Best Massage Chair Under 1000 Dollars Review

TL;DR Summary

We give you six different massage chairs that can fit your tight budget, and here's an overview of what they offer:

Best Massage Chair Under $1000 Comparison Table

Best Massage Chair Under $1000

Human Touch Volito

Human Touch iJoy 4.0

HoMedics HMC-100 Compact Massage Chair - Massage Chair Under 1000

Homedics HMC-100-AB

Apex iCozy

Synca CirC

BestMassage EC 06

Rating

4.33

4.08

4.04

3.63

3.54

3.33

Price

$$$$

$$$ ½

$$ ½

$$$

$$$$

$$$ ½

Style

Easy Chair

Massage Chair

Gaming Chair

Gaming Chair

Massage Chair

Massage Chair

Track Design

S-Track, Quad Rollers

L-Track, dual massage system, quad rollers

L-Track and Dual rollers

L-Track and Dual Rollers

L-Track and Dual Rollers

S-Track and Quad Rollers

Airbags

None

None

None

2

10

30

Calf & Foot Massage

Exceptional “figure 8” paddle system

None

None

None

None

Yes, airbag and rollers

Extras

Zero-G seating! Hide away ottoman

Built-in USB port

Four pre-programmed massage routines, two massage techniques, and heated massage rollers!

MP3 support (Bluetooth connectivity to speakers)

Lumbar heat, intensity adjustment, ambient lighting, waist twist (sort of)

Slightly heated rollers, plus lumbar heat

Pros

A superb, well priced model, offered by one of the giants in the industry. Well deserving of top honors here.

A well-priced, basic massage chair that looks great and is easy to use. The chair’s aesthetic is based on a classic easy chair design, the iconic “Egg Chair,” by Arne Jacobsen.

It’s a massage gaming chair! One of the cheapest hybrid-track massage chairs you’ll find, and it offers heat along the entire massage track.

It’s a massage gaming chair! One of the cheapest Hybrid-Track massage chairs you’ll find.

An incredibly feature-rich design for the money.

Heated calf and foot massage. Surprisingly good air massage. Best roller-based massage in its price range, mostly on account of the addition of the Shiatsu technique.

Cons

S-Track limits massage area. At the top end of our price range.

No real extras, with the biggest loss being the lack of a foot or leg massage, although you can buy a foot massager separately that works well with the chair.

Dual rollers don’t deliver the same quality as quad rollers.

Only two airbags and no calf and foot massage at all. Dual rollers don’t deliver the same quality as quad rollers.

Some of the features (esp. waist twist) are poorly implemented. Massage quality suffers due to the use of dual rollers.

Pricey. S-Track limits massage area. Body scanning tech isn’t the best, and there’s no manual roller adjustment option, which may leave you with a substandard massage in some cases.

Our Verdict

An exceptional find, both beautiful and capable. You’ll be proud to own this chair, and it’ll look great in whatever room you decide to put it in.

A great choice for casual users who are looking for a basic, no frills massage chair, offered by an outstanding company, especially if you prefer this one’s aesthetic over our winner.

Recommended for gamers or budget shoppers who don’t mind the gaming chair aesthetic and are looking for a bargain priced chair with some genuine therapeutic value.

Recommended for gamers.  Other users will find a better value elsewhere.

It’s a compact, surprisingly feature rich chair with a lot to offer. If you can live with the sometimes-spotty feature implementation, we recommend it.

Recommended, if none of the other models presented here are what you’re looking for. It’s a solid, well-rounded chair.

Our Top Pick

Human Touch Volito

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

An exceptional find, both beautiful and capable. You’ll be proud to own this chair, and it’ll look great in whatever room you decide to put it in.

PROS

A superb, well priced model, offered by one of the giants in the industry. Well deserving of top honors here.

CONS

S-Track limits massage area. At the top end of our price range.

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Best Value for Money

Human Touch iJoy 4.0

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

OUR VERDICT

A great choice for casual users who are looking for a basic, no frills massage chair, offered by an outstanding company, especially if you prefer this one’s aesthetic over our winner.

PROS

A well-priced, basic massage chair that looks great and is easy to use. The chair’s aesthetic is based on a classic easy chair design, the iconic “Egg Chair,” by Arne Jacobsen.

