Nursery gliders (or sometimes referred to as “mother chairs) are increasingly popular as they are not only a perfect complement to a baby nursery but also help moms to feed, rock a baby to sleep and help mom relax. Moreover, they are versatile too, after the nursing years, they can be moved to any room in your house.
However, buying one can be a challenge and time-consuming. To help you find the best one, we’ve put this buyer’s guide. Here you’ll find reviews of glider rocking chairs from most affordable with basic features to more advanced. We hope that you’ll find one that feels right for you.
Stork Craft Hoop Glider (w/ Ottoman) Top Affordable Nursery Glider
If you are the type of person who is always looking to save money, and who isn’t these days. Stork Craft offers some of the best affordable nursery gliders to enjoy.
There are a variety of colors for you to choose from, and regardless of which colorway you decide to go with, it’s going to look fantastic in your living room (or anywhere else you plan on using it).
Comfort: When you look at the levels of comfort, this is an average glider. It isn’t going to leave you in awe with the softness that the cushions hold, but it’s still going to be reasonable enough to rock your baby and does the job well.
The fabric is incredibly soft and made up of micro fibers, it’s also one of the most durable ones around (making it even more affordable due to longevity). The glide motion is incredibly smooth and will help you relax a little more – the 20-inch-wide armrests will give some pretty good arm support as well (which is critical for the comfort of both you and your baby).
As if all of that wasn’t enough, the glider itself comes equipped with side pockets; you can use these to keep anything you’d like in them! Personally, I prefer personal items (books, your cell phone or even baby feeding accessories).
Functionality: A glider itself needs to be as functional as possible, and it’s important to remember that this glides and only glides. There are no other additional functions that come with it, but the glide motion is going to land about a foot or so away from the rest position. There isn’t too much swing, which is good; but the chair doesn’t recline either (regardless of that it’s still quite comfortable).
It comes with the Ottoman included, which is intended to add a little bit of extra comfort. There’s no locking option on either the chair or the Ottoman, but you can easily stop the gliding process with your foot (it’s truly one of the easier things to manage with this chair).
The cushions on the back and seat are “spot cleanable”, so you won’t have to settle for a dirty looking glider at any point in time.
Easily Cleaned: You don’t have to constantly worry about keeping the glider clean, which is always a nice thing to think about. It’s almost like not having to make dinner when you get home from work if only life were always this easy! Any sort of upholstery cleaner will remove problem areas/marks on your glider.
Putting It Together: The assembly process wasn’t too tricky, although it should take you about 20 minutes or so to finish. The pieces are very light, so the end result isn’t going to be particularly heavy – this makes it very easy to move around.
The maximum weight of this particular glider would hover around 250 to 300 pounds!
- It’s very affordable
- It’s also very comfortable
- The glide motion process is really smooth
- It’s easy to clean
- Even easier to assemble
- It just looks downright stylish!
- It doesn’t recline
- It also doesn’t swivel
- Doesn’t have a locking mechanism, as many other gliders would
- Cushions aren’t as thick as the other gliders you could compare them to – if you want a much more “plush” type of feeling please see our reviews of more expensive models below.
The Verdict: In the end, this is a good chair for the amount of money you’re paying. For under $150 dollars, you’ll be able to make use of a glider that both you and your child can grow to love.
Although there are relatively mixed reviews surrounding this product, you should know that it’s going to handle your needs (for the most part). It looks and seems to operate just as well as any of the better gliders out there, but the lack of features is pretty obvious.
If you don’t need all of the “glitter and glamour” that come with some of the other gliders we have reviewed here, this could be the perfect fit.
So, if you want a glider that’s not only affordable but well-crafted and comfier than most at this price point. I would definitely say that is a good choice.
Also available in:
Available in 5 colors and 2 styles
Available in 5 colors and 2 styles
Status Roma Top Glider Chair w/ a Nursing Stool
Status Roma is almost like the “go to” nursery gliding product, and I say that because there’s also a slide out nursing stool that is equipped alongside the Ottoman. That’s right, it’s not just the Ottoman, it’s all about the extendable stool! One of the main selling points behind this nursery glider would be the fact that it’s so versatile.
