HoMedics have set out to further develop and improve their successful Shiatsu Max massage mat . The result is the successor model, the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage pad . In addition to the polished look, there are fundamental changes in seating comfort. The seat cushion is soft and comfortable, while the narrow side cushions of the predecessor have been flattened and now also offer a wider seat a comfortable seat.
The principle of massage has remained relatively the same. Individualization offers the adjustment to the body size as well as the width adjustment of the massage balls during the roller massage. The Shiatsu massage also remainsincluding spot massage, supported by a warming function and pleasant vibration in the seat.
The highlight is the oversized massage area. However, you have to do without an extra module for the neck massage. All the details below.
Appearance and shape of the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage pad
HoMedics , founded in the 1987 USA and market leader in Great Britain , have taken the customer criticism to heart and adapted the shape of the Shiatsu Max 2.0 . The narrow side cushions were correctly removed and a more open seat shell was chosen. The reinforced sides help to find a stable sitting position.
The surface materials have remained the same with PU leather and mesh net on the massage surfaces . The seat cushion has been well padded so that the vibration motors cannot interfere. In our opinion, the look has been improved and is now in modern dark gray / light gray tones .
The headrest of the massage seat cover can be adjusted in height . However, it can also be removed, which is probably less conducive to comfort. There is also a back cover that weakens the intensity of the massage. For less sensitive back muscles you can also remove them .
For the fixation of a chair or armchair is to Velcro tape on the rear mounted. The use of HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 on the couch is not excluded. The hard back of the backrest ensures stability.
Including packaging, the Shiatsu Max 2.0 weighs around 8.4 kg . So it is quite difficult. HoMedics has integrated a hanging loop on the back so that it can be easily stowed away . The foldable design saves a little space again.
The dimensions in operation are 50 cm in width , which is extremely generous and 120 cm in full length . The backrest itself has a good height of approximately 84 cm . The large massage area is immediately apparent .
The HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage pad is currently available from around 148.48 euros . In the comparison of massage mats, this is a low price for a Shiatsu massage mat of this type. After the price for this massage mat was reduced by well over 200 euros , this is a bargain.
For massage of the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage seat cover
Massage scope of the HoMedics Max 2.0
Compared to the previous model, the massage scope of the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 has remained the same . The time-tested combination of Shiatsu and rolling massage is also used in the new back massager for use. The centerpiece is the back massage , which should also massage the shoulders . An additional neck massage is missing , but is theoretically possible by removing the support pillow.
By the way, you can set the maximum massage height before the massage . Thus, an individual adjustment to your own height is possible. The button below the on / off switch of the wired remote control is responsible for this.
With the Shiatsu massage , the hard massage knots make a circular movement along the entire back. The nodes are divided into two pairs . So knead two massage balls directly next to the spine and two further outside. The route narrows slightly towards the lumbar vertebrae.
Even with the Shiatsu Max 2.0 you can not set intensities or massage speeds. A selection is only made for the massage areas . So you choose the whole, only the upper or the lower back as a zone.
The selective shiatsu massage
Spot or spot massage is ideal for particularly tense areas on the back . You set the height of the massage balls on the remote control and let the Shiatsu massage work longer at the problem area.
The roller massage
The roller massage is less a kneading than a stroking . As a gentler method , it is ideal for relaxation right after the Shiatsu massage. Here , the massage heads simply run along the back and so remove any tension.
A practical extra of the Shiatsu Max 2.0, which many other massage pads lack, is the ability to adjust the width of the massage heads . This is also done via the wired remote control. So you can perfectly adapt the rolling massage to your own back.
Further setting options relate to the areas to be massaged on the back . As with the kneading massage, you can choose between the entire, the upper and the lower back .
The heat function
Heat can be transferred to the tissue via the massage heads when the heating function is switched on. The lights then change their light from blue to red. This heating function can not be operated independently and only for the back.
In contrast to conventional hot water bottles or heating pads, the HoMedics Max 2.0 is more of a gentle warmth . It gently but pleasantly supports the relaxation effect of the massage and additionally stimulates the blood flow.
The vibration massage in the seat
There are vibration motors in the seat . These provide a proper vibration massage , which, however, cannot be adjusted to the intensity. As a function to round off the program, it loosens the often abused seat muscles and further stimulates the blood circulation.
Massage operation of the HoMedics Max
Requirements for operation
The HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage mat also needs a suitable pad . A chair, armchair or sofa are suitable for this . Only the backrest of the pad should be high enough , but it can be lower than the massage pad. The seat should be wide enough to prevent the massage mat from slipping.
