What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Used Massage Chair

Shopping for a massage chair may lead you to wonder whether or not you should consider purchasing a used model. While it’s always nice to have a brand new massage chair, there are those of us that would like to save money by going with a used massage chair.

As with any large ticket item, you’ll want to approach the chair with caution. Inspect the chair for any damage whether big or small. See how much the owner knows about the chair. This will be a tell-tale sign of whether the chair has been taken care of and whether it may have some hidden problems below the surface.

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Things to Consider When Purchasing a Used Massage Chair

What’s the Warranty

Even though if you purchase a used massage chair, you can have the manufacturer’s warranty pass over to the new owner. In the case of Inada massage chairs, you MUST have the transaction mediated by an authorized seller. This is different from years in the past so it’s something to keep in mind.

Make sure you ask the seller what kind of warranty is left on the chair. Ask to see the warranty and read about coverage, exclusions and limitations, what’s covered, and what’s NOT covered. Most chairs come with a warranty. If not, this might be a sign of poor manufacture support.

Replacement Parts

Robotic massage chairs are going to cost you a pretty penny. In the case that an individual component goes out or malfunctions, you need to be able to source replacement parts for your massage chair! If not, thousands of dollars will be washed down the drain. Call up the manufacturer and ask them how to get parts. If you can’t get replacement parts, you may want to reconsider purchasing this model.

You can find contact information for many companies on this page.

Dig into the History

As I mentioned in the beginning, ASK QUESTIONS! It’s like buying a car; measuring how much the seller knows about their massage chair is one of the best ways to discern the quality of the chair. Here is a list of questions that you might want to inquire.

Questions You Need to Ask:

  • Why are you selling the chair?
  • Did you ever have any problems with the chair?
  • Have you ever had to replace any parts on your massage chair?
  • What’s the Warranty?
  • Where did you purchase it from?
  • How was your experience with the company who sold it to you?
  • How old is the chair?

Take the Time to Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power and this is especially true when shopping for a used massage chair. Technology behind massage chairs has been changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to keep up with. Zero gravity, shiatsu massage, Swedish massage, stretch-technology, heated massage, shoulder-air bags, and extendable leg rests are just some of the features that you will find on the market. Check out this page for a comparison of 20 of the best massage chairs.

Things You Should Know:

  1. Massage Chair Features to Pay Attention To
  2. Massage Chair Material Guide
  3. How Does Vibration Massage Work?
  4. Shiatsu Massage: Deep, Powerful Massage for Serious Relief

About the Author
is a former multi-sport athlete who enjoys living an active lifestyle. He has experience with chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, and various other sports medicine treatments.

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