Luraco iRobotics 7 vs. Luraco Legend

Male using a Luraco Legend
Male using a Luraco Legend
Luraco Legend massage chair
Luraco Legend

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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″.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. # of Airbags – The i7 has 105 airbags, whereas the Legend has 80.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Elbow Airbags – The Luraco Legend has a feature which is quite unique and not found in any other chair
    Elbow Airbags
    Elbow Airbags

    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.

  13. 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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Infinity Presidential vs. Genesis vs. Imperial

Sleek massage chair
Sleek massage chair

Infinity massage chairs have come out with a triumvirate of new chair models that offer the 3D L-track feature, something that has been lacking in our industry. The Genesis is a Costco exclusive, the Imperial is a Mattress Firm exclusive, while the Infinity Presidential massage chair is the model the rest of the retailers carry (including Mattress Firm, labeled as the Presidential 2).

I have the Presidential in both of my showrooms and it is a very popular model. It came to us in November 2017 and has been a top seller ever since. It competes very nicely with chairs like the Human Touch Novo XT, the Luraco Legend, and the Osaki Ekon…all 3D L-track chairs.

I figured I’d dedicate this brief article to describing the differences between the 3 Infinity models as it has become somewhat confusing to massage chair shoppers who have run across the names of all three in their research. I’ve only sat on the Presidential, so for the feel of the chairs, I can’t speak for the Genesis or the Imperial. So, my points below will be relative to what we have in the Presidential model:

  1. Infinity Genesis massage chair
    Infinity Genesis

    As mentioned above, the Genesis is sold through Costco road shows, while the Imperial is sold through Mattress Firms road shows. These models are not listed on their respective websites and can only be found through the road show sales model.

  2. They all have different looks, but essentially offer many of the same features, i.e. 3D rollers, L-track, foot rollers, lots of airbags, auto programs, manual settings, zero gravity, etc.
  3. The Genesis does not have the heated rollers, heated feet, or stretch program that the Infinity Presidential offers.
  4. Infinity Imperial massage chair
    Infinity Imperial

    The Imperial has calf rollers and an “air ionizer”. Not sure what that is, but it sounds cool. Here is the description as written on the Infinity website…”This feature gently blows fresh air from small vents in the headrest to facilitate healthy oxygen intake. You will feel invigorated and focused after inhaling freshly circulated air during your massage session.” The calf rollers and ionizer are not found on the other two models.

  5. Infinity Presidential massage chair
    Infinity Presidential

    The Presidential actually has a “J”-track, instead of a true L-track. The L-track extends beyond the back 90 degrees to directly under the buttocks. The J-track also extends under the buttocks but at a 45 degree angle. What this does is allow the chair to flatten out more like a true S-track chair to a more horizontal position and, thus, provide a better stretch action than the L-track chairs.

 

Dr. Alan Weidner

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Review of the Luraco Legend Massage Chair

Male using a Luraco Legend
Male using a Luraco Legend
Luraco Legend Massage Chair
Luraco Legend

The Luraco Legend massage chair was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2017. It was to be the first non-Chinese L-track massage chair option in the market. It wasn’t until December of 2017 that this chair finally was released to the public. We ordered one for each of our showrooms a couple of months before the release so that we could get our hands on it as soon as possible and be able to answer customer questions which would come (and had already come during the entire 2017 year!).

When the chairs arrived in December, both of our chairs had a problem with the 3D mechanism. Luraco, to their credit, sent out a tech to each of our stores to find out what the problem was. They figured that it was a part damaged in shipping in both cases and went about making it right. It delayed further deployment of the chair, but the problem was rectified and the chairs started to roll off the line in late December/early January. We have not had a problem with the chair since! I’m glad we were able to help them with this problem that didn’t raise it’s ugly head until the chair went through the rigorous shipping process.

In my review of the Legend, I will, from time to time, reference the flagship Luraco iRobotics 7 massage chair (i7) in comparison to it, but a full comparative review will be done at another time. Here are my observations of the chair:

  1. The literature specifies height limits of 4’10” to 6’2″ tall. We have found that if you are 6’2″ and more torso than legs, the top of your neck/base of your skull may not be reached by the rollers. You may have to slump down a bit to get the rollers to hit those areas. The ottoman/leg rest has plenty of room to extend so they will fit the 6’2″ body whether you are all legs or torso.
  2. This is a 3D L-track, which means you can adjust the depth of the roller mechanism and, thus, the intensity of the roller massage. At it’s deepest point, you will get a good, strong roller massage of the neck. Like the i7, you can adjust the depth of the rollers in segments, independent of other segments. What that means is if you want to increase the depth of the rollers only in the neck or only in the buttocks or low back or mid back, you can do that independent of the other areas. It is a fantastic engineering idea that I love. Pretty much all non-Luraco chairs have 3D roller depth adjustment that, when changed, affects the depth of the entire roller mechanism.
  3. By the way, the 3D function has 5 different depth settings for each of the 4 independent sections of the spine.
  4. The Legend is a smaller chair than the i7, but looks similar in it’s overall appearance and upholstery. It has the same colors as the i7, same stitching and faux wood accents. It can handle folks up to 240 lbs and does NOT have a space saving/wall hugger feature.
  5. Elbow Airbags
    Elbow Airbags

