Degrees: PT, DPT, CMPT
One of the greatest aspects of physical therapy is solving a problem and to help people to get rid of nagging pain.
By asking questions, and analyzing answers will help to pinpoint the origin of pain, which can be far from where pain is really felt.
Is therapists we use various methods to treat the the cause and symptoms.
This way, my clients can avoid recurring issues, which is very satisfying to me!
If you’re like me, you know that having a portable massage chair is essential for any therapy practice and you are giving at home massages.
Good chair may influence your massage efficiency up to 200% so your clients can feel better faster.
The best portable massage chairs are compact, light, with sturdy frames, comfortable padding, easily adjustable, great for deep tissue massages and so on.
But, not all massage chairs are created equal…
Well, I’ve talked to some experts, tested some chairs, and now written this article to help you compare and choose the best portable therapy chair for your needs.
10 Top Portable Massage Chair Review
Without further ado, here’s my number One choice.
1. Master Massage Professional – Best All-around Value – #1
With 11 x 20 x 43 inches and 15.2 pounds, this chair is compact and lightweight, which makes it very easy to carry; plus it comes with a carrying case that looks like a wheeled luggage bag, but unfortunately, it’s a bit difficult to keep it straight.
Construction-wise, this is a comfortable and durable chair, with 2-inch multi-layer small cell foam that has a high density and thus proves ergonomic.
It is a waterproof chair, with polyurethane upholstery in a stylish royal blue color.
The reinforcement gives this chair additional durability, but it also looks amazing considering that it comes in royal blue.
The aircraft aluminum frame is light and strong, with no-mark finishing and electrostatically-powdered so that the chair resists rust and scratches. Besides, this strong frame can support people up to 650 pounds.
It comes with included accessories such as the adjustable face cradle that you can adjust in six positions or the memory foam pillow.
The session pouch allows users to stash their eyeglasses or rings without fear of misplacing them.
Carry bag can tilt
Summary: The Master Massage Professional massage chair has the best all-around value, and it’s a feature-packed, resilient chair.
2. Stronglite Ergo-Pro II Portable With Wheels – Best Chair for Heavier Bodies
This is another light and sturdy chair, with a high degree of portability, considering it’s made from T6 aluminum alloy and a high gloss powder-coated finish.
The chair is suited for heavier users, considering it has a patented double tube that makes it stabler than other portable chairs.
At 24 pounds, this chair is versatile and can fit users between 4‘6” to 6’6”, with easy-to-make adjustments of the chest and seat area, though the chair might squeak a bit.
This chair also features an ergonomic design, and the armrests are easy to adjust, though you can’t put too much pressure on them, while the leg pads are easy to remove.
With wheels, ballistic nylon carry case and valuables pouch, this chair is easy to move and store.
Patented double tube
Professional portable massage chair with wheels
Can’t put too much pressure on armrests
Summary: The Stronglite Ergo Pro II massage chair is a very resistant chair that proves quite versatile and comfortable.
3. Earthlite Vortex Portable Massage Chair Package – Best Pro Chair to Travel With
The Earthlite Vortex massage chair includes the whole massage chair package you need for traveling, including a case that’s resistant to water because it’s made from rugged nylon.
The case comes with a padded shoulder strap for extra comfort and a sternum pad to take the weight off your back. Besides, the chair only weighs 15 pounds.
Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the frame is light, yet tough, allowing the chair to fold easily.
The upholstery supported by this frame is made from a resistant dual-density Pro-Lite cushioning. Above it, the Natursoft upholstery proves quite soft, but it’s also durable.
The chair allows you to make plenty of adjustments to accommodate users, plus it’s easy to set up and fold.
Unfortunately, it’s not a chair meant for bigger users, and the armrest might feel too low.
Easy to fold
Easy to setup
Not for bigger users
Summary: The Earthlite Vortex includes the complete massage chair package, so it’s easy to travel with.
4. Comfort 4 Portable Chair – Best On a Budget
If you’re on a budget, this chair is resistant and comfortable, though it’s better for masseurs who only work part-time or are going through their apprenticeship.
At a more affordable price, this chair can also double as a tattoo chair, and it seems it’s better for this purpose.
However, it’s a comfortable chair, filled with high-density foam and can easily be folded. Although the advertised maximum static capacity is 700 pounds, the user manual states it’s just 250 pounds. So this chair can’t fit bigger users.
Still, the upholstery is made with PU leather that’s water and oil proof, so you can easily clean it.
The chair is compact, easy to set up and fold, and weighs just 23 pounds.
Easy to clean essential oil stains
Not very durable
Not for big users
Summary: The Massage Chair Comfort 4 is an affordable and comfortable chair, but lacks in durability.
5. Therabuilt Apex Massage Chair
The Therabuilt Apex massage chair is portable, weighs just 18.5 pounds, comes in a stylish black and has a 250 pounds working weight limit, so it can’t accommodate heavy users. Besides, it comes with a free case that’s comfortable to use.
This is not a particularly durable chair, as the warranty offers 1 year against manufacturer frame defects and 3 months for the face cradle.
Speaking of which, I liked how easily-adjustable the face cradle is, and I thought the 3.5-inches thick foam is particularly plush.
While some users might complain that the screw to assemble the armrest is shorter than it should be, that isn’t the case, and you can easily find a YouTube video showing you how to set the chair up correctly.
Good cushions for the price
Easy to carry
Great for hot stone massage
Not very durable
Not for big users
Summary: The Therabuilt Apex massage chair has great cushions and an easy assembly, but it’s not the most resistant on the market.
6. NRG Grasshopper
This is another fairly durable chair considering that its frame is manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum, which also renders it light.
This 18 pounds chair can support a 300-pound working weight.
The upholstery is made from soft vinyl, which is a soft, comfortable material. Besides, Levante vinyl is resistant to stains and easy to clean.
This professional portable massage chair is covered with 2.5-inch foam, which adjusts to your body shape and is, therefore, ergonomic and comfortable.
The seat, chest, head, and armrests are all easily adjustable, while the chair is easy to fold and to carry courtesy of the included storage case.
One downside is that the screws used for adjusting the movable parts tend to get a little loose with time, so you need an Allen wrench handy.
Spa massage chair
Knobs need re-tightening
Vinyl isn’t waterproof or oil proof
Might need replacement parts
Summary: An easy-to-clean, comfortable chair, the NRG Grasshopper could use better knobs.
7. Oakworks Massage Chair – Portal Pro 3
At 19 pounds and with a 350 pounds weight capacity, this Oakworks portal massage chair is easy to use, allowing you to massage your patient’s head, shoulders easily, and back.
This chair is compact, sturdy, and light, so it’s easy to set up anywhere.
The instructional video is very clarifying, and the case is quite reliable for transport.
This chair can fit people up to 300 pounds, and with a height of 4’11” to 6’4”, so it’s not meant for tall users.
However, the chair is easily adjustable, just like the armrest and face rest, that can be locked with only one hand.
This chair is stable even if it has portable wheels, its frame is made from aluminum, and it’s upholstered with PVC-free Terratouch, that’s easy to clean.
Easy to use
Durable therapy chair
Not for tall users
Not for heavy people
Summary: The Oakworks Portal Pro 3 is a chair meant for petite users, but it’s durable and easy to use.
8. Ataraxia Deluxe Portable Folding Massage Chair
One of the most affordable portable chairs on the market, the Ataraxia Deluxe certainly has its shining features, like the fact that its upholstery is made from oil-resistant and waterproof synthetic leather.
As all the chairs above, this one can be folded and comes with a carrying case that features a strap.
However, the chair can’t be folded easily, and the carry case seems a bit shabby.
This is a solid chair, with a steel frame, but some of its other parts will definitely wear faster with prolonged use. Steel is a durable material, but it’s heavier than aluminum, so the couple extra pounds added might inconvenience you.
However, this is an easily adjustable chair, with a comfortable foam system for the price, while the quick-release lock system is fairly safe.
Not easy to fold
Shabby carry case
Heavier than other chairs
Not that resistant to wear and tear
Summary: The Ataraxia Portable Folding Chair has a surprisingly sturdy and quiet frame for the price, but some of its other parts are less resistant.
9. Earthlite Avila II
The Earthlite Avila II is not an inexpensive massage chair, but it’s highly adjustable for users between 4’6” to 6’6”.
The chest pad is comfortable, sliding and tilting, while the face cradle is very comfortable and easy to adjust, just like the armrests.
However, you need a bit of time to learn how to tweak these adjustments to perfection.
Besides, since the seat height isn’t adjustable itself, the clients can sit comfortably, but the massage therapist needs to work on them from a weird angle.
Although the the chair weighs 22 pounds, it can support a maximum working weight of 350 pounds.
That’s because the frame is made from carbon composite, that’s light and particularly resilient, and you can easily replace the pads.
Plus, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty to attest its longevity.
It features removable cushions that are quite comfortable, while the Natursoft upholstery is made from a very soft polyurethane.
The chair is easy to transport thanks to the ballistic nylon carry case that sports durable urethane wheels.
Resilient carry case
A learning curve for the adjustments
Not an adjustable seat height
Summary: Deemed the most easily adjustable chair on the market, the Avila II would certainly use an adjustable chair height.
10. Stronglite Massage Chair – Stronglite Ergo Pro
The first thing I loved about this chair is the fully adjustable face cradle and the very comfortable face pillow that’s made from STRONGLITE.
This chair has all the bells and whistles, including a valuable pouch, transport wheels and a carry bag made from rugged ballistic nylon that features a strong zipper and padded strap.
The frame is resistant, yet light, considering it’s manufactured from T6 aluminum alloy that’s heat-treated.
Besides, the patented double tube design makes this chair particularly stable, although it weighs just 19 pounds.
However, the chair could use more padding to make it more comfortable and to ensure it lasts longer.
The chair can fit clients between 4’6” to 6’6”, thanks to the height-adjustable seat.
This seat also allows you to reverse the clients quickly, while the leg pads are easy to remove and serve disabled clients.
Comfortable face pillow
All the bells and whistles
Not very soft
The padding can wear fast
Summary: The Stronglite Ergo Pro is a strong chair with a durable frame, but it could use more padding.
Some Other Good Portable Massage Chair Models to Consider
After reading the top 10 above, let’s see what other terrific chair models you can consider:
Master Massage Apollo
This professional portable chair is fully adjustable and light, great for stone massage.
Master Massage Bedford
A good value for money chair that’s fairly versatile, the Master Massage Bedford could use better seat and knee support.
Best Choice Products Folding Portable Light Weight Chair
Easy to transport and fairly comfortable, this chair could definitely use a better headrest, but it’s great for light massage.
Giantex Portable Light Weight Massage Chair
A versatile, modern and easy-to-clean massage chair, this is a good choice for traveling, but don’t expect extreme durability.
BestMassage Portable Therapy Chair
This is an inexpensive, comfortable chair, but it can’t resist prolonged use.
Premium BestMassage Black 4
A foam-padded, portable echair, this one works better for tattoo parlors.
Rio Portable Folding Chair for Spa Tattoo
An adjustable chair with a tool-free setup, this chair is great for travels, but it’s not extremely resistant.
Dolphin II by Pisces Productions
A chair that puts your bodyweight to work when it comes to the massage, this chair isn’t the easiest to set up or fold.
You don’t really want to spend $8000+ on Top of the line Zero Gravity Massage Chair.
But, at the same time you do want to invest and still get a best value for your money.
Is it really possible to receive all of the features of a really expensive chairs, but Much Much cheaper?
Not Exactly, but…
Surprisingly, Kahuna LM6800 get pretty close of being the best feature packed recliner and a fantastic value for money with features that even most expensive massage chair models are missing.
Seem to good to be true…
I’ve decided to dig dipper under the surface and double check what’s the fuss with this particular Kahuna massage chair model is all about.
Being a decent chair for tall people and most importantly price affordable tag, let’s find out what this chair can do for you!
Is it really worth the money?
Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Review (2019 Update)
This model has feet and calf rollers, features that not all 5000+ chairs have.
Also, shoulder airbags (not a standard option for the most chairs, even more expensive models), arm air bags and leg air bags.
Twist and stretch options, heating therapy on lower back and legs, and more importantly L-track massage system (L track is feature of more expensive chairs with higher price tag), 3 stages of Zero Gravity & Smart body scan technology!
It features space-saving technology that will require ONLY 3 inches from the wall, so it can fit smaller rooms and spaces.
Yoga stretching program stretches your full body and it’s my absolute favorite feature!
Kahuna has an established a name withing massage chair community duet to packing many features that come with an affordable price tag.
Also customer support is one of the best I tried, considering that massage chair industry full of Scam and companies with questionable reputation, considering that many brands don’t even have local customer support specialist.
Biggest CONSof this chair:
The biggest concern for some people is strong foot roller massage, but it can be easily solved by using some pads or cushion;
If you are under 5 feet, rollers may not hit all your areas properly;
No Memory Settings (I personally don’t care about his but some user like to ave it);
Kahuna promises to provide limited 3 year warranty and offer it for all parts, labor and structural framework of the chair. Keep in mind that it is also possible to buy 5 year extended warranty and for this kind of purchases I wold suggest you to do so.
Let’s take a look at some features in details …
It’s an FDA registered medical device, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s also functional and working correctly. Read on to see how you can benefit from adding this massage chair into your home. Important Features of Kahuna massage chair LM6800
Important Features Overview of Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800
Hybrid S-/L-track Design
Kahuna 6800LM massage chair starts strong with a hybrid S-/L-track design that only brings the best of the two words, enhancing overall massage experience right from the start.
The S-track follows the natural curve of your spine while the L-track extends further, reaching from the neck to the glutes and thighs.
The quad rollers travel longer and further down your body; this is a rarity with the budget massage chair, and it’s an great feature that can exceed your expectations when complemented with other features that this chair has to offer.
3D Body Scan
This is a common feature for many massage chairs. Since Kahuna looks after its users, it’s no wonder they’ve included it.
A body scan is a very valuable option since it automatically adjusts the rollers before the massage, positioning them to make sure they hit all the pressure points on your body.
The chair scans you, adjusting the rollers according to your body shape and height.
But Kahuna goes a step further, allowing you to manually adjust the rollers in case the computer misses a spot!
That way you can make sure to get a thorough massage, customized to your needs.
Kahuna LM6800 Zero Gravity Position
Inspired by Nasa, Zero-G is a common feature of many massage chairs, but the majority only comes with one level.
Kahuna LM6800 is incredibly unique since it offers three Zero-G positions; it’s something you won’t find in other chairs in the same budget.
By elevating your knees slightly above your heart, your body’s weight is pressing down into the chair, against the rollers.
This position only improves your massage experience and results in a deep tissue massage.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, this is a fantastic feature with therapeutic benefits.
And not only that; deep tissue massage also helps to improve the overall quality of your sleep and further reduce stress levels!
As a whole body massage, Kahuna air massage tries to do the best with 36 airbags placed strategically around the chair.
The airbags may be First Generation, but that doesn’t mean they cut the quality of the massage short.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You can control air massage through 3 intensity levels for more customization.
Vast Massage Options
Another feature where Kahuna wants to please its users as much as possible is with the amazing massage options.
In a lot of cases, massage options are cut short, but not with Kahuna.
You can choose between five different massage techniques (including shiatsu) and five pre-programmed massages that target a specific area of your body.
But that’s not all; Kahuna allows you to customize your massage through three different intensity and speed levels of the rollers!
The incredible amount of customizable options allows for a more thorough and intense massage experience, suitable for your needs and preferences.
For those of you suffering from a specific problematic area, choose zone massage option with the “Fixed Spot” on the remote.
The rollers stay where they are, massaging an area 6 inches apart from the selected point.
This allows you to release the pressure from the area where you most need it, and it only adds up even more value in terms of the therapeutic benefits of the chair.
This is quite a standard function in many massage chairs, but Kahuna is unique because it comes with two different areas of heat; the lumbar area and the calf area.
Typically, most chairs offer heat in the lumbar and not all of them do.
Heat therapy can soothe, rejuvenate, and restore the damaged tissue and further improve the massage experience.
Now, you can’t control the heat, and you can’t adjust the temperature.
Both functions are either on or off.
Some may think this a disadvantage, but the whole combo of massage options along with heat therapy make an incredible package of therapeutic benefits you can enjoy on a budget!
Body Stretch Feature
A “Yoga” stretch can provide you with an instant relief since it helps to take the pressure off your spine and discs.
This feature targets especially those who suffer from chronic back pain and it’s a rare find in the chairs with this price tag.
While it takes a bit of time getting used to it, it’ll quickly become your favorite if a painful back is something you suffer from.
Calf and Foot Massage
Not all massage chairs of this price range have a calf and foot massage feature.
As a part of the massage, this Kahuna massage chair combines airbags and rollers to provide the maximum relief to painful and sore legs and feet.
If you spend a lot of time on your feet, this feature is aimed at you.
What’s more, there are even rollers at the soles of the feet!
There have been occasional complaints that the foot massage is too intense for a casual user, but you can always adjust the intensity with the remote.
If it’s still too much, some users suggested wearing an extra pair of socks!
In any case, this is a valuable feature with additional heat therapy in the leg massage ports.
If you suffer from chronic leg pain, you’ll find the function rejuvenating and soothing.
Kahuna 6800 is one of the massage chairs many regularly recommend for taller users. You’ll be happy to know the ottoman can be adjusted by 5 inches.
That means the chair can accommodate users from 5’ to 6’4” without any difficulties, which gives Kahuna a definite advantage when it comes to user-friendly massage chairs.
Space Saving Design
Speaking of user-friendly, this massage chair comes with another great feature: it’s space efficient!
This is an essential feature since some massage chairs are ridiculously bulky and not everyone can afford to sacrifice their entire living area for it.
But Kahuna has thought of that; with this design, you only need 3 to 4 inches between the wall and the chair. And that’s easily a turning point for many people.
Now, a remote control may or may not be that important, but it’s a relief to discover that the learning curve isn’t too severe.
Kahuna was thinking of its users when designing the remote and they did a great job with it.
Make no mistake, there are many functions and options for customization, but it’s all logically placed.
If there’s something that we hate is a complicated remote control.
With this one, we believe you’ll have no problem finding the controls you want.
Kahuna LM6800 vs. LM-7000
The Kahuna LM6800 is the basic model which LM7000 was built on and somewhat improved.
There aren’t many differences between these two massage chairs.
Honestly, we love a few upgrades on LM7000, but we’re just not completely sure it’s worth the money.
What They Have in Common:
Full body scan
Foot and calf massage
6 pre-programmed massage modes
Painful foot massage
Both chairs deliver a solid massage, but there are a few differences between them.
LM7000 has a 5-year warranty, LM6800 only has a 3-year warranty
LM6800 has a remote control, LM7000 comes with LCD remote control
It’s possible to regulate massage duration with LM7000 model
LM6800 has a hybrid S/L track design, and LM7000 comes with an L-track
As you can see, the differences are minor between these two models.
Yes, the warranty plays an important role, and that is a great surprise.
The word has it, LM7000 model is quieter than its predecessor, but we’re not sure about that.
