The Best Electric Back Massagers on Amazon, According to Hyper Enthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in a good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones.


And while we’ve covered massage chairs and recliners, foot massagers (both manual and electric), and a percussive massage device beloved by professional athletes, here we’ve rounded up the best electric back massagers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.


Zyllion Shiatsu Back Neck Massager

A favorite of both Amazon reviewers and Strategist readers (it’s been one of our best-selling products after appearing in several gift guides), this shiatsu massager relieves back pain with heat and kneading. One reviewer calls it “maybe my best Amazon purchase of the year! I bought it for my husband for Christmas but everyone in our family fights over it. The massage pressure is perfect and the heat option takes it over the top!” Another writes, “This little massager is incredible in working out the pain for me. It has helped every area of my back — and in between my shoulder blades, which is so difficult to get to.”


Lots of reviewers like how it’s cheaper and more convenient than getting regular massages. “While I thoroughly enjoy full body massagers, my massage therapist moved to another state about a year ago and since then I haven’t found the ‘right’ one for me yet,” writes a reviewer. “So, with pain in my shoulders, neck, and upper back, I resorted to spending some of my Christmas money and get this massager as a gift for myself. First let me say, I wasn’t expecting much, but boy was I pleasantly surprised. It works so well that it has become my nightly ritual to sit with this massager on my back and shoulders for 30 mins as I settle down before bed. I feel like a noodle when I get done, often so relaxed I sometimes catch myself dozing off while this thing is on.” And this reviewer adds, “this product has been amazing in helping me with my sleep and general quality of life — not to mention the money I would pay for a professional massage therapist.”


Best-rated (less expensive) electric back massager

Nearly one-fifth of reviewers affectionately describe this massager as “little,” and they appreciate the controlled and targeted massage experience. “This helps to push out the tight spots and provide some comfort,” says one reviewer recovering from knee surgery, adding, “Good handling operation. Three prongs but can use one at a time to concentrate on a troublesome spot or all together for the greater area covered.” And due to its size, it provides a mild vibration, which makes it “Comfortable in the hand and gives a nice vibration enough to ease kinks and sore muscles but not so hard that it beats you up,” according to another reviewer. And while people find this provides comfort on their neck, back, and legs, some have found more creative uses for it. One reviewer who swears they aren’t a crazy cat lady writes, “Believe it or not I bought this for my cat. He enjoys it when I run it up and down his spine and especially behind his ears.”


Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

This chair massager is “the next best thing to a real massage or owning the chair,” writes one reviewer, because, “It hits most major areas of the neck and back with just the right amount of pressure.” And reviewers say that this really does hit all the necessary spots. “The rollers are STRONG and sturdy giving you a REAL massage from your lower to upper back,” one writes. “The neck rollers are what I love the most, really helps to relieve tension and tight muscles after driving or doing anything that forces you to sit for a long period of time. The neck rollers go up far enough to the base of your skull where you’ll really begin to feel relief.” They add it even has “air support for the buttocks and lower back relieves your muscles allowing the vibrations to loosen you up.” Dozens use this in their office chair, but it can be used in lots of different situations “like the sofa, couch, recliner, office chair or dining chair,” one says. “I use this on my sofa when watching TV or when sitting at the office.” One reviewer even use it while driving: “I place this product in my truck for long road trips and it’s been a lifesaver!”

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