In this article, we will help you pinpoint the best massage chair. And, we’ve done enough research to back up that claim. All the chairs in our collection come with super-thoughtful features to give your body an invigorating muscle rub-down after a long day of work. Chiropractors recommend them for aligning the spine and reducing the intensity of pressure on your nerves.
With these in your home, you’ll never have to complain about back pain or aching joints. Plus, you’ll have a convenient place to relieve stress right in the comfort of your living space. And, we didn’t choose any chair we came across. No. We’ve handpicked these chairs with the help of a certified chiropractor and a successful spa owner to get the best of both worlds. What’s more? We tell you what it really takes to spot a good massage chair in the second part of this write-up. To cut to the chase, this is a well-curated guide that will help you select a chair that offers both value and therapeutic benefits.
With that out of the way, here’s a rundown of the best massage chairs. This is an updated 2019 list.
This massage chair is the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for your back pain – literally speaking. Even more impressive, it is a joint effort of 25 doctors including pain specialists, surgeons, and chiropractors. While it is not the cheapest of options on this list, it boasts brilliant features to give you an overwhelming sense of relief in an instant. We take a closer look.
Why the Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair Recliner is a Cut Above the Rest
The Breakthrough owes its five-star efficiency to the stellar L-Track design. What this means is that you can recline it as little or as far as you want, allowing you to customize how it massages your body. Meanwhile, the smart, four-wheel driven massage hands will enable you to recline the chair effortlessly.
Other than that, the Breakthrough flaunts an L-shaped back that contours to the curves of your body for a deep massage. Besides, the chair distributes your weight evenly to give a “weightless” feeling that relaxes your muscles. And, once you sit on this chair, it scans your body and adjusts the rollers automatically for targeted therapeutic massage. In the meantime, the two memory function allows you to store your favorite positions, so you don’t have to set the chair every time you need to use it.
The Breakthrough will squeeze, knock and flap your body not to mention that it has an additional six automatic massage programs including shiatsu. And then there is the infrared heat to warm your body from inside out. Did we tell about the attached calf and foot massager complete with two papillae for toe rotating massages? You even get mastoid skin scrapping massage for your arches and heels. Perfect!
Featuring an exclusive updated design the EC-06 is an excellent choice if you’re in for a model that offers ultra-long range massage. A competitively priced unit, this chair has an updated ergonomic design that allows it to reach high up in your neck all the way down to your tailbone area.
It will give you a deep, fatigue-relieving massage aided by the 20 airbags strategically located in the lower section of the chair. As an added advantage, the innovative design enables the EC-06 to massage your feet, thigh, and legs thereby enhancing circulation at both “ends” of your body. Unlike the Breakthrough, the EC-06 offers air massage. It is highly customizable enabling you to set the intensity of massage from strong to weak. By extension, this implies that it can accommodate everyone from young teens to the elderly. And, the fact that this is a fully automatic chair makes it super easy for everyone to use.
You can sit on the EC-06 for as long as you want. Its seat is not only adequately padded but also houses a powerful vibration to give you a soothing, air pressure massage. How good is this thing you ask? Well, the airbags move up and down in a motion that mimics a fixed point of revolving fingers for a direct, soothing massage effect. Moreover, it presses your tissue to reduce muscle pain after an intense workout session.
Those who’ve used the EC-06 praise its durability. In fact, some attest to have owned for three years and counting. On that front, we’re quick to notice that its real leather, so we bet it’ll give you months upon months of use. When you consider what this chair has to offer and the reasonable price it sells for, we feel that it is a steal!
True to its name, the 3D Kahuna is as exquisite as they come. It makes such a great pick if you’re all about sophistication thanks to the detailed finish. And the best part is that it is remarkable regarding performance as it is beautiful. Top on the list of its spectacular abilities is the rhythmic massage aided by the high elasticity balls for customized kneading and pressing.
The 3D Kahuna uses a brand-exclusive technology to move its over 100 air cells in a way that enhances blood circulation while increasing oxygen levels in your body. And the beauty of it is that you can control each movement through the built-in five levels of intensity.
The Hubot HM-078’s chair extends up to seven inches with three levels of control to guarantee your comfort during massage sessions. It has caster wheels so moving it from one point A to B shouldn’t be a problem. We love the 15 massage programs to make this an all-around massage chair whether you want to reduce back pain, prop up your spine or sooth your aching muscles. It even offers heat therapy for legs, thighs and the feet.
