Ideal Massage Chair IC-Deal Review

With 90% of buyers rating the Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair with a minimum of 4 out of 5 stars, and it being priced in the lower ranges, it is a worthwhile option to explore. Let us have a closer look at this massage chair and what it offers.

Ideal Massage Chair Overview

If you are only looking for the limited number of features the Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair offers it may be the right massage chair for you. While it does not compare to the massages offered by premium chairs, it does offer a good massage given the reasonable amount of money you spend on it. If you are not looking for the bells and whistles like stretching or percussion massages, you will be very pleased with this zero gravity massage chair.

Company Details

The Ideal Massage Chairs IC-DEAL is currently distributed by BH and iDeal Products on Amazon. They have received a rating of 94% over the last year based on 129 reviews and place a great deal of pride on their customers’ satisfaction.

Ic-deal Brand New Shiatsu Recliner Truly Zero Gravity Heated Massage Chair

Ic-deal Brand New Shiatsu Recliner Truly Zero Gravity Heated Massage Chair


The Ideal Massage Chairs IC-DEAL Specifications

Main Features

  • This chair offers an interesting feature- zero-gravity. It allows reclining positions that remove stress from the spinal area and you can choose from three different modes to modify the angle of the recline position.
  • There is a choice of four 4 programs that can be selected from for the massage in auto mode including Spinal rolling, Shiatsu, Vibrating and Kneading.
  • Back therapy using heat.

Weight Capacity and Dimensions

  • Weight Capacity: 325 pounds
  • Weight and Dimension of the product: 200 pounds; 33” x 55” x 49”
  • Weight and Shipping Dimensions: 210 pounds; 55” x 35” x 33”



These types of products are normally delivered to the curb. It may be a good idea to get some assistance to help with moving the massage chair due to its very heavy-weight.


All electronic parts as well as the metal frame come with a 3-year warranty. There is also a return policy (10 day) which is effective from the delivery date. You will however be required to pay a fee for restocking (20%) and ensure that the items are repacked in the packing it arrived in. (Note: Keep the packaging until you are certain that you are completely satisfied with the massage chair.)

Ideal Massage Chair Features

Zero-Gravity Posture

This is a very popular feature that is not usually found in basic massage chairs. Even when it is offered, it is often just in a single setting. The iDeal Shiatsu chair goes over and above as an entry-level massage chair by offering three Zero-G options.

This feature is particularly attractive because of the synergy it offers. With the knees of the user being higher than the heart, the majority of the body weight presses against the rollers and results in a more penetrating and deeper massage.

3D Body Scanning

This is an excellent feature that is not usually available in chairs that fall into the lower price range. Prior to the massage, the chair does a scan of the body and locates the pressure points of the user.  It then adjusts the roller positions to cater to the user and provide a more personalized massage experience.

S-track Design

You can expect a high quality massage with the iDeal Shiatsu massage chair since it is built around an S-Track frame which makes it easier for the (quad) rollers to glide up and down along the natural curvature of your spine. This is an excellent advantage that puts the iDeal shiatsu massage chair ahead of its competition in the same price range as well as much more expensive models.

Basic Massage Options

In an entry-level or budget massage chair you would expect the basics, and the iDeal massage chair offers just that. It is simple without many complication options. It offers the following basic massage options:

4 Basic Massage Programs

  • Relaxation
  • Activate
  • Lower Back
  • Upper Back

4 Basic Massage Techniques

  • Kneading
  • Shiatsu
  • Spinal Rolling
  • Vibration 

*Note: Vibration is simply a mode in which the seat is in “vibration” mode. This is explained in more detail later in the review. 

Although this massage chair has a fixed number of basic massage options, according to the vendor’s site you can set as many as fourteen massage combinations. The manual mode allows you to adjust the airbags and the rollers and the speed and intensity of the massage. While the massage has a default setting of 30 minutes, id can be adjusted in increments of 5 minutes using the arm’s control panel.

Heated Lumbar Region

The heat function of the iDeal Shiatsu chair is a welcomed perk that is available in even in a lower – priced massage chair. It is however quite a basic option and is only available in the lumbar area.

It can be switched on or off but does not offer a way to adjust the temperature.

Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair

Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair


Arm & Shoulder And Air Massage

You will not be able to find  information in the Amazon product description regarding how many airbags the chair has, but the vendor’s website describes the chair as having 48 of them built into various areas including the: seat, calves, foot, arms and shoulders.

In comparison with other massage chairs in the same price range, IDeal provides a great air massage. This feature offers great added-value and gives a high quality air massage even though they are 48 First Generation Airbags. If you have done any research on these massage chairs, you will notice that lower priced massage chairs don’t offer the option for shoulder or arm air massage. There are two levels that can be used to adjust the level of intensity for the Air Massage mode.