CONS

No real extras, with the biggest loss being the lack of a foot or leg massage, although you can buy a foot massager separately that works well with the chair.

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Runner Up

HoMedics HMC-100 Compact Massage Chair - Massage Chair Under 1000

Homedics HMC-100-AB

RATING

PRICE

$$​½

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for gamers or budget shoppers who don’t mind the gaming chair aesthetic and are looking for a bargain priced chair with some genuine therapeutic value.

PROS

It’s a massage gaming chair! One of the cheapest hybrid-track massage chairs you’ll find, and it offers heat along the entire massage track.

CONS

Dual rollers don’t deliver the same quality as quad rollers.

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Runner Up

Best Massage Chair Under 1000 Apex - Chair Institute

Apex iCozy

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for gamers. Other users will find a better value elsewhere.

PROS

It’s a massage gaming chair! One of the cheapest Hybrid-Track massage chairs you’ll find.

CONS

Only two airbags and no calf and foot massage at all. Dual rollers don’t deliver the same quality as quad rollers.

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Also Good

Synca CirC

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

It’s a compact, surprisingly feature rich chair with a lot to offer. If you can live with the sometimes spotty feature implementation, we recommend it.

PROS

An incredibly feature-rich design for the money.

CONS

Some of the features (esp. waist twist) are poorly implemented. Massage quality suffers due to the use of dual rollers.

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Honorable Mention

Best Massage Chair Under 1000 EC06 - Chair Institute

BestMassage EC 06

RATING

PRICE

$$$½

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, if none of the other models presented here are what you’re looking for. It’s a solid, well-rounded chair.

PROS

Heated calf and foot massage. Surprisingly good air massage. Best roller-based massage in its price range, mostly on account of the addition of the Shiatsu technique.

CONS

Pricey. S-Track limits massage area. Body scanning tech isn’t the best, and there’s no manual roller adjustment option, which may leave you with a substandard massage in some cases.

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Finding the right massage chair can be a real challenge, because the good ones aren’t cheap. But if you’ve managed to scrape somewhere in the neighborhood a thousand bucks, and are looking for the best massage chair under 1000, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve scoured the industry for the best of the best in this price range, and have evaluated six finalists against each other to find our best pick for overall winner.

While none of these value-priced chairs can truly be called feature rich, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what they are capable of. Moreover, there’s a lot to talk about here, because each model we’re going to take a closer look at brings something unique to the table.

If, in the final analysis, you disagree with our best overall pick, that’s fine, too. Everybody has different tastes and preferences, and any of these will serve you well.

Top 6 Massage Chairs Under $1000 In More Detail

Human Touch ZeroG Volito Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

4.33

Summary

A solid, budget-priced massage chair that features zero-gravity seating! If this is a must-have feature for you and you’re on a budget, then the Human Touch Volito Massage Chair is just the thing. Recommended for hobbyists, and people who suffer from chronic pain to their legs and calves.

Overview

We’ve reviewed a number of Human Touch chairs on this site, and in almost every case, the aesthetic of whatever design we’re talking about features prominently. That’s because Human Touch has been designing the most beautiful (or at least visually interesting) chairs on the market for years, and the little Volito is no exception.

It’s a good-looking piece of furniture in its own right and is one of only a handful of massage chairs in its price range that features a hideaway ottoman, so when the chair’s not in use, it’s not immediately obvious that it’s a massage chair at all. It just looks like an attractive, modern easy chair.

Given the price range we’re looking at, it almost certainly won’t come as a huge surprise that this chair isn’t blessed with an abundance of features like you find on more expensive models, but it’s got the basics covered and what it does, it does very well indeed.

What You’ll Love About The Volito

  • An S-Track with quad rollers – The current industry standard, delivering an exceptional massage experience that starts at your shoulders and goes to the small of your back.
  • One Zero G seating position – A real surprise on a chair offered in this price range. Normally you only find Zero G seating options on more expensive chairs. Granted, you only get a single Zero G seating position, but the fact that the feature is present at all is nothing short of amazing.

