Kahuna SM-9000 Superior Review
Good day to you and thanks for taking a look at our Kahuna SM-9000 Superior review in which we’ll be looking at not just any old piece of furniture, oh no, it’s a real ‘big boy’ within the world of home massage armchairs.
Do you suffer from chronic leg or back pain? Are you a sufferer of arthritis? Or maybe you just fancy an alluring and invigorating massage, whenever you feel the need? If so, the Kahuna SM-9000 Superior could be just what you are looking for.
So, let us take you through the features that this armchair has to offer and see if it’s worth your hard-earned dollars? And also if it has truly earned its title of being a ‘superior’ massage chair.
First impressions look good, just step back and take a look at this chair. It takes your breath away. This is a large and imposing piece of equipment. So, you really need to check your planned position for the chair. Make sure there is sufficient space for this to fit comfortably within your room.
Let us give you some dimensions, so you get an idea of its full size. It is 53” by 29” by 48 inches. The chair weighs in at just over two hundred pounds. Be sure to place it on secure, strong flooring, we do not want you falling through the floorboards!!!
Save on space…
Kahuna has built the chair using space saving technology. To fully recline the SM-9000 can be done, even if the chair is just ¾ of an inch from a wall. That is pretty neat. And the SM-9000 will cater to all sizes of user, up to six and a half feet tall. And whoever is sitting on it will be sure t be comfortable, because the chair is upholstered in a nice, soft and durable black leather.
On arrival, there is a small amount of assembling to do. However, you should have it up and running within an hour of unpacking it. However, we do need to point out that a number of buyers have stated that it is not as easy to assemble as Kahuna likes to make out. For this reason, it is vital that you fully read and understand the instruction manual before ‘diving in feet first’
We feel that Kahuna really enhanced the appeal of this chair by offering six rollers. Standard rival chairs usually make do with four rollers, Kahuna have, therefore, upped the game, by adding these extra two rollers.
They are arranged in two sets of three, with the rollers are positioned in two triangles. These are placed with two at the bottom with one at the top. The six roller array feels very similar to actual human hands giving you the massage.
To ‘up the odds’ even more, Kahuna have heated the rollers. This helps to create a soothing effect to the entire run of your back.
Back and sides…
Not only can they massage your full back. There is a very clever internal design to the chassis called an L-track. This means that the rollers can run under the seat and also massage the backs of your thighs.
The rollers can be set to concentrate on a specific body area. If you have lower back pain or aching legs, for example, they can be set to concentrate on your chosen area.
The six triangular rollers are able to offer a lifelike feel to loosen up and invigorate your complete back and thighs. There are three levels of intensity settings, which is a very useful feature of this chair, we must say.
Zero gravity feature
The SM-900 will also fully recline to give you Zero-G seating, which will leave you feeling weightless.
The simple force of gravity is taken advantage of and you are pressed back into the chair which means the rollers will push against you, deeply massaging, while you are seated, in relaxed slumber – fantastic!
However, there is only one Zero-G recline position.
There are an overwhelming number of massage technique options to choose from with the SM-9000. You can select from knocking, kneading and tapping. Plus, you can combine the knocking and tapping to work together as one.
There is also a Shiatsu massage option, which will replicate finger kneading.
Besides the massage options, you are also offered seven separate auto programs. These have been designed to give different kinds of massages. So let us take a look at each of these…
First up is the Stretching program
This will give you a soft massage that combines with the movements of the seat, to gently stretch your back and muscles. It runs on a ten minute setting.
The Yoga choice
This is more vigorous than the stretching option. The rollers give a greater intensity and will stretch you, more aggressively.
The Recovery setting
This is aimed at soothing muscles and any pain you may have after completing a workout or some kind of strenuous activity. Think of this one like a wind-down massage, to calm you.
This is an option that gives you an eight-minute, well-balanced massage. This kind of throws a bit of every function into the mix. Ending up with a single and refreshing, full-body stretch.
The Relief program
This is best described as a deep but gentle massage. It utilizes a mix of heat and massage techniques to help ease any muscle pain you might be suffering. At twenty minutes, this is the longest duration offered from any of these massage programs.
The Calming massage
This offers gentle roller action that combines with a rocking motion. The rhythmic movement and massage is meant to totally soothe your body and help you sleep. The perfect mode to choose, if you fancy a nap and want to be rocked off in style!
Now, the seventh is a bit different and kind of cool, though not really classed as a massage technique, so to speak. Known as the Music Sync, you can program the chair to synchronize the roller action to the beat of the music you are listening to.
