Massage cushions are without a doubt a much more affordable option than a full-featured massage chair, but you have to be prepared to sacrifice some key features if you choose to go this route – at least you do if it’s simply a choice of one or the other for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a massage cushion to complement the massage chair you already own, then it’s definitely a very practical purchase decision. For example, you may wish to use your chair whenever you’re home but take your massage cushion with you when you have to travel on business – you can still get a decent massage no matter where you are.
One product that’s very inexpensive in the massage cushion category is the Five Star FS8812 10-Motor Vibration Massage Seat Cushion. This massage cushion is affordable for pretty much anybody at well under $100, but you may sacrifice some key features that you’re looking for if you decide to go with this particular cushion.
10 Vibration Motors
This cushion uses 10 different vibration motors to tackle various different sections of your body. There are two different motors in the neck region, two different motors on either side of your back, and four motors located in the seat. The placement of the motors allows the cushion to offer an evenly-distributed massage over your whole body. If you haven’t figured it out yet, though, this chair relies entirely on vibration technology to provide you with a massage. There are no built-in rollers and no airbags. If you’re looking for a Shiatsu massage this is not the cushion for you. If, on the other hand, you simply want an affordable cushion that can relieve some tension, this is a decent option.
There’s nothing like a little heat to work out the tension in your muscles and this cushion does have a built-in heating pad that targets your lower back. This is the area of your body that has to handle the weight of your entire body, so it can definitely use the attention. I have to say I was a little disappointed, though, that the heat is only concentrated in the lower back area – it would have been nice to see it at least available in the seated region as well.
Controls at Your Fingertips
To control the unit there’s an attached remote control which allows you quick and convenient access to all of the product’s main features. From this remote you can control the speed of your massage, turn the heat function on and off, and choose the area of the body you’d like to focus on. It’s a simple remote with all the controls you need.
Optional Speed Controls
One particular feature that I do like about this massage cushion is that it comes with three different speed control options for your massage. We have an older massage chair in our basement that has three different massage options and I’ve always liked the way it allows you to control the intensity of the massage. Sometimes I’m just not up to a high-intensity massage – it’s nice to slow things down.
Get in the Zone
This massage cushion actually allows you to choose how you focus on four different zones of the body. It divides the zones up into your shoulder and upper back region, your lower back region, your lumbar region, and your thighs. You can program the cushion to focus on all four of these areas, or any combination of these areas you’d like. That means if your thighs are particularly sore as well as your upper back, you can program the cushion to only focus on these two areas. It was refreshing to see that the manufacturers of this product recognize that you don’t always want a full-body massage every time you sit down.
A feature that I did really like about this cushion is that it has an extended massage of up to 30 minutes. Most massage cushions that compete with this product have a maximum massage time of about 20 minutes, so that definitely gives this product an edge. But of course that’s tempered by the fact that it only offers vibration massage and not Shiatsu.
It Goes Where You Can
What really makes massage cushions like this attractive is the fact that you can take them pretty much anywhere. They’re highly portable and you can fold them up and store them in a small place when they’re not being used. This cushion is particularly useful, because it not only includes a wall plug, but it also comes with a car charger so that you can use it in the car while you’re driving as well. That’s a lot more convenient than buying a converter kit so that you plug it into the car’s lighter.
While we did mention already the portable nature of this product that makes it appropriate for taking with you anywhere, there is one potential issue with that. By all accounts this is pretty loud, so you may not want to take it with you to the office – your coworkers might not appreciate it. This was a little disappointing for me as I think the idea of a product like this is to relax you and help you unwind, but that’s difficult to do when you have to put up with an annoying noise every time you use it.
Some Other Issues
Finally, I should mention there are a couple of other issues with this product that have brought about customer complaints. Apparently the straps don’t hold the cushion in place very well when you place it on a chair, which makes it difficult to relax and stay comfortable. The other issue more than one customer has complained about is the fact that the heat function doesn’t work very well. Some say it offers only a mild heat and others say it doesn’t work at all. While there are many customers that enjoy this feature of the cushion, the fact that it didn’t work for some is a little concerning.
Okay As Long As You Know What You’re Getting into
The Five Star FS8812 10-Motor Vibration Massage Seat Cushion is not a replacement for a massage chair in any way, shape, or form. If you’re going to purchase this product you have to recognize the limitations of it. An exclusively vibration-based massage is never going to work out the toughest deep tissue problems in your body, but it can offer you some relief from the daily grind. This particular massage cushion is likely best as a secondary device to use when you’re on the go.