A few of us up here in the Ottawa Canada have been interested in purchasing HT loungers and have been waiting anxiously for over 2 months now to try out the new LazyBoy Matinee recliners. The primary competitor up here is Jaymar seating which is also readily available up in here and is much cheaper then in the US as they're made just north of Montreal.
I thought I'd share some of my thoughts and opinions on both for anyone in the same boat.
You can see various Jaymar models here:http://www.homecinemaaccessories.com...ers&catid=1001
These are in fact labelled as Bass loungers and sold in the US. Bass simply takes Jaymar seating and calls them their own.
The Lazyboy Matinee recliner can be seen here:http://www.lazyboy.com/ourfurniture/...rnitureID=1082
The LazyBoy's were launched up in our area just this past weekend so
I tried them on two different occasions and personally don't find them comfortable as the seat cushion doesn't offer enough support for my taste and to me it (and at least one other person I talked to that tried them) it feels like you've got a hard bar across your tailbone. The Jaymar's were considerably more comfortable and "felt" sturdier and more solid. Unfortunate as I really wanted to like the LazyBoy's as they'd fit well in my setup as they're slightly narrower then most Jaymar seating.
Some other things I didn't like about the LazyBoy's, as compared to Jaymar/Bass:
- The cupholders are cheap looking & plastic and have to be pushed down to lock for some odd reason (I can't see what reason this serves other then a 'cool' factor. The cup holder pushes down way too easily to serve any purpose in the upright position. To me this feature's simply a gimmick.)
- The Lazyboy frames are made of plywood, not solid wood.
- The arm/console trays are completely useless IMHO (and uncomfortable). Not a big deal as you obviously don't have to get this option.
- The foot rests on the LazyBoy's weren't as deep as the Jaymar's.
- While I'm not interested in the motorized version of either chair, I didn't like how the LazyBoy switch to recline is a little bar between the cushion and armrest that's harder to reach then the Jaymar switch half-way up the inside of the armrest.
- Styling: This is a very personal opinion of course, but to me the Jaymar's look like they belong in a home environment while the LazyBoy's to me have a more utilitarian/commercial feel to them.
- Around here, LazyBoy's in leather are x2 the price of micro-fibre. Similar leather quality in Jaymar's doesn't command as much of a price increase making leather Jaymar's a reasonable upgrade.
- The LazyBoy manuf. warranty is 1 year. I believe I read around here that Jaymar offers 2 years.
- The LazyBoy's are more of a wall-away design, allowing you to put them closer to a back wall then most Jaymar's.
- Slight different then the last point: For people with multiple rows & risers the LazyBoy frame extends farther back at the feet so that when you recline nothing "pokes out" the back near the floor. This means that your 8-12" riser can press right up against the bottom of the LazyBoy seats while with most Jaymar's you have to leave a couple of inches.
But don't take my word for it - try them out yourself and write back how you feel about them!
I must admit that the pictures of the LazyBoy's in the colour brochure's I've been given look great! But in person the quality just doesn't seem to be the same when you actually get to try them out.