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The La-Z-Boy Harbor Town Recliner - In-Depth Review

December 16, 2019


In this review, find out why the Harbor Town is one of our most popular recliners in Ottawa and Kingston!


Lina Najia is the assistant manager at La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor in Kanata. During her four years working at La-Z-Boy Ottawa Kingston, she has helped fit hundreds of customers into their perfect recliner.


Lina describes the Harbor Town as a small recliner chair with a classic look. This chair works well in small rooms and for persons of up to a maximum of 5.4”. It’s a small-scale recliner with a comfy back and excellent support for someone smaller in stature. The wooden arms are not large or bulky so that you can reach the handle easily for a smooth recline. 

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The Harbor Town is a comfortable chair that also comes as a glider, rocker and swivel. You can also purchase a ‘wall away’ with or without power.


Features Unique to the Harbor Town Recliner:


The Harbor Town recliner is designed for smaller living rooms and smaller spaces in general. It gives you the comfort of a recliner with a lighter silhouette and a sleek, stylish, transitional frame. It has a channel-stitched back, a cushioned headrest and decorative bentwood arms topped with pillow-like padding.


Patented La-Z-Boy® technology allows the seat and back to move together or independently for a wide range of reclining positions, with or without raising the leg rest. Use the convenient handle on the outside arm to lift the leg rest for reading, relaxing or watching TV.


When you’re not reclining, it’s a relaxing rocker with a smooth, graceful motion.

Features include:


  • Plush, ultra-comfortable recliner
  • Clean, casual style
  • Chaise seat and leg rest
  • Smaller arm posts and thinner arm pads provide a stylish, tailored look
  • Slimmer back design looks less overstuffed
  • Rocks and reclines for total comfort
  • Chair back can recline independently, without activating the leg rest
  •  Adjust the leg rest with the convenient side-mounted handle
  • 3-position locking leg rest for added safety and support
  • Single-needle top-stitching on the chaise seat
  • Double-picked blown fibre fill for improved cushion loft and shape retention
  • High-grade foam seat cushions that maintain their comfort and appearance
  • Premium grade fabrics and leathers tested to resist wear and fading
  • iClean™ select fabric colours included in the variety of fabrics available at the starting price. 
  • La-Z-Boy® Limited Lifetime Warranty covers the mechanism and all wood frame parts and springs.
  • Customizable with your choice of fabrics and other available upgrades
  • This classic style recliner can go traditional or transitional, depending on how you design the rest of your room.



The Harbor Town has a small scale, and best accommodates people of smaller stature. Thirty inches across from outside arm to outside arm with a tall back of 41 inches with lots of head support.

The dimensions of the Harbour Town are quite a bit smaller than the Rowan and the Pinnacle recliners.

The La-Z-Boy Harbor Town Recliner: An In-Depth Review

Seat Width: 23.0

Body Width: 30.0

Body Height: 41.0

Seat Height: 19.0

Seat Depth: 19.5

Body Depth: 37.0

The La-Z-Boy Harbor Town Recliner: An In-Depth Review
The La-Z-Boy Harbor Town Recliner: An In-Depth Review

Different chair styles in the Harbor Town:


The Rocking Recliner


The Harbor Town Rocking Recliner is your basic non-power option. Use the convenient handle on the outside arm to raise the leg rest for reading, relaxing, or watching TV. When you’re not reclining, it’s a rocker with a smooth, graceful motion. 

The Wall Recliner (wall huggers)


The Harbor Town Wall Recliner is the same as the rocker recliner, and you can place it inches from the wall to save space. The wall away is available in manual or power.

The Glider Recliner


Harbor Town Glider Recliner offers a gliding option to the recliner. It provides all the same things like the rocker recliner, when you’re not reclining, it swivels 360 degrees and glides with a graceful motion. The glider works well for new parents looking for a chair to nurse and rock their newborns. 


Options and Upgrades


Upholstery / Cover Options


Your choice of fabric or leather upholstery is a pivotal decision when selecting a recliner for your home. The Harbor Town has over 900 hundred cover options so you can custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours. Choose from the latest colours, patterns and textures. There are options to suit every style and budget.


