RESTECK Neck and Shoulder Massager Review
A long-reigning No.1 Bestseller and hands down the most popular neck and shoulder massager in the market, the RESTECK Neck and Shoulder Massager is our top pick when it comes to the best neck and shoulder massager.
Given the many excellent contenders there are in our 'best neck and shoulder massager review' article here, you know that's saying something.
Before we look into this best rated neck massager in depth, let's have a look at its specifications first:
RESTECK Shiatsu Kneading Massager
17.4 x 15.1 x 9 inches
The RESTECK employs 8 massage nodes that are combined with built-in heat function. As a result, it gives some of the best 3D massaging effect that many of us yearn for as it mimics the pair of human hands.
Featuring clever bi-directional kneading nodes that will switch their rotation direction every one minute, different muscles can be reached so there will be no part that is neglected.
There are 4 buttons for you to facilitate all these functions, all 4 conveniently placed across the left handle strap for easy reach:
Very user friendly,
- One is to switch the massager on and off
- One is to turn the heat on and off
- One to choose the stimulation mode
- One to reverse the direction of the shiatsu nodes
Yes, what this means is that you get to turn the heat option off separately should you not require it, or if you have a condition where any form of dry heat is not advisable.
In terms of stimulation mode, there are two intensity speed options - light and deep.
For those that are sensitive to pressure, choosing 'light' will suffice. Otherwise, 'deep' will be perfect if you have acute aches that need soothing and relieving of.
As you would have guessed, the 'Direction' button lets you customize the rotation way you want so that you get penetrating relief reaching deep under your skin.
Other body parts
Although it is primarily to be used on the neck and shoulder, you can use the RESTECK on any body parts to obtain massage relief.
Thanks to the long yet not bulky design, it has enough coverage to cater the back, legs, glutes, calves, thighs, arms, feet and even toes - wherever you feel tension, just place the massager over and customize the massage you want accordingly.
If you have read our neck and shoulder massager reviews, you may have noticed that most models look more or less the same.
In terms of design, yes, the room for any deviation may not be much (unless we are talking about a massage pillow).
The RESTECK does stick to the norm, that is, handle straps on both sides of the massager unit but how it gives its extra touches is by enhancing the small details here and there, thereby resulting to an overall aesthetic upgrade as a whole.
For instance, you get a luxury leather-like black quilted material embossed along the flap behind the massage unit as well as on both handle straps.
Not only does this instantly give the massager a much more premium look, the extra padding also increases user's comfort level to a large extent.
The same sleek appearance is found on the duffel carry bag that is included in the package as well, so that both bag and massager are cohesive and matching as a whole package.
Speaking of comfort level, high quality breathable fabric is used to ensure good ventilation is provided as well as for easy maintenance of hygiene.
Overall, we have nothing to fault its design and quality - the construction is sturdy, the materials are top quality.
What We Love
There are two things that stood out to us the most, the first being - the precise intensity and control the RESTECK provides.
You get to control exactly where the massager applies pressure AND how much pressure it applies. As a result, you get to target very specific muscles on the neck and shoulder, or any other body parts.
This makes it ideal for focusing on tough knots that would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, to reach.
In this regard, we find that it allows a much more precise and fluid control compared to other models with similar capabilities.
Another aspect that we love lies in its handle straps.
These ones here are longer than the usual standard ones. What this does is that it allows you to continue working on your computer (or anything else) while you have this on without there being any restrictions.
This is unlike some models where you may have your hands temporarily suspended near your chest while you hold unto the straps - the RESTECK does not pose this problem.
Things to Note
There is one thing we'd wish the RESTECK is though - being cordless.
You see, a cordless shiatsu neck and shoulder massager will give that extra edge of portability because it means you don't necessarily need to be near a power outlet all the time.
You will be able to use it anywhere inside or outside the house, and you won't need to worry about minute things like the cord length not being long enough.
Speaking of which, this one here can do better with a longer cord.
Fully charged, we're looking at 2-3 hours of such convenience - IF it is cordless.
Even when it does run out of battery, it will still be usable plugged in just like how it is now.
That is probably the only 'downside' we can find with the RESTECK. It is actually not that big a deal, given the majority of neck and shoulder massagers aren't actually cordless.
In fact, there is only a handful of cordless neck massagers of this type in the market, this and this being some of the best rated ones so certainly, the RESTECK not being a cordless massager is not a dealbreaker.
In any case, it comes with a car adapter so you can still use it while being in the car by plugging it into the cigaretter lighter outlet.
The RESTECK Neck and Shoulder Massager is the best neck and shoulder massager we have tested to date, being one that is most effective in terms of loosening and relaxing shoulder and neck muscles as well as overall pain relief.
The kneading shiatsu-style massages it gives feel the most natural and closest to human touch and we find its heating component to be more penetrating besides being able to warm up quicker than other models.
In particular, the combination of its nodes placement and heating element stood out to us, and the overall build quality certainly surpasses our expectation and exceeded its competitors.
It does a solid job in the mid and lower back area as well, although it best performs in the neck and shoulder area still. If you are looking for the best neck massager, this is definitely the one we will highly recommend!