The Takeaway:

1. Overall Best: Apex AP Pro Regent

2. Best Value-Priced: Kahuna LM6800

3. Best Mid-Range: Apex Lotus

4. Best Hobbyist: Apex Pro Regent

5. Best Therapeutic: Kahuna SM7300

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 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, in the following sections.

Overall Best Massage Chair for Tall People in 2024

Our Pick + Best Hobbyist
Best Value-Priced
Best Mid-Range
Best Therapeutic
4.6
4.6
4.5
4.6
N/A
$1,899.00
N/A
$2,899.00
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Quad rollers
Body Stretch
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Massage Technology:
S-Track
3D/4D Rollers
Waist Stretch Only,
Not Full Body
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Dual + Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Heat:
Calf, foot, and blanket heat
Heat:
Lumbar, calf
Heat:
Lumbar
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
31
Airbags:
36
Airbags:
28
Airbags:
18
Zero-G Positions:
2
Zero-G Positions:
3
Zero-G Positions:
2
Zero-G Positions:
1
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Quad Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Rollers + an awesome triple-technique foot massage!
Extras:
Memory
Hideaway Ottoman
Extras:
Zone/Partial massage
Space-saving tech
Extras:
Space saving technology, custom app, and negative oxygen ionization function
Extras:
Space saving tech
Zone massage button
Chromotherapy
Pros:
  • Dizzying array of features!
Pros:
  • Amazingly low priced, yet full of popular features, including multi-region heat.
Pros:
  • Robust feature set, space saving design
Pros:
  • Exceptional calf and foot massage.
Cons:
  • S-Track limits massage area.
Cons:
  • Lack of MP3 support is a downer for some casual users.
Cons:
  • Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users
Cons:
  • Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair
Our Verdict:
Best in class. A superb chair, highly recommended for anyone.
Our Verdict:
Best overall value on the market today. Recommended!
Our Verdict:
Great all-around chair. Recommended for any casual or hobbyist user.
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)
Our Pick + Best Hobbyist
4.6
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Quad rollers
Body Stretch
Heat:
Calf, foot, and blanket heat
Airbags:
31
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Rollers
Extras:
Memory
Hideaway Ottoman
Pros:
  • Dizzying array of features!
Cons:
  • S-Track limits massage area.
Our Verdict:
Best in class. A superb chair, highly recommended for anyone.
Best Value-Priced
4.6
$1,899.00
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar, calf
Airbags:
36
Zero-G Positions:
3
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Quad Rollers
Extras:
Zone/Partial massage
Space-saving tech
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.
Our Verdict:
Best overall value on the market today. Recommended!
Best Mid-Range
4.5
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
3D/4D Rollers
Waist Stretch Only,
Not Full Body
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
28
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual
Extras:
Space saving technology, custom app, and negative oxygen ionization function
Pros:
  • Robust feature set, space saving design
Cons:
  • Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users
Our Verdict:
Great all-around chair. Recommended for any casual or hobbyist user.
Best Therapeutic
4.6
$2,899.00
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Dual + Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
18
Zero-G Positions:
1
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Rollers + an awesome triple-technique foot massage!
Extras:
Space saving tech
Zone massage button
Chromotherapy
Pros:
  • Exceptional calf and foot massage.
Cons:
  • Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair
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)
02/23/2024 12:50 am GMT

(*) 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.

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 much 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 various 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 shortlist to look at.

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

Our overall winner is the Apex AP Pro Regent, 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:

Overall Pick: Apex AP Pro Regent

Overall Winner
Apex AP Pro Regent Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Anyone. An absolute masterpiece of a chair with unmatched feature symmetry.

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(**) 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.

Core Massage Technologies

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

Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex AP Pro Regent Right Front - Chair Institute
  • 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

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 for big and 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 big and tall massage chair for you, even if you don’t agree with our assessment!

