After spending weeks and months rolling through trade shows, vising show rooms and personally experiencing all of the advanced chairs from top brands, I compiled the TOP list below.
If you looking for World’s Best Chair, the following 3 chairs are your best bet:
1. Luraco I7 Plus (Best Massage Chair Overall)
2. Human Touch Super Novo (Space Saving Design / Advanced Teck)
3. Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 (If you are on a Budget)[table id=3 responsive=stack /]
Best Massage Chair Reviews (List Updated for 2020)
We’ve put together this list of massaging chairs, giving you a concise and informative report on what the best massage chairs can (and cannot) do and what they’re best suited to, so you know which is best suited for you personally.
A massage chair is a good investment, especially if you have chronic pain. It can help you relax and relieve the stress of everyday life. Having something to relieve and prevent pain is an absolute godsend.
But you need to know which models work best for which pains, which models to be wary of, and what to look out for.
We’ve put together this list of the best massage chairs of 2020 to help you discern between the good investments and the duds, taking the trouble out of finding the chair that’s going to offer you the relief you need.
1. Luraco i7 Plus Massage Chair – #1 World’s Best Model
The Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus is the replacement of the standard Luraco iRobotics 7. With better speakers, a better touchscreen remote, and new individual sections and adjustable intensity, it takes massaging chairs to the next level.
Seriously, this chair is as close to a personal masseuse as you’re going to get. The intensity is controlled by a hundred individual airbags; there’s an optional health monitor that keeps track of your blood pressure and heart rate.
Individual body parts can be selected, from your head to toes; each part can be adjusted separately or even omitted. The taping can be set to variable, constant, or percussion.
Made in the USA with some parts imported from Taiwan, the i7 Plus will give you 3 years of industry-leading massages, guaranteed, with an extra 2 years guarantee on parts.
Quietest Chair – The quiet tech makes this the quietest chair on the market, so you can lay back and relax without too much buzzing.
Made in the USA – The chair is assembled and quality controlled in the USA, with American and imported Taiwanese parts, with USA service. If something goes wrong with your chair, which is highly doubtful, you won’t have to deal with retailers or customer support reps from some strange place that deny your problems, this chair is made to last and has been FDA approved.
3-year Warranty – The chair is warrantied for 3 years, with a 2 year extended on parts. The 3-year covers in-home parts and labor.
So you can rest assured that your investment will more than pay for itself before the time comes that it may need to be replaced.
3-Tiered Foot and Calf Massage – Sore calves are a thing of the past. The extra layer of airbags in the foot region ensures that your calves aren’t neglected in any way; they get the same treatment as the rest of your body.
3D Roller Intensity Adjustment -Unlike the i7, the i7 Plus is now more adjustable. The lower back and mid-back, calves, and feet have become separate body parts.
That means you can set the intensity of the 3d-rollers on each of these areas separately or choose to select or omit these individual areas.
Airbag Intensity Adjustment – The airbags in the calves and feet can now also be adjusted separately for an even more personalized massage.
Bluetooth Speakers – The Bluetooth speakers have been upgraded to a higher quality. They can be found at the back of the chair and pair seamlessly with any Bluetooth device so you can listen to your favorite music in crystal clear quality as you lay back and relax.
Unique Tapping Rhythms – The i7 Plus has three different tapping rhythms to choose from, constant, variable, or percussion.
The speed of the tapping of the constant setting can be adjusted for an even more personalized massaging experience.
Health Monitoring – Besides the obvious body scan technology feature which most chairs have, you can now opt to add a health monitoring feature that tracks your blood pressure and heart rate, meaning you can keep track of your vitals before, during, and after your massage.
Summary: Made by Americans for Americans the iRobotics 7 Plus is the best massaging chair on the market. It is gentle when it needs to be, but can be tough to. It is fully adjustable and as quiet as you’re going to get. Barring a personal masseuse, you’re not going to get better than this chair.
2. Human Touch Super Novo Massage Chair – World’s Best Model with Space-Saving Design
The Human Touch Super Novo is a lot like the Novo XT2, but with a couple of special features including 38 instead of 34 auto-programs, 4-D instead of 3-D rollers, SL-track instead of L-track, a Virtual Therapist which can anticipate your likes and dislikes which runs through an Alexa operated control that has a handy docking station and a full Altec Lansing Sound System as opposed to Bluetooth speakers.
This chair doesn’t have the waist airbags, uses normal heating instead of air heating (included in the foot calf and knee region), and it is slightly heavier than the Novo XT2, so the Novo XT2 is also a very good massage chair.
But what makesthis chair so unique is that it has SL-track, which is perfect for relieving lower back pain, especially sciatica caused by tight gluteal muscles that pinch nerves.
Dual Lumbar Heat – Built-in heat loosens the muscles running next to your spine to help you relax and let go of stress and tension.
Full Body Stretch – The full-body stretch function helps to lengthen and stretch out your spine and legs to help you decompress your joints and spine.
Premium Sound System – The Altec Lansing sound system comes equipped with 8 preset nature tracks that are soothing and relaxing and has Bluetooth connectivity so you can listen to your favorite tracks as you relax.
Leg Extension – A unique feature of the HT is that the leg extension includes a bended knee to avoid hyperextension, and the calf airbags can be set to the knee joint for a full knee massage.
Heated Feet and Calves – The heat function extends to include the knees and calves, giving you added, soothing pain relief in these areas. The feet also have rollers for a reflexology massage.
