In a Nutshell:
While the Kahuna LM 7000 doesn’t offer quite the same value as the company’s 6800 model, it is a superb all-around chair and not to be missed!
Recommended for anyone weighing up to 280 pounds who’s looking to buy a chair from a well-respected company that offers a mix of features that both hobbyists and those with therapeutic needs will love.
Overall Massage Quality
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Are you a chronic pain sufferer? Do you find yourself spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year, paying for repeated trips to the chiropractor’s office to try and mitigate your pain? Or maybe you’re just fond of the idea of getting a world-class massage from the comfort of your own home anytime you want one.
Whatever the case, you’re going to like what you read in this—our Kahuna LM 7000 review.
Kahuna is one of the big names in the massage chair industry. They make consistently great products and, depending on who you talk to, offer either the best or the second-best body stretch (a powerful therapeutic feature) in the industry.
We personally love their chairs and regard their LM6800 model to be the absolute best value in the massage chair industry today.
Consider this model to be the 6800’s bigger and slightly more expensive brother. Like its more inexpensive cousin, it’s packed with features you’re sure to love. And in the sections that follow, we’ll step you through everything this chair has to offer.
We’ll also be quick to point out the shortcomings and limitations of this design, so you’ll be able to decide for yourself if this is the model you’ve been searching for. If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look.
An Overview Of The Kahuna Massage Chair LM-7000
The first thing to note about all of the chairs Kahuna makes is the fact that their design teams put absolutely zero effort into trying to disguise the true function and purpose of the chairs they make.
Some companies (looking at you, Human Touch) do. They work hard to design features like leg massage ports that fold into the body of the chair when you’re not getting a massage so that the chair looks more or less indistinguishable from a conventional recliner.
Kahuna’s design philosophy is more in line with the notion that if you want a massage chair, you’re not going to care if it looks like a massage chair—so they don’t try to hide it.
All that to say, if you’re really interested in finding a model that will blend seamlessly with your other living room furniture, you can get that—just not from Kahuna—and you’ll pay a hefty premium for it.
None of that, by the way, is to say that these are ugly chairs. They’re not, but they do look a bit futuristic. And unless you’ve decorated your home with a sci-fi theme, your LM-7000 will probably look a bit out of place.
The good news is that the company offers this model in a modest selection of colors (black, brown, orange, or red), which gives you some ability to color match.
In terms of the overall footprint, the 7000 measures 30.32″ W x 70.87″ L x 33.46″ H and weighs in at 198.42 pounds, so it’s a sizeable piece of furniture.
The good news is that Kahuna designed this model with “wall-hugging” technology. When you recline in it, the chair pivots on its base, with the practical effect being that you don’t need much space between the seatback and whatever wall you place it near.
In this case, you only need about 5″ of clearance, which helps make it easier to find a permanent home for the chair in whatever room you choose.
Now for the bad news.
Although this is a big, burly piece of furniture, according to the user manual, the recommended height range is only 5‘ to 6‘1“, and this model supports a maximum user weight of 280 pounds.
Those aren’t horrible figures, but they do come in just a shade below average if you look at the broader market. Note that there are no formal standards in place in the industry, but overall, you’ll find that a majority of the chairs on the market today support 300+ pounds and are suitable for users up to 6’3″ or so in height.
If you’re 6’1″ or shorter and you weigh 280 pounds or less, you’re not going to care either way. But if you happen to be taller or weigh more, then no matter how much you may like this model, it’s just not going to work for you.
3D SL-Track And Quad Rollers
Moving past simple aesthetics, you’ll find that this chair is built around the current industry standards—sporting an SL Track, 45″ in length, and quad rollers that do an admirable job of replicating the feel of human hands.
Also, note that this model utilizes a 3D track, which allows the rollers to move along the X-, Y-, and Z-axis. That’s significant because 3D chairs are capable of rendering better, deeper massages, which most users find more satisfying.
