Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair Review

Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair Review

8.3

Back Massage

8.5/10

Foot/Calf Massage

8.0/10

Air Compression Massage

8.0/10

User Flexibility (Height/Weight)

8.0/10

Value For Money

9.0/10

Pros

  • Incredible Bang For Your Buck!
  • Chair Comes Fully Assembled So It's Very Much "Plug & Play"
  • L-Track Rollers Are Able To Massage The Glutes & Hamstrings!

Cons

  • Nothing Negative I Can Think Of!

A Chair That Not Many People Seem To Know About!

It’s been a while since I last reviewed a massage chair! My focus since this whole Coronavirus fiasco has been to post more well being, massage at home type of articles.

But it got me thinking, now more than ever is when a massage chair really proves its worth!

You’re stuck at home in self isolation mode with nowhere to go. Seeing your therapist for a weekly 60 minute massage sesh is out of question. What do you do?

Granted there are probably more important things than massage at this time, such as staying active and maintaining a good diet. However, massage is still pretty important. I’m not going to dive into all the reasons as to why you should be massaging routinely as you can easily find that information on the web.

Let’s agree that having a massage routine is super helpful during these times!

That’s where a massage chair becomes so important. Now more than ever I feel the purchase of my massage chair is justified. Not only is it great at relieving body aches, it’s also an awesome way to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour every day!

Back to the topic at hand, why the Apex AP Pomp?

Apex AP Pomp - A Budget Massage Chair!
Apex AP Pomp – A Budget Massage Chair!

Well for several reasons, but the main one is because it’s very reasonably priced thus making it a good choice in these tough times (for those who can afford to of course!). Okay without further a do, let’s dive right into the features of this chair!

 

5 Cool Features About The Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair!

#1 L-Track Rollers Will Massage Right Down To Your Hamstrings!

What are L-Track rollers? Before that what are rollers and why are they so important to consider?

Rollers are the most important component in a massage chair!

Rollers are the one component that deliver 60-70% of massage to your body. Airbags complete the balance. I’ve said this on several of my blog posts and i’ll say it here again: a well designed set of rollers will result in a high performing chair, a poorly designed set of rollers will result in a low performing chair. It’s really as simple as that!

L-Track rollers are those that can traverse all the way from the neck right down to the glutes and hamstrings. Because of their “extended” coverage, L-Track chairs have become a huge hit with consumers since being introduced a couple years ago in the market.

Apex AP Pomp L-Track Roller System

Do they make a difference or is this just all marketing hearsay?

My own chair isn’t an L-Track, and even though it’s effective, it’s nothing close to what an L-Track can do! I would one day like to see a roller track be able to massage the entire body i.e. from neck all the way right down to feet. Now that would be something!

#2 Space Saving Means This Chair Can Be Placed Pretty Much Anywhere!

So you pulled the trigger and bought a massage chair. It took you weeks if not months to make that decision, so you’re finally glad to be done with all of that! Not just yet my friend. Because now you need to think about placement!

Where should you place a massage chair in your home?

First things first, dimensions are super important. Always be sure to consider dimensions before even buying a massage chair. The upright and reclined dimensions for the Apex AP Pomp can be seen below. It’s not the biggest chair I’ve ever seen.

Apex AP Pomp Dimensions

After considering dimensions, the next thing you want to look at is placing the chair next to a power outlet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this mistake, not with massage chairs but with other electronic appliances. Frustrating to say the least!

Last but not least is aesthetics. This is more about seeing how the chair blends in with the rest of your furniture.

What’s neat about the Apex AP Pomp is its got this thing called space saving recline. The way it works is simple. As you recline the chair backward, it also slides forward on its base. This allows you to place the chair much closer to the wall. For the Pomp, 2” clearance from back of headrest to wall is all that’s required!

#3 4 Auto Massage Modes, 6 Manual Settings!

The Apex AP Pomp comes pre-loaded with 4 auto massage modes. These are recover, swing, stretch, and relax.

Apex AP Pomp Auto & Manual Modes

Which auto mode should you select?

Well it depends on what you want. If you want an intense experience, go with stretch or recover. If you want a low to moderate intensity, go with relax or swing.

In addition to the 4 auto modes, you can also operate the chair in manual mode. By doing so, you can pinpoint the rollers to massage a specific area on your back. You can pick from 6 techniques: kneading, rolling, knocking, shiatsu, knead-knocking, and tapping.

#4 Extendable Foot Rest (7.7”)

Another really cool feature in the Pomp is a 7.7” extendable foot rest. If you’re of a shorter stature as I am, this probably won’t matter to you at all.

