Zero Gravity massage chairs have become an industry standard, but not all zero gravity chairs offer the same benefits.
I like the Luraco i7, which is a top-of-the-line chair, but it doesn’t always fit into everyone’s budget. On a stricter budget, the Kahuna LM-6800 is my #1 choice.
But, price isn’t the only thing to consider when buying a zero-gravity chair. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best zero gravity chairs in each category.
Key Takeaway: We’ve categorized the top massage chairs only with zero gravity features to simplify your search for the chair that suits your needs.
- Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus Massage Chair – Best Overall
- Human Touch Super Novo Massage Chair – Best Space Saver
- Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM-6800 – Zero Gravity Full-Body – Best Budget Chair
- Osaki OS-4000T Zero Gravity Executive Full Body Massage Chair – Best S-Track Chair
- Real Relax Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair – Best Zero Gravity Massage Chair Under $1000
- Kahuna SM-7300 SL-Track Superior Massage Chair – Great For Heavier People
Zero Gravity Massage Chair Reviews (2022 List)
We’ve selected the key categories that zero-gravity massage chairs fall into, from best overall to best budget buys, and selected the best models in each category.
So, while all of the chairs on the list have zero gravity, they each have their own unique features that make them special.
1. Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus Massage Chair – Best Overall
The Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus is the best zero gravity model on the market. It is as close to a personal masseuse as you’re going to get. But the best reason for buying this chair is that it is made in the USA (with some parts imported from Taiwan), it’s good enough fr the Army, and it’s won numerous Best awards, including Best of Show and Best of CES Award.
The i7 Plus will give you 3 years of industry-leading massages, guaranteed, with an extra 2 years guarantee on parts. It is a replacement for the standard Luraco iRobotics 7. With better speakers, a better touchscreen remote control, and new individual sections and intensity, it takes massaging chairs to the next level.
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.
Quietest Chair – The quiet technology 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 customer service. If something goes wrong with your chair, which is highly doubtful, you won’t have to deal with retailers or customer service 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 warranty on parts. The 3-year warranty 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 Calf & Foot Massage – Sore calves are a thing of the past. The extra layer of airbags in the calf and 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 massage 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 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.
5 Personalized Massage Memory – Using a high-tech operating system, the i7 can store up to 5 personal massages on top of the pre-set programs.
Key Takeaway: Made by Americans for Americans the Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus is the best massaging chair on the market. While it has zero-gravity, this is not the leading reason to buy this chair by far. As far as an industry leader goes, this is it, in any category, except budget, but it is still a worthy investment.
2. Human Touch Super Novo Massage Chair – Best Space Saver
The Human Touch Super Novo needs only 2” of wall space to switch between seated and zero gravity, making t the best space saver. On top of this, it has 38 auto programs, 4-D rollers, SL-track, a Virtual Therapist who can anticipate your likes and dislikes, and runs through an Alexa operated control that has a handy docking station and a full Altec Lansing Sound System.
But what makes the HT even more 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 – Gently heats and 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 massage rollers for a reflexology massage.
Premium Look and Feel – That model, 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 a Meditation massage program and a Yoga Studio program, gives you a wide variety of preset massage 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.
For Big and Tall People – That model can handle someone who is 6’9″ tall, with a weight of up to 300 lbs without any difficulty.
Best Space-Saving Design – That model only needs 2” of wall space, so it won’t clutter up your living space like most other zero gravity models.
Key Takeaway: Besides the obvious space-saving design, 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 and compact model that will help you relax your lower back.
3. Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM-6800 – Zero Gravity Full-Body – Best Budget Chair
For the price on Amazon, you’re not going to find a zero gravity massage chair that has all the same functionality as the Kahuna LM 6800. While the feet and calf rollers on this 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 all the functionality of a high-end chair, albeit not to the same degree of expertise, including body scan, zero gravity, and even arm massage. It’s one of the cheapest (yet reliable) L-track chairs, with five different massage techniques and three-speed and intensity settings over various individual areas of the body.
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 chairs include foot and 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’s 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 – relieves pain 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.
Key Takeaway: The Kahuna LM6800 has all the functions that are essential to getting a good zero gravity massage, but for a fraction of the price of some of the other chairs. It’s good quality, with different pre-set massage programs that target common problem areas and a good amount of personal adjustment options. You’ll struggle to find a zero gravity model that does everything this one does for the same price.
4. Osaki OS-4000T Zero Gravity Executive Full Body Massage Chair – Best S-Track Chair
The Osaki OS-4000T offers a zero-gravity massage experience with a fantastic S-track function and unparalleled shoulder and neck massaging at an affordable price.
While this is a low-range chair, it does also have arm and foot massage that 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-mid back pain and tension, this is a good option for you.
Zero Gravity Design – The zero gravity design puts you 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 massage programs are designed to give targeted results including Healthcare, Relax, Therapy, Smart, Circulation, and Demo
2 Automatic Settings – There is an automatic massage setting for both the upper (shoulder, neck, 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 relaxation 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 airbags (2) and lower body airbags (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 Arm Massage
- Hip Air Massage
- Lower Back Heat Therapy
- Air Squeeze Neck massage
- Shoulder Air Massage
- Mechanical Foot Rollers
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 airbags (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.
Key Takeaway: The Osaki OS-4000T is a good chair 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 like most of the other models.
5. Real Relax Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair – Zero Gravity Massage Chair Under $1000
UPDATE: read our guide here for up to date massage chair models in under $1000 category.
This is the best pick in terms of reliability and the number of features.
The new 2020 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.
