If you’ve ever experienced a great massage, either professional or otherwise, you understand the therapeutic benefits of massage. A good massage can be relaxing, tension relieving, stress minimizing, therapeutic, etc. So, it is no wonder that many people want to be able to experience these benefits within their own home and this can be achieved by purchasing a quality massage chair.
One of the best massage chair companies around is Kahuna. Kahuna chairs are popular because of the many features offered with each model and their relatively affordable price given all of the features provided. Two of the most popular models are the LM6800 and the SM7300, so we wanted to find out what the significant features of each chair are as well as the major differences between the two models. Read on to see what we found!
Kahuna LM6800 Product Description
The Kanuna LM6800 is rated within the Top 10 massage chairs of 2019 by mymassagechairs.com. The chair features highly advanced massaging features and includes a full coverage L-track system.
It includes massaging nodes that are designed to replicate the hand motions of a professional masseuse. You can also customize your massage by incorporating different massage elements such as speed, motion, and massage type.
One of the main features of the Kahuna LM6800 is a full-body stretching using unique yoga massage programs. The stretching program pulls the user’s body to the point where sensation increases thus providing an intense massage experience.
The next main feature is called the SH-Chiro massage which is designed to specifically focus on the spinal cord of the user. The SH-Chrio creates gentle pressure to eliminate negative nerve energy within the spine. This is accomplished by placing the user in a preset angled position while gently massaging.t
Roller Massage L-track
L-track technology was mentioned above and primarily refers to the built-in massage rollers that work in an L-shaped pattern. The L-shaped motion the rollers work in is designed to provide a massage that decompresses any stress points trapped in trouble areas such as the neck, back, and buttocks.
The L-track roller massage is a deep-tissue massage that starts at the neck of the user and goes all the way down to the lower back and thighs. The motion of the rollers loosens up muscles that are tense due to strained nerves and thus, improves posture due to increased blood flow.
There are five different massage techniques programmed into the Kahuna LM6800: rolling, tapping, kneading, Shiatsu, and a combo technique. The massage intensity, length, speed, and use of heat are all features that are adjustable as well.
The airbag massage techniques programmed into the Kahuna LM6800 is a truly unique feature in which air cells that are placed within the chair inflate and deflate automatically. The process creates a motion much like that of stretching and twisting and creates a relaxing experience that is not found in other massage chairs.
- Space Efficiency – Most massage chairs require a certain amount of free space around them in both the front and back so they can recline and not run into any obstructions. The Kahuna LM6800 only requires 4 inches of free space in the back of the chair to operate.
- Feet Area – The Kahuna LM6800 features foot rollers and additional foot padding.
- Body Scanner – The Kahuna LM6800 features a built-in body scanner so that the chair knows how to customize your massage to fit your body.
- Storage – There is a separate holder for remotes on the chair to provide further convenience to the user.
- Assembly – The chair is delivered unassembled and can be difficult to assemble. Users report needing more than one person and a good amount of time, and patience, to complete assembly.
- Warranty – The warranty offered is limited for three years rather than a premium warranty.
- No Memory – There is not a feature that allows the user to store their manual massages.
Kahuna 7300 Product Description
The Kanuna SM7300 massage chair is known as the “Top Performance Kahuna Superior Massage Chair” on the Top 10 Massage Chairs list of 2019 by mymassagechairs.com. This chair’s multitude of highly advanced features sets it apart from all competitors.
The Kahuna SM7300 includes a vast range of preset features built in that are designed to mimic the hand motions of a professional masseuse. You can also customize your massage by incorporating different massage elements such as speed, motion, and massage type.
The preset massage settings on the Kahuna SM7300 are designed by professional masseuses and medical personnel to achieve the best results possible. There are nine automatically set massage programs; five of them are considered standard and can be found in other massage chairs. However, the other four are considered premium and exclusive to Kahuna massage chairs.
The four premium massage programs are each designed to achieve one of the following results; rejuvenation, refresh, recovery, or relief. All of these premium auto massages are based on a zero-gravity position to achieve optimal results.
Advanced SL-Track Rollers
The SL-track rollers system is comprised of 6 rollers working together, each working toward helping recovery within the spine which increases Lymphatic flow due to the loosening of compressed nerves. The SL-track rollers begin at the neck and glide all the way down the back to the thighs in vertical massage motions.
The Kahuna SM7300 allows users to create and customize different massage programs based on their specific needs or moods. Users can target a specific area, the intensity of the massage, the time period of the massage, and the motions the nodes make. Kneading, tapping, and knocking are three of the six that are available.
There are a whopping 32 airbags integrated into the Kahuna SM7300’s design. The air cells are spread out to deliver that full-body massage feeling to any area of the body. For example, there are air cells inside the armrests which provide relaxing acupressure points.
The air bags are ideal for a more subtle massage rather than a deep tissue massage. If used frequently, these types of massages can release strain or tension that is trapped within the body.
The zero-gravity program that is integrated into the Kahuna SM7300 increases the healing and recovery of the user due to increased blood flow as a result of a balanced body posture.
The Kahuna SM7300 has leg extensions that combine air cells with different massaging techniques such as rolling and scraping to target nerve endings within the feet and lower calves.
- Warranty – Comes with a 2-year premium warranty.
