7 Best Leather Reclining Loveseat Reviews

A loveseat is a wonderful addition to any interior – dramatically more compact than traditional sofas, they can make a no less significant contribution to your interior. Not only that, but loveseats are often cheaper than sofas. And if you opt for a reclining loveseat, then you’ll get improved comfort too!

Well, if you happen to be looking for the best reclining loveseat for the money, then we think that our Top 7 will be able to help you!

7 Best Reclining Loveseats Reviewed

Shopping for furniture, including loveseats, can be challenging for a number of reasons. Most importantly, loveseats can be rather steeply priced, and finding matching furniture for your interior style is often quite the struggle.

We’ve selected loveseats for our Top 7 with variety in mind – although our picks perform the same purpose, they have distinct features and advantages. We think that our top will be able to help most of our readers.

In our review section, we’ll give a brief overview of our top picks. While researching the shortlisted pieces of furniture, we’ve paid close attention to their features, specs, and drawbacks. We’ve especially carefully researched buyer reviews to make sure that you are aware of notable disadvantages and that you know what you are dealing with.

With that, let’s get started with our reviews!

1. Christies Home Living Contemporary Reclining Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: Polyester.
  • Dimensions: 40 x 60 x 35 inches (H x W x D).
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Up first on our top is the Christies Home Living contemporary dual reclining loveseat. With slight classical touches, this reclining loveseat should pair well with interiors that combine traditional and contemporary elements.

With overall dimensions of 40 x 60 x 35 inches (H x W x D), this is one of the more compact reclining loveseats on our top. At the same time, it’s pretty roomy and provides a good amount of seating space for two.

In terms of reclining, the Christies Home Living loveseat is pretty simple yet functional. Both its back sections can be reclined independently. The same goes for the footrests. All adjustments in this loveseat are done manually.

Construction-wise, the Christies Home Living loveseat feels pretty solid. It’s built on a hardwood frame, while the movable parts are based on a heavy-duty steel rail system.

For comfort, you are getting foam cushioning that is pretty firm and supportive. The foam is encased in polyester, which is a great material for most needs – it’s stain-resistant (except for oil-based stains), durable, and rather breathable. This loveseat has thick and cushioned armrests for better rest too.

All in all, if your space is kind of scarce but not too limited, then this recliner loveseat is a great option to consider. It’s comfy, built well, and should aesthetically fit many interiors.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • 2-section reclining back and footrests.
  • Firm and supportive foam seating.
  • Nice build quality
  • Rather compact yet provides plenty of seating space.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Nothing to complain about.

2. Signature Design by Ashley Tulen Reclining Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: Polyester.
  • Dimensions: 87 x 40 x 40 inches (W x D x H).
  • Seat depth & back height: 30 & 21 inches.
reclining loveseat with console

If you have the room for a larger loveseat, then consider the Tulen loveseat from Signature Design by Ashley. Sized at 87 x 40 x 40 inches (W x D x H), this loveseat offers far more seating space than the Christies Home Living loveseat – but, of course, it also occupies more space.

The seat depth in this loveseat is also pretty nice. At 30 inches, we wouldn’t say that it’s very deep in loveseat or sofa terms, but it’s rather deep compared to some of our other picks. Christies Home Living doesn’t provide seat depth specs for its loveseat, but it’s probably maybe 3-4 inches shallower.

When it comes to the construction, the Tulen dual reclining loveseat resembles the Christies Home Living loveseat. Signature Design by Ashley doesn’t specify what the loveseat’s frame is made of, but we’d imagine that it’s more or less similar to the Christies Home Living loveseat’s build.

The cushioning and shell fabric feel very similar too. The foam cushioning is firm and supportive, and so are the plush armrests. The loveseat shell is again made from polyester, so it’s going to feel and perform in the same fashion.

Like the Christies Home Living loveseat, the Tulen loveseat has 2-section manual reclining. There’s nothing really new to add here – the two loveseats are pretty close in the reclination department and should offer comparable comfort.

What we also like about this loveseat is that it’s available in 3 colors – chocolate, gray, and mocha. Most of our other picks have only one color, so the Tulen loveseat provides you with a little more variety.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • 2-section reclining.
  • Comfortably deep seat.
  • Stiff and supportive.
  • 3 color options.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Rather bulky for a loveseat.

