Recently, Bob and Brad sent us a couple of their percussion massage guns to try out, so we passed them on to our runners to put to the test. Check out the full candid review of the Bob and Brad Q2 mini massage gun below for the ups, downs, and the in-between.
The shape and feel of the Q2 are natural and allow access to hard-to-reach areas with my full-size percussion massage gun (from a different mfg) can't comfortably reach. The quietness of this unit compared to my full size isn't even in the same league.
This is a quality product. At first, I wondered if I would have preferred a bigger one. However, upon reflecting, I think the mini is perfect. The attachments are plenty big to work my muscles. I travel a lot to races and feel this size is conducive to that. I would highly recommend this to fellow runners and also non-runners.
The Q2 worked very well and could be used even while watching tv due to it being very quiet. Typically, when I use my full size, it is too loud to hear a tv in the background clearly. The five heads are easily changed and work well as intended. I used the Q2 typically for 5-10 minutes on various muscle groups with a few times doing an additional 5-10 after switching attachment heads and moving to a new area.
The battery life was as expected for a mini, and with using it frequently over 2.5 weeks, the 30% battery life remaining light finally turned on.
I can fairly easily stall my full size out while I wasn't able to push hard enough on my leg muscles to stall the Q2 out. Who says a mini doesn't pack the power of a full size?? Even if I would push harder to stall it, there is NO logical reason anyone would be pushing that hard, so there is quality in the product and truth in their advertising.
The Q2 is much quieter than many others, but also the tone is also much smoother. Holding both, you can feel that the Q2 is smooth and very well balanced, while the full size definitely has a higher vibration level. Now some of that can be attributed to having a 71% higher amplitude but not all of it as well as you can hear the construction on the full size is not as precisely manufactured.
The images provide guidance for which head to use, the type of motion, and recommended duration for all of the different muscle groups. This is very helpful, especially if you are just starting out using a percussion massage gun.
The Q2 is charged by USB-C cable, which is included and can be plugged into a computer or phone adapter (not included).
I am impressed with the Q2 and would recommend it. It is compact that I can take along in my gym bag, very quiet, easy to reach most muscle groups, and packs a lot of power.