Massage Chairs: What to Look for When Buying One

Buying your own massage chair may be a huge investment, so it’s essential to do a little bit of research in advance. When it comes to buying massage chairs, everyone has their own budget and set of requirements, so it’s crucial to ask yourself several questions to make sure you buy a chair that meets your needs.

Who’ll use the massage chair?

The majority of massage chairs are made for those who are about 5’ 10’. If you’re considerably shorter or taller than that, it’s especially vital that you try out the massage chair before buying. For example, if you’re 5’ 3’, your chair’s back rollers will roll about 7 inches too high, meaning that it could massage your neck and neck, instead of your back.

You might need to manually alter the rollers’ and nodes’ position with the control pad each time you sit on the massage chair and this can be inconvenient. Certain massage chairs can adjust to the user’s height automatically by sensing the position of the shoulder tops.

Everyone who’ll be sitting on the massage chair needs to ensure that the seat of the chair is of a comfortable height. Some seats of massage chairs are quite low, which may prove uncomfortable for those who are at least 6 feet tall, as well as those with low back pain, knee, or hip pain.

What features come with the massage chair?

Massage chairs often come with so many features, but the truth is that we only need a few of them. Make sure to fully understand all features in a massage chair before buying one.

If you usually experience muscle tension in some areas of your body, it’s wise to go for a chair that performs a really good job of massaging that part. For instance, some massage chairs come with expandable airbags in the foot and leg area. Others include them in the buttock and hip area.

You should also compare the pressure or intensity of the massage needed. Some massage chairs apply a lighter pressure, while others provide a strong massage. If you want to buy a massage chair, it’s vitally important to give it a test drive for around 15 minutes to ensure that the fit and pressure are alright. Some massage chairs let you decrease or increase the pressure of the massage.

If there are certain massage sequences or strokes you love and you are sharing the chair with others, consider getting a chair that lets you save massage sequences so you don’t have to recreate them the next time you sit on the chair.

Some people prefer an extendable or ottoman leg rest, which lets you sit on your massage chair with your legs raised.

Where will the massage chair be placed?

This is probably the most important factor to consider when buying a massage chair. Do you have enough space for the chair? Where do you want to put it?

Massage chairs tend to be bulky, so that’s why they often end up in the home office or bedroom. While you might think it’d look amazing in your living room, your family members may have a different view. Talk about this with them to find a space that works for all of you.

If you’d prefer a reclining massage chair, it would be impossible to place the massage chair’s back near a wall. Make sure to measure your space before choosing a chair. A salesperson should tell you what amount of space you need for your massage chair to completely recline, and whether the specific model you want will be suitable for your space.

Some massage chairs feature wheels, so they may be moved out of sight or from one room to another. This makes them perfect for those who have no problem moving the chair to their living room, and moving it back to its place when there’s company.

What’s your budget?

In general, massage chairs do cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, don’t base the quality of a chair on its price, and don’t believe that you must buy a top-of-the-range model to get a quality chair. Not everybody will use or needs the features of high end models. What matters is finding the best massage chair at the best price for you.

It you can’t afford a massage chair, you should opt for a massage cushion. You can find it at office supply stores, home goods stores, and on the internet for around a couple hundred dollars. Some stores even allow you try out their floor models first.

What’s the massage chair’s warranty?

Make sure to find out the duration of the warranty and what it contains. An average warranty should cover both parts and labor.

And lastly, if you’re considering investing in a massage chair, be sure to consult your doctor first. Ensure that there aren’t any restrictions on the duration or type of massage you want.