Best Lift Chairs

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 27, 2019
One of the most comfortable spots in any home can be a reclining chair. However, recliners can be notorious for being difficult to stand up from after sitting in them. The solution? Getting a lift chair helps you stand up easily and quickly! Read on for our reviews of five of the best lift chairs available! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Lifting Mechanism
Power Source
Maximum Weight
Controls
Material
Dimensions
Conveniences
Warranty
 
PROS

The length of the seat in unfolded form is as much as 69 inches, which means it will be comfortable even for tall people with a height over 6 feet. A wide storage pocket allows you to store a remote, books and magazines, tablet or phone, so that they are always at hand.

CONS

The assembly process is quite time consuming.

OUR VERDICT

If you want to buy a soft and stylish chair that will comfortably fit in your room - this model from Ashley Furniture will surely please you: the upholstery is made of high-quality artificial leather, so this piece of furniture will look luxurious and solid.

detailed parameters
Lifting Mechanism

Electronic

Power Source

AC or 2 x 9V batteries (for emergency power)

Maximum Weight

300 lbs

Controls

Wired controller

Material

Upholstery: faux leather

Frame: metal

Dimensions

35"W x 40"D x 42.5"H

Conveniences

Dual motors for independent footrest and backrest control, storage pocket, non-skid feet

Warranty

5 years on frame and reclining mechanism (1 year for upholstery)

PROS

On the back there are two wheels with which you can easily move the chair around the room and even transport it to another room (in the absence of thresholds). They are made of durable plastic and won't leave traces on the floor.

CONS

Light material requires careful maintenance.

OUR VERDICT

In this model, every detail is carefully thought out to bring you only positive emotions from use: the lifting mechanism works almost silently, and the unfolding process is governed by two buttons and is carried out in seconds.

detailed parameters
Lifting Mechanism

Electronic

Power Source

AC

Maximum Weight

300 lbs

Controls

Wired controller

Material

Upholstery: faux leather

Frame: metal

Dimensions

~30"W x 33"D x 44"H

Conveniences

Storage pocket, non-skid feet, wheels for easy transport

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The swiveling mechanism provides a rotation of 360 degrees, so you can get comfortable from any angle. This chair is famous for its high wear resistance, so that the probability of wearing out with time is minimal.

CONS

There is no lifting mechanism.

OUR VERDICT

Although this model has only a reclining feature, it still allows you to sit down comfortably after a hard day’s work and completely relax. And the chair has a relatively low cost, despite the presence of the functions of vibration and heating massaging.

detailed parameters
Lifting Mechanism

N/A (reclining only)

Power Source

AC (for massaging and heating)

Maximum Weight

~300 lbs

Controls

Wired controller

Material

Upholstery: faux leather

Frame: metal

Dimensions

33.1"W x 35.8"D x 43.2"H

Conveniences

Vibrating massage for back, lumbar, thighs and legs (5 massage modes, 2 intensity levels), Heating massage (lumbar), swiveling mechanism, storage pockets, cup holders, non-skid feet

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Soft textile upholstery is pleasant to the touch and does not stick to the body, even in the heat.

CONS

Armrests may seem low.

OUR VERDICT

A sturdy chair with a frame of laminated veneer, and neatly hidden under the soft parts and is not visible. The mechanism works quietly and smoothly, without jerks, up to an angle of 145 degrees. Upholstery is easy to clean.

detailed parameters
Lifting Mechanism

Electronic

Power Source

AC

Maximum Weight

300 lbs

Controls

Remote controller

Material

Upholstery: polyester

Frame: metal

Dimensions

32"W x 37"D x 41"H


Conveniences

Storage pocket, non-skid feet

Warranty

3 years on frame and reclining mechanism (1 year for upholstery)


PROS

Provides massage in 4 areas (leg, tight, lumbar, back) in 5 modes (pulse, press, wave, auto, normal). Includes 2 control panels.

CONS

A bit hard in the lumbar region.

OUR VERDICT

A multi-functional armchair that can hold a person weighing up to 330 lbs. The headrest is further relaxed. There are as many as 4 spacious pockets for remotes and necessary items, as well as 2 cup holders on the armrests.

detailed parameters
Lifting Mechanism

Electronic

Power Source

AC

Maximum Weight

330 lbs

Controls

2 separate remotes

Material

Upholstery: faux leather

Frame: metal

Dimensions

33.1"W x 35.8"D x 43.2"H


Conveniences

Vibrating massage for back, lumbar, thighs and legs (5 massage modes, 2 intensity levels), Heating massage (lumbar), sviweling mechanism, storage pockets, cup holders, non-skid feet

Warranty

1 year

Ashley Furniture Yandel

Contemporary Design

Recliners are so prolific now that they have become a staple of almost every home's living room. It is difficult to find a home that doesn't have a recliner, and for good reason. They are the most comfortable kind of chair that one can buy. However, one problem with them is that they tend to be hard to get out of, which is why the lift chair was invented. Having a recliner with lift functionality really makes a chair a comfortable experience in every way.

