If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a massage chair, or just simple don’t have space for it, massage cushion (also sometimes called massage pad, massage topper or massaging seat cushion) can be a good option for you.
You can install it in seconds on the chair or on the couch, wherever you feel a need in massage.
Then fold it and store it with no hustle at all. Or you can leave it permanently on one of you armchairs, always ready and awaiting to give you relaxing massage after a busy day. Massage chair cushions usually have 2 to 8 massage rollers, which offers you one or two types of massage: Shiatsu (kneading) and, in most but not all models of massage toppers, rolling.
Almost all recent models of cushion massagers have heat function and remote control.
The main difference between various models is airbags’ presence, vibration function and shoulder massage availability. Massaging cushion price usually runs not more than 250$, with average price of 150$ for a quality product.
Massage cushions are available for sale in many physical and on-line stores, with the widest model selection on Amazon.
In the table below you can find full comprehensive comparison of the most recent high quality massage cushions with addition of our expert rating of each model. The more detailed description of each massage pad can be found after the table. You can click on image of the model in the table to see massage chair cushion reviews on Amazon.
HoMedics Massage Cushions
HoMedics is a leader in the area of massaging cushions, and other massage products, including HoMedics Shiatsu pillow(SP-20h Model), which has excellent customers’ reviews.
HoMedics products are providing you with the best quality massage that massage pad can give. Recent models of HoMedics cushions offer the variety of features for each and every need. We won’t be discussing all HoMedics Shiatsu cushions, due to inferior number of massage option they offer, though with the same quality of massage.
In short, next HoMedics massaging seat cushions are held out of comparison due to such reasons:
HoMedics SBM-200H Therapist Select Shiatsu Massaging Cushion with Heat – Doesn’t have a gentle rolling massage option or any other extra features.
HoMedics MCS-360H Swedish Massaging Cushion – Limited number of massage option, low customers’ reviews.
HoMedics MCS-200H Shiatsu Massage Cushion – Limited number of massage options, absence of remote control
Homedics MCS-210H Shiatsu Massage Cushion – Newer HoMedics MCS-510H model is available with superior massage features
Homedics QRM-400H Therapist Select Quad-Roller Massaging Cushion with Heat – Higher price, lower customers’ rating, no unique features
HoMedics MCS-700H Total Coverage Shiatsu Massage – Poorly rated by people who tried it, many complain on its unreliability
Must Know Fact:Recently HoMedics has made a licensing agreement with The Sharper Image, and many models of HoMedics massagers now are available under The Sharper Image name.
There is no difference whatsoever between equal HoMedics and The Sharper Image massage pads (except the name embroidered on the cover).
And for every HoMedics massage product, The Sharper Image massage topper model and link to Amazon will be provided. In order for you to choose between two in case one is available at better price than the other.
HoMedics MCS-510H will give you a full back massage with soothing heat and adjustable width for the more customized approach to your unique body.
It has 4 massage rollers and removable cover. You can remove it if you want rougher massage experience.
• You can choose between kneading for deep massage and rolling for gentle massage
• Turn heat on and off • To stop the machine in certain spot and work on it
• To adjust width of the massage
• Removable cover for more gentle massage
• For a tall person shoulder massage is unavailable
• You need to adjust yourself for lower back massage • No neck massage
HoMedics Shiatsu massaging cushion SBM-500H is the highest rated model in our review. HoMedics Therapist Select Shiatsu Massaging Cushion is a full back massager, which can massage your whole spine, including your neck and shoulders area. It’s the best Shiatsu massaging cushion and here is why:
• Same great choice between kneading and rolling massage
• Separate rollers for back and neck/shoulders
• Neck massage with adjustable length in upper rollers
• Soothing heat
• Width adjustment for the back rollers
• If you’re smaller than 5’2 or taller than 6’2 massager won’t massage where it suppose to
• Massage is too strong for people with fibromyalgia or just with sensitive backs
(the same models under different names)
This Model of HoMedics / The Sharper Image Shiatsu cushion differs from others by the presence of air bags which squeeze and relax your lumbar area with adjustable intensity. Though, not everybody find them useful and pleasant. It has heat option and removable cover, but unfortunately lacks length and width adjustment of the massage.
• Soothing heat
• Airbags for lower back
• Removable cover for more gentle massage
• No rolling massage
• No spot massage
• No width adjustment
• Inflated bags come on the way, when you try to sit in. Can be uncomfortable for big people
HoMedics MCS-490H / The Sharper Image MSG-C210C is another Shiatsu cushion which has just everything you need for a good massage. You can choose between intense Shiatsu or a gentle rolling massage. To turn heat on and off with a single touch of a button. You can adjust width of you Shiatsu massage and hit “Perfect fit” button for adjustment in length.
• Choice between kneading and rolling massage
• Length and width massage adjustment
• Soothing heat
• Carrying bag
• Doesn’t have removable cover so Shiatsu massage is pretty intense
• Doesn’t reach shoulders
I-need Shiatsu Seat Topper is Shiatsu massager by Brookstone. It offers you a rolling and kneading massage with optional length adjustment to target the specific spot and knots on your back. It is also heated massaging seat cushion with heat button, which you can turn on and off whenever you want.
• Intense kneading and more gentle rolling massage
• Heat for better relaxation
• Spot massage by rollers adjustment
• Some people finds that massage is too intense
• Don’t really reach a low back
• No neck and shoulder massage
Zyllion ZMA-14-BK is another great Shiatsu ma/divssaging cushion option for those who are looking for massage cushion with neck massage.
This massager has 2 sets of rollers: 4 for your back, and 4 for your neck and shoulders. It provides kneading and rolling massage with length and width adjustment. ZMA-14-BK also features stress-relieving vibration in the sit with adjustable intensity and soothing heat in the back section.
• Kneading (Shiatsu) for the neck
• Kneading and more gentle rolling for your back
• Vibration in the seat with adjustable intensity
• Heat function
• Width adjustment
• Spot massage
• Neck massage available only for a tall person or you need to put an extra pillow, to reach upper rollers
• Too long and needs a chair with a high back
The bottom line is, that although it’s up to you to decide which massaging Shiatsu cushion is the most suitable for your needs, HoMedics MCS-775H / The Sharper Image MSI-CS775H is the best massaging cushion on the market, based on functionality, quality and customers’ reviews.