When it comes to known top massage chair brands, Panasonic is not always the brand that comes to mind.
Even though they manufacture popular models (many available HERE) and not so-popular models HERE (do not buy alert) there are a few brands that are still leading the field such as Luraco with their best-selling model here.
Top Panasonic Chairs Product Line
Urban Collection Full Body EP-MA10K
Panasonic sets itself apart in this genre by picking specific features, techniques, or massage styles, and then building them into each piece of furniture they offer, making everyone unique.
Just like the Urban with the delivery of Hawaiian massage, the Urban Collection Full Body offers up the time-tested practice of Chinese massage techniques.
Targeting the spine, you get direct and absolute focus on delivering pressure to all of the various and critical pressure points on the neck and spine that are responsible for holding tension, muscle fatigue, and pain.
It also uses acupoint stimulation to increase circulation and increase the flow of blood and hence energy to your entire body.
The remote control screen has a backlight and uses the full seven colors for easy viewing, day or night. You can choose from four different programs directed to your neck and shoulders or lower back specifically, using either the Swedish or deep tissue massage technique.
The area usage is broad as well as wide, filling up almost the entire chair, and running the gamut from leg stretching, targeted neck massage, and air compression massage for your lower legs in the built-in ottoman.
For a full review click here.
Real Pro Ultra Total Body with Heated Massage Rollers EP-MA70C
Like the Real Pro Intensity Plus, this features the "Junetsu" ultra-fine massage technique. And, as the name states, if the heat does the trick for what ails your back, these heated rollers will melt away the fatigue and stress that's bottled up in your joints, muscles, and spine.
There are new 3D massage techniques that deliver Shiatsu, gentle or ultra kneading, tapping, and rolling.
The leg and footrest contain multiple action capabilities, and this one features a broader shoulder and neck range area of almost five inches.
It utilizes professional stretching techniques for both the pelvis and shoulder blades, and the shoulder positioning is automatic. You can select from six programs that feature deep tissue, targeted neck, and shoulder or lower back, refresh, or Shiatsu.
It offers 108 styles and techniques, which you can combine in any way you like for a customized massage that suits you and your body perfectly. You can adjust the intensity to match. It reclines to a full flat one-hundred-and-seventy-degree position for the ultimate in spine decompression.
Now newer model is available: Panasonic EP-MA73
The Panasonic EP-MA73 is the newest edition to the best selling Real Pro Ultra line. It features many of the same great features as the popular EP-MA70, but with the addition of 3D Ultra Kneading w/ Heated Massage Technology, Double Heating in the Rollers and the Soles, Ultra Air Kneading Technology, new high end wood grain finish, and a New Neckline Stretch. The all new Panasonic EP-MA73 is truly like having your own personal masseuse in your home.
Panasonic EP-MA73 & EP-MA70 - Comparison Video:
EP-MAJ7K Real Pro ULTRA Prestige Total Body
Do you know what they say about saving the best for last? Well, here it is. Panasonic calls this their "most intuitive personal luxury massage experience" for a reason.
It is all of those things. Utilizing thermal technology, this is the top of the heap. It offers professional-grade stretching techniques for your chest, legs, hips, and neck, and you get the exclusive "Junetsu" feature for precise kneading massage where you need it.
There's a 3D control for intuitive or high-speed digital control, or choose automatic for the intensity and let the sensor do the work.
There are multiple kneading programs, so you're not limited to a single delivery, and among the built-in programs, you can choose from neck and shoulders or low back, deep tissue, shiatsu, or Swedish.
All of this, and of course, the ability to recline to the fully flat position.
Urban Collection EP-1285K
While many massage chairs manufactured today offer somewhat similar features, as you can well imagine, your mileage may vary.
There's a huge range of styles, quality, materials, massage types, craftsmanship, and technology going into what's currently out there.
While most offer various types of massage like kneading, tapping, rolling, deep tissue, reflexology, Swedish, and Shiatsu, every once in a while, something new and interesting pops up.
In the Urban, one did. It offers Hawaiian massage as one of the choices in the feature list. Talk about being transported to your happy place.
