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Panasonic Massage Chair Review (2019) TOP Models & [Alternatives]

Tell me if this is you: you love massages, but your local massage therapist or chiropractor wants to beat stress and pain out of your body. Which feels quite painful, right?

But Panasonic has found a way to deliver deep, comprehensive massages without that feeling.

We’ve talked to experts, read countless reviews and ended up with a buying guide of the Best Panasonic Massage Chairs.

Because no brand is perfect, right? So read along.

About the Company

Panasonic has been on the market for over 100 years and it now signifies technological advancement.

Panasonic Logo

Form electronics to industry, Panasonic can do it all. Yes, including massage chairs.

Best Panasonic Massage Chair Models

Without further ado, here are our top picks:

Panasonic EP-MA70 Massage Chair

EP-MA70

The Panasonic EP-MA70 is a stylish full body massage chair recliner that looks like a piece of living room furniture, and the hideaway ottoman definitely helps with this.

This model features an S-track design with quad rollers that follow your spine’s anatomical shape and mimic the touch of human hands.

The EP-MA70 features a 3D body scan that subtly adjusts the roller position to massage your sore spot.

If the computer misses, you can also manually adjust the rollers yourself.

EP-MA70 OptionsWe love the 3D massage head too that are extremely flexible and can give a deep tissue massage, but the chair is better suited for people shorter than 6’2”.

Besides, the massage rollers are heated, which is something different from heat therapy, giving the impression of the human touch.

Unfortunately, there’s no actual lumbar or calf heat to accompany the warm rollers.

The EP MA70 has a lot of options, starting with advanced massage styles like Junetsu, Shiatsu, and Swedish along with the basic Kneading, Rolling and Tapping.

There are 6 built-in massage routines, along with a true deep tissue massage, air massage mode with 33 airbags and a memory function with three slots.

Even the calf and foot massage is done completely with airbags, but this feels less dynamic than a roller massage, especially for the sole.

PROS

  • Stylish
  • Human touch
  • Adjustable
  • Memory function
  • Heated rollers

CONS

  • No heat therapy
  • Airbag foot and calf massage
  • For petite users
  • No zero gravity

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Summary: The Panasonic EP-MA70 is feature-packed and offers a life-like massage, but could benefit from heat therapy and zero-G.

Best Alternative – Kahuna LM6800

The Kahuna LM6800 is a truly therapeutic chair with a lot of amazing features, starting with its space-saving design.

Kahuna LM6800 WhiteThe first advantage when compared to the Panasonic EP-MA70 is the hybrid L/S track design that can get up to your glutes.

Other advantages are the 3 zero gravity seating positions and heat therapy for both the back and calves.

In terms of air massage, the Kahuna is comparable to Panasonic EP-MA70, with 36 massage cells, but it has one additional massage technique: Kneading & Tapping Combination. Another advantage is the zone massage option.

This value-for-money chair offers a good foot and calf massage too, but it doesn’t have heated rollers that improve all massages.

Besides, it also doesn’t have a memory function, and the Panasonic EP-MA70 arguably feels more lifelike.

PROS

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

CONS

  • No memory function
  • No heated rollers

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Summary: The Kahuna LM6800 is a great option for reducing back pain thanks to its heated rollers and 3 zero gravity positions.

Panasonic EP-MA73

EP-MA73

A top-end massage chair, the Panasonic EP-MA73 is another therapeutic chair that can easily blend in with your living room décor.

Just like the EP-MA70, this model features an S-track and quad rollers for a truly human touch, 3D body scan to identify your pressure points plus manual adjustment of the roller position.

This model also features heated massage rollers but boasts extra lumbar and foot heat.

EP-MA73 FeaturesIt has a hideaway ottoman to use it as a regular chair but, unfortunately, the ottoman doesn’t extend, so the chair isn’t particularly comfortable for people who are taller than 6’2”.

The chair features the same massage techniques: Kneading, Rolling, Taping, Junetsu, Shiatsu, and Swedish, plus 6 built-in programs, with three levels of speed and intensity.

The adjustable timer is another benefit, but the air massage is comparable to that of the EP-MA70, with just 36 Second Generation airbags.

