What’s the Difference Between Single and Dual Motor Riser Recliner Chairs?

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There are a lot of features to choose from when it comes to selecting the rise and recline chair that’s right for you, and it can all feel quite confusing.  But remember, at Stuart Mobility our chair experts are always on hand to answer your queries and help you to find the perfect motorised riser recliner to meet your needs, boost your independence and provide the comfort you desire! 

One question we’re often asked is ‘Should I buy a single or dual motor riser recliner chair?’ 

Many of the chairs that we sell come with the option of either single or dual motor. So, in this article, we’re going to explain the key differences between the two options and the pros and cons of each to help you make that decision. 


What are the price differences between single and dual motor riser recliner chairs?


Single motor riser recliners are often cheaper than their dual motor counterparts, but that’s not a reflection on quality.  They’re cheaper because, as the name suggests, they only have one motor – but it’s perfectly capable of doing the job!  It’s not going to struggle or burn out, so you don’t need to worry about that.  

Single Motor Riser Recliner Chairs

With just one motor, single motor riser recliners still have the rise and recline functions, but the back and footrest are both operated by the same motor so there’s less choice of positions.  The motor will work to bring the leg rest up and then, whilst rising, the back reclines further to its fully reclined position. 

The same principle works in reverse when it comes to rising back up.  Because there are fewer options for adjustability, the remote control is much simpler, often with only two buttons for the ‘recline’ and ‘rise’ functions. This can be a great benefit for anyone who requires simple controls. 


Dual Motor Riser Recliner Chairs

Again, as the name suggests, these motorised chairs have two motors which work independently to control the different parts of the chair. 

The back rest moves separately from the footrest, giving you a greater choice of seating positions . For example, you could sit up straight with your feet fully elevated, you could recline just a little, or you could lie back fully to take a quick cat nap.  You can keep adjusting your position to relieve pressure and soreness, or aid comfort.  


What Are the Pros and Cons of Single and Dual Motor Riser Recliner Chairs?


Both choices offer comfort, reliability and support and come in a variety of colours and fabrics to suit your taste. They often have a choice of seat and back cushions to meet your personal comfort needs and will also offer a range of sizes to perfectly fit you.  


Single motor – pros

  • As mentioned, a single motor chair is often cheaper, so is more budget friendly, without compromising on quality 
  • It’s simpler to operate, and the more straight-forward controls can be better for users with certain conditions like dementia or poor eyesight
  • You have the option to fully recline or rise safely to standing
  • Just as durable and reliable as a dual motor riser recliner


Single motor – cons

  • Less adjustability, therefore a more limited range of positions


Dual motor – pros

  • Option to fully recline or rise safely to standing, plus a number of positions in between
  • The back and foot rests are operated independently by separate motors so they’re fully adjustable
  • The greater variety of positions can provide a higher level of comfort and can also help to alleviate certain health conditions
  • They’re durable and reliable


Dual motor – cons

  • They are often more expensive due to the additional technology and functionality
  • Some users may struggle with having more buttons on the remote control, and it can sometimes take longer to get used to how to operate them


We offer a huge range of motorised riser recliner chairs at Stuart Mobility, often with a choice of single or dual motor within the same make and model.  Remember, it’s vital that you have a well-fitting chair with the right features, to ensure you get optimum benefit from your new riser recliner. We advise speaking to one of our chair experts to talk through your individual needs before making a decision. 

Buying a riser and recline chair is an investment so you want to be sure you’re buying the right one to meet your needs, both now and in the future.  As you can see, both options offer their own pros and cons so it’s a personal choice – but we’re here to help you make the right one for you! 

Get in touch with us today for more information on our riser recliner chairs.


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