For way too long, the conversation surrounding recliner sofas has been a difficult debate that always ends in compromise: comfort or style? Fortunately, we believe that you can have both simultaneously. The best recliner sofas for 2019 have it all, so you don't have to load a bulky, outdated couch into your living room just to binge-watch Netflix without getting a crick in your neck.
First thing's first: Narrow down which kind you're looking for — and not just in terms of your decorating style. There are various types of recliners that utilize different mechanisms for lounging, and the type you choose will definitely impact the price and the look of the couch. When it comes to sofa recliners in particular, there are three main categories that apply.
Power recliners are one of the most popular options right now, because who doesn't love the combination of luxury and technology? With this type of sofa, you merely have to press a button, and your body slides into an ergonomic lounging position. (Some even have built-in USB ports to charge your phone.) That said, power recliners are typically a lot more expensive than manual ones. They also require a constant power source, so you'll need a nearby outlet or some patience when it comes to recharging the battery.
Next, you've got manual recliners. These have been around for quite a while — picture the La-Z-Boy chair in your grandparents' living room, but in couch-form. These sofas don't require any power source because the reclining mechanism responds to the pull of a lever or the force of your body. They're oftentimes more affordable, but all those gears have to go somewhere, so they're typically pretty bulky, too.
Last but not least (especially for those with minimal space), you've got the adjustable recliner. Much like a futon or a sofa bed, these hinge where the seat meets the backrest — but they stop somewhere in the middle so you can comfortably lean back. They might not offer foot and leg support, but they're usually very affordable, sleek-looking, and versatile.
Not sure where to start? We've narrowed down the best recliner sofas for 2019, and all of them offer comfort, luxury, and style simultaneously — no compromises necessary.
The Best Overall Pick: Georgia Reclining Sofa
When it comes to reclining sofas, finding one that's sleek, modern, and actually matches is not the easiest feat. That's why the Georgia sofa is our number one pick. Its thin arms, low profile, and loose overstuffed cushions make it look and feel like a classy Lawson-style couch. Reviewers have even gone so far as to say that this is "the only attractive recliner sofa [they've] ever seen." Bold statement, but we kind of get it. In fact, unlike most other options, if it weren't for the tiny panels on the inside of either arm, you'd never know this one had double power-reclining footrests that emerge from the base. (It also has two built-in USB plugs on said panels, so you can charge your phone without having to hang half-way off the sofa to send a text. Now that's luxury.)
Next, there's the near-countless color options. Since this couch is available through AllModern's custom upholstery category, you can choose between 132 popular colors, fabrics, and prints — you can even pick different shades for the backrest cushions and the throw pillows. "I love how the color matches my rocker pads to a tee. It's always hard to tell if the color is accurate online and this was spot on," one reviewer raves. Consequently, if you're looking to match a new reclining sofa to your old loveseat and ottomans, this is the pick for you... especially because you can request free swatches before you commit.
Finally, there's a reasonable price tag despite the fact that it's an extremely well-made piece. Most reclining sofas are a few thousand dollars (at least), but this one will cost you less than $1,100 — customization included. According to buyers, you're not compromising on quality, either. The design utilizes precision-cut frames, tempered steel spring clips, and metal fixtures. And since the foam pillows are movable, you can flip, readjust, and spot-clean to extend their longevity.
Georgia Reclining Sofa, $1,024, AllModern
The Most Budget-Friendly Option: Brenna Convertible Sofa
Let’s face it: Finding a reclining sofa that looks nice and doesn’t cost you a small fortune is easier said than done. Chances are, you’ll notice that the lower your price range is the more likely you’ll find slouchy — and downright unsightly — options. Ugh.
That being said, finding a chic (and cheap!) recliner sofa isn’t impossible. You’ll just need to get a little creative. One way to do so is with a convertible sofa.
Admittedly, a convertible sofa isn’t the “power recliner” we’re typically used to; however, it’s a versatile style that is designed for kicking back and relaxing. Urban Outfitters’ Brenna Convertible Sofa, for example, has an adjustable back that turns this couch into a bed. Not only is the Brenna sofa a great place to curl up with a book, but it’ll also come in handy if you’re hosting some friends or family members.
“Just what I was looking for! Amazing for the price and perfect for a wide range of styles,” one customer wrote.
Whenever a couch is made for sitting and sleeping, there is always the concern that it will lose its form and turn into a squish seat faster than you can say “sleep sofa.” The good news is several customers claim the Brenna sofa is comfortable, but not cushy, so it should hold up well over time.
But thanks to its tufted, faux leather cover, onlookers will have no idea that it has convertible capabilities. In fact, they’ll probably have no idea that you purchased it for under $1,000. Clocking in at $479, this style is remarkably affordable for a couch—no less an adjustable couch.
The Brenna sofa may not be your typical recliner couch, but if you’re looking for the perfect trifecta of lounging, looks, and value, it can’t be beat.
Urban Outfitters Brenna Convertible Sofa, $479, Urban Outfitters.
