The Best Massage Chairs Under $1000 And Helpful Guide


best massage chairs under $1000

Massage chairs can provide a very good therapeutic massage. If you’ve never tried one before I highly recommend it. My first experience was in a mall in my wife’s home town in Taiwan. She told me I had to sit down in one and try it out. I was very surprised by just how much the chair could do and how it could work on different parts of the body. If a massage chair sounds like a good idea to you then read on for our recommendations for the best massage chairs under $1000.

Below are our top 3 picks. Keep reading for more detailed reviews, guide and FAQ.

Top Pick

Real Relax Favor 03 Massage Chair

Editors Choice

BestMassage EC06 Massage Chair

Best Value

SMAGREHO SS01 Massage Chair

The Top 5 Best Massage Chairs Under $1000

Below are our top 5 picks for best massage chairs under $1000. We considered features, price, durability and customer service in our recommendations.

Top Pick

Real Relax Favor 03 Massage Chair


Summary

The Real Relax Favor 03 is one of the best values in massage chairs available today. It has a low price but is still has a lot of functions. It won’t do everything the chairs that cost 2-3 times more will. It will still do a lot.

This chair has 50 airbags for massaging. It has leg airbags and foot rollers for giving foot massages. The biggest compromise comes in the back rollers. Instead of a track with a moving set of rollers, this has an S-track with 8 fixed rollers on it. This are rotating ball type rollers that can only spin. This massage chair can’t do tapping, kneading, shiatsu or any of the techniques that a chair with 4 3D rollers can do.

The back rollers work okay. Most users thought the neck set was not strong enough and the lower back set was too strong. The positioning can’t be changed so how they feel depends how they line up on your body and how you sink into the seat cushions.

The Zero Gravity setting works well for a laid back relaxing massage. The airbag massage modes work well. Some airbags can be a little aggressive when they squeeze.

We miss the 3D rollers and a little more level of control, the chair overall performs very well for it’s cost. If you are looking to save a little bit and still get a satisfying massage, this could be the chair for you. This makes it our top pick for best value in massage chairs.

Specifications

  • Track – S-track with 8 massage points
  • Airbags – 50
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 3
  • Max user size – 6’1″ 400 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 30 x 63 x 54 inches
  • Chair Weight – 217 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ Low cost
✔️ Good airbag technique
✔️ Good back massage for only 8 fixed roller points.
What We Didn’t Like
Chair and legs are narrow for larger (300 lb plus) users
Shoulder rollers are not effective

Video Review

Editors Choice

BestMassage EC06 Massage Chair


Summary

The BestMassage EC06 chair has a lot of features for a low price. It is advertised as having a Zero Gravity mode and Body scanning. It doesn’t have either of those 2 functions. We’ll get that out of the way from the start.

The back massage has an S-track with a 4 roller robotic massager that can tap, knock, knead, knead and tap and shiatsu. All the common 4 roller massage techniques found on more expensive chairs. The track is only an S-track and does not extend below your back. There is an airbag under your butt and legs for massaging butt but the robot doesn’t go there. No other chair for under $1000 has a robotic massage head.

Once nice feature this has is back heating and foot heating. Foot heating is rare even on much more expensive massage chairs. There are rollers and acupressure for the foot massage.

They give a weight for this chair at 300 lbs which doesn’t seem accurrate. It’s not that hard to move around thanks to the built in rollers. One average adult can easily roll it around.

This chair is from BestMassage which doesn’t have a great record for customer service. You take your risk when you buy this chair. If you want or need to send it back, they will charge you $300 shipping. Most users were very happy with the chair. The few that weren’t had a very poor experience returning it.

WIth the BestMassage EC06 you are getting a robotic massager for a very low cost making it an excellent value. This is my top pick among the best massage chairs for under $1000.

