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Nouhaus N-0001 Massage Chair Review

Nouhaus N-0001 Massage Chair

At a glance, you may not be able to tell the Nouhaus N-0001 Massage Chair is actually, well, a massage chair. Understandably so, it has quite ... a different design from traditional massage chairs, to say the least. 

Now, when it comes to contemporary designs like this, many may be skeptical of its massage quality. Let's just say you'll be in for a real surprise.  

Product Specifications

Brand

Nouhaus

Product Name

N-0001 Massage Chair with Ottoman

Product Dimensions

47 x 28 x 27 inches

Key Functions

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Maximum Capacity

250 lbs

Editor's Rating

(4.4 / 5.0)

Price & Availability

Contemporary Design

Even though compact massage chairs like the CirC or Riage CS look modern, you can still tell that they are massage chairs without a doubt. 

nouhaus chair with ottoman

The Nouhaus N-0001, on the other hand, looks just like an ordinary chair - a very fancy one at that. Featuring a classic 5-point base, it employs a half-dome mid-century modern shape and comes with a matching ottoman. 

Possibly the only chair with such versatility, the N-0001 is designed to complement any décor. Meant to function as a regular lounge chair when not in use, the ottoman can also double up as an additional seat for when you have guests over.

Lending to its attraction is the retro colours the chair comes in - Mustard, Burgundy and Brown - with a PU leather finish that is complete with luxury diamond cut stitching.

Yep, this includes the matching ottoman as well so it can match with the chair to give a cohesive look to your room, unless you prefer otherwise which is perfectly fine also.

Just in case you haven't notice, the Nouhaus N-0001 is compact in size. So much so that it can even fit under a work desk and be an office massage chair and no one could be any the wiser.

Despite being a small massage chair, it does provide rather generous leeway. The seat has a maximum hip width of 40" - if you are on the average size, you can even fold your legs on the chair. 

Massage Features

Perhaps the biggest concern for many is how well its massage functions fare up.

After all, there are many beautiful 'massage chairs' in the market that do not really perform, giving what, at its best, a slight vibration only which strictly speaking, does not really qualify one to be called a massage chair.

Rest assured, that is not the case here. We wouldn't include it as one of the best massage chair under 1000 if it is, would we?

For one, it offers full body massage (save as the legs).

nouhaus full body massage

Starting from the head, 4 massage nodes will gently knead the neck and shoulders before they roll down in an inward and outward motion along the entire length of the back and finishing down at the glutes. 

Many are actually very surprised at the amount of pressure given by these nodes because again, many have already presumed its massage quality to be subpar (judging from its appearance).

But no, the massage pressure of the Nouhaus N-0001 is comparable to some of the bigger full body massage chairs.

This is because each massage head gives 35 kneads per minute and they are able to adjust up and down at the neck area for height accuracy. 

What takes the cake though, is that the neck and back massage is actually separated. You can choose to have either one at a time or turn both on for a full body massage according to your preference. The multiple settings also let you spot massage a sore spot, or enjoy a full body massage. 

In particular, the neck massage quality is exceptional.

nouhaus massage ball system
nouhaus supportive pillow

If you separate the supportive pillow, the massage ball system really gets in there and massages your tension away. 

To be honest, we'd never expect to get such a deep tissue massage from a chair like this. For those that cannot take too much a pressure, you can keep the pillow on and still feel the relaxing sensation.

nouhaus air massage

For the waist and glutes area, the Nouhaus N-0001 employs the airbag compression technique. 

Yep, aside from roller massage, you also get air massage with this chair.

Two airbags are placed on each side of the pelvic region with another under the seat working together to compress and massage the hips and glutes to relieve sciatica, pain and lower back tension. 

Adding to the relieving sensation are heating pads located both at the back and under the seat to give a deeper level of relaxation by warming and soothing these areas. 

Others

Another aspect that we really like about the Nouhaus N-0001 is the minimal assembly that it requires. 

nouhaus chair base

As soon as your chair arrives, all you need to do is just find a tranquil massage corner, attach the base and that's it!

Weighing a light 47.7 pounds, even if you want to move it to somewhere else in the future, it will be easy for you to do it without any help.

You know we are big on issues like warranty and customer service, don't you? As we've repeatedly advised our readers, always look at these two aspects first before deciding on a product. They tell of its quality and durability, at least to a very large extent. 

You'll be glad to find that the Nouchair offers a 30-day risk free trial with special money back guarantee. In the event you do not like it for any particular reason, return it and you'll get a full refund. 

Decided to keep it? You'll get a 3-year warranty and as far as we can tell, Nouhaus is excellent in the customer service front with its fast and responsive attitude. 

So yep, this chair ticks all our boxes in this regard.

Things to Note

There isn't much we can criticise the Nouhaus N-0001 actually, to be honest.

Probably the fact that it cannot recline and does not have foot massage, but those are something to be compromised for a chair with such design. 

The chair does have a slight incline though, and is able to swivel 45 degrees which really, where else can you find a massage chair that swivels?

Some may find that they need a lumbar pillow when using it as a regular reading chair as the massagers do not retract fully and ma, as a result, poke into the lower back. Some people are perfectly fine without one though, so it's not a major issue in our opinion.

Conclusion:

nouhaus massage chair with ottoman

When the majority of massage chairs in the market are not quite the looker (to say the least), with some even saying that they are an eyesore to a living space, the Nouhaus N-0001 Massage Chair is a breath of fresh air amongst the many exo-skeleton/ one man spacecraft-like design.


What's remarkable about this small massage chair is that not only is it pleasing in the eye, its massage feature and quality are the real deal. Aesthetic and functionality - the Nouhaus N-0001 does them both so well.


