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Getting truly restful sleep is a struggle for many, but when you have a heart condition, digestion problems, sleep apnea or other medical issues, staying asleep can be even more difficult. Some people want or need to sleep in an elevated position, and of those, many find that a comfortable power recliner provides the perfect angle for them to sleep soundly.
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Power lift recliners we recommend
1. Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner 7040
If you’re looking for a recliner with all the bells and whistles, the Mcombo Power Lift Recliner might be the chair for you. In addition to reclining, the chair also offers power lift for easily getting in and out of the chair. The lift and recliner mechanisms are operated by a simple two-button remote control. The chair reclines up to 140 degrees, so while you can’t lie flat, it should allow just enough of an angle for elevated sleep.
Be aware, however, that the manufacturer recommends this chair for people 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-9, so your feet may hang over the edge of the footrest if you're taller. (There is a similar version of this chair designed for taller people.) Fully reclined, the chair measures 64.6 inches.
The chair can accommodate up to 320 pounds and features eight vibrating massage points in four areas (back, lumbar, thighs and legs) as well as heating of the lumbar region. Operated by remote control, the heating and massage can be set to turn off after 10, 20 or 30 minutes. The recliner comes in black, light brown, dark brown, cream and red easy-to-clean faux leather.
2. Signature Design by Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner
For taller people, this generously sized (35"W x 40"D x 42.5"H) Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner is a good option. It measures 69.25 inches when fully reclined at 180 degrees and has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.
The chair positions are adjusted using a one-touch button, and the dual motor allows for the footrest and recline positions to be set independently from one another. The armrest and backrest are generously padded for additional comfort. There are no heating or massage options, cupholders or USB ports, but the chair does include side pockets.
It is made of 100% polyester and is available in brown or black.
3. Esright Power Lift Chair Electric Recliner
With a 21.25-inch-wide seat and weight accommodation of 330 pounds, the Eswright Power Lift Chair is a good choice for the heavier user. It reclines to 150 degrees for elevated sleep, and the lift and recline mechanisms are adjusted using a button on the side of the chair. The backrest and footrest operate simultaneously, so they can’t be adjusted independently from one another.
The chair features heating as well as four massage settings (leg, thigh, lumbar and back) and five massage modes, with two settings for vibration intensity, all set using a remote control. The chair also comes with two cupholders, USB ports and deep side pockets. It includes an overstuffed backrest and cushions and is covered in a soft, brown fabric.
4. Anj Power Massage Lift Recliner Chair with Heat & Vibration for Elderly
Anj Home has its own budget-priced power recliner, and this one features 10 different massage modes focused on the calf, thigh, lumbar and shoulder with heating exclusively in the lumbar. The chair also features a single side pocket and USB port to ensure seniors are set for their whole day with all necessary devices and drinks.
The Anj model doesn’t operate entirely from the remote, but its side button for the recline function promises to be easily accessible. This is all accomplished by a heavy-duty motor with equally durable build construction.
Like some other chairs on this list, this choice does feature an assembly option, and many buyers have expressed satisfaction with ANJ’s customer service team. It might be lacking a pocket or two and its heating modes are a little sparse, but this is still a great recliner for a very affordable price.
5. Magic Union Power Lift Massage Recliner
This power lift chair reclines to a maximum 140 degrees, which may work well for those who want to sleep at a fairly elevated position. It operates using two remote controls: one for the lift/recline mechanism and the other for the massage and heating features. (Note that the backrest and footrest can’t be adjusted independently of each other.)
The Magic Union Power Lift Massage Recliner features four massage areas (back, lumbar, thighs and legs) and five levels of massage (pulse, press, wave, auto and normal). It also offers heating for the lumbar area. The massage and heating can be set on a timer for 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The chair accommodates up to 300 pounds, is made of easy-to-clean faux leather and has two cupholders, USB ports, and generous side pockets.
6. Mecor Power Lift Chair Dual Motor PU Leather Lift Recliner for Elderly
Mecor makes its own power lift recliner for seniors, and their model features a dual-motor system in which the backrest and footrest operate independently. It also has eight different massage spots and multiple heating modes as well, along with the ability to recline up to a full 180 degrees. It has all the side-pocket space and USB ports one would expect from similar models, and it has a single remote control that handles the chair’s essential functions in one place.
