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Best Massage BM-EC06C Massage Chair Review

best massage bm-ec06c review

For a shiatsu massage chair that is under the $1,000 price mark, the Best Massage Full Body BM-EC06C Massage Chair is an exceptional find that surpasses many of our expectations. 

Here's why.

Product Specifications

Brand

Best Massage 

Product Name

BM - EC06C Full Body Shiatsu Recliner

Product Dimensions

55 x 42 x 35 inches

Key Functions

  • Full body air massage therapy 
  • Computerized body scanning
  • 7 massage modes
  • 9 preset auto massage programs
  • Back and foot heating

Maximum Capacity

Weight: 265 lbs


Height: up to 6'3"

Editor's Rating

(4.3 / 5.0)

Price & Availability

Full Body Massage

Like the Real Relax Favor-03 Plus, this chair offers full body massage as well.

What's different, is that it does not have as many airbags as the former.

best massage airbag coverage

As you can see, the airbag coverage of this chair focuses on the lower part of the body (don't worry, the upper region will be discussed below). 

The compression and percussion provided by these airbags help align the lower back and pelvis area, as well as improve flexibility, mobility and posture of the legs.

This is why it is regarded by many to be one of the best home chair for lower back pain. If you think the pressure is too much, there are 4 intensity levels for you to adjust.  

To be qualified as a good massage chair, airbags are not enough. You need to combine rollers to achieve shiatsu results and this, is what the BM-EC06C is.

Power rollers are located at 4 points at the back to relax muscle stress, reduce fatigue and rejuvenate the mind and body. Similarly, you can control the intensity, speed and width but this time, in 3 different levels.

While the chair is not promoted as a zero gravity chair, it does allow you to recline into the angle you need up to 170 degrees.

In case you're wondering, yes, the footrest/ottoman can be adjusted up and down in the angle you want as well and it operates individually from the backrest, meaning, you can adjust them separately. All these movements are fully automatic.

Functional Diversity

Different from many massage chairs in its price range (where some may even only offer vibration), this one here is equipped with multiple massage techniques.

best massage multiple massage method

From kneading, knocking and tapping to shiatsu and even stretching, the BM-EC06C offers a variety of massage modes to target different needs and areas.

These are all common massage techniques you will get from spas or massage parlours, and they aim to relieve common body aches like neck and back pain, or waist and shoulder aches. 

Compared to the Favor-03 Plus' 6 auto modes, this one here offers even more with its 9 preset auto massage programs. While suitable for most, you can choose your massage functions manually, should you desire. 

So we mentioned above that the airbags focus on the lower region. Don't worry, the upper region is catered by the chair's stretching function. It stretches the spine and by doing so, increases blood flow to the vertebrae.

What we are truly surprised to find though, is that the Best Massage EC06C employs a SL track frame structure -  the most advanced technology to date - to achieve that.

best massage sl track frame

Now, if you know about massage chairs, you will know that there are 3 different tracks - S, L and SL.

The latter is the combination of both S and L and if we are to put it simply, it basically means the entire spine, including the curvature areas (neck and lower back) are being massaged thoroughly from the head all the way down to the buttocks area, with no areas missing out.

This is a feature mostly found on higher end massage chairs only, which is why it is such a pleasant discovery to find that the Best Massage EC06C has it as well, hence another reason for it making one of the best massage chair under 1000. 

Not forgetting also is that heat therapy is available at both waist/lower back and foot region.

When heat is applied, muscles and joints recover faster with increased blood circulation - which means less pain and aches. 

According to Chinese traditional heat therapy, this promotes blood circulation, improves immunity and slows down ageing. 


Computerized Body Scanning

Now, this is worth mentioning. The BM-EC06C massage chair has what's usually only offered in higher end massage chairs - automatic computerized body scanning.

Why this is such a bonus feature to have is because the chair actually tailors its massage according to an individual's unique body shape.

best massage computerized body scanning

By using a smart body scan technology, a person's body will first be scanned for the chair to detect its size before a built-in sensor automatically measure the length of the spine so that the chair knows where to massage for an individual custom fit.

Not just that, but it will automatically adjust its massage intensity according to the user's body weight as well. 

As a result, you get a more efficient massage session because the rollers know just exactly where, and are able to hit at the right spots.

This is especially useful if there are multiple users in the household because everyone can then have their own tailored massage with just one chair.

Conclusion 

Best Massage BMEC06C

Overall, the Best Massage Full Body BM-EC06C Massage Chair no doubt qualifies as one of the best massage chair under 1000. 


Of course, you can't say that it is the world's best massage chair but for what it offers, it certainly is very good value for money. 


The only thing is that it has a smaller weight limit (if we are to compare with Real Relax's Favor-03 Plus) but the fact that it can accommodate a height of up to 6'3" makes it one of the best recliner for tall man. 


To top it off, it even offers in-home delivery to your room of choice including unpacking, assembly, setup and debris removal (as required) so that's another hassle being taken care of.



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Infinity Riage CS Massage Chair Review

Infinity Riage CS Massage Chair

Not everyone is a fan of bulky type of massage chairs although to a certain extent, those are the ones with more features. Regardless, not everyone has the room space for it even if the design does not bother them too much. 

The Infinity Riage CS Massage Chair is therefore an ideal selection for situations as such because this is easily one of the most compact sized home massage chair in the market.

One of the very few that does not compromise features for size, read on to see why this is the best massage chair for small spaces.

Product Specifications

Brand

Infinity

Product Name

Riage CS

Product Dimensions

38 x 23 x 38 inches

Key Functions

  • Full back massage (L track)
  • Shiatsu, tapping ,rolling
  • 4 automatic programs
  • Space saving recline and rocking mode

Maximum Capacity

Height: 6'2"

Editor's Rating

(4.4 / 5.0)

Price & Availability

Space-Saving Design

The difference is apparent when you compare the size of the Riage CS with the traditional-looking massage chairs in the same $1,000 category. To give you perspective, it is almost half the height of the Favor-03 Plus.

Incidentally, this means that it is able to fit in most homes, including apartments.

infinity zero gravity recline

What's impressive is that despite the limitation small sizes bring to both design and function (as is apparent with so many other small massage chairs out there that need to have a lot of features cut out), Infinity manages to squeeze in a zero gravity feature. 

Yes, the Riage CS is able to recline fully. Even if you don't need a massage, you can still enjoy it as a power recliner at home.

infinity riage portable wheels

All it needs is just 2" of clearance from the wall, so you can actually push it into tight spaces.

Speaking of which, there are hidden wheels at its bottom to help you do just that.

Even without them, you will find that it is much lighter than other massage chairs, all thanks to its compact size.

Massage Features

So we mentioned above that there are features a small massage chair will have to forego.

For the Riage CS, it is the airbag technology - this chair employs no airbag components to get rid of the bulkiness that often associates with them. 

Instead, it emphasizes on a roller system which arguably, is actually better than a pure airbag massage regime. This is because rollers mimic the rolling and kneading of professional massage therapists' to relieve muscles from pain, tension and stress.

infinity massage techniques

This chair here uses a 4-node travelling roller mechanism to provide a deep kneading relief effect. In particular, the massage techniques that it provides include:

  • Robotic kneading
  • Tapping
  • Kneading & Tapping
  • Shiatsu

The rollers travel along what's called an L track system, from the neck and shoulder all the way down to the glutes, kneading your muscle and skin along the way with simulated human touch for a soothing massage sensation.

infinity riage cs l track

Because of its ability to travel beyond the spine reaching the glutes, buttocks and areas underneath the thighs, the Riage CS is able to target the lower back region better. 

Combine this with the lumbar heat function, it actually makes for one of the best home chair for lower back pain.  

There are 4 auto programs combining different massage techniques and speeds for you to choose from but you can also create your own massage program by using the manual control to target trigger points and areas that need particular attention. 

Now, the Infinity Riage CS is also advertised as a 'rocking' massage chair. What this means is that it is able to rock back and forth in a metronome-based movement to give the classic rocking chair feeling for soothing relaxation. 

We don't see this being offered in any other chair, so it is truly a pleasant surprise to have found it in a massage chair that is under $1,000.  

Others

One thing worth mentioning is that the brand offers a 1-year warranty period for any in-home repair or replacement. 

Yes, apart from sending all covered parts deemed necessary to you, an authorized service provider will actually be sent over to repair the chair at your residence if there is a need at no extra charge on your part. 

On top of that, it provides unlimited customer and technical support to all US-based customers. 

