Luraco i7 PLus – #1 Massage Chair in The Word (Editor’s Pick)
Do you know how many massage chairs are being made each year? Just consider that each major company has tens of products lined up, not to mention smaller brands.
Who could possible try all these chairs or read endless chair reviews and expert opinions about them without getting all tensed up and needing a massage even more?
I’ve tested a lot of massage chair recliners and I’m always doing research about them.
And even if I promised to discuss the 7 best massage chair reviews in 2019, I’m actually going to go a bit further and add 10 more models to cover the entire price pool.
Quick hint if you don’t already know this about me: I voted for Luraco i7 Plus as the winner!
And if you find yourself lost in all the electric massage chair specs and functions, I also have a complete buyers’ guide plus an FAQ section below!
Comparison Table (comparison chart)
Top 7 Best Massage Chair & Recliner Models in 2019
World’s Best Massage Chairs
You already know my opinion, I’m a Luraco i7 Plus fan through and through. But there are other models to review, so let’s get to it!
1. Luraco i7 Plus – #1 Best Overall
This Luraco medical massager is one of the best massage chairs TODAY (actually THE BEST in my opinion) I could find because it features tons of quality characteristics, all rounding up its medical purpose.
Firstly, the chair is designed and manufactured in the US, which isn’t something you see every day.
Besides, it’s listed with the FDA, CE, and UL, so you can rely on its high-tech and heavy-duty construction.
Among its most special features, the 5 memory settings are really user-friendly.
You can also adjust the massage intensity and speed, plus select different body parts for a terrific type of massage.
Hint: the foot massage was absolutely heaven. Among the manual techniques, Kneading and Tapping with various speed controls feel great.
The pause and resume buttons are another user-friendly characteristics: you can simply stop and have the Luraco focus on the sorest spot on your body.
And thanks to the 10WBluetooth speakers, you can enjoy a truly immersive massage experience.
You? Who’s you? Well, everyone up to 300 pounds, with a height between 4’7” to 6’7” – this is a chair built for everyone!
There are even built-in blood pressure and heart rate monitor and full-body heat!
The 3D massage feels great, with all the proven benefits of deep-tissue massages, like better circulation and reduced chronic pain.
The Zero-gravity feature is another plus, considering that all your weight is taken by the rollers, so it makes for a soothing massage that can help you fall asleep easily.
The S-track design follows the natural curve of your spine, which some people say has fewer benefits than an L-track or a hybrid track – but I’ll discuss that below.
Still, with the rollers being able to move 3 inches from their track, this massage is deep and as great as that given by a licensed chiropractor.
Summary: The Luraco i7 Plus is a therapeutic massage chair that could only be made better by a more affordable price.
2. Human Touch Novo XT2 – 2nd Best
This polyurethane chair may be imported, but it’s designed in the USA – a first similarity with the Luraco.
However, I love its space-saving design, you just need a 2-inch wall clearance to use it comfortably.
It’s also a user-friendly chair thanks to the Altec Lansing premium sound system that’s again very immersive, thanks to the soothing nature sounds. Premium features are close one of Luraco, but sounds system (if that is important to you) is the best in the industry, which also make this chair one of the best massage chairs available.
A significant difference when comparing this to the Luraco is the hybrid SL track design that follows the anatomical spine curve and also increases the massage coverage to your buttocks and thighs.
The foot massage is great with this robotic massage chair, especially since the underfoot rollers can be adjusted, harnessing the true power of reflexology.
You even get Cloud touch acupressure with this chair thanks to a penetrating air massage.
I also loved the Flex 3D massage technology, very similar to that of the Luraco, especially since you get various intensity massage settings here too.
And you can count on the dual lumbar heat to loosen tight back muscles and ease chronic sciatica pain, though the Luraco features full body heat.
With 35 auto-programs you can test, the full body stretch program is probably the one I loved the most.
I also loved the 2 zero-gravity positions, but the Luraco is more of a mecial massage chair.
Human Touch XT2 is second winner!
Summary: The Novo XT2 is a feature-packed reclining massage chair you can easily customize, but it could use some memory settings.
3. Infinity Presidential Massage Chair – 3d Best
A 3D L-track chair with all the features you can expect from a world’s best luxurious massage chair, including foot rollers, executive zero gravity, space-saving design, Bluetooth, Apple/Droid apps, and postural correction. But let’s take them one at a time.
The Hybrid L/S track is 49 inches long, so the massage rollers can easily get from your neck and shoulders to your hamstrings.
Besides, the rollers feel quite life-like and, if that’s not enough, the 3D body scanning is just what you need to make sure the chair focuses on your pressure points.
