Forever Rest FR-6KSL Massage Chair
Ease Of Use
The Forever Rest FR-6KSL is an affordable standard recliner with well-implemented features, such as an S+L track, Zero-G seating, and lumbar heat. It’s suitable for hobbyists looking for relaxation or for those who suffer from chronic back pain.
Buying a massage chair is a big investment. You certainly want to ensure you get exactly what you want for the price, but navigating through all of those features can be daunting.
Quad rollers? 3D body scan? What do these words even mean?
Help is on the way with our FR-6KSL massage chair review. This is a highly rated recliner, and we cover all that it has to offer! Let’s dive in.
FR-6KSL Massage Chair Design Overview
Forever Rest is a brand making waves with its high-quality, affordable massage chairs.
While many models dazzle with fancy extras (that jack up the price), they prove that you don’t need to pay big bucks to relax in style.
The FR-6KSL massage chair is a prime example. It falls in the low range of the price spectrum, but reviews rave about the comfort, ease of use, and therapeutic benefits it offers.
We’ll learn all about what this chair can do later when we talk about the features, but let’s start with the overall design.
The dimensions of this chair are 44.5 X 29.5 X 44.5 inches, and it weighs 216 pounds. The ottoman extends to accommodate taller folks, stretching out an extra 9”, which is considerably longer than the average 6” of most chairs.
You can also adjust the width of the backrest, which is something you don’t see very often. There are three adjustable widths to choose from, so you can find the most comfortable position for your upper body- a perk for those with back and shoulder pain.
Forever Rest made sure to include Space Saving Technology, so fitting this big boy in your house or apartment isn’t a debacle. And honestly, we were impressed with it. You can fully recline with a 3” clearance from the wall.
For comparison, you’re lucky to find less than 5” of clearance with high range models, so for this price, you’re getting great value here.
Moving on to the features, you’ll find the Forever Rest massage chair to be bare-bones, but those bones are strong.
To be clear, you get an average feature set with a few cutting-edge functions to boost the therapeutic value.
But what matters most at the end of the day is that the quality is excellent, and many people love how the massage of this recliner feels. Let’s take a look.
S+L Hybrid Massage Track and Quad Roller System
The most important feature you’ll want to pay attention to is the massage track and roller system since this technology is the reason for your interest in a massage chair, right?
There are 3 primary types of massage tracks:
- The S-Track: This track starts at the base of the neck and follows the spine’s natural curve to the lumbar region.
- The L- Track: This track starts at the base of the neck, extending down the back and underneath the seat to massage the glutes.
- The S+L Track: This is a hybrid of the two tracks above, and is the industry standard.
The Forever Rest massage chair has the top-of-the-line S+L track that you’ll find with high-end chairs, so you can expect a full-body massage that doesn’t miss any area of the body.
Quad rollers (four rollers) move up and down along the track, squeezing and kneading on either side of the spine.
The quad rollers are better than the basic dual roller system but not as phenomenal as 3D or 4D rollers. With 3D or 4D, the rollers move up, down, horizontal, and in/out to simulate human hands.
It’s closer to a lifelike massage than quads can offer, but not to worry- you’ll still get a deep, relaxing massage with this chair.
Some reviews have even found the rollers to be too intense on the lower back, but this can be fixed by sticking a folded towel between your body and the backrest.
Another plus that we liked with the FR-6KSL is how quiet it operates. It’s a pleasant touch that some chairs don’t take into account. After all, part of relaxing is enjoying the peace!
Forever Rest made this possible with what they call a “lightweight smart mechanism” that puts less pressure on the motors. This supposedly reduces the noise and wear n’ tear for longer motor life.
Body Scan Smart Detect
The Forever Rest FR-6KSL also comes with a 3D Body Scan, a common feature you’ll find on many chairs on the market.
It scans the user’s body once they sit down for a massage, taking note of their dimensions and automatically adjusting the rollers to their body.
This ensures that all pressure points get hit, and no area is left out of the massage.
It sounds good on paper, but this technology has a reputation for not being fully accurate. Most mid to high-range chairs give you the option to manually adjust after the 3D scan.
