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We hand-tested 11 different nursery glider chairs to find the ones that were most comfortable, easy to assemble and durable. Here are the best bets!

FYI: We are Baby Bargains, the #1 online resource for honest and independent reviews of baby gear and furniture. We don't take money or freebies from brands we review. For this article, we visited a factory in Canada that makes glider rockers to understand what makes a quality rocker. When we travel, we pay all our own expenses. Baby Bargains is 100% reader supported. We appreciate your support.


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Best Budget-Friendly

Padded arms are great
This glider chair impressed us with its tufted look, solid wood frame and metal bearings for smooth glide. Critics say the cushions could be more, well, cushy.

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Best For Tall Folks

Longer seat and backrest
Loved this rounded back glider chair with padded arms and storage pockets. Yes, the cushions are a bit thin, but we thought they were adequate.
$259.58

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Best Budget-FriendlyAngel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman

Let’s talk about glider chairs for nurseries. 

We’ll start off with our pick for best budget-friendly glider chair: the Angel Line Windsor.

This chair has a curved back and tufted upholstery that ties on. We liked the wrap around padding on the arms and think the price is right! Here’s more on why this one earns our pick:

What We Liked

• Good quality. The metal bearings provide a smooth glide, compared to other budget chairs we tested.

• Easy to assemble. The ottoman is pre-assembled! And the chair doesn’t take that long as well.

• Side storage pockets. 

• Padded armrests. That’s nice for nursing baby.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Durability could be better. We see occasional reports that spindles on these chairs can break after long term use. Use care when moving this chair around.

• Cushions could have more padding. In our testing, we thought the cushions were adequate. Yes, there are other choices on the market that are more cushy . . . but they often cost much more than this chair.

• Defective parts (sometimes). We didn’t have a problem with this, but we see a few reports that chairs sometimes ship with parts that don’t fit together correctly. The best advice: be sure to assemble the chair upon delivery, to make sure everything is correct.

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Best Upholstered Rocker

Minimalist vibe
This chair is more pricey, but the look is quite nice. We loved the comfy cushions and the fact NO assembly is required! That's right, it arrives fully assembled.
$399.00

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Best For Tall Folks: Stork Craft Custom Hoop Glider and Ottoman

Stork Craft’s Custom Hoop glider plus ottoman are probably the best for option taller parents and caregivers—it’s taller back and deeper seat are impressive. Those are areas where budget glider chairs are skimpy. Here’s more on why we recommend this pick:

What We Liked

• Easy to assemble.

• Padded armrests with storage pockets on side.

• Lightweight yet has a generous 250 lb. weight capacity.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Thin cushions. Yep, the cushions could be more cushy! But we thought they were adequate.

• Sometimes squeaky. We didn’t notice this on a chair we tried out, but we see reports that chairs can start squeaking after long-term use.

• Missing hardware. There are occasional reports these chairs can ship with missing parts—good news, Stork Craft’s customer service is usually good about fixing this glitch.

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Easiest-To-Assemble

Soft fabric is plus
This glider chair is quite the looker—loved the easy assembly and side storage pockets. Comfortable and affordable. Critics say it is a bit on the small side.
$179.99

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Best Upholstered Rocker: DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman 

Typically an all-upholstered glider chair like the DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman would be a pretty expensive piece of furniture—some top a thousand dollars. But DaVinci (a sub-brand of Million Dollar Baby) has found a way to bring it in for a lot less than competitors. It’s an incredible deal.

What We Liked

• Swivels and glides (most chairs just glide).

• Available in four colors (two with contrast piping) and includes a matching ottoman.

• Hgh back and removable lumbar pillow.

• Arrives fully assembled. That’s right: no assembly required!

What Needs Work

• A few parents complain that it doesn’t work well for taller folks. The angle of the back can be uncomfortable for some parents as well.

Easiest-To-Assemble: Naomi Home Brisbane Glider & Ottoman

Nearly all glider rockers need to be assembled—and some are easier than others. In our testing, we thought the Naomi Home Brisbane glider rocker was the easiest to assemble. We liked this smart looking chair–it is a good, affordable pick. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Very comfortable.

• Snazzy design. Most affordable glider rockers come in solid colors. This one has a bit more pizazz.

• Soft fabric = very cozy!

• Solid wood frame.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Small chair may not work well for folks over 5’6″. That’s because the chair depth and back height are smaller than other glider rockers we tested.

• Sometimes squeaky. We didn’t have a problem with this, but we do see reports that it can squeak after long term use.

• Cushions could be more cushy.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability. When we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

About the Authors: Denise & Alan Fields

Denise & Alan Fields have made a career out of chronicling life’s milestones: getting married, buying a home and raising kids.

As best-selling authors, the Fields have written a series of best-selling consumer guides, including Baby Bargains (over two million copies in print).Baby Bargains 14e Best Selling Guide to Baby Gear
With detailed reviews and recommendations of cribs, strollers and car seats, Baby Bargains has helped multiple generations of parents pick out the best gear for baby since 1994

Inside, Baby Bargains, you’ll find:

CHEAT SHEETS for your baby registry―create a baby registry in minutes with our good, better, best ideas.

SEVEN THINGS no one tells you about baby gear, from nursery furniture to feeding baby.

