11 Best Massage Chair Recliners Reviews & Ratings

TL;DR Summary

In an effort to find the best massage chair on each category of the market, we've analyzed an extensive variety of products and brands. The selection below shows the result of each research: Chair Institute's Winners.

* Note: To see how we arrived to each of our picks, click on the research link, below each product.



Overall Best Massage Chair

Do you suffer from chronic pain, or are you just looking for a great way to unwind after a long day?

Have you been considering a massage chair, but find yourself bewildered by the staggering number of choices available?

If so, you’re going to love this extensive review.  In the sections that follow, we’re going to break down this surprisingly complex world and try to answer the question “what is the best massage chair?”

Comparison Table

Best Massage Chairs

Human Touch Novo XT

Best Massage Chair Kahuna LM6800 Small - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

Best Massage Chair ​Inada DreamWave Small - Chair Institute

Inada Dreamwave

Best Massage Chair BodyFriend Rex-L Small - Chair Institute

Bodyfriend Rex-L

Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent Small - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Regent

Best Massage Chair Luraco i7 Small - Chair Institute

Luraco i7

Luraco i7 Chair

Pros

Offers just about every feature a massage chair can.A stunning, robust collection of features you’ll love.

Inexpensive. While it doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles, it contains most of the hardest-hitting, most sought after major features.

Billed as the best massage chair in the world, it gives the finest, most customizable basic massage on the market today.

​A high-tech wonder, filled with cutting edge technologies.

​Unmatched feature synergy, designed to give an unparalleled overall experience.

One of the top therapeutic models being sold today.  Proudly made in the USA.

Cons

Pricey.

Limited number of finishing touches and convenience features.

Pricey.  S-Track limits massage area. Limited number of convenience features.

​Pricey.  A bit short on the best therapeutic features.

​Expensive.

Pricey.  Hobbyist users will be underwhelmed.

Our Verdict

A tremendously attractive, capable design that meets the needs of the vast majority of the market.

Well-deserving of our top honors.

​Hands-down the best massage chair value on the market today.  Nothing else comes close.

​If all you want is a great massage with virtually endless customization options, and you don’t care much for advanced therapeutic options or convenience features, this is the chair for you.

​Hobbyist and casual users will be dazzled, but people with specific therapeutic needs may not be well-served.

​Highly recommended for a specific class of users.  If you’re looking for a chair that wraps you in a cocoon of relaxation, this is the model for you.

​Highly recommended for most therapeutic users.

Baseline Rating*

4.71 / 5.0

4.59/ 5.0

4.42/ 5.0

4.25/ 5.0

4.59/ 5.0

4.53/ 5.0

(*) 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.

Best Full Body Massage Chair - Overall

Human Touch Novo XT

BASELINE RATING*

4.71 / 5.0

OUR VERDICT

A tremendously attractive, capable design that meets the needs of the vast majority of the market. Well-deserving of our top honors.

PROS

A stunning, robust collection of features you’ll love.

CONS

Pricey.

Best Economic Value

Best Massage Chair Kahuna LM6800 Small - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

BASELINE RATING*

4.59 / 5.0

OUR VERDICT

Hands-down the best massage chair value on the market today. Nothing else comes close.

PROS

Inexpensive. While it doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles, it contains most of the hardest-hitting, most sought after major features.

CONS

Limited finishing touches and convenience features.

Most Customizable

Best Massage Chair ​Inada DreamWave Small - Chair Institute

Inada Dreamwave

BASELINE RATING*

4.42 / 5.0

OUR VERDICT

If all you want is a great massage with virtually endless customization options, and you don’t care much for advanced therapeutic options or convenience features, this is the chair for you.

PROS

Billed as the best massage chair in the world, it gives the best, most customizable basic massage on the market today.

CONS

Pricey. S-Track limits massage area. Limited number of convenience features.

