The Best Reclining Sofa

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Reclining sofas comes in many shapes and sizes.

As with any product, there’s absolutely no right or wrong answer when you’re hunting for a recliner, simply the best option for you. Today, we’ll get started with a review of a dozen of the best recliners on the market. We curated these from roughly 30 models we tested and we’re bringing you nothing but the most effective.

We’ve selected a wide spread of sofas catering for all tastes, budgets and preferences.

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Without further ado we’ll dive straight into those reviews. When we’re done, we’ve got a simple buying guide to help you save time and money on the buying trail.


I. Top 12 Best Reclining Sofa Reviews

1. Our Pick and Best For Back Pain: Seatcraft Anthem Power Reclining Sofa

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Our pick for the best reclining sofa is the Anthem power reclining sofa from Seatcraft. This sofa is attractive and loaded with features, and it’s also the best for back pain.

Modeled after theater seating, the Anthem line of sofas is made to enhance your entertainment experience at home. Crafted with top grain leather and carefully stitched together, this sofa is top of the line when it comes to appearance as well as durability. Choose from black, brown or red to complement your home.

The reclining function of the seats is powered with a simple button operation. The seats are easily adjustable to your liking. You can recline slightly for watching TV, or fully kick back when you want a nap. The headrests are also powered and adjustable giving you the ability to tweak them to the perfect height for your comfort.

The center backrest folds down to reveal a hidden table with built in cup holders. Here you will also find an overhead light as well as 2 USB ports, AC power outlets and a wireless charging station.

The armrests feature hidden storage compartments perfect for placing your remote, and they also function as a storage spot for the included tray tables. Also, you’ll get integrated cupholders with lighting.

Be aware that this is a very large piece of furniture so you’ll need plenty of space to accommodate it. When fully assembled, the sofa is 42 x 86 x 43 inches and it weighs several hundred pounds all-in.

Things We Like

  • This reclining sofa brings the movie theater experience home
  • Great support for back pain
  • Made with genuine leather for looks and longevity

Things We Don’t Like

  • There are lots of lights on this couch which might be a deterrent for some people

See Also: Top 9 Best Sectional Sofas


2. Runner-Up: Homelegance Laurelton Reclining Sofa

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Our runner-up is the Laurelton reclining sofa brought to us by Homelegance.

With the appearance of a traditional sofa, the Laurelton will work in any style home from contemporary to modern. You can also choose from 3 different colors including a deep chocolate brown, a rich charcoal gray, or a neutral toned taupe. All 3 are available in a soft textured microfiber fabric that’s a cinch to care for.

The armrests of the Laurelton sofa are oversized, and the seats, arms, and backrests are overstuffed to ensure maximum comfort for you and your family. The seating is also generously sized making it possible for the whole family to squeeze in close during movie night.

Both ends of the sofa have seats that fully recline. The reclining function is operated manually by a pull handle on the side of the seat. This is not a wall-hugging sofa so you need to make sure you leave room behind it otherwise the recliners won’t go back properly.

Though it weighs less than several of the options below, you might still want help moving this sofa due to its 200-pound heft. You also need to be certain you’ve got the space to fit it in. The Laurelton measures 90 x 40 x 40 inches.

Things We Like

  • Soft fabric is easy to clean and available in 3 colors
  • Very comfortable thanks to generous size and cushioning
  • Traditional styling suitable for just about any decor

Things We Don’t Like

  • No storage compartment included

See Also: Top 12 Best Sofas for Back Support


3. The Best Leather Reclining Sofa: Homelegance Pecos Reclining Sectional Sofa

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With the Pecos, Homelegance has thrown several different options on the table. You can decide between a sofa with powered or manually operated reclining seats, and you can also choose between a 3 or 4-piece sectional in different configurations.

All of the available options are completed to Homelegance’s exacting standards ensuring you and your family can enjoy this suite for years to come.

The Pecos 4-piece sectional sofa is our pick for the best leather reclining sofa but you won’t have to worry about the cost and upkeep of the material. Homelegance has used a leather gel that’s durable and boasts high performance. It’s easy to clean, too.

