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The Best Massage Chairs and Recliners, 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 sofa start-ups, couches for a grand or less, the best office chairs on Amazon, and even an office chair that makes you look like a frog, we’ve yet to cover massage chairs. Here, the best massage chairs and recliners available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best full-body massage chair

Relaxonchair Full Body Zero Gravity Shiatsu Massage Chair

“The Relaxonchair is one of the best buys I have ever made. I have had it for two months now and am amazed with the results. I am a 73-year-old man. It has increased my range of motion. I had chronic back pain that came and went for 20 years after a car wreck and had to use a zero-gravity chair to get relief. I could not sit in a straight-back chair for more than 30 minutes at a time. The pain is now almost gone, and I can do things I could not do before. The compression massage on my hip and calf have increased blood circulation and reduced pain in that area.”

Best compact massage chair

Kahuna Massage Chair Space-Saving Zero-Gravity Full-Body Recliner

“I’ve only had the chair for five days, so I can’t speak to longevity, but I absolutely love it! I had polio as a child, I have three vertebrates fused, and I’m in a constant state of ‘hurt.’ I detest painkillers, and while massage is helpful, I lack access and funds, so I look wherever I can for relief. This massage chair does that in spades! I limit myself to 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 in the late afternoon, and it is simply blissful for me. It’s not inexpensive, I had to ‘save up’ to order it … but the purchase is one of the best moves I’ve made in a long, long time! If you suffer back pain, judicious use of the chair will help you … it did me!”

Best massage chair under $1,000

Real Relax Zero Gravity Full Body Shiatsu Electric Massage Chair

“I have chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. This massage chair is absolutely amazing! Not only has my pain subsided but I am living a pain-free life! I can’t believe I didn’t find this product sooner. I use this chair immediately when I wake up and right before I go to bed. I cannot live without this chair now. This is definitely a must-have item in your house if you suffer from chronic pain.”

Best massage chair with fancy settings

Top Performance Kahuna Superior Massage Chair

“LOVE IT! I have used it every day and I have to say my favorite feature is the foot massage. I had no idea how much my feet were aching for a good massage until this chair got ahold of them. Sweet bliss! Out of the nine different automatic massage settings, I have used Relaxation, Pain Relief, Senior Mode, Yoga Stretch, and the quick relaxation. I have to remind myself to put the chair into zero gravity before I start an auto program. I have not used the heat yet, but my son has and he says it gets pretty warm. My husband loves the hand and forearm massage. I have to say this is by far one of our best family purchases. Looking forward to my massage each day.”

Longest-session massage chair

Ideal Massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair With Built-in Heat Zero Gravity Positioning Deep Tissue Massage

“We are in our mid-40s and this is one heavy chair. The good news is, now that your back is hurting so bad from lifting so much weight, you can sit in your massage chair and get a massage. The chair was an easy setup. It massages for 30 minutes, which at first may hurt like heck, but give it a few minutes and it will work that spot out that’s hurting and then it just feels great. I have sat in the chair for 30 minutes every day since receiving it. I missed one day of getting in the chair and when I woke up the next morning I was hurting, so I will not miss another day.”

Best massage chair under $300

Best Choice Products Faux Leather Massage Recliner Chair With Ottoman

“This replaced a $700 massage chair that I had for years. It is way more comfortable, doesn’t need eggshells in between and the cover blanket to soften the massage balls, and is equally as effective if not more since it has heat. I am a programmer, so I spend more time in this chair than anywhere. The only thing I lament is that it doesn’t have a nice spot under the center for my kitties to nap like the old one, but they’ll adapt.”

Best gaming massage chair

KILLABEE Big and Tall Massage Memory Foam Gaming Chair

“The chair is really nice, comfortable for long sessions of gaming or just working at the computer. The seat is wide, wider than I need it, but I understood that from the ‘big.’ The back is perfect for my height though. The shoulder support is perfect for wide shoulders, and the neck pillow is in the best spot for me. The lumbar massage cushion works better than expected.”

Best massage seat cushion

Snailax Shiatsu Massage Cushion With Heat

“This is a really great massage cushion! I am a full-time pianist and piano teacher, and because I sit too long in front of the piano playing or teaching, I have shoulder pain very often. The Shiatsu options could be used for upper/lower back or certain spots, which is wonderful and very helpful, as it targets the pain area. My shoulders and neck have definitely felt better since I got it. It is so convenient to use and I can even put it in the car when I travel! The heating option seems very essential during this time of the year.”

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The 8 Best Massage Chairs, According to Reviewers