We put the addsfit mini massage gun to the test, and see whether it aids recovery
ADDSFIT Mini Portable Massage Gun | £79.99
If you’re thinking of working on your recovery game, then a massage gun is a great place to start. They work far more quickly and efficiently than your average foam roller, and it’s easier to reach those annoying niggles. As one of the best value massage guns on the market, I was keen to test out the addsfit mini massager to see if it could measure up to the full-size guns that are often four times its price. It may be small, but it packs a punch and has found a permanent place in my recovery routine. Here’s what you need to know…
What to expect
When the addsfit mini arrived I was super impressed with the packaging – it’s really sleek, and one of the nicest-looking massage gun sets I’ve seen. It comes nestled in a protective carry case about the size of a small lunchbox that could easily fit in a gym bag or rucksack, giving it an advantage over its bulkier competitors. In your set, you’ll receive the massage gun itself – which is pretty lightweight at just 360g – along with two interchangeable heads, a USB to USB-C charging cable and a how-to guide.
Despite its size and weight, the addsfit mini gun can provide up to 27 lbs of percussive power, making it pretty heavy-duty. If you’re used to a full-sized massage gun then you might need to use it for slightly longer on your sore muscles, though the guide doesn’t recommend longer than 60 minutes if it feels painful. It may not be quite as powerful as a large gun, but it makes up for this with its ease of use: its size and weight make it really easy to manipulate so you can reach all your problem areas from a variety of angles. Its three settings of increasing speed and power are really distinctive, too, so you can tailor your massage to suit you.
The mini gun comes with two massage heads: a Triggered Flat head and a Thumb head. I found the Triggered Flat head the most useful for general aches and pains, with the Thumb head proving handy for smaller muscle groups and sore spots. If you like a variety of massage heads to target different areas then the larger gun offers a wider range, wth five different heads, but I’d say the two heads that come with the mini gun would do the trick for most runners.
Pedal to the metal
Something that was new to me with the addsfit mini was its material, being made almost entirely of aluminium. I’ve never seen this in a massage gun, and found that it took some getting used to, but it made it really easy to clean and surprisingly easy to grip. I didn’t find it as comfortable to use on my body as other models with softer heads – like its full-size counterpart – but it gives it an added strength that felt different. Another bonus that the pure aluminium material offers is personal hygiene: the metal heads resist bacteria and help keep the massager clean for future use. Top tip: I wouldn’t recommend using on bare skin unless you like the cold!
Overall, I was really impressed with the addsfit mini massage gun for its price, and I’d recommend it to someone who wants to level up from their foam roller without breaking the bank. The three different settings increase by quite a step up the higher you go, which is great for tackling tougher spots, and its size and weight make it easy use and properly portable. Another plus point is the easy how-to guide, which makes it great for beginners, and the quick charging – it only takes about two hours to reach full charge. My only gripe was the feeling of the metal heads on any really sore areas, which wasn’t quite as comfortable as the feeling of a softer head, but it certainly helped me to feel the difference the next day.