However, this becomes a big deal for those touching 6 feet and over!

Below is an image/animation showing how the foot rest extends outward thereby allowing the chair to accommodate taller users.

Apex AP Pomp Foot Rest Extend

This kinda ties into user flexibility so let’s touch on that for a second. The Apex AP Pomp can accommodate users with a maximum height of 6’2” with a maximum weight of 240 lbs. Not too shabby in my opinion, especially when you consider the low cost of this chair.

#5 It Comes Fully Assembled!

This makes a world of a difference to me! As much as I love the technical aspects of massage chairs, I absolutely detest assembling or putting one together. I’ve always been this way!

Even when it comes to setting up and installing other electronics like TV’s or stereos, I’m not a fan!

The less hassle, the better. This is the way I see it. That’s why I really like that the Apex AP Pomp requires no assembly. Straight plug and play! If you want to know more about what setup is required, I strongly encourage you to check out the installation and operation manual. It can be found here.

 

Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair Specifications

  • Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair Specs
  • Roller Type: L-Track
  • Roller Length: 47-49 Inches (Approximate)
  • Total Airbags: 36 (Approximate)
  • Upright Dimensions: 25.25"L x 31.5"W x 46.75"H
  • Recline Dimensions: 62"L x 31.5"W x 38"H
  • Chair Material: Synthetic Leather
  • Maximum Height: 6’2 ft
  • Maximum Recommended Weight: 240 lbs

 

Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair Pros & Cons!

Pros—The Stuff I Like!
Cons—The Stuff I Don’t Like!
    • Very Reasonably Priced!—Not many massage chairs you can find on the market at this time that’s as competitively priced. Considering the tough economic condition, the pricing on this chair is definitely favourable!
    • All About The L-Track!—For how little it costs, I’m a little surprised to see L-Track rollers in this design. Somehow Apex have managed to make it work. For me the L-Track rollers are the standout feature of the Pomp!
    • Decent User Flexibility!—Usually the cheaper massage chairs are more restrictive. By restrictive I don’t only mean in terms of technology, but also in terms of user flexibility. Apex AP Pomp is not one of those chairs and can accommodate a breadth of users!
    • Plug & Play!—No messing around trying to figure out what goes where. Simply set the chair, plug, and lay back for a relaxing massage! In other words, no assembly required.
    • Can’t Really Think Of Anything!—If I were to be super super critical, borderline harsh, I could criticise the number of pre-programmed auto modes that the chair comes with. For how little the chair costs, it’s incredibly harsh to expect more than this. You’re not losing out a ton anyways, as the chair can still function just as well in manual mode. Overall, the Pomp is a fantastic budget option for those not looking to blow upwards of $2K!

 

If I’m On A Tight Budget, Should I Buy The Apex AP Pomp Massage Chair?

You can find cheaper chairs on the market, i’m not going to debate that. However, just remember one thing:

The cheaper you go, the more likely you are to sacrifice quality and workmanship!

Now you might counter that by saying “Aren’t most massage chairs made in China anyways?”. Yes they are, but there’s a big difference when you buy from a reputable brand like Apex (who by the way is owned/managed by the same folks who run Osaki/Titan) versus an unknown brand that you’ve found for half the price online.

What are these differences?

For one, warranty. If something were to break or malfunction down the road, brands like Apex have a more solid/robust warranty coverage to assist customers in the repair process.
Two, reviews. The famous brands are famous for the simple reason that people continue to buy them. That’s because there’s a standard of quality you can expect with these products.
Three, support. This doesn’t just apply to massage chairs. I’m currently dealing with a situation where I can’t get a hold of the vendor and I’ve been on hold for hours. Don’t take this lightly!

Yes you might pay a couple $100 more, but it’s so worth it in the end! Back to the main question “I’m on a tight budget, should I buy the Apex AP Pomp?

For everything it can do, I think the Apex AP Pomp is a fantastic chair:

    • Price is on point!
    • Rollers are on point!
    • Flexibility is on point!
    • The chair even has other incredible features like foot rollers, and lumbar heating pads!

 

I Hope You Enjoyed Reading This Review!

If you have any questions about the Apex AP Pomp or any other massage chair, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. Last but not least, please consider sharing this post on the socials. It really does go a long way to support this site. Be well, be safe, and most importantly be happy!

Apex AP Pomp massage chair images were used with permission from Osaki Massage Chair

About Eve

Just an average bloke intrigued by massage and its incredible benefits. Oh, did I mention I also own a massage chair? More on that in the blog posts!

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