After a long and hard working day, haven't we all at some point in our lives sat down on a sofa and without even realizing nodded off. Or you have unexpected guests arriving and you just don't have that extra sleeping space, this is where a sleep-recliner comes in very handy just to sit down and take a nap or double up as a bed for guests to sleep in overnight.
Some people opt for sleep recliners to better cope with medical conditions while others see it as a more affordable option when it comes to nursing a baby or simply relaxing after a long day at work.
Whatever your reason for buying a sleep chair, you are in for a treat. This comprehensive guide reviews the best recliners for sleep. We also explore the different factors to consider when shopping for one.
LAYS FLAT, HELPS YOU STAND UP...AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. It's a Sleeper Chair, Lift Chair and medical recliner all in one!
AMAZING COMFORT! Duralux Microfiber is very breathable, ultra soft and durable. Your chair comes overstuffed for maximum comfort. Cleans up easily with mild soap & water.
LAYS FLAT, HELPS YOU STAND UP...AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. It's a Sleeper Chair, Lift Chair and medical recliner all in one!
AMAZING COMFORT! Duralux Leather is breathable, softer than traditional leather and more durable. Your chair comes overstuffed for maximum comfort. Cleans up easily with mild soap & water.
Specially Designed Lift Chair for Sleeping
Recommended for people from 5'6" to 6'4"
Victory Lane Taupe Fabric Upholstery
Zone massage with high/low settings located in seat and back, can operate together or separate
Lever release for reclining function
Genuine Coaster Furniture product
The color of the fabric is Charcoal
Covered in charcoal gray premium textured plush (champion) microfiber
Lever action reclining mechanism Gliding motion when not recline
- 1 The Perfect Sleep Chair - Lift Chair & Medical Recliner.
- 2 Perfect Sleep Chair - Lift Chair & Medical Recliner.
- 3 Med Lift 5555 Full Sleeper Lift Chair.
- 4 Flash Furniture Contemporary Victory Lane Taupe Fabric Rocker Recliner.
- 5 Dorel Living Padded Dual Massage Recliner.
- 6 Coaster Home Furnishings Coaster 600398 Power Lift Recliner.
- 7 Homelegance 9636CC-1 Laurelton Textured Plush Microfiber Glider Recliner.
The Perfect Sleep Chair with Duralux II Microfiber is a great investment for someone dealing with stress issues or sleep problems. Designed to feel like a bed, this lift chair, and medical recliner is equipped with the latest technology. It allows you to adjust the sitting position depending on the comfort levels.
It offers three positions including fully upright, Trendelenburg position and zero gravity position. This helps minimize the stress on the body, allowing you to relax. It offers incredible support and comfort for your body. This is achieved with overstuffed padding on the armrests, seat, and backrest. The pocketed coils in the seat combined with wide armrests offer ample support and comfort, regardless of the position you choose.
Our favorite feature is the lifting mechanism. If you have trouble getting up, this mechanism will give you the boost you need and put you on your feet at the touch of a button. This chair is built to last a long time and has a high weight capacity of 375 lbs. The warranty backing covers the lift/recline mechanisms as well as the lift frame.
- Designed as a lift chair, medical recliner and sleep recliner
- Comes with a remote control for easy adjustments
- Overstuffed backrest, armrests, and seat for maximum comfort
- Has Duralux II Microfiber upholstery that’s easy to clean and durable
- Designed with adjustable heat to keep you warm
- Seat is a little too narrow for some users
The Perfect Sleep Chair Duralux Leather is a 3-in-1 recliner that is specially designed for sleeping. It is incredibly similar to the model reviewed above, with the main difference being that this one uses leather upholstery. This is a good option for someone who suffers from chronic back pain, general discomfort and sleep apnea. This is not a typical chair since it functions as a semi-massager, medical and sleeper recliner.
The Perfect Sleep Chair Duralux Leather is fully adjustable to suit specific needs. You can sit upright, recline or kick back and relax. It also gives you Trendelenburg and zero gravity positions for maximum comfort and pain relief. While still on the issue of adjustability, it is important to note that this chair allows you to choose heat levels during a massage. As such, you get maximum relaxation and sleep at the touch of a button.
In addition to a good night’s sleep, this chair allows for improved posture, back pressure relief, and spinal alignment. You get to enjoy a vibration massage with multiple settings. There are pockets on both sides of the chair for the remote control and small essentials.
