Infinity Imperial – Best Full Body Massage Chair (Top Pick)
Infinity Imperial Massage Chair Review
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The Infinity Imperial massage chair is an incredibly robust design, filled with both convenience and therapeutic features. Recommended for anyone who can afford it, as long as you’re not taller than 6’3”.
Infinity Imperial Massage Chair
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 Infinity Imperial offers such a broad range of features that it appeals to the greatest portion of the buying market.
This has been demonstrated in one of our head to head comparison reviews when we pitted the Imperial against the mighty Inada Dreamwave, which is widely regarded as the best massage chair in the world.
That outcome wasn’t even close.
To say that the Imperial cleaned the Dreamwave’s clock would be an understatement of epic proportions.
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 4.75-star rating (out of a possible five), here’s a more detailed look at why we feel the Infinity Imperial is the best massage chair to buy:
Taking it from the top, the Infinity Imperial is designed around superior core technologies, utilizing a long, Hybrid L/S-Massage Track and quad rollers which closely mimic the feel of human hands.
Building on that, it also uses 4D technology to enhance the basic massage experience. Some people regard the term “4D Technology” as a bit of a marketing gimmick, but it’s much more than that.
See, the rollers of any good massage chair, based on an S- or Hybrid S/L Track already move in three dimensions. They obviously move up and down, and left and right (the X- and Y-axis), but because the track is curved, they also move along the Z-axis.
4D Tech takes things a step further, by utilizing extension arms that hold the rollers. These arms allow the rollers to move about 3” further away from the track than they would normally be able to. This enables the chairs with 4D tech to render a more penetrating, deep-tissue massage which is great for people with therapeutic needs.
When you factor in Zero-G seating
(which the Imperial also offers, in two different seating positions), you get a massage of unparalleled quality.
Most good massage chairs offer two basic kinds of massage – roller-based, and airbag-based. The Imperial is no exception, but within both of those types of mas
sages are a whole range of options, and some chairs do a better job than others on this front.
Where the Imperial’s roller-based massage is concerned, it offers all the basics (rubbing, kneading tapping, and knocking), plus one advanced technique, in the form of Shiatsu. But then it goes beyond by also offering a music sync feature and a combination feature.
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.
The most interesting aspect, though, is the combination feature, which allows you to pick any two massage techniques and use them in tandem. This is fantastic and vastly expands the number of combinations possible.
It gets even better, because if you’re not especially tech-savvy, the Imperial offers half a dozen 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.
Where the air massage is concerned, the Imperial isn’t the absolute best, but it is exceptional, utilizing 76 Second Generation Airbags to render the massage, and again, there are plenty of customization options available.
You can enjoy a full-body air massage, or you can selectively active air massage only in the regions of your body you want, with the following body regions on offer from the remote:
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.
The Imperial delivers much more than just a great basic massage experience, however. It’s also loaded with hard-hitting therapeutic features, and if you suffer from chronic pain, this chair has everything you need to make you feel better fast.
The first thing to talk about on the therapeutic front is the spot and partial massage.
This allows you to interrupt any massage routine and focus the attention of the rollers exactly where your back hurts the most, spending as much time as you need to in those spots. Combine this with the deep tissue 4D Tech and Zero-G seating and the benefits are extraordinary.
Heat is another awesome feature, offered in less than half the chairs on the market today. Most of the chairs that offer it only include heating elements in the lumbar region. That’s good as far as it goes, but the Imperial goes much further.
It utilizes three different heating elements. One large one in the lumbar area, which in practice covers almost half your back, and one in each of the foot wells, providing soothing heat to your legs.
Body Stretch & Waist Twist
Of all the therapeutic features a massage chair can offer, body stretching is far and away the most powerful. It works the same way that a chiropractic adjustment does, relieving pain by taking pressure off the compressed discs in your spine.
The Imperial’s body stretch is quite aggressive and may be too intense for you, depending on your pain level.
If that is the case, the Imperial offers two different solutions. First, you can warm up with a massage plus heat to loosen the muscles in your back in anticipation of using the body stretch, or, you can use the Waist Twist feature, which is also included.
At first glance, you might wonder why a massage chair would offer both body stretch and a waist twist because the features seem redundant. This is actually a cunning design decision with a lot of synergy.
Waist Twist is essentially a milder, gentler version of body stretching. They both provide the same benefits, but the waist twist is much less aggressive.
If you suffer from chronic pain, then you know that your pain level changes over time. Some days you just hurt more than others, and on the days when your pain is the worst, the waist twist is the perfect answer for immediate pain relief.
On the days when your pain isn’t ‘as bad, you can use the more aggressive body stretching, switching back and forth as you need to. It’s a masterful blend of features that offers maximum therapeutic benefit, and that’s before we even get to the foot and calf massage.
Foot and Calf Massage
In most massage chairs that offer this feature, the calf massage is rendered by airbags in the leg massage ports, and if there’s a foot massage at all, it is rendered by rollers at the bottom of each foot well.
Once again, however, the Imperial goes far beyond what other chairs offer. More than half the chair’s 76-airbags are in the leg massage ports, making this portion of the experience exceptional, but in addition to that, it utilizes both calf and sole rollers for an unbelievably good experience.
Factor in the heated leg ports and it gets even better.
At the end of the day, whether you suffer from chronic back or leg pain, the Imperial has everything you need to make you feel better.
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 design team of the Imperial could have stopped with just the features we’ve talked about so far, and they would have had an incredible design, but they didn’t. They weren’t content with just leaving it there.
The biggest and most attractive convenience feature on offer is the fact that the chair is built around Space-Saving Technology, the importance of which cannot be understated.
Massage chairs are big. They tend to fill up whatever room you put them in, and that’s a problem for most people. After all, who has an entire room to devote to a single piece of furniture?
It’s usually not quite that bad, but given the fact that space tends to be at a premium in most homes, it is an important issue. Space-Saving Technology helps reduce the footprint of the chair when it’s in use, minimizing the space required to recline fully.
With most massage chairs, you need about eighteen inches of clearance between the back of the chair and whatever wall you set it near.
Chairs built with Space-Saving Technology only require three to five inches of clearance, because they’re designed to pivot on their bases as they recline. It’s a superb feature, and exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to find in what we regard as the best massage chair ever.
Another hallmark of the Imperial’s design is the notion of redundancy. We saw this earlier, in the fact that the model features both a body stretch and a waist twist function. You see the same level of attention to detail where the chair’s MP3 support is concerned, as it offers both a USB port and Bluetooth compatibility.
You see it again in terms of control methods. While it’s fairly common for massage chairs to offer a remote, and some also offer either a built-in control panel on a swing arm, or an abbreviated set of controls built into the arm itself, the Imperial offers a remote, a 7” touch screen control panel, and an app, giving you three different ways to control every aspect of the chair. That’s incredible.
Air Ionizer + Chromotherapy
Then there are the finishing touches like air ionization and Chromotherapy lighting. Neither of these are essential to a great massage but were included anyway because some people simply love having access to them.
Final Thoughts on the Infinity Imperial
Remember, when we put the Imperial in a head to head matchup with the world's best massage chair, it won handily, and it’s easy to see why. 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.
Our chief complaint is the fact that it won’t accommodate users taller than 6’3”. We’d also like to see a third zero-gravity seating position and precise temperature controls on the offered heat, both of which are p
erfectly in keeping with the design philosophy behind the model.
Even in the absence of those things, though, the Imperial appeals to such a broad spectrum of users that it is entirely deserving of top honors.