10 Best Reclining Office Chair Reviews 2017

I am fairly certain that most of you are familiar with the concept of a reclining office chair, or what the word “reclining” stands for. If not, then I’m almost 100% sure that you are familiar with the famous TV show “Friends.” You probably remember the episode where Joey and Chandler got new, fancy, quite awesome, black armchairs.

These chairs had levers on the sides, which made the backrests go down, and support pads to pop up, reconfiguring the seating cushions. That is what a reclining chair is all about – providing the occupant with levels of comfort, which beggar belief.

We have previously covered the topic of the importance of the chairs in the office, and how seating arrangements influence one’s health (insert a hyperlink to “best leather office chair” article). If sleeping takes around 8 hours of our day, then what remains is predominantly spent on some chair.

So, if there’s a possibility of having a reclining office chair in your workplace, by all means, take advantage of that possibility. Your body will be extremely grateful. Okay then, enough with the chit-chat.

Here’s a list of the 10 best reclining office chairs:

1. Flash Furniture Contemporary Black Leather Soft Recliner

Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG Contemporary Black LeatherSoft Recliner/Ottoman with Wrapped Base
  • Recliner and ottoman set, 27-1/4-inch width by 29 39-inch depth by 37-1/2-inch height
  • Overstuffed padded chair and ottoman
  • Knob Adjusting Recliner
  • Swivel seat

We start off with a very reasonable choice for a reclining office chair. Namely, this offer from Flash Furniture comes at a ridiculously reasonable price, for a chair that comes with generous, leather wrapped cushions, and can recline.

The durable leather upholstery is easy to clean and maintain. Together with the chair, we find an ottoman (a seating item with just a cushion, without sides or rests of any kind).

The offer is additionally enriched with a choice from five different color options: black, brown, burgundy, cream and palomino.

Ideal for office usage, when you need to cool off and relax a little bit, and affordable enough to get (at least) one in your home.  Highly recommended!

2. Massaging Black Leather Recliner

Flash Furniture Massaging Black Leather Recliner and Ottoman with Leather Wrapped Base
  • Recliner and Ottoman Set
  • Integrated Headrest
  • Plush Upholstered Arms
  • Double Padded Cushioned Back and Seat
  • Right Side Pocket
  • Knob Adjusting Recliner
  • Swivel Seat

Say you have a spat with your business partner, concerning the direction where your company should go in the future. You could play the “joker” card, by offering your partner a seat in this special reclining office chair.

Just when the partner starts to feel better and less nervous, fiddle a bit with the small remote and let the massage kick in, for full on relaxation experience!

Offer him the ottoman too, let him, or she fully immerses in a state of total relaxation! Then, when the moods have changed, and the energy is different, proceed with your discussion.

That is one of the best and most valuable choices for a reclining office chair, available on the market today. It has a fair price, which is quite cheap to be honest, considering the specs list.

Recliner, massaging system, double padded seating cushions, leather upholstery, side pocket… 

3. Relaxzen Leisure Recliner Chair

Relaxzen Leisure Recliner Chair with 8-Motor Massage & Heat, Brown
  • Comfortsoft upholstery looks and feels like top-quality leather
  • 8 vibration massage motors relax the upper back, mid back, thighs and calves
  • Choose independent massage zones or from 9 pre-programmed random modes and 5 intensity levels
  • Features swivel, recline and recline tension adjustment
  • Soothing heat treatment in the lumbar region

This one is also one of the best reclining office chairs on the market today. At least functionality-wise, because it does not look magnificent.

Out of the three available color choices, the brown is the cheapest, the black is in the middle (and by far the best looking of the three), and the camouflage is the most expensive, and hilariously hideous.

If we go beyond the quirky looks and focus on the functionality, we will see that this chair offers quite large and comfy seating cushions, and padded armrests too.

The ottoman is here to provide support for your legs when you go into “recline” mode.

It has eight vibration massage motors, for full body relaxation.

The occupant can even choose independent massage zones, five different intensity levels, and astonishing 9 pre-programmed massaging modes.

There is also heat treatment in the lumbar area. Anyone that has experienced heated car seats knows how good that feels, and also how beneficial it is to the well-being of the back.

