Is a power recliner the same as a lift chair? 

Are you considering renting a lift chair or a power recliner? Are you confused about their differences, and which one is right for you? Worry no more as we’ll be discussing this topic in more detail below! Continue reading to learn more.

What is a power recliner?

A power recliner is an electric chair in which the leg rest and backrest can be adjusted to various angles with the help of motors. A power recliner is operated through direct current from a  battery or AC power. There are various types of power recliners available in the market and some models are feature-loaded with built-in USB ports and other nifty additions.

What Is A Lift Chair?

A lift chair is a specially designed piece of medical equipment that looks similar to a power recliner but it is more than that. The leg rest and backrest of the lift chair can be tilted in infinite positions to provide the most comfortable position as per your needs. However, its main characteristic is it is medical equipment with various standards applied to it.

Difference Between Power Recliner And Lift Chair

The biggest difference between a power recliner and a lift chair is that a lift chair is equipped with a powerful lifting system that tilts the back and base of the chair forward to help the user stand up. Lift chairs are specifically designed for the elderly and disabled. On the other hand, a power recliner can be used by anybody. It is a comfortable chair that people typically use for leisure uses such as watching TV or for a power nap. 

Lift chairs allow users to use them as a power recliner but it has a lot more functions. For example, you cannot use a power recliner to help you get into a standing position as it doesn’t have a lifting system that tilts the back and base forward.

Benefits Of A Lift Chair

There are several benefits of a lift chair. One of the biggest advantages of a lift chair is the help it offers to individuals with limited mobility or balance issues. This is because it allows the user to transition from a seated position to a standing position. Some lift chairs are also equipped with massaging and heating features that work great for individuals suffering from arthritis, back pain, stiff joints, and various other health conditions.

Lift chairs are also an excellent solution for individuals who want to elevate their legs while sitting or sleeping. In fact, many people use their lift chair to sleep as it can be tilted into a flat position or at any other angle to ensure maximum comfort.

Power Recliners vs. Lift Chairs 

Factors to Consider When Buying a Lift Chair

There are several models of lift chairs. Therefore, you need to buy or hire a lift chair model that is perfect for your specific needs.

The most important feature to consider in a lift chair is the flexibility that it offers when it comes to the number of positions. For example, if you are going to use your lift chair only for a limited time for each use, a two-position lift chair might suffice. However, if you’re going to stay in the chair for long periods of time, it is better to choose one that offers as many positions as possible.

Pay special attention to the weight capacity of the lift chair. There are chairs in the market that are designed to withstand over 300 kg of load whereas regular lift chairs are designed with a weight capacity of around 150 kg.

Materials and size also matter. If you are going to spend several hours a day on the lift chair, choose a model with pressure-relieving material to keep you comfortable.

If you need the lift chair temporarily, many companies offer the option of hiring it for a period of time. This means you only need to pay a rental fee instead of spending thousands of dollars on buying a brand-new chair.

Final Thoughts

In summary, a lift chair is completely different from a power recliner even though both might look the same. A lift chair is a medical piece of equipment and offers a lot more functionality compared to a power recliner.

Get About Mobility is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the elderly and disabled in Australia for several years. 

If you are looking to hire a lift chair or any other independent daily living and mobility aids, call Get About Mobility today on 1300 168 902 or leave an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.