If the computer’s wrong, you can easily adjust the roller position yourself, with the remote!
The Infinity Presidential features zero-gravity seating too, so your knees are lifted up, and the rollers give a truly penetrating massage.
I also loved the wide array of manual massage types offered, from the basic Kneading, Tapping, Knocking, Combo to the more advanced Shiatsu.
But the Music Sync option was heaven: I could actually sync the massage rhythm to the beat of my favorite tracks.
Hint: try Ode to Joy if you want to feel fresh as a cucumber!
I also like the speed intensity adjustment and the air mode with more than 40 air cells included to massage your head, neck, arms, butt, feet, and legs.
The lumbar heat and waist twist are great features too, this robotic massage chair is Bluetooth-compatible and comes with an extendable massage recliner and ottoman.
With so many outstanding features, why is this chair ranked third in my review?
Well, it doesn’t have any memory setting, plus the Luraco has a more penetrating, deep-tissue therapeutic massage, while the XT2 offers a more immersive experience. Bronze medal for the Presidential!
Summary: The Infinity Presidential is a luxurious massage chair for great soothing massages.
4. Inada Dreamwave Massage Chair – 4th
The S-Track design is fairly standard, but it certainly delivers a quality massage thanks to features like the 3D body scan, which allows the computer to find your sore spots and adjust the massage rollers accordingly, though you can manually adjust them too.
The zero-gravity seating is another great feature, but you get just one position – I know, I was a bit let down too, especially since this chair is so customizable.
Speaking of which, there are 16 built-in massage options such as the Human Hands, Kneading, Double Knead, Tapping, Combo, and Shiatsu, plus various speed, intensity, and roller width adjustments. Lucky me – the remote is easy to use.
The Air Mode offers 101 second-generation airbags, you can change the air pressure and choose to massage different body parts individually.
The timer’s adjustable, you get individual back and seat heat, vibration massage, body stretch, a thorough calf, and foot massage, so why isn’t this chair ranked first?
Well, there’s no way to control the temperature, no MP3 support, no space-saving technology, and the S-track feels pretty short.
5. Osaki 3D Pro Ekon Massage Chair (8999$) – 5th
This body massager chair comes with some special features of its own, like the high-end 3D L-track design, which gives you an immersive, deep and electric full body massage all the way from the neck to the back of your thighs.
I loved the sliding base too because it’s so user-friendly, while the fiberglass exterior is truly unique – I have rarely seen such an enduring chair.
Besides, remember that the Osaki Pro Ekon is made by the same guys who manufactured the now discontinued Infinity Iyashi massage chair.
Yes, in the same factory! But what I adored is the calf massage.
With a combination of kneading plus the roller on the back, the Pro Ekon delivers the absolute best calf massage when compared to any other robotic massager ever made. Told you I liked this massage.
Apart from that, there’s the 3D massager technology, lumbar heat, auto-body scan, zero gravity and hybrid track – with all the benefits I’ve explained above and will detail later on too.
There are 6 built-in programs and 6 massage techniques, even a Bluetooth connection.
What I would have liked to see more on this chair, especially considering the price is calf heat, adjustable heat temperature, more than one zero-G position, and more massage options, apart from the basic ones plus the Shiatsu.
But it’s still one of the best chairs on the market!
Summary: The Pro Ekon delivers amazing calf massages and I promise it’s the last time I mention it here.
6. Ogawa Smart 3D – 6th
The Ogawa Smart 3D is not the most stylish chair I’ve seen and the LED lights might look a little kitschy but boy, do they work!
These chromotherapy lights help you relax and immerse yourself in the massage experience.
This chair is pretty big and heavy, but it’s designed with space-saving technology, so you need just a 4-inch clearance to fit it in.
I also liked the L-track design and quad rollers, so you can get a deep massage from your neck to your hamstrings.
The Ogawa Smart 3D features two zero-G seating positions to maximize your overall experience and deliver a deeper massage.
Besides, there’s that 3D in the name which means the rollers move on the length, width, and depth of an imagined parallelepiped, pressing into your back for a deep tissue massage.
This chair has 17 auto-programs, body-specific options, plus six techniques, four of which are advanced (Balinese, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish).
Plus the Thai option is a great, relaxing full-body stretch.
You can customize all these options, create and save your changes, adjust the timer or even choose a manual massage.
And the 64 second-generation airbags deliver a great air massage, there’s lumbar heat, but the calf and foot massage isn’t that great.
With no sole massagers and just airbags to massage your feet, you can understand why it’s not that vigorous.
Besides, the remote is pretty difficult to use because you haven’t got one!
Instead, the Android tablet with the app is intuitive, with a special diagnostics section.
