When you talk about the top-of-the-line production with the most innovative technology possible in massage chairs, Panasonic, and Luraco Technologies are at the forefront. These two giants in the industry of massage chair craftsmanship present quality, definition, and the most optimal designs on the planet.
With the Panasonic EP-MA73 Real Pro Ultra massage chair, you are purchasing an award-winner, Best Massage Chair 2014. Even the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), endorses this chair because they recognize how valuable massage therapy is to the wellbeing of people.
With the Luraco iRobotics i7 massage chair, you are purchasing a Made in the U.S.A. product that was researched, designed, and assembled right here in America. If you own a business and need a massage chair for your clients the i7 is UL listed under the U.S. government UL 1647 standard.
So you can already see these two massage chairs offer high-quality service, but which one is best suited for you, we compare both chairs, so you can make an educated decision.
If you have a traditional style in your home decor, the Panasonic massage chair looks and even acts like a standard recliner. The chair sits up with a high back, and the airbag pads can be hidden by an extra cushion offered to the massage chair. Best of all, the ottoman that has those bulky legs and footrests, can be flipped over, hiding the massagers, and in its place rests a normal leg recliner. It is perfect for the living room or family room.
This chair only comes in black.
The iRobotics i7 massage chair is offered in 3 colors, black, brown, and cream. This chair cannot be mistaken for anything else, but a massage chair. It possesses cushioned airbags and pads throughout the chair, so the bulky look is going to stick out. This chair though offers genuine leather in all the touch services to give you a plush and soft feel. The sensation of the real leather makes up for the massage chair style.
SIMILARITIES IN THE EP-MA73 & IROBOTICS I7
Technologically, both the Panasonic and the Luraco massage chairs share a some advancements that will make your massage experience pleasurable. Both are built with the S-track roller system in the backrest of the massage chairs. This massage system provides a strong and complete massage therapy to your entire back area, from the upper shoulders to your lower back.
Complementing this feature is the 3D massage rollers, which allow for an even deeper massage experience. The massage roller heads are capable of coming off the S-track system and protruding about 3" out to reach the deep tissue of your back. The intensity of this massage is very hard on some people, but in the end, it provides a soothing relaxation to your entire back. If this massage is too hard on your body, you can use the remotes included with the massage chairs to adjust the strength of the massage.
To provide a personalized massage to you, both massage chairs have body scanning technology, where the massage rollers in the backrest, slide up your back, mapping out how your natural curves rest in the chair, from your lower lumbar area to the top of your shoulders. When you combine this system with the adjustable ottomans the massage chair can also figure out how tall you are for a better-supported massage experience.
The air compression massage offered in both the EP-MA73 Real Pro Ultra and the iRobotics i7, provide a quality massage throughout your body. The airbags used in the massage chairs are located throughout to make sure your shoulders, hips, waist, hands, arms, legs, calves, and feet get the treatment they deserve.
The only difference in the airbag technology is the Panasonic massage chairs uses just 33 airbags while the Luraco has 100 airbags strategically placed through the entire chair.
Both of these high-end massage chairs offer specialized stretching programs. The i7 can stretch you properly by accessing your muscles, with the use of the airbags located in the massage chair, because massage roller systems normally cannot twist and reach a stretching style, at least by itself. This will provide a great abundance of relief and add so much pleasure to your massage experience.
The Panasonic massage chair features 3 stretching programs to better serve you while you are receiving your massage.
- Shoulder Blade Stretch
- Improved Leg Stretch
- Improved Pelvic Stretch
With these stretch programs, the EP-MA73 massage chair uses both the massage roller technology combined with the airbags placed inside the chair.
DIFFERENCES IN THE EP-MA73 REAL PRO ULTRA & IROBOTICS I7
Advanced Heat Therapy
The heat therapy offered in both the EP-MA73 and i7, provide you a comprehensive session that includes your back down to your toes, but the technology built into the massage chairs are different. In the Luraco chair, you receive heat therapy with several heating elements to your lower back, seat, and feet. In the Panasonic chair, the designers came up with the idea of putting ceramic heaters in the heads of the back massage rollers. This concept allows you the luxury of having your entire back massaged with the warmth of heat added. You also receive heat to your feet, where the massage plates offer warmth to the soles of your feet.
Foot Massage Therapy
In both massage chairs, you will receive a complete foot massage with the benefits of reflexology, but with different techniques. In the Panasonic EP-MA73, a combination of airbags in the footrest, and two plates located in the sole of the footrest work in tandem to deliver you a fully developed foot massage. There are little rubber nodules built into the plates, so when the airbags press your feet down onto the footrest, the nodules can work your acupressure points in the bottoms of your feet to offer the soothing relaxed foot massage.
