Luraco iRobotics i7 Massage Chair Review & PLUS Model [2019]

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

Luraco massage chair brand - genuine leather material - black color options

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.

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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.

Body Scan TechnologyAlthough 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.

Heart Rate Monitor

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.

Heat Therapy

Massage chair offers full body heat, according to the official specifications, though that seems like a stretch.

medical massage chairs - Heating TherapyStill, 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.

3D RollersFirstly, 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.

Foot RollersQuad 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.

9 Automatic ProgramsThere 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.

Your Music System

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.

i7 Remote Control with memory settingsWhich 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!

100 Airbags

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.

100 AirbagsAirbag 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.

Shoulder Airbags

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.

Calf Massage

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.

Calf Massage TechnologyYour 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.

Luraco Vs Infinity

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.

Infinity IT-8500But 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)

irobotics i7 PLUS - beige and chocolate brown

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.

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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.

where to buy / Free Shipping / Add to CartLuraco 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.

There are some other great chairs such as Inada Dreamwave, Medical Breakthrough (have some doubts about this one – read my review), Panasonic Chairs,  Human Touch (read here) but I am positive that this chair is a real winner here.

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.

And if you are looking for less expensive chairs, read our guide here.

But what chair will you get and why?

Let’s talk in the comments below.

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The Best Recliners For Back Pain

Best Recliner for Back Pain (2019) Reviews & Buying [Guide]

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

Kahuna 6800

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.

3D Body Scanning

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.

Kahuna LM 6800 Benefits / deep tisue massageI 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.

PROS

  • L-track for sciatica
  • Heat therapy
  • Great foot massage
  • Zone massage
  • Firm Yoga stretch
  • Space-saving
  • Adjustable speed and intensity
  • Easy-to-use remote
  • Extendable ottoman

CONS

  • Can’t adjust heat intensity
  • Can’t adjust heat area

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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

LA Z Boy Anderson recliner for back pain

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.

PROS

  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Stylish
  • Back support
  • Backrest and leg rest recline independently
  • Rocking chair

CONS

  • Backrest could recline more
  • For petite users
  • No massage functions

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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

Cozzia Dual Power Recliner

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.

PROS

  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to adjust
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to use
  • Zero gravity
  • Independent back and footrest
  • Lumbar heat therapy
  • Back vibration massage

CONS

  • Just one zero-G level
  • No massage programs

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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

Oslo Collection

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.

PROS

  • Quality materials
  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Swivels
  • Ergonomic

CONS

  • Recliner doesn’t sit upright
  • For petite users
  • Doesn’t recline smoothly
  • No massage techniques/ programs

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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

Electric Shiatsu Chair / best recliner

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.

PROS

  • Corrects posture
  • Relieves stress
  • Alleviates pain in a neck
  • Decent air massage
  • Some heat therapy

CONS

  • Just some basic functions
  • No zero-G
  • Few adjustments possible
  • Minimal heat
  • Very deep massages

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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

Homelegance 9668BRW 1

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.

PROS

  • Easy to assemble
  • Loveseat and sofa
  • Living room furniture
  • Almost fully reclines

CONS

  • Semi-wobbly back cushions
  • Difficult to get in the upright position
  • No head support
  • No massage programs

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Summary: Comfortable living room recliner, this chair could use some head support too.

7. Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG

Flash Furniture BT-7862-BK-GG best recliner

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.

PROS

  • Easy to move
  • Stylish
  • Fire-retardant padding
  • Headrest
  • Easy-to-rich knob
  • Matching ottoman

CONS

  • Small
  • Not a smooth gliding mechanism
  • No massage functions
  • Separate ottoman

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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

Flash Furniture MEN-DSC01078-BRN-GG Plush reclining chair

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.

PROS

  • For tall, heavy users
  • Can sit upright
  • Comfortably padded
  • Rocking recliner
  • Breathable upholstery
  • Easy to clean
  • Quick setup

CONS

  • Too much padding in the headrest
  • The backrest and footrest don’t recline independently
  • No extra massage features

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Summary: The Flash Furniture MEN-DSC01078-BRN-GG Plush is a comfortable, breathable chair for tall users.

9. HomCom Massage Heated Recliner

HomCom reclining Chair

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.

In terms of user-friendly features, the HomCom chair has an easy-to-use and handy-located remote plus two cup holders on the sides.

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.

PROS

  • Comfortable
  • 150-degree recline
  • Intuitive remote
  • 2 cup holders
  • Waist-heat
  • Vibration massage

CONS

  • Difficult to use after surgery
  • Difficult to bring in an upright position
  • Few massage functions/ programs
  • Noisy

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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

La-Z-Boy Niagara 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.

Niagara LA-Z-Boy / Lazy boy recliners with lumbar supportThe 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.

PROS

  • Stylish
  • Plush and comfortable
  • Easy-to-reach handle
  • Smooth Recline
  • Lumbar support
  • Sturdy and durable frame

CONS

  • Short leg rest
  • Noisy leg rest
  • The headrest is too far back
  • No massage functions/ programs

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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

RelaxOnChair Mk-II

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

Divano Roma

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

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

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

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

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.

La-Z-Boy Duncan

La-Z-Boy Recliner

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

zero gravity + ManThese 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

Massaging orthopedic ReclinersMassaging 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.

Lifting Recliners

Lifting ChairOlder 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

Classic Chairs / armchairs for back pain sufferersClassic 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

Recliners With Separate OttomansIf 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

Fjords 855

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.

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Things to Consider When Selecting Recliner For Back Pain

There are many factors to decide whether you’re getting a quality recliner, such as:

Your Needs

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.

Features

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.

Materials

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

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.

Size

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.

Amazon Online Shop

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.

Final Verdict

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!

Brookstone Chairs Intro

Brookstone Massage Chair Review: TOP Models On Sale [May. 2019]

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.

Brookstone LogoAmong 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

The Energize 3D

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.

PROS

  • Lumbar, calf, and feet heat
  • Vigorous massage experience
  • Ergonomic
  • Plenty of auto-programs and massage techniques

CONS

  • No temperature control

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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.

Human Touch NovoMuch 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!

Luraco i7 PLUSThe 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

Renew 2 3D 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.

PROS

  • Great air massage
  • Versatile
  • Easy to personalize
  • Stellar body stretch
  • Shiatsu massage chair

CONS

  • No foot massage
  • No calf heat
  • Bulky

Summary: The Renew 2 3D is a great chair to reduce back pain and offer stress relief.

The Alternative – Kahuna LM 6800

Kahuna LM6800

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.

FDA RegisteredThere 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

Brookstone Renew

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.

PROS

  • Robust
  • Thai and Shiatsu massage
  • Easy to customize
  • Great foot massage

CONS

  • No special features
  • The remote requires a bit of learning

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Summary: The Renew 3D is our top choice for a foot massage, but it’s a pretty basic chair.

Rock & Recline

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.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Compact
  • Light
  • Basic, but quality massage
  • Zone massage
  • It rocks

CONS

  • No airbags
  • No body stretch
  • No zero-G
  • No adjustments for the massage intensity/ duration
  • For petite users
  • No 3D rollers

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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.

Kahuna LM6800Other 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

Brookstone Signature

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.

PROS

  • Best Shiatsu massage
  • Great neck massage
  • Lots of air cells
  • Chiropractic-like moves
  • Versatile
  • Customizable
  • Deep kneading

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Vigorous massage

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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

Recover

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.

PROS

  • User-friendly
  • Therapeutic massage benefits
  • Highly customizable
  • Great air massage

CONS

  • High return fees
  • Warranty could be better

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Summary: The Brookstone Recover 3D is better suited for therapeutic purposes, and it’s highly customizable.

Brookstone ReActMassage Chair

Brookstone React

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.

PROS

  • Light
  • Compact
  • Basic options
  • Good Shiatsu massage

CONS

  • Not the best lumbar heat therapy
  • For petite users

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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!

Inada DreamWave Massage Chair Review

Inada Massage Chair DreamWave Model Review (2019) & [Alternatives]

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

Inada Dreamwave Massage Chair

The DreamWave is good  massage chair, but there are better alternatives out there!

S-Track Design

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.

S-TrackWhile 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.

Zero-Gravity SeatingIf 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.

3D Body ScanThis 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.

Full Body StretchIn 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.

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.

Air MassageThese 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.

Feet Massage FeatureWe 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.

Calf Massage FeatureIt’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.

Infrared Back and Seat HeatBut 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.

