In a Nutshell:
The iRest A710 is a fantastic design that should have the big-name brands a little worried. It is recommended for Anyone up to 6’6” in height and weighing up to 330 pounds, provided you don’t mind an off-brand. This chair is amazing.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Does your back hurt all the time? Do your feet?
Are you on a budget and spending more time and money than you’d like at your friendly neighborhood chiropractor?
Would you like to be able to stop doing that and give yourself the convenience of a world-class massage any time you wanted one, without ever having to leave your house?
If you answered yes to those questions, then you’re going to love what you read in this—our iRest A710 massage chair review.
You may be one of the many people who have never even heard of iRest. They’re not one of the giants in the massage chair industry. Companies like Kahuna, Osaki, and Human Touch tend to get the majority of the press, but there are a number of smaller off-brands with a market presence too, and iRest is one of the larger of these.
We view them as being to the massage chair world what Flash Furniture is to the office chair world. A smaller, plucky company that makes surprisingly good chairs that tend to punch well above their weight class, and the iRest A710 4D is an excellent example of their work.
It’s absolutely brimming with features you’ll love, and we think it will impress you, even if you’re not a fan of off-brands.
In the sections that follow, we’ll walk you through everything this model has to offer, and by the end, we think you’ll agree—even if you ultimately decide that it’s not the right chair for you, this is a flat-out amazing design. Let’s take a closer look at everything it has to offer.
An Overview of the iRest A710 D SL-Track Massage Chair
The first thing to talk about is the overall design of the chair. Here, iRest didn’t take any chances, sticking entirely to the convention.
Some companies really go the extra mile here and work hard to disguise the true nature of the chairs they build.
Human Touch, for example, has a real knack for building massage chairs that are virtually indistinguishable from conventional recliners when they’re not in use. If that’s the aesthetic you’re going for, then you’re probably not going to like the look of this one. It looks like a massage chair—egg-shaped with a vaguely futuristic vibe.
Assuming you’re okay with that, you’ll be happy to know that this model is offered in your choice of beige, black, or grey—three colors that should make it easy to blend the chair in with the prevailing color scheme of whatever room you decide to put it in.
Speaking of putting it somewhere, the A710 is a sizeable piece of furniture, measuring 33.07” W x 48.03” H x 58.27” L (70.87” L when fully reclined) and weighing 292 pounds.
Even with the rolling casters on the bottom of the chair, this isn’t a piece of furniture you’re going to want to try to move around on your own.
On that front, on the day the chair arrives, you’ve got two options: either order White Glove service or have a friend standing by to help you maneuver it into position.
Although it is more convenient to order White Glove service, it’s also pricey, and as such, we can’t recommend it. Having said that, though everybody’s needs are different, and if you feel White Glove service is worth it to you, that matters most at the end of the day.
Aesthetics and basic stats are all good, but they only tell part of the story. For the rest, we’ll need to take a deeper look, and we’ll do that next!
The iRest A710 Massage Chair Incorporates A Wide Range of Impressive Technology
There’s a lot to talk about here, and we regard this as an incredibly strong component of our iRest A710 massage chair review.
For starters, this chair, like most of the models on the market today, utilizes body scanning technology. When you sit down in it, the chair will take a quick scan of your body and make adjustments to the positions of the massage rollers to align them with your pressure points.
Success means a better massage for you. Failure can result in a great deal of discomfort. The vast majority of the time, iRest’s body scanning tech gets it right, but if you get one of these and you find that something feels a bit off, you can adjust the position of the rollers to taste from the 7” touchpad, which serves as the control system for the chair.
We love this, by the way.
A touchpad with a generously sized screen is almost always going to serve you better and be easier to use than a remote, no matter how well-designed the remote might be. Kudos to the iRest design team for opting for the better, more modern technology here!
The next thing to mention is the use of quad rollers. While there’s no formal industry standard, quad rollers are the de facto standard and are used by a majority of the massage chairs on the market today.
The track those rollers move along is called an “S-L” track and measures an impressive 54” in length, beginning at about the base of your neck/the tops of your shoulders and extending down the length of the seatback.
From there, it turns and travels under the seat, allowing the rollers to massage you from your shoulders to the backs of your thighs.