The Ashley Furniture Yandel Power Lift Recliner is one chair that is truly a comfortable experience. This lift chair features a dual motor lift, providing plenty of torque for a powerful lifting experience. The lift function is operated by just the push of a button, letting you easily get in and out of the chair with hardly any effort. The chair also features leather upholstery that is a soft brown color that is sure to make any living room with warm colors, and the chair will always look both attractive and comfortable. The high back and thick cushioning of the chair also ensures that sitting in it is always a comfortable experience, and the length of the chair when unfolded is long enough to accommodate tall people without any loss of comfort.

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Rest Easily

The chair's operation is every bit as convenient and easy to use as the chair is comfortable, and we have already talked about the supreme comfort of this model. The chair features an attached remote that holds all of the controls of the chair, and the side pocket can hold the remote along with other items whenever the chair is not in use. The lift mechanism is smooth, and doesn't noticeably stutter while it is operating. The remote also has controls for the reclining function, providing a reclining action that is just as smooth as the lift function.

The chair itself is a bit heavy, but not overly so, which means it shouldn't be difficult to move around should you desire to change the arrangement of your room. One of the quirks of the chair, though, is that the assembly process, while not overly difficult, is a bit time consuming, so you will want to make sure you have some time set aside for assembling it once the chair is delivered. Once it is assembled, you shouldn't encounter any problems with its operation, and it shouldn't at any point require re-assembly. Despite this one small complaint, the overall comfort level and ease of use of this leather lift chair makes it an enticing option for anyone who wants to sit in total comfort.

Ashley Furniture Yandel Power Lift Recliner in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Domesis Renu Leather

Cream Leather Lift Chair

One aspect of any kind of furniture that people look for is that it matches the interior of their room. Interiors are often designed with different color schemes, and that includes some that are not so easy to furnish. For example, some people like having all white furnishings. Finding the right lift chair to match such an environment can be difficult, but it is certainly not impossible. Fortunately, if you have found yourself with this dilemma, you can stop looking now. There is no need to search for days on end for the perfect chair, because this lift chair is just the one that you need.

The Domesis Renu Leather Power Lift Chair comes in a cream white color that is sure to dazzle the eyes. The leather upholstery is sparkling white, and is also quite pleasing to the touch. The chair itself is made only of high-quality materials which are built to not only last a long time, but also remain comfortable. Sitting in this chair for extended periods of time is definitely a pleasure, and although after doing so most people may not want to get out of the chair, standing up from it is quite easy. The lift mechanism is fully electric and motorized, and is fully controllable through the provided remote control.
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Fully Reclining and Wall Hugging

One problem with certain types of lift chairs is that they tend to require a good amount of space in order to work well as both a recliner and a chair lift. Fortunately, this model doesn't have such a problem. The design of the chair is made so that it can be placed right up against a wall while folded, and still be able to fully recline without worries about the wall stopping it. Both the chair's reclining and lift operations are fully controllable with the corded remote, and can be fully stopped at any desired point. The remote can be stored in the right side pocket on the side of the chair, so there should never be any worry about losing the remote. Even if it is misplaced, it is a corded remote, so it can always be found just by tracing the cord. Although the chair is durable and built to last for a long time, an optional 5 year warranty is available for purchase should you so desire.

Outside of the reclining and lifting functions, this chair offers little in the way of extras. However, this shouldn't be a problem for those who are looking for a reliable, comfortable, and pleasing to the eye lift chair that focuses on doing its main functions very well. If this chair matches your needs in a lift chair as well as your interior, then your search for the perfect lift chair is finally complete.
Domesis Renu Leather Power Lift Chair in the use

 

Esright Massage Recliner

No Lift Needed

When talking about lift chairs, it is pretty much assumed that all chairs that are mentioned are those that have some kind of motorized lift functionality, which helps a person sit and stand up from the chair by using this function. Lift functions are generally considered a necessity for a chair to be classified as such. No one would expect to talk about a chair that doesn't have such a function, but here we are. The Esright Massage Recliner is one such chair that is classified as a lift chair, but it does not contain a lifting mechanism.