    The Legend has hand, forearm, and shoulder airbag massage, like most other chairs nowadays, but also has an interesting elbow airbag massage. This “cuff-like” airbag mechanism inflates onto the medial and lateral epicondyles of the elbow. Fancy words for the areas of the elbow where golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow occur. It’s the first I’ve seen of this…and I like it.

  6. By the way, the forearm and hand airbags have sequentially inflating airbags, which means that there are two airbags for each side and they inflate one after the other, or sequentially, during the arm/hand massage. It is very comfortable and feels more therapeutic than just one airbag inflating like a balloon. I should also say that both sides of the arm massage inflate at the same time.
  7. The shoulder airbags are adjustable up and down for shorter and taller torsos. The purpose of the shoulder airbags are mostly for pinning down the upper torso during the stretch program and when the rollers come up the spine.
  8. 3-Tiered Leg Massage
    3-Tiered Leg Airbags

    The leg massage involves 3 tiers of airbags, one for the feet and two for the calves. I like this because for taller folks the airbags will cover more of the longer calves and for shorter folks the top tier has a good chance of massaging the knees, which is something that some folks are looking for.

  9. The calf airbags at full intensity are quite bearable. It think the airbags behind the calves are fantastic. It’s an area much neglected by most massage chairs.
  10. There are no hip airbags on this model.
  11. The Legend comes with mechanical foot rollers. The chair includes a pair of foot pads for those of you who have really sensitive feet. Those pads are already placed in the chair, under the upholstery that is directly under your feet. You can remove them by opening the velcro strip.
  12. The foot rollers work mostly the balls of the feet, but there are more under the arch of each foot although you don’t feel them as intensely as you do the rollers under the balls of your feet. The foot airbags are also programmed to move your feet from side to side across the moving foot rollers. This allows for the outer and inner most parts of the souls of your feet to also be massaged by said rollers.
  13. Although the chair will automatically adjust the foot rest portion to adjust to your leg length during the body scan, there is a sensor under your heels that you can press with your heels during the scan to lengthen the ottoman even further if the scan misses the mark. A great feature, in my opinion.
  14. The body scan of the Legend, like the i7, takes a bit longer to complete since it actually scans the entire body and not just the head and shoulder positions, like most Chinese chairs. It is shorter than that of the i7, which is 1.5 minutes long, but still a lengthy scan to map out your spine.
  15. The chair comes with two head pillows, one for head support and one for neck support. They are not attached to each other so one or both of them can be lifted out of the way if you want to experience the full depth of the neck roller massage.
  16. Remote Control - Programs
    Remote Control – Programs
    Remote Control – Settings

    The remote control is wonderful. It is smaller than that of the i7, but the same touch screen programming and icons. I find it to have a quicker response rate than the remote of the i7. It is a very easy remote control to use. There is no voice feature and no speakers/music system. That’s OK since the speakers of the i7 were nothing to write home about! There is a remote control pocket slot on the right arm rest and a Smart phone holder slot on the left arm rest.