For those asking, the 3D Kahuna can accommodate individuals with a height of up to 6.1 ft and a body weight of 300 pounds. You’ll love the integrated premium Bluetooth speakers so can play your favorite tunes straight from your Android or Apple mobile devices as the chair works on your body. It may also catch your attention to know that you can control this chair from a mobile app.
Other impressive features include the anti-stress massage head (sold separately) and the zero gravity construction. Indeed, the Hubot HM-078 is a class of its own. We vouch for it if you’re scouting for a high-quality chair that can offer full-body massage therapy.
The FDA approves the LM6800, and that implies excellence right off the bat. A crowd favorite, this chair features an upgraded design complete the automated programs and a 30 minutes timer button (to set the length of your massage sessions). And, your comfort is well taken care of, thanks to the double-layer shoulder airbags and the adequately padded footrest. And then there’s the integrated remote holder to keep you in charge.
The LM6800 combines three stages of zero gravity and an L-track massage system. By extension, this means that it can scan your body size to give you a sensual, custom massage. Plus, the ever-effective air technology ensures that the chair covers your entire body. On top of that, the Kahuna M6800 offers an impressive variety of six programs including yoga settings to stretch your body thoroughly. It even comes with integrated rollers to complement the air massage-cell system to massage your arms, waist, shoulders, and hips.
We’d like to point out that this unit has dimensions of 46 x 48 x 31 inches which makes it one of the best massage chairs if you don’t have a lot of space. More specifically, you’ll only need 3-inches from the wall to transition to the zero gravity position.
For those who may want to know, the LM6800 is equally brilliant for lower back pain. Along with the heating therapy, it also uses the SH-Chiro program to target your spine and unlock the nerve energy. The result is a better flow down your spine, effectively taking pressure off your nerves for instant relief. And to top it off, it offers other massage techniques including tapping, rolling, and shiatsu as well as kneading.
Enjoy a professional, full-body massage without leaving your home with the RELAXONCHAIR. Conveniently colored to blend in with any décor, this chair promises to give you a detailed, human-like massage. It features a stretching function for “spinal decompression” to help ease the intensity of back pain caused by extended hours of sitting or bad posture.
The RELAXONCHAIR uses the air cells massaging technique. The cells pin your body vigorously as the chair moves to your customized routine stretching out your back and legs muscles. And then there is the hip massager for compression massage that aligns your pelvis area and your lower back. Just when you thought that this chair couldn’t get any better, we tell you about the two strategically located airbags to give your forearms and wrist a deep massage. The calf and foot massager wraps up what is an already incredible chair. In short with all its functions, there’s no doubt that this unit can indeed deliver what it promises. It gets even better.
The RELAXONCHAIR is all about allowing you to make the most of what it has to offer in a breeze. It comes with three levels of control so you can fiddle with the airbag pressure sensitivity. You get to control the speed at which it massages not to mention the ability to choose between its five massage options at the press of a button. We couldn’t help but notice the digital body scanning to measure the length of your spine and intelligently determine where to massage.
Each package includes an easy-to-understand remote controller with a bright display. The large, intuitive screen tells you what function your chair is performing and the beauty of it is that the remote is small enough for one-touch commands. The RELAXONCHAIR will massage your body for 15 minutes although you can increase the time to half an hour.
The Real Relax will massage your hips, shoulder, neck, hands, and feet. Yes, this is a full-body massage chair with eight rollers tucked inside the backrest to set you into a relaxation mode every time you step on it. It features foot rollers too, and a collection of fifty bags on the shoulder, seat, legs, and arms for complete compression to your body.
One of the most important considerations when buying a massage chair (more on that later) is the ease of use. On that front, the Real Relax doesn’t disappoint. Just like the RELAXONCHAIR, it comes with a remote controller fitted with high definition VFD screen so you can set massage functions quickly. Or, you can choose the manual program if you want to massage your body parts independently.
The Real Relax uses zero gravity design so it’ll give you a therapeutic massage experience. And with a maximum height of 6.1 foot, it is great for tall users. The maximum weight capacity stands at 440.9 pounds so if you’re heavily built, you this could very well be the perfect massage chair for you.
While the Real Relax doesn’t have the most durable of seats, its PU leather construction will last you for years. Besides, those who’ve used it say it super-easy to clean and maintain. Of course, the premium appearance will make this an attractive addition to your home or spa. And just so you may know, this chair has a voltage of AC 120V 60Hz, so it’ll fit in a standard home outlet. And oh, assembling this chair is easy. In fact, it comes with an installation video so you’ll have it up and running in less than thirty minutes.
