Advantages of getting a portable massage chair
- Professional portable massage chairs offer mobility that allows physical therapists to travel to their clients, especially customers who may be recovering from injuries and surgery or struggling with disability.
- They come in compact and foldable designs that store and transport easily to holistic and wellness events.
- Compared to regular visits to spas and massage parlors, a portable massage chair at home offers you a more affordable option to relax and relieve back pain from the comfort of your home.
Features to consider when choosing a portable massage chair
There are several factors to consider before buying the best rated portable massage chair for home, educational or commercial use. A valuable purchase would be versatile enough to accommodate people of different heights, weight and body sizes.
The best rated portable massage chairs are easy to transport because they are either lightweight like the EARTHLITE Portable Massage Chair which weighs 15 pounds, or they come with features that improve mobility. Example of these features are the Master Massage Rio Portable Massage Chair and the STRONGLITE Ergo Pro II have a high working capacity and are unsurprisingly heavy, but they come with wheels that roll the chairs smoothly. The former’s wheels are on the case and not attached to the chair itself.
Working capacity refers to the pressure that a professional portable massage chair can bear when it is in operation, also known as working weight. It factors in the pressure you apply as well as the weight and movement of the client. It is dynamic and its limit is approximately 25 percent lower than that of static weight which does not include any movement or exertion of pressure. High weight threshold models such as the Master Massage Rio Portable Massage Chair and the STRONGLITE Ergo Pro II can accommodate a wider variety of body sizes and weights because they both have a working weight limit of 600 pounds.
The size should obviously matter especially if you will be taking your professional portable massage chair to your clients. Fortunately, these models are compact with retractable and foldable designs that reduce the overall dimensions for convenient storage. When folded, the EARTHLITE Portable Massage Chair and the BestMassage Portable Massage Chair have almost similar dimensions of 40 x 20 x 9 inches and 39 x 20 x 9 inches respectively.
Even the most basic portable folding massage chair features standard parts like face cradles, armrests, headrest, chest pads, knee rests and the seat. However, you need to confirm whether your intended chair supports adjustment of these parts for comfortable and flexible positioning options. This also allows you to customize the chair to different individuals. The Master Massage Rio Portable Massage Chair is one of the best rated portable massage chairs that allows you to adjust the height and angle of armrests and headrest, move the chest pads forwards and backwards, and remove the face cradle and kneeling pads if you wish. However, you cannot adjust the height of the seat.
A good portable massage chair should be comfortable, breathable and easy to clean. Different models use different material such as imitation leather, PU leather and Vinyl in their upholstery because they are resilient and you can wipe them down. The Giantex Portable Light Weight Massage Chair features powder-coated aluminum frame and textured PU leather that is resistant to oil and water. The STRONGLITE Ergo Pro II comes with the eco-friendly Nature’s Touch PU upholstery while the Master Massage Rio Portable Massage Chair upholstery has a buttery feel derived from the Company’s exclusive small cell foam cushioning.
Look for thick high-density cushions that can support heavy people comfortably for extended sessions.
Still on material used in construction, you should not overlook the frame because it needs to be sturdy and fortified with durable but lightweight products. The EARTHLITE Portable Massage Chair and the Master Massage Rio Portable Massage Chair have grade aluminum frames. Steel is also a used in frames but it is not common in portable models because it is heavy.
Carrying bag/case included
All the best rated portable massage chairs we have reviewed come with a bag or case for storage and transport. The Master Massage Rio Portable Massage Chair is available with a roomy luggage style wheeled carrying case. Along with the carry case made of rugged ballistic nylon, and which comes with handles, a padded shoulder strap and a zipper, the STRONGLITE Ergo Pro II includes a separate pouch for extra storage.
Caster wheels: These are convenient when transporting professional portable massage chairs.
Protective foot pads: The Giantex Portable Light Weight Massage Chair features foot pads that protect the floor from dents and scratches. This is important considering some of these chairs are bulky and heavy.
Ease of assembly: One of the qualities that make the best rated portable massage chairs is user-friendliness which includes the ease of assembly. Majority of these models are shipped almost fully assembled so it would take buyers only a few minutes to attach the headrest and other parts and to adjust the height and angle for a comfortable position.
Colors: A color that can conceal stains well would be preferable to a lot of people, but having several options to choose your favorite color is much better because you can match it to your style and personality. The EARTHLITE Portable Massage Chair is available in eight different colors: Vanilla Creme, Latte, Sterling, Burgundy, Amethyst, Mystic Blue, Teal and Black.
Removable leg pads: This is beneficial for clients who are injured or disabled.
Warranty: Looking at the products in this review, warranty ranges from 90 days for the BestMassage Portable Massage Chair to a limited lifetime warranty that you are offered with STRONGLITE Ergo Pro II.