3. Christopher Knight Home Calliope Reclining Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: Polyester.
  • Dimensions: 35 x 47 x 39 inches (D x W x H).
  • Seat dimensions: 39.25 x 20.5 x 18.75 inches (W x D x H).
power reclining loveseat

The Christopher Knight Home Calliope loveseat is a wonderful buy if you have very little space in your living room. This loveseat is one of the two most compact loveseats on this top (the other one coming up next).

Needless to say, to save room, you need to sacrifice some seating space. The seat in this loveseat is rather narrow and shallow – although this is still a 2-seater, it’s much more limited than our other picks.

The reclining in the Home Calliope loveseat is single-section two – unlike our most picks on this top, each occupant doesn’t get separate seat controls. Oh well, that’s what you have to accept if you want a space-saving loveseat.

Style-wise, the Home Calliope loveseat is pretty interesting. Although this loveseat is predominantly traditional, it also has a contemporary vibe thanks to its flat edges and straight lines. We personally aren’t fans of this combo, but it looks interesting and will surely work with some interiors amazingly.

As for fabric and feel, the Home Calliope loveseat doesn’t offer anything new. The outer shell is again polyester, while under the polyester is firm and supportive cushioning.

However, the overall build in this small reclining loveseat is excellent. Well, we wouldn’t expect otherwise from a piece of furniture with such a steep price tag.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Very compact.
  • Excellent quality.
  • An interesting combo of traditional and contemporary elements.
  • Stiff and supportive.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Has only one reclining section.
  • Pricey.

4. Christopher Knight Home Halima Reclining Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: Polyester.
  • Dimensions: 37.01 x 46.46 x 39.96 inches (D x W x H).
  • Seat dimensions: 39.50 x 20.5 x 18.5 inches (W x D x H).
dual reclining loveseat

This is that second small reclining loveseat we’ve talked about in the previous review. Again from Christopher Knight, the Home Halima recliner offers excellent space efficiency. There are some important differences though.

Although the seating space in Home Halima is sized virtually the same as in Home Calliope, the loveseat itself is a little bulkier. So Home Halima isn’t as space-saving as Home Calliope, though it still is much, much more compact than other loveseats on this top.

The style in the Home Halima loveseat is different as well – it’s more contemporary, though it has a slight traditional vibe too. We like the looks of Home Halima a little more, mostly because it has a more focused contemporary design.

Materials in this loveseat are the same as in the Home Calliope loveseat. The seat is firm, while the polyester shell is tough and rather breathable. The reclining here is manual single-section too like in Home Calliope.

Home Halima is a little cheaper than Home Calliope though, so we’d expect that Home Calliope will serve you a little longer. The Home Halima loveseat is still pretty well-built though, so it’s a good buy for the money.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Compact.
  • Good-looking contemporary design.
  • Stiff and supportive.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Has only one reclining section.

5. Zinus Josh Traditional Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: Polyester.
  • Dimensions: 56.3 x 30.31 x 32.28 inches (L x W x H).
  • Seat depth & height: 30 x 16 inches.
small reclining loveseat

The Zinus Josh loveseat offers traditional grace – this sofa is very simple for a traditional piece of furniture yet offers remarkable elegance. Thanks to its simplicity, the Josh loveseat will fit pretty much any interior style.

What’s also notable about this loveseat is that its polyurethane foam is certified for health safety by CertiPUR-US. The foam is not only safe but also supportive and firm. The cushioning foam is encased in what seems to be polyester, so this loveseat should be rather easy to take care of too, and it should also withstand abuse well.

The sizing in the Zinus Josh loveseat is on the more compact side. You aren’t getting a lot of seating area, but if your living room space is limited, then this loveseat might be the perfect buy.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Simple yet beautiful traditional style.
  • Foam certified by CertiPUR-US.
  • Supportive.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Pricey.

6. Zinus Jackie Classic Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: Polyester.
  • Dimensions: 53.54 x 31.1 x 34.65 inches (L x W x H).
  • Seat depth & height: 20 x 35 inches.
best reclining loveseat

The Zinus Jackie offers a clean-looking contemporary design along with high build quality. 