Premium Look and Feel – The HT, with its state of the art technology, looks like a space pod. If the size bothers you, keep in mind that it only needs an extra 2” of wall space to go from an upright to a reclined position.
38 Auto-Programs – Including Meditation programs and a Yoga Studio program, gives you a wide variety of preset programs to choose from.
Virtual therapist – gives you a personalized massage and can be activated using Alexa. It also anticipates your needs and likes, giving you the feel of a real massage therapist. The SL-track function can also be set t slow down and decrease pressure in the lumbar area, just like a real live massage.
The Best Chair for Big and Tall People – The HT can handle someone who is 6’9″ tall, with a weight of up to 300 lbs without any difficulty
Summary: If you’re big, tall, suffer from knee pain or lower back pain, this is a very good option for you. It is a bit pricey, but you won’t get a more sturdy model that will help you relax your lower back.
3. Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 Zero Gravity Full-Body – Best Chair Under $2000
For the price on Amazon, you’re not going to find a massage chair that has all the same functionality as the Kahuna LM 6800.
While the feet and calf rollers on a budget chair can be painful, this chair comes with added padding, and if this isn’t enough, you can always add an extra cushioned pad or some fabric to make it less harsh.
That being said, the LM 6800 has most of the functionality of the high-end massage chairs, albeit not to the same degree of expertise.
It has a body scan, zero gravity, and even arm massage. With five different massage techniques and three-speed and intensity settings over various individual areas of the body, you’ll be able to target the sore spots without a problem.
The heated back and legs and L-track function give added healing and pain relief.
L-track – The L-track uses a 4 roller massage system to relieve pain throughout the lower back and buttocks, giving relief to lower back pain and even some forms of sciatica.
Space-Saving Zero-Gravity – the space-saving technology only needs 3” of wall space for the three different zero gravity positions. Zero-Gravity has been proven to be the most effective position to enjoy a massage.
Dual Foot-Rollers – Not many budget massage chairs include leg massage, but the LM 6800 does. While the intensity of the dual-roller can be a bit much for some, this is easily remedied by adding a layer of padding.
Computerized Body Scan – Even though it is a cheaper model, it still comes equipped with a full-body scan to ensure you get a massage that’s tailored to your size and shape.
5 Manual Massage Techniques – including Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Shiatsu, and a combination of Kneading / Tapping, giving you a wide variety of options to choose from to get the massage that works best for you.
6 Auto Programs – Including the Yoga- Stretching program, which increases circulation and revitalizes your body with a series of stretching and massaging. The SH-Chiro program combines shiatsu and chiropractic techniques to relieve stress and tension in your spine.
Heating Therapy – provides extra pain relief in the lower back and legs.
Personal Adjustment Options – The roller speed and air cell massage intensity can be adjusted to three different levels, while massages can be targeted to individual areas including upper back, lower back, entire back, lower body, lower back & body.
Summary: The Kahuna LM6800 has all the functions that are essential to getting a good massage. With different pre-set programs that target common problem areas and a good amount of personal adjustment options, you’ll struggle to find a chair that does everything this massage chair does for just under $2000.
4. Kahuna SM-7300 SL-Track Superior Massage Chair – Great Chair Under $3000 for Bigger & Heavier People
The Kahuna SM-7300 is an affordable option, especially if you’re large or tall. Like the Kahuna LM6800, the SM-7300 comes with most f the features you expect on a high-end model, but at a fraction of the price.
With nine preset programs that are tailored to suit common ailments and a variety of different manual adjustments and settings, you’ll get more than you bargained for with the SM7300.
Along with all the features of the LM6800, the SM-7300 features SL-track, an adjusted seat size to accommodate bigger/taller people, 4 new auto-programs, and a leg and foot covering for an amazing leg and calf massage:
SL-Track with 6 Wheels Roller System – THe Sm 7300 tracks your spine from your neck all the way to you the top of your thighs for a full spinal column massage. This is a brilliant feature if you suffer from back pain in multiple areas, including lower back pain, which is often caused by tight gluteal muscles.
Taller & Wider – Built for real Americans, the new size upgrade accommodates taller and bigger people, without making the smaller people feel like the chair is too big. It comfortably fits people between 5’-6’5”
9 Auto Programs – 4 new auto programs are included for a repertoire that consists of Yoga Stretching, Fast Recovery, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Athlete, Office Person, Golfer, Senior Mode, and Dynamic Sport.
Upgraded Acupressure – The six rollers now each have acupoints on them that are set through a detection system to hit just the right spots, the arms use pressure points as with the LM 6800.
Wrap-around Squeeze Massage – The calf massage now has a wrap-around squeeze function that uses three different techniques to help your calves relax.
LCD Controller – The controller is now an LCD that is more user-friendly and offers 5 different ai-intensity settings.
Summary: If you’re looking for an affordable massage chair with all the essential features you’ll find it in the SM7300. It is also built for taller/bigger people, as opposed to the Kahuna LM-6800. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a magic massage chair under $3000, you are going to be disappointed, no matter what you get. But the Kahuna SM-7300 is the closest to high-end you’re going to get in this price range.
5. Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair – Good Mid Range Chair for Tall People
The Titan Pro Jupiter is built for people who are 6’1″ and taller. While it can accommodate people from 4’10”, it really is designed to handle tall folks up to 6’6″ tall. But this isn’t the only selling point.
It is virtually impossible to find another 3D L-track on the market at this price with this many features. Some other models may also offer the space-saving feature, foot roller, and lower back, seat, and calf heating, but unlike other mid-range massage chairs, this model offers Bluetooth and a head airbag massage that is to die for.
