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The La-Z-Boy Harbor Town Recliner - In-Depth Review

December 16, 2019

The La-Z-Boy Harbor Town Recliner - In-Depth Review


Introducing the Harbor Town, a recliner that combines the comfort of a traditional recliner with a charming cottage core touch.


If you're a fan of this aesthetic, then the Harbor Town might be the perfect choice! In this review, we'll delve into why the Harbor Town has become one of the most popular recliners in Ottawa and Kingston.


Lina Najia, the assistant manager at La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor in Kanata leads our exploration. With four years of experience at La-Z-Boy, Lina has assisted countless customers in finding their ideal recliner.



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 Unique Features

The Harbor Town recliner is designed for smaller living rooms and smaller spaces in general. It gives you the comfort of a recliner with a lighter silhouette and a sleek, stylish, transitional frame. It has a channel-stitched back, a cushioned headrest and decorative bentwood arms topped with pillow-like padding.


Patented La-Z-Boy® technology allows the seat and back to move together or independently for a wide range of reclining positions, with or without raising the leg rest. Use the convenient handle on the outside arm to lift the leg rest for reading, relaxing or watching TV.


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The Harbor Town recliner offers versatility with three options: the rocking recliner, wall recliner, and gliding recliner. 
   The Rocking Recliner


The Harbor Town Rocking Recliner is your basic non-power option. Use the convenient handle on the outside arm to raise the leg rest for reading, relaxing, or watching TV. When you’re not reclining, it’s a rocker with a smooth, graceful motion. 

The Wall Recliner (Wall Huggers)


The Harbor Town Wall Recliner is the same as the rocker recliner, and you can place it inches from the wall to save space.

The Glider Recliner


Harbor Town Glider Recliner offers a gliding option to the recliner. It provides all the same things like the rocker recliner, when you’re not reclining, it swivels 360 degrees and glides with a graceful motion. The glider works well for new parents looking for a chair to nurse and rock their newborns. 

Size & Dimensions


Size and dimensions are everything with a recliner. When purchasing a new furniture frame, it is always important to measure your space to see if your room can fit your next find.


Lina describes the Harbor Town as a small recliner chair with a classic look. This chair works well in small rooms and for individuals of up to a maximum of 5.4".


It’s a small-scale recliner with a comfy back and excellent support for someone smaller in stature. The wooden arms are not large or bulky so you can reach the handle easily for a smooth recline. 


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. 


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


Harbor Town Recliner Dimensions (Inches)


Rocking/ Wall Recliner Weight: 73/80 lbs

Body Depth: 37 in.

Body Height: 41 in.

Body Width: 30 in.

Seat Depth: 19.5 in.

Seat Height: 41 in.

Seat Width: 23 in.


Options & Upgrades


Everything at La-Z-Boy is customizable, including the Harbor Town Chair.


Whether you are purchasing the rocking, wall or gliding recliner you have the ability to make it uniquely yours with a variety of options and upgrades.

Fabric Options


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

The Harbor Town recliner hasselect fabric covers to compliment its unique frame. Select fabrics are included in the starting price of the Harbor Town recliner. Non-select fabrics or leathers will incur an additional cost.


*Please note that this article's leather or fabric options may be discontinued or unavailable without prior notice. We recommend contacting your local Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store by phone or in-person to confirm availability. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by any changes to our upholstery selection.


In addition to the cover options mentioned above, the Harbor Town 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.


Cushion Upgrade

For an additional cost, Harbor Town offers cushion upgrades that provide firmer support and improve the comfort of your furniture over time. 


These upgraded cushions are designed to conform to your unique figure, allowing for a more personalized seating experience. 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 Motion Furniture Collection catalogue.

Handle Options


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


At an extra cost, you can elongate the handle if you find it too short for your comfort. Additionally, you can choose from various 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 option also comes at an additional cost.

Optional Swivel Base

If you're interested, the Harbor Town 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 turn and face any direction easily.

You can also upgrade your swivel base into a power swivel recliner, which can swivel 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.
To learn more about our Swivel Chair options, check out our list of Swivel Accent Chairs.

Wood Base Finish Options

If you opt for the Harbor Town Rocking Recliner or the upgraded swivel base, you also have the option to customize the wood finish base. Choosing from different wood base finish colours can help you create a more cohesive and refined look for your furniture and your room as a whole.

The Harbor Town offers the following wood finish options:

  1. Brown Mahogany (Base Price)
2. Coffee (Additional Cost)



In terms of cost, Harbor Town's recliners fall within the mid-high price range at La-Z-Boy. To learn more, check out the Cost of Recliners at La-Z-Boy


While the cost of the Harbor Town 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. 


Please note that La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change without notice. Information is current as of June 9, 2023. Contact your local Ottawa or Kingston location by phone or in person for up-to-date pricing.


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The Harbor Town products are covered by a limited lifetime warranty at La-Z-Boy in order 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, leather, 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

This recliner currently has a 4.6/5 star rating in North America:

Star - Review

“ La-Z-Boy Chair as Medical Solution!! Bought because of wife getting a knee replacement. Perfect choice with rocker/recliner. Forward motion helps to rise out of the chair. And with pillows, raises knee above heart for recovery. Should be required for surgery.?? [sic]“ Alan & Jan K

Star - Review

“I purchased this recliner in 1994 and used it daily. I am still using it even though the color is worn in areas but otherwise, it still works fine. Due to the color problems, I have moved it to my bedroom but I sleep in it every night due to health problems and still love it today as much as the day that I purchased it. [sic]” Cptn don

Star Review

“The pillow on the neck area does not quite fit me comfortably. The quality is good. I wish I had purchased the “power” model. It is a good chair. Overall.[sic]” Barbara B


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Is the Harbor Town Recliner Right For You?


So, now that you have a better e understanding of the Redwood recliner, you might be wondering if this recliner is the right item for you. To help you with your decision, here are some quick things to consider about this grand recliner.


Because the Harbor Town is more traditional, some don’t like the look and are also unsure about the narrow wooden arms. You can go with a slightly larger recliner such as the Rowan or Pinnacle if you would like to try and fit everyone in the family. The Harbor Town really does cater to a smaller-sized person.


If you like the petite-scaled recliner but would prefer a different style, you could try the Vail recliner, it has more padding and support in the arms.


In terms of budget, it's worth noting that the Harbor Town recliner falls within the mid to high price range, making it more of an investment for some.


However, if you find the cottage rustic aesthetic appealing and are willing to spend more on your furniture pieces, the Harbor Town could be the perfect option for you.


Additionally, there is the option of furniture financing available, which can help alleviate the burden of paying the full amount upfront.


So, if you're looking for a recliner that combines comfort, style, and a touch of cottage charm, the Harbor Town is definitely worth considering.


What's Next?

La-Z-Boy has been making the Harbor Town recliner for over 20 years. It’s been a reliable staple for La-Z-Boy for the last 2 decades and is one of the few recliners besides the Vail made especially for those persons who are smaller in stature. It is worth a trip to one of our stores to give it a try.


We are happy to help you navigate all the options and choose a recliner that is just right for you at any one of our Ottawa and Kingston La-Z-Boy locations.


We encourage you to come into the store and try the Harbor Town for yourself. Our design consultants are experts at finding the perfect chair for you.


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