10 Things You Absolutely Must Consider Before Buying Your Massage Chair (Part I)

The massage chair recliner has quickly become a great replacement for traditional physical therapy that most folks will consider when suffering from back pain, neck pain, buttock pain, headaches, and even leg pain and stress.

The vast majority of folks that are looking for a massage chair are experiencing all or some of these symptoms. Massage chairs have been proven to do wonders for each one of these conditions. As a matter of fact, many of my patients that have purchased a massage chair have needed our clinic less and less for treatment of these common maladies.

Some folks just want a nice massage chair that looks good in their living room or office so that they can relax and just listen to their surround sound movie or music system. That’s great too!

Things to Consider When Buying a Massage Chair

But if you are considering investing in a massage chair recliner, there are some things you need to consider before buying. What I’m about to tell you will give you exactly what you need and want to know. It’s not just as simple as sitting in a chair to know if a model is good or not. There are a lot of “behind the scenes” things that this report will point out to you that will help make your buying decision easier. You’ve thought of some of them, like price and looks, but I will cover a bunch of things that have probably never occurred to you. This article is designed to make things clearer for you before shelling out your hard-earned money.

So, what do you absolutely need to know before buying a chair? Since they cover quite a lot of information, we will only discuss the first 2 things that you will need to consider. #3-10 will be discussed in Part II of this topic.

#1. Massage Chair Features

The old massage chairs only provided vibration. Well, today’s chairs should offer the following:

Kneading – also known as “shiatsu”, kneading rolls outward from the spine and feels much like 2 hands alternately rubbing your back. This is why it is said that massage chairs mimic the hands of a licensed massage therapist…kneading is the reason for the comparison.

Percussion/Tapping – this is the light “karate chopping” on a client’s back that you’ve probably seen before on TV. Well, that’s what this feature imitates. Increased blood flow and muscle stiffness relief is the benefit gained. It feels wonderful.

Rolling – in our clinic, we have a $2800.00 table that patients lie on, called a “roller table.” Basically, wheels just roll up and down the muscles on either side of your spine. Here are the benefits: 1.) gentle moving of the spinal bones, and 2.) stretching of the spine and the muscles around it. Patients love it…and the roller table only rolls! Your massage chair should do so much more than just roll (and for a lot less money!).

Foot and calf massager – many of the new chairs have an attached ottoman that has a calf and foot massage feature administered by an airbag system. This feature is a real “must”, especially if you spend a good portion of your day on your feet.

Full recliner – if you want your massage to be as deep as possible, you need to get a chair that has a reclining feature. And the further back the recline, the greater the intensity of the massage. The reclining uses your body weight to make the massage deeper. A lot of chairs don’t recline much farther than 135º. You will want 170 degrees or more for the more intense massage option (by the way, the further back your chair reclines, men, the more it imitates a bed…especially important if you’re ever forced to sleep on the couch!!).

#2. Massage Chair Durability

A well built chair should give you many, many years of wonderful problem-free pleasure. Even though you most likely can’t know how good a motor is or how well built the chair really is, there are some other ways to know if a chair is a workhorse and is going to last a while:

Warranty – a longer warranty will give you greater confidence initially when looking for a chair. You want a company that stands behind their chairs and what greater way to show that than by a warranty. But, beware of long warranties that are so limited that if anything goes wrong there are so many loopholes to not cover your chair that it is as if you had not warranty at all.

Reputation – is the manufacturer of the chair well-known? Are they easily accessible if there ever is a problem? How can you tell? A toll-free customer service phone number to the manufacturer would be great. The length of time in business is probably a good indicator of how good the manufacturer is. Does the chair/company have any professional endorsements?

New vs. Used – there are a lot of used chairs out there, but just like a used car, you never quite know what you are getting. You can bet the warranty has expired, but you have no idea how the previous owner treated the chair. Who knows…maybe it was in a home that had kids jumping on it like a trampoline (that’s exactly what happens in my home!).

