Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Reviews 2022

TL;DR Summary

We’ve scoured the internet and gathered all the best electric recliner chairs on the market today in one place, evaluated them, and selected an overall winner. Here are our results:

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair - Overall

Windermere Burton

Best Lift Recliner Chair Under $600

Ashley Furniture Ernestine

Do you suffer from weight or mobility issues?  Have you recently had major surgery and can’t move around as well, or as easily as you were once able to?  If so, then a power lift chair may be just what the doctor ordered (literally, in some cases!).

The great thing about these types of chairs is that they give people their freedom and independence back. No more calling for help when you need to get in or out of your chair! Even better, depending on what kind of insurance you have, if the chair is deemed medically necessary, you may be able to get some help paying for it.

In the sections that follow, we’ll take a closer look at our winner and the other top contenders for the best power lift recliner today. But before we do that, let’s start by taking a high-level view in table form to give you a quick overview. 

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair - Overall

Best Power Lift Recliner

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Windermere Burton

Catnapper Burns 4847

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Cozzia MC-520 Lift Recliner

Mega Motion Easy Comfort

Stellar Comfort UC556

Rating

4.55

4.43

4.25

4.15

4.13

Price

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Dimensions

40” x 38” x 47”

40” x 38” x 47”

36” x 30” x 44”

36” x 39.5” x 43.5”

38.5” x 38” x 45”

Chair Weight

125 pounds

138 pounds

165 pounds

143 pounds

153 pounds

Weight Capacity

375 pounds

400 pounds

300 pounds

500 pounds

357 pounds

Extras

Battery backup system, offers Trendelenburg seating position, lots of pockets and storage, includes a USB port!

Battery backup system, two storage pockets

Lumbar heat, airbag (compression) massage, body stretching

Battery backup, two storage pockets

Battery backup system, two storage pockets, offers both a Zero-G seating position and Trendelenburg.

Pros

High-quality chair, offered by an outstanding company. The inclusion of the USB port is a nice touch. Footrest extension makes it ideal for taller users.

Steel lift mechanism and seat tray, impressive five-year warranty, smooth, quiet operation, good service and support.

The MC-520 is one part power lift recliner and one part massage chair!

Durable construction, lifetime warranty on lift mechanism, battery backup, excellent service and support.

An American-made chair with four preset seating options. Great for napping and even sleeping overnight.

Cons

A little on the pricey side.

It’s a high-quality, but basic power lift recliner with a limited number of extras.

Not great for long-term sleeping.

You pay a premium for the quality, but to keep the price reasonable, the chair skimps on extras.

Pricey. The quilted seatback may be aesthetically off-putting for some.

* 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 Top Pick

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Windermere Burton

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

High-quality chair, offered by an outstanding company. The inclusion of the USB port is a nice touch. Footrest extension makes it ideal for taller users.

CONS

A little on the pricey side.

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Runner Up

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Catnapper Burns 4847

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Steel lift mechanism and seat tray, impressive five-year warranty, smooth, quiet operation, good service and support.

CONS

It’s a high-quality, but basic power lift recliner with a limited number of extras.

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Second Runner Up

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Cozzia MC-520 Lift Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

The MC-520 is one part power lift recliner and one part massage chair!

CONS

Not great for long-term sleeping.

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Also Good

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Mega Motion Easy Comfort

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Durable construction, lifetime warranty on lift mechanism, battery backup, excellent service and support.

CONS

Again, you pay a premium for the quality, but to keep the price reasonable, the chair skimps on extras.

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Also Good

Stellar Comfort UC556

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

An American-made chair with four preset seating options. Great for napping and even sleeping overnight.

CONS

Pricey. The quilted seatback may be aesthetically off-putting for some.

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Top 5 Power Lift Recliners (Best Overall) In Detail

Windermere Burton

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.55

Summary

The Windermere Burton is a well-designed, fine-crafted chair with enough comfort and extras to keep you smiling. Trendelenburg seating is a nice perk, but you can often find Zero-G seating offered for the same or even less money. Recommended for anyone, but it’s an especially good fit for taller users.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to even tell who the players are in any given market.  Windermere is a perfect case in point.  The company is actually a subsidiary of Mega Motion, which is itself a subsidiary of Pride Mobility, one of the leading manufacturers of mobility products in the world.  Indirectly then, that gives Pride Mobility two entries on our chart, making them the dominant player in the market.

There’s a good reason for that.  The company has been in the business for a long time, and their products are excellent.