    By placing you in a position where your knees are elevated slightly above your heart, it not only leaves you with a feeling of weightlessness, but it also allows for a deeper, more penetrating massage.
Side view of a black Human Touch Volito in zero-gravity position
  • The previously mentioned hideaway ottoman – It’s a small detail, but exactly the kind of ‘extra’ we’ve come to expect from Human Touch. It basically puts your massage chair in stealth mode when you’re not using it to get a nice, relaxing massage, appearing for all intents and purposes to be a comfortable easy chair.
  • An exceptional calf and foot massage – Most massage chairs use either rollers or airbags in the leg massage ports to render massage in this area. The Volito takes a different approach, using a series of paddles that move in a figure-8 configuration. It sounds strange, but the results are surprisingly good. We were impressed, and we think you will be too!
    It’s a great feature implementation that gives the Volito a powerful therapeutic feature. If you spend several hours of every day on your feet, this will probably be your favorite aspect of the chair.
  • A zone massage function that allows you to focus the rollers in the areas that hurt the most, providing all the relief you could ask for. You can choose to focus the rollers on either your upper back, your lower back, or just let the rollers roam freely across your entire back.

In addition to all that, it’s got a delightfully small footprint. Most massage chairs really fill up whatever room you put them in, but the Volito isn’t much bigger than a standard living room easy chair, making it ideal for people who don’t have a lot of space to work with.

Finally, it’s got a well-designed remote control that’s simple and intuitive, no more complicated than a standard TV remote. You’ll be able to master the basic in a matter of minutes.

Weak Points And Limitations of the Design

Despite the various good features we mentioned above, this is still a massage chair that’s (barely) in the sub $1000 range and as such, it’s got limitations. Here are the main ones to be mindful of:

Side view of the Human Touch Volito in upright position
  • You don’t get any advanced massage techniques. The Volito offers kneading, percussion and rolling style massage. You won’t find Shiatsu, Swedish, or other advanced techniques here.
  • No body stretching, either. That’s not a surprise, given the price, but it’s worth mentioning. If you need body stretching for therapeutic reasons, you’ll almost certainly want to save up a bit more and get a more robust chair.
  • There’s no 3D body scanning technology incorporated in the chair. Instead, you’ll need to manually adjust the rollers via the remote to make sure they hit all the right spots on your back.
  • No heat – if there’s one thing we’d love to have seen added to the Volito, it would be heat in some form or fashion, at the very least in the lumbar area, but ideally in the footwells too. Sadly, heat is not part of the Volito’s design specs.
  • No airbags – Most massage chairs offer a combination of rollers and airbags, giving you two different massage options. Their conspicuous absence here is for two reasons: First, it’s a simple cost-saving measure
  • No MP3 support – it’s a small detail, and its absence certainly isn’t a deal breaker, but be aware that this model does not offer MP3 support.

Other than the addition of heat, there’s really nothing we’d change about the little Volito. Anything we’d add would increase the cost, in some cases significantly, which would take it out of the sub-$1k price range. This is a great chair, and one you’ll be proud to own. It’s well-deserving of top honors here.


Human Touch iJoy 4.0 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

4.08

Summary

The Human Touch iJoy 4.0 is a beautifully designed, well-built, basic massage chair, offered by one of the industry’s leading companies. Recommended for casual users on a budget.

Overview

Although the iJoy 4.0 didn’t rank quite as highly as our winner, the Volito, we love the aesthetic this chair brings to the table. It bears an eerie similarity to Arne Jacobsen’s legendary “Egg Chair” which is a classic, timeless design beloved the world over. That makes it an exceptional, great-looking addition to any home.

While we love the look of the chair, the reason that it placed second is that it’s just not as robust a massage chair as the Volito. Even so, it’s got the basics well-covered and it gives a superb basic, no-frills massage.

Features You’ll Love The Most

Two things really jump out at us about this model.

L-Track + Roller Massage

The first is the fact that the iJoy 4.0 is built around a delightfully long L-Track that extends well under the seat, allowing the rollers to render not just a back massage, but also knead the tension out of your glutes and the backs of your thighs.

Note that the chair’s massage is entirely roller-based. There are no airbags on this model. Even better though, is the fact that there are actually two sets of quad rollers, one in the seat back and a second set in the seat itself.

Both sets of rollers are controlled via Human Touch’s proprietary FlexGlide 360 control system and can be operated independently, allowing you to enjoy what amounts to two simultaneous massages.