Body Scanning Tech Incorporated Into the Design
A few companies have been releasing new models lately that don’t feature body-scanning tech. We’re not really sure we understand why because chairs without it tend to be “fiddly.” Every time you want a massage, you have to mess around with the rollers to make sure they’re hitting the right spots.
Chairs with body scanning tech do that for you. You sit down and the chair takes a quick scan of your body, positioning the rollers so that they hit all of your pressure points precisely.
In practice, the scanning tech gets it right about 98% of the time. In those few cases where it’s a little off, you can always manually tweak the position of the rollers via the remote, so it gives you the best of both worlds and just makes using the chair a bit more convenient.
Basic Massage Options Available
As much as we love the Kahuna brand, we have to admit that we were a little underwhelmed here, and we regard this as only being a slightly above-average component of our Kahuna LM 7000 review. You’ll find the following massage techniques on offer:
This is pretty standard fare. You’ll find these massage options, at a minimum, on almost every decent chair on the market today.
Given that this one costs a bit more than average, we were hoping for more here—maybe one additional advanced technique, for instance.
On the other hand, there are a number of chairs that are much more expensive than this one that still only feature this array of techniques, so we can’t really hold it against Kahuna. Still, it was a bit of a disappointment.
Fortunately, the Kahuna LM 7000 fares substantially better in terms of pre-programmed massage routines. Here, you’ll find the following options available:
Put another way, although the 7000 doesn’t offer a ton of different techniques, they put the ones that are available to exceptional use. There’s a lot of good stuff here, including two different body stretches and two chiropractic routines.
That, combined with the Deep Tissue massage, gives you four different therapeutic features right off the bat, which is amazing for a chair offered in this price range (and there are more therapeutic features besides these, which we’ll talk about a little later on).
Also, having two different body stretch options available is fantastic, and note that one of them is the company’s “Yoga Stretch,” which many people consider to be the best in the business.
So even though we were a little underwhelmed by the number of techniques on offer, this section impressed us. And we think you’ll love it too, especially if you’re a chronic pain sufferer.
Want more? Okay, how about the fact that the chair offers five different roller speed adjustments, allowing you to further customize your massage experience? Plus a massage timer! All of the chair’s massages default to a 20-minute runtime but can be extended to a maximum of thirty minutes (in five-minute increments).
Note that you’ll find the maximum massage time listed as sixty minutes on some websites, but according to the user manual, it tops out at thirty minutes. If you want a longer massage than that, the solution is simple enough—just push the button again, and off you go!
Zero-G Seating Options Too
This will be a short section but is avery strong component of our Kahuna LM 7000 review because this model offers not one but three different Zero-G seating options.
If you’re not familiar with the feature, it was originally inspired by NASA, and as the name suggests, it really does make you feel weightless.
That, however, isn’t the magic of the feature. Zero-G seating has been shown to facilitate faster healing for anyone recovering from surgery. It does this by fostering better blood flow, which is good for everyone in general.
On top of that, if you’re interested in maximizing your massage quality or the intensity of your deep tissue massage, try putting the chair in one of the three offered Zero-G positions, then ordering a deep tissue massage—and prepare to be impressed!
A Very Good Air Massage
The Kahuna chair LM 7000 features 28 air cells strategically located throughout the chair. That’s enough to give a really good air massage. But generally speaking, the more air cells, the better, and it’s not all that hard to find models that offer a lot more on this front.
On the flip side, just as there are five different speed adjustment levels for the rollers, you’ll find five different air intensity levels for the air massage. And this model does allow you to selectively activate them, so you can order a partial body air massage if you want, selecting from shoulder, arm, lower back, legs, and feet as options on the remote.
All that to say that while we like the air massage this chair is capable of, and it certainly won’t disappoint, it’s not one of the compelling reasons to rush right out and buy this model. It does a good job on the air massage front, but not a great one.
An (Almost!) Awesome Calf and Foot Massage
Kahuna typically does a great job with their calf and foot massage, and this chair is no exception.
