Ootori S8 L-Track Sofia Smart 3D Massage Chair Review

Ootori S8 L-Track Sofia Smart 3D Massage Chair Review

Ootori's Flagship Massage Chair

 

Editor's Choice:  Best Value Massage Chair

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Product Overview

Ootori is a new player in the massage chair industry, and they have quickly become known for offering some of the best pricing available in the market.  Prices for a full body massage chair ranges from $600 up to $2600.  Ootori has such incredible pricing it has quickly disturbed the market place and led to more accessible chairs for the average person shopping for a massage chair.  The S8 was released by Ootori to represent the top of the price range for their value price points.  From the moment you look at the chair you can see how it differentiates from other models in their collection.  The Ootori S8 offers LED lighting, full immersion foot massage, bluetooth speakers, full body L track rollers with 3D intensity controls, and the best aesthetic appeal out of any of their models. 
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While the chair is a great combination of price and quality it should be noted that the chair does have limitations.  The 3D controls are understated as compared to other models like the Osaki Admiral or the Titan Pro Ace II.  The back massage while effective and therapeutic is not as natural as the premium brands available.  Ootori is disrupting the marketplace and they are currently #1 for massage chair sales on Amazon.  It is yet to be determined how their chairs will hold up over the long term as they are a newer company.  Overall, this chair presents the best balance between quality and value in the marketplace and received our Editor's Pick for Best Value Massage Chair.  
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Massage Quality

An important feature in the S8 is the addition of quad rollers to more closely mimic the feel of the human hand.  As a massage chair expert, this is one of the essential features you want in a massage chair if you are looking for a high quality therapeutic massage.  The feel of the rollers when you first get in does a great job kneading into your back as compared to the S5 or A900.  Even with the enhancements vs these more base models the rollers still provide a stiffer more mechanical feel than premium chairs available through Osaki.  Once you get past the rollers providing a little more mechanical massage, the overall feel of the chair is excellent.  The cross stitched polyurethane leather and sits nicely.  A lot of lower end massage chairs can make you feel like you are sitting in a hole across the base of the chair.  This chair has a natural feel sitting in the chair and gives a great massage into your glutes and upper hamstrings.  I was disappointed with the 3D adjustments in this chair.  While you can feel the node extension come out slightly, it is a very small adjustment and no where near the dramatic deep tissue adjustments you can make in higher end models.  I wasn't really surprised by this, but I wish Ootori put a little more attention into the quality of their 3D adjustments.  
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Technology Features

The Ootori S8 has a variety of technology features generally not found in a value price point.  A list of these features include back heat, dual foot rollers with air compression massage, vibration massage in the seat, 3D intensity controls, LED lighting, 3 stage zero gravity, among many other features too long to count.  One of our favorite features this chair offers standard in the controller is adjustable width for select massage styles.  This really allows you to tailor the massage for different body types as you cycle through different types of manual massage.  It's a stretch to call this a technology, but the chair comes pre-assembled when shipped.  Some value massage chairs come in a box with hundreds of parts and have to be assembled by hand.  Trained experts with knowledge of the product are essential to assemble a long lasting massage chair.  The quad rollers also offer an additional dimension to the massage that makes it more life like than other value chairs at this price point.  
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5 year extended warranty included on select models

Therapeutic Benefits

I really enjoyed each massage as I tested the S8.  The stretch program was refreshing and gave a great stretch into the lower back.  Outside the stretching program the auto programs felt a little bland and recycled.  Ootori needs to make a lot of progress in the design and quality of its auto programs, and this is definitely one of the areas that Osaki clearly does a better job.  We also felt the massage was excellent, but the massage quality failed to leave some of the lasting benefits you can find in other models.  I personally loved the massage and highly recommend it to individuals looking for a chair focused on general stress relief and relaxation. 

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Customization Features

The controller on the S8 is a great quality for the price.  A combination of digital display and analog buttons provide an accessible interface.  The controller comes standard with 6 auto programs which include an in depth stretching program and a great full body massage program.  You have the ability to adjust both the strength and intensity of the massage, and you can even adjust the air intensity.  The footrest is a tension spring load design, which is typical for a value priced massage chair.  The manual massage offers positional controls of the different massage styles, and the massage position showing on the digital display is a nice touch.   The chair offers full body air massage, but does not provide air compression for your hips.  The chair only requires two inches from the wall, so it is best in class for space saving and should fit most rooms.  

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Durability

The S8 like any Ootori chair, which is new to the US market, will need to prove themselves a name brand.  The biggest proof point will the durability of their chairs over the long term.  Testing the S8 I was impressed at the grade of materials that were used in the chair.  The massage rollers had provided a great massage and presented none of the typical issues you'd expect from a massage chair in this price range.  We rated the S8 a 2 star rating in this category because the Ootori brand simply needs more time to prove themselves and show their chairs will stand the test of time.

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5 year extended warranty included on select models

Value

The value of Ootori S8 is unparalleled in the market place today  Whether you are looking at the 3D massage, advanced controller, full immersion foot massage, bluetooth speakers, or any of the other high end finishes on the chair it is clear the chair is an exceptional quality for the money.  You are not going to get the same massage as a premium price point chair.  Even with that, during the testing period I kept finding myself drifting back to this model over and over again.  It simply provides a great massage with a variety of premium features at an unbelievable price.  
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Sleep Galleria Perfect Factor Rating

A 3 star rating at first glance may not seem worthy of an Editor's Pick, but there are a lot of reason this chair is a great choice.  Massage chairs are a piece of technology, and generally as you get into the lower price ranges the quality is simply not there for the consumer.  Below $2,000 there is also the concern with the durability of the chair.  While the Ootori S8 does not stack up against higher end models as compared to the massage quality and therapeutic benefits, it gives an exceptional massage with premium finishes at an unbeatable price.  This chair is by far my favorite model under $2,000 and is a can't miss choice if you are looking for a great massage chair on a budget.

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Design and Specifications

Model Sofia S8
Massage Robot 3D Rollers
Rated Voltage AC110V-120V ~ 60Hz
Rated Power 120W
Maxinum Load Weight 440 lbs
Recommended Height Range 6.25 ft
Roller Track Length 55.11″
Auto Time 15/20/25/30 Minutes
Total Airbags 34
Recline Angle 126  ± 7
Seat Width 21.65″
Gross Weight 264.55 lb
Net Weight 213.85 lb
Shipping Box Dimensions 59.05″ x 31.50″ x 49.21″
Product Size 57.09″ x 29.9″ x 47.2″
Required Recline Clearance 2″
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