​Best ​Hobbyist Chair

Best Massage Chair BodyFriend Rex-L Small - Chair Institute

Bodyfriend Rex-L

BASELINE RATING*

4.25 / 5.0

OUR VERDICT

Hobbyist and casual users will be dazzled, but people with specific therapeutic needs may not be well-served.

PROS

A high-tech wonder, filled with cutting edge technologies.

CONS

Pricey. A bit short on the best therapeutic features.

​Best ​Feature Synergy

Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent Small - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Regent

BASELINE RATING*

4.59 / 5.0

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended for a specific class of users. If you’re looking for a chair that wraps you in a cocoon of relaxation, this is the model for you.

PROS

Unmatched feature synergy, designed to give an unparalleled overall experience.

CONS

Expensive.

​Made in the USA / Best Therapeutic Chair

Best Massage Chair Luraco i7 Small - Chair Institute

Luraco i7

BASELINE RATING*

4.53 / 5.0

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended for most therapeutic users.

PROS

One of the best therapeutic models being sold today. Proudly made in the USA.

CONS

Pricey. Hobbyist and therapeutic users will be underwhelmed.

What Makes the World's Best Massage Chair?

Before we can answer that, however, we’ve got to figure out exactly what constitutes "the best".

  • Is it as simple as finding the most expensive chair made and assuming it’ll be unrivaled in everything?  What if you changed that metric to the chair offering the best price per feature?
  • How do you differentiate between a chair designed for hobbyist users and one designed to meet therapeutic needs?
  • Which feature or features are the most important, and how do you know?
  • Is it simply a matter of settling on some kind of ranking system and looking for the chair or chairs that got a perfect five-star rating? What happens if there are more than one of those?

As you can see, there are a lot more dimensions to this question than first meets the eye. The more you think about the issue, the more facets you discover, and after we reveal our overall first pick, we’ll explore each of those facets more thoroughly.

Ultimately, for us, the answer to the “best of” question was none of the above, but an amalgamation of several of those factors.

Let’s start by introducing you to our top pick, and explaining how and why it got top honors. Then we'll discuss the other top contenders that didn’t quite make it, but could very well be the top pick for a particular class of user.

Top Massage Chairs in More Detail

​Our Top Pick – The Best Full Body Massage Chair, The Infinity Imperial
Why We Chose This Model

Best Full Body Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.71

Summary

This feature-rich chair improves on the very few shortcomings of the original Novo design. With a good mix of both therapeutic features and convenience flourishes, the Novo XT is recommended for anyone who can afford it.

(*) A note about Brand Reliability: This 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.

Human Touch Novo XT

So, the first, obvious question is why?  What was it about this model, out of all the massage chairs on the market today, that made it our top pick?

It didn’t get a perfect rating.  It’s not the most expensive chair on the planet, and it doesn’t have the best price to feature ratio. What then? It’s a fair question, and ultimately it comes down to this:

The Human Touch Novo XT has enough therapeutic features to make it valuable to those who suffer from chronic pain, while simultaneously offering enough convenience features to make it a superb choice for hobbyist users. In addition to that, its design is such that it will accommodate users ranging from 5’ to 6’9” which again, encompasses the vast majority of the market.

Is it a perfect chair? Sadly not – the perfect model has yet to be introduced, even though there are a couple of models that have earned a perfect five-star rating from us.

Those chairs didn’t earn their marks on the basis of absolute perfection, however, but rather, because the features they offered were in perfect symmetry.  That’s a small, but important distinction, and although we don’t regard this model as perfect, it consistently gets among the best massage chair ratings in other reviews.

Despite “only” getting a 4.71-star rating (out of a possible five), here’s a more detailed look at why we feel the Human Touch Novo XT is the best massage chair to buy:

Core Technologies

  • ​Hybrid L/S Track
  • ​Quad rollers
  • 3D Tech
  • Lumbar Heat & Body Stretching
  • Excellent Connectivity Support
  • Zero-G Seating
Why We Chose This Model

Let’s take a closer look at each of these items, in the order we presented them above. Starting with the massage track.