  17. Like the i7, the Legend has a slower, more methodical massage function. Not a lot of tapping, but mostly kneading. Also, like it’s big brother, the Legend is a very quiet chair; you can hardly hear the rollers or airbags doing their thing.
  18. The Luraco Legend massage chair has quad rollers rather than the dual rollers of the i7. That means there are 4 roller balls going up and down your back rather than just 2.
  19. I love how the rollers hit the levator scapulae muscles, which are the muscles at the top of the shoulder blades. That’s the muscle you usually try to massage with your opposite hand when you have been sitting at your desk all day and your shoulders get sore. The rollers really work those muscles over well. Like most other massage chairs, though, the rollers really don’t do much for the trapezius muscles.
  20. The rollers are strong on the shoulders, neck, mid back, and lower back, but a little less intense in the lower lumbar and buttocks muscles, even at a 5/5 intensity setting.
  21. The roller track is reported to be 58″ long, which is longer than any other chair we carry. I think that because of that we all expected the rollers to go all the way down the hamstrings. Although the rollers do hit the hamstrings, it isn’t much further than other models we carry.
  22. I found something about the neck massage to be very interesting…in a good way. I could feel the quad (4) rollers doing the massage, but then it felt something like “side bars” behind my skull when the rollers went to the top of the neck. They felt like “guides” to keep my head in place while the neck was being massaged. Pretty cool feature. I liked it.
  23. The heating function covers the low back only but has 5 different heat settings. At it’s highest, it gets pretty warm.
  24. Very few massage chairs have a memory function, wherein you can save a program, be it an auto program or your own custom concoction, for future use. That way, with the push of a button you can bring back a massage program, and your associated settings, that you really liked before. The Legend massage chair will allow you to have 5 different programs memorized for instant recall. Great feature!
  25. There are 9 programs for the Luraco Legend massage chair. Most of them are fairly self explanatory. One of the 9 is a stretch program. A lot of customers want a good stretch program in a massage chair. L-track chairs tend to have weaker stretch programs than regular S-track chairs. But, I must say that I rather like the stretch program of the Legend. I thought I’d explain the sequence of what went on during the stretch program:
    1. The arm and shoulder airbags inflate while the chair reclines about 45 degrees and the ottoman rises to horizontal.
    2. The calf and foot airbags inflate to grab the legs firmly, yet comfortably.
    3. The heel airbags inflate to really grab the feet before the ottoman drops down and the chair reclines even further. While this is going on, the rollers are pushing forward on the mid back while the shoulder airbags are still pinning down the upper torso.
    4. The culmination of all these concurrent activities results in the low back being tractioned, i.e. stretched.
    5. The stretch program goes through this sequence repeatedly during the entire time of the program.

Well, that about does it for the Luraco Legend massage chair review. Feel free to ask any questions that I perhaps didn’t address here. At the time of this writing, the Luraco Legend is selling for $6990 and comes with a 3 year parts & labor warranty with an additional 2 years of parts coverage beyond that.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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CES and Massage Chairs – 2018

CES 2018
CES 2018

I once again had the pleasure of attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week to check up on the latest massage chairs. Although there was really only one new model from our list of suppliers on display this year, it was still a blast to be there and feel the energy of the show. CES is a major event in the electronics world and it is packed with people, wall to wall, in every venue.

The weather was delightful, as it usually is in Las Vegas at this time of year, but inside is where the adventure was. I had the opportunity of touching bases with some old friends from Inada, Panasonic, and Luraco. It is always wonderful to reacquaint with colleagues from these great companies.

Panasonic, now under the quality umbrella of Furniture For Life (along with Inada, Positive Posture, and Varier), introduced the new MAJ7. This is the first Japanese designed/engineered massage chair that has foot rollers! I enjoyed the chair quite a bit…and the foot rollers were formidable. It looks an awful lot like the MA73/MA70, but it feels a bit bulkier and more padded. It felt very “cushy” when I first sat in it. It also preserves some of the well-liked features of the MA73, i.e. innovative arm airbag massage, heated rollers, and great segmental stretching programs. It also adds a “Core” auto program and the ability to adjust the intensity of airbags independent of each other (most other chairs only allow a gross, systemic change of air pressure to all airbags). I also found the roller massage to feel more vigorous and deeper than that of it’s predecessors.

The ottoman cannot be rotated to hide the calf and foot wells. Other than that, the chair is pretty similar to the MA73. No surprises. It comes in 3 colors: black, brown, and beige. It will be on our website in the next week or so and will be priced at $9995.

Infinity had two booths but only had their Riage X3 model at both booths. Human Touch had a small 10 x 10 booth that only displayed the Novo XT, which is a great chair to display if it is the only one you’re showing. Inada displayed their DreamWave flagship model, while Luraco brought all their models, including the newly released 3D L-track Legend model, the flagship iRobotics 7, and “Sofy”, their offering for a coin operated chair and home theater chair.

Positive Posture had their upgraded Brio. They have made some subtle programming changes to the original Brio after input from our staff. Originally they had the chair set up so that the intensity of the airbags and the depth of the 3D rollers were linked to the same intensity adjustment button. They have separated those functions. Also, originally the user could not turn on the rollers independent of the airbags in the manual settings. That has been fixed as well.

Here is the the video from my CES visit…

3D L-Track & The New Infinity Presidential Massage Chair

Sleek massage chair
Sleek massage chair

We have added quite a few new chairs to our website over the last few weeks, including the Infinity Presidential, 3 Johnson Wellness models, the Inner Balance Jin, the Synca CirC, the Ogawa Touch 3D, the Ogawa Refresh Plus, and the Luraco Legend. We still have the Titan Pro Jupiter XL, the new Panasonic MAJ7, Ogawa Active L, and Osaki TW-Pro 03 massage chairs to add to the site as well.

