7 Best Lift Chairs – Reviews and Buying Guide

For the elderly and people with physical disabilities, getting in and out of a chair can be a grueling exercise. Power lift chairs solve this problem by using a motor to make it easy to change the tilt of a chair so that you can sit down and recline in it without effort, and then return to a near-standing position. But with such a great number of chairs with different reclining positions, dimensions, weight capacities, and various additions such as heating and massage, how do you choose the best lift chair?

The first thing you need to be guided by is your constitution, and then consider your personal preferences as for materials and additional features a chair may have. To make your choice easier, we researched the most popular power lift chairs to find the seven best on the market. We looked hard at technical specifications and read through hundreds of customer reviews to come up with our picks, and we are confident that our choices can cover everyone.

Top 7 Lift Chairs Review 2018

The table below offers a quick look at our seven picks for the best power lift chair, with distinguishing features of each. Continue reading for detailed reviews, complete with pros and cons of each chair. Our buying guide covers some of the most important features to look for in a power lift chair, and we finish off the guide by highlighting our overall favorite power lift chair.

Name and Features Image Rating Price
1. U-MAX Massage Chair Power Lift Recliner (Best All-Around Lift Chair)
Greatly versatile lift recliner for people up to 330lbs and under 5’10” in height, reclining to 130°, with programmable heating and massage, timer and remote control upholstered in PU leather
UMax
2. Seven Oaks BLKLEATHMOD Power Lift Recliner (Runner-up)
3-position lift recliner and suitable for people up to 350lbs and under 6’ in height, with massage and heating functions upholstered in leather
SevenOaks
3. Coaster Home Furnishings Coaster 600398 Power Lift Recliner (Best Soft Cushioning)
Full range adjustable reclining and lift for people up to 300lbs and under 5’10” in height, with a swivel base allowing 360° motion; upholstered in textured chenille
CoasterHome
4. Mega Motion LC-200 Lift Chair (Best with Emergency Battery)
Full/partial lift recliner with integrated emergency battery to help getting up when power goes out; perfect for people up to 325lbs and under 5’4” in height
MegaMotion
5. Catnapper Patriot Power Lift Full Lay-Out Recliner (Excellent Warranty Policies)
Deep and wide lift recliner for people up to 350lbs, with gel-infused foam cushioning and soft polyester upholstery; excellent warranty policies
Catnapper
6. Merax Power Recliner and Lift Chair (Budget Pick)
Infinity lift recliner allowing independent operation of footrest; for people weighting up to 330lbs; wrapped in synthetic leather
Merax
7. Homelegance Kellen Power Lift Bonded Leather Recliner
3-position lift recliner with longer footrest for people weighing under 300lbs; upholstered in leather
Homelegance
Features
  • Power lift recliner
  • Reclines to 130°
  • Weight capacity: 330lbs
  • Firmness:
  • Overall dimensions: 33’’ x 44’’ x 35’’
  • Seat height: 19’’
  • Seat depth: 20’’
  • Upholstered in PU leather
  • Massage function: 4 areas of massage focus and 5 modes
  • Heating function
  • Remote control
  • Timer
  • 1-month return or exchange, 1-year accessory replacement warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10

UMax

This power lift chair from U-Max has almost everything you could want in a chair. The chair is upholstered with synthetic leather, which gives it a classy look while remaining comfortable in all but hot weather. It reclines from tilted about 45° up to help with getting in and out of the chair all the way back to 135°. The footrest does not lift independently of reclining, although few users found this to be an issue with comfort when sitting upright. The seat itself is about 20 inches across, which offers plenty of room for most people but is not among the widest chairs in our roundup. However, tall users (over 5’10”) found that the chair is quite short and can leave your feet dangling over the footrest when reclined.

What sets this chair apart is the integrated heating and massage mechanisms. The internal massager has four separate points of contact spread throughout the chair from the legs to mid-back, and the chair can be programmed for any of five different massage modes – so there is certain to be a massage setting that will work for your sore muscles. These massage functions and the heater are controlled by a separate remote from the reclining functions. Although this means a second remote to keep track of, it also enables a timer function to be built into the massage and heating programs.

