Recliner chairs can be an enormous help to people with back trouble or mobility problems. However, you may be confused as to which type to buy. Here is a quick guide to the advantages of buying a manual or an electric recliner chair. 1. Manual recliner Firstly, manual chairs are likely to be less expensive than electric chairs. They are much simpler devices that don't have the electronic components that electric chairs need, and so are cheaper to make.