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Review of the La-Z-Boy Joshua Recliner: Rocking & Wall 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

Unique Features


The Joshua Recliner’s clean lines and exceptional comfort make it an instant family favourite. 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. 


The Joshua recliner is available in 2 options...

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.

Rocking Recliner


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?

Size & Dimensions


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.

While your height can be a considerable factor, it is important to note that height guidelines are   NOT  set in stone. The way you sit in a furniture item can drastically affect how someone might find a seat comfortable. 

This is why we highly recommend coming in-store and taking a sit test to determine if the Joshua Recliner is right for your unique body type. To learn more, take a look at our article How to Find a Recliner That is The Best Fit For You.


Joshua Recliner Dimensions (Inches)


Rocking/Wall Recliner Weight: 74/81 lbs

Body Depth: 40 in.

Body Height: 42.5 in.

Body Width: 40 in.

Seat Depth: 22 in.

Seat Height: 19.5 in.

Seat Width: 19 in.




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. 


Fabric & Leather Options

With over 800 fabrics and leathers to choose from, customers have a wide variety of colours, textures, and patterns to suit every taste and style.


The Joshua comes in 10 select fabrics that are chosen to complement its unique frame. Within this selection, you can also choose between 4 select faux leather options. These options will not increase the base cost of your Joshua Recliner.  


There are also 2 select leather options available. Leather options, even select leather, will always increase the overall cost. Ultimately, choosing fabric or leather is up to you if you’re willing to spend more on leather products.


In addition to the cover options mentioned above, the Joshua is offered in specialty fabrics that offer unique features and benefits…


Stain Resistant Covers


Innovative iClean technology surrounds each fabric fiber, creating a barrier that repels spills before they turn into stains.


Pet Friendly

Tested and formulated to withstand the scratches and wear that a pet can cause, to ensure a durable and easily washable fabric. 


Antimicrobial Covers


Antimicrobial properties surround each fiber to protect against mold, mildew, and odor-causing bacteria. 




Superior stain and fade resistance properties make these fabrics easy to clean and incredibly durable.


Eco Friendly


Conserve Sustainable Fabrics are soft, durable, and made from recycled water bottles.


Energy Restoration

Restore by Nanobionic® features a mineral-based fabric coating that transforms natural body heat into energy using infrared technology.



Optional Swivel Base


If you're interested, the Joshua rocking recliner is available with a swivel base for an extra cost. La-Z-Boy's swivel bases provide a 360-degree rotation, allowing you to easily turn and face any direction.


You can also upgrade your swivel base into a power swivel recliner, which can recline at the touch of a button. The power swivel base, however, only rotates 165 degrees to prevent the power cord from getting tangled within the furniture frame.


Power Upgrade with Adjustable Headrest & Lumbar


You can upgrade the Joshua to power. 


Instead of using a handle or a latch, like with manual furniture, the power recliner has a wireless remote on the right side of the chair. With this, you can recline at the touch of a button, as well as control the adjustable headrest support.


The adjustable headrest allows you to move the head of the recliner from 0-55 degrees, giving you more range of motion with your reclining positions. 


You can also control the lower lumbar area of your recliner with the wireless remote. In this case, the lumbar support can expand 3 inches out or deflate to perfectly match the unique curvature of your lumbar spine. 


What’s more, the recliners have USB ports next to the control panels to charge your electronic devices, as well as two memory settings that allow you to save any of your favourite relaxing positions. This way, you can easily recline back to the position you favour quickly and accurately. 


If you need help with learning about the controls, check out La-Z-Boy Power Furniture: How to Use the Control Panel & Remote


All power upgrades can be cordless, thanks to our rechargeable battery pack. With this, you can place your power recliners anywhere without worrying about plugging them into an electrical outlet.


To learn more about battery packs, read this Review of the Rechargeable Battery Pack offered at La-Z-Boy.


To learn more about the headrest & lumbar upgrade, check out the Review of La-Z-Boy Power Recliners with the Headrest & Lumbar Feature.


Cushion Upgrade

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.


Handle Options 


To add more style to your La-Z-Boy manual recliner, you have the option to customize the length and material of the convenient reclining handle.


At an extra cost, you can opt to elongate the handle if you find it too short for your comfort. Additionally, you can choose from a variety of materials for the handle, including wooden, brushed nickel, or matte black. The chrome handle can also be elongated, matching the wooden one in size.



What’s more, for all left-handed users, you can change your handle from the standard right side to the left. This also comes at an additional cost.


Finish Options


Transform the look of your Joshua Recliner by uniquely customizing the wood finish on the base. Choose between the following options:


  • Brown Mahogany (Base Price)
  • Coffee (Additional Cost)



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


While the cost of the Joshua Recliner is considered quite standard at La-Z-Boy, it is important to note that La-Z-Boy furniture is considered more expensive in the market.


This cost is reflected in the quality of materials and craftsmanship of our products. 


With this, the investment tends to be worthwhile if you are looking for long-lasting furniture.



Joshua Rocking Recliner

Joshua Wall Recliner

Manual Recliner

Starting Price


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Power Recliner

Starting Price



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Please note that La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change without notice. Information is current as of May 29, 2023. Contact your local Ottawa or Kingston location by phone or in person for up-to-date pricing.




Some product components within the Joshua Recliner are covered by a La-Z-Boy limited lifetime warranty to ensure the protection and satisfaction of your investment. 


The Limited Lifetime Warranty covers the repair or replacement of the frame, spring systems, and the mechanism, given that they are quality-crafted and built for long-lasting comfort.


While still quality-crafted, other aspects of the product, such as fabrics, and cushions, are not meant to last a lifetime. These parts are still covered by the La-Z-Boy Manufacturer’s Warranty for a given period of time.


To further protect your purchase, La-Z-Boy offers an extended warranty plan at an additional cost.

Customer Reviews

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.


Is the Joshua Recliner Right For You?


The Joshua recliner offers a versatile solution for those seeking comfort and functionality in their seating choice but is it the right fit for you? 


Well firstly,  with its unique option between a wall and a rocking recliner, it provides the flexibility to suit different spatial requirements.


The wall recliner feature allows it to be conveniently placed near a wall, maximizing space utilization. Furthermore, the Joshua recliner stands out with its exceptional support system, including an adjustable headrest and lumbar support.


This feature is particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with back or joint pain, as it offers additional relief and customizable comfort.


However, as mentioned the Joshua recliner has a larger frame, which may be better suited for individuals who are taller.


Additionally,  the price point is also a considerable factor, the Joshua recliner falls within the mid to high price range, making it more of an investment.


Overall, if you prioritize versatility, support, and are willing to invest in a high-quality recliner, the Joshua recliner could be the right choice for you.

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

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