The Best Rocker Recliners Reviewed

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Getting the perfect recliner for you is like having a little slice of heaven to fall into when you need to rest and relax. For anyone suffering from back pain or general health issues, recliners can feel extremely relieving to rest in, especially if they have heating and/or massage functions built-in. 

They are also designed to replace the good, old-fashioned rocking chair for nursing mothers, providing the same mesmerizing rocking motion with added support, comfort, and style. 

Here, we’ve reviewed some of the best rocker recliners on the market. But first, let’s take a quick look at what to consider when searching for the right recliner for you.

The best rocker recliners

Configuration – there are a number of additional features such as swiveling, heating, and massage functions to consider your need for, as well as the overall fit for your body shape, weight, and height.

Finish – of course, you’ll want to opt for the look you like and the way it complements the room’s décor, but also consider the durability and comfort of the material. For some, leather is cool, easy-to-clean, and aesthetically pleasing, but for others, it can feel sticky in the warmer weather and not so cozy. Some recliners are also finished with spills in mind for nursery use or general long-term protection and durability.

Control – many recliners are manually operated, but if a fully powered option is your preference, they are available at the higher end of the price bracket. Additional adjustment options for added lumbar or head/neck support are worth considering too.

To aid your search, we’ve reviewed seven of the best rocker recliners.

Recliner Genius Swivel Recline Rocker

This comfy, heated swivel recliner is made with a sturdy base that will last you many years. Yes, the reclining mechanism is manual, but it is a smooth ride, and the chair is equipped with a remote-controlled, relieving 8-point pressure massage, plus the option to heat up the entire chair.

The Recliner Genius also rocks gently and has a 360-degree swivel feature, which is reviewed in-depth in this article on the best swivel rocker recliners. The manually adjustable headrest is handy to perfect your desired back and neck support and with cup holders and side pockets, it’s been designed with convenience in mind as well as comfort.

Pros

  • Massage and heating functions
  • Adjustable headrest

Cons

  • Manual recline only

Naomi Home Odelia 20214 Rocker Recliner

This chic design is surprisingly durable given its relatively lightweight frame. The Naomi Home Odelia swivels 360 degrees and allows for a 135-degree reclining tilt.

This chair is aesthetically designed to look modern and pristine, whilst maintaining the functionality of mobility and the soothing feature of the soft rocking. The footrest remains hidden unless manually pulled out. Finished with a cream microfiber.

Pros

  • A luxurious silk-like upholstery feel
  • 360-degree swivel

Cons

  • Manual footrest 
  • Assembly required

The La-Z-Boy Reece Reclina-Rocker Recliner

From the biggest name in recliners worldwide, the La-Z-Boy Reece Reclina-Rocker offers a smooth rocking mechanism perfect for nursing mothers or anyone who enjoys a relaxing rocking motion.

This recliner features a back and footrest that can move both independently and together, and easy-to-use manual controls to adjust between three reclining positions. You can also adjust the back and leg rest tension settings for optimal individual comfort.

Pros

  • Back and footrest move independently or together
  • Adjustable tension settings
  • A 75 lbs. lightweight design

Cons

  • Not an ideal fit for very tall people
  • Manual control option only

Signature Design by Ashley

The washed-out (faux) leather appearance of this country-style design presents as a plush and refined choice. The Signature Design provides a steady rocking motion as well as a tightly controlled backward lean which can be controlled by the easy-to-reach pullback lever.

Featuring well-padded back cushioning, this chair provides comfortable support for the upper back and neck whilst providing automated reclining and rocking.

Pros

  • Unique rustic design
  • Combined automated reclining and rocking

Cons

  • Manual controls only

The Esright Massage Recliner Chair

This recliner does it all – it vibrates, it massages, and it even self-heats. For anyone with back or general health issues in need of superior relaxation functions, the Esright Massage Recliner is a solid choice. With the combined power of its massage and heating functions, it’s particularly good for lumbar pain, too.

This recliner features power controls and two levels of massage intensity. Despite feeling more solid and weightier than most recliners, it’s only a surprising 92.6 lbs. Designed to provide maximum mobility, it swivels a full 360 degrees, and the extra thick padding is extremely comfortable whilst retaining some bounce which makes it easier to get up from.

With built-in head support cushioning and the convenience of pockets and cup holders, this chair was well and truly designed for comfort and convenience in mind!

Pros

  • 360-degree swivel
  • Remote control power with versatile modes of use

Cons

  • Footrest only closes manually
  • Requires assembly

Relaxzen Rocker Recliner

The Relaxzen Rocker is another great value-for-money rocker – cozy, durable, and solid. With oversized, soft armrests and ample back cushioning, this chair feels very evenly supportive, especially when in the reclined position. It rocks gently and reclines easily using the conveniently located pullback control just under the armrest.

The Relaxzen Rocker also features a soothing, durable, and easy-to-clean microfiber upholstery in a creamy beige finish for versatile use.

Pros

  • Well-constructed to handle up to 300 lbs. in weight
  • Easy maintenance upholstery
  • Good recline tension control 

Cons

  • Manual control only

Carter’s davinci Modern Arlo Recliner

This swivel, rocking combo is finished in a water and stain repellent linen fabric upholstery for exceptional durability – with a range of charcoal and creams colors to choose from. The Carter’s davinci Modern Arlo Recliner is perfect for nurseries, with a 360-degree swivel function, gentle rocking motion and hidden reclining mechanism, maintaining the chic, modern look of the chair whilst keeping little fingers at bay.

Also, this recliner is Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning that it’s been tested for over 10,000 chemicals to ensure safety for environments where babies sleep and play.

Pros

  • Water and stain repellent fabric
  • Greenguard Gold Certified 

Cons

  • Manual recline only 

Final thoughts

Swivel rocker glider recliners are transforming home comfort and there are many styles, finishes, and functions to choose from, so shopping around for the perfect fit for you and your home is well worth the trouble!

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Claire Hastings
Claire Hastings is a design student, wanderer, and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.

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