The Earthlite Vortex is a massage chair with a stylish design that helps it to stand out from the crowd just a little bit. With extra padding that will be welcomed by the client that has to spend some time in this chair, it’s also clearly designed with comfort in mind. It’s not the most affordable chair on the market though, as you can expect this one to easily cost more than $250, which might explain why it’s also one of the better portable massage chairs we’ve reviewed on this site.
Protecting the Sternum
A portable massage chair may look a little awkward, but this particular model is actually much more comfortable than it looks. It comes equipped with a nice soft padded area protecting the sternum with enough padding to ensure your clients don’t become uncomfortable while you work the tension out of their bodies. When comparing this chair’s padding to some other chairs in this category there really is a noticeable difference in the thickness of the padding. It may be nice to save as much money as possible, but when it comes to your client’s comfort the extra investment that you’ll likely have to put in when purchasing a chair such as this is probably well worth the investment.
Innovative Oval Tube
This really is a massage chair with comfort in mind, with its unique oval design. Without spending hours using it for actual massage therapy it’s difficult to say with certainty, but this chair certainly looks like your clients will enjoy the experience. Perhaps more importantly, this basic assertion seems to be supported by the overwhelming amount of positive reviews this chair has received.
The Strength of an Airplane
It might be a bit of an exaggeration to suggest that this chair is as strong as an airplane, but it does use airplane-grade aluminum in its design, which makes it a very durable product designed for years of reliable use. There are quite a few chairs in this category that are made from cheaper metals; these have a distinct wobble when a client sits on them and I think that’s something that most massage therapists want to avoid. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if you did lose a few clients by risking their safety with a wobbly chair – it’s probably something that’s best to be avoided.
Lightest in Class
On average one of these portable massage chairs will normally weigh in somewhere between 18 and 25 pounds – this one is considerably lighter at about 15 pounds. That might not sound like a huge difference, but if you’re lugging it around all day from one appointment to the next you’ll certainly be thankful for its lighter design.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
The warranty on this chair is another clear demonstration of the manufacturer’s confidence in the durability of their own product. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and a two-year warranty on the cushions. That makes it one of the best available warranties in the category and it should instill a lot of confidence in anyone that’s considering purchasing this chair.
It doesn’t matter whether your next client’s 5’2” or 6’2”, this chair can be easily adjusted to make it comfortable for them no matter what their height. To adjust the height you simply turn the adjustment knobs and raise or lower the seat as desired. It doesn’t get a whole lot simpler than this, which allows you to concentrate on what you’re really there for – providing your client with a great massage.
Carry It Anywhere
As this is a portable massage chair it stands to reason that the manufacturer would include a carrying case and they do – it’s nothing special, but it does the job. It’s made from a soft vinyl material that handles the weight of this lightweight chair quite adequately and makes the process of transferring your chair from job to job a little easier.
Not for the Wrestlers in the Family
The Vortex can handle a decent amount of weight, but it’s not really designed to accommodate your true heavyweight clients. It is rated to handle individuals up to 300 pounds, but many customers seem to concur that no more than 250 pounds is probably a much safer bet. In today’s world people seem to be growing larger and larger and that’s why the limited weight capacity of this chair was a bit of a concern for me. Gone are the days when the average person weighed less than 170 pounds – it seems that people in excess of 200 pounds are almost the norm these days.
A Little Extra for a Little Extra Quality
While the somewhat limited weight capacity of this chair is a little bit of a concern it will probably be more than adequate for most of your clients. What really impressed me about this chair was the extra thick padding that it has when you compare it to similar products, and of course the limited lifetime warranty. It’s not a perfect chair by any means, but it’s got a lot of great qualities and it’s definitely one that I think the professional massage therapist should give serious consideration.