From heated massage office chairs to a basic lumbar vibrating office chair massage, there are so many different types to choose from. But one thing is for sure, sitting at a desk all day can do a number on your back. And speaking from experience, back pain is no joke.
More than ever before, people are transitioning from traditional office spaces to their own work at home offices. Finding the right chair is crucial, and why not enjoy an office chair that massages? You’ll get the blood flowing, ease your sore muscles, and stay productive at work, all without even leaving your chair.
All of these chairs featured below were evaluated based on the following criteria.
- Massage Type
- Value for the Money
- Comfort and Support
- Additional Features
We’ll take a look at some heated and non-heated massage chair options in different styles. Click below in the Table of Contents to jump ahead if you’ve got a feature in mind. Otherwise, let’s dig in like the rollers of Shiatsu massage. (That’s a stretch. Sorry.)
Types of Office Chairs with Massage
When you’re looking for an office chair with massage, the styles vary greatly, and it can be confusing as to what you’re really getting. Some of them offer a Shiatsu massage. Some are simply vibrating massages. Some have heat, while others don’t. Let’s take a closer look at the differences, so you can feel confident in what it is you really need.
A Shiatsu massage is a form of massage that applies pressure to certain points of the body to stimulate and promote energy flow. In massage chairs, they use rolling balls that work their way up and down your back to massage joints and muscle tissues. This is good when you have lot of muscle tension. Most of these types of massage chairs aren’t made for the office, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. They’re just less common than vibrating massage chairs.
Most office chairs with massage really mean a vibrating massage, not a Shiatsu massage. A vibrating massage is still a great idea because it gets your muscles to contract and relax. It also helps to improve circulation, which is important when you’re sitting at a desk all day. Studies have shown that vibration massage helps to increase bone density by producing osteoblasts, which are bone-forming cells. This type of massage can help relax your muscles in the lower back.
Six-point vibration means the vibration is spread to cover six points over three parts of the body. These are usually spread out so there are two in the upper back, two in the lower back and lumbar region, and two in the hips and thighs area on the seat. Basically, the parts that are actually hitting the chair.
Lumbar vibration refers to a vibrating mechanism in the lumbar region. Many office chairs with massage only have this in the lumbar region, since that’s where a lot of people experience pain. Although working in a chair all day can provide upper back stiffness, the lower back is what helps you maintain your posture, which is why ergonomic office chairs usually feature an adjustable lumbar pillow.
Some office chairs offer a heated massage, while others only offer the non-heated vibration massage. Adding heat helps with tense muscles and decreases stiffness in areas where it’s applied. It helps improve your circulation more quickly and allows blood to flow, while relaxing and soothing those sore muscles. Not everyone wants or needs the heat, though. It’s best for people dealing with back stiffness caused from sitting all day.
Best Massage Office Chairs Breakdown
#1.) Homcom Heated Vibration Massage Office Chair (Best Overall)
What We Like
This Homcom chair features a six-point heated vibration massage for ultimate muscle relaxation. This means your upper back, lower back, and thighs will get the spa treatment, so you can get the blood flowing while churning out a report. The timed massage feature lets you set your massage for however long you need with 15, 30, or 60-minute increments. It also comes with a remote to set the timer, which rests conveniently in a side pouch off the armrest when not in use.
You can adjust the height of this chair up to four inches, so you can find the right height for you and your legs. The armrests are padded, but they’re not adjustable. You can remove them if you feel so inclined, since they’re not crucial to the support of the chair. The very roomy padded seat is four inches thick and 21.5 inches wide!
The executive style also looks great in any office with its durable PU leather material. It comes in four colors: black, brown, white, or an incredibly bold red. The sturdy five-point base features smooth-rolling caster wheels that swivel 360 degrees and support up to 265 pounds.
The chair reclines back up to 135 degrees, so you can lean back while you get a massage. You can also rock back and forth if you’re not one to sit still all day. The back padding is an impressive 5.5 inches thick and sits 36 inches high from the seat.
What’s Not So Hot
This Homcom chair won’t last as long as some other chairs, with some complaining that the chair starts to show signs of wear and tear after a year of heavy use.
