Buying Guide

Welcome to Our Lift Chair Buying Guide

At Freedom Lift Chairs, we are committed to fitting you with the right lift chair that will restore your mobility, increase your comfort, and give you the emotional confidence you deserve.

As you age, it is normal for you to lose some mobility as muscles begin to stiffen and joints begin to ache. In order to avoid the pain of moving those muscles and joints, you may tend to become more sedentary, which unfortunately only makes the physical problems worse. In addition, your loss of physical freedom can affect your emotional well-being.

A lift chair works in partnership with your body to restore your mobility, comfort, and quality of life as a whole. As the name suggests, the chair is equipped with mechanisms—motors, to be exact—that lift the chair, and you, up and down, which restores your mobility and comfort as the chair itself does the work of raising and lowering you to and from the sitting position.

However, at Freedom Lift Chairs, we have gone beyond the simple purpose of helping you to get up and down. We have created a truly luxurious experience for your body both while moving from one position to the other, and for the moments you spend in the chair in between.

In this Buyer’s Guide, we will tell you everything you need to know to determine which lift chair is the right chair for you. We answer the questions:

  • How does a lift chair work?
  • What are the differences between the different types of lift chairs?
  • What size lift chair do I need?

How Do Lift Chairs Work?

Electric lift chairs give you full control over the movement of the chair. Each chair is equipped with a handheld remote control near the arm of the chair so that you can manage the lift, tilt, and—in applicable—the recline of the chair to your exact comfort level. The movement is slow and measured. There are no sudden thrusts or high speeds that could cause you discomfort or risks of falling once you are on your feet.

NOTE: We encourage you to avoid non-electric lift chairs, which use unpredictable springs to the lift the chair. These create obvious safety concerns, as the user is sometimes thrown from the chair. Many manufacturers no longer produce these spring models, and we hope every manufacturer will follow suit.

What are the Differences Between the Different Types of Lift Chairs?

All lift chairs are designed to lift you from a sitting to a standing position. However, there are four different kinds of lift chairs available, each of which feature additional position options to increase your comfort while in the chair:

  • Two-position lift chair
  • Three-position lift chair
  • Infinite-position lift chair
  • Zero-gravity lift chair

Two-Position Lift Chair

The two-position lift chair has one motor and features the lift and sit positions. It is designed to keep you mostly upright but can recline as far as 45 degrees. You can use the remote control to adjust your position to your comfort level to anywhere in between. The footrest automatically raises to match extent of the recline.

Please review the chart under “What Size Lift Chair Do I Need?” in order to select the best chair for your unique height and weight.

Three-Position Lift Chair

The three-position lift chair, or 3-way recliner, has one motor and features a lift, sit, and “watching TV” or “napping” position. The footrest automatically extends to gently support your legs and feet as you move back into the steeper recline. Although it can recline much further than the 45-degree recline of the two-position chair, the remote control gives you full control of the extension so that you can customize it to your unique comfort level.

Please review the chart under “What Size Lift Chair Do I Need?” in order to select the best chair for your unique height and weight.

Infinite-Position Lift Chair

The infinite-position chair has two motors and offers the lift, sit, recline, and lay positions. The two motors give you full control of both the footrest and the recline, which are independent of each other. Therefore, your remote control has two buttons instead of one. You are able to move the position into a completely flat position for comfortable sleeping or make any adjustments in between to create a customized comfort setting.

Please review the chart under “What Size Lift Chair Do I Need?” in order to select the best chair for your unique height and weight.

Zero-Gravity Lift Chair

The zero-gravity lift chair has two motors and offers the sit, recline, and lay positions, while also giving you the option to recline even further back and adjusting the footrest so that your legs and feet are slightly raised above your body. This extended reclined position offers additional health benefits, as it improves your circulation and helps to relieve lower back pain by stretching the muscles and aligning the spine. The two motors give you full control of both the footrest and the recline, which are independent of each other. Therefore, your remote control has multiple buttons instead of one.

Please Note: Zero Gravity Lift Chairs are also infinite position only they also have both the trendelenburg and the zero gravity features, offering a wider range or comfort levels. 

