If you’re looking for the closest thing to your own personal masseuse (and you’ve exhausted every massage tool!) then you’re going to end up searching for the perfect massage chair.
We understand that it’s a big investment, not just financially but also in terms of space within your home.
Each massage chair offers its own unique mix of features and settings, which can be tricky to compare if you haven’t owned one before.
To help, we’ve highlighted the features of the top 12 massage chairs and also included a handy buying guide later in this article so you can make the most informed decision.
Massage Chair Reviews
After taking a look at the market, we’ve compiled the best of the best massage chairs at a range of different prices for you to consider:
How We Review & Rate
Here at The Good Body we’ve spent years rating and reviewing massage products.
In this article we’ve shortlisted 12 of the best massage chairs on the market. We’ve looked closely at every feature and function, considering what is best for a range of consumer needs, from chronic back pain to simple relaxation.
To come up with a rating, we review a number of different factors, including range of massage modes, intensity control, customization and affordability. We also consider consumer feedback, analyzed from various websites.
Taking all this information, plus our industry knowledge, allows us to come up with a rating that gives you the best overall view of the chair and the experience you can expect.
If you want a little more information about individual functions and features, take a look at our massage chair buying guide below.
We’ve explained each one that might inform your decision, so you can choose the chair that’s right for you!
Types of Massage Chairs
Here are the different types of massage chairs available so you can start to narrow down your search:
The most traditional type of massage chair is the recliner. Normally a lower cost option than zero gravity, it is essentially a comfortable seat with massage features that fits well within the home.
Inspired by space travel, zero gravity recliners are designed to take the pressure off your legs and back and evenly distribute your weight for relief from daily pain.
A full body massage chair takes care of the whole body, normally cradling the user to provide all over relief.
It’s typically a higher priced product as it claims to be the closest thing to a human massage.
If you want a more traditional look, you may opt for a matching ottoman. This is a chair with a separate footstool, both of which have massage rollers and / or airbags.
Chair / Seat Pad
If you don’t have the budget for a massage chair or have the space available then you can essentially create your own with a seat pad.
Seat pads can be attached to your favorite chair or be used while sat up in bed.
We’ve written a review of the best chair pads on the market, that you can read here.
What is a massage chair?
A massage chair is essentially a chair that delivers a massage like a real masseuse. Just sit back and relax!
What does a massage chair do?
A massage chair works to loosen knots, relieve tension and provide relief from daily pain. They are widely used by sufferers of a number of different conditions.
How does a massage chair work?
A massage chair works on a track system, with rollers, nodes or air bags working up and down your spine to mimic the hands of a masseuse, working out knots, relieving muscle tension and helping to improve circulation.
Are massage chairs effective?
Massage as a therapy has been proven to be effective in the daily management of pain. Massage chairs essentially replicate the hands of a masseuse and have been shown to provide relief from daily pain.
How long can you use a massaging chair for?
The general consensus seems to recommend no longer than 15 minutes per session, however there is no official advice. Many massage chairs come with an auto shut down feature so you can easily monitor how long you’ve been in the chair and use it safely.
Can I use a massage chair while pregnant?
Advice is mixed on whether you can use a massage chair while you’re pregnant.
Many recommend it for dealing with the lower back pain of pregnancy, however many say to avoid using one during your first trimester and ensure you limit any sessions you do have.
Of course you must speak to your doctor before beginning any treatment.
Can I use a massage chair with a pacemaker?
Medtronic, one of the leading manufacturers of pacemakers, states there is “No Known Risk” associated with their implanted devices. It’s always best to check both with your doctor before use, and the manufacturer’s advice specific to your device.
Can massage chairs hurt your back?
If used incorrectly a massage chair could damage or bruise your back, so you must always follow the guidelines and not exceed the advised amount of time.
Are massage chairs good for your health?
Massage chairs can deliver many positive benefits to your health, including stress reduction and daily management of pain.
How do I choose a massage chair?
Hopefully our reviews can help! Start by making a note of the features you would definitely like and a rough idea of your budget then go from there.
Don’t feel you have to go for a chair at the top of your budget as different chairs offer different functions, it’s just a case of finding the one that suits you most.
How much does a massage chair cost?
Massage chairs vary widely in cost with entry level models ranging between $200 – $700 and top of the range models anywhere up to $20,000.
It’s important to think about how much you want to spend roughly before you begin your hunt then try and find the features you most need.
Chair massage pads that can be attached to a chair of your choice give you a more affordable option, roughly between $50 and $200.
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