In Part 1 of this comparative review, I discussed the differences between the Osaki OS-3D Pro Dreamer and the Inada DreamWave massage chairs. In Part 2, I will discuss the similarities. But, even in discussing the similarities there are some differences in those similarities (you’ll see what I mean once you start reading).
1. Arm Air Cells
Both chairs have forearm air cells, but the DreamWave also has arm air cells in the upper arm area. The DreamWave air cell housing also surrounds the forearm 360 degrees. Most other chairs, including the Dreamer, do not have a wrap around housing to massage the whole circumference of the forearm.
2. Seat Massage
Both chairs use air cells in the buttocks region, but each chair uses them a little differently. The Dreamer uses airbags in the seat to inflate both sides of the seat, concurrently and successively. This is a pretty typical feature for most massage chairs. However, the DreamWave uses the air cells not only to inflate the seat cushion, but also to move the seat from side-to-side and up-and-down. This adds a whole new dimension to seat massage that is not seen in many chairs (the only other chair that comes close to mimicking this feature is the Infinity IT-8500).
3. Thigh Air Cells
Again, both chairs use outer thigh air cells, but in different ways. The Dreamer has air cells that inflate more to hold the hips in place while the rollers move up and down the low back. It seems that this feature is designed to accentuate the intensity of the roller massage.
The DreamWave thigh air cells serve more to actually massage the Ilio Tibial Bands that are a tender thigh muscles if you’ve ever had back, hip, or knee problems.
4. Waist Air Cells
Both chairs use air cells in the waist area. Both waist air cells can inflate to move the lumbar and thoracic spine forward, but each side can be used, one after the other, to induce a rotation motion in the low back. It is a great feature on both chairs and one that benefits the user considerably. Air cells have typically been used in the past for compression. In the newer chairs, like these two, the air cells are actually used to move the body into rotation or translation.
5. Stretch Program
Both chairs have a stretch program. I found that my feet kept coming out of the foot wells on the Dreamer, so it was up to the calf well air cells to keep my legs anchored during the recline portion of the stretch. The DreamWave uses the air cells in the feet and ankles to anchor the legs down during the stretch.
6. 3D Roller Technology
3D roller technology has become all the rage in the industry nowadays. Last year it was mechanical foot rollers…now 3D. Each chair uses a different technology to deploy the 3D feature; the Dreamer roller mechanism moves forward and back on it’s own, whereas the DreamWave rollers are moved forward and back by air cells. But, the effect is the same…greater or lesser roller massage intensity.
Vibration in the seat is pretty common nowadays. Both chairs have it. In the Dreamer, you can synch your music with the vibration so that the vibration “moves” to the beat of your music. Kinda cool…I don’t think there is much therapeutic value in it, but it’s cool.
Some of the other similarities include no memory capabilities, speed control, air cell intensity control, quad rollers, 170 degree reclining angle, up to 30 minute massage sessions, synthetic leather upholstery (DreamWave has a black leather option), body scan technology, 13 motors, auto recline and restore, among others.
I hope this sheds some valuable light on the differences between these two popular sellers.
Dr. Alan Weidner
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