two different style recliners back to back

Ethan Allen vs. La-Z-Boy

Whats the Difference Between the Two Brands?

Style Comparison

La-Z-Boy has a larger selection and that shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Ethan Allen has recliners that are a bit more “refined” in style, albeit pricier.

For example, at La-Z-Boy, you’re going to find options that look like this:

La-Z-Boy Vail Rocking Recliner
lazboy vail recliner


Compare that to the Dean from Ethan Allen, which is quite classy for a recliner.  Feel like you should be smoking a pipe and wearing tweed in that one.

Ethan Allen Dean

Dean recliner

You wont find any rocking recliners at Ethan Allen though, like this one from La-Z-Boy:

La-Z-Boy Joel 

joel recliner



Each site purports the following items to be best sellers.

Ethan Allen Conover

Conover recliner


La-Z-Boy Rosewood

Starts at $499 and goes up depending on how much you customize it.

Rosewood recliner

Its worth keeping in mind that while you will find more stylish recliners from Ethan Allen, you wont find features such as “power headrest” or “power lumbar” which are common options at La-Z-Boy.


Both companies carry furnishings for the entire house. However, Ethan Allen and La-Z-Boy differ in both available designs and overall selection.

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen’s catalog covers everything from classic sofa collections to ultra-modern bedroom sets. Many furniture styles allow you to customize certain details, so you can pick the color, finish, or trim that coordinates with your current or planned decor.


Known for their famous recliners, La-Z-Boy offers living room sofas and sectionals with all the same comforts. Power reclining, sleeper options, and media consoles are available for certain models. The brand has kitchen, dining, and outdoor furnishings, too. While all of their pieces deliver casual comfort, they include on-trend family-friendly, transitional, and modern styles as well.


Ethan Allen and La-Z-Boy have successful online stores and physical showrooms in many parts of the U.S. However, if you prefer to view and test new furniture in person, the retailer closest to you may factor into your decision.

Ethan Allen

With their goal of livable luxury in mind, Ethan Allen designs and constructs most of the items they sell. Their furniture is available in over 300 showrooms worldwide, including Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as well as most major American cities.


In 1927, La-Z-Boy founders Edwin J. Shoemaker and Edward M. Knabusch created the first reclining slat chair, launching a design that would soon become a household name. Today, the company operates more than 120 stores, and the brand’s products feature in thousands of supplier showrooms as well.

Special Features

Patrons of either company can speak to design experts in stores or book a consultation in their homes. Ethan Allen also provides free room planners and other online tools to help bring your vision to life. La-Z-Boy consultants work with your lifestyle and budget to get the look you want at an affordable price.


Both brands have warranty options that cover a variety of furniture-related issues.

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen guarantees their products are free from material and construction defects. Warranties exclude general wear and tear, accidents, or damage through improper use. Policy length depends on the item, but most furnishings have coverage anywhere from one to five years.


The company offers warranties for manufacturing or fabric issues that occur with everyday wear. Plans vary between one-, three-, and five-year limits or lifetime coverage depending on the product. These warranties typically include:

  • Reclining mechanisms
  • Metal, swivel, and wood bases
  • Fabric and leather upholstery
  • Memory foam and coil mattresses


Every company has a unique philosophy when it comes to shipping. Both vendors have reasonable options, so it’s up to you to decide which suits your family best.

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen determines the shipping method based on the purchase. Since larger pieces are more expensive and require appropriate packaging, the cost will be higher. However, Ethan Allen program members receive free shipments on all purchases.


La-Z-Boy associates will drop off furniture at your home whether you buy one item or several large pieces. Delivery time and price varies depending on your distance from a local store.

Summary of Comparisons

# Ethan Allen La-Z-Boy
  • Over 300 showrooms across the United States and the world
  • Online ordering
  • 120 showrooms, with products available in other suppliers showrooms as well
  • Online ordering
  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Rustic
  • Transitional
  • Modern
  • Casual
  • Family-friendly
  • Living Room
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Home Office
  • Mattresses
  • Bedding
  • Outdoors
  • Individual pieces and bundled sets
  • Living Room
  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Outdoor
  • Decor
  • Individual pieces
  • Shipping costs and eligibility vary by distance from nearest showroom
  • Many internet orders and smaller decor ship anywhere in the continental US
  • Delivery time and price varies by distance from a store
  • Many items include manufacturer warranties
  • Flawed products can be repaired or replaced
  • Most merchandise can be returned within 30 days
  • Warranties for manufacturing or fabric issues from everyday use
  • Plans vary depending on product, but may have lifetime coverage, or one, three, or five year warranties