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The Best Massage Chair For A Large Person Of 2021 Helpful Guide

best massage chair for a large person

Massage chairs can give a great massage with many benefits. If you are a larger person it can be a challenge to find a massage chair that fits you. You need a larger massage chair that can accommodate a heavier person. Fortunately, you are in luck. There are many massage chairs available that work for larger individuals. If that sounds good then we are here to help with our picks for the best massage chair for large person.

Below are our top 3 picks for best massage chair for a large person. Keep reading for more detailed reviews, guide and FAQ.

Top Pick

Luraco iRobotics 7 PLUS Medical Massage Chair

Editors Choice

Kahuna Superior Massage Chair SM-7300S

Best Value

Real Relax Favor 03 Massage Chair

The Best Massage Chair For A Large Person – Our Top 5 Picks

Below are our top 5 picks for the best massage chair for a large person. We considered features, price, durability and customer service in our recommendations. We only considered massage chairs that can accommodate a person who is 300 lbs or heavier.

Top Pick

Luraco iRobotics 7 PLUS Medical Massage Chair

  • Most technically up-to-date, fast-responding, heavy-duty, and smart handheld touch-screen control. Same platform as in Smartphones -patent pending.
  • Pause and resume buttons, 6 locations for multi-intensity massage controls
  • Noise reduction technology – lets the user relax in peace. ; body stretching; advanced foot massage with double rollers and Air calf massagers; body heat with 3 intensity levels; high Quality and powerful Bluetooth speakers (10W)

Summary

The Luraco iRobotics 7 PLUS is one of the best if not the best massage chairs available in the world. The Luraco massage chair is engineered and assembled in the USA. It can accommodate a user up to 6′ 7″ and 300 lbs making it great for massaging those who fall under the large person category.

It features a 4D robotic massage robit with 2 rollers that can move up to 3 inches away from the track. In addition it can do all the standard massage techniques such as kneading, tapping, Shiatsu and Swedish massage. The extra 3 inches it can move away from the track allows it to do a much deeper massage.

This chair only has an S-track so it can’t massage your glutes and thighs. This is one area of dissappointment since many much cheaper massage chairs now feature longer L-tracks.

It has what is referred to as “Full Body Heat”. It has heating areas in the lumbar, seat and footwells. Temperature is controllable giving you the ability to fully customize heat settings.

There are 100 airbag cells allowing this chair to do an amazing airbag only massage. This is more airbags than almost any other chair on the market except the Inada Dreamwave.

The massage chair can do a full body stretch as well which is excellent for relieving spin pressure and compression.

The Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus has a great remote that is very easy to use to customize all the options that this chair has. See the video below for a demonstration of the remote.

The Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus is one of the best massage chairs in the world and our pick for the best massage chair for a large person.

Specifications

  • Track – S-track with 4D rollers
  • Airbags – 100
  • Programs – 9
  • Zero G Positions –
  • Max user size – 6′ 7″ up to 300 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 47 x 38 x 81 inches
  • Chair Weight – 265 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ 4D massage rollers
✔️ 100 airbags for air massage
✔️ Controllable temperature
What We Didn’t Like
No L-track for massaging thighs and glutes
Very high price

Editors Choice

Kahuna Superior Massage Chair SM-7300S

  • Newly designed structural frame with deeper zero gravity angle with space saving design.
  • Bluetooth app controller for wireless control and premium quality speaker. Longer operation time up to 1 hour per massage session.
  • Total 13 Auto programs – 4 Stretching programs. 5 Recover programs. 4 special programs

Summary

The Kahuna SM-7300s is one of the most popular and best massage chairs under $3000. It can accommodate a user up to 6′ 5″ and 320 lbs making it great for larger users. It has an SL track (L-track) and 6 rollers. Most massage chairs have 4 rollers to mimic human hands. Having 6 rollers allows this to do motions that hands and 4 rollers can’t do.

This massage chair has 13 programs. It has 9 massage programs and 4 stretching programs. In stretching mode it uses the airbags to squeeze while using the recliner mechanism to stretch the body out.

It can do a variety of massage techniques including kneading, tapping, knocking, and shiatsu massage. It can apply a strong amount of pressure while messaging. If it is your first time using a message chair you may want to use lower levels until you get used to it.

The chair uses a remote for controlling or a phone app. The phone app has a tendency to crash for many users. The remote works okay but is awkward to reach while your getting a massage. It isn’t backlit so it is difficult to use if you dim the room while getting a massage.

There are Bluetooth speakers in the headrest so you can play music for relaxation during your message.