Massage Track

The Human Touch Novo XT utilizes a hybrid L/S track that extends for 50”, starting at your neck and extending down under the seat to give your glutes and the backs of your thighs a massage. The track length is insane – one of the longest in the industry at the time this review was written.

Quad Rollers + 3D Tech

Quad rollers are the current industry standard. While they don’t precisely mimic the feeling of human hands, they come surprisingly close, and render an exceptional roller-based massage.

In addition to that, the fact that the Novo XT incorporates 3D roller technology (sometimes referred to as “4D technology”) further enhances your massage experience. It accomplishes this by allowing the rollers to move away from the massage track by up to three inches, resulting in a deeper, more penetrating massage experience.

Lumbar Heat + Body Stretch

A great massage though, is about more than just the rollers, and on this front too, the Novo XT delivers, offering both lumbar heat and body stretching, which are two powerful therapeutic features that are capable of providing immediate relief to chronic pain sufferers.

Connectivity Support

On the convenience side, the Novo XT offers Bluetooth compatibility, which enables you to connect your smartphone to the chair’s eight built-in Altec Lansing speakers, allowing you to enjoy your favorite music while enjoying a relaxing massage. On top of that, you’ll also find a USB port that allows you to recharge your phone while you’re sitting in the chair.

Zero Gravity Seating

When you factor in Zero-G seating (which the XT also offers, in two different seating positions), you get a massage of unparalleled quality.

Massage Options

Most good massage chairs offer two basic kinds of massage – roller-based, and airbag-based.  The Novo XT is no exception, but within both of those types of massages are a whole range of options, and some chairs do a better job than others on this front.

Where the XT’s roller-based massage is concerned, it offers all the basics (kneading, tapping, touch, percussion, kneading plus percussion), plus not one, but three different advanced techniques: Thai, Swedish, and Shiatsu. Then, it goes even farther, offering a music sync feature.

Music Sync

The music sync massage isn’t a proper technique, but it is interesting.  It ties the action of the rollers to the music system built into the chair, with the motion of the rollers being determined by the beat of whatever music you’re listening to.

Listen to Chopin, and you’ll get one type of massage.  Listen to the Beastie Boys, and you’ll get a very different experience.

Massage Programs

It gets even better, because if you’re not especially tech-savvy, the XT offers 34 different one-touch pre-programmed massage techniques that allow you to sit down and start enjoying your first massage in a matter of minutes, without having to spend a lot of time trying to figure the ins and outs of the chair’s operation out.

Air Massage

Where the air massage is concerned, the XT isn’t the absolute best, but it is exceptional, utilizing 32 Second Generation airbags to excellent effect. 

That’s a modest number, but here’s where Human Touch really shines. The design of their chair is superb, and the airbags so expertly woven into it that the action of that relatively modest number of airbags renders an airbag-based massage that’s equal to, and in some cases, even better than chairs that use significantly more airbags.

Even better, you can choose to selectively activate the airbags according to the following body regions:

  • Arm
  • Calf
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Hip
  • Thigh
  • Upper Arm
  • Shoulder

Further, both the airbag-based and roller-based massage can be adjusted through three different intensity settings, and the rollers can also be adjusted for speed (three settings there as well).

What this means is that no matter which massage you choose, roller- or airbag-based, you get your massage, your way, every time you use the chair, and that’s simply tremendous.

Therapeutic Features 

Earlier, we mentioned two of the XT’s therapeutic features: lumbar heat and body stretching.

In our view, the body stretching is a bit on the weak side. We would have preferred to see Thai stretching, which is more aggressive, but if you suffer from severe chronic pain, a gentler stretch might be preferable to you.

Partial Massage Modes

In any case, in addition to those things, the XT also offers spot and partial massage modes, allowing you to interrupt any massage program to have the rollers spend more time on the areas that hurt the most. That, combined with the 3D roller tech and the two Zero-G seating positions means that you can get a truly deep, penetrating massage that will loosen those sore muscles.