In any case, both of these chairs come from the same brand, and they inevitably bring their own set of advantages.
But if we had to choose one, LM6800 is by far the winner.
It’s more affordable and incredibly therapeutic when it comes to soothing back pain, sore muscles, and improving overall wellbeing. We’re not sure if the difference in money is worth it!
Kahuna LM-6800 vs. SM-7300
Kahuna SM7300 is another excellent model. But even this one isn’t too different from the basic LM6800 Kahuna.
The differences are minor, even though quite important!
What They Have in Common:
Hybrid L/S-track design
3D body scan
Zone massage option
Yoga stretch option
SM7300 packs six-roller system, while LM6800 comes with the industry’s standard quad rollers
LM6800 comes with 2 areas of heat therapy: lumbar and calf. SM7300 only has lumbar heat therapy
SM7300 also comes with only one level zero-G, while LM6800 offers a three-level zero-gravity
LM6800 has 36 airbags and SM7300 with 32 airbags
There are a few minor differences between the models, but we’re not sure why SM7300 has been slightly downgraded when LM6800 already has everything you want in a massage chair (especially on the budget).
Both of these chairs are suitable for tall and big users. And both of the chairs brings soothing therapeutic benefits to the table.
True, air massage isn’t as effective in LM6800 model as it is in SM7300, but it packs many other features that altogether work to soothe sore muscles and painful back.
Few Words About Kahuna SM 9000 Model
Another amazing massage chair model, Kahuna SM9000 is something both serious and casual users love.
It’s designed to boost a regular massage session with a few extra kicks that benefit people with chronic back and leg pain as well!
This is an excellent model; it packs incredible features you’ll start using religiously.
Some of our favorite features are:
Yoga Body Stretch
Amazing calf and foot massage
Strong air massage
But there are a few downsides that make us believe SM9000 may not be the best model out there.
Don’t get me wrong; this is an excellent model, but perhaps not for the price.
It has a serious competitor that brings a lot more to the table.
The thing is, we don’t like the fact that we can’t adjust the time of the massage.
And there’s no way to control the temperature for the heat therapy.
With a few other points, we’re convinced Luraco I7 Plus is a better massage chair with the same price tag.
After all, Luraco comes with a noise-reduction technology that will make the chair easy to use without any distractions to your family members.
As an FDA registered device, it’s excellent for tall people, for chronic back pain sufferers, and for all who want their massage chairs built in the USA!
Final Words on This 3 Kahuna LM6800 Review
Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair is a well-built chair with plenty of remarkable features for the price.
For that same reason (and for good customer service) the Kahuna Massage Chair Brand has become one of the most popular among users.
And it’s no wonder; LM6800 model is great for a wide audience.
Whether you suffer from chronic pain or you’re a casual user who wants to get the most for your money, Kahuna is a great option.
On the budget with a ton of therapeutic benefits, this chair is difficult to ignore.
The Aeron by Herman Miller consaidered to my by many experts as being one of the best office chairs.
This particular chair model has gained popularity because it focuses on solving the needs of people who spend long amounts of time working at a desk.
The Remastered Aeron Edition has a loyal community, though some users say it received more praise than it deserves.
That’s why I thought I’d try the chair for myself.
I’ve been looking for a universally good ergonomic office chair for a while, and I was intrigued by the critics and appreciations Aeron received.
This gave me the chance to try it for 8 to 12 hours each day for a few weeks. This review is my personal experience with Herman Miller’s Aeron, though I will include some experts’ and users’ reviews here.
I will detail all its features in terms of pros and cons, so you can figure out whether this would be a good chair for your needs.
About Herman Miller Company
The Herman Miller Company has a good reputation on the market thanks to its long tradition in manufacturing quality office furniture. Its history started in 1905 when Michigan Star Furniture Company was founded.
This home office furniture business was bought in 1923 by one of its employees, a clerk named De Pree. De Pree received financial assistance from his father in law, named Herman Miller.
As a tribute to his help, De Pree gave Michigan Star Furniture the name we all know it today: Herman Miller.
The company had to go through the troubled times of the great depression and therefore changed to the more profitable sector of office furniture.
The reasons it succeeded was because it hired reputable designers and focused on a wide range of products. From modern to classic to industrial office furniture, Herman Miller could cater to every taste.
Herman Miller continued its expansion and brought various furniture companies under its umbrella. Today, this company is a large brand in the world of office furniture, with factories on three continents and sales on over a hundred countries.
During this time, Herman Miller received tens of awards both for its innovative designs, its impressive work culture, as well as for its gender diversity policy, and its support to working women and healthcare patients.
One of the most recent is the 2017 “Good Design Award” in the Furniture and Lighting category, awarded by the Industrial Design Council of Australia for the remastered Aeron.
Aeron Chair Review (Pros and Cons)
Build Quality / Great Design
The Aeron has a stylish design and top craftsmanship. This is a solid, comfortable and ergonomic chair in which you can spend hours.
Made in USA and Parts Made Only For This Chair
The Aeron is manufactured in the USA so that you can rely on its comfort and quality materials. Its parts are custom-made, not generic pre-ordered parts that are stuck together with all sorts of gaps.
Mesh Material – Most Comfortable
The type of mesh in the Aeron is flexible, breathable and supportive for long hours.
12 YearsWarranty – No Exclusion
The Aeron comes with a strong, 12-year warranty that shows Herman Miller’s confidence in Aeron’s durability.
Comes Fully Assembled
This means you can use the Aeron right out of the box.
Up to 350 lb Weight Capacity
The Aeron is comfortable and supportive for heavy people as well.
Smooth Easy Motion Natural Recline
The recline function is balanced and secure, helping you alleviate backaches and relax.
Arm Rest Comfort – Best Out of All Chairs
The armrests are comfortable and supportive, thanks to their high adjustability and soft arm pads.
Optional PostureFit Lumbar Adjustment
The adjustable lumbar support is a user-friendly feature, especially combined with the PostureFit SL design. You can adjust the lumbar any way you want to for increased support.
Optional Forward Tilt Option
This option is useful for people who type for long periods, inclining you forward so you can keep your back straight while typing on the keyboard. This position is more ergonomic and supportive for marathon writing than sitting upright.
The Aeron contains a high percentage of recyclable materials made in a greenhouse facility with renewable energy. As such, the chair’s environmental impact is low.
24/7 Use Rated
You can sit in the Aeron for prolonged periods, whether you’re an executive, writer or working at a call center. The warranty still stands even if you use the Aeron around the clock.
Mesh Seat May Not Be Comfortable For Everyone
Mesh seats have their worshippers as well as their detractors. The Aeron uses top quality mesh, but even that might cause you thigh stiffness if you’re sitting 12+ hours per day for a week.
Mesh Could Be Firm For Some People
Some people might not appreciate the backrest because of its firmness.
Missing Ergonomic Adjustment Options Due to 3 Sizes That Aeron Has
The Aeron comes in three sizes so, if you choose the wrong size for your body type, some ergonomic adjustments might not fit you right.
I’m talking about seat depth, arm width, and back heights. You can solve that by picking the right size from the get go!
This can be difficult if you want to buy all the employees in your office Aeron chairs for their desks, or if you share the Aeron with someone else.
Unlike other top-rated office chairs, the Aeron office chair doesn’t have seat depth and back-height adjustment, although I would have expected those features at this price range.
The seat and backrest are supported with a thick metal frame, which you can feel on your hamstring, outer thighs, calves or upper back.
Few Color Options
The remastered Aeron doesn’t have a wide array of color choices. The Aeron’s color palette sticks to metallic, white-grey-black shades so that you won’t find it in bright, vibrant colors.
Most Notable Features
Lumbar Support Adjustments
Tilt tension adjustment
Breathable mesh backrest
15.75”W x 16.75”D
17”W x 16.75”D
18.25”W x 18.5”D
20.25”W x 21”H
21.5”W x 22”H
22.75”W x 23”H
Distance Between Armrests
Arms Lowest Height from Floor
Arms Highest Height from Floor
Shipping Box Dimensions
41″ x 28″ x 27″
41″ x 28″ x 27″
41″ x 28″ x 27″
Shipping Box Weight
Warranty & Return Policy
The Aeron comes with a 30-day return policy, so you can return this chair if you don’t like it. The bonus is that you will receive a full refund of your shipping cost from Herman Miller.
The only caveat is you need to pack it in the original box. Otherwise, you can rely on the company’s reliable customer support to help you send it back.
The 12-year warranty is well above the industry standard, and it includes all parts, but keep in mind that the small, size A version of the Aeron is covered for a maximum weight of 300 pounds.
The medium and large sizes (B and C) can support a maximum of 350 pounds. The warranty allows you around the clock customer support.
Repairing costs are covered by Herman Miller. For extensive repairs, the company will send on-site technicians to your home, but this depends on your location.
The Aeron is a top-quality chair, and among the best office chairs, I’ve reviewed so far.
Herman Miller pulled no stops when designing this chair or using top materials.
-From the grade-A steel frame to molded aluminum parts to the patented mesh backrest, Herman Miller used quality materials.
The craftsmanship is exemplary, considering that all of Aeron’s parts are designed and manufactured specifically for this chair.
The Aeron doesn’t use generic parts you can find in other office chairs, which raises its ergonomic value and durability.
The reason is that all parts fit perfectly, without wiggling. This clean design isn’t just durable and functional, but also stylish.
Aeron has been remastered for modern workers and work environment in mind. Chair is adjusted for a better performance and reengineered for better health, and refined for modern environments.
The Herman Miller remastered Aeron has a curved backrest which follows the natural shape of your spine and elongates under your buttocks.
This anatomically correct design is ergonomic, comfortable and supportive. As a result, your posture is improved. You can keep your back straight, your shoulders back and your hips open.
This positive posture directly affects your spinal health. Because you are supported and can maintain a good posture, you won’t feel any backaches, joint stiffness or pain.
The Aeron’s elements combine perfectly, to complement and enhance this ergonomic design.
Armrests (Herman Miller Aeron Adjustable Arms)
The armrests allow you to move naturally while sitting in the Aeron. That’s because they’re attached to the backrest, which promotes a positive posture.
There are three options for the armrests’ adjustability: stationary, height-adjustable and fully adjustable. The first two options are self-explanatory.
The fully adjustable armrests offer depth adjustment and pivoting movements apart from height adjustments.
These 3D armrests are easy to customize and support your arms well while you’re moving, though other office chairs offer more armrest adjustability options. You can also choose the armrests’ upholstery: standard or leather.
The standard option is made with polyurethane foam, which is soft and provides good comfort. The leather option is soft and looks stylish, but it’s less breathable.
Apart from its SL design, it’s worth noting that the backrest is made with 8Z Pellicle mesh.
The backrest is supportive whether you’re reclining or not thanks to the PostureFit design and the mesh’s flexibility.
What is Herman Miller PostureFit?
Patented PostureFit from Herman Miller gives back support at the sacral region and at the base of your spine, helping pelvis to prevent slouching by maintaining a natural forward tilt. The Classic Aeron PostureFit Support Kit is advised for someone who sit up straight to perform various tasks.
This type of mesh is also highly breathable. There are three options for the backrest.
The standard one offers zonal back support, without the lumbar support.
The adjustable lumbar support option includes a lumbar pillow.
The most advanced option is the adjustable PostureFit SL, which features eight pressure zones for increased support and perfect fit.
Aeron’s seat is made with 8Z pellicle mesh too. While this material is soft, flexible, and supportive, it’s not cushiony. As such, the firm seat is touted by some and despised by others.
The seat has protuberant side bolsters, which render an enveloping sitting position.
On the other hand, you can feel the bolsters through your hips and outer thighs if you choose a size that’s too small for you.
In this case, the bolster design might also feel confining instead of supportive.
The seat isn’t thickly padded, so, if you choose a size that’s too small for your weight, you can also feel the frame underneath the Aeron.
Another negative is the lack of seat depth adjustment, which would have made the Aeron more versatile.
Material & Environmental Sustainability
The Aeron uses top materials – I’ve already told you about the top 8Z Pellicle mesh that covers the backrest and seat.
This mesh contains 44% polyester and 56% elastomer, which is why it provides increased flexibility and support. This mesh is soft and supple; it won’t damage your clothes or give you skin rashes.
Another advantage is that the 8Z Pellicle mesh has a long lifespan because it can resist 200,000 double rubs. On the downside, the Aeron features no padding, which would have provided a more cushiony material.
The frame and base are reliable, sturdy and resistant because they’re manufactured from metal.
The recycled-steel frame and recycled-aluminum base material add to the Aeron’s overall 40+ pounds weight and aren’t as durable as glass fiber or carbon fiber, but they are solid nonetheless.
The wheel casters have a 2.5-inch diameter, so they’re larger than the industry standard. The casters are made from resistant black nylon, which enables smooth rolling over a wide array of surfaces.
You can choose two different types of casters. The carpet casters are suitable for low to medium-pile carpets.
The hard floor casters boast an additional soft tread which makes them silent on hard floors.
This tread also increases the casters’ grip on surfaces like concrete, wood or tile.
You can also choose these casters for a carpeted room if you need a reliable braking system.
That said, Herman Miller is an environmentally-conscious brand, and the Aeron is 91% recyclable. This chair uses 39% recyclable materials and 38% post-consumer content.
Besides, the Greenhouse manufacturing factory where the Aeron is manufactured uses only renewable electric energy.
The corrugated cardboard material used for packaging the Aeron is made from recycled materials and composes 99% of the total packaging.
As such, the Aeron has various environmental certifications under its belt thanks to its quality, eco-friendly materials and its low impact on the indoor air quality.
These Certifications are BIFMA™ level 3, CRADLE TO CRADLE™, GREENGUARD GOLD, and Silver GREENGUARD.
Herman Miller Chairs – Comfort & Ergonomic Adjustments
The Aeron is a comfortable chair with some ergonomic adjustments, although other office chairs feature more options.
In this case, I felt the lack of both seat depth and armrest width adjustments, although there are three sizes for the Aeron which compensate these missing features to some degree.
That said, the arm height adjustment is an excellent addition because it supports a wide range of movements and body shapes, while you’re bending your elbows at a 90-degree angle.
The seat height adjustments are easy to make so you can lift or lower the chair between 14.75 to 19 inches for size A, and between 16 to 20.5 inches for sizes B and C. As such, your knees will be comfortably bent and supported at a 90-degree angle.
While there’s no back height adjustment, the lumbar support allows you to move the lumbar cushion to support your pressure points.
The tilt adjustment is another plus. The standard tilt is specifically designed for this chair; it works smoothly and allows you to recline in a comfortable position.
The standard tilt features tension adjustment, which means the Aeron reclines as you apply pressure on it. The downside is that there isn’t a tilt lock that would secure the chair into place.
The Aeron is comfortable and supportive whether you recline back or sit upright. The Aeron is a flexible, dynamic chair, that moves with your body, which feels natural.
The optional forward tilt with tilt lock is a definite improvement. When you’re typing for long hours, you tend to lean forward over your keyboard, so your back loses support.
The Aeron solved this problem with its forward tilt, which positions the backrest at an acute angle, which is better for your back than a 90-degree angle.
The forward tilt comes with a tilt lock that locks the backrest in a fully upright position, at mid and at full recline.
Office chairs in the expensive range usually feature synchro-tilt mechanisms which allow the backrest and seat to move simultaneously to provide you dynamic support when you move.
Aeron’s tilting options don’t feature synchro-tilt, but you will still recline in a natural, comfortable and supported way.
There are two aspects to consider here. First, the materials are all top-quality, made to last. The aluminum base and steel frame have a long lifespan.
The 8Z Pellicle Suspension mesh lasts years more than regular mesh because it’s more flexible and elastic so that it can accommodate various weights and movements.
The nylon used for the casters is sturdy because it’s not the cheap sort of plastic.
Secondly, Herman Miller offers a Twelve year warranty for 24/7 use of the Aeron. According to this, the Aeron will last at least 12 years, though its realistic lifespan is closer to two decades.
Herman Miller Aeron Customization Options
You Can Customize This Chair With Additional Options:
Optional Aeron Chair Headrest: this takes the pressure off your neck and shoulders, limiting upper body strain and stiffness.
Optional Posture Fit Lumbar Adjustment: this support can accommodate people who spend long hours sitting in the Aeron because it minimizes the risk of back pain.
Optional Forward Tilt Option: your back is supported even when you sit at a comfortable acute angle. This position is comfortable for people who type a lot.
Adjustable Lumbar Support: this support cushion for your lower back increases back comfort.
Height Adjustable Arms: move your arms at different angles to avoid wrist strain.
Fully Adjustable Arms: move your arms in 3D for more fluid, dynamic adjustments.
Leather Arm Pads: soft and elegant.
5” Casters for Hard Floors: good grip for hard floors like cement, tile or wood, with an excellent braking system.
Mineral/ Satin Aluminum color: white-grey.
Mineral / Polished Aluminum: metallic grey.
Graphite / Polished Aluminum: black chair and backrest, metallic frame.
Herman Miller Aeron Chair Size Guide
I’ve already hinted at Aeron’s three sizes, so you can choose one that fits your purpose and build.
The upside for Aeron’s three different sizes is that you can get the one that best accommodates and supports your particular body shape.
Most top-range office chairs aim to accommodate 95% of people with a universal model that allows a wide range of adjustments.
On the other hand, the Aeron can accommodate 99% of people with its three sizes. So, you’re guaranteed to find an Aeron size that fits, no matter who you are.
The downside is that one single size can’t offer a versatile fit for more people unless they all have similar body types.
Chair Size A (Small)
Total Height: 38.5 inches
Height (seat): 14.75-19 inches
Weight Capacity: 300 pounds.
Seat: 15.75 x 16.75 inches
Backrest : 20.5 x 21 inches
Armrest Height: 21.75 – 30.25 inches
Aeron Chair Weight: 40 pounds
Chair Size B (Medium)
Total height: 41 inches
Seat Height: 16 – 20.5 inches
Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
Seat: 17 x 16.75 inches
Backrest: 21.5 x 22 inches
Armrest Height: 23 x 31.5 inches
Chair Weight: 41 pounds
Chair Size C (Large)
Total height: 43 inches
Seat Height: 16 – 20.5 inches
Weight Capacity: 350 pounds
Seat: 18.25 x 18.5 inches
Backrest: 22.75 x 23 inches
Armrest Height: 24.75 x 26.25 inches
Chair Weight: 43 pounds
Herman Miller Aeron Price
Price ranges differ for standard packages and additional options. The standard Aeron version can be bought at $920 and features a graphite-colored frame and base, regular recline, stationary arms with PU pads, carpet casters and basic back support.
Below Are the Costs for Different Updates and Customization You May Want to Include:
Mineral frame, polished aluminum base: $260.00
Mineral frame, satin aluminum base: $220.00
Fully adjustable arms: $160.00
Graphite frame, polished aluminum base: $120.00
Tilt limiter and seat angle: $100.00
Height adjustable arms: $100.00
Adjustable PostureFit SL: $95.00
Leather arm pads: $80.00
Adjustable lumbar support: $75.00
Casters for hard floors: $50.00
These adjustments add another $760 – $920 to the price.
