Best Massage Chairs For Soothing Relaxation in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 26, 2019
Modern people got used to living a stressful life. For most of us, spare time is something we can't afford. If a relaxation or a stress relief is your fondest dream, a massage chair will help you make it come true. We have reviewed 5 massage chair models for you. Make your pick! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CONSTRUCTION
KINDS OF MASSAGE
MASSAGE ZONES
PRE-PROGRAMMED MASSAGE MODES
FUNCTIONALITY
CONVENIENCES
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT
Warranty
 
PROS

In this model, not only a massage and warming system, but also the ergonomics are thought out to the smallest detail: the Recliner Mechanism, which is activated by pressing 1 key, as well as three pockets and two cup holders will make it possible to feel extremely comfortable.

CONS

Massage function is a bit loud.

OUR VERDICT

This luxurious massage chair with high-quality leather upholstery and a heating function will definitely become your favorite resting spot in the house. During its development, all the most modern technologies were taken into account so that you can get maximum pleasure from the first seconds of the massage.

detailed parameters
CONSTRUCTION

8 point massage motors

KINDS OF MASSAGE

Vibration massage, Kneading massage, Compression massage

MASSAGE ZONES

Back, waist, buttocks, calves, neck and shoulders

PRE-PROGRAMMED MASSAGE MODES

5 automatic programs, 4 zone massage modes

FUNCTIONALITY

Heated backrest, 2 intensity levels

CONVENIENCES

Recliner Mechanism, adjustable footrest, 2 подстаканника, front and side storage pockets, controller

MATERIAL

Real Leather (Bond Grade)

DIMENSIONS

106 x 96 x 86 cm

WEIGHT

40 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This chair boasts a very wide and comfortable headrest and large, soft armrests: in this model, you can have a good rest even without using the massage function, providing an all-around comfortable resting experience.

CONS

Not the most stable model.

OUR VERDICT

This chair is recommended for everyone who needs a full body massage, and warming in the lumbar region will make the muscles more elastic and relieve fatigue. In addition, such a chair will look great in both classic and modern style home interiors.

detailed parameters
CONSTRUCTION

8 point massage motors

KINDS OF MASSAGE

Vibration massage, Kneading massage, Compression massage

MASSAGE ZONES

Back, waist, buttocks, calves, neck and shoulders

PRE-PROGRAMMED MASSAGE MODES

5 automatic programs, 4 zone massage modes

FUNCTIONALITY

Heated backrest, 2 intensity levels

CONVENIENCES

Recliner Mechanism, adjustable footrest, side storage pocket, controller

MATERIAL

Bonded Leather

DIMENSIONS

106 x 96 x 88 cm

WEIGHT

~ 39 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Massage effects can be configured to be as focused as possible on a specific area of the body. You can choose from 9 areas of influence, which are activated by pressing just one key, making this chair and its massage functions extremely easy to control.

CONS

Assembly instructions could be clearer.

OUR VERDICT

An office chair such as this model from Cherry Tree Furniture will make your working day as enjoyable as possible. It is created taking into account all the necessary requirements, allowing you to sit very comfortably and reduce fatigue in the back, neck, arms. The spinning wheels will make it possible to feel mobile.

detailed parameters
CONSTRUCTION

6 point massage motors

KINDS OF MASSAGE

Vibration massage

MASSAGE ZONES

Upper back, lower back, thighs/bottom

PRE-PROGRAMMED MASSAGE MODES

9 zone massage modes, auto/manual position

FUNCTIONALITY

Multiple levels of massage intensity, timer

CONVENIENCES

360 degree swivel casters, side pocket, controller, Height adjustable with reclining function, Lock & Tilt Seat, tool (allen key) included

MATERIAL

Cozy grey fabric

DIMENSIONS

112 - 122 x 55 x 53 cm

WEIGHT

20 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Together with this chair you will receive a matching footstool, on which it is so convenient to rest your legs. In addition, the Ottoman can be used individually from the chair, so it doesn't need to always be in the way during times you are working.

CONS

The filler may seem harsh.

