The Ohco M.8 vs. The Osaki Maestro

maestro vs ohco

The Ohco M.8’s DeltaWave vs. The Osaki Maestro’s 

When comparing these massage chairs, they offer both comparable and differing massage capabilities. Additionally, while at a similar price tag, the Ohco M.8 is $500 more than the OS-PRO Maestro. What makes it a more expensive chair? Which is the right one for you? Well, there is a lot to consider. The intensity of both chairs is controllable on top of the traditional features such as 3D massage and L-style tracks, and that adjustable intensity can make a big difference.

Let’s discuss why adjustable intensity is so sought after since it can fundamentally change the feel of your massage.

Varying Intensity for Personalized Massage

adjustable intensity

The type of massage that a person can enjoy varies quite a bit from person to person, and on top of that, we enjoy different massages at different times because our needs change. Adjustable intensity, speed, position, and time frame allow you to control how your massage feels at any given moment. The makers of these chairs want you to be satisfied with your massage, so they make a great deal of customization as possible.

Intensity can also differ from chair to chair and brand to brand. Osaki models can provide medium-strong to intense massages, including deep tissue like the Maestro, and some chairs provide a more gentle massage experience.

If this is the first time you’re looking to purchase a massage chair understanding the intensity it offers and the ability to control it will be crucial. It will also be very important to understand the type of intensity you like and its importance compared to other massage chair features.

Adjustability in Practice

Most chairs offer intensity adjustment right on the remote. There are several that allow you to adjust the intensity of the airbags and some that also have a roller intensity adjustment.

However, it is important to understand that based on the type of roller the chair uses, you’ll be able to control the intensity in different ways. If you’ll be the only user of the chair it might not be as difficult finding a chair you like, however, if you’ll be sharing your chair, finding one that allows you to adjust the rollers between each massage will be crucial.

Generally speaking, there are two ways adjustable intensity works:

Airbags

In some massage chairs, there are airbags located on either side of the rollers. When a user increases the roller intensity, the airbags deflate so that the rollers protrude further out and reach deeper into the back. When a user decreases the intensity, the airbags inflate to push their back further away. When you’re enjoying a compression massage from airbags, controlling the intensity works in the same way by decreasing and increasing the amount of air in the bag to control how tightly they squeeze your muscles.

Massage Rollers

In other chairs, the rollers move forward and backward to increase and decrease the intensity. This is the advantage of a 3D or 4D roller over a traditional 2D roller. The 3D rollers can move in and out, up and down, and can move closer together or further apart. This means that you can make the massage more intense in certain areas and then tone it down for others. These two chairs offer 4D massage when the roller speed itself can be adjusted as well.

Sometimes testing chairs can be the only way that you’ll know what to expect from the rollers, but understanding the technology can help.

From an outside perspective, the M.8 massage chair is designed to offer a Shiatsu massage that hits the middle range for intensity and the Maestro is known to be quite intense.

For a better understanding of what these chairs offer, let’s take a closer look.

The Ohco M.8

ohco m8 feature set

The Ohco M.8 Series massage chair is the climax of engineering. This luxury shiatsu massage chair is massage redefined. It offers an incredible experience thanks to the easy entry doors, high-quality materials, Zero Gravity programs, and an enhanced MaxTrack. But there is so much more that this chair offers.

Features

Body Scanning Technology

Patented Shiatsu point locator technology scans your body to ascertain how you are positioned in the chair. This ensures that your massage will focus on your specific profile.

Massage Programs

There are 14 Automatic programs that help you to enjoy the right massage at the right time. Some of the programs provided: Quick, Full Body, Stress Relief, Unwind, Stretch, Morning, Night, Full Body Air, Sports Recovery, Neck & Shoulders, Low Back, Glutes, Feet & Calves.

