How Much Should You Pay For a Massage Chair?
If you’ve spent any time searching for your perfect massage chair, you’ve likely seen prices that vary widely: There’s a product over here for $250, while this model over here goes for more than $12,000! To the untrained eye, there might not appear to be that much difference between the two, so what drives the price tag so high on some massage chair models? The answer typically lies with quality.
Yes, a higher price tag can imply more bells and whistles — think intelligent body scanning, hydromassage or dozens of unique automatic programs — but it also typically signifies higher quality parts that won’t break down as quickly as a cheaper product’s might. Premium features can still be had for under $2,000 (before discounts), with no difference in the level of quality. However, any massage chair with a full price under $800 should be subject to scrutiny.
$500 vs. $5,000: What Difference Does Price Make?
When you encounter a massage chair that retails for under $800 it’s important to do your homework before you purchase. Cheaper products usually mean cheaper parts, which can result in shorter product lifespans, patchy customer service and repairs, and (especially in the case of products related to fitness and well-being) negative effects on the user’s health. Search for reviews of a product before buying; it’s best to find reviews on several different platforms, since many companies will only post the positive reviews on their own website.
A quality massage chair is not a cheap product to make — therefore, its price tag should reflect the cost and effort that went into its construction. If you find a massage chair with a $500 price tag, chances are it’s been made with cheap, flimsy parts that will not tolerate regular use. And that’s a recipe for a headache, physically and financially.
To help you narrow down your search, we’ve compiled a list of tried-and-tested massage chairs that deliver a guaranteed full body massage chair experience for under $2,000.
The Best Massage Chairs Under $2,000
- Infinity Riage CS
- Best Massage 2D Compact
- Synca CirC Compact Massage Chair
- Kyota E330 Kofuko
- Ji Zero Wall Heated L Track
Compact but mighty, the Riage may look unassuming at first glance. Indeed, when not in use, it could be another leather armchair — but turn it on, and it can deliver all the premium functions of a luxury massage chair, including heat, zero gravity recline and comprehensive L-track coverage.
- 4 Automatic Programs
- Adjustable Pillow
- Calf Vibration
- Four Wheel Massage Mechanism
- Lumbar Heat
- Rocking Technology
- Targeted Back Massage
- Zero Gravity
Infinity offers a 5-year structural framework warranty, with no-cost replacement on covered parts for 3 years. They also provide unlimited U.S.-based customer and technical support, and waive all labor and replacement part fees for 1 year.
Available with a Costco membership, this chair features heated rollers, a perk not always available in heated massage chairs of any price. And with a price tag below $1,000, that’s not a bad deal (plus, a heated pillow!).
- 2D “Smart Chair” Technology
- 35” L-track
- 3 Automatic Programs
- 3 Massage Intensity & Speed Settings
- 4 Heated Mechanical Rollers
- 4 Total Airbags – Compression airbags for your lower legs
- Bluetooth Technology
- Heat Therapy
- Recline Function
- USB Charging Port
The CirC is a massage chair that would look equally at home in a spaceship or a chic, minimalist flat. Its clean, compact design makes it both an attractive piece of furniture and a space-conscious appliance. Despite its size, the CirC still delivers massage coverage from the upper back to the lower thighs, so relief is not compromised.
- 34” L-track
- Air Cell Technology
- Ambient Lighting
- Automatic Programs
- Heat Therapy
- Intelligent Massage
- Space-saving Design
Synca’s warranty covers structural and electronic defects, and Synca will pay for in-home repairs within 150 miles of any authorized retailer.
The Kyota brand is known for massage chairs that include all the customary premium features at prices that don’t hurt the wallet. The Kofuko is one such product — with intelligent body scanning and a reflexology program, this massage chair measures up to the luxury models.
- Kneading with Tapping
- 9 Automatic Programs
- Foot Roller Reflexology
- Full Back Scanning
- Full Manual Control
- Lumbar Heat
- Zero Wall Space-Saving Technology
Massage Chair Store offers a 5-year structural framework warranty, with no-cost replacement on covered parts for 3 years. MCS provides unlimited U.S.-based customer and technical support for 5 years, and waives all labor and replacement part fees for 1 year. Additionally, all Kyota products come with a 4-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Brown & Black
- Cream & Tan
- Slate Black & Brown
With its unique SL-track massage coverage, the Ji can go toe-to-toe with much higher priced models. Even the upholstery evokes a luxury car interior, available in black and brown quilted leather with stylish exterior chrome accents.
- 22 airbags
- 6 Automatic Programs
- Add A Minute Function
- Compression Massage Targeting Arms, Shoulders, Feet & Calves
- Fingertip Controls (Embedded in Chair Side)
- Full Foot Rollers
- Lumbar Heat
- Quad Roller Massage Robot
- SL-track Techniques
- Wired Remote
- Zero Gravity
- Zero Wall Space-saving Technology
Brookstone offers a 5-year limited warranty on the Ji, which includes 1 year of in-home labor, 2 years of replacement parts and 5 years of frame warranty coverage.
Massage Chairs for all Budgets
Maximum relief should not be limited by price, but the price of a massage chair can often tell you a lot about what to expect. A quality massage chair is an important investment in your long-term health, so it can certainly be worth the financial cost. However, as we’ve detailed here, there are comparable models that come with lower price tags. Our goal at Massage Chair Store is to help anyone who desires lasting relief find the massage chair of their dreams. Send us a note today, and start your search with a free consultation.