Massage Chair Buying Guide

The Ultimate Massage Chair Buying Guide

Embarking on the journey to find the perfect massage chair can be both exciting and overwhelming. With an array of features and advancements in technology, it's crucial to understand what truly matters to ensure your investment caters to your specific needs. At [Your Company Name], we believe that a massage chair is more than a piece of furniture; it's an investment in your well-being. This comprehensive guide aims to demystify the myriad of features, allowing you to make an informed decision and choose a massage chair that aligns seamlessly with your health goals.

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What features should I look for in a massage chair?

Choosing a massage chair involves navigating a plethora of features, and at Emassagechair, we prioritize your understanding of these elements. From advanced massage rollers, such as 2D, 3D, to 4D rollers, to the significance of massage tracks like S-Track or L-Track, each component contributes to a tailored wellness experience. Our commitment is to empower you in making an informed decision, ensuring your massage chair aligns seamlessly with your unique health and relaxation needs.

What is a massage roller?

At the heart of your massage chair lies the indispensable massage roller, orchestrating a symphony of relaxation for your back (and glutes in select models). These rollers serve as the primary architects of your massage, gracefully traversing both sides of your spine, rendering a simultaneous and harmonious dance. The market offers two predominant styles – the quad and dual rollers. Picture the quad style as mimicking the dexterity of human thumb and forefingers, while the dual style emulates the precision of thumbs or fingertips, often found in Japanese massage chairs, allowing versatile movements beyond the conventional up-and-down motion.

  • 2D Massage Rollers: Operating along the standard up-and-down motion on the roller track, these rollers deliver a soothing and effective massage experience. While the depth of the massage remains fixed, the option to personalize your comfort is granted through the flexibility to add or remove padding in most chairs.
  • 3D Massage Rollers: These rollers, sharing the familiar up-and-down motion, introduce an extra dimension by seamlessly moving in and out. This dynamic capability allows for an adjustable massage depth, ensuring a personalized and invigorating experience. 3D massasge chairs tailor the intensity in real-time, offering a more dynamic and responsive massage that caters to your unique preferences.
  • 4D Massage Rollers: These advanced rollers not only traverse up and down but also introduce speed adjustments and pressure sensors for a truly humanistic touch. 4D massage chairs bring a level of adaptability, slowing down for soothing strokes or pausing to apply targeted pressure during your massage session. With cutting-edge programming and sensor technology, 4D massage rollers provide an unparalleled blend of precision, personalization, and therapeutic comfort.

What is a massage track?

  • S-Track: Starting at the neck and extending down to the tailbone, the S-Track follows the natural S-shaped curvature of the spine. S-Track massage chairs excel in providing effective stretch programs and are suitable for those who prefer a flat or bed-like position.
  • L-Track: A newer style, the L-Track begins at the neck and extends beyond the lower spine, wrapping underneath the glutes. This design offers an exceptional glute massage. However, the fixed L shape can impact the stretch program, preventing it from laying flat. Recent L-Track chairs have adapted to pull the shoulders back and down, enhancing the stretching experience.
  • Hybrid/Split Track: Hybrid tracks in massage chairs bring a new level of versatility, seamlessly combining bottom and top tracks to create a reclined and laid-down position. This innovative design offers users a dual benefit – the targeted glute massage characteristic of L-Track style chairs, coupled with the horizontal lying position and exceptional stretching found in S-Track chairs. The flexibility of hybrid tracks represents the latest technology in massage chairs, providing users with a comprehensive and customized massage experience. While these chairs may come with a slightly higher price tag, the enhanced features and adaptability make them a valuable investment for those seeking a multifaceted and personalized massage chair solution.

Body Scan Technology

Incorporating Body Scan technology, massage chairs excel in locating your position for a tailored experience. While basic scans may identify shoulder positioning, advanced models go further. These advanced scans pinpoint shoulder width and the curvature of your spine.

The level of advancement in Body Scan technology directly influences the precision of roller placement, creating a more lifelike massage sensation. Upon powering up the massage chair and selecting a program, the chair initiates a quick scan. You'll sense the rollers moving up and down, and in more sophisticated models, even in and out. This swift scan is pivotal in customizing the massage to your body's specific contours, ensuring an optimal and personalized massage experience.

