PureWave CM7 Review (Brutally Honest Review)

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In recent years there have been a number of high-end gun or drill type percussion massagers that have come into the market that are targeting trainers and competitive athletes.

The PureWave massager isn’t a drill-type percussion massager, but rather a wand-style massager.

Generally the wand massagers are inferior to the drill-type massagers in every way (durability, power, quality, portability, etc); however, the PureWave is easily the best handheld wand massager, that we’ve reviewed and seen how it stacks up again the big guns (pun intended) – the drill-style percussion massagers, such as the TimTam, Theragun, and Hypervolt.

Keep in mind that the PureWave is drastically cheaper than all the gun-style massagers.

How does it compare?

We will find out in this in-depth PureWave CM7 review.


What Is The PureWave CM7

black purewave massager with attachments

The PureWave CM7 is a handheld percussion and micro-vibration massager.

It can be used for the following situations:

  • as a recovery tool after a workout
  • to provide relief from joint pain, muscle soreness, and tension headaches
  • as a face and temple massager.

Unlike its gun-type percussion competitors, the PureWave CM7 has a wand design with an elongated handle.

What sets the PureWave apart from the competition is its dual motors.

We found that the dual motors aren’t a gimmick like we originally thought it might be.

There is actually a very useful and functional purpose for the dual motors.

One motor, at one end of the device, produces powerful 3700 percussions per minute for a deep tissue massage.

The other motor, which is located at the end of the handle, produces 11000 micro-vibrations per minute, which is great for massaging your face and jaw.

This is something that no gun-style percussion massager can do, and is a big, competitive advantage that the PureWave has over the TimTam, Hypervolt, and Theragun.

It’s NOT recommended, nor safe, to use gun-style percussion massagers anywhere near your face.

Otherwise, you’ll end up looking like you went through 12-rounds with Manny Pacquiao.

Chiropractors and Physical Therapists (PTs) like the PureWave because of its ability to deliver a strong massage but not TOO strong that it will cause pain and discomfort like some gun massagers might.

You can adjust the intensity level on the device, which is important when working on clients.

The CM in CM7 stands for “cordless massager.”

Love this feature.

Most handheld wand massagers are NOT cordless.

Most of the drill gun massagers ARE cordless, so the PureWave doesn’t have an advantage over the drill devices in that aspect.

The PureWave is a lightweight device that’s easy to figure out and operate.

An hour’s charging time will provide 3 hours of battery life.


What Body Parts Can This Massager Be Used On?

This is where the PureWave crushes its competition and shines, whether it’s the wand massagers or gun style massagers.

To say the PureWave CM7 is versatile is an understatement.

In fact, with its dual motors and 6 attachments, it’s probably the most versatile percussion massager on the market.

With the exception of the obvious (eyes, genitals, etc), you can pretty much use the CM7 everywhere, even parts of the face.

The PureWave CM7’s deep tissue motor can go from 3700 percussions per minute to a more relaxing 1500.

This is good for relaxation and reducing soreness in large muscle groups.

You can switch to the vibration massage mode for a less aggressive vibration to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp; relieve tension headaches in the temples, jaw, and upper neck; and a relaxing and skin-tightening facial massage.

Various attachments, which they called “sticks,” can be switched to target specific parts of the body.


Attachments & Its Corresponding Body Part

  • The Air Cushion Stick can be used on the lower back and the neck
  • The Point Stick is great for the soles of the feet and anywhere else that needs finger point pressure.
  • The Body Massage Oil Stick is pretty interesting, basically, you put massage oil or gels on the attachment and use it to spread on hard to reach areas of the body.
  • The Six-Head Stick is for areas covered by large muscles such as the hamstrings, hips, and glutes.


Professional Grade Or For Home Use Only?

The company that makes PureWave try to market the CM7 as if it’s for physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, but in my opinion, it’s not.

It’s more for home use.

The CM7 is just not as powerful and aggressive as the more expensive percussion guns like the TimTam, Theragun, and Hypervolt.

I like my massages really hard.

When I go to my massage therapists they usually have to apply close to maximum pressure.

With that said, there are a lot of people that are the total opposite, and can barely take any pressure at all, and of course, the rest are somewhere in between.

If you are like me and need a lot of pressure, then you need to go with a professional-grade percussion massager.