PROS:
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Versatile and programmable heating and massage mechanisms
  • Inexpensive for the features

CONS:
  • Too short for most users over 5’10”
  • Footrest does not lift independently of reclining function

Features
  • Power lift recliner
  • Full range adjustable reclining
  • Weight capacity: 350lbs
  • Seat width: 18’’
  • Seat depth: 21.5’’
  • Upholstered in leather
  • Handheld remote control
  • Heated and non-heated massage
  • 2-year warranty and 90-day money back guarantee

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

SevenOaks

This power lift recliner from Seven Oaks is both comfortable and packed with features. The chair is a 3-position recliner capable of both lifting and tilting at its furthest forward position, which makes it easy for anyone to skooch out of the chair without too much effort. At the other end, the chair reclines almost to flat. While the leg rest is not controlled independently of the recliner motor, the leg rest can come most of the way up before the chair begins to lean backwards.

The chair also features massage and heating functions. The massage function is not as programmable as on the U-Max recliner, but this also simplifies use and allows Seven Oaks to put all the controls for this chair on a single wired remote. In addition, the heating function can be turned on when the massager is active.

The seat itself is somewhat narrow at 18” across, but plenty deep at 21.5” and comfortably fits anyone up to around 6 feet in height. The leather upholstery is extremely durable and resistant to staining, as well as plenty comfortable to make it easy to fall asleep in this chair.

Although significantly more expensive than the recliner from U-Max that offers similar massaging and heating features, this power lift chair is well worth your money and comes with a 2-year warranty and 90-day money back guarantee to provide peace of mind after your purchase.

PROS:
  • 3-position recliner with foot rest mostly able to lift with back in upright position
  • Massage and limited heating functions
  • Leather upholstery is durable and chair comes with 2-year warranty

CONS:
  • Heater can only be used when massager is active
  • Expensive compared to similar power lift chair from U-Max

Features
  • Power lift recliner
  • Full range adjustable reclining
  • Firmness: soft
  • Seat dimensions: 30” x30”
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 39’’ x 37’’ x 41’’
  • Upholstered in textured chenille
  • 5-year mechanism warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

This power lift chair from Coaster Home Furnishings is soft and comfortable thanks to the textured chenille upholstery and a well-cushioned seat. The chair is a 3-position recliner controlled by a remote cabled to the chair and is capable of stopping anywhere in between 45° and nearly flat. The footrest does not lift independently, but rather begins to lift as the chair crosses upright and continues to recline. The chair itself is situated on a swivel base that allows it to spin in 360° even while reclined. The chair can handle people weighing up to 300 pounds and is designed to fit anyone less than about 6 feet in height.

The chair has few additional bells and whistles other than a side pocket, which helps to keep the overall price down relative to some of the other chairs in our roundup. But users rave about the cushioning in this chair. The seat offers plush padding, just enough to feel like royalty without fully sinking into the cushion. The 22-inch wide seat also offers plenty of room to fidget around.

The warranty on this chair is good for 5 years, but note that it applies only to the reclining mechanism and not to the upholstery itself.

PROS:
  • Cushioning offers the perfect level of softness
  • Swivel base allows 360° motion
  • 5-year warranty on motor

CONS:
  • Footrest does not lift independently of reclining mechanism
  • Few additional features

Features
  • Lift and recline chair
  • Lift, full and partial recline
  • Weight capacity: 325lbs
  • Seat dimensions: 19″W x 22″D x 19″H
  • Overall dimensions: 33″W x 35″D x 42.5″H
  • Upholstered in polyester
  • Integrated emergency battery back up
  • 1-year warranty on parts and service; limited lifetime warranty on steel lift mechanism

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

MegaMotion

This chair from Mega Motion is perfect for short people, as it is specifically designed to provide comfortable lumbar support for people shorter than 5’4” in height. And for people that height, it provides plenty of space – the chair features a 19” wide and 22” deep cushion and can support up to 325 pounds.

Unlike many of the other chairs in our roundup, this is a 2-position chair – it is designed primarily to move between upright and about 45° reclined. This can make it hard for severely disabled people to get out of the chair, since it still requires standing up from a seated position. In addition, the foot rest height is dependent on the degree of recline and unfortunately does not come all the way up even when the chair is fully tilted back.

The chair is upholstered in polyester that is plenty soft in the cushion, but can be quite firm in the backrest. Some users found the chair to be comfortable, while others needed a foam pillow to soften the backrest.

