In a Nutshell:

The Cozzia MC520 combines the best features of a power lift recliner and a massage chair. While not the most comfortable or the best value, it ranks highest overall, across all dimensions considered. Recommended for people who suffer from both mobility and chronic pain issues. It’s somewhat bland styling won’t win it any beauty contests, but it’s well suited to a variety of home décor schemes.

Value for the Money
Brand Reliability*
Aesthetic Flexibility**

Overall Rating

* 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. ** 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 or office décor schemes.


  • Overall a great chair
  • High-tech feature set
  • Massage and heat functions
  • Reclines fully


  • Not the prettiest chair
  • Modest padding
Cozzia MC520 Zero Gravity Massage Lift Chair

Recommended For: People who suffer from both mobility and chronic pain issues.

Check Availability

Do you have trouble getting your feet back under you after sitting for a while? 

It’s a more common problem than you might think and can be brought on by many things, including a recent surgery, arthritis, or the relentless march of time. The years have a way of catching up with us, after all.

Whatever the cause, losing independence can be embarrassing and frustrating. Calling for help to do something that used to be trivial can be a real blow to one’s ego and self-esteem.

Fortunately, there’s a solution for that: a power lift chair. While it won’t solve all your mobility troubles alone, it’s a big step in the right direction.

The problem is that there are so many lift chairs on the market today that it can be hard to find the “right” one for you. We decided to try to help with that.  

Not long ago, we searched the internet for the best power lift reclinersThe Cozzia MC520 lift chair wound up being our top pick because, as you’ll see in the following sections, it handles the basics well and is a lot more than “just” a great lift chair.

If you want to see what it can do, jump in and start!

Key Features of the Cozzia MC520 Zero Gravity Massage Lift Chair

Okay, we readily admit it. The Cozzia MC520 lift chair isn’t much to look at. It’s not an ugly design, but there probably aren’t many people who would say it’s “pretty” either. It’s functional. That’s about the best you can say.

When you place your order, you can opt for either leather or fabric upholstery, available in three neutral colors (Saddle, Cranberry, and Briarwood). That, when paired with its simplistic, functional design, makes it blend in easily with your existing home décor scheme, whatever it might be.

An Image of Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair: Saddle
An Image of Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair: Cranberry
An Image of Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair: Briarwood

Note, though, that it’s a fairly substantial piece of furniture, measuring 35.9” x 30” x 44” and weighing a hulking 165 pounds. Once you get this beast where you want it, you’ll probably need help moving it if you change your mind later.

Also note that its size might make it a bit of a challenge to find a good home, especially if you have a small living room. Plus, it can only support a maximum weight of 300 pounds, which may make it unsuitable for some users.

There’s so much to say here in our Cozzia MC520 review that it’s hard even to know where to start, so we’ll start with the basics.

Recline Options

Where lift chairs are concerned, the recline function can be handled in one of three ways: using preset recline positions, using no presets, which allows the user unlimited recline control and offers an infinite number of possibilities, or a mix of both.

An Image of Cozzia MC520: Remote

The Cozzia MC-520 uses a mix of both. On the remote, you’ll find a total of six pre-programmed positions, which are:

  • Home (no recline, footrest down)
  • TV (slight recline, footrest engaged)
  • Reading (no recline, footrest engaged)
  • Zero-G (see below)
  • Flat (exactly what it sounds like)
  • Lift (to give you a boost when you’re ready to get up)

Zero-Gravity Recline

Of these, the real head-turning feature is the Zero-G seat. The chair reclines so that your knees are elevated slightly above your heart, leaving you feeling weightless.

An Image of Cozzia MC520: Zero-Gravity Recline

It also has powerful therapeutic benefits, including relieving muscle tension and improving circulation, which helps lower blood pressure. We’ll discuss this feature in the next section.

Recline Adjustments

In addition to the six presets, you can adjust the angle of recline of both the backrest and the footrest manually (there is a separate button on the remote for each). The two operate independently, so you’ll want to experiment with the controls to find your “sweet spot” in reclining.

The motors on the Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair (separate motors for the lift and recline functions) are incredibly powerful and whisper quiet, offering smooth recline and lift action that won’t see you jolting unexpectedly when you want to get up or change your angle of recline.

An Image of Cozzia MC520: Recline Adjustments

Cozzia did a great job with all these features, which should be no surprise. They’re a massage chair manufacturer with extensive experience with Zero-G seating implementations and chairs that generally feature electric components. Their expertise serves them well in this model.


Comfort-wise, the chair is above average but nothing special. The padding is adequate but doesn’t offer a plush, luxuriant seating experience like some of the other models we’ve reviewed. In addition to being a recliner, the Cozzia MC-520 is a surprisingly robust massage chair. We’ll cover the massage details in the next section.

Value-Added Extras

There are many fun things to discuss here, and they’re all interesting. Let’s start with the least exciting “extra” and work to the most exciting.

A Side View Image of Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair


The Cozzia MC520 zero-gravity massage lift chair comes with two storage pockets, one on each side of the chair. These pockets are not huge but big enough to store most of what you’d want to keep on hand: the remote for the chair, whatever book or magazine you’re reading, or other small sundries you want to keep close by.

Battery Backup System

The second thing worth mentioning is the battery backup system. This matters more than you might first think. 

Consider this: You purchased this chair because you can’t stand up alone. You’re home alone. While you’re napping, the power goes out.

You’re stuck if the chair you’re sitting in doesn’t have a battery backup system. Your only options are to sit there until someone finds you, try to get up on your own and risk a fall, or suffer the embarrassment and loss of independence associated with having to call for a rescue. None of those are great options.