If there is one thing that speaks about a product's quality, it is warranty and after-sale services like these that give you the confidence of its reliability and durability.

Things to Take Note

Having said the above, it does not mean that the Riage CS is without any limitation. One of it being not exactly the best massage chair for tall person. 


What's one of its bestselling point is also its limitation but understandably so, given it is designed to be smaller to fit in compact spaces.

Yes, when it is meant to be smaller, naturally, it cannot fit the bigger in size. 

Although it is said to be able to fit people of up to 6'2", we actually think that the ideal fit for this chair are those around 5'10". 

At this height, the chair gives a baby cradle-like effect and the rollers are able to hit at the optimum spots on the glutes and backs of your thighs, running through the entire L track.

infinity calf vibration riage cs

Also, do take note that there is no massage at the calf and foot area. What you get is vibration and while that gives some sort of sensation, it does not compress or put any pressure in the leg region. 

So yes, not exactly the best foot calf massager - the Real Relax or Best Massage will be better options if this is an indispensable feature to you.

The good thing is that its leg rest can be operated independently from the chair back, so you can adjust them separately into the position that is comfortable to you. 

Conclusion:

Infinity Riage CS

We will say that the Infinity Riage CS is suitable for those suffering from lower back pain as the chair focuses primarily on this with its L-track roller system and massage features. 


Save as for the limited foot and calf massage option, it does indeed provide an excellent full body massage that will relieve its users from tight muscles and tensed joints.


Certainly, its zero gravity function gives it a much favourable head start compared to this or this, both of which are models in a similar size.


Of course, the compact design is an indisputable plus point for those with limited space. Overall, an excellent massage chair under $1,000 that we will highly recommend.



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Real Relax Favor 03 Plus Massage Chair Review

Real Relax Favor 03 Plus Review

There probably isn't a better massage chair in the "massage chair under $1,000" category other than the Real Relax Favor-03 Plus

Why so? With less than $1,000, you get a full body massage chair, equipped with zero gravity function and is fully customizable with fancy add-ons like Bluetooth audio play and LED lights.

Product Specifications

Brand

Real Relax 

Product Name

Favor-03 Plus

Product Dimensions

63" x 30" x 34"

Key Functions

  • full body massage
  • zero gravity positioning
  • customizable massage
  • 6 auto modes
  • Back heating 
  • Bluetooth audio play & LED lights

Maximum Capacity 

Weight: 400 pounds 


Height: 5.2 - 6.1 feet

Editor's Rating

(4.4 / 5.0)

Price & Availability

Usually, we are rather skeptical when a massage chair claims to have too many features, especially when one comes from a lower price point.

You see, there are actually two approaches that companies usually take: 

(i) load their chair with as many features as they can (but not necessarily done well) in the hopes of attracting more customers, or

(ii) pick one or two features and specializes in them, forgetting the rest.

The Real Relax Favor-03 Plus is the former, but with functions implemented well beyond expectation. Here's why: 

Full Body Massage

For one, the Favor-03 Plus is equipped with a whopping 50 airbags.

That's almost double the number of airbags found in most massage chairs.

real relax favor 03 plus full body massage function

As you can see, these airbags are placed all over the body - shoulders, arms, hips, lower back, calves and feet. 

What you get is a true compression at all these parts (the common areas of pain and aches), relieving you from them and improving your blood circulation.  

And oh, there is a built-in waist heater to further promote blood circulation at the lower back region.  

On top of that, 8 massage rollers are placed at 8 fixed points to the neck and back.

There are 3 levels of speed and strength for you to adjust, and you can customize the back and waist mode by adjusting the rollers up and down using the remote control.

It wouldn't be a full body massage chair if the Favor-03 Plus doesn't have foot massage. After all, this is probably one of the most sought-after feature for many.

real relax foot massage
real relax favor 03 plus extendable footrest

What we like about its foot massage function is that it combines both airbag and rollers massage to the feet.

The airbags compress and squeeze the tight calves muscles while rollers tap and roll under the feet to relieve them from any tension or pain. If you have tried a combination as such before, there's no going back. 

The footrest is extendable up to 5" so it has a wide height range fitting people from 5.2 to 6.1 foot tall. 

Zero Gravity Positioning

Now this is something we'd never expect to find in a massage chair that cost less than $1,000. 

After all, a good zero gravity massage chair easily cost you a few thousand dollars, with some even going close to $10,000. 

But no, this is not some false advertising gimmick just to pull in the crowd.

You see, there are many massage chairs that claim to be zero gravity just because they are able to recline, but in fact, they are not.

Not with the Real Relax Favor-03 Plus.

This chair has a total of 3 Zero G positions - Initial, Comfort and Deep - with a reclination of up to 180 degrees. 

real relax favour 03 plus zero gravity

If you’ve done your research, you’ll know this is a rare find as most chairs usually have 1 position only, even for the more expensive ones. 

For one that is below $1,000 to have this feature, it is almost unheard of - until the Real Relax Favor-03 Plus.

​​​​Others​​

Available only in the recently updated version are features like Bluetooth Audio Play and Changing LED Lights.  

real relax favor 03 plus updated

The new breathing light adds a different ambience to the room and you can now connect your chair to your mobile phone and play your favourite songs as you enjoy a relaxing massage. 

Although not really essential, these are no doubt nice extras to have which usually, can only be found in massage chairs in the pricier end of the spectrum. 

Also, the chair has now 6 auto modes (an increase from the previous 4) that include: Relax, Sleep, Neck, Stretch, Sport and Waist.

A timer of up to 30 minutes is still available in the updated version. 

Conclusion 

real relax favor 03 plus

Comparable to massage chairs in the higher price range, the Real Relax Massage Chair is not without limitation.


For one, it doesn’t have 3D scanning or body stretching. To have them will increase its price by manifolds no doubt, thus pushing it out of the sub $1k range.


For what is is, the Real Relax is a great chair with exceeding functionalities, there’s nothing we’d want to change really. It is hands down our top best massage chair under $1,000. Without the massages on, it even makes for one very comfortable recliner chair to sleep, rest or read in.



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Best Full Body Massage Chair of 2022

You know that feeling after a long day of hard work? Muscles cramped with stiff neck and shoulders? What sounds better than a full body massage at this point? A full body massage - from head to toe - at the comfort of your own home, that is!

With a full body massage chair, you can easily achieve just that without having to go to a massage parlour because let’s be honest, who has the time (and energy!) to go to a massage parlour after getting off work?

The problem is, how do you know which is the best massage chair to buy when almost every other chair claims to be the ‘best massage chair ever’? Mind you, there are actually plenty (some even from reputable brands) that are not worthy of its huge price tag. Read on to find out what our top picks are - those that are truly worthy of your money.  

Our #1 Recommendation

#1st Rated
relaxonchair mkII plus
  • A true all rounder in all aspects
  • Spinal decompression
  • Reasonably priced
  • Good value for money

Top 5 Best Full Body Massage Chair Comparison Chart

best full body massage chair

Luraco i7 Plus iRobotics
Kahuna LM6800
relaxonchair mkII plus
ideal
best massage shiatsu massage chair

Product

Special Features

Body swivel with twist stretching

Yoga stretching / double layer shoulder airbags / extra foot padding

Shiatsu with built-in heat and air massage system / full body stretching

Yoga / shiatsu / spinal rolling / vibration

Yoga stretching / air pressure / shiatsu

Zero Gravity

X

Heat Therapy

Editor's Rating



Luraco i7 Plus iRobotics

Dubbed as one of the world’s best massage chair by industry experts, the Luraco i7 Plus is the latest model of the iRobotics range from Luraco.

Which, if you don’t already know, is a multi-award winning brand and the proud manufacturer of the first and only American-made massage chairs in the industry.

Reputable for its quality and luxurious medical massage chairs, the i7 Plus has one of the most up-to-date intelligent sensor technology that is able to detect the most accurate body shape, neck and leg length so as to know where to hit the right spots.

That, together with its full body heat (feet, seat and back) function and 3 layered double rollers foot and calf massager will surely let you experience what a true full body massage feels like.

But perhaps what stand out the most about the i7 Pl​​​​us is its body swivel with twist stretching function that you cannot find in any other chair in the industry. This helps get to those areas where you don’t even know needed, certainly something that not any other chair can achieve.