Best Value-Priced Massage Chair for Tall People in 2024

Value-priced massage chairs can range 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 shortlist:

Our Pick
 
 
4.6
4.6
4.2
$1,899.00
$2,899.00
N/A
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Dual + Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S
Heat:
Lumbar, calf
Heat:
Lumbar
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
36
Airbags:
18
Airbags:
22
Zero-G Positions:
3
Zero-G Positions:
1
Zero-G Positions:
2
Foot/Calf Massage:
Quad Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Rollers + an awesome triple-technique foot massage!
Foot/Calf Massage:
Air massage
Pros:
  • Amazingly low priced, yet full of popular features, including multi-region heat.
Pros:
  • Exceptional calf and foot massage.
Pros:
  • Super easy to use
Cons:
  • Lack of MP3 support is a downer for some casual users.
Cons:
  • Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair
Cons:
  • Only offers basic functionality
Our Pick
4.6
$1,899.00
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar, calf
Airbags:
36
Zero-G Positions:
3
Foot/Calf Massage:
Quad Rollers
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.
4.6
$2,899.00
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S-Track
Dual + Quad Rollers
Yoga Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
18
Zero-G Positions:
1
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Rollers + an awesome triple-technique foot massage!
Pros:
  • Exceptional calf and foot massage.
Cons:
  • Fairly expensive for a budget-priced chair
4.2
N/A
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
22
Zero-G Positions:
2
Foot/Calf Massage:
Air massage
Pros:
  • Super easy to use
Cons:
  • Only offers basic functionality
02/23/2024 12:50 am GMT

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, our fourth pick for this category.

Fourth Pick: Cozzia 16028

Fourth Pick
Cozzia 16028 Massage Chair
4.2

Recommended For: Hobbyists, chronic back pain sufferers, and users up to 6’4” tall.

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The Cozzia 16028 is unquestionably a great massage chair for large person at its price point, but we regard it as the weakest of the four models here, for one reason. It utilizes an S-Track, whereas 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 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) in an attractively priced package.

Value Pick: Apex Aurora

Value Pick
Apex AP Aurora Zero Gravity Massage Chair
4.3

Recommended For: ALL. One of the best general-purpose massage chairs in its price range today

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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 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, whereas the Aurora offers two. They’re both solid contenders, but they’re not quite as good as our first runner-up. 

Runner-Up: Kahuna SM7300

Runner-Up
Kahuna SM-7300 Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Anyone, especially big and tall users.

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Kahuna 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:

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

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.

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 Pick: Kahuna LM6800

Our Pick
Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Hobbyist/casual users, chronic pain sufferers, and taller users, almost anybody, will love this chair!

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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.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 Air Massage - Chair Institute

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.

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

Best Mid-Range Massage Chair for Tall Man

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 shine brightly. As before, to fully understand why we chose one over the rest, we’ll start by looking at our summary table before moving on to details:

Our Pick
 
 
4.5
4.4
4.3
N/A
N/A
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Waist Stretch
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Body Stretch
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Thai Body Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar
Heat:
Lumbar, Waist
Heat:
Whole back heat
Airbags:
28
Airbags:
28
Airbags:
48
Zero-G Positions:
2
Zero-G Positions:
2
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
Extras:
MP3 Support
Extras:
Pros:
  • Robust feature set, space-saving design.
Pros:
  • Good feature mix.
Pros:
  • Exceptional design, lots of massage combinations, surprisingly easy to use.
Cons:
  • Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users.
Cons:
  • Tri-rollers means a slightly inferior roller-based massage.
Cons:
  • No major weaknesses, though we’d like to see calf heat and MP3 support in a future upgrade.
Our Pick
4.5
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Waist Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
28
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
Pros:
  • Robust feature set, space-saving design.
Cons:
  • Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users.
4.4
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Body Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar, Waist
Airbags:
28
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
MP3 Support
Pros:
  • Good feature mix.
Cons:
  • Tri-rollers means a slightly inferior roller-based massage.
4.3
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Thai Body Stretch
Heat:
Whole back heat
Airbags:
48
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
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.

Fourth Pick: Infinity Iyashi

Fourth Pick
Infinity Iyashi Massage Chair
4.2

Recommended For: Anyone from chronic pain sufferers to hobbyist users, including taller people up to 6’5”.

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The first thing you should know about this model is 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 big massage chair with top-end features offered at a mid-range price.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Infinity Iyashi BlacknBlack - Chair Institute

Feature Summary

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

  • 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.

Value Pick: Fujita SMK82

Value Pick
Fujita SMK82 3D Massage Chair
4.3

Recommended For: Anyone, up to 6’5” in height.

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One of the strongest models in Fujita’s lineup, the SMK82 is fantastic chair priced at the mid-range, and it came close to claiming the top spot, mostly because it offers the strongest air massage of any chair in its price range.

With most chairs, it’s easy to pull out one feature and say “this is the best aspect of the model,” but that’s not possible with the SMK82. There are just too many good things about it.