Summary: The Ogawa Smart 3D is one of the easiest to customize chairs I’ve ever tried, but the foot massage is pretty average.
7. Osaki Pro Maestro Massage Chair – 7th
The Osaki Pro Maestro has some unique features, starting with the 4D massage it offers.
Very much like what a chiropractor would do, the rollers move on 3 different directions, but they also come out a few inches from their position to give you a deeper massage.
There’s zero-gravity too, but it’s pretty standard when compared to other robotic massage chairs.
The L-track massage can get up to your hamstrings, which is another great thing.
So here’s the cherry on the cake: the heated back roller! It’s different than lumbar heat, you get a warm massage anytime you use this chair.
However, the roller is just warm and I also would’ve liked to see some back and calf heat.
Still, the foot massage is amazing, using a foot and calf Kneading technique.
Speaking of techniques, there are 4 massage styles, but just the basic ones (Kneading, Tapping, Rolling) plus Shiatsu, along with 8 auto-programs. Would have liked to see more options here too, though.
But with a backrest scanning, space-saving design, Bluetooth connection and easy-to-use remote, this chair is definitely among the best on the market!
Summary: The Osaki Pro Maestro can provide a warm, soothing massage, though it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles.
Middle Price Range Chairs (Around 5500$)
Now that you’ve seen my top 7 chairs, let’s see what some more affordable options you can find on the market.
8. Infinity It 8500 & Infinity It 8500X3 – #1 in Midprice Range Category
The Infinity IT 8500 features an S-track design with quad rollers, which are fairly standard but still deliver a functional massage.
The 3D body scanning allows the computer to find pressure points on your body, but you can also adjust the rollers yourself – always a plus.
The Zero-Gravity seating is another plus, especially with two positions that allow you to reap the benefits of a penetrating massage.
There are also six massage techniques offered, but only one advanced: Shiatsu, which is the industry standard for the price range.
BUUUT: you can combine any two techniques thanks to the dual action feature!! Loved it!
There are also four auto massage programs that you can adjust in speed, though you can’t adjust the intensity.
I also loved the deep massage, but I admit it might be too much for the average users, who can only decrease the intensity in appearance by reducing the speed.
However, this is a mistake corrected by the Infinity IT 8500X3.
I also loved the spot massage function which allows you to focus on a sore spot as well as on a specific region.
The air massage mode is pretty average though, with 38 Second Generation airbags and 5 intensity levels.
The lumbar heat is fairly decent for treating lower back pain, but hands-down the best feature of the Infitinty IT 8500 is the body stretch, which is quite firm.
This chair features a twist function for your spine, which feels like what a chiropractor would do.
Besides, you can also adjust the speed! Inversion therapy is another stellar feature of the Infinity IT 8500, offering the same benefits on your spine as the swivel function, but at low impact.
You also get a decent calf and foot massage, but it’s not that intense – just with the airbags and all.
The chair features MP3 support, an extendable ottoman for taller users – so it’s pretty user-friendly.
The Infinity X3 sees some great additions, like more built-in programs, remote adjustable intensity, Bluetooth compatibility, plus a 4D massage courtesy of traveling rollers that can get 3 inches from the track.
Still, the X3 has a less adjustable timer – you can only choose between a 10-minute or a 30-minute massage.
Summary: The Infinity IT 8500 is a perfect chair for inversion therapy and features some surprising combinations!
9. Ogawa Touch 3D Massage Chair
The Ogawa Touch 3D Massage Chair is pretty niche and you either love it or hate it.
Starting with its design, you can appreciate that it doesn’t want to pretend it’s a piece of furniture, plus it’s pretty huge and doesn’t have a space-saving design, so you need to place it more than 31 inches away from a wall.
The good news is that it can fit taller people too, up to 6’5”.
Massage-wise, I enjoyed a 3D roller massage, which is fairly deep. I also liked the two Zero-G seating positions that made me feel weightless and relaxed.
Besides, the chromotherapy which uses built-in LED lights made me doze off faster than watching the Weather Channel.
You will also appreciate the body scanning that allows the chair to find your sore spots and how easy it is to control the roller position with the tablet.
What I’m not a big fan of is the short S-track design that didn’t massage my glutes or hamstrings.
Besides, the dual rollers aren’t as good as quad rollers (unless you want a deeper intensity), but the chair compensated through various techniques, 9 basic and 4 advanced that include Balinese, Japanese, Shiatsu and Swedish.
There are also 5 speeds and 6 intensities to customize your massage from light to deep.
With spot and partial massage, air with 64 Second Generation airbags and 5 different intensity setings, lumbar heat and Bluetooth speakers, the Ogawa massage chair is quite user-friendly.
