Nothing beats a comfortable, plush, inviting recliner, especially one that just calls you to slip into its ample folds of soft, warm and comforting fabric. Whether you prefer leather or velvet, washable cloth materials or synthetics, the best chair for back pain sufferers is always going to be made to be the most comfortable recliner for your body.
To understand what the best recliner for back pain is, you need to understand what a recliner chair has to provide, and at the end of this review, I answer some frequently asked questions that will help you better understand what you need to look for.
This review was created from actual testing, as well as compounding over a thousand online recliner reviews for 2017 and 2018.
I have categorized each unit for easy identification:
- Basic Recliner: inexpensive or lower price range, basic features.
- Brand Recliner with Lumbar Support: fully featured with pain relief design.
- Massage Recliner: fully automated massage units.
List of Top-Rated Recliners for Back Pain
The Best Recliners for Back Pain Reviews
- Beautiful design
- Exceptional materials
- Lumbar Support
- Swivel and Recline
This is a slightly higher than average priced recliner. The Mac Motion Oslo Collection Recliner provides a number of great features, and when you settle down into its soft, comforting leather, you immediately realize why it’s a number one recliner that is perfect for all kinds of back pain relief.
This recliner comes with an intuitive reclining function; you can lean back till you are virtually lying down, which makes this chair a perfect all-round solution for napping, watching TV or reading.
This recliner is constructed with a steady and smooth 360-degree swivel feature that lets you turn the chair in any direction with ease. This is a very important function for relieving back pain without having to stress the back constantly when trying to get something out of reach.
The most important aspect of this recliners features is its solid lumbar support, which is immediately apparent when you first settle down into its folds. The upholstery is a soft, yet sturdy leather that provides both warmth, comfort and exceptional design.
The Mac Motion recliner comes with a separate ottoman that is angled perfectly for your feet.
The bottom line is that this is an exceptional recliner for back relief, and while it doesn’t come with all the IoT fixtures, it is an exceptionally well designed, comfortable lumbar supporting recliner.
Features & Specs
- Product Weight: 87 pounds
- Product Dimensions: 34.5 x 22.8 x 30 inches
- Ottoman Dimensions: 20 x 18 x 15 inches
- Colors: Cobblestone (Tan)
- Cover Material: Leather
- 5 Professional Massage Techniques
- Foot and Calf Massager
- Dual-Lumbar Back Heat
- Full-Body Stretch
The Human Touch ThermoStretch HT-7120 is more than a recliner; it is a comprehensive massage chair that provides you with exceptional programs and comfort that will relieve your stressed body in only 15 minutes. This recliner is both comfortable and functional and provides a full body stretch and other amazing features that will boost your circulatory system and provide you with energy for the rest of the day’s activities.
The Human Touch HT 275 has an S Track frame, this is not a conventional frame, but one designed to guide quad rollers that are needed to follow the natural curvature of your spine. It combines the S-track frame with a 170-degree recline; this is unique to the HT 275, which makes this recliner comparable to a chiropractor’s model. However this is not a zero-G model, so expect your body weight to press firmly over the rollers, which induces an improved massage experience.
This unit has a hide-away ottoman fixture which folds under the chair, allowing you to save space as well as remove the ottoman from plain sight. This is also great when combined with the 55-degree swivel feature. Yes, you don’t have a 360-degree rotation, only a limited 55 degrees, but in most cases from research, this is the exact amount of rotational reach a user wants to get appliances that are placed on adjacent tables or furniture.
Features & Specs
The features you get from this reclining massage chair include:
- Compression + Kneading
There are also three pre-programmed massage options that you can choose from, and they include:
- Refresh – a program designed to relieve your entire back
- Relieve – a program designed to relieve your neck and shoulders
- Release – a program designed to release tension on the lower back
- Zero Gravity positioning
- Massage and heating features
- High-end design
The Svago Zero Gravity Recliner is a more expensive option to choose, but this is a full zero gravity recliner and is designed for optimum comfort. “Svago” actually “relaxation” in Italian, and this is the core of this recliners design. It is engineered to provide absolute comfort.
This recliners design includes many features all focused on delivering the perfect chair, and these features include Zero Gravity seating, building each unit’s frame from contoured beech wood, and covering the frame with memory foam. These features all work together in perfect harmony, delivering massage, heat, and Zero Gravity for a mind and body relaxing experience.
