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The Fujita SMK9700 comes equipped with features specific users will love like a head massage band and 2D/3D intensity adjustments. However, the lack of user reviews and brand recognition could be a downside for some users.
There’s not much information about the Fujita SMK9700 massage chair on the internet. And there are few Fujita SMK9700 massage chair reviews. But that doesn’t mean there’s no information out there to help you get a sense of this model.
In this Fujita SMK9700 massage chair review, we’re walking you through the latest information about this model.
By the end, you’ll know if this massage chair is a good investment or if your money would be better spent elsewhere.
Let’s get started!
Features of the Fujita SMK9700 Massage Chair
Body Scan Technology
Body scan technology is expected on any mid- to high-end massage chair. Without it, the roller range is based on a standard height or must be adjusted manually.
The body scan on the Fujita SMK9700 massage chair uses pressure sensors that digitally “map” your back to measure your height (shoulder position) and the length of your spine. The chair then uses that information to customize the massage range — how high the rollers hit relative to your shoulders — to give you a custom-fit massage.
The technology is a little more advanced than what you find on entry-level chairs in that it detects more than just the position of your shoulders.
Once the scan is complete, a roller massage begins, which brings us to our next feature…
The Fujita SMK9700’s 50-inch L-Track.
SO YOU MAY BE WONDERING… WHAT IS AN L-TRACK?
In massage chair terminology, a track is the hardware in the backrest that the rollers move along as they massage. There are three major types: straight, S-Track, and L-Track.
Straight tracks are linear from top to bottom. But since your back isn’t perfectly straight, straight tracks tend to only be found on lower-end or entry-level massage chairs.
S-Tracks, on the other hand, are “S” shaped and designed to replicate the natural shape of your spine. S-Tracks are the standard on any high-quality massage chair since they’re able to keep consistent contact and pressure across curvy areas like your neck and lower back.
L-Tracks are a different style altogether. They pick up where S-Tracks end and extend into the seat of the chair. So if a chair is an “L-Track massage chair” it’s also technically an “S-Track massage chair” since both track types are used. L-Tracks add up to an additional 15 or more inches to the massage range and allow the rollers to treat areas like the glutes and hamstrings.
The 50-inch L-Track on the Fujita SMK9070 reaches from the top of your neck all the way to the tips of your hamstrings.
3D Quad Rollers
The rollers that move along the track are quad, which means they have four roller heads — two on either side of your spine. The quad-style rollers are designed to replicate the intricate wrist movements of a massage therapist and feel like two pairs of thumbs and fingers.
On the Fujita SMK9070, the advanced massage movements include neck grasping, rolling around the shoulder blade, and pressing along the trapezius. So rather than moving directly from the back to the neck, the rollers are programmed to move in a “J” shape which allows them to extend over the tops of your shoulders to treat the trapezius muscle and the sides of the neck.
Another interesting aspect of the rollers is that they can change from 2D to 3D using a button on the remote. In 2D, the rollers move in two ways: horizontally and vertically. In 3D, they move in three and have the extra dimension of depth, which is how deep the rollers penetrate into the back. This feature makes it easy for mild and deep tissue massage enthusiasts alike to customize a massage to their liking.
The rollers perform four main massage techniques. Although limited in terms of variety, they do cover basic shiatsu-style massage movements. The techniques are:
Air Massage Technology
In addition to roller massage, the Fujita SMK9700 features full body air massage that treats the head, outer shoulders, seat, thighs, hips, arms, hands, calves, and feet.
While many of the airbags on the Fujita SMK9700 are programmed to perform compression massage, or to simply squeeze and release, some perform advanced techniques like swinging and stretching.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the advanced air massage techniques:
Let’s take a closer look at the air massage areas…
And last but not least...
Air Massage Head Band
A unique feature on the Fujita SMK9700 is its head massager band. There’s only one other model that features the band and that is the Osaki OS 7075R, (check out our full review to learn more about it) which makes this feature pretty exclusive.
Inside the band are airbags that inflate to squeeze your head to treat migraines and other stress-induced headaches. The band has small rubber nodes that sit at the base of the skull and at the temples that gently pressed head and neck when the airbags inflate.
Another unique feature on the Fujita SMK9700 massage chair is its sliding armrests. This is a feature we wish every massage chair had because without it there’s a big chance you won’t get the full benefits of an arm massage in the reclined position.
Here’s what we mean...
With stagnant armrest, as you move backward and your arms are pulled back as well, you’re left with either an ill-fitting arm massage or have to forgo one until you’re back in the upright position. The armrests on the Fujita SMK9700, however, move with the chair as it reclines which means you can enjoy an arm massage in any position.
In the foot portion of the ottoman on the Fujita SMK9700 massage chair are three rollers that spin, knead and scrap under the feet. The rollers are positioned under the ball, arch and heel of the foot. The roller massage can be added to any automatic or manual program or turned offer altogether.
Another popular massage chair feature on the Fujita SMK9700 is Zero Gravity.
So what is it?
Zero Gravity is a neutral sitting position that shifts your weight to the backrest and elevates your feet. This particular reclined angle is highly therapeutic because it removes vertical pressure from your spine which allows the muscles and vertebrae in your back to relax and at the same time increases the circulation in your lower body. Plus, the Zero Gravity position helps hold your body on top of the rollers for a deeper massage.
Built-In Speakers and Bluetooth Connectivity
For those times when you want to enhance your massage to a spa-like experience, the Fujita SMK9700 features a built-in music system.
The system is an upgraded version of what you find on some of Fujita’s other models — even more expensive ones. Rather than importing your music to an SD card like you have to do on other chairs, the Fujita SMK9700 has Bluetooth connectivity that connects your compatible device directly.
Once connected to the chair through Bluetooth you can easily adjust the music settings — volume, pause, etc. — directly from your device. The music plays through a set of built-in speakers located on either side of the shoulders.
The Fujita SMK9700 features a simple handheld remote. You won’t find any big display screens. There are simply buttons, some of which are backlit. The only downside here is that there’s a chance seeing the buttons at night could be a challenge.
Fujita SMK9700 Massage Chair Specifications
Chair dimensions (upright)
55"L X 35"W X 53"H
Chair dimensions (reclined)
73"L X 35"W X 53"H
Black, latte, French grey
Fujita SMK9700 Massage Chair Review Final Thoughts
If you suffer from migraines or want the added benefit of a head massager, the Fujita SMK9700 is a good option. Plus, the ability to switch between 2D and 3D rollers is a nice feature if you plan on having multiple users — each with their own intensity preferences — using the chair.
However, Fujita isn’t a well-known brand. So if you want a comparable model from an established brand, we recommend checking out the Osaki OS 7075R.
Regardless of what you choose, we hope our Fujita SMK9700 massage chair review made your decision process easier.
Sources and Official Brand Websites
- Fujita Massage Chair, Official Brand Website.
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