Despite being well-known around the world as one of the most comfortable recliners to ever originate in the United States, the origins of the La-Z-Boy Recliner are not widely known. Created in 1927 by two brothers who wanted to create a relaxing chair made for factory works and other hard laborers, the Lazy Boy was thus named because of how it well one relaxed after sinking into it.

Not many people work the type of manual labor jobs as we did in the past, yet the need for relaxation has not abated. That leads us to the burning question–which is the best La-Z-Boy Recliner for you?

List of 8 Best La-Z-Boy Recliners

La-Z-Boy Reese Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Key Features:

  • Contains easy to reach handle on the right outside arm of the recliner.
  • Reclines without the extension of the leg rest.
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in every position.
  • Personalize your tension support in every position according to your body type.
  • Each side of the leg rest contains a customizable, three position locking mechanism.
La-Z-Boy Reese Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Crimson

Why We Like It: This La-Z-Boy Recliner is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). This particular brand is available in crimson red, and is built for your comfort. Framed with flared, lightly stuffed arms, the silhouette of this recliner is comfortable and large, as it provides support for both your lumbar, neck, and head. The handle is located on the right arm of the chair, within easy reach for anyone. Recline with ease as you shift this recliner into any position you please. Take advantage of the three position locking system, as you are able to customize your recliner to ease any and every kind of body ache that you may have.

Review: Stylish and easy to use, the four main selling points of this recliner are its lumbar and full body support, easily customizable tension, its three-position leg rest, and its rocker. This chair gives your body full support, no matter what position you have it in no matter if you are reclining or not. If you want to relax, you can use the rocker to slowly lull yourself to sleep, at your own pace. The tension customization is key, as you choose how fast you want the adjustments in your chair to occur, which in turn adds to your relaxation and eases stress and pain. Lastly, the adjustable three position locking mechanism on your leg rest means that changing your position is not only easily done, but can be kept for future reference.

La-Z-Boy Anderson Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Key Features:

  • Each side of the leg rest contains a customizable, three position locking mechanism.
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in every position.
  • Reclines without the extension of the leg rest.
  • Contains easy to reach handle on the right outside arm of the recliner.
  • Personalize your tension support in every position according to your body type.
La-Z-Boy Anderson Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Sand

Why We Like It: This La-Z-Boy Recliner is supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). This specific brand is built for your ease and comfort. Framed with flared, delicately stuffed arms, the frame of this chair is supportive and extensive, as it offers help for both your lumbar, neck, and head. The handle is situated on the right arm of the seat, within reach for anybody. Lean back effortlessly as you move this chair into any position you please. Use the three position locking mechanism, as you can tweak your chair to the most comfortable position.

Review: As this recliner is light colored, it should be either cleaned regularly or covered with a blanket to keep clean. Sleek and simple to utilize, the four primary selling purposes of this recliner are: its lumbar and full body support, easily customizable tension, its three-position leg rest, and its rocking ability. This chair gives your body full support, regardless of what position you have it in- – regardless of in the event that you are leaning back or not. In the event that you need to unwind, you can utilize the rocker to gradually calm yourself to rest, at your own pace. The tension customization is vital, as you pick how quick you need the changes in your seat to happen, which then adds to your unwinding and facilitates pressure and torment. Finally, the flexible three position locking mechanism on your leg rest means that changing your position can be done quickly and easily.

La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Key Features:

  • Each side of the leg rest contains a customizable, three position locking mechanism.
  • Personalize your tension support in every position according to your body type.
  • Contains easy to reach handle on the right outside arm of the recliner.
  • Reclines without the extension of the leg rest.
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in every position.
  • Personalize your tension support in every position according to your body type.
La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Fossil

Why We Like It: This recliner is built with a large, broad pleasant pillowy back, especially suited for your total comfort and relaxation. The pillow-topped arms are also especially comfortable and soft. With this recliner, you have a choice between reclining all the way back, or making incremental adjustments as you please–one action is as easy as the other. The locking mechanism on the three position leg rest guarantees that you are able to lock in your preferred adjustments to the leg rest. This recliner also enables you to recline while not touching the leg rest at all. The built in rocker also allows you to recline as far as you wish, or not at all, and rock yourself at your own speed.

