Best Massage Chair Reviews (2017 Updated)

Modern life can take quite a toll on our bodies. After a hard day at work, almost all of us need a way to relax the mind and body. But not all of us have access to a personal massage therapist who can help us relax. Fortunately however, there is no more need for a personal massage therapist thanks to the wonders of technology. You can ease your muscular and mental stress by acquiring a personal massage chair that will perform just as well as any therapist, and in some cases better.

It is easy to lose your mind in between choosing the best massage recliner that will suit you, your requirements and your budget. This massage chair review guide will help you in making that decision. Before going into details, we’ve compiled all information into a comparison chart so you can pick the best massage chair for yourself.

The Best Rated Massage Chairs (2017 Picks)

A number of massage recliners are offered in the market, making it impossible to find the right fit for your needs. We have listed down the top 6 massage chairs comparing features, price, and feedback from first-hand users.

  • Kahuna LM6800
  • OSAKI OS-4000
  • Relaxon Chair RC-MKII
  • Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair
  • Human Touch IJOY-2580
  • Electric Full Body Shiatsu Recliner 06C

KAHUNA LM6800

Massage programs:

6

Airbags: - 

Weight,lbs: 232

Warranty: 3 Year

Full body massage

OSAKI OS-4000

Massage programs:

6

Airbags: 32

Weight,lbs: 255

Warranty: 3 Year

Full body Massage

TOP!

RELAXON CHAIR 

RC-MKII

Massage programs:

5

Airbags: 20

Weight,lbs: 101

Warranty: 3 Years

Full body Massage

IDEAL MASSAGE

CHAIR

Massage programs:

4

Airbags: -

Weight,lbs: 200

Warranty: 3 Years

Full body Massage

HUMAN TOUCH

IJOY-2580

Massage programs:

3

Airbags: -

Weight,lbs: 88

Warranty: 2 Years

Back,neck and

shoulders

SHAITSU

RECLINER 06C

Massage programs: Multiple

Airbags: 30

Weight,lbs: 185

Warranty: 1 Year

Full body Massage

Reviews of the Top Rated Massage Chairs

1. Kahuna LM6800 – Best Value Massage Chair Review

Kahuna LM6800 Massage ChairKahuna have always been on the fore-front of cutting edge electric massage technology. But while their offerings have always been cutting edge, the prices they demand for their products are always very competitive. The LM6800 is a feature-laden massage reclining chair that offers a lot for a very reasonable price.

The Kahuna LM6800 scans your body before every massage to identify the body-type and as a result adjusts itself to its shapes and contours. This helps the chair provide a personalized and bespoke massage experience for your body.

It is equipped with heating modules and because of this it can easily help relax your muscles and heal back ache problems caused by stressed muscles. The heating modules help expand the blood vessels in your lower spine, which causes fresh and oxygenated blood to flow towards stressed or aching muscles, thereby relaxing them. There is also a heating module that is placed at the calves which can help ease tense muscles in your lower leg area for a very relaxing experience.

Kahuna have equipped the LM6800 with their technology called the Yoga Stretch. This technology enables the chair to perform a full-body stretch that can help you relax and restore your energy. This is a quick way of easing stress and relaxing your body.

It can be programmed to only massage specific parts of your body if you do not fancy a full-body massage. Depending on your requirements and needs, you can configure it to only massage your back, arms or legs.

From an ergonomics point of view, the chair is able to accommodate people of up to 6ft2m of height. This is made possible thanks to the LM6800’s extendable footrests. What’s more, there is no need for manual adjustment as it adjusts itself according to the height of the person using it by performing a pre-massage body scan. This makes it perfect for most people.

The Kahuna chair is also pleasing to the eye and can easily be put in your living room without looking like an out of place appliance.

The best thing about this chair is its price. No other chair can match the LM6800 for features in the budget it is available for. This is one of the main reasons for its popularity on Amazon and why we have featured it on the top of our list. Click here for detailed review.

Pros
  • Feature-filled
  • Zero gravity functionality
  • Heat therapy
  • Foot massaging rollers
Cons
  • Not easy to move around

2. Osaki OS-4000 – Best Zero Gravity Massage Chair Review

Osaki OS-4000 Zero Gravity Executive Fully Body Massage ChairThe Osaki OS-4000 Executive Zero Gravity is a modern and feature-laden massage chair that offers full body massages as well as zero gravity massages. The onboard body scanner scans the user’s body and adjusts the lumbar, neck and shoulder support areas before every massage. This gives the user a massage that is tailored to their body specifically.

