The Kahuna LM-6800 Massage Chair didn’t become one of the most popular models on the market by accident. Owners give it high praise all around, from quality to performance to customer service.
It also gets high marks for being loaded with great features – like its L-Track/Rollers system, 3 zero gravity positions, and a unique Yoga Stretching program. And yes, “yoga stretch” sounds almost gimmicky, but it works amazingly well (more on that below).
If you’re looking for a good massage chair in the mid-price range, the LM-6800 could be the perfect choice for you. Read all the details below to find out why it can be considered the best value in its class.
- Zero Gravity – Three Positions
- Heat Therapy for Lower Back Area and Calves
- 6 Automatic Pre-sets, including Yoga Stretching Program
- L-Track with 4 Rollers System – including buttocks roller massage
- Computerized Body Scan Technology
- 5 manual massage modes and Fixed Spot Option
- 36 Air Bags with 3 pressure Levels
- 3 Speed Adjustment Levels
- Space Saving Design – requires only about 3″ between back and wall
- Extendable Footrest
- Suitable for heights up to 6 feet
- Maximum Load Weight 230 pounds
- Available in Black or Brown
- Built-in Castors for Moving
- 2 Year Limited Warranty
Dimensions of this chair are 48″L x 31″W x 46″H, and it weighs 249 pounds. It is engineered with a sliding recline mechanism so that it can sit very close to the wall. It needs only about 3 inches clearance, which is a great space saver.
Maximum user height and weight are shown above, and you should also be aware that there’s a minimum height. For the best fit in this chair, you need to be at least 5’2″. Otherwise you may not be able to get complete benefits of your massage experience.
What Makes the Kahuna LM-6800 Unique?
Unlike the much more expensive SM-7300, this Kahuna model gives you a choice of 3 Zero Gravity positions, and it offers heat therapy for both your back and your calves. Worth noting, though not really a drawback, is that your only choices for heat are on or off. You can’t turn on heat for back only or calves only. It’s all or nothing.
The built-in castors are also unique to this model. They may make for easier moving when you need to clean the floor or rearrange furniture, but read your owners manual first. This chair is very heavy, and rolling it could possibly damage some floors.
If you’ve looked at the Kahuna SM-7300 you know it gives you a few more automatic programs, and it’s built for people up to 6’5″ tall. You can read our complete review of the SM-7300 here. By comparison, this LM-6800 model will save you a bundle (as much as $700), yet it is still loaded with features.
Automatic Yoga Stretching Program
The favorite feature of users, hands down, is its special automated program called Yoga Stretching. If you take time out for a good stretch every day, you know it can have a major impact on how you feel. The Kahuna chair takes it a step further. Using air bag pressure and movements, it stretches your entire body vertically while it holds and pushes to stretch out your shoulder blades and neck.
The purpose of this particular program is to aid in relaxation, stress relief, and improved circulation, and owners absolutely love it. Athletic types praise it for being the perfect relief after a long run. Others claim it works wonders after sitting at a cramped office desk all day.
This Yoga stretching program is unique to Kahuna. It’s also available on the SM-7300, but for whatever reason, those owners don’t rave about it like those who choose the LM-6800.
Watch this short video for a closer look at some of this chair’s best features:
The five manual massage choices on this chair are:
- Dual (Kneading & Tapping combination)
When using Shiatsu, Kneading, Tapping, or Dual, the speed can be adjusted up to 3 levels. There is also an “Area Adjustment” that allows you to select what to target: back, waist, seat, back & waist, waist & seat, full body.
Another option available in manual mode is the “Fixed Spot Massage”. When the rollers reach a muscle area that needs extra attention, you can press this Fixed Massage button to make the rollers stop there and focus on that particular area.
In any mode except Kneading, the roller width can be set to narrow, medium, or wide.
Foot massage is accomplished using multiple air bags for legs and feet, plus 4 rollers and 2 “assist” rollers for extra precision. If you have big feet you’re in luck because the length of the foot massage can be adjusted. On the other hand, if you think less is more, the foot rollers can also be turned off.
Powering on the chair initiates a computerized body scan designed to detect your size and prepare for a more custom fit for you. There are 6 automatic programs.
The Chiropractic or “SH-Chiro” mode is designed to relieve pressure on the entire spine area and to promote better energy flow throughout the body.
The Yoga Stretching was explained above, and the other 4 programs are Athlete, Refreshing, Anti Stress, and Rejuvenate.
Between these 6 programs and all the adjustment settings and manual options, you might expect the remote control to be complex and confusing. Fortunately it is designed well enough that the learning curve is low. Once you start using the chair, its controls are fairly easy to understand.
The video below shows how the remote works. (It goes rather fast in some places so you may need to pause it to see all the details.)
What Are Customers Saying?
The only serious complaints come from buyers who received a chair that was defective upon arrival. These reports are rare, and in each case there is evidence of customer service actively seeking to contact the customer to resolve the problem.
Keep in mind that even the best manufacturers can produce a lemon now and then. What’s notable is that customer service actively monitors and responds to consumer feedback, and they seem eager to make things right and preserve their good reputation.
As for legitimate complaints, they’re all about the foot massage. Lots of owners complain that the chair is way too rough on the bottoms of your feet. Yet many of these same owners still rate it 5 stars, so this obviously isn’t a deal breaker. All you have to do is use a folded towel, thick socks, or some other padding to achieve your own comfort level.
Otherwise, owners offer lots of positive feedback on this Kahuna chair. Consensus is that compared to other models in this price range, the LM-6800 is an excellent value for the money. As one owner put it, the massage is great, maybe not amazing, but it’s the best you’re going to get without spending at least 3 or 4 times as much as this chair costs.
As mentioned above, the automatic Yoga program gets rave reviews. Owners just can’t say enough good things about what a good job the Kahuna does on this. You get a wonderful full-body stretch that leaves you pleasantly refreshed and relaxed.
Users also love the L-track roller system that not only massages your back but travels down to your thighs and buttocks. Once you’ve experienced the seat massage you may consider it a must-have, especially if you spend most days sitting behind a desk.
All those who’ve had need to contact customer service say it was a pleasant experience. You’ll see evidence that the company regularly reads online reviews and responds to complaints. They even thank buyers for positive reviews.
Finally, if you’re wondering about assembly, owners agree that it isn’t difficult and takes only about a half hour. The manual leaves much to be desired, but if you need better instructions you’ll find a short video on YouTube that’s helpful and easy to follow.
Pros & Cons
- Kahuna’s unique Yoga Stretching + 5 more automatic programs
- Zero Gravity – 3 Positions
- Heat therapy for both back and calves
- L-Track with 4 Rollers system and head-to-foot air bags
- Extensive settings options for manual massage, speed & pressure
- Good reports on customer service
- Foot massage may be too harsh for some
- Remote control has a small learning curve
- A few owners report receiving defective chairs
Summing It Up
Are you taller than average or large-framed? If so then check out the Kahuna SM-7300. It’s worth the extra cost if you need a chair that can accommodate users up to 6’5″ and 320 pounds.
However, if you’re good with the height and weight limits of the LM-6800, you can save a big chunk of change and still get a very nice, full-featured, zero gravity massage chair. It’s built with computerized body scanning technology, full-body air bag and L-track with 4 rollers system, 3 zero gravity positions, heat for back AND calves, 6 preset massage programs, and multiple manual options including adjustment levels for both speed and pressure.
Feedback on this chair is overwhelmingly positive, especially all the praise for the Yoga Stretching program, and it has earned a high average customer rating. Compared to the competition, the Kahuna LM-6800 massage chair is an excellent value, perhaps the best in this price range.