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Which? Don't Buy riser recliner chairs

Bad riser recliner chairs are tricky to use and make you feel uncomfortable when you’re trying to relax. We recommend you steer clear.

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If you choose a riser recliner chair on a whim, you risk ending up with one doesn’t work as well as it should and leaves you sitting far from comfortably.

Our reviews are based on a range of tough tests, and our test scores clearly separate the riser recliner chairs you should avoid from those we recommend as Best Buy riser recliner chairs.

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What sets riser recliner chairs apart from each other?

We’ve tested riser recliner chairs from all the major UK brands and at a wide range of price points. There are some great models out there, but there are also some we wouldn’t recommend letting anywhere near your lounge. As well as being uncomfortable to sit in, they can have fiddly and confusing controls and won’t make you feel very secure as you make position adjustments.

The best, on the other hand, make it easy to lean back and put your feet up. You won’t have any major issues with the remote control, and you’ll be happy to spend the afternoon relaxing in the chair while reading a book or catching up on your favourite television programmes.

Our tests separate the wheat from the chaff

We’ve tested lots of the most popular dual-motor riser recliner chairs - these let you operate the footrest and back independently of each other to help you find the most comfortable sitting position. Our in-depth testing means we can confidently recommend the riser recliner chairs that will be a great addition to your home.

  • Our panel of testers, all aged over 65, make more than 100 checks on each chair, including how comfortable it is in both the sitting and reclining positions.
  • Our tests include a speed check, where we record how long it takes to get from the reclined position to standing.
  • We look at how easy it is to use the riser recliner chair, including whether the remote control is simple to understand and operate.

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