As someone who has regular neck pain, a massage is a lifesaver. Like so many people in our current situation, I’m not able to get an in-person massage as often as I need to. That’s why I was really interested in testing out the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair (coming soon). Can a massage chair get the kinks out of my neck the same way a massage therapist could?
After sitting down and enjoying a relaxing massage in the Insignia Zero Gravity Massage Chair, I’m happy to report that yes, yes a massage chair can dig right in and relax your neck, back, lower back, and leg muscles. I was really surprised at how comfortable it was, how effectively it can massage sore muscles, and how it gives a custom massage for anyone who sits in it.
Here’s my take on the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair.
Appearance and features of the Insignia Zero Gravity full massage chair
The Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair is a pod-style massage chair. It’s made from soft, black polyurethane leather and it weighs 187.4 pounds. It offers you different combinations of kneading and shiatsu massage, and the massage track works its way from your head to buttocks.
- 6 preset programs let you customize your massage via the included corded remote control
- Foot and calf massager included
- 5 massage styles including kneading, tapping, knocking, shiatsu, and kneading and tapping
- 24 airbags for added pressure
- Zero gravity massage chair lets you choose between three preset reclining positions, including completely horizontal, zero-gravity, or you can use the remote to manually position the chair
- Chair does upper body scan to detect your measurements for a personalized massage
- Infrared heat therapy to warm your sore muscles
- Comfortable padded armrest and headrests
- Fits up to 330 pounds
- Plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet
- Includes 3 extra fuses and a detailed instruction booklet
Testing out the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair
In order to test out the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair, I had to sit back and enjoy a massage. If that sounds pretty amazing, I’d have to agree with you. My first impression of the chair was that it was comfortable and cozy, and that was before I even set a program on the remote.
The chair is also very quiet when it’s running. Even with my head reclining and the massager working on my neck, I still didn’t find the massage chair too loud. It has a nice, relaxing hum when it’s working, and the pod style of it made me feel as though I was cocooned during the massage.
Setting up the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair
The Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair was set up and ready for me to test out. You’ll just unpack it from the box and plug it in, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
The chair itself is quite heavy, weighing in at almost 200 pounds. While it’s heavy it’s also not that hard to move as it has wheels on the base and a handle on the back. The included instruction manual details how you can hang onto the handle on the back of the chair, tilt it back, and roll it to another position.
If your new chair will be delivered you’ll also want to check the width of your doorway and hallway. The chair is 29.5 inches wide, so the hallway and doorway have to be at least 30 inches to fit.
Using the corded remote
The remote on the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair is attached to the chair and sits in a pocket on the side. It’s fairly easy to use and has a lot of different options. When I first tried the chair I kept tapping the screen and waiting for the chair to begin massaging. I didn’t realize at that time that the chair was doing a quick body scan so it could customize the massage for me.
You can use the remote to change your chair position from the three preset reclining positions or tap the dial to manually adjust your position. You can also use it to focus the massage on one area of your body or turn the infrared heat on.
Overall I found the remote easy to use. The display shows the location the massager is working on and the timer counts down how long the massage will last.
Massage intensity and styles
The Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair uses a 128 cm L track massage with an S curve, and it gives you a pretty powerful massage from neck to buttocks. You have the option of using 5 massage styles including kneading, tapping, knocking, shiatsu, and kneading and tapping. You make your choice on the remote.
You can’t adjust the position of the rollers in the chair. That being said, while you can definitely feel the massage system when you’re sitting in the chair, it’s not uncomfortable to recline on. I probably wouldn’t sit in the chair without the massage on if I were just kicking back and watching TV, but it’s a massage chair so that’s not its intended purpose.
I choose the Comfort massage as I read that was the lightest massage you could get. I was honestly surprised at how it hit my sore neck muscles in exactly the right spot. I let the Comfort cycle run but I could have kept it on my neck for the entire time. It really worked out the kinks.
Zero gravity position
When you tap the remote to start the massage you’ll be moved into a position in the chair. I choose Zero gravity, so the chair reclined all the way back and lifted my legs up. It’s very easy to relax in that position, and it creates a cocoon-like experience when you’re getting your massage.
If you’d like to readjust your position mid-massage, all you have to do is pick up the remote and use it to adjust your body in the chair. I found the chair just as relaxing when I transferred to a sitting up-right position.
Airbags add pressure
The massage track works its way down to your lower spine, switching between kneading and shiatsu. At the same time, the airbags are slowly inflating and deflating to massage your arms and calves. You’ll feel a vibration in your hands and arms too. It’s not as intense as the massage track down your back, but feels very relaxing.
The Insignia Zero Gravity Massage Chair will also massage your calves and feet. The airbags squeeze your calves pretty tightly. It’s not uncomfortable, but when they are mid-squeeze I don’t think you’ll be able to move your legs out of that position. I had my shoes on when I was using the massage chair so I couldn’t get the full foot-massage experience, but I could feel a steady vibration.
Should you choose the Insignia Zero Gravity full massage chair?
I really enjoyed testing out the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair. It’s an extremely comfortable way to get a massage, and having a massage chair in your home is such a great way to ensure you always have access to massage for any aches and pains you might have.
I tried out a few other massage chairs and I thought the Insignia Zero Gravity massage chair was just as quiet and just as comfortable. You can hear the chair working, but it isn’t loud at all. It’s more of a soft hum that relaxes you even more. While I don’t think I could fall asleep during a massage in the chair, I was definitely very relaxed after I tried it.
The remote is easy to use and the entire unit is plug and play. I like how it does a quick scan to assess your body type before it starts the massage. It creates a more custom experience and lets you share the chair with other people in your family.
Overall, I think this massage chair would be a great fit in any living room or bedroom, and I would love to be able to sit back and have a massage every night before I go to sleep. You can find the Insignia Zero Gravity Massage Chair on Best Buy (coming soon).