In a Nutshell:
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.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Do you suffer from chronic pain?
Are you on a budget, and looking for a chair that can deliver maximum therapeutic benefit for the money?
If so, then you’re going to love our detailed Infinity Evoke massage chair review. It exists on the upper end of the budget massage chair price range. Because of that, the model still has a few limitations.
Nevertheless, we think you’ll agree – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a chair offering more therapeutic value for the price.
We’ll cover every feature of the Evoke in detail in the sections below, and tell you the things that it can’t do, to help you make an informed purchasing decision.
And as you’ll see, relief from the pain you suffer could be just around the corner!
An Overview of the Infinity Evoke Massage Chair
Infinity Evoke Massage Chair Features
S-Track Design & Quad Rollers
The Infinity Evoke is built around the industry standard S-Track, which allows its quad rollers tofollow the natural curvature of the body’s spine.
This puts the Evoke on solid footing and enables it to deliver an excellent roller-based massage on par with all its major competitors.
3D Body Scan
Having a solid foundation is only the beginning, of course. Quad rollers and an S-Track by themselves won’t ensure a great massage. For that, the rollers must hit the places where you hurt the most. The 3D body scan is the primary means the chair uses to make sure that happens.
Before your massage begins, the chair takes a scan of your back, making subtle-but-important adjustments to the position of the rollers to align them with your pressure points.
Although this approach works more than 90% of the time, every now and then, the technology can get wrong.
When that happens, Infinity has provided a manual option, with buttons on the remote that allow you to tweak both the roller position and the width of the massage field. Taken together, these two pieces of technology guarantee a world-class massage experience, every time you use the chair.
Not yet an industry standard, this is an incredibly popular feature that directly impacts the overall massage experience.
Inspired by NASA, Zero-G seating sees the chair recline you to a position where your knees are elevated slightly above your heart.
From that position, most of your body’s weight is pressing down against the rollers, resulting in a deeper and more penetrating massage.
In this instance, Infinity’s implementation is only average, as there’s only a single seating position offered. You can find comparably priced models that have two, sometimes even three! So, if you’re looking for multiple options on this front, this will serve as a strike against the chair.
Even so, one is all you need to get the benefit, so it probably won’t be a deal breaker.
Designed with Space-Saving Technology
We’d love to see this become an industry standard, and we hope the day comes that every massage chair sold is designed with space-saving technology built in. As it stands, less than half the chairs on the market today offer it. But happily, the Infinity Evoke massage chair is one of them.
Space-saving technology is great because it makes the chair more usable in a home environment. Evidently, most people can’t devote an entire room to massage. And with the Infinity Evoke, you don’t need to.
As the chair reclines, it pivots on its base, so you only need about four inches of clearance between the back of the chair and whatever wall you set it near. That’s a big win, especially for people living in smaller homes or apartments. We were thrilled to see the technology incorporated into the Evoke’s design.
More Options Than You Might Expect
One of the significant limitations budget-priced chairs have is a lack of massage options. Fortunately, this is an area that Infinity excels at, and the Evoke does not disappoint. Regarding massage techniques, you get:
So all the basics are covered, plus you get one advanced technique to boot. Sure, we’d love to have seen a second, or even a third technique. But, this is on par with or even better than most of the other chairs the Evoke competes with, which makes it a robust feature implementation as it is.
It gets better, though, as it also offers the following pre-programmed massages:
Most massage chairs offer three speed and intensity adjustments, but the Evoke offers four, further expanding the total number of combinations available. Putting all this together, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a value-priced chair that offers more combinations.
Having said that, it’s important to note that the Evoke is a deep tissue massage chair. As such, even its mildest intensity setting may be too much for casual or hobbyist users.
A final note here on the Rocking massage program. This option combines massage with a gentle rocking motion, which many people find quite relaxing. It would be even better if the chair also featured MP3 support. But as it is, it’s a nice finishing touch that provides polish to the design.
