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Review of the La-Z-Boy Joshua Recliner

January 11, 2021

Review of the La-Z-Boy Joshua Recliner

The Joshua Recliner is one the top 5 best selling recliners at La-Z-Boy


The Joshua has classic clean lines, a tiered back, and padded arms for ultra-plush comfort. The one-piece chaise and leg rest creates a continuous zone of comfort while reclining. 


The Joshua is unique in that it doesn’t sit straight upright like most other chairs. Instead, it offers a slight backward lean from the moment you sit in it. The center of gravity is further back making it one of the best rocking chairs. 


Kim McKee, a consultant at the Kingston La-Z-Boy showroom, recommends the Joshua Recliner for couples. The shape and dimensions of this chair are versatile as it provides comfort for differing heights and sizes. 

Read on for a detailed and comprehensive review of the Joshua Recliner.

Review of the La-Z-Boy Joshua Recliner

Features Unique to the Joshua Recliner


The Joshua Recliner’s clean lines and exceptional comfort make it an instant family favorite. The Joshua has sloping padded arms, a tiered back, and an ultra-plush, one-piece chaise seat and leg rest. 


From seated to reclined, the structure and design of the Joshua ensures comfort in all positions. Further, the mechanism within the chair allowed you to ease in and out of the reclined position in a smooth and graceful motion. 


Features Include:


  •  Ultra-plush recliner 
  • Tiered back for extra support
  • Sloping, padded arms
  • One-piece chaise seat and leg rest create a continuous zone of comfort
  • Adjust the leg rest with the convenient side-mounted handle
  • 3-position locking leg rest for added safety and support
  • Double-picked blown fiberfill for improved cushion loft and shape retention
  • High-grade foam seat cushions that maintain their comfort and appearance
  • Premium grade fabrics and leathers tested to resist wear and fading
  • Includes our Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Customizable with your choice of fabrics and other available upgrades  



The Joshua Recliner is a medium to a larger sized chair with a higher back. This size is ideal and grouped for tall individuals between 5’10” and 6’2”. The wider seat is suitable for a customer with a large frame to fit comfortably. 


With this being said, the Joshua recliner is versatile. It can still be comfortable for those with the height of 5’5” although they may not be able to place their feet on the floor. The deep rock forward on this recliner may make it easier for shorter clients to stand up out of the chair with ease.

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To enjoy maximum comfort out of the Joshua Recliner it is important to ensure that its size and dimensions fit your unique body type. 

Take a look at the article How to Find a Recliner that is the Best Fit for You?

Different Chair Styles in the Joshua


The Joshua Wall Recliner


The Joshua Wall Recliner is a basic non-power option. Simply pull back the handle placed conveniently on the side of the chair to comfortably lay back into the reclining position. Best of all, this wall recliner style can be placed mere inches away from the wall. 

This chair is great for saving space! If you live in a small apartment, choosing the Joshua Wall Recliner might be a great way for you to experience reclining comfort without crowding your limited space.

The Joshua Rocking Recliner


Similar to the Joshua Wall Recliner, the Joshua Wall Recliner is another basic non-power. The Joshua Rocking Recliner is unique because this option offers dual functionality. Not only does this version of the Joshua allow you to recline, but it also acts as a relaxing rocker in the seated position. 


In a smooth and graceful motion, you have the ability to rock back and forth. This version of the Joshua is great for parents of newborn babies. What better place to rock your baby to sleep than comfortably seated in the Joshua Rocking Recliner?

The Joshua Power Wall Recliner


What could get more comfortable than laying back in Joshua Recliner? How about doing so with only the touch of a button.


The Joshua Power Wall Recliner is a power option. Simply use the side-mounted 4-button control panel to recline and raise your feet independently for a wide range of relaxing positions. Further, enjoy a built-in USB port to conveniently power your phone or tablet. 


This option takes up minimal space as it reclines. To save space, you can place this recliner only inches away from the wall.

The Joshua Power Rocking Recliner


Similar to the Joshua Power Wall Recliner, the Joshua Power Rocking Recliner is another power option. The side-mounted 4-button panel allows you to effortlessly recline and raise your feet into a wide range of positions. This model also hosts a USB port.


This model of the Joshua allows you to rock back and forth in a graceful motion when resting in a seated position.

The Joshua Power Rocking Recliner with Head Rest & Lumbar


This updated model takes the Joshua to the next level!


This version features a side-mounted control panel that allows you to adjust the back, leg rest, headrest, and lumbar for an unlimited number of relaxing positions. When you’re not reclining, enjoy the relaxing motion of the rocker.


In addition, this chair has two memory settings that save your favorite reclining positions. You can even take advantage of the built-in USB charging port.

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Depending on which style of the Joshua Recliner you choose, the price ranges from $1,579 to $2,539. 


The basic Joshua Rockinh Recliner in manual is the most affordable version of the chair starting at $1,579. The most expensive version of the chair is the Joshua Power Rocking Recliner with Head Rest & Lumbar, starting at $2,539. 