The Svago integrates massage and heat functions to improve the overall experience, and they succeed in this soft bonded leather upholstered feat of ingenuity. This material is not real leather, but a synthetic designed especially for the Svago performance requirements.
The chairs zero gravity relieves back pain and improves your spine and circulatory health, and moves from reclining to sitting position in a smooth and stressless operation.
The model comes with extended armrests that span the full length of the chair and continue on out towards the footrest. You also get a removable headrest and lumbar pillows which enables you to adapt your comfort in any way you prefer.
There is a separate footrest that comes with the unit, and being an independent unit, can be useful even when not used in combination with the chair.
This is a full massage zero-gravity recliner, and you get a lot of amazing relaxing features in another minimalistic frame approach that doesn’t take up as much space as most of its competitors. Combined with the unique Italian touch, you have a perfect unit.
Features & Specs
- Product Dimensions 42 x 31.5 x 46 inches
- Shipping Weight 153 pounds
- Materials Bonded leather
- Colors Black, Ivory
- More than 30 airbags
- Built-in Heat Intelligent roller system
- Flexible conforms to the contour and shape of your back
When it comes to a professional massage chair, the kind you see in malls and airports, the Best Massage immediately springs to mind. This model comes with 30 airbags, of which 20 are located around the lower part of the chair, giving you more than just a back massage, it provides you with a full body experience starting from your ankles and working all the way up to your neck.
There are a number of massage options and these range from Shiatsu to compression and percussion, as well as chop action and kneading. Each message type is used to deliver a focused experience that will reduce stress, relieve pain, and invigorate your circulatory system.
You’ll find the massage type that is right with you with the variety that is available. First, there is The massage programs include four main categories:
- Recovery Program
- Extend Program
- Relax Program
- Refresh Program
Under each program comes a number of variants, so, essentially you are getting the widest and most comprehensive set of massages you could ever hope to find.
Apart from the 30 airbags you also get a built-in intelligent heating system that uses the rollers to deliver a flexible and body conforming heat dispersion during the massage.
This recliner includes a special neck massage feature focusing on your necks “tsubo points.” The lower back is covered by roller heads that go all the way to your tailbone.
The 20 lower body airbags are used to help in circulatory excitement, which generates energy as it helps your heart and lungs perform better.
In addition to these massage features, you also get a vibration massage to your buttocks, and a rolling airbag a massage to your thighs and calves. The arms are not left untouched, and you get an air squeeze massage that reduces the stress of arm fatigue.
This is a budget level massager, which means that its price is below the average for such a unit, and surprisingly it does not underperform, it actually delivers a comprehensive and comfortable result, making this a very popular choice.
Features & Specs
- Weight Limit: 250 Lbs.
- A wide range of massage methods that mimic a human kneading motion
- OPTO sensor for shoulder detection
- Waist heating unit
- Zero-gravity technology
- Easily assembly
- Dimensions: 1400 x 755 x 1110 Upright, 1610 x 755 x 920 reclining.
- Powered Recline with USB port
- Leg rest safety release
- Lumbar and body support
Its time to present the world-renowned La-Z-Boy, the name is usually enough to conjure up images of comfort and decadence. This American icon has been around for nearly a century and is, in fact, the worlds originators for the modern reclining chair. Essentially, this means that all the reclining chairs we write about are copied from the original La-Z-Boy furniture.
Now, while it is possible to build something better than the original, with La-Z Boy furniture, this is sometimes not the case. The La-Z-Boy Reclina-Rocker is one such example where the first is still the best.
This model comes with a power-controlled panel that sits in the side of the chair, and without any straining or stress, you can adjust your chair to any position and mode you desire. This is the ultimate in recliner chair control.
The back of the chair has its own independent power source and comes with a rocking function, which means you get to control every aspect and feature of this recliner, smoothly and effortlessly. The body and lumbar support are beyond reproach. Now, add to this the USB port, and you have a perfect modern take on a classic reclining chair.
As with all La-Z-Boy products, this is engineered and designed for permanence, durability, and reliability. Oh, and most of all; comfort. Safety is also not lost on La-Z-Boy, and they have a safety release set in the leg rest.
Features & Specs
- Product dimensions: 41” x 39.5” x 41”
- Product Weight: 80 Lbs.