The sofa is a rich dark brown in color, sure to fit right in with any home’s décor.

The seats of this sofa are constructed with high-density foam that won’t sag after someone sits in it. When it’s time to relax, take your pick from any of the 3 reclining seats. The recliners on the linked sofa are manually operated with a traditional lever pull on the side of the sofa seat.

Between 2 reclining chairs, you’ll find a deep storage compartment, perfect for stashing snacks and remotes. There are also 2 cupholders to keep your drinks close by on movie night.

At a hefty 360 pounds, you’ll want to be sure you have help moving this sofa, and you’ll need ample space for its 117 x 105 x 39 inch footprint.

Things We Like

  • Several options at your disposal giving you maximum versatility
  • Best choice for a leather reclining sectional
  • Well-constructed with quality materials

Things We Don’t Like

  • The hinges on the console are a bit flimsy, so be gentle with them

See Also: Top 10 Best Bean Bag Chairs for Adults


4. Best Reclining Sectional Sofa: Homelegance Laertes Power Reclining Sectional Sofa

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The Laertes power reclining sofa from Homelegance is our pick for the best reclining sectional sofa.

This sofa is like many sectionals in that it’s bookended by 2 recliner chairs on either end. Unlike many reclining sofas, this one doesn’t need to be pulled far from the wall to accommodate the reclining seats. Instead, the seats pull forward as they recline allowing you to place this sectional reclining sofa closer to the wall.

Also, the reclining chairs are not manually operated but powered giving you more control over your position while relaxing with less effort required.

Giving the Laertes a modern appearance is the 2-toned fabric in which it’s upholstered. The fabric gives the appearance of leather with none of the headache caused by caring for leather. The seating is finished in a light gray color while the base of the sofa has been decked out in a dark gray fabric. The fabric is easy to clean, making your life easier.

This sofa is much lighter than many of our options, though it still weighs 100 pounds. It measures up at 117 x 117 x 40 inches.

Things We Like

  • Modern appearance without being too stark or too minimalist
  • Power reclining for your convenience
  • Doesn’t need to be positioned feet away from the wall

Things We Don’t Like

  • No storage and nowhere to put drinks

See Also: Top 10 Best Throw Pillows


5. Best Suited for Larger Family: Christies Home CLARK Reclining Sectional Sofa

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When it comes to choosing furniture for families, it takes a lot of thought, especially if you have a larger family.

Well, search no more because Christies Home has the solution with their CLARK sectional reclining sofa. This sofa is hands-down the best reclining sofa for a bigger family!

The frame of this sofa is made from hardwoods and steel to ensure it’s sturdy enough to handle the whole family for movie night. It’s been upholstered in a durable fabric with the look and feel of leather. This makes it easier to keep clean from sticky fingerprints and other kid messes.

There are 3 recliners built in to this sectional sofa, 1 at each end and an additional armless recliner. Between 2 of the seats, there’s a large storage console that opens up neatly. This is a perfect spot to put the remote so it’s always close to hand. There are also two built in cupholders in the center so drinks can be kept at the ready.

Because this sofa is a sectional, it’s much bulkier than a traditional sofa or loveseat. When put together, this sofa requires a space measuring 200 x 40 x 41 inches. Also, the sofa weighs over 400 pounds and requires some assembly.

Things We Like

  • Sectional has enough space for the whole family
  • Storage space built in for your convenience
  • Made from fabric that can withstand some heavy punishment

Things We Don’t Like

  • You need to be careful you don’t bend the foot rests

6. Best Reclining Sofa for Small Spaces: Ashley Warnerton Power Reclining Sofa

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Ashley Furniture’s Signature Design line is enduringly popular one and this Warnerton model reclining sofa makes it easy to see why.

Offering the look of leather without the cost or necessary upkeep required by leather, this elegant sofa will look stunning in any living space. Lattice detailing adds another layer of interest to the look of this sofa.

Comfort is something the designers clearly paid attention to as evidenced by the deep, high-resiliency foam cushions. No need to fumble around trying to find the handle when you want to recline, either. This sofa features one-touch power reclining on both seats. Also, the headrests are adjustable allowing you to find relief from neck strain.

