Buying a Zero Gravity Massage Chair – Thing to consider
A zero gravity massage chair is the ultimate tool if you are looking for a complete full body massage without a masseuse present.
Choosing the best zero gravity massage chair is not an easy task, as due to the rapid advances in technology there are very few massage chairs that remain available for a great length of time.
It is therefore a good choice to buy a massage chair from a reputable company and choose one that has a good amount of buyer reviews.
Over the years there appears to have been many massage chairs that have been removed from the market after a fairly short space of time. This is probably due to improved models being released or perhaps due to bad reviews.
It is therefore a much better idea opt for a chair that has stood the tests of time in the marketplace and gained some good feedback over a few years.
It is also certainly worth checking how long the manufacturers warranty covers and what is covered by the warranty. For example Kahuna massage chairs generally offer a 2 to 3 year limited warranty on parts, labor and framework.
In addition to this Kahuna are a very reputable company who have been around a while so they are a fairly safe choice overall.
In the list below you will find 4 of the most recommended massage chairs that are fairly well established and have a good range of buyer reviews behind them.
Zero Gravity Massage Chair Features
Many features on massage chairs are fairly self explanatory, and most can be figured out simply by reading the manufacturers product description page on a retail site.
There are however, some terms that may be a little unfamiliar to some as these chairs are a lot more advanced than the cheaper massage chair pads available.
Below are a few that we feel may need a little explanation.
Zero gravity positioning
The majority of high end massage chairs these days feature zero gravity recline positioning. On most zero gravity massage chairs there will be 3 levels of zero gravity recline settings available with the highest setting being the true zero gravity position.
The zero gravity position reclines the user back while raising their legs in the air into a position that is higher than or equal to the level of the users heart. This moves the upper body into a 120 – 130 degree angle from the upper areas of the legs.
The zero gravity position is said to be the most effective position to be massaged in as it helps to spread the users weight evenly throughout the chair. It is also claimed to be a very healthy way to sit, that provides a lot of health benefits to the user.
With the body placed in this position the massage is deeper and more intense, the position will also reduce stress upon the body for a more relaxed experience overall.
S-Track or L-Track?
These terms relate to the tracks that the back massage rollers move along.
An S-track is similar to the shape of an S and closely follows the ‘S’ shape of the spine.
In recent years L-track massage chairs seem to be the most popular choices and the majority of newer massage chairs on the market are either an L-track or labeled as an SL-track.
The L-track (or SL track) again refers to the shape of the track.
In an L track massage chair the roller track is longer than in an S track model and rather than stopping at the lower back, it extends all the way down to the buttocks and hamstrings.
If we take a look at our recommended massage chair list below we can see that it is only the low priced TinyCooper C500 massage chair that features an S-track.
Whereas the other higher end massage chairs from the brands such as Kahuna and Relaxonchair are listed as L-track or SL-track.
White Glove Service & Assembly
The white glove delivery service is often available with higher end massage chairs. Generally it costs around $200 – $300 and is a service where the delivery driver will deliver the massage chair and set it up for you in your home.
You will find some massage chairs are fairly easy to install/assemble as many are delivered as a pretty much complete unit. For example in our list below you can see there is a video online showing you exactly how to install and assemble the Kahuna LM 6800 and it isn’t too complicated. Therefore a white glove service perhaps isn’t particularity necessary for most depending on what massage chair you opt for.
Many reviewers will let you know how easy (or hard) they found the massage chair to install, so it is worth having a look at the buyer reviews to get an idea of expected assembly time and difficulty.
Yoga or full body stretching program/setting
The stretching function on some massage chairs is an auto program that reclines your upper body back while moving the foot and leg rest area forwards or downwards.
This is something which is easier to understand when seen rather than to read about, you can see this setting in action on the Kahuna LM6800 in the video below.
Other general features commonly found on zero gravity massage chairs
The majority of massage chairs will have a range of auto programs on offer, the number of the auto modes varies from model to model.
Many will have around 4 or 5 auto massage modes that each target different areas of the body and provide various styles of massage.
You also have the option to manually set the massage chair functions and settings allowing you to completely customize your massage.