Apart from that, you get to experience the latest in massage technologies featuring zero gravity (neutral body posture position) which has been proven to improve blood circulation and heighten the state of relaxation and well-being (read more ab​​​​out zero gravity here).

luraco i7
Other features:
  • 9 automatic preset programs
  • Limitless customizable individual body part massage settings 
  • Up to 5 personal user memory settings
  • Unique and advanced body, hand and 2 position foot stretching
  • 5 levels of multi-sectional intensity controls
  • Patented integrated health monitoring features (blood pressure and heart rates)
  • Human voice response setting (in 7 languages)
  • Intelligent self-diagnostics

What We Like 

Superior back massage techniques - Thanks to the 100 air cells and 12 powerful motors it is equipped with, you get a true 3D robotic system that makes it the best massage chair for lower back pain, including neck and shoulder areas. In fact, this is the chair that has the highest number of airbags so you can be sure you’re in for a thorough air massage.

Massage chair for tall person - We like that it can accommodate users of up to 6’7” and weight up to 300lbs. This has got to do with the fact that it is fully manufactured in the U.S, hence it is made with the American size in mind. In terms of the best recliner for tall man, the i7 Plus is definitely one high contender.

Smart touch screen (patented) - First in the industry to have have one, we like it because you get to see and operate the controls easily even when it’s dark. And if you’ve used rubber button keypads before, you will know that they rub off and turn all rubbery after awhile which becomes rather gross to touch so this is a thoughtful feature to have.

At a glance

Pros

  • Quietest chair in the industry
  • Best massage chair for tall person
  • Real genuine leather at all touch surfaces (head, arms, shoulders, hips and feet)
  • Multi-award winning with leading technology with patented features
  • Made in the USA with 5 year warranty

Cons

  • Body scanning takes awhile 
  • Large (may not fit in every home)
  • Expensive (not everyone can afford)

Conclu​​​​sion

Overall, the Luraco i7 Plus iRobotics is an excellent massage chair - it is even recognized by the UL and FDA to be a medical massage chair so you know its quality is guaranteed.

One of the quietest model in the industry without much noise generated from its air pumps and motors, it is definitely one luxurious massage chair to own, as reflected in its price point which, to be honest, may not be so friendly to many people. Nonetheless, if you can afford it, it will be one investment that you will not regret.


Kahuna LM6800

For a more budget-friendly full body massage chair, the Kahuna LM6800 is one popular choice all thanks to its all-rounded features at a reasonable price point.

It is well known as one of the best massage recliner chair as well as best zero gravity massage chair the industry has to offer due to its ergonomic design.

Now updated: Arm Airbag has new design, timer button up to 30 minutes, double layer shoulder airbags, extra foot padding and remote holder included.

Mimicking the human hands of a professional massage therapist, it kneads, taps, rolls, shiatsu as well as combines both knead and tap to give you a full body relief.

 While it targets more on the back massages with its manual massage techniques, its 4-roller L-track frame structure supports your neck to back and all the way to your buttocks to decompress each individual spine of your body.

While it may not have as many air cells as the i7 Plus iRobotics, its uniquely designed air cell massage system can cover most of the surface area as the air cells are programmed to inflate separately, thus causing the body to twist and deep stretch.

The minimal number (36) of air cells also mean the chair can perform quieter to give you the ultimate relaxation.

Kahuna LM6800 space saving technology


Other features:
  • Space saving technology with 3 zero gravity positions.
  • Dual foot rollers on the feet area
  • Computerized body scan technology
  • 5 Manual Massage Techniques
  • 6 Auto Programs
  • Heating Therapy on lower back and legs
  • Adjustable roller speed and air cell massage up to 3 levels

What We Like 

Yoga-stretching program - Kahuna’s signature program for the LM6800, it stretches your entire body to an awakening sensation and you can instantly feel the blood circulation and stretching of your whole body, giving you an entire body relief after use, just like how it is in a yoga class. 

SH-Chiro program - Another signature program that is truly functional and beneficial designed to specially target your spinal area. It unlocks nerve energy and allow it to flow better down your spine and throughout your entire body so for those suffering from sore backs due to long hours in the office, this is the best massage chair for lower back pain you can get to relieve your spine pressure.

Space-saving technology - Last but not least and the thing we like most is the ergonomic structural design of the Kahuna LM6800. All it needs is just 3 inches from the wall during zero-gravity position transition because it slides forward while reclining.

If you know about full body massage chairs you'll know this means a lot because one can take up quite some space. With this technology that only the Kahuna has, you can save up a lot of floor space and place the chair anywhere in your home, aligning it with other furniture. 

At a glance

Pros

  •  Reasonable price (best massage chair under $2000)
  • Multi-award winning with leading technology with patented features
  • Detachable & washable footer area cotton for sanitary purpose
  • Space saving technology
  • Noise reduction technology
  • 3 choices of zero gravity
  • 3 year warranty

Cons

  • May be problematic for people taller than 6’ to fit in the chair (alternative option for people over 6’ here)
  • Massage only the back and not the thigh, leg and feet (get this to use in conjunction)
  • Lesser number of massage programs
  • Weight limit of 250 pounds

Conclu​​​​sion

If you’re not prepared to fork out $8-9k on a massage chair, then the Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Recliner is a very good choice as it is almost 4 times cheaper than the world’s best massage chair but still has a wide range of features, albeit the lack of deep massage in the leg area (you can always get this to use in conjunction with and it will still be much cheaper than high end massage chairs).

If back is your problematic area, then this is the perfect massage chair for you because it targets on just that. Also a FDA-registered medical massage chair, it is the top recommended massage chair on Amazon, no surprises there.


Another reasonably-priced full body massage chair that you can consider is the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair.

It is very similar to the Kahuna LM6800 in many ways, some saying it is even better in that it offers leg and foot massage as well unlike the former.

relaxonchair mkII plus

Employing the 5 manual specific targeted massages - knead, tap, knead+tap, shiatsu and rolling techniques, the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus promises a deep tissue massage experience by providing detailed, human-like massage throughout the body.

The multiple airbags located at your hip and waistline area inflate for compression massage and this works to align your lower back and pelvis area, thus relieving any muscle tension.

The highlight of this product is its stretching function, referred to as the “spinal decompression” program. How it works is that vigorous air cells are incorporated to pin your body in place while the chair moves you to a calculated routine before slowly stretching out the leg and back muscles.

To enhance this experience, it has a buttock L-Track massage system whereby its dual rollers, which conform to one’s spine’s natural shape, glide from the upper back all the way down to under the seat towards the gluteus muscles to provide users with a true full body massage.  

relaxonchair
Other features:
  • 3 massage speed control
  • 3 levels of airbag intensity control
  • Computerized body scanning (built-in sensor automatically measure the length of spine and knows where to massage)
  • Made of high quality soft-grained synthetic leather

What We Like 

Superior acupressure massage - Given how similar the functions of Relaxonchair MK-II Plus and Kahuna LM6800 are in that both target mainly to relieve lower back pain and has 3 zero gravity positions (click here to find out why this is beneficial), what we like more about the former is that it caters to the lower half of your body too.

- The uniquely designed airbags are strategically located throughout the chair including the calf and foot area (even the sole is covered!) so every part of your body can be massaged thoroughly.

- These airbags are programmed to apply acupressure to your shoulders, arms, hips, calves and feet and they inflate and deflate independently to provide relief of muscle tension in a wonderfully soothing effect.

Lumbar back heating - This is another feature worthy to note. 2 heating pads are placed in the lumbar area of the back to make relieving tension and relaxing aching muscles much more efficiently.

- If you have poor posture or suffer from constant movement and strain of muscles, or if you often lift heavy objects, this function is particularly useful and essential. 

At a glance

Pros

  • One hand accessible remote controller with large viewing screen
  • Simple and easy to install with no tools required (minimal 3-step process)
  • 3 choices of zero gravity position (up to 180 degree flat bed)
  • Dual foot rollers under the soles for reflexology
  • One of the best massage chair under $2,000

Cons

  • Has 4 automatic programs only compare to others who usually have 5 and above
  • Some complained about foot area being painful when massaged (tip: place a towel to give a cushioning effect)

Conclusion

Using top quality components and equipped with several of the same features that top tier chairs almost twice its price have, the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair embodies affordability with exceptional quality.

Another contender for best massage chair for lower back pain, the MK-II Plus is especially beneficial for persons with lower back agony, have sore or tight glute muscles, or experience the ill effects of sciatica.


Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair

If you like shiatsu massage, the Ideal Massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair is your best massage chair.

One that mimics the human hands closest, its four wheel-driven power rollers in shiatsu mode provides vertical movement on an ergonomically designed S-track rolling system, giving you the experience as that of a professional masseuse. 

