Best Massage Car Seat Cushions & Covers

    After a hard days work, you can help yourself relax and enjoy soothing pressure on the exact muscles of your body you wish to massage. All the massage car seat covers add comfort to your normal car seat and most importantly, provide you with a lovely soothing massage. If you want to help or sooth lower back pain, sore shoulders or a tight spots on your back, we can help you choose the best quality massage car seat cover for you.

    We have spent the last week looking in to the best massage car seat covers. I have had a little bit of lower back pain recently and with us driving around everywhere on long journeys, we thought this would be a great addition to the car. We continue to do a little bit of yoga in the mornings but nothing compares to getting the sore parts of your back, shoulders or neck massaged. Especially if this can all be done whilst driving to work.

    We've looked in to car seat cushions which can fit both car seats and seats and chairs in your home, so you can use them on your journeys or even in your home on the sofa or whilst sat at a table. Most come with both home power adapters and car cigarette lighter adapters. We highlight this in the reviews below so you can see which massage seat covers work in the car and at home.

    Some of the massage car seat covers that we go in to detail about also have heat functions as well as several massage modes and intensities. So if you are planning on buying a massage car seat cover, ask yourself, will you be using it through winter? You could purchase just one seat cover which does two jobs, both heats your body on cold days and also massages you. Maybe we have the best heated massage car seat cover for you below.

    There are 4 of the best heated and massage car seat covers with varying modes, intensities and coverage of massage area. We go through each one in detail and if you check the technical details you can see just what each massage cover can do for you.

     

    Comparison

    We had a great time reviewing and testing the best massage seat car cushions, why did we choose the Carmen as the best of the bunch?

    The Carmen and the Naipo both have great back massaging functions and both leave you feeling really comfortable after just a few minutes, less stressed and more relaxed. The reasons why Carmen came first is due to its cheaper price. It is able to fit all car seats and still be safe, the Naipo is just too strong of a massager (When not in a car, it wouldn't be a problem at all).

    If you are wanting a something a little bit softer and gentler on your back but still reach those knotted and tense areas, the Lifemax will be perfect for you. It is a very similar massage seat cushion to the HoMedics we reviewed but is slightly cheaper. Both would still be great additions to your car seat when you need help with de-stressing on your commute home.

    Review of Carmen Shiatsu Massage Car Seat Cushion

    In this review we check out the swish and stylish Carmen C90009 Shiatsu Massage Car Seat Cushion that is designed solely to sooth your back troubles away. 

    Carmen C90009 Shiatsu Massage Cushion

     

    Technical Details
    Rating
    4.1/5
    Price
    £££
    Massage area
    lower back
    upper back
    Massage modes
    4
    Intensity levels
    3
    Remote Control
    Yes
    Warranty
    Yes
    Warranty length
    3 years
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Brand
    Carmen
    Category
    massage
    universal
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Seat Position
    front
    passenger seat
    Weight
    4000 g
    Size
    single
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    Yes

    Fit

    The Carmen back massager works as efficiently as well as it conveys style, matching itself well to any vehicles interior. This back massaging cushion adds an extra bit of sophistication to any chair while addressing any back pain you have discreetly. The carmen back massaging cushion has an integrated cushioned headrest and is made from a soft man made material. It also comes with a mains and car charger making it very portable.

    The Carmen cushion can be attached using an integrated strapping system to any chair you like as long as it has access to a near charging point. This works well for regular car passengers that have back aches and pains that find car travel uncomfortable. It can be easily attached and re attached if changing between vehicles too.  I would not recommend attaching it to the drivers seat of the car and I will come on to why in the next section. 

    Carmen C90009 Shiatsu Massage Cushion full view

    Technology

    One of the key elements to this particular car seat cushion massager and why I would not recommend for use attached to the drivers seat of a car is the POWER. The cushion has four rolling massage nodes that massage deep into your back muscle tissue that many other massagers barely reach. There are many reasons for why deep tissue massage is beneficial including stress relief, reduce blood pressure and easing pain. A massager that provides deeper muscle massages can get to deeper areas of tissue that a gentler massage could not get to, helping resolve deeper tissue pain and make movement a little easier. Travelling in the car in particular can cause stress and discomfort for anyone who already has back pain, this massager will work wonders for a family member who has this particular daily pain.

    The cushion also comes with its own small remote control the buttons are quite small however it is straight forward to use. The adjustable settings include an on/off button and the ability to focus on your upper, lower back or both and to change the intensity level by 3. This cushion does lack variation in its manner of the vibration i.e not being able to change from a pulsatile to a kneading style but the vibration setting that the cushion does provide it does at an excellent standard.  If you are after a gentler,  help send you off to sleep massager this isn't for you.  As said already POWER is your top reason to buy this product. 