Customers will always be drawn towards the more versatile pieces, that’s sort of just how things work – you’ll be able to comfortably relax, with your feet up in the air and your posture as proper as possible.
Whenever you aren’t using the nursing stool, you can just tuck it back in and underneath the Ottoman!
Comfort level: Your comfort level will be kept in high spirits with this product. This glider chair is pretty much like the one we just talked about (that is, the Stork Craft variety) – except this one is going to have a nursing stool included.
This means that while you won’t be able to actually lock the gliding positioner in place, you’ll still be able to remain relaxed and comfortable (all while you’re enjoying the peace and quiet of caring for your child!).
The nursing stool is great as it allows you to keep your feet rested, and your knees higher – this results in a much better pose and posture in general while sitting down.
It’s very spacious and the gliding process is a smooth one. At $200 price mark, you’re going to notice that the comforting cushions are a little thinner than more expensive models. Most customers can deal with the fact that they may not get the most comfortable fit possible because they’re saving money on the initial price.
Functionality: It’s a pretty basic glider, and you’ll notice that almost immediately but it’s still going to be a pretty solid option. The nursing stool folds incredibly hidden underneath the Ottoman, you can’t see it at all when you aren’t using it.
It’s also incredibly easy to clean and assemble, which are two things that can be pretty hard to deal with – especially when it comes to nursery chairs. You always want to be able to relax with your baby in comfort, and this glider can do that.
- Comes with a folding nursing stool equipped w/ the Ottoman
- Incredibly easy to assemble
- One of the more stylish options out there
- It doesn’t happen to recline
- It also doesn’t swivel
- The cushions may feel a bit thin for some people
- Doesn’t have a gliding process lock system
The Verdict: This is a pretty common type of a glider, and it happens to mimic everything that the first one we reviewed did as well. It’s almost like they added a nursing stool to an old product and decided to sell it as a brand new variety – at least it works well!
It has a few flaws, but it’s still going to get the job done. It isn’t a waste of money by any means, even if the wood can expand and shrink due to temperatures and humidity changes (which may in turn, cause a little bit of squeaking).
If your glider is squeaking, just give it a little bit of WD-40 (lubrication) and everything will work out. This is a fantastic buy if you’re eyeing a common and simple glider, but still want it to have a nursing stool equipped. It also happens to come in 5 different styles!
Stork Craft Tuscany Custom Glider and Ottoman with Free Lumbar Pillow and Full Head Support
Are you looking for a nursery glider that’s not only going to be a comfortable resting spot but also equipped with some of the better accessories that these chairs could have?
Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to get with this particular model, especially since the chair itself is designed to support posture as much as possible.
It’s a little pricier than the other ones we’ve taken a look at today, but you’re going to understand why that is when everything is said and done.
It’s very soft, and the micro fabric means that the material is completely breathable! It offers a lot of room for sitting down, and the arm cushions are made out of a creative padded polyester blend.
The comfort levels that you experience while using a nursery glider will determine whether your money was well spent or not. I don’t think there is a single person on this planet that would like to be uncomfortable while they’re nursing!
The back of this glider is relatively large, and is able to accommodate just about anybody and everybody – it can fit a person whom is 5’4 or even 6’2. Not only that, but it can support all the way up to 200 pounds! Tall people can rest their heads on the back of the chair and truly feel what it’s like to be comfortable.
There are a lot of things to love about this glider, and there should be, seeing as its much more expensive than some of the other ones you’ll find on the market. The padding of the armrests is very thick and firm, so there’s no cutting corners in that department – something you would have seen in the cheaper models.
The glide motion is incredibly smooth and never jerks, and the fabric being used is not only attractive but soft and supple as well! The free lumbar pillow is kind of like the cherry on top, and the 20 inches of space between the two arm rests means you won’t have to squeeze in at any point in time. Padded arms provide a great support your arms while nursing. There are also side pockets that can be used for an efficient means of storage.
