No matter the budget, when looking for a massage chair you, want the best value for your money. There is a number of massage chairs on the market that claims to have it all.
Many off-brand massage chairs are claimed to be the next best thing to chiropractors. While a lot of these claims are far from the truth, there is one off-brand company that never ceases to impress its users.
According to many online reviews, Kahuna massage chairs are very popular, and now the company has a treat for its loyal customers.
A newer model Kahuna Hubot HM-078 comes with even more additional upgrades than its predecessors. Largely Kahuna's success can be attributed to their best-selling Kahuna 6800 model.
Due to a lack of reviews at the time of this writing, I decided to give it a closer look at this model to decide if it fits the Kahuna standards.
Kahuna Hubot Review
Kahuna is a recognizable brand name that has a loyal following and manufactures full body massage chairs on the market.
It’s a tough competitor that at times offers more value to its users than some of the more expensive models.
Often, Kahuna massage chairs come with high-quality techniques with welcoming and beneficial therapeutic features.
Let’s have a look at the HM-078, a newer model.
General Features of HM-078 Hubot
With an advanced HSL-track design, It sets high standards already at the beginning.
A track is a mixture of the standard S-track and an L-track. This Hyper SL track extends 52 inches.
Apart from the HLS-track, the Kahuna Exquisite Rhythmic Massage Chair Hubot also comes with a KMS-08M-225L system.
This is another impressive feature that enables the massage chair to run a full hour without a necessary break.
The balls come with very high elasticity and are able to provide an excellent experience.
The Hubot HM-078 has fifteen pre-programmed massage techniques.
All are designed to provide the best massage to their users.
The intensity levels and the rollers can be adjusted to your preferences.
You can choose between the following programs:
Apart from that, there are six massage modes that include: kneading, kneading and knocking, body shiatsu, tapping, knocking, and rolling.
Zero Gravity Feature
The zero gravity feature is a popular feature and a very common one in a number of models. Inspired by NASA, it is also very therapeutic.
Zero gravity massage enables a more thorough and deeper massage by releasing the pressure from your lower back.
This option is very beneficial for users with back pain who are looking for soothing and instant relief.
Air Massage Mode
Kahuna Hubot has 107 airbags placed strategically on the chair. Air massage mode is very beneficial, but it is also a quite common feature with many others models.
The Hubot HM-078 goes one step further and enables the users to choose between five different intensity levels.
Apart from that, you can also choose between a full-body air mode massage or a separate area of the body, such as the head, shoulder, lower back, legs, and feet.
On auto programs, the air massage mode is very strong, according to many Hubot HM-078 online reviews.
Full Body Scan Technology
When it scans your entire body, it locates your pressure points which results in a more thorough massage of a higher quality.
Certain massage chairs enable their users to manually locate a pressure point in case It has left one out.
We’re not sure if this is the case with the HM-078. It would be a nice addition to this package, but there isn’t enough online information to confirm this feature.
Heat therapy is not something as common in a massage chair as we might think.
There are many expensive models that lack this feature.
On the other hand, in many massage chairs that provide this feature, the heat is usually located in the lumbar area.
Hubot HM-078 also has a heat option in the lumbar area. But this model goes a bit further.
It provides its users with an additional calves and feet heat therapy option.
This is an excellent feature that’s both very beneficial and therapeutic. After all, it boosts circulation in all three areas.
The downside of HM-078 is that the temperature cannot be regulated.
While it would be a lovely bonus, this is very common with many massage chairs, even in more expensive models.
A welcome addition to this model is a head temple massage.
When dealing with stress and headaches, the Kahuna website claims this is the feature that can provide the ultimate stress-relieving massage.
This feature is quite unique, and you can turn it on or off separate from the rest of the chair.
Foot and Calf Massaging
The rollers in the calf area provide an intense leg massage, which is definitely welcome for all those who spend a lot of their time on their feet.
At the same time, there are double rollers in the foot area.
They can move in different directions which is very soothing for tired feet.
Moreover, you can adjust the rollers by choosing one of the three levels of speed control.
On the other hand, the foot rollers are strong. Some users prefer to turn it off because they proved to be too painful on some massage modes.
Overall, the heat therapy and the airbags in the calf and foot area only add an additional relief and benefit to the overall experience.
A Mobile App As a Remote Control
A quite modern addition to the Hubot HM-078, It can be controlled via your mobile phone or tablet with an app.
Additionally, you can also listen to music or an audiobook because this Kahuna has premium Bluetooth speakers installed.
About the Company
Kahuna Hubot comes from an off-brand company.
Their massage chairs are manufactured by AJX.LLC, a company that brags about providing excellent massage chairs to their customers.
Originally formed in 1997, the AJX.LLC strives to offer the best products on the market.
You can find more information on their website.
About the Chair
Hubot HM-078 is manufactured in China.
Kahuna Hubot comes with a three-year warranty.
For further details, you can have a look at the warranty here.
This model is available in two colors: champagne and black.
We weren’t able to find any information on the material of the chair, but all previously reviewed Kahuna massage chairs were made of synthetic leather.
You can download the HM-078 manual as a pdf file here.
The company offers free shipping, but it’s recommended you purchase White Glove delivery for an additional fee.
The company claims they ship all over the world, but the delivery costs vary from country to country.
Their website claims this is able to fit perfectly to users up to 6’2” and is it very comfortable for users up to 350 lbs.
Kahuna Hubot HM-078 vs. Kahuna LM-7800
With the two massage chairs from the same brand with the same price tag, we’ve decided to compare and decide which one brings more value to the table.