In certain circumstances, even the biggest downside of the Mecor Power Lift Chair might be considered an advantage. Unlike many other leather reclining chairs, this model has wheels that make for easy movement in large rooms. While helpful, some users reported that these casters may be prone to breaking, which could limit the product’s long-term accessibility. If you can look past that one potential flaw, this chair is well worth consideration.
7. U-MAX Lift Recliner Power Lift Chair
This faux leather reclining chair has all of the bells and whistles of some fancier chairs at a reasonable price. The faux leather means it’s easy to clean for those annoying TV snack spills, and the dark brown coloring makes it a seamless addition to any living space. The silent power lift mechanism lifts and reclines up to 140 degrees, so the user doesn’t have to do any work to move to a completely standing position.
The lumbar heat and massage come with eight vibration points all the way from the neck down through the legs, making it feel more like a spa day treatment than a living room recliner. Amazon reviewers say the U-MAX Power Lift Chair is easy to assemble, comfortable and sturdy, though a few reviews recommended not to try to expedite shipping, as it didn’t come as quickly as they’d hoped. Another reviewer loved it because it was easily pieced together in under 30 minutes.
The max weight capacity is 330 pounds, and the timer functions in 15, 30 and 60-minute increments.
8. CANMOV Power Lift Recliner Chair
This chair comes with an innovative safety feature that most others don’t: heavy-duty, anti-skid fabric. If you’ve ever accidentally slid down your recliner, you know that it can easily lead to a fall. It also means you will stay put at the correct angle the entire time you are using the chair, even if you doze off for a bit.
The anti-skid fabric still looks beautiful, and it features another key convenience some other models don’t: a pocket. The side storage pocket makes this chair a game changer when it comes to locating the remote, your favorite magazine and other personal items.
While the CANMOV Power Lift Recliner Chair features an overstuffed lumbar support pillow, it’s important to note that it cannot be removed, so make sure that’s an attractive function to you before purchasing. This chair holds users up to 300 pounds, and Amazon reviewers gave it a high rating for ease of assembly, comfort and support.
9. Flamaker Power Lift Recliner Chair
The Flamaker Power Lift Recliner packs quite a few features for the price. Around $400 gets you power lift, power recline, heat, massage, cup holders and storage pockets. The massage feature pinpoints sore muscles in the back, lumbar, thigh and leg, while the heat emanates in the lumbar region.
10. Irene House Dual OKN Motor Lift Chair Recliner
This Motor Lift Chair Recliner from Irene House prides itself on its high-quality copper core motor that’s quiet, smooth and durable. Its backrest and footrest can be operated independently of one another as well, giving users complete control to choose a seated position most comfortable for them, with supports in the head, back, lumbar, hip and leg. The chair is capable of reclining 108 to 180 degrees and has multiple massage and heating modes that can be turned on and off as the user sees fit. Its upholstery also features a non-stick quality for easy cleaning and a side pocket for storing valuables.
Some of this chair’s best qualities include its ease of use, extended warranty and versatile seat lift. This recliner costs a bit more than some of the others featured on this list, but its makers suggest you’re paying that premium for high-quality materials and long-lasting support.
11. CDCASA Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair
This Power Lift Recliner Chair from CDCASA comes in at one of the lowest price points on our list, but that doesn’t mean you’re skimping on comfort or features at the behest of the reduced price. The recliner is supported by a strong steel frame that’s made particularly loungeable thanks to its high-quality fabric and overstuffed pads.
Not only does this chair offer easy lifting via a button on the seat itself, but it also comes with a separate remote to allow users to select between four custom zone settings and five modes for heating and massage functionality. With recline capability up to 160 degrees, it’s easy to take a load off in any position you wish.
It’s also worth pointing out that this value-priced chair isn’t light on luxuries. If you need USB charging or a side pocket to store devices and remotes, this product accommodates. With an easy two-box assembly designed to take a handful of minutes to complete, you can start relaxing as soon as this recliner arrives.
