But are all of them suitable to be an at home massage chair? What do you look for when it comes to choosing the best massage chair for home use?
Our #1 Recommendation
- HSL track
- Over 100 air cells
- Full body heat
- Top notch customer service
- Easy to assemble
- Space saving technology
- Automatic full body scan
- Bluetooth premium speakers
- Mobile App available to control the chair
- 1 hour timer
Buying Guide: The Top 3 Things to Look Out For
Unless you’re opening a massage parlour / business of some sort whereby you would have allocated the space for it already, a home is usually much more limited in space. This is why out of everything, size is the most critical criteria / first thing to look at when it comes to a home massage chair.
Massage chairs with space-saving technology will be an excellent choice, otherwise, a disguisable portable massage chair like this one is highly recommendable too.
The best will be if your massage chair is able to blend in with the rest of your furniture so that your interior design can be cohesive, but this will be rather tricky because most massage chairs are, in one way or the other, bulky and cushy so it is going to stand out in some way.
Of course, this is an indispensable element. And we don’t mean features like massage techniques, zero gravity positions, massage programs etc.
Sure, they are important elements but putting them aside, to be the best massage chair for home, we think there are two critical features that cannot be overlooked - (i) retractable ottoman and (ii) memory options.
The former mostly for aesthetic purposes (as well as to save space) because a hideaway ottoman will make it look more like an ordinary chair thus blending in with the rest of your furniture.
The latter, well, it gives you a lot of convenience in the long run if you have several family members because each person can then pre-program their favourite/most used massage setting and recall them at the touch of a button the next time they need a massage.
Last but not least - affordability.
Yes, you really like that ‘best massage chair in the world’, but it may be out of your budget. That doesn’t mean you have to/are ‘settling’ for some ‘second bests’. The most expensive massage chair does not automatically mean it’s the best, likewise, a cheaper alternative doesn’t immediately make it inferior.
You see, massage chairs have a huge range in price - from a few hundreds to over ten thousand, the choices of a good massage chair are aplenty.
This is precisely why we have reviews like this - we look at the best massage chair under $500 to those under $2,000 (seemingly to be the most popular price range for the majority) to show the many excellent options that you can easily make of to be the best massage chair for home use.
Without further ado, let’s see what choices we have.
Best Home Massage Chair Comparison Chart
best home massage chair
50 x 60 x 34 inches
47 x 38 x 81 inches
44 x 28 x 40 inches
36.7 x 34.6 x 41 inches
- HSL track
- 1 hour timer
- >100 air cells
- Full body heat
- Full body scan
- 5 memory settings
- Made in USA
- Full body heat
- Fit up to 6'7"
- Fully assembled
- Retractable ottoman
- 3 zero gravity position
- Power lift
- USB port
- Cup holder
Unfortunately, as you can see from the chart above, there is no one massage chair that tick all three criteria to date. Nonetheless, it doesn't mean there aren't some great contenders in the market nowadays. Let's find out now.
Best Home Massage Chair Review
Our top pick is the Kahuna 3D Hubot HM-078 Rhythmic Massage Chair. Perhaps this is not a surprise to many, considering many of the brand’s other models have had made it to our other reviews (such as this top best massage chair for the money).
But honestly, where should we start? This is an excellent chair loaded with features that will deliver a truly superior massage experience from start to finish.
If you know your Kahuna chairs, you will know that the brand is among the firsts in the industry to have boasted an innovative space-saving technology across all their massage chairs.
By space-saving technology, it basically means that the chair uses a sliding forward motion while reclining to a zero gravity position. This way, it does not require as much space in the back as compared to those without it.
Most Kahuna chairs will only require 3 inches from the wall thanks to this space-saving technology, however, the 3D Hubot HM-078 requires 2 inches more because it has a bigger frame (which explains its large capacity).
Even so, the space it requires is still much smaller than many other chairs of its size so this certainly satisfies our first criterion of a good massage chair for home use.
Full Body Scan
Don’t take this for granted - even some very high end massage chairs do not come with this functionality. This full body massage chair is fully automated with an intelligent computerized full body scanning to find the perfect fit of your body size.
When it comes to massage features, this one here excels in so many areas.
First off, it uses a HSL-track. Now, if you know the differences between S and L track, you will know that the best kind is the hybrid S/L track because you get the best of both worlds. The thing is, not many massage chairs offer this combination. For those that do, they are usually much more expensive (in the $8,000-$10,000 mark).
