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Hy Impact Massage Gun Review – Are They Worth It?

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Hy Impact Massage Gun
Hy Impact Massage Gun

A massage gun that costs as little as $40, is it really going to give you a good massage? Or is it just going to burn a hole in your pocket? That’s what we’re asking today as we look at one of the cheapest massage guns on the market. The As Seen on TV Hy Impact Massage Gun is everywhere right now. It’s on Amazon, Walmart, Lowes, eBay, Target, and just about every major retailer. The price ranges from $39.99 to $59.99 – that’s REALLY cheap for a massager. In fact, it’s more like wholesale price. I’m always open to checking out new products though, especially ones that are this popular. I decided to get researching and find out more. This Hy Impact Massage gun review is based on my findings and whether or not I’d recommend this massager.

First things first though, let’s talk a little bit about the features and specifications.

Hy Impact Massage Gun – What’s It Got?

Design

Looking at it, the Hy Impact massage gun looks like any other massage gun. It’s about the same size, weight, and shape as most other models on the market. All look pretty similar, but they can vary a lot in terms of durability, build, and power.

Speed

It has 6 different speeds with a top speed of 3900rpm. That’s a speed comparable to most other massage guns on the market. So far, so good.

Stall force and amplitude

This is where this massage gun is lacking. There is no information on stall force and amplitude anywhere. Stall force refers to how much force can be applied before the motor stalls, and amplitude is how deep the massage gun head massages into the muscle. Cheap massage guns like this don’t generally advertise their amplitude and stall force as they are usually very low. That means not a particularly deep or powerful massage for the user. It’s going to give a more “vibration” type massage than a “percussion” massage.

Battery life

At 1.5 hours the battery life isn’t particularly long, but it’s long enough to get a few massage sessions between charges. Most massage guns will have a battery life of 3+ hours, but shorter battery life isn’t necessarily a deal breaker.

4 attachment heads

It comes with 4 interchangeable massage heads. It’s not as many as I’ve seen with some other massagers, but it’s enough. Most people use the standard round head the most anyway as it can be used for all the major muscle groups. It also comes with a flat head, a conical-shaped head (for trigger points), and a U-shaped head.

What are the customer reviews like?

Hy Impact Cordless Muscle Massager
Hy Impact Cordless Muscle Massager

The reviews are pretty mixed. It does have 5-star reviews, but there are 1-star reviews too.

The 5-star reviews are generally from customers who’ve never tried a massage gun before and find this sufficient for their needs. These are people with general day-to-day aches and pains. If you’re buying a massager as a gym-goer or fitness enthusiast this probably isn’t the one for you.

The 1-star reviews are mostly complaining about the lack of power. The massager is good enough for a more relaxing massage, but press with some force into a muscle group that requires deep tissue massage, and the device will just cut out. Also, there seem to be some issues related to cheap workmanship and materials e.g. the battery not holding a charge after only a few months of use. This is a common problem with cheaper models with a poor quality lithium-ion battery.

There are more positive reviews than negative ones which is a good thing. However, I think this is mainly because people don’t have high expectations for a massage gun at this price.

Reasons to buy the Hy Impact Massage Gun

It’s really cheap! At such a low price point a lot of people will think it’s worth taking a chance on. Approx $40-$50 isn’t a major outlay for a massager. As long as you go into the purchase with realistic expectations, it’s okay for the price. Don’t expect a really powerful muscle massage though!

If you’re new to massage guns it’s not a bad option if you want to test one out for yourself. It does give you a nice massage and is okay if you just want to loosen up your muscles a bit after a day sitting at the office.

Reasons NOT to buy the Hy Impact Muscle Massager

It’s popularity lies in the fact that it’s so cheap, and has been advertised on TV. It’s true that a lot of massage guns on the market are overpriced, but to be able to sell it THIS cheap it has to be cheaply made. I wouldn’t expect a massage gun at this price point to be durable enough for heavy usage or to last a long time.

It doesn’t come with a carry/travel case – just in a box (which most people will probably discard after buying). A carry case isn’t essential, but it’s nice to be able to keep your massage gun, charger, attachment heads, etc. together. Nearly every massage gun on the market comes with a travel case these days.

Reviews suggest it’s not that “high” impact. Try applying the massage gun to your muscles with even the smallest amount of force and it will slow down. Apply some more force and it will just stop working. There is no information on stall force on any of the sales listings so we have to presume that it’s very low. This is not unexpected for the price, but it’s not going to be particularly helpful for treating any serious muscle issues.

It shuts off after 15 minutes of use (overheats quickly). After that, you have to wait at least 30 minutes (cool down time) before you can switch it on again. That’s not ideal if you wanted an extra-long massage session, or if another family member wanted to use the massager too.

No amplitude is mentioned on the sales listings either, so again we have to assume that means it’s pretty low. Amplitude is how deep the massage gun pushes into the muscle. Most average massage guns have an amplitude of about 12mm but this is probably less.

Final thoughts – should you buy?

You might be wondering if the Hy Impact Massage Gun is worth it. Unfortunately, we found that this product just doesn’t measure up to other massage guns out there. There are few massage guns on the market quite this cheap though, and the low price is always going to draw buyers. If that’s your budget, and you’re not seeking a particularly powerful deep tissue massage then the Hy Impact might be okay. Personally, I’d recommend spending a bit more if possible. There are some reasonably priced massagers around $100 that are actually quite good.

For the price, I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to take a chance on it. Particularly if you’re new to massage guns and not looking for something too strong or too fancy. There are enough good customer reviews to suggest that there are plenty of customers that are happy with what they got for the price. There’s always an element of risk when you’re buying a device THAT cheap though. I wouldn’t buy it as a gift just in case.

If you’re looking for a good deep tissue sports massage, this isn’t a massager for you. A cheap massage gun just can’t muster up enough power for this. Your muscles won’t get enough benefit from it.

If you want a more relaxed, chilled-out massage in front of the TV though, this is certainly a reasonable option.

Where to buy the Hy Impact?

It’s available from most major online retailers. I picked up mine on Amazon as that’s where I normally shop. You can see it on Amazon here and read the customer reviews. It’s also on Walmart, Lowes, eBay, and more.

 

About James Hall

James H is the main author of Handheld Massager Guide. He is a self-confessed "fitness freak", currently spending his time blogging and training for a marathon. He is passionate about the benefits of massage for muscle recovery and loves testing & reviewing gadgets to improve performance.

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