Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Review

TL;DR Summary

Let's start this roundup review with a quick overview of what we think are the best massage chairs for home use today. We've divided our review to help you find the right massage chair whether you have over $3000 budget or not. 

Best Massage Chair  for Home Us​​​​e Over $3000

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Apex Pro Regent Main - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Regent

Best Massage Chair  for Home Use Under $3000

Kahuna LM6800

What makes a great massage chair for home use?

It’s a question we get on a regular basis here at the Chair Institute, and we wanted to create an article that was custom-designed to answer it, and to make some definitive recommendations.

So here, we’ll present you our top picks for the best massage chairs for home use over $3000 and under $3000. Then we'll highlight the best features of each so you’ve got all the information you need to find the perfect chair for you.

How to Choose a Massage Chair for Home Use

Space-Saving Technology

Far and away the most important single feature that makes a massage chair ideal for home use is Space-Saving Technology.

If you run a business, and plan to buy one or more massage chairs for your clients, then it is presumed that you’ve got space dedicated for that purpose, or you wouldn’t be shopping in the first place, but the space in your home has to perform multiple roles, because after all, you have to live there.

Few people have an entire spare room they can dedicate as a “massage room,” which is why we regard this as the most critical element in a great chair for home use.

Hideaway Ottoman + Memory Slots

The other two big considerations are the hideaway ottoman and the presence of memory slots.

In the case of the former feature, it’s mostly an aesthetic issue, and the presence of a hideaway ottoman simply disguises the chair’s true nature, making it look like an ordinary piece of living room furniture when not in use.

In the case of the latter, this is a huge perk if there are multiple members of your household using the chair, because everyone can pre-program their favorite settings and recall them at the touch of a button.

Besides these things, home users tend to place more of a premium on convenience features, so if a design has enough of these stacked together, it could make up for the absence of at least one of the “Big Three” mentioned above.

Price

One final consideration is this: massage chairs have a huge range in prices, ranging from below a thousand bucks to more than ten thousand.

Because of this enormous variance, we’ve decided to break our roundup review into two segments: Over $3000 and Under $3000. That way, our review is relevant to people of different income and budget levels.

Unfortunately, as we conducted our survey, we didn’t find a single model that had all three of our primary features bundled together. For our purposes then, the ideal chair for home use does not currently exist, but just because that is the case, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great contenders on the market today.


Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Over $3000

Spending $3000 for a massage chair may sound expensive. But that's what most mid-priced, feature-rich massage chairs cost nowadays. Many more massage chairs will cost you more than that. 

But if you're not worried about spending more than $3000, then the first half of our review will be of particular interest to you.

In the chart below, we’ve listed the five best massage chairs for home use over $3000.

Best Massage Chair for Home Use Over $3000

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Apex Pro Regent Main - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Regent

Infinity Iyashi

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Kahuna LM7800 Main - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM7800

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Apex Pro Vista Main - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Vista

Fujita SMK92

Price

$$$$$

$$$$

$$$

$$$

$$$

Space-Saving

Memory

Hideaway Ottoman

Track 

S-Track

Hybrid L/S

Hybrid L/S

Hybrid L/S

S-Track

 Rollers

Quad rollers

Quad rollers

Quad rollers

Quad rollers

Quad rollers

Airbags

31

38

36

30

46

Pros

Offers advanced features such as 4D roller tech, multiple heat, following arm massage, 3 memory slots, rhythm massage, and fine-grained controls.

Designed to save space. Enjoy features like chromotherapy, zero-gravity position, body stretch, waist twist function, and MP3 support. 

Space-saving. Has 3 zero-gravity seating positions, extensive back heat, waist twist function, and comprehensive calf and foot massage, and MP3 support.

Has most of the basic features you'd want in a massage chair such as 2 zero-gravity positions, lumbar heat, vibration massage, and dual foot rollers.

Offers therapeutic features such as 4D roller tech, body stretch, foot stretch, and foot heat. Has 2 memory slots and the highest number of airbags.

Cons

Doesn't have space-saving technology or zero-gravity position

No memory slots and hideaway ottoman. Heat is limited to the lumbar area only. 

No memory function or foldaway ottoman. 

Doesn't have memory function or hideaway ottoman. 

Not space-saving. No hideaway ottoman. Doesn't have zero-gravity position. 