It is designed for full body massages as well as massages for specific body areas. It can massage from neck, shoulders, arms to the buttocks, calves and feet. You can configure the recliner to massage only a specific area of the body as well.

The Osaki OS-4000 offers multiple massage options in the form of 6 pre-programmed settings (Healthcare, Smart, Relax, Circulation, Therapy and Demo). You can combine these massage options with 6 massage styles (rolling, kneading, Swedish, clapping, Shiatsu and combo). For further customization and personalization, you can adjust the intensity and speed levels of these options within 5 steps.

This very reasonably priced massage chair is made of faux leather, with exceptional build quality and solid ergonomics. The Osaki OS-4000 can also lay claim to be one of the top massage recliner, and fortunately looks as good as its specifications as well, so you should have no qualms about putting it in your living room! Click here for detailed review

Pros
  • Aesthetically appealing
  • Competitively priced
  • S-track system
  • Heat massage
Cons
  • None

3. RelaxonChair RC-MKII – Top Full Body Massage Chair Review

RELAXONCHAIR RC-MKII Massage ChairLike the name suggests, Relaxonchair is a company that aims to provide a relaxing experience on a chair. They are a relatively new comer to the competitive massage therapy chair market, yet their RC-MKII has really helped them make a name for themselves.

The RC-MKII competes with the Kahuna LM6800 on both pricing and the features offered. The RC-MKII however is a bit more competitively priced and instantly gains an advantage as a budget-friendly alternative.

It provides the longest possible massage strokes, that go from your neck all the way to your buttocks or lower back which is great news if you are looking to get rid of that back pain or simply want to relax after a hard day at work sitting in a chair. Like the LM6800, it also offers a full body scan before every massage so it can better judge the body type of the user on it and provide a personalized massage experience.

The Relaxonchair also offers some customization options when it comes to the type of massage you want. There are 3 pre-programmed modes available for the user. To further customize your massage, it offers 3 speed controls and 3 manual modes (tapping, kneading and combo).

Full-body massage capabilities are also supported, with the chair having a “Spinal Decompression” option. In this mode, the chair holds you in position and stretches your leg and back muscles for a refreshing feeling and muscle relaxation.

One of the most stand-out features for this zero gravity massage chair is its 3 different zero gravity positions. That is quite unprecedented and no other chair on the market provides 3 zero gravity positions.

The RC-MKII also comes equipped with foot and calf massagers. The calf massager is equipped with airbags that are able to provide a compression massage while the foot massager comes with rollers under the feet which provides a soothing massage and relaxation that reaches the whole body. One thing to note here is that this chair supports heat therapy only for the lumbar region, unlike the Kahuna LM6800 it competes against which supports heat therapy for lower back and calf areas.

From an aesthetics view point, the RC-MKII does not score big, which keeps it from being the top massage chair available with high end features. It looks too much like an appliance than a chair and that is why you might have to think twice before putting it in your living room. What’s more, it is also quite large, requiring almost 2 feet of space from a wall when it reclines into its 3rd zero gravity position. Click here for detailed review.

Pros
  • Computerized body scan
  • Zero gravity functionality
  • Heat therapy
  • Pre-programmed massage modes
Cons
  • On the bulky side

4. Ideal Massage Chair Review – Best Budget

Best Budget Massage Ideal Massage ChairIf you are looking for a budget massage chair that does not skimp on many features, this offering from Ideal might be one of the best options. This chair is available for less than 1500 and yet gives the user the flexibility of 3 zero gravity positions. This is simply unprecedented for this price range and gives it the edge over similarly priced massage therapy chairs, making it one of the best budget massage chairs.

Where the Ideal massage chair does show its budget intentions is in its use of the older S-track massage roller system. This is an older massage technology than the latest L-track roller system, however that does not mean it performs underwhelmingly. The S-track system in this chair is able to give you a massage from your neck down to the end of your tailbone. After that the lower areas of your body such as hips and buttocks are massaged by its airbags and vibration technology.

