MacMotion Recliner Chairs Review

Are you on a budget?  

Looking for a decent lounge chair with ergonomic supports to put in your living room and help ease the pain in your aching back?  

If so, you’re going to like what you see in our in-depth brand review of MacMotion’s products.

These are good chairs, but we’ll say upfront that they fall short of greatness.  Even so, they’re well-priced and comfortable, and that makes them an excellent option and well worth a look if you’re trying to find affordable ergonomic furniture.

Before we get into the particulars of the brand and what makes it “tick” let’s start by looking at a top-down look at the chairs the company makes.  

There’s something to fit most every budget here, and broadly speaking, MacMotion’s chairs can be broken into three distinct groups:

  • Oslo Collection 
    The company’s best products, at the high-end of the MacMotion price spectrum.
  • Comfort Chairs
    Less expensive models that are still pretty good.
  • Budget Chairs
    Bare bones and of somewhat lesser quality, but still perfectly functional ergonomic lounge chairs.

About the Brand

If you’ve read our Fjords brand review, one thing that immediately stands out about that company is how thrillingly organized they are.  Fjords has been in the business a long time, and they’ve got their product offerings down to a science.

An Image of Macmotion Chairs: Brand Logo

MacMotion is not that company.  Their product line is a mess – all over the map, really. It’s like comparing a well-run Roman fort with Dodge City.  MacMotion is Dodge City.

That said, even though their product line is all over the map, once you spend some time sifting through the options, they really do have some surprisingly good products for the money.  Let’s take a closer look at their three product groupings to see what’s what:

The Oslo Collection

Stylistically, the chairs that make up the Oslo collection look and feel a lot like Fjords and ScanSit chairs, complete with the distinctive “C-Frame” design.  Quality control isn’t as good and the materials aren’t of the same quality, but the look and feel are the same. Although, we’ll be quick to note that these chairs don’t tend to stand up as well over time, and they don’t come with the advanced finishing options like Fjords chairs do.

Then again, they cost a lot less money, and that’s the tradeoff you’d expect.

The Comfort Line

These chairs are a step down from the ones offered in the Oslo Collection.  They’re decent pieces of furniture, but don’t expect them to last a lifetime, even if you treat them with the greatest of care.

Even so, they offer solid value for the money and are full-featured ergonomic designs, with a few pleasant surprises on offer, to boot.

The Budget Line

These chairs are about what you’d expect.  They don’t cost much, are made with cheaper materials, but still manage to provide decent value for the money.  If you don’t have a lot to spend, but really want to get away from poorly designed living room furniture, the chairs on offer in the budget line make a lot of sense.

Having said that, if you can afford to delay your purchase a bit, you’d probably be better served saving your money and getting something from the Comfort line, or even better, the Oslo Collection.  If you’ve just gotta have something right now though, and you’ve got a smallish budget, these chairs will get the job done.

Adjustability & Comfort, Storage & Extras

We’re combining these two sections here in our MacMotion recliners review because there’s not much to say on this front, at least not in general terms.

Because MacMotion’s furniture is all over the map in terms of both design and capability, there really isn’t much to say here.  Again, if you look at the Fjords brand review, it was possible to talk about the features of the brand as a whole because all their chairs have the same basic capabilities.  That’s just not the case with the MacMotion brand, so we’ll address these issues product by product in the detailed view below.

Assembly

A few of MacMotion’s chairs come fully assembled in the box.  Just take them out and sit down.  We like that and wish the company would standardize around this practice.

Sadly, not much that MacMotion does is standardized, and many of their chairs do require assembly.  The process isn’t long or complicated, but their quality control gets in their way sometimes, and you’ll find that pieces don’t always line up as they should.  This isn’t an insurmountable problem, but it will cost you time.

Overall, the assembly process (where required) will take less than an hour, and it’ll go faster and be easier if you have an assistant to provide an extra pair of hands.

Oslo Collection Comparison Table

MacMotion Recliners - Oslo Collection

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Narvick Recliner and Ottoman

The Narvick Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

A bit more elegant looking than some of the company’s other designs, which makes it not quite as flexible in terms of fitting in with most home décor schemes. Pretty chair though, and comfortable too!

CONS

The reliance on lower-quality build materials is a constant issue with MacMotion’s products that shortens their useful life.