    Carmen C90009 Shiatsu Massage Cushion remote

     

     

     

     

    Pros
    • Smart looking cushion, will look good in any car
    • Comes with an easy to use remote control
    • Great for getting out tight knots in your back
    • Specifically designed to tackle back aches and pains
    • Strong massager, helpful for those with bad backs
    • Can target your lower or upper back separately or at the same time. 
    • Helps reduce stress
    Cons
    • Could be too powerful a massage for your personal preferance
    • Would not recommend for the driver due the strength and distraction of the vibration
    • Does not reach areas such as neck or thighs. 
    • No alternative options for vibration styles such a pulsative or kneading. 
    • Doesn't come with a heat function as well like others we have reviewed.
    Verdict

    Carmen provide you with a well made back massaging cushion that looks not only stylish but helps relief deep back muscle pain at a good value price. 

    Review of Naipo Shiatsu Heated Car Seat Massage Cushion

    The Naipo Shiatsu Massage Cushion is a high end, high quality full body massage cushion that can be used in a variety of day to day environments from your home, to your car to your office. The cushion has many options for you to customise it to suit you. Read further below for our review on the Naipo Shiatsu Massage Cushion. 

    Naipo Shiatsu Massager
    Technical Details
    User Guide & Manual File Download
    Rating
    4.3
    Price
    ££££
    Massage area
    lower back
    neck
    upper back
    Massage modes
    4
    Intensity levels
    3
    Remote Control
    Yes
    Warranty
    Yes
    Warranty length
    24 months
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Material
    padded
    polyester
    Brand
    Naipo
    Category
    heated
    massage
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Seat Position
    front & rear
    passenger seat
    Weight
    7000 g
    Size
    single
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    Yes

    Fit

    Naipo Shiatsu Massager in action

     

    The Naipo shiatsu cushion in itself is its own chair, it is firm and holds itself up allowing you to apply it to sit on it anywhere whether in your car, in your office or even on your sofa aslong as you have a power source nearby. The cushion comes with both a mains and a car charger.  The height of the chair is adjustable so that you can make sure the neck massager is reaching the right spot. The cushion is easily folded up and transportable allowing you to apply it it different seats through out the day with little hassle. 

    Technology

    Naipo Shiatsu Massage Cushion Heat

    The Naipo massager cushion is made from a good quality comfortable material with strong well put together stitches. There are three main cushion areas which you can control the level of vibration and heat separately to meet your own needs. After 15 minutes of enjoying your massage, the cushion will automatically switch off as part of its safety feature.  To make it further personable to you there is a remote control with a remote control holder attached to the right hand side of the chair. In comparison to other massage cushions you can really feel the vibrations making its shiatsu status in its title justifiable. 

    Pros
    • Well made design
    • Easily transportable
    • Quick set up
    • Easy to clean
    • Remote control included
    • Able to adjust the height of the massage
    • Provides a full body massage.
    • Strong heavy duty material
    Cons
    • Being a chair itself it does mean you will need to adjust your car seat a little further back 
    • The excellent but powerful massage can be distracting for driving therefore would better suit passengers than the driver
    • May be to strong a vibration for some. 
    • High end price
    Verdict

    The Naipo Shiatsu Massage Cushion is a high end cushion for a number of very good reasons, it is well designed, well made and provides the right about of personalisation for you to get the right massage you require. It proves to provide an easily portable massage device that can be installed quickly too. Due to the strength of the vibrations this does however mean you should not use while driving, however those travelling with you in the car especially family members you transport regularly who have aches and pains this would be perfect for. 

    Review of Lifemax Heated Back and Car Seat Massager

    The Lifemax heated back and seat massager aims to relieve any aches and pains around your hips, thighs and back. Not only can this massager to be used in your car, it can be used in the home and office too.

    Lifemax heated back and seat massager
    Technical Details
    User Guide & Manual File Download
    Rating
    3.8/5
    Price
    ££
    Massage area
    hips
    lower back
    thighs
    upper back
    Massage modes
    5
    Intensity levels
    4
    Remote Control
    Yes
    Warranty
    No
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Material
    padded
    polyester
    Brand
    Lifemax
    Category
    heated
    massage
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Seat Position
    front
    driver seat
    passenger seat
    Weight
    1700 g
    Size
    single
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    Yes

    Fit

    The lifemax seat and back heated massager is made to fit either your drivers seat or front passager seat. It comes with both a mains charger and car charger allowing you to also use the lifemax seat and back heated massager at home too. The massager comes with a connected strapping system to attach to many styles of seats and has what looks like long lasting comfortable cushion pads. 

