Update 5/12/2020: In a surprise unveiling, KRAFTGUN has just announced their new upcoming model, KRAFTGUN FORCE! We knew it was set for release at some point, but not this soon. See the first render below:
Already excellent as is, the new KRAFTGUN FORCE promises to not only be stronger, but quieter than its predecessor. From what we gather so far, it will be a HUGE upgrade in both design and features. We’re actually pretty excited to try it out.
If you’re ready to pre-order, KRAFTGUN is offering to take $120 off the new KRAFTGUN FORCE.
(Original post) If you’ve been on Facebook or Instagram in the last few months, you’ve probably seen the Kraft massage gun videos. Out of nowhere, they inundated your feeds with a relentless torrent of intriguing advertisements.
There’s no mistaking, the Kraftgun is a perfectly fine, if not exceptional massager. So why should you not buy it? Well, for two reasons really.
First, KRAFTGUN has unfortunately been plagued with numerous shipping delays from their manufacturer causing major headaches for both the company and the consumer. Two, KRAFTGUN is about to release a brand-new, upgraded massage gun called FORCE and it might be worth waiting for.
Kraftgun Massage Gun Hype
Kraft has really done a phenomenal job carving a name for themselves in a very crowded percussion massage gun market. Listen, if your mind is set on getting the KRAFTGUN, get the KRAFTGUN. You’ll love it…once you receive it.
That’s our biggest hesitation for not fully recommending the Kraftgun, the actual delivery time. Have a look at their Facebook page. They are having some serious issues with their supplier. Consequently, that is causing huge shipping delays. We’ve had a number of people tell us that after 2 months, they still haven’t received their shipment. This is just a small sample of comments:
Sadly, that’s the tip of the iceberg and has led many to believe they’re running a scam. You should know, that’s absolutely not the case. In fact, we reached out to KRAFTGUN and this was their response:
“To be honest? We deserve it. We had so many delays lately that it made lots of people question our legitimacy.”
It takes a lot of humility to admit you’ve let your customer base down and haven’t delivered as promised. We respect that. KRAFTGUN has assured us their team is working tirelessly to make things right.
New KRAFTGUN Set For Release
No doubt, the shipping upsets of the KRAFTGUN will get worked out. Word is, they should be up to speed come June, but should you still buy it? In our opinion, hold off!
There’s a rumor circulating that KRAFTGUN is developing a 2.0 version that will be a significant upgrade over the original. The words we are hearing are more power and quieter. We’re intrigued because as is, the current KRAFTGUN is plenty strong and relatively quiet too. We really have no complaints in either of those departments.
We’ll leave it up to you if you’re too anxious to wait, but don’t tell us we didn’t warn you.
Jonesing For The Kraftgun?
Listen, if at this point you’re still wanting the Kraftgun, there is a way to get it sooner, sort of. Check out the Pulse FX.
It’s the exact same massage gun as the Kraftgun, just rebranded. The specs and design? All the same. Not only that, but let us give you 4 more reasons to buy the Pulse FX:
- The Pulse FX comes with a convenient charger stand.
- The Pulse FX is now available in 4 different colors, including black.
- Expedited shipping when ordered through their website.
- LifePro offers a lifetime warranty on all their products.
In our hand’s on review, we had a very hard time not naming the Pulse FX as our #1 top recommendation.
The overall design and ergonomics are fantastic. The pivoting head in conjunction with the easy to grip handle allow you to effortlessly use it in a variety of different positions.
The Pulse FX also uses the same Samsung battery as the KRAFTGUN. From our extensive testing, the battery life is superb. We could easily keep it off the charger for several days with a considerable amount of use. According to Lifepro, the battery should yield 3-7 hours depending on how you use it.
Also, like the KRAFTGUN, the Pulse FX delivers the same deep, powerful massage unrivaled by most other massage guns. In operation it’s not exactly “noise-free” but at 60 decibels, it’s quiet enough to not draw a lot of attention if used in a gym.
Our bottom line: We genuinely love the KRAFTGUN, but if you’re wanting it now, the Pulse FX is a safer bet.
Other KRAFTGUN Alternatives
If you’re not 100% sold on the Kraftgun form factor, why not consider other massage guns?
Side-by-side, their body styles are very different. In our testing, we found both to be equally comfortable to hold and operate. Our preference if we had to choose, goes to the Ekrin B37.
If you’re wanting to compare their specs, they match up equally as well. Kraft vs. Ekrin
Here’s a quick summary:
|4 attachments||4 attachments|
|5 speeds (1400-3200 RPM)||3 speeds (1800-2400 RPM)|
|6+ hours battery on low||7 hours battery on low|
|Carrying case included||Carrying case included|
|2 Year Warranty||2 Year Warranty|
The only thing the Ekrin model lacks is the swiveling head. Even still, is that enough to substantiate the price difference? We don’t think so. In fact, in our Buyer’s Guide, we considered the Ekrin B37 to be one of the best massage guns you can buy based on price, performance, and design.
What Should You Buy?
To be 100% clear, you’re going to be happy with any of these massage guns. We don’t think that you’d be compromising in the slightest with whatever choice you make. If you’re looking for a premium device with a discount, get the Ekrin (use promo code “massagegunfight20” at checkout).
If you’re dead set on buying the KRAFTGUN, get it with the understanding that people do like it, but are waiting a (long) while to receive it and a new model is on the horizon.