That's not to say that this chair doesn't belong here, though. For those who absolutely require the lift function, you may want to consider another model, but you shouldn't do so without taking a good look at this model first. This ergonomic chair doesn't actually require the lift function, thanks to its 360-degree swivel function that allows for easily sitting down and standing up from it. The chair can be swiveled and tilted in any direction that helps you get up or sit down in a comfortable and convenient manner, and the 150-degree reclining feature will help you get the most out of this chair's provided comfort.

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Features Loaded

Despite the lack of the lift function, this chair is certainly not missing out on features. This chair features plenty of extras that are sure to please most anyone, including a vibrating massage as well as heating. These features can all work together to help anyone de-stress after a hard day, letting your whole body relax all through the help of this chair. These functions, as well as the reclining function, are all controlled through the attached remote control, which can easily be stored in one of the storage pouches. Speaking of which, there are four of them included with this chair, so you should have plenty of space for holding items there such as magazines and a tablet along with the chair's remote.

The material comfort of this chair is also in abundance. The chair's upholstery is made of PU leather, which has a sturdy but soft feeling that is quite comfortable and pleasing to the touch. The chair also has plenty of cushioning to make the sitting experience pleasurable, and it shouldn't get worn out quickly. The chair even features 2 cup holders for storing your drinks, which is plenty enough for anyone who likes having a spare drink available once their first one is finished. With all of the included features of this chair along with its comfort, those who don't mind a missing lift function will certainly find this model to be ideal.

Esright Massage Recliner Heated PU Leather Ergonomic Lounge 360 Degree Swivel in the use

 

BONZY L6118A51-C159

Soft Power Lift

Many of the best lift chairs available on the market use leather upholstery, which has its good and bad points. While leather can be quite sturdy, durable, and easy to clean, some people just don't find it very comfortable. Leather can be cold on the skin, and in hot temperatures, bare skin doesn't breathe very well, which often results in a lot of excess sweat. Skin also tends to stick to leather after being in contact for a long time. For those who have these same qualms about leather upholstery, finding a lift chair that uses a warm and soft fabric instead of leather is a must. Thankfully, there is an exceptionally good fabric upholstery lift chair on the market.

The BONZY Lift Recliner Classic Power Lift Chair is a great model for those who prefer the softer touch and feel of fabric. This electric lift chair features a special upholstery that is made of a linen-like micro peached surface that gives a warm and soft touch to the skin, while still remaining both durable and easy to clean. The fabric is also quite thick, which adds to its durability and helps prevent tears or snags, and also doesn't wear out easily, unlike many other chairs with a fabric upholstery. The softness of the fabric is enhanced by the cushioning in the chair, which makes for a very comfortable sitting experience.

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Smooth Operation

The comfort and durability of the fabric is a great quality to this chair, but there are also other features that make it an exceptional value. The power lift function is among some of the best available in power lift chairs, providing an exceptionally smooth lifting experience that is seamless and without sudden jerks. The lift function supports weight up to 300 pounds, which means that even heavier set people will find the lift capabilities powerful enough to provide a smooth experience for them. Along with the lift function is the standard reclining function, which provides a gentle powered reclining at angles from 110 to 145 degrees.

The chair itself features a pocket on the right side that allows for convenient storage of small items, including the remote control for the chair. The remote provides the ability to easily and quickly control both the reclining and lift functions of the chair. As for the durability of the lift mechanism, there is no need to worry about this, as each chair is rigorously tested at the factory to ensure full operation, which guarantees that the chair will last you for a long time. For anyone in need of a soft, durable, and easy to operate lift chair, this model should be the perfect fit.

BONZY L6118A51-C159 Classic Power Lift Chair Soft and Warm Fabric in the use

Additional Info

User Manual


 

U-MAX Power Lift Recliner

Fully Featured Recliner

While searching through different lift chairs that are available, most people notice at first glance that most of them all look similar to each other. They all retain the standard look and shape of a typical recliner. It can take much closer inspection to reveal the differences between the different models. Some lift chairs are quite simple, without many features outside of its lift capabilities, while others have plenty of extra features added in to make the chair the best experience possible.

The U-MAX Massage Chair Power Lift Recliner is one of the more fully featured lift chair recliners on the market. Just like with most other lift chairs, it looks like a very typical recliner at first glance, but it really doesn't take a much closer look to reveal its many different features. Featuring upholstery made of a strong and sturdy PU leather, this chair has a very pleasant look and feel to it, along with plenty of added cushioning to make it an extremely comfortable experience. The power lift mechanism provides a very smooth and steady lift experience, without any jerkiness or sudden jolts, and moves at the perfect speed to help prevent anyone from falling out while the lift function is in use.