Low Back/Seat Heating Element – The heating element will help relieve tension and pain, allowing your muscles to relax deeper and the massage to reach deeper tissue.
Bluetooth – This model is one of the few mid-range models to offer Bluetooth connectivity so you can listen to some soothing music of your choice as you enjoy your massage.
Best Head Massage – Airbags that massage the sides of your head give the Pro Jupiter a double thumbs up.
1-year Parts/Labor in-Home Warranty (3 yr. ltd.) – There is an option to extend for an extra year or two at an additional cost if you choose.
L-Track – The 52” L-track reaches the glutes and upper hamstrings for even more lower back relief.
3 Types of Foot Massage – Rollers with acupoints target the balls of the feet, special cones stroke the heels and arches while the airbags offer pressurized massage for complete reflex-relaxation.
Space-Saving Zero-Gravity – The two zero-gravity levels use space-saving technology to offer you the best massaging posture in a compact space.
48 Airbags with Low-Back and Hip Twist – Every area of your body is targeted with te 48 airbags. Although the shoulder and neck massage isn’t the best, the airbags at the lower back and hip region are used to gently lift and turn your hips to release tension in the side-body.
Summary: The Titan Pro Jupiter is grea model if you’re looking for a reliable chair that’s not too expensive bt that has most of the high-end features. You can also benefit if there are two people in your household, one short and one tall.
6. Luraco Legend Plus L-Track Home Massage Chair – For Small People with a Smaller Frame
The Legend Plus is at the yop of the mid-range massage chairs. If you have a little extra to spend on a massaging chair, this one is worth the price.
Like the i7 Plus, this model is designed and made in the USA, with mostly USA parts, so the 3-year warranty will be upheld without trouble.
For a mid-high range model, it also has a lot of airbags (80), to give a well-rounded massage in targeted areas.
Compared to the i7, it has all the same features except the Legend doesn’t have waist or hip airbags, vibration, or gripping. But what it does have that the i7 doesn’t is, L-track (a whopping 58”) and roller massage (which is adjustable)
58″ L-Track System – This is the longest L-track you’re going to find, adding extra length to the top and bottom of the track, a great bonus for tall people or those that suffer from lower back pain as a result of tension in the glutes and upper hamstrings.
Made in the USA – Company works from Texas, where they engineer and assemble their massage chairs. While some parts (structural hardware and synthetic leather) are imported from Taiwan, all the parts that matter are made right here in the USA, making repairs or replacements easy.
Touch Screen Remote Control – All Luraco chairs now come with a touch-screen remote that works like a smartphone, making it easier to use and browse through.
5 Memory Settings – Whether you have a specific program you like doing on different days or there are a couple of people using the chair, 5 personalized programs can ow be saved so you can get the personalized massage you enjoy most at the touch of a button.
Bluetooth & MP3 Music System – The high-quality sound system in the Luraco series is some of the best speakers you’ll find in massage chairs, to give you high-quality sound along with your high quality massage.
Adjustable 3D Rollers And Airbag System – 80 individual airbags give you variable intensity in just the right places for a more specialized massage in those hard to reach areas.
The intensity can also be adjusted to suit your personal needs. The sectional function means that each area (back, lower back, etc.) can be adjusted according to your personal preference.
Airbag Intensity Adjustment – The airbags in the calves & feet can now also be adjusted separately for an even more personalized massage.
3-Tiered Calf & Foot Massage – Sore calves are a thing of the past. The extra layer of airbags in the foot region ensures that your calves aren’t neglected in any way; they get the same treatment as the rest of your body. The mechanical rollers (foot) add an extra reflexology treatment for your feet.
Back & Feet Heat – As with most models, it offer back and feet heating pads to help your muscles relax more for a deeper massage.
9 Auto Programs, including Body Stretching – Each program is a 20-minute massage designed to target a specific ailment. There is also a special stretching program that helps to decompress the spine and joints.
The Full Package including:
- Body Scan Technology
- Exceptional Warranty
- Noise Reduction Tech
- Optional Health Monitoring System
Summary: This is by far a personal favorite. While it might not be THE best on the market, it does offer the best value for money deal. It’s is a good size for most customers and offers most of the functions you need in a high-end chair. The exceptional warranty makes this a great model to invest in.
7. Osaki OS-4000T Zero Gravity Executive Full Body Massage Chair – Best S-Track Chair
The Osaki OS-4000T offers a zero-gravity massage experience at a very affordable price. While this isn’t the top model, it does have a fantastic S-track function with unparalleled shoulder and neck massaging.
The foot and arm massage target specific reflex points to give you a total sense of well-being.
As a low-range model, don’t expect too much from this chair, but if you’re after a chair that will help relieve upper back pain and tension, this is an option for you.
Zero Gravity Design – The zero gravity design puts ou in the perfect weightless position to enjoy a relaxing massage. Unfortunately, this model does not use a space-saving design.
Superior S-Track Design – The intelligent massage robot pays special attention to the neck, & shoulders, and lumbar spine. It automatically adjusts to match the curve of your spine and makes micro-adjustments along the way for an even better massage.
6 Pre-Set Programs – The six pre-set programs are designed to give targeted results including Healthcare, Relax, Massage Therapy, Smart, Circulation, and Demo
2 Automatic Settings – There is an automatic massage setting for both the upper (shoulder, back and lumbar), and lower body (buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet)
Manual Adjustments – There are 3 options available for upper body massages, including full-body, partial, or fixed for the times you need a complete relax or some special attention for a specific area.