Chair Program for Younger UsersHigh-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.

Proprietary Hip and Thigh MassageThis 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.

Remote ControlThat’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?

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

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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.

Dreamwave Vs Inada Sogno

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.

Luraco Vs Inada

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.

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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.

Inada LogoFamily 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.

Inada is one of the few leading brands you can trust in the massage chair space. Othe brands include: Medical Breakthrough (even though not completely clear about their origins and testimonies), Panasonic Chairs, Titan / Osaki Brand (reviewed here), Brookstone Brand (seems to be discontinued many models now), Infinity (reviewed here), Human Touch (link to my review).

Warranty & Support

The Inada DreamWave massage chairs offer a 3-year limited warranty for repair and replacement, with on-site service.

If you want a better deal, you can always purchase the 5-year extended warranty.

Safe Shipping Guarantee

Inada offers free white glove delivery, free shipping and free return shipping in case you don’t like this chair.

However, buyers are the one responsible for the chair’s safe return, so you’re liable in case the chair gets damaged or lost on its way back to Inada.

As such, if you’re shipping company offers insurance, you’d better take it.

Where to Buy

One great place to start is the Inada website, where you can find free white glove delivery and shipping.

Shop / where to buy / add to cartOn the other hand, if the price seems a bit too much for you, you can also try Amazon.

They’re a trustworthy site plus you can get a few holiday discounts if you choose the right time to buy this chair.

Even if you won’t get white glove delivery, Amazon’s shipping service is still fairly good., and you can also get decent used massage chairs, plus get a chance to read the users’ reviews.

Our Final Conclusion on DreamWave Shiatsu Massage Chair

The Inada DreamWave massage chair  is a feature-packed chair that’s user-friendly and aims to cater to every user.

There are plenty of amazing features.

This chair boasts, many of which are quite therapeutic.

However, the Luraco i7 Plus is a better alternative and the best massage chair in 2019, with its built-in blood pressure and heart rate monitor, MP3 and feet heat.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternatives look our guide into affordable massage chairs.

So now it’s your turn: which massage chair will you choose and why?

Let’s talk in the comments below!

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Best Massage Portable Chairs

10 Best Portable Massage Therapy Chair Reviews: TOP Models [2019]

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

Master Massage Proffesional

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.

MasterMassageIt 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.

PROS

  • Compact
  • Light
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Stylish
  • Included accessories

CONS

  • Carry bag can tilt

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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

Stronglite Ergo Pro II

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.

PROS

  • Light
  • Sturdy
  • Patented double tube
  • Versatile
  • Ergonomic
  • Professional portable massage chair with wheels

CONS

  • Squeaky
  • Can’t put too much pressure on armrests

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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

EarthLite Vortex

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.

PROS

  • Light
  • Compact
  • Resistant
  • Easy to fold
  • Easy to setup
  • Comfortable pillows

CONS

  • Not for bigger users
  • Low armrests

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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

Portable Chair Comfort 4

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.

PROS

  • Easy to clean essential oil stains
  • Affordable
  • Quite comfy
  • Compact
  • Easy setup

CONS

  • Not very durable
  • Not for big users

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Summary: The Massage Chair Comfort 4 is an affordable and comfortable chair, but lacks in durability.

5. Therabuilt Apex Massage Chair

Therabuilt® Apex™

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.

PROS

  • Good cushions for the price
  • Affordable
  • Easy to carry
  • Great for hot stone massage

CONS

  • Not very durable
  • Not for big users

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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

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.

PROS

  • Resistant
  • Light
  • Portable
  • Comfortable
  • Spa massage chair

CONS

  • Knobs need re-tightening
  • Vinyl isn’t waterproof or oil proof
  • Might need replacement parts

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Summary: An easy-to-clean, comfortable chair, the NRG Grasshopper could use better knobs.

7. Oakworks Massage Chair – Portal Pro 3

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.

PROS

  • Light
  • Compact
  • Adjustable
  • Easy to use
  • Stable
  • Durable therapy chair

CONS

  • Not for tall users
  • Not for heavy people

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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

Ataraxia Deluxe 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.

PROS

  • Solid frame
  • Comfortable
  • Good upholstery
  • Included extras

CONS

  • Not easy to fold
  • Shabby carry case
  • Heavier than other chairs
  • Not that resistant to wear and tear

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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

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.

Earthlite Avila FeaturesHowever, 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.

PROS

  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Comfortable
  • Resilient carry case
  • Lifetime warranty

CONS

  • A learning curve for the adjustments
  • Not an adjustable seat height

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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

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.

stronglite-logoThe 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.

PROS

  • Comfortable face pillow
  • All the bells and whistles
  • Resistant frame
  • Versatile
  • Leg pads

CONS

  • Not very soft
  • The padding can wear fast

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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

Master Massage Apollo

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This professional portable chair is fully adjustable and light, great for stone massage.

Master Massage Bedford

Master Massage Bedford

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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

Best Chocie Products

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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

Giantex Chair

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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

BestMassage

This is an inexpensive, comfortable chair, but it can’t resist prolonged use.

Premium BestMassage Black 4

Premium BestMassage Black 4

A foam-padded, portable echair, this one works better for tattoo parlors.

Rio Portable Folding Chair for Spa Tattoo

Rio Portable

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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

Dolphin II massage chair 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.

Massage Therapist Chair Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you’re here, you must still have some questions:

What is a Portable Electric Massage Chair?

Portable electric massage chairs are compact, foldable, and lightweight massage equipment that you can easily transport from one place to another.

They usually come with transport wheels or carry case.

Who Would Use Portable Massage Chairs?

Portable chairs are a great tool for people who provide chair massage therapy.

These chairs provide additional support for people such as sports therapists, chiropractors, licensed massage practitioners, and students.

Where to Buy

There are plenty of online and offline businesses that retail these massage chairs, but you should look for a reputable place, with good shipping like Amazon.

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This website allows you to compare and contrast user reviews, and it even offers reliable return policies.

Conclusion

If you’ve read my portable massage chair comparison above, you know that my personal favorite is the Master Massage Professional.

It’s fairly affordable, resistant, comfortable, easy to use and feature-packed.

All in all, it has the fewest disadvantages when you compare it to all the other chairs in this review.

That’s my recommendation. What will you get and why? Let’s talk in the comments below.

Also reviews of professional massage tables are coming soon! Stay tuned!

Product Line of MedicalBreakthrough

Medical Breakthrough Massage Chairs Review (2019): [& Alternatives]

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.

Logo MedicalBreakThroughThe 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

Medical Breakthrough 6

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.

Body ScanAnother 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.

PROS

  • Expert craftsmanship
  • Various techniques
  • Medical body scan
  • 3D L-track
  • Deep tissue
  • Arm massage
  • Hip twist
  • Reflexology
  • Good warranty and free shipping

CONS

  • Just one zero-G position
  • No memory function

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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.

IT-8500The 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.

PROS

  • Quad rollers
  • 2 zero-gravity positions
  • Zone massage
  • Inversion therapy
  • Optional app control

CONS

  • S-track
  • Basic massage techniques
  • Vigorous body stretch

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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

MB Vending 5

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.

FDA Awards

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.

PROS

  • Heavy-duty
  • Versatile
  • Medical body scan
  • Relaxing
  • Customized massage
  • Foot rubs with arch and heel scraping

CONS

  • Fewer massage techniques
  • No music
  • No heat therapy

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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.

Kahuna LM6800

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.

PROS

  • Hybrid track
  • 3 zero-G positions
  • Great airbag massage
  • Zone massage option
  • Back and calf heat therapy
  • Shiatsu massage chair

CONS

  • No MP3 support
  • Poorer foot massage than the MB 5

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Summary: A value for the money massage chair, the Kahuna 6800 offers a relaxing, comprehensive massage.

Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair

MB 4 Model

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.

Medical 4Another 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.

PROS

  • Easily customizable
  • Chiropractic back stretching technology
  • Airbag massage technique
  • Infrared heat therapy
  • Toe massage
  • Heel and arch scraping
  • Memory function

CONS

  • 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

MB 8 Model

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.

Breakthrough 8It 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.

PROS

  • Chiropractic Body Twist
  • 167 air cell system
  • Custom fitted
  • USB/ MP3/ Music
  • Headphones
  • Strong neck massage

CONS

  • Just one zero-G position
  • Basic techniques

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.

Luraco i7 PLUSThat 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.

