Everyone knows recliners are comfortable, but historically when it comes to aesthetics, they’ve had a hard time competing with the egg chairs and Eames loungers. Thankfully, those days of dumpy, lumpy, marshmallow-style recliners that weigh as much as the family car are over. Furniture designers have started rethinking and elevating today’s recliners to have the best of both worlds: beautiful design and comfort.
It’s an exciting shake-up in the world of recliners! And the furniture experts at Ginger Jar Furniture and OMG it’s small have curated their list of the top five recliners for every space, need and budget—picking a favourite will be up to you.
This swivelling, gliding, rocking recliner does it all, and has a manual articulating headrest, a glide lock for optional stability and is available in two sizes, along with customizing options in various leathers and fabrics. Why You’ll Love It: Going small doesn’t have to mean you compromise on quality, and at 30 inches wide and 25 inches deep the Oslo is the perfect option for condo dwellers that still has all the bells and whistles, with a friendly price tag of $1,520.
Made-in-Norway, this recliner has a proprietary Stressless BalanceAdapt™ system, which means the chair adjusts its seat and back angle to your tiniest movements so you never have to hold tension in your body (this is what it feels like to sit on a cloud). And the Plus™ System controls neck and lumbar support (you can just go ahead and cancel those chiropractor appointments now). Plus the sleep function is activated with a simple hand movement so you can sleep tight. It starts at $3,136. Why You’ll Love It: Wing is one of the most popular Stressless designs because of its minimal curves and shape, and because of its refined and modern Scandinavian design. It’s even endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association and is built using environmentally responsible methods.
The chic Cirrus Comfort Air pretty much says it all in the title. You wouldn’t know it to look at it, but it rocks, swivels and reclines, all without power. Even though it’s fully customizable, the Cirrus can also be delivered at your home in six weeks! Why You’ll Love It: This is the recliner staff ask all of their clients to sit on because there is nothing quite like it. Infinite seating positions are custom-tailored to your body’s movements, whether you prefer going cross-legged or with one leg draped over the arms. Plus, the premium high-density and high-resiliency molded foam seat cushions are going to make you never want to get up. There are two sizes, two base types, hundreds of fabrics and leathers, and prices start at $3,938.
Originally designed in 1965 by Milo Baughman, this legendary and iconic mid-century modern recliner is absolutely timeless while still being fabulously comfortable. Why You’ll Love It: It’s completely indistinguishable from its non-reclining cousins (the footrest extends seemingly out of nowhere) and its design features plush tufted back cushions on a beautiful solid walnut frame (fabrics and walnut are customizable of course). Made in North Carolina, the Viceroy starts at $4,980.
Welcome to the Mercedes Benz of recliners. The Rolf Benz 572 is a sleek, German engineered recliner, that’s also made in Germany and comes in two sizes. Why You’ll Love It: It’s motorized and moves with total smoothness into your preferred position, it can be operated via invisible touch sensors that are integrated between the armrest and the seat cushion, the upholstery firmness is adjustable (firm, medium or, wait for it, Lounge Plus), and it coordinates with the best-selling RB50 range of sofas and sectionals, but it also looks stunning solo. It’s the ultimate designer recliner you have to try for yourself, and it starts at $7,700.