Best and Most Comfortable Recliner Chairs for Sleeping in 2020

We’ve scoured the internet on a quest to find the best recliners for sleeping on the market today. During our search, we realized that it was impractical to consider all recliners in a single category, so we broke them down into two groups: Lift chairs and recliners, which includes both manual and powered recliners, as well as recliner-rockers.

We identified a short list of the best chairs in each class and evaluated them against each other, ultimately declaring two winners. We’ll tell you all about the winning chairs just below, and if you disagree with our top picks, we’ll provide full details on all of our finalists. Before we do that though, let’s start by taking a high-level look at the chairs that made our short list in each category.

Because there are more standard recliners on the market today than there are lift chairs, we ended up with a top-ten list for regular recliners and a top five list for lift chair finalists. Before we proceed, let’s introduce them.

Do you suffer from a mobility issue that makes it exceedingly difficult to get into and out of bed?

Are you recovering from a recent surgery? 

Do you have a medical condition like sleep apnea?

Are you a new or expectant mother?

These are just a few of the reasons why sleeping in your bed might be impractical, if not downright impossible. Whatever your reasons for wanting a sleeper recliner, this roundup review was written with you in mind. 

But before we start talking about the details of our top picks and our selection criteria, we should say a few words about why we chose to break this roundup into two lists: Lift Recliners and Non-Lift Recliners.

Lift vs Non-Lift Sleeper

While both types of recliners offer some excellent sleeper options, they generally cater to two very different groups of the market.

Lift chairs tend to be much more highly sought after by people who suffer from some type of mobility issue, where the lift mechanism provides a bit of mechanical assistance that helps get the user back on his or her feet again after spending time in the chair.

People with mobility issues may find it extremely difficult or problematic to get into and out of bed, which prompts them to seek a chair that provides both a reliable lift function and serves as a good sleeping platform.

Non-lifting recliners, by contrast, are appealing to a much broader cross-section of the market. Some users will be interested in a recliner that pulls double duty as a sleeper simply because they want a big, comfy chair to nap and hang out in.

New or expectant mothers might want a rocking recliner for the nursery. Sleep apnea sufferers might be very interested in a sleeper recliner but have no need of a chair with a lift function, and so on.

Answering the lift/no-lift question is the first, most fundamental question on the table. After that, it comes down to a few very specific features.

Selection Criteria

Zeroing in on the best recliners for sleeping was no easy task, but as we dove into the depths of the research, some common threads began emerging. In our view, here are the key elements of a great sleeper recliner:

Upholstery

Size

Comfort System

Recline Function

Extras & Surprises

These were the key factors we zeroed in on when evaluating our finalists. Obviously, different people will place different levels of importance on these factors, which is why, by the time you reach the end of this roundup review, your top pick may differ from ours.

That’s okay, in fact, that’s exactly why we made sure to publish details about not just our overall winners, but all of the chairs on our list of finalists as well!

Best Recliners You Can Sleep In (Top Half) - Top Pick

Doe Fabric Color, Catnapper Owens with Power Headrest and Lumbar Support, in Left-Front Position

Catnapper Owens

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Infinite recline positions, Independently adjustable headrest, gel-infused comfort coils, USB charging port.

CONS

Expensive. Disappointing maximum supported user weight.

OUR VERDICT

This chair is amazing. Provided the weight limit isn’t an issue for you, we highly recommend it.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep In (Top Half) - 2nd Place

Tan Color, Simmons Osborn Power Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Simmons Osborn

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Available in both manual and power configurations. The power variant offers an infinite number of possible recline positions. Comfort system is a combination of block foam, poly fiberfill, and comfort coils. Both a rocker and a recliner. Is a Wall Hugger. Supports a generous amount of user weight. Arrives at your door fully assembled.

CONS

Does not lay perfectly flat.

OUR VERDICT

Although the Catnapper owners is a slightly better chair, this one is accessible to a broader swath of the market. Highly recommended.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep In (Top Half) - 3rd Place

Mocha Color, Simmons Cuddler Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Simmons Cuddler

RATING

PRICE

$ ½

PROS

An infinite number of recline positions available. Comfort system comparable to the Osborn, featuring a mix of poly fiberfill, high-density block foam, and support springs. Wider than your typical chair, which makes for a superior sleeping experience. Arrives at your door fully assembled. Supports a generous amount of user weight.

CONS

No Wall Hugging Technology. Does not lay flat.