Multiple Adjustments Including:
- 6 Massage styles – rolling, kneading, clapping, shiatsu, Swedish or combo
- 5 speed and intensity levels
- 3 kinds of width adjustments – wide, medium and narrow
- 5 intensity options on the back air bags (2) and lower body air bags (26)
- Calf rest can be lifted and stretched to match leg-length, the backrest can be lifted
Specialized Massages for Specific Areas to melt Tension and Pain away:
- Powerful Vibration Seat Massage
- Air & Vibration Massage
- Hip Air Massage
- Lower Back Heat Therapy
- Air Squeeze Neck massage
- Shoulder Air Massage
LCD Display – The LCD display comes with a mini wireless controller that has 5-30 minute auto-time options so you can lay back and relax. As the 46 air bags (8 in the arms, 14 in the feet, 10 in the calves, 2 in the seat and 2 in the back, 4 in the shoulders, 2 in the headrest, 2 neck, and 2 in the hips) paired with the s-track and heating pads work to melt away stress and tension.
Summary: The Osaki OS-4000T is a decentchair for the price. It doesn’t have all the high-end features, but it does have a really good neck and shoulder s-track massage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a space-saving design, but it is quite light for a massage chair, so moving t isn’t impossible, though it isn’t recommended. If you suffer from shoulder or neck pain like tension headaches this is an option for you.
8. Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 Chair – Best Chair Under 1000
I know what you’re thinking… You think that this is more than $1000. But if you want to go waste your money on a low-quality chair with more features, be my guest. It will break, and you’re going to wish you’d spent the extra $700.
It’s a simple chair, but it does all the basics, including BodyMapping, air warming, figure-8 calf massaging, foot massagers, 5 automatic programs, and a very handy swivel base.
This chair might be (relatively) cheap, but you’ll get more than your money’s worth!
5 Auto Massage Programs – Choose a program that best suits your needs and lie back as the chair does the rest.
Body Map Pro – Gone are the days of endlessly pressing buttons to get to the right spot HumanTouch’s Body Map Pro function allows you to select the right area off the map of the human body.
Patented Warm Air Technology – A luxurious stream of warm air is used to heat and relax the lumbar area.
Swivel Base – Who needs a swivel base on a massage chair? Everyone who’s tied it. It makes moving around much, much easier.
FlexGlide Roller Technology – The orbital technology incorporated by HumanTouch’s new patented FlexGlide reduces pinching and friction for a seamless roller effect that’s more relaxing than any other.
Hidden Ottoman – It looks like a normal chair, but transforms into a massage chair. The calf wells which double as footwells are hidden under the seat of the chair so you can use your massage chair as a normal chair.
Figure-8 Calf Massage – HumanTouch uses paddles for calf massages instead of traditional air bags. The paddles move in a patented figure-8 for better circulation.
Easy-to-Use Remote – Simple yet effective, the remote control is easy to use and not intimidating at all.
Human-Like Techniques – Stretch, Flex, and Tone Massage techniques are mimicked by the special rollers in the chair back for a truly unique massage experience.
Summary: The WholeBody might be slightly more expensive with fewer features than cheaper chairs, but it does give a thorough massage and it won’t break without a reason. It’s a better investment than some cheaper models with fewer features that are cheaply made.
9. Osaki OS-Pro Ekon Massage Chair – Best 3D Massage Chair
Looking for a massage chair that’s light to the touch or gets in deep where it needs to? The Osaki Ekon is just the chair you need.
The 3D Rollers on the Ekon can shift forward and back up to 3”, with 5 setting points in between, so you can set the intensity of the massage just right for you.
Because this is a mid to high-end chair, there are a whole host of extra features to enjoy, including chromotherapy, knee rubbing, and a stretching function.
Best 3D Roller – The 3D Rollers on the Ekon can shift forward and back up to 3”, with 5 setting points in between, so you can set the intensity of the massage just right for you.
L-Track – It reaches all the way from your neck to below your glutes for a full spine massage that can help relieve sciatica and lower back pain caused by tight glutes.
Space-Saving Zero-Gravity – The Ekon puts you in the perfect position without using up extra space. The sliding base needs only 3” of wall space. The base slides forward 10” when you recline.
Chromotherapy – When you darken the room before your massage the Ekon’s built-in lights will create a soothing ambiance to help you relax.
Lumbar Heat – The low-back heating element is made from carbon fiber to help soothe and relax tired and sore muscles.
BlueTooth with Hi-Def Speakers – Now you can pair your phone with the built-in high definition speakers so you can listen to some soothing sounds as you lie back and relax. There’s also a handy USB charging port so you can recharge your device at the same time as you recharge your batteries.
Body and Auto Leg Scan with 40 Air-bags – Not only does the Ekon measure your body so that the rolling mechanism work their magic in exactly the right places, but the 4 air-bags add a little extra relaxation for your arms, calves, feet, shoulders, and seat.
Knee Rubbing and Calf Kneading – The air-bags in the lower leg section reach high enough to include your knees in the circular kneading massage that relieves tension in the calves. The calves can also benefit from the calf rolling mechanism for one of the most comprehensive calf massages from a chair.
6 Automatic Programs – Unfortunately, the Ekon only comes with 6 Auto-programs, Rest & Sleep, Neck & Shoulders, Waist & Spine, Working Relief, Sport Refresh, and Extension (stretch), but the stretch function is very effective, and programs can run up to 30 minutes.