Like previous and more expensive massage chairs in this list, this recliner also gives a full body scan before every massage so that the massage rollers can be programmed according to your body type and give you a more personalized massage experience. Unfortunately, this chair does not support full body stretches.

This affordable massage chair comes with complete fully featured foot and calves massager unit. Because of its budget price, it does not come with foot rollers for your soles. However it does have 8 airbags and Ideal substitute the rollers with kneading balls. These kneading balls do a basic job of relaxing your feet by pushing them towards the airbags while you are getting a leg/foot massage.

It does feature heat therapy but only for the lower back region. It also lets you customize your massage by offering 14 massage combinations. There are 4 auto programs which include kneading, Shiatsu, spinal-rolling and vibration. There is also a manual massage option where you can take full control of the movement of the back rollers to position them as you see fit.

The chair does not look especially premium but that does not mean it will offend anyone who looks at it. It looks completely fine for its price point. It would have been difficult for Ideal to include the features they have if they concentrated too much on the aesthetics of this chair. Overall, for under 1500, it is really quite hard not to recommend the Ideal Massage Chair. Click here for detailed review.

Pros
  • Heat therapy massage
  • 3 Adjustable massage levels/speeds
  • Timer for massage session
  • Massage specific body parts separately
Cons
  • Takes a lot of room

5. Human Touch iJoy-2580 – Affordable Massage Chair Review

Human Touch iJoy-2580 Massage ChairOn the budget end of the scale we have the very comfortable Human Touch iJoy-2580 massage chair. It uses a patented technology by Human Touch that claims to ease tension, pain, fatigue and provides relaxation.

The iJoy-2580 provides a massage that replicates the movements and techniques used by professional chiropractors. To customize your massage, the chair offers 3 pre-programmed modes: back refresh (15 minutes massage for entire back), relieve your neck and shoulders (15 minutes massage for upper back) and relieve your lower back (15 minutes massage for lower back).

Although it employs older roller technology for its massage, it is still able to punch above its weight when you consider its price. It also uses common massage methods such as kneading, rolling, compression and percussion.

Surprisingly, the iJoy-2580 is a very inoffensive looking massage chair, and will certainly not spoil the appearance of your living room. Click here for detailed review.

Pros
  • Pleasing design
  • 3 Pre-programmed massage modes
  • Economical price
Cons
  • Could have more automatic modes

6. Electric Full Body Shiatsu 06C – Best Massage Recliner Review

The Recliner 06C budget massage recliner is one of the cheapest ones around that offers the features of a more high-end model. However, it should be kept in mind that this is a recliner and not a premium zero gravity massage chair. That is how BestMassage is able to offer it with such a low price.

However, despite being a recliner it is still able to offer a very satisfying massage experience. You get high-end features like heat massager which supports the foot and lumbar regions, 30 airbags of which 20 are distributed in the lower body parts. It is also able to provide neck pain relief through its massage. There is a vibration motor which targets the buttocks, thighs, and calves to provide muscle relaxation.

The BM EC-06C also features some really uniquely placed heating modules. Like most top rated massage chairs, two of the heating modules are placed in the lumbar area. However, the other two are placed below the footrest, whereas they are normally placed in the calves area in other chairs. This provides a further layer of relaxation as the stimulation from the feet can reach the ends of your body. However, this is a subjective matter and will vary depending on your preference.

The Recliner 06C comes with 3 pre-programmed modes: fatigue recovery, pain relief, refresh and airbag massage for buttocks. Click here for detailed review.

Pros
  • Heat therapy for the back and feet
  • Very accommodating for taller people
  • Affordable
  • Shiatsu massage
Cons
  • Airbag massage generates a lot of noise

Best Massage Chairs Under 500 Dollars: Top 5 Reviews

Massage chairs can provide the relaxation that you need and your body requires after a hectic day. For some people, it is a luxurious recreation, but for some it is essential because of their health or mental-related situation. Quality  chairs are able to provide you relief from body aches, mental stress and minor pains.

The good news is that massaging chairs are no longer in the domain of luxury. For a reasonable amount of money, you can get a very good massage chair that will provide you a healthy and relaxing massage. Although these chairs lack the cutting-edge features of the most expensive ones, they provide you with the critical benefits of a good massage. Here we will compare and review the top rated massage chairs under 500.

  • Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Massage Reclining Chair
  • T&D Enterprises BT-7600P-MASSAGE-BK-GG Massaging Recliner and Ottoman
  • Kings Brand Cream White Massage Recliner Swivel Chair and Ottoman
  • Comfort Products 60-0582 Heated Massage Recliner and Ottoman
  • Relaxzen 60-078011 Leisure Massage Reclining Chair with Heat

For a quick look here is a summarized Table for comparison:

T&D Enterprises

BT-7600P

Motors: 8

Modes: 9

Weight,lbs:

56

Dimensions:

30.8x43x41

Top!

Kings Brand

Cream White


Motors: 8

Modes: 8

Weight,lbs:

 39.6

Dimensions:

31.2x30x41

Relaxzen

60-425111

Motors: 8

Modes: 9

Weight,lbs: 50.6


Dimensions:

52.8x28.5x35


Comfort

Products

60-0582


Motors: 10

Modes: 3

Weight,lbs: 

50.6

Dimensions:

46x 28x40

Relaxzen

60-078011

Motors: 8

Modes: 9

Weight,lbs: 51.7

Dimensions:

32x31x33

1. Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Massage Reclining Chair

Relaxzen 60-425111 Leisure Massage Reclining ChairThe Relaxzen 60-425111 is a very affordable massage recliner made by Comfort Products. This recliner has a metal frame and is made from faux-leather that looks and feels like the real thing. The upholstery is very soft and provides a comfortable sitting experience for the user. The build quality of this reclining chair certainly does not give away its affordable nature.

The 60-425111 uses 8 vibrating motors that have been designed to deliver a comfortable massage to the upper body and thighs of the user. The chair also provides heating for the lumbar region to ease the tension in the muscles of that area.

It comes with 9 pre-programmed massage modes so you can get the type of massage you want. To further customize the massage, you can choose which areas of your body (upper body, thighs, calves) you want massaged. There are 5 levels of intensity for you to choose from. The 60-425111 comes with a remote control so you do not have to move around the chair looking for buttons and instead concentrate on enjoying the massage it provides.

You can adjust the duration of your massage sessions as well with the included programmable timer.  The chair is able to recline up to a maximum angle of 135 degrees, so you can really enjoy the massage with your body at ease and without any tension.

Pros
  • Solid construction
  • Comfortable seat
  • 9 Automatic massage modes
  • 5 Massage speeds for flexibility
Cons
  • Not the best looking massage chair

2. T&D Enterprises BT-7600P-MASSAGE-BK-GG Massaging Recliner and Ottoman

T&D Enterprises BT-7600P-MASSAGE-BK-GG Massaging Chair
Another great affordable massage recliner option is the T&D Enterprises BT-7600P-MASSAGE-BK-GG. This recliner offers a range of massage options for your upper body and comes with an ottoman that is equipped with vibrator motors as well. This ottoman is responsible for providing a relaxing massage to your calves and lower portion of your thighs.

This top rated massage recliner chair comes with pre-programmed modes which deliver a different massage experience. To customize your massage, they can be adjusted for intensity. The ottoman also offers 5 different levels of adjustment for intensity. The design of the recliner is very professional and it will not look out of place at a workplace.

The ergonomics of the recliner are very comfortable indeed as it provides a very reasonable seating position. It is even equipped with some deep side pockets which provide you with a nifty area to store various accessories.

Pros
  • 5 Massage intensity levels
  • Adjustable massaging ottoman
  • Professional design
  • Good seating position
Cons
  • Looks out of place in a living room

3. Kings Brand Cream White Massage Recliner Swivel Chair and Ottoman

Kings Brand Cream White Massage Chair and OttomanThe Kings Brand massage recliner swivel chair is another great addition to the best cheap massage chairs available under the 500 mark. It comes with a vibrating ottoman as well to help deliver a relaxing massage to the thigh and calves area. This recliner has a great understated design that looks just right whether in an office or in a living room. It has been upholstered in a very pleasing looking creamy white color. The material used is very comfortable itself and provides a very comfortable place to sit.

The massaging features of this chair are not luxury oriented or provide you with a unique massage experience rather they do basic massage very well. The chair is equipped with 8-way heat and massaging system. The massage is delivered through vibration motors and targets the lower part of your body (thighs, hips, back and lumbar area).