Conclusion: Thinking of Buying Herman Miller Office Chair?
The Aeron is a popular, feature-packed office chair, although it’s expensive. You can think of it as an investment in your well-being and back health because the chair is supportive, ergonomic and can be used 24/7.
Backed by a 12-year warranty, the Aeron can fit people up to 350 pounds. You can find it in three sizes, so 99% of people can find a comfortable model that cushions and supports them.
The ergonomic design is evident through its supportive, curved backrest and comfortable armrests. The recline option together with the 8Z Pellicle Suspension backrest makes it one of the coziest mesh chairs today.
On the downside, the Aeron isn’t a versatile office chair because it lacks seat depth, arm width, and back height adaptability. This problem can easily be solved by choosing the correct size from the get-go, though.
The mesh seat is a problem for some users too. So if you like thickly padded, cushiony sits, the Aeron might not be for you. If you’ve tried mesh seats before, and prefer firm support for your seat and thighs, Aeron is worth considering.
Luraco i7 PLus – #1 Massage Chair in The Word (Editor’s Pick)
Do you know how many massage chairs are being made each year? Just consider that each major company has tens of products lined up, not to mention smaller brands.
Who could possible try all these chairs or read endless chair reviews and expert opinions about them without getting all tensed up and needing a massage even more?
I’ve tested a lot of massage chair recliners and I’m always doing research about them.
And even if I promised to discuss the 7 best massage chair reviews in 2019, I’m actually going to go a bit further and add 10 more models to cover the entire price pool.
Quick hint if you don’t already know this about me: I voted for Luraco i7 Plus as the winner!
And if you find yourself lost in all the electric massage chair specs and functions, I also have a complete buyers’ guide plus an FAQ section below!
Comparison Table (comparison chart)
Luraco i7 Plus (Editor's Choice)
Human Touch Novo XT2
2nd Best (Space Saver)
Absolute Best Chair On a Budget
2nd Best (Budget)
Osaki OS-Pro Maxim
3nd Best (Budget)
Infinity It 8500 & Infinity It 8500x3
Best (Mid Price Range)
Ogawa Touch 3D
2nd Best (Mid Price Range)
Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair
3nd Best (Mid Price Range)
Top 7 Best Massage Chair & Recliner Models in 2019
World’s Best Massage Chairs
You already know my opinion, I’m a Luraco i7 Plus fan through and through. But there are other models to review, so let’s get to it!
1. Luraco i7 Plus – #1 Best Overall
This Luraco medical massager is one of the best massage chairs TODAY (actually THE BEST in my opinion) I could find because it features tons of quality characteristics, all rounding up its medical purpose.
Firstly, the chair is designed and manufactured in the US, which isn’t something you see every day.
Besides, it’s listed with the FDA, CE, and UL, so you can rely on its high-tech and heavy-duty construction.
Among its most special features, the 5 memory settings are really user-friendly.
You can also adjust the massage intensity and speed, plus select different body parts for a terrific type of massage.
Hint: the foot massage was absolutely heaven. Among the manual techniques, Kneading and Tapping with various speed controls feel great.
The pause and resume buttons are another user-friendly characteristics: you can simply stop and have the Luraco focus on the sorest spot on your body.
And thanks to the 10WBluetooth speakers, you can enjoy a truly immersive massage experience.
You? Who’s you? Well, everyone up to 300 pounds, with a height between 4’7” to 6’7” – this is a chair built for everyone!
There are even built-in blood pressure and heart rate monitor and full-body heat!
The 3D massage feels great, with all the proven benefits of deep-tissue massages, like better circulation and reduced chronic pain.
The Zero-gravity feature is another plus, considering that all your weight is taken by the rollers, so it makes for a soothing massage that can help you fall asleep easily.
The S-track design follows the natural curve of your spine, which some people say has fewer benefits than an L-track or a hybrid track – but I’ll discuss that below.
Still, with the rollers being able to move 3 inches from their track, this massage is deep and as great as that given by a licensed chiropractor.
Built in the US
Listed with the FDA, CE, and UL
5 memory massage settings
Immersive massage experience
Human like feel
Accommodating to a wide array of body types
Maybe the price (heavy on the maybe)
The track design could be improved
Summary: The Luraco i7 Plus is a therapeutic massage chair that could only be made better by a more affordable price.
2. Human Touch Novo XT2 – 2nd Best
This polyurethane chair may be imported, but it’s designed in the USA – a first similarity with the Luraco.
However, I love its space-saving design, you just need a 2-inch wall clearance to use it comfortably.
It’s also a user-friendly chair thanks to the Altec Lansing premium sound system that’s again very immersive, thanks to the soothing nature sounds. Premium features are close one of Luraco, but sounds system (if that is important to you) is the best in the industry, which also make this chair one of the best massage chairs available.
A significant difference when comparing this to the Luraco is the hybrid SL track design that follows the anatomical spine curve and also increases the massage coverage to your buttocks and thighs.
The foot massage is great with this robotic massage chair, especially since the underfoot rollers can be adjusted, harnessing the true power of reflexology.
You even get Cloud touch acupressure with this chair thanks to a penetrating air massage.
I also loved the Flex 3D massage technology, very similar to that of the Luraco, especially since you get various intensity massage settings here too.
And you can count on the dual lumbar heat to loosen tight back muscles and ease chronic sciatica pain, though the Luraco features full body heat.
With 35 auto-programs you can test, the full body stretch program is probably the one I loved the most.
I also loved the 2 zero-gravity positions, but the Luraco is more of a mecial massage chair.
Human Touch XT2 is second winner!
8 built-in nature tracks
2 zero-gravity massage
Lots of options
Long massage stroke
Heat stretched muscles
No calf heat
No memory settings
Summary: The Novo XT2 is a feature-packed reclining massage chair you can easily customize, but it could use some memory settings.
3. Infinity Presidential Massage Chair – 3d Best
A 3D L-track chair with all the features you can expect from a world’s best luxurious massage chair, including foot rollers, executive zero gravity, space-saving design, Bluetooth, Apple/Droid apps, and postural correction. But let’s take them one at a time.
The Hybrid L/S track is 49 inches long, so the massage rollers can easily get from your neck and shoulders to your hamstrings.
Besides, the rollers feel quite life-like and, if that’s not enough, the 3D body scanning is just what you need to make sure the chair focuses on your pressure points.
If the computer’s wrong, you can easily adjust the roller position yourself, with the remote!
The Infinity Presidential features zero-gravity seating too, so your knees are lifted up, and the rollers give a truly penetrating massage.
I also loved the wide array of manual massage types offered, from the basic Kneading, Tapping, Knocking, Combo to the more advanced Shiatsu.
But the Music Sync option was heaven: I could actually sync the massage rhythm to the beat of my favorite tracks.
Hint: try Ode to Joy if you want to feel fresh as a cucumber!
I also like the speed intensity adjustment and the air mode with more than 40 air cells included to massage your head, neck, arms, butt, feet, and legs.
The lumbar heat and waist twist are great features too, this robotic massage chair is Bluetooth-compatible and comes with an extendable massage recliner and ottoman.
With so many outstanding features, why is this chair ranked third in my review?
Well, it doesn’t have any memory setting, plus the Luraco has a more penetrating, deep-tissue therapeutic massage, while the XT2 offers a more immersive experience. Bronze medal for the Presidential!
Music Sync massage
Full Featured Full body Shiatsu massage chair
No memory settings
No calf heat
Summary: The Infinity Presidential is a luxurious massage chair for great soothing massages.
4. Inada Dreamwave Massage Chair – 4th
The S-Track design is fairly standard, but it certainly delivers a quality massage thanks to features like the 3D body scan, which allows the computer to find your sore spots and adjust the massage rollers accordingly, though you can manually adjust them too.
The zero-gravity seating is another great feature, but you get just one position – I know, I was a bit let down too, especially since this chair is so customizable.
Speaking of which, there are 16 built-in massage options such as the Human Hands, Kneading, Double Knead, Tapping, Combo, and Shiatsu, plus various speed, intensity, and roller width adjustments. Lucky me – the remote is easy to use.
The Air Mode offers 101 second-generation airbags, you can change the air pressure and choose to massage different body parts individually.
The timer’s adjustable, you get individual back and seat heat, vibration massage, body stretch, a thorough calf, and foot massage, so why isn’t this chair ranked first?
Well, there’s no way to control the temperature, no MP3 support, no space-saving technology, and the S-track feels pretty short.
No temperature controls
No space-saving technology
Just one zero-G
Short track design
5. Osaki 3D Pro Ekon Massage Chair (8999$) – 5th
This body massager chair comes with some special features of its own, like the high-end 3D L-track design, which gives you an immersive, deep and electric full body massage all the way from the neck to the back of your thighs.
I loved the sliding base too because it’s so user-friendly, while the fiberglass exterior is truly unique – I have rarely seen such an enduring chair.
Besides, remember that the Osaki Pro Ekon is made by the same guys who manufactured the now discontinued Infinity Iyashi massage chair.
Yes, in the same factory! But what I adored is the calf massage.
With a combination of kneading plus the roller on the back, the Pro Ekon delivers the absolute best calf massage when compared to any other robotic massager ever made. Told you I liked this massage.
Apart from that, there’s the 3D massager technology, lumbar heat, auto-body scan, zero gravity and hybrid track – with all the benefits I’ve explained above and will detail later on too.
There are 6 built-in programs and 6 massage techniques, even a Bluetooth connection.
What I would have liked to see more on this chair, especially considering the price is calf heat, adjustable heat temperature, more than one zero-G position, and more massage options, apart from the basic ones plus the Shiatsu.
But it’s still one of the best chairs on the market!
Best calf massage ever
High-end 3D L-track
3D massage for a human like experience
No adjustable heat temperature
Just one zero-G
Not as many massage options
No calf heat
Summary: The Pro Ekon delivers amazing calf massages and I promise it’s the last time I mention it here.
6. Ogawa Smart 3D – 6th
The Ogawa Smart 3D is not the most stylish chair I’ve seen and the LED lights might look a little kitschy but boy, do they work!
These chromotherapy lights help you relax and immerse yourself in the massage experience.
This chair is pretty big and heavy, but it’s designed with space-saving technology, so you need just a 4-inch clearance to fit it in.
I also liked the L-track design and quad rollers, so you can get a deep massage from your neck to your hamstrings.
The Ogawa Smart 3D features two zero-G seating positions to maximize your overall experience and deliver a deeper massage.
Besides, there’s that 3D in the name which means the rollers move on the length, width, and depth of an imagined parallelepiped, pressing into your back for a deep tissue massage.
This chair has 17 auto-programs, body-specific options, plus six techniques, four of which are advanced (Balinese, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish).
Plus the Thai option is a great, relaxing full-body stretch.
You can customize all these options, create and save your changes, adjust the timer or even choose a manual massage.
And the 64 second-generation airbags deliver a great air massage, there’s lumbar heat, but the calf and foot massage isn’t that great.
With no sole massagers and just airbags to massage your feet, you can understand why it’s not that vigorous.
Besides, the remote is pretty difficult to use because you haven’t got one!
Instead, the Android tablet with the app is intuitive, with a special diagnostics section.
Easy to customize
Tablet instead of remote
Great air massage
No foot rollers
No feet heat
Summary: The Ogawa Smart 3D is one of the easiest to customize chairs I’ve ever tried, but the foot massage is pretty average.
7. Osaki Pro Maestro Massage Chair – 7th
The Osaki Pro Maestro has some unique features, starting with the 4D massage it offers.
Very much like what a chiropractor would do, the rollers move on 3 different directions, but they also come out a few inches from their position to give you a deeper massage.
There’s zero-gravity too, but it’s pretty standard when compared to other robotic massage chairs.
The L-track massage can get up to your hamstrings, which is another great thing.
So here’s the cherry on the cake: the heated back roller! It’s different than lumbar heat, you get a warm massage anytime you use this chair.
However, the roller is just warm and I also would’ve liked to see some back and calf heat.
Still, the foot massage is amazing, using a foot and calf Kneading technique.
Speaking of techniques, there are 4 massage styles, but just the basic ones (Kneading, Tapping, Rolling) plus Shiatsu, along with 8 auto-programs. Would have liked to see more options here too, though.
But with a backrest scanning, space-saving design, Bluetooth connection and easy-to-use remote, this chair is definitely among the best on the market!
Heated back roller
No real heat therapy
One zero-G level
Summary: The Osaki Pro Maestro can provide a warm, soothing massage, though it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles.
Middle Price Range Chairs (Around 5500$)
Now that you’ve seen my top 7 chairs, let’s see what some more affordable options you can find on the market.
8. Infinity It 8500 & Infinity It 8500X3 – #1 in Midprice Range Category
The Infinity IT 8500 features an S-track design with quad rollers, which are fairly standard but still deliver a functional massage.
The 3D body scanning allows the computer to find pressure points on your body, but you can also adjust the rollers yourself – always a plus.
The Zero-Gravity seating is another plus, especially with two positions that allow you to reap the benefits of a penetrating massage.
There are also six massage techniques offered, but only one advanced: Shiatsu, which is the industry standard for the price range.
BUUUT: you can combine any two techniques thanks to the dual action feature!! Loved it!
There are also four auto massage programs that you can adjust in speed, though you can’t adjust the intensity.
I also loved the deep massage, but I admit it might be too much for the average users, who can only decrease the intensity in appearance by reducing the speed.
However, this is a mistake corrected by the Infinity IT 8500X3.
I also loved the spot massage function which allows you to focus on a sore spot as well as on a specific region.
The air massage mode is pretty average though, with 38 Second Generation airbags and 5 intensity levels.
The lumbar heat is fairly decent for treating lower back pain, but hands-down the best feature of the Infitinty IT 8500 is the body stretch, which is quite firm.
This chair features a twist function for your spine, which feels like what a chiropractor would do.
Besides, you can also adjust the speed! Inversion therapy is another stellar feature of the Infinity IT 8500, offering the same benefits on your spine as the swivel function, but at low impact.
You also get a decent calf and foot massage, but it’s not that intense – just with the airbags and all.
The chair features MP3 support, an extendable ottoman for taller users – so it’s pretty user-friendly.
The Infinity X3 sees some great additions, like more built-in programs, remote adjustable intensity, Bluetooth compatibility, plus a 4D massage courtesy of traveling rollers that can get 3 inches from the track.
Still, the X3 has a less adjustable timer – you can only choose between a 10-minute or a 30-minute massage.
Dual action feature to combine massage techniques
No intensity adjustment for the IT 8500
No calf heat
No memory functions
No roller calf massage
Summary: The Infinity IT 8500 is a perfect chair for inversion therapy and features some surprising combinations!
9. Ogawa Touch 3D Massage Chair
The Ogawa Touch 3D Massage Chair is pretty niche and you either love it or hate it.
Starting with its design, you can appreciate that it doesn’t want to pretend it’s a piece of furniture, plus it’s pretty huge and doesn’t have a space-saving design, so you need to place it more than 31 inches away from a wall.
The good news is that it can fit taller people too, up to 6’5”.
Massage-wise, I enjoyed a 3D roller massage, which is fairly deep. I also liked the two Zero-G seating positions that made me feel weightless and relaxed.
Besides, the chromotherapy which uses built-in LED lights made me doze off faster than watching the Weather Channel.
You will also appreciate the body scanning that allows the chair to find your sore spots and how easy it is to control the roller position with the tablet.
What I’m not a big fan of is the short S-track design that didn’t massage my glutes or hamstrings.
Besides, the dual rollers aren’t as good as quad rollers (unless you want a deeper intensity), but the chair compensated through various techniques, 9 basic and 4 advanced that include Balinese, Japanese, Shiatsu and Swedish.
There are also 5 speeds and 6 intensities to customize your massage from light to deep.
With spot and partial massage, air with 64 Second Generation airbags and 5 different intensity setings, lumbar heat and Bluetooth speakers, the Ogawa massage chair is quite user-friendly.
Not to mention the USB charging port and touchscreen tablet you can watch movies on.
There’s also a diagnostic section, but you need to invest a bit of time to learn how to master this chair first.
Plenty of options
Foot and calf massage
Summary: This is a feature-packed chair that’s perfect for alleviating chronic back pain.
10. Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair
The Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair features an L-track that goes from your neck all the way to your hamstrings.
It can fit people between 5’ to 6’6”, who can benefit from a deep massage courtesy of 3D rollers.
The body scanning technology used is up to date, accurate and allows you to massage all your sore spots.
The dual action foot massagers are another good feature, especially in combination with the airbags.
This is one of the best scraping massages I’ve ever tried!
The zero gravity recline features two positions, the second that lifts your knees and legs above heart level.
I also appreciated the space-saving design which means you only need about 3 inches from the wall to use this chair.
And since there are Bluetooth speakers plus a microphone built-in, you can listen to music for a soothing experience or take the time to make some calls.
The heat for the back, seat, and calves is amazingly soothing, but you can’t use it for more than 30 minutes per day. Bummer!
I also liked the head air bag massage, with an inflatable pillow that massaged my temples and made my brain feel more oxygenated.
In fact, the air bag massage offered by this chair is especially therapeutic for the hip and back area, considering you can combine it with a twisting-squeezing function.
There’s air bag massage for your other body parts, though, 9 auto programs, 5 massage techniques – all that with 5 adjustable speeds, 5 intensities, and 3 widths! Read my guide about overview of Titan Massage Chair models here.
Accommodates various body types
Great foot massage
Two zero-G positions
Back and calf heat
Amazing air massage
Adjustable speed and intensity
Basic massage techniques
Summary: The Titan Pro Jupiter XL offers the basic massage functions, plus a stellar head massage.
11. Positive Posture Brio Chair
The Positive Posture Brio Massage Chair sports the Intelligent True 4D technology that allows the rollers to travel from the track so they can push into your spine for a more penetrating massage.
But since this chair already features an L-track, its massages are fairly deep already.
The good news is the track can get all the way from your neck down to your glutes and upper hamstrings.
Although I love deep massages, I also like to have other options.
Unfortunately, this chair doesn’t feature a lot of massage techniques, just the 4 regular ones: Kneading, Tapping, Rolling and Pushing.
Still, there’s zero-gravity for improving blood circulation and joint pain, heat for the lower back and calves and a full body compression massage.
I can also appreciate the 10 built-in programs and manual adjustments, body scan, and space-saving design.
But I really liked the foot rollers that massaged by soles into heaven – it’s the power of reflexology.
And you can also appreciate how intuitive the remote is.
Back and calf heat therapy
Great sole massage
Fairly deep massage
Basic massage techniques
Summary: The Positive Posture Brio Massage Chair features all the basic functions for hobbyist users.
12. Osaki OS-7200H Massage Recliner Chair
The Osaki OS-7200H features auto body scan, massage roller heads and pressure sensors to deliver personalized massages.
In fact, this chair doesn’t just find sore spots on your back; it also figures out how tall people are!