Our Verdict

Highly recommended. A masterpiece of design with loads of innovations!

Recommended for those who want a therapeutic massage chair but space is a concern

Recommended for leg and calf pain sufferers who like extra features while still saving space.

Recommended for hobbyists or casual users who have very limited space.

Recommended for chronic pain sufferers whom space is not an issue. 

Baseline Rating*

4.59

4.2

4.3

4.26

4.0

Top Pick for Home Use Over $3000

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Apex Pro Regent Main - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Regent

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended. A masterpiece of design with loads of innovations!

PROS

Offers advanced features such as 4D roller tech, multiple heat, following arm massage, 3 memory slots, rhythm massage, and fine-grained controls.

CONS

Doesn't have space-saving technology or zero-gravity position.

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Second Pick

Infinity Iyashi

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for those who want a therapeutic massage chair but space is a concern.

PROS

Designed to save space. Enjoy features like chromotherapy, zero-gravity position, body stretch, waist twist function, and MP3 support.

CONS

No memory slots and hideaway ottoman. Heat is limited to the lumbar area only.

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Third Pick

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Kahuna LM7800 Main - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM7800

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for leg and calf pain sufferers who like extra features while still saving space.

PROS

Space-saving. Has 3 zero-gravity seating positions, extensive back heat, waist twist function, and comprehensive calf and foot massage, and MP3 support.

CONS

No memory function or foldaway ottoman.

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Also Good 

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Apex Pro Vista Main - Chair Institute

Apex Pro Vista

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for hobbyists or casual users who have very limited space.

PROS

Has most of the basic features you'd want in a massage chair such as 2 zero-gravity positions, lumbar heat, vibration massage, and dual foot rollers.

CONS

Doesn't have memory function or hideaway ottoman.

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Honorable Mention

Fujita SMK92

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for chronic pain sufferers whom space is not an issue.

PROS

Offers therapeutic features such as 4D roller tech, body stretch, foot stretch, and foot heat. Has 2 memory slots and the highest number of airbags.

CONS

Not space-saving. No hideaway ottoman. Doesn't have zero-gravity position.

More Specifications...

(*) 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.

A Few Notes

Before we take a detailed look at each of the designs above, a few observations about the models listed here:

  • In this segment, we see that Apex dominates, with two models featured in the final five.
  • No one chair has all three of the “Big Three” featured together.
  • If you'd look at both tables, you'll see that the home use segment of the market is dominated by just three companies – Apex, Kahuna and Infinity (each has two models out of the ten we’ve featured), while Relaxonchair (our off-brand darling), Omega, Human Touch, and Fujita each put one model on the board.
  • Taken as a whole, the entire Human Touch product line wins handily in the “best for home use” category, but their individual models tend to be tightly focused so as to cater to narrow segments within that market, and in general, you’ll pay a premium for their aesthetic.

Having said all that, let’s take a closer look at our winners in this segment.

Top 5 Recliners for Home Use Over $3000 In Detail

Mighty Apex Pro Regent

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.59

Summary

An absolute masterpiece of a chair for any type of user, and is well-deserving of its 5-Star rating. Loaded with features, the Apex AP Pro Regent delivers a truly superior massage experience from start to finish.

*Brand Reliability 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.

The Apex Pro Regent is a masterpiece of a chair, no matter how you slice it. It’s just glorious. Yes, you’ll pay a premium price for it, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for.

Synergy is the best word to describe the model. All its features work so beautifully together that it boggles the mind.

Here are just a few of the highlights:​

  • The chair is built around an S-Track and utilizes quad rollers to render its massage.
  • This is enhanced by a two-stage roller adjustment feature, using both automated body scanning technology and manual control buttons on the remote for fine-tuning.
  • It also uses 4D roller tech, which allows the rollers to move up to 3” away from the massage track to deliver a deep tissue massage experience as desires.
  • The Air Massage Mode is exquisite, with fine-grained body region controls, allowing you to totally customize the experience.
  • This includes features like the “following arm massage” which adjusts the arm massage ports depending on the angle of recline, allowing a perfect experience regardless of the position the chair is in.
  • The hideaway ottoman allows the chair to disguise itself as a piece of ordinary living room furniture when not in use.
  • Blanket Heat is provided, allowing heat to the front of your torso, even as you enjoy the onboard lumbar heat and the heated leg massage ports (the entire port is heated, by the way!).
  • Plenty of massage options, including one advanced technique (Shiatsu) and a variety of pre-programmed options designed for one-touch access.
  • Deep Spot Massage, which is functionally identical to the “Zone” massage function we talked about earlier.
  • And on top of all that, you also get three memory slots, allowing you to create your own custom massage experience and save the settings for immediate recall later.
Best Massage Chairs for Home Apex AP Pro Regent Zero Gravity - Chair Institute

