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The Best Massage Chairs of 2022

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Human Touch iJOY Total Massage

This midrange massage chair offers support for massage and compression from head to toe, with an S-track massage for your neck, shoulders, and lower back. Read More

Pros

  • Full-body massage
  • S-track massage from head to lower back
  • Foot and calf massage

Cons

  • Firm massage arms
  • Massive and heavy
  • Best for shorter people
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Osaki 4000LS

This L-track massager offers extensive airbag support and adjustable shoulders, with heated lumbar pad and plenty of useful massage programs. Read More

Pros

  • L-track massage from neck to glutes
  • Heated lumbar pad
  • Zero-gravity reclining

Cons

  • No S-track massage
  • Massive and heavy
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Osaki Titan Pro Omega 3D

This excellent SL-track massager offers just about every feature you could want, though finicky programming and tricky instructions may put some off. Read More

Pros

  • Full-body SL-track massage
  • Heated back rollers
  • Fully assembled

Cons

  • Poor instructions
  • Finicky programming
  • Massive and heavy
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Ugears B-L1

This massage chair is heavy, but comes fully assembled, and has a full suite of massage programs and an SL-track design to help you relax and recline. Read More

Pros

  • SL-track full-body massage
  • Fully assembled
  • Full-body air massage

Cons

  • Massive and heavy
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Human Touch Wholebody 7.1

This massage chair offers a “BodyMap PRO” system that lets you target your problem areas by touching buttons on a map of a human back on the remote. Read More

Pros

  • Targets specific muscles
  • May improve blood flow
  • Provides a strong massage

Cons

  • May have some longevity issues

If you’re dealing with consistent neck pain, leg pain, back pain, general discomfort, or simply want to help relax your muscles after a long day or workout, a massage chair can be a real help. They’re big, expensive, and not a replacement for the health benefits of proper physical therapy or massage therapy, if that's what you need. However, a great massage chair can make the end of your day something you look forward to rather than dread.

Buying a massage chair is a big investment, but we’ve dug into hundreds of massage chair reviews from users and professionals to uncover the best, most reliable chairs. The very best ones offer multiple types of massage, provide heat, and recline so you can hit hard-to-reach spots, with minimal issues. Though we haven’t had the chance to use all these chairs ourselves, these are the best massage chairs we’ve found in our research so far.

A few things to note about buying a massage chair: They’re big and heavy, which means they’re typically shipped freight (which may take a few weeks) and you’ll need some help getting them into place. Most come fully assembled, but reviewers commonly cited poor instructions and iffy customer service across the board.

Lastly, while all these chairs are sold through Amazon, you’re usually dealing with a third-party seller—not Amazon directly—so the return process may differ from Amazon’s typical no-nonsense policy. Save all the packaging, and make sure you’re happy with your choice before the return period is up.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Human Touch iJOY Total Massage

The Human Touch iJoy Total Massage is another mid-range massage chair that offers a full recline, air cells for providing compression on the calf and foot area, and an S-track design to massage the neck and back while following the curvature of the spine, though without extending into the glutes and hamstring area.

Reviewers called out some minor assembly and quality-control issues, though this chair arrives in just two boxes, is easy to put together, and is lighter and more compact than the other spaceship-style chairs on this list. The biggest drawback here is that its size makes it a poor fit for taller people, especially if you’re well over six feet tall.

Pros

  • Full-body massage

  • S-track massage from head to lower back

  • Foot and calf massage

Cons

  • Firm massage arms

  • Massive and heavy

  • Best for shorter people

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Osaki 4000LS

The Osaki OS-4000LS is a simple, stylish massage chair that features a full L-track massage. Reviewers consistently were impressed by its quality, especially the rollers’ ability to hit trick spots in your lower back. It still offers a full zero-gravity recline position and rollers to cover your neck and shoulders, down your back, and down to your feet.

Like other Osaki chairs, this also features adjustable shoulder airbag massages, as well as 24 airbags spread throughout the chair to provide compression and support for your back, arms, calves, and hamstrings.

Pros

  • L-track massage from neck to glutes

  • Heated lumbar pad

  • Zero-gravity reclining

Cons

  • No S-track massage

  • Massive and heavy

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Osaki Titan Pro Omega 3D

The Osaki Titan TI-Pro Omega 3D Massage Chair is a slightly higher-end chair with a wide range of features, like a full SL-track roller setup, heated back area, zero-gravity recline, and a body-scanning feature for 3D massage. It’s rare to get that combination for under $2,500, but this chair is usually on sale for a bit under $2,000.

Reviewers raved about the chair’s abilities, especially the full SL-track massage’s ability to hit certain lower-back areas. It’s a bit tricky to set up, and people didn’t love the confusing instructions, but if you have room for a huge, heavy massage chair, this is a good option.

