Which Massage Chair is the Quietest?

Southern California showroom
Southern California showroom

A few years ago, I downloaded a sound meter app on my phone and took readings from all of the chairs on my Utah showroom floor to determine which one was the quietest. It was an interesting study. It’s been awhile now and we have a whole new crop of massage chairs in that same showroom so I figured it would be a good time to redo this little study to see which of the current line-up is the quietest. Before I go into the results, I want to go over a few pieces of information for greater context of what these numbers are based on.

Ground Rules

  • I used the app “dB Meter” to make the measurements. My phone is an iPhone 6 version.
  • The readings are made in decibels, which are sound measurement units.
  • These measurements were made in my Utah showroom. The store is on a busy street, separated from that street by an easement and a parking lot with 2 sides of parking stalls, so there is some ambient traffic noise which may or may not have come into play within the dB ranges.
  • The measurement range takes into account air bag compressor sounds, air bag inflation and deflation sounds, roller modalities like kneading and tapping, and body sounds created by the chair back and/or ottoman moving or chair body frame sounds. It also takes into account times when the chair is relatively silent without those additional sounds.
  • The measurements began AFTER the body scan feature had completed.
  • The normal dB range, when the chairs were all off with only the ambient sounds of the showroom, was 38-39 dB’s.
  • The measurements were made with the chairs in full recline and the microphone of my cell phone facing the head area, which is location from where the user would be listening when using the massage chair.
  • I removed the highest and lowest figures of each chair.
  • The measurements were made without a body in the chairs so that all the sounds could be picked up by the phone. When an actual body is in the chair, some of those sounds will be muted by the user’s body mass.
  • All the head/neck pads (and cervical massage units, i.e. DreamWave M.8) were removed. Full back pads were also removed.
  • No changes were made to the default roller and air bag settings of each chair.
  • For chairs that had a “Demo” or “Quick” program, that particular program was deployed. For those that didn’t, the first program on the auto program list was chosen. The program for each chair is listed next to the chair model and dB range.

Chair Models & dB Ranges

  1. Luraco iRobotics 7 Plus: 46-51 dB (Demo program)
  2. Luraco Legend Plus: 48-51 dB (Demo program)
  3. DreamWave Classic: 50-53 dB (Quick program)
  4. DreamWave M.8: 48-60 dB (Quick program)
  5. Positive Posture Brio: 48-54 dB (Quick program)
  6. Human Touch Novo XT2: 50-60 dB (Demo program)
  7. Infinity Riage x3: 48-54 dB (Working Relief program)
  8. Infinity Overture: 47-60 dB (Demo program)
  9. Infinity Genesis: 48-55 dB (Sport Refresh program)
  10. Osaki Maestro: 49-54 dB (Demo program)
  11. Osaki Ekon: 51-63 dB (Sports Refresh program)
  12. Titan Jupiter: 49-63 dB (Power program)
  13. Panasonic MA73: 50-61 dB (Deep program)

Notes & Observations

The ranges are attributed to the fact that at some moments during the chair programs the air bags are being deployed or the chair back and/or ottoman are moving. During the lower end of the ranges, it was typically just the rollers that were in play. Conversely, the air bags and chair movements could be attributed to the numbers at the higher end of the ranges.

Luraco Massage ChairsOnce again, the Luraco chairs have proven to be the quietest. That didn’t completely surprise me since they are noticeably quieter than the others to everyone who sits in them. Though quieter, they were not that far ahead of some of the other models. The Brio and DreamWave Classic were very close at the higher end of their ranges.

Although some chairs were quieter than others, it surprised me how close they really all were when looking at the objective dB results. For example, I had expected the Infinity Genesis and Osaki Maestro to be quite a bit louder than the Luraco chairs since they sounded louder to my ears when I sat in them. However, they were only a few dB’s higher than the Luraco chairs.

Among the “loudest” were the Osaki Ekon and the Titan Jupiter. The Ekon’s high end can be attributed to the “creaking” of the plastic body shell of the shoulder airbags. When those air bags deploy with the body of the user offering resistance, the creaking becomes obvious. To replicate that during the testing, I used my hands to push against the shoulder airbags to mimic that resistance. Since the shoulder air bags are near the ears of the user, this was a measurement that needed to be considered when assessing sound levels. The Jupiter’s air bag deployment was the cause of it’s higher dB measurement.

I was surprised that the DreamWave M.8, Infinity Overture, and Human Touch Novo XT2 were as “loud” as they were. I had pre-supposed that they would have measured quieter at the high end.

In closing, I will say that as the massage chair user, you will be more acutely aware of the sounds of your new chair during the honeymoon phase of your chair ownership. After a short time, you will become oblivious to those sounds and the chair will be just “normal” and “perfect” for your home or business.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Luraco Legend Plus vs. Luraco Legend

Male using a Luraco Legend
Male using a Luraco Legend

Just as they did with the iRobotics 7 last July, Luraco has upgraded their Legend model to the new Luraco Legend Plus. The official switch was done on February 1, 2019. We had to have the new Legend Plus up and the old Legend down from our website on that date. We are currently selling our two floor models to make room for the new Legend Plus.

Luraco Legend Plus Upgrades:

  1. The Legend Plus has BlueTooth technology and speakers. Now you can pair your device with the chair and play your own playlist over the speakers.
  2. The Legend Plus roller track rolls 3 cm higher up the spine. The specs state that the length of the roller track is still 58″, as before, so I can only assume that the whole roller track has been shifted upwards 3 cm to accommodate a taller body.  Luraco’s literature stated that the original Legend could accommodate a person as tall as 6’2″ with an upper user weight limit of 240 lbs. The new Legend Plus can handle a user up to 6’5″ tall and 250 lbs, according to their literature. I won’t know for sure if it can truly handle someone 6’5″ tall until we have that chair in our showroom and tested it out with some tall bodies.
    By the way, when I am told by a massage chair company that their chair can fit someone 6’5″ tall, I expect it to mean that it can massage pretty much the whole neck of someone that tall. Massage chair companies are notorious for saying that their chairs can handle up to 6’4″ or whatever, but when someone that tall sits in the chair, often the rollers never massage the whole neck, if it hits the neck at all. Of course, a person 6’4″ tall may certainly “fit” into the chair, but can it really massage that person all the way up the neck?? That is the question you will want to ask yourself when trying out chairs.
  3. The armrest airbags in the Legend Plus have been improved for “a more comfortable and effective massage experience.” When I was at CES in Las Vegas in January, I asked Dr. Le what that meant and he told me that the elbow airbags, which are a very unique and therapeutic feature, have been redesigned a bit to make it easier to fit your arm into the arm airbags. With the old Luraco Legend, it could take a little finagling to get all of your shoulders, elbows, arms, and hands all situated before starting a massage program.
  4. Software enhancements “for a more enjoyable and beneficial massage experience.” I’m not sure what all those enhancements are, but I was told that the depth of the 3D rollers have been adjusted so that, at their greatest depth, the roller massage intensity is greater in the Plus than it was in the original Legend. That would be nice.
  5. The price jumped $1000 to $7990, from $6990.

After reading point #5 above, I thought now might be a good time to tell you that we are selling our Luraco Legend floor models in both of our stores, each for $4990. Great condition and, if you can live without the enhancements above, a fantastic price savings considering the new price point.

Everything else is exactly the same as before, i.e. appearance, remote control programs, noise reduction technology, weight and dimensions, color choices, body scan, made in America with non-critical components imported from Taiwan, L-track, etc.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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