Kyota and Osaki are two well-known brands that offer massage chairs with different features.
Kyota chairs excel in advanced technology and customization options, while Osaki chairs perform better in terms of durability and a diverse range of massage techniques.
Overall, Osaki models prove better options when considering key factors such as the range of massage types and techniques, efficacy, airbag systems, adjustability, and cost.
I delved deep into how the two brands compare based on performance from top models in different price categories and ended up with some interesting discoveries.
Read on and discover everything you need to know about how the Osaki and Kyota massage chair brands compare.
Osaki Vs Kyota Massage Chairs [Key Differences]
1. Massage Types and Techniques
Both Osaki and Kyota brands feature high-end models with an exceptional range of massage types and techniques. However, top Osaki models come with a crucial advantage.
The Nokori M980 features key conventional massage techniques such as rolling, Kneading, oscillations, vibrations and deep friction. Key areas include the neck, shoulders, arms, back, glutes, thighs (back, inner and outer), and calves.
The chair also incorporates a set of foot rollers to deliver rolling techniques to foot soles, which allows it to offer a similar experience to foot reflexology massage. This range of techniques makes the Nokori a great option if you’re looking for something that can offer Swedish, deep tissue, and foot reflexology massage.
Osaki’s 4D Xrest offers all the techniques and types described above. However, it proves to be more effective when it comes to delivering highly targeted deep tissue massage due to the presence of one crucial feature: Muscle Tension Detection Technology.
The feature allows the chair to detect points of high muscle tension within a muscle group, which is then used to deliver deep tissue massage techniques.
2. Massage Heads/Roller Technology
Kyota models typically come with more extensive massage head systems than Osaki. Again, let’s take a quick look at the two brand’s best models for a better perspective.
Kyota’s Nokori has two sets of massage heads, which work concurrently to handle the upper body, pelvic area, and thighs. The upper set covers the neck, shoulders, and back while the lower set handles the Glut area and thighs. On the other hand, the OP 4D Xrest comes with one set of 4 massage heads to cover all these areas.
The trend extends to models within the mid and lower-price range categories.
Kyota’s Yutaka comes with a set of 4 massage heads to cover these areas while the OS-Pro Maestro LE only comes with two heads. This gives Kyota an upper hand over Osaki when it comes to overall efficiency as its models are capable of handling larger surface areas per unit time.
Airbags are great for delivering massage techniques such as compressions, oscillations, and kneading in areas that can be hard for typical massage heads to handle. More airbags mean greater ability to deliver these massage techniques.
Generally, Osaki furnishes better models when it comes to airbag systems as they consistently offer more airbags than Kyota.
All key Osaki models i.e., OP 4D Xrest, Maestro and Encore provide more airbags than their direct competitors from Kyota.
For instance, Osaki’s Xrest, Maestro, and Encore offer 46,32, and 28 airbags respectively, while Kyota’s Nokori, Yutaka, and Genki are limited to 16-18 airbags.
Both brands have managed to come up with adjustable models aimed at optimizing effectiveness and comfort.
For instance, the OP 4D Xrest and Nokori feature extendable footrests to accommodate a wide range of heights. However, the Xrest provides a greater range, with an 8” extendable footrest.
The automatic shoulder adjustment mechanism wins the day for Osaki in terms of adjustability. Unlike Kyota, all top models from Osaki incorporate this feature, leaving the former with a lot to be desired especially when you’re expecting the chair to be used by more than one person.
5. Additional premium features
In general terms, Kyota has more to offer when it comes to additional features aimed at optimizing overall user experience.
Top models like the Xrest and Nokori compete evenly. However, a quick comparison of mid and lower-range models reveals a glaring difference. Let’s take a look.
The Yutaka comes with a range of complimentary therapies and additional tech features, which are absent in its direct competitor; the Osaki Maestro. These include chromotherapy, integrated ionizer, app functionality, voice control, and joystick control.
Another comparison can be drawn from Kyota’s Genki M380 and Osaki Pro Encore, both of which are in a relatively lower price-range category.
The differences are largely similar to the Maestro-Yutaka comparison as the Genki affords extra features like chromotherapy, joystick control, and stretch functionality.
6. Auto Programs
Kyota offers a better range when it comes to automatic massage programs to choose from. This makes its models more convenient as it helps with eliminating the need for setting up appropriate parameters.
The difference can be seen throughout the high-low price ranges. For instance, while the Nokori affords 32 programs to choose from, the OP Xrest is limited to 16.
However, the Xrest makes up for this deficit with muscle tension detection technology and a highly adjustable massage head system.
The same trend is also evident in the lower range, as both the Genki and Yutaka offer 12 auto-programs while the Maestro and Encore only afford 8 and 9 programs respectively.
The Kyota brand proves slightly more expensive than Osaki. Models from both brands fall within the $1,500-$15,000 price range.
There isn’t much of a difference between the brands’ high-end models, with both the Xrest and Nokori costing about $15,000.
However, the price gap emerges as we go down the price ladder, especially when we compare mid-range models. For instance, Kyota’s Yutaka goes at $13,000 while the Maestro goes at around $11, 000.
Kyota comes with more comprehensive warranty terms than Osaki. All Kyota massage chair models come with a 4-year structural framework warranty, 2 years for covered parts replacement, and 1 year for labor.
However, home-based repairs are limited to U.S. residents. On the other hand, all Osaki models come with a 3-year warranty period covering parts and labor.
Comparison of Top Massage Chair Models from Osaki and Kyota Brands
|OP-Ai Xrest 4D+||OS-Pro Maestro LE||OS-Pro 4D Encore||Nokori M980||Yutaka||Genki M380|
|No. of Airbags||46||32||26||18||18||18|
|Massage types||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, foot reflexology.||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, foot reflexology.||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, foot reflexology.||Rolling, Kneading, tapping, oscillations.||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, compression, vibration, Oscillations, deep friction.||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, compression, vibration, Oscillations, deep friction.|
|No. of Programs||16||8||9||32||12||12|
|Heat Therapy||Yes (Low back and Feet).||Yes (Infrared Heat mechanism (Whole Back to thighs).||Yes (Low back and Calves).||Yes (Lower back).||Yes (Lower back).||Yes (Lower back).|
|Remote Style||Touchscreen.||Touchscreen.||Remote controller.||Touch screen.||Remote controller.||Remote controller.|
Kyota Or Osaki – Which Brand Massage Chair is Better?
Generally speaking, Osaki proves the best brand when compared to Kyota. A closer look at the specs shows that top Osaki models provide better options when it comes to the most important aspects of massage chairs i.e., range of massage types and techniques, effectiveness, airbag systems, adjustability, and price tags.
My first pick would definitely be the OP-Ai Xrest 4D+, provided that my budget was somewhere around $15,000. The main reason is that the massage chair is way ahead of its Kyota competitor (Nokori M980) in all the key aspects mentioned above despite having the same price tag.
Of course, the Xrest’s massage head system is not as robust as the Nokori’s but it makes up for the deficit with highly versatile massage technology, and a great array of additional features for a top-notch user experience.
However, the Maestro would be a better option if you’re just in for a more affordable but highly effective model with a decent range of modern tech features.
Lastly, either the OS-Pro 4D Encore and Kyota Genki M380 would make the third option for the simple reason that they compete evenly in all key features. There is simply no glaring difference between the models to suggest that one is significantly superior to the other.