2D vs. 3D vs. 4D Massage Chairs – What’s the Difference?

September 8, 2020
 By Dr. Alan Weidner
September 8, 2020
 By Dr. Alan Weidner

2D vs. 3D vs. 4D Massage Chairs – What’s the Difference?

If you’ve been shopping around for a massage chair, you’ve no doubt noticed that 2D, 3D and 4D models are available. And if you’re wondering how the technology differs, you’re not alone – we get this question from customers quite frequently.

The simple answer is that 2D roller technology has been the standard for many years, while 3D chairs are designed to improve the quality of massage. Therapeutic chairs with 4D technology are the newest to hit the market, and they further enhance the massage experience. For a more detailed explanation, take a look at the following guide.

2D Massage Chairs

In a 2D chair, the massage rollers move in two ways – up and down, extending from the neck to the lower back, and side to side. This type of movement can be effective in relieving back pain, soothing sore muscles and easing stress. Many high-quality 2D chairs also feature heat therapy and zero gravity positioning to provide a solid massage experience.

3D Massage Chairs

The rollers in a chair with 3D technology move up and down as well as side to side – plus, the roller heads can also push outward from the track to get deeper into the neck and back. And, each user can control the degree of protrusion to increase or decrease the intensity of the massage. With heat and zero gravity features, premium 3D massage chairs provide exceptional relaxation and rejuvenation.

4D Massage Chairs

Therapeutic chairs with 4D technology deliver the same benefits as those with 3D technology, but 4D rollers take the massage experience a step further. Designed to mimic the time-tested techniques of Japanese massage therapists, the rollers speed up and slow down at various points to give attention to muscle areas that need it most. Users have control over the rhythm and depth of massage, and many people say that 4D chairs offer the most human-like touch.

Should You Buy a Chair with 2D, 3D or 4D Technology?

Not long ago, all therapeutic chairs featured 2D roller technology – and today’s high-quality 2D chairs still provide an excellent massage. That said, the additional movements of 3D or 4D model might offer you a more fulfilling experience. Our advice? Consider your symptoms and your budget, then choose a chair with features that meet your needs.

The exclusive My Chair Finder here at Massage Chair Relief makes that easy. Just enter your height and weight, check off the symptoms you’re currently experiencing and choose your price range, and you’ll see premium models that match your requirements. You can feel confident in making a selection and purchasing it here, too – with us, shipping is free, returns are free and our massage chairs come with a full 90-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

Ready to shop? To browse our vast assortment of high-quality 2D, 3D and 4D massage chairs, visit our online massage chair store or stop by one of our showrooms today.

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