The 5 Best Massage Table Brand You Need to Know
Are you confused by the many different massage tables available in the market? How do you differentiate between the legit and reputable from the downright inferior when all claim to be the best in the market?
We understand how you’re feeling. Overwhelmed is an understatement, especially when all massage tables look pretty much the same.
Which is why we have came up with this short piece to help you with the ultimate question - what is the best massage table? At the very least, this article will show you how to distinguish the good from the bad ones.
Best Massage Table Brand (in no chronological order)
Amongst everything, one aspect you can base your decision on is the BRAND of the table.
Choosing a table from a trusted brand with good reputation will, at the very forefront, save you more than half the hassle (and effort) of filtering the good from the bad ones.
At the very least, it closes that risky door of getting a downright inferior table.
Then on, it's just a matter of choosing a model that suits your needs.
Out of all the different massage table brands that are available, there are 5 exceptional ones that we have shortlisted as being the best massage table brand in the market. In no chronological order, they are:
First up, we have the Master Massage.
Established in 1998, this is a brand that has more than 30 years experience in the massage industry specialising in professional quality massage tables, massage chairs and massage accessories.
For our purpose that is the massage table here, Master Massage has two signature products that make it stood out from the rest - heated massage table, and pregnancy massage table.
Heated Massage Table
Well known for its exclusive range of thermal massage tables (aptly named the "Therma-Top"), this is a massage table that has a built-in adjustable heating system.
In the past, if massage therapists are to offer heat in their massages, they will have to buy a separate massage table heating pad.
With the Therma-Top, you no longer need to carry a separate piece of accessory with you nor do you need to set up and detach the heating pad each and everytime you have a massage session.
There are up to 10 heating levels for you (or rather, your client) to choose from. All electronics used are EMR (electromagetic radiation) Safe.
In fact, this is the ONLY EMR Safe heated massage table in the market so you have nothing to worry about in the safety department. It is worthy to know that this technology is now patented by the brand.
If you're wondering if heat is essential, let us just say one thing - it truly elevates the sensation and effectiveness of a massage to another level.
Pregnancy Massage Table
Pioneer in the industry, Master Massage's pregnancy massage tables continue to be a bestseller amongst professional masseuses specialising in prenatal massage services to date.
We won't go into detail here again as we have an in-depth review here but if you're looking for a top quality pregnancy massage table, this is the brand to go for.
The Brand's Signature Features
For all its tables, the brand has a few signature features that set it apart from its competitors.
One of them being the trademarked "Sculptured Ergonomic Dream Adjustable Face Cradle".
This is a 3" memory foam layered pillow that is fully adjustable to adapt to every unique face shape, all thanks to the ergonomic design of a curved cross bar that has side platforms to stabilize the pillow for comfort and security.
With any table purchase, an armrest shelf and massage table bag are included.
The former is oversized for maximum coverage and comfort while the bag is one of the finest designed and made we have seen in the market. There are multiple ways to carry it and the outside storage compartments give space for the accessories.
All tables have Reiki leg panels and a shiatsu cable release - the former double the thickness of normal leg panels while the latter allows you to lay the table flat on the floor.
Numbered holes were installed at the legs, with the “QUIK-SET™ Leg Knobs” reducing 70% of the effort and time required to adjust the height while “Clevis Block™ Leg Attachments” are used to guarantee unbreakable leg support besides keep the wooden legs squeak and wobble free.
On top of all that, non-skid, non-mark foot pads are installed to make their tables safe for any floor surface.
With a well curated selection of portable massage tables, stationary tables, spa tables, massage chairs to massage oils and lotions, Master Massage is a brand that you can trust.
Although its products are generally pricier than other massage tables, we think this is a classic case of you get what you pay for - every extra penny is worth the price.
In particular, its Master Massage Therma-Top is really one top quality product we have had no hesitation in recommending when it comes to the best heated massage table.
Using only wood that is formaldehyde and carcinogen free, all products are rigorously tested to meet the strictest California Air Resources Board (CARB) law so you know you are in good hands with them here.
If Master Massage is all about the heated and pregnancy massage tables, Earthlite's has to be its variety of selection available.
For those with a bigger budget, there is the Premium Spa Level which is the brand’s top of the line model fully made in the USA to the highest standards with some of the most high-end features for a travel massage table.