PROS

  • 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

CONS

  • S-track design
  • Body scan not as good as that of the MB8

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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

MB 7 Model

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.

Bluetooth Control

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.

PROS

  • Great sole massage
  • Human Hands Massage System™
  • Amazing head massage

CONS

  • Basic techniques

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

MB 9 Model

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.

Breakthrough 9However, 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.

PROS

  • Human Hands Massage System™
  • Champissage Head Massager™
  • Chiropractic BodyTwist™
  • 167 air cells
  • Extreme Customization System™
  • Advance Medical Care Systems™

CONS

  • Basic massage techniques
  • Just one zero-G position

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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.

Amazon Shop

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.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair Review

Herman Miller Aeron Review (2019) | Mesh Office Chair (Remastered Edition)

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.

Remastered EditionThe 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.

About Company 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.

Herman Miller Logo

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)

Herman Miller Aeron

Pros

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.

Environmentally Friendly

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.

Cons

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.

Metal Frame

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

Most Notable Features Table

  • Arm Adjustment
  • Lumbar Support Adjustments
  • Height adjustment
  • Tilt tension adjustment
  • Forward tilt
  • Tilt lock
  • Breathable mesh backrest

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Specifications Table

Chair Size Small (A) Medium (B) Large (C)
Height 38.5” 41” 43”
Seat Height 14.75-19” 16-20.5” 16”-20.5
Width 25.75” 27” 28.25”
Depth 16” 16.75” 18.5”
Weight Capacity 300 lbs 350 lbs 350 lbs
Seat Dimensions 15.75”W x 16.75”D 17”W x 16.75”D 18.25”W x 18.5”D
Backrest Dimensions 20.25”W x 21”H 21.5”W x 22”H 22.75”W x 23”H
Distance Between Armrests 16”W 17”W 18”W
Arms Lowest Height from Floor 21.75”H 23”H 24.75”H
Arms Highest Height from Floor 30.25”H 31.5”H 26.25”H
Base Dimensions 27”W 27”W 27”W
Weight 40 lbs 41 lbs 43 lbs
Shipping Box Dimensions 41″ x 28″ x 27″ 41″ x 28″ x 27″ 41″ x 28″ x 27″
Shipping Box Weight 45 lbs 46 lbs 48 lbs

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.

Return Policy & Warranty

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.

Build Quality

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.

Parts of 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.

Design

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.

Aeron Design Pictures

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.

Chair's ArmrestsThere 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.

Backrest

Apart from its SL design, it’s worth noting that the backrest is made with 8Z Pellicle mesh.

8Z Pellicle MaterialThe 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.

Seat

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.

Picture Of Seat 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.

Materials Of Chair

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.

2.5-Inch Diameter WheelsYou 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.

Green Guard Chair Certification

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.

Weight And Height Adjusting

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.

Aeron Adjustments

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.

Aeron Adjustment Two

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.

Durability

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.

Aluminium Based Material

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.

3 SizesThe 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

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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 Herman Miller AeronThe 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.

7 Best Big and Tall Office Chairs

Best Big and Tall Office Chair (2019) | Large Capacity Ergonomic Models [Review]

I am work at a desk for 8 to 12 hours each day.

Many of my friends sit for as many as 14 hours a day.

If you are big & tall or slim and if you’re reading this, you’re in the same boat, and understand all the pain associated with sitting long hours a your office or home.

Aaccording to research, sitting down for longer stretches than 30 minutes decreases your life expectancy.

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)

Herman Miller Aeron

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.

Aeron Design

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.

Features of Aeron Chair

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.

The Aeron From Back

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 Chairs

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!

Pros

  • 12-year warranty
  • Ergonomic
  • Improves posture
  • Adjustable lumbar pads
  • Good lumbar support
  • Breathable
  • SL design

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No headrest

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Serta Big and Tall Office Chair Bonded Leather Executive – #1 Budget Chair For Heavy Person (Best Value)

Serta Big and Tall Office Chair

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.

Serta Chair Design

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.

Serta Chair In Front

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.

Serta Locking Positions

There’s an adjustable lumbar mechanism for lumbar support as well, which is an advantage for long hours sitting because you can avoid backaches.

Pros

  • Well padded
  • Comfortable office chairs to sit for long hours
  • Stylish
  • Lumbar support
  • Heavy-duty
  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • 360-degree swivel

Cons

  • Difficult to assemble
  • Heavy
  • Not many adjustments
  • Thin leather upholstery

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Steelcase Leap Plus -2 Big and Tall Ergonomic Office Chair (300+lb Weight Limit Capacity – Under 500 lbs)

Steelcase Leap Plus

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.

Leap Plus Designs

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.

Leap Plus Chair Dimensions

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.

Pros

  • Weight-tested up to 500 pounds
  • Liveback technology
  • Intuitive adjustments
  • 4D armrests
  • Reclines
  • Sturdy office chairs
  • For marathon sitting sessions
  • Eliminates backaches

Cons

  • Plastic frame, base, shell and arms
  • Casters can dent your carpet
  • Firm seat

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Lazy Boy Big and Tall Wide Office Chair La-Z-Boy Delano – Wide Seat With Exceptional Support and Comfort

La-Z-Boy Delano Chair

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.

La-Z-Boy Chair Design

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.

Comfort Plus

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.

Delano La-Z-Boy Dimensions

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.

Pros

  • Elegant
  • Soft bonded-leather
  • Supportive
  • Adjustable
  • Wide seat
  • Reclines

Cons

  • The leather gets very hot
  • Not a cushiony seat

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DXRacer Tank Series – Best Big and Tall Gaming Chair (Under 450 lbs)

DxRacer Tank Series

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.

Angle Adjuster Function

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.

2 Year Warranty

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.

DxRacer Tank Dimensions

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.

Pros

  • Solid
  • Quality materials
  • Ergonomic
  • S-shape racing-car backrest
  • Highly adjustable
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable for prolonged periods
  • Supportive
  • Good warranties

Cons

  • Neck pillow better when reclining
  • Lumbar support can be too firm
  • <30 recommended BMI

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NBF Signature Series Executive Big and Tall Leather Office Chair  – Great for Up to 400 lb Weight Capacity

NBF Signature Series Chair

Weight Capacity 400 lbs (pounds weight)
Seat Dimensions 23″W x 18.5″D
Backrest Dimensions 24.5″W x 29″H
Height 20.75 to 23.75″
Weight 72 pounds

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.

NBF Signature Chair DesignOn 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.

NBF Chairs At The SideTherefore, 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.

NBF Wheels 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.

GreenGuard Logo

But on the downside, this chair is fairly basic for its price range, lacking important features and with a limited range of customizations.

Pros

  • Top-quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Memory foam seat
  • Breathable
  • Resistant
  • Low-maintenance
  • Office chairs 400 lbs capacity
  • Comfortable for prolonged sitting
  • Supportive armrests
  • Reclines
  • Greenguard certification
  • Stellar customer support

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No lumbar support adjustment
  • No adjustable armrests
  • No headrest

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Flash Furniture HERCULES Series – Top Leather Chair For Back Pain with Built-In Lumbar Support

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series

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.

Weight Capacity Up to 500 pounds
Seat Dimensions 22” W x 20.5” D
Backrest Dimensions 21”W x 25”H
Height Adjustment 21.5″ to 24″
Weight 60 Pounds

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.

Hercules Chair From Back

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.

Flash Furniture Logo / check price on amazon

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.

360 Degree Swivel Functions

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.

400 lbs Capacity Function

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.

Pros

  • Solid
  • For long hours
  • High back design
  • Built-in lumbar support
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Plush padding
  • Reclining position
  • 360-degree swivel
  • Decent materials

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Needs back pillow for an upright position
  • Armrests too low when upright

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Sadie Big and Tall Heavy Duty Office Computer Chair With Height Adjustable Arms With Adjustable Lumbar

Sadie Big and Tall Office Chair

Weight Capacity 350 pounds
Seat Dimensions 22’’ W x 22’’ D
Backrest Dimensions
Height 20″ to 23”
Weight 44 pounds

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.

Up To 350 Pounds

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.

3 Year Warranty / free shippingThis 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.

Ergonomic Posture Support

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.

Pros

  • Up to 350lb Big & Tall office chair
  • Ergonomic
  • Curved backrest
  • Firm support
  • Breathability
  • Wide
  • Comfortable seat cushion
  • Armrests are supportive
  • Included tools
  • 3-year warranty

Cons

  • Thin armrest padding
  • No tilt lock mechanism
  • Poor instructions

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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.

