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A Consumer's Guide to Lift Chairs

How to Choose a Lift Chair

Lift chairs have a powered lifting mechanism that pushes the entire chair up from its base. This allows the user to easily move to a standing position. There are many different factors to consider when purchasing a lift chair. Most lift chairs use electric motors, and some even feature a battery backup in case of a power outage. A lift chair can be purchased in different fabrics, recline positions, weight capacities, and sizes. There are so many options for sizing and recline positions that a lift chair can be found to accommodate virtually anyone’s needs.

Choosing a chair:

  • Two, Three, Infinite Position Recline, or Zero Gravity
  • Weight Capacity and Seat Size
  • Material - Fabric, Vinyl, or Microsuede
  • Back Style - Button Back, Seam Pillow, or Split Back
  • Heat/Massage - Seat and/or Back

Two Position Lift Chair

A 2-position lift chair has two backrest settings - upright and a slight recline. The slight recline allows the backrest to recline about 30 degrees for a comfortable TV viewing or reading position. 2 position lift chairs are excellent for individuals who enjoy sitting upright or slightly reclined. The footrest is usually fully padded, and can be raised to a horizontal position to improve circulation.

Three position Lift Chair

A 3-position lift chair has three seatback positions: upright, TV recline, and full recline. The full recline setting is good for resting and napping. However, it does not lie out completely flat so it isn't ideal for extended periods of sleep. A 3-position lift chair is a good option that offers a lot of flexibility in customization options.

Zero Gravity Lift Chairs

Zero gravity lift chairs provide the same general concept as our other lift chair types, but the zero gravity position helps relieve stress on the lower back and also helps to eliminate disc compression. The zero gravity sitting position was originally developed and researched by NASA and now the Golden Tech MaxiComfort lift chair line brings it to your home.

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