Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair Review

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair Review
  • Bang for Buck
  • Therapeutic Value
  • Overall Massage Quality
  • Customization Options
  • Ease of Use
  • Brand Reliability*
3.7

Summary

The Relaxonchair MK-II Plus massage chair is an entry-level, off-brand chair that stacks up surprisingly well to the mainstream brands it competes with. Recommended for hobbyist users and chronic pain sufferers.

(*) A note about Brand Reliability: This metric 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.

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Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair

Are you on a budget?

Looking for a massage chair that will give you access to basic therapeutic benefits without breaking the bank?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you’re going to love our Relaxonchair MK-II Plus review.

We tend to treat off-brand products with a healthy amount of skepticism, and while it’s true that this chair is imperfect, it honestly compares quite favorably to better-established, mainstream brands, and would make an excellent choice for the right user.

We’ll cover the MK-II Plus' various features in the sections below so you can judge for yourself.

About the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair

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Before we start talking about the individual features of the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus, we’ve got to say a few words about the inherent risks of buying an off-brand chair.

While it’s true that you tend to get more bang for your buck when you shop off-brand, it’s also true that customer support tends to be problematic for these companies, which tend to be small import businesses that bring the products they sell in from China, put their own label on them, and offer them for sale on the web.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, and you can find some real bargains in this segment of the market. Just understand that part of reason for the higher prices name brands charge is support. If something goes wrong, you can typically get it fixed without hassle. That’s not the case here.

In this regard, Relaxonchair is a half-step above many of the other off-brand companies we’ve looked at. Their support is better, although still not up to par with its mainstream competitors. As you’ll see, however, their product is surprisingly robust, and may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair Features

Hybrid S/L -Track Design

This is the first surprise that the Relaxonchair MK II offers, and it’s a great one.

Where track design is concerned, there are three basic flavors: L-Track, S-Track, and Hybrid Track.

The hybrid track design meshes the best features of the S-Track with the L-track's; it enables the chair's quad rollers to follow the natural curvature of your body’s spine, at the same time, extends the massage track down to the glutes and the thighs, allowing for something closer to a whole-body massage, rendered with rollers.

The one minor complaint with the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair’s implementation of this feature is the fact that its extended track doesn’t extend very far. It’ll allow the rollers to reach the glutes and the top portion of the backs of your thighs, but that’s about it.

Even so, for an entry-level chair to offer it at all, and an off-brand chair, at that, is nothing short of amazing.

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Hybrid SL - Chair Institute

Note that in the company’s literature on their product, they refer to this as their “Buttlock Tracking System but we’re fairly sure that was supposed to be “Buttock” and is just an artifact of the language barrier.

3D Body Scan

Fans of automation will appreciate that the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair also comes with 3D Body Scanning technology, and again, their version of it is comparable to what you find in most mainstream brands.

Before you massage begins, the chair scans your back and makes subtle on-the-fly adjustments to the position of the rollers to make sure that the massage hits all your pressure points. It occasionally misses the mark, but only occasionally, and is another excellent addition to the chair.

Zero-Gravity Seating

A third pleasant surprise is the fact that the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair offers three Zero-G seating positions.

Zero-G seating enhances the massage experience by reclining the user such that the knees are slightly above the heart. From this position, most of your body’s weight is pressing down and against the rollers, which allows for a deeper, more penetrating massage.

Less than half the chairs on the market today offer Zero-G seating. Most of the ones that include the feature offer two seating positions. A few offer just one, and only a very small percentage offer three. The MK II is in that very small group, and it’s a huge win for the little chair and anyone who buys one.

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Zero Gravity - Chair Institute

Deep Tissue Massage

There aren’t many deep tissue massage chairs on the market, and this chair is one of them. If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’ll be thrilled at the intensity of the massage you get on the chair’s strongest setting.

Casual users will almost certainly steer clear of the most intense setting for this very reason, but for those who need it, it’s nice to see, and this is the least expensive deep tissue machine we’ve ever seen.

A Modest Number of Options

Having listed four outstanding features in a row, it’s not surprising to come across one of the limitations of this chair. While it has the basics covered, and a few options, the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair is only average in this regard. You get three standard techniques:

In addition to this, there are four pre-programmed massage routines built into the chair. These are:

  • Deep Tissue
  • Relaxation
  • Rejuvenate
  • Stretch
Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Recline - Chair Institute

Technically speaking, Deep Tissue is just the chair set to maximum intensity, and Stretch isn’t a massage per se, but since these are listed as pre-programmed massages by the company and accessible from the remote in that section, we’ll stick with the convention they have established.

