In a Nutshell:
The Relaxonchair Yukon 4D massage chair is a fantastic, pricey design with a few cool, unexpected innovations. Frequently offered at a deep discount, too! It is recommended for anyone weighing up to 320 pounds, especially if you can catch it on sale.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you find yourself making trips to your local chiropractor more often than you like in an attempt to find some relief? Has that fact prompted you to begin searching for the “right” massage chair for you so that you can enjoy the benefits of a chiropractic visit from the comfort of your own home, anytime you like?
If you answered yes to those questions, then you’re going to love what you read here—our Relaxonchair Yukon 4D review.
Relaxonchair isn’t one of the big names in the massage chair industry, but they’ve been in the game for a while, and they know a thing or two about making good massage chairs.
One remarkable thing about this review, in particular, is the fact that most of the time, smaller companies don’t risk innovation. They tend to follow in the footsteps of the industry giants, carving out a comfortable little niche for themselves.
In this case, though, Relaxonchair has designed a chair that features a couple of potentially game-changing innovations. That impressed us, and as you read through this review, we think it’ll impress you too.
We’ll be quick to admit that this chair isn’t going to be for everyone. For one thing, as Relaxonchair’s flagship model, it’s expensive.
For another, some people balk at buying products from an off-brand, and if that describes you, then it won’t matter how cool the innovations are; this model simply isn’t going to excite or inspire you.
Assuming you’re okay with buying from a smaller brand, though, you’ll find a lot to like here, and even better, the Yukon is frequently offered at a steep discount, which makes it a tremendous value and something that a much larger segment of the market can afford.
If your curiosity is piqued, read on, and let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of The Relaxonchair Yukon 4D Massage Chair
Aesthetically speaking, the Yukon’s design team didn’t take any chances. They designed this model to look like most of the other massage chairs on the market today. The important difference is that unlike most of the chairs sold today, which rely on vinyl upholstery, this one is clad in genuine leather. It’s a very nice touch, even if it doesn’t change the overall look.
Massage chairs aren’t known for their stunning good looks, but then, most people in the market for one aren’t buying for looks as much as they’re buying to access technology that will help make them feel better.
All that to say, if you want a massage chair that looks a lot like a conventional recliner when you’re not using it to get a massage, this isn’t the chair you want. The good news is that there are companies (Human Touch, for example) that do make massage chairs like that.
Assuming you’re fine with the overall look and feel of the chair, the next thing to draw your attention to is the size.
This is a big, burly piece of furniture with an upright footprint that measures 65″ L x 34″ W x 51″ H and a reclined footprint that measures 79″ L x 34″ W x 37″ H. In addition to that, the chair weighs 344 pounds, so this isn’t something you’re going to be able to just wrestle into position without help when it arrives at your door.
It also means that if you live in a smaller home or apartment, finding a home for this beast can be a challenge.
The upside is that the Yukon is designed with space-saving technology incorporated, so you’ll only need 2-3″ of clearance between the back of the seat and whatever wall you place it near. Even so, however, it’s still a big piece of furniture, and you’ll want to take careful measurements to be sure you’ve got space for it.
The final thing to mention before we leave this section is the fact that this chair was designed to accommodate people ranging in height from 4’11” to 6’6″ and can support up to 300 pounds of user weight. That’s slightly above average, and this design will, in practice, be of value to the vast majority of the market, given those parameters.
The Yukon 4D Massage Chair Has Excellent Bones And An Innovation Too!
This is a very strong component of our Relaxonchair Yukon 4D review—surprisingly so, given that we hadn’t expected to see a cutting-edge innovation from this company.
Before we talk about that innovation, let’s take a look at the basics. The Yukon sports quad rollers, which make it capable of rendering a massage that feels very much like the massage you get from a human masseuse.
The track is also designed to allow the rollers to move along the X-, Y-, and Z-axis, which means that it can give you a deep tissue massage, offering solid therapeutic benefits.
In addition to that, it sports 3rd generation body scanning technology, so when you sit in the chair and order a massage, it will take a scan of your body and adjust the position of the rollers so they align with your body’s pressure points.
The tech gets it right about 95% of the time, and on those rare occasions when it doesn’t, you’ll find controls on the remote that allow you to fine-tune the position of the rollers.
Taken together, you’ll never have to worry about getting a substandard massage from this chair.
