I would very much disagree
with the people who say that Ekornes/Stressless is ugly.
After all, which
Ekornes/Stressless pieces are they talking about? For just the recliners, there's at least 30 different ones, broken up into about a dozen different 'style families'. There's also about a dozen different sofa/loveseat/chair lines. Most of them do look significantly different from each other upon any kind of close inspection. Thus, blanket statements don't really cut it here, at least for the aesthetically open-minded. It's probably fairer to say that some Ekornes/Stressless stuff isn't so pretty, some is okay, and some of it is quite attractive. However, I'm definitely a 'form follows function' guy... it can look like a million bucks, be the biggest iconic status symbol in the world, etc etc, but if it's crap to sit in, you can keep it. This is where Ekornes/Stressless really SHINES, in my opinion. A goodly number of their pieces are heaven to sit in, really. Now, I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to comfort. I'm the guy who'll A-B-C comparison two or three chairs or sofas for hours on end, to the despair of many a salesperson. I've sat in a LOT of good and allegedly good recliners, loveseats and sofas, especially in my latest quest to find something I could 'fall in love with' and keep for the next 10,15, or 20 years. After much
near-obsessive-compulsive searching, Stressless won. I just have not found anything as comfortable, anywhere, PERIOD. And yes, I've sat in the legendary Eames lounge chair. It was better than some of the lower-end Stressless stuff, but not as good as the better Stressless recliners (or sofas or chairs). And, it costs more.
Quite a feat, considering that the better Stressless stuff is quite pricey itself. So, to answer the original poster, I'd say yes, definitely give Ekornes/Stressless a shot. Make sure you go to a store that carries all or most of their stuff, because their pieces/lines vary quite a bit in terms of aesthetics, and of course comfort. For example, in their recliners, the Orion/Taurus line is pretty comfortable. You sit or lie in it and think, hmm, pretty nice. Then you go lie down in one of the Savannah/Memphis line recliners, or the Dream/Spirit/Vision line. Quite a bit better. Sadly, also quite a bit more expensive too. It's the same way with their sofas/loveseats. Sat in a Manhattan... comfortable on the back, but the armrest is positioned too high, and that particular piece doesn't recline, nor does it have any kind of headrest. Then you go try the Paradise. Wow, perfect. Totally and completely relaxing AND reclines AND the has the wonderful adjustable headrest (in the highback). And, of course, it costs about double
what the Manhattan does, because Ekornes knows that. So Ekornes/Stressless is evil, pretty much. I'm not kidding.
Even so, I'd try 'em out. I haven't found anything better, and you could do quite a lot worse. See too if you can get a return or a cancelled-order piece, you might be able to save some money, assuming the color is to your liking. And that's really the only thing bad about Ekornes/Stressless... the price (well, that and the long
lead time). Would that the knockoffs FELT like the real thing, instead of just looking kinda/sorta like it. But they don't. I've tried 'em.