- Overstuffed design and pocketed coils for maximum comfort
- Several sitting positions including fully upright, zero gravity and Trendelenburg
- Lifetime warranty coverage on the lift/recline mechanism and lift frame
- High weight capacity of 375 pounds
- Heat therapy with adjustable intensities
- Expensive sleep recliner
Designed as part of the 5500 series, the Med-Lift 5555 Full Sleeper Chair has quickly become one of the best selling recliners in the product line. It offers outstanding comfort and a great feature combination at an affordable cost. The chair is designed to match almost any décor and is offered with standard battery backup in case of power outage. This is a good recliner for individuals from 5’6” to 6’4” tall.
Highlights of the Med-Lift 5555 Full Sleeper Chair include various positions including fully upright and TV recline to full recline. It also boasts a biscuit style back, padded chaise footrest and pillow top arms. This feature combination ensures head to toe comfort.
Also included are two Okin Super Quiet motors, which operate the footrest and back independently. There are an optional vibration massage and adjustable lumbar heat, both of which boost your relaxation experience.
Another notable feature of the Med-Lift 5555 is the Ultra Ezz III, an all-direction massage system that offers varying degrees of intensity. The steel lift mechanism is a nice addition and sturdy construction allows the recliner to support up to 375 pounds. The lift mechanism is backed by a lifetime warranty while everything else is backed by a 4-year warranty.
- Full sleeper chair with recline and electric lift mechanisms
- Sturdy construction with hardwood frame and steel lift mechanism
- Integrated battery backup
- Optional 2,4,6 motor vibrating massage and lumbar heat
- Incorporates Ultra Ezz III massage system
- Fabric upholstery has a tendency to get dirty
Flash Furniture is one of the popular brands when it comes to designing comfortable recliners and their WM-8700-394-GG is no exception. It is an excellent rocker recliner designed to provide maximum comfort. The chair is built to the right dimensions of an average sized person and offers all of the comforts you'd expect from an overstuffed model.
Highlights of this chair include plush rolled arms and plush pillow back that provide maximum comfort and support. The seat cushion features no-sag sinuous springs that offer ultimate support regardless of the sitting position. The plush cushioning is achieved with CA117 fire retardant and Dacron wrapped 1.8 resiliency foam.
The rocker feature is a welcome addition to nursing mothers. It creates movements that soothe you to sleep. The chairs mechanism is activated and deactivated via a lever on the side. Also included is a sturdy metal frame that can support more than 300 pounds. This contemporary rocker recliner comes in ten color options to suit different décors.
- Excellent rocker recliner with lever mechanism
- Boasts plush pillow back and rolled arms
- Available in ten colors
- Comes with victory lane taupe fabric upholstery
- Fabric is a little itchy
The Dorel Living 75-3MC Dual Massage Recliner is another one of our favorite sleep chairs and for good reason. It is a large size reclining chair that fits perfectly in any space. This chair is the perfect embodiment of supreme comfort and classic style, both of which Dorel Living is known for. It is defined by an overstuffed design, classic level mechanism, and sturdy frame. The microfiber upholstery adds a touch of casual style to the room.
Highlights of the Dorel Living Dual Massage Recliner include foam seating that ensures durable comfort. The reclining function is controlled via a lever release and allows for multiple positions depending on your needs. The seat and back cushions are sewn in while the chair pad offers ample support for the legs and knees.
Also included are two massage zones, which can be operated independently or together. The zones are located in the seat and back and allow for high/low settings. This chair requires minimal assembly and the provided manual makes the task easier. More to that, the Dorel Living Dual Massage Recliner doesn’t require a lot of clearance space to recline. Unfortunately, you don’t get storage pockets for small essentials.
- Dual massage zones with high/low settings for custom experience
- Reclining function controlled with lever release
- Foam cushioning on seat, back and armrests
- Sewn-in back and seat cushions
- Has a tendency to lean towards one side after months of use
The Coaster Home Furnishings Coaster 600398 is a power lift recliner designed with chenille fabric. This chair is part of the recliners collection by Coaster Home Furnishings and boasts a great feature combination. It is a great investment for someone who suffers from sleep apnea or chronic back pain. From plush padding and side pockets to power lift mechanism, the Coaster 600398 certainly ticks all the boxes.
The chair comes with textured chenille upholstery and boasts plush padding on the armrests, backrest, and seat. At 39" x 37" x 41", you can be sure that it won't take up a lot of space in your home. It comes with a sturdy frame that can support well over 300 pounds and power lift mechanism that makes it easy for you to get up. This makes it a good investment for someone with mobility issues.
