Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Review

TL;DR Summary

Before we dive deep into the analysis conducted in our search for the overall best massage chair under 3000 dollars, we show you the results of our research in the comparison table below.

Best Massage Chair Under $3000 Comparison Table

Best Massage Chair Under $3000

Kahuna SM 7300

Infinity Evoke

Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Infinity Escape - Chair Institute

Infinity Escape

RelaxOnChair MK IV

Cozzia 16027

Price

$$$

$$$

$$$$

$$

$$$

Track Design 

Hybrid-S/L Track

S-Track 

Hybrid-S/L Track

Hybrid-S/L Track

S-Track

Roller Array

Six Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

Quad Rollers

No. of Airbags

18

38 

38

28 

36

Advanced Techniques

Shiatsu

Shiatsu

Shiatsu

Shiatsu

Shiatsu and Swedish

Heat

Lumbar

Lumbar

Lumbar

Lower Back Heat

Lumbar

Foot / Calf Massage

Airbags and multi-function scraping, rolling and kneading foot massage

Airbags and Tri-Rollers

Airbags and Tri-rollers

Airbags and Dual, Shiatsu Rollers

Airbags only

Zero-G Positions

1

1

1

2

2

Extras

Space-Saving Design, Body Stretch, Adjustable Timer, LED Lighting

Space-saving technology, Body Stretch, (Somewhat) Adjustable Timer

Body Stretch, (Somewhat) Adjustable Timer

Space-saving technology, Body Stretch, Adjustable Timer, Memory Function

Adjustable Timer

Pros

Innovative six-roller system. Great feature set. Superb foot and calf massage. Specifically designed for big and tall users.

Best chair in its price range. Full of features you’ll love.

Shares all the great features of the Evoke, plus a longer massage track.

Inexpensive and feature rich.

Two advanced massage techniques!

Cons

Relatively weak air massage.

S-Track limits massage area.

Pricey.

Off-brand can make post-sales repair and support problematic.

Unimpressive foot and calf massage. Not as feature-rich as other, comparably priced models. S-Track limits massage area.

Our Verdict

Recommended, especially for big and tall users!

Highly recommended.

Recommended, but unless you just love the brand, the Relaxonchair MK IV is the better value for the money.

A superb value, and highly recommended.

Swedish massage can be tough to find in a massage chair. If you’re looking for that in particular, this model is highly recommended. Otherwise, there are better values to be found.

Baseline Rating*

4.55

4.45

4.41

3.79 (4.25 if you're not brand conscious)

3.96

(*) 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 Massage Chair Under $3000 - Top Pick

Kahuna SM 7300

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, especially for big and tall users!

PROS

Innovative six-roller system. Great feature set. Superb foot and calf massage. Specifically designed for big and tall users.

CONS

Relatively weak air massage.

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Runner Up

Infinity Evoke

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Highly recommended.

PROS

Best chair in its price range. Full of features you’ll love.

CONS

S-Track limits massage area.

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Also Good

Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Infinity Escape - Chair Institute

Infinity Escape

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

OUR VERDICT

Recommended, but unless you just love the brand, the Relaxonchair MK iv is the better value for the money.

PROS

Shares all the great features of the Evoke, plus a longer massage track.

CONS

Pricey.

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Affordable Choice

RelaxOnChair MK IV

RATING

PRICE

$$

OUR VERDICT

A superb value, and highly recommended.

PROS

Inexpensive and feature rich.

CONS

Off-brand can make post-sales repair and support problematic.

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Honorable Mention

Cozzia 16027

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Swedish massage can be tough to find in a massage chair. If you’re looking for that in particular, this model is highly recommended. Otherwise, there are better values to be found.

PROS

Two advanced massage techniques!

CONS

Unimpressive foot and calf massage. Not as feature-rich as other, comparably priced models. S-Track limits massage area.

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Do you suffer from a pain in the neck (or back)?

We’re not talking about an annoying neighbor or a pet that won’t leave you alone... but actual pain.

Well, if you’ve always wanted a massage chair for home use and you have some money to spend, then you’re going to love this review. While it’s possible to find a decent chair in the $1000-$2000 range, if you’re willing to spend a little more ($2000-$3000 range), you can really get a great chair.