The center of this sofa features a storage compartment as well as 2 cupholders. In the arms you’ll find additional storage compartments equipped with flip tops. You won’t have to spend time looking for a place to charge your mobile device either thanks to the handy built-in USB charging ports.

Get help for unloading, because this sofa weighs in at over 250 pounds. When assembled, this sofa measures 39 x 72 x 44 inches which is a little smaller than some of the others we tested. Of all the options on our list, this one by Ashley is the best reclining sofa for small spaces.

Things We Like

  • Perfect size for smaller spaces
  • Powered reclining and adjustable headrests
  • USB ports built in

Things We Don’t Like

  • There are multiple power cords that need to be plugged in, so keep that in mind when positioning the sofa

7. Homelegance Double Glider Reclining Loveseat

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This double glider loveseat from Homelegance is yet another solid choice. Some people don’t have the room for a large sofa, or maybe they just don’t want a sofa that big. If this sounds like you, then consider this smaller loveseat rather than a traditional full-sized sofa.

Made from a blend of fabrics and covered in bonded leather, this beautiful model comes in either a dark brown or a black finish. Either colorway has plush rolled arms and a tufted body, and is trimmed with a nail head design giving it the look of a traditional sofa while also injecting a dose of modernity.

The seat leans back and the footrest is released by manually pulling a lever. Both sides of this loveseat recline, and there’s a storage console with cupholders in the center of the seats. Perfect for tucking away the remote, as well as for keeping movie night snacks within easy reach!

When the sofa is not in the reclined position, it acts as a double glider, providing a rocking motion to enhance relaxation.

Because this is a loveseat, it doesn’t need as much room as a traditional sofa. When fully assembled, this sofa measures 83 x 39 x 40 inches. Be sure you have help for unloading and assembling as well, since the sofa weighs nearly 200 pounds.

Things We Like

  • Smaller size is great for small homes
  • Storage compartment is useful
  • Glider function takes the effort out of operation

Things We Don’t Like

  • The footrest can be a bit tricky to close

8. Seatcraft Omega Power Recline Sofa

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If you like the idea of home theater seating but don’t like the industrial look of many models available then Seatcraft has another option for you with the Omega.

Many people love leather sofas but detest the required upkeep. Thanks to being made from leather and polyurethane hybrid, Omega has the look and feel of leather without needing the extra care required for the real thing.

The reclining function of this sofa is powered giving you the ability to customize just how far laid back you are while relaxing. To improve things further, the headrests are also completely adjustable with the touch of a button so you can eliminate extra strain on your neck and shoulders.

The backrest of the center seat folds down to reveal a hidden table complete with overhead lighting, 2 cupholders, a power outlet, and 2 USB charging ports. There’s also a wireless charging spot for devices with that capability.

The arms of the reclining chairs open to reveal built-in tray tables and additional hidden storage. There are also cup holders in the arms of the sofa lit with a dim LED allowing you to easily find your drink in the dark.

This sofa is hefty one weighing fully 350 pounds. It also requires a decent amount of room. To enjoy this sofa, you’ll need to clear a spot measuring 84 x 65 x 43 inches.

Things We Like

  • Look and feel of leather without the upkeep
  • Powered recliners and headrests
  • Plenty of hidden extras on board

Things We Don’t Like

  • No way to turn off lights in the middle seat, so it can be distracting when watching TV

9. Divano Roma Recliner Sofa

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Available in a deep charcoal color, the Roma from Divano will look fantastic in nearly any room, from traditional to modern.

No worries about cheaply made scratchy fabric here, this sofa is upholstered with a soft linen fabric. Adding to the comfort factor, the designers made sure this sofa was extra plush. You’ll feel like you’re sinking into a soft cloud thanks to the overstuffed arms, backrest and seats.

The seats at either end of the sofa recline and do so almost fully allowing you to lie nearly flat when the seat’s in the reclined position. The middle seat doesn’t recline and doesn’t feature storage either, unfortunately. Don’t let that deter you though, especially if you need a sofa with 3 seats.

