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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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