OUR VERDICT

This stylish Morris Living massage chair with soft, delicate velor upholstery and a wooden base will be a great addition to any interior design. Three timer settings are available for your choice, so you can enjoy a relaxing massage and not worry about anything.

detailed parameters
CONSTRUCTION

Multiple massage motors

KINDS OF MASSAGE

Vibration massage

MASSAGE ZONES

Upper back, lower back, thighs/bottom

PRE-PROGRAMMED MASSAGE MODES

5 automatic programs, 4 zone massage modes

FUNCTIONALITY

Timer

CONVENIENCES

Matching Footstool, Recliner Mechanism, Swivel function, side storage pocket, controller

MATERIAL

Velour Fabric

DIMENSIONS

112 x 80 x 79 cm

WEIGHT

22 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The lumbar pillow is a vibrating massager that connects to a power source via a USB port. Its position can be adjusted in height, letting you tailor it to suit your own body perfectly. 

CONS

The armrests are a little far out from the seat.

OUR VERDICT

A stylish and ergonomic chair that has the maximum set of adjustments so that everyone can comfortably fit in it for games, work, reading or just relaxing. The maximum load capacity of 120 kg makes it comfortable even for larger people.

detailed parameters
CONSTRUCTION

Massage motors

KINDS OF MASSAGE

Vibration massage

MASSAGE ZONES

Lumbar

PRE-PROGRAMMED MASSAGE MODES

On/off massage mode

FUNCTIONALITY

1 intensity level

CONVENIENCES

360 degree swivel casters, 180 degrees full tilt mechanism, rock, swivel functions, adjustable height, Retractable footrest, adjustable 2D armrests, Complimentary neck pillow & USB powered lumbar massage pillow, tools included

MATERIAL

PU Leather

DIMENSIONS

135 - 140 х 65 x 50 cm

WEIGHT

24.3 kg

Warranty

1 year warranty on replacement parts

More4Homes CAESAR

Highly Effective Massage Chair

Massage chairs are nothing new. In fact, they have been around for quite a long time now, in various forms. Unfortunately, many of the earlier models of massage chairs didn't have the best reputation, which has carried over to the present day. Most of these chairs from the past tended to have at least one of two problems: either they weren't very comfortable, or they weren't very effective at providing a relaxing massage. In fact, many chairs missed out on both points, which has given massage chairs in general a bad name among some people. Although recent technological improvements have made them better in both aspects, many people wouldn't realize it thanks to the poor reputation from the past.

This all changes with the More4Homes CAESAR Electric Recliner with Massage. This luxurious massage chair with high-quality leather upholstery and a heating function will definitely become your favorite resting spot in the house. During its development, all the most modern technologies were taken into account so that you can get maximum pleasure from the first seconds of the massage, giving you a truly relaxing experience that simply wasn't possible with most recliner massage chairs from the past.

Review of More4Homes CAESAR Electric Recliner with Massage

Ergonomic and Effective

In this model, not only is a massage and warming system included, but also the ergonomics are thought out to the smallest detail: the Recliner Mechanism, which is activated by pressing 1 key, as well as three pockets and two cup holders will make it possible to feel extremely comfortable. The backrest of this unit provides heat either with or without the massage function, keeping you warm during the colder winter months while also helping to loosen and relax your muscles during the massage. Speaking of the massage function, not only is it present in the backrest, but it works all throughout the chair, including the footrest, giving you an effective massage in your upper and lower back as well as your calves and thighs.

The comfort of this chair is also quite nice, far better than many other massage recliners from the past. The deluxe bonded leather upholstery provides a soft, pleasant touch to the skin while remaining relatively easy to clean. Assembly of the chair is also quite easy, coming in just two separate parts that are quite easy to put together, letting you enjoy your chair just a few moments after you receive it. The only misstep with this model is that the massage function tends to be a bit loud, but most people should not find this to be an issue. Overall, this extremely high-quality massage recliner will prove itself to be your favourite resting spot in no time at all.

More4Homes CAESAR Electric Recliner with Massage in the use

 

More4Homes CHESTER

Fits Any Interior

Massage chairs have come a long way in the last few years, providing both a better massage experience as well as being more comfortable than many models from the past. However, one issue that they have always had still remains. Many of the models on the market aren't really meant to fit the aesthetics of a home's interior, with many of them having a rather pedestrian look that is rather bland. For some people, this may be fine, but for others, having furniture that matches their home interior is important, as the entire aesthetic of a room can provide an overall more comfortable experience for people.

