The LifePro Pulse FX
The LifePro Pulse FX is one of the most powerful massage guns on the market today. Unlike the Theragun name that has become a proprietary eponym for a massage gun (much like Kleenex for tissues), the Pulse FX, in our opinion, trumps the existing competition in more ways than one.
Before you settle on the most popular options, let us explain why we think the Pulse FX should be your next massage gun.
About The Company
LifePro is an American based company out of New York. They offer a wide variety of different rehabilitative devices that range from massage guns to vibration plates. To date, we have gotten our hands on three of their massage guns, the Pulse FX, the Fusion FX, and the Sonic X, and they’ve all been excellent.
Listen, we realize that many of the massage guns sold are simply rebrands with a logo. That has led many to believe that they’re all the same, but LifePro products are genuinely top-notch. We couldn’t be certain, but we suspect the folks at LifePro are more heavily involved in the quality control manufacturing process than others.
Also, because they’re based in the U.S., we’ve found their customer service to be very responsive. Since all of their products include a lifetime warranty, it’s comforting to know that someone will promptly respond to an email claim should the occasion arise.
That cannot be said about a lot of other companies that we’ve reached out to. If you buy from some no name company, cross your fingers it doesn’t break.
So let’s get the nitty-gritty details out of the way first. The LifePro Pulse FX is a very solid, well constructed massage gun. It delivers a very powerful and strong massage thanks to its 3-speed, 250W brushless motor. That motor has a max stall force (the force required to temporarily stop the motor) of 66lbs! The amplitude of the massage head has an “intensely penetrating” depth of 16mm. You want a deep massage? This delivers.
Not only is it powerful, but relatively quiet too. On its highest setting it only produces 60dB of noise, which is comparable to a normal conversation or background music. We had no troubles carrying on a conversation or watching television while using it. That’s pretty great considering how strong this massage gun is.
Powering the Pulse FX is a 2000 mAh Samsung lithium ion battery that promises up to 7hrs of smooth operation. Like all devices, that’s dependent largely on your usage. Take it from us, it takes quit a bit to run this thing down to zero.
Inside the box you’ll find an attractive molded carrying case, 4 attachment heads, and a charging base. The last item, the charging base, is a really great addition not commonly found with most massage guns. We absolutely love having the option to drop it on the charger rather than messing with a cord every time. Not only that, but it cuts down on the wear and tear associated with setting it on its side when it’s not in use.
The LifePro Pulse FX vs. The Competition
Massage guns like the Theragun G3PRO and the Hyperice Hypervolt have become the gold standard of what a so-called “good” percussion massager embodies. We understand where you’re coming from and want to offer some insights on why we believe the LifePro Pulse FX is a far better choice.
The first and most obvious difference between the two is the price. Without many discounts available, the Theragun G3PRO retails for a very steep $600 ($449 for a limited-time). The LifePro Pulse FX on the other hand is half that at $297.97. There’s not a single scenario we can think of that would justify anyone to spend $300 more for the G3PRO.
Let’s consider a side-by-side comparison of their specifications:
|Theragun G3PRO||LifePro Pulse FX|
|3.1 lbs||2.2 lbs|
|5 attachments||4 attachments|
|2 speeds||3 speeds|
|2 removable batteries, 75 minute battery life each||Non-removable battery, 3-7 hour battery life|
|Carrying case included, charging base $79 extra.||Carrying case included, charging base included|
|2 Year Warranty||Lifetime Warranty|
We should also point out that both share the same 16mm amplitude of the massage head, but the Theragun G3PRO has a stall force of 60 lbs, 6 less than the Pulse FX. On top of that, the LifePro Pulse FX’s operation is actually quieter too.
And there you have it, the Pulse FX trounces the G3PRO in almost every regard.
So what about the more reasonably priced ($400) Theragun G3 you ask? Forget about it. No competition.
There are far fewer discrepancies between the Hypervolt and the Pulse FX than the Theragun. Starting with the price again, the Hypervolt comes in at $350 retail with periodic sales bringing it down to $300. Ok, now we’re comparing apples to apples, or are we?
Another side-by-side comparison:
|Hyperice Hypervolt||LifePro Pulse FX|
|2.5 lbs||2.2 lbs|
|5 attachments||4 attachments|
|3 speeds||3 speeds|
|Removable battery, 3 hour battery life||Non-removable battery, 3-7 hour battery life|
|Carrying case NOT included, no charging base||Carrying case included, charging base included|
|1 Year Warranty||Lifetime Warranty|
We cannot confirm the amplitude of the Hypervolt, but it’s definitely not 16mm. While the motor is still incredibly powerful, much more so than most, it’s not as deep as the Pulse FX.
While the Hypervolt’s specs are comparable in some ways, we prefer the design of the Pulse FX much more. The Pulse FX has a dedicated handle that makes it extremely comfortable to hold. We also like the placement of the speed switch which rests right where your thumb grips the handle. It feels very natural to operate and we prefer it over the Hypervolt.
With the Hypervolt, the on/off switch is located on the bottom of the battery while the speed selector is on the backside of the device, which makes the overall operation a two-handed affair. It is more cumbersome than it should be.
This may sound petty, but you want to know the biggest gripe we have with the Hypervolt? It does NOT include a carrying case. Ok, not including a case shouldn’t be a deal-breaker but if you do want one, Hyperice chargers $49. Ridiculous.
(Update: KRAFTGUN has just announced their new successor named KRAFTGUN FORCE. It appears to be a huge upgrade over the original. You can pre-order it here.)
We’ll keep this short and sweet, there are absolutely no differences between the KRAFTGUN and the Pulse FX. They are the exact same massage gun.
KRAFTGUN has invested an insane amount of time marketing their massage gun as being unique and proprietary, but that’s simply not the case. That’s not to say it’s not a very good massage gun.
Check the reviews on both the LifePro Pulse FX and the KRAFTGUN. People can’t stop raving about ’em and we’d agree. They’re always one of our first recommendations when asked.
Although the same, there are some small advantages to buying the LifePro Pulse FX over the KRAFTGUN. The first is the warranty offered by LifePro is lifetime. The 2 year warranty from KRAFTGUN is still pretty fantastic considering most other companies only offer coverage for 1 year.
The second is that the Pulse FX does come with a charging base and the KRAFTGUN does not. That may not matter to you. Our advice is to check both out and make your own decision.
LifePro Pulse FX Cons
We really had to nit pick in order to find any cons with the Pulse FX. Let’s be real, a massage gun isn’t a complex device and it has one function and that is to massage. So full disclaimer, we think the one con of owning the Pulse FX is 100% subjective.
While putting the Pulse FX through its paces, we almost felt like it was too powerful. Time and time again we found ourselves turning the speed down because the force became uncomfortable. There’s no mistaking, the 16mm amplitude of the head hits hard. Big, brawny bodybuilders or those with more mass will likely not mind it at all. Go on, call us wimps if you will. We suppose it’s really a non-issue because like us, you can dial back the intensity at any time. That’s the only reason we preferred the Ekrin B37 to the Pulse FX in our Buyer’s Guide.
Should You Buy The Pulse FX?
When deciding to buy the LifePro Pulse FX over the Theragun G3PRO, Hypervolt, or KRAFTGUN, the answer is an unequivocal, DO IT! The Pulse FX offers the same if not better performance and value for the money. We’re confident that you’ll absolutely love this massage gun.
Be sure to apply discount code “FIGHTPULSEFX” at checkout for $30 off.