Ultimate Massage Chair Buyer’s Guide

So, you’ve decided to grab yourself a shiny, new massage chair.  This guide gives you the info you’ll need before you grab one.  Since there aren’t many retail locations that sell these chairs, you’ll definitely want to grab it online.  Of course, you should take a look at our selection, it’s the largest you’ll find online…

Read on, makes your decisions, then get your chair!

Where will you put it?

The location where you want to put your chair makes a big impact on what chair you should purchase.  Depending on the amount of space you have, there may not be room for the biggest mega deluxe chair on the market.  You also have to take into account whether you’ll be reclining in the chair or not, as that will require additional space.

While rare, you may even be able to find chairs with wheels that you’ll be able to easily move from one location to the next.  If you’re living space is really cramped, you may be forced to live with something like a massage cushion instead of a chair.  While completely mobile, cushions don’t come with anywhere near the number of features you’ll find in a real massage chair.

Who is the chair for?

This is an integral piece of the puzzle that most people don’t think about.  How big or small is the main person that will be using the chair?  Most chairs are designed for a person that is 5′ 10″ tall.  If you’re 5′ 0″ you could end up massaging the back of your head instead of your neck if you purchase the wrong chair.  For those that are short, you’ll want to ensure you stick the deluxe chair models as most will do a body scan and relocate their parts to give you a proper massage.

Ensuring that your chair can adjust to your size will make the difference between being thrilled with the chair you order and being miserable over wasted money.

How does it work?

So, every chair claims to bring you pure bliss, make you feel better, reduce pain, etc…  The truth is that some chairs will do that far better than others.

Massage Rollers

Most chairs have 2 to 4 rollers.  Some will have more, but those are generally stationary.  It’s the moving rollers that make the most difference.  The difference between 2 rollers and 4 can also be huge, so check to be sure you have enough rollers to get the best possible massage.


Most massage chairs have bags that will fill with air to apply pressure to specific areas of your body.  These airbags are generally for the less major body parts (legs, arms, booty, etc…).  How many are included?

Massage Programs

How many programs come with the chair?  You’ll find anywhere from 5 to 25 programs built into the chair.  In my personal experience, I’ve found that 2 or 3 specific programs will give me the massage I enjoy most.  Make sure you have at least 6-10 programs to choose from or you may not like any of the ones that come programmed into your chair.

What features are important to you?

Massage chairs come with all kinds of features.  You’ll find ones with built-in speakers for music, a whole range of heat settings (do you want to warm your butt?), body scans, and more…

Most importantly, which features matter to you?

We all have heat in our homes, so do you really need a chair to warm you up?  Heat has shown to relieve muscle tension, so it may be an important feature to you.  Do you already own something like a heating pad?  If so, getting a massage chair with heat may be a waste for you.

What kind of pressure do you need?  Less expensive chairs will generally have far lighter pressure available.  Some will have settings to increase or decrease the intensity of the massage you receive.  Make sure the chair you order gives you the options you need.

Do you really need speakers in a chair?  If you’re an audiophile, you probably already have an extensive stereo system that would blow away the speakers you’d find in a massage chair.  If you’re missing a stereo, this could be an important feature for you.

What kind of budget do you have?

You’ll find that massage chairs run anywhere from $300 to $10,000 and there is a wide range of features that will either be included or left out depending on what you can afford to spend.  It’s a delicate balance between your needs and the money you can spend.  It’s best to do your research to ensure you get the most bang for your buck, too.  Always do a Google search for model names and numbers to be sure that the price you’re about to pay is the best one you’ll find.  Also, take into account things like free shipping.  Massage chairs are generally massive and can cost as much as $300 for shipping alone.

Cushions are an alternative for when you need something now and can’t wait the time it would take to save for a true massage chair.

What kind of warranty comes with the chair?

Warranties can make or break the value behind a massage chair.  What is covered?  What isn’t covered?  Try to find an all-inclusive warranty for at least the first year of owning the chair.  Parts can be expensive and the last thing you want to do is end up with a broken chair you can’t afford to fix.  Most ethical massage chair manufacturers will have a decent warranty and will happily help you fix a chair that doesn’t work as they promised.

Nobody carries the selection of massage chairs you’ll find right here at Massage Chairs For Back Pain.  Be sure to look through our options and select the chair that best suits your needs.

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