After long and extensive research in the realm of zero-gravity massage chairs, including investigation of how and where they were manufactured, personal experience, and talking to experts Luraco Technologies iRobotics 7 is the number 1 massage chair in 2023.
If you know my work with massage chairs, you are probably aware that 95% of all high-quality massage chairs and brands are not even worth considering, including this overpriced garbage Here (pardon my language).
But, we found a clear winner/winner, thanks to state of art body detection technology, one of the highest numbers of airbags found in electric full-body shiatsu massage chairs.
Superb adjustability will offer a great massage experience, regardless of height, body composition, or personal preferences.
Based on my tests, personal experience, and going through countless massage chair reviews I listed top-rated models below...
Best Chair In Mid Price Range (8500)
Top On a Budget (KahuNa)
Best Massage Chair (Updated 2023 Reviews)
Luraco Technologies iRobotics i7 Shiatsu (World's TOP)
Also, it’s the quietest of all massage chair models, so your massage experience is accompanied only by your favorite music (built-in mp3 player and speakers) and not the noise of its motors and air pump.
Also, Luraco offers one of the top warranties in the massage chair industry (5 years on parts, 3 years on labor), which is extremely important when you invest a big sum of money into your health.
Luraco Technologies iRobotics 7
This massage chair model is the most advanced massage chair on market; it easily adjusts to your body and your preferences, to provide the most human-like massage*
* Also this one is an expensive full-body shiatsu model. Cheaper alternatives do exist. Below we listed such an alternatives
Human Touch Novo XT
While we think, iRobotics 7 are truly the #1, Human Touch NovoXT is definitely another great reclining massage chair to consider. The main advantage of NovoXT is that it’s a wall hanger or space-saver.
You can position the chair only 2 inches from the wall and can transition to a full recline / reclined position smoothly and 10 inches shorter (from front to back) and 7 inches narrower (from left to right).
Perfect for smaller apartments or limited spaces.
Chair lacks a little bit in functionality, though. NovoXT has only heat in the lumbar area, while Luraco’s has heat on all spine, seat, and feet with adjustable settings of intensity.
You can adjust massage strength for the neck and shoulders, back and foot area independently.
However, HT brand/chair offers a 5-year warranty on labor that gives you 2 extra worry-free years, compared to Lauraco’s recliner. It is one of the top-rated massage chairs according to many large brick-and-mortar and online retailers.
Human Touch NovoXT
this massage chair requires only 2 inches of space from the wall to transition to a reclined position. But this massage chair is missing in heat functions and in the level of massage adjustability.
Besides 2D roller instead of 3D ( you can get it in an IT-8500 3X chair if you are eager to spend an extra $1,000) Infinity IT-8500 will perform on the level of iRobotics 7 or NovoXT.
8500 has everything you need, like heat features, foot rollers, neck&head massage, body detection technology, audio speakers, and many more. But the chair is also reasonably priced, which makes this full-body shiatsu massage chair very popular in the industry.
If you have $5,000, the good way to spend them is on a new Infinity IT-8500.
Budget pick #1
top massage chair under $5,000:
Despite the lower prices, these massage chairs make a fair competition to luxury massage chairs with their versatile features and reliability.
While massage experience in high-end recliners is really worth the money, not everyone can spend as much on an electric full-body massage recliner chair as on a used car in excellent condition. But all of us will profit from a daily relaxing massage, as it reduces stress, and muscle soreness, improves sleep, and improves blood flow (blood circulation/blood pressure).
In this situation, Kahuna LM6800 could be the right option for you. It’s reasonably sized (requires only 5 inches of space from the wall), with heat available in the lumbar and calf area. This massage chair has 4 rollers and 36 airbags for a full-body massage.
Kahuna lm6800 is one of the most popular models among Amazon Recliners in this price range.
Kahuna LM-6800 is a reasonably priced massage chair with most of the features of a good massage chair must-have.