Massage Techniques

A massage chair boasts a repertoire of diverse massage techniques, each offering unique benefits:

  • Swedish: Promotes relaxation with gentle strokes.
  • Deep Tissue: Targets deeper muscle layers for tension relief.
  • Reflexology: Applies pressure to specific foot regions, releasing tension.
  • Shiatsu: Utilizes kneading, tapping, and stretching for holistic wellness.
  • Tapping: Involves rhythmic tapping motions to alleviate muscle stress.
  • Kneading: Simulates hand-kneading motions for muscle relief.
  • Rolling: Delivers rolling motions to enhance flexibility and comfort.
  • Vibration: Creates oscillations for soothing muscle relaxation.
  • Compression: Uses airbags to compress and decompress muscles.
  • Chinese: Incorporates traditional Chinese massage techniques.
  • Thai: Draws inspiration from Thai massage practices.

Zero Gravity Recline

Many massage chairs employ Zero Gravity to offer a sensation of weightlessness during the massage. Inspired by NASA's research, Zero Gravity in massage chairs stems from insights gained during astronauts' launches into space. The position, with knees elevated to heart level, redistributes gravitational forces across the body, minimizing spinal compression.

This reclined state, akin to the conditions experienced in zero gravity, was found through research to reduce tension and compression along the spine and body. Incorporating Zero Gravity Recline into massage chairs enhances the massage experience by optimizing the distribution of gravitational forces. For a more detailed explanation, please explore our dedicated "What is Zero Gravity Recline" blog post.

Reflexology Foot Massage

Incorporated into most massage chairs, reflexology foot massage is positioned at the base of the footrest. This technique applies targeted pressure to specific foot regions, releasing stress and tension across various areas of the body. Implemented through acupressure nodes or rollers, it involves kneading and applying acupressure. The rollers, typically with 1 to 3 tracks, remain stationary, catering to the arches, heels, and foot pads based on the chair's design.

Compression Massage

Experience a comprehensive massage with strategically placed airbags enveloping the massage chair. Designed to enhance circulation, these airbags compress and deflate, providing a thorough compression massage. Typically situated at the shoulders, arms, calves, and feet, higher-end massage chairs may extend this feature to include the waist, seat, and lumbar regions.

Automatic Programs

Every massage chair comes with pre-set massage programs. While most chairs offer around 5 programs, some extend to 30 or more. It's essential to ensure that the chair you're considering features a massage style you desire in its pre-set or automatic programs. If, for instance, you favor a stretching massage, opt for a chair with a dedicated pre-set Stretching program.

More Features

Massage chairs offer more than just massage functions; they often come equipped with additional enhancements. These features may encompass Bluetooth speakers, heat therapy, calf rollers, calf kneading airbags, space-saving technology, advanced body scanning functions, extendable ottomans, touchscreen tablets, and various other innovations.

What are the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy?

Extensive research highlights the many benefits of massage therapy. Studies indicate that massage promotes flexibility, reduces tension, enhances blood and lymphatic flow, and elevates endorphin levels. A small study at Webster State University involving 521 students observed decreased stress levels and blood pressure after using a massage chair.

Massage therapy offers stress relief, aids in managing anxiety and depression, provides pain relief, alleviates stiffness, triggers the release of endorphins, reduces blood pressure, accelerates injury recovery, boosts immunity, improves circulation, enhances joint flexibility, workout recovery, and more. For an in-depth exploration of the subject, refer to our blog post on the Benefits of Massage Therapy.

Things to consider before choosing a massage chair

When choosing a massage chair, keep these factors in mind:

Will a massage chair fit through the doorway?

Ensure the massage chair can fit through your doorway. While they typically fit through a standard 30” doorway, older homes may have narrower doorways. Check the chair's specifications tab to confirm compatibility. If space is limited, consider removing the door or using a sliding glass door.

Will my body fit in the massage chair?

People come in various shapes and sizes, and so do massage chairs. Most chairs are designed for individuals between 5’2” and 6’2”, weighing up to around 250 lbs. If you have concerns about whether a chair will accommodate your size, contact us at 888.360.9996. We also categorize chairs for Petite or Taller users to simplify your search.

