There are hundreds of different recliners on the market, and they’re all great for different things: Some make for the perfect place for a nap, while others offer massage and heat functions to relieve back pain. They all seem to have one common denominator, however: It can be tough to find a great recliner on a budget. That’s why we’ve done the work for you and rounded up the TK best recliners under $500.
Getting cozy shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg! That’s why we’ve rounded up these budget-friendly options that will up your comfort level without making a big dent in your wallet.
What to Look for in a Recliner
There are three main things that determine price when you’re shopping for a recliner: material, function, and brand. You’ll need to consider the pros and cons of each factor while selecting your perfect seat. Read more below.
- Material: It goes without saying that a leather-upholstered chair will be far more expensive than a fabric one. But other factors, such as a real wood base versus composite, or detailing, like a nailhead accent trim, will also make a difference in a chair’s price tag and durability.
- Function: If you’re looking for a chair with all the bells and whistles (think heat, massage functions, and power lift capabilities), you’ll probably pay quite a bit more than you would for a more run-of-the-mill lounging model. Consider which functions are must-haves for you when shopping for a recliner.
- Brand: Last but not least, you’ll want to note the brand of your recliner. Trusted names, such as Serta, Catnapper, and La-Z-Boy may be more expensive than generic brands, but they’re also well-made and sturdy. Consider whether you want to invest in a piece that will last a long time, or just get by with something for now.
Where to Buy Affordable Recliners
While there may be no such thing as a “cheap” recliner — most will cost you at least a few hundred dollars — there are plenty of budget-friendly finds out there that cap out around $500.
Wayfair is a treasure trove of options where you can find great, budget-friendly recliners, great for sleeping or rocking a baby to sleep. Walmart is another great place to look for affordable recliners, and if you prefer to shop at Amazon, they also have a number of options, from recliners with heat and massage, to power lift recliners.
No matter your shopping preferences and needs, there’s an affordable recliner here for you. Keep scrolling to shop our picks for the best recliners under $500.
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What are the best recliners under $500?
best glider recliner under $500
- Sleek, contemporary design
- Swivels and glides as well as reclines!
This Serta recliner, available at Walmart, is a chic, modern alternative to a traditional recliner — and not only does it look great, it lets you glide, swivel, and recline in comfort and style! Lie all the way back for a nap, rock a baby to sleep, or curl up with a good book in this beautiful chair.
“I bought three of these to replace a sofa and do not regret my choice one bit. Nobody has to feel cramped together on a sofa anymore and we can face each other to talk. They are perfect for my open concept house, but more importantly, they are very comfortable. I get compliments on them. and my company seems to enjoy their versatility in gliding, swiveling, and reclining! The swivel is great because the chairs can point toward the kitchen area to keep the conversation going and then back to the TV area in a blink.”
best stylish recliner under $500
- Available in a rainbow of 10 gorgeous colors
- Mid-century modern design with hidden recliner feature!
No one will guess that this beautiful mid-century modern chair is actually a recliner — until they sit down and settle back into relaxation! Best for smaller people, this recliner doesn’t have a handle or lever to engage the foot rest and reclining feature, so you’ll have to use your own power to kick back. But if you’re looking for a stylish, comfortable chair that comes in a huge selection of colors, this “undercover” recliner is one to try!
“I love these chairs. They were cost effective and arrived promptly (earlier than they said they would get here). I bought a set as accent chairs in my living room. The yellow is a great pop of color. They have a slim profile and sleek design, not your dad’s bulky recliner. They are reasonably comfy, not super squishy, but looking at the chair, I did not anticipate they would be”.
best wall recliner for under $500
- Can be customized with your choice of fabrics and upgrades
- Can be placed just inches from a wall and still recline fully
If you’re wanting a more traditional, overstuffed recliner, this La-Z-Boy might be right up your alley! It’s a plush, comfortable recliner you can really sink into, and the leg rest and back rest operate independently so you can settle yourself in “just so” and doze off, read, or watch TV. Fair warning: Depending on the fabric you choose, and any upgrades, your total may be a little higher than $500, but the base price is just under that threshold, so we included it on our list.
“It is very comfortable and is just the right size.”
best velvet recliner for under $500
- Available in eggplant, emerald, and cobalt velvet
- Modern styling and compact size
Looking to add a pop of color to your living room? Look no further than these gorgeous velvet recliners, which come in rich shades of purple, green, and blue. Like others on this list, they work well in small spaces, for more petite people, and the reclining mechanism is manually operated.
