Inada’s modus operandi is to introduce new chairs that are not just a tweak to an existing model but to present models that boast some new feature(s) or function(s) that we’ve never before seen in the massage chair industry. Inada has always been known as a pioneer of massage chair features.
The new Inada Yume massage chair is no different in that it features two things that I’ve never seen before in the massage chair industry: rocking and elliptical calf massage.
I’ll talk about those two new features in part II of this article, but here, in Part I, I want to give my first impressions of this new offering from Inada.
The first thing I noticed about the Inada Yume…
At first glance, you can’t help but notice that the Inada Yume chair is quite a bit smaller than the Inada predecessor, the Sogno Dreamwave Plus. It is shorter and narrower (but, then again, most massage chairs are compared to the Sogno!). But, this chair is small in comparison to most other manufacturer’s models. It is not tiny, by any means, just smaller which means it will fit into smaller spaces a little better, which is the complaint of many a massage chair shopper.
It only comes in black and red colors, the red being a bright red and not a maroon or burgundy color.
It has LED lighting on the outside of each side of the ottoman, which apparently is cool if you shut off all the lights in the room while you are using the chair. The changing colors of the lights will illuminate your room and is supposed to create a more relaxing atmosphere. You can’t see the lights from the seated position in the chair, thus the shutting off of the lights in the room.
The Inada Yume does not have a foot massage feature. It is purely calf massage in the leg area. Once you see how the calf massage operates, you will understand why the chair does not have a foot massage feature.
There is not an airbag arm massage function in the Inada Yume. This is a departure from Inada’s last two models, the Inada Sogno and the Doctor’s Choice 3a chairs. Some would argue that arm massage is “fluff” anyways so I guess it is a personal preference if you think it is important or not.
The rolling mechanism of the Inada Yume is firm but very, very comfortable. It felt quite different from the other Inada chairs, but I really enjoyed the roll. There is a neck stretching pillow where you will lay your head. When your massage program begins you will notice airbags in that pillow inflate and push down one shoulder and then the other. It is quite an interesting feature, but if you want good old-fashioned roller massage in your neck, you are going to have to manipulate the chair a bit to get that. Here is how we figured it out…
You will have to lift the neck stretching pillow out of the way (up and over the back of the chair) and then recline the chair fully. Then click on the roller feature in the manual settings. Then move the rollers as high as you can. At this point you will get a fantastic roller neck massage. You won’t get this in a more inclined chair position, especially if you are taller.
Airbags in the seat of the Inada Yume are very similar to those of the Inada Doctor’s Choice 3A massage chair. One side inflates and then the other to mimic a rotation motion of the pelvis. I think this is a great feature since low back rotation is not addressed in many massage chairs. Most chairs only push you forward. I like this feature a lot.
Part II will discuss the rocking motion and elliptical calf massage function of the new Inada Yume massage chair.