OUR VERDICT

An excellent alternative to the Osborne if that model doesn’t work for you for some reason. Highly recommended.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep In (Top Half) - 4th Place

Fossil Color, La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

La-Z-Boy Niagara

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Stylish, attractive, and modestly priced. Both a recliner and a three-position manual recliner. Seat can be reclined without engaging the footrest. Comfort system is a mix of block foam, poly fiberfill, and supporting springs. Features both lumbar and whole back ergonomic support.

CONS

No onboard storage. Doesn’t lay completely flat.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended. It’s much more versatile than a conventional three-position recliner.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep In (Top Half) - 5th Place

Cocoa Color, Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Ludden Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Ashley Furniture Ludden

RATING

PRICE

$

PROS

Incredibly low-priced and attractive. Offered in a variety of configurations. Comfort system is a mix of block foam, poly fiberfill, and supporting springs. Power model offers infinite recline angles.

CONS

No White Glove Service available, no onboard storage, and no battery backup on the power option.

OUR VERDICT

A fantastic budget option. Highly recommended.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep In - Part I

Best Sleeper Recliners 2020

Doe Fabric Color, Catnapper Owens with Power Headrest and Lumbar Support, in Left-Front Position

Catnapper Owens

Tan Color, Simmons Osborn Power Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Simmons Osborn

Mocha Color, Simmons Cuddler Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Simmons Cuddler

Fossil Color, La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

La-Z-Boy Niagara

Cocoa Color, Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Ludden Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Ashley Ludden

Luraco i7 Chair

Rating

4.6

4.6

4.5

4.5

4.5

Price

$$$$

$$

$ ½

$$

$

Dimensions

42” x 43” x 44”

51” x 37” x 42”

44” x 56” x 44”

39” x 41” x 41”

40” x 43” x 43”

Chair Weight

140 pounds

150 pounds

106 pounds

82 pounds

94 pounds

Max Weight 

250 pounds

400 pounds

400 pounds

300 pounds

350 pounds

(250 pounds for the swivel variant)

Seat Width

22”

30”

23”

19”

24”

Seat Depth

20”

22”

21”

21.5”

21”

Seat to Floor

20”

21”

21”

19.5”

20”

White Glove

Yes

No

No

No

No

Wall Clearance

20”

6”

20”

15”

16”

Pros

Infinite recline positions. Independently adjustable headrest. Gel-infused comfort coils. USB charging port

Manual and power variants available. Power variant offers infinite recline positions. Comfort system is a combination of block foam, poly fiberfill, and comfort coils. Rocker and recliner. Wall Hugger. Supports a generous amount of user weight. Arrives at your door fully assembled.

Infinite recline positions available. Comfort system comparable to the Osborn, featuring a mix of poly fiberfill, high-density block foam, and support springs. Wider than your typical recliner. Arrives at your door fully assembled. Supports a generous amount of user weight.

Stylish, attractive, and modestly priced. Both a recliner and a three-position manual recliner. Seat can be reclined without engaging the footrest. Comfort system is a mix of block foam, poly fiberfill, and supporting springs. Features both lumbar and whole back ergonomic support.

Incredibly low-priced and attractive. Offered in a variety of configurations. Comfort system is a mix of block foam, poly fiberfill, and supporting springs. Power model offers infinite recline angles.

Cons

Expensive. Disappointing maximum supported user weight.

Does not lay perfectly flat.

No Wall Hugging Technology. Does not lay flat.

No onboard storage. Doesn’t lay completely flat.

No White Glove Service available, no onboard storage, and no battery backup on the power option.

Our Verdict

This chair is amazing. Provided the weight limit isn’t an issue for you, we highly recommend it.

Although the Catnapper owners is a slightly better chair, this one is accessible to a broader swath of the market. Highly recommended.

An excellent alternative to the Osborne if that model doesn’t work for you for some reason. Highly recommended.

Recommended. It’s much more versatile than a conventional three-position recliner.

A fantastic budget option. Highly recommended.

Catnapper Owens Power Lay Flat Recliner

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.6

Summary

This Catnapper Owens Power Lay Flat Recliner is a superb chair with a couple of high value extras and surprises that you’ll love. Sadly, it’s got a relatively modest weight limit. Recommended for anyone weighing 250 pounds or less.

Catnapper is one of the most well-respected brands in the American furniture industry today, so it’s no great surprise that the company won top honors here. The Owens Lay Flat recliner is a masterpiece of design and a great looking chair to boot, but it’s not without its limitations.