Low range chairs either don’t offer a 3D scan, or there’s no way to adjust after the scan. We were happy to see that Forever Rest gave us something clever (and easy) to work with.
After the scan is complete, a beeping noise lets users know that they can further tweak the roller position by simply holding a button down until the rollers reach the desired height.
That little bit of flexibility gives you more freedom to customize your massage experience, which always wins brownie points!
Zero Gravity Seating
One of the most popular features on the market today is Zero Gravity Seating, and you’ll see low, mid, and high-range chairs with this option.
But what’s so special about it?
The chair reclines at an angle where your legs are elevated above your heart. In this position, all pressure is released from your joints, and you feel weightless.
Inspired by NASA, Zero-G seating offers numerous therapeutic benefits, including pain relief, stress relief, and improved blood circulation.
What makes a chair with Zero Gravity Seating stand out is the number of positions offered. If low range chairs have this feature at all, you’ll see one position- and that’s where the Forever Rest massage chair stands.
Mid to high-range chairs will offer at least 2-3 positions. We would’ve liked to see at least two positions with the FR-6KSL, but for the price, we’ll take one.
Heat is always an indulgent treat with massage chairs, and we’re happy to report that the FR-6KSL has a heating element in the lumbar region.
This is great news for those who suffer from chronic back pain. When you combine the deep roller massage with the airbags and heat- you’ve got one helluva therapy session going on.
Unfortunately, there’s no heat in the footwells, and this is something you see with many other chairs on the market.
FR-6KSL Massage Programs
Now for everyone’s favorite…the massages. This is the true test of any massage chair. Can the Forever Rest FR-6KSL hang with the best?
We think so, and so do reviewers, some of which have said that since purchasing this chair, they haven’t had to go to the chiropractor as much.
The features are implemented with precision to deliver an invigorating massage with therapeutic merits. And even though this is a standard ergonomic recliner, there is enough auto and manual programming to find something you like.
The Forever Rest massage chair utilizes 6 different techniques:
- Kneading/Tapping (combination)
This is similar to what you’ll see with other chairs on the market, although it’s nice when more than one advanced technique is offered. In this case, you get Shiatsu for deep tissue massage, and for the price- we’ll take it.
Nine auto programs allow you to slide into the chair, hit a button on the remote, and float away on a cloud in a heartbeat.
- Quick relaxation
- Music Sync
If you like to build your massage from scratch using a mix of your favorite techniques, the FR-6KSL has a diverse array of options for you to get creative- and it’s a high point for this recliner.
One thing we noticed is the inclusion of 5 speeds. It’s rare to see that number of options, as three speeds are the average for most chairs.
Here are some of the manual options:
- Adjust the techniques
- Adjust the speed (5 levels)
- Adjust the width
- Whole massage (deep tissue massage on a large area)
- Partial massage (deep tissue massage on a small area)
- Pinpoint massage (Targets a specific area on demand)
To make your massage even more stress-free, there’s a built-in timer that will automatically shut off the chair if you fall asleep. How cool is that?
Now, let’s take a look at some of the most popular massage programs the FR-6KSL offers.
This type of massage is administered through multiple airbags located throughout the chair. The user can choose the intensity level, and the bags inflate, compressing the muscles.
This is a lighter massage aimed at relaxing the body and mind. It can be likened to curling up in a fluffy cloud. No wonder people love the air massage!
And Forever Rest does a fantastic job with its air acupressure design. There are multi-layer airbags that envelop the arms, hands, shoulders, legs, and feet.
You can choose from 5 different intensity levels and independently control the areas where you want the air massage, such as Full Body, Upper Body, or Legs/Feet.
While some users love the intensity of the airbags, some reviews have stated that it’s too intense. This is preferential, of course, but if you are a person who doesn’t like being hugged “too tightly,” then this might make you feel uncomfortable.
A quality foot/calf massage is crucial to alleviate pain for people who are on their feet for long hours. When choosing a massage chair, the ultimate therapeutic combo includes mechanical rollers, airbags, and heat in the footwells.
