Watching movies at home with friends, family, and loved ones is a favorite pastime of many. However, we have a much better experience watching movies at a theater than we do at home. This is partly due to the large projector available at theaters. But, what if you have already bought that extra-large screen projector or smart TV for your home theater. Ideally, the next most important factor is your home theater seating. It is imperative to have great home theater seats. They bring the cinematic pleasure of movie theaters to the comfort of your home. Therefore, we have curated a comprehensive review of the best home theater seating.
Sofas and other traditional furniture are ok for watching movies but are no were nearly as comfortable as theater seats. It is more pleasing and more comfortable to watch a movie with home theater seats as they provide multiple features, functionalities, and convenience that enhance your viewing experience. But before, moving on to this review of the best home theater seating, let take a look at some factors you should first consider.
Factors to consider when buying home theater seating
Size of your room
Before purchasing home theater seating, you should first determine the size of your home theater room. Take into account where and how these seats will be positioned. Also, make sure to allocate enough space for the walking area or aisles.
Number of theater seats needed
This factor goes hand in hand with the one above. When measuring the size of your home theater space, you must also decide how many people you want to accommodate. These two factors will allow you to determine the correct dimensions and the overall layout will have ample spacing allocated for the walkways or aisles.
Comfort and Design
Comfort and design are two of the most important factors to look out for when purchasing home theater seats. The degree of support offered for your back and spine, the materials used in construction, and visual design should all be considered.
Not to mention that the leather quality will make a great difference here. A seat made from top-notch high-quality leather will provide more comfort than some lower-end faux ones. And choosing one of the more expensive ones will undoubtedly add a luxurious look to your home theater that the faux leather ones can’t even compete with.
Several basic features such as the ability to fully recline, adjustable headrests, cup holders, storage compartments, and removable table trays are the bare minimum you should be looking for in-home theater seats.
If you opt for mid-range to higher-end home theater seating, there are several tech features you should consider as well. This includes motorized powered headrest and reclining, USB ports to keep your mobile devices charged, and advanced lighting. Some home theaters seats may even have built-in messages as previously mentioned.
Best Home Theater Seats
Valencia Tuscany Home Theater Seating
Verdict: Best Overall
The best entry overall, this is Valencia Theater Seating is a great option. Some of its many features include hidden armrest storage, a control panel, power lumbar support, and an adjustable headrest making it a great all-around home theater seating.
- Top grain Nappa leather with a diamond quilted pattern
- Power lumbar support
- Ability to choose between a single seat up to a row of 5
- Doesn’t have a drop-down console unit like some newer models
The Tuscany and its diamond stitch leather design will easily become the centerpiece of your home theater. It provides a level of comfort that others can’t quite measure up to. The double foam cushions were made to provide support in all the right places. It also provides power lumbar support, so you can easily adjust the cushions to fit your spine.
It is made from top-grain Nappa 11000 leather on the seating and armrest surfaces. This is extremely soft to the touch, smooth, supple, and most importantly, very durable.
Made to take up as little space as possible, so that, even when you fully recline, thanks to its wall-hugging feature, you won’t waste an inch. Some of the other features that make it stand out are the LED ambient base, LED cup holder, and a USB feature so you can charge your devices while watching a movie.
Verdict: Runner Up
Next up, we have the runner-up, the Seatcraft Equinox. Made from premium leather and filled with gel foam, this chair allows for maximum comfort while also providing a variety of cool features such as tray tables, in-arm storage, lighted base and cup holders, and SoundShaker transducers.
- Made from premium top-grain leather, it comes in 3 color variants: black, brown, or red
- It has a power recline control panel that controls the adjustable headrest and powered lumbar support
- Ability to choose from a single seat up to a row of 4
- The LED lights could use some improvement, too bright at times
On the outside, the Equinox is made from premium top-grain leather, a luxury material chosen specifically for its premium look and texture. And on the inside, you have cool gel foam, which ensures that the chair will conform to your body’s natural contours, while also keeping your seat at an even temperature.
It provides maximum comfort thanks to the adjustable power lumbar support, controlled by the power recline control panel, which lets you recline the seat and the headrest with a simple button press. Right next to it, there is also a USB port that lets you charge your devices easily.
In every seat, there is a lighted cup holder, hidden in-arm storage compartments, a swivel tray table, and built-in SoundShaker amplifiers (sold separately).
Homall Recliner Sofa Chair
Verdict: Best Budget
The Homall Recliner is the best budget reclining chair we have on this list. It is made from comfortable, high-quality PU leather and is very easy to assemble.
- Provides great comfort at a low price
- The different reclining modes are easily adjusted to fit your needs
- Requires assembly after delivery
The Homall recliner chair is made from high-quality PU leather, which is comfortable and very easy to clean. It is constructed from a durable steel frame with thick foam padding, providing great comfort for watching TV, relaxing and reading, or maybe just napping.
This chair’s recliner is easily adjustable and goes from a 90 to a 180-degree angle. While reclined, you could also adjust the footrest to your liking.
