Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
Ease of Use
Overall Massage Quality
Value for the Money
The Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair comes with some of the most sought-after features like L-Track, foot rollers, and built-in speakers. It is, however, lacking in terms of massage programs and customization options. Nevertheless, it’s a solid massage chair and would be a compelling purchase if found on sale.
The Kahuna LM7800 massage chair retails for $5,399 and is loaded with popular features like L-Track, heat therapy, built-in speakers, and foot rollers. Even so, is it a good massage chair or worth the money? Let’s dive in to find out in this Kahuna LM7800 review!
Features of the Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
- 1 Features of the Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
- 2 Massage Programs and Techniques on the Kahuna Massage Chair LM7800
- 3 What’s Missing on the Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
- 4 Kahuna LM7800 vs. Kahuna LM8800: What’s the Difference?
- 5 Additional Considerations for the Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
Computer Body Scan
While most massage chairs above $3,000 feature some sort of body scan software, not all do. Without body scan technology, a massage chair can’t “recognize” where your shoulders start or how wide you fit in the chair.
This means, however high or low the massage rollers hit during an automatic program is what you get. If you’re going to spend upwards of $4,000 on a massage chair, it’s good to consider how customizable it is to your unique body.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that with the Kahuna LM78000 massage chair, which features a smart computer body scan system. The scan initiates when you select any automatic massage program.
Once the scan is complete, the massage head rollers automatically adjust to fit your height and shape to deliver a custom-feeling massage.
L-Track Massage Track
Inside the Kahuna LM7800, massage head rollers move along a 42-inch long massage track.
For massage chairs, there are two main types of tracks: S-Tracks and L-Tracks. S-Tracks are the most common and typically extend from the neck to the tailbone forming an “S” shape as they contour to match the natural shape of the spine.
L-Tracks extend from the end of an S-Track at the tailbone to form an “L” through the seat of the chair and under the buttocks and thighs.
L-Tracks have become increasingly popular because they add 20 or more inches of massage range and treat areas like the glutes. The 42-inch L-Track on the Kahuna LM7800 extends from the neck to the buttocks but doesn’t go much further than that. It’s one of the shorter L-Tracks, which usually range from 42 to 51-inches long.
Air Massage Technology
In addition to roller massage, the Kahuna LM7800 features a robust air massage system that includes the shoulders, arms, hands, hips, pelvis, calves, and feet. Airbags work differently than rollers: they compress, squeeze, and release. However, on the Kahuna 7800, compression isn’t their only job.
The airbags are also programmed to inflate and deflate at independent intervals to twist and stretch the body — especially the lower back and pelvic area. They also inflate to hold the body against the backrest for roller massage or in place for a stretch program.
Let’s take a closer look at the air massage areas on the Kahuna massage chair LM7800:
➽ Shoulder airbags press and squeeze the sides and tops of the shoulders and hold the body against the backrest during auto massage programs.
➽ Airbags located in the arm and hand massager compress the tops and bottoms of the forearms and hands.
➽ Hip airbags located next to the hips and lower back inflate and deflate at varying intervals to stretch and twist the pelvic area.
➽ Airbags in the calf and foot massager ottoman compress the legs and feet, push the feet onto the rollers at the bottom of the massagers, and hold the lower body in place during stretch programs.
Calf and Foot Massage
Like we mentioned above, the Kahuna 7800 features a calf and foot massager ottoman with air massage and foot rollers. It's a popular feature that’s quickly getting added to new massage chair models.
The foot rollers are dual mechanical rollers — two sets of two — that provide a powerful kneading massage to the bottoms of the feet treating acupuncture points. There’s no intensity adjustment for the foot rollers, and they are powerful. But a pair of socks or a little padding under the feet is an easy way to adjust the intensity. Plus, the foot rollers are operated independent of the massage programs, so it’s up to you if you want to add foot massage to any program.
The calf and foot massager ottoman also has a surprising capability: it can rotate. With the rotating ottoman, not only can you enjoy calf and foot massage, but you can flip to over to enjoy a massage of the front of your legs.
Now, that we’ve covered the message components, let’s look at the additional therapeutic features you’ll find on the Kahuna 7800.
Inside the lower back portion of the backrest and behind the calves in the ottoman are heating pads that radiate warmth to the areas. Heat is commonly associated with relaxation, but that’s not its only benefit.
Heat increases circulation, helping the body remove stagnant fluids from the muscles and introduce new nutrient-rich blood to the area. It is a beneficial feature for sore and achy lower back and calf muscles and joints. The more relaxed the muscles are, the better the massage head rollers can penetrate to provide a deeper, more effective massage.
Zero Gravity Recline
Another therapeutic feature on the Kahuna LM7800 massage chair is Zero Gravity. In Zero Gravity, the massage chair moves your body into a neutral position by reclining backwards until most of your body’s weight is evenly distributed and held against the backrest while elevating your legs at or slightly above your heart for increased circulation.
Originally designed to help astronauts cope with the physical stress of takeoff, the NASA-inspired Zero Gravity position removes pressure from the spine. This helps the muscles to relax, and the vertebrae decompress.
The Kahuna LM7800 features one-button Zero Gravity, so you can easily and quickly get into the Zero Gravity position. It does this with one click, rather than manipulating the recline and incline of the backrest and footrest.
Space Saving Technology
For a massage chair to get into a full Zero Gravity recline position, it usually requires 15 to 30-inches of space behind the chair.
On the Kahuna 7800, however, it only needs 5 inches. This is because the Kahuna LM7800 features space-saving technology that moves the chair forward as it reclines. Furthermore, it significantly reduces the amount of space needed behind the chair for it to fully recline.
