Welcome to my review of the Joovv Solo 3.0. I've been a user of Joovv Red Light Therapy Panels for many years now and their first Joovv Solo is actually what brought me into the red light therapy space in 2017.
Since then, the red light therapy space has grown and developed tremendously. Joovv has grown too, and has been a great trendsetter for improvements in red light therapy panels.
In my 2019 red light therapy comparison series, for instance, the Joovv Solo 2.0 scored pretty poorly but was one of the highest power output panels out there back then.
Since then, I've reviewed a tremendous number of new red light therapy panels - all that data you can view in my review Excel sheet. My red light therapy buyer's guide is an excellent resource if you want to learn more about how I test panels.
But, back to the Joovv Solo. I had high expectations for this panel before reviewing it, as the Joovv Solo is always one of the most popular panels out there. You can view the Joovv Solo 3.0 below:
The Joovv Solo 3.0 got released in late 2020, so, it was time for me to put out a review!
So here's my strategy for this review. Below, I'll first give you my review summary. Next up, you'll get a table of contents where I include all different sections of this review. Then, lastly, you'll be able to read the full review and the conclusion.
Here we go:
Interested in learning more? Check the table of contents below:
Welcome to my first impressions and unboxing section. Here I literally take you through my experience of the package arriving at my doorstep and me unboxing it and using the product for the first time.
If you'd rather watch a YouTube video of that process, check the video below:
If you'd rather read about my first impressions and unboxing experience, continue scrolling down. The first impressions video and blog both contain the same content, so don't worry about missing out on anything!
So, let's begin with the beginning:
Here you can see me with the Joovv Solo 3.0 package:
My first impression about that packaging is that it looks really amazing. You can very clearly see what is inside the package and who sent it to you.
Some other red light therapy brands send you a package with a red light therapy panel where there's no branding on the box. Sometimes you can only tell by the shipping label where it's coming from.
Next up, this picture shows you what to expect after opening the box:
There's also a stand included in the box:
Unwrapped, the stand looks like this:
The stand is heavy duty and metal-based, and will thus easily hold the plastic panel vertical. The benefit of this stand is that you can now place your panel everywhere in a room, not just hang it against the wall or a door. Huge props for Joovv here, once again!
I wish more companies would copy Joovv here, as once you've tried this, you don't want to be without anymore!
So, here you can see how the panel looks into the vertical stand:
After using the floor panel, however, I do immediately notice a big downside. The panel is really close to the floor and if I'm standing up, it's impossible to treat my upper body unless I place the floor stand on another object.
You could stack 2 Joovv Solo 3.0 panels on top of each other on the floor stand though and gain the ability to treat your entire body though. You can also use the panel in the floor stand sitting down, and then later stand up to hit your legs with red light therapy.
But let's go back to my unboxing experience:
So far, the unboxing experience is the nicest I've experienced with any red light therapy panel so far. Joovv really thought deeply about how to improve this process and the professionalism really shines through because every single step has been optimized.
Keep in mind that I've unboxed dozens of panels over the years, so I've got some experience!
The entire packaging and unboxing process makes me think of Apple, which was one of the first to really perfect the packaging process with their iPhone.
The first thing I noticed after lifting up the panel is how light it weighs. This panel, contrary to any other panel on the market so far, has a plastic hull, drastically reducing its weight:
For me, personally, as I'm a healthy 30-ish male with a bodybuilding and strength training background, the weight is of no issue. However, if you're older or have health conditions, being able to move the panel around more easily is a huge plus. I'll come back to this topic later on in my first impressions section.
Let's consider the panel in more detail:
The size of the panel has a width of 9 inches and a height of 30 inches. The thickness is only a few inches and is less than many other panels out there.
This size of 9 by 30 inches is around average for what I call a "body panel".
(If you're not aware I created a 2021 red light therapy comparison series for body panels HERE).
The Solo 3.0 panel contains 150 LEDs in total. The wavelengths of these LEDs are 660 nanometers and 850 nanometers. This panel, therefore, doesn't contain the "multi-wavelength" technology that many other panels contain, which is a bit of a bummer.
I actually think that there are benefits to additional wavelengths such as 630 nanometers (nm) and 810 nm, 830 nm.
Of the 150 LEDs, 76 are found in the red part of the light spectrum, and 74 are in the near infrared light part. If you don't know what I'm talking about with terms as "red light" or "nanometers", then be sure to read my guide on everything you need to know about red light therapy.
Now, let's take a look at the back of the panel:
Here's where the real magic starts with the Joovv Solo panel - the back of the panel actually contains four grips (handles) in total, two of which are placed so that you can grip the panel vertically:
Naturally, the light weight of the panel combined with the grips make it much easier to move around.
