top-13-massage-chairsThere are many benefits of using a massage chair, and the initial goals when introduced to the market in the late 1980’s, was to relieve tension, alleviate back pain and relieve stress.

A massage chair can do so much more though. Massage modes like Shiatsu and Swedish massage allow for pressing, sweeping, patting, kneading and long rolling strokes generating many health benefits.

Some health benefits of massage chair use are:

  • Relax your muscles
  • Improved and increased blood flow
  • Reduce tension and stress
  • Ease pain in back, neck and other areas of the body
  • Prevent high blood pressure
  • Align the spine
  • Maintain good posture
  • Stimulate endorphins which creates a feeling of well being

When it comes to massage chairs there are a ton to choose from. It can be hard to know which one will suit you and your family the best.

That’s why we created this page with the top 13 massage chairs of 2016, to help you decide which chair is best for you and your family.

To be able to compare apples to apples and massage chair to massage chair, we decided to divide these massage chairs into 3 groups, based on the price tag.

  • Top 6 Massage Chairs Under $1000 ($)
  • Top 3 Massage Chairs Under $2000 ($$)
  • Top 4 Luxury Massage Chairs Over $2000 ($$$)

We do have an overall winner. When we picked our favorite massage chair we looked at the following; value, features, reliability and the company behind it.

 


Top 6 Massage Chairs Under $1000


1. Real Relax Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair

By: RealRelax

Size: 52” deep, 31” wide, 47” high. When reclined 74.8 “ long.

Weight: 160 lbs

Price point: $

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the Real Relax Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair?

Massage through 35 air bags and 8 massage points in the backrest. 6 massage points for your back and two for your neck area. The rollers do not go up and down the back but they do target specific areas in the back. There are also rollers to massage your feet.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

2 preset automatic programs.

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 35 Airbags
  • Heat in the waist and buttock area
  • Zero gravity
  • Great value
  • FDA registered
  • 3 year warranty

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

Users not happy with this product (only found 3) are unhappy because of poor feedback from the company, after having an issue with the chair. Although this is a hassle, over all people are very satisfied with this massage chair.

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2. Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair

Model: BM-EC161

From: BestMassage

Size: 49” x 31” x 45”

Weight: 275lbs (320 lbs shipping weight)

Price point: $

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair?

Full body massage through rollers and airbags.

4 Automatic Massage Programs Included:

  • Refresh
  • Recover
  • Extend
  • Relax

Kneading, Knocking and Shiatsu style massage.

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 4 Automatic massage programs
  • OPTO sensor device
  • Heat in waist area
  • L shaped rollers for massage from neck to thigh
  • Rollers for the feet
  • Airbags
  • Adjust speed and intensity
  • Zero gravity

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

Users seem very happy with this product, there are a couple of things though. The massage chair comes with a remote and not a control panel, some find it easy to loose. The warranty stated is 1 Year warranty for parts.

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3. iJoy 2580 Premium Robotic Massage Chair

Model: iJoy 2580

Make: Human Touch

Size: 34” deep, 41.5” high. When reclined 58” long.

Weight: 88lbs

Price point: $

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with iJoy 2580?

Massage through rollers and vibration features.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

3 Automatic programs:

  • Refresh your back
  • Relieve your neck and shoulder
  • Refresh your lower back

4 Massage Techniques:

  • Rolling
  • Compression
  • Kneading
  • Percussion

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 3 automatic massage programs with 4 different massage techniques
  • Power recline
  • Rollers and vibration features
  • Built in control panel
  • Light weight

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

This is a massage chair working on your back and neck area. If you want a massage chair that offers a full body massage including, arms, legs and feet you need to look for another chair.

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4. Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair EC-06C

Model: EC-06C

From: Best Massage

Size: 55” x 35” x 42”

Weight: 185lbs

Price point: $

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair EC-06C?

Shiatsu massage to relax muscle stress and rejuvenating body and mind. Compression and percussion massage to improve flexibility. Vibration and air pressure/squeeze massage. Power rollers to work on your back. Air bag massage targeting different areas of your body.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

4 Automatic massage programs that target different parts of your body, overall, shoulder, waist and back. You can then set the type of massage that you want fatigue recovery, pain relieving or comforting mode.