Chair Specifications

Before we get into the specifics, let’s start with the basic statistics that define the model:

Doe Fabric Color, Catnapper Owens with Power Headrest and Lumbar Support, in Left-Front Position
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 42” x 43” x 44”
  • Chair Weight: 140 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds
  • Seat Width: 22”
  • Seat Depth: 20”
  • Seat to Floor Height: 20”

As you can see, this is a sizeable piece of furniture, and it doesn’t incorporate Wall Hugger technology into its design, which means you’re going to need a significant amount of space to use it. If you have a smaller home or apartment, that could be problematic.

The other thing these stats highlight is the chair’s one significant shortcoming. It only supports a modest amount of user weight, which means that it’s not going to be useful for a significant minority of the market.

Power Recline Function

Having said that, you might be wondering how and why this chair managed to snag top honors. That comes down to the fact that in every other respect, this chair is an absolute masterpiece. As a power recliner, it gives you an unlimited number of recline angles to choose from

Adjustable Headrest

That’s not at all uncommon where power recliners are concerned, but the Owens takes things one step farther. The headrest is independently adjustable and also offers an unlimited number of adjustment options. That’s huge, and it’s the only chair we’ve seen on the market today that offers that feature. We love it, and we think you will too!

Lay Flat

Even better, when fully reclined, the Owens lays flat, making it a perfect sleeper.

No Memory Function

The only thing we wish is that, especially given the ability to adjust the chair itself and the headrest to an infinite number of positions, we wish the company had included a memory function allowing you to save your favorite settings and recall them again with one-touch convenience.

That feature exists on a few massage chairs, so we know it’s within the realm of possibility, and in our view would be a great addition on a future model upgrade.

Recliner With Footrest, Catnapper Owens with Power Headrest and Lumbar Support, Doe Fabric

Comfort System

In terms of comfort, the Owens doesn’t disappoint either. It offers a fairly advanced comfort system comprised of high-density block foam and poly fiberfill, supported by an array of individually wrapped, gel-infused comfort coils, just like you see on some models of high-quality mattresses sold today. 

It’s not quite as comfortable as memory foam, but it comes pretty close, and it provides a wonderful level of comfort, whether you’re lounging or sleeping in the chair.

Lumbar Support

On top of that, when you’re sitting up, you’ll get the advantage of the chair’s well-implemented lumbar support! While ergonomic features are quite common in the world of office furniture, there aren’t many recliners that offer them. We were thrilled to see the Catnapper Owens break from the pack in this regard!

Seal Fabric Color, Catnapper Owens with Power Headrest and Lumbar Support, in Left-Front Position

Extras

Although this chair doesn’t come with a side storage pocket, it does feature a handy USB port so you can keep your favorite device fully charged while you’re spending time in the chair.

Easy Assembly

As with most chairs in this category, it doesn’t arrive at your door fully assembled, but the process is quick and easy. If you’d rather not be bothered though, White Glove service is available, making the process of getting the chair ready for first use completely hassle free.

Our Verdict

In other words, the Catnapper Owens does just about everything, and it includes several surprise features that add tremendous value to the chair. If you weigh 250 pounds or less, this chair should be the standard by all your other options are measured against. It’s one of the best premium sleeper recliners on the market today. It is highly recommended.


Simmons Osborn Rocker and Recliner

Value

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 sufficient space for it.

Simmons is the oldest furniture company on our list of finalists. Although they didn’t claim top honors in this category, they managed to secure both the #2 and #3 slots, which is no small feat! Let’s start our review of the Simmons Osborn by taking a closer look at the stats that define the model.

Chair Specifications

Tan Color, Simmons Osborn Power Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 51” x 37” x 42”
  • Chair Weight: 150 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds
  • Seat to Floor Height: 21”
  • Seat Width: 30”
  • Seat Depth: 22”

As you can see, this is a mammoth chair that’s capable of supporting a generous amount of user weight. While we love the size, the simple truth is that it might be too big for some homes. 

Wall Hugging

If you’re cramped for space, this chair is going to be a non-starter. That said, this chair does incorporate Wall Hugging technology into its design, so you’ll only need about 6” of space between the back of the chair and whatever wall you put it near.

Power vs Manual Configuration

Assuming space isn’t an issue for you, the Osborn rocker would make a fantastic addition to just about any home. First and foremost, it can pull double duty as both a rocker and a power recliner with an unlimited number of recline positions on offer, thanks to its powerful, quiet motor.

Note that you can, if you prefer, order a manual variant of the Osborn. If you do, you’ll lose out on some of the flexibility. In the place of an infinite number of recline positions, you’ll get a standard three-position recliner.

