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10 Best Reclining Sofas + Buying Guide

With the touch of a button, reclining sofas give you (and your guests) an all-access pass to accessible living room comfort. Here are some of the best reclining sofas, the most frequently asked questions about these popular designs – and your guide to choosing one for your space.

The Best Reclining Sofas

The only list you’ll ever need in your search for the perfect reclining sofa. From features like power adjustable headrests, high performance fabric, padded armrests and tech-friendly designs, each of these reclining sofas also comes at great value, so you can shop guilt-free. Here, we’re breaking down our top ten (in no particular order) by best features, size and verified customer reviews. Click on any product name to learn more about the product and click on any image to see similar designs. Now, get to browsing – and get that much closer to your ultimate living room lounge experience!

Best Leather Reclining Sofas

Best Features: USB - Adjustable headrests - Top grain leather
Size: 88"W x 40"D x 41"H
Verified customer review: “Well, with the recliner, the reclining sofa is a triple threat. I wanted my companhy to be comfy too. The leather is luxurious and the adjustments put you to just where you want to be.” - jackie kapeller
Best Features: USB - Tapered legs - Statement hue
87"W x 38"D x 40"H
Verified customer review: “We bought this set after shopping for months. So glad we finally decided to buy the Moana taupe recliners and loveseat. The color is beautiful. The style fits our rustic yet classy decor. So comfortable and would recommend this set for a smaller family room like ours. We bought 2 recliners and the loveseat instead of the sofa to save room. So happy with our purchase. We always buy from Living Spaces and will again in the future. 5 stars.” – lb78

Best Power Reclining Sofas

Best Features: USB - Versatile size
Size: 89"W x 41"D x 42"H
Verified customer review: “This loveseat is amazing. The zero gravity reclining with the adjustable headrest is top tier. Now I never want to get up.” - LetaFai
Best Features: Padded armrests and headrests - Mid-size
Size: 86.5"W x 40"D x 40.5"H
Verified customer review: “Stylish and incredibly comfortable. Push of a button comfort for reclining, visiting friends, reading, or watching TV. Like the center console, built-in cup holders, plenty of room for storage and the phone recharging dock is great.” - Kath

Top-Rated Reclining Sofas

Best Features: Tight back - USB
88"W x 40"D x 41"H
Verified customer review: “Love this couch!!! Beautiful and comfortable and exactly what we wanted.” - KHBaz
Best Features: Padded armrests and headrests - Vegan leather
Size: 86.5"W x 40"D x 40.5"H
Verified customer review: “The same recliner was in the unit we rented this past spring. We liked it so much we asked the owner where she got it and it is now in our family room. And the delivery team was very good too!” - Macoo
Best Features: Triple recliner - Spacious seats
Size: 86.5"W x 40"D x 41"H
Verified customer review: “I bought this reclining sofa online and it didn’t disappoint! Once I got used to it, adjusting the recliner and settling in it is very nice!! It’s not pillowy soft like I was used to with my old sectional sofa. It’s a good looking sofa and the console is nice, but my dog doesn’t like it down. My husband and I are getting up in age and need this reclining couch to be comfortable.” – abbydajo
Best Features: USB - Grey color - Compact size
Size: 85"W x 42"D x 30"H
Verified customer review: “We absolutely love this set! The style is perfect for a modern motif, and these are very comfortable! The wide, flat arms and headrest that folds back flat provide a super sleek, low-profile look that makes any room feel bigger (and provides natural areas to set remotes, acts as a quick/temporary sitting spot, etc.). We love how the recliner completely folds under and hides to make these look like a standard, raised couch; and the backs automatically raise as you recline to create the perfect viewing position (which is adjustable).” – JeremyH
Best Features: Padded arms - Foam cushions - Big size
87"W x 38"D x 40"H
Verified customer review: “We love our new recliner! The color is perfect and love the size. The whole family can squeeze in and relax together.” - Carrie BG

Best Features: Zero gravity - Adjustable headrests – USB
Size: 89"W x 41"D x 42"H
Verified customer review: “Absolutely love this sofa! Firm cushions, quality leather and beautiful in my family room." - Ham family

What is a wall hugger reclining sofa?

A wall hugger feature in a reclining sofa makes the entire sofa move forward as it reclines. This allows you to place the sofa closer to the wall – without having to worry about whether or not it will “bump into” the wall when it’s reclined.

What Is a Reclining Sofa Console?

A console in furniture, whether reclining or stationary, is a storage compartment built into the furniture piece. It usually serves as an armrest between two seats in a sofa and can open up from the top to hold items like drinks, remotes and snacks. Designed for movie-watching and casual lounging, consoles are an added bonus to traditional reclining designs.

Do reclining sofas come apart?

Reclining sofas do come apart. In fact, almost every reclining sofa does not come assembled, and assembly will often require locking the seats together via connector units.

How do you style a recliner sofa?

For some, styling a furniture piece as big as a reclining sofa can be daunting. Here are some simple steps for incorporating one into your home.

How do I make my recliner sofa look good?

  • If the recliner is NOT a wall hugger, take into account how far the recliner needs to be from a wall so that it can recline fully (without hitting the wall). In typical designs, the amount of space needed will usually be around five to ten inches.
  • Take advantage of throw pillows. Most recliner sofas are neutral-hued, a.k.a. lacking in the color department. Don’t be afraid to “brighten up” by layering on a colorful pillow or two!
  • Pair with a recliner chair. A reclining sofa goes with a recliner chair like two peas in a pod. (While there’s nothing wrong with a reclining sofa by itself, adding an extra chair can prove good “insurance” for when you’re entertaining and need extra seating.)

Are recliner sofas any good?

Recliner sofas essentially merge all the familiar comforts of a recliner – with the spacious seating capacities of a sofa. As such, they remain one of the most popular designs for living room seating.
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