    Technology

    The lifemax seat and back heated massager requires power from your cigarette lighter, this can cause problems if your car does not have one (for example some fiat pandas) and the wires connecting to the cigarette lighter are to the right hand side which does not make this easy if you are driving a right handed drive car which most people will be doing in the UK. If you alternatively decide to use it at home or at work there is a mains adaptor to plug into the mains, so you should be fine to move it from any seat in your home to your car if you have a long journey planned. The materal is made from a comfortable fake suede with three heated vibrational pads located at the back section of the cushion relieving any back ache and a further two heated vibrational pads located on the seat base which works well for your hips and thighs. 

    The lifemax seat and back heated massager also comes with an integrated timer option to adjust the timer length of heat and vibration from 15, 30 or 60 minutes long. The massager also allows for a person centred approach providing you with 5 different massage styles (pulse, kneading,auto, tapping and rolling) and 4 different intensities. The lowest intensity is very gentle therefore if you are looking for a seat with powerful vibrations I would advise you to look elsewhere as you will be required to turn this model up to its highest intensity to get power and with the power also comes a loud uncomfortable buzzing sound. If however a gentle vibration is all you require the lifemax works well.  

     

    Pros
    • Portable, can be moved easily between cars
    • Multiple vibration and intensity choices
    • Comes with a remote and inbuilt timer option
    • A great help if you are a car driver with back trouble 
    • Can be delivered quickly with amazon prime
    • Has dual purpose as both a massager and heated seat back cushion
    • Fire retardant

     

    Cons
    • The vibrations are very gentle, requiring you to turn the intensity up high for more noticable vibrations
    • It can become very loud when on its highest intensity level
    • Wires are on the right hand side being more suited to left hand drive cars
    Verdict

    The lifemax heated seat and back massager is multi purpose for car and home use, it covers massaging a number of areas that can help soothe aches and pains whether you suffer with back trouble normally or you are off on a long distance drive. Having a choice of different massage options allows it to be made tailored to your needs. What lets the seat down is if you do require a good powerful vibration, the noise that comes with having it on the highest intensity makes it less appealing. This massager would suit either a left hand drive car or a right hand drive car front passenger seat and someone who is after a choice of vibration styles but is content with a gentle type of vibration.

    Review of HoMedics 5 Motor Back Massager with Heat

    This is a review of the HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager. A mid range product giving you a comfortable portable massager for home and car seatings.

    HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager with Heat
    Technical Details
    User Guide & Manual File Download
    Rating
    3.8/5
    Price
    £££
    Massage area
    hips
    lower back
    neck
    shoulders
    thighs
    upper back
    Massage modes
    5
    Intensity levels
    5
    Remote Control
    Yes
    Warranty
    No
    Vehicle
    car
    suv
    truck
    van
    Material
    nylon
    padded
    Brand
    HoMedics
    Category
    heated
    massage
    Number of seats
    1 seats
    Seat Position
    front
    driver seat
    passenger seat
    Weight
    1400 g
    Size
    single
    Washable
    No
    Next Day Delivery
    No

    Fit

    The HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager is made to fit many types of chairs and is easily attached onto your car sit whether you are driving or not. The seat is made of a soft padded material that will help with aches and pains while driving. General wear and tear overtime may cause the cushion to become thin and for the vibration nodes to protrude, therefore I would recommend for occasional use. If you are a regular commuter or have troublesome back pain and looking for a long lasting massager. The massager uses a strap to keep it securely to your chair, with a reasonable 24 inches in height to the back cushion it also gives many the option of a neck massage too. 

     

    HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager with Heat  in car

    Technology

    The cushion has 5 in built vibration motors that target different areas of your back allowing you to turn on areas on at a time. If however you are fancying just to have the heat alone this isn't possible with this massager you need to turn at least one vibration mode to get the heat as well. Unlike higher end models you can adjust the intensity of the vibration but there is no variation in the style of vibration i.e. pulsative, tapping or kneading. The massager does provide gentle vibrations and with the remote control provided you can adjust the intensity and speed of the vibration, if you are looking for a deep massager you would need to put this onto the highest setting. The remote control is lightweight and simple to use. 

    HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager with Heat remote

     

    This is a 10 function car seat massager and we have put it as a 5 intensity levels and 5 modes in our technical details section.

    Pros
    • Good value for money
    • Helpful for those with back pain
    • Works well when you become tired on a long distance drive 
    • Comes with both a mains and car adapter
    • Produces gentle soothing vibrations with a further choice of strengths and speeds

     

    Cons
    • The heat function only works when one of the vibration modes in switched on
    • Overtime the filler cushion becomes compressed and uncomfortable to sit on 
    • Does not have shiatsu massage balls that move up and down they soley produce a vibration
    • There is only one choice of vibration style
    Verdict

    For occasional use the HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager is a great product, easily transportable, secure with lovely soothing vibrations and an ability to change the speed and intensity. Due to features that can deteriorate over time however if you are looking for a long lasting massager that gets deep into the muscles you would be better looking into a shiatsu massager product that has actual massage balls with a variety of vibration styles.