Seat Width Function

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.

Office Chair Positions

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.

Comfy Chairs Must Be

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.

Top Choice Aeron HM

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.

But the choice is yours.

Which chair will you pick and why?

7 Best Drafting Chairs & Stools

Best Drafting Chair (2019) | Most Comfortable & Ergonomic Stool [Review]

If you’re an architect, illustrator or play a musical instrument, you know how fast time flies while you’re working.

That’s because you tend to forget about yourself when you’re caught up in your work.

However, the joint pain, back pain, and stiffness that come with using the wrong drafting chair will bring you back to reality fast.

A good drafting chair, on the other hand, helps you focus on your work.

It reduces pain and stiffness.

It’s ergonomic, adjustable and easy to use.

But there are tens of good drafting chairs on the market. How can you choose the right one? In this review, I’ll discuss some excellent models on the market, focusing on how they can work for you.

I’ll discuss all the important features in terms of your purpose so that you can understand their pros and cons.

What’s the real story?

Let’s find out…

Here is My List of The 10 Best Drafting Stools & Chairs

Harwick Evolve Chair Heavy Duty – #1 TOP Overall Ergonomic Drafting Chair

Harwick Evolve Heavy Duty

The Evolve is a heavy-duty chair with an ergonomic design. The curved backrest offers good support and promotes a correct posture because its S-shape is anatomically correct. 10-Year Warranty

The seat is comfortable too because it’s curved and has a waterfall edge.

This sort of edge promotes good circulation and reduces stiffness as the edge doesn’t dig into your thighs.

The Evolve boasts grade-A materials. The Duragrid mesh is patented and high-quality, so it’s flexible, breathable and can support your weight.

The gunmetal finish for the base works well to prevent scratches and to ensure this chair’s durability.

Although the base isn’t metallic but made from abs plastic, it can still accommodate users up to 325 pounds.

But the Evolve has a 10-year warranty, which means the manufacturers are confident in this chair’s durability.

I also appreciate Evolve’s functionality and user-friendliness. Sitting in this chair for hours won’t make your muscles tired or your joints stiff. Also, it is the best standing desk chair.

Harwick LogotypeThe flip-up armrests are supportive and stay in place, which also prevents neck and shoulder pain.

The seat height is adjustable via an easy-to-use pneumatic seat height mechanism. However, the seat doesn’t adjust low enough to use the Evolve as a regular desk chair.

The chrome foot ring is high-quality too and allows an extra 20-inch adjustment.  Using this foot ring is very comfortable for people who like to perch up a foot or two while they’re working.

The Synchro Tilt technology is another plus because the backrest and seat move together when you’re tilting back.

As such, you get optimal support in all your positions. With the infinite tilt lock, the Evolve can tilt in an endless range of positions.

Harwick Evolve Chairs with seat tilt

The 360 degree swivel allows you to turn the chair easily in all direction. The dual wheel hooded casters allow smooth gliding regardless of the floor type you have.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Lumbar support
  • Well-made
  • Adjustable
  • Solid arms
  • Synchro-tilt
  • Easy adjustments
  • Foot ring
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cons

  • The base is not metal
  • Can’t be used as a regular desk chair

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Modway Veer Drafting Stool Chair – #1 Best Budget Option With Wheels

Modway Veer Drafting Stool Chair

The Modway Veer is your best option in the affordable category if you can’t invest in the Evolve.  This drafting office chair is comfortable and functional but might not last as much as the Evolve.

That’s because it’s materials and craftsmanship are decent, but not very high-quality. Take the mesh back and seat for instance.

The type of mesh used is good, but not as good as Evolve’sDuragrid. While it can still adequately support your back and thighs, it won’t last as much.

Modway Veer Pros

The frame and base are both made from nylon, which also has a shorter lifespan than metal or abs plastic.

While the foot ring is top quality because it’s chrome plated, it has a smaller diameter than it should, so you can’t use it comfortably unless the chair’s at max height.

I appreciate the padded seat though because it’s very cushiony for long hours working, but the padding might give in after some time.

Modway Veer Decorative Stool Chair

Veer’s seat has a waterfall edge too, which takes the pressure off your thighs. However, the seat length is pretty short, so your knees aren’t supported if you’re average height or taller.

The seat tilt & tension control knob is user-friendly because it’s easy to use and allows you to secure your position after you’ve tilted back. The seat height is also adjustable, thanks to the pneumatic lift, and the armrests lift to 90ᵒ.

Modway Veer Picture

The hooded dual-wheel casters aren’t great for all types of surfaces, but they allow you to glide smoothly in a carpeted room.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sturdy footrest
  • Comfortable seat cushion
  • Good back support
  • Height adjustment

Cons

  • Not durable
  • Small foot ring
  • Short seat

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Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic Office Chair– Most Comfortable Drafting Chair With Arms

Herman Miller Aeron Chair

The Aeron Herman Miller drafting chair is another top rated ergonomic drafting chair. The SL design ensures that the backrest follows your natural spine curvature, prolonging under your glutes, which makes it one of the most supportive and comfortable office chairs.

Aeron Stool Chairs

This chair makes sure your chest is open, your shoulders back, and your hips open so you can keep a good posture. The open-hip design can also prevent lower back pain because your hip bones don’t push back into your spine. It is top ergonomic chair for back pain sufferers.

Aeron The SL design

The lumbar pads keep an anatomically-correct posture, so your spine is supported well, and you can feel comfortable.

The materials win the Aeron extra comfort points. The 8Z Pellicle suspension that covers the back and seat is breathable, resistant, and supportive as it creates eight tension areas under your back and seat.

Aeron Chair Picture

With a 12-year warranty, you can trust in the Aeron’s functionality and long-term durability. But this chair isn’t perfect. Apart from its steep price, the Aeron lacks a headrest, and it might not be suitable for tall people.

Herman Miller offers the widest selection of ergonomic office furniture.

Pros

  • 12-year warranty
  • Ergonomic SL design
  • Promotes positive posture
  • Lumbar support
  • Quality materials
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not for tall users
  • Office chair with no headrest

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Flash Furniture High Back Black Mesh Drafting Chair – Great For Head Support & Lumbar Support

Flash Furniture Swivel Chairs

The Flash Furniture Drafting chair has a contemporary design with a high-back. This design offers good head support, especially considering the built-in headrest. You can adjust the headrest easily with a center knob.

The backrest is very supportive as well. The mesh back is flexible, breathable and reliable, plus the lumbar support prevents backaches. However, the fabric might feel a bit rough on your skin.

Flash Furniture Chairs Pros

The seat is upholstered with mesh too, for increased breathability. The generous seat padding and the waterfall edge make this chair comfortable for prolonged hours sitting down.

That’s because your buttocks and thighs are cushioned inside the chair, while the waterfall design promotes healthy circulation.

The Executive drafting chair is height-adjustable with a pneumatic lever, and you also have an adjustment knob for tilting back or rocking.

High Back Black Mesh Drafting Chair

This rocking/ reclining feature is a plus for people with back issues, though the chair doesn’t tilt back fully.

The 360-degree swivel is another user-friendly feature. You can use the incorporated armrests or flip them up to enjoy an armless chair. The chrome-plated nylon base is sturdy, but not that durable compared to metal bases.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Padded seat
  • Breathable mesh office chair
  • High-back relieves neck pain
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Rocking/ reclining
  • Improved thigh circulation
  • Flip-up arms

Cons

  • Not as durable as other drafting chairs
  • Rough mesh
  • Doesn’t recline back completely

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Posture LeanRite Elite Ergonomic Back Pain Relief – Modern Drafting Chair & Stool for Standing Desk & Table

Posture LeanRite Elite Ergonomic

The LeanRite is a modern standing chair that features an adjustable stool and a mat. This drafting chair is better suited for a standing desk or table, with the advantage that it improves your posture.

Fully Adjustable Chair Functions

You’ll have a better posture because the LeanRite strengthens your core, reduces leg fatigue and bone-tail numbness.

LeanRite Elite Design

This product is ergonomic and can easily accommodate mobility-challenged people.

The standing chair promotes a neutral posture and engages your core. Besides, you won’t sit down for hours so that you won’t become stiff or achy in all the wrong places.

Posture LeanRite Dimensions

The LeanRite allows natural movements even while you’re working. On the flipside, you can’t use this chair while sitting down, unless you’re fairly tall.

