Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Crate & Barrel

Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Crate & Barrel

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Arlyn Hernandez
Feb 7, 2017
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Have you been eyeing a sofa at Crate & Barrel but can't make it into one of their locations to test it out for yourself? Or maybe you have a few contenders on your list, but need help narrowing them down? That's where the Apartment Therapy Sofa Squad comes in.

We had eight of our editors hit up C&B (as well as four other stores) to couch surf through all 20 models on the floor of the retailer's SoHo location, taking note of vital sofa-buying criteria: How deep is it? How firm is it on a scale of 1 to 5? Could I lay here all day (maybe even catch a few Zzz)? Some of our testers were tall, some were short (and many in between) with very different preferences. All their scores were averaged to give each sofa an overall rating. And there was a clear favorite that far and away out-comforted the others. Read on to get the scoop.

A little info about Crate & Barrel:

With a factory in North Carolina, the majority of their sofas are made stateside (of both domestic and imported materials). You're likely to find sturdy kiln-dried certified sustainable hardwood frames on their seating, which means a product that won't warp or easily break, as well as a sofa made of responsible materials.

The Sofas

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Aidan Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,099-$2,199
  • Available size(s): 72"w x 35"d x 31"h / 86.5" x 35"d x 31"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 6 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a 2-piece sectional, 3-piece sectional, and build-your-own configurations

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This is pretty formal, and frankly pretty stiff. It has no squish!" - Adrienne Breaux

→ "If you're looking for a firm, tailored sofa, this one's for you." - Katie Holdefehr


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Axis II Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,899-$4,299
  • Available size(s): 88"w x 43"d x 32"h / 105"w x 43"d x 37"h
  • Available colors: 10 special order leather options / 3 quick-ship upholstery items, 16 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in several sectional configurations, ottoman, storage ottoman, full or queen sleeper, full or queen memory foam sleeper, full sleeper with air mattress, armchair, chaise lounge

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This was like Goldilocks for me!" - Adrienne Breaux

→ "I think this would make a great family couch, though the back cushions seem a little too big. It's on the firmer side, but not in a bad way." - Nora Taylor


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Cavett Loveseat

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,499-$1,999
  • Available size(s): 51"w x 33"d x 31"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship leather option, 9 special order leather options / 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 6 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Matching bench and ottoman also available

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "It's beautiful, but...it's more of an accent than something you want to sit on for extended periods of time." - Taryn Williford

→ "This is closer to an upholstered bench than a sofa." - Janel Laban


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Cullen Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,199-$2,299
  • Available size(s): 76"w x 35"d x 31"h / 90"w x 35"d x 31"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 4 special order upholstery options

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "Firm, but cushier than you'd think considering there are no back cushions." - Janel Laban

→ "Beautiful but I just can't see myself buying this. The seat is too narrow." - Carrie McBride

→ "What a great shape...and velvet! I like a firm sofa, but this is a little too firm, and probably not the best for lounging." - Nancy Mitchell


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Davis Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,399-$4,199
  • Available size(s): 78"w x 36"d x 36"h / 90"w x 36"d x 36"h / 103"w x 36"d x 30"h
  • Available colors: 10 special order leather options / 3 quick-ship upholstery options, 13 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in several sectional configurations, ottoman, storage ottoman, full or queen sleeper, twin/full/queen sleeper with air mattress, swivel armchair, armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "I think I'd like this better in the sectional option." - Adrienne Breaux

→ "The small size offering is pretty comfortable for a compact piece." - Janel Laban

→ "I tried this in the leather version; it just felt extremely firm and kind of hot." - Katie Holdefehr


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Dryden Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,499-$4,199
  • Available size(s): 76"w x 37"d x 34"h / 87"w x 37"d x 34"h / 103"w x 37"d x 34"h
  • Available colors: 10 special order leather options / 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 22 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available with nailhead trim, full or queen sleeper, full or queen sleeper with air mattress, several sectional configurations, ottoman, armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "It's certainly comfortable, but I feel like the back cushions might lose their shape easily." - Taryn Williford

→ "I wish the arms were cushioned." - Carrie McBride


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Durham Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,649-$1,699
  • Available size(s): 72"w x 36.5"d x 36"h / 86.5"w x 36.5"d x 36"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 3 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Chair-and-a-half, and ottoman-and-a-half also available

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "All those back pillows are not overly obtrusive...they're just right." - Janel Laban

→ "This seems a little short for a serious nap, but the seat cushions were very soft. To me, though, the back pillows detract from coziness." - Carrie McBride


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Essex Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,099-$2,299
  • Available size(s): 73"w x 40"d x 35"h / 89"w x 40"d x 35"h
  • Available colors: 6 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a loveseat, ottoman, armchair, and 2-piece sectional (all with or without casters)

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This is a nice, slouchy sofa...one I'd happily purchase." - Taryn Williford

→ "Soft back cushions, but the deep seat might not be great for shorties." - Carrie McBride


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Gia Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,899-$1,999
  • Available size(s): 74"w x 43"d x 31.5"h / 88.5"w x 43"d x 31.5"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 3 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a loveseat and armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This reminds me of something you'd see in a sitcom and wonder where it's from." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "I prefer a really firm sofa, so I definitely liked this one." - Nancy Mitchell


