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The 5 Best Home Massage Chair for Every Home

There are many massage chairs in the market - full body, recliner, portable, office… the list goes on.

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

#1st Rated
Kahuna Hubot HM-078
  • 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

Best Home Massage Chair Comparison Chart

best home massage chair

Kahuna Hubot HM-078
Luraco i7
Human Touch Wholebody
ideal massage
MCombo

Product Dimensions

50 x 60 x 34 inches

47 x 38 x 81 inches

44 x 28 x 40 inches

n/a

36.7 x 34.6 x 41 inches

Type

Full Body

Full Body

Recliner

Full Body

Arm Chair

Space-Saving Technology

X

X

Retractable Ottoman

X

X

X

Memory

X

X

X

X

Price

$$$$

$$$$$

$$

$$

$

Features Highlight

- 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"

- Affordable 

- Fully assembled

- Retractable ottoman

- 3 zero gravity position

- Affordable 

- Quiet 

- Power lift

- USB port

- Cup holder

Editor's Ratings

(4.89/5.0)

(4.68/5.0)

(4.60/5.0)

(4.35/5.0)

(4.0/5.0)


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.


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.

Features Highlight

Space-Saving Technology

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.

Massage Features

When it comes to massage features, this one here excels in so many areas. 

HSL track
Kahuna HSL track

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.

Massage System

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.  

Kahuna airbags

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
Kahuna heat

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.

Foot Massage

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

Pros

  • 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
  • Castors for easy movement
  • 1 hour timer 

Cons

  • Remote control has no backlight 
  • Heavy 
  • No memory setting

Conclusion 

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.


Luraco i7

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.

Features Highlight

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.

Massage Features 

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.

Heat

Similarly, it comes with full body heat (back, seat and feet) so it provides excellent therapeutic relief to those that suffer from chronic pain. 

Foot Massage
Luraco airbag

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:

  • it uses an S track frame. Despite being well installed and programmed to perfection, its coverage is simply not as wide as an SL/HSL track so that is where it loses out;
  • one zero gravity position. When current technology has already expanded to a maximum 3 , having just one zero gravity positions, at this price point, is slightly disappointing;
  • no space-saving technology. This is a rather large chair so you will need considerable space for it.

At a glance

Pros

  • 5 user memory settings
  • Extensive therapeutic features
  • Massage chair for tall person (up to 6’7”)
  • Full body heat
  • Genuine leather
  • Made in the USA
  •  5 year limited warranty

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No space-saving technology
  • No retractable foot ottoman

Conclusion 

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.


Human Touch Wholebody

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:

Features Highlight

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.

Human Touch retracted ottoman

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.

Massage Features 

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.

Wholebody 3D
Human Touch targeted muscle

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.

Therapeutic Features 

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.

Wholebody warm air

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

Foot Massage

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

Pros

  • Best home chair for lower back pain
  • Retractable ottoman
  • Affordable
  • Chair comes fully assembled

Cons

  • Cannot accommodate taller users 

Conclusion

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.  


ideal massage

If price is your main concern, then you will love the OWAYS Full Featured Shiatsu Chair

One of the best massage chair under $2,000, it has well-appointead features that suit both hobbyist users and chronic pain sufferers.

Features Highlight

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.

Massage Features

The OWAYS 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.

Heat

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. 

Foot Massage

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

Pros

  • One of the best cheap massage chair  
  • 3 year warranty 
  • Automatic body scan 
  • Quiet 
  • 3 zero gravity positions

Cons

  • Arm compartments do not hold arms well 
  • Complicated delivery service 
  • No space-saving technology 
  • No retractable foot ottoman 
  • No user memory setting

Conclusion 

To be completely honest, the OWAYS 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.


MCombo

Lastly, the MCombo Electric Power Lift Recliner Chair.

Just from the look of it, you can already tell that this is a slightly different massage chair from the rest.

It is the best home massager for those looking for a massage chair under $500.

Features Highlight

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.

Massage Features 

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.

MCombo recline angles

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.