Foot and Calf Massage 

Then there’s the foot and calf massage, which is rendered via a combination of airbags and dual foot rollers in the bottom of the foot wells.

The foot rollers can, by the way, be adjusted for speed and intensity, independently of the rollers on the massage track.

Convenience and Hobbyist Features

Even if you’re a casual or hobbyist user, you will find these features to be very much to your liking. Few things are better than coming home after a hard day’s work, and relaxing in your new favorite chair for a soothing heated back or foot massage.

Convenience and Hobbyist Features

The two key features that hobbyists will tend to love most is the space-saving technology, which only requires two inches of wall clearance to recline fully, and the exceptional MP3 support.

Bluetooth Speakers and USB Port

The chair has eight Altec Lansing speakers built into it which are Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to connect your smartphone with ease and enjoy all your favorite music.

You’ll also find a handy USB port which will allow you to ensure that your favorite device doesn’t die on your in the middle of a massage.

Massage Timer

Another feature that hobbyists (and all users, really) will appreciate is the massage timer, allowing you to customize the length of your massage in a band that ranges from ten to thirty minutes, giving you the freedom and flexibility to enjoy your massage, your way!

Final Thoughts on the Novo XT

In short, this chair has got something for everyone. Having said that, we admitted at the start that the perfect massage chair doesn’t exist, and there are some segments of the market that this model doesn’t reach, and a (very) few things it could do better. The two biggest limitations where the Novo XT is concerned are these:

First, the maximum supported user weight is only up to 300 pounds. It’s great that it accommodates a wide range of user heights, but it doesn’t fare as well in terms of weight.

Second, it’s an expensive massage chair. As good as it is, its hefty price tag is going to put it out of reach for some users. Even so, this chair is good enough that we’d recommend saving for it and buying it later, rather than settling for a markedly inferior chair.

Even given those two limitations, the Novo XT appeals to such a broad spectrum of users that it is entirely deserving of top honors.


Best Massage Chair Reviews Ratings – Alternative Measures
The Value Proposition – Best on the Basis of Cost Per Feature
The Value Proposition – Best on the Basis of Cost Per Feature
Why We Chose This Model

Alternatives

We understand that people have different tastes and needs. The term “best” is highly subjective. So for the rest of this review, we’ll take a look at some viable alternatives.

While it would be impossible to capture every individual taste and needs, we’ll broadly map out some of the primary ways people commonly think about and define the finest chairs in the industry.

This is an important measure because, let’s face it, in an ideal world, you could get any chair you wanted. But in reality, who has unlimited money? 

If you’re on a budget, it makes perfect sense to look for the ideal chair, with the greatest number of features, at a comfortable price range. In other words, shop for the optimal value on the market. If that’s how you define best, then there’s a clear winner, and it’s not the Novo XT.

For When Control Matters Most – The Inada Dreamwave (Insert Link to Complete Review)
Best Massage Chair Inada Dreamwave - Chair Institute

Inada DreamWave Massage Chair

Inada DreamWave

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.42

Summary

A masterpiece of engineering and design by a legendary company in the industry. The Inada DreamWave Chair is recommended for anyone who can afford it.

(*) A note about Brand Reliability: This 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.

Inada DreamWave Massage Chair

Another common way of defining the best massage chair is by taking a look at the total number of options and massage combinations available. If this is what matters most to you, then there’s only one choice to make.  The chair you want is the Inada Dreamwave.

Massage Quality

With a staggering 101 Second Generation Airbags, it offers the highest quality air massage on the market today, and with more than a thousand total massage combinations on offer, you’ll have a mind-boggling number of choices at your fingertips.

To put that into perspective, and to give you a sense of scale, as good as our top pick is, the Novo XT “only” offers a bit more than a hundred different massage combinations. So in that particular category, the Dreamwave offers literally an order of magnitude more choice.

Best Massage Chair Inada Dreamwave Recline - Chair Institute

Having said that, the designers of the Drea​​​​mwave put so much time and effort into maximizing choice that it forced them to make concessions in other areas.

