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Review of La-Z-Boy’s Vail Recliner: Rocking & Wall Recliner

September 9, 2022

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For over 90 years, La-Z-Boy has created countless recliners and other furniture items for many you enjoy.

Take the Vail Recliner, for example. The Vail has been around for many years now and has been enjoyed by many different users. 

“Vail has a very staple La-Z-Boy appearance,” says Nancy Boggus, a design consultant from La-Z-Boy Hunt Club. However, with so many recliners at La-Z-Boy, what makes the Vail recliner stand out from the rest of our selection? And is this the recliner for you?

This article will cover everything you need to know about the Vail Rocking & Wall Recliner, from its unique features to its overall cost and if this recliner is right for you.

In This Article…

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

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Unique Features

To begin, there are many unique features of the Vail Recliner. Not to be confused with its namesake city in Colorado, Vail is rich in beauty and luxury

Although it is petite in scale, it is still big on comfort. The Vail features a plush, biscuit-style back and padded rolled arms

Nancy says that the look of the Vail is “traditional looking, in the sense that it will make people go ‘oh this is a La-Z-Boy.’ It just has the typical La-Z-Boy look.”

Simply use the convenient handle on the outside arm to raise the legrest for reading, relaxing, or watching TV. Further, the Vail Recliner comes in two different functionalities: Rocking Recliner or Wall Recliner.

With the Rocker Recliner, you can rock in a smooth and graceful motion when not reclined. The Wall Recliner, on the other hand, can recline mere inches from a wall. 

Rocking and wall recliners have their own pros and cons, which you can find out more about by reading our Rocker vs. Wall Recliner comparison article.

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Sizes & Dimensions

When looking at the size of the Vail Recliner, you want to ensure that it fits comfortably in your space. The best way to do that is by Measuring Your Room before checking out the Vail.

As mentioned before, when discussing the size of the Vail, it has a petite scale, meaning it can potentially fit well in Small Spaces. “The Vail is mostly known for its smaller size,” says Nancy.

Also, because the Vail has a smaller scale, it can sit anyone comfortably with a height of around 5’4” - 5’9”, meaning this recliner is perfect for Short People.

To learn more, check out our article on How to Find a Recliner that is the Best Fit For You?

Ultimately, we recommend that you visit a La-Z-Boy showroom and take the Vail for a sit test with the help of a La-Z-Boy design consultant. 

Vail Recliner Dimensions (Inches)

Vail Rocking/Wall Recliner Weight: 62/69 lbs.

Body Depth: 36”

Body Height: 40.5”

Body Width: 32”

Seat Depth: 19.5”

Seat Height: 18”

Seat Width: 17.5”


Options & Upgrades

All upholstery furniture at La-Z-Boy is customizable. Give the Vail recliner your own personal touch by choosing from a range of options and upgrades.

It is important to remember that by selecting any options and upgrades in this section, the cost of the Vail product 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 Vail recliner has 6 select fabric covers that are chosen to compliment its unique frame. Nancy says you can choose between luscious, burgundy, ivory, pewter, mocha, or indigo covers. 

Further, Nancy says that Vail’s leather options are only limited to recycled/faux leather. You can learn more about La-Z-Boy’s Leather Selection by checking out this article.

These select fabrics do not have an additional fee to the starting price. Should you choose to purchase any fabrics or leathers that are not included in Vail’s select fabric selection, you will be subjected to an additional fee. 

Leather options, even select leather, will always increase the overall cost. Ultimately, the choice of choosing fabric or leather is up to you if you’re willing to spend extra cash on leather products.

In addition to the cover options mentioned above, the Vail is offered in specialty fabrics with 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.

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Cushion Upgrade

At an additional cost, Vail’s cushions can also be upgraded to include firmer cushioning, meaning over time, your furniture will remember your unique figure and enhance the comfort of your furniture.

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 before 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.

Power Upgrade

Both the Vail Rocking & Wall Recliners have the ability to be upgraded to Power. Instead of using the lever on the outside arm to recline, there is a 4-button control panel that takes its place. 

This control panel allows you to recline and raise your feet in multiple different reclining positions. Each power recliner also has the added bonus of having USB charging ports so you can charge electronic devices.

If you are unsure of how to use the Vail control panels, check out La-Z-Boy Power Furniture: How to Use the Control Panel & Remote



Regarding cost, Vail’s modern recliners fall within the low to the mid-price range at La-Z-Boy. To learn more, check out the Cost of Recliners at La-Z-Boy

Nancy says this recliner is “a more budget-friendly option compared to other recliners.”

While the cost of the Vail is quite standard at La-Z-Boy, it is important to note that La-Z-Boy furniture is considered expensive on 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. 


Vail Rocking Recliner

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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 October 17th, 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 



The Vail is covered by La-Z-Boy’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, which 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, 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 time.

To learn more about the warranty at La-Z-Boy, take a look at the article Are La-Z-Boy Recliners Guaranteed for Life?

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


Customer Reviews

Vail’s recliners are enjoyed by many La-Z-Boy customers. This table shows how our customers have rated each piece of furniture out of five. 

Vail Rocking Recliner

Manual: 4.9

Power: 4.8

Vail Wall Recliner

Manual: 4.7

Power: 4.8

Star Reviews can only tell you so much. Here is what reviewers are honestly saying about the Vail Recliner…

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Is the Vail Recliner Right For You?

Now that you know everything you need to know about the Vail Recliner, the question you might still be asking yourself is if this furniture product is right for you. 

To help answer this question, let’s take a look at the price, functionality, and style of the Vail one last time.

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To begin, the aforementioned price of the Vail Recliner is a little less expensive than other recliners at La-Z-Boy. However, La-Z-Boy is considered more expensive than other furniture stores around. 

That said, if you’re looking to invest your money in longer-lasting furniture, the Vail might be right for you. In contrast, if you are looking for temporary furniture on a budget, you might not want to invest in the Vail Recliner.

In terms of functionality, consider your comfort preferences and space. If you’re a taller individual, you might not enjoy the petite scale that the Vail is notable for. The frame is recommended for those with a height of 5’4”-5’9”. Those who are either shorter or taller than this might not find comfort in the Vail.  

If you’re looking for Recliners for Tall People, check out this article.

Additionally, this recliner would fit well in small spaces, like a suburban apartment or a condo. If you put this recliner in a larger space, the Vail might look too small, causing your space to look empty.

Lastly, when it comes to the style, this recliner features a more transitional look to it, meaning that most of your furniture might complement this recliner very well. However, if you have a more broad or specific taste that you're looking for, you might enjoy a more contemporary style or more modern style of furniture.

To learn more about the Difference Between Contemporary vs. Traditional Furniture, take a look at this article.

What's Next?

Now that you have a more knowledgeable understanding of the Vail Recliner, why not discover this and our other furniture families 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 Vail could fit in your home design. 

If the Vail wasn't what you were looking for, take a look at some of our other furniture family reviews:

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