The ability to accommodate a 6′ 5″ 320 lb person, SL track, 6 rollers, 13 programs, and a reasonable price, makes this my pick for best massage chair for a large person.

Specifications

  • Track – SL track with 6 rollers
  • Airbags – 32
  • Programs – 13
  • Zero G Positions – 3
  • Max user size – 6.5ft or 320 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 49 x 29 x 50 inches
  • Chair Weight – 246 lbs

What We Liked
✔️ SL track
✔️ 6 rollers
✔️ 13 programs – variety of massage techniques and stretching
What We Didn’t Like
Phone app crashes a lot
Awkward to use remote with no backlight

Best Value

Real Relax Favor 03 Massage Chair

  • 2020 Updating favor 03 plus: Add Bluetooth audio play and changing Led light, 6 auto modes
  • Full Body Masage:8 massage neck back rollers, 50 airbags placed to the shoulders, arms, hips, calves, and feet
  • Zero Gravity: One button zero-gravity design, feel virtually weightless.

Summary

The Real Relax Favor 03 is one of the best values in massage chairs available today. It has a low price but is still has a lot of functions. It won’t do everything the chairs that cost 2-3 times more will. It will still do a lot. It is built to handle up to a 400 lb person making it suitable for heavier massage chair users.

This chair has 50 airbags for massaging. It has leg airbags and foot rollers for giving foot massages. The biggest compromise comes in the back rollers. Instead of a track with a moving set of rollers, this has an S-track with 8 fixed rollers on it. This are rotating ball type rollers that can only spin. This massage chair can’t do tapping, kneading, shiatsu or any of the techniques that a chair with 4 3D rollers can do.

The back rollers work okay. Most users thought the neck set was not strong enough and the lower back set was too strong. The positioning can’t be changed so how they feel depends how they line up on your body and how you sink into the seat cushions.

The Zero Gravity setting works well for a laid back relaxing massage. The airbag massage modes work well. Some airbags can be a little aggressive when they squeeze.

We miss the 3D rollers and a little more level of control, the chair overall performs very well for it’s cost. If you are a larger person looking to save a little bit and still get a satisfying massage, this could be the chair for you. This makes it our best value pick for best massage chair for a large person.

Specifications

  • Track – S-track with 8 massage points
  • Airbags – 50
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 3
  • Max user size – 6’1″ 400 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 30 x 63 x 54 inches
  • Chair Weight – 217 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ Low cost
✔️ Good airbag technique
✔️ Okay back massage with only 8 fixed roller points.
What We Didn’t Like
Chair and legs are narrow for larger (300 lb plus) users
Shoulder rollers are not effective

RELAXONCHAIR MK-V Plus

  • NEWLY UPGRADED EDITION ZERO GRAVITY FULL BODY MASSAGE CHAIR by RELAXONCHAIR // SPACE SAVER DESIGN with only 3 inches clearance from the wall.
  • PATENTED 6 ROLLER BACK MASSAGE MECHANISM with 5 Key massage techniques (Kneading, Tapping, Kneading Tapping Combo, Shiatsu and Rolling)
  • 2ND GEN. ERGONOMICALLY CONTOURED EXTRA LONG L-TRACK SYSTEM (50 Inches) accommodates 6 feet 5 inches tall

Summary

The RELAXONCHAIR MK-V Plus is a new model massage chair from California based Relaxonchair. It features several upgrades from their prior model including a 6 roller massager and airbags in the neck, should, and back area. It can accommodate up to a 6′ 5″ 320 lb person making it suitable for big and tall users.

This message chair features a 6 roller massager similar to the Kahuna SM-7300. The Relaxonchair massager features shiatsu balls on one of the rollers. This gives it a very unique feel when that roller is being used that few other chairs can match.

This chair features a very long L-track that can massage from skull down to thigh area. Much longer than most other chairs in this price range.

For foot massaging it has double rollers and also a heel acupressure system. This combined with calf airbags does an excellent job for the foot area.

The overall chair has very solid feeling construction and motors. It feels built as good as chairs costing much more. Some chairs in the $2000-$3000 have materials and frames that leave you wondering why they cost so much. Not of for this chair.

It has a very easy to use remote interface and enough programs to give you a good variety of massages as well as a full adjustable zero gravity position.

All of these functions combined with a very competitive price and ability to accommodate a 320 lb person make it a great choice.

Specifications

  • Track – L track with 6 rollers
  • Airbags – 38
  • Programs – 9
  • Zero G Positions – Yes, adjustable position
  • Max user size – 5′ 2″ to 6′ 5″ up to 320 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 60 x 33 48 inches
  • Chair Weight – 234
What We Liked
✔️ 50 inch track going from skull to thighs
✔️ 6 roller massager
✔️ dual roller foot with heel acupressure points
What We Didn’t Like
No neck massage
Foot massage can be a bit aggressive to some users.