If that’s the case, you’re much better off getting the TimTam, which in my opinion is the best value for your buck.

If money isn’t an issue for you, and you want all the bells and whistles (adjustable head position, adjustable speeds, carrying case), then the Theragun G3PRO is one you’ll want to get.

If you can’t handle aggressive massages or just want a relaxing massage, we recommend the PureWave CM7 as a good option; it still is more powerful than other wand massagers and you can adjust the speed settings in case the massage intensity gets too much.

Stall force is simply how hard you can apply pressure with the device on your body before the motor stalls, or turns off, to protect the motor.

That’s another reason why we say the PureWave CM7 is not professional grade. It’s percussion massager has a low stall force.

The stall force on gun-type percussion massagers is around 60 pounds, whereas the CM7 feels like around 40 pounds.

So with percussion guns, you can likely apply as much pressure as you can and not stall the motor. This allows therapists and elite athletes to be more aggressive when treating the body.

But again, if you can’t handle super strong massages the PureWave is great; its low stall force just right for de-stressing and relaxing your body.


Benefits of Using The PureWave Percussion Machine

  • Loosens painful knots and adhesions in muscles. Repetitive motions, poor posture, muscle strain, and previous injuries lead to the muscles locking together. This tension becomes knots and bumps that are uncomfortable and can lead to more pain. Sessions with the PureWave will slowly relax the tight muscles, eventually unclenching and restoring to normal. Previous injuries and microtears will be broken down and flooded with oxygenated blood to help it heal properly.
  • Improves circulation and speeds muscle recovery. Increased blood circulation literally warms up the body and prepares the muscles for a workout. Use the PureWave before a workout to prep and stretch the muscles. This will improve flexibility and range of motion, and also minimize cramps and injuries. Post-workout sessions with the PureWave will soothe the soreness and increase blood flow in the area where you are using the CM7 keeping the muscles relaxed. This will also lessen any adhesions from forming because the muscles will be healing any microtears properly.
  • Soothes inflamed joints and tendons. Any injuries and pain will be healed quicker when massage is applied. One of the great benefits of massage is the release of feel-good hormones that trigger the body to heal. These hormones include oxytocin which makes you warm and loose-limbed; serotonin which creates a feeling of balance and well-being; and lowers cortisol, adrenaline, and other high-stress occurring hormones to keep the body in a relaxed and healing state.
  • Relieves tension in the jaw and temples. One unique feature of the PureWave CM7 is the micro-vibration setting in the handle of the dual massager. The facial stick attachment offers more than beauty treatments. Use the vibration setting with the facial massage stick to treat TMJ and you will relax and unclench your jaw. Tension headaches are commonly an effect of jaws locking or from shoulders hunching over computers or laptops. Increase blood flow to the scalp for further relaxation with the scalp stick to massage the nape and the hairline.
  • Gives a full-body relaxation from head to foot. Although stress is frequently found in the larger muscle groups, it is also present in various parts of the body. Use of the PureWave CM7 to get relaxation for plantar fasciitis on the soles of your feet, relieve cramps in the calves and the metatarsals of the feet, relax tight hamstrings, soothe your knees after a jog, improve sensation and circulation in the arms and the wrist, soothe aching back muscles, and stimulate lax muscles in your glutes if you sit for extended periods of time.

Another cool thing is that you can get this all from the comfort of your home.

No appointments needed or calling your insurance provider to check your coverage.


Summary of Benefits

  • Loosens painful knots and adhesions in muscles
  • Improves circulation and speeds muscle recovery
  • Soothes inflamed joints and tendons
  • Relieves tension in the jaw and temples
  • Gives a full-body relaxation from head to foot


What Comes With The Device?

black purewave CM7  with some of its attachements

Here’s what’s included:

