There are numerous choices out there when it comes to leather recliners - so which one is best for you?
This buyer's guide is an excellent resource for anyone looking to purchase a new, quality leather recliner chair.
In this piece, we look at some of the best brand leather recliner chairs to consider. We also rate some of the best quality leather recliners.
We discuss some of the most important things to look out for, including a recliner's mechanism, which can make or break the longevity of any reclining furniture.
Buy a reclining chair with a lousy mechanism, and there will be ongoing issues dealing with a recliner chair that won't recline properly.
Read on as we tell you where to buy the best leather recliner for your home.
Recliner Construction - What We Need To Know
As a consumer, there are a few things you need to know about when purchasing any type of reclining furniture.
Reclining sofas or leather recliner chairs have either a manual or electric mechanism and thus there are more things that can break down.
The most important things to consider with reclining furniture?
1. The Mechanism
There are a few major providers of mechanisms for reclining sofas and chairs. Leggett & Platt is the biggest and considered one of the most reliable reclining mechanisms in the industry, both for manual and power recliners.
Leggett & Platt is a behemoth in the reclining space and the odds are that if you have a nice, high quality recliner, it probably has a L&P mechanism inside.
Ultra-Mek of North Carolina is also well respected in the furniture business, thus if you see either a Leggett & Platt or Ultra-Mek mechanism, there is a good sign the piece is well crafted and of high quality.
Before buying any recliner, be sure to ask the furniture store what the warranty is on the mechanism itself. For any traditional recliner, there is always the potential for something to go wrong with the mechanism.
Thus, ensuring there is a solid warranty in place is a big part of the purchasing decision.
2. The Frame
Any chair or sofa with a mechanism inside must be built with a high quality frame. As we have discussed before, the best sofa frames are built with solid hardwoods (not plywoods) or engineered woods.
The mechanism connection to the frame is important as well, thus the build quality and the attention to detail is equally important.
3. The Leather Quality
The cheapest and lowest quality recliners are made with bonded leather or faux leather upholstery.
A slight step up from there is a rocker recliner that is using a 'leather match' which covers the backs and sides of the furniture with a fake leather that is far inferior to the real thing.
4. Foam Density/Quality
The longevity of a reclining sofa is highly dependent on the quality and the density of the foam cushioning of the sofa.
A recliner using low density foam cushioning is not going to last very long.
I recommend looking for a reclining sofa or chair with a high density foam - try to go for something with 2.5 density (as opposed to the 1.8 density industry standard).
What Are The Best Rated Leather Recliners?
You should know what to look out for when shopping for a quality, well-constructed leather recliner.
I wanted to provide a look at some of the best leather recliner manufacturers. As follows are seven of the top leather recliner brands.
We've examined reviews of each company's recliner chairs and sofas while gathering feedback from visitors to our site.
If you buy from one of these brands, you can expect a high-quality leather recliner.
1. Hancock & Moore
Hancock & Moore is one of our favorite leather furniture brands, based on the made in the USA attention to detail and high quality at what we see as a reasonable price.
They also make some of the industry's best selling leather recliner chairs.
Hancock & Moore offers a wide range of different high end leather reclining chairs and sofas.
Their reclining furniture pieces use a Leggett & Platt mechanism with superior craftsmanship in regards to the frame, leather upholstery and cushioning.
2. Ekornes Stressless
Ekornes is a Swedish furniture manfacturer that has been in business since 1934.
In the 1960's Ekornes started making trendy lounge furniture with the later launch of the Stressless chair line.
The Ekorness Stressless reclining chairs are of utmost comfort and use a proprietary reclining mechanism with high-quality materials, including top-grain leather and solid wood frames.
However, the Ekornes Stressless chairs come at a high price, with average retail on most chairs in the $2000 to $3000 range.
Many of their sofas also come with a range of customizable options, such as the choice of base style and the ability to add features like adjustable headrests and built-in USB ports.
If you have the budget, the Ekornes Stressless chairs are a fantastic option for a high quality recliner chair focused on maximum comfort and support.
Our Favorite Ekornes Stressless Recliner
Motioncraft is a division of Sherrill Furniture, based in North Carolina with all furniture made in the USA.
Motioncraft has a good reputation and I tend to recommend consumers stick to furniture made here in the states. Motioncraft uses both Leggett & Platt and Ultra-Mek with most pieces offering many different customization options.
IT won't come cheap, but Stickley recliners are highly recommended. Another US based manufacturer, Stickley makes all of their furniture in their NY based manufacturing facility.
Prices are mostly on par with Hancock and Moore, so if you are looking for a recliner on sale, Stickley isn't a good solution.
However, if you have the budget, Stickely is a great choice.
My favorite Stickley recliner is the Bustle Back Bow Arm Morris Manual Recliner.
5. Bradington Young
Bradington Young is another North Carolina-based manufacturer making high-quality leather recliners and sofas.
Its price points are mid-tier, and slightly below that of Hancock & Moore. It is a solid recliner choice for anyone seeking something that won't entirely break the bank.
The frame build quality at Bradington Young isn't top of the line, as they use multi-ply, 7/8 inch laminated hardwood components instead of solid hardwoods used by Hancock & Moore.
However, Bradington Young uses made in the USA mechanisms from Ultra-Mek along with high quality leather and dependable craftsmanship.
Visit a local Bradington Young dealer and try them to see what you like!
Check out their clearance section to see if you can snag a good deal.
Note that Wayfair sells some Bradington Young pieces, but you will likely get a better deal in person.
Leathercraft is a North Carolina furniture manufacturer that has been around for over 50 years. They are one of the top-tier premium leather brands, in a similar realm as Hancock & Moore.
Regarding reclining furniture, Leathercraft has a broad offering of different sofas and chairs with a strong reputation for high-quality craftsmanship. From a pricing standpoint, Leathercraft recliners average from $2500 to $4000, on par with Hancock & Moore.
Using high-quality, made-in-the-USA reclining mechanism made by Leggett & Platt along with high-quality top grain leathers and solid hardwood frames.
Leathercraft is considered one of the best brand leather recliner options on the market.
7. American Leather
American Leather is a North Carolina based furniture manufacturer that prides itself on technological innovation and high quality upholstered furniture at an affordable price.
American Leather sells three types of recliners - the 'Comfort Recliner', the 'Re-Invented Recliner' and the 'Comfort Air' recliner.
The Comfort Recliner is made with a 'proprietary Infinity System' which automatically adjusts to your body providing what American Leather calls the 'ultimate lounging experience'.
These chairs are ridiculously comfortable with lush leather and high quality material used for construction.
The Re-Invented recliners tend to try and cover up the fact that a reclining mechanism is hiding within and tend to be a bit more stylish.
The Comfort Air recliners contain a 'patented mechanism' that 'cradles you to the perfect lounging position for optimal comfort'. These chairs are indeed comfortable and probably one of the best in terms of overall comfort.
** Updated note is that I did have some recent complaints from one American Leather customer that spent a lot of money on one motorized and one non-motorized sofa. The motorized components on one sofa (Chelsea) stopped working after a few days. The good news is that the President of American Leather was very responsive. The bad news is that they told the customer that they had an issue with motorized parts from one supplier. Thus, while we still like American Leather they are on what I might consider a bit of a 'watch list'.