Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Dollars Review

TL;DR Summary

Ever wonder which is the best massage chair under 2000 dollars in the market today? Well, let's start with a top-level view of what you can expect from the top five chairs in this price range.

Best Massage Chair Under $2000 Comparison Table

Best Massage Chair Under $2000

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Kahuna Main - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Cozzia 16018 Main - Chair Institute

Cozzia 16018

Cozzia 16028

RelaxOnChair MK II

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 iComfort IC1115 Main - Chair Institute

iComfort IC1115

Price

$$$$

$$

$$$$

$$$

$$$$

Track Design

Hybrid L/S Track

S-Track

S-Track

Hybrid L/S Track

S-Track

Roller Array

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Massage Techniques

Kneading, tapping, kneading & tapping, rolling and Shiatsu

Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Shiatsu, and Dual Action

Kneading, tapping, kneading and tapping, Rolling, Vibration, and Shiatsu

Kneading, tapping, kneading and tapping

Tapping, knocking, kneading, kneading and tapping and Shiatsu

Zero-G Seating

3

None

1

3

None

No. of Airbags

36 (First Gen)

20 (Second Gen)

22 (Second Gen)

20 (First Gen)

11 (Second Gen)

Extras

Space-Saving Design, Body Stretch

Vibration seat massage

Body Stretch

Deep tissue massage, (weak) body stretch

Vibration seat massage

Pros

Superbly well-appointed chair, filled with features you’ll love, including a number of therapeutic features.

One of the least expensive chairs in its class. Dual action gives you a shocking number of massage combinations.

Best air massage in its class. Surprisingly strong therapeutic features.

Well-priced, extensive heat, deep tissue massage.

A great hobbyist chair.

Cons

A bit pricey in its category.

No Zero-G seating positions. S-Track limits massage area.

Near the top end of this price segment. S-Track limits massage area. No heat.

Limited number of massage combinations.

No heat. No Zero-G seating. Limited air massage. S-Track limits massage area.

Our Verdict

Far and away the best value for the money on the market today.

Recommended for those on a budget. A perfectly serviceable chair, offered at a great price.

Recommended for (some) users with therapeutic needs – compare features closely to see if it’s a good fit.

Recommended for (some) users with therapeutic needs – compare features closely to see if it’s a good fit.

Recommended for casual users. People with therapeutic needs will be underwhelmed.

Baseline Rating*

4.59

4.25

4.17

3.67

3.67

Our Top Pick

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Kahuna Main - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

BASELINE RATING*

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Far and away the best value for the money on the market today.

PROS

Superbly well-appointed chair, filled with features you’ll love, including a number of therapeutic features.

CONS

A bit pricey in its category.

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Best Value for Money

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Cozzia 16018 Main - Chair Institute

Cozzia 16018

BASELINE RATING*

PRICE

$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for those on a budget. A perfectly serviceable chair, offered at a great price.

PROS

One of the least expensive chairs in its class. Dual action gives you a shocking number of massage combinations.

CONS

No Zero-G seating positions. S-Track limits massage area.

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Runner Up

Cozzia 16028

BASELINE RATING*

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for (some) users with therapeutic needs – compare features closely to see if it’s a good fit.

PROS

Best air massage in its class. Surprisingly strong therapeutic features.

CONS

Near the top end of this price segment. S-Track limits massage area. No heat.

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Honorable Mention

RelaxOnChair MK II

BASELINE RATING*

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for (some) users with therapeutic needs – compare features closely to see if it’s a good fit.

PROS

Well-priced, extensive heat, deep tissue massage.

CONS

Limited number of massage combinations.

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For Hobbyists

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 iComfort IC1115 Main - Chair Institute

iComfort IC1115

BASELINE RATING*

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for casual users. People with therapeutic needs will be underwhelmed.

PROS

A great hobbyist chair.

CONS

No heat. No Zero-G seating. Limited air massage. S-Track limits massage area.

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(*) Note: The Baseline Rating is the individual product score without considering specific intent or context. See the details of each model below to get a contextual, goal-oriented, analysis.


