7 Best Reclining Office Chairs With Foot Rest

7 Best Reclining Office Chairs With Footrests [2019 Review & Update]

Studies show that if you don’t change your sitting position, you’re prone to backaches, circulation problems, stiff neck, obesity, and even cancer.

If you can’t get up and move around your office, at least changing your position can help.

That’s why you need the best office, recliner — that, and the possibility to relax right while working, or when you’re at home.

Below you have the best office recliners I could find. I’ve tested quite a few, and I’m more than happy with the selection below because each chair fits a different purpose.

To make your choice easier, I’ve also added some factors to consider before making your purchase.

Top 10 Reclining Chair COMPARISON CHART (2019 Update)

Reviews of Best Recliner Chairs

MeraxInno Series Executive High Back Napping Chair – #1 Overall Choice Fully Reclined (180 Degrees)

The MeraxInno Series Executive Chairs

The Inno Series Executive from Merax is my best choice for a reclining office chair for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a quality, sturdy chair that looks good in your office, although it can only support 225 pounds.

Secondly, it can recline to 180 degrees so you can relax or nap in it. The Safeguard tilt lock is a secure mechanism, so the Inno Executive is a safe chair.

Merax Design

But what I like most about it is its pivoting lumbar support, which can accommodate some positions and postures, though its adjustment increments are few and far apart.

Merax Inno Chair Dimensions

You can even lean forward for a marathon typing session, and you’ll still have excellent lower back support, to avoid backaches.

Other features that increase its comfort are its generous padding, the waterfall seat edge that promotes good circulation, supportive headrest and big, padded armrests, with a 3-inch width.

Build Safety

On the other hand, the padding is quite firm, so you might not feel comfortable for long periods.

In terms of materials, its PU leather feels smooth and looks glossy, though I prefer full-grain leather. The dual-stitching around the edges adds durability, while still looking elegant. The casters are resistant and stable too, attached to a resistant chrome base.

Safeguard Locking

The footrest is supportive, comfortable, and glides smoothly. However, you will have to pull and push it back yourself, as there’s no handle or knob for it.

PROS

  • Quality
  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable
  • Safe
  • Elegant
  • Reclines to 180ᵒ
  • Pivoting lumbar support
  • Supportive footrest

CONS

  • Maximum weight capacity 225 pounds
  • Few adjustment increments for the lumbar support
  • Firm padding
  • Manual footrest

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Summary: The MeraxInno Series Executive Chair is quality recliner office chair that reclines to almost 180-degrees, it’s safe for napping and offers a supportive pivoting lumbar support.

Perfect Chair Human Touch PC-610 Recliner – #1 Luxury Reclining Office Chair with footrest (Expensive)

Human Touch PC-610

The first thing you notice about the Human Touch PC-610 recliner chair is its price tag. Just kidding. The first thing I noticed was its feature-packed, functional, health-positive ergonomic design.

While not the most professional-looking recliner office chair, the PC-610 looks modern and stylish. Its C-Live Premium leather is one of the best types of leather on the market. It feels smooth, soft; it’s breathable and resistant.

PC-610 Chair Design

The steel-body frame is sturdy as well, while the four color combinations of upholstery and wood-based finish are posh.

This office chair is comfortable for prolonged periods because it’s padded with memory foam. Quality memory foam is resistant and remembers your shape, so it’s cushiony and supportive.

Best of all, the PC-610 can improve your health. The zero gravity position helps take the pressure off your back because of all your weight presses onto the backrest so you can relieve spinal pressure.

PC-610 Recliner

The Jade Heat option helps you rip the benefits of heat therapy, by unwinding your lower back muscles to relieve pressure and pain.

This office chair is also supportive. The lumbar support is easy to adjust, plus it provides more cushioning in the lower back area.

The headrest is a comfortable, ergonomic neck pillow to take the pressure off your neck so you can avoid upper back pain or stiffness. The armrests are wide and long, so they support different body types.

Besides, the patented PC-Live 3D Easepoint design for the seat allows its fluid-cell cushion to distribute pressure evenly.

That’s because the pressure is distributed in 3D, with the result of decreasing pressure points on your thighs so you can avoid stiffness and pain.

HT PC 610 Design

The PC-610 is a user-friendly office chair too. The five-way control is intuitive and allows infinite customizations. The footrest and backrest can be adjusted independently courtesy a strong dual-motors you can find the best position for your needs.

And to top it all, there’s a back-up battery that will lift this office chair up if there’s a power outage while you’re reclining.

PROS

  • C-Live Premium leather
  • Steel-body frame
  • Comfortable for prolonged periods
  • Memory foam
  • Zero gravity
  • Jade Heat option
  • Lumbar support
  • Ergonomic headrest
  • Wide armrests
  • PC-Live 3D Easepoint seat design
  • Intuitive control
  • Independent adjustments for footrest and backrest
  • Back-up battery

CONS

  • No adjustable armrests
  • Lacks more adjustable features
  • Expensive

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Summary: Although more expensive, the Perfect Chair Human Touch is worth every penny thanks to its quality materials, comfortable, supportive design, and durability.

Hbada Office Reclining Desk Chair – #1 Ergonomic Reclining Computer Chair with Footrest

Hbada Reclinig Desk Chair

The Hbada Office Reclining Chair is the best computer chair from an ergonomic standpoint thanks to its supportive design.

The first reason is its breathable mesh back with an anatomically-correct design that mimics the shape of your spine. As such, the backrest is supportive regardless of your position.

The 30ᵒ-rotating headrest complements it, adding the top curve to the final S-shape build so you can relax your neck and shoulders while you’re working. However, the headrest isn’t fixed so it can slide down on you.

Hbada Desk Design

There’s also adjustable lumbar support you can easily adjust to decrease lower back pain. The mesh backrest and headrest are breathable and improve air circulation, not to mention decrease the risk of pain caused by excessive perspiration.

Besides, the backrest with infinite tilt lock reclines to 155ᵒ so you can rest or nap. The Hbada Office Chair boasts a wide ergonomic seat, thanks to its environmentally-friendly green foam that provides increased cushioning for hours.

Hbada Recliners

The armrests are ergonomic too, with a comfortable padding and a curved shape. The footrest is sturdy, comfortable, and cushiony, plus easy to fold, but it can feel short for tall people.

Keep in mind though that the support this office chair recliner offers is rather firm than cushiony. Its anatomically-correct ergonomic design is why I picked it as a top ergonomic chair, not the most comfortable one for hours on end.

Dimensions

Apart from being a health-positive desk chair, this is a sturdy item, with a high-strength engineering polymer frame. However, the base is made from nylon, which explains why the Hbada Office Chair features just a 1-year warranty.

PROS

  • Breathable mesh back
  • Anatomically-correct
  • 30ᵒ-rotating headrest
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Infinite tilt lock
  • Reclines to 155ᵒ
  • Wide seat
  • Green foam
  • Sturdy office chair with footrest

CONS

  • Feels firm
  • Headrest might wiggle
  • Short footrest
  • Just a 1-year warranty

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Summary: The Hbada Office chair has an S-shape mesh backrest, a supportive mesh headrest, a thickly padded seat, comfortable footrest and armrests, which is why it’s a good ergonomic desk chair.

Duramont Recliner Office Chair with Lumbar Support – #1 Budget Executive Computer Recliner

Duramont Chair

If you want an executive-style computer recliner chair, the Duramont office chair is my first choice.

This office chair is comfortable thanks to its high-back design for tall people, lumbar support to avoid lower backaches and waterfall seat edge that improves blood circulation. The Duramont Executive features soft padding, which makes it comfortable for hours.

Duramont Chairs

On the other hand, because of the high-back design, the headrest only feels comfortable for tall people.

This office chair is solid and stable, though not extremely resistant, thanks to its nylon base and casters. With just 250 maximum weight capacity, this office chair isn’t for heavy people.

The PU leather can look elegant at the beginning, and it’s fairly comfortable, but it’s not as resistant as full-grain leather.

Dimensions

The 155ᵒ angle recline is a bonus for napping or relaxing, especially when you use the footrest, though you have to pull it out manually.

Leather PU In Chair

The tilt-lock mechanism allows you to lock the office chair in place once you’ve reclined it, but you have limited recline options – either upright, to 120ᵒ for reading or to 150ᵒ for napping.

PROS

  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • Comfortable for hours
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Good lumbar support
  • Curved, padded armrests
  • Supportive footrest
  • Tilt mechanism
  • Caster wheels support up to 250lbs
  • Solid and stable

CONS

  • Manual footrest
  • Limited recline options
  • Not the best materials
  • 250 pounds weight limit
  • Too high headrest for short people

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Summary: The Duramont Reclining Office Chair is a stylish executive office chair with good lumbar support and thick padding that’s comfortable for hours.

Merax Portland Technical Leather Big & Tall Napping Executive Recliner – Best Heavy Duty Reclining Office Chair with Footrest

Merax Chair

The Merax Big & Tall office chair is the best solid recliner I could find because it sports a heavy-duty metal frame that can withstand constant use, a double-padded, comfortable footrest, and high-grade PU leather.

The Merax is a comfortable chair too because its soft foam cushion is ergonomic and can fit all body shapes. The padding isn’t unsupportively wide or uncomfortably snug, and so the office chair envelops your body, from head to legs.

