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Trouper: Detailed Recliner Chair Review

January 6, 2020

Trouper: Detailed Recliner Chair Review


Trevor Taylor is a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Decor in Kanata. During his seven years working for La-Z-Boy, he has helped fit hundreds of customers into their perfect recliner chair. In particular, Trevor says the Trouper can accommodate people in a broad range of sizes.


At La-Z-Boy, the Trouper is known for being one of the Best-Selling Recliners  from our catalogue, and is excellent for anyone looking for a comfortable recliner with stylish faux leather details.


With that in mind, however, what else is there to know about the Trouper, and more importantly, is it the right reclining chair for you? In this article, we will discuss why the Trouper is considered a best-seller, through its unique features, customer reviews and explaining why this chair is or isn't right for you.

Unique Features


An updated silhouette, complete with slightly flared arms and a sleek tall back, gives the Trouper a contemporary look. The sculpted bucket seat cradles you in softness while the padded split back provides superb head and lumbar support. Simply use the convenient handle on the outside arm to raise the leg rest for reading, relaxing or watching TV.


Trevor notes the top stitching details highlights on this recliner. "When dressed in a faux leather fabric, you can see the exceptional patterns better than on a regular fabric upholstery."


The Trouper is a comfortable chair that can come in either a rocking or wall recliner. While the rocker recliner allows you to rock in a smooth and graceful motion when not in a reclined position, the wall recliner allows you to recline fully, when positioned mere inches away from a wall.


Whether you decide to go for the rocker or the wall recliner, both options would be beneficial to anyone. You can learn more about the difference between a Rocking vs a Wall Recliner with this article.


Size & Dimensions


The size and dimensions can tell you a lot about a furniture item. To ensure that the Trouper can fit in your home, it is always important to measure your space.


Thirty-six inches across from outside arm to outside arm with a tall back of 42 inches means the chair is quite a bit wider than other recliners. This means you’ll need significantly more width space in your home for the Trouper than you would for the Harbour Town or even the Rowan.


The Trouper recliner chair is a large-scale recliner, and best accommodates people of medium to tall stature. More specifically, It works exceptionally well for an average height of between 5’7” to 6’ . “Where the back meets your shoulder blades, it nestles you in quite nicely,” Trevor says. What's more, he says customers like the bucket seats as it’s like theatre-style seating.


You can learn more about Home Theatre-Style Seating with this article.


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 [Product Name] 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.


Trouper Rocking/Wall Recliner Weight: 79/89 lbs

Body Depth: 38 in.

Body Height: 42 in.

Body Width: 36 in.

Seat Depth: 20.5 in.

Seat Height: 20 in.

Seat Width: 19.5 in.

Options & Upgrades


Choose a style, then customize it with your choice of fabric or leather, finishes, and other options. A couple of select fabric choices will make this purchase more economical.

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.


When choosing fabrics, the Trouper comes in 13 select faux leather covers with 2 different textures.  Customers can choose between the 5 Denver faux leathers, or the 8 Northwest select faux leathers. There are also 2 select leather options available, including grey and walnut. 


Select fabrics are specifically chosen to match a particular furniture frame and do not affect the starting price.


La-Z-Boy offers alternative leather options such as leather match and recycled leather. It's important to remember that choosing any type of leather will result in additional costs for the furniture. You can learn more about La-Z-Boy’s Leather Selection by checking out this article.


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.


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 Trouper is offered in specialty fabrics that offer unique features and benefits…

Stain Resistant Covers


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



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 cover 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.


Cushion Upgrade


At an additional cost, Trouper'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. 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 on whether this upgrade is right for you, view our Recliner Furniture Collection catalogue.


Optional Swivel Base

If you're interested, the [furniture] 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. Additionally, the swivel base colour can change from the standard brown mahogany to coffee at an additonal cost.


To learn more about our Swivel Chair options, check out our list of Swivel Accent Chairs.


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.


Power Upgrade with Adjustable Headrest


You can upgrade the Trouper to power. 


Unlike manual furniture that uses a handle or latch, power recliners come with a control panel or a wireless remote for easy reclining at the touch of a button. You can also adjust the headrest support with this convenient feature.


