In a Nutshell:

Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus is a superb model from top to bottom. It is recommended for almost anyone. This model is frequently offered at a steep discount from MSRP, and as such, it’s a spectacular deal for anyone weighing up to 280 pounds.

Overall Massage Quality
Customization options
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Brand Reliability*

Overall Rating

4.6/5
* 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.

Benefits

  • Almost everything is right with the Osaki Ekon massage chair

Drawbacks

  • Disappointing maximum supported weight limit of 280 pounds
  • No heat in the footwells
  • No memory slots for storing preferred massage settings
Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus Massage Chair
4.6

Recommended For: Almost anyone. This model is frequently offered at a steep discount from MSRP, and as such, it’s a spectacular deal for anyone weighing up to 280 pounds.

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Are you tired of having to bend over backward to keep those regular appointments with your local chiropractor? Are you looking for an alternative that will allow you to manage your constant pain any time you like, or are you just looking for a world-class, soothing massage from the comfort of your own home?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, keep reading because you’re going to love what you find in this—our Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus review.

The Ekon is not only an exquisitely well-designed chair, but it’s also offered by Osaki, which is one of the best-known and most well-respected brands in the industry today. In the sections that follow, we’ll do a deep dive into the design of this chair and explore all the features it has on offer, and it’s got a lot of those.  

While it’s not a perfect design, it brings so much to the table that it’s genuinely hard to find fault with it, though there are a couple of limitations we’ll point out along the way so you’ll have a complete picture and be in a position to make an informed purchasing decision. If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look!

An Overview of the Osaki Pro Ekon Massage Chair

Before we start talking about the specific features that define this model, we do need to introduce one caveat. This is one of Osaki’s chairs that the company keeps on sale at a deep discount a significant percentage of the time. In fact, every time we’ve looked at this model, it’s been on sale, usually at a 40% discount and sometimes more than that!

Osaki Ekon Plus Black color

Given that “on sale” seems to be the default state for this model, that’s the lens through which we’ve reviewed it. If you go to the manufacturer’s website and it’s not on sale, and you’ve already decided that this is the one you want, we advise waiting a bit and checking back in on it so you can get yours at the best possible price.

With that out of the way, the first thing you’ll notice about the Osaki OS-4D Ekon is that the design team responsible for it didn’t make any special effort to disguise the true nature of the chair. It looks like most of the other massage chairs on the market today, which means that it’s egg-shaped and has a vaguely futuristic look.

If you’re specifically looking for a massage chair that looks like a conventional recliner unless you’re actually sitting in it and getting a massage, you’ll be pleased to know that there are chairs like that on the market. Unfortunately, none of them are made by Osaki. If that’s the case, you’ll probably be happier with something made by Human Touch.

Assuming you’re okay with the overall aesthetic of the Ekon, it’s available in your choice of white, brown, or black, so you’ll have at least some flexibility when it comes to blending it in with your existing home décor.

The chair measures 34” W x 64” L x 48” H (72” L x 45” H when fully reclined) and weighs 335 pounds, so it’s a hefty piece of furniture and likely too big for one person to maneuver into position on the day it arrives at your doorstep.

That leaves you with two options: either have an assistant standing by to lend a hand to get it where you want it or pay a premium for White Glove service if it’s available in your delivery area.

We can’t in good conscience recommend White Glove service for most people. The chair’s just not that difficult to get ready for first use, but if you absolutely don’t have anybody who can help you get it set up on the day it arrives at your door, it may be a good option for you.

Here, though, we do need to highlight one point of weakness in the Ekon’s design. While there’s no formal industry standard where the maximum supported weight limit is concerned, if you do a broad survey of massage chairs on the market today, you’ll find that most of them support at least 300 pounds, with many models supporting a great deal more than that.

The Ekon doesn’t quite measure up in this regard, with a maximum supported weight of 280 pounds. Granted, it doesn’t miss the mark by much, but it is something you should keep in mind because the supported weight limit is an absolute deal breaker if you weigh more than 280 pounds.

