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In-Depth Review of the Astor Platinum Power Lift Recliner

September 20, 2020

In-Depth Review of the Astor Platinum Power Lift Recliner


Chances are if you or someone you love suffers from mobility issues and has trouble getting to a standing position, you’ve researched power lift recliner chairs. The Astor Platinum Power Lift Recliner acquired top-five status and was one of La-Z-Boy’s best-selling lift chairs in Ottawa and Kingston.


Read on to learn what luxury features bestow the Astor lift recliner chair’s premier platinum series status.  Plus, determine whether it is the right fit for your needs. 



At the touch of a button, power lift recliners use motors to make it easy to change your chair’s tilt so that you can go from a standing position to fully reclined without effort. They are a comfortable and practical solution for people as they age.


Moreover, ideal if you require assistance getting in and out of a chair due to physical limitations caused by illness, injuries or surgeries.

La-Z-Boy’s story began back in 1927 when two cousins joined together to design the first reclining wood-slat chair. This invention launched a new category in future — the iconic recliner.  You can rest comfortably knowing our lift recliners possess 90 years of innovative design experience.

La-Z-Boy Founders Image with first reclining wood-slat chair

A generously scaled lift recliner, the Astor has a deep, wide seat that takes your reclining comfort to the next level. With the ability to power the back and footrest independently the recliner can be adjusted in limitless positions to allow for customized comfort during extended time in the chair.


This review of the Astor Platinum Power Lift Recliner will cover the following: 


1. Standard lift recliner features
2. Features unique to the Astor
3. Recliner lift dimensions
4. Additional Astor Lift Recliner Functional Options
5. Options & upgrades
6. How much does it cost?
7. Customer reviews

1. Standard Features of the Lift Recliner


La-Z-Boy offers four series of power lift chairs: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each series of lift recliners offers different features, including seat scale, weight capacity, clearance from a wall, and options.


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Features common to all La-Z-Boy lift chairs include:

• Easy-to-use wired controller
• Convenient side pocket to keep essential items nearby
• One-piece chaise seat for continuous comfort
• Plugs into an AC outlet
• Battery backup in case of power failure (requires two 9V batteries)
• Customizable with your choice of hundreds of fabrics
• Includes our Limited Lifetime Warranty on the frame


La-Z-Boy Astor Lift Chair in burgundy fully reclined

2. Features Unique to the Astor 

Designed for users with larger stature or who like some extra breathing room, the Astor Power Platinum Lift Recliner features a deep, wide seat. It also comes standard with a tall base that adds 1.5 inches to its overall height.


The Astor style shares more than one accolade and is one of La-Z-Boy’s five best-selling recliners. The entire Astor recliner family features a tall pillow back with three semi-attached cushions that adjust for total support. Additionally, the chaise seat and padded flared arms provide the ultimate in comfort. 


To learn more about the Astor recliner family, read this in-depth product review


Press a button on the convenient hand-held remote to get in or out, or fully recline. The box-in-box construction with a covered lift base gives Astor lift chair a robust and stable foundation.

Lift Recliner Platinum Series


The Astor lift recliner is part of the platinum series of power lift chairs. Bonus features in this premier category include:


• Adjustable headrest and lumbar support
Zero gravity positioning alleviates pressure on the lower back and spine

La-Z-Boy Pinnacle Power Lift Recliner platinum series features

Relax your body and ease tension with the zero-gravity recline. This position involves elevating your legs higher than your heart, which promotes circulation and reduces swelling. Also, the full bed layout position alleviates pressure on the lower back and spine.

Select iClean Fabrics

Furniture styles available and displayed in our showrooms usually have select covers representing the base or best pricing. The selection in these upholstery options generally varies between four to fourteen covers in fabric, leather or both.

The Astor lift recliner’s select covers include four colours from our iClean™ fabrics that repel stains no matter what your style.

If you are bound to your lift chair while recovering from surgery or are simply more comfortable lounging, you’ll inevitably be consuming food while reclining. Things can get messy when spills happen, but stains don’t have to with these iClean fabrics engineered to repel everyday spills such as coffee, wine, dirt, salsa and more!


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Other Features of the Astor Lift Recliner


• Independent footrest and back activation (also available in the gold lift recliner series)
Double-picked blown fibre fill for improved cushion loft and shape retention
High-grade foam seat cushions that maintain their comfort and appearance
Can be placed 11 inches from a wall
350-lb. weight capacity

3. Dimensions: Astor Power Lift Recliner


The Astor’s frame width measures 35 inches, so accurately measure your room to be sure it can accommodate its larger scale. 


As one of the tallest recliners (45.5 inches), this lift recliner comes standard with a tall base that adds 1.5 inches and typically has an upgrade cost of $150. The Astor lift recliner has a seat height of 22 inches and a substantial chaise to provide excellent support for taller individuals at 6’3” and up. 


Although it has a generous seat width of 19 inches, the Clayton lift recliner at 23 inches wide might be a better choice for someone looking for a roomier fit. 

La-Z-Boy Pinnacle Power Lift Recliner dimensions diagram

4. Additional Astor Lift Recliner Functional Options

Massage and Heat 


For the ultimate in modern comfort, there is the Astor Power Lift with massage and heat. Use the handy wired controller to activate optional high/low heat and 6-motor massage for the back and thighs. 


Features include:

• 3-setting heat in the back and seat (high/low/off)
• 6-motor vibration massage (4 in the back, 2 in the seat)
• 3 massage modes (constant on/wave/pulse)
• Adjustable massage speeds (high/medium/low/off)

 Headrest and Lumbar


When you can adjust the lumbar support and headrest tilt on a recliner independently to fit your body, you can experience a complete custom fit! The independent support for your head, neck and lower back provides you with an unlimited number of relaxing positions.