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Harborside Slipcovered Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,699-$1,999
  • Available size(s): 84"w x 38"d x 37"h / 92"w x 38"d x 37"h
  • Available colors: 21 quick-ship upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a 2-piece sectional and 3-piece sectional

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "I can't decide how I feel about this one, which makes me think maybe I don't like it." - Taryn Williford

→ "The seat cushions on this sofa are great...so plush! A little narrow for my tall frame, though." - Nora Taylor


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Lounge II Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,599-$3,999
  • Available size(s): 83"x 46"d x 37"h / 93"x 46"d x 37"h / 105"w x 46"d x 37"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship leather option, 4 special order leather options / 3 quick-ship upholstery options, 20 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in 2-piece sectional, 3-piece sectional, slipcovered, and build-your-own sectional configurations

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This would totally be a TV room sofa. It's not called the lounge for nothing." - Taryn Williford

→ "I know I love this sofa...because I've owned it for two years. It's outrageously deep (I've had guests use it as a bed without complaints), but I can cocoon into the soft corner of this for hours...for better or for worse. The tweedy fabric hides all kinds of sins. I can see some people having an issue with back support, but I just stack my plethora of pillows behind me whenever necessary." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "Not for me; feels too big and too deep to sit, forces you to lay back." - Janel Laban


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Margot Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,099-$1,299
  • Available size(s): 72"w x 33"d x 33"h / 80"w x 33"d x 33"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 7 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in 2-piece sectional with several configurations

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "Feels like a nice sitting room sofa, maybe for sipping tea!" - Taryn Williford

→ "Too firm for me. Meh." - Katie Holdefehr


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Montclair Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,599-$1,799
  • Available size(s): 76"w x 38"d x 35"h / 86"w x 38"d x 35"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 5 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Available with two or three seat cushions, in a loveseat, chaise, ottoman, armchair, 2-piece sectional, or build-your-own sectional

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "I tried both the two- and three- cushion sofa, and the three cushion version is far comfier." - Janel Laban

→ "This is weird, but I sat on the end of this sofa and felt like I was tilting. Make of that what you will." - Carrie McBride


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Petrie Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,699-$5,799
  • Available size(s): 76"w x 36"d x 32"h / 86"w x 36"d x 32"h / 100"w x 36"d x 32"h
  • Available colors: 7 special order leather options / 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 7 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in 2-piece chaise sectional, 2-piece corner sectional, armchair, ottoman

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "Even though I wouldn't consider buying this for myself, I still really liked it. The low arms felt good; would be good for visitors but not watching TV." - Carrie McBride

→ "Very nice shape, but almost a little too deep for me." - Nancy Mitchell


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Reston Sleeper Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,449-$2,499
  • Available size(s): 82"w x 37"d x 34"h (full) / 87"w x 40"d x 34"h (queen)
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 7 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in several 2-piece sectional sofa configurations

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "You can tell it's a sleeper sofa when you sit on it. It's soft immediately on the surface, but then firm right underneath." - Taryn Williford


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Rochelle Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,999-$2,199
  • Available size(s): 76"w x 37"d x 33.5"h / 86"w x 37"d x 33.5"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 2 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in 3-seat lounger, 2-piece corner sectional, 2-piece chaise sectional, ottoman, armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "It doesn't feel as high quality as other Crate & Barrel sofas." - Janel Laban

→ "A nice supported sitting experience, but not for someone who values naps." - Nora Taylor


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Taraval Sofa with Oak Base

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,399-$2,499
  • Available size(s): 80"w x 39"d x 36"h / 96"w x 39"d x 36"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 8 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Available with two or three seat cushions, loveseat, armchair, ottoman, 2-piece sectional, 3-piece sectional or 4-piece sectional

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "The lumbar pillows are super soft, but the sofa cushions less so, though not necessarily a complaint." - Taryn Williford

→ "Great cushions, but the arms are stiff and uncomfortable. Not a good 'nook' experience." - Nora Taylor


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Trevor Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,199-$5,600
  • Available size(s): 72"w x 35"d x 34"h / 81"w x 35"d x 34"h / 106"w x 35"d x 34"h
  • Available colors: 8 special order leather options / 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 12 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Matching armchair and ottoman available

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This was the perfect height, depth and firmness for me. I'd definitely consider this one." - Taryn Williford


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Verano Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,749-$2,299
  • Available size(s): 86.5"w x 42.5"d x 33.5"h / 90"w x 46.5"d x 33.5"h / 102.5"w x 42.5"d x 33.5"h / 102.5"w 46.5"d x 33.5"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 4 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Matching armchair and ottoman available

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This is life! It's as big as my dorm bed in college." - Taryn Williford

→ "I found the Verano to be a wonderful balance of soft and cushy without feeling like I would get lost in the cushions or not be able to easily get up. Though it's so deep it requires a build up of back pillows for sitting up." - Carrie McBride

→ "I literally said 'Oh, wow!' when I sank into this super soft cushion cocoon. It's wide enough to curl up on, which I love." - Katie Holdefehr


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Willow Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,849-$2,499
  • Available size(s): 70"w x 36"d x 34"h / 84"w x 36"d x 34"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 7 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Matching chair-and-a-half, armchair, ottoman-and-a-half, and ottoman available

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "The cushions! It's a nice slow sink into them. #Beachhouselife." - Nora Taylor

→ "This slipcovered option is practical for homes with kids and pets." - Katie Holdefehr


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