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Hello, guys and gals and welcome to another exciting massage gun review. Today, we’ll be doing a Lifepro Sonic Plus review. This is a wonderful massage gun that seems built especially to do a wonderful job.
- Lifepro Sonic Plus Percussion Massager
- Lifepro Sonic Plus Massage Gun Review: Features, as well as What we Like and Don’t Like
- Best Lifepro Sonic Plus Alternatives
- Lifepro Sonic Plus Review – Wrapping Up
As regular readers of our blog know, we can’t stop singing the praises of massage therapy. It’s great pre-workout, as it activates your muscles and gets them to relax. This not only makes them more likely to perform at their peak, but also allows them to recover faster after the workout.
Massage therapy is also great after a workout, as it helps to get rid of all the lactic acid that’s been building up in your muscles. It’s also a great thing to do when you’re a little sore or have a few stubborn knots you want to get rid of.
Lifepro Sonic Plus Percussion Massager
Lifepro, in particular, is a bonafide brand in the percussion massager market, with a wide array of products in their line.
We have reviewed a few of Lifepro’s products before, and we are always impressed by how much functionality and aesthetics they are able to cram into their small massage guns. And that’s part of it too – they make small, light yet powerful massage guns that are easy to travel with.
This particular one, despite the punch it literally packs, weighs just 1.5 lbs. That’s insane!
But let us not get ahead of ourselves. In this review, we will give you all the details about the Sonic Plus massage gun. By the end, you should know as much about it as we do. Maybe you’ll even decide to get yourself one.
And now, without further ado, let’s get to it, starting from the specs table and then followed by our in-depth Lifepro Sonic Plus review.
Lifepro Sonic Plus Massage Gun Review: Features, as well as What we Like and Don’t Like
Lifepro Sonic Plus Specification
|Key Feature||Lifepro Sonic Plus|
|Stall Force||33 lbs|
|Stroke Length||12 mm|
|Battery Life||7 hours (2400 mAh)|
|Noise||< 55 dB|
Great massage modes
Good percussion range
|Cons||Ergonomics could be better|
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When we got our shipment of the Sonic Plus, we thought the box was a little larger than what we’d been used to seeing for Lifepro products. Usually, they are a lot more petite.
This one, however, was about the size of a small suitcase. But it sort of makes sense when you consider the fact that the whole thing somehow needs to fit 10 attachments.
The unboxing was an exciting experience, and we couldn’t wait to see what was inside.
The first thing that struck us after we opened up the box was… another box! Well, a case, actually.
Lifepro products come in beautiful cases so you can pack it all together when traveling. It has the familiar orange Lifepro logo on top in a very large size, and feels semi-rigid.
Just rigid enough to firmly maintain shape but soft enough that it isn’t difficult to pack.
Considering the size, though, you’ll probably want to carry this case separately, or pack everything in a very large suitcase where it will fit.
Don’t let the size of the case fool you. Inside, you are met with a relatively small and compact massage gun. Together with it are packed 10 attachments, a power adaptor, and some instruction pamphlets.
The pamphlets are especially well done, as they have comprehensive instructions on how to start up and use the devices, how to attach the heads, with a picture of each head and an explanation for what it does.
There are also explanations for the different vibration speeds and modes, as well as a bunch of information on the specifications of the massage gun. Everything you need to know is right there in the case, so operating this massage gun should be a piece of cake.
The massage gun we got was blue in color, which just so happens to be our favorite color anyway! It has a black rubber handle, and a black base at the bottom.
The base is where the power button is, by the way, as well as the LED power display. It tells you just how much power remains in your battery so you can recharge it.
Along the barrel of the gun is a silver strip with the Lifepro logo near the back and the Sonic Plus logo near the front. There’s a bulge on top, which sort of makes it look like the handle pierced right through the barrel.
The main reason for that shape is that the handle is actually the battery of the gun. Yes, that’s right: you hold the battery while you use the gun. This means a bulge has to be made on top where the motor that powers the whole thing will sit.
