Dr. Alex Stone, DPT, CSCS

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Education: University of Washington, Bastyr University

Expertise: Physical Therapy, Orthopedics, Fitness


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Alex Stone is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA). He currently practices orthopedics in Bellevue Washington and manages an online health coaching business via social media (@dr.alexstone) and the website (trainwithfx.com). He is passionate about health science education and general health/wellness optimization.

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recoverfun plus review

RecoverFun Plus Review – The Massage Gun For The Big Boys

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In this RecoverFun Plus review, we’ll talk about RecoverFun’s top massage gun.

We were intrigued when we stumbled on this gun. The performance specs looked pretty incredible on paper. Our curiosity got the better of us, and we decided to check it out.

We got this gun a while back, used it for a month, and now we can’t wait to tell you about it. By the end of this review, we hope you can make a decision about whether this is your type of massage gun or not.



RecoverFun Plus Review

This is RecoverFun’s flagship massage gun for now. After their first device (RecoverFun T5), they unveiled this new gun to cater to the needs of customers who want something a bit more powerful.

The specs is as follows:


RecoverFun Plus Specs

recoverfun plus specyfications
FeaturesRecoverFun Plus
Stall Force62 lbs (advertised)
Stroke Length13 mm / 12mm
(advertised / measured)
Percussions1500 – 3300 / 1480 – 2960
(advertised / measured)
Speeds5
Battery Life / Capacity3h / 2900 mAh (removable)
Attachments6
Weight2.5 lbs
Noise 55-65 dB (measured)
ProsGood power
Good percussion range
Well equipped
Removable battery

Overall quality
ConsLower than advertised amplitude
So-so ergonomics
Quite heavy
Warranty1 year for a device, 6 months for battery
Price$169 $165
Where to buyrecoverfun.com
(apply MGA5 coupon for $5 OFF)
RecoverFun Plus Specs

First Impressions

Straight out of the box, this device comes with a nice zippered carrying case. There’s also a soft pouch for carrying the attachments.

There is an instructional booklet (very basic) with information on the device and the attachments. There is a wall charger that looks pretty standard – no USB-C charging here.

RecoverFun included 3 spare gaskets for attachments. Those tend to wear out after some time and once they become loose, the device can get pretty noisy. Fortunately, RecoverFun folks thought about it in advance.

Onto the device itself. It’s a rather stylish black massage gun that looks top quality from the first look. The shape isn’t as intriguing though – if you’ve been with us long enough, you know how we cringe at T-shaped guns.

However, this one might just get away with a slight snarl – it’s not the worst T-shape we’ve seen. It doesn’t look like the first Hypervolt or one of its clones (even though Hypervolt did the T-shape first).

It does, however, look uncannily similar to the very first Achedaway device. If you were to only look at the pictures without touching the device first, you would think it’s a branding mistake. But it’s not a branding mistake, there are differences between this RecoverFun Plus and that Achedaway. We will touch on some of those differences as we go.

There are other things that would make you wonder if this is all Achedaway masked as RecoverFun. The website design and appearance, the logo design, and the attachments, everything looks very familiar.

We are not sure whether this is a coincidence, a bad case of copying or if there is a link between the two. But the two guns look very similar. It’s a fact.


Great Build Quality

Whether this is “Achedaway 2.0”, we can’t tell for now. But the device looks well put together.

There are no visible screws – except the one below the control panel. The motor shield is aluminum and looks durable – it’s cold to touch. The rest of the device is plastic or rubber – good quality plastic and rubber.

It’s a thick device (because of / around the the motor housing). It’s not as big as Opove Apex but definitely thicker than Ekrin B37 and the slim 365. Thick and bulky isn’t always standard massage gun language, but in this case, RecoverFun is targeting advanced users.

Overall

The first impression here is positive.


Size, Weight and Ergonomics

It’s hard to get excited here because this is not the revolutionary approach that we recently praised Opove Apex for. It’s anything but.

It’s a full-sized massage gun but the handle isn’t very long (intentionally done? we can’t say). We could say that the handle is long enough to just hold and glide it across the muscle. But, having seen other long handles on devices like Lifepro Sonic LX and Ekrin 365, we’ll say this handle is short.

