Love taking a stealing some shut-eye in your recliner but hate the neck and back pain? Find the best recliner for sleeping in this list of the 8 best recliners for snoozing!!
In the NHI Express Addison Recliner, awkward drool stains are a thing of the past!
As the cheapest chair on our list, you’d expect it to just be “passable.” But trust us…
Almost half of the Divano Roma Electric Recliner owners (those few aforementioned people included) talked about how soft but supportive cushions were!!
Cassandra is a self-proclaimed caffiend who is no stranger to passing out in a recliner after a caffeine crash. Because of her frequent lower back and hip pain—which she attributes to being a retired tap dancer—comfort and support are of the utmost importance.
Have you ever found yourself waking up from napping on a recliner groggier than before you fell asleep? Does the pain in your neck or lower back afterward make you feel like you’ll never get comfortable again? Sounds like you might not have the best recliner for sleeping...
Well much like your favorite blanket, we got you covered!
We’ve gone out and found the eight best recliners for sleeping any casual or professional napper would be excited to crash in!
There’s nothing worse than purchasing something online only to later realize it doesn’t meet your expectations. And furniture—especially the kind you plan to sleep on—can be the trickiest of them all.
Let’s be real
With your busy schedule, you don’t have the time to go to the store after store trying to find a decent recliner. And there’s nothing more aggravating than spending your day off at your local furniture store testing every recliner they have in stock.
To make matters worse...
You’ll probably end up spending more money than you originally intended.
Or worse than that!
You won’t find anything that fits what you’re looking for!!
And now that you’ve wasted away what could have been a fun-filled weekend with your family and friends, you REALLY don’t have the time to sit on the computer for hours on end and sift through the reviews of almost 65 MILLION DIFFERENT RECLINERS you’ll search for online!
So what do you do about it?
You turn to us!
You don’t ever have to feel like this again:
Save yourself the aggravation!
We’ve gone and researched over 30 of the best recliners for sleeping then narrowed it down to a comfortable eight for you to choose from.
You might be wondering:
How did you come to these conclusions??
Well, after doing the extensive research, we went and tested them out ourselves, then consulted outside consumers who actually have these products in their homes!
We got honest answers about the recliners’ comfortability, durability, and sleep quality.
From there, we applied the consumer feedback into our own research and managed to give you the most accurate reviews you could ask for.
You will never have to see another spelling error or unhelpful comment on a product ever again!!!
As if that’s not enough…
Do you fall under the big and tall category, or live in a very small apartment?
We checked out each model’s specifications and dimensions so you can make the most informed purchase for your specific needs!
We even went so far as to find what recliners work best for individual situations so you can choose the chair that’s right for you.
The only way that we benefit from all of this is that we’ll get a more restful sleep because we know you’ll be getting one too in your brand new recliner!!!
So kick your feet up!
It’s about to get real cozy in here!
When looking for the perfect recliner intended for long-term use—aka naps and general sleeping—comfort is the top concern.
Don’t you agree?
Whether you’ve been prescribed bed rest by a doctor, are looking for somewhere to co-sleep with your newborn, or just want to catch a few Z’s at the office, you want to be comfortable.
And we want you to be comfortable!
So what makes for a good sleeping recliner?
Let’s break it down:
Your perfect recliner should be able to fit you appropriately. When purchasing your new chair, pay attention to its dimensions—including the seat’s width and the back’s length.
You need to determine what type of sleeping you’re planning on for your new recliner, and then find the reclining angle that will do the job properly.
It should meet your individual needs!
Recovering from surgery?
Then you’ll probably want a chair that has a wide range of reclining angles to readjust yourself as needed, as well as a bunch of amenities (like cup holders and storage bags) to maximize your independence.
Looking for the coziest chair for a nursery?
Consider a recliner with a wide seat to fit you and your newborn that has soothing rocking features to calm even the fussiest of babies.
Want a go-to nap spot?
Find one whose dimensions fit your space and aesthetic, but won’t leave you with an aching neck or back when you wake up. Ge a chair with cushions that will afford you the most lumbar and neck support to wind down from your hectic lifestyle!