It’s the first time we’ve seen a roller-based massage implemented in this way, and we have to say we like it very much. Although the iJoy 4 is currently the only chair in the Human Touch lineup to offer that feature, we’d love to see it in some of the company’s more expensive models eventually.

Human Touch iJoy 4.0 Review FlexGlide Rollers
Tech Cradle of the Human Touch iJoy 4.0
Easy to Use

Second, we love the fact that the iJoy is incredibly easy to use. The wired remote contains an even dozen buttons, which makes it significantly simpler than most TV remotes.

Even better, those buttons are clearly marked and quite intuitive, which means that even if you don’t consider yourself to be a tech savvy person, you’ll be relaxing in your new favorite chair and enjoying your first massage just minutes after it arrives at your door.

That said, bear in mind that this chair only offers a basic massage, so you won’t find much in the way of features here.

Limitations of the Chair

Most of the things on this list aren’t genuine negatives, they’re consequences of the design philosophy that drove the chair’s development. In a bid to keep the cost down, the company had to, by definition, put hard limits on what they could offer, feature-wise.

Consider this list then to be things to be mindful of, rather than negatives. In our view, the iJoy doesn’t really have any negatives. What it does, it does very well, but its small number of features will make it a poor choice for some people. Here are the key things to keep in mind:

Human Touch Volito Brown and Black variant
  • There are only two massage techniques on offer: Kneading and Gliding. No advanced techniques.
  • The are four pre-programmed massage options, and they all default to fifteen minutes in duration. There’s no way to adjust the massage timer, although the obvious workaround is to simply push the button again when your fifteen minutes of bliss is up.
  • There are no leg massage ports, which means there’s also no foot or calf massage on offer here.
  • Finally, this chair does not offer heat, Zero-G seating, or any other “extra” commonly found on more expensive models, although curiously, you will find a handy USB port which will enable you to keep your phone charged while you listen to your favorite music in the chair.

If all you want is a great looking chair that offers an outstanding basic massage to help you unwind at the end of a long, hectic day, this is a strong contender. Unfortunately, if you have therapeutic needs, this one is going to leave you underwhelmed, with the biggest missing element being the lack of a calf and foot massage.

Note, however, that the company does sell a separate module that can address that function if you just have to have this model, although its addition will put it above the $1k threshold established at the start of this review.


Homedics HMC-100-AB Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

4.04

Summary

The HMC-100 is a real hidden gem of a massage chair, offered by a respected company in the industry and offering more features than you might think. Recommended for anyone on a budget, although its therapeutic value is somewhat limited.

Homedics is a medium-sized, well-respected company in the home health market. This chair was designed and built for them by Cozzia, which occupies more or less the same space in the massage chair market, making them a good, natural fit for strategic partnerships like this.

It should be noted that the designers chose to stick with the basics. You won’t find a broad or deep feature set here, but it makes up for that by having the basics well-covered and providing genuine therapeutic value for an almost shockingly modest price.

Size and Max Supported Weight

One thing to mention before we get into the massage particulars though, is that this is a smallish model, with overall dimensions of 37.25” x 24.5” x 38.75” and weighing in at just over fifty pounds. Those details matter because they impact the chair’s maximum supported weight, which is just 200 pounds, making it the model with the lowest weight limit on our list of finalists.

All that to say that although this is a remarkable little chair, little is the operative word here. It simply may not be big enough to meet your needs. If it is, you’re going to love what it has to offer, and we’ll look at that next.

L-Track and Dual Rollers

In terms of massage capabilities, this model is built around an L-Track and dual rollers. The L-Track allows your massage to begin at your shoulders and extends down under the seat to massage your glutes and thighs.

Although the 100-AB doesn’t boast leg massage ports, which means you don’t get a calf or foot massage, the track is long enough to give you a surprisingly good and quite extensive massage.

The current massage chair industry standard is to use quad rollers, and as we mentioned, this chair utilizes dual, so there is some loss in massage quality. That’s unfortunate, but certainly not unheard of in this segment of the market.

