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Sharper Image Power Percussion Review

Sharper Image Power Percussion Review – Good on the Outside But only So-So In Performance

Diving into our Sharper Image massage gun review, we’ve rigorously tested the Power Percussion model, matching its real-world performance against its promised features.

While it presents some strengths, the question looms – does it provide substantial value for its price point?

As we share our personal observations from using the product, we’ll share why, in our experience, there might be stronger contenders in this price bracket.

Let’s dive in!

Sharper Image - Deep Tissue Massager


Sharper Image Power Percussion Review

Sharper Image Massage Gun Specs

Sharper Image Power Percussion Specifications
FeaturesSharper Image Power Percussion
Max. Stall Force25-30 lbs*
Stroke Length9.5 mm*
Percussions Range1200 – 2650 rpm*
Speeds6
Battery Life / Capacity~4.5h / 2500 mAh (non-removable)
Attachments6
Weight2.2 lbs
Noise 49 – 60dB
Main ProsNice design
Good weight
Decent stall force
Main ConsLow amplitude
Low percussions
Only hard attachments
Long term reliability (?)
Warranty1-year
Where to buyAmazon
Walmart
Costco
Sharper Image​1​ Power Percussion Specs (*according to our measurement).

Video Review

Along with our thorough write-up below, we’ve dropped a video review of the Sharper Image Power Percussion massager. Watch it as we unwrap this gun, check out all its attachments, and put it to some tests.

First Impressions and Design

Unpacking the gun, we were greeted with a nicely packaged box featuring descriptive images, immediately giving us a sense of the product’s quality.

When you unwrap the packaging, you find a gray zippered carrying case, which we must admit is a nice touch for a sub-$100 massage gun. Either way, even guns under $50 come in a carrying case at this point, so this shouldn’t be surprising. 

As we opened the case to reveal the gun neatly tucked inside, our first impression was undeniably positive, enhancing our anticipation for the product’s performance.

We like the design. It looks sleek and rounded. It comes in a light gray color with orange accents. The entire body is made of plastic, but we like the quality.

The designers clearly wanted to create a good first impression. It’s a modern look that we like. 


What Else is Included?

We discovered another tiny case in the main case, specifically for the attachments. In our previous experiences, we’ve often seen a tiny pouch used, so this change felt fresh and surprisingly convenient.

The instructional manual is helpful if you care to read it. It includes information about which attachment to use on which muscles.

We found a wall charger and spare attachment gaskets within the package. From our experience with similar products, gaskets can wear out over time, so having spares is a welcome addition. We personally found the orange color of the gaskets to be a charming touch.


Attachments

There are 6 attachments included with the gun. The mounting system is push-n-pull, which requires a bit of force. We see this with most cheap guns.

Briefly about the attachments:

  • Flat Head (with tiny dots) – This one is for massaging larger muscle groups. You can use it when you want an aggressive massage. 
  • Smaller ball head – The universal head can massage all muscle groups. It’s made of EVA foam. Please don’t use it on clothes. 
  • Larger ball head – This works similarly to the small ball head above but covers a larger area. You can use it on your larger muscles.
  • Bullet head – Works on trigger points, joints, palms, and soles. 
  • Fork head – It works on the spine area but can also be used on the Achilles. It can act as a double-headed bullet attachment. 
  • Wedge/bar head – This can be used on the calves, arms, and biceps to simulate scraping. 

Our Take

From our hands-on experience, including six attachments with a budget-friendly device felt like a significant value addition. The varied heads brought a sense of versatility to our massage sessions.

However, all the heads are made of hard plastic, and there is no soft attachment for bony or tender areas. There shouldn’t be an excuse for this.

Even the cheaper Taotronics and Urikar (similarly priced) come with at least one squishy head. The 6 attachments are good, but we miss a soft head. 


Size and Ergonomics

The device felt substantial yet compact in our hands, striking a fine balance between weight and portability.

It feels substantial, but it’s not bulky. It probably looks smaller than most full-sized guns out there. It measures 9.84 x 6.9 x 2.5 inches.

It has quite a long handle. This is good because you can easily reach your lower back. On the flip side, it makes the gun look bigger. 

It weighs 2.2 pounds with the flat attachment mounted. We’d say this is the typical weight of a full-sized gun. Even Ekrin B37 weighs the same.