But let’s be realistic that LM-6800 is around 4 times cheaper than iRobotics7 or NovoXT. They shouldn’t be placed in the same line, but rather be seen as a low-budget option for living room for those who can’t afford $7,000-10,000 on a premium massage chair.
Main features of an LM-6800:
- L-track massage–it has quad 2D rollers with adjustable strength. The massage Chair can go up to massage your glutes for a thorough whole back massage.
- Double Foot Rollers – besides air massage, this massage chair has double massage rollers in the foot section (foot roller).
- Massage Chairs Airbag– 30 airbags with 3-level intensity settings.
- Lumbar and Calf Heat – heat therapy in the low back and calf area for better relaxation, circulation, and relaxation
- Vibration in Seat – soothing vibration for better pressure/stress relief and release
- Yoga body stretch – yoga stretch massage program helps to stretch the front of your body, spine, and hamstrings.
- Computer Bodyscan – computer body detection technology helps chair rollers and air cells to get into the right places.
- Zero gravity – two ZG positions for “floating-in-the-air” sensations and relaxation.
- Space-saving technology – requires only 5 inches of space from the wall. It makes it not only affordable for massage chairs but space-saving as well.
As you can see that it has many features only available in higher-priced massage chairs. So it’s a lot of good you will get for a very attractive price tag. But before you decide to buy you should be aware of the most common complaints related to LM-6800.
Many users don’t like that fabric in the foot roller section is too thin and the strength of the massage is too hard. It’s fixable though, you can add some extra padding like a towel and it won’t be a problem anymore.
This massage chair is available only in beige - that could be a problem for people who wants wide range of color options. This massage chair is made in China and often has problems with assembly, so it’s always better to order white-glove delivery. Nobody wants to be disappointed before even trying an expensive massage chair.
Electric Full-body Kahuna LM-6800 is available only through online retailers, so there is no way for you to try those massage chairs before buying them. You will enjoy this Kahuna massage chair recliner lm6800, unless you’re more than 6’ tall, as it doesn’t handle well anybody above this height.
There are more brands available than have been listed here such as Brookstone, OSIM, and Authentic Beautyhealth shiatsu recliner. Nevertheless, the brands and models above are the TOP at the time of this review. If you do not make your decision just yet, we are working to bring you a comparison chart of the most popular models.
Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe to our mailing list to get updates. Hope we provide you with up-to-date and relevant information. We tried to provide the most comprehensive guide to surpass any top 10 or top 5 guides that are presently available.
Budget pick #2
top rated chair under $2,000:
This zero gravity massage chair recliner lacks in many areas compared to high-end models. However, it’s the top massage chair for the money and it will give you a better massage than other similarly priced models.
Other models to consider
While our team believes that Luraco iRobotics7 is totally worth it, we understand that some would like to look at more options before buying. And if Human Touch NovoXT, Infinity IT-8500, and Kahuna LM6800 are not enough to satisfy you, consider the next four models.
Best Non-Zero-gravity Chair
Fujiiryoki EC-3800 (Dr. Fuji Cyber-Relax)
Fujiiryoki EC-3800 is 100% Japan-made, and the most popular brand in Japan. That means no other chair on the list will offer you the same reliability and quality of production.
This chair’s innovative Kiwama Mecha 4D kneading ball system controls the speed and time of all 3D movements to replicate the movements of the human hand. A massage chair is available on a limited number of models. EC-3800 also has 18 automatic pre-programmed massage sessions and super good stretch automatic programs. Also made from black faux leather material (also available in beige color)
The drawback of this chair is the absence of heat therapy. Some customers over 6’ complains that this massage chair doesn’t fit them properly, despite being advertised for people up to 6’3’’.
Inada DreamWave (former Inada Sogno DreamWave)
Inada Dreamwave is another Japanese chair. It’s designed and assembled in Japan and uses some China-made parts though. It’s still good-made and reliable.
DreamWave massage chair has a 3D quad roller massage system, which could be called 4D as you can adjust its speed too. Massage Chair has a great airbag massage system, including shoulder, made by a special shoulder unit, not seen on other therapeutic massage chairs.
