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135 people found this helpful
on June 27, 2010
I got this chair for my wife last Christmas, and she absolutely loves it. She loves it so much that she's actually become convinced that she married wisely, when in fact she could do a lot better than me. If she were ever to make that critical realization, I would surely be finished. Amazingly, fifteen minutes a day of rolling, compression, kneading, and percussion seems to be all it takes to keep her from figuring this out. Sometimes she goes a few days without a massage, and begins giving me troubled glances as if wondering why there's a misshapen ogre wandering through her house (and wearing a wedding ring, at that), but then she sits in the chair and all is right with the world again. The iJoy 2580 keeps the horrible truth far, far away, where it belongs.
I love the chair too. It has a strength to it that you'll simply never get from a cheaper product, like those massaging pads that you hang over the back of a regular chair. Sure, the pad is more portable -- my attempt to install the iJoy 2580 in my Honda Civic resulted in a hernia and some bewildered head-shaking from the guys at the auto body shop -- but you won't get nearly as good a massage. Also, while shopping around, I tried a few chairs that cost upwards of four times as much as this one, and I honestly wasn't all that impressed. The really expensive chairs do have some advantages, of course. They're designed to look more like regular recliners, typically have longer warranties, and sometimes have extra features like built-in massagers for the calves and feet. But to me, they didn't offer any improvement over the 2580 in terms of the quality of the back massage. The iJoy series is an excellent balance between cost and function.
A few caveats: if you're over six feet tall, as we misshapen ogres tend to be, the massaging heads may not reach as high on your back as you'd like unless you adopt atrocious posture, and deliberately injuring your back in the pursuit of relief for back pain seems a bit counterproductive. The massage feels a little less effective higher on the back too, perhaps because the farther the heads get from your seat, the easier it is for them to shift your whole torso from side to side, which of course won't feel as good as the same action operating on you when you're motionless. It still feels good, though, and on the lower back, it's wonderful. Sitting in the chair a day or two after doing heavy deadlifts (or anything else that will produce muscular soreness low in your back) is glorious. It's proven durable so far, too. We've had it for six months and it's held up to regular use without even a hint of a problem. Buy one, and save your marriage!