The Opove M3 Pro was a popular and relatively inexpensive percussive massage gun and it's successor, the Opove M3 Pro Max is a similar device with some slight upgrades, which will be discussed in this review.
The new Opove M3 Pro Max is one of many similar massage guns on the market, including the Hyperice HyperVolt, the KraftGun, and our very own AlphaGun V6, so I'm also going to compare it to the alternatives as well.
In this Opove review, I'm going to cover:
1. What the features of the Opove M3 Pro (and M3 Pro Max) are
2. What's good about the Opove
3. What's bad about it
4. Finally how it compares to the AlphaGun V6, which is cheaper* and has some additional features the Opove lacks
*$50 cheaper + get an extra $10 off with this code: ALPHA10
What's good about the Opove M3 Pro Max?
The Opove M3 Pro Max packs a powerful 3,200 max RPM. It comes with 5 massage heads, 4 speed settings, battery life of up to 4 hours and a carry case. Weighing just over 2lb, the Opove is relatively lightweight.
These features are a slight improvement on the earlier Opove M3 Pro, which had 3 speeds, 4 massage heads and 3 hours of battery life. It had about the same RPM and looked very similar, but without an LCD screen.
At up to 63dB, the Opove is about the average noise level of the devices we compared. It has a stall force of 50lb, which is also similar to most massage guns we compared.
The 4 speed settings mean you can adjust the intensity (RPM) of the massage using buttons below the LCD screen, which effectively means it provides 4 different massage programs.
Even though this is an improvement on earlier versions (which had 3 speeds), 4 speed settings is quite limited and the intensity jumps noticeably between them.
Other devices offer more gradations (speed settings), which means you can adjust up and down more gradually and get a more customized massage. Some alternatives have as many as 30 speeds compared to the Opove's 4.
Perhaps the key feature of the Opove M3 Pro is the price: at only $199 it's less than half the price of the HyperVolt or the Theragun.
Opove is a reasonably well known massage device maker, and the design of the M3 Pro Max looks similar to the HyperVolt. It's well designed and well built.
What's bad about the Opove?
While the Opove is a well made device and cheaper than devices like the HyperVolt, KraftGun and Theragun, it also has limited functionality.
Even the latest 'Max' version of the Opove has only 4 speeds - so you can only do three different massage levels and you get a less customized massage than a device with more speeds.
Why does this matter? Suppose part of your body is very sore from exercise and can only take a light massage - the lowest setting on the Opove is going to be higher (more intense) than a device with more speeds (e.g. the AlphaGun V6, which has 30 speeds). A smaller jump between each different level of massage intensity might also make a device with 30 speeds more comfortable and effective to use than one with 4.
As well as this, the Opove M3 Pro Max has only 5 massage heads while there are alternatives with as many as 6 heads or even 8 in the same price range or cheaper. Additional heads are designed for specific areas of the body - the Opove is less well equipped to give an effective massage to the whole body.
The combination of fewer speeds and massage heads means that the Opove provides a less custom massage than some other devices.
The Opove is a well made device, but you'll be paying nearly $200 for a massager when there are alternatives that are the same price or cheaper but with more features.
The Top Alternatives
Of course the market leaders are the Theragun and HyperVolt, but both are significantly more expensive than the Opove. These are both excellent devices - the only problem is the high price tag, which is why cheaper but similar alternatives like the Opove are popular.
There are, however, even better value massage guns than the $199 Opove M3 Pro Max.
The Exogun, for example, has the same RPM, same battery life and comes with 4 massage heads (compare to the Opove's 5). It's the same price too, at $199. However, the Exogun has 6 speeds compared to 4 with the Opove M3 Pro Max, so it's a bit more customizable.
You can see the top six massagers compared side by side here.
Then there's the AlphaGun V6, which is currently on sale at $149 (temporarily reduced from $249), making it $50 cheaper than both the Opove and the Exogun. In addition, you can get an extra $10 off with the code ALPHA10.
The AlphaGun is significantly more customizable - it's a newer device that has 30 speeds and 6 massage heads.
It has a slightly longer battery life (up to 5 hours), a powerful 3,200 RPM and around the same stall force and noise level.
The Alpha comes with all the key features of the Opove M3 Pro MAX: quiet glide technology, a powerful brushless motor, strong outer casing, lithium-ion battery and a presentation case.
Both are relatively quiet, although no massage gun is totally silent. The AlphaGun ranges from 45-60dB, depending on the speed setting, making it about the same or slightly quieter than the Opove.
But the AlphaGun does have three key advantages over even the latest version of the Opove: its cheaper, more powerful and much more customizable.
1. The AlphaGun V6 has a 3,200 RPM motor: the same RPM as the Opove M3 Pro Max, providing a massage with the same power as more expensive devices.
2. The AlphaGun has 6 massage heads while the Opove M3 Pro has only 5. Massage heads come in different shapes and sizes and are designed for different parts of the body - more means the AlphaGun V6 is more adaptable and tailored to your whole body.
3. The AlphaGun has also has 30 speeds compared to the Opove's 4. The Alpha has an LCD screen where you can select between 30 speeds from very gentle to intense, making it significantly more customizable - gentle when you're particularly sore, intense when required and at gradual increases in between.
Coupled with more massage heads designed for different body parts, this makes the AlphaGun one of the most adaptable percussive massagers.
4. The AlphaGun is shipped from the US and delivered (free) in 3-7 days or less.
5. The AlphaGun is cheaper at $149 than the Opove M3 Pro, despite having more features. Get an extra $10 off with ALPHA10 code.
Both come with a carry case and chargers with US plugs. Both have a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year warranty.
Four key reasons to try the AlphaGun instead:
1. It's $60 cheaper at $139 compared to $199 (with discount code: ALPHA10)
2. The AlphaGun has a 6 massage heads - more than the Opove
3. The AlphaGun has 30 speeds compared to the Opove's 4 speeds
4. The AlphaGun V6 has a 3,200 RPM motor - the same as the Opove, but with more speed settings it has a lower minimum and more gentle increases in speed.
So, for a limited time - while the sale and discount code last - you can get a more powerful and versatile massage gun for $60 less by choosing the AlphaGun V6.