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The Ekornes Stressless Vegas Chair

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Ekornes Stressless Vegas Chair Independent Overall Rating: 8 of 10      [ how this works ]
8 out of 10 Stars

Price Range: starting at $2195.00

The comfort, the support, the recline, and the pedigree of the chair are all excellent and pretty hard to top. It’s unlikely you’ll find a recliner this packed with functionality at big-box chain.

The Value of the chair isn’t as high as it could be, and aesthetically it’s nothing to write home about (nor anything to complain about).

A very comfortable recliner with excellent reclining functionality. While it’s looks are nothing brag about, it performs, and that is.



The Ekornes Stressless line of chairs is one of the most famous in the world. Built in Norway and sold everywhere, these leisure chairs are often described as the cream of the crop when it comes to reclining in comfort and style. They’d better be; the price tag is hefty, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, depending on which model you buy.

The Vegas Stressless Chair is one of the most popular. Upholstered in leather and richly appointed, the chair gives the feel of a first-class flight, or a modern but luxurious living room recliner. The look of the chair is familiar and somewhat shaggy. The pads hang down and wrinkle, and have a very American look to them. The chair is wide in the back and has low-slung armrests. It comes with an ottoman dressed in the same leather, and with the same new-but-worn look.
It’s very comfortable, reasonably supportive, and it has better than average (for a typical recliner) looks. The price is certainly high, but this is a chair that will fit in almost any living room, and that doesn’t shirk when it comes to the deep, balanced comfort it advertises.
A very comfortable recliner with excellent reclining functionality. While it’s looks are nothing brag about, it performs, and that is.
I thought this was a really, really comfortable chair. I loved the ottoman. I thought it was better than having the usual sort of kicked-out shelf that comes with most recliners. I wish I could have sat in it for week!



COMFORT: 9 of 10
9 of 10 Stars
The Vegas Stressless Chair was definitely comfortable. During the review process, I sat in the chair at work for about four straight days. I never felt the need to get up and stretch or anything like that; mostly I just felt the urge to nap! The seat and back of the chair are tilted slightly back and are at an even more slightly obtuse angle. They’re both wide and accommodating. The ottoman is at the right height, and often I pulled it in close to the chair to get a more traditionally reclined feel. Really the only issue I had was less-than-optimal head support. While you can order an extended headrest for the chair, the one I used was without it, and that forced me to sit up a bit more than I would have liked. Overall, however, this was a very comfortable chair.
SUPPORT: 8 of 10
9 of 10 Stars
In terms of ergonomics and support, the Stressless Vegas Chair did very well. With the exception of the headrest issue described above, in which I had to sit up more than I would have liked, there were no major complaints. The armrests are slightly low, but then, when you’re in a state of recline for most of your sitting, so are your arms. My back, shoulders, and legs never felt uncomfortable after sitting in the chair, and I never lost circulation or correct posture.
RECLINE: 9 of 10
9 of 10 Stars
Excellent. The Stressless Recliner definitely lives up to it’s name. With the simple adjustment knob on the side of the chair, I could control the give and take of the chair. From then on, I had merely to lean back or forward for the chair to provide the corresponding movement and support. There is a special recline feature that allows the user of the chair to recline fully, into “sleep position,” and that was very cool. Again, the only thing that kept this rating from being perfect was the lack of a fully extended headrest.
STYLE: 8 of 10
8 of 10 Stars
This is the chair’s weakest area, though it is certainly not weak in comparison to most recliners. The cushioning in the chair is expansive and somewhat saggy. On the good side of the coin, this makes it seem broken-in, familiar, and American. On the bad side, it seems a little formless and without true aesthetic direction. Either way, the chair is by no means ugly or flawed in execution; it’s merely not exceptional.
PEDIGREE: 8 of 10
9 of 10 Stars
The Ekornes company, based in Norway and with sales all around the world, has been in constant operation since 1934. They have been producing the Stressless line of leisure chairs since 1971, and have enjoyed an unbroken string of success with all of the chairs. They are very well made, very well known, and they live up to their reputation as some of the most comfortable recliners in the world.
VALUE: 8 of 10
9 of 10 Stars
This is a more than usually subjective category. The cost of the Vegas Stressless Chair at Smart Furniture is $2,195. This is more than a thousand dollars more expensive than the least pricey Stressless, the Consul. Of course, it’s nearly two thousand less than some of the most expensive (and beautiful) Stressless chairs, like the Jazz.

The Stressless is undoubtedly more attractive than the Consul, and probably a bit more comfortable as well with the extra padding and surface area. But whether that extra aesthetic appeal is worth the extra thousand is debatable. In the end, this is a good price for a top of the line recliner which will stay in a home for years. Good, but not great. (Remember, on our scale 8 is not 80%, a C -- it’s 50% better than average, a 5.)
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