Massage Chair Buyer’s Guide

by James Knolan

If you are looking for a massage chair, then check out some of the helpful tips we have put together. There is many new technologies, features, options, styles that finding a place to start is sometimes difficult. We present some broader considerations applicable to most massage recliners. Take your time and find the best chair for your longer term needs.

Customer Service & Repair: Evaluate the warranties of each manufacturer. How long is the coverage? Companies like Sanyo and Panasonic only have a 1 year warranty. Others may have 3-5 year warranties (at no additional cost). Also, what type of service will they provide if you have a problem? Do you have to ship your massage chair or take it to an authorized service center? Massage chairs weigh 100lbs to 200 lbs and shipping is expensive. Some manufacturers offer in home service. Be aware before you buy!

Ready to Make Your Decision: Which massage chair did you select? Where do you want to purchase it? What kind of shipping do you want? Do you want them to drop it off in the box or set it up for you? Shop around and see what makes sense for you. Make sure you include any significant other in the decision process. Once you know what you want find the best deal, because prices can vary substantially.

Try Some Massage Chairs: Many malls have stores that carry massage chairs. You should go and try them. You can also go to home shows which usually have massage chairs as well. You will want to sit in them and see how they feel for you. While you are trying them, check out their prices. Most store malls will carry slightly different models than what you find on the internet. Remember that a store has to cover more overhead than an internet site, so they will generally be more expensive at the mall.

Features of Massage Chairs: You will need to start to put a list together of important features for you. What features are important to you? Do you want a massage chair with just a back massage? Do you want lower body massage? Do you want heat? Do you want to have a music player? Do you want a manual recline or motorized recline? There are many important decisions to make. You will want to prioritize your list. Not all massage chairs will have the exact combination to match your list. At some point you may need to make some tradeoffs.

Using the Chair Properly: To get the most out of you massage recliner and your investment: it is important to use the chair properly. Understand the main functions on the remote control. When you first sit in the chair, get comfortable. Recline the chair to what is right for you. The further you recline the stronger the massage. Raise the footrest either horizontal or so that your legs are bent 90 degrees. Adjust the head pillow so it supports your head or just push it behind the chair. Once you are comfortable, then you should start the massage.

A massage recliner is an investment in your health and well-being. A massage chair might be a necessity if you have certain health conditions or it may be an outstanding luxury. Finding the perfect massage recliner for you can help to relieve aches, pains and tension. They can help improve your blood circulation and generally just make you feel good. After all, relaxation requires the body and mind to be at peace.

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