This Ideal Massage chair is a mid-range option that prioritizes Shiatsu, but is versatile enough to be used by anybody who needs a massage chair for a reasonable price. While it’s not as feature-packed as truly premium models, it has quite a lot to offer for its price, even in comparison to upscale chairs.
First and foremost, this chair was designed to simulate real human hands with its combination of rollers, airbags and other mechanisms. It is mainly powered by four wheel-driven mechanical massage hands which operate on an S-track of rollers. Said mechanical hands are also made for quiet operation, for the most relaxing massage experience possible.
Besides the normal massage modes, (kneading, Shiatsu, spinal rolling, vibrating) this chair also includes a heat therapy function located in the back of the chair. While it won’t treat your entire body, it will cover the lower back area, which is probably enough for most people. However, users who need heat therapy on their calves, feet or neck may find they have to look elsewhere, depending on how they fit into the chair and how badly they need that heat massage function.
There are two levels of intensity for every airbag in the chair, and Ideal massage didn’t forget about your feet either. There are six kneading balls located in the sole section of the foot rest for massaging even the bottoms of your feet, meaning this is a great chair for day laborers, restaurant workers, or anybody in an industry that requires them to stand up for long periods of time.
As stated in the product title, this Ideal Massage model really puts an emphasis on Shiatsu-style massages. Despite that, it also has options for kneading, spinal rolling and vibrating modes, so it should be able to satisfy users who need Shiatsu, but who also need something else for slightly different use cases.
While manual modes will let you choose between Shiatsu, kneading, spinal rolling and vibrating, automatic modes will utilize one or multiple of the aforementioned modes to give you a customized program. The automatic modes on this chair are relatively standard; while they may not blow your mind, they’ll definitely do the job. And power users can rest assured that they’ll be able to manually switch between the modes, being able to adjust for speed, intensity, etc. on the fly through the chair’s built-in control panel.
As stated above, this chair is neither totally premium nor totally budget. As far as quality goes, it lies right in the middle of the spectrum. While it doesn’t necessarily offer every feature imaginable, it does have a range of different massage styles (including Shiatsu), heat therapy, and even a zero-gravity reclining system. That’s likely enough to satisfy the average/casual user.
For power users or buyers who want to feel real leather beneath them during their massage, however, spending slightly more on a premium model is recommended, as this chair will do its job very well, but may not totally satisfy you. You can read about the best massage chair here if you are not fully sure about this model.
This chair from Ideal Massage isn’t made from real leather, unfortunately. However, that’s to be expected given the price point: this is a chair for everyday use, not a luxury item. Furthermore, any real leather chair at this kind of price point would likely suffer from durability, stretching and cosmetic issues in the future.
According to an Ideal Massage customer representative, their synthetic leather is much better suited to the needs of a massage chair. Unlike real leather, it won’t stretch out over time with repeated inflation of the chair’s airbag system, but it gives said airbags the flexibility to do their job well. Furthermore, this synthetic material will resist any cracks of tears from the combination of friction and heat that this chair’s massage functions give off.
All in all, while we’d prefer genuine leather, this is one trade off common to such mid-range massage chairs, so it’s hard to avoid. Furthermore, it seems like Ideal Massage has at the very least thought through their choice of materials — which is in some ways, better than you can say for even some genuine leather consumer massage chairs.
Pros and Cons
- Very reasonable price point
- Includes heat therapy
- Zero-gravity positioning
- Massages all the way down to the soles of your feet
- Synthetic leather covering
- This chair isn’t a standout in any particular category
This full-featured chair from Ideal Massage is Shiatsu-focused, but it can do other things too; it has heat therapy and three other massage modes on tap, and the chair’s mechanism was even designed to simulate real hands. As the price reflects, this isn’t a true budget model, but neither is it a high-end, customized massage chair. It’s simply a chair that works, and will do almost everything a home buyer or casual massage enthusiast might look for. As such, we’d recommend this chair for anybody looking for a do-it all, midrange option.