If you happen to have some soft lighting and a swaying ukulele number on your MP3 player, you're on your way to bliss town. Another facet I particularly like is the fact that the three built-in programs aren't just styles or types of massage strokes.
They are different types of massage aggregated into various programs that are designed for a specific purpose.
In this one you can choose from instant relief delivered by way of rubbing, the way a massage therapist would; severe fatigue and stiffness relief; and relaxing and stretching muscles that are overly tired because of bad posture.
You can manually position the neck roller to fit the curvature of your neck and cervical spine just right, and you can recline to an entirely flat position, taking the stress and weight of gravity off your spine.
The ottoman features an air massage system, and you get leg stretch as well as a convenient place to tuck away the remote control.
Oh, and if Hawaiian massage isn't in your wheelhouse, of course, there are other techniques you can choose from, including Swedish.
Read the full review here.
Urban Collection EP-MA03K
Often one of the biggest complaints is that home massage chairs just don't quite work for people who are taller than average. Not so with the Urban Collection EP-MA03K.
Designed to fit a range of heights, even those over six feet, no matter how tall or short you are, you can receive the relaxing and rejuvenating whole-body massage that is made to accommodate the exact contours of your neck and back.
You receive neck massage, as well as shoulder and back via a specially designed and manufactured curved body frame chassis that adapts to your own body dimensions and curves.
It also delivers massage to your calves and feet and you can not only choose the program you want but also if you want to target just select areas on your body, like the shoulders or neck. The four different available programs allow you to choose from deep tissue or firm, and if you want to use the manual mode, you can pick tap and back roll, neck roll, or neck knead.
Real Pro Ultra Intensity Plus Massage Lounger EP-30004K
True to its form, the Panasonic builds into the Real Pro Ultra Intensity Plus a few exclusive new features: ultra-fine kneading massage known as "Junetsu," a soft ottoman that accommodates different heights, and a new type of massage technique that emulates a closed fist and soothing grasp application for your neck and shoulders.
The automatic body scan system analyzes your tension and pain points and targets the areas you need the most.
You can choose from four different programs, each lasting fifteen minutes: arm and leg stretch, Swedish, Shiatsu, and deep tissue.
There is air massage delivered to 296 square inches of the surface area, and 200 square inches of the back surface area covered.
You control the speed and intensity to get the precise areas and depth you want. There are 22 airbags in total, delivering air massage to the seat, hands and arms, soles of your feet, and calves. You can create any program you want by building from the features, intensity, and styles of your choosing.
Up to six different programs can be held in the memory of up to four people. There's a voice guidance system, and if you're short on time, there's a refresher option that delivers a quick, effective, stress-relieving five-minute massage. The newer model is Panasonic EP-30007 (click here for a full review).
What is the Difference Between 2D and 3D Massage Chairs?
Unlike most massage chairs on the market, the massager is stationary and cannot move. The only way to get it to move is by using the handles for 360-degree movement, which should be limited to 5 rotations. You also need to take into consideration that the massager is 2.1 kg and that you should not place the body weight on the handles of the massager. Therefore, 2D massage chairs might be a better choice for people who are concerned about their health.
And what if you want a massage chair that moves? This is where you would come across 3D massaging chairs. Moving massage chairs will never fall into the same category as the 2D chairs, as they are completely different. Moving massage chairs are very much like a chair you would actually sit in. A moving massage chair goes up and down and back and forth and allows you to move the massager around to get the maximum from the massage.
Panasonic Massage Chair Warranty
Panasonic covers all of their Massage Chairs with a 5-year limited warranty.
For the first 3 years, parts and labor are covered and the unit will be serviced in your home at no additional cost.
The remaining 2 years are parts repair only, and you will be responsible for the labor.
It only covers the massage block and electrical components.
Many used models are available for purchase, but we do not recommend getting a used massage chair unless your budget limits you.
No matter which model you choose, and for which reasons style and design, features, or price--the Panasonic massage chair line is highly advanced and will serve your body and mind for decades.
Welcome to the new, healthier you.