Heat

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

Pros

  • Best cheap massage chair
  • Power lift function for people with mobility issues
  • Retractable ottoman
  • USB charging ports & cup holders 

Cons

  • Basic massage technique
  • Limited number of extra features 

Conclusion

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.


Buying Guide: The Top 3 Things to Look Out For

1. Space-Saving 

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.

LM6800 space saving

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.


2. Features

features

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.


3. Budget 

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. 


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.  

In short:

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.


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Best Massage Chair under $2,000 (2022 Review)

When it comes to a quality massage chair with all the bells and whistles, you know it’s not going to be cheap. While that may be true to some extent, contrary to common belief, it actually is not that out of reach to find one within decent pricing. 

Sure, if we’re talking about massage chairs under $500 or $1000, you do somewhat have limited choices - basic functionality, with the occasional exception that surpasses minimal functionality. 

However, if you have a slightly bigger budget of around $2,000, then the whole scene changes significantly. At this price point, you can even find full-featured ones, or models with differentiating features targeting specific requirements according to needs. 

You definitely get a wider selection compared to that of under $500 or $1000, too. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 5 best massage chair under 2000 (out of a couple dozen) and we think this will help you come to a decision easier in terms of choosing the best one for yourself.

Our #1 Recommendation

#1st Rated
Kahuna LM6800
  • 5 manual massage techniques including shiatsu
  • Rare hybrid L/S Track
  • Body scan technology 
  • Body stretch routines and chiro programs
  • Space-saving technology

Top 5 Best Massage Chair under $2,000 Comparison Chart


Kahuna LM6800
Relaxonchair MK-Classic
Sinoluck
iRest Massage Chair
Ootori SL Massage Chair

Dimensions

46 x 48 x 31 inches

55 x 32 x 49 inches

58.27 x 31.50 x 42.13 inches 

44 x 25 x 43.5 inches

n/a

Product Weight

200 pounds

253 pounds

209 pounds

175 pounds

154 pounds

Track

L/S hybrid

50 inch L track

52 inch S/L hybrid

I track 

L/S hybrid

Zero Gravity

3 stages (120°) 

3 stages (160°) 

3 stages 

Unlimited angles & positions

3 stages 

Airbags

n/a

42

14

n/a

16

Body Stretch

Maximum Weight Capacity

249lbs

300lbs

380lbs

350lbs

400lbs

Maximum Height Capacity

6'2"

6'5"

6'3"

6'1"

6'3"

Editor's Rating

(4.8/5)

(4.5/5)

(4.4/5)

(4.2/5)

(3.9/5)



Best Massage Chair Reviews (under $2,000 category)

1. Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Recliner

Kahuna LM6800

The Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Recliner is the undisputed winner when it comes to the best massage chair under 2000. 

It is shortlisted as one of our best full body massage chair, and that is saying a lot considering in that category, it is up against some of the best high end massage chair available in the market. There are many reasons as to why.

There are altogether 5 manual massage techniques - the basic kneading, tapping, a combination of both, rolling and delightfully, shiatsu

If you have read our review here, you will know how beneficial shiatsu massage is so it is definitely a plus to find this chair, at this price point, equipped with this advanced technique here. 

It gives targeted and proportion area massage mostly at the back so you can say it is a massage chair for back pain. However, it’s not just that.

Body Scan Technology

One great feature in the $2,000 and above category, usually, is that you’ll get a computerized full body scan feature. After taking a scan of your body, it will make subtle adjustments to both the position of the rollers and the width of the massage field so that it can hit the accurate pressure points. 

If, for some reason, you don’t feel that the right spot is being massaged at, don’t worry, the LM6800 allows you to manually adjust the rollers to be where you want them to. To be very honest, we’re surprised (albeit pleasantly) that a chair at this price range has this to offer.

Rare Hybrid L/S Track

It certainly is not something new or exceptional but within this price range, it is pretty rare to have a massage chair that comes with a hybrid L/S Track. 

What this means is that aside from massaging your neck and back, the quad rollers that the chair is equipped with will go all the way down to under the seat of the chair via a specially designed L-track frame to massage both your glutes and the back of your thighs.