This chair also has foot rollers, a stretch program, and heat in the seat and lumbar area. Some special massage chair features include the DreamWave function.
It vibrates and rocks the seat from side to side in an 8-shaped motion promoting relaxation, and Youth Program lets children 14 years and overuse it. Additionally, this massage chair is one of the quietest with only iRobotics7 even quieter.
The drawback is that it was first introduced in 2007 under the Inada Sogno DreamWave name. The chair received minor updates (software updates) in 2012 and was called Inada Dreamwave. So while Dreamwave is still one of the better chairs, still stands back compared to more innovative and best massage chairs.
Osaki OS-4D JP Pro
Osaki OS-4D JP Pro is the only model made in Japan. It’s actually made by Fujiiryoki as private label for Osaki.
Everything that applies to the Fujiiryuki brand applies to this one: great quality of roller massage and airbags, their ability to work together coherently, providing the most relaxing massage. The chair has Kiwami Mecha 4D rollers and airbags with the ability to adjust intensity settings and heat in the lumbar area and foot area.
Drawbacks: the absence of foot rollers, a pretty archaic stretch program, and a short S-track roller (less than 22’’). This model while advertised for people up to 6’, in reality, works better for someone not exceeding 5’8’’.
However, those are still great chairs that you definitely should consider.
Some other popular models are: Osaki OS-1000, Osaki OS 3D Pro Dreamer, Osaki OS-3D Pro Cyber, Osaki OS-4000 , Osaki os-4000 t (4000t) executive zero gravity, Osaki OS-7200H, For The whole Osaki Chair product lineup click here.
Best Full Body Zero Gravity Models
Infinity Iyashi Zero Gravity
It’s really worth adding Infinity Iyashi to the list of zero gravity chairs to consider. This massage chair has multiple features that make it stand out. It has a 49’ L-track, the longest on the market as well as rollers in the foot.
This model has a Thai stretch program, posture correction, Bluetooth speakers, and lumbar heat available. Plus it’s a wall-hanger type of massage chair, which requires only 1’’ from the wall to function properly.
The drawbacks: Iyashi chair models have introduced to the market 5 years+ ago when many recent technological novelties like 3D or 4D rollers didn’t exist. Despite that, this chair hardly can be called outdated and makes a decent competition to newer models.
Who Should Buy a Massage Chair
You know that feeling at the end of the day when you’re tired, feel pain or your body aches, but your spouse or significant other doesn’t feel too excited about giving you a full body massage. Neither you have an option to drop into a therapist without an appointment.
Now imagine that you have a good zero-gravity massaging chair. It doesn’t matter anymore, if your spouse was tired or if you didn’t schedule your appointment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blizzard or "like-in-the-oven" outdoors. You just sit in zero gravity position (ZG), press the start button, and enjoy the massage, stretching, and heat therapy while listening to your favorite song. And all that in the comfort of your own home/house/apartment.
Whether you’re an office worker or a professional athlete or stay-at-home mom or a nurse, you can benefit from having a daily regular or intense/deep tissue massage. Multiple studies showed the effectiveness and health benefits of professional massage.
Robotic massage chairs were invented in Japan in 1954, and nowadays every 5th household in Japan owns one.
Western medicine also agrees that regular massages (as well as intense/deep tissue massage) can help your health in various ways. It helps to reduce muscle pain (even chronic pain relief), relaxes muscles and relieves pressure, stress, and tension, fights anxiety and depression, as well as sleeps better and deeper (fall asleep faster).
Modern high-end massage chairs are so complex that often it can be frustrating to understand what you need to look for. Especially since so many brands are present on market, and prices from brand to brand can vary significantly.
Prior to choosing one that fits right, you need to understand important features, how good they are made, and how easy to resolve any issue, should it arise.
Modern massage chairs - a piece of high-tech equipment. Robotic models have numerous features that can improve your overall massage experience. Understanding all possible features will simplify your search for the perfect one significantly.