No Lay Flat Position

Also note that whichever variant you choose, the Osborn doesn’t lay completely flat. That’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, because if you have trouble getting a decent night’s sleep in your bed, the odds are good that you won’t want to lay perfectly flat in your recliner anyway. Even if that’s not the case, this chair lays close enough to flat that you’ll get a good night’s sleep.

Wide Seat

Take another look at those basic stats. The seat width is incredible. It’s almost as wide as a loveseat! In fact, the seat is so wide that you’re not likely to be able to make comfortable use of both armrests simultaneously. The tradeoff is that when you recline back to go to sleep, the extra room will make the experience that much more comfortable.

Comfort

Where comfort is concerned, the Osborn features a mix of high-density block foam, poly fiberfill and an array of individually wrapped comfort coil springs just like you find on high-quality mattresses. 

Comfortable Block Foam Padding, Simmons Osborn Power Rocker Recliner, Tan

It’s not quite as comfortable as memory foam, but the experience is delightful, regardless of what you’re using the chair for. You’ll be able to spend several hours of each day in the chair without any discomfort.

Assembly

One thing we love about Simmons chairs is the fact that no matter what you buy from them, it will arrive at your door fully assembled. That’s fantastic in most cases but look again at the stats of this model. There’s no way the Osborn is going to fit through a standard door. The back is going to have to come off to get it inside and where you want it.

Fortunately, that’s easy to do, but given the size of the chair, we recommend to have a trusty assistant on standby when the chair arrives to make the job easier. Unfortunately, White Glove service is not available for this model.

Our Verdict

We love almost everything about this chair. It’s big, it’s comfortable, and it’s useful for a variety of purposes. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable nursery chair, something to recover from surgery in, or you just want a new living room chair for lounging around in; the Osborn is an excellent choice. It’s well-deserving of the second-place spot on our list and one of the best recliner chairs to sleep in on the market today.


Simmons Cuddler

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The Simmons Cuddler 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!

If the Simmons Osborn isn’t a good fit for you, whatever the reason, then the Simmons Cuddler might be a better fit for you. Like its cousin, the Osborn, this is a big piece of furniture, and unfortunately, it doesn’t have the benefit of Wall Hugger technology, so you’ll need even more space to use this one effectively. Check out the basic stats for this chair.

Chair Specifications

Mocha Color, Simmons Cuddler Recliner, in Left-Front Position
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 44” x 56” x 44”
  • Chair Weight: 106 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 400 pounds
  • Seat Width: 23”
  • Seat Depth: 21”
  • Seat to Floor Height: 21”

Although it’s somewhat lighter than the Osborn, it supports the same amount of user weight. It’s bigger overall, but the seat width isn’t nearly as wide. Even so, it’s an exceptionally roomy, which makes it a great lounging, napping or sleeping chair. You could even fit two smaller people in it if they snuggled close, thus the name of the model.

Recline Function

As a power recliner, this model offers infinite recline positions. Although it doesn’t lay completely flat, it does come close enough that you’ll have absolutely no difficulty finding a comfortable position to sleep through the night.

Comfort

The Cuddler is exceptionally well-padded, featuring a combination of high-density block foam, poly fiberfill and a network of support springs. When reclining in this chair, the feeling is very similar to relaxing on a good quality mattress. Just add a blanket, and you’re ready for a delightful night’s sleep!

Assembly

On top of that, it’s proudly made right here in the US of A, and if you decide to order one, it will arrive at your door fully assembled and ready for its first use.

We love that, but there’s a catch. It’s actually the same catch we mentioned when we were talking about the Osborn. Check out those dimensions again. There’s no way this chair is going to fit through your front door fully assembled. You’re going to have to take the back off to get it inside the house and into whatever room you want to place it in.

The good news on that front is that this chair is somewhat lighter than the Osborn. Even so, since White Glove Service is not available, you’ll probably want an assistant on standby when the chair arrives to make things a little easier.

Comfortable Foam Padding, Simmons Cuddler Recliner, Mocha

Our Verdict

The chair has incredible production values and is built to last. If you buy one of these, you can count on it delivering years of reliable service. While it’s not quite as versatile as the Osborn, it’s an outstanding second choice if the Osborn proves to be an unworkable choice for you for any reason.


La-Z-Boy Niagara Rocker Recliner

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The La-Z-Boy Niagara Rocker Recliner is an expertly designed chair with a couple of pleasant surprises on offer. Recommended for anyone up to 6’4” in height, weighing 300 pounds or less.