SMK82’s Stand-Out Features

  • Heat – Most massage chairs that offer heat provide it only in the lumbar region. The SMK82 provides whole back heat, which represents a huge upgrade.
  • Air Massage – Again, those 48 airbags simply deliver a superior experience.
  • Calf and Foot Massage – This is exceptional due, in no small part, to the superior number of airbags, many of which are in the leg massage ports. It is further helped by the presence of rollers at the bottoms of the foot wells.
  • Adjustable Deep Tissue Massage – With six levels of intensity adjustment, this model’s roller-based massage is strong enough to help chronic pain sufferers, but can be dialed back as needed to appeal to hobbyist users.
  • Body stretching – Fujita’s Thai Body Stretch is probably the second best in the industry, behind only Kahuna’s Yoga Stretch.

Put all these features together, and it’s hard to find a reason not to like this chair. Add in the fact that the well-designed remote makes it relatively easy to use, and you’ve got a solid contender by any reckoning.

The few faults we could find with the SMK82 model are all relatively minor (no MP3 support, we’d have preferred to see a memory function on the remote, etc.) are definitely not deal-breaking.

Fujita did an outstanding job balancing the needs of therapeutic and casual users. The fact that the massage intensity can be fine-tuned between deep tissue and mild makes it appealing to a broad swath of the market. Despite that, it (narrowly) missed taking the top spot in this category. That honor goes to…

Runner-Up: Infinity 8100

Runner-Up
Infinity IT-8100 Massage Chair
4.3

Recommended For: Anyone, particularly users up to 6’4” tall.

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The Infinity 8100 is an undeniably great chair with a lot to offer, but the reason it winds up in the position it’s in has a lot to do with its roller array.

Quad rollers are the current industry standard, and the Infinity skimps a bit here, only offering Tri-rollers.

In practice, the roller-based massage you get from this chair is slightly inferior than the other models on our short list, but the company has taken great pains to introduce other features, most notably body scanning and Zero-G seating with two positions to choose from that work to minimize the impact of the tri-roller decision.

Feature Summary

Some of the other great features of the 8100 model includes are:

  • MP3 support
  • A (somewhat) adjustable massage timer
  • Lumbar and Waist heat (therapeutic feature)
  • One advanced massage option (Shiatsu)

The result is a good, solid chair that’s well-priced, but it wasn’t good enough to win our top pick.

Our Pick: Apex Lotus

Our Pick
Apex Lotus Massage Chair
4.5

Recommended For: General, casual users. One can enjoy a high-end massage experience at a mid-range price.

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Apex is a great company, and the Lotus is absolutely deserving of top honors in this category. The big thing to note here though is that it’s a powerful massage chair that may be too strong for casual and hobbyist users, which is the main reason hobbyist users shopping in this category may want to look at one of the “lesser” picks.

Feature-wise, it offers most of the same benefits as the 8100, but with more of an emphasis on therapeutic benefits, and less on convenience features and extras that hobbyists tend to enjoy more. It’s an exceptional chair at this price range, but we found it to be somewhat narrowly focused.

If you’re looking for a great therapeutic chair priced at the mid-range, this one deserves special attention.

Summary of the Apex Lotus’ Therapeutic Benefits

  • Deep Tissue Massage, augmented by the following technologies.
    ➕ Zero-G seating (two positions)
    ➕ 3D/4D massage roller technology
    ➕ Body Scan Technology
  • Waist Stretch – This is a weak/mild form of body stretching.
  • Negative Oxygen Ionization.
  • Excellent calf and foot massage.

As good as these features are, Apex Lotus is still not enough to claim top honors in this category, which brings us to our runner-up.

