Sanyo Massage Chair Reviews

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They say if you want the best shiatsu massage chair you should always purchase Japanese. Well, Sanyo are Japanese, so do all its chairs give you the best possible shiatsu at a fair cost. The answer is yes, some models give a great massage at a great price but some others fall short and you’d be better off looking at other brands – even non-Japanese at that.

Massage chair SL-A39 - Relax Lounge

There’s no denying that Sanyo makes some of the best robotic massage chairs on the market and is firmly placed in the top tier of Japanese manufacturers like Fuji, Inada and Fujikura. Its chairs don’t come cheap costing upwards of $3,000 and at this price you really do want value for money. But if you do want a decent shiatsu massage you do have to look at chairs with a minimum price tag of around $1,800. And despite what Japanese manufacturers might tell you, many non-Japanese companies also make chairs that deliver a great shiatsu massage.

The cheapest model is the Sanyo HEC-SR1000K massage chair retailing for around $3,000. It’s been designed to have a sleek, lightweight and contemporary look. It has wooden arms and wood trim on the foot rest. Unlike other chairs it isn’t thick or massive looking and its black faux leather gives it an understated look of extravagance. However, I really don’t like the overall look of this chair. This is manly because of the back legs/stand. Far from looking sleek and stylish, it looks kind of industrial or like anĀ Brio Sport Massage Chair after thought and it isn’t helped by the exposed metal and gray trim.

Like all Sanyo massage chairs it comes with something called Stiffness Detection. Using pulse, perspiration sensors and vibration the chair adjusts the massage output automatically to relax and invigorate stiff joints and muscles. There are 7 massage programs: Neck and Shoulders, Waist, and Leg – the remaining programs comes from a combination of the Leg with the other 3 programs. The chair comes with power recline to an angle of 170 degrees.

The programs and back and shoulder massages are good; however the chair lets itself down in the foot massage area. Basically the foot massager doesn’t do that great a task, and at this price I’d want more. A better option, and a few hundred dollars cheaper, is the Human Touch HT 125 massage chair. It has a better, sleeker and more pleasing design, has comparable massage functions and programs and the foot massager is greatly improved.

The Sanyo HEC-SA5000K massage chair retails for around $4,300 and is a greatly improved option if you have the budget. It comes with everything that the HEC-SR1000K has and significantly more. There are 4 memory courses, 9 automatic courses and an amazing 83 manual course combinations. There are also 5 massage speed settings. And, this model comes with a decent foot massager for both calves and feet – there are airbags and a multi-point heated shiatsu massage.