At such a price, it is just such a well made, modern looking and beautiful chair that also happens to work very well as a massage chair. We cannot recommend it more!



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Synca Wellness CirC Massage Chair Review

Synca Wellness CirC Massage Chair

We don't know about you, but one glance at the Synca Wellness CirC Massage Chair has got our hearts skip a beat. Isn't it one of the most beautiful massage chair you have ever seen?

The CirC is not all about looks and appearances only though - this little baby here is equipped with functions comparable to its giant counterparts. Best of all, it is one of the smallest massage chair in the market, under $1,000 too!

Product Specifications

Brand

Synca Wellness 

Product Name

CirC

Product Dimensions

40 x 21.8 x 37 inches

Key Functions

  • SL track system 
  • Compression + Robotic massage
  • Heat function
  • Small and compact 
  • Award-winning modern design

Maximum Capacity

N/A

Editor's Rating

(4.2 / 5.0)

Price & Availability

Award-Winning Design

Yes, the CirC has won a Good Design Award back in 2017 with its modern design and 106-degree ergonomic seating angle and position.

synca wellness circ colour options

Not only does it NOT look like your usual massage chairs (which some may define as big and ugly) what's with its minimalist and sleek appearance, it is also one of the smallest massage chair in the market.

Now, there are actually many who are in the hunt for a compact massage chair - be it because they cannot stand the bulky designs, or that their room cannot fit.

The CirC will, in this instance, totally fit the bill with its small footprint.

Most importantly, it doesn't look like a massage chair at all. With three contemporary colour to choose from, the CirC will make for one stylish and comfortable chair that will spruce up any room, even if you don't use its massage functions.

Massage Features

Which brings us to, this massage chair provides professional massage techniques execution that includes tapping and kneading instead of the usual air and rolling functions commonly found in conventional chairs.

synca wellness circ massage hands

The intelligent massage hands imitate a massage therapists' method of kneading to feel as if they are real hands with the strength ranging from "Strong" to "Gentle". 

In this regard, it is quite similar to the Infinity Riage CS - another popular compact massage chair that employs robotic massage techniques but the CirC took it one step further by implementing a SL-Track design. 

If you know a thing or two about massage chairs, you will know that the SL-Track is the most advanced technology to date.

synca wellness circ sl track

Usually offered only in high end or bulky massage chairs, this is a hybrid of the S and L track that allows massage nodes to not just roll along the S curvature of your spine but extend beyond it to reach the back of your thighs. 

To put it simply, the massage hands will move up and down to pinpoint locations from your trapezius to your hamstring, from the upper back to the back of your thighs.

By now you probably can tell that this chair focuses on the back and pelvic region. 

Yes, the philosophy behind its design is that it is believed that the everyday fatigue and stress can be gotten rid of with lower body core movements.  

You see, muscles in the pelvic region are an important support structure associated with lower leg and vertebral core muscle movement. Tense or stiff muscles in the pelvic region can cause pain and dysfunction in the lower back and hips.

With alternating hip movements from left to right, you can actually loosen up the muscle near the base of the spine to help reduce lower back pain. 

synca wellness massage area

The CirC does exactly just that by using its whisper-quiet air cell technology and gentle precise massage hands to loosen the lumbar paraspinal muscles, alternating its gentle movement from left to right .

This is another feature that makes the CirC stands out - its combination of both compression and robotic massage because if you recall similar chairs in that size, it's usually either one or the other. 

Adding to that is the restorative heat therapy at the lumbar region that penetrates the whole body from waist to back to enhance the effect of the massage. 

You can select to massage your whole body or pinpoint a location with an easy-to- use controller. 

Others 

So this is purely aesthetic, but the Synca Wellness CirC has lights that generate a soft candle glow located on either side of the headrest.

synca wellness circ ambient lighting

While one may say that such ambient lighting is not necessary, the gentle orange lighting does add to the relaxation factor and improves the massage quality overall. 

Just like how candles were lit or lights being dimmed at spa sanctuaries, the ambient lighting replicates and provides just that.

For something that usually can only be found in higher end massage chairs, no doubt this is a nice extra to have for a massage chair under 1000. 

Another thing that we like about the CirC is its warranty and customer service. 

If you have read our massage chair buying guide, you will know that warranty and/or after-sale service are important criteria to look at amongst other things.

This is because to a certain extent, the length of warranty speaks about the quality of a product - the longer it is, the more confidence it shows the manufacturer has in its product. 

On this regard, the CirC stands by its product 100%. If there is any fault found with your massage chair, a replacement will be provided. The best thing is - it doesn't require you give a long testimonial or whatnot to be qualified - just tell them what the problem is and that's it. 

Things to Note

Having said the above, there is one thing that we have to bring your attention to - the CirC is not the best massage chair for tall people. 

It's not just with the CirC - most compact massage chairs have this problem where the bottom of the chair is placed quite low to the ground so if you lean towards the tall side, we can see how it can be quite uncomfortable after sitting in it for too long.

synca wellness circ low

Also, if you are tall, you may find yourself having to adjust your position for the rollers to be able to hit where you want them to. 

On the flip side though, it makes for one of the best massage chair for short adults. 

Compared to the Riage CS (which has a similar design), this one here does not have a footrest. It is not a deal breaker to us by any means, but we can see why it can be something that drive some people away.

Conclusion:

synca wellness circ

Overall, the massage features of this chair makes it one of the best chair for lower back and hip pain. If these are the only areas you are having trouble in, the Synca Wellness CirC Massage Chair will be the best massage chair for you.


