How Long Power Recliners Last (Factors Affecting Lifespan)

Complex mechanisms and electrical components of Power Recliners can raise questions about their lifespan.

On average, a power recliner can last between 5 to 20 years, depending on several factors, including the quality of construction, the frequency of use, and the weight of the user.

Photo of a plush power recliner in a cozy living room setting. The recliner is upholstered with soft beige leather, and it has a sleek electronic control panel on the side. A warm-toned throw blanket is draped over one arm, and a decorative cushion rests on the seat.
Photo of a power recliner in a cozy living room setting. The recliner is upholstered with soft beige leather, and it has a sleek electronic control panel on the side.

With proper care and maintenance, your power recliner can last for many years to come, providing you with years of comfort and relaxation.

Factors That Affect the Lifespan of Recliner

Quality and Brand

High-End Brands:  Recliners from reputable brands that prioritize quality tend to last longer. They might offer longevity of around 10 years or more.  by good customer service.

Budget-Friendly Options:  More affordable options might have a shorter lifespan, possibly around 3 to 5 years.

Reputation: Influence of Brand Reliability

The reputation of a brand can also influence the lifespan of a power recliner. Well-known and respected brands, such as La-Z-Boy, Pride Mobility, and Golden Technologies, have a reputation for making high-quality products that are backed by good customer service.

Photo of a trio of power recliners side by side in a showroom. Each recliner represents one of the brands: 'La-Z-Boy', 'Pride Mobility', and 'Golden Technologies'. The respective brand names are embroidered on the seat cushions of each chair.
Photo of a trio of power recliners side by side in a showroom. Each recliner represents one of the brands: ‘La-Z-Boy’, ‘Pride Mobility’, and ‘Golden Technologies’.

This means that if you purchase a power recliner from a reputable brand, you are more likely to get a product that will last for many years. You are also more likely to be able to get help if you have any problems with your recliner.


Leather and Solid Woods: Durable materials like leather and solid woods tend to enhance the lifespan of the recliner. Polyester and microfiber, are a less expensive alternative to leather. Synthetic fabrics are also easy to clean and stain-resistant.

Leather and solid woods contribute to a longer lifespan, potentially extending a power lift recliner’s life beyond 10 years.

Synthetic Fabrics and Engineered Woods: These might not be as durable, potentially reducing the recliner’s longevity. Engineered wood is less expensive than solid wood, but they are not as durable.

Frequency of Use

Daily Use:  Power recliners that are used daily are more likely to wear and tear faster than power recliners that are used occasionally. This is because the motor, upholstery, and other components are subjected to more stress when the recliner is used frequently.

If you plan to use your power recliner daily, it is important to choose a model that is made with durable materials and construction techniques. 

Daily use may reduce lifespan to 5-7 years.

Occasional Use: A less frequently used recliner might last longer due to reduced wear and tear.

Occasional use may extend it to 10 years or more.


Regular Maintenance: Cleaning and maintaining the recliner, including the mechanical and electrical parts, can prolong its life.

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Mechanical and Electrical Components

Quality Components: The quality of the mechanical and electrical components used in a power recliner can have a significant impact on its lifespan. Power recliners with high-quality components are more likely to last longer and perform better and ensure it lasts closer to or beyond 10 years.

Generic Components: Lower-quality components might only last for a short time.

Technological Aspects: Modern power recliners often come with a variety of technological features, such as heat and massage capabilities. These features can add to the comfort and enjoyment of the recliner, but they can also increase the complexity of the recliner and make it more susceptible to problems.

When choosing a power recliner with technological features, it is important to consider the reliability of the features and the quality of the components used. You should also make sure that the recliner comes with a good warranty.


Climate: High humidity and temperature can damage the upholstery and other components of a power recliner. If you live in a humid climate, it is important to choose a power recliner with materials that are resistant to mold and mildew.

Placement: It is also important to place your power recliner in a location where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight or excessive heat. Direct sunlight can fade the upholstery and damage the electrical components of the recliner. Excessive heat can also damage the upholstery and other components of the recliner. Proper placement away from harmful environmental factors can help in achieving a lifespan of 10 years or more.

Warranty and Customer Support

The manufacturer’s warranty and customer service can also play a role in the lifespan of a power recliner.

Manufacturer’s Warranty: A good manufacturer’s warranty will cover defects in materials and workmanship for a period of time. When choosing a power recliner, be sure to read the warranty carefully to understand the terms and coverage.

Customer Service: A good customer service team can help you to resolve any problems that you have with your power recliner. When choosing a power recliner, it is important to choose a brand with a good reputation for customer service.

Final Thoughts

A well-maintained, high-quality power recliner used moderately could last 7-10 years or even longer. However, a more budget-friendly, frequently used, and less maintained recliner might last around 3-5 years.

Remember that individual experiences may vary, and it’s also essential to consider the manufacturer’s warranty and customer reviews when estimating the longevity of a power recliner.

Arshad Afridi
Hi, I'm Arshad Afridi, a furniture enthusiast with 3 years of experience in the recliner, chair, and sofa industry. I have a passion for creating comfortable and functional furniture pieces that enhance the beauty of any space. Join me on my blog as I share my expertise and insights on the latest furniture trends and design inspirations.