Before we leave this section covering the basics, we also want to make mention of the fact that the Ekon is designed as a wall hugger, so it only needs 1” of clearance between the seatback and whatever wall you decide to place the chair near.

That’s a very good thing because chairs not designed in this fashion often require a foot or more of space in order to fully recline, and it really does make it easier to find a permanent home for what is a sizable piece of furniture.

Osaki Ekon indoor black color

While all of this is interesting, looking at the basic stats that define the model will only get us so far, so now, we need to take a deeper look at the core technologies used in the Ekon’s design. 

That’s up next!

The Osaki OS-Pro Ekon Massage Chair Makes Good Use Of The Latest Technology

This is a very strong component of our Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus review. Osaki is generally quite good at keeping up with the latest in industry tech, and the Ekon is a very good case-in-point example.  

For a start, this chair utilizes the company’s absolutely stellar body scanning technology, which virtually guarantees a world-class massage every time you sit in the chair. 

You don’t have to do anything to activate body scanning. It happens automatically when you take a seat. The chair quietly takes a scan to reposition the rollers so they hit your pressure points perfectly.

Osaki Pro Ekon Massage Chair black color left side view

In practice, you won’t have to do a thing the vast majority of the time, but every once in a while, the Ekon might not get the rollers exactly where you want them, and something will feel off. Should that occur, there’s a simple fix. The company has included manual controls on the remote that allow you to tweak the position of the rollers.

It’s a one-two punch that allows you to experience the best massage the Ekon is capable of giving every time you sit down, and that’s awesome.

It gets better. The excellent body scanning tech is paired with industry-standard quad rollers moving along an S-L track, which starts at the top of your shoulders, travels down the length of your spine, then turns and continues under the seat, allowing the rollers to massage your glutes and the backs of your thighs as well.

This, further combined with the leg massage ports, effectively gives you a full body massage or as close as you’re likely to get from a massage chair.

Here, though, we should pause for a moment to talk about the different types of rollers. In the massage chair world, you’re likely to encounter 2D, 3D, or 4D rollers.

There was a time when 2D rollers were the industry’s standard. They move along the X- and Y-axis of the massage track and are capable of giving a pretty good massage.

Osaki Os-4d Ekon controller on brown color

You still find these here and there on the market, usually offered by discount brands or very low-end chairs. They’re not awful, but because there’s no Z-axis motion, they can’t really give a deep, penetrating massage.

The advent of 3D rollers corrected that, and you will find 3D massage chairs at all price points in the market today. It’s fair to say that they’re still the industry standard for the moment, but they’re being ushered out by the cutting-edge 4D rollers, which is what the Ekon brings to the table.

These are similar to 3D rollers in that they can move along the X-, Y-, and Z-axis, but as they do so, they’re programmed to move with varying speed and intensity, depending on where they are on your body. This gives them an almost shockingly human-like feel and makes for an even better and more relaxing massage experience.

Taken together, this collection of technologies puts the Ekon at the leading edge of the massage chair market.

The Osaki Pro Ekon Massage Chair Offers A Generous But Not Extravagant Number of Massage Options

This is another very strong component of our Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus review. Starting with the massage techniques on offer, you’ll find:

  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Knocking
  • Music Sync
  • Shiatsu
  • 4D Shiatsu

The first three are basic techniques, and you’ll find those on just about every decent massage chair on the market today. Music Sync implies the existence of built-in Bluetooth speakers, and we’ll talk about those a bit later on. For now, it’s enough to acknowledge that they’re present and used by the chair to facilitate a music sync massage.

Osaki Ekon Massage Chair brown color front view

Shiatsu is a good advanced massage technique, and it’s the most commonly implemented one. If you do a survey of chairs on the market today, you’ll find that where advanced techniques are present, Shiatsu is almost always represented, with other advanced techniques like Swedish, for example, being represented much less often.

Given this, we really wish that Osaki had offered 4D Shiatsu and some other advanced techniques as their second advanced option.

This isn’t a serious complaint that detracts from the final score of the chair, but it is a bit of a nit. 

If we could ask for one change in the design, substituting Swedish for “regular” Shiatsu would be high on our list. It’s by no means a dealbreaker, but it is something to keep in mind as you’re comparing this model to other options.

