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The Best Electric Back Massagers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most worthwhile. While we’ve looked into the best foam rollers, massage chairs and recliners, back-pain remedies, a $600 NBA player–approved massager, and even a Black & Decker power tool that does double duty as a muscle stimulator, here we’ve gone deep on the best electric back massagers available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best-rated electric back massager

Zyllion Shiatsu Back Neck Massager

“I’m a violinist. I’ve played for 28 years so far. I practice hours on end, and that does a sour number on my trap muscles and puts a lot of pressure on my spine when those muscles spasm. This massage pillow has really helped loosen up my tight back, shoulders, and neck, every day … I can sit in a chair and read a book or watch TV while it goes to work on my knots. It’s really great. The first couple of days it hurt to use it, but now it feels wonderful to have places release that never would let go … Consider it an investment in your health if you’re sitting on the fence on wondering if you should buy this or not.”

Best Shiatsu back and neck massager

Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

“I have chronic neck [and] back issues, and I have owned almost every kind of back massager you can imagine. This one is really different because with your arms, you can manage the amount of pressure you need and where the Shiatsu-type knobs are kneading. The knobs work forward and backward, heat can be added, but are not painful like the original Shiatsu units tended to be … You can do this sitting anywhere. I plan on sharing this genius idea with some other people I know that need help with stress and tension. I am not compensated in any way to write this review, it simply works that well.”

Best Shiatsu electric back massager with heat

Five S Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager With Heat

“My shoulder massager arrived this morning, and I absolutely love it! My neck and shoulders were so stiff, and I have purchased many things trying to get some relief at home, and this massager is amazing. It is really good quality, the pressure is awesome, and it hits all the spots that hurt. I used it for almost an hour this morning and then I took the best nap ever. I love the heat function and did not have any issues with burns or marks on my skin … I would highly recommend this massager!”

Best-rated handheld back massager

Pure-Wave CM7 by Pado Cordless Massager

“By far the best handheld massager I’ve ever had! I thought it would be weak due to the cordless battery, but it’s very strong. The different attachments are amazing. The one that’s like a tennis ball allows you to massage bony areas or if you are sensitive to the harder ones. I can’t explain enough just how much this is worth every penny! Love, love, love this massager.”

Best handheld deep-tissue back massager

Renpho Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Tissue Massager

“I haven’t had this massager very long, but so far, I absolutely love it. It really does penetrate deep into the tissue and feels amazing. I have neuropathy in my feet and it really helps to relieve some of the pain, burning, and tingling when I use this at night. I love that it is cord-free, too; however, I do wish it had some type of indicator for how much battery is left, or at least a blinking light to let you know it’s getting pretty low … Another thing I love about this massager is the long handle. This makes it really easy to massage my feet and back. Plus, I love all the different tips that come with it.”

Best handheld percussion electric massager

HoMedics Percussion Action Massager With Heat

“I’ve been a fan of HoMedics percussion massagers for about 15 years. They just keep getting better with every iteration. This one is lightweight and easier to use on yourself than previous models, its extra-long handle gives it great reach, it comes with several different massage nubs, and you can really feel the heat function. Percussion massager is incredibly therapeutic; it increases blood flow to sore muscles and helps them heal faster, plus the massage itself feels great. It’s worth every penny!”

Best handheld electric back massager with cord

Ohuhu Electric Back Massager

“Having owned two different HoMedics handheld massagers … I can say that the Ohuhu is far superior. First off, it has a heavy, commercial-grade power cord. Other massagers use a light-duty cord that tends to short out at the base of the massager … Having owned the Ohuhu massager for a few weeks now, I love it!! It is much quieter than any other handheld massager I have seen or used. I like the easy-to-hold grip, and the massager is not overly heavy. Another feature I really like is the smooth speed-control switch. There aren’t click-stop speed choices, but a smooth, sliding speed control; you get exactly what you want. From a slow, pulsing Shiatsu massage, to a vigorous tension-relieving vibration massage, this massager delivers quality in spades.”