This chair by Best Massage is for anyone in search of a premium model without spending too much. Make no mistake about it though; despite its affordability, this unit is as good as they come and will give you a sensual, satisfying massage every time. We tell you why this is the best rated massage chair in its category, next.
The EC-69 has vibrators on the seat cushion, recliner, and calves as well as at the foot. Combine that with rollers at the back and what you get is an invigorating massage that stimulates and improves circulation of blood. By extension, this action helps flush out toxins and impurities in your organs, blood, and tissues.
As for the massage function, the EC-69’s rollers move upside and down for a direct effect on your muscles and tissues. The kneading features works to lessen fatigue caused by workout knots while the shiatsu power rollers lower muscle stress, giving you a rejuvenated mind and body. Additionally, the percussion and compression enhance your flexibility, posture, and mobility of your legs. You see? In spite of its pocket-friendly price tag, the EC-69 is a “complete” massage chair with everything you need for deep, refreshing sessions.
This unit measures 51 inches when sitting and 28 inches in the recline position. Its entire length is 71 inches with a width of about 36 inches. And yes, the seat is all leather, so there’s no question about its durability. Those who’ve used the EC-69 praise its excellent craftsmanship and the ability to accommodate individuals as tall as 6 ft 3. Indeed the affordability is a major attraction too. And if you have any doubts about its sturdiness, then it’ll catch your attention to know that reviewers say it can last over three years even with consistent, everyday use.
Osaki says that this is one of the most mechanically sound massage chairs you can get and we couldn’t agree more. An upgraded version of the OS4000TA, the OS4000TD is a next-generation model with a streamlined air massager count. What this means is that it has fewer airbags with a larger surface area for better, efficient targeted kneading.
Just like other models from Osaki, this one has an excellent recliner and total of six massage styles including hip, shoulder, lumbar and arm air massage. It offers up to five levels of speed and intensity so you can control the rate at which it works. And just as you’d expect, this chair provides computer body scan to give you the best possible sessions depending on your target areas. Plus, the seat vibrates for a rub-down on your thighs. Plus, you can lift and stretch the calf rest, a handy feature if you’re a tall individual.
The Osaki OS4000TD is one of the few chairs using the S-track intelligent massage robot. This function detects the pressure it needs to apply on your muscles and tissue automatically. Did we tell you about the wireless controller and the lower back heat therapy? And then there is the automatic timer that allows you to have five to thirty minute timed massage sessions.
Revivers point out that the Osaki OS4000TD has a good foot rub and an overly relaxing massage. Its pressure on your hips is reasonable too. It is great for back pain relief and kneads your shoulders. The stretch massage mode helps align your spine while enabling you to prop up your posture. Now, that’s what we like to call a serious massage chair for any serious fitness enthusiast.
The Robotic Real Relax had to feature in our massage chair reviews – and deservedly so. One of the most attractive options on this list, it works as the name suggests – like a robot. It uses the integrated 3D “hands” and the S-track system to move from your neck to hip smoothly. And with four preset auto massage programs aided by a remarkable twelve massage techniques, there’s no reason to doubt this chair’s massaging ability.
The Robotic Real Relax comes with a four roller system for your hips, legs, shoulder and feet massage. Plus, you can lift the linkage, calve and back systems individually depending on where you want to massage. Meanwhile, the release neck pressure works to reduce the heat load, enabling you to enjoy an unprecedented massage experience.
Like any massage chair worth your money, this one lets you fine-tune how it massages to suit your specific needs. It will scan your body automatically, detect your size, and customizes the back roller position to be in line with your shape. Other striking highlights include a waist header, buttocks massage, a collection of health modes, sleep mode and space capsule zero gravity.
With what it has to offer, we reckon that the Robotic Real Relax is an excellent choice you’re scouting for an everyday massage chair that will help your body relax by reducing fatigue. It even has a vertical wraparound airbag to massage your arms as it works on the rest of your body. We love the built-in USB charger port that enables you to fill your Android mobile devices with juice. And then there is the Bluetooth audio play to keep you entertained.
The RELAXONCHAIR MK-IV features an ergonomic, user-friendly build with a perfect fit. Mimicking the design of a first-class seat in a place, it’ll fit a variety of body shapes and size, making a brilliant choice if you’re after versatility.
As to what it can do, the MK-IV slides forward, giving way for the headrest to move down for zero gravity position requiring as little as three inches clearance from the wall. The innovative S-shape rail system aligns to your body more comfortably and naturally in comparison to the L-shape design. On top of that, this chair offers up to five automatic programs to meet a host of massage needs.
