I understand the struggle of finding a massage chair with a great set of features and therapeutic benefits.
When you have a set budget, a good massage chair with specific features is not easy to find.
Many brands and chairs offer very similar features and very few come as a whole package.
The Infinity is one of the top massage chair brands worth considering (there are only a few brands worth talking about, to begin with).
The IT-8500 massage chair may not be the most expensive chair, but it manages to pack some great functions that you can find exclusively in the most expensive and best massage chairs.
All of us with chronic pain may find this product to be a beneficial investment. Not without some negatives, of course.
While the chair comes with a few drawbacks, its numerous functions may still persuade you.
Let's have a closer look at what we discovered.
Infinity IT-8500 Massage Chair Review
The Infinity massage chair is considered to be a premium chair with advanced features that are not at all that common in a massage chair of this price range.
Body stretch function, zero-gravity recline, and many massage programs may convince you right from the start.
But let’s have a look at what you get for the price.
General Features of IT-8500 Zero Gravity Massage Chair
It comes with an S-track design with quad rollers.
Other models have tri massage rollers instead of the quad, which is a nice and welcoming upgrade for this massage chair.
A body scan is an important feature because it locates the user’s pressure points and enables a more thorough massage.
The IT-8500 also comes with a remote, which can be used to locate any missing massage points.
This is an advanced feature that definitely improves the massage quality.
Zero-Gravity Recline Feature
The two-level zero gravity feature is a popular one and available in even those massage chairs in the lower price range.
The zero gravity positions, to which the chair reclines you, enable for a more thorough massage, as your body is pressing down against the massage rollers.
Different Massage Techniques
This Infinity massage chair is a rare gem among its competitors. It is quite extensive in what it offers:
There are 6 different massage techniques available: kneading, tapping, a combo of kneading and tapping, shiatsu, knocking, and dual-action.
Apart from these, there are also 4 pre-programmed massages:
You can adjust the speed of the rollers, but the downside is that there is no way to adjust the intensity levels, which may be disappointing for some users.
Also, the deep tissue massage is meant for those with back pain, and it actually does it well, according to many IT-8500 massage chair reviews.
At the same time, it may be too intense and strong for all the casual users.
Spot massage function is another feature that’s quite impressive and quite rare.
When you press the button for the spot massage, the IT-8500 rollers stay in one place (with a 6-inch variation).
This makes for a more thorough massage and is a welcome feature for anyone who wants additional relief from their sore spots.
Another upgrade with this massage chair is that you don’t have to go for the whole body massage at all times.
You have an option to choose a partial massage mode, and the rollers focus only on a certain area.
Air Massage Function
There are 38 airbags strategically placed around the massage chair with 5 different intensity levels. You can regulate these with the remote.
The users can choose between a full-body air massage or a more specific massage.
By selecting a certain area of the body and you can activate only the desired airbags: Arms and Shoulders (shoulder airbags), Upper Body (neck, head, and shoulders), and Legs and Feet.
Heat therapy is a quite common feature in a lot of massage chairs.
The infinity massage chair also provides lumbar heat, which is beneficial and therapeutic for those suffering from chronic lower back pain.
This feature is far from advanced; it cannot be regulated.
It’s either on or off. Another downside is that the lumbar heat takes a while to start working; you’ll find yourself waiting for about 5 minutes.
Body Stretch And Twist
IT-8500 offers a body stretch program which is not too common for lower price massage chairs. There are claims that this chair offers one of the best body stretches, right after the Kahuna massage chair.
Body stretching is very beneficial; it relieves the pain in your back, taking the pressure off the spine. The function is quite strong. You may need some time to get used to it.
In case you’re not in for the strong and firm stretch, the IT-8500 has an alternative for you. You can choose the twist function instead. A milder form of the body stretch, the twist enables you even to adjust the action by three levels.
This seat swivel feature is very similar to that of Inada’s Dreamwave. This feature actually provides relief to the hip area by deflating and inflating airbags that push the seat from side to side.
It provides a spinal correction which results in a soothing massage. These two functions are a generous and important addition to the chair.
A rare feature even in massage chairs of the slightly higher price range, the inversion therapy is another surprise from the Infinity chairs.
This form of therapy is very therapeutic; it helps to boost the circulation in your body, including the circulation of the lymphatic system.
Calf And Foot Massage
A quite standard feature yet more or less average, the users get their calves massage with the airbags. The foot massage is performed by the mechanical foot rollers.
The intensity of the foot rollers/calf rollers can be regulated to three levels, and the intensity of the airbags to five.
While the feature is average, it still enables more customization than the chairs in the same price range.
Simple Remote Control
While the remote control is not the simplest ever, the learning curve is minimal, and it’s designed to be more or less straightforward.
The only drawback is that it’s difficult to use it in a dimly lit room.
