This unit is great for anybody. But it’s especially a good choice for athletes, due to its focus in terms of massage modes. While it has a wide variety of different modes available, it mainly hones in on joint and muscle rehabilitation, in addition to pain relief and normal TENS stimulation. You may be able to get TENS therapy from your normal chiropractor or sports trainer, but this device will allow you to take it home.
First off, this unit is almost all screen. Literally. The huge LCD screen on the front take sup pretty much the entire device, with only a row of three buttons lying below it. Other controls are located on the sides of the device.
We’re happy to report that the design works well, however. The screen is so big that it’s easy both to control the device and to see what your current settings and battery level are. Even elderly users should be able to use this device without breaking a sweat, and none of the settings are hard to read or to select.
This is also a dual channel device that comes with four electrode pads, so treating a wide area or two totally separate body parts at the same time is totally possible. As this is a slightly more expensive TENS unit, we would have liked to see the addition of another two or four electrode pads, which can be found even on units half the price of this one. Overall, though, having four pads isn’t a fatal flaw. The fact that dual channel output is available should be more than enough for most users.
Also included is a 60-minute adjustable timer, which will immediately shut your TENS unit off once it hits the designated time.
This TENS unit is fairly versatile. There are twelve different programs included, along with 20 intensity settings, so finding the right fit shouldn’t be too hard. The modes are more or less evenly split between TENS and EMS programs, with some dedicated more to alleviating muscle soreness and others to joint rehabilitation, workout recovery, and more.
This TENS unit is fairly high quality — as it should be, considering it’s double the cost of most comparable midrange TENS units. The screen is large, bright and easy to read; the controls work well and you won’t get frustrated while trying to use them; the range of intensity levels is suitable to all users, from those who want a quick, casual massage to those who are using their TENS unit for more intense pain relief and therapy.
Overall, you can’t really go wrong with this choice in TENS unit. However, for users who are trying to save some money, there are plenty of other midrange units which will do pretty much all the same things, but for around half the cost of this one.
Like most TENS units, this one is made primarily of plastic. That said, you won’t hear us complaining about it. This unit is pretty light and easy to carry around. More importantly, we didn’t notice any potential durability issues while using it. The plastic didn’t get scuffed or broken easily.
While the design isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, it does its job. We do wish the housing was a little more aesthetically pleasing, especially for this price point. However, the large, bright screen on the front is a nice choice. This device almost looks like a smartphone or a gaming device, rather than a medical tool. That’s perfect for users who want to remain ubiquitous while using their TENS unit.
Pros and Cons
- Large, bright, easy to read screen
- Plethora of different modes available
- Great for athletes
- Smartphone-like design and form factor, which is both ubiquitous and convenient
- Design could be a little sleeker or more eye-catching
- Comes with six electrode pads, but only fits four, which is a bit of a letdown at this price point
We’re more than happy to recommend this unit from Massage Therapy Concepts as one of the best and most powerful TENS units on the market — that is, if you can afford it. It’s well above the normal price point for TENS units, but you may find that the expenditure is worth it. It has a good design, a nice screen, and a pretty wide range of different EMS and TENS modes.
Buyers should take into account that despite this model’s slightly higher price, it only works with up to four pads at a time and while the design is very functional, it’s not as sleek or modern-looking as it could be.
All that notwithstanding, the bottom line is: It works well, and it’s also fairly light and easy to carry around. That makes it good for almost anybody, from young athletes to older users looking for an alternative method of pain relief. This particular device is suitable both for the gym and for home/medical use.