Best Massage Chairs Under $1000 Review (2020): Our List of Top Models

Most massage chairs from leading brands cost a lot more than $1000. They’re built to last, giving you all the features and peace of mind you need to know you’ve made a good investment.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said about chairs under $1000. Most of them are duds.

But, while you’re going to pay top dollar for the best, there are a couple of off-brand chairs that won’t let you down…

We’ve sourced these. So, while you’re going to find a few chairs over $1000 (like the Kahuna 6800, which is best in terms of features and reliability), know that this will be money well spent.

Not all these chairs are under $1000, but in the long run, we’re saving you a lot of wasted money and time. Spending a little more is definitely worth it when it comes to buying a really the best massage chair.

Best Massage Chair Under $1000  (Updated List)

PRODUCTDETAILS 

Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair

Slightly more expensive chair with fewer features but coming from a reliable brand and best warranty

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Real Relax Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair

Real Relax 2020 Massage Chair, Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Recliner with Bluetooth and Led Light, Brown and Khaki
Best features / quality ratio. It isn’t the best for tall and heavy users
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OOTORI Full Body Electric Massage Chair

OOTORI Massage Chair, Luxurious Electric Full Body SL-Track Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massaging Chair Recliner with Heating Back, Foot Roller and Air Massage System for Home Office
This chair has fewer programs and less airbags than the Real Relax
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Zero Gravity Full Body Electric Shiatsu UL Approved Massage Chair

Zero Gravity Full Body Electric Shiatsu UL Approved Massage Chair Recliner with Built-in Heat Therapy and Foot Roller Air Massage System Stretch Vibrating for Home Office
Good featured chair, but customer service is Awful!
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BestMassage Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair

Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner with Built-in Heat Therapy Air Massage System Stretch Vibrating for Home Office Living Room
Space saver, but not a reliable chair! If you want to gamble - it's your choice!
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NFL Zero Gravity Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair NFL

NFL Zero Gravity Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner with Built-in Heat Therapy and Foot Roller Air Massage System Stretch Vibrating for Home Office
Another off brand chair from off brand with poor customer support!
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Massage Chair Deluxe S-Track by OOTORI

OOTORI Deluxe S-Track Massage Chair Recliner with 3D Robot Hand, Zero Gravity Full Body Air Massage, with Stretch Heating Vibrating Function
This chair has fewer programs and less airbags than the Real Relax
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Mr Direct New Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair

lectric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Foot Roller Zero Gravity w/Heat
Good intensity massage, but otherwise not feature-rich chair.
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TOP Massage Chairs For Less Than $1000 (Buying Guide & Reviews)

1. Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair – #1 Model Overall

7.1 WholeBody

Okay, this chair isn’t technically part of the list, but it deserves an honorable mention. We know it’s more than $1000.

But it is the best based on warranty, reliability, and brand. It doesn’t have all the features of the other chairs, but it will last,

Human Touch is one of the best brands out there, and this is their starter model, the WholeBody.

It’s a simple chair, but it does all the basics, including BodyMapping, air warming, figure-8 calf massaging, foot massaging, 5 auto-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 Human Touch’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 roller technology incorporated by Human Touch’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 like a normal chair.

Figure-8 Calf Massage – Human Touch uses paddles for calf massages instead of traditional airbags. 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 massage rollers in the chair back for a truly unique massage experience.

PROS
  • High-Quality parts
  • High-quality Massage
  • Looks like a normal chair
  • Swivel base
CONS
  • More expensive
  • Less features

Key Takeaway: The WholeBody might be slightly more expensive with fewer features than cheaper chairs, but it does give a very good massage and it won’t break without a good reason. It’s a better investment than some cheaper models.

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Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the chairs under $1000 that rank the highest on our list.

Remember, we’ve picked only the best chairs in terms of features, reliability, and, of course, price. Here they are:

2. Real Relax Full Body Massage Chair – Best Zero Gravity Chair – TOP Price/Features Ratio

RealRelax 2019

This is our number one pick in terms of reliability and number of features.
The new 2020 Real Relax Full Body Massage chair model comes with Bluetooth and 6 automatic programs.