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • Full body massage – covering neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, legs, arms, hands, feet
  • 30+ air bags
  • Roller massage
  • Built in heat
  • Set the time to 10,20, 30 minute massage
  • You can regulate the intensity

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

People are loving the massage chair while it last. Some are having issues though with getting help if something breaks or if the chair stop working.

Some have thought it to be a little noisy as well.

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5. iJoy Active 2.0

Model: iJoy Active 2.0

Make: Human Touch

Size: 32” x 27” x 30”

Weight: 65lbs

Price point: $

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with iJoy Active 2.0?

This massage chair comes with 3 auto programs and 3 different massage functions. You can enjoy the orbit, glide and stretch functions. The FlexGlide massage function delivers a relaxing massage.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

  • Think – massage your whole back
  • Perform – massage your neck and shoulder
  • Recharge – massage your lower back

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 3 massage programs
  • 3 massage functions
  • FlexiGlide massage solution
  • Ideal for users up to 200lbs.

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

This is a chair that will massage your back, shoulder and neck area only. If you are looking for a full body massage, this is not the chair for you. It is kind of small and sits low to the ground.

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6. iJoy 2310 Robotic Massage Chair

Model: iJoy 2310

Make: Human Touch

Size: 40” x 29” x 36”

Weight: $60

Price point: $

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with iJoy 2310 Robotic Massage Chair?

Massage through rollers and vibration features.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

3 Automatic programs;

  • Refresh your back
  • Relieve your neck and shoulder
  • Refresh your lower back

4 Massage Techniques:

  • Rolling
  • Compression
  • Kneading
  • Percussion

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 3 automatic massage programs with 4 different massage techniques
  • Rollers and vibration features
  • Built in control panel

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

This is a small chair, that sits low to the ground. It’s best suitable for teenagers, young adults, people with a small frame.

The Differences Between iJoy 2310 and iJoy 2580

This is the smaller version of the iJoy 2580. The biggest difference is not the massage functions but rather the size of the chair and the recline function. This model, iJoy 2310, is a smaller chair with a pull recline/release handle. The big brother iJoy 2580 is a larger massage chair, that comes with the power recline.

 

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Top 3 Massage Chairs Under $2000


 

1. Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair

Model: WholeBody 7.1

Make: Human Touch

Size: 44” x 28” x 40”

Weight: 144lbs

Price point: $$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the HT WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair?

This massage chair comes with 5 auto programs and 4 massage techniques. It also comes with the BodyMap PRO which means that you press where you want your massage and the chair will deliver that to you

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

5 Auto programs include:

  • Full massage
  • Upper body
  • Lower body
  • Relax
  • Sleep

4 Massage techniques include:

  • Stretch
  • Flex
  • Tone
  • Glide

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 5 massage programs with 4 different massage techniques
  • BodyMap PRO – press where you want to feel better and chair will
  • Heat
  • Foot and calf massage
  • Swiveling base
  • Users are loving this massage chair

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

Users are absolutely loving this diversified massage chair. A chair that delivers value and live up to it. Some might find the massage a little harsh in the beginning, that can be fixed though by turning it down to the lower intensity levels. It does not offer arm or hand massage so if you want that included take a look at our next listing.

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2. Full Body Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800

Model: LM6800

By: Kahuna Massage Chair

Size: 46” x 48” x 31”

Weight: 200lbs

Price point:  $$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the Full Body Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800?

Full body massage via rollers and airbags. Massage your neck, shoulders, back, legs, arms and feet.  Special yoga and stretch program to relieve stress.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

4 automatic massage programs.

5 portions of body massage programs:

  • neck / waist
  • waist / lower back
  • lower back / buttock
  • neck / buttock
  • buttock / mid back

Massage techniques like:

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Tapping/Kneading
  • Shiatsu
  • Rolling

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 36 Airbags
  • 4 rollers with l-track system
  • Zero gravity
  • Heating
  • 3 levels of speed
  • Body scan technology
  • Foot rollers
  • FDA registered
  • 3 year limited warranty

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

Most users have only positive feedback when it comes to the Kahuna LM6800. The few complaints are about the chair not working properly from the get go. The first year warranty should be able to cover that though since all parts and labor is included.

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3. Luxury Shiatsu Zero Gravity

From: Ideal Massage

Size: 33” x 55” x 49”

Weight:  200lbs

Price point: $$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered?

