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Welcome to our Ekrin 365 review. We just heard that Ekrin has a 4th massage gun on the way and we were wondering what to expect from a brand that has already given us great devices.
We love Ekrin massage guns and there’s enough evidence on our site because we’ve featured their devices on many of our guide articles. Ekrin has great devices that are very affordable as well.
We know all about the new 365 percussion massager and we are rushing to tell you all about it. Just a hint, it’s an excellent device, entry-level yes, but an awesome gadget by the looks of it. It seems Ekrin has listened to customer feedback and improved a few things.
We’ll tell you all about it here!
- Who’s Ekrin Athletics and Why are They Trusted?
- Ekrin 365 Percussion Massager – An Entry-Level Device Ekrin Needed
- Ekrin 365 Review
- Who is it Best For…
- Ekrin 365 vs B37 – What’s the Difference?
- Ekrin 365 vs Bantam
- Ekrin 365 Review Conclusion
Who’s Ekrin Athletics and Why are They Trusted?
If you haven’t heard about Ekrin Athletics here’s some quick information about them.
Ekrin is a small but ambitious US brand that focuses on fitness recovery technology. They were founded back in 2019 by 2 college students with a passion for fitness – Dan and Elise Kozak.
Their first massage gun was the Ekrin B37, which took the percussion massager market by storm, easily impressing many, including us. It has plenty of power, it’s very quiet during operation, and has a high-quality build. It’s one of our favorite massage guns.
The B37 was followed up by an even more powerful massage gun in the form of Ekrin B37S. It took the shape and size of the original device with a few tweaks here and there and some embellishments added as well (pressure sensor).
But there are a few more reasons why we and other customers out there have fallen in love with Ekrin:
- Since their inception, Ekrin has focused solely on massage guns and nothing else. It pays to establish brand loyalty with a company that specializes in one thing – there’s more focus on what you like about them.
- They give clear information about all their products. We’ve had to deal with cases of brands giving false information about their devices. For instance, we recently bought and reviewed the Urikar AT1 where the company had overstated the strength (the stall force) of their massage gun. Ekrin always delivers what they promise on their website. We actually use their devices as a benchmark when looking at different massage guns.
- Ekrin is one of the few US-based brands that offer top-notch customer service. They have a friendly return policy and a lifetime warranty on all their products – something you don’t see often even from the big guns like Theragun.
- They have fairly priced devices. You get great value for money when you buy an Ekrin massage gun than when you go for a Theragun or a Hypervolt.
But why another massage gun? Aren’t the others already good enough? Who is Ekrin targeting with this new model?
Ekrin 365 Percussion Massager – An Entry-Level Device Ekrin Needed
Ekrin enjoyed quite the success with the unveiling of their first two massage guns – the B37 and the B37S. The mini massage gun, Ekrin Bantam has also cemented their position as a serious percussion massagers brand.
However, despite this success, there has always been room for Ekrin to do even better. Despite having variety in their productions, the missing piece has been an introductory massage gun. Something entry-level and more affordable – something for novice massage gun users.
To be honest, although the B37 is a serious massage gun, having to choke up $229.99 (or $183.99 if you use the MGA20 coupon that gives you a 20% discount) for your first massage gun seems like a lot of money. Plus, this is above the $150-$175 spending limit for first-time massage gun customers.
That is why the folks at Ekrin thought of filling this gap by unveiling this new massage gun. It’s the company’s first introductory massage gun.
It comes at a better price, it’s not as strong as any of the two full-sized guns (B37 and B37S), but it’s surprisingly more powerful than many expensive massage guns out there.
Meet the Ekrin 365, a massage gun designed to be your best buddy. Ekrin wants you to use it every day for 365 days a year!
Ekrin 365 Review
What does this new gun bring to the table? Let’s find out!
Ekrin 365 Specs
|Feature||Ekrin 365 Massage Gun|
|Stall Force||28 lbs – 40 lbs|
|Stroke Length||12 mm|
|Battery||4-6 hours, 1600 mAh, non-removable, USB-C charging|
|Noise||40-55 dB (advertised)|
Good Stall Force
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First things first, it comes with a carrying case, just as we like it. It’s so nice to see Ekrin carrying on their courteous appeal.
This time the case is grey (the previous guns came in black cases), two zippered with a nice texture.
Everything is inside the case and well-arranged as professionals would do.
It’s still the Ekrin-ish design that was introduced to us with the B37 device. We’re glad they chose to stay true to their identity here. It’s sleek, stylish with non-aggressive pastel color – as with all the previous guns.
This one has a baby blue color.
It’s not the same blue we saw with Lifepro Sonic X which was a dead ringer for the Ekrin B37 massage gun. Something else that we immediately noticed with this new upcoming device, is the longer and thinner handle. The handle has a large rubberized area (more about this in the ergonomics section.