What about ergonomics?

The handle is straight and not slanted like Ekrin devices (the B37, for example). It’s slightly harder to maneuver this gun than the Ekrin devices. Also, the T-shape handle causes the wrist to strain when you are using the device for longer sessions. 

We noticed the handle was rather thick, which might not suit those with smaller hands. However, the abundant rubber coating offered a firm grip during our test sessions, assuring us of its user-friendly design.

Our Take

Overall, the size and ergonomics are okay but not perfect. Urikar Pro 2 and Taotronics are better in this regard. 


Controls

We found the controls to be intuitive and user-friendly.

The small on/off toggle switch at the bottom of the handle and a central button for changing speeds made the device easy to operate during our test runs.

A simple display also shows the battery level (in percentage).

Pressing the central button briefly shows the current speed and then returns to display the battery percentage.

We like the simplistic but functional approach to the controls.


Performance

So, this device looks neat on the outside, but does it have what it takes to do a decent job? We check for performance by collectively looking at amplitude, stall force, and percussions per minute – or power. 


Amplitude

Amplitude is the distance the head travels as the gun percusses.

Sharper Image does not provide official figures for the stroke length, but based on our hands-on test and subsequent measurements, we found it to be around 9.83mm – fairly close to our initial expectation of 10mm.

Sharper Image Power Percussive massager with a digital caliper to Measure Amplitude
Measured amplitude: 9.83mm.

This means you get a vibrational massage​2​ with this Sharper Image deep tissue massager. You shouldn’t expect deeper punches like Theragun.

But should it have enough stall force and rapid percussions, then 10mm can be good enough to go deep-tissue. And here’s what we think of its stall force.


Stall Force

Stall force is the gun’s ability to remain functional when pressure is applied to the motor.

After testing the device, we figured the stall force wasn’t so bad. However, it feels like an entry-level gun stall force. We estimate it’s 25-30 lbs. at top speed. It could be single digits at lower speeds.

For perspective, it takes minimal pressure to significantly slow the percussions down (at low speeds). 

It feels slightly robust at higher speeds but slows down significantly when you press it against large muscle groups. Pressing the gun against the body helps to achieve deep tissue penetration and treatment​3​.


Percussions and Speeds

Often, when you see a 10mm amplitude or lower, you know there is a chance the gun can also rev rapidly. But this is an attribute of good low-amplitude guns. We expect those to rev up to 3000-3300RPM.

The key thing about percussion therapy is that the fast hits add the needed intensity to override the pain signals in the brain and release muscle tension.

However, according to its specifications, this Sharper Image gun only revs up to 2700RPM. We measured the hits using our digital tachometer and recorded even less, 1200 to slightly over 2600RPM.

Now, 2650RPM isn’t so bad if combined with a decent amplitude. But with 10mm, it feels so-so at best.

It lags behind competitors who try to balance the stroke length with the percussions. They often combine a higher amplitude and rapid percussions. This allows for a more penetrative and effective massage.

But doesn’t Hypervolt 2 Pro have about the same maximum percussions?

Yes, The Hypervolt 2 Pro has 2700 maximum percussions. However, it also has a 14.5mm amplitude – that’s close to twice Power Percussion’s amplitude! Even the entry-level Hypervolt 2 has a 12mm amplitude (similar color).

Our Take

After concluding the performance test, we’d say this device disappoints in performance. It is not very bad, but for the money, you can get a better device (see best alternatives below). On the bright side, it has a decent stall force and 6 speeds to cycle through a reasonably wide range.


Noise

It’s a quiet device that remains hushed throughout the operation. Even at higher speeds, it rarely buzzes. We measured the noise levels and recorded about 60dB on our dB meter. See pictures of our measurements below.

But this is what we’ve come to expect of low-amplitude devices. 

But we did notice it gets louder after a few dozen sessions. We observed rattles, vibrations, and some creaking noise. This often means that the device might have reliability issues in the future.

We know such (cheap) devices tend to get louder a few weeks into using them. It’s a characteristic we’ve noted with many budget massage guns.

The attachment mounting system may shoulder the blame for the rattling. We don’t know how long this gun will stay functional, but it’s nothing we haven’t experienced with similar guns. 


Battery

Expect a 2500mAh battery. This is a standard massage gun battery capacity.