The auto leg scan is another impressive feature, keeping your feet snugly positioned in the ottoman to align your calves and feet correctly.
The S-track design contours your spine, but it’s the industry standard, along with the quad rollers.
These rollers mimic the movements of a chiropractor’s hands, especially beneficial for easing chronic pain.
Besides, you can adjust the intensity and roller width!
I also liked the two zero-gravity positions for that true feeling of weightlessness.
The first position aligns the thighs and the heart, while the second elevates your legs further up to improve your circulation and increase the back massage intensity.
The shoulder heat pads made me feel warm and relaxed, while the 51-airbags offered me a good compression massage from my neck all the way down to my feet.
I also liked the MP3 port and built-in speakers; they really provide an immersive experience.
And the Blue LED chromotherapy is just what you need if you struggle with sleep deprivation or other sleep-related issues, even anxiety.
The remote is easy to use, and the auto-off timer is perfect for setting your massage duration.
You can choose between 6 massage techniques (Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling, Shiatsu and Swedish) and 8 built-in programs.
The Music Sync option is my favorite – the massage is placed on the beat of your favorite tunes.
Besides, you can adjust the intensity, speed and roller width; you even have a Zone function!
Great body scan
Two zero-G positions
Heated massage shoulder pads
Great neck massage
No calf heat
Can’t adjust heat intensity
Few advanced massage techniques
Summary: The Osaki OS-7200H is a top massage chair for full-body massages, provide soothing and relaxing massage from head to toes.
The Osaki OS Pro Maxim features a hybrid track technology that combined the anatomically curved shape of your spine courtesy of the S-track with the roller’s ability to get all the way down to your hamstrings, courtesy of the L-track.
The touchscreen controller is like a smart tablet, but bigger, so it’s easy to use and has an intuitive interface.
Another user-friendly feature is the body-scan technology which identifies your pressure points so it can deliver personalized massages.
Speaking of which, you can customize your massage thanks to 12 pre-programmed massages, manual massage techniques like Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Clapping, Swedish and Shiatsu, plus 5 intensity levels.
The air bag massage features 36 air cells, and it’s quite refreshing, plus there’s lumbar heat to ease any back pain.
The foot rollers and auto leg scan are a great way to ensure you get the perfect leg massage, especially since the ottoman is made to fit your height.
This chair features Bluetooth compatible speakers, which I always appreciate, chromotherapy to relax you with soft blue lights, and zero gravity to give your back a deeper massage considering it’s fully pressing on the rollers.
You also can’t neglect the seat vibration – I like it, but if it’s too much for you, you can always turn it off.
Customizable massage experience
Plenty of massage options
Bluetooth compatible speakers
Chromotherapy massage therapy
Seat vibration might feel too intense
No calf heat (no heating options)
Summary: The Osaki OS Pro Maxim massage recliner chair is easy to use and has plenty of massage options, though it lacks features available in more expensive chairs.
16. Osaki OS-4000T Massage Chair Recliner
With its ergonomic S-track, the Osaki 4000T executive zero gravity massage chair contours the natural curvature of your spine, though this is the industry standard and can feel a bit short – the rollers don’t reach your hamstrings.
However, a plus for this price range is the two-stage zero gravity, which allows the chair to place you in a neutral position, reducing spinal pressure.
The first position places your legs and heart at the same level, while the second elevates your legs to increase the blood circulation and disperse any blood clots.
The body scan technology allows this chair to adjust the rollers in order to hit your sore spots.
The air massage technology I liked, especially since it’s less noisy than other chairs, not to mention power-saving.
But the cherry on the cake is the full-arm air massage, which you really have to try for yourself.
The auto leg scan and length adjustment is another top-end feature. Not only does it allow your legs to fit snuggly in the ottoman, but it also aligns them correctly to increase the massage efficiency.
With lower back heat therapy and seat vibration, 8 built-in programs and 6 manual massage techniques, each with 5 levels of speed and intensity, you can say that this is a pretty basic chair recliner.
However, you can customize your massage fairly easily, combining the type of massages, area, duration, intensity, and speed.
The best feature? The two rows of reflexology rollers that are an acupressure wonder.
Pro tip: combine them with the calf air massage for the complete experience!
Two zero-gravity positions
Reflexology foot rollers
Basic massage techniques
No calf heat
Summary: The Osaki 4000T massage chair offers a quality foot massage, plus other therapeutic functions.
17. Ogawa Refresh Plus Massage Chair
The Ogawa Refresh Plus is a quality chair that delivers a great air massage courtesy of 42 Second Generation airbags.
It looks good, but you can see the leg ports and the LED lights, so it pretty much stands out.
Besides, it’s a big, heavy chair and it doesn’t have a space-saving design, so you need to place it 10 inches away from a wall.
That said, the quad rollers feel quite life-like, and the two stages of zero gravity allow you to take the pressure off your spine, while also increasing the massage intensity in the lumbar area.
However, this chair featured an S-track so, although ergonomic and suited to your spine curvature; it can’t reach your thighs.
On the other hand, the vibrating seat feature tries to compensate for this disadvantage.
Another minus though is the absence of the 3D roller design which increases the massage pressure.
This isn’t so bad for general use purposes, but it might not suit people looking for a therapeutic chair.
Still, the Ogawa Refresh Plus has a good body scan technology and plenty of options.
There are 6 auto-programs and manual techniques such as Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling, Clapping, plus the advanced Shiatsu and Swedish.
I liked that I could adjust the massage intensity and speed too, and I particularly enjoyed the spot and zone massage which allowed me to focus on certain sore spots.
There’s lumbar heat too, always a plus, but no calf heat and no way to control the heating temperature.
The body stretch function is pretty ok, but not really therapeutic like a Thai stretch or another sort of a firm stretch.
Besides, the Android tablet that comes instead of the usual remote has a learning curve because it doesn’t have an intuitive interface.
Great air massage
Two stages of zero gravity
Adjustable speed and intensity
Spot and zone massage
No 3D rollers
No calf heat
A learning curve for the tablet
Summary: Feature-packed, the Ogawa Refresh Plus is better suited for hobbyist users instead of therapeutic purposes.
The Best Rated Massage Chairs for Petite Users
I’ve reviewed some great chairs up til now. But what if you’re a petite user? Are all of these accommodating? What would be more suitable?
Luraco i7 Plus can fit users that are as short as 4’7”, plus it has a good auto body scan function.
Inada DreamWave massage chair from Inada is another great chair for petite users, even teenagers over 14 who can enjoy the Youth Program.
The Panasonic EP30007 Chair is affordable Panasonic massage chair and can accommodate people of at least 4’6”, but not taller than 6’.
Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair is another affordable chair that’s great for people of at least 4’11”.
The Top Massage Chair Models If You are Heavy and Tall
But what if you’re heavier and taller? Some chairs seem great at first glance until you read you have to be under 6’ to use them. Not with the:
Human Touch Novo XT, which can accommodate users up to 300 pounds and 6’9”.
The Luraco i7 can fit people up to 300 pounds and 6’7”.
The Inada Sogno DreamWave Chair Recliner has a maximum limit of 295 pounds and 6’5”.
The Infinity Iyashi fits users up to 285 pounds and 6’6”.
The Infinity IT-9800 can go as high as 350 pounds and 6’7”.
Tips & Most Important Features to Consider When Buying a Massage Chair
Yes, you can. Some have clear specifications for features such as heat.
Generally, it’s a good idea to use it just once or twice per day and to consult your GP first, especially if you have a medical condition.
How Long Does a Massage Chair Last?
Depending on how often you use it, how many people are using it and how well you’re keeping it, the warranty should give you a pretty good idea about that. Most home massage chairs last for 5-10 years.
How Often is Too Often to Get a Massage?
Stick to 1-2 massage sessions per day, and you’ll be fine.
Are Massage Chairs Supposed to Hurt?
Massage chairs are not supposed to be painful. While some techniques like Deep Kneading might make you feel sore, you’re never supposed to feel a sharp pain, which is why you need to consult your GP before using a certain electric full body shiatsu massage chair.
Can I Use an Electric Massage Chair While Pregnant? / Is a Back Massage Safe During Pregnancy?
Massage chairs are safe during pregnancy, within reasonable limits.
Firstly, you need to have your doctor’s approval, especially if you have an at-risk pregnancy or high blood pressure.
Secondly, it’s best to avoid Inversion Therapy or very strong massages that include powerful vibrations, especially if you’re in the third trimester.
Are Massage Chairs Good for Lower Back Pain?
Short answer: yes. Especially if you have one with a swivel function, lumbar heat, and full body zero gravity.
Is there any model you are not included in this review?
Short answer is. I decided to skip on some models duet to it questionable origin, reliability problems, user negative feedback/ Also customer service is also a big consideration. Few of those models are: BestMassage Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Stretched Foot (Bestmassage ec06s), Human Touch ijoy2580, ideal massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair with Built in Heat Zero Gravity Shiatsu Positioning Deep Tissue, various massage cushion models, Real Relax Zero Gravity Full Body Massage Chairs, portable massage chair models for therapists, off-brand zero gravity shiatsu massage chairs, Brookstone Massage Chair brand.
Can I Get a Massage 2 Days in a Row?
Sure. If you’re not feeling extremely sore and if it relaxes you, there’s nothing inherently dangerous about massages.
How Often Should I Get Deep Tissue Massage?
This depends on your level of stress and activity.
If you’re not stressed and don’t have particularly sore muscles, deep massages are beneficial every two weeks to decrease blood pressure and relax you.
If you have sore muscles or are stressed, you can get one every week.
If you’re an athlete, consider scheduling two deep massages every week.
Final Words on Best Massage Chairs
What’s the best massage chair? I vote for the Luraco i7 Plus, with its stylish, feature-packed design and minimal disadvantages.
But what will you get after reading my massage chair review? Decide for yourself!
I’ve reviewed plenty of massage chairs here, for different budgets and purposes. Let’s talk in the comments below and let me know which one of the best massage chairs you are gonna get for a perfect massage session!
Last year I took my great aunt to find a good recliner chair. We went shopping for a few hours testing some models she heard were “the best.” And guess what? They weren’t.
That’s not to say they weren’t quality products. Some even sported massage features, but they just didn’t work for her sciatica pains, combined with the pains from getting out of hip surgery.
And that’s why I comprised this guide below. The best recliners for back pain should suit their user’s needs!
My top favorite is the Kahuna massage chair LM6-800, a feature-packed, affordable massage recliner, but there are other recliners for different purposes in the buyer’s guide below. Compare, contrast, and choose the best for your needs.
10 Best Recliners For Lower Back Pain in 2019 Reviewed
I’m starting with my top pick:
1. Kahuna Full Body Recliner LM6800 – Best Massage Recliner for Back and Neck Pain
The Kahuna LM6800 features a hybrid track design, with an ergonomic S-track that follows the natural curve of your spine and an L-track that prolongs this track all the way to your glutes and hamstrings.
This hybrid track, quite rare for affordable recliners, alleviates the pain of sciatica.
Although it’s a big chair, I love that the Kahuna 6800 features a save saving design, so you only need about 3-4 inches from the wall for it to work.
Another advantage is the 3 zero-gravity seating positions. Zero-g means your whole body weight presses against the rollers so that you will get quite a penetrating massage.
Multiple zero-gravity positions entail that your legs will be lifted at three different angles from your heart level so that you can find a comfortable position too.
Courtesy of 3D body scanning, the Kahuna positions the rollers according to pressure points on your back to make sure you get a thorough massage.
Fortunately, you can also adjust the rollers yourself with the remote, as well as the massage area.
Another great feature of the Kahuna is the airbag massage it offers with36 First Generation air cells at three intensity levels.
Although these types of airbags are less quality than Second Generation airbags, the air massage feels decent.
Regarding massage techniques, I couldn’t help but notice that the Kahuna features the basic ones, like Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling and Shiatsu.
Still, these techniques are just what you need for back pain.
You can select the body part you want to massage courtesy of 5 pre-programmed massages, which you can customize with three intensity and speed levels.
I love how the Kahuna includes a zone massage option too so that you can stop the rollers on a fixed tender spot.
With back and calf heat, the heat therapy offered by the Kahuna will unwind your sore muscles similar to a hot-stone massage, which is great for chronic back pain.
However, you can’t adjust the heating temperature or select the body area where you want to activate the heat.
Kahuna’s Yoga stretch function is vigorous enough to provide instant relief from chronic back pain, releasing the pressure from compressed spinal discs.
With dual rollers and airbags, the calf and foot massage offered by the Kahuna is very thorough.
This helps prevent back pain because pressure and knots on your feet and calves can lead to a poor posture and subsequently to back pain.
The Kahuna 6800 features some user-friendly assets like the extendable ottoman, which makes this recliner best for people up to 6’4”, or the easy-to-use remote.
L-track for sciatica
Great foot massage
Firm Yoga stretch
Adjustable speed and intensity
Can’t adjust heat intensity
Can’t adjust heat area
Summary: The Kahuna LM-6800 is the best chair to relieve back and neck pain.
2. La-Z-Boy Anderson Rocker Recliner – Best Chair For Back Pain Relief
A very affordable chair, the La-Z-Boy Anderson Reclina Rocker looks like a piece of living room furniture, upholstered in a natural Sand fabric.
This reclineris assembled in the USA, it has a durable frame, and it’s designed to offer back and total body support in every position.
The patented La-Z-Boy technology for reclining is really useful, allowing your seat and back to move simultaneously or independently when you recline.
You can also recline the backrest without the leg rest, which you can activate with a side handle. However, the backrest could use a little more reclining for my taste.
There are three reclining chair positions for the leg rest, which you can adjust to fit your body type. And when you’re not using the recliner, this chair becomes a cool rocker.
I also like how comfortable this chair is, with a plush seat and padded armrests, but it’s quite small and narrow and therefore best for petite users.
Backrest and leg rest recline independently
Backrest could recline more
For petite users
No massage functions
Summary: This La-Z-Boy Anderson Reclina Rocker is a comfortable recliner for back pain and rocker for back pain, but it doesn’t feature massage functions.
3. Cozzia Dual Power Recliner – 2nd best Chair For Back Pain Sufferers
Made from faux leather and available in Black, Chocolate and Ivory, the Cozzia Dual Power recliner can support users up to 400 pounds, so it’s stylish as well as functional.
The base is very sturdy too, made from beechwood, while the leather is high-grade bonded for extra durability. Besides, shipping includes curbside delivery.
This chair is easy to use, with a control center that features the “One Touch” zero gravity button.
By placing your knees a little above your heart level, this chair helps ease back pain because your weight won’t be supported by your back, but by the chair.
Another user-friendly feature is that the headrest and footrest are activated independently so that you can do all sorts of activities in this chair, like reading or TV watching.
Besides, lumbar heat therapy in combination with a back vibration massage will relax you and ease chronic back pain from compressed discs or after surgery.
Easy to adjust
Easy to use
Independent back and footrest
Lumbar heat therapy
Back vibration massage
Just one zero-G level
No massage programs
Summary: The Cozzia Dual Recliner alleviates compressed disc pain, relieving spinal pressure, but it has no built-in massage programs.
4. Mac Motion Oslo Collection Recliner
This manual recliner and ottoman are made with top grain leather, that’s a quality, comfortable material.
The frame is made from a variety of hardwood for extra endurance, while the seat and back are cushioned with cored foam for extra comfort.
The headrest is adjustable so it can fit various body types, but remember that this is a chair with a small footprint that can only accommodate users up to 280 pounds.
However, I liked the 360ᵒ swivel which allows you to personalize the seat adjustment, while the contour-angled ottoman is also ergonomic and anatomically-correct.
However, keep in mind that this best recliner is activated by a shaft with a knob, so it doesn’t recline smoothly between positions.
Recliner doesn’t sit upright
For petite users
Doesn’t recline smoothly
No massage techniques/ programs
Summary: The Mac Motion Oslo Collection Recliner is an ergonomic chair that can help you find a comfortable position for your back, but it’s better for petite users.
5. Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Stretched Foot Rest
This recliner chair from BestMassage has a few features that recommend it for treating back pain, like its massage techniques.
Shiatsu offers a vigorous massage with power rollers that should relax tense muscles.
Compression and Percussion help you gain more flexibility in your core, become more mobile and improve posture.
Besides, the Recovery program is quite relaxing, while the other programs might seem a bit rough to hobbyist users.
This chair has an intelligent roller system which makes it quite flexible and allows the rollers to adjust depending on your sore spots.
Back and feet heat therapy alleviates sore muscles in these areas and also improves blood circulation, but with this chair the heat is minimal.
With 20 airbags, you get a decent air massage for your back, though.
With an S-track that follows the anatomical shape of your back, the BestMassage chair has a neck massage feature that relieves stress and improves posture.
The 11 signal test switch and holt sensor measure your height and adjust the massage intensity according to your weight.
While it’s always good to see automatic adjustments, it would also be great to have the option to make these adjustments yourself.
Alleviates pain in a neck
Decent air massage
Some heat therapy
Just some basic functions
Few adjustments possible
Very deep massages
Summary: The BestMassage Shiatsu Recliner is great for neck massages and correcting bad posture, though it features just some basic functions.
6. Homelegance 9668BRW-1 Glider
This imported chair recliner from the Center Hill Collection is upholstered with bonded leather, which makes it look stylish enough apart from being easy to clean.
With traditional rolled arms and channel-tufted design, this chair looks great as a living room furniture, not to mention there are a matching loveseat and sofa available from the same brand.
I liked that the reclining chair mechanism is activated with a lever, so it glides smoothly. It also reclines to an almost flat position, which is another plus.
However, getting the chair back into an upright position is a bit troublesome.
Design wise; I missed a headrest and built-in massage programs or functions like zero-G or heat.
I also didn’t like the wobbly back cushions that aren’t attached together, so they move around quite a bit.
Easy to assemble
Loveseat and sofa
Living room furniture
Almost fully reclines
Semi-wobbly back cushions
Difficult to get in the upright position
No head support
No massage programs
Summary: Comfortable living room recliner, this chair could use some head support too.
7. Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG
This recliner set features a chair and a separate, matching ottoman.
The set looks stylish enough, but it would have been better for the ottoman to be attached to the chair so that you could find the best position for your back more relaxed.
The chair and ottoman are both padded, so they’re comfortable for your back and feet, while the armrests are plushly upholstered.
Besides, the padding is fire-retardant too, which makes the chair safe to use.
The swivel seat means you can find the perfect position for your needs, but unfortunately, this is a knob adjusting recliner, so it doesn’t glide smoothly.
But while this recliner is small and easy to move around, it’s better for petite users.
Easy to move
Not a smooth gliding mechanism
No massage functions
Summary: The Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG is a safe, comfortable chair with a matching ottoman, but it’s for petite users.
8. Flash Furniture MEN-DSC01078-BRN-GG Plush
This plush recliner from Flash Furniture is intended for bigger-sized users, but it’s actually ridiculously tall.
It’s a lever recliner, so it can smoothly transition from one position to the other, and best of all it can actually sit upright unlike other recliners on the market.
The seat, back, and arms are well padded, so the recliner is very comfortable, but there’s too much padding in the headrest for my taste.