While some people feel the shoulder massage is too weak, or the leg cushions too strong, the overall consensus us that, for the price, this chair is a very good buy.

Customer service is good, with chairs being replaced if they were delivered faulty, although a $150-$200 shipping fee may be asked for returns.

6 Auto Programs – The chair has 6 auto programs that use different techniques to help you relax and unwind from the most common ailments.

Back and Foot Heating – The heating pads in the lower back and feet help relieve tension and promote circulation to increase the rate of healing.

Foot Massage – The foot massage includes both rollers and air-bags for complete relaxation. The footrests are also extendable for people with longer legs.

Easy to Assemble, Use and Move – The chair is easy to assemble, even though the manual isn’t the best. The control; panel is equally easy to use, with adjustable timer and intensity features. And the handy rollers at the back of the base makes the chair easy to move,

Zero-Gravity and Manual Recline – Like most high-end chairs, the Real Relax Massage Chair comes with a zero-gravity feature, and even if the chair isn’t connected to a power outlet is can still be used as a recliner.

PROS
  • Good variety of quality features
  • Good customer service
  • ergonomic design
CONS
  • Returns fee
  • Max height 6’1”

Key Takeaway: In terms of features and quality, this is one of the best options. Unfortunately, it isn’t the best chair for tall people, but other than that this is your best bet for a high quality chair in this price range.

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3. OOTORI Full Body Electric Massage Chair

OOTORI

The OOTORI offers a good variety of features but only has 4 programs. It does, however, have an 8-point smart massage system across the back with acupuncture inspired foot rollers, making it quite a good all-rounder.

As with most off-brand chairs, OOTOI only accepts returns if there is a flaw with the product if there is a simple change of mind on your behalf you’re going to have to pay for shipping yourself.

That being said, this model does have a 3-year warranty.

8-Point Smart-Massage – The 8-roller smart-massage system automatically adapts to match the shape of your body and works in tandem with the air massage to give you a truly relaxing and tailored massage.

Zero-Gravity – Zero gravity puts you in the optimum massaging position so you can let go of stress and discomfort and lie back and enjoy your massage.

Acupuncture-Inspired Foot Rollers – The rollers in each footrest are designed to stimulate specific acupuncture points helping to relieve muscle tension and stress from your entire body.

Heat Pads – The heat pads help you to relax even deeper into the massage by heating up your muscles and helping them relax even more than just a conventional massage allows.

Bluetooth – The Bluetooth connectivity allows you to connect your device and play your favorite music through the 3D Dolby surround system to make your experience even more enjoyable.

Re-engineered Massage Design – With fewer air-bags, but more coverage the new design intends to reduce malfunctions while optimizing massage quality.

PROS
  • 3-year Warranty
CONS
  • Max Size is about 6’
  • Returns on own dime

Key Takeaway: This isn’t a bad chair, is does, however, have fewer programs and less airbags than the Real Relax Zero Gravity Chair. If you’re on the shorter side this isn’t a bad option but taller people should opt for a different model.

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4. Zero Gravity Full Body Electric Shiatsu UL Approved Massage Chair

Zero Gravity Shiatsu

This zero gravity massage chair model is FDA and UL approved with a returns policy that includes shipping even if there are no mechanical issues.

It has all the basic features a massage chair should have but only has three automatic programs, one being a stretch program. All programs come with adjustable speed, intensity, and pressure.

Space Saving Zero Gravity – Puts you in the best position to fully relax for a massage, taking pressure off your spine and allowing the power of gravity to help deepen your massage. The spacing saving design only requires 10” wall space.

3 Automatic Programs – Includes a stretch program and adjustable speed, pressure, and intensity so you can adjust the massage to suit your personal preferences.

