The Best Recliner Chairs in NZ

By Ann Hills / a couple of years ago

If there is one piece of furniture that suits everyone’s lifestyle, it is the recliner chair because there is a time every day when you need to relax and just take it easy for a while. In fact, the busier you are, the more you will appreciate the idea of investing in a recliner, ready and waiting for you to sink into after a long, hard day.

If you are looking for a customized type of comfort, then a recliner is your answer. The ability to adjust a chair to different positions to better support your head, back, legs and feet are the ultimate definition of comfort. Improvements in the furniture industry and technology have led the manufacturers of recliners to design these beauties for your unique needs. Besides comfort, health benefits are another reason to seriously think about purchasing one or more recliners. Best of all, you don’t need a huge budget to purchase one since more choices means more chances to find one that suits your budget.

When we think recliner, usually a big and bulky chair comes to mind. So you might think that a recliner is just too huge for your small room, but over the decades, these chairs have evolved with many different styles to choose from. Because they’ve always been popular and still increasing in popularity, manufacturers offer more choices. It’s not difficult at all to find a recliner that complements your interior décor, while also not taking up the space as much as you might think. Yet, there are always some things to take into consideration when shopping around for a reclining chair.

Recliner size: If your recliner, at full recline, measures 72 inches long and 36 inches wide, for example, then you need an area at least 80 inches long and 40 inches wide to accommodate the chair, walking, and other pieces of furniture within a room.

Your size: A recliner that does not support your body properly can cause you backaches, neck and leg pain, so you must fit into the chair according to your body size. If you’re planning to purchase online, it’s best to measure your body. Using a measuring tape, measure the distance from the back of your knee to your heel. Then measure the distance from your tailbone to the back of your knee. Next, measure the length from your elbow to the end of the palm of your hand with your fingers. When measuring the body width, measure from one hip to the other. When seated and not reclined, your feet should rest comfortably flat on the floor and not dangle or extend to where your heels are resting on the ground, in order to create sufficient knee and back support and provide better blood circulation in your body. You must look for a recliner that has proper and adjustable back support to encourage good posture, and keep back aches at bay. The better you fit into the recliner, the more comfortable you will feel.

Material: Natural materials are popular in recliners. Leather is considered natural and a top choice for recliners because it is sturdy and easy to clean and comes in beautiful texture. But keep sharp objects away from it, since it can easily get cut. You can also find recliners in faux leather, which is a cheaper version of real leather. It can give the same look as genuine leather, but will not have the same durability. Cotton and linen may work, but they are also not as durable as leather and harder to maintain in cleaning. Upholstered fabric offers more choice in colors and patterns, which is limited in leather, but you want to make sure it blends nicely in with the rest of your furniture in the room. Leather and fabric have both their advantages and disadvantages. Eventually, you will have to make a choice, and this can depend on the type of climate in your home, how many people will be using the recliner, if young children will be using it, and your budget.

Must-have features: Recliners come with different features, and only you can decide what the essential features are that you want. For example, some will give you full body support when in a reclining position. You might also opt for a recliner that focuses on headrests which cradle both head and neck when in a reclining position. Others are becoming very high-tech with massage features, USB ports, etc. It’s very likely that you might want to choose a recliner with multiple features for optimum comfort for both your body and how you use the chair.

Recliners rock: They can also recline, swivel, massage, and lift. They look fantastic in any room and quickly earned the reputation of being the most comfortable chair in your home. When it comes to recliners, the Lazyboy is practically synonymous with recliners and rest and relaxation. The brand name has been around for decades, and even though it is an American brand, you can find it in different parts of the world, such as in New Zealand, where specific companies have the manufacturing and marketing rights for the brand. It’s an investment, but one worth it, since the average lifetime of a good recliner is 10 years. So let’s have a look at the most popular types you can buy in New Zealand. You can be certain that there is recliner for every type of style, taste preference, and budget.

Rocker Recliners

A rocker recliner is what it says it is. It is a recliner that rocks, (similar to a rocking chair), and reclines. It’s one of the most popular choices because the rocking motion helps to induce sleep for people who find it difficult to fall asleep. Indeed, many people don’t mind turning their recliner in their regular bed, instead of only a chair. This type of recliner is also a favorite for many nursing mothers because of the comfort it provides for moms, and the rocking motion which always comforts newborns and tots. For a complete recline of the chair, you would need plentiful space away from any wall, as well as the space in front of you to release the footrest. Because of its popularity, it’s a sure thing to find the rocker type practically anywhere in different styles and material selections.


