In a Nutshell:

The Hugchair is a little on the pricey side, but here, you’re paying for the branding and aesthetic—as much as anything else. It’s a decent chair but not one of the company’s best. Still, if you know a diehard Marvel fan, this might be a perfect gift. We don’t recommend it generally but do recommend it for Marvel fans.

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  • Marvel-themed chair
  • Minimalist design


  • High licensing fee
  • Limited functionality
Bodyfriend Hugchair 2.0 Marvel Massage Chair (Iron Man)

Recommended For: Marvel fans. Too pricey for the general user.

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Are you a diehard fan of the Marvel Universe superhero movies? Do you know someone who is? If so, and if you’re in the market for a massage chair, have you considered the possibility of combining the two?

If you’re like many (and perhaps most) people, you may not have even realized such a thing was possible, but it is!

Bodyfriend, a well-respected company in the industry, has created the world’s first “Superhero Massage Chair” as the Bodyfriend Hugchair. It comes in two variants, so if you want one, you can join “Team Captain America” or “Team Iron Man” and have a guaranteed conversation piece in whatever room you place the chair in.

There is, of course, a catch.

Bodyfriend has to pay a hefty fee to license the names and aesthetics. Naturally, that gets reflected in the final price of the chair, which is to say that on technical merits, you’ll pay a hefty premium for what amounts to a massage chair with basic functionality.

Bodyfriend Hugchair Captain America and Iron Man Variants and a table in the middle with vase, lamp, and books

On the other hand, how many people do you know who have their very own Iron Man (or Captain America) massage chair?! Probably not many, and that alone might be reason enough to get one for the right user.

Are you the right user?

Are you the person for whom this chair was built? 

In the sections that follow, we’ll explain everything this model offers so you can decide for yourself. If your interest is piqued, read on, and let’s look at what this one offers.

Bodyfriend Hug Chair Marvel Key Features

In most reviews of this type, we’ll mention the chair’s design, the upholstery color options available (if any), and similar details.

Here, aesthetically speaking, there’s only one thing to say: these chairs were designed in the image of either Captain America or Iron Man, depending on which one you get. The color schemes of both variants will be reflective of that.

Bodyfriend Hug Chair 2.0 Iron Man Variant with Iron Man logo on the head cushion and black, gold, and red upholstery
Iron Man

If you’re a huge fan of Marvel superhero movies, this fact might be absolutely thrilling to you. If you’re buying for a child or teenager, this might be close to the perfect massage chair.

On the other hand, if you’re not a fan, you’ll probably absolutely despise having one of these models in your living room. That’s also true if you have therapeutic needs. In that case, you’ll be much more interested in the features the chair you buy brings to the table and relatively less concerned about what it looks like. 

If you’re buying this chair to respond to a therapeutic need, it won’t impress you. And you’ll almost certainly not be interested in paying extra for the Marvel branding, but everyone is different.

Hug Chair 2.0 Iron Man and Captain America variants and their dimensions

The Bodyfriend Hugchair isn’t particularly large in terms of footprint, measuring 40.5″ D x 25.2″ W x 35.4″ H and weighing just 99 pounds. Even better, it’s built with wall-hugging technology, so you’ll only need 12 cm (4.7″) of space between the seatback and whatever wall you plan on placing the chair near to recline fully. 

That’s outstanding and will make it pretty easy to find a permanent home for the chair. Best of all, if you decide to move it later, it’s light enough that you won’t have any real issue with that.

Unfortunately, the simple truth is that not everybody will want a superhero-themed chair sitting in their living room, which defines this as a niche product right off the bat.

The Bodyfriend Hug Chair 2.0 Has (Mostly) Good Bones

Most of Bodyfriend’s chairs come sporting state-of-the-art technology, and this one is no exception.

Hugchair Captain America variant with SL track that starts at the neck and ends under the thighs

The chair has a long “SL Track,” which starts at the user’s neck and shoulders, travels down the seatback, then turns and continues under the seat.

This is excellent.

While there is no shortage of S-track massage chairs on the market today, the L-track is generally regarded as superior simply because it can render a massage covering a greater percentage of the user’s body.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. The massage track is only 2D, meaning the rollers can only travel along the X- and Y- axes. Since there is no Z-axis movement, the massage isn’t as deep as possible. 

It’s still quite good, courtesy of the chair’s industry-standard quad rollers, but if you’re looking for a deep tissue massage, this isn’t the chair you want.

The only other thing to mention before we leave this section is the fact that this model doesn’t offer any type of body scanning technology, which means that when you want a massage, you’ll need to spend a minute or two fiddling with the controls to manually adjust the position of the rollers to make sure they’re hitting all the right spots.

If you live alone or are the only person using the chair, this is (or can be) set and forget. But if you’re sharing the massage goodness, then you’ll need to do it every time you want a massage.

It’s by no means a crippling weakness in the design, but it is something to be mindful of.

The Bodyfriend Hug Chair Doesn’t Offer Many Massage Techniques

Unfortunately, this isn’t a strong segment of our Hug Chair 2.0 review. This is where we start running into the issue mentioned earlier: you’re paying a hefty premium for the branding. Still, functionality begins to suffer in order to keep the machine’s price reasonable.

Bodyfriend Hug Chair 2.0 Captain America variant and an illustration of the chair's various features and functions

It shows. Here are the techniques available on this model:

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Kneading & Tapping
  • Chopping
  • And Acupressure

Although Acupressure is somewhat similar to Shiatsu, the two techniques are different. This means this chair doesn’t have an advanced massage technique, which is a genuine disappointment, given the price.

