My Massager Review: Thumper Mini Pro2 Hand Held Massager and the Brookstone MAX2 Dual Node Percussion Massager
A hand held massager is not the type of tool that I ordinarily review for this website, but a hand held massager is a tool none-the-less, and the type of tool that every do-it-yourselfer can easily appreciate the value of. How many of us after working on projects or completing chores around our house and yard all day have come into our living room, sat down in our chair, feeling good about what we have accomplished but also with tired and aching muscles. I know I have many, many times! Over the years I have used all sorts of massagers – – – everything from hand vibrators to infrared massagers to handheld massagers to feet and neck massagers. Some worked pretty well but others did not. After these many years of trial and error, I have found that by far the best massager for my family (my sons love it) is an electric handheld dual node (sphere) massager. No other massager that I have had has even come close to providing the relief that a dual node massager does.
The shape of the dual node hand held massager allows you reach those hard to reach areas on your body (your middle and lower back, the back of your calves, the bottom of your feet) and the dual node design allows you to move the massager up and down your back (with a node on each side of your spine) relaxing and relieving the back muscles on each side. You can also place the massager against the back of your chair, turn it on, and then sit in your chair with your back against the massager letting the massager do all the work – – standing the massager on its handle end will allow it to massage your upper back muscles and then standing it on its body end will allow it to massage your lower back muscles (which is usually where I ache the most). A very relaxing technique!
Based on my own experience and after reviewing the features and customer satisfaction ratings of the available dual node massagers, I am strongly recommending that you purchase either the Thumper Mini Pro2 Hand Held Massager or the Brookstone MAX2 Dual Node Percussion Massager. Both of these massagers have the same basic design, are easy to use, and are extremely effective in providing relief to your tired, sore, and aching muscles as well as helping reduce mental stress and tension.
1. Uses a direct drive percussion action with a 1/4″ percussive stroke
2. Has 3 electronically regulated power settings (LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH) for use on thick and thin muscles
3. Allows for one or two handed use
4. Weighs just 3 pounds
5. Dimensions: 13″ length X 6″ width X 5.5″ height
6. Provides 3 computer controlled power settings of 20, 30, & 40 impulses per second
7. Easy to clean (just use a damp cloth)
8. Uses a permanent magnet de motor which is fully enclosed, cool running, and turns on sealed ball bearings
9. Has both temperature overload protection (with auto reset) and current overload protection (also with auto reset)
10.Built with a 12′ electrical cord
11.Has a 2 year limited warranty
12.Comes with a free educational DVD
1. Utilizes a powerful motor that provides 1,100 to 2,550 RPM
2. Provides 5 speeds to choose from
3. Allows you to select 3 different massage programs
4. Can be used with either one or two hands
5. Provides maximum control and leverage to the user through its dual ergonomic handles
6. Weighs about 6 pounds
7. Easy to clean
8. Comes with a 1 year limited warranty
9. Approximate Dimensions: 20″ length X 6″ width X 6″ height
10.Has a 12′ electrical cord
Something To Be Aware Of
AN IMPORTANT CAUTION: Any individual who may be pregnant, has a pacemaker, suffers from diabetes, phlebitis, and/or thrombosis, or is at an increased risk of developing blood clots due to recent surgery, or who has pins/screws or anything mechanical in their legs, ankles, or feet should consult with a physician before using a massaging device designed for home use.
What Do Other Customers Think of the Thumper Mini Pro2 and the Brookstone MAX2?
Amazon customers who had purchased either the Thumper Mini Pro2 or the Brookstone MAX2 awarded the Thumper Mini Pro2 4.5 out of 5 stars and the Brookstone MAX2 3.5 out of 5 stars. (Note: Two of the reviewers of the Brookstone MAX2 awarded the massager just 1 star. One reviewer because the Brookstone massager they received was used, and the other reviewer because of the markings on the box. Neither reviewer mentioned any shortcoming in the functioning of the massager itself.)
Here are some examples of the favorable comments:
“ This is the third mini-thumper pro I have purchased over the years. We really put ours through a daily work out since both of my sons have neuromuscular problems and this is one of the few things we have found that helps. I also purchased the professional model with 8 balls. I like that, but it is too much for them as they have low muscle mass. The mini thumper has only two balls, or heads and is very easy to focus on a small trouble spot (example: point of attachment for various hip ligaments). I have tried other massagers before the mini thumper pro and they all pale in comparison.”
” I am very satisfied with the quality of this product. After using the thumper on my body for 15 minutes I felt relaxed and rejuvenated. I have gotten many professional massages, but only a few have lived up to the quality of the massage I get from using the thumper every day in the comfort of my home. The product is extremely well made and easy to use. The weight of the thumper allows you to guide the machine easily down your back, so that you reach those sore muscles, and the thumper is easy to use on your own body. At a glance, the product might seem expensive, but it’s actually the price of one professional massage, and if used correctly, you will be able to enjoy the thumper for many years and get a high quality massage on a daily basis. This is a wonderful product, and you will certainly be happy you purchased it!”
” The Thumper Mini-Pro 2’s shape fit my body just perfectly. With 3 speeds to choose from there was always one that was just what I needed. The higher settings worked great on my tighter, more knotty spots. I’m recommending this to all my friends, no matter what their problems! There’s sure to be some way the Thumper can help!”
Click here to read additional customer reviews on the Thumper Mini Pro2.
” My husband and I suffer from degenerative back conditions. Frequent use of this massager not only keeps us mobile but reduces visits to doctors and chiropractors for back problems. We bought our first Thumper over ten years ago and we are just now having to replace it. I would highly recommend this product.”
” We purchased this massager in December 2010. My husband and I have consistent back pain/tension. This intense percussion massager helps tremendously! We love it! Very much worth the $200 we spent on it. It is durable and provides an intense percussion massage. This is ideal for someone looking for the intensity other massagers do not deliver. It is similar to those used in Chiropractor offices.”
Click here to read additional customer reviews on the Brookstone MAX2.
Where Can I Purchase The Thumper Mini Pro2 or The Brookstone MAX2?
You can purchase either of these two hand held back massagers on Amazon. Presently, Amazon is selling the Thumper Mini Pro2 for about $190 and the Brookstone MAX2 for about $180. These prices are both lower than the list prices for these two massagers. The Thumper normally lists for $270 (so the $190 Amazon price represents a 30 percent savings to you) and the Brookstone MAX2 presently lists for $200 (so this represents a 10 percent savings to you). Choose either one of these two hand held massagers, and you won’t be disappointed in their performance.