In a Nutshell:
The Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair gets most things right—from ease of use to numerous massage options. However, most other chairs in its price range offer better quality air massage. If this is not a big deal for you, then this could be the one for you.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Do you love the idea of owning a massage chair, but worry that it will take days, if not weeks to figure out its controls completely in order to make full use of it?
Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone designed a chair that was chock-full of high-end features, but that would not take an advanced user to operate?
Osaki agrees—and the Osaki OS Pro Maxim massage chair really delivers on that front, and many others.
In the review that follows, we’ll walk you through everything that this massage chair has to offer, giving you an in-depth look at what it does, and doesn’t do, in order to help you make an informed decision and find the perfect massage chair for you.
Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair Overview
People who want to own a massage chair tend to look for many of the same things and of the same reasons. They could be suffering from chronic back or leg pain and want relief from it. Thus, any chair that could offer them that relief while providing additional options for a more customized massage experience in an easy-to-use package is definitely going to get high marks.
The reality is that there’s a lot of great massage chairs on the market today, and Osaki makes many of them. The company simply has a reputation for quality, and the Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair is no exception. It boasts a number of impressive features, but we’ll start with the two that truly make it stand out from the crowd, and work our way through the rest from there.
As you will soon see, the Osaki OS Pro Maxim delivers on all fronts, and more.
Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair Features
L/S Track Technology
Any comprehensive Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair review has to begin with its hybrid L/S track system. The reason is simple. You don’t typically find a combined L and S track system in a mid-range chair. This is normally reserved for chairs at the top end, hence, its inclusion here is an absolute win for the consumer.
Here’s why it matters:
The S-Track is almost universally seen as a standard in massage chairs today. It is called S-track because it follows the natural curvature of the human S-spine, which allows for the rollers to move along the z-axis, adding a third dimension (“in” and “out” in simplest terms). This has the effect of giving you an accurate overall massage experience, as the rollers are following the natural contours of your back.
The L-Track, on the other hand, is considered to be the extended version of the S-track. A massage chair built around an L-track allows the rollers to move all the way down the back and under the seat. The result is a good, solid massage from the neck to the hamstrings.
The inclusion of a hybrid system then is the best of both worlds; S-Track where that makes the most sense, and L-Track where needed.
Touch Screen Controller
In our minds, this is really the stand-out feature of the model and should be considered the highlight of our Osaki OS Pro Maxim review. While other chairs have a similar touchscreen, the Pro Maxim’s is the largest we’ve seen. It’s essentially a smart tablet, married to the design.
From this central console, you can order any type of massage you like. You can easily adjust the rollers in real time, choose basic massage settings, and modify them to suit your personal needs and preferences, control the speed and intensity of the massage, and more.
The interface is intuitive and easy to understand, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time pouring over the user manual. It is designed in such a way that someone who has never seen the Osaki OS Pro Maxim before can settle into the chair, play with the touchscreen for a moment, and start enjoying the benefits of a world class massage.
Body Scanning Technology
In order to optimize the massage experience, before the rollers start moving, the chair performs a body scan so that it can identify the user’s pressure points, and makes on-the-fly adjustments to the rollers. This might sound like it will not make a huge difference but honestly, if you’ve tried a massage chair that lacked this feature before, you’ll never want to go back to that once you experience this feature!
Plenty of Customization Options
One of the major things that people look for in any massage chair is the ability to customize the experience and tailor it to their individual needs. The more massage options there are available, the more choices the individual user has, and the Pro Maxim delivers in style on this front.
It features a dozen of pre-programmed massage types, including:
On top of these, you can venture away from the pre-programmed choices by placing the chair in manual mode, which opens up additional options, and includes the following massage types:
These options, combined with your ability to control the overall intensity of the massage via five different level settings gives you an immense amount of control over the experience.
With a total of 36 airbags strategically placed throughout the chair, this opens up yet another type of massage users can enjoy. Covering the arms, legs, feet, calves, shoulders, hips, and the lumbar area, you would feel as though you’re floating on air as you lie back and enjoy a gentle, refreshing massage.
The Osaki OS Pro Maxim zero gravity massage chair features two separate heating pads, both centered on the lumbar region. These can be turned on or off at will, adding yet another dimension to the overall experience, by providing relaxing heat therapy for those who need it.
In addition to the airbags located at the feet, the OS Pro Maxim also features foot rollers to give your aching soles some much needed relief at the end of a busy day.
Here, it’s also worth mentioning that the chair comes with an auto leg scan feature. With this feature, the ottoman fully extends and backs up until it makes a gentle contact to the feet, ensuring that the chair is perfectly fitted to the user’s length. It also allows the chair to custom fit to any user from 5’ tall to 6’4”.
Bluetooth Compatible Speakers
This handy feature allows you to sync your smartphone to the speakers in the chair and listen to your favorite music while enjoying a massage. A small, but impressive touch!
While most people can take, or leave this feature out, it’s still a fairly cool addition to the experience. Imagine using the chair in a dark room, the soft blue lights beaming out of the chair will create a soothing effect as you enjoy your massage.
Plus, it can be made even better by making use of the speakers to combine the soft lighting with relaxing massage music.
The Osaki OS Pro Maxim is a zero-gravity massage chair like so many others in the company’s lineup. You might even say that it’s Osaki’s signature feature and an excellent one for the matter. While not quite as cool as it sounds, the zero-gravity function was nonetheless inspired by NASA, and does really make a difference where the overall quality of the massage experience is concerned.
By reclining the chair such that the user’s knees are above the heart, with legs fully extended, the user’s full weight is pressed against the rollers for a better, deeper massage.
Two additional features that deserve a brief mention are the seat vibration, which you can opt to turn on or off at will, and the removable pad.
When in position, the removable pad provides an extra cushion of comfort. When removed, it allows users to enjoy an even more intense massage. Note that the pad is located in two areas: back and bottom, allowing for you to remove one or both—again to suit your particular desire.
Pros and Cons of the Osaki OS Pro Maxim
In looking at the impressive list of features offered by the Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair, it’s hard to even know where to start in terms of listing its pros. Every feature on the list is excellent. Even better, when considered in combination with one another, the chair’s feature set delivers a world class, totally customizable massage experience, every time.
As for the cons, anything we could list as a negative can be solved by looking for a top end massage chair, but that comes with a negative of its own. Namely, a big increase in price. For instance, the OS Pro Maxim only has 36 airbags; some top end models have more than double that number. Also, the chair doesn’t have Mecha Balls; to get them, you’d have to spend twice what you’d spend on this chair.
The bottom line is that the negatives of this chair are so minor that most people wouldn’t regard them as worth the added cost to adjust or correct for.
Osaki OS Pro Maxim Review Conclusion
The Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair is a feature-rich, well-designed, and exquisitely comfortable chair. Its hallmarks are the dual L/S track design, which allows for one of the best overall massage chair experiences available on the market today; and its ease of use, thanks in large part to the touch screen tablet/remote that’s built into the chair, enabling even a first-time user to sit down and order up exactly the massage experience he or she is looking for.
The only way to get a better massage than what the OS Pro Maxim offers would be to look for a better equipped top end massage chair, but that could easily see you spending twice the money. In its weight class, the Osaki OS Pro Maxim Massage Chair offers the best overall experience and is a tremendous value for the money.
References & Resources
- Osaki Massage Chair, Official Brand Site.
- Modern science validates light and color therapies in promoting full-spectrum health. Natural News.
- Petrissage, Massage Procedures.