ExoGun DreamPro Review

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The ExoGun DreamPro is a powerful percussion massage device that has helped both my wife and me relieve painful muscle tension, stop muscle spasms and recover quicker after strenuous workouts.

It’s been a few weeks since we first got our hands on the ExoGun. In this review, I wanted to share my impressions of the device and give you an idea of how it compares to some of the other popular brands on the market, including Theragun and Hypervolt.

ExoGun DreamPro

4.8

Quality of materials

5.0/5

Ease of use

4.0/5

Accessories

5.0/5

Battery life

5.0/5

Value

5.0/5

Pros

  • The device feels solid and well-made
  • Excellent battery life
  • Powerful
  • Outstanding value (when on sale)

Cons

  • I’d prefer a dedicated on/off switch
  • The carrying case is a bit flimsy
  • Insufficient documentation

Before we get into the details, let’s talk about the basics real quick!

What Is Percussion Therapy?

Slow-mo shot of Michael using the ExoGun.

Percussion therapy — also sometimes referred to as vibration therapy — is a massage method that aims to improve muscle function and recovery times by deeply pressing into the muscle tissue with a series of rapid, concentrated pulsating strokes.

The basic concept behind percussion therapy is the same as that of a traditional tissue massage. 

The goal of either form of therapy is to: 

  • Increase blood flow
  • Reduce soreness
  • Alleviate muscle pain
  • Release tension in muscle tissue
  • Increase range of motion

If you’ve ever seen construction workers tearing up pavement with a jackhammer, you get the idea. Obviously, a massage device like the ExoGun is non-invasive and won’t inflict permanent damage. 

How Does the ExoGun Massager Work?

ExoGun used to treat shoulder muscles
Don’t be alarmed if you bruise a bit.

The ExoGun resembles the shape of a gun (like an Uzi). Inside the device, there’s a relatively quiet yet powerful motor that delivers between 1,200 and 3,200 percussions (or strokes) per minute. 

Combined with one of the four included attachments, you can use the ExoGun to massage any muscle group, tissue or joint in your body. 

The ExoGun percussion massager even comes with a fork attachment to work the sensitive muscles that are attached to your spine.

To get started, all you have to do is turn on the device, select one of the six available speed settings, and start massaging your sore muscle groups.

Besides the vibration speed range, you can influence the intensity of the therapy by applying more or less pressure. Note that the maximum pressure you can apply is 60 pounds — any more and the motor will stall out. 

ExoGun Accessories and Attachments

ExoGun and attachment heads in travel case.
ExoGun and attachment heads in travel case.

The review unit I received came with four attachments, a charger and a carrying case.

While each attachment (or head) serves a specific purpose, my wife and I have been mostly using the sphere — a ball-shaped head attachment meant for larger muscle groups. The other massage heads include:

  1. Large Ball: It’s the most commonly used attachment and was designed to treat both large and medium muscle groups.
  2. Flat Head: This is a great multipurpose attachment. From the pecs to the glutes, the flathead is able to provide a denser massage compared to the large ball. Because it doesn’t have any sharp edges, it won’t hurt quite as much if you accidentally run over bones while massaging.
  3. Bullet: Best used on trigger points or knots. This attachment is great to really focus on one particular spot on the body — areas of the shoulders or different ligament attachment points, for instance.
  4. Fork Head: The dual-pronged head allows you to target areas such as the spine without hitting the bone. It can also be used for other areas, like the calf muscles or along the Achilles tendon.

Overall, I feel like the leaflet that comes with the ExoGun doesn’t provide sufficient information on how to use the device and its attachments. I guess you can figure most of it out by trial and error, but it would be much easier to have a detailed description of each attachment and its ideal use cases.

The ExoGun also comes with a lightweight carrying case that’s a bit flimsy, in my opinion. The lightweight nature of the case has pros and cons. On the bright side, it doesn’t add a ton of weight when you lug the device around. On the other hand, it’s not as protective as a case made out of hard plastic.

Technical Specifications

On/off/speed button and battery life indicator.
On/off/speed button and battery life indicator.

When shopping for and comparing percussion massage devices, there are certain technical specifications you should take into account, including:

  • Speed (or percussions per minute)
  • Stroke length (or amplitude)
  • Max force (or stall force)
  • Battery life

Percussions per Minute

Some vendors describe the speed of their devices in percussions per second (PPS) or Hertz (Hz). Others give you the number of percussions per minute. ExoGun offers six speed settings with a range of 20 to 53 percussions per second or 1,200 to 3,200 percussions per minute (PPM). 