The More4Homes CHESTER Electric Recliner with Massage provides a relaxing experience with an effective massage that is not only comfortable, but also meant to fit well in any home. This chair is recommended for everyone who needs a full body massage, and the warming function in the lumbar region will make the muscles more elastic and relieve fatigue. In addition, such a chair will look great in both classic and modern style home interiors, so the chair isn't just limited to those who don't care so much about the chair's looks. Virtually anyone should be pleased with its appearance in conjunction with the rest of the interior.

Review of More4Homes CHESTER Electric Recliner with Massage

Comfortable and Relaxing

This chair boasts a very wide and comfortable headrest and large, soft armrests thanks to the soft padding underneath the upholstery. In this model, you can have a good rest even without using the massage function, providing an all-around comfortable resting experience. That's not to say anything bad about the massage function, though. In fact, the massage function should prove itself to be more than adequate for giving a relaxing and effective massage to most people. The massage function includes 5 different massage modes that let you choose between different techniques that should let you find the one that works best for you. In conjunction with the heating function, the massage will loosen your muscles and relax you, taking away any soreness or tightness after a hard day.

The chair itself is quite easy to control, thanks to the attached remote that lets you choose between the different massage functions and areas. The remote can easily be stored in the right side pocket when not in use, along with other small items that you want to keep handy near the chair. Although this unit may not seem to be the most stable model at first, it should provide you with a totally relaxing and comfortable resting experience unlike any that you have had before.

More4Homes CHESTER Electric Recliner with Massage in the use

 

Cherry Tree Furniture Executive

Massage Chair for the Office

When people think of massage chairs, they tend to think of big, bulky recliners that are not the least bit mobile, meant to stay in a set area within one's home. While many massage chairs are like this, there has been a trend in recent years to provide massage functions in more than just armchairs meant for the living room. Something that many people could get behind is an office chair that includes a massage function, something that would make a typical desk job much more relaxing and stress-free. There is nothing like being able to get a relaxing massage while working, which can help make the working day much more enjoyable.

The Cherry Tree Furniture Executive Recline Massage Chair is just what many people have been hoping for over the years. An office chair such as this model will make your working day as enjoyable as possible. It is created taking into account all the necessary requirements, allowing you to sit very comfortably and reduce fatigue in the back, neck, arms. The spinning wheels will make it possible to provide a measure of mobility, letting you move the chair easily within your office whenever you need to change its positions, while keeping the typical swivel function of most other office chairs.

Review of Cherry Tree Furniture Executive Recline Massage Chair

Surprisingly Good Massage

Most people wouldn't think that a massage chair in the shape and size of a typical office chair would be effective at providing a relaxing massage, but surprisingly enough, this model is highly effective at what it does. The massage effects can be configured to be as focused as possible on a specific area of the body. You can choose from 9 areas of influence, which are activated by pressing just one key, making this chair and its massage functions extremely easy to control. The massage functions are controlled by an attached remote control that gives you all of the appropriate buttons for the different functions and areas.

One area that this model does fall short in is in its ease of assembly. Like most office chairs, this model is shipped broken down into several parts, requiring a bit of assembly work. In addition, the assembly instructions aren't very clear, which may frustrate most users who don't have much experience with assembling such chairs. However, once it is assembled, this massage chair should be surprisingly sturdy, providing an ample base that will fit most users well. In the end, this highly effective massage chair for the office will help make your workday much more enjoyable.

Cherry Tree Furniture Executive Recline Massage Chair in the use

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Morris Living Exmouth

Stylish Chair

Not everyone likes having a large recliner in their living room or den. Sometimes you want to put a comfortable chair in a smaller room, meaning that having something bulky will take up too much space. On the other hand, many smaller chairs tend to be less comfortable, due to having less padding in them. Of course, this isn't necessarily the case with all smaller chairs, but it does mean it takes a lot of searching to find the right one that provides the level of comfort that you want. And all of that says nothing about whatever massage functions it may have or how effective they are.

The Morris Living Exmouth Recliner Massage Chair & Footstool gives you the best of both worlds in providing a comfortable chair that includes a highly effective massage function. This stylish Morris Living massage chair with soft, delicate velour upholstery and a wooden base will be a great addition to any interior design, thanks to its modern look. Three timer settings for the massage function are available for your choice, so you can enjoy a relaxing massage without having to worry about ending it manually. Just sit back, relax, and let the chair do everything for you by kneading away all of your worries and stress.