Functionality: It only glides, meaning there aren’t any other sort of features to include; but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad purchase. The chair is amazingly comfortable and the glide process seems like you’re skating on butter. The fabric is completely stain resistant, and that means stains won’t be a problem sitting in the back of of the chair or armrests any longer. The Ottoman glides along with the chair.
Easily Cleaned: It’s one of the easier gliders to clean, and the assembly process should only take you around 30 or so minutes to accomplish. Not only will you get a functional glider, but you’ll get a clean-cut and simple one as well.
- You can assemble the entire thing with relative ease
- It’s also just an easy to use glider in general
- So lightweight, you won’t have to lug it around your home
- The perfect chair for any type of nursery or living room setting
- Incredibly durable, which means it will last you a very long time
- There are side pockets!
- It doesn’t recline, so keep that in mind
- There’s no locking mechanism located within the gliding process
- The cushions can feel a bit stiff at first, but that will subside after a day or two
- Some customers have mentioned that it makes noise while gliding. However, most of the time the noise is caused by improper assembly or could be solved with some lubricant.
The Verdict: This is a beautiful glider that’s going to bring together just about any nursery room you could imagine. It goes with just about anything, and the lumbar pillow makes it so that comfortability is never an issue. The side pockets allow you to make use of burp hankies (cloths) or even diapers if need be – this is a chair that has tried to think of everything in order to benefit you. It’s really easy to get up and out of the chair, and it feels (as well as looks) just a nice as some of the “upper end” models around.
If you want a glider that is reasonable in both the price and the features that it has to offer, you’d be hard-pressed to refuse this particular one. You can go about buying this specific glider in 6 different finishes of wood, as well as 8 individual fabric colors.
Graco Parker Semi-Upholstered Glider and Nursing Ottoman
Extra comfort usually means you’re going to have to pay a little extra, but that should be okay in most cases. If you’re picky enough to want a lot of comfort (and trust me, being picky in this case isn’t a bad thing at all) – you should be willing to pay for it.
The fully upholstered arms of the nursing chair allow the most relaxed experience possible to take place; and that’s a very big deal.
There’s also a nursing stool equipped alongside this product, and it sits underneath the Ottoman when it isn’t in use. This is a very high-quality product, it’s using micro fibers to keep things bacteria free (and sweat free!). The fabric is spot cleanable so you keep the look nice and fresh at all times.
Solid construction and made from high quality wood (which is certified by the JPMA, the ASTM and even the CPSC).
You can get this glider in a variety of colors, but a lot of people just like it for the contemporary style that they present. It’s almost like the perfect blend between old and modern gliders. If you’ve got an issue with dirty gliders, this will be a godsend of sorts.
- The gliding motion is incredibly superior to some of the other ones you’ll see on the market
- It has a very easy-to-use nursing stool underneath the Ottoman
- Very easy to assemble, even if you’re not a handy person
- Stylish, so you can make use of it in even the classiest settings!
- Spot cleanable for those who are serious about their hygiene requirements
- Only the chair and the ottoman glide – this means that everything else will stay in place
- The chair itself actually doesn’t recline, which is a need for some people
- The chair also doesn’t swivel, which is just a preference of sorts
- There’s no locking mechanism to stop the sliding motion
- There are no side pockets, either
Baby Relax Swivel Glider Wingback Style
Being on a budget can be a buzz kill sometimes, but that isn’t the case when you’re shopping for a comfortable nursery glider. You never want to sacrifice the style that your nursery chair is going to have, but you want the price to reasonable on top of everything else.
Dorel Asia Swivel Glider it’s one of the most comfortable I’ve ever used (on a personal basis), the swivel and rocking movements of this product are actually kind of sleep-inducing for me as well. The chair itself is completely covered with 100% polyester, which is a rather durable fabric; but it’s still soft to the touch (it feels almost as if the entire glider was made out of velvet).
It still looks like a “classy” type of glider, but it still maintains modern roots. It’s very easy to clean, and the 100% polyester build won’t soak up any nasty spills. It only comes in one color, which would be neutral taupe – this means that it can pretty much fit in most color schemes.
Its sturdy and reliable, and you want to have a lot of trust in your glider. The back has the perfect height for just about everybody, even for 5’10” person, allowing to rest comfortably on it and you won’t get stiff feeling in you neck when you fall asleep in it.