At this price point, you’re getting into the mid-range of the market, and the chairs you’ll find here are full-featured, and most of them include extras and conveniences you just don’t see in lower-priced models. There are a lot of massage chairs to choose from in this segment of the market, so it was tough to narrow the field to just five.

We took a deep dive into the massage chairs in this price range and managed to cull the list. From there, we determined an overall winner. But, as you’ll see from the chart above, it was a closely fought battle.

The reality is that any of these models will serve you well. In fact, your “best in class” pick might even differ from ours. That’s okay – as long as you get the perfect massage chair for you, we’re happy!

About This Roundup

One of the interesting things to note about the finalists in this table is the fact that just as Cozzia dominated the under $2000 category, capturing two positions in that roundup, Infinity has similarly dominated this category.

Another point of interest is that there are two “off-brands” in our top five: Cozzia and Relaxonchair. That’s striking because it demonstrates how good the off-brands have gotten, particularly in the lower to the lower-middle end of the market.

Finally, in addition to capturing two of the top five picks in the Under $2000 segment, Cozzia is also represented in the top five here, making it the best-represented brand in the $1000 - $3000 segment. That’s quite an achievement for a brand that few people have heard of!

Now, let’s take a look at our overall winner from among these, the best massage chairs under $3000!

Top 5 Massage Chairs Under $3000 In More Detail

Kahuna SM7300

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.55

Summary

The Kahuna SM7300 massage chair is an exceptional massage chair that can be enjoyed by anyone, especially big and tall users.

*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 is one of the most well-respected brands in the industry, chiefly known for two things. First, they tend to build their chairs with big and tall people in mind. Second, they offer the best body stretch in the industry.

Both of those strengths are on display in this model. In fact, the SM7300 is specifically designed with big and tall people in mind, and if you’re average-sized, you may not “fit” into this chair, because it’s simply too big for you!

Remember the scene from the movie “Alien” when the humans wandered into the spaceship and found the giant chair?

Well, the SM7300 isn’t quite that big, but you get the idea, this is a monster-sized chair!

Because it’s so tightly targeted to big and tall users, we deducted some points from its overall rating, or else it would have been ranked higher. Given its particular focus, however, it appeals to a somewhat smaller segment of the market, which is reflected in our ranking.

Make no mistake. However, there’s a lot to like about this chair.​

Feature Highlights of the SM7300

  • Ultra-Long Massage Track, courtesy of the Hybrid-L/S design.
  • Built with Space-Saving Technology, which helps to offset the sheer size of the chair.
  • (One) Zero-G seating position.
  • Both Body Scanning Tech and manual roller positioning via the remote.
  • A generous number of options and pre-programmed massage options, making it appealing to people who may not be as tech-savvy.
  • Zone massage mode for roller concentration where it hurts.
  • Lumbar heat for those with chronic lower back pain.
  • An adjustable timer.
  • LED lighting (chromotherapy).
  • And of course, the company’s famous Yoga Body Stretch, which is the best stretch in the business.
Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Kahuna SM7300 Air Massage - Chair Institute

All those things, however, just describe the model’s “regular” features. Amazingly, the SM7300 has not one but two different features we consider to be stand-outs. These are:

Calf & Foot Massage

This is superb and rendered via a methodology you literally won’t find anywhere else. Where most chairs that offer the feature use a combination of airbags and foot rollers, the SM7300 combines airbags with rollers that simultaneously scrape, roll and knead your feet, for an experience that’s simply out of this world.

A Six-roller System

The current industry standard is to utilize quad rollers on the massage track because these closely mimic the feel of human hands. The SM7300 uses a groundbreaking six roller system which gives you a roller-based massage of unmatched quality.

We’ve examined nearly a hundred different massage chairs at this point, and the SM7300 is literally the only chair we’ve reviewed so far that offers this feature. You won’t believe how good the roller-based massage is.

Airbags

If the 7300 has one weakness, it lies in the fact that the model only offers 18 airbags, which is about half what our second pick has.

