Reclining chairs are a novel thing. Something about transitioning from sitting upright to lying back with minimal movement is groundbreaking despite recliners being around for decades, possibly even centuries. Over the years, reclining chairs have gone from big and bulky to sleek and streamlined. Whether you're looking for something like your dad's favorite lounger to a more modern take on the chair, these are 10 of the best recliners on the internet. (Also, if you're wondering where the most iconic recliner of all time is, the Eames Lounge Chair, it already made an appearance in our best reading chairs story.)
Ikea Gistad Recliner
Head to Ikea for this $200 reclining chair that goes from straight up to nearly flat in no time.
JC Home Arm Push Recliner
Go for faux if you want the feel of a leather recliner with the typical leather chair price tag. It doesn't look like a reclining chair at first glance, but take a seat and kick up your legs because it is.
AllModern Pecoraro Manual Recliner
For the mid-century modern enthusiast, check out the Pecoraro with its square motif, button tufted back cushion and exposed stitching. As AllModern notes, give the chair about two feet of clearance from the wall so you can recline as much as you want.
La-Z-Boy Coleman Rocking Recliner
La-Z-Boy is the leading reclining chair brand since it patented its reclining mechanism in 1929. The company continues to test its original patent ensuring it upholds its lifetime guarantee. The Coleman chair is slightly more narrow than other recliners, with the purpose of working for smaller homes. It has a classic side handle to engage the leg rest, and it rocks and reclines for true lounging comfort.
AllModern Teasley Manual Recliner
The Teasley is more streamlined than the plush, puffy recliners of your parents' living room, but it's still comfortable as ever. The slim chestnut brown wood frame offsets the black vegan leather cushions, which are a hybrid of foam and springs for optimal comfort.
Southern Motion Leon Power Recliner
Massage chairs usually look tacky as hell. The Leon combines the relaxation of a massage chair, the look of a solid armchair and the functionality of a recliner to create an all-in-one relaxation station.
West Elm Harris Leather Power Recliner
Combine mid-century modern design with the needs of modern day technology (the chair has a built-in USB port, and you get West Elm's Harris recliner. The recliner power button is located on the inside of the right arm, so you can discreetly — and easily — find your optimal reclining angle.
Design Within Reach Fabric Flight Recliner
Design Within Reach challenged designers Jeffrey Bernett and Nicholas Dodziuk to make a recliner that didn't look like a recliner. Since 2005, the Flight has been the modernist's pick for a reclining chair that doesn't look like a bulky hunk of upholstery. It's not hard to find these streamlined recliners nowadays, but few are built like the Flight — it's made in the US, uses a patented reclining mechanism and is backed by a lifetime frame warranty.
Vala Swivel Recliner
For those with multiple grand to spend, the Vala is one of the greatest you-made-it chairs available right now. It features plush, '60s mod-style cushions with a hidden mechanism for triggering the recliner and footrest. “My goal was to create a recliner that is a special place for wellness, rest, meditation and mindfulness,” says designer Hlynur Atlason. Maybe this is all it takes to get through the pandemic unscathed.
RH Luke Swivel Recliner
The generously sized Luke recliner is inspired by designs from 1970s Italy. A swivel base is always a fun addition, and the inclusion of a lumbar pillow is a noteworthy extra for the sake of ergonomics. When a chair looks this good, then maybe the five grand price tag is worth it.