Panasonic EP30007 Review – Massage Chair Report

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Panasonic EP30007 Review
  • Number of Airbags
  • Overall Massage Quality
  • Customization Options
  • Ease of Use
4.5

Summary

The Panasonic EP30007 is a well-designed chair built with Do-It-Yourselfers in mind. Great for hobbyists, people who suffer from chronic back pain, and DIYers who want to be able to control all the aspects of their massage.

Are you a gearhead or a diehard Do-It-Yourselfer? Are you looking for a massage chair that is essentially a blank canvas? Loaded with options, but giving you the freedom and flexibility to create your perfect massage experience?

If you answered yes to those questions, then you’re going to love our Panasonic EP30007 review.

This chair offers an incredible array of options, and some excellent therapeutic benefits too, combining them in a well-priced, mid-range chair that won’t bust your budget.

We’ll go into all of the features it brings to the table in the sections below, and we think you’ll agree. If you love being in control of every aspect of your massage, then this is the chair for you!

An Overview of the Panasonic EP30007KX Massage Chair

The first thing we should note here is that there is some confusion over this model’s name. In some places, you see it listed as the “Panasonic EP30007,” and in other places it is called the “Panasonic EP30007KX Real Pro Ultra.”

We have investigated, and these are just two different names for the same model, so if you see either of these, or variations of them, just know that they are referencing the exact same chair.

Panasonic does not have a separate user manual for a “KX” variant of the chair, nor is there any mention of a model variant in the user manual published by the company.

Every instance of a “KX” model we have investigated has revealed a chair with an identical set of features. All that to say, don’t pay more just because one model has “KX” on the end, and another doesn’t – they’re the same chair!

Features of the Panasonic EP30007 Real Pro Ultra

S-Track Design

This is the industry standard, so it’s no surprise to see that the Panasonic EP30007 Real Pro Ultra is built around an S-Track, which allows its quad rollers to follow the natural curvature of your body’s spine, and thus render an excellent back massage, every time you use it.

Panasonic EP30007 Reclined

3D Body Scan

Panasonic does a great job with this feature. Before your massage begins, the chair scans your body to locate your pressure points.

Based on the scan’s findings, it automatically adjusts the position of the rollers to ensure that they hit where you want and need them to hit when the massage begins.

If the tech gets it wrong, the remote also features manual roller adjustment buttons, allowing you to make any last minute changes that might be needed, including making modifications to the width of the roller field.

Many chairs offer one or the other solution – either just the Body Scan or just the manual roller positioning. It’s awesome to see both featured in the same model because it gives you total control over the experience.

A Mind Boggling Array of Options

In our view, this is hands down the best feature of the chair, and our Panasonic EP30007 review wouldn’t be complete without drawing special attention to this aspect of the chair.

In all, it offers more than a thousand massage combinations. Nothing else in its price range comes close. 

Starting with the massage techniques on offer, there are:

  • Ultra-Knead (also called “Junetsu-Style”)
  • Shiatsu
  • Swedish
  • Kneading
  • Tapping
  • Grasping
  • Rolling
  • Stretching

So right off the bat, we see more techniques on offer than most chairs offer, including models that are significantly more expensive.

Then, we move into the pre-programmed massage routines, which are:

  • Stretch
  • Quick

We’ll talk about the body stretch function separately below, but here, the thing that will draw your attention to is the “Deep Massage Program.

A graphic of a person getting a human-like roller massage

There aren’t a lot of chairs on the market today that offer a real Deep Tissue massage, and Panasonic offers a significant number of the models that do have this feature.

This is of tremendous therapeutic value for anyone who suffers from chronic back pain, although casual users will likely find this massage to be far too intense for their liking. It is nonetheless, a very nice addition to the chair’s feature set.

All of these massages can be customized through three different intensity levels from the remote.

You can also select local massage options and create programs that focus on specific areas of your body, particularly, the neck, shoulder, back, or lower back.

Air Massage

Utilizing 36 Second Generation Airbags, the Panasonic EP30007KX massage chair delivers an excellent air massage that is on par, and perhaps slightly superior to the chairs it finds itself in direct competition with.

This is a competently implemented feature, but not exceptional. You can find other chairs at the same price point that deliver similar performance.

Extendable Ottoman

Given that this chair is all about customization, it’s no surprise to see that it also comes with an extendable ottoman. This is a great addition, because surprisingly few chairs make use of it, and it allows the EP30007 to accommodate users up to a height of 6’4”. Taller users, rejoice!

Calf and Foot Massage by the Panasonic EP30007

Calf & Foot Massage

Most massage chairs render their calf massage with airbags and the foot massage with rollers. The Panasonic EP 30007 massage chair takes a different, and we feel, slightly inferior approach, utilizing airbags for the entire calf/foot massage experience.

