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In Search of A good Quality Recliner

ROOT

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Any leads on a good well built recliner for a big guy. I see lots of options in a whole range of prices, but fabric and stuffing don't tell much about the mechanical soundness of the important parts. We need something that is well built and wont break down with use.
 

Fastcar

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Kalin has a large selection with different sizes. I have a good sized leather recliner that on occasion I sleep real well on. I'm thinking Lazy Boy but like everything else you get what you pay for. Had it 5 years with no problems.
 

sundealer

Founder
Like most things these days, everything is built to throwaway after 5 years.
Lazy Boy was always a good name but they have gone down hill.
I have heard Lane is a good brand.
 

ROOT

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I definitely recognize that the cheap ones break down quick. I am avoiding gimmicks like vibrating massage arm rest storage and USB chargers.
Things I am looking for are resilient padding, and rugged mechanical assembly , I think the micro suede may be the fabric we want
 

Fastcar

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What ever floats your boat. I've found that leather actually is cooler that other materials. I know what you mean about padding, ours has tons of it so no pressure points.
 

KathyInAR

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Flexsteel make a great recliner. My son bought a leather one (it was a rocker/swivel/recliner) when he finished flight school in 1988 and moved to Fort Bragg. He fell asleep in it many nights and after the kids came along (#1 in 1993) he almost always had one in his lap if he was home and in the chair until they got too big, often along with Molly (their cocker spaniel until she died). My DIL finally replaced it with a club chair 1) because she is an interior decorator and they hate recliners; 2) he has been working overseas and she could get away with it; 3) it is still in good shape and lives in the garage and whenever he is home it is carted back into the house for him. The leather is starting to show some wear but doesn't have any cracks or tears in it.
 

ROOT

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I like leather , but we keep the house at about 65 and its kinda sticky and cold on bare skin. After doing some cursory research I do see some key differences and reasons to look toward flexsteel and evidence that La-Z-Boy may have introduced a cheaper line that rides the coat tails of it reputation as other companies have done. The springs are important and always a good sign is the availability of repair parts.
 

Fastcar

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I like leather , but we keep the house at about 65 and its kinda sticky and cold on bare skin. After doing some cursory research I do see some key differences and reasons to look toward flexsteel and evidence that La-Z-Boy may have introduced a cheaper line that rides the coat tails of it reputation as other companies have done. The springs are important and always a good sign is the availability of repair parts.
Wow! 65 ? A lot of humidity? I'd be frozen at that temp. We keep it at 75, any higher and the dog will pant.
 

KathyInAR

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I like leather , but we keep the house at about 65 and its kinda sticky and cold on bare skin. After doing some cursory research I do see some key differences and reasons to look toward flexsteel and evidence that La-Z-Boy may have introduced a cheaper line that rides the coat tails of it reputation as other companies have done. The springs are important and always a good sign is the availability of repair parts.
65! I can't imagine what your electric bill must look like in the summer.
 

ROOT

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65! I can't imagine what your electric bill must look like in the summer.
it was 116.00 last month which is about 70 lower than it was before I put up these space blankets as under curtains on all the windows, Plus I have left the hurricane shutters up where I could.
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We also started using window units after our central went out and I discovered mold in the ducts. It was a temporary measure till we figured out it was using less electric. Then we made another revolution when we started using two dehumidifiers which make a HUGE difference in comfort level and AC load. oh yeah and we keep the water heater at 160 too which probably is using an extra 20 or $30 but with the smart meter we try to do laundry and other heavy use of electric late at night. unfortunately when I get into a project in the shop the bill spikes
 

KathyInAR

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it was 116.00 last month which is about 70 lower than it was before I put up these space blankets as under curtains on all the windows, Plus I have left the hurricane shutters up where I could.
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$116, wow!—that doesn’t sound bad at all ...less than $4 a day for electricity.
 

Fastcar

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128.00 last month. Two refrigerators and a freezer. One fridge and the freezer are in the garage so they are working pretty hard.
 

KathyInAR

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72 here. 5 ceiling fans 24/7.
$85 a month.
I hate lights. I hate cooking (this one saves LOTS of power).
Have you always hated cooking? I've never "loved" cooking and I've never done the baking thing...but, I never minded the every night family dinner cooking of ordinary food...but, now find it cumbersome to cook daily for just myself...so, there is a lot of microwavable dinners, salads, sandwiches and take out or home delivery...and of course, going out for dinner once or twice a week. P.S. But I like my house lit up, and don't care for dark rooms, except when sleeping...like lots of light both daylight and artificial light if necessary. I love my recessed pot lights!
 

sundealer

Founder
I love to cook for a lot of people.
But cooking for 2 or 3, especially if you're not sure when they will be there frustrates me.
If you use coupons and pay attention to specials, eating out can be cheaper than eating in.

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KathyInAR

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I love to cook for a lot of people.
But cooking for 2 or 3, especially if you're not sure when they will be there frustrates me.
If you use coupons and pay attention to specials, eating out can be cheaper than eating in.

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We have Bite Squad in my town and they deliver food from local restaurants, usually in about 30-45 minutes from the time the order is placed. They do charge a "booking fee" for the service; but, if used frequently one can pay $5.99 monthly that will cover all the booking fees regardless of the number of orders for the month. Then it is just the cost of the meal, tax and tip same as the cost in the restaurant. I started using them when my house/kitchen was "disabled" while getting the new flooring. I now order at least once a week and can generally eat twice on one meal delivery.
 
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