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Thread: Who makes a good quality recliner?

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    Default Who makes a good quality recliner?

    When I buy "stuff" I refuse to buy chinese junk whenever possible.
    I am looking for a leather reclining loveseat. Found one @ lazyboy that I like. Is there any other top quality brands of reclining sofas around? The brick, leons etc has nothing.
    I have a couple Natuzzi leather sofas that are 8 years old and they are great quality but they dont do a recliner.

    Cheers.

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    Well, I can't recommend a good one, but I can suggest you stay away from Ashley. We bought a reclining sofa from them a couple of years ago and have had nothing but trouble with it. I've never heardy any bad words about LazyBoy (althought I'm sure they must have some lemons).\

    Kerry

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    How much are you willing to spend may be part of the answer. I know you to be a top quality seeking type of fellow, so first you may want to leave your wallet at home and take a trip to the Art Shoppe to use for comparison purposes. Another question I ask, is this for a comfy sit in your living room, or are you outfitting for a Theater/Movie viewing use. There's actually a big difference. Also, do you want customized construction, or standard size fare. Tony in Brampton would be of great use/feedback on this, but heks been too busy and not posting of late. GooD luck Chris!
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    Lazyboy! Only chair I will buy! Two rocker-recliners we bought about 18 years ago, now reside in two of our kids homes. Before the Lazyboy chair I bought a Sklar-Pepler leather recliner. Nothing but trouble, final got the furniture store to take it back. I recently bought a new Lazyboy for the man-cave. A wall a way leather recliner, nice chair!

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    Lazyboy. We have a recliner in our living room that was bought when our daughter was born. She's 26 now. The mechanisms still work like they did 26 years ago. The fabric is starting to look a bit threadbare on the arm covers but otherwise it still looks good.

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    Default Re: Who makes a good quality recliner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost in the Woods View Post
    How much are you willing to spend may be part of the answer. !
    We dont really want to spend more than $2500. It will be for the addition. For lounging and watching tv. We like the lazyboy but the leather is not nearly as heavy as that on my Natuzziz's. I found out last night that Natuzzi makes recliners and reclining sofas. I will e-mail them today to see if they do a loveseat. Their leather, foam and construction is second to none. They also use a quality American made mecanism in their recliners. If that does not pan out it will probably be the lazboy.

    Cheers.

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    LazyBoy........ They have given me headaches the last year and a half. I had to order 2 wallaways from Lazyboy Gallery in Barrie. They were 3 months coming. 2 months beyond shipping date. On my wife's right arm rest, where the elbow would rest, the dye started eroded. (Burgandy color). This was within 8 months of ownership. We called Lazyboy about it. Sent them pictures of it. They agreed to replace leather on arm. I had to pay them $50 for labor. All is good..
    Right before 12 months of ownership, my chair started losing color right where my head touches the back.. Sent them pics. I had to deal with them at their Illinois headquarters. They said normal wear from body oils was not covered in warrenty. So why did they replace the other one's arm. It was due to body oil.
    I bought a very small bottle (1oz) of the exact dye from them for $37. It doesnt do a thing for the problem.
    So, long story short, I got $2287 invested in 2 recliners from LazyBoy. NEVER AGAIN. My bad.

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    Glad you chimed in Mike.

    I spent 1 hour last night online reading about lazboy customer service nightmares. There is no shortage of complaints about lazboy. I chalked it up to the fact that they are a huge company and sell millions of units. I still believe they make a quality product but I got the feeling that when the occasional problem happened, they refused to make it right. Even if the customer paid the extended warrenty.

    Chris

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    Default Re: Who makes a good quality recliner?

    We went to a futon store and got a couple of large chairs with twin-size mattresses. The foot can be extended to make it a lounger, dropped at the end to make a relaxed chair, pushed under and the futon folded over the back to make it a standard chair or the foot out and the back lowered to make it a single bed.

    For the price, you certainly can't beat it. It's pretty darned comfortable as well, and the frame is made of Maple.

    The mattresses come in differing softnesses: soft, medium, hard. The softer ones have some foam in them instead of all cotton batting.

    Take a look at your local futon store.

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    Hmmm, I've seen any number of reclining morris chairs on this forum... Shouldn't be that hard to double the width on them.

    On a more serious note, I hear you on the leather quality. I built myself a loveseat back in 2003. We had it professionally upholstered with good quality leather. It still looks great 6 years later. Then about 2 years ago we picked up a leather sofa at a local (now belly-up) furniture store. The leather is already showing marks and light crease marks. It's definitely a whole 'nother (lower) quality leather.

    ...art
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    My FIL bought an expensive leather recliner from the old hide house and within 2 months at look 25 years old. The dye in the leather was **** and faded out insanely. The whole chair shakes and wobbles around like a diggy in the ocean. We have a barkalouger that is 25 years old and is in far better shape.

    Mother has a LZB couch that has been **** from the get go.
    Grillzy

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    Spent the big bucks on Lazyboy chesterfield and recliner. Nothing but trouble after the first couple years. Client service was non existent, until the warranty finally ran out. Springs came off the frame, and recliner mechanisms all failed. NEVER AGAIN.