Unlikely Foot Massage + Calf Massage

The airbags that are located in the leg area offer an excellent massage for the calves. Although this machine does not have a foot massage option, it does have massage balls located in the foot port. They don’t vibrate but you can run your feet over them for added relief and stress reduction.

Vibration Massage Mode

The seat area contains a plate that vibrates, which you can turn on and use in conjunction with any of the massage options. The chair motors that power the rollers and the airbags are noisy. When the seat activation is also activated it can become unacceptably loud for some users.

This machine would be a good option for people who are looking for an intense massage as even on low, both the vibration in the seat and the roller massage are powerful. Alternately, those who find it strong can place a folded towel beneath them on the chair.

Easy – Use Control Panel

This chair does not come with a remote control but the chair arm is fitted with an intuitive and well-designed console. It is also easy to use so you can enjoy your massage soon after sitting in iDeal Shiatsu massage chair.

Ottoman That Extends

With the additional extendable ottoman, the iDeal Shiatsu massage chair can be used for people who are a maximum of 6’3” in height.

Ic-deal Shiatsu Recliner Pros

Zero Gravity: 3 Modes

One of the top features of this massage chair is the 3 levels you can choose from for the zero gravity settings.  This is very useful and therapeutic since it is healthy to have your feet in a higher position than your heart when resting. It is also a more comfortable and effective way to enjoy your massage and having the choice of 3 levels is an added benefit for your comfort.

Massage Length and Quality: Great value!

Given the price of this massage chair, the quality of the massage is very good. You have the choice of air massage with air bags that squeeze your legs, arms, neck and shoulders as well as the deep kneading roller massage for your back. There is also massage with vibration geared to the buttock region.

You can effectively get kinks out of any knots you have in your muscles with the strong roller massage. Each of the programs can be set to focus on the upper portion or lower portion of your back. You can expect to enjoy a nice long massage as the length of a massage can be set for up to thirty minutes. Most of the competition only offer massage settings of 15 or 20 minutes.

Easy Assembly

The massage chair is pre-assembled for the most part when you receive it. This is what it will look like when it is delivered:

You will just have to attach the holder for the remote using the four screws as well as for the shoulder massagers using 3 screws for each side. Once you have plugged in the air hoses and power connections, you will be ready to use your massage chair!

Shiatsu Ideal Chair Cons

Features are Limited

This is a basic massage chair and you are limited to (shiatsu) massage of the spinal area, vibration massage for the buttock region and finally, for the remainder of the body, an air massage. You won’t have any percussion or tapping massages or any stretching features. If you are not looking for the extra features then this won’t matter too much.

Other small complaints

Some customers commented that there is limited control when it comes to using the leg lift function since it is integrated into the ‘recline’ position and can’t be controlled independently. While you are able to decide how much to recline your upper body, you will not have the same option for the legs.

Also, the neck rest does not actually provide any support that allows your neck to come into a resting position. It is more of a flap so you will have to use a cushion to support your neck.

Problems with Air Bag Pressure

The massage chair seems to be too light on the air pressure arm massage. The squeezing effect is supposed to massage you but many customers have found that the squeezing effect is not powerful enough to give a massage and instead just pushes the arms outwards. This is the same for the neck and shoulders. So if you are looking for a massage that is intense in these areas with the air massage, you will be out of luck.

There is the opposite problem with the leg air massage which is too intense and squeezes a little too hard! Too bad the air massage is not balanced for the upper and lower body.

Feet have No Roller Massage

This massage chair promises a “6 simulated kneading balls” it its description but the balls don’t actually move. So, while you will feel them pressing the sole of each foot, they won’t move when you run your feet over them. This might be a disappointment for some users.

Too Noisy

You may get a relaxing massage from this massage chair but don’t expect to fall asleep. This machine is too loud for that and you will have to wear a headset or earplugs to remedy this problem if the noise will bother you.

Ideal Massage IC-Deal Zero Gravity Heated Massage Chair

Ideal Massage IC-Deal Zero Gravity Heated Massage Chair


Concluding Thoughts

If you would like basic massages, as well as the zero gravity feature without paying too much, you will like the Ideal Massage Shiatsu Chair. It won’t give you tapping or percussion massages and the footrest can’t be moved independently, but for the price, it performs well. It is a solid purchase for its cost if you are looking for a basic massage chair and are not looking to purchase the most incredible chair on the market.

Have a look at other more massage chair reviews if the Ideal Massage Full Featured Shiatsu Chair isn’t what you’re looking for.

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