Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair Review

Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 Massage Chair Review

The Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 offers a very smooth 3D massage experience at a great value. This chair has some very compelling good points, but the absence or relative sparseness of features common in many other chairs should also be noted. With all of that said, let’s jump in and take a look at the Osaki OS-Pro Maxim Zero Gravity. Is this chair right for you? Let’s take a look.

1.) Features and Programs

The features and programs of the WholeBody 7.1 provide some notable high points. Let’s take stock.

3D FlexGlide Technology

A 3D massage chair is one in which the rollers that deliver the actual massage experience can operate at different levels of depth, i.e. dig deep into your muscles or stay shallow. While you can get perfectly wonderful massages with 2D chairs, I’ll be the first to tell you that the 3D feature does add something meaningful and worthwhile. The WholeBody 7.1 has a very good 3D, not least because of the remarkable FlexGlide technology. Human Touch bills the FlexGlide technology as something better than your ‘typical’ 3D, claiming it avoids pinching and friction, and there may be some truth to that: it certainly provides a very smooth and enjoyable massage. Pinching and friction can be an issue with some chairs, but I have to say this is not one of them. So, a definite point in favor of the WholeBody 7.1 there: the experience is very relaxing, and HumanTouch deserves commendation for making a top-quality roller system.

Patented Warm Air Technology

When I get a massage, quite often I like to turn on the heat. The extra heat can really help the muscles to relax, so unless it is a very warm day I will usually opt for the heat. This is another area in which this chair does very well: it has a Patented Warm Air Technology which targets the lumbar area, soothing and relaxing the muscles and preparing them for a massage that goes deeper. That, after all, is the point of heat in a massage: it is relaxing, and that allows the good of your massage to go deeper.

CirQlation Figure-Eight Calf Massage

Calf massage may not be the kind of thing you’d expect to stand out in a massage chair, but this is one area in which the Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 has something particularly interesting to offer in the form of its CirQalation figure-eight calf massage. The calf massage involves an upward, wave-like motion, and the effect of this is to force blood to rise from your calves and your legs and inward, toward your core. It’s a wonderful feeling, in my experience, to have your calves massaged, and if you haven’t had this experience this chair is a pretty solid place to start. When you think of where stress accumulates in the body, the calves are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. What you’re likely to find when you actually get a calf massage is that the relief is real, and you probably had no idea how much stress you had there.

The BodyMap PRO

It’s not a body scan, it’s a body map: this feature allows you to sit down, push a button, and tell the chair where you want to feel better. This is a feature that took me a little time to appreciate, but it’s actually very worthwhile because it encourages a kind of instant-relief approach to massage: if you want to drop into the chair and get your shoulders, say, or your lower back massaged, it’s that much easier to make this happen. For the sheer convenience alone, I have to say, this is a nice feature. If you’ve ever wanted a chair you could drop into and get a targeted massage for a specific area, this is a good choice.

Swivel Base

Human Touch bills the 55-degree swivel base for this chair as something that will allow you to enjoy a massage from any angle. 55 degrees may not cover every angle, but it still covers a lot of angles. It’s not Zero Gravity, but this chair definitely allows one plenty of room to recline and relax.

Retractable Ottoman with Foot and Calf Massager

The ottoman on this chair is retractable, which is convenient—sometimes one wants it out, other times not. This is also where the foot and calf massager is located, which is about what you would expect. Having a retractable ottoman is convenient, for the simple reason that sometimes you may want to simply use this chair as a chair. This is a good feature: I wouldn’t want a chair that didn’t have a retractable ottoman. As we’ve seen, the quality of the foot and calf massage is very good, so it gets full marks here.

2) Massage Techniques and Styles

There are 5 auto-massage programs on this chair: Full, Upper, Lower, Relax, and Sleep. The names are pretty self-explanatory, and even if they’re a bit on the basic side they’re very enjoyable. While 5 auto-massage programs may not sound like a lot compared with other models, most of those other models are at much higher price points. Given how it is priced, the Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 stacks up reasonably well.

3) Massage Intensity and Speed

The massage intensity for this chair is moderate: not gentle or relaxing, not vigorous or intense, but moderate. It’s a reasonably good middle-of-the-road massage, the kind I tend to want more days than not. The lack of adjustable intensity doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker unless you feel a strong need for that, but it is certainly something to be aware of.

4) Special Features

This chair isn’t long on special features, but I’ll note that you can get it in three colors: black, bone, and espresso. I tend to favor black—I like how sleek it looks—but I’d say go with whatever color you like the best, since you’ll be looking at it for hopefully a long time. There’s also the option for white glove delivery, which is an extra $125.00. I tend to favor this, personally, but your mileage may vary.

