Kahuna SM 7300 Massage Chair Review

Kahuna SM 7300 Massage Chair Review

8.4

Back Massage

9.0/10

Foot Massage

8.5/10

Air Compression Massage

7.5/10

User Flexibility (Height/Weight)

8.5/10

Value For Money

8.5/10

Pros

  • Revolutionary 6 Roller System Means Massage Is Twice As Effective Than Other Chairs!
  • Designed To Accommodate Users Of Varying Heights/Weights!
  • For All That It Offers, Price Is Incredibly Reasonable!

Cons

  • Nothing I Can Think Of (And I Spent A Lot Of Time Thinking!)

It’s A High Performing Mid Range Massage Chair!

Last week I presented a detailed review of Kahuna’s LM 6800: an entry level massage chair with a more than reasonable price tag. In today’s review, we will be looking at a more advanced chair from Kahuna, step forth the SM 7300!

In case you didn’t know, Kahuna are an American based massage chair manufacturer.

Where are Kahuna massage chairs manufactured?

After having scoured the net in an attempt to find an answer to this question, I was able to confirm my initial thought. And that is that the Kahuna chairs are made in China. You shouldn’t at all be surprised by this, as most famous massage chair names (Osaki, Titan, APEX) all have their chairs manufactured out of China.

Should you be concerned with massage chairs made in China?

A decade ago i’d have said yes, but in present day 2019 my answer is quite different. Massage chairs made in China have actually gotten exponentially better than what they used to be. However, Japanese chairs are still superior if you ask me. But they’re also a heck of a lot more expensive!

 

5 Interesting Features To Know About The Kahuna SM 7300 Massage Chair!

#1 It’s Got An “SL” Roller Track!

Because of all the nuances, shopping for a massage chair can become quite confusing. Roller track is one of those nuances you need to pay attention to!

But what is roller track anyways?

Let’s start right from the top so there’s no confusion. Rollers are the most important component to a massage chair. They’re responsible for massaging your neck, shoulders, upper/lower back, glutes, and hamstrings. It’s not at all an exaggeration to say:

A well designed, well functioning set of rollers usually equals a good massage chair, and vice versa!

Roller track then describes how a set of rollers traverses from top to bottom. There are 3 main types of roller tracks:

S-Track—A shorter track where the rollers move from neck to lower back. In this configuration, the rollers take on the shape of the spine and therefore form a characteristic “S” shape.
L-Track—L-Tracks are typically much longer than their S-Track counterparts, and as such can travel further down the body to the hamstrings. Rollers take on an “L” shape.
SL-Track—SL-Track is what you get when you combine S-Track & L-Track. In essence, the rollers are able to traverse down to the hamstrings, while still tracing the spine.

“Okay, I get it, but why is it important to know all of this?”

It’s important to know this so you understand the distinction between L-Track & SL-Track. There’s a lot of confusion people have where they think both are the same. They are not the same, nor do they feel or function the same!

Apologies for the long rant here, but I really want to drill the idea home. Hopefully it’s clear now. That being said, the SM 7300 does feature an SL-Track roller. If you look at the image below, you’ll notice that “S” contour from neck to lower back, and the overall “L” shape from neck to hamstrings. This is true “SL” Tracking!

Kahuna SM 7300 SL-Track Rollers

#2 It’s Got 6 Rollers Instead Of 4!

Having reviewed 35-40 odd massage chairs, I’ve yet to come across a single one that has more than 4 rollers. Quad rollers, or a set of 4 rollers seems to be the preferred configuration for most manufacturers.

Kahuna, on the other hand decided to challenge the status quo!

Instead of using a 4 roller system, they’ve taken it up a notch and have instead gone with a 6 roller system. But do 2  more rollers really make all that much of a difference?

Think of it like this: the magic of human massage is in a massage therapist’s hands, similarly the magic of chair massage is in a chair’s rollers. If you had 2 therapists massaging you instead of 1, how much more effective do you think massage would be? I speak from experience when I say it will be a heck of a lot more effective!

Same deal with the rollers then! 6 rollers will be much more effective than 4!

It’s these sorts of innovative designs that get me excited! Well done Kahuna!