For maximum comfort and adjust-ability the recliner can swivel and recline according to your needs. This recliner also provides side pockets, which are not that deep but you still store your necessities for quick access while enjoying your massage.

Pros
  • Pleasing design
  • Comfortable material construction
  • Ability to swivel and recline
  • Storage space in side pockets
Cons
  • Cream color option can get dirty easily

4. Comfort Products 60-0582 Heated Massage Recliner and Ottoman

Comfort Products 60-0582 Heated Massage Chair and ReclinerThis is another great affordable massage chair recliner under the 500 mark by Comfort Products. This recliner is made out of faux leather that looks and feels great. The seating area of the recliner is made from thick foam cushions which provide a great comfortable experience while the massage is able to ease the tension in your upper, mid and lower back as well as your thighs. The Comfort Products 60-0582 comes with a vibration ottoman which massages your calves and hand controller which allows you to easily adjust the settings without looking around for buttons on the recliner.

This is one of the best cheap massaging chair thanks to the power of its 10 motors that work together to provide you with a relaxing and comfortable massage. These motors are not only able to deliver a powerful and satisfying massage, but the heating function in the chair is also able to provide a relaxing experience and comfort for your lumbar area. The heat combined with the power action of the motors provides you with a perfectly comfortable massaging experience.

To customize your massage, the Comfort Products 60-0582 offers 3 pre-programmed modes with 3 levels of intensity in each. Of course, thanks to the included hand controller, you can conveniently choose these settings as you desire.

Pros
  • Faux-leather construction
  • Comfortable seat
  • Hand controller for ease of use
  • Heating therapy
Cons
  • Only 3 speed intensity adjustment

5. Relaxzen 60-078011 Leisure Massage Reclining Chair with Heat

Relaxzen 60-078011 Leisure Massage Reclining ChairThe first chair in this list of massage chairs under 500 is a Comfort Products product, so it should not be a surprise that we have another one in the list as well. It is a leisure massage recliner that is built to be affordable and at the same time provide a very satisfying massage experience. Like the other recliners in this list, this recliner swivels and reclines as well. And to deliver the massage to calves and thighs area, it comes with a vibrating ottoman as well.

The 60-078011 has a more homely look with its faux suede upholstery made out of a thick foam material. The base is made out of a wooden construction, which completes its look as a more stately massage recliner. While not necessarily the best choice for a modern workplace, it is a great addition to an old-fashioned living room.

This massage reclining chair offers you 9 pre-programmed massage modes. To further customize the massage according to your needs, these modes can be adjusted for intensity to up to 5 levels. And like most other massage recliners, you can even choose the chair to work on a specific part of your according to your liking.

The massage of this chair is powered by 8 integrated vibration motors. These motors work together to deliver relaxing sensation to your upper and mid back, thighs and calves.

This massage reclining chair is equipped with heating modules in the lumbar area to provide you with tension release from muscle pain or ache. The included ottoman also has a heating feature to ease tension of your lower thigh or calves.

Pros
  • 9 Automatic massage modes
  • 5 Massage speeds
  • Heating massage
Cons
  • Looks not for everyone

How To Choose the Best Massage Chair

When deciding on the best massage chair to buy, you can often become confused by the sheer number of options available on the market. It seems that sky is the limit when it comes to deciding . This guide will save you money and get you exactly what you want. The ideal massage chair should be reasonably priced according to your budget and should satisfy your needs.

The best massage chair will always be a sizeable investment, so it is best to educate yourself before deciding on a purchase. The sheer number of available options does not make this easy, however by narrowing down your needs and budget, finding the perfect chair can be quite easy. In this buying guide, we will discuss the factors that you need to consider before making a purchase.

Why Do You Need A Massage Chair?


So you have finally decided that getting a massaging chair is a wise choice. But what do you need it for? Do you need it to just relax and ease your tension at the end of a hard day at work? Do you require it for a specific medical reason or requirement? Perhaps you have back pain and you need to massage and heat it every day to cure it. Or maybe you think it will make a good addition to your living room, even as a decoration object? You will need to consider the aesthetics of the chair in this case. Needs will always be subjective, but try to be as practical with them as possible, as this will save you money and regret of buying the wrong massage therapy chair.