Here are the main features you need to be aware of:
Zero gravity feature
Zero-gravity is the position of your whole body when the weight distribution is the evenest. As if you float in the weightlessness of a spaceship. It provides the most relaxation to all of your body parts, especially the lower back.
You can achieve that with a 30° upward tilt of the seat and 120° between sit and the back. NASA introduced ZG features as an optimal seating position for astronauts in a spaceship.
There are many non-massage chairs that are zero-gravity. And not all high-end massage chairs are zero-gravity. Our top 4 picks are all zero gravity massage chair models. But there is plenty of quality equipment that provides great massage without getting you in a zero-gravity recline position.
Which one to choose is up to you, but the main difference you will experience in 0-gravity vs. non-0-gravity is:
- Zero gravity is more relaxing for your back. If you have back pain, zero gravity is a great choice for relaxation and pain relief.
- Rollers in non-zero-gravity models reach further into the seat, giving you a better buttocks massage. But that’s when we’re talking about the same length of rollers’ track. Thus, if you want zero-gravity with better rich, choose one with an L-track or a longer S-track (ltrack is just an extension of the S-track)
If zero-gravity is not one of the vital features for you, find out more about the top non-zero-gravity models down below.
Number of air cells
Air cells massage different parts of your body by inflating and deflating and providing pressure. The higher number of airbags, the better air massage experience it will produce. Some airbags can have two or three layers meaning that with each inflated layer you will have higher pressure on particular spot of your body.
Number of rollers and their range of motion
Same as with airbags, the more rollers the better. But besides the total number of rollers, the position, and range of motion matter.
Quad Rollers Features vs. Dual Rollers Features
These types of rollers are located in the back and give you a massage from the neck to the glutes. Dual rollers have two roller heads on each roller while quad rollers have four roller heads on each roller.
Usually, dual rollers can give you a more intense massage (more pressure), while quad rollers give a gentler one with pressure points spread among four rollers on each side instead of two. So if you’re a person, who usually removes cushioning from massage therapy chairs and massage pads, double rollers are definitely a better choice for you.
S-Track rollers vs. L-Track rollers
It is known that our spine is somewhat S-shaped. Manufacturers created S-track rollers to repeat that curve of your spine and to provide the same intercity massage along all of your back, but don’t go further than your lower back.
On other hand, L-track goes up to the end of your glutes and creates a curve that resembles the letter L in shape, from which they got their name.
Because L-track goes until your thigh area, they are longer up to 49 inches, while the S-track length usually ranges from about 28 to 31 inches. Thus that totally understandable that the L-track will be longer than the S-track and you should compare the length of tracks only within the same track type.
On the question of which track is better, the answer, probably, will be L-track as it will give a more intense massage to your glutes than the air-cells chair massager.
However, a limited number of chairs have L-track features (now most massage chairs are rated as the best massage chairs, even cheaper models have L-track) and those which have it lack some other great features, so it’s up to you to decide which features are more important to you.
2D 3D 4D rollers
First rollers can move only up/down and left/right. They are called 2D rollers. Japanese brand Fujiiryoki first introduced 3D rollers to the market. Innovation was a massage roller that is able to move not only up-down and right-left, but also forward and back, imitating masseuse hands that can press harder in one moment and gently in another.
The 3D roller is a great advantage, and if you think 2D vs. We recommend considering the 3D roller option when shopping for the right massage chairs.
Another thing to know about rollers is that, while the majority have back rollers, only a limited amount of robotic massage chairs have rollers in feet or quad areas. The roller is always stronger and more thorough than an airbag. If you’re a runner or biker, or stand all day, or just give big importance to feet massage, it’s better for you to consider one that has rollers besides air cells in desired areas.
If you ever wondered what’s up about 4D rollers, and how it’s even possible? The answer is 4D is just a marketing trick. The difference between 3D vs. 4D rollers is just that you can control rollers’ speed and make them move slower or faster.
We all know that heat has a very soothing influence on the aching body, making the heat therapy option a very valuable addition to any model. Pay attention to the heating pad and in what areas heat is available, and if you can adjust the intensity.