With two of the “Big Three” features critical for home use, and an ocean of extras and finishing touches like this, it’s easy to see why the Pro Regent is our top pick in this segment.

It even offers music support and rhythm massage, which syncs the action of the rollers with the beat of whatever music you’re listening to. A remarkable chair, by a great company.


Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.2

Summary

An exquisitely well-designed model that offers a little something for everyone. The Infinity Iyashi massage chair is recommended for anyone from chronic pain sufferers to hobbyist users, including taller people up to 6’5”.

*Brand Reliability 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.

The Dreamwave, by Inada, is widely regarded as “The Best Massage Chair in the World.”

We mention that fact here because we did a head-to-head comparison between it and Infinity’s Iyashi, and although the Iyashi is a significantly less expensive chair, it only narrowly lost to the Dreamwave.

While it didn’t earn a perfect score from us, it is a great chair, cheaper than our top pick in this category, and an excellent design that’s engineered for home use.

One thing it does better than our winner in this category is that it utilizes a long massage track (Hybrid L/S, versus the standard S-Track employed by the Pro Regent). This allows its quad rollers to go beyond the small of your back, under the seat to massage your glutes and thighs.

Other highlights of this model:

  • Two Zero-G seating positions to further enhance the massage experience.
  • A variety of roller-based options, including one advanced technique (Shiatsu).
  • An air massage that’s superior to the Pro Regent, owing to the slightly larger number of Second Generation Airbags employed, made even better by an impressive six different intensity settings for this mode.
  • Lumbar Heat.
  • Zone Massage Mode for focusing the rollers on the places your back hurts the most.
  • A calf and foot massage that’s customizable via roller speed adjustment.
  • MP3 music support.
  • An adjustable massage timer.
  • Chromotherapy (LED lights on the sides of the chair that provide a soothing experience).

Body Stretch + Waist Twist

In addition to all that, the real stand-out feature of the Iyashi's design is the fact that it incorporates both Body Stretch and Waist Twist technology, in tandem. The reason this is so impressive is that the feature pairing has tremendous synergy and provides greater therapeutic value than either one alone.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, then you know that your pain level fluctuates over time. Some days it’s quite intense, and other days it’s better.

On the days when your pain level is at its highest, the Body Stretch may be too aggressive for you to use, which would usually put you in a Catch-22. The feature can alleviate your pain, but it’s too strong for you to use.

That’s where this pairing shines because, on those bad pain days, you can use the Waist Twist, which is a milder form of Body Stretching that provides the same benefits.

Both provide almost immediate pain relief by taking pressure off compressed discs in your spine, much like a chiropractic adjustment does, and the presence of both together gives you enormous flexibility regarding managing, controlling and ultimately conquering your pain.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, this feature combination alone makes the Iyashi worth a second look.​


Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.3

Summary

An exceptional, well-appointed mid-range massage chair, filled with features, options, and therapeutic benefits. The Kahuna LM7800 massage chair is recommended for hobbyist users and chronic pain sufferers.

*Brand Reliability 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.

The LM7800 is the big brother to the Kahuna LM6800, which took top honors in our “Under $3000” category. While it can’t quite measure up to the Apex Pro Regal, it is an excellent model. Modestly priced and filled with features you’ll love. 

Feature Summary

  • Ultra-Long Massage Track (Hybrid L/S) and Quad Rollers which closely mimic the feel of human hands.
  • Two-step roller adjustment methodology, relying on both Body Scanning Tech and manual roller and massage field width adjustment buttons on the remote.
  • Space Saving.
  • Three different Zero-G seating options for maximum comfort.
  • A variety of options, including one advanced massage technique (Shiatsu).
  • An Air Massage superior to our segment leader, rendered by 36 Second Generation Airbags.
  • MP3 Support, so you can listen to your favorite music while enjoying your massage.
  • A fully adjustable massage timer.