La-Z-Boy is one of the best-known names in the American furniture industry. Not only have they been in the business for a long time, but they’ve got a reputation for excellence that’s reflected both in the quality of their products and in their post-sales service and support.

The Niagara is an excellent example of their work. Let’s start with a review of the chair’s basic stats.

Chair Specifications

Fossil Color, La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner, in Front Position
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 39” x 41” x 41”
  • Chair Weight: 82 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
  • Seat to Floor Height: 19.5”
  • Seat Width: 19”
  • Seat Depth: 21.5”

This is a fairly sizeable (though surprisingly lightweight), stylish piece of furniture, offered in your choice of Fossil or Platinum-colored fabric. Both are neutral colors, which makes it easy for this attractive chair to blend seamlessly into your home’s existing décor scheme, whatever it might be.

Unfortunately, this model doesn’t incorporate Wall Hugging technology into its design, so you’ll need to be sure you’ve got at least 15” of space between the back of the chair and whatever wall you plan on placing it near.

Based on the stats above, we’d judge this to be a good chair for anyone up to about 6’4” in height, weighing 300 pounds or less, which makes it a good fit for the vast majority of the market.

Recline Function

Understand that this is a standard three-position manual recliner, with its default position, “TV Mode” and “Fully Reclined” mode available. That makes it less flexible than power recliners, which typically offer an infinite number of recline positions, but as long as you’re not too particular, those three positions will work well enough.

Recliner Position, La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Fossil

One detail worth mentioning though is the fact that you can recline the seat back without engaging the footrest, which makes it somewhat more versatile than a conventional three-position recliner.

Note though, that when fully reclined, the Niagara doesn’t lay completely flat, but it gets you about 80% the way there, which is fine for most purposes. If you absolutely need a lay flat recliner though, this isn’t the one you want. 

Comfort

Where comfort is concerned, the Niagara delivers via a mix of block foam, poly fiberfill and a supporting layer of springs which deliver a delightful seating, napping or sleeping experience. Granted, it’s not next-level comfort like you get with chairs that offer memory foam or other advanced comfort materials, but it is wonderfully comfortable. You’ll have no difficulty snuggling into this chair and drifting off to sleep.

Rocker

In addition to being a high-quality, low-priced recliner, it also pulls double duty as a rocker, which makes it a great addition to any home nursery. Even better, this is one of only a handful of recliners on the market today that is built with ergonomic features woven into the mix. Here, you’ll find both lumbar support and well-implemented whole back support.

Not only does that help make the chair even more comfortable, but it’s also a nice compliment to your home office chair, assuming you have one. It’s incredibly likely that whatever office chair you’re using sports ergonomic features, but most other home furnishings don’t. Kudos to La-Z-Boy for the inclusion. A nice touch, indeed.

Rocking Relaxtion, La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Fossil

Our Verdict

All that to say, it’s an exceptionally well made, versatile piece of furniture, suitable for a variety of different purposes. The only (minor) drawbacks to the model are these:

  • It doesn’t offer any sort of onboard storage.
  • And it doesn’t arrive at your door, and sadly, White Glove service is unavailable, so you’ll want to have an assistant close at hand for when the chair arrives.

Neither of those are deal-breakers though, and given the modest price this chair is being offered at, it’s an excellent choice for just about anyone. As long as you don’t need to lay perfectly flat, it’s one of the best recliners to sleep in for the money.


Ashley Ludden Rocker and Recliner

Ashley Ludden Rocker and Recliner

Value

Comfort

Aesthetic Flexibility*

Brand Reliability**

4.5

Summary

The Ashley Ludden Rocker and Recliner is a superb chair offered in a variety of configurations. Recommended for anyone who weighs less than 350 pounds (the swivel option will support users weighing up to 250 pounds).

The Ashley Ludden is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture on the market today, offered by a company with a history of excellence in the American furniture market. Not only that, but it’s a good-looking chair, offered in four different colors, which makes it easy for this chair to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your home’s décor scheme, no matter what it might be.

Chair Specifications

Before we get into specifics though, here are the basic stats that define this model:

Cocoa Color, Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Ludden Rocker Recliner, in Front Position
  • Overall Product Dimensions: 40” x 43” x 43”
  • Chair Weight: 94 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 350 pounds (250 pounds for the swivel variant)
  • Seat to Floor Height: 20”
  • Seat Width: 24”
  • Seat Depth: 21”

This model isn’t quite big enough to count as a big and tall chair. The relatively lightweight and maximum supported weight values don’t support it, but it’s definitely a delightfully overstuffed chair. Even better, you can get yours in either power or manual configurations, and on a standard or swiveling base. Be aware, however, that if you order the swivel base, it will significantly reduce the amount of weight the chair can support.