  • The PureWave CM7 dual massager device. The motor is encased in high-grade plastic with a rubber plastic grip on the handle or wand side. The PureWave CM7 is able to produce 1500 to 3700 percussions per minute on the percussion massager and 11000 micro-vibrations from the vibration massager. You can choose from 2 color options: black and red or white and grey. The device weighs just 1.75 pounds and measures 16.5 x 2.75 x 3.5 inches.
  • 6 attachment sticks, 4 for the body, 1 for the hair and scalp, and 1 for the face. The sticks are easily attached, either by screwing on the threaded stick or snapping it into place. Sticks may be made from rubber, plastic, or metal; and can be washed.
  • Six-Head stick – Made out of plastic and attaches by screwing onto the massager. It has, well, 6 heads with each head having several nubs. These nubs act like shiatsu rollers to work the tension off of the muscles. The Six-Head stick is best for large muscle groups.
  • Air Cushion stick – This stick is made out of plastic and rubber and attaches by screwing onto the massager’s head. The rounded rubber surface has a softer give and is used on more sore areas like the shoulders or the soles of the feet which may be sensitive.
  • Point stick – Also made of plastic and attaches by screwing onto the massager. This stick’s blunt end mimics finger point massage. It’s great for areas that will need finger pressure massages like the palms or the back.
  • Scalp Massage stick – This stick is made out of plastic. Use it for the scalp, hairline, or the nape. It has small bristles to work through the hair without snagging. This stick is a snap-on attachment
  • Body Massage Oil stick – Similar in size as the Scalp Massage Stick but has a flat surface. This massage stick snaps-on as well. Use this to spread massage oils, lotions, or gels or hard to reach spots. This keeps your hands oil-free and allows for better control and grip of the massager handle.
  • Facial Massage stick – This stick is made out of metal and is used for the face. It’s the only stick that attaches to the vibrating end of the massager. Attach it by snapping it on to lock into place. The metal stays cool and lifts the facial muscles for a tight and toned look. It’s the only stick that can be attached to both the percussion massager and vibrating massager.
  • An AC charger. Slip the charger plug to the battery charge port and plug the AC charger to an outlet. Let it fully charge for an hour to get 3 hours of battery life. The AC charger will work on 100v to 240v power outlets.
  • The batteries are 7.2V Lithium-ion, 2200mA, 16.28 Wh and is built into the massaging device. If yours die and will not charge or run anymore, it can be replaced for a fee. The change can only be done by the manufacturer as the device would have to be opened, the batteries removed and replaced.
  • A massager stand. The PureWave CM7 comes with a massager stand where you can store all the stick attachments and the device.
  • A drawstring pouch. The drawstring pouch is made of cloth and can only fit the massager, the stick attachments and the charger. It holds all the parts you need when you take the CM7 with you.


Summary Of Items You Get

To recap, here’s what you get:

  • Dual massager device
  • 6 attachment sticks – a Six-Head stick, Air Cushion stick, point stick, Scalp Massage stick, Body Massage Oil stick, and a Facial Massage stick.
  • An AC charger
  • A massager stand
  • A drawstring pouch

Here’s a video of what the massager looks like:


Other Accessories

There are no other attachments or accessories available, but replacement stick can be purchased – either individually or packaged as a set.

Aside from sticks, replacement chargers are also available.

The PurewWave CM7 comes with a limited 1-year warranty.


The Pros Of The PureWave CM7

  • The motor is strong but quiet. The motor is only about 40 to 75 decibels. For comparison, the Theragun G3PRO’s motor noise is 65 to 80 decibels.
  • It’s lightweight. It weighs only 1.75 pounds so it shouldn’t strain your wrists or tire you easily from holding it.
  • Easy to use. The PureWave’s controls are straightforward. Turning the dial is all it takes it on. It’s easy to switch between the percussion massager to vibration massager and to adjust the massaging speed.
  • The massager is made of quality materials. The plastic which houses the motor is sturdy. The handle tapers and the grip area feels really nice on your hands. The handle is made of rubber for a non-slip grasp.
  • The sticks are easy to remove and replace. The sticks can be attached either with a threaded groove or by snapping it on depending on the type of stick you wish to attach. So far the sticks have not loosened over time during our testing.
  • Saves time and money. You can bring this percussive device anywhere, which saves you time and money if you were to otherwise go to a spa or clinic.