Nevertheless, there are things that you will have to compromise when you go for a small massage chair like this. For the CirC, it is the lack of footrest/foot massage. Then again, it is not a necessity for everyone. If you're on the petite side, this chair may just be perfect. 


With a price tag like that for all that it offers, the CirC is truly one of the best massage chair under 1000 you can ever find in the market. Highly recommend!



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Best Massage Chair under $1000 (2021 Review)

Finding a good massage chair is not easy, especially when the good ones are usually very expensive (we’re talking $8,000 to over $10,000 here).

If $1,000 is the maximum you’d want to spend on a massage chair, then you’ve come to the right place. 

We have to admit that it has been a challenging process finding massage chairs under $1,000 that is of exceptional quality, although we’d say the choices available are definitely much wider than that of the under $500 category.

Nevertheless, here are the top 5 best massage chair under 1000 that we’re satisfied with and happy to recommend to our readers.

Our #1 Recommendation

#1st Rated
real relax favor 03 plus
  • Zero gravity 
  • Full body airbag massage (50 airbags)
  • Foot rollers with built-in heaters 
  • Heat function at waist, foot and butt
  • Up to 30 minutes timer function 

Top 5 Best Massage Chair under $1000 Comparison Chart

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Real Relax
Best Massage BMEC06C
Infinity Riage CS
synca wellness circ
nouhaus massage chair with ottoman

Dimensions (inches)

63x 30 x 34

55 x 35 x 42

38 x 23 x 38 

40 x 22 x 37

47 x 28 x 27

Product Weight

217 pounds

300 pounds

104 pounds

70 pounds

67 pounds

Zero Gravity

X

X

X

Heat

Airbags

50

21

0

Calf & Foot

X

X

X

Timer

30 minutes

X

X

X

X

Maximum Capacity

400lbs

265lbs

6'2"

250lbs

250lbs

Editor's Rating

(4.4/5.0)


Full Review

(4.3/5.0)


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(4.4/5.0)


Full Review

(4.2/5.0)


Full Review

(4.4/5.0)


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Best Massage Chair Reviews (under $1,000 category)

Real Relax

The Real Relax Favor-03 Plus Full Body Zero Gravity Massage Chair is full of surprises because well, you’d never imagine a massage chair of this price point to be equipped with so many features.

We’re talking about zero gravity, full body airbags with built-in heaters, butt and seat vibration and foot rollers massage here.

Easily the massage chair with the most number of airbags, the Favor-03 Plus has rollers inbuilt in 8 of the most common trigger points as well to give a thorough massage experience to its user. Equipped with 3 zero gravity position, continue reading here ...

Pros

  • 2 wheels for easy movement
  • Zero gravity feature
  • Full body massage
  • Heat function
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • No 3D scanning 
  • Inconsistent air compression pressure
  • Bulky
Best Massage BMEC06C

Another massage chair under 1000 option to be considered is the Full Body Electric Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner from Best Massage.

Best Massage has came out with a few remarkable models under the $1,000 price mark, but the particular model in question today is the BM-EC06C.

Similar to the above, this is a full body massage chair as well but it does not have multiple zero gravity positioning. 

Nevertheless, it has more functional diversity in that it is equipped with more massage techniques and have more massage modes. Best of all, it is one of the very rare cases where a computerized body scanning feature is offered, in this price range. Read more here ...

Pros

  • Fully adjustable and customizable 
  • Computerized body scanning feature 
  • Full body massage with SL track
  • Heat function
  • Multiple massage techniques and preset modes
  • In-home delivery

Cons

  • Massage pressure can be a bit intense for some
  • Bulky 
Infinity Riage CS

If you are short on space or you are not a fan of the bulky type of massage chairs, the Infinity Riage CS Massage Chair will be right up your alley. 

Easily the best small massage chair that is under the $1,000 price mark, this chair will fit into any home. And the best thing is - it is still a full body massage chair with zero gravity function.

Yep, if you are looking for full body massage recliner chair that does not require a lot of space, the Infinity Riage CS will be ideal because it only needs 2" of clearance to the wall at full recline position. Find out more here ...

Pros

  • Space saving recline and rocking mode
  • Zero gravity feature
  • Full body massage
  • Lumbar heat function
  • 4 auto programs
  • Portable design with hidden wheels for easy moving
  • Unlimited US-based customer & technical support
  • 1 year in-home and repair or replacement

Cons

  • Vibration at calf only
  • No compression 
synca wellness circ

Another compact massage chair option you can consider is the Synca Wellness CirC Massage Chair

As you can see, it resembles the Infinity Riage CS quite closely in terms of deign. This one here, has even won a Good Design Award back in 2017. 

With an ergonomic 106-degree seat design, it ensures to give a tailor fit to different individual bodies without taking up much floor space. 

Focusing on massaging the upper back to the back of your thighs via its hybrid L/S Track design, it is regarded by many to be one of the best home chair for lower back pain. Find out why here ...

Pros

  • SL massage track 
  • Compression and robotic massage
  • Ergonomic seating design
  • Heat function
  • Chair for lower back pain 

Cons

  • No calf and foot massage 
  • Cannot recline
nouhaus massage chair with ottoman

While the Riage CS and the CirC take on a modern compact design, they still look like a massage chair at the end of the day.

The Nouhaus N-0001 Massage Chair here, well, this is truly a massage chair that doesn't look like one. 

We figure there may be those of you that are looking for a non-conspicuous massage chair, one that doesn't stood out 'in your face' kind of massage chair. The Nouhaus N-0001 fits the bill - not only is it an ideal small massage chair for compact spaces, it is also the cheapest out of all that are recommended here. Read more here...

