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Review of La-Z-Boy's Rheeves High-Leg Recliner

June 24, 2022

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You know that saying, “always keep people on their toes”? Well, that's what La-Z-Boy does best with some of our recliners … metaphorically speaking

Being the inventor of the recliner, La-Z-Boy knows a thing or two about how to hide a recliner in plane sight. Some recliners are easier to spot than others–some have a lever to manually recline in and others can recline with just the touch of a button. 

But other recliner models don’t look like a recliner at all! We call these Secret Recliners.

Sandra El Nounou, a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Hunt Club, tells us that the Rheeves High Leg Recliner is “a great recliner that can blend in easily with any motion or stationary furniture piece.”

But you might be wondering, is this recliner the right piece of furniture item for you? 

This article will cover everything you need to know about the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner, from its unique features to options & upgrades, overall cost, and if this recliner is right for you.

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In This Article…

  1. Unique Features
  2. Sizes & Dimensions
  3. Options & Upgrades
  4. Cost
  5. Warranty
  6. Customer Reviews
  7. Is the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner Right For You?


Unique Features

Rheeves High-Leg Recliner

The Rheeves High-Leg Recliner is a unique chair with many different features included in its design.

With Rheeves, classical assortment has never felt so wonderfully refreshed. No one would ever suspect that this handsome chair is also a recliner. The Rheeves is considered a Secret Recliner because of its hidden reclining abilities. Like other high-leg recliners at La-Z-Boy, they do not feature a handle, latch, or control panel on the outside of the chair. 

According to Sandra, high-leg recliners also go by another name. These types of recliners are also called push-back recliners, due to the fact that you need to push back on the arms of the chair in order to recline, instead of the traditional way of using a lever or a latch on the outside of the seat.

The Rheeves recliner also has a very transitional style, meaning even though it has classic features to its design, it can still easily blend in with a modern or contemporary-looking house. The Rheeves also has decorative wood legs and welt trim.

Sandra also says that the depth of the seat is not too deep, meaning that no one will feel like they are sinking into this recliner. “The seats are firmer than others,” she says.


Size & Dimensions

Sandra informs us that the Rheeves has a taller back, meaning this high-leg recliner is most comfortable for those between the heights of 5’10” - 6’2”

Although taller individuals are more ideal for this recliner, Sandra also says that “anyone with an average height will find that the Rheeves has great head support”. So, even if you are not a taller individual, you will still find comfortability and support with this recliner.

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.

If you are still unsure, check out the article How to Find a Recliner That is the Best Fit For You. Ultimately, the best way to know if a recliner is the right size and shape for you is to visit a showroom and take a sit test.

Moreover, this recliner is not too big or not too small, meaning that any average-sized living area will accommodate this recliner well. Given that it is an average-sized recliner, smaller spaces might have a harder time fitting this seat somewhere. 

You can learn more about La-Z-Boy Recliners for Small Spaces by checking out this article.

Below is a breakdown of the Rheeves’ furniture dimensions.

Rheeves High-Leg Recliner Dimensions (Inches)

Rheeves Weight: 91.5lbs (109.5lbs in Power)

Body Depth: 36 in

Body Height: 43 in

Body Width: 33.5 in

Seat Depth: 20.5 in

Seat Height: 21.5 in

Seat Width: 21.5 in

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Options & Upgrades

When looking at Rheeves’ options and upgrades, there are plenty to choose from. It is important to remember that all options and upgrades come at an additional cost, meaning the price of your Rheeves High-Leg Recliner is subject to increase. 

Fabric & Leather Options

La-Z-Boy has over 800 fabrics and leathers to choose from, making the experience of personalizing your furniture seemingly endless.

The Rheeves is actually a part of La-Z-Boy's Designer's Choice Furniture collection.

With Designer's Choice Furniture, you can expand your selection of upholstery covers with over 100 fabric options at no extra cost. This is a considerable increase from the standard 4 or 6 cover choices included in the starting price.

In terms of leather, however, the Rheeves does come in a leather selection, including recycled leather and other alternative leather options.

Keep in mind that leather selections will always increase the overall cost. There are pros and cons to both fabric and leather upholstery, and the choice is ultimately up to you.

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

Stain Resistant Fabric

Innovative iClean Technology surrounds each fabric fibre, creating a barrier that repels spills before turning into stains.

Pet-Friendly Fabric

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

Antimicrobial Fabric

Antimicrobial properties surround each fibre to protect against mould, mildew, and odour-causing bacteria.


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


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.

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Cushion Upgrade

At an additional cost, Rheeves’ cushions can also be upgraded to include firmer cushioning. Over time, this firmer cushion will remember your unique figure and enhance the comfort of your furniture. This could be a great option for people with mobility issues, allowing you to get in and out of your furniture more comfortably.

