So, I've worked through some priorities with the Mrs. and we've almost come to a decision. I'm going to hold off saying what's leading for now. We've decided that the pricing is not really a concern (keep telling yourself that) and we should pick whatever will be most attractive and comfortable. I only showed her Fusion collection seats
, since the pricing and quality passed my initial sniff test and she doesn't have patience for all the comparison shopping. The Escapes would be really hard to fit in the room, so we concentrated on the other three designs which can all be configured to fit pretty well. Ultimately, this will be a personal decision, I suppose, but we're left with a couple unknowns that a forum search wasn't resolving. Pictures are (in order) Lagoon, Jive, and Tribute.
First, does anyone know if there is any appreciable comfort difference among the designs? I've read somewhere (BIG?) that the Escapes are firmer than average, and I believe since all the seats in the Fusion collection have the same coil spring design they will all be about the same firmness. Can anyone comment on the relative comfort of the designs - aside from the effect the various dimensions and proportions have on a person fitting the chair?
Second, and similarly, what about the coverings? Roman seems confident that most people will not realize the bonded leather is not traditional "real" leather. The cost difference is not very much ($70/seat), but with the "top grain leather" option, you're really getting a leather/vinyl combo - as some of the surfaces are not covered with leather, even though all the actual seating surfaces are. Can anyone offer a first hand comparison? For the price difference, I sort of want the upgrade, but I'm a little worried that the different areas will be visibly different.
Third, my notes from my phone conversation are lacking about headrests. I see that Jive lists a headrest with some kind of adjustment and Tribute has a different kind of adjustment. It doesn't look like Lagoon has any adjustment. Any comparisons or comments?
The last issue we'll have to settle on will probably be more personal, but I'm open to feedback here as well. She wants to have a love seat configuration or no arm rests at all for at least one set of seats. With any of the seats but Jive, we'll need to eliminate at least one armrest to make them fit nicely (to my standards anyway). So how about a simple list for comparison of possible options. We'll buy enough removable armrests to fill all the holes, so there is always that option for us and our guests, depending on the mood. The removable armrests have a couple minor drawbacks in that they are not the same height as the built in armrests, and they take away from seat cushion width - but at 23 inches or more, the cushions are already wide enough (I was surprised to find that the seat cushions on the sofa in the living room are about that wide).
E: (Jive Only)
Maybe I should start a new thread to get wider attention, but I'm sure there are plenty of lurking readers who have experience with some of this, right? Or at least someone with an opinion?