BestMassage EC 06C Massage Chair Review

BestMassage EC 06C Massage Chair Review

6.7

Back Massage

8.5/10

Foot/Calf Massage

7.0/10

Air Compression Massage

7.0/10

User Flexibility (Height/Weight)

8.0/10

Value For Money Versus Quality/Workmanship

3.0/10

Pros

  • For All The Features It Offers, The Price Is Super Impressive!
  • SL-Track Allows For An Extended Massage All The Way Down To The Glutes!
  • 9 Auto Modes Will Keep Things Fresh & Exciting!

Cons

  • Quality, Workmanship, Customer Service Leave A Lot To Be Desired!

You Don’t Need To Spend Exorbitant Amounts To Own A Massage Chair!

You don’t need to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to own a massage chair. The “BestMassage” brand of massage chairs is testament to that! Who are these guys anyways?

Well, that’s a bit of an unknown as far as I can tell!

I’m all in for products that are economical and cost-effective, but boy oh boy not knowing anything about the manufacturer is very worrisome and immediately raises red flags for me! In any case, since the intent of this post is to complete an unbiased review of the chair, let’s discuss this some more in the cons section.

What else do we know about BestMassage as a brand?

A few things, but the 2 most important ones (in my opinion) are:

#1—BestMassage chairs are manufactured in China. Nothing surprising here as this is the case for pretty much all massage chairs nowadays.
#2—BestMassage chairs are incredibly cost-effective. If you’re looking for a chair that’s less than $1K, this is right up your alley!

Now let’s specifically look at the EC 06C in more detail. Let’s talk about key features!

 

BestMassage EC 06C Massage Chair: 4 Key Features!

#1 It’s Got Heat Therapy On The Waist & Feet Area

Heat therapy is absolutely necessary if you’re looking to have an effective massage. Why is heat application so important? First and foremost, heat loosens up all of those stiff, rigid muscles, so the end product are muscles and tissue that are more pliable and easier to massage.

In other words, heat therapy makes it easier to break up fascia.

It’s one of the reasons most massage therapists apply oil to the body. Not only does it help reduce friction, it also helps warm up the muscles which becomes especially important when performing deep, intensive strokes.

Alright enough ranting about heat application and why it’s important; I’m sure you get the point! Getting back to the topic at hand, the EC 06C comes equipped with dual heating elements on both the waist and feet area.

BestMassage EC 06C Heat Therapy

Like most chairs, the heat therapy can be toggled on/off on the EC 06C massage chair.

#2 21 Airbags Located In Various Areas

What are airbags and why are they important?

Airbags are essentially just empty pouches!

Empty pouches that inflate/deflate with compressed air. As they inflate, they provide a “squishy” compression style massage to nearby muscle and tissue. Compression massage is important because because it helps relieve pain and improve circulation on the surface level.

Oh and I almost forgot, it feels awesome! But it can also feel horrendous if the intensity is not right. My advice for beginner massagers: start off with a low intensity setting and then work your way up!

Speaking about airbag coverage on the EC 06C, it’s got airbags to massage the arms, waist, buttocks, legs, and feet. Below is an image showing approximate airbag locations.

BestMassage EC 06C Airbags

Does anything stand out to about the airbag locations shown above?

There’s definitely something wrong with it, are you able to see what’s wrong? There are no airbags in the upper region of the chair! That is there are no shoulder, neck, or head airbags. This for me is a massive shortcoming, and I’ll explain why.

See it’s not so much about needing air massage in the shoulder, neck areas. The primary reason you’d want to have airbags there is to be able to pin the body down in place so the rollers are able to effectively traverse down along the spine. In other words, airbags are essential to hold the body firmly in place.

#3 2D Rollers w/ An SL-Track

One of the standout features of this chair is its SL-Track.

An SL-Track is essentially an extended roller track system which is able to traverse from neck to glutes following a tight spinal “S” shape as well as an overall “L” shape.

Confused yet? Think of it this way: SL-Tracks are super long, that’s why we say they’re an extended track. SL-Tracks form an “S” shape for the first bit when they traverse from neck to lower back, and an overall “L” shape when you look at the neck to glutes tracking.

The image below shows what this might look like. Keep in mind, when we say “S” and “L” shapes, we’re trying to characterise something. In reality, it’s a huge exaggeration. Hope this is clear.

BestMassage EC 06C SL-Track

2D rollers are fairly simple to understand. They’re called 2D because they can move in 2 dimensions: up to down and vice versa, and side to side and vice versa. Below image depicts movement of a typical 2D roller system!