Airbags and Heat – A total of 35 airbags use pressure to massage your arms, hips, shoulder, thighs, calves, and feet, while the heat pads help to soothe and relax aching muscles and joints.

PROS
  • Basic Features
  • Space Saving
  • Easy to clean
  • Stretch Program
  • UL and FDA approved with no payment returns
CONS
  • Max 6’1”
  • Not the best quality

Key Takeaway: While this is a decent chair for the price it offers very few features compared to some of the other models. It does, however, offer no-payment returns if you are dissatisfied in any way which is a bonus.

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5. BestMassage Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair

Best Massage

While offering a wide variety of features this chair is known for malfunctioning and the returns policy does not cover postage and they don’t do in-home repairs either.

On the plus side, this chair does accommodate people up to 6’3” and offers 9 programs with adjustable intensity and a manual massage function with 7 different massage modes.

Fully Adjustable: You can adjust the angle, speed, width, intensity (3 levels), and pressure (4 levels) for a fully personalized massage with 7 different massage modes to choose from.

Airbags and Heating Pads – With 21 airbags located at the arms, hips, shoulder, thighs, calves, and feet with heating pads in the back and foot sections help to add pressure and soothing heat to all the right areas for a relaxing massage.

Body Scanning – The smart body scan automatically measures the length of your spine as well as your weight for a custom fit and intensity massage while your neck, shoulder, waist, back, leg, and feet are completely supported.

Variety of Functions:

  • 7 Massage Modes: kneading (can help improve blood circulation), tapping, stretching, shiatsu, combo, air pressure, heating.
  • 9 preset auto massage programs, including special stretching programs for full body stretching
  • manual massage: allows you to control your own massage.
PROS
  • Body Scanning
  • Max 6’3”
CONS
  • Bad customer service
  • Shipping fee on all returns, no in-home repairs
  • Tendency to break

Key Takeaway: while this model offers some of the best features, it is a bit of a gamble as the customer service is bad, return shipping fees must be paid y the customer and it has a tendency of breaking… If you’re prepared to take this risk, this is a decent deal.

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6. NFL Zero Gravity Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair

NFL

This model has some of the basic features of most massage chairs but doesn’t offer a very wide selection of programs.

It also has 8 “static rollers” that don’t track your spine, so they will continually massage in one place.

This is not the best model, with complaints about electrical issues across the board, but at a price, it might be worth it to try it out if you want a very basic massage chair.

Space Saving Zero Gravity – Puts you in the best position to fully relax for a massage, taking pressure off your spine and allowing the power of gravity to help deepen your massage. The spacing saving design only requires 10” wall space.

3 Automatic Programs – Includes a stretch program and adjustable speed, pressure, and intensity so you can adjust the massage to suit your personal preferences.

Airbags and Heat – A total of 32 airbags use pressure to massage your arms, hips, shoulder, thighs, calves, and feet, while the heat pads help to soothe and relax aching muscles and joints.

PROS
  • Basic Features
  • Space Saving
  • Stretch Program
CONS
  • Max 6’1”
  • Not the best quality, lots of electrical problems
  • Static “rollers”

Key Takeaway: This model offers very few features and has a tendency of giving electrical problems. It’s not made for especially tall people and it doesn’t fit short people well either. All in all it’s best not to buy his chair as there are other better ones on the list.

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7. Massage Chair Deluxe S-Track by OOTORI

OOTORI s track

The Deluxe S-Track from OOTORI is a worthy to consider, especially for people who have spinal issues. While it isn’t top of the range, it does offer S-track, which tracks the curve of your spine for a better massaging experience.

This chair has some very good reviews and generally performs better than expected.

Zero Gravity – With 3 zero gravity angles, this chair offers the most variety in this area, giving you the option to choose a position that’s most relaxing to you.

Heat and Air Massage – The airbags are located at the shoulders, arms, hips, and feet, and you can choose the pressure to suit your personal preference. The heating pad in the lower back help to relieve pain and soothe sore muscles.

