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6 October 2021

Top five best riser recliner chairs for 2021

A great riser recliner chair is comfy, supportive and easy to use. Here are five of the best riser recliner chair UK models.
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Sam Morris
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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 five riser recliner chairs

  • 80%
    £1499.00

    Simply put, this one of 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.

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  • 80%
    £1559.00

    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.

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  • 75%
    £1149.99

    The Fenetic Atlas has some fancy features, including a hidden drinks holder and wireless charging station for your smartphone. But these features need to be on a comfortable and easy to operate chair. Is the Atlas all form and no function?

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  • 74%
    £1300.00

    This chair is comfortable, reclines faster than most of its competitors, and comes with a double back-up battery system, so you can rely on this chair in a power cut. The low seat height makes this less comfortable for taller people, but give this one a look if this doesn't apply to you.

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  • 74%
    £1200.00

    This chair has top-notch, easy to use controls with brilliant lumbar support. It's back-up battery leaves something to be desired, but apart from this it aced our tests. If the battery isn't a deal breaker this is definitely one to consider.

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Table last updated 6 October 2021

If price is a major factor in your search for the best, then we have you covered. We've found Best Buy riser recliners at varying price points. Here are the cheapest Best Buy Riser Recliners.

Cheapest Best Buy riser recliners

  • 71%
    £999.99

    This riser recliner chair scores well for speed of operation, adjustability, ease of use and comfort. It's back-up battery performance is poor, but it's a worthy Best Buy.

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  • 71%
    £938.00

    This chair has an excellent back-up battery, something not always seen on even the best riser recliner chairs. This chair has a smooth and gentle movement. It can be a bit hard to reach the pocket down the side of the chair - but this is a minor flaw for what otherwise is a great chair.

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  • 71%
    £1075.00

    The Sherborne Roma riser recliner has adjustable lumbar support and crush prevention, which should give you added safety and comfort. Our user panel put this model through its paces. Was it a comfortable experience, and did the crush prevention work?

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Riser recliner chair reviews - find the riser recliner armchair that's right for you


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 some of the worst we've seen.

  • 50%
    £800.00

    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.

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  • 40%
    £527.00

    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.

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Riser recliner features explained - narrow down the most important features you want 


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 anywhere from around £500 to £2,000.
  • Check if you're eligible for VAT exemption: you may qualify for VAT relief 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.