Summary: The Ekon is quite pricey with limited functionality for such an expensive chair. That being said, it does offer the best 3D function, so if intensity control is a big thing for you, this is definitely a chair worth investing in.
10. OHCO M8 Massage Chair (Formerly Inada Dreamwave M8)
From Furniture for Life, the Dreamweave is now known as the OHCO. Same great chair, different name. They had some legal reasons for changing it.
But let’s take a look at the chair that’s been designed by the famous Ken Okuyama, the Ferrari designer…
The M8 features a special side door that’s great for someone with limited mobility. While it is assembled and tested in Japan, it does offer a 3-year warranty on parts and labor. So, while this is a nice chair, the Luraco and HumanTouch are better brands given where they come from.
Some key features that make this chair special are an air-ionizer with Aromatherapy, neck pillow rollers, Thera-Elliptical calf kneading, and a stretch program for an L-track.
Easy Access – The armrests work like doors of a luxury car, they open at the touch of a button, making getting into and out a breeze.
Thera-Elliptical Calf Kneading – The air cells provide a soothing massage combined with the traditional calf rollers for a calf massage that will leave you weak at the knees.
Alternative Therapies – The M8 incorporates Aromatherapy, Air Ionization, and LED light therapy to increase the amount of relaxation you’ll experience with each massage.
3D MaxTrack Roller Mechanism – While the MaxTrack works in the same area as an L track, it is improved designed focuses on massaging the glutes while you are in a more horizontal position, giving you the most beneficial stretch that an L track chair can.
Neck Pillow Rollers – In other chairs, you add a neck pillow, you lose the neck rollers… With the neck pillow rollers, you get the added head support without losing the soothing neck massage.
3 Year Parts & Labor In-Home Warranty – This warranty ensures that massage chairs are covered for the first three years, with no added transport or hidden fees.
Heat Technology – THe M8 uses infrared heating elements for targeted heating and then also includes static heating in the feet hands and seat.
All the normal features a high-end models should have:
- Space Saving Recline
- Zero Gravity
- Heat Technology
- Stretch Program
- 14 Auto-rograms
- Shoulder Air-bags
- Quad (4) Rollers
- Body Scanning Technology
Summary: The M8 is a chair for someone with limited mobility, but it is rather pricey. The i7 Plus by Luraco and Super Nova by Human Touch offer similar features for about the same price.
Models Not Included In This Massage Chair Review (Good & Awful Models to Stay Away From)
Real Relax Massage Chair, Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu
This model might for the price, but some customers have complained that it malfunction on the first day.
Others have said it’s the best thing they’ve bought. The problem is it doesn’t fit shorter people, and there is n reliable quality control, or customer support should something go wrong.
Could still be a nice purchase, if you on a market for massage chair under $1000.
Ogawa Active L Plus
This isn’t a bad chair for the price. Is has 3 pre-programmed massage memory functions, which is quite unique as well as leg scan and electronic leg expander.
Ogawa is an okay brand, but it’s not the best. The Active L Plus will give you all important features, but may not last as long as better brands.
The Cirrus has arm rollers. If your arms give you trouble, this may be a big selling point for you.
The neck and body massage functions are strong, which you may like or hate.
All in all, this is a very expensive model, but there are better models available for the price.
Fujimedic Kumo Massage Chair
Users who bought this chair loved this chair. There are minor complaints about the LCD display, but otherwise, customers seem to be satisfied with their purchase.
The chair offers heated rolling mechanism instead of pads/plates; made in Japan instead of China… Not a bad model, but there are chairs for the same price with a much better and more robust track record.
Infinity IT-8500 – Absolute Best BodyStretch Function
The Infinity IT-8500 has an amazing spinal correction function and full shoulder airbag massage.
Infinity IT-8500 is a chair and does offer the absolute best BodyStretch Function.
Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner
DON’T BUY THIS CHAIR!
This Full Body Shiatsu Massage Recliner got a C-rating from fakespot.com, but that’s not the worst of it… It is cheaply made, and when it inevitably breaks, the supplier doesn’t honor the manufacturer’s warranty.
I’m not even going to tell you why to buy it or what it is for… It is a waste of money.
This Shiatsu Massage Chair is going to break within the first year.
MR Direct Massage Chairs
Not a great buy unless you like a REALLY INTENSE massage. It wore a blister in someone’s butt on the first day.
Everyone says it is an intense massage; some even prefer sitting with their feet over the edge. If you want a super intense massage, you may want to get this chair, but it is really not the best buy.
Rather try the Osaki OS-Pro Ekon – it s got the variable intensity and isn’t stuck on super strong sumo-massage mode.
Medical Breakthrough 6 v4 Recliner 3D Massage Chairs
Very few users are disappointed by this cair (as in no-one is), BUUUUUUT, that’s a bit strange. It’s an okay product, given the features, but it got a c-rating on fakespot.com…
So we’re not sure if the ratings are fake. It’s better to get the Luraco i7. It might be a bit more expensive, but at least you know you’re getting a decent model.
OOTORI SL Massage Chair
Not a cheap chair at all, and yet it keeps breaking. It’s a new brand with an unresponsive customer support department, and the company has basically no info online…
It looks as though they’re sourcing cheap chairs from China and selling them with a huge mark-up. Not worth it, rather get a better, more reliable chair from the list above.
Summary: Some chairs are better than others, while all if the chairs didn’t make our list, the worst ones definitely didn’t.
