Best High Weight Capacity Recliners Review 2023

Are you a bigger, heavier individual? Has that fact frustrated you on your search for a comfortable recliner that’s big and well-built enough to support you properly?

We completely understand. The simple truth is that most of the recliners on the market today were simply not built with you in mind. Most of them support between 250 and 325 pounds. If you weigh more than that, the number of options available to you drops off considerably.

That’s why we wrote this roundup review. We scoured the internet in search of the best high weight capacity recliners on the market today, and we found a surprising number of hidden gems and great options that were built with heavier users in mind.

In much of the furniture industry, bigger, taller, heavier users have largely been abandoned by major manufacturers, with the two notable exceptions being office chairs and recliners. In both of these areas, you’ll find product offerings by big-name brands that will be very much to your liking.

During the course of our research and based on the products we found, we decided to break our findings into two distinct categories: Regular recliners and lift chairs, considering that if you don’t actually need a lift chair, then there’s no point in paying extra for that feature.

We compared the various options in both categories against each other and found an overall winner in each class. We’ll introduce our winners and the various chairs they competed against for top honors in just a moment, but before we do that, let’s begin by taking a high-level view of all of our finalists to give you a sneak peek at what lies ahead.

Author’s Note: I have a personal stake and interest in this roundup review, given that I’m 6’6” tall and 340 pounds. I’m a part of the segment of the market that often gets ignored or overlooked. Most of the recliners being sold today are absolutely useless to me, so I was thrilled to be asked to write this piece.

I wrote this review for everyone in the same boat that I’m in. When I’m ready to buy new furniture, this roundup review will serve as a reference for me as well, so I worked hard to make sure it was as thorough and complete as possible.

Best Recliners For Heavy Weight in 2023 – Summary Table

Best Recliners For Heavy Weight - Top Pick

Simmons Osborn Rocker, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Simmons Osborn Rocker

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

It’s huge and comfortable.
It rocks.
It’s an American-made piece of furniture.
Available in manual and powered options.

CONS

Powered version has no battery backup.
No built-in storage.
Does not lay completely flat. The seat may actually be too wide for some users.

OUR VERDICT

The chair’s shortcomings are generally easy to overlook. We highly recommend this model.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners For Heavy Weight - 2nd Pick

Sunset Trading Diamond, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Sunset Trading Diamond

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

It’s a beautifully designed chair with an advanced comfort system. The leather upholstery is actually breathable!

CONS

A little on the short side, and the seat isn’t terribly wide, which may make it unsuitable for some users. No battery backup. The quality of the upholstery is a bit underwhelming and won’t last nearly as long as the rest of the chair.

OUR VERDICT

One of the best on the market today, despite its shortcomings. Highly recommended.

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Best Recliners For Heavy Weight - 3rd Pick

Simmons C709-195 Cuddler, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Simmons C709-195 Cuddler

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

A beautiful, versatile recliner. Proudly made in the USA. Incredibly well-priced. Advanced comfort system (though not as advanced as our top picks)

CONS

A bit on the short side, so not great for especially tall users. No battery backup. Its size makes it hard for people short on space to find a permanent home for it.

OUR VERDICT

If you have space for it, and you’re not too tall, it’s a great value for the money that will serve you well. Recommended.

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Best Recliners For Heavy Weight - 4th Pick

Lane Stallion Comfort King Recliner, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Lane Stallion Comfort King Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

PROS

A good-looking, comfortable, understated basic manual recliner, offered at a reasonable price.

CONS

This is a basic, three-position manual recliner. If you’re looking for bells and whistles, this isn’t the chair you want.

OUR VERDICT

This is mostly a self-selecting chair and kind of a niche product. You’re either really going to like it, or it won’t impress you in the least. Provisionally recommended.

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Best Recliners For Heavy Weight - Honourable Mention

Southern Motion’s Hercules, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Southern Motion’s Hercules

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

An attractive, conventionally designed, infinite angle recliner with two fun optional features (wall hugger and an enhanced comfort feature)

CONS

Buying the optional, modular add-ons makes their chair competitive with the rest of the field, but also makes it far and away the most expensive chair on this list.
Disappointing upholstery.

OUR VERDICT

Provisionally recommended.