2D Rollers Move Up/Down & Left/Right

#4 It Can Do 7 Massage Techniques & Comes Programmed With 9 Auto Modes

Most people often disregard the number of auto modes a massage chair has, and then live to regret it! Let me ask you this: what makes you so interested to invest in a massage chair? If you’re like most people, your motive is the following:

#1 Massage Chairs Are Convenient!—You don’t need to book and appointment, you don’t need to wait your turn, and you don’t need to wait for the therapist to properly clean and prepare the room. You want a massage, you got it!
#2 Massage Chairs Offer A Quick & Easy Solution!—As I said, you want a massage, you got it! All it takes is sitting in your chair, powering it on, and then selecting from one of the auto modes your chair might come pre-programmed with.

You got a massage chair because it’s a no fuss device that’s designed to give you a massage quickly!

Do you realize that having only a handful of auto modes takes away from this? Yes you can always adjust manual settings, but doing this takes away from the convenience factor. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, auto modes are huge and everyone should consider them before buying!

All that being said, the EC 06C comes with a total of 9 auto massage modes, which is actually pretty cool. In terms of techniques, this chair can perform shiatsu, tapping, kneading, rubbing, pressing, and a kneading and tapping combo.

BestMassage EC 06C Techniques

 

BestMassage EC 06C Massage Chair Specifications

  • BestMassage EC 06C Specs
  • Roller Type: SL-Track
  • Roller Length: Unknown
  • Total Airbags: 21
  • Upright Dimensions (Approximate): 55"L x 42"W x 35"H
  • Chair Material: Synthetic Leather
  • Maximum Height: Approximately 6’2 ft
  • Maximum Recommended Weight: Approximately 285 lbs

 

BestMassage EC 06C Massage Chair Pros & Cons!

Pros—The Stuff I Like!
Cons—The Stuff I Don’t Like!
    • It’s Cheap!—If you’re looking for a budget massage chair, this is very much up your alley. For less than $1K, you’ll be getting a chair with an SL-Track, 9 auto modes and dual mode heat therapy. Definitely very attractive when you look at it that way. However, if you look at it from a workmanship/quality standpoint, there’s a lot to be desired.
    • SL-Track—Touched on this above, but pretty impressive to see an SL-Track on a chair that costs less than $1K!
    • 9 Auto Modes—As much as I love all the other features, I really like that this chair has 9 auto modes to pick from. User experience is what it’s all about, and glad to see BestMassage taking it seriously!
    • It’s Cheap!—“It’s cheap” is a pro, and unfortunately also a con. Ever heard the saying “you get what you pay for”? I’m certain you have! Well this quote is very appropriate for this example. If you know this before you buy, you won’t be disappointed. If not, it might be best to set your expectations right!

 

Should You Buy The BestMassage EC 06C Massage Chair?

It’s very rare you’ll find a massage chair that has 9 auto modes, an SL-Track, and dual heat therapy while only retailing for a fraction of what other similar massage chairs cost.

Why is this? How is it that the EC 06C is so much more cheaper than brands such as Osaki/Titan/Human Touch who offer similar chairs at twice the price?

As one would expect there are caveats. Let’s look at them in more detail!

#1 Quality & Workmanship—If you’re paying a fraction of the price, you can also expect a fraction of the quality/workmanship. I’m not trying to bash the EC 06C or the manufacturer for that matter, I’m simply suggesting that one of the reasons for the low cost might be because of cheaper parts and upholstery. Just saying!
#2 Customer Service—When you purchase from a reputable brand such as Osaki/Ogawa or any of the other well established names, you know you’re not only paying for the chair, but the customer service support that comes with it. Is customer service important? It might not be now, but ask yourself the same question when your chair is broke…
# 3 Warranty—When it comes to warranty I’ve always understood it in this manner: established/reputable brands honour their warranties because they believe in their product and the way it’s engineered and designed. Is the opposite true for non-reputable brands? Sad to say most of the time it is.

So should you buy the BestMassage EC 06C massage chair? In my honest opinion, I recommend against it!

I recommend against it for all of the reasons above. If I were in your shoes (and I was a few years ago!) looking for a massage chair, this is not an option I would’ve short listed. Although it’s price may seem highly attractive, it’s not worth taking the risk purchasing a unit which could crap out in 6 months with little to no customer service!

If you disagree with my evaluation, feel free to drop a comment and we can debate it out!

 

So What Should You Buy?

Assuming you’re in the market for a 2D SL-Track massage chair, look no further than the Osaki OS Pro Maxim! Yes it might been much more expensive than the EC 06C, but you know you’re getting a solid unit that’s proven the test of time over the years.

You should always read up on reviews from several sources, not just here!

Why? Because you will gain a better appreciation of what all is out there and how it stacks against the competition. Bloggers in general will always be biased one way or another. Apologies for the digression!

The Pro Maxim in my opinion is a phenomenal SL-Track chair that has tons of awesome features (including 12 auto modes, dual foot rollers, and space saving technology).

Most importantly, you’re buying a chair that has been positively reviewed and tested several times. In that sense, you kinda know what you’re getting!

 

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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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