About the company
The Infinite Therapeutics, which is the company that makes the Infinity massage chairs, is a part of Infinite Creative Enterprises (I.C.E.).
Their office is located in Seabrook, NH but they have distribution centers on the West and the East coast.
This private company has more than 20 years of experience.
The Infinity massage chairs have been available on the market since 2009. On their website, the company claims that they are
“dedicated to increasing the well-being of our clients and to providing the absolute best in customer service”
Apart from the IT-8500, they also offer 13 other massage chairs, Infinity Iyashi massage chair being one of the most well-known.
The company claims they offer live technical support which is available to all who have problems with using the chair after the installation.
About the chair
The IT-8500 massage chair is manufactured in China.
The massage chair comes with a 3-year warranty (limited warranty) for parts and labor.
You can find the full document here. The customers can choose the option of an extended warranty for another year or two.
On the Infinity website, the users have an option to download the IT-8500 user manual as well as the assembly guide.
The chair is delivered in 5 separate boxes. Since the chair is heavy, the customers are better off paying for the white glove delivery as well.
Also, have an extra pair of hands available to help you because doing it all by yourself is too demanding.
This Infinity massage chair is available in three different colors, black, brown, and taupe.
The chair weighs 229 lbs. and it is able to accommodate people up to 325 lbs.
Moreover, the massage chair Infinity IT-8500 massage chair also provides massage to those who are wider in the shoulder area (up to 20”).
New Models Infinity 8500 X3 Is Available Now (Differences)
More Pre-Programmed Options
Programs inside Infinity IT-8500 massage chair such as Sleep & Rest, Sports Refresh, Working Relief, Extension, & Shoulder & Neck!
The chair is Bluetooth Compatible
Bluetooth compatibility enables you to connect any smartphone to speakers and get your favorite music right from your cellphone.
3D Roller Technology
3D roller technology with a lot of new sets of Automatic Programs. Now you can easily adjust the intensity with the simple button on the remote control. There are five intensity levels for the user.
Neck Auto-Extend Feature
Also, 8500 X3 includes an auto-extend neck feature. Rollers move up the neck, they also can move forward to get deeper into the muscles of your neck. Many chairs lack a vigorous, deep neck massage, but this chair provides one of the best options for massaging your neck.
Why Do You Want This Chair?
Sometimes the cure for our overworked, overextended, and under-appreciated selves is in motion. A good old-fashioned massage can do wonders for anyone, and with the new Infinity IT-8500 massage chair, you can make those life-affirming procedures as easy and breezy as possible. This low-cost, powered device offers support and pressure-specific massages—ideal for anyone with shoulder, neck, back, or lower back issues—with gentle vibrations and rotating head positions. You'll need to pay $1 for each 15-minute session, but, when you consider the savings over a personal masseuse and the value of being able to get your massage anywhere, anywhere, it makes a lot of sense. Infinity IT-8500 ergonomic massage chair compared to the height competition. The IT-8500 comes with free-shipping in either wood or chrome finish and it's priced accordingly, between $1,499 and $1,799. That puts it in the same price range as higher-end options such as the $2,300 Therapedic iSite3 and the $2,999 Brookstone CarbonX-6. The latter has options that will allow you to fit the chair to the contours of your body, however, such as reclining options and weight-distribution settings.
Do Massage Chairs Help Circulation?
Science doesn’t know for sure if massaging your shoulders and back could help circulation. But it is safe to say that it is unlikely. According to a study conducted in 2011, "reduction in systolic blood pressure and/or cardiac output, cardiorespiratory fitness, as well as glucose tolerance was observed in healthy subjects during the back and/or shoulder massage The authors, however, could not determine if the findings would be the same with chronic patients. A follow-up study by Trzeciak and colleagues in 2016 was slightly more positive. According to that study, moderate-intensity stimulation of the shoulder and upper back may improve the movement of the arm and elbow joints and improve psychological well-being and perceived stress in patients with chronic lower back pain and major depression.
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The Conclusion on Infinity IT 8500 Review
While there is always room for improvement, the wide array of options that model offers is very impressive.
A number of these features are often available only in models of a higher price range.
The IT-8500 model might be too strong for casual users.
However, for anyone suffering from chronic back pain, this is an excellent bargain with upgrades that are not easily found elsewhere.
The fact that there is no way to actually adjust the intensity levels also may be unappealing for some.
But the 45-minute massage programs are a nice welcome for those who feel that 15 minutes is just not enough.
The foot massage is slightly too intense, but the fact that the chair offers natural pain relief, as well as stretching function, is a great addition at this price.
This massage chair may be bulky and heavy but so are other massage chairs.
This model is difficult to beat even among its more expensive competitors.
It may not look too appealing, but the spinal correction feature among many others may play a significant role when making a decision.
Innovative with and an extensive list of features, the Infinity IT-8500 is something you want to consider if you wish to massage experience the therapeutic benefits of a massage chair on a budget.