I’m on a constant quest for the perfect massage chair, but I am yet to find one.
Still, I couldn’t ignore the Human Touch massage chair brand, which is one of the best on the market.
I extensively reviewed its product line. I talked with experts and physical therapists online, to select the best HT massage chairs, to evaluate their features, and to rank them in the top 10 below.
I tested all their models below. I recorded all the customer reviews.
Below are Top-Rated chairs:
Human Touch Massage Chair Models (Review & Comparison)
#1 Human Touch Novo Xt2 – Top Of The Line Chair in the World
#1 Top of The Line Chair From Human Touch
Although expensive, the XT2 chairs offer therapeutic, intense massages and a wide array of programs.
Features and Benefits:
The Novo XT2 is luxury massage chair that is impressed me at first glance with its stylish design, but it also convinced me of its performance.
This medical model boasts 35 auto-wellness programs, as well as other therapeutic features like Cloud Touch Acupressure.
Besides, there are ten manual techniques to choose from, including the advanced Shiatsu, Swedish and Thai plus the Music Sync option. Because yes, the Novo XT2 sports a performant music system as well.
The zero-gravity massage releases pressure off your spine effectively.
By placing your knees a bit above your heart level, the rollers take all the weight of your body, which helps decompress your spinal discs and alleviate pain.
For the price, though, I would have expected to see three zero-G positions instead of two.
Speaking of the rollers, they move on a hybrid track. The SL Unibody Design track has the best of both worlds.
The S-track is anatomically correct, so the rollers touch all the pressure points on your back, plus it’s beneficial for total body stretches.
The L-track delivers healing deep-tissue massages, and it extends to your glutes and upper hamstrings.
The 3D rollers can alleviate chronic or acute pain, as they can move from the track and penetrate your spine.
The dual lumbar heat improves blood circulation and alleviates sore muscles, but I would have liked to see more options – maybe feet heat or temperature adjustments.
Even if the quad rollers are effective, many users say the feels too intense for them.
The XT2 lacks body scanning technology too, although there are nine presets to choose from, and you can manually adjust the roller position.
Although this is a big chair, it’s designed with space-saving technology, so you need just a 2-inch distance from the wall.
The air massage was soothing, even though it has few air cells compared to other models.
There are three intensity levels, and you can activate the air cells selectively for different body parts.
The body stretch could have been more vigorous, though, to complement the Thai massage.
The calf and foot massaging is comprehensive, with dual feet rollers and airbags that take away pain instantly. Feet heat would’ve been a big improvement, for the price.
Best Alternative – Luraco i7 PLUS
The Luraco i7 Plus is a close competitor, and I think it’s might be a better chair (not a space saver as XT2)
The automatic body shape detection, full-body heat, and three-layer foot massaging are big improvements.
The body swivel with the twist is therapeutic for the spine too, while the intelligent self-diagnosis is a valuable medical tool.
Besides, the 100 air-cell air massaging feels more relaxing and can alleviate muscle tightness faster.
The only disadvantage is that the i7 Plus features just nine auto programs instead of 35, so you need to learn to tweak the options yourself so you can get the best massage.
#2 WholeBody 7.1
The Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 offers a harsh massage, but it’s one of the best to improve blood circulation.
Features and Benefits:
The WholeBody 7.1 is more affordable but comes with some reliable features.
There are five auto-programs, lumbar hot air technology to relieve muscle soreness faster, plus the BodyMap Pro, which allows the rollers to massage different body parts.
I like its swivel-based design as well because it’s space-saving.
The main purpose of the WholeBody 7.1 is to relieve stress and to relax sore muscles.
However, it can provide mild to moderate pain release.
For instance, the patented CirQlation Figure 8 Technology is particularly therapeutic, easing fibromyalgia symptoms.
Your feet and legs are massaged in a circular motion, which improves blood circulation.
This is a small chair, with no required assembly. My only problems are that WholeBody 7.1 delivers quite intense massages, plus it’s not a comfortable chair if you want to use it as a piece of furniture.
#3 Human Touch ZeroG 5.0
ZeroG 5.0 is a good chair for relaxation, chronic leg pain, poor circulation, and sciatica.
Features and Benefits:
The ZeroG 5.0 is a reliable model, especially in terms of relaxation with the four massage programs called Refresh, Relax, Retreat, and Sleep.
There are also some therapeutic benefits to using ZeroG 5.0.
With some six techniques, including the advanced Shiatsu, you will experience a penetrating spinal massage.
The body stretch function works well to alleviate compressed disc pain.
I particularly appreciated the patented warm air technology in terms of therapeutic benefits.
While most chairs feature lumbar heat pads, this one boasts hot air which penetrates your sore muscles faster.