Best Body Stretch Routines and SH-Chiro Programs

A Kahuna signature program - the patented Yoga-Stretching program is one of the best body stretch routines ever developed for a massage chair. 

It is best for chronic pain sufferers as the way it stretches your entire body is comparable to that of a chiropractic adjustment, giving you an instant relief with blood circulating your entire body after use. 

Combine that with the SH-Chiro program (another signature) which specifically targets the spine area by unlocking nerve energy, the pain relief is second to none.

Space-Saving Technology

We’ve said it then and we’ll say it again. Kahuna chairs (including the LM6800) is equipped with a cleverly innovative space-saving technology that adds to its already exceptional ergonomic structural design.

It requires only 3 inches from the wall at Zero-G position transition and this is doable because it slides forward when it reclines so it does not need unnecessary space at the back, unlike others.

This makes it an attractive model to those who don’t have much space to work with. 

Other Therapeutic Functions

There are 3 stages of Zero Gravity and 6 different auto programs to choose from (including the aforementioned yoga stretching program) but best of all, it has quad rollers installed at the footer area. 

Many, at the very most, give dual rollers only (if they have them at all) so to have quad and extra foot padding, is definitely an exquisite massage experience to the feet.

It is also worthy to mention that Kahuna offers extensive heat coverage - both at the back and calf region. Although it is advertised as lumbar and leg heating function only, we find that the heat actually covers most of the lower half of the back

This is great, again for those suffering chronic pain (one of the best home chair for lower back pain) or if you work in a profession that requires you to be on your feet most of the time, the heated calf and foot massage could easily be your most favourite aspect of the chair. 

Uniquely designed air cell massage system can cover most of the surface area with a minimal number of air cells. It ultimately brings up the massage quality and performs quieter. The air cells are programmed to inflate separately which causes the body to twist and deep stretch.

Air Massage

This is not to say that the LM6800 is not without any flaws. It uses rather dated airbags to provide air-cell massages and while we wouldn’t call this a ‘flaw’, it is definitely something to be improved at. 

At a glance

Pros

  • Detachable & washable footer area cotton for sanitary purpose 
  • FDA Registered as medical device 
  • Timer button up to 30 minutes 
  • Double layer shoulder airbags 
  • Adjustable roller speed and air cell massage up to 3 levels 
  • Shiatsu apart from basic massage techniques

Cons

  • Feet rollers can be painful for some (add a padding if required) 
  • Installation may be confusing to some
  • Low weight capacity 

Conclusion 

For all the above, we think it’s easy to see why the Kahuna LM6800 takes the top spot in this category. Despite all its features, it is relatively easy to use.

And if you don’t already know, Kahuna is one of the most well respected manufacturers in the industry. Its customer service is excellent and it offers the best warranty service for an online massage chair company (3 year limited warranty).


Relaxonchair MK-Classic

The Relaxonchair MK-Classic Full Body Massage Chair is the newer classic version to its bestseller (also an Amazon Choice)  which sadly, seems to be discontinued or is constantly out of stock. 

Nonetheless, the MK-Classic resembles it closely, with a few extras that we think you’ll like. In fact, we’ll have to say that it resembles the Kahuna LM6800 too, which explains why it is our first runner-up.

It has the same 5 massage techniques (including advanced shiatsu massage) and there are 7 automatic programs with 3 levels of airbag intensity and speed control to choose from. 

Yes, like the LM6800, it utilizes airbag massage technology so it isn’t the best, but the number of airbags (42) more than makes up for this.

They are programmed to inflate/deflate separately which causes the body to twist and stretch on shoulders, lower back, hips, and thighs working simultaneously or individually.

2nd Generation Contoured L-Track System

The MK-Classic has a L-Track system similar to that of the LM6800. It contours the back and glides from the lower skull all the way down to the buttocks, but it does not stop there. It goes beyond to reach your upper thigh area. 

In fact, its 50-inch track is currently the longest available on the market so it makes for one best massage chair for tall person because it can accommodate individuals from 5’2” up to 6’5” tall.  

