Problems with electric recliners

Updated April 17, 2017

Recliner chairs are the picture of relaxation after a long, hard day. Manual recliners require you to pull levers or use your body to move the chair into a reclining position while electric recliners contain small motors to facilitate movements and other options at the push of a button. While they do have the convenience of automatic functions, there are some problems with electric recliners to consider.


As with many other things, there is a cost for convenience, and electric recliners are typically more expensive than manual recliners simply because of their motorised functions. They usually offer additional features, such as electric lifts and massage functions, which can cost even more.


Electric recliners require a power source to operate. Depending on where the outlets are located in your home, you may have a limited number of options for arranging the furniture. In addition to being unattractive, the cord can also pose a tripping hazard, so determine how you can hide the cord in your arrangement. In addition, if power goes out in your home, you can only use the chair in whatever position it was in when the power went out.


The electronic components in an electric recliner can malfunction, rendering certain functions useless until you can get the chair repaired. Repairing and maintaining the electronic components may require you to take the chair in to a service centre, which can be costly and inconvenient. Depending on how old the chair is, it may be difficult to even obtain replacement parts.


Electric recliners are typically heavier and bulkier than manual recliners because of additional parts needed to accommodate motors and other electric options. The added bulk and weight may hamper your ability to move the chair around if you decide to change the arrangement.

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Based in South Florida, Leann Harms has been writing since 2008. Her design, technology, business and entertainment articles have appeared in "Design Trade" magazine and Web sites including eHow. Harms has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Florida Atlantic University.