The Best 15 Massage Chairs That You Should Buy: Full Review Focused on Benefits and Features

Read on in our full review that will help you decide which massage chair is the one you should buy.

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If you have ever been to the mall and were made to sit in one of those massage chairs that charged a dollar or two for fifteen minutes of a relaxing, soothing massage, then you know what we will be talking about. These are the modern massage chairs that are made for your use right in your own home. Each of them may be the basic chair with the basic massage features that you have come to expect, or may be those that come with full-blown bells and whistles like some of those we are featuring here. What these all have in common is that they promise to deliver those relaxing massages right in your own place.

If, like us, you have been using massage chairs, you might want to check out this guide to some of the best modern massage chairs we have in the market. We've tried them out and generally recommend all of them to you, because we feel that overall, they are reliable and of good quality. What sets each apart are the different features that will hopefully help you get the most out of them. We trust that you will find the information we deliver enough to help you find out the best modern massage chair in the market. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading this list as much as we had fun testing these chairs.

We found the Infinity Iyashi Zero-Gravity Massage Chair's marketing copy claims quite interesting that we would have wanted to quote them here, but we will not. The copy claims that one of Asia's top modern massage chairs happens to be this one, and that it uses "Ti Chi" (sic) and "Zen Master" techniques in developing its massage technology. However, we found this to be one of the more interesting basic massage chairs in its category, not least because of its key feature: its control apps, which are available for iOS and Android. The apps allow any bluetooth-enabled smartphone to run the massage chair, but more importantly give one a chance to make use of one's music to help run one of the the chair's massage functions itself.

Apart from the synchronized massage function which we mentioned above, there are four other pre-programmed massage modes, namely kneading, tapping, knocking, and shiatsu. Knowing which preset massage modes to use is the final consideration we have to discuss when it comes to choosing a massage chair, because different preset massage modes may work for different parts of the back and body. For instance, there are certain muscles that kneading may work to relieve more than other muscles. Having these presets in mind is even more useful when you have more than one person using the chair. We hope that you enjoyed reading this list of the top 15 massage chairs in the market today. We also hope that the information we provided will help you choose what massage chair to buy.


Yet another in the line of so-called zero-gravity massage chairs that we have reviewed here is the Osaki Zero Gravity Executive Full Body Massage Chair. It is upholstered with polyurethane, which allows for greater comfort and ease while massaging, and as we have found, is as close to real leather as one could get in these types of chairs. The device has a control panel that has a large LCD display, which allows people with limited vision to control the modern massage chair better. It also has a wireless remote so that people do not need to struggle with reaching for the larger control panel while in a reclined position. These features alone make us want to recommend it, but there are more we have yet to mention.

One of these is the number of programmed massages available. Whereas most modern massage chairs would settle for four and at most five, the Osaki Zero Gravity Executive Full Body Massage Chair has six: kneading, tapping, shiatsu, rolling, combination, and Swedish. Another feature, which helps to improve blood circulation and relieve sore muscles, are the heating pads meant to cover the lower lumbar area. The leg and calf rollers can sense how tall a person is, and automatically adjust to the height of a person so that it can offer an appropriately targeted leg massage. Like all zero-gravity chairs, the main seat is full of airbags, strategically positioned at different points around the body. These features help us recommend this chair for those who want the zero-gravity massage experience.


Ever wanted to feel something that is as close to the human touch as you could get? Try the BHealth Premium Massage Chair, which promises to deliver a human hand-like touch to your standard massage chair. The "real humanized mechanism hands," as the manufacturer calls them, deliver six massage functions that can be programmed by remote control: rolling, which aims to stretch the back, kneading, flapping, combined kneading and flapping, Shiatsu, knocking, and vibrating. Each of these functions aim to work on your body, so that you get a full massage experience whatever the function. There is a unique feature on this chair: the armrests move with you as you recline, so that you do not have to adjust the armrests as you recline further. This makes the massage experience more consistent.

One feature which we found intriguing were the heat lamps that are built into the seat, the so-called "jade heating system." It comprises five helium-neon bulbs that generate infrared heat of up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, which is excellent for promoting better blood circulation. Such considerations also factor into choosing a modern massage chair such as the BHealth Premium Massage Chair, but there are also others. For instance, the accessories available are another possible consideration for choosing a chair. One of these is the possibility of a leg rest or an ottoman that comes with the chair to allow one to stretch one's legs out. Some of those we reviewed even have massagers in it. This chair has a footrest which has a built-in massage function, which we would recommend.