This loveseat is designed to support up to 500 pounds, which is more than enough for its size. The shell fabric appears to be made of polyester and is designed to be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Additionally, the fabric doesn’t make you sweat and should take heavy use well.

The Jackie loveseat is also rather compact yet offers a good amount of seating room for two. It’s a little more compact than the Josh loveseat as well, so it’s a better pick if your space is limited.

The style in the Jackie loveseat seems more traditional than in Josh – the Josh loveseat had a more streamlined shape and a sleeker, perhaps more modern design. We personally like Josh more, but Jackie, like mentioned, is a better suit for space-limited interiors.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Pretty compact.
  • Simple, clean-looking classic design.
  • Durable construction.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • Nothing really to complain about.

7. Harper & Bright Designs Recliner Loveseat

QUICK SUMMARY

  • Shell material: PU leather.
  • Dimensions: 63 x 37.8 x 39 inches (W x D x H).
  • Seat dimensions: 61.4 x 20.5 x 20.1 inches (W x D x H).
best reclining loveseat

Lastly, we have this PU leather reclining loveseat from Harper & Bright Designs. Made of faux leather, this recliner loveseat allows you to enjoy many of the key benefits of genuine leather without the hefty price tag.

Though we’ll cover the benefits of sofa shell materials later, faux leather generally offers comparable stain resistance, durability, and feel to genuine leather. Of course, the longevity isn’t the same, but with proper care, this recliner loveseat should serve you for a long time.

Of course, we also can’t ignore the aesthetic benefits of faux leather. This recliner loveseat looks absolutely gorgeous and can fit a wide range of interiors. It might even work for office use too!

The construction in the Harper & Bright Designs loveseat is very tough as well. The base features a combo of steel and solid wood, while the weight capacity is a whopping 660 pounds. The dense sponges used for cushioning seem durable too and should last a long time.

In terms of reclination, the Harper & Bright Designs loveseat is great as well. The back reclines up to 160 degrees, and you can adjust the sections independently. The same applies to the footrests.

This loveseat offers ample seating space too, though, of course, it accordingly occupies considerable room.

In the end, if you really want leather but can’t afford it, then strongly consider purchasing this PU leather loveseat. It’s not quite a genuine leather loveseat, but for the money, you probably won’t find anything better.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • 2-section reclining.
  • Gorgeous design.
  • Stain-resistant.
  • Very tough construction.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

  • The PU leather doesn’t breathe at all.

What Is A Loveseat?

These days, the term “loveseat” is synonymous with “two-seat couch”. So you can call any loveseat a two-seat couch, and you can call any double-seat couch a loveseat.

There is also another, less popular type of furniture called loveseat. This piece of furniture again has two seats, but they are arranged in an S shape, so occupants face opposite directions. These loveseats are also called kissing benches, conversation benches, and gossip benches. 

It appears that the S-shaped bench is the actual piece of furniture that the term “loveseat” originates from. But nowadays, you won’t see many classical S-shaped loveseats – most furniture advertised as a loveseat is just a two-seat sofa.

How To Choose The Best Reclining Loveseat For Your Interior

Shopping for furniture can be quite a challenge, particularly because it may be difficult to match the aesthetics of your interior with available loveseats. Things become even more complicated when shopping online because you never actually see the loveseat before receiving it.

In this section, we’ll provide you with in-depth insight into what should be considered in a reclining loveseat. Our buyer’s guide will help you especially if you are shopping online, but it may also come in handy for those who are looking for a loveseat in a local furniture store.

  • Shell material 

    So first up, we have shell materials. 

    In our opinion, the shell material is the most important thing to pay attention to in loveseats (and also sofas, armchairs, and other upholstered furniture). It will determine how your sofa feels and how easy it is to clean. Additionally, the cover material hugely impacts aesthetics, though there are some other things important in this area as well.

    With that, let’s now have a look at the top materials used in loveseats.

  • Leather

    When it comes to luxury, aesthetics, and practicality, leather is unparalleled in loveseats, sofas, and armchairs. Although genuine leather can be very expensive, it offers a premium feel that you don’t get with many other materials. Many people also like the smoothness of leather too!

