Massage Chair Checklist

Dr. Alan Weidner, from, outlines what to look for when looking into a massage chair.

1. What Features Should You Look For In A Massage Chair?

Not so long ago a “massage chair” was just a regular living room chair with a vibrating motor built into it. It didn’t do much to “massage” the body or to relieve pain, but was great if you wanted to shake up your lunch.

The point of a massage chair is to stimulate the therapeutic effects of a massage therapist. If you’ve ever had a professional massage, you know that a talented therapist uses a number of techniques.

Whether you’re buying your massage chair for comfort or to deal with a chronic pain condition such as sciatica or a painful mid back, you’ll want to make sure it has (at the very least) the following settings:

Kneading – Called “Shiatsu” by some, kneading rolls from the center of the spine outward and feels like two hands alternately rubbing your back. A kneading massage is a great way to relieve stress and give your overworked back muscles a break.

Percussion/Tapping – Have you ever seen a massage therapist “karate chopping” someone’s back? A percussive massage really gets the blood flowing and feels amazing. It’s particularly good if you’ve been doing a lot of intense exercise.

Rolling – In my chiropractic office I have a $2,800.00 table called a “Roller table.” It’s basically just wheels that roll up and down either side of your spine, gently moving the spinal bones and stretching your spine and muscles. Most quality massage chairs come with rolling action standard. And when you sit in one of these chairs and feel it push your spine back into position, you’ll understand why it’s so popular.

Full Recline – To truly get a deep tissue massage you need to put as much of your weight onto your massage chair as possible. Unfortunately, many of the popular massage chairs out there only recline to a paltry 135 degrees. For maximum benefits, I’d recommend you get a chair that reclines 170 to 180 degrees so that you can lie down and truly enjoy your massage. (This is particularly important if you suffer from sciatica and find sitting difficult or painful.)

Foot and Calf Massager – This is truly an optional feature, but if you’ve ever experienced a robotic calf massage you know how wonderful it can feel (I just might add here that the foot massage of the HT-1650 massage chair, by Human Touch, is the best I have ever experienced in a massage chair recliner.)..

2. How Durable Is Your Chair?

Unfortunately there are many, many “knock off” massage chairs being sold online . . . chairs that are hacked together cheaply in Chinese factories, don’t live up to their promises, or do what they’re meant to, and are prone to breaking at a moment’s notice.

When I was looking for my first massage chair, I discovered that there are two big factors to think about to make sure that you get a quality chair that will last you for years to come. They are:

How long is your chair’s warranty? The longer the warranty offered by the manufacturer of the chair, the more confidence they have in their product.

What’s the reputation of the brand? Beware of strange sounding or “rare” brands. Yes, it’s possible that a little-known brand has a high-quality product, but with an investment like a massage chair you want to be safe, not sorry. In my experience, I’ve found Human Touch, Panasonic, Sanyo and Omega to offer high-quality chairs backed by great warranties.

3. How easy is your chair to repair?

Even the best massage chair may eventually break down. Make sure your massage chair is built with a modular design so that it can be easily repaired . . . and so that you can repair it without having to send the whole chair back to the manufacturer. Not to brag, but virtually every chair we sell at has a sturdy, modular design . . . not to mention a reputation for durability.

4. What’s the reputation of the reseller?

Unfortunately there are many “fly by night” companies out there selling massage chairs to make a quick buck. Honestly, most of the sites you see out there aren’t really companies at all, but just marketing middle men who don’t provide any real value.

For such an expensive item, you’ll want to make sure that your reseller has plenty of testimonials, a great reputation for customer service and an absolute reputation for putting the customer first.

At we’ve compiled a long list of testimonials from happy customers . . . and pride ourselves on making sure every customer is ecstatic both with the product they buy and the service they receive.

5. Does the retailer have a money-back-guarantee?

Buying a big item like a massage chair online does in fact have some risk to it. What if you get the chair delivered and it doesn’t fit your decor? Or what if it just isn’t as comfortable or therapeutic as you were hoping?

Before clicking the “order now” button or picking up the phone, make sure that your reseller offers a strong money-back guarantee . . . and that you don’t get stuck paying the shipping costs to your home or office.

At we have a best-in-industry 90 day no questions asked, money back guarantee. If you aren’t happy with your chair for any reason, just let us know and we’ll refund your money in full . . .and remember that we offer free shipping of your chair to you.

And that’s really all you need to know to make a smart choice when it comes to buying a high-quality robotic massage chair that will give you many years of pain relief and increased comfort.

Of course, when you do decide that it’s time to invest in a high-quality robotic massage chair, I hope that you’ll visit us again at

As a chiropractic doctor with a vested interest in the health and wellness of my patients, I’ve personally tested and researched every chair we sell to make sure it meets my own strict standards for comfort, longevity, value, and therapeutic effectiveness. . .

In fact, I only offer chairs on our site that meet the 5 criteria I spell out above . . . as well as a bunch of other little factors that would only be of interest to a “body geek” like me.

And I back every sale I make with free shipping, my best-in-the-industry 90-day guarantee, and a wide range of bonuses designed to help you get the most out of your investment in comfort and health.

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