SMAGREHO SS01 Massage Chair

  • Bluetooth player: You can connect your phone and play your favorite music or radio while massaging.
  • Zero-Gravity: Press “zero-gravity” button, after fully reclines, feet higher than heart, reduce heart load.
  • Full body massage: Airbags massage to shoulders, arms, hips, calves and foot. Lower back heating ,8 rollers to the backrest.

Summary

The SMAGREHO SS01 Massage Chair is a good value basic massage chair. It has 8 fixed rollers on an S-track for back massage and 16 airbags for massaging other areas. It can accommodate up to a 6′ 1″ 380 lb person.

The back massage is covered by 8 fixed rollers. It can only do 1 massage technique because of this. It gives a pretty good feeling massage the full length of your back. It works best for people around 6′ tall. There is no body scanning and the 8 rollers are fixed so the chair can’t adapt to different body sizes.

For shorter users, the shoulder airbags may line up closer to your head than shoulders. This chair doesn’t work well for shorter users. The legs also don’t adjust much.

This chair has 3 Zero Gravity levels including a full Zero Gravity position that places your feet and legs above your heart.

The airbags provide a good massage for other areas of your body. There are only 16 airbags but it does a good job with what you get.

The bluetooth speaker is located on the back of the chair. It is not close to your head and the sound quality isn’t great. You may have better results using your own speaker near your head.

People have had good service from SMAGREHO for this chair. They are proactive at resolving issues if something doesn’t work right with your chair.

This is a good basic massage chair at a great price that can accommodate heavier users.

Specifications

  • Track – 8 fixed rollers on an S-track
  • Airbags – 16
  • Programs – 6
  • Zero G Positions – 3
  • Max user size – 6′ 1″ up to 380 lbs
  • Chair Dimensions – 30 x 57 x 46 inches
  • Chair Weight – 145 lbs
What We Liked
✔️ Good massage for fixed rollers
✔️ Good customer service
✔️ Heating on back
What We Didn’t Like
Bluetooth speaker is on the back of the chair instead of close to your head
People under 6′ don’t line up to the airbags

Massage chair guide

There is a lot of things to think about when purchasing a massage chair. It is going to cost a considerable amount of money even for a low end massage chair. I would recommend you try out a massage chair somewhere before buying one to know what they feel like. I am a 240 lb person and when I tried out a massage chair in Taiwan, I fit comfortably but there wasn’t a lot of room to spare especially in the width.

If you are a large person, make sure you look for a massage chair that can accommodate someone at least as heavy as you are and some extra margin is a good idea. Most massage chairs designed for taller people tend to be wider and have frames built for heavier weights.

Massage chairs don’t make great chairs to sit around and watch TV in. The track and roller mechanisms aren’t comfortable to sit on when your not getting a massage. You want to make sure you get the massage your looking for from your massage chair. They don’t really have a purpose in your home otherwise. So what should you look for when buying a massage chair.

Benefits of a massage chair

Massage chairs can provide theraputic massage therapy. Going to a massage therapist on a regular basis can become very expensive. Having a massage chair can allow you to get a therapeutic massage without going to a therapist. Therapeutic massage can provide the following benefits.

  • Health maintenance and/or health promotion – massage helps general tissue health and healthy lifestyle
  • Stress management – Massage helps relieve stress
  • Post-operative care – Massage can help reduce the need for pain medicine and speed recovery
  • Emotional and/or psychological disorders – Massage releases endorphins which can help with depression
  • Terminal illness – Massage helps reduce pain and discomfort that can come from long term bedrest
  • Chronic pain – Massage helps reduce muscle pain by reducing muscle tightness
  • Pre and/or post athletic activity – Helps speed up recovery after participating in athletic activity.

Go here to learn more about therapeutic massage and it’s benefits.

Considerations

Before shelling out tons of money for a massage chair there are a few considerations you should think about. It is a major purchase and you want to get the best fit for you.

Price

Massage chairs can run between $800 at the low end and over $15,000 at the high end. Like everything you else in this world, you get what you pay for. There are some much better values out there than others.

In the low range under $1000, you will be missing basic features. In the $2000 to $3000 range, you will get a full function massage chair that has all the basic features such as SL tracks and Zero Gravity positioning. In the high price range, over $5000, you will get lots of bells and whistles such as a100 airbags and many different types of massage techniques.

