Great Question About Inada Sogno vs. Osaki OS-7200H

I get plenty of questions about the Inada Sogno and how it compares to other models. Here is a great question from an Inada Sogno Dreamwave shopper and my response…

Client Question:

I’ve been researching your website and have a few questions if you don’t mind. As much as I’d like to buy an Inada Sogno, it simply isn’t in my budget at this time. I could probably save for a few months and get one, and I’m trying to determine whether or not to do that. It is expensive but I could recoup that money real quick by not paying for professional massages. It would be nice to get a thorough massage every day! I’ve read nothing but good things about the Sogno, but I do have concerns on whether or not it would be strong enough. I like very deep tissue massage.

Does latest Osaki chair (7200) give a similar massage? Have you sat in the 7200 yet? I like a very strong, aggressive massage. One criticism I’ve read online about the Osaki chairs is that they give a strong lower back massage but tend to be weaker on the mid and upper back area do to the “S” curve feature of the chair. Have you found this to be the case? Also, are the Osaki chairs built to last? I know the Sogno is made in Japan, compared to China for the Osaki’s. If I’m making such a big investment I really want it to last. A solid warranty is very important to me also.

Does the Sogno ever go on sale? Do you ever offer blemished models at a discount? I don’t think I’d want to purchase a used or demo chair though. Are the Inada’s and Osaki chairs the strongest models you offer?

Thanks for your time!

My Answer:

Thank you for your email. Yes, the Inada Sogno is a very popular massage chair, but there are some copycats that mimic the features of the Sogno pretty well. The massage on the knock-offs is not as discriminating, nuanced, or refined as that of the Sogno, but for the budget conscious buyer they are just fine.

I might recommend the Osaki OS-6000 or OS-4000, which are lookalikes to the Sogno, but less than half the price. The OS-6000 has more features, including airbags in the headpiece, similar to the Sogno (not the same, but similar). You can read about the differences between these two Osaki models in a blog post I wrote earlier this year…

You can also read a 2-part comparative review I wrote between the Osaki 6000 and the Inada Sogno Dreamwave chairs…

http://www.massage-chair-relief.com/blog/chair-models/if-not-the-inada-sogno-massage-chair-how-about-the-osaki-6000-or-7000-part-2/ I have the Osaki 6000 in my showroom. It is a very nice massage chair and quite popular for those looking for a substitute for the Sogno. The new Osaki OS-7200H is the EXACT same massage chair as the OS-6000 but with heat. That is the ONLY difference. You just have to decide if heat is worth $300 more.
Great Question About Inada Sogno vs. Osaki OS-7200H - OS 6000 BROWN
Osaki OS-6000 & OS-7200H
Regarding the massage intensity of the Osaki chairs in the neck and upper back, I’d have to agree with that assessment to some degree. But, that is also a complaint I’ve heard about the Sogno too. I haven’t sensed that to be too great of an issue on either chair. It also depends on your body type and posture. Some folks absolutely love the intensity of the massage on their neck and upper back. Others…not so much (but, honestly, I can’t think of a chair that doesn’t fit everyone’s needs precisely).

As far as the warranties go, both companies will take good care of you after the purchase should you ever need support for a chair problem. My personal experience has been that Inada is more responsive and quicker on the ball when a problem arises. Osaki support sometimes lags a bit, but still the job gets done. Inada also has a 3 year comprehensive parts and labor, in-home warranty whereas Osaki as a 1 year parts and labor, in-home warranty. Osaki has a 2nd year for parts and a 3rd year of coverage for structure/frame. Both companies offer extended warranty options. I would recommend getting an extended warranty for the Osaki chairs. I don’t think an extended warranty is as necessary for an Inada chair.

Sogno chairs rarely go on sale, but we do have a 5% off sale in our showroom for Father’s Day. I also have a 1 week old dark brown Sogno coming back this week. It will not be around as used Sogno’s are a hot commodity. I will be selling this one week old Sogno for $6999 and it is in pristine, perfect condition…hardly used at all. A fellow bought it sight unseen for his wife and she doesn’t want it. 

I hope this answers your questions. I am always available for assistance in the buying process. 

Dr. Alan Weidner

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