Kahuna Chair EM-Arete Massage Chair Review

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Kahuna EM-Arete Massage Chair

Among the many techniques used in shiatsu massage with fingers, thumbs, and palms, are stretching, joint manipulation, and mobilization. The Kahuna Chair performs several different techniques, including tapping, tapping+keading, shiatsu, and rolling. An automatic massage program based on shiatsu therapy gives users a full massage experience. Are you looking for a Zero Gravity, hip pressure-releasing massage?

Either way, you’ll love the Kahuna Elite Massage Chair ARETE fully assembled, because it will loosen you up and get you through the week! The Kahuna Massage Chair EM ARETE, which is used by celebrities, will astonish you when you take a seat and see how many customized areas you can rejuvenate and the 40 pre-programmed massage routines.

Kristina Martin

arete by kahuna
Reclining Feature
Intensity settings & Coverage Area
Heating Feature
Kneading feature
User Experience & Ease Of Use
Space Saving
Design and Aesthetics
Unique Technology & Features
Brand Reliability & Support


Inspired by the Athenian building Parthenon, the masterpiece of the Greek classic, this design brings you the greatest amount of comfort. High-quality durable vegan leather to suit your elegant sense and taste. Surrounding Bluetooth Speaker to transport you to the celestial place during the massage. We offer the best possible satisfaction in all aspects of functionality, performance, and price. 5 Speed Adjustments, 5 Airbag Strengths, 6 Massage Techniques, 3 levels of Zero Gravity positions with segmental control of footrests and bodies. Wall hugger space-saving design not to ruin your interiors.


Reasons to Buy

3 Levels of Zero Gravity Positions
Foot Extension
Upholstered With High-Quality Durable Vegan Leather

Reasons to Avoid

User Cannot be Taller Than 6’3″ or Shorter than 5’1″
Holds Users Weighting up to 280 pounds.
The Minimum Doorway Clearance Needed is 32″


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What we look for & how we rate chairs compared to other models

Reclining Feature

We choose massage chairs that recline at least to zero gravity position (120 degree) or more

Intensity settings & Coverage Area

We seek massage chairs with intensity settings, so that you customize the strength of the massage. Also the coverage are based on chair’s track design

Heating Feature

We search for massage chairs with a heating feature, since warmth helps to promote blood flow and relax muscles.

Kneading feature

We want at least one setting to mimic the kneading motion of a massage therapist’s fingers, rather than simply vibrating.

User Experience & Ease Of Use

How easy and convenient is to use the chair.

Space Saving

We search for massage chairs with a heating feature, since warmth helps to promote blood flow and relax muscles.

Design and Aesthetics

How beautiful the design of the chair is and how it fits into your space


Warranty coverage compared to other similar chairs. Preferably warranty coverage should be 3 years or longer

Unique Technology & Features

How many new features or/and new developments are packed in the chair.

Brand Reliability & Support

How reliable the brand is how good is the customer service

Kahuna EM-Arete Specifications

Product NameKahuna Arete Elite Massage Chair
Made InChina
Height Range5’1″ to 6’3″
Max Weight (lbs)280 lbs
Intensity 5 Levels
Space SaverYes – 5″
Warranty2 Year In-Home Parts/Labor/Service
Type of Roller3D
Roller TrackHyper SL-Track
Length of Roller4 of 1.25″ Rollers
Roller Glute MassageYes
Roller Width AdjustmentYes
Roller Speed AdjustmentYes
Roller Intensity AdjustmentYes
Removable Back Pad No
Body Scan TechnologyYes
Foot RollersYes
Calf RollersYes
Zero GravityYes
Inversion TherapyNo
Auto Programs24
Stretch ProgramYes
Deep Tissue MassageYes
Massage TechniquesKneading, Kneading +Knocking, Shiatsu, Tapping, Knocking, Rolling
Manual ProgramsYes (24)
Spot /Partial MassageYes
Memory SettingYes
HeatLumbar, Calves, Feet
# of Airbags36
Air MassageShoulder, Arm, Lower back, Legs, and Feet
Airbag Intensity AdjustmentsYes; 5 levels
Ottoman Length AdjustmentAutomatic
Hideaway OttomanNo
MP3 PlayerNo
Remote TypeTablet
Timer SettingMaximum 60 Minutes
UpholsterySynthetic Leather
Dimensions Upright            (L” x W” x H”)62″ x 31.5″ x 47″
Dimensions Recline            (L” x W” x H”)52″L x 31.5″W x 57″H + 7 (Leg Extension)
Massage Chair Weight364 lbs
Number of MotorsNot Available
Big Box Size (L” x W” x H”) 
Big Box ContentsFull Assemble
Small Box Size (L” x W” x H”) 
Small Box ContentsNot Available
Shipping Weight430 lbs

Compared to Other Chairs

In spite of its numerous technical features and a wide array of 3D massage options, the Elite Arete by Kahuna is an average 3D massage chair. Its cost comparison is what lowers its score a bit. It is definitely a model that you should definitely consider if you don’t want a huge amount of money savings but still want a great 3D massage chair. The EM-Arete can help you relax at the end of a long day, including the 3D massage rollers and reflexology foot rollers. A high-end stationary massage chair offered by the brand is the EM-ARETE.

Kahuna Elite Massage Chair Arete costs $7000, which is fairly average. There’s nothing that really pushes it over the edge price-wise to make it an incredible deal, even though it may offer better massage quality than some other 3D massage chairs. Although it is priced appropriately in exchange for the chair’s features and longevity, other models with more features for the same price, or even less.

