DreamWave Classic vs. Luraco iRobotics 7 (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this comparative review of these two top selling, high end massage chairs, I discussed the similarities between the two. Here, in Part 2, I discuss the all-important differences between the DreamWave Classicand the Luraco iRobotics 7 massage chair:

DreamWave Classic vs. Luraco iRobotics 7 Differences

  1. Upper Arm/Shoulder Massage – DreamWave deploys aircells for shiatsu, sequential massage of the
    Inada Dreamwave massage chair
    Upper Arm Airbags – DreamWave Classic

    upper arm. These aircells compress the bicep muscles and region of your arm. Luraco uses airbags to pin the shoulders back for postural manipulation as well as providing a more enhanced stretch program. Advantage: iRobotics 7

  2. Hip/Thigh Airbag Massage – Both chairs use airbags to compress against the outer aspect of the thigh (IlioTibial Bands – ITB’s). These serve two purposes: a.) to help move the hips from side to side while the seat swivels and the waist airbags inflate to induce a rotation of the lower back, and b.) to provide a trigger point massage to the ITB’s. They both do quite well with the former purpose, but the DreamWave does a better job at massaging the ITB’s. Advantage: DreamWave
  3. Headpiece/Trapezia Massage – DreamWave pioneered what they call the “Cervical Traction Device”. This is the headpiece of the chair and is full of airbags that massage the neck with aircells as well as provide a compression massage to the traps and a tractioning of the neck. It is a wonderful feature of the DreamWave. The iRobotics 7 has a horseshoe shaped headpiece that has airbags that inflate down onto the traps, however, it is nothing close to that of the DreamWave. It does inflate but I don’t recollect it doing much to the traps, also attested to by discriminating users of the chair. Advantage: DreamWave
  4. Ease of Body Positioning – With the iRobotics 7, all you need to do is sit down in the chair, turn it on, and you’re ready to go. The DreamWave requires some special time and attention to get the body positioned “just right” so as to have the above-mentioned headpiece laying snugly upon the shoulders. Otherwise, the head will be awkwardly positioned and the user will not get the full benefit of the trapezia airbag compression massage/neck traction. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  5. Quad Rollers vs. Dual Rollers – As I mentioned in Part 1, the DreamWave uses quad rollers while the iRobotics 7 uses dual rollers. The advantage or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it, is that the pressure from the rollers is dispersed among the 4 rollers moreso than the dual rollers. This means that the intensity of the dual rollers will be greater when the rollers move up and down your spine. The quad rollers disperses the roller pressure among 4 heads thus attenuating the intensity and making the rollers more gently overall. If you are looking for a more intense massage range, the iRobotics 7 is the chair for you. If you are looking for a more gentle, relaxing massage, the DreamWave is, generally speaking, a better choice. Advantage: both (depending on needs and wants of the user)
  6. Software Updates – DreamWave brings it’s chairs fully assembled in from Japan. All the engineering and production is done in Japan. What was packed in the box in Japan, is what you get upon delivery to your home. If there is a change or improvement in the operating software of the chair, the changes need to be made in Japan and then integrated into the next chair build. It could take months before the changes are available in North America. Luraco, on the other hand, has engineers here in the USA at their Dallas headquarters who build all the software of the chair. When software needs to be updated, improved, fixed, or changed, it can be done promptly here in the USA and the change can be deployed into the marketplace almost immediately. It is quite fascinating to see how quickly Luraco can improve upon their chair. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  7. Music System – Although not a game changer or deal breaker for most massage chair buyers, it should be noted that the DreamWave does not have a music system integrated into the chair. The iRobotics 7 has an MP3 music system, though a little archaic with SD card functionality, built into the chair. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  8. Zero Gravity – For some strange reason, none of the Japanese chairs we carry, be they DreamWave,
    zero gravity positioning
    zero gravity positioning

    Panasonic, or the Osaki JP chair series, have the zero gravity feature. This goes for the mechanical foot rollers too, which I’ll discuss in #9 below. As a brief review, zero gravity refers to chair positioning where the seat is tilted up at a 30 degree angle and the articulation between the seat and chair back is 120 degrees. This positioning is considered zero gravity because the weight of the user’s body is more evenly distributed so that there are no pressure points in anyone spot of the body moreso than another. The iRobotics has this feature, the DreamWave does not. Advantage: iRobotics 7

  9. Mechanical Foot Rollers – As I mentioned in #8, none of the Japanese massage chairs have mechanical foot rollers, which is a feature that most chair shoppers want in their new chair. Although the DreamWave has a great airbag massage of the feet, it does not have the foot rollers under the soles of the feet. The iRobotics 7 does have this feature and it is very good in this model. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  10. # of Auto Programs – The iRobotics 7 has 9 programs. Until the DreamWave upgrade in 2014, it only had 8 programs. But, since 2014, the DreamWave has a different variation of each of the original 8 programs, thus now providing a total of 16 auto program options available to the user. Advantage: DreamWave
  11.  Remote Control – Of course, both chairs have a remote control, but the iRobotics 7 uses an interface that is just like a SMART phone, i.e. touch screen, icons to press for each function/program. It is very different from all the other remotes out there and I would have to say that the remote control of the iRobotics 7 is much more intuitive and easy to use than pretty much all other remote controls. Inada has a pretty easy to use remote as well, but it is not as intuitive as that of the iRobotics 7. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  12. Memory Capability – More and more chairs are coming out with a memory function wherein the user can have the chair “remember” a particular auto or custom program for easy use the next time that user gets into the chair. I think it’s a great idea and I fully expect more and more chairs to have this feature. With this feature, you don’t have to set up your program every time you sit in the chair or even go through the 2-minute scan again when you go to use the chair next time. It is all there ready to go simply by pressing the button representing the saved program and your chair begins that program immediately. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  13. Massage Stroke Length – DreamWave lists their roller track length at 28.4 inches; Luraco lists the iRobotics 7 roller track massage stroke length as 32″. The advantage, if you’re just looking at the numbers, clearly goes to the Luraco chair. However, my experience from sitting on the two chairs quite a bit is very different. The roller track on the DreamWave seems to go just as low, if not lower, than that of the iRobotics 7. It also hits the top of my neck just as readily as does the iRobotics 7. So, I don’t know if the number of inches represents a different measurement for each manufacturer, but the length seems similar during actual use. Advantage: both
  14. Calf Massage – The iRobotics 7 uses two massage segments to massage the calf area, whereas the DreamWave, like most other chairs, uses only one segment. This lends to a better “grab” of the calves during the stretch program of the iRobotics 7 as well as a more comprehensive area coverage of the calves. You will feel airbags compressing your legs all the way up the knees and all the way down to the ankles. Advantage: iRobotics 7
  15. User Height & Weight – The DreamWave lists the optimal height range of a user as 4’11” to 6’5″. Luraco lists the range as 4’7″ to 6’7″ for the iRobotics 7. Both chairs can handle tall and short body frames, but the edge goes to the Luraco chair. The recommended user weight of the iRobotics 7 is 300 lbs; that of the DreamWave is 285 lbs. Advantage: iRobotics 

There are plenty of other subtle differences between these two very popular chairs, but the ones I’ve listed are the principle ones. I hope this helps you with your decision making process. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can do so by clicking on this link…

DreamWave Classic vs. Luraco iRobotics 7 Comparative Review Part 1

Dr. Alan Weidner

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