    In terms of practical terms, leather is rather nice as well – if taken care of, leather loveseats can live for a long time while looking like new. Not only that, but with regular care, leather loveseats are rather low-maintenance.

    Besides, but leather is generally stain-resistant and is a great pick if the loveseat will be in close vicinity to food and drinks. If you have kids, then leather works well too thanks to its durability and stain resistance.

    Leather isn’t ideal, however – aside from its high price, it has three other, rather significant drawbacks:

    • Leather is not breathable. In hot areas or in summer, leather reclining loveseats and sofas make you sweat very quickly.

    • Leather doesn’t pair with pets well. Pets – especially cats – can be mischievous. Leather doesn’t withstand claws and teeth very well.

    • Leather is not vegan. Since furniture leather is produced from animal hides, it is not vegan and may thus be unsuitable for some buyers.

    So all in all, we’d say that leather is the right choice if you value form somewhat more than function. Although leather is rather practical thanks to its low maintenance and durability, its price and low breathability make it a worse buy than modern synthetics. 

  • Faux leather​​​

    Faux leather addresses the main drawback of genuine leather – price. 

    Faux leather costs much less than real leather while retaining many of the latter’s best benefits. So, you get to save money yet still enjoy the smoothness, easy cleaning, and feel of genuine leather.

    But, of course, faux leather isn’t ideal either. It’s far less durable than genuine leather and is prone to cracking, tearing, and fading. Genuine leather, in contrast, gets softer with time without losing its structural integrity.

    Faux leather also doesn’t have the same premium feel to it as genuine leather. And, of course, faux leather retains some downsides of its genuine counterpart – namely, it’s not too breathable and isn’t the best if you have pets.

    In terms of all in all practicality, we’d say that faux leather is better than genuine leather if the main downside of real leather for you is price. Plus, if you want a vegan product, faux leather should work too.

  • Linen and cotton- 

    Linen & cotton loveseats are great if you want breathability and softness. Apart from that, linen sofas are pretty easy to take care of because their covers are typically removable. 

    When it comes to durability though, linen is far weaker than leather. This especially shows with frequent washings, which means that you should avoid linen sofas if you have pets, a large family, or if the sofa is going to be close to drinks and food. 

    If you do get a linen sofa, be sure to keep it away from stains and dirt to minimize washings.

  • Polyester/polyurethane

    Polyester and polyurethane (PU) are largely similar – the only significant difference between them is that polyester is made from woven fibers, while polyurethane is a continuous sheet of material.

    These two synthetic materials aren’t nearly as resilient as real leather, but they offer pretty decent durability for the price. Polyester and PU are easy to clean, resist fading, and resist stains. Additionally, PU and polyester resist abrasion from teeth and claws pretty well, so they are a good choice for pet owners.

    However, these two materials aren’t resistant to oil-based stains, so you should keep polyester or PU sofas away from food and drinks.

  • Microfiber-

    Microfiber fabrics are also made of polyester, but the fibers are much finer than in traditional polyester. Thanks to this, microfiber is much softer and provides more comfort. Stain resistance is better in microfiber too.

    With that said, microfiber isn’t as durable as polyester, and the maintenance isn’t as easy. With that, you should probably only go for a microfiber loveseat if you will be able to keep it out of harm’s way.

  • Velvet

    Velvet is a luxurious material and is priced accordingly. However, it has a number of useful benefits as well.

    For example, like good kinds of polyester, velvet resists wear and doesn’t stain.  The color of velvet fabrics are rather vibrant too, making velvet loveseats and sofas in general one of the most recognizable and eye-catching pieces of furniture one could have. Many people also like velvet for its softness.

    Velvet may be made from either natural or synthetic fibers. Generally, synthetic fibers are rather durable, but natural velvet requires more care and is more premium. Both types of velvets also fade under sunlight easily, and pet hair along with dust stick to them like there is no tomorrow. And worst of all, velvet can be very difficult to clean.

  • Silk-
    Size is the last thing for you to consider. Comforters are available in various sizes, so you shouldn’t have any issues here.

    In the US, comforters typically hang down the sides of the bed. What this means is that, for example, a king down comforter won’t fit the bed flush – instead, it will overhang. For many people, this is going to be alright though.