The BestMassage Electric Full Body Massage Recliner is one of those recliners that promise to deliver the basic massage functions you will need to improve your body's health. It has four automatic massage programs that can be controlled from the built-in control panel (this device has no remote, which is a slight downside for us): a recovery program, a relaxation program, a muscle extension program, and a refresh program. The system has around 30 airbags positioned at strategic points around the body, and whose intensity can be controlled from a low intensity massage to a high intensity one. These airbags, which inflate and deflate in a certain pattern, aim to improve blood circulation and thus bring healthy nutrients to the muscles when they need them.

When choosing a modern massage chair such as the BestMassage Electric Full Body Massage Recliner, there are two other things one must consider. The first is the level of comfort. Some massage chairs may be a good fit for you more than others. An uncomfortable massage chair may not give the exact health benefits you might need in order to give your muscles a break. Thus, it is best to try finding out, if possible, whether you would fit in the chair nicely. Knowing the dimensions would be important. The second is the strength of the massage. Sometimes, a massage chair's functions might be too strong for you especially if your muscles are relatively fragile, but if you require a stronger massage, look for a modern massage chair that has more protruding massage probes and strong vibration modes. This may be a challenge when shopping online.


If you are looking for a chair that has the most common features of a typical shiatsu massage chair, try the Ideal Massage Shiatsu Massage Chair. It runs programmed massages for time periods of at least five minutes to at most 30 minutes. It has four massage functions for those who are not into more targeted massaging: kneading, spinal rolling, shiatsu, and vibrating. Kneading, as mentioned before, reduces muscle pain and untangles knotted muscles. Spinal rolling helps stretch out the back and is reminiscent of the finger techniques professional masseuses use. Shiatsu uses power rollers to work on one's back to reduce muscle pain and fatigue, while the vibration mode, which operates on the seat cushion, helps dilate blood vessels. These four modes can be operated by remote control.

There are airbags built into the shoulder, arms, feet and calves, and seat area of the Ideal Massage Shiatsu Massage Chair. These have two intensity levels of massaging for these. In addition to these, the feet have six massage balls built in so that these can relieve soreness and improve blood circulation. In fact, one benefit of having a massage in general is improved blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. Having good blood circulation improves the chances of nutritive substances making it to the muscles, thus keeping them strong and healthy, and having good lymphatic circulation helps flush out toxins from the body. That is why having a massage chair is itself a good investment, because it helps the body work better for you and keep your life going for a little while longer.


The Human Touch Whole Body 7.1. Swivel Massage Chair is the seventh iteration of a particular massage chair that promises to deliver a targeted or full body massage experience for your body. It has an exclusive remote system that has a "body mapping" function. Simply tap the area which is in need of massage treatment and the modern massage chair will do the rest. There are five auto-massage programs included in this particular massage chair, which can be triggered by the remote. The first is a full back massage treatment, the second is for the upper back, the third is for the lower back, the fourth is a full body treatment for relaxation, and the fifth is one meant to induce sleep, which we found intriguing.

The system uses four different massage techniques: stretch, flex, tone, and glide. One unique feature is the patented warm air technology which the Human Touch Whole Body 7.1. Swivel Massage Chair uses to loosen up muscles and prepare the body for a more intense massage experience. This feature allows you to relax a bit more, as we found in our own tests. The other unique feature is a foot massage system relying upon the figure-8 massage motion that works on calves and feet. The benefits of this feature is that these can soothe tired and aching feet and improve blood circulation. In order to more finely tune backrest and leg rest adjustment, the swivel chair has two independent motors that move each of these.


Are you looking for a relatively affordable full body zero gravity modern massage chair? Here is the one that you might want to consider. The Real Relax Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair is meant to massage your whole body with a total of eight massage nodes and 35, yes, 35 airbags. The airbags, which pulse back and forth, are located on the shoulders, the armrests, the leg rest, and the seat, covering both the upper and lower back. The vibration mode on the seat covers the upper back, the lower back, the thighs, and the legs. The seat can be heated for added stress relief. What this chair promises to offer is a total massage experience that displaces muscle tension across the entire body, not just in one particular area or areas, something other massage chairs could not offer.

The Real Relax Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair has a three-year limited warranty. This is one other thing you should consider when purchasing a modern massage chair. Warranties help you when parts of your massage chair break down and need replacement. Replacing them may be as easy as removing the affected part, if your chair has a modular design (which is recommended), or a little more complicated, such as sending the whole chair back for repair and/or replacement. A good warranty, in our opinion, should cover the minimum amount of time you intend to use the massage chair so that at least the early kinks could be fixed as soon as possible. That is why the warranty for this chair is quite suitable: three years is a good amount of time.