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A Comfortable Experience

Just the comfort and safety provided by the chair are very good points that make it an attractive purchase, but there are plenty of other features included in this chair. The wall hugging design of the chair helps to save space by allowing for the chair to be placed very close to the wall without impeding the reclining capabilities. The chair itself also features massage rollers in four different areas, for the legs, tight, lumbar, and back, along with 5 different massage modes, including pulse, press, wave, auto, and normal. This allows for a huge selection of massages that focus on the most important areas of the body while you are resting.

Along with the massage features are a few additional extras, including two cup holders along with 4 storage pockets, providing a wealth of convenience for your sitting pleasure. Two different remotes are included that allow you to easily control all of the powered features of the chair, including the reclining, lift, and massage capabilities, along with vibrating and heat functions that add to your experience. With the total comfort experience provided by this chair thanks to its build quality and added features, it will be a welcome addition in any home, including yours.

U-MAX Power Lift Recliner Heated Vibration Massage Chair in the use

 

What Is a Lift Chair?

A lift chair is a type of home comfort chair which is similar in almost every way to a recliner but includes a mechanism that allows the chair to raise in the air at an angle, providing an easy way for the user to stand up. Lift chairs came about as a way to resolve many of the complaints about recliners, mainly that they can often be difficult to get out of while sitting in them.

Lift chairs have become quite common in recent years, and many different models are now available. Most lift chairs work by including an electronic motor that can be utilized with controls to raise the chair up. Any kind of lift chair requires controls, and many provide controls either integrated on to the chair itself, or a remote controller. Some lift chairs also include extra features, such as massage rollers in certain areas, cup holders, pouches for storing items in an easily accessible place, and even phone charging ports. However, many are also available without the extra frills, for the sake of keeping the chair affordable.

Although many lift chairs provide storage pockets, often people may want to have some extra storage space as well as a raised flat surface available nearby. If you are looking for something similar, try checking our review on 5 end tables for a luxury atmosphere.

What Features to Compare

For the most part, lift chairs appear to be the same as normal recliners, and many also have the same features as them, including a good amount of cushioning, arm and head rests, and pop-out foot rests. However, with the electronic nature of most lift chairs, some have included extra features that aren't traditionally available on most standard recliners, with the lift capabilities being no exception.

Although lift chairs appear so similar to recliners, most of the differences lie in areas that aren't easily noticed at first. Distinguishing between the different models available may be difficult if you don't know exactly what to look for. Here are some of the things you should take note of about any lift chair that you see before you buy it.

Material

Just like most recliners, lift chairs are often made using similar materials for the upholstery, such as leather and various types of fabric. The frames of the chairs are often made of steel or another metal, usually a lightweight alloy, and include plenty of cushioning. One thing to keep in mind with the types of materials used is the factors such as their durability and easiness to clean.

Maximum Lift Weight

Many different lift chairs have a maximum weight limit that is supported. This is especially true due to the lift mechanism, which sometimes can have a much lower lift weight than the sitting weight that is supported. Many chairs support up to 300 pounds, with some exceeding that, but many have lower supported weights. It is best to check the maximum lift weight for both sitting and lift for any chair that you buy.

Extra Features

The extra features on the various models of lift chairs available can vary wildly. Many lift chairs offer little more than the side pockets that can be found on normal recliners, while others can have a wide array of different features included. If you desire a lift chair with certain extra features, look carefully to make sure that the features included match exactly what you want.

Overall Comfort

All of the above factors are important to check in order to make sure that a specific chair is the right one for you. However, probably the most important factor of all is the overall comfort of the chair. Lift chairs, being fashioned after recliners, are meant for extended periods of rest, such as after a hard day's work, so the overall comfort of the chair is of paramount importance. If you are unsure of how comfortable a chair is, the best thing to do is to simply try it out, making sure that it doesn't have any uncomfortable spots that will become a nuisance after an extended period of sitting.

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The Benefits of Lift Chairs

At first glance, lift chairs appear to be little more than a standard recliner that happens to lift up to allow someone to stand up more easily. However, there is really much more to them that most people aren't aware of. For example, lift chairs have become an essential quality of life tool for people who have limited mobility, such as senior citizens or many people with disabilities. In fact, lift chairs are actually classified as Durable Medical Equipment and are covered by Medicare Part B. This means that those who have a disability that makes it difficult for them to use a standard recliner may be able to have Medicare cover the cost of the chair. Of course, this requires a doctor's approval and then approval by Medicare, but it is possible, and thousands of people have been able to have the cost of their lift chairs subsidized.