Next to the shoulders on either side of the Kahuna 7800 massage chair are built-in speakers. Using any compatible device — iPhone, iPad, etc. — you can connect your music directly to the chair to enjoy your favorite soothing sounds and a massage at the same time.
Handheld LCD Remote
All of the chair’s manual mode functions and programs are controlled with the handheld LCD remote. A display screen at the top of the remote shows which functions are active. Under the screen, you’ll find the manual mode options where you can adjust settings like heat, air massage intensity, the position of the rollers, and the massage timer to name a few.
Below the manual mode options are the Zero Gravity button and the backrest and footrest buttons. At the bottom of the remote are the auto programs and other manual options like massage techniques, speed, and roller width.
The Kahuna LM7800 remote is very simple and easy to use — a few buttons, and a display screen is really all there is to it. And when done with the remote, there’s a pocket next to the arm for quick and easy storage.
Massage Programs and Techniques on the Kahuna Massage Chair LM7800
The Kahuna LM7800 features four auto massage programs that are simply labeled, “I,” “II,” “III, and “IV.” Each massage program uses a combination of air massage and roller massage to deliver shoulder-to-toe treatment. The rollers perform five massage techniques, including:
The techniques and programs are based on Shiatsu therapy — a traditional Japanese therapy used to align the body’s energy (called “Ki” in Japan and “Qi” or “Chi” in China). It promotes healing, balance, and wellbeing.
Here’s how Kahuna describes Shiatsu: “In Japanese, Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure,’ and techniques include massages with thumbs, fingers, and palms to assist stretching, joint manipulation and mobilization.”
Customization and Manual Mode Options on the Kahuna Massage Chair LM7800
If you want to skip the automatic programs altogether, the Kahuna LM7800 offers a set of manual mode options to help you dial-in a custom treatment. The manual mode options are perhaps one of the most important features to consider because they give you control over your massage experience.
For example, let’s say you aren’t thrilled with the auto massage programs. The manual mode lets you take your massage settings — techniques, located, speed, etc. — into your own hands. Or, say you have multiple massage chair users in your home, the manual mode lets each person choose the settings that match their personal preferences.
Let’s take a look at what’s available on the Kahuna LM7800:
What’s Missing on the Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
No 3D Massage
Although Kahuna describes the LM7800 as its most powerful massage chair in terms of intensity and depth, it’s not a real 3D massage chair because it doesn't have intensity or roller depth adjustments.
Typically, 3D massage rollers move in three ways: vertically, horizontally and inward (applying penetrating pressure). The rollers on the Kahuna LM7800, however, don’t offer varying levels of inward movement, which limit how intense you can make your massage. Although the massage isn’t weak by any means, it’s good to understand the capabilities — especially if you’re a deep tissue massage enthusiast.
Kahuna LM7800 vs. Kahuna LM8800: What’s the Difference?
Unfortunately, the Kahuna LM8800 have been discontinued. We recommend checking out the Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Review.
The Kahuna LM8800 is a step above the Kahuna LM7800, both in features and price. Retailing for $5,899 (compared to the Kahuna LM7800 that retails for $5,399), the two chairs aren’t too far off in terms of costs. So, what’s the difference?
➡ 3D Capabilities. The main difference between the Kahuna LM7800 and the Kahuna LM8800 is that the latter has 3D massage capabilities. On the Kahuna LM8800, the massage rollers can be adjusted to extend outward an additional 3 to 5 inches.
➡ Additional Auto Massage Programs. The Kahuna LM8800 massage chair has a more robust set of auto programs — eight total — including stretch and sleep-specific programs.
➡ Bluetooth Connectivity. The Kahuna LM8800 has Bluetooth connectivity and can easily sync with any compatible music device.
➡ Large Remote with Pedal Stand. The remote on the LM8800 is larger and has a bigger display screen than the remote on the LM7800. It also has its own chair-side pedal stand.
➡ Different Aesthetics and Additional Colors. The Kahuna LM8800 looks very different than the LM7800 and comes in a variety of attractive colors like peacock blue, orange, lilac, red and brown.
➡ 10 Year Warranty. A feature that not only separates the Kahuna LM8800 from the LM7800 but massage chairs, in general, is its 10-year warranty.
What They Have in Common
The Kahuna LM8800 and LM7800 are both FDA-approved medical devices. They both have the same number and style of massage techniques, heat therapy, Zero Gravity, L-Tracks, foot rollers, and shoulder-to-toe air massage.
Which Massage Chair is Better?
The Kahuna LM8800 massage chair is only about $400 more than the Kahuna LM7800 and it comes with a lot more features. For that reason alone, we’d say the Kahuna LM8800 is the better massage chair.
Additional Considerations for the Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair
Five Year Warranty
While most massage chair manufacturers offer a one year warranty for parts and labor, the Kahuna LM7800 has a five year all parts and labor warranty that includes frames, springs, inclining, reclining, motors, heating, and vibrating mechanisms. The internal metal framework is also covered and will be repaired at no cost if damaged from normal use.
The Kahuna LM7800 comes fully assembled — no trying to understand oddly translated instructions or laborious piecing together.
Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair Specifications and Dimensions
55"L X 30"W X 48.5"H
Recommended Maximum User Weight
Recommended User Height
5'0" to 6'4"
Required Recline Clearance
Red, Black and Ivory
Kahuna LM7800 Massage Chair Review Final Thoughts
The Kahuna LM7800 massage chair has some of the most popular massage chair features like L-Track and foot rollers. Even so, for the price, we’d expect more in terms of massage programs and customization options. All in all, the Kahuna LM7800 is a highly-rated, feature-filled chair, that if you find on sale, would make a compelling buy. We hoped that this Kahuna LM7800 review has helped you in deciding which one is the best.