Zero Gravity massage chairs have become an industry standard, but not all zero-gravity chairs offer the same benefits. The Luraco iRobotics 9 is the best zero-gravity chair I have tried with its intelligent robotic technology, heat therapy, and air massage. The chair’s FDA-approved for medical use, body scan technology, and full-body stretch program make it a great option for those with chronic pain.
Luraco i9 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 9 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 (2023 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 9 Medical – Best Overall
Luraco iRobotics 9 is an updated version of the bestselling Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus Massage Chair.
As someone who has struggled with chronic back pain for years, I was excited to give the Luraco iRobotics 9 Medical Massage Chair a try. From the moment I sat down in it, I could tell that this chair was something special. The New Patented Split L-Track technology provides a truly unique massage experience, with the ability to target specific areas of tension and adjust the pressure to my liking.
The built-in heat therapy and air massage system provide added relief for my sore muscles. And the fact that it’s FDA-approved for medical use is a huge plus. Overall, I’m extremely impressed with the Luraco iRobotics 9 and would highly recommend it to anyone in need of a high-quality massage chair.
The Luraco i9 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 also, one of the best reasons for buying this chair is that it is made in the USA (with some parts imported from Taiwan). It’s good enough for the Army, and it’s won numerous Best awards, including Best of Show and Best of CES Award.
The chair’s features such as Body scan technology, full-body stretch program, customizable settings, 3D L-Track Massage, Bluetooth speaker system, and USB charging port provide added convenience and make the massage experience even more enjoyable. The remote control also makes it easy to adjust the massage without having to get up.
New Patented Split L-Track
Proud to be manufactured in the United States with top-quality materials, Luraco i9 models feature a new message track. The exclusive and patented split L-track provides an array of advantages found in an L-Track chair plus more enhanced stretch capabilities usually only seen on S-tracks.
Patented Powered Easy Entry Armrests are included!
The Luraco i9 Max features patented powered easy-entry armrests, making it effortless for users to both sit down and stand up. Never again will you have to struggle with cumbersome chairs when trying to get in or out.
Hand Stretching by Powered Armrest Actuator
The Luraco i9 Max is the first and only in the industry with hand stretching by a powered armrest actuator (Patent Pending).
Electronic Armrest Position Adjustment
When it comes to a massage chair, the Luraco i9 Max is unparalleled. It has adjustable positions for your armrests, ensuring that you get an exact hand and arm massage every time.
Patented 3D “Butterfly Technology” Robotic Rollers
Advanced “Butterfly Technology” robotic rollers provide the closest thing to a real, human massage. Don’t be misled buying 4D or 5D spaces which only add air, motor speed, music, and/or heat to their machines; Luraco i9 surpasses these with 7 dimensions!
Provides stretching experience with advanced, full-body stretches that target your lower back, foot, and arm muscles using powered actuators.
Calf Rollers, Achilles Heel Massage Nodes and Tripled Foot Rollers
The Luraco i9 Max combines calf rollers, calf air massagers, and triple foot rollers to provide a full toe-to-heel massage experience for tired calves. Additionally, the massage chair features new Achilles heel massage nodes for enhanced relief of sore muscles.
Patented Hand Rollers
The exclusive and patented hand and forearm rollers of the Luraco i9 work in perfect tandem with the Zero Gravity air massagers to provide a luxurious massage experience.
Body Twisting Stretch
Body-twisting stretch by advanced air compression gives the Luraco i9 Max another competitive advantage.
Automotive Industry Leather
The Luraco i9 Max is the only standard model in the automotive industry that offers luxurious full leather upholstery designed to cover every inch of its massage chair. Enjoy a level of indulgence unparalleled by any other option on the market!
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 massage 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.
As a professional I am always sitting in front of the computer and this massage chair has helped me alleviate the pain and tension in my back, neck, shoulders, and legs. I also found an improvement in my posture and flexibility.
In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a top-of-the-line massage chair, I highly recommend the Luraco iRobotics 9. It’s packed with features, it’s FDA-approved, and it’s designed to provide the most effective and personalized massage experience. As a professional you won’t regret and it will be one of the best investments you will make for your health and well-being.