And although this has heat, it’s more of a warm feeling than a hot massage.
Lastly, the massager itself is rather loud. This could be a problem if you don’t work in an office alone. If you do, the benefits of the massage may outweigh the negatives of the noise.
Overall, with its six-pointed heated vibration massage, reclining back, adjustable height, and price point under $200, we like this as our best overall massage office chair.
#2.) OFM Heated Shiatsu Massage Office Chair (Best Shiatsu Massage)
What We Like
This is the only chair on the list that features a Shiatsu-style heated massage, as opposed to the other vibrating massage options. The rolling massage kneads up and down the back for a more intense massage than a vibration massage. You can use the massage with or without heat, but you can’t use the heat on its own. If you’re running a little warm one day, it’s nice to know you can use the massage without the heat.
The removable back pad is attached via Velcro if you want to rest directly against the heat pad for a more intense massage. The lower massage runs to about three inches from the seat cushion. It’s best for a lower back massage, as the rollers don’t go too high up the back, depending on how tall you are.
This executive style chair comes in black bonded leather, which will peel and crack over time, giving the otherwise nice-looking chair a worn look. It does come with a nice three-year limited warranty, though, which is mostly for broken parts. A 360 degree swivel allows you to freely move around the room. It has an adjustable height up to four inches so it measures almost 47 inches off the ground at its highest point.
The soft cushions can be found in the seat, the back rest, and the arm rests, although the armrests cannot be adjusted or removed. This office chair will hold up to 250 pounds, which is fairly standard for office chairs and really nothing special. It can also recline back slightly so you can lean into your massage.
What’s Not So Hot
The price is high, setting you back almost $300. It’s the most expensive chair reviewed here.
It’s also not great for anyone over 5’10 because the massage will just hit too low on your back to be worthwhile.
The power cord can also get tangled up in the wheels, so you may have to right something together to keep it from doing that.
Although it’s the only chair on the list with a heated Shiatsu massage, this is still worthy of being called the best Shiatsu massage office chair, although it’s limited to those who aren’t so tall. With its adjustable height and removable back pad, it’s worth a look if the price doesn’t turn you away.
#3.) Kealive Heated Vibration Massage Office Chair (Best Fabric Massage Office Chair)
What We Like
With a six-point heated vibrating massage, your upper back, lower back, and thighs will reap all the benefits. You can set the timer in 15, 30, or 60 minute increments, but some say the massager is weak in the upright position. You will feel it more when you recline, which you can do up to 120 degrees with the push of a button. Another complaint is the short power cord for the massager, so you may need to find an extension cord if you’re too far from an outlet.
The chair is height adjustable up to four inches. The roomy seat is 20 inches wide and nearly 19 inches deep. The seat sits off the ground from 18.5 inches to 22 inches. At its highest point, the top of the chair stands nearly 47 inches tall. An adjustable lumbar support pillow allows you to adjust the padding to find the perfect fit for your lower back. So when you do turn on the massage, it will hit you in the right spot.
This beautiful gray fabric massage chair supports up to 400 pounds, making it great for all shapes and sizes. It rolls smoothly with caster wheels and a features a 360 degree swivel. The warranty on this heated massage chair is pretty good, coming with a 12 month warranty, plus an additional 12 months they add on after purchase. You will also receive 24 hour sales service support to address your questions or concerns.
What’s Not So Hot
The chair also comes with a thick padded headrest and padded arms, although the arms aren’t adjustable.
There is extra padding at the front of the seat, meant to support your legs. However, many people complain that the cushions are too thin, despite how much padding there seems to be. If you don’t like a firm seat, you may not like this.
With a price point under $200, a 400 pound weight capacity, beautiful fabric material, and adjustable height and lumbar support this six-point heated massage is our favorite for best fabric massage office chair.
#4.) BestOffice Big and Tall Office Chair Wide Seat 500lbs with Massager (Best Big and Tall Massage Office Chair)
What We Like
A built-in, USB-powered lumbar vibration massager adds an extra level of back comfort so you can work for longer periods of time while receiving an office chair massage. The large, extra thick seat cushion maintains its shape over time and allows air flow to pass through and keep you cool. The extra large seat is an impressive two feet wide by 21.5 inches deep.