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MacMotion Recliners - Oslo Collection

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Norfolk Recliner and Ottoman

The Norfolk Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

PROS

It’s a good chair, and if the massage function had been left off altogether, we’d probably like this model.  It has some cool extras like memory foam, a height adjustable, articulating headrest and a handy laptop tray.

CONS

The reliance on lower-quality build materials is a constant issue with MacMotion’s products that shortens their useful life.

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MacMotion Recliners - Oslo Collection

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: 58 Series Recliner and Ottoman

The 58 Series Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

This appears to have been the “flagship” of the Oslo collection, before the Bergen was introduced.  A comfortable chair with full ergonomic supports.

CONS

The reliance on lower-quality build materials is a constant issue with MacMotion’s products that shortens their useful life.

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MacMotion Recliners - Oslo Collection

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Bergen Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

The Bergen Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Functionally similar to the leather recliners.  If you prefer fabric, you’ll find these deliver solid value for the money.  Full ergonomic support and quite comfortable.

CONS

As with the leather Bergens, the quality is acceptable but falls short of greatness.

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MacMotion Recliners - Oslo Collection

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Bergen Leather Recliner and Ottoman

The Bergen Leather Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

PROS

Best value in the Oslo Collection.  Offered in a variety of finishes, though each is sold as a “separate” product and part of the line.  Full ergonomic support and quite comfortable.

CONS

Quality is acceptable, but not award-winning. These chairs still fall short of greatness.

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MacMotion Recliners - Oslo Collection

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Shiatsu Massage Recliner and Ottoman

Shiatsu Massage Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

It’s a comfortable recliner with ergonomic features.

CONS

The Shiatsu massage is substandard. For not much more money, you can get an awesome massage chair.

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OSLO COLLECTION

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Narvick Recliner and Ottoman

Narvick Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Norfolk Recliner and Ottoman

Norfolk Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: 58 Series Recliner and Ottoman

58 Series Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Bergen Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

Bergen Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Bergen Leather Recliner and Ottoman

Bergen Leather Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Shiatsu Massage Recliner and Ottoman

Shiatsu Massage Recliner and Ottoman

Price

$$$

$$$ ½

$$$

$$$

$$$ ½

$$$$

Overall Rating

4.17

3.58

4.08

4.17

4.25

3.17

Value

4.25

1.50

4.0

4.0

4.25

1.0

Comfort

4.0

4.5

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

Aesthetic Flexibility*

4.25

4.75

4.25

4.5

4.5

4.5

Pros

A bit more elegant looking than some of the other designs, which makes it not quite as flexible in terms of fitting in with most home décor schemes.


Pretty chair though, and comfortable too!

It’s a good chair, and if the massage function had been left off altogether, we’d probably like this model.  It has some cool extras like memory foam, a height adjustable, articulating headrest and a handy laptop tray.

This appears to have been the “flagship” of the Oslo collection, before the Bergen was introduced.  A comfortable chair with full ergonomic supports.

Functionally similar to the leather recliners.  If you prefer fabric, you’ll find these deliver solid value for the money.  Full ergonomic support and quite comfortable.

Best value in the Oslo Collection.  Offered in a variety of finishes, though each is sold as a “separate” product and part of the line.  Full ergonomic support and quite comfortable.

It’s a comfortable recliner with ergonomic features.

Cons

The reliance on lower-quality build materials is a constant issue with MacMotion’s products that shortens their useful life.

The reliance on lower-quality build materials is a constant issue with MacMotion’s products that shortens their useful life.

The reliance on lower-quality build materials is a constant issue with MacMotion’s products that shortens their useful life.

As with the leather Bergens, the quality is acceptable but falls short of greatness.

Quality is acceptable, but not award-winning. These chairs still fall short of greatness.

The Shiatsu massage is substandard. For not much more money, you can get an awesome massage chair.

*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.

Oslo Collection – A Closer Look

Narvick

This is a slight variation on the company’s “Bergen” design, with a more elegant look and feel. If your home décor scheme tends to the more elegant, this model will serve you well. If your home tends to be more casual, then one of the Bergens will probably serve you better.

Still, it’s very pretty, very comfortable, and offers full ergonomic supports. A solid value for the money.


Norfolk

Ostensibly, this should be a great little chair.  Unlike the other models in the Oslo Collection, this one strays away from the C-Frame and uses a standard swivel base.