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Modern contemporary design
  • Removable pillow for deep massage
  • Heat function
  • Easy to assemble
  • 3-year warranty with 30-day money back guarantee

Cons

  • Cannot recline
  • No foot and calf massage

What You Can Expect From Massage Chairs Under $1,000

Different from massage chairs under $500, you can expect more from those under the $1,000 category. 

For one, you can find chairs that offer full body massage - including the foot and calves - that is not just a mere vibration.

From airbag compression to robotic massage techniques like shiatsu, kneading, tapping and rolling, you can see that they are provided in different chairs as shown from the above recommendation list. 

In particular, you may also see that most have an inbuilt track system to conduct these massages, be it a S, L or even SL track, the latter of which can only usually be found in pricier massage chairs.

For those that are clueless as to what their differences are, here's a short explanation:

  • S Track - moves along the natural 'S' curvature of the spine shape to relax the vertebrae; 
  • L Track - extends to the seat surface to cover the glutes, hamstring area;  
  • SL Track - a combination of both S and L track, the best and most advanced technology to date.  

If you'd like to learn more on this topic, we have a detailed guide here providing just that. 

Apart from the above, you may also find chairs offering zero gravity positioning in the $1,000 price range. Not extensively available, but there are if you know where to find. 

Beware though if you see one claiming to be zero gravity (especially if the price seems too good to be true) because there are many that simply throw in the term 'zero gravity' just to pull in the crowd. As we've always said, just because a chair is able to recline does not necessarily make it a zero gravity massage chair

Having said that, here's a roundup:

Best Massage Chair Under 1000 Roundup Review

If you’re looking for a quality massage chair with all the bells and whistles, this is not the category for you. For those, you’ll pay in the thousands for it.

If you’re looking for an entry level massage chair that provides at least the basic massage features and techniques (and does each well), look no further. 

Our top pick is the Real Relax Favor-03 Plus no doubt for its all-roundedness. It may not be your best though and that's perfectly fine because different people have different preference. In short, 

  • Best Massage BM-EC06C Touch is for those who will have multiple users in the family using the chair because of its computerized body scanning function; 
  • The Infinity Riage CS will be ideal if you are short on space yet doesn't want to compromise on a reclining feature;
  • Perfect for petite-sized users, the Synca Wellness CirC  provides strong powerful massage with its SL track system;
  • Finally, the Nouhaus N-0001 is for those who are particular about both aesthetic and functionality.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal needs and preferences. Nevertheless, it is comforting to see that more and more functions are now being offered in massage chairs at the lower end of the price spectrum when in the past, they are only available in pricier models. Functions that are engineered and implemented well at that, too.



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10 Best Massage Office Chair: No More Back & Neck Pain

Best Massage Office Chair

Do you experience back or neck pain when you're working diligently away in front of your computer?

Aside from poor posture, the chair you're sitting on may be the actual cause of all the aches. 

Before you rush out to replace it with a more expensive model, why not consider purchasing a specially designed massage office chair? A good one will alleviate any discomfort feeling as well as provide significant health benefits - right at your office!

In the following massage chair reviews, we will look at some of the very best massage office chairs the market has to offer today. 

They are effective and high quality, yet very affordable and do not require you to break the bank account.

We will be categorising them into two types - Executive Office Chair and Gaming Chair. The two have quite a distinctive difference in terms of outlook, so they may resonate with different people and/or requirements.


Executive Massage Office Chair Reviews

If you work at a professional office setting, the executive massage chair office will be more of a suitable type for you.  

HomCom Massage Office Chair

Out of all, the HOMCOM High Back Executive Massage Office Chair wins the best office chair massager title in our opinion. 

An office chair with massage and heat, every aspect is engineered and implemented well to give the best quality of seating experience.

If you're looking for an office chair for lower back pain, this is the one.  

With 6 different massage settings offered to customize your own massage experience, what we like is how both heat and massage functions operate completely independently of one another. Continue reading here...

BestOffice Big and Tall Office Chair

Big and tall indeed, the BestOffice Executive Massage Office Chair is the one to go for if you lean on the heavier side. This chair, well, it has the biggest weight capacity out of all we have seen so far. 

  • Recline: 90°-120°
  • Swivel: 360°
  • Weight capacity: 500 lbs

It's not just about the weight limit. Specially designed to accommodate larger and taller body types, the chair is proportioned with a broader seat width and back to those above average weight or height so that they can sit comfortably.  

Speaking of comfort, it has an ergonomic curved high back that perfectly supports the whole body very well. The thick cushion is padded with high density shaping sponge to make long-sitting hours more comfortable and like many others, it is upholstered with smooth PU leather.

With a thickened pipe wall and heavy-duty metal base, you can rest assured that this is a durable one to withhold the weight. It comes with a USB massage lumbar pillow to release fatigue from your waist upwards, which can be connected to any USB charging device including power banks.

Overall, we'd say the BestOffice is the go-to choice if you lean towards the larger or taller side. Amongst all the office massage chair, it is the best recliner for tall man.

Esright Office Chair

The Esright Ergonomic Massage Office Chair offers the most number of massage points - 7 in total. Together with a lumbar heat function, it makes for one of the best office chair for back and neck pain. 

  • Recline: 90°-130°
  • Swivel: 360°
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs

It all lies in the little details. The leather headrest is padded to reduce strain on the upper body and neck while the curved armrest gives extra support and comfort. We like how the seat cushion is extra padded with thick sponge filling so it feels more comfortable for long-sitting hours. 