The extra rocking feature makes it a good addition to your living room or even the nursery.
I like the upholstery too, it doesn’t make you sweat, because it’s a mixture of leather and polyurethane called LeatherSoft.
This material is actually great for cleaning stains and for softness.
Although you need to do some assembly work yourself, it’s not all that difficult.
The real disadvantage is that you can’t recline the backrest and footrest independently.
For tall, heavy users
Can sit upright
Easy to clean
Too much padding in the headrest
The backrest and footrest don’t recline independently
No extra massage features
Summary: The Flash Furniture MEN-DSC01078-BRN-GG Plush is a comfortable, breathable chair for tall users.
9. HomCom Massage Heated Recliner
This stylish-looking recliner is also very comfortable because it’s well-padded and upholstered with soft faux leather.
It can recline to 150ᵒ, which takes the pressure off your spine, but it’s difficult to use the armrest lever if you’re recovering from surgery.
Besides, it’s quite difficult to get the chair back into an upright position.
With its waist-heat, the HomCom Massage Recliner can alleviate back pain and relax you at the same time.
Combine that with its eight vibrating massage motors that target your back, thighs, and calves, and your sore back muscles will unwind as fast as you can say “massage recliner.”
However, this rocking chair gets pretty noisy when you activate the heat/ vibrations.
2 cup holders
Difficult to use after surgery
Difficult to bring in an upright position
Few massage functions/ programs
Summary: The HomCom Massage Heated Recliner sports lumbar heat plus various vibration massages to treat back pain, but it can get pretty noisy.
10. La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina Rocker Recliner
The La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina Rocker Recliner is assembled in the USA, it’s comfortable, stylish and doubles as a rocker.
The handle is easy to reach and smoothly reclines your back, without lifting the leg rest too.
In fact, thanks to the patented La-Z-Boy mechanism, the backrest and footrest can move independently or simultaneously.
However, the leg rest is fairly short, so this chair is better for petite users. Besides, when you release it, the chair makes a loud noise.
The frame is quite sturdy and durable, with the chair providing good overall support.
The reclining feature helps you take some pressure off your spine depending on where/ how bad your pain is.
With the three-position locking mechanism and adjustable tension feature, you will certainly find the best position to feel supported and comfortable.
I also like the stylish upholstery with detailed stitching. The wide pillow back is very comfortable, just like the plush chaise and sleek pillow armrests.
However, the headrest is placed a bit too far to the back, so you need to lean your head in a quite uncomfortable position if you don’t have the right body frame.
Plush and comfortable
Sturdy and durable frame
Short leg rest
Noisy leg rest
The headrest is too far back
No massage functions/ programs
Summary: The La-Z-Boy Niagara Reclina Rocker Recliner is a sturdy, comfortable rocker and recliner, but it has no massage programs or functions.
RELAXONCHAIR MK-II Plus
The RELAXONCHAIR MK-II Plus is a feature-packed massage chair, with three stages zero-gravity to take the pressure off your spine, an L-track with rollers that get below your glutes to alleviate sciatica pain and lower-back heating to release tense muscles.
Even the body stretch function is vigorous enough to release back pain, but the remote control is difficult to read in dim light, and the foot massage could be improved.
Divano Roma Furniture Classic Plush Power Lift Recliner
A silent, comfortable chair with an easy-to-use remote and a smooth recline, this Divano Roma Power Lift Recliner is a little small and needs more padding in the seat area.
Relaxzen Leisure Recliner Chair
A comfortable chair with soft, leather-like upholstery, the Relaxzen Leisure Recliner Chair features 8 vibration massage motors, 9 built-in massage modes, plus it can easily swivel and recline.
However, it could use some padding for the armrests.
Pulaski Power Home Theatre Recliner
The Pulaski Power Home Theatre Recliner is easy to recline, by just pushing a button.
Its faux leather upholstery makes this chair breathable so that you can enjoy its entertainment features, such as the USB plugs and laptop swivel tray.
Paisley Push-Thru Arm Recliner
This three-way recliner chair has a wood frame for durability and paisley polyester upholstery that makes it look stylish.
This recliner is comfortable and sports a flipper ottoman, but it sits quite high, and people recovering from surgery need help reclining it.
Esright Massage Recliner Chair
This recliner has all the bells and whistles, with heating, vibrating and massage functions, as well as two cup holders and four storage bags.
On the other hand, it’s not a fixed recline chair, so you need to balance yourself to maintain a reclined position.
With a smooth handle, durable frame and great back support, this chair is easy to adjust so you can find the best position.
However, it’s quite loud each time you want to readjust your recline position.
What is a Recliner?
A recliner is an armchair which tilts back. It can be operated with a remote, a lever, button or a shaft with a knob.
The footrest can also be extended or lifted up, just like the backrest. Some recliners also double as rocking chairs, while others sport various massage functions or built-in programs.
Type of Recliners
It’s important to know which type of recliners there are on the market so you can choose one that can help with your particular needs.
Zero Gravity Recliners
These recliners are extremely comfortable and help ease back pain almost instantly.
By placing your knees slightly above heart level, zero-G recliners take the pressure off your spine.
While the chair supports your bodyweight, some zero-gravity recliners might sport a massage function too.
This means that your bodyweight presses your weight onto the rollers that move, so your spine benefits from a deep, penetrating massage.
Massaging recliners are relaxing, but they also have therapeutic benefits.
With rollers that offer a penetrating massage, these sort of recliners might have additional features like heat therapy to unwind sore muscles or airbags for a compression air massage that relieves tension and lower back pains.
Imitating a chiropractor’s massage techniques, massage recliners relieve body strains, improve body circulation and are great for chronic back pain, arthritis, neck or recovering from surgery.
Older people who fight with back pain or arthritis benefit from lifting recliners because they often have troubles sitting or even standing.
Lifting recliners have easy-to-use controls so you can place the chair in the most comfortable positions. Some of them have massage and heating options for additional pain relief.
Besides, lifting recliners are stylish and a great living room furniture.
Classic recliners have a traditional design, and they’re the basic recliner model. They provide good lumbar support, and they’re comfy for your feet.
If your back or neck pain isn’t too bad, you can easily get rid of it by relaxing in a classic recliner.
This sort of chair has padded back support, they can be used as armchairs in an upright position, plus they’re stylish.
Recliners With Separate Ottomans
If you can’t find a good position in recliners with incorporated footrests or neck rests because of your body type, separate ottomans can be placed anywhere to accommodate your needs.
I don’t particularly like this sort of model because of the extra adjustments needed, but I agree most such recliners look good and offer good lumbar support for people with mild back pain.
Best Sofa For Lower Back Pain
Here it is:
Fjords 855 Loen Large Leather Recliner – Stressless Sofa
The Stressless sofa is quite expensive, but it has some worthy features, like the Fjords Active Release system with amazing neck support.
Besides, this is an ergonomic, supportive recliner that can easily be adjusted.
This recliner helps you relax, improve blood circulation, alleviate back pain and correct poor posture.
With cold cure-molded foam that pads the seat, backrest, armrests, and footrest, the Stressless Sofa is very comfortable, supportive and durable.
Featuring gliding mountings, the recline position is established by your body weight, which means you have to push into the backrest if you want to be at a lower decline.
However, this recliner is stylish as well as functional, though it lacks massage programs.
Things to Consider When Selecting Recliner For Back Pain
There are many factors to decide whether you’re getting a quality recliner, such as:
If you have acute back pain or very mild back pain, you can consider a more affordable, basic recliner, that simply allows you to lay back a little.
Otherwise, for treating chronic back pain, you need a recliner with more therapeutic features, such as heat, zero-gravity, multiple massage techniques or a firm body stretch like the Kahuna LM6800.
The most important feature of a recliner is how many reclining positions it has, and how smoothly it transitions from one to the other.
It’s also important to make sure it provides good lumbar support to your spine muscles don’t feel the pressure of your weight.
Additional features like the ones I discussed above – heat, zero-G, massage techniques – are great if you want to invest in treating intense back pains like sciatica, relax, or if you’re going to correct your posture.
Recliners’ frames should be resistant and durable, made from materials like steel or hardwood.
As for upholstery, leather is extremely durable and easy to clean, but it’s more expensive. PU fabric is more affordable, but higher-maintenance and less resistant to tears.
Warranty is important in case something happens to your chair.
Full-warranties cover all parts and repairs for about a year, money-back warranties guarantee you can return the chair if it doesn’t work or you don’t like it, while limited warranties guarantee just some parts of the recliner.
It’s important to choose the right recliner according to your body size, so take into account the seat height, position of the headrest and how much the footrest extends.
If you don’t have a lot of room in your home, make sure the recliner is compact.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does a Recliner Work?
Recliners take the pressure off your spine, by reclining your back and placing your feet in a comfortable position.
This way, your upper body weight is supported by the chair, giving your spine a rest and your back muscles a chance to relax.
What Are the Best Recliner Chair Benefits?
Recliners are comfortable and relieve back pain because they take the pressure off your spine, so they’re great for pregnant women.
They can correct poor posture and help you relax. Recliners are great in fighting chronic back or neck pain or recovering from surgery, especially if they have special features like massage programs, heat therapy or zero-gravity.
How Does it Support Back From Pain?
Recliners offer good back support with comfortable padding, headrest, and footrest, so your back muscles are supported.
If your recliner features massage options or heat therapy, you can relieve more pain.
Where To Buy?
Many online websites or offline retailers sell recliners, so it’s best to buy one from a trustworthy source, with good shipping options, reliable warranties, and convenient return policies.
Websites like Amazon are the best in that regard, especially because you can read user reviews or compare different recliners.
Otherwise, offline retailers allow you to test various recliners to see what suits your body type best.
A Shiatsu massage chair with all the bells and whistles that can help ease chronic pain, the Kahuna LM6800 is my top choice.
However, the other recliners I’ve discussed above have their merits too.
I also hoped I’d answered all your questions regarding recliners for back pain, how they work and how you can choose one that suits your needs.
If you want to discuss things further, you can ask be about best recliner in the comment section below!
If you know me and follow my site, you probably know that I rated Luraco massage chair i7 (now upgraded to i7 PLUS model) is the best massage chair in 2019.
You will discover why (below)!
luraco Technologies is USA company based in Dallas, Texas.
American is not the only country that produce high quality products, but in this case USA made Luraco massage chair is quality product with assembly in USA. Having US based customer service support is also a plus for Luraco Technologies.
And according to my research and experience, most people who are looking for a top of the line massage chair must choose between great chairs such as the Luraco iRobotics i7 and the Human Touch Novo XT2.
But I feel that the best option is the first, which is why this article is about the Luraco iRobotics i7 Massage Chair review & comparison with similar products.
Curious yet? Read along.
About Luraco iRobotics i7 Zero Gravity Massage Chair
The LuracoiRobotics i7 massage chair is a quality product, a genuine leather chair that’s entirely designed and made in the USA, though some parts are imported from Taiwan.
This is a mark of its reliability, especially since you can trust in the quality and craftsmanship of the Luraco i7.
Besides, you can also trust it’s made for American users, considering it can fit people up to 6’7” and 300 pounds.
Besides, this medical massage chair recliners especially suitable for therapeutic purposes, with plenty of options to suit your every need. It’s also quiet, easy to use and comes with an impressive 5 year manufacturers warranty – but more of that below.
General Features of Luraco i7 Massage Chair
Without further ado, let’s see what the Luraco massage chair can do:
Body Scan Technology
The Luraco i7 features an S-track, meaning that the chair can accommodate your spine, curving and fitting its anatomical shape, so that the rollers can cover the entire area of your back.
Although this is the industry standard and with plenty of benefits that stem from its ergonomic shape, it would have been better to see a longer L-track that can get up to your buttocks.
Still, the back massage offered by the Luraco i7 is well improved by the 3D body scan technology this chair uses.
This means the chair will scan your back before starting a massage so that the rollers are adjusted according to your sore spots.
And if the computer happens to miss something, the good news is that you can manually adjust these rollers yourself, with the easy-to-use remote.
All massage touch surfaces (Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Feet).
Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Monitor
This patent-pending healthcare device that comes along with this 3d robotic massage chair is one of the patented features of the i7.
While there are some good massage chairs on the market with plenty of therapeutic functions, it’s a good idea to monitor your heart rate and blood-pressure to make sure you’re getting an adequate massage.
Apart from checking how efficient the massage chair is, these health monitors also help keep your blood pressure under control.
If you have a medical condition, if you’re pregnant or you’re recovering from surgery, it’s a good idea to avoid strenuous massages.
Massage chair offers full body heat, according to the official specifications, though that seems like a stretch.
Still, it’s one of the best heat therapy functions I’ve seen in quite a while, considering there’s heat for the lower back, seat and foot wells.
Heat therapy mimics a hot stone massage, with many important benefits, such as unwinding sore muscles, reducing pain and therefore making the whole massage feel more life-like and efficient.
But what’s even better with the i7 irobotics is that you can adjust the temperature!
This is a pretty unique feature; most of the chairs that boast heat therapy don’t allow temperature control, least of all with 5 different intensity levels.
3D Massage Roller Technology
The massage roller technology improves your massage experience by far.
Firstly, it’s good to know that S-track massage chairs don’t usually offer a very deep tissue massage – in fact, L-track chairs are famed for their vigorous massages.
But with 3D technology, the Luraco chair has rollers that can move up and down, left and right, in and out.
The rollers have extension arms that travel up to 3 inches away from the massage track, getting you a penetrating massage.
And if you select the maximum levels of intensity, this feels almost like a deep tissue massage, with all its benefits like reducing chronic pain and improving blood circulation, relaxing you and helping you fall asleep faster.
Double Foot Rollers
The foot massage rollers enhance your foot massage by far, and the Luraco i7 is famed for offering amazing foot massages.
Dual foot rollers make the massage feel more intense than quad rollers because they provide deeper, more aggressive massages.
Quad rollers have 4 rollers instead of 2, which cover a bigger surface.
Rollers are instead better for deep, localized massages, considering they cover a smaller surface.
Still, double rollers will massage your entire foot, including your heel area, which is great news for people suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Otherwise, you can also reduce arch pain, arthritis pain or simple discomfort after a night dancing or a day spent on your feet.
9 Automatic Programs
Luraco i7 is a feature-packed chair, with plenty of massage options you can combine for the deep relaxation and pain relief.
As such, the chair offers some basic massage techniques, like Kneading, Tapping, Kneading and Tapping, plus the more advanced Rolling, Swedish, and Shiatsu.
You can also selectively activate the body region you want the rollers to focus on, from the head and neck to your shoulders, upper back, lower back, and feet.
There are even 6 different intensity levels, so you can further customize your massage experience.
The 9 pre-programmed manual massages include the therapeutic Health, the relaxing Soft, the Quick option for people who only have a few minutes, the Night program to help you sleep, the Sport option for active people, Tapping to help you unwind and relieve pain, plus Stretch and TV Mode, which are the best IMHO.
The body stretch program is quite intense, much like a chiropractic adjustment that helps take the pressure off your compressed spinal discs, which cause chronic back pain.
However, if it’s too much for you, try some heat therapy first.
Secondly, the TV mode is great for people who want to benefit from a relaxing massage while binge-watching Netflix.
The chair will recline, and the massage isn’t so intense, so you can also focus on the TV.
Your Music System
The music system is definitely not the best I’ve seen on the market because it’s not that easy to use.
So although you have good MP3 support, you need an SD card first to copy your favorite songs, then insert that into the chair.
Basically, you can’t browse or change your playlist during your massage, so Bluetooth or USB support would have been better.
Touch Screen Remote Control
As you’ve read above, the Luraco features tons of options and customized features.
It even offers 5 personal user memory settings to customize your massage settings and remember your preferences.
Which is why it’s such a good thing to have an easy-to-use, intuitive remote control.
Its widescreen makes the writing easy to read; the colors don’t hurt your eyes and make navigation easy.
Besides, you can even give the Luraco some commands, and it has a voice response, so you’re always in the loop when it comes to the massages you’re getting.
Plus, the user manual is easy to read. Kudos to the design team!
Well, there aren’t exactly 100 airbags, but close to that: 80 Second Generation air cells are still pretty much, so your whole body will be covered from your head to your toes.
Airbag massages are very therapeutic. The air cells will compress your body before quickly releasing the muscles, which is much like what a human chiropractor would do.
The purpose of these compressions is to improve blood circulation and to relieve muscle pain, while also inducing a deep sense of relaxation.
The airbag body massage offered by the Luraco i7 can be customized according to preferred body areas: head, upper arms, shoulders, lower arms, hands, hips and thighs, calves and feet. Besides, you also have five intensity levels.
The shoulder airbags deliver a deep shoulder and neck massage, squeezing your shoulders and immediately releasing them.
Apart from relaxing and improving blood circulation, this massage is great for people who have a desk job and limited time to stretch out or walk around the office.
It relieves cramps, and it also helps you fall asleep faster.
The calf massage offered by the i7 massage chair is one of the best on the market because it comprises the functions above: heat therapy on the feet wells, air massage plus double rollers.
Your feet will be warmed, squeezed and scratched, so your soles will feel young again.
The combination of these functions helps reduce muscle pain, symptoms of Plantar fasciitis and arch pain.
Basically, if you’re on your feet constantly or if you’re suffering from chronic foot pain, this is the chair you need to get.
Besides, a comprehensive foot massage improves blood circulation, which in turn optimizes your blood pressure and decreases the risk of heart-related issues.
Infinity IT-8500 vs. Luraco iRobotics 7
The Infinity IT-8500 is a great zero gravity massage chair recliner in the under $5500 category, with plenty of options that make it a good alternative to the Luraco i7.
In terms of similarities, both chairs sport an S-track design, a firm body stretch, and 3D body scan.
However, the IT-8500 boasts two zero gravity seating positions, while the Luraco has just one.
Zero gravity means that your legs will be elevated a bit, so they’re higher than your heart level, which basically takes all the pressure off from your spine.
Apart from being very comfortable, and a good way to improve chronic pain, this also means that you’ll be getting a vigorous massage.
The IT-8500 elevates your legs in two different positions: one at about the same level as your heart and the other one a bit higher.
In terms of massage techniques, the two chairs are fairly similar. The IT-8500 offers Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Knocking, Dual Action, and Shiatsu.
On the other hand, the IT-8500 only boasts 4 pre-programmed massages, with no way to adjust the massage intensity and a fairly vigorous deep tissue option.
The Spot Massage Function is an excellent option with the Infinity IT-8500.
This means you can have the rollers stop on a pressure point and massage around it until you tell them to keep going.
But the IT-8500 features a gloating partial massage so that you can begin partial massage modes too.
Conversely, the IT-8500 offers a poorer air massage mode, with just 38 Second Generation air cells, and fewer areas you can concentrate on, though this massage mode offers 5 intensity levels.
You also get just lumbar heat with the IT-8500, while the Luraco i7 offers extensive heat therapy.
The IT-8500 shines through the gentle Twist stretching function which complements the firm Stretch function, twisting your spine a bit more gently to get the benefits of a chiropractic spinal adjustment.