Even though we’re very slightly disappointed in the techniques on offer for the reason outlined above, we love the pre-programmed massage options on offer. These are:

  • Chair Yoga
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Power Yoga
  • Royal Treatment
  • Stress Relief
  • Neck and Shoulder
  • Gentle Care
  • Back and Spine
  • Waist and Hip
  • Morning Buzz
  • Refreshing Nap
  • Sweet Dreams

There’s a lot to like here. 

Most of these are self-explanatory, but there are more detailed descriptions in the well-written user manual. 

What we really like is the fact that there are three different yoga programs of varying levels of intensity.

Osaki Ekon Plus Massage Chair brown color side view

Granted, Osaki isn’t world-class when it comes to stretch routines. For that, you’re almost always better off with a chair by Kahuna, as they’ve got one of the industry’s best stretches, but Osaki’s routines aren’t bad by any means.

Even better, by breaking them into three different routines, you can dial into the exact level of intensity you’re looking for. In all three cases, what you get is akin to the “chiropractic adjustment” you’d get when you pay your local chiropractor a visit.  

All three of these, along with the back and spine routine, have genuine therapeutic benefits. If you suffer from chronic pain, one of these is almost certain to become your go-to routine—the one you gravitate automatically to at the end of a long day.

By itself, the techniques and pre-programmed massage options would make this a really good design, but there’s so much more here, including:

  • Both Spot and Partial massage modes
  • Six massage speeds (movement along the track)
  • Three roller speeds  (rate of rotation)
  • Five different 4D massage intensity levels

These modifications and personalization options to the massage techniques and pre-programmed massage options listed earlier give you a mind-blowing number of possible combinations to experiment with and enjoy.  If you invest in this machine, you won’t run out of new things to try any time soon!

If all of this wasn’t enough, the Osaki Ekon Plus also has airbags strategically located throughout the chair that can render a quite good airbag-based massage you can customize via the remote, selecting from your choice of five different intensity levels.

Osaki Pro Ekon Massage Chair white color side view

We like the airbag-based massage, but we don’t love it. It’s good, but there’s nothing special about it that would prompt a potential buyer to pick this model over some other. We’d say that it’s competently implemented but by no means extraordinary. Though, it is cool that you can selectively activate the airbags by the following body regions:

  • Full Body
  • Arms and Shoulders
  • Back and Waist
  • Legs and Feet
  • Buttocks

Again, interesting but not next-level good.

Zero-G Seating Options Included

This will be a short section but still a compelling portion of our Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus review. 

The Ekon has not one but two different Zero-G seating options! That sounds great if you’re familiar with the massage chair feature, but if you’re not, you might be asking yourself, “So?  Why is this important to me?”

Let’s address that by defining exactly what Zero-G seating is. It’s a seating option inspired by NASA, and as the name implies, it really does make you feel weightless. This is accomplished by placing you in a position such that your knees are elevated slightly above your heart.

In addition to the aforementioned feeling of weightlessness, it’s also incredibly relaxing and offers genuine therapeutic benefits in a couple of different ways.

First, any massage you order from the chair will be deeper and more impactful if you put the chair into one of the two Zero-G seating positions first. This is because your own body weight will press you more firmly against the chair, making the rollers press a bit more firmly against your back.

Osaki Os-pro Ekon Massage Chair Zero gravity

Second, and perhaps even more compelling, is the fact that sitting in a Zero-G position has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve circulation and facilitate faster post-surgical healing. It’s amazing, and we’re thrilled to see the feature included here.  Kudos to Osaki for that!

Heat, Glorious Heat!

This is probably our favorite section of the review because we love massage chairs that incorporate heat into their designs. The presence of heat simply makes whatever massage you get from the chair better.

As with most of the chairs that offer heat, you’ll find it in the lumbar region of the seat here. 

What makes the Ekon different, though, is when heat is offered in most chairs, it’s binary. You can turn it on or you can leave it off. That’s it.  