A welcome feature of this chair is that it has an emergency battery backup, which means that you’ll be able to get out of the chair as you normally would even if the power goes out unexpectedly. The chair also comes with a one-year warranty during which you can receive in-home service to address any issues.

PROS:
  • Perfectly sized for shorter people under 5’4” in height
  • Integrated emergency battery to help getting up when power goes out

CONS:
  • Backrest can be too firm for some people
  • 2-position chair and footrest does not rise all the way
  • On the pricey side given lack of features

Features
  • Power lift full lay-out recliner
  • Overall dimensions: 36’’ x 37’’ x 43’’
  • Seat dimensions: 23″ deep, 21″ wide
  • Weight capacity: 350lbs
  • Wired remote control
  • 2-year parts warranty; lifetime mechanisms replacement warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

Catnapper

This power lift chair is extremely comfortable thanks to gel-infused foam padding underlying the soft polyester upholstery. Both the cushion and backrest are plush and padded, making it easy to relax without feeling like you’re sinking into the chair. Meanwhile, the cushion is a whopping 23” deep and 21” wide, which leave plenty of room to move around and find the position that feels best.

The chair is able to tilt between forward and fully laid out, which makes it perfect for taking a nap as the brand name might suggest, and get up easily. The foot rest does not operate independently from the recliner, so you’ll need to lay the chair all the way back to bring the foot rest all the way up.

Catnapper offers a great warranty on this chair, which helps to justify its high price. The entire chair is warrantied for up to two years, while the recliner motor is covered for five years and the frame itself is covered for life.

PROS:
  • Gel-infused foam cushioning
  • Deep and wide chair for moving around
  • Excellent warranty policies

CONS:
  • Foot rest does not operate independently
  • On the pricey side

Features
  • Power lift and recline
  • Infinite positions
  • Upholstered in PU leather
  • Weight capacity: 330lbs
  • Overall dimension: 35.4″ (W) x 38.6″ (D) x 41.5″ (H)
  • Seat dimensions: 19” (W) x 23” (D) x 19” (H)
  • Wired control
  • 2-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.0 out of 10

Merax

The only infinity chair in our roundup, this power lift recliner from Merax is designed for those who want exact control over their body position and comfort. Unlike 2- and 3-position chairs, the infinity chair design allows you to tilt forward for easy in and out, recline backwards almost to flat when it’s time to take a nap, and most important to control the foot rest independently from the chair back. This latter feature is uncommon among power lift chairs, yet Merax has also priced this chair better than many other recliners with far less versatility.

The chair itself is upholstered in synthetic leather that provides a nice balance of comfort and durability. The folds in the backrest provide a degree of lumbar support, although they can also trap heat. The seat cushion is 19” wide, which is plenty for most users but does not leave a significant amount of room to move around. The armrests are thoroughly plush though, allowing you to effectively overflow out of the chair onto them comfortably.

The chair comes with a two-year warranty, which some users had to call in due to manufacturing issues that lead to motor failure within the first few months of use. However, Merax provides solid customer service for warranty claims.

PROS:
  • Infinity recliner allows independent operation of footrest
  • Synthetic leather blends comfort and durability
  • Good customer service and two-year warranty

CONS:
  • Seat cushion could be wider to allow moving around
  • Some chairs experience motor failure within first few months

Features
  • Lift and recline chair
  • 3 positions
  • Bonded leather covering
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 31’’ x 36.5’’ x 42’’
  • 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.0 out of 10

This chair from Homelegance is a 3-position recliner that is able to move from upright to lying nearly flat. The foot rest cannot operate independently of the recliner, but is longer than most other footrests so that your feet are unlikely to be hanging over the end of the chair when it is fully reclined.

The leather covering is elegant and comfortably padded, but can feel especially sticky in hot weather thanks to the heat-trapping folds in the backrest. In addition, although the chair is rated for users up to 300 pounds, users closer to 250 pounds found that the seat was snug thanks to the bent-in armrests. The chair is also too short for anyone over about 5’10” in height.

A significant issue with this chair is that it comes with only a one-year warranty and has common manufacturing issues. Many users found that either the motor or frame fail within the first several months of use, which is problematic given the difficulty of returning the chair and its initial cost. Furthermore, Merax does not have a great customer service track record, which left many users frustrated.