These functions will give your acupressure points some deep massage, comfort your muscles and bones and help you recover from muscle pain by increasing circulation. They will target-massage your shoulder, neck, back, and waist. The programmable recall ensures that you don’t have to set your chair every time you need to use it, while the shoulder height adjustment guarantees effective massage sessions irrespective of your height. Of course, the RELAXONCHAIR MK-IV has manual modes (three to be specific) and equal levels of intensity.
Another impressive function of this chair is the one-of-a-kind back heating. It uses special carbon fiber for quick and stable heating during massages. The foot massager comes with 20 airbags to give your Achilles tendon, heel, and deep front massages. Plus, the foot plate extends for up to eight inches for taller individuals. This thing weighs a mere 197 pounds with a lightweight frame, so it is relatively portable. And for those who may want to know, yes, it comes with a remote control for one hand operation.
Massage Chair Buyer’s Guide
When choosing a massage chair, you want value for your money. Most importantly, you want a model that can provide sensual, deep massages. In short, you’re better off with a unit that offers what it promises. What follows is a rundown of the most important considerations to help you pinpoint the best massage chair.
The Massage Functions
This is where it all starts. You need to be sure that the chair you plan to purchase has the functions to deliver the type of massage you’re looking for. We break it down for you further.
Shiatsu – This type of massage mimics the action of the human hand. Some shiatsu chair comes with an optional direction mode, allowing the nodes to change direction for a deeper massage.
Percussion – This works on your back. It’ll give you an intense tissue massage, making it a must-have feature if you’re in for a chair that can provide powerful massages.
Kneading/ Compression – This helps relief knots after a workout session. Compression, on the other hand, uses integrated airbags to create a “tapping” massage. That way, it exerts pressure on specific areas of your body to relieve pain.
Stretching – This type of massage helps lubricate your muscles and joints. And then there is the tapping massage to enhance blood circulation and relax your muscles.
It is worth noting here that most high-end chairs will offer all of the above massage functions. We recommend that you choose a chair with as many massage features as possible.
The Massage Positions
A good massage chair should work on more than just your back. It should have foot, leg, arm and wrist massages. Most models deliver massages through airbags, rollers located throughout the chair. Advanced chairs offer thumb-like massage heads to give you therapeutic benefits you would from a professional masseuse.
The Massage Power
You need to know how powerful a massage chair is before spending your money on it. Of course, the number of motors determines the strength of a chair. The higher the number of motors, the powerful the chair is. Even then, it is worth mentioning that you should choose a chair that allows you to set the intensity of the massage. That way, you can control “the power” with which it massages your body.
The Recline Function
Whenever possible, select a chair that offers zero gravity. This function helps to place your body’s gravity in a neutral position. The effect is that it lowers your heart rate, tension and increases blood circulation. Most chairs allow you to set the recline position at the touch of a button.
Spend your money on a chair that offers heated massage. Why? Well, the infrared heating increases the effectiveness of your massage. It also helps your muscles to relax.
… The Settings and Extras
Some of the settings to look for in a good massage chair include;
• Speed settings – To allows you to determine the pace at which the chair massages
• Auto programs – To give you hands-free operation
• Memory recall – So you don’t have to set the chair every time you need to use it
• Vibration – For additional relief
• Automatic shutdown – To prevent overheating
• Body scan – To give you a customized massage depending on your body’s shape and size
• Manual Mode – To allow you to control massage functions independently
Other than that, you should inspect the chair’s upholstery and the overall build. You’re better off with a leather seat because that implies durability. Also, don’t forget to check what previous users are saying about the chair – it reflects the experience you’re likely to have with the model.
Benefits of Chair Massage
Chair massage is beneficial in more than one way. To begin with, you can do it at home or your office, at your convenience. Plus, it’ll save you money in the long run in comparison to going to a spa or masseuse. We list down the REAL reasons you should consider owning a massage chair.
It Aligns Your Spine and Eases the Pressure on Your Never
A reclining massage chair reduces the pressure on your spine by propping up your back in a horizontal position. You see, major nerves run through your vertebrae and areas such as fingers, toes, feet, and hands. If there’s tension in your spine or your vertebrae gets maligned, then your nerves suffer decompression.
A massage chair helps relax your vertebrae while strengthening your spine. That way, your back resumes its natural, position free from pressure. Also, the nerve impulses travel smoothly through the spinal column from end to end.
It Relaxes Your Muscles
A perfect massage chair should target specific muscles and use a variety of strokes to ease the pain. As you muscles get relaxed, the imbalances disappear, thereby increasing your mobility. In other words, the chair alleviates undue pressure on your muscles and ligaments. By extension, this action helps reduce pain and allows you to maintain a good posture.
