Updated on March 31st, 2023 at 03:16 pm
If you are looking for the best, most comfortable, durable, recliner for your larger frame, then you have come to the right place. Average recliners are not made for people with wider hips or taller torsos.
Big Man recliners accommodate larger people providing ease and support. They are constructed with higher backs and a longer footrest. If you need some help finding the best recliner, because average recliners don’t fit your body, keep reading. We have done all the leg work for you.
Here we will break down some tips on what to look for, review some of the best recliners on the market, and provide you with the best one.
Best 500lb pound recliners
Lane home furnishings wallsaver
This first Big Man recliner is the Lane Stallion Big Man Comfort King Wallsaver Recliner. This recliner is rated up to 500 pounds to fit any consumer comfortably. It has a horseshoe-shaped back and extra plush kidney pillows for added back support and comfort.
It also has large padded arms and a T-cushion to provide maximum comfort in the seat and sides.
This seat has a width of 25 inches, which means it can fit larger body frames easily. The reclining mechanism is made of 7-gauge steel, giving it a sturdy construction that will be long-lasting.
It also has high-tension coils to provide more support in the seat. When the chair is in a reclining position, it is as long as a king-sized mattress.
- Extremely comfortable backrest.
- Extra tall seat back for users with longer torsos.
- Eased back pain in some users.
- Users report it lasting over 15 years.
- Excellent construction, which makes it durable and meant to last.
- Many users claimed that the instructions did not make sense when they were trying to put it together.
- If you purchase the manual reclining version of this chair model, the manual reclining lever is a bit difficult to use.
- The leg rest does not go any higher than the seat, making it difficult to elevate your feet.
Mega motion vance ultimate power recliner chair
The second Big Man recliner we reviewed is the Mega Motion Easy Comfort Superior chair with a lift. This chair has three different positions: reclining, sitting, and standing. There is a lift that allows comfortable movement from position to position.
The motor for the lift is smooth and quiet, which means it will be convenient for you to use and it won’t disturb anyone around you.
It is effortless to operate. It also comes with an emergency battery backup just in case you have a power outage while you are in the chair. This chair has a hardwood/plywood construction, which was one of the qualifications we highlighted at the beginning of this article that you should look for when searching for a quality chair.
This lift recliner is made from a polyester knit fabric so you won’t stick to the seat like you would in a leather recliner. Finally, The Mega Motion Easy Comfort Recliner is rated for individuals whose weight is up to 500 pounds.
- Very comfortable.
- The seat is wide with decent depth.
- Good for lower back pain.
- Quiet motor
- Remote has a USB port
- Some report it not lasting long
- Seat and back could use more padding
- Many customers reported issues with delivery
- The headrest on this chair is not adjustable, which means it is uncomfortable for some users.
- You cannot lift your legs without reclining in this chair, which many found frustrating
- Some users felt that the arms of the chair were too low to sit comfortably
Serta horizon 652 big Man perfect comfort
The third chair we reviewed was the Serta Horizon Big Man Perfect Comfort Chair, also with a power lift. This chair uses Serta comfort lift technology to provide a comfortable sitting and standing experience. This is for users that need a little extra help either getting down to a sitting position, standing up from a seated position, or both.
The remote that controls the power lift has an ergonomic design to be comfortable for users with wrist or hand trouble. It has a USB power port for modern convenience. The seat is made from gel-infused memory foam to provide comfort, support, and durability.
The chair is surrounded in Serta’s LivSmart Fabric, which is moisture repellent and stain-resistant. You won’t have to worry about eating or drinking in your chair because any spills will wipe right up.
The Serta Horizon 652 Big Man Chair is rated to fit users anywhere from 5’4″ to 6’4″ and up to 500 lbs, which means it can fit most users comfortably.
- Help sitting down or standing up.
- Power recline.
- Fabric won’t stain.
- Two standard 9V batteries for emergency backup.
- There are not many customer reviews on this chair yet, which means it is hard to find much information about what customers did or did not like about the chair.
Lane clint big man comfort king wallsaver recliner
Artemis chocolate fabric
The fourth chair we reviewed is the Lane Clint Big Man Comfort King Wallsaver Recliner. This chair has a 7-gauge steel reclining system to support heavier users.
It has a 2.2 HR foam cushion, like many of the other chairs we have reviewed, offering similar comfort and support that will form to you over time. In addition, there is a bolt on the arms for added strength and support.
This chair is also a wall-saver, which means that it won’t take up too much space in whatever room you decide to put it in. This is good for people who want a comfortable chair but are tight on space, or do not want their chair to be the centerpiece of the room.
It also comes in 8 different colored fabrics as well as two different leather colors if you prefer a leather look. This means you can find one that fits your decor. It is also rated up to 500 lbs to fit almost every user.
- This chair has a good cushion that users found comfortable.
- It comes in many different colors to suit your decor.
- This chair is a manual recliner instead of power, which disappointed some consumers.
- The manual reclining handle is very tight to use.
Lane home furnishings 4501-190 gladiator
The fifth recliner we reviewed is the Lane Home Furnishings 4501-190 Wallsaver recliner. This recliner has a reclining mechanism made out of 7 gauge steel, as well as a high carbon seat frame for extreme durability and support.
