The Luraco i7 PLUS vs. the Ohco M.8

i7 plus vs ohco m8

Which Massage Chair Is Right For You? The i7 PLUS or the Ohco M.8?

When choosing between two massage chairs of a similar price, such as the Luraco i7 PLUS and the Ohco M.8, deciding which chair provides the features you need will be crucial. Both these chairs offer very in-depth massages, foot rollers, heat therapy, and zero gravity, but is there one chair that will serve your needs better? Which type of massage are you looking for? A more medically-minded experience or the ultimate chair for relaxation with expert choreography?

Either way, adjustable intensity and the track are going to be huge deciding factors.

Let’s discuss why adjustable intensity is so sought after since it can fundamentally change the feel of your massage.

Varying Intensity for Personalized Massage

adjustable intensity

The type of massage that a person can enjoy varies quite a bit from person to person, and on top of that, we enjoy different massages at different times because our needs change. Adjustable intensity, speed, position, and time frame allow you to control how your massage feels at any given moment. The makers of these chairs want you to be satisfied with your massage, so they make a great deal of customization as possible.

Intensity can also differ from chair to chair and brand to brand. Osaki models can provide medium-strong to intense massages, including deep tissue like the Maestro, and some chairs provide a more gentle massage experience.

If this is the first time you’re looking to purchase a massage chair understanding the intensity it offers and the ability to control it will be crucial. It will also be very important to understand the type of intensity you like and its importance compared to other massage chair features.

Adjustability in Practice

Most chairs offer intensity adjustment right on the remote. There are several that allow you to adjust the intensity of the airbags and some that also have a roller intensity adjustment.

However, it is important to understand that based on the type of roller the chair uses, you’ll be able to control the intensity in different ways. If you’ll be the only user of the chair it might not be as difficult finding a chair you like, however, if you’ll be sharing your chair, finding one that allows you to adjust the rollers between each massage will be crucial.

Generally speaking, there are two ways adjustable intensity works:

Airbags

airbag massage

In some massage chairs, there are airbags located on either side of the rollers. When a user increases the roller intensity, the airbags deflate so that the rollers protrude further out and reach deeper into the back. When a user decreases the intensity, the airbags inflate to push their back further away. When you’re enjoying a compression massage from airbags, controlling the intensity works in the same way by decreasing and increasing the amount of air in the bag to control how tightly they squeeze your muscles.

Massage Rollers

In other chairs, the rollers move forward and backward to increase and decrease the intensity. This is the advantage of a 3D or 4D roller over a traditional 2D roller. The 3D rollers can move in and out, up and down, and can move closer together or further apart. This means that you can make the massage more intense in certain areas and then tone it down for others. These two chairs offer 4D massage when the roller speed itself can be adjusted as well.

Sometimes testing chairs can be the only way that you’ll know what to expect from the rollers, but understanding the technology can help.

From an outside perspective, the M.8 massage chair is designed to offer a Shiatsu massage that hits the middle range for intensity and the Maestro is known to be quite intense.

Now, what are the differences between the S-Track and L-Track?

S-Tracks

In modern massage chairs, you either have an S-Track or an L-Track. The less expensive option is the S-Track, and it was named for the shape of the human spine as it resembles the letter S. S-Track rollers glide up and down your back and won’t lose contact with your back since they follow the curvature of your spine.

An S-Track curves in to address your neck and lower back and curves the opposite direction to hit the middle of your back and tailbone without utilizing too much pressure. This feature allows for the most comfortable, most productive massage.

Spines aren’t straight lines, so your massage track shouldn’t be either.

L-Track

l track massage

As developments in massage chairs proceed onward, the S-Track saw an extension in the form of the L-Track. The L-Track was showcased years back and revealed its ability to travel down the spine to under the seat, massage down to the glutes and hamstrings. That chair was an Inada, the first manufacturer to present an L-Track prototype.

Inada took time to perfect their chair, however, and because of this Infinity introduced its Iyashi model, which became the first commercially available L-Track massage chair.

More and more models have come out since then, and many have started to provide the extended L-Track to serve more of the user’s sore muscles and trouble spots.

S-Track vs. L-Track

When you’re analyzing each track, think of it this way. The L-Track is an extension of the S-Track that addresses the seat and top of the hamstrings. It’s still one continuous roller track in that upper shape of an S.

The L-Track rollers work the glutes, piriformis, and hamstrings just as powerfully as the neck, mid-back, and lower back. In the past when there was no L-Track, these areas could only be reached by airbags.

If you suffer from tight or sore glutes, or if you have sciatica or piriformis syndrome, an L-Track can be an astonishing feature for you.

An L-Track massage chair still delivers the benefits of an S-Track chair. After all, the L-Track is just an extension of the S-Track.

For a better understanding of what these chairs offer, let’s take a closer look.

The Ohco M.8

ohco m8 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.

Features

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.

MaxTrack™

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 a bit inversion.

Easy Entry Doors

ohco m.8 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

shiatsu 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.

Space-Saving

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.

Luraco i7 PLUS

luraco i7 plus feature set

The Luraco iRobotics i7 PLUS massage chair offers a medical-grade massage experience that was researched, designed, and built in the US. Add the optional health monitors and you can see exactly how your massage will affect you in real-time. The i7 PLUS has been upgraded with added features that make your massage experience even better. This robotic massage chair is easily one of our best-sellers thanks to the full host of customizations available.

Features

Made in the USA

Luraco massage chairs are the first and only medical massage chair brand that sells chairs that are researched, developed, and built in America. This is the 7th generation massage chair that features cutting edge technology including the ability to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure, something you won’t find anywhere else.