Bodyfriend Hug Chair Captain America variant and an illustration of its massage rollers

Fortunately, the chair does offer a few different customization options. You’ll find three levels of speed/intensity available for the roller-based massage and four different pre-programmed massage routines, which are:

  • Neck/Shoulder
  • Waist/Back
  • Relaxing
  • Soothing

These are all pretty good, but again, given the limited number of techniques available, there’s only so much you can do with them regarding a pre-programmed massage.

Also, note that you’ll find controls on the remote that allow you to specify “upper” or “lower” body massage if you want to direct the rollers in one direction or the other.

Every massage you can get from the chair has a fifteen-minute runtime, and there is no massage timer. If you want a longer massage, you must “stack” them by ordering another once the first massage ends.

Two Zero-G Seating Options Available

Bodyfriend Hug Chair 2.0 Captain America variant in different zero gravity positions with the legs slightly elevated

This chair’s one therapeutic feature is Zero-G. You’ll find two different options here, and that’s great news for anyone with poor circulation or who has recently had surgery, as Zero-G will help facilitate faster healing.

It can also be used to slightly increase the overall massage intensity since your body weight presses more firmly against the rollers.

The result still doesn’t quite rise to the level of a deep tissue massage, but it gets closer and feels amazing.

No Heat

Bodyfriend Hug Chair 2.0 Iron Man variant with red and black synthetic leather upholstery and black base

This was another genuine disappointment for us. The Bodyfriend Hugchair does not offer heat, and it’s a feature that would have enhanced the design.

Less than half of the chairs on the market offer heat, but given the price of this one, we certainly would have expected it. Honestly, it would have been nice to see a second therapeutic feature incorporated into the design.

In any case, there’s no heat, so if you’re looking for a chair that offers it, this one isn’t a good fit.

A Minimalist Air Massage

Bodyfriend Hugchair Iron Man variant with Iron Man logo on the neck cushion and black, gold, and red faux leather upholstery

We’re starting to see more of this in new designs introduced into the market, and we can’t say we’re fans.

The Bodyfriend Hugchair sports two airbags—that’s not a typo. There are just two, one on each side of the seat and one under the armrests.

When you activate air massage mode, you will receive a hip/waist massage, which you can customize with three different intensity levels.

It feels good, but it’s incredibly limited, especially given the chair’s price. We were underwhelmed, and we’re sure most potential buyers will be, too.

No Calf and Foot Massage Either

Hug Chair Iron Man variant with Iron Man logo on the neck cushion, speakers in the headrest, and control buttons on one arm

Unfortunately, this model doesn’t offer calf and foot massages, either. Since there are no leg massage ports, that functionality cannot be built into the design.

This is another genuine disappointment. As you can see, while the chair does well with its feature implementations, the simple truth is that there are many gaps in the design.

Two High-Value Extras On Offer

Hug Chair 2.0 Iron Man variant with USB port and other basic controls on one arm and speakers built into the headrest

Given the number of blank spots on the design map, it was a pleasant surprise to find that the Hugchair sports two high-value extras. Here, you’ll find a USB charging port and Bluetooth speakers to keep your phone charged, so you can listen to your favorite music, audiobook, or podcast while enjoying a massage.

Sure, we would have liked to have seen more on this front, including a massage timer, which would definitely have added value, but the two “extras” on offer in this design are quite good, and we’ll certainly take them!

Pros & Cons of Bodyfriend Hug Chair 2.0

The biggest pro this chair brings to the table is also its biggest con. It’s a Marvel-themed chair, offered in the style of your choice of Captain America or Iron Man.

Unfortunately, as we mentioned earlier in this review, Bodyfriend had to pay a hefty fee to license the Marvel brand, which inevitably meant either offering a full-featured chair at a sky-high price or a minimalist massage chair at a higher-than-average price.

The company opted for the latter approach, leaving the Hugchair punching well below its weight class.

It’s not difficult to find a comparable-priced (or even slightly less expensive) chair that offers more raw functionality. To see our other BodyFriend chair reviews, click here.

Of course, those alternatives won’t remind you of Captain America or Iron Man, so it comes down to what’s more important to you.

Bodyfriend Hugchair Conclusion

The Hugchair is very much a niche product. Overall, we don’t recommend it, but if you’re a huge fan of the Marvel universe and the movies that stemmed from it and you also happen to be in the market for a massage chair, then this is absolutely the one you want because, as far as we know, it’s the only option available.

Unfortunately, the design lacks so many “missing” features (no heat, no calf and foot massage, no massage timer, no advanced massage techniques, etc.) that if you’re buying for functionality, this one will disappoint you.

The massage functions in this design are well implemented, which is very much to Bodyfriend’s credit; it’s just that there aren’t enough of them to make this a good option unless you’re also a diehard Marvel fan, and we cannot—in good conscience—recommend it for the broader market.

Other Options To Consider

If, after reading this review, you’ve decided that you’re not a big enough Marvel fan to buy a chair like this, here are some other options you may want to consider:

Forever Rest FR-6KSL Massage Chair

Recommended For: Anyone weighing up to 300 pounds who is on a budget and doesn’t have a specific therapeutic need.

This chair is offered by a company you may have never heard of, but this is an excellent option if you’re not especially brand-conscious. It won’t cost you a ton of money, but it has many features you’ll love and fills in many of the “feature gaps” found in the chair we just talked about.

Kahuna SM-7300 Massage Chair

Recommended For: Anyone, especially big and tall users.

Kahuna is one of the biggest and most respected companies in the massage chair industry. It has a stellar reputation, and its chairs are categorically good. The SM 7300 is an excellent example of its work. 

It’s brimming with features—including the company’s exceptional body stretch—and a staggering six-roller array, rendering an even better massage than the industry standard quad rollers. It’s an amazing chair that will serve you well, even if it doesn’t resemble Captain America or Iron Man.

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