With a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds, the Windermere Burton is capable of supporting most users, although if you need a lift chair because you’re struggling with weight issues, it may not be enough.  If so, that’s okay, we’ve got other chairs on our list that will be a better fit for you.

It’s plush and comfortable, offered in three different colors (cobblestone, nutmeg, and cranapple) and stylish enough to make an attractive addition to most any home.

In terms of strengths, here are the major ones in our view:

  • Ideally suited for taller users, thanks to the inclusion of a footrest extension
  • An infinite number of recline positions available (no presets)
  • A super-simple remote with just four buttons – anyone can master this chair in no time
  • Quick and easy setup (five minutes or less to be up and running)
  • Excellent post-sale service and support
  • A battery backup system that won’t leave you stranded if the lights go out
  • Big, roomy storage pockets on both sides of the chair
  • An included USB port for charging your favorite devices
  • Trendelenburg Seating Position available

This last is perhaps the most interesting of the features on offer, and the Windermere is the only chair on our list with this feature.

It’s quite similar to the Zero-G seating position offered by premium massage chairs, allowing the user to lay back so that the feet are higher than the head by fifteen to thirty degrees, providing incredible comfort.  It’s great for both long-duration sitting and napping or sleeping.

The only potential downside is that the chair is a bit on the pricey side, and as such, may be out of reach for some consumers, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.  It’s exceptional, and we stand by it as our overall top pick as the best power recliner chair with a lift function.

Catnapper Burns 4847

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.43

Summary

The Catnapper Burns 4847  Power Lift Recliner has a 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.

Catnapper makes a wide range of power lift recliners, and has a reputation for excellence, as reflected in the company’s impressive five-year warranty. It’s no wonder that the company winds up featuring prominently in best power lift recliner reviews.

While the Catnapper Burns 4847 doesn’t provide a lot in the way of extras, it is solidly built, featuring both a steel lift mechanism and seat frame, an extra wide seating area, and offers an infinite number of recline positions via the included remote.  It’s also got the second highest weight capacity of any chair on our list of finalists.  Only the Mega Motion (our honorable mention) beats it in this category.

An Image of Catnapper Burns 4847 Recliner Chair Element Fabric Varients

Element Fabric

An Image of Catnapper Burns 4847 Recliner Chair Basil Fabric Varients

Basil Fabric

Of particular interest, this is one of a minority of power lift recliners that will lay back fully, allowing you to not only sit in it for extended periods but to get a decent night’s sleep if needs be.  It’s also proudly made in the USA, has a battery backup mechanism that won’t leave you stranded in the chair should the power fail, and is incredibly comfortable, covered with durable woven velvet that is both stain and fire resistant.

The ottoman and the chair itself are driven by separate motors, allowing for independent operation, which increases the flexibility and number of recline positions available.
An Image of Catnapper Burns 4847 Recliner Chair Earth Fabric Varients

Earth Fabric

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Vino Fabric

It’s offered in four different colors, too:

  • Element
  • Basil
  • Earth
  • Vino

The spectrum of colors on offer, combined with its modern styling means that it’ll blend in easily, whatever your home’s décor.  An excellent chair, offered by a great company.


Cozzia MC-520 Lift Recliner Chair

Value (price, performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.25

Summary

Combines the best features of a power lift recliner and a massage chair. While not the most comfortable or the best value, the Cozzia MC-520 ranks highest overall, across all dimensions considered.

Recommended for people who suffer from both mobility and chronic pain issues. Its somewhat bland styling won’t win at any beauty contests but can suit a variety of home décor schemes.

Cozzia manufactures massage chairs, which almost gives them an unfair advantage in the power lift recliner market because they can bring their expertise from that market to this one.  Only the fact that our top picks in this category have a stronger brand reliability kept this one from claiming top honors. From a technical perspective, it’s a masterpiece.

Aesthetically, it looks more like an executive desk chair than a traditional recliner, which may not be for everyone, but from a pure functionality standpoint, it’s got it all.

While it’s true that there are more comfortable chairs on the market, and that this one isn’t optimized for sleeping in, it offers smooth, quiet recline and lift actions, and a whole lot more, including:
  • The ability to adjust the headrest up or down, and “in and out.”
  • The ability to move the footrest independently from the chair back
  • Six pre-sets recline positions: Home, TV, Reading, Lift, Zero-G, and Flat (which is good for short naps, but not as good for overnight sleeping)
  • Offers an airbag, compression massage
  • Offers a surprisingly good body stretch feature

The most interesting aspects of the chair come from its massage chair elements.  The airbag massage is surprisingly good, especially when combined with lumbar heat, providing a solid therapeutic benefit.  The body stretch function isn’t best-in-class, but is also quite good, and provides even more therapeutic benefit.

