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There are so many different kinds of lift chairs, it can be hard to decide which one will be best for your needs.
To help you decide which lift chair is right for you, we’ve put together this guide:
2 Position Lift Chairs: The most basic lift chair is a 2 position chair, which means it moves forward and tilts back to a maximum 45 degrees. The 2 position lift chair is designed for users who don’t need a full incline and won’t be spending long periods of time in the chair. This chair is good for people who just want to raise their legs a little and lean back while watching TV or reading a good book.
Positions: Sit, tilt.
3 Position Lift Chairs: The 3 position lift chairs recline more than the 2-position chairs and can be positioned anywhere between the straight position to an almost full recline. These chairs are good for people who want to recline a bit more while relaxing in their chair.
Positions: Sit, tilt, recline.
Trendelenburg Position Lift Chairs: The Trendelenburg position means the feet are elevated above the heart, and the heart is elevated above the head. These lift chairs are ideal for users with edema, swelling, diabetes, congestive heart failure, neuropathy, and blood circulation disorders. The Trendelenburg position alleviates pressure from body fluids and can help prevent varicose veins. It can also help users with circulation in the legs and reduce swelling. These lift chairs have 2 motors, allowing you to control the backrest and ottoman separately. Trendelenburg lift chairs have multiple positions, including the Trendelenburg position and full recline. Designed for full-time comfort, these chairs are good for people who will be spending a lot of time and/or sleeping in the chair.
Positions: Multiple, including Trendelenburg position.
Zero Gravity Position Lift Chairs: The zero gravity position is the most neutral body position because weight distribution is equal throughout the body, alleviating pressure on the joints, neck, and back. These lifts chairs offer multiple positions and can relieve stress on the body. The zero gravity position was found by NASA to help astronauts endure the sudden and intense increases in gravity during takeoff. By placing them in this position, the weight is redistributed equally throughout their body, allowing the stress of takeoff to be distributed safely through their bodies. These lift chairs have 2 motors, allowing you to control the backrest and ottoman separately. These chairs are good for people who will be spending a lot of time and/or sleeping in the chair.
Positions: Multiple, including Zero Gravity position.
Infinite Position Lift Chairs: Designed for ultimate comfort, infinite position lift chairs recline fully and often offer both the zero gravity position and the Trendelenburg position (check before buying). These chairs have 2 independent motors that allow the user to control the footrest separately from the backrest and can be used comfortably for sleeping. This chair is good for people who will be spending a lot of time and/or sleeping in the chair.
Positions: Multiple, sometimes includes Trendelenburg and/or Zero Gravity positions.
Some lift chairs offer heat and massage options to sooth aching muscles and reduce stress. When looking at lift chairs, check the specifications to see if it is offered with that particular chair. Massage and heat features can be found on all types of lift chairs from the most basic 2 position all the way to Zero Gravity.
Before You Buy:
(1) Check that the lift chair you are interested in can carry the weight capacity you need it to. Lift chairs are designed to hold different weight capacities, depending on the chair, and many chairs offer small, medium, and large. So if the chair you like doesn’t fit your size, check to see if different options are available.
(2) Lift chairs specify which user heights are suitable for that particular chair. Pay attention to the height range and be sure your chosen chair is appropriate for your height.
(3) Customize your lift chair to suit your needs. Choose the right color and fabric for you and your space. Lift chairs offer many, many different fabric and color options to match your living room and lifestyle!
(4) If you will be spending long periods of time in your chair, comfort is essential. Infinite, Trendelenburg, and Zero Gravity position lift chairs are designed for all-day-and-night comfort, giving you a better night's sleep if you'll be sleeping in your chair.