What are good massage chair manufacturers?

Differentiating between good and bad massage chair manufacturers can be challenging. Unfortunately, some companies compromise on quality control and use subpar parts, leading to unfulfilled promises and potential failures. Obtaining parts or repairs from such manufacturers can also be a hassle.

Choosing with Confidence at

At, we simplify this process for you. We only feature brands that meet our high standards. Before deciding to carry products from a manufacturer, we conduct thorough research. We assess their customer support, product quality, return rates, and gather insights from our Massage Chair Experts. If a company falls below our standards, we promptly remove their products from our website. Our diligence ensures your peace of mind. 

Examining Warranties for Long-Term Support

Another method to gauge a manufacturer's reliability is by scrutinizing their warranty. If a warranty claims to extend beyond five years (with a few exceptions), it might signal a potential lack of long-term support. Carefully review the warranty details, especially the duration for labor and parts. Steer clear of warranties with short durations, like 90 days or 6 months. Typically, more robust chairs come with warranties ranging from 2 to 5 years.

Considering Extended Warranties as Wise Investment

Most manufacturers provide extended warranties, a prudent choice to protect your investment. Your massage chair is a significant purchase, and opting for extended coverage ensures prolonged support and enjoyment. At, we recommend considering extended warranties to safeguard your valuable investment.

Payment Options for Your Massage Chair

When it comes to paying for your massage chair, we've made it convenient for you. You can choose from various financing options and use any of the major credit card brands, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. We also accept payments through PayPal and money orders, which can be mailed to us.

Is buying a massage chair financially worth it?

Before diving into payment details, consider the financial worth of a massage chair. If you regularly spend on massage therapy, investing in a massage chair makes sense. Imagine paying $50 per hour for a weekly massage, accumulating to around $2600 annually. A massage chair becomes a wise investment, offering convenience with on-demand massages, anytime, any day—no appointments needed.

Financing Options for Your Convenience

We understand the importance of flexibility. That's why we offer financing options through Affirm and PayPal Credit. With Affirm, enjoy financing as low as 0% for up to 36 months. PayPal Credit provides terms as low as 0%, extending up to 12 months. For more details, visit our massage chair financing page or speak to one of our knowledgeable Massage Chair Experts.

Will my insurance company cover the cost of a massage chair?

Curious if your insurance will cover part of your massage chair purchase? The short answer is no. Some insurance providers might reimburse a percentage of the cost, but is not very likely. Contact your insurance company to understand their terms. Typically, you'll need to pay for the chair upfront and provide them with the receipt for reimbursement. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), check with your administrator to see if it covers massage chair purchases and the reimbursement process.

Shipping Your Massage Chair: What to Expect

When you're all set to bring home a massage chair, here's a simplified breakdown of the shipping process:

Freight Delivery

Your massage chair doesn't travel through the usual UPS or FedEx channels. Instead, it's picked up at the warehouse, heads to a local freight terminal, and shares a truck with other items.

Delivery Journey

The local freight terminal will get in touch to plan the delivery. An LTL (Less than truckload) truck will drop off the chair at your doorstep.

Delivery Options

Curbside Delivery (Standard):

  • Free delivery where movers leave boxes at your front door or garage. You'll be in charge of assembling the chair, a process that typically takes 30-60 minutes. Instructions and videos are provided.

In-Home Delivery (Threshold):

  • Similar to curbside, but the chair is brought just inside your doorway. You move the boxes to your chosen room and take responsibility for assembly (30-60 minutes). Instructions and videos are provided.

In-Home Delivery and Assembly (White Glove):

  • This option involves a White Glove terminal. After contacting you to schedule, movers bring the chair to your chosen room, handle assembly, and ensure it works. While not experts in massage chairs, they're skilled furniture movers/installers. Reach out to us for help from an Expert if needed.

How to do I maintain my massage chair?

Massage chairs are designed to operate smoothly with minimal maintenance. To preserve their longevity, it's crucial to keep them clean and safeguard the exterior from erosion. Our Massage Chair Experts recommend simple care routines that align with our brand's emphasis on comprehensive guidance.