It boils down to this…
Every person has a different reason for getting a new recliner because everyone has different needs.
So before you go and spend hundreds of dollars on a random recliner only to be unhappy with your purchase, figure out why you want one in the first place.
After you decide what you’re looking for, then you can go ahead and find your perfect recliner!
If Goldilocks taught us anything, comfortability is of the utmost importance. You need to find a recliner that is just right!
How do you know for sure if a recliner will give you that Cinderella fit?
When looking for your perfect chair, take your height and weight into account. Be sure the recliner’s dimensions will fit you properly.
You want your new favorite nap spot to be wide enough so you don’t feel like you’re being squished, but long enough that your head and feet aren’t hanging off either end.
You wouldn’t expect Paul Bunyan to try lounging in a recliner made for one of Snow White’s seven dwarves!!
Make Sure It’s Timeless
You want your recliner to be sturdily made.
Chairs built out of durable materials—like those with a steel or wooden frame—are sure to stand the test of time!
They’ll also be more likely to hold their own against the jumpiest of kids.
Giving Your Chair a Purpose
Ask yourself what kind of sleeping habits you expect to have in your new recliner:
Want to find something to replace your bed?
Studies have shown multiple benefits to sleeping on an incline, but the margin to reap those rewards is incredibly small—only a 5-degree (or 6-inch) incline.
That’s not very much at all.
Sleeping on a 5-degree incline can improve blood circulation, quicken metabolism, and better respiratory, neurological, and immune functions. It may also aid frequent migraine sufferers by helping relieve intracranial pressure—the pressing of brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid on the skull.
If you’re looking for a recliner to regularly sleep on, the closer you can get to a 175-degree reclining angle, the better!!
If you’re looking forward to long, restful naps or a comfortable place to put your long lost cousin who showed up for a surprise, week-long bonding session, you’ll want a recliner that can fully recline and lock into a sleeping position.
How low can you go?
Any recliner that can get to an angle of 145 degrees or greater is the way to go—aka the “sleep position.” These recliners allow the sleeper to get to a comfortable (mostly) horizontal angle that is still comfortable for all those side-sleepers!!
In order to maintain a good sleep posture as a side sleeper, place a pillow between your legs so your hips and shoulders stay aligned.
If catnaps are more your thing, the 145-degree angle is not a requirement to get your sleep on!
A leather or leather-substitute will be the best upholstery choice as sleep experts say that staying cool while sleeping is optimal for creating the ideal sleep environment.
Keeping a room between 54-74 degrees fahrenheit allows for the sleeper to stay asleep without being woken up from being too hot or cold.
If you’re anything like me, trying to find a comfortable position when trying to fall asleep is your biggest issue.
Personally, frequent lower back and hip pain make it harder for me to fall asleep or take naps. I’m constantly tossing and turning to find the perfect spot, and sometimes recliners aren’t always the most supportive…
What can you do?
If you’re still determined to find the best nap spot, focus on finding a recliner with comfortable cushions that will support your neck, back, and legs to minimize the pressure applied to these body parts.
Recliners with adjustable headrests, lumbar supportive back cushions, and cushy legrests—that rest specifically under the knees—are important features to look for as they reduce the stress put on the spine.
That means better, more restful naps for you!!
Recliners come in many different shapes, sizes, and upholsteries along with a wide array of features. Plenty of chairs come with heating, massaging, vibrating, manual recline, motorized recline, swiveling, rocking, lifting… The list goes on and on and on!!!
So after you figure out what your recliner’s main function will be, it’s time to look at its extra abilities.
Are you recovering from major surgery and have been prescribed bed rest by your doctor??
Purchasing a recliner is actually a great way to keep you in an at rest position without being sentenced to being alone in your bedroom all day!
What do I look for?
Depending on your mobility, you may want a recliner with a wide range of reclining and footrest options.
You may even want to consider a recliner with a lift option to help you into a wheelchair or even a standing position with minimal strain!
Sitting or sleeping in one spot for long periods of time can have negative effects on your back and hips. Finding a recliner that provides you with multiple sitting positions will leave you better off in the long run—you’ll thank yourself later!
Finally, consider the chair’s accessibility for those times you are awake.