This is not to say that the Dreamwave is in any way a bad design.  It isn’t!  By any reckoning, it is a magnificent chair, but it is also a highly focused one, and if the guiding design principle (maximizing the number of options available) is at odds with what you’re looking for, then you’ll probably be happier with a different model.

Core Technologies

Core Technologies

The Dreamwave uses a slightly different set of core technologies than the other models we’ve looked at so far.  It has a substantially shorter massage track (S-track) that only goes to the small of the back; there’s no Space-Saving Technology, and only a single Zero-G seating position.

Having said that, it retains quad rollers, so the massage quality is every bit as good, and given its massive number of airbags, the air massage is even better, and the Dreamwave offers extensive heat that covers the back and the seat.  This is absolutely superior to the Novo XT’s lumbar-only heat.

Best Massage Chair Inada Dreamwave Air Massage - Chair Institute

Convenience Features

Like the Kahuna LM 6800, the Dreamwave doesn’t put a lot of effort into convenience features, although it does provide an adjustable massage timer, which is something the models we’ve talked about so far don’t offer.

Of course, if you want maximum customizability, you’re probably not going to care much about the smaller details and again, there’s no other chair on the market that even comes close to this one.  In terms of total options, it’s in a class by itself.


When Innovation Is Key – The Bodyfriend Rex-L (Insert Link to Full Review)
Best Massage Chair BodyFriend Rex-L - Chair Institute

BodyFriend Rex-L 

Bodyfriend Rex-L

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.25

Summary

The BodyFriend Rex-L is a fantastic, well-designed top-end massage chair, packed with innovative features and surprises that both hobbyist and therapeutic users will love. This chair is recommended for anyone.

(*) A note about Brand Reliability: This 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.

BodyFriend Rex-L Massage Chair

About the BodyFriend Rex-L

For some people, the best massage chair on the market is defined as being the one that offers the most cutting-edge innovations.  If that’s what you’re most interested in, then BodyFriend’s Rex-L is, without a doubt, the chair you’ve been looking for.

Core Features

Often described as the perfect chair for tech-savvy Hipsters, the Rex-L comes to us from South Korea, and shares many core features with the other top models we’ve talked about thus far, including:
  • ​Use of a Hybrid L/S Massage Track
  • Quad Rollers
  • Zero-G Seating (one position offered)
  • ​Space-Saving Technology
  • Air Massage

Air Massage

It utilizes an impressive 98 Second Generation Airbags to render its excellent air massage that can be enjoyed either in full-body mode, or by selectively activating airbags by the following body regions:

  • Shoulder
  • ​Waist
  • ​Arm & Hand
  • ​Pelvis
  • ​Calf
  • ​Foot
Best Massage Chair BodyFriend Rex-L Zero G -Chair Institute

Calf and Foot Massage

The calf and foot massage is superb, being rendered by a combination of airbags and tri-rollers for the soles of the feet.

Therapeutic Features and Add-Ons

Where therapeutic options are concerned, the two biggest are the back and hip heat, and the excellent body stretch feature. On top of that, the Rex-L also includes attractive convenience features like MP3 support and numerous pre-programmed massage options.

Innovations

The two innovations that will most impress you, though, are these:

First, the chair utilizes multiple sets of massage rollers, broken out by the following body regions:

  • ​Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • ​Hips

Second, the air massage is like nothing we’ve ever seen.  Every other chair on the market uses the same basic “squeeze and release” method of air massage, but BodyFriend has a patented process that closely replicates a Shiatsu-style massage, performed entirely with airbags.

Both of these innovations enhance the overall quality of the massage experience in ways that no other model on the market today can match, and will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and utterly satisfied.

Best Massage Chair BodyFriend Rex-L Right View - Chair Institute

The chair isn’t cheap, although it’s not the most expensive model we’ve covered thus far, and it’s got a fairly steep learning curve, so if you’re not tech-savvy, you may struggle to master everything it can do.  For the right person, though, it’s hard not to see this model as one of, if not the very best that the industry has to offer.