Shiatsu massage mats are generally not suitable for lying down . The Shiatsu Max 2.0 would also deliver pain rather than relaxation when lying down. The correct position is taken while sitting upright . The greater the inclination of the backrest, the more intensive the back massage is.
There is no binding recommendation from the manufacturer for body size . The large massage area, which extends all the way to the bottom and the top, allows a lot of play . Depending on the size of the upper body, the shoulder massage could become scarce over 1.90 m at some point . It is best to count the approximately 84 cm of the backrest with your own upper body before buying . There is no limit to body weight.
Before the first start-up, all you have to do is remove the safety screw for transport on the back and you’re ready to go.
The controls are fairly clear and easy to use . Each function has its own button area. The buttons themselves are provided with symbols, Shiatsu and roller massage are also labeled again.
If we start with the remote control above, we will find the demo button at the top , which starts a quick scroll through all the available functions and the on / off button . The “Perfect Fit” button is located directly below . It is used to set the maximum height to which the massage heads should travel.
Below this is the operation of the Shiatsu massage on the left and the roller massage on the right . The Shiatsu function is activated by selecting one of the three areas of the entire, upper or lower back . Below you can activate the selective massage and adjust its height using the arrow keys .
The roller massage of the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 offers the same three buttons for the massage areas . There is also a button for adjusting the width of the massage head .
At the bottom are the buttons for the activation / deactivation of the vibration massage and the heating function . Everything can be learned quickly and operated intuitively, so that neither old nor young should have any problems with the operation.
The effect of the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0
The effect is quite intense . The strong motors and the hard massage balls ensure a strong transfer to the tissue . Sensitive users or those with very painful tension should use the back cover and only remove it when the pain has subsided.
The warming function is easy to feel and pleasantly warm . One often has the problem that the warmth of Shiatsu massage mats is hardly noticeable. You actually don’t have that with the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage seat cover.
It sits very comfortably on the Shiatsu Max 2.0. The additional padding and the reinforced sides do the rest for a comfortable fit. The massage pad is also suitable for most body sizes and also in width – thanks to the adapted seat – everyone should feel comfortable.
The vibration in the seat may take some getting used to. Not everyone will be happy with it. Most previous customers, however, find it very pleasant . Should it bother you, you can simply deactivate it.
We think it’s rather unlikely that you will fall asleep, because at least the kneading massage is very powerful. If it does happen, for example with the roller mass, you do not have to worry that the muscles are overused. The HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 switches off automatically after 15 minutes . This is also very useful if you get up and forget to switch off. After that, however, it is immediately ready for use again and you can continue your treatment immediately.
Customer opinions on the HoMedics Shiatsu Max massage pad
In contrast to the previous model of the Shiatsu Max, there are currently even fewer reviews of previous customers on the Internet. However, it is already becoming apparent that the small changes that HoMedics have made for the Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage seat cover have led to higher customer satisfaction and, in our opinion , this is justified .
- The effective massage works great and helps with tension.
- The very large massage area is not only suitable for most body sizes, it also sits well on the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 for wider people.
- The setting options lack various intensities or speeds, but what is much more important with a massage pad is the possibility of adapting to your own body. Here the Shiatsu Max 2.0 delivers a successful user experience.
- The quality and workmanship are very high quality.
- Especially in comparison to the previous product , but also in the entire massage mat comparison , the Shiatsu Max 2.0 is extremely comfortable to sit on .
- Where the plus for the large area, the minus for the lack of an extra neck massage . When the support cushion is removed, it can be implemented to some extent.
- Sometimes there is rubbing noise from the massage heads. However, in previous customer reviews you hear significantly less feedback on this than in the previous model.
- Currently a rather high price .
Conclusion on the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 massage pad
A large massage area , very good setting options to tailor the treatment to your own body, effective kneading and stroking the back massage – for us, the HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 is one of the best massage seat covers so far . Therefore, we can actually recommend them without reservation .
Alternatives to the Shiatsu Max 2.0
However, if you prefer a neck massage module , you can either stick to the Medisana MC 822 . This is the winner in the price-performance category , but has fewer setting options .
Or you can treat yourself to a bit more of the all-round Naipo version, namely the MGM-6071 massage mat , which also offers an extra neck massage and a sophisticated overall concept .
If you want to control even more luxury and perhaps also your massage mat with your smartphone and also want to lose less massage area, you can afford the luxury product from HoMedics, the CBS-1000HVR-EU . But this is more expensive .