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Helpful Tips on Buying a Massage Chair

Sep 14, 2008
We have put together some helpful tips on researching and finding the best massage chair for your needs. There are so many choices and many features to choose from. Many massage recliners have advanced technology and state of the art luxury. You have to find out what features can best benefit you and other users of the chair. Here are some things to consider is your search.

Shipping Options: Shipping may or may not be included in the advertised price. Find out if they offer free shipping. Also check that it includes where you live. Sometimes Alaska and Hawaii are excluded. Do you need help setting up your massage chair? They weigh 100 to 250 lbs. You can usually get White Glove Delivery which usually includes a two person delivery and set up of the massage recliner. They usually include 2 flights of stairs in the price. You will have to sign for it when it arrives, so someone needs to be at home for delivery.

Ready to Make Your Decision: Which massage chair did you select? Where do you want to purchase it? What kind of shipping do you want? Do you want them to drop it off in the box or set it up for you? Shop around and see what makes sense for you. Make sure you include any significant other in the decision process. Once you know what you want find the best deal, because prices can vary substantially.

Review the User Manual: The best day is when you first get to sit in your massage chair! All the hard work is behind you! Now, you get to enjoy, but of course, you may need to review the user manual. Familiarize yourself with the main functions of the remote control. Understand the manual massages versus just pressing the automatic ones. You can really effectively target areas for relief with most massage chairs. But most of all, enjoy, you have earned it!

Features of Massage Chairs: You will need to start to put a list together of important features for you. What features are important to you? Do you want a massage chair with just a back massage? Do you want lower body massage? Do you want heat? Do you want to have a music player? Do you want a manual recline or motorized recline? There are many important decisions to make. You will want to prioritize your list. Not all massage chairs will have the exact combination to match your list. At some point you may need to make some tradeoffs.

Manual or Power Assisted Recline: These days most massage chairs over $1,500 are power assisted in lowering the chair back and raising the footrest. Manual is with the use of a lever and a hydraulic cylinder. The cylinder will raise the footrest or chair back. The user has to lower the footrest and push back to lower the chair back. Most entry level massage recliners have manual controls. The power assisted recline utilizes a motor for chair back and a motor for the footrest. These operate with a one-touch control and may be integrated into moving with different massage programs.

Whatever perspective you are coming from, find out what benefits you want from a massage recliner. They provide numerous therapies or you can target a particular ailment. Find the best chair for your needs over a 3 to 5 year period. That way, you will have many therapies to choose from for many years to come. Think about how your needs may change through time and find one right for you.
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