The Flow PRO massage gun is advertised as being the “perfect massage gun for athletes, physiotherapists, athletes and anyone who wants to use a truly professional device”. But does it live up to these lofty claims? And can the device keep up with other top models from my massage gun tests? You can find out in the following review. For this purpose, I have subjected the Flow PRO to a detailed practical test.
First of all: I received this product free of charge for testing purposes from Flow Recovery*. Nevertheless, I have tried to evaluate the massage gun as objectively as possible.
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Scope of Delivery and Attachments
Typical for Flow massage guns, the Flow PRO is also delivered in a black cardboard box. On its front is a picture of the massage gun.
However, let’s not dwell too long on the externals, but look at the content. After all, this plays a much more important role. The box contains the following things:
- 1 x Flow PRO Massage Gun
- 1 x Ball Attachment
- 1 x Flat Head Attachment
- 1 x Fork Attachment
- 1 x Bullet Attachment
- 1 x Wedge Attachment
- 1 x Soft Attachment
- 1 x Super Soft Attachment
- 1 x Carry Bag
- 1 x Carry Case
- 1 x Charger
- 1 x Manual
The scope of delivery includes everything you would want in a massage gun. I particularly liked the number and selection of attachments:
The ball attachment has a medium size and a round surface. This makes it suitable for universal use. However, the attachment is best for massaging medium to large muscles.
The flat head attachment has a fairly large, flat contact surface. This makes it suitable for large muscles with a large surface area. For example, you can use it to massage the thigh, back, or chest.
The fork attachment has two ends with a gap in the middle. Through this, bones, ligaments, and tendons can be omitted during the massage. Thus, the fork attachment is used for example along the spine or calves.
The bullet attachment has a particularly small contact surface. This means that specific areas can be massaged in a targeted manner. Accordingly, the bullet attachment is used, for example, to treat trigger points (see: How can I loosen Trigger Points with a Massage Gun?).
The wedge attachment also has a fairly small contact surface. However, it is quite long. Accordingly, the attachment can be used for stroking movements, for example, to move lymph fluid in a certain direction (see: Can I use a Massage Gun for Lymphatic Drainage?).
The Soft attachment is very soft to absorb shocks. This allows it to be used on sensitive areas. It is also very large, so it is good for massaging larger muscles.
The Super Soft attachment is even softer and even larger. It is therefore used in particularly sensitive areas. These include joints and the neck area.
The attachments are not only very diverse but also of very high quality. Most manufacturers rely on plastic. This is different from the Flow PRO. Here, the attachments are made of a type of rubber. This feels very pleasant on the skin.
The Flow PRO has the following three power levels:
- 1st Level: 1,800 rpm
- 2nd Level: 2,400 rpm
- 3rd Level: 3,000 rpm
The stages correspond to those of the Flow MINI. The number of steps could be larger to better adapt the performance to one’s needs. That is also my only criticism in this category. Finally, the power levels are very well thought out and adapted to different applications.
In addition to the mentioned power levels, the Flow PRO massage gun offers a “Flow Mode”. With this, the different impact frequencies rotate. This creates a wave-like motion that is supposed to relax the muscles as much as possible. This worked well in my test and actually felt very relaxing.
The motor of the Flow PRO has a power of 100 watts. Accordingly, it can apply very large forces. Thus, the motor does not block so quickly and the massage gun can also be used for intensive massage.
The amplitude of 14 mm also contributes to this. This is the distance that the massage head closes per stroke. This length also allows the deep tissue to be reached. I also felt this clearly in the test.
Usability and Handling
For operation, the Flow PRO has exactly one button. When this button is pressed once, the motor in the massage gun starts. By pressing the button again, the power levels are switched through. After the last level, the massage gun switches off again. Alternatively, you can stop it by holding the button for a few seconds. This operation can be learned in a few seconds without instructions.
The current power level is displayed via a small lamp directly above the button.
As good as the operation is, I have two things to criticize about the handling:
- The handle of the massage gun is very thick. Accordingly, it is difficult to grip, which makes handling quite strenuous.