Are you looking for a full-featured massage chair, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on it? If so, you may have investigated chairs in the sub-$1000 price range and been disappointed.

That’s not at all uncommon. At that price, about all you can hope for is basic functionality. There are occasional exceptions that rise above the threshold of minimum functionality, but even then, they’ll leave you wanting. 

If you can put together a budget of about two thousand dollars though, the situation changes markedly. At that point, you start seeing models that are not only more full-featured, but also begin to differentiate themselves, one from another. For example, you’ll see some that are geared more toward hobbyist and casual users, while others are focused squarely on users with therapeutic needs.

In our quest to find the best massage chair under 2000, we’ve narrowed the field from more than a dozen models to just five. Of those, one of them stands heads and shoulders above the rest, as you can see from the table above.

Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that although we have a clear winner in this category, the other four finalists all have features that may appeal to specific subsets of users. 

Top 5 Massage Chairs Under $2000 In More Detail

Kahuna LM6800

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.59

Summary

One of the most feature-rich massage chairs you’ll find at this price point, the Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 is a superb value for the money!


Hobbyist/casual users, chronic pain sufferers, and taller users, almost anybody, will love this chair!

(*) The Brand Reliability metric is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

In most of our roundups, naming a clear victor in any given category is an agony, because the various models under consideration are all quite close. That’s not the case here. In the “Under $2000” category, the undisputed winner is the Kahuna LM6800.

Kahuna is one of the best, most well-respected manufacturers today, chiefly known for two things:

  • First, almost all the massage chairs they make are built with taller users in mind. Most massage chairs are optimized for users no taller than 6’. Most Kahuna chairs will accommodate users up to 6’4”, and some will even accommodate users up to 6’5”.
  • Second, many of the company’s chairs (including our winner here) feature their patented Yoga Body Stretch, which is one of the best body stretch routines on the market today.

These things, however, are just the tip of the iceberg. Other things you’ll love about this model are:

Ultra-Long Massage Track

Only two of our five finalists are built around a Hybrid L/S-Track, and the LM6800 is one of these. That’s fantastic, because not only does this mean you get a great back massage, but the chair’s quad rollers travel down under the seat of the chair, massaging both your glutes and the backs of your thighs.

Two Different Methods of Roller Adjustment

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Kahuna L Track - Chair Institute

This feature-pairing is becoming increasingly common in mid-range chairs and above. Before your massage begins, the on-board computer in the chair takes a scan of your body, making subtle adjustments to both the position of the rollers and the width of the massage field.

If the computer happens to get it wrong, the LM6800’s remote provides buttons that allow manual adjustments to both. This guarantees that the rollers always hit just where you want them to, and allows for a world-class massage chair level massage, every time.

Zero-Gravity Positions

In addition to that, the latest version of the model gives you three different Zero-G seating options, which further enhances the overall massage quality.​

Space-Saving Technology

This is a brilliant addition to the design, because one of the biggest drawbacks to most massage chairs is they take up a lot of space. Space-saving tech minimizes this by allowing the chair to pivot on its base as it reclines.

Chairs without this feature can require a foot or more space between the back of the chair and the wall it’s placed against. The LM6800 only requires about four inches of clearance, making the model attractive to people who don’t have much space to work with.​

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Kahuna Space Saving - Chair Institute

An Adequate, but Not Exceptional Air Massage

If the LM6800 has one weakness, it is the air massage. It’s certainly adequate, utilizing a total of 25 First Generation airbags, but can’t be described as exceptional. Still, it won’t disappoint!

Loaded With Options

The fact that the air massage is somewhat uninspiring, the number of roller-based options the model provides more than makes up for this. All the basics are covered, and the model offers one excellent advanced technique (Shiatsu), but that’s not the best part.

The best part is the presence of the zone massage option. Pressing this button allows you to interrupt any currently-running massage options and focus the rollers on a particular area of your back for maximum therapeutic benefit, which is superb.

