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Last updated: February 12, 2020
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There is nothing quite like the feeling of sinking into a soft, plush, comfy recliner, kicking back, and allowing the stresses and anxieties of the day to melt away. But not everyone has space for a giant leather recliner, one which takes up the space of half the living room when fully extended. Or, you may want the comfort of a recliner without its bulky, room-darkening visual footprint. That is why we have put together a list of the seven best small lift recliners.
If you are looking for a simple yet stylish and comfy recliner that is reliable, durable, and affordable, you may not need to look any further than our Editor’s Choice, the Christopher Knight Home Mason Recliner. According to our research, it is perhaps the best combination of comfort, functionality, design, durability, ease of use, and value.
But for more features or a different range of styles, functions, materials, and values, we have prepared a table with our list of the seven best small recliners and detailed reviews for each one. We have also supplied a buyer’s guide for your knowledge and convenience. The guide, table, and reviews will cover the most important details, which ought to be considered when purchasing a small recliner, such as the weight capacity, dimensions, ease of use, and even the upholstery of the furniture. Now, without further ado, according to our determination, here is a list of the seven best small recliners for small spaces.
"This recliner is the largest one on our list, but it’s quite a space saver. Especially considering that it also can give you a massage as well as rock and swivel, so it’s like three different chairs, but it takes space only for one."
"It’s a very affordable recliner, that is durable and well-made, especially considering its price. Fabric upholstery is easy to clean while the metal frame holds up very well. And any issue arising can be quickly settled down with a great customer service."
"It’s another recliner with a very good price for what it is. And in this case, it’s also a massage chair that is rather small for such a product, while perfect for those who want to save some space. It also has a PU leather upholstery that looks rather sophisticated."
"This recliner has a luxurious feeling to it. Its linen upholstery gives it a very classy and clean look perfect for minimal interior design. While this chair doesn’t have that many additional features, its mechanism has exceptional quality, and it works incredibly well."
"It’s a great recliner for those who want such a chair but not a typical style that comes with it. This recliner looks like a very elegant armchair, while it actually can be reclined in two different positions. It also takes very little space."
"This is a very lightweight recliner, which makes it almost effortless to assemble and also move around, in case someone would want to use it in different rooms. Its brown PU upholstery looks like real leather, so this chair radiates a very classic recliner look."
Our Editor’s Choice, the Christopher Knight Home Mason Recliner, offers all the comfort of a full-size recliner but none of its inconvenience. With a size of a small to normal armchair, it will take up a minimal amount of space in your home while offering you a maximum level of comfort with its extra padded cushion. It is available in a wide variety of colors, so you don’t need to worry about finding one to match your home décor. The upholstery is durable and long-lasting, and the chair itself is fairly easy to assemble. The design of the chair is classic, falling comfortably in between modern and traditional. Thus, it will not stick out or look out of place in most home environments and small spaces. As was stated earlier, the best thing about this recliner is that it doesn’t look like a recliner. The recline function is achieved simply by pushing back, and it has no issues with remaining reclined.
Our testers had no complaints with this recliner. However, this chair may not be suitable for taller people (6 feet and over), as a taller person’s head might not be supported while reclining. If this is not an issue for you, then we can offer our strongest recommendation for the Christopher Knight Home Mason Recliner. It provides the user with the best of all worlds.
The Esright Massage Recliner Chair looks more like a typical recliner and takes up much more space than some of the other chairs on this list, but its various premium features, cost, and ease of use that make it our Premium Pick.
The Esright is, first and foremost, a massage chair, and it does that spectacularly. To help you relax, the Esright has eight vibrating massage modes with two levels of intensity for the vibrations, five types of massages, a smooth rocking function, a 360° swivel function, and a lumbar heat function which can be used separately from or in conjunction with the massage function. The reclining function is manual (not controlled by the remote like the heat and massage features) and is achieved by pulling on a handle, and the recliner is closed by pushing down on the footrest. The Esright also includes two large side pockets and two cupholders, although they are not large enough to accommodate larger cups. The chair is covered with PU leather, which is easy to clean and water-resistant. And it is also easy to assemble (even only by one person).
The Esright is our Premium Pick due to the excellent and high-end features it offers. Although it is on the pricey side, the Esright looks and feels as though it is worth far more than the price you paid for it.
The JUMMICO Fabric Recliner Chair is extremely popular, and for a good reason: with this product, you get a relatively decent reclining experience for the price. That being said, it is a cheap chair, and its cheapness does show through in certain aspects.
The JUMMICO Fabric Recliner Chair is available only in grey, but this neutral color should fit in with the majority of homes’ decor (or not look too out of place). Its linen upholstery makes it breathable and comfortable, and the seat and back cushions provide enough comfort as well. Perhaps the most notable feature of this chair is the fact that the reclining back is adjustable, with more than one reclining position. Reclining is achieved simply by pushing back; no lever or handle is involved. The steel frame is meant to provide greater stability, but because the chair is not very heavy, it may tip over if reclined with too much force.
