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Last updated: April 27, 2020
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If the goal is to find a chair that helps you relax, then a recliner is almost surely your best bet. Nevertheless, you can’t just walk into a store and hope to buy the best modern recliner. As is the case with any other purchase that you deem important, you need to do a bit of planning.
However, we are here to help with your planning and selection process. As such, we have provided a list of eight reviewed and highly rated modern recliners below. Of the eight, we do recognize the Madison Park Katniss Push Back Recliner as probably the best out of the bunch. It is hard to match the exceptional build quality, sleek design, and comfort of the modern design recliner. The cost is also relatively friendly. However, the other seven products do make a real go at toppling the Madison Park Katniss Push Back Recliner from the top spot, and some of them get pretty close.
Of course, with modern recliners, there are a couple of tell-tale features that help gauge the quality. They include seat dimensions, overall dimensions, the weight of the product in addition to weight capacity, and even the upholstery. In our diligent efforts, we looked at all these areas and eventually came up with a table that ranks the products. If this is not enough to help you choose, you will appreciate the buying guide in addition to the in-depth product reviews. Of course, with such information as we have provided at your fingertips, finding and buying the best modern recliner should be easy as pie.
As you can see from the image above, this modern recliner chair has quite a simple design. It is also easy to use. Just lean back on the backrest to activate the reclining feature. Of course, the chair is as well lightweight as compared to other options on the list. As such, moving it from place to place in your living room should be relatively easy.
You as well get a weight capacity of 220 lbs with the purchase of this recliner seat. Seeing as though the weight of the average American stands at less than 200 lbs, most people will find that the chair can handle them. Of course, since they are relaxing on the chair, they also won’t make it a habit to hold heavy objects while using modern recliners.
Also, supporting the plush fabric and soft foam padding is a wooden frame. This is also seen in the wooden armrests that extend into the legs of the chair. One very disappointing aspect of the chair is that it only comes in one color. As such, if the chair is not in line with the interior design of your home, it might stand out and not in a good way.
Why are we impressed?
Easy to use
Easy to clean
Solid wooden frame
What negatives must you be aware of?
The reclining part is not as easy to push back as some might think
Our next option is a luxury recliner in the form of the World Source Design Vegas Power Recliner. A word of caution is that you may not find this as easy to move around as its predecessor on the list. Of course, this is to be expected since it weighs more than twice as much as the Madison Park Katniss Push Back Recliner.
The construction of this modern power recliner is also quite different. As you may have noted from the image provided above, there are no visible wooden parts. Also, the material used to cover the electric and metal parts is genuine leather.
As a result of the design, you should be able to tell that the product will cost you a pretty penny. As such most people have ruled this product out since they can not afford it. Nevertheless, if you have the means, this is probably one of the most high-quality modern sofa leather recliners you can own.
Also, this is an electric device, and hence you may need to position it close to one of the sockets in your living room. As well, you probably don’t want to move away from the chair once you start to feel relaxed. Consequently, it was probably a good idea for the manufacturer to include a USB port on the control panel. Another benefit of the chair is that with a 400 lbs weight limit, you can safely use the chair even with two of your children in your arms.
What makes it special?
High weight capacity
Easy to use
Includes a USB port for easy charging of devices
Comes fully assembled
What cons did we find?
The modern recliner is priced out of reach for most people
The RecPro Charles Euro Chair Recliner is built a bit differently from most other recliner chairs you might encounter since it is made for recreational vehicles. As such, you can understand the design of the base as it is meant to provide additional support even when the vehicle is in motion.
Another benefit is the availability of four color options to choose from. As such, you have a higher chance of finding an option that fits the décor inside your RV than with some other options listed. You as well find that in terms of weight, this is one of the lightest recliner chairs around. Given that the floor of an RV may not be as stable as that of your home, this is a huge bonus.
However, the manufacturer does leave some pertinent information out of their sales pitch. This is with regards to the materials used in construction as well as the maximum weight it can hold.
Why are we impressed?
Different colors available
You can order color swatch samples before making your final decision
A few people might see the Christopher Knight Home Mason Recliner as the best option for their living rooms. Most people would, of course, not be able to differentiate this with other chairs they may encounter. The modern recliner with a footrest lacks buttons and other controls on its body. As such, you can conclude that you will need to use your muscles to push back on the backrest. This should, in turn, activate the recliner function and lift the footrest. Of course, this puts you in a much better position to rest up.
You also see that birch legs are incorporated as the base of the chair. Given that birch is of the hardwood variation, you should expect a great deal of durability from these legs. The same is the case for most other components of the chair.