It has the same great build as the previous guns, which is superb considering that it costs even less.
It has simple intuitive controls – Ekrin has always made things simple with all their devices. There’s a power switch at the very bottom of the device. We have seen a similar configuration with brands like Hypervolt but surprisingly this is the first time we have seen it on an Ekrin device.
Another thing worth mentioning that is rather techy, in our opinion, is the Touchsense control panel. It’s at the very top of the device (right where we are used to seeing air vents with other devices).
It works the same way as the touch screen of your phone. To change the speeds you simply tap this part. Interesting!
There are no LCDs though – normal with Ekrin devices. There are simple LEDs that indicate the current speed gear and the battery charge level.
A good selling point for Ekrin devices has always been the varied attachments for all their devices. Varied attachments give you plenty of options when you want to massage different body parts.
This new device has 4 varied attachments. They are the same ones we saw with the B37 and the Bantam – Ball, Fork, Cone, and Flat.
Here’s what we think about them:
- The ball head isn’t the same as the one in Ekrin B37. It’s the softer version that we first saw with the Bantam mini massage gun. It has a give to it, and is the only attachment that you can use to massage bony areas. It doesn’t bounce off the bone – it’s that soft. It’s great for the shoulder and neck areas as well.
- The cone attachment is made of hard plastic (so are the rest) and is used to massage trigger points. It’s also perfect for massaging your feet.
- The fork attachment works on the spine. We noticed something interesting with the Ekrin fork attachment; the two prongs are wider apart than what we’ve seen from other brands.
- The flat head is universal and can be used for aggressive massage. It works on all muscle groups depending on the pressure applied. However, it’s not the best one to massage bony areas. Luckily you have one for that.
Interestingly, the attachments are not “push-in” but “push and twist”. They call them lockable attachments, the same mechanism is also seen in their high-end B37S massage gun, and in our opinion, it is a better solution that the common “push-in-pull-out” mechanism.
There is an instructions manual written in good American English. It has information on all the heads, device data, charging tips, how-to-use instructions, and safety protocols.
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Size, Weight and Ergonomics
This is where it gets interesting. We have always praised Ekrin for their approach to ergonomics. At a time when everyone else was making T-shaped massage guns with the boring and fatiguing straight handle, they chose to go with an angled handle.
Angled Handle – Still There
The angled handle helps to lessen the tension and fatigue on the wrist. It also makes for a more ergonomic hold.
For areas that are hard to reach, like the lower back area, the slanted handle adds an inch or two further reach than the normal T-shape design handles.
Despite their unique approach to ergonomics, we always held that there was room for further improvement. For instance, even though the handle for the B37 was good ergonomically (in most parts), its diameter was a bit large for women and folks with small hands.
Lower Weight, Longer and Thinner Handle
Another thing that we had hoped to be improved is the weight of the guns. While we believe that 2.2lbs is manageable weight for most people, it starts to feel heavy when you have been massaging for a long time.
A full body massage takes about 10 to 20 minutes – long enough for your hand to fatigue from holding a 2.2lbs massage gun. Perhaps lowering the weight for future devices wouldn’t be such a bad idea, would it?
Great news! Ekrin has been paying attention to all these concerns and have addressed some of them in this new device.
For starters, even though the gun still has the trademark 15-degree handle, the circumference of the handle has gone down from 6.1 inches on the B37 and B37S to 5.4 inches – the same as the mini-sized Bantam. This tweak makes this device way easier to hold even for guys with small hands.
The handle got longer too. They increased the length from 5.5 inches to 6 inches. This makes it even easier to reach the lower back. They also increased the area covered by the rubber grip. This not only means that the device is comfortable to hold, but it also means that there are many grip options.
What it means…
- The device is taller, thinner, and lighter.
- Yes, the Ekrin 365 weighs an incredible 1.7lbs now. This is impressive for a full-sized massage gun. It’s now easy to maneuver it and it still won’t feel like a toy.
- The balance is still as impressive as always. The battery is still within the handle and we are glad that the longer handle hasn’t impacted the balance negatively. The battery size has been adjusted to reflect the change in the handle configuration.
We are very pleased with the Ekrin 365’s ergonomics. The company has kept all the good things from the previous models but also accommodated changes to reflect customer feedback.
They have made small tweaks that collectively make it a pleasure to hold and use the gun even during longer sessions. Folks with small hands, especially the female clientele will appreciate these new improvements.
Performance – How Powerful It Is?
But how does this new device perform? Well, let’s find out.
Also known as stroke length, this refers to the distance traveled by the massage gun head as it percusses. Massage gun heads that extend over a long distance are said to have a high amplitude and can give a percussive massage. Devices with heads that travel over a short distance have a lower amplitude and will, most of the time, only offer vibrational therapy.
Vibrational therapy is good but cannot provide deep tissue massage – which is what percussive therapy does. Vibrational massage guns have 10mm or below of amplitude.
