11 Best Gliders of 2020
Best Gliders
September 2, 2020

Best Gliders

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Soothe, feed and snuggle: a glider can be a useful (and stylish) addition to any nursery.Best Gliders

It’s 2 a.m. and you look through bleary eyes at your wee one wedged against you, on the brink of nodding off. Sleep will come soon, but for now there’s you and your baby, warm and cozy, slowly rocking in the deep quiet of night.

For centuries, parents have used rocking chairs to share snuggles and soothe babies to sleep. These days, the traditional rocker has a major competitor: the glider. Instead of rocking in an arc-like motion, the nursery glider has a fluid back-and-forth slide and requires less effort to keep the momentum going (and perfect for those half-awake nights).

Do You Need a Nursery Glider?

A nursery glider is a nicety, not a necessity. But if you have the budget—and the space—many parents would consider a glider to be a must-have nursery item, especially during those first few years.

A glider chair is the perfect spot to cuddle, soothe and read to your little one. Add an ottoman for extra foot support and it also becomes a comfortable, supportive place to breastfeed or bottle feed. You could certainly curl up on the couch or on a traditional chair, too, but you’d miss out on the rhythmic motion, which simulates the womb and helps babies settle into sleep, and the back support.

Which glider is dreamiest depends on your family’s budget, space and decor. Here are the best nursery gliders, and why.

Best High-Tech Glider

This glider lets you rest and recharge (literally) with the brilliant addition of a built-in USB port hidden right into the armrest. The wingback-style fits any nursery aesthetic and the glider’s smooth swivel motion is perfect for soothing a fussy baby.

Best Glider for Small Spaces

Lots of parents want the comfort and convenience of a glider but don’t think they have the space. Think again—the DaVinci Olive boasts one of the smallest footprints of the many glider chairs on the market, but doesn’t sacrifice one bit of comfort. It’s perfect for tight city living or for positioning in a nook of a smaller room that doesn’t have a ton of floor space to work with. The high back and included lumbar pillow and ottoman make for extra support, and the metal base offers a 360-degree swivel for smooth gliding.

Best Traditional Glider

If a traditional look is more your thing, the Middleton Glider Swivel Rocker Chair from Delta is the way to go. With a wingback style, rounded roll arms and a brushed nickel nail head trim, this comfortable, supportive chair brings a traditional flair to any space. The upholstered fabric is easy to clean—there’s even a removable cushion for those extra messy spit-ups and spills—and the smooth gliding motion is great for soothing even the fussiest of little ones.

Best Modern Glider

Babyletto furniture is known for its classic mid-century look, and the Madison Swivel Glider fits right in. The low back and clean, modern lines of this glider make it an ideal choice for any modern nursery. And the chair is made from a water- and stain-resistant microsuede that’s durable and easy to clean, so no need to worry if you have your heart set on one of the lighter-colored fabrics.

Most Affordable Glider

Thousands of positive customer reviews, tons of colors and pattern choices, a coordinating ottoman and a super-affordable price point? Yes, please. Coming in at a price far below many of the other nursery gliders on our list, the Storkcraft easily nabs a spot on our best-of list. This glider features comfy cushions, padded arms (one with two storage pockets built right in) and an ottoman that glides in tandem with the glider chair. And from dark wood to light and solids to chevron, there’s something for every nursery style here.

Best Rocker Glider

Featuring wooden rocker legs on the bottom, the Miranda Wingback Rocker is a nice compromise if you want the look of a glider but the functionality of a traditional rocking chair. The petite frame is comfortable but won’t take up a lot of space and the contemporary style gives this chair a timeless look. Bonus: the Miranda is made from performance fabric that’s water-repellent and stain-resistant so it will hold up well over time. It’s also Greenguard Gold Certified.

Most Chic Rocker

A glider upholstered in vegan leather? Yes, please. This chic rocker will take your nursery style up a notch while also being super functional. The Sleepytime Rocker is hand-upholstered and features ash hardwood legs. The wide seat base allows for plenty of room to comfortably rock, feed and cuddle your little one—and look totally cool while doing it.

Best Glider Recliner

In case smooth gliding isn’t quite comfy enough for you, this nursery glider takes things one step further by adding a recline feature and a pop-up footrest. (Insert contentful sigh here.) The Addison also features upholstered fabric, a swivel base with a 360-degree glide, multiple recline positions and a clean, streamlined silhouette that works with almost any nursery style. Hidden hardware for the recline sliding mechanism ensures that tiny fingers won’t get caught in any of the relaxing action.

Best Glider for Twins

Expecting multiples? This chair-and-a-half features an extra-wide seat that’s roomy enough for twins (or more!). The chair is constructed and upholstered by hand and the modern fabric comes in a choice of two different colors. The comfy, supportive seat is ideal for nursing or story time and the chair’s stainless steel swivel base has 360 degree motion.

Most Customizable Glider

With over 60 (yup, 60) custom fabrics and colors, your biggest issue with this glider is going to be figuring out which one to choose. The Comfort Swivel from Pottery Barn Kids comes in everything from cozy chenille and vintage velvet to washed linen and performance tweed. Eco-friendly construction includes sustainable hardwood and springs made from 70% recycled steel, and the glider is Greenguard Certified to meet strict chemical emissions standards. When the glider is done with nursery duty, simply purchase a new slipcover and use it anywhere else in your home.

Most Luxurious Glider

Ready to get your luxury on? The Milo Glider from Crate and Kids, designed by the artisans behind high-end furniture brand Monte Design, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to decking out your luxe nursery. This handcrafted glider features a kiln-dried hardwood frame, a stainless steel pedestal and several custom fabric options. It doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for a chair that will go the distance and transition beyond your nursery, this may be the choice for you.

Also consider…

If you’re looking for a rocking chair instead of a glider, there are plenty of options to choose from that have similar features to many of the nursery gliders on our list. Some are more traditonal while others have a fun, modern flair. Here are a few of our favorites.

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