What to Consider Before Buying?

What Is Your Budget?

Perhaps a key factor when deciding on what massage chair to get should be your budget. This automatically narrows down the choice for you. How much money can you easily put away? If you grossly overspend, the anxiety of doing that will not let you enjoy the comfort and relaxation to its full extent. There are products on the market that fit every budget. Looking for a massage chair under 500? Not a problem, you can find ones for as low as 200.

If you have a medical condition, it is a practical option to go for the more premium massaging chairs as we discussed previously. These are the prime chairs on the market and provide a plethora of options when it comes to massaging comfort. They offer full body massages so you will not be left wanting for features. A high price does not necessarily mean a high-quality massage therapy chair. So be sure to check out the features, reviews, and comparisons to make sure you are getting a chair that is worth the price.

Brand

There are a lot of no-brand massage therapy chairs on the market available at throw-away prices. However, beware that these chairs often cut corners on quality to keep the price low. Always buy from a brand that has a history in making premier massaging chairs and offers excellent customer support. Amazon buyer reviews are a great place to verify this.

Where To Buy A Massage Chair?

Like almost everything else, a massaging chair can be purchased from the convenience of your home from online marketplaces. A great place to buy one is Amazon. You can check out the verified buyer reviews of the various chairs available and make an informed purchase.

Authentic Reviews

To get an idea of how well a massaging chair performs in real life daily use, it is always helpful to read the reviews of real users. We have reviewed various leading chairs for your convenience based on critical factors and research. You can also go to Amazon and read the reviews of verified purchasers.

Warranty

The best massage chair is always a healthy monetary investment, so you will want to make sure it is well protected if it breaks. While ideally, you will want that your purchase never goes wrong, even the most well-engineered machines can fail. So be sure that the warranty coverage is extensive with excellent customer support.

Other Factors

Do not just buy a massaging chair because it is expensive and looks great. Research on the brand and the make to ensure that it has the features that you need. Consider the following factors when choosing one:

  1. Build quality and design: A great build quality ensures that the chair will last you a long while and is made with high-quality parts. Also check the weight rating, as a low-quality construction means it will not be able to support much weight on it. The design is also an important factor, so choose one with a design language and color that matches the décor of your home or office.
  2. Massage coverage: Chairs vary on the type of massage they can deliver. Expensive massage chairs can massage the full body, while cheaper ones are designed to deliver massage to certain parts of your body. Make sure that the one you buy can massage the areas of your body that you want it to.

After taking the above factors and tips into consideration, you should be able to narrow down the choice of the chair you want down quite a bit. Make sure that you are objective about your needs. Do not listen to people who say that you have to buy the cheapest or most expensive option. Buy one that has the features that suit your needs specifically, as each chair is not built to be universal.

Top Massage Chair Brands

Osaki®

Osaki is a relative new comer to the market but they have already earned the trust of customers by delivering some of the top massage products in the market. The Osaki OS-4000 is one of their premier massage therapy chairs that features premium technology like zero gravity, 48 airbags and pre-programmed massage modes that will cater to any massage style you like.

Human Touch®

Human Touch, as their name implies, make their chairs to feel as natural as possible. They have been making quality massage chairs since a long time and will continue to do so thanks to the positive market response to nearly all of their products.

Relaxonchair®

Relaxonchair chairs are popular in the Amazon marketplace. The company makes very reasonably priced massaging chairs that often have premium features. Because of their value proposition and great massage experience they have earned great customer satisfaction.

Panasonic®

Panasonic has made some of the most important breakthroughs in massage technology. The Japanese company has been making massage products since the 1960s, so they know what they’re doing. Over the years they have perfected their art through evolution and listening to customer feedback. Their products are made to feel like the real massage experience. The massage movements in their chairs are inspired by different real-life massage techniques.

Inada®

Inada has put out some of the finest massaging chairs in the market over the years. The build quality of their chairs is very high due to Japanese manufacturing. The premium massage therapy chair to come out of Inada has to be the Sogno Dreamwave. This chair incorporates advance and complex massage styles in its pre-programmed settings while offering an attractive design that looks good in any home environment.

Benefits of Massage Chairs

Benefits of Massage Chairs

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