Apart from that, you get to also choose its Rolling option which is a feature that moves up and down and functions like a fixed point of revolving finger(s) pressed by a professional masseuse to give you that effective and more direct massage that stretches out your back.

Another option that it offers is Kneading, which in short reduces muscle pain and helps work out those tight knots. You can get a combination of all that in Automatic mode, otherwise, the Manual mode lets you take control and adjust the back rollers at any point of your body.

Other features:
  • 2 intensity level for all airbags massages
  • Built in heat therapy at back area
  • 3D intelligent detection system

What We Like 

Vibration - We really like the vibrating seat cushion that the Full Featured Shiatsu Chair offers and it is a feature that makes it stands out from others. This additional function stimulates the dilation of blood vessels, which in turns decrease your overall blood pressure and heart rate.

Feet kneading - We also like how therapeutic airbags are built into the seat, shoulder, arms, foot and calves area as it gives a thorough massage overall to each body part. In particular, it has one of the most number of simulating kneading balls (6!) located in the soles of your feet to add stronger and deeper massage. If your job requires you to stand for long hours, this is the best massage chair for you to relieve those daily tired feet.  

At a glance

Pros

Cons

  • Difficult returns policy (buy only from trusted sellers)
  • Limited 4 automatic programs to choose from
  • 4 massage functions only (no tapping)

Conclusion

At a slightly over $1,000 price point, there really isn’t much to fault the Ideal Massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair. Many agree that it is a value for your money chair, and if you’re looking particularly for the best shiatsu massage chair, this is definitely one top contender.

You know it is good when there are so many imitations or lookalikes of it, so definitely buy an authentic one via trusted sellers like this one here to ensure all your needs are taken care of (a 10-day return policy is offered).


best massage shiatsu massage chair

If you think spending over $1,000 on a massage chair is excessive, then we’d recommend the EC06C Shiatsu Chair Recliner from Best Massage.

You do not want to compromise on functionality - you are, afterall, paying a significant amount of money over one product so we’d made sure that the product we recommend gives you the best value of money. 

The EC06C certainly doesn’t disappoint in that regard - it is definitely one of the best massage chair under 1000 that we can find in the market.

First of all, it has 7 massage modes and that is one of the most a massage chair has to offer if you’ve read our review above. This includes kneading, tapping, stretching, shiatsu, combo, air pressure and heating.

You can choose each one manually, or you can get a combination of different massage methods from the 9 preset auto massage programs that it offers, including special full body stretching programs that mimics real yoga stretching and are suitable for most.

It operates on an air massage system with heat therapy, meaning it uses air bags combined with heat pads (at the back and foot) to relieve muscles and joints pain and aches with an increase in blood circulation to help you recover faster.

There are altogether 21 airbags used, which may be the least compare to all the massage chairs included in this review, but at this price point, there really isn’t much to complain especially when all airbags are strategically placed to give you the right pressure in the arms, hips, shoulder, thighs, calves and feet.

Other features:
  • Adjustable angle according to your needs.
  • 3-level speed, width and intensity control.
  • 4-level air massage pressure have 4 levels.
  • 2 heating pads in back area and 2 other in foot area to enhance massage experience

What We Like 

Lower back focus - We would like to highlight the fact that amongst the 21 airbags used, multiple are placed around the hip and waistline to align the lower back and pelvis area by inflating for a compression massage.

- This means those that suffer from lower back pain can derive similar relief as those offered by high-end brands without having to pay for the hefty price tag. This is something we really like about the EC06C because it doesn’t jeopardize functionality with its price.

Custom fit massage - We also like how it has 11 signal test switches that work together with a holt sensor to test its user’s body height so that it can automatically adjust its massage intensity according to user’s body weight. This allows the massage chair to fit perfectly different figure, giving them an individual custom fit massage.

Massage chair for tall person -Which brings us to our next point - the Best Massage EC06C is a massage chair for tall person as anyone up to 6’3” will be able to fit comfortably in it. And while it may not be as heavy duty as the i7 Plus iRobotics, it can still accommodate up to 265lbs, which is considered top range already in the industry.

At a glance

Pros

Cons

  • No zero gravity function
  • No customer support

Conclusion

One thing to note, and also the biggest flaw of the Best Massage EC06C Shiatsu Chair Recliner is that it does not offer zero gravity function. It does recline (up to 170 degrees), but it doesn’t offer zero gravity feature that gives you so much benefits.

And while it does offer 100% money back refund if you’re not happy with the product, its rather poor customer service support also means you may not be able to contact them at all. However, it is one full body massage chair of great value and if you’re lucky to get one without any fault/defect, we think you will enjoy the EC06C Shiatsu Chair Recliner very much.



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10 Best Massage Chairs for Everyone in Every Budget

Masseuse talk

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you spend tens of hundreds at your local massage parlour every month for your regular massages? Why not get a massage chair so that you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home?

We know what you’re thinking - a massage chair is very, very expensive. What if we tell you that’s not necessarily the case?  There are massage chairs at every price range, starting from as low as $100-$200 and they are not as inferior as you may think, if you manage to find the good ones.

Yes, there are massage chairs at every price range for everyone - you just need to find the right one. In this review, we are going to help you with just that - breaking down the staggering number of choices available in the market so that you can find the best massage chair ever for yourself.


Top 10 Best Massage Chairs Comparison Chart

Before we can do that though, we need to dissect what it really means to call it “the best”.

What Makes The Best Massage Chair? 

  • Does it mean it is the best when it is the most expensive?
  • Or is it where the more functions it has, the better it is?
  • Is the best massage chair for a therapeutic user the best too for a casual user?

As you can see, the question as to ‘what is the best massage chair’ is really not that straightforward.

The way we look at it, we think they can be divided into 2 categories - an overall best where every box is ticked for us and the other, the best massage chair for the money. 

A. 5 Best Overall Massage Chair Comparison Chart

Header
Human Touch Novo XT2
Luraco i7
Kahuna Air Float 3D
Ootori SL Massage Chair
Osaki OS-Pro Admiral

Dimensions

63 x 31 x 43 inches

47 x 38 x 81 inches

n/a

n/a

64 x 31 x 50 inches

Product Weight

294 pounds

265 pounds

253 pounds

230 pounds

239 pounds

Maximum Weight Capacity

285 pounds

300 pounds

300 pounds

440 pounds

220 pounds

Maximum Height Capacity

6'9"

6'7"

6'2"

6'3"

6'2"

Editor's Rating

[ 4.79 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.65 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.55 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.25 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.0 / 5.0 ]


B. 5 Best Massage Chair for the Money Comparison Chart 


Kahuna LM6800
Relaxonchair MKII Classic
Human Touch Wholebody 7.1
iRest Massage Chair
Real Relax 3D

Dimensions

46 x 48 x 31 inches

55 x 32 x 49 inches

44 x 28 x 40 inches

41 x 36 x 40 inches

45 x 45 x 32 inches

Product Weight

200 pounds

253 pounds

114 pounds

205 pounds

250 pounds

Maximum Weight Capacity

240 pounds

300 pounds

n/a

235 pounds

440 pounds

Maximum Height Capacity

6'2"

6'5"

6'2"

6'3"

6'

Editor's Ratings

[ 4.85 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.75 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.59 / 5.0 ]

[ 4.41/ 5.0 ]

[ 4.39 / 5.0 ]


As we’ve always said in our reviews, what constitutes as our best may not be the same for you and that is perfectly okay. 

We will discuss a few other top contenders as well in each category and who knows, one may just be the top pick for a particular class of users.


Top 5 Overall Best Massage Chairs Reviews

Human Touch Novo XT2

The Human Touch Novo XT Massage Chair is the bestselling model in the ever-popular Novo series and really, there isn't much we can fault about it.

The closest we can find in terms of the one world’s best massage chair, it scores the perfect balance between convenient using for a casual hobbyist, yet with sufficient therapeutic features for those suffering from chronic pain.

Why It Became Our Top Pick 

It is this flexibility of being the best for both worlds that takes the top spot of being the ‘best massage chair in the world’ for us.

With one of the biggest height range (from 5’ to 6’9”), it is able to fit a good lot of people. If you’ve been doing your research, you will know that there aren’t many massage chair for tall person (beyond 6’5”).

Even if they do, they won’t be as comfortable or fitting for smaller-sized people so it’s always one or the other. Not with the Novo XT here.