If you do the math, you’ll realize that 20 X 60 seconds = 1,200, and 53 X 60 seconds = ~3,200.

Here’s a table that shows the exact frequencies of the brushless high-torque motor in each speed setting, in case you’re interested:

SpeedPPM (Hz)
11,200 (20)
21,600 (26.7)
32,000 (33.3)
42,400 (40)
52,800 (46.7)
63,200 (53.3)
Speed and frequency options of ExoGun

Personally, I think having six different speed settings is plenty. I’d even be OK having fewer options. So far, both my wife and I have been perfectly fine with the first three settings. 

Stroke Length

ExoGun’s stroke length is 16mm or 0.63 inches. That’s how far the attachment head travels back and forth, and it’s pretty standard based on what I’ve seen from other devices.

Maximum Force

The maximum force (or “stall force”) of the motor that’s built into ExoGun is 60 pounds. That means if you apply more pressure than that, the motor will turn off.

Depending on your threshold for pain, 60 pounds is plenty of pressure to get the desired therapeutic results — especially when compared to the amount of pressure massage therapists can create using their hands. 

However, there might be certain cases involving larger muscle groups where more pressure would be beneficial (especially if you have a high pain threshold). 

Battery Life and Charging Time

According to ExoGun, the device lasts up to four hours on a full charge, depending on the speed setting and the amount of pressure you apply. I assume you’ll only get four hours out of a charge on the lowest speed setting, but I haven’t done exact measurements yet.

What I can tell you so far is two things:

  • Since charging the device on the day we received it, we have yet to charge it again. 
  • As you increase the pressure by pushing down on the device against your body, you can see the remaining run-time indicator go down — proof that the pressure you apply directly influences the device’s battery life.

When the shipment arrived, I took the gun out of its box and started testing it on various sore muscles. 

Later that day, I plugged the charging cable into the ExoGun and let it charge for a couple of hours. That was the only time we charged the battery over the last few weeks. However, I should mention that we only used the device for a few minutes per day, to work on specific areas. 

In case you’re wondering, charging the battery from 0% to 100% takes approximately two hours.

What I Would Improve

ExoGun Ergonomics
ExoGun offers good, but not perfect, ergonomics.

No product is perfect, and there’s always room for improvement. If I was in charge of product design, I’d reconsider the pistol-like shape in favor of a more ergonomic grip (like the Theragun has).

The other thing that I would improve is the documentation to include more information about how to use ExoGun and its various attachment heads.

Last but not least, I’d prefer a dedicated on/off switch over long-pressing the non-tactile combo switch that’s also used for changing the speed settings.

How Much Is ExoGun?

According to the official webpage, the ExoGun DreamPro has an MSRP of $599.00. That’s nuts, in my opinion — but in line with some of the other brands that I looked at. 

The good news is that you probably won’t have to shell out $600, because there seems to be a sale going on (without a defined expiration date) that offers the massage gun for a very reasonable $149.00

That’s a great value for what you’re getting, and especially so when compared to competing brands that offer percussion therapy devices with similar specifications at much higher price points. Even better, you can use the promo code MICHAEL10OFF to get an extra 10% off.

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Frankly, if I was a professional athlete, I might consider paying up to $600 for a device that can shorten my muscle recovery time and even reduce my risk of injury. However, as someone who is “just” a serious fitness enthusiast, the return on investment (ROI) diminishes after the $200 price point. 

That’s why I hope ExoGun keeps their promo pricing around for a while. At less than $150, it’s almost a no-brainer for people like me who work out several times a week. But even if you don’t, and just enjoy massages because they make you feel good, a percussion therapy device might be the more cost-effective option. 

Percussion Therapy vs. Regular Massage

The kids like to use ExoGun too
The kids like to use ExoGun, too.

Speaking of massages, you might be wondering if percussion therapy is better or more effective than a traditional massage.

From a scientific perspective, both vibration therapy and regular massages are equally effective in the prevention of delayed onset muscle soreness, according to a study from 2014.

Percussion TherapyMassage
Improves recovery and soreness
Cost$$$$
Involves human touch
AvailabilityAnytimeRequires planning
Percussion therapy vs. a traditional massage

But the effectiveness of each method isn’t the only factor to consider. Getting a massage involves human touch and often a tranquil environment with essential oils and soothing music. You can replicate the latter while using a percussion gun, but it’s not the same as being touched by another human.