The Merax Dimensions

While the PU leather office chair upholstery isn’t the best, this high-grade model is breathable, smooth, and elegant.

This office chair allows you to adjust it height-wise, and raise or lower the footrest and the lumbar padding, without any other customizations.

Height Wise

On the other hand, this office chair seems too close to the ground, and the lumbar support needs to be moved up or down manually.

Armrests And Leather

As such, it’s not extremely secure, so it can slip down while you’re working. The biggest downside of all: it’s an Executive chair that doesn’t rock!

PROS

  • Solid metal frame
  • Generous padding
  • Comfortable footrest
  • Ergonomic office chair
  • Hydraulic gas lift height adjuster
  • Reclines to 180

CONS

  • Limited adjustments
  • Manual lumbar support
  • Doesn’t rock

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Summary: The Merax Big & Tall office chair is the best solid recliner thanks to its metal frame, thick padding, and resistant upholstery.

KILLABEE Reclining Memory Foam Racing – Best Reclining Gaming Chair With Footrest

Kilabee Chair - office chair with footrest

The Killabee gaming chair is a multifunctional item, with plenty of adjustments. You can rock in it, recline up to 155° with a secure tilt lock or use the 360° swivel.

Other adjustments include its height and 3D armrests, that can be repositioned up/ down, left/right and forward/ back. Office chair is comfortable thanks to its cushiony memory foam padding, adjustable headrest, and lumbar support.

Chair Details

The extra-high backrest supports your neck and spine so you can avoid stiffness and pain. Besides, the wide, waterfall-edge seat is comfortable for prolonged hours of gaming.

The Kilabee Chair

The armrests don’t feel comfortable, even though they’re highly adjustable because they’re not padded and don’t have a curved design.

The Gaming Chair

This office chair is stable and secure, thanks to its resistant integrated metal frame that can support up to 400 pounds.

The PU leather is easy to clean and doesn’t fade, but it’s not extremely resistant, just like the explosion-proof gas spring. As such, there’s just a 1-year warranty for this chair.

PROS

  • Multifunctional
  • Wide range of adjustments
  • Secure tilt lock
  • 3D arms
  • Cushiony memory foam
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Supportive lumbar
  • Wide seat
  • Comfortable for long gaming sessions

CONS

  • Limited warranty
  • Not the most resistant materials
  • Straight, not padded armrests

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Summary: The Killabee Gaming Recliner has a wide backrest and seat, a comfortable memory foam padding and plenty of adjustments for optimum support while gaming.

Homelegance 8548BRW-1 Faux Leather Swivel – Great Reclining Office Chair with Ottoman

Homelegance 8548brw-1 Chair

The Homelegance8548BRW-1 is truly the epitome of elegance, with its brown bonded leather and vinyl/faux leather/leatherette, button tufting, wing-back armrests, plush, rounded footrest and round oversize plated metal base.

Homelegance 8548brw Interior & DesignHowever, the faux leather feels and looks pretty cheap, though the good news is this material is used just for the chair parts that don’t touch your skin, like under the armrests.

In time, the vinyl will also most likely peel off. This whole chair is a synonym for plush.

The thick, cushiony padding is supportive and envelops you from head to legs, so you can sit in this chair for hours without getting stiff or experiencing backaches.

The Homelegance8548BRW-1 is stable and swivels to 360ᵒ, though it doesn’t recline back a lot.

On the downside, this chair isn’t for very tall or heavy people, as it’s quite small.

Homelegance 8548BRW-1 Recliners

The bonus is that the footrest isn’t attached to the rest of the chair so you can place it anywhere you like.

PROS

  • Comfortable
  • Elegant
  • Plush
  • Supportive
  • Reduces backaches
  • Stable
  • Swivels
  • Separate footrest

CONS

  • Small
  • Faux leather office chair – cheap look
  • Vinyl can peel off
  • Doesn’t recline very much

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Summary: The Homelegance 8548BRW-1 is a comfortable, elegant, plush chair for long hours reading.

KILLABEE Big and Tall 350lb Massage Gaming Chair – High Back Fully Reclining Chair

Kilabee Gaming Chair For Big And Tall

These Killabee Big and Tall Massage Gaming Chairs are made unique by its USB electric massager, which alleviated lumbar tiredness and pain.

On the other hand, unlike the first Killabee gaming chair above, it only supports people up to 350 pounds, and it has 2D armrests, that can only be adjusted vertically and horizontally.

360 Degree Swivel Function

That said, this Killabee massage gaming chair is height-adjustable, it can recline up to 155ᵒ with a secure tilt lock, it has a retractable footrest (padded) and a 360 degree swivel.

The armrests are wide, though flat and not comfortably padded, unlike the rest of the chair which is padded with memory foam from top to bottom.

Best Gaming Chair By Kilabee

The lumbar cushion and headrest are supportive and comfy for marathon gaming sessions.

The seat is wide, but firm, the metal frame and base are resistant, and the PU leather is low-maintenance and resistant to fades.

KILLABEE Big & Tall Design

However, remember that this is a Big & Tall chair. Even its lowest height setting is high, the headrest is fairly high too, and the lumbar cushion is fairly big.

PROS

  • USB electric massager
  • 155ᵒ recline
  • Tilt lock
  • Foam-padded
  • Lumbar support
  • Metal frame and base
  • Low-maintenance PU leather

CONS

  • Limited armrest adjustments
  • Not for petite or average-sized people
  • Firm seat

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Summary: This Killabee Big and Tall Massage Gaming Chair features an electric massager, it’s foam padded and sturdy, so it’s a comfortable gaming chair.

VANBOW Recliner Office Chair – Great For Tall People

Vanbow Chair

The Vanbow Reclining Office chair is a good choice for tall people thanks to its 29-inch high-back backrest, 20.5-inch deep seat, and long armrests.

The retractable footrest is easy to use by tall people, and there’s a convenient handle for height adjustments on the side.

The Vanbow Design

That said, the Vanbow is comfortable too, with comfortable lumbar support, soft padding and a waterfall seat edge that doesn’t dig into your hamstrings.

This chair offers a comfortable recline to 175ᵒ that’s even better with the built-in footrest for naps. Even better, the secure tilt lock makes this chair safe.

Ergonomic Vanbow Chairs

The Vanbow is manufactured with excellent quality materials. The bonded leather upholstery looks stylish; it’s strong and soft.

The heavy-duty nylon base and casers are fairly resistant, although not as good as metal so this chair can hold people up to 250 pounds. So as these materials are good, but not perfect, there’s just a 1-year warranty for this chair.

Leather Quality

That said, the seat offers optimum support, though it’s not exactly cushioning, thanks to its four layers of breathable, high-rebound and high-density padding.

PROS

  • High-back
  • Deep seat
  • Long armrests
  • Comfortable back and armrests padding
  • Reclines to 175ᵒ
  • Supportive footrest

CONS

  • Firm seat
  • Supports just up to 250 pounds
  • Poor instructions
  • Short warranty

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Summary: With its high-back backrest, deep seat, long armrests, and comfortable padding, the Vanbow Reclining Office Chair is a good choice for tall people.

Serta Reclining Office Chair Style Hannah Recliner

Serta Reclining Office Chair Style Hannah Recliner

The Hannah Recliner is stylish and quality-made for intense support. Let’s start from the headrest, which is a soft, cushiony pillow that supports your neck comfortably.

Next, the layered backrest padding is comfortable for prolonged hours working. The lumbar support is contoured, and therefore ergonomic and comfortable, while the waterfall seat takes the pressure off your thighs.

Serta Recliner Design

The seat padding is fairly thin, though, which might make your butt ache.

In terms of materials, the microfiber and woven upholsteries are easy to scratch and high-maintenance, while the leather upholstery is fairly cheap, so it’s not breathable.

Leather of Serta Recliner

The pneumatic seat adjustment is known to backfire, while the plastic base can only support up to 250 pounds.

Another downside is that this chair reclines just a little, and it’s the tension-adjustment tilt.

Serta Recliner Armrests

While you can adjust the tension with a side lever, the chair will recline depending on how strongly you’re pushing it back.

PROS

  • Stylish
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Supportive headrest
  • Comfortable backrest
  • Waterfall seat edge

CONS

  • Not the best materials
  • Hard seat
  • Stiff recline
  • Maximum weight capacity: 250 pounds

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Summary: Hannah Recliner is an elegant office chair with quality materials and supportive padding that makes it comfortable for long hours.

Benefits of Choosing a Reclining Office Chair with Footrest

The research shows you have to get up and move every hour or so if you work in an office and want to avoid backaches. But how feasible is that?

Reclining chair might be a better option for people who can’t interrupt their work frequently. As such, an office recliner decreases the risk of pain because tilting back takes the pressure off your spine.

The Reclining Chair

With the best office recliners, you can set the recline to lay down completely, or choose to tilt it just a bit to unwind your back.

These positions are very comfortable, especially if you choose a chair that can fit your body shape and size.

As such, you can reduce stress and breathe easily, which increases your lung capacity, improves blood circulation, and decreases the risk of chronic heart or pulmonary illness.

The Chair Office

With an increased back support comes a natural position for your arms and legs so your joints won’t become as stiff as with a regular 90-degree facing the chair.

All those benefits bring about one more: improved productivity. And that’s the purpose of a good office chair: to help you focus on your work.