If you are looking for a simple but effective basic modern massage chair, look no further than the Best Choice Products Massage Recliner Sofa Chair. Like all other basic massage chairs in the market, it has the standard eight massage nodes targeting four focus areas: upper back, lower back, thighs, and legs. The massage chair's remote is tethered to the device so you do not have to worry about the remote getting lost, and it features easy reclining so you do not have to worry about interrupting your massage time too much to adjust your seat. These are some of the features that make this chair interesting for us as a basic massage chair, and we would not hesitate to recommend it on that basis alone.

One thing that also commends itself to us, though, are the number of storage areas and cupholders that the Best Choice Products Massage Recliner Sofa Chair has. There are two storage pockets on either armrest, which is good for stowing small items such as magazines, books, and probably the same valuables you would stow away when having a chair massage. There are two cupholders, one on either side of the modern massage chair, which are meant to hold drinks both hot and cold which you could enjoy while having the massage experience. We enjoy having a cold refreshing drink during the warmer months on one of these cupholders, and a hot, relaxing cup of coffee or cocoa during the colder times. Apart from these small touches, the chair can be heated so that stress can further be relieved.


What differentiates this modern massage chair from the one we just reviewed from the same manufacturer is its design. It has an egg shape where the chair is nestled within its sides, where the two bluetooth speakers are located. The BestMassage Full Body Gaming Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner uses these speakers to deliver one's favorite music, or as the device's name suggests, allows you to hear the sounds of a game being played while seated on the chair. The chair, like the one in #13 above, is meant to deliver the results of a shiatsu massage by means of several massage techniques, such as rolling, tapping, kneading, and chopping. This massage chair is recommended for those who are into gaming and who want to have a good massage while sitting on a comfortable chair.

We are not quite sure how we could fit the BestMassage Full Body Gaming Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner into one of the smaller living spaces we inhabit. This is another of the considerations one must take into account when buying a modern massage chair. You may have a spacious living room in your larger suburban home or something much smaller in your flat or apartment in an urban setting. One way to figure out how a chair would fit in the space you inhabit is to measure the area where you want to put your chair. Then, check online whether your chair matches the dimensions of the area in which you want to place it. If the dimensions are not available after your research, do not hesitate to ask the manufacturer.


One feature that attracted us to the Relaxzen Leisure Recliner Chair was its upholstery, which is a proprietary feature that is as close to the feel of top-quality leather as one could get. This is just the beginning of what the chair could possibly offer. The modern massage chair is in the basic category, with eight nodes targeting four focused areas: the lower back, the thighs, the upper back and shoulders, and the calf area. Its chief limitation is that it is only meant for people 5 feet, 10 inches tall and below, meaning that it cannot really be for taller people. Unlike some of the massage chairs we have reviewed so far, the handheld remote is untethered and can be stored in the conveniently located pouch.

Even a basic massage chair such as the Relaxzen Leisure Recliner Chair can offer plenty of flexibility in the way it massages individual users. There are five pre-programmed massage modes that are meant to target different muscles throughout the body. A user can opt also to focus on one zone, such as the lower back, where muscle tension is severe and where special treatment is needed. One option it shares with most modern massage chairs is its heating function, which helps relieve stress and muscle tension in addition to the massage itself. We often use the lower back massage function because one of us has had trouble with their lower back for years. The effects have been mostly positive, allowing us to recommend this chair for our readers.


Are you looking for a compact but very useful modern massage chair? Try the iJoy Active 2.0 Perfect Fit Massage Chair. The chair is meant to be a space-saving one, meaning that you can fit this into any apartment space that can accommodate the chair. The massage chair has a patented proprietary technology that allows for an intense massage experience, promising to relax you and provide you with a calm and soothing time. The chair can recline to an angle of nearly 180 degrees, which allows you to lie back and relax while the massage is being held. We recommend this particular chair for those who are fond of having a simple massage while having limitations of space. It comes in two colors, espresso and bone, and the one we tried was in espresso, which blended in nicely.

The iJoy Active 2.0 Perfect Fit Massage Chair's remote control is tethered to the device, and can control all the usual basic functions except reclining the chair, which is done manually. The remote control runs the three different programmed massages that this modern massage chair could offer. The first is the "Think" program, which refreshes your entire back by offering a soothing back massage. The second is the "Perform" program, which relieves shoulder and neck tension by focusing on the back and shoulder area. The last is the "Recharge" program, which focuses on relieving tension and muscle pain in the lower back area. The massage chair's space-saving features, combined with the preprogrammed massage sessions, allowed us to fit it into our relatively small living space while delivering what we consider to be a more than adequate massage experience.