4. High Back Black Leather Executive Reclining Swivel Office Chair

Flash Furniture High Back Black Leather Executive Reclining Swivel Chair with Arms
  • Contemporary Office Chair
  • High Back Design with Headrest
  • Reclining Back Paddle Control
  • Easy Touch Height Adjustable Footrest Lever
  • Footrest Adjusts in Increments
  • Depth Adjustable Footrest
  • Swivel Seat

Another reasonably priced offer from the folks at Flash Furniture. Here we have an unsuspecting, borderline boring looking reclining office chair, which somehow manages to push all the right buttons.

It doesn’t look brash; there are no 70 million pads per square inch, no polished chrome elements. And yet, it looks decent enough and is adequately priced, to be considered as a strong competitor, and mess up with your calculations.

It reclines down to about 45 degrees, and it has an adjustable footrest. There is also a choice of four available colors for the leather upholstery, and they are all very similarly priced.

It is interesting how this particular chair manages to mess with the head of the potential buyer and keep his attention, even though the first impression may point in another direction.

5. Relaxzen Deluxe Leisure Recliner Chair

Relaxzen Deluxe Leisure Recliner Chair with 8-Motor Massage & Heat, Brown
  • Eight vibration massage motors relax the upper back, mid back, thighs and calves
  • Choose independent massage zones or 9 pre-programmed random modes, each with 5 intensity levels
  • Soothing heat treatment in lumbar area
  • Features swivel, recline and recline tension adjustment
  • Luxurious thick, chocolate brown padded microsuede upholstery with a wood base for the utmost comfort

Just like the other recliner from Relaxzen we talked about previously, this one also impresses with the items on the features sheet. Once again we have the same full body massaging system, consisted of eight massage motors, and the soothing heat treatment in the lumbar area.

The difference, however, is in the looks of the package this goodness comes in.

This reclining office chair has a little bit of an “old-school” feel to it. The predominantly brown color, the thick sofa like padding, the microsuede upholstery, the varnished wood base and pretty much the overall looks of it, give that old, 19th-century house feeling to it.

It is a bit expensive when compared to some other members on this list. So, one should weigh out all the pros and cons, and see if the result fits in their personal preferences and budget.

6. Flash Furniture Contemporary Black Leather Recliner

Flash Furniture Contemporary Black Leather Recliner and Ottoman with Swiveling Mahogany Wood Base
  • Recliner and Ottoman Set
  • Integrated Headrest
  • Plush Upholstered Arms
  • Lever Adjusting Recliner
  • Swivel Seat
  • Ball-Bearing Swiveling Base on Recliner
  • Mahogany Wood Base with Floor Glides

Did somebody break the backbone of a high-end sofa and rearranged the pieces to come up with this?

This reclining office chair surely looks the part. Overstuffed padding, enormous pillows, perfectly stuffed armrests and very discreet, but beautiful mahogany wood base.

No popup support pad for the legs, but that’s where the similarly padded ottoman takes matters into its hands. It uses a ball-bearing swiveling base on the recliner, since it is quite gargantuan in size so that wheels are obsolete, and maybe even dangerous in this case.

It comes in black or brown colored leather upholstery.

The price is just right for one to get a couple of these chairs in the office, or maybe get one to kick back and relax at home.

7. VIVA OFFICE Reclining Office Chair

VIVA OFFICE Reclining Office Chair, High Back Bonded Leather Chair with Footrest- Viva08501
  • High back ergonomic bonded leather adjustable chair with height adjustment and adjustable depth lever reclining incremental footrest
  • Padded headrest, reclining back angle control, and Built-in lumbar support
  • Swivel mechanism with heavy duty Nylon casters, and chrome base.
  • Has leather upholstery with padded arms that bring added support to help everyone feel more relaxed
  • Weight capacity: 250 pounds. We provide free component-exchange in two years.

In this case, this particular chair doesn’t look as if it has too much to offer because it looks pretty much like any other office chair. But, if we give it the benefit of the doubt and throw in another look, we start to see the features that make it stand out.

Sufficiently padded cushions with a high level of ergonomics, padding on the armrests, chrome base, the weight limit of 250 lbs. It suddenly starts to look good.

It gets even better when you use the reclining option. The backrest falls to an extreme angle, and the leg support pillow extends from under the seat.

The backrest angle achieved by this reclining office chair is simply ludicrous.

