Eight of ten Americans are stressed.
Clinical studies have shown that massages can relieve stress.
However, not every one can afford to hire a massage therapist everyday.
That’s where massage chairs come into play. Massage chairs are investments toward your happiness, your way of managing daily stress without breaking the bank.
There are a TON of massage chairs on the market today. Some of them are cheap Chinese knock-offs and others are made to last.
Unfortunately, once a purchase is made — If you’re not satisfied with the chair — it takes effort to assemble it, dismantle it, and return it back to the supplier. Often times you’ll also get charged a 20% restocking fee.
You want to avoid these pitfalls.
How ironic is it to be stressed out about purchasing the perfect massage chair when the very thing you buy is supposed to relieve you from it?
That’s where we come into the picture. We spend a lot of time evaluating and reviewing massage chairs so you don’t have to.
Today, we’ll give you our personal recommendation of the top brands on the market for massage chairs.
Just a tip from people who have bought and reviewed a ton of these massage chairs:
The good ones are pricey.
It’s cliche, but you get what you pay for when it comes to massage chairs.
Without further ado, let’s begin.
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Kahuna Massage Chairs
Kahuna is the Michael Jordan of massage chairs.
When it comes to features, it’s got them all. All of the bells and whistle is included with Kahuna’s chairs.
All Kahuna’s chairs are FDA approved as a medical device. They go through rigorous testing before they are delivered to the customers door.
- L-track, 4 roller massage system
- Air cell system (compression massage)
- 3 position zero gravity & space saving tech
- Accommodates customers up to 240 lbs and 6’4”
- Body Scan Technology
The new age L-track massages your body all the way down to your butt. It’s a nice feeling.
The zero gravity is real. There are 3 positions for zero-g and one of them will raise your feet above your heart.
Many competitors require 15 to 30 inches from the wall in zero-g position, Kahuna requires 5 inches because of their space saving technology.
Full Body scan adjusts the massage chair to cater a personal massage experience just for you.
The airbag system employed by Kahuna actually works. You can feel it. Cheap competitor massage chairs have ineffective air bags.
It is built for bigger and taller people. Up to 240 lbs weight and 6′ 4” height.
One of the few brands that offer white glove service. They set up a time to deliver and install the chair for you.
Kahuna has great customer service. You’ll get someone who speaks English and someone who knows what they’re talking about.
In fact, they recently updated their newest model to include extra padding near the feet, increase timer button to 30 minutes, and add a remote holder. All in response to customer feedback.
My favorite program is Yoga-stretching. I mean, this thing really bends you backwards as if you were on an exercise ball.
- High-end massage chair with all the features of a luxury massage chair
- Targets massage from neck to butt
- Easy Assembly
- Increase blood circulation and body relief
- Easy to use remote
- Feet massage still may hurt a bit because of thin padding
- No way to save settings
Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus
If Steve Jobs built massage chairs, it would look a lot like Luraco’s iRobotics 7 Plus.
The iRobotics 7 is one of the only massage chairs on the market that has been studied and proven to benefit your health. Dr Michael Olphin from Weber State University conducted the experiment.
Luraco is a pioneer in massage chair technology. They are the frontiers in innovation. As a result, they have many patents under their name.
And no, they are not cheap.
- Runs on an Operating System
- Patented smart touch interface
- Stores 5 user settings
- Heart Rate and Blood Press monitoring
- Seats up to 6′ 7” and 300 lbs
- Noise reduction technology – very quiet
- Real Genuine Leather
iRobotics 7 is a medical grade massage chair. They have both UL and FDA approval.
It’s also the brand of choice for US military bases and Veterans Hospitals.
It’s the only massage chair that uses genuine leather for all touch surfaces.
A total of 100 air bags and 12 motors are used to power this thing. It’s a powerhouse.
Intelligent sensor technology personalizes the massage experience for all body shapes and sizes.
Full Body Heat with 5 levels of varying intensities.
Luraco is the only brand I’ve researched that is endorsed by multiple celebrity athletes such as Mike Bryan (Bryan brothers, tennis), Ken Duke (PGA pro golder), and Jerome Williams (NBA Legend).
