Bob and Brad, self described as the most famous physiotherapists on the internet started out with a YouTube channel in 2011. Their channel is aimed at delivering “the best get fit, stay healthy, and pain-free information” for all ages and is filled with useful segments like the optimal desk setup. It was a no brainer that they would expand to a product offering. They started with a massage gun, offering 6 variations with the Q2 mini massage gun being the smallest offering. The Q2 Mini massage gun is your pocket sized partner for deep tissue massage.
It’s no secret that we love a massage gun, so much so that we have influenced everyone around us to invest in one. For physically active people the difference a massage gun makes on muscle recovery is huge. For non physically active people, the difference a massage gun makes on body niggles can be a few minutes of self massage vs thousands at a physiotherapist. Once you’ve tried a good one you simply cannot go back.
When we got the opportunity to test out Bob and Brad’s Q2 Mini massage gun, our massage gun standards were already high so you can bet we put it through the ringer. Much like the Hypervolt, it was love the minute we unboxed it, but for different reasons.
It comes packaged in a beautiful small hardcover case that fits the massage gun, all its attachments, manual and charging cable. The carry case is small enough to fit into a backpack or large handbag and has a looped handle you can hold onto. This makes it the most travel friendly massage gun we have tried and a must have for travel. We can see it being very helpful on long-haul flights to help relieve restless legs. Not to mention game changing for those who travel to races.
It’s not silent, but it is notably quieter than the Hypervolt. Whereas the Hypervolt sounds more like a gentle motor, the Q2 Mini has a low vibrational hum that increases as you increase speeds. See below for a visual of how a sound recording picks them up. Held at the same distance away from my phone, The Q2 Mini recorded 31-56 dBA (56 at speed 5) whereas the Hyperice Hypervolt doubled that at it’s level 3 with with a max of 115dBA recorded.
The massage gun charges with a USB-C charging port making it very versatile for on the go charging. You can stick it in your laptop or charging doc and not have to worry about travel adaptors. Straight out of the box it stayed charged for 45 minutes of massaging on full speed before needing a recharge. The charge light goes red when it needs a recharge.
Being a mini has its advantages. It is the lightest massage gun we have tried, which makes it very ergonomic for smaller hands. It feels lighter than the Hypervolt but still has a good weight to it to make it feel sturdy. Because of its lightness, it makes self-massage easy.
There are 5 Speed settings that are controlled via the power on button. These speeds increase the rate of vibration but not necessarily the intensity of the massage, which makes it much lighter pressure than the Hypervolt. With the Hypervolt, each speed drastically increases the massage pressure. Where on the Hypervolt I can only handle a 1-2, with the Bob and Brad mini massager, I can happily go up to five. It makes it a better option for bonier areas like the back, but not as good for release of really sore muscles.
It comes with 5 attachments for different areas of the body. My go-to attachments are the flat head which works well on every area, and the U-shaped head which is excellent for the neck and shoulders. The ball head and air cushion head don’t glide very smoothly against fabric, so are best directly on skin. The bullet head is good for trigger points – I’d say it is not as effective as the hypervolt’s bullet head but is still good.
If you’ve been wanting to try a good massage gun like the Hypervolt but the cost factor is an impediment, this is a great alternative. At almost half the price it works incredibly well and has the added bonus of being an on-the-go no-fuss option.
Get it here, $129.99 (Currently on sale for $69.99)