As a pro level Ninja Warrior, I have used Massage Guns to help me recover. Some are excellent and some don’t even have a stall force to even do the job of Massage.
Today I’m going to be testing or 12 brands reading from only $30 is $400 to make sure you do not regret buying one. I will also have links to these Massage guns but also all the other Massage Guns I’ve ever used down in the description below.
- First in this Massage Gun showdown I’m going to be measuring the stall force to make sure you can actually apply enough pressure to massage your muscles properly.
- After that I’m gonna be testing the amplitude to see how far the heads actually travel when it hits you.
- Then I’m going to be measuring the noise levels to see if the hide in your basement to use.
- And Finally I will look at the overall usability of the massage Guns
When Massage Guns don’t have enough stall force they jusr stall instantly. so I’m going to be testing this by using my bathroom scale and slowly apply more weight until the motor actually stalls out. I’m going to do this 3 times and then find the average. All these tests are going to be arranged from the cheapest to the most expensive.
When it came to stall force the Kraftgun really shined with a Sportneer taking second. In use there’s not really a difference between the rest of the Massage Guns ranging from 23 to 28 pounds it does start to feel kind of weak though with the O’Yeet in the knock off X coming in under 20 pounds.
Amplitude is how far this head travels back-and-forth now if it’s too sure it’s going to not really feel like a punch its gonna feel more like a vibrate. But if it gets too far out you’re really gonna start to feel that punch. Like the other specs, I’ve learned to not trust the numbers. One company even told me I was measuring it wrong when I pointed out it was 6 mm shorter than advertised. For this test I pull the shaft out as far as it can reach then I clear the caliber and push it in and measure the distance.
The average is about 10 mm which for perspective is about the size of a pea. This is why I often stress stall force more than the amplitude some people love to feel that punch while others don’t really care for it that said once you know The data it’s probably not worth stressing out over a few millimeters when you can digging deep without stall force. Once you verified the Massage Gun is strong enough for you, you need to verify how loud you want it to be. Now this data always blows me away.
For this test I use the Sound Meter app on my phone and set it inches away from the Massage Gun as I’ll turn it on. I put it on the lowest setting in the highest setting to see how much noise the motor produces.
Looking at this graph you can see the Theragun and Kraftgun didn’t really change Match between the low and high settings like the other stronger Massage Guns Medcursor and Sportneer did. However, this graph is a bad representation because every 10 dB is perceived as twice as loud.
Noise Levels Scaled
This graph shows you the low numbers scaled accordingly. That’s why this data always blows me away. Now you can tell the Bob and Brad Q2 is four times quieter O’Yeet, Kraftgun, and Theragun. It’s definitely one you can use in almost any setting without people noticing, while The others you should probably use by yourself with the door closed. Remember, the more you can use the Massage Gun the quicker you can recover.
Portability can definitely be a key factor. Do you want one that can fit in your coat pocket or one that basically comes with its own mini suitcase for everything. I usually just put mine in my backpack with a few extra heads. It’s definitely nice having a case for a landing spot though.
Different grips don’t matter as much as I initially thought. I never really found myself switching my hand positions. And as long as you can always apply pressure using two hands then you’re fine. For instance the touchscreen on the Softerspot can sometimes get bumped when you’re pushing it with your second hand.
Battery life is almost not a factor at all. These Massage Guns usually last multiple days easily. And ones that are USB-C chargeable make it even easier to charge on the go. You might also come across an insane deal on some random Massage Gun but many companies have sent me Massage Guns and then a few months later they aren’t available on Amazon and have stopped replying to my emails. I don’t want you stuck with a Massage Gun shaped brick holding your door open.
Which is the right Massage Gun for you? I personally prefer the portability, power and value of the Bob and Brad Q2. It’s always in my backpack and since it’s so quiet I can use it often which means I don’t get the huge knots I used to get. If you want a harder hitting Massage Gun you might want the Theragun Elite. But at $400 you’re going to be paying for it. It’s definitely hard to beat the Sportneer Elite D9 at $130. It’s extremely powerful and quiet and has a great head selection including metal tips. I also appreciate the Ekrin B37S with the locking heads, the force meter and good battery life. This one definitely feels like a quality product.
Last update on 2023-01-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API