Osaki Ekon Plus back heat

Here, you’ll find that you can control the temperature of the offered heat by selecting from three different settings. We absolutely love that, and we think you will too. Not only does it enhance the overall massage experience, but heat, like so many other features offered in this design, has real therapeutic value. 

It’s quite possibly our favorite aspect of the design.

The Osaki Ekon Plus Massage Chair Has An Exceptional Calf and Foot Massage

Second to the adjustable heat, this is our favorite aspect of the design and another incredibly important component of our Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus review.

The calf and foot massage is rendered by a combination of airbags and rollers. Of significance, there are two rollers in the calf segment of the leg massage port and three more in the footwell to attend to the soles of your feet.

The combination of airbags and multiple rollers in the calf port really makes it feel as though a professional human masseuse is gently kneading your calves. Honestly, the only way this feature could be made better would be to add heating coils to the leg massage ports.

Osaki Ekon foot and calf roller

It feels amazing, and if you have a job that sees you spending most of each day on your feet, this may wind up being your favorite aspect of the design. Even without heat, this feature is good enough that it may be a reason to pick this model over some others, even without heated leg massage ports.

Extras Galore Included

Now let’s talk about extras, and there’s a lot to say on the subject!

First and foremost, earlier in this review, we mentioned the music sync technique. Now it’s time to talk about the Bluetooth speakers that make that technique possible. You can wirelessly sync your phone to them and listen to your favorite music (whether or not you plan to use the music sync massage technique) or queue up your favorite podcast while enjoying a relaxing massage.

In addition to that, you’ll find a secondary control panel on one of the chair arms, a wireless charger for your phone, and a cellphone holder.

The Ekon even has a massage timer that allows you to set the duration of any massage you order to either 10, 20, or 30 minutes as you prefer. If you want an even longer massage, it’s as simple as ordering another right after the first one ends.

Osaki Pro Ekon Massage Chair remote

We love all the extras on offer here, and they really give the chair a “finished” feel, but we do have one minor complaint. Given how many customization options are on offer here, we really wish the Ekon included memory slots that would enable you to customize your perfect massage routine and then save it for one-touch recall later on. Sadly, this is not the case.

Another thing we’d love to see added in some future model update would be voice controls, but to be fair, there aren’t a ton of chairs on the market today that offer that feature, so its absence here can’t really be counted against the Ekon’s final score.

Pros & Cons of Osaki Ekon

Honestly, the Osaki Ekon massage chair gets almost everything right. We did mention a few minor complaints above, and we’ll reiterate them here, but we have to stress that the only serious potential deal breaker on the list is the somewhat disappointing maximum supported weight limit. The rest are what we’d consider “wishlist items.”

Here they are again in summary form:

  • Disappointing supported weight limit of 280 pounds
  • No heat in the footwells
  • No memory slots

Osaki OS-4D Pro Ekon Plus Review Conclusion

If you weigh 280 pounds or less and the chair is on sale (which it almost always is), the Ekon belongs on your short list of options to consider. We recommend this one without reservation.  

If you’re a hobbyist, you’ll find a  lot to love, and if you suffer from chronic pain, you’ll find a powerful array of high-value therapeutic features.  It’s a great chair by any definition.

Other Options To Consider

If you’ve reached the end of this review and, for whatever reason, just don’t feel this chair is a good fit, here are a couple of other options you may want to consider:

Kahuna SM-9300 Massage Chair

Recommended For: Anyone ranging in height from 5’1” to 6’3”, weighing 350 pounds or less who can afford a high-end massage chair.

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We’ll be quick to say that this chair is more expensive than the one we just reviewed, but like the Ekon, it is sometimes on sale. If you can catch it on sale, it’s one of the best massage chairs out there. Filled with bleeding-edge features, including a mind-blowing 8-roller array (heated rollers, no less!), heated foot wells, and the best body stretch in the industry, this one is not to be missed.

Not everyone is a fan of off-brands, but MassaMax is a breed apart, and their chairs are almost shockingly good. This one has a feature set that’s comparable to the chair we just reviewed, plus voice control for less money. If you’re willing to consider an off-brand, this one belongs on your shortlist.


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