Here is the definitive lift chair review guide. Read below to find out what is a lift chair recliner and what one should expect when purchasing a lift chair. This guide will give you an understanding of every lift chair recliner review and lift chair comparison you’ll find online as it covers the fundamental terminology. It also covers lift chair ratings, including ones for infinite position lift chairs and zero gravity lift chairs.
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What is a Lift Chair?
A lift chair is a recliner that is machine powered. One can switch from the sitting to recline position (or other positions) with a remote control. It also has an up position where the chair leans up and forward to push the sitter into the standing position. This is where the lift chair derives its name, for it lifts the sitter up. Lift chairs are intended for individuals who find it difficult to stand up from a chair such as those with severe arthritis in the knees or hips.
The Three Types of Lift Chairs
There are three general types of lift chairs: two position lift chairs, three position lift chairs, and infinite position lift chairs.
- Two position lift chairs can go into the up position, sitting position, and 15 degree recline position. Of all the chairs we review, less than 5 are two position lift chairs. They are very rare. They have limited mobility and cost about the same as a 3 position lift chair. Its best to skip two position lift chairs.
- Three position lift chairs go into the sitting position, 15 degree recline position, 45 degree recline position, and up position. The ottoman (footrest) can not be operated independently from the back and the chair can go only into its 3 pre-programmed positions. The price for a 3 position lift chair is generally lower than an infinite position lift chair. 3 position lift chairs usually require less room from the nearest wall than an infinite position lift chair.
Infinite position lift chairs can go from the sitting position to a full recline, where the chair lays flat. The footrest and back can be operated independently. Some models can go into the Trendelenburg position and zero-gravity position. The Trendelenburg position is where the feet are above the head. The zero-gravity position is where the head and feet are level but the hips are below the hip and feet. The zero-gravity position was invented by NASA to reduce stress during takeoff. It helps with individuals who are having joint problems on earth too. Infinite position lift chairs are good for individuals who want to lie down while watching TV or use their lift chair as beds. It is also the most versatile of the three types.
How Much does a Lift Chair Cost?
The average price for a lift chair, regardless of type, is $1,094.67. The median price is $995. This means that you are much more likely to purchase a lift chair between $450 to $1,100.
This and the following pricing data was obtained by a study conducted by BestLiftChair.net on 23 April 2016. The study had a sample size of 93 lift chairs that were available on the market. Discontinued lift chairs were not included.
How Much Does a 2-Position Lift Chair Cost?
The average price for a 2-position lift chair is $769.00. The median is $754.
2-position lift chairs are rare and not recommended for the typical consumer. They have a limited recline of 15 degrees. The lowest 2-position lift chair price is $599 which is $110 more than the lowest 3-position lift chair price. There is no point in buying a 2-position lift chair.
How Much Does a 3-Position Lift Chair Cost?
The average price for a 3-position lift chair is $1,063.57. The median is $976.
If one wishes to save money, a 3-position lift chair in the $500-$600 price range is a good choice. 3-position lift chairs that are over $1,300 should be avoided as that’s the average price for an infinite position lift chair.
How Much Does an Infinite Position Lift Chair Cost?
The average price for an infinite position lift chair is $1,300.64. The median is $1,467.
Infinite position lift chairs are split into two sections, budget ones that are between $700 and $1,300 and luxury ones that are between $1,400 and $2,200. Usually, luxury lift chairs are made by furniture companies, not mobility companies. This usually results in lower quality and durability lift chairs. We’d recommend you buy an infinite position in the $700 to $1,300 range from a mobility company.
There are a lot of optional features available with each lift chair. It really depends on what model and manufacturer you’re going with. Here are the most popular ones:
- Heat and massage – some chairs allow optional heat and massage. If you are interested in this, know that the massage function usually makes a noise when on.
- Lift table – as an optional accessory, a lift table can be purchased for $100 to $200. These are tables designed to work with a lift chair. They are on wheels or a pivot so that one can move them out of the way when one wishes to stand.
