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The Human Touch Super Novo vs the Ohco M.8

ohco m.8 vs super novo

The Human Touch Super Novo vs. the Ohco M.8

These massage chairs have a lot to offer and come at similar price ranges. Which offers the features you need? When you’re shopping for massage chairs, you often come down to two or three chairs that you need to pick from. When you’re looking for L-Track massage, 3D rollers, and heat, both these chairs can deliver. But what makes one better for you over the other?

First off, let’s discuss why L-Track massage and 3D rollers are so sought after since those are the two main features of both these chairs.

3D Massage Rollers

A 3D massage system takes everything a traditional, 2D system offers further and is found in the two chairs we’ll be discussing below. The 3D system works deeper into your shoulders and back, getting into the muscles for a more intense, more productive massage.

These rollers can also protrude further out from the track and reach places that the average chair usually can’t, including the upper neck and between the shoulders.

The rollers can move left and right and up and down, and in and out. This action helps to replicate the action of human hands. With 3D massage chairs, you can adjust the intensity of the massage to as intense or gentle as you like with some limitations based on the chair itself. If more than one person will be using the chair this can be beneficial.

L-Track Massage

First things first, what is a massage track, really? Basically, a massage chair has a long roller track that extends from the head/neck section down to the lower back and, in some chairs, the glutes and hamstrings. This track is similar to a train track because it guides the rollers up and down the back of the chair like train wheels like over the ground.

When you’re getting a massage from a chair, these rollers do most of the work, particularly on your back. The rollers glide along the track and based on its shape they can work in different areas.

Those different areas depend on whether the track is an S or an L.

As developments in massage chairs improved over time, the S-Track saw an extension called an L-Track. The L-Track was showcased years back and showed the ability to travel down the spine as well as beneath the seat to reach the glutes and hamstrings. That chair was an Inada, the first manufacturer to offer an L-Track prototype.

Inada took time to perfect their chair, and so Infinite Therapeutics, or Infinity, introduced its Iyashi model that became the first commercially available massage chair with an L-Track. This can be something to keep in mind when you’re shopping these two chairs since Infinity was the first to offer an L-Track.

Now, let’s discuss what each chair offers and give you a better idea of which one will be right for your needs.

Super Novo

 human touch super novo massage chair feature set

Upgrade the way you experience home massage with the Human Touch® Super Novo. It offers an unbelievable design that delivers 3D massage across your entire back down to your thighs. Plus, you can increase the intensity even more with the 4D massage programs.

Plus, the Super Novo is also “the first chair of its kind to implement Alexa capability with the help of Virtual Therapist™.” Ask Alexa through the Virtual Therapist for a customized massage and this wonderful new chair will sweep you away into true relaxation.

The Super Novo features unibody construction, 3D and 4D massage, and Meditation programs that combine a soothing soundtrack with relaxing strokes to help you focus your breathing and ascend to a place of healing tranquility. You’ll also find the Yoga Studio, which uses deep stretching and pressure to loosen tight muscles and reduce pain.


Virtual Therapist

Start up the chair and let the Virtual Therapist help you perfect your massage. It’ll ask you a few questions, including your physical needs and massage preferences. After that, the Super Novo will provide you with a massage tailored to your precise requirements any time you like, just by saying "Alexa, ask my Novo to give me a massage."

S- and L-Track Massage

For a massage that runs down your neck down to your thighs, the Advanced Multi-Dimensional Massage Technology in the Super Novo’s combination S/L-Track System will serve you right.

Extending and Heated Knee, Calf, and Foot Massager

With underfoot rollers and adjustable intensity in both the feet and calves, the heated extendable leg rest automatically adjusts to your height for an incredible massage experience. The calf massage also extends up to your knees for even greater massage coverage. Amazing when you’ve been on your feet all day.

3D and 4D Massage Programs

Go beyond 3D with the Super Novo. It offers 4D programs that up the anty with variable speed. The massage rollers speed up and slow down mid-stroke to create the feeling a real person massaging you. It’s perfect when you want different pressure and speed in different areas of your body without having to push a button to achieve it.

Altec Lansing Premium Sound System

The Super Novo’s Altec Lansing sound system, with built-in Sound Soothe, plays immersive sounds of nature, narrated guides, and allows you to listen to your own music, TV, or audiobooks right through the chair during your massage. It’s great when you want a soundtrack for your massage. The chair also offers Bluetooth connection so listening to your music is as easy as possible.

Advanced Fingertip Controls

Control key functions easily with the fingertip panel in the armrest. You can use Power On, auto-program startup, adjustable recline position, heat, speaker volume, and returning upright without having to lift your arm out of the chair to use the remote. You’ll remain comfortable during your entire massage.

Built-In USB Port

The built-in USB port allows you to charge your smart device while you listen to music, watch videos, or enjoy an eBook.

38 Auto-Wellness Programs

The Super Novo’s 38 programs- including full-body immersion, deep tissue, and an effective collection of therapeutic relaxation and recovery programs, to relax, unwind, and de-stress- are perfect for a soothing, pre-bed ritual or an invigorating morning routine.

Cloud Touch Acupressure

Targeted air cells use gentle pressure on healing points and apply manipulation to stretch muscles. This airbag compression massage adds another dimension to your massage and helps to improve circulation.

Dual-Lumbar Heat

Controllable, targeted heat reduces backaches and loosens tight muscles. When your lower back is particularly tight or if you just want to enjoy the warmth and benefit from increased circulation and relaxation, this feature is perfect.

Unibody Track

The Super Novo’s unibody track attends to around 60% more of the back than conventional chairs. This is the best for users who want the most from their massage chair coverage.

Zero-Gravity Seating

Zero-gravity cradles your back and raises your legs above your heart to support improved health. This position is promoted as the healthiest way to sit by physicians everywhere.