You have also noticed the bright color of the seat, as shown in the image we have provided. Nevertheless, this is not standard, and you have the option of switching it up for up to 10 other colors available. Of course, you have the fact that it uses polyester upholstery to thank for the high number of color options.
What stands out?
Variable colors available
Includes a footrest
What cons did we manage to find?
Requires buyers to assemble some of the parts
Cushion softens up rather quickly
Some users have mentioned that the arms are quite narrow
An ideal modern recliner for the outdoors, such as patios and lawns, presents itself in the form of the Tuoze Recliner Chair. Nevertheless, it is not smart to expose this product to the rain as it may degrade in quality. Also, there are no rules against placing this in your living room area, which is where we suspect most people want to position it.
The solid metal and wood frame is one of the top reasons why you may want to purchase this seat. Of course, the added durability means it can handle a weight of up to 280 lbs. Compared with the average weight of most people, this is a huge step up. As such, it is likely to comfortably hold the weight of anybody who sits on it no matter their build type.
Also, you get a thick seat cushion in addition to a thick backrest. Unfortunately, the only finish available is in grey. Of course, given the benefits, this modern recliner sofa offers most people won’t mind the color too much. Nevertheless, it does present an interior design challenge for some people. You might as well appreciate the wide armrests. With their wide arc design, you as well are going to feel more relieved using them since they promote blood circulation.
Another top-class modern sofa leather recliner is the ANJ Contemporary Leather Recliner imaged above. Of course, the backrest is adjustable, and the angle varies from about 110 to 145 degrees. The seat as well incorporates a rather simple design making sure it can blend in easily with other installations in your house. One of the more impressive features of the tool is the fact that it can carry up to 300 lbs weight. In comparison to most other recliners on the list, you can see this as one of the higher performers in the weight capacity department.
Also, the moment you lift your weight off of the backrest, it will retract to its original position. Nevertheless, it is quite easy to assemble and to add to that easy to use. As such, it should prove immensely beneficial in your living room.
A three-year warranty is also offered to any would-be buyers of the product. This, however, only covers the frame. The leather upholstery fabric, on the other hand, features one-year coverage. Nevertheless, this may be a bit more than what is offered by other products on our list. Nonetheless, given the quality of the frame and the upholstery, it is unlikely that you will get a chance to claim the warranty.
Why is it special?
Easy to operate and use
High weight capacity
What are the flaws?
A few users have complained about the size saying that it is a bit smaller than expected
Another modern recliner without levers and buttons for operation is the Artechworks Recliner Modern. It is similar to its predecessor on the list concerning the weight capacity.
Also, given the lack of buttons and levers, you will have to push back on the wingback backrest to recline the seat. Also, a retractable footrest is one of the critical features of the seat.
Both the backrest and footrest complement each other in position and can be locked down either in a partially opened or in a fully opened position. You can as well depend on the polyester blend upholstery to keep you comfortable for quite some time.
Why is it special?
Easy to use
High weight capacity
Relatively easy assembly
What are the flaws?
The comfort of the chair is debatable as some find it comfortable while others do not
You may as well choose to go for the Best Choice Products Executive Recliner, which is seemingly only available in grey. Additionally, it incorporates soft foam padding under the fabric upholstery. This should give you sufficient levels of plushness and comfort.
Also, a durable frame is something that the manufacturer boasts about with regards to the product. However, the weight you can put on the device and still expect it to hold up is limited.
Nevertheless, as the buyer of the product, you will be expected to assemble it once it is delivered. After that, you can use it to relax for as long as possible. However, the assembly process should be relatively easy to get through.
What makes it stand out?
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
Off-gassing takes quite a bit of time
Things to Consider
As you have probably seen from the list above, the various options vary quite a lot. As such, not every modern recliner will work for everybody. Consequently, finding the best option for you may be trickier than most people might imagine. Nevertheless, with a buying guide like the one below, it becomes easier to get the best possible option. As such, we do advise that you pay attention to this section.
Advantages of a modern recliner
Of course, a modern recliner has a few extra benefits in comparison to regular sofas and chairs. As such, you can understand why people spend the extra money to get one of these in their living rooms. One significant benefit of this chair is relieving stress. Of course, the recliner does this by resting your spine and back. Also, given that it adds support to your back, it allows you to relax all your muscles. The mind is as well more likely to relax if your body and muscles are relaxed.
Also, blood circulation improves a lot when you are in a reclined position. Given that most of the day’s activities involve standing or sitting, they often lead to a lot of blood in your feet. Consequently, using a recliner will help return blood circulation to normal. We have also mentioned above that recliners will support your back and spine. This has the added benefit of reducing back pain.
