Manual Recliners VS. Power Recliners

Once you’ve made the decision to get a recliner, it’s time to decide which type of recliner you want. Selecting the color, style, and brand are all important decisions, but one of the most important decisions you will need to make is what type of recline would suit you best – manual or power.

There are pros and cons to each type of recliner, and knowing what they are will help you to make the best decision for you. 


When it’s time to purchase a new recliner, and you venture out to consider your options, one of your considerations will likely be cost. Various factors will affect the cost of a recliner, such as the size, brand, and material that’s used (fabric vs. leather), but the type of recline will also factor in.

Being that manual recliners don’t have the same amount of technology and working parts involved, they are generally the more cost-effective option. While there are reasonably priced power recliners available, a manual recliner may be a better option if you have a set budget.

Another factor to consider is that if your power recliner were to have an issue and need repairs, it will also require more expensive repairs because there are so many additional moving parts. However, many manufacturers will provide a warranty that will cover repairs for a certain period of time.

With power recline, the cost for this will be higher because you’re paying for the convenience that comes with it. It may be well worth it if power recline is more suited to your lifestyle!

Ease of Operation

Power recliners will either have a convenient remote or buttons on the side that will allow you to adjust to multiple different positions at the touch of a button. This allows you to easily find your ideal comfort position and adjust as needed. 

One the flip side, manual recliners can be difficult to operate for some, and offer a limited number of positions. If you are someone who struggles to move the footrest out and harness the leg strength needed to push the footrest back in, a power recliner will likely be the better option because of the ease of use. If you don’t have any issues operating a manual recline and don’t feel the need to adjust much, a manual recliner may be just fine for you! 


One of the benefits of a manual recliner is the speed at which you can recline and sit up. Manual recliners allow you to recline quickly, whereas a power recliner reclines slowly. This can prove to be a nuisance if you need to get up quickly; for example, if you need to get to the door to pay the pizza delivery man.

However, for those who would prefer a gradual recline and transition back upward, whether because of age, disability, or injury, this is a small price to pay, and power recline would be an excellent choice to ensure comfort and safety.


Power recliners are likely to last longer because there is less wear and tear on an electric mechanism, and the power motors in power recliners are often covered by the manufacturer. The mechanisms in manual recliners will wear down quicker with constant use.

If you are looking for a shorter term option, maybe for your son or daughter’s first place off campus, a manual recliner may be the better choice. If you are looking for something to last 10+ years without needing replacement, a power recliner is more likely to offer you what you need.

There are pros and cons to each type of recliner, but the right recliner for you really depends on your preference, lifestyle, and where you are at in your life. As you age, you may prefer the convenience and ease of power recline, whereas when you are at a younger stage of your life, you may be more comfortable with a lower budget manual recliner.

No matter what recliner you need, we will help you to find the perfect option to suit your taste, lifestyle, and budget! Stop into Wenz anytime to see our options and speak to our designers to find out which option is right for your home.

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