Best Massage Chair Pad

Lately, I’ve been experiencing some back pain and it has been very uncomfortable, painful but most importantly and luckily it has only been temporary. All too often we take our back for granted but bad posture, sitting for long periods of time without correct support and sometimes old sporting injuries can leave our back aching at the end of the day.

In an ideal world, whenever we experience full back pain we would go and visit our local massage therapist for a Shiatsu massage or relaxation massage, but in reality that is not always practical, in our budget or realistic. Today, we will be reviewing Massage Chair Pads which are a great solution for times that your back is sore and you need an at home remedy. We have reviewed a range of products and found the best massage products for you to use in the comfort of your home or office. 

A Massage Chair Pad is also known as a massage cushion, a massage seat cushion or just a seat cushion.  Massage Chair Pads are specific products that slip over your chair, seat or lounge and massage your full back while you sit on them. Some massage pads include heat, some include different styles or modes of massage such as a deep kneading massage, Shiatsu massage and vibration massage. Some of the products also have features such as compression airbag massage and a massage cushion in the seat of the pad so you can feel the relief in your legs as well as back. 

It can be a bit overwhelming with the different back massager varieties in the marketplace at present but not to worry, we’ve done the research and compiled a list of some of the best massage chair pads in the marketplace to date, with a range of prices and functions. You’re sure to find the massage chair pad for you with the budget and functionality to match.

When looking to purchase any back massager it’s important to firstly ask for advice from a doctor, physiotherapist, medical professional or chiropractor. They will be able to assist you with choosing the best back massager to support you on your back pain recovery journey.

When choosing the right chair pad for your specific needs there are a number of things to consider to ensure you’re buying the best product for you so we’ve written our review with these things in mind. 

Things to consider:

Budget:

While we appreciate that everyone has different budgetary needs, we have found in general the more you spend the better quality your product will be and the more features it will have. Although in saying that we will discuss at length a range of products with a vast price range in this review so we are sure that you’ll find a product that is in your price range. 

Functionality:

In our review, we will discuss the functionality of each product and the benefits of each function to you. Most of the products we discuss in this review have multiple settings and some have the ability to isolate the massage to only one area of a time or multiple areas. Some products have different types of massage while some have a heat function or airbag features so we will outline these at length. The usage of these functions depends on where you’re feeling the pain and what functions you need to reduce the severity of your muscle pain.

Ease of use:

You’re going to want a chair pad that’s easy to use and needs little to no instruction especially if you’re looking for a way to relax. All the massage chair pads we reviewed in our guide are fairly easy to operate and come with instruction manuals but we’ve purposely picked options that are generally push button on/off models for ease of use. You can always check out YouTube for more instructional videos if you’re still unsure on how to operate your massage chair pad properly.

Adjustability: 

If you’re taller,shorter, bigger or smaller than average it’s beneficial to look at a massage chair pad that’s adjustable to accommodate for your particular body shape and size. Ideally you want your massage nodes to hit the area of stress or strain exactly and if you have an adjustable model this is easier to do.

The chair:

Another thing to consider is what kind of chair do you want to use the Massage Chair Pad on? Is it for your office chair, hard backed kitchen chair or lounge chair?. What kind of chair you want to use your pad on will ultimately decide what pad to buy. Most pads have adjustable strapping to adjust to all chair types. Just be mindful if your chair is too big or too soft the pad wont work as well as intended as the seat cushion of the chair pads are mostly designed to work on a hard seat like an office chair. 

Reviews:

Finally, reviews from other consumers are the best way to go. They will often go into more detail as to why a massage chair pad is good or bad. You can find the review of these products in the links in each review of our chosen products.

Product Summary Reviews

Name and link Image Price Range One-line Review Best for:

Snailax shiatsu Massage  Neck & Back Massager 

OUR TOP PICK!

Mid-price range Best quality, loads of features, different modes, adjustable and an affordable price point. Anyone who has back, neck and shoulder pain and is looking for a massage chair pad to soothe their pain. 

Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager 

OUR RUNNER UP!

Mid-price range Great quality with loads of features including air bags and heat at a reasonable price. Someone who wants a massage with added extras for a premium experience with a mid-range budget.
TENKER Shiatsu Back Massager with Heat

THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION

Low price

Equipped with AC adapter and DC adapter this massage cushion can be used at home, in the office or in the car. It easily slips over the car chair. 

Someone who travels often or wants a massager they can take anywhere. It’s ideal for the office, home, car, hotel room or caravan.