Summary Of The Pros:

  • The motor is strong but quiet
  • It’s lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • The massager is made of quality materials
  • The sticks are easily removed and replaced
  • It saves time and money


The Cons Of The PureWave CM7

  • The massage head is stationary. Although the handle is extra long, You need to work your arms to reach some spots, unless someone is using the massager on you.
  • Batteries are built-in. The battery life is excellent with 3 hours on just a single hour charge. Intermittent use for 20-30 minutes a day will last the charge for a week. Having to replace the batteries is a tedious and expensive process though. Maybe in the next redesign, the device will not have to be shipped back just to get the battery replaced.
  • Low stall force compared to gun-type massagers. PadoUSA (creator of the CM7) does not state on their website the actual stall force; but to me, it feels around 35-40 pounds compared to the 60 pounds for the gun-type massagers. To be fair, the PureWave costs a fraction of the price, so it’s not really fair to compare, but we’re doing so anyway to see how the PureWave stacks up against the more professional percussive devices.
  • The distance the head percusses is short (aka Amplitude). Gun style massagers like the TimTam and the Theragun have an amplitude (the length the head extends away from the massager) of16 mm, while the PureWave is about 4 mm. The higher the amplitude the more powerful the percussion’s blows should be. Again, not really fair to compare since the PureWave is much cheaper.
  • A better storage system for on-the-go trips. The drawstring pouch isn’t sturdy nor safe. Putting the massager and the attachments and accessories inside the bag with no compartments leaves the contents moving around the bag. It could damage the percussion tip or the sticks.


Summary Of Cons:

  • The massage head is stationary
  • Batteries are built-in
  • Stall force is lower compared to professional percussion massagers
  • Amplitude is short compared to professional percussion massagers
  • Unsturdy carrying pouch


How To Use The Device

Straight from the box, the battery has some charge in it but the manual recommends fully charging the battery first before using.

As stated before, the device has two modes: the percussion massager mode and the micro-vibrating massage mode.

Only one mode can operate at any given time.

Here’s how to use the device:

1. Switch the massager on by turning the dial 180° to the right, the machine will begin to percuss and the LED indicator will be steady to indicate it’s powered on.

2. Adjust the desired speed to your preference–1500 ppm to 3700 ppm–by turning the dial.

3. To turn on the vibration massager on the handle end, turn the dial just slightly to the right until you hear a beep. Another beep will sound and the LED indicator will start flashing.

4. Adjust the speed to your desired preference.

5. To turn the massager to percussion mode again, turn off the device and repeat number 1.

The massager will not turn on if it’s plugged and charging. As a safety precaution, the massager turns off if too much power is applied to avoid overheating.

Attach the stick by lining up the hole of the attachment to the percussion motor tip and turn clockwise to screw. This works for the six-head stick, the air cushion stick, and the point stick.

The other three sticks–body massage oil stick, scalp massage stick, and facial massage stick–slip on the threaded percussion motor tip. Push to lock in place.

Turn on the device and place the PureWave next to the area you want to massage, move the device over the area.

Use the massager for no more than 2 minutes per area, 20 to 30 minutes is enough to cover the whole body.

Wash and clean the sticks and thoroughly dry before storing.

Here’s a quick video of the PureWave in action.


How Often Can You Use The Massager?

It’s safe for daily use.

The general rule is to use the massager on an area for no more than 2 minutes.

Move the stick across the body methodically, an inch at a time. Focusing on one area may lead to more soreness or bruising.

Be careful not to overdo massage sessions, 30 minutes would be enough to treat the whole body.

Remember massage has many health benefits but too much can also lead to some side effects.


Who Shouldn’t Use The PureWave CM7?

Exercise caution if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Poor circulation
  • High blood pressure
  • Recent surgery, burns, open wounds or sores on the area to be massaged
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and edema
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Pregnancy
  • Varicose veins
  • If you are taking blood thinners or tend to bruise easily

There are also parts of the body where the PureWave should not be used on. These areas include:

  • Inflamed skin
  • Frostbite
  • The throat area
  • Pulse points in the wrist, neck, legs, and feet
  • The groin

The massager should also NOT be used on somebody who is unconscious or sleeping.

Check in with your doctor first if you have an implant like a pacemaker.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for a percussive massager, and in general can’t handle hard/aggressive massages, then you’ll like the PureWave.

Another reason you would buy the PureWave is price. It’s a fraction of the cost of the professional percussion massagers, and it still packs some power.

If you prefer strong massages, are a therapist, or an elite-level athlete we don’t recommend the PureWave, but rather the TimTam (best value) or the Theragun G3PRO (best overall and most expensive) because it packs more percussive power.

Editorial Staff
 

Editorial Staff at MindBodyPal is a team of experts led by Tyson Chiu. We love tacos, lattes and Funky Fridays.

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