For more information view our Designer's Choice Furniture Collection catalogue.

Power Upgrade with Adjustable Headrest

Should you find that pushing back on the recliner is too difficult for you, there is also a power option for the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner. 

Rheeves Charging PortThe Rheeves Power High-Leg Recliner is not only still a secret recliner, but you can recline in multiple different positions at just the touch of a button.  What's more, there is also a USB port on the control panel so you can charge your electronics.

What's more, you can also adjust the headrest of your Rheeves from a range of positions to help cradle your neck in comfort.

Sandra states that the power upgrade is great for anyone that has any mobility issues or a harder time pushing back on the recliner in general.

To learn more about Power Recliners, check out of comparison article about Manual vs. Power Recliners.

Welt Trim

Customers can also choose a contrasting welt trim to give your Rheeves more character. Pattern welt trim options are also available to make an aesthetically pleasing furniture piece.

Additionally, you can add a fringe to the pillow welt to make it more traditional looking, should the classic characteristics of the Rheeves interest you. 

Finish Options

Finally, Rheeves’ wood leg finish can be customized as well. There are 3 wood finish colours that the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner or Power High-Leg Recliner can come in:

  1. Mahogany (Base Price)
  2. Coffee (Additional Cost)
  3. Graphite (Additional Cost)



In terms of cost, Sandra explains that the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner is in the mid-price range for La-Z-Boy furniture. 

Keep in mind that La-Z-Boy furniture is made with high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship, which is reflected in a higher cost compared to some other furniture on the market.  

To learn more about La-Z-Boy pricing, take a look at the articles Cost of a La-Z-Boy Recliner and Is La-Z-Boy Furniture Expensive?

Rheeves High-Leg Recliner Costs


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*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 July 24th, 2023. Contact your local Ottawa or Kingston location by phone or in person for up-to-date pricing.



The Rheeves is covered by La-Z-Boy’s Limited Lifetime Warranty. This warranty covers the repair or replacement of the frame, spring systems, and mechanism, given that they are quality-crafted and built for long-lasting comfort.

For full details of the Limited Lifetime Warranty, check out this full La-Z-Boy warranty breakdown.

While still quality-crafted, other aspects of the product, such as fabrics, leather, and cushion, are not meant to last a lifetime. However, 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 Ottawa & Kingston offers an extended warranty plan at an additional cost. To learn more about the Extended Warranty Plan and if it’s right for you, take a look at this article.


Customer Reviews

When purchasing any product, it is always informative to take a look at customer reviews. Currently, the Rheeves is at a 4.8/5 star rating on our corporate website.

However, star ratings can only tell you so much. Here are some real customer reviews from people who have purchased the Rheeves...

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Is the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner Right for You?

Now that you know everything you need to know about the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner, the question may still remain if it is the right recliner for you. To make your decision, consider your budget, functionality, and style preferences. 

To begin, Sandra mentioned that the cost of the Rheeves falls within the mid-price range. This, however, is compared to other La-Z-Boy products, which are typically more expensive than other furniture products on the market.

La-Z-Boy products are an investment, meaning should you want to purchase any of our products, they will be very long-lasting. If you are willing to spend more than expected so that you can have long-lasting furniture, the Rheeves, as well as other La-Z-Boy products, may be right for you.

Alternatively, if you are seeking temporary furniture at a low cost, the Rheeves might not be the right investment.

In terms of functionality, the push-back reclining feature of the Rheeves is ideal for those looking for a stationary-looking piece of furniture piece with the unexpected ability to recline. If pushing back on the recliner is difficult for you–due to mobility issues–the Rheeves power upgrade might be more worth your investment.

Finally, when it comes to style, Sandra says that the look of the Rheeves fits both classic and modern styles of design. The curved arms give off a more welcoming appearance and the bulkier stature fits with contemporary design. If a classic look is something that does not interest you, this recliner might not be right for you.

If you’re wanting to better understand the difference between these two different styles of furniture, take a look at our Traditional vs. Contemporary Furniture article.

Sandra also says that the Rheeves is similar to the Riley High-Leg Recliner. To learn more about this secret reclining chair, take a look at its in-depth review article.

What's Next?

Now that you are more knowledgeable about the Rheeves High-Leg Recliner, why not discover this stylish recliner in person?

You can start shopping by visiting one of our local showrooms located in Ottawa or Kingston. You can also schedule a visit online before coming in.

Our design consultants are always eager to lend a helping hand. Take advantage of our interior design services to see how the Rheeves could fit in your home. 

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