Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair Review
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I Never Did Get A Chance To Review The First One!
Last week we looked at the Positive Posture Sol: a compact massage chair which has gained a solid reputation over the years as a reliable, cost-effective option that is able to still deliver an effective massage.
Today we look at the granddaddy of the Sol! We’ll be looking at a chair that is capable of performing 4D massage – none other than the Brio Plus!
Now I should preface all of our discussion by saying that I have never reviewed the original Brio – it’s on my list of chairs to review but just haven’t gotten to it yet.
From what I am seeing, the Brio Plus is very much an improved extension of the original. If you’re wondering about specific differences, don’t worry as I plan on talking about these in much more detail later on in the post!
For now, let’s look at what the Brio Plus is capable of!
Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair: 5 Key Features!
Before we get into the 5 features, I wanted to share an initial impression.
When it comes to massage chair technology, there are 3 different roller types – 2D, 3D, and 4D. 4D is the most advanced in roller technology and that’s because it’s able to offer about as close to the “human touch” as possible. The intensity range on a 4D chair is far more varied, the roller control far more sensitive, and the motion much more than on 2D/3D systems.
If there’s one key feature that has made the Brio Plus so popular, it’s the 4D rollers. I wanted to highlight this right from the get-go, because this is very much what makes the Brio Plus (in my mind).
#1 4D Rollers Mounted On An L-Track—The Key To Brio Plus’ Success!
I touched on this briefly above, and so here I’ll go in more detail.
The Brio Plus comes loaded with state-of-the-art 4D rollers, mounted on an L-Track. The L-Track component is what allows the rollers to move from neck right down to the glutes and hamstrings.
Right, what are 4D rollers anyways? And before that….what are rollers!?
Do you currently own a car? If you do, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the primary/integral component is the engine – without an engine, there’s no combustion, and without combustion you ain’t going anywhere!
Just like an engine is to a car, rollers are to a massage chair. That’s not to say that the other components are not important, it’s just that this is the primary thing, without which…..the massage experience would be truly limited.
There are 3 types of rollers you can find on massage chairs – 2D, 3D, or 4D where “D” stands for dimensional. Here’s a quick and dirty summary of each one!
#2 56 Air Cells Equipped & Designed To Deliver A Total Compression Massage!
This is another feature that had me pleasantly surprised.
When reviewing chairs, I always place a strong emphasis on the roller system, and for good reason. However, I do think it’s important that a chair is well balanced in all areas.
What do I mean by this? Having a good roller system is paramount, but also very important is that a chair should be designed and equipped with a sufficient number of compression air cells/bags. It should also have some means/mechanism to massage the lower parts of the body such as the calves, and feet.
That being said, it’s very impressive to see that the Brio Plus has a total of 56 individual air cells, from the shoulder area, down to the arms and hands, all the way down to the calves and feet.
Image below shows you the approximate air cell locations.
While air cells are definitely important for a number of reasons (delivering compression massage, and holding the body in place), they are definitely not the “be all end all” so to speak. Important to keep that in mind as you search and compare massage chairs.
#3 10 Carefully Choreographed Auto Modes To Pick From
Auto modes keep things easy – especially when you’re as lazy as I am! I just wanna hop into my chair, push a few buttons and then let the chair do its thing!
I’m all for manual routines and trying out new settings, but let’s be honest….how frequently are any of us gonna drive a massage chair in manual mode!?
The Brio Plus comes loaded with 10 preset auto modes which I’m told have been very meticulously designed and choreographed by the development team over at Positive Posture.
I’ve spoken about this before that having a good number of auto modes is definitely important, but just as important (or maybe even more!) is to have modes that are actually effective and feel good!
I think the latter is often overlooked by most massage chair manufacturers. Kudos to Positive Posture for actually taking the effort to make sure that the end user enjoys the experience!
What are the 10 auto modes? Quick, meditate, low back, relax, refresh, stretch, neck & shoulders, full body, feet & calves, and full body air massage function. If you want to check out a short description of what each one of these modes does, click here to check it out in the user manual.
#4 A Comprehensive Heat Therapy System!
Heat therapy, or I should say effective heat therapy is integral to a good massage.
Why is this? Application of heat to the muscles and tissues does a lot of things – most importantly it helps loosen up the tight and rigid muscles/tissues thereby priming the body for receiving massage.
Once again, this is an area where the Brio Plus impresses! First and foremost, the rollers on this thing are heated – yes, the main rollers that traverse up and down your back!
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t expecting this. I’d have been a tad disappointed if the Brio Plus didn’t have this feature, because I have seen other 4D chairs (more on these later) that have the same heated roller technology.
Positive Posture describes the feeling to be akin to a hot stone massage. Toasty to say the least!
In addition to heated rollers, there are also heating pads/elements located in the lower back, calves, and feet region. Again, really cool stuff from Positive Posture here. I’m really liking what I’m seeing thus far!
#5 No Calf Rollers, But Shiatsu Pads Are Pretty Useful!
Okay, I am a little disappointed to not see the Brio Plus come with calf rollers, but….
Positive Posture has improvised a little and instead decided to include these shiatsu pads – one pad per leg. Below is what these pads look like.
