Our Top 5 Picks for the Best Massage Chair

You love a great massage (who doesn’t?). What you don’t love is having to book an appointment two weeks in advance and driving 20 minutes out of your way after work just to get one.

  • 4.2 Stars
  • Dimensions
    80 x 33 x 46 inches
  • Weight
    230 pounds
  • Features
    • Zero gravity
    • Six massage programs
    • Six massage types
    • Air pressure
    • LCD controller
    • Arm and hip massage
    • Lower back heat therapy
  • Price
    Sale Price:$2,895.00
  • 4.3 Stars
  • Dimensions
    55 x 37 x 48 inches
  • Weight
    264.6 pounds
  • Features
    • Zero gravity position
    • 8 built-in programs
    • 1,200 square inches of massage coverage
    • Shiatsu massage function
  • Price
    Sale Price:$0.00
  • 3.5 Stars
  • Dimensions
    59 x 35 x 45.7 inches
  • Weight
    170 pounds
  • Features
    • 2 Zero gravity positions
    • Headphone port
    • V stretch
    • Accu-Roll shoulder massage
    • Lumbar heat
    • Four-wheel massage mechanism
  • Price
    Sale Price:$4,595.00
  • 4.0 Stars
  • Dimensions
    75 x 29.5 x 46 inches
  • Weight
    140 pounds
  • Features
    • 5 Built-in programs
    • 4 Massage types
    • 6 Intensity levels
    • 20 Air bags
    • Manual speed control
    • 3 Width settings
  • Price
    Sale Price:$1,295.00
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Dimensions
    34.65 x 55.12 x 42.13 inches
  • Weight
    300 pounds
  • Features
    • Shiatsu Results
    • Tapping and Flapping
    • Compression and Percussion
    • Zero gravity position
    • LCD control
  • Price
    Sale Price:$649.99

If you had a massage chair, you’d never have to make a trip to the spa again.

All you’d have to do is sit down, press a button, and enjoy a relaxing massage right in the comfort of your living room. And with so many different types of chairs available, you’re sure to find a model that will address all of your needs.

But how can you find the right chair? What should you be on the lookout for?

We’ll share our top five massage chair reviews in just a moment, but first, let’s talk about what you should be looking for when buying your chair.

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Your Complete Massage Chair Buying Guide

Massage chairs are simple, right? They have one function: to massage the body. But when you start looking around at the most advanced and popular models, you suddenly realize that modern day massage chairs are incredibly complex. Air pressure? Zero gravity? Foot and arm massages?

There’s a lot more to it than just buying a good-looking chair.

So, what should you be looking for? Here are some tips to help you find the right chair.

Know Your Needs

It’s so important to know what you’re buying the chair for. Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Do you have pain all over your body? Maybe you have arthritis. Or, maybe you just want to relax and de-stress.

Knowing what your needs are will help you find the right chair. Those who suffer from chronic conditions may want to invest in a more advanced chair, while those who have light back pain from time to time may only need a chair that offers upper body massages.

Massage Techniques

Many massage chairs offer numerous massage techniques, which can help address different issues. Shiatsu, for example, can help eliminate any energy blockages you might have. Kneading or rolling techniques (which are typical of a Swedish massage) can relax the body and relieve tension.

Infinity IT-8500

Know what types of massage techniques you want, and look for a chair that offers them.

Some chairs, especially those in the lower price range, may only offer one or two basic massage techniques. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you’re looking for versatility, you’ll need a chair that offers numerous techniques.

Chair Size

It may sound trivial, but the size of the chair is important. If the chair doesn’t fit you, it won’t massage you well – period. If you’re on the tall or short side, size can be a problem. You’re better off looking for models that offer adjustable arm and leg rests, and/or body scanning systems (more on that shortly). This way, you adjust the chair to your liking to ensure that you get a thorough, relaxing massage.

Zero Gravity & Body Scanning

Zero gravity chairs are ideal for people suffering with back issues. This gentle reclining position alleviates pressure on your spine and gently decompresses the back. Chairs that can recline into the zero gravity position are often preferred because they offer complete relaxation.

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Body scanning is another important feature that you want to be on the lookout for. These systems scan your body to determine your exact dimensions. Using this info, the massage rollers will know exactly where to move to alleviate tension and hit those acupressure points on your body.

Automatic Programs

Automatic programs are great for those days when you just want to enjoy a massage without having to think too much. These typically last anywhere between five and 30 minutes, and will use a combination of techniques throughout the session. Some programs are designed for relaxation, while others are designed to boost energy or relieve pain.

Either way, you want a chair that offers at least one automatic program.

Air Pressure

Mid-range and high-end massage chairs often offer air massages, which use air bags to add pressure to certain areas of the body. These air bags help stimulate circulation and add a realistic feel to the massage.

You know what to look for in a massage chair, but who really has the time to research all of the models on the market to find the right one? We’ve done all the hard work for you. Here are the top five best massage chairs based on performance, customer reviews and price.

1. Osaki OS-4000 Review

Sale Price:$2,895.00

The Osaki OS-4000 is Osaki’s best-selling model, and it’s easy to see why. With a zero gravity design, intelligent S-track massage robot, six automatic programs and numerous massage styles, this chair is truly like having a massage therapist right in your own home.

The intelligent S-track robot actually detects the curves of your spine to make micro adjustments and focus specifically on your shoulders, neck and back.

Six programs are included: Therapy, Healthcare, Relax, Circulation, Smart, and Demo. Six different types of massage styles are included, too, such as: clapping, kneading, rolling, shiatsu, Swedish and combo.

