Buying Guide: What's the difference between L-Track and S-Track?

Massage chair showing the difference between the L-Track and S-Track

by Sleep First 7 min read

When shopping for a massage chair, you'll probably come up against quite a few new terms. Do you want zero gravity? What's the difference between 2D, 3D, or 4D rollers? What's the benefit of a heated chair? There are seemingly endless amounts of features to choose from!

One of the important terms you'll want to pay attention to is the massage chair roller “track”. More specifically, whether a chair has an L-Track or an S-TrackSo what exactly is a track?

The “track” is simply referring to the rollers that go up and down the back. An “S track” will roll from the neck down to the lower back and spine. The “L Track” will roll down the entire spine and go further down massaging the glutes and hamstring. You might also see the phrase “S/L Track” which is just a fancy name for “L Track” and doesn't have any major differences.

L-Track Massage Chairs vs. S-Track Massage Chairs

Basically, an L-Track (sometimes called an S/L-Track) covers more of your body, leading to a more comprehensive massage. If you think you want your chair to have glute and/or hamstring massage capabilities, opt for an L-Track.

S Track Massage Chairs

The S in an s track massage chair stands for “sinusoidal,” which is another way to say “wave.” These types of roller tracks follow the spine's curvature from the neck down to the lower back. In a way, they replicate the natural curvature of the spine for consistent contact and compression across the roller range.

L Track Massage Chairs

L Track massage chairs function just like S-Tracks but have an extended roller track. While the S-Track massage chairs go as far down as the lower back, the L-Track goes the distance, traveling down the Jutes or hamstrings. L-track chairs are great for people with sciatica, chronic hip pain, and pelvic muscle issues. Most massage chairs on the market have this type of track.

Which is Better?

L-Track or S-track massage chair? Well, it depends on your massage needs and your body's pain points. Neither superior to the other. If you want a longer track that covers more muscles in the body, the L-Track can be a perfect choice. But it comes on the pricy side. S-Track is a good choice for those who don't have pain or aches in the glutes, hips, and hamstrings. It's all about your preference and what experience you want to get from the massage chair.

Best L-Track Massage Chairs

Is that what you're after? Here are a couple of the best L track chair models we recommend!

Osaki OS Pro Admiral Massage Chair

The Osaki OS Pro Admiral Massage Chair has a modern design with a sleek look (so it'll look great in your living room!) and a comfortable feel, while offering a wide range of therapeutic capabilities.

Thanks to its L-Track roller, the OS Pro Admiral can massage you from neck to your glutes and upper hamstrings. Five massage techniques are available that make you completely relaxed while the 16 automatic programs provide therapeutic relief.

Cozzia Qi SE Massage Chair

Cozzia Qi SE Massage Chair is a great choice if you're looking to get real specific with your massages. In addition to an L-Track, it offers the ultimate adjustable technology so you can get a better, more tailored massage experience. It features Vario Motion™ mechanism which is known to provide the most human-like massage in the industry. It also features advanced reflexology, knee massage, and targeted heating technology. And to make it even better, it offers unique LED chromotherapy lighting that moves in patterns and changes colors depending on the option you choose.

Osaki OS-4D Pro Paragon

Not only does the Osaki OS-Pro 4D Paragon Massage Chair have an L-track roller, but it's heated too! Cue the instant relief. The latest Paragon massage chair upgrades were designed to integrate luxurious technology systems, including voice command, sleeker profile and temperature-customizable heated rollers on the footrest.

Shop for the Best Massage Chairs at Sleep First

Hesitant? Come try one out in store! With our signature zero pressure shopping experience, you can rest assured that the entire experience will be stress free. We're passionate about serving your needs rather than forcing you into something you don't want, and that applies to mattress chairs too. We promise to always take the time to listen to your needs and find the right chair for you, so you can walk away knowing you made the right choice.

When you're in the store (or online) shopping around, lots more questions might come up (that's another reason why it's helpful to talk with an expert!). We know a massage chair is an important investment, so don't be shy in asking anything that comes to mind! Curious about a specific chair? Need help deciding between chairs? Feel free to call, email or click the chat icon in the bottom corner of your screen-- we're here for you! Want the VIP treatment? You can also book a private shopping experience with a trained mattress professional, in a zero-pressure environment here.

Cozzia vs Osaki -Massage Chair Brand Comparison

On the surface, Cozzia and Osaki massage chairs seem pretty similar. Models from both brands offer zero gravity, 4D rollers, and multiple airbags for intension compression massage. Design-wise, are aesthetically pleasing. Osaki offers more color options - black, cream, brown, and charcoal - while Cozzia offers brown and black. Cozzia is slightly boxier than Osaki.

Osaki's extensive chair collection means there's a massage chair for any user from medical to recreational. Recreational users have access to feature-rich massage chairs for a natural massage sensation minus the hefty price tag. Therapeutic users can benefit fromcomfortable-deep tissue massage that Osaki's premium and medical-quality massage chairs offers them.

Cozzie and Osaki both offer a variety of chairs with extendable foot rollers and pre-set massage programs. Osaki massage chairs come with a 3-year standard manufacturer's warranty while Cozzia massage chairs come with a 2-year parts warranty.

Check out some of their common features:

  • 3D Massage: For a personalized massage, you can adjust the intensity of the massage chair rollers.
  • 4D Massage: 4D offers a deeper full body massage experience and reach than 3D, and can be especially beneficial for people with back and shoulder issues.
  • Airbags: Typically placed in areas that don’t have rollers. Airbags perform compression massage.
  • Air Ionizer: Clears the air of irritants, dust, and dander.
  • Body Scanning: Massage rollers can adjust and tailor the movement to hit your body's unique pressure points.
  • Bluetooth: Connect to speakers in the chair so you can enjoy soothing music or guided meditation.
  • Chromotherapy: Light therapy helps create a balance between your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energies.
  • L/S Track: Massage rollers follow your body's curvature and spine starting from the neck.
  • Memory Settings: Save a given number of custom massages on the memory.
  • Reflexology: Applies pressure to your soles and the top of your feet for complete relaxation.
  • Space Saving: Set up the massage chair a few inches from the wall and when it's running, it will go forward.
  • Voice Control: Use voice to select your auto-program options, specifically the massage technique and intensity of the compression.
  • Zero Gravity: Extends your knees and raises them above your chest, creating a feeling of weightlessness to help decompress the spine.

Not sure which luxury massage chair to buy?

If you're torn between different massage chair models or brands, visit our mattress store and speak to trusted massage chair specialists. They will give you a walkthrough of various options and help you find an L or S track massage chair that works best for you.

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