This executive style chair is made of durable PU leather and comes in three colors, including black, dark brown, and a rather lovely white. It also adjusts in height up to three inches and rolls smoothly on nylon casters with a 360 degree swivel.
The thick cushioning from the seat is also found on the tops of the armrests.
What’s Not So Hot
The assembly isn’t the easiest, and you may have some trouble lining up the screw to their holes.
The armrests can’t be adjusted or removed if they get in the way or don’t fit right.
A tilt function allows you to recline up to 120 degrees, but you can’t lock it into place.
This big and tall office chair with massage holds up to 500 pounds, and also made our best big and tall office chairs list, and it’s one of our top choices for the best office chair under $200. With its extra wide seat, 500 pound support, lumbar massage, and great price point, this is our pick for best big and tall office chair massage.
#5.) SmugDesk Ergonomic Office Chair (Best Style)
What We Like
This gaming chair, executive chair hybrid is the perfect blend of style and comfort. Although it has elements of a gaming chair, it really looks slick in an executive setting. There is a hidden lumbar vibration massage in the lumbar section of the chair. When you don’t want to use it, you can tuck the cords back into the seat for a nice, clean look.
The bonded black leather looks nice, but bonded leather can peel and crack over time. The high density cushions in the backrest and seat are designed not only to support your body, but to keep you cool. The fairly wide seat measures almost 20 inches.
The soft padded arms are adjustable and flip up 180 degrees so you can get them completely out of the way if you want more room to work. You can also adjust the height of the chair with pneumatic controls up to three inches.
The chair does recline back 120 degrees, making it a “rocking” good chair. The sturdy base is made of nylon casters that allow a 360 degree swivel. It can support up to 300 pounds, which is more than the average office chair.
SmugDesk also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as 12 month replacement warranty on defective parts.
What’s Not So Hot
If you like a pillowy soft seat cushion, you may want to look elsewhere, as some complain this seat is rather firm.
The lumbar support is more effective in the tilt back position and less supportive when sitting completely upright.
If it’s style you value, this is a great option. You won’t sacrifice comfort, though, and the extra support and adjustability make it a great option, not just for gamers.
#6.) Von Racer Non-Heated Vibration Massage Gaming Office Chair (Best Reclining Massage Office Chair)
What We Like
This slick-looking racecar style gaming chair is made of durable, PU leather that comes in all black, black with blue trim, black with white trim, or black with red trim. The adjustable lumbar cushion allows you to find a nice ergonomic fit, and the built-in vibrating massage stimulates circulation. It plugs in via a USB cord, which can be tied up under the seat when not in use.
There is a retractable footrest, so you can kick your feet up when you need a break… or if you want a massage in style. Although it’s nice that it has a footrest, it’s not exactly the easiest to pull in and out. It’s also not the sturdiest, feeling rather flimsy for some.
This fully reclining office chair goes from an upright position to a 175 degree recline, allowing you to actually kick back and relax. You can lock it in at other angles, too, depending on how far you want to lean back.
It also has a roomy seat, over 21 inches wide and 20 inches deep. The curved armrests are also well padded. You can adjust the height almost four inches.
What’s Not So Hot
Unfortunately the arms can’t be adjusted or removed if they don’t work for you.
The 360 degree swivel casters can support up to 250 pounds, which is only average.
The seat padding is a little thin, making it uncomfortable after long periods of time. The footrest is also a little flimsy for some people.
The one-year warranty isn’t too bad, as it also comes with customer support sales service, ready to field your questions or concerns. Although the footrest isn’t the best, it’s nice to have the option. And if you can deal with a firm seat, you’ll be rewarded with a good massage, full recline, and stylish chair. That’s why we think this is the best reclining massage office chair.
#7.) BestOffice Non-Heated Vibration Massage Task Chair (Best Budget)
What We Like
This task chair may look small, but it comes with enough features to make this a really great value for your money. It has an adjustable lumbar support with built-in vibrating massage powered by a USB cable, which can be tied up under the seat when not in use.