Some more chairs not included in this review:
- Ideal massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair
- EC201 Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair
- Relaxonchair mk-ii Plus
- Best Choice Products Faux Leather Electric Massage Chair Recliner Ottoman
- Inada Sogno Dreamwave Massage Chair
Things to Consider and Questions to Ask Before Buying A Chair
Because massage chairs are slightly more high-tech than any other furniture you have, there is a very real risk that something is going to go wrong with it.
Regardless of how reliable the brand is, there is always a chance of either mechanical or electronics failure. For this reason, it is extremely important to look at the following aspects before buying a chair:
Buying a massage chair is a good investment, but if something goes wrong, it can become a pain in the neck. So, make sure you know that the model you buy has responsive customer support.
It’s always advisable to buy a chair directly from the seller and check the comments (especially the 1 to 3-star reviews) for comments on customer support.
Warranties come in all shapes and sizes. Some brands offer a full warranty, but most offer a limited warranty with certain aspects becoming null-and-void at certain times.
Take a look at whether it’s an in-home warranty or whether the chair will have to be shipped, whether labor is included (and for how long) whether parts and electronics are warrantied separately, and whether extended warranties can be bought on purchase of the product (this is often a MUST, especially on cheaper brand models)
If you are buying a massage chair online, which you probably are, CHECK THE RETURNS POLICY! You don’t want to end up with a chair that’s defective that you don’t like, and you can’t return it.
Look for things like shipping fees on returns, whether it’s a money-back guarantee and whether something needs to be broken for it to be returned or whether customer dis-satisfaction is enough reason.
Also look at customer service feedback to see if the company keeps to their agreements or whether there are a lot of reviews saying “this chair really stinks, but returning it isn’t worth the effort” – don’t buy that chair, that chair is going to be more trouble than it’s worth.
Then, if your chair breaks, are they going to charge you to get the parts out to where you are, even if you are still under warranty?
Or one day, when your guarantee has run out, and the chair breaks, where is the closest place that’s going to fix your chair, how much are they going to charge you?
How much is labor on the chair? Or, as with the i7 Plus model, if a new model comes out and the old one is discontinued, are the new parts covered under your existing warranty?
Or will your one-month-old warranty become null-and-void because the supplier decided to stop stocking the parts your chair uses…?
Then there are, of course, the more obvious, but equally important considerations:
What are you willing to pay for your chair? How much do you spend on massages at the moment? How bad is your health? Is a massage chair a medical necessity or a luxury item?
The more you need the chair, the more I’d advise getting a high-end chair. Taking out a bit extra for a chair that’s going to track things like heart rate and blood pressure may be worth it for you.
Also, if you have back issues, getting a fully automated space-saving chair, which is usually more expensive is definitely a better idea than getting a cheap chair that you need to move around, and that isn’t going to track your spine – massage chairs can cause more damage than good if they are too harsh in the wrong areas…
More expensive chairs have better adjustment options and functions to ensure your health and safety.
While not always true, a rule of thumb is that the cheaper the chair, the lower the quality f the massage, especially for calf and feet.
Where does your body hurt the most? Look for a chair that is best suited to target that specific area.
If I haven’t made this clear enough already, massage chairs can be dangerous. They are big, heavy and can be brutal if you use the wrong setting on a particularly painful area…
That being said, some aches and pains, such as certain forms of sciatica (severely slipped disc or bone spurs), won’t be helped with a massaging chair.
In fact, a slipped disc can be aggravated by the twisting movement offered by some chairs.
Do, however, look for a chair with heating in the right parts, arms, shoulder, and neck massage if these are especially tough areas for you or L track if you suffer from lower back pain.
Head massage is always nice if you suffer from tension headaches or migraines…
If you have a medical condition and you are unsure whether a chair is a decent option for you to consult your healthcare professional.
Not your masseuse or yoga instructor, yes they know a bit, but a biokineticist or a chiropractor knows a lot more.
Key Takeaway: Making sure you know what you’re buying into will help you protect your body as well as you bank-account
Top Massage Chair Brands To Consider
Osaki chairs are made in China. They aren’t the best quality, but they aren’t bad either. As far as brands go they’re in the middle.
Luraco is one of the top brands. They offer quality products and customer service. All their chairs are made in the USA with good customer service and warranties for all their products.
Another top brand, HumanTouch, offers some of the best massaging techniques. As their name suggests, their products strive to mimic touch of a massage therapist, and they’re not far off.
OHCO (Formerly DreamWeave)
Great designs, but not the greatest value for money. OHCO offers a innovative range features that take massaging chairs to the next level. While they’re assembled and tested in Japan, they are manufactured elsewhere.
Not a very popular brand. Their chairs aren’t bad, but for the price, there are better chairs from more reliable brands. Another mid-range brand.
Not a bad brand, Japanese-made with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor (in-home), this isn’t a bad brand, they just don’t offer the same as the more popular brands, making them less popular but not bad by any means.
The chairs are actually quite affordable.
Not very many chairs on offer from Cozzia, they offer affordable mid-range chairs that try to have similar features to high-end chairs but don’t quite get it right. Not a popular brand, with no real wow-factor.
Panasonic has become a household name for various electronic equipment and appliances. When it comes to massage chairs, they offer sleek designs that live up to and exceed customer expectations. Quite pricey, but some users prefer it over other high-end chairs of the same price or more.
