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Electric Lift Chair Recliners for Elderly

Electric lift chairs alleviate problems with sitting and standing due to limited mobility from arthritis, disability, or other conditions as you age.

 

Electric lift chairs use a power lift mechanism to gradually lower or lift you to or from a standing position so that you don’t fall or injure yourself. Many people have difficulty moving from sitting down to standing or from standing to sitting without losing their balance or stumbling. Lift chairs help with this by raising the seat to meet them halfway. Most chairs plug into a standard electrical outlet with a battery backup in the event of a power outage. You can find them in a variety of sizes, styles, and weight capacities.

What to Look For/Consider

The size and weight of the person using an electric lift chair is a critical consideration. These are not one-size-fits-all. For the chair to properly support and assist you, it needs to be a good fit for your height and weight. A chair that comfortably supports and fits a 5’2″ individual who weights 120 pounds will not properly assist someone who is 6’4″ and weighs 275 pounds.

You’ll also want to look at a few other features, including:

  • Reclining & Rocking options – Some chairs will recline to one or two positions; others will have several options. If you nap, watch television and do other activities, you’ll want more than one recline option. Some will also have a rocking option, which some people love, but this can also be dangerous if you attempt to stand without using the lift feature, as the chair can still rock and make you unsteady on your feet.
  • Ergonomics – Electric lift chairs may be soft or firm. Some have adjustable lumbar support. Try out the fit and see how well they support your back, spine, hips, and legs.
  • Footprint – Measure the space where you’ll be putting your lift chair. Some can take up quite a bit of floor space, and you want enough room around it for easy maneuvering, particularly if you use a cane or walker. Take into account that the chair will need more space front to back for the lift mechanism when it is fully extended when you get up and down.
  • Upholstery – Electric lift chairs come in a wide range of upholstery options. Vinyl and leather are easy to wipe clean but might be too warm for some. Fabrics tend to be cooler but can be harder to keep clean. It’s a personal preference. Also, consider your home’s décor.
  • Extras – Some lift chairs have extra features such as heat and massage for an additional cost.

Our Top Four Electric Lift Chair Choices

We’ve gone ahead and chosen our top four choices in electric lift chairs. Because each of these was selected for particular reasons, it’s difficult to compare them to each other fairly. We’ve ranked each of them on their own merits and talked about what features define them in that category.

Best Overall Electric Lift Chair

Signature Design by Ashley Yandel

 

We love this chair because it works for almost any size user. It can accommodate a taller individual without swallowing up someone petite. The higher seat back means you can rest your head comfortably, and it’s firm enough to give real back support. There is excellent lumbar support, so if you’re prone to backaches, this is a good choice. The armrests have plenty cushioning for long afternoons of TV viewing or a nice nap. The motors are quiet; the operation is smooth. You can also adjust the leg elevation separate from the reclining of the back, so you can get the perfect position for your comfort. Easy assembly and a 1-year limited warranty. It comes in saddle tan or black.

Pros:

  • Large enough for taller users
  • 300-pound weight capacity
  • High seatback
  • Firm support
  • Lumbar support
  • Separate adjustment for reclining and footrest
  • Reclines flat
  • Battery backup

Cons:

  • No fabric upholstery option
  • Warranty is only one year, with 5 years on some parts
  • Footrest may not elevate high enough for some

Final Thought: A stylish, dependable electric lift chair for all but the tiniest of individuals at an amazing price.

4.8 Stars

Best La-Z-Boy Lift Chair

Pinnacle Platinum Power Lift Recliner

 

Yes, this is a pricey chair, but it’s also a La-Z-Boy, so you know this chair is truly an investment in high-end furnishings. This doesn’t look like a lift chair, it seems like something you’ve chosen to complete your home décor, and it comes in dozens of fabric and color options as well as several prints. There is also an upgrade to the cushions available if you prefer something a bit plusher. There’s plenty of support, including lumbar support. These are beautiful, luxurious lift chairs.

Pros:

  • Large enough for taller users
  • 350-pound weight capacity
  • High seatback
  • Firm support
  • Lumbar support
  • Zero gravity setting for perfect alignment
  • Battery backup
  • Dozens of upholstery options
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Can be placed just 11 inches from the wall

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Slow life/lower mechanism

Final Thought: If you’re looking for an electric lift chair that will truly match your home’s décor and blend in beautifully, this is the one for you, but you’ll pay the price for the craftsmanship.

4.8 Stars

Best Ladies’ Electric Lift Chair

Golden Technologies PR-501JP Comforter Series Junior Petite Lift Chair

This lift chair is ideal for individuals with a smaller frame, delicate bone structure, and those who are under 5’0″ tall, so it’s perfect for petite ladies. It’s also an attractive option if you’re looking for comfort in a small space. The chair is plush, comfortable, and upholstered in a choice of fabrics. It can be adjusted to three different positions for proper body alignment, and the reclining mechanism is smooth and easy to use. Each chair is handmade and features a battery backup. Their materials, including the maple frame, are very sturdy, and they get high marks for quality. If this chair is a bit too small, they offer the PR-501 series in three other sizes to fit every frame and height.

Pros:

  • Sized for petite and shorter individuals
  • 300-pound weight capacity
  • Proper lumbar support for smaller individuals
  • Reclines
  • Battery backup
  • 3-year limited warranty

Cons:

  • No leather or vinyl upholstery option
  • Slow life/lower mechanism

Final Thought: For the tiniest of individuals, this is the electric lift chair that will provide you with comfort, safety, and security. It also comes with stylish options and a reasonable price tag.

4.7 Stars

Best Massage & Heat Lift Chair

Mcombo Electric Power Lift Recliner

 

If you suffer from chronic pain or tend to get cold easily, you will benefit from this chair’s heat and massage feature. It’s a nice option that keeps you toasty and relaxed at a very reasonable price point. The design is more modern and has lots of little extras for seniors who are tech-savvy or who enjoy creature comforts like USB charging outlets and cup holders for those long movie or football watching marathons. While it doesn’t fully recline for naps, it does recline up to 140 degrees. The motor is remarkably quiet. There is a one year, limited warranty.

Pros:

  • 320-pound weight capacity
  • High seatback
  • Cup holders and USB ports
  • Firm support
  • Lumbar support
  • Battery backup
  • Extremely quiet motor
  • Gentle heat and massage

Cons:

  • Only three color options
  • Only reclines to 140 degrees
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Heavy, so two people will be needed to move it

Final Thought: For this price, it’s unusual to get so many extras. The over-stuffed styling combined with the heat and massage make this a genuinely cozy chair for a low price.

4.6 Stars

Summary

When choosing an electric lift chair, you’ll have to balance the length of the warranty against what options you want as well as the overall craftsmanship. But in all honesty, you can often find a well-made chair that has a one to five-year warranty that will give you excellent performance for several years. It may not have forty different upholstery options. Still, if you find one that’s attractive and comfortable, that may not matter to you. If the style is essential and you want it to last for a decade, you’ll want to spring for the extra.

Electric lift chairs are an extremely personal decision. Unlike choosing a sofa, you can’t assume just about all sofas will be an appropriate size or that you will be able to get in and out of it easily. Limited mobility, weakness or instability mean you will need to find an electric lift chair that fits your degree of disability, size, height, and weight as well as what you prefer in terms of comfort and sitting/reclining style. It’s a lot to consider, so do you home before making that final decision. The right lift chair will make a huge difference in you how comfortable you are for everything from watching television to talking on the telephone or taking an afternoon nap.

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