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Handheld deep tissue percussion massagers have come a long way in the last year or two, and the Opove M3 Pro Massage Gun is a good example of just how much the technology has advanced. Although we still love the similarly named Theragun G3PRO (the original and best!), a price of $599 just isn’t affordable for everyone. However, now we have the Opove, which is one third of the cost but with very comparable features. Could it be good enough to rival the most the most expensive percussion massager on the market? This Opove M3 Pro review will take a closer look at a massage gun which could potentially dethrone some of its more expensive competitors! Or could it? Let’s take a closer look…
What is the Opove M3 Pro?
The Opove M3 Pro is quite impressive, both on paper and in the real world. It is a handheld massage gun with features like variable speed (percussions per minute), decent battery life, a solid build, and four detachable massage applicators. We were originally drawn to this massager when we saw that it was a bestseller on many top retail websites, and with mostly 5 star customer reviews, we decided it was definitely worth reviewing!
This review covers what to expect from Opove’s M3 Pro, including pros and cons, and the features to be excited about (there are quite a few):
- Weight: 2.2 pounds (pretty light and easy to handle – definitely as good as any other in this respect)
- Dimensions (package): 15.6 x 9.1 x 3.5 inches
- Modes: variable speed (3 different levels)
- Battery: Lithium-Ion battery (included) with 3 hours of usage between charges
- Accessories: charger, 4 massage attachments, free carry case included
Design and Build Quality
The Opove M3 Pro looks and feels premium and high-quality. It has a beautiful brushed metal finish with a black outline around the front and the handle. There is a choice of two colors: buffed silver and red camouflage. Build-wise, there’s little to complain about as the percussion massager looks and feels solid in the hand.
LED lights are at the back of the handheld massager. They indicate battery life as well as the selected speed. Handling is quite effortless thanks to this thoughtful ergonomic design. At 2.2 pounds, the M3 Pro is exceptionally light. You’ll barely feel like you’re carrying anything, Overall, it is built solidly and is easy to use, even for novices. It doesn’t hurt that the design is also visually appealing, so the massager is never an eyesore no matter where it is stored. Opove scores high marks when it comes to build quality and aesthetics.
Opove M3 Pro Features
1. Variable Speed Settings
The Opove M3 Pro has three different speed settings to suit a wider range of massages. It has a maximum speed of 3,200 RPM (revolutions/percussions per minute), but if you need a slower, more focused massage, you have the option of stepping it down to 2,400 RPM, or even as low as 1,800 RPM.
Percussion massagers with adjustable speed settings allow you to tailor the pressure and intensity to suit different purposes. You can go with a faster speed setting to care for sore muscles or warm-up before a workout, while the slower speeds are perfect for relaxing muscles.
2. Brushless Motor
Because it is equipped with a 24V brushless high-torque motor, power is never an issue with the M3 Pro. You will never feel like you’re not getting enough vibrations whether you want a high-intensity massage or a slow relaxing one.
The motor maxes out at 3,200 PPM (that’s even higher than the Theragun’s max 2400 PPM), which is plenty of power to deliver a really deep tissue massage. It is also optimized to use battery power efficiently, so you don’t run out of juice too frequently.
3. Quiet Glide Technology
You would expect the 24V high-torque motor under the hood of the massage gun to be noisy, but that’s not the case. Opove makes use of Quiet Glide Technology to silence the motor. Its noise levels, as a result, are more than bearable.
At its noisiest, the Opove M3 Pro registers 55 decibels, which is slightly above conversational noise. The motor’s noise levels can be reduced to 35 decibels, which is perfectly quiet even to a sleeping household (that’s QUIET compared to most of the more expensive models). You can use it at night while the family’s asleep without stirring anyone awake.
4. Shockproof Outer Shell
This percussion massager is ergonomically fit and easy to handle, but if you happen to drop it, you will have the protection of a nylon 66 and fibreglass shell to rely on. This shockproof outer shell serves as the best anti-drop measure anyone can ask for. Because of it, the handheld massager can survive drops from up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) high, which is impressive and very reassuring!
5. Interchangeable Applicators
It comes with four massage attachments that are interchangeable:
- Fork Shaped – this is for applying targeted pressure on the spine, neck, and Achilles
- Flat Shaped – this facilitates targeted muscle-relaxing massages that encourage muscle plasticity
- Pointed – this provides deep tissue massages and enhances the massager’s precision for when you need to target specific muscle groups
- Ball Shaped – this applicator enables you to massage bulk muscle group like the muscles around your waist and back, your glutes, your thighs, your arms, and even your thighs
The applicators are easy to switch and drastically improve the massager’s functionality.
6. Lithium-Ion Battery
Thanks to its lithium-ion battery, the handheld massager can perform massages endlessly and can charge quite quickly. It takes about 3 hours to drain the battery, so expect little to no downtime between your warm-up and cool-down sessions.
- Great build quality
- Perfect ergonomic design
- Powerful high-torque motor
- Adjustable speed and intensity settings
- Quiet Glide Technology reduces noise levels drastically (it’s actually one of the quietest massage guns on the market)
- Decent battery life of up to 3 hours
- Sturdy anti-drop outer shell
- Comes with four applicators and a carry case
- 30 day money back guarantee & 1 year warranty included
- Intensity doesn’t measure up to some of the higher-end devices. We’ll explain why in the next pararaph
Opove M3 Pro vs more expensive massage guns – How does it measure up?
The RPM (percussions/revolutions per minute) are comparable to most other massage guns on the market (32oo RPM), however the stall force is LOWER, which means you won’t get as intense a massage. The “stall force” is the amount of force you can use in applying the massage gun to your muscles before it cuts out. More expensive models such as the Theragun G3Pro have a stall force of up to 60lbs, which means you can really dig in deep if necessary, whereas this only allows for about 25lbs of force. Also, the amplitude or “stroke length” (impact depth) is 12mm vs the Theragun’s 16mm which does make a slight difference in massage intensity.
Does that mean you won’t get as good a massage? Not at all. If you check out the user reviews on Amazon you’ll see that customers are very happy with the results from this massage gun. If you never had a chance to compare this to a more expensive model (using one after the other), you’d almost certainly think that the Opove was more than enough for your needs.
Final Word: Is this massage gun worth the investment?
As you can see from our Opove M3 Pro review, this is a great handheld massager, but is it the right one for you?
Let’s look at the facts. It is a mid-range percussion massager with an excellent build, some great features, and a decent battery life to boot. It’s definitely NOT an entry-level device given the level of performance it has been designed to handle. But for all intents and purposes, it is easy to use.
Variable intensity settings and the choice of four massage applicators give you the freedom to tailor your massages to suit your needs. Whether you need to relax, treat muscle soreness, target knots and tight spots, or pamper yourself with a massage. As a bonus, you get a wonderful free carry case where you can pack the massager and all its accessories and ship them conveniently to wherever you please.
Is it as good as the Theragun or Hypervolt (our top picks)? For sure, it has many of the same features and is just as good in many ways. The main difference, however, is that it won’t provide quite as intense a massage (if you’re looking for a really aggressive massage for serious muscle issues). The Opove though is more than sufficient for the vast majority of users, as evidenced by the positive user reviews.
The Opove M3 Pro is not likely to disappoint anyone looking for a powerful handheld massager. Even professionals will find value in this excellently built massager so it’s definitely worth checking. If it’s not for you, there is a 30 day money back guarantee. The product is also backed by a 1 year warranty.