Overall, I was impressed with the little SKG F5 Massage Gun. It’s small enough that you could keep it handy in your gym bag, but it packs a lot of powerful features in its compact body.
- Compact size
- Multiple vibration options
- Heated end proved surprisingly useful for sinus headaches
- Three different massage head choices
- Light indicators for power levels is super useful
- Includes a storage bag
- Pricey without the discount
- Heat function is okay for sore spots but isn’t going to be helpful when targeting broader muscles
We reviewed a massage gun; then, we reviewed a heated foam roller. Now, we’re reviewing a fusion of both, the SKG F5 Massage Gun with heat! It’s a massage gun with a heater on one end, so you can pummel your muscles into submission, then apologize to them with a little warmth!
The SKG F5 Massage Gun is compact and simple to operate. It comes with three attachments; a flat-head and two ball-heads of differing densities. Between the three, they cover most of the ways you might need a massage!
I’m personally a fan of the flat-head attachment, especially on my quads after a particularly hard leg workout (seriously, my trainer loves lunges way too much). The heads are friction-fit, so it’s simple to pop off one and replace it with another, and they kindly color-coded the balls for density (green is softer, white is harder). That’s especially helpful since you don’t want to slam your muscles unexpectedly or go too soft when you wanted to work out a stubborn knot.
On the SKG F5 Massage Gun, you have a choice of three different speeds and heat options. The top button controls the speed, and the lower one controls the heater end, so you can move between them as needed.
I really liked that the heat and speed controls are color-coded, from blue to purple to reddish-orange. That way, there’s no confusion about which speed or level you’re at, and you can set what you like by sight.
Note that you can use either the vibration or the heater, but you can’t use both at once — which makes sense because unless you’re a contortionist, it would be hard to use both at once. It also charges via USB-C, which should be expected in 2021 but still feels a little like a pleasant surprise when it’s standard.
I came into this review thinking the SKG’s heat element was a bit of a gimmick, but it’s actually quite useful. It’s a small metal plate on the opposite end of the massage gun, and it has three heat options, none of which reach an uncomfortable level. It’s a small area, so it’s ok for sore spots but isn’t going to be helpful when targeting broader muscles.
However, the heat feature really shines if you get sinus headaches. Hot compresses are my usual go-to, but they can be tough to work with sometimes — they’re too hot, they get cold too fast, it requires constantly getting up and microwaving a washcloth…it’s not fun when you’re already uncomfortable and in pain. But the gentle heat from the SKG massage gun is fantastic; it’s a slow and gentle heat that helps relieve sinus pain, and it’s a small enough radius that you can target the headache well.
Overall, I was impressed with the little SKG F5 Massage Gun. It’s small enough that you could keep it handy in your gym bag, but it packs a lot of powerful features in its compact body. If this intrigues you, or you’re eyeing it as a Mother’s Day gift, you can use code SKG40SKG on Amazon for 40% through June 30th, 2021. That brings it from a list price of $129 to only $77.40! At that price, you can get one for yourself and one for anyone else you know who needs a covid-friendly massage!
The SKG F5 Massage Gun retails for $129; it is available on Amazon.
Source: Manufacturer provided review sample
What I Liked: Compact size; Multiple vibration options; Heated end proved surprisingly useful for sinus headaches; Three different massage head choices; Light indicators for power levels is super useful; Includes a storage bag
What Needs Improvement: Pricey without the discount; Heat function is okay for sore spots but isn’t going to be helpful when targeting broader muscles