RENPHO Shiatsu Massage Back Massager

THE MULTITASKER

Mid-price range Adjustable to be suited for any body shape or height this model will suit almost anyone. Someone who is shorter or taller than average as it’s completely adjustable.

Best Choice Products Air Compression Massager

THE LIGHT AS AIR

Mid-price range Perfect product for deep kneading or rolling massage with air compression bags for extra luxury. Ideal for someone who wants the added luxury of air compression in a massage that inflates to relax your waist and thigh muscles.

Snailax Massage Mat

THE MASSAGE MAT

Low price range Ideal product for someone who wants a mat style massager for lying down on a bed or hard flat surface. Perfect for anyone who has pain in their neck and shoulder but prefers a mat they can lay on a flat surface.

The Make Lemonade

THE COMPLETELY CUSTOMISABLE MASSAGER

Mid-price range This multifunctional massager with heat has three massage modes, a remote control and a massage seat cushion for vibration and deep kneading in your thighs, back, neck and shoulders. Ideal product for someone who wants to choose from three different massage types: vibration, shiatsu massage, and rolling/kneading massage.

Homedics

THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS

Low price range This model has five motors that provide an invigorating massage with a soothing heat option plus three customized body zone controls, upper back, middle back, and lower back and variable two-speed intensity making it a great budget option. Great for someone wanting to try a massage chair pad but not wanting to outlay a lot of capital.

Ioniqq

THE HIGH END PRODUCT

High-end price Range This product brings you all the bells and whistles of a deluxe high-end massage product.  Perfect for the consumer who wants a top quality product that massages with all the features but isn’t budget conscious.

Our Top Pick

1. The Snailax 

  • Flexible Shiatsu Massage -The shiatsu back massager with heat has 8 flexible...
  • Full Back Spot massage - The chair massager with customized spot massage can...
  • Optional Heating Therapy - Activate heat on shiatsu massage nodes to relax and...

This chair pad provides invigorating Shiatsu massage to target soreness in your neck and shoulders. It’s ideal for alleviating and treating chronic pain and soreness in your lower lumbar, center back, upper back, neck, back or shoulders – wherever you feel the most tension. The massage chair pad delivers a deep tissue massage that travels up and down your full back. You can also choose to focus the massage on your lower or upper back, or a specific spot for pinpoint relaxation and the best massage for tension release. The massage cushion is firm yet comfortable and the vibration in the seat cushion is soothing for the back and legs.It’s our top choice for price, performance and quality!  

What you get:

  • Built-in invigorating vibration massaging nodes in the seat to provide a relaxed massage for hips and thighs with two levels of intensity.
  • 4 Unique Shiatsu massaging nodes that deliver deep tissue massage to your neck and shoulders with two rotation directions available.
  • Optional heat function adds gentle warmth to massage and soothe muscle pain.
  • 3 optional massage zones: Full back, upper back or lower back with spot massage option.
  • A convenient and easy to use corded hand held remote that allows you to customize your chair massager experience.
  • Detachable and washable cover allows for an optional softer massage experience.

Tech specs:

  • Package Dimensions : 32.1 x 17.8 x 6.9 Inches
  • Weight: 15.6 Pounds
  • Measurements: Length 17in x Width 14in x High 31in

What do we think?

Pros:

This product is our favourite from all the products we have reviewed, it’s lightweight, and adjustable plus you can use it to massage your neck, back or thighs on your couch, office chair or lay it flat on your bed. 

We loved the customisable options for massage on your neck, full back (lower, upper and full back) and seat/thighs to make it a tailored experience. It is the best massage chair we reviewed in regards to deep tissue and relieving muscle pain.
The easy to use remote control allowed for seamless access to change settings so you didn’t have to stop the massage to change the settings.
We loved the additional features such as adding heat to the massage, deep kneading massage functions, Shiatsu massage function, adjustable rolling massage and massage cushion.
It makes a great gift for anyone who is in need of a vibration massage.

Cons:

Has been known to be loud.
The material is vinyl not leather. 

The Runner Up

2. Comfier 

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  • Relax Full Body - The massage chair utilizes innovative 2D/3D Finger Pressure...
  • Creative 2D/3D Shiatsu Massage - The Shiastu Neck & Back Massager with Heat, it...
  • Adjustable Rolling & Spot Massage - The chair massager features soft rolling...

The Comfier massage chair pad is a close runner up in the best chair massager race. It features air massage with three levels of intensity to create the perfect massage experience with an infrared heat function that delivers gentle warmth to further relax tense muscles. It’s a great, quality product at an affordable price that easily slips over any chair or seat.

