Purchasing a massage chair is similar to purchasing your first car. It is important to buy it from a manufacturer that has a proven track record, offers reliable customer support, and a good product warranty (3 years is the standard).
So, what it is the top massage chair brand?
Well the answer to this question isn't as straightforward as you might think. There is no such thing as a perfect massage brand, but if you select one that has an established good reputation in the industry it will mean you are one step ahead of the game.
Let's rundown the leading brands in the marketplace along with what their unique selling propositions are (or in other words, what makes them stand out from the crowd).
Among the industry leaders in robotic systems and home appliances, Panasonic has been dominating the massage therapy chair market as well with products aiming to replicate the sensation of human touch.
The way they attempt to achieve this is through adhering to three robotics principles: Technique, Brain and Sense. The concept 'Sense' just means that they engineer their chairs so that they are responsive to the user's needs.
For example, the Panasonic MA73 chair features various massage settings that can be adjusted for coverage and intensity. In addition, it is one of just a couple massage chairs that has memory settings that make it possible for users to save all of their favorite massage series.
Although Panasonic is based in Japan, it is very important to know that they manufacture some of their chairs in China to save on costs. However, Panasonic does assure consumers that they oversea their operations and their massage chairs are engineered and designed in Japan which means the quality stays first-rate.
Touted to be the best massage chair in the world, Inada has lived up to consumer's expectations on a consistent basis. Apart from its many accolades in the industry, Inada massage chairs are renowned as an industry leader and trailblazer.
The granddaddy of all chairs is the Inada Sogno. The chair features innovative body styling, shoulder air bags, Dreamwave technology in the chair's seat, arm massage and 3D massage technology.
Inada is the oldest of the manufacturers (the company opened for business in 1962), and continues to outperform the competition not just in Japan where 15% to 22% of all households have a massage chair), but in the U.S. as well where the market continues to grow at a steady pace.
For example, the new massage therapy chair called Inada Dreamwave, is an incredible hugging machine that features 1,200 square inches worth of body coverage – which is the most of all massage chairs. In addition, it features unique infrared technology that scans the back so that it can deliver relaxing massages in the parts where massage is most needed.
The Inada YuMe is a zero-gravity recline and shiatsu chair combination. YuMe utilizes innovative Rotary Rocker Technology, and is the world's only and first rocking chair.
For individuals who have a mid-range budget (under $3,000), they should definitely check out what Osaki offers. The company is based in the state of Texas, but its massage chairs are made in China, which is why they are less expensive.
Despite the widespread misconception that Osaki is a Japanese company, it continue to aim for excellence. The company's massage therapy chairs are renowned for having mechanical foot rollers that are very relaxing. Heading the list are the new OS-4000T, OS-3D Pro Dreamer and OS-7075R.
The Osaki OS-4000 has received high praise for its computer body scan and two-stage zero-gravity features, which are things you usually only see on chairs that are more expensive.
With numerous accolades and over 35 years of research, Human Touch is one of the leaders of the massage therapy chair industry.
The aim of these chairs is replicating a therapist's "human touch" through world-class designs and patented systems which have received many Design Excellence awards from the Design Journal Awards (ADEX).
The robotic massage chairs from Human Touch are the only chair that are tested and recognized by the World Federation of Chiropractic. That means that professionals approve the Human Touch series and are considered to be an effective supplement to various back care therapy methods.
The Infinity Therapeutic Massage Chairs, although not launched until 2009, are slowing becoming one of the industry's best-sellers, which is backed by reputable and reliable customer service, starting with pre-sales support all the way through post-sales technical help.
Infinite Therapeutics manufactures the chairs. This is a company that is part of Infinite Creative Enterprises (I.C.E.), which has 20 years of experience already.
It is stated on their website that the company is comprised of a management team that has a combined 60 years worth of experience in supply chain logistics, manufacturing and product design.
Infinity chairs are renowned for combining aesthetics and cutting-edge technology. One of its most popular products, the Infinity Iyashi, is the only massage chair that we have seen that has a 49-inch roller track that extends down your buttocks. Most popular brands lack this feature.