If you’re someone who values their independence, find a chair with multiple cup holders and storage bags that will keep your important items—such as books, water bottles, magazines, TV remotes, etc.—within your reach.
Some chairs even come with a built-in USB charger. You’ll practically never have to ask for help again!!
Looking for the perfect rocking chair for your nursery?? A recliner might actually be the better way to go! Once you’ve picked out the perfect baby mattress and baby crib, it’s time to spoil YOURSELF! Throw in one of these humidifiers and you probably won’t want to sleep in your own bedroom anymore anyways.
Not only do many recliners have gentle rocking features that are sure to soothe your newborn into a deep sleep, but getting up from a rocking chair is a sure fire way to disturb your baby—they won’t stay asleep if you’re uncomfortable, fidgeting, and have to stand.
Ever heard the parenting tip “sleep when the baby sleeps?” Well, that’s not going to happen for you in a wooden rocking chair.
Recliners are significantly more cozy than rocking chairs and can come with plush cushions to help you drift asleep with your baby in your arms—ideal for any parent wanting to co-sleep but who are worried about risks.
That’s a lot of information…
You’re right. But these are the questions you need to answer in order to be fully satisfied with your new recliner!
Once you’ve gone and assessed your recliner needs, then it’s finally time to find your perfect napping spot.
So let’s get to it!
If you’re looking for the most versatile recliner out there without having to compromise on aesthetics or comfort, look no further than the CANMOV Breathable Bonded Leather Recliner Chair.
You may be asking:
“What sort of amenities?”
Guys!! This chair has amenities out the yin-yang!
The CANMOV Recliner has not one, but TWO cup holders, a storage bag for your books and magazines, AND a USB port to charge your phone. You’ll never have to get up from your new recliner ever again!!
But what really sold us and the other product owners on this recliner was the U-shaped seat and high backs designed specifically to ease the pressure on your lower back—a concern very near and dear to myself.
With its motor-powered recline of up to 145 degrees—aka the ideal “sleep position”—you can stop the chair at any angle.
You can customize your own comfort!!!
And that’s not all!
From its wide range of reclining angles to the vast number of amenities, the features on the CANMOV Recliner make it the number one chair for those confined to a bed-rest position or recovering from major surgeries.
Watch how easy it is to assemble, meaning any caretaker—whether professional or familial—can put it together!
On top of all of this:
The CANMOV Recliner has a wide seat making it excellent for home theaters, a nursery to fit both parent and baby, and even for our big and tall friends!
With that being said...
Because of its wide seat and tall back, the chair is not ideal for small spaces.
And since it is a motorized recliner, it needs to be near an outlet at all times, limiting the number of places you can put it.
The Reviews Are In!
Consumers repeatedly told us that their CANMOV Recliner is their favorite chair for napping. And because of its sturdy, wooden frame, it is built to stand the test of time!
The product owners—specifically those with kids and pets—also mentioned how much the leather upholstery was stylish but super easy to clean.
Cradling comfort cushions
Amenities out the yin-yang
Perfect for big and tall
A little pricey
Nicknamed the “Pillow-Top Mattress Chair” and the “Best Seat in the House” by the customers we talked to, the La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner is optimal for napping.
Are you a parent-to-be?
Is your family about to get a little bigger and you’re looking for the PERFECT chair for your nursery?
Good news, your search is over.
With its wide seat and rocking features, this La-Z- Boy comfortably sits both parent and baby. It’s also ideal for following that “sleeping when the baby sleeps” tip while reducing the risks of co-sleeping accidents.
It’s kind of expensive. Totaling at over $800, it is the most expensive chair on our list…
But with that being said, La-Z-Boy has been America’s favorite recliner manufacturer for over 90 years because of their high-quality and long-lasting chairs.
Is it worth it??
If money is a concern, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for the Best of the Best of the Best, this is it.
Its manual recline allows you to kick back with or without the three-position leg rest. And with the adjustable leg rest tension settings, you can customize the ease of your recline depending on your needs!
See for yourself how easy it is to operate with its wide range of reclining angles and footrest levels!
So if you’re looking for a chair that will last for generations, it might be time to get La-Z!!
