Infinite Therapeutics has introduced the IT-8500 massage chair as a step-up from the already popular IT-8100. In addition to a stretch program, the IT-8500 chair also boasts a spinal correction feature, full shoulder airbag massage, a headphone port for your own private music, 2 zero gravity positions, intersound technology, a more vigorous roller system, and much, much more. This is all in addition to the features you already expect from a massage chair: foot rollers, head rotation airbags, touch screen remote, mp3 music system, and full body airbags.
- Zero Gravity - 2 zero gravity positions to encourage a "weightless" position. Ideal for low back pain sufferers, the zero gravity function mimics the optimal position as determined by NASA's space program. Optimal weight distribution removes excessive pressure from any one part of your spine.
- Inversion Therapy - A full recline of the chair back, accompanied by the zero gravity seat positioning, produces an inversion effect to the spine, distracting the joints of the spine.
- Mechanical Foot Rollers - While most massage chairs have airbag compression of the feet and calves, the IT-8500 massage chair has 3 mechanical foot rollers that work the sole of each of your feet. Very soothing!!
- Foot and Calf Airbags - Airbag compression to enhance circulation of the blood and lymph from the legs to the heart.
- Spinal Correction - Shoulder airbags that compress the front of the shoulders and pin them back, while the rollers move up and down the spine. This feature will leave you feeling like you are standing taller and straighter after you have used this feature.
- Body Scan - The pinpoint body scan figures out the shape of your spine and the location of your spinal curves so that the chair can cater ever-so personally to your own particular body type.
- Seat Airbag Massage and Sway - The IT-8500 massage chair employs seat airbags that move the seat from side to side and up and down, enhancing passive motion to an area of the body that is very hard to reach without the assistance of an actual therapist. Fantastic feature if you have low back pain.
- Air Neck Massage - A gently rotation airbag massage relaxes the neck muscles and lulls you to sleep while the chair weaves it's magic.
- Accu-Roll Shoulder Massage - A full complement of shoulder airbags that will envelope your whole shoulder joint and give it the attention that is lacking in other massage chairs.
- Tru-Grip V Stretch - Airbags will grip your shoulders, arms, and lower body while the chair back and ottoman raise and lower...giving you a stretch you will both love and never forget.
- Lumbar Heat - The thickness of the body tissues in the low back makes warming up a hard thing to do. A lumbar heating element will assist in that process so that blood flows to those thick tissues a little quicker.
- Acuroll Neck & Shoulder Massage - This model utilizes 5 sensors to help assess and then provide the most accurate neck and shoulder massage.
- mp3 Music System - The music system includes a USB port for a jump drive full of your favorite music, external speakers, a headphone port so that you can enjoy your music in your own little space, and intersound technology, which basically is a speaker system that faces inward toward the user.
- 45' Program Timer - You can schedule your massage chair to be anywhere from 10-45 minutes long...the longest of any massage chair timer in the marketplace.
- 30.25" Roller Track
- 38 Total Airbags
Model Name: The Infinity IT-8500
Net Weight: 229 lbs
Power Voltage: AC110V - 120V 50Hz/60Hz
Power Consumption: 190W
Upright: 59 x 35.4 x 45.7 inches
Reclined: 74 x 35.4 x 36.2 inches
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Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair Reviews (54)
Sep 20, 2015 at 10:16 PM
NOTE: Installation tips are at bottom!
The chair trialing experience with Alan was phenomenal (5 Star!). Especially since you know you're getting the best deal on any chair you buy due to price matching. I came from out of state to try the best chairs available in Aug 2015, and spent 5 or 6 hours there. I am glad I tried out several chairs since the features I originally thought were the most important changed after trying them all out.
This chair is great. There is no chair out (as of Aug 2015) that has the Best of Everything, just like when picking cell phones. You have to decide what features are most important for you. Before visiting, I thought that having an L track was the most important, and then maybe 2nd most important was 3D adjustments for the rollers.
At the end of the day, I picked the Infinity 8500 because 3d rollers and L track chairs had nothing against the calf massaging/stretching that this chair offered. Most of the other chairs I tried had 30-50% smaller calf sections or they would pop my legs out when stretching me. I am a 5'10" male, so I consider myself average height. Even though it doesn't have an L track, it still oscillates your hips around and uses airbags to compress/lift them. It does a good enough job for me, and the L-track chairs didn't really go as far as I expected they might (glad I tried them out). As for the 3d rollers, I just use the extra pad that comes with the chair. My wife likes the foot rollers, I think they're too strong, and so put a super thick pad between them and my foot. The chair does have speakers, but you have to load the mp3 files with a thumb drive, and there's no way to just connect your phone via aux cable or bluetooth.
I even bought this even though the demo chair's arm massagers were not attached correctly (they wouldn't massage). This is actually the reason I am docking this by 1 star. The installation of the arms is very difficult (took me over 30 minutes for just the arms). I am very happy for 2 things, one is that Dr. Alan told me to offer $20 to the delivery person (who originally wasn't going to bring it in the house due to liability) to get him to help me put it just inside the door; the chair is HEAVY but has rollers. The 2nd thing I am happy about is that I didn't order someone to build it for me, because I can see them cutting corners on arm install due to difficulty of doing it right and the ease of skipping steps. I even have a little issue right now due to the right arm detaching during some massages, but I think I forced the buckle back in well enough this time that it will stay (more on this further down). But even though I have some issues with the arm base detaching from the chair back, at least the massage attachment (attaches to the arm base) is correctly installed and the airbags work.
