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2D, 3D, and 4D Massage Chairs Buyer’s Guide

If you’re shopping for a massage chair, you may feel overwhelmed by all of your options. Should you choose a 2D, 3D or 4D model? What do these labels mean anyway?

We’re going to answer these questions and compare 4D vs 3D vs 2D massage chair models to help you find one that best meets your needs.

What is a 2D Luxury Massage Chair?

A 2D massage chair has rollers that move in two directions:

  • Up and down
  • Side to side

While basic, 2D massage chairs are still effective at alleviating tension and helping with pain.

What is a 3D Massage Chair?

A 3D massage chair is a little more advanced. Along with moving up and down and side to side, the massage rollers in these chairs can also push out into your back.

The additional pressure from that pushing action creates a more intense massage experience. The further the massage rollers push out, the greater the intensity.

Most chairs allow you to adjust the intensity to suit your comfort level and need.

What is a 4D Massage Chair?

A 4D massage chair has all the same movements as a 3D model, but it adds an extra dimension: adjustable speed.

4D massagers are some of the most advanced out there, and they do an excellent job of mimicking a massage therapist’s hands. The strokes speed and slow down just as a masseuse’s would during an in-person massage.

2D vs. 3D vs. 4D Massage Chairs. What Is the Difference and How to Know Which Technology Fits You

Understanding the differences between a 2D, 3D and a 4D massage chair can help you determine which technology is the right fit for you.

  • 2D massagers can only move up and down and side to side. They’re limited in being able to target tense areas, and you have little control over the intensity.
  • 3D massager rollers can protrude to create a more intense massage. If you struggle with pain or tension, that additional level of intensity can help provide the relief you crave.
  • 4D massage chairs offer all that 3D chairs offer and more. Massagers speed up and slow down to mimic the movement of a massage therapist’s hands. In tight, stiff areas, you can pause and concentrate on these spots.

If you’re only looking for a massage chair that can help you relax and unwind after a long day, a 2D model may be a good fit for you.

But if you suffer from frequent muscle tension and back pain, a 3D or 4D massage chair may be the better option.

Of course, your budget will also be a concern. Generally, 2D massage chairs are the most affordable. However, it's important to remember that you cannot put a price on your health and well-being. 3D and 4D massage chairs are worth the cost if they provide the relief you need. The improved quality of life is priceless.

The Best 2D, 3D, and 4D Chairs by Human Touch

Now that you understand the differences between 2D, 3D and 4D massage chairs, it’s time to find a model that meets your needs.

Our best 2D, 3D and 4D models include:

Super Novo

The Super Novo is one of our most advanced massage chairs. Featuring 4D massage technology, this chair can deliver a full-body massage that’s as close to the real thing as you can get. In addition, advanced features create a luxurious experience.

Of all our 4D massage chair reviews, this model tops the list.


  • 4D massage technology
  • Fingertip controls for adjusting the reclining position, heating functions, starting auto programs, volume control and more
  • Built-in Altec Lansing sound system
  • Magnetic remote dock and holder
  • USB port and phone slot
  • S- and L- track massage that runs from the beck to the thighs
  • Cloud Touch Acupressure
  • Dual lumbar heating
  • Extending foot, calf and knee massager with heat
  • Virtual Therapist™ for Alexa-enabled control


  • Mimics the movements of a massage therapist’s hands for a realistic massage experience.
  • S- and L-track technology allows for a full-body massage from your neck to the thighs. In addition, the extending calf and foot massager covers from the knees down to relax your entire body.
  • Built-in Altec Lansing sound system that allows you to listen to soothing music and nature sounds.
  • Acupressure adds an extra layer of tension relief, while dual lumbar heating melts away tension.
  • USB port allows you to charge your device while you relax or even read a book.
  • Zero gravity position takes stress off the spine.



Learn more about the Super Novo massage chair.



The Certus massage chair features 3D massage technology and an S- and L-track system that runs from your shoulders to your thighs. Built-in wellness programs and a sound system immerse you in a deep state of relaxation.

Let’s take a closer look at what this chair has to offer in our 3D massage chair review.


  • S- and L-track massage
  • 3D massage technology
  • Zero gravity position
  • Extending foot and calf massager
  • Altec Lansing premium sound system
  • Dual lumbar and also calf heating
  • 11 built-in wellness programs


  • 3D technology delivers an intense massage and targets areas that commonly hold tension, like the neck, shoulders and lower back. This is one of our best 3D massage chair models.
  • The zero gravity position helps take the stress off the spine.
  • Built-in wellness programs make it easy to get relief.
  • The Altec Lansing premium sound system allows you to listen to soothing sounds of nature.
  • Calf and foot massager help deliver a whole-body massage.



Learn more about the Certus massage chair.


Novo XT2

The Novo XT2 is one of our more advanced Flex 3D massage chairs. With dozens of built-in wellness programs, zero gravity position, extending foot massager and acupressure technology help alleviate tension, pain and stress.


  • 35 auto wellness programs
  • Flex 3D massage
  • Zero gravity position
  • Cloud Touch acupressure
  • Dual lumbar heating
  • Unibody track
  • Extending foot and calf massager


  • The Novo XT2’s Flex 3D massage allows you to adjust the intensity for an immersive massage that targets all the right places and at just the right pressure.
  • Cloud touch acupressure further alleviates tension and pain to help bring relief and promote wellness.
  • Heating functions melt away your stress and tension to kick the relaxation up a notch.
  • The foot and calf massager complete the experience, providing a full-body massage.
  • You’ll love the built-in programs that take the guesswork out of your massage.



Learn more about the Novo XT2.

Choosing the right massage chair doesn’t have to be complicated. Now that you know the differences between these technologies and the top models in our collection, you can choose the chair that best meets your needs.


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