Not to mention the USB charging port and touchscreen tablet you can watch movies on.
There’s also a diagnostic section, but you need to invest a bit of time to learn how to master this chair first.
Summary: This is a feature-packed chair that’s perfect for alleviating chronic back pain.
10. Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair
The Titan Pro Jupiter XL Massage Chair features an L-track that goes from your neck all the way to your hamstrings.
It can fit people between 5’ to 6’6”, who can benefit from a deep massage courtesy of 3D rollers.
The body scanning technology used is up to date, accurate and allows you to massage all your sore spots.
The dual action foot massagers are another good feature, especially in combination with the airbags.
This is one of the best scraping massages I’ve ever tried!
The zero gravity recline features two positions, the second that lifts your knees and legs above heart level.
I also appreciated the space-saving design which means you only need about 3 inches from the wall to use this chair.
And since there are Bluetooth speakers plus a microphone built-in, you can listen to music for a soothing experience or take the time to make some calls.
The heat for the back, seat, and calves is amazingly soothing, but you can’t use it for more than 30 minutes per day. Bummer!
I also liked the head air bag massage, with an inflatable pillow that massaged my temples and made my brain feel more oxygenated.
In fact, the air bag massage offered by this chair is especially therapeutic for the hip and back area, considering you can combine it with a twisting-squeezing function.
There’s air bag massage for your other body parts, though, 9 auto programs, 5 massage techniques – all that with 5 adjustable speeds, 5 intensities, and 3 widths! Read my guide about overview of Titan Massage Chair models here.
Summary: The Titan Pro Jupiter XL offers the basic massage functions, plus a stellar head massage.
11. Positive Posture Brio Chair
The Positive Posture Brio Massage Chair sports the Intelligent True 4D technology that allows the rollers to travel from the track so they can push into your spine for a more penetrating massage.
But since this chair already features an L-track, its massages are fairly deep already.
The good news is the track can get all the way from your neck down to your glutes and upper hamstrings.
Although I love deep massages, I also like to have other options.
Unfortunately, this chair doesn’t feature a lot of massage techniques, just the 4 regular ones: Kneading, Tapping, Rolling and Pushing.
Still, there’s zero-gravity for improving blood circulation and joint pain, heat for the lower back and calves and a full body compression massage.
I can also appreciate the 10 built-in programs and manual adjustments, body scan, and space-saving design.
But I really liked the foot rollers that massaged by soles into heaven – it’s the power of reflexology.
And you can also appreciate how intuitive the remote is.
Summary: The Positive Posture Brio Massage Chair features all the basic functions for hobbyist users.
12. Osaki OS-7200H Massage Recliner Chair
The Osaki OS-7200H features auto body scan, massage roller heads and pressure sensors to deliver personalized massages.
In fact, this chair doesn’t just find sore spots on your back; it also figures out how tall people are!
The auto leg scan is another impressive feature, keeping your feet snugly positioned in the ottoman to align your calves and feet correctly.
The S-track design contours your spine, but it’s the industry standard, along with the quad rollers.
These rollers mimic the movements of a chiropractor’s hands, especially beneficial for easing chronic pain.
Besides, you can adjust the intensity and roller width!
I also liked the two zero-gravity positions for that true feeling of weightlessness.
The first position aligns the thighs and the heart, while the second elevates your legs further up to improve your circulation and increase the back massage intensity.
The shoulder heat pads made me feel warm and relaxed, while the 51-airbags offered me a good compression massage from my neck all the way down to my feet.
I also liked the MP3 port and built-in speakers; they really provide an immersive experience.
And the Blue LED chromotherapy is just what you need if you struggle with sleep deprivation or other sleep-related issues, even anxiety.
The remote is easy to use, and the auto-off timer is perfect for setting your massage duration.
You can choose between 6 massage techniques (Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling, Shiatsu and Swedish) and 8 built-in programs.
The Music Sync option is my favorite – the massage is placed on the beat of your favorite tunes.
Besides, you can adjust the intensity, speed and roller width; you even have a Zone function!
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)
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.
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.
Summary: The Kahuna 6800 offers a relaxing, full-body massage at an affordable price.
14. Kahuna 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.
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!
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$)
The Osaki OS Pro Maxim features a hybrid track technology that combined the anatomically curved shape of your spine courtesy of the S-track with the roller’s ability to get all the way down to your hamstrings, courtesy of the L-track.
The touchscreen controller is like a smart tablet, but bigger, so it’s easy to use and has an intuitive interface.
Another user-friendly feature is the body-scan technology which identifies your pressure points so it can deliver personalized massages.