Flash Furniture Eclipse
Verdict: Best Value
The best chair for its value is definitely the Flash Furniture Eclipse. It comes as a 2 or 3-seater with curved arms, an integrated headrest, and soft, but durable LeatherSoft upholstery.
- Integrated cup holders and storage consoles per seat
- Filled with CAL 117 fire retardant foam
- The leather should be greatly looked after, not the greatest quality
This seating unit from the Eclipse series features 3 leather push-back recliners that are padded with a generous amount of foam padding for comfort and support. Every seat also comes with a fitted headrest.
The durable LeatherSoft upholstery is of high quality and easily cleaned with a water-based cleaner. Between the 3 seats, there are 2 double cup holders for your beverages. And also, 2 storage consoles for the remotes, magazines, controllers, etc. Great for a movie or game night with friends.
Verdict: Best Sofa
The best sofa on this list comes with 2 seats and a fold-down table in between, and that is the Seatcraft Anthem. Made from the finest material, this sofa allows you to experience a dream-like level of comfort, while also providing lots of unique functions.
- Made from premium top-grain leather
- Has power recline controls for the seats and headrests
- The fold-down table which has USB and wireless charging stations
- Doesn’t provide powered lumbar support
The Anthem is one of Seatcraft’s most luxurious chairs, made with premium, top-grain Leather 7000 upholstery. Paired with this top-notch leather, cool gel foam layers are weaved through its build, for extra comfort.
Just like the others, this one comes with power recline controls too, easily allowing you to recline the seats and headrests with the push of a button. The middle part of this sofa, between the two seats, reveals a fold-down table with two cup holders, an overhead light, two USB ports, a 110 AC power outlet, and a wireless charging station. The armrests also open up to reveal hidden storage compartments.
This sofa also features ambient base lighting under the seats and lighted cupholders, gently lighting your home theater and allowing you to find objects easily in the dark. Plus, it looks very cool.
Verdict: Best Single Recliner
The Pulaski Larson is the best single recliner and it comes in 3 color variants: black, charcoal grey, or red. Its recliner is easy to adjust and can even go fully down, so you could even take a nap on this chair.
- Has a detachable swivel tray, perfect for your laptop or snacks
- Can be reclined fully down to a laying down position
- Made from faux leather
The Pulaski Larson single recliner is upholstered with premium faux leather, which is soft to the touch and breathable. The fabric content is 80% polyester and 20% polyurethane, it is very easy to clean.
This reclining chair has easily switched positions with the touch of a button. You can sit upright, recline a little bit to relax, or you can fully lay down in this chair for a nap. It was made for comfort.
It features one outlet and two USB charging plugs tucked away in the hidden arm storage compartment. Next to it, there is a cup holder, and on the other side, a swivel tray can be attached. This tray can fit anything, from snacks while watching something, to your laptop or tablet when you need to work.
VITESSE Gaming Recliner
Verdict: Best for Gaming
The VITESSE gaming chair is ergonomically designed, which makes it perfect for gaming because it will allow you to relax and not have to worry about back pains even you remain seated for hours. Made from high-quality PU leather, it is extremely skin friendly and easy to clean.
- The leather is waterproof and easy to clean
- Has a sturdy frame material, stainless steel and hardwood, can support up to 300LBS
- Gamer focused design
The VITESSE gaming chair is made up of a high-resilience and high-density sponge wrapped up in high quality and skin-friendly PU leather. The leather is waterproof and very easily cleaned. And the sponge provides for extra comfort and a chair that can easily conform to your body shape.
This chair is ergonomically designed for any use, from gaming to relaxation. The adjustable back and footrest are easily adjustable, from an angle of 90 to 180 degrees. This also comes in handy in a variety of situations and uses.
Thanks to its great design, this chair is built to provide you with comfort while gaming, for maybe hours on end.
JUMMICO Fabric Recliner
Verdict: Best Fabric
The JUMMICO Adjustable Recliner is the best fabric upholstered chair we could find. Its fabric is high-quality and breathable, and it comes with thich padding. This chair is easy to assemble, and if you run into any trouble, their support team is always there to help you out.
- Much more skin-friendly because of the breathable fabric, instead of leather upholstery
- It has a convenient push-back recliner design
- Has to be assembled after delivery
This modern reclining chair has a steel frame build, covered by high quality, breathable fabric with thick padding to provide stability and comfort. The rubber feet on the bottom will protect your hardwood floors from any scratches while moving, making them perfect for your living room or bedroom.
The reclining back, along with the footrest, can be adjusted from an angle of 90 to 165 degrees, perfect for rest and relaxation.
This concludes our list of the top 8 home theater seating options, for us at least. Here we covered a variety of different types of options, made with comfort in mind. They range from pricy to budget-friendly, made from top-grain leather to faux leather, or even fabric. Depending on your budget and needs, you will no doubt find whatever it is you are looking for in one of the chairs on our list.