Repair experts say it’s usually the nonmoving parts of the recliner that get damaged or broken most often. So inspect the underside of the chair (or, if that’s not possible, ask to view photos “cutaways” from the manufacturer).

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How do you tell the quality by just taking a quick seat while at the store? Rocker recliners — think traditional La-Z-Boy — rock when upright and lower fully, usually by means of a hand lever.