Kahuna SM 7300 6 Roller System

The 6 rollers in the SM 7300 are 2-dimensional (AKA 2D). 2D rollers are the oldest and most basic of roller technology (4D is the most advanced). The technology may be old, but 2D rollers are still around for a reason. They give a hell of a massage! Ever heard the saying “old is gold”? That very much applies here!

2D Roller Functionality
2D Rollers Move Up/Down & Left/Right

Vertical and horizontal; that’s all you gotta remember about 2D rollers! The rollers move up/down and across the back from one side to the other. The arrows in the image below describe the vertical and horizontal movements.

#3 Incredible User Flexibility!

User flexibility is how well a massage chair is able to accommodate various body types. The best massage chairs are those that can accommodate a wide range of body types.

Because of its 12 inch extendable foot ottoman and wide shoulder area, the Kahuna SM 7300 is able to effectively accommodate individuals with a maximum height of 6’5 ft. and a maximum weight of 320 lbs!

If you’re someone with a larger body type, this is massive, as there’s not many chairs that are designed to fit larger/taller frames.

Kahuna SM 7300 User Flexibility

#4 Comes Preloaded With 9 Auto Programs!

When it comes to auto programs, the more a chair has the better. It’s really as simple as that!

Why do you want more auto programs?

If you’re a no fuss guy like me, then the last thing you wanna do is have to mess around with manual settings every time. And that’s the beauty of automatic routines…..you hop into the chair, grab the remote control, pick a mode, and you’re set!

The 9 auto modes are:

    • Yoga Stretching—A full body stretch mode that makes use of both the airbags & rollers. It’s intense!
    • Pain Relief—A high intensity massage routine that’s designed to target specific trigger points in the back.
    • Fast Recovery—Mid intensity routine that works great after exercise or workout.
    • Relaxation—Low intensity mode designed to relax your body. A great routine to run before bedtime!
    • Athlete—Designed specifically with the athlete in mind, this mode is particularly great at relieving soreness.
    • Golfer Mode—A specially designed mode that focuses solely on the bottom half of the body.
    • Office Person—What’s the most relieving massage you can give an office person? Neck and shoulder massage is right!
    • Dynamic Sport—A massage routine specifically designed to kick start your day. Low to mid intensity!
    • Senior Mode—A gentle, low intensity massage that’s comforting yet highly effective!

The last 4 modes are categorized as “special”. Special, because they are geared towards a specific individual (such as an athlete, golfer etc.) and are in that sense more focused. The first 5 are considered your “traditional” modes.

Kahuna SM 7300 Special Auto Modes

How do you go about selecting one of the 9 auto modes?

It’s pretty easy! Hit the menu button from the remote. This will bring up a list of menus on the remote display.

Kahuna SM 7300 Selecting Auto Programs

As can be seen from the image above, the very first option is AUTO. This is what you want to select. When you do, you’ll get the list of all auto massage modes, including the special ones. Select the one you desire, hit ok, and enjoy!

#5 Space Saving & Zero Gravity

As far as I’m concerned, space saving & zero gravity are 2 features that are a must have! What are these two?

Space Saving Recline
It’s as simple as it sounds. Space saving recline is a design enhancement where a massage chair is capable of sliding forward on its base as it reclines backwards. Having this ability means you require minimum clearance from the back of the chair to the wall. In the case of the SM 7300, this distance is approximately 3”.
Zero Gravity
If you’re into spacecraft and NASA, you for sure will have heard the term Zero Gravity before. Zero Gravity is a simple recline position where the legs are elevated with respect to the heart. In this position, the spine is known to experience minimum stress and strain. Also, blood flow and breathing are both enhanced.

Kahuna SM 7300 Zero Gravity & Space Saving

Note: The Zero Gravity function can be activated directly from the remote control by the push of a button.

