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La-Z-Boy Power Recliner Review: Lumbar and Headrest Feature

July 14, 2021

What could be easier than putting your feet up? How about doing it at the touch of a button with complete lumbar and neck support?

Cliff Norman is a La-Z-Boy design consultant at our Cyrville, Ottawa location. During his 15 years, he has helped fit hundreds of customers to their perfect recliner. 

He explains witnessing customer’s expressions transform in amazement when sitting in one of our power recliners with the headrest and lumbar feature. When you can adjust the lumbar support and headrest tilt independently to shape your body, you can experience a complete custom fit!

La-Z-Boy invented the reclining chair back in 1927.  You can rest easy knowing your power recliner possesses 90 years of innovative design experience. Enjoy top-of-the-line power features and a new easy to use toggle control panel.

With seven patented recliner features, consisting of quality-manufactured frames, top-of-the-line mechanisms, and supportive cushioning, La-Z-Boy remains the #1 leader in reclining comfort.

Read on for an in-depth review of the headrest and lumbar upgrade on La-Z-Boy power recliners.

Functionality of the Headrest & Lumbar Power Recliner


The headrest & lumbar feature is offered on select power recliners at La-Z-Boy. 

If you are looking for enhanced comfort from your power recliner, especially for those who suffer from a tired or overworked back, the La-Z-Boy headrest and lumbar combo feature might be exactly what you need.

Navigated by a toggle control panel, the power feature allows you to adjust the back, leg rest, headrest and lumbar areas of the recliner independently.  This provides an unlimited number of relaxing positions. It lets you maintain perfect viewing angles for activities such as reading, conversation, or enjoying TV.

It may be apparent, but power recliners need an electric power source to operate. At La-Z-Boy, power recliners are plugged into a nearby wall socket.  Alternatively, they can be powered with a rechargeable battery concealed under the chair.

Check out a detailed breakdown of the top 7 most common questions asked regarding power recliners or watch the video.

La-Z-Boy Power Recliners with the Headrest and Lumbar


If a recliner with headrest and lumbar functionality is a consideration, you will first have to choose a
recliner with the right fit.

La-Z-Boy has a wide selection of recliners to choose from, in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. With this being said, not every recliner sold at La-Z-Boy has the option to upgrade to the headrest and lumbar.

More specifically, about 30 different styles of La-Z-Boy power recliners come with lumbar and neck support. There are various styles to fit different body types and complement any room.

Within each recliner style, there are also 3 different types of recliners for which you can upgrade to headrest and lumbar.  They are the power rocker, wall and lift recliners.

Power Rocker Recliners

What is unique about the La-Z-Boy power rocker recliner is that it offers dual functionality.  Not only can you recline but it allows you to rock back and forth in a graceful motion when resting in the seated position.

Power Wall Recliners

The wall-away series of chairs let you place the recliner inches from the wall and still recline fully.  This type of recliner is great for saying space.  If you live in an apartment or condo choosing a wall recliner might be a great way for you to experience comforts without crowding your limited space.

Power Lift Recliners

With an easy-to-use hand-held remote, you’ll have the power to sit, stand or fully recline at the touch of a button.  Power lift recliners are a comfortable and practical answer for people as they age or to anyone that requires assistance getting in and out of a chair.

Here are a few of your top-selling power recliner choices…

Forum Power Recliner

Create your own modern retreat with the Forum Power Rocking Recliner with Headrest and Lumbar. It features a tall foam back for extra head support, plus a chaise seat and footrest for continuous comfort. The slim, contemporary silhouette is on-trend and ideal for smaller spaces.

The headrest and lumbar feature is available on the Forum rocker and wall recliners.

Read the review of the Forum Power Recliner

La-Z-Boy Forum power recliner with headrest and lumbar

James Power Recliner

The James Power Recliner with Headrest and Lumbar offers a perfect blend of comfort and function, with a casual style that looks right at home in any decor. James features single-needle topstitching, pillow top arms and a tall back that adds flair to this family favourite. The sculpted-bucket chaise seat and legrest create a continuous zone of comfort in the reclining position. 

The headrest and lumbar upgrade is available on the James rocker and wall recliners.

Read the review of the James Power Recliner

Astor Power Recliner

Designed especially for larger users, the Astor Power Recliner with Headrest and Lumbar brings relaxation to new heights. Our tallest recliner ever, Astor features a deep, wide seat and comes standard with our tall base. The tall pillow back features three separate cushions that can adjust to your body’s contours, while the chaise seat and padded flared arms provide the ultimate in comfort. 

The headrest and lumbar upgrade is available on the Astor rocker, wall and lift recliners.

Read the review of the Astor Recliner

Pinnacle Power Recliner

The Pinnacle Power Recliner has an easygoing style that’s just right for resting and relaxing. Sink in and enjoy its plushly pillowed tall back and padded rolled arms. The chaise seat and legrest cradle your body in a continuous zone of comfort.

The headrest and lumbar upgrade is available on the Astor rocker, wall and lift recliners.

