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In this Butyce massage gun review, we explore a less known but decent percussion massager. Decent because it has some pretty impressive performance stats that we like.
- Meet The Butyce Massage Gun
- Butyce Massage Gun Review – Y8 Pro Max
- Who is It For?
- Butyce Massage Gun Review Conclusion
Meet The Butyce Massage Gun
If you have been following us you know how zealous we are about finding the best massage guns on the market and telling you about it. We know the Amazon marketplace has a plethora of these devices and it can be tough to find the best.
But we are experts and we know how to dig for some overlooked gems.
But is Butyce Y8 Pro Max a gem? Amazon buyers think so – 95% of users have given it a 5-star review.
Butyce is an Amazon seller as far as we know. They might have just surfaced recently – you know how there are tons of these today. From a bit of digging we found out that they also have two other massage guns that they’re selling – X3 Pro and M3 Pro.
We inspected their Amazon store further and saw that they also sell other wellness products like back braces and electric massagers.
We are interested in percussion massagers and that’s why we are doing this review. So let’s get into it, shall we?
Butyce Massage Gun Review – Y8 Pro Max
Butyce Y8 Pro Max Specs
|Key Feature||Butyce Y8 Pro Max Specs.|
|Stall Force||50 lbs max.|
|Stroke Length||14 mm|
|Percussions / min||1300-3200|
|Battery Life||10-15 hours|
|Weight||2.1 lbs (just device)|
|Pros||Long 14mm amplitude|
Pressure-based adaptive speeds
Huge battery capacity
No warranty information
Tiny font on the LCD
|Price & Coupon:||Check at Amazon|
First Impressions and Build Quality
The Y8 Pro Max comes with a carrying case, which is always, for us, a nice gesture from any brand.
A lot of so-called top massage guns (Hypervolt for example) don’t sell their devices with carrying cases. It’s a non-drip, well-textured case.
Inside we found the device, the wall charger, 8 attachments, and an instructions manual.
The Y8 Pro Max may seem like another Hypervolt knockoff – similar design and shape. It however, may not be an exact Hypervolt clone because not everything is Hypervolt-ish.
For instance, it doesn’t have the Hypervolt LED ring at the base of the handle. Instead the screen at the base displays the battery percentage left. There’s a display screen at the back of the device that is unique – unlike what you see on most devices. We couldn’t get a hang of it at first but with time got used to it and everything was smooth.
It’s made of hard PC alloy that we’re certain doesn’t easily break or wear out. It looks sturdy and durable. We’ve reviewed many massage guns that are plastic, we liked some, but some not so much.
This here is a different proposition. Talking of things that are different, the power button is right at the base of the device. Instead of a press-and-hold button, it’s a switch button. Push either side of the ON/OFF markers to turn it on and off.
It has an LED touch screen that you can use to cycle through the 7 speeds. The screen also displays the speed gears, pressure sensor (more on this later), and power display – you can see why we got confused trying to figure it out.
That said, it comes in two color variations – black and silver, we got the black model. There is a detailed manual that instructs you on how to use the device for best effect.
The Y8 Pro Max has a lot to offer here. We know most of the premium devices we have looked at don’t really exaggerate the amount of attachments they offer. Some Theraguns are great example.
But Butyce seems to have overdone here. Nonetheless, the Y8 Pro Max has 8 attachments: flat, ball, fork, bullet, air cushion, spade, arc, tower.
Here’s a brief information on some of them:
It’s the all-purpose attachment because it can work on both large and small muscle groups.
It’s the perfect attachment if you want to work on large muscle groups. You can use it on your quads, hamstrings and pecs.
This is the go-to attachment when you need to work on target areas around your hands and feet. It’s also good to work on ligaments.
The fork or spinal attachment works on the area around the spine and the neck. The two prongs slide across either side of the spine. You can also use it to massage your Achilles.
The other attachments are really just variations of these. We know most brands that sell on Amazon like to overdo the number of attachments. For example, the Chirogun, which we recently reviewed, breaks the record with 15 attachments.
You may not agree, but we think it’s not really a cool thing when a device has too many attachments – but we like how Butyce varied the attachments on the Y8 Pro Max.
Unlike what we saw with most Theraguns where most of the attachments felt the same, this one gives you the chance to target different body parts.
Size, Weight and Ergonomics
The Y8 Pro Max measures 9.3” x 6.5” x 2.95”. It feels compact, if the bulky Amazon devices are anything to go by. It weighs 2.1lbs. which is just about the standard weight for most guns in its category. Just for comparison’s sake, Theragun’s Elite weighs 2.2lbs.
Like we mentioned earlier, Butyce massager borrows the shape and design from Hyperice’s bigger guns. It’s still a power tool– we’ve always had a dislike for this kind of design, puts a lot of pressure on your wrist and a longer massage session may be a pain.
We have always appreciated brands that do their best to improve the ergonomics of their devices. We love Ekrin for being innovative with their ergonomic 15-degree angled handle for their devices. The best ergonomically designed products, of course, are the full-sized Theraguns and Urikar AT1 – which borrows its design from Theragun.
Many other brands even on Amazon are trying to make their devices with better ergonomics.
This is why we chose to have a look at this massage gun. It has some pretty interesting performance stats. Let’s have a look!
Amplitude (Stroke Length)
Amplitude or sometimes known as the stroke length, is the length of the head travel – how far the head travels back and forth to give you the percussions. A device’s amplitude determines how deep a massage you can get.