The zero-G option is a nice addition to decompress your spine by placing your knees above your heart level.
This is a more intense massage, and so it’s therapeutic.
The calf and feet massage convinced me. Although this chair doesn’t feature feet heat, the vibration and Figure-Eight Technology massages your calves and feet to improve circulation.
That’s because the blood flow is pushed upward, to your heart.
On the other hand, the air massage is limited, as the chair features airbags just for your glute and thighs.
Even so, this compression is effective for people with chronic leg pain.
The body height customization is a user-friendly addition, as the ottoman extends to accommodate people up to 6’3”.
Besides, you can adjust the massage intensity, and the chair comes fully assembled.
Best Alternative – Kahuna SM 7300
In a similar price range, Kahuna SM7300 is a better chair IMHO.
The hybrid track and cutting-edge six-roller system offer a deeper massage that extends to your glutes.
The Kahuna SM7300 has more options, including a variety of modes, addressed to various groups of people, which you can easily adjust.
The Yoga Stretch featured by the SM7300 is more vigorous, providing instant pain relief.
Other pluses are feet heat and an effective air massage mode with 32 Second-Generation airbags.
The feet massaging can compete with that offered by the HT Zero-G 5.0, as it’s a mix of air compression plus scraping, rolling, and kneading.
Unique user-friendly additions include an adjustable timer plus soft-blue LED lights for chromotherapy so that you can relax faster.
#4 Human Touch ZeroG 3.0
The Human Touch ZeroG 3.0 is a compact model for relaxation and improving blood circulation in your feet.
Features and Benefits:
The HT ZeroG 3.0 is a good, ergonomic chair with a rotating ottoman and space-saving capabilities, plus worthwhile features.
This compact model needs a 7-inch clearance from the wall.
The three auto-immersion programs cater to three different needs: sleep, stress relief, and pain relief.
Although the options are limited, even taking into account the four techniques, I appreciate the ergonomic recline-motion geometry.
This means that you’ll glide into an ergonomic, optimal position for each massage.
The Zero-G option works well to relieve spinal pain because your body will be stretched and your whole weight will press on the rollers.
This takes the pressure away from your spine and intensifies the massage.
Figure 8 technology I’ve already discussed for the other HT models improves blood circulation and increases the effectiveness of your feet and calf massage.
Add to that the mechanical rollers, and your blood flow will be stimulated to heal chronic leg pain.
Speaking of the rollers, these rollerballs are a bit different than the industry norm because they offer a smooth, penetrating motion left-right and in and out.
Besides, you can adjust the intensity on three levels.
Best Alternative – Kahuna LM6800
If space in your home is not an issue, the feature-packed, therapeutic Kahuna LM6800 is a better chair although it’s bigger.
For instance, three levels of zero-G will help release spinal disc pain in a position that feels comfortable for you.
The Kahuna LM6800 features both lumbar and feet heat therapy, which improves blood circulation and alleviates sore muscles.
It is effective, with air cells that envelop your whole body. Chairs offer high-quality synthetic leather!
Another advantage is the therapeutic Yoga Stretch, which is firm and relaxing for instant pain relief.
With heat therapy, airbags, and rollers, the feet and calf massage are fairly comprehensive.
Figure 8 technology might be better to improve circulation if you have diabetes, but otherwise, the Kahuna LM6800 can improve chronic feet pain considerably.
#5 Human Touch iJoy Active 2.0
If you’re on a budget, the iJoy Active 2.0 is effective for hobbyist users, who won’t complain about the lack of a full body massage or extra features.
Features and Benefits:
The sleek, compact iJoy Active 2.0 boasts the FlexGlide technology, which I noticed from the start.
This technology unwinds your muscles and increases the massage effectiveness because the rollers use constant pressure when they move up and down.
I also appreciated the Stretch technique because it improves blood circulation to heal nerve tissues and to remove blood toxins.
However, iJoy doesn’t feature zero gravity.
The 180-degree recline works well to remove spinal pressure though, and you can easily recline the chair with the side handle.
With three auto-programs, you can choose an option that fits your needs: either a quick back rub, a neck and shoulder massage, or a lower-back option.
I would have liked to see more options and techniques though.
Even though the iJoy Active 2.0 doesn’t offer a full-body massage, the iJoy foot massager is available for sale separately.
This 45-pound chair is easy to move and looks well, but it’s made for petite users.
As such, it can accommodate people between 4’10” to 6’0” and up to 200 pounds.
#6 Human Touch iJoy 2.1
The HT iJoy 2.1 is a compact chair for a relaxing after a full day of work.