It also features a layer of memory foam a top the standard block foam padding, which does (maybe?) make it a bit more comfortable, but not so much that you’d want to rush out and buy one just for that.  

Honestly, unless someone told you it was there, you may not be able to tell the difference at all.

Again though, MacMotion tries to do too much with this design.  If they had stopped at just making it a good recliner, it would have been a successful design, and to their credit, the height-adjustable, articulating headrest and convenient laptop tray are awesome additions to this chair!

Unfortunately, their massage function falls flat.  Again, if you’re going to get a massage chair, then spend a little extra and get a good one.  Don’t settle for stuff like this that vaguely makes you feel as though someone is pushing on your back.

Note that this chair does require some assembly, so be prepared to spend an hour or so on it before you can sit down.  We’d rate it as a good effort, but ultimately a failed one.  As such, cool features aside, we don’t recommend this model.


58 Series Recliner and Ottoman

Very similar to the Bergens but offering a different, and more formal aesthetic. If you’re looking for a formal-looking lounge chair, this one is well worth considering, though it suffers from the same limitations as MacMotion’s other products, so be aware.


Bergen Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

This is the exact same recliner as the leather-upholstered ones we’ll talk about next.  Literally, the only difference is the upholstery material, but for some reason, these are treated as separate products by MacMotion.  Yeah, we don’t completely understand either.

In any case, everything we have to say about the leather covered recliners (next) applies here too.  If you prefer a lounge chair upholstered with fabric, these are the ones you want.


Bergen Leather Recliner and Ottoman

In our view, these chairs represent the best overall value in the MacMotion product line.  Based on the C-Frame Fjords recliner designs, these are good looking chairs, upholstered in top-grain leather.  They’re well-padded and comfortable and offer excellent lumbar and upper back/head support.

The flip side is that the leather isn’t treated or protected, so it’s not as resistant to wear or the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, and as with MacMotion’s other products, the construction material isn’t top of the line.  If you buy one, it’ll look great for a couple years, and then start showing its age.  For the price, that’s not bad, and if you treat your chair with kid gloves, it’ll serve you pretty well.

Note that some assembly is required.


Shiatsu Massage Recliner and Ottoman

Please don’t spend money on this chair.

It’s overpriced for what you get.  Yes, it’s comfortable.  Yes, it’s got ergonomic features, and it’s styled similarly to Fjords’ C-Frame recliners.  Those are all good things.

On the other hand, it features a substandard Shiatsu massage function that utilizes eight fixed point massage heads.  Basically, when you turn it on, it just shakes you a bit while you sit in the chair.

The problem is, for just a bit more money, you can buy an awesome massage chair (Kahuna LM6800) that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, not just lightly shaken.

While we applaud MacMotion for making the attempt, we regard this as a failed product, and we absolutely do not recommend it.  (Note, this is basically their Bergen recliner, with massage heads added after the fact).

Comfort Line Comparison Table

MacMotion Recliners - Comfort Line

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Taupe Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

Taupe Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$

PROS

Best value in the comfort line. Tremendously good chair, offered for next to nothing.

CONS

While production quality is better than you’d expect, the chair still uses low-quality materials that won’t stand up well over the long term.

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MacMotion Recliners - Comfort Line

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Black Air Leather Recliner and Ottoman

Black Air Leather Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Best value in the comfort line.  Tremendously good chair, offered for next to nothing.

CONS

Upholstery is not treated, so not especially resistant to rips, tears or the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.  Padding is standard block foam.  Put those together and again, it’s not designed to hold up well over the long term.

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MacMotion Recliners - Comfort Line

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: NuBuck Recliner and Ottoman

NuBuck Recliner and Ottoman

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Well designed, comfortable and convenient (no assembly required).  Full ergonomic supports for a decent price.

CONS

Upholstery quality is disappointing.

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Comfort Line

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Taupe Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

Taupe Fabric Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: Black Air Leather Recliner and Ottoman

Black Air Leather Recliner and Ottoman

A Small Image of Macmotion Chairs: NuBuck Recliner and Ottoman

NuBuck Recliner and Ottoman

Price

$

$$

$$$

Overall Rating

4.25

4.05

4.08

Value

4.0

3.4

3.0

Comfort

4.0

4.25

4.5

Aesthetic Flexibility*

4.75