Read the review of the Pinnacle Recliner or the review of the Pinnacle Power Lift Recliner

Cost of Headrest and Lumbar Power Recliners


A quality, comfortable, and stylish recliner is no small investment, let alone a power recliner with headrest and lumbar support.

Power recliners will cost several hundred dollars more than traditional manual recliners. This is primarily due to the motor and mechanisms included in the construction.  

Each recliner style is priced independently and the cost is subject to an increase based on customization and upgrades.

Generally speaking, a La-Z-Boy power recliner costs between $1,400 to $3,000, and a La-Z-Boy lift chair costs between $1,800 to $4,000. 

The headrest and lumbar product will be upwards of $500 from the base power rocker and wall models as it has a secondary motor system. As for the lift chairs, the upcharge is about $700.

Your choice of fabric or leather upholstery is a crucial decision and can significantly affect the price of your recliner.  With over 900 hundred cover options, you can custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours.

Warranty


It is no secret that power recliners with the massage and headrest and lumbar are expensive. With this, you can rest assured that the value of your purchase is protected by La-Z-Boy’s manufacturer warranty.

The La-Z-Boy manufacturer warranty covers the mechanical parts, spring assembly, and frame parts for the power recliner chairs for a lifetime. The frame parts of lift recliner chairs are also covered for a lifetime. 

When it comes to the headrest and lumbar components, electrical issues in recliners are covered for up to 3 years.

For more detailed information on the Manufacturer’s Warranty at La-Z-Boy, take a look at the article Are La-Z-Boy Recliner Chairs Guaranteed for Life?

If you wish for more peace of mind, you may consider purchasing La-Z-Boy’s 5 Year Comprehensive Service Plan. This plan covers the labour and repair of the heat and massage electrical components for up to 5 years.  

Take a look at the article Is La-Z-Boy’s Extended Warranty Service Plan Worth it?

Features & Benefits


With style, you’d never expect and features you can’t live without, La-Z-Boy recliners are more than just a place to put up your feet.

Standard power recliner features:

Patented four-sided unibody frame construction made of kiln-dried hardwoods.  It provides greater durability and stability and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  Unibody also features solid side panels.

➊ The dual-motor drive and patented reclining mechanism allows independent leg rest and back movement
➋ Allows for zero gravity positioning. The recliner chair reclines back usually to around 170 degrees and elevates your knees in line with your chest. This position alleviates the force gravity exerts on your body and is a powerful means of pressure or pain relief
Speed from upright to fully reclined position in 6 seconds
Spring-tension leg rest safety release
Battery backup in case of power outages


Features unique to Power Rocking Recliner with Headrest and Lumbar:

1. Adjustable headrest is independently powered to maintain a line of sight for more personalized comfort. There are an infinite number of angles between 0 and 55 degrees

2. Headrest safety return is a spring action that returns the headrest to the upright position safeguarding against pinching

3. Lower lumbar offers a wide range of extra lower back support for optimum comfort. It pushes forward up to 3.5 inches.

4. Anchored and pivoting lumbar support is a unique patented scissor-type mechanism. It provides superior lumbar support in any seating position and also flexes to respond to unique positioning and posture

5. Power toggle control is a right-side sitting panel. It contains all power adjustments with easy to use toggles. This control panel comes with a home button, two programmable memory positions, and a USB charging port. 

6. Frame engineered with a deeper than average back and body to house the headrest and lumbar mechanisms.

With these features, the added headrest and lumbar support provide a relaxing experience unlike any other.

Upgrade Options


Recliner options are easy add-ons for minimal up-charges and a great way to make sure you are getting one that is precisely right for you.

1. Left Hand Side Control Panel ($70)if you are a “lefty” or have impaired strength in your right arm this is available for $70

2. Remote Control Panel ($150) – allows you to control the recliner from anywhere in the room and comes with additional “find me” and do not disturb features

 

3. Battery Power Packs – this lithium-ion battery pack provides about five days of cordless operation when fully charged

4. Airform Seating – available on the seat, chaise and leg rest, it combines a two-inch layer of premium quality memory foam over a high-resiliency foam base for the perfect balance of personalized comfort and targeted support

5. Tall Baseadds 1.5 inches to the seat height and overall height of recliner

Customer Reviews


Here is what customers are sharing after purchasing the La-Z-Boy Power Lumbar and Headrest Recliner.  

Next Steps

The power recliner is about your lifestyle.  A desired escape for the way you work. Beneficial relief for the way you play.  And a fitting reward for the way you rest. It comes down to one simple question, what do you want from your recliner?

It is hard to find a recliner with all the right moves.  But the ability of power recliners with headrest and lumbar to provide you custom comfort is hard to beat. Norman, in the customer reviews, said it best “the only problem is I am reluctant to leave.”

If the features highlighted meet your needs, then take a closer look at our selection of styles at any of our La-Z-Boy locations in Ottawa and Kingston area or plan ahead by scheduling your visit online. The challenge will be when you find the perfect recliner style, will you be able to leave?

If you are looking at incorporating your new power plus recliner into an existing space or are redecorating a room you may also consider taking advantage of our complimentary design services. Our skilled interior designers will help transform a room worthy of your new power recliner. 

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