However, the improvement is that the calf and foot massage is done with airbags and rollers too, and there are various full-body or partial stretches, along with 3 memory slots.

The true downside? No zero gravity again!

PROS

  • Stylish
  • Heated massage rollers
  • Lumbar and foot heat therapy
  • Adjustable
  • Full-body or partial stretches
  • Memory

CONS

  • No zero gravity
  • For petite users
  • Air massage could be better

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Summary: A stylish, therapeutic chair, the Panasonic EP-MA73 could really use some zero-G.

Panasonic MAJ7 Real Pro Ultra Premium 3D

MA-J7

The Panasonic MAJ7 has various therapeutic benefits to improve flexibility and decrease pain, starting with its SL-track design.

It’s a quiet chair that boasts 37 air cells and heated rollers, but its best feature is the Shiatsu sole massage.

The 3D independent massage heads feel quite natural so that you can massage the lower core both vertically, horizontally and in front.

There are 6 built-in massage programs, plus the already-mentioned techniques like Junetsu, Shiatsu, Swedish, Kneading and Rolling/Tapping, but you can get up to 158 combinations between these.

The chair is very comfortable, it delivers great zone-focused air massages and amazing toes and sole massage, arch kneading, and massage, it even reclines 170-degrees!

The downsides: no heat therapy or zero-gravity, as well as no incorporated music system.

PROS

  • Therapeutic
  • Shiatsu sole massage
  • 3D independent massage heads
  • 158 combination
  • Comfortable
  • The chair reclines

CONS

  • No heat therapy
  • No zero-G
  • No music

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Summary: The Panasonic MAJ7 offers the best feet and sole massages, but it lacks heat therapy and zero-G.

Best Alternative – Luraco iRobotics i7

The Luraco i7 offers an inferior S-track design, but it’s listed with the FDA, CE, and UL, plus it’s built for medical purposes.

Luraco i7This chair features a full body scan, has 5 memory slots, you can pause it, and there are incorporated blood pressure and heart rate monitor.

Other advantages include full body heat therapy, body shape detection which improves the body scan function, and a 3-layer foot and calf massage.

It can also fit bigger people, has one zero-gravity position and boasts 10 W Bluetooth speakers.

Even if it boasts plenty of massage options for partial or full body, along with massaging techniques such as Kneading, Tapping, Kneading and Tapping, Rolling, Swedish and Shiatsu, it doesn’t have as many combinations as the MAJ7.

Besides, the MAJ7 offers a superior sole massage and looks better.

PROS

  • 5 memory slots
  • Pause
  • Increase blood flow
  • Heat therapy
  • Body shape detection
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Zero-G

CONS

  • S-track
  • Not as many combinations
  • Doesn’t look like living room furniture

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Summary: The Luraco i7 is a good therapy massage lounger, but it doesn’t look as stylish as the MAJ7.

Panasonic EP-MA73KU Real Pro Ultra

EP-MA73KU Real Pro Ultra

The Panasonic EP-MA73KU Real Pro Ultra has many of the same characteristics of the Panasonic EP-MA73, such as multi-directional massage rollers, Shiatsu thermal foot massage, 3D massage system, and 33 air cell system.

The techniques it uses are Knead, Junetsu, Shiatsu, Swedish and Rolling/Tapping, but it also employs partial and full-body massage at different speeds and intensities.

Basically, there are about 110 combinations you can choose from.

Still, there’s no music, zero-G or heat therapy, though it has a precise body scanning technology that can figure out over 1000 acupoints.

The ceramic foot heaters are another definite advantage.

PROS

  • Heated rollers
  • Thermal foot massage
  • 3D massage technology
  • 110 massage combinations
  • Precise body scan

CONS

  • No music
  • No zero-G
  • No heat therapy

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Summary: The Panasonic EP-MA73KU Real Pro Ultra is the best Panasonic massage chair for foot massage therapy.

Panasonic EP30007 – Currently Unavailable

The Panasonic EP30007 boasts an S-track design, good 3D body scan, manual roller adjustment buttons plus a wide plethora of options and combinations.