5) Specifications

Upright chair dimensions: 44”L x 28”W x 40”H
Reclined dimensions: 66”L x 28”W x 29”H
Seat dimensions: 21”W x 19”L
Product weight: 108 lbs.
Rear clearance required: 9”
Shipping box dimensions: 57”L x 29”W x 33”H
Maximum Load Weight: 285 lbs.
Net weight (product only): 114 lbs.
Gross weight (in the box): 144 lbs.
Massage robot: 3D FlexGlide® Massage Technology
Calf Massage Width: 4”
Calf Massage Height: 12”
Recommended height range: between 5’0” and 6’2”

6) Warranty & Service

The warranty is a 3-year standard warranty. What this means is that in-home service is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 2 years, and structural issues are covered for 3 years. What the warranty does not cover is any loss or damage from improper installation, unauthorized repairs, alterations or modification of the chair’s original condition, improper use of electrical/power supply, loss of power, damage from dropping the product or improperly or unreasonably using it or maintaining it, weather conditions, and so on.

7) Pros:

So far, we’ve seen this chair has some compelling features. Let’s start by talking about the pros, the things it does well, and then we’ll go on to the cons. Taking the big-picture view, this chair is good for what it is: an affordably-priced high-quality 3D massage chair. For a chair in this price range, it is very high-quality and offers very enjoyable massage experiences. The fact that this chair is 3D is a great point in its favor. I love the 3D massage experience in general, the way it allows me to adjust the depth of the rollers, and this chair offers a lot in that regard: it is 3D done right. This is impressive when you consider how this chair is priced. There are not a great many 3D massage chairs in this price range. But if I could talk about only one feature of this chair, I would rave about the FlexGlide® technology. While I enjoy a lot of different massage chair experiences, I do have to admit that pinching can be an issue with some models, and that’s where FlexGlide® comes in: it’s smooth, and provides plenty of pressure without rubbing and friction. This leads me to an important point: this is a very relaxing chair. Sitting in it for an extended massage, I was impressed by the quality of the experience, the way the rollers so smoothly kneaded at my tension. It was a genuinely delightful and relaxing experience. Heat is another very important thing for many massages. I like to have heat when I want it, which is often, because it really does encourage the muscles to open up and be more relaxed. This chair performs admirably in this area. The Patented Warm Air technology is very warm and very enjoyable, certainly another reason to recommend this chair. The figure-eight calf massage is another feature I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about. Your calves may not be the most obvious or intuitive part of your body to target with a massage, but once you give it a try you’ll wonder why in the world you didn’t think to do it sooner. A good calf massage can be almost supernaturally relaxing: precisely because it’s an area you don’t usually think about for massage, getting a good calf massage can surprise you in the best way possible. The CirQalation figure-eight calf massage is precisely what I want in a calf massage: it’s very relaxing and definitely encourages blood flow. The BodyMap PRO is another feature I’ve come to appreciate. It’s not a body scan, but it is a good way to instantly target one area of your body. The retractable ottoman is convenient and enjoyable. I’d expect the ottoman to be retractable, and the fact that it is makes this another pro in my estimation. The 5 auto-massage programs are also all very relaxing. They’re simple, but they’re comfortable and quite worthwhile. Overall, then, this chair does have a lot going for it. Now let’s take stock of some areas in which it can be criticized.

8) Cons:

There are a lot of things to love about the WholeBody 7.1, as we have seen. One thing I’m not crazy about is the intensity and speed: there is only one level of intensity, moderate, and while it is enjoyable enough, it is not always what I want. The wonderful thing about having different levels of intensity is that you can enjoy stronger or gentler massages in accordance with what you need on that day. Moderate, middle-of-the-road massage will often serve just fine, but on some days it is too much and on other days, too little. The relative lack of massage options is another weakness. 5 relatively basic programs is not bad for a chair in this price range, but it is not great, either. This chair has those 5 programs and that’s it, no different techniques to choose from. This is another one of those things you won’t always miss. The practical reality is that sometimes a “basic” massage still feels absolutely out of this world. You may not even find you want anything else. However, in an age when more and more chairs offer a diversity of options, the relative lack of options with this chair is certainly noticeable, though it is not egregious for the price range. The lack of a body scan is another drawback. The BodyMap is certainly a feature I like, but it isn’t quite the same as a body scan: there’s a level of responsiveness that’s missing.

Conclusion: Taking Stock

Let’s conclude here and evaluate whether this chair is right for you. If you’re looking for your first chair, this is an excellent pick. The 3D massage experience will wow you, as will the heat and the figure-eight calf massage. For a first-time chair owner, this is an optimal chair because it has some very enjoyable features at a relatively affordable price point. If your chief concern is 3D and a smooth massage experience, this may also be the chair for you even if you aren’t a first-time buyer. If you don’t care all that much about differing levels of intensity and different massage styles and techniques and simply want a smooth 3D massage, this chair will treat you well. On the other hand, if having different levels of intensity and other features is important to you, this probably isn’t the chair for you. So, give the Human Touch WholeBody 7.1 a try and see what you think.

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