Look, we all have our shortcomings (you see what I did there?).
When searching for the perfect massage chair, you want to make sure it can accommodate short people.
Well, here’s the problem with the trend of modern massage chairs. Because massage chair were originally manufactured and designed in Japan for Japanese people, it typically ran a little smaller.
Over time, people wanted bigger accommodating massage chairs. Well, that meant the technology had to keep up to still make it comfortable for smaller people.
It turns out some brands didn’t keep up with the technology and therefore left us in the dust!
Now the real problem is that these brands don’t mention the lower height limit of a massage chair. Since most customers were focused on bigger chairs, the descriptions only contain an upper height limit.
So, we’ve researched and present to you our curated list of massage chairs that is perfect for petite people.
These aren’t necessarily small massage chairs but certainly have the ability to fit smaller people.
Infinity Altera Massage Chair
The Infinity Altera is specifically designed for petite people. This massage chair can accommodate heights from 4 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 2 inches.
Engineered with aesthetics and quality in mind, the Altera sports many luxury features such as Zero Gravity, Computerized Body Scanning, Reflexology, and a program that specializes in spinal corrections and waist twisting.
We really enjoyed the 4 wheel massage mechanism that sits on a 49 inch L-track. This kind of roller design makes the massage deeper and much more effective.
Infinity also has one of the best customer support and warranty policies in the industry. Customer support is USA-based and there is a 5 year warranty for this product. Replacements do not cost anything for the first 36 months.
One customer who is 5 feet 4 inches report that it is a “perfect fit” for those who are smaller in size.
The OS-4000T is made by Osaki with Japanese engineering. Also rebranded as Titan World LLC, it is one of the largest distributors of electric massage chairs in the nation.
The OS-4000T can accommodate heights from 4 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 4 inches.
It is a combination of high-end features and affordable price. It’s aesthetics are pleasing and can fit with almost any home decor.
My favorite part of this chair is that it had an automatic leg scan and extension. Although the extension is not specifically useful for short people, it’s nice if I have some taller guests so that they can use it.
Another thing is that my arms don’t slip out during the arm massage. It’s crevice is deep enough that it holds the arms in place. The shoulder bags are also fitting for petite frames.
Medical Breakthrough 4 v2
The Medical Breakthrough 4 v2 is one of the best massage chairs we’ve ever seen. It’s the only massage chair and brand endorsed by more than 20 medical professionals. It claims to have unlimited customization and thus we were interested to know more about this chair.
Because of its unlimited customization, this massage chair can adjust for really short people. Customers who were less than 5 feet report that it’s a perfect fit and they have no problems getting a good foot massage.
It’s equipped with patented medical body scan technology that caters the perfect massage for your body shape.
One thing we really like about this chair is the number of 5 star review it has (27) and that the CEO of this company built this out of tragedy that occurred to his grandma. It’s very personal and well designed.
Luraco iRobotics 7 PLUS
Luraco is one of our favorite brands just because they do such a damn good job at building the latest and greatest massage chairs.
Their chairs are able to accommodate heights 4 feet 7 inches to 6 foot 7 inches, which makes it one of the largest height accommodations we’ve seen.
This is the only brand that is proven to benefit your health.
The study was done by Weber State University. It is proven to decrease your stress level and improve your overall health.
One of my favorite things about this chair that it is all covered in real genuine leather. It’s one of the very few percentage of massage chairs that does this.
Another thing is that the iRobotics 7 is FDA registered, CE and UL listed (both of these are safety regulation certification, one issued by the EU and the other is issued by a private company).
Problems With Big Massage Chairs For Short People and How To Find Features That Best Suit You
Massage rollers go past the head
It’s understood that a chair does not fit all people. However, it’s reasonable to expect the massage rollers (the mechanism inside a massage chair) to be smart enough to not massage parts of our body that isn’t in contact with the surface of a massage chair. After all, massage technology has come so far.
Look for massage chairs that have computerized body scan.
A body scan works by using pressure sensors and an operating system to compute the shape of your body. It does this to give you an uninterrupted massage (it would be wasteful for rollers to go above your head since it would be massaging empty air).
Personally, I would look at reputable brands for this feature as some brands claim to have a smart body scan when in fact it does not.
The Shoulder Air Bags do not fit
Smaller people typically have smaller frames. This means that the average width of a massage chair is not fitting.
Many massage chairs provide air compression massage via air bags. Many of them have air bag leveled to their shoulders to provide massages to that area. However, if the inflated air bags don’t touch your shoulder, they are ineffective.
Look for massage chairs that have adjustable shoulder air bags.
There are many massage chairs with phenomenal foot rollers. Ones that use reflexology and Thai scrapping techniques. However, it doesn’t do much if your feet don’t reach the bottom of leg portion.
Look for massage chairs that have flexible leg extensions
We prefer massage chairs that have automatic leg scan. This feature will adjust the feet section so that the sole of your feet are making contact with the surface of the foot rollers.
The Hip Massage Does Not Work for Shorter People
Because frames of shorter people tend to have narrower hips, the airbags at the base of the seat sometimes do not work effectively. Unfortunately we have not seen adjustable airbags at the hip.
We strongly recommend getting chairs that are designed for smaller people if this is your biggest worry.