We’ve recently purchased a recliner lift chair for our mum. Some great suggestions already.
Yes it is a topic worthy of Choice interest. For an average chair based on shopping around, little change out of $3,000, leather extra.
A few points to add.
Firstly if you need a lift chair most are standard with a battery. The chair needs a mains power point for the power brick. The battery is typically a built in rechargable. We purchased from a mobility aid supplier who said all their chairs had this feature. It is not an extra!
Secondly every chair has a different fit. The one we chose came in two body sizes plus three back design options. Good advice is to check the leg length with the foot rest raised. Your heels need to just hang free. If you are aged and have back issues getting that right may be critical. Our older family members often sleep in their chairs.
Third, the fabric and cushions need to be washable and easily replaceable. Don’t ask why. You will know why if you do.
Some cushions are softer, others firmer. Body weight may be a consideration vs density or padding. Some have removable loose fill which you can adjust.
The controller may offer in the more expensive versions memory position settings, or have multiple buttons. For the technically challenged, more than two buttons may be a problem. The controller needs to be easy to use and logical for old arthritic hands.
Support and warranty are critical. Our chair was delivered and installed, plus tested on set up for $50. It also needed a test and tag to keep the aged care provider happy.
Value or pricing seems to be hard to determine. The principle market for some is aged care and NDIS recipients with packages. We could not help feeling the industry prices to those markets at a premium. Some chairs are supposedly Australian made, however it seems more likely they use imported frames and mechanics/electrics.