Full body massage from head to toe, via rollers and airbags.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

  • shiatsu
  • kneading
  • spinal rolling
  • vibrating

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 4 auto programs
  • Airbags
  • S track rolling system
  • Heat
  • You have full control over speed, intensity and airbags

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

The company behind this product is very anonymous, searching the internet you will find very little information about “ideal massage”. Personally I like to have a more reliable company behind my product. Some find this massage chair being a little bit noisy.

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Top 4 Luxury Massage Chairs Over $2000


 

1. INADA HCP-S373 (B) Flex 3s Massage Chair

Model: HCP-S373 (B) Flex 3s

Make: Inada

Size: 50.4” x 33.5” x 41.7”

Weight: 165.4lbs

Price point: $$$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the Inada HCP-S373 Flex 3s?

Full body, head to toe air massage combined with roller massage.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

11 automatic pre programmed sessions, here are 4 of them:

  • Full body and stretch
  • Stretch all
  • Full body massage
  • Low body massage

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • Full body massage
  • Unlimited customized massage options
  • Air bags massaging arms legs and feet
  • Shoulder focus program
  • Heat options even for fingers and toes
  • Improves posture
  • Stretching features in combination with Japanese massage techniques
  • Customers are very satisfied with this product

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

Users are truly enjoying the Inada HCP-S373 Flex3s massage chair. I’m still searching for any negative feedback on this chair.

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2. Panasonic EP-MA73 Real Pro Ultra

Model: EP-MA73

Make: Panasonic

Size: 48” x 37.4” x 45.3”

Weight: 191lbs

Price point: $$$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with the Panasonic EP-MA73?

Full body massage via S-track roller track system and advanced 3D massage technology. Heated rollers that massage, back, neck and shoulder area.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

6 different automatic preset programs are offered:

  • Swedish
  • Stretch
  • Deep
  • Shiatsu
  • Neck/Shoulder
  • Lower Back

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • Auto body scanning system
  • Air ottomans and ultra knead technology
  • 33 airbags
  • Simulates hot stone therapy (the only chair I’ve seen do this)
  • Customize your own settings and save it.
  • Heat in foot area
  • Heated rollers
  • Leather chair

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

Neck/head positioning seem uncomfortable for some users in certain positions. Other than that users are loving this luxury massage chair from Panasonic.

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3. Osaki OS-4000

Model: OS-4000

Make: Osaki

Size: 80” x 33” x 46”

Weight:  230lbs

Price point: $$$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with Osaki OS-4000?

Full body massage through airbags and S-track rollers.

9 Automatic Programs Included:

  • Healthcare
  • Relax
  • Smart
  • Circulation
  • Neck and Shoulder
  • Back and Lumbar
  • Full Air
  • Heat
  • Demo

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • Zero gravity function
  • Body scan
  • S-track rollers
  • Air bag massage
  • Heat functions
  • Adjust intensity
  • One of the Osaki “Best Sellers”

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

One user found the calf massage very intense.

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4. Osaki OS-7075R

Model: OS-7075R

Make: Osaki

Size: 78 x 48 x 34

Weight: 230lbs

Price point: $$$

What Kind of Massage Is Offered with Osaki OS-7075R?

Full body massage via rollers and airbags.

Automatic Massage Programs Included:

6 pre-programmed massages:

  • Healthcare
  • Relax
  • Therapy
  • Smart
  • Circulation
  • Automatic massage for the upper body (shoulder, neck, back and lumbar)
  • Automatic massage for the low body (buttock, thigh, calves and feet)

Reasons WHY You Might Consider This Massage Chair?

  • 2 Stages of Zero gravity
  • Body scan function
  • S-track
  • Heating functions
  • Foot rolling massage
  • Head air massage

Reasons WHY You Might Want to Look at a Different Massage Chair?

This is another great chair in the luxury category, that users seem extremely happy with.

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Sorry these didn’t make it in on our Top 13 Massage Chair list…

 

HT-3300 Human Touch Whole Body Massage Chair

Number 1 Reason to Why It Didn’t Make It to the List:

Customer feedback – this chair has not impressed its users. This massage chair was listed on Amazon with a star rating under 3. The listing was then taken down and submitted again as new without the customer feedback.

