How to Choose the Right Stressless Recliner

How to Choose the Right Stressless Recliner

Stressless® offers a wide range of recliner configurations and choosing the right one for you might seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you narrow down the important qualities you need to look for in a recliner. 

In this article, we’ll go over the components that are key in choosing the best recliner. This will give you a head start before you come to T.Y. Fine Furniture and look for the right recliner for you. 

1. Find the right size

Stressless® recliners, except for a few models, are available in three sizes–small, medium, and large. The measurement may differ, depending on the style, but they normally fall within these ranges:

Meanwhile, the overall height range of the recliners is usually between 38 to 42 inches. The other recliner models, however, like Max and Mike are larger than the typical range.  

To maximize the ergonomic qualities of a Stressless® recliner, the fit certainly matters. The brand’s Plus™ System provides you with lumbar and neck support. This is why the placement of your neck and back is an important factor to consider when you choose the size–not just your height and body frame.

2. Explore the base

You can enjoy a full range of movement with Stressless® recliners, and the brand’s unique 360-degree swivel base is partly (and significantly) responsible for that. There are a couple of base options to choose from, but you can be assured that each one of them is meticulously designed for your comfort. 

Keep in mind though that there are base options that aren’t available in some Stressless® recliner models. 

Classic Base 

The classic variety is actually the original Stressless® base, and it has been around for many years. Made from bent beechwood, the classic base sports a clean and simple look that is quintessential to Scandinavian design.  

While it swivels from the bottom of the base, in a full 360-degree motion, the classic variety doesn’t rock intuitively. The base also works best when it has a buffer or a grip, like a carpet or a rug, instead of sitting directly on wooden or tiled floors, in which case some rubber floor pads might be necessary. 

Signature Base  

The signature base complements modern spaces because of its sleek design and its combination of wood and metal. The wooden part comes with different wood color options, while the metal part could either be black matte or polished aluminum (a chrome look). 

This base rotates a full 360 degrees, plus, it intuitively rocks when you move. It can automatically adjust to your movements due to the BalanceAdapt™ system. The same mechanism allows for a deeper recline, too. Because the swivel comes from the seat of the chair instead of the base, it means that a rubber pad on smooth floors is not entirely necessary. 

Cross Base 

The cross base is modern and sleek, featuring elegant wood details with polished or matte black aluminum. Unlike the classic base and signature base, it doesn’t come with a circular bottom. Instead, four legs hold the entire recliner together, thus the name cross base. 

The BalanceAdapt™ system, an innovate base feature, provides a gentle rocking motion and creates a feeling of weightlessness. Like the other types of base, the cross base also has a full range of motion with a 360° swivel. 

Power Leg and Back

This base comes with the look of the classic base but with elevated features that are designed for your optimum comfort. 

The Power Leg and Back base has a built-in, motorized footrest that extends with a simple push of a button. Sleek and minimal, the buttons are concealed, but conveniently within reach, under the armrest. There is also a button to control the back, which means that you have full control of your seating experience. 

You can power this base with a separate battery pack or just keep it plugged into an outlet. Do note that since the footrest is already built in for this type of base, the recliner won’t come with an ottoman. 

Office Base

The office base gives you the functionality of the classic office chair on wheels. With this type of base, you can enjoy an elevated range of movement, but with the comfort of a Stressless® recliner. It swivels in full 360° and features the typical height adjustment function of an office chair. 

It comes in black, but you have a lot of options for the wood accent finish. 

Star Base 

The star base is essentially like the cross base, but instead of four legs, it comes with five. The star base is only available on a limited selection of chairs.  

Made of aluminum, the star base has a sleek and very modern look, and it’s available in either matte black or chrome finish. Like the other bases, it swivels in full 360° and features the BalanceAdapt™ system, for easier mobility and improved comfort. 

3. Get the best model for your space

For us, who have years of experience helping clients choose Stressless® recliners, the most important thing to consider is the comfort of the chair for your body. The next aspect to consider is the chair size and the type of base. Lastly, you want to choose the right leather grade, color and wood finish that fits the look of your space.

Although you might be inclined to select your preferred style first, we’ve found that comfort is really the most important criterion to start with. Our experienced designers will then make sure that the style works harmoniously with your space by selecting the right materials and features to support your style and space. 

Right now, there are 18 Stressless® recliner models each available in a variety of sizes, plus the brand has a broad range of colors to choose from. This is why we highly recommend that you visit our store so we can better assist you. We’ll help you choose the best model with a color that truly complements your space. 

Visiting our store in person also gives you the chance to try our Stressless® recliners so you can really feel the comfort for yourself. We believe that choosing a recliner based on feel is the best approach.


If you have questions before your visit, please feel free to contact us here.

When you visit our store, you’ll find that we don’t only have Stressless® chairs, we also have our very own solid wood furniture, which you can also browse online here:

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