I had originally written this article in June 2013 for bodies 6′ tall and 300 lbs. Many of the models listed in the original article have been discontinued and most model offerings today handle 6 just fine. The information below has been updated as of 4/6/2020 and, again, refer to models we have or recently had in our showrooms for bodies 6’2″ or taller and 300 lbs.
We get plenty of calls from folks looking for a chair that can handle a taller body and/or a heavier body. In the USA, we have a lot of taller bodies and bigger bodies. At the time of the writing of the original article, only a handful of massage chairs (on our website and in our showrooms) could fit someone over 6’0″ tall AND who weighed over 300 lbs.
Nowadays, chairs are being built with the bigger user in mind and can accommodate taller and larger people. Most chairs can fit people up to 6′ tall, but there is a much smaller percentage of chairs that can handle customers who are 6’2″ or taller AND weigh 300 lbs or more. There are more and more chairs that can handle 6’2″ or taller in today’s market, but still only a handful of chairs can also still handle 300 lbs or more.
It’s not that the chair structure can’t handle the heavier bodies. It’s just that they tend to wear the gears of the roller mechanism harder and, thus, wear them out earlier. So, just because a chair has a stated recommended user weight of 285 or 300 lbs, doesn’t mean that it can’t handle a bit more. It’s just that the propensity for breakdown of the roller mechanism increases.
By the way, many chair companies include recommended user height limits and most of them are said to fit people well over 6′ tall. However, our experience is that just because a massage chair will “fit” someone who is 6’2″ tall doesn’t mean that it will massage the neck of that individual. We have found that many chairs that claim to fit a taller body will not actually have a roller mechanism that reaches the top of the neck. This is an important consideration when buying a chair for a tall person. Also, some tall bodies are more torso than legs or vice versa, which can affect the fit and reach of the rollers, for better or worse.
Below I will list all the chairs that can fit folks who are 6’2″ or taller with their accompanying weight allowances. When I say “fit”, I mean the rollers will reach all the way up to the top of the neck for most torso sizes. I will include accompanying notes that could be considered relevant for users with differing body types.
- Infinity Smart Chair x3 (6’5″/300 lbs) – this model is the most recent
iteration of the IT-8500 (#2 below). It can handle more weight plus comes with the 3D roller mechanism that is missing in the popular IT-8500.
- Infinity IT-8500 (6’5″/285 lbs) – both the Smart Chair X3 and the IT-8500 can fit up to 6’5″ tall.
- Infinity Imperial (6’5″/300 lbs)
- Infinity Genesis (6’5″/300 lbs)
- Infinity Riage x3 (6’5″300 lbs)
- Infinity IT-9800 (6’7″/350 lbs) – Infinity was really the first company to fully address the taller & bigger body types across the spectrum of
their model offerings, which is evidenced with the first 6 selections of this list. Because this chair does not have separate foot massagers, it will fit folks up to 6’7″ tall because the legs can extend far beyond the lower edge of the calf massagers. It is also the only model that can handle weight up to 350 lbs. It is a very bare bones massage chair, in terms of features, but it massages your back and calves, which may be all you want anyways.
- Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus (6’7″/300 lbs) – a very well built, heavy duty
massage chair that can handle height and girth very well. It’s upper limit is 6’7″ tall and 300 lbs of weight. However, it has plenty of space between the thigh and shoulder airbags to allow for a body, be it short or tall, that has a wide girth. Some chairs can handle tall bodies but the girth fit is too thin for bigger bodies. The Luraco i7+ can handle wide and tall just fine.
- OHCO M.8 (6’4″/265 lbs) – a little tight for someone with broad shoulders and the arms tend to squeeze out when the shoulder airbags are deployed, but the movable headpiece (that just happens to have rollers in it!) allows for taller bodies to use it.
- OHCO R.6 (6’4″/265 lbs) – no movable headpiece like its M.8 colleague, but this new OHCO model can accommodate the taller body.
- Positive Posture Brio Sport (6’5″/265 lbs) – taller and wider is not a
problem for this new offering from Positive Posture.
- Human Touch Super Novo/XT2 (6’9″/285 lbs) – these models are great for fitting taller and wider bodies, although they are not ideal for someone in the 300 lbs range. One of the advantages of the Super Novo and the Novo XT2 is that they tend to fit most body types very comfortably, be they short or tall, thin or wide. That makes them very popular models.
- Osaki Ekon (6’6″/250 lbs) – this model can fit bigger bodies very well. It is manufactured in the same factory as the Infinity Genesis and Human Touch Novo chairs, but, surprisingly, the recommended weight is listed as only 250 lbs, which is quite a bit lower than it’s Infinity and Human Touch counterparts.
- Titan Jupiter XL (6’6″/270 lbs) – can handle up to 6’6″ tall, but has a surprisingly low weight allowance for that height. So, a great, inexpensive option for a tall, thin person.
- Inada DreamWave (6’5″/285 lbs) – this is the only holdover model from the original 2013 article. Like all the other models in this list, it can handle the height just fine, but what makes in unique is that it is the only chair with “breakaway” arm rests that allow a person with very broad shoulders and/or chest to comfortably fit because the arm rests expand to accommodate the girth of the user. Great flexibility.
- Ogawa Stretch 3D (320 lbs)
- Ogawa Master Drive AI (320 lbs) – both Ogawa models can handle a much heavier body but the Master Drive AI rollers will most likely not be able to reach the top of your neck if you are over 6’2″.
You probably noticed that all of these chairs have height limits of at least 6’2″ tall, most of them having much more than that. But, remembering the difference between “fitting” in a chair and actually having the rollers reach the top of the neck of someone that tall, these are the chairs, excepting the Ogawa Master Drive AI, which is on the list for weight allowance moreso than height, that will give that taller person a full massage experience.
In summary, all of the chairs on our list will handle a taller body of up to 6’2″ (some can handle even more than that), but only a handful can handle that height along with a 300 lb weight. Those models are:
- Infinity Smart Chair X3
- Infinity Imperial
- Infinity Genesis
- Infinity Riage X3
- Infinity IT-9800
- Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus
- Ogawa Stretch 3D
The Ogawa Master Drive AI deserves a special mention, not for it’s height allowance, but for it’s weight allowance. It is one of the few models that can handle someone OVER 300 lbs.
I hope this helps somewhat in deciding which massage chair to get when you have a bigger body morphology.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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