In a Nutshell:
The Human Touch HT 3300 Massage Chair is a stylish, budget-priced massage chair that delivers a great, basic massage. Add 1 star for hobbyists and casual users. But if you’re looking for therapeutic value beyond calf and foot massage, take away 1 star.
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Wouldn’t it be great if some company made a stylish, powerful, basic massage chair that blended in seamlessly with your home’s décor?
Wouldn’t it be even better if the company sold that chair at a price that didn’t require you to take out a second mortgage on your house to get it?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the odds are you’ll love our HT 3300 massage chair review. This chair does not only look great but has all the basics covered and is sold at a budget price.
If that has piqued your curiosity, keep reading and get the full scoop on this chair!
Human Touch HT 3300 Massage Chair Overview
No HT-3300 massage chair review, or a review of any product sold by Human Touch would be complete without saying a few words about aesthetic.
If you’ve seen a massage chair before, you already know the problem. Massage chairs, most of them, are ugly and bulky. They are eyesores. They stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. And that’s not really something you’d want taking up space in your living room, even if the idea of a massage-after-work sounds nice.
Human Touch understands all of that, so aesthetic is central to everything they do and every massage chair they make. They design massage chairs that look like they belong in any home, and the HT 3300 WholeBody massage chair is no exception. In fact, at first glance, you probably wouldn’t even recognize it as a massage chair. All of the telltale features that would identify it as such have been hidden away.
If aesthetic matters to you, then you’re going to be hard pressed to find a chair made by another company that will make you happy. The bottom line is, if looks matter, Human Touch is almost certainly the company that makes the massage chair you’ll eventually own. Somewhere in their product lineup is your perfect massage chair.
Human Touch HT 3300 Massage Chair Features
As stylish and attractive as the Human Touch WholeBody massage chair (HT 3300) is, details such as these make the difference between an acceptable massage and a great one.
Bound by an S-Track, HT 3300’s quad rollers can move up and down the back, neck and shoulders, following the natural curvature of your spine. This matters because it allows the chair to render a truly, top-quality massage, regardless of the setting used. You’ll feel the difference, as it will relax and refresh you. Both good things.
170 Degree Maximum Recline
The HT 3300 has an impressive 170-degree maximum recline angle. When fully reclined, you’re just ten degrees off from lying completely flat on your back, making the entire massage experience a lot more like a visit to your chiropractor’s office.
It’s worth a mention because not every chair tilts back that far. In fact, it’s quite unusual to find a chair at the budget end of the spectrum that does. Why other HT-3300 Wholebody massage chair reviews don’t make mention of this, we’re not really sure, but it is a great feature that we can not overlook!
While the steep recline angle isn’t quite as good as a zero-gravity position, it still has a positive impact on the overall massage experience, and for the same reason that the body’s weight presses down more firmly on the rollers, increasing the massage pressure and intensity.
Manual Roller Positioning
The HT 3300 does not come with 3D Body Scan, but Human Touch has introduced a viable workaround that some people prefer. You can use the remote to manually adjust the roller positions, based on what feels best for you.
If you prefer the convenience of body scanning technology, this is something you should think over. But if you’re more of a “hands on” person who would not mind using a remote to make certain adjustments, then you’re going to appreciate this alternative to 3D body scanning.
Note that besides having control over the movement of the rollers, you can also adjust the width of the massage area according to your liking.
One of the main giveaways that a chair is, actually, a massage chair, are the leg massage ports in the ottoman, and they’re not attractive.
Because of that, Human Touch has gone to great lengths to hide these ports from view when they are not in use. The ottoman rolls in on itself, tucking them away beneath the chair until you need them. This is one of the hallmark features of Human Touch chairs, and a big part of the reason why their chairs don’t look like massage chairs.
Calf and Foot Massage
After a long day’s work that has seen you on your feet for hours at a stretch, there are few things better than coming home, kicking your shoes off, and enjoying a soothing calf and foot massage.
Although the HT 3300 is mostly designed with the casual, hobbyist user in mind, its ottoman contains one feature that delivers genuine therapeutic benefit—a world-class calf and foot massage.
