How Many Types of Massage Chairs Are There?

Going through the long list of massage chairs available can be quite a challenge! There are a number of different types, each with their own characteristics, so it’s worthwhile finding out as much as possible about them so you can decide which chair will suit you best. It’s important to ask yourself what you value most in a massage chair. If it isn’t simply a matter of price, then you will have a wide range to choose from. Here are the main types of massage chairs offered by the industry:


This type will be familiar to anyone who has strolled around a typical mall or furniture store. It is basically a lazy-boy recliner with added massage functions. This amounts to a lot more than just adding a massage pad to an ordinary recliner.  Most are upholstered in a good quality material such as leather, and they are designed to blend in well with other furniture in a home or office. If you’re in the market for a recliner, then spending a little bit extra on a reclining massage chair would be a smart choice to futureproof your investment.

Zero Gravity

It may look a bit strange, but zero gravity simulates the position that astronauts are in when they are in outer space. The benefit of any zero gravity chair is to relieve joint and bone pain, getting rid of the pressure that may accumulate over long days. This is a great way to relieve stress and inflammation in the back, but it does come at a cost. Regular zero gravity chairs come at a premium, but if you’re in the marker for a massaging zero gravity chair you’ll find the extra cost is worth it, especially if you are faced with a lot of pain, and want the best bang for your buck massage chair.

Full Body

This is the ultimate type of massage chair, and is the equivalent of getting a Mercedes with all of the options. These chairs look impressive in any home setting, and even more so when they are part of a home theater. This is the most expensive type of massive chair, but it gives you the best massage possible, from your head to your toes. Consider this option the best choice if you find yourself enjoying the timed massage chairs on display in the mall. If this type is within your budget, it is the best thing to happen to any room.


Considered the budget massage chair, ottomans have come a long way in terms of design and function and make a good choice for any home setting. They represent wonderful value, with a large return on your investment if placed in a room where it will get a lot of use.  Ottoman type massage chairs are more about comfort than the actual massage facility, and tend to have less robust mechanics for this reason. However adding the ottoman to a low-end massage chair offers an alternative that costs just a bit more than a regular chair, so it can serve as a valuable entry level alternative to the world of massage chairs.


Having a massage chair with a heating option is a great benefit, even if you don’t use it a lot. Think of it as a good way to ‘futureproof’ your chair. But the heating element is even more of advantage when combined with normal massage functions. Muscle relaxation therapy makes great use of heating sore muscles to help them recover faster.  Both low and high end chairs can have the heating feature, so be sure to make it a priority when looking for a massage chair.

Chair Add-Ons

Add-ons are considered the lowest of low-end options for purchasing a massage chair, and they are hit and miss depending on which company you go with. Major advances in the technology have made these add-on chair pads much better than they used to be, although they still pale in comparison to a high end massage chair. The highest rated add-on pad will at best equal a mid-level massage chair in performance. In the end, a massage chair add-on will only be as comfortable as the chair you plan to use it on. With the Ottoman type gaining in popularity, add-on pads are becoming the least likely first choice of entry level massage chair buyers.

What Are The Most Purchased Types?

Chair add-ons, ottomans and reclining massage chairs are the ones that buyers flock to the most. The most appealing choice in this list is the reclining massage chair, which can range from medium to high in price depending on the features you go for.

What Are The Least Purchased Types?

The least purchased types are full body and zero gravity massage chairs, although the latter are gaining popularity and may soon end up in the most purchased category. These two types of massage chairs also offer the most advanced models available, and provide the most features. Their price makes them a tough sell for new users, although they provide a viable upgrade option for consumers who are already familiar with massage chairs. In fact, whenever a full body massage chair goes on sale, it flies out of the store faster than any other type.


You can’t go wrong with any of these choices, as long as you consider your current room situation. About the only feature that can be considered a must with massage chairs is the heating option. Everything else is up to the choice of the consumer and what they consider the most important features to have in a massage chair.


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  2. Thanks for going over different massage chairs. I actually didn’t know that there was a zero gravity one or that it can help relieve joint and bone pain. I’m interested to learn if these could be good for athletes that work regularly or if it’s good for people who don’t use their joints often.

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