Perfect Synergy – The Apex Pro Regent (insert link to full review)

Apex Pro Regent

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.59

Summary

This is an absolute masterpiece of a chair for any type of user, and is well-deserving of its impressive rating on technical merits. Loaded with features, the Apex AP Pro Regent delivers a truly superior massage experience from start to finish.

(*) A note about Brand Reliability: This 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.

Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Regent

About the Apex Pro Regent

The Apex Pro Regent is in a class by itself, not for absolute perfection, but rather for perfect balance and feature synergy. Sometimes, the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts, and some massage chairs just offer the perfect blend of features.

The Apex Pro Regent is one of the very few chairs that earned a perfect five-star rating from us. It didn’t get those marks for absolute perfection, but rather for perfect balance and feature synergy.  Sometimes, the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts, and some massage chairs just offer the perfect blend of features.

Core Technologies

Just about every feature the Pro Regent has to offer was put in place with one thought in mind.  Giving you an unbeatable massage experience. Everything else is secondary. To deliver that experience, this chair uses a blend of common features and ones that are utterly unique.

Here are the highlights:
  • ​Relatively short S-Track (neck to tailbone)
  • ​4D Massage Technology for a deep, penetrating massage
  • Upper Shoulder Pressure Massage
  • Lower Back and Glute Massage
  • ​Sideways Kneading Massage
  • ​Zone and Spot Massage
  • Following Arm Air Massage (31 Second Gen Airbags)
Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent 4D - Chair Institute

Individually, these technologies only add incremental improvements to the overall experience, but the fact that the chair offers so many of them in tandem creates an experience that other chairs simply can’t match.  In the case of the upper shoulder massage, most other chairs aren’t even designed to reach this area, much less massage it!

Heat Function

It gets better, though, because the Pro Regent combines a stellar massage with the most extensive heat we’ve ever seen.  In addition to offering back heat, you also get heated calf wells and “Blanket Heat,” which is literally a large heating element you drape across the front of your torso to enjoy what amounts to a heated cocoon while you’re getting your massage (or, if you prefer, you become a human burrito!)

The heating blanket even includes heated pockets for your hands!

Massage Options

Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent Shoulder - Chair Institute

Upper Shoulder Massage

Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent Glutes - Chair Institute

 Back & Glutes Massage

Best Massage Chair Apex AP Pro Regent Kneading - Chair Institute

​​Sideways Kneading

​Sideways Kneading

On top of that, the Pro Regent offers more than a hundred total combinations, eleven pre-programmed options and three memory slots that allow you to create your own custom experience and save it so you can recall it later at the touch of a button.

Additional Features

It doesn’t skimp on extras either, including finishing touches like:

  • ​MP3 support
  • A hideaway ottoman, so that the chair looks like an ordinary piece of living room furniture when it’s not in use
  • ​A fun “Rhythm Massage” mode we’ve mentioned before, that syncs the roller action with whatever music you’re listening to

It’s an amazing piece of engineering that will give you a massage you won’t forget.  In fact, it’s so good that you might find yourself having to wait in line to use it because your friends and family are always in it!


Born In The USA – The Luraco i7 (insert link to full review)

Best American-Made Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.53

Summary

The Luraco Massage Chair i7 is an exceptional therapeutic chair, made in the USA and filled with high-value features. Recommended for anyone who can afford it.

(*) A note about Brand Reliability: This 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.

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​Luraco i7 Massage Chair ​

Luraco Massage Chair i7 iRobotics

About the Luraco i7

Rounding out our collection, some people want to buy American, and are looking for the best American-made massage chair they can get their hands on.  If that’s you, then the chair you’re looking for is the Luraco i7.

Primarily designed as a therapeutic model, it’s versatile enough that hobbyist and casual users will also get a lot of use and enjoyment out of it.