From there, a combination of airbags and massage rollers in the leg massage ports takes over, giving what is effectively a full-body massage. Combine that with the fact that the dimensions of the chair are such that it’s capable of supporting people ranging in height from 5’ to 6’6” and weighing up to 330 pounds, and you have a chair that’s capable of accommodating more than 90% of the market.
This is also where we should draw your attention to the fact that this is a 4D massage chair. To fully explain what that means, we need to take a step back and talk about the major types of massage chairs on the market today, specifically focusing on 2D, 3D, and 4D massage chairs.
2D massage chairs tend to be the least expensive option on the market today. The massage track is designed to allow the rollers to move up and down and left/right, so, along the X- and Y-axis. These chairs can render a decent massage, but they won’t leave you dazzled.
3D massage chairs are the current informal industry standard. They allow the same roller motion that the 2D chairs offer, plus “in and out” movement along the Z-axis. This is fantastic and paired with quad rollers, which do a good job at mimicking the feel of human hands and can really deliver an amazing deep-tissue massage with real therapeutic benefits.
4D chairs improve on that incrementally by varying the intensity of the rollers as they move over your back. This moves the rollers another step closer to perfectly replicating the feeling of human hands, and all else being equal, a 4D massage chair will give you a massage that just feels better than the other two.
In addition to incorporating 4D technology into the design, the A710 also offers not one but two different Zero-G seating positions, which maneuvers you in such a way that your knees are elevated above your heart.
In addition to genuinely making you feel weightless, this position also fosters better circulation and has been shown to reduce blood pressure and facilitate faster healing if you’ve recently had surgery of one sort or another. Kudos to the A710’s design team for incorporating this powerful therapeutic feature into the chair’s design!
The last thing we’ll mention before leaving this section is that this model can also be voice-controlled.
We’ll have more to say about that when we talk about “Extras.” For now, it’s enough to give the feature a brief mention and say how impressed we are that a smaller brand like iRest is incorporating such an advanced feature.
The iRest A710 Boasts An Impressive Number of Massage Techniques and Other Options
We’d rate this as another incredibly strong component of our iRest A710 massage chair review, but here, we do have a couple of complaints. We’ll get to those complaints momentarily, but for the moment, let us say that this chair offers a ton of different massage techniques and an impressive list of pre-programmed massages.
In terms of techniques, on paper, at least, there’s a lot to offer, but we do have a minor complaint here. These are the techniques you’ve got available to you:
In reality, however, these are all minor variations of a theme. There’s not much you can do to vary kneading, for example, at least not in such a way that one would render a vastly different massage experience. This is a case where less would have been more, we think.
Of the variations, the most interesting is Shiatsu, but even here, we would much rather have seen an entirely new, second, advanced technique—Swedish, for example.
In any case, you’ve got a lot of different massage options to play with, and that’s mostly a good thing. We were just a bit underwhelmed by the variety. It looks a lot more impressive than it is.
In addition to the broad range of techniques, the A710 offers a staggering number of pre-programmed massage options. These include:
These are really good options, and if you suffer from chronic back pain, the one you’ll most likely gravitate to is the Thai stretch.
Depending on who you ask, Thai stretching is either the best or the second-best body stretch in the industry. It is quite aggressive and does a good job of emulating the “adjustment” you get when you pay a visit to your chiropractor. The full-body stretch is a variation on that theme that’s a bit milder, so if the Thai stretch is too much for you, try the other one.
That’s good, but it gets better. In addition to the above, this model boasts both spot and partial massage modes, along with five-speed adjustment options and five intensity adjustment options, plus three memory slots, which allow you to custom-design your perfect massage routine and save it for one-touch recall later.
That’s simply superb.
The A710 Offers an Average To Slightly Above Average Air Massage
The air massage function of this model also represents a decent but not exceptional component of our iRest A710 massage chair review. We found the implementation to be a bit weaker here than the roller-based massage.
One thing we love is that the A710 has an impressive 74 airbags. However, where many big-name brands allow you to activate a wide range of body regions independently, this model only offers upper and lower activation.
In addition, where the roller-based massage offers a wide range of customization adjustments, here you’ll only find three intensity levels on offer. It’s not bad, and it’s certainly not the end of the world, but we can’t imagine that anyone would buy this chair on the strength of the air massage alone.
The Offered Heat On the A710 Is Amazing
While we weren’t overly impressed with the airbag-based massage on this chair, the heat function is a wonderful surprise that we think you’ll love.