Massage types and massage programs/techniques
Different manufacturers call their massage programs /techniques different names, but most of them consist of the same roller motions: rolling, kneading, tapping, and shiatsu types of massage.
- Rolling massage - the rollers move up and down the back
- Kneading massage- the rollers move in a circular pattern to create a kneading pattern
- Tapping massage - the rollers move to imitate "karate chop" massage techniques
- Shiatsu massage - the rollers press onto certain points on your back (acupoints) to relieve tension/pressure
It’s necessary to add for people who search for “Shiatsu massage chair” that you need to understand two points”
- Often any Shiatsu massage chair with massage rollers might call: “Shiatsu”, so you need to double-check that chairs really have a Shiatsu massage program.
- Shiatsu massage program is targeting special pressure points on your body. That is why it is a must to have good body detection technology in order to find the right spots and perform Shiatsu massage on them. You need to be careful about any cheap recliner that claims to have a Shiatsu program.
Check this video of Dr. Alan Weidner, the specialist in luxurious massage chairs features a visual explanation of Shiatsu techniques.
Another good option that many high-end massage chairs have and many is a stretching program. During this massage session, you can gently move your body to stretch different parts.
Another massage type/style, which many find very soothing and relaxing, is vibration. Usually, it’s the simplest chairs and massage cushions and chair massagers which offer vibration and nothing else. Sometimes sophisticated robotic massage chairs also include a vibration massage program for added relaxation.
Body scan technology and adjustability
The quality of massage is very dependent on how good it can detect your body and adjust to its composition (body scan technology)
In other words, will it detect correctly where your neck is, and how wide is your shoulder (neck and shoulders position adjustment), Or will it constantly hit wrong places causing discomfort if not pain?
Also, you need to know if the footrest (stretched footrest) and armrest can adjust sufficiently to fit your very long or very short body.
Many Japanese brands have a problem accommodating taller and larger people, as they are tailored to a more petite Japanese body constitution. Checking on either armrest moves when shiatsu chairs go to reclined position (full recline) is also a good idea. As if it's not your arms will slip out from the armrest and won't get a proper massage in this position.
Every model has specifications for height range and maximum weight they can perform optimally.
Level of customization
We all are different and we can differ in our preferences too. The ability to adjust its massage and other options (like heat or vibration) to your needs can go a long way.
When considering a model for purchase, look at how much you can customize your massage experience: whether chairs have intensity levels and/or heat, whether intensity level settings are applied to the whole shiatsu chair, or you can set different intensities for different parts of your body, or whether you can tell it to work on a specific part of your body with a specific technique.
Audio, Screen, and Remote control Settings
Several models are equipped with audio speakers for you to enjoy your favorite music. One for some of you, dear music lovers, that can mean a lot. Details on what kind of music carrier you can use to play music differ from model to model and hardly will be one of the deciding features for you to consider.
Same as user-friendliness and response time for screen and/or remote control. Some models are easier to operate and are more intuitive than others, but for most of us, it’s not a key factor in choosing the right model.
Size and space required for operation (dimensions)
Robotic massage chairs are pretty bulky. You need to decide, where you will put the chair, and how much space is available. Every model lists the size and space required for smooth operation.
Some are bulkier than others. If space is limited look for models that are advertised as having wall-hangers, they require less space for operation (space-saving feature).
Full Body Massage chairs are noisy enough. Imagine all those motors and air pumps working together. If you plan to use it where other family members are present, you can interfere with their activities.
Though, if noisiness is a problem for you Luraco iRobotics7 is the quietest of them all, besides being a top-rated model with top performance settings.
Easiness of set-up
Some models such as iRobotics7 are very easy to set up even by a NOT very handyman. And some other models will get nervous even the most experienced tech guy.
Easiness of setup shouldn’t be a key for your decision, but consider white glove delivery, when in doubt that you can get it right. Most sellers offer it.
Some are sold fully assembled, but in this case, you need to double-check if the massage chair will fit in your door frame when delivered.
