In a Nutshell:
The HomCom Heated Massage Executive Office Chair is a low-cost, decent office chair, available in a modest selection of colors, with the added advantage of mild heat and a basic massage function. Recommended for chronic pain suffers and people with arthritis.
Value for the Money
Are your aches and pains keeping you from being as productive as you once were? Are you unhappy with your current office chair, and looking for a replacement that might help where managing your pain is concerned?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’re going to be intrigued by what you read here, in our review of the HomCom Heated Massage Executive Office Chair.
HomCom is probably a brand you haven’t heard of before. It’s one of the many smaller, off-brands playing the waters of the budget segment of the market. Their chairs are built in China and imported to the US for sale.
As with most off-brands, the production quality is somewhat lower than you’ll find in the more expensive chairs offered by bigger and better-established brands, but the tradeoff is that the price is delightfully low. You get the features you want, wrapped up in a relatively inexpensive package.
We’ll be quick to say that this isn’t a perfect chair and it’s not going to be for everyone. It is, however, an above average chair with some attractive features, and for the right user, it’s a solid choice.
Are you the user this chair was built for? Maybe so! We’ll dive into the specifics in the sections that follow so you can decide for yourself.
An Overview of the HomCom Heated Massage Executive Office Chair
The first thing you’ll notice about the HomCom Heated Massage Executive Office chair is that the design team didn’t take any chances. They didn’t try to create a stunning work of art or do anything fancy; they just built an office chair. It’s certainly not ugly, but it’s not something you’re going to ohh and ahh over, either. It’s functional. As such, it tends to blend in seamlessly with most home or office environments.
Before we dig into the specifics of the chair, let’s start by taking a broad overview of its basic stats. Here they are:
This is a good mix of stats that make the chair useful to the vast majority of the market. The seat height adjustment range starts low for shorter people, but also extends partway into the big and tall territory.
Combine that with the 300-pound weight limit, and this makes a good chair for smaller and average sized people, and some taller folk as well.
In addition to that, the chair is available in the following colors:
That’s a good thing because if you have a particular color scheme that dominates your home or office, you can customize the color of the HomCom chair to better fit whatever environment you plan to put it in.
There’s a catch here though, and it’s one that’s prevalent in the value segment of the market. The upholstery isn’t great. It’s PU, which looks nice, but isn’t all that durable and will start showing its age very quickly.
Even with proper care, you can expect to start seeing peeling and cracking after no more than two years. That will happen even faster if you subject this chair to the rigors of heavy daily use, so this is a chair that’s best suited to light or moderate daily use. If you’re looking for a chair that can stand up to the punishment of being used 8+ hours a day, every day, save yourself some time. This isn’t the chair you want.
The chair has a generous amount of block foam padding which makes it quite comfortable but adding padding on a smallish chair like this with a massage function is a two-edged sword.
Since the motor that drives the massage heads is on the small side, the more padding you add, the less effective the massage function becomes. We’ll have more to say about that in the next section. For now, we’ll just say that we like the padding and level of comfort this chair offers, but it does come with a tradeoff.
Padding, however, is just one dimension of comfort. The HomCom chair augments this with a trio of ergonomic features: A waterfall-edge style seat, lumbar support, and head and neck support. Of these, the head and neck support are the best of the bunch, but none of them are exceptionally well-implemented, nor are they in any way adjustable.
That’s not surprising, given the modest price of the chair, but it is something to be aware of. It’s another of the unavoidable tradeoffs associated with lower-priced office furniture.
You get the features you want, but the material quality tends to be lower, and the features themselves tend not to be adjustable and aren’t as well-implemented.
In addition to the decent ergonomic features and padding, this chair can also recline back to a maximum of 135 degrees. That’s important, especially if you suffer from chronic pain because it gives you the ability to shift your seating position to help relieve whatever pain you’re feeling.
This is about average when looking at the broader market. Usually, if a chair reclines back, it does so somewhere in the range of 120 to 135 degrees, although it’s certainly possible to find chairs that recline back farther than that. If that’s an important feature to you, this isn’t the chair you’re looking for, but for most people, 135 degrees is perfectly acceptable.
Other than the seat height adjustment and the recline function, no other aspect of this chair is adjustable. Again, that’s not a surprise, given the modest price of the chair.
Now, let’s talk massage! This feature, after all, is probably why you’ll be interested in this model. As you saw above, it’s a decent but unexceptional office chair, so this is where the real magic in the design lies.
The HomCom chair offers a very basic, vibration style massage, rendered by six stationary massage heads. Four of these are located in the seatback, and two are located in the seat itself. As we mentioned in the last section of our HomCom Massage Office Chair review, though, owing to the fact that this chair is outfitted with a fairly generous amount of padding though, it has the effect of blunting the intensity of the massage.
It’s important to keep in mind too that this isn’t a proper massage chair. It’s an office chair that happens to have basic massage functionality built in, so this isn’t what you want if you’re looking for massage techniques or a deep tissue massage. The real function of this feature is to provide a very basic, gentle massage that will help soothe aching muscles and alleviate pain.
Each person is different. If your back doesn’t respond to anything but a very hard, intense massage, the padding this chair comes with works against what you’re looking for. On the other hand, if you’re fine with a gentle massage, you’ll probably find HomCom’s product offering to be very much to your liking.
This chair gives you the following options in terms of customizing your massage. You can:
The chair’s heat function extends beyond the lumbar region and ventures into your mid-back, which makes it more useful for relieving a wider range of pain, but note that you cannot adjust the temperature of the offered heat. Also, note that you can’t activate heat independently of the massage function. While it’s possible to have massage without heat, it’s not possible to have heat without massage. That’s a limitation, but not a crippling one.
As with the intensity of the massage itself, the padding of the chair blunts the impact of the offered heat. It’s very mild. Again, this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. If you don’t like excessive amounts of heat, this is a good choice for you. If you’re looking for something that’s comparable to a heating pad, you’ll find this model to be a bit underwhelming.
Assembly is Required
The instructions aren’t all that clear, and given the lowish production quality, it might take a bit of elbow grease to get everything to fit together properly, but it won’t take long to do. A good estimate would be twenty minutes if you’re doing it solo, and about fifteen if you’ve got a trusty assistant on hand when the chair arrives.
Once it’s put together, just plug it in and have a seat!
Pros & Cons of the HomCom Heated Massage Executive Office Chair
In no particular order, here are the things we liked best, and least about this model:
Things We Liked Best
Things We Liked Least
HomCom Massage Office Chair Review Conclusion
The HomCom Heated Massage Executive Office Chair gets more things right than it gets wrong, but it is a fairly narrowly focused chair that will only appeal to a smallish slice of the market, despite having core statistics that makes it more broadly appealing. The ideal user will be someone who:
The more of those bullet points that apply to you, the more you’re going to like this chair. Given its relatively narrow marketing range, we provisionally recommend it.
Official Manufacturer Support
References & Resources
- Reducing Neck and Back Pain at Work, Spine-Health.
- Using Heat for Pain Treatment, Very Well Health.
- What Can Cause Lower Back Pain?, Medical News Today.
- Guide to Choosing Office Furniture, Home Business Magazine.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Working With Chronic Pain, Psychology Today.