A Recliner Position of Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair

The battery backup sidesteps the whole issue. If the power fails, the backup kicks in, and you use the lift feature to get up as usual. Problem solved. In our view, the presence of a battery backup system should be an industry standard and built into every lift chair made, but some chairs don’t offer them (especially at the low end of the market).

Additional Adjustment Options

The arms are also height-adjustable. Press the remote’s appropriate buttons and adjust it to your preference. Note that you have to adjust each arm separately. Each has its own button and is operated entirely independently.

This is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you can customize your seating experience. On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of people will probably want both arms at the same height, which takes extra time and some fiddling with the controls. Overall, though, we like it.

An Image of Cozzia MC520: Headrest Position One
An Image of Cozzia MC520: Headrest Position Two
An Image of Cozzia MC520: Headrest Position Three

Want more? You got it! The headrest is adjustable, too! You can adjust the height and the shape so that the ends “bend inward,” cradling your head, controlled via the remote.

Then, there’s the adjustable lumbar support feature. The remote has a “lumbar” button. Pressing it will inflate a small airbag in the chair’s lumbar region. Press the button until you’ve reached the level of support you seek, then grab your magazine and enjoy.

Massage Function

And then there’s the massage function we mentioned earlier. The chair isn’t as well-padded as others we’ve reviewed. Too much padding would reduce the quality of the massage, and massage is, after all, what Cozzia is known for.

An Image of Cozzia MC520: Relax Mode

Two pre-programmed massage options are available, with one-touch convenience from the remote. These are:

  • Relax
  • Stretch

Both massage programs have a thirty-minute duration that the user cannot modify.

The relaxation massage is exactly what it sounds like. While sitting in the chair, the airbags gently inflate and deflate rhythmically, kneading the tension out of your thighs, back, and neck muscles.

The body stretch feature uses the airbags to hold you in place as the chair reclines. It’s functionally similar to the “adjustment” you get when you visit the chiropractor’s office. It’s not a world-class body stretch, but it’s surprisingly good. We were impressed.

Both of these feel great and are fantastic feature additions to the chair, but it gets even better because the Cozzia MC-520 also comes with heat in both the seat and the lumbar region of the seat back.

Heat Function

Unfortunately, there’s no option to adjust the temperature of the offered heat, but the combination of heat plus massage only magnifies its therapeutic benefits. For the optimal massage experience, we recommend activating the following features together:

An Image of Cozzia MC520: Heat Function
  • Relax Massage
  • Heat
  • Zero-G seating

Do that, and you’ll be sound asleep before you know it. This, more than anything else, is why we gave the Cozzia MC520 top honors in the recent roundup review. No other chair we’ve found can come close to matching this experience.

Some Assembly Required

Now for the bad news. The chair won’t come to your door ready to be enjoyed, so expect to spend the better part of an hour getting it unboxed and ready for first use. It’ll go faster with a helper, or, if you’d rather not be bothered with all that, the company offers “White Glove” service for an additional fee.

If you decide to proceed on your own, the instructions will be reasonably clear, and you won’t get bogged down in the process. If something goes wrong or if there’s a question, Cozzia has excellent post-sales support, and you won’t have any trouble speaking to a human and getting the help you require.

Pros & Cons of the Cozzia MC520 Lift Chair

We love almost everything about this chair and the improvements we’d like to see exist mostly in the margins. For instance:

  • It’d be great if users could adjust the duration of the massage
  • Similarly, it’d be nice if users could adjust the temperature of the offered heat
  • We’d love to see at least one “save slot” so you could save your favorite recline position for one-touch recall later on
  • The addition of a USB port on the remote would be a nice touch and in keeping with the chair’s high-tech feature set.
  • Right now, it features only one recline position, but we’ve seen massage chairs that offer two or even three. We’d love it if more options were available here.

None of these are deal breakers, but in our view, they would make a great chair even better.

Concerning drawbacks, there are only three worth mentioning.

First, it’s not the prettiest chair on the market.  If aesthetics matter to you, that may be off-putting, though it’s not likely to be a deal breaker.

Second, the presence of the airbag massage means that the company had to sacrifice padding and comfort a bitIt’s not an uncomfortable chair by any means, but if you’re looking for a plush seating experience that leaves you feeling like you’re being wrapped up in a hug, this isn’t the chair for that.

Third, and related to the second point, is that although this chair reclines fully to allow users to sleep in it, the modest padding makes it relatively poorly suited for long naps or overnight sleeping. Short naps are fine, but if they go much beyond a couple of hours in duration, you’re going to wish the chair had more padding.

Cozzia MC520 Review Conclusion

We stand by our decision to give the Cozzia MC520 top honors as the best power lift recliner on the market today.  It can do things no other power lift recliner can and does them surprisingly well.

In many ways, though, this is a self-selecting chair.  If you don’t want to pay for features you have no intention of using, then you won’t be interested in a chair with this many bells and whistles (our second-place winner, the Serta Perfect Lift, would probably be a better choice for you).

Similarly, if comfort or aesthetics matter to you, this chair isn’t optimal. There are better-looking models on the market with more luxuriant padding.

If you’ve been searching for a great power lift chair that’s reasonably comfortable and can give you a good massage, nothing else comes close. It’s highly recommended.

Recommended Reading

Catnapper Burns 4847 Review

We analyzed the Catnapper Burns 4847 Power Lift Recliner, a budget-friendly option for users up to 400 pounds.

Mega Motion Easy Comfort Superior Lift Chair Review

Our review of the Mega Motion Easy Comfort highlights its sturdy build and high weight limit, which is perfect for heavier users.

Official Manufacturer Support