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What Is the Best Upholstery Type for My Recliner?

If you have been researching the best upholstery for your recliner, you may have noticed four popular material types that keep popping up over and over again: 100% leather, fabric, polyurethane and high performance fabric. Here, we have laid out the basic differences between each material type and exactly how they work to deliver their own unique – and completely comfortable – reclining experience.

For Longevity: 100% Leather.

If you want longevity, choose one in 100% leather. The natural finish of a genuine leather reclining chair  offers a buttery-smooth feel designed to last for more than a decade – and in which you will want to lounge for hours at a time.
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For soft, cozy comfort: Fabric. 

While requiring a bit more maintenance than leather, fabric recliners are still generally easy to clean – and a favorite upholstery choice for one simple reason: they are comfortable. Soft, cozy and slow to absorb heat, quality tight-weave fabric will turn any piece into the plushest, most inviting place to rest.

For unbeatable value: Polyurethane. 

A synthetic material resembling genuine leather in look and feel, polyurethane offers a soft, smooth texture. A recliner made with polyurethane upholstery over deep comfort cushioning is designed to deliver the same feeling of luxurious comfort as a piece made from leather or natural upholstery – but for a fraction of the cost.   

For kids and pets: High Performance Fabric.

If you are worried about spills and messes from kids and pets, go with a high performance fabric recliner. Soft and thick – yet breathable – and resistant to stains, high performance fabric is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to bring easy-to-clean comfort into the living room.    

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Top-Rated Recliners - The Official List

The best recliners of the year, customer-rated and reviewed!

Best All-Around Recliners

Weight capacity: 250 lbs.
Weight: 92.6 lbs.
Best features: - Easy to clean - Supportive cushioning
Our most-reviewed recliner and top-rated wallaway recliner, the Suzy has it all: wall-hugging tech, an affordable price tag, full-recline position and high-performance upholstery available in several colors. What truly makes the Suzy a cult favorite, though, is its back cushioning – somehow, it finds the perfect balance between ‘cozy’ and ‘supportive.’
Weight capacity: 330 lbs.
Weight: 138 lbs.
Best features: - Power reclining tech - High weight capacity Packing highly-durable fabric, full-recline settings, power tech for easy transitions and a spacious seating area, the Garland is bang for your buck. Plus, it comes with a USB, so you can can "recharge" – literally and figuratively.

Best Recliners for Sleeping

Weight capacity: 250 lbs.
Weight: 80 lbs.
Best features: - Custom upholstery – Rocker base
This customer favorite has all the classic features (custom upholstery, gentle rocker base, supportive backrest), plus a manual reclining mechanism. Perfect for finding your ‘just right’ sleeping position.
Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
Weight: 115 lbs.
Best features: - Delicate tufting - Glider recliner
Here’s another customer favorite – and for good reason. Featuring soft upholstery, smooth power operation, a delicate tufted feel and contrast stitching (for style), the Rayna is a tour de force when it comes to comfort. Use it to snooze for 20 minutes or three hours. Either way, the Rayna’s got your back.

Best Glider Recliner

Weight capacity: 350 lbs.
Weight: 100 lbs.
Best features: Sleek shape - Easy operation
It swivels. It glides. It reclines. As if that weren’t enough, the Decker comes with padded armrests and pillow seating for the ultimate in supportive relaxation.

Best Recliners for Back Pain

Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
Weight: 118.2 lbs.
Best features: Custom lumbar support - USB
A triple threat if there ever was one, the Bridget comes with three power motion features: Headrest, Recline, and Lumbar – designed to target neck, full body, and lower back support, respectively. Not to mention, it’s built with a USB port for extra tech savvy.
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
Weight: 102.5 lbs.
Best features: Tight cushions - Adjustable lumbar
Those looking to offset back pain will appreciate the Dev’s tight construction – there’s no ‘sinking in’ here. The luxury leather, foot extension and full-reclining mechanism all work to provide supportive comfort.

Best Rocker Recliner

Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
Weight: 96 lbs.
Best features: Adjustable headrest - Soothing rocker motion
Combining foam, incredibly soft upholstery and a soothing rocker feature, the Dale maximizes comfort – at a great value. While not a ‘nursery recliner’ per se, customers appreciate its gentle motions, often purchasing it with babies in mind.

Best Leather Recliner

Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
Weight: 130 lbs.
Best features: USB - Power recliner
Luxe leather gives the Moana’s supportive seating a singularly sophisticated look. The design also features a handsome blue finish and USB charging port for an enjoyable lounging experience. But the real reason the Moana has remained a customer favorite for so long has to do with its feel: buttery-soft and incredibly luxurious.

Best Power Recliner

Weight capacity: 250 lbs.
Weight: 127 lbs.
Best features: Comfort padding - Spacious seat
With just the touch of a button – literally – the Kristen opens the portal to custom relaxation. With its signature padded armrests and a variety of positions to choose from, it’s no wonder this powerhouse of a recliner gets so much customer love.

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