Head To Head Clash With Power Recline Versus Manual Recline
There are many decisions to make regarding purchasing a massage chair. However, if you have limited mobility or foresee this in the future, then an important decision is your choice of powered or manual recline. The recline feature can either be powered for both the chair back and the leg rest. We will take a look at the pluses and minuses of either system.
Many of us are familiar with the manual recline of a typical recliner. There may be a lever to raise up the leg rest using a series of springs or an air cylinder. A lever may also be used to recline the chair back.
Power recline: a power recline is most commonly found in the midrange to high-end luxury massage chairs. Powerful motors are used to lower the chair back or to raise the leg rest. Normally, a button on the remote control is used to activate the motor to position it in the desired angle.
If you have limited mobility, then you may opt for power recline. Some people may have trouble accessing the levers or having to assist in the lowering of the leg rest. Also, to raise the chair back, you must sit up slightly allowing the air piston to push the chair back to its upright position.
If you are thinking about a manual recline, then consider where the manufacturer locates the levers. I have seen some chairs where the lever was in quite a hard place to access. This can make it difficult to change the position of the chair when you are fully laid back.
There are manual levers which need to be accessed. Be sure you can find the levers easily. Make sure you try the chair in different positions and that it is easy to access the levers. Sometimes you may be able to access one lever but not the other.
Of course, if you can afford a powered recliner, then this is certainly the way to go. A powered recliner allows you to easily move the chair back up and down or the leg rest up and down. The buttons are normally located on the remote control, so the remote must be positioned close enough to access it from any angle.
There are also a number of massage chairs which have a combination of powered and manual. Most typically, you find a power chair back recline and a manual leg rest lever. These chairs generally are in the midrange level.
Both of these systems are very reliable. These systems will last for years when the chair is used properly. Be careful that you use the chair properly and not put too much weight when the chair is in the reclined position.
If you are looking at a high-end chair, then you almost certainly will find a powered recliner. If you are more budget conscious, then a manual system may be appropriate for you. Be sure to look at the mobility needs of you and others in your household before deciding.
Be sure to research your massage chair choice well. It is important to make sure that the recliner is ergonomic. Just make sure that you select what is appropriate for your needs. A massage chair is a long-term health investment. Be sure you research it appropriately to meet your long term needs.