Perfect for big and tall
Wide range of comfort positions
Subtle rocking features
Not ideal for small spaces
Are you someone looking for a wide range of napping options that won’t break the bank? Then you should take a look at the Esright Massage Recliner Chair!
On top of that!
The Esright heats, massages, and vibrates with five different modes and two levels of intensities—optimal for relaxing those muscles and joints before you drift off into Dreamland!
(We even recently named the Esright the Best of the Best Massage Chair for Back Pain in 2018!)
If that’s not enough...
After 20 minutes of nonstop use, the chair’s included safety measure kicks in and turns off to make sure the napping party doesn’t overheat!
Well, maybe YOU should consider this chair’s remote control, two cup holders, four storage bags, and its inexpensiveness!
And if you’re anything like me…
You get dehydrated while you sleep—making you a cup hoarder—and the two cup holders just won’t cut it.
But since the chair is so cheap, you’ll still have some dollars leftover for a little something extra. So make sure to check out these matching end tables for your extra coffee mugs and water bottles!
It can’t all be great...
We did get some feedback about the footrest on the Esright Recliner being a little tricky sometimes. And since it’s a massage chair, it requires electricity and needs to be near an outlet, limiting the number of places you can put the chair. Of course, you could also grab an extension cord to remedy this.
But the positive comments we heard FAR OUTWEIGH the bad!!
We heard it through the grapevine:
Customers can’t stop talking about the handsome and easy-to-clean faux leather, making it the perfect nap spot for any office, living room, man cave, or she shed!
And over 45 different owners of this chair commented on the “excellent value” or “great price!”
Why not see if it Esright chair for you!!
Extra thick sponge
Wide range of motion
Massage and heat
Not recommended for those over 250 lbs
Maximum Capacity: 250 lbs
Are you tiny and looking for an inexpensive recliner for the perfect cat nap? The Belleze Faux Leather Rocker and Swivel Glider Recliner Living Room Chair comes with cozy foam padding in the head, arm, back, and footrests.
As it turns out...
The Belleze Recliner doesn’t recline all the way flat. But it’s plush pillow back makes up for it by providing you with a great neck and lumbar support to get you nice and comfortable for your short snooze!!
And the customers we spoke to can’t stop talking about how comfy they feel while in this chair.
On the other hand
Its rocking features and easy-to-clean faux leather make for a great fit in any nursery! And its inexpensiveness allows you to put that extra money into your new baby’s college fund.
Not to mention
The short back on this chair is perfect for your child when they’re big enough to fall asleep in the Belleze Recliner after reading their favorite book!
Not recommended for those taller than 6 feet
Does not recline flat
Does this happen to you?
Have you ever drifted off in a recliner, only to wake up with a giant drool stain under your cheek?
It’s an embarrassing human trait that happens to the best of us—probably more often than we’d like to admit.
Because of its stain resistant microfiber upholstery, you can soak up that puddle before anyone notices. Long gone are the days of drool pool stains!
As if that’s not enough
Owners of the Addison Recliner won’t quit raving about how comfortable the “sleep position” angle and the plush, wide seat is for napping!!
And up to five different customers talked about how it was the perfect spot for either them or their loved one to spend their bedrest in after major surgery.
As it turns out,
The back on the Addison Recliner is a little short, but since it’s considered a wall hugger recliner, it’s perfect for any compact living spaces without compromising on comfort!
And the hardwood frame makes for the perfect long-lasting, family favorite napping location.
Stain resistant microfiber
Perfect for compact spaces
Not recommended for those taller than 6 feet
Footrest doesn’t lock while in reclining position
If your budget is tight but you don’t want to compromise on recliner quality, the SUNCOO Manual Leisure Recliner Chair is the chair for you!
It exceeds expectations!!
This Suncoo recliner comes with a steel frame to make sure it stays intact throughout the years and has thick foam padding for prime sleeping comfort.
But wait! There’s more!
It also has an adjustable head and footrest—great for our tall friends who may need the extra length.
Got Messy Kids?
The SUNCOO Recliner is upholstered with a waterproof, bonded leather material making it spill-proof and super easy to clean!