Features to consider before you buy a modern recliner
The features as well give an idea of what benefits to expect from your modern design recliner even without having it in your house. They also provide a reasonable basis for you to judge the suitability of the seat to your needs. To help you gauge which features are most important and which ones you should give priority, we have listed and explained all of them below.
The type of material that covers the modern recliner will affect not only the cost but also the feel of it.
Leather, for example, is considered a more luxurious material.
As such, products like the World Source Design Vegas Power Recliner are bound to be more expensive than most of their counterparts. You will also find that they perform quite well in the comfort department. However, you should note that maintenance is not the easiest as compared to other fabrics.
You should as well make it a point to look at the weight of the product you are about to buy. As a rule of thumb, the lightest available chair is always the best option. However, other features are as well likely to be affected by the weight of the seat as well. An example is that some lightweight seats may not have the same weight capacity as some of their heavier counterparts. As you can see from the list above, the Best Choice Products Executive Recliner weighs 52.9 lbs and can only support 220 lbs. On the other hand, the ANJ Contemporary Leather Recliner weighs above 70 lbs and can handle about 300 lbs in weight. This also goes to show that more cumbersome seats are more likely to incorporate higher quality materials in their frames.
If the plan is to move the chair from room to room in your house, it might help if it is light. If you can find a balance between the weight and other features, then all the better.
You as well want some sort of guarantee that whatever product you buy will fit your frame. If you plan to share the modern recliner chair, you are better off going with a bigger option in terms of dimensions. This is because it is much more likely to have enough space for most people.
If the chair is only for you, it is possible to get an option that is just right for your needs. As such, you may need to look at the seat dimensions and match them to your body.
The overall dimensions matter most in regards to space in your living room or where you plan to position the recliner sofa. Some of the options you may want to buy may fit snugly in a corner without too much fuss. Conversely, you have options that will need you to make space for their installation.
Most people will think that if the chair can hold their weight, then they should be good to go. This is not entirely true. You have to give a bit of leeway just in case you add a bit of weight. Also, if you plan on allowing some of your guests the opportunity to sit on the recliner, you may want to invest in something with a high weight capacity. This is probably because you don’t know the weight class of all your guests. As such, modern recliners with footrests such as the Artechworks Recliner Modern are pretty highly rated. They even give leeway for someone to hold something heavy in their hands as they are on the seat.
Of course, if you are buying a recliner for your RV, then the requirements may be different from purchasing one for your living room. The first requirement is that it needs to be even more lightweight, given that the floor of an RV isn’t as stable as the one in your house. Also, it needs added stability to counter the motion of the vehicle. Maybe another requirement is that it needs to be small enough to fit the limited space of the RV. The RecPro Charles Euro Chair Recliner is an example of such a modern recliner that fits the bill. Also, as you can see from the image of the product, the manufacturer has provided a round base for more stability.
It is not as difficult as people might think. However, there are a few significant dos and don’ts. The first do is that you should keep the recliner with leather upholstery away from the sun. Other than that, you need to wipe down the sofa regularly with a dry microfiber cloth. Using more abrasive cloths may lead to damage hence why they should be avoided. Also, make sure to vacuum the crevices often to remove dust. You can as well find leather cleaning products in stores around you. Use these to clean leather upholstery on occasion. If you couple this with an occasional dab of leather conditioner, then you should be good to go.
Most previous buyers of the recliners above seem to hold the opinion that the recliners are not difficult to assemble. However, you may encounter one or two options that may be a little challenging. Nevertheless, if you do find it impossible to handle, you can always opt to hire someone else to do the assembly for you. As much as this may add to the cost of owning the recliner, it is still cheaper than having to replace the whole thing if you damage it.
If you have paid attention to the list above, you definitely know that we hold the editor’s pick, premium pick, and best value option in very high regard. These three options are not meant to dictate your buying options. Try not to forget that the other five products mentioned above are fantastic options and would make amazing purchases as well.
However, with the Madison Park Katniss Push Back Recliner, which is also the editor’s choice, you can see why it is rated so highly. You don’t have to spend lots of cash on it, but you still get tremendous value. This is seen in the build quality, design, and even dimensions. Perhaps a bit disappointing is the weight capacity.
If you find that shortfall too hard to overcome, you can choose the World Source Design Vegas Power Recliner. Even from the outlook, you can tell that this chair is a luxury buy. It even goes over the top to offer 400 lbs weight capacity. However, it is priced out of reach for a lot of people.
Another great option in our list of best modern recliners is the Tuoze Recliner Chair. It offers so much value that it gives the editor’s choice a run for its money. As such, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find more than a few individuals picking out this model instead. With the other five options listed, it is as well easy to pick out many positives and make them the basis for your buying decision. You are, of course, entitled to this course of action as well.