There is nothing more relaxing, after a long day’s work, than a hot shower and a relaxing massage. The problem is that we cannot always afford to go every evening to massage parlor, and, even if financially that may not be a problem, there is always all that time wasted on getting there and back. Plus, who wants to drive for half an hour after the massage, just to get home? So a massage chair, comfortably placed right in your living room, can be the best choice. Of course, a mechanical touch will never be able to compare to a human expert, but the latest developments in massaging technology, have been able to create a facsimile that comes pretty close. That is why we have been testing and testing dozens of chairs to find the very best, and we have to say it was a delightful experience. Of course, the challenge is not only to find the best massage chair, but also one that will satisfy the most tastes, and, even more importantly, the most pockets. So we came up with the following list, where you can see the best features of each product, and we also gave each chair a review based on the notes we were taking while trying out the chairs.
1. BH Luxury Shiatsu Chair
In our opinion the best massage chair is one that will give you the full range of options you would expect from it, but that does not cost so much that none but the richest people on the planet can comfortably afford one. That is why our number one choice is the reasonably priced, full featured, BH Luxury Shiatsu Chair. The first thing that impressed us about it, right out of the box, was the quality of the workmanship, and the real leather feel of the fabric. Of course, they did not use leather because leather can wear out much faster under constant strain. So they used a Match Leather fabric that feels absolutely great and will last a lot longer. In terms of features, we decided that the BH Luxury Shiatsu Chair is the very best out there because it has those desirable lower arms massage cups. It also has a warm massage feature that can be great in those cold winter days or if you are fighting a cold. In line with the concept of medical use, the chair also has an acupuncture feature, which, although it cannot compete with an acupuncture specialist, does give you the same feeling and pretty similar results. We were also impressed by the fact that the chair has built in sensors so that, once you sit down in it and begin the massage, it will detect exactly what your body shape is and focus your massage on your body and not just go through the motions. Finally, we need to point out that, although this is not the most affordable chair on the market, and, indeed on our list, it is definitely the best value for money you are going to get.
2. Best Massage Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair
If you are willing to give up the lower arms massage feature, you can get for basically the same money, a more luxurious looking chair, the Best Massage Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair. It basically does everything the BH chair does but it does not have the lower arms massage cups. Instead, it has a set of very beautiful arm exposed wood arm rests that do make the chair a more visually pleasing addition to your living room. And once you sit down in it, you can still turn on the massage feature to get a full body massage, turn up the heat to get that type of massage that feels so good in cases of arthritis, or simply use the Shiatsu program that will put you in a state of deep relaxation. The chair reclines back all the way, and the foot rest comes up, so the Best Massage Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair becomes the perfect place for a comfortable afternoon nap.
3. Beautyhealth Shiatsu Arm Hand Massage Chair with Jade Heat Therapy
If money is truly and honestly not a problem, than you do not need to read any other review or think about any other chair than the Beautyhealth Shiatsu Arm Hand Massage Chair with Jade Heat Therapy. It has luxurious looking wooden inserts on the arms of the chair, and it also has lower arms massage cups that slide up and down to massage everything from your elbows to your wrists. It uses a faux leather fabric that really does feel like real leather but will not get worn out by years of massage action. It can give you anything from a Shiatsu massage to acupuncture to a brisk waking up massage in the morning. The Jade heat therapy function can be synchronized with your mp3 player and you can apply the heating pad to whatever part of the body feels painful. This way you can avoid getting too hot when you may only need to apply heat to a very small area of your body.
4. Best Massage EC-69 Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair
If you are working on a budget, but still could use a high quality massage chair right in your leaving room, the best alternative you have is the Best Massage EC-69 Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair. We have already reviewed for you its big brother at on our number 2 spot, so it should come as no surprise that we chose to feature its more affordable alternative here. There are only 2 significant differences between these 2 chairs. They did away with the wooden inserts, which were obviously useless from a massage therapy point of view, and they also removed the side soles massage holders. You can always scooch up your feet and rest them on the lower leg massage holders if that type of massage is important for you, but most people actually need to massage their lower or upper back, and the Best Massage EC-69 does that exceptionally well, for a very reasonable price.
5. Earthlite Vortex Massage Chair
We are going to finish the top 5 portion of our list with a different massage chair concept. The reason why most massage therapists prefer you to come down to their office is because otherwise they would have to lug all over the place their massage table or chair. So why not buy a chair and find a massage therapits that does not mind coming to your home. The Earthlite Vortex Massage Chair is actually an excellent idea even if you do not want to pay for the services of a specialist because it allows your body to fully relax and then either a friend or a loved one can give you a “layman massage” that will still have exceptional results.
6. Comfort Products 60-078011
As we come to the second part of our list, we have set ourselves a limits of 500 dollars to spend on each product. Needless to say, these chairs are nowhere near the level of quality provided by our top 3 best massage chairs, but they are amazingly efficient at dealing with pain, and they are so incredibly cheap. The Comfort Products 60-078011 for one, uses vibration motors to relax your upper, middle and lower back, your thighs and even your calves. We particularly like the fact that the foot stool can be detached from the chair, so it will take up less space if you do not need it.
7. T & D Enterprises Massaging Black Leather Recliner
The interesting thing about a massage chair that only has a vibration function is that it does not have a very big impact on the leather. So T & D Enterprises managed to come up with a black leather chair that not only looks good, but can actually help you relax after a long day at work. The ottoman too has vibrating motors, so you still get the benefits of a full body massage. The one thing that we did not find on the T & D Enterprises massaging chair was a heating function, and after having experienced it on the high end chairs, we must admit that it is a very important feature to help you deal with the pain.
8. Comfort Products 60-425111
Although suede can give a more luxurious and comfortable feel to a chair, it is also a little bit more difficult to maintain, which is why we decided to feature a second Comfort Products chair, the 60-425111. It has the same basic functions, but the faux leather is a lot easier to maintain and to clean up. It also has a lower back heating element, and seeing how most people who need such a chair have to deal with lower back pains, that features makes a lot of sense and will definitely come in handy.
9. BestMassage Black 4″ Portable Massage Chair
Since we featured a human powered massage chair in the first half of our list, we decided to feature on in the second half. The BestMassage Black 4″ Portable Massage Chair looks and feels a lot more mechanical than the Earthlite Vortex Massage Chair, and it is also a lot heavier. However, since this is something you would have in your home, it is not that difficult to get it out of storage every time you need it, and you have to take into consideration that it costs almost less than a third of the price of the Earthlite Vortex Massage Chair.
10. HomCom Executive Heated Vibrating Massage Office Chair
Finally, we decided to feature the perfect chair for your office or your home office, the HomCom Executive Heated Vibrating Massage Office Chair. It is definitely not as relaxing as any of the other chairs we have featured here, but it is an incredibly comfortable chair, and, if you tend to spend a lot of long hours at the office, this chair will undoubtedly make your life a lot easier. It has several vibrating motors and it has that all important heating feature that we find extremely useful in cases of chronic pain. It is not something you can take an afternoon nap in, but it does make an excellent companion to any of the chairs we have featured so far.