Riser recliner chairs (also known as reclining chairs) are becoming more popular because they offer a choice of positions to maximise your comfort and, by allowing you to get into and out of a chair without assistance, they help you maintain independent living.
But do you actually need a riser recliner chair? Use our simple checklist and further guidance below to find out.
If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you would probably benefit from using a riser recliner chair. However, as everyone's needs are different, there are a few other things to consider.
Riser recliner chairs are heavy and take up a lot of room, so you need to identify a good permanent position for the chair and measure up carefully before you buy.
You’ll also need to allow for a gap of up to 60cm/24in behind the chair so it can recline fully without any obstructions. You can reduce the space needed by choosing a wall-hugging riser recliner chair. For more information on arranging furniture and other safety aspects, read our Which? Later Life Care guide on .
Although some chairs allow you to lie completely flat, they're not really intended for sleeping on for extended periods. If you have difficulty getting into bed, you should consider buying an adjustable bed or specially designed chair bed in addition to a riser recliner chair.
If so, you may want to consider a specialist chair with extra built-in support or one with pressure-relieving features. Which? recommends that you seek the advice of an independent adviser to assess your particular needs before buying. You can find a local registered expert in your area on the website.
Alternatively, if you don't think a riser recliner chair will be necessary, but you'd like more information on the most comfortable and practical sitting arrangements for older people, check out the Which? Later Life Care guide to .
Single-motor riser recliner chairs start from around £350, but dual-motor chairs range from around £500 to £1,500+, depending on the features, style and fabric chosen.