It’s easy to read through an article pointing out all the things that you need to look for when buying a massage chair but how do you know what you should be paying for it realistically? It’s like sending your wife the auto parts store or sending Jim to go buy some makeup for you. He/she has no idea what they’re looking at and no clue as to what’s a fair price to pay.
How Much Do Massage Chairs Cost?
Massage chairs can come in at anywhere from $700-$11,000 depending on features, component quality, warranty information, etc. Knowing what features are unique versus which ones should be standard will give you an idea of what class of chair you’re looking at. To get an idea of the latest features, I recommend getting familiar with these ideas:
- A Crash Course in Zero Gravity Massage Chairs
- Key Massage Chair Features
- Massage Chairs: Made in Japan vs Made in China
A massage chair is a long term investment so make sure that you take the time to do some research to become an educated buyer. Knowledge is power (and money)!
1. High End Massage Chairs – $5,000-$11,000
Massage chairs employ the latest technology in these highly sophisticated gadgets. Because of this, you can guess that the price of high end chairs can get pretty steep, pretty quick. Top rated brands like Inada and Osaki have chairs that use all the latest technology. Inada and Osaki have their own Research and Development facilities where they test out new devices. They are at the forefront of the market and the cost of R&D is what you pay for.
With high end chairs, you get the latest in massage chair technology. If you’re the type that goes out and buys the newest iPhone on the day of release, this is the option for you. These industry leaders use everything from vibration massage, airbags, S-Track Rollers and more. They’re constantly fabricating new ways to achieve the best possible massage. Sometimes, these techniques wind up being less effective than initially hypothesized so sometimes it can actually be better to wait for recalls and to see if the chair lived up to its hype in reviews.
2. Mid-Level $2,000-4,000
When I say mid-level, I don’t mean something that will fall apart. These are high quality, economical chairs that have all of the key features minus a few of the bells and whistles. If you’re looking to purchase a chair to combat pain or illnesses, this might be the category for you. If instead, you’re just looking for a new toy/gadget to spend your money on, high-end chairs have some features that will blow your mind.
Yet and still, you can find and economical massage chair with Body Scanning Technology, Zero-Gravity Position, and special stretching programs that can work wonders on tight knots. If you need a massage chair for health reasons, go with the mid-level chair! It will do everything the more expensive chairs will do without all the razzle dazzle.
3. Don’t Even think About it – Under $1,000
I call this the “don’t even think about it” category because there are many, many companies that sell cheap chairs that don’t last very long and pay no attention to ergonomics. Stick to your gut instinct; if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Any reasonable robotic massage chair is going to cost more than $1k. When you buy cheaper chairs, the motors burns out quickly, buttons stop working, the machine malfunctions, components overheat, and every other conundrum you can imagine. What’s worse is that when you call these companies, they offer little to no warranty support meaning you’re left with the short end of the stick. Don’t let this be you.
If you want a cheap massage device, you’re better off purchasing one of those portable massage cushion pads from Homedics. You can get them for $100. They’re pretty durable, and they do a fairly decent job for light to mild pain. They can’t give you a deep tissue massage (no 3D Massage) but it’s better use of your money than throwing it away on a poorly made chair that claims to be “the best massage chair on Earth.”
Determining what a fair price is on a massage chair ultimately depends on what you want the chair to do for you. The more features that you’d like, the more it’s going to cost you, typically but not in all cases. It’s like buying a car, do you really need the 10 disc CD changer that you’ll probably never use since you have an iPod? These small features can bump up the price really fast.
Filter out what you need and what you don’t need. Use this comparison chart to figure out which chairs check all the boxes. Make your final decision based on price, customer service, and warranty support. Do this and you will avoid overpaying for a massage chair.
Have any questions? Need something cleared up? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.
More Tips for Buying a Massage Chair:
- The Top 5 Massage Chair Brands
- The Best Massage Chair Under $3,000
- The New Generation of Massage Chairs
About the Author
Jelani Burton is a sports enthusiast who enjoys leading an active lifestyle. He has experience with chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, and various other sports medicine treatments. You can find him volunteering at training camps for local San Diego youth.