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Best Recliners for Heavy Weight 2023

Simmons Osborn Rocker, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Simmons Osborn Rocker

Sunset Trading Diamond, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Sunset Trading Diamond

Simmons C709-195 Cuddler, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Simmons C709-195 Cuddler

Lane Stallion Comfort King Recliner, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Lane Stallion Comfort King Recliner

*Honourable Mention*

Southern Motion’s Hercules, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Southern Motion’s Hercules

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.6

4.6

4.5

4.1

4.0

Price

$$

$$$$

$$

$$$ ½

$$$$$

Overall Dimensions

51” x 37” x 42” (71” fully reclined)

41” W x 36” D x 40” H (65” fully reclined)

44” x 56” x 44” (66” fully reclined)

44” W x 40” D x 48” H (79” fully reclined)

41” W x 42” D x 43” H (74” fully reclined)

Type

Manual and Power options available

Power

Power

Manual

Power

Max. Supported Weight

400 pounds

400 pounds

400 pounds

500 pounds

400 pounds

Seat Width

30”

18”

23”

25”

23”

Seat Height

21”

20”

21”

22”

21”

Pros

It’s huge and comfortable.
It rocks.
It’s an American-made piece of furniture.
Available in manual and powered options.

It’s a beautifully designed chair with an advanced comfort system. The leather upholstery is actually breathable!

A beautiful, versatile recliner. Proudly made in the USA. Incredibly well-priced. Advanced comfort system (though not as advanced as our top picks)

A good-looking, comfortable, understated basic manual recliner, offered at a reasonable price.

An attractive, conventionally designed, infinite angle recliner with two fun optional features (wall hugger and an enhanced comfort feature)

Cons

Powered version has no battery backup.
No built-in storage.
Does not lay completely flat. The seat may actually be too wide for some users.

A little on the short side, and the seat isn’t terribly wide, which may make it unsuitable for some users. No battery backup. The quality of the upholstery is a bit underwhelming and won’t last nearly as long as the rest of the chair.

A bit on the short side, so not great for especially tall users. No battery backup. Its size makes it hard for people short on space to find a permanent home for it.

This is a basic, three-position manual recliner. If you’re looking for bells and whistles, this isn’t the chair you want.

Buying the optional, modular add-ons makes their chair competitive with the rest of the field, but also makes it far and away the most expensive chair on this list.
Disappointing upholstery.

Our Verdict

The chair’s shortcomings are generally easy to overlook. We highly recommend this model.

One of the best on the market today, despite its shortcomings. Highly recommended.

If you have space for it, and you’re not too tall, it’s a great value for the money that will serve you well. Recommended.

This is mostly a self-selecting chair and kind of a niche product. You’re either really going to like it, or it won’t impress you in the least. Provisionally recommended.

Provisionally recommended.

*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 décor schemes.
**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.

Our Selection Criteria

Given the title of this roundup review, it probably comes as no surprise that our first priority was in finding recliners that supported more than the usual amount of weight. The problem, however, is that the phrase “high weight capacity recliners” isn’t specific enough to be helpful. To that end, the first thing we did was put a specific number to that.

We settled on a minimum supported weight of 400 pounds. More than that was obviously welcome, but in order to even be considered for inclusion here, we considered 400-pounds of supported weight to be the absolute minimum.

Beyond that, since people tend to buy recliners to have a comfortable place to lounge, comfort was another key feature we zeroed in on. After that, we gave a nod to any chair that offered extras or enhancements that went above and beyond what most other companies offer.

Our Top Picks – Recliner Category

Winner - Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner

Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.6

Summary

The Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner is a handsome, capable and comfortable rocking recliner offered by one of the most respected companies in the business. Recommended for anyone weighing 400 pounds or less, who has enough space for it.

Simmons dominates this portion of our roundup review of the best high weight capacity recliners, capturing two of our top five spots, including top honors. What’s remarkable about that fact is that Simmons is one of the few big players in the furniture industry that builds furniture specifically for larger folk.

The company has a long history in the furniture business that stretches back more than 140 years. To say that they know a lot about making world-class furniture is an understatement, and the Osborn Rocker and Recliner is an excellent example of their work.

Chair Specifications

Before we get into particulars, let’s do a quick review of the stats that define this model. Here are the basics:

Tan Color, Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Dimensions: 51” x 37” x 42” (71” fully reclined)
  • Chair Weight: 150 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds
  • Seat to Floor Height: 21”
  • Seat Width: 30”
  • Seat Depth: 22”

There are a few things to talk about here. First, the seat is enormous. In fact, the Osborn rocker offers the widest seat of any recliner in the entire roundup, both categories considered. That’s a good thing, but there’s a caveat here:

If the seat is substantially wider than you are, you’re going to find it impossible to make effective use of the chair arms. Depending on how much time you plan on spending in the chair each day, that may not be a big issue for you, but it does bear thinking about before committing to this chair.