- Shipping Weight: 103 Lbs.
- Available colors: Granite, Walnut
- Supportive spring core foam filled the seat
- Soft-to-the-touch upholstery
- Customizable reclining position
The Baby Relax Rylan Swivel Gliding Recliner is designed for parents that want a supportive seat while handling and breast feeding. This is the ultimate in baby care comfort, and it helps support the young parents back as well as provide a comfortable environment for the baby.
This recliner comes with an easy to pull reclining mechanism, and comes with full leg support and swivel feature that provides maximum functionality while providing maximum comfort. This is the unit to end back pains associated with breast feeding and baby comforting.
The design includes a square silhouette with track arm and welt trim detail. The upholstery is extremely soft and comforting to the touch, and the swivel mechanism is housed in a ball bearing construct that provides smooth and quiet operation, to assure the baby does not wake up.
The seat uses a supportive spring core foam, and the leg rest is fully padded. This model is also priced in a very good range, making this a well worthwhile investment and good value for money.
Features & Specs
- Material: Fabric
- Frame: Wood
- Chair Type: Recliner
- Seat Dimensions: 21.25” x 20” x 25”
- Chair Dimensions: 39″ x 34” x 38.5”
- Traditional rolled arms
- Channel tufted design with nail head accent
- Lever action reclining mechanism
With every series of furniture come the affordable but comfortable set, and this is one of those units. The Homelegance is an affordable reclining chair that is designed to look classic and provide comfort. This is a basic model so don’t expect all the bells and whistles of a top brand model, however, when you are on a tight budget and still want comfort, this is the best chair to go for.
This model gives you the looks of an expensive leather unit but is covered in bonded leather which is actually made of 74% Polyester,18% Leather and 8% Cotton. This material is exceptionally comfortable to the tough, warms up quickly, providing a wonderful plush warm and comfortable smooth feel.
The finish is in classic nail head style, so you get that decadent look, as well as feel. The design features include traditional rolled arms with a channel-tufted design. The reclining mechanism is a standard lever action, and when operated, the seat “glides” into the reclining position.
This unit does not have lumbar support; it is a standard, comfortable and affordable recliner.
Features & Specs
- Measures 42″ x 38.5″ x 40″H
- Easy chair back assembly is required
- Plush Upholstered Arms
- Bustle Back Cushions
- Rocker Feature
The Flash Furniture rocker recliner chair is a lever operated recliner. This is an average priced unit for those that seek a little more elegance and plush, but don’t want to splash out money on a high-end model.
This recliner comes in a contemporary design and features plush upholstered arms and bustle back cushions. It does not have lumbar support features, but it does have an exceptional rocker, and the lever is smooth to use.
This model is covered in brown synthetic leather, and is stain and liquid resistant, the foam used in the seating and cushioning is CA117 fire resistant.
Bottom line, this is a comfortable, middle of the range, basic recliner. It’s a great unit to own if you just want that relaxing feel without having to dish out too much cash for an expensive model.
Features & Specs
- Seat size: 19”W x 21”D
- Seat height: 21.5”H
- Back size: 38”W x 26”H
- Arm height: 25.5”
- Dimension: 40”W x 39” – 66”D x 42”H
9. Kahuna Massage Chair Space-Saving Zero-Gravity Full-Body Recliner LM6800 with yoga & heating therapy (Brown)
- L-track, 4 roller massage system
- Dual foot rollers on the feet area
- Computerized body scan technology
- 5 Manual Massage Techniques
- 6 Auto Programs
The Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 might seem like an expensive massage unit, and you would be correct in assuming so. However, when you look closer at what it provides, you realize that it is actually value for money and you pay for features and functions that are not found in the competition.
Let’s start off with by stating that the frame is both S and L track, this hybrid provides ultimate body performance capabilities and gives this recliner the ability to deliver a comprehensive massage experience. The L track starts from the head and goes all the way down to your legs. The only downside is the cushions in the lower leg section that make the massage harsh rather than comfortable.
This model uses a steel frame for strength and durability and is covered in vinyl for extra resistance to wear and tear as well as being a great stain resistant material. This chair uses Zero Gravity Positioning, and the dimensions are configurable to accommodate people from 5’ to 6’4”.
What you also get with this model is a full 3D scan of your body, which allows the system to perform a proper adjustment and conform the massage system to meet your body specifications.
