Although high-end zero gravity massage chairs have been ruling the massage chair industry for quite a long time. Simple Massage chair recliners are still popular among customers for they provide the basic features of a robotic massage chair on low costs.
So what really are the features that make these chairs a normal massage recliner? There are 3 reasons which distinguish them from high-end zero gravity chairs. Obviously enough, the first reason is that they don’t support massage in zero-gravity, but in normal reclining angles.
Second: They look more like normal recliners.
And third: They cost way less than any of the high-end massage chairs.
Think you’ve got enough reasons to give massage recliners a chance? Well then, here are five of the top models of 2017 that provide more than they charge for.
Best Massage Recliner Chairs of 2017
|Brand/Model||Osaki/ OS-1000||Human Touch/ iJoy 2580||HomCom/ Deluxe Massage Recliner||Human Touch/ HT-3300||Best Massage/ Ec06|
|Massage Modes||Kneading&Tapping ,Kneading, Tapping and Rolling||
Rolling, Kneading, Compression, Percussion
|Vibration/ 5 Preset Settings||Rolling, Kneading, Compression, Percussion||Kneading, Rolling, Tapping, Flapping, Compression,Percussion, Shiatsu|
|Max RecliningAngle||170 Degrees||165 Degrees||?||170 Degrees||170 Degrees|
|Cup Holder||No||Yes||Yes (2)||No||No|
|Foot and CalfMassager||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Seat Massage||Yes||No||Yes||Only lower back massage||Yes|
|Neck & Shoulder Massage||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Yes (6 Levels)||Yes (Softening Pad)||No||Yes (Varies with reclining position)||No|
|Warranty||3 Year Warranty||2 Year Warranty||?||3 Year Warranty||1 Year Warranty|
|Price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price|
Osaki OS-1000 Massage Recliner Chair
If you’re familiar with Osaki’s massage products you might have noticed even with the most high-end features they are available at reasonable costs. The Os-1000 is another example of what I just said about Osaki.
At the time of writing this review, this chair is available on Amazon for only $1399 with features that can deliver the finest massage.
The inclusion of one of the longest massage strokes i.e., 29 inches makes this chair perfect for anyone suffering from lower back pain. With this reach the rollers can massage even the most far ends of your tailbone.
The intelligent Quad roller system can develop the massage path according to the specific shape and curvature of every user’s back.
When talking about high-end zero gravity massage chairs; airbag massage might not sound like a deal making feature, but in cheap recliners it actually is! Many of the normal massage recliners I’ve seen only have vibration massage and rollers as a core feature, but this chair not only provides vibration and roller massage, but also has airbags which makes it a winner for the price.
The chair can also provide “tsubo point” targeted neck massage which can be used to relieve your body from mental stress and to provide instant relaxation.
Moreover, the chair lets you alter the massage speed/intensity up to 6 levels making the massage a perfect fit to your mood and desire. This gives you the freedom to try creative massages like the most intense with the slowest or the fastest strokes with the lightest intensity.
1. Massage stroke of 29 inches
2. Tsubo point Neck massage
3. Adjustable Massage intensity/speed
4. Rollers are adjusted accordingly to every back curvature.
5. vibrating seat massage
6. 5 Preset Programs: Health Care, Full Body Relax, Therapy, Neck/Shoulder, Back/Lumbar
7. Wheel casters make it easy to move the chair
1. Doesn’t looks like a normal recliner
2. No heat massage
Human Touch iJoy 2850 Massage Recliner Chair
The iJoy 2850 comes with 3 pre-programmed massage modes capable of setting you free from your back problems. These modes include: refresh entire back, relieve neck and shoulder and relieve lower back.
You can either choose one of these modes or can manually select a massage targeting areas which you think need the most attention. The only problem you might experience with the neck massage is that is doesn’t really covers all of the neck, but the part that joins it with the shoulders.
There is no seat massage in this recliner which means if you can’t compromise on buttock, thigh or glutes massage this chair might not be for you.
One of the best things about this chair is that it doesn’t only looks like a normal recliner, but makes you feel like one when you sit on it. There is a cup holder on the right armrest of the chair that holds any kind of drink you place in it even when it is in action.
There is no automatic function in the chair to adjust massage intensity; instead Human Touch provides a softening massage pad that can be slided in or out to maintain the desired intensity. Customers on Amazon have mentioned that the softening pad works really well when it comes to adjusting massage intensity. You can click here to read all customers reviews for this chair on Amazon.
1. Normal massage recliner look
2. 3 Auto programs including: Entire back refresh, Shoulder and neck relieve, Lower lumbar relief
3. Removable softening pad
4. A cup holder
5. Wheels for improved mobility
1. No heat massage
2. No seat massage
3. No foot or calf massager
4. No airbags
Homcum Deluxe Massage Recliner Chair
The main attractions of this chair are that its’ a rocking chair with heat/vibration massage, 2 levels of adjustable massage speed, and 2 cup holders for less than $500.