What to Look for in the Best Reclining Office Chair Products

  • Office chairs with Foot Rest

A good footrest should be sturdy, strong, and comfortably padded. If you want to take naps in your chair, the footrest should offer good support for that and not cut your blood circulation.

You might be satisfied with a manual  leg rest, while some people prefer to use a side lever to control it. Either way, make sure the leg rest is easy to pull down and push back.

If you’re tall, check if the footrest still offers excellent support or if you need a bigger one. Some tall users prefer separate ottomans, especially if they need to share their office chair with someone else.

  • Tilt Control

The tilt control should be handy and easy to use. Ideally, you want your tilt control to give you an infinite number of reclining chair options.

Some people want to see their recliner rock apart from reclining. Look for a tilt-lock mechanism if you’re going to nap in your office chair to make sure it’s safe.

  • Weight Capacity

Depending on your weight and the people’s who you share this office chair with, check the maximum weight limit. If you’re over this limit, the recliner office chair might not last as long, plus the warranty might become ineffectual.

  • Purpose

Not all recliners are created equal, so you should choose according to your needs. A computer recliner can have a smaller tilt, though it should be a tension-tilt and allow rocking to take the pressure off your spine while you’re working.

If your computer recliner features a 150ᵒ tilt for resting, it’s even better. If you want a recliner to relax, look for one with a bigger tilt: 120ᵒ for reading and 180ᵒ for napping.

A gaming chair should also be able to lean back about 30ᵒ with a tension-tilt so you can see the screen better. For extensive gaming sessions, your recliner should boast infinite tilting options with a secure tilt lock mechanism.

Office Chair With Footrest Conclusion

The MeraxInno Series Executive Chair is my top office chair recliner thanks to its pivoting lumbar support and supportive footrest.

The MeraxInno Series Executive ChairThis is a quality-made, sturdy, safe, and comfortable chair that reclines to 180ᵒ. There are other good choices in this review.

Human Touch PC-610 is a therapeutic and elegant, albeit expensive office chair, while Duramont Reclining Office Chair is your best bet in the affordable category.

The two Killabee office chairs are good for gaming, while the Hbada Office Recliner is the most ergonomic.

Now, it’s up to you to take your pick. But let me in on it too – the comments are right below!

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

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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!

Kahuna Massage Chair LM-6800

Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 Kahuna Recliner Review (2019 Update)

Tell me if this is you…

You don’t really want to spend $8000+ on Top of the line Zero Gravity Massage Chair.

But, at the same time you do want to invest and still get a best value for your money.

Is it really possible to receive all of the features of a really expensive chairs, but Much Much cheaper?

Not Exactly, but…

Surprisingly, Kahuna LM6800 get pretty close of being the best feature packed recliner and a fantastic value for money with features that even most expensive massage chair models are missing.

Seem to good to be true…

I’ve decided to dig dipper under the surface and double check what’s the fuss with this particular Kahuna massage chair model is all about.

Being a decent chair for tall people and most importantly price affordable tag, let’s find out what this chair can do for you!

Is it really worth the money?

Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Review (2019 Update)

Kahuna LM6800

Quick Summary:

This model has feet and calf rollers, features that not all 5000+ chairs have.

Also, shoulder airbags (not a standard option for the most chairs, even more expensive models), arm air bags and leg air bags.

Twist and stretch options, heating therapy on lower back and legs, and more importantly L-track massage system (L track is feature of more expensive chairs with higher price tag), 3 stages of Zero Gravity & Smart body scan technology!

It features space-saving technology that will require ONLY 3 inches from the wall, so it can fit smaller rooms and spaces.

Yoga stretching program stretches your full body and it’s my absolute favorite feature!

Kahuna has an established a name withing massage chair community duet to packing many features that come with an affordable price tag.

Also customer support is one of the best I tried, considering that massage chair industry full of Scam and companies with questionable reputation, considering that many brands don’t even have local customer support specialist.

Biggest CONS of this chair:

  • The biggest concern for some people is strong foot roller massage, but it can be easily solved by using some pads or cushion;
  • If you are under 5 feet, rollers may not hit all your areas properly;
  • No Memory Settings (I personally don’t care about his but some user like to ave it);

Kahuna promises to provide limited 3 year warranty and offer it for all parts, labor and structural framework of the chair. Keep in mind that it is also possible to buy 5 year extended warranty and for this kind of purchases I wold suggest you to do so.

Let’s take a look at some features in details …

It’s an FDA registered medical device, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s also functional and working correctly. Read on to see how you can benefit from adding this massage chair into your home. Important Features of Kahuna massage chair LM6800

Important Features Overview of Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800

Hybrid S-/L-track Design

L-Track SystemKahuna 6800LM massage chair starts strong with a hybrid S-/L-track design that only brings the best of the two words, enhancing overall massage experience right from the start.

The S-track follows the natural curve of your spine while the L-track extends further, reaching from the neck to the glutes and thighs.

The quad rollers travel longer and further down your body; this is a rarity with the budget massage chair, and it’s an great feature that can exceed your expectations when complemented with other features that this chair has to offer.

3D Body Scan

This is a common feature for many massage chairs. Since Kahuna looks after its users, it’s no wonder they’ve included it.

A body scan is a very valuable option since it automatically adjusts the rollers before the massage, positioning them to make sure they hit all the pressure points on your body.

3D Body-Scan

The chair scans you, adjusting the rollers according to your body shape and height.

But Kahuna goes a step further, allowing you to manually adjust the rollers in case the computer misses a spot!

That way you can make sure to get a thorough massage, customized to your needs.

Kahuna LM6800 Zero Gravity Position

Inspired by Nasa, Zero-G is a common feature of many massage chairs, but the majority only comes with one level.

ZeroGravity ChairKahuna LM6800 is incredibly unique since it offers three Zero-G positions; it’s something you won’t find in other chairs in the same budget.

By elevating your knees slightly above your heart, your body’s weight is pressing down into the chair, against the rollers.

This position only improves your massage experience and results in a deep tissue massage.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, this is a fantastic feature with therapeutic benefits.

And not only that; deep tissue massage also helps to improve the overall quality of your sleep and further reduce stress levels!

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Air Massage

As a whole body massage, Kahuna air massage tries to do the best with 36 airbags placed strategically around the chair.

The airbags may be First Generation, but that doesn’t mean they cut the quality of the massage short.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You can control air massage through 3 intensity levels for more customization.

Vast Massage Options

Another feature where Kahuna wants to please its users as much as possible is with the amazing massage options.

In a lot of cases, massage options are cut short, but not with Kahuna.

ZeroGravity LM6800

You can choose between five different massage techniques (including shiatsu) and five pre-programmed massages that target a specific area of your body.

But that’s not all; Kahuna allows you to customize your massage through three different intensity and speed levels of the rollers!

The incredible amount of customizable options allows for a more thorough and intense massage experience, suitable for your needs and preferences.

For those of you suffering from a specific problematic area, choose zone massage option with the “Fixed Spot” on the remote.

The rollers stay where they are, massaging an area 6 inches apart from the selected point.

This allows you to release the pressure from the area where you most need it, and it only adds up even more value in terms of the therapeutic benefits of the chair.

Heat Therapy

This is quite a standard function in many massage chairs, but Kahuna is unique because it comes with two different areas of heat; the lumbar area and the calf area.

Heating TherapyTypically, most chairs offer heat in the lumbar and not all of them do.

Heat therapy can soothe, rejuvenate, and restore the damaged tissue and further improve the massage experience.

Now, you can’t control the heat, and you can’t adjust the temperature.

Both functions are either on or off.

Some may think this a disadvantage, but the whole combo of massage options along with heat therapy make an incredible package of therapeutic benefits you can enjoy on a budget!

Body Stretch Feature

A “Yoga” stretch can provide you with an instant relief since it helps to take the pressure off your spine and discs.

This feature targets especially those who suffer from chronic back pain and it’s a rare find in the chairs with this price tag.

While it takes a bit of time getting used to it, it’ll quickly become your favorite if a painful back is something you suffer from.

Calf and Foot Massage

Not all massage chairs of this price range have a calf and foot massage feature.

As a part of the massage, this Kahuna massage chair combines airbags and rollers to provide the maximum relief to painful and sore legs and feet.

Foot And Calf LM6800If you spend a lot of time on your feet, this feature is aimed at you.

What’s more, there are even rollers at the soles of the feet!

There have been occasional complaints that the foot massage is too intense for a casual user, but you can always adjust the intensity with the remote.

If it’s still too much, some users suggested wearing an extra pair of socks!

In any case, this is a valuable feature with additional heat therapy in the leg massage ports.

If you suffer from chronic leg pain, you’ll find the function rejuvenating and soothing.

Extendable Ottoman

Kahuna 6800 is one of the massage chairs many regularly recommend for taller users. You’ll be happy to know the ottoman can be adjusted by 5 inches.

That means the chair can accommodate users from 5’ to 6’4” without any difficulties, which gives Kahuna a definite advantage when it comes to user-friendly massage chairs.

Space Saving Design

Space Saving Design

Speaking of user-friendly, this massage chair comes with another great feature: it’s space efficient!

This is an essential feature since some massage chairs are ridiculously bulky and not everyone can afford to sacrifice their entire living area for it.

But Kahuna has thought of that; with this design, you only need 3 to 4 inches between the wall and the chair. And that’s easily a turning point for many people.