Most massage chairs will comes with a wired remote control that has an LCD display to highlight what settings are currently in use.
The remote will allow you to set the massage timer, change intensity and pressure settings and control the zero gravity positioning and recline settings. It is also used to trigger the auto functions or apply manual settings.
There will usually be a heat function in the lower back area of the massage chair and some massage chairs may feature a heating function in the leg area.
While there are often many settings and features that are fairly similar from model to model, you can always get a good overview of the different features for each model on the manufacturer or retailer description pages.
There will also likely be videos from the manufacturer or from buyers that will often highlight many of the features of each particular chair.
- 3 stages of zero gravity positioning
- 6 Auto Programs
- 5 manual massage techniques – Kneading, Tapping, Rolling, Shiatsu, Kneading / Tapping Combination
- L-track system – neck to buttocks
- Heat therapy on lower back and calves areas
- 3 adjustable roller speeds
- 3 air pressure levels
- Body scan technology
- Dual foot rollers
- Net Weight 249 lbs
- Fully assembled body except the for side parts
- Installation video here
- Voltage 110-120 V
- Chair Dimensions 48 x 31 x 46″ (L x W x H)
- Limited warranty for 3 years from Kahuna
- Available in black or brown
- While glove installation delivery service option
Surprisingly there are very few full body massage chairs that seem to remain available for a long period of time. You will often see many new models released only to find they are no longer being sold a year or so later.
Due to this, the LM6800 by Kahuna really stands out, as it is a high quality massage chair that has been around for a while and has built up a good volume of positive reviews.
As you can see in the installation video linked above the Kahuna massage chair is a good choice for those looking for a chair that is easy to assemble. And most should have no trouble setting the chair up using the video as a guide.
This is fairly refreshing as some massage chairs can be tricky to install. As with most massage chairs you do have the option of a white glove delivery service for an additional cost, where the chair will be installed by the delivery driver. It is worth watching the LM6800 installation video first though, to see if you think you can manage it by yourself.
As with many of the more expensive massage chairs available, the LM 6800 has 3 zero gravity positioning settings. You can adjust the recline positioning as you require, with the highest setting lifting your legs high above your heart into a true zero gravity position for a more effective massage.
Due to the space saving design of the chair, when using the zero gravity recline function you only need 3 inches of clearance from the wall at the back of the chair. You do however, need a little more space in front as the leg area is lifted forward.
The Kahuna zero gravity massage chair is controlled using a wired remote control where you can fully adjust all of the settings. The remote also has an LCD screen which allows you to see what settings are on and what areas of the chair are currently functioning.
On the remote pictured you can see the full range of functions on offer. On the right side you have the manual functions that allow you to adjust the speed and target areas you want to be focused on.
And on the other side there is the auto setting which provides a full body massage. You can also adjust the timer (can be set to between 5 to 30 minutes) and add heat to the lower back area and calf area of the legs.
On the auto side you also have the yoga function which stretches your entire body to enhance blood circulation and provide muscle relief.
The Kahuna LM 6800 zero gravity massage chair features an L-track 4 roller massage system which increases the effects of the massage. The L-track system runs all the way from the neck to the buttocks allowing for better decompression of your whole spine. Covering more of the body when compared to the more limited S-track massage chairs.
When it comes down to the buyers reviews they are both positive and plentiful, with many buyers extremely satisfied by the price and the quality of this zero gravity massage chair.
The LM 6800 is well built and has a range of massage function that should keep the majority of users very satisfied. The long 3 year limited warranty is also a very good amount of protection cover.
One common complaint, not only with this massage chair but on others also, is that the foot massage rollers are very intense and for many much too strong to be pleasurable. However, you can use a couple of small towels under each of your feet to lessen the intensity and make the experience more bearable.
Overall the Kahuna 6800 is an excellent full body massage chair that is highly recommended by the majority who use it.
- 32 air bags
- 3 stages of zero gravity recline positioning
- 3 levels of speed control
- 3 levels of airbag intensity control
- 2 heating pads in lower back area
- Seat vibrate function
- Maximum weight capacity: 287 lbs
- Gross weight: 151 lbs
- Wired remote control
- Upright dimensions: 47.3 x 30.3 x 45.3″ (L x W x H)
- Reclined dimensions: 70.9 x 30.3 x 29.5″ (L x W x H)
- 3 year manufacturers warranty
For the price the TinyCooper C500 is certainly one of the best zero gravity massage chairs currently on the market, that provides a lot of features.
