The Top 2 Homedics Shiatsu Back Massager Cushions (2017 Reviews)
Last updated: July 2017. Hiring a full-time massage therapist is one of the first things I would do if I ever won the lottery. Wouldn’t you?
Back massage is obviously one of the ultimate ways to immediately relieve back pain, and since you haven’t won the lottery yet, a back massage chair/cushion is the next best thing.
Through our research, the Homedics Shiatsu Back Massage products seem to be the most popular in 2017.
To save the confusion and the hours of research, we found the 2 best models, reviewed and compared them for you here.
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Homedics Shiatsu Back Massager Chairs: Reviews & Comparison
Right now, there are 10 different Homedics back massager units, with completely different features and prices.
Some of them offer a shiatsu massage (kneading massage) and some – a Swedish massage.
Some offer a vibration massage (without a moving mechanism, less recommended) and some combine heat with the massage (highly recommended).
The different models also vary in the number of massage nodes, speed options and how well they cover the entire back.
We’ve chosen the 2 best Homedics Shiatsu Back Massager models – according to how well they do the work, how effectively they reach your back muscles, their extra (important features) and of course – the price.
1. HoMedics Triple Shiatsu Massage Cushion with Heat
The HoMedics Triple Shiatsu Massage Cushion offers a traveling shiatsu massage with 4 independent nodes.
You can use the 4 nodes in 3 different ways: kneading for deep massage, rolling for a gentler one and spot shiatsu for focused kneading.
Weight: 11 pounds.
Size: 23.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
HoMedics MCS-510H Pros
- High quality materials
- High massage intensity
- Very adjustable
- Automatic turn-off
- Includes spot-Shiatsu
- A bit bulky and heavy
- Won’t cover entire back if you’re very tall
- Not fitted for cars
I would say this model is pretty bulky and heavy. Not ideal if you need it to be portable, but made with high quality materials.
The back is about 5-1/2 inches thick and overall the unit is very hard and rigid. It’s not a wimp.
Massage Options: Shiatsu (Circular, deep kneading action) and rolling (Gentle up and down action rolls across muscles).
Heat: the massage nodes emit gentle heat, which relaxes the muscles and boosts blood circulation while relieving muscle knots and aches. This feature is optional and can be turned on or off.
Coverage: this Homedics back massager chair promises to cover your entire back with 4 massage zones: Upper, lower, middle and full back massage.
Some people (especially the taller people) claim this cushion does not fully reach their lower back and/or upper back. If you are very tall, you may not get an entire coverage of your back.
Height limit is probably 6’1″, but, you can just lift the cushion and secure it to a chair in order to get an upper back massage
Will it work in a car: you really wouldn’t want to use this in a car. This kneads deep enough that I don’t think you could keep your concentration on the road.
Also, when off it is very uncomfortable to sit on because the kneading balls are jutting into your lower back.
You can’t use the heat alone without the massage.
Remote control: the chair comes with a corded remote control, which allows you to choose the massage area (upper/low/middle/full) and the heat on/off switch.
Adjustable width: the removable cover lets you customize your massage intensity, and the integrated strap system fits most chairs.
(Best to use on your office chair at work or at home, while going through your mails…)
Massage Intensity – when you set the control for the deep circular massage, you can put a couple of towels between you and the massage cushion.
The massager, when set to the deep, rotary setting can be too rough for some people.
Electric Outlet – this Homedics massage chair plugs into the wall to function. It also has a short cord for the remote control for adjusting which area of the back the massager works on and the heat switch.
Automatic Turn-Off – the chair turns off automatically after 15 minutes. This is a great feature because you can easily fall asleep while using it.
Warranty – 2 years (we’ve contacted the seller).
☑ Homedics MCS-510H Best Price
When I watch this page on Amazon, I almost always find great deals. If you find it for less than $110 – it’s a bargain.
It may seem pricy to you, but if you think of it, for having an on-demand back-rubbing option to use whenever you or your family needs it – it’s not pricy at all.
2. Homedics QRM-400H Therapist Select Quad-Roller Massaging Cushion with Heat
The Homedics QRM-400H offers more features and options than the MCH-510H.
This model has 6 different programs you can use and an integrated strapping system to make it work on all chairs.
(But, I would say that the strapping is not very important, since your body weight holds it in position anyway).
Like the above model, the QRM-400H features Shiatsu and rolling massage through 4 independent rollers that travel up and down the back, targeting all of the major areas.
Homedics QRM-400H Pros
- 6 different massage programs
- Adjustable width
- Automatic turn off
- Can not be used in a car
- Price relatively high
Size: 27.5 x 18.2 x 6.8 inches
Weight: 19 pounds
Massage Options – shiatsu (Circular, deep kneading action), rolling (Gentle up and down action rolls across muscles) and Spot Shiatsu (holds the massage action in the spot you need it).
Some people find the Shiatsu massage a bit rough (which can be solved by throwing a towel or 2 over the chair) so the gentler rolling option is a good alternative.
Coverage – the unit comes with six programs: full, lower, or upper back in Shiatsu, plus a rolling massage for each of the three modes.
If your problem area is the neck, this model is not for you. I would recommend a separate neck massager and considering doing neck traction (at home), which can be extremely helpful for neck pain.[/warning]
Does it Work in a Car?
It is not recommended to use in the car, because it may interfere with your driving. The rollers could suddenly feel very uncomfortable as the passenger’s back applies sudden pressure as the car moves forward, sending the passenger backward. This could be dangerous.
Adapter – this unit comes with an adapter.
Width Adjustment – the “width” button on the remote control allows you to adjust the width of the rollers to comfortably fit your body.
Heat – you can turn on heat via the remote control. The heat makes such a difference! The four rollers move up and down your back to give you a strong rub, but when you turn on the heat the same rollers feel so much better.
The wonderful warmth just relaxes your tensed back.
Remote Control – attached to the cushion with a cord. Easy to understand and use.
Removable Cover – like the MCS-510H model, this back massager cushion comes with a removable cover, to let you customize the intensity of the massage.
If you have a cat, the mesh fabric that covers the massaging rollers just screams “scratching post” So you’ll have to put it away after every use.
Also, some users say that the chair is a bit loud, so it’s hard to concentrate on other things while using it.
Extra Features – the chair comes with an integrated strapping system. The Vivid LED illumination lights up the massage mechanism in a cool blue, allowing you to actually see it in action.
(Is that important? Not really…)
Automatic Turn-off – the cushion turns off automatically after 15 minutes.
☑ Homedics QRM-400H Best Price
Yup, this model is a bit more expensive than the latter.
But, if you check this page and find it for less than $120 – you’ve found a great deal.
Take a closer look at the Homedics QRM-400H:
If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a pricy back massage chair but still want a more than decent massage – Homedics Back Massagers are perfect for you.
If you find relief for muscle knots and muscle tension I would say both of them are worth every penny.
And now over to you:
I must have left a few unanswered questions here, and I would love to know if you have any, plus any personal experience with shiatsu back massage cushions, in the comments below… :)
To your health and happiness,
The Back Pain Relief Products Team
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