In a Nutshell:
A space-saving, budget massage chair with a few basic massage options available. Murtisol Massage Chair is recommended for anyone on a budget, especially people who don’t have much space, and who don’t mind the gaming chair styling.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Update: Murtisol Massage Chair is currently unavailable, but LAGRIMA offers a similar model.
Is your aching back keeping you from enjoying life the way you used to?
Are you looking for a decent, low-priced (under $500) massage chair that doesn’t take up a lot of space and won’t empty your bank account?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, you’re going to be intrigued by the Murtisol Massage Chair.
Haven’t heard of Murtisol? We’d be surprised if you had. An off-brand, the chair is manufactured in China to keep the price as low as possible. While buying an off-brand massage chair carries a bit more risk than buying from a more established brand and company, the tradeoff is that you get a more robust chair than you could otherwise afford.
The simple truth is that most people shopping for massage chairs at this price range aren’t buying for longevity anyway, they’re buying to solve an immediate problem, and if that describes you, then you probably won’t have much of an issue buying an off brand.
If you’re curious and interested to know more, in the sections that follow, we’ll break down everything this chair can do, and tell you where it comes up short. It’s got its weaknesses, to be sure, but it really does offer solid value for the money. Even if you opt to go with some other model, we think you’ll agree; the Murtisol is well worth a closer look! That said, let’s dive in and see what makes it tick.
An Overview of the Murtisol Massage Chair
Aesthetics and Design
The first thing you’ll notice when you see the Murtisol Massage chair is that it’s got a decidedly modern appearance, being styled after and inspired by gaming chairs. This can be either a good or a bad thing, depending on your tastes. If you’re a fan of the styling, you’ll love it, and it will probably fit seamlessly into your home décor scheme.
If you’re not a fan of the aesthetic, you’ll probably give it a pass without researching it more deeply, and it’s likely that it will stick out like a sore thumb, clashing with the rest of your home’s décor.
Assuming you’re okay with the general look of the chair, you’ll find it to be surprisingly well-made, given that it’s being offered by a tiny, overseas manufacturer with its stand-out non-massage feature being its space saving design.
The chair is made such that when you recline back in it, it pivots on its base which means you only need a few inches of clearance between the chair and whatever wall you place it near. That’s a very good thing, especially if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, which makes this an excellent choice for people who live in smaller apartments, tiny homes, or the like.
The overall dimensions of the chair are 22.8” x 35” x 34.2”, and it can support up to 440 pounds of weight, making it surprisingly durable.
Given its modest price tag, it probably comes as no surprise that the manufacturer skimped a bit where the chair’s upholstery is concerned, but here, there’s a delightful caveat that helps extend its longevity.
The exterior of the chair is upholstered in PU, which is reasonably attractive but not terribly durable. The good news here is that the PU-clad areas aren’t the areas that will see wear when you sit in the chair.
The seat and seat back are covered in a padded, breathable mesh-like material that is significantly more durable and surprisingly comfortable. It’s a cunning bit of design that proves Murtisol knows their way around the furniture market. We’re impressed.
The other non-massage feature to talk about here in our Murtisol massage chair review is the fact that the chair comes with a detachable support pillow for your head. This is a bit of a two-edged sword, however. While the pillow is certainly comfortable, its placement is such that it blocks off the uppermost portion of the massage track.
If you mean to enjoy a massage then, and you want to be sure the rollers can reach your neck, you’ll probably want to remove the pillow until the massage routine completes, then put it back on for general lounging.
In terms of massage functionality, the big thing to talk about here is the massage track, which is delightfully long, extending from the top of the seat back where it can massage your neck, shoulders, back, waist, hips and the backs of your thighs.
While many massage chairs in this segment of the market utilized fixed-position massage heads, the Murtisol features actual rollers. Dual rollers, which are inferior to the current industry standard quad rollers, but they represent a significant improvement over stationary massage heads, which is superb.
Even better, the massage chair offers a single technique, in the form of Shiatsu massage, which is well implemented. In terms of basic massage then, the Murtisol has the basics well covered.
Unfortunately, it’s got some serious limitations. There’s only one pre-programmed massage routine (set to a fifteen-minute timer). There are no other massage options other than Shiatsu. There’s no heat, no leg massage ports (so no calf or foot massage), and no massage timer. The chair doesn’t even have a remote!
Yes, you read that correctly; the Murtisol has no remote. Instead, you’ll find a simple four-button control panel built onto the right side of the chair, enabling you to activate the full body massage, back, and spot modes, with the final button activating the chair’s single auto-massage program.
Practically speaking, there’s very little difference between the functionality of the “full body” button and the “auto” button, so odds are, you won’t even engage the auto-massage feature. In our view, the company probably could have reduced it to three buttons without missing much of a beat.
No Real Learning Curve
Since the control module only has four buttons, there’s no real learning curve here. The full-body and auto buttons do exactly what you’d expect them to do. The “back” button limits the massage area to your back, keeping the rollers from extending under the seat to your thighs, and pressing the “spot” button will incrementally move the rollers where you want them and have them focus on that specific area.
That’s it. That’s all there is in terms of mastering this chair.
Murtisol Chair Color Variant
Pros & Cons
So where does that leave us?
In many ways, the Murtisol is a self-selecting chair. If you’re not a fan of the gaming chair style, you’ll probably be inclined to give this one a pass, even if you find some of the other features appealing. Then there’s the fact that Murtisol is a tiny, unknown brand, which means that getting post-sales support might be a challenge.
On the flip side, however, this is one of a very small number of massage chairs in its price range that has a track and uses actual rollers, which means that the massage experience you get from this model will be pound for pound better than a comparably-priced chair with stationary massage heads.
In our mind, that more than makes up for the chair’s lack of advanced options, but depending on exactly what you’re looking for, you may find yourself disagreeing.
One final thing to mention is the fact that if you buy this model, it will arrive at your door fully assembled and ready to use. Simply put it wherever you want it to go, plug it in, and have a seat. It’s a small point, but if you’re a fan of convenience, it’s certainly a point worth mentioning.
Murtisol Massage Chair Review Conclusion
While the Murtisol Massage chair certainly has its share of limitations and is offered by a virtually unknown company, we have to say that it managed to impress us. It’s a very simple, bare-bones massage chair, but a perfectly functional one that gives a surprisingly good massage.
We provisionally recommend it, and note that it’s ideal for:
If those conditions describe you, you’ll be pleased and impressed.
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References & Resources
- The Effect of Shiatsu Massage on Pain Reduction in Burn Patients, NCBI..
- What Are the Benefits of Chair Massage in the Workplace?, Livestrong.
- Massage Chairs Market: Growth Factors Details for Business Development, Key Companies, Current Trends/Issues/Challenges and Forecast by 2025, KYN24.