Best Shiatsu Massage Pillows Reviewed & Rated For Quality
In this post, you'll find our top recommendations for the best and most affordable Shiatsu massage pillows
While the ideal for everyone is to see a qualified Shiatsu massage
therapist, this isn't always an easy (or affordable) option.
Thankfully, there are some outstanding options for Shiatsu massage
pillows that you can buy for the home. They're mostly inexpensive,
last a long time and provide amazing relief and relaxation if used
It's important to make the right choice, however. Not all Shiatsu
massage pillows are the same (and high price does not always equal
high value). So we've done the research for you.
Here's our top choice
after extensive research:
Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Why we love it:
10 Best Shiatsu Massage Pillows
1. Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Very strong and sturdy unit
Inconvenient button placement
Low quality cord and adapter
The Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager is arguably the most
popular Shiatsu massage pillow on the market.
Most popular Shiatsu massage pillow to date
With around 9000 mostly positive reviews on Amazon alone, you can't
ignore the popularity of the Zyllion Shiatsu pillow.
Higher end of the pricing scale
Due to its high quality and popularity, the Zyllion is unfortunately
priced higher than most other Shiatsu pillows.
Built-in overheat protection
Just in case you use the Zyllion for too long or forget to turn
it off, this massage pillow will automatically shut off after 20
minutes of use.
2. Homedics 3D Shiatsu & Vibration Massage Pillow
Lovely material design
Conveniently placed controls
110v Power Restriction
Potential electrical issues
The Homedics Shiatsu pillow is one of the nicer, more high-end
options with a beautiful material design.
Vibration + Heat
Most Shiatsu pillows offer heat as an option but the Homedics device
goes a step further with a vibration feature.
Known electrical faults
Unfortunately, the Homedics brand seems to suffer from occasional
electrical faults and is restricted to the USA (110v).
Homedics Shiatsu pillow is a beautifully designed device and gets
away from the typical black of most Shiatsu pillows.
3. Zuzuro Shiatsu Pillow Massager
Easy control access
No automatic overheat shutoff
Defective power button
At a much lower price point, the Zuzuro massager offers
tremendous value and additional features.
The Zuzuro offers what most other Shiatsu pillows don't - multiple
Reports of defective power buttons
While the device seems to be quite reliable for such an inexpensive
unit, there are multiple reports of the on/off button not functioning
Manual shutoff only
Safety is in your hands. The Zuzuro does not have in-built, automatic
shutoff to prevent overheating or 'forgetting' about it.
4. Snailax Shiatsu Massage Pillow
Optic soft plush
Battery not replaceable
Limited battery charge
If you're after a Shiatsu massage pillow that's incredibly soft
to touch, you can't go past the Snailax.
Optic soft plush
Without doubt the biggest selling point for the Snailax is it's
soft plush material. Unlike the hard leather and mesh of other
devices, this one is delicate and soft.
In addition to the soft plush is a comfort flap - an extra thick
layer that you can open or close depending on how much you like
the heat and pressure.
Battery charge and portability
The Snailax has an internal, chargeable battery so that you don't
require a cord for power. This is great but be aware that the battery
life is very limited.
5. FIRSTENJOY Shiatsu Massage Pillow
Confusing button control
Slightly higher price
The FIRSTENJOY is a great little 8 roller unit that is highly
The extra two rollers on either side make a big difference in targeting
more of your back and neck at one time.
With the FIRSTENJOY model, you actually have the option to manually
reverse the direction of the rollers.
The FIRSTENJOY is built for durability so may be a good option
if you're planning to put extra weight or pressure on the unit.
6. SUFFLA Shiatsu Massager With Heat
Unique light blue design
No speed control
While not offering much in terms of innovation, the SUFFLA is a
unique and attractive Shiatsu pillow.
Cool blue design
This may be seen as a pro or con depending on your personal preference,
but the SUFFLA has a unique, cool blue design that makes it stand
Breathable mesh material
Similar to the Zyllion, the SUFFLA has a mesh design for breathability.
