The Best Massage Chairs Under $2000 And Helpful Guide


best massage chairs under $2000

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 $2000.

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

Top Pick

Kahuna Massage Chair LM-6800

Editors Choice

Titan Pro- Alpha

Best Value

Real Relax 2020 Massage Chair

The Top 5 Best Massage Chairs Under $2000

Below are our top 5 picks for the best massage chairs under $2000. We considered features, price, durability and customer service in our recommendations.

Top Pick

Kahuna Massage Chair LM-6800


Summary

The Kahuna Massage Chair LM-6800 is packed full of features and offers a lot of value. It features and L-track with 4 rollers to give a complete back massage including your butt and thigh area.

It offers 6 auto programs and a variety of manual modes. The 4 rollers can do a variety of techniques including kneading, tapping, rolling, shiatsu and a kneading and tapping combo. Some people find that the intensity is a little high even on the lowest settings. If this is true for you adding a towel or blanket to the chair to give it a little more padding can help.

This chair offers heating in the back and also calf area. Few massage chairs even at higher prices have heating in the calf area so that is a nice addition.

This has 2 rollers for foot massage. Similar to the back rollers, some people feel that the intensity is a bit strong even on the lowest setting. Adding a blanket or towel under your feet can help if you feel it is a bit much.

This chair features a space saving design that can be placed up to 3 inches away from a wall. This makes finding a place for it in your home much easier.

The Kahuna LM-6800 is a great massage chair jammed full of many features with quality construction and warranty support. This makes it our top pick among the best massage chairs under $2000.

Specifications

  • Track – L-track with 4 rollers
  • Airbags – 36
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 3 levels
  • Max user size – 5′ to 6′ 4″ up to 220 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 48 x 31 x 46 Inches
  • Chair Weight – 249 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ L-track with 4 rollers
✔️ Dual foot rollers with heated calves
✔️ FDA Approved
What We Didn’t Like
Motors are a little noisy
No temperature control for heating

Video Review

Editors Choice

Titan Pro- Alpha Full Body Massage Chair


Summary

The Titan Pro Alpha is a full featured massage chair at a reasonable price. It has a full L-track combined with 4 rollers that can do 7 massage techniques. It also has an adjustable shoulder width so you can customize the massage to your body shape.

Titan is a part of the Osaki company which is a very well known massage chair company in Asia. You can expect good service and reliability from their chairs.

The L-track is a full 50 inches long and can cover your neck through thighs. The 4 rollers can do 7 massage techniques including Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Kneading and tapping, Shiatsu, Swedish and Combo. For those who find the massage too intense there is a folding back pad that can cover your back. This extra padding reduces the intensity of the massage.

For foot massage the chair has dual action rollers that roll the bottom of your feet and also apply pressure to your heels. This combines with calf and foot airbags to take care of your feet and lower legs.

The design of the arm massage area allows it to stay in place when the chair is reclined. Your arms will always get a good massage no matter what angle the chair is reclined at.

This chair has 2 positions for zero gravity for a more relaxed deeper massage.
The remote is a little complicated and not as easy to use as other massage chairs. It has a little more learning curve than other chairs.

This chair has built in blue tooth speakers in the head area for listening to music during your massage.

The Titan Pro Alpha is a great massage chair value with many good features. This makes it my top pick among the best massage chairs under $2000.

Specifications

  • Track – L-track with 4 rollers
  • Airbags – 28
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 2 positions
  • Max user size – 6”3’ up to 235 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 72 x 30 x 45 inches
  • Chair Weight – 250 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ Adjustable shoulder width
 ✔️ Blue tooth speakers
✔️ Dual action foot rollers
What We Didn’t Like
Only heats in lumbar region
Complicated remote

Video Review

Best Value

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
✔️ Okay back massage with 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

RELAXONCHAIR MK-II Plus


Summary

The RELAXONCHAIR MK-II Plus is a good value massage chair from a lesser known brand. They are not as popular or well known as Kahuna, they still make a good massage chair. Relaxonchair is based in California with its customer service also located in California.

This chair has an L-track with 4 rollers that can do 5 techniques. Kneading, rolling, tapping, kneading and tapping and shiatsu. It has 4 program modes including a Deep Tissue mode. Deep Tissue is the highest intensity that this chair can perform. First time users may want to try the lower intensity programs first.

This chair has 2 heating elements but they cover most of your back. They do not have adjustable temperature settings so you only get heat or no heat.

This chair has a spinal decompression stretching mode that works quite well. It uses the airbags to hold your body while reclining and using the rollers to stretch you out.

It has 3 levels of Zero Gravity positioning. Zero Gravity lays you back and allows a more deep massage from the rollers.

For foot massage, it has calf airbags and foot rollers. Some people thought the foot rollers were on the aggressive side even at their lowest setting. Using a towel or thick socks can help tone them down a bit.

The Relaxonchair Mk II Plus is a really good value massage chair from an American based off-brand. It has a lot of good features such as L-track, zero gravity, and back heating.

Specifications

  • Track – L-track with 4 rollers
  • Airbags – 20
  • Programs – 4
  • Zero G Positions – 3 positions
  • Max user size – 5′ 2″ – 6′ 2″ up to 345 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 65 x 30 x 40 inches
  • Chair Weight – 183 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ L-track with 4 rollers
✔️ Back heating
✔️ Spinal decompression stretching feature
What We Didn’t Like
Takes up a lot of space
No temperature control for heating

Video Review

Osaki OS-4000


Summary

The Osaki OS-4000 is the most basic massage chair from Osaki. It doesn’t have as many features as some other chair manufacturers in this price range. It does everything that it does well.

It only has an S-track that is 30 inches long. It does not massage under your butt or thighs like chairs with L-tracks. It has 6 massage techniques. Rolling, kneading, lapping, Shiatsu, Swedish and a combo technique. This is more than any other massage chair in this price range.

This chair has 48 airbags and can do a very good airbag massage (squeezing and stretching) combined with the rollers. This chair can do a bit more with airbags than most other chairs in this range.

It has a very nice pedestal control that is easy to use for customizing the massage. It also has a small remote that you can hold while your arms are inside the massage chair.

There are calf airbags for massaging your lower legs. This chair has no rollers under the feet for doing foot massage. If you really want a chair that can do foot massage you should look at something else.

This chair is not a space saving design. It needs about 2 feet of clearance to any wall.

Overall the Osaki-4000 is a solid massage chair that can do basic massage very well. It doesn’t have many features such as L-tracks and foot rollers that more expensive chairs have.

Specifications

  • Track – S-track
  • Airbags – 48
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 2 positions
  • Max user size – 5’2’’ – 6’4’’ up to 265 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 52 x 31 x 34 inches
  • Chair Weight – 255 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ 6 massage techniques
✔️ 48 airbags
✔️ Pedastal control and remote
What We Didn’t Like
Only has an S-track
No foot rollers

Video Review

Massage chair guide

There is a lot 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 $1500 to $2000 range, you get a lot of features such as L tracks and Zero Gravity reclining positions.

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: Which brand of massage chair is the best?

The following list is some of the best massage chair brands available today. They all make excellent massage chairs with good customer service and durability.

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 $2000 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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