What you get:

  • Airbag massage on the waist and hips from 2 airbags that are designed to gently squeeze and compress the hips and lower back for additional relief from aches and pains.
  • A plug for 110 V electrical outlet. 
  • 90 day money back guarantee and 24 month warranty.
  • Easily adjustable to suit most chair types.
  • The massage seat cushion gives an additional level of relaxation to the massage. 
  • Massager with heat functionality allows for a gentle and soft warming experience during the massage.  

Tech specs:

  • Package dimensions : 33 x 21.2 x 8.3 inches 
  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Power: 48 watts
  • Weight capacity:250 pounds.

What do we think?

Pros:

Versatile Usage – Use this massage cushion on a sofa, couch, recliner, office chair or dining chair to make the ultimate comfortable seat in the house.
Adjustable Flap – The detachable and washable cover for neck and back allows you to choose a softer or more intense massage.
Heat Function – This Comfier Shiatsu massager with heat has optional infrared heat function that delivers gentle warmth to further relax tense muscles with built in Shiatsu nodes that give the best Shiatsu Massage without leaving your home.
The Comfier Shiatsu Massage Chair Pad is the most comfortable product we used with the massage cushion and back massager being the softest and highest of quality. The specialised Shiatsu nodes combined with the massage seat cushion gives a full body relaxation very similar to a luxury spa treatment.

Cons:

Not intended for bigger sized people over 250 pounds.
Has reported to be heavy and bulky.

The Travelling Companion

3. TENKER

The Tenker chair pad has been lovingly dubbed “The travelling companion” as it is equipped with an AC adapter and DC adapter allowing you to use the massage cushion at home, office, hotel, plane or car. The product is lightweight with a foldable design making it easy to carry and store plus it can be secured to any seat, chair, sofa and car seat.

What you get:

  • A wired remote control that’s easy to use and easily accessible from the side pocket when you’re not using it. 
  • An adapter for car and home making it the perfect travelling companion.
  • 30 second heat up functionality and 10 vibrating motors for a fast, strong massage experience.

Tech specs:

  • Input: DC 12V 2.5A
  • Dimensions:  32(L)*6.5 (W)*17.25(H)inch
  • Weight: 7.8lbs(3.5kg)
  • Power: 30W

What do we think?

Pros:

We loved the lightweight and foldable design that allowed for easy storage and mobility.
For the price this product is just packed with features such as heat and 10 different massaging modes.
Comes with cool extras such as a 15 minute auto shut off, elastic strapping for easy fixing and a side storage compartment for easy remote access.
Great customizability with 10 different massage modes and 3 vibration strengths. You can also use the single zone mode or combine different zones to massage simultaneously, it really customises itself to your particular needs.

Cons:

The instructions can be a little unclear, some trial of the different massage cycles is necessary.

The Multitasker

4. RENPHO

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  • Soothing back massage chair pad ; The portable massage chair combines shiatsu,...
  • Adjustable neck massage and low back massage ; The back and neck massage chair...
  • Shiatsu full back neck massager with heat ; The shiatsu massage is equipped with...

The RENPHO massage chair pad is one of the most adjustable, customisable and lovingly named the multi-tasker as it just about does everything you want a massager to do. This massage pad was the closest to a real life spa massage we could find and for the price a lot cheaper in the long run!

What you get:

  • This portable massage chair pad combines Shiatsu, deep kneading, rolling, vibration and heat functions to help you completely eliminate fatigue, stress and relieve muscle pain, and provides you a spa-like experience.
  • Adjustable neck pillow and lower back massage – Features 4 unique neck massage nodes that provide a deep tissue massage to the neck and shoulders. 
  • All controlled by a convenient multi-function remote control so you don’t have to stop your massage suddenly to change modes.

Tech specs:

  • Package dimensions : 32.7 x 16.6 x 7.4 inches; 
  • Weight: 15 pounds
  • Power:  220V

What do we think?

Pros:

We loved the adjustable neck pillow as it meant the whole family could use the product no matter their height.
Great for the home office as it secures nicely to any office chair or seat and is discrete and stylish.
Great gift for anyone who has full back pain especially pain from being stiff and cold.
The range of functions was great from Shiatsu massage with the best pressure massage nodes, kneading massage for a more relaxed experience or the massager with heat mode for days it’s cold and you’re experiencing stiffness.

Cons:

The text on the remote control is hard to read especially at night time.

The As Light As Air

5. Best Choice Products

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  • AIR COMPRESSION MASSAGE: A series of air bags inflate to relax your waist and...
  • UNIQUE 2D/3D MASSAGE: Oscillating nodes massage the neck, back and lower body;...
  • HEAT FUNCTION: Shiatsu balls in the backrest and neck use infrared heat to relax...

