We’ve made it no secret that Jane and I love the Human Touch brand. They’re great quality chairs for a ridiculously affordable price. So imagine our excitement when we heard that Human Touch finally came out with a premium massage chair and we got to try it out!
Find out why the Human Touch Novo is being called the Rolls Royce of massage chairs and why it’s getting all-star reviews from experts and users.
- Executive Summary
- Company Background
- Human Touch Novo Specs
- Main Features
The Novo is the newest entry in the premium massage chair department. It’s got a ton of things going for it: A trustworthy brand with a great track record and after-sales support, and a powerful, superior product that is perfect for a shopper in the market for wellness, pain relief, or the nirvana in relaxation.
The Human Touch Novo is expensive but it’s a great investment for the benefits you reap. So far, we’ve found no other cons apart from the high price tag and weight.
We like brands that are consistent in quality, brand trust, and after-sales support. There are a handful of brands in the market that fit the bill and Human Touch is one of them.
Human Touch is one of the leading manufacturers and designers of massage chairs in the US. Its products are sought-after for their design, technology, wellness benefits, and durability. The company has been around for more than 35 years and has gained a lot of loyal customers, including chiropractors, therapists and people looking for chronic pain relief.
Human Touch claims to be the only brand endorsed by the World Federation of Chiropractors for back care therapies. And here’s an endorsement on wellness by a well-known chiropractor:
“Following a study in which participants used Human Touch Massage Chairs for 15-minute sessions twice per week for four weeks, I recorded statistically significant, measurable drops in blood pressure and pulse. Using these chairs twice a day, every day could measurably improve health and quality of life.” – Dr. Jon L. Stucky. Doctor of Chiropractic. President of the Utah Chiropractic Physicians Association
Human Touch Novo Specs
- Colors: Black, Brown, Cream, Red, Blue
- Seat Dimension: 19″ W X 21″ H X 18 D
- Maximum Recline Angle: Full zero G recline
- Fully Upright: 63″L X 31″W X 43″H
- Fully Reclined: 71″L X 31″W X 38″H
- Required Recline Clearance: 9″
- Weight: 273 lbs
Who’s It For?
- User Height Range: 5’0 to 6’9
- User Max Weight: 300 lbs
The Human Touch Novo has a Five Year PREMIUM Warranty. The Novo includes free 5 Year In-Home Labor Repair Service, 5 Year Parts, and a 5 Year Frame warranty.
The core features of the Novo are the following:
- 30 Auto-Wellness Programs
- True Zero-Gravity Technology
- Full-Body Stretch for leg and spine relief
- L-Track Roller System
- Lumbar heat
- Extendable/Adjustable under foot rollers
- Calf and Foot Massagers
- Targeted aircells for acupressure
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Intuitive LCD Controller
- Multiple Language Settings
Truly a premium chair
Let’s get down to why the Human Touch Novo is being called the Rolls Royce of Massage Chairs. That storied British brand is something you equate with with luxury, quality, and unparalleled comfort. Expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for.
And this is the case with the Novo. We think it’s value for money with the incredible feeling that you get once you try out this chair.
We’ve compared it to a Rolls Royce but other users liken the Novo experience to a mother’s womb, being in a cocoon, and even being in an immersion tank or rocket ship — all metaphorical descriptions of a perfectly blissful and relaxing environment.
If you are highly stressed at work and deserve relief from anxiety and worries, a premium massage chair like the Novo is highly recommended!
Delivers on the pain relief
If you haven’t gathered yet, I used to suffer from chronic pain. This is why I get pretty excited when a massage chair proves its worth in the pain relief department.
Happily, we can add the Human Touch Novo to our massage chair list for pain relief. Here, let’s list down specific pain areas that can be addressed by the Novo:
- The arm and wrist massages are good for carpal tunnel sufferers or those who experience fatigue from biking and driving long hours.
- The expansive full body “bend and stretch” program is ideal for people who are suffering from lower back pain, leg pain, compression of the spine, and so on.
- The foot and calf massage are good for sufferers of plantar fasciitis. (Had that last November and dammit, I could hardly walk for two months!)
The Novo is relatively new in the market but as the months roll on, the success stories on this chair are piling up. More than one person has recounted how they were able to put off or permanently cancel back surgeries after regular use of the Novo.
Pays for itself — may replace your therapists
As with all effective massage chairs for pain relief, you might find that you don’t need to go to an expensive massage therapist anymore for your weekly sessions.
In addition, because the Novo has settings and features for different parts of the body, you get to save on fees that you would otherwise spend on your physical therapist, massage therapist, and even your chiropractor.
We love the zero-gravity feature on massage chairs. If you’ve read our other reviews on zero gravity chairs, then we won’t be saying anything new here that we haven’t said before.
Zero Gravity technology in massage chairs mimics the position of astronauts as they blast off to space. In this position, the body is reclined so that the weight of the body is evenly distributed, giving relief to the feet, spine, and lower back that otherwise bear our weight in an upright position.
This position has a lot of benefits to the body including:
- reduction of back pain
- reduction of inflammation and swelling of the legs and lower body
- improved blood flow to the heart and the rest of the body
- speeds up post-surgery recovery
- prevents headaches, heart issues, arthritis, joint conditions, circulatory problems, and varicose veins
- helps sufferers of acid reflux
- promotes deep sleep
- improves circulation and blood-oxygen levels
Lumbar heat is always a welcome treat
We’d be disappointed if such an expensive chair came without heat so we’re happy it’s got lumbar heat. This is ideal for back pain sufferers or simply for those who want to get toasty during the cold months of winter.
Be the envy of your neighbors
So, Jane and I got to try out the Novo because one of our acquaintances bought one and we shamelessly invited ourselves for a demo. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones demo-ing it and according to our friend, one visitor slash relative has already bought the chair after trying out a couple of other brands.
With its unique design and great massage experience, the Novo is definitely a conversation piece.
And finally the cons…
We love the really cheap and awesome Human Touch massage chairs so this premium model is a definite departure from the compact iJoy chairs. Yes, it’s definitely more expensive and definitely not for the shopper with a tight budget.
It’s very heavy
The Novo is really heavy. So much so that we recommend getting the White Glove service to install it for you. The chair comes fully assembled but the problem would be getting it unpacked, into the house, and positioned where you want it.
If you’re afraid of scratches on your floor, you can put a piece of carpet or soft matting underneath. The minimum dimensions should be 48″ x 28′.
Here’s a video of the unboxing:
It’s made in China
Because the massage chairs from Human Touch were so fantastically durable, we somehow got the mistaken impression that they were maybe Japanese or US-made because those are the manufacturers that we equate with high quality.
Surprisingly, these chairs are China-made (including the awesome LCD remote controls). They’ve just exploded my Chinese bias to smithereens half in part to the undeniable track record and the other half in part due to the very reliable after-sales and customer support.
The Human Touch Novo is one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive model that the brand has so far produced. However, based on our demo and customer reviews, it’s worth every penny for the sleek and premium experience and the relief from pain and the wellness benefits it provides. If you have the money for it, get yourself the Novo and pamper yourself everyday with it.