Luraco introduced it’s newest model at the tail end of 2017. The Luraco Legend is the first non-Chinese L-track massage chair, with the electronics and software produced in the USA and the non-critical components imported from Taiwan. The L-track is the nickname given to massage chairs with extended roller tracks that go beyond the low back and down into the buttocks region, massaging the glutes, the piriformis muscles, and the top of the hamstrings. It is also a 3D chair, which means that you can adjust the depth of the rollers to create a more intense or less intense massage experience.
The Legend looks very much like Luraco’s flagship model, the iRobotics 7, although it has quite a few differences which make for a reasonably different massage experience. Below is a list of those differences:
- 2 Rollers vs. 4 Rollers – Most chairs on the market have a 4 roller system, what we call “quad rollers.” The Luraco Legend is no different; it is a quad roller chair. The iRobotics 7 (i7) is a 2 roller chair (or “dual rollers”). The dual rollers make for a deeper and more intense roller massage experience. Because of the quad rollers of the Legend, that chair will not give as deep or intense of a roller massage on your back muscles. Although it is a 3D roller chair, and you can adjust the depth of the roller massage, it is still not as intense as that of a dual roller chair like the i7.
- L-track vs. S-track – The i7 has a traditional S-track that extends 32″ from the base of the skull down to the low back. The Legend, as mentioned above, is an L-track chair with the 58″ rollers extending from the neck down to the mid-thigh region.
- User Height & Weight Limits – The i7 has a maximum user height limit of 6’7″, while that of the Legend is 6’2″ tall. The i7 can handle a user that weighs up to 300 lbs, while the Legend can handle someone up to only 240 lbs.
- Seat Width – Commensurate with the height and weight limits in #3 above, the seats of the two chairs are different; the iRobotics’ seat width is 22″ and the width of the Legend seat is 20″.
- Upholstery – The Luraco Legend is fully upholstered in a synthetic leather material. The i7 is, for the most part, covered in the same material except for those touch points where the user’s body may touch the chair without clothing covering the body part, i.e. neck/head, shoulders, hands, forearms, calves, feet, and thighs. Those touch points are covered in real black leather.
- Seat Swing – The i7 has a seat swing mechanism that moves the seat of the chair from side to side for passive motion in the low back and pelvic regions. The Legend uses the L-track to passively massage the low back and pelvic area so there is no need for a seat swing feature.
- Pause Function – You can pause your massage program at any time during the session in your Legend. The pause function does not exist in the i7.
- # of Airbags – The i7 has 105 airbags, whereas the Legend has 80.
- Music System – The Legend does not have a music system at all, while the i7 has an MP3 audio player and an SD card input for your listening pleasure. The speaker system in the i7 isn’t something to write home about, so don’t think you’re missing too much.
- Human Voice Response – The i7 has a voice system that speaks to you while you sit in your chair. It is great for explaining what the chair is doing to you as it goes through it’s various programs. The voice is programmed in English, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, French, and Spanish. The Legend does not have this feature at all.
- Remote Control – The touch screen display icons are pretty much the same in both chairs, but the size of the Legend’s remote is smaller than that of the i7. It is also a faster response remote control. When you press one of the buttons, the response from the chair isn’t quicker while the latent response from the i7 is a bit slower.
- Elbow Airbags – The Luraco Legend has a feature which is quite unique and not found in any other chair
we carry. It has airbags that surround the elbow and compress onto the insertion points of the wrist flexor and extendor muscles. This is a great feature for those suffering from tennis or golf elbow.
- Overall Feel – Principally because of the different roller systems, L-track vs. S-track and Quad vs. Dual rollers, the overall massage experience of the two chairs is quite different. Both models have quality builds with extremely quiet operation, but the feel is different. You will notice that right away when you compare the two. They are well built chairs, with great 5 year limited warranties, but if you are looking for a more aggressive massage, the i7 is a better choice. If you are looking for an L-track roller system, but can live with something a bit less in the strength department, the Legend is a great option.
I hope you found this comparison helpful!
Dr. Alan Weidner
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