Warranty

Massage chairs are very complex machines. Some have upwards of 50 independently controlled airbags as well as 3D robotic rollers, tilting mechanism, heating, vibrations and so on. You get the picture. There is a lot going on inside that chair. A warranty and good customer service are really important. You spend a lot on a good massage chair and need it to last and need to be able to get service if something goes wrong.

Construction and Materials

If your spending a lot on a massage chair then good materials are important. You should look for things such as a steel frame, high quality motors and good materials. Many massage chairs use a combination of real or synthetic leather materials.

Size

Massage chairs have an ideal size range they work for. If you are shorter you may want to look at the chairs by Infinity. If you are taller you might want to look at Kahuna. Make sure you pick a massage chair that is suitable for your size and weight.

Available space

How much space do you have in your house for a massage chair. Some chairs have space saver designs that can be placed within a few inches of a wall. Other chairs need to be farther away. Make sure you have enough space in your home for the chair you want to get.

Massage features

The more you spend on a massage chair the more features it will have. L-tracks, 3D rollers, 4 or 6 rollers, more airbags come on more expensive massage chairs. The materials of the chair also improve with the cost. Choose a budget for your massage chair and find the best chair you can with the best features for your budget.

Massage Chair FAQ

Q: What are the best massage chairs on the market?

The following list is some of the best massage chair brands available today. They all make excellent massage chairs with good customer service and durability. You really can’t go wrong with a massage chair made by any of them.

Q: How much weight can a massage chair hold?

There are massage chairs that can accommodate over 400 lbs. For instance, one of the bigger massage chairs made, the Kahuna SM7300 can work with a person up to 320 lbs and up to 6′ 5″ tall.

Q: What is the difference between an S and L track?

An S-track refers to the track under your neck and back that the massage rollers move along to give you a massage. An S-track has curvature to match your neck and back curvature. Originally massage chairs had straight tracks. They were horribly uncomfortable because your back is not straight.

An L-track or SL-track (Kahuna calls it an SL track) is an extended track that goes around your butt and underneath you. The track is shaped like an L. Imagine your sitting in the L like a seat. All L-tracks are extended S-tracks. The below video demonstrates the difference between an S and L track.

Go here to learn more about the difference between an S-track and L-track.

Q: What is Shiatsu massage?

Many massage chairs claim to perform Shiatsu massage. What is Shiatsu massage? Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique. Shiatsu means “Finger pressure” in Japanese. Shiatsu massage involves kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching. It is performed with finger pressure through light clothing without oils. Shiatsu massage originated in the early 1900’s along with acupuncture and amma massage as part of a resurgence in traditional Japanese medicine.

Go here to learn more about Shiatsu massage. The below video explains more about Shiatsu Massage technique.

Q: Is it worth getting a massage chair?

The average therapeutic massage costs $75. If you were to get a massage weekly for a year the cost would be $3900. Double that if you get one twice a week. You can see that it doesn’t take that long to recover the cost of a $2000 massage chair. You can use the massage chair as often as you wish. Clearly, a massage chair is worth the money even if the chair costs thousands of dollars. To learn more about the costs of massage go here.

Q: Is it bad to use a massage chair too much?

Yes. Using a massage chair too often and for too long can cause bruising and damage to muscle tissues. You should not use a massage chair more than 3 to 4 times a week. You get maximum benefit from theraputic massage sessions after 15 minutes.

Q: Do massage chairs use a lot of electricity?

Most massage chairs use between 100 and 200 watts of electricity while they are running. For comparison a microwave can use 1000-2000 watts. The cost of the electricity to run a massage chair is very minimal and should not be a reason for not getting one. The massage chair will still save you money over getting frequent massages from a therapist.

Q: How long should you use a massage chair?

You get maximum benefit from your massage chair after 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it may still feel good but you are no longer getting any theraputic value from it.

Q: Are zero gravity chairs good for you?

The Zero Gravity seating position was developed by Nasa and is regarded as one of the healthiest postions to sit in. There are many health benefits to sitting in a fully reclined position where your legs and feet are above your heart. Sitting on your back fully reclined gives you a feeling of weightlessness which is where the term comes from. The benefits of Zero Gravity seating include the following.

  • It allows your spine to decompress
  • Increased blood circulation
  • It helps relieve lower back pain
  • It relives pressure off of your heart

To learn more about Zero Gravity Benefits go here.

See our complete guide to the best massage chairs to learn more.

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My name is Doug Ryan. I am a homeowner and love having get togethers and finding the best things to make spending time at home easier and more fun. We spend a lot of time at home so why shouldn’t we have a great time there?  I decided to start Great Home Gear as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things home living with everyone.

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