If you want to take some breaks for sitting down, you can get an extra footrest to feel more comfortable.

Posture LeanRite Elite Chair

I like this chair’s supportive and solid materials. The frame is a high-quality aluminum, the wheels are made from urethane, and the adjustments are pneumatic.

The mat is anti-fatigue and stable.

However, you can easily slip off if you’re not wearing shoes.

It is great drafting chair for standing desk!

Pros

  • Ergonomic
  • Award-winning
  • Engages core
  • Reduces numbness in your legs and hips
  • Promotes natural movements
  • Stable and supportive
  • Anti-fatigue mat

Cons

  • Expensive
  • You can slip without shoes
  • Requires footrest for standing

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Flash Furniture HERCULES Series Big & Tall Work Stool – Great For Tall and Heavier People

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series

The Hercules supports up to 400 pounds, so it’s intended for heavy people. It’s also a good choice if you’re tall, considering it has a supportive, high-back design.

2-Year WarrantyIf you’re a petite user, keep in mind that the Hercules isn’t very tall for a drafting chair.

That means you won’t be able to use it for your stand up desk or wash the dishes while sitting on it unless you’re tall.

There are a few downsides, though. The chair has a 2-year warranty, but just for the parts, meaning that company isn’t very confident in its long-term durability.

Besides, the Hercules doesn’t tilt; it’s difficult to assemble and comes with poor instructions.

That said, the Hercules chair is comfortable.

The mesh back is flexible, breathable and supportive, and you can also adjust the height for the built-in lumbar support.

Flash Furniture Hercules Design

The seat has a comfortable padding and a waterfall-edge design, to prevent aches and pains in your buttocks, hips and lower lumbar, as well as thigh stiffness.

Flash Furniture Hercules From Back

The armrests are supportive and easy to adjust. The lever for the height adjustments is easy to reach, while the foot ring is wide and comfortable if you want to perch your feet up.

Pros

  • For heavy and tall users
  • Comfortable for long hours sitting
  • Flexible, supportive upholstery
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Supportive armrests
  • Wide foot ring

Cons

  • Not particularly durable
  • Doesn’t tilt
  • Short for standing desk
  • Poor instructions
  • Difficult to assemble

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Perch Chrome Walter Rolling Height Adjustable Stool – Tall & High Drafting Chair (Many Color Options – Including White Color)

Perch Chrome Stool

The Walter is advertised as a doctors’ stool because this series is designed for health professionals. However, this chair can be used as a drafting chair by anyone thanks to its features.

The backrest is tiny, with no upper body support, but the back support is easy to adjust on four different positions: recline it back, adjust it forward, up or down.

Lumbar Back Support Function

The seating area can be considered small too as it’s just 17 inches, so your knees and a good part of your thighs will hang out of the chair.

However, the seat has a round design, so its edges won’t dig into your thighs. The 3-inch foam padding is a bit firm for sitting hours on end, though it is supportive.

Perch Chrome Walter Rolling Comfy Sitting

The reason to buy Walter, other than being a medical professional, is because this chair can go tall and high, which is an advantage for standing desks or very tall people.

The chrome-polished, cast-aluminum foot ring is resistant and allows you to perch up your feet at maximum height. Another reason is its durability and top materials.

Chrome Colors

The vinyl upholstery doesn’t tear easily; it’s breathable, anti-microbial, stain-resistant and scuff-resistant.

The five-leg, 24-inch base is made from aluminum, and the frame is made from a mix of reinforced fiberglass nylon and steel.

Aluminium Base For Wheels

It’s no wonder that Perch Chrome ensures this chair with a 12-year warranty on parts and a lifetime warranty for the cylinders.

There’s a variety of color options to choose from, including white. You can also choose the material and foot type to make sure you’re getting a personalized chair that fits your needs.

Pros

  • Adjustable back support
  • Round-edge seat
  • Supportive
  • High
  • Durable
  • High-quality materials
  • Customizable materials, colors and foot types
  • 12-year parts warranty and lifetime cylinders warranty

Cons

  • Tiny backrest
  • No upper body support
  • Small, firm sitting area

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Modway Drafting Chair Attainment Model – Great Adjustable Modern Drafting Chair

Modway Attainment Drafting Chair

The Attainment is versatile, so you can use it for drafting, gaming, painting, washing your dishes and so forth.

On the flipside, the Attainment can’t be used as a regular desk chair because it doesn’t go low enough to fit under a normal desk.

This chair is stylish and uses quality materials. The backrest mesh is breathable, flexible and supportive. The foam-padded vinyl seat feels plush, so it’s comfortable for sitting down hours at a time.

Modway Attainment Chair Model

However, don’t wear shorts on this chair because the seat makes you sweat easily. Besides, the seat’s vinyl upholstery is easy to scratch, especially if your desk has sharp edges.

I like how ergonomic Attainment is, from its reliable lumbar support that eliminates backaches and is comfortable for hours, to its waterfall-edge seat that improves circulation on your thighs.

Modway Chair Part Overview

The Attainment is better suited for petite users, though. Tall people might find the seat too short, so their knees are hanging out of the chair.

The flip-up, adjustable armrests are comfortable, but you can only move them vertically. The chrome-plated foot-ring is adjustable too, the wheel casters are easy-glide, and the chair is overall stable.

Dual-Wheels

With its 360 degree swivel, 22.5-30-inch height adjustment and 330 pounds maximum weight, the Attainment is user-friendly and functional.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Stylish
  • Supportive
  • Ergonomic
  • Height adjustment
  • Padded Armrests
  • Adjustable foot ring
  • Stablel

Cons

  • Not for regular desks
  • Easy-to-scratch upholstery
  • Not for very tall users

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HON Volt Leather Chair – Good Drafting Table Stool With Adjustable Footrest

HON Volt Leather Chair

The Hon Volt has some worthwhile features to consider. For instance, its SoftThread leather upholstery looks elegant and is soft, though it’s not breathable and scratches easily.

You’re also killing two birds with one stone with the Hon Volt. You can sit or lean on it if you’re working at a stand up desk, thanks to its wide height adjustment range. But keep in mind that the Hon Volt is too tall for use at a regular desk.

The Volt Chair

This chair is comfortable for long hours seating because the padded seat is contoured and takes the pressure off your thighs, plus the back cushions minimize the risk of back pain and stiffness.

The Volt is user-friendly. You can easily make the height adjustments with a pneumatic knob; you can glide or swivel on it, it has a tilt tension adjustment to decrease tension on your back, while the tilt lock secures the chair upright.

The Volt Chair Design

The synchro-tilt option allows the seat and back to move independently, or at the same time, so you’re supported in any position and regardless of your body type.

You can also get the optional armrests, which are height-adjustable to decrease upper back pain, though they’re not built into this model. However, the foot ring isn’t adjustable, though it’s comfortable and sturdy.

Pros

  • Elegant
  • Soft leather upholstery
  • Sturdy
  • Various adjustments available
  • Comfortable for long hours
  • Ergonomic synchro-tilt
  • Optional armrests

Cons

  • Too tall for a regular desk
  • Non-adjustable foot ring
  • Leather upholstery is not breathable and easy to scratch

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Boss Office Products B1646 Multi-Function LeatherPlus Drafting Stool With Adjustable Arms

Boss Office Products B1646

The B1646 is an affordable drafting stool, but it’s not as high-quality as its more expensive peers.

While the LeatherPlus upholstery looks elegant, it’s not breathable, nor extremely sturdy for prolonged use.

Plus, the base is made from nylon, so it’s not that durable. The armrests might begin to creak if you put too much pressure on them when you get up.

the B1646

Other than that, the B1646 is comfortable for short periods. That’s because the padding is a bit thin and the seat isn’t deep enough, so your legs and butt might hurt if you plan on sitting on this chair for 10-12 hours per day.

Now onto the good parts. The B1646 offers decent back support, it reclines with additional tilt-lock for extra security, it has adjustable arms, and you can adjust the seat height too.