MaxTrack™

As an upgrade to a traditional L-Track, this chair has been designed with the MaxTrack proprietary framework that contours to the human body. While still allowing the seat, back, and legs to independently adjust, this track ensures a precise massage throughout every point of contact. The DeltaWave mechanism is able to travel in a J-shape that isn’t fixed. Because the mechanism has so much freedom of movement, it can stay in close contact with your body at every inch of its track. So with that, you can be in a classical Zero Gravity position, and you can also be in a lay-flat position. Both of these positions are possible with the MaxTrack design. It’s unique to this massage chair. Plus, you can even enjoy a bit inversion.

ohco m.8 massage chair doors open

Easy Entry Doors

For a wholly relaxing experience, the Ohco has included doors on either side of the chair to make getting your massage and continuing on with your day simple and stress-free. This feature can be wonderful when you have limited mobility issues or if you simply want a better, easier way to hop in and enjoy your massage.

Revolutionary Massage

No one has ever created a massage chair quite like this. One of the world’s foremost designers, Ken Okuyama, shaped it. A shiatsu master, sensei Okabayashi, filled it with a lifetime of learning. Together, they created a massage chair that tends to you holistically to bring your body and mind unprecedented relaxation and rejuvenation. For the greatest penetration and precision, these 4D rollers provide users with a deep tissue massage. They can turn and hit areas that 2D rollers can’t.

Enhanced Arm Massage

Like the hands of a masseuse who knows your body, twelve independently controlled air cells embrace each of your arms conveying movements in countless combinations that you can choose to fit the exact needs of your arms.

TheraElliptical™ Kneading & Back Calf Kneading

By coupling compression and rotation in a complex movement, the Ohco mimics the sensation of human hands, enhancing circulation with a strong yet soothing movement. Plus, the reflexology in the foot rollers eases any aches and pains in your feet.

Expert Shiatsu Technique with Airbag Massage

The feeling of a thumb or knuckle pressing with circular pulsing is the Art of Shiatsu. But, you don’t need to travel to the spa when you have an Ohco. The MaxTrack follows your back’s contour and the precisely engineered motions replicate a Shiatsu Master. Then, twelve air cells in the arms and massaging in the feet and calves ease away stress throughout your body. An incredibly deep neck massage unique to this chair with the Knead & Stretch Headrest will employ gentle traction to alleviate pressure so that at every turn the M.8 combines modern engineering with the ancient art of Japanese healing.

Total Body Heat

Foot, hand, back, and seat heat improves relaxation and comfort. Plus, you can independently control each heat zone.

Space-Saving

The Ohco M.8 only needs 6.25” behind it to fully recline.

Air Ionizer with Aromatherapy & White Noise

Found in the headrest, the air ion generator removes dust, dander, spores, and pollutants from the air and the fan acts as a pleasant white noise that can ease your mind. A few drops of your favorite essential oil in the headrest diffuser makes the escape you’re experiencing that much better.

Large Screen Remote

The handheld remote offers a large screen for easy readability and swiftly tucks away back into its designated place when not in use with several language modes available.

Bluetooth & USB Ports

Connect your smart device to the chair to play relaxing music, sounds of nature, an audiobook, or your favorite meditation, and charge it with the installed USB port on the inside front of each arm.

M-Sense Light Pool

The Ohco M.8 has motion sensors that signal a soothing LED light to evoke an inviting atmosphere. This way you can walk to your chair without having to use harsh overhead lighting.

That all makes the Ohco M.8 Massage Chair.

Osaki OS-PRO Maestro Massage Chair

osaki maestro feature set

The Osaki OS-PRO Maestro massage chair offers an enhanced 4D L-Track massage that is designed to massage wider, deeper, and more rhythmically than 2D massage rollers. The 4D massage allows you to adjust the speed and rhythm of the massage as previously stated. Plus, the Osaki OS-PRO Maestro allows for eight different levels of adjustment which allow the user to customize the massage for complete control of your relaxation experience.

Features

SL Massage Track Technology

The Osaki OS-PRO Maestro offers L-Track technology that has the contouring of an S-Track with the added length to attend to your glutes and hamstrings. This is similar to the MaxTrack but cannot get into the same lay-flat position that the Ohco can.

Heated Massage Rollers

The Osaki OS-PRO Maestro offers heated massage rollers that can feel similar to a hot stone massage. Warming the muscles from your neck to your hamstrings with this heated massage recliner can make your relaxation even better.