The glideaway is great for smaller rooms, because it only takes up 152mm of space from the wall to reach a fully reclined position, where the lever type bolts into the recliner action. You tend to sit up straight in a glider and that makes it easier to get up from the seat, seeing there is less movement involved. Recliner chairs can be adjusted to sit higher, so people who struggle to stand up from a low-seated chairs, can get up easier. It’s a comfortable choice, but it doesn’t rock and limited in its comfort positions seeing that other types can offer up to 16 positions. The glideaway is similar to the rocker; the main difference being that it moves backward and forward in a linear path, instead of an arched path.  

Lift Chairs

A lift chair is often recommended for people who have limited mobility or capability when using their legs, especially if you have weak knees, because it is designed in a way that the chair pushes up from its base via a motorized mechanism. This makes getting out of the chair easily, so it is also especially useful for the elderly or for anyone who needs assistance when getting up. Because of this, lift chair recliners tend to be more expensive than rockers, but also more versatile and functional, and come in different sizes. Some other characteristics of the lift chair include adjustable angles and footrests, and remote controlled reclining position.

Power Recliner

Power recliners are designed to do all the physical exertion needed to operate it while providing the same comfort as a traditional recliner. With a power recliner you can direct the chair at the exact angle and position most comfortable for you through the push of a button. In most power recliners, you will find built-in button features for recliner’s back, headrest and one for the footrest. Operated by batteries or a power cord, these new power recliners focus on making sure that every part of you is rested, and if your mobility is weak, the built-in features will certainly help you to maneuver the chair. Modern lounging is meant to be luxurious and convenient, and today’s power recliners will cater to both through ergonomic comfort. Powered recliners may also have added features such as USB ports, massage options and heating options. Some powered recliners are versatile enough to be an adjustable bed, allowing you to find the desired angle.

High Tech Recliners

It should be no surprise that the classic recliner has gone high-tech, which many younger consumer love and is often their choice when purchasing because these new chairs embrace the digital lifestyle we are all living in. High tech recliners have taken lounging around to a whole new level embedding new technology into the recliners. You will find recliners that are compatible with your smartphone, mp3/4 players, laptops and musical systems, making these chairs more than just a great seat to watch a movie. Manufacturers take everyday technology and successfully embed it into the chair, such as stereo speakers and subwoofers.  This makes an appealing, high-end piece of furniture for the tech-savvy generation.

Nordic Collection

If the Scandinavian style of furniture is your preferred choice, then you simply have to look into the Nordic Collection, which combines simplicity with chicness with comfort to come up with a range of recliners for you to choose from. Some features of certain chairs include a reclining degree of 155 for a flat position of your body, and a swivel of 360 degrees on the base. The footstool doesn’t swivel and you can adjust the headrest manually for a comfortable position for reading, or any other activity that makes it easy to sit in the right position causing no stress on your neck.

Massage Recliners

Massage recliners, massage your back and the backs of your legs and sometimes come with a heating function, and a range of other features to give you a great massage and a comfortable experience. They can help lift you or recline. These chairs have certain features that really make them stand out. Massage recliners generally cost more than a rocker or glide away recliners, but because they come in a wide range of prices, you might find one suitable for your budget.

Health Benefits

To relieve your body from stress and physical fatigue, it is best to sit with your legs and feet stretched about the heart level. This allows gravity to naturally reduce stress and inflammation. This is another reason why recliners are a smart purchase which can help your health as well as posture.

The recliner you like should fit each of these five pressure points:

  • Head
  • Shoulders
  • Lumbar/Lower Back
  • Feet
  • Knees

With the right chair means, it means you are relaxing without adding strain or stress on your muscles and joints. The aim is to optimize your health and comfort by whatever recliner chair you choose. When you sink into a recliner where your feet are at or above heart level, the physical benefits can be:

  • Improved circulation
  • Back pain relief
  • Easier breathing
  • Relaxed nerve system
  • Improved digestion

There is more than one reason why recliners are so popular; first and foremost, it is hard to beat the relaxation they provide you. The look fab in any room and it doesn’t take much to operate a recliner whether it is through a manual lever, by the touch of a button or remote. You might unfortunately have body aches or various spinal conditions and suffer from back aches or leg pains, and a recliner will help you to enjoy a healthy and comfortable recline or sit, but you can be perfectly healthy and still buy a recliner to enjoy for many years to come, with a large choice in classic and contemporary collections in New Zealand.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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