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Massage Chair Comparison: Kyota Kansha M878 vs Kahuna SM-9300

Today we're comparing the Kyota Kansha M878 and Kahuna SM-9300, two higher end massage chairs that come very well-equipped. Finding the right massage chair can be a daunting task, it's a big decision to make. It isn't as simple as choosing your favorite color, for example, and is a larger purchase for most people.

While nothing will take the place of sitting in the chair for yourself and trying the different features before you purchase, we do our best to describe what the chairs we carry can potentially do for you.

Use this guide to compare the Kansha M878 and SM-9300 to see if either of these massage chairs are your ideal fit.

What are some Top Features of the Kyota Kansha M878? 

The Kansha M878 offers a truly luxurious massage therapy experience from the comfort of your home. Consider these six features that make it stand out among other massage chair options.

4D Back Massage

Kyota Kansha M878 4D Back Massage

Most massage chairs commonly have rollers that move up and down to work your back. However, the 4D massage mechanism in the Kansha M878 goes well beyond the basics. It also moves left and right, plus in and out, to adjust the massage intensity. Finally, it has variable speed to mimic the feel of a massage provided by human hands.

49-Inch L-Track Massage

Massaging the entire back can be difficult in a massage chair, but it is important to get the full benefit from massage. To help achieve this, the Kansha M878 has a 49-inch L-track massage mechanism. This travels the entire length of your spine plus bends around while you’re in the seated position to get your gluteus muscles.

Voice Command

Kansha M878 Intelligent Voice Command Control

Having to get your hands out of your massage apparatus to start, adjust, or stop the program disrupts your relaxation. The Kansha M878 includes complete voice activation and command so that your hand can stay comfortably in the chair.

Two Custom Massage Programs

Most high-end massage chairs offer a variety of massage programs. However, sometimes those programs lack the specific combination you need. Most chairs also have the ability to run manually, allowing you to adjust your chair throughout your massage experience.

However, what’s unique to the Kansha M878 is the two customizable programs that allow you to set the exact programs you want, save them, and have them run automatically like any other program.

Integrated Air Ionizer

Kansha M878 Integrated Air Ionizer

Air quality is exceptionally important to giving your body a break from its normal stress. More airborne contaminants make it difficult to breathe, reducing the effectiveness of your massage. To combat this, the Kansha M878 has a small vent near the headrest that emits negatively charged ions. These act as a magnet attracting airborne contaminants, causing them to drop from the air.

Truefit™ Body Scanning

No two bodies are the same, each requiring something a little different when it comes to a massage. Kyota recognizes these differences and developed a proprietary body scanning technology. Using a combination of hardware and software, it identifies your size and shape and customizes the massage to fit you each time.

Programs Available With the Kyota Kansha M878

The Kansha M878 gives you ultimate control through the various massage programs built into the chair. Traditional massage programs include recover, stretch, back relief, night, upper body, and lower body.

The 4D massage programs include yoga, deep kneading, and stress relief. Additionally, there are two custom programs you can build and save for a total of 11 programs.

Pros and Cons of the Kyota Kansha M878

Pros:

  • 4D massage
  • L-track
  • Zero gravity recline
  • Space saving design
  • Lumbar heat
  • Rocking technology
  • USB charging
  • Extendable footrest
  • Integrated air ionizer
  • Bluetooth capable speakers
  • Intelligent voice command and control
  • User Height Range: 5’2” - 6’9”
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 lbs.

Cons:

  • Only 2 colors to choose from
  • Not compatible with heights less than 5 feet 2 inches and more than 6 feet 9 inches
  • User cannot weigh more than 300 lbs.

What are some Top Features of the Kahuna SM-9300?

Technology and class collide in the SM-9300 to bring you a state-of-the-art massage experience. These six features are what you’ll truly appreciate once you get it set up in your home.

4D Massage With Infrared Ray Heating

Getting the exact massage you need requires more than simply a roller moving up and down your back. The Kahuna SM-9300’s message mechanism provides multiple massaging actions like finger kneading, kneading and knocking, rolling, tapping, knocking, and shiatsu. It also has infrared ray technology built into the rollers to deliver targeted heating.

Multiple Zero Gravity Positions

Kahuna SM-9300 Zero Gravity Positioning

Most high-end massage chairs offer a zero-gravity position to reduce the strain on your back and joints. However, the Kahuna SM-9300 goes above and beyond the normal zero gravity option with multiple positions, giving you more control over finding the most comfortable position.

Music Therapy

Sound is important for controlling pain and improving your mental state. That makes it advantageous to integrate sound with your massage. To help with this, the SM-9300 has integrated Bluetooth speakers, allowing you to connect your phone or tablet to play music that’ll help you achieve the highest level of relaxation.

Voice Control

Forget having to use your hands to control the SM-9300. The voice control allows you to turn the chair on and off, select your massage, change position, and turn the heating on and off.

Automatic Leg Extension

Kahuna SM-9300 Legrest

It’s challenging to sit in a massage chair and feel like your feet don’t reach the leg and foot massagers or that you’re scrunching to fit. The SM-9300 offers automatic leg extension to move the footrest to exactly the right length to fit your body.

Heated Foot Roller Massage

Kahuna SM-9300 Heated Foot Roller Massage

Having rollers in the footrest of a massage chair isn’t that uncommon. However, the SM-9300 breaks the mold by integrating heat along with the rollers to help relax tight foot muscles.

Programs Available With the Kahuna SM-9300

The SM-9300 offers a wide range of programs to meet just about every need. You’ll have a total of 12 program options, including six traditional programs and six special programs.

Traditional programs include recovery, relief, yoga stretching, renew, music sync, and end of day. The special programs include office person, powerful day, golfer mode, senior mode, dynamic sports, and healing.

    Pros and Cons of the Kahuna SM-9300

    Pros:

    • 4D massage
    • L-track
    • Bluetooth speakers
    • Multiple zero gravity positions
    • Voice controls
    • Space saving design
    • Heated foot rollers
    • Auto leg extension
    • Auto body scan
    • Thermal heat therapy
    • User Height Range: 5' 1" to 6'3"
    • Maximum User Weight: Under 350 lbs.

    Cons:

    • Only 2 colors to choose from
    • Maximum user foot size of US Men's Size 13 (enclosed foot massager)
    • Not a broad user height range
    • Unit weighs nearly 340 pounds

    Conclusion

    Both the Kyota Kansha M878 and Kahuna SM-9300 massage chairs offer a very nice massage experience with a range of features.

    If you are considering either chair, there are videos you can watch on each product page, and you'll want to take a look at the specifications of each chair to see if either is a great fit for you.

    Regarding the massage itself, both chairs come from respectable brands are are built to provide stress-melting massage in the comfort of home.

    We hope you've enjoyed this article and found it helpful, if you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 800-566-2798. Thank you for reading!

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