With low, mid, and high-end models, Synca doesn’t make the most amazing chairs. I mean, they do what you’d expect, but nothing more. They do, however, offer a great warranty (5 years limited), which makes them worthwhile.
Not the best chairs. I mean, they’re quite pricey, and they only last about 2 years, but they do have an amazing spinal stretch feature that most L track chairs lack. If you’re happy spending $4000 on a chair that’s going to last a year, not a bad brand to consider.
Great chairs, high-end features, competitive prices. The customer service on this brand is ok.
Made in Korea, this is not a very popular brand, but it is a good one. With a minimum 3-year warranty, there have been virtually no complaints with this brand. While the chairs are pretty basic, they’ll last.
A Japanese brand, they offer a competitive warranty (3 years labor and structure). The chair itself isn’t bad and definitely beats the Cozzia. Not the best chairs, but definitely up there.
Key Takeaway: Not all Asian brands are bad. Do look out for customer service complaints and issues before deciding whether a brand is good or not.
Most Important Features To Consider When Buying a Massage Chair?
The spinal stretch feature is when the chair decompresses your spine. Most models do this by gripping your ankles and then tilting you backward (to varying degrees, depending on the chair), and then proceed with a massaging sequence.
This helps to stretch out your spine and relieve tension, especially in the lumbar region, which can aid in the relief of sciatica and lower back pain.
Not many chairs have an this feature, and very few include a arm rollers . But for those who have tried it, there’s no going back.
This feature uses air-bags (in most cases) to compress the forearms and upper arms in varying sequences.
You’d be surprised how much tension you hold in your arms! Especially good features for people who use their hands on a daily basis for work or sport.
All good chairs now have a zero-gravity feature. What this means is that the chair suspends you in a horizontal position where your body-weight is distributed evenly.
So, instead of the rollers or air-bags pushing you forward and out of the chair, they now push you up, so your body-weight helps to increase the effectivity of the massage.
Most chairs have a few different positions to choose from, but having the legs and feet elevated above the heart has been shown to be the most effective position.
L-Track or S-Track
Let’s start with S-track. When viewed from the side, this is the shape the rollers follow as they run up and down your spine, curving out at the dorsal spine, in at the lumbar spine and out again at the bottom.
L track does the same “tracking” but in a different shape, curling under your glutes to provide a massage that stretches over a longer area.
The best is to get an SL-Track, which tracks both the natural curve of your spine as well as extending below the glutes. This provides even pressure along the length of your spine as well as the glutes.
All rollers are three dimensional in the sense that they aren’t flat. The 3D feature pertains to the functions, rather than the shape.
All 3D means is that the mechanism can move in or out to increase or decrease the amount of pressure (or the intensity) used in the massage.
Some chairs use vibration to help release tension in muscles. Micro-vibrations are a great way to both stimulate the tiny muscles fibers and release even the toughest of knots.
It’s so effective in doing this that some gym equipment incorporates micro-vibrations. You may, however, not like this feature. It’s one of those – you either love it or you hate it.
Recently there have been a few advancements in the traditional chair heating. Some chairs now use targeted infra-red hearing on their rollers, which is a really great feature, but these often don’t have heate pads on the legs.
There is also static heating in the form of air or heating pads.
This is a good option if you like warming your lower back and legs, as most chairs offer heating in these areas, but it often does not extend all the way up to the shoulders and neck.
When choosing a heating option, think of the areas that are most painful or carry the most tension as heat soothes and relaxes muscles.
Rollers are the backbone of massage chairs. While all models have mechanism that run up and down the spine, some offer rollers in other places, including calves, legs, feet, and even arms.
Rollers can be smooth or knobbed with acupressure points that “dig in a little deeper.” While rolling can be painful in the beginning, it does target the fascia (connective tissue holding the muscles in place), which is one of the main contributors to feeling tight and stiff.
If you are an especially inflexible person, it could make all the difference in the world.
The more air-bags, the more finely tuned your massage will be.
Massage chairs use air to inflate bags that are strategically positioned around your body.
By varying the inflation, the airbags effectively become “hands” pressing into you with varying intensity.
The air-bags in the legs (and arms if featured in the chair) are also used to rhythmically compress and release your legs (or arms), which releases tension and increases blood flow.
With more air-cells, the rhythm and flow of the massage become more finely tuned. Less air-cells won’t give you a bad massage, and it just won’t be as perfectly proportioned.
The airbags are also positioned in various regions across the body, with some chairs offering airbags in the waist, hip, and shoulder regions (not all chairs do).
The strength of a massage depends on a number of factors. Firstly, it depends on the model. Some chairs are just more intense than others.
Most chairs from good brands do, however, have intensity settings, which gives you a variety of airbag strengths and roller depths to choose from.
This increases or decreases how much the air-cells are inflated or how fa rit extend outwards.
The best brands will give you varying intensity settings across different areas of your body, so tender areas are handled with care, while stubborn knots are tended to with vigor.
Things that automatically increase the strength of a massage are S-tracking, which will increase pressure on the lumbar spinal curve, calf-rollers, which add extra oomph to airbags in that region, and knobbed rollers (the ones with “acupoints” on them), which literally press into your muscles on a deeper level.
If you’re a softy, opt for a chair that uses normal mechanism with a variable roller pressure. If you like a deeper massage, opt for chairs that have a reputation of being stronger.
Like jeans stretch over time, the more you use your chair, the more relaxed your muscles with becoming, so it’s best to opt for a chair where you’re using the second-lowest pressure setting to start off with, so you can increase intensity the more you become accustomed to the chair.
