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Massage chairs come at every price range. They can start from as low as $100 - $200, and they are not as inferior as you may think.

... IF you manage to find the good ones. 

In this review, we are going to help you with just that - breaking down the staggering number of choices available so that you can find the best massage chair ever for yourself.

And if there is ever a "best time" to buy a massage chair, it will be none other than this BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALES. Everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) is undergoing a HUGE MEGA SALES now! You will certainly see yourself some great savings, trust us!

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.

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 

A long track will mean nothing if the rollers aren’t performing up to par. We’re pleased to find that the Novo XT has upgraded from its previous dual rollers to now quad rollers with 3D touch. 

What this 3D technology means is that the rollers are able to move away from the massage track (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

Delivered via a combination of airbags in the footwells and dual rollers at the bottom of each leg port. Both speed and intensity of the rollers can be adjusted independently which is something we really like.

Sadly though, and this is one of the reasons why the Novo XT2 fails to get a perfect score from us, is that it doesn’t have heat at the footwells. 

Another deducting point is that it does not offer automated body scanning. Truthfully, we’re a little surprised at the lack of it because many high end massage chairs have this function, and the Novo XT2 is certainly one high end machine.

Instead, it has 9 preset modes which (1) you choose the one you think suits best, (2) you tweak and fine tune the position of the rollers manually. Not the most impressive and well implemented, we have to say.

Other Bonus Features

  • Mp3 support
  • Bluetooth compatible  
  • USB port 
  • 8 pre-programmed soundtrack
  • Conclusion

    As you can see, there are many things that we like about the Human Touch Novo XT Massage Chair.

    The shortcoming is probably its price only, as well as a few minor issues such as no heat in footwells and no auto body scanning. 

    While we think it strikes a good balance between casual and therapeutic fusion, we have to say it skews slightly more towards a hobbyist’s use. If you're looking for something with higher therapeutic use, perhaps the Luraco i7 below is a slightly better choice.  

    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 made 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 


    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. WITH THE HUGE SAVINGS OFFER THIS BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY, THERE REALLY IS NO OTHER BETTER TIME TO GET THIS MODEL THAN NOW.

    Kahuna SM9000

    You know we love our Kahuna chairs (see our reviews 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 XT2, 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 XT2, 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
    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


    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. 


    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


    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 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.  

    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


    The Osaki OS-Pro Maxim 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 

    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 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
    • Shiatsu

    In terms of air massage, although its uses more airbags (36 in total) than the Novo XT2, 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 XT2’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. 


    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 THIS BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALE

    Relaxonchair MKII Classic

    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.

    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 XT2 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’, whereby the chair will maintain your pre-set position (be it recline or zero gravity) even after the massage has ended so that 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. 


    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.

    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.

    Wholebody 3D
    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.


    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. 


    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 best massage chair under $1000 review here, 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 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 left, 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.

    RR foot

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


    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.