Features and Benefits:
The iJoy 2.1 is an upgrade for the iJoy 2.0, but I’m sure you already figured that out.
This chair is built for petite users too, between 5’0” to 6’0” and up to 200 pounds. It’s a vigorous iJoy 2.1 with a 2-year limited warranty and, although it has a compact design, it’s not a space-saver, so you need 9 inches from the wall for when it reclines.
The 2D rollers and S-track are the most basic options.
This means you’ll only get your back massaged, and the rollers don’t move inwards to your spine for a deeper massage experience.
There’s no glute massage, no width, speed, or intensity adjustments, no feet and calf rollers, and no zero gravity.
However, the chair reclines to intensify your massage, relax you, and reduce pain.
There’s no body scan technology either, meaning the rollers won’t adjust automatically to find pressure points.
With no vibration, heat, or air massage, the massaging zone feels like a breath of fresh air.
This allows you to focus the rollers on a specific problem area on your back to relieve spinal pressure.
The three programs, Relax, Perform and Recover are the same as those featured by iJoy 2.0.
The Knead, Glide, and Compress massage techniques are a bit different, although there’s no body stretch.
#7 Human Touch iJOY 4.0
The HT iJoy 4.0 addresses people who want to relax after a difficult day or a taxing workout.
Features and Benefits:
A reliable massage chair in the under $1000 category, the iJoy 4.0 sees some improvements when compared to the previous two HT models.
For instance, the glute massage is a welcome addition, not to mention it mimics the hands of a therapist with its knead and gliding motions. These movements apply constant pressure to relax you.
There are four massage programs with this model instead of just three: two of them target your whole back, one targets the upper back, and one massages the lower back.
Another addition to the iJoys 2.0 and 2.1 is the USB port so you can charge your device while you relax.
Otherwise, the iJoy 4.0 is similar to the other two models above.
It’s a compact chair for petite users; it can recline but doesn’t feature zero-gravity.
It lacks all the other bells and whistles of a more costly model, including heat therapy, air massage, vibration, inversion therapy, intensity adjustments, feet massage, and so forth.
#8 Human Touch Bali
The HT Bali is an elegant chair, for people who suffer from chronic pain and who want a deep-tissue massage.
Features and Benefits:
A vigorous massage chairs that can fit users between 5’3” to 6’5”, the HT Bali has a wide array of therapeutic massage features.
What impressed me about Bali was its therapeutic 3D massage, Cloud Touch Acupressure, the vigorous full body stretch, and the auto-immersion experience.
You can adjust the intensity, the navigation control is intuitive, and you can set the height on nine different levels.
The 5-year premium warranty and free white-glove service are other user-oriented extras.
Plus, the rotating feet and calf massager turn into an elegant ottoman, while the removable covers are low-maintenance.
The Acupoint Detection is a patented technology that measures your size and contours so that the chair can figure out where your pressure points are.
The Cloud Touch massage is a relaxing air compression massage with 30 airbags that target various healing points throughout your body.
I enjoyed the upper body compression, but HT Bali delivers a good, comprehensive massage with plenty of programs and manual techniques.
Even if it has a short S-track, the 3D rollers move inward to your spine, for a deep tissue experience.
Besides, the two zero-G positions take the pressure away from your spine and provide a penetrating massage too.
Bali has some things missing, like the feet airbags.
However, Figure 8 Technology provides an effective feet and calf massage to move your blood upward and improve blood circulation.
For the price, I would have also expected to see heat therapy and a built-in music system.
#9 Navitas Sleep
The Navitas Sleep is feature-packed, affordable and therapeutic.
Features and Benefits:
The baby of Human Touch and Johnson Wellness, Navitas misses some of the HT trademarked features like the elegant, furniture-like design.
With no hideaway ottoman, the Navitas has other worthy features.
Although it boasts a short S-track, this design is ergonomic and follows your natural spine curvature.
The standard quad rollers are effective and complement built-in features like the 4D rhythm technology.
This unique option boasts 104 micro-sculpting plus acupressure massage for stress-relieving and sleep-inducing therapy.
The auto body-scan is precise and complements the above features, but you can also adjust the rollers yourself in 2mm increments.
The zero-gravity technology is another plus, as it can alleviate back pain quickly.
The air compression massage done with 21 Second Gen air cells is fairly decent, although other best models include more airbags.
I also enjoyed the vigorous body stretch because I could feel it relieving pressure from my spine.
The stretch is effective in improving blood circulation and alleviating chronic or acute pain.
The feet and calf massage is effective too because it uses 3D rollers, airbags, and heat therapy.
These features will improve your blood circulation and unwind sore muscles.
The Navitas comes with a large number of included options, such as 36 auto programs, 3 to 5 intensity levels depending on the massage type apart from the 4D rhythm programs.