PRO TIP A short handle isn’t the worst thing. It’s actually good when you want to do a lot of massaging. The short handle makes the device easy to maneuver (especially with the bulkiness). But, you could face problems trying to massage your mid-back over your shoulder. That’s why long handles are slightly better.

The RecoverFun Plus massage gun weighs 2.57 pounds or 1167 grams with the flat attachment mounted. We have to say that is anything but light – especially with the standard we have come to expect for guns in 2022. The metal body probably adds to the weight.

We also believe that the 2900mAh capacity battery adds to the overall weight of this device. But all that weight is not for nothing. It actually helps to add to the pressure applied when massaging. That’s why we believe the bulkiness is intentional – a sort of “gun for guys” approach.

But the combination of a T-shape and more weight rarely works for everyone. It messes with a lot of things, including maneuverability and balance.

When we recently reviewed Opove Apex, we spoke about how the manufacturer achieved a good balance for that device. We also know of Ekrin B37’s great balance.

But again, the added weight, vertical handle, and the bulky approach are intentionally made to target more demanding users (big boys). However, we still hold that an angled handle and much less weight would’ve made it a superb device given the performance specs.

Despite all this, RecoverFun Plus still holds comfortably. We feel the handle diameter is okay for most people. However, for folks with small hands this may not be the ideal device. Perhaps Ekrin 365 will hold better (it’s slimmer). The handle is rubberized to help with the grip. 

Remember how we said there is a slight difference between this device and the original Achedaway device? Well, here it is. That Achedaway device had rubber all the way up the handle and closer to the motor casing. This one is different. The rubber doesn’t go all the way up. It would’ve been better if it did because sometimes you need to hold it near the casing. You can still do that, only it won’t be as comfy.

Overall

We are not very excited about what this device has to offer, especially with ergonomics. We have seen and interacted with better devices. However, since the target audience probably won’t mind, we will hold our horses as well.


Controls

The controls are simple and intuitive.

There is a main switch at the very bottom of the device – handle. To turn it on, flip the switch and then go to the back of the casing to activate it using the main button there – it’s the only one, right in the middle. When you click the button again, the speed goes a notch higher.

There are 5 LEDs just above the main activation button that indicate the speed level. They all light up in blue. The funny thing is that they light up from right to left – the opposite way to all other massage guns we reviewed before.

The other 5 LEDs, those underneath the main button, indicate the battery status.


Attachments

RecoverFun Plus comes with 6 attachments – more than enough to massage the whole body. All the attachments here are not new (nothing we haven’t seen before) except for the one they’re calling “The super-soft and bouncy head.”

It’s not very new. It looks like a modified cushioned head. But we’ll give them that, they wanted to achieve something unique. Indeed it’s soft enough, and you can use it to massage sensitive and bony areas. It will also be perfect as the massage attachment for the neck and shoulders.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Standard ball head: This one is made of Eva foam. It feels harder than the super-soft one. The ball attachment can be used to massage the whole body.
  • Super-soft head (the RecoverFun Flex): This is the special one. It’s good for massaging sensitive areas. It’s very soft so you shouldn’t be afraid to glide it over bony areas.
  • Soft head: This one looks like the smaller version of the super-soft head. It’s smaller and doesn’t have the shiny surface on its counterpart. However, it’s also soft enough to be used on sensitive areas. 
  • Bullet head: This is a standard hard plastic bullet head. It’s used for trigger point massage. You can use it for foot massage and to treat plantar fasciitis 
  • Spine head/fork attachment: Looks like a two pronged fork. It’s made of hard plastic. It’s meant to be used along the spine. Before using it, inspect the distance between the prongs to make sure they go on either side of the spine. Don’t glide a massage gun head directly on your spine.
  • Flat head: This one here has bumps on it. It’s also made of hard plastic. It has a large surface – good for massaging large muscle groups like quads.

READ MORE Learn more about using massage gun properly and effectively.