The height can be adjusted up to 3 inches, sitting from 17 to 20 inches off the ground. The seat is also quite roomy for a smaller chair, at over 20 inches wide and deep.You can gain even more space with the flip-up arms, which are able to lift up 180 degrees so you can get them out of the way when you’re not using them.
The breathable mesh back keeps you cool all day long, and at under $100, this is the one of the most affordable office chair massagers you can buy. The chair features a slight rock, so although you can’t lock in a reclined position, you can rock back and forth.
The chair supports up to 250 pounds, only average, but not bad for its size. The caster wheels do allow a 360 degree swivel, so you can grab things with ease.
What’s Not So Hot
There’s not much padding on the seat, so it can be uncomfortable if you like a cushioned seat. You may need to look elsewhere or get a separate seat cushion. If you like a firm seat, this won’t be a problem for you.
You can’t lock the tilt, so if you want to lean, you can’t stay locked into that position.
Coming in around under $100, this is easily our best budget office chair massage. With that, you get the lumbar vibration massage, adjustable lumbar support, flip up arms, and adjustable height. It’s really a great value if you don’t need a larger executive style office chair.
Benefits of an Office Chair Massage
There are many benefits to getting an office chair with massage. Not only do the massages get your blood flow circulating, they help loosen your muscles and provide relief from tightness caused by sitting all day. They can help ease pain, which I personally found to be a huge relief when I had lower back pain.
Massages can reduce stress and anxiety and help increase your energy, allowing you to better focus on the tasks at hand. With an office chair massage, you don’t even need to stop your work to experience these benefits. They are just a button push away.
Office Chair Massage Pad Versus Office Chair with Massage
What are the main differences between an office chair with massage and an office chair massage pad?
Where an office chair with massage is limited to your office space, an office chair massage pad can move around with you. If you do want to use it in a different room, or you need to work outside of your home, a massage chair offers that flexibility.
Office chairs with massage features built-in are a good option if you only want a quick massage while working and don’t want the added bulk of a massage chair pad. Chair pads can raise your seat, depending on the thickness of the pad, which can make it uncomfortable or difficult to fit under your desk.
Office chairs with massage are also designed for comfort. The chair is designed to be sat in all day, where massage chair pads are designed to be used, then put away. The massage nodes make it uncomfortable to sit in for long periods of time.
If you’re only working from home and just want a quick mid-day massage, an office chair with massage is a more convenient option. You don’t have to store a massage chair pad separately, and you don’t need to get it out every time you want a massage. The chair already has the built-in features, so you simply need to push a button.
Massage chair pads do offer more features, however, since they aren’t designed to be used for an 8-hour work day. You can target the areas you want to massage, and you can experience a true deep tissue massage. Office chairs with massage usually come with a vibration massage, since massage nodes aren’t comfortable when not in use.
Both a massage chair pad and an office chair with massage will need to be plugged in, so you have the same problem of the wheels potentially getting caught in the cords. It’s important to note whether the office chair has a convenient way to store the cords when not in use then, because a massage chair pad can simply be unplugged and stored away.
The Results Are in
If you’re looking for a stylish executive chair with six-pointed heated vibrating massage, adjustable features, and above average support at a reasonable price, you should choose the Homcom Office Massage Chair. This chair looks great and will deliver a good massage for those long, stressful days.
If the vibration isn’t enough for you, and you need a little more power, you should try the OFM Shiatsu Massage Office Chair.
If you’re big and tall, you can’t go wrong with the 400 pound weight capacity of the Kealive Massage Office Chair or the most support, the BestOffice 500 Pound Massage Office Chair. Check out some of our other big and tall office chairs here.
Lastly, if price is your biggest concern, the great value for your money, coming in well below $100, is the BestOffice Massage Office Chair.
What matters most to you? What type of massage do you prefer? Full body, lumbar, shiatsu? Whatever you like, there’s an option for you. And one thing’s for sure, we could all use a little more relaxation in our work day.