Air Massage Mode
The Infinity Evoke renders its air massage via 38 Second Generation Airbags, which is slightly superior to most of the chairs it finds itself in competition with.
Even better, this model follows an implementation path found in many of Infinity’s other designs, in that you can selectively activate airbags by the following body regions:
In addition to that, you can customize your air massage experience via the remote through four different intensity settings. All of this dramatically expands the total number of massage combinations available, giving the Evoke more combinations than just about every other chair in its price range. An excellent feature implementation!
Heat plus massage delivers more therapeutic benefit than massage alone. That is especially true where deep tissue massage chairs are concerned. Hence, this feature provides tremendous benefit to chronic pain sufferers.
Its major limitation is that there’s no option to precisely control the temperature. But that’s uncommon even in chairs that cost two or three times as much as the Evoke. So, we have to still call this a robust feature implementation.
It’s hard to find a budget-priced chair that offers a good body stretch. Fortunately, the Evoke does. And Infinity’s implementation of the feature is quite excellent.
Be warned, however, that the stretch this chair provides is quite robust. Depending on how much pain you’re in, it may be uncomfortable until you’ve had a chance to grow accustomed to it. People who suffer from acute back pain may find it helpful to enjoy a massage with heat first. But, that’s something you’ll have to experiment with to see what works best for you.
In any case, if you suffer from chronic back pain, this will probably wind up being your favorite aspect of the chair, because it provides almost immediate relief by taking pressure off the compressed discs in your spine, which is the leading cause of back pain.
The body stretch function provides the same essential benefits as a chiropractic adjustment, making this a fabulous addition to the model, and the single most powerful therapeutic feature it offers.
Spot & Partial Massage Options
The Evoke features both spot and partial massage modes, further expanding the number of massage options available.
Spot mode can be activated any time the rollers hit a particularly sensitive are on your back. When you press the button, it will interrupt whatever program you’re running, and the rollers will focus on an area six inches in diameter from where the button was pressed.
Simply push the button again to return to your regular massage program and exit spot mode.
Partial massage mode is like spot mode on steroids. When you press this button, it will massage an area encompassing roughly one-third of your back from whatever position the rollers were in when the button is pressed.
As with spot mode, to exit partial mode, just press the button a second time.
Foot and Calf Massage
The Evoke’s foot and calf massage is excellent; nearly half of the model’s airbags are located in the leg massage ports. The calf massage is rendered entirely by airbags, and the foot massage is performed via a combination of airbags and tri-foot rollers (six in all, three for each foot).
This is a step above what you find, even in many chairs priced at the mid-range, and is an excellent feature implementation. If you spend several hours a day on your feet or suffer from chronic leg and foot pain, you’re going to love this feature!
(Somewhat) Adjustable Timer
Unfortunately, your options are somewhat limited where timer adjustments go. All the massage options on offer default to a twenty-minute duration but can be cut to ten minutes, if desired.
Most chairs that offer a timer adjustment allow you to modify the massage time up or down in five-minute increments to a minimum of five and a maximum of thirty. So we have to call this a relatively weak feature implementation.
Even so, some ability to adjust the time is better than none at all. So, this won’t be a deal breaker for most people.
Despite the fact that the Evoke features a surprising number of options, the remote is incredibly well-designed and easy to use. This is in no small part thanks to the clear LCD that occupies the top third of the remote.
While there is a learning curve, it will be very slight. You’ll have no trouble selecting the options for your first massage and ultimately mastering the chair.
Pros & Cons of the Infinity Evoke Massage Chair
As you’ve seen in our Infinity Evoke review to this point, this chair offers several high-value features that will help make you feel better. Of course, given its low cost, there are some things it just can’t do.
In our view, the following are the Evoke’s major design weaknesses:
Other than these quibbles, we think this is a fantastic design.
Infinity Evoke Massage Chair Review Conclusion
We were impressed by the capabilities of the Evoke, especially given its price.
If you suffer from chronic back, leg, or foot pain, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a chair that offers more therapeutic punch for the price… provided you’re no taller than 6’2.”
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