Power and Performance

This is what intrigued us to try out this device. The power promised in the advertising was very interesting for us to pass up. So here’s what we found out.


Amplitude / Stroke Length

Amplitude is the distance traveled by the massage gun head as it percusses.

When we read the specs for this RecoverFun gun, we were impressed that it has a decent 13mm amplitude. Usually, that is good enough for a percussive device.

However, we did our own measuring when we got the device. It’s not 13mm as RecoverFun claims, but rather 12mm.

RecoverFun Plus Measured Amplitude 12mm
RecoverFun Plus’ measured amplitude is 12mm rather than the advertised 13mm.

But perhaps that is not a big issue – 1mm isn’t that much of a big deal here. This means RecoverFun Plus is a good percussive massage gun if the stall force is good enough.

However, we have to say that sometimes the 1mm can make a huge difference, especially in the market right now. Many devices struggle to get to 12mm; 13 mm is considered high-end, per se. To put it into perspective, even the highly praised Hypervolt 2 only has a 12mm stroke length.

To us, 12mm amplitude is a sweet spot; you can get a deep percussive massage with it and still enjoy a relaxing massage because the punches are too hard.

On the other hand, if you’d rather use a Theragun-like device with a higher stroke length, we recommend having a look at Opove Apex – one of the alternatives below.


Stall Force

Stall force refers to the amount of pressure the device can withstand without stalling or stopping.

RecoverFun advertised a stall force of up to 62lbs. – that makes it one of the top devices on the market. But is it really that powerful? Well, we had to find out if that is true.

Just for comparison, the powerful guns on the market today (Theragun Pro and Achedaway Pro) have a stall force of approximately 60lbs. It’s hard to believe there would be a gun more powerful than that.

We also know of Ekrin B37S, one of the best stall force guns. Since we have tested dozens of massage guns, we can always do a comparison test.

When we tested RecoverFun, we found out it couldn’t measure up to the strength of those powerful guns. It appeared weaker than the aforementioned guns – Ekrin B37S, Achedaway Pro, and Theragun Pro.

The accurate number would be the upper 40s – likely a 45-50lbs. range.

Be aware, however, that the device only achieves top power at the highest speed setting. On first gear, the gun stalls very easily – it almost bounces off the skin. But we’ve seen this kind of thing with other guns as well.

The higher the speed setting, the higher the stall force as well. But we’ve also seen devices that are stronger even on lower speed settings; Ekrin B37S is a good example. Maybe future iterations of RecoverFun will try the same thing.

We also compared it to Ekrin B37 (weaker than Ekrin B37S), Theragun Elite, and Hypervolt 2 Pro. It performs better than Hypervolt 2 Pro but more or less the same as Theragun Elite and Ekrin B37. 

What does this mean then, is this a powerful gun? Yes, despite the slightly exaggerated stall force by RecoverFun, this gun can provide a serious percussive massage. Most amateur athletes and some pros will find it effective.

We expected a 13mm amplitude but only got 12, which isn’t bad either. With more than 40lbs. of stall force, you can press it hard against large muscle group areas like quads and hamstrings for a deep tissue massage. 

recoverfun plus percussion massage gun

Speeds and Percussion Range

The speed setup here is the normal kind – just 5 speeds. We love that it’s not more (some devices come with up to 30 speeds).

With 5 speeds, you can easily change and use it as you want. You’ll still have to go through all speeds to get back to the lowest, but it’s practical with this setup. 

For the percussion range, we expected something generic given the 12mm amplitude. Here we have a setup of 1500-3300RPM. We know that guns with a 12mm amplitude tend not to be too vibrational. That means the number of percussions is often limited to about 3000-3200RPM.