Both the reclining angle and seat height are adjustable, with the former including a locking system that allows you to secure the right angle. The latter uses a SGS certified brand lifter to ensure a smooth and safe operation as one adjusts the height up to 23.25" for different height requirements. 

Overall, we think the Esright Massage Chair is an ideal fit especially if you're particular about the massage functions. Besides the bigger coverage made possible by the 7 massage points, this one here also offers 5 control modes with 2 intensity levels for you to customize the perfect massage setting. 

OFM Essentials Office Chair

The ESS-6035M Essential Massage Leather Executive Office Chair is manufactured by OFM, a company that specializes in making office furniture since 1995. 

Their products are well-known to be a reflection of both quality and durability, naturally, its massage office chair does not disappoint.

Unlike most of its kind where vibration massage is predominantly the case, it upgrades the experience with the addition of a heated, Shiatsu-style rolling/kneading adjustable full-back massage system that provides ultimate comfort in soothing muscle tension and aches.

The rollers knead you up and down the back while the lower massage goes down to about 3” from the bottom seat of the chair. If you want a more intense feel, you can remove the back pad to get a more direct hit. This is what makes it one of the best chair for back pain in our opinion. 

The high back, seat, and integrated headrest are designed with segmented double-plush padding for luxurious support, and are upholstered in smooth SofThread leather for an upscale look and feel. We like how the thickly padded loop arms add style and upper body support.

The ESS-6035M also offers simple and intuitive controls such as gas-lift seat height adjustment, 360 degree swivel, tilt tension, and tilt lock for even more ergonomic customizability.

Overall, this chair meets or exceeds industry standards for safety and durability. It is also one with the longest warranty period, backed by OFM's 3 year limited warranty.

Homgrace massage office chair

If you are looking for an affordable office massage chair, we highly recommend giving the Homgrace Swivel Executive Massage Office Chair a go. 

  • Recline: 98°-125°
  • Swivel: 360°
  • Weight capacity: 331 lbs

It boasts the same soft PU leather upholstery and soft padding that is found in many of its more expensive counterparts, but without their price. Likewise, it is a 5-castor base executive chair that allows recline and 360° swivel. 

Similar to Homcom's 47.5" high back, this one here can be adjusted within a 10cm range. What stood out to us though, is its structure. One of the most stable, it can accommodate up to 331lbs which is among the greatest offered in the industry.

Massage wise, this chair comes with 6 massage settings that range from healing back support to leg circulation and comfort. 

Nevertheless, with a price like that, there are bound to have a few 'shortfalls'. One being - it is not a heated massage office chair. The armrests are also non-adjustable, and its seat is narrower than most other models. 

Having said that, we do still think it is a very good option to consider if you have a budget limit. Especially if you lean on the heavy side, all the more we'd recommend the Homgrace because it has one exceptional weight capacity that does not cost as much as other models.

Executive Office Chair Massager Comparison Chart


HomCom
BestOffice Big and Tall Office Chair
Esright Office Chair
OFM Essentials Office Chair
Homgrace massage office chair

Weight

45 pounds

22 pounds

tbc

47 pounds

45 pounds

Massage

Upper back Lower back Leg

Back

Lumbar

Neck

Back

Lumbar

Buttocks

Back

Lumbar

Waist

Back

Heat

Lumbar

X

Lumbar

Lumbar

X

Recline

Capacity

265 lbs

500 lbs

300 lbs

250 lbs

331 lbs



Massage Gaming Chair Reviews

If your work environment takes on a more casual, relaxed setting, a massage gaming chair may be right up your alley.

Their massage function comes in the form of a lumbar pillow, which is why they make for the best chair for lower back pain. Most come with a retractable footrest, so this is one where you can lie back and kick up your feet.

Blue Whale Gaming Chair

Gamers will certainly know this - the Blue Whale Massage Gaming Chair is said to be the best massage gaming chair ever made. We cannot agree more.

Every part of this chair is adjustable - you can truly customize it to the most comfortable position for yourself.

When we say every part, we literally mean it. From the height of the chair, tilt of the backrest, back pressure, armrests to the position of the headrest and lumbar pillow, everything is adjustable. Plus, it has a sedentary reminder function. Continue reading here...

Dowinx Gaming Chair

Adopting a traditional racing-style design, the Dowinx Gaming Chair is an option you can consider if your work setting leans on the more casual side. 

It is the go-to choice of internet cafes and e-sports events, being deemed the massage gaming chair for ultimate comfort and best support. Best for those who are required to sit in front of the computer for long hours. 

It is not hard to see why the Dowinx is able to stand out amongst all the tough competition in the market - it has basically all the features one would look for in a massage gaming chair. Find out more here...

Von Racer Gaming Chair

The Von Racer Massage Office Chair is another massage gaming chair that has sealed its spot in the gaming industry. 

  • Recline: 90°-135° 
  • Swivel: 360°
  • Weight capacity: 250lbs

Von Racer has a smaller weight capacity though. However, we like how its seat area is flat and wide, which provides additional space for relaxed seating. To those looking for a wider and deeper seat, this one will be right up your alley.

Like any massage gaming chair, its massage feature comes in the form of a USB support lumbar pillow. You can detach it and use it on any other chair as an office chair back massager, as long as there is a USB outlet nearby. What we like though, is that its height can be adjusted so that you can massage the exact spot you want.

Known for its excellence in design and function, the Von Racer is one fantastic chair that we will not hesitate recommending to anyone. 

Ficmax Gaming Chair

Now this is what a true funky massage gaming chair looks like. Available in multiple colour combination, the Ficmax 07 is not one for those looking for an understated office massage chair.

