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Choosing the best dual recliner starts with determining how much space you have available in a room for the entire chair. Once you have determined your space requirements, you can begin to think about the style of the chair, the materials used to make the chair, the additional features of the dual recliner aside from the reclining function, and the ease with which all the functions of the dual recliner work. Be sure to test out all dual recliners you are considering for comfort and ease of use, and be sure it is spacious enough to fit two people comfortably.
Some models of dual recliner come with an armrest or drink table in between the two seats of the recliner. Others are simply two seats on one unit; decide if you want an armrest or drink table between the two seats by trying out both types of models. You may find the drink table to be very convenient, or you may find it uncomfortable and distancing from your partner in the chair. Some other models of dual recliner may feature drink holders on the outsides of the armrests, preserving the convenience of the drink holder while eliminating the blockade between people on the recliner.
Consider how easily the reclining feature can be used. Most recliners feature some sort of activation arm, while others are controlled by a push button. Still others are activated simply by pushing backward on the seat back. Find out which method you prefer and make sure the dual recliner you are considering will allow you to activate the reclining feature and return to the upright position easily and smoothly. When reclined, the position should be comfortable and leave the body in a relatively neutral position; if the seat tips too far backward, you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable from blood rushing to the head.
Don't forget to think about the aesthetic of the chair, of course. This means choosing the best materials within your price range and choosing a color or pattern that fits the overall aesthetic of the room in which the dual recliner will be placed. Leather recliners are comfortable and durable, but fairly expensive. Other types of materials are less expensive, though you should be sure to choose a material that will be stain-resistant or at least easily cleaned should food or drink be spilled on the recliner. Finally, remember to check the quality of the construction of the chair. Listen for squeaks and feel for extra movement when sitting in the chair or shifting your position. If a new recliner shifts or squeaks, it may not be well-constructed.