The primary issue with the JUMMICO appears to be durability; the plastic in the arms and footrest starts cracking and feeling wobbly after prolonged use. However, it’s definitely a decent and comfortable recliner for an extremely affordable price. Also, the customer service department has been very helpful in replacing chairs that begin to have such problems. If you want something simple and comfortable without breaking the bank, this may be the recliner for you.
What we liked:
Adjustable recline function
Durable, breathable linen upholstery
Easy to assemble
Excellent customer service
What could be better:
Concerns with overall durability
Too much force while reclining may cause the chair to tip
The Furniwell Recliner Massage Chair is as affordable as the JUMMICO but is arguably more comfortable and throws in a massage function to boot. For this reason, the Furniwell is our pick for Best Value.
The massage function is certainly not as elaborate as that of the Esright, but it does the job, and it is frankly astounding to see a feature like that at this price point. Furthermore, the chair is supremely soft and comfortable, with extra padding even on the footrest so that your feet are properly supported while you are reclining. The reclining function is activated by pushing back and is adjustable, so you can recline to different degrees. The black PU leather upholstery means that the chair is easy to clean and water-resistant. Overall, the chair looks far more expensive than it actually is. And we found none of the durability issues which came up with the JUMMICO, at least in our duration of testing.
The Furniwell is a soft, comfy, simple yet functional recliner with a massage function thrown in for good measure. All this at an exceedingly affordable price makes the Furniwell our recommendation for Best Value in a small recliner.
The Domesis Ali Power is the most high-tech recliner on our list, as well as one of the most expensive ones. And yet, it still manages to be fairly simple, space-saving, and minimalistic. If you want a simple recliner for which you will need to expend minimal effort, this is probably the chair for you.
The flashiest feature may be the inclusion of a USB port, which will allow you to charge your device and use it without ever having to leave the comfort of your recliner. To go along with this luxury USB feature, the Domesis offers its reclining function through the press of a button—or two buttons, to be exact. One button reclines the chair, and the other button reverses the reclining feature, allowing you to recline without expending any effort (without pushing back) and also allowing you to get out of the chair with no trouble at all. Furthermore, the recline function takes up very little space: this “wall hugger” chair needs to be only four inches from the wall in order to recline fully.
The chair is comfortable and ergonomically designed, and the linen upholstery is breathable and durable. Furthermore, the recliner is still easy to assemble, despite its luxury features. It is available in a few different colors, so you can find the recliner that best suits your home. The disappointing thing about this recliner is that for this price point, the recliner would normally have other functions, such as massage and heat features, but these are lacking in this product. However, those features usually give recliners a larger footprint, so the Domesis is still quite suitable if you want something luxurious and comfortable that takes up as little space as possible.
The Best Choice Products Push Back Recliner is a simple yet sophisticated and elegant recliner. Perhaps the most notable element of the Best Choice recliner is its style. With a wingback design, a button-tufted diamondback, nailhead trim, and shaped wooden legs, it is the chair on this list that looks most traditional and sophisticated and least like a recliner. Looking at it, you would not suspect its reclining ability at all. Only when you push back will it reveal its reclining function, of which it has two reclining positions, a slight recline, or a full recline.
The chair is plush and comfortable, with armrests wide enough to support one’s arms with ease. The linen upholstery is breathable and durable, and the recliner comes in two neutral colors, which will go with most homes’ decor: beige and grey.
All in all, the design of the Best Choice Products recliner and its subtle yet tasteful decorative accents exude understated elegance. And it performs its reclining function admirably. If you want a comfy, reliable recliner that looks like a traditional, elegant wingback chair, this may be the one for you.
The Yaheetech Recliner Chair offers a basic yet comfortable reclining experience at a very reasonable price. It comes in either black or brown and is upholstered with PU leather, which makes it water-resistant and, therefore, easy to clean. The cushioning of the Yaheetech is made from thick high-density foam, which is supported by pocket spring coils. The level of comfort provided by this cushioning is quite reasonable for the price. The armrests are not particularly comfortable, however, and have some durability issues; they could also do with more cushioning.
The push back reclining function has three modes, so you can determine how much you would like to recline. When upright, the chair feels comfortable and ergonomic. However, in at least one of the reclining modes, the middle back area can arch a bit so that the headrest can be a bit farther than it’s comfortable. This might be solved with the addition of a pillow.
One thing to note about the Yaheetech is that it is the lightest recliner on our list. So if you are looking for a reasonably comfortable and simple recliner that will not break the bank or be too cumbersome to move, this may be the chair for you.
What we liked:
Adjustable reclining function
Easy to clean
Easy to assemble
What could be better:
Some durability concerns
Armrests are not particularly comfortable
Things to Consider
In order to facilitate your search for the perfect small recliner, we have put together a buyer’s guide with the most important points which ought to be considered. It is these points that have constituted our guiding principle when putting together our list of the seven best small recliners.
Why do you need a small recliner?