The Coaster 600398 offers multiple sitting positions to suit different needs. It can serve as a recliner, lift chair, and a chair to let you sit upright. The remote control takes up a considerable amount of space in the pocket, but you are left with enough room for small essentials.
- Offers unprecedented comfort for hours
- Has a weight limit of 300 pounds
- Upholstered with soft and textured chenille fabric
- Lift mechanism works well and offers assistance when you need to stand
- Offers multiple reclining positions
- Pocket has ample room for remote control and small essentials
- Fabric stains easily and may rip sooner
Homelegance is a brand that is committed to providing their customers with home resources for the value they require, a style they want and the quality they expect. They offer a great variety of furniture choices that range from classical to modern.
With more than 30 years of experience, it is easy to understand why many homeowners prefer Homelegance when it comes to furnishings. One of their best offerings is the 9636CC-1 Laure Textured Plush Microfiber Glider Recliner.
It combines generous seating with functional touches to make a perfect addition to your living room. Highlights include premium microfiber upholstery, which is textured, incredibly soft and long-lasting. This material is also easy to clean.
Another notable feature is the level supported reclining motion that offers soothing relaxation for aching muscles. The gliding mechanism helps promote blood circulation throughout the body.
Both armrests are overstuffed with plush resilient foam to ensure maximum support and comfort for the hands. The backrest also has additional padding.
Even better is that you can detach the backrest for easier cleaning. The included footrest is a nice addition. Also notable is that this glider recliner can be purchased with matching sofa and loveseat for a seamless look in your living room.
- Comes with textured plush microfiber upholstery
- Level supported reclining and gliding motions for optimal relaxation
- Oversized armrests and padded backrest for comfort
- Offered with matching loveseat and sofa
- Blends with any décor theme
- Backrest is too short for taller users
What to Look for in Best Sleep Recliner
Finding the best recliner for sleep isn’t difficult. This is particularly true if you know the tricks and rules of the trade. So what should you look for when shopping for a sleep recliner?
The first thing you should determine is how much space is available to place your recliner. You want to ensure that you get a chair that fits in the room without decluttering it. Be sure to take into account the measurements of the chair when fully reclined. They should be compatible with the space you want to place the chair in.
A chair that is not appropriate for your body size will not do you any good. In any case, it will be a waste of your money. Our advice when it comes to purchasing a recliner is to cut your cloth according to your coat. In other words, measure your body and be aware of the intricate details before embarking on your search. The recliner should have a fitting headrest that keeps the blood circulation. In addition, it should allow your feet to stay grounded when sitting still. The distance between the seat and leg rest should never exceed 5 inches.
The materials used to construct a recliner determine its durability, sturdiness, aesthetics, ease of cleaning and other factors. Be sure to check out the reclining mechanism, frame, and upholstery. If considering a motorized recliner, ensure that it doesn't give a hint from the outside. The motor should also run quietly. Because they are considerably heavy, it is important that any recliner has tightly bolted screws.
Consider purchasing a chair with metal coils if you have problems with the lower back area. The coils offer considerable support when sleeping and keep the torso steady. As for upholstery, leather is a better option if you are big on easy maintenance and cleaning. Fabric upholstery is suitable for someone who wants more décor options. Metal frames will be more costly than wooden frame due to the added sturdiness and durability.
An important factor to consider when it comes to comfort is the amount of cushioning in the sitting area. Thick foam padding offers increased comfort when taking a nap or sleeping on the couch overnight. We don’t always recommend regular spring-based mechanisms since they present the danger of springs poking out. Keep in mind that with a heating mechanism springs present the danger of a meltdown with time while foam traps the heat.
What Type Of Recliner Do You want?
If you have been paying attention to different chairs reviewed above, you know that they come in different types. They suit different rooms and purposes. A recliner that rocks back and forth is best suited for sleeping as it creates a soothing motion that entices you to sleep. Other types of recliners to choose from include lifting recliners, massaging recliners and wall huggers.
Massage recliners offer a gentle massage while you relax. Some models allow you to target specific parts of the body while others incorporate Pressure Point Massaging to help you get rid of fatigue faster. Wall huggers offer all the benefits of standard recliners without taking up a lot of space. They are specially designed for small rooms. Lifting recliners help users get up with more ease, making them a good investment for individuals with mobility issues.
I believe that after you have read this post, you will have a better idea of the ins and outs when it comes to sleep recliners. Regardless of whether you have mobility issues, suffer from sleep apnea or simply want to relax after a long day, a sleep recliner will prove a worthy investment. This guide will point you in the right direction, helping you make a choice that’s right for you.