Best Massage Chair for Tall and/or Big People

TL;DR Summary

Due to the vast number of solutions for this particular space, we divided our research into five different sub-categories of massage chairs for tall and/or big people: Overall Best, Best Value-Price ratio, Mid-Range price and quality, for the Hobbyist, and Therapeutic.
Below we show you the winners for each category. But make sure to go through the notes, reasoning and conclusions of our research, on the sections that follow.

Are you a tall person? Then you know that finding a great massage chair can be a bit of a challenge. 

The unfortunate reality is that if you’re taller, most manufacturers don’t pay a lot of attention to you.

From a practical standpoint, this lack of attention doesn’t significantly impact the back massage, because most massage chairs incorporate body scanning technologies or other means to adjust the rollers. The big hit comes in the area of the leg and foot massage. Without an extendable ottoman, taller users get a sub-par experience here.

In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at massage chairs offered by a variety of manufacturers that are geared specifically toward taller users to identify the very best on the market today.

Of course, “best” is a highly subjective term, because what people want varies from one person to the next.

Because of that, we’re going to break down the short list of great massage chairs in a few different ways, using the following categories:

That way, depending on what your specific needs and budget are, you’ve got a different, customized short list to look at.

Having said that, let’s jump right in, starting with:

Overall Best Massage Chair for Tall People

Best Massage Chair for Big and Tall People

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex AP Pro Regent - Chair Institute

Apex AP Pro Regent

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna SM7300 - Chair Institute

Kahuna SM 7300

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex Lotus - Chair Institute

Apex Lotus

Price

$$$

$

$$$

$$$

Track Design

S-Track

Hybrid L/S-Track

Hybrid L/S-Track

S-Track

No. of Airbags

31

36

18

28

Heat

Calf, foot, and blanket heat

Lumbar, calf

Lumbar

Lumbar

Zero-G Position

2

3

1

2

3D/4D Rollers

Body Stretch


Yoga Stretch


Yoga Stretch

Waist Stretch Only,
Not Full Body

Advanced Techniques

Shiatsu

Shiatsu

Shiatsu

Shiatsu, Swedish

Foot Rollers

Dual

Quad

Dual + an awesome triple-technique foot massage!

Dual

Extras

Following arm massage, fold-away Ottoman, MP3 support, 3-slot memory function, deep spot massage

Zone/Partial massage, space saving tech

Space saving tech, zone massage button, chromotherapy

Space saving technology, custom app, and negative oxygen ionization function

Pros

Dizzying array of features!

Amazingly low priced, yet full of popular features, including multi-region heat.

Exceptional calf and foot massage

Robust feature set, space saving design

Cons

S-Track limits massage area.

Lack of MP3 support is a downer for some casual users.

Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair

Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users

Our Verdict

Best in class. A superb chair, highly recommended for anyone.

Best overall value on the market today. Recommended!

A feature-rich specifically engineered with big and tall people in mind and one of the best foot massages you’ll find at any price (in addition to other therapeutic and convenience features)

Great all-around chair. Recommended for any casual or hobbyist user.

Baseline Rating*

4.59

4.59

4.55

4.47

Our Top Pick Overall

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex AP Pro Regent - Chair Institute

Apex AP Pro Regent

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Best in class. A superb chair, highly recommended for anyone.

PROS

A rare perfect five star rating from us on the basis of its dizzying array of features.

CONS

S-Track limits massage area.

More Specifications...

Best in Value

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Best overall value on the market today. Recommended!

PROS

Amazingly low priced, yet full of popular features, including multi-region heat.

CONS

Lack of MP3 support is a downer for some casual users.

More Specifications...

Best for Therapeutic Value

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna SM7300 - Chair Institute

Kahuna SM 7300

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

A feature-rich specifically engineered with big and tall people in mind and one of the best foot massages you’ll find at any price (in addition to other therapeutic and convenience features)

PROS

Exceptional calf and foot massage

CONS

Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair

More Specifications...

Best for Mid-Range

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex Lotus - Chair Institute

Apex Lotus

RATING

PRICE

$$$

OUR VERDICT

Great all-around chair. Recommended for any casual or hobbyist user.

PROS

Robust feature set, space saving design

CONS

Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users

More Specifications...

(*) Note: The Baseline Rating is the individual product score without considering specific intent or context. See the details of each model below to get a contextual, goal-oriented, analysis.

Our overall winner is the Apex AP Pro Regent, which is an absolute masterpiece of a chair. We’ll go into some detail about why this is the best in class, but let’s start with the summary:

Apex AP Pro Regent - Best Overall Winner

Best Massage Chair for Tall Person - Apex Pro Regent

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability

4.59

Summary

The Apex AP Pro Regent is an absolute masterpiece of a chair with unmatched feature symmetry. It delivers a truly superior massage experience, from start to finish. Recommended for anyone!