However, the remote has a learning curve, at least until you figure out how these programs and techniques work.
If so many options scare you, the Navitas comes with a helping hand: the memory function with eight memory slots.
# 10 Human Touch Volito Instant Revive
A small, solid, reliable chair with zero-gravity, the HT Volito is best for hobbyist users and for treating chronic leg pain.
Features and Benefits:
This stylish massage chair boasts an S-track design with quad rollers to follow your natural spine curvature.
The one zero-gravity position might not seem like much either, but you don’t see that for most inexpensive chairs in the $1000 category.
Zero-g will press your body weight into the rollers, alleviating compressed disc pain and increasing the intensity settings.
You can also adjust the roller position and roller width very precisely; there’s a zone function to target a specific pressure point so you can alleviate chronic back pain, plus a hideaway ottoman.
The calf and foot massage is therapeutic, with a Figure-8 technology that uses paddles to move your blood flow upwards.
That’s where Volito stops being out of the ordinary. You can’t adjust the rollers’ intensity for the feet and calf massage.
There are just three basic techniques, Kneading, Percussion, and Rolling, and three programs for your upper, lower, or whole back.
Human Touch Massage Chair Problems
The problems are very common and appear with the first use. The first problem you will feel while using a chair is that it doesn’t provide you the support you are expecting and the massage is not as good as the other chair machines. This is because there isn’t a long time before your body adjusts to the pain-relieving treatment. And also, it is very different and is not a suitable massage as people will get bored very soon and won’t give a good massage. If you are having that issue while using the chair, try another one and try to see that your chair provides you with the maximum support. You should try to massage your back or shoulders while reclining on a comfortable seat.
Also, make sure that you are wearing comfortable pants and tops that will make you feel more comfortable. Now, you should try to position yourself in a chair while lying down on your back with your feet to the side. The best method to massage your feet is to use a chair that has a height of at least 10 inches above the floor. You will feel much comfortable because the height will give you support that will make you relax. Now, start using your HT to ensure that you enjoy the massage. How to make chair problems go away. There are a number of reasons why you are facing chair problems. So, in case of this, it is recommended that you should try to find out the causes of this problem. You should do an exercise to correct your posture. You should also avoid sitting for a long time if you are facing chair problems. For doing this, you will need to make some changes in your lifestyle.
Better Alternatives – Osaki OS-4000CS or Kahuna 6800
Although the Volito has two therapeutic features (zero-gravity and Figure 8 technology for the feet), there are other, more therapeutic models on the market.
The Kahuna LM6800 offers three zero-G positions for spinal pain, lumbar and feet heat to unwind sore muscles and to improve blood circulation, plus a vigorous Yoga Stretch for chronic pain.
Besides, the LM6800 has a hybrid SL track, which is ergonomic and makes for effective stretches.
The Osaki OS-4000CS has L-track rollers that extend to your glutes, seat vibration, compression massage, lumbar heat, and a USB charging port.
Where Are HumanTouch Chairs made?
Chairs are engineered in the USA at California headquarters, with factory-backed warranties and full in-house client support. Human Touch has been an enterprise leader for more than 40 years by concentrating on key areas to provide the best experience and quality. Even though designed and engineered by the Japanese and Americans, but the parts are manufactured in Taiwan and the assembly is done in China.
Why Do People Buy Massage Chairs?
You might think that buying a massage chair would just be a matter of choosing the most expensive model you can afford and sitting down. But in fact, this selection process has a lot to do with psychology – the key is in how you feel when you’re in a massage chair. And no, this isn’t the over-aroused reaction you had after being given a stomach massage as a child. As it turns out, the process is far more sophisticated and powerful. Here are five reasons people spend large amounts of money on massage chairs. The Positive Vibe. These massage chairs are intended to provide you with a sense of relaxation.
At the most basic level, the smell of the oils used during a massage is relaxing and the motion of the chair itself allows your muscles to relax. The Comfort. Most of the time, you’ll be sitting in a chair. That means you’ll be quite likely to have your back supported by a substantial amount of firm upholstery. You’ll also be sitting down, which is great because you can relax your whole body.
Final Words on Human Touch Chairs
The Human Touch XT2 is the best option and top model as of now.
That’s because the Novo XT2 is the most versatile recliner reviewed, it provides an intense back massage, it’s customizable, fits a wide array of users, and boasts a built-in music system (Updated model now is HT Super Novo)
Luraco i7 Plus is its closest competitor and is considered the best massage chair right now.
However, if you’re looking for a budget alternative, the Kahuna 6800 or Kahuna 7300 are reliable therapeutic chairs.