1. Human Touch iJoy-2580
- Less than $1,000
- Simple, basic, and budget-friendly
- Cup holder
- Comparatively lightweight and easy to move around
- Built-in auxiliary outlet
- Works for a long time without maintenance
- Comparatively short warranty
- No footrest or leg massage
- Doesn’t work well for individuals taller than 6′
VERDICT: This chair offers a relaxing massage for less than $1,000. However, I recommend choosing the BestMassage BM0EC06C because it is only about $200 more and it includes massage for calves/feet.
2. Panasonic EP30007
- Quad-style technology
- 5 programs and 8 manual operations
- Calibrates depending on body size and saves information for multiple users
- Employs Junetsu massage techniques
- Adjustable intensity
- Elegant wood-finished armrests
- Just under $4,000
- No heat feature
- Arm/leg massage doesn’t work when reclined
VERDICT: Users loved the customizable options, strength of massage, and chair’s ability to accommodate different body types. If you’re ready to make an investment in a high-quality chair, this isn’t a bad choice. However, the price is a little steep for the features offered. You’re better off with the Beautyhealth or Osaki.
3. Beautyhealth BC-07D
- MP3 synched massage
- 6 programs and 5 methods
- Body scan for customized massage
- Reclines 170 degrees
- 10 year frame warranty; 5 year electronic parts warranty
- Includes hand/arm massage
- The advertising for “jade heat” is misleading. The product comes with a heating wand but the actual chair does not have a heat function.
VERDICT: Many customers praised this machine for relieving back pain that had persisted for years. This chair is less expensive and a step above the Osaki model. However, choose the Osaki model if you really want the heat function.
4. Osaki OS-4000
- Zero Gravity function that adjusts to user’s height
- Lots of settings and programs
- LCD display and wireless controller
- Ultra-long range massage
- Easy to use
- 3 year warranty
- Awkward design for shoulders/arms/hands
- Common complaints include weak rollers and too-strong calf massage
VERDICT: A good chair for the price, this model is a better value than the Panasonic because it includes a heat feature and is about $1,000 cheaper.