In the last article, I discussed the similarities, today I discuss the differences between these two very popular models:
1. # of Airbags – the Osaki OS-7200H has 51 airbags versus 36 in the IT-8200. I suspect that difference in airbags can be accounted for in the headpiece of the OS-7200H, which has airbags inflating at the back of your neck and onto the trapezia mucles, and the seat and waist airbags.
2. # of Motors– 13 in the OS-7200H, 8 in the IT-8200. Some would say that more motors means that more can go wrong with the chair, others say that more motors mean that when one goes awry it will have a more minimal effect on the overall function of the chair. I don’t really know which is which, unless both are true. Your preference, your call.
3. Chromotherapy – lights on the outside of the chair have become rather common lately, since the advent of outer lights were pioneered by Inada with their Yume chair. The lights create a nice ambient color display in your darkened room when you sit on the chair. The Osaki OS-7200H has a beautiful blue light on the outside of the armrests, the IT-8200 has none.
4. Foot Rollers – their are only 3 models of massage chairs that we carry which boast the mechanical foot roller feature, and one of them is the Infinity IT-8200 (the others are the IT-8500 and the Omega Montage Pro). It is a very nice feature that many clients love. The Osaki OS-7200H is not one of the models that has this feature.
5. Electronic Ottoman Extension – pretty much all massage chairs, with both foot and calf massagers, have an extension mechanism to make the chair longer or shorter to accommodate longer-legged folks. Most of them are a manual extension mechanism that extends and retracts the ottoman as the user pushes or pulls his/her legs up and down in the foot and calf wells. The OS-7200H has an electronic ottoman mechanism to extend or retract the ottoman.
Personally it seems easier to just manually push and pull with your legs, but the electronic feature is pretty cool.
6. Seat Airbags– both chairs have seat airbags but each model utilizes them in completely different ways. The IT-8200 mimics the Dreamwave technology of the Inada Sogno by having the seat move from side to side and up and down in order to passively translate the pelvis laterally. The OS-7200H uses the airbags to inflate the seat up, one side and then the other, and then both sides together to induce more of a rotation motion of pelvis and hips. Both great, therapeutically speaking, but just different.
7. Inversion Therapy – true inversion therapy is complete inversion of the body (upside down). No chair goes completely upside down and other than the IT-9800 which goes past horizontal on the recliner, the IT-8200 is the only other chair that has a near 180 degree recline of the chair back. Not true inversion, but enough of a recline that the massage chair company calls it inversion. The OS-7200H does not have this feature.
8. Vibration – the OS-7200H has it, the IT-8200 does not. It is simply a vibration through the seat of the chair. Some folks don’t even like it and avoid chairs that have it. Others figure it’s a pretty neat feature, but not a game-breaker. If a chair, like the OS-7200H has a music system and vibration there is often a feature that synchs the vibration to the beat of the music. Pretty cool actually.
9. Vertical Massage Stroke Length – the length of the roller track can determine how high and low, up and down the spine your massage will go. There is only an inch difference between these two models, with the OS-7200H track being 30″ and the track of the IT-8200 being 29″. Both good lengths that will make most users very happy.
10. Chair Size – visually, the IT-8200 is a smaller chair, only because it has a shorter chair back. But, width and length is greater in the IT-8200 than in the OS-7200H. You will need more floor space to accommodate the IT-8200 massage chair.
I hope this article helps you in making your decision about which chair to get should you be including these two on your shopping list. If there is anything else I can assist you with, feel free to call me at 801-651-2026.
Dr. Alan Weidner