The four handles that were added really impressed me and showed that Joovv completely overhauled their entire design from the bottom up with this panel.
Here, you can see the horizontal handles of the panel:
In between the two horizontal handles, you can see two plugs. The goal of the plugs is to be able to attach a panel to the wall.
Above the wall plugs and the handles, moreover, you can see the fans for cooling the panel. The Joovv Solo 3.0 contains two fans in total.
Then, at the bottom, the power plugs and ability to use the modular setup (multiple Solo or different Joovv panel) are located:
Inside the box there's also an instruction manual. The manual looks really sleek, as you tell by this picture:
The manual is 40-50 pages long. I didn't bother reading it because I've used so many panels but nevertheless, manuals are part of my scoring system in my 2021 red light therapy comparison series.
Why care about instruction manuals? Simple: not every buyer is like me and has tested many panels. If you're a beginner in the red light therapy space then a solid manual will help you set the panel up and use it properly tremendously.
(Edit: after doing my full review I definitely see value in this manual. The advanced features such as the Bluetooth function and modular support are explained really well in this manual. There are some great schematics in the manual on how to best set up your modular support. for instance. Many additional topics are considered in the manual.)
Bonus points, thus, for the Joovv Solo in this regard!
Also, on the Joovv website you've got additional options to set your panel up. These options include the door mount and a mini stand.
In the box there are all the standard inclusions, but, Joovv has also gone the extra mile and added some extras that you don't receive with other red light therapy companies:
Inside that box you'll find the following protective glasses:
Now, the good thing about this eyewear is that it's specifically made for red light therapy. Other companies also send out eyewear but usually, that's simple goggles that are also used for other purposes.
Once again, Joovv has redesigned a part of the red light therapy experience from the bottom's up.
The good thing about these glasses is that I can actually see through them, unlike with the products of many other companies. The Joovv eye protection glasses are still dark though, but, the green world around you still allows you to see something at least!
On the box, Joovv has stated how much light penetrates these glasses. 93% of red light is blocked out, and 42% of near-infrared light. So, if you want to lower your exposure during a session while still being able to see, you could stand right in front of a panel and read a book, without oversupplying your eyes with light, for instance.
Next, let's reflect on some differences between the Joovv Solo 2.0 and 3.0:
Here are some differences between the older Joovv solo and the new one:
Curious? Here's what I found out after testing this device:
Let's continue my first impressions of this red light therapy panel. Here's what the panel looks like after I've activated it:
Again, the light comes on very slowly, which is a nice feature. The timer on the control panel also only starts running after full brightness has been achieved.
Also, one thing I noticed was an irritating sound. The sound is not necessarily louder than other panels I've tried but still very noticeable to me.
(I've later discussed this issue in my 2021 red light therapy comparison series episode on sound & flicker, specifically regarding this panel!)
Next up, the control panel at the side really looks good:
The button I'm pressing is for the red and infrared activation and/or deactivation. The button on the bottom right is to active the 10 Hz pulsing option for the near infrared only. The button on the top-right is to start or pause the light, and the top right is for setting the timer.
Next up, let's explore the Joovv app:
The Joovv app is used to access some of the functions of the Joovv. You cannot use functions such as the ambient light without the app, from the control panel, which is a bit of a bummer to me.
Here you can see me use the Joovv app:
To connect a device, you need to hold the bottom two buttons on the control panel and the wireless function is activated.
Next up, after pairing the app and the panel, you'll end up with the option to control your panel from the app:
After clicking "session settings", you'll end up with the following options:
As you can see, here you've got the option to use the timer ("session time"), red or infrared light ("light mode"), the pulsing option ("recovery mode"), and the beep function.
The beeper can be set up for "beep 2 minutes before the end", "beep at mid" session, "beep every 2 min", and "beep at end".
In "light mode", you can also activate ambient mode, to use the Solo 3.0 for background lighting. Ambient mode can be used at 100%, 75%, 50%, and 25% of maximum light output intensity.
The downside is that you cannot use the ambient mode for a very long time, as there's still a timer function. I'd prefer an indefinite option. Also, the fans are running at full speed even at 25% of power output.
But, you might think, what is all of this going to cost me? Here's the price:
The price of a Joovv 3.0, at the moment of shooting the YouTube video, is $1,345 USD. At the time of converting these videos into a blog post, the price has increased to $1,445 USD.
The panel has a 2-year warranty. This warranty is "okay" but not great. There are companies offering a 5-year warranty right now, like for the Red Light Rising Advantage 900 and 1500. Also, there's a 60-day return period where you can ship the panel back at your own cost and get part of your money back. I say "part" because there's a restocking fee for sending a panel back.
Joovv does have a great support team that can help you because they're such a big company. In general, the support of Joovv is considered top-notch!