12. Best Choice Products Electric Power Lift Recliner Massage Chair
This Electric Power Lift Recliner from Best Choice Products costs under $500, but it features the amenities of a recliner with far more to its name. It’s got all the front pockets, side pockets, USB charging and cupholders that true loungers love, but it’s made even better by a sturdy construction, massage capability and multiple seating modes to ensure easy entry and exit from a seated position.
That said, compared to the other chairs on this list that allow you to be a bit more specific with regard to your seating angle, this one has just three settings to adjust: reclined and lifted, lifted leg rest or lifted chair position.
Its massage motors also only have two settings for high and low, while other similar products allow you to get a bit more granular. Still, those who own this chair happen to love it, which gives us enough confidence to recommend it to you or your loved one.
13. Yodolla Larger Lift Chair for Elderly
If you’re looking for a senior-safe recliner for under $500, this Larger Lift Chair from Yodolla is a popular seller as well. It reclines up to 150 degrees and is best suited for persons weighing up to 300 lbs., which is a similar weight limit to what we’ve seen on comparable products. Like the others, this one has a large selection of heating and massage modes, side pockets for easy storage and a low-power USB port for device charging.
There are, of course, a few unique assets about Yodolla’s chair that make it particularly intriguing to our expert eyes. First off, while the fee becomes substantially more expensive, this is one of the only chairs we’ve seen that comes with a full assembly option for those who don’t have someone available to provide assistance.
We also love that the updated model of this chair is controlled entirely from its attached remote instead of splitting functions between buttons on the chair and a secondary device. If you like the idea of that extra freedom in mobility, this recliner occupies a sweet spot between capability and price.
14. ProLounger Modern Style Power Recline and Lift Chair
This Power Recline and Lift Chair from ProLounger has everything you'd ask for in a power recliner chair. It has padded arms, a tufted back cushion and a padded head rest. It has a sleek look, side pockets and a wired controller to both lift and recline. But the feature that really sets the ProLounger apart is its battery backup, which will return you to an upright position in the event that you lose power. This chair seats up to 300 lbs, extends to 65.4 inches fully reclined and it boasts a quick, no-tool assembly.
15. Nojus Wide Power Lift Assist Recliner
For the heavier person who just needs a basic sturdy power lift chair without heating or massage, the Nojus Wide Power Lift Assist Recliner could be a good choice. It accommodates a maximum weight of 400 pounds and has a generously sized seat that measures 22-by-22 inches. When fully reclined to 180 degrees, the chair measures 68 inches. It is adjustable using a simple two-button remote and is available in navy blue, black, brown, dove and red faux leather.
Questions to ask before you buy a recliner
When you're buying a recliner, there are several factors to consider: reclining angle, size of the chair itself, the material (for example, faux leather may be more heavy duty and easier to clean, but the material isn't as warm and cozy as fabric), whether it is operated manually or electronically and if it has dual motors so the backrest and footrest can be adjusted independently from one another. Do you want heating and massage options, cupholders or other accessories?
Those who have difficulty getting in and out of chairs may want to consider a power lift recliner rather than just a power recliner. While a power recliner makes leaning back and sitting up effortless with a push of a button, a power lift recliner will actually tilt up from the floor and gently tip you forward onto your feet. Our list above contains both options.
Finally, your budget. (Note that some power lift chairs are covered by Medicare if considered medically necessary. To take advantage of these benefits, you will need a prescription from your doctor.)
With so many varieties on the market, selecting the right recliner can be daunting. If possible, try out the recliner before purchasing. If you are unable to visit the store and need to purchase your chair online, make sure you understand the retailer's return policy.
Also, most recliners require assembly and are usually shipped in two or three separate boxes due to their size. For those who prefer to purchase a chair online, we’ve selected 15 models to help you get started with your search.
Will Medicare pay for a lift chair?
According to the official Medicare website, lift chairs and power lift recliners are often partially covered for those with specific conditions who have access to a Medicare Part B or Medicare Part C plan. Technically speaking, Medicare pays for the cost of the lift mechanism itself, while the person pays for the cost of the chair and its materials. In most cases, this could result in a reimbursement of approximately $300 depending on the filer’s individual needs.
Conditions which may qualify include:
Severe arthritis of the hip or knee, or a severe neuromuscular disease
The patient can’t stand from a regular chair
A degenerative condition where the chair may be seen as treatment
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