We are glad Ekrin hasn’t compromised here. It’s still the same 12mm stroke length as the other full-sized massage guns.
We have always believed that 12-13mm amplitude is the sweet spot. It’s high enough not to be vibrational – like the 8-10mm guns. It’s also not as punchy as the 15-16mm massage guns. The shorter head travel here also allows for more hits-per-minute which means high intensity.
If you are looking for a universal massage gun, then this is the gun for you. The 365 massager can be used for a gentle massage that will not be very punchy in areas where you don’t need it to be – neck and small muscle groups.
However, it’s still capable of strong punches that can break up muscle knots and effectively massage large muscle groups – pressing hard against the skin can achieve this.
But since this is dubbed an entry-level massage gun, does it mean that they took away much of the stall force?
Stall force is how much pressure it takes to stall the motor of a massage gun. This applies when you have to press the massage head hard against your skin to get a deep tissue massage – especially on large muscle groups like quads. The more pressure a massage gun can handle, the more effective it can be for deep tissue massage.
Most brands make their introductory massage guns less powerful when it comes to stall force. You get what you pay for, right?
We expected this new Ekrin device to follow suit. The only thing that got us slightly concerned was how far down did they pull this new massage gun. Turns out we were worried about nothing.
Surprisingly, this new device is more powerful than many introductory massage guns out there.It’s not easy to stall it!
The stall force is 28-40lbs. The B37 had a stall force of 28-56lbs. That confirms that it was taken a notch down, but not too much. In fact, 40lbs. is stronger than Theragun Prime and the same as Theragun Elite.
This is a proper entry-level massage gun. Just to be clear, the stall force here is progressive. The 28lbs. represents the stall force on the lowest gear, while the 40lbs. represents the stall force on the highest (4th) gear.
What we like here is that the advertised stall force is true. Unlike what we’re used to seeing from other brands who overstate the stall force in their advertising.
Ekrin 365 isn’t a super-powerful massage gun but it has enough power for a soothing massage and even more for when you need to apply more pressure.
Nothing has changed here in terms of the percussion range. The device revs between 2000rpm to 3200rpm.
3200 hits per minute as maximum percussions is the same for the earlier models as well. That also means that this device can get pretty intense when you need it to.
It has 4 speed gears to cycle through. That is new, because we saw Ekrin B37 with 5 speeds and the Bantam had 3. The 365 gives you the option in the middle.
Yes, this “entry-level” device has a pressure sensor. How cool!
Well, it works the same way as the one in the B37S – Ekrin’s most expensive gun thus far. This is not something we see quite often when interacting with these kinds of massage guns.
It’s a cool feature to have in any massage gun and even better when it’s done so stylishly by Ekrin.
Battery & USB Charging
We wondered whether the battery would be as good as what we saw from the previous models. With the configuration slightly altered (and this being an entry-level gun) we thought the battery would also not hold plenty of juice.
Turns out we were right. The battery capacity isn’t the standard 2400-2500mAh but 1600mAh. This partly explains the reduced weight of the device (17lbs and not 2.2lbs).
Even so, this is still enough juice for plenty of massage sessions. For just a single charge it can last for 5 hours if you don’t apply too much pressure. But even with pressure, you can expect 3-4 hours before you may need to charge it again.
If used sparingly, you can expect the device to be juiced up for few days at least. In terms of durability, we’ll say Ekrin has already proven themselves – the B37 battery is still going strong a year later.
But the best part about the battery is that you can charge it via USB – no wall charger is needed. This is impressive and actually the first time we have seen a full-sized massage gun with a USB-C charger.
USB charging is convenient. We see that with mini massage guns, and Ekrin 365 users can be glad that they won’t be needing a wall charger anymore (it can be charged from a power bank).
Noise – Is It Loud?
We’re yet to see a noisy Ekrin device. One of the reasons their devices are so quiet is because they keep the stroke length moderate.
The rule of thumb here is that the longer the stroke length the noisier a device can get.
The 365 percussion massager has okay noise levels. The decibel readings gave us 50dB at the lowest speed and about 62-63 dB at the highest speed. That means that you don’t have to crank up the TV volume or speak loudly when using it.
Another big plus is that it doesn’t rattle a lot when pressed against the skin as we’ve heard many devices do. There are no vibrations transferred to the handle as well – a problem with cheap models.
Price, Warranty and Where to buy?
The Ekrin 365 retails for $179.99 but you can use the MGA20 coupon to buy it for only $143.99, which is 20% less. This is a very attractive price point for what the device offers.
You will also get a lifetime warranty as is the custom with Ekrin Athletics devices. We recommend buying it from their website to support the brand and also get to enjoy their superb customer service.
You can also read real feedback from customers who have interacted with the device.