The seat height definitely marks this model as a chair built for taller folks. The “normal” big and tall seat height range starts at 18” and goes to 22” and beyond, but curiously, the recliner is only 71” long when fully reclined, which may make it unsuitable for really tall users, say, over 6’4” or so.

Again, this mostly comes down to how much time you plan to spend in the chair and whether or not you mind your head and feet hanging well past the frame and cushioning of the chair.

The other thing to note here is that this is a massive piece of furniture, so unless you’ve got a sizeable room, it may be difficult to find a permanent home for the chair, and even in a big room, it’s going to dominate the space, becoming the focal point of the room by default.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing since it’s a stylish and attractive chair, offered in a neutral color that blends well with most any home décor scheme.

Manual and Powered Versions Available

Moving beyond the basics, you’ll be delighted to know that this chair is offered in both manual and power recline variants. If you opt for the manual version, you’ll be getting a standard three-position recliner, while the powered variant offers an infinite number of possible recline positions.

Note, however, that while many infinite position recliners have preset recline positions built into the remote, this one does not. If you buy the powered version, you’ll have to use the controls to get yourself into your desired recline position, and you won’t be able to save your favorite settings. That’s not the end of the world, of course, but it is a slight limitation.

Tan Color, Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner, Manual

Also, be aware of the fact that the power recliner does not come with a battery backup system, so if the power fails while you’re reclined back, you’re going to have to awkwardly crawl out of the chair. That’s seldom a major issue, but when the lights go out, it may result in a bit of colorful language on your part.

Comfort-wise, there’s a lot to like about the Osborn. It utilizes a combination of standard block foam and poly fiberfill laced atop an array of individually wrapped comfort coil springs, much like what you find in top-end mattresses. That’s a very good thing, especially if you’re buying this chair with an intention of spending extended periods of time in it and using it for napping or even sleeping through the night in it.

Tan Color, Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner, Power

Unfortunately, this recliner is not a “lay flat” model, so while it’s great for napping, unless you’re accustomed to sleeping sitting up slightly, or if you’ve recently had surgery of some kind and sleeping flat on your back is difficult, it may not be great for that purpose.

On the other hand, it is a rocking recliner, which is a fabulous combination of features that further enhances the overall comfort of the chair.

With an advanced comfort system, and the possibility of infinite recline positions combined with the soothing, relaxing rocking motion and the capacity to support up to 400-pounds of user weight, this chair is a great choice for just about anyone.

The only real negative is the fact that in the absence of a battery backup system, if you ordered the powered version of the chair, you could find yourself in an awkward position if the power fails. The other potential drawback is that if you’re short on space, it’s going to be a real challenge to figure out where to put it. Other than that, though, this is a magnificent chair that you’ll be proud to own. It’s well-deserving of top honors here, and we highly recommend it.


In Second Place - Sunset Trading Diamond Recliner

Sunset Trading Diamond Recliner

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.6

Summary

The Sunset Trading Diamond Recliner is a beautifully designed, high weight capacity recliner offered by a company known for creating top quality furniture. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 400-pounds. This chair is a delight.

Sunset Trading isn’t an industry giant. They go about their business quietly, and they make stunning, well-designed furniture that has an undeniable artistic flair. The Diamond Power recliner is absolutely beautiful and is one of the best recliners for heavy weight on the market today.

Chair Specifications

Before we dive into exactly why that is, let’s do a quick stats review:

Brown Color, Sunset Trading Diamond Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Dimensions: 41” W x 36” D x 40” H (65” fully reclined)
  • Seat Width: 18”
  • Seat Depth: 20”
  • Seat Height: 20”
  • Chair Weight: 93 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds

These numbers reveal the one limitation of the model. The seat is inconveniently narrow for a chair designed for heavier folks, a fact that works against the generous 400-pound supported weight limit. It may not be a deal-breaker, but you’ll definitely want to take careful measurements before buying this one to make sure you’ll fit comfortably into it.

Although the seat is 20” off the floor, which is well inside big and tall territory, the recliner only measures 65” when fully reclined, which won’t be long enough for the tallest users. This, combined with the relatively narrow seat, limit the market appeal of the chair, which is the main reason the Diamond Recliner did not win top honors in this part of our review. Assuming those facts don’t make the chair a non-starter for you, you’ll find a lot to like about this chair.