This product blows us away with the great functions such as heat, your choice of 2D or 3D massage and the coolest feature: the air bag compression massage that inflates to relax your waist and thigh muscles while gently moving you into the perfect position to work out your stress!

What you get:

  • Adjustable neck massage: Freely raise and lower the massage nodes to fit your comfort level. 
  • The choice of rolling or spot massage.
  • Heat Functionality: Shiatsu massage balls in the backrest and neck use infrared heat to relax the muscles, circulate the blood, and provide a more complete massage.

Tech specs:

  • Package dimensions : 24.5″(L) x 19.25″(W) x 32.25″(H)
  • Weight: 17.4 pounds
  • Warranty: 60 days

What do we think?

Pros:

The air compression massage features are an amazing extra added to this product giving it a real feeling of luxury.
The choice between 2D or 3D massage was a great feature as you can select “2D” for an inward and outward motion or “3D” to mimic finger pressure and a deep-kneading massage. Having the choice means you can tailor your massage to your individual needs!
The air compression massage features are an amazing extra added to this product giving it a real feeling of luxury.

Cons:

The massage feature has been reviewed to be a bit too intense for some people.

The Mat Style Massager

6. Snailax

  • VIBRATION Massage-10 Invigorating Massage motors provides soothing vibrating...
  • Note: This is a vibration massage mat with heat only, not a Shiatsu kneading...
  • Soothing Heat & Timer –Four heating pads target four heating zones in the...

This mat style massager is loaded with features such as heat, 10 massaging motors plus four heating pads targeting four heating zones in the upper and lower back, thighs, and calves, to soothe and loosen tense muscles and improve blood circulation.

What you get:

  • Soft plush fabric with memory foam that feels luxurious and soft.
  • This massage mattress with heating pad features an automatic timer that auto shuts off after 30 minutes.
  • Soothing Heat – Four heating pads target four heated zones in the upper and lower back, thighs, and calves, to sooth and loosen tense muscles and improve blood circulation for a great all-round massage.
  • Remote control for ease of use.

Tech specs:

  • Measurements:69 X 24 inches,
  • Weight: 5.65 lbs
  • Voltage: Input AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz
  • Output: 12VDC, 1200mA
  • Nominal Power: 30 watt

What do we think?

Pros:

This product is great for lying on a bed, massage table or hard surface.
It has 10 massage nodes that provide a soothing vibrating massage experience for the full body.
It’s very customisable with 4 selective massage areas: upper back, lower back, leg and feet with 5 pre-programmable modes and 3 variable massage intensities.

Cons:

The cover is not machine washable.

The Completely Customisable Massager

7. Make Lemonade

  • CUSTOMIZED RELIEF: A great gift for dad this holiday season! Providing intense...
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Constructed to provide back support, rest your head onto the...
  • TARGETED MASSAGE: Pinpoint relief by adjusting the width and height of the nodes...

This completely customisable massager is the perfect gift for anyone in need of a massage with 4-node Shiatsu massage it targets hard-to-reach spots with a rolling massage or vibration massage through your hips and thighs for subtle relaxation.

What you get:

  • Integrated strapping system that makes it easy to enjoy a massage in any standard sized kitchen chair, seat, home or office chair. 
  • An auto-timer shuts the massager off after 15 minutes preventing overheating.
  • 110-220V power source and programmable remote. 
  • A subtle heat element gently warms the seat cushion and provides a soft, gentle feeling of deep relaxation.
  • Extra padding is found in the seat cushion and massage seat to provide extra comfort and support in your massage.
  • Multiple settings including a Shiatsu massage setting that provides deep kneading to the back. 
  • A massage cushion that provides comfort through heat, vibration and kneading.

Tech specs:

  • Measurements: 29.33 x 8.07 x 17.8 inches; 
  • Weight: 15.3 pounds
  • Voltage: 110

What do we think?

Pros:

Subtle yet stimulating:- You choose between 3 vibration intensities including the seat, thighs and back area to customise a unique massage that suits your needs.
Pinpoint relief on spots that carry the most tension by adjusting the height and width of the nodes for the ultimate customised massage.
Spot specific relief escalates your massage for ultimate personalization and brings targeted relief

Cons:

The material has been reported to be on the thin side.

The Budget Friendly Massager

8. HoMedics

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  • INVIGORATING MASSAGE: The Thera-P Comfort Cushion has five motors that provide a...
  • SOOTHING HEAT: Enhance your massage experience with the optional gentle heat...
  • COMFORT CUSHION: The portable cushion includes adapters so you can take it with...