Space Saving

The Human Touch design team created space-saving tech here that outdoes the Novo XT2. You’ll only need two inches behind the chair to fully recline.

App Functionality

Download the Novo App to your Android or iOS device and your phone becomes a controller for the chair. Then, of course, there is the Virtual Therapist.

Now, let’s talk about the Ohco M.8.

The Ohco M.8

ohco m.8 massage chair feature set

The Ohco M.8 Series massage chair is the climax of engineering. This luxury shiatsu massage chair is massage redefined. It offers an incredible experience thanks to the easy entry doors, high-quality materials, Zero Gravity programs, and an enhanced MaxTrack. But there is so much more that this chair offers.


Body Scanning Technology

Patented Shiatsu point locator technology scans your body to ascertain how you are positioned in the chair. This ensures that your massage will focus on your specific profile.

Massage Programs

There are 14 Automatic programs that help you to enjoy the right massage at the right time. Some of the programs provided: Quick, Full Body, Stress Relief, Unwind, Stretch, Morning, Night, Full Body Air, Sports Recovery, Neck & Shoulders, Low Back, Glutes, Feet & Calves.


As an upgrade to a traditional L-Track, this chair has been designed with the MaxTrack proprietary framework that contours to the human body. While still allowing the seat, back, and legs to independently adjust, this track ensures a precise massage throughout every point of contact. The DeltaWave mechanism is able to travel in a J-shape that isn’t fixed. Because the mechanism has so much freedom of movement, it can stay in close contact with your body at every inch of its track. So with that, you can be in a classical Zero Gravity position, and you can also be in a lay-flat position. Both of these positions are possible with the MaxTrack design. It’s unique to this massage chair. Plus, you can even enjoy true zero gravity where your feet are raised above your heart.

Easy Entry Doors

For a wholly relaxing experience, the Ohco has included doors on either side of the chair to make getting your massage and continuing on with your day simple and stress-free. This feature can be wonderful when you have limited mobility issues or if you simply want a better, easier way to hop in and enjoy your massage.

Revolutionary Massage

No one has ever created a massage chair quite like this. One of the world’s foremost designers, Ken Okuyama, shaped it. A shiatsu master, sensei Okabayashi, filled it with a lifetime of learning. Together, they created a massage chair that tends to you holistically to bring your body and mind unprecedented relaxation and rejuvenation. For the greatest penetration and precision, these 4D rollers provide users with a deep tissue massage. They can turn and hit areas that 2D rollers can’t.

Enhanced Arm Massage

Like the hands of a masseuse who knows your body, twelve independently controlled air cells embrace each of your arms conveying movements in countless combinations that you can choose to fit the exact needs of your arms.

TheraElliptical™ Kneading & Back Calf Kneading

By coupling compression and rotation in a complex movement, the Ohco mimics the sensation of human hands, enhancing circulation with a strong yet soothing movement. Plus, the reflexology in the foot rollers eases any aches and pains in your feet.

Expert Shiatsu Technique with Airbag Massage

The feeling of a thumb or knuckle pressing with circular pulsing is the Art of Shiatsu. But, you don’t need to travel to the spa when you have an Ohco. The MaxTrack follows your back’s contour and the precisely engineered motions replicate a Shiatsu Master. Then, twelve air cells in the arms and massaging in the feet and calves ease away stress throughout your body. An incredibly deep neck massage unique to this chair with the Knead & Stretch Headrest will employ gentle traction to alleviate pressure so that at every turn the M.8 combines modern engineering with the ancient art of Japanese healing.

Total Body Heat

Foot, hand, back, and seat heat improves relaxation and comfort. Plus, you can independently control each heat zone.


The Ohco M.8 only needs 6.25” behind it to fully recline.

Air Ionizer with Aromatherapy & White Noise

Found in the headrest, the air ion generator removes dust, dander, spores, and pollutants from the air and the fan acts as a pleasant white noise that can ease your mind. A few drops of your favorite essential oil in the headrest diffuser makes the escape you’re experiencing that much better.

Large Screen Remote

The handheld remote offers a large screen for easy readability and swiftly tucks away back into its designated place when not in use with several language modes available.

Bluetooth & USB Ports

Connect your smart device to the chair to play relaxing music, sounds of nature, an audiobook, or your favorite meditation, and charge it with the installed USB port on the inside front of each arm.

M-Sense Light Pool

The Ohco M.8 has motion sensors that signal a soothing LED light to evoke an inviting atmosphere. This way you can walk to your chair without having to use harsh overhead lighting.

That all makes the Ohco M.8 Massage Chair. Additionally, the M.8 LE provides genuine leather and Alcantara interior to really take it up a notch. Though that does come at a higher price tag.

Deciding Factors

best choice for you

These two chairs include comfortable recline, 3D massage, airbag massage, foot massage, and technology designed to provide incredible relaxation. However, there are a few deciding factors that can sway you from one chair to the other. 

The Super Novo is designed to work with Alexa and provides a very different aesthetic when compared to the M.8. It may also provide a “rougher,” more intense massage. The Ohco is known to provide a thorough, but not very aggressive massage. You’ll find doors and very relaxation, mood-centered design in the M.8. In the Super Novo, you’ll find tech-heavy, ease-of-access, and modern design. The choice of which you prefer is up to you.

When it really comes down to it, your budget and what you really want from the chair is going to make your decision for you.

If you want a very intense massage, the Super Novo may be better for you. If you want a total relaxation experience that is more subdued, you may prefer the M.8.

Let your desires be the guide and go with the chair that calls to you most.

If you have any questions about these massage chairs or any others on our site, you can contact us over the phone or through email at We can also offer you financing options that can make taking home either of the best-sellers much more doable. After all, nothing should stand between you and ultimate relaxation.