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Everything You Need to Know About Power Headrest & Power Lumbar

Everything You Need to Know About Power Headrest & Power Lumbar

By: Mandy Anderson
3/7/2018

Just picture it. You’re living the dream in your personal throne. It can recline, ergonomically adjust to your body, and adapt to your every need. It’s a chair, but also a gadget—it even connects to an app that remembers your favorite positions. If you’re looking to amp up your home theater or man cave, a power recliner might be just the ticket.

Walk into any furniture store. The odds are good that they have recliners with power adjustable headrests and adjustable lumbar back support. They’re probably showing them prominently in the store, because power recliners are like cars—they’re just fun to test drive. In fact, luxury car brands like Jaguar, Cadillac, Lexus, and Audi offer similar features on their power seats.

But power recliners can be pricey, especially when the budget is limited. So why would you pick power headrests? And what exactly is power lumbar? Are they worth the price tag?

Power Adjustable Headrest

Power Headrest Forward Position
Flexsteel: Evian Recliner

What is it? In a power recliner, you can control the backrest and chaise, stopping them anywhere that feels good to you. You’re not limited to a few, pre-determined positions. Power headrests give you the same flexibility for head support.

Proper head support is important; many chiropractors recommend propping a pillow behind your neck while sitting to create an ergonomic angle for TV viewing. But easing muscle strain is simpler and more customizable with a power adjustable headrest.

Shopping Tips: It’s important to test your power headrest recliner in store to make sure it’s the proper size for you. If the headrest is too high or too low, you just won’t have the comfort you need. Plus it can aggravate or cause muscle strain.

Is it worth it? If you’re already shelling out the extra money for power recline, the upgrade for power headrests is a small price to pay. And nothing feels quite as plush as a home theater that outdoes the power recliners at the pricey multiplexes. It’s just another reason to enjoy movies from the comfort of your own home.

Power Adjustable Lumbar

La-Z-Boy

What is it? Recliners should be comfy, but slouching is only comfortable for so long. You might have noticed when you sit in a chair that your lower back doesn’t quite touch the backrest. This is pretty normal when you’re unwinding at home, but anybody with back or hip problems can tell you that posture can turn into a literal pain point. Power adjustable lumbar support helps keep your body at an ergonomic angle by adjusting the amount of support in the lower back. Proper lumbar support prevents you from slouching, thus preventing the ligaments in the spine from stretching and your muscles from tensing.  

Unlike the power lumbar feature on some luxury cars, adjustable lumbar on recliners is stationary in one location and can’t slide up and down your back. So make sure to test your chair in the store to verify that the lumbar feature isn’t too high or too low for your height.

Shopping Tips: There are two kinds of power lumbar available—mechanical or air bladder. Mechanical lumbar support consists of a mechanical arm built into the cushion that you can raise or lower to control the angle of your lower back. Air bladder lumbar is a pouch you can inflate to control the level of support. Since it takes time for the pouch to fully inflate, air bladder lumbar is slower. Mechanical lumbar is considerably faster. However, the lumbar arm mechanism is not popular among manufacturers because it is heavy and causes additional stress to the recliner’s wood frame. Ask the salesperson in-store what type of lumbar mechanism is available on each recliner.

Is it worth it? For many manufacturers, they will bundle power headrest and power lumbar together. This “premium” power bundle can get a little pricey, but if you’ve already decided on getting power headrests, you might as well go all the way.

If power reclining and power headrest is for you, check out these recliners at a store in your area:

Fame Recliner by Souther Motion
Fame Recliner by Souther Motion
Sold by Becker Furniture World
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Club Level Recliner by Bassett
Club Level Recliner by Bassett
Sold by Becker Furniture World
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Dunwell Recliner by Ashley Furniture
Dunwell Recliner by Ashley Furniture
Sold by Becker Furniture World
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