- Top of the line massage chair with many endorsements from public professional and celebrities
- One of the first smart massage chairs, equipped with a touch screen remote and voice responder
- Noise reduction technology
- Zero Gravity
- Body scan may take a while (you can save the data so it doesn’t scan every time)
Human Touch Novo Full Body Zero Gravity Chair
Human Touch is a company — unsurprisingly — whose goal is to build massage chairs that mimic real massage therapists.
And boy does it do a good job. Although I do expect it too as it is pretty pricey.
This is the only chair I’ve seen on the market that is endorsed by the World Federation of Chiropractic.
- 5 year PREMIUM warranty
- Full Body Stretch
- LCD Remote
- Bluetooth speakers
- Accommodates 5’0 to 6’9 and 300 lbs weight capacity
- Multiple language options
- Zero Gravity
- Shiatsu Massage
The Novo looks futuristic. It’s got a space pod type of shape to it.
It has a pretty standard L-track roller system.
The leather is not genuine like Luraco but is made up of Soft Hyde PU leather. It’s very soft to the touch.
Of course, it has zero gravity capability. Also there is the ability to extend the leg portion by using the remote. This is newer technology as other chairs have used a spring loaded leg extension.
You can set your height on the remote and the massage chair will automatically adjust the rollers so they hit important spots on your body.
The stretching feature of Novo is what I like the most about it. The air bag clamps on your legs and the leg massager moves downward and upward to give you very nice stretch.
- Comes fully assembled
- Simple LCD Remote
- strong shiatsu style massage
- Wireless bluetooth speakers
- Need wide enough doors to carry though
RelaxOnChair MK-II PLUS
Many massage chair brands are a little behind in terms of technology, customers support, and website. Relaxonchair is not.
Their massage chairs are extremely affordable compared to what you’ve seen so far.
They also have the highest rating among the highest volume of reviews.
- L-track system
- Deep Tissue Massage
- 4 automatic programs, 5 manual
- Computer Body Scan
- One-hand remote
- Lumbar heating
It has 5 different massage types: Shiatsu, Tapping, Kneading, Knocking, and Kneading & Tapping. It’s great to have variety because you get bored if there is only one type.
3 different stages of zero gravity. The third position elevates your legs above your heart.
The computerized body scan pinpoints the length of your spine so the rollers don’t go past your head.
The standard L-track will massage all the way down to your butt.
It comes fully assembled with the exception of the footrest which is easy to connect.
This is our best massage chair under $2000.
Relaxonchair’s customer support is top-notch. They resolve particular issues immediately.
- Comes assembled
- High end features like zero gravity, heating, LCD remote, multiple auto programs
- White Glove Service (can opt-out)
- Foot massage is strong
- Remote backlit is not bright
Infinity Massage Chairs IT-8500X3
What If I told you there are massage chairs that are 3D?
What does 3D even mean? It means that the rollers not only go up and down and side to side. It also goes forward and back so you can get a deep tissue massage.
Infinity IT-8500 X3 has exactly that: 3D technology.
Infinity is the one of the brands that care deeply about customer’s mental and physical health.
It’s also one of the only brands on the market with an iOS and Android app.
- Air Compression Technology
- 3D massage
- Lumbar Heat
- App functionality
There’s nothing super special looking about the IT-8500 X3. Diving into their feature, however, is when the distinction gets apparent.
The seating pad is not only another air bag but also sways you side to side. It literally moves your butt side to side.
Decompression stretch relieves tension by independently moving the foot rest.
Reflexology foot rollers apply pressure points at specific parts of the foot that correspond to healthier organs and other parts of the body.
Body scanning technology ensures personal massage experience.
0% interest financing and 5 year residential limited warranty available.
- Luxury upscale massage chair with all of the top technology
- Decompression stretch, Reflexology, Lumbar Heat, Blue tooth, Body Scanning.
- USA-based customer and technical support
- Free replacement parts for first 36 months
- Assembly takes time
Different Types of Massage Chairs:
When we talk about massage chairs, there’s always someone wondering: How many different types of massage chairs are out there?
To answer that questions requires some in-depth research, which we did.
But first — just so we’re on the same page — understand that we’re talking about consumer massage chairs. We are not talking about professional / business massage chairs — you know, the chairs where people get their massage done by a professional masseuse / masseur.
There are all sorts of types of chairs and keep in mind that these aren’t mutually exclusive. One chair can have multiple features that define them.