Best Hobbyist Massage Chair for Tall People

Our Pick
 
 
4.6
4.6
4.5
N/A
$1,899.00
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Body Stretch
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S Track
Yoga Stretch
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Waist Stretch
Heat:
Calf, Foot, and Blanket Heat
Heat:
Lower Back and Calf
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
31
Airbags:
36
Airbags:
28
Zero-G Positions:
2
Zero-G Positions:
2
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Quad Foot Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
3 memory slots, Fold-Away Ottoman, 4D Roller Tech, MP3 Support
Extras:
None
Extras:
App control, air ionization, 4D Roller Tech
Pros:
  • A rare perfect five-star rating from us on the basis of its dizzying array of features.
Pros:
  • Amazingly low priced, yet full of popular features.
  • Space-saving
Pros:
  • Robust feature set, space-saving design.
Cons:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Lack of MP3 support is a downer for some casual users.
Cons:
  • Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users.
Our Pick
4.6
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Body Stretch
Heat:
Calf, Foot, and Blanket Heat
Airbags:
31
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
3 memory slots, Fold-Away Ottoman, 4D Roller Tech, MP3 Support
Pros:
  • A rare perfect five-star rating from us on the basis of its dizzying array of features.
Cons:
  • None.
4.6
$1,899.00
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S Track
Yoga Stretch
Heat:
Lower Back and Calf
Airbags:
36
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Foot/Calf Massage:
Quad Foot Rollers
Extras:
None
Pros:
  • Amazingly low priced, yet full of popular features.
  • Space-saving
Cons:
  • Lack of MP3 support is a downer for some casual users.
4.5
N/A
Massage Technology:
S-Track
Waist Stretch
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
28
Zero-G Positions:
2
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu, Swedish
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
App control, air ionization, 4D Roller Tech
Pros:
  • Robust feature set, space-saving design.
Cons:
  • Deep tissue massage may be too intense for casual users.
02/23/2024 12:50 am GMT

Casual massage chair users have different priorities than people who buy them for therapeutic reasons. There’s obviously a lot of overlap here, but generally, a casual user is more interested in extras, convenience features, and the number of massage options and combinations available.

On the other hand, a therapeutic user is typically more interested in therapeutic features that solve their particular problem. Here, it’s things like deep tissue massage, and technologies that enhance it, heat, body stretching, and the like.

This is not to say that hobbyist users don’t like these options – they’ll typically embrace as many features as they can get, but it does influence the priority they’re given.

That said, let’s take a look at our Honorable Mention, a chair we’ve seen mentioned before in this report, the Fujita SMK82.

Fourth Pick: Fujita SMK82

Fourth Pick
Fujita SMK82 3D Massage Chair
4.3

Recommended For: Anyone, up to 6’5” in height.

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This is another model we’ve seen before, and it makes an appearance here for good reason. Although many of the features it offers has therapeutic value, as we said earlier, there’s often significant overlap between the two groups, and casual users tend to like as many features as they can get their hands on.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Fujita SMK82 Front Black - Chair Institute

Summary of the SMK82’s Features

Some of the things hobbyist users like best includes in SMK82:

  • Zero-G Seating.
  • 4D massage roller technology, allowing for a broad range of massage experiences from mild to deep tissue.
  • An amazing number of total massage combinations, including two advanced techniques (Swedish and Shiatsu).
  • A simply awesome air massage, which translates into a superior calf and foot massage as well.
  • Whole back heat is amazing, whether you have a therapeutic need for it or not.
  • Its relative simplicity and ease of use.

No matter how you slice it, the SMK82 is a good large massage chair with a lot to offer!

Value Pick: Apex Lotus

Value Pick
Apex Lotus Massage Chair
4.5

Recommended For: General, casual users. One can enjoy a high-end massage experience at a mid-range price.

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Massage Chair for Tall Person Apex Lotus Beige - Chair Institute

Another chair we’ve seen before. While the Lotus lacks MP3 support, which is a popular feature, especially well-loved by casual users, it does come with a number of other bells and whistles casual users like, including:

  • A good number of massage combinations, including two advanced massage techniques.
  • App control for convenience.
  • A space-saving design, making it accessible to even people living in smaller homes or apartments.
  • Air ionization.
  • 4D Roller Tech allowing for a deep tissue massage if one is desired.

As good as it is though, Apex Lotus did not prove robust enough to claim the top spot.

Runner-Up: Kahuna LM6800

Runner-Up
Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Hobbyist/casual users, chronic pain sufferers, and taller users, almost anybody, will love this chair!

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It should come as no surprise that the LM6800 puts in yet another appearance on our list – it’s just one of the best massage recliners for tall man you can buy for the money, and it punches well above its weight class, with a great mix of features that just about anybody will love.