This HoMedics massager is perfect for the budget conscious as it has some great features but a really low end price tag. It’s a great budget massage!

What you get:

  • Optional heat feature. The soothing heat penetrates deep into overworked back muscles and makes for an even more invigorating massage. 
  • Vibration massage with 5 motors invigorates your full back and 3 massage zones allows you to customize your massage.
  • Variable 2-speed intensity lets you choose between high and low to further enhance your massage experience.

Tech specs:

  • Measurements:38.58 x 18.11 x 1.38 inches;
  • Weight: 1.43 Pounds
  • Voltage: 120v

What do we think?

Pros:

The straps make it easy to fix to a chair, car seat or lounge.
This is one of the most affordable products we reviewed and for the money it’s exceptional.
Integrated controls that don’t need a remote. This is handy if you’re inclined to lose remotes.

Cons:

You can’t isolate the massage zones all three massage zones turn on when the massage function is picked.

The Expensive Model

9. Ioniqq

The Ioniqq is perfect for the person who wants it all and isn’t afraid to pay for it. It features an easy to use remote control with endless amounts of functionality, temperature heating settings and fixed-point positioning simulation massage. It’s the massage tool that goes above and beyond in terms of comfort and quality to give you a massage that’s extremely relaxing. 

What you get:

  • Easy to control:- Includes a wired remote control with multiple massage functions and multiple settings.
  • Temperature heating setting:- Improves the massage experience in cold and humid weather, bringing appropriate heat to the body.
  • Fixed-point positioning simulation massage:- Allows for multiple massage areas with simultaneous or separate massage options.
  • Flexible and foldable:- This massage chair pad has a flexible and foldable design that works on a bed, sofa, recliner, chair and floor, and can be easily folded for transport and storage for a massage you can take on the go.

Tech specs:

  • Product size: 810 x 210 x 450 mm
  • Material: PU + ABS + mesh
  • Rated power: 48W
  • Color: Carbon black
  • Power cord length: 1 50cm
  • Rated voltage: 220V 50Hz
  • Product weight: 7.6kg

What do we think?

Pros:

This product is absolute heaven! The high quality and number of features make it in a massage chair pad that is the ultimate in relaxation.
It comes with a car attachment for a deluxe massage that can slip over the passengers chair while travelling. 
It’s height adjustable so suitable for the whole family from 160 cm to 180 cm.
Great quality; made from deluxe leather and mesh.

Cons:

On the higher price point.
Limited reviews or comments about the chair.

The Verdict

So, there you have it. Nine very different Massage Chair Pad options for different needs: but which one is the best? Well, that depends on your individual requirements, the chair you want to use the pad on and your specifications. When choosing our favourite, we looked at the broad benefits of each chair pad and decided that our favourite was the Snailax; Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager. Taking everything into account (quality, options, price, features and reviews), the Snailax Chair Pad was the best all round Massage Chair Pad for home use and general relaxation massage.

FAQ

What is the best massage chair pad?

The best massage chair pad or best chair massagers will depend on your individual requirements and needs. If you want to give your passenger a massage on a long drive and want a chair pad that slips over your car seats your needs will be different from someone who wants a massager for their home office chair.

We have done an in depth review though and have found the Snailax shiatsu Neck & Back Massager the best all round massage chair pad considering price, usability, reliability, features and ease of use.

Are massage chairs bad for you?

Any type of massage is generally non-invasive and considered very low risk and not considered bad for you. While there aren’t any specific risks associated with the use of massage chairs, in general you should purchase a chair with an automatic shutoff so you do not accidentally fall asleep in the chair as prolonged use is not encouraged. Also do not use them in the driver’s seat of a car as this can cause accidents. 

Are massage mats any good?

Yes, massage mats just like massage chair pads can be good for you especially if you have pain or stiffness anywhere in your body. The only difference is that massage pads do not go over a hard backed chair the way a massage chair pad would, they’re designed to lay on a bed, floor or couch. They can help soothe tired back muscles with heat functionality and loosen tightness and tension with the vibration massage. The heat helps to increase blood circulation while the vibrations work to ease the day’s stresses away. Aside from relaxation and increased blood flow, massage mats can also help restore muscle flexibility with stretching and correct poor posture so you can have the best massage possible.

Where can you buy a massage chair pad?

There are many retail outlets that sell massage chair pads, but in our list we’ve included links to the chair massager products on Amazon – so that you can read user reviews and make a purchase using Amazon with quick and safe delivery.  

Happy relaxing!