The comfort cradle seat is also made of 2.2 HR Foam to provide you with a seat that is firm enough to support you but also comfortable.
There is a power recline and lift mechanism, which means sitting down and standing up is effortless with this chair. It also means that you won’t have to worry about those tight handles that are often awkward to use.
This chair also has a zero gravity mechanism, which means when you are reclining in it, it still provides support to your legs, back, and neck areas to reduce pressure points and stress on your body for an even more comfortable experience.
This chair also comes in six colors, so you can find the color that best fits your home decor.
- Very comfortable.
- Excellent support for back and knees.
- The chair is long enough when reclined for tall people to stretch out.
- The firm seat cushion provides comfort and support.
- High enough not to need the lift if you purchase the manual version.
- In the manual version, the handle is very tight, which makes reclining difficult.
- Users report the back velcro cover coming off easily.
- Users find that the color is not true to picture.
- The fabric of this chair has a velour/velvet feel, which some did not like.
The Best 500-lb capacity recliner is…
Lane Home Furnishings Wallsaver
The winner of our Big Man chair round up is the Lane Stallion Big Man Comfort King (Power Recline) Wallsaver Recliner in Dorado Walnut. This chair was the clear favorite because it provided users with the most comfort and fulfilled many of the qualifications that we outlined above.
It provides superior cushion and support thanks to its horseshoe-shaped design. The kidney pillows are individually sewn in to make sure they won’t slide down over time, providing more durability. It also is long enough for our tall readers to enjoy it due to its length being that of a king-sized mattress when reclined.
Its solid, 7-gauge steel construction makes it is durable enough for repeated use. Many users stated that it had an extremely long life-span. That is a crucial factor when looking at cost versus benefit. When contemplating the investment of a lift chair, you want the best bang for your buck. This was a contributing factor in our decision as it was one of our main focuses when looking for a lift recliner for larger individuals. Finally, it is both a wall-saver and a power recliner, which were two specifications we found to be the better options when looking for a comfortable chair.
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- Cuddle recliner
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Choosing a 500-pound capacity chair
When you are looking to find a chair that you plan on spending a lot of time in, it is vital to find a chair that will be comfortable. It must be suitable for sitting at extended intervals.
We have examined a few categories that are the most important to consider when you are trying to determine what chair is right for you.
Automatic versus manual
I know you are probably checking to make sure that what you are reading is dedicated to choosing the best recliner and not what type of vehicle to purchase. However, deciding between an automatic/motorized chair compared to a manual chair is an important choice you need to make.
An electric recliner is motorized and will make reclining and sitting up very easy. An automatic chair may or may not come with a lift that will raise you up to a standing position as well, but we will get into that later.
An automatic chair usually needs to be plugged into a power source and comes with a battery backup in case of a power outage. The fact that it has to be plugged in can be a downside to these chairs because it limits where you can put them in the room.
A manual chair can be put anywhere in the room. However, you must have the arm’s length and strength to lean over and manually pull the lever to put you into a reclining position or sit yourself up into a seated position. Manual chairs are usually less expensive and can be placed anywhere in the room. The lever can be difficult to use, especially for people with mobility issues.
Lift chair weight limit
All lift chairs will have a specific weight limit suggested by the manufacturer. Exceeding the weight limit on lift chairs will void any warranty.
To lift or not to lift
When you are deciding what chair to get, it is essential to consider whether you want it to have a lift feature or not. A lift feature can help you sit down, recline, return to a seated position, and stand up without having to do the work of all of those things yourself.
These chairs are often motorized to help people who need a little extra assistance in getting in and out of their chairs. This is good for older customers or those who have problems with their back, knees, or hips. If any of these qualifications fit you, then a lift chair might be the right choice for you. However, if these do not fit you, then you might not need to consider the lift feature in your chair choice.
The motorized lift feature does come with a heftier price tag. You need to weigh the pros and cons when determining if a motorized lift is right for you. Do you have a medical condition that makes it challenging to sit down or stand up?
Has your weight gotten to the point where sitting and standing are taxing on you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should consider an electric lift chair.
Wall saver – what does it mean?
One thing a lot of the Big Man recliners will advertise is that they are a “wall saver.” You may be wondering what this means. Wall-saver recliners will adjust forward when you are putting it in a reclining position. This is a helpful function of any Big Man recliner because it saves space in whatever room you put it in.
If you do not choose a recliner with the wall-saver feature, you will have to pull your chair away from the wall when you want to recline. This allows your chair to set halfway into the middle of the room. Wall saving does not mean that it won’t leave marks or scuffs on your walls if it does happen to rub up against it when you are reclining.
Another essential aspect to look into when it comes to finding the best recliner is what materials it is made of. If you plan on spending a considerable amount of time in this chair, you want to find something that will last and will withstand the abuse of daily, repeated use.
You will want to check to see what type of screws are used to hold it together. A good recliner is one that uses heavy-duty screws, metal, and sturdy wood. Pay attention to the words they use when they describe what kind of wood is being used. Just because their description says “all-wood construction” doesn’t mean sturdy wood. Look for hardwoods like birch or poplar.
If cost is an issue and you can’t afford those more expensive woods, plywood will be a better choice than the pressboard of the cheapest recliners.