On the bright side, massages are usually expensive and the cost involved quickly exceeds that of the price of a percussion massager.

The other advantage of using a device like the ExoGun is that you can use it pretty much any time, without the need to make an appointment and wait for availability.

Of course, this doesn’t need to be an either/or choice. While my wife and I will continue using the ExoGun as part of our recovery program, we’ll likely also continue getting massages from time to time. 

When to Use a Percussion Massage Gun

ExoGun helps reduce muscle soreness
ExoGun helps reduce muscle soreness.

When the first percussion guns came to market, you had to have a good reason to buy one, considering their price tag. As a result, such devices only made sense for certain groups of people (like professional athletes).

Now that you can get a high-quality massage gun for under $200, more people can enjoy their benefits.

So here are some of the use cases I see for cordless devices like the ExoGun:

  • As an alternative to recreational massage therapy or soft tissue massage.
  • If you suffer from chronic muscle pain.
  • To loosen up your lower back or neck muscles — for example, if you sit a lot.
  • As a recovery tool for professional or amateur athletes.
  • As a general muscle massager — for example, if you have tired legs at the end of a long day at work.

I started using ExoGun before workouts, to get the blood flowing and to get my muscles prepared. I also use it after workouts, if I feel sore or if I tweaked something. Additionally, I use my percussion massager at my desk when I feel like my neck could use a low impact massage.

ExoGun vs. Theragun

Theragun Percussion Massager
Theragun percussion massager

One of the most popular percussion therapy devices on the market is the Theragun. While I don’t own one, some of my fellow CrossFitters do. As such, I figured, it would be a good idea to compare the brands.

Note that Theragun offers three different models at various price points and with different specs — the G3PRO, G3, and liv.

ExoGunG3PROG3liv
Speeds6221
Percussions per minuteUp to 3,200Up to 2.400Up to 2,4002,400
Adjustable arm
Swappable battery
Battery life240 min75 min60 min45 min
Multi-grip
Travel case
Amplitude16 mm16 mm16 mm16 mm
Max force60 lb60 lb40 lb30 lb
Attachments4642
Weight2.5 lbs3.1 lbs2.7 lbs2.5 lbs
Cost$149$449$349$199
ExoGun vs. Theragun comparison table

As you can see in the table above, the G3PRO best compares to the ExoGun from a technical specifications perspective. 

However, there are some major differences I’d like to point out.

Percussions per Second

The ExoGun has six different speed settings. The G3PRO only has two. Personally, I don’t think that’s a big issue because I have yet to use more than two or three of the six speed settings on the ExoGun. In other words, I’d be perfectly fine with the two speed options.

Ergonomics

Where I think the Theragun has a leg up is in the ergonomics department. I can imagine that the adjustable arm and multi-grip make it easier and more convenient to use when treating hard-to-reach spots like your back.

That’s particularly true if you use the device on your own body.

However, the Theragun is 0.6 pounds heavier than the ExoGun. So you might fatigue quicker, and the more ergonomically designed grip might not make up for the extra weight.

Battery Life

The ExoGun clearly blows the Theragun out of the water when it comes to battery life. Each of the two swappable battery packs you get with the Theragun last for only about 75 minutes. 

In comparison, you can get up to 240 minutes of battery life out of the ExoGun.

Practically speaking, you can charge one Theragun battery while using the other. So as long as you keep swapping and charging, you’ll probably be fine (despite the much shorter battery life).

Price

If you compare the actual prices both guns sell for and ignore the ridiculous MSRPs, the ExoGun is the clear winner.

I can buy three ExoGuns for the price of one Theragun G3PRO. That said, maybe the Theragun lasts three times as long as the ExoGun. I don’t think so, but I haven’t had my ExoGun long enough to know for sure.

In summary, if someone from my CrossFit box asked me which massage gun to buy, I’d recommend the ExoGun — as long as it’s available for $150.

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Hypervolt vs. ExoGun

Hypervolt Percussion Therapy Gun
Hypervolt percussion therapy gun.

Hypervolt is another popular percussive massager (available in two models) that I’ve seen some athletes use.