Easy-to-Use Remote

Remote Control LM6800Now, a remote control may or may not be that important, but it’s a relief to discover that the learning curve isn’t too severe.

Kahuna was thinking of its users when designing the remote and they did a great job with it.

Make no mistake, there are many functions and options for customization, but it’s all logically placed.

If there’s something that we hate is a complicated remote control.

With this one, we believe you’ll have no problem finding the controls you want.

Kahuna LM6800 vs. LM-7000

Versus LM7000

The Kahuna LM6800 is the basic model which LM7000 was built on and somewhat improved.

There aren’t many differences between these two massage chairs.

Honestly, we love a few upgrades on LM7000, but we’re just not completely sure it’s worth the money.

What They Have in Common:

  • FDA approved
  • Heat therapy
  • Full body scan
  • Foot and calf massage
  • 6 pre-programmed massage modes
  • Airbag massage
  • Difficult assembly
  • Painful foot massage

The Differences

Both chairs deliver a solid massage, but there are a few differences between them.

  • LM7000 has a 5-year warranty, LM6800 only has a 3-year warranty
  • LM6800 has a remote control, LM7000 comes with LCD remote control
  • It’s possible to regulate massage duration with LM7000 model
  • LM6800 has a hybrid S/L track design, and LM7000 comes with an L-track

The Conclusion

As you can see, the differences are minor between these two models.

Yes, the warranty plays an important role, and that is a great surprise.

The word has it, LM7000 model is quieter than its predecessor, but we’re not sure about that.

In any case, both of these chairs come from the same brand, and they inevitably bring their own set of advantages.

But if we had to choose one, LM6800 is by far the winner.

It’s more affordable and incredibly therapeutic when it comes to soothing back pain, sore muscles, and improving overall wellbeing. We’re not sure if the difference in money is worth it!

Kahuna LM-6800 vs. SM-7300

Versus SM-7300

Kahuna SM7300 is another excellent model. But even this one isn’t too different from the basic LM6800 Kahuna.

The differences are minor, even though quite important!

What They Have in Common:

  • Hybrid L/S-track design
  • 3D body scan
  • Zone massage option
  • Yoga stretch option
  • Lumbar heat
  • Air massage
  • Space-efficient design
  • Extendable ottoman

The Differences

  • SM7300 packs six-roller system, while LM6800 comes with the industry’s standard quad rollers
  • LM6800 comes with 2 areas of heat therapy: lumbar and calf. SM7300 only has lumbar heat therapy
  • SM7300 also comes with only one level zero-G, while LM6800 offers a three-level zero-gravity
  • LM6800 has 36 airbags and SM7300 with 32 airbags

The Conclusion

There are a few minor differences between the models, but we’re not sure why SM7300 has been slightly downgraded when LM6800 already has everything you want in a massage chair (especially on the budget).

Both of these chairs are suitable for tall and big users. And both of the chairs brings soothing therapeutic benefits to the table.

True, air massage isn’t as effective in LM6800 model as it is in SM7300, but it packs many other features that altogether work to soothe sore muscles and painful back.

Few Words About Kahuna SM 9000 Model

SM-9000

Another amazing massage chair model, Kahuna SM9000 is something both serious and casual users love.

It’s designed to boost a regular massage session with a few extra kicks that benefit people with chronic back and leg pain as well!

This is an excellent model; it packs incredible features you’ll start using religiously.

Some of our favorite features are:

  • Six-roller system
  • Heated rollers
  • Yoga Body Stretch
  • Amazing calf and foot massage
  • Strong air massage

But there are a few downsides that make us believe SM9000 may not be the best model out there.

Don’t get me wrong; this is an excellent model, but perhaps not for the price.

It has a serious competitor that brings a lot more to the table.

The thing is, we don’t like the fact that we can’t adjust the time of the massage.

And there’s no way to control the temperature for the heat therapy.

With a few other points, we’re convinced Luraco I7 Plus is a better massage chair with the same price tag.

After all, Luraco comes with a noise-reduction technology that will make the chair easy to use without any distractions to your family members.

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As an FDA registered device, it’s excellent for tall people, for chronic back pain sufferers, and for all who want their massage chairs built in the USA!

Final Words on This 3 Kahuna LM6800 Review

Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair is a well-built chair with plenty of remarkable features for the price.

For that same reason (and for good customer service) the Kahuna Massage Chair Brand has become one of the most popular among users.

And it’s no wonder; LM6800 model is great for a wide audience.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain or you’re a casual user who wants to get the most for your money, Kahuna is a great option.

On the budget with a ton of therapeutic benefits, this chair is difficult to ignore.

It’s probably the best value for money!

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

Herman Miller Boxes / Price / Free Shipping

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.

Best Massage Chairs

Best Massage Chair Review (2019): TOP Recliners [Buyer Guide]

Luraco i7 PLus – #1 Massage Chair in The Word (Editor’s Pick)

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Do you know how many massage chairs are being made each year? Just consider that each major company has tens of products lined up, not to mention smaller brands.

Who could possible try all these chairs or read endless chair reviews and expert opinions about them without getting all tensed up and needing a massage even more?

Well, me.

I’ve tested a lot of massage chair recliners and I’m always doing research about them.

And even if I promised to discuss the 7 best massage chair reviews in 2019, I’m actually going to go a bit further and add 10 more models to cover the entire price pool.

Quick hint if you don’t already know this about me: I voted for Luraco i7 Plus as the winner!

And if you find yourself lost in all the electric massage chair specs and functions, I also have a complete buyers’ guide plus an FAQ section below!

Comparison Table (comparison chart)

Top 7 Best Massage Chair & Recliner Models in 2019

World’s Best Massage Chairs

You already know my opinion, I’m a Luraco i7 Plus fan through and through. But there are other models to review, so let’s get to it!

1. Luraco i7 Plus – #1 Best Overall

Luraco i7 Plus

This Luraco medical massager is one of the best massage chairs TODAY (actually THE BEST in my opinion) I could find because it features tons of quality characteristics, all rounding up its medical purpose.

Firstly, the chair is designed and manufactured in the US, which isn’t something you see every day.

Besides, it’s listed with the FDA, CE, and UL, so you can rely on its high-tech and heavy-duty construction.

Among its most special features, the 5 memory settings are really user-friendly.

You can also adjust the massage intensity and speed, plus select different body parts for a terrific type of massage.

Hint: the foot massage was absolutely heaven. Among the manual techniques, Kneading and Tapping with various speed controls feel great.

The pause and resume buttons are another user-friendly characteristics: you can simply stop and have the Luraco focus on the sorest spot on your body.

FDA Registered / approved

And thanks to the 10WBluetooth speakers, you can enjoy a truly immersive massage experience.

You? Who’s you? Well, everyone up to 300 pounds, with a height between 4’7” to 6’7” – this is a chair built for everyone!

There are even built-in blood pressure and heart rate monitor and full-body heat!

The 3D massage feels great, with all the proven benefits of deep-tissue massages, like better circulation and reduced chronic pain.

The Zero-gravity feature is another plus, considering that all your weight is taken by the rollers, so it makes for a soothing massage that can help you fall asleep easily.

The S-track design follows the natural curve of your spine, which some people say has fewer benefits than an L-track or a hybrid track – but I’ll discuss that below.

Still, with the rollers being able to move 3 inches from their track, this massage is deep and as great as that given by a licensed chiropractor.

PROS

  • Built in the US
  • Listed with the FDA, CE, and UL
  • 5 memory massage settings
  • Immersive massage experience
  • Human like feel
  • Accommodating to a wide array of body types

CONS

  • Maybe the price (heavy on the maybe)
  • The track design could be improved

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Summary: The Luraco i7 Plus is a therapeutic massage chair that could only be made better by a more affordable price.

2. Human Touch Novo XT2 – 2nd Best

Novo XT2

This polyurethane chair may be imported, but it’s designed in the USA – a first similarity with the Luraco.

However, I love its space-saving design, you just need a 2-inch wall clearance to use it comfortably.

It’s also a user-friendly chair thanks to the Altec Lansing premium sound system that’s again very immersive, thanks to the soothing nature sounds. Premium features are close one of Luraco, but sounds system (if that is important to you) is the best in the industry, which also make this chair one of the best massage chairs available.

A significant difference when comparing this to the Luraco is the hybrid SL track design that follows the anatomical spine curve and also increases the massage coverage to your buttocks and thighs.

Dual Lumbar Heat

The foot massage is great with this robotic massage chair, especially since the underfoot rollers can be adjusted, harnessing the true power of reflexology.

You even get Cloud touch acupressure with this chair thanks to a penetrating air massage.

I also loved the Flex 3D massage technology, very similar to that of the Luraco, especially since you get various intensity massage settings here too.

And you can count on the dual lumbar heat to loosen tight back muscles and ease chronic sciatica pain, though the Luraco features full body heat.

With 35 auto-programs you can test, the full body stretch program is probably the one I loved the most.

I also loved the 2 zero-gravity positions, but the Luraco is more of a mecial massage chair.

Human Touch XT2 is second winner!

PROS

  • 8 built-in nature tracks
  • 2 zero-gravity massage
  • Lots of options
  • Long massage stroke
  • Heat stretched muscles

CONS

  • No calf heat
  • No memory settings

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Summary: The Novo XT2 is a feature-packed reclining massage chair you can easily customize, but it could use some memory settings.

