other chairs we looked at, the Homegear recliner includes eight massage nodes throughout the seat, back, and leg rest. The massage nodes can be switched between five different modes and two different intensity levels using an included remote. Critically, the heating element can be controlled independently of the massage nodes.
The recliner only lays back to a single position, about 140 degrees reclined. When coming back up, many users noted that the leg rest takes a lot of pressure to be pushed back down into place.
The biggest downside to this chair is that it isn’t the most durable. Numerous users found that the chair lists to one side when reclining within a year of use. Worse, Homegear wasn’t rated highly for its customer service, even though the chair comes with a one-year guarantee.
Now that you’ve learned more about our six favorite heated recliners, how do you decide which one is best for you? In our buying guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about getting the right heated recliner chair for your needs and answer some common questions.
Features to consider before you buy a recliner
Recliner chairs may all be comfortable, but there are some important features to think about when trying to figure out which one is truly right for you. Let’s take a look at most critical features.
The first thing you need to consider is what type of recliner you need: a regular recliner, a rocker recliner, or a lift recliner.
Regular recliners like the Relaxzen and WATERJOY chairs require you to push on the back of the chair with your body or move a lever in order to recline. These chairs are nice because going from reclined to upright is fast and there are fewer parts to worry about breaking.
Rocker recliners, like the models from Esright and Homegear, are a lot like standard recliner chairs, except that the base is rockered. That means that you can rock back and forth when the chair is upright, just like you would in a rocking chair. Typically, these chairs are designed not to rock after they’re reclined.
Lift recliners are motorized so that the movement from upright to reclined and back is taken care of for you. The advantage to chairs like the Mcombo and MAGIC UNION lift recliners is that they can also tilt forward so that it’s easier for you to get in and out of the chair.
All of the top heated recliners that we looked at are made of synthetic polyurethane leather. This faux leather material is extremely durable and comfortable against your skin, and it does a good job of trapping heat so you get the most out of your heated chair. Synthetic leather can feel a little sticky on hot summer days, though.
Other upholstery options like nylon and polyester are comfortable, but they are less durable, stain more easily, and typically don’t look as good.
The color of your chair isn’t a huge concern, but it’s worth thinking about. After all, you’ll have your heated recliner in your home for years to come. Some models come in multiple upholstery colors, while others are available in only a single color option.
In general, you’ll want to opt for a neutral color. That way, you can put the chair in any room and won’t have to worry about clashing colors if you repaint your home in the future.
Recliner chairs are typically quite large, and their footprint in your home is even larger. When figuring out how much space you have for a recliner chair, remember to take into account its length when fully reclined. Chairs that lie all the way flat will end up taking up more space than recliners that only extend to a 60-degree angle.
It’s also important to consider the depth and width of the seat when choosing a chair. Plush chairs may offer upwards of 18 inches of seat depth and more than 20 inches of seat width. Smaller chairs will restrict this, which can be problematic for heavyset users who need the extra space.
Recliner chairs have weight limits which you won’t want to exceed – if you do, you can damage the chair or even break it while you’re reclining in it. Almost every chair can hold up to 250 pounds, and many of the recliners we reviewed hold between 300 and 350 pounds without a problem. For the heaviest users, it may be worth looking for an extra sturdy chair like the Homegear recliner, which holds up to 485 pounds.
The angle to which your chair reclines plays a big role in your comfort. If you like to sleep in your chair, having a recliner that extends all the way to flat is a big plus. Most chairs don’t go quite that far, though, and only extend to nearly flat.
When considering seat angle, also be sure to check whether you can recline your chair to any angle, or whether it has one or more preset positions.
Manual or electric reclining
Most regular and rocker recliners require you to manually recline the chair, either by pressing down on the back or lifting a lever. Lift recliners, on the other hand, are motorized. Those chairs will need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, but the reclining is taken care of for you by the motor.
Small extra features can really add to the comfort of your heated recliner. Our Editor’s Choice chair from Mcombo, for example, offers cup holders and USB ports so you almost never have to leave the chair. If you like to have meals in your chair, a swivel tray and cup holders can be extremely helpful to keep things clean.
A heated recliner doesn’t have to break the bank. Most of the chairs we looked at cost between $300 and $400. Our Editor’s Choice Mcombo chair is on the premium end of the spectrum, but it’s still less than $450.
Yes, many chairs separate the heating and massage functions. However, this depends on the design of your recliner chair. If you want to use the heat without the massage or vice versa, make sure this is something the chair you’re interested in supports.
In a regular recliner, you push the back of the chair down by pressing on the chair and often pushing a button or lifting a lever. The process is manual. Lift chairs, on the other hand, have an electric motor in the base that reclines the back of the chair for you. All you need to do is press the control button. Lift chairs can also extend past upright to help lift you out of the chair so that standing up is easier.
Our three overall favorite heated recliner chairs on the market today are the MCombo Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair, the Esright Massage Recliner Chair, and the Relaxzen 8 Motor Massage Recliner. The Relaxzen chair is unique in that it comes with a swiveling ottoman rather than a lifting leg rest. It offers one of the most adjustable massagers we’ve seen, making it perfect for deep relaxation. The Esright recliner is a crowd favorite. It’s surprisingly inexpensive given that it’s a rocker recliner with an adjustable massager inside. Plus, it comes in a wide range of colors. We feel the Mcombo recliner is the best heated recliner on the market today because it simply offers the most features and comfort. The lift chair reclines to three positions and makes getting in and out of the chair simple. Plus, it offers a highly adjustable massage, two cup holders, and USB ports, and comes in a variety of colors.
How recliner is made
A reclining chair is an upholstered chair with a metal mechanism activated by the user so that the back is pushed out and a foot rest rises up to accommodate the user's lower legs. Most recliners are armchairs, meaning they include arms.
Modern recliners often feature an adjustable headrest, lumbar support and an independent footstool that adjusts with the weight and angle of the user's legs to maximize comfort. Additional features include heat, massage and vibration.