Best electric back-massage cushion

HoMedics 3D Shiatsu & Vibration Massage Pillow

“I love this and am using it right now. I have muscle spasms in my shoulders from working on computers all day, and this wonderful cushion has helped loosen those knots up immensely. I used to try to get a professional chair massage at least every two weeks, but I have not had to do that lately, so this unit has paid for itself. It is firm pressure and a little difficult to manipulate due to the lack of a strap but worth it. I have used it daily and it seems quite sturdy. I would recommend it to friends.”

Best electric back massager for chair

Snailax Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat

“I always spent a dollar to experience the massage chairs in the mall before I got my own massage cushion. I’m surprised that this cushion just has the same function as the massage chairs in the mall. Actually, this pad is more convenient to use. It’s lightweight. It can be used in both house and car. It can switch to different power levels and working hours according to your request. What’s more, you can choose to heat it if you feel cold in the winter. It is helpful to relax my back and relieve tension. Really a great product for me.”

Best electric back-massage mat

Massage Mat With 10 Vibrating Motors

“This mat is really soothing and comfortable. The control is quite straightforward and easy to use. The mat has five massage modes, four selective massage zones, and three intensities to achieve the best suited for your needs. I used it after dinner and almost fell asleep right away. The heat function is definitely a plus; it helps to reduce the back pain. The mat is lightweight and can be folded up for storage. The fabric material is soft and easy to clean. I enjoy it very much.”

Best portable electric back massager

Mynt Cordless Neck Back Massager

“This thing is really a lifesaver. The portability aspect of this massager has been a complete lifesaver. I was in an accident and fractured a vertebrae, so my back has been messed up for a while. The fact I can bring this with me wherever I go and don’t need to plug it in is amazing. And it provides one of the best massages I’ve ever gotten from a machine. Love it.”

Best Shiatsu electric back and neck massager with car adapter

Nekteck Shiatsu Deep Kneading Massage Pillow With Heat

“I bought this for my wife who has consistent shoulder and neck pain. She loves it. With the straps and the way the massage balls are set, she is able to direct the massager to exactly where her pain is! She loves it! The heat and the pressure are awesome. It comes with a car adapter, which allows her to use it on her back as she drives. Recommended!”

Best electric back-massage pillow with car adapter

MaxKare Neck and Back Massager Massage Pillow With Heat

“This massage pillow has several cool features that I didn’t have on my last one … It has an AC adapter as well as a car adapter for power. There is a convenient strap on the back for securing to chairs or the headrest of your car seat. It changes direction of massage while in use … I especially use it on my back and love it for several different positions. I [do] CrossFit and often need some muscles massaged; I’m also a nurse and am on my feet for several hours a day. This pillow is a must-have for sore, achy, or knitted-up muscles.”

Best electric pulse-therapy back massager

Ohuhu Rechargeable Electric Muscle Stimulator Machine

“It works! This is my first time purchasing one of these, and I am impressed. It’s small, but it’s powerful, and I have yet to recharge it after over eight uses. I love how easy it is to use and the pain relief I get is awesome. I have chronic neck and upper back pain, and until now, nothing worked. The pain comes back at times, but this gives me relief that lasts all day. It can be intense, so I haven’t gone too high on the levels, but I am so happy to have found this … This is my new best friend.”

Best chiropractic-grade electric back massager

Body Back Company’s Vibe Dual Speed Electric Professional Massager

“My husband hurt his back, so he had to go to the chiropractor to get it taken care of. After he was adjusted, they used one of these on him, and you could just see him melt into the table. He said his muscles had never felt so relaxed and insisted that we look on Amazon for one. This isn’t the same brand as the one they had at the office, as it was more expensive, but he said it was every bit as amazing as the other one. We use it on each other almost every night and all it takes is just a couple of minutes for complete relaxation. He insists this is the best purchase we’ve ever made.”

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Best Electric Back Massagers, According to Amazon Reviews