This glider uses a “wingback style”, which is awesome because it gives your head a little more support if you fall asleep or want to take a little nap.
Wingback gliders are usually going to run you a decent amount of cash, with the average one tallying up a price of about $600 (or more!). This chair is amazing for the price that it’s been listed for, and that’s why I feel like it’s the top one around.
This chair actually swivels! A lot of the ones we’ve reviewed before haven’t had this feature included. Everything is padded for comfort, meaning the arm rests and cushions together.
The chair seat has a width of about 32 inches, while the depth comes in at 31.5 inches so there is plenty of room side to side to comfortably feed your baby. If you have to grab anything while your baby is sleeping, the swivel feature will come in handy (on numerous occasions, mind you). It assembles with ease, although the chair doesn’t recline – I guess it’s a fair trade off for being so comfortable, as well as being able to swivel. Easy to clean and the 100% polyester fabric won’t soak in spit-up.
FLASH REVIEW: Dorel Baby Relax Upholstered Swivel Glider would be another reasonable choice for anybody who is looking for a “modernized” chair
Modern looks are going to be sought after more often than not, because who wants to look like they’re caring for their children in the 50’s? I understand that a lot of people like class, but this product does a great job of fusing both worlds together – the design itself is as modern as they come, but the fabric is as soft and classy as most high-end options would mimic. It swivels with the quietest motions you could imagine, and while the arms sit somewhat low (which some wouldn’t prefer), it’s still comfortable enough to be used with or without a pillow.
For some people the back of the chair sits a little low, 17″ tall from the cushion to the top of the chair. So a taller individual might have to use a pillow to fully support your head.
Check out the dimensions of this product:
Overall: 37.25″ H x 30.5″ W x 33″ D
Seat: 20.5″ H x 21″ W x 21.5″ D
Arms: 24.5″ H x 4″ W x 31.25″ D
While it does both glide and swivel, it does not recline. It also doesn’t come with an Ottoman, let alone a nursing stool to go along with that. It does, however, come in two different colors! You can get it in either coffee, or gray – the choice is yours.
Baby Relax Mikayla Upholstered Swivel Gliding Recliner – Built for Comfort
It’s comfortable, it’s well-priced for the product you’re getting, and it has ALL of the most important features around. It’s perfect for just about anything, whether it be sitting, sleeping or downright nursing!
The height of the chair is able to completely support the head of somebody who is 5’2”, all the way up to somebody who is 6’4”. Regardless of your height (in most cases), you’ll be able to sit down in it and feel completely comfortable.
You can reach the floor while in recliner mode in order to rock the chair back and forth with ease, and the gliding motion never jerks – it’s always as smooth as possible. The arm rests are nothing to complain about.
Very modern design with a sturdy metal frame. The fabric is durable, soft, high end, it feels like velvet and doesn’t take up a lot of space.
Dimensions of the product:
Entire Dimensions: 41.75” Height x 30” Width x 37” Depth
Seating Dimensions: 21.5” Height x 21” Width x 22.5” Depth
- Extremely easy to set up. There are only 2 pieces to put together.
- Great modern style
- Rocking motion very smoothly which is perfect for soothing baby
- Rocks with a large range of motion
- Reclines far back. You can even take a nap in it
- The handle to recline is easy to reach
- Easy to get in and out
All in all, this is a fantastic chair to sit down with your baby in, and just rock back and forth. It’s very stylish and looks a lot pricier than it is, so odds are you’ll be completely satisfied with the quality. It also comes in two colors!
Delta Children Benbridge Upholstered Glider – Perfect for Small Spaces
Delta Children Benbridge Upholstered Glider is a go-to choice for anybody who is looking to keep the amount of space they use limited. With this glider, you’re going to even forget that it’s there at times – that seems like an exaggeration, but it’s very compact and still maintains a good level of comfort.
In the end, you want to shoot for the most comfortable option that money can bring to you.
It’s just a bit over $200, which means it’s going to remain one of the more affordable gliders around.