The 3D Hubot HM-078 breaks the norm by offering not just a S/L but a HSL track system - an advanced SL-track that has an additional ergonomic curve in the lower back area with a longer range of track.
What’s better, is that the whole track is about 52 inches long. If you have done your research, you will know that anything beyond 50 inches is rare to come by. But the best thing? It is only about half the price of the models that offer a hybrid S/L track.
This model uses a big size high elasticity 4 Roller Massage System to give a powerful 3D performance. With almost double the size of high elasticity massage balls, the rollers protrude to every inch you need.
On top of that, it has over 100 air cells with multiple new additions on the head and lower thigh areas to promote blood circulation and increase oxygen levels.
These air cells are controllable in part through 17 separate air control system and there are 5 intensity levels to choose from.
If you can’t be fussed, there are 15 massage programs with new updated massage techniques with roller and aircells for you to choose from too. But best of all (and perhaps also the pioneer), is that the Hubot can provide a full 1 hour continuous massage. Bliss!
Heat is another standout feature of this chair - there is full body heat provided throughout the chair. Yes, you read that correctly.
Your upper back, lower back, legs and feet area are all equipped with heat pads so that brings the whole massage sensation to a whole new level, making it one of the best home chair for lower back pain
Upgraded now with additional rollers on the calf area, the foot massager is fully automated with 3 levels of foot intensity control and automatic leg extension of up to 7 inches. This gives it the allowance to be a massage chair for tall people, whom, are often neglected in the massage chair market. It is not retractable, sadly.
Now, the Kahuna 3D Hubot would have scored a perfect score if not for the lack of memory slots. Alas, despite its many sophisticated features, it is not equipped with a memory function so you will need to key in your favourite settings each time you need to get a massage. Same goes for the rest of your family members.
At a glance
Synergy is the best word to describe the Kahuna 3D Hubot HM-078 Rhythmic Massage Chair. All features work just so beautifully together it is can be quite unbelievable sometimes.
Yes, you will pay quite a premium price for it, but it is truly worth every penny of it. It is not that expensive really, we’d say it is in the middle price range. A massage chair for home use that we will highly recommend to everyone, this is a classic case of truly getting what you pay for.
It is the best full body massage chair in our opinion, naturally, the Luraco i7 Plus iRobotics 3D Medical Massage Chair makes it on the best massage chair for home use list.
The standout feature has to be its ‘User Memory Settings”. Boasting an impressive 5 memory slots for you to work with, you can either set 5 different customised settings for yourself, or up to 5 family members can each have their own favourite massage setting memorized and accessible with a push button away.
Apart from that, another thing worth mentioning is that this massage chair is fully designed and made in the USA. That is very rare, in fact, it is the only brand that is so, so you can be assured that its quality is top notch and very reliable.
As a full body massage chair, it provides outstanding massage techniques to the neck, full back and lower body region.
By this, we mean the chair is even equipped with the more sophisticated techniques like Swedish and Shiatsu apart from the usual kneading and tapping that seem to be the dominating options nowadays.
It is fairly normal nowadays for chairs to let you activate airbags in Air Massage mode selectively, but the Luraco i7 is able to do the same thing with their roller-based massage as well. What this means is that you can truly customize your massage the way you want, where you want. When need be, you can even pause your massage and resume after without having to start all the way from the beginning again.
Its body swivel with twist stretching program is one that cannot be found on any other massage chair, and this is probably the favourite out of all the 9 programs it has for chronic pain sufferers.
Similarly, it comes with full body heat (back, seat and feet) so it provides excellent therapeutic relief to those that suffer from chronic pain.
The extensive foot massager of the Luraco i7 more than makes up for the lack of a retractable foot ottoman. In fact, we think it has one of the best foot calf massager configurations for massage chairs like this.
First off, it gives a 3-layer foot and calf massage. Advanced sole massagers with double rollers are installed with removable footpads so that you the pressure can be eased off if it is too much for you. The foot ottoman is extendable if you’re on the tall side, but nothing over 6’7” because that is the maximum of its capacity. Which is quite a lot, to be honest.
Having said the above, the Luraco i7 Plus is not without fault. Actually, we wouldn’t call them a fault (certainly not a deal breaker that’s for sure), rather, it’s more like reasons why it comes secondary to the Kahuna Hubot:
At a glance
Apart from the abovementioned ‘faults’ of the chair, and little things like lesser airbags and programs, the main reason the Luraco i7 iRobotics is a runner up instead of taking the top spot is because of its price. It is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum, which really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise given all the amazing features it is equipped with.