 

Kahuna SM 7300 Massage Chair Specifications

  • Kahuna SM 7300 Massage Chair Specs
  • Roller Type: SL-Track
  • Massage Routines: 9
  • Total Airbags: 32
  • Dimensions (L X W X H): 55.5″ x 30.0″ x 48.5″
  • Chair Material: Synthetic Leather
  • Recommended Height Range: 5'0 - 6’5 ft.
  • Maximum Recommended Weight: 320 lbs

 

Kahuna SM 7300 Massage Chair Pros & Cons

Pros

Game Changing 6 Roller SL-Track!
There isn’t a single chair I’ve yet to come across that has 6 rollers. No manufacturer has been able to design past quad (4) rollers, so big props to Kahuna for this one! There’s 2 ways to improve roller design: one is to design the rollers so they can move in different dimensions (2D, 3D, 4D), and the other is to simply add more rollers. Kahuna have gone with the latter and boy does it pay off!
Loving The 9 Auto Modes!
As I mentioned earlier, auto modes are a big deal for me, and I think they should be for you as well! When I hop into my massage chair, the last thing I wanna do is figure out intensities, roller width and position, airbag settings etc. I just want to hop in and let the chair do all the work! That’s why auto modes are so important, and having 9 of them means you get a variety of experiences!
Awesome User Flexibility!
When I was out shopping for a massage chair, user flexibility is one of the first things I’d look at. Specifically, I’d look to see if a chair is able to accommodate both my height and weight. Because I have a fairly small stature, I never really had much of an issue. However, I do know that this might not be the case for those with larger body types. If you’re one of those, you’ll be happy to know that the SM 7300 can easily fit anyone up to 6’5 ft. and up to 320 lbs.

Cons

None!
None I can think of at the present time. If I were being super critical, maybe I could point at the price, but even that is pretty reasonable. It’s a well designed chair that can fit a variety of body types, it’s got an SL-Track 6 roller system with 9 auto modes, and requires minimal clearance. Can’t ask for much more to be honest!

 

“Should I Splash The Cash $$$ And Get The Kahuna SM 7300?”

Well…before we can answer that question it’s best to see how the Kahuna SM 7300 competes against other chairs with similar technology. To give you a good idea of where the SM 7300 stands, we’ll be comparing it against 2 very similar massage chairs:

Osaki Pro Maxim
Pro Maxim ComparisonSince its release about a year ago, the Pro Maxim has gained tremendous popularity. In fact, i’d even go as far as saying that it’s one of the best selling massage chairs since its release. And there’s a reason Osaki continue to sell out on this model….it’s damn good!
Ogawa Active L
Ogawa Massage Chair SpecsIf you’re in the market for an SL-Track chair, the Ogawa Active L is a fantastic option. Just like the Kahuna SM 7300, it comes pre-loaded with 9 auto programs, is able to accommodate larger body types, and last but not least….it’s one of most beautifully designed chair I’ve yet to see!
  • Ogawa Active L
  • $$$

    Price
  • SL-Track

    Roller Type
  • 9

    Auto Modes
  • 44

    Airbags
  • 5’0 – 6’4 ft & 300 lbs.

    User Height/Weight
  • Osaki OS Pro Maxim
  • $$$

    Price
  • SL-Track

    Roller Type
  • 12

    Auto Modes
  • 22

    Airbags
  • 5’1 – 6’4 ft & 285 lbs.

    User Height/Weight
  • Kahuna SM 7300
  • $$

    Price
  • SL-Track

    Roller Type
  • 9

    Auto Modes
  • 32

    Airbags
  • 5’0 – 6’5 ft & 320 lbs.

    User Height/Weight

What’s the final verdict?

Well well well….moment of truth time! Should you buy Kahuna’s SM 7300 or should you consider something else, and if so, what? It’s so hard to decide, but after giving it much thought…..

Based on current pricing of all 3 chairs, your best bet is to go with the Kahuna SM 7300!

 

However, I must stress this recommendation is only based on current pricing for all 3 chairs. Which reminds me…..when you’ve narrowed down your search to 3-4 chairs, it’s always a good idea to make note of the pricing on those chairs and monitor how they change over a month or 2. In other words, what I’m trying to say is you should never be in an immediate rush to “pull the trigger!”.

For example, I’ve seen the Pro Maxim on sale several times where the price has been at least $200-300 less than retail. When you buy on an impulse, you pay significantly more than necessary. Waiting pays off!

 

I Hope This Review Was Useful!

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About Eve

Just an average bloke intrigued by massage and its incredible benefits. Oh, did I mention I also own a massage chair? More on that in the blog posts!

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