Most 3-seater sofas are known for taking up quite a bit of room in the space, but that shouldn’t be a concern here. For a 3-seater, this sofa has a relatively compact footprint. You’ll need a space of 76 x 34 x 36 inches, but to fully recline the seats you’ll want an area of at least 60 inches.

Some minor assembly is needed and you might need help shifting it since it tips the scales at almost 200 pounds.

Things We Like

  • The sofa is overstuffed making it extremely comfortable
  • Recliners lie practically flat
  • Small footprint is great for those with restricted spaces

Things We Don’t Like

  • There’s no hidden storage and no pull-down table

10. Homelegance Reclining Sectional Sofa

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Made from bonded leather, this reclining sectional sofa from Homelegance is a beautiful option. Homelegance offers this sofa in many different configurations, allowing you to choose which model will work best for your specific room and your family.

Our favorite option which is linked here is the 8411*CCCR which can seat up to 5 people. At either end of the sofa there are reclining seats which are operated by a manual reclining pull. There are 3 additional seats, as well as 2 separate consoles. Each console contains 2 cup holders, and each console lifts open, exposing storage space inside, perfect for anyone always misplacing the remote!

Other arrangements can seat between 4 and 6 people and have 2 to 4 recliners. Some configurations don’t have cup holders or storage consoles. Some models feature USB charging ports inside the consoles allowing you space to charge your phone or other electronics. Again, you have the freedom to choose which layout best suit your needs.

All models are crafted from leather and all come in a rich dark brown color. Each of these sofas is finished with a nail head trim.

All models weigh between 300 and 400 pounds and need at least 95 x 95 x 40 inches of interior real estate.

Things We Like

  • Many options for arranging the pieces of the sectional
  • Manual operation for the recliners
  • Beautiful leather looks great and built to stay the distance

Things We Don’t Like

  • There can be a lingering smell from the material for a bit

11. Ashley Hogan Reclining Sofa

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With the Hogan model, Ashley Furniture’s Signature Design line brings modernity to the traditional world of reclining sofas.

Made in a warm neutral toned mocha brown color, this sofa will fit into nearly any home’s décor or color scheme. The fabric is a microfiber blend with a textured finish making it seem both modern and classic as well as easy to care for.

With a bustle back design and armrests that are thick and cushioned, you might not be too keen to get up once you’ve taken a seat! The cushions of this sofa are made from high-resiliency foam to give you the ultimate in comfort. Also, these cushions are reinforced with metal to increase durability further.

The reclining function on this sofa is manual with a traditional pull tab on the side of the seat. Simply pull the handle and the latch will release allowing you to lean back and relax.

The seats of this sofa are quite wide making it a great choice for families or people who enjoy snuggling close while catching up on their favorite TV shows.

As with most, this sofa will require you to assemble some parts of it. At just under 200 pounds, it’s not quite as heavy as some on our list. Make sure you’ve got a space that is 96 x 44 x 42 inches ready and waiting.

Things We Like

  • Neutral color to mesh with most design schemes
  • Manual recline means fewer things to break
  • Plush and comfortable seating

Things We Don’t Like

  • The cushions tend to take awhile to return to their plush shape after someone has sat down on them

12. Delange Power Reclining Sofa

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Coaster Home Furnishings offers the Delange with several great features.

Made from a black leather and polyester, this sofa is attractive easy to clean. There are 2 recliners topped with headrests. Both the recliners and the headrests are powered allowing you to adjust your headrest for height as well as the angle at which your chair lays. This sofa maxes out the comfort factor wonderfully.

To make binge-watching sessions even more enjoyable, the backrest of the middle seat hides a wooden fold-down tabletop complete with 2 cup holders.

You’ll never lose the remote again when you store it inside the armrests, and no need to find a place to charge your phone since you can plug it right in to the built-in USB port.

If all this isn’t enough, the sofa also boasts LED lighting to help you see without needing an overhead light casting an unwanted glare on the TV.

This is not a small sofa, either measuring up at 85 inches long x 41 inches deep x 42 inches tall. You’ll definitely need help with unloading, as the sofa weighs nearly 300 pounds. Be prepared for putting things together as well, since this sofa calls for a little assembly.

