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Top five best riser recliner chairs for 2019

By Oli McKean

A great riser recliner chair is comfy, supportive and easy to use, allowing you to sit and stand with minimal difficulty. Here are five of the best.

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Find the best riser recliner chair for your needs and budget from the top five models below. 

These models have been through our rigorous tests and emerged as Best Buys, so you can be confident they'll help you sit and stand with as much support as possible. Plus, they're comfortable for you to sit back and relax in.

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Top 5 riser recliner chairs

80%
£1,439.00
Reviewed

Simply put, this is the best riser recliner chair we've ever seen. The handset is really easy to use, it makes position adjustments quickly, and our user panel found it very comfortable to sit in.

78%
£1,559.00
Reviewed

This high-scorer moves smoothly, and you'll feel secure when getting in and out of it. The handset buttons are clearly labelled and intuitive too. Overall, it's one of the very best riser recliner chairs we've tested.

73%
£1,896.00
Reviewed

Its waterfall back is very comfortable, and you'll find using the handset a breeze. It has an excellent rechargeable back-up battery too, so you won't need to worry too much about being stuck in the chair during a power cut.

73%
£1,340.00
Reviewed

The well-padded arms, waterfall back cushions and a spacious seat with good depth and width make for a very comfortable chair. It's easy to make position adjustments, too.

71%
£1,299.00
Reviewed

This riser recliner chair scores well for speed of operation, adjustability, ease of use and comfort. It's not completely perfect, but it's a worthy Best Buy.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct of July 2019.

Not found the product for you? Browse all of our riser recliner chair reviews.

And here's three riser recliner chairs to avoid

The wrong riser recliner chairs offer poor support, can be tricky to use, and certainly won't help you relax and unwind. 

We've rated and reviewed riser recliner chairs from all the major UK brands, and have found that some simply don't deserve a spot in your lounge.

Here are three of the worst we've seen.

52%
£906.00
Reviewed

While not terrible, this is still among the poor riser recliners we've seen. It's not especially comfortable - some of our user panel said the cushions felt too solid, and lumbar support is lost when you recline and a gap opens up between the seat and the back of the chair.

50%
£800.00
Reviewed

This isn't a dreadful riser recliner chair - it's just that we've found so many much better ones. Our main issues with this one are that the seat is quite narrow, movements can be quite slow, and the handset isn't particularly easy to use.

40%
£527.00
Reviewed

We had hoped this chair would be a bargain find, but it's the only Don't Buy riser recliner we've found. A large gap opens between the backrest and seat when reclined, which will likely feel uncomfortable. Plus, the handset is really tricky to use as the buttons look the same as each other.

Choosing a riser recliner chair – must know tips

It's really worth doing your research before choosing a riser recliner chair. They're expensive, and you want to make sure you'll find a chair comfortable and easy to use before you invest in one.

Here are some of our top buying tips:

  • Try before you buy: our comfort ratings give you a solid idea of which are the comfiest riser recliner chairs, but it's partly down to personal taste so well worth sitting in a selection of chairs.
  • Choose the type to set your budget: you can get basic models for as little as around £350, but these are likely to be single-motor versions that don't let you control the back and footrest independently. We've only tested dual-motor riser recliner chairs, and these cost between around £500 and £2,000.
  • Check if you're eligible for VAT exemption: you may qualify for this if you have a specific mobility problem and you need special equipment to live independently.
  • Think about which features you'd like: consider whether you'd like a back-up battery that lets you move back to an upright or standing position in the event of a power cut. Meanwhile some chairs have an anti-crush feature, which can prevent accidents if there's a risk of pets or small children crawling under the mechanism as it moves.
  • Consider weight restrictions: check these for any chair you're considering. If the chair isn't built for your weight, the frame may become unstable and you may be better off buying a special heavy-duty chair.

For more information on the above – and more choosing tips – visit our in-depth article on how to buy the best riser recliner chair.

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