Early Review of New Yume Robo Massage Chair From Inada
I have been hearing about this chair for quite some time out of the Inada massage chair camp. Well, I finally received the Yume massage chair in my showroom this week. It is a very cool massage chair. I have sat in it once and will be recording some
video footage about it as I get more familiar with it.
But, for now, here are some features and observations about the chair right off the bat:
1. Smaller-looking size. The chair back does not goes as high as other chairs around it in our showroom, so it gives the chair the appearance of being smaller, although the chair width and depth is similar to comparable massage chairs.
2. Inada is known for innovation and this chair has two features that I've never seen before. The first one is the movable ottoman. When I say "movable" I don't mean up and down...I mean the inner and outer "plates" of the ottoman calf massage for each leg actually rotate and massage the calf muscles in a figure 8 motion. It is really one of the coolest things I've ever seen in a massage chair ottoman. There is no foot component of the ottoman; there was probably no practical room for the foot component because the plates of the calf portion move around so much in this new configuration that a foot ottoman would get in the way and not be practical. It is hard to explain in text, but I will demonstrate it completely on video.
3. The second innovation is the rocking motion of the chair while it massages you. It is like a mechanical rocking chair and the rocking feature can be turned on or off while you are being massaged. I actually felt a little nausea, almost like motion sickness, the first time I sat in it. I sat in the chair with my eyes closed while I was being "rocked" and massaged. I will try again later this week to see if the feeling returns of if it was just a one-time event (no, I was not ill the day I sat on the chair...I feel the motion sickness came from the rocking motion of the chair).
4. The massage roller mechanism is rock solid! I love the massaging roller mechanism in the chair back. Like all other Inada massage chairs, the rollers go way down the low back, almost into the gluteal region. I loved that. But, beyond that, the overall feel of the chair back roller massage mechanism was very solid and firm. I really enjoyed the massage feel.
5. The neck pillow has some airbags that inflate and compress the region at the base of your neck. It took me a while to figure out how to get the rollers to massage my neck and this is what I had to do: I had to lift the neck pillow off the back of the chair and then recline the chair fully to horizontal. Next, I had to manually choose a massage function (in this case I chose "Knead and Tap") and then move the rollers up to the very top of the roller track. Once I was fully horizontal and the rollers were moved to the very top of the track, my neck got a great massage. I suspect that the shorter you are, the less you would have to recline the chair to get your neck effectively roller-massaged. The taller you are, the more reclined you should be for a neck massage...you may even have to slide down the chair a bit to get a full neck massage. I am 5'10" tall and it worked perfectly for me in the full recline position. I didn't have to shift my body down the chair to accommodate a neck massage.
6. Inflatable seat airbags. Very similar to the seat airbag massage of the Inada Doctor's Choice 3A massage chair, the Yume chair has airbags that inflate together and then one side and then another to affect a rotation motion on the low back. Great feature and I'm glad to see it replicated in the Yume Robo massage chair.
7. Very simple remote control display. Inada has really made the remote easy to use, as they do with most of their chairs.
8. Price is listed at $5499, which includes free delivery and 3 year comprehensive, on-site warranty. It's only available color is black.
Well, that's about it for now. I will share more in text and video as I review this wonderful chair further. Because of limited stock, we have been asked by Inada to not put the chair up for sale on our site yet. But, if you are interested, just call me at 801-417-8240 and I'll answer your questions and take your orders over the phone.
Dr. Alan Weidner