UNBOXED: Reviewing the oCuddle Shoulder Massager
Today I conducted what was probably the most relaxing review I’ve done thus far thanks to a product that is essentially a cross between a massager and a heating pad. The oCuddle Shoulder Massager by NAIPO offers two different heat settings and three massage speeds for use across your entire body—despite its name suggesting otherwise.
Immediately out of the box, the light-gray device vaguely reminded me of an MMA belt with its thinner straps on either side of a large central area that housed the two massagers. The material was a blend of PU artificial leather, 3D Mesh Fabric, and “highly recyclable plastic” (according to the website). Also inside the box was a wall adapter, car adapter, and a carrying bag made of the same material as the massager. There was virtually no setup involved and I was able to get straight to the review.
I wrapped the massager around my neck and looped my arms through the holes, but quickly realized that I needed to adjust the straps for a more comfortable fit. Once that was done, I connected the two-prong wall adapter to the massager and sat down on my couch. The oCuddle is not portable and must be plugged in during use but that wasn’t a problem for me because every seat in my house is within close proximity to an outlet. For those that do want something they can take everywhere, NAIPO does offer a rechargeable version of the massager.
Once I turned on the device, I slowly worked by way up from the lowest to highest massage setting. I found that I preferred the lowest massage setting and I was careful not to lean back too hard against my couch because the massager would push a little deeper into my back than I liked. The oCuddle reminded me of many other electrical massagers I’ve used—like the one at my nail salon. What made the oCuddle unique though was the option to add heat.
The two heat settings were simply described as “high” and “low” and there didn’t seem to be any information on the exact temperature of either setting. While wearing a thin, long-sleeved shirt, I could only feel the slightest bit of warmth coming from the high heat setting even after giving it a few minutes to warm up. The website does describe the massager as “skin-friendly” though, so it may work better against bare skin.
After 20 minutes, the oCuddle shuts off automatically, or it can be stopped at any time with a press of the power button. For me, the 20 minutes felt like just enough and I liked that I was able to also enjoy some TV since the massager was about as loud as a box fan. Since I will likely be doing even more binge watching with stay-at-home orders still in place, I will definitely be reaching for the oCuddle every now and then.