Production Quality, Warranty, and After-sale Support
Japan is the birthplace of robotic massage chairs. Until now models made in Japan were the most reliable. However, even the most reliable brands can break or malfunction. That’s why a good warranty and customer service also go a long way.
Generally, models that are made in Japan are priced significantly higher. Nowadays some Japanese brands started to outsource parts manufacturing partially or completely to China in order to compete in the world’s market. Though most of them still have good quality control and are preferred by Chinese manufacturers.
As with everything that was at least once outsourced to China, Chinese companies started to produce their own equipment under various brand names. Some are decent quality, others are braking often, malfunction, and are hard to set up.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to search for a brand you never heard of before shopping for one. Even an average model made in China can cost a couple of grands.
Taiwan is another country, that makes parts. Particularly Luraco massage chairs while assembled in the USA, are made of Taiwanese parts. Taiwan is considered to be a better quality of production than China. But Luraco brand/chair offers one of the top warranties plus US-based customer support, so even if the problem arises it can be solved faster.
Warranty ranges from 1 to 5 years on labor and parts. With only Luraco offers a 6-month commercial warranty, in case you’re looking for a model to use in your business.
The bottom line, Japanese massage chairs are great but pricey. US-made (or rather assembled) is reasonably priced and with good quality control. Chinese massage chairs are in majority with quality that significantly varies from item to item, component to component.
Price can vary drastically from $300 for a vibration model to $10,000 for a full-body recliner with the most leading features and technologies incorporated. Japanese chairs cost more than Chinese. You will notice that Fujiiryoki, Inada, and Panasonic have significantly higher prices than HT, Cozzia massage chair, or Omega for the same-level robotic recliners. Ijoy chair lines such as Human Touch Ijoy 2580 (Ijoy2580) or Human Touch Ijoy Active 2.0 are cheap (affordable price point), but lack most of the features of the best models.
The Panasonic massage chairs are usually higher priced taking to account that they are mostly made in China. Also, pay attention to regular chair prices vs special prices many brands may introduce during some holidays. Deep discounts are often available (especially for older models).
Despite so wide massage chair price range there is one for every budget. But the less you pay the less you will get. An electric recliner below $5,000 can lack in such features compared to more expensive models:
- Quality of airbag massagers especially in the arms, shoulders, and leg area of a massage chair
- Absence of massage chair feet rollers
- Absence of a built-in heating system or limited heat options
- 3D massage rollers
- Body scanning technology
- Level of customization settings
- Quality of massage chair remote control
Nowadays you can buy office chairs with massage function built-in, but every office leisure recliner chair model we came across posses low-quality built-in massaging hardware.
Top Massage Chair Brands
So, which brand of massage chair is the best?
It could be overwhelming for the inexperienced buyers to figure out, what model to choose and how they compare to each other. And the good rule of thumb is to choose a trusted brand that is on market for a while, the brand that stands for its products and won’t go out of business in a year or two, because the chair is an item you plan on using for many many years (brand comparison table is coming soon).
That is why knowing the brands you can trust, drastically ease your search for a perfect full-body massage chair.
Overall all Japanese brands are trustworthy, despite where they produce parts and assemble their products, as they still have good quality control.
However, besides Fujiiryoki, which is always 100% Japan-made, the rest of the brands produce them both in Japan and China or in Japan but with China-made parts. Despite that those names still will be preferred over totally Chinese brands or US brands made in China.
Besides Japanese chairs, Luraco is the only one made in the USA or rather assembled in the USA as parts are made in Taiwan. However, Taiwanese parts are considered better quality than most the Chinese ones. Thus, Luraco is a great brand to consider, especially if takes to account their customer service.
The third group of brands you can look at are our US and Chinese brands made in China but by large and respectable companies, that have been long enough on the market.
We presently would not recommend Fujita massage chairs as they are made in China and the company despite being located in California and making them for a long time has terrible customer support. If you decide to buy one of their full-body massage chairs after reading our buying guide, consider yourself on your own, should any problem arise. Their website is also poorly managed.