Zero-G seating is a unique addition that’s normally reserved for “proper” massage chairs.  It provides amazing comfort and really does make you feel weightless, by reclining you to a position such that your knees are elevated slightly above your heart.

Add that to the basic power lift and recline functions, and it’s hard not to fall in love with this model.  In our view, the MC-520 is well deserving of a spot on our list of finalists and thanks to its built-in massage functionality it’s quite possibly the best lift chair for seniors on the market today. You won’t be disappointed.

Mega Motion Easy Comfort

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.15

Summary

Solidly built and well-designed. Skimps on extras and isn’t the most attractive, but if you’re looking for basic functionality and a high weight limit, the Mega Motion Easy Comfort's hard to beat.

Recommended For: Ideal for heavier users (highest supported weight in its class, up to 500 pounds)

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While many of the chairs mentioned here are designed and built with seniors in mind, this one takes a different approach.  With a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds, the Easy Comfort is ideal for those who struggle with weight problems.

The lift mechanism is solid steel, and incredibly durable, while the frame is built from furniture-grade hardwood and plywood.  The motor offers smooth, quiet operation, and the remote can be used to set the chair to three positions:  Closed, partial recline, and full recline.  If the present recline options aren’t enough, the chair can also be used to precisely set the angle of recline.

The wired remote is easy to use and master, plus the chair is remarkably comfortable.  Chaise lounge-style and overstuffed, it’s designed for extended periods of sitting.  While it’s suitable for short naps, one of the drawbacks is that it doesn’t recline quite far enough to make it good for long duration sleeping.  It’ll work in a pinch, but is less than ideal.

The lift mechanism has a lifetime warranty and a one-year in-home service warranty.  It even comes with an integrated battery backup, so you won’t have to worry about being stranded with no way to get your feet back under you if the power should fail.

Mega Motion is actually a subsidiary company of Pride Mobility, one of the leading manufacturers of power scooters, power wheelchairs, and other mobility devices.  They’ve got a long reputation, and a stellar track record when it comes to this type of product, and few companies do it better.

The emphasis on quality (as reflected in the lifetime warranty on the steel lift mechanism), and the company’s excellent track record of post-sale service and support are the major drivers of the chair’s price. Aside from the twin side-pockets, it doesn’t offer much in the way of extras, but is one of the best lift recliners on the market today, and is well worth the asking price.


Stellar Comfort UC556 Power Lift Chair

Stellar Comfort UC556 Lift Chair

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.13

Summary

Top marks for comfort! Stellar Comfort UC556 Lift Chair is recommended for people between 5’ 4” and 6’ 2,” weigh 375 pounds or less, and are looking for an American made chair that maximizes comfort, this is the model you want.

The UC 556 is new on our list. Proudly made in the USA, the chair is a bit on the pricey side, but is well made, fairly attractive and designed along traditional lines, and offered in a modest selection of colors that makes it easy to fit into most any home décor scheme.

In addition to being able to recline the seat back and footrest independently, which gives you a virtually unlimited number of possible recline angles, one thing you’ll really like about the model is the fact that it comes with four different preset seating positions that are available at the touch of a button. These are:

  • TV Watching
  • Zero-G
  • Sleep
  • Trendelenburg
An illustration of Ultra Comfort UC556 cut in half showing beautiful inside view

Most chairs that have custom seating positions opt for either the inclusion of a Zero-G position, or Trendelenburg but you almost never see them both together in the same chair.

That’s because they are quite similar, with the Trendelenburg position reclining you back farther (and arguably, to a less comfortable position) which provides better circulatory support, while Zero-G reclines to a less severe angle and is generally seen as being more comfortable and relaxing.

In our view, having both isn’t a necessity, but if you’re looking for a chair that offers both, then the UC 556 automatically moves to the front of the line for you.

Not everyone will like the quilted design of the seat back, but it has the advantage of adding to the overall level of comfort the chair provides, and the chair can recline to a position that’s almost completely flat.

That, coupled with the pocketed coil springs in the seat (like a mattress) makes it one of the best napping chairs in its class, and is reasonably well-suited to sleeping in the chair overnight, which is especially important for people who have serious mobility issues and wind up spending the better part of each day in their chair and have trouble transferring from chair to bed at night.