We did our own measuring to confirm the setup here. Our tachometer readings indicated 1480RPM at the lowest speed and 2960RPM at the highest speed. To get a perspective of the readings on each gear, here’s what our tachometer showed:

  • Speed 1 – 1480RPM
  • Speed 2 – 1870RPM
  • Speed 3 – 2300RPM
  • Speed 4 – 2550RPM
  • Speed 5 – 2960RPM

There’s perhaps just a slight discrepancy between RecoverFun’s numbers and what our tachometer showed, but it’s nothing too shocking. From this, we can deduct the following:

  • The 1500-3000RPM percussion range is wide enough and perfect for any type of massage. 
  • 3000RPM is a good setting because the device can get really intensive. The 12mm amplitude makes it a percussive device with a lot of intensive vibrations.
  • We also love that it can rev real slow – with 1500RPM as the starting speed, you can use the device to warm up the muscles or have a soothing massage.

Our Take on the Performance of the RecoverFun Plus

We believe the RecoverFun Plus is a powerful massage gun with reasonable performance specs. We have always praised devices that can offer 12mm amplitude, mid 40lbs. of stall force, and more than enough percussions per minute.

We also have to note that the advertised 62lbs. of stall force is not what you get here, but it’s not easy to stall it at the highest speed setting. The amplitude is also 1mm less than advertised, but not really bad if you consider the stall force.

recoverfun plus rubberized handle
The rubberized handle reduces vibrations and improves the grip.

Noise

We didn’t encounter any noise issues with this device. We often expect less noise from medium-amplitude devices. This one is still louder than a 10mm amplitude gun, but nothing too disturbing.

Our decibel meter gave us 55dB at lower speeds and about 64-65dB at higher speeds.

It’s still not as quiet as say, Opove Apex or Achedaway Pro, but we are not complaining about what we experienced.

Expect some minor rattling from speed 4, but that is nothing unusual. The rubber on the handle effectively absorbs vibrations to the handle.


Battery

It’s a 2900mAh battery. That explains the extra weight – it’s a large battery. They say it can last for 3 straight hours before you may need to charge it again.

However, while that is accurate, you may not get all three hours if you use the device on high speeds and apply more pressure constantly.

We have seen devices with batteries that can perhaps do more than 3 hours, including the original Achedaway that we compared to this device. However, that original Achedaway device did not have a removable battery.

A sticker indicates where you need to press to release the battery. You can purchase an extra battery if you want, but a better deal is to buy a set of a device with a spare battery included. You will save $20 this way.

There is no USB charging here. You’ll have to do with a wall charger.

TIP The battery fits both RecoverFun Plus and the previous T5.


Price and Warranty

You can get the device from the RecoverFun store. Use the MGA5 coupon to get $5 OFF, and buy it for $164 instead of the regular $169. The version with a spare battery will cost you $214 when used with the same promo code.

The RecoverFun Plus is less expensive compared to the original Achedaway (looks very similar), which sells for $204 if you apply the MGA25 coupon that gives you a $25 discount. That makes RecoverFun Plus an attractive option if you have to choose between the two.

You will only get a 1-year warranty for this device and 6 months for the battery. That is very basic in today’s market. We don’t know about the long-term performance of this gun. If you are concerned, you may want to check out other options with longer warranties and more cover from the manufacturer.


Who Is RecoverFun Plus Best For?

  • Anyone who is looking for a serious massage gun. If you want a gun that can percuss and withstand some pressure when you need it to, this is your kind of device. It’s worth the money that you’d otherwise spend on cheap, poor performing guns.
  • Anyone who is looking for a medium performance massage gun. With the specs (especially the amplitude), this device falls between percussive and vibrational therapy. 12mm stroke length isn’t vibrational but it’s also not very punchy. The vibration intensity is also good enough here.
  • Athletes, both amateur and semi-professional will like this gun. If they can live with the not-so-perfect ergonomics and more weight, the device will serve them well. The appealing aspect is the more than decent power the device can provide.

Not Best For

  • Those who need something light and more ergonomic. Smaller people and elderly folks may want to look elsewhere.
  • If you are just starting with massage guns. This might not be the perfect entry-level massage gun. You may want to look at options like Ekrin 365 or Ekrin B37.
  • Those who want an ever deeper, punchier massage experience. You will need a Theragun-like setup for that. RecoverFun Plus doesn’t have that setup. Guns like Opove APEX and Achedaway Pro are better suited for the job.