(*) Note:  Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex AP Pro Regent White - Chair Institute

Apex AP Pro Regent Massage Chair

Core Massage Technologies

There’s so much to like about this chair that it’s hard to know where to start. This chair literally has it all.

  • S-Track and Quad Rollers
  • 4D Massage Technology
  • Comprehensive Body Scan
  • Comprehensive Air Massage featuring 31 Second Generation Airbags
  • Following arm massage, which adjusts the position of the arm airbags as you recline to maintain the quality of the air massage in that area

Therapeutic Features

  • Heated Leg Massage Ports
  • Blanket Heat
  • Deep Spot Massage Mode

Convenience Features

  • Fold-Away Ottoman – makes the chair look like a typical recliner when not in use
  • MP3 Support
  • Memory Function – Includes three memory slots so you can save your favorite settings
Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex AP Pro Regent Right Front - Chair Institute

In other words, this chair has something to offer everyone. Granted, if you suffer from severe chronic pain, you may be more interested in a chair that offers some kind of body stretch, but in terms of overall greatness, ease of use, and accessibility, the Pro Regent is the best massage chair designed for tall users that we’ve found to date.

There are other models that came close, and in fact, observant readers will note that we selected the winners of all of our other categories for inclusion in this comparison table, so you’ll find full details about the various runners up in the sections ahead.

There’s not a bad massage chair anywhere in this article, so any of these will serve you well. Mostly, Apex AP Pro Regent comes down to what features you place the most value on, and your answer to that question may cause you to reach a conclusion different from ours.

This roundup review, however, will give you all the information you need to find the perfect massage chair for you, even if you don’t agree with our assessment!​


Best Value-Priced Massage Chair for Tall People

Value-priced massage chairs can range in price from under a thousand dollars to somewhere in the two-thousand-dollar range. Even at that cost, these devices represent a significant investment, but of course, you can expect chairs priced at the lower end of the spectrum to be somewhat limited in the number of features they offer.

We’ve culled through the various models produced by different manufacturers to find the best of the best in this bracket. Here’s the short list:

Best Value
Massage Chair for Tall Person

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna SM7300 - Chair Institute

Kahuna SM 7300

Apex Aurora

Cozzia 16028

Price

$$

$$$

$

$$

Track Design

Hybrid L/S

Hybrid L/S

Hybrid L/S

S-Track

No. of Airbags

36

18

22

22

Heat

Lumbar + Calf

Lumbar

Lumbar

Lumbar

Zero-G Position

3

1

2

1

Body Stretching

Yoga Stretch

Yoga Stretch

Pros

Multi-region heat

Exceptional calf and foot massage

Super easy to use

Super easy to use

Cons

It’s so addicting you’ll want more than one

Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair

Only offers basic functionality

Only offers basic functionality

Baseline Rating

4.59

4.55

4.23

4.17

Our Top Pick

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Multi-region heat

CONS

It’s so addicting you’ll want more than one

More Specifications...

Runner Up

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna SM7300 - Chair Institute

Kahuna SM 7300

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Exceptional calf and foot massage

CONS

Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair

More Specifications...

Second Runner Up

Apex Aurora

RATING

PRICE

$

PROS

Super easy to use

CONS

Only offers basic functionality

More Specifications...

Honorable Mention

Cozzia 16028

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Super easy to use

CONS

Only offers basic functionality

More Specifications...

Overall, our winner in this category is the Kahuna LM6800. There are a variety of reasons that this model won top honors in this bracket, but in the end, it comes down to the simple fact that it just offers the best value for the money.

To put that statement into context, we need to look at the other models we considered to see what they offered, and how the LM6800 was able to overcome their advantages.

Let's start then, by taking a closer look at the Cozzia 16028.

Cozzia 16028

Cozzia 16028 - Honorable Mention

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.17

Summary

A surprisingly full-featured chair at its price point, with two important therapeutic features. The Cozzia 16028 is recommended for hobbyists, chronic back pain sufferers, and users up to 6’4” tall.

(*) Note:  Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Cozzia 16028 Review Side - Chair Institute

Cozzia 16028 Massage Chair

The Cozzia 16028 is unquestionably a great chair at its price point, but we regard it as the weakest of the four models here, for one reason. It utilizes an S-Track, where the other three contenders on this list are all built around a Hybrid L/S-Track.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with the S-Track design. It is the current industry standard, after all, and capable of rendering a fantastic massage.

The question, though, becomes, “if you can get a longer Hybrid Track for about the same money, why wouldn’t you?”

Massage Chair for Tall Person Cozzia 16028 Zero G - Chair Institute

The L/S tracks offered by the other models in this category allow the other chairs to give a massage that runs from your neck, down under the seat to your glutes and thighs, where the Cozzia’s rollers stop at about the top of your tailbone.