First, as big and tall recliners go, it’s not a huge chair compared to the other models on our list. So, if you’re cramped for space, this one probably moves to the head of the line by default. Second, as is the case with many power recliners, this one offers an infinite number of recline positions.

While many powered recliners feature a remote, the controls for this one are located on the side of the chair. There are no presets, so you’ll have to tweak the position to taste every time you recline back in the chair.

Although the Diamond doesn’t offer any built-in storage, you will find a USB port located next to the recline controls, which will allow you to keep your phone fully charged as you watch cute kitten videos or listen to your favorite music while relaxing in the chair.

Sunset Trading is known for adding extras and finishing touches like this on most of the furniture they make, so we were not at all surprised to see a feature like this added to the mix. 

Brown Color, Sunset Trading Diamond Recliner, Front View

What is a bit more surprising is the fact that although this chair is clad in a leather/PU hybrid, it’s actually delightfully breathable, thanks to the diamond pattern stitching in the seat and the seatback. They’re more than just decorative (although they are pretty!), there’s a practical purpose for their being part of the chair’s design.

In our view, the upholstery leaves a bit to be desired, though. Sunset Trading makes a glorious accent chair upholstered with specially treated top-grain leather, and we would love to have seen this chair upholstered with the same material.

Unfortunately, doing so would have more than doubled the price of the Diamond recliner, which would have put it out of the reach of many, if not most potential buyers, so we understand the decision to downshift into a lesser upholstery option. Even so, the PU/bonded leather hybrid used here might look nice, but it doesn’t age well and won’t hold up very long under the strain of heavy daily use.

Brown Color, Sunset Trading Diamond Recliner, Recliner View

Even under optimal conditions, after a couple of years, you’ll start to notice the peeling and cracking that’s inevitable with upholstery like this.

The upshot is that both the chair and the recline mechanism are incredibly well-constructed and will provide years of reliable service, which makes reupholstering with a more durable material a good investment when the time comes.

The Diamond’s comfort system is quite advanced and, in our view, even better than the one offered by our top pick.


Like the Osborn, it features a combination of individually wrapped coil springs, supporting a layer of block foam.  The seatback is double padded and features a flexible web mesh suspension behind the cushioning that provides spectacular support and comfort.

On top of that, the chair comes with a surprisingly comfortable built-in headrest pillow that makes it ideal for napping, reading, or movie watching.

Minus the underwhelming upholstery, this is a magnificent chair from top to bottom. You’ll love it, and we highly recommend it.


In Third Place - Simmons C709-195 Cuddler Recliner

Simmons C709-195 Cuddler Recliner

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The Simmons C709-195 Cuddler Recliner is a huge, good-looking infinite position power recliner that’s perfect for sleeping. Recommended for anyone. This is a great chair for couples who want to cuddle, or bigger, taller folks. An excellent sleeper recliner!

The Cuddler is the second chair offered by Simmons Upholstery to make it into our final five of the best heavy duty recliners. Like the Osborn rocking recliner, it’s an amazing chair with a lot to offer. As we’ve done with our top two picks, let’s start by doing a quick stats review:

Chair Specifications

Tan Color, Simmons C709-195 Cuddler Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Dimensions: 44” x 56” x 44” (66” fully reclined)
  • Chair Weight: 106 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds
  • Seat Width: 23”
  • Seat Depth: 21”
  • Seat to Floor Height: 21”

This is a big chair, and these are good numbers that, for the most part, support each other beautifully, defining this as a chair really optimized for big and tall folks

The only exception is the length of the recliner when it’s fully reclined. It’s a bit on the short side, so if you’re taller than about 6’4”, then this model may not be a good fit for you if you’re planning to spend several hours at a stretch sitting in it.

That’s a pity because this is an excellent sleeper recliner…unless you’re taller than 6’4” or so, in which case you’ll find that to be a bit of a challenge.

Bear in mind, too, that this chair is not a wall hugger, and you’ll need at least 20” of space between the back of the chair and whatever wall you place it near if you want to be able to fully recline in the chair. That, combined with the sheer size of the thing, makes it a relatively poor choice if you live in a smaller home or apartment or if you’re just generally cramped for space.

This is a power recliner with an infinite number of recline options on offer. Like the powered version of the Osborn, this chair has its recline controls on the side of the chair, rather than building them into a remote.

In another similarity with the Osborn, you won’t find any recline presets on offer here, so you’ll need to just keep fiddling with the recline controls until you achieve the perfect recline angle for you.