A Few Things to Consider

The model gets one (small) black mark and has two features that deserve special attention.

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Kahuna LM7800 Calf & Foot Rollers - Chair Institute
Waist Twist

The negative is that although Kahuna is known for having the industry’s best Body Stretch Technology (in the form of their patented “Yoga Stretch”), for some reason, this model does not feature it, utilizing a milder Waist Twist instead. That’s not a deal breaker for most people but is something to make a note of.

Heat Function

The two stand-out features of the design are the chair’s extensive heat, offered in the back, not just the lumbar region, but all the way to the mid-back, and in the leg massage ports.

Calf & Foot Massage

This brings us to the second of the model’s outstanding features, the calf and foot massage. It is rendered by a combination of airbags (where the Kahuna’s larger number of airbags serves it well), quad rollers and heated leg massage ports (calf only).

This combination of technologies renders an absolutely sublime calf and foot massage, and if you suffer from chronic leg pain, or spend several hours of every day on your feet, this will almost certainly be the feature you like best.

Even if you don’t suffer from that problem, this chair has so much to offer that it’s hard not to fall in love with it.​


Apex Pro Vista Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.26

Summary

A solid entrant in the Apex lineup. Well-designed and versatile, the Apex AP Vista massage chair offers several convenience features, plus therapeutic value for people with chronic pain in the lower back and lower extremities. Recommended for anyone with limited space.

*Brand Reliability 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.

The second of Apex’s models to be featured in the final five didn’t quite earn a perfect rating, but it also didn’t miss the mark by much. As with the other models we’ve looked at so far, there’s a lot to like here, including:

  • The long, Hybrid L/S massage track allowing the chair’s Quad Rollers a broader range of movement.
  • 3D Body Scanning Tech for automated roller positioning.
  • Three Zero-G seating positions.
  • Therapeutic heat (lumbar only).
  • A variety of massage options, including one advanced massage technique (Shiatsu).

As you can see, this is a good feature set, but somewhat more limited than the other models we’ve looked at so far, which is why it didn’t rank higher on our list.

The Apex Pro Vista's main limitations are the somewhat underwhelming Air Massage (lowest airbag count of any chair on our list), and lack of body stretching and lack of MP3 support. Of course, those are only negatives if you care about those features, if you don’t, why pay extra for things you don’t plan on using?

This then is a scaled back model that offers great core functionality, but skimps on some of the extras that certain segments of the market find important.​


Fujita SMK 92 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.0

Summary

An excellent, robust design, and even better, frequently found on sale. The Fujita SMK92 is recommended for anyone, but especially those who suffer from chronic back or foot pain. If you find it on sale, add half a point to the final rating, as it becomes an exceptional value for the money.

*Brand Reliability 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.

This is an interesting model because in some ways it seems limited, and in others, it is exceptional. What you really see here is that Fujita SMK 92 model is highly optimized for and targeted at a very particular type of user.

If you are that type, then this is going to be your favorite chair of the bunch. If you’re not, then you’ll probably find it somewhat lacking.

Also of interest is the fact that this model is unique in that it is the only one that made our finalist list (in either segment) that does not feature either a Hideaway Ottoman or Space-Saving Technology. It made the list on the strength of its two offered memory slots.

Feature Summary

  • Short massage track (S-Track) and Quad Rollers – if you’re looking for a roller-based glute or thigh massage, this isn’t the model for you.
  • Two-step roller adjustment (Body Scanning Tech, plus manual control via the remote).
  • A variety of roller-based massage options, including one advanced technique (Shiatsu).
  • Magnificent Air Massage, featuring 46 Second Generation Airbags (highest in the chart).
  • 4D Roller Technology – while the massage track might be short, this does enable a deep tissue massage of the back, which is important to those who suffer from chronic pain.
  • Body Stretching AND a separate Foot Stretch, making the calf and foot massage exceptional
  • Heated foot wells with temperature control. 

As you can see then, SMK 92 chair was designed with chronic pain sufferers in mind.

If your pain level is severe, the roller-based massage might be too intense, in which case the Air Massage can wrap you gently in a blanket of air and easy your pain away.