Using Human Touch’s patented figure-8 paddle system, the HT 3300 delivers an unparalleled calf and foot massage that outperforms massage chairs costing twice as much. It might be the only feature that offers genuine therapeutic value on the chair, but it is an excellent one, and our Human Touch HT 3300 review would not be complete without singing its praises!
A Surprising Number of Options
You may not find a ton of massage options on chairs at the budget end of the spectrum, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the number of options that the HT 3300 has to offer.
Often reported to only feature four massage techniques, the HT 3300 WholeBody massage chair has actually five in all. Plus, there are three pre-programmed massages available at the touch of a button.
These programs use different combinations of the massage techniques on offer.
It doesn’t stop there though, and this is somewhat surprising in a budget massage chair. You can also adjust the intensity level of the rollers through three increasing settings.
Best of all, the foot and calf massage paddles can also be adjusted for intensity, and this is independent of the back-roller adjustment—a feature that is typically reserved for top-end, or high mid-range massage chairs.
Zone Massage Mode
The HT 3300 WholeBody massage chair has a zone feature that many users love.
When the massage rollers pass over a tender or tight spot on the back, simply press the “Zone” button on the remote to let the chair know that this is a problem area for you. Consequently, the rollers will spend more time intensely massaging the six-inch area around that zone, based on where the rollers were when you pressed the button. An excellent, unexpected feature in a chair in this price range!
The remote included with the Human Touch HT 3300 massage chair is simpler than what comes with your TV. You’ll have this chair mastered in no time!
Pros & Cons of the HT 3300 WholeBody Massage Chair
As you can see, we’ve been thorough and comprehensive in our HT 3300 massage chair review. And to be fair, for a hobbyist chair, the HT 3300 does get a lot of things right. Unfortunately, there are also a few features that the chair left off or got wrong, and we would be remiss if we wouldn’t talk about them too.
The biggest things that the Human Touch HT 3300 massage chair gets right are its look, the steep recline angle, and the exquisite calf and foot massage.
Until your guests actually sat on it, with its wooden chair arms and sleek design, they would probably have no idea it was a massage chair, and that’s quite a feat, so kudos to Human Touch for the design.
Sadly, the award-winning design can sometimes work against itself. For instance, the HT 3300 WholeBody massage chair features no arm massage ports. It just can’t; the chair arms are wooden, so there’s no place to put the massage ports. Though not a deal breaker for most people, it is clearly a case where the company opted to choose form over function.
There’s also no lumbar or calf heat. Granted no budget-priced chair includes calf heat, but some include it in the lumbar region. Had it been added, this chair would have moved up a notch, offering serious therapeutic benefit, while still appealing to the hobbyist segment of the market.
It’s also missing airbags, advanced massage techniques (such as Swedish, Shiatsu, etc.), zero-gravity seating position, space-saving technology and MP3 support. Again, none of these are deal breakers by themselves, but if these are what you really want to get in a massage chair, then you’re probably looking for something in the mid-range—not the budget ones.
If we had to pinpoint one absolutely deal-breaking aspect to the chair’s design, it would be the fact that while both the back and foot rollers can be repositioned, the ottoman is not length-adjustable. So if you’re taller than six feet, this chair cannot give you an optimal massage.
HT 3300 Massage Chair Review Conclusion
We’ve tried hard to paint a complete picture of what this chair is and isn’t in our HT-3300 massage chair review. While it gets the basics right, and as such, is ideal for the casual user, it is lacking some of the foundational technologies normally found in chairs offering real therapeutic value.
It’s singular therapeutic feature, the foot and calf massage, is by itself insufficient to strongly recommend the model for anyone who suffers from chronic pain in the lower extremities. On the other hand, if you’re a casual user, who just wants a great basic massage at home, the Human Touch HT 3300 massage chair is extremely hard to beat for the money.
References & Resources
- Human Touch Massage Chairs, Official Brand Website.
- Human Touch, ADEX Awards.
- Massage Therapy Can be Effective for Low Back Pain, American Massage Therapy Association.
- What Are the Benefits of Calf Massage?, Live Strong.