Great construction and power put the TaoTronics atop of the affordable massage gun market
TaoTronics is perhaps best well-known for its affordable, yet quality headphones. Not to limit their scope, they have been slowly branching out into other markets and the massage gun space is one of them. At just under $130, the TaoTronics massage gun offers above average power and performance. This device directly competes in the middle of other affordable massage guns, such as the Medcursor, Apollo Kinetics, and undercuts the opove M3 Pro.
The clear path TaoTronics takes is delivering more for less and that couldn’t be more apparent with this massage gun. Having spent the week with it, we find that it offers a significant amount of features with few compromises.
A proven design
At first glance, there’s not a whole lot that differentiates the TaoTronics. They’ve chosen to adopt the same Hypervolt form factor as other massage guns, but it still works.
While we are fans of innovation, at this price point we did not expect any new, advanced technological features like the Theragun Elite. However, what we do have is a quality massage gun that is solidly constructed.
The fit and finish of the TaoTronics massage gun is superb. From the exterior paint to the operation of the motor, there’s nothing clunky or subpar about it. Even the removable battery firmly locks into place with utmost confidence.
Around back you will find an intuitive LED touch sensitive screen that not only powers it on, but outputs the battery and speed level. We found the touch controls to be very responsive and sufficiently spaced to comfortably adjust the settings. However, on occasion we did manage to accidentally hit the power off button instead of the (+) or (-) buttons when using one-handed. It’s really a non-issue since it immediately turns back on with a single touch of the power button again.
If we had to list one con, it would be the overall circumference of the battery handle is marginally heftier than it should be. Our hands are pretty average size and we could not completely wrap our fingers around the handle as to touch our middle finger to the thumb. That extra bulk may make it slightly more uncomfortable to wield if you have smaller hands.
Battery life and performance
Another TaoTronics staple is long battery life, and their massage gun meets the challenge. The manual indicates battery life ranging from 4-10 hours on a single charge depending on how you use it. We have been extensively testing it for 4 days now, and the remaining battery life is still in the 80% range. Not too shabby we’d say.
As mentioned, the 2600 mAh battery is removable, making it very convenient to swap out to a fully charged battery if the occasion arises.
Inside the TaoTronics massage gun you will find a 10-speed, 24V high torque motor. With a massage head amplitude of 12mm, it’s enough to dig into your muscles, but not enough to feel like it’s going to leave a bruise. At that depth, many comment that it feels more analogous to a vibration massage than a percussive one. You preference may vary.
With 10 incremental speeds, you can dial in a speed that works for you with minimal noise. In fact, it really doesn’t start to get audibly “loud” until you get beyond the 8th speed. Even so, on 10 we could very well carry on a conversation or watch Netflix without turning up the volume.
Accessories and attachments
There’s not much inside the box that TaoTronics offers that others don’t. You get the same PU travel case, a charger, and 6 of the same attachment heads–minus one.
The included air cushioned soft head was hands down our favorite attachment. Unlike the rest of them, which are made of hard plastic, the air cushioned head is made of silicon with just enough give to make it feel amazing. In most places, the plastic attachments are fine, assuming your don’t hit a bone. Do that and you’ll quickly repulse from the jarring effect of bouncing off an osseous surface. Trust us, it doesn’t feel good.
With the air cushioned tip attached, you can throw caution to the wind and effortlessly massage any major muscle group without reservations. We would really like to see more manufacturers include a similar attachment with their massage guns.
Another hallmark TaoTronics benefit is their service. If you’re willing to take a few minutes to register your new product, they offer what’s called Privilege Service. Included in that is the following:
- 18 month warranty extension on top of the standard 12 months.
- A 60 day return period with free return shipping
- Priority customer support
- VIP exclusive discounts
Having had some TaoTronic products that bit the dust early in the past, we can attest to their top-notch customer support and warranty service. It has always been courteous and prompt. Yet another reason why we can recommend the TaoTronics massage gun without hesitation.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with the TaoTronics massage gun. There just wasn’t much about it that we didn’t like. Factor in the price and that like quickly turns to love.
With a current rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon, it’s instantly apparent we’re not the only ones that feel this way. This is one massage gun you can safely, “add to cart”.