You may notice on visiting the retailer that there are numerous zero gravity massage chairs available that look exactly the same as this chair. They are also available at the same price. Just so you are aware these are all the same massage chair and they have been re branded and are being sold from different sellers.
Considering this massage chair is so low in price compared to others, it does offer a lot in terms of value. Its features and functionality are fairly similar to chairs that are much higher in price and the buyer ratings are also a great reason to opt for this low priced chair.
As with many of the massage chairs currently on the market the C500 offers 3 stages of zero gravity reclining. With the 3rd (highest) setting reclining the user into the true and full zero gravity position for a deep and more effective massage.
Like many higher priced chairs the C500 is operated by a wired remote control. Using the remote control you can opt for the auto setting or customize your experience using the other settings.
You can change massage modes such as kneading shiatsu and rolling as well as control the strength and speed. The remote also has an LCD screen that allows you to see what settings you have selected.
The zero gravity massage chair has a total of 32 air bags that focus on the shoulders, arms and hands, thighs, calves and feet. The airbag intensity can be adjusted using the 3 levels of strength settings and you can also use each area of the airbags independently of each other so you can opt to turn certain bags off should you require.
There are also options to add heat to the lower lumbar area of the back and you can trigger the vibration setting in the seat at the touch of a button.
At the lower end of the chair there are compression pads that focus on the calves, ankles and regions of the feet. While the massage motors focus on the soles of the feet. As always seems to be the case, many state that the feet massage heads are a little intense and uncomfortable at first. Although this is easy to fix by using a pair of towels to soften the intensity.
So far reviews and ratings for this fairly inexpensive zero gravity massage chair are perfect and at the time of writing this chair has received no negativity. This however could change over time.
Many buyers love the amount of features that are present for such an acceptable price and many state that the massage provided is very strong and of a good quality.
If you are looking for a zero gravity massage chair that is high in quality and low in price, there are not many that match the C500.
- 4 auto massage programs
- 5 manual targeted programs (kneading, tapping, shiatsu, rolling and knead/tap combo)
- Massage speed controls – 3 levels
- Airbag intensity controls – 3 levels
- 3 stage zero gravity positioning
- L-track massage system from the upper back all the way to the buttocks
- Body scan technology to scan length of spine
- Lower back heating function
- Large LCD panel remote control
- White glove service available
- Upright dimensions: 31 x 46 x 52″ (W x H x L)
- 280 lbs recommended weight capacity
- Chair weighs 183 lbs
- Limited 3 year warranty
The Relaxonchair Mk 2 Plus zero gravity massage chair has been available for a while now and continues to be one of the best options available.
When it comes to modes and features the Relaxonchair has loads to choose from and all can be operated using the remote control. And one of the main reasons to opt for this particular chair for many is down to the excellent customization on offer.
The remote control is fairly well laid out and allows the user complete control with the touch of a button. However, for some the remote is the least favorable aspect of this particular chair.
As you can see in the image (above right), the different functions on the remote may take some getting used to. Although with a little perseverance and a read of the instruction manual you will soon learn what all of the buttons operate.
As with many of the more expensive massage chairs, the Relaxonchair mk 2 features a 3 stage zero gravity positioning function to help provide better circulation to the upper regions of the body and provide a deeper back massage overall.
The highest stage of the zero gravity positioning puts the body into the “true” zero gravity position which is considered very good for overall health and muscle relief, regardless of if you are having a massage.
The chair features 4 automatic program settings, as well as a range of manual functions and massage modes which allow you to focus in on particular areas. You also have the option to add heat to the lower area of the back.
The computerized body scan detects the length of the users spine to provide a more individual massage to the user. Also the L-track system ensures that the whole back is covered by the massage rollers from below the neck area all the way down to the buttock area.
As with all massage chairs the MK2 is on the heavy and bulky side and weights around 180 lbs. There is however a white glove delivery service that costs around $300 extra where the chair will be installed for you.