With the FR-6KSL, you get mechanical rollers that administer a Shiatsu scrape massage, which stimulates blood circulation and promotes healing.
There’s no heat, and this is something we consider a drawback. The heat feels heavenly on the legs and feet during a massage, and numerous chairs offer this besides lumbar heat.
As well, some reviews have mentioned that the airbags feel too tight around the legs, turning a blissful massage into a painful situation if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like feeling constricted.
FR-6KSL Massage Chair Accessories
We were surprised to see how many accessories accompany the Forever Rest massage chair, especially for the price.
It has Bluetooth speakers to connect your smartphone if you like to listen to soothing music during your massage.
But what tickled our fancy was the chromotherapy LED lights. You can turn the lights off in the room and calm your mind with the hypnotic glow of soft colored lights.
The FR-6KSL also comes with an LCD remote, boasting a large clear screen that makes it easy to navigate and learn the settings.
With just the right amount of features and massage programs, the learning curve isn’t too strenuous- that’s one of the pluses to choosing a standard chair over a fancy one.
FR-6KSL Massage Chair Pros vs. Cons
- User friendly
- S+L Hybrid Track
- 3D Body Scan
- 9 auto programs
- Manual programming
- Lumbar heat for back pain
- Air massage might be too intense for some
- Only one Zero-G position
- No heat in footwells
As you can see, the pros heavily outweigh the cons of the FR-6KSL massage chair. Its best attribute is that it is reliable, and the massage techniques are delivered with precision.
You won’t have to spend your time fiddling with the remote trying to learn how the thing works. It’s a standard setup with a limited feature set, so you can choose an auto program and start relaxing immediately.
There are also enough customization options to keep you busy, and we especially like how you can choose exactly where you want the massage with the Partial and Pinpoint functions.
The S+L track is long, so if you did tons of squats at the gym, your thighs and booty are covered by the quad rollers.
Forever Rest once again did a great job of giving users the most sought-after features at an affordable price. Sure, there will always be some drawbacks, but we consider them preferential and minimal with this chair.
Some users may find the air massage too intense, but at least there are 5 intensity levels to try.
As well, the Zero Gravity seating is limited to one position, and some people with chronic back pain might find this limiting, especially when there are plenty of other chairs that offer 2-3 positions.
Still, this is an excellent recliner that gives you a phenomenal bang for your buck.
We recommend this chair for…
- Hobbyists who want to relax and de-stress after a long day
- People with chronic back pain who may benefit from the lumbar heat
- People who want the most popular features on the market for a steal
Forever Rest further earns our trust with a stellar 5-year warranty on the framework and a 3-year warranty on parts.
After reading through our review, perhaps you want to do some more soul searching. No worries- we’ve listed a few massage chairs for comparison that fall into the same price range, with varying features you might prefer.
Mynta Massage Chair
\For a recliner around the same price but with more variety, check out Mynta. It has an S+L track but is equipped with industry-standard 3D rollers. It also has 3 Zero-G positions instead of one.
iRest A303 Shiatsu Massage Chair
This chair falls into the same price range as the FR-6KSL, with a similar feature set. It takes a more therapeutic approach with lumbar heat, air massage, and a new tech called Spin Massage Therapy for boosting organ health.
Real Relax Favor-03 Massage Chair
For under $1000, you can score a recliner that offers many of the same features as the FR-6KSL but is more suited towards the larger crowd and those who suffer from chronic foot pain. It accommodates a max weight of 400 pounds and has heating in the footwells.
FR-6KSL Massage Chair Review Conclusion
This massage chair offers cutting-edge features that transform a bland massage into an outstanding one, with plenty of customization options to let users finetune their sessions. We love the quiet operation of the track motor, as well as the quality of the deep tissue massage.
To conclude this FR-6KSL Massage Chair Review, you may not get a ton of fancy features, but you do get quality and reliability for a competitive price. That’s why it’s ideal for hobbyists who may not need intense therapeutic value but want to fully relax in a recliner built to last.
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