Last Updated: Dec 22, 2021 @ 7:18 pm.

What is the best recliner chair? We asked our parent readers for their favorites and then did eight more hours of research, comparing quality and features. Which was best for a home theater? Most comfortable? Great for a teen's room? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Best for Home Theater

Great for man cave
We loved how comfortable this chair is—and easy on the wallet. Sure, it is on the smaller side, but that would work well for teens or smaller adults. Bonus: quick assembly.
$149.99

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Best for Home Theater: Yaheetech Recliner Chair

If you are setting up a home theater, you might need more than one recliner chair—and that can get pricey. One chair that was recommended by several of our readers is the Yaheetech—and we agree. This chair is a good-quality recliner at a price that doesn’t break the bank. 

What We Liked

• Comfortable!

• Best for smaller adults/teens.

• Quick assembly in 5 minutes.

• Polyurethane (faux) leather looks sharp.

• Footrest is adjustable.

What Needs Work

• Smaller size may not work well for larger adults.

• Push-back recline feature sometimes doesn’t keep chair reclined.

• Arm rests could be wider.

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Best Massage Recliner

Easy to assemble
Yes, the lumbar massage feature is the headline here, but we liked the super comfortable foam cushions. And yes, there are springs in the seat for extra support. Dissenters wish the massage was full back.
$170.88

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Best Massage Recliner: BestMassage Store Recliner Chair for Living Room

Yes, this message chair just has lumbar vibration—but we liked it for its multiple (8) massage modes and easy to use controller. Also nice: the high-density foam is comfortable.

What We Liked

 Easy to assemble.,

• Works well in small spaces.

• Lumbar massager works well.

• Comfortable foam seat.

• Faux leather looks nice.

• Great for businesses that need many chairs (nail salons, etc.).

What Needs Work

• Massage isn’t full back.

• Too small for bigger adults.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Fits nicely in kids room
This compact chair impressed us with its fit and finish—we liked the firm yet comfortable cushions and easy-to-care-for faux leather fabric.
$135.89

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Best Budget-Friendly: FDW Store Wingback Recliner Chair Leather

What’s the best recliner chair for a kids room or rec room? We think the FDW Store Wingback recliner is a good choice, thanks its light weight and comfortable cushions—plus the price is easy on the wallet. We know, kids don’t need anything fancy . . . so this chair fills the bill without any fancy features (no massage, no heat, etc.).

What We Liked

• 8 colors to match different decor.

• Lightweight.

• Firm cushions are prefect for kids room—yet still comfortable.

• Waterproof fabric (polyurethane faux leather) is easy to clean.

What Needs Work

• Narrow leg rest.

• Some folks think the arm rests were too low to be comfortable.

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Best With Heat & Massage

Wider seat area
We loved how soft and comfortable these chairs are—and yes, they swivel, rock and recline. Also nice: built-in cup holders. Plus the fabric is easy to care for.
$359.99

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Best With Heat & Massage: Comhoma Leather Recliner Chair

If you want an upgraded recliner, this chair is our pick when you want additional features like heat and massage. The Comhoma is also bigger (wider, deeper) than others we researched . . . and it has a 400 pound max weight (compared to other chairs in this article that top out at 265-275 pounds).

Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Comfortable seat.

• Heat function for lumbar is cozy.

• Massage has points on back, seat and back of legs—and works well.

• Easy to assemble.,

• Cup holders.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• A bit noisy (may not be best choice for bedroom).

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

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.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, 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!

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