Specifications

  • Track – S track with 4 rollers
  • Airbags – 21
  • Programs – 9
  • Zero G Positions – No
  • Max user size – 6′ 3″ up to 265 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 55 x 42 x 35 inches
  • Chair Weight – 300 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ Has a robotic roller on an S track instead of fixed point rollers
✔️ Heating on back and foot
✔️ Rollers for moving around
What We Didn’t Like
This chair reclines but doesn’t have a true zero gravity position
No body scanning

Video Review

Best Value

SMAGREHO SS01 Massage Chair


Summary

The SMAGREHO SS01 Massage Chair is a good value basic massage chair. It has 8 fixed rollers on an S-track for back massage and 16 airbags for massaging other areas.

The back massage is covered by 8 fixed rollers. It can only do 1 massage technique because of this. It gives a pretty good feeling massage the full length of your back. It works best for people around 6′ tall. There is no body scanning and the 8 rollers are fixed so the chair can’t adapt to different body sizes.

For shorter users, the shoulder airbags may line up closer to your head than shoulders. This chair doesn’t work well for shorter users. The legs also don’t adjust much.

This chair has 3 Zero Gravity levels including a full Zero Gravity position that places your feet and legs above your heart.

The airbags provide a good massage for other areas of your body. There are only 16 airbags but it does a good job with what you get.

The bluetooth speaker is located on the back of the chair. It is not close to your head and the sound quality isn’t great. You may have better results using your own speaker near your head.

People have had good service from SMAGREHO for this chair. They are proactive at resolving issues if something doesn’t work right with your chair.

This is a good basic massage chair at a great price. This makes it our best value pick for the best massage chairs under $1000.

Specifications

  • Track – 8 fixed rollers on an S-track
  • Airbags – 16
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 3
  • Max user size – 6′ 1″ up to 380 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 30 x 57 x 46 inches
  • Chair Weight – 145 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ Good massage for fixed rollers
✔️ Good customer service
✔️ Heating on back
What We Didn’t Like
Bluetooth speaker is on the back of the chair instead of close to your head
People under 6′ don’t line up to the airbags

Video Review

SMAGREHO MM350 Massage Chair


Summary

The SMAGREHO MM350 Massage Chair is a basic massage chair at a low price. It has 8 fixed rollers on an S-track for back massage and 16 airbags for massaging other areas.

The back massage is covered by 8 fixed rollers. It can only do 1 massage technique because of this. With the exeception of the BestMassage EC06, all massage chairs at this price level use fixed rollers. It does a good job at massaging the back with the fixed rollers. Because the rollers are fixed, there is no body scan or massage customization for your size.

For shorter users the shoulder airbags may line up closer to your head than shoulders. This chair doesn’t work well for shorter users. The legs also don’t adjust much to match user height. This chair works best for users close to 6′ in height.

The airbags provide a good massage for other areas of your body. There are only 16 airbags but it does a good job with what you get. The airbags cover your shoulder, arms, hips, legs, and feet.

This chair has rollers and airbags for foot massaging. We would like to see heating in the feet too but for this price we can’t complain too much.

This chair has 3 levels of Zero Gravity seating position. The most reclined position lays you back far enough to get your feet and legs above your heart making it a true Zero Gravity position.

The Bluetooth speaker is located on the back of the chair. The sound quality isn’t as good as speakers that are mounted close to your head.

People have had good service from SMAGREHO for this chair. They are proactive and resolving issues if something doesn’t work right with your chair.

This is a basic massage chair at a very good price. If you are looking for a bargain in massage chairs, this could be for you.

Specifications

  • Track – 8 fixed rollers on an S-track
  • Airbags – 16
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 1
  • Max user size – 6′ 1″ up to 380 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 30 x 57 x 47 inches
  • Chair Weight – 175
What We Liked
✔️ 3 levels of Zero Gravity reclining
✔️ Good massage from 8 fixed rollers
✔️ Rollers for foot massage
What We Didn’t Like
It works best only for people close to 6′ tall
Only 1 massage technique from fixed rollers

Video Review

FAVOLCANO MM350 Massage Chair


Summary

The FAVOLCANO MM350 Massage Chair is the same MM350 Massage Chair that is sold by several different vendors. It is produced by RealRelax but is sold and serviced (warranty) by the vendors.

The back massage is covered by 8 fixed rollers. It can only do 1 massage technique because of this. With the exeception of the BestMassage EC06, all massage chairs at this price level use fixed rollers. It does a good job at massaging the back with the fixed rollers. Because the rollers are fixed, there is no body scan or massage customization for your size.

