|Item Weight||265 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||60 x 38 x 48 inches|
|Origin||Made in USA|
|Item model number||iRobotic 7|
|Assembled Length||81 inches|
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Luraco Technologies iRobotics 7 Medical Massage Chair, Chocolate Brown
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- The only massage chair researched, developed and assembled in the USA
- FDA and UL listed the only chair on the market to be approved for use and safety
- Most technically up-to-date handheld smart touch remote control
- Unique features for up to 5 different users memory settings so the whole family can enjoy
- 5 levels of multi-sectional intensity controls-true 3D- set for as soft or as intense as you like
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Relax and enjoy an accurate automatic body shape detection which prepares you for the most advanced 3D robotic massage on the market and provides outstanding lower back and neck massage techniques. Experience the 3 layer foot and calf massage, full body heat (feet, seat and back), advanced sole massagers with double rollers with removable foot pad, and body swivel with twist stretching not found on any other products. Comforting acupuncture point arm massages and fully functional seat swivel swing via genuine leather at all massage touch surfaces (Head, Arms, Shoulders, and Feet). Integrated and ultra clean MP3 music system can be enjoyed at all settings with 9 automatic and limitless customizable programs including true zero gravity.
Top Customer Reviews
I started researching massage chairs after reading several articles on the benefits of regular massage and stretching. I’m in my mid 60s and have lost flexibility with age, and due to the sedentary nature of my profession. As any geezer can tell you, somebody lowers the ground every year. In my profession, I spend a lot of time sitting and bending forward to operate system computers and devices, and my back gets sore.
After reading many product descriptions and reviews, I decided I would spend the big bucks for a quality chair with a good warranty, and high reviews. In my mind it came down to two chairs: The Inada Dreamwave, or the Luraco iRobotics 7. Both were expensive high-quality chairs, with excellent reviews.
I called Luraco and spoke with Robyn Readicker who explained many of the chair’s features, the warranty, and the support policy. She also gave me a list of dealers I could call. I was very impressed with Robyn, and the customer support available from Luraco.
Next, I called several dealers including Dr. Alan Weidner of www.massage-chair-relief.com. He has reviews of almost every chair made, and has many videos on YouTube. He has brick and mortar stores in Utah and California. I called Dr. Weidner and he spoke with me about the features of several chairs that fit the description I gave him. He suggested the Inada Dreamwave, the Luraco iRobotics 7, or a Panasonic chair. I can’t remember the model of the Panasonic.
I am in Minnesota and there was no opportunity to actually try the iRobotics 7, although we have stores that carry the other chairs. I elected to purchase the iRobotics 7 anyway based on the reviews, Dr. Weidner’s recommendation ,my experience with Robyn at Luraco, the warranty, and the fact that the chair is made in the USA in Texas by a company with a great reputation that you can call, and who provides a high level of customer support.
I chose to purchase from massage-chair-relief. When I called, I got to speak directly with Dr. Weidner, the expert. I was comfortable purchasing the iRobotics 7 without trying it because of Dr. Weidner’s recommendation and the fact that he offers a full 90 days to test the chair. You can return it no questions asked. He will also pay half of the return shipping charges, which is very generous and also shows that he has great confidence in the chairs he sells. In addition, he offers a lifetime peace-of-mind labor warranty. The iRobotics 7 comes with a 5 year parts, and 3 year labor warranty. With Dr. Weidner’s peace-of-mind labor warranty I received lifetime labor coverage. Frankly, after seeing the quality of the chair and electro-mechanical components, I don’t anticipate any problems in the near future.
There are two ways you can have it sent to you. With the basic shipping they deliver the chair on a pallet to your address. You are responsible for bringing it inside and assembling the chair. With the white glove service, which costs a little more, the chair is delivered, moved inside, and assembled by a third party company that specializes in delivery and assembly. I chose to use the basic shipping and move and assemble the chair myself. I did this because I wanted to know how the chair went together. When it arrived I was able to move the chair into my house and into my office with the help of my wife. It comes in two boxes with the chair in one and the armrest assemblies in another. They are extremely well packed and protected. The chair is heavy. Maybe I should say HEAVY. I recommend the white glove service unless you have help, and you are somewhat handy.
Putting the chair together is simple and easy. It basically amounts to hooking up some air tubes and attaching the armrest assemblies. Everything is color coded, and there is a how-to video on YouTube. This chair is made to very tight tolerances, which is good, but I ran into one problem in getting the armrest bushing to slide into the designed track. In the video it just slides in easy. When I did it the bushing did not seem to fit easily. So… rather than force it I called Luraco tech support and left a message. Poof… instant callback and the Luraco tech told me to remove the seat cover for better visibility, and to be able to place my hands on both sides of the bushing to guide it in. That worked no problem… and I should have thought of that. It was my first verification that I chose the right company however.