Also be diligent that Asian massage chairs can be referred to both Japanese and Chinese, which can differ in quality drastically. Korean massage chairs are also Asian, but there are no Korea-made electric massage chair recliners on the US market.
Though, in June 2016 Korean brand Boyfriend plans to open 150+ stores in the USA by 2022.
When searching for reviews, be skeptical about the quality of Schultz ZycraPulse Lounge (as recent industry research showed that many review websites recommend this model).
Shultz makes only one model of a massage lounge chair, doesn’t state where it’s made (most likely China), doesn’t have adequate company information, and product reviews are estimated to be mostly fake by fakespot.com It’s also priced at more than $14,000 what makes this massage chair is the most expensive model.
We can’t review every brand name in the industry as new ones are constantly popping out. The majority if not all unfamiliar names will be China-made massage chairs sourced by US-based entrepreneurs. Very often new companies (such as BestMassage (click here), Ideal Massage Shiatsu (click here), Real Relax Massage chair (here), Comfort Products, Relaxonchair (click here), Forever Rest, Relaxzen, TruMedic) offer better prices to seduce you to buy. If you want an inexpensive and basic massage chair model with more quality massaging features you can explore those brands on your own. Popular models that are popular among reviewers but that we are not recommending (unless on a tight budget) are BestMassage 06C Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Stretched Foot Rest (EC-06C), BestMassage Recliner 3D Massager with Heat EC201, WholeBody 7, WholeBody 5, Zerog 5, AcuTouch, InstaShiatsu, Relaxonchair MK-II Plus (Relaxonchair mkii plus), RELAXONCHAIR MK-IV, BestMassage Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair, kahuna superior massage chair
Consider these tips on reviewing massage recliners brands.
- Examine the official website on overall appearance, contact information (if there is a physical address and phone number), and related products they sell.
- Check company overview on www.bloomberg.com
- Check review quality on fakespot.com
The Most Popular Massage Chairs for Petite Body Frame With up to 4’6’’ Height
Luraco iRobotics 7
By being the great chair by many standards (with great body detection technology and minimal user’s height at 4’7’’) Luraco Technology iRobotics 7 make the best choice for petite people.
Inada Sogno Dreamwave
Inada Dreamwave is one of the best massage chairs for shorter people due to its “Youth” program that was created to massage properly smaller body frames. The chair is also great, if other members of the family who plan on using this massage chair are taller than 6’, as this model of Inada, can handle a person up to 6’5’’ tall.
Panasonic EP3007 is another model to consider for miniature folks. A massage chair can accommodate a person as petite as 4’6’’. But it doesn’t work very well for anybody above 6’. It is a small massage chair (width) compared to other models from PNS.
This Panasonic EP model is for you if you looking for a more budget-friendly model with a stronger roller massage. Inada Dreamwave is more expensive and its massage is more gentle. But you need to remember that Inada is made in Japan, unlike China-made Panasonic. Additionally, the EP3007 Real Pro Ultra lacks many features like upper arm and neck massage.
Panasonic also doesn’t have a 3D roller or heat option. Both models are nonzero-gravity. Another popular model is the Panasonic EP-1285TL Leather Urban Collection (outdated but still for sale with top deals available at the end of the year).
If you are not shorter than 4’11’’ IT-8500 also could be a good option for you. Especially with its attractive price (see the full review here).
The Top Massage Chair Models for Tall and Heavy
Body composition differs from person to person. It’s worth specifying that we will be talking about massage chairs that will most likely fit a tall person with evenly distributed body weight. For example, people with extremely wide shoulders or people with really large waist circumference are always advised to try chairs personally before buying.
Human Touch Novo XT
Novo XT sets the highest limit on the user’s height at 6’9’’ with a weight limit of 300lb. Considering that this recliner acquires all recent technologies and slick modern design, the chair is highly recommended (read the full review here).
Luraco iRobotics 7
Luraco is making to the best robotic massage chairs in this category too. Luraco Technologies is a well-known military contractor. iRobotics 7 is the only medical model that is used for soldiers’ recovery at military bases in the US. It is an upgraded model from iRobotics 6.
