Panasonic Massage Chair Review

Product Review: Panasonic EP-1273KL Massage Chair

The Panasonic EP-1273KL shiatsu massage chair is the subject of this product review. Panasonic is an electronics company and has a massage chair line. The EP-1273KL is a midrange model. The midrange is the $2,000 to $3,000 price range for massage chairs. Let us take a look at some of the advanced features for the Panasonic EP-1273KL shiatsu massage chair.
The massage chair industry is an interesting group of companies. There are giant conglomerates like Panasonic and Sanyo; and others more industry specific like Omega and Human Touch. And like weeds in many gardens, a lot of companies peddling junk which you need to avoid. A good hurdle to pass is to see if the company has retail distribution. With Panasonic there is not need to worry as they will back up their warranty.
The warranty of the Panasonic EP-1273KL massage chair provides very basic coverage. The EP 1273 is covered with 1 year parts, 1 year labor, and 1 year in-home service. Also, you get 1 year shipping of parts with Panasonic. Other manufacturers have more extension warranties at no additional cost. Warranty coverage to meet other manufacturers is available by purchasing the extended warranty. This is usually available through the supplier.
The Panasonic EP-1273KL shiatsu massage chair uses interesting design aesthetics. There is a distinct modern, industrial look to their product line. The design comes with comfortable armrests which are pleasant to the touch. The back pads and pillows are well designed and outfitted for long term use. There is a designer touch with some platinum colors front and back of the chair base. The chair is relaxing to rest on.
The EP-1273 comes with 4 auto programs, 3 manual courses and 8 massage techniques. Most massages are timed 15 minutes for your enjoyment. The 4 auto programs have refresh, shiatsu, deep, and gentle. Manual courses cover your back allowing you to cover the whole, upper or lower back. The 8 massage functions consist of rolling, percussion, Hawaiian, kneading, tapping, Swedish, compression, and shiatsu massage therapy.
An air massage is included in the Panasonic EP-1273KL massage chair for the lower body. The lower body air compression massage targets the calves and feet. The foot rest can be operated automatically. It also has stretching functions which help to extend muscles of the lower body including knees, hips and lower back.
The remote control is well designed. It is both simple and easy to understand and to use. Select from the 4 one touch auto programs for immediate full body massage therapy. The side panel contains the 8 manual massage programs. Just select the technique for you and select a back course and let it work you over until your troubles are gone. There are adjustments for the massage intensity and the width of the rollers. The control also allows you to pinpoint a specific target area in your back for custom relief.
Overall, this Panasonic massage chair is a solid performer. Panasonic is able to include its Swede-Atsu massage system in this midrange price level. This provides 8 massage techniques where most only have 4 massage techniques. This massage chair has a more postmodern appearance, but reliable massage therapy. There is a built in lower body stretch which is another good function rolled down from higher cost models. The EP-1273KL massage chair provides an effective and relieving massage without relieving your wallet too much.
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