In a Nutshell:
The Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift Recliner 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.
Value for the Money
Mobility issues can be caused by any number of things: arthritis, a recent surgery, or just the simple fact that you’re getting older. As such, you are less able to move around as easily as you used to. Whatever the cause, it can be intensely frustrating. Having to call for help to do things you used to find trivial can be a big blow, both to your self-esteem and to your independence.
If you find that you’re having trouble standing up after you’ve been sitting for a while, a power lift chair can help, but there’s a problem – there are scores of models on the market and trying to cut through the clutter and finding the “right” one for you can be a real challenge.
We’ve tried to make the search easier. Recently, we conducted a roundup of the best power lift recliners on the market today, and the Catnapper Burns 4847 placed a respectable fourth on our list of finalists. It’s a rock-solid chair offered by a great company, and it might be just what you’ve been looking for.
In the sections below, we’ll go into its features in detail so that you can decide for yourself. Even if you opt for some other model, we think you’ll agree; there’s a lot to like here. Let’s jump right in and take a closer look.
Catnapper Burns Power Lift Recliner Overview
Plush and comfortable. Those are the first words that spring to mind when people set eyes on the Catnapper Burns lift recliner for the first time. When you sit down, you discover that those words are entirely accurate. It provides a lovely seating experience, being generously padded and soft enough that it feels like you’re sinking into a cloud.
Aesthetically, it’s a simple, understated design. Not gorgeous, but attractive enough in its way. The upshot is that since it’s a fairly unobtrusive design, it’ll blend in with most home décor schemes quite easily.
Be warned though, this is a hefty piece of furniture, measuring 44” x 39” x 42” and weighing in at 138 pounds. As such, if you’ve got a smallish living room, you might struggle to find a home for it.
Max Supported Weight
Part of the reason for its impressive size is the fact that it was designed with heavier users in mind and is able to support up to 400 pounds in user weight. If you are way substantially less than that, this might be “too much chair” for you, but if you’ve been looking for something built for big and tall folks, then this one has you covered.
Underscoring the fact that this chair was designed with big and tall people in mind is the fact that the seat is 22” wide, 22” deep, and 20” high. Smaller-framed people would simply get swallowed up by it.
If you have shorter legs, then the depth of the seat may make it impossible (or at least uncomfortable) to bend your legs at the knee while sitting all the way back.
While many power lift chairs are upholstered in leather, this one utilizes soft, stain-resistant durable woven velvet, offered in the following colors:
As we mentioned above, this is an exceedingly comfortable chair. It uses a combination of conventional block foam padding and the company’s patented “comfort coil” system which gives you added support while ensuring that the chair conforms to the contours of your body. It’s not quite as good as memory foam, but it’s the same basic idea, and memory foam would have dramatically increased the price of the chair.
Adding to the overall comfort of the design, the Catnapper Burns Lift Recliner features a roll arm inset panel and a horse collar back treatment, both of which you’ll love.
Where recliners of any type are concerned, there are two ways you can design the footrest. It can either be operated independently of the backrest, or they can be made to work in tandem. Most of the low-end chairs are designed such that the footrest automatically pops up when you start to recline.
It’s a bit more expensive to engineer independent operation, but from the user’s perspective, that’s the optimal approach because it gives you more flexibility.
The Catnapper Burns Lift Chair is designed such that the footrest and the backrest can be independently operated. If you want your feet up, but don’t want to recline, you can do that! If you want to recline but don’t want your feet up, you can do that too. It might be a bit uncomfortable, but hey – if that’s what you want, you can have it!
Also, many power lift recliners utilize preset recline positions on the remote. The idea here is that it offers one-touch convenience. That’s true, but there’s a catch. What if your personal preferences are different from the preferences of the people who built the presets? In that case, if you have a chair that only uses presets, you’re stuck, and just have to get used to it.
No Preset Recline Options
The Catnapper Burns Power Lift Recliner doesn’t use presets so you can set your angle of recline exactly how you want it to maximize your comfort. Sure, it means you may spend a few minutes fiddling with the controls and experimenting, but the result is that you’re in the perfect recline position for you, and that’s what matters most.
Great for Naps
Even better, this chair will lay completely flat, so if you have a severe mobility issue that sees you spending the better part of the day in the chair, you can lay back and take an extended nap if you want to. That’s a feature not offered on many recliners, power lift or not, and is one of our favorite features of the Catnapper.
Note that the closest comparable model to this one is the Mega Motion Easy Comfort, which is also an incredibly comfortable chair and good for napping, but it specifically doesn’t lay all the way back.
Both the recline and lift action are controlled by powerful 24-volt motors that offer smooth action and quiet operation. You won’t get shaken or jolted unexpectedly when you order the chair to change position or to give you a boost to help you get your feet under you, and the motors aren’t cheaply made Chinese products either. Like the chair itself, they’re built to last.
We said before that this is a basic power lift chair that focuses on the fundamentals. As such, there are only two “extras” to talk about here.
The first is built-in storage. There are two pockets available, one on each side of the chair. These are wide and deep, giving you plenty of room for the chair’s remote, whatever books or magazines you’re reading, and other sundries and supplies you want to keep close at hand while you’re lounging in your new favorite chair.
The second is a more critical feature that you might first consider. This chair comes with a battery backup. Think about it – what happens if you’re home alone, napping in the chair, and while you’re sleeping the power goes out?
If you are unable to stand without assistance, and there’s no power going to the chair, then in the absence of a battery backup, you’re stuck. You’ve either got to send out an emergency call for help, pray there’s someone home with you, or just wait until someone finds you. Not good.
A battery backup neatly sidesteps problems like that. If the power fails, the battery backup kicks in, enabling you to use the lift function to stand, and then go get help from there.
As important as this feature is, sadly, not all power lift chairs offer a battery backup. We’re very glad to see it in the Catnapper and count it as another excellent reason to add this model to your shortlist.
Minimal Assembly Required
While the chair won’t arrive at your door assembled, the process of putting it together isn’t hard, involved, or complex. Odds are that you can do it by yourself in about twenty minutes, or about half that time if you have an assistant to lend you one or both hands.
This, by the way, is an American made chair, so the instructions are well-written and clear, and the production quality is excellent. You won’t have any trouble, and if for some crazy reason you do, Catnapper Burns has world-class customer service and support and will take good care of you.
If you’d rather not be bothered with the assembly process, “White Glove” service is available for an added fee. They’ll come in, set the chair up for you, put it where you want it, and take the boxes away, so you have one less thing to worry about.
Pros & Cons of the Catnapper Burns Lift Recliner
Even though this is a basic chair, there’s a crazy amount of stuff to like about this model. Here, in no particular order, are our favorite aspects of the design:
Here are the reasons you may want to look at some other model.
Final Thoughts on Catnapper Burns 4847 Review
We love this chair. It keeps things simple and doesn’t try to do too much, but what it does, it does exceptionally well.
If you’re a fan of bells and whistles or are looking for a super sexy, attractive chair, this isn’t the one you want. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a solid, dependable power lift chair you can take naps in and won’t let you down, then the Catnapper Burns 4847 is worth its weight in gold (and it weighs a lot).
We highly recommend it to anyone weighing up to 400 pounds who’s tall enough to sit in it comfortably and who has room to fit it in their living room (it is a really big chair, after all!).
References & Resources
- Jackson Furniture Industries, Official Brand Website.
- Use Sleep Recliners for a Healthier Sleep, Thrive Global.
- Pros and Cons of a Lift Chair for Arthritis, Very Well Health.
- Seating and Wheeled Mobility in the Disabled Elderly Population, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.