What Are the Disadvantages of Massage Chairs?

Massage chairs are a relaxing way to get a massage without going to a masseuse. You can purchase one to use in the privacy of your home or use one in a public place where they are set up to help people relax. Despite the blissful idea of owning or frequently using a massage chair, there are some disadvantages.


One disadvantage to a massage chair is the high cost. If you plan on purchasing one for your home, you can easily spend more than $2,000. Paying to use a massage chair can add up quickly.

Weight of Chair

Massage chairs are very heavy. Not only are they the size of recliners, they are made with electronic equipment that adds a lot of bulk and weight. This can be a huge disadvantage if you need to move it or have it shipped.

Not as Effective

Using a massage chair can be very relaxing and prove to be beneficial for aches and pains. Unfortunately, using a massage chair isn't as effective as using a licensed masseuse. If you have problem spots or continuous pain, you may need to go to a masseuse.

Maximum User Weight

Some massage chairs have a maximum user weight. This will be a disadvantage for those who weigh more than the maximum and cannot use the chair.

About the Author

Jamie Peacock began writing in 2009 for various blogs and Shakespeare Squared. She is an expert in travel, public health and shopping. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and a Masters of Education from the University of North Dakota.