According to the brand, you should get about 4.5 hours of operation time, according to Sharper Image. However, this sounds like an exaggeration unless you don’t move past speed 1. In our test, under normal usage, with some pressure applied, a single charge lasted for 1.5 – 2 hours when used at higher speeds.

This is still good enough and could translate to about a week of use under normal usage. 

The main display has a battery indicator (0-99 percent). The LED ring on the handle is reminiscent of Hypervolt. We are not so sure the battery will go the distance.

Again, from our experience, budget devices tend to save on batteries. In fact, we also spotted several negative reviews from buyers who complained that the device suddenly stopped working. For instance, on this website here and here. Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see. 


Warranty, Price, and is it Worth it?

We didn’t see any warranty information inside the case. We are assuming it’s a 1-year warranty and nothing more. Many cheap massage guns tend to have a 1-year cover. We prefer brands like Ekrin and Lifepro, which provide life coverage for all their devices. 

You can order this device online at Costco, Walmart, or even Amazon. It’s not an expensive gun.

We bought our unit for about $65. We understand it was slightly higher than this before. But is it worth its weight in gold?

We know it can handle basic percussive therapy, but we know competitors with better value-for-money devices. We list 2 alternatives below. 


Sharper Image Power Percussion Alternatives


Urikar Pro 2 Handle Turned To The Front held on a hand on a grey background
Urikar Pro 2

Urikar Pro 2 – Same Price, Better Features

Urikar Pro 2 is a budget massage gun, too. It has some features that you may find interesting.

It weighs about the same as the Sharper Image percussion massager. However, we think it has much better ergonomics. Instead of the same boring straight handle, it has an adjustable handle that is generally better to hold. 

But the killer feature we discovered in this gun was the heated massage option. It comes with a special heated ceramic attachment.

Heated percussion therapy is effective in relieving pain and aids healing during rehabilitation. 

Our testing found it percussing a little slower than the other competitor guns. However, it has a 12mm amplitude to compensate for the slow percussions. This is a 20% longer stroke than the Sharper Image product, and it’s a real 12mm (we measured it).

In fact, it’s probably the only under $100 percussion massager we have seen with a confirmed 12mm amplitude. We prefer this setup to Sharper Image’s – the same maximum percussions per minute but a higher amplitude. 

Another feature we appreciated when testing this gun was the different dynamic massage modes. The modes allow the device to self-regulate the speeds.

It comes with 6 attachments, including a squishy one you can use on tender areas (Sharper Image only has hard attachments)

The battery is also slightly larger – 2600mAh compared to 2500mAh.

With the code URIKAR02, you can get it for just $62.90. It’s a cool discount that cuts the base price by more than half.

Learn More Our full Urikar Pro 2 review.


taotronics tt-pca004 mid-size massage gun laying on a man's hand
Taotronics TT-PCA004

Taotronics TT-PCA004 – Even Cheaper, but Better

This is an even better alternative if you can live without the heated massage feature on the Urikar Pro 2.

Along with its twin brother TT-PCA003, they made our best budget massage guns list as the only massage gun that cost $50

In our tests, the TT-PCA004 performed even better than any option we have mentioned here thus far.

Even though they advertise a 12mm amplitude, we measured a 9mm stroke. This is just like the Sharper Image’s amplitude, but because this Taotronics has more stall force, it feels stronger and somewhat better balanced in terms of power.

We measured the percussion range to be 1000 – 3000 RPM. This is a wide range that allows for both slow and fast treatment—350 percussions more than the Sharper Image gun. With this setup, you can get a deep tissue massage. 

We found it a tad lighter than the Sharper Image Power massager even though it has a higher capacity battery – 2600mAh compared to 2500mAh.

It comes with a soft head that you can use to massage bony and tender areas.

Deal Alert Taotronics Sale. You can get 50% off the Taotronics massage gun now! It will cost you a mere $39. Get it right here

It only costs $53.99 if used with the TT10 promo code (10% OFF at checkout)—cheaper than Urikar and Sharper Image. You can get it right here.

While it may be cheap, it offers better value for money than Sharper Image. Only Urikar Pro betters it because of the heated massage option and a tad better ergonomics.

Learn More in our in-depth Taotronics TT-PCA004 review.


Sharper Image Massage Gun Review Summary

Before we conclude our hands-on experience with the Sharper Image Power Percussion, we noticed a few things that are worth sharing.