  • Recline: 90°-180° 
  • Swivel: 360° 
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs

Upgraded to PU 2.0 leather, it is more comfortable for long-time sitting now on the 4.8" thick high-density memory foam seat. The ergonomic design fits to your body shape, with full extension on the back and support for the head, lumbar and foot. 

Similar to Von Racer, its USB powered lumbar massage pillow is height adjustable to suit your own needs. Likewise, it has a retractable footrest for you to rest your feet in reclined position. 

What stands out to us is Ficmax 07's workmanship. Probably the sturdiest of them all, it has a complete metal framework with heavy duty wheelbase that employs the Class 4 hydraulic piston. The parts are made well - they don’t squeak when you sit or move around in it.

Nokaxus Gaming Chair

Last but not least, we have the Nokaxus Gaming Chair - the best massage chair for tall person. As some would say, it is the "sports car seat" for the desk. 

  • Recline: 90°-180° 
  • Swivel: 360° 
  • Weight capacity: 350lbs

Through the clever attachment of the backrest, it appears to be almost free-floating and the curved shape is reminiscent of a famous race track. This shape provides great lateral support and the vertical adjustable armrests provide a comfortable position for your arms. 

The Nokaxus stood out to us with its upgrade of material and construction. It now uses SGS Class 3 barometer to provide safe and smooth seat lifting functions and the thickened support chassis guarantees the stability of chairs. 

Besides, it has thickened its steel frames to ensure the chair's reliability and the it utilises large- sized PU wheels to protect wooden floors from being scratched. The seat has underwent an upgrade as well, with it being 30% thicker now filled with high density cushion sponges to ensure long-term non-deformation.

Massage Gaming Chair Comparison Chart


Blue Whale Gaming Chair
Dowinx Gaming Chair
Von Racer Gaming Chair
Ficmax Gaming Chair
Nokaxus Gaming Chair

Weight

54 pounds

51 pounds

52 pounds

51 pounds

57 pounds

Massage

Back

Lumbar

Back

Back

Lumbar

Lumbar

Back

Back

Rocking

X

X

X

X

Recline

Capacity

380 lbs

350 lbs

250 lbs

300 lbs

350 lbs



Wrapping Up

Sitting in the same chair hour after hour means you need something of high quality so that you don’t put your back and neck at risk of strain.

With our office massage chairs reviews, we hope you will be able to find the best office massage chair for yourself because when your body is at its optimum state, your productivity will increase tenfolds, too. 

A massage office chair is not the only solution to back pain problems though. Getting a back massage chair pad is a very popular option nowadays, or for those that have sufficient space in the office,  a recliner massage chair is the way to go.



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Best Massage Chair under $500 (2021 Review)

Masseuse talk

There are many massage chairs in the market and they come in different sizes and functions.

Most distinctively perhaps, is that they come in different price ranges, too. There are those that are within the $2,000 or $3,000 range, then there are those that can even reach $10,000 or more.

But let's be honest, not everyone has $10k readily at their disposal. Many, in fact, have very simple requirements - one that gives soothing massages, and is affordable.

While we do admit the options of finding a good massage chair at the extreme low-end of the price range can be somewhat limited, there are indeed a few good ones that you can consider.

Our #1 Recommendation

#1st Rated
Mcombo
  • Power lift function 
  • Recline
  • 9 modes with 5 intensity levels 
  • Heat function 
  • In fact, if you’ve read some of our other massage chair reviews, you’ll see that there are actually quite a substantial number of massage chairs we recommended that are under the $500 mark.

    Of course, it won’t be the world’s best massage chair - there will be some functions (or lack thereof) that you will need to compromise.

    For instance, foregoing zero gravity function (there's actually a few good ones here if you're willing to pay a little extra - it's still under $1,000!) or leg or calf massages in exchange for better affordability.

    But if back is your problem area, leg massages are not quite necessary anymore, aren’t they?


    Best Massage Chair under $500 Comparison Chart 


    Best massage chair under $500

    Mcombo
    Relaxzen Deluxe
    BestMassage Shiatsu Massage Chair
    uKnead
    JC Home Drammen

    Style

    Office

    Home

    Massage Techniques

    Vibration 

    Vibration

    Shiatsu, tapping, knocking, air pressure, kneading

    Shiatsu

    Vibration

    Extras

    Power lift function, recline

    Swivel, lumbar heat, recline

    SL track, bluetooth connectivity 

    Recline, heat, foldable

    Swivel, lumbar heat, recline

    Dimensions

    34.6 x 30.7 x 41 inches

    32 x 31 x 33 inches

    36 x 36 x 26 inches

    n/a

    26.7 x 25.2 x 32.5 inches

    Product Weight

    110 pounds

    51.7 pounds

    n/a

    40.3 pounds

    22.5 pounds

    Maximum Weight Capacity

    320lbs

    300lbs

    200lbs

    320lbs

    350lbs

    Editor's Rating



    Best Massage Chair Reviews (under $500 category)

    1. MCombo Lift Recliner 7040 Massage Chair

    Mcombo

    In terms of all-roundedness, the MCombo Lift Recliner 7040 is the best massage chair on the market that is under $500.

    First off, it is not bulky and only takes up a footprint of say, an armchair, meaning it doesn’t take up too much floor space. 

    It weighs 110 pounds and is able to support up to 320 pounds of user weight which makes it appealing to a broad spectrum in the market.

    In terms of massage capability, the MCombo 7040 utilizes a fixed-frame and stationary massage nodes that vibrate. This is common for massage chairs this size and price range, and 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 Recliner 7040 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.

