In a Nutshell:
The Human Touch iJoy 4.0 is a beautifully designed, well-built, basic massage chair, offered by one of the industry’s leading companies. Recommended for casual users on a budget.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
When is a massage chair more than a massage chair? When it’s also a work of art that enhances the aesthetic of whatever room you put it in!
Let’s face it; most massage chairs look like exactly what they are. They’re big. They’re bulky, and they don’t tend to win high marks for attractiveness.
That’s one of the many things that makes Human Touch massage chairs a breed apart. The company has a long history of producing some of the best looking, most innovative chairs in the business, and the Human Touch iJoy 4.0 is no exception. Even better, it’s offered at a price that won’t bust your budget!
Granted, given its modest price tag, there are hard limits on what this little chair can do. That said though, it delivers a superb basic massage on a budget, has a relatively small footprint (another thing that sets it apart from most massage chairs sold today), and is absolutely stunning to look at too.
If you want a great massage, don’t have a lot of money to spend, and don’t want a massage chair in your living room that stands out like a sore thumb, the iJoy 4.0 might be just what you’ve been looking for. In the sections that follow, we’ll go over everything this design has going for it, and let you know about its various limitations – again, as a value-priced chair, it’s got them, and it pays to be mindful of what they are.
If all that sounds good to you, let’s jump right in and see what makes this model special.
An Overview of the Human Touch iJoy 4.0 Massage Chair
If you’re a fan of artistic furniture, then the Human Touch iJoy 4.0’s basic design may stir a sense of recognition in you. It seems clear that the design team that worked on the model drew inspiration from Arne Jacobsen’s iconic ‘Egg Chair.’
True, they simplified and streamlined the design, but comparing the two side by side, you get an unmistakable sense of familiarity. The iJoy’s team did a great job here, and the chair is a joy to look at and would make a handsome addition to almost any living room or bedroom.
It’s got a lot more going for it than a pretty exterior though, but before we get into the massage features, let’s start by taking a quick look at some basic stats.
In addition to the basic stats, it’s worth mentioning that this chair is available in two colors: bone or espresso, which gives you even more in terms of aesthetic flexibility and makes it even easier to ensure the chair blends seamlessly into your home’s décor scheme.
Features of the Human Touch iJoy 4.0
As we mentioned at the start of this Human Touch iJoy 4.0 review, this is a budget-priced chair, so it’s only got basic functionality. In more expensive chairs, we’d break this into several sections, but in this case, we can fit its entire feature set into a single section.
Massage Track and Rollers
The first thing to note is that the iJoy 4.0 has a delightfully long massage track – an L-track that extends well under the seat, so it does more than give you a simple back massage, you get a massage of your glutes and the backs of your thighs as well.
Even better, the iJoy 4.0 is equipped with two separate sets of quad rollers, so you get an exceptional massage experience that closely mimics the feeling of human hands. Best of all though, is the fact those rollers are controlled by an innovative, proprietary system developed by Human Touch known as FlexGlide 360.
This is significant because it means you essentially get to enjoy two different massages in two different areas, simultaneously, with the rollers in the seat attending to your glutes and thighs while the rollers in the seat back take care of your aching back.
This, of course, assumes that you select one of the two full body massage options from the wired remote.
Massage Options and Techniques
There are four fifteen-minute preprogrammed massage options overall, two that utilize the full range of the massage track, and two others that target specific areas, so you can order the massage that best fits your needs of the moment.
Regarding techniques, you don’t really get much, sadly. There are only two on offer: Kneading, which sees the rollers moving in gentle circular motions, and Gliding, which sees them rolling up and down your back (or glutes, via a separate function).
The kneading option is ideal for helping you relax and improving your circulation, while the Glide-style massage helps flex your joints and relieves pressure from pinched nerves and the like, making it the more therapeutic of the two choices.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to adjust the massage timer. It defaults to fifteen minutes, and that’s that. The good news is that you can simply order up a second (or third, or fourth, etc.) massage if one routine isn’t enough for you.
Sadly, there’s also no way to adjust the roller intensity, which is so common it’s essentially a standard feature on more expensive chairs.
We understand the reasons behind leaving it off as it would make the iJoy 4.0 Massage Chair more expensive, but this is something we do wish the company had splurged on and incorporated into the design.
No 3D Body Scanner
One final limitation to be mindful of is that this chair doesn’t offer 3D body scanning, which is a shorthand way of saying that the rollers don’t auto-adjust to your body’s position in the seat.
The exclusion of this feature was clearly a cost-saving measure, and in its place, you’ll find a button on the wired remote that will allow you to tweak the roller positions, so they hit all the right spots.
It’s a good, low-cost solution that’s in perfect keeping with the iJoy’s overarching design philosophy.
Built-In USB Port
On the flip side though, the chair does offer a built in USB port, which is handy for keeping your smartphone charged if you want to listen to some music while getting your massage. It’s a small extra, and a good, low-cost choice that works well with the overall design philosophy.
Easy to Use and Master
Speaking of the remote, it’s got all of a dozen buttons, making it less complicated and easier to master than your average TV remote. The buttons are:
The bottom line here is that it will probably take you longer to decide where you want the chair to go and get it ready for first use than it will to master the remote. You’ll be enjoying your first massage in no time at all!
Pros & Cons of iJoy 4.0 Massage Chair
This is not what we’d describe as a feature-rich chair. It doesn’t offer heat, body stretching, or advanced massage techniques. It has no airbags, and it doesn’t provide a calf or foot massage, so if you’re looking for any of those things, this is not the chair you want.
Having said that, the market for the iJoy is pretty self-selecting. If you want the features mentioned above here in our iJoy Massage Chair 4.0 review, then this chair will be a nonstarter. On the other hand, if you:
Then the iJoy 4.0 belongs on your short list. The more of those four bullets that apply to you, the more you’ll love this massage chair.
Human Touch iJoy 4.0 Review Conclusion
We love the Human Touch iJoy 4.0. Over the years, Human Touch has made consistent, incremental improvements to their iJoy line, and this is the best version of the model they’ve produced so far. It’s got a great look, a reasonably small footprint that makes it easy to fit it into even smallish living rooms, and it delivers a good quality if no-frills massage. If that’s what you’re looking for in a massage chair, you’ll love it.
References & Resources
- Human Touch, Official Brand Website.
- Human Touch iJoy 4.0 User Manual.
- What to Look for in a Massage Chair, Very Well Health.
- What is the Use of Massage Rollers for Recovery, Aptonia.
- Roller Massage: A Commentary on Clinical Standards and Survey of Physical Therapy Professionals, NCBI.