Other Therapeutic Options

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Kahuna Front - Chair Institute

If all the above weren't enough, the 6800 offers two other advantages that chronic pain sufferers will love.

  • First, of course, is the Yoga Body Stretch, which provides almost immediate pain relief in the same way that a chiropractic adjustment does.
  • Second is the extensive heat offered in the back and calf regions. In this, Kahuna sells itself a bit short, because they describe their back heat as being restricted to the lumbar region. The reality is that the heating elements are quite large, and cover most of the lower half of your back.

This is not only superb for those who suffer from chronic lower back pain, but if you spend several hours a day on your feet, then the calf and foot massage, augmented by heat is likely to be your favorite aspect of the chair.

Best of all, where most massage chairs offer dual foot rollers (if they use them at all), the LM6800 uses quad rollers, which makes the foot massage absolutely exquisite.

On top of all this, the chair is surprisingly easy to use, which is quite a feat, given the number of features it makes available. For all these reason, it well-deserving of top honors in this category.


Cozzia 16018 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.25

Summary

An excellent entry-level chair for hobbyist use and (some) chronic pain sufferers. The Cozzia 16018 massage chair is recommended for hobbyist users, people who suffer from chronic lower back pain and/or chronic leg pain and no one over 6’2”.

Black Cozzia 16018 Massage Chair

Cozzia 16018 Massage Chair

Of particular note is the fact that Cozzia dominates this segment of the market, with two models in the top five. Granted, neither of their offerings took the top spot, but Cozzia has the distinction of being the only manufacturer to be listed twice.

The primary reason that the Cozzia 16018 takes second place is its modest price. It is the cheapest of our five finalists. 

It’s a good chair, but isn’t quite as feature-rich as some of the other models on our list. That’s the fundamental tradeoff for the lower price. Nonetheless, you’ll be impressed at what it has to offer.

Features to Love About the Cozzia 16018

  • A generous number of options: While the chair doesn’t have a lot of techniques, it’s got the basics covered, and includes Shiatsu as its advanced technique. The most noteworthy aspect of this feature is the presence of "Dual Action," which allows you to select any two other techniques and use them in tandem, which greatly magnifies the total number of combinations. 
  • A superior air massage, utilizing 20 Second Generation airbags.
  • Lumbar heat.
  • And most significantly, a leg stretch. Stretching is uncommon in massage chairs, only being offered in a minority of models sold. Of those, virtually all of them are back stretching. In fact, this is the only model we've seen that offers a leg stretch. 

If you suffer from chronic leg pain, the presence of this feature alone may well put the 16018 in first place for you. It’s a superb addition that we wish other models would include.

The only real limitation the model suffers from is the fact that it’s not well-suited to taller users. It will accommodate users no taller than 6’2”. ​An exceptional offering that places a strong, if somewhat distant second place behind the mighty LM6800.​

Note: Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued. Check out other Cozzia massage chairs


Cozzia 16028 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.17

Summary

A surprisingly full-featured chair at its price point, with two important therapeutic features. The Cozzia 16028 is recommended for hobbyists, chronic back pain sufferers, and users up to 6’4” tall.

Although the Cozzia 16028 is an upgrade to the 16018, it didn’t rank as highly on our list, mostly due to the increase in cost.

The two models are quite similar, but there are a few important differences to be aware of:

  • First, the Leg Stretch feature of the 16018 is gone, in preference for a full body stretch, which is perhaps an improvement, but people who suffer from chronic leg pain will almost certainly disagree with that assessment.
  • Second, the “Dual Action” feature has been removed, to be replaced by the much inferior Vibration massage mode (we use “mode” here because it would be a mistake to refer to vibration massage as a proper technique).
Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Cozzia 16028 Zero Gravity - Chair Institute
  • Third, the Cozzia 16028 marginally upgrades its air massage, adding two additional airbags.
  • And finally, the heat function has been removed entirely, which is a significant loss from our perspective.

Based on these changes, we find it difficult to justify the added cost, which is why it didn’t rank quite as highly as its predecessor.


Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

3.67

Summary

The Relaxonchair MK-II Plus massage chair is an entry-level, off-brand chair that stacks up surprisingly well to the mainstream brands it competes with. Recommended for hobbyist users and (some) chronic pain sufferers.

If you haven’t heard of RelaxOnChair, you’re not alone. It’s an off-brand that doesn’t get a lot of mainstream attention, but it’s a surprisingly effective model, especially if you suffer from chronic pain and are looking for a chair that heavily emphasizes therapeutic features. Below are some of the things we believe you'll like.

Features of the Relaxonchair MK II

  • An exceptionally long massage track – The MK II is built around a Hybrid L/S Track, just like the Kahuna LM6800. Given the MK II’s lower price, if you’re looking for the cheapest way to get access to the long track, this chair is the one you want.
  • Zero-G seating with three positions, which enhances the overall quality of the massage experience.
  • Deep Tissue Massage, which is the first of several therapeutic features that give the chair a pointed focus toward chronic pain sufferers
  • (Almost) whole back heat – The company actually sells itself short here, describing the heat function to be located in the lumbar region only. The heating elements, however, are quite large, and encompass almost the entire back.
  • Body Stretch – While the MK II’s body stretch isn’t as good as the LM6800’s, it is still useful and further extends the therapeutic benefits offered by the chair
Front view of the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair

While all of those are exceptional, the MK II does have a few weak spots.

  • Its air massage is underwhelming, featuring 20 First Generation Airbags
  • While the chair offers a foot massage, some user find it to be too aggressive, and report having to wear an extra pair of socks to tone down the intensity. 
  • A limited number of massage options - The MK II offers kneading, tapping, and a combination of kneading and tapping, but features no advanced techniques at all. 
Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair in reclined position

Even given these limitations, this is one of the best, most effective therapeutic models in its price range, and if you suffer from chronic pain, you’ll agonize over the choice between this model and the LM6800.


iComfort IC 1115 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

3.63

Summary

The iComfort Massage Chair IC1115 is a strong design, with more features and options than you might expect. Recommended as an excellent hobbyist-level chair for home or office use. Not recommended for users over 6’3”.

Where the MK II is primarily built with chronic pain sufferers in mind, the iComfort IC1115 is a hobbyist chair, through and through. It provides a pleasing number of features, but doesn’t get bogged down in features that would only be appealing to those with therapeutic needs.

Here are the highlights of IC 1115:

  • S-Track, Quad Rollers, and manual roller position adjustments – You won’t find Body Scan Tech here, but you won’t miss it, because there are buttons on the remote that allow you to adjust both the roller positions and the width of the massage field
  • A decent number of options (all the basics, plus Shiatsu, plus three pre-programmed massage routines)
  • A decent, but not outstanding air massage, featuring eleven Second Generation airbags
  • And a vibration-style seat massage, which you’ll either find very much to your liking, or despise and won’t use at all

While it’s a good model, the reason it only rose to the level of Honorable Mention comes down to two things:

  • First, there are no foot rollers in the leg massage ports, which weakens the chair’s calf and foot massage.
  • Second, there’s no heat. Of all the therapeutic features that hobbyist users adore, heat is far and away the most popular. Its addition would make the model much stronger, as would MP3 support, given that the model is generally targeted to hobbyist users.

Best Massage Chair Under 2000 Conclusion

So where does that leave us?

At the end of the day, our view is that the Kahuna LM6800 is far and away the best massage chair under $2000. It’s simply an unbelievable value for the money and in a class by itself.

Having said that, though, here are some reasons you may prefer one of our other finalists:

  • If you want the lowest cost, full-featured chair in this price range, then you’ll probably be more interested in the Cozzia 16018. This model will also likely be your first choice if you suffer from chronic leg pain.
  • If you suffer from chronic pain and are looking for the lowest cost option in this market segment, then the Relaxonchair MK II deserves particular attention.
  • In terms of maximizing your total number of massage combinations, which is often a key consideration for hobbyist users, then either of the two Cozzia models (16018 or 16028) will be especially appealing.

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