Nonetheless, its price does not make it one that is for every household but for those that can afford it, it will be a home massage chair that you will enjoy thoroughly for a long, long time.
For those suffering from lower back pain (chronic or not), we highly recommend the Human Touch Wholebody 7.1 Massage Chair.
It is the best home chair for lower back pain, one that you can use anytime when you feel the need to in the comfort of your own home.
Do you know that Human Touch massage chairs are the only chairs endorsed by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC)?
In fact, these chairs have been serving as an important tool for back pain patients since 1979, providing measurable physical and psychological benefits to a wide range of users including back pain patients, active seniors, sports and outdoor enthusiasts, and those living with stress and chronic pain.
Given this background, Human Touch is able to develop some of the best massage chair for lower back pain in the market. Out of all, we think the Wholebody 7.1 is the best home chair for lower back pain. Here are our reasons:
First of all, it satisfies our size requirement. Yes, it does not have space-saving technology, but it has a smaller build to start with. Which explains why it is almost 100 pounds lighter than its competitors, making it much easier to move around the house.
But yes, a smaller frame means it does not require as much floor space, naturally, the lack of space-saving technology doesn’t matter so much anymore.
Secondly, its foot ottoman is retractable. Yes, finally there is one that satisfies this requirement.
The ottoman on the WholeBody 7.1 converts to a foot and calf massager; it also rotates into an ottoman to provide a comfortable place to relax your legs when a massage is not what you have in mind.
Once retracted, it doesn’t even look like a massage chair. If this is a look you’re going for, you will love this feature of the chair.
The standout feature has to be its patent-pending FlexGlide and 3D orbital massage technologies.
Free from the pinching and friction associated with typical massage chairs, every contour of your body is therapeutically touched by an unparalleled flexibility and seamless glide. As the company itself puts it, it feels much like a masseuse upgrading you from a dry to a warm oil massage.
It utilizes a dual motor system so that you can adjust your back and leg rest independently. There is also a 55 degree swivel base so you get to enjoy your massage from any angle.
All 5 of the expertly designed massage programs help the body recover from a variety of physical conditions, including Back Pain, Sciatica, Arthritis & Fibromyalgia.
Different from other massage chairs where you’ll only feel the effect after finishing one cycle of massage, the Wholebody 7.1 gives you an instant relief right where you need it by using what it calls the ‘BodyMap PRO’ function.
This remote allows you to simply press a button to indicate where you want to feel better, and the chair will pinpoint the massage rollers on targeted locations.
The chair’s patented Warm Air Technology targets the shoulders to lumbar area to soothe and relax you, preparing your muscles for a deeply-penetrating massage. 2 lumbar heat modules are encompassed to gently envelope your back, soothing tight muscles and relieving pain
Remember the ottoman converts into a foot and calf massager when need be?
Yes, it uses what the brand call a “CirQlation Figure 8 Technology”, whereby it massage the legs in an upward motion, forcing blood to the body’s core to sooth aching, tired feet and legs while improving circulation.
See the video below for a better illustration:
This is especially beneficial for those with high or low blood pressure, sleep issues, fibromyalgia etc. For a massage chair of this price point, we can say that it has the best foot calf massager in the market.
At a glance
Coming from one of the best massage chair brand in the industry, the Human Touch Wholebody 7.1 Massage Chair is the only chair that satisfies two out of three of the criteria we listed above - it does not take up much space, it has a retractable ottoman and it is (arguably) affordable.
It doesn’t have user memory setting though unfortunately, but its lower back therapeutic effects may trump over that for some.
In fact, it is the second runner-up of our best massage chair for the money category. With a sleek and contemporary design, this is one massage chair that will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your furniture and provide a cohesive interior for you.
The standout feature of this chair is definitely its zero gravity function - there are 3 positions, the maximum number current technology has to offer. This gives users a choice to select the most comfortable and optimum position for them, so as to achieve the highest benefit a zero gravity massage can bring.
There is also a computerized full body scan system to detect your body shape before customizing a fitting and suitable massage session for you.
The Ideal Massage chair uses a S-track frame so while it is not the best, its track is sufficiently long to cover the entire back down to the tailbone. We really like its rollers - they operate very quietly moving vertically along the track and it feels like real humanized massage hands giving a 3D massage to the back.