Like the other power recliners, we’ve talked about thus far, there’s no battery backup system here. So in the event of a power outage, you’ll find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to scramble awkwardly out of the chair.

Brown Color, Simmons C709-195 Cuddler Recliner, Left View

If you want something with a battery backup system to avoid this, your best bet is to spend the extra money and invest in a lift chair, whether you need the lift functionality or not. It’s an expensive way to deal with a problem that will, in practice, only happen rarely, but if it’s important to you, that’s the best way to go.

It should be noted that the Cuddler is not a lay-flat recliner, so unless you’re accustomed to sleeping sitting up slightly, this isn’t a good chair for spending a full night in. Sometimes though, that’s exactly what you’re looking for, especially if you’ve recently had surgery of one sort or another, and sleeping while lying flat on your back is difficult, if not outright impossible. It is a delightfully comfortable chair, though, and a great option for lounging and napping.

Green Color, Simmons C709-195 Cuddler Recliner, Left View

The comfort system isn’t quite as advanced as that found on the Osborn, but it does feature a combination of supporting springs and generous amounts of block foam, and the comfortable fabric upholstery serves to enhance the comfort of the chair further.

Overall, this is a superb American-made recliner that will serve broad swaths of the big and tall market very well, though, as we said earlier, it’s a better fit for bigger folk than exceptionally tall people. We recommend it.


In Fourth Place - Lane Stallion Recliner

Lane Stallion Recliner

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.1

Summary

The Lane Stallion Recliner is a roomy, basic three-point recliner optimized for bigger, heavier folk. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 500 pounds who’s looking for a good quality, basic recliner, offered at a fair price.

Like Sunset Trading, Lane Furniture isn’t one of the biggest and best-known brands in the industry. Still, they’ve been in the business for a long time and have a reputation for making exceptionally well-designed furniture. They offer a small selection of big and tall recliners as part of their Big Man collection, and the Stallion is a part of that lineup.

Unlike the other chairs we’ve talked about to this point, this chair can support up to 500-pounds of user weight. Let’s take a look at the other numbers that define the model to see how well they work together.

Chair Specifications

Dorado Charcoal Color, Lane Stallion Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Dimensions: 44” W x 40” D x 48” H (79” fully reclined)
  • Seat Width: 25”
  • Seat Depth: 21”
  • Seat Height: 22”
  • Chair Weight: 169 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 500 pounds

Overall, they work exceptionally well together. The seat height definitely marks this chair as being optimized for tall users, so if you’re shorter and heavier, this chair may simply be too big for you. Note that the length, when fully reclined, supports the idea of this being a great choice for especially tall people as well.

There are two potential drawbacks here, the first of which centers on the seat width. While it should be fine for the vast majority of people, if you’re near the top end of this model’s maximum supported weight, it may not be sufficient. Just to make sure, you’ll want to take careful measurements to ensure that you’ll fit comfortably in the chair.

The second potential issue is the sheer size of the chair. While it’s not the biggest model on our list of finalists, it’s a sizeable piece of furniture, and its length at full recline has to be taken into account too. If you live in a smaller home or apartment or the room you want to put the Stallion in already plays home to a lot of other furniture, it may be a challenge to find a suitable place to put it.

Beyond the raw numbers, the first thing you’ll note about the Stallion is that it’s designed along purely conventional lines. That’s not a bad thing, but if you’re looking for something edgy or artistic, this isn’t the chair you want.

It’s also not the chair you’re looking for if you want something that features lots of bells and whistles. This chair doesn’t offer anything on that front, not even built-in storage. It’s just a big, comfortable, basic three-position manual recliner.

If that’s what you’re looking for, then this model belongs on your shortlist. If you’re hoping to find a model that offers more, then just about any other chair mentioned here will probably be more to your liking.

Dorado Charcoal Color, Lane Stallion Recliner, Recliner View

Comfort-wise, the Stallion utilizes spring-supported block foam, which is pretty standard fare as recliner cushioning goes. It’s not gloriously comfortable, but it does offer a very comfortable seating experience, and the pillowed design of the seatback helps make the chair more breathable. That’s a good thing given the Stallion’s upholstery, which we regard as a genuine point of weakness.

Black Color, Lane Stallion Recliner, Front View

The Stallion is clad in bonded leather, which is real leather made from scraps that have been fused. As a result, bonded leather isn’t as strong or as supple as genuine grain leather. The problem is that had Lane chosen to cover this chair with genuine grain leather; it would have increased its price significantly.