The designers of the UC-556 did their best to keep the cost of the chair down, so you won’t find much in the way of extras here, although the chair does offer a pair of generously sized storage pockets and a battery backup system so you won’t ever have to worry about being stranded in the chair should the power fail.

It’s a solid design and well-deserving of a spot on our list as one of the best lift chair recliners sold today. You’ll be especially interested in this one if you:

  • Suffer from a serious mobility issue that harshly restricts your ability to get in and out of the chair such that you often find yourself sleeping in it.
  • Are looking for an American-made product.
  • And like the idea of having access to both a Zero-G seating option and Trendelenburg.


Best Electric Lift Recliner Chair Under $600

As great as the chairs we talked about above are, the simple truth is that they might be out of reach for some people.  Fortunately, there are some fantastic value-priced options for people on a budget.  We’ll take a look at those just below.

As before though, before we get to the details of each chair, let’s take a high-level view, in chart form, at our top picks.

Best Electric Lift Recliner Chair Under  $600

Ashley Furniture Ernestine

Ashley Furniture Yandel

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Coaster Power Lift Small - Chair Institute

Coaster Power Lift Recliner

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Madison Home Classic Small - Chair Institute

Madison Home Classic

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Frivity Power Lift Small - Chair Institute

Magic Union Wall Hugger

Rating

4.13

4.06

3.74

3.69

3.63

Price

$$

$$

$$

$$

$

Dimensions

38.75” x 37” x 43"

35” x 40” x 42.5”

34” x 34” x 30”

32” x 36” x 42”

32” x 34” x 42”

Chair Weight

145 pounds

121 pounds

126 pounds

115 pounds

110 pounds

Weight Capacity

350 pounds

300 pounds

330 pounds

330 pounds

330 pounds

Extras

Battery Backup system

Battery Backup system

Extremely soft and comfortable

None

Wheels that make it easy to move. Simple, fixed-frame massage function, with heat!

Pros

Dual motors allow for infinite recline positions. Good napping chair. Offered by a great company with exceptional support.

Dual motors allow for infinite recline positions. Offered by a great company with exceptional support.

Easily the most comfortable chair on this list. Extra neck support. Emergency backup system.

Well priced, simple, classic design. Ideal for smaller individuals.

For the price, we were amazed to see both a massage and a heat function.

Cons

None to speak of. We would love to have seen some preset seating positions but this may have raised the price sufficiently to move it out of the budget range.

Bonded leather will start showing its age quickly. You’ll get hot sitting in it for extended periods. Not a great napping chair.

Won’t recline completely flat, which is a shame, given how comfortable it is.

None – it’s bare bones, but a well-priced, perfectly acceptable lift chair.

At full price, we’d have expected to see more advanced functionality (better massage, heat)

Our Top Pick

Ashley Furniture Ernestine

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Dual motors allow for infinite recline positions. Good napping chair. Offered by a great company with exceptional support.

CONS

None to speak of. We would love to have seen some preset seating positions but this may have raised the price sufficiently to move it out of the budget range.

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Runner Up

Ashley Furniture Yandel

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Dual motors allow for infinite recline positions. Offered by a great company with exceptional support.

CONS

Bonded leather will start showing its age quickly. You’ll get hot sitting in it for extended periods. Not a great napping chair.

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Second Runner Up

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Coaster Power Lift Small - Chair Institute

Coaster Power Lift Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Easily the most comfortable chair on this list. Extra neck support. Emergency backup system.

CONS

Won’t recline completely flat, which is a shame, given how comfortable it is.

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Also Good

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Madison Home Classic Small - Chair Institute

Madison Home Classic

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Well priced, simple, classic design. Ideal for smaller individuals.

CONS

None – it’s bare bones, but a well-priced, perfectly acceptable lift chair.

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Honorable Mention

Best Power Lift Recliner Chair Magic Union Wall Hugger Small - Chair Institute

Magic Union Wall Hugger

RATING

PRICE

$

PROS

For the price, we were amazed to see both a massage and heat function included! Highest weight capacity in its class.

CONS

Chinese manufactured – may be difficult to get parts and support for, should something break.

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Top 5 Power Lift Recliners Under $600 In More Detail

Ashley Furniture Ernestine

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.13

Summary

The Ashley Furniture Ernestine Power is an unobtrusive, surprisingly comfortable lift chair, offered by one of the biggest names in the American furniture industry. Recommended for anyone weighing 350 pounds or less who’s looking for a capable, comfortable lift chair on a budget.