Review: As this recliner comes in stylish platinum and Fossil color, we recommend either cleaning it regularly or keeping it covered in order to minimize discoloration. This chair is very sturdy and should be able to be assembled in a minute or so once you pull it from its wrappings. For some, the recline can go too far back, so pay attention to how sensitive the recline armrest is. While this recliner may be a slight hassle to get into your doorway or to put together, its function is without question useful and perfect for anyone with back problems or who have trouble sleeping flat on their backs.

La-Z-Boy Calvin Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Key Features:

  • Contains easy to reach handle on the right outside arm of the recliner.
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in every position.
  • Reclines without the extension of the leg rest.
  • Personalize your tension support in every position according to your body type.
  • Each side of the leg rest contains a customizable, three position locking mechanism.

Personalize your tension support in every position according to your body type

La-Z-Boy Calvin Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Granite

Why We Like It: This chair is made with an extensive, expansive thick pillowy back, which is perfect for easing strain and pain. The thickly padded armrests are just as comfortable and soft. The locking mechanism on the three position leg rest ensures that you can secure your favorite positions in the leg rest quite easily. With this chair, you can choose between leaning straight back, or using the handle on the side of the recliner to slowly and steadily recline back in the chair – one activity is as simple as the other.

Review: While comfortable, this recliner is not suited for the big and tall group of people who would need to use it. This chair is bulky and sturdy, yet you are able to assemble it within a few minutes or so of opening it. The recline armrest can go a bit fast for some users, so be aware of that when you use the armrest handle on the outside arm of the recliner. While this recliner may be a slight hassle to get into your doorway or to put together, its function is entirely useful and perfect for anyone who suffers from chronic back problems or is not able to sleep flat on their backs and have to sleep in a raised position.

La-Z-Boy Reese P10366 Power Recliner

Key Features:

  • 4-button control pad with a USB port, located on the right armrest of the recliner
  • Can lower the back in whatever position you want, regardless of the leg rest and also has a built-in rocking function.
  • Frame designed for enhanced durability.
  • Seat and back can be positioned either separately or together.
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in any position, even while reclining.
  • Contains leg-rests safety release, which prevents injuries by disengaging when obstructed by any object, pet, or body part of a person.
  • Powerful and quiet motor in the recliner, which can move a 300-pound user.
La-Z-Boy Reese P10366 Power Recliner

Why We Like It: This leather recliner is colored darkly, so it does not show dirt easily and is also relatively simple to clean–with the quick swipe of a damp cloth. This recliner is comfortable and can be used by those who are larger and taller than the average person. It gives the user total support, from their head, neck, and lumbar positions. This recliner can comfortably seat a 300-pound person without any problems, due to its sturdy frame. It also contains technology that enables you to connect to your favorite device with the press of a single button. No need to get up and find a power outlet when you need to charge your phone–you can do it right there on your chair. The most compelling function of this chair is that you have the option of either moving the back and the seat together or separately, and also separately from the leg rest. It is also safety conscious, especially when it comes to small pets and children, with its easy to use safety release on the leg rest.

Review: Stylishly designed with high-quality leather, this recliner is perfectly designed for the larger and taller populace. Once delivered, this recliner is fairly easy to put together in your home, as it comes in two pieces. It does have some issues with the material. The leather can easily become scuffed, especially if the chair is used frequently so you will need to maintain its leather exterior. The motor for the rocking function of the chair does not work when the leg rest is extended. Some users have also noted that they could use more padding in the leg rest and the headrest when it came down to it. Otherwise, this chair is exactly as advertised.