Massage Chair for the Tall 

MK-Classic shoulder bags

Which brings us to, if you’re on the tall side, this is the best massage chair for you. Not only because of the 50-inch track, but it has adjustable shoulder airbags that can be raised (or lowered) according to your upper body height.

Also, its footrest can be extended another 6 inches to cater to those above 6ft. Not many massage chairs in this price range has this feature so it makes the MK-Classic so much more value for its money.

MK-Classic footrest

Sleep Mode 

Although not a necessity, we have to say this is a nice and considerate touch to have. You see, most of us fall asleep during massage sessions. Unlike other massage chairs, this one here remains in sleep mode

What this means is that after you massage ends, the chair remains in whatever reclined position you were in so it will not wake you up if you fall asleep during the massage (as opposed to other chairs that incline immediately after massage and wake you up).

And with a 30-minute timer, we can’t say it is not possible that you WILL fall asleep in it. 

Even if you don’t, the back-lit buttons & small-size remote controller will let you control your massage easily in total darkness.

Other Therapeutic Functions 

MK-Classic zero g

It gives 3 stages of zero gravity positions with a reclination of up to 160°.

There are multiple air bags on the sides and back of the legs and feet which inflate for compression massage and an enhanced foot roller rolls back and forward to soothe the sole and heel.

Like the LM6800, the MK-Classic has a yoga and stretch program. These are programs that are specially designed to stretch your body during your massages and the benefit of this? You get to rejuvenate your tired muscles faster.

MK-classic yoga stretch

Why? Because getting massages while your muscle is either stretched or squeezed lets you obtain more energy than in one fixed position.

With vigorous air cells pinning your body in place, the chair moves you to a calculated routine and slowly stretches out the leg and back muscles in what is called the ‘spinal decompression’ programs. 

You can think of it this way - while one program stretches your upper body, the other program stretches your legs and thighs. We find this to be of particular suitability for those suffering chronic pain.

Another thing we have to commend on is its heating therapy, which is spread across the entire chair including the arms, shoulder, calves and feet.

Further, it provides 2 heating pads in the lower back area so you can expect it to be one of the best chair for lower back pain. 

At a glance

Pros

  • Massage chair for tall person (up to 6’5”) 
  • 100% fully assembled (just plug the power in) 
  • 30 minute timer 
  • Sleep mode available 
  • 3-year limited warranty

Cons

  • Bigger in size so may be a problem for those with limited space 
  • Heavier than others

Conclusion 

If you haven’t heard of Relaxonchair before, we don’t blame you. It is a direct manufacturer, an off-brand that doesn’t do much mainstream marketing but that also means it does not need to overcharge unnecessarily.

Most importantly, its products are effective and we can say that the Relaxonchair MK-Classic Full Body Massage Chair is comparable to many $3k - $4k massage chairs in the market.

If you suffer from chronic pain and are looking for a therapeutic massage chair, you may face the dilemma of choosing between this or the LM6800.  


Sinoluck

A surprisingly full-featured chair at this price point, from a relatively unknown brand on top of that. We’re talking about the OWAYS Zero Gravity SL Track Massage Chair Recliner.

Comparable to some of the best massage chair in the world, at under $2,000, we have to say this chair surpasses a lot of our expectation.

In many ways, it is similar to that of the Kahuna LM6800 and Relaxonchair MK-Classic, a combination of both you may even say.

For example, it has the same 3 levels of zero gravity angles and provides the basic massage techniques including shiatsu and kneading.

It has yoga-stretching function and it uses air massage technology to massage the neck, shoulders, back, arms, waist, hips, calves and feet area as a full body massage chair. So what differs?

  • It has 14 airbags - considerably lesser than the MK-Classic;
  • Timer function starts from 15 minutes - increasable in 5-min intervals up to 30 minutes;
  • Wireless bluetooth speaker - you can connect the chair with your phone to enjoy your favourite music while massaging; 
  • Extendable leg rest - not as much as MK-Classic’s 6”, nonetheless it can still be stretched a further 4.72 inches (approx.) to accommodate people over 6ft.