B1646 Leather Plus

The chrome foot ring is resistant and easy to use at all heights because it has a 20-inch diameter. The double-wheel casters don’t scratch your floor and glide easily on most surfaces.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Decent back support
  • Reclines
  • Adjustable arms and seat height
  • Resistant foot ring
  • Smooth glide

Cons

  • Low-quality materials
  • Thin seat padding
  • Can’t be used for prolonged periods
  • Not durable

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Some models not included in this review: Office Star Deluxe Mesh Back Drafting Chair, Eurotech Seating Apollo DFT9800, Boss Office Products B1615-BK Ergonomic Works Drafting, LexMod Edge drafting chair, Modway Edge, Alvin Viceroy Teardrop Footrest, Claiborne Mesh extra tall gas cylinder

Things You Must Consider Before Buying Drafting Chairs for Standing Desk

  • Seat height adjustment, armrests, lumbar support, foot ring, and all the other elements easily. That way, the chair can support you well regardless of your position or body shape.
  • The upholstery has to be breathable, easy to clean, resistant to scratches, and soft to the touch, made from a grade-A material like high-quality mesh, fabric or soft leather.
  • Base and frame. The base and frame should be stable, sturdy and durable, made from metal or a fiberglass composite.
  • Apart from being resistant and easy to adjust, look for a footrest that’s wide enough to be comfortable in every position.
  • Reclining option. A reclining drafting chair takes the pressure off your back and allows you to think.
  • Armrests take the pressure off your upper body, reducing neck and shoulder pain. Look for well-padded, adjustable armrests.
  • 360-degree swivel. This option helps you make the most of your working space.
  • Ergonomic design. Look for a supportive, flexible backrest with an S-design that fits your natural spine curvature and a seat with a waterfall edge to reduce pressure on your thighs. If you get a stand up desk stool, make sure you can lean on it comfortably.
  • Prolonged comfort. Look for well-padded seats if or standing stools that promote healthy movements throughout your workday.
  • A chair you like is a chair you’ll use more frequently and enjoy working in.
  • Look for drafting chairs with good warranties that reflect their retail price.
  • Drafting chairs you can use when you’re doing a lot of activities or even use at a normal desk have an advantage.

What Does the Seat Height Need to Be For a Drafting Chair?

That depends on your desk height. Measure it, then subtract 8 to 12 inches from it to get the height range of your drafting chair.

If you’re not using the chair at a table, its height is not as important. However, the rule of thumb is that a drafting chair should be about 30 inches tall.

the Seat Height Advice

You should also take your height into account before buying a drafting chair.

Measure the length of your thighs, and make sure the chair can go low enough so you can sit in it comfortably without hopping and that your feet easily reach the ground or the built-in foot ring.

What is a Draughtsman Chair?

Draughtsman chairs are drafting chairs that swivel, but don’t have wheels.

They are taller than office chairs and stools, so they have a foot ring that allows you to climb on them and to perch your feet when you can’t touch the ground.

Draughtsman Chairs Without Wheels

Draughtsman chairs allow you to sit or stand, so they’re versatile.

There are different models of such chairs, so you can choose different upholsteries, materials, with or without backrests or armrests, and so forth.

How Should Your Chair Be Positioned at Your Workstation?

Position your chair so that you can maintain a good posture. If you’re sitting down, this means keeping your legs at a 90-degree angle, your back straight, shoulders back and chest open.

Your Position On Chair

Your hips should be open as well, and your lower arms should be at a comfortable, incline level, supported by the drafting table.

If you get a standing desk stool, make sure your back is straight and that you can move comfortably. Your legs should be at a 120-135-degree angle, and the seat should support your bottom.

Final Words on Choosing a Perfect Architect Stool

I’ve taken you through a list of seven best drafting chairs, plus a bonus three that are decent quality.

Evolve Our Top PickThe best drafting chair I could find is the Harwick Evolve because it’s made with quality materials, features a wide range of easy-to-make adjustments, offers lumbar support and can support your body in all positions.

The Modway Veer is the best in the affordable category, thanks to its comfortable seat, excellent back support and overall ergonomic sitting experience. But the other models in this review are worthwhile considering too.

The Aeron is the best option if you have back pain, the Flash Furniture chair offers good head support to reduce upper body stiffness, the LeanRite promotes natural movements while you’re working, the Hercules is the best option for tall and heavy users, while the Perch Chrome Walter can go really high.

That said, which chair will you choose and why? The comments are right below.

Best Reading Chair

Best Reading Chair (2019) | #1 Ergonomic Most Comfy Models

If you are a book lover and love reading so much that you tend to lose yourself in a good book, you know all the problems reading for hours in a bad chair.

You may be asking yourself lot’s of questions, such as:

What’s the right amount of cushion?

Do you want a extremely comfy reading chair that make you feel as if you relaxing on a cloud or do you want a supportive, ergonomic reading chair that will keep your spine in the correct position at all times?

Does fabric really matter?

Also, do you have any of the following issues?

  • Backaches
  • Stiff joints
  • Decreased circulation in arms and hands
  • Stiff neck

The list can go on.

In this article, I’ll talk about the top reading chairs.

I’ve selected the best reading chair models for different purposes, from indoor to outdoor, from loveseats to armchairs and recliners.

All you have to do now is read this review and get the most comfortable reading chair that is right for you!

The 10 Best Reading Chairs of 2019 Suitable For Every Budget & Space

Mid Century Lounge Chair#1 Comfortable Reading Chair With Ottoman – Ergonomic

Mid Century Lounge Chair

This Lounge Chair from Casa Andrea Milano impressed me through its elegant, classic design. The hardwood frame is sturdy, yet stylish, while the polyurethane upholstery feels soft and comfortable.

My only problem is the white color chosen for the upholstery because it’s more difficult to clean. Otherwise, the chair is exceptionally comfortable.

Mid Century Lounge Chair with Ottoman

The headrest and armrests provide excellent support for your neck and arms while you’re reading. The backrest and seat are slightly tilted back for a comfy, inclined position.

Besides, both the backrest and the seat have a concave design, which takes the pressure off your back and thighs, so you don’t get stiff while reading.

The soft foam filling used for the padding is not just comfortable; it’s also durable. Besides, the removable ottoman allows you to stretch your legs for some extra comfort while taking the pressure off your calves thanks to its plush padding.

High Density Stell Chosen Stable

The swivel mechanism is easy to use, and you can place the chair anywhere in your home. However, be prepared to do the assembly yourself! All in all, this Eames Chair replica is user-friendly and comfortable – a good quality alternative to the Eames model.

Of course, the Eames chair is much more expensive because it uses higher-quality materials, like smooth leather or mohair for the upholstery.

Pros

  • Elegant
  • Sturdy
  • Soft upholstery
  • Plush padding
  • Comfortable
  • Removable ottoman
  • User-friendly
  • Versatile

Cons      

  • High-maintenance upholstery
  • Can’t use it right out of the box
 

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Homall Single Recliner ChairBest Affordable Reading Chair (Cheap Option)

Homall Single Recliner Chairs

The Homall Single recliner chair is the best value for money model I could find. However, given its inexpensive price, don’t expect top quality, just decent quality.

For instance, the upholstery is made from PU leather, which is soft and easy to clean, but can scratch easily and it’s not extremely breathable. These problems can be easily solved if you through a quilt over this chair.

Made From PU Leather

The padding is comfortable at first because it’s a high-density thicker sponge. But the sponge wears out fast, so this chair won’t last you for years and years.

However, the footrest is adjustable, the armrests are fairly wide and curved to take the pressure off your hands, and the headrest can support your neck.

The backrest is thick enough so you won’t experience any backaches, and you can use this chair for reading or your TV room. This is a small, compact chair.

3 Main Benefits Of Recliner

The advantage is that you don’t need a lot of room for it, you can place it anywhere in your home especially since it looks pretty well. The downside is that the Homall fits petite users.

If you’re a heavier user or put too much pressure on the chair – for instance, pressing too much on the armrests to change your position – you might hear creaks and cracks.

The good news is that you have a 1-month replacement/ money back guarantee if you don’t like this chair, plus a 1-year repair warranty.

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Soft and low-maintenance upholstery
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Compact
  • Reliable warranties

Cons  

  • Not very resistant
  • For petite users
  • Creaks under pressure

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Domesis Renu Leather Wall Hugger Power Lift ChairGood Comfortable Chair For Watching TV

Domesis Renu Recliner

The Domesis Renu chair comes in four different colors: black, brown, burgundy and cream. All models boast a wall-hugging design, meaning they only need 4 inches from the wall to lift and recline.

This isn’t the best looking reading, but it’s comfortable and easy to use. There’s a two-button powered control of lifting or reclining this chair.

Renu Recliner Dimensions

The lifting option is good for people with mobility issues, helping you sit or get up. The recline option helps you take a nap while watching your favorite show.

