In this example, I have tapped on the 4D strength setting on the OGAWA Master Drive Plus massage chair, and in response, we see the massager becoming more prominent.
On a closer level, we see the same kneading motion being done as before, however this time, it pushes out on the neck area of the massager, as if its digging deeper into the body.
That’s exactly the difference 4D makes.
When you increase the strength you want on a 4D massage chair, you increase how deep the massager pushes into your body!
Which is better, a 3D Massage Chair or a 4D Massage Chair?
There’s no point in denying that having something press in deeper is ultimately the better choice!
The main reason people love 4D massage chairs is because of how it can push itself in to your body, no matter how much you need.
Having this control is important because it means different people who might prefer different depths of massages can get that chance to control it.
However, this is not to say that 3D massage chairs need to be ignored from the picture, so here’s my advice:
I’ve got a little framework to help you understand whether or not you might require a 4D massage chair, or if a 3D massage chair will work for you.
- Do you and your partner have similar pain tolerances?
- Do you and your partner have a similar body build?
- Do you and your partner have similar postures?
If you answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions, chances are that a 3D massage chair would be perfect for you.
The reason a 3D massage chair might be more preferrable to a 4D massage chair is because you don’t have to worry about changing the depth, you just need to choose your massage style.
However, if you and your partner (and anyone else who might need to use the massage chair) are quite different in body build, or have different pain tolerances or postures, then a 3D massage chair might leave one of you unsatisfied.
It’s because a 4D massage chair is so much more versatile, and customizable than a 3D massage chair that it is much more popular amongst people, and is the massage chair that is recommended for most people who want to consider buying a massage chair.
Conclusion: A 4D Massage Chair is Better, But Not Always Necessary
A 4D massage chair is the best way to make sure you get a massage chair that everyone will be happy with. However, if you are just buying a massage chair for yourself, or have a partner with a similar body build or pain tolerance, than a 3D massage chair is an equally good choice.
The only difference is that one can adapt to your body better, as it changes the depth.
Personally, the depth I need honestly depends on the day, meaning I could not see myself only using a 3D massage chair, I would need the depth control of the 4D massage chair.
However, that is not the only thing I would consider in a massage chair.
In fact, I’ve written a blog that explains what you need to look for when choosing a massage chair. If you’re interested, please do check it out!