The best armchairs: Here are the 7 most user-friendly picks, according to our team

Our team has gone ahead and ranked the 7 best armchairs on the market — pull up a seat, and see who made our list.

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Wondering what's the best armchairs our money can buy? It's only natural that after so much time in quarantine, you're wondering where (and how) you can instantly improve your space.

 With armchairs being a smart option no matter who you are or what your budget it, but the downside? Without being able to step inside a store, it's hard to navigate through the neverending options on the internet. 

So what's a chair enthusiast to do? If asking us: it's time to pull a chair and read this guide! 

Before anyone takes the plunge with any armchair, there are a handful of boxes it needs to check. And, like we said: without seeing it first-hand, how can you do that? Glad you asked — and the Real Homes team is here to help. 

We've gone ahead and tested and trialed dozens of chairs on the market and have rounded-up only the best-of-the-best picks on the market. Our team has considered everything from its size to its function, color, and so much more. 

Plus, we've even considered the pricepoint (what can and can't we afford and what's reasonable, too). And, after all of that extensive research? We've found these seven stylish picks that are the best armchairs money can buy.  

Oh, and in the event, you're looking to continue your room remodel? Go ahead and see the best sofas to add into the mix, too! 

How to choose the best armchair

What kind of use will it get?

Naturally, armchairs are prone to all kinds of wear-and-tear throughout their stay, which is also is often the one factor we sometimes forget. This is why when we're shopping for a new armchair, it's crucial to take into consideration how often you'll use it. 

It's imperative to understand your armchair's sole purpose and if you're looking for longevity. In which case you are, you will need to opt for something with extra-seating pads, and those come at a steeper price. Whereas if you're looking to use this chair as a decorative item. 

Other factors to consider? Do you have kids or pets that will use (or ruin) this investment? If either of those two things applies to you, you'll then need to consider the fabric, too. 

How will it fit your living room layout?

Another aspect to consider? The size. No one wants to make an investment in a chair and then come to find out that it doesn't fit into your room and find yourself back at square one. Our advice? Make sure to measure the intended area you're looking to put the chair. The room layout is an essential (yet often overlooked) factor. 

How does it look? 

Last but certainly not least, let's talk about how it looks. After all, isn't that most important? Chairs can pull a room together just as quickly as it can pull one apart, so finding one that goes with your intended color scheme or theme is important, too. 

But perhaps you don't know what type of "look" you're going for here? Not an issue. Within this guide, you'll find a wide range of styles and pieces to see what aesthetic best serves you (and your room). From modern to glam, there's a piece for every preference.

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1. Anthropologie's Effie Tripod Chair

The best investment chair

Specifications
Dimensions: 29.75" x WIDTH: 30.25" x DEPTH: 28.25"
Upholstery: multiple options
Filling: soft fiber padding
Self assembly: yes
Colors: many
Reasons to buy
+Investment piece +Well made+Stylish design +Can design your own
Reasons to avoid
-higher price point

If you're looking to make the best investment of 2020? Let us introduce you to Anthropologie's Effie Tripod Chair. Sure, the steep price might alarm some but trust us, it's worth every penny. 

Why we love it? 

Style: 

Our style might change over time, but when it comes to this chair? It's eternally classic. Available in dozens of filter fabrics, buyers can have the chance to customize this chair to their liking. Opt to use one of the current fabric swatches on hand or go ahead and order a custom swatch (for an additional. fee). Either way, it'll be both classic and chic for years to come. 

Oh, and if that wasn't enough? Let's also factor in the leg colors! Shoppers have full control over whether they a darker or lighter base, too. 

Suitable for small spaces:

If you're looking for a chair that can easily transition in-and-out of any room, and fit into those smaller spaces, as well? You've met your match. This luxurious chair measures in at 29.75" x width: 30.25" x depth: 28.25" and is endlessly versatile. Add it to your bedroom or use it in your den, surely it'll be your go-to for years to come. 

Comfortable build: 

Last but not least, let's discuss comfort. After all, we all want a chair that's comfortable, right? Exactly. Here this chair offers up a removable seat cushion that is built from a high-resiliency foam core cushion that's wrapped in soft fiber padding and a hypoallergenic blend of down and feathers to ensure the plushest seat ever. 