“Super chic and elegant velvet recliner chair. I’m so happy with my chair. It really matches my modern contemporary style and is extremely comfortable … the velvet fabric feels like butter. I live in an apartment, and the size is perfect for small spaces. It was super easy to assemble within 15 minutes I put it together.”
best power lift recliner with heat and Massage for under $500
- Available in black, brown, or gray
- Built-in cupholders
This affordable recliner not only helps you get in and out with a power lift function and lets you relax while enjoying a heated massage, it also comes with a remote control for easy operation! Switch between five vibration modes targeting four different areas of the body two levels of intensity, and an optional heat mode for when you want to get really cozy. Storage pockets and cup holders are the finishing touch!
“This is a wonderful power lift chair for the money. The chair gives my mom more freedom to get up and around — she is no longer stuck on the couch! It is easy to clean. Great value, too many features to list. Delivered to my front door ( it is heavy) and easy to set up and connect.”
best lift recliner with massage for under $500
- Available in black, brown, or gray
- Includes heat, massage, and power lift functions
Did we say that features like heat, massage, and power lift add to the cost of a recliner? Not so with this chair, which offers all three and still rings up at under $500. If you need a little help getting in and out of your recliner, this one will do the trick — on a budget!
“This is amazing, reclines all the way back, massages, and even a lift assist. Worth the money and assembly was a breeze!”
best rocker recliner for under $500
- Rocker and recliner in one
- Customizable with a wide range of upholstery options
Can’t decide between a rocker and a recliner? You don’t have to choose! This La-Z-Boy model, which rings up at just under $500 depending what fabric you choose, is a rocking chair when not in reclining position, and a great place to nap when it’s laid all the way back. Padded arms and a rounded seat make it super comfy, and the La-Z-Boy name means it’s well-made and will last!
“This is sooo comfortable!! So cushiony and a great rocker. You just sink in and it feels wonderful. It’s perfect for a smaller person or in a smaller room. I’m 5’4′ and it’s perfect for me. My husband is 6’4′ and the footrest is way too short for him. All our guests and family who have sat on it say it is amazingly comfortable. Highly recommended!!“
best compact recliner for under $500
- Available in gray, buff, or light brown
- Soft upholstery that easily wipes clean
We love the stately, stylish design of this chair, which doesn’t even look like a traditional recliner at first glance. If you want a recliner that will class up your living space for not a lot of money, this is the one!
“Beautiful chair. It’s just what I was looking for. The color is true to description, perfect size for my apartment. Very comfortable. Highly recommend . Happy with my purchase!”
best tufted back recliner for under $500
- Comes in brown faux leather as well as gray or beige fabric
- Tufted back is elegant and comfortable
Another great pick for the style-conscious, this Better Homes & Gardens recliner features a button-tufted back with bronze nailhead trim and comes in three different upholstery choices, including a rich brown faux leather. Push back to activate the reclining function, and you’re ready for relaxation!
“Had my eye on these for a while, but finally took the plunge and ordered two. They are beautiful and so comfortable. My husband is 6 feet tall, and he absolutely loves these chairs. The seat is nice and wide, so it gives plenty of room to sit and be comfortable. They go so well with my modern farmhouse decor!”
best microfiber recliner under $500
- Available in brown, blue, or gray microfiber
- Includes a massage function
Feel like you’re sitting in a luxe seat at you favorite movie theater next time you curl up to watch your favorite shows on Netflix with this cushy recliner, which will even give you a lovely lower back massage!
“Just got [this], so far it’s awesome! The massaging feature hits the lower back in just the right place. Chair is by far the most comfortable I’ve ever had!”
best power lift recliner for under $500
- Easily with the touch of a button
- Deep cushions for maximum comfort
Another power lift recliner that comes in at under $500, this Serta chair has deep cushions that let you really sink in and relax. Luckily, you can easily stand up again with just the touch of a button! Built with a sturdy steel frame, this chair comes with a one-year warranty, so if you have any problem with it, send it back! Over 500 five-star reviews make us think you won’t have to, however.
“This chair is comfortable, stylish, and the power recline is smooth. I bought this as a recovery chair for after neck and spine surgery, and it’s perfect. The pad in the chair hits my neck perfectly. Just a great chair and a great price. I highly recommend this chair!”
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