The Domesis Renu has an ergonomic design, with a plush, resistant padding that’s made from high-density foam. The Renu leather used for the upholstery is resistant, soft and breathable, and it only takes 10 minutes to assemble it.

Domesis Renu Recliner Leather

These characteristics make it a great option if you want to spend a few hours watching TV. However, this chair can only hold 300 pounds, it’s fairly big, and the leather can scratch easily.

Pros

  • Resistant
  • Comfortable
  • Plush-padding
  • User-friendly for mobility-challenged people
  • Reclines
  • Side remote pocket
  • Space-saving

Cons

  • Not very good-looking
  • Big
  • Easy-to-scratch upholstery

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Human Touch Perfect Chair “PC-420”Good Chair for Bedroom Use

Human Touch Perfect Chair "PC-420

The HT PC-420 is a good chair if you like reading when you’re laying down because the chair extends to 180-degrees. However, it doesn’t have a space-saving design, and you might fall asleep in it, so it’s a good reading chair for your bedroom.

This neutral posture positioning is good for your back because it takes the pressure off your spine and helps get rid of painful pressure points. This relaxes you, increases your lung capacity and feels very comfortable.

PC 420 Chairs

Reclining with the smooth side lever is easy. You’ll find the chair is very supportive thanks to the head pillow, extendable armrests, and lumbar support.

For a price increase, you can buy a model with memory foam PLUS, and Jade Heat for more support improved blood circulation and better relaxation effects.

Besides, the 100% full-grain leather is soft to the touch, while the solid wood frame is durable and elegant.

chair for posture and for bad back

The back of the chair doesn’t look that good, though because you can see both the canvas underneath the leather upholstery as well as the mechanical lever. Again, this is an argument for placing the HT PC-420 in your bedroom. Great chair for people with posture issues or if you have a bad back

Pros

  • Therapeutic benefits like decreased backaches and improved circulation
  • Reclines
  • Smooth side lever
  • Additional therapeutic options available
  • Relaxing
  • Soft upholstery
  • Strong frame

Cons

  • Not that elegant
  • Not space-saving

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Ashley Furniture Signature Design AustereTop Oversized Reading Chair Recliner

Ashley Furniture Signature Recliner

A mammoth of chair recliners, the Ashley Furniture Oversized Recliner is huge, but it has a space-saving design so that it can be placed near the wall.

The chair reclines back, to take the pressure off your spine and allow you a comfortable nap. The ottoman extends as well, so you can lift your legs and relax further. Lifting your legs is another advantage in terms of improved blood circulation and decreased leg pain.

Ashley Furniture Oversized Recliner

The materials used in this oversized chair for reading are of the high-quality. The upholstery is made with a mix of polyester and polyurethane, but looks stylish, like false leather.

The metal frame is durable, and so is the stitching.

There are a few disadvantages to this design.

The padding is quite firm, and some users dislike that, especially people who want to sit in this chair for hours.

Ashley Furniture Recliner

Besides, Ashley furniture recliner is better for reading rather than watching TV. That’s because this chair reclines a bit even when it’s in a sitting up position, so you won’t be sitting forward enough to see your TV.

Pros

  • Huge
  • Reclines
  • Space-saving
  • Quality materials
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Firm padding
  • Not the best for watching TV

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RecPro Set of 2 Charles CollectionOne of The Top Reading Chairs for Small Spaces (Can Fit RV)

Good reclining reading chair

RecPro Set of 2 Charles Collection

The RecPro recliners are a good choice for small spaces and can even fit in your RV. Even if they’re compact chairs, and therefore better for petite users, they don’t have a space-saving design.

This means you’ll need a 12-inch clearance from the wall to allow each chair to recline. Or, you can use the 30-inch swivel to rotate your chair and have it face your room while you’re reclining.

RecPro Set of 2 Charles Collection Benefits

The good news is that they recline, though, and they also have an extendable ottoman. These allow you to relax and even get rid of some minor aches and pains in your back and calves.

It also helps that the chairs are comfortable and supportive, thanks to their padded headrests, backrests, and seats. The assembly is easy, but the two chairs have stiff reclining mechanisms.

RecPro Set of 2 Recliners Leather / Reading chair and ottoman

Another disadvantage is that the leather-like upholstery called Suprima Fabric isn’t that breathable. Besides, the chairs don’t sit up to a 90-degree angle, so it’s difficult to watch TV in them.

Pros

  • Can fit crammed spaces
  • Recline
  • Extendable ottomans
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Easy assembly
  • Two chairs

Cons

  • No space-saving design
  • Not breathable
  • Not for watching TV

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Safavieh MCR4643B Mercer CollectionCorner Reading Chair

Safavieh MCR4643B Mercer Collection

With a century of tradition in the furniture industry, Savieh has produced this classic, elegant armchair that is perfect for your reading corner.

With a light blue upholstery and light brown finish, this chair can fit any room, but remember that it’s a small model. The birch wood frame is resistant, and the polylinen blend upholstery is breathable and soft.

Safavieh MCR4643B Chair

This loveseat is comfortable because it features plush padding with button-tufting, but it doesn’t recline and doesn’t have an extendable ottoman, so you can’t nap or unwind in it.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Versatile
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not for big users
  • No reclining/extended ottoman

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Glitzhome Adjustable Executive Swivel – Great High Back Office Reading Chair / PU Leather

Glitzhome Adjustable Executive Swivel

A multipurpose chair, the Glitzhome Executive looks stylish and so it’s a nice addition to your office. The camel color fits any color pattern, and the leather upholstery is soft and can be cleaned easily, albeit not that breathable and squeaky.

The headrest is supportive albeit firm when you’re leaning back to read or rest your eyes. The whole chair has firm padding, which might not sit well with all users, especially those who prefer a plush sitting experience.

Chair Dimensions

The chair is highly adjustable, though. It has a 360-degree swivel, smooth rolling casters, plus you can adjust your backrest up to 106°, and the seat cushion up to 10°.

Glitzhome Picture

The rounded seat is comfortable too, taking the pressure off your thighs. On the flip-side, the armrests are somewhat low and narrow, but they’re supportive enough when you’re leaning back. It is also a good office chair to support your back.

Pros

  • Multipurpose
  • Stylish
  • Supportive headrest
  • Highly adjustable
  • Comfortable rounded seat

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Squeaky
  • Very firm padding
  • Low armrests

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La-Z-Boy Duncan Reclina-Rocker ReclinerCozy Chair for Bad Back

La-Z-Boy Duncan Recliner

There are many pros to this chair, starting with the fact that it’s assembled in the USA so that you can count on its craftsmanship.

But its biggest advantage is that it reclines and rocks. You can recline the back without activating the seat, or you can choose to move them simultaneously.

This movement allows you to find the best position for your needs so that you can eliminate those pesky backaches. The reason is that the chair provides reliable support in all its positions and promotes natural movements.

Duncan La-Z-Boy

The extendable ottoman is another plus, with a three-position locking mechanism. This mechanism is safe, reliable, and helps you find a good position for your legs.

On the other hand, the leather-like material isn’t breathable and looks worn, so it’s not that stylish. It’s also a heavy, big chair, so it’s not easy to move it around, plus you need quite a bit of space from your wall to recline it.

Pros

  • Assembled in the USA
  • Reclines and rocks
  • Independent seat and backrest
  • Supportive
  • Plush, adjustable ottoman

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Not particularly stylish
  • Not portable
  • Not space-saving

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Gadot Grey New Velvet Modern Swivel Chair

Comfy Reading Chair – God for Short Person

Gadot Grey New Velvet Modern Swivel Chairs

This Gadot Grey Chair is soft and stylish, with a 70s look, but it’s better for petite users. Its elegant, compact look means you can place it anywhere in your home or office.

It can swivel, and it’s upholstered with new velvet, which is comfortable and smooth. The contoured seat is another comfortable feature because it takes the pressure off your thighs.

Gadot Chair / comfy reading chair

The Gadot Chair is sturdy and reliable, considering its frame is made from brushed steel and chrome-plated, so it’s durable and doesn’t scratch.

Gadot Swivel Chair

On the other hand, the velvet upholstery is easy to scratch, and the chair doesn’t have enough padding to make it comfortable for prolonged use. Its curved top design makes it look retro, but it also pokes the shoulders of taller people.