Please review the chart under “What Size Lift Chair Do I Need?” in order to select the best chair for your unique height and weight.

Heavy Duty Lift Chairs

Our heavy duty lift chairs come in various types and models—just like our beloved clients. This chair is extra durable in order to provide support and long-lasting comfort to those whose height or weight would be best suited for a large-capacity chair. Features include extra-wide seats to accommodate frames weighting up to 500 lbs. Our collection of heavy duty lift chairs includes the two position, the three position, and the zero-gravity lift chairs.

Please review the chart under “What Size Lift Chair Do I Need?” in order to select the best chair for your unique height and weight.

Luxury Features and Options

We offer a line of luxurious add-ons in keeping with our goal to create the most comfortable experience for our users. Some of these additional features include: cupholders, armrest storage, removable arms for ease of getting into or out of the chair, and heating or massage components. 

What Size Lift Chair Do I Need?

It is very important to create as close to a custom fit with your lift chair as possible in order to create the most comfortable and efficient lifting, reclining, and sitting experience. Please refer to the chart for height and weight below in order to determine which chair your unique frame is best suited for, which will ensure the long-lasting functionality and performance of your chair.

Petite/Small - Users 5'6" and under, 325 lbs. Weight Capacity

Users 5'6" and under generally fall into this category. The seat height is much lower (18-19 inches) in comparison to most other models and the seat depth is much more shallow to accommodate shorter torsos and smaller body frames. 

The seat widths on our range of petite lift chairs are between 18 and 20 inches wide (width between the arms) and come in a space saving design, two-position, three position, and the zero gravity position. 

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Medium - Users 5'4" to 5'10", 375 lbs. Weight Capacity

Medium users between 5'4" and 5'10" are best suited for medium-sized lift chairs. The seat widths vary and generally go up to 21 inches wide (between the arms) and can have a slightly higher seat to floor height. The weight capacity on all medium size chairs goes from 350 lbs to 375 lbs, but most of the models we carry have a 375 lb weight capacity. 

Our selection of medium size lift chairs includes a space saving design, two position, three-position, infinite position, and the zero gravity position. 

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Large - Users 5'11" to 6'2", 375 lbs. Weight Capacity

Large sized lift chairs are best-suited for taller users with some models providing a wider seat width for a tall person with a wider frame. Seat widths can range anywhere from 19 and up to 23 inches. The seat to floor height is generally around 20 to 21 inches to accommodate taller users and all large models have a 375 lb weight capacity. 

Our selection includes a wall hugging design, three position, and the zero gravity position. 

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Extra Tall Users: 6'2" to 6'8", 375 lbs. weight capacity. 

We currently carry one three position that will accommodate up to 6'8" for our extra tall customers. Ultra Comfort America lift chairs allow you to add a footrest extension as a custom option, which will extend the footrest on some large size lift chairs by 4 inches. 

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If you're looking for a zero gravity lift chair that will accommodate above 6'2", please call us at 1.800.201.5309 to learn more about the custom footrest extension feature. 

Heavy Duty - Users 5'3" to 6'0", Wider Seat Width (2" to 4"), 500 lbs. Weight Capacity

Our wide/XL (Heavy Duty) lift chair selection is best suited for users that require a wider seat and a higher weight capacity. The weight capacity our current selection accommodates up to 500lbs. The seat width on all three of our heavy duty models is 26 inches. 

The seat to floor height is around 20 inches for this type of chair and seat depth ranges from 21 to 22 inches. Some users of this chair require a deeper seat depth as well, for this, we recommend the UC550-M26 since it allows the user to easily remove dacron from the pillows to adjust to your comfort level and it is a zero gravity lift chair with infinite positions, plus it does has the trendelenburg position. 

We currently carry two different three-position models and one zero gravity model in the heavy duty sizes. 

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We hope this guide helped you to understand which lift chair you should buy for your needs. If you still have questions or you are ready to place an order, please call our 24/7 support team at 1.800.201.5309 or chat with one of our agents.