In addition to heating coils in the seatback to offer lumbar heat while enjoying a massage, you’ll also find a kind of “shawl” built into the chair. This allows you to slip this over your shoulders and drape it across your chest. Given that it is heated as well, the A710 wraps you up in a warm hug while you’re enjoying your massage.
In addition, you’ll find more heating coils in the footwells of the leg massage port, so you can enjoy a heated foot massage when you get home after a long day’s work.
The only way we can think of to improve the heat function offered here would be to allow for precise temperature control, but to be fair; there are only a handful of chairs on the market today that offer such a luxury.
The Calf and Foot Massage Is Pretty Amazing, Too
If you spend a lot of time on your feet each day, this will probably be your favorite aspect of the design.
Even if you don’t, it’ll likely wind up in your top three. It’s good. It’s really, really good.
The calf and foot massage is rendered via a combination of airbags and massage rollers. Each can be controlled via the touchpad through three levels of intensity, allowing you to dial in the level of massage you’re looking for with a fair degree of specificity.
On top of that, as we mentioned in the last section, you can activate the heated footwells, which turns a foot massage that feels great into a foot massage that will make you feel like you’re floating on cloud nine.
It’s amazing how a little heat can improve almost any massage, and it really adds something to the A710’s calf and foot massage. We love it, and we think you will, too.
Now, Let’s Talk About Extras
Off-brand massage chairs tend to fall into one of two camps. They either know they can’t match the big brands on features, so they offer tons of extras to make their models more attractive, or they throw everything they have into matching the big guys on massage quality and skimp on the extras.
The A710 offers you the best of both worlds. It’s a match, and often more than a match, for the bigger brands on the features front, and they threw all sorts of extras in, too.
You get a massage timer, Bluetooth speakers, a secondary control system on one of the chair arms, an ionized air function, and a wireless charging station for your smartphone so you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts while enjoying your massage.
In addition to that, you get the aforementioned trio of memory slots so you can recall your preferred settings with ease, and this chair recognizes an impressive fifteen voice commands. Those commands are:
For a smaller brand, we can’t stress how amazing all of this is, especially when you compare the A710’s feature set to any comparably priced chair offered by the major brands.
Pros & Cons
The only genuine negative we have to talk about where this chair is concerned is the massage techniques. The company went out of its way to make it seem like there was a ton of variety here, but that only holds true on paper. We would have much preferred fewer options but having them be truly distinct. The “variations on a theme” approach didn’t really work for us.
On the other hand, we could talk all day about the features this chair does well and gets right.
From the impressive number of pre-programmed massage options to the memory slots, the two Zero-G seating options, the expansive heat, and the high-value extras, this chair offers a little something for everyone. Even better, it does it at an almost absurdly low price.
iRest A710 Massage Chair Review Conclusion
There are plenty of chairs we’ve rated higher, but if you look at our rating dimensions, the thing that keeps this one from scoring higher than it did is that iRest really doesn’t have a huge brand footprint. If you don’t especially care about that and take “Brand Reliability” out of the equation, then this one scores at an impressive 4.8 out of 5, making it a top-tier offering.
We love the A710 and recommend it without reservation.
Other Options To Consider
If you’ve read our A710 review to the end and you’re not convinced that it’s the massage chair you’ve been looking for, here are a couple of other options to consider:
If you’re just not sure you can trust an off-brand and you’re on a budget, this chair has to be on your short list of options to consider.
The LM6800 is hands-down the best value on the massage chair market today. It’s an amazing design offered by one of the big names in the industry, and you don’t want to miss it!
This is the chair you want if you have a bit more money to spend. Also offered by Kahuna, it will absolutely dazzle you with its technology and the quality of the massage this chair is capable of rendering with its mind-blowing eight-roller array!
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REFERENCE & RESOURCES
- iRest, Official Brand Website.
- iRest A710 Massage Chair User Manual.
- Thai Massage Was Not at All What I Expected—Now, It’s My New Favorite Recovery Method, SELF.
- What Makes Shiatsu Massage Unique and How It Can Improve Your Flexibility and Combat Stress, Insider.
- A Comparative Study of Thai Massage and Swedish Massage Relative to Physiological and Psychological Measures, ResearchGate.