If the massage chair works well for soldiers, who are often taller and wider in shoulders, then it should fit you as well. At least if you’re not exceeding 6’7’’ and 300 lbs, as that is the manufacturer's height and weight limit.
US soldiers use Luraco iRobotics 7 at military base:
Dreamwave made it on this list as well. What a fabulous and versatile massage therapy chair. Inada states that its models can accommodate people up to 6’5’’ and 295 lb. in their manual. But they also say that if you can fit into any of their massage chairs, you can safely use them without weight limitations.
Infinity Iyashi, zero-gravity recliner that sets the limit on customer’s height at 6’6’’. However, their weight limit is only 285 lb. If you are over that limit and up to 350 lbs., Infinity IT-9800 could be a better option for you.
Infinity IT-9800 is the cheaper chair that doesn’t have foot massager function (foot massage) and arm massage (hand massage). It doesn’t have an airbag or 3D roller as Dreamwave massage chair, or speakers and Bluetooth connectivity as Iyashi, but this chair has calf rollers and a heated massage option.
The maximum height for this chair is 6’7’’. If fancier massage chairs won’t fit your body comfortably, definitely look at this massage chair recliner chair with massage and heat.
Are Massage Chairs Worth Buying?
Sure, you can go into a mall or big box store and buy a massage chair, but are they any good? Does your dog sit still for you for 20 minutes at a time, so they can have a massage? I do love a good massage and my Chihuahua does too, but she likes the massage to be done by someone she knows and trusts. A wise friend of mine advised me that massage chairs are very pricey (often $1,500-$2,000) and there are a lot of deals out there on a decent chair. That's just crazy for something that's the last resort for most people. But, they've got a point.
A lot of them can get uncomfortable for humans after a few hours (we should be able to get a few hours of quality dog time without discomfort!). A couple of hours is fine if we're just relaxing, but I don't think that's enough to warrant the price. Which is a whole other problem. It's one thing to think $1000 is too much for a chair, but $2000? Come on, people. I'm going to play it straight with you and make the argument that a good dog massage is cheaper than a massage chair.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Difference Between 3D and 4D Massage Chairs?
The main difference between 3D and 4D massage chairs lies in the level of control and depth of massage they provide. A 3D massage chair offers three-dimensional control over the massage intensity, allowing the user to adjust the protrusion of the massage rollers. This means that the rollers can move in and out, as well as up and down, providing a more dynamic and customizable massage experience.
On the other hand, 4D massage chairs take it a step further by adding the dimension of time to the equation. In addition to the adjustable protrusion of the rollers, 4D chairs introduce varying speeds and rhythms to mimic different massage techniques performed by human hands.
This gives the user a more realistic and human-like massage experience. Essentially, while 3D chairs focus on adjusting the intensity of the massage, 4D chairs go a step further by incorporating time-based variations to emulate a more sophisticated and nuanced massage.
What is the Best Massage Chair Alternative?
The best massage chair alternative depends on individual preferences and needs. While massage chairs offer convenience and a comprehensive massage experience, there are alternative options that can provide similar benefits. One such alternative is a massage cushion or pad, which can be placed on a chair or sofa.
These devices typically have vibrating or rolling mechanisms that target specific areas of the body, providing a localized massage experience. Another option is handheld massagers, which allow users to manually target and knead specific muscles and trigger points.
Additionally, foam rollers and massage balls can be used for self-massage, targeting muscles, and providing relief. Seeking professional massages from a licensed massage therapist is another excellent alternative, as it allows for customized and expertly performed massages. Ultimately, the best massage chair alternative will depend on individual preferences, budget, and desired level of convenience.
Best Shiatsu Massage Chair Summary
Now that you are familiar with the best massage chair reviews for 2019, you can choose wisely the best option for your individual needs.
But as of now (if money is not an issue) - our expert advice will be Luraco iRobotics 7. It is feature-packed, comfortable and one of the best massage chairs as of 2023!