There seem to be plenty of these Shiatsu pillow massagers on the market these days and most of them very similar but at just £38.99 this is slightly dearer than most rivals but it does offer at least one thing the others lack – wire-free operation.
The massager was supplied in an attractive mid-market product box, suitable for storing the device in when not in use. Inside the box aside from the massager itself was a UK power supply and a simple but well printed and easy to read User Guide. I include a scan of the User Guide in my unboxing video.
The device consists of a large and quite heavy four roller mechanism contained in a robust mesh and leather look housing. Unlike the more expensive rivals, it lacks the arm slings which hold the roller tight to the shoulder and so with this device you have to control the massage intensity by simply pushing back onto it. It has a single large control button: press once to turn on, press again to turn the heat On/Off, long press to turn off. The switch assembly seems well made and has a good positive action although there are no status LEDs. There are an array of red LED’s which light up around the rollers when it is in use and heating mode selected. On the rear of the unit is an adjustable elasticated strap which holds the unit in position on the neck support of your seat. This is a problem as in the home I suspect few of us have suitable high necked chairs in the lounge or bedroom but in the car or office, it should be OK. In general, the build quality seems very good and the equal of the similar devices from more expensive rivals. It is a pity it is not supplied with a storage bag but at a pinch, the box it is supplied in could be used.
In use it is easy enough, you just rest it on your shoulders, switch on and hold it in place using the rear belt or with the hands, leaning back to adjust the pressure. As well as the neck and shoulders it can also be used on the back or indeed any part of the body. It can be quite uncomfortable at times and feels like having two cricket balls pushed into your back but no doubt it is beneficial. The rollers have a very powerful action which can be controlled only by varying the tension it is held in place or by pressing backwards onto it. The direction of the roller travel alternates automatically every minute during use. The heat action is pleasant and quite pronounced but again cannot be varied other than by turning it off. It operates on a fifteen-minute massage cycle after which it turns off.
It comes with a UK power supply but the cable length is too short and long enough only for use when positioned immediately next to a socket although when used on the internal battery this is not a problem. A two-hour charge should give up to two hours of use with heating and at least four hours without.
The massage effect is very powerful and once again at least equal to that from more costly models I have used. The battery feature is a major plus point and makes the device far more easy and comfortable to use. This feature alone makes the device well worth the asking price for me.
Single heat setting