    The lumbar heat at the waist area can be worked separately with vibration and combine this with the 5-intensity levels and 9 modes available to choose from, we have to say that the massage quality provided by this massage chair is way better than what we were expecting.

    What’s impressive is that it also allows you to adjust the duration of your massage - this is definitely not expected given that many more expensive, full featured massage chairs don’t even offer that. You can set your massage period to 10, 20 or 30 minutes according to preference.

    In terms of all-roundedness, the MCombo Lift Recliner 7040 is the best massage chair on the market that is below the $500 mark.    First off, it is not bulky and only takes up a footprint of say, an armchair, meaning it doesn’t take up too much floor space. It weighs 110 pounds and is able to support up to 320 pounds of user weight which makes it appealing to a broad spectrum in the market.

    The above is enough to make the MCombo the best value massage chair but wait, there’s actually more. It is also a lift chair.

    A power lift mechanism is installed to push the entire chair up so that it assists one to stand up easily without adding stress to the back or knees. This is fantastic for seniors or people with mobility issues so to us, this is the winning point.

    It does have its downside though, that is, it is made of faux leather. Albeit in a high-quality one that is easy to clean (just dry/damp lint-free cloth), it will make you sweat if you spend extended periods of time in it or use the heat function because the material is just not that breathable. It also doesn’t stand up well to vigor daily use and may show its age quickly. 

    However, this can be easily overcome if you’re happy to spend a bit more - the brand offers customization service.

    Yes, you can choose the material, size or even colour that you want and the brand will bespoke it for you. The standard size now fit 5’1” to 5’9” best.

    At a glance

    Pros

    • Support heavy users 
    • Massage duration adjustable 
    • Power lift mechanism 
    • Customization service available

    Cons

    • Does not fit users over 6'
    • Faux leather not breathable 

    Conclusion

    The MCombo Lift Recliner 7040 is the massage chair under 500 that we will highly recommend for anyone with mobility issues. The power lift is definitely a big bonus feature to have and a recent update has now see it capable of reclining up to 140°, which is 10° more than the old version.

    It does not recline all the way flat though, and there’s no zero gravity position. Nonetheless, we think its features far outweigh the negatives it has so definitely is one that we’ll recommend with no reservation.


    Relaxzen Deluxe

    The Relaxzen Deluxe Leisure Recliner Chair is the best massage chair for the money.

    Despite both being under the $500 category, the Relaxzen is cheaper than the MCombo by about $100. 

    And while we will say it is a rather limited massage recliner (not jam packed with different features), the functions that it has are really well implemented and this is what the brand focuses on with this model.

    First off, it has a small footprint so this is a plus for many especially those who have limited space. However, even if you live in a small apartment, we don’t think you’ll have trouble finding a spot for it.

    Secondly, it weighs a mere 51.7 pounds only so it is very easy to move from room to room. Despite being so lightweight, it has sturdy built and has no problem accommodating up to 300lbs of user weight.

    It is made with a breathable and easy-to-clean microsuede material so good news for those who does not want fake leather.

    Like MCombo, it utilizes a fixed-frame with stationary massage heads that provide vibration-style massages. 8 vibration motors are installed to target 4 massage zones in the upper back, mid back, thighs and calves.

    Yes, including calves because the ottoman has a vibration massage feature as well. You get to either use all four zones at once or select zones individually for a specific spot massage.

    There are a whopping of 9 pre-programmed massage modes but to be honest, they don’t vary that much. Still, it is a nice option to have and you can choose between 5 intensity levels to achieve the level of massage best suited to your needs.

    At a glance

    Pros

    • Modeled after Nordic recliners
    • Swivel function
    • Microsuede material
    • Very lightweight

    Cons

    • Fixed frame with stationary massage heads affect quality of massage
    • Heat function at lower back only

    Conclusion

    If you like the features that the Relaxzen Deluxe Leisure Recliner Chair offers and are looking for a stylish piece of furniture, then this one here will not disappoint. It swivels, reclines and massages.

    Of course, it will be good if they give roller-type of deep tissue massage but to do that, they will have to increase the price drastically.

    As they say, you get what you pay for. For what it is at such a price, it delivers more than expected and that makes it the best value for money buy to us.


    BestMassage Shiatsu Massage Chair

    The Best Massage Shiatsu Massage Chair is no world’s best massage chair but in the ‘under $500’ category, we can say it is the closest thing to being the best full body massage chair because this one here comes with a SL Track system.

    If you don’t know what that means, just think of it this way - this is no mere vibration massage. Instead, it offers 5 modes of massage: kneading, knocking, tapping, shiatsu and air massage.

    So instead of stationary massage heads, it actually has rollers that glide from the upper back all the way down to the seat to give you a full body massage. 

    This is actually comparable to many of the models mentioned in our full body massage chair reviews here which to be honest, is quite unexpected to us.

    They also perform rather well - you can actually feel the difference when you switch between modes, unlike vibration-type massages.

    Except for the lower back - the massage feels close to non-existent at this position but mid to upper back, it actually provides a good deep massage.

    There are 3 auto massage programs that have different massage methods for you to choose from, but you can also choose manual massage functions to control your own massage.

    best massage

    There are 4 airbags equipped on both sides of the seat that are meant to swing your hips by air inflation and deflation, with the intention of relieving pelvic pressure and improve muscle tension at the waist and hip area.

    However, we find that the air pressure can be too strong and uncomfortable for some (they also make considerable noise) but you cannot switch it off separately.

    It does come with extra features like a built-in speaker with bluetooth connectivity as well as a convenient phone slot at the armrest. While they are not quite necessary, they do add a pleasant surprise because you’ll never expect them at this price point.