When you want to be able to relax at home or in front of the TV, a recliner is perfect for doing so. However, not everyone has a large living room or an expansive home theater suitable for a full-size recliner. Furthermore, the décor of some houses may not lend itself to the placement of a modern-looking leather recliner. In such cases, a small, understated recliner that looks like a regular armchair may be just the ticket.
Features to consider before you buy a small recliner
Some of the most important features to consider when purchasing recliners for small spaces are the upholstery, the weight of the product, the dimensions, and the weight capacity. Other features which you might also consider include the number of reclining positions, a massage function, a heat function, a swivel ability, a rocking ability, and how well it hugs the wall (how much space you need between the recliner and the wall in order to fully recline). These and other features will help you determine which small recliner best suits your needs.
The upholstery of the recliner should be taken into account. Is the material durable? Is the material breathable? What is the ambient temperature? Will the material need frequent cleaning? For instance, PU leather, like in the case with Esright Massage Recliner Chair, is water-resistant and very easy to clean, so it may be ideal for those who want to sit in a recliner while sipping a cold drink. But PU leather can also get sticky and uncomfortable in areas with hot weather. Small fabric recliners, like Christopher Knight Home Mason Recliner, might suit such regions better than small leather recliners. Also, the color of the upholstery will have an effect on how big or small the room looks. That ought to be considered as well.
A small recliner should be light enough to assemble and move easily, but heavy enough to be stable. A recliner that tips over whenever it reclines because it is not heavy or sturdy enough may be a hazard and cause injury.
When choosing a recliner, consider your lifestyle and what you will be using it for.
Will you be moving it into different rooms or different corners of the room quite often? If so, you might go for a lighter recliner, like Yaheetech Recliner Chair.
The dimensions should be considered in relation to the amount of space you have for your furniture.
You should also consider the distance between the wall and your ideal position for your recliner.
You may need a wall hugger recliner for small spaces. Be sure to check the dimensions of the small recliners before buying and measure the space in your home to see if it will fit comfortably.
It is important to consider the weight capacity of the products when shopping for the best recliners for small spaces. Weight capacity is defined as how much weight the small recliner can hold. One ought to determine the maximum weight that the recliner will need to bear.
If a recliner is not designed to hold a certain amount of weight, this can result in damage to the recliner as well as potential injury to the user.
Please select a recliner with a weight capacity that is more than adequate.
In general, it is not at all difficult to assemble a small recliner. In fact, all of the recliners on our list could be easily assembled with only one person. In every case, the assembly of the recliner took fewer than five minutes. Even the heavier recliners and the recliners which possess more complicated features are still small enough and manageable enough to be assembled fairly easily by one person in a relatively short amount of time. However, for greater ease of assembly and for your peace of mind, it may be helpful to unbox and assemble your new recliner with another person. This is particularly important if you have any back issues, which may be aggravated by the weight of the recliner.
The features list for small recliners is somewhat limited, mainly because additional features cause a recliner to have a larger, heavier footprint and thus to take up more space in the living room, bedroom, or den of your home. However, it is certainly possible to find small recliners with extra features, such as multiple massage types with different massage nodes throughout the chair, vibration at different levels of intensity, heat for the lumbar region, 360-degree swivel function, smooth rocking ability, and USB ports for charging your electronic devices. The recliner may be slightly larger than if it did not have any of these features, but it may not be too overwhelmingly large for your living space and home décor. Also, most small recliners have push back reclining mechanisms (no lever or handle), but a few operate with a handle, and there are even small recliners that operate the reclining mechanism electronically at the push of a button. The detailed reviews of the recliners on our list have a thorough description of additional features (if they are present).
Most small recliners have a weight capacity of around 265 pounds to 300 pounds. In our research, we have not encountered any small recliners which possess a weight capacity of fewer than 250 pounds. A good rule of thumb to note is that the heavier the recliner, the more weight it will be able to bear. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but it works as a general principle. You will find that large, full-size recliners generally have a weight capacity of 300 pounds to 350 pounds. But it is rather difficult to find an item of furniture which qualifies as a “small” recliner that will have a weight capacity of 350 pounds or more. If such a weight capacity is required and you have your heart set on buying a recliner for your home, you may need to consider purchasing a full-size recliner instead of a small recliner.
So, what is the bottom line? If you are looking for a simple, supremely comfortable, and durable recliner that looks great and will last you a long time without breaking the bank, we highly recommend our Editor’s Choice, the Christopher Knight Home Mason Recliner. But if you want something fancier with a staggering list of features, functions, and options (but which is still supremely comfortable), you can go with our Premium Pick, the Esright Massage Recliner Chair. And if you want the best value for your money, we highly suggest the Furniwell Recliner Chair Massage, which offers you solid durability and reclining ability at a rock bottom price (and which even throws in a massage function). When searching for the best small lift recliner for yourself, be sure to see which functions, features, and design options best suit your needs. You won’t go wrong with any of the options on our list. Happy shopping!