About The Flex Mini
As a busy woman, you may have recently watched a commercial for the Flex Mini, which claims to tone, lift, and firm your butt and the back portion of your thighs, while also claiming to give you a sexy, shapely butt. And because you’re busy, you’re wondering if the Flex Mini really does provide easy results, while still allowing you to go about your daily life. In other words, you want to know if you really can get a targeted butt workout in just 30 minutes per day while getting ready in the morning, watching TV, cooking dinner, or anything else. After all, it sounds almost too good to be true, right?
Because of these big claims, we decided to find out if Flex Mini can really help you achieve a perfect butt, and whether or not it’s worth your hard-earned money. On top of this, does electronic muscle stimulation even work? Here’s what we found out.
Flex Mini Details
At its most basic, the Flex Mini is an FDA-cleared butt and thigh toner that claims to use Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology to deeply, yet comfortably, contract and relax your butt and upper thigh muscles, which simulates what occurs when working out. While this technology may seem relatively new, the Flex Mini website claims that it has been used for decades by doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists help patients exercise when they’re not physically able to do so, and even by athletes in order to enhance their performance.
Similar to the Flex Belt, the Flex Mini uses 4 pre-positioned gel pads to conduct these electric signals into the nerves in your muscles, which allows them, as well as the surrounding muscles, to contract and relax; not just the area directly in contact with the gel pads. During each session, the Flex Mini website claims that you can choose the right intensity for you, which ranges between 1 and 99.
Because the Flex Mini can be worn under clothing and can be used while going about your day, it’s claimed to help you get the butt you want, while avoiding the gym and all the hassles that go along with it. In fact, the Flex Mini claims to provide “the most targeted butt workout in just 30 minutes a day,” and that you may experience results within 4-8 weeks of regular use.
To prove the Flex Mini’s effectiveness, the product’s website continually references an 8-week clinical study that purportedly demonstrated that 88% of Flex Mini users experienced positive results and had firmer butts, while 82% reported stronger muscles and more tone butts. In fact, the Flex Mini website claims that, during this same study, 100% of users reported that it “worked in some way.” As such, Flex Mini’s manufacturer claims that the device is not a gimmick, and that it’s based on 100% medical science.
The Flex Mini is claimed to be safe to use, regardless of age or current fitness level.
Flex Mini Pricing & Refund Policy
The Flex Mini is currently priced at $199.99 plus $16.95 shipping and handling. However, when we attempted to click off the home page, a pop-up appeared that offered a 25% discount ($149).
With your Flex Mini order you’ll receive:
- Flex Mini & Gel Pads
- Rechargeable Power Supply Unit (Can also be use with other Flex products, including the Flex Belt)
- Carry Case
- Instruction Manual
At this time, you’ll also be able to order a set of gel pads for $21.99. However, keep in mind that the more Flex Minis or gel pad sets you purchase, the more you’ll save. During the checkout process, you’ll also be able to receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine of your choice, including Esquire, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and more.
The Flex Mini comes with a 60-day refund policy, less expedited shipping and handling charges, as well as a $9.95 restocking fee. In order to initiate the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at (855) 353-9432. However, this may not always be an easy process, as we’ll discuss in the Bottom Line section.
The Flex Mini also comes with a 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
What’s the Bottom Line About the Flex Mini?
While deciding whether or not the Flex Mini is right for you, keep in mind the following important points:
Claims Made by Flex Mini’s Manufacturer
First, while the Flex Mini is claimed to be FDA-cleared, this only means that the manufacturer has submitted a 501(k), which acknowledges “that the medical device is "substantially equivalent" to a device that is already legally marketed for the same use.” In other words, FDA “cleared” does not mean “approved,” or that the FDA has substantiated any of the product’s claims. On top of this, it’s also important to remember that all EMS devices sold in the U.S. must be cleared by the FDA before hitting the shelves. In other words, this is a governmental requirement; not necessarily some big achievement for the Flex Mini.
With this in mind, the Flex Mini also claims to be based on “100% medical science.” While the language on the product’s website goes back and forth between the terms “clinically demonstrated,” “clinically studied,” and “clinically proven,” the actual 8-week study cited on the website, supposedly used to boost its credibility, is not referenced or provided. And when you think about it, if this study really did provide an open-and-shut case for the Flex Mini’s efficacy, don’t you think they’d be eager to share it?
Does Electronic Muscle Stimulation Work?
Because of this lack of information, we did some digging around, and found that there is a lot of evidence pointing to the fact that EMS can in fact help firm and tone muscle fibers, and can even help athletes rehabilitate from certain kinds of injuries. However, toning and firming your muscles is only the first part of the equation. We’ll tell you why next.
How Does the Flex Mini Compare to Other Similar Products?
While the Flex Mini website features side-by-side comparisons with several other butt workouts and products, including the Brazil Butt Lift, it’s important to note that many of the comparison points they provide seem to relate to ease of use—more specifically, that you don’t have to put in much work to achieve the perfect butt (the product’s website specifically mentions providing results “without hard work or motivation”). But even if you remove the hard work associated with obtaining a toned butt and thighs, actually getting you to this goal is just as much about eating healthy. In other words, if you don’t eat right and lose weight, while your butt and the backs of your thighs may be more toned, if they’re covered in a layer of fat, it really won’t make much of a difference in your appearance.
What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About the Flex Mini?
Next, as we mentioned in our Flex Belt review, numerous customers actually received a Slendertone Bottom, despite originally placing an order for the Flex Mini. While it appears the Slendertone version may have be discontinued, it’s important to note that this product was sold at about half the price of the Flex Mini. Also, while there are few online non-affiliate customer reviews available for the Flex Mini specifically, one of the most common complaints regarding the Flex Belt is that customer service is poor, and often makes the return process difficult. On top of this, a variety of consumers have claimed that the gel pads only last a couple weeks, which could quickly become expensive.
With this in mind, let’s do some quick math:
- A set of three gel pads costs $21.99 (if purchased singularly).
- All three gel pads must be replaced every 30 uses, according to the manufacturer.
- The manufacturer recommends using the Flex Mini 30 minutes per day, 5X per week.
- This ultimately means you’ll spend an addition $44, assuming they last 30 days, during your first 8 weeks (not counting shipping charges), on top of the already steep $200 price tag.
Finally, keep in mind that, while they claim that the Flex Mini can be worn under your clothes, the reality is that you’ll have a long cord and a controller sticking out of your pants, so it’s highly likely that you won’t be walking around in public with it.
Bottom line: While the Flex Mini uses technology that has been shown to provide muscle toning results, it does come at a high price, and other Flex products appear to have a reputation for poor quality and even worse customer service. With this in mind, if something goes wrong, you may have a difficult time returning the product and getting your hard-earned money back.