Okay so the way these are supposed to work is that with every calf air cell pulsation, these pads will dig into the calves and be more effective at loosening up and breaking fascia and tension, compared to what the air cell alone would be able to do.
Seems promising I will say! The more I think about it, the more I think something like this would be more effective than calf rollers.
Some calf rollers (not all!) are designed to stay in place in one position of the calf and simply “rotate and roll” in that single position. Because of this, the calf massage you would receive is limited/focused to one particular area. These shiatsu pads might be able to offer more….just my theory though, but who knows!
Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair Specifications
- Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair Specs
- Roller Type: 4D
- Roller Type: L-Track
- Total Airbags: 56 Air Cells
- Upright Dimensions: 33.5″W X 59L X 48″H
- Recline Dimensions: 33.5″W X 80″L X 30″H
- Chair Material: Synthetic Leather
- Height Range: 5’0″ – 6’5″ ft.
- Maximum Recommended Weight: 265 lbs
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Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair Pros & Cons!
- 4D Massage Makes A World of Difference!—Yes it costs a premium, but the hype around 4D is real – especially on this Brio Plus! The 4D rollers allow for a varied massage experience, and the extended L-Track gives you a decent amount of massage coverage.
- 10 Really Well Choreographed Auto Modes!—One thing to have 10 or 20 or 25 auto modes, another thing to have auto modes that actually work well to deliver an effective massage. The Brio Plus once again impresses.
- Heat Therapy Is On Point—Heated rollers, heating pads in key areas, what more can you honestly ask for!? Again, nothing more to say than well done.
- 4” Space Saving—Or as Positive Posture are calling it “space hugging”. Whatever you wanna call it, 4” of distance is all you require from the backrest to the wall.
- No Calf Rollers—Little disappointed about this, but not too much. I think the calf shiatsu pads are a good replacement.
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Should You Buy The Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair?
To give you a fair and honest answer, I think it’s important for us to go through a comparison to see how the Brio Plus stacks up against other 4D chairs of similar capabilities. We’ll be comparing the Brio Plus with 2 really solid 4D chairs – Osaki’s 4D Escape, and the OHCO M.8.
- OHCO M.8
- 49'' L-Track w/ MaxTrack Technology
- Heated Rollers & Conventional Heating Pads
- 5’1-6’4 ft & 265 lbs
- Osaki OS 4D Escape
- 30'' S-Track
- Heating Pads (Lumbar & Calves)
- 5’0 – 6’3 ft & 280 lbs
- Positive Posture Brio Plus
- 49'' L-Track
- Heated Rollers & Conventional Heating Pads (Back, Calves, Feet)
- 5’0 – 6’5 ft & 265 lbs
What do you figure? What’s your pick from the 3?
I’ll tell you what I would pick: OHCO M.8 hands down! I mean the thing has doors for crying out loud, which other massage chair have you seen that has doors!? Doors aside, it’s a beast right from the roller tech all the way right down to the auto modes, and 48 airbag system.
But….it costs a lot! Approx $10K for a massage chair is not something that most people can justify, myself included!
Taking this into account and factoring the price, the Brio Plus looks like a pretty darn good chair – for all that it’s able to offer in terms of features and technology.
My final recommendation is as follows: get the M.8 if you can afford to do so, you won’t be disappointed. Otherwise, the Brio Plus is a fantastic choice at a reasonable price tag!
How Is The Brio Plus Different From The Original Brio?
You’ll recall earlier in the post I briefly touched on the Brio? In case you didn’t know, the Brio is the original chair, and the Brio Plus is a revamped version of the original. But what are the differences between both chairs anyways? Let’s look at this some more!
#1 Difference In Roller Technology
While both the original Brio and Brio Plus boast 4D L-Track rollers, the newer Brio Plus has larger rollers with newer and better software.
The advanced roller technology means the Brio Plus can provide a much more varied massage experience compared to its older brother, the original Brio.
#2 Auto Modes & How They Have Been Choreographed
Another significant difference between the Brio and Brio Plus is the difference in auto modes. Both chairs have 10 auto modes so there is no difference in the number of modes.
The difference is that in the Brio Plus there has been a lot more emphasis placed on user experience, and that’s where the choreography comes in!
The development team at Positive Posture have taken a lot of time to make sure that all the auto modes on the Brio Plus are super enjoyable to the user, of course while maintaining the massage effectiveness.
#3 Air Massage—Improved Design
Another area where the Brio Plus outdoes its younger brother is air massage.
The Brio Plus has a total of 56 airbags, whereas the Brio has 36.
The additional airbag numbers on the Plus have meant a more improved massage experience in the foot/calf region – something that was slightly lacking on the original.
These are the main key differences between the original Brio and the new and improved Brio Plus. The Brio Plus also has a USB charging port, something that the original doesn’t. I don’t consider this to be super important, so I didn’t talk about it in much detail above.
Last but not least, the Brio original is discontinued so you probably won’t have much luck finding it. I’d be surprised if you did, but anything is possible these days!
I Hope This Review Helped In Some Way!
I think we’ve covered all we can about the Brio Plus. All in all, it’s a fantastic chair that has garnered some solid reputation and that really doesn’t surprise me!
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Ciao for now, and we’ll see you next time!