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Homedics SBM-200H Shiatsu Massaging Cushion Review

by The Review CrewMay 30, 2010

The fingers feel more like fangs, but they’re still pretty comfy.

The Homedics SBM-200H Therapist Select Shiatsu Messaging Cushion is an anomaly. It performs both above and below the bar; but, in message chairs/cushions hitting below and above the bar can be a dangerous fault. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop the SBM-200H from being devoutly popular amongst elderly folks due to its cheap price, and durability.

Some may argue that to hold a mechanical massaging cushion to the standards of an actual therapist is absurd, while this is true, why name it the “Therapist Select”? There are a number of faults with the SBM-200H. The first would be a total lack of control in terms of heat intensity, and massage intensity. The settings are as follows, heat on/off, full back, lower back, or upper back massage. This lack of control is not something that should be accepted with a massage cushion, after all, its purpose is to make you feel better. It seems the hot never truly gets hot, it’s warm. The massage is a little rough, more of fangs than fingers, but if you can manage to sit properly you’ll find yourself enjoying every minute of it. Although a loud hammering noise is heard, and can be very irritating.

The SBM-200H lends itself to the pile of items that are too often re-gifted, until someone who is not particularly picky or caring eventually owns it and will scream of its usefulness. Only to trick another soon after. The design of the cushion favors smaller individuals, at 6′ 2″ it was hard to feel like I was receiving a full back massage.

The Homedics SBM-200H Therapist Select Shiatsu Messaging Cushion is not a bad device, but we wouldn’t whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone.

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