Like the much more expensive SMK82, many of its features have therapeutic value, but its low cost and varied capabilities make it extremely attractive to hobbyist users, and it nearly took top honors for that reason alone.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Kahuna LM6800 Massage Mode - Chair Institute

Feature Summary

As a hobbyist user, here’s what you’ll like best about it:

  • Hybrid L/S Track, resulting in something close to a full-body, roller-based massage.
  • Built with Space-Saving Technology.
  • Zero-G seating.
  • A dizzying array of massage options, thanks to the spot/partial massage button.
  • Back heat.
  • Heated foot wells for a luxuriant foot massage experience.
  • Yoga body stretching (arguably the best in the industry).
  • Super easy to use!

Again, there’s a lot to like here, but top honors have to go to….

Our Pick: Apex Pro Regent

Our Pick
Apex AP Pro Regent Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Anyone. An absolute masterpiece of a chair with unmatched feature symmetry.

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(*) 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.

This model also handily won the best overall massage chair, and with good reason. It is simply magnificent, and everything we said at the start of this review holds true here. If you’re a tall hobbyist user, you simply won’t find a better model.

Best Therapeutic Massage Chair for Tall Users

Our Pick
 
 
4.6
4.5
4.4
$2,899.00
N/A
N/A
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S Track
Massage Technology:
S Track
3D/4D Roller
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S Track
Heat:
Lumbar
Heat:
Lumbar, seat, foot wells
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
18
Airbags:
80
Airbags:
38
Zero-G Positions:
1
Zero-G Positions:
1
Zero-G Positions:
1
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Yoga Stretch
Massage Techniques:
Swedish and Shiatsu
Body Stretch
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Body Stretch
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual foot rollers, and also offers an awesome triple technique foot massage
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Foot/Calf Massage:
Tri-foot rollers
Extras:
Space saving tech, zone massage button, chromotherapy
Extras:
MP3 support, five memory slots, a staggering number of massage options, blood pressure and heart monitoring
Extras:
Spot massage button, a generous number of pre-programmed massage options
Pros:
  • Specifically designed for big and tall users, loaded with convenience as well as therapeutic features. Six-roller system!
Pros:
  • Made in the USA, super easy to use, despite the number of options on offer.
Pros:
  • Specifically designed for therapeutic users (Deep Tissue massage).
Cons:
  • Only one Zero-G seating position
Cons:
  • Only one Zero-G seating position.
Cons:
  • No intensity adjustment.
Our Pick
4.6
$2,899.00
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S Track
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
18
Zero-G Positions:
1
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Yoga Stretch
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual foot rollers, and also offers an awesome triple technique foot massage
Extras:
Space saving tech, zone massage button, chromotherapy
Pros:
  • Specifically designed for big and tall users, loaded with convenience as well as therapeutic features. Six-roller system!
Cons:
  • Only one Zero-G seating position
4.5
N/A
Massage Technology:
S Track
3D/4D Roller
Heat:
Lumbar, seat, foot wells
Airbags:
80
Zero-G Positions:
1
Massage Techniques:
Swedish and Shiatsu
Body Stretch
Foot/Calf Massage:
Dual Foot Rollers
Extras:
MP3 support, five memory slots, a staggering number of massage options, blood pressure and heart monitoring
Pros:
  • Made in the USA, super easy to use, despite the number of options on offer.
Cons:
  • Only one Zero-G seating position.
4.4
N/A
Massage Technology:
Hybrid L/S Track
Heat:
Lumbar
Airbags:
38
Zero-G Positions:
1
Massage Techniques:
Shiatsu
Body Stretch
Foot/Calf Massage:
Tri-foot rollers
Extras:
Spot massage button, a generous number of pre-programmed massage options
Pros:
  • Specifically designed for therapeutic users (Deep Tissue massage).
Cons:
  • No intensity adjustment.
02/23/2024 03:30 pm GMT

As mentioned above, therapeutic users tend to have a different list of features in mind when looking for the “right” massage chair for them. It’s not that they don’t care about extras like MP3 support and Chromotherapy, it’s just that they’re more interested in features that help make them feel better.

With that in mind, we’ve constructed a short list of top-notch massage chairs designed specifically with tall people who suffer from chronic pain in mind. As we’ve been doing, although our winner in this category is the Kahuna SM7300, we’ll start with the honorable mention, so that the reasons for our top pick have context.

Fourth Pick: Omega Montage Pro

While the Omega Montage Pro is an excellent design, the single biggest reason it didn’t claim our top spot was the absence of any advanced massage techniques when in manual mode.