    If you don’t want your comforter to hang down much, then you should check the comforter’s dimensions in inches. In fact, you should check dimensions anyway because there is no size industry standard – a queen-size comforter from one manufacturer may differ from a same-size comforter from another brand. To avoid disappointment, be sure you know what you are getting.

  • Reclination 

    Since we are dealing with reclining loveseats, don’t forget to also consider reclination. 

    More importantly, pay attention to the reclination angle – some loveseats allow you to recline the back more, some less. Additionally, check whether the backrest has more than one sections that can recline independently or not.

    A handful of loveseats also have power reclination where the recline is adjusted with a push of a button that drives an electric motor. If you want convenience, then definitely do give power reclining loveseats a shot. But do remember about their downsides as well, including:

    • The need for power, whether from a battery or the wall. If your loveseat requires an electrical outlet, then your placement options will be limited.

    • Higher price.

    • Possible maintenance associated with the electrical motor.

  • Style and color 

    These days, loveseats are often serving a more aesthetic rather than practical purpose. Loveseats are often being used just as a decoration to complement the vibe of the room.

    When it comes to reclining loveseats, they definitely have more practical value than regular, non-reclining loveseats. If you are only going to use your loveseat as decoration, then why even pay the increased price for a reclining loveseat? 

    So it’s safe to say that if you are buying a reclining loveseat, you are going to use it for relaxation often.

    Still, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the aesthetic value of a reclining loveseat. Such a loveseat can still serve to improve the look of your interior.

    In terms of style and color, we can’t really give you specific recommendations – you will have to get whatever you like and whatever you think will work with your interior. We can still give you some general guidelines.

    Based on your interior’s style, here are the types of loveseats that you should consider buying:

    • Traditional: These include tufted loveseats, loveseats with claw feet, and loveseats with an abundance of wooden elements, rolled armrests, or wingback backrests. For traditional interiors, leather typically works the best since other materials (like microfiber or polyester) are modern and don’t really fit classical styles.

    • Contemporary. Contemporary loveseats have fewer shapes and curves than traditional furniture and look simpler. The shape of contemporary loveseats is more geometric as well, with an abundance of corners, straight lines, and flat edges. For most people, contemporary loveseats are probably going to be ideal.

    • Modern. Modern loveseats have an even more geometric shape than contemporary sofas. They have fewer details and instead put an emphasis on sleekness and streamlined shapes. These loveseats will work the best in ultra-modern interiors.

    If you have an established vibe in your home, then just pick a loveseat that matches your preferred style. Otherwise, you should probably go for contemporary or modern furniture – these two types should work with most homes and styles.

    As for color, things are pretty easy – just pick colors that match your interior’s theme.

  • Extra features

    To further accentuate their convenience and practicality, some loveseats may have additional fancy features, including but not limited to:

    • A middle console with storage for remote controls, phones, or anything else that can fit inside.

    • Armrests with cupholders.

    • Integrated USB ports to allow you to charge small electronics such as smartphones or tablets. Since USB ports require power, they are typically only available in power reclining loveseats.

    Features like these aren’t a must, but they will make your life a little more convenient. But also remember that such bells & whistles can dramatically increase the price of the loveseat.

  • Size

    Reclining loveseats are usually under 60 inches in width, though some loveseats may be wider. To make sure that you invest your money right, you should make sure that your loveseat is sized just right for your interior space.

    First up, check the overall dimensions of the loveseat, including:

    • The overall width, depth, and height.

    • The seating height, width, and depth.

    Next, consider how much space you can dedicate to a reclining loveseat and choose accordingly. If you are going to add side tables as well, then also be sure to subtract their dimensions from the available space – this will leave you with the amount of area that you can dedicate to your loveseat.

    Finally, check how much space the reclining loveseat requires for unobstructed operation. Typically, loveseats require at least 4 inches in the front and back, as well as a few inches for easy access to the controls on the side.

Final Words

The best reclining loveseat for you would be the one that fits your interior well and also provides you with a comfortable place for relaxation.

Picking a loveseat can be challenging, but with our buyer’s guide, you should be pretty safe. The same applies to our top picks too – any of them are likely to work for your needs. But, of course, feel free to do some digging on your own – maybe you find something even better!

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