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Review of La-Z-Boy’s Riley High-Leg Recliner

May 7, 2021

Review of La-Z-Boy’s Riley High-Leg Recliner

The Riley Recliner exhibits a balanced dance between comfort and style. 


An artful, sculptured shape with a sophisticated flair, Riley is perfectly at home partnered with your contemporary sofa or left to showcase a corner entirely on its own. Comfortable too, you’ll appreciate the inviting curves and luxurious cushioning.


The Riley is a welcomed addition to any room. In fact, Racha, a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Hunt Club, says that “the Riley Recliner is one of the most presentable chairs that we have”. She adds that the Riley looks amazing in both fabric and leather.


Not only is the Riley recliner appealing to the eye, but it also doesn’t fall short in the comfort department. With high curved legs and a tall back, Racha says the Riley provides exceptional back and neck support, with the unexpected ability to recline. 


If you are looking for a chair that can choreograph easily into your decor and accentuate your room without having to sacrifice comfort, the Riley may be exactly what you need. 


Read on for an in-depth review of the Riley High-Leg Recliner.

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Unique Features


The Riley High-Leg Recliner is casually elegant featuring a tall angled back, subtly flared arms, and tall tapered wood legs


The Riley is often referred to as a Secret Recliner because it appears as a stationary accent chair, yet has the ability to recline and has the ability to recline back in both manual and power options. 


In manual, the Riley has a push-back feature; simply recline by pushing back into the chair. This 3-position lounger features a full-layout position for the ultimate reclining comfort. 


In power, you will find a silver-tone controller with a built-in USB port that allows you to effortlessly adjust the back and leg rest to your preferred reclined position. 


It is important to note that, in both manual and power, the back and leg rest do not recline independently. The leg rest kicks up while the back lays back, all in one smooth motion. 


Whether you are upright or watching TV, the plush cushions on the Riley provide extra softness and support. 


Finally, the Riley is completely customizable available in a variety of fabrics and leathers.

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Riley Review
Riley Review

Size & Dimensions


There are a couple of factors to consider when examining the size and dimension of the Riley Recliner. It is important that it is the right size for you and for your space. 


At La-Z-Boy, the Riley Recliner is considered a medium to a large-sized chair. It is best suited for those who are average to tall in height.


Further, depending on your room measurements, the Riley can fit comfortably in most furniture arrangements. Its removable back feature makes it easier to fit through doorways but it is still a good idea to take room measurements to ensure that it is the right size for your room. 


By sharing room measurements with a design consultant at La-Z-Boy, they will be able to help you determine if the Riley will be a good fit. 


For more tips, take a look at the article How to Find a Recliner That is the Best Fit For You?


For reference, below are the dimensions of the Riley Recliner:

Body Depth: 37.000000

Body Height: 41.000000

Body Width: 35.5

Seat Depth: 19.000000

Seat Height: 21.000000

Seat Width: 22.500000

Options & Upgrades


At La-Z-Boy, everything is customizable. With a variety of options and upgrades available, you can make the Riley Recliner uniquely yours!

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Manual vs. Power


As previously mentioned, the Riley Recliner is available in both manual and power. 


In manual, the Riley reclines by simply sitting and pushing back into the body of the chair.


In power, this high-leg recliner features a silver-2-toned control panel. With the touch of a button, you can not only recline back but also adjust the back and leg rest to your preferred position. 


The control panel on the Power Riley Recliner also features a built-in USB port in which you can conveniently charge your devices. 


Go Cordless Battery Pack


An additional upgrade to the Power Riley Recliner is a Go Cordless Battery Pack. Without having to be plugged into a wall, you can enjoy the Riley power features anywhere in a room.

Upholstery/Cover Options


The upholstery cover that you choose for your Riley Recliner will determine the overall look and feel of the chair. 


Available in over 800 fabrics, you have a variety of options in colour, patterns, and textures. Further, you may consider covering your Riley in one of the following premium-grade specialty fabrics to ensure the durability and longevity of your chair. 


Stain Resistant

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


Pet Friendly

Tested to simulate the scratches and wear that pets can cause to ensure a durable and easily washable fabric. 


Antimicrobacterial *New

Antimicrobacterial 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.

