Flow PRO vs Theragun Pro

The Flow PRO and the Theragun Pro are the top models of the respective brands behind the massage guns. But do the two massagers compete for the top spots of all massage guns? And what are the differences between the Flow PRO and the Theragun Pro? I would like to tell you this and much more in the following product comparison.

I have compared the two devices in various categories. These include the scope of delivery, the functionality, and the volume.

On the one hand, I used the manufacturer’s product data. On the other hand, I could fall back on empirical values since I tested both devices extensively. Thus, a comprehensive comparison was possible.

 

Comparison – Flow PRO vs. Theragun Pro

Criteria

Flow PRO

Theragun Pro

My Rating

Motor Power

100 Watt

no information

Speed Levels

3

5

RPM

1,800 - 3,000

1,750 - 2,400

Amplitude

14 mm

16 mm

Adjustable Arm

Noise (from 40 cm Distance)

52 dB - 68 dB

62 dB - 72 dB

Material

Plastic

Plastic

Battery Capacity

2,600 mAh

no information

Battery Life

ca. 3-4 hours

ca. 2.5 hours

Battery changeable

Weight (without Attachment)

2.61 lbs (1,185 g)

2.91 lbs (1,319 g)

Scope of Delivery

  • Flow PRO

  • Ball Attachment

  • Flat Head Attachment

  • Fork Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Bullet Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Super Soft Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Carry Case

  • Attachment Bag

  • Charger

  • Manual

  • Theragun Pro

  • Standard Ball Attachment

  • Supersoft™ Attachment

  • Dampener Attachment

  • Thumb Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Attachment Bag

  • Charger

  • Replacement Battery

  • Manual

Flow PRO

Theragun Pro

My Rating

My Rating

Motor Power

100 Watt

Motor Power

no information

Speed Levels

3

Speed Levels

5

RPM

1,800 - 3,000

RPM

1,750 - 2,400

Amplitude

14 mm

Amplitude

16 mm

Adjustable Arm

Adjustable Arm

Noise (from 40 cm Distance)

52 dB - 68 dB

Noise (from 40 cm Distance)

62 dB - 72 dB

Material

Plastic

Material

Plastic

Battery Capacity

2,600 mAh

Battery Capacity

no information

Battery Life

ca. 3-4 hours

Battery Life

ca. 2.5 hours

Battery changeable

Battery changeable

Weight (without Attachment)

2.61 lbs (1,185 g)

Weight (without Attachment)

2.91 lbs (1,319 g)

Scope of Delivery

  • Flow PRO

  • Ball Attachment

  • Flat Head Attachment

  • Fork Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Bullet Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Super Soft Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Carry Case

  • Attachment Bag

  • Charger

  • Manual

Scope of Delivery

  • Theragun Pro

  • Standard Ball Attachment

  • Supersoft™ Attachment

  • Dampener Attachment

  • Thumb Attachment

  • Wedge Attachment

  • Cone Attachment

  • Carry Bag

  • Attachment Bag

  • Charger

  • Replacement Battery

  • Manual

 

Scope of Delivery and Attachments

I have listed the scope of delivery of both massage guns in the comparison table above. The length of the lists already shows that both the Flow PRO and the Theragun Pro belong to the absolute top models in this respect.

Accordingly, there are only minor differences between the two devices in this respect. The Flow PRO comes with one more attachment as well as a bag. The Theragun Pro comes with a spare battery and a charging station.

You simply have to decide for yourself what is more important to you.

 

 

Functionality

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 Theragun Pro even comes with five power levels with the following shock frequencies:

  • 1st Level: 1,750 rpm
  • 2nd Level: 1,900 rpm
  • 3rd Level: 2,100 rpm
  • 4th Level: 2,200 rpm
  • 5th Level: 2,400 rpm

The Flow PRO thus has fewer levels but covers a larger frequency range. Accordingly, the differences in force between the individual stages are much more noticeable.

The Theragun Pro, on the other hand, does not have a very large frequency range. Instead, there are more power levels. This allows you to adjust the power of the gun more precisely to your own needs.

Both massage guns are definitely not intended for a gentle massage. On the one hand, this is due to the quite high power and impact frequency. This makes the massage feel very intense, even at the lowest level. On the other hand, the guns have a large impact depth (Flow PRO: 14 mm; Theragun Pro: 16 mm). This also ensures a deep, intense massage. However, both devices are perfectly suitable for athletes and the like.

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Usability

The Flow PRO is operated via a single button. This is held to start or stop the motor. A simple press when the motor is started switches to the next power level. This is a child’s play and can be learned in seconds.

The Theragun Pro has a few more buttons. To be precise, there is one large button, around which there are four smaller buttons. The button starts and stops the massage gun’s motor. Two of the four buttons (“+” and ““) can be used to cycle through the speed levels. The other two buttons (“<” and “>“) can be used to call up preset massage programs. Extensive app control is also possible.

Although the approaches to operating the two massage guns are completely different, I liked them very much. In the end, you have to decide for yourself what is more important to you. Should the operation be as simple and intuitive as possible, as with the Flow PRO? Or are more flexible setting options important to you, as is the case with the Theragun Pro?

 

 

Handling

When it comes to handling, both massage guns have the same weaknesses, which makes this rather their weakest category. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Both massage guns are very heavy. The Flow PRO weighs about 2.61 lbs (1,185 g) without the attachment. The Theragun Pro is at a weight of 2.91 lbs (1,319 g) without the attachment. This makes both devices very heavy, even though the weight of the Theragun is quite a bit higher. In both cases, this makes use over a longer period of time very strenuous.
  2. The handle is also quite thick on both devices. This also contributes to the fact that a lot of effort is required to hold the massage gun for a long time.