Core Features 

L Track 

The Novo XT2 has a L track line that is about 50”, which is one of the longest the industry has to offer.

This remarkable L-Track Unibody design covers up to 60% more of the back, extending high performance coverage from your neck and shoulders all the way down to your glutes.

We have a detailed explanation regarding the difference between the massage tracks available over here. You may have a read if you'd like to find out more about the mechanisms in detail.

3D Quad Rollers 

Again, to find out in details what 3D massage means, you can head over to our article here but the Novo XT is now upgraded to having quad rollers with 3D touch from its previous dual rollers. 

They are now able to move away from the massage track to up to 3" to give a deeper massage in general.

Zero Gravity Position

One has to have the zero gravity function to be able to constitute as the worlds best massage chair. 

Zero gravity seating is where your feet are elevated slightly higher than your heart level to give you an instantaneous weightlessness (read more about the benefits of Zero G here) besides giving a deeper massage because gravity pulls your body down so that the bulk of your body is pressing against the rollers.

Human Touch Zero G

Not only can you lay down in this doctor-recommended neutral-posture position, the chair's expansive bend and stretch functionality also provides unprecedented leg and spine relief. 

This helps increases blood flow to the vertebrae and discs and rejuvenating the lower back, allowing you to recover with greater efficiency.

Space-Saving Technology

So, there is no doubt that this is a big chair. 

While you do have to allocate considerable space for it, it actually does not take up as much floor space as you'd think - thanks to its space-saving design!

Using an innovative technology whereby the chair shifts forward as it reclines, all you need is just 2 inches from the wall and that's it! If you know your massage recliner chairs well, you will know just how superior this is. Definitely a great improvement from the previous 9 inches, we have to say!

Massage Options

Human Touch goes down the path of high automation, providing a ground-breaking 35 automatic pre-programmed massage routines in the Novo XT

We think this is the right move, because many users prefer the push-button option as compared to having to tweak the massage options themselves. Granted, you can still control it manually, with a ‘zone massage’ function for you to interrupt any massage program running and focus the rollers to where it hurts the most.

Massage techniques wise, it offers some of the best:

  • Shiatsu 
  • Swedish 
  • Sports
  • Kneading 
  • Kneading and tapping 
  • Tapping  
  • Percussion
  • Thai
  • Audio sync

In particular, the presence of Shiatsu, Swedish and Thai make this one invincible massage chair. We don't think you'd be able to find massage chairs at any price that offer three advanced massage techniques as such. 

On top of that, you get to select the intensity and speed the rollers operate at 3 different levels.

Air Massage

A good massage chair will not be limited with just roller-based massages - it comes equipped with air massage technology too. 

The Novo XT doesn’t have a lot of airbags but that does not matter - what it has it implements well.

Its Second Generation airbags are placed strategically across the arm, calf, foot, hand, hip, thigh, upper arm and shoulder. You can choose to activate the airbags specifically, and there are three intensity levels for you to adjust.

Therapeutic Features 

Human Touch controller
Dual lumbar heat 

While heat is a pretty common element in massage chairs nowadays, the Novo XT falls rather short in this department for us.

It has two heat pads installed at the lumbar region and while this may be sufficient a few years back, it is quite underwhelming nowadays.  

Foot and calf massage

Although not every massage chair offers them, for one in its price range, foot and calf massage is almost a given (for one to be considered the world's best massage chair, at least). 

As with massages at other areas of the body, foot and calf massages are also provided in a combination of airbags (in the footwells) and dual rollers (at the bottom of each leg port). 

Both speed and intensity can be adjusted independently so this is something we really like but it doesn't have heat at the footwells, which is what's deducted a few points from us. 

Other Bonus Features

So these are not essential features, but it is good to have functions like mp3 support, Bluetooth compatibility, USB port and 8 pre-programmed soundtrack to enhance your massage experience. 

Conclusion

Overall, the Human Touch Novo XT Massage Chair does strike a good balance between casual and therapeutic fusion although we have to say it skews slightly more towards a hobbyist's use. 

For higher therapeutic use, the Luraco i7 is probably a better choice but nevertheless, this is one massage chair that we would highly recommend if your budget allows it. 

Luraco i7

An exceptional medical massage chair, the Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus Medical Massage Chair took the top spot in our best full body massage chair review.

So really, it is no surprise that it makes it to our Top 10 list here.

About the Luraco i7

Luraco is an American brand with a massage chair line that is fully researched, developed and assembled in the USA.

The iRobotics 7 Plus is its latest product, a medical massage chair primarily designed to be a therapeutic model yet simple enough for casual users to get the most out of it.

Core Features

S-track Frame 

It has a comparatively shorter massage track (the S-track) that only goes to the small of your back, and this is probably the only thing we’d ‘fault’ the Luraco i7.

Nonetheless, it retains quad rollers so the massage quality is every bit as good. Although a hybrid L/S track will be better, considering many other chairs are still using the S track frame, we can’t really count this as a negative. 

Zero Gravity Seating 

The NASA-inspired technology is also incorporated where your body is reclined to where your knees is elevated slightly above your heart.

This allows a deeper massage because gravity pulls your body down so that the bulk of your body is pressing against the rollers. It would be better if there are multiple positions though, as this one here only has 1.

User Memory Settings 

It is a wonder why so little chairs offer memory nowadays, given how cheap memory is these days.

Not with the Luraco i7. There are an impressive 5 memory slots for you to work with - you can either save 5 different massage varieties for yourself, or leave the extra slots for other family members. 

Massage Options  

In terms of massage options, you get:

  • Rolling
  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Kneading and Tapping
  • Shiatsu
  • Swedish

Allow us to explain a bit further here because the company has put a lot of emphasis on this feature.

You see, it is fairly normal nowadays for chairs to let you selectively activate airbags in Air Massage mode, but what makes the Luraco i7 stands out is that it also allows you to do the same thing with their roller-based massage.

Amazing right? This means you can truly customize your massage the way you want it to be. There are a whopping 80 second-generation airbags (which is an incredible number) for you to direct at 6 areas predominantly - neck, upper back, lower back, arms, calves and feet, and 5 intensity levels to choose from. 

When need be, you can pause your massage and resume after without having to start all the way from the beginning again. On top of that, there are 9 pre-programmed massage options with manual settings available

Therapeutic Features 

For chronic pain users, this may be what’s most relevant and of interest to you. 

Extensive Heat 

The Luraco i7 has heat pads installed in the lumbar, seat as well as both footwells. In fact, it has one of industry's best heated foot massager because its intensity can be adjusted into 3 levels. This makes it an ideal best foot massager for plantar fasciitis sufferers.

The presence of heat at these areas enhance relaxation and relief of your body as a result of increased blood circulation. Also, it adds so much more to the massage experience especially during winter.

Body Stretching 

This is a program where it twists and stretches your body like no other to really loosen up all those muscles. You feel an instantaneous relief of pressure from compressed discs which is what causes 90% of chronic back pain. If this is you, this may be your most-loved feature.

The stretch can be a little aggressive but compared with other chairs with similar program, this one here probably does best.

Foot and Calf Massager 
Luraco airbag

The i7 has one of the best rated foot massager in the industry with its 3-layered advanced foot massage with double rollers and calf massager. 

It is worthy to note that the rollers are layered 3-folds so the pressure wouldn’t be too much on your feet, as some others may to the extent of causing pain.

The foot ottoman is also extendable to accommodate users up to 6’5”, making it a massage chair for tall  person (who often have limited choices).

Integrated Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Monitor 

Now this is one of a kind in massage chairs.

A patent-pending feature, it is especially useful to keep track of your body's condition during a massage session so that you know where your limit is. Regardless, you shouldn’t spend too long massaging your body with 30-minute being the maximum usually. 

Luraco controller

All the above, controllable by a patent pending technically up-to-date, fast-responding, heavy-duty and smart handheld touch-screen control that utilizes the same platform you will find in smartphones. 

Given the many features, it is surprisingly a user-friendly model.

Other Bonus Features 

  • Seven human-voice command system (English, Vietnamese, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and Korean)
  • Quality and powerful Bluetooth speakers 
  • Pause and resume buttons
  • Adjustable massage timer 

Conclusion

There isn’t much to fault the Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus. The 5-year limited warranty far extends standard industry’s practice, and this goes to show how confident the company is in its quality and workmanship to extend this offer.

If we’d to nitpick, it will be the sole Zero G position which we would like to see an upgrade in future models. 