Who is it Best For…
This is a recommended buy for those who are just starting with massage guns and need something reliable and powerful.
The 365 is a decent device that will not only do a surface-level massage but can also be pressed hard against the skin for a percussive massage. It has more than decent stall force. But it’s not just novice massage gun users that will enjoy having this massage gun, others will as well.
It’s an excellent massage gun for women and people with small hands. The ergonomics have been well thought out to accommodate the needs of such customers – we talked about the now thin handle.
The USB-C charging feature is also very appealing for those who love convenience. You will also enjoy a lighter full-sized massage gun that has an extended reach with the long handle.
…And Who Should Look Elsewhere
While it may serve others well, the Ekrin 365 massage gun is probably not the best device for Pro athletes or bodybuilders with big muscles. We’d recommend going for either the B37 or the B37S. These two can deliver a deep-to-the-bone massage (especially the latter).
Physiotherapists and chiropractors will also have to look elsewhere. It’s not just about the power, but this device doesn’t have detachable batteries and the battery life isn’t as great as what is in both the B37 or the B37S.
If you prefer harder punches from a massage gun with a longer amplitude, the 365 is probably not your gun. The 365 adopts a universal approach that better suits those who want a soothing to average percussive massage.
Ekrin 365 vs B37 – What’s the Difference?
- Shape and angled handle
- 4 Attachments (they’re the same except for the ball head, which is a softer one in 365)
- 12mm stroke length
- Percussion range
- Similar noise levels
- Travel case included
- Lifetime warranty included
What Ekrin 365 has that B37 doesn’t
- Longer handle (6.0″ vs. 5.5″)
- Thinner handle (5.4″ vs 6.1″ circumference)
- More rubber on the handle (more grip options)
- Lower weight (1.7 lbs vs. 2.2 lbs)
- USB-C type charging (B37 has AC wall plug)
- Pressure sensor
Ekrin B37 advantages over 365
- More stall force (B37 has 28 – 56 lbs., Ekrin 365 has 28-40 lbs)
- 1 speed more (5 vs. 4)
- Better battery life (8 vs 5 hours)
The new Ekrin 365 is a trimmed version of the B37 but with a unique approach to ergonomics. It’s more appealing to a broader clientele, especially folks with small hands, women, and the elderly.
Despite being an entry-level massage gun, it’s the perfect device for first-time users. It’s also very affordable compared to the previous models, especially with the -20% MGA20 coupon.
However, the B37 is more powerful and is a perfect fit for amateur athletes looking for a massage gun that can be aggressive. It’s also still the more versatile massage gun, and paying $50 extra for more stall force is very tempting.
Ekrin 365 vs Bantam
- Shape and angled handle
- Handle circumference
- Same hits per minute
- Similar noise levels
- Same attachments
- USB-C charging enabled
- Travel case included
- Lifetime warranty
Ekrin 365 advantages over Bantam
- More stall force (28-40 lbs vs 28-35 lbs)
- 20% higher amplitude (12mm stroke length vs 10mm)
- Speeds (4 vs. 3)
Ekrin Bantam advantages over 365
- Smaller, more portable
- Way lighter (1.1 lbs. vs 1.7 lbs)
- Slightly better battery life (5 hours vs 4 hours in Ekrin 365)
We know the Bantam belongs to a different category but we have a suspicion that Ekrin borrowed a lot from the Bantam for their new massage gun – if the Bantam and the B37 had a baby or the Bantam’s bigger brother, no?
That said, the Bantam may be portable and the perfect travel companion, but the full-sized 365 is more powerful while still being lightweight – it depends on what you want.
TIP Read our full Ekrin Bantam review →
Ekrin 365 Review Conclusion
We conclude our Ekrin 365 review and there are some takeaways.
First, we believe that this new device has been inspired by customer feedback. Ekrin has responded superbly to their customers’ needs and made a device that accommodates a few more people. They clearly worked on a unique design that we haven’t seen anywhere. The handle got thinner, the device got lighter and easier to hold. We love the ergonomics here.
The 365 doesn’t have as much power as the B37 or even the B37S but it’s still one of the most powerful massage guns we’ve seen in this category. We have to reiterate that the 40lbs. stall force makes it a formidable device – it’s similar to Theragun Elite.
The battery isn’t as juiced as any of the other models that came before but it’s also lighter than any of those massage guns – a small price to pay.
The price is also very affordable and of course, you get a lifetime warranty as well.
Overall, this is by far the best entry-level massage gun we’ve seen in a while. We highly recommend it.
Ekrin 365 Massage Gun Rating
Impressive at first sight, the new Ekrin 365 has plenty of stall force and an amplitude that allows for decent hits to the skin. The ergonomics are superb with a thinner elongated angled handle, and a pressure sensor is a cool feature to have in an entry-level percussion massager. Overall, a well executed device from a respectable brand at a very affordable price. Highly recommended!
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