Check out these dimensions:
Assembled: 35.75” Height x 32.5” Width x 30.25” Depth
Seating: 18” Height x 20” Width x 21” Depth
There’s no need to struggle with the worries of squeaking and noisy gliders, as this one will operate like darkness in the night. It’s a very relaxing sensation to sit in this chair, and the thickly padded arm rests make sure that your elbows don’t get sore during the entire endeavor. It should hold up well with time, but like anything else there are a few things to watch out for. The steel frame is going to improve upon the longevity, but a stiff cushion (that will soften over time) could push some people away.
The backrest was comfortable for many people, but there were still a few reviews that talked about it being a little too straight – if you prefer recliners and angled back rests, this isn’t for you.
It comes in simple packaging, and assembly instructions can be found inside of the box; it took me about 35 minutes to completely put the glider together. It doesn’t come with an Ottoman, so don’t get your hopes up, there’s also no lock gliding system function set in place. It’s still reasonably priced, though! Available in two colors.
A similar swivel glider that comes with ottoman is available at a slightly higher price.
Shermag Glider Rocker Combo: Winner of the “What Expecting Moms Love Awards”
The Shermag Glider Rocker Combo is literally the best mid-range glider I’ve ever used, and I say that because I really care about the things I’m sitting in (nursing is a tough job, trust me). The gliding motion is competitive when it comes to beating the rest, but it’s still really quiet; it’s also a very budget conscious and fashionable piece. This isn’t your typical glider; this is one that’s going to stick with you for more than a few years.
The cushions are thick and fluffy, something that you can really get into – you can also lock the gliding motion at 6 different positions, if you choose to. The one thing that sucks is the fact that it doesn’t recline, but it makes up for that with every other feature included. This is a very helpful product for when you’re going through the breastfeeding stages!
Comfort/Functionality: Whether you happen to be on the larger or smaller scale of things (physically) doesn’t play a huge role here, as this product can handle just about any time of frame you might sit on it. That’s right, all of those size 18 ladies out there can still comfortably sit in a chair! It’s also fantastic for those of us who happen to be on the taller side, 6’2. There’s an Ottoman included, and it stands about 13 inches in height, so it’s the perfect placement option for your feet in a recliner.
It can be cleaned as if it could never truly get dirty, as the micro fiber cloth will make sure any sort of bacteria will be well accounted for. There’s bound to be some sort of spill or mess at some point, and this makes it easy to clean up. Like most other gliders and recliner chairs, it’s also very easy to assemble yourself.
- Its construct consists of very strong wood, and it should last you for years upon years
- It’s got very soft and plush fabric
- The armrests are relatively high, so rocking your baby to sleep will be easier than ever
- You can lock it into a stationary position
- There are storage units built into the padded arms themselves, which means you can keep certain items close by
- It’s very easy to assemble
- This chair doesn’t have a reclining feature, even though the back has a natural recline of its own
- The Ottoman doesn’t lock alongside with the chair
- The Ottoman might be a bit low for some people
The Final Verdict: Whenever you’ve got a chair that’s mix and matching comfort and easiness of assembly, I’m going to be a happy camper. We don’t have to struggle setting this bad boy up, and we can relax in style when everything is finally put together! Not only can you rely on this chair, but you can even go about buying it in two different colors!
Price Range $440.00 – $323.95
Dutailier Modern Glider Multiposition Recline and Ottoman
They call it the ‘Cadillac’ of glider chairs. Built for extraordinary comfort. Very sturdy and has all the features you’d want in a glider chair. Some of these would happen to be:
- The ability to multi-position recline
- The locking mechanism that can lock your glide
- Incredibly thick cushions that are meant to be as comfortable as they can
- Padded arms that are thick and comfortable
It’s pretty much got everything you could ever hope for in a nursery glider, and I’m here to help you decide whether or not it’s the right purchase to make right now. It’s an amazing chair to help you care for your baby, or even just sit down and watch TV in – it’s also available for purchase in 3 distinct colors.
Comfort/Features: This is a very comfortable chair, and the glide that both the chair and the Ottoman go through is awesome! It feels like you’re skating on ice, except you’re sitting down! It isn’t too noisy by any means, and one of the most impressive aspects of this product would be the multi-position recline.
