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Opinions sought on IMG and Ekornes Stressless Recliners

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I'm currently outfitting my HT and the last component is chairs. My wife has hip issues. I don't have any issues per se, but who doesn't end up with back pain & a stiff neck every once in awhile, especially if watching too much TV. We've ruled out overstuffed sofas and recliners for this reason, we need something firm and supporting, but comfortable. Cup holders and other typical trappings of HT seating are not needed. If anything they'll just collect nastiness that will be hard to clean. Therefore, we've ended up closely evaluating Ekornes Stressless and IMG of Normay chairs. Our next round will be to set aside some time when we can put in a couple hours in a select chair in the showroom. At around $2k each, we're taking our time to get this right the first time. Does anyone else have experience with these? Are there other makes we should inspect?

Searching the internet for reviews is painful: there are tons of spammed reviews everywhere, and IMG made a horrible SEO mistake as you just find html img tags! ugh. From what I can tell so far, Stressless led the market, perhaps still does - but some reviews claim quality isn't what it used to be and warranties aren't honored. IMG, from what I gather, isn't as Norwegian as they'd claim, manufacturing out of south Asia. I'm not sure if that bothers me as everything on Earth is manufactured in south Asia. Lastly, some reviews claimed to experience pain do to the forward nature of the headrest. IMHO that could just be getting the wrong size & fit of chair and not conducting a long duration sit-test as we plan.

There is mild concern about the height of the back influencing surround sound, but I'm more of a stereo-phile anyway. Surround has always just been background noise to me (pun intended), so I'm ruling it out as a stopper.
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We too have been agonizing over the recliner issue. One thing we have discovered, for us anyhow, is that the Ekornes has the foot stool which requires twisting of the chair to get out. Which after having a cheap version of the Ekornes, proved to be a problem at times. We prefer the footrest to be in sync with the chair and there is nothing to trip over as we age. The IMG Divani 325 seemed to be quite comfortable with the optional motorized option and the headrest can be raised for my tall husband. Getting ready to order a "pair". Sure do hope we like them because it is quite an investment, but well worth it if it works!
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