S-Track – Provides an acupressure massage that hugs the s-shape of your spine for a more complete and relaxing massage.

Body Scan – The body scan ensures that the s-track fits the curve of your spine perfectly for a tailored massage.

Feet Rollers and Seat Vibration – Gives your feet and hips the attention they deserve to help relieve stress in these key areas.

PROS
  • S-Track
  • Body Scan
  • Better Than Expected Performance
CONS
  • Bad Customer Service

Key Takeaway: This is a very good chair for the price with a lot of rave reviews. Bad customer service is a serious concern to consider before buying.

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8. Mr Direct New Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair

Mr Direct Chair

This Shiatsu Massage Chair comes with 3 programs and offers a good variety f functions for the price, but it can be a bit intense for people who aren’t used to massages, or who are very sensitive to pressure.

It has most of the basic features you need, including zero gravity and 35 airbags. The rollers are static, though, which means they can wear into your spine.

8 Massage Points – The 8 massage points work together with the airbags to give you a relaxing whole-body massage.

Airbags – There are 35 airbags strategically placed at the shoulders, arms, seat, and legs to give a gentle pressure massage

3 Massage Programs – Each program offers a different type of massage, so you can choose the one that suits your mood the best.

Extendable Footrests and Zero-Gravity – The footrests extend to fit taller people, while the zero-gravity ensures you’re in the optimum relaxation position.

PROS
  • Affordable
  • Max height 6’3”
  • Lasts reasonably long
CONS
  • Tricky to use
  • Not the best in terms of features

Key Takeaway: This is a reasonably reliable chair, once you’ve figured out how to use it. The intensity can be quite strong and this is a problem for some people, but for the most part it’s a good buy. There is however, very little information regarding customer service and returns in case something does go wrong.

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Synca Wellness Circ Premium SL Track Heated Massage Chair – Bonus

synca wellness circ

Clean look, the perfect dimension, and packed with an intense massage! Synca Wellness makes the Circ Premium SL Track Heated Massage. SL-Track massage chair that can fit in any space in your home. The Circ Premium SL Track Heated Massage Chair answers the “It’s too bulky” dilemma while still offering an SL-Track, lumbar heat, and effective massage inside the great-looking package. It is one of the best compact massage chairs. Synca Wellness has created this Chair from the ground up to provide you an ergonomically comfortable seat position and angle.

The 106-degree angle design between the backrest and the seat generates a posture that is relaxed you won’t want to move.  It Handles your pelvic region with the SL-Track. Muscles in the pelvic area an essential support structure connected to the lower leg and vertebral core muscles. Stiff muscles in the pelvic may create discomfort and dysfunction in the hips and lower back.

Ambient lighting and excellent massage will set a calming environment every evening to assist you in de-stress and prepare you for a great night’s sleep.

Features

  • L Shape provides compression massage
  • Therapeutic heat restores muscles
  • 5 Auto courses and manual controls
  • Built-in remote control and phone pocket
  • Advanced hip treatment
  • Simple to use the controller
  • Ambient light on either side of the headrest, make a soft candle glow
  • Extra pad for comfort and to improve massage strength
  • Colors: Coffee. Beige, and Wine

Dimensions

  • 39″ L x 21.6″ W x 37″ H
  • Product Weight: 70 lb
  • Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Things to Consider Before Buying Massage Chair Under $1000

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 and that risk is increased when you’re buying a cheaper chair.

That’s why it’s so important to look at the following aspects before buying a massage chair:

Customer Support

Buying a cheap massage chair is usually a gamble, so if something goes wrong, you want to be sure about the support you’re going to get.

So, make sure you know that the model you buy has good customer support. It’s always advisable to buy a massage chair directly from the seller and check the comments (especially the 1 to 3-star reviews) for comments on customer support.

Warranty And Returns

Warranty and Returns

Cheaper chairs don’t always have a warranty and knowing what that warranty covers can save you a lot of effort in the long run.

