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Top 10 Best Massage Chair Pads 2018

Compare Our Top 10 Best Massage Chair Pads Using Our Comparison Table Below
 1) HoMedics CBS-1000 Max2) Naipo Neck And Full Back Massager3) HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back And Shoulder Massager4) HoMedics SBM-179H Massage Chair5) Lifemax Heated Back And Seat Massager
Average User Rating (4.2 / 5) (4.3 / 5) (4.3 / 5) (4.8 / 5) (3.8 / 5)
Body Parts Massaged- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Upper legs/thighs
- Neck
- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Neck
- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Upper legs/thighs
- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Hips
- Thighs
Massage Types/ModesBack & shoulders:
- Shiatsu
- Rolling
- Spot

Upper legs/thighs:
- Vibration
Back & shoulders:
- Shiatsu
- Rolling
- Kneading
- Spot

Upper legs/thighs:
- Vibration
Back & shoulders:
- Shiatsu
- Rolling
- Spot

Upper legs/thighs:
- Vibration
- Shiatsu
- Rolling
- Kneading
- Pulse
- Tapping
- Rolling
- Auto
- Kneading
Adjustable HeightYesYesYesNoNo
Adjustable WidthYesNoYesNoNo
Timer Function SettingsNoNoNoNo15, 30 or 60 minutes
Auto Shut Off Time15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutesNo
Number Of Speed Level Settings11111
Heat ModeYesYesYesYesYes
Remote ControlYesYesYesNoYes
Machine Washable CoverNoNoYesNoNo
Box Contents- HoMedics CBS-1000 Max Shiatsu Massaging Chair Pad
- Remote control
- User manual
- Naipo Neck And Full Back Massager
- Remote control
- Car adapter
- User manual
- HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back And Shoulder Massager
- Remote control
- User manual
- HoMedics SBM-179H Massage Chair
- User manual
- Lifemax Heated Back and Seat Massager 226R
- Remote control
- Car adapter
- User manual
Warranty2 year2 year2 year2 year1 year
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 6) Beurer MG300 Shiatsu Seat Cover7) Medisana Shiatsu Massage Seat Cover8) HoMedics Dual Massage Chair9) Medisana Home & Car Seat Massager10) HoMedics 5 Motor Back Massager
Average User Rating (4.1 / 5) (4.1 / 5) (4.1 / 5) (3.5 / 5) (3.7 / 5)
Body Parts Massaged- Neck
- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Neck
- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Upper thighs
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Neck
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Upper thighs
- Shoulders
- Upper back
- Lower back
- Upper thighs
Massage Types/Modes- Shiatsu
- Rolling
- Swing
- Spot
- Shiatsu
- Rolling
- Vibration
- Shiatsu
- Spot
- Pulse
- Tapping
- Rolling
- Auto
- Kneading
- Vibration
Adjustable HeightNoNoNoNoNo
Adjustable WidthYesNoNoNoNo
Timer Function SettingsNoNoNo15, 30 or 60 minutesNo
Auto Shut Off Time15 minutes15 minutes15 minutesNoNo
Number Of Speed Level Settings11112
Heat ModeYesYesYesYesYes
Remote ControlYesYesYesYesYes
Machine Washable CoverYesOnly neck massage coverNoNoNo
Box Contents- Beurer MG300 Shiatsu Seat Cover with Body Scanning
- Remote control
- User manual
- Medisana Shiatsu Massage Seat Cover
- Remote control
- User manual
- HoMedics Dual Massage Heat
- Remote control
- User manual
- Medisana Home & Car Seat Cover Massager
- Car adapter
- Remote control
- User manual
- HoMedics 5 Motor Back Massager
- Car adapter
- Remote control
- User manual
Warranty3 year3 year1 year3 year2 year
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A Guide To The Best Massage Chair Pads

No need to buy a complete massage chair, a massage chair pad can simply attach to most office chairs and sofas, so not only is it convenient but it’s also usually a lot cheaper than buying an actual massage chair.  Despite it being cheaper, massage chair pads also known as massage chair covers, massage chair cushions or portable seat massagers still provides the same relaxation and benefits as what a massage chair would, perhaps in some cases not to the same high standard but it is still satisfactory for most people. 