2. Human Touch Super Novo – 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 an SL track, which is perfect for relieving lower back pain, especially sciatica caused by tight gluteal muscles that pinch nerves. It is often used by professional athletes to help alleviate muscle soreness and tension after intense training or competition.
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 compact 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 LM-6800 – 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 massage 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 massage chair, albeit not to the same degree of expertise, including body scan, 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 compact technology only needs 3” of wall space for the three different zero-gravity positions. It 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 the upper back, lower back, entire back, lower body, and 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 model that does everything this one does for the same price.
4. Osaki OS-4000T Executive Full Body – 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 massage 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 – It puts you in the perfect weightless position to enjoy a relaxing massage. Unfortunately, this model does not use a compact 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)
- The 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 necks, 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 Shiatsu – Top 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 is 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 an adjustable timer and intensity features. And the handy rollers at the back of the base make 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 it 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 – Great For Heavier People
While most zero gravity massage chairs have a max weight limit of between 250-300 lbs, the Kahuna SM-7300 can hold up to 320 lbs (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 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 0 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Zero Gravity Massage Chairs Worth It?
Zero gravity massage chairs are worth it for people who suffer from chronic pain or stress. They are designed to mimic the weightlessness experienced by astronauts in space, which can help to reduce stress on the body and promote relaxation.
Additionally, the massage functions of these chairs can help to alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote better sleep. While they can be expensive, the long-term benefits of a zero-gravity massage chair may outweigh the initial cost for individuals who regularly experience pain or discomfort.
Do Doctors Recommend Zero Gravity Chairs?
For those experiencing chronic pain such as back, neck, and joint discomfort, medical professionals may advise the use of zero gravity chairs. Not only does this particular type of chair position your body in a manner that reduces stress on the spine and joints which can lessen aches and pains but it also has massage functions to provide therapeutic benefits including improved blood flow, decreased muscle tension, and increased calmness.
Although there is a lack of research focused on zero gravity chairs, existing evidence suggests that alternative treatments such as massage can help in easing pain. Before attempting to use any medical device or tool, it is essential to seek the advice and opinion of your doctor so they can decide if this type of chair will fulfill your personal needs properly.
What is the Difference Between 2D and 3D Zero Gravity Massage Chairs?
The key difference between 2D and 3D zero gravity massage chairs lies in the depth and precision of the massage techniques they offer. These differences have a significant impact on the overall massage experience:
- Two-Dimensional Massage: In 2D massage chairs, the rollers move in two dimensions: up and down (vertical) and side to side (horizontal). This motion creates a basic massage experience that can relieve tension and promote relaxation.
- Limited Intensity Control: 2D massage chairs typically offer limited control over the intensity of the massage. Users can adjust the speed and pressure of the rollers to some extent, but the massage is somewhat uniform in depth.
- Zero Gravity Function: These chairs often include a zero-gravity function, which reclines the chair to a position that distributes the user’s weight evenly, reducing pressure on the spine and enhancing relaxation.
- Massage Depth: The depth of the massage in 2D chairs remains consistent, as the rollers cannot extend or retract to reach different levels of muscle tissue. This may not be suitable for users seeking a more customized massage experience.
- Three-Dimensional Massage: 3D massage chairs, on the other hand, offer a more advanced massage experience. In addition to the vertical and horizontal movement, the massage rollers can also move inward and outward (in the third dimension). This capability allows for greater massage depth control.
- Customizable Massage Intensity: 3D chairs provide users with a broader range of intensity control. They can adjust the depth of the massage rollers to target specific muscle groups or provide a gentler or deeper massage as needed.
- Enhanced Targeted Relief: The 3D functionality enables these chairs to better target knots, tension, and sore spots within the muscles. Users can customize the massage to address specific areas of discomfort.
- More Precise Massage: 3D chairs offer a more precise and lifelike massage experience that closely mimics the techniques of a human massage therapist. This can result in a more effective and satisfying massage session.
In summary, the primary distinction between 2D and 3D zero gravity massage chairs is the level of control and precision they offer in the depth of the massage. While 2D chairs provide a basic massage experience with limited depth control, 3D chairs excel in delivering a more customizable, targeted, and lifelike massage that can cater to individual preferences and specific muscle needs. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on the user’s preference for massage intensity and depth.
Out of all zero gravity massage chairs on the list, the Lucaro i9 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.