Where the foot massage is concerned, airbags gently squeeze and press down on the user’s feet, pressing them into stationary pads in the foot well, which contain stationary Shiatsu nodes. It’s not an awful foot massage; it’s just that rollers do a better job and offer more flexibility.

This is probably the most average feature of the model. The implementation is just not up to the standards we see everywhere else in this chair.

Body Stretch Function

This is another area where Panasonic’s implementation of a feature blows the competition away.

Body stretching is a somewhat rare feature, found in less than a quarter of the massage chairs on the market today. That’s a real shame because it offers tremendous therapeutic value to those who suffer from chronic back pain.

The reason is simple: One of the leading causes of back pain is compressed discs in your spinal column. A chair with a body stretch function provides the same kind of benefit that going to your chiropractor to get an “adjustment” gives you. It takes the pressure off of those discs and provides immediate pain relief.

Panasonic EP30007 Massage chair in a Reclined Position

In the case of the Panasonic EP30007KX, what’s so great about the way this feature was implemented is that you can use the chair to get a full body stretch, or you can opt to stretch only your arms or only your legs. This kind of granular control is fantastic.

Having said that, it should be noted that since this model’s stretch feature is centered on the arms and legs – it can still be counted as a body stretch, but its implementation is not quite as comprehensive as you find in other models.

To be fair though, chairs that offer a more comprehensive stretch tend to be much more expensive.

Adjustable Timer

This is arguably another weak point in the Panasonic EP30007’s design. All of the massage combinations offered by this chair default to a fifteen-minute duration. You can adjust the time, but only downward, in five-minute increments.

The disappointment here is that the industry standard is thirty-minutes, and Panasonic seems stubbornly reluctant to embrace that. For many users, fifteen minutes just isn’t long enough, and there’s no way to move beyond that.

Panasonic EP30007 Massage chair

You literally have to wait for the first massage course to end, let the chair stop, then re-select the options you want. This is not a deal breaker, but given how well so many of the chair’s other features are, it is a notable disappointment.

Memory Function

This is another area where the Panasonic EP30007 shines. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, even though memory is cheap and ubiquitous, the massage industry has been slow to embrace it. Very few chairs offer memory slots that allow you to create customized massages and save them for later use.

The few chairs that do offer memory slots tend to offer between one and three. The EP30007 massage chair offers a total of twenty-four, broken out into four user profiles with six slots each. That’s huge.

We’ve only found one other massage chair that offered more than three memory slots, and it only offered eight, so the Panasonic EP30007 Real Pro Ultra is the reigning champion in the market in this area, and by a wide margin.

If you love the ability to customize and save your massage experience creations, this is the chair for you, unquestionably.

Remote Control of the Panasonic EP30007

Amazingly Easy to Use

Panasonic does such a great job with usability that the company should be studied by every other firm in the industry.

Yes, the Panasonic EP30007 massage chair offers a staggering array of features and functionality, and you would think that it would come with a steep learning curve, but it doesn’t.

The secret to their success lies in their smart” remote, which can talk you through all of its features. Then, once you’ve mastered the chair, you can simply mute the voice feature and continue using it without assistance.

It’s a small thing, but it’s attention to details like this that make the entire Panasonic product line shine.

Pros & Cons of the Panasonic EP30007KX Real Pro Ultra

We love this chair! The level of control it gives the user over virtually every aspect of the massage experience is nothing short of amazing.

Having said that we do find ourselves wishing that the following features had also been included:

  • Heat – This is, in our view, a real missed opportunity. The presence of the body stretch is a powerful therapeutic feature. Adding heat would provide great synergy and give chronic pain sufferers more reason to love this chair.
  • A better foot massage – The stationary Shiatsu node approach just doesn’t do this chair justice. The foot massage is far and away the weakest point of the model.
  • Longer timer – We wish the massages rendered by this chair would default to thirty minutes, instead of fifteen.
  • MP3 Support – Since Panasonic makes great speakers, we have no idea why it wasn’t built into the design.

Panasonic EP30007 Review - Final Thoughts

The Panasonic EP30007KX Real Pro Ultra is fantastic as it is. We wouldn’t have given it 4.5 stars overall if that were not the case, but we feel that if Panasonic added the features, we outlined above, this would be a perfect, five-star chair, providing tons of customization options, and powerful therapeutic benefits.

As it is, this chair is recommended for most everyone. The body stretch offers a compelling therapeutic benefit for chronic pain sufferers, and the dizzying array of options, combined with its ease of use, courtesy of the “smart” remote makes it a compelling offer indeed.

Truly, one of the best mid-range chairs on the market today.


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