RecoverFun Plus Alternatives


ekrin athletics 365 balanced handle
Ekrin 365

Ekrin 365 – Cheaper, Lighter, With Lifetime Warranty

The Ekrin 365 is a decent massage gun with plenty to offer the user. It’s the latest release from Ekrin Athletics – an American-based company with plenty to offer.

For starters, it has better ergonomics than what the RecoverFun massage gun offers. You should expect lower weight, just 1.7 pounds, a long and slimmer handle that will be comfortable to hold for those with small hands. The handle is also slightly angled to allow for a natural grip.

In terms of power, about 40lbs. of stall force (highest speed gear). That makes it nearly as powerful as the RecoverFun Plus.

It may feel slightly more vibrational given the 3200RPM. However, you will still get a percussive massage with this device and even apply pressure when you need to.

There are 4 great quality attachments. You get a nicely done fork attachment (the prongs are wider) and a super-soft ball attachment. It’s softer than RecoverFun’s half-ball attachment.

The attachments are lockable, meaning you will need a twist to lock them into position. This is better and ensures the attachments can last longer. You won’t need to replace the attachment gaskets.

You get a pressure sensor that can help you monitor the applied pressure when massaging a friend. You also get a USB-C charger which we feel is more convenient. 

Overall, this is a safer bet because you are dealing with an American company that field-tests all their devices to make sure they are true to specs. You also get US customer service and, above all, a lifetime warranty

Ekrin 365 is cheaper. It normally costs $179.99 but you can get it for $143.99 if you use the MGA20 coupon that gives you a 20% discount. You save a few dollars and still get a very versatile massage gun.

READ MORE Refer to our hands-on Ekrin 365 review for more details.


opove apex massage gun
Opove Apex

Opove Apex – Higher Amplitude, Better Ergonomics

This is a new device from Opove. It has some very decent specs for a modern percussive massage gun. Its strongest points are its performance aspects. We’ll talk about those first.

The amplitude is 14.5mm. To put that into perspective, Theragun has 16mm amplitude which we consider perfect for a deep-to-the-bone massage. The hits will be harder and deeper with this kind of setup.

The stall force is mid-40s, or about the same as RecoverFun Plus. Because the stroke length is high, the number of percussions is low. Instead of 3000RPM, this one revs up to 2300RPM – just enough for this kind of setup.

But it’s not just the performance that makes this gun an attractive alternative to RecoverFun Plus, there are other aspects as well.

For instance, it weighs 2.27 pounds – which is lighter than RecoverFun Plus. The handle is aggressively tilted and rubberized. There is a special hold because of the handle design – you can comfortably hold it at the top.

Opove Apex is quieter than RecoverFun Plus. Our decibel meter registered 60dB at the highest speed. That is more peace of mind while massaging.

It has a 1-year warranty.

Opove Apex costs $165 thanks to a very generous introductory discount. Otherwise, you would have to spend $199 if you hope to buy it. Buy it right here.

READ MORE Check out our in-depth Opove Apex review.


RecoverFun Plus Review Summary

This RecoverFun Plus review has come to an end. We will note a few things.

  • We liked what we saw with this massage gun. It’s really decent and powerful enough to appeal to both amateur and semi-professional athletes.
  • On paper, however, it does sound more powerful than it actually is. We have done our own measuring using high accuracy equipment and compared it with the other guns we already have.
  • Ergonomics also isn not the best one we have come across, but is good enough.

If you decide that this is your massage gun of choice, then you will like what you are getting.

However, in terms of being the best bang for your buck, there are some other devices that we feel may offer more value. We have shared two alternatives that are worth checking out.

Cheers!


RecoverFun Plus Rating
  • Quality
  • Effectiveness
  • Usability
  • Accessories
  • Price Value
4.1

Summary

RecoverFun Plus is a solid massage gun with a lot to offer the user. It takes the conventional massage gun shape that comes with its own challenges. However, it does offer some fascinating performance aspects. The 12mm amplitude and more than 40lbs. of stall force make it a very decent massage gun for a wide group of users. It’s probably not the perfect value-for-money device, but it does the job alright.

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