Catnapper Omni Power Lift Recliner Review

Catnapper Omni 4827 Power Lift Recliner
  • Value (price, performance)
  • Comfort
  • Aesthetic Flexibility*
  • Brand Reliability**


The Catnapper Omni Power Lift Recliner is a big, burly, comfortable lift chair for sitting and/or sleeping. Great for anyone up to 450 pounds who’s in the market for a chair they can spend serious amounts of time in, and even get a decent night’s sleep in IF you don’t mind not having infinite seating positions.

**Brand Reliability: This metric is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

*While aesthetics is a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home décor schemes.

Do you have trouble sleeping in a bed?

Do you suffer from some type of mobility issue? 

If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you’re probably looking for a good recliner that’s comfortable enough to sleep in, and if you have some type of mobility issue, it would probably be nice if that chair came with lift functionality to give you a boost, right?

If that describes your situation, then you’ll be intrigued by the Catnapper Omni Power Lift Recliner. It’s a basic, rugged lift chair that’s more than comfortable enough to nap, or even sleep through the night in. It is not, however, a perfect chair. It’s got one significant drawback that might be considered a deal-breaker for some.

Not to worry. In the sections that follow, we’ll go over everything this chair can do, and we won’t be shy about pointing out its shortcomings. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if this is the chair you’ve been looking for.

Our goal is to help cut through the clutter because there are so many different models and options available that finding the “right” chair for you can be a daunting task indeed. It can lead to a kind of analysis paralysis. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed in your search so far, let’s dive in and see what this model has to offer!

Overview of the Catnapper Omni Power Lift Recliner

First impressions are important, and the Catnapper Omni 4827 motorized lift chair makes a good one. It’s a big, comfy-looking chair that almost calls out for you to come have a seat in it. Unfortunately, it might be a little too big for some households. Since it wasn’t built with space-saving technology, it’s going to require at least two feet of clearance between the seatback and whatever wall you plan to put it near.

Before we go any further into details of its various capabilities, let’s take a quick look at the core stats that define this model:

  • Product Dimensions: 46” x 45” x 42” (79” when fully reclined)
  •  Seat Width: 25”
  • Seat Depth: 22”
  • Seat Height: 21”
  • Chair Weight: 145 pounds
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 450 pounds

As you can see from these numbers, this is definitely a chair built with bigger, taller folks in mind. If you’re shorter than, say 5’4”, this chair will likely swallow you whole. It’s just not a great fit for shorter people, so before you buy, be sure to take careful measurements, so you don’t wind up spending money on something that’s not going to fit you like a glove.

Assuming your measurements and the chair’s are a good match, you’ll find quite a lot to like about this model, including the fact that it’s available in a modest number of colors. You can select from:

The chair is somewhat more lightly constructed than others in its class, so it’s only got a 1-year warranty standard, but a 5-year warranty is available for a nominal additional fee.

Features of Catnapper Omni Lift Chair 

Adjustability & Comfort

We were impressed by the Omni’s comfort. It utilizes generous amounts of conventional block foam, augmented by comfort coils, just like you find in many top-quality mattresses. Not only do these provide a more comfortable seating experience, when you fully recline the chair, the experience is surprisingly similar to laying down in a proper bed.

Unfortunately, as we mentioned previously, the Catnapper Omni does have one significant shortcoming, and depending on your needs, it might be a deal-breaker. This is a standard three-position recliner. You can select from Upright, Reading, or Sleeping. There is no mechanism to exert fine-grained control over the angle of recline. If you’re unhappy with the three presets, you’re out of luck.

Of course, if you’re a committed DIYer, you could probably reconfigure the motors to allow yourself unlimited recline flexibility, but if you’re going to go through all that trouble, you may as well just get a different chair.

Related to the drawback above, the footrest cannot be reclined independently of the seatback. The presets move them together. Again, depending on your particular needs, that may be fine, but if you’re looking for a chair with more flexibility, this one isn’t the model you want.

Catnapper Omni in Saddle color

In any case, the seating option of your choice and the lift function can be selected from the simple wired remote that comes with the chair.

Storage & Extras

Catnapper Omni in Ink color

This is a basic chair, so there’s not much on offer where storage and extras are concerned. There is one modestly sized storage pocket available. It’s a bit undersized for our liking, but it is big enough to store your favorite magazines, newspapers, and a few essential supplies.