Are you interested in using a chair for a zero-gravity full body massage? Then look no further than the Human Touch Zero-Gravity Novo Full-Body Massage Chair, the first of many products we will review from this somewhat prominent massage chair maker. A zero-gravity massage is meant to unload weight off one's spine so that one could relax more, but this is just the beginning. The L-track massage technology that is part of this chair stretches the spine so that the lower back may be rejuvenated. In addition, the lower lumbar's muscles are soothed using a hot air technique which, while massaging those muscles, relieves muscle pain and tightness. It also has a foot and calf massager that allows even the tallest persons to have a good foot massage to relieve the muscles there.

What comes with the Human Touch Zero-Gravity Novo Full-Body Massage Chair? The chair has an LCD controller that can program massage intensity adjustment, width and massage speed, kneading speed, user height adjustment, foot roller speed, stretch duration, and massage duration. The modern massage chair also has 30 different programs to choose from if you want a particular kind of massage, whether it is a shiatsu massage or one of several other types. These programs can be targeted along a particular focus area or the whole body. We tried using this chair for a full body massage and we can report that a good fifteen-minute session would be able to loosen some of the tight muscles we had over an intense workout, and the bluetooth speakers added a dimension of relaxation by playing our favorite soothing music.


This is one of several products by the same manufacturer we put on this list, and these often fall into the basic category of massage chairs. The BestMassage Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Bed allows you to have a shiatsu-type massage at home, and features five different massage techniques in one chair. The first is the rolling technique, which simulates the use of the rotating finger to achieve a direct massage effect. The second is the kneading technique, which relieves muscle pain and undoes knotted muscles within the body. The third is the compression and percussion technique, which works on the legs to improve their mobility, flexibility, and posture. The fourth is the chop action tapping and flapping technique, which aims to reduce soreness and loosen stiff muscles, among other things. The last technique is the roller one, which aims to reduce muscle stress and fatigue.

One thing to consider when purchasing a massage chair such as the BestMassage Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Bed is this: how much are you willing to spend for a chair? There are massage chairs available for all types of budgets, from the relatively affordable basic chairs to those that have all the special features such as bluetooth speakers and multiple massage air bags. Your budget will also determine how durable your chair will be: even if you consider it a good investment to have your own massage chair at home, you may wonder whether it will last long enough to be something worth spending a lot of money upon. Many negative reviews of products arise from having products that seem to be worth it but are often defective when delivered.


One of two versions of the same massage chair, the Human Touch iJoy-2580 Premium Robotic Massage Chair has three built-in massage functions. One aims to refresh one's back. The other aims to offer relief to one's neck and shoulder. Still another aims to release tension in the lower back, often a source of soreness and pain. The manufacturer claims, and we can verify this, that each of the programs replicates the four standard techniques used in massage therapy to help relieve pain and tension on your back. The control panel is built into the chair and is conveniently located so that you do not have to reach for it when you need to adjust a setting. This convenience is just one reason we recommend this chair.

We have just said that small touches count, and with the Human Touch iJoy-2580 Premium Robotic Massage Chair, there are three such small touches. One is a removable massage pad, so that one can adjust the intensity of the massage as the force of the massage is absorbed through the pads. The other is the built-in cup holder, which allows you to enjoy a refreshing cold or a reinvigorating hot one while you are being massaged. Best of all, the chair has an auxiliary power outlet. The auxiliary power outlet allows you to charge your electronic devices, most especially your smartphone or tablet. One last thing we have to say about this modern massage chair is that its size is compact enough to fit even the smallest spaces.


The HomCom Deluxe Massage Recliner Chair has polyurethane upholstery that is quite close to leather. It promises to deliver comfort the second you sit down on it. It fully reclines, rocks, and spins 360 degrees. This allows you maximum flexibility of movement that you might need when you want to turn around to talk to someone or just lean back and relax. The chair can be heated, which allows you to soothe your back and relieve that pain. And for added pain relief, there are five built-in massage functions delivered by eight nodes, which are operated with a touch of a button. The vibrations help promote healthy blood circulation, as the manufacturer claims. Those are just some of the touches that help us consider this worth recommending.

One of the nice touches about the HomCom Deluxe Massage Recliner Chair is its built-in pair of cupholders, which puts it a bit above the very basic category. Having cup holders allows you to have a hot or a cold drink at hand while relaxing and giving your body a break. The eight nodes are grouped into four focal areas which deal respectively with your legs, your lower back, your upper back, and your head. There are two speeds and a heated massage function so you can adjust the pace and speed of your massage. We tried this one fall evening and we found this to be a good, relaxing addition to our home. It provided us with a massage where it mattered and offered us room for the warm tea we were having.


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