The Kahuna LM6800 has become known as the best budget chair there is. We put it to the test, and we agree.
Personally, I’d opt for the upgrade, the LM6800s. But compared to other top-rated massage chairs in this price range, Kahuna and their LM6800 series have exceeded our expectations exponentially.
About The Company
The Kahuna chairs are manufactured and distributed by AJX.Inc DBA GOODPRICE.COM. The company takes great pride in delivering quality customer service. They have a special, professional delivery service for the Kahuna chairs. This ensures your massage chair is delivered on time and with zero damages.
The Kahuna chairs are also registered with the FDA as Health Products. That means these are not just any old massage chairs. Their design is centered around giving a human-like massage using quality, high tech machinery.
They uphold an ethical business practice and pride themselves on running a clean and organized operation. The after-sales warranty and services are good. With special attention being paid to making customers feel valued.
Overall, AJX.Inc are known for delivering quality products on time. And should you massage experience any problems with your purchase, their customer service department is just a phone call away.
Key Takeaway: Kahuna massage chairs are of high quality with a reputation for having a good customer service department. They are distributed by a reputable company that won’t go back on their promises.
Kahuna LM-6800 Zero Gravity Full-Body Specifications & Notable Features
The Kahuna LM-6800 has quite a few notable features that make it a good option if you’re looking for a high-quality, yet affordable best massage chair.
The S-/L-Track design feels really good on your lower back. It is a must if you suffer from lower back pain or certain kinds of sciatica. But let’s take a look at all the features of the LM6800 massage chair in detail:
Hybrid S-/L-track Design
This is by far my favorite feature, as you can probably tell. The rollers track the natural curve of your spine, and they track all the way down to your bottom. This feature really hits every spot along your spine.
It’s quite unbelievable how great L-track feels. I was dubious about this feature at first, but it’s become one feature I really look for in a good massage chair.
We hold more tension in our glutes than we realize, and a good L-track like on the LM6800 massage chair relieves a lot of stress and tension in this area.
3D Body Scan
Every good massage chair should have a body scan function.
The Kahuna LM 6800 takes your measurements before starting the massage sequence and sets the rollers and leg length to match your specific size. That means the S-L-Track is really going to track the curve and shape of YOUR spine.
This attention to personal details is a must, even if you think of yourself as “average”.
Zero Gravity is the best possible massage position. It elevates your legs, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Because your heart isn’t working so hard, you get to relax even more.
The Kahuna LM 6800 has three different Zero Gravity positions.
So, if you like being a bit more upright or prefer being tilted all the way back, there’s an option that’ll work for you.
I really like playing around with three different positions. Sometimes I set it all the way back, so my body weight is really pushing me into the massage chair.
This can really help to get into those stubborn knots. Other times I just want a quick, lighter massage, so I don’t go so far back.
Even though there are intensity settings as well, this ability to further increase or decrease intensity has really made me like this model.
Do you know that feeling of relaxation that spills over you when you get into a warm bath? That’s exactly what the heating pads in the back and legs of this Kahuna massage chair recliner lm6800 does for you.
Personally, I’d like the back heating pad to go a bit higher up. My shoulders are quite tense, and the heating pad just misses that one stubborn knot.
There is also only one default heat setting, which isn’t a bad temperature. But it would be nice to have more options.
But, and this is a big but, the heating pads in the calf area are a fantastic addition. You don’t find that in many massage chairs, even the more expensive ones. This is invaluable if you’re a cyclist or runner. That relaxing heat just melts away the lactic acid buildup after a tough training session.
Calf and Foot Massage
Okay, lots of chairs have this feature. But what makes the Kahuna special in this department is that their footwells are flexible, and they stretch. So you don’t have to bend your knees and sit in a funny position to try and fit your foot in the box. Very handy.
I must admit that I’ve had my feet massaged a lot over the years, so I’m quite comfortable with a deeper massage.
But if you aren’t used to it, the dual roller and airbag combo on this chair’s foot massage can be a bit intense.
If the lowest intensity setting is still too much for you to try wrapping each foot in a hand towel before you start the massage, a pair of thick socks can work too.
But trust me, once you get used to having your feet massaged, you’ll appreciate the intensity.
This sells me on a chair every time. Or at least, when a chair doesn’t have a saving space design, it better has some really good features.
It needs to make up for the fact that it’s going to be a pain to arrange furniture around.
Luckily the LM6800 massage chair only needs 3” of wall space. That’s incredibly space-saving.
I must admit it is a bulkier massage chair in general, but the fact that I can basically put it right up against the wall is a big bonus.
Body Stretch Feature
The “Yoga Stretch” button on the remote gives you a full-body stretch. It grips your ankles and tilts you back and side to side to help stretch out tired, stiff muscles. It’s nice. It’s also a unique feature that other chairs in this price range don’t have.
But body stretch isn’t for everyone. Not everyone likes the death grip around their ankles. And if you’ve had serious back injuries or surgeries, it’s safer not to use this function.