For A Modern, Sophisticated Look: Nakale Leather Reclining Loveseat
Style-concerned customers may shy away from recliner sofas because they tend to be bulky and more traditional-looking. In fact, the internet is filled with help-threads that consist of wives asking for advice because their husbands insist on a reclining couch, and — put frankly — "they are ugly." Fortunately, the Nakale leather loveseat from Orren Ellis is anything but, and it's defying recliner standards with its modern, classy look.
Instead of patterned fabric, a heavy base, and outdated features, this one is made from top-grain Italian leather; it also has thin metal legs and utilizes clean lines and understated cushions for a much more contemporary look. One reviewer who "just finished building [their] new home in the Colorado Rockies" calls this piece "modern and sleek." They also rave that it's the perfect fit for their "mid-century modern look."
That said, if you're concerned about the comfort-factor, don't be. This pick is filled with supportive foam and has two power-reclining root rests on either side. It even has adjustable hatchet headrests, so you can find the optimal angle for reading, napping, or watching television. This one comes in black, light gray, or caramel brown, and you can also purchase a matching recliner club chair. If only someone had told that frustrated wife about this reclining sofa.
Orren Ellis Nakale Leather Reclining Loveseat, $1,800, Wayfair
A Tech-Savvy Reclining Couch: Talin Grey Power Reclining Sofa
Picture this: You’re lounging away on your couch — partially catching up on your favorite show, partially scrolling through Instagram — when your phone’s battery dips into the red zone. Do you put your show on pause to charge your phone? Or, do you let your phone’s battery fade into oblivion as you Netflix and chill? Thanks to Livings Spaces’ Talin Sofa, you no longer have to choose.
This couch boasts a discreet USB port on the side, making it easy to power up your smartphone, tablet, or pair of Bluetooth headphones. The sky’s the limit! At 85 inches wide, this is one sizable sofa. You might even need to invest in an extra-long charging cable. But once you’ve added one to your cart, you’ll have the perfect setup.
In addition to the USB port, this sofa features a robust, power recline. Simply press a button and your sofa will sail away with a smooth motion. Both of the sofa’s seats recline, making it the perfect option for you and your roommate. Plus, the adjustable headrests offer optimal comfort from head to toe.
Power recliners have a bad rap for being big, bulky, and an eyesore to an otherwise stunning space. But between its sleek silhouette and versatile, gray hue, this option from Living Spaces bridges the gap between form and function.
Living Spaces Talin Grey Power Reclining Sofa with USB, $995, Living Spaces.
The Best Reclining Sofa for Small Spaces: Tricia Power Hybrid Reclining Loveseat
Just because your space is lacking in square footage doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort or style. Fortunately, the Tricia Power Hybrid Reclining Loveseat ticks off all the boxes — without taking up too much space.
At 60 inches wide, this loveseat may be small, but trust us — it packs a punch. This option has a power recliner that makes kicking back and relaxing a breeze. Plus, many customers were impressed by the loveseat’s craftsmanship.
“The quality was substantially above anything I would have gotten at a local big-box furniture store and I was thrilled that it was an American-made product,” wrote one reviewer.
As this small sofa proves, there’s plenty of great style to go around. Not only can you choose from more than 120 custom-upholstery options, but the nail hardware offers a sweet finishing touch.
Wayfair Tricia Power Hybrid Reclining Loveseat, $1,199, Wayfair.
A Pop Of Color: Logan Reclining Sofa
Craving a pop of color? Look no further than the Logan couch. Splashed in a fiery red hue, this option can’t help but make a statement.
Admittedly, red reclining chairs and sofas can easily fall into “movie-theater seat” territory. But thanks to the matte canvas fabric and surprisingly sleek silhouette, this option looks like it belongs in your home — not a home theater.
Maximalists will be happy to know that this sofa comes in way more colors than red. From bright blues, to nautical stripes, to fun florals, Wayfair’s Upholstery program makes it easy to find an option that suits your personal style.
Of course, this pick isn’t all aesthetics. With a convenient power recliner and cushioned seats, the Logan sofa will have you sitting pretty — and comfortably.
Wayfair Logan Reclining Sofa, $949, Wayfair.
If Comfort Is Your Top Priority: Reingard Motion Reclining Sofa
Finally, if you're looking for a piece that you'll dream about coming home to every day, there's the Reingard motion reclining sofa from Latitude Run. Its gray upholstery suits most color schemes, but this couch really shines when it comes to comfort.
First of all, it has cushioning everywhere, from the rounded armrests to the double-section backrests, and reviewers describe the padding as "soft but very supportive." Unlike most other couches (especially at this price point), the Reingard also has both coil and pocket springs built into the seats for bounce, longevity, and body-encompassing comfort.
And that's just the interior. On the outside, this couch is covered in a suede-like microfiber that glides against your skin, resists stains, and holds up well to wear. (Yeah, leather couches are super chic, but they don't always feel great against your body in the middle of August.) Last but definitely not least, this pick has tons of lounging space and two recliners on either side. They feature a solid, curved foot rest for support that stretches from head to toe, and a split back design so the recliners can move independently of one another.
Latitude Run Reingard Motion Reclining Sofa, $749, Wayfair
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