For example, most cheaper chairs have a returns policy, but no in-home repairs.

On top of that, not all of the returns’ postage is paid for by the seller, so make sure of what costs you will be facing if the chair breaks before deciding to buy a specific model.

Repairs Fee

Okay, so sending the chair back is going to cost too much, but now the question is, is there someone in your general vicinity that can actually fix the chair?

Or will it become a gigantic ornament while you wait for a removal company, which you also have to pay for, to come and collect it…

Then there are, of course, the more obvious, but equally important considerations:

Cost

So you’re looking for a more affordable massage chair, but consider this for a second …

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.

Massage Chairs Can Be DangerousAlso, 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.

Massage Quality

While not always true, a good rule of thumb is that the cheaper the chair, the lower the quality of the massage, especially for calves and feet.

Where does your body hurt the most? Look for a chair that is best suited to target that specific area.

Health Considerations

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 pains, like 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 function if you suffer from lower back pain.

If you have a medical condition and you are unsure whether a massage chair is a good 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

What is Massage Chair?

A good massage chair has mechanisms that tend to mimic a massage of a real human. Using a combination of air cushions, rollers, heating pads and vibrations the chair helps to relax your muscles with a variety of massage techniques including percussive, pressure and

What is Massage ChairUsing these features and techniques, a massage chair targets all the major muscle groups, from the shoulders down to the calves.

At least this is the main concept of a massage chair, but some have fewer features than others.

Most chairs include a roller mechanism for the spine and air cushions for the legs, with basically all of them including a heating feature of some sort for the lower spine…

It’s a bit of giving and take with cheaper massage chairs. Some have fewer, but better features, while others have all the features you may want, but not a very good quality experience…

And that is why we have put together this list of chairs with the best balance of features, quality, and user experience, so you don’t end up with a chair that has all the greatest features, but that gives you a below-par massage.

Key Takeaway: We know what a massage chair is supposed to do and what makes having one worthwhile, that’s why we’ve only selected chairs that are not only a bargain, but offer a quality experience that won’t let you down.

Massage Chairs FAQ:

Can Massage Chairs Hurt You?

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 sessions on a new massage chair is pretty normal, especially if you jumped straight into the full-strength mode.

Bruising is never normal, and that means you’ve definitely overdone it.

Can Massage Chair Hurt You

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 chair 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.

Can You Overuse a Massage Chair?

Yes, if you set the intensity too high or use it for too long in one session, it can cause discomfort or even pain.

But you can use your massage chair quite often, about twice a day, but for shorter periods of about 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.

How Long Do Massage Chairs Last?

That depends entirely n the chair you choose. They can last anywhere from one day to several years. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re getting a reliable model from a brand that offers a good warranty or returns policy.

What is a Shiatsu Massage Chair?

Shiatsu Massage Chairs

A Shiatsu massage chair uses air bags to provide a variety of pressure and stretch massage that releases tension and improves energy flow.

What is an L Track Massage Chair?

When viewed from the side, the massage rollers follow a basic L-shape as they run up and down your spine, curving under the glutes to release tension along the entire spinal column.

S-track only covers the torso to the top of the hips, tracking the s-shape of your spine.

The absolute 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.

Final Words

Now that you know what to look out for in a massage chair, especially the cheaper ones, you’ll understand our recommendations.

The Real Relax offers the best balance between the number of features, reliability, and customer service.

Steer clear of the BestMassage and NFL, unless you’re a gambler at heart and willing to deal with bad customer service and electrical issues from day one.

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The Deluxe S-Track is great for people with spinal issues, while the UL and FDA approved Shiatsu Chair has some of the least complaints of all the chairs listed.

Of course, if you have serious back problems, it may be worth considering a massage chair under $3000 instead of a very cheap one. They’re still affordable and offer better quality massages.

You can also consider the Human Touch Full Body which is under $2000 for a rather good chair, even if it doesn’t have all the features of some of the cheaper chairs, it comes with a g