The focus of this review is the Panasonic EP 30003 which is part of the Real Pro Ultra series of massage chairs. We will review some of the more relevant areas of the purchase of this product. The Real Pro Ultra series is replacing the Real Pro Elite which was the prior series of model from Panasonic. The Panasonic Real Pro Ultra EP 30003 is a mid range model in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.
Although warranty coverage is not as exciting as the features of the chair, it is important for you as a consumer. The warranty coverage should reduce the risk you are taking in the purchase of a given product. The warranty is to protect you from defects in workmanship of the product. The EP-30003 comes with 3 years on the parts and 1 year labor. Panasonic will cover the shipping for the first year. Panasonic has finally started to offer in home technician service for its massage chairs. Prior to this one had to take their chair to an authorized service center. An extended warranty is at extra cost, but is recommended, since this is a big ticket item.
Technology is advancing at a breathtaking pace. The amount of features being added to massage chairs is nothing short of extraordinary. With the variety of features comes a challenge with keeping the chair easy and intuitive to use. The EP30003 has a very nicely designed remote control. It has buttons to activate automatic programs directly. It also comes with a voice guidance system. The voice guidance system will talk you through the controls that is great for beginners to use. You can also memorize programs. If you like a particular massage you can memorize the program so you can select it whenever you like without having to reset the controls.
What are the most important features of the Panasonic EP-30003? Panasonic has developed an ultra fine kneading technique called Junetsu. This Junetsu technique utilizes small circular movements combined with firm pressure. This provides deep muscle penetration and invigorating relief. Junetsu is a welcome addition to the arsenal of massage therapies included in this chair. The other key feature we like about this chair is the extendable leg rest. The extendable leg rest is much easier to position to effectively get the areas of the leg you want to target. This also helps those who are taller, since most of these chairs are designed in Asia. Most taller people cannot find chairs to really fit them. The chair still has some limits for taller people, but the leg rest extension is a move in the right direction.
You will want to make sure that your massage recliner is comfortable to sit in, since it can also be used as a recliner as well. Some are quite frankly, not very comfortable when not being used for massage. The Panasonic Real Pro Ultra comes with nice padded armrest covers. The upholstered chair back is plush and the synthetic leather is very soft to the touch. The chair comes with a detachable, contoured head support pillow. Panasonic has added an extendable leg rest which can be extended an additional 5 inches. This is a big improvement over their prior series without this feature. The chair is well designed and ergonomic.
The EP 30003 comes with a vast array of massage therapies to choose from. The manual massage techniques include: Junetsu, Shiatsu, Swedish, Knead, Stretch, Tap and Full Roll. There are one touch automatic programs. Just select from four 15-minute Pre-Programs, One 5-minute Quick Program. The automatic programs include Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep, Stretch and Quick. Each of these automatic massages targets specific results ranging from relieving tight muscles to increased blood circulation to stretching. There is an air massage system also included. This covers just the calves and feet only. There is no thigh or seat massage included in this chair.
The EP30003 comes with the new massage technique called Junetsu or ultra fine kneading. This is great if you are looking for deep tissue penetration for your back. It provides sensational invigorating relief. The other massage therapies are also solid and relieving. We feel the only drawback with this chair is aesthetically. Panasonic needs to move out of the industrial age and get some real first class designers. Otherwise, this is a nice chair. It is at a great price for the range of capabilities that are built into this massage chair recliner.
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