Disadvantages of A Massage Chair | Are there any?

Massage chairs have become very popular in recent years, due to the wide range of benefits they offer, all in the comfort of your own home. 

But you might be wondering: Are there any disadvantages of a massage chair? 

The short answer is yes. Like with most things in life, massage chairs also come with pros and cons. 

In this post, we list out the biggest disadvantages of a massage chair.  

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Although it might be still cheaper in the long run compared to going to a masseuse every week, massage chairs do come with a hefty price tag. 

You can find cheap massage chairs on Amazon for a few hundred dollars, but I suggest you skip them if you want any benefits associated with using a quality massage chair. 

Quality massage chairs go for as much as 8 to 9,000 dollars. The minimum we recommend for a decent massage chair would be around the $2,000 dollar mark. 

Size and Weight

This might be a problem if you live in a place with limited space. Some massage chairs can weigh as much as 265 lbs and measure as long as 81 inches reclined. 

We suggest you make sure to check the weight and dimensions of the massage chair, before making a purchase. Because trust me, massage chairs are not something you want to move around too often. 

Restrictions on user height and weight

If you are over 6 foot and more than 220 lbs, we recommend you check the product features and descriptions carefully before making a purchase. Most manufacturers would state the maximum height and weight allowed. 

Although nowadays most decent massage chairs allow up to 6’2 in height, and up to 240 lbs in weight. If you are giant of a man (or woman), weighing more than 240 lbs, we suggest you go with the Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus Medical Massage Chair. It is an excellent massage chair made in the USA, which allows users up to 6’7 in height, and 300 lbs in weight. 

Not as Effective 

While massage chairs offer a lot of benefits, such as improving blood circulation, helping you relax and relieving aches and pains. They do have their limits. 

Whilst modern massage chairs can come with a lot of smart features and functionality, they are still not as effective as going to a massage therapist or a chiropractor. 

Especially if you have an injury or suffer from continuous pains in certain areas of your body, we strongly recommend you go to a licenced massage therapist or a chiropractor. 

Final Thoughts

Massage chairs are a great alternative way of getting a massage anytime, anywhere, in the comfort of your own home. Despite having some disadvantages like listed above, we think the benefits they offer completely outweigh any drawbacks. 

An avid yoga practitioner, massage enthusiast, and wellness advocate since 2008. From then on, she has helped countless people alleviate muscle pains, tension and stress, to ultimately achieve wellness and balance in life.