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The La-Z-Boy Trouper Sofa - Review

November 19, 2019

The La-Z-Boy Trouper Sofa - Review



In this review, find out why the La-Z-Boy Trouper sofa is the number one best-selling sofa in Ottawa and Kingston.


Trevor Taylor is a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Decor in Kanata. During his nine years working for La-Z-Boy, he has helped fit hundreds of customers to their perfect sofa.

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Trevor says the Trouper can accommodate people in a broad range of sizes and works exceptionally well for an average height of between 5’7” to 6’. He says it has good seating depth and excellent lumbar and head support.


“Where the back meets your shoulder blades, it nestles you in quite nicely.” It’s very roomy, people like the bucket seats as it’s like theatre-style seating. If you are familiar with the James sofa, it’s similar, although Trevor says people tend to prefer the lumbar support of the Trouper.


Features unique to the Trouper reclining sofa:


  • Easy-Action Latch Release on both right and left outside arms allows users to customize their reclining comfort.
  • Leg levellers help keep the frame square on uneven floors.
  • Sofa features La-Z-Boy® Premier construction with quality-crafted frames engineered for lasting durability.
  • Customize your look with over 900 fabric and leather options. This option includes all our fabrics, including our stain-resistant.
  • iClean™ fabrics and performance fabrics are wear-tested for quality and durability.
  • La-Z-Boy® Limited Lifetime Warranty covers all frames, springs and recliner mechanisms.

Dimensions: Trouper Reclining Sofa


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The Trouper reclining sofa is average size for a reclining sofa, but what exactly does that mean? Reclining sofas tend to run a bit larger than the non-reclining sofa. For this reason, it's essential to measure your room to see if the Trouper will fit your space.


It runs eighty-five inches across from outside arm to outside arm with a tall back of 41.5 inches.

Body Depth: 42.0 inches, Body Height: 41.5 inches, Body Width: 85.0 inches

Seat Depth: 20.5 inches, Seat Height: 20.5 inches, Seat Width: 67.5 inches

Different Styles of the Trouper:


  1. The Trouper reclining sofa:

The Trouper reclining sofa has three sculpted bucket seats and a split back cushion. It provides soft support of your head, neck and lumbar. Adjust the back and chaise leg rest manually for personalized reclining comfort, or lean back without raising your feet.


2. Trouper power reclining sofa:

Get both left and right arm seats to recline at the touch of a button.  Individual powered backs and leg rests provide personalized comfort. Plus, each two-button power controller includes a built-in USB port to charge devices. Upgrade to the ‘Go Cordless’ battery pack to enjoy Trouper’s power features anywhere in the room, no electrical outlet is needed.


3. Trouper power reclining sofa with headrest:

As with the regular power recliner, at the touch of a button, go from upright to fully reclined. Powered backs and leg rest move together to your preferred position. Independently adjust the power-tilt headrests to enjoy customized support of your head and neck. Find your optimal spot for watching TV, reading or relaxing. Stay connected with convenient built-in USB ports. Unplug with our Go Cordless battery pack upgrade to recline anywhere in a room, no electrical outlet needed.

The Trouper is available in a reclinersectional and loveseat. They come with or without power and wall away features.

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Options & upgrades: Trouper Reclining Sofa



Upholstery/Cover Options:


Your choice of fabric or leather upholstery is a pivotal decision when selecting a sofa for your home. The Trouper has over 900 hundred cover options so you can custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours. Choose from the latest colours, patterns and textures. There are options to suit every style and budget.


Select iClean fabric colours included in the variety of fabrics available. These fabrics offer a barrier of protection that repels spills before they turn into stains. 


If you have pets, you might consider taking advantage of our Pet-Friendly fabric that has a high level of cleanability and durability, including the iClean technology.


Another specialty fabric option at La-Z-Boy is the antimicrobial fabric. This fabric protects against mould, mildew, and odour-causing bacteria


A subset of covers is available in “conserve” fabric. Soft, durable, and sustainable “conserve” fabric is made out of recycled water bottles. We use as many as 110 recycled water bottles to create a sofa with this eco-friendly material.