Along with the use as an essential quality of life tool, lift chairs can have other purposes as well. Here are a few of the benefits of having a lift chair over a standard recliner.

Therapeutic - Many lift chairs that include extra features such as massage rollers and heaters can be therapeutic for those who are ill or have problems with pain in some part of their body. Heaters are especially welcomed by those who have back ailments that are helped by having heat applied to their backs, and the massage elements of some lift chairs can also help in this regard. As many lift chairs also have remotes, they prevent unnecessary bending by being able to operate the chair from any desired position, without having to reach down and twist your body in an uncomfortable way.

Convenience - Lift chairs are definitely more convenient to have than a standard recliner. There are few other ways to be able to comfortably sit down or stand up than by having your chair reach up to you for sitting, or lift you up for standing. Instead of having to fish yourself out of a somewhat reclined position like in a standard recliner, you can automatically sit or stand in an easy and comfortable manner.

Decreases Stress on Body Parts - Along with the therapeutic and convenient aspects of lift chairs comes the fact that they can actually save a lot of wear and tear on a person's body, especially in the knees. Sitting and standing in normal recliners actually puts a lot of stress on a person's knee joints, and such repeated stress over time can have a very negative effect on the tendons and muscles in the leg. As lift chairs can help a person sit down or stand up from an almost fully upright position, this saves a lot of unnatural bending actions that put additional stress on the knees. Anyone who has knee problems or issues with other parts of the legs will find a lift chair to be a godsend.

Many Different Models to Choose From - Not all lift chairs are the same, as many have different features that can be unique to one model, or even found on others. This is a good thing, as this gives people plenty of choice in trying to find the right lift chair. As each person has different needs or wants in a lift chair, having so many different models means there's a better chance of finding the right chair that has the right set of features perfect for the individual.

FAQ:

Q: What are the main differences between a lift chair and a standard recliner?

A: Outside of the obvious difference being that a lift chair provides a lift capability, lift chairs may also have special features that are often not standard on regular recliners, such as a remote control, heating, massage, and other electrically-powered features.

Q: Are there any lift chairs that work without the need to plug into a power outlet?

A: Due to the electrically powered motors in lift chairs, plugging into a power outlet is a necessity for almost all models of lift chairs. Although manually powered lift chairs may be available, they lack the convenience and features of an electrically powered chair, which would largely defeat the purpose in having one.

Q: Are lift chairs considerably more expensive than a standard recliner?

A: On average, lift chairs do tend to be more expensive than a standard recliner without lift capabilities. However, in recent years, the prices of lift chairs have decreased significantly due to the high sales and the various different models available. Many standard lift chairs are now available for a very affordable price.

Q: Since lift chairs are classified as Durable Medical Equipment under Medicare Part B, do I need to get a doctor's permission in order to purchase one?

A: The classification of lift chairs as Durable Medical Equipment does not mean that a doctor's permission is necessary in order to purchase one. The main benefit of this is that the cost of a lift chair can be covered under Medicare should a doctor deem it necessary for the patient's well being. Any person can purchase a lift chair for full price without a doctor's permission.

Q: How are most lift chairs operated? Are they complicated to operate?

A: Most lift chairs are operated by using controls for the special functions of the chair, including the lift and reclining capabilities as well as any extra features it may have. The controls are usually located on an included remote control, with either may be attached or wireless, and are generally not complicated at all.

Q: Are lift chairs as comfortable as a standard recliner?

A: Lift chairs are just as comfortable as standard recliners, as they often share many of the same features, including the type of upholstery and cushioning. If anything, the added benefits included in a lift chair in many cases may make them even more comfortable than a standard recliner.

Q: Are lift chairs geared specifically towards the elderly and people with disabilities, or are they good for everyone?

A: Lift chairs came about as a way to help improve the quality of life for those who would normally have trouble with using a standard recliner. However, lift chairs are certainly not limited to those in need of them. Even those in perfect health can benefit from the conveniences of using a lift chair.

Q: Are lift chairs heavier and/or larger than standard recliners?

A: Due to the mechanized nature of lift chairs, on average they may be a bit heavier than a standard recliner, although this heavily depends on the specific model. However, lift chairs are generally not any larger than a recliner, and in fact, may take up less space overall due to the wall hugging features of many of them.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-30 10:01:39