I heard of a story recently about an obese person being refused a professional massage because of their size. While this is obviously not the right approach, it got me thinking about the variety of extra large massage chairs for overweight people. After some extensive research, I have managed to find 5 massage chairs suitable for us heavy people.
But I am surprised that the maximum weight capacity for a massage chair available is only 440 lbs. With some recliner chairs with 500 Lbs capacity, one could assume a massage chair could withstand 500 pounds as well. But it appears not, and 440 pounds is the highest ‘official’ weight capacity I found from my research.
Being obese or even slightly overweight can have some significant affects on the body. Besides the health issues, having the extra 100, 200, 300 pounds extra weight to carry around can really take its toll.
The more common affected areas of the body from living with extra weight include: Knees, back, neck, ankles, feet and the hips. These are common impact zones and when one is overweight, extreme pressure can be forced onto these zones. All sorts of injuries can occur as a result. It’s not uncommon for a overweight person to have high blood pressure either.
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|Real Relax Zero||440 Lbs||Yes||8 Fixed Massage Points, vibrating seat, 50 airbags, built in music player|
|Kahuna KM-7300||320 Lbs||Yes||L Track - 6 rolling massage nodes from neck down to thighs, wide shoulder and seat area, 9 auto programs, 12" leg extension for tall people up to 6'5"|
|Luraco iRobotics 7 PLUS||300 Lbs||Yes||Made in USA for people up to 6'7", manual control for pin pointing massage zones, high end model|
|Panasonic EP-MA73KU||264 Lbs||Yes||Ultra Premium 3D massage capabilities including 10 Junetsu thumb like massages. Total combination of 110 manual massage functions including heat therapy.|
|Full Body Shiatsu Massage Chair||250 Lbs||Up to 170 degrees||Heat in lower back and feet, 30 airbags, hand & wrist massager, 35" wide chair|
In terms of the high weight capacity, built in features and attractive price, I think I have found the perfect massage chair for the big person on a budget.
This chair even has a heater in the seat, which as we know is a health benefit of heat therapy. This is something I wasn’t expecting from this chair that just keeps on giving.
Being overweight makes it hard enough to find many products, but being tall as well is the nail in the coffin more times than not. When it comes to finding the best big and tall massage chairs, life gets a whole lot more complicated.
However it’s certainly not impossible as you’re about to find out. This next massage chair is for big and tall people up to 6’5″ tall with a maximum weight capacity of 320 pounds. While being a great big and tall massage chair, its also a popular choice for average size people as well. The chair in question is the SM 7300 Kahuna Chair which is now available on amazon.
Named the Kahuna chair because its relevant to the big and tall persons, perhaps but either way this chair is a beast. If this chair had a higher weight capacity it would certainly be the ultimate massage chair for heavy people. So lets have a look at what makes the Kahuna chair so relevant for the big and tall people.
The 320 pound weight capacity is not huge, I get that. But it is still up there when it comes to massage chairs. Not many if any at all are of this quality and offer this many options to the bigger person.
Where this massage chair wins it for me is in the shoulder width. Kahuna have added an extra 3 inches of width into the shoulder region of the chair to accommodate wider individuals. The total shoulder width is 24 inches.
As a person with very broad shoulders, I cant praise Kahuna enough for thinking of us wider folks. Now I would like a wider seat, but the 21 inch wide seat is sufficient considering that most massage chairs are designed to be narrow to allow for the airbags and internal mechanisms of the chair.
Most massage chairs these days come with foot extensions, the Kahuna comes with a huge 12 inch extension which makes this massage chair suitable for people up to 6’5″ comfortably.
Most chairs are lucky to seat a 6 foot man comfortably. While this is not as ‘tall rated’ as the next massage chair below, it does have a higher weight capacity making it ideal for the big and tall people.
Without dragging on too much, you can quite easily see how this massage chair is good for the big and tall persons. So I’ll speed things up by quickly going over some of the key components which make the Kahuna one of the best massage chairs of 2019.
This massage chair performs the zero gravity position. This position is especially rewarding for heavier people as it relieves just about all the pressure on your body. It’s similar to feeling like your floating on a cloud as the body is in a position where the pressure points are relieved.
Massage chairs are either S track or L Track. S track is where the massage only covers you back and neck. L track, which is a relatively new break though in massage technology covers from your neck down to your buttocks.
So you can get your thighs and butt massaged by the shiatsu massaging nodes and not just air pressure like the S track chairs do. But what’s amazing about the Kahuna is that it has an extra 2 massaging nodes.
Most massage chairs only have 4 massaging heads which go up and down the S or L track. This one has 6, so you get greater coverage and greater relief quicker. Just another reason why this massage chair is very popular among the big and tall people.