Ashley Furniture storms onto our revised product listing, capturing the #1 and #2 spots in the market for value-priced lift chairs, and we’re thrilled to see it.

Normally, this segment of the market is dominated by off-brands which have questionable customer service and support. Ashley Furniture’s entry into this space gives customers on a budget the opportunity to own a high-quality lift chair made by a company with decades of experience making good quality furniture and the post-sales support reputation to make buying from them a no-brainer.

The Ernestine is part of Ashley’s “Signature Series” of power lift chairs, and in our view, is the best that the company is currently offering. While it lacks the kinds of “extras” commonly found in more expensive chairs, it’s got the basics well covered.

The Ernestine is an attractive design, but it has an understated look about it which makes it blend in well to whatever room you put it in, regardless of your home’s décor scheme.

While there are no preset seating positions on offer here, the dual motor system utilized by the Ernestine allows you an infinite number of recline positions, since you can control the recline angle of the seatback and the footrest independently.

In addition to that, the Ernestine boasts a battery backup system, so you’ll never get stranded in the chair if you’re sitting in it when the power fails. With luck, you’ll never need that functionality, but if and when you do need it, you’ll be very glad it’s there!

Aside from that and the two roomy storage pockets, there are no other extras to talk about, but that’s not terribly surprising in the value segment of the market.

Ashley Furniture Ernestine Power Lift Recliner Side Left View - Chair Institute

What you’re getting is a good lift chair with basic functionality, offered by one of the biggest names in the American furniture industry, and that’s a very good thing.

Another feature worth talking about here is the upholstery. While we’d prefer to have seen something other than polyester fabric, it’s heads and shoulders better than bonded leather, especially if you plan on using the chair for extended periods of time every day.

The reason comes down to breathability. Spend any time at all sitting in a leather chair and it’s going to get hot, which makes leather-clad chairs a poor choice if you are looking for something you can take a nap in.

The design decision to use fabric instead of bonded leather is an excellent one in our view and that, combined with generous block foam padding makes it a comfortable chair that will stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use.

Ashley Furniture did a great job at threading the needle here, offering a superb mix of form and function while keeping the price relatively low. We absolutely stand by this as our top pick in the budget segment of the market. You’ll be proud to own this model.


Ashley Furniture Yandel

Value (Price, Performance)

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.06

Summary

The Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner is an understated but attractive power lift recliner, offered by a world-class company for a surprisingly modest price. Recommended for anyone weighing 350 pounds or less, provided the chair isn’t for heavy daily use.

The Yandel is Ashley Furniture’s second entry in the sub-$600 segment of the market. While the two chairs are functionally similar, there are a couple of important details to take note of, and these explain why the Yandel ultimately ranks slightly lower than the Ernestine.

For starters, check out the dimensions of the chair and the weight limit. It’s slightly smaller than the Ernestine and supports less weight. Even so, the 300-pound weight limit makes it a decent choice for a broad swath of the market.

The second difference though, may give you pause. The Yandel is upholstered with bonded leather.

Bonded leather is real leather, but it’s made using leather scraps that have been fused together. As such, it’s not as strong, durable or supple as genuine grain leather and it will begin to start showing its age much sooner than you’d like. That’s especially true if you plan on using the chair for several hours of each day which is, in practice, how most people with mobility issues use their lift chairs.

The other issue is that the leather upholstery makes the Yandel a poor choice for napping. As we mentioned in the last section, fabric is superior here, because if you spend more than a couple hours at a time in a leather upholstered chair, it’s going to get hot and you’re going to get sweaty.

While the Yandel is an attractive chair and the leather looks great, it just doesn’t stand up well to the rigors of heavy daily use and it’s too hot to use for a napping chair, much less to consider sleeping in it overnight.

Ashley Yandel Power Lift Recliner Full Width Position - Chair Institute

Even so, if your mobility issue isn’t severe and you only need a lift chair for occasional use, this is a great option.

Everything else about the chair is identical to the Ernestine, we just mentioned. It utilizes two motors, the seatback and footrest recline independently, giving you an infinite number of possible recline settings, and it lacks preset seating options programmed into the remote.

In terms of extras, like the Ernestine, aside from the battery backup system (which is an admittedly nice touch!), the only other extra on offer are the two roomy storage pockets on the sides of the chair.

While it’s not as versatile as the Ernestine, it’s still a great little chair and for the right user, could be absolutely perfect.


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