Even so, counting the color options, that gives you a dozen different configurations to choose from, which is impressive.

Unfortunately, none of the Ludden options incorporate Wall Hugging technology into their design, so you’ll need to place the chair about 20” from whatever wall you plan on setting it near.

Power vs Manual

If you choose the manual option, you’ll be getting a standard three-position recliner. If you go with the power option, you’ll have an unlimited number of recline options available. Whichever you choose, at the Ludden’s maximum angle of recline, the chair will lay about 80% flat

While it doesn’t lay completely flat, that’s good enough for the vast majority of the market, and certainly, enough to get a decent night’s sleep. After all, if you have a condition like sleep apnea or are recovering from a surgery, it may be outright impossible to get a good night’s sleep while lying flat on your back.

Comfort

On the comfort front, the Ludden features a wonderfully soft pillowed upholstery covering generous amounts of block foam and poly fiberfill, supported by a system of steel springs. While it’s not the most comfortable chair we’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting in, it does offer a spectacularly relaxing seating experience.

It gets better though because this is one of the few recliners on the market today that offers ergonomic supports! Both the lumbar support system and the chair’s whole-back support are expertly implemented, both of which enhance the chair’s comfort.

Recliner Footrest, Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Ludden Rocker Recliner, Cocoa

Our Verdict

So, it’s a rocker, it’s a recliner, it lays mostly flat, and is comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep in, and you can get yours in a dozen different configurations, counting the Ludden’s color options. That’s pretty spectacular, and it makes it an easy chair to love.

The only real drawbacks are these:

  • The chair has no storage pocket.
  • The power recliner variants could benefit from a battery backup system.
  •  And we’d love it if the company offered White Glove Service to make the setup process hands-free.

None of those are deal-breakers, however, and this is a superb chair — one of the best reclining chairs for sleeping on the market today.


Best Recliners You Can Sleep On (Bottom Half) - 6th Place

Granite Color, La-Z-Boy Calvin PowerReclineXR Reclina-Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

La-Z-Boy Calvin Recliner Rocker

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Infinite recline positions, USB port, delightfully comfortable, multiple configuration available, and you can even get a battery backup as an optional upgrade! Also offers lumbar and whole back ergonomic support.

CONS

No advanced seating positions.

OUR VERDICT

Wonderful, versatile chair. Highly recommended.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep On (Bottom Half) - 7th Place

Sage Fabric Color, Catnapper Cloud 12 6541-2 Manual Chaise Rocker Recliner Chair, in Left-Front Position

Catnapper Cloud 12 Rocker Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

An incredibly attractive, capable and comfortable three-position recliner and rocker, offered by one of the legends in the industry. Comfort system is a mix of block foam, poly fiberfill, and more than fifty individually wrapped comfort coils. Seatback and footrest can be operated independently.

CONS

Pricey. It’s also a very big chair that doesn’t incorporate wall hugging technology. If you have a smaller home or apartment, it will be very difficult to find a permanent home for this chair.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, if you have the space for it.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep On (Bottom Half) - 8th Place

Softsuede Fudge, Flash Furniture Contemporary Softsuede Fudge Microfiber Rocker Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Flash Furniture Rocker and Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$

PROS

An inexpensive, basic manual three-position recliner that also features a rocking function. Well-padded and comfortable.

CONS

Narrow seat and limited max. supported weight makes this chair unsuitable for a significant segment of the market.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for anyone under 250 pounds who’s looking for a combination rocker and recliner, provided that the seat width isn’t an issue.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep On (Bottom Half) - 9th Place

Khaki Microfiber, ProLounger Wall Hugger Recliner Chair, in Right-Front Position

ProLounger Wall Hugger Recliner

RATING

PRICE

$

PROS

Delightfully inexpensive, Wall Hugger, surprisingly high quality for the price, including its comfort system which features block foam, poly fiberfill and comfort coils.

CONS

Narrow seat makes the chair unsuitable for a significant segment of the market.

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for anyone on a budget, provided the measurements are a good fit for you.

More Specifications...

Best Recliners You Can Sleep On (Bottom Half) - Honorable Mention

Taupe Color, Lifestyle Power Recliner, in Left-Front Position

Lifestyle Power Recliner

RATING