Shiatsu Massage Chair EC-06C Review
Shiatsu EC 06C, although an entry level chair, offers full body massage covering neck, shoulders, back, legs and feet. It surely has some very good features, features seen in expensive high-end massage chairs but the price is relatively much cheaper.
I would not say it’s a great or exceptional massage chair but it’s surely appealing and irresistible at this decent price and for the number of features it offers.
And may be, this is why it has hundreds of positive reviews and top notch rating. Rating to be envied by every other brand in this segment.
Just like a bed or mattress that are a must for every home, so are massage chairs these days. With increasing demand and rising competition, companies too have brought new models with next generation features but at competitive prices.
The first thing that can never be missed is whether the chair you plan to buy has body scan feature. If it’s a no then there is no point in opting for it.
Body scan helps massage function to customize to your exact body stats. And EC 06C comes with body scan. Although it’s not a 3D body scan but it does measure your height and width accurately.
During body scan, always be seated in the right posture resting your back to the chair fully so that the measurements are accurate.
Although by design EC 06C is an S track model but the massage is not just limited between neck and lower back. The rollers reach all the way up to your tailbone.
The quad massage rollers start right the chair’s head rest, giving full massage right from the neck.
Most other chairs in this price range do start from neck area but do not specifically cover the most critical Tsubo points or the meridian points of neck area like Shiatsu EC 06C. When massage reaches meridian points, the actual relaxation happens.
Automatic Massage Programs
There are 3 automatic massage programs or rather you can call them as preset massage options that have different intensity levels for a full body massage.
- Relax – Soft & gentle massage
- Recover – Medium intensity
- Refresh – Powerful massage
Leaving out combination of kneading and tapping, it has rest all functions
High Power Vibration
In addition to above massage modes, there is also a high power vibration mode option available. In case you need massage on the stronger side, simply turn on the high power mode and it will certainly shake every inch in your body.
Some people who are really on the heavier side, weight-wise, might really not enjoy the massage to full extent in regular massage chairs. For such individuals, high power vibration is certainly a great feature.
But if you are lean and would like to use this feature then beware, the chair might even shake you out of the seating. Remember, its high power massage.
Like in high-end expensive massage chairs, EC 06C also has heat therapy embedded at lower back as well as foot soles area.
If you suffer from some acute ache in lower back or if there is this muscle contraction on either side of the spine, heat therapy is the quickest solution to cure.
Heat therapy from time to time will also avoid muscle contraction build-up. This is in fact a common issue noticed in people who either sit in upright position for long hours or those who work on laptop while lying down on bed.
And instead of offering heat therapy on the calves area like mostly seen in advanced massage chairs, EC 06C has it at the foot area.
Airbags and Air massage
Even though 30 airbags is a small number but the quality of air massage is really top class and on par with that of expensive massage chairs.
Perhaps, in my personal opinion EC 06C has pioneered this design which is now seen in most new generation chairs, i.e. offering exceptional air massage with less number of airbags.
Air massage is embedded across all key pressure points, seating, legs, calves and feet. And for upper arms, you have flip type airbags. Finally, there are these three intensity levels that you can choose from – Relax (gentle), Recover (medium) and Refresh (high).
Note that the foot air massage is limited to airbags and there are no foot rollers as in some high-end chairs. Nonetheless, the massage around feet and calves is very similar to what you get to see around your upper arms.
Height adjustability is a new term with massage chairs at least. However, EC 06C has this at the foot level. The foot section is slightly extendable and the overall height for this chair is 6 feet 1 inch.
This is ideal height that fits a majority of users and only premium massage chairs support above 6 feet height. Most mid-range and low-end chairs limit the height to around 5 feet 10 inches.
Control Panel - Shiatsu Massage Chair EC-06C
The control panel is very similar to what you see on tread mills but relatively compact in size.
The visual display allows to you clearly see your adjustments or precisely fine tune settings. It has a wide array of individual functions.
Whereas, in case of other chairs, there are stylish sleek remote controls with no display and moreover multiple functions are embedded on the same keys making it difficult to use them.
One major unique selling point of Shiatsu EC 06C massage chair is the customer satisfaction.
Apart from coming at the lowest price in massage chairs segment, EC 06C massage chair also has outstanding number of reviews and exceptional customer satisfaction.