In a Nutshell:
This Mecor Heated Office Massage Chair model is a pleasant, unexpected surprise, offered by a brand you’ve probably never heard of. It’s an average office chair, but where heat is concerned, it’s simply sublime. Recommended for anyone, but this chair provides tremendous benefits to those who suffer from arthritis and/or chronic pain sufferers.
Value for the Money
Is your arthritis or chronic back, hip, or leg pain, keeping you from being as productive as you once were? Are you dissatisfied that your current office chair isn’t pulling its weight in terms of helping you stay productive and manage your pain? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’re going to love this review.
If you’re like most people, you’ve never even heard of Mecor. They’re one of dozens of tiny off-brands operating in the office furniture market. They make decent, delightfully low-priced furniture, built in China and imported to the US for sale.
As with most budget-priced furniture, the production quality isn’t high, but given the modest price, that’s seldom seen as a negative. As inexpensive as most of this furniture is, it’s easy enough to use them until they start wearing out, then simply buy a replacement.
While you do occasionally find exciting models in this sea of product, most of them are average, at best. Every once in a while, though, a real hidden gem presents itself, and in our view, the Mecor Heated Office Massage Chair is one of those hidden gems.
It’s not a perfect chair by any means, but as you’ll see in the sections that follow, this model exceeds expectations at just about every turn. Not only does it offer tremendous value for the money, but it also has tremendous therapeutic value as well.
Below, we’ll tell you everything this great little chair gets right, and let you know about its shortcomings (and it has them) so you can decide for yourself if the Mecor is to be your next office chair and your new best friend.
An Overview of the Mecor Heated Office Chair
That’s the first word that’s likely to enter your mind when you see the Mecor Heated Office Massage Chair for the first time. Its designers took no chances where the chair’s aesthetic was concerned, building it along purely conventional lines. That’s not a bad thing because it means that the chair has an easy time blending seamlessly into a wide range of home and office décor schemes.
Don’t let the chair’s mundane appearance fool you though. Lurking beneath the surface is a surprisingly versatile, capable office chair. Before we get to that, however, let’s review the core stats that define the model:
A couple of things jump out right away on reviewing these numbers. First, with a 300-pound weight limit, the chair is capable of supporting more than 90% of the market. That’s a good thing, but the seat height adjustment range is definitely in big and tall territory.
If you’re shorter than 5’4”, this chair probably won’t be a good fit for you. On the other hand, a 300-pound weight limit isn’t quite enough to support the biggest of the big and the tallest of the tall, so this chair is ideal for those right in the middle, size-wise, and tending toward the taller end of the spectrum.
Second, although it’s a sizeable piece of furniture, it’s delightfully lightweight. Unfortunately, that, combined with some other features we’ll talk about in the next section, marks it as a chair that’s best suited to light or moderate daily use. It’s just not burly enough to stand up to the rigors of heavy daily usage.
Adjustability, Comfort, and Extras
In terms of adjustability, there’s not much to talk about where this model is concerned. Other than the height adjustment lever located on the bottom of the chair, the only other adjustable feature you’ll find is the seat recline button, which allows you to recline back by about 20 degrees, or sit up straight.
The use of a button to control the recline function is interesting, but this is a limited feature. Most office chairs that recline allow you to choose your recline angle between 90 and 120 degrees, with some going back to 135- or even 150-degrees.
We’re not sure why the maximum recline angle is so limited on this chair, but for most people, this won’t be a deal breaker. It’s worth mentioning nonetheless, however.
Comfort in the Mecor Heated Office Chair is driven by two things: A trio of reasonably well-implemented ergonomic features and a moderate amount of block foam padding. Let’s talk about the padding first. There’s not as much of it as you’ll find on most other office chairs.
The reason for that is simple: Too much padding will weaken the impact of the massage heads. The relative lack of padding in these types of chairs is a necessary tradeoff to incorporate massage heads in such a way that the massage is actually useful, so it’s important to understand what you’re buying here.
No one will get one of these chairs because it’s plush and amazingly comfortable. It’s reasonably comfortable and comes with heat and massage. Those two things are the headlines where the Mecor is concerned. Padding is a secondary consideration.
The chair’s modest padding is augmented by the following ergonomic features:
None of these features are superbly implemented, but given the modest price of the chair, that’s not a surprise. Even so, they offer a reasonable level of ergonomic support and work well with the chair’s padding to enhance the overall level of comfort.
Note that although the armrests are not ergonomically sculpted, they are well-padded and comfortable although neither they nor any of the chairs ergonomic features are adjustable in any way.
As to extras, the only thing on offer here is a small but handy pocket that’s big enough to hold the wired remote when you’re not using it. It’s a small thing, but given the price of the chair, we hadn’t expected to see any extras at all. Another kudos for tiny Mecor!
The Massage Function
The Mecor office chair’s massage function is rendered via six stationary massage heads placed throughout the chair. There are four in the seatback and two in the seat itself, so when activated, you’ll get a massage that runs from your shoulders to the backs of your thighs.
Although the heads merely vibrate in place, the company has taken some steps to improve the overall massage quality, and on the wired remote, you’ll find the following different massage modes:
There’s not much difference between auto and normal, and although you’ll detect some difference between the others, it’s slight; they’re all just variations on a theme, and at the end of the day, they’re all simply a vibration style massage. Even so, it’s worth experimenting with them to see if you like one slightly better.
If you don’t want the chair’s version of a whole-body massage, you also have the ability to activate the massage heads selectively. You can choose from:
All of that is pretty standard fare, but here are the best features of the Mecor chair’s massage function:
Some proper massage chairs don’t feature a massage timer, and there are actually very few massage chairs that offer temperature-controlled heat. In fact, some of the most expensive massage chairs on the market today (ones costing as much as a used car!) don’t offer that as a feature!
The fact that this feature even exists on a little, low-priced chair like this, offered by an off brand is a bit like finding a jumbo jet in Ancient Greece. It’s nothing short of amazing, and we’d buy one based on that feature alone, it’s such a rarity.
Amazingly, This Chair Comes Mostly Assembled
More than 90% of the office furniture sold today will arrive at your doorstep in a big box and in several pieces. The Mecor bucks this trend. You’ll get a big box, yes, and there are a couple of pieces, but most of the work has already been done. Getting it ready for first use takes less than five minutes. The convenience factor alone is almost enough to make this chair worth the bargain price they’re asking for it. Kudos to Mecor on this front; great job!
Pros and Cons of the Mecor Heated Office Massage Chair
We really like this chair. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s an amazing value for the money. In our view, here are the models best and worst features:
Overall, we think the pros far outweigh the cons, but we understand that everyone’s tastes, preferences, and needs will vary. Still, this, in our view, is a triumph for a small, off-brand like Mecor. The company did a great job here, and we were impressed.
Mecor Heated Office Massage Chair Review Conclusion
The ideal user for the Mecor Heated Office Massage Chair will be someone who:
If that describes you, then you owe it to yourself to pick up one of these today. Given its modest price and how much it could potentially help you, there’s almost nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
We love it, and we hope that Mecor continues to tweak and improve this model over time. It has the potential to be one of the best chairs in the industry. Honestly, if some big, nationally respected brand purchased Mecor, they could turn this model into a powerhouse. That might be beyond Mecor’s capabilities, but it’s still a remarkable little chair.
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- Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Stress, Psychology Today.
- Ergonomic Changes to Ease Arthritis At Work And Home, Pain Doctor.
- Advancing Health Promotion Through Massage Therapy Practice: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study, ScienceDirect.