    We bought some brand name , think it was called Birchwood, "made in Calgary" at half the price of Lazyboy at the same time, still going strong and more comfortable.

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    Anything but Lazyboy. Bought one several years ago, frame broke. After mush hassle dealer agreed to repair at what seemed to me at an exorbitant price. I took it in after several months I tried to contact dealer was out of business and of course chair was no where to be found.
    Bob just past Ayr www.thelavenderfarm.ca

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    Last winter my aunt (93) wanted a new "Chair" so I got her one on sale made by Lane (I think) anyway she loved it, "Cool"l I says and away we go. 3 days later :"this chair is dead" she says "Don't work" She says (Did I mention she has dimentia?) Anyway I went down with my grandson to see the chair (2 hours away) when we got there the chair was in full recline and she couldn't raise it ( had to shift the lever 180 degrees, too hard to do for a 93 year old woman)
    Took it back, asked for a easier chair "too bad" they says " all the same" Told my Grandson that I wish I knew where a Lazyboy was ... he texted his girlfriend and said it was "Blah Blah Blah " "Put it in the Tom Tom " I says ..., 2.5 miles later we were in front of a LazyBoy store and was able to pick up Last year's model for a song.... Took it to auntie and she was so proud.... Still works it today although her dimentia is worse....

    Lazyboy is my choice...

    As for me in my house, I got this leather chair from Sams Club in 2001, one would think it is a new chair although I sleep in it most nights, till I wake up to (you know) and go to bed... Not a Lazy boy but some unknown brand at the discount barn "Sams" Lets see, that is about 8 years of continuous use... Still in service, and still good...
    Last edited by Bill Simpson; 11-16-2009 at 09:00 PM.
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    Default Re: Who makes a good quality recliner?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry in Fort Sask, AB View Post
    Well, I can't recommend a good one, but I can suggest you stay away from Ashley. We bought a reclining sofa from them a couple of years ago and have had nothing but trouble with it. I've never heardy any bad words about LazyBoy (althought I'm sure they must have some lemons).\

    Kerry
    Ok, now I've heard bad words about LazyBoy

    I just sent Ashley a complaint letter today. Wonder whether I'll get more than a form letter back?

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    http://www.barcalounger.com/index.php
    They don't sell this at leons.
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    Default Re: Who makes a good quality recliner?

    we have 2 reclining couches at home, both black leather. The 1st one is a lazyboy, puffy black leather one. Leather is smooth, and still supple, a couple minor nicks after probably 7-8 yrs of use in our main 'family rooms'. The outer 2 seats of the 3 seater recline. The reclining mechanism still works fine,.... I've had to adjust /tighten it once or twice or use robogrips to bend a rail back into shape, but overall it's good. being a dual recliner, I could look at the functional one and see what piece was out of line and fix it.

    The 2nd one is a 4 seater, home theater style seating. It is much better than the stuff from the big box stores (Leon, brick), the visible stitching was really bad on some of the pieces on display at Leons.

    The Coaster seating I bought is probably a solid B++/A- in terms of quality, and an A+ in terms of value. For reference, I shopped Palliser /Laz-y-boy during Boxing Week 2008, and would give their products an A/A+ in terms of quality, but a sad C- in terms of value. Coaster is made off shore, and I got it drop shipped to my house on a skid. I paid less than $3000 for it to my door. It's a 4 seater, and all 4 seats can recline independently.

    The reclining mechanism is Leggatt & Platt which in my research is decent. It was kinda scary to buy something that big online, but all the B&M stores didn't have on display what I wanted anyways, so they would just order it in for me and charge me $$$. The quality of the leather is good, not as good as the lazyboy, feels a bit thicker. It is similiar to automotive quality leather. similar to what's in my Porsche and VW.

    http://www.pjbj.ca/2009/01/new-ht-se...shots-and.html

    http://www.pjbj.ca/seating/
    - close up of stitching, reclining etc.

    Regards,
    P
    Last edited by petee_c; 11-17-2009 at 04:10 PM. Reason: clarification

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    Hey Chris. Heres my opinion. Company's like mine build high quality custom pieces that last forever, but we charge accordingly due mostly to the customizing part of the piece. When someone comes to me for a piece, they are usually looking for something that they can't get from the LB or the art shop or who ever. Thats why I do what I do.. However if you find a piece from LB that you like and its comfortable, purchase it. LB has been in business for many years and they build a good product. Not all pieces are perfect but they have perfected the comfort, look, and functionality of their pieces.. call me if you need further assistance Chris.. cheers.. Tony
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    Default Re: Who makes a good quality recliner?

    We bought a Lazyboy couch 6-7 years ago (not a recliner though) and one thing to watch out for is that some of their leathers are not colour fast - ours is starting to fade from the sun and it only gets morning sun. We were warned of this by my wife's aunt who had some friends with similar problems when we bought ours, so we try to keep the curtains closed up in the mornings, since its in our den and we don't spend much time in there until late in the evening.

    John

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    Default Re: Who makes a good quality recliner?

    Quote Originally Posted by John in Calgary View Post
    We bought a Lazyboy couch 6-7 years ago (not a recliner though) and one thing to watch out for is that some of their leathers are not colour fast -
    John
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