In some ways the opposite of the Vybe and Theragun, the Opove M3 Pro is less powerful but far more versatile. If you’re intrigued by the health benefits percussion massage offers but don’t really know where to begin, this is a good starting point.
It will not satisfy weightlifters and others with large, dense muscles. Still, the 12 mm stroke length and three intensity settings ranging from 1,800 to 3,200 strokes per minute make this suitable for both gentle massage and shaking out sore muscles after a workout. Having only three intensity settings seems like a bit of an oversight, though: some people will certainly prefer the fine level of control some other massage guns provide.
The Opove is somewhat more expensive than average, but that doesn’t make it bad value for money: its build quality is exceptionally high. You can expect it to keep ticking even if it gets jostled around in your gym bag now and then.
A Good All-Rounder
Although it powers off automatically after 10 minutes to protect the motor from overheating (and you from overdoing things), you can get quite a few things done in that amount of time. The battery lasts for about 3 hours on a full charge; you’ll just need to incorporate a few breaks in your massage routine.
Four heads, each slightly padded to avoid bruising, come as standard with this massager. A flat-faced attachment lets vibrations resonate through an entire thigh or upper arm, a ball head can be used to stimulate individual muscle groups, while a smaller bulb provides a relatively intense, focused massage (though not one that penetrates quite as deeply as what you can get using a conical head). Finally, a fork accessory lets you work comfortably around the large tendons in the neck, shoulders, and ankle.
As far as getting around with it goes, the included carry case, measuring about 15″ by 9″ (38 by 23 cm), is a lifesaver, as is – depending on your needs – the ability to charge it from any electrical outlet. Charging the battery from completely dead takes about an hour and a half. Something that will be appreciated by swimmers and people who like to get their exercise outdoors is the fact that this massager is both waterproof and impact resistant, which few similar models can claim. A 12-month replacement warranty applies.
A rubberized, straight grip makes the Opove about as as ergonomic as the most massage guns in this price range; it’s also roughly what you’d expect in terms of size and weight. What does make it stand out is that this is one of the quietest massage guns around: you can easily hold a normal conversation or listen to music without the noise becoming bothersome.
A Close Relation to the Darkiron
Assuming that you don’t have any particular or unusual requirements, there’s no need to go for a similar but more expensive model. In fact, if this is the kind of thing you’re looking for, you only need to compare it with the Darkiron.
While Opove is a more well-known brand that has proven itself for years with lasting quality, Darkiron’s granular control and better battery life will win out for others.
It’s a close call, but the thousands of customers that made this product a massage gun best-seller will likely convince you to go for the M3 Pro.
- Built tough
- Good selection of attachments
- Low noise
- Only comes with the most essential attachments
- To protect you from injury it powers off after 10 minutes of use, but at some pointy that becomes annoying