The extendable footrest makes the chair look like a normal sofa when not in use.
It has 5 vibrating preset programs that can be used with heat massage, and can rock and spin upto 360 Degrees.
Although, the chair has maintained a really good rating of 4.1 Stars even after getting reviewed 70 + times. There are some drawback in this chair that you might want to take into consideration before going for the purchase.
First of all, almost every negative review has mentioned that the chair can’t automatically recline, but you have to push it backwards to get it in a reclined position which they didn’t find comfortable. And same is the case while extending the footrest with your feet.
Another customer reported that the chair isn’t comfortable for anyone above 5 inches tall as none of his family members were able to fit in the chair. Click here to read all customer reviews.
1. Heat Massage
2. Vibration massage with 5 preset settings
3. 2 Cup holders
4. Adjustable massage speed
5. Normal Recliner Look
6. A rocking chair
1. Back rest can’t automatically recline
2. Footrest requires great muscle power from the back of the legs to extend.
3. Not comfortable for people above 5″ tall
4. Feels like falling ahead while in a rocking position
Human Touch HT-3300 Massage Recliner Chair
Human touch 3300 is one of the most good looking massage recliner chairs available under $1000 (at the time of this review). This chair doesn’t only looks good, but is capable of providing a full body massage which covers your back (from neck to lower back) and foot /calf area.
The chair comes pre-programmed with 3 massage programs: Refresh, Relieve and Release.
The refresh program massages your entire back with a combination of different massage modes developed by Human Touch to provide instant relief. While the Relieve and Release programs are there to target your neck/shoulders and lower back area. Each of these invigorating massage sessions last for 15-minutes.
You can even manually create your own massage by combining or selecting between Kneading, Rolling, Compression and Percussion targeting the area you think needs the most attention.
One of the features that I recommend everyone to have in their massage recliner is a rotatable foot and calf massager. It not only makes your chair capable of massaging a wide range of your body, but also gives it the perfect look of a normal chair recliner when not in use as it is one of the biggest reason why customers prefer to buy recliners instead of heavy and odd looking massage chairs.
The chair is backed by a 3 year solid warranty by Human Touch.
1. 3 massage programs for complete back massage.
2. Rotatable Footrest
3. Normal Recliner Look
4. Change reclining Angle with the push of a button.
5. Different massage intensities at different reclining positions.
1. No heat massage
2. No seat massage
3. No cup holder
BestMassage Recliner Ec-06C
Although, this brand is not that well-known, but still this Shiatsu chair competes head to head with Osaki-1000. There are a lot of features to talk about in this chair so let me start with its intelligent roller system which adjusts itself according to the curvature and structure of your back giving you the massage solely designed for your back needs.
Love massage chairs that reach for the tailbone? Then this might be the best exchange for your money as its extensive massage stroke range allows the massage heads to reach your tailbone.
And it doesn’t ends there! Best Massage has included 20 airbags for lower body massage that can target your buttocks, thighs and calves.
These airbags coordinate with vibration motors to give one of the most intense buttock massage. While it massages your thighs with double-layered airbags.
The massage rollers target the tsubo points high up from the neck to provide instant relaxation from stress.
The chair also supports foot and calf massager with airbags and heat support (for soles and lumbar area) for less than a $1000.
But before you buy this chair make sure you read customers are saying on Amazon. Though, the chair has maintained an overall positive rating from happy customers, there are some negative reviews that complain about poor customer service.
One of the customers mentioned that the company doesn’t sends anyone to repair any flaws, but asked him to find someone to deal with the repairs and the company will pay the bill. Which makes sense because the seller has mentioned in the product details that the 1 year warranty does not includes labor.
If you decide to buy this chair you should be ready to find someone on your own for repairs (if any present), but I would recommend returning it back in the first 30 days to avoid inconvenience. You can click here to read all of the customer reviews.
1. Intelligent Massage Rollers adjust themselves according to your back
2. Extended Range for tailbone reach
3. Heat Massage (Lumbar + foot)
4. Adjustable Massage Intensity
5. Buttock and Thigh massage
6. Foot and Calf Massager
7. Tsubo point targeted neck massage
8. Wheel casters for improved mobility
1. No labour warranty
2. Doesn’t looks like a normal recliner
As a final word, I will divide my recommendations for 2 group of customers. If you’re from the first group that can’t compromise on buying a chair that looks like a normal recliner; Human Touch HT-3300 is the chair to go, as it doesn’t only looks good but also has just the right tools for a perfect massage.
As for the ones who want the most feature-studded chairs no matter how they look on affordable rates, I’d recommend purchasing Osaki OS-1000 or Best Massage Ec06 (If you’re willing to take the risk). Hope this article helped you find the perfect chair of your dreams.