I use it maybe 20-60 minutes a day. I'm a little sad it sits you back up when the program is over (if you fall asleep), but it's probably good that you don't spend too much time with your oily head on the chair.
Here are my tips for install:
* The box for main chair can have the sides easily removed, you don't need to cut them off. Just pop off the top of the box, and then jimmy the sides up. You now have a 6" lip from the bottom box part that you can try to roll over or cut down. This will help if you need to return (I am keeping my chair).
* The arms are 2 parts, the arm base, and the arm attachment which has the airbags and connects to the top of the base
** To "fully" attach and secure the arm attachment, it must have 3 locks turned 90 degrees by a phillips head screwdriver.
*** SUPER Frustration/Time Trick: If you have a right-angle screw driver like http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-03044A-Ratcheting-Screwdriver-Close-Quarters/dp/B000XYOUS6, you could probably save yourself a LOT of time. You would also need a longer phillips head attachment for that screwdriver as some of the locks are a bit deeper.
** In order to get a screwdriver into where two of the locks are, you either need the above screwdriver (Sadly I didn't think of it until now), or you have to unbuckle the arm base, reach from the back of the chair underneath to find a latch to pull (you can't see it, you just have to find with touch), so that you can bend the chair-back forward. This lets you access the locks on the arm backs. Unbuckling is difficult, you have to push some latch (the directions have pictures) on the arm piece to unbuckle it from the chair-back.
** Also, one of the arms attachments was trickier than the other, putting enough pressure on it so that I was positive the lock grabbed it when it was turned.
** Then you have to get the arms buckled back onto the chair-back, and one of them seems to not have been put back on the first time (it fell off a week later during a stretch massage), and the 2nd time (it fell off a few days later during a stretch massage). The 3rd time I used their provided large Alan wrench and a mallet to tap the locking buckle device and rotate it enough onto the bolt.
* The rest of the install was a breeze.
Mar 31, 2015 at 09:10 AM
I'll admit, I had tried dozens of different chairs including Inadas and Osakis and knew, more or less, what I wanted in a massage chair. The Infinity gave me all the features that I was looking for, plus it was priced more competitively than most. However, this was still a rather large investment that I didn't want to jump into until I was completely comfortable with the entire buying process. Dr. Weidner has gone the extra mile with his information and support and made the final decision to buy much easier. His YouTube channel is fantastic! He responds to every email, answers every call, and he knows his stuff.
The Infinity IT-8500 is a wonderful chair. I chose it because I wanted an effective stretch option and this one has one of the better that I have tried. The roller pressure is perfect for me but a little deep for my wife. She just throws a blanket on the rollers and is good to go. The finish on this chair is wonderful. The functions of the chair aren't as intuitive as I have seen on others but Dr. Weidner has a YouTube video that covers that. Did I mention that his YouTube channel is fantastic? In all I am extremely pleased with this purchase and the buying experience that Dr. Weidner has provided.
Mar 15, 2015 at 11:02 AM
It was worth the flight to visit Dr. Weidner out in Utah to pick just the right chair for my husband. This chair has been the best! When guests come over they fight over who will use the chair next. It's so much better than having to go somewhere and make an appt. We love it! No regrets ... and Thank You Dr. Weidner for spending all that time with me!
Feb 23, 2015 at 08:56 AM
Ahhh. I've had my IT-8500 for several weeks now, and it's wonderful.
The chair itself is just what I hoped it would be. It provides a vigorous massage, and there are plenty of adjustable features to customize it to your own preferences. The combination of preprogrammed options and manual settings allow you to vary the experience each time you try it. I imagine I will eventually settle on one or two options as my favorites, but for now I'm enjoying testing out something different each time.
As for delivery, I would urge everyone to opt for the white glove service. The chair is very heavy, and you will need several strong people to maneuver it to where you want it. During the set up, be sure to check that the arms have been set up properly. The bolts that connect the arms to the main chair are a bit tricky to install, and you want to make sure these are secure.
As for where you should purchase your chair, there's really no choice. Dr. Weidner and Massage Chair Relief are heads and tails above any other site I was able to find. The information provided prior to purchase is excellent, and specific questions are answered thoroughly and promptly. The follow-up is also terrific. Dr. Weidner definitely makes you fell that he cares about you satisfaction.
Feb 22, 2015 at 01:18 PM
I am like many of the other reviewers, in that I did not have anywhere to 'try before buy' location anywhere nearby, so I had to take the chance and go for it. The reviews on here helped me as well as a talk with Dr. Weidner. I, as well as my husband, am very satisfied with the choice of the IT8500. It is very heavy and has to be taken out of box to get inside, but we put it directly on furniture pads so it could be moved easily once inside. It took about 2 hours to assemble, but that is because one of the attachment pieces for an arm was bent and after removing and reattaching for the third time (after the other arm went on without any problem) I looked at the 'attachment screw thing' and it was bent, after fixing it, the arm went on easily and the rest of the chair went together easily also. I would suggest help with attaching the foot rest. As for the massage you get with the chair, it is the closet thing to getting a massage from a massage therapist. My husband could not believe how good it felt. We like the pre-programmed programs, for instance the recover is great after yard work, it really hits the right spots and helps eliminate next day stiffness. The foot massage is almost too much at times, but can be managed with a little foot adjustment on my part. The noise level of the chair is not an issue at all. The size of the chair is actually a smaller footprint than the regular rocker recliners I have. I ordered the brown and love it. The brown is a very dark rich brown. No real negatives to mention about this chair. Hope this helps somebody make their decision.
Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair