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Reclining Wheelchairs / High-Back Reclining Wheelchairs

Reclining wheelchairs are one of the most comfortable wheelchair options for seniors and other individuals with limited mobility. There are many types of manual wheelchairs able to assist the handicapped and elderly, but reclining wheelchairs are unique in the level of comfort they provide users with. Find reclining wheelchairs at AvaCare Medical now! Read more...

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  1. Tracer SX5 Recliner Wheelchair
    Tracer SX5 Recliner Wheelchair
    Starting at $548.24
  2. Viper Plus GT Reclining Wheelchair
    Viper Plus GT Reclining Wheelchair
    Starting at $836.80
  3. Excel Reclining Wheelchairs
    Excel Reclining Wheelchairs
    Starting at $348.34
  4. McKesson Reclining Wheelchair
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  5. Viper Plus GT Pediatric Reclining Wheelchair
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  6. Silver Sport Reclining Wheelchair
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  7. Sentra Reclining Wheelchair, 22"
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Reclining Wheelchairs for Post-Surgery and More

Reclining wheelchairs are often utilized by patients who have undergone hip replacement surgery. Further, while traditional chairs can cause skin problems, the reclining feature of these chairs can help to alleviate any such issues. With their multi-positional reclining capability, these chairs ensure user comfort and provide many other benefits in specific conditions and scenarios.

Benefits of a Reclining Wheelchair

As mentioned earlier, high back reclining wheelchairs have the ability to help with skin deterioration. And actually, that was just one of the many benefits to using a reclining wheelchair! Many people are unaware that reclining is not only a naturally comfortable position, but it is also healthy for the body. Here are some health benefits of reclining wheelchairs:

  • They help relieve stress and aid in relaxation.
  • They promote circulation.
  • They relieve back pain.
  • They alleviate symptoms of chronic musculoskeletal illnesses.
  • They combat hip pain.

Reclining Wheelchair Vs Tilt Wheelchair

While they are similar, tilt and reclining wheelchairs are technically two different types of wheelchairs. With tilt wheelchairs, the entire seat, back, arms, and foot rests will usually tilt back in tandem in order to position the user into a reclining position. 

In contrast, a reclining wheelchair may have a reclining back which adjusts to different levels (some going all the way to a 180 degree, flat-lying position), and some even offer leg-rests and foot-rests that can be lifted to aid in the positioning. However, the wheelchair seat itself does not tilt back in order to achieve the reclining position.

Safety Features of Reclining Wheelchairs

When searching for reclining wheelchairs for the elderly or the disabled, it is important to consider how easily the model can recline. Most reclining chair users may not be able to position themselves into the reclining position manually, so there may be features installed on a lightweight reclining wheelchair which are designed to improve ease of use as well as comfort. Here are some key components which make AvaCare Medical’s high back reclining wheelchairs some of the safest on the market:

Hydraulic Reclining

Oftentimes, the user can find it complicated to maneuver the seat into a reclining position while already sitting in the chair. Therefore, a lot of the best reclining wheelchairs feature hydraulic controls to adjust the backrest of the chair.

Seat Depth Adjustment

The average seat width ranges anywhere from 12 inches (in pediatric wheelchairs) up to 22 inches. When it comes to depth, there are some wheelchairs which have the ability to lower the depth of the seat. This allows for even those on the taller side to lay their hands on the armrests.

Padded Leg Rests

Due to the way a wheelchair recliner chair will position the user, it’s important that there be extra support for the legs is behind the calves. When choosing a reclining wheelchair, look out for this feature, which can provide exceptional comfort as well as extra security.

Sturdy and Lightweight Frames

Ultra lightweight reclining wheelchairs are often constructed of extremely durable frames made of super tough steel, aluminum, and even titanium. Aluminum frames offer exceptional weight support and portability.

Best Selling Reputable Reclining Wheelchair Brands

There are many different wheelchair brands on the market, but there are a handful in the United States that actually stand out. These have had amazing reviews and product satisfaction for. Here is a list of the major brands which AvaCare Medical is proud to carry:

Drive Medical

Drive Medical has a wide variety of wheelchairs and leads the medical market in North America. They offer a lot of different wheelchair models to help ease your needs when it comes to having a lightweight reclining wheelchair. 

One of their best models is the Silver Sport, a full reclining wheelchair which has excellent mobility options as well as support that is unmatched in terms of comfort. It offers options including desk arms and full armrests, while the seat width can be ordered in 16 inches, 18 inches, or 20 inches.


Medline has been around since the 1960’s and has been delivering great products at hospital grade quality for decades. They offer numerous options, and while they may not have all of the features of some of Drive Medical’s award winning models, they do offer exceptional products for those on a budget who won’t sacrifice on quality.


Invacare is one of the oldest medical supplies companies in the industry. They offer durable high back reclining wheelchairs that are low-maintenance; a feature which is great for new users getting used to things. Their fully reclining wheelchair models can dynamically recline anywhere from 90 degrees all the way to 180 degrees. They have been making high-quality wheelchairs since the late 1800s.


McKesson Medical has been around for a little less than two centuries; it was founded in New York City in the year 1933. The company is one of the largest medical suppliers in the United States. One of their areas of expertise is wheelchairs, and it is no surprise that many of their products are some of the highest rated wheelchairs in the country.


If you are looking for the best wheelchair with a reclining backrest that can help give you the most comfort possible, AvaCare Medical is here to fulfill your needs! We care about people and their ability to live life in comfort and safety.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-813-7799, or send an email so one of our customer support staff can give you the answers you may need.