The downside is that bonded leather isn’t really all that durable. After a couple of years, you can expect it to start showing its age by peeling and cracking, even if you’re exceptionally careful with it. If you have pets, you can expect that they’ll puncture it within a week, and perhaps before the chair has been in your home for a full day. Not good.

Fortunately, the bones of the chair are rock solid, so when the day comes that you have to have the chair reupholstered, doing so is a good investment because, with proper care, the frame itself will last you for years.

At the end of the day, this is a basic, no-frills design. If that’s what you’re looking for, then it will get your attention immediately. It’s also a bit of a niche product, though. If you weigh 400 pounds or less, you’ll probably find that one of our other finalists of best rated heavy duty recliners will serve you better, so this chair’s real target market is exceptionally tall people who weigh between 400-500 pounds.

That’s a fairly specific, relatively tiny slice of the market, and unless you happen to be a part of it, some other model will probably wind up being more attractive to you. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.


Honorable Mention - Southern Motion’s Hercules Recliner

Southern Motion’s Hercules Recliner

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.0

Summary

The Southern Motion’s Hercules Recliner is a very good, slightly modular recliner that looks great in just about any setting. Recommended for anyone weighing up to 400 pounds who’s’ looking for a bit more freedom and the flexibility to have at least some control over the design of their recliner.

We didn’t feel this portion of our roundup review would be complete without giving a shout out to Southern Motion’s Hercules recliner, which the company specifically designed to compete with our fourth-place entrant, Lane Furniture’s Stallion recliner.

This is an interesting chair for a few reasons, but as we’ll explain below, overall, we find it to be slightly inferior to the chair it was designed to compete against. Before we get into that, let’s start by taking a closer look at the chair’s core statistics.

Chair Specifications

Brown Color, Southern Motion’s Hercules Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Dimensions: 41” W x 42” D x 43” H (74” fully reclined)
  • Seat Width: 23”
  • Seat Depth: 22”
  • Seat Height: 21”
  • Chair Weight: 140 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds

This chair is similar in size to but slightly smaller all around than the Stallion. At full recline, it’s also five inches shorter, but even so, it’s the second-longest recliner in this portion of our roundup review, which puts it in the same general segment of the market.

Disappointingly though, the Hercules only supports 400 pounds of user weight, compared to the Stallion’s 500, which means that the Stallion serves a slightly larger segment of the market.

The seat dimensions and seat height are both excellent fits for the portion of the market this chair is targeting, and even if you’re near the top end of the supported weight limit, you shouldn’t have any trouble fitting comfortably into this chair.

As with most of the other models we’ve talked about in this section, with the notable exception of the Diamond Recliner, finding a permanent home for this chair may be a bit of a challenge if you’re cramped for space.

Like the Stallion, it’s designed along conventional lines, but where the Stallion features a pillowed seatback that improves the chair’s breathability, this one is just a solid wall of disappointingly low-quality upholstery, which means this chair isn’t nearly as breathable as the model it’s designed to compete head to head against.

It’s fine for short duration seating, but if you plan to spend any length of time in this chair at a stretch, it’s going to get increasingly hot and uncomfortable.

Comfort-wise, the Hercules fares much better thanks to one of its two modular add-ons, the recline-a-pedic feature, which, if purchased, adds a layer of memory foam over the spring supported block foam.

The big thing this chair has going for it is its modularity. That’s something most Southern Motion chairs offer, but sadly, there are only two modular options available with this model: Wall Hugging Technology and the recline-a-pedic feature.

Unfortunately, unless you invest in both of those extras, this chair comes up significantly short against the Stallion and in fact, all the other models we’ve talked about so far.

Brown Color, Southern Motion’s Hercules Recliner, Left View

Even worse, the addition of those two features makes this chair far and away the most expensive model on our list of finalists, which is an unfortunate combination of factors.

Given the steep price, we would have expected to see high-end upholstery on the chair, but sadly, the Hercules comes up a bit short here too, offering a hybrid upholstery that’s a blend of polyester and PU. Both are non-breathable, low-end material options, and blending them together doesn’t really improve the equation.

You can expect that after a year to a year and a half of moderate to heavy daily use, the upholstery will start peeling and cracking as the material begins to show its age. If there’s a silver lining here, it lies in the fact that the frame of the chair is exceptionally well-constructed and will last several years longer than the upholstery itself.

