Massage guns have grown increasingly popular over the past few years. The trend started as companies like Theragun and Hyperice popularized personal percussive massage guns. Since then, hundreds of companies have released their own variations of massage guns. What started out as an industry with only a few, expensive options, is now a booming industry with hundreds of options that vary in price and quality.
We have already reviewed a handful of massage guns, including the Opove M3, the Reathlete DEEP4S, and truMedic Massage Gun. In this article, we are going to look at the Hydragun massage gun. How does this massage gun compare to the alternatives and is it worth paying for? Keep reading our Hydragun review to find out!
About the Company Behind Hydragun
Hydragun is the parent company of the eponymous Hydragun massage gun. The company was launched in 2020 with the goal of offering a high-quality, affordable massage gun. The company is based in Singapore and has warehouses in Singapore and Australia.
As of now, Hydragun offers three products. In addition to the Hydragun massage gun, the company had also added a HeatPulse Knee Massager, a Mini Massage Gun, and a Thermosleeve. But let’s take a closer look at their flagship product, the Hydragun massage gun, to see how it works and if it’s worth using.
About the Hydragun Massage Gun
The Hydragun is a percussive massage gun that is the result of 12 months of testing and 20 different iterations. There are hundreds of massage guns on the market and Hydragun aims to stand out by offering a feature-rich product built with high-quality materials that is offered at an affordable price.
If you are reading our Hydragun review, you are probably already aware of the benefits of percussive massage guns. To put it simply, massage guns are designed to speed up physical recovery. Whether you light weights, go for a run, or hit the slopes, a massage gun can help you speed up your recovery time and alleviate soreness.
When I first discovered massage guns, I wasn’t sold quite yet. I was surprised that people would pay so much for a simple massage tool…. And then I tried one. Percussive massagers are not gimmicky massage devices – they are legit recovery tools. I now use a massage gun before workouts to warm up my muscles and after workouts to speed up my recovery and avoid soreness. It makes a big difference.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at the Hydragun to see if it is a worthwhile option.
We’ve tested a few different massage guns at Fitness Clone, and we always review them based on a few categories.
If you are going to buy a massage gun, quality is important. Trust me when I say that once you purchase a massage gun, it will become a big part of your fitness routine. You want to make sure you get a high-quality product that will stand the test of time.
The Hydragun passes this test with flying colors. This is one of the higher-quality massage guns we have tested. When you hold it, it feels like a high-end product, not some cheap knock-off that you can purchase on Amazon.
The massage gun features an aluminum shell, a sleek design, and high-quality materials.
Speed and Amplitude
The speed and amplitude of a massage gun determine the intensity (and effectiveness) of the massage.
Speed is measured in RPM (revolutions per minute). Hydragun has a speed of 3200 RPM, making it one of the most powerful massage guns on the market. Don’t worry, if you prefer a lighter massage, the device has six different speeds to choose from. Most of the other massage guns we tested only had four settings, so this is a nice customization feature to make sure you can get the exact intensity you are looking for.
Amplitude measures the depth of the percussive massage in millimeters. The depth determines how deep of a massage you are getting. Hydragun has an amplitude of 12mm, which is somewhere in the middle of most competing products. It’s lower than a Theragun but higher than a Hypervolt.
The Hydragun comes with seven swappable attachment heads. Each head is designed for a different type of massage.
- The ball head is designed for larger muscle groups (this is the main head I use).
- The steel flat head can be good for flat muscles like your chest or parts of your back
- The bullet head is for joints and deeper penetration
- The fork head is good for your back and calves
- The steel domed head and steel round head offer a harder massage with more pressure
- The curved head is designed for curved muscle areas such as the biceps and shoulders
I primarily use the ball head and the steel round head, but everyone will have their own preferences.
The first percussive massage guns to hit the market were LOUD. They were loud enough to lower their viability as recovery tools. You’re less likely to use your massage gun if you have to disturb the whole family to do so.
Over time, massage guns have gotten quieter.
This is another one of the areas where the Hydragun really shines. This is the quietest massage gun we have tested to date.
The Hydragun battery lasts for about 3-6 hours, depending on which power settings you use (i.e. low speed massage vs. high speed massage). This is on the high-end for massage guns (especially if it makes it 6 hours). Most competing products have a battery life of 1.5-3 hours.
The purchase price includes the Hydragun, all attachments, and a convenient carrying case.
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- Has a speed of 3200 RPM
- Includes seven swappable attachment heads
- Features 3-6 hours of battery life
Hydragun also offers a product called the Hydragun Atom Mini Massage gun. The Atom Mini sells for $199 and is a great option for people who want to save $100. That said, if you are less cost-sensitive, the original Hydragun is definitely the superior model. You can read our full Hydragun Atom Mini massage gun review here.
How Does Hydragun Compare to Other Massage Guns?
Years ago, it was easy to shop for a massage gun. First, you had to be willing to spend upwards of $400-$500 on a device. Once you wrapped your head around the cost, you really only had a few options to choose from.
Now, there are hundreds of different massage guns and it can be difficult to determine which one is best. Earlier in our review, we covered the main features you should look for (i.e. speed, quality, sound, etc.). You should know all about the Hydragun by this point. The last question is – how does it compare?
First things first, let’s go off of the price. The Hydragun is definitely affordable (especially when compared to a $599 Theragun PRO). Sure, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but to be honest, I wouldn’t even consider 90% of them. You get what you pay for, and many of the lower-end massage guns cut corners on materials and features. I’d prefer to invest in a product that lasts.
As for features, the Hydragun has just about everything you’d want in a massage gun. Here’s a table Hydragun has on their site that compares the product to similar massage guns:
As you can see, Hydragun wins in most categories. This isn’t some selective marketing gimmick, these are legit numbers.
The only feature Hydragun is missing that may matter to some users is an adjustable arm. Some massage guns have an adjustable arm that makes it easier to reach certain muscle groups (like your back). This hasn’t been an issue with the Hydragun for me, as I tend to use massage guns in the standard position, but it’s worth noting.
Overall, the Hydragun is an excellent massage gun. It is great for recovery (especially when combined with a foam roller or Chirp Wheel). It has all of the features you need, it is built well, and it is well-priced. If you are looking for a great massage gun, you can’t go wrong with the Hydragun.