Their pricing usually starts at about $350 but expect to pay $600 and up for a well-built model. A trendier option these days for the space- or style-conscious are push-back models, which recline when you’re leaning back. They can cost as little as $250, but, on the downside, tend not to last as long as those with levers, since the mechanism gets more of a workout.
If we’re also adding quality, a decent lounger should last at least 10 years with regular use. Here’s how to pick one that won’t break down prematurely!
But how do you tell the quality by just taking a quick seat while at the store? Rocker recliners — think traditional La-Z-Boy — rock when upright and lower fully, usually by means of a hand lever.
Recliners are like shoes
People choose them based on their looks, and then suffer if they’re not comfortable enough. When you’re out there shopping, have family members who’ll spend the most time in the chair sit in it for five minutes or more. Ask yourself: Do my feet touch the floor when the back is upright? Does the headrest support my head and neck? How’s the cushioning? Inspect the seat and back for bumpy parts. And look for foam which has a density rate of 1.9 or higher (most furniture cushions range from 0.9 to 2.5), which will ensure that it keeps its shape longer. Test the chair’s footrest several times to make sure it’s easy to maneuver.