Even with this limitation, the Cozzia 16028 is still worth a look because it offers some outstanding therapeutic features (most notably body stretching and lumbar heat) into an attractively priced package.


Apex Aurora

Apex Aurora - Second Runner Up

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.26

Summary

One of the best general purpose massage chairs in its price range today, the Apex Aurora massage chair offers a solid, basic massage experience and is easy to use.


Even though you can find more feature-packed chairs than this, the AP Aurora covers the basics splendidly and delivers great value from a price/performance perspective.

(*) Note:  Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Apex Aurora Massage Chair - Chair Institute

Apex Aurora Massage Chair

Our second runner up is the Apex Aurora, which is probably one of the best general-purpose massage chairs on the market today, in its price range. If you have a specific therapeutic need, it’s possible that this chair will fill that role for you, but it would be worth looking to see if there’s a better fit for the specific problem you’re trying to address.

For example, if you suffer from chronic lower back pain, you’d be better served by a different chair that’s engineered to address that specifically.

It should be noted also that the Cozzia 16028 and Apex Aurora are quite similar, with the key difference being that where the Cozzia offers lumbar heat + body stretching, the Aurora offers lumbar heat + a Hybrid L/S-Track, which delivers something closer to a full-body massage. So, depending on what features you’re more interested in, you may prefer the Cozzia.

For instance, where the Aurora offers only basic massage techniques, the Cozzia tops it by providing one advanced technique (Shiatsu). On the flip side, the Cozzia only offers a single Zero-G seating position, where the Aurora offers two. They’re both solid contenders, but they’re not quite as good as our first runner up. 


Kahuna SM7300

Kahuna SM7300 - First Runner Up

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.55

Summary

The Kahuna SM7300 massage chair is an exceptional massage chair that can be enjoyed by anyone, especially big and tall users.

(*) Note:  Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Kahuna SM7300 Massage Chair - Chair Institute

Kahuna SM7300 Massage Chair

The Kahuna SM7300 is one of the best massage chair companies in the industry today. There are two things they do better than just about anyone.

The first thing is, nobody caters to the big and tall crowd like Kahuna. They offer more models that accommodate tall users than just about anybody.

Second, they have one of the best, most therapeutic body stretching routines in the industry. Their Yoga stretch is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and is far superior to the body stretch offered by just about everybody else in the business.

Honestly, it was hard to choose between this model and the one we ultimately gave the top spot to, because the SM7300 has so many great features.

It would be impossible to name just one or two standouts for this model, so we encourage you to have a look at the detailed review, but here are some of the highlights:​

Feature Summary

  • Built around a Hybrid L/S-Track
  • Built with space saving technology
  • Zero-G Seating (single position)
  • Tons of options
  • Lumbar Heat
  • An amazing six-roller system

Again, there’s so much to like here that it’s hard to find flaws in the design. One could quibble that multiple Zero-G seating options could be made available, or that MP3 support would be a nice addition, but truthfully, those are minor gripes.

Quad rollers are the current industry standard, and this model is the only one we’ve seen to offer a six-roller array. Typically, such innovations only appear in mid-range or top-end chairs, which makes the SM7300 even more impressive.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna SM7300 Air Massage - Chair Institute

The only drawback to this SM7300 model is its price. It occupies a strange place in the ecosystem. Some would say it’s too expensive to be considered a value-priced chair, but not quite expensive enough to be regarded as truly a part of the mid-range.

Although SM7300 offers exceptional value for the money, it narrowly missed claiming the top spot in this category, being beaten out by another Kahuna design.​


Our Winner - The Kahuna LM6800

Kahuna LM6800 - Best Value Massage Chair for Tall Users

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.59

Summary

One of the most feature-rich massage chairs you’ll find at this price point, the Kahuna Massage Chair LM6800 is a superb value for the money!

Hobbyist/casual users, chronic pain sufferers, and taller users, almost everyone, will love this chair!

(*) Note:  Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 - Chair Institute

Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair

And that brings us to our top pick in the value-priced category, the LM6800.

This model is about as close to perfect as you’re likely to find in the value-priced segment of the market. It’s designed for home use, being built with space-saving technology, and despite its modest price tag, it doesn’t skimp on features.​

Feature Summary

Among other things, you get:

  • Not one, but two Zero-G seating positions.
  • Yoga Body Stretching.
  • A generous number of options, including one advanced massage technique (Shiatsu).
  • An impressive number of airbags (36!).
  • Heat for both your back (lumbar) and calves.
Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 Air Massage - Chair Institute

This LM6800 chair is a dream come true for its price, offering tremendous therapeutic value and built to accommodate people up to 6’4”. Truly the best massage chair for a tall person in its price range. You’re going to love it.