Black Color, Southern Motion’s Hercules Recliner, Left View

When the time comes to reupholster, that fact makes doing so a good investment that will extend the useful life of the chair by a number of years, plus, you’ll be able to re-cover the chair in something you like better that offers more in the way of durability.

The Hercules reclines back to about 160 degrees, which isn’t quite flat, but near enough that you can easily use it as a napping chair and could possibly even spend an entire night sleeping in it. If you do so, however, you’ll almost certainly want to put a sheet between you and the hot, non-breathable upholstery, or you’re apt to have a miserable night.

The Hercules also features well-implemented wall hugging technology, which means you’ll only need about 5” of clearance between the back of the chair and whatever wall you decide to place it near, which will make it at least a little easier to find a place to put it.

The Hercules compares favorably to the Stallion in terms of recline capabilities, however. Where the Stallion is a manual, three-position recliner, the Hercules is a powered chair with an infinite number of recline possibilities. That, combined with its modularity makes it an attractive option, but also a super pricey one.

Overall, we just didn’t feel that the bright spots this model brings to the table were enough to warrant the massive difference in price. It’s an interesting chair, and it’s got good bones, so if none of the other recliners we’ve talked about to this point are what you’re looking for, it’s a good option to consider. We do, however, regard it as a relatively weaker option than the rest. On that basis, we can only provisionally recommend it.



Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners in 2023 – Summary Table

Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners - Top Pick

Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

A delightfully low-priced, understated lift chair.
Features an advanced comfort system.
Lay flat capabilities
Infinite recline positions.
Ample storage.
Battery backup system.

CONS

It’s a fairly sizeable chair that may be a challenge to find a permanent home for if you’re short on space.

OUR VERDICT

This is an amazing chair, well-deserving of top honors here. Highly recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners - 2nd Pick

Catnapper Omni 4827 Heavy Duty, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Catnapper Omni 4827 Heavy Duty

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

Longest recliner in the entire roundup, ideally suited for the tallest users. Supports a generous amount of user weight. Delightfully comfortable with an advanced comfort system. Has a battery backup.

CONS

It’s a basic three-position recliner.
Significantly more expensive than the Burns, and with less built-in storage.

OUR VERDICT

If you want the Burns, but it won’t support you, this is a good alternative. We provisionally recommend it.

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Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners - 3rd Pick

Southern Motion Grand Recliner, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Southern Motion Grand Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

A highly modular recliner that allows you to build the perfect chair for you. Battery backup.

CONS

Pricey. You’ll pay a premium for the modularity.

OUR VERDICT

Despite its hefty price tag, the Grand’s modular design approach is amazing. We highly recommend this chair.

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Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners - 4th Pick

Lane Boss Big Man Power Lifter, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Lane Boss Big Man Power Lifter

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

PROS

One of the highest weight capacity lift recliners on the market today.
Comfortable, attractive chair with infinite recline options.
Hidden storage compartments.
USB port and power outlet built into the chair. Battery backup.

CONS

Bonded leather upholstery doesn’t age well and gets hot if you sit in the chair for extended periods.

OUR VERDICT

It’s a good chair, but is somewhat narrowly targeted. Provisionally recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners - Honourable Mention

Mega Motion Easy Comfort, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Mega Motion Easy Comfort

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Good, comfortable chair offered by a company that takes customer service seriously. Infinite recline positions AND presets available for one-touch convenience. Lifetime warranty on lift mechanism.

CONS

Pricey.

OUR VERDICT

Like the Boss, it’s a bit of a niche product, but a good alternative choice if none of the other models presented here work for you. Provisionally recommended.

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Best High Weight Capacity Lift Recliners 2023

Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift

Catnapper Omni 4827 Heavy Duty, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Catnapper Omni 4827 Heavy Duty

Southern Motion Grand Recliner, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Southern Motion Grand Recliner

Lane Boss Big Man Power Lifter, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Lane Boss Big Man Power Lifter

*Honourable Mention*

Mega Motion Easy Comfort, Best High Weight Capacity Recliners, Small

Mega Motion Easy Comfort

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.4

4.2

4.2

4.2

4.1

Price

$$$$

$$$$$

$$$$$

$$$ ½

$$$$

Overall Dimensions

39” W x 42” H x 44” D (76” fully reclined)

42” D x 45” W x 46” H (79” fully reclined)

41” W x 44” D x 46” H (70” fully reclined)

49” W x 42” D x 47” H (76” fully reclined)

39.5” W x 43.5” H x 36” D (72” fully reclined)

Max. Supported Weight

400 pounds

450 pounds

400 pounds

500 pounds

500 pounds

Seat Width

22”

25”

22”

25”

27”

Seat Height

20”

21”

20”

22”

20”

Pros

A delightfully low-priced, understated lift chair.
Features an advanced comfort system.
Lay flat capabilities
Infinite recline positions.
Ample storage.
Battery backup system.

