Table of Contents
- 1 Our Selection Criteria
- 2 US Massage Chair Brands
- 3 Japanese Massage Chair Brands
- 4 Korean Massage Chair Brands
- 5 Value-Brands
- 6 Honorable Mention: Merax
- 7 Final Thoughts on Our Selection of Massage Chair Brands
- 8 Our Recommendations
- 9 Other Brands to Consider
Are you looking for a great massage chair? Confused by all the different brands and manufacturers on the market today?
We understand, and this short piece was designed to help clarify things, or at the very least, make the waters a little less muddy.
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Our Selection Criteria
Where is it made?
Where massage chairs are concerned, one of the first and most important considerations is where it is made, but this is more complicated than you might think.
Embedded in that single question are three others:
- Where was it designed?
- Where were the parts made?
- Where was it assembled?
Different massage chair brands answer this question in a variety of ways, and it helps to shape and define the strategic advantages each company has.
For instance, many companies design, engineer, and build their chairs 100% in China. This gives them a powerful cost advantage, but the chairs tend to be of lower quality and longevity.
Some companies choose a hybrid approach, with design and engineering performed in one country (Japan and the US, primarily), critical components made in advanced countries (Japan, US, Taiwan) and they’re simply put together in China.
Still, others do the design, engineering, and assembly in an advanced company, but buy non-critical components from China. These chairs tend to be the most expensive, luxury brands, have higher overall quality and longevity, and usually have the best support.
Ultimately then, it depends on what you’re looking for.
What are you looking for?
If you’re cost-conscious, then the massage chair brands you’ll be most interested in will be the ones where all the work is done in China. If you’re more interested in quality and support and are willing to pay a bit more, then you’re looking for brands made such that only the non-critical components come from China.
The biggest problem with brands that do their assembly in Chinese factories is the fact that it’s much harder to do proper quality control, which is the reason the premium brands insist on local assembly.
Confused yet? Let’s take a look at the major individual massage chair brand names and see what makes them tick, in an effort to clear things up!
We’ll start first with the US and Japanese-owned brands because at least some of these are made in their respective countries, even if the parts are sourced elsewhere. Broadly speaking, these are what people typically think of when they talk about “the good massage chair brands,” and there are more of them than you might think!
Final Thoughts on Our Selection of Massage Chair Brands
The value found on each of these companies' products will depend on what you’re looking for, and how much you’re willing or able to spend. The best brands tend to be those that do the bulk of the work (design, engineering, and assembly) in developed nations like Japan, the US, and Korea, but there are exceptions to that generalized rule.
In our view, the following are the most highly recommended brands:
You won’t go wrong with any of these! Note that this is a general assessment, and it is certainly possible to find highly rated models offered by most any of the brands in production today, so careful research remains the best way to find the perfect chair for you.
Other Brands to Consider
In alphabetical order:
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