When people say that percussive massagers sound and feel like power drills, this is the kind of massage gun they're talking about. Personally, I couldn't handle the sheer power that this massager delivers. It hurt to use even on muscles that weren't sore, and I didn't even try on muscles that were tender. Then again, I have a relatively low pain tolerance. Someone much more brawny and tough than myself may enjoy the high power output of the TimTam All New Power Massager.
The TimTam Power Massager is the best massage gun overall for people who are looking for more percussion, less vibration. While this handheld massage gun does utilize both, the percussive motion is extremely intense and definitely hits deeper layers of soft tissue. The Hypervolt Plus, the second generation of the powerful percussion massager from Hyperice, rivals the Theragun in functionality, effectiveness and design, but is the best massage gun if you're also looking for the quietest. This massage gun is mighty and forceful, yet almost silent -- I could actually enjoy a lengthy session with the Hypervolt Plus without feeling like my eardrums were shaking, which is the case with many massage guns, especially when used on the neck and shoulders. Hyperice's QuietGlide technology and 90-watt high-torque motor together deliver everything you could possibly want in a massage gun: A relaxing, pain-relieving experience. The Hypervolt Plus comes with five head attachments for working out muscle knots wherever you may experience them. The fork attachment is particularly effective for use between the shoulder blades and on the neck. The Hypervolt Plus has five speed/power settings, which makes it ideal for those who experience varying levels of muscle soreness or pain. The lowest percussion massage setting felt great when I used it on very sore muscles after leg day, while the highest setting works great on muscles that are tight but not tender.
Save $100: This product is marked down from $449 to $349 at Best Buy. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd pick the Achedaway Vibration and Percussion Massager. Quiet and easy to handle, this massage tool features five power and speed settings ranging from 1,500 to 3,250 rpm, which according to the website are suited to wake up muscles, release fascia, eliminate lactic acid, provide deep tissue massage and facilitate muscle recovery. Its list price of $399 is on the high end, but it's currently on sale for $229, which is cheaper than the Hypervolt models and the highest-end Theragun model. The Achedaway massager feels very sturdy in hand, doesn't make the inside of your head rattle, and provides varying levels of massage that are suitable for sore muscles. The higher power settings felt great when I wasn't sore, but didn't hurt tender muscles, either -- the perfect combo in my book. Like many other massagers, the Achedaway electric massager comes with multiple head attachments for massaging different muscle groups. I found that it's the best massage gun when you're truly sore or sensitive. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the $130 percussive massage gun from Sportneer worked just as well as the more expensive models on this list, especially since it's more compact in size than most of the others. This ultra-portable massager delivers percussive therapy at five different levels, from just 15 watts to a powerful 160 watts, and 1,200 rpm to 3,200 rpm. Depending on what power setting you use, the battery life on this massage gun can last from 1.5 to 5.5 hours. I used the Sportneer device on both achy and pain-free muscles, and both experiences were comparable to that of the Hypervolt Plus and the Achedaway devices -- but especially satisfying because of the price point of this product. The Sportneer massage gun comes with six head attachments, two of which have metal tips and can be used to massage yourself with CBD oil, a topical analgesic or essential oils. This percussive massager is also relatively quiet: The website claims the massage gun reaches a maximum of 55 decibels, which is softer than the volume at which most people listen to music. Unlike the All New Power Massager, this TimTam model features more power settings that don't feel like repetitive punches to the muscles. Overall, the Power Massager Pro felt less powerful, yet more effective, than the All New model -- the Power Massager Pro has five settings and is far quieter. It also comes with some unique attachments, including an auto-heating tip and a vibration attachment that increases the intensity of the vibration mechanism to add another element of massage alongside the percussion element. When using the auto-heating tip, the LED screen displays a temperature sensor so you can assess the heat, which increases up to 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Another cool element of the Power Massager Pro is the rotating head that swivels up to 175 degrees, so you can reach more areas on your own. The battery on the Power Massager Pro lasts up to an hour with continuous use. There are a lot of budget-friendly massage guns on the market, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. I tested out a few budget options, including the HoMedics heated massage gun, Vivreal handheld massager and Renpho deep tissue massage gun, and landed on the Wahl Deep Tissue model as the best (but still not as good as a three-figure device). It comes with four head attachments, including a four-pronged one that works magic on the lower back and hamstrings. The long handle is ergonomically designed so that you can hit hard-to-reach spots. This massage gun is the only one that allowed me to massage my entire back on my own: The others, even the most expensive products, all required a helping hand. The one drawback to the Wahl massager is that it has a cord -- I know, blasphemy -- but the versatility and effectiveness truly outweigh that bit of outdatedness.
Also, I don't really see myself using a massage gun anywhere other than my home, so unless you plan to use your massager all over the world, the 9-foot cord shouldn't be a huge issue. In May 2020, Theragun rebranded as Therabody and released an entire suite of new percussive massagers, which includes the Theragun Pro Generation 4.
The Theragun Pro G4 is the new version of the Theragun G3 Pro.