Panasonic EP-30007

With techniques such as Junetsu, Shiatsu, Swedish, Kneading, Tapping, Grasping, Rolling and Stretching plus 5 pre-programmed massage routines, the “Deep Massage Program” is the best.

There are various intensities, 36 Second Generation Airbags for a superior air massage, an extendable ottoman to accommodate people up to 6’4”, but the foot massage is done just with airbags, not rollers.

Still, we love the granular body stretch option that can be used either for the whole body or partially.

Other user-friendly characteristics include an adjustable timer, memory function with a staggering 24 slots and an easy-to-use remote.

PROS

  • Body stretch
  • Plenty of options
  • Adjustable timer
  • 24 memory slots

CONS

  • No heat therapy
  • Airbag foot massage
  • MP3 support

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Summary: With so many free memory slots, this massage recliner is better suited for people who want to set their own options.

Panasonic EP Real Pro Luxury

EP Luxury Chair

At a more convenient price, this massage chair recliner boasts some great features like multi-directional thermal massage roller, Shiatsu foot massage, plus palm and arm massage.

There are various techniques used, including Knead, Rolling, Tapping, Shiatsu, Swedish and 10 Junetsumassaging techniques.

A huge benefit is the 110 manual combinations between these techniques and intensity levels, though.

The 3D massage system is another strong point, along with the 33 air cells for a decent air massage.

Made from synthetic leather and aiming to mimic hot-stone therapy, this chair is intended to sooth, stretch and relax sore muscles.

The Dual Zone Heated Massage plus body scan are other advantages. Unfortunately, this chair also doesn’t offer music connection, heat therapy or zero gravity.

PROS

  • Customized massages
  • Comfortable
  • Palm and arm relax massage
  • Shiatsu foot massage
  • 10 Junetsu massage techniques

CONS

  • No music
  • No zero-G
  • No heat therapy

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Summary: The Panasonic EP Real Pro Luxury is a feature-packed, affordable massage chair, but boasts just some basic functions.

Panasonic EP-MA70CX

EP MA70CX

There are various features that recommend the Panasonic EP-MA70CX, like the 3D multi-directional double-heated rollers, 8 manual programs, intensity control adjustment, plus height and width adjustment.

This chair offers a comprehensive massage courtesy of 33 airbags and automatic massage body-scan, such as waist, seat, hip, glutes, and leg massage.

This is a power-reclining chair with a program time indicator, 3 memory slots, voice guidance, pivoting ottoman and removable cushion that offers 108 massage combinations.

However, a massage cycle lasts just 16 minutes; there’s no heat therapy, nor zero-G.

PROS

  • Various options
  • Heated rollers
  • Easily adjustable
  • Decent massages
  • Memory function

CONS

  • Short massage cycle
  • No heat therapy
  • No zero-G

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Summary: A massage chair that’s easy to adjust and perfect for short massages, the Panasonic EP-MA70CX could use some heat therapy.

Best Alternative – Infinity IT-8500

Infinity IT-8500The IT-8500 has an ergonomic, S-track design with quad rollers, boasts 3D body scan, air massage and some of the same massage techniques.

However, it shines in comparison to the Panasonic EP-MA70CX by its lumbar heat and two zero-gravity seating positions.

Courtesy of the zone massage function and full body stretch, the Infinity is a very relaxing chair.

It also features body twist and inversion therapy for additional therapeutic advantages.

Besides, the Infinity IT8500 is also a very user-friendly chair, with Bluetooth connection and optional app control that’s arguably easier than using a remote.

PROS

  • 2 zero-gravity positions
  • Zone massaging features
  • Inversion therapy
  • Optional app control

CONS

  • No heated rollers
  • No memory function
  • Not as many options

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Summary: The IT 8500 has more therapeutic massage functions like inversion therapy and 2 zero-G positions, but it’s not as customizable as the Panasonic EP-MA70CX.

Panasonic EP-MA10

EP-MA10

The Panasonic EP MA10 has a small footprint, but that makes it better suited for people under6’2”.

Just like most Panasonic chairs, especially affordable ones, this recliner features an S-track with quad rollers that deliver a decent massage.