Massage Programs

In addition to having good bones, the 100-AB also offers a surprising level of massage customization and convenience. There are four pre-programmed routines built into the remote, giving you one-touch massage functionality which makes it delightfully easy to use. Even if you have a bit of a phobia when learning to use high tech gadgets and gizmos, this chair is super easy to set up and start using right away.

Easy to Use

The remote has only a very slight learning curve to begin with and the presence of the automated massage routines makes it even easier to learn and master.

Massage Techniques

You can also select from between the two offered massage techniques (Tapping and Shiatsu, which is a wonderful surprise!), and further modify your massage experience by adjusting the intensity level. Sadly, even on the most intense setting, the massage you get falls short of being a deep tissue experience, but it still feels amazing.

Heated Massage

Hands down though, the best feature of this chair is the fact that it comes with heated massage rollers! As good as a massage feels, heat always manages to make it better and offers genuine therapeutic value to boot.

We were impressed to see the Shiatsu massage technique offered here, but to combine it with heated rollers for such a modest price is simply unbelievable. It’s an amazing combination of features that really sets this model apart from the competition.

Not every massage chair offers heat, and most of the ones that do only offer it in a very limited area, usually confined to the lumbar region of the chair. By heating the rollers themselves though, you get the benefits of heat along the entire massage track which, in our view, is hands down the way to go.

A Few Things to Consider

Having said that, this model does have some limitations to bear in mind:

  • The modest weight limit
  • This chair does not recline at all
  • While the chair offers body scanning technology which adjusts the position of the rollers to align with the pressure points on your back, if the body scan doesn’t get it right, there’s no way to manually tweak the roller position, which can sometimes lead to a suboptimal experience

Even given those limitations, however, we love this little chair. It is well-deserving of a spot on our list of finalist, and we recommend it without reservation.


Apex iCozy Massage Chair

Apex iCozy Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

3.63

Summary

Much cheaper than most budget options, the Apex iCozy Massage Chair offers an astonishingly good massage experience despite its limitations – an excellent choice for anyone on a budget. Plus, its built-in speakers make it an exceptional gaming chair.

The primary reason that the iCozy didn’t score higher in our overall rankings is the fact that not everyone likes the low-slung style of gaming chairs.

Side view of the Apex iCozy

Hybrid L/S Track​ + Two Airbags

Its standout feature is the presence of the Hybrid L/S-Track, which delivers a roller-based massage that starts at the neck and goes down past the small of the back, under the seat and onto the glutes and the backs of the thighs.

One thing we were a bit mystified with about the chair is the two airbags.

Given that there’s only two, this feels like a bit of an afterthought. It’s not enough to render a good massage, and indeed, the airbags are only there to give a mild thigh massage.

Our view is, the model would be better served by stripping those out and upgrading to quad rollers, which would have improved its overall score by allowing the design to focus on what its best at.

Additional Features​

In any case, in addition to the long massage track, the iCozy has a few other features you’ll enjoy, including:​

  • Multiple techniques (kneading, tapping, rolling, and a combination of kneading and tapping – so it covers all the basics)
  • Extra cushioning, making it ideal for sitting for extended periods (a nod to gamers, for certain)
  • Bluetooth MP3 support and speakers in the headrest
Speakers of a red Apex iCozy massage chair

There’s no way to adjust the intensity of the massage you get, but the designers did make it possible to remove the extra padding, which is a manual workaround that indirectly increases intensity as desired. It would be better to have an option on the remote, but it’s not a horrible alternative.

All things considered, this one is a solid design that falls somewhat short of greatness. It is, nonetheless, an awesome chair for the right person.​


Synca Wellness CirC

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

3.54

Summary

A hidden gem of a chair! Small enough to fit into even tiny rooms, and yet, surprisingly robust and feature-rich, given its modest price. The Synca Circ Massage Chair is recommended for casual or hobbyist users, though it does offer some therapeutic value as well.

Overview

The Synca Wellness CirC is a pleasant surprise. Aesthetically, it’s quite similar to the Apex iCozy, but it has a very different feature set.

Granted, it’s not without its issues and limitations, but this model impresses by offering a broad range of features you don’t typically find in chairs at this price range.