Review of Morris Living Exmouth Recliner Massage Chair & Footstool

Included Footstool

Together with this chair you will receive a matching footstool, on which it is very convenient to rest your legs. In addition, the Ottoman can be used individually from the chair, so it doesn't need to always be in the way during times you are working or need the leg space for other tasks, making this small chair still quite versatile. The chair itself is quite comfortable for one of its size, largely thanks to the soft velour fabric used for its upholstery. The padding may seem a bit stiff at first, but overall the chair should feel quite comfortable to sit in for long durations.

The chair includes a massage function that is relatively low-frills when compared to some other models, although it is still quite effective. The massage can be chosen from 5 different program modes that work in conjunction with 4 different area modes to give you a relaxing massage all along your back. The attached remote control is used to control the massage functions, and a side pocket allows for easy and convenient storage of the remote while not in use.

Assembly of the chair is relatively easy, requiring no tools outside of the allen keys provided with the kit. In just a few minutes, you will have the chair ready for use. This modern chair with a stylish look will be a great addition to any room.

Morris Living Exmouth Recliner Massage Chair & Footstool in the use

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Ficmax Gaming

Massage Chair for Gamers

What is one group of people who spend extended periods of time and who undergo high levels of stress? You are probably thinking of office workers, but in this case, you can also mention gamers. Anyone who loves spending time gaming on their computer can tell you how important it is to have a comfortable chair for marathon gaming sessions. Yet, even after sitting in a comfortable chair, hours of hard gaming can result in a lot of tension that can cause backaches. It would only make sense that such people are badly in need of a high-quality chair with a massage function.

The Ficmax Gaming Massage Chair is a stylish and ergonomic chair that has the maximum set of adjustments so that everyone can comfortably fit in it for games, work, reading or just relaxing. The maximum load capacity of 120 kg makes it comfortable even for larger people, so no one will be left out of enjoying the comfort and relaxation that this chair provides. The chair includes adjustments for letting you sit and relax in just about any position, including reclining and even lying modes, while also allowing the typical functions of such types of chairs such as rocking and swivelling, so you aren't having to make any trade-offs in its functionality and comfort.

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Adjustable Pillow

The lumbar pillow included with the chair is a vibrating massager that connects to a power source via a USB port. Its position can be adjusted in height, letting you tailor it to suit your own body perfectly, so you can use the pillow to provide a massage for whichever part of the back that you want. The chair also includes another neck pillow that provides full support for your neck while reclining or lying, giving you a truly comfortable experience. Regarding the chair's comfort, the fade resistant PU leather feels nice to the touch while providing a durable outer shell that won't fade over time. The chair is padded with high density foam, providing plenty of padding while keeping the chair relatively lightweight.

Assembly of this chair is a bit more complex than many other chairs like it, but it still shouldn't be too difficult. Just keep in mind that you may need some extra tools for assembly. The high-quality components of the chair will keep it in excellent working condition over many years while still retaining maximum comfort and balance. The chair even includes a retractable footrest that will let you kick up your feet and relax, so there is seemingly no missing detail here. All in all, this comfortable and durable gaming chair has already won itself many fans, which will include you if you decide to try it.

Ficmax Gaming Massage Chair in the use

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What Is a Massage Chair?

Stress, apathy, and fatigue—the price we pay for our fast-paced modern life. Mental and physical stress reduction and relaxation are vital for our health. Innovative massage chairs are a result of common efforts of engineers and physicians. They are a high-quality alternative to manual massage sessions with similar health benefits. In fact, a good massage chair can replace a massage room since it features a wide variety of sensors and other mechanical elements covered by a smooth leather upholstery. It can please you with a professional massage, reducing the tension in your neck and back muscles, improving your blood circulation and metabolism. Furthermore, a massage chair can help prevent osteochondrosis and various spinal curvature disorders. If you want to forget about stress, insomnia, and a chronic fatigue as soon as possible, you should purchase one of these massagers.

In case you suffer from a backache, consider buying a back massager, it will relieve severe pain in muscles, improve good health, and prolong your youth! Don’t want to suffer from a killing pain in your feet at the end of the working day? In this case, foot massagers will become your salvation!

What Features to Compare

Construction

Modern market is saturated with various massage chair models. We recommend you to pay particular attention to the construction of such chairs to deliver a maximum level of comfort to your body.