This is a pricy chair that does not stand up to similar massage chairs in the same category, there are simply better options out there.

Read Our Full Review of the HT-3300 Here

 


 

Things We Look at When We Review Massage Chairs

Value – This is a combination of features and functions, feedback from customers and how all this relates to the price of the chair.

Features and Functions – We find out how the massage chair can help you, what kind of massage is offered, what parts of your body can the massage chair work on… and more.

Who Would Benefit from Using The Specific Massage Chair – Are you looking for a chair to just relax in or are you looking for a chair with specific massage features and trigger points? We outline it all for you.

Customer Feedback – Nobody can give better feedback than the customer. We research feedback from users that has actual sat in the chair and used the massage functions.


 

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Purchasing a Massage Chair

 

1. What are Your Needs?

The most important question to ask yourself is WHY you want or need a massage chair.

Do you have a bad back that needs pain relief? Maybe you need pain relief in other areas of your body? Do you work hard during the day and need to relax and get rid of stress when coming home? Do you need to increase blood flow throughout your body? Do you simply want a massage chair to relax and just get that “feel good feeling”?

What ever your reason is, I’m sure there is a massage chair that will suit your needs.

 

2. How Can a Massage Chair Benefit You?

When comparing and looking at different chairs, ask yourself how each one of them can benefit you.

Will it help you get rid of pain? Will it help you relax and get rid of tension? Will it calm you down after a stressful day?

Know the benefits of the chair you are choosing.

 

3. What Features do You Need?

After figuring out WHY you need a massage chair and HOW it can benefit you, start looking for features in the massage chairs that can help you with that.

If you need a chair that gives you a full body massage including arms, hands and feet, then start looking for those chairs and ignore the ones that can not deliver. If you are looking for a massage chair that do a specific massage, like Swedish massage or Shiatsu, den focus in on those chairs that can do that for you.

Before purchasing the chair find out what part of the body it will massage, what kind of massage techniques it offers, if it use rollers, vibration or airbags and other important features.

 

4. What’s Your Budget?

Depending on what your budget is, you will have different options. If you are looking for a massage chair under $1000, you might have to give up some features in order to go with a well known brand. If you don’t care about the brand, then you might be able to get everything you are looking for even on a budget. Just make sure that you purchase from a reputable company that will back their product if there’s ever any issues.

 

5. Brands and Warranty

Like I mention above if you go with a well known brand you might have to pay a little more for your massage chair, it might be worth it though. Brands like Inada, Osaki and Panasonic offer great chairs.

Also find out, before purchasing, what warranty and guarantee there is for the product. What happens if you don’t like the massage chair, can you get your money back? What if the chair breaks after a year will the warranty cover a new part and installation? Make sure you know what to expect before buying a massage chair.

 

Massage Chair Brands

These are some of the massage chair brands offered on the market today:

  • Inada
  • Osaki
  • Panasonic
  • Human Touch
  • Infinity
  • Luraco
  • Inner Balance
  • iComfort
  • Fujita

 

What’s the Differences Between the Cheaper Massage Chairs and More Expensive Ones?

There might be a difference in features and what they massage chair will be able to do for you. A lot of the times though the largest difference is the quality and brand behind a product.

If we look at our massage chairs under $1000, you will either find simple massage chairs from a well known brand like Human Touch, or more advanced massage chairs from unknown brands with very little company representation.

What that means a lot of times is that the cheaper massage chairs from unknown brands and makes are great as long as they work. If there is ever an issue with the chair, that’s when the users run into problems and frustrations. Support are often poor, with small chances of actually getting to talk to somebody on the phone about the issues.

What if I still want to purchase one of these cheaper massage chair from an unknown brand?

  • Make sure you do know the warranty and what it covers. (even the fine print)
  • Make sure you have contact details if you do run into any issues.
  • Feel free to contact the company before purchase.

FAQ Massage Chairs

What kind of massage can I expect from a massage chair?

There are different ways to give the massage, here are some functions used:

  • Vibration
  • Airbags
  • Rollers

What are some different massage styles that can be offered?

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Rolling
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Swedish massage

What’s the difference between S-track and L-track?

  • S track – is designed to follow the spine
  • L track – every L track has a S track but it continuous underneath the buttock to the hamstring

 

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