The durability factor of the Kahuna Elite Massage Chair Arete is fairly average. It comes with only a 2-year standard warranty, whereas other similar models usually come with a 3-year warranty. Even though the outer materials are made of highly durable vegan leather, no matter how much you use it, you might not need to buy a warranty since you won’t need to replace it any time soon.

Positive Posture Brio+

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Kahuna EM-Arete and Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chairs offer an array of features for ultimate comfort. Both chairs have an L-Track design as well as Zero Gravity, allowing the user to recline in a comfortable position for an enhanced massage experience. Kahuna EM-Arete also offers 36 airbags, HSL-Track design, memory function, 29 auto programs, heating therapy (back, calves, foot), 60 minutes massage, calf rollers, and a stretch program. On the other hand, Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair offers 56 airbags with roller speed and intensity adjustment as well as body scan technology and foot rollers. Furthermore, Positive Posture Brio Plus Massage Chair has a space-saving technology that allows you to recline the chair with minimal space. Both chairs provide exceptional comfort and massage experience for their users.

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Osaki OS-4D Escape

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Two of the most advanced massage chairs on the market are the Osaki OS-4D Escape and the Kahuna Chair EM-Arete. They both provide superior comfort, but they differ in terms of technology and features. In addition to two-stage zero gravity reclines, the Osaki OS-4D Escape has ten automatic programs and 36 airbags. It features a body scan to customize the massage experience. Kahuna Chair EM-Arete offers three levels of zero gravity, segmental footrest and back control, vegan leather upholstery, an HSL-Track design, and 36 airbags in total. Both chairs provide excellent massage experiences, but the Osaki OS-4D Escape is more suited to those who seek advanced technology and convenience, whereas the Kahuna Chair EM-Arete is better suited to those seeking a more personalized experience.

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Kahuna EM-Arete Massage Chair Notable Benefits & Features

Zero Gravity (3-Stage)

There are three distinct levels of zero gravity in the Kahuna Arete, as well as segmental footrest and backrest control. As astronauts launch into space, NASA engineers developed zero gravity so that all pressure from their spines would be removed. This is the “healthiest” way to sit, according to chiropractors. Lifting the legs to heart level while reclining the back relieves all pressure from the spine.

3D SL-Track

With the 3D Roller mechanism on the Arete Elite Massage Chair’s SL Track, you will receive an extensive deep-tissue massage that starts at the neck and curves around the spine before wrapping around the glutes.  The 3D roller mechanism will allow you to adjust the intensity since the rollers not only go up and down; left and right; but also in and out.

Auto Programs (24) + Memory (5)

Kahuna Elite Arete features 29 auto programs, among them the elusive customized massage memory function (which can save up to 5 user profiles).  Enjoy programs such as:  Back Relief, Waist, Renew, Refresh, Recovery, Stretching, Morning, Night, Energize, Auto Stretching, Salesman Mode, Housewife Mode, Office Cleark Mode, Senior (Gentle) Mode, Game PLayer Mode, Sports Man Mode, Server Mode, Driver Mode, Neck, Neck & Shoulder, Wasit & Hip and Leg & Feet. 

Foot & Calf Rollers (Rotating Triangular Calf)

This chair has both foot and calf rollers to provide a relaxing experience for the feet and calves. Most chairs these days provide good reflexology foot massages, but few provide a calf roller mechanism as well.

Extended Heat Therapy (Lumbar, Calves & Feet)

With a heat therapy system by Ondol System, the Kahuna Arete Elite Massage Chair enhances your overall relaxation experience by helping to draw blood to your muscles. 

Kahuna EM-Arete Warranty

Including 2 Years Full Warranty! Kahuna provides lifetime technical support via telephone. After your warranty period has expired, they assist you with further options for your technical issues, including referring you to a network that can service your product for a lower price. From beginning to end, Kahuna pledges to show our commitment.

What Do Users Say About Kahuna EM-Arete Massage Chair?

“It’s my second one. The $3,500 model I bought is awesome. The $5,500 model is awesome. I ride it every day. I have to massage my back. We didn’t have a massage chair in our AZ home. My first ride was a bit painful. I went without one for six weeks. As soon as I bought it, my lower back and butt were gone. The heat setting helped. The lower leg and foot massage is amazing.”
Henry G.
“It has been 10 years since my husband and I wanted a massage chair, so I bought him one for Christmas. He uses it literally every day. After using the chair a few times a week, I have noticed a HUGE difference in my muscles as they don’t ache as much anymore. This chair’s colors perfectly match my living room. I love how it massages your calf muscles. I’m very happy with it!”
Monica R.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does This Have Heat Throughout the Entire Chair?

There is a small amount of heat in the back and legs, but it gets very warm, so you feel as if your whole body is being warmed. It’s very relaxing.

What’s the Weight Limit?

260 pounds

Does This Have Neck Massage?

Although the rollers reach your neck, it is adjustable and has many controls.

Where is This Chair Produced?

This chair was designed in America, but it was manufactured in China. That is the only disappointment.

Final Thoughts

Kahuna Arete is not just a well-designed massage chair, but also has a good massage feature, so it is more than just a well-designed one. The Kahuna Elite 3D Massage Chair Arete absolutely delivers when it comes to providing you with the perfect set of massages for a unique experience because it has high-tech features outside the field of massages. If you’re looking for perfection, the Positive Posture Brio Plus is unquestionably your best choice.

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Kristina Martin

Kristina Martin attended the University Of Florida and graduated in 2001 from the College Of Medicine. Kristina is a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). Her focus is to help her clients be as healthy as possible by providing personalized training and advice that is unique to them.
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