- Leather – some chairs have leather available as an upgrade. While fabric upholstery is normal, leather provides a lot of durability and looks great. Normal fabric upholstery is just fine for most individuals however and individuals rarely complain about the upholstery but, if one wishes to have a leather lift chair, it is a good choice.
- Slip covers – like all recliners, lift chairs can be fitted with slip covers to protect the upholstery.
Lift Chair Reviews by Manufacturers
Read reviews by manufacturers. Each link contains more details about the manufacturer as well as links to product reviews.
- Nex[Idea] lift chair reviews
- AmeriGlide lift chair reviews
- Catnapper lift chair reviews
- Comfort Chair Company lift chair reviews
- Franklin Furniture lift chair reviews
- Golden Technologies lift chair reviews
- Med-Lift lift chair reviews
- Mega Motion lift chair reviews
- Pride Mobility lift chair reviews
- Ultra Comfort lift chair reviews
- Windermere lift chair reviews
The standard delivery option is freight. This means that there will be a semi-truck transporting the lift chair to one’s residence. The driver will drop the furniture off where it is convenient; usually on the driveway. Individuals who live on dirt roads have found (to their surprise) that the driver dropped the lift chair off at the beginning of the road. Make sure you communicate with the delivery company beforehand to avoid surprises during delivery.
Lift chairs weight 100 pounds or more. Have helpers to bring the chair from the driveway into your home. Usually, most manufacturers offer in-home delivery for an extra charge if the buyer can not move the furniture his/herself. They also charge extra for bringing the chair up stairs or into another story. Make sure you clear this with the company during purchasing.
All lift chairs, except for a few, require assembly. Instructions are provided in the package and it is straightforward, if one is technically inclined. If not, have helpers on delivery day. Once again, if needed, one can pay for lift chair assembly upon delivery. This is called white glove delivery and usually costs $250. White glove delivery also includes in-home delivery.
Every lift chair includes a remote. The remotes are all different but, basically, it lets the sitter choose the position he/she wants. There is usually a magazine rack at the left and right of the chair to store magazines (or the remote). Some remote have a light on them which can be helpful or annoying.
Lift Chair Recliner Warranty
Warranty terms differ from company to company. Make sure you read the warranty thoroughly before buying! At bestliftchair.net, we’ve read some terrible warranties before! Generally, the frame, motor, and lifting mechanism will be covered by a multi-year warranty (at least 3). The fabric will not be covered and everything else is covered by a 1 year warranty.
The warranty is usually only good for the original purchaser, for residential use, and with proper usage and maintenance. The manufacturer is the one who determines if the chair was used properly or not. Some manufacturers will only cover a damage if the spare parts are on hand. This is terrible as, once a model is discontinued, there will be no support. Avoid these companies completely.
What’s the cheapest price for a lift chair?
We’ve seen it as low as $200 for a 2 position lift chair. It’ll lift the sitter up from the sitting position but, besides that, we don’t know much about its quality, durability, warranty, or safety. For a realistic price on a standard lift chair, $489 is the lowest for a 3 position lift chair and $722 for an infinite position lift chair.
How much can I expect to pay on shipping?
Expect free freight shipping. If a manufacturer or retailer charges you for shipping, go elsewhere. If you asked for something special such as in-home delivery or assembly, that will be extra.
Where are lift chairs for sale?
Lift chairs are available for purchase online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Online retailers are numerous. You can also find nearby stores in our directory.
Should I buy a used lift chair?
No. It might take a some time to find a nice, used lift chair that is the right size. The price savings is not that much as the lowest price lift chair is only a $200 more than the average price used lift chair (~$300). Click here to read our used lift chair guide.
Are lift chair rentals any good?
While possible from some medical suppliers, lift chair rentals should only be done when a condition is temporary. The price of a rental will equal the price of a lift chair in under a year. Click here to read our lift chair rental guide.
Will my insurance cover lift chairs?
Will Medicare cover lift chairs?
For some. Read about it here. You’ll need a signed medical necessity form from your doctor, a “lift chair prescription” if you want to call it that, to qualify.