Best Lift Chairs

7 Best Lift Chairs – Reviews and Buying Guide

32 Models Considered
54 Hours of Research
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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 2019

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.

Image and Rating
Name and Features
Price
_sU-MAX Massage Chair Power Lift Recliner
9.8
Editor's Choice

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

9.6
Runner-up

Dual-motor chair with excellent forward lift, suitable for people up to 300 pounds and spaceous enough for practically anyone

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9.5
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

9.3
4. Mega Motion LC-200 Lift Chair
Best with Emergency Battery
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

9.1
5. Catnapper Power Lift Recliner
Excellent Warranty Policies
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

9.0
Budget Pick

Comfy lift chair able to recline up to 160 degrees; for people weighting up to 330 pounds; wrapped in plush microfiber fabric

Homelegance Kellen Power Lift Bonded Leather Recliner
8.7

3-position lift recliner with longer footrest for people weighing under 300lbs; upholstered in leather

 
Features
  • Weight capacity: 330lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 33’’ x 44’’ x 35’’
  • Seat height: 19’’
  • Seat depth: 20’’
  • Massage function: 4 areas of massage focus and 5 modes
  • Power lift recliner
  • Upholstered in PU leather
  • Reclines to 130°
  • Heating function
  • Remote control
  • Timer
  • 1-month return or exchange, 1-year accessory replacement warranty
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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. In fact, this is one of the best massage chairs under $1000 out there. 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
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 5″x 35″ x 42.5″
  • Seat height: 20″
  • Seat depth: 21″
  • Seat width: 19″
  • Polyester upholstery
  • Dual motor
  • Hardware and tools included for assembly
  • One-touch power button with adjustable positions
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This cushy lift chair from Ashley Furniture Signature Design is packed with features. To start, the dual motor means that you can recline the back and lift the feet independently from one another to achieve the perfect sitting position. Better yet, the back lifts forward very far to make it extremely easy to get in and out of the chair. A remote control allows you to easily control the chair without having to reach for oddly placed buttons.

The seat itself is extremely roomy, with plenty of space to settle in. At 19 inches wide and 21 inches deep, this lift chair is perfect for heavyset users who need the extra space as well as smaller users who simply want to spread out while they relax. This model will make a great reading chair. Just keep in mind that the chair is limited to a maximum weight of 300 pounds.

Users found the polyester upholstery to offer the perfect level of firmness, allowing you to sink into the chair – but not too much. In addition, the polyester is colored to look like leather, but it’s much less prone to wear over time and much less expensive than genuine leather. Still, polyester can stain more easily than leather, so you’ll need to be careful about eating and drinking in the chair.

While this lift chair doesn’t come standard with a warranty, Ashley Furniture offers a five-year warranty for just $11. It’s well worth having this warranty, as it protects you against motor damage for a five-year period.

Pros
  • Dual motor
  • Excellent forward lift
  • Very spacious seat
  • Comfortable padding is firm, but not too firm
  • Five-year warranty can be added for $11
Cons
  • Polyester upholstery stains more easily than leather
Features
  • Firmness: soft
  • Seat dimensions: 30” x 30”
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 39’’ x 37’’ x 41’’
  • Power lift recliner
  • Full range adjustable reclining
  • Upholstered in textured chenille
  • 5-year mechanism warranty
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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
4.

Mega Motion LC-200 Lift Chair Best with Emergency Battery

Features
  • Weight capacity: 325lbs
  • Seat dimensions: 19″W x 22″D x 19″H
  • Overall dimensions: 34″W x 38.5″D x 41.5″H
  • Lift and recline chair
  • Lift, full and partial recline
  • Upholstered in polyester
  • Integrated emergency battery back up
  • 1-year warranty on parts and service; limited lifetime warranty on steel lift mechanism
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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


5.

Catnapper Power Lift Recliner Excellent Warranty Policies

Features
  • Overall dimensions: 36″ x 37″ x 43″
  • Seat dimensions: 19″ deep, 21″ wide
  • Weight capacity: 350lbs
  • Power lift full lay-out recliner
  • Wired remote control
  • 2-year parts warranty; lifetime mechanisms replacement warranty
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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 19 inches deep and 21 inches wide, which allow 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
  • Weight capacity: 330 lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 33″ x 37.7″ x 39.7″
  • Seat height: 19.2″
  • Seat depth: 21.2″
  • Seat width: 17.3″
  • Microfiber fabric upholstery
  • Overstuffed seat, backrest and armrest
  • Reclines up to 160 degrees
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This stylish and heavy-duty life chair from Harper & Bright Designs is an ideal choice for heavyset users up to 330 pounds. The chair is upholstered to be plush, allowing you to sink a decent way into the seat and offering cushioning for your arms and neck. While users found the microfiber fabric to be soft to the touch, beware that it can stain very easily if you eat or drink in the chair.

The main drawback to this lift chair is that the seat is somewhat small. At just 17.3 inches wide, this chair can feel a little constricting – especially for the heavier users it’s meant to support. While users definitely noticed the tight width of this chair, most didn’t mind given that the armrests are lushly padded if you come up against them.

The other downside to this chair is that the back and leg lifting mechanisms don’t work independently. The chair has a slight recline when the leg rest is lifted all the way up, and you can’t lay the chair back without lifting the leg rest. Still, users were very happy with the fact that this chair can recline all the way to 160 degrees. Plus, the forward tilt is extensive enough to make it as easy as possible to get in and out of the chair.

A one-year warranty is included with this chair, which is short but otherwise not bad for the relatively inexpensive price of the lift chair. Users did not report any problems developing with the motor over several years of use.

Pros
  • Plush microfiber fabric
  • Reclines to 160 degrees
  • Forward tilt goes very far
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Back and leg lifts are not independent
  • Seat is somewhat narrow at just 17 inches
  • Short one-year warranty
Features
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Overall dimensions: 31’’ x 36.5’’ x 42’’
  • Lift and recline chair
  • 3 positions
  • Bonded leather covering
  • 1-year warranty
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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 is 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. All of these features can make a huge difference, especially if you're after a lift chair for elderly people.

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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