If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’ve heard of the massage gun, but are not sure which massage gun is the most suitable one for your needs.
And you’re not alone.
Every month, new brands rise and fall in the massage gun space, each promising to one-up the others, in terms of strength, speed or price.
This can be highly overwhelming for the average consumer.
In this article, we’ll try to distill what truly matters in a massage gun, and hopefully provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools needed in making an informed purchase decision.
While massage guns are often jam-packed with features, add-ons and attachments, the things that truly matter are price, strength of massage, quietness and durability.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these.
Undoubtedly, price is one of the most important factors to consider, when selecting a massage gun. This remains true for any purchase decision.
But one of the most common mistakes that people tend to make is by assuming that all massage guns are about the same.
After all, most of them have the same basic features and utilize the same percussion motion to give their users a percussion massage. Right?
Wrong. This could not be further from the truth.
Let’s elaborate more about the other 3 important factors to consider, and do a proper comparison between HYDRAGUN and cheap knockoff guns, before you jump the gun.
At least, even if you don’t buy from us, you are still equipped with the right knowledge to make a good purchase decision - one that will not fill you up with buyer’s remorse.
This is another factor that should be quite obvious to many, but is often overlooked.
The entire point of buying a massage gun is that it should be able to provide pain relief and relief from muscle soreness.
In order to do so, it needs to be able to provide a sufficiently deep and strong massage. Or else, using a poorly built massage gun would be akin to using a vibrator that merely vibrates on the surface of your skin and tickles you - the equivalent of a massage therapist caressing your skin and not pressing deep enough into your body.
There are 3 metrics to keep an eye on, when trying to decipher the true strength of a massage gun. They are amplitude, stall force and speed.
Stall force refers to the amount of pressure that a massage gun can withstand, before the motor loses power or stalls completely. It is another factor in determining how deep of a massage one can get from a massage gun.
For example, with many of the cheap knockoff guns, they tend to stall whenever one presses deeply into one’s muscle tissue, especially the larger ones such as the thighs or back.
HYDRAGUN has a stall force of around 18 kg (40 lb), while many of these other guns have stall forces ranging between 7-13 kg (15-30 lb).
The higher the amplitude, the deeper the massage gun pushes into the [muscle] tissue. And the reality is that most cheap knockoff guns have very shallow amplitudes, and they lack the oomph that many of us are looking for when looking to get pain and soreness relief.
Higher amplitudes are essential for massage guns to punch deep into muscle tissue, reducing pain, stimulating muscle recovery and promoting blood circulation.
HYDRAGUN has an amplitude of 12 mm, whereas many of these other massage guns tend to have amplitudes ranging between 6-10 mm.
The frequency or speed of a massage gun is typically measured in percussions-per-minute (PPM). A massage gun with a higher speed will tend to provide a more intense massage.
HYDRAGUN has a speed of 3200 PPMs, while many of these other massage guns tend to have speeds ranging from 1200-3200 PPMs.
Many of these cheap knockoff guns make false claims about the specifications of their product in their listings.
During the product research and development phase when HYDRAGUN was first founded, our product team tested dozens of massage guns in the market.
And we found that the majority of these cheaper knockoffs were not as strong as they claimed to be. So be cautious while selecting the perfect massage gun for your needs. Do check product reviews from other customers.
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If a massage gun has a speed of 3200 PPM, a stall force of 20 kg, an amplitude of 15 mm and a battery life of 10 hours, all while costing $20, it is probably not true to specs.
The amount of noise that a massage gun produces when it is being used, is probably the most overlooked factor that one should actually consider.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of experiencing a massage at a massage spa, with overly chatty massage therapists, or with nearby renovation and construction works, it’s very unlikely that you were able to fully relax and enjoy yourself.
And let me tell you that the same logic absolutely applies while selecting a massage gun as well.
Also, massage guns are often best used while performing secondary tasks such as watching television, having a conversation with your family member or friend, or during those boring Zoom conference calls with 20+ people.