Now obviously, depending on your choice of music, will depend on how relaxing or forceful a massage you will receive. A bit of fun, this one, we think. Experiment with different beats and see what results you can create.
These are all well thought out programs that Kahuna has done a great job of designing. They are all unique and offer different effects.
Our only niggle here is that some of the programs run a bit on the short side.
Kahuna has not stated exactly how many airbags are actually built into the chair. But, we reckon somewhere between 30-36.
Some may feel that is too few, however, do not be fooled. These airbags deliver a very satisfying massage experience. And the pressure applied can be set to three different intensities.
Another major feature of the SM-9000 is the amazing heat option. We have already stated that the rollers are heated. That is a special, game-changing feature, you will not find on competitor’s massage chairs. This, in itself, adds real benefits to the back massage experience.
However, there is more…
The seat of the chair can be heated to warm and relax the lumbar bar area. By doing so, you will gain relaxing, therapeutic heat to calm back muscles and increase blood flow.
Even more than that, the footwells of the chair heat up a well. This will relieve aching legs and feet and revive blood circulation. A perfect feature to pamper this area, especially so, if you are on your feet all day.
There is no heat adjustment setting. It is either a choice of heat on, or, heat off. It would be nice if Kaluna had thought to include a choice of heat levels. Nevermind, you can’t have everything!
Feet and calf massage
Airbags fitted in the calf area combine with rollers that encapsulate your calves to give a really good massage. Pressure from the rollers and airbags can be adjusted to suit your tolerance.
Your feet are placed in pods on the footrest. The SM-9000 offers three foot massage options, these are Scraping, Rolling and Kneading modes. That is more options than you will find offered on most other massage chairs out there.
We have briefly mentioned this function but, we feel it deserves more of an explanation.
Kahuna claims that the SM-9000 offers the best massage chair stretch function currently available. And we do not see how we can disagree with this confident statement. The inbuilt mechanisms are able to manipulate and stretch you incredibly well.
Kahuna are known for their ‘Yoga stretch’, This is not overtly aggressive, yet very effective. If you suffer from chronic back pain, the Yoga Stretch will really help you out in the same way a chiropractor would. Yet, with the SM-9000, this can be done in your own home and for less over all cost.
MP3 and controls
The technology built into this chair allows you to pair it with your smartphone. There are also built-in Bluetooth speakers, so as an added bonus, you can play your favorite music while experiencing your massage. Plus, if you are really ‘up for it’, link your music to the Music Sync setting for a really unique massage!
Now, to the remote. An swing arm fitted on the right side of the chair holds the remote. You can take it out, or operate it from the holder.
The auto-massage options are straight-forward enough to operate.
While, well designed, we should point out, for the more detailed settings, it is quite difficult to understand. We feel it is rather cryptic and will take some practice to fully figure out all the choices available.
Kahuna SM-9000 Superior Review Pros and Cons
- Fantastic variety of massage options.
- Full back, leg and foot coverage.
- Very good stretch function.
- Good, firm pressure from the airbags and rollers.
- Heated rollers.
- Zero-G reclining.
- Six rollers.
- Large and heavy.
- Massage times are limited.
- Only one reclining position.
- Remote settings are a little confusing
Not quite sure if the SM-9000 is for you, maybe you’re worried about having enough space to use it effectively? If so, no worries, there are plenty of other great and smaller massage options available.
So check out our reviews of the Best Portable Massage Chairs, the Best Back Massagers, our Best Massage Chair reviews, our Best Neck and Shoulder Massager reviews, and the Best Handheld Massagers currently available.
Kahuna SM-9000 Superior Review Conclusion
So, let us draw this review to a close. And we hope we have given you all the information you need on the finer points of the Kahuna SM-9000 massage chair. As you can see, there is an awful lot that this chair has to offer. Kahuna have undoubtedly put a lot of thought into the design of this chair and the number of features on offer is exceptional.
You can be assured that you will experience deeply soothing, vigorous and invigorating, sensual and calming massages while encased in the comfort of this chair.
However, you do need to consider the size of the chair before making such an investment. It is large and heavy, so be sure it will fit comfortably in your home. But if it does, this would be the perfect addition to a large living room, or your office or man cave.
The pros most certainly outweigh the cons…
We have pointed out a few small issues with the SM-9000 but, on the whole, they are negligible. The bigger picture makes these points, niggles more than annoyances. And things like the complicated remote settings will be solved with time and practice.
At the start of this review, we asked if the SM-9000 has truly earned the name ‘Superior’ massage chair. Well, yes, it most certainly has!
So there you are then. Thanks for joining us this time for our review of the Kahuna SM-9000 Superior. See you next time, until then…
Happy and relaxing massages!