At the end of the day, it is one of the best high end massage chair, with top end features that we will highly recommend. If you can afford it, get it today. If you can’t, don’t sell yourself short and get a lesser model. Save the money and get the massage chair that does it all.

Kahuna SM9000

You know we love our Kahuna chairs (see our rave about the Kahuna LM6800 here and here, as well as the SM7300 here).

But do you know its best chair is the SM-9000, the Air Float 3D+? This one here has got to have one of the best massage chair ratings in the market.

Core Features 

S/L Hybrid Track  

Like the Human Touch Novo XT, it has a S/L hybrid track which massage from the neck until the glutes and back of your thighs.

This is probably the widest coverage one can get from a massage chair at one time. 

Space-saving Technology 

Those familiar with Kahuna chairs will know this already. Until the emergence of Human Touch’s Novo XT, it boasts the least wall space required (3 inches only from the wall) for a massage recliner chair.

Nevertheless, at 3 inch, it is still a great feat to have because well, a massage chair like this is a burly piece of furniture.

The SM9000 has one additional feature that its peers don’t though, that is, it has an ameliorated forward sliding mechanism. This allows a more quiet transition than the old sliding mechanism, so that's another plus point to like.  

Minimal Noise 

This newest Air Float technology provides the smoothest and most optimized transitions with minimal noise. The SM9000 has a latest engineered motor that allows for the most silent massages for maximum state of relaxation.

Massage Options

Kahuna SM9000 massage options

You get: 

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Kneading and Tapping
  • Knocking
  • Finger kneading

Nothing of spectacularity, though each is installed and engineered well.

It does not have advanced techniques like Thai and Swedish but that’s okay because the infrared heating rollers more than make up for it for therapeutic effect.  

Air Massage

Let’s look into its air massage features now shall we?

The SM9000 is designed for a full body air massage that dynamically massages most of the surfaces with minimal number of airbags.

That said, it does install additional airbags on the back and hip areas to enhance its sensational spinal pressure relief to its user.

Other areas with airbags attached are:

kahuna signature progrms
  • Shoulders
  • Arm
  • Calf
  • Leg
  • Feet

These airbags loosen tense muscles by inflating and deflating with gentle pressure to stretch the body while rhythmically squeezing to release tensed muscles and improve circulation.

Therapeutic Features 

6 Infrared Heating Rollers

If we’re to point out one stand out feature of the SM9000, it will be its newly invented infrared heating rollers.

This means you get heat coverage where the rollers hit, and with a total of 6 of them, it  basically means the whole of your back and thighs where the rollers travel. Thanks to this, it gives one of the best therapeutic massages. 

The heating rollers provide soothing relief sensation from back pain and it helps ease tensions and reduces stress by transmitting the heat from the rollers through the muscle tissues, allowing the blood vessels to open up, and letting the tensed muscles to relax much quicker.

It is also great for relieving arthritis pain and sore muscles because it promotes better blood circulation. 

For chronic pain sufferers, this may sound like heaven to you. It is.

3D Foot Massage
Kahuna feet massage

It is also one of the best foot calf massager in that department.

Implementing 3 different techniques - scraping, rolling and kneading - all at the same time using fully wrapped airbags, it helps strengthens your foot and ankle area to minimize injuries.

The 3D wraparound squeeze air massage it applies onto the calf is truly a relaxing sensation, taking the tiredness of the whole day away. It is one of the features that we enjoy the most of the SM9000.

Other Bonus Features

  • Built in premium Bluetooth speakers 
  • 7 Kahuna signature programs 
  • 1-2 inches wider seat and shoulder

Conclusion

The Kahuna SM9000 Air Float 3D+ SM9000 Massage Chair is no doubt the top end of its line, but it is sufficient on itself to stand its ground on par with some of the best massage chairs in the market. 

That said, it does come with a hefty price tag which means it is not for everyone. And considering there is a similar high-performing alternative (our all-time favourite), we can understand why it is not a bestseller as it should be.

Ootori SL Massage Chair

Another common way of determining the best massage chair is by looking at the number of options and massage combinations available, and weighing that against the price. 

If this is your measuring standard, the Ootori SL Massage Chair will be right up your alley.

Core Features

S/L Track System

Not just a hybrid S/L track system, these double tracks boast a total length of approximately 52 inches so the rollers can walk along the human body curve from the neck down to under the seat area to massage your glutes and thighs.

Ootori SL
Smart Body Scan
Ootori body scan

The computerized Smart Body Scan function will scan your body automatically to detect your body and will self-adjust to allow the chair provide a custom massage according to your body shape and size. 

Its leg rest can be extended up to 7 inches/18cm so it is able to fit a variety of body sizes up to 6.3 inches/440lbs.

Space-Saving Technology
Ootori space saving

Like the Human Touch Novo XT, it utilizes a sliding forward mechanism when reclining so it doesn’t take up much floor space, only 2.5” from the wall. 

Massage Options

Designed with 3D massage hands to make you feel like real human massage, the Ootori SL performs massages in kneading, rolling, knocking, finger, tap and dual action motion. Further, the electric massage rollers are adjustable for different shoulder width, from 1.57" to 8.27" with 3 levels.

ootori massage functions
Air Massage

Airbags are strategically located in the seat, calf, feet, and back area.

They contribute in a huge way to the soothing effect of the massage chair. When the airbags are used in concert with the roller system, you will feel like 3 massage therapists are working on you for 30 straight minutes.

On top of that, you get 6 automatic programs with bluetooth connectivity. The Auto Programs allow you to get a full set of massage features, working in perfect harmony, with the simple push of one button.

Therapeutic Features

Zero Gravity
Ootori zero gravity

This recliner chair here is designed with 3 stages of zero gravity system - initial, comfort and deep - with the final stage reaching 180 degrees flat. All these, in one key away.

Press the zero-gravity button to adjust the optimal position by elevating your feet to 10cm higher than your head, and 20cm higher than the heart.

This effectively alleviates the pressure on the vertebrae, relieves the discomfort of back pain, and give your heart a holiday.

Honestly, this is the best zero gravity massage chair out of all in this category. The most that they offer is 2 stages but at more than half of their price, this one here is able to offer the maximum available. 

Foot and Calf Massage

Those who suffer chronic pain from standing on long hours, this is a life-saver function to you. There is an all-round scraping and rolling function that can effectively stimulate the plantar reflex zone to reduce your fatigue and improve the body's immunity.

Equipped with 3 rows of foot rollers that stimulate your acupuncture points, as well as the inflation and deflation of the leg airbags squeezing your calves simultaneously, you will get a deep tissue massage with gua sha therapy on your tired feet and legs.

Yoga Stretch

This is where it stands out most for us - its yoga stretch program. It combines the Thai top, pull and pedal method so that your whole body can relax through stretching.

We mention the lack of aggressiveness for therapeutic purpose in the Novo XT2’s stretching - this one here is exactly what we mean and are so happy to find.

ootori thai massage

On auto modes, the airbags will hold your shoulder, arms, waist, hips, legs and feet before having the chair gradually stretch your body, meanwhile, you can also enjoy kneading, shiatsu, padding on manual mode, simultaneously.

Heat 

When it comes to heating function, it does just the standard - lumbar heating zone only.

Nonetheless, two heating pads are provided to help with the air compression technology to give a more effective massage at the lumbar area. Maintaining at a constant 42 degrees, it is just the right temperature to make the body comfortable and relaxed. 

Other Bonus Features

  • Intelligent hand controller with LCD display 
  • Bluetooth technology allows user to listen to their favorite music and phone calls on high quality speakers
  • LED lights located on side panels help create a relaxing atmosphere

Conclusion

When you put all that together with the Ootori SL Massage Chair's surprisingly easy-to-use remote and its impressive 3 year warranty (more than the standard industry's 2 years), and a comparatively low price point, it's quite hard not to fall in love with this model.

Osaki OS-Pro Admiral

The Osaki OS-Pro Maxim A Massage Chair is a fantastic, well-designed massage chair packed with innovative features and functions that both casual and therapeutic users will love.

It is priced middle-range and is a chair that is more affordable to the majority mass. 

Just about every feature the Osaki OS-Pro has to offer was carefully thought out and well implemented.

It may not have as many bells and whistles as other chairs, but what it has, it’s done well.

Core Features

Automatic Body Scanning

The moment you sit in and switch on the chair, its automatic body scanning feature will measure your shoulder’s height and legs’ lenghts to ensure the rollers are correctly in place to massage you at the right places. 