Longest recliner in the entire roundup, ideally suited for the tallest users. Supports a generous amount of user weight. Delightfully comfortable with an advanced comfort system. Has a battery backup.

A highly modular recliner that allows you to build the perfect chair for you. Battery backup.

One of the highest weight capacity lift recliners on the market today.
Comfortable, attractive chair with infinite recline options.
Hidden storage compartments.
USB port and power outlet built into the chair. Battery backup.

Good, comfortable chair offered by a company that takes customer service seriously. Infinite recline positions AND presets available for one-touch convenience. Lifetime warranty on lift mechanism.

Cons

It’s a fairly sizeable chair that may be a challenge to find a permanent home for if you’re short on space.

It’s a basic three-position recliner.
Significantly more expensive than the Burns, and with less built-in storage.

Pricey. You’ll pay a premium for the modularity.

Bonded leather upholstery doesn’t age well and gets hot if you sit in the chair for extended periods.

Pricey.

Our Verdict

This is an amazing chair, well-deserving of top honors here. Highly recommended.

If you want the Burns, but it won’t support you, this is a good alternative. We provisionally recommend it.

Despite its hefty price tag, the Grand’s modular design approach is amazing. We highly recommend this chair.

It’s a good chair, but is somewhat narrowly targeted. Provisionally recommended.

Like the Boss, it’s a bit of a niche product, but a good alternative choice if none of the other models presented here work for you. Provisionally recommended.

Our Top Picks – Lift Chair Category

Winner – Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift Recliner

Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift Recliner

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.4

Summary

The Catnapper Burns 4847 is simple, understated design. Least expensive chair in its class. Built to last but skimps on extras. Recommended for anyone up to 400 pounds who’s looking for a great, basic power lift recliner. If you’re looking for tons of extras, this one’s not a good fit.

Just as Simmons dominated our list of standard recliners, Catnapper dominates this portion of our roundup review, capturing the top two positions for the best high weight capacity lift recliner. The Catnapper Burns is a simple, rugged, low-cost design that is sure to please. As we’ve done previously in this roundup, let’s begin by reviewing the core stats that define the model. 

Chair Specifications

Earth Color, Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift Recliner, Left View
  • Overall Dimensions: 39” W x 44” D x 42” H (76” fully reclined)
  • Seat Width: 22”
  • Seat Depth: 22”
  • Seat Height: 20”
  • Chair Weight: 137 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds

These numbers support each other beautifully. Even if you’re near the top end of the chair’s maximum supported weight limit, the seat is likely to be wide enough that you’ll be able to fit into it quite comfortably, though it still pays to take a quick measurement to be sure.

The seat height is well within the standard big and tall range, which typically starts at 18” and goes up from there. This, in turn, is a good fit with the length of the chair at full recline, which marks the chair as being an excellent choice even for very tall users who are on the heavy side.

As is usually the case with furniture designed for big and tall folk, this is a sizeable chair, but surprisingly, it’s not one of the largest chairs in this roundup review (excepting for the total recline length, which is impressive).

Unfortunately, this chair is not a wall hugger, which is a definite limitation here. You’ll need at least 19” of space between the seatback and whatever wall you decide to place it near in order to fully recline, which might complicate things when it comes to trying to find a permanent home for the chair. This is especially true if you’re planning to put it in a smaller room, or a room already crowded with other furniture.

The Burns is clad in a comfortable, breathable fabric, offered in a quartet of subdued colors, which make it easy to blend it in with whatever color and décor scheme you already have in your home. It also sports a subdued, conventional design that ensures the chair won’t stick out like a sore thumb when sitting next to your other furniture.

It blends. It makes a good compliment. Those are good things, but if you’re looking for something bold and artistic, this isn’t the chair you want.

In addition to being a decent looking piece of furniture, the Burns sports an advanced comfort system that relies on conventional block foam and poly fiberfill, supported by individually wrapped comfort coils like you find in many high-quality mattresses, and further enhanced by the delightful fabric the chair is upholstered in.

Grey Color, Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift Recliner, Right View