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2. DAZONE Modern Accent Chair

The best affordable armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 27"*25.5"*28.5"H; :18"*16.5"*14.5"H
Upholstery: linen-like
Filling: removable cushions
Self assembly: some
Colors: yellow and grey
Reasons to buy
+Anyone looking for a matching ottoman+Classic design +Affordable option+A pop of color
Reasons to avoid
-Some assembly required 

Are you looking for the ultimate 2-in-1? Look no further than Amazon's very own DAZONE Modern Accent Chair.

Why we love it? 

Style: 

For anyone looking for a fun pop of color, this chair ranks high on our list. Available in both yellow and grey, this ottoman and chair will be the focal points of every room. And have no fear! 

This chair might bring a bold perspective to any room, but it'll do so without being 'distracting." In fact, most reviewers deemed it "beautiful" and the "perfect pop of color" in any room. 

Features a matching storage bench: 

This chair measures in at 27"*25.5"*28.5"H and can fit in just about any space. Now, if you're wondering where the matching ottoman measures? Not to worry! That measures in at 18"*16.5"*14.5"H and will cause no trouble. So many reviewers loved how it "fits into space spaces" and was perfect for kicking their feet up after a long day (without having to buy a sofa!).

Comfortable build: 

If you're someone who's looking for affordable comfort? Look no further. This barrel chair is perfect for anyone in need of support from head-to-toes. 

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3. Mercer 41 Demers Barrel Chair

The best scalloped armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 29'' H x 32.5'' W x 31.5'' D
Upholstery: polyester
Filling: foam
Self assembly: some
Colors: navy, grey, teal and pink
Reasons to buy
+Good for larger rooms +Looking for a more dramatic design+All ages 
Reasons to avoid
-Higher price-point 

Are you someone who's looking for an oversized-yet-dramatic look? Then let us introduce you to the Mercer 41 Demers Barrel Chair that incorporates a stunning scalloped design. 

Why we love it? 

Style: 

This scalloped chair is the most stunning accent chair we've seen in a while. Available in four sensational shades — grey, pink, navy blue, and turquoise — the velvet-like, tufted material will be statement-making.

It's a statement piece:

With vertical tufting and a wave-inspired design, this chair is not only stylish but impactful. It measures in at 18.5'' H x 21.5'' W x 23.5'' D and includes a soft, stain-resistant performance velvet upholstery covering dense foam padding and an individually wrapped spring coil system. 

Comfortable build: 

This near-perfectly reviewed customer has done well with hundreds of reviewers. Many of them have deemed this chair "posh, pretty and polished," whereas others go all-in on how "comfortable" it is. But if you're still on the fence? Take a seat– literally. The padded inserts are so next-level you'll be wondering why you ever were reconsidering it. 

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4. Easyfashion Velvet Tub Club Accent Upholstered Barrel Arm Chair in Gray Set of 2

The best set-of-2 armchairs

Specifications
Dimensions: 27.8 x 25.6 x 28.5 in./70.5 x 65 x 72 cm
Upholstery: plywood, velour and foam-filling
Filling: foam
Self assembly: some
Colors: grey
Reasons to buy
+Unique design +Supportive seat +pack of two
Reasons to avoid
-No color choices 

If you're looking for an armchair without it looking like a "traditional armchair," let us recommend the Easyfashion Velvet Tub Club Accent Upholstered Barrel Arm Chair in Gray Set of 2. It scored a near-perfect rating among reviewers, and the 2-for-1 price, can't be beaten. 

Why we love it? 

Style

Want to make an impact on any section of your home? Within seconds these luxurious velour chairs will do just that. These chairs are designed with a soft-to-touch material that's so buttery-smooth you won't want to get up. Oh, and if you're worried that these chairs might be a tad too "ultra-glam" for you? Think again. Besides the super soft fabric, these chairs find balance courtesy of plywood legs. It's the modern detailing that makes these chairs ideal for any home or aesthetic. 

What's special?

If you're looking for the most bang for your budget? These chairs are the real deal. Unlike traditional accent chairs —which ballpark in the same price range— this option provides shoppers with two armchairs for the price of one. 

Comfortable build: 

Both chairs within this set offer not only exception comfort but supreme comfort. With a solid back and removable padded seat, these chairs will become an essential item in any room or breakfast nook — plus, with a weight limit of 300-pounds, they're perfect for any age (or weight!). 