PROS:
  • 3-position recliner
  • Leather upholstery is stylish and comfortable

CONS:
  • Snug for anyone over 250 pounds
  • Some users mentioned manufacturing issues and poor customer service

Buying Guide

If you’re new to lift chairs and drastically need to buy one, it’s vital that you understand how it works and what is important to consider while choosing one. Take a look at our buying guide to be clear about it.

How does a lift chair work?

A lift chair

A lift chair works by incorporating an electric motor into the chair, which is powered either by a power cable connected to a wall outlet or, in some cases, an internal battery. The motor allows the chair to tilt forward to make it easier to get into or out of the chair or backwards to allow the sitter to recline. Typically, power lift chairs are controlled by a remote or integrated button pad, either of which are easy to use with only a few simple buttons.

Lifting, reclining, and chair positions

Power lift chairs come in several different options depending on the degree of reclining and control that you want. The simplest power lift chairs are known as 2-position chairs; they are able to move anywhere between upright and tilted forward 45º to make it easy to get in and out of the chair. The next step up in reclining versatility is a 3-position chair, which can cover the same range as a 2-position chair but can also recline almost all the way back to flat. Both 2- and 3-position chairs typically have a footrest that comes up automatically as the chair is reclined, but infinity chairs offer independent control of the footrest using a second motor. Infinity chairs thus allow the user to set their reclining and footrest separately to offer the most comfortable position.

Size and weight limit

Power lift chairs come in a variety of sizes to optimally fit users of different constitutions. These height differences affect not only the overall size of the chair, but also design aspects like where the lumbar support is placed. In addition, power lift chairs are rated for multiple weight categories – typically up to 300 pounds, up to 350 pounds, or heavy-duty for people greater than 350 pounds.

Since power lift chairs must support the weight of the user when they are reclining, be sure to get a chair with the appropriate weight rating for the heaviest intended user.

Materials

Brown Sugar Textured Velvet Fabric

The materials that a power lift chair is made of can affect everything from comfort to durability. The upholstery is typically made of leather or a polyester blend material. While leather is highly durable and looks nice, it can also get sticky and uncomfortable in hot weather. Synthetic materials, on the other hand, may be more comfortable but also tend to stain and rip more easily than leather. Although the inner frame materials are not as obvious as the upholstery materials, they are also critical to the life of the chair.

Massage, heating, and additions

Some power lift chairs have accessory functions, such as a built-in massager or heater, that can make a huge difference in the comfort of the chair. Other welcome additions include cupholders in the chair arms and pockets sewn into the sides of the chair.

These features, especially massaging and heating functions, typically add to the cost of the chair, so consider whether they are important to you when setting a budget.

Durability and warranty

Power lift chairs are a significant investment, so you want to choose a chair that is designed to last for years of use. Durability depends in large part on the materials the inner frame and upholstery are made of, although more added parts like massage and heating motors can also add to the chance that something in a chair breaks. Most power lift chairs come with at least a one-year warranty, although companies can vary widely in terms of customer support and it may be worthwhile looking for chairs with longer warranty periods if durability is a major concern.

Conclusion

Power lift chairs can be a huge help for people who have difficulty getting in and out of chairs, and at the same time can be so comfortable once you are in them that you may never want to get up. These chairs can have different reclining capabilities, levels of comfort and fit, and integrated accessories, so it is important to understand what features you are getting in a power lift chair. Our roundup highlights seven of the best power lift chairs on the market today, with special emphasis on finding a chair that fits every budget and feature set.

9.7 Total Score
U-MAX Massage Chair Power Lift Recliner – Editor's Choice

Our overall favorite power lift chair was the U-MAX Massage Chair, which beat out the competition thanks to its integrated massage and heating features and very reasonable price point. This power lift chair is a 3-position recliner that makes it very easy to get in and out due to the raised position when tilted forward. And once you’re in the chair, the four-point massager with five different massage setting will keep you comfortable. The chair also features an internal heater which, along with the massager, can be set on a timer. Although the chair will not fit especially tall people, it is otherwise comfortable thanks to the synthetic leather upholstery. Overall, this power lift chair offered a great set of accessory features at an exceptional value.

Versatility
10
Comfort
10
Dimensions
9
PROS
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Versatile and programmable heating and massage mechanisms
  • Inexpensive for the features
CONS
  • Too short for most users over 5’10”
  • Footrest does not lift independently of reclining function
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