Core Technologies

  • ​Relatively short massage track (S-Track, reaching from neck to tailbone)
  • ​Zero-G Seating (one position offered)
  • ​Two advanced massage techniques (Shiatsu and Swedish)
  • ​Nine pre-programmed massage options that can be accessed with one touch

Air Massage 

It’s also no slouch where the air massage is concerned, featuring an impressive 80 Second Generation Airbags, which, as we’ve seen with other models, can either be enjoyed as a full-body experience, or be selectively activated by body region from the remote.

Therapeutic Features

In addition to those, the Luraco i7 also offers a raft of powerful therapeutic features which include:

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  • ​4D Massage Technology for a deep tissue massage (can be selectively activated)
  • ​Body Stretching
  • ​Extensive Heat (lumbar, seat and both foot wells)
  • ​Blood Pressure and Heat Monitoring

This last feature sets the i7 apart and makes it a true healthcare device in ways that other massage chairs simply aren’t.

Some Convenience Features

  • ​MP3 support
  • ​An adjustable massage timer
  • ​A Memory Function with five memory slots

​When you put all that together with the chair’s surprisingly easy-to-use remote and its impressive five-year warranty (more than double the industry standard of two-years), it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the model.


The Best Massage Chair for the Money

It makes sense. You want to get supreme value for your money, because even low-end massage chairs are expensive. But how do you compare, really? How do you determine which is the best massage chair for the money?

To be more thorough in our quest for the winner we added three extra competitors in our research and comparison: the Apex Aurora, the Infinity Iyashi, and the Infinity Imperial. Together with the Kahuna LM6800 and the Luraco i7, they created the perfect team for finding the ultimate bang for the buck. In the reviews below, we’ll show the details of how we arrived at our conclusions. Our final answer might be different from yours, but this will give you an excellent place to start when analyzing your choices.

Comparison Table

Best Massage Chair for the Money

Kahuna LM6800

Luraco i7

Best Massage Chair for the Money Apex Aurora Front - Chair Institute

Apex Aurora

Infinity Iyashi

Best Massage Chair for the Money Infinity Imperial Front - Chair Institute

Infinity Imperial

Rating

4.9

4.8

4.0

4.6

4.8

Price

$$

$$$$

$

$$$

$$$$$$

Track Design

Hybrid L/S Track

S-Track

Hybrid L/S Track

Hybrid L/S Track

Hybrid L/S Track

Airbags

36

80

22

38

76

Advanced Techniques

Shiatsu

Shiatsu, Swedish

None

Shiatsu

Shiatsu

Zero-G Position

2

2

1

2

2

Heat

Lumbar, leg massage ports

Lumbar, seat, and leg massage ports

Lumbar

Lumbar

Lumbar, leg massage ports

MP3 Support

Extras

Space-saving tech, body stretch, quad foot rollers

4D Roller Tech, body stretching, timer adjustment, five-slot memory function, BP and heart rate monitoring

None

Space-saving tech, body stretch, waist twist, customizable foot massage, chromotherapy, timer adjustment

4D Roller Tech, space-saving tech, heated massage rollers, body stretch, waist twist, zone and partial massage, Shiatsu foot massage, chromotherapy

Pros

Inexpensive and feature-rich.

Swedish massage, and loaded with powerful therapeutic features.

A fantastic, basic massage chair, ideal for those on a budget.

This chair tied the mighty Inada Dreamwave, at a fraction of the cost. A powerful, multi-purpose offering.

A tremendously good therapeutic massage chair, loaded with extras.

Cons

Limited number of extras and finishing touches.

Pricey. S-Track limits massage area.

No advanced features.

Non-specialized. If you have a particular therapeutic need, you can probably find a better chair.

Very expensive.

Our Verdict

Highly recommended. Hands down, the best value on the market today.

Highly recommended for most therapeutic users. Hobbyist and casual users will be underwhelmed.

Great if you’re on a budget, but if you’re looking for extras, this one will disappoint.

Highly recommended for hobbyist and casual users, recommended for therapeutic users, but compare specific features to your needs to make sure it’s a good fit.

Highly recommended – if you can afford it.

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