And having a massage gun that is quiet allows you to focus on the other task at hand without being a complete distraction.
HYDRAGUN produces a soft and dull sound ranging between 40-50 dB while many of the other massage gun brands have noise levels ranging between 50-70 dB.
What good is a product that is cheaply priced, but breaks down within a short period of time?
Back in the 1990s and 2000s, a huge portion of school kids from Singapore bought their school shoes from BATA, a Czech multinational footwear brand.
For readers who are from outside Europe and Asia, BATA is actually the world’s largest shoemaker by volume, with a presence in 70 countries, 5000 stores, and over 100 years of history in shoemaking.
This brand was extremely popular as they sold very affordably priced shoes and were typically the first choice of parents who preferred to save money.
However, this low sticker price came at a cost - poor quality. The soles of BATA shoes would often split apart, or the velcro straps would come off after only a year of use.
Eventually, people started associating the highly negative backronym “Buy And Throw Away” with BATA. So much so that they had to undergo a huge rebranding campaign and work towards increasing its product quality a few years ago to try and rid itself of this negative public perception.
The Abundance of Cheap Knockoff Massage Guns
Cheap knockoff massage guns are usually built with low quality plastic casing, weaker batteries and inferior circuitry, resulting in a product that will often not last past the second month.
Manufacturers are forced to cut corners by scrimping on batteries and materials for various internal components. And it makes complete sense - It is just not economically viable and possible to create a quality massage gun at these low prices while still maintaining a profit.
Based on the experiences of many who have used these cheaper guns before, many of them claim that the massage guns start to produce a burning plastic smell after substantial usage.
And this smell is not only nasty, but it is also highly toxic. Inhaling small amounts of burning plastic can cause itchy eyes and a sore throat, while inhaling larger amounts can lead to pulmonary edema and even death.
If you buy a cheap knockoff massage gun which breaks down only after 2-3 months of usage, is it truly cheaper than a more well-built massage gun?
Added to the fact that the experience of using one is significantly inferior, and that you would have to go through the trouble of constantly reordering and receiving the parcel delivery for each gun, the concept of “buy and throw away” does not seem to be the wisest option out there.
When thinking about which massage gun to get, know that cheaper massage guns may not only cost more in the long run if they do break down and you have to replace them, but they may also come with time and health costs as well.
Contrast this with HYDRAGUN’s offer:
There are a multitude of other factors to consider, when selecting the right massage gun for your needs. They include the availability of different attachment heads, dimensions, speed settings, carrying case and more.
However, it mostly boils down to the 3 things that we’ve highlighted earlier:
And each of these are just not worth compromising for the sake of saving money.
If you’re still not convinced, check out what some of our highly satisfied customers have to say.
"It’s one of the most powerful guns I’ve used in market. If not the most powerful I’ve ever used. Hope it has the reliability to match the power and last me for years"
Wonderful massage gun
"Compared a few similar products and found hydragun is the best one I need. Since I run regularly, hydragun helps me ease my leg pain after the run."
"I have tried few cheap brands and it doesn’t give me the oomph. Tried this magical baby and wow...instant relief. Of cos i got to bribe my nephew to massage my back...money well spend. My lovely mum is so afraid to use this on me :). I have recommended a friend to use this product and he loved it. Will give another colleague this as a farewell gift."
Review of device
"I am using Hydragun 3 weeks and I am quit happy about device.
Using it for different groups muscles with different speed
Thank you for this modern device
Quiet and powerful hydra gun!
"This hydra gun is by far the quietest massage gun and it does a really good job in recovery. Definitely recommended for any sports athletes! My friends are so satisfied with this massage gun and have been having it everyday!"
"The Hydragun is very quiet, light weight, has excellent battery life and is a very sturdy product. It’s at a fair price point and is highly recommend! Definitely one of my favorite items in the market!"
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DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. When in doubt, consult a medical professional.