Pros

  • Full-body SL-track massage

  • Heated back rollers

  • Fully assembled

Cons

  • Poor instructions

  • Finicky programming

  • Massive and heavy

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Ugears B-L1

This is another massive massage chair that has a lot of features and is relatively affordable. It has a zero gravity recline, SL-track massage, can scan and detect the curves of your body to provide a better massage, and provides heat through your back and waist.

The biggest issue here is that the brand is not nearly as well established as the competition on Amazon. It has great reviews and seemingly lots of satisfied customers, but you’ll need to be careful picking this chair (or any chair) to make sure it suits your needs and is well-built before you commit to keeping it.

Pros

  • SL-track full-body massage

  • Fully assembled

  • Full-body air massage

Cons

  • Massive and heavy

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Human Touch Wholebody 7.1

The Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 foregos traditional tracks and rollers in favor of a “3D FlexGlide technology” orbital massage. They claim that their massagers offer a smoother application of pressure without the pinching or friction that other chairs have.

The 5 auto-massage programs may be fewer than some other chairs but they instead offer a “BodyMap PRO” system that lets you target your problem areas by touching buttons on a map of a human back on the remote. The attached ottoman acts as a foot and calf massager, and they claim that the calf massage is designed to improve blood flow from the feet to the core and back.

Unfortunately, this chair may have some longevity issues. Critical reviewers have cited problems with the chair’s fabric not standing up to the massagers and heat for long. The small size, lack of plushness and the permanently-reclined angle of the chair itself are also an issue to some people. As one of the more expensive chairs on this list, that’s a bit of a disappointment.

Pros

  • Targets specific muscles

  • May improve blood flow

  • Provides a strong massage

Cons

  • May have some longevity issues

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HoMedics Shiatsu Elite II

Being an ideal budget-friendly pick for a massage chair, this one has some decent features for the price. What we love is that you can choose between receiving a deep-tissue massage, a gentle relaxing massage, or one that targets specific sore muscles and knots. Plus, it comes with a heating function to soothe your muscles, though some reviewers claim that it can get too hot after a few minutes.

In addition, you can adjust the distance, width, or neck height for your body in order to receive the best massage, as well as which massage mode you prefer.

Pros

  • Easy to adjust height

  • Affordable

Cons

  • Heat feature may get too hot

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Osaki OS-Champ

If you have tight hip flexors, calves, or just generally want to loosen up your leg muscles in addition to your upper body, then this massage chair is a great pick. It includes an L-track rolling system, meaning it will start from the top of your neck and work its way down to your calves (though a few reviewers say that the foot-massage feature can feel a bit rough).

Plus, it's a two-stage zero-gravity massage chair, which enables you to raise your feet above your heart and stretch out your knees for even better blood flow during your massage. You can specify where on your body you want the massage to focus on, and control each feature with a remote. It's also available in multiple color combinations.

Pros

  • Full-body massage

  • Zero-gravity recline

  • Bluetooth speakers built in

Cons

  • No S-track massage

  • Massive and heavy

What to Look for in a Massage Chair

Because a massage chair is such a big investment, it's important to make sure you're making a decision that suits your needs. Here are some things to consider.

Location

The more feature-rich a massage chair is, the more space it may take up. Massage chairs can be massive, and very heavy. Make sure you've got enough space cleared out before you put in the money.

Massage Chair Tracks

You may hear about an S track, L track, or SL track massage chair. These different tracks refer to the path that the massaging rollers travel as they give you a relaxing massage.

  • S tracks run the length of your back, from your neck and shoulders down to the lower back. It's made to follow the curve of your spine.
  • L tracks run along the chair in an L shape. They don't have as light of a touch with your back, but they extend under your seat to reach your hamstrings and glutes.
  • SL tracks give you the best of both options. They follow the curvature of your spine, then run down around your seat to massage your legs, as well. Some companies don't make this distinction, and simply refer to this as an L-track.

Massage Types

Different chairs offer different types of massage. Most have rollers in the back of the chair that work your neck, shoulders, arms, and back. But you may also see full-body massage chairs that include rollers for your legs and feet.

There are also "3D" and "4D" massages that add an element of depth. These massage chairs can push harder to apply more pressure to different parts of your body. You can even find people claiming to make a shiatsu massage chair, if you want to try acupressure from home.

Find something that suits your needs. Don't shell out for a full-body shiatsu massage chair if you just want some pressure off your back. Likewise, if you're just after a little foot massaging, you can get a device for that without having to pick up a whole chair.

Features

You can find all kinds of features in the world of massage chairs. Some of these are common sense and provide basic benefits, as you'd expect, but you may find one chair that is much more expensive than another and the only difference is a few extra conveniences.

Consider whether you care about having a separate remote control, whether you need your chair to fully recline, and whether you care about a “heat therapy” option. Look at how many massage programs the chair offers, and whether those are comfortable to you.

Some features may be extravagant bells and whistles that would be fun to have, but may not be worth the cost. You probably already have Bluetooth speakers in your living room, so you probably don't need a massage chair that comes with them built in. Some chairs will even save different massage programs for different members of your household, but that may not be necessary if your family just remembers their preferred settings.

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