The Luraco i7 massage chair uses the same concept, but with the addition of double foot massage rollers in the soles of the footrest, the precision of this massage is intensified. The massage rollers work in tandem with the air cells, so when your feet are pushed down onto the rollers you will really feel the energy on your feet, and the acupressure points will be served dramatically.
Designed with zero gravity technology, the iRobotics i7 can place you in perfect form for a deep tissue massage. The massage chair will recline you into a position where your feet and legs are level with your heart. Your body weight will rest on the back of the massage chair allowing for a better decompression of your back muscles and joints. The soothing feel is perfect and the technology can be trusted because NASA engineers discovered this positioning when they wanted to better support their astronauts during liftoffs. The EP-MA73 massage chair does not offer this technology, the chair automatically reclines into a standard recliner position.
Advanced Operating System (OS)
Another feature that the Luraco massage chair offers that you will not find in the Panasonic is the advanced Operating System (OS) that manages every aspect of your massage session as well as the functions in the massage chair. With the help of the operating system, you can also take better care of your health because of the Health Monitoring System that can be added to the iRobotics i7. This technology allows you to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure, before, during, and after the massage has taken place. In the long run, you'll improve your wellness with this monitoring device that fits around the wrist of your arm.
Specialized Massage Techniques
Both of the massage chairs do offer specialized massage techniques to support the wellness of your health. The Panasonic EP-MA73 Real Pro Ultra offers 6 special styles:
- Ultra Kneading
- Gentle Kneading
Exclusive Panasonic "Junetsu" Massage Technique
The Junetsu massage is an exclusive to Panasonic massage chairs. The massage works like a human thumb pressing down into your back. The mimicking approach works deep into your back reaching the tissue and muscles often missed by most massage chairs. The spiraling circular motion of the massage roller heads reaches the bone in your shoulders to quickly loosen your muscles. If this is too strong of a procedure on your shoulders, you can turn it down or off with the use of the remote.
Ultra-Kneading Massage for Arms, Hands and Feet
With the use of the air compression airbags specifically located throughout the massage chair, you will receive an Ultra-Kneading massage to your hands, arms, and feet. The EP-MA73 technology has the airbags inflate and deflate at different intervals so you get the sensation of real hands kneading you across your arms, hands, and feet areas. In the footrest, combining the heat therapy with this massage technique will leave you soothed and restful.
Deep Shoulder Massage
The Luraco i7 massage chair has a 3D Robotics Arm which can reach out and grab your upper shoulders to pull you back into the massage chair making for a strong massage technique to your upper body. You will get a great massage in your neck, shoulders, and upper back because of this grasping style with the use of the massage rollers.
The i7 offers 9 automatic programs:
- Quick Massage Mode
- Health Massage Mode
- Morning Massage Mode
- Night Massage Mode
- Swedish Massage Mode
- Shiatsu Massage Mode
- Stretch Massage Mode
- Soft Massage Mode
- TV Mode
The EP-MA73 offers 6 programs:
- Lower Back
- Neck & Shoulder
The functionality of the armrests in the Panasonic EP-MA73 massage chair is second to none. When you put yourself into the chair and begin your recline, your armrests will recline with the chair. The entire base moves in tandem with the reclining so your hands and arms never leave the massage zone coverage of the armrests. In most other massage chairs, when you go into zero gravity, your arms and hands lose the coverage of the massage area, defeating the idea of an arm and hand massage. This is a tremendous feature.
Voice Response & Integrated MP3 Music System
The Luraco has technology implemented into its i7 that is ahead of the game, as it has a voice response system which can help you with the features in the massage chair, and tell you how they work. There are 7 different languages to choose from:
The handy to use remote can also play your favorite songs during your massage session because of the built-in technology, slip an SD card into the bottom of the remote and access the music, or go even further into the future with the Android App, that comes optional with this massage chair. You can download the app to your smartphone or another electronic device, and you'll have total control of your massage chair, and all of its functions right at your fingertips.
Both of these massage chairs offer tremendous advantages with their technology and massage techniques. You really cannot go wrong with either massage chair, unless your height does not match with the restrictions these two chairs have.
The Luraco massage chair can handle a whopping 4'7" person to an astounding 6'7" person. The Panasonic is slightly less as it covers a person 4'6" - 6'2".
The cost of the two massage chairs could be a factor as well. The EP-MA73 costs $7999 while the iRobotics i7 is $7790. If you are interested in purchasing one of these massage chairs or are still looking then we welcome you to continue seeking on MassageChairPlanet.com.