You get to set a timer from 5 to 30 minutes maximum to enjoy an uninterrupted head to toe massage session. There are 4 automatic programs to choose from, all of which give you multi-functional massages using different combined massaging methods ranging from shiatsu, kneading, spinal rolling and vibrating.
Should you wish, you can manually set your preferred mode to adjust the back rollers at any point of your body. With this chair, you get full control to adjust the types of massage intensity, speed and airbags.
Unlike the previous two models, this chair only has heat at the back. It is not the most excellent, but it is adequate enough to give another layer of comfort for back pain sufferers.
Here is where it becomes contentious. Instead of rollers, it has 6 simulating kneading balls located in the soles area for its foot massage.
What they do is push towards your foot’s pressure points when the airbag fills up so that the bottoms of your feet really come close into contact with the round balls to receive stronger and deeper massage to the daily tired areas.
Such pressure-based massage is good, however, there are many who’d preferred roller-based massage instead because they like the rolling up and down soothing effect. This is more of a personal preference question we feel, but it is something to keep in mind when deciding which home massage chair to buy.
At a glance
To be completely honest, the Ideal Massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair is lacking in some ways if we are to compare it with the above models. However, at this price point, we cannot really complain.
Again, this is a case where you get what you pay for and for slightly over $1,000, this is an excellent choice for a home massage chair.
The highlight has to be its power lift feature though. Now, such mechanism is not something new, nor is the MCombo the only chair that has this function. However, its is by far the steadiest and most durable, thanks to the counter-balanced lift mechanism with TUV certified motor that it uses.
The power lift pushes the entire chair up to assist the senior or people with mobility issues to stand up easily without adding stress to the back or knees. In addition, the base is designed to be anti-back-tipping, further increasing the chair’s safety feature.
The company has also made it super easy to use to cater for the older generation. There are just two buttons for you to smoothly adjust your position - to lift or recline to a position - so even if you’re the least tech-savvy person, you will have no problem operating it.
And, it has a retractable footrest. With already a smaller footprint to start with, this no doubt pushes it further to be the most space-saving massage chairs you can find in the market.
When it comes to massage function, we’ll be upfront - it utilizes a fixed-frame and stationary massage nodes that vibrate. Being a massage chair under $500, that is quite expected to be honest.
While vibration-style massage isn’t bad, it does not compare to roller-based massage. Unfortunately, that is something only pricier models offer. To date, we haven’t found one yet in this price range.
Nonetheless, MCombo takes the effort to better its vibration system which makes the it stands out from the rest. In particular, it has 8 nodes installed around the chair so it does a decent job in reaching most of your body parts.
There are 9 modes to choose from although we have to say each does not differ much from the other, and there are 5 intensity levels available. A fixed 10-minute interval timer is provided, up to a maximum of 30 minutes.
The chair can be reclined up to 140 degrees, but not all the way to flat position. If you have any concerns regarding your health, it is advisable that you consult your doctor before using this product.
It is worthy to note that its heating function (yes, there is one) works separately from its vibration features. This means that on days you don’t feel like using the massage function, you can still turn on the heating function and use it as a home recliner chair.
At a glance
Being the best massage chair under $500, the MCombo Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair is one that you can consider if budget is an issue. Sure, its massage function will be inferior to that of the more expensive models, but that is if you compare or expected more.
For gentle body relief, it is actually better because its pressure isn’t too powerful or aggressive (massage-related injury is not made up, folks). Together with the power lift function, we think it is, in fact, the best massage chair for older people or people with mobility issues.
Best Home Massage Chair Roundup Review
So what is the best home massage chair?
Our top favourite is undoubtedly the Kahuna 3D Hubot HM-078 Rhythmic Massage Chair - it is the most well-rounded massage chair, most versatile and has most of the features other massage chairs in this review have, each performing decently.
Ultimately, the best massage chair for you will depend on the features you need most. Different people have different needs/parts they want to focus on so necessarily, the features they require/emphasize on are quite different.
The most expensive massage chair may not necessary mean it is the best. Likewise, what’s at the bottom of the list for someone may be the world’s best massage chair for another. The models reviewed above cater to different requirements so there should be one that is able to fit you best.
And remember, if your home really cannot fit in a massage chair, do not lose hope - you can still enjoy the benefits of a massage in the comfort of your own home with one of these.