Recliners: Power Vs. Manual

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Are you ready for some football?! How about some reclining furniture for the ol’ man cave?

It’s that time of year again when we all gather to hunker down in our living rooms and man caves to immerse ourselves in all the wonder and spectacle that is college and pro football and reclining furniture is a great way to make it an even better experience.

Reclining For Health

Ever notice how everybody (at least in my house) fights for the recliner? It’s for good reason. Not only does it feel really good to kick back and put your feet up (especially after a long, hard day), but there’s medical evidence that sitting in a reclining position for at least an hour a day has therapeutic benefits that go beyond just relieving stress.

Studies have shown that those who suffer from the pain and discomfort of swollen joints and feet as a result of poor circulation can find great relief in reclining at the end of a day. Those with jobs where they’re standing, walking, or even sitting for long periods of time can help combat gravity’s effect on blood flow by sitting in a reclining position for at least an hour a day.

Prior To Purchase

Given the various types and styles of recliners available, there are still a few things you should consider before you go out to buy a new recliner. One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not to go with power reclining or manual reclining. As in most cases, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to each.

Power Vs. Manual

  • Cost – One of the first things you’re sure to notice when comparing manual recliners to power recliners is the lower price for a manual recliner (sometimes $100+ less), when compared to its power reclining counterpart.
  • Wireless – Most power recliners require that they be placed near an electrical source for power. While there are some power recliners that can use a rechargeable battery pack to power the chair, allowing it to be placed in the middle of a room, away from the wall, manual recliners can be placed anywhere in a room without regard to access to electricity.
  • Mechanical Simplicity – Even though power recliners are incredibly reliable and the power motors are often times covered by the manufacturer’s limited warranty, the threat of a motor failure could render the reclining function useless until it’s fixed or replaced.
  • Motion/Effort – There’s no doubt about it – power recliners can be easier to use, reclining back and forth smoothly and easily, with minimal physical effort. While manual recliners employ a spring lock that allows you to open the footrest with the pull of the handle, they often times require a significant amount of leg strength to close them, making them difficult for some users to operate (the elderly, for instance). Power recliners can complete these functions with the simple press of a button.
  • Positions – Power recliners allow you the ability to recline at any angle in its range of motion, holding you in whatever angle suits you best. Most manual recliners aren’t as adept at retaining a specific reclining position that’s somewhere between fully flat and completely upright. With a manual recliner, the weight of your body is apt to cause the recliner to close or move from a specific angle, whereas a power recliner “locks” in that position, allowing you the specific comfort you’re seeking.

Additional Points to Ponder

Always make sure to ask your sales associate about the warranty periods on reclining components such as the motor and/or reclining mechanisms. Also, if purchasing an extended warranty, ask if it covers the motor or reclining mechanism. Overall, it’s recommended that if your budget will allow it, you should consider investing in a power recliner over a manual recliner, given its ease of operation, longevity, and durability.

When you visit Underpriced Furniture, make sure to consult with a kind and knowledgeable non-commission associate who can help you determine if a power recliner is right for you and your living space.

By | 2015-09-18T16:07:34+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Furniture, Leather Furniture, Living Room, Loft Lifestyles|Comments Off on Recliners: Power Vs. Manual

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