Firstly, we appreciated the well-thought-out design and visually appealing aesthetics of this massage gun when we first unboxed it. However, in our experience, it fell short of expectations when we put it to the test for performance.

Based on our trials, we believe it could be suitable for beginners, as we did find it helpful in relaxing tense muscles and relieving soreness in smaller muscle groups. We also found it useful for warming up our muscles before our workout sessions.

However, when we sought a deeper, more penetrative massage, we felt this device couldn’t quite deliver the intensity we desired. Our advice is to find one with a higher amplitude – in our opinion, this one didn’t stand up as a viable alternative to the Theragun.

We recommend checking out the two alternatives we listed above. We have tested them and found them superior to the Sharper Image gun in many ways. One has better features and better performance (Urikar Pro 2), and the other performs really well and costs less (Taotronics TT-PCA004).


Sharper Image Massage Gun Review - Our Rating

  • Quality
  • Effectiveness
  • Usability
  • Accessories
  • Price Value
3.1

Summary

In our hands, the Sharper Image Power Percussion massager felt modern and sleek, giving us a positive first impression. However, when we used it regularly, we found it lacking in certain performance aspects. From our usage over time, we started questioning its long-term reliability and saw it struggling to compete with other brands we’ve tested.

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    Koren Y, Kalichman L. Deep tissue massage: What are we talking about? J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2018;22(2):247-251. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.05.006

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Here's a quick rundown of all the tweaks and edits we've made to this article to keep it accurate and up-to-date!

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June 6, 2023 We’ve added our in-depth video review of the Sharper Image Power Percussion massager to the blog. (Author: Greg)

June 6, 2023 Updated pricing and coupon codes for the two recommended alternatives. (Author: Luke)

May 25, 2023 Made minor editorial changes for improved clarity and accuracy. (Author: Greg)

Feb 10, 2023 Added new photos from out test lab showing the actual amplitude, noise levels and percussions (Author: Greg)

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Hey, I'm Greg, co-founder of MassageGunAdvice.com, with three years of experience in testing over 50 different massage guns. As an avid marathon runner interested in sports tech, I ensure our product reviews are accurate. My responsibility is to verify device specifications and maintain review consistency, simplifying product comparisons for our readers. With a web and graphic design background, I snap the photos and videos you see and keep our site looking sharp.

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for such a thorough, non-biased review!! You really seem to cover the products you’re reviewing in-depth and from all angles, both good and bad, which I appreciate.

    I’d love to see your review of the Sharper Image PowerBoost Flex, and see how you think it compares with this gun, as well as others from the leaders in this space! I just purchased one, and it seems to me to be a significant step up in quality from this one, based on what I’ve observed so far, and your review. It has a neat mechanism that allows you to adjust the angle of the head, improving the ergonomics and making it easier to reach different spots. In addition, the heads all (aside from the standard ball, which is foam) have a rubber/silicone coating on them, which seems to be nicer than just straight hard plastic. The overall aesthetics of the design are nice too, with a nice bright, easy to read screen showing speed and battery life, a nice simple on/off/speed button, and a sleek carrying case with spots for all of the attachments. It also uses a USB-C charger, which is nice.

    In my experience using it so far, it seems to have a nice range of speeds, and a decent amplitude – though I haven’t had much experience with any other brands, to compare. It also seems to be fairly quiet, and I haven’t been able to make it stall yet! (It claims to have some sort of intelligent digital feature that prevents stalls, by increasing the motor speed when pressure is increased).

    Unfortunately, Sharper Image neglected to include any specs on amplitude, ppm, stall force, noise level – or just about anything else – so I would be super curious to see what these are if you end up testing it, and how they compare to other guns at the same and higher price points!

    Either way, thanks for the great website, and the nice, detailed reviews!

  2. In the attachments section, I see you’ve written “The mounting system is push-n-pull, which tends to require a bit of force. We see this with most cheap guns.”. I’ve had the privilege of owning both this massage gun and the Bob & Brad C2, and this gun requires less force to remove or attach the attachment than the Bob & Brad does.

  3. I’ve had my gun for about 3 yrs. The internal tube is worn out and making a ton of noise. If I could find parts, I’d be happy to replace and continue use.
    Sharper Image Massage Gun

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