Sealing its position as one of the best massage table brand in the industry is its extensive range of stationary massage table though.
They are the No.1 choice of hotels, resorts and spa centres across the world for their in-house spa facilities, so much so that Earthlite has even received the American Spa Professional’s Choice Awards consecutively from 2010 - 2018 in the Favourite Treatment Table Manufacturer and Manufacturer Support category.
One thing that we truly resonates with Earthlite is its commitment in producing quality products via sustainable practices and achieving zero-carbon footprint in the process of doing so.
This is why the brand does not use rainforest hardwoods. Instead, farmed and renewable wood sources such as Canadian hard maple and Baltic birch plywood are used for their table legs (and braces) and table tops respectively.
In addition, you will see a respect for nature in the water-based lacquer, environmentally friendly foam and vinyl used on all their products.
We like how the brand sticks true to what they preach. We’ve visited their factory and witness ourselves how recycling is integrated into their manufacturing operations.
A recycling program for aluminium, glass and paper products is implemented within the factory and wood is carefully cut out to minimize waste.
Quality is not sacrificed to achieve environmental integrity, as seen from the lifetime warranty that they are confident enough to offer for their products. Hence the reason as to why it can so confidently claim that their products do not end up in landfills - it is because they are built to last a lifetime.
Speaking of eco-consciousness, Oakworks is another massage table brand you can consider.
Besides taking environmental wellness into account, this is also the only brand that manufactures its products here in the US.
Yes, founded by a couple who built their very first Oakworks massage table over 40 years ago, Oakworks has its very own factory - a 91,000 sqf state-of-the-art facility located here in the US Southern Pennsylvania.
Different from the above two brands though, is that Oakworks also produces medical/healthcare products besides manufacturing massage tables.
By that, we mean medical devices like ultrasound tables, urology tables, imaging tables and the likes that are used in clinics and hospitals.
While not necessarily related to our topic here today, it goes to show the level of professionalism the brand has in its products.
Indeed, Oakworks is known for its commitment in providing safe, durable and ergonomic equipment to the medical industry to support the health and wellbeing of people all over the world. They are reputable for their design innovation, sophisticated engineering and quick turnaround time.
When even the most stringent healthcare professional demands are met, you know you can't go wrong with its massage tables.
Stronglite is another massage table brand that has been around for more than 30 years. Also US-based, it has received the love and recognition from massage therapists, trainers and medical physicians from all over the world.
Now, that is very rare as the common practice in the industry is around 1-2 years.
What this signifies is the brand’s confidence in their products. As we've always said in many of our tips and guides, a product's quality can often be gauged by the warranty period it comes with. The longer it is, the more durable one can assume.
It's not just about the high quality materials that are utilized. Stronglite uses an advanced computer modeling technology to screen through and quality check all its products before each and every one is released to the public. Because of this, Stronglite's massage tables are some of the most durable models in the industry.
Out of all the brands mentioned herein, Stronglite's tables are probably the most affordable.
Speaking of affordable price points, Sierra Comfort is another brand that provides excellent massage equipments that do not break the bank account.
Founded on the determination to provide an industry of massage experts with the equipment and accessories needed to support a diverse profession, Sierra Comfort is known for their affordable, lightweight and convenient products.
For example, its bestseller - the the All-in-One Inclusive Portable Massage Table is a full package that comes with even the sheet sets for the face cradle, apart from the usual massage table bag and face cradle.
For those that'd want to save themselves the trouble of finding and purchasing individual items here and there, this certainly brings convenience to another level, not to mention value for money.
They have an extensive range of portable massage tables that come in a variety of colours for you to choose, and all are within the $100-$200 price range.
This is the brand to go to if you want the best value for your money. Keeping all industry users in mind, Sierra Comfort is the one-stop solution for all massage specialists be it you're a trainer, therapist or medical physician.
Massage Table Brands - Final Thoughts
The value found on each of the above mentioned companies’ products will ultimately depend on what you’re looking for, and how much you’re willing or able to spend.
The best massage table brands tend to be those that do the bulk of the work either locally in the US, or in developed nations like Japan or Korea.
Of course, that is just a generalization - there are certainly exceptions. Our tip is to always look at the reviews - they are able to tell you a lot.
In the end, we'd say careful research remains the best way to find the best massage table for you. The 5 brands recommended above is a good place to start from - happy shopping!