The Butyce Massage Gun has 14mm amplitude – they refer to it in their Amazon listing as “beat depth”, a cool name for once. We believe 14mm amplitude is a very good stroke length for a full sized massage gun.
There are other factors involved of course – stall force and percussions – but the longer the stroke length in a device the better that device can perform. It’s not a Theragun or Achedaway Pro here, but it is surprisingly the same as the fancy Hypervolt BT Plus.
But as we like to always remind you, a long amplitude is only effective when it’s paired with a powerful enough stall force. Does the Y8 Pro Max have a good enough stall force? Let’s find out shall we?
Stall force is the amount of pressure that it takes to stall the motor of a device. This happens when you press the device against your body. Press it too hard and most devices will stall or simply stop revving. This is an important feature in any device. Together with the amplitude, they determine if the device can deliver a deep tissue massage.
The Y8 Pro Max has what they call “23kg beat strength” which translates to 50lbs. stall force. This is better than what over 90% of devices on Amazon can offer.
It’s one of the top reasons why this device ranks so highly for us. Even the “entry-level” Theragun Prime can only offer you half the strength of this massive device. This great stall force with the decent 14mm amplitude makes this a very decent percussion massager.
This device will definitely give a deep tissue massage. It only falls short (in stall force) against the powerhouses like Theragun Pro, Happygun, Achedaway Pro, and Ekrin B37/B37s. In fact, Ekrin’s two full-sized guns only have 12mm amplitudes.
One thing to note here, however, is that the stall force is progressive – on lower speeds the device will stall easily. Given it has 7 speeds, the lower speeds will not offer you much power, but it gets better when you take the intensity up a notch.
Here is how the Butyce Y8 Pro Max looks like against the most popular competitors.
Stall Force (lbs.)
Our take: Butyce massage gun, given how much it costs, impresses with the stall force. 50lbs. is more than enough for a deep tissue percussive massage (it’s more than the Theragun Elite has)
Stroke Length (mm)
Our take: Amplitude on Butyce Y8 Pro Max is 14mm, which is on par with the top-shelf Hypervolt BT Plus, and just a little bit less than Theragun’s industry-leading stroke length.
Percussions are the hits per minute against your body. Here, the more the better. More percussions means better intensity, which translates to an effective percussive massage.
However, this varies depending on a device’s amplitude. If a device has a long enough amplitude (like Theragun’s 16mm), then the percussions can be fewer.
The Y8 Pro Max has a 1300-3200rpm percussion range. This is very impressive given the fairly long stroke length. Also, the fact that the intensity starts way low means that you can get an accurate massage – start way low before you can crank it up to the top speed.
It’s a great device for a warm up massage or if you want to have a delicate massage.
It has 7 speeds which we think is acceptable – any more would be unnecessary.
Many cheap Amazon brands try to win customers by promising 20 or 30 speeds. In our opinion this is absurd, and practically speaking, it would take ages to even get to the right speed.
We have always advocated for devices that have 5 or 6 speeds. For Y8 Pro Max, 7 speeds is okay given it starts way low – at 1300rpm.
It has a pressure sensor that responds to the pressure applied on the gun and consequently increases the intensity of the massage.
We have seen a similar feature on the Everyfun M3 Pro whose sensor works on the 5th gear by automatically increasing the intensity when more pressure is applied.
The Y8 Pro Max is a surprisingly quiet device. It’s listed as revving between 25dB to 55dB but it feels more 35dB to 60dB which is still really hushed down.
We say this because most devices with a fairly long amplitude tend to be noisy.
This one here defies that statistic with its perfectly quiet motor. We believe you won’t need to turn up the TV volume when you are using it.
The battery on this gun is massively juiced. We are yet to see anything like it. 4800mAh capacity battery is no child’s play by any means.
If you are wondering how long that will last, it’s 15-24 hours! Talk about a percussive massage day!
We believe, however, that is a bit exaggerated. But, you can still get 12-15 hours of battery life with this thing.
That’s way more than any Theragun can offer – Theragun Pro will run for 2-3 hours.
That said, we did notice that the battery drains faster when more pressure is applied and the speed cranked up a notch higher.
Most devices do this though, so this shouldn’t really be a deal breaker.
We couldn’t find any warranty information on this device. We have seen this kind of thing with most devices that are manufactured in China and sold on Amazon.
Who is It For?
Butyce massage gun is a decent device for those looking for an above-average percussion massager but do not wish to spend more on a premium device.
We can confidently recommend it for runners, gym goers, and crossfitters. It may not be the perfect massage gun for most demanding users like bodybuilders.
Butyce Massage Gun Review Conclusion
We draw the curtains on our Butyce massage gun review. We believe this is a proper device that will help you to warm-up, treat sore muscles, help you relax, and also increase blood circulation.
It has above average performance features that you don’t find with 90% of Amazon devices. It’s a cheaper alternative if you can’t afford a premium gun. It’s perfect for runners, crossfitters and day to day gym goers. Demanding users will have to look elsewhere.
You can get it on Amazon right here.
Last but not least, if you still aren’t sure if this is the right device for your needs then ask us a question here. We’ll suggest other alternatives and will help you decide.
Butyce Y8 Pro Max Review - Rating
A Hypervolt-inspired device but with some unique tweaks and interesting performance features. Great amplitude, powerful stall force, and impressive pressure sensor, cheap alternative to similar category premium devices. Great for runners, gym goers and crossfitters.
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