Top Rated Gliders

Top rated glider neutral colors with ottoman
We have a neutral colored glider in both kids’ rooms and love it!

Gliders are the perfect accessory to any nursery and most importantly are for lots of baby snuggles.

Whether you’re nursing, reading or simply snuggling, be sure to pick one that you can sit in for hours.

If you can, try out a couple of different gliders in the store and then find a great deal online, unless you get a superb deal in-store.

So what’s the difference between a top rated rocking chair and a glider?

A glider is designed for forward motion, back and forth, and usually come with an ottoman; rocking chairs move back and forth in more of a circular arc.

Both work really well for settling babies – it’s up to you to find one that works best.

Our advice? Try them out in the store before buying to ensure that you’re comfortable, have a comfy place for your arms, etc.

Many of them have different cushion qualities, making some harder to sit on than others. Keep in mind that you’ll want room for breastfeeding, if you’ll be using the chair for that activity as well.

I have found that gliders work best for me, as I use the chairs for breastfeeding, reading to my toddler each night, and settling my newborn to sleep.

We’ve compiled quick review hits on four of the best, top rated gliders* below for your review:

*Note that many of these come in different colors or models, so you can choose exactly the combination of wood and cushion color you want. Happy shopping!

Stork Craft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

PROS review summary:

  • #1 ranked best seller among best rated gliders on Amazon
  • Enclosed metal ball-bearings allow for smooth rocking
  • Some reviewers note that this is a great purchase for the price point

CONS review summary: 

  • Cushions are hand-washable only
  • Some reviewers note a squeak after several months of use
  • Other reviewers have had issues with parts “cracking” or “falling apart”


Dorel Living Baby Gliding Recliner

PROS review summary: 

  • Reclines and swivels with track arm design
  • Built-in, easy pull lever to prop up your legs
  • Easy installation

CONS review summary:

  • Some reviewers note that the leg lever can be “sticky” or “difficult to pull”


Graco Parker  Glider and Nursing Ottoman

PROS review summary:

  • Ottoman has “pull out stool” to rest your feet on
  • Coordinates with other Graco furniture
  • Fairly easy to put together with some pieces pre-assembled

CONS review summary:

  • Couple of reviewers noted that arms are not quite as tight, may need a few extra bolts to secure
  • Some reviewers noted that taller folks may not be as comfortable


Shermag Glider Rocker Combo

PROS review summary:

  • Hardwood construction with padded arms, comfortable for breast-feeding moms
  • Steel ball-bearing system

CONS review summary:

  • Some reviewers note that seat could be larger/higher for taller folks
  • Some note that the seat can start to squeak after awhile