We have recently added the Infinity Altera massage chair to our website and showrooms. Since the Infinity Iyashi was discontinued, we wanted another L-track from Infinity to fill the void. Infinity is a wonderful US company that distributes many chairs built in the top-notch Rongtai factory in China. The Iyashi, Altera, IT-8500/8500×3, and the Human Touch Novo XT are all built at Rongtai.
The Altera was built to accommodate shorter/smaller bodies. The recommended height range is 4’9″ – 6’2″. The chair feels more snug than the Iyashi did, but it is certainly more spacious, width-wise, than the Apex Ultra or uKnead Lohas. I fit in it just fine, and I am 5’9″ tall at about 185 lbs. Notice that this chair can accommodate someone who is only 4’9″ tall. That is where the chair really does fit a need in the market. Very few chairs can work for someone of that height.
Here are some other features and impressions about the Infinity Altera:
- The remote control works a little differently than other remotes. Not that it is difficult, but it is just not as intuitive as some other chairs. It is a very simple remote and, once you get the hang of it, it is very efficient and works great.
- Two (2) Zero Gravity settings – simple and easy to use.
- It has airbags that grab the ankles, like the IT-8500, which makes for a better stretch and foot massage.
- The chair seems to be fairly quiet, which I like.
- It leaves a smaller footprint than most chairs. Between the size of the chair and the space saving feature, it doesn’t take up a lot of room.
- Spring-loaded ottoman extension.
- Arm airbags that inflate sequentially, better mimicking an enhanced circulation scenario.
- Quad Rollers.
- 49″ roller track – hits the glutes and piriformis muscles, but does not reach down to the belly of the hamstrings.
- Mechanical foot rollers.
- BlueTooth connecitivity – pair your device with the chair and you can play your music over the chair’s speakers.
- Rocking technology.
- The chair feels quite comfortable when the rollers are not operating.
I really like this chair. We have it in both of our showrooms and the customer reaction has been very positive. It has a fairly aggressive roller massage, including in the neck, which was where the Iyashi was a bit weak. It does not have 3D rollers, so what you feel is what you get. At the time of this writing, the price of this model is $4995.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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