The only extra on offer is a simple, effective battery backup system. We hope that you’ll never need it, but if you find yourself home alone and sitting in the chair when the power fails, you’ll be very glad the battery backup is there. It will activate the lift function and help you get out of the chair and back on your feet. Even better, it’s powered by a simple nine-volt battery.

Our recommendation is to invest in a pack of rechargeable 9-volts and a little recharging station, and you’ll never have to worry about it again.

No Assembly Required

The chair will arrive fully assembled at your door. All you’ll have to do is attach the power cord to the back of the chair and plug it in. Even so, if you have serious mobility issues, that, and maneuvering this hefty piece of furniture into place might be more than you’re willing or able to tackle on your own. In that case, the company offers White Glove service for a nominal additional fee.

Pros & Cons of the Catnapper Omni 4827

There’s a lot to like about the Catnapper Omni, but it does have its drawbacks. On the plus side, it’s a comfortable chair for sitting, napping, and sleeping. It’s reasonably well made and easy to use, and it comes with a simple, effective battery backup system that will serve you well when the lights go out.

It’s even offered with White Glove service, which makes setup a breeze. All of those are very good things.

On the flip side though, it’s a three-position recliner, and that’s a serious, but not necessarily fatal limitation.

Catnapper Omni in Truffle color

Final Thoughts on Catnapper Omni 4827 Motorized Lift Chair

Ultimately, the Catnapper Omni Power Lift Recliner is a self-selecting chair. Aside from comparing your measurements with the chair’s the big deciding factor that will determine whether this is the right chair for you or not comes down to whether or not you can live with the fact that this is a simple, three-position sleeper recliner with a good lift function.

If you’re fine with that, this is a great option. If you’re looking for a chair with an infinite number of recline possibilities and advanced seating options like Zero-G or Trendelenburg seating positions, give this one a pass. On that basis, we provisionally recommend it.


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Catnapper Omni Power Lift Recliner Review
  • Chair Institute
  • January 9, 2021
  • Lift Chairs

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Joyce - November 14, 2019 Reply

Can you tell me anything about the Johnson power lift reclining chair from badcock furniture…waiting on delivery but I could not find any reviews on it and I am worried we may have made a mistake due to not knowing the quality of the product..I dont want one that may not function properly…example, like getting stuck when in lift position…we are in a tiny town with lack of choices….😞

Oh and it has heat and massage….we are not young, 73 and 79

    Chair Institute - November 14, 2019 Reply

    Hi Joyce, and thank you for writing in!

    The good news is, limited choices or not, you happened across a pretty good chair. The Johnson is made by Catnapper, which is one of the best companies in the business today. The Johnson isn’t one of their top-end chairs, but it’s still a pretty good product and it has a lifetime warranty on the lift mechanism which is a sure sign of the chair’s quality.

    The massage function on this model is pretty rudimentary – it’s a simple vibration style massage, rendered by stationary massage heads. How good it feels ultimately depends on how well you fit into the chair. If the pressure points on your back align well with the stationary heads, it’ll feel pretty good, but even then, it won’t compare with the kind of massage you’ll get from a proper massage chair with quad rollers moving along a massage track.

    Even so, the main selling point of the chair is the lift function, so the massage could be seen as a bonus anyway. The heat function though is likely to feel glorious, and will probably wind up being the feature you’ll like best about it.
    The only real drawback we can see is that the upholstery is vinyl, rather than top-grain leather, so it’s going to start showing its age sooner, rather than later, even if you’re super careful with it.

    To answer your main question and concern about getting stuck in the chair, not to worry. This model does come with a battery backup system that will operate the lift function in the event of a power outage. It’s powered by a 9-volt battery, which is not included. Just pop a battery into it though, and you won’t have to worry about that!

      Joyce - November 14, 2019 Reply

      Thank husband has enjoyed the chair with exception of poor back support to his back…he has been having to try to find pillows to sit on and put behind his back for support…we have had to use the battery back several times during bad weather which we are happy about having the backup. I just wish there were better support for your back, especially for what we had to pay for the chair…it just seems that should be a priority in a chair of this nature or any other…we did not get the one with massage or heat …🙂

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