Inversion therapy is another reason why the IT-8500 can seem better, reclining you upside down so you can improve your lymphatic fluid circulation.
Besides, the IT-8500 features a better music system, via a USB port, but you still need to load music on a jump drive.
The downside is that the IT-8500 can only accommodate a user height of up to 6’4”, while the Luraco can go up to 6’7”.
Next Generation: Luraco I7 PLUS Massage Chair (New Features + Benefits)
The LuracoiRobotics i7 Plus massage chair comes with some significant improvements, which shows user-friendliness and Luraco’s concern with the users’ experience, like the fact that’s UL-listed.
Luraco Irobotics i7 Plus Adjustable Intensity Locations
luraco Irobotics 7 plus medical massage chair allows you to adjust the intensity levels depending on your body area.
Basically, you can choose a gentle lower back massage and an intense neck massage at the same time.
The Luraco Irobotics i7 Plus massage chair has 6 intensity locations, which makes it highly customizable.
Upgraded Comprehensive Remote
This massage chair recliner comes with some improvement in the design of its remote control.
While this is the touchscreen type too and just as user-friendly, the remote for the new Luraco i7 Plus is faster and more durable.
Besides, it features some new massage options, like the new rhythms for Kneading and Tapping.
High Quality Bluetooth Speaker
The Luraco i7 Plus improves the old version’s music system, considering it boasts 10 W Bluetooth speakers.
These are more powerful and help you relax better, but you still need a selected playlist first.
Hip Twist & Swivel Massage
The hip twist and body swivel with twist massage offered by the Luraco i7 Plus is comparable to that of Infinity’s IT-8500.
It’s a milder version of a full body stretch, twisting your hips so that you decompress your spine and decrease chronic spinal pain.
This is great for people who are recovering from surgery, early pregnancy or hobbyist users who don’t appreciate vigorous massages.
Where to Buy
The first place that comes to mind is the Luraco website, considering it’s a trustworthy source, as well as other offline stores that might offer various deals, plus good shipping options.
Luraco is a trustworthy place for returns and good delivery options too – you might even get a good deal for white glove delivery and home setup.
On the other hand, you can also try Amazon. This website is reliable when it comes to warranties, free shipping, and returns.
The best thing is that you can read more customer reviews and maybe get a bargain price.
Final Thoughts on Luraco Irobotics 7 Massage Chair
The Luraco i7 Massage Chair is a therapeutic chair, built in the USA, so it’s durable, user-friendly and therapeutic.
With optional health monitoring features, speed controls, limited warranty + extended warranty, and an intuitive operating system (OS), the i7 massage chair offers an amazing neck massage and helps you achieve true inner balance wellness.
Did you know that a 60-minute massage has the same effect on your body as a full night of sleep?
But with so many massage chairs sold every year, you should make sure you choose one that can actually provide this relaxing effect.
The good news: we have the best Brookstone massage chair reviews below, that can provide relief, energize and relax you courtesy of the best massage programs.
But the paradox of choice is a real thing: the more options we have, the more difficult it is to choose something we like.
Hopefully, our Brookstone massage chair comparison will help you make the best choice.
Even if some of these chairs have been discontinued by Brookstone, you might still find them on other websites.
Still, in case you can’t find them, we’re providing some top alternatives below, so read along!
About Brookstone Company
Brookstone is a reputable company that started in the ‘60s. Brookstone Inc. quickly became successful, evolving from a small company that advertised their business in the classifieds to a real retail mammoth and an American icon.
Among their wide range of products, Brookstone also retails massage chairs, all of which are manufactured in China.
That’s why many massage chairs are priced well, but they’re also quality products, meaning they’re functional but don’t have any truly exceptional features.
Most online reviewers never complain about the basic functions or operation of the Brookstone massage chairs, which are pretty good.
However, they do complain about day shipping or delivery issues depending on where they made the purchase.
Keep in mind that there are only few other reliable brands in the current market worth considering such as: Infinity (link), Human Touch (link), Brookstone (link), Titan Massage Chair (Osaki is the same company)
Best Brookstone Massage Chair Review (Models & Alternatives)
The Brookstone massage chairs are all quality products, with plenty of massage options, but we’re also providing comparisons with some top alternatives.
The Energize 3D Massage Chair
This model is one of the high-end zero gravity massage chairs in the Brookstone brand, with a plethora of features that recommend it as the best.
Just like all the other models reviewed here, it’s a quality chair, though it’s more lightweight than similarly-priced chairs.
Among the features that recommend it, you get the Energize 3D sports Bluetooth speakers and MP3 support that is otherwise lacking from more affordable Brookstone chairs.
The L-Track massage is long, and it’s combined with 3D quad rollers, body scanning, zero-gravity, and quality air massage.
There are 62 airbags in the Energize 3D, which has 14 built-in massage programs, including zone and spot functions.
The main massage techniques you can benefit from are Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Clapping, Thai, and Shiatsu.
The Energize 3D chair features a space-saving design, controls for the air massage intensity and rollers, but doesn’t have temperature control.
Lumbar, calf, and feet heat
Vigorous massage experience
Plenty of auto-programs and massage techniques
No temperature control
Summary: The flagship model of the Brookstone brand, the Energize 3D has the most functions and advantages in this line.
The Alternative – Human Touch Novo XT
Human Touch Novo XT is another high-end massage chair, promising a customizable, life-like experience thanks to advanced massage features.
With a space-saving design and certified by chiropractors, the Novo XT offers good therapeutic benefits.
Much like the Energize 3D, this massage chair offers L-track massage, but some users complain that the track can’t reach all the way to their hamstrings.
Other similar features are zero-gravity, foot-and-calf massage, albeit the rollers are a bit intense and full body stretch.
Conversely, the Novo XT offers just lumbar heat, no body scan, features 36 airbags, and its Bluetooth music system is not nearly as good.
However, it has 35 included massage programs to help ease the pain of sciatica, arthritis and other chronic pain, plus a 5-year warranty, as opposed to just 2 years for the Energizer 3D. Read out post here for more Human Touch chair reviews.
The Alternative – Luraco i7 Plus
Another high-end alternative is Luraco i7 Plus, with the advantaged of being manufactured in the USA. It is in all of my research is the best zero gravity massage chair right now!
The Luraco i7 Plus seems better suited for relaxation and has a few similar features with the Novo XT, such as 5 levels of massage intensity, zero gravity, and 5-year warranty.
Both the Luraco i7 Plus and the Novo XT are heavier than the Energizer 3D and have a poorer music system.
Unlike the Novo XT, the Luraco i7 plus has a memory option on the remote control, includes body scan, offers heat therapy for the lumbar area plus the feet and calves.
On the other hand, the Luraco i7 Plus doesn’t have an L-track, and it’s also quite bulky.
The Renew 2 3D Massage Chair
The Renew 2 3D massage chair is the new and improved version of the Renew 3D, but we’re not so sure on the improvement part.
With similar functionalities, the Renew 2 3D features 8 auto-programs and 5 massage techniques, including Kneading, Tapping, Kneading & Tapping, Rolling, Shiatsu.
There are 42 included airbags which offer a quality air massage.
We love the stellar body stretch and zero-gravity, while we can only appreciate the design of the Renew 2 as modern.
Other features include lumbar heat, L-track massage, and a 2-year warranty.
The remote is easy to use, which shows user-friendliness, but the chair is bulkier than the Energizer 3D.
Great air massage
Easy to personalize
Stellar body stretch
Shiatsu massage chair
No foot massage
No calf heat
Summary: The Renew 2 3D is a great chair to reduce back pain and offer stress relief.
The Alternative – Kahuna LM 6800
The Kahuna 6800 offers an efficient, almost life-like massage, and it’s a popular choice in the under $2000 category.
FDA-certified, this massage chair is versatile and is feature-packed.
Instead of an L-track, the Kahuna sports a hybrid massage track that can give you a head to toe massage.
There are 6 auto-programs for the Kahuna, 2 short of the Renew 2 3D, but there are 3 stages of zero gravity and smart body scan.
Besides, the Kahuna features air massage technology for the whole body and offers a yoga stretching program that can compete with the Renew’s full body stretch option.
Besides, the Kahuna is space saving, offers dual foot rollers and has a 3-year warranty.
Another difference is made by the heat therapy function, considering the Kahuna offers heating therapy on both the lower back and legs.
Otherwise, it has the exact same manual massage techniques as the Renew 2.
Brookstone Renew 3D Zero Gravity Massage Chair
The Renew 3D is a robust chair, situated in the middle price range and sporting basic massage features that make it a good choice.
The L-track design allows its rollers to massage you from shoulders to hamstrings.
There are two advanced massage techniques, Thai and Shiatsu, along with the generic kneading, tapping, clapping and rolling.
Another big nod in its favor is courtesy of the 30 included airbags, which offer a quality air massage.
There are plenty of customization options, courtesy of the 9 built-in programs, and you can adjust the speed and intensity of the massage.
The 3D roller technology means the rollers can move almost like human hands all along your back, while the zero-G seating augments this experience.
Another nice touch is the lumbar and calf heat, especially for people with chronic leg pain, but the best feature of this chair is the foot massage.
Other features include body stretching, body scanning, zone, and spot massage options, but there’s nothing special about them.
Besides, the remote seems a bit difficult to use at first.
Thai and Shiatsu massage
Easy to customize
Great foot massage
No special features
The remote requires a bit of learning
Summary: The Renew 3D is our top choice for a foot massage, but it’s a pretty basic chair.
Rock & Recline
The most affordable massage chair model so far, the Rock & Recline is a small chair that does as its name suggests: it rocks, and it reclines.
A compact, affordable and lightweight chair, the Rock & Recline is not suited for tall or broad-shouldered people.
Besides, it only has a 1-year warranty as opposed to the other models here.
This entry-level chair sports a lot of features that its more expensive counterparts have, such as the L-track design and lumbar heat, though there’s no heat control.
The quad rollers give a vigorous massage, but they’re not 3D.
There are 4 built-in programs, zone massage mode, and target massage.
In fact, you can interrupt an ongoing program to keep the rollers focused on a sore spot, which is great.
The massage techniques used are Shiatsu, Tapping, Rolling, but keep in mind that the zone massage mode is a limited feature.
Moreover, there are no airbags, no zero-gravity, and you can’t adjust the massage intensity or duration.
Basic, but quality massage
No body stretch
No adjustments for the massage intensity/ duration
For petite users
No 3D rollers
Summary: The Rock & Recline massage chair is a basic, affordable model, which gives a quality massage. Don’t forget that it’s the only one that rocks!
The Alternative - Kahuna LM 6800
The Kahuna LM 6800 is a good alternative for the Rock & Recline too, considering they’re in the same price range.
In fact, the Kahuna could be considered a lot better with the one disadvantage that it can’t rock.
Other than that, the Kahuna is FDA-certified, it has two more built-in programs and 3 stages of zero gravity.
While the Rock & Recline has no body stretch option, the Kahuna excels in this regard, especially thanks to the yoga stretch program.
Besides, the Kahuna uses the space-saving technology, unlike the Rock & Recline, although you can’t really complain considering the R&R is pretty compact.
The Kahuna can also accommodate people with larger body types and offers both lumbar and calf-and-feet heat.
Another advantage is that the Kahuna offers two more massage techniques: Kneading and Kneading& Tapping.
Brookstone Signature is a product launched in partnership with the reputable Japanese firm Inada.
It’s no wonder that this chair’s best feature is the Shiatsu massage you can get.
To make this happen, the body-scanning technology used comes with a surprise: the automatic Shiatsu point detection.
Another advantage is the 76 air cells that cover your whole body for a complete air massage.
There are 18 pre-programmed sessions, 4 more than the Energizer 3D has to offer, but the best one is by far the Twist, which uses chiropractic moves to ease lower body pain like sciatica.
This chair is versatile and can fit athletes and regular people alike, but its massages are quite vigorous.
Its best feature is the OCTET® dual-mechanism massage system with two 3D rollers that give the best neck massage, much like that of a Shiatsu master.
Besides, the rollers’ intensity can be adjusted so that you can get a deep tissue massage.
Best Shiatsu massage
Great neck massage
Lots of air cells
Summary: The Brookstone Signature is the best chair to get if you don’t want to hire a personal Shiatsu therapist.
Brookstone Recover 3D Zero Gravity Massage Chair
The Brookstone Recover 3D is the best choice for therapeutic massages, especially if you’re in a hurry because you can get the full body massage in 6 minutes, with the zero-gravity option.
Just like the Energizer 3D, the Recover 3D has 14 built-in massage sessions to twist, flex, energize, soothe, extend and stretch.
The body scan option delivers a personalized massage, and you can target your whole body.
Hint: the neck and stress relief massages are the best.
There are night and day programs, as well as specific massage techniques like Clapping, Rolling and Kneading, or the most advanced Thai and Shiatsu.
With 50 powerful air nodules, an L-track system and 3D massage rollers, you can ease chronic pain and improve circulation.
Another benefit is shoulder width adjustment, and you also get heat therapy for your back, legs, and feet.
However, the return fees are pretty high, and the 2-year limited warranty could be better, though you can buy the 3-year service repair plan.
Therapeutic massage benefits
Great air massage
High return fees
Warranty could be better
Summary: The Brookstone Recover 3D is better suited for therapeutic purposes, and it’s highly customizable.
Brookstone ReActMassage Chair
The Brookstone ReAct is another basic massage chair in the Brookstone portfolio.
The best features it has are the deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes that have a quite therapeutic effect on soring muscles.
The L-track design helps you get a full-body massage, but there are just 2 built-in programs: full body and back.
Although this chair features lumbar heat, it’s not the most stellar heat therapy on the market.
On the other hand, we love the compact design, easy to use control panel and neck support pillow.
Even if this chair is lightweight and can fit in any room in your home, it can’t fit all body types.
Tall people, especially those taller than 6’, don’t get the full benefits of the neck massage.
Good Shiatsu massage
Not the best lumbar heat therapy
For petite users
Summary: The Brookstone ReAct is a good massage chair for sore muscles, especially thanks to the Shiatsu technique.
Conclusion on Brookstone Massage Chairs
Not all Brookstone chairs are available on the market now, and that’s why we aimed to offer you valuable alternatives.
While the best option from Brookstone is the Energize 3D because it has the fewest disadvantages, all Brookstone chairs are good for their purposes.
For instance, the Energize 3D is a versatile chair that can be used for therapeutic and stress-reducing purposes, while the Renew 2 3D excels at its air massage.
On the other hand, the Kahuna 6800 is the most feature-packed massage chair in the low price range.
The Novo XT and Luraco i7 Plus can compete in the high-end range, with more built-in programs, incorporated music system, and better warranties than the Kahuna. As an alternative the TOP brand to consider as well (especially their all time best sellers such as 8500 and 8500x3) is Infinity therapeutic.
That said, which Brookstone massage chair will you want to buy and why? Which of the Brookstone alternatives did you like best? Let me know!
Tell me if this is you: you want to rip all the benefits of a great massage, you’ve read a bit about massage chairs, and everyone keeps bragging about the Inada DreamWave massage chair.
But simply reading its enumerated features might not mean much to you, right? Luckily, I want to fix all that.
I’ll discuss all of Inada DreamWave’s features in terms of pros and cons, benefits and disadvantages.
I’ll also compare this back massage chair with its top contender (below)
Inada DreamWave Massage Chair Features
The DreamWave is good massage chair, but there are better alternatives out there!
The DreamWave is one of the best chairs on the market (it use to be the best around 5 years ago but now, in 2019, not necessarily the best chair), so it’s surprising that it only features an S-track.
While the S-track has some definite benefits, it’s only the industry standard, and an L-track or a hybrid track is deemed better by some reviewers.
Still, I think there are certain advantages to having an S-track, such as the fact that it follows the S-curve of your spine, making this an ergonomic chair that can touch every sore point on your back, from the neck all the way to your lower back.
Chairs with S-tracks are also better when it comes to full-body stretches, getting your spine in a more comfortable position.
The quad rollers deliver a good, strong massage, yet not as vigorous as that delivered by L-track chairs, which can be a great thing if you’re a hobbyist user or have chronic pain.
Not a Zero Gravity Massage Chair
The Inada DreamWave massage chair does not have zero-gravity feature.
If you’re not sure what this means, zero-gravity is a feature inspired by NASA – you know the way astronauts train and sleep in zero gravity simulated environments.
Well, the zero-G chairs will lift up your knees above your heart level, so all your weight is supported by the rollers.
This way you can get a very deep massage, which complements the S-track design nicely.
The benefits of zero-G are plentiful. You can get more relaxed (deep relaxation), unwind sore muscles faster but also alleviate chronic spinal pain.
In fact, zero-G massages are a great tool to recover after surgery or bed rest, provided you get your doctor’s ok.
So, if you are looking for Zero gravity Feature, take a look at other models such as Luraco i7 Plus (reviewed here)
3D Body Scan
The majority of high-end massage chairs offer a reliable 3D body scanning technology.
This means the computer will find out where your sore spots and pressure points are, adjusting the rollers so that you get a more satisfying massage.
But the best thing about the DreamWave massage chair is that you can adjust the roller position manually, and also adjust the width of the massage area.
That way, you can focus on sore spots and alleviate pain faster or release, melt away muscle soreness.
Full Body Stretch Function
The body-stretch function offered by the DreamWave massage chair is great and features a lot of therapeutic benefits.
This is a pre-programmed massage option you can easily find with your remote, and it’s the preferred option of many chronic pain sufferers.
In fact, it’s so good that I felt my back pain disappear almost immediately.
And here’s why. Spinal disc compression is the top most common cause of chronic back pain.
This massage chair uses airbags to stretch your body in a gentle, yet firm way, meanwhile reclining it so that your weight is supported by the massage chair and not your spine.
Another benefit of this body stretch is that your blood circulation is well improved, which is great if you have high blood pressure.
Besides, the full body stretch offered by the DreamWave feels very life-like, much like a visit to the chiropractor.
Full Arm Massage
The DreamWave offers a comprehensive full body massage, including a full-arm massage.
This is something you don’t see every day, with 20 air cells that cover the entire surface of your arms, from the shoulders and upper arms to your forearms, hands, and fingers.
This is a great way to alleviate joint pain, considering that the air cells will compress your arms then immediately release them – imagine how great this feels to your fingers if you have arthritis.
It’s also a great feature if you’re into bodybuilding or strength training and want to alleviate sore muscles.
But this massage also has other therapeutic benefits, like improving circulation and reducing blood pressure. Plus, it’s quite relaxing to focus on your shoulders!
Air Massage Feature
The DreamWave doesn’t just offer an airbag massage for your arms – it’s for your whole body, and it’s amazing.
The first reason is that it uses a mind-boggling number of Second Generation airbags: 101, which is way more than any other similar massage chair on the market can do.
These air cells provide soothing rhythmic motions that squeeze your muscles then immediately release them to feel much like what a chiropractor does.
The purpose is to decrease pain, improve circulation and relax you.
But there’s another “culprit” for this terrific air massage: the fact that it customizes each of massage sessions.