One of the things that really caught our eye about this massage gun is that it comes with 10 attachments. That’s more than any other massage gun we’ve ever seen.
Here’s a breakdown of each attachment and what it does:
- 2 round heads – Round head attachments are par for the course when it comes to percussion massagers. Every massage gun has one or two. The main reason is that they are great multi-purpose heads. You can use them to massage just about any part of your body. You can even put them on at the end of a long day at work and massage all your sore muscles. There are two heads here: a large one and a small one. The large one is more general purpose, while the smaller one is for hard to reach areas or areas that need a bit deeper therapy.
- 2 bullet heads – The bullet heads are, as their name suggests, shaped like bullets. Again, these are very common among percussion massagers. They are great for applying pressure to specific points, and are commonly used for anything from acupuncture by chiropractors to targeting specific pain points in hard to reach areas. If you have a specific spot that is proving difficult to deal with, or want to try some acupuncture, the bullet heads are appropriate.
- 1 spinal attachment – The spinal attachment is shaped like two football goal posts, that is a y-shape with a wide gap in the middle. This attachment is perfect for the neck and spine, and hits the vertebrae and surrounding muscles perfectly.
- 1 curved attachment – The curved attachment is especially useful for deep tissue massage. The tip is curved backward, allowing it to fit snugly into the natural contours of the muscles it is massaging and also to even out knots in an efficient way. It’s pretty fun to use, actually, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
- 1 shovel attachment – The shovel attachment is meant for the hardest to reach areas, such as certain regions of the thighs and glutes. While the other attachments are pretty common among percussion massagers, this is the first time we’re actually seeing this one, and we had no idea what it was meant to do, exactly, until we consulted the instruction manual.
- 1 flat head – The flat head is a plastic attachment with a flat head. This one is meant for tougher muscles, such as the thighs and calves, delivering deep tissue therapy at a press of a button.
- 1 round metal head – The round metal head is something we have seen before on another Lifepro massager (the Fusion X). It is used for applying ointment, or Deep Heat, or Deep Freeze.
- 1 absorber head – The absorber head looks like the flat head, but it is made of compressible rubber. It therefore feels soft and absorbs most of the force from the vibrations. All in all, it’s a great massage head for easy-going sessions.
That is A LOT of heads! We’re quite pleased that Lifepro decided to differentiate themselves from the competition in this way.
Having the option to pick between attachments until we find one that works for the specific thing we’re trying to do certainly feels good.
Size, Weight and Ergonomics
The massage gun itself has dimensions of just 9.8 inches by 7.2 inches and weighs just 1.5 lbs.!
It’s quite light in the hand, and highly portable. We don’t like the jackhammer shape, though. The ergonomics feel a little hard and we kinda feel like we’re hammering our muscles when we instead mean to massage them.
Of course, the similarity of a massage gun hitting on a muscle to a hammer hitting on a nail is not lost to us. We just think, making the shapes similar as well, is a bit on the nose.
While the rubber handle is a good touch, we do wish it were thicker and less slippery. I particularly have very sweaty hands, and it gets difficult to keep a vibrating massage gun from slipping out of it 30 minutes into a session.
Performance and Power
First of all, the Sonic Plus comes with 12mm amplitude, or stroke length, which is a kind of standard for massage guns.
No complaints here, although in our opinion, more head travel is always better, thus we wouldn’t mind if it was 14mm or 16mm. Still, 12mm is just okay.
Second of all, the stall force of the Sonic Plus doesn’t look impressive on paper, with only 33 lbs. of stall.
However, what you should know is that it comes with an RPM range of 1300-3300 RPM.
Now, 3300 RPM is A LOT! This device punches faster than many other massage guns out there, kind of making the massage feel stronger than it actually is (juding by the stall force).
It also has 5 different vibration speeds, so you can ease your way to the highest RPM slowly.
Therefore, it’s an interesting design choice by Lifepro – a device that maybe won’t penetrate your muscles to the bone, but instead will vibrate more intensively, and get your entire leg ripple.
