By Alan Weidner
In Part I of this article, I discussed the many features you
should consider when buying a massage chair, as well as the
durability aspect of your new massage chair. Let’s get on with
the remaining 7 “Absolute Musts” to consider when looking into
a new massage chair recliner.
#3. Ease of Repair – because of the weight and bulk of a
massage chair, simple repairs become a real bother when you
have to ship an entire chair back to the manufacturer just to
repair something as simple as a tear in the material. For this
reason, I suggest looking into a chair that is constructed
a modular design. This makes repair cheap and easy. If a part
broken or material is torn, the modular design will allow you
isolate the damaged part and send it off for repair so much
easier and cheaper than sending off the whole chair.
#4. Customer Service – As far as I am concerned, this is
probably the most important thing of all. If something does
happen to your chair or if you are concerned about any
of your chair, it is so great to have a company that is always
available to answer your questions. This puts your mind at
and you can't put a price on that. So, make sure that whatever
chair you buy has a good company backing it up. Whether that
the manufacturer, the seller, or both...you want peace of mind
right from the start of your relationship with them.
#5. Price – Even the cheapest massage chair still costs
hundreds of dollars, at a minimum…they are not cheap. You will
need to invest quite a bit of money to get a new chair you can
count on. Prices, however, do not need to be sky-high.
Depending on the features you want and/or need, prices can
range anywhere from $1000 - $6000. Quite a spread, isn't it?
Well, you can get a chair with all the necessary massage
therapy features for between $2000 - $3000. If you want real
leather vs. man-made leather, an MP3 player, a USB port, or
headphones, etc., of course you will pay for those extras. But
for the basic features of massage therapy, you do not need to
overspend. By the way, when you compare the price of your
to regular visits to a massage therapist or chiropractor, over
time the price of the massage chair is far less than what
pay out for all those therapy visits.
#6. Money Back Guarantee – Does your retailer back up the sale
of your new massage chair with at least a 30 day unconditional
money back guarantee? If not, then you need to be a little
skeptical. This is a red flag. This goes back to customer
service (#4). They MUST stand behind their product. How else
can you feel good about your purchase if it's not backed up by
the seller? Some companies even offer 60 or 90 day money back
By the way, it is standard policy for virtually every massage
chair retailer/distributor that you are responsible for
shipping and freight back to the seller if you do decide to
return your chair. Shipping, by the way, can cost anywhere
$150-$400.00…it isn’t cheap!
#7. Adjustable to Different Body Sizes - I have seen some
companies that offer "sizing" for a chair. With some product
lines that may be necessary, but with a well-manufactured
chair, height and width adjustments are standard and can cater
to virtually every body type. Some chairs now even come with a
detached ottoman so that the chair can cater to a 6’10” person
as well as a 5’4” person.
Most chairs will handle up to 300 pounds of body weight. If
are buying your new massage recliner for a very heavy person,
make sure that you get the maximum weight allowance for the
chair you are interested in.
#8. Remote Control – Virtually every new massage recliner
with a remote control of some sort to make chair adjustments.
Some remotes come with large and fancy displays, but as long
it adjusts the features of the chair, it doesn’t really matter
how large or small it is or how high-tech it looks.
#9. Appearance - this might sound goofy or vain, but I want my
chair to blend in comfortably and seamlessly with the room
décor of my home or office. Don't compromise on looks for
price! You're going to have to look at that chair everyday for
as long as you've got it. You don't want to be sitting in a
chair you think is so ugly that it creates stress. Especially
when you are using your new massage recliner for stress
#10. Satisfied Customers - A salesperson will tell you
everything you want to hear to get you into his/her chair.
do real and actual clients think about the massage chair you
considering? Are their testimonials for you to hear or read?
you ask him for a list of some folks who have purchased their
chair and you get no response...run! I will trust another
buyer, just like me, before I'll trust someone trying to sell
something to me. Testimonials should be on every seller's
website or literature.
Now you have 10 things that should help you make a more
educated buying decision when considering your new massage
About The Author: Dr. Alan Weidner graduated summa cum laude
from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, class of 1991. His
website, www.massage-chair-relief.com, offers the
Interactive Health family of massage chairs and massage