Simple to use controls
The control buttons are incredibly simple and straightforward to
7. LiBa Cordless Shiatsu Neck Shoulder Back Massager
Handles heavy weight
Extra strength motors
Charging defects reported
The LiBa offers something extra for heavy users and slightly
The LiBa can handle up to 250lb of weight which means the average
person can safely lay on it.
Extra strong motors
The motors are reportedly 2x stronger than usual which means an
intense massage. Some people have complained it's too strong, however.
Charging and heating defects
There are some reports of charging and/or heating defects with
8. MaxKare Back And Neck Massager
No speed control
As a budget option, the MaxKare Shiatsu pillow offers all the
features you need for a self-massage.
Elastic adjustable strap
The MaxKare can be attached to most seats at various positions
Unfortunately, there are some reports of the unit having electrical
faults that involve the automatic shutoff.
9. MagicMakers Shiatsu Massage Pillow
Three year warranty
Not a strong unit
The MagicMakers Shiatsu pillow is a great 8 roller option with a
The MagicMakers unit has a recognizable and unique material design
that outdoes most of its competitors.
Many complaints about its build and motor strength
It may be that MagicMakers sacrificed some structural and mechanical
integrity as numerous people have complained of the unit breaking
The MagicMakers pillow has an optional cover to put over the rollers
for a less intense massage.
10. Papillon Shiatsu Back And Neck Massage Pillow
Stepped temperature design
Motor malfunction Ugly
The Papillon is an outstanding option with a sofa fabric
exterior and adjustable speed controls.
The Papillon massager has moved away from leather and plush to
a sofa fabric exterior.
Adjustable speed controls
There are 3 adjustable speeds in the Papillon unit.
Motor defects seem to have been reported in some units when pressure
Criteria For Shiatsu Pillows
We take into consideration the structure and sturdiness of the
design, including how well it holds up with a weight test.
Obviously the cost is taken into consideration and compared with
other similar item prices.
Core features and components such as heat, rotations,
travel-readiness and button options.
Aesthetic criteria not related to structural integrity (i.e. the
fabric used, zips, cords and so on).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are Shiatsu massage pillows safe?
Yes, absolutely. However, this all depends on whether or not you're using
the device as it's intended to be used. Most Shiatsu massage pillows
come with clear instructions on how to actually use it and where it's safe to use (e.g. you should not be using it on your scalp or
groin!). Also, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions (e.g.
a spine injury), you should consult your doctor first.
Q: Can I lay on my Shiatsu massage
A: See our point
below on pressure/weight. Generally, the answer is no but this all depends
on the model you buy and how big you are. Some devices are cheaply manufactured
and will break with full body weight on them.
Q: How long can I use the massage
pillow in one session?
A: As a general
rule of thumb, we wouldn't advise using it longer than 15 - 20 minutes
per session. It's also super important that you move it around and target
various areas. Leaving it on one spot for an extended period could be
What To Look Out For
How much pressure(weight) can the massager handle?
We can't emphasize this point strongly enough. Some of the devices
are made very cheaply from low quality internal parts that can't
handle much weight. This means that when you apply too much body
pressure (especially if you lay on it!), it may crack or damage the
motors. If you're a larger person, ensure that the Shiatsu pillow
can handle the weight you put on it.
Does it have heat? (and can you optionally turn it off?)
The heat makes all the difference to the Shiatsu pillow experience.
When you apply heat to sore and tired muscles, it causes blood to
rush to the area which promotes healing. It also "loosens" the
muscles and frankly, just feels amazing. Make sure you have the
option to switch it off though as the heat can get a bit much if
used for a long time.
Are the Shiatsu pillow buttons easily accessible?
This sounds a little silly but trust us - make sure that the on/off,
heat and/or rotation buttons are easily accessible while you're
using it. Some devices have the buttons in awkward spots that
require you to turn around, lift the device up and press the button.
Trust us on this one!
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