Shiatsu Massage

Massage chair pads aims to replicate what a masseuse can do

The purpose of a shiatsu massage chair pad is to emulate the techniques used by a masseuse, with the goal to relieve stress, tension, pain and fatigue.  Those are among the main reasons why people would buy a massage chair pad or a massage chair, but experts claim there are many other benefits.

Other devices which are also effective at relieving muscle pain and tension includes a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine and other massagers such as a pillow massager.

If you’re looking for the best car seat massager, then you should check the box contents to see which ones come with a car adapter because not every model would be suitable to use in the car.  Also, you can read our short reviews below to get a more in-depth insight on the best message chair pads.

 

How To Choose The Best Massage Chair Pad

There are plenty of portable seat massagers to choose from and with different ones being equipped with different features it can be difficult to know which one would be the best massage chair pad for yourself.  But you can sit back and relax (without a massage chair pad), as below we’ll explain the list of features and what it does, so this will make the selection process a lot easier for you.

Body parts massaged – This will tell you what body parts the massage pad is able to massage.  Some will be able to massage all the way up to the neck and back down to your thighs, whereas others will concentrate purely on the back.  Models that can massage the neck as well are usually more pricey, but an alternative could be to buy a neck massager in addition to your massage pad.

Massage types/modes – There are different massage types or modes you can choose from, unless you choose a basic model which may only have one massage type.  The main types of massages are as follows:

  • Shiatsu – Originates from Japan, a shiatsu massage would involve pressure from the thumbs, fingers, hands, elbows, knees or feet being applied to pressure points on the body.
  • Rolling – This feels like two hands or thumbs going up and down your back, with most models you can also set this type of massage to focus on either the lower part or upper part of your back or the whole back if you prefer.
  • Spot – When the massage pad is in Shiatsu mode, you can press a button to make it stop and focus in one spot. Whilst in spot mode you can usually adjust the positioning to make it focus on a different spot.
  • Kneading – This is a firm but gentle massage which travels up and down your back.
  • Vibration – Comforting vibrations designed to keep you relaxed and sooth away pain or fatigue.

Adjustable height – Only very few massage chair covers will allow you to adjust the height according to your own height.  Models without this function will cater towards most people still, unless you’re way below or way above the average height.

Adjustable width – If the massager can massage the shoulder area, then some models have an option to adjust the width so it massages the correct points of your shoulder.

Timer function – Usually only models without the auto shut off feature will have a timer where you can set it for how long you want the massage for.  The settings will usually allow you to set the timer for either 15, 30 or 60 minutes.

Auto Shut Off Time – This is a safety feature where the device will automatically shut off after a set time when in use.  The reason why the device automatically shuts off is so the muscles are not overworked as this can cause damage, this also prevents the device from overheating.

The device can be used shortly after it has been shut up, so another user can use it straight after without waiting too long.

Speed level settings – Adjust the speed to how fast you prefer the massage.

Heat mode – This can usually only be activated during a massage rather than using it just to keep warm.  Heat mode allows you to add heat to a massage to keep your body warm.  To use heat therapy to relieve muscle pain, consider using an electric heating pad.

Remote control – All of the massage chair cushions will be operated by using a remote control, which makes it convenient as you can easily change the settings.

Machine washable cover – Some of the covers can be removed and machine washed, but if the model doesn’t allow you to do this then the cover can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

 

Massage Chair Pad vs Massage Chair

If you’re debating whether to get a massage chair cover or an actual massage chair, we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of each one of them, so you can decide which one is best for you.

Massage chair pad pros:HoMedics CBS-1000

  • Usually a lot cheaper.
  • Portable so can be used in a lot of places.
  • Can be used in the car if it comes with a car adapter.
  • Can be used on most types of chairs and sofas.

Cons:

  • The quality of massage is not as high.