Highlights 

Here are the highlights, and the features we think you’ll like best:

  • It’s an L-Track massage chair – Unfortunately, it’s also a relatively small design, so the track length clocks in at a modest 34” in length. Even so, if you’re an average sized person or shorter, it wills serve you well, giving you a decent massage that starts at your shoulder blades and extends under the seat to loosen the muscles in your glutes and the backs of your thighs.
  • The simple mini-remote gives you the ability to adjust the roller intensity to taste, selecting from three different intensity settings. Sadly, there’s no way to adjust the roller speed in similar fashion.
  • It comes with lumbar heat, which gives the CirC a solid therapeutic benefit.
  • It also has a small number of airbags (ten in all) and is capable of rendering a decent airbag-based massage to your glutes, hips and thighs.
  • You can adjust the roller intensity, which is a bit of a rarity on chairs offered in this price range.
  • And it’s got five massage programs, based around its three massage techniques: kneading, rolling and tapping.

It even has a pair of amber LED lights on the sides to provide mood lighting for some additional relaxation.

One thing to be aware of, however, is the fact that this model is really small as massage chairs go. In fact, it’s so small that people frequently ask if it’s a chair designed for children. It isn’t, although of course kids can enjoy a massage in it too.

Given its small size though, if you’re a taller person (say, 6’ or more), this just isn’t the chair for you.

Limitations

All of the above are good things but the CirC does have some limitations to be aware of.

(Relatively Old) Technology

First and foremost is the fact that the chair utilizes older technology in the form of dual rollers and “first generation” airbags.

A pink, wine, and black Synca Circ massage chairs

That’s not inherently a bad thing. After all, both were industry standards at one point. The problem is that both the industry and the technology that drives it have progressed.

It’s not that the CirC gives a bad massage. It’s actually quite good because the core features are well-implemented, but it’s still inferior to a massage you’d get from quad rollers and more advanced airbags.

Limited Adjustment Options

The second thing to be aware of is the fact that this chair doesn’t offer any way to adjust the position of the rollers. Almost every massage chair on the market today comes with either body scanning technology that adjusts the rollers automatically, or it offers buttons on the remote allowing you to manually tweak the roller positions. The CirC offers neither, which in our view, is the single biggest weakness of the design.

Unfortunately, if the rollers don’t hit the spots you want or need them to, you’re left having to adjust your seating position to make it work as best you can. Obviously, that’s an imperfect solution.

No Recline and No Leg Massage

The other big weak point in the design is the fact that this chair doesn’t recline at all and doesn’t have leg massage ports, so you won’t get a calf or foot massage from the base model.

It should be noted, however, that the company sells an ottoman separately that will fulfill that function. Buying it though, pushes the cost of the chair above the $1k threshold established at the start of this review, so we didn’t count it when evaluating the model.

There are other limitations, of course, like the inability to adjust the default fifteen-minute massage timer or control the temperature of the offered heat, but those are rarities even on more expensive models and it’s not really fair to hold their absence against a chair that works hard, and mostly succeeds at being a good, budget-priced offering.

On the whole, the pros handily outweigh the cons where the CirC is concerned, and as long as you’re under six feet tall, you’ll be impressed by this chair, especially if you don’t have a lot of space to work with and are looking for something that won’t utterly dominate whatever room you put it in.

Front of the Synca Circ massage chair in wine color

BestMassage EC 06

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

3.33

Summary

A solid, but unexceptional budget-priced chair with just enough features to make it interesting. The BestMassage EC 06C massage chair is a great option for hobbyist and casual users.

BestMassage is one of those off-brand companies that sells products in the US. You have to be somewhat careful when dealing with them because they’ve got extremely limited support, so if and when something goes wrong, you may or may not get any meaningful help or customer service.

As to the EC 06 itself, it has undeniably good bones. You can tell that the designers worked hard to include as many popular features as they could, will still keeping the chair affordably priced, and if they had succeeded in implementing all of them, this would probably be the best chair on the list.

Unfortunately, there’s a difference between offering a feature and implementing it well, and this is where the EC 06 falls short.

S-Track and Quad Rollers​

The S-Track and quad rollers give it, at least in theory, the best roller-based massage of any chair on the list. Unfortunately, their Body Scanning Tech isn’t quite up to industry standards, and sometimes, the rollers don’t go where you want or need them to, and there’s no way to manually correct for it on the remote.

That can leave you disappointed in the results you get.