- The weight of the massage gun is very high. In my test, I determined weight of 2.61 lbs (1,185 g) without the attachment and 2.67 lbs (1,210 g) with the ball attachment. This also makes handling unnecessarily strenuous, especially during prolonged use.
Due to these weaknesses, I have to deduct two points in this category. At least it is still positive that the handle hardly slips in the hand. This is due to the matte surface.
The supplied rechargeable battery is used for the power supply. This is inserted into the handle of the massage gun. Accordingly, it can also be replaced if there is a defect. This is a great advantage because in this case, it is not necessary to replace the entire massage gun.
The battery capacity is 2,600 mAh. According to the manufacturer, this is enough to run the massage gun for 4 to 5 hours. My practice test showed that 3 to 4 hours is more realistic, depending on the power level used. However, this is still a very good value.
The current charge level is displayed via four small lights. Depending on which colors light up, the battery state is displayed as follows:
- full battery charge: green light
- weak battery charge: yellow light
- almost empty battery: red light
This information is quite inaccurate, but it is completely sufficient for an approximate estimation of the battery state.
The battery is charged via the supplied power adapter. This is connected to a power outlet and plugged into the top of the massage gun. The charging process is thus completed in a few hours.
I measured the volume of the Flow PRO myself from a distance of 40 cm. Here, I was able to determine the following values:
- 1st Level: ~ 52 dB to 533 dB – similar to a TV
- 2nd Level: ~ 57 dB to 58 dB – similar to loud conversation
- 3rd Level: ~ 65 dB to 68 dB – similar to a vacuum cleaner
The Flow PRO is quite quiet on the first level and barely audible depending on the background noise in the room. The volume of the second stage is also within limits and bearable. Only the third level was very loud with up to 68 dB. Accordingly, this level is not suitable for a relaxing massage. However, it is not intended for that. Overall, the massage gun is in the good range in terms of volume.
Material and Quality
The material of the Flow PRO is primarily plastic. This is typical for most massage guns. Nevertheless, the material of the Flow PRO appears to be of a higher quality than that of many other massage guns. On the other hand, the material is comparatively thick.
The workmanship is also at the highest level. I could not find any unclean edges or the like on the entire massage gun. The gaps between the individual components are also very narrow.
The smell often plays a role with cheaper massage guns from Asia. These often smell chemically and strongly of rubber. Unfortunately, such a smell was also perceptible when opening the carrying bag of the Flow PRO. This is probably because the attachments are made of rubber. However, the smell disappeared very quickly.
As mentioned at the beginning, I received the Flow PRO free of charge from the manufacturer for testing purposes. If I had bought it myself at the time of the test, the price would have been $399.00. With a coupon, I was able to reduce the price to $319.20.
Nevertheless, the Flow PRO is definitely one of the higher-priced massage guns. Nevertheless, I would rate the price-performance ratio as fair. After all, there are hardly any massage guns in this price range that actually offer a deep shock massage.
However, if you don’t want to/can’t spend that much money, check out the more affordable Flow MINI. It only costs about half of the Flow PRO.
Conclusion – Flow PRO Review
Among other things, the Flow PRO is advertised as the perfect massage gun for athletes, physiotherapists, and athletes. However, the massage gun is not quite perfect, as my test has shown. However, it is definitely one of the absolute top models.
Thus, the Flow PRO convinces with a very powerful motor, a large impact depth, ease of use, and many attachments. in addition, there is a two-year warranty. Also, the battery is replaceable, which is otherwise only the case with a few massage guns. All these advantages are matched by only a few disadvantages.
I can therefore recommend the Flow PRO in any case, if a sufficient budget is available to meet the high price!
Scope of Delivery and Attachments - 10/10
Functionality - 10/10
Usability and Handling - 8/10
Power Supply - 10/10
Noise - 8/10
Material and Quality - 9/10
- space-saving transportable
- carrying bag and pouch included
- simple operability
- appears stable and valuable
- well thought-out power levels
- 7 attachments included
- very well processed
- strong 100 W motor
- good impact depth
- exchangeable battery
- very high weight
- handle too wide
- rather high volume
- comparatively “expensive”
- unpleasant smell at the beginning
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