The cost of any given Joshua Recliner style is subject to increase depending on customizations and upgrades.


The Joshua Recliner falls within the mid-high price range category of recliners at La-Z-Boy. 


The Joshua recliner is one of the more expensive options sold in the market and industry. There are many variables that make up the cost of a recliner. This higher price bracket of the Joshua Recliner can be attributed to the quality of materials used in the high-quality construction of this recliner.


*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 in October 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 

Options & Upgrades


At La-Z-Boy, everything is customizable, including the Joshua Recliner. You can make customizations to the fabric, handle, base and cushion to make the chair uniquely yours. 


Upholstery/Cover Options


Choosing the cover is a crucial decision in determining the look and feel of your Joshua recliner. 


At La-Z-Boy, we have over 900 fabrics and leathers to choose from. There is something for every budget and style. 


By taking advantage of our free fabric swatch test sets, you can play around with colours, textures, and patterns to find inspiration and contemplate your selection. 


In addition to style and quality, we also offer cover options that cater to lifestyle. If you have children or pets, it may be important for you to choose a fabric that is durable and stain-resistant. In this case, you may consider our iClean fabric.

If you are looking for an environmentally-conscious cover option, La-Z-Boy also offers a conserve fabric. This fabric is soft, durable, and sustainable, as it is made from recycled water bottles. In fact, to cover your Joshua recliner, about 50 water bottles are reused.

Seat Cushion Options


The Joshua Recliner is originally made with La-Z-Boy’s standard cushion. These cushions are made from high-quality polyurethane foam which gives the recliner exceptional softness and support. 


Firmer seat options are available at an additional cost. For more information view our Motion Furniture Collection catalogue and our in-depth Review of La-Z-Boy’s Chair and Sofa Seat Cushions.


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.

Other Options


Another way to make your Joshua Recliner uniquely yours is by customizing the handle


Handle options include:  


  • Standard Handle
  • Elongated Handle
  • Arc Handle
  • Left Side Standard Handle
  • Left Side Elongated Handle
  • Left Side Arc Handle
  • Left side handle
Review of the La-Z-Boy Joshua Recliner

Further, the standard Joshua Recliner comes in a rich Brown Mahogany finish. If you’d prefer, there is an option to opt for a variety of alternative wood finishes


Finally, if you have chosen the Joshua Rocking Recliner, you can upgrade to a swivel base option for a rocking recline with a twist. The swivel base allows you to face any direction while you rock or recline.


The overall rating of the Joshua Recliner 4.7 stars out of 5 stars in North America. When it comes to comfort, quality, and design, the Joshua Recliner is rated at 4.8 stars. 


Find out what customers are saying in the following four and five-star reviews …

“Have had my Joshua 18 months now and still love it. Very comfortable and in tip top shape. I often fall to sleep in it!” [sic]



“Great Staff, Great Store, Great People! La-Z-Boy has a reputation for quality chairs. The staff in-store were fabulous. I was given time to wander about and compare. Yet anytime I had a question they were there to respond.” [sic]

Paul K.


“This Joshua Power Rocking Recliner with Head Rest and Lumbar is amazing! I love the feel of the leather and especially enjoy the lumbar and head rest. Worth every penny!” [sic]

William J.


“Had this chair for 6yrs, been great. I have a bad back and sleep and sit in it all the time can’t lay flat in a bed or sit straight up for long so this chair is awesome. When back is out I have had to be in it for 3 to 5 days and it still holding up. Last one made it 10yrs.”[sic]



“Very comfortable, a little larger than I was originally looking for. Was priced right.”

Marilyn H.


Although many clients have spectacular reviews of the Joshua Recliner, this chair may not be for everyone. 


First and foremost, the cost of the Joshua Recliner may be an area of concern. If this particular model is out of your price range, we offer a wide variety of recliners and may have another style that better matches your budget. 


Further, some clients take issue with a “clunking noise” that the recliner makes when moving from position to position. This is noted as one of the 7 Problems with La-Z-Boy Furniture


Below are a few tips useful for reducing the noise:

  • When reclining the chair, hang on to the handle all the way through the motion.
  • Lift feet off the leg rest when opening or closing the recliner.
  • Gently ease the leg rest into a closed position, while keeping your back to the back of the chair, and don’t slam it shut.
  • Floor surfaces affect the overall sound level; a rug can muffle the sound.

Lastly, some customers have disliked the Joshua recliner due to its initial backward lean. If you prefer a more up-right chair, you may consider selecting a different model.

What’s Next?


If you are interested in the Joshua Recliner, why not start shopping today? 


In addition to the Joshua Recliner, we have a wide variety of recliner selection to choose from in our local Ottawa and Kingston La-Z-Boy showrooms. We offer a recliner for every style and comfort preference!


Visit us in-store or schedule a visit online

Before you visit us, take a look at our Recliner Definitive Buyers Guide to help with your shopping process.

Review of the La-Z-Boy Joshua Recliner

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*All La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change.  Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing.

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