Chicago Rise Recline Armchair Review

The Chicago Rise Chair has everything you want in a recliner: comfortable, smooth operation and stylish. The fabric cover perfectly balances between homely and luxurious, ensuring that it blends in with whatever décor you have in your home. You can get it in several styles including gold, green, cream and terracotta.

The chair smoothly and quietly reclines backwards while the footrest rises to a full snooze position. The chair can also help you get on your feet using its riser feature.

The only other features we would have liked to see are heating and vibration massage. But even with these absent, this remains one of the best and comfortable chairs you will ever snooze on.

Chicago Rise Recline Armchair review

chicago rise recline armchair

What I like

  • Very comfortable
  • Soft and warm fabric
  • Four colour options
  • Riser function

What I don’t like

  • No heat or vibration massage
  • Very heavy

What are you buying?

1. Smooth and quiet recline

The chair has been equipped with a state-of-the-art motor that reclines the backrest and raises the footrest smoothly with barely a whisper.

To operate the recliner, there is a control hand-held gadget attached to a stitched holder on the right side. The gadget has two buttons and a safety key. Press the buttons to recline the chair, raise the foot rest and to return the chair to normal position.

The safety key is there to prevent any accidental movement that could cause injury. Once engaged, it prevents any movement if you accidentally press the buttons. This is especially crucial if you are buying this recliner for an elderly family member who might get trapped in an uncomfortable position.

2. Standing assistance

This is one of the best features of the recliner. It is also why the Chicago recliner is one of our top recommendations for older users.

If getting up from a chair is often a problem for you or a family member, this recliner can help. Just as it easily reclines into a comfortable position, it can also gently rise to help you get on your feet. Use the same recline buttons on the hand gadget to activate the lift function.

3. Soft and warm fabric

Most of the electric recliner chairs we review are made from leather or faux leather. This one consists of a luxurious Rembrandt fabric that comes all the way from a family company in Belgium. It feels incredibly soft and warm to the touch.

As I mentioned, there are four fabric colour options: gold, green, terracotta and cream. Pick the one that best pleases your eyes and perfectly complements your décor.

One obvious downside of the recliner having a fabric covering is the difficulty in maintaining it. Any stains or wetness cannot be simple wiped off as you would with other leather recliners.

4. Battery back-up system

This is a feature that you will not find in most electric recliners. If there is a power blackout, the recliner simply stops functioning and you cannot even operate it manually.

The Chicago recliner uses a battery backup system to power the chair in the event of a blackout. This also doubles up as an important safety feature. Can you imagine power running out, or the plug coming off the mains when the chair is in a recline position?

It would get stuck in that position, an especially dangerous situation for an elderly user.

How easy is it to use?

With only two buttons, the recliner is easy to use. Just press one button to recline and the other to return to normal position or engage the lift function. Refer to the instruction guide or contact customer support if you run into a problem.

Note that the recliner is incredibly heavy – 150kg – so you’ll need at least two other sets of hands to help you carry it inside and set it up.

Be sure of where you’ll set it up since it will be difficult to move it later on.

What accessories are included?

There are no accessories included with the recliner nor do you need to purchase any.


  • Very comfortable with a soft and warm fabric.
  • Great design with four colour options.
  • Includes a riser function for those with mobility problems.


  • No heat or vibration massage.
  • Due to its weight, it takes a bit of work to set up the chair or move it to another location.

Anything else you should know?

As you shop for electric recliners, one thing you’ll notice is that the ones without heat and vibration have a higher weight limit. Those with these extra features usually have an 18st (115kg) user weight limit. Those without, including this one, often cap the maximum weight at 23st (146kg).


Simply put, this is one of the most stylish, comfortable and convenient recliners you will come across. Unless you really need the heat and vibration massage, the recliner is cozy enough.

Where to buy?


Chicago Rise Recline Armchair Review
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The Chicago Rise Chair has everything you want in a recliner: comfortable, smooth operation and stylish. It remains one of the best and comfortable chairs you will ever snooze on.

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