Now, let’s talk about innovation, which means talking about the track design.
Almost every massage chair on the market today is built around either an S- or an L-track.
S-tracks focus on the back only and are located entirely within the seatback of the chair.
L-tracks go further, turning and going under the seat, allowing the rollers to massage your glutes and the backs of your thighs.
This chair features a J-track. It’s similar to an L-track in that it travels under the seat and allows the rollers to massage your glutes and the backs of your thighs, but the shape and design are different.
The company claims that this difference allows for a more effective spinal decompression massage.
We haven’t seen any data to support that claim, but we absolutely applaud the company for the innovation and will watch the market to see if it catches on more broadly. If there’s something to it, then little Relaxonchair just made a game-changing improvement!
The Yukon Has A Somewhat Disappointing Number Of Massage Options
We have to admit that we were a little underwhelmed here but also graded the chair on a curve for this segment of our Yukon 4D review.
Let’s start by looking at the techniques on offer. This chair offers:
That’s not bad, but you can get that basic list of techniques on a two-thousand-dollar chair, so there’s nothing remarkable about it.
In terms of pre-programmed massage options, the Yukon offers twelve. These are broken into two categories: Regular and Special.
The “Regular” massage options include:
The big thing to talk about here is the Stretch routine. While Relaxonchair doesn’t have the industry’s best body stretch, this one is quite good and offers genuine therapeutic benefit as it closely replicates the chiropractic adjustment you get when you visit your friendly neighborhood chiropractor.
The “Special” massage options are:
These are good options all around, and you’ll enjoy experimenting with them to see which ones provide the biggest benefit to you and feel the best.
The issue is that there aren’t enough of them. It’s easy to find a less expensive or comparably priced chair with twice the number of pre-programmed massage options.
On the other hand, the reason we graded the Yukon on a curve here is the fact that the company regularly offers this chair at a steep discount, and when you can get it on sale, the chair compares much more favorably.
In addition to that, the rollers can be activated by the following body regions:
The chair also offers five different speed settings and four different 4D intensity settings.
Some companies use the 4D designation as little more than a marketing gimmick, but here, Relaxonchair means that when you select this mode of operation, the intensity and speed of the rollers will vary depending on which part of your body the rollers are working on.
It’s a good feature addition that enhances the overall quality of the massage you get from the chair.
All of this is great, no doubt, but again, at full price, this list of options is a little on the underwhelming side when compared to many comparably priced chairs. If you can get it on sale, though, this list of features and massage options is absolutely masterful.
Three-Stage Zero-G Seating
This is an average segment of our Yukon 4D massage chair review, but we’re still thrilled to see it included and competently implemented.
Most of the massage chairs offered in this price range offer Zero-G seating, and the majority of those offer three-stage Zero-G, so this is exactly what we expected to see, and we’re pleased that Relaxonchair delivered.
As to why it’s important, Zero-G seating offers a variety of therapeutic benefits, including the fact that it helps lower blood pressure, improves circulation, and can even help facilitate post-surgical healing.
In addition to that, it works in tandem with deep tissue massage, making that massage even more intense, magnifying the benefits. So far, then, this gives us three different therapeutic features for the Yukon (deep tissue massage, body stretching, and now, Zero-G seating). Superb!
Full Body Heat
This is our favorite aspect of the design, and we regard it as one of the strongest components of our Relaxonchair Yukon 4D review.
Only about half of the massage chairs on the market today offer heat. Most of those restrict the heat to the lower back (lumbar) region of the chair.
The Yukon does it differently, and we love it. Instead of relying on heating coils located in various parts of the chair, the rollers are heated, so you get heat anywhere they go. It’s a superb solution, and heat is yet another powerful therapeutic addition this model brings to the table.
A Very Good Airbag-Based Massage
The Relaxonchair Yukon 4D boasts a total of 76 airbags strategically located throughout the chair, making it capable of rendering a full-body airbag-based massage. Even better, you can customize your massage via the remote through five different levels of intensity.
If you don’t want a full-body air massage, you can also selectively activate them via the following body regions:
We rate the feature implementation a bit above average here because the airbag intensity is a bit higher than on many other chairs, which is one of the reasons why the Yukon’s stretch routine is quite good.
While we don’t think this feature is strong enough to be the reason anyone chooses the Yukon over some other model, it is very well implemented, and a welcome addition to the feature set indeed.