Best Mid-Range Massage Chair for Tall Users

Once you step up into the mid-range, you start seeing a lot more features and options in general. Again, we’ve singled out four that really shine brightly. As before, in order to fully understand why we chose one over the rest, we’ll start by looking at our summary table before moving on to details:

Mid-Range Massage Chair for Tall Individuals

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex Lotus - Chair Institute

Apex Lotus

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity IT 8100 - Chair Institute

Infinity 8100

Massage Chair for Tall Person Fujita SMK82 Model - Chair Institute

Fujita SMK82

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity Iyashi - Chair Institute

Infinity Iyashi

Price

$$$

$$

$$$$

$$$$$

Track Design

S-Track

S-Track

S-Track

Hybrid L/S-Track

No. of Airbags

28

28

48

38

Heat

Lumbar

Lumbar, Waist

Whole back heat

Lumbar

Zero-G Seating

2

2

2

2

Body Stretching


Waist Stretch Only


(Weak)


Excellent Thai Body Stretch


Plus Waist Twist

MP3 Support

Advanced Techniques

Shiatsu, Swedish

Shiatsu

Shiatsu, Swedish

Shiatsu

Foot Rollers

Dual

Dual

Dual

Dual

Pros

Robust feature set, space saving design.

Good feature mix.

Exceptional design, lots of massage combinations, surprisingly easy to use.

This chair tied the Inada Dreamwave in our head to head competition, which is widely held as the best massage chair in the world.

Cons

Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users.

Tri-rollers means a slightly inferior roller-based massage.

No major weaknesses, though we’d like to see calf heat and MP3 support in a future upgrade.

No major weaknesses, but we’d love to see a second advanced massage technique added.

Baseline Rating

4.47

4.41

4.33

4.2

Our Top Pick 

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex Lotus - Chair Institute

Apex Lotus

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Robust feature set, space saving design.

CONS

Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users.

More Specifications...

Runner Up

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity IT 8100 - Chair Institute

Infinity 8100

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Good feature mix.

CONS

Tri-rollers means a slightly inferior roller-based massage.

More Specifications...

Second Runner Up

Massage Chair for Tall Person Fujita SMK82 Model - Chair Institute

Fujita SMK82

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Exceptional design, lots of massage combinations, surprisingly easy to use.

CONS

No major weaknesses, though we’d like to see calf heat and MP3 support in a future upgrade.

More Specifications...

Honorable Mention

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity Iyashi - Chair Institute

Infinity Iyashi

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

This chair tied the Inada Dreamwave in our head to head competition, which is widely held as the best massage chair in the world.

CONS

No major weaknesses, but we’d love to see a second advanced massage technique added.

More Specifications...

The Infinity Iyashi

Infinity Iyashi - Honorable Mention

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options

Ease of Use

Brand Reliability*

4.2

Summary

An exquisitely well-designed model that offers a little something for everyone. The Infinity Iyashi massage chair is recommended for anyone from chronic pain sufferers to hobbyist users, including taller people up to 6’5”.

(*) Note:  Brand Reliability is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity Iyashi - Chair Institute

Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair

The first thing you should know about this model is the fact that we recently did a detailed head-to-head comparison between it and the mighty Inada Dreamwave, which is widely regarded as one of the best massage chairs in the world.

Although the Iyashi is a fraction of the Dreamwave’s price, it tied that model for points. We gave the Dreamwave a technical victory, but the reality is that the two chairs are incredibly evenly matched, and that’s a big win for anyone looking for a massage chair with top-end features offered at a mid-range price.

The Infinity Iyashi - Feature Summary

Here are just some of the great things about this model:

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity Iyashi BlacknBlack - Chair Institute
  • Hybrid L/S Track – The longest massage track of all the massage chairs on our short list.
  • 3D/4D – Extension arms on the rollers allow for an amazingly deep and penetrating massage.
  • Zero-G Seating (two positions), which further enhance the basic massage experience.
  • Space-Saving Technology – making this an easy model to fit into just about any home.
  • Body Stretching & Waist Twist – This is a fabulous feature combination that provides two different methods of body stretching, one intense, and one mild, so you can pick between them depending on your pain level.
  • Customizable Calf and Foot Massage – Something we haven’t seen offered in many other chairs. This gives you the ability to independently set the roller intensity of the foot rollers, customizing to taste. Even with fewer airbags than Fujita’s offering, this makes the Iyashi’s foot massage comparable, and possibly even superior.

There’s just no way around it. The Infinity Iyashi is the hands-down best mid-range massage chair geared toward tall users. It is an amazing piece of engineering.


The Fujita SMK82

Fujita SMK82 - Second Runner Up

Bang for Buck

Therapeutic Value

Overall Massage Quality

Customization Options