What are the Benefits of Using a Recliner Chair?

Electric Recliner Chairs

Since my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and having a Kidney out, I just can’t get comfortable when I sit down.

And trying to stand up from a seated position is fun and games because my side, hips and knees all hurt.

Most of the time, I end up propping myself up with cushions or lay down. But this comes with its own set of challenges. It’s even more of a palaver trying to get up from the laying down position.

I get up in stages, which sometimes takes a few minutes. I also make funny noises when my joints ache or when I have a twinge in my side – it’s ridiculous!

I’ve been saying to Bridget, we must buy a recliner chair. If possible, a rise and recliner chair because Bridget would benefit by reducing the pressure on her joints when she tries to stand up.

I’ve tried a few recliners in the cottages we’ve stayed in. Little did I know, these chairs would become a necessity, not a luxury. I know many of you are in the same position (no pun intended).

So, when Fenetic Wellbeing asked me to take a closer look at their recliner chairs, I was happy to oblige.

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How Do Recliner Chairs Work?

Manual Recliner Chairs

Good question and one that is best answered by looking at the type of recliner chairs available.

  • Manual Recliner Chair – As the name suggests, manual recliner chairs recline using a lever on the side of the chair. These chairs are the cheapest, but they require some strength and dexterity on your behalf to operate them.
  • Electric Recliner Chair – The most common chair because it combines a reclining action for comfort, with an electric motor for ease of use. You press a button and the chair reclines with hardly any effort from you.
  • Electric Rise and Recliner Chair – Top of the range for me is the electric rise and recline chair. This is the chair I need because it combines the reclining action with the added advantage of the chair tilting and rising so that it’s easy to get out of. These chairs cost more but for people with mobility problems are arguably the most useful.
  • Massaging Recliner Chair – You can buy both manual and electric massaging recliner chairs. They combine reclining into a comfortable position with a soothing massage.
  • Massaging Rise and Recliner Chair – For ultimate luxury, the massaging rise and recline chair is it. Granted these chairs come at a price. But, the benefits outweigh the cost. At the touch of a button, you can recline into your favourite position. While away the hours with a soothing head to toe massage. Then, when you’re ready to get up, you can do so from an almost upright position.

Also, and much to my delight, recliner chairs no longer look like they should be in a nursing home.

Today, chairs are stylish and come in a range of colours and fabrics, meaning there is a chair to suit every home.

What are the Benefits of Using a Recliner Chair?

Electric Rise and Recliner Chairs

Okay, now that you have an understanding of the options available. Its time to consider the important part.

The Benefits of Using a Recliner Chair.

  1. Comfort – For me, its all about comfort. When I sit down, I want to be able to rest in comfort not to be constantly jiggling myself to get comfortable. I hate being propped up with cushions and having to move them every few minutes. I want to be able to put my feet up without laying down.
  2. Relieves Pressure – A huge benefit of using a recliner is you can take the pressure off your joints. Because the chair can be manoeuvred at the touch of a button, you decide the most suitable position not the design of the chair.
  3. Mobility – Another benefit, for me anyway, is that when I get up from being stuck in a static position, I find it difficult to walk. If I’ve been in one position for any length of time, I get stiff. Walking while my joints are stiff is uncomfortable. Recliners can reduce stiffness, aiding your mobility.
  4. Independence – I’m ashamed to admit it, but sometimes, I need help getting out of my chair. There is nothing more embarrassing than asking one of my sons to help me get up. Rise and recliner chairs would if nothing else, help me keep my independence and remove the need to relying on someone else.

Here’s a great article – How to Make the Most of Your Recliner Chair

Things to Consider When Buying a Reclining Chair

Electric Riser and Recliner Chairs

When it comes to buying your new recliner chair there are things to consider. Not least the following:

#1 Try Before You Buy – Given I have mentioned comfort a few times, It’s important to try a recliner before you buy it. Most online retailers offer a money back guarantee. Buy from a supplier who will let you return the chair if you’re not happy.

#2 Price – There is a huge variation in prices when it comes to recliner chairs. But, there is also a huge variation in what each chair can do and how it does it. Of course, I want you all to get the best price, but I’d also say, you get what you pay for. My advice would be to buy the best recliner you can afford.

#3 After Sales Service – Recliner and Rise and Recliner chairs have moving parts. Therefore, you must think about what would happen if something went wrong. The good news, if you buy a recliner from a reputable retailer they’ll offer a warranty or guarantee for your piece of mind.

#4 Size and Weight – It’s worth mentioning when you buy a recliner that some of them are not only big in size but also heavy. Make sure you have the space to accommodate it and help should you need to move it.

Are You Considering a Recliner Chair?

If you are, I hope this overview has given you an insight into what to consider when you are buying a recliner.

Without a doubt, the benefits of using a recliner far outweigh the cost of buying one. I often say, what price on health, and that goes for maintaining your health too.

I’d love to hear from any of you who own a recliner or rise and recliner. Let me know in the comments which chair you have, is it comfortable and whether you think it’s worth the money?

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8 Comments

  1. I have just bought my third recliner, this time from HSL. I decided on a recliner only as I felt the riser element was making me lazy. I sat in most chairs in the showroom and settled on aBerwick. The chair fitted my size exactly so I went ahead and ordered it. It was delivered two weeks ago and is not as comfortable a fit as the display model. My feet do not touch the floor so I have a rug down which of course creates a trip hazard! (I have severe osteoporosis so falls must be avoided). The chair also makes a disturbing twanging noise when the riser is operated. I am waiting for someone to come and see if the chair can be lowered. It is so disappointing as the demo chair seemed a perfect fit and at £1400+ I expected more.

    • Oh no Frances, that’s awful. Did they give you any sensible explanation of why the recliner is a different height? I really hope this gets sorted for you, especially as its an expensive chair. Best of luck – Rob

  2. Hi rob, I have fibromyalgia, and I have a recliner settee, my husband (Andrew) makes just as much use of it. It’s a manual recliner, if I can’t get the footrest up, I ask my husband or son or daughter to do it for me, but I do find it fairly easy. I would certainly recommend a recliner, whether you choose rise and recline or just recline is a personal matter, I’ve never used a rise recline, so I can’t comment.
    You say you make funny noises when you move, I say own it, my mantra is ‘free grunt with every movement ‘. I try and keep my sense of humour.
    we didn’t buy our recliner from a specialist store, so again I can’t comment on that side of it, but I wouldn’t be without it.
    Keep your sense of humour, keep laughing, love to you both, Eileen x

    • Great advice on recliner chairs Eileen. I like your approach to “Funny Noises”. It would seem every time I move I grunt, wince or make some kind of noise. I will just have to live with it.

  3. I have had an electric recliner and riser and live iT. When I am tired sitting with my legs up and a plaid over me is lovely until I have to get up quickly to answer the phone or the door. Don’t use the riser often as I don’t want to lose the ability to do it myself but who knows.

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