In a Nutshell:

The Ashley Ludden Rocker Recliner is a superb chair, offered in a variety of configurations. Recommended for anyone who weighs less than 350 pounds.

Value for the Money
Comfort
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

4.5/5
* Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect. ** While aesthetics is a matter of taste, Aesthetic Flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home or office décor schemes.

Benefits

  • Basic three-position recliner
  • Conventional Upholstery
  • Pillowtop armrests
  • Lumbar support features

Drawbacks

  • Lack of onboard storage
  • No battery backup system
Ashley Ludden Rocker Recliner

Recommended For: Anyone who weighs less than 350 pounds.

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Are you a new or expectant mother? Have you recently had surgery and are in the process of recovering?

Do you have sleep apnea and find it all but impossible to get a decent night’s sleep in your bed?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above or if you’re in the market for a rocking recliner for any other reason, you’ll like what you read in this review.

Ashley Furniture has been in the business for a long time—more than seventy years, in fact—so they know the American furniture market and have extensive design experience.

They’ve put that experience to good use with the design of the Ashley Ludden Rocker Recliner. It’s a handsome, versatile piece of furniture useful for just about any purpose.

In the sections that follow, we’ll tell you all about this chair’s capabilities so you’ll have all the information you need to decide if this is the model you’ve been looking for. Let’s jump in and see what this model has to offer!

Key Features to Consider

Before we get into the configuration options and colors you can choose from, let’s start by taking a quick look at the core stats that define the Ashley Ludden Rocker Recliner. After all, no matter which options you choose, none of the other stats change from one option to the next. 

Chair Specifications

Specification Stats, Ludden Rocker Recliner, by Ashley Furniture, Red Color
  • Chair Dimensions: 40” x 43” x 43” (70” when fully reclined)
  • Chair Weight: 99 pounds (Manual); 114 pounds (power)
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 350 pounds 
  • Seat to Floor Height: 22”
  • Seat Width: 20”
  • Seat Depth: 22”

Although this chair is fairly lightweight, it can support an impressive amount of user weight.

The Ludden has a cozy, inviting aesthetic and is almost big enough that you could classify it as a big and tall chair. The weight limits don’t support that, but it definitely counts as being overstuffed.

Unfortunately, although attractive, it was not designed with Wall Hugger technology incorporated into the mix. You’ll need to place this chair at least 16” from whatever wall you set it near so you’ll have enough space to recline fully.

If you live in a smaller home or don’t have much room to work with, the size of the chair and the distance you need to put it from the wall could be deal-breakers. Be sure to measure your available space carefully before you buy.

Available Colors

You can select from four colors (blue, cocoa, burgundy, or sand) and order the chair in manual or power configurations.

Blue Color, Ludden Rocker Recliner, by Ashley Furniture, Small
Blue
Cocoa Color, Ludden Rocker Recliner, by Ashley Furniture, Small
Cocoa
Sand Color, Ludden Rocker Recliner, by Ashley Furniture, Small
Sand

That gives you some flexibility and ensures you get the chair you want.

Manual vs. Power Configuration

If you choose the manual recliner option, you’re getting a basic three-position recliner.

You can leave the chair upright and rock, recline to “TV Mode,” which lays you back far enough to allow you to nap comfortably, or fully recline. If you fully recline in this chair, you won’t be laying completely flat, but you’ll be about 80% of the way there, which is fine for most people. If you feel you must have a “Lay Flat” option, this isn’t the model you want.

Cocoa Color, Ludden Rocker Recliner, by Ashley Furniture, Left View

If you get the power recliner option, you have unlimited recline possibilities because you can fiddle with the controls until you get the chair into exactly the position you want. The only downside to the power recliner option is that it lacks a battery backup system. If the power fails while you’re reclined back in your chair, you’ll have to claw over the side to get out of it awkwardly.

That kind of thing shouldn’t happen often, and you may never even experience it, but it is something to bear in mind.

Rocking Function

As we mentioned at the start of our Ashley Ludden rocker recliner review, the chair also rocks, although it cannot rock while it’s reclined. It’s either one or the other. If you want a chair that can rock while reclined, La-Z-Boy does make such a model, though!

Recliner Position, Ludden Rocker Recliner, by Ashley Furniture, Cocoa Color

Padding & Upholstery

Turning our attention to comfort, the Ludden utilizes a combination of conventional block foam and poly fiberfill, supported by a system of steel springs. That, paired with the delightfully soft, pillowed upholstery, creates a delightful sitting or sleeping experience. Granted, it’s not next-level comfort as you’d get from a chair padded with memory foam, but it is very cozy, and you won’t have any trouble getting a decent night’s sleep in the chair.

Note, too, that this chair features pillowtop armrests that are bursting with padding. If you’re smaller or have children, they can curl up in the chair and rest their heads on the armrests, which will serve as comfortable pillows in their own right.

Finally, this chair offers a nice surprise benefit. It’s one of a few recliners today that provides ergonomic support! Granted, the only ergonomic feature on offer is well-implemented lumbar support, but that’s a nice perk. Kudos to Ashley for its addition.

Storage & Extras

We won’t repeat that information here since we have already discussed the available ordering options. Those aren’t really considered “extras” per se, and apart from those options, there are no extras on offer.

That’s not a bad thing, but we dearly wish the Ludden Rocker Recliner Ashley Furniture featured a side storage pocket and that the powered version of the chair came with a battery backup. In our view, the absence of those things represents missed opportunities.

Minimal Assembly Required

This chair does not come assembled. It will arrive at your door in a single, gigantic box. Fortunately, the assembly instructions are clear and consist of just four steps. Essentially, all you have to do is mount the seatback to the rest of the chair and plug it in if you have the powered option.

Unfortunately, Ashley does not offer White Glove service with this model. So, if you don’t want to tackle the assembly by yourself, you’ll want to ensure you have an assistant on hand when the chair arrives. Overall, it will probably take longer to unbox the chair than to get it ready for first use, and once that’s done, you’re ready to have a seat and enjoy!

Pros & Cons of Ludden Rocker Recliner by Ashley Furniture

This chair doesn’t have anything we’d categorize as a genuine flaw or weakness, but there are two things we’d like to see in some future update of the model:

  • A chair like this cries out for onboard storage, and a storage pocket would be easy to add. We’d love it, and we don’t think we’re alone.
  • A battery backup system for the powered chair version would be a no-brainer addition. If the lights go out while you’re reclined, you don’t have any other option but to roll out of the chair. If you suffer from a mobility issue but not one serious enough to warrant buying a lift chair, that could be challenging.

The absence of those things isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, but their presence would make an awesome chair even better.

Ashley Ludden Rocker Recliner Review Conclusion

The Ashley Ludden rocker recliner is a superb, versatile, comfortable, and capable chair, offered by one of the big names in the American furniture industry. Provided that its measurements are a good fit for yours, we recommend it. This one will serve you very well.

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