It lets you maintain perfect viewing angles for activities such as reading, conversation, or enjoying TV.

Features include:

• The adjustable headrest is independently powered to maintain a line of sight for more personalized comfort. There is an infinite number of angles between 0 and 55 degrees.
Headrest safety return is a spring action that returns the headrest to the upright position, safeguarding against pinching.
The lower lumbar offers a wide range of extra lower back support for optimum comfort. It pushes forward up to 3.5 inches.
Anchored and pivoting lumbar support is a unique patented scissor-type mechanism.


5. Options & Upgrades


Take some time to investigate your choices so that you’re confident your new lift recliner chair fits your body type, style, and preferences. The Pinnacle power lift recliner has various customization options available.

Upholstery / Cover Options


Your choice of fabric is a pivotal decision when selecting a recliner for your home. The Astor has several hundred cover options so you can custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours. Choose from a wide variety of colours, patterns and textures.


Life can be hard on furniture, so our fabrics and leathers are wear-tested for quality and durability, ensuring they stay beautiful for years to come.


Leather is not available in any lift chair, as it could pose a danger when lifting you out of the chair due to its sleeker surface.


Outside the Astor’s pre-selected stain-resistant iClean fabrics mentioned in features, there are dozens of colours and patterns available to custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours. These luxuriously textured covers come at a premium cost, but your lift recliner will have added protection from four-legged family members or unforeseen mishaps.

The Astor also has a subset of covers available in “conserve” fabric. Soft, durable, and sustainable fabric made out of recycled water bottles. This eco-friendly material uses as many as 50 recycled water bottles to cover a standard recliner. 


As with conventional furniture fabrics, conserve covers are wear-tested for safety, quality and durability. So, they stay comfortable and beautiful for years after delivery. They come in a wide range of colours and patterns to complement your room.

Seat Cushions


High-quality polyurethane foam gives recliner cushions increased softness and support while providing exceptional durability.


Firmer seat options are available at an additional cost.
Please note that reclining furniture purchased prior to January 2021 had the option to upgrade to airform™ cushions.  This cushion includes a two-inch layer of premium quality memory foam added on top of the standard foam base within the seat, chaise and leg rest of the unit.
Pinnacle Power Lift Recliner
La-Z-Boy Pinnacle Power Lift Recliner in beige

6. How Much Does It Cost?


The Astor power lift recliner’s price is the mid-high range of lift recliner chairs now available in the market. The quality of materials used in construction (including the sturdy box design), customization and options are the main reasons for the higher price bracket. 


The starting price for a custom Astor power lift recliner starts at $3,079. From there, the cost increases depending on the different fabrics chosen, and other options selected.


If you choose to have the added massage and heat functionality, your lift recliner will start at $3,409


Subsequently, the Astor with headrest and lumbar support will start at $3,729.


*All La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change. We aim to update all cost-related articles twice per year. This article was last updated on October 4th, 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 


Did you know you can save the tax when you provide a doctor’s note? Lift chairs are considered to be zero-rated for tax purposes when you have a requisition from your doctor. You will also save the taxes on delivery and warranty charges related to the lift chair!


Find out what you will expect to pay for lift recliners in the bronze, silver and gold series in La-Z-Boy Lift Chair Recliner Costs article. 


7. Customer Reviews


The three Astor power lift recliners currently have between a 5.0 and 4.6-star rating in North America. Find out what customers are saying in the following reviews.


Fantastic chair that my 6’3 father with back & mobility issues has come to rely on. I opted for lumbar and headrest over heat and was concerned I would regret it… but after 2 weeks I don’t have a single regret except I wish I bought 2 so I could have a spot for my “keester”! ??

Jim T.


AstorPlatinumLuxuryLift®PowerReclineXR-This is were I sleep!
I ordered both the Astor Platinum Luxury-Lift® PowerReclineXR and the Astor Platinum Wall-A-Way Recliner. I love them both. They are so comfortable. With my back and leg problems, I need the Power Recline and Lift. It works great. The Head Rest is great if you’re watching TV or workin on your Laptop. This is were I sleep. My back and legs are so much better when I get up in the morning. Now, I get a good nights sleep.
Thank You La-Z-Boy.

Carolyn K.


Great Sleep Chair
I am loving my new chair. Larger guys like me might find it a tiny bit narrower than they prefer but I like the cozy feeling. I sleep in this chair and it keeps me from moving to a position that ultimately hurts my neck and lower back. The only minor issue I have is that while the motors are very quiet they could be quicker and the controls could benefit from position memory.

Grant I.


Next Steps


No chair, including La-Z-Boy’s power lift recliners, are one size fits all. If you’re shopping for someone else, it’s vital to have the user visit the store if at all possible.


You need to test the lift chair in both sitting and reclining positions to confirm that your heel does not hang over the footrest, and your ankles are supported. If the fit is not right, the lift chair will cause problems instead of helping.


Consult our list of things to consider before purchasing a lift recliner and take some time to investigate your choices.  Once you’ve determined your budget, style, and preferences, it’s time to give your life a lift!


La-Z-Boy’s Astor Power Lift Recliner provides you with many options for improving comfort & mobility with additional platinum series options. This lift chair brings relaxation to new heights with deep, wide seats and a standard tall base.


Plus, the added benefit of incorporating fashionable furniture to your home décor. It is worth a trip to one of our La-Z-Boy Ottawa and Kingston locations to give it a try! 


If you’re still not sure which one to choose, our trained design consultants will guide you in selecting a lift chair that fits your style preferences, budget, and body. You’ll feel confident the lift recliner you take home will provide you unmatched comfort in every position.

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