The chair also includes an entirely separate set of rollers devoted solely to neck massage. A very good idea, but it suffers from the same Body Scanning Tech limitations as the back rollers. If the Body Scanning Tech gets the positioning wrong, you’re in for an uncomfortable massage.

Side view of Bestmassage EC06 massage chair in fully reclined position

Massage Techniques

Regarding techniques, the EC 06 offers:​

The presence of an advanced technique, rendered by quad rollers is excellent, and one of the best aspects of the design. The fact that these can be modified via the remote through three different intensity levels, and that the chair also offers a trio of pre-programmed massage options makes it even better.

Heat Function

The stand-out feature, though, is extensive heat. So, if you’re looking for a chair that provides therapeutic heat across much of your body, then this is the chair you want, despite its flaws and shortcomings.

Not only does the chair offer both lumbar and foot heat, but the rollers themselves are (slightly) heated, which enhances the overall experience, again, provided the Body Scan doesn’t let you down.

Of particular interest here is the fact that the heat in the leg massage ports is centered not on the calves, which is the way most companies do it, but on the soles of the feet.

This makes the chair especially attractive to those who spend several hours of every day on their feet, and this chair is one of only a very few models to offer this implementation, at any price.

Side view of an upright Bestmassage ECO6 massage chair

No Foot Rollers

On the downside, there are no foot rollers to help with the massage, which makes the overall experience a bit less impactful than it could be.

Our view of the model is that it was an exceptional effort, and our hope is that the company will stick with it and continue to refine and polish their feature implementations. If they do, then they’re going to be a company to watch, because all the ingredients are present to make this a world-class offering.

Some Considerations

Although this chair is more feature rich than the other models we’ve talked about so far, there are two reasons it only got an honorable mention:

  • First, it’s an off brand, which means limited support when things start going wrong with the chair.
  • Second, although the EC06-C has a lot of features on offer, the company just doesn’t implement them as well as other companies, and implementation matters.

Also, while the chair offers a good air massage via its thirty First Generation Airbags and a calf and foot massage that is both airbag and roller based, the execution of those features leaves a bit to be desired.

Many users have complained that the rollers are too harsh. The most common workaround users have come up with is to wear an extra pair of socks when using the chair, as there’s no way to adjust the massage intensity. Something to keep in mind if this is your model of choice!

Standout Feature

If we had to name a single feature as the stand-out for the design, it would probably be the air massage, although the single Zero-G seating position would be a close second. Our biggest problem with this design is that it doesn’t have a clear-cut stand-out feature because none of them are executed especially well.

The air massage is good, but not remarkable, and the other features are (for the most part) competently executed, but there’s nothing that jumps out at you and makes you want to pick this model over some other.

Having said that, it does remix some of the features that a few of the other models we’ve talked about offer, and if you like this particular configuration better, it would certainly serve you well enough. ​


Best Massage Chair Under 1000 Dollars Review Conclusion

So in the final analysis, what’s the best massage chair under $1000?

Overall, we stand by our decision to award the top honor to the Human Touch Volito, but we also recognize that other people will arrive at a different conclusion. Here are some of the specific reasons you may like another model from this list better:

  • The Human Touch iJoy 4.0 is an excellent alternate choice to the Volito if you’re looking for a different aesthetic, but still want a chair from one of the best companies in the business.
  • The Homedics chair is a superb option for people looking for maximum therapeutic benefits in the form of heat along the entire massage track, for a very modest price – provided you can live with the chair’s limitations.
  • The iCozys super-long massage track is sure to appeal to users with lower back and thigh problems and will be the hands-down top choice for gamers.
  • The CirC is an ideal choice for shorter people or those who don’t have a lot of space to work with. It’s such a small chair that you could probably fit it into a tiny home in a pinch.
  • And the BestMassage EC 06’s extensive heat and superb heated calf and foot massage will be the chair of choice for people who spend a lot of time on their feet every day, or who are specifically looking for heat.

Ultimately, it comes down to your needs and personal preferences. The right massage chair for you is the one that offers you the features and functionality you want, need and care about most at a price you can afford. Even if you disagree with our rankings, we feel certain that one of the other chairs on this list will wind up being exactly what you’re looking for.

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