The Adako Zenith automated massage chair is at the high end of the vibrating lounge seat market, so when Business Insider calls it the most affordable chair they tried at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, they're comparing it with other massage chairs designed for kings, queens and people who live in penthouse condos with a view of the Hudson River or Lake Michigan. It has every feature you could possibly want in a massage chair -- it's delivered to your home in three separate boxes, after all. (Some assembly is definitely required.) It analyzes your body to customize its massage functions to your height, weight and body mass index, then turns loose an L-track massage roller to run from the nape of your neck to the bottom of your butt. Multiple foot rollers go to work on your ten little piggies and accompanying heels and soles, while the heated seat melts your muscles into more pliable condition. Airbags stretch, twist and even turn you, while you drift off to heaven like a rich and very relaxed camel passing through the eye of a needle.
The remote control lets you select from five different body positions, including the zero gravity position designed to reduce pressure on your spine. Where the Zenith excels is in its treatment of your glutes -- you know, those muscles that you sit on. It delivers concentrated pressure to that region while the airbags turn your waist, so if you've been sitting all day calculating spreadsheets and designing PowerPoint presentations, your buttocks will thank you for the chance to do more than provide extra cushioning under your torso. And whether or not you're listening to Michael Jackson sing "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" on your headphones, you can actually tell the chair when you've suddenly gotten enough by hitting the red button, at which point all motion ceases and you can take care of whatever emergency prompted you to hit it.
If you're seriously looking for a chair in this stratospheric economic range, you can go even higher than this -- much higher -- with the Inada Dreamwave. Or you can drop down into a much more breathable range with the Osaki OS-3000 Chiro, which will at least impress the neighbors with its glowing LCD racing stripes.
Adako's "zero-gravity" Zenith chair is a dream for those who appreciate a good glutes massage. Tthe L-shaped track limits its reclining capability.