Nowadays zero gravity is a de facto standard in the massage chair industry. You can’t have a competitive advantage without this feature.
Zero gravity gives you the feeling of weightlessness as one would if you were in outer space. Now why is that good for our health?
Our body’s take on daily stress in certain parts because of uneven weight distribution. When I stand upright, there’s a lot of stress on my legs and back because they have to support my torso, my arms, and my head.
When we lie horizontally, we distribute the weight across the body, relieving that stress.
Some people are uncomfortable going straight into “full” zero gravity and brands have accommodated for that uneasiness by offering several (usually 3) stages of zero gravity. If that’s your case, make sure to grab one with varying levels of zero g.
Massage cushions are the ‘lite’ version of massage chairs. They are cheaper, lighter, and have less features. However, they can be perfect for smaller spaces and for those who don’t care so much about the fancy features.
One thing to keep to keep in mind with massage cushions is that you might have to push back on the cushions to get an effective massage. There’s no compartment where you are locked into the massage chair nor does gravity work for you because massage cushions are usually used in the upright position.
Our choice for a massage cushion is the brand Zylllion. We’ve talked to a lot of brands and we liked our interaction with them and the product they produce.
Massage chair recliner is a misleading name because many massage chairs recline. This type of massage chair is referring to the massage chairs that look like a regular reclining chair.
The two biggest problems that recliners solve is 1. they fit into the decor better and 2. they are able to keep the reclined position indefinitely.
It was annoying for a massage chair to recline and then go back into the default position after the timer was up. Some top brands have solved this problem but people still like the look of regular recliner as opposed to something that looks sleek and not blending in to their living space decor.
We find these chairs to be cheaper and less effective in terms of massages. Many of them simply deliver a strong vibration massage.
Portable & Foldable
In the age popularizing tiny houses, it’s reasonable that demand for tiny furniture has increased. Foldable massage chairs are the perfect solution for those in smaller spaces. After all, it might be you who has to move around the 300 lbs behemoth of a chair up 4 flights of stairs.
PU leather, several (usually 4 – 6) massage nodes, and reclining capabilities is usually all you get with these chairs. It might be enough as well as some customer swear by the effectiveness of it.
Some brands have a heating element and adjustable height of the massage nodes.
Full Body massage Chairs
Full body massage chairs are the ones that…massage your whole body.
It’s become a standard for most modern massage chairs to massage your whole body so it feels redundant. It’s similar to saying “smart phones” as most cell phones are smart, i.e have an operating system and app system.
To be more technical, we classify full body massages that can massage head to toe and arms.
Ottoman Massage Chairs
Some massage chairs come with ottomans. Usually these are chairs that don’t have foot massagers.
Heated Massage chairs
Air Compression massage chairs
Trackless massage chairs
Compact Massage Chairs
S-track massage chairs
L-track massage chairs
SL-track massage chairs
Frequently Ask Questions:
Can massage chairs hurt you?
Massage chairs vary in strength. People who receive massages vary in sensitivity. Because of this discrepancy, massage chairs may end up hurting you.
However, the first few times on a massage chair may hurt due to not being used to it. There a lot of muscles that are worked and your body may not be used to it. It is similar to working out or engaging in a physical activity for the first time in a couple months. You might feel uncomfortable and sore but that is perfectly normal.
What isn’t normal is bone crushing foot massagers. We’ve noticed that some brands have really strong foot massagers. It’s advised to dampen this with a towel.
Often times you may not be able to try a massage chair before you make a purchase. In this case, we recommend reading critical reviews of the massage chair (The good ones are not as reliable because they can be paid to leave positive reviews).
Is a Massage Chair Good for Your Health?
A massage chair is good for your health in many ways.
An experiment was conducted by Dr. Michael Olpin from Weber State University on this exact matter. The results are astonishing…
Out of 521 participants, the average stress level reported was 4.3 out of 10. After using a massage chair the participants reported an average stress level of 2.4.
The average blood pressure went from (114,76) to (110, 73). Average heart rate dropped from 76 to 70.
Massage chairs can also relieve muscle tension by hitting those pressure points.
In fact, massages are often used during cancer treatment to reduce pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression.
Luraco chairs are used in VA(Veteran Affair) hospitals.