Another good feature is the reliable 3D body scan with manual control, but there are just three massaging techniques: Kneading, Rolling and Tapping, along with four pre-programmed massage routines that include Deep, Swedish, lower back and neck/shoulder.

Although there are three intensity levels, the default duration is just 15 minutes.

The neck massage this chair offers is great, thanks to the Neck Knead and Neck Shiatsu options.

With 36 total massage combinations and limited air massage mode with 14second generation airbags, the Panasonic EP MA10 delivers a decent massage, though the leg massage is the best.

However, the foot massage could be done with rollers, not just airbags, to make it more intense.

PROS

  • Great neck massage
  • Great leg massage
  • Body scan
  • Small footprint

CONS

  • No heat therapy
  • No heated rollers
  • Short massage time
  • Airbag foot massage

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Summary: The Panasonic EP MA10 is great for petite users who need to improve chronic neck pain.

Panasonic EP-1285KL “Urban”

EP-1285KL

This good-looking, leather chair doesn’t just look good; it also has some quality features for the price, such as advanced quad-style massagers and auto recline.

There are 14 airbags to offer a pretty decent airbag massage, along with 4 preset massage programs that are quite therapeutic: Shiatsu, Swedish, Chiro, and Quick.

The remote is easy to use and helps you personalize your massage, selecting from 8 manual massage modes: Knead, Compression, Swedish, Hawaiian, Full & Regional Roll, Soft Shiatsu and Tapping.

Besides, the deep neck/shoulder massage feels very real, imitating a chiropractor’s rolling wrists.

Unfortunately, there’s no zero-G, heat of any kind or memory function.

PROS

  • Stylish
  • Affordable
  • Auto-recline
  • Plenty of options

CONS

  • No zero-G
  • No heated rollers
  • No heat therapy
  • No memory

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Summary: The Panasonic Urban is the chair to buy for a stellar neck massage.

Top Panasonic Budget Model – Swede-Atsu Companion Massage Lounger

Swede-Atsu Lounger

The top budget model in this review, the Swede-Atsu is approved by the American Chiropractic Association.

This chair offers deep-tissue massages courtesy of its firm rubber massage heads, which also feel very life-like.

You’ll get a vigorous, neck, shoulder and back massage, while the Dual-Use ottoman massages your lower body.

The Stretch system feels great on your lower body, while the air massage will squeeze your legs while the ottoman raises or lowers them gradually.

The massage techniques included are Shiatsu, Compression, Hawaii, and Percussion, with 4 built-in programs and 5-speed intensities.

However, this chair also doesn’t offer any sort of heat, zero-G or extraordinary functions, focusing on basic massages.

For those reasons, the Kahuna 6800 is a reliable alternative.

PROS

  • Great deep-tissue massages
  • Amazing leg massages
  • Decent overall massages
  • Adjustable

CONS

  • No heat
  • No zero-G
  • No extraordinary functions

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Summary: This is the perfect chair to improve chronic lower back pain, including Sciatica, but it otherwise offers basic massages.

About Panasonic Massage Chairs

Panasonic best massage chairs are found in a wide range of prices.

There aren’t a ton of Panasonic chairs models, just 8 currently retailed on their website, most of which lack great features like heat therapy or zero gravity.

About Panasonic Chairs

They could also use some music system, after all, Panasonic handles that too.

However, Panasonic brags about their chairs being Zengineered, which brings some Zen into the mix.

Basically, they want to relax and soothe you, not pound you with therapy, which explains why they lack some of the qualities above.

Still, the Panasonic chairs are all quality-made by a reputable brand so that you can count on their durability and functionality.

Where to Buy

Amazon ShopOne idea is the Panasonic website or authorized Panasonic dealers.

However, if you want to browse some reviews too, and not just read the official specs, you can try Amazon.

This is a trustworthy website, with great shipping and return options.

Our Final Conclusion

The best model in this review is the Panasonic EP-MA70, which is stylish, adjustable and mimics the human touch.

But there are better alternatives for each Panasonic model that we discussed above, such as the Kahuna LM6800 for the under $2500 price range, the Infinity 8500 for the under $5500, and the Luraco i7 for the over $7000 category.

That said, which chair will you get and why? Let’s talk in the comments below.

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