La-Z-Boy Calvin PowerReclineXR Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Key Features:

  • Powerful and quiet motor in the recliner, which can move a 300-pound user.
  • Frame designed for enhanced durability.
  • Contains leg-rests safety release, which prevents injuries by disengaging when obstructed by any object, pet, or part of a person.
  • Can lower the back in whatever position you want, regardless of the leg rest and also has a built-in rocking function.
  • Seat and back can be positioned either separately or together.
  • 4-button control pad with a USB port, located on the right armrest of the recliner.
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in any position, even while reclining.
La-Z-Boy Calvin PowerReclineXR Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Why We Like It: This cloth material chair is darkly colored, so it doesn’t show dirt quite as easily. It will be much more difficult to keep clean though, than a leather chair. This recliner is perfect for those who are tall and/or weight up to 300 pounds. The frame has been built sturdily with steel to ensure this. Not only does it provide full body support, but also contains a USB plugin for you to plug in your devices. When you have this chair, you won’t need to get up and find an outlet, or move your chair closer to an outlet. The best part about this chair is that you can move the seat and back separately, or you can adjust them together into your preferred position. The assembly is quick and easy–there really is no reason not to get this chair.

Review: This cloth covered chair is perfectly designed for larger and taller customers. The chair is exactly as it has been advertised–a chair that is perfectly comfortable while also adding small, little features that are somewhat new to the La-Z-Boy Recliner brand. However, the motor that rocks the chair does not work when the leg rest is fully extended. The extra padding in the headrest and leg rest enhance the chair’s comfort, especially if it came down to someone using the chair fairly regularly. It does not wear out easily, which is good for those who either plan to use the chair regularly and for hours at a time, or for larger or taller people.

La-Z-Boy Duncan Reclina-Rocker Recliner

Key Features:

  • Can lower the back in whatever position you want, regardless of the leg rest and also has a built-in rocking function
  • Frame designed for enhanced durability
  • Can lower the back in whatever position you want, regardless of the leg rest and also has a built-in rocking function
  • Seat and back can be positioned either separately or together
  • Provides lumbar and total body support in any position, even while reclining.
La-Z-Boy Duncan Reclina-Rocker Recliner, Steel

Why We Like It: This recliner has a unique design–a bucket cradle seat for a chair with a padded footrest that provides extra support to your entire body the farther you recline your chair back. The leg rest has the added function of being able to be lowered independently from the back of the chair (and vice versa). Experiment with this chair! Decide whether or not your back, head, and neck feel more supported when you lower the seat back or the back of the chair further. While this chair is not specifically made for big and/or tall people, it does have an enhanced frame, so it takes a lot of abuse before it breaks down and is not comfortable anymore. This chair also has a rocking function, which can be very soothing to some people.

Review: This recliner appears to be cloth, but it is actually made from “recycled leather”, which makes it somewhat easier to clean. It also offers a different style and look to the chair, which might appeal to those who are looking for something different in their recliner chairs. Users have also noted that it is not easily damaged by cleaning supplies or everyday use. The chair does exactly as it says–provides total support for your head, neck, and lumbar, while also giving you several options as to how you can position the chair, to best suit your physical needs. However, the leg rest and the back does make a lot of noise while it is being adjusted and using the sidearm to adjust the chair takes some getting used to as it is very sensitive to movement.

La-z-Boy Outdoor Breckenridge

Key Features:

  • High-performance Sunbrella fabric used to cover cushions
  • Rust-resistant aluminum frame
  • Hand-woven resin wicker
  • 5 Year warranty on Sunbrella fabric and Aluminum frame and 1 Year on Weave

Why We Like It: La-Z-Boy outdoor furniture set is an attractive and weather resistant furniture set. It has quick-drying deep seat cushions. High-performance Sunbrella fabric is used to cover these cushions. The “Sunbrella” all-weather fabric is durable and soft to touch. The fabric is stain-resistant, and it has an anti-fading color. The cushion comes with a Manchester Sienna Stripe design.

Review: The furniture has heavy-duty rust-resistant aluminum frames. It is sturdy so that it can provide years of comfort to your outdoor experience. It has hand-woven resin wicker over this aluminum framing. Skilled weavers with years of experience have handwoven this to perfection. You will get a 1-year warranty on this weave. The furniture set includes 2 patio recliners, 1 side table, and 2 toss pillows. It features a patented recliner mechanism which allows multiple positions for your comfort.