SL Track and Adjustable Shoulder Width 

It has a dual S/L track that measures up to about 52 inches. If you’ve read our review thus far, you will know that this is by far the longest track for a massage chair under $2000.

The electric massage rollers are adjustable for different shoulder width, given that it measures 1.57" to 8.27" with 3 levels. 

Both of these - long track and adjustable shoulder width - mean that the chair is able to accommodate people of different figure including bigger users.

Space Saving Technology

Utilizing a similar sliding forward technology as the chair reclines, the OWAYS needs about 3.9 inches from the wall only.

Not as narrow as the LM6800, but good enough to fit in most limited spaces. 

Gua-Sha Therapy

Sinoluck foot roller

What makes the OWAYS stands out is its 3-rows of foot rollers. These give you a deep tissue massage with gua sha therapy effect and deserves particular attention if you suffer from chronic leg pain.

Auto Body Detection

As soon as you turn it on, the chair will detect your height, shoulder width and weight automatically. It will then match the right point to massage for you. There are altogether 6 auto modes for you to choose from.

At a glance

Pros

  • Fully assembled 
  • Massage chair for tall people 
  • Massage chair for bigger size users 
  • Best foot calf massager

Cons

  • 2 heating pads at lumbar area only

Conclusion 

Given all the features that the OWAYS Zero Gravity Massage Chair Recliner is equipped with, it actually makes ranking these chairs so much harder than we would have thought.

Ultimately, why it didn’t rank as high as the previous two models is that the former two did them just a slight better i.e. yoga-stretching, heat therapy, number of airbags. 

In terms of foot massages, it is the best out of the three though. It also has features of both the models, so if you’d like a combination of them, this will make for a very good consideration.


iRest Massage Chair

The iRest Full Body Zero Gravity Recliner Massage Chair is an excellent entry-level massage chair for casual users who suffer from chronic back pain and/or chronic leg pain.

With AI voice control, it is equipped with a powerful intelligent I track back quad rolling mechanism that aims to take care of your neck, upper, mid, and lower back. 

This is unlike other massage chairs that only have a dual roller system or a plastic weak fixed point massage system that can only create 1 type of massage.

It also comes with an oversized soft comfort head and neck pillow that contour to your head and neck for the ultimate comfort (take a look at other chairs which will most likely have a flat pillow or no head pillow) .

Extensive Massage Modes and Programs

This chair has a whopping 7 types of manual massage modes and 5 automatic programs for you to choose from. At this range, we don’t think there is another with more massage technique options.

FR massage modes

Apart from the standards, it includes Vibration and Air Bag Massage, the latter of which has airbags built into the shoulders, calves, feet, arms and even hands.

There are 3 levels of speed and intensity for you to adjust for the manual modes, as well as 3 widths choices for the rollers.  

In terms of massage quality, we will say its mechanism provides a healthy medium to deep tissue massage.

Zero Gravity Positioning

This is worth highlighting. The iRest does this feature quite differently, to say the least. 

You see, a lot of other chairs, including the ones we’ve reviewed thus far here, have only 3 built-in recline positions. Not the case here. 

This chair allows you to control the reclining of the back and legs SEPARATELY, thanks to its dual reclining motors. What this means is that you get to recline yourself into the most comfortable position, and angle, of your choice. 

This is similar to that of a recliner chair, except with the additional benefits that is of zero gravity - better blood circulation, relaxation, and a deeper more effective massage to name a few.

Yoga Stretch Program

Although most chairs in this price range has a stretching program one way or the other, this one here probably does it best with its ‘larger pull area’

Comparable to that of a professional therapist’s hands, it squeezes the feet and legs before pulling them down towards the ground while the backrest pulls your core (upper body) back into the recline position.

If you like Thai massage where extreme pressure is applied while stretching, then this will be right up your alley.

Massage Timer and Pause Feature

You get up to 30 minutes of uninterrupted massage with the option to add more time before the session ends.

The Pause allows you to pause the entire massage when needed (answer the phone etc) without having to turn off the chair and restart the session and recline position.

Foot Roller Massage