Full Body Heat Therapy

heat therapy

The i7 PLUS is one of the few we carry that features a full body heat therapy system. There are several heating elements in the footrest, seat, and throughout the back that apply gentle heat to your back to loosen them up more easily. This is a great complement to any massage program, especially if you are carrying a lot of tension.

Zero Gravity

Zero gravity is an essential addition to any massage chair, particularly one of this caliber. The i7 PLUS is a zero gravity massage chair that provides the benefits of this position at the push of a button. As you recline, your legs raise above your heart to minimize gravity's influence on your spine and joints, which allows them to decompress and relaxes the surrounding muscles. Plus, the majority of your body weight is focused on the backrest, improving the intensity of your massage significantly.

Advanced Operating System (OS)

The i7 PLUS massage chair features an advanced operating system that manages every aspect of your massage and accomplishing a host of more advanced features, such as the health monitoring systems that you can add to the chair.

Optional Health Monitoring Features

The Health monitoring system is an optional feature, but if include it in your purchase of the Luraco i7 PLUS massage chair, you add the ability to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure to make sure you are getting the most out of your massage and are improving your life in more healthful ways.

3D Massage Technology

The Luraco i7 PLUS is outfitted with 3D technology that allows the roller heads to protrude from the track to better massage areas where the spine curves away from the chair, including the neck and the lower back. The i7 PLUS’s 3D rollers feature a robotic arm system that aids them in providing an incredible lower back and neck massage.

Double Foot Massage Rollers

double row foot rollers

In each footrest are two rows of high-quality foot massage rollers. These rollers apply a reflexology massage to the soles of your feet and the air cells improve the massage and ensure that the rollers can really work into your feet. This feature is perfect for those who are on their feet all day.

Stretch Program

Stretching programs are a wonderful addition to any modern massage chair. Stretching allows the chair to access muscles within the body that the massage roller can’t reach for a full body massage experience. Stretching can also help the chair to work out any knots.

Three Layered Adjustable Footrest

By far one of the best features of the i7 PLUS is the adjustable ottoman. With this extension, this chair can cater to users from 4’7” all the way up to 6'7". This is by far the widest range of any massage chair we carry.

Genuine Leather on Touch Surfaces

Everywhere you touch, the massage chair is upholstered in genuine leather for a soft, comfortable experience that synthetic can’t provide. Touch surfaces include the head, arms, shoulders, and feet.

UL Listed Massage Chair

If you’re looking for a massage chair for your places of business, like a salon, medical office, or health care facility, UL approval is required by the U.S. Government. The i7 PLUS complies with UL 1647 standard and those set by the FDA and CE.

High-Quality Bluetooth Speaker

An OEM speaker was designed specifically for the i7 PLUS. Incorporating sound into your massage creates a mentally relaxing experience on top of being physically relaxing. Pair your smart device to your chair and listen to music, audiobooks, or your favorite podcast.

Advanced Air Cell Massage

The i7 PLUS features one of the most comprehensive compression massages. The system utilizes 80 air cells placed throughout the chair to massage the hands, arms, shoulders, back, hips, seat, legs, calves, and feet. You can control what massage you get from the remote.

Shoulder & Neck Air Cell Massage

Air cells in the neck and shoulder, upholstered with genuine leather, apply a compression massage to help relax your muscles and press you into the backrest to improve your back massage.

Forearm & Palm Massage

Airbags by the forearm and hand, also in genuine leather, use compression to help relieve tension and promote circulation.

Hip Twist & Swivel Massage

The air cells at the hip inflate independently to provide a twist motion to stretch your core and loosen up your lower back.

Leg & Feet Air Massage

Air cells in the legs and feet squeeze your muscles to relieve tension and promote circulation. Additionally, these airbags comfortably grab your legs to keep you in place during the stretch motions so that you receive a deeper massage.

Upgraded Comprehensive Remote

The remote, designed much like a smartphone, includes several different menus that offer the highest number of options to customize your massage experience giving you a fully customizable massage experience. There are nine automatic programs, such as the Pause option that allows you to leave the chair and pick up right where you left off.

Adjustable Intensity Locations

The i7 PLUS allows you to adjust the intensity in the neck, back, arms, feet, lower back, and calves. The Kneading and Tapping programs have also been given new variable speed controls with three different rhythms.

Multi-Language Voice Response System

The i7 PLUS menu can be programmed for English, Spanish, French, or Vietnamese.

Deciding Factors

best choice for you

These two chairs are similar and offer corresponding features such as zero gravity, deep tissue massage, airbag massage, foot massage, heat, and Bluetooth with high-quality speakers.

However, there are some key differences in their construction. The M.8 provides a 4D L-Track where the i7 PLUS offers a 3D S-Track. When you’re selecting a massage chair, those different systems will be a big deciding factor. As you know now, the 4D massage can provide rollers that can adjust speed and an L-Track can attend to your glutes and hamstrings.

If those aren’t the important features to you, you can save by purchasing the i7 PLUS. The Luraco is also built in the US. If you want the best choreography from a chair designed by a Shiatsu Master, then the Ohco is for you. The Ohco M.8 also comes with advanced features including aromatherapy, easy-entry doors, and the one-of-a-kind J-shaped MaxTrack, which can provide a neck to glute massage while still reclining to lay flat.

These are the large differences between the chairs and what will likely make your decision for you. Allow your desires to guide you, and of course your budget.

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 info@massagechairplanet.com. 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.