The Luraco irobotics 7 massage chair has some pretty amazing testimonials scattered across the net. This 300 Lbs tested made in the USA massage chair has certainly left a lasting impression on many Americans. In fact it was voted best medical massage chair by Tech Guru at the International Consumer Electronics.
It’s also the best massage chair for tall people in my opinion as former NBA star Jerome Williams whom is 6’9″ tall personally uses this massage chair. Now if a tall basketball player can fit in one of these, just about anyone can. Now I’m not anywhere near that height, but if you are then this is the chair for you. Hands down.
The i7 feels like it is is the ultimate advanced version of any massage chair, with up to date technology that’s sure to leave a smile. Advanced, yet simply. Which is why this chair is so popular. Nobody likes to mess around with a control for an hour just to turn the thing on. Which is why I like the idea of the smartphone style display. The simple layout makes the chair easy to use, which is a attribute we all want.
While simple in display, the irobotics 7 is more advanced in the areas that matter. The actual massaging!. With an incredible 5 intensity settings, controlled massaging is now the way of the future.
But what I found the most appealing for a big person is the scan feature. The chair will actually scan your body so the rollers can adjust the massage to suit your individual body shape. This is just incredible for a custom full body massage. While you maybe able to get a good idea from consumer reviews about what to expect from the iRobotics 7, the below video will give you a complete run through on this amazing massage chair.
Unlike more common narrow thinner massage chairs you may have seen at the Mall. This beast of a chair is wide enough for the big Man. As for weight capacity, it isn’t the highest with a maximum weight limit of 264 pounds. But the build of this massage chair is pure quality. The chair doesn’t feel like its going to bend when in use, which is credit to the heavy duty frame/support the Panasonic MA73.
While this Panasonic massage chair is not too dissimilar to the iRobotics, it does have a lower weight capacity. But the other features are the true stand out here. The heated hand and arm massage is something that has to be felt to be believed. Not all chairs come with arm and hand massaging devices, so it’s really good if you can snap up the chance to test run when you can. I constantly get hand cramps from repetitive movements and small hand massages work a treat. For someone with serious RA, this chair could be a very nice addition to relief.
The extra wide massage chair has 5 different massage settings which is ideal if multiple people intend to use this chair. I prefer the Swedish massage while my Partner cant get enough of the Shiatsu Massage on the hardest setting. Which is too intense for me, but can easily be lowered. Or one can just mix up all kinds of massages to best perform to suit there body.
The conveniently placed control is particularly good for these scenarios. A few hits of the button and change the settings to suit you, brilliant. But at first the control can seem daunting, after some extended use it becomes just another control you know like the back of your hand. Mastering the control is just another reason to indulge in a full body massage.
For the price of the Panasonic EP-MA73 you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s one of the more up to date models that offers full body massages with 5 different massaging styles.
But for the fact it has a higher than standard weight capacity, wider seat area and hand and feet massage capabilities make this chair an easy recommendation for the overweight population.
Which is fine for a 250 pound capacity. But for anything heavier than that, one might question the amount of strength and support the chair can offer for what I consider a low price.
One of the features of The Shiatsu that I think is one of it’s best is the shear amount of extension the roller heads have. They can go down and get into the tail bone area, which other chairs can sometimes struggle with. For me, it’s my lower back area that needs the most attention and because the Shiatsu can focus more on the lower back region it’s a good choice.
For the buttock and thigh region the shiatsu and vibrating function stop just above. This is where you get a pressure massage from the 20 or so air bags in the lower section of the chair.
In terms of a massage experience, this chair delivers. However, after going through many reviews there seems to be some mixed reviews on the after sales support. Many people got answers immediately, while some were left disappointed. So be sure to read the amazon reviews before making a decision.
My overall opinion is pretty straight forward. If you can’t afford a more expensive massage chair, then this may be your best bet. The comfort, massage features and the 250 lbs weight capacity will suit many folks. But at the same time may leave some folks wanting more.
For those interested, the chair reclines back but not to zero gravity and the distance from the top of the chair to the feet is about 75 inches which is a decent length for the big and tall people.
Fortunately a simple massage may help with some of these conditions. However with the stigmata attached to obese people, it’s not uncommon for a massage parlor to turn down the business. This may be a result of either personal judgement from the staff or inadequate massage tables, stools etc. Whatever the reasons are behind the business, hope is not completely lost. This is where the heavy duty robotic massage chair plays their role.
Massage chairs are relatively new in the grand scheme of things, according to Wiki they were first introduced to the market in 1954. But it hasn’t been until the last decade or so that they have really taken off.
Prices are starting to reflect the popularity and decrease slightly, which I’m very happy about. So it’s important to note that some of the newer massage chairs may actually be cheaper than some of the older models.