As with most cheaper models, a %150-$200 delivery fee applies in case of replacement, but overall customer service is good, and the chair is more reliable than the other chairs in its class.
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 airbags 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 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.
Key Takeaway: In terms of features and quality, and of course price, this is chair under $1000. Unfortunately, it isn’t the best chair for tall people, but other than that this is your best bet for a quality zero gravity chair in this price range.
6. Kahuna SM-7300 SL-Track Superior Massage Chair – Great For Heavier People
While most massage chairs have a max weight limit of between 250-300 lbs, the Kahuna SM-7300 can hold up to 320lbs (max height 6’5”), making it an affordable option, especially if you’re large.
Like the Kahuna LM6800, the SM-7300 comes with most of the features you expect on a high-end model, but at a fraction of the price, including nine preset programs that are tailored to suit common ailments and a variety of different manual adjustments and settings.
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, 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 acupressure 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.
Key Takeaway: If you’re looking for an affordable massage chair that’s built for taller/bigger people the SM7300 is the way to go. It’s also got all the essential features of a high-end massage chair. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include ALL the features of some more expensive zero gravity chairs, but for the price, it’s as sturdy and functional as you’re going to get.
What is Zero Gravity?
It sounds like space-grade technology and that’s exactly where zero gravity comes from. NASA first came across this as being the optimum position for astronauts during lift-off as it puts the least pressure on their body during the high g-force they experience as the ship rockets into space.
While it gives a “weightless” feeling, the person’s body weight is just distributed more evenly in this reclined position.
What this reclined, cupped, “feet above heart” position means for massaging chairs is that, firstly, you aren’t putting any stress or strain n a specific area. So, the parts of your body that are generally weight-bearing (spine, neck, hips, knees, ankles) all get a chance to relax completely.
Secondly, it makes the massage chair more effective as you are “falling into” the rollers and airbags, instead of being pushed forward and out of the chair while the chair does its job. This means you get a more effective and relaxing massage because you’re not constantly fighting against the movement of the chair.
Key Takeaway: Zero gravity is a fully supportive reclined position that makes you feel weightless and helps you get a more relaxing and effective massage.
Zero Gravity Benefits
Besides the two benefits mentioned above, it has been found that zero gravity massage chairs actually have the following added health benefits:
- Better Circulation: As your feet are raised your veins in your legs are opened, allowing for better circulation, this also takes the stress off your heart, which doesn’t have to pump blood “up” your body, reducing not only heart rate and blood pressure, but also minimizing swelling and blood pooling in the lower extremities.. It also means oxygenated blood can reach your cells for better healing/recovery.
- Stress Relief and Relaxation: As you’re “floating” in the air, the stress and strain are taken off your body, allowing it to relax, but this has a mental effect as well. The more relaxed your body is, the more serotonin you’re producing, giving you added stress relief.
- Pain Relief: As the zero gravity position takes the pressure off your weight-bearing areas, it reduces the strain that is put on these hard-working body parts. This is especially noticeable in the lower back and neck area. Our modern lifestyles often require sitting in less-than-optimal positions for extended periods of time, which can put unnecessary stress on these body parts, so a relaxing, supportive recline provides welcome relief to painful/bad “posture points.”
Key Takeaway: Zero Gravity isn’t just a relaxing reclined position, it also has key health benefits of modern massage chairs that can help relieve pain and improve healing and wellbeing.
Can You Sleep in a Zero Gravity Massage Chair?
Take a closer look at the photos, and you’ll notice that the woman in them is barefoot. She’s lying back in a massaging chair while a massage therapist appears to give her a deep-tissue massage. (But this isn’t a place to get a massage or even a relaxing foot soak—the website says it’s for “massages and scrubs.”) While the image certainly adds to the aesthetic, there are certain questions we’d like to ask: Is she going to be getting deep tissue, which can be painful? Does she have to be barefoot? And how far does the massage go? Is there a limit? And, yes, can you actually sleep in a massage chair?
Well, to answer the first question first, it seems that there’s no actual evidence that you can sleep in a massage chair. But, considering that the entire concept sounds like the most luxe way to spend an evening, we wouldn’t blame you for making a reservation.
How Do I Choose a Zero Gravity Massage Chair?
One of the very first things you will need to do when searching for a zero gravity chair is to figure out exactly what type of massage you would like. If you are seeking a traditional, seated chair with massage capabilities, you are probably looking for something with a base frame that is adjustable. Some models come with armrests and side panels, and you can also find massage options you can access with a simple pull cord on the seat. If you are looking for something that will allow you to recline while still offering your feet and legs a place to stretch out, you may be looking for a zero gravity chair that can be adjusted or has an in-seat massage function. You can also find chairs that incorporate footrests and massage options on the footboard.
You should also consider the positioning of the chair in your office. If you will be using it while sitting at a computer for the majority of the day, a chair that sits slightly in front of your desk will be much more accessible than one that is to the side or below it. Regardless of which style of massage chair you choose, you will be purchasing one that is adjustable so that you can position it.
Of the zero gravity chairs on the list, the Lucaro i7 stands out above the rest, but they each have their redeeming features.
The Human Touch has a virtual massage therapist on top of being the most space-saving.
Both the Kahuna Lm 6800 and SM 7300 are good value for money, with all the key features you’d need. The LM 6800 has L-Track, while the SM offers a good S-track and the highest max weight (320lbs).
For the best upper and mid-back relief, the Osaki’s S-track can’t be beaten. While the Real Relax gives you the best price for a relatively good chair that won’t let you down like other models in that price range.