Beurer is a well-known name when it comes to products in the field of health and well-being. One of the products of this brand is the Beurer MG 180, which I have tested extensively by myself. You can find out how well it did in my massage gun test and whether it could hold its own against the competition in the following review.
Scope of Delivery and Attachments
The Beurer MG 180 is supplied in a sturdy, hinged cardboard box.
When you open the box, you are immediately presented with the complete scope of delivery. This includes the following:
- 1 x Beurer MG 18
- 1 x Large Ball Attachment
- 1 x Medium Ball Attachment
- 1 x Flat Head Attachment
- 1 x Fork Attachment
- 1 x Bullet Attachment
- 1 x Cushion Attachment
- 1 x Charger
- 1 x Manual
The scope of delivery thus includes quite a lot of accessories and also almost everything you need. However, I personally would have found an additional carrying pouch or bag helpful. This is included with most other devices.
The total of 6 attachments in the scope of delivery include:
The large ball attachment can basically be used for all muscles. However, since the Beurer MG 180 comes with two different ball attachments, the larger one is particularly suitable for large muscle groups.
The medium ball attachment is smaller than the first attachment and therefore especially suitable for smaller and medium-sized muscles. However, larger muscle groups can also be massaged with this ball attachment.
The flat head attachment is also a very universal attachment. It is often used on larger areas, such as the chest or legs.
The fork attachment has a gap in the middle. Through this, ligaments, tendons, bones, etc. can be left out. This is particularly helpful along the spine and calves. Accordingly, the attachment is used mainly in these places.
The bullet attachment is, as the name suggests, shaped similar to a bullet. This means that it has quite a small tip and can also work small muscles in a targeted manner. The attachment is also very suitable for trigger point massage.
The air cushion attachment is designed to absorb shock. This makes the massage feel much lighter than the other attachments at the same power level. That’s why this attachment is mainly used on sensitive areas.
The attachments are all made of plastic. This is a standard for most massage guns. This makes the attachments very sturdy but also provides a pleasant feeling during the massage. I also can’t say anything negative about the scope of the massage heads. The attachments include everything you need to massage all muscle groups.
The Beurer MG 180 has four different power levels. These reach a shock frequency of up to 3,200 shocks per minute. This is typical for most massage guns.
What is not typical, however, is the fact that nowhere is it described what the shock frequency of each stage is. Likewise, I could neither find out the power of the motor nor the stroke length of the massage gun. This is a pity and gives me deductions in the category.
Thus, I can only describe here my personal experience from the use of the gun: The massage feeling of the gun is very pleasant. I could also clearly notice the differences in intensity between the individual stages.
However, I find that the impact frequency on the first level could be softer. In turn, the impact frequency at a higher level is very intense. Especially with cheaper models, this is often a problem. The shocks are not deep and not particularly strong. The opposite is the case with the Beurer MG 180.
Usability and Handling
The operability is not very different from other massagers and is very simple. There is a switch on the bottom of the handle. With this, the power supply of the massage gun can be switched on and off.
You can easily tell if the power is on by the fact that the handle lights up.
At the top of the gun is a large green button. Pressing this button starts the motor. Pressing the button again advances the power level one at a time. If the button is held down, the motor switches off.
The handling is definitely expandable. The surface of the handle is matte, which means it does not slip out of hand easily. However, the handle’s circumference is very large. Thus, it is difficult to grip it.
Furthermore, the pistol is comparatively heavy. I measured a weight of 2.28 lbs (1,034 g) without the attachment and 2.34 lbs (1,062 g) with the center ball attachment. In my opinion, this makes the pistol feel quite heavy when you use it for a few minutes.
The Beurer MG 180 contains a 2,500 mAh battery. This is integrated into the handle of the gun. According to the manufacturer, the battery should last up to 3 hours during use. This was also confirmed by my experience in the test.
The current battery status is always displayed during use. For this purpose, there are five small lights at the top of the gun. These show the battery status as follows:
- 100 % battery charge: 1 red + 4 green LEDs on
- 75 % battery charge: 1 red + 3 green LEDs on
- 50 % battery charge: 1 red + 2 green LEDs on
- 25 % battery charge: 1 red + 1 green LED on
- low battery charge: 1 red LED flashes
The battery state is thus displayed quite accurately. Other models often only show full or empty here.
A power supply unit with a charging cable is supplied for charging the battery. This is plugged into the bottom of the massager and connected to a power source (wall socket) for charging. Recharging then takes just a few hours.
However, the battery is not replaceable, which is a shame for a massage gun in this price range. If the battery breaks, the entire massager has to be replaced. Accordingly, there are deductions in this category.
I measured the following noise levels for the Beurer MG 180 from a distance of 40 cm:
- 1st Level: ~ 52 dB to 53 dB – similar to a TV
- 2nd Level: ~ 56 dB to 57 dB – similar to a loud radio
- 3rd Level: ~ 59 dB to 60 dB – similar to a conversation
- 4th Level: ~ 62 dB to 63 dB – similar to a vacuum cleaner
Even on the first level, the massage gun is thus quite loud. But especially from the third level, I found the volume to be much too high. This does not create a relaxed feeling during use. Also, the use in quiet environments is only possible to a limited extent.
Material and Quality
Beurer has primarily relied on plastic for the MG 180’s material. Although this is not as high-quality as metal, the gun makes a very stable impression. Accordingly, I cannot criticize anything here.
The workmanship also makes a very good impression. All gaps on the massage gun are very small. Also, I could not discover any unclean or sharp edges.
When I had the gun in my hand for the first time, I was also concerned about the smell. Models made of plastic often have an unpleasant chemical smell. However, this often comes from the rubber on the grip. Since that is not included with the MG 180, I could only detect a “new” smell.
I paid €154.67 for the Beurer MG 180 online. When I did the test, the price was well below that, at about $119.99. This makes the gun one of the higher-priced models on the market but not the most expensive.
From a price-performance point of view, a purchase can therefore make sense if you consider the rest of the criteria. However, I would advise you to take a look at other very good massage guns with a similar price.
Conclusion – Beurer MG 180 Review
Beurer is one of the better-known brands when it comes to devices in the field of physical health and fitness. The MG 180 is a good massage gun. Nevertheless, this places it highest in the midfield of my test. There are several reasons for this:
First and foremost, the massage gun is way too loud. Hardly any other massager has such a high noise level. Secondly, there is no information about the power, impact depth, and impact frequency. This doesn’t exactly make it easier to use. Also, the gun is a bit too heavy and unwieldy.
If these points don’t bother you, I can recommend the MG 180 from Beurer. It makes an extremely solid impression. The workmanship is also very good. In addition, the massages with the gun feel very intense.
Scope of Delivery and Attachments - 10/10
Functionality - 8/10
Usability and Handling - 8/10
Power Supply - 8/10
Noise - 7/10
Material and Quality - 10/10
- appears stable
- with 6 attachments
- fair price
- high quality workmanship
- simple operability
- intensive massage feeling
- accurate battery display
- good battery life
- no carry case included
- battery not replaceable
- too loud on all levels
- no information about motor power and impact depth
- handle too wide