Also, depending on where you're located in the world, shipping and taxes are also added to your bill.
For instance, if I use addresses in New York City or in California, I pay about $120 extra above and beyond the normal price point in taxes.
Shipping costs about $90 USD for the USA, $260 for Australia, $160 for the United Kingdom, and $130 for Canada. Local taxes are not included here, but Joovv has a very neat calculator in their checkout screen that allows you to estimate import and customs duties.
Also, I don't have a discount code for Joovv. The reason is that Joovv runs an exclusivity affiliate program, meaning that, if you're affiliated with Joovv, you cannot be affiliated with any other red light therapy company. And, if you're affiliated with another non-Joovv red light therapy company, you cannot be affiliated with Joovv.
Well, personally I'm affiliated with any red light therapy company I can, just to remove the bias from my reviews. Unfortunately, that choice means I cannot be affiliated with Joovv and give you a discount code for their panels.
And, that's my first impression and unboxing experience. Next up, I'll move to my full review which took a few months to complete. First up, my quick review, which is a summary of my findings:
Here's a video I shot after using the Joovv Solo very intensively for a few weeks:
This quick review only summarizes and takes the most important findings from my full review. The quick review is about 5 minutes long while my full review is 50-minutes long. So, if you want to know all the details, check the latter. If you're time poor or just want the most important info, check the quick review.
The full review contains all the same content as the quick review so I'm not writing down my quick review in the blog post here. Read below to learn more:
So, welcome to my full review of the Joovv Solo 3.0! I've reviewed this panel in the YouTube video below, so if you prefer a video version of my content, check it out:
Also, in my written blog review I've left out any repetitive information from the quick review so that I don't give you the same information twice.
Even after these many months, I'm still impressed with Joovv in this area. Of course, you're paying a premium price, but that higher prices do translate into a much better unboxing experience and a panel that's designed really well.
You'll get premium labelling, premium accessories, etcetera.
With 150 LEDs, also, the panel is on the smaller size for a "body panel" classification, which has up to 300 LEDs for me. Then, it's not that 150 LEDs is bad per se, it's just that panels from the competition have just gotten much bigger over the last few years.
Also, in my first impressions video, I noticed how light the panel is. I weighed the panel and it's 14 pounds, which translates into 6.3 kilograms. Only the mounting bracket is made from metal, the rest is made from plastic.
Joovv has changed their entire supply chain for this renewed engineering and look, as their panel is now shipped from Malaysia, not China. Joovv is the first company to make this change.
Also, the new panel doesn't have any hooks on top of the panel to suspend it from a wall, contrary to other panels on the market. Contrary to other panels, there are also no air vents on the side of the panel, which looks pretty neat.
After all of these 6+ months of using the Joovv Solo 3.0, I'm also still very much impressed with the four handles/grips on the top, bottom, and in the middle. I think the handles are such a great addition that I hope that all panels will have them in the future.
Next up, besides the low power plug on the panel, Joovv has also supplied you with a 9.5-feet cable. The benefit of both changes is that you don't need an extension cable as quickly to reach the power socket.
Let's now move on to my actual testing:
For my wavelength testing, I use the Hopoo Color 0HSP-350F - 380-1050nm Spectrometer. Here's the outcome in the red light part of the spectrum:
The 660.7nm only differs 0.7nm from the marketing claim, which is truly awesome. A 5 point plus or minus difference I still consider decent.
The only turnoff is that there's only one wavelength emitted and not multiple per part of the light spectrum. You can check out how many other panels do in this regard - called "multiwave" - in my blog post part 5 about wavelengths of my 2021/2022 body panel review.
Then, there's the near-infrared measurement:
Here there's a 3.6nm difference from the claimed 850nm, which is very good once again.
I've confirmed these outcomes with different measurement, and all outcomes ranged across the outcome I just had.
Let's move on to the next spectrometer measurement:
Power output is simply the amount of light panel is putting out. Below you can see me measuring the power output with my spectrometer:
Here's the power output readings I got:
If you want to learn more about these measurements, consider my red light therapy buyérs guide - there I explain all the measurements I take.
Next up, I tested the wattage draw, the amount of electricity a panel takes from the electric grid:
A higher wattage draw usually implies higher power output, although some power is also diverted to the control panel, the fans, etcetera.
Moving on to the hotspot testing now:
With the hotspot testing, I observe whether a panel distributes the power output evenly or not. If there are patches where the color really changes then there's an indication that the light is not distributed equally.
For instance, you might have a patch of red light and then a large invisible area (where near infrared light is emitted), meaning that exposure is uneven.
Here's the outcome I got with this panel:
This hotspot outcome is quite bad, as the light is spread really unevenly across the output. Check the visual representation of this testing in my YouTube video HERE.
