Thanks Ken, that's helpful. My Berklines were listed as 42" backs, but were quite poofy on top and there may be differences in measuring vs the Pallisers as well.
All back heights are measured from the floor to the top of the back rest no matter what company. So they measurements should be standard.
Searching around, it seems a lot of people really like the comfort of the Rhumba, and by extension the Tijuana I guess. I'll admit they're not the best looking, but comfort is #1 for me. Besides, how often are you going to stare at them from the front in a fully-lit room like in the pictures?
I agree. They aren't the best looking chairs aesthetically for sure. If you are more of a "form follows function" guy, then they are definitely worth considering because of the comfort. The Rhumba and Tijuana mimic the old Berkline 45002/45012.
Do the Rhumba and the Tijuana basically feel the same except for the thicker headrest on the Tijuana?
Yes, pretty much. The Tijuana has better head support when reclined, especially when reclined most or all the way back. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the chairs reclined back, consider the Tijuana for this reason.
There's a few good mentions about the Current, too, but I can't really find anything on the Linus or Channel (aside from this thread, actually). Anything else you can tell me about the differences between all these in terms of comfort? Are any of them divisive in a love-it or hate-it type way? That was one nice thing about my old Berklines...they seemed to be comfortable for people of varying height.
The Linus and Channel have not been very popular sales-wise for us for some reason. But both are more plush and both are comfortable chairs. I have not heard anything bad about any of these models, honestly. If I did I would tell you.