These are Second Generation Airbags, so the air massage is certainly of acceptable quality, but there’s nothing remarkable about it, and every other chair on our list outperforms it in this regard. If air massage is a critical feature for you, then you’ll be underwhelmed.

That’s the only shortcoming you’ll find in the model, however. If you’re a big and tall person, you’ll be head over heels for this design.​


Infinity Evoke Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.45

Summary

An excellent, well-priced model, filled with high-value therapeutic features. The Infinity Evoke massage chair is recommended for chronic pain sufferers who are no taller than 6’2”. Not for casual or hobbyist use.

*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.

A tremendously good chair, but definitely more geared toward those with therapeutic needs than hobbyist users. Not to say that some hobbyist users won’t be pleased, but people who suffer from chronic pain will almost certainly find more to love here.

Here are the highlights:

  • Zero-Gravity Seating – True, there’s only a single position and more options here would be nice, but this certainly enhances the overall experience. 
  • Excellent Foot & Calf Massage – Most chairs in this price range utilize a combination of airbags and dual rollers. Evoke ups the ante here by using tri-rollers in the bottom of the footwells.  The addition of those extra rollers make a notable difference, and if you spend several hours a day on your feet, this feature alone makes the chair worth buying.
  • Lumbar Heat – A highly sought after feature, in particular among those who suffer from chronic lower back pain. Massage is nice, but heat + massage is even better. 
Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Infinity Evoke Body Stretch - Chair Institute
  • Body Stretching – This is hands-down the most powerful therapeutic feature massage chairs offer, and in the Evoke’s case, the body stretching is quite aggressive.
    If you suffer from chronic pain, it may be too much for you to use without a warm-up. Hence, it is recommended that you start with a massage with heat activated to loosen your back before attempting the stretch.
    In any case, it’s an incredible addition that provides almost immediate pain relief by taking pressure off the compressed discs in your spine in much the same way that a chiropractic adjustment does. Not to be missed!
  • Spot and Partial Massage Modes – This is another compelling benefit, allowing you to interrupt any massage program to focus the rollers on a tightly controlled spot of your choosing.
    This lets you spend as much time as you need to on the specific areas of your back that hurt the most, which is fantastic.
Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Infinity Evoke Main - Chair Institute

As you can see, this chair provides a lot of therapeutic punch for a fairly modest price, but it doesn’t stop there.

Although the track is relatively short (S-Track, where the majority of our finalists utilize a Hybrid-S/L Track), you’ll find plenty of massage options, including one advanced technique (Shiatsu) and half a dozen pre-programmed massage options.

Plus, with 38 Second Generation Airbags, the Evoke gives the best air massage in its class.

Perhaps the best part of the Infinity Evoke chair, though, is the fact that it’s remarkably easy to use.

This is expressed not just in the generous number of pre-programmed options, but also in the fact that it uses a two-step roller control system that includes a robust 3D Body Scan, and a simple massage timer adjustment feature paired with a well-designed remote.

When you combine that with the fact that it also utilizes Space-Saving Technology, it’s easy to see why this one won our best-in-class award.

Having said all that, there are a couple of caveats to keep in mind. This chair is tightly targeted to therapeutic users, and with no extension module built into the Ottoman, people who are taller than 6’2” may not have an optimal experience with this model.


Infinity Escape Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.41

Summary

An excellent model, well-priced and loaded with high-value therapeutic features. The Infinity Escape massage chair is recommended for chronic pain sufferers up to 6’5” in height. Not recommended for casual or hobbyist users.

*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 Infinity Escape is functionally similar to its less expensive cousin, the Evoke. As such, it’s also targeted primarily at users with therapeutic needs. The main difference is the fact that the Escape utilizes the Hybrid S/L-Track, allowing it to massage your glutes and the backs of your thighs.

Users who aren’t especially tech savvy will also enjoy the fact that the Escape features many more pre-programmed massage options (which is highly convenient, and as such, will appeal to hobbyist users as well), and taller users will appreciate the fact that in this upgrade, Infinity included an extension module.

