It’s the 2020s, massage chairs appear to be everywhere. It’s also a time when a top-quality massage chair is a wonderful (and potentially magical) addition to life at home. It provides relaxation and relief from myriad mind and body stresses and strains. The best of the best massage chairs can even be a stylish complement to décor. But what is the best massage chair is a question each person, each family must answer for themselves. With hundreds of brands being offered, how do you decide what massage chair is best for you?
Do you know what you want?
Do you know what defines “best” for you?
One person’s top-of-the-line massage chair may not be another person’s top pick. In our experience, most people are impressed by their first encounter with a massage chair. In fact, we have all watched people sit in the mall massage chairs that take dollar bills or credit cards and exclaim, “Wow! This is an amazing massage chair.” (Hint: mall pay-per-use massage chairs are not amazing, and once you know what else is out there, that first experience fades in the rear-view mirror.)
- What type of massage do you prefer?
- When you go to a professional masseuse, what do you ask for?
- How intense do you like your massage?
- What areas of your body are particularly important to you for massage treatment?
- What health concerns—like sciatica or fibromyalgia—do you have that a chair could address?
- Does someone else in your home who plans to use the massage chair have different needs and desires?
- How often do you imagine you would use the chair?
- Would you want your massage chair to double as a lounger or simple recliner for viewing media or gaming?
- Are you trying to replace a few (or all) of your chiropractic visits?
Answering questions like these is essential to narrowing your field of choices. Your best massage chair should be the one that meets your needs.
What About Cost?
Notice that budget did not fall onto that list. So many of the above questions point toward investment in a massage chair that is comfortable, flexible, durable, and attractive. It is easy to find a couple of those qualities in any chair. Many massage chairs look alike and are comfortable when you first sit in them. But there are global brands, and there are “factory” knock-offs, look-a-likes, and sound-alike names of the better brands. Discerning which is pretty easy, as long as you know where to look.
For most, a massage chair is a one-time, significant investment in massage treatment that you hope will offer you years of comfort and satisfaction. Because of this, most people would be wise to consider a top-rated, high-quality, premium massage chair. Investing in a quality chair from a brand you can trust will ultimately pay dividends: these chairs deliver better massages, last longer, and are backed by good warranties supported by passionate after-sale service teams.
Durability and Dependability
Chairs made by the top designers and manufacturers in the world—what you’ll find in what 2020 consumers report, for instance—are only found among the global brands in the market. With these global players, you’re assured that all aspects of manufacture, from design to engineering to assembly, are scrupulously overseen. Some brands cut costs by using lower-quality components that are outsourced and lacking proper quality control. The best brands don’t cut corners making their massage chairs durable and dependable.
One signal of that dependability is the warranty the brand offers you. If a brand claims to be best, be sure you explore the details of their warranty to confirm that their warranties are also the best. Simple formula: best chairs from the best brands = best warranty.
After all, the best massage chairs in the market should have the confidence to cloak their products in a good, simple, and serious warranty promise. If the manufacturer does not trust a product to be their responsibility for at least 3 years and communicate this to you with 3 years of full in-home warranty coverage, maybe it’s time to find yourself another brand who cares more about protecting the investment you’re making. Good brands are there for you. Simply put, good brands that make good massage chairs offer at least 3 years of full home coverage. Apply this one simple test initially to slim down the field of models you should consider if you’re in search of the brands to trust.
Our Massage Chair Brands
Top massage chair brands like those we carry at Furniture For Life offer an array of features that contribute to the overall effectiveness and comfort of a massage. Air massage functions, heated rollers, 3D and 4D design, zero-gravity position, full-body massage, with foot rollers, neck massage, and authentic shiatsu massage designed by a master—all these features and more are available.
OHCO, Panasonic, Positive Posture, and D.Core: These are names you’ll hear anywhere if you investigate an investment in a best-quality massage chair. And this is why we feature them at Furniture For Life.
Take a Test Drive
If you can, you should try out a chair before you make your purchase. The best chair in the world is the one that is best for you! Check the Locations Page, for a Furniture For Life gallery or store near you. Alternativly, look for a retailer or showroom in your area. See how it feels to your body, and how its features measure up to your needs and wants. At Furniture For Life, we’re happy to answer questions about the brands we offer and where you might find them near you.
You should also note that the best massage chairs SHINE when you try them in person, and the longer you sit in them, the more impressive they become. A word of advice: never buy a massage chair that is sold exclusively through online merchants. If they aren’t good enough to be placed in showrooms nationwide, they aren’t ready for prime time (and they probably do not belong in the home of any discerning buyer).