Pros

  • Cozy reading chair
  • Stylish
  • Versatile
  • Swivels
  • Soft upholstery
  • Contoured seat
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not for tall people
  • Not for prolonged use
  • Very firm padding
  • Easy to scratch

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Flower House FHPC100-BRK Hanging Pumpkin Loveseat – Outdoor Reading Chair For Patio & Garden

FHPC 100-BRK Hanging Pumpkin Loveseat

If you love reading in your garden, you need a comfortable chair for the job. The Pumpkin Loveseat Hanging Chair is a suspended garden chair, which looks elegant, yet classic.

The chair is beautiful, relaxing, it has a soft pillow, and it’s spacious. The breathable fabric is easy to wash and weather-resistant, plus the frame is sturdy enough to hold users up to 400 pounds.

 Hanging Pumpkin Loveseat

On the other hand, the pillow is quite thin so that you can feel the metal bars beneath the seat. You can easily solve this issue with some extra pillows or blankets, though.

I like that this chair swings and that you can place it indoors as well. However, some users have reported issues with its assembly and with its hanging.

Pros

  • Elegant
  • Swings
  • Spacious
  • Breathable fabric
  • Weather-resistant
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Thin pillow
  • Difficult to assemble

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Flash Furniture Bomber Jacket Leather Swivel Cocoon Chair

Good Reading Lounge Chair

Flash Furniture Cocoon Chair

This lounge chair from Flash Furniture has a retro style and a curved, concave design which makes it feel ergonomic. As you lean back, cradled inside the chair, you will feel how the chair takes the pressure off your spine.

Flash Furniture Bomber Chair

The Cocoon is sturdy thanks to a stainless steel frame; it has adjustable floor glides and upholstery made from a mixture of leather and polyurethane. This upholstery feels soft, and it’s durable, but it’s not extremely breathable.

Besides, the Cocoon has firm padding, which makes some users report stiffness and backaches after some hours seating down. The good news is that this padding is a fire-retardant foam, making the Cocoon a safe chair.

Flash Furniture Bomber Cocoon Chair

The integrated curved arms make this chair look even more stylish, but they are not very supported and make bigger users feel cramped inside the lounger when they’re reading.

The lack of headrest is another minus for extended time reading because your neck can get stiff.

Pros

  • Retro look
  • Swivels
  • Sturdy
  • Adjustable floor glides
  • Soft upholstery
  • Fire-retardant foam

Cons

  • No separate armrests
  • Not a breathable upholstery
  • Firm
  • No head support

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Contemporary Orange Vinyl Kids Recliner With Cup Holder

Best Reading Chair for Kid

Contemporary Recliner

Who says kids shouldn’t be comfortable while reading or watching their favorite cartoons? The Contemporary Kids Recliner comes in 22 colors; it has a thick, comfortable padding and easy-to-clean vinyl upholstery.

The cup holder in the armrest is very handy, and the raised black plastic feet will make your kid feel like a sultan.

I also like the sturdy hardwood frame because it shows durability. The chair is safe, with a CA117 fire retardant foam and recline-safety measure. It is also a great reading chair for toddler room!

Light Blue Vinyl Kids Recliners

As such, the chair doesn’t recline unless the child is seated and the ottoman extended. But this feature makes it difficult for smaller kids to recline the chair on their own.

Even older kids have to climb down to extend the footrest, while younger ones might tip the chair when they’re trying to tilt back. As such, the chair itself might not be very stable.

Contemporary Orange Vinyl Kids Chair

Another disadvantage is that the chair isn’t big enough for older kids. While it can support up to 90 pounds, children of 6 or 7 might be too tall for this recliner.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • A wide array of colors
  • Convenient cup holder
  • Sturdy frame
  • CA117 fire retardant foam

Cons

  • Not stable if children bounce or wiggle it
  • Difficult to recline
  • Not suited for taller kids over 7

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Chelsea Home Furniture Rayna Swivel ChairRound Reading Chair

Chelsea Home Furniture Rayna Swivel Chair

The Rayna is the best round chair for reading because it has a plush interior made with 1.8 Dacron wrapped foam. This foam is comfortable for extended hours reading and improves blood circulation.

However, the cushions sink where you sit if you frequently use this chair, so you need to buy more filler. The swivel is not easy to activate either.

An advantage to this chair is its sinuous springs construction, which avoids sagging. The whole chair is durable and solid, with a sturdy frame made with hardwoods and plywoods.

Home Furniture Rayna Swivel Chelsea Chairs

These woods are nailed together and corner-blocked, which makes the frame stronger and therefore more durable.

Prepare to make room for a huge chair! This can be an advantage for petite users, who can lift their feet without a recliner, but the disadvantage is that it takes up a lot of room.

Pros

  • Plush interior
  • Comfortable for hours
  • No sagging
  • Solid
  • Big and accommodating

Cons

  • The cushions sink
  • Difficult-to-activate swivel
  • Occupies a lot of space

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IKEA Poang Chair with Cushion – Great Reading Arm Chair

IKEA Poang Reading Chair with Cushion

The minimalistic Ikea Poang chair is ergonomic thanks to its S-shape backrest and concave seat. The frame is made from layer-glued bent beech, so it’s sturdy and durable.

A headrest could have been more comfortable, but the high-back construction can still support your neck. The armrests aren’t padded, which takes away some of that comfort.

IKEA Poang Chairs

The polyurethane foam in the chair’s pillow is fairly thin, so it lacks that plush, cushiony feeling. However, the cushion’s polyester fabric is cleaned easily, and it provides good support.

This armchair doesn’t have a built-in footrest, but you can buy a separate Poang ottoman to lift your legs.

Pros

  • Ergonomic backrest
  • Sturdy
  • High-back design
  • Supportive
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No headrest
  • Armrests aren’t padded
  • Thin foam
  • No footrest

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Models not inlcluded in this review: Hayneedle Acme Dundee Accent Chair, Hayneedle Acme Dundee Accent Chair, Haotian New Relax Rocking Chair, Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Haotian New Relax Rocking Chair, Haotian New Relax Rocking Chair, Art Leon Modern Simplicity Industrial Style Club Chair with matching ottoman, Dilleston Pillow Top Chaise (Faux Leather), Stone & Beam Leather Wingback Chair, Tufted club chair, Tufted Chaise, Urban shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Cessna barrel chair

What Should I Look for in a Perfect Chair for Reading?

So, how to Find the Perfect Reading Chair?

What features to look for?

  • Reclines: a chair that reclines takes the pressure off your spine and helps you relax or even take a nap.
  • Sits up: if you want to watch TV in your chair, make sure you can sit up straight in it.
  • Extendable ottoman: it’s important to lift your legs so you can relax and enjoy your favorite book.
  • Stylish design: you’ll use a good-looking chair more frequently because you’ll enjoy sitting in it.
  • Comfort: some users enjoy plush paddings, while others prefer firm but comfortable reading chairs.
  • Support: look for ergonomic chairs that can support your body well in all positions, whether you recline or not. The backrest should follow the S-shape of your back, while the seat should have a waterfall edge, which takes the pressure off your thighs.
  • Fabric: look for a breathable, resistant, easy-to-clean upholstery.
  • Armrests: wide, padded armrests are more comfortable for prolonged hours reading.
  • Headrest: prevents you from getting a stiff neck.
  • Size: depends on how much room you have in your home and your body size. A compact chair for reading is better for cramped spaces and petite users, while an oversized chair can accommodate the whole family and is great for naps.
  • Space-saving design: if your chair reclines, make sure it’s space-saving so you can place it just a few inches from the wall.
  • Swivel: this allows you to rotate the chair in any direction.
  • Type: Choose the chair-type according to your needs. A good recliner allows you to take a nap. A zero-gravity recliner can help with back pain. A reclining office chair can be used for brainstorming. An outdoor loveseat is amazing for gardens. A corner reading chair helps decorate your living room. An armchair is versatile and gives firm support.

Final Words on Best Lounge Chairs

In this review, I’ve written about all sorts of chairs. Some are modern, some are elegant, and some are retro.

Mid Century Lounge ChairsSome are compact; others are oversized. Some are inexpensive, while others require a bigger budget. From corner loveseats to armchairs, recliners and garden chairs, I’ve covered them all.

But the Mid Century Lounge Chair from Casa Andrea Milano is the chair is perfect for reading that impressed me the most because it’s the blend of comfort, support , and style.

The other reading chairs in this review have their merits too. The Homall Single Recliner Chair is a value-for-money, comfortable recliner.

The Domesis Renu is a good chair for watching TV, especially as it accommodates mobility-challenged users. The HT PC-420 has therapeutic purposes, though it’s better to use it in your bedroom.

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