As with conventional furniture fabrics, conserve covers are wear-tested for safety, quality and durability. So, they stay comfortable and beautiful for years after delivery. They come in a wide range of colours and patterns to complement your room.

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Seat Cushions:


Firmer seat options are available at an additional cost.
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.

Power Upgrade


With individual pieces that recline, the Trouper sofa is offered in both manual and power.


The power upgrade allows the sofa to recline back with ease at just the touch of a button.


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To decide if this upgrade is for you, take a look at the article Manual vs. Power Recliners: A Detailed Comparison of La-Z-Boy Recliners.

Headrest Upgrade


The headrest upgrade is offered on the Trouper power reclining sofa. Independently adjust the power-tilt headrest to enjoy customized support of your head and neck. There are an infinite number of viewing angles between 0 and 55 degrees for activities such as reading, conversation, or watching TV.

How much does the Trouper sofa cost?


The cost of a manual reclining sofa starts in the mid-level range of recliners. See how much a sofa costs. Right now the starting price is $3,889.


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


The cost of the Trouper reclining sofa is determined by a variety of factors including the quality of materials and methods of construction. La-Z-Boy furniture is built with quality and care ensuring priceless comfort and longevity.


Power reclining sofas will cost several hundred dollars more than traditional manual reclining sofas. The reason for this is primarily due to the motor and mechanisms included in the construction.


Your choice of fabric or leather upholstery is a crucial decision and can significantly affect the price of your sofa. With over 800 hundred cover options, you can custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours.


Check out the current cost of the Trouper manual reclining sofa and Trouper power reclining sofa.


Is the Trouper reclining sofa right for me?


Some people don’t like the traditional “Lazy Boy” style with its broad puffy look. They may be looking for a more contemporary look. That’s why it’s essential to try the sofa before you buy so you can find your perfect seat. Most of the time, comfort wins out over style. 


If a modern style is crucial to your requirements, there are some more contemporary alternatives in reclining sofas. Our Duo collection includes a selection of six reclining sofas with sophisticated styles and the power to recline.

If you’d prefer a non-reclining sofa, check out our best-selling sofas including the Meyer and the Talbot sofa.


Trevor suggests that the Trouper sofa may not be the best choice if you are over 6’ or under 5’4”. La-Z-Boy offers other models such as the Brooks if you’re on the shorter side and the Forum if you are a tall individual.


Here are a couple of options when two or more people in the household have significant differences in height. 


  1. Choose a sofa that will accommodate a broader range of heights like the Trouper
  2. Choose a sofa or loveseat that will fit one height and a chair that fits the other.
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 Customer Reviews

This sofa currently has a 5-star rating in North America. Find out what customers are saying in the following reviews.

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“When we got our recliner sofa I was wondering how it would fit and work in our smaller TV room. Well, I was very happy how it all turned out. The fit was better than I expected and the comfort is just great. We have been using it now for about two months and are truly happy with comfort and fit.[sic]” Tom & Barb Hojnacki

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“When we got our recliner sofa I was wondering how it would fit and work in our smaller TV room. Well, I was very happy how it all turned out. The fit was better than I expected and the comfort is just great. We have been using it now for about two months and are truly happy with comfort and fit.[sic]” Tom & Barb Hojnacki

Star Review

“I have back troubles and this sofa is comfy both reclined and not. Seems to be very well made. We had a cheap sofa that reclined and it did not hold up well. This feels as if it will last and hold up for a long time.[sic]” Wendy & Carl A

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Next Steps:


The Trouper sofa is reasonably new in the La-Z-Boy sofa family, so its popularity has risen to the top quite quickly. It is not only a favourite in Ottawa Kingston, but it’s the number two bestseller in North America! 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 or any other La-Z-Boy sofa 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 sofas 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.


We know that functionality is essential in building a comfortable life, not just a stylish one. That is why we offer complimentary in-home design service should you need help designing the room of your dreams!


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