• Dozens of SAFETY TIPS to keep baby safe and affordably
baby proof your home.

Co-author Denise Fields is one half of the team that wrote the beloved baby care series, Baby 411.

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Covering pregnancy, baby and toddler years, the Baby 411 series is both fun to read and informative—the inside scoop on your child’s growth, development and health.

Think of it as the ultimate FAQ for new parents:

• Sleep. The best way to get your baby to sleep through the night.

• First aid—when to worry, when not to . . . and what to do when baby gets sick. No-nonsense, down-to-earth advice you can trust.

Fussy baby 411. Is it colic? Acid reflux? Or something else? Discover  the secrets to soothing a fussy baby.

Detailed nutrition info with a step-by-step guide for successful breastfeeding, introducing solid food and the ‘‘new and improved’’ formulas. Plus: simple steps to avoid food allergies!

Denise Fields

Denise Fields

Raised in Loveland, Colorado, Denise Fields caught the writing bug early in life. She won awards for her essays at the tender age of 12, all while tending her family’s pet donkey at a farm in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Fields received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado before co-founding a publishing company in Austin, Texas in 1988.

As the co-author of 23 books, Fields has written extensively on consumer topics, including real estate, parenting and children’s products.

A frequent guest on television, radio and online, Fields has been cited as an expert source by the New York Times, who hailed her Baby Bargains book as “the Bible of baby gear.”

Fields also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on TV shows like Good Morning America and the NBC Today Show.

Alan Fields

Alan Fields

Alan Fields grew up in Dallas, Texas before attending the University of Colorado and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree.

Fields worked both in newspapers and radio before launching a career as a book author.

Together with Denise, Fields moved to Austin, Texas where Fields received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Fields co-founded Windsor Peak Press, a boutique publishing company now based in Boulder, CO.

As a consumer advocate and money-saving expert, Fields has been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times and even People Magazine.

Denise & Alan Fields with Katie Couric

Denise & Alan Fields talking money-saving tips with Katie Couric.

How We Come Up With Recommendations

Let’s talk about how we pick products to recommend.

In a world full of influencers paid to shill a product, you deserve unbiased recommendations based on solid research and testing.

That’s why we are here.

Here’s three reasons why folks trust our recommendations and advice when it comes to selecting products for your home and family:

  1. Experience.
  2. Independence.
  3. Expert.

Experience

We have been researching, reviewing and rating products for families and the home since 1994. (Yes, that long!). This is what we do—we obsess about gear so you don’t have to.

We have many fine competitors online but we challenge you to find one who has as much experience in the family category as Baby Bargains. Go ahead, we’ll wait right here.

We do hands-on research.

What does that mean?

How we research varies by the product category. For some products used in a home, we purchase them with our own money (no freebies) and test them in-house.

Example: for a review on the best vanilla bean paste (part of our series on baking products), we compare the thickness of several brands in our test kitchen:

Best Budget Friendly Vanilla Bean Paste Vanilla Bean Kings thickness

For other recommendations, we tap our vast readership (our books have 3 million copies in print) for their feedback. We look for real-world product reports from our readers to narrow down the vast field of choices in many categories.

To keep things fair, we also do blind taste tests when it comes to items like food. We’ll gather a panel of ramen enthusiasts, for example, and then have them chow down on mystery bowls to see which scores best.

To get insights beyond our own testing and reader feedback, we interview industry experts to get the inside scoop on what separates a quality product from an inferior choice.

Finally, we regularly meet one on one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. On a recent trip to a Ohio, we visited the factory that makes mattresses we review to watch the manufacturing process:

Factory Visit

The result of all this effort: you get the most reliable gear reviews you can find, online or off.

We aim to give you additional insight beyond what you can find yourself via online descriptions and reviews.

How do we get to do this? That brings us to reason number 2 . . .

Independence

Let’s tell you something you won’t hear from our competitors: we do NOT take money from the brands we review. No cash, no free samples, no gift baskets. When we fly to see a manufacturer’s factory, we pay ALL of our travel expenses. The result: we tell you how it really is.

Let’s talk about a dirty secret of influencers who “review” gear. Many take free product to give away in contests. Others accept samples in exchange for a review. Some insist on cash.

That compromises independence, in our opinion.

To keep it real, we insist on being independent from the brands we review.

Expert

Want to see something really scary? Take a look at this:

Luggage Scale

Yes, that my friends, is a luggage scale. It strikes fear and terror in the hearts of a certain group of people—baby stroller makers.

Why?

That’s because stroller makes often brag about how little their strollers weigh, knowing that’s a key feature consumers look for. Lightweight strollers are preferred over those that weigh more than 25 lbs.

So here’s our secret sauce: we carry a portable luggage scale with us when we evaluate new strollers. And wouldn’t you know it? The ACTUAL weight of strollers is often more than what marketers state. Surprised?

It’s that little bit of fact checking that separates Baby Bargains from other gear review sources. Most simply take the maker’s word on a stroller’s weight. We verify.

We take that same approach to all the products we review, aiming to produce thorough research that goes deeper than our competitors.

So there you have it—who we are, how we got here and how we come up with our recommendations. As always, we value your feedback, so drop us a line via our web page or social media channels. Thanks in advance for your support.

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