I was first exposed to massage guns about five years ago.
A friend of mine mentioned that they ordered a massage gun, so I decided to do some research.
My first thought was – why would anyone spend hundreds of dollars on a handheld massager?
….And then I tried one.
I tested out a friend’s massage gun after an intense workout and quickly realized that massage guns are way different than the handheld massagers you would expect to find at a store like Brookstone or Sharper Image.
Handheld massagers provide some comfort, whereas massage guns provide pain relief and expedited muscle recovery.
I went from skeptic to advocate overnight (well, the next morning after waking up significantly less sore than expected).
I have since tested the most popular massage guns to find out which ones offer the best quality for the price.
While massage guns are effective, they can also be bulky and loud (some of them feel like power tools).
The subject of today’s review is a massage gun that is neither bulky nor loud – the Hydragun Atom Mini massage gun.
Keep reading our Atom Mini Massage Gun review to see how this “mini” massage gun compares to alternatives, how effective it is, and whether or not it is worth the price.
About the Hydragun Atom Mini Massage Gun
Our team reviewed Hydragun’s original massage gun a while back and we were impressed with the product. The original Hydragun was well-built, powerful, and surprisingly quiet.
In 2022, Hydragun released the Atom Mini Massage Gun. Here are some quick product highlights:
- Sleek Aluminum Design
- 3 Speeds
- Top Speed of 3200 PPM
- Amplitude of 8mm
- 5-Hour Battery Life
- Rechargeable with USB-C
- 1.5 Year Warranty
The Atom Mini Massage Gun differentiates itself from the original in a couple of ways.
First, it’s more compact. The device weighs in at 1.2 pounds, nearly half the weight of the original (2.3 lbs). It’s also noticeably smaller, making it easier to travel with or keep on your desk.
Second, it is cheaper. The Atom Mini costs $199, whereas the original is $299.
Surprisingly, the device does not compromise power. Both devices have a max speed of 3200PPM and similar battery lives.
We’ll dive deeper into the comparison later, but for now, let’s discuss some of the benefits.
Hydragun Atom Mini Massage Gun Benefits
Massage guns are designed to provide intense muscle massages that support faster recovery.
Massage guns can be beneficial for:
- Decreased soreness after a workout (and/or faster recovery time)
- Relieving muscle and joint stiffness
- Relieving muscle aches and pains
It’s really that simple.
Simply use the massage gun for about 2-3 minutes per muscle group (longer if needed) and you should experience noticeable improvements in recovery.
I use a massage gun after every workout to expedite my recovery time and decrease soreness the next day.
The massage gun comes with a few replaceable heads that can be used to target different muscle areas.
- Comfortable Ball Head
- Firm Flat Head
- Deep Bullet Head
I mainly use the firm flat head but will occasionally switch to the deep bullet head for more targeted massages or smaller muscle groups.
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Hydragun Atom Mini Massage Gun
- Three replaceable heads and three speeds
- 5-Hour Battery Life
- Comes with a 1.5 year warranty
How Does The Hydragun Atom Mini Compare?
Overall, I have been impressed with the Hydragun Atom Mini. It is a high-quality, effective massage gun.
This has quickly become one of my favorite massage guns for one main reason – its size and portability.
Other massage guns are effective but bulky. The Atom Mini is compact and sleek. I can leave it on my desk or throw it in a backpack on the way to the gym. On top of that, it is just as effective as its bulkier counterparts. I was expecting there to be a compromise between the massage gun’s size and its effectiveness, but there was not. On top of that, the Atom Mini is cheaper than most full-sized massage guns.
This leads to the question, “why would anyone choose a full-size massage gun?”
While the Atom Mini is an excellent product, there are still a few benefits to the Hydragun Original and other full-sized massage guns.
First, the versatility. The original Hydragun comes with 7 replaceable heads, whereas the Atom Mini only comes with three. The additional heads can be used for different types of massages and/or targeting specific areas. This didn’t bother me since I mainly rely on the flat head for both devices, however, some people will prefer the targeted massages of the original.
The second noticeable difference is the size. As expected, the Atom Mini is much smaller than the original Hydragun, which can be viewed as both a pro and a con. The Atom Mini’s size contributes to its portability, however, there are some benefits to a full-sized massage gun.
The original Hydragun has an amplitude (depth of massage) of 12mm whereas the Atom Mini has an amplitude of 8mm. This means the massage is more intense with the original. The original also feels like a more intense massage gun due to its size. For some reason, the larger product just feels like it provides a more intense massage than the mini. This may be overkill for some users but necessary for others.
While the Atom Mini is far more convenient, I favor the original Hydragun after an intense workout.
Choosing between the two units comes down to whether you prefer a slightly more powerful massage or a sleeker, more portable massage gun.
Overall, the Hydragun Atom Mini is an excellent product.