Once I got it assembled, I plugged it in to a quality Tripp Lite surge protector that I had researched and purchased prior to receiving the chair. I flipped the little power switch on the back of the chair on, and waited while it initialized. The control module for the chair is a little touch-screen hand-held unit that looks a little like an iPhone. It is connected by a cord to the side of the chair. There are nine automatic pre-programmed massage modes and the default program at turn on is the Health program. All you really need to do to start using the chair is sit down and press the start button on the controller. A little voice pipes up and invites you to sit back for a body scan. The chair goes immediately into body scan mode and the rollers move up and down and measure you. The leg assembly adjusts and then the health-mode massage starts. That’s it. It’s simple and easy to get going. One thing I would recommend is that when you first use the chair, have the removable back cushion in, and set the back and neck intensity to “1” to start out. This is not a superficial pretend massage chair that vibrates you a bit. This is a medical massage chair and it can do the strong tissue massage like a good masseuse, and it will stretch your back and legs out. I am on the older side and not very flexible anymore, so even the medium level intensity was a bit too much for me at first, and way too much for my wife. I had to ease into it as I have gained flexibility and range of motion.
The massage itself is fantastic. It goes from the base of your skull down to the bottom of your back near your tail bone. It will knead your neck area and shoulder areas. It kneads, taps, and stretches your back out. It works the muscles all down the spine. There is a great fast vibration mode in many of the programs. The air bags inflate and squeeze your thighs and calves. There are rollers in the feet that work over the bottoms of your feet. Air bags massage the ankle and foot area. Air bags squeeze and massage your arms. Airbags press down on your shoulder muscles. When it stretches you, the air bags grab your feet and stretch your legs out. Then they pin your shoulders while it stretches your back out. The seat oscillates side to side and exercises the hip area subtly. There are airbags in the headrest that push down on your shoulder muscles, but those two bags don’t really do a whole lot because the headrest will move up with any force. The chair is very quiet while operating. You could have it in a TV room and barely know it was on.
As I mentioned, there are 9 automatic programs: Health, soft, quick, morning, night, sport, shiatsu, stretch, and TV mode. My favorite is the morning program. It is a very nice combination of stretching and massage. Whenever I come home from a long day at work with my back hurting, that’s the one I do. I feel great afterward.
There is also a manual mode. You can select this mode and then select which areas you want to focus on. The chair then will do mini programs on only the areas you select. You can manually select to knead, tap, or both. Within manual mode is a spot-selection mode. You can use this to move to exactly the area you want, and then select to knead, tap or both. This is very handy for that sore spot you want to specifically work on. One tip on selecting and deselecting things on the controller: The response is not as fast as on your phone. Tap what you want and be patient for a second or two. You will then see it happen, and the voice will announce your change. I was too impatient at first and thought I didn’t tap it right. It just took a second to respond.
There is a controller page for intensity control, and also a position-adjust page. You can control the intensity of the massage for back, neck/shoulders, arms, and feet. On the chair position adjust page you have very granular control over chair tilt, back position, leg extension, leg elevation, shoulder position, and can also select the zero gravity position. Between the manual massage mode, intensity control, and position adjustment you can completely control your own massage experience. Remember this though... You don’t really need to mess with any of this stuff. When you come home tired and sore, just press the start button and sit back. The chair will measure and adjust automatically. Simple Simple Simple. And it works.
Now the coolest thing: If you choose to customize your massage settings, once you have all the settings the way you want, and have selected the massage mode you want, you can just store it to one of five user-memory settings. The chair then remembers your positions, intensities, heat setting, and massage mode. After that you can just press the start button, and select the user setting you want. That’s it. No body scan needed. The chair moves into your stored positions, sets your saved intensities, sets the heat to your liking, and begins your saved massage mode. You can have multiple massage settings saved. In my case, I have my main massage preferences set in user #1, and a neck-only and zero-G massage set in user #2. My wife has a couple saved as well. Way cool.
Music: The chair can play music. There is a small sim card that you can place music on, and it will play your selections for you. I don’t use this feature, because my chair is in my office and I select whatever I want to listen to on my computer and surround sound system. It’s really nice at the end of the day to have a glass of wine, pick some stuff to listen to, turn off the lights, and let the i7 take over and do its thing. Makes you feel very spoiled.
Heat: There is full control of heat in the chair. Living in Minnesota in the winter, it is very nice to crank up the heat when you relax. Your heat setting is also saved in the user memory.
There are a couple of things that bugged me at first. One thing I discovered is that if you extend the leg assembly out too far, then during the leg stretch the ninety degree angle edge at the top of the leg assembly would press into the back of your leg/knee area. I found that by making sure I had sufficient knee bend when starting, this was better. I really think they need to add a padded rounded cushion from under the seat pad flap across the top of the leg assembly, and then down the back of the leg slot opening. That would mitigate the 90 degree edge at the top of the assembly.
The head position also bothered me at first. I found that when the rollers moved down my back away from my neck, my neck tilted back too far in the absence of the rollers and made me uncomfortable. I solved this with one of those little airplane neck pillows that fits perfectly in the space for your head in the headrest. I can easily move it and put my head back when I want my neck worked on, and it’s very comfortable with it in otherwise. Nobody else has mentioned this in any of the reviews so it might just be my geezer neck.
I wanted to make sure that I left you with an impression of the quality of this medical massage chair. I am an engineer by education, and deal with aircraft-quality systems and components in my profession. This chair was made to last. It is UL listed, and can be used in a commercial setting. It is made in the USA and it is quality, although I know that USA and quality are synonymous.
Final thought: Since buying my iRobotics 7 I have gained flexibility and loosened up a bit so that I can easily reach down and pick things up off the ground and in general I feel good. Before, if I worked a bunch of hours over several days in a row, it used to take two or three days before my back felt good again. Now I just pop into the chair at the end of the day. It makes me feel great.