Here I calculate how much bang for your buck you're getting. I have two measurements here:
Conclusion? You're spending more money for a lower-powered panel. You can compare these numbers to competitors on my red light therapy data sheet.
In this section I test the EMF levels with the Cornet EMF meter. I was quite curious about this testing because the power plug doesn't isn't grounded. If my theory is right, the electric readings won't be great.
My finding? The electric readings were indeed not great! Here's are the outcomes:
Overall, the outcome is not too great here! Moving on to the next round:
Flicker was really simple, both readings were 0. So, that outcome is very good but also expected for panels in 2021.
Sound exposure came out at 62.1 dB. That number is quite high if you compare it to other options in my Excel sheet where I give you data on every panel I've tested so far.
Not only is the sound loud, at 62 dB - which is 10-fold or more higher than some of the other 50dB readings - the pitch also irritates me.
The fans are producing a very irritating pitch, probably because there are only 2 fans. If you stand next to a panel during a session it does irritate me. Consider this part of my full review video to hear that pitch.
After I've used the Joovv Solo 3.0 for quite a while now, I've learned a lot more about operating the panel. Here you can see the control panel after I've activated it:
Here's what I noticed using the control panel:
Let's now explore what I found regarding the app after using the panel for many months:
As I've stated before, some of the features you can only use on the app. I wish the control panel could give me access to all features but with the Joovv Solo 3.0 it doesn't - hope generation 4 does better here!
Here's what I found regarding the app:
With that being said, let's move on to the next section of the review:
Overall, just like many of the panels I've reviewed, the most important thing to remember is that the Joovv Solo 3.0 panel just works. Here's what I found about this Joovv panel though;
I can't tell whether the pulsing function is working, even though I've tested it extensively. I had the same experience with the LightpathLED Large Multiwave Pulsed. I will also say that I haven't been training hard or having an opportunity to really test this pulsing option. And, to be honest, I'm not sure whether anyone would really notice the pulsing unless you did a proper study on it.
Joovv offers more products than the Solo 3.0. For instance, they offer the handheld Joovv Go 2.0, which I've included in my 2021 handheld red light therapy review.
The company also offers the Joovv Mini 3.0, which is half the size and costs $895 USD. The Mini has the same features as the Solo 3.0 though, but does come down to nearly $15 per LED. Even with the expensive Solo 3, you're getting a much better bang for your buck, as the Mini is around 60% more expensive!
Here you can view the Joovv Mini 3.0:
The next step up from the Solo 3.0 is the Duo 3.0:
The Duo 3.0 is simply two Solos stacked on top of each other and costs $2,895 at this time of writing.
You'll also receive a door mount with that product.
These Solo 3.0 panels can be combined into a Joovv Max 3.0, with 2 Joovv Solos and 2 Joovv minis, all the way up to the Joovv Elite 3.0, which looks like this:
The Joovv Elite costs $8,570. However, you can just buy the Joovv Solo 3.0 and build your way up from there, as there was no discount for buying multiple as of the time of me shooting these YouTube videos.
Overall, I hope the panels above give you a good impression of the new 3.0 Joovv product line!
Next up, the following logical question can be asked:
We know red light therapy works, the question is only what panel works best for your personal requirements. I've said it over and over again, many of these panels out there from the prestigious companies that have been around for a while simply work.
Nevertheless, let's compared the Joovv Solo 3.0 to some other offerings on the market:
If you're having trouble making a decision, I completely understand, and I highly recommend watching my 2021/2022 red light therapy body comparison series on YouTube or on my blog.
Lastly, let's move to my concluding thoughts:
Here's my final assessment with some simple likes and dislikes about this red light therapy panel:
At the end of the day, the value proposition of the Joovv Solo 3.0 is not great for me. Let's conclude and take a 30,000-foot overview:
To me, only a few people should really consider the Joovv Solo 3.0 without exploring many of the other options on the market.
That situation is only the case if you really like some of the novel options Joovv has integrated into their product such as the app and the vertical stand and the grips.
Alternatively, you might really want a Joovv Solo 3.0 because of the marketing and the many celebrities using the product.
Both are good reasons if they're important to you. But, if you care more about power output, value, EMF readings, hotspots, or sound, then I'd at least explore a few other options before buying a Joovv Solo 3.0.
This blog post was written by Alex Fergus. Alex is a ISSN Sports Nutrition Specialist, Fitness Professional and certified Superhuman Coach who continues to expand his knowledge base and help people across the world with their health and wellness. Alex is recognized as the National Record Holder in Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing and has earned the title of the Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Having worked as a health coach and personal trainer for over a decade, Alex now researches all things health and wellness and shares his findings on this blog. Learn more about Alex's Credentials HERE.
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