Bottom line: A powerful massage gun that delivers up to 15 millimeters of amplitude and features a sleek design. On the downside it's pricey, gets loud on higher speed settings, and has a short battery life.
Sleek, light design
Five massage heads
Trigger point therapy guide
Short battery life
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If you're an athlete, chances are high that you've met a massage gun before. Massage guns are relatively new to the fitness scene. The first massage gun was invented in 2008. Since then, they've rapidly gained in popularity and are widely available and used by many. Some of the many benefits of massage gun therapy include sports performance, injury prevention and recovery, rehabilitation, sore and stiff muscle relief, increasing blood and lymphatic flow, activating the nervous system, breaking up scar tissue, and enhancing range of motion.
I tried the Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun (opens in new tab) and boy is it a heavy hitter. It is one of the most powerful massage guns I've ever used. It can deliver up to 15 millimeters of amplitude, which is deeper than your average massage gun. I'd recommend the Opove M3 Pro Max to athletes or anyone looking for an extra powerful punch. Opove is offering iMore's readers an 8% discount if you use the code Nicolette8 at check out.
Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun review: What I like
The Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun features a super sleek, all-black design and comes in an equally slick black carrying case that keeps each individual piece perfectly organized and protected. I love how light it is. It's much lighter than other massage guns I've used of a similar size and weighs just over two pounds.
It's super powerful. Whereas most massage guns of this size deliver up to 11 millimeters of amplitude, the M3 Pro Max delivers up to 15 millimeters of amplitude. When we're talking about penetrating into muscle, that's a lot! If you're an athlete or someone that loves an extra powerful touch, this is the massage gun for you. Kiss those deep knots you haven't been able to reach goodbye with this powerful piece of equipment.
The Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun features two different modes, manual and auto mode. Manual mode allows you to adjust the speed manually. There are four different speed settings and they're all incredibly powerful. I prefer level one, and levels two through four should only be used by advanced professionals or individuals familiar with the equipment and its capabilities.
Auto mode features four different settings. Setting one is wake-up mode, setting two is massage mode, setting three is sport mode, and setting four is max mode. The settings increase in intensity as you count up, so start at setting one and work your way up slowly. I use as massage gun every day and max mode is still way too intense for me.
The Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun comes with five interchangeable massage heads to target different parts of the body. The round ball massage head is great for large muscle groups and overall massage therapy. The round rubber head provides some cushioned protection and is great for massaging the neck, bony areas, and more sensitive individuals in general. The U-shaped massage head is perfect for the neck, spine, and Achilles. And the flat head is for bulk muscle groups, while the bullet head is for deep trigger point therapy. I recommend only using the bullet head on level one unless you're an experienced user.
This gun comes with a handy trigger point therapy for myofascial release guide. Myofascial release is an alternative medicine therapy that's useful for treating skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood, oxygen, and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. This guide outlines specific trigger points covering the entire body and gives instructions on how long to apply and sustain pressure with your massage gun for myofascial release. This is a helpful guide to have and a great bonus inclusion with this set.
Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun review: What I don't like
The Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun is very pricey. It has a much higher price point than other models of a similar size I'm familiar with, but it also has the highest amplitude of 15 millimeters. You're paying extra for power with this heavy hitting piece of equipment. I think this gun is priced a little higher than if should be for what it is.
It's also pretty loud compared to other brands I've tried. It gets especially loud when you're using it on the higher speed settings — I wish it was quieter. Using it would wake up a sleeping baby and the sound it makes on those higher settings is not relaxing at all. It's not something I would use in a meditative therapy session. The battery life is pretty short in comparison to other massage guns as well, as you only get up to four hours on a single charge.
The TaoTronics Massage Gun is similar in size and weight as the Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun. However, it features ultra-long work time of up to 10 hours of continuous use versus Opove's four hours. The TaoTronics massage gun is also less expensive and comes with six interchangeable massage heads versus Opove's five. The Opove is more powerful and delivers up to 15 millimeters of amplitude versus the TaoTronic's 12 millimeters. If you're looking for power, the Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun is the way to go.
The Rooftree R20 Massage Gun is also a similar size and weight. It comes with three interchangeable massage heads versus Opove's five. What sets the Rooftree R20 apart is its real metal massage heads. These feel great on the skin, enhance performance and percussion, and are more durable than massage heads made of plastic (like Opove's). The Rooftree massage gun features a work time of up to eight hours, which is twice the time of the Opove, however it only delivers 10 millimeters of amplitude versus Opove's 15 millimeters. Again, if you're looking for the more powerful massage gun, Opove is the way to go.
To sum up the competition, the TaoTronics Massage Gun offers the longest work time, comes at the lowest price point, and comes with six interchangeable massage heads making it the best value overall. The Rooftree R20 only comes with three massage heads, but they're real metal heads. The metal massage heads are designed for direct skin contact, feel wonderful, and provide better performance and percussion. The Opove M3 Pro Max is the top contender when it comes to power and amplitude, but it's also the most expensive and has the shortest battery life. If you prefer a stronger touch and want the heavy hitter, the Opove M3 Pro Max massage gun is your best bet.
Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun review: Should you buy
You should buy this if ...
You want deep amplitude
The Opove M3 Pro Max massage gun delivers up to 15 millimeters of amplitude.
You want something light
Despite it's full size, the M3 Pro Max is incredibly light and weighs just over two pounds; making it super easy to maneuver and operate.
You're a trigger point therapy novice
The Opove M3 Pro Max comes with a handy trigger point therapy guide that displays different trigger points across the entire body and instructs you on how to address them.
You should not buy this if ...
Price is an issue
The Opove M3 Pro Max is on the pricier side, but remember you're paying for that powerful deep amplitude.
You're looking for quiet operation
This massage gun gets very loud when used on the higher speed settings and the sound it creates is not soothing.
You want long continuous work time
The Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun offers up to four hours of continuous use on a single charge.
The Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun is an incredibly powerful rehabilitation tool and can deliver up to 15 millimeters of amplitude. It features a sleek, ergonomic design and carrying case, four speed settings, auto and manual modes, and five interchangeable massage heads. You'll get four hours of working time on a single charge. It will auto shutoff after 15-minutes of continuous use to prevent the device from overheating.
A 30-minute break is recommended between hour long sessions. It's a pricey model, but you're paying for power. It can also get loud, so consider the atmosphere you'll be using it in most before purchasing. I'd highly recommend the Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun to athletes, people that prefer a stronger touch, or anyone that would benefit from an extra powerful rehabilitation tool. Remember that Opove is offering an 8% discount to iMore's readers when you use the code Nicolette8 at check out.
Nicolette is a freelance writer for iMore. She's been hooked on Apple products since she got the very first iPhone in 2007 and made the switch from PC to Mac in 2008 after inadvertently dousing her laptop with a hefty dose of water. A dedicated creative, Nicolette has had the pleasure of working with some of the top websites, studios, and brands in the industry throughout her career, and enjoys writing about all things: Apple, health, fitness, audio, and home. With over a decade of high-level experience as a health and fitness professional, Nicolette specializes in tech pertaining to the field. If she’s not working, you can find her sipping a glass of wine, enjoying a concert, or hanging with her family.
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