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5. Hashtag Home Fletcher Armchair

The best velour armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 30'' H x 27.5'' W x 33'' D
Upholstery: polyester
Filling: foam
Self assembly: part assembly
Color: charcoal grey, azure blue and many others
Reasons to buy
+Classic design +Comfy seat 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite bulky

If you're someone who loves a recliner or outdoor lounge chair, the Hashtag Home Fletcher Armchair will rank high on your list. 

Why we love it? 

Style: 

Similar to our favorite recliner or outdoor chair, this version mixes that 'relaxed' design but makes it much more sophisticated for indoor use. It uses velvet for an element of elegance while also incorporating solid wood legs to feature mid-century charm too. Factor in the dozens of sensational shades to chose from — with fan-favorites being the azure blue and charcoal grey — this spectacular seat will rank high on many's lists. 

What's special?

Aside from the fact that this iconic, modern-style will instantly draw attention wherever it is? This chair will also be perfect for any room, thanks to its convenient size. It measures in at 30'' H x 27.5'' W x 33'' D and features an exposed frame that showcases curved arms, straight sides, and flared tapered legs. Factor in the polyester upholstery and the detailed stitching on the backrest? It will be impossible not to love any of this chair's carefully tailored touches! 

Comfortable build: 

However, you might be wondering: "Just how comfortable this chair is?" And in which case, it's comfortable! It's designed with both sinuous springs and foam, there's plenty of comfort and support from head-to-toe. 

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6. Opalhouse Lily Rattan Arm Chair

The best wooden armchair

Specifications
Dimensions: 42.5 Inches (H) x 26.25 Inches (W) x 25.5 Inches (D)
Upholstery: wooden
Filling: none
Self assembly: yes
Colours: tan
Reasons to buy
+Affordable +Foot stool included
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best quality 

Now, are you someone who's looking for an armchair but wants something less big and bulky? You've come to the right place, and the  Opalhouse Lily Rattan Arm Chair is perfect for you. 

Why we love it? 

Style: 

We love how appropriate this see-through frame is when used in any room. It instantly adds an element of airy-charm to any room, which is sure to be eye-catching and alluring, too. Plus, we love just how versatile this size-appropriate piece can be. Leave it bare for a minimalist look, or elevate it with accent pillows for a bolder approach.  

Comfortable build: 

Last but not least, it's crucial to discuss the comfort-level this rattan frame chair offers. Certainly (and rightfully so), many of you might be a bit skeptical about just how comfortable this piece can be — and we're here to put your mind at ease. Shockingly, this exposed chair ranks high in the comfort level amongst many reviewers. 

Due to the very reasonable size — measuring in at 16"x18"x17" inches — this chair can easily accommodate any pillow or padded insert on top. But without going that extra mile? Reviewers confuse that the wood-like base is no uncomfortable. Many deem this: "the most perfect accent chair," one in which they couldn't stop "sitting in." 

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7. International Caravan 42" Rattan Papasan Chair

best microsuede armcahir

Reasons to buy
+Adding a touch of bohemian style to any room+Dorms or college-aged adults, also great for teens 
Reasons to avoid
-If you're looking for a fancier option

Last but not least, maybe you're looking to take a more unconventional approach with the best armchair? Perhaps your style is a bit more bohemian than classic? If so, rounding out our list is the perfect pick for you. Let us introduce you to the International Caravan 42" Rattan Papasan Chair with Micro Suede Cushion Chair.

Why we love it? 

Style: 

We love how this chair takes the road less traveled and is far less traditional than the other options we've listed. Instead, this armchair has found the balance between out-of-the-box and easy-to-use. 

Here, it's modern and comfortable; and ideal for any young adult or teen moving into their dormitory for the first time. The micro-suede padded seat not only offers up a relaxed feel but is detailed enough where you know Mom picked it out, too.  

Comfortable build: 

Of all the chairs we've reviewed, this chair is by far the most comfortable (and versatile). It measures in at 35"x42"x21" and can not only work in any dorm or living room but due to its comfortable microsuede pad? You'll want to find a way to implement it everywhere and anywhere. But why?

It's soft like our favorite chenille blanket, but thanks to the rustic rattan frame and walnut finish, it offers up the right amount of necessary support, too. It's is ideal for someone looking to sit in this chair for long periods. You can do so without any fear or back or neck problems — from lack of support — later on. 

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