Select iClean fabric colours included in the variety of fabrics available. These fabrics offer a barrier of protection that repels spills before they turn into stains. 


If you have pets, you might consider taking advantage of our Pet-Friendly fabric that has a high level of cleanability and durability, including the iClean technology.


Another specialty fabric option at La-Z-Boy is the antimicrobial fabric. This fabric protects against mould, mildew, and odour-causing bacteria


A subset of covers is available in “conserve” fabric. Soft, durable, and sustainable “conserve” fabric is made out of recycled water bottles. We use as many as 110 recycled water bottles to create a sofa with this eco-friendly material.


As with conventional furniture fabrics, conserve covers are wear-tested for safety, quality and durability. So, they stay comfortable and beautiful for years after delivery. They come in a wide range of colours and patterns to complement your room.

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Seat Cushions:


Firmer seat options are available at an additional cost.
Please note that reclining furniture purchased prior to January 2021 had the option to upgrade to airform™ cushions.  This cushion includes a two-inch layer of premium quality memory foam added on top of the standard foam base within the seat, chaise, and leg rest of the unit.


Extra Options:

Handle options: standard wood, left side handle, elongated handle, arc handle (silver), arc left side handle(silver), left elongated handle.


Finish options: brown mahogany. Base options: swivel or tall base. Power options: basic, wall away.


Harbor Town Recliner Cost


The cost of a manual rocker recliner starts in the mid-level range of recliners. See how much a recliner costs.


Power recliners will cost several hundred dollars more than traditional manual recliners. The reason for this is due to the motor and mechanisms included in the construction.


The price of each Power Harbor Town recliner style depends on the options chosen. At the date of publication, the Harbor Town recliners ranged from $1,539 up to $2,099 and upwards for power and other options, such as:


  • Seat cushion
  • Power styles: basic, wall away
  • The fabric chosen (see below)


Your choice of fabric or leather upholstery is a crucial decision and can significantly affect the price of your recliner. With over 900 hundred cover options, you can custom-create a look that’s uniquely yours.


*All La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change. We aim to update all cost-related articles twice per year. This article was last updated on March 2022. Please visit and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 


Is the Harbor Town rocker recliner right for me?


Because the Harbor Town is more traditional, some don’t like the look; some are also unsure about the narrow wooden arms. You can go with a slightly larger recliner such as the Rowan or Pinnacle if you would like to try and fit everyone in the family. The Harbor Town really does cater to a smaller-sized person.


If you like the petite-scaled recliner but would prefer a different style, you could try the Vail recliner; it has more padding/support in the arms.


Try before you buy:  It’s essential to try the Harbor Town recliner before you buy to make sure it’s a good fit for you.

Customer Reviews:

This recliner currently has a 4.6/5 star rating in North America:

Star - Review

“ La-Z-Boy Chair as Medical Solution!! Bought because of wife getting a knee replacement. Perfect choice with rocker/recliner. Forward motion helps to rise out of the chair. And with pillows, raises knee above heart for recovery. Should be required for surgery.?? [sic]“ Alan & Jan K

Star - Review

“I purchased this recliner in 1994 and used it daily. I am still using it even though the color is worn in areas but otherwise, it still works fine. Due to the color problems, I have moved it to my bedroom but I sleep in it every night due to health problems and still love it today as much as the day that I purchased it. [sic]” Cptn don

Star Review

“The pillow on the neck area does not quite fit me comfortably. The quality is good. I wish I had purchased the “power” model. It is a good chair. Overall.[sic]” Barbara B

More customer reviews >>


Next Steps:


La-Z-Boy has been making the Harbor Town recliner for over 20 years. It’s been a reliable staple for La-Z-Boy for the last 2 decades and is one of the few recliners besides the Vail made especially for those persons who are smaller in stature. It is worth a trip to one of our stores to give it a try.


We are happy to help you navigate all the options and choose a recliner that is just right for you at any one of our Ottawa and Kingston La-Z-Boy locations.


We encourage you to come into the store and try the Harbor Town for yourself. Our design consultants are experts at finding the perfect chair for you.


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