This one will start to recline almost as soon as you lean back, which doesn’t occur in most other models. There aren’t any sharp edges that might harm you or your child, and the finish is completely free of any toxins you could think of.
The built-in lock mechanism is also a nice little touch, as you’ll be able to stop the glider whenever you please.
It functions quite well, as it: Glides, Reclines and even locks into a Multi-Position Recline! See video below.
Easy to clean. Easy to assemble
- It’s very comfortable – exceptional even!
- Glides with ease, you don’t need to fight it (not at all)
- Reclines in a very simple/efficient manner
- There’s a multi-position lock mechanism
- It’s very, very easy to clean
- The solid hardwood frame promotes longevity
- It’s very stylish for such a simple product
- Doesn’t have any swiveling actions
The Final Verdict: With everything I’ve just said, this is obviously one of the best nursery gliders around. It isn’t going to be easy on your bank balance, but it’s still going to offer up a lot of joy in your life! The lack of cons would be pretty obvious in this situation.
Also available in Light Brown, Brown, Dark Grey, Grey Modern
This is a product that is equipped with one of two different types of cushions, those being the “A” variety and the “C” variety. You’ll see this more than a few times when you’re looking through Dutailier gliders, and we’ll get to that a bit later.
The key thing to remember here is that there’s actually a retractable footrest within this combo (like the one in the demo video above).
That’s right, you can move your foot rest around as you please with the push of your toes.
The footrest also stops the Ottoman from gliding around, which is very useful for when you want to relax in a still setting. It’s also incredibly useful if you’re trying to find that “perfect spot” for feeding your child.
Other than the things we’ve already listed, it’s pretty much full-featured, like the other high-end gliders we’ve reviewed today. It reclines and it’s even got a locking mechanism to secure your gliding process, which is something a lot of people keep an eye out for.
This happens to be one of the very few gliders out right now that will allow you to recline, while you’re still gliding. It’s a very reliable chair, built for both sturdiness and comfort – the average height will have no problem fitting in it, and neither will a 6” tall (or so) person.
The fabric used in the creation process is easily cleaned as well, which is a critical must for all moms out there! We know babies can make a mess, that’s just nature. There’s also 2 awesome colors to pick from! You don’t have to settle for just one.
Cushions are critical, and you might be wondering what “A” and “C” happen to be. Well, it doesn’t have anything to do with the quality, the “A” and “C” indicates different shape of the cushions.
Naomi Home Deluxe Multiposition Sleigh Glider and Ottoman
Naomi Home Deluxe Multiposition Sleigh Glider is a wonderful selection for many different reasons, and it’s the type of chair that will turn breastfeeding into the most relaxing experience you could ever have.
It might sound strange, but it’s true! You could even just use this chair to lull your children to sleep, by rocking them back and forth. It’s a unique chair, and I like the fact that there is a very thick layer of padding located within the cushions (and armrests).
Most of the other gliders you’ll come across won’t even be able to come to this level of comfort/padding at this price.
Comfort/Features: The seat is very large, and it can fit just about any able-bodied person inside of it. The width in between the two inner arm rests would be about 24 inches, which is more than enough space to feel comfortable at any rate. The seat also has a depth of 2 feet, which will allow you to sink in with ease – the back stands about 27 inches tall as well. That’s tall enough to rest your head on, whether you’re gliding or not. The side pockets are incredibly convenient as well, as it’s almost like having a personal storage unit on your side!
Moreover, it has multi locking mechanism too to stop the glider from moving
Easily Cleaned/Assembled: This is a very easy-to-use product, you don’t have the go through an entire hassle trying to put it together and that’s going to resonate in more than one way. Assembly shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, and the micro fabrics used in these chairs allow them to be cleaned with ease.
The Final Verdict: There aren’t many negative traits to this glider, and that leads a lot of people to lean towards buying this one. The Ottoman might be a little too short for some of you out there, and the lack of recline might be a factor for some. Regardless, it’s still a fantastic glider for the price you’re paying! It also comes in 4 different styles.