While I don’t have any hands-on experience with the device, here’s a quick comparison table based on its specifications and a chat with the company’s customer support:

ExoGunHypervoltHypervolt Plus
Speeds633
Percussions per minuteUp to 3,200Up to 3,200Up to 3,200
Adjustable arm
Swappable battery
Battery life240 min180 min180 min
Multi-grip
Travel caseNot includedNot included
Amplitude16 mmN/AN/A
Max force60 lbN/AN/A
Attachments455
Weight2.5 lbs2.5 lbs2.5 lbs
Cost$149$349$399
ExoGun vs. Hypervolt comparison table

Unfortunately, Hyperice (the company that makes the Hypervolt) isn’t incredibly forthcoming with some of the device’s key specifications. For example, the company doesn’t share the amplitude or stall force, two major factors in percussion therapy.

Speed and Percussions per Minute

Hypervolt offers three distinct speed settings, delivering 2,000, 2,600 and 3,200 RPMs. These three speed settings roughly match ExoGun’s speed settings 3, 4-5 and 6.

Battery Life

Hypervolt’s battery is listed as lasting up to three hours, but according to the company’s own FAQ, you can expect about two hours on average.

That’s better than Theragun but not quite at the level of ExoGun.

Amplitude and Stall Force

When I pressed the company to release the stall force, they responded with: “Ok so we don’t measure stall forces because the motors are made to withstand any force.”

What a load of crap. That’s physically impossible.

When I pushed further, I got the following (more reasonable but still unsatisfactory) response:

We currently do not have that measurement available. Here at Hyperice, we measure the power of our products with the combination of factors that we found were optimal for use on the human body, including percussions per minute (up to 3200), battery life (3.5 hours) and our brushless 60-watt motor.

Our engineers and product team has undergone a lot of testing and our Hypervolt does not stall under use on the human body, and we have found the pounds of pressure is comparable with others on the market. If you have any other product questions, we would be happy to answer them!

I’ll try to get my hands on one of these devices to see if I can gauge the real stall force and amplitude. For now, I wouldn’t buy from a company that is incapable of releasing such basic information.

Price

Hypervolt is available for $349 directly from hyperice.com or for $359.99 on Amazon*. The Plus version is $50 more expensive but includes a 90 watt motor instead of the 60 watt motor that comes in the standard device.

Note that if you buy Hypervolt on Amazon, you also get a travel case!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Isabella trying ExoGun
I don’t see a risk to kids from using a percussion massage gun (under supervision).
Can I use a percussion massage gun on my kids?

Our kids (four and six years old) have used ExoGun both on their own bodies as well as on ours. The user manual says it’s for adult use only, but as long as you’re careful, I don’t see why kids over a certain age can’t use it. 

I don’t think they need percussion therapy, but I also don’t think it’ll do any harm.

Is percussion therapy better than a massage?

Based on scientific studies, both methods are equally effective in reducing muscle soreness. So it’s ultimately a personal choice which method to use. From a financial perspective, I prefer percussion therapy — but I also enjoy human touch more than a device.

What’s a brushless motor and is that important?

A brushless motor uses electromagnetic force to operate. That makes it less noisy and more efficient. Some of the cheaper massage guns on the market use brushed motors. As a result, they’re louder and offer less battery life. So I’d recommend staying away from those.

Can I use third-party attachments with ExoGun?

I haven’t tried that myself, but based on what I’ve found on Amazon*, it looks like the attachments from other manufacturers might fit (including the ones from Hypervolt).

Where is ExoGun located?

ExoGun is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Why do I have to charge ExoGun six hours before I first use it?

The company claims that priming the built-in lithium ion battery extends its use and improves its performance. However, based on what I know about batteries, this strategy was only useful to older battery technologies, such as nickel cadmium (NiCd). 

Lithium ion batteries have max capacity available from the beginning, and you don’t need to charge them before the first use.

ExoGun Review – Wrap-Up

At its current price point, the ExoGun DreamPro is an excellent percussion therapy device that can reduce your recovery time and the onset of muscle soreness. It also feels incredibly good on sore, fatigued or tense muscles. 

What I really like about massage guns, in general, is that I can use them any time I want to (and without depending on someone else). To me, that makes ExoGun one of those gadgets that while I never knew I needed it, I would no longer want to go without it.

Do you own a percussion therapy gun or have questions about it? If so, let me know by leaving a comment below.