The massage unit is controlled from a remote, which allows you to use any one of its multi-functional massage programs. These include 6 auto programs that are preset, and include a special “Yoga” program, SV-Chiro, Deep Tissue, Stretching, Relax, and Rejuvenate program.
This mode massages 5 body areas, and these are the neck-waist, waist-lower back, lower back-buttock, neck-buttock, and buttock-mid back. The lower back and calf area comes with a heat therapy system. The arm massage uses air, while the lower leg massage includes a foot platform with rollers that performs a sole massage too.
This model is engineered for space saving, and that means you can place it 4” from the wall. The unit can handle all weights up to 260 Lbs., and this is an FDA registered device.
Features & Specs
- Power Source: 110-120V, 50/60 Hz @ 230W Max
- Dimensions: 48” x 31” x 46”
- Weight: 249Lbs.
- 2 preset automatic massage programs
- 8 massage points inside of the backrest
- 35 airbags covering shoulders, arms, seat, and legs
- 360 Degree Seamless embedded airbags on arms and legs
The Relax Shiatsu massage unit is a comprehensive commercial massage unit that is actually priced at a very low range and is exceptional value for money for home use. This model is made in China, so that is perhaps why the price is so good.
Another reason why this unit is so inexpensive is that it doesn’t have the conventional L or S track frame, and therefore doesn’t have rollers. What this model does is categorizes each massage area into eight separate zones. Each zone is fixed into the frame and operates individually but in a pattern set by the program.
While this is a great and unusual method for delivering a seated massage, it does have its issues, and this includes the fact that this unit does not scan your body, it just activates, and as such, different bodies get different massage experiences.
The lack of rollers is the biggest issue, so the price is reduced, but so too is the overall experience. With this said, there are some redeeming features, and that is why this model reached the review and is considered a potentially good buy (when considering the price difference between contemporary models)
Zero gravity seating is exceptional and provides a great environment for the roller-less massage. The overall experience is a rougher massage, and for some, not accurately placed, but the Zero-G does provide an excellent backdrop against these issues.
Since the massage heads are stationary, you only get one type of massage, and that’s a Shiatsu. The difference between the programs is in the speed and intensity of the said fixed head massage, as such, this unit does not really provide many options.
There is an air massage mode that works exceptionally well, and for the price you pay, it actually delivers amazingly well. There are thirty airbags distributed around the frame, and this unit gives the best value for money air massage on the market.
Another pro is the calf and foot massage area, these deliver and deliver well. There is an extendable ottoman that provides larger frames with more comfort, and that is a valued addition. This model is controlled through a basic remote, which make mastery of this unit easy.
The chair is covered in a flame retardant, and anti-static synthetic, and the foams are shock absorbent.
The bottom line is that this is a very very inexpensive unit for what you get, and if you really want a massage recliner, but have a limited budget, then don’t look any farther, get this one right now.
Features & Specs
- Weight bearing up to 300 Lbs.
- Model: Favor 03
- Voltage: AC 120V 60Hz
- Power: 20-230 Watts
- Recline Dimensions: 29″ W x 31″ H x 68″ D
- Upright Dimensions: 29″ W x 49″ H x 53″ D
Is a recliner good for your back?
Recliners can be good for your back if they come with a lumbar support feature. A lumbar support feature is when there is a cushion that supports your lumbar region set in the back and has no gaps in the lower region of your body.
Is sleeping in a recliner bad for you?
For short periods of time, no. For long sleep, yes. A recliner is not designed to be a bed; it is a comforting chair, used to allow the user time to relax between, or after chores. These units do not provide orthopedic support for long periods of rest. There is one exception to the rule; a true zero-gravity unit is the only one that will support long sleeping modes.
Is leaning back in your chair bad for your back?
Actually, based on recent research, slouching at an angle of 135 degrees reduces stress on the back and is good for you. Sitting at 90 degrees is actually placing pressure on your lower back and can eventually lead to more back problems. (amazing isn’t it!, I wish my parents knew this when I was young.)
What Is Zero Gravity Seating?
Zero gravity is a NASA designed position; this is the position that Astronauts use when taking off, and is essentially the position where G forces have the least impact on the body. This means that the bodies weight is evenly distributed across the chair, and this leads to improved blood circulation and helps decompress your spine.