Now, I know that this is a high-quality product, and even the pretty steep price suggests so, but to be honest, I don’t think that anyone would feel comfortable using this chair when it’s reclined all the way.

I honestly think that in that case, gravity will do its thing, and make you more intimate with the floor.

8. Flash Furniture Contemporary Brown Leather Recliner

Flash Furniture Contemporary Brown Leather Recliner and Ottoman with Swiveling Maple Wood Base
  • Recliner and Ottoman Set
  • Integrated Headrest
  • Plush Upholstered Arms
  • Knob Adjusting Recliner
  • Ball-Bearing Swiveling Base on Recliner
  • Maple Wood Base with Floor Glides
  • Brown LeatherSoft Upholstery

Neat, somewhat stylish, with a whiff of elegance. That’s how I would describe this particular reclining office chair. It could easily take place in an office or a company, which leans a bit more towards the conservative side.

It looks comfortable, with carefully designed padding and stitching. Nothing looks puffy or overdone, it just looks right. The cushion on the ottoman is at slanted at an angle, so that it offers maximum support and comfort for the legs.

The leather covered cushions are separated from the ground with skillfully designed maple wood. Since this one also belongs in the heavyweight category, the chair is placed on a ball-bearing swiveling base, which makes swiveling effortless.

With a reasonable price and slightly conservative looks, this chair will have no troubles finding its way to the office, or perhaps someone’s home.

9. Merax Ergonomic Series Pu Leather Office Chair Racing Chair

Merax Ergonomic Series Pu Leather Office Chair Racing Chair with Footrest Computer Gaming Chair, Recliner, Swivel, Tilt, Rocker and Seat Height Adjustment
  • ATTENTION:There are 2 colors of wheels for the chair-black and silver with the same quality(as the picture shows), which will be shipped randomly. Both are authentic,hope you understand
  • Adjustable height gas-spring
  • Tiltable seat with lock function
  • 360 degree swivel rotation
  • 180-degree backrest adjustment allows you to adjust it to your needs

Trying to find the word to describe it?

I would go with “Polarizing.” That means that you either love it or hate it, there’s no middle ground. There’s no question about it; this reclining office chair has no business in a serious company, or a bank, or any office that leaves the impression of “class.”

But, on the other side, it is funky and cool enough to try its luck in some startup company, or perhaps in a publishing house, that deals with automotive related content. Mind you; it’s not just “all show and no go.”

Standard adjustment options aside, there is also a possibility to adjust the height and the rotation of the armrests. When you put it in “recline” mode, the backrest drops and the leg support pillow extends from under the seat.

But when you put it in “Oh my God, the chair broke!” recline mode, the whole hell breaks loose!

The backrest falls flat, thus enabling a pretty much level surface which you can lay on because you surely won’t be able to sit or recline. I’m having doubts that anyone will be able to relax in this position, taking into consideration the whole stability issue.

It is adequately priced, especially considering what it has to offer. Luckily for the potential buyer, there are three color options to choose from: red, blue and yellow. The blue version is slightly more expensive, for no apparent reason.

10. Contemporary Brown Leather Recliner

Flash Furniture Contemporary Brown Leather Recliner and Ottoman with Metal Base
  • Recliner and Ottoman Set
  • Pillow Top Headrest
  • Plush Upholstered Arms
  • Tension Knob Locks Recline Position
  • Swivel Seat
  • Metal Base
  • Plastic Floor Glides

This manufacturer surely took up a lot of space on our list, but their portfolio is quite large, so there’s a lot to choose from.

This particular reclining office chair bears the adverb “contemporary” in its name, but to be honest, it’s hard to see why. It doesn’t look contemporary, mostly because of the “second world war hospital bed” looks of the metal base. It’s appalling.

The seating cushions look very stuffy and comfortable, and the padding on the armrests surely increases the level of comfort. The backrest recline position can be locked using a tension knob, found on the right side.

The leather used to cover the cushions can be easily cleaned and maintained and is also eco-friendly. There are two color choices: brown and black.

The brown looks somewhat elegant, while the black looked a bit cheap and washed out.

This recliner is priced in the same ballpark with most of the other competitors, but honestly, the other ones are at least much prettier to look at and offer the same functionalities too. The choice is yours, of course.

Reclining office chair can improve your health during your working hours drastically.
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