This massage gun has replaced the gold-standard Theragun as my favorite. Yeah, it’s that good.
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TL;DR: Ekrin Athletics B37 Massage Gun Review
What I love: With multiple speed and pressure settings, several massaging attachments, and an extremely fair price point, the B37 is a great product with phenomenal value.
What I don’t: There’s nothing I don’t love about this massage gun, but a few things are worth noting — scroll for elaboration.
Smarter Sweat Takeaway: This is a high-quality, more affordable massage gun option for people who hit the gym hard and want confidence in a product that will help them recover.
Look. I’ve been reviewing massage guns for a long time. Over the course of two years — ever since this market began exploding in popularity — I’ve tested more than 25 massage guns to find the best of the best.
And I think I’ve found it.
When I reviewed the Theragun Prime after Theragun’s generation 4 launch, I wrote that the Prime was the best product Theragun has ever released and solidified the brand’s place at the top of the percussive therapy hierarchy.
But that was before I tried the Ekrin Athletics B37 massage gun.
The Theragun Prime is still Theragun’s best product out of its lineup, but when you factor in other brands — specifically Ekrin Athletics — Theragun gets a run for its money.
In any case, I’m here today to tell you about the Ekrin Athletics B37 massage gun, a product I’ve been using nearly every day for months and intend to continue using for the foreseeable future.
Ekrin Athletics B37 Massage Gun: Specs and Features
Speeds: The B37 has five speeds reaching 3200 repetitions per minute (rpm) at the top speed.
Pressure: Pressure ranges from a soft 28 pounds for sensitive areas to 56 pounds for tough spots.
Attachments: The device comes with four massaging attachments: flat, fork, bullet, and ball.
Portability: The B37 weighs a mere 2.2 pounds and comes with a carrying case for easy travel.
Battery life: The battery lasts a whopping eight hours of total use.
Price: Get the Ekrin Athletics B37 for $230 (20% if you shop through this link).
Ekrin Athletics B37 Massage Gun: What I Love
There’s a lot to love about the B37. The fact that this massage gun nudged the Theragun Prime (which is considered to be the gold standard in percussive therapy) out of my top spot says a lot.
Insanely quiet: I remember my jaw dropping when I turned on the Theragun Prime for the first time. I was so impressed at how quiet it was compared to its predecessor, the Theragun Liv.
Well, imagine my surprise when I turned on the whisper-quiet Ekrin Athletics B37. At first, I was certain it couldn’t be powerful. It was just too quiet — nothing so hushed could deliver pounds of force into muscle tissue.
I don’t know how they did it, but I don’t think any other percussive therapy brand should be allowed to use the word “quiet” to describe their product anymore. This massage gun is even quieter than the Hypervolt, which is the only other massage gun that comes close to the power delivered by Theragun.
Several speed and pressure settings: The B37 has speed settings that range from very mild to rather spicy. The device gets up to 3200 repetitions per minute (rpm), faster than the Theragun Prime’s top speed of 2400 rpm.
I love using the softer settings on sore muscles or bony areas, whereas I’ll use the faster speeds on large muscles, like my quads or lower back, and when I’m not too sore.
In the name of transparency, I still use the Theragun Prime, but I reserve it for days when I’m not sore, because the Ekrin B37 is much more effective for treating sore muscles. Like I’ve mentioned what feels like a million times, Theraguns are simply too forceful for sore muscles on most people.
Comes with a carrying case and attachments: I’ve been carrying the B37 to and from the gym just about every day, and it’s nice to have a carrying case that fits all of the attachments and charger along with the gun itself.
Long battery life: No one can say the eight-hour battery life isn’t impressive. The only qualm I have with this is that the charge lasts so long, I could forget to charge it because it’s never top-of-mind. The B37 hasn’t died on me yet, but I preempt that by charging it every Sunday since I use it so much throughout the week.
Lifetime warranty: This is a nice touch. Although I don’t expect to break, damage, or lose my B37, it’s nice to know I’m covered under most scenarios.
Phenomenal value: At $230, you can’t beat the value of the B37. Seriously. The cheapest Theragun (other than the mini) costs $300 and the Hypervolt costs $350 — and these are the only two percussive therapy devices on par with the Ekrin B37.
Ekrin Athletics B37 Massage Gun: What I Don’t Love
I want to preface this section with the fact that I scrutinize — and I mean really, really scrutinize — every product that I review. My goal is always to provide as much detail as possible so that you guys (our readers) can make informed purchasing decisions. I never want to lead anyone to buy a product they won’t use or enjoy.
That said, I find no faults in the Ekrin Athletics B37 massage gun. My honest personal opinion is that everything about this massage gun is perfect — for me. If I were considering potential downfalls for other people, I would point out the following:
The ball attachment could be denser. I’m a big fan of the closed-cell foam attachments that come with the Theragun, and I’d love to see a denser foam ball attachment with Ekrin products. The other attachments feel more plastic than foam and seemed plenty dense.
Some areas are hard to reach. This is honestly a problem with all massage guns. Every brand says it designs its products to be ergonomic, but I’ve yet to try a massage gun that allows me to reach my mid-back without help from someone else. With the B37, I can reach my upper back and my lower back, but there’s a spot in the middle that I just can’t get.
Ekrin Athletics B37 Massage Gun: Get Yours
If all of the above wasn’t enough to convince you to try the Ekrin Athletics B37, here’s some great news that might: You can get 20 percent off your purchase because Smarter Sweat is an affiliate partner with Ekrin Athletics, and we have a code for you. Use code “SS20” at checkout to get 20 percent off, or shop directly through this link and the code will apply automatically.
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By Amanda Capritto
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