Imagine your perfect relaxed evening. You’ve just come home from a busy day in the office and you’re feeling stressed, tired and sore from typing and staring at a screen all day. Then you remember that you are fortunate enough to own a massager.
So you go and put on the kettle and brew yourself a nice cup of tea. You grab your massager and you slip it around your neck and shoulders. And then you sit back and you let the device go to town, kneading and heating your sore shoulders and back while you sit back and cradle your cup of tea with your favorite program on the television.
That’s why we love massagers and why, frankly, we’ve been having a fantastic time reviewing them over the past few weeks. This is something you could enjoy yourself at home whenever you want to as well, you just need to pick the massager that’s right for you.
Could it be the HoMedics NMS-375?
The HoMedics NMS-375 is a massager that is worn around the shoulders. This is one of the best configurations in our opinion as it is so easy to pick up and use whenever you need it. Many massagers work by strapping onto a chair and then letting you sit on them as you would do any normal seat. This one is very different because you can use it in any position and on any kind of chair as well!
The HoMedics NMS-375 is also a great design in its own right, with useful hand loops to relax your arms or to let you apply more pressure. It also has built in controls, which allows you to easily change the settings while you are using it, rather than having to take it off.
The only thing we’re not too keen on in terms of the design is the actual look of the thing. For some reason, HoMedics has decided to go with a brown and light green colorscheme which really doesn’t do it for us! When it’s wrapped around your neck you won’t see it anyway though…
As for the actual functionality, this massager has two nodes that include a heating effect. The massager also lets you pick from three different options: shiatsu, vibrating or combined. That means that you can enjoy a kneading massage, or a more basic, relaxing vibration and choose whether or not you want to add in relaxing heat as well.
Pros and Cons
The design of this massager is a great pro. The HoMedics NMS-375 is easy to use wherever you are and can be enjoyed while watching the TV or even while walking around! The big limitation in that regard though is the fact that this is a wired massager. That of course means you need to be plugged in, which means you’ll need to be near to a power outlet at all times. This means you can’t wonder quite as freely as you otherwise might have liked to but that’s not a problem depending on where you intend to use the device.
Of course the design is also limited in some respects and means you will need to be happy with this type of usage. If you like the idea of being able to sit back and get a full body massage, then you might want to consider a massage chair or pad instead. Bear in mind of course though, that this can also be worn around the waist or even used to massage the feat!
On the whole, this is a difficult device to criticise. The lack of battery is a bit disappointing and yes, the colorscheme is unusual. But for the price, you are getting a lot of great functionality here: not only getting to benefit from the heating but also shiatsu and vibration massages. The form factor is also perfect for relaxing and enjoying a massage on your own and in our reviews, we found it to be particularly comfortable the way it fits around the neck.
As long as you are happy to be near a power outlet then, this is one of the best massagers in terms of value for money as well as convenience.