The most curious change is the fact that while the Evoke offers four different roller intensity adjustments, the Escape only offers one. While the Infinity Evoke can be customized, making it accessible to hobbyist users, the Escape is a true Deep Tissue Massage chair, and can’t be anything else.​


Relaxonchair MK IV

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

3.79

Summary

An amazing achievement for an off-brand chair. The Relaxonchair MK-IV is filled with features offering lots of therapeutic benefits, offered at a great price. Recommended for anyone; taller users will be especially interested.

*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 Relaxonchair MK IV is the lowest cost model of our final five and a truly superb design. What makes it all the more surprising is the fact that it’s an off-brand that few even know about, making it a hidden gem.

Not only does it give you a superbly long massage track and quad rollers that closely mimic the feel of human hands, but it’s loaded with attractive features, including:

  • Zero-Gravity Seating - Two positions, which is more than what our top pick offers. 
  • Two-Stage Roller Positioning System - Body scanning tech, plus manual control via remote. 
  • Space-Saving Technology - Ideal for home use.
  • Therapeutic Heat - Extends from the lumbar region all the way to the mid-back.
  • Body Stretching - A feat for chronic pain sufferers. 

One of the chair’s two stand-out features is in its calf and foot massage. This is rendered via a combination of airbags and Shiatsu foot rollers, which gives you a world-class foot massage that’s superior even to what you get from vastly more expensive designs.

​The second is the availability of memory slots, three in all, which allow you to save your customized massage routines for recall at the touch of a button.

Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Relaxonchair MK IV Zero G - Chair Institute

This is an absolutely fantastic feature we wish more models would adopt and is of particular distinction here since the MK IV is the only model in our top five to offer it.

The chair is not without its shortcomings, however. You’ll find slightly fewer massage options and not quite as many airbags as our top picks, but for a chair, as modestly priced as this one is, we were amazed at how close it came to capturing the top spot. It is well deserving of the second place on our list.​


Cozzia 16027 Massage Chair

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

3.96

Summary

The Cozzia 16027 zero-gravity massage chair is a fantastic chair for casual use, with one high-value therapeutic addition. Recommended for casual/hobbyist users, people who suffer from chronic lower back pain, and users up to 6’4” in height.

*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.

Rounding out our top five finalists is another off-brand chair of amazing quality. The Cozzia is an exceptional chair for hobbyist/casual users with a surprisingly broad spectrum of capabilities.

Here are the highlights:​

  • Zero-G Seating – two positions available.
  • An impressive 36 airbags (quite comparable to the 38 offered by our top pick).
  • Two-Stage roller adjustment methodology (body scan plus manual).
  • Lumbar Heat.
  • And an adjustable massage timer.

The stand-out feature of the design, however, takes the form of the generous number of options the model makes available.

Best Massage Chairs Under $3000 Cozzia 16027 Zero G - Chair Institute

In addition to offering all the basics, you’ll find two advanced massage techniques (both Swedish and Shiatsu), which is unique among the five models we’ve highlighted here. Even better, the Cozzia 16027 offers eight different pre-programmed massage options, which is incredibly convenient.

All that, offered at a surprisingly modest price! If you’re a casual user, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better model.​


Final Verdict

As we said at the start, these are the very best massage chairs under 3000 dollars. While we stand by our top pick, the  Kahuna SM7300, here are some reasons you may want to consider the other finalists from the table above:

  • The Infinity Evoke is tightly targeted to therapeutic users - offering zero-gravity, lumbar heat, foot and calf massage, body stretching, and plenty of massage options for a fairly modest price! But if you’re taller than 6'2", you may not be able to enjoy its full potential. 
  • The Infinity Escape is functionally similar to the Evoke, but is geared more toward taller users, and will accommodate people up to 6’5” in height, and adds a longer massage track, utilizing the Hybrid-S/L Track.
  • If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest model in this category, then the chair you want is the Relaxonchair MK IV. It came in a strong second, so you’re not sacrificing much in the way of quality, but it will save you a bundle.
  • Finally, where the Infinity chairs are targeted squarely at therapeutic users, the Cozzia is perhaps the ideal chair for casual/hobbyist use. If that describes you, then it deserves a second look.

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