It gives a great basic massage, and offers a wide range of therapeutic and convenience features that includes everything that the lesser chairs bring to the table, plus:

  • MP3 support.
  • An innovative foot massage that utilizes a combination of airbags, dual foot rollers, and magnetic therapy.
  • An excellent adjustable timer.
  • The Montage Pro’s standout feature, heat everywhere.

This last feature is a big deal, but by itself, it’s just not enough to make up for the lack of advanced massage techniques. Even so, if the feature you’re most interested in is therapeutic heat, then Montage Pro is the chair you want.

Value Pick: Infinity Escape

Value Pick
Infinity Escape Massage Chair
4.4

Recommended For: Chronic pain sufferers up to 6’5” in height. Not recommended for casual or hobbyist users.

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Where the Kahuna SM7300 is specifically engineered for big and tall people, the Escape is specifically engineered with chronic pain sufferers in mind. It is definitely not a chair designed for casual use, because there’s no way to adjust massage intensity. It’s deep tissue all the time.

In addition to that, Infinity Escape offers a raft of great features, including:

  • Zero-G seating
  • Body Stretching
  • Therapeutic (Lumbar) Heat
  • A calf and foot massage that utilizes tri-rollers, in place of the dual rollers that most chairs utilize (well, the ones that have foot rollers, anyway)

The reason it didn’t get an even higher rating in our roundup comes down to the fact that there were other chairs that had a more robust set of features. That brings us to the first runner up, which we’ll mention next.

Runner-Up: Luraco i7

Runner-Up
Luraco Massage Chair i7, Chocolate Brown
4.5

Recommended For: Anyone who can afford it. Exceptional therapeutic chair, made in the USA, packed with high-value features.

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One of the only American-made massage chairs on the market today, the Luraco is a wonder, and is an excellent design filled with just about every therapeutic feature you could ask for.

Massage Chair for Tall Person Luraco i7 Brown - Chair Institute

Feature Summary – Luraco i7

  • 4D Massage Roller Tech
  • Zero-G Seating (only 1 position)
  • An unbelievable number of massage combinations (including two advanced positions)
  • A vast number of airbags (80, which is second only to the Inada Dreamwave, which has 101)
  • Extensive heat
  • Body Stretching
  • Fully adjustable timer
  • MP3 support
  • Separate blood pressure and heart rate monitoring
  • A memory function with five slots

This last feature bears special mention for two reasons. First, because it’s something that not many chairs offer at all, and second, because it makes it easy to program your favorite settings, save them, and recall them with the touch of a single button. That’s a huge plus, given how many massage combinations the Luraco i7 makes available.

Perhaps more than any other heavy-duty massage chair we’ve talked about, the Luraco’s rating score is somewhat less important. If you really want the feature set this chair offers, then there’s just nowhere else to get it, and this is the chair for you.

Our Pick: Kahuna SM7300

Our Pick
Kahuna SM-7300 Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Anyone, especially big and tall users.

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The Kahuna SM7300 has a great design, and one of our emotive favorites, because it’s the only massage chair we’ve ever found that is specifically designed with big and tall users in mind. In fact, it’s so specialized that shorter users might have a hard time sitting in it (kind of the opposite problem that tall users have with most of the massage chairs sold today).

All that to say that it’s got the “big and tall” dimension handled in style, and it offers enough hard-hitting therapeutic features to make it appeal to a broad swath of that segment of the market. It’s a superb model by any reckoning.

Feature Highlights

  • Space-saving design.
  • Six-rollers – even better than the industry standard quad rollers, and something we haven’t seen in ANY other massage chair on the market.
  • Zero-G seating.
  • Yoga Stretch (arguably the best in the industry).
  • Lumbar heat.
  • Triple-technique (rolling, scraping, kneading) foot massage that’s unlike anything you’ve ever felt.

Best Massage Chair for Big and Tall Person Conclusion & Summary

So, in the end then, what is the best massage chair for a tall person in 2024?

Ultimately, the answer to that question comes down to what feature or features you find most important, and your budget, but we would answer the question as follows:

Honestly, any chair mentioned in this review will serve you well, but the models mentioned above are simple best-in-class.


REFERENCES & RESOURCES

  • Osaki, Official Brand Website.
  • Luraco, Official Brand Website.
  • Infinity, Official Brand Website.
  • Kahuna, Official Brand Website.
  • Cozzia, Official Brand Website.
  • Fujita, Official Brand Website.