And the bonded leather material is great for regulating your body temperature while you nap!!
Customers rave about the leather being sleek to the eye and soft to the touch. And it’s compact size allows it to fit in smaller spaces.
You might be wondering:
Cheap, attractive, AND sturdy? Are there any downsides at all?
After long-term use and over time, the leather material will begin to wear, and the foam padding will start to flatten…
But by the time that happens, you’d have gotten enough use out of it that it will be time to purchase your next napping recliner anyway!
Thick foam padding for comfort
Wide seat for big and tall
Foam padding flattens over time
A Farewell to Armchairs
Looking for something functional but elegant enough to make you feel like the great writers of yore? Want that chair to still provide you with a great nap?
Well, the Homelegance Reclining Chair is just that!
“The Baroque is over.”
Its plush seating and bonded leather are great for keeping you cool and comfy while you nap like Ernest Hemingway after a long day of writing and adventures.
To Have and Have Not
Because this recliner has a lever, it does not require electricity—and Hemingway probably didn’t have a motorized recliner either.
|“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” |
But that’s just part of the story...
The footrest glides open smoothly but can close with difficulty at times. And with the short back, even Hemingway, at 6-feet tall, would just fit in this chair.
The gaps between the cushions that lead right down to the floor may pose a problem for the young adventurers who take it upon themselves to cause a raucous and jump on the furniture.
Best of all!
Hashtag keeping up with the aesthetics of it all!
Not recommended for those over 6 feet
Gaps in the cushions
Are you someone who’s not into all the bells and whistles of the other chairs? Want something simple but still motorized? Then the Divano Roma Furniture Plush Bonded Leather Power Electric Recliner is the perfect fit for you!
Check it out!
The Divano Roma Electric Recliner is super comfortable and can fully recline into a sleeping position—great for sneaking a nap in the office!
And because it runs on electricity, you can stop your chair at any angle in order to customize your comfort.
There’s always bound to be a few duds in the mix, but a handful of customers who had problems with their chairs mentioned that the seller was difficult to get ahold of and then unwilling to help fix the problem.
A few people even said the chair has a tendency to lean forward if you’re not careful because it is so lightweight.
The Divano Roma Electric Recliner does run on the smaller side with a narrow seat, so this probably isn’t the best option for big and tall friends.
But it’s compact size does make it ideal for any office or small living room!
Perfect sleep position
Soft but supportive
Perfect for compact spaces
Narrow seat—not ideal for big and tall
Poor customer service
There are too many shoddy chairs out there lulling you into a false sense of security only to break or bend or fall apart once the warranty expires.
Luckily for you, we weeded the worst ones out.
But with that being said…
Make sure you read the warranty policy carefully!!!
All of these chairs—with the exception of the La-Z-Boy—require you to contact the seller to get the warranty.
Warranty policies are a good way to determine the minimum length of time your product should last without any defects.
Not everything lasts forever, and the more you use your recliner, the faster you’ll start to notice wear and tear.
So if you intend to sleep on or use your recliner for very long periods of time, get yourself a chair that you’re confident is going to last a long time!
Now that you’ve purchased a new recliner, you’re going to need to make space for it in your home or office.
And the best way to do that?
Getting rid of furniture you don’t want anymore!!
How do I do that?
If you don’t have any friends or family you can pawn it off on, here are some alternative ways to clearing away your unwanted things:
The Best Part?
You don’t have to friend anybody new! The buyer/seller you’re dealing with will only see whatever information you have made public on Facebook. And you communicate through Facebook Messenger or directly through Marketplace to avoid spam or phishing.
Your recliner has arrived and it’s time to piece it together!!
Every chair we’ve listed requires some assembly and should include an instruction manual.
But if you’re more of a visual learner like myself, we’ve provided some basic videos for you to follow along step by step!
Each chair comes in two easy-to-assemble pieces—except the Homelegance Reclining Chair which comes in four.
Now that you’ve gone and assembled your brand new recliner, you’re probably ready for that long-awaited nap!
I’ve got my pillow and blanket ready to go!