3. Infinity Presidential Massage Chair – 3d Best

Infinity Presidential

A 3D L-track chair with all the features you can expect from a world’s best luxurious massage chair, including foot rollers, executive zero gravity, space-saving design, Bluetooth, Apple/Droid apps, and postural correction. But let’s take them one at a time.

The Hybrid L/S track is 49 inches long, so the massage rollers can easily get from your neck and shoulders to your hamstrings.

Besides, the rollers feel quite life-like and, if that’s not enough, the 3D body scanning is just what you need to make sure the chair focuses on your pressure points.

If the computer’s wrong, you can easily adjust the roller position yourself, with the remote!

The Infinity Presidential features zero-gravity seating too, so your knees are lifted up, and the rollers give a truly penetrating massage.

Presidential Zero GravityI also loved the wide array of manual massage types offered, from the basic Kneading, Tapping, Knocking, Combo to the more advanced Shiatsu.

But the Music Sync option was heaven: I could actually sync the massage rhythm to the beat of my favorite tracks.

Hint: try Ode to Joy if you want to feel fresh as a cucumber!

I also like the speed intensity adjustment and the air mode with more than 40 air cells included to massage your head, neck, arms, butt, feet, and legs.

The lumbar heat and waist twist are great features too, this robotic massage chair is Bluetooth-compatible and comes with an extendable massage recliner and ottoman.

With so many outstanding features, why is this chair ranked third in my review?

Well, it doesn’t have any memory setting, plus the Luraco has a more penetrating, deep-tissue therapeutic massage, while the XT2 offers a more immersive experience. Bronze medal for the Presidential!

PROS

  • Hybrid track
  • User-friendly
  • High-tech
  • Music Sync massage
  • Airbag massage
  • Full Featured Full body Shiatsu massage chair

CONS

  • No memory settings
  • No calf heat

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Summary: The Infinity Presidential is a luxurious massage chair for great soothing massages.

4. Inada Dreamwave Massage Chair – 4th

Inada Dreamwave (Inada Sogno)

The S-Track design is fairly standard, but it certainly delivers a quality massage thanks to features like the 3D body scan, which allows the computer to find your sore spots and adjust the massage rollers accordingly, though you can manually adjust them too.

The zero-gravity seating is another great feature, but you get just one position – I know, I was a bit let down too, especially since this chair is so customizable.

Inada Sogno Dreamwave With Man

Speaking of which, there are 16 built-in massage options such as the Human Hands, Kneading, Double Knead, Tapping, Combo, and Shiatsu, plus various speed, intensity, and roller width adjustments. Lucky me – the remote is easy to use.

The Air Mode offers 101 second-generation airbags, you can change the air pressure and choose to massage different body parts individually.

The timer’s adjustable, you get individual back and seat heat, vibration massage, body stretch, a thorough calf, and foot massage, so why isn’t this chair ranked first?

Well, there’s no way to control the temperature, no MP3 support, no space-saving technology, and the S-track feels pretty short.

PROS

  • Customizable
  • Feature-packed
  • Great massage
  • Vibration massage
  • Seat heat

CONS

  • No temperature controls
  • No music
  • No space-saving technology
  • Just one zero-G
  • Short track design

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5. Osaki 3D Pro Ekon Massage Chair (8999$) – 5th

Osaki 3D Ekon

This body massager chair comes with some special features of its own, like the high-end 3D L-track design, which gives you an immersive, deep and electric full body massage all the way from the neck to the back of your thighs.

I loved the sliding base too because it’s so user-friendly, while the fiberglass exterior is truly unique – I have rarely seen such an enduring chair.

Besides, remember that the Osaki Pro Ekon is made by the same guys who manufactured the now discontinued Infinity Iyashi massage chair.

Ekon 3D Technology

Yes, in the same factory! But what I adored is the calf massage.

With a combination of kneading plus the roller on the back, the Pro Ekon delivers the absolute best calf massage when compared to any other robotic massager ever made. Told you I liked this massage.

Apart from that, there’s the 3D massager technology, lumbar heat, auto-body scan, zero gravity and hybrid track – with all the benefits I’ve explained above and will detail later on too.

There are 6 built-in programs and 6 massage techniques, even a Bluetooth connection.

What I would have liked to see more on this chair, especially considering the price is calf heat, adjustable heat temperature, more than one zero-G position, and more massage options, apart from the basic ones plus the Shiatsu.

But it’s still one of the best chairs on the market!

PROS

  • Best calf massage ever
  • High-end 3D L-track
  • Sliding base
  • 3D massage for a human like experience

CONS

  • No adjustable heat temperature
  • Just one zero-G
  • Not as many massage options
  • No calf heat

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Summary: The Pro Ekon delivers amazing calf massages and I promise it’s the last time I mention it here.

6. Ogawa Smart 3D – 6th

Smart 3D Ogawa

The Ogawa Smart 3D is not the most stylish chair I’ve seen and the LED lights might look a little kitschy but boy, do they work!

These chromotherapy lights help you relax and immerse yourself in the massage experience.

This chair is pretty big and heavy, but it’s designed with space-saving technology, so you need just a 4-inch clearance to fit it in.

3D Roller Smart

I also liked the L-track design and quad rollers, so you can get a deep massage from your neck to your hamstrings.

The Ogawa Smart 3D features two zero-G seating positions to maximize your overall experience and deliver a deeper massage.

Besides, there’s that 3D in the name which means the rollers move on the length, width, and depth of an imagined parallelepiped, pressing into your back for a deep tissue massage.

This chair has 17 auto-programs, body-specific options, plus six techniques, four of which are advanced (Balinese, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish).

Plus the Thai option is a great, relaxing full-body stretch.

Body Scanning

You can customize all these options, create and save your changes, adjust the timer or even choose a manual massage.

And the 64 second-generation airbags deliver a great air massage, there’s lumbar heat, but the calf and foot massage isn’t that great.

With no sole massagers and just airbags to massage your feet, you can understand why it’s not that vigorous.

Besides, the remote is pretty difficult to use because you haven’t got one!

Instead, the Android tablet with the app is intuitive, with a special diagnostics section.

PROS

  • Easy to customize
  • Tablet instead of remote
  • Great air massage
  • 3D rollers
  • Robust
  • Relax massager

CONS

  • No foot rollers
  • No feet heat

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Summary: The Ogawa Smart 3D is one of the easiest to customize chairs I’ve ever tried, but the foot massage is pretty average.

7. Osaki Pro Maestro Massage Chair – 7th

Osaki Pro Maestro

The Osaki Pro Maestro has some unique features, starting with the 4D massage it offers.

Very much like what a chiropractor would do, the rollers move on 3 different directions, but they also come out a few inches from their position to give you a deeper massage.

There’s zero-gravity too, but it’s pretty standard when compared to other robotic massage chairs.

Bluetooth

The L-track massage can get up to your hamstrings, which is another great thing.

So here’s the cherry on the cake: the heated back roller! It’s different than lumbar heat, you get a warm massage anytime you use this chair.

However, the roller is just warm and I also would’ve liked to see some back and calf heat.

Still, the foot massage is amazing, using a foot and calf Kneading technique.

Speaking of techniques, there are 4 massage styles, but just the basic ones (Kneading, Tapping, Rolling) plus Shiatsu, along with 8 auto-programs. Would have liked to see more options here too, though.

But with a backrest scanning, space-saving design, Bluetooth connection and easy-to-use remote, this chair is definitely among the best on the market!

PROS

  • 4D massage
  • Heated back roller
  • Space-saving
  • Comfortable
  • Penetrating massage

CONS

  • Basic techniques
  • No real heat therapy
  • One zero-G level

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Summary: The Osaki Pro Maestro can provide a warm, soothing massage, though it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles.

Middle Price Range Chairs (Around 5500$)

Now that you’ve seen my top 7 chairs, let’s see what some more affordable options you can find on the market.

8. Infinity It 8500 & Infinity It 8500X3 – #1 in Midprice Range Category

The Infinity IT 8500 features an S-track design with quad rollers, which are fairly standard but still deliver a functional massage.

The 3D body scanning allows the computer to find pressure points on your body, but you can also adjust the rollers yourself – always a plus.

Infinity X3The Zero-Gravity seating is another plus, especially with two positions that allow you to reap the benefits of a penetrating massage.

There are also six massage techniques offered, but only one advanced: Shiatsu, which is the industry standard for the price range.

BUUUT: you can combine any two techniques thanks to the dual action feature!! Loved it!

There are also four auto massage programs that you can adjust in speed, though you can’t adjust the intensity.

I also loved the deep massage, but I admit it might be too much for the average users, who can only decrease the intensity in appearance by reducing the speed.

However, this is a mistake corrected by the Infinity IT 8500X3.

I also loved the spot massage function which allows you to focus on a sore spot as well as on a specific region.

The air massage mode is pretty average though, with 38 Second Generation airbags and 5 intensity levels.

The lumbar heat is fairly decent for treating lower back pain, but hands-down the best feature of the Infitinty IT 8500 is the body stretch, which is quite firm.

Infinity IT 8500This chair features a twist function for your spine, which feels like what a chiropractor would do.

Besides, you can also adjust the speed! Inversion therapy is another stellar feature of the Infinity IT 8500, offering the same benefits on your spine as the swivel function, but at low impact.

You also get a decent calf and foot massage, but it’s not that intense – just with the airbags and all.