 

Massage chair prosMassage Chair

  • Plenty of different model styles to choose from.
  • Some models will massage your whole body including all of your legs.

Cons:

  • A lot more expensive.
  • Not portable and takes up additional space.

Our Top 5 Best Electric Back Massager Reviews

1) HoMedics CBS-1000 Back And Shoulder Massager

  • Set the massage to how you want it with the 14 massage functions.
  • Shiatsu, rolling and spot massage options to choose from.
  • Adjust the height and width of the massage nodes to your specifications.
  • Can be folded away and hung when not in use.
  • Removable back cover which can be machine washed.
  • Covered by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Possible deal breaker

  • No neck massage function.

HoMedics is no stranger to the health industry and the CBS-1000 just proves this as it’s rated our best massage chair pad!  With the ability to adjust the height and width to suit the user’s body shape, no user will feel like they’re not the right fit for this electric back massager.  Although it’s not the cheapest massager, you’ll realise you paid a fair price once you had a go on it.

2) Naipo Shiatsu Neck And Full Back Massage Seat Cushion

  • Full back and neck massage with seat vibration.
  • Adjustable height (including neck massager height) to tailor to your height.
  • Strong in-depth massage provided by the shiatsu deep kneading massage nodes.
  • Pinpoint the exact location where you want the massage nodes to target.
  • Includes AC adapter and car adapter so can be used at home or in the car (not when driving).
  • Includes a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Possible deal breaker

  • Neck massager may be a bit too high for shorter users, even when it’s at the lowest setting.

A full back, neck and upper thighs/legs massager for a very reasonable price!  You will pay much less for this shiatsu massage chair cover as opposed what you would pay for the equivalent for a well known brand.

Furthermore, a car adapter is also included and thanks to that, this model is rated the best car seat massager.  Although it’s not recommended to use the massager when driving.  Lower back sufferers will also benefit with the spot massage as you can set it to target a specific area.

3) HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back And Shoulder Massager

  • Adjust the height, width and headrest to get the perfect fit.
  • Mix and match the 14 massage programmes to your liking.
  • Choose from shiatsu, rolling, spot & vibration massage options with added heat option.
  • Target a specific area on your back with the spot shiatsu massage mode.
  • Handy rear strap allows you to hang up the massage in the wardrobe when it’s not in use.

Possible deal breaker

  • Very pricey, you can buy cheaper models which are equally as good.

Although this HoMedics chair massager blends in with any modern household, it’s not the best back massager for a chair or sofa, especially not for the price.  Perhaps if this model was superseded by a newer model and the price dropped, it would be more reasonable.  Don’t get us wrong, it’s a very good electric back massager, if you’re willing to fork out the money.

4) HoMedics SBM-179H Back And Shoulder Massager

  • Benefit from 3 massage modes: Shiatsu, rolling and kneading.
  • Target your full back, just upper back or just lower back.
  • 6 massage programmes to choose from.
  • Select your desired settings with the attached control panel.
  • Lightweight and can easily fold away to save space.

Possible deal breaker

  • Can be a bit awkward to reach the control panel when you’re already seated in position.

For those who just want an affordable shiatsu back massager and not bothered about getting your upper thighs massaged, then this model may be just for you.  Despite being quite basic, it’s still the best lower back massager for an affordable price.  You can target just your lower back with soothing heat to ease any lower back pain.

5) Lifemax Heated Back And Seat Massager 226R

  • Massages your full back, hips and thighs.
  • 5 massage modes: Pulse, tapping, rolling, auto and kneading.
  • 4 levels of intensity to choose from with add heat function.
  • Set the timer to either 15, 30 or 60 minutes to ensure you don’t overdo it.
  • Use at home, in the office or in your car as a mains and car adapter are both included.

Possible deal breaker

  • No shiatsu massage option.

Perhaps not the best massage chair pad, since it’s quite limited and without any shiatsu option you won’t gain the same benefits as you would with a shiatsu back massager.  However, since it’s cheap and comes with a car adapter, many users buy this to use as a car seat massager.