- Space Efficiency – Most massage chairs require a certain amount of free space around them in both the front and back so they can recline and not run into any obstructions. The Kahuna SM7300 only requires 3 inches of free space in the back of the chair to operate.
- Length of Massage – The Kahuna SM7300 allows for a 30-minute continuous massage.
- Accu-Point Detection – Much like the body scan feature on the LM6800 but more advanced, the Accu-point detection scan is embedded within the chair.
- Size – The chair comes with manual extensions to accommodate users up to 6’5″ tall and 320 lbs.
- Intensity – The Kahuna SM7300 is only recommended for those who are looking for deep and intense massages. The strength of the chair and its 35 air cells may be too much for some users.
- No Memory – There is not a feature that allows the user to store their manual massages.
- Heat Therapy – This feature is limited to only the back area.
- Thighs – This chair, surprisingly lacks an adequate thigh massage.
|Types of Massage||Shiatsu, Kneading, Rolling, Tapping, Tapping/Kneading||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, Tapping/Kneading|
|Massage Zones||Neck, Shoulders, Low Back, Hips, Feet, Back, Waist||Shoulders, Side Seat, Low Back, Neck, Hips, Feet, Back, Waist|
|Number of Massage Rollers||4||6|
|Massage Cycle Time||15 min.||30 min.|
|Warranty||3 Years Limited||2 Years Full|
|Heating||Lower back, legs||Back|
|Air Bags||Shoulder, Feet||Waist, Shoulder, Thigh, Feet|
|Massage Cycle Time||15 min.||30 min.|
|Colors||Brown||Coffee/Black, Dark Brown/Black|
|Power Consumption (Watts)||230W||200W|
|Dimensions-Upright (L” x W” x H”||66 x 30 x 35||51 x 29 x 49|
Why Do You Want a Massage Chair?
Before even looking for different types of massage chairs you should know the reason(s) you are looking for one. The reason(s) you are purchasing a massage chair will dictate what you want out of your massage chair.
Reduced Pressure – A good massage chair can help reduce pressure on the nerves in your back and along your spine thus relieving back pain.
Endorphin Release – A massage can release endorphins into your body which can improve your mood and alleviate stress.
Spinal Alignment – Many massage chairs relax the muscles along the spine which allows the spine to lengthen and realign itself.
Better Posture – Since the massage chair may alleviate pain and reduce pressure in your nerves, you may find yourself standing a little taller or slouching less.
Rehabilitation – Your physical therapist may recommend a massage chair to target a specific area that was previously injured as a part of your rehab.
Massage Chair Size
Most models tend to be large and can be obstructive anywhere in your home. Making sure you have enough space in your home is an important thing to consider when purchasing a massage chair. The Kahuna models mentioned above have taken this into consideration and require very little space around them in order to function.
It is also important to consider the size of the person(s) that will be using the chair. Be sure you buy a chair that is large enough and holds enough weight for the user. On the other hand, don’t buy a chair that is so large that it is too big for the people using it.
If space is an issue for you, you may want to consider a chair that is more of an office style chair that does not recline. However, these types of chairs will not offer many of the benefits that reclaining chairs do.
Recliner massage chairs usually offer leg and foot massages as well, which is a feature many users want. If you choose a recliner, it is suggested to choose one that has multiple recline settings so you can customize each massage.
Some massage chairs only offer a vibration feature while some only offer kneading rollers. However, most higher end massage chairs, such as the Kahuna models reviewed above, provide a wide variety of massage styles and techniques. Some of these are rolling, kneading, Shiatsu, Swedish, and deep tissue. Also, many models feature airbags that apply pressure to different areas of the body.
While the most important area of the massage chair is the back, you may be looking for more of a full body massage. If this is the case, you will want to find a chair that includes leg and foot massage functions like the Kahuna models above. Some chairs also massage arms and wrists if you desire.
Almost every model of massage chair has rollers that provide the massage action, but not all rollers are the same. You will want to check into the height and width of the rollers to see how extensive the range is. You want to be sure the rollers reach all areas of your back.
The power of a massage chair is determined by the motors on the chair. We recommend that you find a chair with 6 – 12 motors. However, just because a chair has more motors doesn’t mean it is the better choice. Look for chairs with high-quality motors so they perform well and last long.
Heated massage chairs offer a more effective massage than those that are not heated because heat loosens the muscles. Loosened muscles are more responsive to therapy and are more pliable.
Zero gravity massage chairs put the body in a neutral position that negates the effect of gravity by raising the legs above the heart. This removes pressure from the spine and the user feels weightless as a result. This zero gravity position causes the user to relax and thus makes the massage more effective.
High-end massage chairs such as the Kahuna models above have a feature that scans the body to detect its position in the chair. It combines the knowledge of the position of the body, the alignment of the spine, and areas that have tense muscles to adjust the rollers and provide the user with the most effective massage.
The Kahuna LM6800 and the SM7300 are top of the line massage chairs that offer any features you could want in a massage chair. Both chairs offer a wide variety of massage techniques, different intensities, a zero gravity position, heated sections, and many other popular features. There are some minor differences between the two modes, the most glaring being the price difference. Regardless of which model you choose, you cannot go wrong with a either the Kahuna LM6800 or SM7300.