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Fujita SMK92 Zeor G Position - Chair Institute

If you need a more intense experience, then the 4D Roller Tech can be employed to give you a deep tissue massage from your neck to the small of your back.

If your legs are sore, then the vast number of airbags, combined with foot rollers and temperature-controlled leg heat ports will have you feeling better in no time.

​On the other hand, if you don’t suffer from chronic pain in those areas, this chair can leave you feeling wanting.


Massage Chair for Home Use Over $3000 Conclusion

We’ve just stepped you through ten of the best massage chairs for home use, geared toward a variety of income levels, to make this roundup review as helpful and detailed as possible.

As you can see, while there are no models currently for sale that hit all the requirements that would make it ideal, there are lots of great choices here.

Even if you disagree with our top pick in each category, any of the models we’ve highlighted here would serve you well and would make an excellent addition to your home.

Here are some of the reasons you may find yourself disagreeing with our top pick, the Apex Pro Regent, in this category:

  • The Infinity Iyashi offers the greatest number of convenience features (MP3 support, Chromotherapy, etc.) that hobbyist users find appealing. If that describes you, then this model will probably be your top pick.
  • The Kahuna LM7800 stands out as providing a great mix of features that will appeal to both hobbyist and therapeutic users alike and has an exceptional calf and foot massage that both types of users will enjoy.
  • The Apex Pro Vista is geared more for people who just want a great, basic massage and some therapeutic features without a lot of extra bells and whistles.
  • The Fujita SMK 92 is hands down the best, most powerful therapeutic chair on the list. It can be used by hobbyists, of course, but casual users will likely find it lacking some of the features they care about. If you’re in pain, though and are looking for a cost-effective chair for home use, this one will rank higher on your list.

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Under $3000

If you don't want to spend more than $3000, but want something in the mid-range, then here's our top five picks for you:

Best Massage Chair for Home Use Under $3000

Kahuna LM6800

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Infinity-Evoke - Chair Institute

Infinity Evoke

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Relaxonchair MK IV - Chair Institute

Relaxonchair MK IV

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Omega Aires - Chair Institute

Omega Aires

Human Touch HT 7120

Price

$$

$$$$

$$$

$

$$$$$

Space-Saving

Memory

Hideaway Ottoman

Track

Hybrid L/S

S-Track

Hybrid L/S

S-Track

Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Airbags

36

38

28

19

4

Pros

Best body-stretch in the business. Far and away the best value for the money.

Superbly appointed chair wit​​​​h lots of features you’ll love.

Well-appointed chair, lots of popular extras.

Stylish. Doesn’t look like a massage chair when not in use, and barely looks like one when in use. Inexpensive.

Stylish. Doesn’t look like a massage chair when not in use.

Cons

No memory function.

No memory function. On the expensive side. S-Track limits massage area.

As an off-brand, post-purchase support and repair can be problematic.

No rollers. Air massage only. If you’re a fan of air massage, this won’t matter, but can be a deal breaker for some. No memory function.

Expensive. Requires a fair amount of room to fully recline. S-Track limits massage area. No memory function.

Our Verdict

Highly recommended for anyone.

Recommended, but more for its hobbyist features than its therapeutic ones.

Recommended. A great lesser-known brand that deserves more press than it gets.

Recommended for those on a budget who love air massage and don’t mind the lack of rollers.

Recommended for those whom aesthetics are key, but there are better values on the market.

Baseline Rating*

4.59

4.45

3.79

3.83

4.29

Top Pick for Home Use Under $3000

Kahuna LM6800

RATING

PRICE

$$

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended for anyone.

PROS

Best body-stretch in the business. Far and away the best value for the money.

CONS

No memory function.

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Runner Up

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Infinity-Evoke - Chair Institute

Infinity Evoke

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, but more for its hobbyist features than its therapeutic ones.

PROS

Superbly appointed chair with lots of features you’ll love.

CONS

No memory function. On the expensive side. S-Track limits massage area.

More Specifications...

Second Runner Up

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Relaxonchair MK IV - Chair Institute

Relaxonchair MK IV

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended. A great lesser-known brand that deserves more press than it gets.

PROS

Well-appointed chair, lots of popular extras.

CONS

As an off-brand, post-purchase support and repair can be problematic.

More Specifications...

Also Good

Best Massage Chairs for Home Use Omega Aires - Chair Institute

Omega Aires

RATING

PRICE

$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for those on a budget who love air massage and don’t mind the lack of rollers.