Courtesy of pokecommunity.com

Over the last two weeks we have also added the Infinity Presidential and the Luraco Legend to our showrooms. These are much needed 3D L-track chairs that customers want to know about. 3D L-tracks are a relatively new phenomenon and, until the Human Touch Novo XT massage chair came along, we didn’t even have one on our website or in our showrooms. Now, we have the Novo XT, the Positive Posture Brio, the Luraco Legend, and the Infinity Presidential.  All great chairs, all quite different. Osaki just announced their new Ekon, yet another contribution to the 3D L-track market.

I thought I’d type a few words and comments about my first impression of the Infinity Presidential massage chair. It is an L-track, but also considered a “J track”, which means that the track shape is a little different to accommodate more horizontal flattening of the seat and chair back and, thus, facilitate a better extension spinal stretch. The biggest knocks against any L-track vs. S-track chairs is the weaker stretch programs in the L-track chairs. The Presidential seems to offer a flatter recline and a stronger extension stretch for the user.

Infinity Presidential massage chair
Infinity Presidential

It has a strong roller massage at it’s maximum 3D roller depth adjustment. It is a noisier chair than the Novo XT from Human Touch, but offers a bit stronger roller massage at the maximum setting. It can handle a bit wider body size, while also being able to handle a fairly tall individual.

I like the quick keys it has at the bottom of the remote. These keys save you from having to go into the menu and scroll up and down looking to adjust settings. You can adjust the 3D roller depth, the air bag pressure intensity, scroll through the auto programs, and more from these buttons. It makes it so easy to operate the chair from these 8 buttons. Of course, you can go into the menu, which is quite intuitive, to operate all functions of the chair.

There is a program button called “Hot Rocks” which, from I have been told, is a semi automatic program that has 5′ increments with each push of the button and heats up the rollers of the chair. The chair already comes with heating elements for the back, seat, and feet, but by pushing the Hot Rocks button, you can get the rollers to heat up and give you a more comprehensive heating effect.

Well, there are some things to chew on about this chair. It is priced at $8495, which seems rather high, but it seems to be well received by everyone who has sat on it so far in our showrooms. I’ll write a more comprehensive review and post videos about this chair in the near future.

Dr. Alan Weidner

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New Massage Chair Models at CES!

CES
CES

I visited Las Vegas from January 5-7 this month to meet with a bunch of the companies who supply the massage chairs we sell. I had the chance to meet with Inada, Infinity, Luraco, Human Touch, and uKnead. It was a great visit and I got some good video footage of some new models. The video is below, but here are the highlights for your perusal:

  1. Inada has a new model coming out in April called the Inada Nest. It will be priced at $5999 and has some pretty cool features that we’ve not seen before in a massage chair. First of all, the rollers are “pumpkin” shaped in that there are ridges on the massage rollers. It makes for a somewhat different massage experience, particularly in the top of the shoulders area. I really felt those rollers hit my levator scapulae muscles (tight muscles at the top of your shoulder blades).Secondly, the Inada Nest has quad rollers, each side of which are independent of each other. In other words, the left and right rollers work independently of each other as the rollers go up and down the spine. In my mind’s eye, the practical application of this would be for spines that have muscles imbalances from right to left, i.e. scoliosis perhaps. The rollers would address the hypertonicity of each side as differently as the muscle tightness might be from side to side. Pretty cool, actually.
  2. Luraco introduced it’s new 3D L-track chair, the Luraco Legend. This chair won’t be available until the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year, but it will be the first non-Chinese made L-track chair, which is interesting. It will be priced at $6499. Some of it’s features include a 58″ roller track, which actually massaged the belly of my hamstrings (I’ve never had an L-track reach that low down my thigh), 3D rollers that have separate intensity adjustments for different areas of your spine (in other words, you can make the neck massage stronger than that of the low back and/or buttock area), foot rollers, and can handle taller bodies as well as shorter bodies just like the iRobotics 7 does.
  3. Human Touch introduced their Novo XT around the beginning of the holiday season in 2016, but they never had inventory until the end of December. Now, they are out and about and there were some on display at CES. We actually have a floor model in each of our showrooms. Great chair. It is a 3D L-track chair that can handle taller bodies and has a very easy remote control to use, plus a lot of automatic programs to play with. It has foot rollers and Bluetooth, as well as a space saving feature. You can check out the chair already on our website.
  4. uKnead is introducing a new model, called the Lohas, to their line up. At this point, we only carry their L-track Lavita, which has been a pretty steady seller. The Lohas will also be an L-track, but has a sleeker body design. It also includes calf rollers, foot rollers, calf airbags that can flip up and massage the knees, quick access keys on the right armrest to control the positioning of the chair without having to fiddle with the remote control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a space saving feature. It will be priced at approximately $3895 and it will not be available until April.

Here is the video of my visit to CES with some conversations with the company folks talking about their new chairs…

I hope you found this interesting and helpful!

Dr. Alan Weidner

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