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After all, the Theragun Pro can score with an adjustable arm. This allows the massage gun to be adjusted to the body regions to be massaged. This at least compensates for the very high weight to some extent. Overall, I would therefore put the devices on the same level in terms of handling.

 

Power Supply

The Flow PRO is supplied with one rechargeable battery. The Theragun pro even comes with two rechargeable batteries. The battery is replaceable in both massage guns. This is a huge advantage over massagers with a permanently installed battery. If this is defective, it can be easily replaced here, and you do not have to buy a new massage gun directly.

The battery capacity of the Flow PRO is 2,600 mAh. This is enough to supply the massage gun with power for about 3 to 4 hours. At least, that’s what my practical test showed.

I could not find any values for the battery capacity of the Theragun Pro. The battery life in my test was about 2.5 hours. This is not as long as the Flow PRO. On the other hand, the battery of the Theragun Pro can be easily exchanged so that one can always be charged while the other is in use.

All in all, the two massagers do not differ much in this category.

Even charging is similarly quick. Only the charging method is different: The Flow PRO is charged via the power adapter and the Theragun Pro via the included charging station.

 

 

Noise

I determined the volume for both massage guns as part of my massage gun test from a distance of 40 cm.

I obtained the following values for the Flow PRO:

  • 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 58 dB – similar to a vacuum cleaner

I was able to measure the following volume for the Theragun Pro:

  • 1st Level: ~ 47 dB to 48 dB – comparable with light rain
  • 2nd Level: ~ 50 dB to 51 dB – comparable with birdsong
  • 3rd Level: ~ 52 dB to 53 dB – comparable with a radio or TV
  • 4th Level: ~ 53 dB to 54 dB – comparable with a conversation
  • 5th Level: ~ 56 dB to 57 dB – comparable with a loud conversation

As you can see from the values, both massagers are not the quietest on the market. Nevertheless, the Flow PRO clearly has the edge here. This is especially true for the lower levels. Here, the massage gun is clearly quieter than the device from Therabody. This is also not surprising. A difference of 10 dB is perceived as twice as loud!

At the highest level, the Flow PRO and the Theragun Pro don’t take each other too much according to the values. Thus, both devices are unsuitable for quiet environments and relaxing massages here. Nevertheless, a clear difference to the advantage of the Flow PRO was perceptible even at the highest performance level.

 

Material and Quality

In this category, both massage guns hardly have anything in common, as they definitely belong to the upper class.

Let’s start with the material: Both the Flow PRO and the Theragun Pro are mostly made of plastic on the outside. Nevertheless, both massage guns look enormously valuable. This is due to the following reasons:

  1. The surfaces are matte.
  2. The material is quite thick and stable.

Furthermore, both massage guns are very well made. The only thing that bothered me about the Theragun Pro was that there is lubricant on the stroke. You can easily smear yourself on this.

 

 

As for the smell, I can say that both massagers simply smell “new” in themselves. That’s how it should be. However, when opening the packaging of the Flow PRO, an unpleasant chemical smell was noticeable. This probably came from the attachments, which are made of rubber.

 

Price

The Flow PRO was provided free of charge for my test by the manufacturer. If I had bought it myself, the price would have been $399.00. With a coupon code, I could have reduced the price to $319.20.

I bought the Theragun Pro myself. At that time I paid 649 €. When I made the product comparison, the price was around $400 to $600.

However, this means that the Theragun Pro costs about twice as much as the Flow PRO. Accordingly, Flow’s device is clearly ahead in this category for me. The difference is even greater when it comes to the price-performance ratio, as the Flow PRO achieves a better overall result at a lower price here.

 

Conclusion Flow PRO vs. Theragun Pro

The Flow PRO and Theragun Pro are among the best massage guns in my test. They are particularly well suited for hobby athletes and athletes. Accordingly, the two massage guns do not differ much in most categories. The biggest difference is probably the price. This is twice as high for the Theragun Pro.

Apart from that, there are only minor differences between the devices:

  1. The Flow PRO comes with one more battery and a carrying pouch. The Theragun Pro, on the other hand, comes with a charging station and a spare battery.
  2. The battery life of the Flow PRO is longer. The battery life of the Flow PRO is longer, but you can easily replace an empty Theragun Pro battery with a charged replacement battery.
  3. The Flow PRO is much quieter than the Theragun Pro, depending on the level.
  4. The control of the Flow PRO is very easy and is done via a single button. The Theragun Pro, on the other hand, has five buttons. This makes the controls a bit more complicated but also more versatile. Thus, app control is also possible with the device from Therabody.
  5. The Flow PRO has a larger spectrum in terms of shock frequency, but it only has three power levels. The Theragun Pro, on the other hand, has a smaller frequency spectrum. Five levels are available for it. The number of shocks can therefore be adjusted more precisely to your own needs.

In the end, you have to decide for yourself what is more important to you. I would opt for the Flow PRO because of the much better price-performance ratio!

 

Flow PRO

  • rather a low volume
  • 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
  • price could be lower
  • comparatively “expensive”
  • unpleasant smell at the beginning
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Theragun Pro

  • 2-year warranty
  • battery exchangeable
  • space-saving transportable
  • very good handling
  • appears stable and valuable
  • well thought out power levels
  • 6 attachments included
  • very well processed
  • with helpful app
  • app control possible
  • powerful motor
  • very good battery capacity
  • additional battery included
  • adjustable arm
  • very expensive
  • comparatively loud on all levels
  • low frequency spectrum
  • no pressure sensor
  • lubricant on massage head
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Marcel

Hi, I'm Marcel! Here at massage-gun-guide.com, I review different massage guns to find the best device on the market. All the massagers I have held in my own hands, so I can always report from my own experience. In addition, I clarify all myths and questions about massage guns. More about me.

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