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A Complete Buying Guide & Review: Southern Motion Recliners

by Olly Mason

Southern Motion Sectional in a living room

At a Glance:

Intro to Southern Motion Recliners

Who are Southern Motion Recliners Best for?

Pros & Cons of Southern Motion Recliners

Our Top Southern Motion Recliner Picks

Considerations Before Buying a Recliner

In a market oversaturated with furnishing created abroad, it’s refreshing to know some brands are still manufactured right in the proverbial backyards of USA. One of the leading furniture brands to emerge out of this select market in recent times is Southern Motion, the manufacturer dedicated to not only producing goods domestically, but giving residents across its factory headquarters careers as proud as the craft that goes into Southern Motion furnishings.

But, despite being a homegrown brand, Southern Motion is still a lesser known brand compared to other industry juggernauts. That’s why we chose this opportunity to highlight the name in this buying guide complete with Southern Motion recliner reviews of products chosen by our experts.

When a brand’s mission is ambitious as creating the “World’s Best Reclining Furniture,” it’s sure to catch the attention of buyers and furniture dealers alike. While the brand’s vision is bigger than ever today, Southern Motion’s beginnings are as humble as the southern hospitality of the Mississippi communities where the furniture manufacturer works in. As a result, Southern Motion has been able to create an empire of reclining seating rich in a variety of comfort levels.

Across the Southern Motion lineup, reclining functions include gliding, rocking, swivel, and a lift mechanism, to specialty features like a Wall Hugger mechanism, power headrest and reclining, and the cooling comfort of Energex Cushion technology.

Overall, the complete Southern Motion recliner catalog consists of:

  • Rocker recliners
  • Power recliners
  • Lift recliners
  • Swivel recliners/swivel glider recliners
  • Hi leg recliners

Best of all, every Southern Motion recliner can be customized in a number of fabric and power options, meaning you can truly find your personal groove while you get down during downtime.

Who is this Product For?

The modern recliner chair isn’t the same one your parents used to relax in growing up—nowadays, there are levels. At their simplest, Southern Motion recliners lay a user back with either a manual level or power button, offering the elevated comfort of reclining to shoppers of both mid- and high-end budgets. Upgraded Southern Motion recliners feature a secondary action such as swivel, gliding, or powered lifting for added comfort and convenience, especially for users who have difficulty getting in and out of seats.

If you’re looking to splurge on a personal seating, premium Southern Motion recliners are the ultimate for relaxation that feels good and is also good for the body. Only Southern Motion offers Next Level reclining that positions the legs above the heart for enhanced circulation that naturally lulls the body into a calm state. Similarly, select recliners with Zero Gravity reclining angle the body at the ideal level for alleviating pressure points and easing circulation. And for the spa experience right at home, SoCozi recliners use a combination of lumbar support and an open-cell cushion design for better heat distribution, plus heat and massage for a truly rejuvenating treat for those extra-rough days.

And if you’re all about domestic goods, you’ll be glad to know Southern Motion manufactures entirely out of five factories across Mississippi, enlisting in over 1,500 local jobs and working with over 1,200 independent retailers to provide the undeniable comfort of southern lifestyle.

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Southern Motion Recliners

Pros and Cons

Having Southern Motion in our showrooms means empowering an American brand that we trust in. That being said, here’s the final takeaway of our Southern Motion recliner reviews:


Moderate price points

Customizable upholstery and recliner options

A variety of motion features fit the needs of every type of buyer

Many recliners to promote better well-being

A large selection of builds and styles to accommodate bodies of nearly every size

Domestically manufactured


Newer furniture brand

Some reviews comment on quality of leather

Some motion recliners have a higher repair rate 

Our Top Southern Motion Recliners

If it’s time for a change of pace while you relax, these three Southern Motion recliners just may be the remedy. With soothing features and elegant styles, this list of top recliners picked by experts is sure to answer your call for comfort on a whole new level.