Some chairs have a function that twists your spine slightly while you’re in zero-gravity.
What the chair does in inflate and deflate the air-bags at the waist/hips and shoulders to give your spine a slight twist.
This can be very beneficial if your side-body is tight or your spine is static in general. This is a dangerous feature if you have had spinal surgery, or a herniated or slipped disc.
Key Takeaway: It’s important to know what you’re buying, so make sure you know what the features are and which ones you want.
Massage Chair Benefits
There are various claims about the health benefits of massage, whether from therapists or chairs.
Here are the claims that have been backed by SCIENCE:
- Reduces Stress and Improves Cognitive Function –
- Less Stress More Testosterone– this loosely translates into more libido, determination, and stamina
- Reduces Blood Pressure and Heart Rate – even less to worry about
- Helps Manage Chronic Lower Back Pain – this shouldn’t be news to you
- Reduces Migraines – a pain in the back/neck is often a cause of headaches
- Wider Range of Motion – if it counts for the shoulders it counts for all muscles
Key Takeaway: Of course, getting a massage is also nice. It’s a way of doing some self-care in the comfort of your own home and there is nothing better to improve your mood than spending some feel-good time on yourself.
Most Common Types of Massage
Shiatsu – A pressure and the stretch massage that releases tension and improves energy flow.
Percussion – Short, rapid pulses with a gentle stretch that improves tenderness, pain, and mobility
Kneading – Squeezing and soothing of the muscles that stimulate circulation and relieve pain.
Compression – Pressure is applied rhythmically to a large are to pool the blood and warm up muscles
Stretching – Helps to improve blood flow and mobility. Some programs include other massage forms with the stretching function for deeper relaxation.
Tapping Massage Type – A lighter form of percussion.
Key Takeaway: Getting a chair that uses the techniques you enjoy most will ensure that you are happy and relaxed during your massages.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Massage Chair?
Besides the benefits covered in the Massage Chair Benefits section above, having a massage chair on hand is extremely beneficial.
You basically have a masseuse in your home that you can use whenever you feel stressed or sore – they’re on-call day and night. If you suffer from chronic pain, this is an absolute godsend.
Once you have your chair you also won’t have to book, wait for or pay for massages. You get self-care at the push of a button.
Key Takeaway: The main benefits of having a chair are convenience – nothing beats being able to relax whenever you get a chance.
Frequently Asked Massage Chair Questions
Can Massage Chairs Hurt Your Back?
YES! If you have a herniated disc or a pinched nerve, massage chairs are not a good option for you as they can make the condition worse.
That being said, muscle tenderness after the first couple of therapeutic massage sessions on a new massage chair is pretty normal, especially if you jumped straight into the full-strength mode.
If you have tenderness, it’s probably due to inflammation caused by tiny tears in super tight muscles.
If this is you, take a breather from the chairs for a day or two then start on a softer program that’s less intense and work your way up.
Going all-out on a sore muscle will only cause it to cramp up more. To really get soft, supple, pain-free muscles, you need to start off slow and work your way up.
How Often Should a Massage Chair Be Used
Often, about twice a day, but for shorter periods, 15-20 minutes.
Unless you are used to your chair, spending more than 20 minutes in it at a time can cause muscle soreness because your body is not used to being poked and prodded.
But, once you are accustomed to your chair, you can set it to longer programs. When you do, start off on a lower intensity than you use for the short programs to avoid tenderness or sores.
Are Massage Chairs Safe To Use While Pregnant?
Yes, as long as you don’t overdo it or use the stretch function in later stages of pregnancy, you should be fine.
If you feel something’s not right, stop the chair immediately and sit still, call for help if symptoms persist.
If the symptoms reside, you can get out of the chair gently. Again, you may want to call for help at this point.
3d vs 4 d
3D and 4D rollers add extra “dimensions” to the functionality, not to the roller itself.
So whether a roller is marketed as 3D or 4D, check to make sure what these functions are. It could mean variable pressure (3D), rhythm, or speed (4D).
Most chairs have variable speeds and rhythms, not all of them have the “3D Function” of increased pressure.
Do All These Chairs Come With Built-In Alexa or Google Assistant?
Nope. The Human Touch Super Novo has it. And that’s about the only one on this list to be voice-activated with smart software.
But don’t worry, it won’t be long before more chairs have this function – now that one of the chairs has it the rest will follow swiftly.
And there you have the best massaging chairs, and how to make sure you choose one that won’t disappoint you.
The best massage chair is definitely the Luraco i7 Plus, but it is quite pricey. If you’re looking for something mid-range, the Osaki range is pretty good.
But don’t buy chairs under $1000, they’re just not worth it! Rather go for the Zero Gravity Full-Body Kahuna, it’s worth the extra money.
The Titan is a good mid-range buy for taller people, while the Luraco Plus L-Track is the perfect fit for smaller people.
All the chairs have their pros and cons but stay away from cheaply made Chinese brands. They may have great features at an amazing price, BUT THEY BREAK.
And I don’t mean if you jump up and down on it, it will eventually fall apart, I mean after a couple of months of regular use it just stops working, and getting that fixed is going to be a battle.
People that sell cheap chairs aren’t going to go through the trouble of fixing it – more trouble than it’s worth. Best massage chairs listed here will not have this problem.
Be smart, check your warranty, check your functions, service, and you’ll be on your way to being a happy owner of a perfect massage chair that does everything you want it to for as long as you want it to.