The calf and foot massage is rendered by a combination of airbags for the calves and foot rollers for the soles of your feet.
The combination of the two feels absolutely exquisite, and you’re going to love it, especially if you have a job that sees you spending several hours of every day on your feet.
The only way this feature could be made better would be if the company offered heat in the footwells, but if they did that, then there might be a riot at your house as people fought over who got to sit in the chair next.
As it stands, if you’re on your feet a lot and looking for some sweet relief when you get home, this will probably wind up being one of your favorite aspects of this chair. It’s superb.
Generous Back Heat
This is, in our view, the keystone feature of the chair. Others might disagree, citing the two stretch options or the calf and foot massage—and there’s an argument to be made for both—but the bottom line is that heat just makes massage better.
The heat offered here radiates out from the mid-back. Most of the massage chairs that offer heat put the heating elements in the lumbar region of your back, which is nice, but then, what winds up happening is that you get heat on your lower back and your butt.
With the heat posted higher up, like it is with this design, it basically spreads to encompass almost your entire back. And when combined with a deep tissue massage, especially if you’ve reclined back into one of the Zero-G seating positions, the experience is just out of this world.
The first time you try it, you’ll be hooked, and thirty minutes simply won’t be long enough. You’ll probably find yourself hitting the button—again and again—to keep right on enjoying it. We absolutely love this feature. Kahuna did a great job here.
They Didn’t Skimp On Extras Either!
Kahuna really knows how to build great, well-rounded massage chairs. A lot of companies tend to front-load their chairs, focusing either on extras or on therapeutic features. But with this company, it’s all about balance.
Finding the perfect mix of convenience features and high-value therapeutic options.
The Kahuna LM 7000 massage chair features a handy pocket to store your phone, a built-in USB port to keep it charged, Bluetooth speakers to sync your phone to so you can listen to your favorite music while relaxing in your new favorite chair, and even a voice recognition system so you can access chair features just by talking to it. It really doesn’t get much better than that!
Pros & Cons of Kahuna LM 7000 Massage Chair
We like almost everything about this model, and most of the things we don’t like are minor nits.
From a design perspective, the two potentially deal-breaking points of weakness are the 7000’s modest maximum supported height and its slightly subpar maximum supported weight. But as we said early on, as long as you’re 6’1″ or shorter and you don’t weigh in above 280, those won’t be issues for you.
The real disappointment, in our view, is the fact that this is such a great chair that we’d love to see everyone have an opportunity to enjoy it. And given the height and weight limits, that simply won’t be possible.
Kahuna LM 7000 Review Conclusion
This is a great massage chair. If you decide to get one, you will not be disappointed. By our count, there are six different therapeutic features on this model (Zero-G, Heat, Deep Tissue Massage, Body Stretch x 2, and a non-stretch chiropractic option) and a whole raft of high-value extras and finishing touches on top of that.
It’s frankly hard not to love this chair, and we highly recommend it—provided that the height and/or weight limits aren’t deal breakers for you.
Other Options To Consider
If you like the Kahuna LM7000 but it either doesn’t have the exact feature mix you’re looking for or you want a different model to compare this one against, we recommend one of the following:
As we mentioned in the review, this is essentially the little brother of the chair we just reviewed. It’s a bit cheaper and doesn’t have quite as many features on offer (only one body stretch option, not as many pre-programmed massage options, etc.), but if you want to maximize the bang for your buck, this is the way to go.
This model is more expensive than the chair we just reviewed, but we regard it as one of the best therapeutic chairs on the market today. So if you’re buying for therapeutic and/or pain management reasons, this one belongs on your shortlist of options to consider. It’s an amazing piece of technology that will help make you feel better.
References & Resources:
- Kahuna Chair, Official Brand Website.
- Kahuna LM 7000 Massage Chair User Manual
- Free Falling: The Science of Weightlessness, Harvard University The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
- The Benefits of Stretching, National Academy of Sports Medicine.
- Superficial Heat or Cold for Low Back Pain, National Center for Biotechnology Information.