L Track 

Unlike all the chairs we’ve reviewed thus far, it uses an L track frame here. It’s basically an extension of the S-track where the rollers follow the shape of an ‘L’ starting at the neck and continue down through the curves of the back, then continue even further around to the glutes and hamstring area.  

Now if you’re to ask whether S or L track is better, again, the question goes back to your personal condition.

If you have a lot of tension in the glutes (which in turn cause back and leg pain), or if you have certain forms of sciatica, then an L-track like the OS-Pro Maxim A will be more beneficial to you.

Advanced 3D Massage

Do you often wonder what it means when companies advertise their chairs to be ‘3D technology’? Just like this one does?

It is actually an innovative form of engineering where users are allowed to control the length of the rollers that extend out from the backrest. Basically, it means you get to manually adjust the rollers to move away from the massage track (up to 3”) to give a deeper massage.

Space-saving Technology

We have to admit we’re pleasantly surprised with this because it shares the same groundbreaking technology as the Novo XT2 of requiring just 2 inches between the chair and the wall in upright position, but the Osaki OS-Pro Admiral is almost half of the former’s price. 

This space-saving technology is certainly welcomed at any home because the chair itself is burly enough, anything that minimizes floor space is a great bonus worthy to be highlighted.

Massage Options

In terms of massage options, there are 6 different massage styles in the form of:

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Kneading and Tapping
  • Shiatsu
  • Clapping
  • Rolling

On top of that, it utilizes second generation airbags to render its excellent air massage that can be enjoyed either in full-body mode, or by selectively activating airbags by the following body regions:

  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Thighs
  • Feet
  • Calf

There are altogether 16 sets of auto massage programmes which is considered substantial, given the Kahuna SM9000, at almost double the price, has far less. There are 5 levels of intensity levels to control in total.

Therapeutic Features  

Zero Gravity 

Zero gravity position where your weight will be evenly distributed throughout the back is offered to provide refined massage and improved blood circulation.

Lumbar and calf heat

Although heat element is present in both lumbar and calf area, the temperature is rather mild and cannot be adjusted. This is where it falls somewhere short compared to its peers, nonetheless, it’s better than nothing because heat helps loosen tensed muscles so it still does serve its therapeutic purposes.  

Foot Massage

Rollers in the footrest provide a soothing kneading style of massage to relieve tired feet. Combine this with the air pressure on both sides and the massage sensation is heavenly. 

Other Bonus Features

  • Bluetooth speakers along the headrest allow users to listen to their favourite songs
  • USB connector to charge your phone and enjoy your massage at the same time
  • Footrest can extend up to 7.1 inches to fit various heights
  • Multi Language Support
  • Easy to Use LCD Remote


Osaki bluetooth

Conclusion

The Osaki OS-Pro Maxim A Massage Chair is not cheap, although it is not the most expensive model we’ve covered thus far. It is fairly easy to use though, so even if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, you will still be able to master it fairly quickly. 

It has by far one of the best design appearance-wise, with quilted backseat and LED light control so if you don’t particularly fancy the bulky outlook of most massage chairs, this one here may appeal to you most.


Top 5 Best Massage Chair for the Money Reviews 

So, we understand that different people have different tastes and needs. Your kind of ‘best’ may be different from other people’s - it is a highly subjective matter after all. 

While it will be rather impossible for us to cover every kind of ‘best’, we can look at one other common way that people usually encapsulate ‘best massage chair’, that is, measuring the cost against the chair that offers the greatest number of features. In other words, shop for the best value on the market. 

Because hey, not everyone has that kind of unlimited money, right?  When it comes to the best massage chair for the money, we have a clear winner here.

Kahuna LM6800

Probably not a surprise there for many, eh? But yes, it is the Kahuna LM6800 Full Body Massage Chair that takes the top spot of our best massage chair for the money category.

If you’ve read some of our reviews before, you will agree that this chair definitely deserves the top spot with its array of features at such an affordable price.

Core Features

There is a lot to like about the LM6800 - it is built around the same core technologies as the Novo XT, think quad rollers, space-saving technology and zero gravity seating. 

In fact, it trumps over a lot of other competitors in that it offers 3 zero gravity positions. Now, if you’ve read our reviews above, you will know that that is the maximum number current technology has to offer at this age.

LM6800 space saving

For the SM9000 to have this, that is understandable - it is, after all, a high end massage chair but for the LM6800 to have the same feat? That is value for money. If you are to say that this is the best zero gravity massage chair, we wouldn’t disagree with you. 

Another thing where it beats the Novo XT2 is that it has computer body scan technology where the chair will automatically scan your body size to customize your massage. See what we mean when we say this is the chair for everyone? 

It does, however, use a single L track system only so that’s where it falls short of the Novo XT2. But in terms of coverage, it has a wider scope compared to that of an S track only as it reaches the bottom of your glutes and thighs.

Massage Options

You don’t get as many (or as advanced) as the Novo XT / Luraco i7, nonetheless, you get all the basics a massage chair should have:

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Kneading and Tapping
  • Rolling
  • Gliding

In terms of air massage, although its uses more airbags (36 in total) than the Novo XT, they are First Generation airbags so not necessarily as advanced. 

As such, we can only say that their air massage is acceptable but nothing spectacular. There are three levels of air pressure and speed though so that is a good amount of choice to have.

Therapeutic Features

Again, they fall nothing short of the Novo XT’s (at a fraction of the latter’s price), something we’re still very amazed at. They include:

LM6800 full body massage

Yoga Stretch - One of industry’s best, Kahuna’s patented Yoga Stretch program stretches your body fully with just the right pressure and aggressiveness (not too mediocre).

Heating - Not just limited at the lumbar area, it offers calf heat too to soothe the legs.

Foot Massage - Dual rollers with detachable and washable footer area cotton for sanitary purpose. It is one of the best rated foot and calf massager by industry experts.

Conclusion

As one that receives some of the best massage chair ratings among users and industry experts, the Kahuna LM6800 is one of the most feature-rich massage chairs you can find at this price point.

If you measure your best according to ‘price per feature’, you’ll see how superb it is in terms of value for the money just by doing a little maths.

Truly an amazing chair, offered at an amazing price.

Another strong contender in the best value massage chair category is Relaxonchair’s MK-Classic.

Again, this is another chair that made it to our best massage chair under $2000 category and it is one that resembles the LM6800 in many ways.

Relaxonchair MKII Classic

Core Features

Featuring a similar L-track system but longer at 50 inches, the MK-Classic contours the back and glides from the lower skull all the way down to the buttocks and under thigh area.

Given its track being one of the longest in the market, it is able to accommodate up to 6’5” tall which, although not as much as the Novo XT and Luraco i7, is still deemed substantial as a massage chair for tall person.

MK Classic l track
MK classic zero gravity

Similarly, it offers intelligent body scan technology and 3 zero gravity positions up to 160 degrees recline.

What it has that others don’t is a feature called ‘Sleep Mode’. This is where the chair will maintain your pre-set position (be it recline or zero gravity), even after the massage has ended. You can be sure you won’t be interrupted if you’ve fallen asleep during the session. 

Massage Options

Again, it resembles the LM6800 in its massage options - Kneading, Tapping, a combination of both, Shiatsu and Rolling. Likewise, there are 3 levels of intensity and speed control as well as quad rollers that are adjustable up to 3 different widths for your back massages.

What it differs though is its air massage system. Although using the same First Generation airbags, this one here compensates by having A LOT of airbags (42 to be exact) installed strategically across the chair in the arms, hips, shoulder, thighs, calves, and feet area.

These airbags are programmed to inflate/deflate separately which causes the body to twist and stretch on shoulders, lower back, hips, and thighs. You can choose to have them working simultaneously or alternatively, selectively activate them to perform individually on the spots you require most.

Therapeutic Features

The MK-Classic falls a bit short in this regard in that it doesn’t offer heating anywhere else except the lumbar region. It also only utilizes a sole massage roller at the bottom of the foot massager so certainly not the most ideal when it comes to foot massage. 

Nonetheless, the multiple airbags on the sides and back of the legs provide a good compression massage to relieve fatigue.

MK-classic yoga stretch

It has a remarkable Yoga Stretch program though. This program has several ‘mini programs’ that work simultaneously - while one stretches your upper body, the other stretches your legs and thighs during massages. 

By getting massages while your muscle is either stretched or squeezed, your tired muscles will be rejuvenated faster and get more energy than in one fixed position.