For shorter users the shoulder airbags may line up closer to your head than shoulders. This chair doesn’t work well for shorter users. The legs also don’t adjust much to match user height. This chair works best for users close to 6′ in height.

The airbags provide a good massage for other areas of your body. There are only 16 airbags but it does a good job with what you get. The airbags cover your shoulder, arms, hips, legs, and feet.

This chair has rollers and airbags for foot massaging. We would like to see heating in the feet too but for this price we can’t complain too much.

This chair has 3 levels of Zero Gravity seating position. The most reclined position lays you back far enough to get your feet and legs above your heart making it a true Zero Gravity position.

The Bluetooth speaker is located on the back of the chair. The sound quality isn’t as good as speakers that are mounted close to your head.

Customers have had good service from FAVOLCANO. They have been responsive for resolving minor issues with chairs. The manufacturer will not respond to service and warranty requests so you have no other option that the vendor. The warranty that people received is only 1 year regardless of what is advertised what FAVOLCANO says it is.

This is a basic massage chair at a very good price. If you are looking for a bargain in massage chairs, this could be for you.

Specifications

  • Track – 8 fixed rollers on an S-track
  • Airbags – 16
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 1
  • Max user size – 6′ 1″ up to 380 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 30 x 57 x 47 inches
  • Chair Weight – 175
What We Liked
✔️ 3 levels of Zero Gravity reclining
✔️ Good massage from 8 fixed rollers
✔️ Rollers for foot massage
What We Didn’t Like
It works best only for people close to 6′ tall
Only 1 massage technique from fixed rollers

Video Review

Massage chair guide

There is a lot of things to think about when purchasing a massage chair. It is going to cost a considerable amount of money even for a low end massage chair. I would recommend you try out a massage chair somewhere before buying one to know what they feel like.

Massage chairs don’t make great chairs to sit around and watch TV in. The track and roller mechanisms aren’t comfortable to sit on when your not getting a massage. You want to make sure you get the massage your looking for from your massage chair. They don’t really have a purpose in your home otherwise. So what should you look for when buying a massage chair.

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Benefits of a massage chair

Massage chairs can provide theraputic massage therapy. Going to a massage therapist on a regular basis can become very expensive. Having a massage chair can allow you to get a therapeutic massage without going to a therapist. Therapeutic massage can provide the following benefits.

  • Health maintenance and/or health promotion – massage helps general tissue health and healthy lifestyle
  • Stress management – Massage helps relieve stress
  • Post-operative care – Massage can help reduce the need for pain medicine and speed recovery
  • Emotional and/or psychological disorders – Massage releases endorphins which can help with depression
  • Terminal illness – Massage helps reduce pain and discomfort that can come from long term bedrest
  • Chronic pain – Massage helps reduce muscle pain by reducing muscle tightness
  • Pre and/or post athletic activity – Helps speed up recovery after participating in athletic activity.

Go here to learn more about therapeutic massage and it’s benefits.

Considerations

Before shelling out tons of money for a massage chair there are a few considerations you should think about. It is a major purchase and you want to get the best fit for you.

Price

Massage chairs can run between $800 at the low end and over $15,000 at the high end. Like everything you else in this world, you get what you pay for. There are some much better values out there than others. In the $500 to $1000 range, you will get a chair with some features but will be missing 1 or 2 key features.

Most chairs in this price range come from off brands and have fixed position rollers on an S-track. Most have zero Gravity positioning. The one exception being the BestMassage EC06 which has robotic rollers on an S-track but without body scan to control them or Zero Gravity position.

An under $1000 massage chair will definitely have compromises with key features.

The majority of massage chairs in this price range are also the Real Relax MM350 or Real Relax SS01 model sold by different vendors as their own chair. Both of these chairs have roughly the same features and abilities with slightly different cosmetics. The SS01 tends to be slightly cheaper anywhere it is sold.