Finally, from the remote, you can access five additional massages that target specific parts of your body, so if you’re not interested in a full-body massage, you can zero in on just the areas that hurt.

While that sounds like a lot of options, it’s important to understand that these are all minor variations. At the end of the day, you’ve really got two massage options (deep tissue and relaxation) and some targeted routines.

That's pretty good, especially given the price of the chair, but don’t be fooled by thinking that you’re getting an entry-level chair with dozens of massage options. You’re getting a chair that can give a great basic massage and provide some therapeutic benefits, which is solid value for the money.

Final Note: All massage options can be customized via three different levels of intensity and three speed settings.

Air Massage Mode

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair Review Type– Chair Institute

The company made it difficult to find the exact number of airbags in the Relaxonchair MK II Plus massage chair , but we finally got the information. There are twenty First Generation airbags strategically placed throughout the chair.

At the entry-level, that’s a decent number. True, you can get a superior air massage if you’re willing to spend more money, but the one offered by the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus massage chair is adequate, if not exceptional, and should be considered a full-body massage.

Back Heat

In this regard, the company sells themselves short. They advertise the chair as having two heating elements in the lumbar region of the chair.

That’s where the heating elements are, but they’re quite large, and the reality is that they provide heat all the way to your mid-back. Not all chairs come with heat, and they can be hard to find at the lower end of the price spectrum, so this has to be counted as another strong point of the chair.

The main drawback is that there’s no way to control the temperature. You either have heat, or you don’t. If the heat isn’t as intense as you’d like it, there’s no way to adjust it, sadly. Even with this limitation though, it’s a welcome addition that adds real therapeutic value to the chair.

Body Stretch

We’ll put this one down as an admirable attempt. The chair does offer a body stretch function, but many users have reported that it’s not strong enough for them. Nonetheless, the fact that it is present at all in a budget-priced chair is amazing.

Body stretching offers tremendous therapeutic benefit and near-instantaneous pain relief by taking pressure off compressed discs in your spine.

We were somewhat surprised that the stretch function wasn’t more aggressive, given the fact that this chair offers deep tissue massage, but it’s quite mild.

Even so, if you suffer from chronic back pain, you’ll enjoy this feature and will get some benefit from it, though it may leave you wanting more.

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Massage Chair Review Mid – Chair Institute

Calf & Foot Massage

The calf massage is rendered by airbags located in the chair’s leg massage ports, while the soles of the feet are attended to by simple rollers. The foot roller massage is extremely aggressive, and many users have complained that it’s too strong.

Some homebrewed modifications have been made to these chairs, including laying a washcloth at the bottom of each foot well, installing shoe inserts, or wearing extra socks.

Aside from its strength, there’s nothing remarkable about the leg or foot massage. After several hours on your feet, they’ll provide much needed relief, but the quality can only be described as average on this front.

Extendable Ottoman

Not much to say here, except to make note of it. The Ottoman features an extension module, which makes the chair capable of accommodating users up to 6’3” in height.

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Ottoman - Chair Institute

Simple Remote

The remote is well-designed, and features a small LCD in the top portion of it. All the controls are placed in a logical manner, and everything is easy to find and access. There’s not much in the way of a learning curve for this chair, or its remote, and you’ll be enjoying your first massage within minutes of sitting down.

Pros & Cons of Relaxonchair MK-II Plus

As you can see, the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus has a lot going for it. It’s not complicated, it’s not expensive, and it handles the basics of massage really well. It even offers some therapeutic benefits that make it attractive to people who suffer from chronic pain.

Yes, the chair has some limitations. That’s to be expected at the entry-level, and it’s to be expected even more when you’re talking about an off-brand model.

There are some things we’d love to see in future upgrades. For instance, more genuine options would be fantastic. On the company’s website, they advertise the Relaxonchair MK-II Plus as a “Shiatsu Massage Chair,” even though Shiatsu isn’t one of the techniques the chair features.

For starters, we’d love to see that added, along with some pre-programmed massage routines that take advantage of it. 

Some ability to adjust heat would be another excellent addition, as would better-implemented foot massage. MP3 support would be an easy addition that wouldn’t raise the price much, and win some additional fans.

Relaxonchair MK-II Plus Review Conclusion

We were impressed with the MK-II Plus. Relaxonchair is hands down the best off-brand company we’ve reviewed products from to date, and we look forward to seeing more from them.

They’ve got a good product, and we’re happy to recommend it for hobbyist users and people who suffer from chronic pain who are on a budget. Consider this one to be a hidden gem in the world of off-brand, budget-priced massage chairs.


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