PROS

Stylish. Doesn’t look like a massage chair when not in use, and barely looks like one when in use. Inexpensive.

CONS

No rollers. Air massage only. If you’re a fan of air massage, this won’t matter, but can be a deal breaker for some. No memory function.

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Honorable Mention

Human Touch HT 7120

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended for those for whom aesthetics are key, but there are better values on the market.

PROS

Stylish. Doesn’t look like a massage chair when not in use.

CONS

Expensive. Requires a fair amount of room to fully recline. S-Track limits massage area. No memory function.

More Specifications...

(*) 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.

Before we start discussing the chairs on the chart above, there are a few interesting notes to make about the chart itself.

  • First, no one company dominates this segment of the market. Five finalists, five different companies, including one off-brand that makes a surprisingly strong appearance, placing third.
  • Second, although no single chair has more than one of the “Big Three” features we talked about before, our top three feature space-saving tech, while the bottom two feature the hideaway ottoman.
  • Third, our baseline rankings are useful in this context, but only tell part of the story, because they rate massage chairs across multiple dimensions that extend far beyond simply which one is the best for home use, so bear that in mind when looking at the numbers!
  • It’s also interesting to note that three of our finalists utilize a track and roller system; one doesn’t have a track at all, relying solely on airbags to render its massage; and one that only has four airbags to facilitate body stretching. 

Depending on how you feel about Air Massage Mode, that information may well color your thinking.

Prices span a relatively broad spectrum here, from sub-$1000 to the very top of the band we’re looking at here, so there’s a little something for everyone.

Having said that, let’s start by taking a look at our winner in this category.

Top 5 Recliners for Home Use Under $3000 In Detail

Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair

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!

*Brand Reliability 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.

The Kahuna LM6800 model has placed first in other roundup reviews we’ve done, and for a good reason. It packs an almost ridiculous amount of functionality into an incredibly modestly priced chair. It’s the second cheapest chair in this category but has as many, or more features than its more expensive competitors.

There’s so much to like about this model that it’s hard to know where to begin.

L/S Track

The Hybrid L/S-Track is a pleasant surprise, allowing the chair’s quad rollers to travel far beyond the base of your spine to your glutes and the backs of your spine.

Zero-Gravity Seating

Massage quality is made even better by virtue of the presence of three Zero-G seating options, which recline you to a position where your knees are elevated slightly above your heart.

From here, most of your body’s weight is pressing down against the rollers, resulting in a deeper, more penetrating, and ultimately more satisfying massage experience. The presence of three different positions to choose from is just icing on the cake!

Of course, massage quality isn’t based just on track length and the type of rollers being used. If those rollers aren’t hitting where it hurts, your experience is going to be sub-optimal.

Body Scan

The LM6800 solves for this by using a two-pronged approach. First, before your massage begins, the onboard computer takes a scan of your back and makes a series of automatic adjustments to the position of the rollers and the width of the massage field, to make it better align with your body’s pressure points.

If the technology should fail for some reason, the remote has buttons on it that allow you to make manual adjustments, which guarantees you’ll get a world-class massage every time you use the chair.

Air Massage + Roller Massage

Where the Air Massage is concerned, the LM6800 comes up slightly short, utilizing First Generation Airbags. It’s not a bad experience, but if you have occasion to test all the chairs we talk about here, you’ll find that Infinity’s Evoke renders a superior experience, and the Relaxonchair MK IV is roughly on par.

Where the roller-based massage is concerned, you’ll find a lot to like. The chair’s got all the basics covered, and offers one advanced technique (Shiatsu). There are also five pre-programmed options, but these are defined by different body regions as follows:​

  • Neck to Waist
  • Lower back to Waist
  • Neck to Glutes
  • Mid-Back to Glutes
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Perhaps the best part about the roller-based massage, though, is the “Zone” button.

This allows you to interrupt any currently running massage program and focus the rollers exactly where it hurts, maximizing the therapeutic benefits of the massage you’re getting.

Extensive Heat

Less than half the massage chairs on the market today offer heat of any kind and most of the ones that do offer it only in the lumbar region.

Again, the LM6800 shines here, providing heat that covers the lower half of your back and your calves, thanks to heating elements in t