The chair features MP3 support, an extendable ottoman for taller users – so it’s pretty user-friendly.

The Infinity X3 sees some great additions, like more built-in programs, remote adjustable intensity, Bluetooth compatibility, plus a 4D massage courtesy of traveling rollers that can get 3 inches from the track.

Still, the X3 has a less adjustable timer – you can only choose between a 10-minute or a 30-minute massage.

PROS

  • Dual action feature to combine massage techniques
  • Inversion therapy
  • Spot function
  • Back twist

CONS

  • Short S-track
  • No intensity adjustment for the IT 8500
  • No calf heat
  • No memory functions
  • No roller calf massage

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Summary: The Infinity IT 8500 is a perfect chair for inversion therapy and features some surprising combinations!

9. Ogawa Touch 3D Massage Chair

Ogawa Touch 3D

The Ogawa Touch 3D Massage Chair is pretty niche and you either love it or hate it.

Starting with its design, you can appreciate that it doesn’t want to pretend it’s a piece of furniture, plus it’s pretty huge and doesn’t have a space-saving design, so you need to place it more than 31 inches away from a wall.

The good news is that it can fit taller people too, up to 6’5”.

Massage-wise, I enjoyed a 3D roller massage, which is fairly deep. I also liked the two Zero-G seating positions that made me feel weightless and relaxed.

Ogawa Touch 3D Massage ChairBesides, the chromotherapy which uses built-in LED lights made me doze off faster than watching the Weather Channel.

You will also appreciate the body scanning that allows the chair to find your sore spots and how easy it is to control the roller position with the tablet.

What I’m not a big fan of is the short S-track design that didn’t massage my glutes or hamstrings.

Besides, the dual rollers aren’t as good as quad rollers (unless you want a deeper intensity), but the chair compensated through various techniques, 9 basic and 4 advanced that include Balinese, Japanese, Shiatsu and Swedish.

There are also 5 speeds and 6 intensities to customize your massage from light to deep.

With spot and partial massage, air with 64 Second Generation airbags and 5 different intensity setings, lumbar heat and Bluetooth speakers, the Ogawa massage chair is quite user-friendly.

Not to mention the USB charging port and touchscreen tablet you can watch movies on.

There’s also a diagnostic section, but you need to invest a bit of time to learn how to master this chair first.

PROS

  • Plenty of options
  • Lumbar heat
  • Foot and calf massage

CONS

  • Dual rollers
  • Large footprint

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Summary: This is a feature-packed chair that’s perfect for alleviating chronic back pain.

10. Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair

Pro Jupiter XL

The Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair features an L-track that goes from your neck all the way to your hamstrings.

It can fit people between 5’ to 6’6”, who can benefit from a deep massage courtesy of 3D rollers.

The body scanning technology used is up to date, accurate and allows you to massage all your sore spots.

The dual action foot massagers are another good feature, especially in combination with the airbags.

This is one of the best scraping massages I’ve ever tried!

Pro Jupiter XLThe zero gravity recline features two positions, the second that lifts your knees and legs above heart level.

I also appreciated the space-saving design which means you only need about 3 inches from the wall to use this chair.

And since there are Bluetooth speakers plus a microphone built-in, you can listen to music for a soothing experience or take the time to make some calls.

The heat for the back, seat, and calves is amazingly soothing, but you can’t use it for more than 30 minutes per day. Bummer!

I also liked the head air bag massage, with an inflatable pillow that massaged my temples and made my brain feel more oxygenated.

In fact, the air bag massage offered by this chair is especially therapeutic for the hip and back area, considering you can combine it with a twisting-squeezing function.

There’s air bag massage for your other body parts, though, 9 auto programs, 5 massage techniques – all that with 5 adjustable speeds, 5 intensities, and 3 widths! Read my guide about overview of Titan Massage Chair models here.

PROS

  • Accommodates various body types
  • Great foot massage
  • Two zero-G positions
  • Space-saving
  • Immersive experience
  • Back and calf heat
  • Amazing air massage
  • Adjustable speed and intensity

CONS

  • Basic massage techniques

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Summary: The Titan Pro Jupiter XL offers the basic massage functions, plus a stellar head massage.

11. Positive Posture Brio Chair

Positive Posture Brio

The Positive Posture Brio Massage Chair sports the Intelligent True 4D technology that allows the rollers to travel from the track so they can push into your spine for a more penetrating massage.

But since this chair already features an L-track, its massages are fairly deep already.

Brio L-Track

The good news is the track can get all the way from your neck down to your glutes and upper hamstrings.

Although I love deep massages, I also like to have other options.

Unfortunately, this chair doesn’t feature a lot of massage techniques, just the 4 regular ones: Kneading, Tapping, Rolling and Pushing.

Still, there’s zero-gravity for improving blood circulation and joint pain, heat for the lower back and calves and a full body compression massage.

I can also appreciate the 10 built-in programs and manual adjustments, body scan, and space-saving design.

But I really liked the foot rollers that massaged by soles into heaven – it’s the power of reflexology.

And you can also appreciate how intuitive the remote is.

PROS

  • 4D massage
  • L-track
  • Zero-gravity
  • Back and calf heat therapy
  • Space-saving
  • Great sole massage

CONS

  • Fairly deep massage
  • Basic massage techniques

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Summary: The Positive Posture Brio Massage Chair features all the basic functions for hobbyist users.

12. Osaki OS-7200H Massage Recliner Chair

Osaki OS-7200H

The Osaki OS-7200H features auto body scan, massage roller heads and pressure sensors to deliver personalized massages.

In fact, this chair doesn’t just find sore spots on your back; it also figures out how tall people are!

51 Airbags

The auto leg scan is another impressive feature, keeping your feet snugly positioned in the ottoman to align your calves and feet correctly.

The S-track design contours your spine, but it’s the industry standard, along with the quad rollers.

These rollers mimic the movements of a chiropractor’s hands, especially beneficial for easing chronic pain.

Besides, you can adjust the intensity and roller width!

I also liked the two zero-gravity positions for that true feeling of weightlessness.

The first position aligns the thighs and the heart, while the second elevates your legs further up to improve your circulation and increase the back massage intensity.

The shoulder heat pads made me feel warm and relaxed, while the 51-airbags offered me a good compression massage from my neck all the way down to my feet.

Blue LED chromotherapyI also liked the MP3 port and built-in speakers; they really provide an immersive experience.

And the Blue LED chromotherapy is just what you need if you struggle with sleep deprivation or other sleep-related issues, even anxiety.

The remote is easy to use, and the auto-off timer is perfect for setting your massage duration.

You can choose between 6 massage techniques (Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling, Shiatsu and Swedish) and 8 built-in programs.

The Music Sync option is my favorite – the massage is placed on the beat of your favorite tunes.

Besides, you can adjust the intensity, speed and roller width; you even have a Zone function!

PROS

  • Great body scan
  • Two zero-G positions
  • Heated massage shoulder pads
  • Chromotherapy
  • Auto-off timer
  • Adjustable
  • Great neck massage

CONS

  • No calf heat
  • Can’t adjust heat intensity
  • Few advanced massage techniques
  • Short track

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Summary: The Osaki OS-7200H is a top massage chair for full-body massages, provide soothing and relaxing massage from head to toes.

Budget-Friendly Massage Chairs (Around 2500-3000$)

Welcome to my next section. I promised 7 of the best chairs, but what would this review be without some affordable models? Read along!

13. Kahuna LM-6800 – #1 Budget Chair (no competition)

 

Kahuna LM 6800 - kahuna massage chair - full body zero gravity This Kahuna massage chair is a budget chair and out top rated option in this category. It comes with all the bells and whistles, including a space-saving technology and a hybrid track design.

This allows the Kahuna LM6800 chair to fit your natural spine curve, while the rollers can massage all the way from your neck to your hamstrings.

If you’ve been patient enough to read so far, you’ve seen that most of the chairs above feature one or two zero-gravity positions.

FDA Registered

The Kahuna 6800 has three! Besides, it offers a pretty decent air massage too, thanks to 36 air cells that cover your entire body.

However, there’s nothing special about the massage techniques it features: just the basic Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling plus the advanced Shiatsu.

However, I liked the zone massage function which allowed me to have the chair focus on a single sore spot on my upper back.

The body stretch function is firm, yet relaxing, plus the back and calf heat therapy are incredibly relaxing.

But I did miss a more comprehensive massage for my foot since the Kahuna massage chair doesn’t offer a sole scraping option.

PROS

  • Hybrid track
  • 3 zero-G positions
  • Good air bag massage
  • Zone massage option
  • Back and calf heat massage therapy
  • Full body shiatsu massage chair recliner

CONS

  • No MP3 support
  • No heat control

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Summary: The Kahuna 6800 offers a relaxing, full-body massage at an affordable price.

14. Kahuna 7300

SM 7300

Just like the Kahuna 6800, the Kahuna 7300 features an SL track design that’s considered one of the best on the market.

It allows the chair to fit the anatomically curved shape of your spine while allowing the rollers to get all the way down to your hamstrings.

The Kahuna 7300 helps you rip many therapeutic massage benefits, especially considering its six-roller system – an upgrade from the 6800 model.

Yoga Stretch

This allows you to benefit from more massage modes, plus they feel more life-like.

The 3D body scan technology identifies all the pressure points, but there’s a manual adjustment feature for the rollers and the width.