Body Scan Technology

The Maestro scans your body to create a map so that it can accurately massage your back and shoulders. Key areas of your neck, shoulders, and back will now receive consistent pressure appropriate for the size of your body.

osaki os-pro maestro massage chair

4D Massage

The 4D L-track massage features eight 4D adjustments, five strength adjustments, five intensity adjustments, and five speed adjustments for a highly personalized massage experience. This is very similar to the 4D massage that the Ohco can deliver, though the Maestro is known for being a more intense massage.

Zero Gravity

Like the Ohco, this chair can recline into a zero gravity position. This is beneficial for an incredible massage depth and puts your legs above the level of your heart for improved lower extremity swelling and a lowered strain of gravity on your spine. The difference here is that the Maestro cannot go into lay-flat or inversion.

Air Compression Massage

The Maestro also uses multiple airbags placed throughout the chair to offer a full body massage experience. The Maestro has 32 airbags in the shoulders, arms, waist, pelvis, and the calf and feet areas. This compression massage helps improve blood circulation throughout the body to relieve pain and tension.

Calf, Bridge, Knee, & Heel Massage

Spinning reflexology massagers are positioned in calves and the bottom of the feet that provide a soothing kneading massage, stimulating acupuncture points in your feet. Along with the foot rollers, the calf airbags inflate for a kneading massage that will increase the blood flow of the legs, helping them to reach a higher level of relaxation. In the upper section, the air massagers rotate in a circular motion to add a new dimension to the calf massage. Whatsmore, additional components have been added to stretch and massage the bridge and heel of the foot, which is a unique feature to the Maestro.

Space-Saving Technology

The Maestro only needs 5" to fully recline.

Bluetooth HD Speakers

The Osaki OS-PRO Maestro is equipped with Bluetooth technology and an Amphitheater sound system that reduces the surrounding noise, enhancing your listening experience. There is even a USB port for charging.

Recline and Leg Extension

A full recline and leg extension makes every movement in this heated massage recliner effortless. The ottoman scans your legs to ensure optimal placement for your height. After the scan, you can adjust the ottoman to extend or retract to your personal needs.

Remote Control

The slim LCD remote is extremely user-friendly with four simple buttons to adjust recline, incline, auto, and home. The touch screen makes it easy to choose a program and adjust any other settings. The massage timer can be set in 5-minute increments from five to 30 minutes.

iPhone & Android App

Operate the chair with all the full features of the remote from the iPhone or Android app.

Quick Control

On the side of the inner armrest, you can access Power, Play/Pause, Auto, Zero Gravity, and 4D adjustments so that you don’t have to reach for the remote or your smart device.

Programs

The OS-PRO Maestro has eight automatic massage programs with four manual settings. Relax, Swing, Stretch, Scraping, Shiatsu, Lady, Gentleman, and Manual modes kneading, tapping, shiatsu, and rolling.

Deciding Factors

When choosing between these two chairs, the main deciding factors will be the type of massage experience you want. Do you want a Shiatsu Master-designed mechanism or an intense massage mechanism designed for maximum penetration? If you’re an athlete looking for muscle recovery or you enjoy deep tissue massage the Maestro is likely the best choice for you. If you want a relaxing experience that you can enjoy each day or if you have any health concerns or difficulty getting in and out of a traditional massage chair, the Ohco M.8 is the better chair for you. 

Another thing to keep in mind with these chairs, the Osaki Chairs are made in China and are typically manufactured in large quantities. The Ohco M.8 is made in Japan under the guidance of the Shiatsu Master’s traditions and this chair is available in a Limited Edition Model which comes with upholstery designed with the fabric used in High-End Sports Cars and a genuine leather exterior.

What is all comes down to, as it does with most purchases, your personal preference in a massage will determine your choice. The M.8 is designed to be an experience and the choreography is mapped out like no other massage chair on the market. The Maestro is designed to get deep into the muscle, to reach areas that are typically not hit by traditional 2D massage chairs. 

Which experience are you looking for? And of course, what’s your budget?