The latest trend in sports performance is here to stay, but how can you pick which one is right for you?
If you've spent time in a gym, physical therapy office, or heck, been on Instagram in the last few months, you know that massage guns are all the rage these days. With new brands popping up every week (or so it seems), the decision of which one to pick has become an increasingly daunting task.
Are you curious what to look for when choosing a massage gun?
In this post, we aim to make your purchasing decision easier by identifying the top things you should look for when evaluating a massage gun. Read on for examples and details on what to look for.
BUT FIRST, WHAT EXACTLY ARE MASSAGE GUNS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Massage guns are relatively recent inventions that have gained a lot of popularity in recent months. These devices provide rapid strikes to the body (called percussions) that effectively increase blood flow, relax tense muscles, and reduce the risk of injury. They provide similar benefits to deep tissue massage therapy, except the devices can be used anytime and anywhere, and the effects can be felt within minutes.
Full Disclosure: We created our own massage device from scratch, called the WSoothePro® Massage Gun, which was launched in December 2018. However, the information provided in this article is for educational purposes and written to be as impartial as possible. After reading this article and learning what to look for in a massage gun, we encourage everyone to do their due diligence in researching the best product for their needs!
Many popular brands of massage guns have stall forces of 40 to 60LBS, suitable for general home use, and the WSoothePro® Professional Workout Massage Gun is tested to have the highest 60-79lbs stall force, making it unstoppable, despite its light weight and small size.
The Speed Or The RPM
Most often, we hear customer comments about the merits of long battery life after they compete in athletic events & tournaments, after traveling, in group settings (where the device is shared among friends), and in professional settings such as physical therapy offices or gyms. What these situations have in common is that the device is being used continuously or over a full-day without the opportunity to be hooked up to a charging port.
With a 8-12 hour battery life, a device would last over a week between charges if used 20 minutes per day. It's a quality of life feature that ensures you don't have to constantly check that your device is fully charged up before taking it anywhere.
The NOISE Level
Anything below 50 decibels is good, with less than 45 being the preferred range.
- Battery Life
- Speed (measured in revolutions per minute, or RPM)
- Stroke Length (how far does the head attachment travel with each revolution)
- Stall Force (the amount of pressure that can be applied to the body)
Now that we've covered the top 5 things to look for in a massage gun, we'd like to take a quick minute to tell you about our own massage gun, the WSoothePro® Professional Workout Massage Gun. Obviously, we might be biased, but we personally think we did a fantastic job hitting each of these 5 points.
We use premium materials such as PA6 nylon and include a hand-made travel case, along with a 2-year warranty for any product failure.
- 45db noise rating at our highest speed setting. Almost imperceptible in a gym setting, and quiet enough for nighttime use at home.
- 6-12 hours of battery life on a single charge (real world results.)
- Lightweight and 6 interchangeable heads. No wrist pain and treat your entire back on your own.
- 60LBS stall force, 16mm Stroke Length, and 30 speed settings from 1700-3200rpm. Perfect for most users.
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PS: If you found this article helpful, please consider sharing with a friend who is in the market for a massage gun so that they can make the most educated purchase decision as well. Our goal here was to educate you and ensure that you have the proper knowledge and tools needed and make an informed purchase, and we hope we succeeded in doing so.