Depending on how accessible your building or home is you may wish to opt for this service, although since the chair is pretty much assembled on delivery it may not be overly necessary, unless you need help lifting the chair package. The packaging box does feature dual hand grips on either side though, so a couple of people can lift and maneuver it fairly easily.
Overall the Relaxonchair II is a very good purchase and a very safe option to consider. It will certainly have an auto program or range of manual functions that will suit all users, and its functionality is likely to exceed many peoples expectations.
The company RELAXONCHAIR provides great customer service and there appear to be very few buyers that have encountered any issues with this particular model, making it a hassle free option.
There are also plenty of positive buyer reviews to read through before deciding on a purchase, this is especially refreshing since a lot of zero gravity massage chairs generally only have a few reviews to go off.
- 9 auto programs with 4 special programs
- Standard programs – Yoga, fast recovery, pain relief, relaxation and athlete
- Special programs – Office person, golfer, senior and dynamic sport
- SL-Track with 6 roller system
- Space saving zero gravity design
- Adjustable timing up to 30 mins
- 3 speed levels
- 5 air pressure levels
- 3 x roller width levels
- Kneading, tapping, shiatsu, knocking and knead/tap combo massage settings
- Suitable for users up to 6 ft 5″
- Maximum weight capacity: 320 lbs
- LCD display remote control
- 2 years parts and labor warranty included
The Kahuna SM-7300 zero gravity massage chair is a great choice of massage chair, especially for larger and heavier users. It is also fairly good for smaller users too and can accommodate users between 5 ft and 6’5″ very comfortably.
The SM 7300 has a wide 21 inch seating area and a 24″ width in the shoulder area which is wider than most other standard massage chairs. It also features a acupoint body detection program to ensure that you get the best custom fit massage for you.
One of the main things that really stands out about the Kahuna SM 7300 is the vast amount of auto programs it has to offer. The 9 programs allow you to choose a range of massage styles that focus on a range of areas. The 9 auto programs are –
- Yoga – A light Stretching massage to warm and loosen tight muscles
- Fast Recovery – Uses sports massage therapy to focus on recovery of muscles
- Pain Relief – Uses multi techniques to target and relieve muscles aches
- Relaxation – A gentle massage program that quickly aids muscles to relax
- Athlete – Helps recovery of sore and tense muscles
- Office Person – Targets the neck and shoulder areas
- Golfer – Targets the lower back, hips, and legs
- Senior Mode – Gentler and comforting overall body massage
- Dynamic Sport – Overall massage to stimulate an active body
The chair has SL-track technology which ensures the rollers cover the whole length of the back and even go as far as the lower regions of the spine as well as the buttock area.
It also has a 6 wheel roller system instead of 4 (as found on other models) and the 2 extra rollers allow the chair to provide more precise and unique massage modes.
As with many zero gravity massage chairs the SM 7300 is controlled using the included wired remote control.
The zero gravity function has 3 recline settings to choose from and the space saving design means the back of the chair only needs to be set up 3 inches away from the wall in order to recline.
Out of many of the massage chairs listed online the Kahuna SM 7300 is a very popular and well rated choice.
One of the main reasons particular users prefer this chair over others is due to the larger design. Some larger users often find that other massage chairs are a little cramped for their liking and so this chair is a welcome change.
However, since this chair does cater more for larger, wider individuals it may not be the best choice for smaller users. Although there are plenty of reviews from smaller users who think this massage chair is great and are not really affected by the additional width. And some smaller users even state this is the best massage chair they have ever used.
If you are on the slimmer side, the extra width in the seating and shoulder areas may be a bit too much for your liking. So be sure to check out some of the buyer reviews from smaller users to get a better idea if this chair is suitable for someone with your frame.
Another reason many love this particular zero gravity massage chair is due to the amount of auto programs on offer. The 9 auto settings are all considered to be very good by most buyers and you can also use them along side other programmed manual settings for a very personalized massage.
As with many Kahuna massage chairs there is a white glove service on offer for an extra cost. However, many find that the Kahuna SM-7300 is fairly simple to assemble without this service.