So you can adjust the air pressure, massage duration and even select which body part you want the cmassage hair to focus on.
You can get a full0body massage, or simply choose to have your seat, foot or arms taken care of.
The Calf, Foot and Sole Massage
The calf and foot massage offered by the DreamWave is like a true dream wave.
We already talked about the benefits of airbag massage and what this chair’s rollers can do.
Now imagine you combine both of these for your feet. This sort of massage entails plenty of benefits.
If you have runners foot or joint pain, if you’re just coming back from a hike or a day wearing high-heels, this is definitely a massage that will make your pain go away.
It’s also relaxing and can reduce high blood pressure, by improving blood circulation, so it’s a good massage to have after a day flying, if you’re constantly sitting down or if you’re recovering from bed rest.
Besides, the ottoman can easily be extended so that the DreamWave can offer all these benefits to taller users too, up to 6’5”.
This is a pretty unique feature among massage chairs, unfortunately, so kudos to Inada for making such a user-friendly massage chair!
Infrared Back and Seat Heat
Back and seat heat is a terrific feature, considering that most chairs that feature heat therapy only offer lumbar heat.
But the Inada can offer heat therapy both for your back and your seat area, which reduces chronic pain, unwinds the muscles and makes the massage more effective.
Besides, warm rollers actually feel more life-like. I also loved the level of control I had with this massage chair in regards to heat therapy.
I could adjust the heat just for my back or just for the seat, or for both at the same time.
Being able to customize your massage experience like that is really user-friendly.
Chair Program for Younger Users
Do you remember ever being a teenager? I do too.
High-school life filled with stress and anxiety, plus the pressure of becoming a young adult and the need to assert your independence. And on top of that: growth pain to make your life sweeter.
Luckily, the DreamWave features a youth program that accommodates people over 14.
This program is a bit milder, but it reduces stress, decreases daily fatigue and muscle pain.
Besides, another advantage is that this massage chair can be used by people with a petite frame too, even if they’re not doing the Youth Program.
Proprietary Hip and Thigh Massage
The DreamWave has a unique feature you won’t find anywhere else: the Iliotibial band massage.
This band focuses on your hips and thighs, which are fairly large muscles.
If you’re a runner or if you have chronic pain in this area, including sciatica, you will feel instant relief.
Another great thing about this is that you can adjust the massage pressure yourself so that you can get either a gentle massage or a firmer one, depending on your needs.
Advanced Remote Сontrol
Before talking to you about the remote, let me just say a quick thing about the massage options offered by DreamWave: there are a lot of those!
This chair aims to address all its users, without leaving anyone behind.
That’s why it features 16 pre-programmed massage options, plus 6 massage techniques that include Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Double Knead, Human Hands and Shiatsu.
Some of these options feature adjustments for the massage speed, intensity, duration or width, which you can operate with the remote.
And that’s why it helps to have an organized remote control to help you customize your massage.
However, the remote, albeit logical and well-designed, has a bit of a learning curve because let’s face it, there are a lot of options.
So this means that you can enjoy a quality massage as soon as you have the chair installed, but it will take you a bit to customize it to perfection.
DreamWave chairs are made of synthetic leather and comes in a few colors: brown, black, dark brown, TruBlack and red.
Pros & Cons of the Inada DreamWave Massage Chair
So what’s the bottom line?
There are a lot of advantages to the DreamWave, but I’ll only mention a few here.
The first is the quality airbag massage, that is completely adjustable, vigorous and actually effective.
With airbags that can even massage your fingers, shoulders, and arm, this chair is useful to people who work long hours or who have arthritis.
Secondly, I loved the sole massage this chair offered me – again, not something you see every day, with a great combination of airbags and rollers.
With a coverage of over 1,200-square inches, it can cover your entire body for a superior comprehensive massage.
Patented scanning technology searching shiatsu points on your body (special shiatsu point detection technology) and customizes each massage session to your individual need
And lastly, the unique thigh and hip massage for runners, shows that this chair is particularly user-friendly, catering to everyone.
One of the most significant drawbacks of the Inada massage chair is its price tag.
Of course, it’s not the most expensive one I’ve tried, and it certainly pays off to invest in a feature-packed chair, but it’s also true that not most people can afford this.
There are also other features I discussed above, like the one zero-G seating and the short S-track.
So the DreamWave can definitely benefit from more zero-gravity positions as well as a longer L-track or hybrid track.
Otherwise, there are some things I could add to this chair that don’t impact its functionality, such as MP3 support and space-saving technology.
Besides, this is a very heavy chair, which makes it less than portable.
Inada Sogno DreamWave vs. Inada DreamWave
This is something that needs clearing up.
The Inada Sogno DreamWave was the first version of the DreamWave, but the company retired it in 2015.
The chair was remodeled and rebranded as the Inada DreamWave.
As such, there are just a few differences between the original and the current version.
The Sogno DreamWave used first generation airbags instead of second-generation airbags, which are less effective.
You also couldn’t adjust the massage duration, which was much shorter, and the heating system was only focused on your lumbar area.
Otherwise, the Sogno DreamWave has most of the same features, like a wide array of massage options and techniques, the Youth Program and a great stretch function.
INADA DreamWave Vs. Luraco i7 PLUS (Best Alternative)
There are some similarities between these two chairs, as well as some differences.
Firstly, the Luraco i7 Plus features an S-track, one zero-G seating position, and offers body scanning just like the Inada DreamWave massage chair.
A first difference is that the Luraco i7 Plus features the 3D/ 4D massage technology, with rollers that move up and down, left and right, as well as in and out, providing an inward motion and outward up to 3 inches from the track.
This will give you a more penetrating, deep tissue massage so that you can alleviate chronic pain or muscle soreness faster.
In terms of options, these chairs are quite similar, though the Luraco offers the advanced Swedish technique and the DreamWave boasts the Human Touch technique.
In turn, the Luraco only has 9 pre-programmed massages, but one of these options is the TV Mode, which reclines you so you can watch TV comfortably while getting massaged.
Another difference is that the Luraco i7 Plus only features 80 Second Generation Airbags.
These embracing air cells provide soothing massages, and you can also adjust the body part where you want the airbag massage, as well as the intensity level.
Besides, Luraco’s full body-stretch is more aggressive than that offered by the Inada DreamWave.
Otherwise, Luraco offers better heat therapy, with extensive heat even for your footwells.
Combine that with dual rollers, and you get one of the best foot massages you can think of, especially if you’re working on your feet all day long.
Why Luraco i7 Plus Has More Advantages?
Up until now, you can see that Luraco and Inada DreamWave are pretty similar, with advantages that compensate their disadvantages.
However, the Luraco i7 Plus has more things up its sleeve:
MP3 support, with 10 W Bluetooth speakers, that leads to a more immersive massage experience.
Memory function with 5 memory slots, so you can remember the best massages instead or re-twitching the chair to find your perfect massage.
Easy to use touchscreen remote that’s quite intuitive, even if the Luraco offers plenty of options.
The built-in heart-rate and blood pressure monitor, which assists this chair’s therapeutic functions.
About the Company
Inada is a Japan-based brand with a great reputation because it has accustomed its users with quality products, stellar designs, and craftsmanship, as well as great customer support.
Family Inada has decades of experience, activating on the market since 1962 with the explicit purpose of becoming an industry leader and of helping people improve their health.
Inada is a specialized massage chair manufacturer, with 14 massage chair models apart from the discontinued ones you can still find on other websites.
Dr. Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, or Dr. Brent Bauer from Mayo Clinic are just a few of the medical practitioners and pain specialists who support the Medical Breakthrough brand with documented research.
And they have a point because this brand manufactures some of the top medical massage recliners on the market.
I consulted experts and came up with this massage chair review of the Medical Breakthrough massage chairs.
We’ll offer you chair comparisons, pros, and cons; we’ll even provide alternatives!
This is the most comprehensive Medical Breakthrough buying guide for 2018 /2019!
About Medical Breakthrough Massage Chair Company
Medical Breakthrough is a reputable brand that sells top quality massage chairs, supported by top MDs, some of which are involved in the design process too.
The Medical Breakthrough massage recliners are truly therapeutic, built to improve certain medical conditions, as well as to relax and relieve stress.
With free shipping, no sales tax in 49 states and great warranties, this brand was started by chiropractic practitioners with 36 years of massaging experience.
Although not extremely affordable, the Medical Breakthrough chairs are definitely well-made and don’t miss key features of cheaply priced chairs that compromise quality.
Best Medical Breakthrough Massage Chairs & Alternatives
Without further ado, let’s see what some of the best Medical Breakthrough chairs and alternatives are below.
Medical Breakthrough 6 Massage Chair Recliner
The Medical Breakthrough 6 Massage Chair has a foolproof therapeutic design, with over 25 doctors, chiropractors, and surgeons participating in its manufacturing.
As such, it features plenty of techniques such as Japanese 3D neck and shoulder massage, Turkish Treatment, Greek Stress Relief, the deep tissue treatment from Indonesia, New Delhi Yoga, Swedish airbag massage technique and Hawaiian sleep therapy, plus a few ancient massages from the Romans and the Egyptians.
Another therapeutic bonus is the medical body scan, so you know this chair will find your sore spot correctly.
Zero gravity helps take pressure off your spine so you can be more relaxed, but plenty of chairs have this feature.
The 3D L-track can be considered a unique advantage, considering that the shoulder to glute massage is quite vigorous.
This deep tissue massage chair comes with free shipping and no hidden fees, as well as a 3-year warranty.
It’s a quiet chair, with adjustable leg extensions, and a built-in Bluetooth connection.
But its best features are hands-down the intense lower back rollers, hip twist, heat therapy, and reflexology massage.
Medical body scan
Good warranty and free shipping
Just one zero-G position
No memory function
Summary: The Medical Breakthrough 6 is a foolproof therapeutic chair, but it lacks certain user-friendly advantages like a memory function.
Best Alternative Infinity IT 8500
The first difference between the IT-8500 and the Medical Breakthrough 6 is the track design.
While the IT-8500 features an S-track that, albeit ergonomic, stops around your waist area, the Breakthrough 6 offers a superior L-track that can get to your glutes.
However, the quad rollers fix this problem a little.
The IT-8500 also offers a 3D body scan, air massage, and lumbar heat, but two different zero-G positions.
You also have plenty of options with this model, but there are just the usual massage chair techniques, like Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Percussion, Dual Action, and Shiatsu.
By comparison, the Medical Breakthrough 6 offers more therapeutic options.
Another advantage of the IT-8500 over the MB 6 is the zone massage function that allows you to keep the rollers on a tight spot as much as you want to.
Both chairs offer a body stretch, but the Yoga Stretch featured by the MB6 is more relaxing, while the one offered by the IT 8500 is quite vigorous.
Both chairs feature users body twist plus calf and foot massage, but the IT 8500 has one advantage: the inversion therapy that improves circulation.
Besides, while both offer a Bluetooth connection, the IT 8500 has an optional app control designed to provide easier control than that of a remote.
2 zero-gravity positions
Optional app control
Basic massage techniques
Vigorous body stretch
Summary: The IT 8500 has fewer therapeutic functions than the MB 6, but compensates through inversion therapy and 2 zero-G positions.
Medical Breakthrough Vending 5 Massage Chair
With free shipping and 3-year warranty, the Vending 5 is a military-grade, heavy-duty massage chair that accepts various bills and credit cards, featuring a user-friendly interface.
Just like the MB6, it has a smart, full body medical scan and a head to toe back massage system.
Users will benefit from a 3D deep tissue massage, albeit the intense lower back rollers might feel a bit much for some people.
It’s quiet, it has full body reflexology, zero-G and body twist, but unlike the MB6 it’s less therapeutic and better suited for relaxation – after all, it’s a vending massage chair that should fit the needs of very distinct people.
Therefore, the massage techniques are fewer and less specialized than those featured by the MB6: Kneading, Flapping, Combo, Knocking and Shiatsu.
There are 6 built-in massage programs with 5-speed levels with fixed, partial and full body massages.
You can also adjust the massage zone, the pressure and the distance between the kneading balls.
However, a true bonus when comparing this chair to the MB6 or to other vending massage chairs is the foot rubs it offers, including arch and heel scraping.
Medical body scan
Foot rubs with arch and heel scraping
Fewer massage techniques
No heat therapy
Summary: The best vending massage chair for its foot massagers and top relaxation, the MB Vending 5 could do with some heat therapy and more manual programs.
Best Alternative Kahuna LM6800
A therapeutic, value for money massage chair from a reliable brand, the Kahuna LM6800 is a feature-packed chair with a space-saving design.
Its best feature is the hybrid L/S track design because it combines the advantages of both types of tracks: it fits your anatomical shape, and the rollers can massage your glutes and hamstrings.
As opposed to the MB chairs reviewed until now, the Kahuna 6800 has 3 zero gravity seating positions.
The air massage mode is also great, with 36 air cells to cover your entire body, which the MB 5 lacks.
In terms of massage options and techniques, the Kahuna is comparable to the MB Vending 5, seeing as it includes Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling and Shiatsu, so nothing special there.
Just like the MB Vending 5, but not so ordinary for an affordable massage chair, the Kahuna 6800 offers a zone massage option and a body stretch function.
However, there’s heat therapy for both the back and the calves, which lacks for the MB Vending 5.
But even if you have calf heat with the Kahuna, the calf and foot massage are arguably better with the MB Vending 5, seeing as this chair features foot rubs with arch and heel scraping.
3 zero-G positions
Great airbag massage
Zone massage option
Back and calf heat therapy
Shiatsu massage chair
No MP3 support
Poorer foot massage than the MB 5
Summary: A value for the money massage chair, the Kahuna 6800 offers a relaxing, comprehensive massage.
Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair
With its doctor-based manufacturing and expert craftsmanship, the MB 4 distinguishes itself by its unlimited customization seeing as you can adjust anything from its incline to your massage type.
Just like the MB6, it includes a medical body scan and zero gravity, but it excels through its chiropractic backstretch.
This is done courtesy of inflatable air bags that squeeze your hips, stretching your back muscles.
Another similarity with the MB6 is the superior L-track design that fits the anatomy of your body, while the rollers can get up to your buttocks and hamstrings.
However, the MB4 has fewer built-in massage techniques with just the common Kneading, Flapping, Knocking, Combo and Shiatsu.
But a definite advantage is the two memory functions courtesy of which you can store your favorite massage settings.
You also have three manual massage mode options and five-speed levels, including a zone massage. Even the airbag massage has three intensity levels!
Just like the MB6, the MB4 features heat therapy, which is extremely therapeutic considering it uses infrared heat that warms you from the inside.
But probably the unique feature is the toe massage you’ll be getting thanks to the two pairs of papillae, though the heel and arch scraping comes at a close second.
Chiropractic back stretching technology
Airbag massage technique
Infrared heat therapy
Heel and arch scraping
Common massage techniques
No built-in music system
Summary: The Medical Breakthrough 4’s best features include infrared heat therapy and toe massage, but it lacks some of the more therapeutic techniques of the MB6.
Medical Breakthrough 8 Massage Chair
With free shipping and a 3-year warranty, the Medical Breakthrough 8 boasts some of the same features as the Medical Breakthrough 6: medical full body scan, head to toe back massage system, 3D massage, deep tissue massage, intense lower back rollers and engulfed arm massage.
This is a quiet chair with adjustable leg extensions and wheels to move it around easily.
It offers a full body stretch, a quality shoulder massage courtesy of huge shoulder massagers, reflexology, heat therapy, custom forming sole rollers and hip twist.
As opposed to the MB6, the MB8 has the patented chiropractic body twist technology, as well as a Champissage head massager for a strong neck massage.
There are 167 air cells for a vigorous air massage, plus the built-in Human Hands massage system and the Extreme Customization system with various speeds and intensity levels.
Besides, the MB8 has USB/ Mp3 connection plus headphones. On the other hand, the MB 6 has many more massage techniques from around the world, while the MB 8 features basic techniques like Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Shiatsu, Knocking, and Rolling.
Chiropractic Body Twist
167 air cell system
USB/ MP3/ Music
Strong neck massage
Just one zero-G position
Summary: The Medical Breakthrough 8 is a feature-packed, highly customizable chair that’s very user-friendly, but could benefit from more therapeutic massage techniques.
Best Alternative Luraco i7 PLUS
In the same price range, the Luraco i7 PLUS is an excellent alternative to the Medical Breakthrough 8, but let’s start with the disadvantages first.
Although it features a full body scan, this is not as good as the medical body scan offered by the MB 8.
Besides, the S-track design isn’t as good as an L-track or hybrid design.
That said, the Luraco i7 Plus is listed with the FDA, CE, and UL, built for medical purposes.
This is a highly customizable chair too, with 5 memory slots, pause, and resume buttons and built-in blood pressure and heart rate monitor.
The Luraco i7 features full body heat, body shape detection, and a great neck massage, plus a 3-layer foot and calf massage.
It also has some of the same characteristics as the MB 8, such as basic massage techniques that include Tapping and Kneading with various massage intensities and speed adjustments.
It also features 10 W Bluetooth speakers and can fit bigger-sized as well as petite users.
FDA, CE, and UL listed
5 memory slots
Pause and resume
Built-in blood pressure and heart rate monitor
Full body heat
Body shape detection
3-layer foot and calf massage
Body scan not as good as that of the MB8
Summary: The Luraco i7 Plus is a truly therapeutic massage chair, but could benefit from more massage techniques and hybrid track design.
Medical Breakthrough 7 Massage Chair
The Medical Breakthrough 7 massage chair recliner has a few of the same characteristics as the MB6.
It features zero gravity, although just one position, automatic full-body scanner, 3D deep tissue massage, intense lower back massage, arm massage, and full body stretch.
It’s a quiet chair with transport wheels and adjustable leg extensions that can deliver a great hip twist thanks to longer massage rollers.
It also features huge shoulder massagers, air massage, heat therapy, reflexology, and sole rollers.
As opposed to the MB 6, the MB7 features an AUX connection instead of Bluetooth and has two extra patented systems: the Human Hands Massage System™ and the Champissage Head Massager™.
This head massager is inspired by an Indian practice and comes with a pillow that air-massages your head to relax you and improve oxygen circulation to the brain.
It’s also a great way to improve lymphatic drainage, increase joint mobility and release endorphins.
The Human Hands system feels very real – like a chiropractor is working on your body.
However, the MB 7 features some of the more basic massage techniques, like Kneading, Tapping, Combination, Shiatsu, Knocking and Rolling.
Great sole massage
Human Hands Massage System™
Amazing head massage
Summary: The therapeutic purpose of the Medical Breakthrough 7 is to deliver human-like massages that improve lymphatic drainage and increase mobility.
Medical Breakthrough 9 Massage Chair
Praised as the best medical massage chair ever made on the official website, the Medical Breakthrough 9 offers some of the same advantages as the MB6, such as: zero gravity, full body medical scan, 3D deep tissue massage, intense lower back rollers, arm massage, full body stretch, hip twist, heat massage, shoulder massage, reflexology and sole rollers.
