Riser Recliner Chairs Review: 5 chairs and options reviewed

Riser Recliner Chair ReviewIn this post, I take a look at 5 riser recliner chairs for elderly and disabled users from Alpine HC’s chair range. I review each chair in isolation and test them based on key criteria:

  • Comfort: How comfortable you are likely to find the chair
  • Postural support: How supported you will feel in the chair
  • Quality and experience: Your seated experience including the quality/feel of the chair
  • Ease of use: How easy you will find the chair to operate

The 5 chairs I review all boast attractive design features and their stylish, contemporary appearance sets them apart from the market’s current offering. Let’s take a look at the best chairs and their key characteristics…

1. Capella riser recliner chair review

The Capella riser recliner chair has a simplistic, no-nonsense design that is pleasantly appealing to look at. 4 supportive wooden feet neatly conceal the riser mechanism and the chair blends well with the majority of interior styles. The Capella is available in a number of motor and control options in addition to upholstery colour and material choices.

Capella Riser Recliner ChairReview ratings

Comfort: 4/5
The Capella is very supportive, providing a firm but comfortable seated position. The seat itself is has firm padding and the arm sides have less padding than the other chairs in this review. This firm feel can seem like it compromises comfort, but if you are the type that likes a firm seating or lying surface, the Capella is ideal.

Postural support: 5/5
Excellent support for the user is provided through high arms and a winged backrest. The generously sized seat and high, vertical armrests provide a kind of bucket seat that is ideal for users of most sizes.

Quality and experience: 4/5
Upholstery is top quality and the chair is very easy to operate. The thinner padding on the inside of the arms can take away the quality feel but that is largely personal preference.

Ease of use: 5/5
For the controls that operate the Capella, you can specify arm-side buttons or a wired handset and arm-side pocket. Illustrations on both options denote the control functions and ease use.

4.5 Riser Recliner Chair Review Rating

Overall verdict

The Capella is a great ‘all rounder’. When in a normal seated position, it feels and looks like a fireside chair and yet is has the ability to rise and recline, and has a number of motor, control and upholstery options. At £585-£890, the Capella also offers great value for money.

View the Capella dual motor riser recliner chair

Alpine HC’s range of rise and recline chairs have that contemporary, stylish appearance that most suppliers seem to be unable to offer

2. Situla riser recliner chair review

The unique, modern appearance of the Situla riser recliner chair completely breaks all aesthetic conventions of the current rise and recline chair market. Angular, chunky design is softened by rounded corners and neat upholstery lines. The Situla can be configured easily with upholstery, motor and control options.

Situla Riser Recliner ChairReview ratings

Comfort: 5/5
The Situla is exceptionally comfortable. The chair is well padded to provide a soft seating position and the seat is angled down towards the backrest to make the user feel secure. The backrest incorporates lumbar support and is slightly taller than the other chairs in this review, making it an ideal option for larger users.

Postural support: 4.5/5
Tall armrests and an angled seat ensure the user feels well supported. The backrest has a protruding lower section which offers lumbar support and holds orthopedic benefits. The only postural drawback to the Situla is the lack of wings on the backrest, and also its relatively narrow width.

Quality and experience: 5/5
The Situla has a plush feel with a continuous footrest and generous padding that demonstrate little has been spared. Silent and quick motor operation is complemented by handle, button and handset control options that allow buyers to tailor their experience.

Ease of use: 5/5
For the controls that operate the Situla, you can specify arm-side buttons or a wired handset and arm-side pocket. Illustrations on both options denote the control functions and ease use.

5 Riser Recliner Chair Review RatingOverall verdict

The chair’s appearance takes a little getting used to at first glance I agree, but if you have fallen in love with the looks of the chair like I have, the Situla is almost definitely for you. It excels in comfort, support and overall experience and is particularly well suited to larger users with its generous seat and backrest sizing. The chair pricing ranges from £665 to £1,065.

View the Situla dual motor riser recliner chair

3. Auriga riser recliner chair review

Curved arms and a 2-section buttoned back ensure the Auriga riser recliner chair is stunning to look at and its stately shape boldens the chair’s modern, compact size. The Auriga can be purchased as a manual or electric recliner, or as a single or dual motor riser recliner.

Auriga Riser Recliner ChairReview ratings

Comfort: 4.5/5
The Auriga is extremely comfortable with soft but supportive padding that responds to user movement. For added comfort, the backrest is sectioned and the footrest is continuous with a specially designed thigh support. The only comfort issue is the chair’s low arm height.

Postural support: 3/5
Low armrests and no wings mean the Auriga offers very little postural support, especially for larger users. The chair is very comfortable but is only suitable for a user who can support themselves.

Quality and experience: 5/5
Durable soft-touch upholstery, excellent build quality and quiet, fast motors combine to provide the user with a relaxed seating experience. The Auriga is ideal as a rest chair and feels lovely to recline in.

Ease of use: 5/5
For the controls that operate the Auriga, you can specify arm-side buttons or a wired handset and arm-side pocket. Illustrations on both options denote the control functions and ease use.

4 Riser Recliner Chair Review RatingOverall verdict

An excellent chair that is easy to fall in love with, let down only by its lack of postural support. The low arms are perfect for smaller users but they present comfort and posture issues otherwise. It more than lives up to its price tag of £710-£1,099 but I would only recommend the chair to smaller users.

View the Auriga dual motor riser recliner chair

4. Adara riser recliner chair review

The Adara riser recliner chair perfectly combines modern design with excellent ergonomics and postural features. A two-section backrest and curved armrests hold unique orthopedic benefits and the chair’s availability in numerous upholstery, motor and control options give the Adara an attractive feature set.

