February 16, 2024 | Natalie Webber

Best riser recliner chair for arthritis

What is arthritis?

Millions of people in the UK have arthritis, which is a general term for joint inflammation. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions; the two most common types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints. It’s most common in the hands, knees, hips, and spine.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease – a condition that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues – which causes inflammation in the joints, and other organs.

Symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of arthritis, but common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints
  • Redness and warmth in the joints
  • Decreased range of motion in the joints
  • Fatigue

What are the benefits of a riser recliner chair for arthritis?Riser Recliner Chair Anti Entrapment Enclosure Skirt

As obvious as it may sound, the key benefit of a riser recliner chair for arthritis is the support and propulsion it provides to transition from sitting to standing. You no longer need to struggle to mobilise from a chair – instead it lifts you ergonomically and removes almost all physical effort from standing. This helps to keep your joints healthy while still giving them the benefit of movement.

The recline function provides a range of positions which helps to relieve strain on your joints and associated pain, so you can actually sit comfortably! We discuss the benefits of good posture in this guide, and they certainly apply to someone living with arthritis.

Sometimes, people have heard otherwise and ask: are recliners bad for arthritis? Like anything, it comes down to how you use it. According to NHS advice, people with arthritis should avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time. In that spirit, sitting in the classic TV recliner position all day may well be unhealthy. But the right riser recliner chair, used appropriately, will protect your health while maximising your independence.

What is the best riser recliner chair for arthritis?

Before we talk about specific models, we should note some must-haves. A riser recliner chair for arthritis must be the right size to enable good posture. This is important because it protects your joints from unnecessary strain and supports your mobility when standing. For example, the seat height must allow you to sit with your feet flat on the floor and maintain that contact as you stand up. Easy to use handsets are also important if you have arthritic hands.

Riser recliner features and options that can be helpful for arthritis include:


  • Dual Motor

A dual motor riser recliner gives you independent backrest and legrest movement, providing a greater range of positions. This flexibility enables people with arthritis to sit comfortably with regular repositioning, as recommended.

Dual Std Motor Positions

  • Variable Angle Lift

This allows you to adjust the angle at which your chair rises, so you can optimise the support it provides as you stand. This may be helpful if you have severely reduced range of joint movement in your knees, for example.

  • Heat & Massage

In moderation, applying heat to arthritic joints is recommended. It’s an age-old way of relieving stiffness and pain. So, it follows that adding a heat & massage function to your riser recliner chair may provide therapeutic benefit. You should take advice from your doctor or physiotherapist about appropriate therapy; often alternating between hot and cold therapy is suggested.

So, what is the best riser recliner chair for arthritis?

As much as we would like to present you with one definitive model that is the best choice for everyone with arthritis, we can’t honestly give you a one-size-fits-all solution. Our professional seating assessment will enable you to find the right solution for your needs. However, we can highlight selected models that are the most popular with customers living with arthritis:

Ashore Taylor Riser Recliner Chair

Ashore Maiden Riser Recliner Chair

Ashore Haven Riser Recliner Chair

View Ashore Taylor product details

View Ashore Maiden product details

View Ashore Haven product details




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