When a glowing customer review on Amazon described Gideon massage cushion as the “Cadillac of car seat massagers,” I was intrigued.
The said product–specifically Gideon™ Luxury Six-Program Customizable Massaging Cushion with Heat–isn’t as recognizable as those from more established brands like Homedics. Nonetheless, the high customer ratings convinced me that it’s worth looking into.
While other products in this category don’t offer anything beyond warm vibration, this Gideon massage cushion delivers deep-kneading massage and more. But even the best products have flaws.
In this comprehensive review, we’ll examine the Gideon massage cushion from every angle to let you decide whether it’s worth your hard-earned money.
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Who is it for?
Created by a New Jersey-based company, this Gideon massage cushion is reminiscent of the massage chairs you usually encounter in nail salons–but so much better. It has 3D massage nodes that rotate, move forward, and really dig into tight muscle knots.
The massage is best described as firm and a little bit aggressive. If you’re not into deep tissue massage because you have delicate back or thin body frame, this massage cushion might be too powerful for you.
On the bright side, it offers features previously seen only on luxury massage chairs. Whether you have limited budget or still saving up for those humongous massage chairs, this product is a good starting point.
Gideon™ Luxury Six-Program Customizable Massaging Cushion with Heat is recommended for those who spend a lot of time sitting. These include students, professionals who work from home like writers, and employees who spend long hours driving to their workplace.
It’s also a terrific solution for those suffering from muscle spasms due to stress or strenuous exercises.
*Four rotating 3D massage nodes work deeply on muscle tissues and mimic the actions of a therapist’s hands. They move up and down the back, providing shiatsu-style massage that penetrates the muscle tissues.
*Choose from three pre-set massage programs that target different zones: Full back, upper back, or lower back.
*Rolling massage through the upward and downward movements of the massage nodes effectively roll out the tension on your back muscles. Users can also adjust the width, allowing the nodes to move either outwards or inwards.
*Dual speed setting enables you to choose how fast the massage nodes move. Choose between low or high speed.
*Spot massage feature positions the massage nodes on a specific part of the back. Simply press the arrow downward or upward to guide the massage nodes on which spot you want them to work on.
*Massage intensity can easily be customized by adjusting how hard you lean against the massage nodes.
*Optional heat function provides a gentle warmth that further relaxes the muscle and increases blood circulation. It works simultaneously with either shiatsu or rolling massage.
*Vibration massage on the seat cushion provides additional relaxation for your glutes and thighs. Choose from 3 levels of vibration.
*Auto shut-off timer which you can set to direct how long the massage will last before the unit cools down. Tree timer options to choose from: five, ten, or fifteen minutes.
*Includes Home AC adapter (UL Listed), Car DC adapter (UL Listed), and an owner’s manual.
Shipping Weight: 9.1 pounds
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⊕Comes with a limited 3-year product warranty.
⊕It is equipped with very strong motors which provide intense massage that doesn’t weaken even when you press your body weight against it.
⊕The strong massage actions of the nodes and the vibration only create low hum noise that is relatively quiet and not too distracting.
⊕It gives off decent heat that works both on the seat and the back.
⊕Versatile enough that you can use the massage cushion in the car, while sitting in any chair or sofa, and even while lying down in bed (see photo above).
⊕Tethered remote control allows you to adjust the massage settings conveniently. Controls are intuitive and easy to use even by the elderly. It also has a demo button which you can click to experience a pre-programmed massage that shows what the device is capable of.
⊕Although there’s no button to adjust massage intensity, you can customize the experience by controlling how hard you lean against the massage cushion.
⊕Spot massage is one of its best features as it enables you to choose which specific area in your back to be massaged.
⊗Heat function is a bit on the weak side and only works when the massage is activated.
⊗This is not a neck massager. The massage nodes barely reach the neck area, especially if you’re 5’10” or taller.
⊗It doesn’t have enough padding so when the massage is turned off, you can really feel the hard plastic massage nodes. Although you can sit on it when not using the massage, it will be a bit uncomfortable.
⊗Taller users over 6 feet or even those who are at least 5’7″ won’t enjoy upper massage that much. The massage nodes won’t reach the top of the shoulders and only stop between the lower shoulder blade area.
The Bottom Line.
There are so much to praise about the Gideon™ Luxury Six-Program Customizable Massaging Cushion with Heat. In addition to vibration, it also offers deep, penetrating massage for the back that varies between rolling and shiatsu. Spot massage and its overall versatility are also among its biggest selling points.
This is not the massage cushion for those who prefer vibration or light massage. This baby massages vigorously and works wonders to those who like deep tissue massage.
If there’s anything it should improve on, that will be its lackluster neck massage and heat function. I also would like to see more pre-programmed settings aside from the demo mode.
Other Massage Cushions Worth Trying:
Zyllion ZMA-14-BK Shiatsu Massage Cushion With Heat (Rating: 4.0/5)
Naipo Shiatsu Neck And Full Back Massage Seat Cushion (Rating: 3.6/5)
Homedics Shiatsu 2-in-1 Back And Shoulder Massage Cushion (Rating: 3.3/5)
Homedics MCS-775H Air Compression And Shiatsu Massage Cushion (Rating: 3.2/5)