It’s also quiet, has adjustable leg extensions and wheels.
However, it features some extras, like the Human Hands Massage System™ which feels very lifelike and the Champissage Head Massager™ that air-massages your head to improve circulation.
Its Chiropractic BodyTwist™ Technology is an improvement in comparison to the regular body twist, and its air massage works with 167 air cells.
This chair also features the Extreme Customization System™ which makes it easy to adjust your preferences, plus a USB/ MP3/ Music connection and headphones.
But probably its best feature is the Advance Medical Care Systems™ that helps select the medical issue you want to work on, including cardiovascular problems, chronic back pain, chemotherapy or cancer-related symptoms, anxiety and physical recovery.
However, the massaging motions used are pretty basic, with just Kneading, Flapping, Combo, Shiatsu, Knocking and Rolling.
Human Hands Massage System™
Champissage Head Massager™
167 air cells
Extreme Customization System™
Advance Medical Care Systems™
Basic massage techniques
Just one zero-G position
Summary: The Medical Breakthrough 9 excels through its Advance Medical Care Systems™ that helps you work on a specific medical issue, but could use more advanced massage techniques.
Where to Buy Medical Breakthrough Chair Series
A good place to start is to check the price on Amazon. With good shipping and return policies as well as decent prices, Amazon is a great way to read user reviews, see ratings, answered questions as well as similar products.
For instance, if your massage chair doesn’t include an incorporated music system, you can easily buy speakers or headphones from the same place.
Otherwise, the Medical Breakthrough website is trustworthy and offers free shipping plus some holiday offers. The only disadvantage is that it doesn’t feature complete user reviews.
Final Verdict on Medical Breakthrough Brand
We have reviewed various Medical Breakthrough body massage chairs with a zero-gravity design from different price ranges, as well as some valuable alternatives that offer a real relax.
The best massage recliner when comparing cost vs. benefits is the Medical Breakthrough 6
thanks to its plethora of built-in therapeutic techniques and expert design and user-friendly operation.
That said, which chair will you purchase and why? Let’s talk in the comments below.
For me, and for many people, it’s not realistic to set an alarm clock that rings every half hour for breaks that could, in theory, prolong our lives.
These breaks make you lose your train of thought and decrease your productivity.
But if you want to prolong your life and, in the process, get rid of the backaches and joint pain caused by working at a desk, you need to buy a good, reliable chair.
Big & tall people need different chairs than standard models because your frame is bigger. So you need a chair that’s ergonomic and supportive for your body shape.
Luckily, I’ve comprised a list with the best big and tall office chairs of this year.
I’ve detailed all of them in terms of your potential purpose and needs, analyzing all their pros and cons below:
Top 10 Big & Tall Office Chairs in 2019 (Reviews & Overview)
Herman Miller Aeron – #1 Best Office Chair for Big and Tall Ergonomic (Under 300 Lb and 6’6″ in Height)
The Herman Miller Aeron is the best office chair I could find thanks to its ergonomic design. The PostureFit SL backrest means the back follows your natural spine curvature from your neck to under your buttocks.
This design feels very comfortable and supportive to your whole back and seat. This support ensures you’ll maintain a positive posture at your work desk, with your chest open and shoulders back.
The seat design helps tilt your pelvis forward, so it doesn’t put pressure on your lower back. As such, you will avoid lower back pain and stiffness.
The lumbar pads that is adjustable are another advantage because they’re supportive and eliminate backaches. If only this chair had a headrest, it would have been perfect.
The Aeron is a quality chair, made with top materials. The 8Z Pellicle suspension for the seat and back is resistant, flexible and supportive. There are eight different tension areas on the chair, to make sure your body is well supported.
There are three models for the Aeron: small, medium, and large. The large is the biggest, but its backrest is 20.5 inches, so it can only accommodate users up to 6.6. You also need to be under 300 pounds for this chair.
The Aeron is a good investment thanks to its ergonomic features and quality materials, even if it’s more expensive than regular office chairs. However, it has a 12-year warranty to ensure its long lifespan and top-notch build. This model is one of the best office chairs available if you are under 300 pounds!
Adjustable lumbar pads
Good lumbar support
Serta Big and Tall Office Chair Bonded Leather Executive – #1 Budget Chair For Heavy Person (Best Value)
If you’re a heavy person, the Serta Big and Tall Office Chairs can support a weight up to 350 pounds. This chair is commercial grade with a tall backrest to accommodate tall people too.
If you’re under 6”, beware: your feet will dangle. Besides, the Serta Executive is fairly heavy, and its assembly is no joke.
This chair’s design expresses power thanks to its classic stylish apparel. The leather is rich brown, with strong stitches for extra durability.
The arms and base both have a rich espresso finish and a classic bentwood veneer. However, the leather is a bit thin and can make you sweat.
This executive chair is comfortable office chair thanks to its generous padding. The body pillows are ego layered, which means the chair adapts to your body’s anatomical shape.
As such, the Serta Executive Chair is comfortable for prolonged hours sitting down. The armrests are padded as well, though they’re not adjustable.
You can only adjust the seat height and tilt the backrest, with an ergonomic mechanism that’s advertised as allowing Infinite locking positions. However, the tilting function doesn’t do much.
There’s an adjustable lumbar mechanism for lumbar support as well, which is an advantage for long hours sitting because you can avoid backaches.
Comfortable office chairs to sit for long hours
Difficult to assemble
Not many adjustments
Thin leather upholstery
Steelcase Leap Plus -2 Big and Tall Ergonomic Office Chair (300+lb Weight Limit Capacity – Under 500 lbs)
Steelcase Leap Plus is my top choice for marathon sitting sessions because of its ergonomic, comfortable build.
The Liveback technology promotes a good posture and eliminates back pain because the backrest can change shape to accommodate how your spine moves.
The Steelcase Leap is easy to adjust thanks to its automatic mechanisms. The armrests can be adjusted vertically, horizontally, depth-wise and pivoted so that they can fit your movements and positions throughout your workday.
You can sit for hours in the Leap Plus without any upper body or neck pain thanks to these arms.
You can also recline back easily, without any strain to give your back a rest. The back support is reliable too, while the variable back stop is user-friendly and secure.
The downside is that the Leap Plus features a hard seat. Some users prefer firm seats, while others immediately get sciatica pains if they don’t use a cushiony seat.
Another downside is the plastic used for the base, frame, and shell, which isn’t as long-lasting as metal.
The chair is fairly heavy too, so it will dent your carpet if you don’t get additional carpet casters.
Weight-tested up to 500 pounds
Sturdy office chairs
For marathon sitting sessions
Plastic frame, base, shell and arms
Casters can dent your carpet
Lazy Boy Big and Tall Wide Office Chair La-Z-Boy Delano – Wide Seat With Exceptional Support and Comfort
The La-Z-Boy Delano is a huge & tall executive chair that looks stylish thanks to its chestnut bonded-leather upholstery. The walnut-colored armrests and base complement the upholstery well.
I like this sort of bonded leather because it feels supple and soft, plus it’s low-maintenance. However, leather gets pretty hot, so it can make your legs and arms sticky if you’re not wearing long sleeves.
The La-Z-Boy Delano is one of the most comfortable chairs for big and tall people, even when it reclines.
The ComfortCore Plus offers exceptional support for heavy people because it’s manufactured with multiple layers of memory foam.
The advantage of this office chair for heavy person that this memory foam padding doesn’t wear out with time. The disadvantage is that it’s fairly firm, and some people would prefer more cushiony padding.
With a wide seat and sturdy frame, the Delano can accommodate users up to 400 pounds. You can easily adjust the seat height for tall users too.
The leather gets very hot
Not a cushiony seat
DXRacer Tank Series – Best Big and Tall Gaming Chair (Under 450 lbs)
If you like gaming, you know you can’t take breaks every half an hour to stretch your legs. Gaming chairs should be ergonomic and should allow flexible movements. And that’s what this DXRacer Tank chair can do.
Ergonomic design chair features an extra-high, flexible backrest with a race-car design. As such, the curved S-shape backrest has side flaps to make sure you’re supported.
The headrest and lumbar cushions are very supportive for extreme gaming sessions, and the chair tilts back to ensure maximum comfort.
But keep in mind that the neck pillow is only useful when you recline fully. Otherwise, you won’t feel it’s there. The lumbar cushion tends to slip down when you’re gaming, and some users say it’s too firm for their taste.
The armrests offer comfortable support too. They’re 4D adjustable, so they move in/ out, up/ down, left/right and pivot. These adjustments protect your shoulders and wrists from fatigue and stiffness.
All the materials used for manufacturing this chair show durability and comfort. The PU upholstery is breathable and resistant, the aluminum base is strong, and the PU casters are stable and easy-glide.
That’s why the DXRacer Gaming chair comes with a lifetime frame warranty and 2-year parts warranty. There’s a downside though.
While this chair can support people up to 450 pounds and 6’7”, the official specs read that the user’s recommended BMI should be less than 30 for the best sitting experience.
S-shape racing-car backrest
Comfortable for prolonged periods
Neck pillow better when reclining
Lumbar support can be too firm
<30 recommended BMI
NBF Signature Series Executive Big and Tall Leather Office Chair – Great for Up to 400 lb Weight Capacity
400 lbs (pounds weight)
23″W x 18.5″D
24.5″W x 29″H
20.75 to 23.75″
The NBF Signature Executive Chair is without a doubt a comfortable chair for big & tall users, thanks to its top-quality materials and craftsmanship. As such, this chair is perfect for a sitting or gaming marathon.
The memory foam seat is maybe its best characteristic. Memory foam is the best type of padding for heavy users because it doesn’t wear out quickly like sponge padding.
On the other hand, memory foam is very firm so while it’s supportive, it’s not cushiony.
NBF Signature Tall and big chair solved this problem by using 7 inches of padding instead of the industry usual of 3 inches.
The full-grain leather used for the upholstery is another grade-A material.
This type of leather is breathable and supple, but also resistant to the long-term and low-maintenance.
The sides are made entirely from polyurethane, with no added PVC, which adds to the upholstery’s resistance.
The backrest is comfortable for prolonged sitting too.
Its S-shape fits the anatomical curvature of your spine, so sitting in this chair feels natural and promotes a good posture.
Therefore, you won’t feel any backaches, stiffness or joint pain.
The backrest could have been better if it had lumbar adjustment support.
The waterfall design for the seat is another plus.
This type of edge doesn’t dig into your thighs, so it doesn’t cut blood circulation.
While there’s no separate headrest, the chair has a protuberant cushiony part at its top, where you can rest your head or support your neck.
The armrests are supportive and comfortable too. I like that the full-grain leather upholstery doesn’t let you sweat and the layer of padding is comfortable too.
However, the armrests aren’t adjustable either. There are other advantages to this chair.
For instance, it can fit tall users and regular-height people alike thanks to its wide-range height adjustments.
It also reclines, so it can alleviate back pain, help you unwind or work from a more comfortable position.
The Greenguard certification is another plus because it means the chair is eco-friendly. Besides, the customer support team is prompt and helpful.
But on the downside, this chair is fairly basic for its price range, lacking important features and with a limited range of customizations.
Top-quality materials and craftsmanship
Memory foam seat
Office chairs 400 lbs capacity
Comfortable for prolonged sitting
Stellar customer support
No lumbar support adjustment
No adjustable armrests
Flash Furniture HERCULES Series – Top Leather Chair For Back Pain with Built-In Lumbar Support
One of the most heavy duty office chairs you can invest in , with up to 500 pounds weight capacity and extra thick foam padding to support heavier users. This chair from Flash Furniture’s Hercules Series is one of the top on for heavier people and people with back issues.
Up to 500 pounds
22” W x 20.5” D
21”W x 25”H
21.5″ to 24″
Firstly, it’s as solid as an iron bench, so it’s no wonder it can hold up to 500 pounds weight, and some online reviewers claim it can hold much more than that.
Secondly, the whole construction is designed for long hours’ worth of comfort. The built-in lumbar support takes the pressure off your spine and prevents lower back pain.
The high back design of this office chair with adjustable headrest prevents stiffness or knots in the shoulders and neck area. I also like the plush padding that doesn’t seem to wear out fast.
This padding cushions are supports you when you’re sitting down for hours, and therefore decreases the risk of back pain.
The plush padded seat with a waterfall edge design ensures that your blood circulation is stable in your thigh area. As such, you’re lowering the risk of sciatica.
Another reason why this Hercules Executive prevents back strain is its tilt lock mechanism that gives you a comfortable reclining position.
However, some users complain they need to use a back cushion to bring them to a straighter, forward position.
The upright position via an extra pillow can affect the chair’s functionality, though. The armrests are padded, but they’re not very comfortable when you’re sitting upright because they’re too low.
When you’re using the chair in its natural, reclined position, the armrests are highly supportive. You can solve this problem with some arm pads, though.
Other advantages are the 360-degree swivel and pneumatic height adjustment. However, the Hercules Executive weighs over 60 pounds, so it’s a massive chair, and the rollers might dig into your carpet.
Another common complaint is that the headrest doesn’t stay in place. Some people have even used a 2×4 to prevent the headrest from sliding.
Others have figured out that the included hex key needs to go into a hole beneath the upholstery to secure the headrest, which means the instructions are not so good.
I like the materials used for this chair too because they’re decent, although not top, quality. The base is made from chrome, and the upholstery is a mix of leather and fabric.
These won’t last for decades, but they are value-for-money.
For long hours
High back design
Built-in lumbar support
Needs back pillow for an upright position
Armrests too low when upright
Sadie Big and Tall Heavy Duty Office Computer Chair With Height Adjustable Arms With Adjustable Lumbar
22’’ W x 22’’ D
20″ to 23”
The Sadie Big and Tall is a mesh office chair that can support people up to 350 lb, and it has a height adjustment between 20 to 23 inches so that it can accommodate taller users too.
This ergonomic heavy duty office chair and well-thought design. The curved backrest is supportive because it follows the anatomical shape of your spine.
Besides, this chair is one of the few in its niche that opts for an all-mesh backrest. This sort of backrest is better than a thickly padded one if you have back issues.
That’s because you can get firm support, an anatomically-correct contour of your spine, and an adjustable lumbar pad.
This lumbar pad can be positioned very precisely to support the exact problem area on your back.
While mesh isn’t as cushiony for prolonged periods sitting down, it’s more ergonomic. Besides, a mesh back has the advantage of breathability.
The downside for the backrest is that the back seat doesn’t lock in place when you tilt it.
When it comes to the seat, the first thing I noticed is how wide it is, at 22×22 inches.
The comfortable seat cushion is plush, yet firm, so it doesn’t sag.
The armrests are supportive too, and you can adjust them vertically, but they have very thin padding.
While there’s some assembly required for this chair with rather poor instructions, the good news is that you’ll get the tools in the package.
Besides, the 3-year warranty is decent, though it doesn’t compare to Aeron’s 12 years.
Up to 350lb Big & Tall office chair
Comfortable seat cushion
Armrests are supportive
Thin armrest padding
No tilt lock mechanism
Models not included in this review but I’ve been asked to include are: AmazonBasics Big & Tall Executive Char, KADIRYA High Back Bonded Leather Computer Desk Chair, Serta 43675 Faux Leather Big & Tall Executive Chair, Boss Office Products Heavy Duty Leather Chair with gas lift seat height adjustment controls, AmazonBasics High-Back Executive Swivel Chair Bonded Black Leather, SPACE Seating AirGrid Back and Padded Mesh Seat Adjustable Arms, Boss Office Products B8771S-BK Double Plush High Back Executive Chair, OneSpace Taft Mesh Back Oversized Model
How to Best Measure Havy Duty Office Chairs Seat Size for Your Body
If you’re a big and tall person, you need to factor in the size of your office chair’s seat. If you get a chair with a narrow seat, you’ll feel constrained and get all your muscles stiff.
A seat that’s too wide doesn’t offer enough support because too much wiggle room can mess with your positive posture.
The solution is to figure out the perfect seat dimensions that accommodate your specific body type. Do this before the purchase, especially if you’re making an online buy and you can’t test the chair.
Have a seat on any chair or couch in your home. Make sure you’re sitting upright, with the tailbone propped on the backrest, and keep your back straight. Your thighs should be hip-width apart, so not firmly pressed together.
Figure out what the ideal seat depth would be for your office chair, depending on your body shape. Get a measuring tape.
Measure the distance from your tail bone to the back of your knees. Subtract 1 to 3 inches to get the ideal seat depth range for your body type.
This way, your thighs, and bottom will be supported without constricting your blood circulation. Figure out the ideal seat width to accommodate your body type. Keep your thighs hip-width apart when you’re sitting.
Get that tape measure to see what the distance between your thighs is at their maximum opening. Add 2 inches to this total distance to get the best office chair seat width.
This way, you ensure a 1-inch distance between the seat and either one of your thighs. Your legs are supported well, but not constricted.
How Wide Should an Office Chair Be?
At this point, you have to know three things: the seat width, the backrest width, and the total width.
I’ve already told you how to calculate the ideal seat width. However, the industry standard is about 17 to 20 inches. Big and tall users should add a few more inches to their ideal chairs.
Now for the backrest width. Seat down comfortably, with your back straight. Get a tape measure and ask a friend to measure your back from side to side, at its widest. Now add 2 inches to get the ideal backrest width for your chair.
Usually, ergonomic office chairs have a backrest width between 12 and 19 inches. Tall and heavy users need to add a few more inches to this industry standard.
But the backrest width isn’t the only thing that matters for long-term comfort. The best chairs have adjustable backrests both in terms of height and tilt, and they should support your natural spine curvature to be supportive.
Make sure the total width of your chair, including the armrests, is smaller than your desk’s width. That way, you the chair can fit under your desk, which saves space and is more comfortable when you’re writing.
Final Words On Which Big and Tall Chairs to Pick
I’ve reviewed eight top rated big and tall office chairs in this article, each with its pros and cons. My advice is to choose a model that fits your purposes, special needs, along with your height and weight.
The Aeron is my top choice because it’s a solid, durable, high-quality chair, with an ergonomic SL design that offers excellent lumbar support and helps improve your posture.
The Serta Big and Tall office chair is my number one budget choice because it’s comfortable for long hours and offers reliable lumbar support.
My second choice for an ergonomic office chair is the Steelcase Leap Plus with its Liveback technology, 4D armrests, and automatic adjustments.
The La-Z-Boy Delano is one of the most comfortable chairs for big and tall users thanks to its wide seat and supportive designs.
The DXRacer Tank Series chair is the top big and tall gaming chair thanks to its S-shape racing-car backrest and quality materials that render it comfortable for prolonged periods.
The NBF Signature Series Executive is another supportive chair for big people thanks to its memory foam seat.
The Flash Furniture Hercules Executive Office Chair is my top choice for people with back pain because its built-in lumbar support, plush padding, headrest, and reclining design can alleviate aches and pains.
And finally, the Sadie Big and Tall chair is an excellent choice for a computer chair thanks to its adjustable armrests, curved, breathable backrest, plush seat cushion and lumbar adjustable mechanism.