Pros

  • The furniture is very sturdy. Even people who weigh 300 lbs can relax on the chairs, and there will be no signs of the chairs weakening.
  • The chairs have high backs which are perfect for watching TV on the patio or lounging by the pool.
  • The side table has a convenient storage compartment where you can put things needed while you’re outdoors.

Cons

  • Sometimes you may feel that the reclining mechanism is too stiff to operate.
  • You won’t get any replacement cushions for these chairs.
  • There are no better colors to choose from.

Things to consider before buying lazy boy recliner for back pain

When buying a La-Z-Boy Recliner, you have to consider your needs. If you have back pain, then those needs are infinitely more pressing and important to address. The most important thing to look at before you buy a recliner specifically for your back pain is to look at your budget. Recliners, especially La-Z-Boy Recliners are not cheap. They are expensive, but they are well worth the cost. In the end, it might not be worth buying a cheap recliner so your back can get worse and worse.

Once you pass this hurdle, the next thing you need to look for is a Lazy Boy is how adjustable it is. The best recliner, for your back pain is adjustable at several different angles, so you can “customize” your chair specifically to your pain levels and needs.

If you can, buy a Massaging Lazy Boy, as it can help improve your circulation naturally, but also release endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

As far as basic features go, make sure that your chair has a sturdy frame, so it will not move when you get in or out of it. The movement of your recliner should be smooth and it should not make any noise. The recliner or  rocker recliner should be the correct size and shape for your frame. This piece of advice may seem obvious but is often ignored.

Things to consider before buying lazy boy recliner for sleeping

If you intend on using your La-Z-Boy Recliner to sleep in, the most important thing to do is to first make sure you can comfortably settle into your recliner, no matter what size you are. If you cannot do this, then you will never be able to relax into your chair.

Next, you should look at how far it can or cannot be adjusted, depending on your favorite sleeping position. At the very least, it should be able to extend to the point to where you are able to fully spread out across your recliner, with your body completely flat.

Next, you should look at how comfortable you want it to be–with this ranging from the type of fabric or leather used, to any extra features. Some La-Z-Boy Recliners are made from leather, some are made from microfiber.

Some La-Z-Boy Recliners also offer some form of a control panel for massage. Whether this is a basic, all over your body vibration massage or if it uses zero gravity technology to massage your body. You may also want a recliner that has heated cushions or adjustable head and neck rests.

If you are looking for recliners spatially for sleeping then you would love to read this review: Best Recliners for Sleeping You Can Get

Things to consider before buying lazy boy recliner for a Tall Man

The most important aspect of a La-Z-Boy Recliner for anyone tall, especially a man, is how big and large the chair is. The best recliner is a recliner that comfortable fits not only the bulk of your body e.g. torso and upper body but also your legs. An inappropriate recliner for your size will not let you completely relax or unfurl your legs to their full capacity. Generally, this means that a recliner that is able to hold big and tall men are about the length of a king size bed. Any smaller and it would not be able to hold you.

Next, because tall men are usually bigger than their contemporaries, it is also important that the materials that the La-Z-Boy Recliner are made of, are able to hold the extra weight. This means your recliner should be made out of sturdy materials such as steel, especially in the frame and reclining mechanism.

The chair should also be easily adjustable because you can easily begin to have back problems from sitting in the chair at the wrong angle. Don’t rush; take your time. The perfect chair should adjust to the optimal position for your back and allow you to stretch out your legs, while also having the control panel or recliner adjuster in an easy to reach position.

Final Verdict

The La-Z-Boy Recliner we would recommend is the La-Z-Boy Calvin PowerReclineXR Reclina-Rocker Recliner, in walnut color. Not only is it suitable for tall men or bigger people, but it is also made of materials that do not easily get dirty or scuff, which makes it a sensible purchase for those who want to keep their recliners for a very long time. The chair also contains a USB port, which allows you to plug in your devices without ever having to leave your chair. And last but not least, the chair is comfortable and easy to maneuver. This is the perfect chair for anyone who is tall, wants to sleep in the chair or suffer from chronic pain.