Best Overall: Southern Motion™ Pandora Power Headrest Wall Hugger Recliner

Front view of Southern Motion Pandora power recliner

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If overstuffed comfort tailored in French-seam details and supple upholstery sounds like music to your ears, then sit back and enjoy the Southern Motion Pandora recliner. This power recliner does customized relaxation elegantly with a combination of power headrest and reclining, plus a wall-hugger feature that lets you unwind even in tight spaces. Nestle in against the bustle back design and pillow-top arms as you drift off into quality downtime and relaxation. 

Best Value: Southern Motion Hercules Wall Hugger Recliner

Front view of Southern Motion Velocity power recliner

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The Southern Motion Velocity power recliner takes you from zero to total relaxation in no time on its specially designed build that envelopes you in oversized comfort. All it takes is the push of a button to find your preferred angle for lounging while a bustle-back cushion and foam-padded arm rests cradle you as you sit. Jumbo welting and automotive-inspired stitching add alluring details that give this Southern Motion power recliner an air of laid-back sophistication—the perfect addition to a study or the best seat in an entertainment room. 

Best Luxury: Southern Motion Excel Layflat Chair and Half Recliner

Front view of Southern Motion Excel power recliner

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Add some modern appeal to your lounging routine by relaxing on the Southern Motion Excel Layflat Chair and Half Recliner. Deep seating is a splurge for one, but generous enough to enjoy with your favorite cuddle companion as Reclina-pedic foam provides contouring comfort that hugs the body. This model also includes power reclining and an adjustable headrest for head-to-toe, customized relaxation suited to your exact desire. USB ports serve as a handy place to charge your smart device while relaxing, helping you to keep in touch with your favorite entertainment while you get lost in the supreme support or this power-reclining seat and half.

Considerations Before Buying

The perfect recliner is one that works with your home and your comfort needs. To help you make the best decision, consider the following:

Southern Motion Furniture Reviews

Southern Motion is a furniture manufacturer that is known for its quality, American-made products. The company offers a wide variety of furniture, including recliners, sofas, and sectionals.

Southern Motion Reclining Sofa

Southern Motion Reclining Sofa

One of Southern Motion's most popular products is the reclining sofa. A reclining sofa allows you to relax in comfort while watching TV or reading a book. Southern Motion offers several different styles of reclining sofas, including the "Theater seat" and the "Biscuit Back."

Southern Motion Sectional

Southern Motion Sectional

Another popular product from Southern Motion is the sectional. A sectional is a great choice for people who need a lot of seating space. Southern Motion offers several different sectional configurations, including the "L-Shaped Sectionals" and the "U-Shaped Sectionals."

If you're looking for quality, American-made furniture, Southern Motion is a brand you can trust. The company offers a wide variety of furniture options, including recliners, sofas, and sectionals. So, whether you're looking for a new recliner to relax in or a new sectional to accommodate your growing family, Southern Motion has the perfect option for you.

Why Trust Colder’s?

Since 1942, we at Colder's pride ourselves on offering value, selection, and service. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with four showrooms that stock quality name-brand furniture, appliances, and mattresses, Colder’s is sure to house exactly what you are looking for. And if you can't find it on our floors, chances are, we can order it for you. As a local, family-owned company, we are always doing our best to provide the highest value at the lowest cost to everyone who walks through our doors.

Colder’s is committed not only to continuously offering can’t-miss sales but also to working with each customer, making sure that you take advantage of every possible markdown — that’s our best price guarantee.

Shop Southern Motion Recliners at Colder’s Furniture and Appliance

To enjoy the laid-back approach of southern lifestyle in your home, shop Southern Motion recliners and furnishings at your local Colder’s Furniture and Appliance. Along with reclinable seating, we also offer sofas, loveseats, accent chairs, and sectionals for a full catalog of American-made seating for every home design.

We also carry furniture for the rest of the home, as well as mattresses, and appliances all in our one-stop shops. Shop online, by phone at (414)-476-1574, or at an appliance showroom near you in Milwaukee to experience all we have to offer.

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