The Kahuna 7300 features various massage techniques like Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Knocking plus the advanced Shiatsu.

Still, what I liked best is the Yoga Stretch – relaxing and firm at the same time.

While both models feature a Zone massage option, the Kahuna 7300 boasts an adjustable timer as well as customizable massage modes for different lifestyles.

Unfortunately, the Kahuna 7300 has only one zero-gravity level, 18 airbags for the air massage modes and no calf heat.

Still, you have to appreciate the removable seat cover and stretched foot rest!

PROS

  • Various massage modes
  • Customizable
  • Human touch massage
  • Zero gravity shiatsu massage
  • Yoga stretch

CONS

  • No foot and calf heating options
  • Just one zero-G level
  • Just 18 airbags

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Summary: The Kahuna SM-7300 doesn’t have a lot of extraordinary features, but it certainly provides a life-like massage.

Read my guide regarding a few more affordable and cheap massage chair models.

15. Osaki OS-Pro Maxim (Price Around 3300$)

Osaki OS-Pro Maxim

The Osaki OS Pro Maxim features a hybrid track technology that combined the anatomically curved shape of your spine courtesy of the S-track with the roller’s ability to get all the way down to your hamstrings, courtesy of the L-track.

The touchscreen controller is like a smart tablet, but bigger, so it’s easy to use and has an intuitive interface.

OS Maxim ChairAnother user-friendly feature is the body-scan technology which identifies your pressure points so it can deliver personalized massages.

Speaking of which, you can customize your massage thanks to 12 pre-programmed massages, manual massage techniques like Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Clapping, Swedish and Shiatsu, plus 5 intensity levels.

The air bag massage features 36 air cells, and it’s quite refreshing, plus there’s lumbar heat to ease any back pain.

The foot rollers and auto leg scan are a great way to ensure you get the perfect leg massage, especially since the ottoman is made to fit your height.

This chair features Bluetooth compatible speakers, which I always appreciate, chromotherapy to relax you with soft blue lights, and zero gravity to give your back a deeper massage considering it’s fully pressing on the rollers.

You also can’t neglect the seat vibration – I like it, but if it’s too much for you, you can always turn it off.

PROS

  • Customizable massage experience
  • Hybrid track
  • Plenty of massage options
  • Lumbar heat
  • Leg scan
  • Bluetooth compatible speakers
  • Chromotherapy massage therapy
  • Touchscreen controller

CONS

  • Seat vibration might feel too intense
  • No calf heat (no heating options)

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Summary: The Osaki OS Pro Maxim massage recliner chair is easy to use and has plenty of massage options, though it lacks features available in more expensive chairs.

16. Osaki OS-4000T Massage Chair Recliner

OS 4000T

With its ergonomic S-track, the Osaki 4000T executive zero gravity massage chair contours the natural curvature of your spine, though this is the industry standard and can feel a bit short – the rollers don’t reach your hamstrings.

However, a plus for this price range is the two-stage zero gravity, which allows the chair to place you in a neutral position, reducing spinal pressure.

The first position places your legs and heart at the same level, while the second elevates your legs to increase the blood circulation and disperse any blood clots.

Osaki OS-4000 Colors

The body scan technology allows this chair to adjust the rollers in order to hit your sore spots.

The air massage technology I liked, especially since it’s less noisy than other chairs, not to mention power-saving.

But the cherry on the cake is the full-arm air massage, which you really have to try for yourself.

The auto leg scan and length adjustment is another top-end feature. Not only does it allow your legs to fit snuggly in the ottoman, but it also aligns them correctly to increase the massage efficiency.

OSaki OS4000T Remote ControlWith lower back heat therapy and seat vibration, 8 built-in programs and 6 manual massage techniques, each with 5 levels of speed and intensity, you can say that this is a pretty basic chair recliner.

However, you can customize your massage fairly easily, combining the type of massages, area, duration, intensity, and speed.

The best feature? The two rows of reflexology rollers that are an acupressure wonder.

Pro tip: combine them with the calf air massage for the complete experience!

PROS

  • Two zero-gravity positions
  • Not noisy
  • Leg scan
  • Customizable
  • Reflexology foot rollers

CONS

  • Standard S-track
  • Basic massage techniques
  • No chromotherapy
  • No calf heat

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Summary: The Osaki 4000T massage chair offers a quality foot massage, plus other therapeutic functions.

17. Ogawa Refresh Plus Massage Chair

Ogawa Refresh

The Ogawa Refresh Plus is a quality chair that delivers a great air massage courtesy of 42 Second Generation airbags.

It looks good, but you can see the leg ports and the LED lights, so it pretty much stands out.

Besides, it’s a big, heavy chair and it doesn’t have a space-saving design, so you need to place it 10 inches away from a wall.

That said, the quad rollers feel quite life-like, and the two stages of zero gravity allow you to take the pressure off your spine, while also increasing the massage intensity in the lumbar area.

However, this chair featured an S-track so, although ergonomic and suited to your spine curvature; it can’t reach your thighs.

On the other hand, the vibrating seat feature tries to compensate for this disadvantage.

Another minus though is the absence of the 3D roller design which increases the massage pressure.

This isn’t so bad for general use purposes, but it might not suit people looking for a therapeutic chair.

Still, the Ogawa Refresh Plus has a good body scan technology and plenty of options.

There are 6 auto-programs and manual techniques such as Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling, Clapping, plus the advanced Shiatsu and Swedish.

I liked that I could adjust the massage intensity and speed too, and I particularly enjoyed the spot and zone massage which allowed me to focus on certain sore spots.

There’s lumbar heat too, always a plus, but no calf heat and no way to control the heating temperature.

The body stretch function is pretty ok, but not really therapeutic like a Thai stretch or another sort of a firm stretch.

Besides, the Android tablet that comes instead of the usual remote has a learning curve because it doesn’t have an intuitive interface.

PROS

  • Great air massage
  • Chromotherapy
  • Two stages of zero gravity
  • Adjustable speed and intensity
  • Spot and zone massage

CONS

  • S-track
  • No 3D rollers
  • No calf heat
  • A learning curve for the tablet

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Summary: Feature-packed, the Ogawa Refresh Plus is better suited for hobbyist users instead of therapeutic purposes.

The Best Rated Massage Chairs for Petite Users

I’ve reviewed some great chairs up til now. But what if you’re a petite user? Are all of these accommodating? What would be more suitable?

  • Luraco i7 Plus can fit users that are as short as 4’7”, plus it has a good auto body scan function.
  • Inada DreamWave massage chair from Inada is another great chair for petite users, even teenagers over 14 who can enjoy the Youth Program.
  • The Panasonic EP30007 Chair is affordable Panasonic massage chair and can accommodate people of at least 4’6”, but not taller than 6’.
  • Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair is another affordable chair that’s great for people of at least 4’11”.

The Top Massage Chair Models If You are Heavy and Tall

But what if you’re heavier and taller? Some chairs seem great at first glance until you read you have to be under 6’ to use them. Not with the:

  • Human Touch Novo XT, which can accommodate users up to 300 pounds and 6’9”.
  • The Luraco i7 can fit people up to 300 pounds and 6’7”.
  • The Inada Sogno DreamWave Chair Recliner has a maximum limit of 295 pounds and 6’5”.
  • The Infinity Iyashi fits users up to 285 pounds and 6’6”.
  • The Infinity IT-9800 can go as high as 350 pounds and 6’7”.

Tips & Most Important Features to Consider When Buying a Massage Chair

Did  you know that average cost of massage in USA is about $60 per hour!!! It can get pricey!

The world of massage chairs is filled with specs and tech language, which might be quite difficult to navigate through.

But I hope this short buying guide below will help you with that.

Zero Gravity

Zero-gravity is inspired by NASA, and it’s a fairly popular feature, especially if the chair offers a long track design and 3D rollers.

Zero-GravityBasically what it does is place you in a position where your legs are at the same level as your heart or higher, so the whole weight of your body is pressing on the rollers.

This increases the massage intensity and has many therapeutic purposes, like alleviating chronic back pain.

Some zero gravity massage chairs have one zero-G level, but the most performing ones keep lifting your legs in various positions.

The downside is that the higher you lift your legs, the intense the massage will feel, so it’s not for every novice user.

SL Track

The SL track design combines the benefits of the two types of design tracks.

SL TrackThe S-track is short, it can only reach your lower back, but it’s anatomically correct and therefore extremely comfortable and therapeutic.

The L-track is longer, making an L shape on your body.

The rollers can reach all the way down to your upper thigh, massaging your buttocks too.

The hybrid SL track is therefore ergonomic as well as long, allowing for a more comprehensive massage.

Airbags

Air compression massage is done via airbags or air cells which are supposed to mimic the tight grip of massage therapists that squeeze your muscles, release them for a bit and repeat the process.

Airbags in Chairs

This is supposed to relieve tension and promote relaxation.

Airbags are a safe way to rip the benefits of a compression massage, focusing on different body parts, including your arms, legs, back, and even the head area.

The air head massage is particularly interesting, with many benefits such as reduced anxiety, stress, better sleep and brain oxygenation, which in turn promotes good circulation.

But how many airbags should your chair have? More means a tighter grip and better compression massage, but higher power consumption and more noise.

So some brands decided to reduce the air bag number, but keep the same volume to solve these issues.

Space Saving Technology

Some massage recliners have a small footprint, but that’s not the same as having a space-saving design.