No matter whether you have tension in your neck or a deep knot in your lower back, this chair is sure to work out every little kink you have.

Unlike other massage chairs, the OS-4000 lets you control the speed and intensity of the massage to your liking.

Air pressure is available, too, for the upper and lower body. The chair also reclines into the zero gravity position, so you alleviate some of the tension and stress on your back.

With an easy-to-use LCD control, an auto timer function, and adjustable components, this is a chair that everyone will love.

Features at a Glance

  • Zero gravity
  • Six massage programs
  • Six massage types
  • Air pressure
  • LCD controller
  • Arm and hip massage
  • Lower back heat therapy

Click here to learn more about the Osaki OS-4000.

2. Inada Sogno Dreamwave Review

Sale Price:$0.00

Want the best-of-the-best massage chair? It doesn’t get any better than the Inada Sogno Dreamwave. This chair comes in at number two on our list because of its hefty price tag, but this chair truly is a dream.

When we say that this is the most thorough massage chair we have ever tried, we’re not kidding. The Dreamwave offers more than 1,200 square inches of massage coverage.

Just so we’re clear, this chair focuses on the shiatsu massage technique, so it offers gentle stretching. The Dreamwave technology uses a gentle figure 8 motion, too, to mimic the sensation of finger pressure.

Eight pre-programmed massages are included, and there’s even a session designed specifically for younger users (aged 14+).

Of course, this chair also reclines into the zero gravity position for a truly relaxing, therapeutic and blissful experience.

The Inada Sogno Dreamwave is the Rolls Royce of massage chairs. You won’t be disappointed.

Features at a Glance

  • Zero gravity position
  • 8 built-in programs
  • 1,200 square inches of massage coverage – from your head to your toes
  • Shiatsu massage function mimics real hand movements
  • Gentle stretching
  • Black leather

Click here to find out more about the Inada Sogno Dreamwave.

3. Infinity IT-8500 Review

Sale Price:$4,595.00
One of the most advanced chairs in the Infinity lineup. The IT-8500’s sleek design blends seamlessly with its advanced technology and massage techniques. We were blown away by the number of features this chair offers, which include:

  • Lumbar heat
  • Customizable and targeted massages
  • Music function
  • Body scanning
  • Foot rollers
  • Spinal decompression and correction
  • Zero gravity

Five types of massage techniques are built into this chair, so you can enjoy a relaxing or invigorating massage. There are two zero gravity positions, too, which is something we’ve never seen before.

The lumbar heat relaxes your back muscles, while the headphone port allows you to listen to music and drift off to wherever your mind takes you.

The Accu-Roll shoulder massage function will get rid of the tension and stress you’re carrying around, while the waist twist will loosen up those back muscles. Did we mention that this thing will even massage your feet?

On top of all this, the IT-8500 offers airbag pressure massage for the arms, neck, buttocks, shoulders, legs and feet.

There is a lot to love about this chair, and we had a hard time deciding whether it should rank #2 or #3 on our list.

Features at a Glance

  • 2 Zero gravity positions
  • Headphone port
  • V stretch
  • Accu-Roll shoulder massage
  • Lumbar heat
  • Four-wheel massage mechanism
  • Adjustable massage strengths
  • Foot massage

Click here to get more information about the Infinity IT-8500.

4. Osaki OS-1000 Review

Sale Price:$1,295.00
The Osaki OS-1000 is the ideal massage chair for those who are on a tighter budget. It’s just as powerful as the OS-4000, but it’s more affordable. And you still get a full body massage.

The OS-1000 comes with five built-in programs: full body relax, healthcare, therapy, back/lumbar and neck/shoulder.

It has four massage types as well: kneading, kneading and tapping, tapping, and rolling. Plus, you can adjust the intensity to your liking with six level to choose from.

With so many built-in programs, massage types and intensity levels, this is an incredibly versatile chair.

It even offers an air pressure massage function just like high-end models.

With a stroke length of 29”, this chair’s rollers can reach your entire body from your neck to your tailbone.

It doesn’t recline into the zero gravity position, offer a headphone port or heat therapy, but all of the important features are there – which is what really matters.

Features at a Glance

  • 5 Built-in programs
  • 4 Massage types
  • 6 Intensity levels
  • 20 Air bags
  • Manual speed control
  • 3 Width settings

Click here to read more about the Osaki OS-1000.

5. Bestmassage EC-06C Review

Sale Price:$649.99

The Bestmassage EC-06C is one of the most affordable full-body massage chairs on the market. Well-designed and easy to use, the EC-06C gave us an impressive massage.

Power rollers offer shiatsu results to alleviate stress and relax muscles while reducing fatigue and rejuvenating your body.

The Compression and Percussion mode improves mobility, flexibility and posture to keep your spine in good health.

The Chop Action Tapping and Flapping is great for alleviating pain in aching, sore muscles while promoting relaxation and stimulating stressed muscles.

Plus, it reclines into the zero gravity position to gently decompress the spine.

Features at a Glance

  • Shiatsu Results
  • Tapping and Flapping
  • Compression and Percussion
  • Zero gravity position
  • LCD control

Click here to find out more about the Bestmassage EC-06C.

No matter your budget or needs, one of these massage chairs is sure to be the right choice for you. From high end chairs that massage every inch of your body to affordable models that will alleviate all of the tension and stress you’re carrying around, our top five picks have something for everyone. The only thing left to do is pick one, and make an investment in your health.