Warranty

Massage chairs are very complex machines. Some have upwards of 50 independently controlled airbags as well as 3D robotic rollers, tilting mechanism, heating, vibrations and so on. You get the picture. There is a lot going on inside that chair. A warranty and good customer service are really important. You spend a lot on a good massage chair and need it to last and need to be able to get service if something goes wrong.

Construction and Materials

If your spending a lot on a massage chair then good materials are important. You should look for things such as a steel frame, high quality motors and good materials. Many massage chairs use a combination of real or synthetic leather materials.

Size

Massage chairs have an ideal size range they work for. If you are shorter you may want to look at the chairs by Infinity. If you are taller you might want to look at Kahuna. Make sure you pick a massage chair that is suitable for your size and weight.

Available space

How much space do you have in your house for a massage chair. Some chairs have space saver designs that can be placed within a few inches of a wall. Other chairs need to be farther away. Make sure you have enough space in your home for the chair you want to get.

Massage features

The more you spend on a massage chair the more features it will have. L-tracks, 3D rollers, 4 or 6 rollers, more airbags come on more expensive massage chairs. The materials of the chair also improve with the cost. Choose a budget for your massage chair and find the best chair you can with the best features for your budget.

Massage Chair FAQ

Q: What is the best massage chair for the money?

For the price it is really hard to beat the Real Relax Favor 03 Massage chair. It is very inexpensive as massage chairs go and offers many features such as Zero Gravity Positions and 50 airbags.

Q: What is the difference between an S and L track?

An S-track refers to the track under your neck and back that the massage rollers move along to give you a massage. An S-track has curvature to match your neck and back curvature. Originally massage chairs had straight tracks. They were horribly uncomfortable because your back is not straight.

An L-track or SL-track (Kahuna calls it an SL track) is an extended track that goes around your butt and underneath you. The track is shaped like an L. Imagine your sitting in the L like a seat. All L-tracks are extended S-tracks. The below video demonstrates the difference between an S and L track.

Go here to learn more about the difference between an S-track and L-track.

Q: What is Shiatsu massage?

Many massage chairs claim to perform Shiatsu massage. What is Shiatsu massage? Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique. Shiatsu means “Finger pressure” in Japanese. Shiatsu massage involves kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching. It is performed with finger pressure through light clothing without oils. Shiatsu massage originated in the early 1900’s along with acupuncture and amma massage as part of a resurgence in traditional Japanese medicine.

Go here to learn more about Shiatsu massage. The below video explains more about Shiatsu Massage technique.

Q: Is it worth getting a massage chair?

The average therapeutic massage costs $75. If you were to get a massage weekly for a year the cost would be $3900. Double that if you get one twice a week. You can see that it doesn’t take that long to recover the cost of a $1000 massage chair. You can use the massage chair as often as you wish. Clearly, a massage chair is worth the money even if the chair costs thousands of dollars. To learn more about the costs of massage go here.

Q: Is it bad to use a massage chair too much?

Yes. Using a massage chair too often and for too long can cause bruising and damage to muscle tissues. You should not use a massage chair more than 3 to 4 times a week. You get maximum benefit from theraputic massage sessions after 15 minutes.

Q: Do massage chairs use a lot of electricity?

Most massage chairs use between 100 and 200 watts of electricity while they are running. For comparison a microwave can use 1000-2000 watts. The cost of the electricity to run a massage chair is very minimal and should not be a reason for not getting one. The massage chair will still save you money over getting frequent massages from a therapist.

Q: How long should you use a massage chair?

You get maximum benefit from your massage chair after 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it may still feel good but you are no longer getting any theraputic value from it.

Q: Are zero gravity chairs good for you?

The Zero Gravity seating position was developed by Nasa and is regarded as one of the healthiest postions to sit in. There are many health benefits to sitting in a fully reclined position where your legs and feet are above your heart. Sitting on your back fully reclined gives you a feeling of weightlessness which is where the term comes from. The benefits of Zero Gravity seating include the following.

  • It allows your spine to decompress
  • Increased blood circulation
  • It helps relieve lower back pain
  • It relives pressure off of your heart

To learn more about Zero Gravity Benefits go here.

See our complete guide to the best massage chairs to learn more.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start this Gear Craver as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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