  • Massage chairs with airbags perform an excellent air compression body massage while stimulating blood circulation through all your body. Kneading perfectly stimulates blood circulation in your skin, muscles, and tissues.
  • Massage chairs with rollers are great for Shiatsu kneading massage similar to a professional therapist's manipulation. Having undergone such procedure, you will get rid of fatigue and puffiness thereby experiencing a better blood circulation.
  • Vibration motors can enrich your muscles with oxygen and stimulate vital processes in your organism.
  • Massage chairs with the heat are excellent for those who'd like to improve muscles' elasticity and boost up energy in a short time.
  • The chairs with massage elements arranged throughout the entire surface are commonly recognized as a universal option that can target literally all body zones including your neck, shoulders, back, lumbar, thighs, legs, and arms.

A massage chair will be your best home assistant for recovery after intense gym workouts or a total body relaxation after a long working day. It is a must-have device for office workers and sportspeople.

Functionality

The functionality of a massage chair is also very important for making the right choice. When we talk about functionality, we imply the number and types of massage modes a chair has. Most of us are always exhausted at the end of the working day and relaxation is the only thing we need. If you opt for a chair with pre-programmed modes, you'll have a chance to vary intensity levels and set different massage types for different needs. Moreover, you can also soothe a specific body part or several at a time. With an embedded timer, you will be able to set the necessary massage session time. In addition, modern massage chairs often have an Auto-off function. Thus, don't worry if you suddenly fall asleep during a body kneading since the chair will end the massage on time. What’s more, owing to recline angle adjustment you’ll be able to enjoy massage not only in a sitting position but also in a so-called “zero-gravity” pose. Due to this pioneering solution, you will experience a sensation as if you've denied the physics laws and got rid of a gravity pull. Great!

Conveniences

A massage chair’s conveniences are the last major factor you should pay attention to before purchasing this item. Just think—some models have a convenient control panel, while others have a wired or wireless remote control. An LCD display and voice guide will make the maintenance of the construction very convenient. Owing to an embedded cup holder or an outlet, you will enjoy kneading while working on a laptop or watching TV. As to upholstery, it has a direct impact on the appearance of a massage chair. The weight and dimensions of the construction define not only its steadiness but also the convenience of transportation. Since most models are equipped with casters, you can move them around your flat without scratching the floor. If you want to live a full life free from stress, it’s high time you bought a massage chair. Just select the one that would tick all the boxes for your requirements and enjoy the harmony of your body and soul!

FAQ:

Q: What is Shiatsu?
A: Shiatsu is a Japanese word which means finger pressure and that's basically the concept of this massage technique. It is a type of bodywork that is based on traditional Chinese medicine and includes stretching, joint manipulation, and joint mobilisation. A massage chair, of course, can't perform a proper palpation to examine your condition like a Shiatsu specialist would do, yet it has sensors and provides a remote for you to configure the pressure as you like it, whereas you can only give clues to your masseuse.

Q: What is Zero-G?
A: It is a special position used by the astronauts during the take-off. Basically, it is about putting your feet above your heart to promote circulation and help your spine relax. This position is the most natural for human beings when we are totally relaxed or submerged in water. The purpose of the Zero-g feature in a massage chair is to enhance the effect of the massage since you are fully relaxed.

Q: Does the massage provided by the chair feel mechanical?
A: Although the goal of every manufacturer is to provide human like sensations and fluid movements, you will always tell it is not a therapist. It doesn't mean massage chairs are worse, the truth is that these are totally different cases. Some chairs sound too mechanical, though, and the excessive noise is bothering.

Q: What is the power usage of a massage chair?
A: It totally depends on the number of features your particular chair has. One might suggest that heaters consume much electricity but these are not kettles. Some models have a peak power of 230 Watts.

Q: What elements can break?
A: Any mechanical element can break due to the friction applied to it but usually in a good massage chair the materials are durable enough to provide a long life span if you don't overload it. As for the electronics, you should make sure the massage chair is plugged into a power strip or a surge protector. Not every manufacturer sells power boards for replacement, and, you know, caution is the parent of safety.

Q: Why are these chairs so heavy?
A: On the inside, every massage chair is a complex machine that also includes the cushioning and upholstery on the outside like a regular armchair has. Thus, they seem to be hefty. Nevertheless, extremely heavy massage chairs have wheels.

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Publish Date: 2017-08-31 10:17:53