There are only minor differences between the two, which will eventually influence your decision:
While the Hubot comes with a three-year warranty, the LM-7800 boasts a five-year warranty.
Since you cannot purchase an additional warranty for their models, the LM-7800 might be a better choice in this case.
In terms of the massage techniques, both massage chairs provide the same; the only difference is that the Hubot massage chair has one additional technique, namely knocking.
Both massage chairs offer a zero-gravity feature.
While even one stage of Zero-G is beneficial as in the case of HM-078, the LM-7800 provides three levels of recline which adds up to the overall experience.
LM-7800 comes with 4 basic auto programs.
These include the back, waist, seat, full-body, and fixed spot. Hubot HM-078 upgrades all these to 11 auto programs.
Both massage chairs provide full-body massage, a fixed spot massage, and a partial area of choice massage.
HM and LM both come with a full-body scan and cover the same areas.
Both are a very good choice for those who suffer from chronic pain and casual users alike.
The differences between them are minor, but the HM-078 does come with a wider array of options as well as heat massage, even though it lacks some other features.
The space-saving design is a very welcome feature, and the fact that they’re both FDA-approved medical devices is only an additional plus.
Kahuna Exquisite Hubot vs. Osaki OS-3D
As a top pick for many massage chair users, the Osaki OS-3D is an advanced massage chair that is known for its quality that can satisfy even the more demanding users.
Air massage mode is a beneficial feature in both of these chairs.
While the OS-3D airbags are able to link well with the other functions and provide an excellent massage, it only has 36 airbags placed around.
The Kahuna boasts of 107 airbags and is definitely more advanced from this point of view.
The Osaki OS-3D comes with dual feet rollers that make the chair much more effective.
While a lot of massage chairs leave this feature out, the Kahuna comes with three-foot-massage rollers that can provide even a more extensive massage.
Osaki Pro Cyber cannot compete with HM-078 in the heat therapy feature because it only provides heat therapy for the lower back.
While beneficial, the Hubot offers more by enabling heat therapy in the back, foot, and calf area. Both share the same features with minor variations.
They are both therapeutic and provide good value in terms of massage and options to their users. The general downside is that there is limited online feedback for both of these massage chairs.
Osaki may be one of the most innovative leaders in the massage chair industry, but many of the Kahuna massage chairs have been named most popular by online reviews and users.
Many of the Kahuna massage chairs have extensive features that are praised by many users. In other words, Kahuna massage chairs seem to be excellent value for money.
Experience Using This Chair
First, the bad stuff: Though the exfoliating massage spheres are made of softer silicone that feels more like a human's skin than plastic, it took about 10 minutes of back and forth to really get them in the right spot. The kms 08m 225l massage system is truly excellent, but the problem I ran into is that I never felt the movement of the spheres in my lower back; I felt them deeper in my thighs. Another thing: The massage balls were way too big and hard for my medium-sized thighs. In fact, I felt like someone with slightly smaller legs would have a much easier time getting the spheres in those places. Still, the heated seat, massaging legs, and strong vibration made for a great experience, and it's a hell of a lot better than I've ever had at an exfoliating spa. Plus, it's my favorite chair in the studio. I have a brown recliner and a long table, but I usually just sit on the floor with my legs straight out and my hands folded in front of me. The low back massager felt like I was laying on a cloud with some pressure at a certain pressure. So what's the catch? Well, while my massage lasted for 60 minutes (which is pretty good for the expensive price of $899), it wouldn't shut off after about 40 minutes. Like many massage chairs, this one has a "sleep mode" that allows you to stop the vibrations and lights (but not the ultimate rejuvenation and ecstatic massage) to stop it from overheating. The buttons for that didn't work, and they didn't have the automatic shut-off feature either.
It is a massage chair at its purest and most efficient level, with the best systems available. Premium Hi-Tech Ergonomic parts and innovative components: 10 adjustable height legs, backrest tilt, 7 programmable programs, adjustable siderest height, adjustable seat, adjustable backrest, back and neck support, footrest, removable leg bands, energy regeneration, anti-fatigue, 120 watts of power with an efficient 7.1/9.6 RMS motor, and the special energy-absorbing PU system for optimum stability and safety air cell. In customer service between clients or sitting at your desk to get some work done, this state-of-the-art massage chair with air cell movements will soothe your aching back. Its sleek design will look right at home in any office environment, and it includes Bluetooth for music and even a USB port so you can charge your electronics.
An FDA-approved medical device, Kahuna Hubot HM-078 is a unit that is both rich in features as well as therapeutic benefits.
With its many techniques and modes, it can provide instant relief to all those suffering from back pain or leg pain.
With massages lasting up to 60 minutes, Humbot HM-078 is quite extensive in what it has to offer. With a number of airbags and heat therapy, it seems very promising.
The fact that it can accommodate users up to 6’2” is just another bonus that can make this model a preference among many others.
The fact that the temperature with heat therapy cannot be controlled, is a bit disappointing. This could a bonus that tips the scale.
We like the Bluetooth speakers, but for this price, the massage chair could come with a memory function. The foot rollers might be too strong, but you can always turn them off or set the intensity on a minimal level.
Hubot promises to provide massage chair seems like a great catch-all in all, but due to the fact that it lacks online reviews, it’s difficult to tell if it’s really worth it.
Kahuna massage chairs have the fame of being both good and popular, but just in case we’ve prepared a comparison with a few other models to ease your decision.