Buy real leather like top grain. they should not call gel or bonded "leather" as it really isn't.
You spend alot of time sitting in these enjoying movies and TV.
Anything short of real leather will not wear well over time - even a short period like 3-5 years.
Lots of reputable HT seating companies online but I chose Costco for mine. They usually have a HT chair offered 1x a year. I think either Nov or Feb.
Anyways, I've had mine for 2 years now and they look just like they did the first time I took them out of the package. Solid chairs with good motorized mechanisms.
Costco doesn't sell the "sofa" -just chairs but they have flat sides so you can arrange them side/side. The nice part with this setup is everyone has plenty of elbow room, 2 cup holders and their own table. This was totally the right approach for my theater. I was able to squeeze 2 rows with 3 chairs each. I've got "overflow" seating built-into the back wall for kiddies with matching black "fake" leather. I used the top of a cheap hallway bench I found at wal-mart for $60 to use as the seating for the back wall "kiddie cubbie". Even my 12 year old likes to hang out in the cubbie.
PS - Always go for the motorized chairs and here's why. A manual chair will only "lock" into one position. While you can recline a manual chair to any angle, as soon as you move, it will move. The only position where it locks is full recline. Motorized has infinite locked positions.
One other tip: I bought a few full leather matching pillows that drape over the back of the chair. Plenty of HT online stores sell these. Got mine from Amazon. Octane brand and they are top grain leather (they also make a bonded version) Super comfortable for propping up your head. There is a weight in the back that keeps it in place.
Last edited by mchartra; 02-15-2019 at 06:58 AM.