On the plus side, if you have a compressed spine, this will really help you lengthen and stretch it out. Our sedentary lifestyles put a lot of pressure on our spines, and this feature is designed to relieve that stress.
The stretch on this model can be quite intense, though, so try it on the shortest program length first. Especially if you are generally stiff and don’t stretch often.
Multiple Program Choices
There are 6 preset programs to choose from, including the yoga stretch. There is also a range of specific body zones to choose from. Like Upper Back, Lower Back, Full Back, Lower Body, or Lower Back and Body.
There are also five massage techniques to choose from; Shiatsu, Kneading, Rolling, Tapping, and a Tapping and Kneading combo. All great. Great personal adjustments for intensity as well. Remote is easy to use. All that.
But that’s not the best part.
The very best feature is the button that says, “Fixed Spot.” This is a button all massage chairs should have, but not very many do. When you press this button, the massage chair gods answer your call and focus on that sweet spot. You feel “Ooo, that’s the spot!”, you press the magic button, and the rollers concentrate on that area. It’s pure magic.
Key Takeaway: The Kahuna LM6800 massage chair has a range of great features. My personal favorites are the three zero gravity settings, the space-saving design, the L-track, and the “Fixed Spot” button. It really is an amazingly nifty piece of machinery for the price. I’m impressed.
User Reviews, What Customers are Saying?
Right, so people are raving about this chair. You have to take into account that this is a cheaper massage chair, so there are a few features that aren’t perfect. But the general consensus is that you will not get a better chair for the price.
It’s advisable to get the white-glove service. Because these guys install chairs daily and you’ll be sure that everything is set up just right. Although, should you have a problem with the chair, customer service is really good.
They ask you if you’re comfortable with doing replacements yourself and CALL YOU BACK, to see if the replacement part works. You don’t have to call them. They follow up on their own.
This is practically unheard of for chairs in this price range. While there were a few bad reviews concerning customer service a couple of years ago, they seem t have ironed out this flaw.
One place they did skimp is on the thickness of the padding. The rollers in the back and footwells are very close to the surface. And if you’re using the chair on the “deep tissue massage” setting, it gets a bit intense.
There have been numerous complaints about this. But a thick towel or some other padded material will give you that extra layer of protection you need to stay comfortable.
As I’ve said before, two of the best features of this chair are the space-saving design and the L-track. Just about everyone seems to agree with me on this.
Review after review says that the fact that the back massages track all the way to your glutes is amazing. The fact that it fits basically right up against a wall is another feature lots of people like.
Some people find it difficult to keep their arms in the arms holders. It isn’t much you can do to remedy this problem. Others say the massage is just too intense. So if you like a lighter massage, don’t go for this chair. There is also a concern that the warranty isn’t 5 years.
Overall, if you ask me, this chair exceeds my expectations. You get more than what you pay for. It might have a couple of kinks. But really, unless you’re willing to spend more than twice as much on a chair, you’re not going to get better.
Yes, the warranty is slightly short. Yes, the padding is sparse. Yes, the remote doesn’t light up. Yes, there is n memory function to remember your personal programs.
There is a multitude of personalized settings. The customer service is GREAT. You can spend a little more on white-glove and know your chair is set up professionally. And really, for $1500 on Amazon, you can afford to do that. And while the warranty is quite limited, show me a chair with all these features in this price range with a better one. I bet you can’t find one.
Key Takeaway: Just like me, hundreds of other people think this is a good value for money buy. It isn’t perfect, but it’s the most perfect chair at this price.
Comparison: Kahuna LM6800 vs. SM 7300
The SM7300 is $300 more expensive, and it doesn’t have a lot of extra features to make up for the price difference.
What it has extra:
- There’s an extra year of labor covered in the “Full Warranty,” but the warranty only lasts for 2 years.
- The three extra inches on the track does help if you’re taller. In fact, this chair is better for taller people. It holds up to 320lbs and 6’5”. That’s 120lbs more than the LM6800 and 5” more. The legs also extend twice as far as the LM6800; 12” instead of 6”.
- It has 32 airbags instead of 28 and targets the hip area, which is great if you have tight hips but doesn’t make a huge difference.
- It also has four extra specialized auto programs, including Office Person, Golfer, Senior Mode, and Dynamic Sport. There are also 5 intensity settings instead of three. The back rollers and foot rollers are also supplemented with more, smaller rollers.
What it doesn’t have:
- 3 Zero Gravity settings. It has one standard-setting.
- It does not have leg heating. Only lower back heating.
- There’s no shiatsu massage technique. But the foot massage is in three stages, with scraping rolling and tapping.
Overall I can only recommend the SM7300 if you are taller or like one of the auto programs so much that it’s a deal-breaker not having it.
The dealbreakers on the SM7300 for me are the limited zero gravity settings and no leg heating. These are two of the better features of the LM6800, so why this “upgrade” doesn’t have those features, I do not know or understand.