Space-SavingInstead, space-saving technology allows the chair to fully recline or extend without needing to be placed very far away from the wall.

Typically, a chair built with space-saving technology needs to be about 3 to 4 inches away from the wall.

A chair without this technology needs to be placed 30+ inches away from the wall.

It all depends on how much space you have in your home.

Body Scan Technology

It allows the chair to find any sore spots on your body and focus on them first.

Some chairs even allow you to stop and massage these tight areas for as long as you like.

Body ScanningBut since computers aren’t always right, some massage recliners allow you to adjust the roller position manually.

This means you can use the remote and tell the chair where you want to be massaged and for how long.

The leg scanning technology is another thing to consider.

This tells the chair how tall you really are, by placing your feet on the ottoman and only allowing it to extend according to your height.

Apart from feeling more snug and comfortable, this improves the massage efficiency because you’re seating correctly in the chair, with your feet and legs aligned properly.

Warranty

Warranty is always important. While most chairs offer you a few years, the standard warranty for more expensive chairs can cover up to 10 years.

WarrantySome brands also allow you to buy an extended warranty that covers more benefits.

It’s also good to check out the various stipulations of your warranty.

Some warranties cover in-house repairs, while others don’t. Some warranties are longer for the frame, but cover the parts for less time.

It’s also wise to check who will pay the shipping costs if you need to send the chair to be fixed at another location.

Noise

Noise From Chair

Some chairs are plain noisy, but that might not bother you if you have Metallica blasting through your headphones.

This happens for various reasons, such as airbags, vibration or other features that make your chair shake and rattle.

Still, it’s wise to assume that no chair is completely silent but rather less noisy than others.

Music System

You might want a chair that offers a music system or at least Bluetooth or Mp3 compatibility.

BluetoothThis allows you to relax and play your favorite tunes, while also directing the noise better than regular speakers.

It’s also wise to have a built-in music system or at least a USB port to connect your phone if your chair has a Music Sync feature, where it syncs the massage pace to the music.

However, this might not be a make or break feature, especially if you’re looking for an affordable massage chair recliner.

Heat

Heat therapy allows sore, tense muscles to relax, which in turn promotes pain relief and improves blood circulation (blood flow).

HeatHeat therapy is important for people who are looking to buy a electric full body shiatsu massage chair for medicinal purposes.

Some chairs feature lumbar heat, which focuses on your lower back, while others also provide calf heat to improve calf massage and reduce edemas.

But we’ve seen above chairs that feature shoulder heat pads, which are great for people who are working a lot on their computers.

Other chairs don’t have heat therapy per se, but they do use warm massage rollers, which make the massage feel more relaxing and life-like.

Body Stretching

While body stretching is difficult to achieve with an L-track, this might only matter to you if you’re looking for a therapeutic body stretch.

Body StretchingIn this case, look for chairs that offer firm body stretches, like the Thai technique.

Otherwise, you might just want a regular, relaxing body stretch, to help you unwind after a hard day’s work, but with few therapeutic benefits.

Airbag Massage Intensity Adjustment

This is important because compression massage might feel too powerful for some people.

Air Bag System

If you don’t particularly enjoy being squeezed or having your midsection swiveled with airbags, make sure you can adjust the airbag massage intensity, or at least the speed.

Foot Rollers

It offer a deeper massage, but not all chairs have these.

Rollers

They’re used for scraping and massaging your sole, offering a more vigorous massage, which has therapeutic benefits.

Apart from easing arthritis pain (pain relief), it can also provide spinal correction.

Memory Settings

If there are more people in your house using the chair, memory settings allow each of you to personalize the massages you prefer.

Even if it’s just you, you might want to make different massage settings according to your lifestyle, for when you’re waking up or coming back from work.

This avoids spending time tweaking the shiatsu massage chair, but it’s not a basic feature so the chair might cost more.

Remote Control

I like easy to use, intuitive remote controls, whether they’re classic, touch screen, via an app, etc.

Remote Control

However, if your chair has a lot of options, a learning curve might be expected. In this case, make sure you read the user manual and don’t get discouraged from the start.

Where  Chair Are Made

Most chairs are made in China and some in Japan because the parts and craftsmanship are more affordable there.

Made In USAHowever, that doesn’t mean they’re of bad quality because brands need to pass some well-established quality control tests – take the Infinity massage chairs for example, which are renowned as top quality but made in China.

Besides, the warranty shows how reliable a chair is and how long it’s going to last.

But if you want a chair that’s designed and manufactured in the US, you can choose the Luraco i7 Plus.

Do you know that nearly 10% of all home owners in Japan own a shiatsu massage chair (link)

Health Monitoring System

Luraco i7 Plus is a medical massage chair that uses patented integrated health monitoring features which allow you to measure your blood pressure and heart rate.

MonitorThis should tell you if the massage intensity is good or if the massage is relaxing you at all.

It’s great to have such a system especially for people suffering from high blood pressure who use high-impact features like Inversion Therapy, which places you upside down.

Other chairs offer a diagnostic app to help you choose the perfect program for a specific medical condition, to make sure you’re ripping all the therapeutic benefits of that chair.

How Easy It Is to Set Up and Assemble

Some chairs offer curbside delivery, so you want to make sure you have someone helping you carry the chair inside and assemble it.

Zero-Gravity Position

These brands also offer white glove delivery for an extra fee.

The chances are that more expensive chair have free white glove delivery, though, so someone can help you set the chair up and assemble it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you know all about shiatsu chair specs, let’s clarify some frequently asked questions:

What is the Difference Between the S-track and L-track?

The S-track follows your natural spine curvature, but it’s shorter, stopping at your lower back area.

The L-track is also ergonomic, but it’s longer, reaching all the way to your hamstrings.

3D Massage Rollers or 4D Rollers?

3D massage rollers move on three directions: up-down, left-right, and in-out (they can extend from the track). 4D rollers are just a marketing trick, meaning they have an additional speed setting.

Which Brand of Massage Chair is the Best?

Many reputable brands manufacture and sell quality products, with good warranties, responsive customer support and good customer reviews (check Fakespot for that), such as Luraco, Osaki/ Titan, Infinity and Human Touch. Be aware that with massage chair market constantly expanding, more brands entering the market almost every months. So, far it wasn’t that hard to navigate through top brands, but it is getting harder with each year.

Are Massage Chairs Good For Your Health?

Yes. Massage chairs have plenty of relaxing programs and features, while others like the Luraco i7 Plus are medicinal, approved by chiropractors and doctors.

Some top-rated brands like Medical Breakthrough massage chairs enlist the help of medical professionals when designing chairs.

Can You Overuse a Massage Chair?

Yes, you can. Some have clear specifications for features such as heat.

Generally, it’s a good idea to use it just once or twice per day and to consult your GP first, especially if you have a medical condition.

How Long Does a Massage Chair Last?

Depending on how often you use it, how many people are using it and how well you’re keeping it, the warranty should give you a pretty good idea about that. Most home massage chairs last for 5-10 years.

How Often is Too Often to Get a Massage?

Stick to 1-2 massage sessions per day, and you’ll be fine.

Are Massage Chairs Supposed to Hurt?

Massage chairs are not supposed to be painful. While some techniques like Deep Kneading might make you feel sore, you’re never supposed to feel a sharp pain, which is why you need to consult your GP before using a certain electric full body shiatsu massage chair.

Can I Use an Electric Massage Chair While Pregnant? / Is a Back Massage Safe During Pregnancy?

Massage chairs are safe during pregnancy, within reasonable limits.

Firstly, you need to have your doctor’s approval, especially if you have an at-risk pregnancy or high blood pressure.

Secondly, it’s best to avoid Inversion Therapy or very strong massages that include powerful vibrations, especially if you’re in the third trimester.

Are Massage Chairs Good for Lower Back Pain?

Short answer: yes. Especially if you have one with a swivel function, lumbar heat, and full body zero gravity.

Is there any model you are not included in this review?

Short answer is. I decided to skip on some models duet to it questionable origin, reliability problems, user negative feedback/ Also customer service is also a big consideration. Few of those models are: BestMassage Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Stretched Foot (Bestmassage ec06s), Human Touch ijoy2580, ideal massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair with Built in Heat Zero Gravity Shiatsu Positioning Deep Tissue, various massage cushion models, Real Relax Zero Gravity Full Body Massage Chairs, portable massage chair models for therapists, off-brand zero gravity shiatsu massage chairs, Brookstone Massage Chair brand.

Can I Get a Massage 2 Days in a Row?

Sure. If you’re not feeling extremely sore and if it relaxes you, there’s nothing inherently dangerous about massages.

How Often Should I Get Deep Tissue Massage?

This depends on your level of stress and activity.

If you’re not stressed and don’t have particularly sore muscles, deep massages are beneficial every two weeks to decrease blood pressure and relax you.

If you have sore muscles or are stressed, you can get one every week.

If you’re an athlete, consider scheduling two deep massages every week.

Final Words on Best Massage Chairs

What’s the best massage chair? I vote for the Luraco i7 Plus, with its stylish, feature-packed design and minimal disadvantages.

But what will you get after reading my massage chair review? Decide for yourself!

I’ve reviewed plenty of massage chairs here, for different budgets and purposes. Let’s talk in the comments below and let me know which one of the best massage chairs you are gonna get for a perfect massage session!

 

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!

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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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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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.