Things We Like

  • Recline and headrests are powered
  • Made of durable material
  • Feature rich model

Things We Don’t Like

  • The sofa is cumbersome, and you’ll need some help maneuvering it

II. Reclining Sofa Buying Guide

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Whether for entertaining friends or just having a quiet night in with family, a good sofa is the cornerstone of any living room.

While standard upright models are great for many people, nothing can beat the comfort and functionality provided by a reclining sofa.

Because there are so many different sofas to choose from, here’s a concise buying guide to help you make the best selection for your space and needs.

Here’s what you should take into consideration before purchasing your reclining sofa…

Size Considerations

When purchasing your reclining sofa, you should definitely think about the size of the space you have to work with. You want to choose a sofa that fits well in your room: not so big you can’t get around it, but not so small it seems awkward.

You also need to think about how many people will be using the sofa at once. If you’ve got a large family or you entertain often, you want to consider a sofa large enough to cater for that. There are several sectional sofas that offer reclining seats and these are tailor-made for this purpose.

Be sure to also account for the room needed to recline the seats. Some sofas need space behind them to function properly, while others are “wall huggers” and can be placed against the wall and still work just fine.

What’s Inside Counts

There are many materials that can be used in the construction of sofas, and some are better than others.

While you might pay more for certain materials, the benefit is that they are more durable and will last longer. Buy cheap, buy twice.

Pay attention to the material from which the frame is made. Obviously, steel is stronger than wood, but to cut costs slightly you can opt for a sofa with a hardwood frame. This is a strong wood less likely to break over time.

Also watch out for the material inside the cushions. The best option is high-density foam because it’s firmer when you’re seated and it can hold its shape for a long while. Though softer and less expensive, low-density foam cushions will wear out quickly becoming dimpled and flattened so this approach offers false economy.

Upholstery Materials

Another important consideration is what material the sofa has been upholstered with. There are several different options, and while it ultimately comes down to personal preference, some materials are intrinsically superior.

Common sofa upholstery materials include:

  • Polyester
  • Leather
  • Linen

Leather is a top of the line choice. It’s durable, soft, and looks upscale. However, leather is also quite expensive. It’s not very breathable either and demands extra care to promote longevity. Leather can also be a grind to keep clean. There are synthetic leather options available as well, though. These give you the look and feel of leather without the cost.

Polyester fabric is less expensive and is commonly used on sofas. It’s breathable and can withstand plenty of abuse but it’s nowhere near as long-lasting as leather.

Linen options are popular because they’re attractive while also very breathable. Linen is also soft to the touch. The downside of linen fabric is that is stains very easily so it’s tough to keep in good shape.

Operation

There are 2 different ways that the reclining mechanism can be operated on reclining sofas:

  • Powered
  • Manual

Powered options afford you more control as you can adjust the depth of the recline to your liking. If you opt for a sofa with a powered recliner, you’ll need to be sure to place it near an electrical outlet so that you can plug it in. One major downside to a sofa with powered reclining action is that there are electrical components and motors that can break thus increasing your chance of problems developing over time.

Manually operated reclining sofas are easy to use, and there are no extra moving parts to complicate things. Simply pull a handle or a lever and you’ll lean right back. Unfortunately, with a manually operated recliner, there’s little room for personal control.

Extra Features

Think about the extra features you want in your sofa. Not everyone needs a sofa with movie theater qualities, but a little extra storage is always nice.

If you want a sofa that comes fully loaded, there are plenty of options there, as well…

You can find built in storage compartments, hidden side tables, cup holders, lighted footrests, charging stations, and much, much more.


III. Conclusion

Have you settled on the recliner best suited to your needs?

We’ve tried to give you enough options to simplify your buying decision rather than complicate it. We’re pretty confident you should find something to your liking whether you want a small, simple sofa or a hulking sectional with all the bells and whistles.

Drop us a line if you have any questions or feedback at all. Don’t forget to follow us on social media either and, most importantly of all, come back soon!

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