ExoGun DreamPro

4.8

Quality of materials

5.0/5

Ease of use

4.0/5

Accessories

5.0/5

Battery life

5.0/5

Value

5.0/5

Pros

  • The device feels solid and well-made
  • Excellent battery life
  • Powerful
  • Outstanding value (when on sale)

Cons

  • I’d prefer a dedicated on/off switch
  • The carrying case is a bit flimsy
  • Insufficient documentation

8 thoughts on “ExoGun DreamPro Review”

  1. Michael,
    I received my Exogun Friday afternoon and it worked pretty well until this morning . It will not power up any longer. I have followed the instructions to the letter. I’m looking for help getting the device to power up or to get refund from the manufacturer. You appear to have a contact there. Please help.
    Regards,
    Ken Harrison

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  2. I’m now on my 3rd new ExoGun and NONE of them have worked. I’ve paid for the gun once and shipping three times and never had a unit that will turn on. If you’re thinking of buying one of these…DON’T…buy a different product

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    • Hey Steve,

      It’s Ashley from Exogun outreach team.

      Thank you for the feedback and for pointing out the issues to us. We are very sorry that your massage gun does not function as you expected, there might have been some technical issues at the warehouse.

      Could you send me some pictures or videos of the product defect? So, we can verify the case and submit another replacement request and I assure you we will do our best to prevent it from happening again.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

      Best,
      Ashley

      Reply
    • Hello Steve

      I am sorry your Exogun does not function properly. Kindly send us a short quality video to [email protected] so our Technical Team view and assess the issue and proceed with a warranty claim

      Thanks,
      Exogun Support

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  3. Sorry, Michael. Not a fan of this product…

    Based on your recommendation, I bought one of these. I wish I’d known that they were made/shipped in China, because I’ve found on a number of occasions that this is problematic if the device is not exactly as advertised, and it often has not been.

    In this case, I received the gun on Friday, April 17th. Carefully unpacked it, and read the “Manual”. That’s a joke… so little information, it’s practically useless. As prescribed, I plugged the device in for 6 hours, although I did note that the charger light was green, and the device showed “99”, which I learned from the internet meant it was fully charged. After 6 hours, I tried to turn it on. Nothing. Pressed the “button” (no tactile response) for 5 seconds. Nothing. Tried 10. Then 30. Tried tapping it (which I also learned from the internet). Still nothing. Looked for a way to reset the device. Nope. Checked all the connections, and left it plugged in overnight. Saturday, nothing had changed. So, after some searching, found a way to communicate with the company, and told them my plight. FWIW, it’s not easy to find out how to communicate with them. They don’t want your problems. They just want to sell you something.

    The Exo folks responded by asking me a series of about 8 or 9 questions, basically to determine whether I was an idiot and could not figure out the device. I answered each, and sent it back to me. The final ask from them was for a video showing me, the device, what I was trying to do, etc. To me, this is way the hell out of line. It’s their device… why am I troubleshooting it? I responded as such.

    Their response back was that it was “required” by their agreement. Try to find THAT on their website! You actually have to pretend you’re reordering, but nowhere in it does it say you have to send them a video. Nevertheless, I did, because I want to show I’m operating in good faith, which is more than I can say for them.

    Frankly, I’m tired of screwing with it, and want a refund NOW. This company just wants to sell, and it doesn’t stand behind their product. It sent me a defective device, and now it wants to make this my problem. We’ll see what they come up with, but I would advise others to run away from this product, and fast. It’s inexpensive, but if it doesn’t work, what good is it?

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    • Hey John,

      I appreciate the feedback and I’ve forwarded it to my contact at ExoGun. Hopefully, she can expedite finding a solution for you, even if it’s refunding you the money.

      I guess some of the issue with review units is that you get preferential treatment, which might not reflect how good or bad the regular support is.

      Either way, what you experienced is unacceptable and I hope ExoGun fixes that asap.

      Cheers,
      Michael

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      • UPDATE – Exogun has had my returned product since April 24th. It is now May 14th, and I’ve heard NOTHING from them. Ashley reached out to me to intercede, and now she tells me that she’s heard nothing from “her team” on the status of my return. Exogun has had my money for two months, and I have nothing but aggravation. Apparently (see above) they have a habit of shipping product that doesn’t work, although they claim they test EVERY unit. This is obviously a load of crap designed to place the problem on the user. PURCHASE THIS GUN ONLY IF YOU LIKE THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY! I think the company is a scam!

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        • Hey John,

          We apologize if you still haven’t heard from us but here it is, we’ve committed sending you the product replacement product. Kindly be patient and keep trusting us.

          We will fulfill our commitment very soon and keep you posted.

          Regards,
          Ashley

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