Adara Riser Recliner ChairReview ratings

Comfort: 4.5/5
A two-section backrest with a firm lower cushion and a soft upper cushion is genius. When raised, the backrest is supportive with the firm lower cushion providing lumbar support, and when the backrest is reclined a perfect sleeping position is achieved with the soft upper cushion acting as a pillow. The only comfort aspect I can nip-pick with the Adara is that the seat is quite firm for users who prefer a very soft seat (like me).

Postural support: 4.5/5
Lumbar support and tall armrests ensure excellent user support. The armrests on the Adara have an ergonomic design feature and you will notice in the picture to the right that they curve up where the you would place your hands. This is surprisingly comfortable and provides additional postural support. The only reason for the 4.5 rating is that the backrest has no wings.

Quality and experience: 4.5/5
It feels lovely to sit in and the chair is perfectly upholstered considering the varied density of the backrest padding. High quality construction is very apparent when rising and reclining the chair with fast, quiet motor operation. The non-continuous footrest is perhaps the only small downside considering the ergonomics of the rest of the chair.

Ease of use: 5/5
For the controls that operate the Adara, you can specify arm-side buttons or a wired handset and arm-side pocket. Illustrations on both options denote the control functions and ease use.

4.5 Riser Recliner Chair Review RatingOverall verdict

The Adara is probably the chair that has had the most thought applied when it comes to ergonomics and orthopedic benefits. It is ideal for medium sized users and is popular as a chair for the elderly and disabled as well as for general comfort. The chair pricing is very competitive and ranges from £680 to £1,075

View the Adara dual motor riser recliner chair

5. Talitha riser recliner chair review

The word talitha means ‘damsel’ or ‘little girl’, a description that perfectly fits the Talitha riser recliner chair and its elegant, compact design. The chair’s curved shape and angled, winged backrest ensure there is a contemporary edge to a traditional design. You can also configure the Talitha with options in upholstery, motors and controls.

Talitha Riser Recliner ChairReview ratings

Comfort: 5/5
The Talitha has an angled backrest for lumbar support and curved armrests to ergonomically position the user’s arms. The chair provides a medium firm seated position and all areas are well padded for an extremely comfortable seated and lying experience.

Postural support: 5/5
Tall armrests, a deep seat and the winged backrest all make for an extremely supportive chair. The lumbar support backrest and tapered seat also add orthopedic benefits and the wings act as a headrest when the chair is in an upright position.

Quality and experience: 5/5
The Talitha is well made with top quality upholstery and quiet, quick motors. It acts perfectly as an unobtrusive fireside chair but also has the ability to recline fully and also rise to assist elderly and disabled users in standing.

Ease of use: 5/5
For the controls that operate the Talitha, you can specify arm-side buttons or a wired handset and arm-side pocket. Illustrations on both options denote the control functions and ease use.

5 Riser Recliner Chair Review RatingOverall verdict

All in all, the Talitha is a great option for a wide variety of users and user needs. It comes out tops in all areas, largely because it gets everything right. Design-wise it ticks both the traditional and contemporary boxes, and functionality-wise it does everything a riser recliner chair should do in addition to providing excellent comfort. Furthermore, at a best buy £630-935, the Talitha is excellent value for money.

View the Talitha dual mtor riser recliner chair

Riser recliner chair options


Chair UpholsteryAll the chairs I review in this post are available in a fabric/cloth or a leatherette upholstery. By visiting the individual chairs on the Alpine HC website, you can choose your preferred upholstery type and also select from 10 different colours ranging from Teal Blue to Pebble Grey. On the leatherette options, it is worth noting that when the chair is in a raised position, the smooth surface of the leatherette provides very little friction and can cause you to slip down the seat a little. For more information on selecting upholsteries, view this upholstery options selector guide.


All of these riser recliner chairs are electric with the option of single motor operation or dual motor operation. Single motor means the backrest, foot rest and riser functions are all operated together through two buttons, whereas dual motor enables the backrest to be operated independently of the foot rest and riser functions through a set of four buttons.


Choose between a pull handle for the manual chairs and arm-side buttons or a wired handset with a pocket for the electric chairs.

The review in summary

In conclusion, all 5 of the riser recliner chairs above are excellent comfort chairs for elderly and infirm users. They are all of excellent quality and can be configured to suit personal tastes and needs. The main differences are the postural support they provide, but this varies according to the size of the user and also the clinical needs of the user. Before purchasing a riser recliner chair, ensure you thoroughly check the measurements of the chair by measuring the user and/or an existing chair that they find supportive. For help on measuring up, view this helpful measurements guide.

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Alpine HC on Trustpilot

Confidence and trust in a company as well as the product is essential when you are purchasing a new riser recliner chair. Alpine HC has partnered with Trustpilot, a third party review service, to offer a transparent insight into customer service, after-sales support and the quality and functionality of products. After purchase, Alpine HC invite customers to review their buying experience and also their satisfaction with the product. Here are some of Alpine HC’s latest reviews:


Finally, for more information on riser recliner chairs or to speak to an adviser in person, call Alpine HC on 01482 210021 or email us at sales@alpinehc.co.uk.



Since joining the Alpine HC customer care team in early 2015 Sarah has found that "providing the most suitable products to relieve pain and improve the lives of disabled and elderly individuals is hugely rewarding". Sarah is admired for her wide product knowledge and ability to really understand a customer's circumstances and needs. Sarah has been involved in caring for a family member over the past few years, which has given her a unique empathy for both carers and individuals.
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