Speaking of which, you can customize your massage thanks to 12 pre-programmed massages, manual massage techniques like Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Clapping, Swedish and Shiatsu, plus 5 intensity levels.
The air bag massage features 36 air cells, and it’s quite refreshing, plus there’s lumbar heat to ease any back pain.
The foot rollers and auto leg scan are a great way to ensure you get the perfect leg massage, especially since the ottoman is made to fit your height.
This chair features Bluetooth compatible speakers, which I always appreciate, chromotherapy to relax you with soft blue lights, and zero gravity to give your back a deeper massage considering it’s fully pressing on the rollers.
You also can’t neglect the seat vibration – I like it, but if it’s too much for you, you can always turn it off.
Summary: The Osaki OS Pro Maxim massage recliner chair is easy to use and has plenty of massage options, though it lacks features available in more expensive chairs.
16. Osaki OS-4000T Massage Chair Recliner
With its ergonomic S-track, the Osaki 4000T executive zero gravity massage chair contours the natural curvature of your spine, though this is the industry standard and can feel a bit short – the rollers don’t reach your hamstrings.
However, a plus for this price range is the two-stage zero gravity, which allows the chair to place you in a neutral position, reducing spinal pressure.
The first position places your legs and heart at the same level, while the second elevates your legs to increase the blood circulation and disperse any blood clots.
The body scan technology allows this chair to adjust the rollers in order to hit your sore spots.
The air massage technology I liked, especially since it’s less noisy than other chairs, not to mention power-saving.
But the cherry on the cake is the full-arm air massage, which you really have to try for yourself.
The auto leg scan and length adjustment is another top-end feature. Not only does it allow your legs to fit snuggly in the ottoman, but it also aligns them correctly to increase the massage efficiency.
With lower back heat therapy and seat vibration, 8 built-in programs and 6 manual massage techniques, each with 5 levels of speed and intensity, you can say that this is a pretty basic chair recliner.
However, you can customize your massage fairly easily, combining the type of massages, area, duration, intensity, and speed.
The best feature? The two rows of reflexology rollers that are an acupressure wonder.
Pro tip: combine them with the calf air massage for the complete experience!
Summary: The Osaki 4000T massage chair offers a quality foot massage, plus other therapeutic functions.
17. Ogawa Refresh Plus Massage Chair
The Ogawa Refresh Plus is a quality chair that delivers a great air massage courtesy of 42 Second Generation airbags.
It looks good, but you can see the leg ports and the LED lights, so it pretty much stands out.
Besides, it’s a big, heavy chair and it doesn’t have a space-saving design, so you need to place it 10 inches away from a wall.
That said, the quad rollers feel quite life-like, and the two stages of zero gravity allow you to take the pressure off your spine, while also increasing the massage intensity in the lumbar area.
However, this chair featured an S-track so, although ergonomic and suited to your spine curvature; it can’t reach your thighs.
On the other hand, the vibrating seat feature tries to compensate for this disadvantage.
Another minus though is the absence of the 3D roller design which increases the massage pressure.
This isn’t so bad for general use purposes, but it might not suit people looking for a therapeutic chair.
Still, the Ogawa Refresh Plus has a good body scan technology and plenty of options.
There are 6 auto-programs and manual techniques such as Kneading, Tapping, Combo, Rolling, Clapping, plus the advanced Shiatsu and Swedish.
I liked that I could adjust the massage intensity and speed too, and I particularly enjoyed the spot and zone massage which allowed me to focus on certain sore spots.
There’s lumbar heat too, always a plus, but no calf heat and no way to control the heating temperature.
The body stretch function is pretty ok, but not really therapeutic like a Thai stretch or another sort of a firm stretch.
Besides, the Android tablet that comes instead of the usual remote has a learning curve because it doesn’t have an intuitive interface.
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?
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:
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 is inspired by NASA, and it’s a fairly popular feature, especially if the chair offers a long track design and 3D rollers.
Basically 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.
The SL track design combines the benefits of the two types of design tracks.
The 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.
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.
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.
Instead, 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.
But 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 is always important. While most chairs offer you a few years, the standard warranty for more expensive chairs can cover up to 10 years.
Some 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.
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.
You might want a chair that offers a music system or at least Bluetooth or Mp3 compatibility.
This 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 therapy allows sore, tense muscles to relax, which in turn promotes pain relief and improves blood circulation (blood flow).
Heat 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.
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.
In 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.
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.
It offer a deeper massage, but not all chairs have these.
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.
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.
I like easy to use, intuitive remote controls, whether they’re classic, touch screen, via an app, etc.
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.
However, 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.
This 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.
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’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!