Whether you are an avid massage-goer or new to the scene, investing in a massage chair is a great way to experience all the benefits of massage in the comfort of your home. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. However, with a little preparation, finding the perfect massage chair doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are a few things to look for when shopping for a massage chair:
1. Buy Your Massage Chair from a Reputable Brand
You don’t want to end up with a cheap knock-off from China that breaks down after just a few uses with no after-sales support. So, to get a durable massage chair, do your research. Check the history & reputation of the massage chair brand and ensure it is globally recognised, not just sold locally by only the Australian seller with no global presence or reputation. Read online reviews and talk to friends who own massage chairs. Then visit showrooms, try out different models and settle on the company with a good reputation.
2. Take a Look at the Features of the Massage Chair
What kind of massage does it provide? Does it have multiple settings or programs? Is there an LCD screen that displays information about the chair’s functions? Does the massage chair have built-in heaters, music players, and other features that can enhance your experience? Does it have wall hugging capabilities to minimise the amount of space it will occupy in your room? Does it have accurate scanning to measure each users body and adjust the massage accordingly? All of these factors can significantly affect your overall satisfaction with the massage chair.
3. How Does the Massage Chair Feel?
Sit in the massage chair and see how it feels. Does it fit your body type? Are the armrests comfortable? Do you feel relaxed and comfortable, or do you feel cramped and stiff? Please remember that massage chairs have different intensity levels, smoothness, comfort, materials and choreography, so choosing the right one is important. Beware of massage chair companies who try to do the ‘hard sell’ over the phone rather than encouraging you into showrooms to try the massage chairs to find what best suits your individual needs – If they don’t encourage you to try their chairs before you buy, there is likely something to hide!
4. What does the Massage Chair Look Like?
Some massage chairs go above and beyond when it comes to aesthetics and others just look cheap & plastic-like. If you are putting the massage chair in your loungeroom, bedroom or even office, you want it to look good! Consider whether the massage chair has any unique design elements and will look great in your space – for example, timber accents, sleek lines, classy & luxurious appearance. On the flip side, will it look dis-tasteful with shiny/plastic looking materials and bulky/ugly designs? Again, being able to see, touch & feel the massage chairs and materials for yourself in a showroom will enable you to truly differentiate high-end/luxury class from inferior, cheaply made products.
5. Check the Country of Origin
Like anything else you’ll be spending your hard-earned cash on, you want to make sure you’re getting a good product when you buy a massage chair. And one way of ensuring this is by checking where the chair is made. Check for Country of Origin labels on the massage chairs and try to buy chairs made in countries with strong manufacturing industries and reputation for quality goods. For example, massage chairs made in Japan are the best so expect to pay a little more. In the same light, note that no massage chairs are made in Australia, so don’t be fooled by any misleading advertising trying to trick you into believing you are buying an Australian made massage chair, as they do not exist.
6. Warranty Period
Another important factor to consider when purchasing a massage chair is the warranty. Most brands offer at least a 1-year warranty on parts and labour, but some go above and beyond with longer warranties. If you can find a brand that offers an extended warranty, that’s always a good sign too as it shows that they’re confident in their product and willing to stand behind it for the long haul. Beware of companies who scale their warranty terms with what seems like a longer duration but has many loop holes and exclusions, making that longer duration worthless. Look for clearly defined warranty information, not just what the sales person tells you – being reliant on verbal information can be troublesome in the future.
7. Ease of Use of Remote Control
A good massage chair will have a user-friendly remote control with clear instructions. After all, you don’t want to have to fumble around with a complicated control panel when you’re trying to relax. Instead, look for a massage chair with a user-friendly remote control that makes it easy to adjust the intensity and duration of the massage. Some quality massage chairs even have multi-lingual remote control options for varying languages.
8. How Will the Massage Chair Be Delivered?
Massage chairs are quite large and heavy, so you’ll need to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate them. You’ll also want to consider whether you need to assemble the chair or if delivery includes set-up. If your massage chair is being delivered by a courier, it can be very difficult for you once the chair arrives. On the other hand, a good massage chair company will provide a service whereby 2 professional & experienced men will get your chair into your desired location (including stairs where required), un-pack, assemble & remove all rubbish so that it is ready for you to simply enjoy, hassle free!
There you have it–a list of things to remember when shopping for a massage chair. Remember, legitimate dealers will not use misleading marketing tactics. Be wary of companies offering 50% off-they are more than likely selling subpar products with over inflated prices to begin with. And remember to fact-check any information you are being told by pressure selling salespeople, to ensure you are relying on FACTUAL information to make your purchase (eg. If you are told a chair is Australian Made, check the Country of Origin on the actual chairs and boxes; If you are told a chair is 50% off, ask for evidence of the original RRP to ensure it is accurate, not just made up!). Most importantly, ensure you sit in and feel the massage chair for yourself prior to purchase, do not be pressured into purchasing on-line or over the phone.
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