Conclusion

We should probably say something about the Relaxonchair MK-Classic price. While it may still be a rather substantial amount to spend on, it actually costs less than you may think. Most chairs that offer this level of functionality have a high-end price tag but the MK-Classic is at most a mid-range chair.

We will say it is a rare combination of form and function at an outstanding price, a value for its money buy.

Human Touch Wholebody 7.1

The Human Touch Wholebody 7.1 Massage Chair did not take the top spot like the Novo XT2 does, however, it’s worthy to take a look at this chair for those who love the Human Touch modern ergonomic design but not the price tag.

This one here has a much more affordable price point but with more basic, frequently-used features.

Core 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

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.

Massage Options

The Wholebody 7.1 utilizes 4 massage techniques: Stretch, Flex, Tone, and Glide.

While it’s named differently, the effect they have are rather similar to the basics that we are all familiar with. 

In terms of in-built massage programs, there are altogether 5 that aim for pain relief, stress relief, physical therapy, and relaxation:

  • Full Back
  • Upper Back
  • Lower Back
  • Relax
  • Sleep
Therapeutic Features

When it comes to therapeutic effects, nothing beats Human Touch’s touch on back pain (pun intended). 

Do you know that their massage chairs are the only chairs endorsed by the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) that serve as an effective tool for back pain patients? 

It goes as far back as 1979, where these chairs provide 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.

All 5 of the expertly designed massage programs help the body recover from a variety of physical conditions, including Back Pain, Sciatica, Arthritis & Fibromyalgia.

BodyMap Pro
Wholebody bodymap pro

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.

Patented Warm Air Technology
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

Retractable Foot & Calf Massager

Wholebody foot

The ottoman on the WholeBody 7.1 converts to a foot and calf massager with CirQlation Technology to massage your legs in an upward motion, forcing blood to the body's core. 

This is especially beneficial for those with high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sleep issues, fibromyalgia, etc. 

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.

Conclusion

So as you can see, the Human Touch Wholebody 7.1 Massage Chair is focused more on the basics, as compared to the Novo XT2 of the same brand. If you suffer from back issues or chronic pain, this is one massage chair that we will highly recommend without any reserves.

iRest Massage Chair

Another chair at an amazing price, the iRest SL Track Massage Chair Recliner is, like its name, one best lower back massager for those suffering from back pain.

It has an incredibly robust design that is filled with both convenience and therapeutic features.

Core Features

Unlike most massage chairs, this one here uses an unconventional I track back quad roller mechanism, which is a powerful intelligent system that provides a great and healthy deep tissue massage. 

The rollers are able to glide not just from your neck to your glutes but also across the shoulders and hips and this is why it is regarded as one of the best chair for lower back pain sufferers.

Massage Options

When it comes to massage options, this one here has 8 different types:

  • Kneading
  • Shiatsu
  • Rolling
  • Knocking
  • Tapping
  • Combination (Kneading & Tapping)
  • Air Bag Massage

That is value for money, considering many of the same price range offer a maximum 5 massage options. All the massage options have adjustable speed and intensity of up to 3 levels, and you get to manually adjust the width of the rollers too (3 widths) to suit your body size.

There are 5 different automatic programs to choose from, including a full body yoga stretch. This is where your feet and legs will be squeezed before being pulled downwards to the ground as the backrest pulls your core (upper body) back into the recline position.

We will have to say that their yoga stretch is pretty impressive, although everything else is rather standard. By no means we mean they are not good, they get the job done well.

Therapeutic Features 

Apart from the utilisation of the I track, Forever Rest also does things differently with their zero gravity function.

Not limited to just the industry’s standard of 3 recline position, you get to adjust the reclining angle any way you want to, into the most comfortable position.

FR zero G

This is because it uses dual reclining motors in its design. What this means is that you get to control the reclining of the back and legs separately, and individually. This way, you get a true zero gravity positioning for the ultimate relaxation.

Another therapeutic feature that stands out is its foot massage. Unlike most chairs in this price range that can only offer acupressure massage, it offers both foot rolling and foot and calf acupressure simultaneously.  

If you’ve not tried this combination before, you probably wouldn’t know but oh, the difference it makes! Once you’ve tried it, you won’t be able to turn back. 

Conclusion

At slightly over $1,000, we have to say the iRest SL Track Massage Chair Recliner is value for the money.

But keep in mind, you have to be under 6’3” to reap its optimal benefits. 

Real Relax 3D

Last but not least, it is the Real Relax 3D Massage Chair Recliner that we want to talk about.

If you like our top pick here in our best massage chair under $1000 review, you will love the better but slightly more expensive version of this Real Relax full body shiatsu massage chair here.

Core Features

The only massage chair in this category with a hybrid S/L track, it has ‘robot rollers hands; that will glide from your neck down to your hips and glutes area.

Once you sit in the chair, an automatic computer scan technology will detect your body shape before adjusting the back roller position to give you a custom fit. 

A stand out feature is that it can be used as an individual recliner chair to sleep, rest or watch tv in when not in use.

You do not need to select a certain massage program to tune it to a recline position for you to relax comfortably. As such, it makes for one of the best home massage chair to have for those looking for one.  

It wouldn’t take up much space at your home, because it utilizes a space-saving technology of only 1.96 inches required from the wall. It comes fully assembled, all it requires is just plug in the power, put the footrest down and you are good to go.

Massage Options

Real Relax massage options

As pictured above, there are 6 massage options for you to choose from. You can either choose one for the whole body, or choose a different one according to different body parts. 

There are 4 automatic programs with a timer of up to 30 minutes to choose from. In manual program, the robots hands rollers width is left and right adjustable. There are altogether 3 speed and intensity each for you to adjust.

Therapeutic Features 

Zero gravity position is available but what’s worthy to mention is the chair’s foot roller and airbag system. For the latter, it now has an upgraded vertical wraparound airbag so that you can put and keep your arms in the airbag effortlessly. 

This is something a lot of people struggle with we find, as it’s always either having difficulty putting your arms through to the arm slots, or that the slots are too loose to hold your arms secure in place with many massage chairs.

With this more ergonomic design, your arms are snug and will not slip and slide around yet not too tight to the point that it’s difficult to get through it.

In terms of its heat function, there’s only heat at the waist area so that’s something it falls short on.

You see, if companies choose to go down the route of having one heating region only, it will be the lumbar area because that’s probably where the majority will require. To not have that but in the waist area instead is a bit risky, we have to say. 

RR foot

Its foot massage is incredible though, providing a Thai type scrapping massage to relieve any foot stress or pain. 

Conclusion 

The reason the Real Relax 3D Massage Chair Recliner didn’t score a higher spot in our list is due to its height restriction. The most it is able to accommodate is 6 feet (and that is slightly pushing it already) and that is rather limiting to a good majority of people. 

It is a good, basic massage chair nonetheless. If you’re under 6 feet, it might just be the best massage chair ever for you.


Why You Should Get A Massage Chair

As mentioned in the beginning of this review, a lot of people is concerned over the price of a massage chair. It is perhaps the biggest reason holding many back from getting one, really. 

Yes, there are massage chairs that can cost a rather substantial amount, but there are also an extensive number of good cheaper alternatives likewise as you can see by now.

masseuse talk

Think about it: how much do you spend on your regular massages per month? Say, the average cost per hour is around $75 - $90, that’s an average of $350 per month, $4,200 per year.

For those with chronic pain/posture problem, the amount it costs for chiropractors’ visits are probably even more.

That amount would have easily find you a more than decent massage chair with all the bells and whistles, one that could last a good 5 years at least (or more). When put this way, does it make much more sense now to get a massage chair?

Price aside, there are actually many health benefits you can reap from regular massages (read more below). All in all, a massage chair is really a worthy investment to make if we look at it the long term way.


Types of Massage Chairs

Does a big, bulky cushy chair comes into mind when you think of massage chair? We don’t blame you. However, know that a massage chair isn’t just that.

There are actually many types of massage chairs - some with many features while others specialize on just one category.

Some are way over $8,000 to $10,000, then there are those that cost a few hundreds only.

Massage Chair Pads

Comfier

This is the most affordable massage option. 

It can be placed on chairs or on your couch and while they may not provide the strongest massages comparatively, there are some really decent ones out there that will surpass your expectations.

Standard Massage Chairs 

JC Home Drammen

These are middle-ground chairs as we would call them - massage chairs with just the very basic functions and massage techniques, but nonetheless a chair that is more than just a piece of pad, at the very least. 

They don’t massage every inch of the body but if engineered and programmed well as these are found, they do get the job done and a rather decent job at that too.

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