I tend to dislike bulky recliners and prefer low profile sofas (our sofa before had a low back and no head support). But when we saw this chair and sofa (we also have the 80" sofa) in the showroom, we did not realize it was a recliner until the salesperson pointed it out. So there was not enough good reason to not get a recliner model, and I could see how it could be nice to have, along with the head support. It's nicer in person than it looks in pictures. We've had it for about 6 months and so far we are happy with it. We also bought a battery pack so that we don't have to plug it into the wall and deal with the cords.