An Excellent Calf and Foot Massage Too!
Although there are some chairs on the market that offer a superior calf and foot massage by including heated footwells, this one is quite good and another exceptional feature addition to the chair.
Most massage chairs utilize airbags for the calf massage and rollers for the soles of your feet.
Here, you’ll find independently operated airbags for your calves and feet, and the foot massage is rendered by a combination of both rollers and airbags.
If you spend extended periods on your feet each day and they’re sore by the time you get home, this may wind up being your favorite feature. We love it, and we think you will too.
A Trio of High-Value Extras
Honestly, we were expecting more here, so this segment of our review leaves us feeling a little underwhelmed. The Yukon boasts a trio of high-value extras. These include:
We like all three of these.
The Bluetooth speakers are a nice addition because they allow you to sync your phone with the speakers and listen to your favorite music, podcasts, or audiobooks while enjoying a relaxing massage, while the USB port allows you to keep your phone charged.
The massage timer is nice too, but we’re underwhelmed by the options here. All the massage options default to a 20-minute duration, and you can change that to 10 or 30 minutes as you prefer.
There’s also a note in the user manual to the effect that the company recommends using this chair for no more than an hour a day (maximum of 2 massage routines a day).
That’s a genuine disappointment, but it underscores the fact that this chair is built for light to moderate use only. If you suffer from serious chronic pain, you’re probably going to want more than two massages a day, and if that describes your situation, then this isn’t the chair for you.
It’s just not robust enough to stand up to heavy daily use.
Finally, the voice command feature is a nice touch, but the implementation is a little weaker than we like. To activate voice control, you simply say, “Turn on speech recognition mode.”
Once you do that, the chair understands the following commands:
This is fine as far as it goes, but if you’re going to go to the trouble to create a voice recognition program, then go all out. We would love to have seen every pre-programmed massage option coded into the voice response system, along with speed and intensity adjustments and the like.
This is a good start, and we’re glad to see it even in its current form, but Relaxonchair can build significantly on this feature, in our view.
So, two of the three extras have a weaker implementation than we like to see, and some important things are left off.
The biggest of these, as far as we’re concerned, is that there are no memory slots, so you can’t custom-design your ideal massage and save it for a one-touch recall later. That would have been an amazing addition to the design, and we’d love to see it added to some future model updates.
Pros & Cons of Relaxonchair Yukon 4D Massage Chair
As you can see if you’ve read to this point, we like almost everything about this chair. It’s a great design that boasts some real innovation, which is an unexpected surprise, given that we’re talking about a chair offered by one of the smaller companies in the industry.
Most of the things we’ve complained about are minor nits rather than genuine weak points in the design.
In our view, the single biggest disappointment lies in the fact that this model doesn’t boast as many pre-programmed massage routines as we would like to have seen, with another minor gripe being that there are no memory slots.
Neither of these will be dealbreakers for most folks, however.
Relaxonchair Yukon 4D Review Conclusion
If you buy this chair at full price, you’ll get a solid chair that winds up being about average, but that’s not the way to buy this chair. It’s often offered at a steep discount, and if you buy it on sale, you get an absolutely magnificent design that offers tremendous value.
We absolutely recommend it but advise prospective purchasers to wait for one of those aforementioned steep discounts (e.g., at the time this review was written, the chair was offered at half price!).
Other Options To Consider
If you’re not convinced that this is the chair you’re looking for, here are a couple of other options you may want to consider:
Offered by one of the biggest and most respected names in the massage chair industry, the Arete has it all. The only thing you sacrifice by going this route is that you lose access to the Shiatsu technique, but you get a superior body stretch, more pre-programmed massage options, and an out-of-this-world calf and foot massage. This one’s not to be missed.
Like the chair we just talked about, the Paragon is often found deeply discounted. It’s a superb chair even at full price, but it’s an unbelievable value if you can grab it on sale. We love the Paragon, and we’re pretty sure you will too!
Reference & Resources
- Relaxonchair, Official Brand Website.
- Relaxonchair Yukon 4D Massage Chair User Manual
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- ‘To Give Is Better Than to Receive?’ Couples Massage Significantly Benefits Both Partners’ Wellbeing, Journal of Health Psychology.
- Improved Circulation—Benefits of Massage, Physio.co.uk