The Riley is also available in a range of top-grade leather options. In leather, the Riley features a distinctive double-needle topstitching. 


Cushion Options


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.

Contrasting Welt Trim


Welt trim provides a tailored look to Riley seat cushions. Especially if your Riley Recliner is meant to be an accent chair, you may consider opting for contrasting welt trim to add some personality and decorative detail.


Finish Options


Coordinate the look of your Riley with your existing furniture by uniquely customizing the wood finish on the decorative legs.


Choose from:

  • Brown Mahogany
  • Coffee
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The Riley Recliner falls within the high-end price range on the market and the mid-high price range at La-Z-Boy. The starting costs of the Riley range from $2,009 in manual to $2,309 in power.  


The cost of the Riley Recliner is subject to increase based on customization and upgrades.

The price tag of the Riley Recliner is ultimately reflected in the quality of materials and craftsmanship that go into making such a comfortable and stylish piece of furniture. 


*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 4th, 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 



Given that the Riley Recliner is a significant investment, you want to ensure that your purchase is protected. 


That is why the Riley Recliner is covered by the La-Z-Boy Manufacturer’s Warranty. This covers the repair or replacement of the mechanical, springs, and frame system on your recliner for a lifetime. 


While still built to last, other aspects of the product, such as fabrics, leather, and cushion, are prone to more destruction over time than parts of the frame. Although not covered for life, the La-Z-Boy Manufacturer’s Warranty still covers these parts for a given period of time, usually a few years. 


To further protect your Riley from accidental damage, consider purchasing our Extended Protection Plan.

Customer Reviews


The Riley Recliner is rated 4.9 stars out of 5 stars in North America. 


This rating is based on a combination of comfort, quality, and design. 


Find out what customers are saying about the Riley High-Leg Recliner in the following four and five-star reviews …


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Love my recliner. Look great, too! Easy to use. I do use an extra pillow for low back support but I still love it! It’s still comfy!

Claire J.


My 97-year-old Dad LOVES it! Very comfortable. However, the control Buttons would be more intuitive if the button toward the front sat you up, and the button toward the back lays you back.

Jayne & Andy V.


Gorgeous and Comfortable!

Such a beautiful recliner. I especially love that it doesn’t look like a recliner!

Lynette P.


Great side chair!

It is easy to operate and has great back support. The only thing I don’t like is the shape and the bulkiness of the front legs.

Joanne S.


As you can see, the Riley Recliner is acclaimed for its ability to provide comfort while appearing very stylish. With this being said, the Riley does not provide quite as much comfort as a traditional, more plush recliner would. 


If your priority is comfort over style, you may prefer one of our recliners with features such as extra padding, head & lumbar support, and perhaps even heat & massage.

Is the Riley Power Recliner Right For You?


The Riley Recliner can be a beautiful addition to any room, but is it the right choice for you?


Racha says that the Riley is a great choice for someone who is looking for a stylish, yet comfortable, addition to a room. Unlike some other recliner styles that appear traditionally bulky, the Riley Recliner is classic and sophisticated. 


The Riley is considered to be a part of the Comfortably Casual style at La-Z-Boy. With this, the Riley can fit with many styles of decor depending on your own personal customizations and might work very well for someone looking for an accent chair. 


Racha adds that while the Riley Recliner may appeal to a woman with an eye for style, the square headrest and sharp edges also give off a masculine appeal. The Riley may be the perfect compromise for couples negotiating their taste and preferences when it comes to home decor. 


If the Riley has caught your eye but it is not just right, you may consider similar models such as the Haven High Leg  Recliner Chair or the Midtown Chair. These styles have slightly varying features while still balancing style with comfort, so you may find what you are looking for in these models. 


For even more options, take a look at our 5 Best Selling La-Z-Boy Recliners in Ottawa & Kingston.

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What’s Next?


Is the Riley High Leg Recliner what you are looking for? Why not start shopping today?


Visit us at a local Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy showroom or plan ahead by scheduling your visit online. 


If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home, we also offer virtual design appointments.


We look forward to meeting you and helping you customize your Riley Recliner to fit your unique rhythm, so it glides right into your room design. 


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