    Now, you may be wondering why isn’t Best Massage the top contender in this review, given that it gives one of the best massage? The main reason - its size.

    Don’t be fooled by its appearance, the seat area is rather small in this one and this is partly due to the side airbags.

    Even though it says to have a weight limit of 200lbs, many find that it becomes uncomfortable starting from 120lbs, which basically excludes a vast majority of the American adult size.

    And while it does have great massage techniques, it doesn’t quite hit the right spot all at the same time. If you sit way back up, it gets your upper back and neck but not so much on the lower back/butt/leg area, and vice versa.

    Which is quite a pity because it puts the massage modes to waste, we mean, it’s not doing anything if it doesn’t touch your body, isn’t it?

    At a glance

    Pros

    • Fully assembled
    • Built-in speaker with bluetooth connectivity
    • Compact for small space
    • Easy to move with wheels
    • 100% refundable

    Cons

    • Not made for tall or large people
    • No heat function

    Conclusion

    Having said that, the Best Massage Shiatsu Massage Chair is still one of the best cheap massage chair given the massage techniques it is equipped with. If you’re on the small side, it could very well be a dream fit for you.

    It is also much less smaller than full body massage chairs of similar functions so it doesn’t take up much floor space.

    If you’ve read our other best massage chairs reviews, you will see that we have featured Best Massage in a few other categories so you can be assured that this is a product coming from a reliable brand.


    uKnead

    Another shiatsu-type of massage chair under the $500 category that we will recommend is the Silvox Portable Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair.

    As you can see, it looks different from the rest - at one glance, you may not even know that it is a massage chair.

    This is thanks to the additional head cushion and back cover that the chair has to conceal both the neck and back rollers (unlike others in the portability category), and in a dark mocha leatherette finish with diamond quilted stitching, it looks like a stylish armchair from afar.

    Massage functions wise, it employs kneading rollers with massage nodes that rub in a synchronized motion to perform shiatsu-type of massage.

    Although it is advertised as a full body shiatsu massage chair, there isn’t any massage from the waist downwards actually - it’s from the shoulders down to just the lumbar only. 

    There is a built-in vibration motor at the seat and although there are 3 intensity levels, we feel there isn’t much difference. It does provide some soothe and relax the hip muscles a bit, but nothing like the more expensive versions.

    The neck and back is where this massage chair excels though. Four dual-nodes are placed strategically at the right place and they glide smoothly down to canvas the entire back from shoulder to lumbar.

    You can select manual mode to position the rollers at problematic areas - the vertical micro-adjustment of roller location will pinpoint painful trigger points or tight knots.

    uknead neck shoulder

    There are 2 other extended neck massage modules at the neck and these provide one of the best deep tissue massage amongst all in this review.

    Its height can be adjusted higher or lower,  clockwise or counter-clockwise, for a unique pinching motion mimicking the grabbing and kneading hands of a skilled masseuse.

    Combine it with the adjustable heat function, it penetrates to facilitate blood circulation which in turn relieves muscle pain and tension. 

    At a glance

    Pros

    • Compact and foldable 
    • Various reclining angles up to 150° 
    • Small and lightweight 
    • Neck and back massages

    Cons

    • No leg and calf massage
    • Not much difference in seat vibration levels

    Conclusion

    The Silvox Portable Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair is one of the best massage chair for home use if you’re getting a massage chair for the first time because it has functions that cater to most of the body parts that people usually need for.

    It is small and portable so you can bring it anywhere you want. If you specifically want back and neck massages at an affordable price, this is the one we will highly recommend without breaking your bank account.


    JC Home Drammen

    The Flash Furniture Massaging Recliner is functionally similar to the Relaxzen Deluxe, the difference being mainly the former having a more understated, easy-to-blend-in outlook compared to the latter’s more aesthetic appearance.

    It also utilizes a fixed-frame with stationary massage heads and offers 9 massage modes with 5 intensity levels for the back, lumbar area, thighs and legs.

    Likewise, it offers full swivel and comes with a matching stationary ottoman with vibrating nodes to elevate tired feet. There is also heat function and you get to choose either auto program or custom massage using the user-friendly control panel.

    One thing that you will not expect at all (we certainly didn’t) is that it is made of real leather.

    Even the bases are completely leather-wrapped so it gives a luxurious look to any setting.  Both the seat and back are double padded so it may get a little hot if you turn on the heat function, but it is quite comfortable to sit in overall.

    At a glance

    Pros

    • Accommodate large and tall users 
    • Made in real leather 
    • Small footprint Integrated headrest

    Cons

    •  Armrest padding a little thin on the inside
    • Assembly directions not given

    Conclusion

    With its small round footprint, the Flash Furniture Massaging Recliner takes up minimal space which makes it a great choice for a living room, bedroom, meditation room, or office.

    It does resemble the Relaxzen in many ways, with the latter having better implementation at some of the functions we feel but the JC Home is almost half of its price.

    Ultimately it depends on your preference and budget - if you want something that stands out more (the Relaxzen) or if you want something that is unassuming and blends right in (the JC).


    Massage Chair under 500 Roundup Review

    So what is the best massage chair under $500?

    Our top favourite is undoubtedly the MCombo Power Lift Recliner - it is the most well-rounded massage chair under 500 that gives rather high quality massages. It is most versatile and has most of the features other massage chairs in this review have with each performing decently.  

    In short:

    Ultimately, the best massage chair for you will depend on the features you need most. The models reviewed above cater to different requirements so there should be one that is able to fit you best.


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