In Part II, we will discuss items #3-10.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Real Relax Massage Chair Recliner - Full Body Shiatsu, Zero Gravity, Armrest linkage system,with Heater (Black)
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Real Relax Massage Chair Recliner - Full Body Shiatsu, Zero Gravity, Armrest linkage system,with Heater (Black)
  • Exclusive armrest linkage system design , embedded arm clip can be pulse-type airbag extrusion...
  • Real Relax Full Body Massage Chair: 4 preset automatic different massage programs, zero-gravity...
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  • Easy to assemble: Come with a detailed user manual, it only take you little time to finish assemble.
  • Warranty and Service: Our every massage chair is 100% tested before shipment, and it is backed for 3...
Bestseller No. 2
BCP Leather Massage Recliner and Ottoman Furniture Set W/ Double Padding, Remote
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BCP Leather Massage Recliner and Ottoman Furniture Set W/ Double Padding, Remote
  • Massage recliner and ottoman set are constructed of PU leather and an a metal frame
  • Features 5 pre-programmed massage settings, 9 intensity levels, and 2 modes to knead the upper and...
  • Upholstered cushion on armrests, seat, and ottoman, and a double padded backrest provides supreme...
  • Attached massage controller can be kept away in a right pocket pouch
  • Chair Dimensions: 27"- 46"(L) x 29"(W) x 41"(H) & Ottoman: 20"(L) x 16"(W) x 16"(H); Chair Weight...
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Massage Chair, Back Massager Shiatsu Seat Cushion with Heat and Vibrating, Deep Kneading for Full Back, Neck, Shoulder, Buttocks, FDA Approved, Suitable for Home Office - Sable
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Massage Chair, Back Massager Shiatsu Seat Cushion with Heat and Vibrating, Deep Kneading for Full Back, Neck, Shoulder, Buttocks, FDA Approved, Suitable for Home Office - Sable
  • Ultimate Comfort and Relief: Mimicking manual kneading-pressing manipulation, the massage chair...
  • Heating Function Boosts Blood Circulation: Heating control switch on the neck and back area is set...
  • Perfectly Customized Massage: The included remote can independently controls 3 different areas:...
  • Safety Comes First: Includes FDA approval, UL listed adapter, overheating protection, and a 15...
  • Comfortable Long-Life Design: Breathable back mesh can survive wear-and-tear for continued use; PU...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair Recliner - Zero Gravity, Built-in Heat, Deep Tissue Shiatsu Massage, and Back Stretch
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Medical Breakthrough 4 Massage Chair Recliner - Zero Gravity, Built-in Heat, Deep Tissue Shiatsu Massage, and Back Stretch
  • Doctor Based - The ONLY massage chair designed by over 25 doctors, surgeons, chiropractors, and pain...
  • Unlimited Customization - Recline as far or as little as you want, choose your massage, and adjust...
  • Medical Body Scan - When you first sit in the chair, it will scan your body to perfectly customize...
  • Zero Gravity - This special position distributes your weight evenly across the chair so you will...
  • Chiropractic Back Stretch - The inflatable air bags in the chair will grip your hips and gently...
Bestseller No. 5
Portable Massage Chair Comfort 4' Thick Foam Light Weight Best Massage Brand With Free Carrying Bag BLACK
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Portable Massage Chair Comfort 4" Thick Foam Light Weight Best Massage Brand With Free Carrying Bag BLACK
  • 100% Ultra Soft PU Surface
  • Adjustable seat, hand rest and head rest
  • Color: BLACK, Free Carrying Case
  • Set up size: 29" L x 48" H x 18" W
  • Capacity: 700 LB static, 300 LB working
Bestseller No. 6
New Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Zero Gravity w/Heat
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New Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Recliner Zero Gravity w/Heat
  • 8 massage points inside of the backrest work together with other areas to provide a complete massage...
  • There are 35 air bags placed all over the shoulder, arms, seat, and legs, to massage you gently.
  • 3 preset auto massage programs have different massage methods that to give you the best massage...
  • Footrests extented for taller individuals. Advanced high definition VFD display screen.
  • With zero gravitation design, you feel fully relaxed phisically and mentally.
Bestseller No. 7
Zero Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800 with yoga & heating therapy (Brown)
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Zero Gravity Full-Body Kahuna Massage Chair Recliner LM6800 with yoga & heating therapy (Brown)
  • Upgraded as of 07-2016 - New designed easy to understand manual, Three levels zero gravity, Double...
  • L-Track massage system, 3 stages of Zero Gravity, Computer body scan technology scans your body to...
  • Best warranty service for online massage chair company - Kahuna LM-6800 gives limited warranty for 3...
  • Start your day fresh with Kahuna massage chair! Installation Video on youtube.com available. You can...
  • L-track and heating therapy, auto YOGA stretching function and Kyro function included massage chair....
SaleBestseller No. 8
Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Foot Roller Zero Gravity w/Heat
1 Reviews
Electric Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair Foot Roller Zero Gravity w/Heat
  • 8 massage points inside of the backrest work together with other areas to provide a complete massage...
  • There are 35 air bags placed all over the shoulder, arms, seat, and legs, to massage you gently.
  • 3 preset auto massage programs have different massage methods that to give you the best massage...
  • Footrests extented for taller individuals. Advanced high definition VFD display screen.
  • With zero gravitation design, you feel fully relaxed phisically and mentally.
SaleBestseller No. 9
TOP PERFORMANCE KAHUNA SUPERIOR MASSAGE CHAIR WITH NEW SL-TRACK WITH 6 ROLLERS - SM-7300 BROWN/BLACK (Dark Brown/Black)
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TOP PERFORMANCE KAHUNA SUPERIOR MASSAGE CHAIR WITH NEW SL-TRACK WITH 6 ROLLERS - SM-7300 BROWN/BLACK (Dark Brown/Black)
  • Upgraded as 09/12/2017 - Revised remote controller to more user friendly based on customers...
  • [Total 9 Auto programs including 4 special programs] 5 Auto programs - Yoga Stretching, Fast...
  • A progressive Kahuna chair SM-7300 collaborated with top performing technology embedded with variety...
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  • The SM-7300 functions with 6 rollers provide experience of being massaged by 6 different hands and...
SaleBestseller No. 10
Merax Full Body Massage Recliner Chair 8-Massaging Programs Electric Leather Lounge Chair Massage Chair, Black
  • MASSAGE TECHNOLOGY 8 massage points that can focus on the neck, back and lumbar area, the chair...
  • AIRBAGS TECHNOLOGY There are multiple air bags along the sides and back of the legs and feet which...
  • FULLSIZEEASY-TO-USE REMOTE The remote control presents the large viewing screens to easily visualize...
  • MASSAGE INTENSITY 3 leves of back massage and 5 levels of intensity for the airbags to meet more...
  • AUTO RECLINER AND LEG EXTENSION Rising and reclining mode in back and legs stretches the muscles and...