And, speaking of pain, any massage chair worth your money should help you deal with back pain, muscle knots, and neck pain. Regular massage should help promote healing for conditions such as arthritis. In fact, chiropractors recommend massage as part of your arthritis pain treatment regimen.
It Relieves Stress
Repeated studies have shown that stress can lead to other conditions such as high blood pressure, poor appetite, and sleeplessness. Other than that, stress affects your mental well-being, causing a physiological imbalance in your overall health. By working on your tense muscle, a massage chair helps lower the intensity of cortisol in your blood and therefore keep you stress-free.
It Improves Your Circulation
Your body fluids move quickly as your muscles and tissue become relaxed. The health impact of this is that it promotes healing. Plus, it improves the movement of oxygenated blood and nutrients from organ to organ. Additionally, toxins leave your body at a faster rate. And to top it off, some studies suggest that massage can boost your immune system.
It Stimulates the Secretion of Endorphins
For starters, endorphins help reduce how your body perceives pain. These neurotransmitters create the feeling of well-being in addition to enhancing your immune response. Again, studies show that a massage chair can help trigger the rate at which your body secrets endorphins.
With the National Institute of Health statistics saying that nearly 25.3 million Americans suffer from some form of pain that lasts for more than 24 hours, it makes perfect sense to invest in a massage chair as part of pain management. Remember, failure to address even the mildest of pain can lead to chronic pain, the most common cause of long-term disability.
How Do Massage Chairs Work?
To cut to the chase, massage chairs work differently, depending on the type and the target area they massage.
The Vibrating Chair
Just as the name suggests, these work by vibration. They create a sensation on your body to give you some sense of relief. Vibrating chairs are mostly entry-level models and most affordable. They come with vibrating pads that focus on your lower back and the spine. Some stimulate your muscles to help reduce tightness. These chair offer massage sessions of 10 to 15 minutes.
Air Massage Chairs
These “grip” and squeeze large muscles and release them after a couple of seconds. They work to ease muscle tension and set you into a relaxation mode. Most chairs come with multiple airbags and concentrate on your arms and legs. Some have airbags that squeeze each arm and leg separately.
An air massage chair features an integrated compressor that inflates the bag. More specifically, the compressor connects to the airbags through pipes and tubes. High-end models have a switch that opens and closes the air passageways in a way that allows the chair to inflate one airbag at a time. Others have multiple processors to inflate a set of airbags.
Air massage chairs have a built-in multiprocessor that connects to the compressor and notifies you to activate the airbag during the massage. Others have settings that enable you to adjust the intensity of the massage. Some have airbags in the seats and backrest. By deflating and inflating air systematically, the bags stimulate kneading, rolling and tapping massages.
The Mechanical Massage Chair
Most massage chairs fall under this category. These use a combination of rollers, gears, motors and vibrating mechanisms. Some have rollers that move laterally and vertically. What this means is that the chair can massage you from right to left or in circles. A mechanical massage chair relies on electrical power to function. Most have a microprocessor that stores the massage pattern. It is worth noting that due to their sheer functionality, these chairs can knead, roll, tap and grip. They’ll perform shiatsu massage as well.
Water Massage Chairs
These come with a waterproof membrane, similar to the one on a waterbed. The backrest carries the membrane. You back will be in contact with the front side of the membrane, restrained by a series of bars. The chair has valves at the top end of the membrane to ensure that the water stays in place. Along the membrane lies a set of nozzles that connect to a pump, heating and cooling system.
The pump circulates the water inside the chair, pushes it through the nozzle, an action that creates a massage sensation. You will sit in the back of the chair and get a massage from the water jet. Meanwhile, you can adjust the cooling and heating system to ensure that the water stays at your preferred temperature.
Note – Our collection of massage chair includes both vibrating, mechanical and air massage chairs.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading our massage chair reviews as much as we did writing them. Most importantly, we hope that you can now narrow down your options and pick a chair that works for you can your needs. Of course, we will keep updating this list to ensure that it reflects the current situation on the market.
As you have noticed already, massage chairs are a significant form of investment going for a few hundred dollars. You should, therefore, conduct some due diligence before you invest your money in any specific model and that’s what we’ve sought out to do with this write-up. And before we forget, be sure to check on the warranty period and what it states. The last thing you want to do is to spend hefty sums of money on a massage chair only to find out that you can’t ask for a replacement because you’re in breach of the stipulations of the warranty.