Here are some tips to ensuring you’re getting as much out of your new recliner as you possibly can:
Afternoon naps interfere with a person’s homeostatic sleep drive—aka the body’s motivation to fall asleep after being awake. So if you’re not trying to mess around with your bedtime, your nap should be short and before 5 PM.
Listen to what Dr. Stephen Amira, a member of Harvard Medical School’s American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Narcolepsy Network Medical Advisory Board, has to say about napping! Watch video.
When humans fall asleep, their body temperature decreases by 1-2 degrees. But even if you nap with a blanket, it’s important to keep your sleeping environment anywhere from 54-72 degrees. Anything above or below that range is sure to wake you up!
Our bodies run on a sleep schedule called circadian rhythm. Any lights or sunshine signal to our body it’s time to be awake. That means you need to shade the windows and turn off the lights when it’s nap time.
Okay, Goldilocks, you now know everything there is to finding the recliner that’s just right, meaning your slumber shouldn’t be disrupted by any bears…
Unless you live in the forest—and then I can’t help you there.
Want a recap?
One Size DOES NOT Fit All!!
In order to channel your inner Sleeping Beauty, you can’t forget about the Fairytale Fit. Jack’s beanstalk may have been able to hold the giant, but a wall hugger will not.
Til the End of Time
No one wants their chair to fall apart the minute they sit down, so look for chairs with a wooden or steel frame so you know they’ll last. And check the warranty while you’re at it to get a better idea as to what kind of lifetime you should expect from your chair.
The Who, What, Wheres
Figure out why you need a recliner in the first place and what kind of sleeping will happen in it. Catnapping doesn’t require a chair that goes all the way to a “sleep position,” but long naps, guest beds, and bed replacements do.
Strong Support System
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time snoozing in your recliner, you want to know that your cushions are soft but supportive and that you’re not going to wake up achy and groggy.
Try Saying It Three Times Fast: Amenities, Amenities, Amenities!
Determine what features and add-ons are going to contribute to your best recliner for sleeping. Heat and massage? Extra cup holders? Rocking or swivel? Pick and choose whatever makes you coziest!
Last but not least, make room for your new chair. Take this opportunity to declutter your living room, office, nursery, wherever!
I checked all the boxes. Now what?!
Live your best life! Nap your best nap!!
You are now fully equipped to get your sleep on!
You’ll be so impressed with all this chair has to offer, you’ll feel like Ann and Leslie gushing over Tom Haverford’s apartment. Grab your coziest blankie, kick your feet up, and nap in style and luxury with this recliner.
How’d we do? Think we missed a recliner that you really love? Have any crazy dreams in your new recliner? Or just love the way your new piece fits in with the rest of the decor in your place? We’d love to hear and see it all! Leave your comments, weird dreams, or pictures below!!
Although assembly of a recliner varies with each model, it takes a surprisingly shorter amount of time to put together than you’d expect! For motorized recliners or chairs that come with heat, massage, or vibration, the expected assembly time can take less than 15 minutes. And it’s even less for manual recliners, averaging around less than 10 minutes!!
None of the recliners listed above require any tools during assembly. However, you may need tools like a wrench or a screwdriver if you plan on making any adjustments to your chair’s tension. To know for sure, consult your recliner’s user manual.
First, check your recliner’s warranty to see if you are qualified to receive a brand new one or any free repairs. Afterward, get in touch with the company you bought the recliner from and see what they can do for you. Depending on whether or not your warranty has expired, the company may not be able to replace your chair, but they should be able to tell you what part(s) you’ll need to repair your chair and where to get them.
When co-sleeping in a bed, there’s more room for both parent and baby to roll around, allowing for accidents to happen. A recliner cradles both parent and baby, curbing the amount of movement and inhibiting the baby from rolling off and onto the floor.
However, both have inherent risks and the decision to co-sleep must be made by the parents only after considerable independent research has been conducted. Including consulting you and your baby’s health care provider.
It all depends on personal preference and what sort of limitations you’re working with. A lifting feature makes it significantly easier from transferring someone from recliner to a wheelchair, so if that’s the case for you, then you’ll definitely benefit. If your limited mobility doesn’t affect your ability to walk, a lifting feature isn’t entirely necessary.