That said, if you have dense muscles, or a lot of muscle mass, you might want to look for a massage gun with 40 or more pounds of stall force, such as the Ekrin B37, the Achedaway Pro or the Lifepro DynaSphere.
The gun also has 3 auto modes. Modes are different from speeds. Speeds are about how many percussions the gun is making per minute, while modes are about the particular rhythm of the percussions.
The modes on the Sonic Plus are the warm-up, cool-down, and wave modes.
- The warm-up mode slowly increases, building up in intensity to get your muscles activated. This mode is excellent for warming up before working out.
- The cool-down mode builds quickly in intensity and then slows down, dragging out the downward rate so it feels like your muscles are cooling down. This one is great for post-workout massage therapy.
- The wave mode behaves just like the name suggests, varying speeds in a regular wave pattern.
What we like about the auto modes is that they let you relax. You can now let the massage do the fine-tuning for you, so this is definitely a nice thing to have.
The Sonic Plus comes with a 2400 mAh lithium ion battery that can go for up to 7 hours, depending on what speed you’re on.
At high speeds it will last about 4 hours at best. That said, it only takes 2-3 hours to charge so it should be up and running again in no time.
As mentioned earlier, the whole handle is the battery. While the battery is considered ‘removable’, what you’re actually doing is replacing the handle. This is pretty cool, because you can pick a customized handle that fits your style.
The main downside of the battery is that you can’t use the gun while it’s plugged in, but this is nothing new – most other devices behave exactly the same.
This massage gun is rated 35-50 dB. In practice, we found it to be closer to 55 dB. It’s a low noise, so we rate it pretty high. Though, Lifepro has produced quieter massage guns in the past.
Considering everything going for this massage gun, you’re getting amazing value for the money at only $134.99. However, if you purchase it with the MGA10 coupon, you get 10% off, which cuts the price down to just $121.49.
Still, as Lifepro is known for running special sale events, it’s worth to check out this page for the current price.
Best Lifepro Sonic Plus Alternatives
We always like to provide some good alternatives for our readers, so that you have some more options to choose from. Here are two guns that we’ve shortlisted as good alternatives to the Lifepro Sonic Plus massage gun.
- The Lifepro DynaSphere may have less percussions per minute at a max of 2800, but it is still better than all Theraguns, which cap at 2350 RPM.
- The good news is that it comes with an amplitude of 13mm and a significantly higher stall force of 66 lbs. That’s even more than the Theragun Pro!
- In terms of attachments, it has just 5, so it underperforms there, but it does come with 6 speeds, which is 1 more than the Sonic Plus.
- We love the unique spherical design and built-in USB port, which makes it more portable and easier to charge.
- At $149.99, it is slightly pricier. However, with our MGA10 coupon you can get 10% off and purchase it at just $134.99.
TIP: Check our full DynaSphere review.
- The Ekrin Bantam is a favorite of ours. It is more compact and portable than most other massage guns.
- It has a great handle angle, which gives it better ergonomics than the Sonic Plus.
- At 35 lbs. of stall, it is slightly more powerful. However, it has a 10mm amplitude, which undermines it. That said, it has a similar max RPM of 3200.
- It comes with just 4 attachments, which is a far cry from what the Sonic Plus offers.
- While it retails for $159.99, an MGA20 coupon will shave 20% off and bring the price down to $127.99, making it significantly cheaper!
Lifepro Sonic Plus Review – Wrapping Up
And with that we come to the end of our Lifepro Sonic Plus review. As you can see, this massage gun has a lot going for it, and only a few drawbacks.
With 10 attachments, 5 vibration speeds, and up to 7 hours of battery life, this massage gun represents insane value for money at its current price point.
We are not surprised it’s rated so high by actual users, and can’t wait to see what Lifepro will come up with next.
Until next time, happy massaging!
Lifepro Sonic Plus Rating
The Lifepro Sonic Plus is an incredibly versatile, entry level massage gun that’s suitable for a broad audience and is perfect for personal use. With as many as 10 different attachments, and 3 fantastic massage modes, the Sonic Plus provides nothing else than excellent value for the money!
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