General Cleaning for All Chairs

Regular cleaning is essential to prevent the accumulation of dirt, body oils, and dust. For synthetic leather chairs, a damp cloth suffices for wiping down all exposed areas. Avoid direct sunlight exposure to maintain the chair's condition.

Caring for Synthetic Leather Chairs

Cleaning Process:

  • Use mild soap (such as Dawn dish soap) and water.
  • Wipe down all areas, especially those in contact with your body.
  • Vacuum areas prone to dirt and dust accumulation.

Maintaining Real Leather Chairs

Routine Cleaning:

  • Vacuum the chair every two to four weeks to remove loose dirt.
  • Use water with a small amount of mild soap on a microfiber towel for a gentle wipe-down.
  • Avoid soaking the leather during cleaning.

Yearly Conditioning:

  • Apply a leather cleaning kit, available online or at furniture stores.
  • Follow the instructions, using a microfiber cloth to wipe down leather upholstery.
  • Once a year, condition the leather using a leather protector to prevent damage.
  • Follow the provided instructions and use a dry cloth to remove any excess protector.

Preventive Measures:

  • Keep the chair out of direct sunlight to avoid leather damage.
  • Condition the leather annually to protect against hair products, body oils, and dirt absorption.

By incorporating these maintenance practices, you ensure that your massage chair remains in optimal condition, reflecting our commitment to providing expert advice for a lasting and satisfying experience.

Why Choose

At, we are more than a business – we are a family-owned and operated venture with over 15 years of dedicated service. Specializing exclusively in massage chairs, our mission is to bring the numerous health benefits of massage to a wide audience.

Expertise in Action

We invest considerable time testing a variety of massage chairs, ensuring that we can guide you to the ideal choice. Our commitment extends to understanding common health issues, allowing us to recommend the most effective chairs tailored to your specific needs. Recognized as Massage Chair Experts, our knowledge becomes your advantage.

Commitment to Customer Satisfaction holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We promptly address every customer concern to ensure satisfaction. Verified reviews and testimonials from our customers attest to our commitment to excellence.

Unmatched Ratings Across Platforms

A simple Google search reveals our stellar reputation on various review websites. gives us a remarkable 4.7 rating, while Scam Advisor rates us 100 out of 100. These accolades underscore our dedication to providing a trustworthy and reliable online shopping experience.

Navigating Challenges Transparently

During the initial stages of the pandemic, unforeseen shipping issues impacted industries worldwide. Despite these challenges, worked diligently to resolve any complications. Our competitors fell short in comparison, making us the steadfast choice for your massage chair purchase.

Customer-Centric Approach

Our online ratings are a testament to our exceptional customer service. As Massage Chair Experts, we prioritize listening to your needs over pressuring you to make a purchase. Let us assist you on your journey to a better life through the transformative benefits of massage. Your satisfaction is our mission at – we look forward to helping you achieve it.

Ensuring Safe Online Massage Chair Purchases

When considering an online massage chair purchase, prioritize safety. Research the company thoroughly, checking the Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating, online reviews on platforms like, and using search engines for additional insights.

Identifying Red Flags on Websites

Look for essential contact information such as a phone number, address, email, and contact form on the website. Absence of these raises concerns about transparency and customer support. A lack of a toll-free number (800, 888, 877, 866, 855, and 844) is also a potential red flag.

Beware of Scam Websites

Be cautious if a website offers massage chairs at unbelievably low prices. Scam websites often appear during holiday seasons and may use fake comments on platforms like Facebook. Report suspicious ads and prioritize purchases from reputable sources.

Scrutinizing Top Massage Chair Lists

Be critical of lists featuring affiliate links to Amazon, as they prioritize profits over genuine recommendations. Some manufacturers may create biased lists on separate blogs to showcase their products favorably. Legitimate e-commerce websites with tested chairs are reliable sources for accurate information.


Congratulations! You are now equipped with the knowledge and understanding to find the ideal massage chair for your needs. Remember to choose a massage chair that offers the features and functionalities that align with your desired massage experience. Investing in a massage chair is an investment in your well-being, providing you with the convenience and benefits of professional massage therapy in the comfort of your own home. So sit back, relax, and let your new massage chair take care of your body and mind. Enjoy the ultimate massage experience!

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