Key Takeaway: If you’re tall, this is a better option. Other than that, there isn’t really much that makes me want to recommend the SM7300 over the LM6800. Even though it has more rollers, airbags and specialized programs there isn’t anything that sells me on the SM7300. And there are quite a few dealbreakers, like no heating in the legs and only 1 zero gravity setting.
Comparison: Kahuna LM6800 vs LM6800s
Here are the extra features the LM6800s has over the standard LM 6800:
- Two extra intensity control levels, which really helps to get just the right pressure for your massage.
- There are twelve auto programs, 4 basics, 4 specialized, and 4 stretch programs. That’s a lot more than the standard 6 you get with the LM6800.
- Kahuna actually listens to their customers, and they added a backlight on the remote for easy use even when the lights are dimmed.
- The LM6800s also has:
- Bluetooth speakers
- 1 extra memory function
- Adjustable shoulder airbags that can be adjusted to match your height.
- Acupressure points on the arms.
- A head pillow that can double as extra back padding if the rollers are still too rough for you.
Kahuna went the extra mile to listen to its customers with this upgrade. Besides the foot rollers, they have literally fixed all the problems people had with the standard LM6800 model.
This upgrade is also just $150 more on their site.
If I was you, I’d spend that extra $150 because the additional features make those small annoying things the LM6800 had melt away.
Key Takeaway: Spend the extra $150 and get the LM6800s. Kahuna has done their best to make everyone happy with this model and they succeeded spectacularly.
Is a Massage Chair Worth It?
The first thing you hear when you walk into my spa is the whir of the massage chair. I sit down, and in what seems like minutes, it’s my turn to get the massage. The machine whirs to life, and it’s great. You sit in it. It moves you. It’s nice. What’s not nice, however, is this: There are two massage therapists working, so while I’m laying there—my arms up, knees bent, with the seat reclined to roughly 15 degrees—there’s no one to massage me. (I’ve got some big knots in my back that I need to work out.) But I’m fine with this because this is not one of those three-person sit-down massages. No, this is more like a personal shower. You’re inside of the chair. You’re using the shower. It’s like a machine washes you, instead of vice versa. It’s simple, it’s efficient. I want to know: Is it worth it?
It turns out, the massage chair I’m sitting in isn’t the same one you walk into and get massaged on. In fact, it’s not even the only massage chair in the space. You can book this same chair with your therapist, and they take the chair out, hook you up to the machine and start giving you a full-body massage. The whole setup is a great example of why I love Spa Week: Sometimes, a spa, like me, will turn its spaces into a full-blown spa in one night. And sometimes, as in my case, that means we’re invited to use the chairs, and this is the one in the middle of the floor, with just the air massage chair attached. (I don’t think I’ve ever done the reverse—hired a therapist and used a chair.)
Shipping / Reliability and Warranty
The Kahuna LM6800 has a 3-year Limited Warranty. The first year covers labor, parts, and structure. The second-year covers parts and structure. The third-year covers the only structure. Given the price of the chair, this is a pretty good warranty.
It is advisable to get the white-glove delivery. Trust me, and you may think you can put together a chair just fine. But if something is set up wrong, or wiring gets crossed, or anything like that, the chair will malfunction in a few days.
This has happened to many people. Then it’s your problem to contact customer services. The customer service is great though. Very helpful and friendly. But it’s better to get the chair set up right the first time around.
Overall, these chairs last throughout their warranty. Every now and again, there’s an air-pipe or airbag problem before the warranty ends. But really these are minor issues.
One person had a defective chair. It stopped working for no reason. After a few days, it just went dead. They contacted customer services who sent her a new remote. They attached it, no luck. The customer service called back and asked if it worked.
They then suggested a new board. I asked if they needed to send someone to install the thing. This didn’t work either, so they took the defective model back and delivered a brand new one.
You just don’t get that kind of service these days.
Key Takeaway: Kahuna really hold up their end of the aftersale services. Do get the white-glove delivery though. It can save you quite a bit of time and effort in the long run.
Where Can I Buy It
Amazon generally has better prices, but then you have to activate your warranty online. Remember to do this otherwise they won’t help you.
A safer option is buying off their website. It’s slightly more expensive, but a lot more reliable in terms of delivery services and warranty. Plus here you cut out the middleman and deal with them directly.
Key Takeaway: Buying directly from Kahuna is the safer, albeit more expensive, option.
Kahuna LM6800 Massage Chair Review (Conclusion)
But I’d spend the extra $150 and get the LM6800s instead. The “s” has all the little kinks worked out that is annoying about the standard model. It has a memory function, a backlit remote, and extra padding. These few features alone are enough to sell me on the upgraded version.
For the price, the LM6800 is a very good chair. It exceeds everyone’s expectations. But if you’re looking for an outstanding chair, I’d have to recommend the Luraco i7 plus. But this bad-boy has a $7500+ price tag on it.
So the Kahuna LM6800 is a good compromise if you can’t afford a pricier chair. It might be a bit harsher than some other chairs, but it does have better features than all other chairs in this price range.