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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: 85"W x 43"D x 43"H
Verified customer review: “Purchased the sofa and matching loveseat. Far exceeded my expectations. I obviously test drove both in the store, but still surprised at how much I enjoy them in the family room. All the functions are very smooth and close to silent. The seating areas are wide and plush. The material feels more like calf skin than standard leather. Have yet to see any stitching or material flaws. Enjoying the comfort of these every day and so do my visitors.” - fred
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 - Adjustable headrests - Versatile size
Size: 85"W x 42"D x 30"H
Verified customer review: “Amazing purchase!! Love it! Best value! The color is perfect, love the low headrest and the fact that I can adjust them. I saw the couch at my friend's place and fell in love with it right away!!” - kthewite
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: High performance fabric - USB
88"W x 39.8"D x 41.5"H
Verified customer review: “We have been using the reclining sofa for a month now. The product was delivered safely and the setup only took 10 minutes - we needed an extra hand though just to be careful. We had already tried the sofa in a warehouse and the product was exactly as we had seen it. Love the recliner, the resilient microfiber and the USB ports on the side to charge day-to-day electronics.” - sunshadow
Best Features: USB - High performance fabric - Innerspring foam
Size: 84.8"W x 30.3"D x 33.5"H
Verified customer review: “Very nice sofa without losing quality. Fast delivery. Went to a showroom, asked a few questions with a very nice laidback salesperson. Answered everything and was never pushy. Made the order that night and got to pick the date of my delivery. It was perfect and I love my new sofa!” - AMGordy
Best Features: High performance fabric - Spacious seats
Size: 90"W x 40"D x 41.5"H
Verified customer review: “We were looking for a smaller sized couch/loveseat, and this fit our dimensions perfectly. The reclining function works great and the center console provides great storage as well as power and USB outlets to charge your phone or other devices. I feel like this couch is a good value for what you receive.” – Matt
Best Features: USB - Innerspring foam - Compact size
Size: 80"W x 38"D x 40.5"H
Verified customer review: “I am very delighted with the purchase of my Malia Power Reclining Sofa. I had taken measurements and knew it would fit in the room I wished to place it. However, it is a small room, and I was afraid it might ‘overpower’ the room. I was wrong. This reclining sofa fits beautifully in small rooms, yet still allows ample area to utilize the reclining feature without "crowding" everything else in the room. It is very comfortable, yet stylish. It is versatile in that almost any other piece looks beautiful with it. Finally, the power feature for myself and elderly guests was an absolute must. I am extremely happy with my decision.” – Debra K
Best Features: Padded arms - Foam cushions - Big size
93"W x 41"D x 42"H
Verified customer review: “After purchasing the Stoneland rocker/recliner, we then purchased the matching loveseat! Was so happy: both in stock, fast, speedy delivery. I was so happy and impressed with the price and I did do a lot of research and comparison. Living Spaces won me over right away. Best combo purchase and decision I could have made. From online chat to actual delivery, customer service was great. I'm very pleased with my purchase.” - Grandma

Best Features: High performance fabric - Adjustable headrests – USB
Size: 88"W x 40"D x 40"H
Verified customer review: “From the in-store associate to the delivery of the furniture, this was a wonderful experience. The products are very well-made & comfortable. The sales associate was very helpful & knowledgeable. The delivery team was prompt & courteous.” - Catrina

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.

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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