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.


What’s more, the recliners have USB ports next to the control panels to charge your electronic devices and 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. 


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.

Adjustable Lumbar Support


The Trouper Recliner can also be upgraded to include adjustable lumbar support for an additional cost when choosing the power option.


Like the headrest feature, you can 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


To help you decide of the headrest & lumbar upgrade is right for you, check out the Review of La-Z-Boy Power Recliners with the Headrest & Lumbar Feature.



The cost of a manual recliner chair starts in the mid-level range of recliners. See how much a recliner costs.


While the cost of the Trouper Recliner is considered 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.



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Trouper Wall 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, 2023. Contact your local Ottawa or Kingston location by phone or in person for up-to-date pricing.




The Trouper Recliner 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


This recliner currently has a 4.8/5 rating in North America:


Star - Review

“After years of having several different recliners, this is by far the most comfortable of all. Love the material, color, quality craftsmanship, ease of use and comfort. It’s wonderful & I look so forward to relaxing in this recliner after I get home from work each night. [sic]“ John E


Star - Review

“We ordered this recliner in anticipation of my shoulder surgery. The designer at our local store spent a great deal of time educating us about the available features and the styles of chairs that would fit me properly. I am now 4 days post surgery. Sleeping in my recliner is very comfortable because it fits my body well. The remote control feature and rocking mechanism make it easy for me to get up at night without help. I am very happy with my choice. [sic]” Marilyn A

Star Review 

“We really enjoyed our purchase of these recliners beginning from the sales staff to the delivery staff. Sadly enough the arms of one of the chairs was strapped too tight in route to our home which caused indentations in both arms but pleased with the response by company representation to rectify the situation. For the price and quality received not to mention that Lazy Boy will match the pricing of other competitors as well as back their products, I would highly recommend this recliner.[sic]” Amy F

More reviews >>

Is The Trouper Recliner Right For You?


Now that you know everything you need to know about the Trouper, you might have already made your decision about this reclining chair. If not, there might still be some things holding you back. Let's take a look at your budget, the functionality of the chair and the overall style to see if the Trouper is truly the right fit for you and your home.


Firstly, the Trouper recliner is considered more in the medium price range of recliners at La-Z-Boy, making it more expensive than other options out there. However, this is because it is at a competitive price, since it is considered a best seller. Even though there might be more affordable options out there, do not let this price intimidate you.


La-Z-Boy is typically more expensive than other furniture retailers out there. But, even though this is true, getting a La-Z-Boy recliner is considered an investment. This means you're likely to save some money from repairs and purchasing new furniture for a long time.


If you're looking for more affordable options, check out our Affordable Chairs list.


In terms of functionality, the Trouper is a wider recliner that can suit taller individuals well. However, the guidelines of who can sit in this recliner can be broken. Trevor says, "I've sold this recliner to people shorter than 6 feet and they've sat in this recliner comfortably."


If you do live in a smaller space, however, the Trouper might make your space feel more crowded, meaning it might not suit your space as well as other small recliners. While it is true that stationary furniture does take up less space, there are recliners at La-Z-Boy that appear as stationary pieces. To learn more about this check out our Secret Recliners article.


Lastly, the Trouper has a more contemporary look, meaning it can work well in different spaces. However, some may not be as interested in the faux leather appearance, which is what the Trouper gets showcased in the most. If you are not a fan of faux leather, the Trouper might not be right for you.


Trevor does recommend the Brooks Recliner as an option since it almost has the same style as the Trouper.

What's Next?


The Trouper isn't only a favourite in Ottawa & Kingston, but it’s the number 8 bestseller in North America! Its comfort really can’t be beaten as its sculpted bucket seats cradle you in softness. It is worth a trip to one of our showrooms to give it a try.


La-Z-Boy has over 90 years of experience in furniture. The quality of the Trouper recliner chair or any other La-Z-Boy recliner will ensure you find the perfect match for your needs. If you’re still not sure which one to choose, you can check out our recliners page or contact us today. We’re happy to answer your sofa pricing questions at any one of our La-Z-Boy locations in the Ottawa and Kingston area or schedule an appointment today.


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


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