Best Massage Guns

Whether you’re taking up exercise for the first time or are working towards advanced fitness goals and competition, muscle recovery may take longer than you want or cause more pain than you’re willing to put up with. While it’s very important to let your muscles rest, you can help them out by using a massage gun to loosen them up and get the blood flowing again.

Massage guns are tools that deliver a rigorous muscle treatment in the form of  ‘pounding’, thousands of times a minute. They are typically more targeted towards athletes and fitness fans, but anyone who is looking for a harder type of massage can enjoy the benefits that they bring. Typically, they resemble power drills and are primarily used pre and post-workout, but can also be helpful for general tension in the neck and the back for office workers and less-active people too.

Percussion massagers vs massage guns 

You may have seen both percussion massagers and guns in the same list, so let’s just take one moment to understand the difference. Although they have the same function, they are meant for different people. Typically, massage guns are more powerful and are aimed towards the athletic and fitness markets, whereas percussion massagers can be used for more general massage and pain relief. If you’re a more casual user, we’d recommend looking into percussion massagers. If this is you, then we suggest having a look at our article on the Best Percussion Massagers to find out more.

If you’re looking for a massage machine that goes a little harder, then a massage gun is for you. But as with any other consumer tech, you’ll soon find yourself facing many different products and options. Where do you even begin?

To help you make your choice we’ve taken a closer look at the most popular options out there, including which ones are the best for certain needs, and their respective pros and cons.

Questions to ask yourself

Before getting into our list, there are a few things you’ll want to get straight in your mind as you look for your perfect massage gun:

Needs

What do you actually need a massage gun for? Are you an athlete or frequent gym-goer? Or are you an average person who has muscle soreness or tension? Your choice of massage gun will depend on the intensity and power that you require, and whether you’re at a pro level or just a casual user.

Power: 

The speed and depth at which your machine operates will impact the overall comfort levels of your massage. When it comes to speed, some people might prefer it to be more soft and gentle, while others want something that’ll really go for it. To make sure you make the right choice, look for a massage gun that has variable speed settings to find that sweet spot. For instance, the Theragun G3Pro  has two different settings to broadly cover light and hard treatments. 

The depth of your massage refers to how far the massage head travels from the machine to your muscle. In other words, it’s the difference between a deep or a light massage.

Accessories 

Most massage guns come with round foam heads as standard but we recommend that you look at options that come with extras, such as different massage heads, carrying cases and so on. Having different head attachments lets you target specific muscles and apply different levels of pressure to different areas. For instance, round massage heads are great for general areas whereas cone-shaped heads are used to pinpoint particular muscles in the feet or wrists. 

We’ll get to it later in the article, but if accessories mean a lot to you, then the Fitpulse Massage Gun is the pick for you.

Loudness

Massage guns are not known for being quiet machines, so if you’re looking to take yours to work or on holiday, noise levels will be a consideration. You’ll also most likely be watching TV or listening to music while carrying out your treatment, so once again, look for one that has quiet operation as a feature. 

We recommend that Hyperice Hypervolt Vibration Massage Device, which we’ll get into more detail below. Of course, if loudness is not a problem for you, you’ll end up with a lot more choice.

Battery 

Nothing disrupts a massage more than your device running out of power halfway through. A better battery means that you can pick up and use your massage gun at any time, instead of having to wait for a charge. Also, having a long battery runtime means that you don’t have to rush your treatment and can target many different areas as long as you want.

Battery levels will also be affected by how powerful your massage gun is and what extra settings you’re using. If you’re likely to need one at max power, choose an option that has a higher battery capacity. Also, if the machine has the option for swappable batteries, that’s even better.

Ease of Use and adjustability 

There are few things that can make a massage gun easier and more comfortable to operate. When shopping around, take a moment to consider the weight, noise levels, positioning of handles, how easy it is to swap heads and whether or not the controls are intuitive and easy to use. A good massage gun also needs to be easy to adjust, rotating at least 90 degrees or more. This is important because you’ll be able to use different angles to target different parts of the body.

Torque and pressure

A main feature of massage guns is their speed, but they may not deliver on what is known as ‘stall force’. Massage guns with low stall force may stop operating if you put too much pressure on them, which in turn may reduce the effectiveness of your treatment. If you’re likely to want harder and deeper massagers, make sure to find out whether or not a certain product is able to deliver the pressure you need.

Cost

While it’s worth spending money on a quality product, your budget will ultimately determine which massage gun you go for. For instance, if you’re a beginner we would recommend you go for something on the lower end of the price range (such as Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun) so that you can determine whether or not this is the right kind of massager for you. Conversely, if you’re an athlete or partake in regular fitness you’re probably going to want something a little more advanced with more options, like the Pulse FX massage gun.

Reviews

Finally, reviews from other consumers is the best way to go. They will often go into more anecdotal details as to why a massager is good or bad. Be wary of products with a low number of reviews as this may indicate that the product is not prolific in relevant circles. 

Our top massage gun choices

Name and linkPrice rangeOne-line reviewBest for:
Theragun G3Pro  HighBest quality and reviews. Our top pick.Experienced users, athletes and passionate fitness fans who want the very best for their muscle recovery.
Pulse FX massage gun  MidOur runner up: has everyone you would need from a massage gun.People who aren’t sure which feature is the most important and want the most balanced option.
TimTam Power Massager v1.5 Deep Tissue Massage GunHighPacks a serious punch with the highest power out of all massage guns.Athletes and fitness fanatics who need something with serious power to pound their muscles.
Hyperice Hypervolt Vibration Massage DeviceMidOne of the quietest and lightest options out there.For anyone who wants to take their massage gun with them outside their home of gym.
Fitpulse Massage Gun for AthletesLowPacked with accessories to target different muscle areas.For those who want lots of options on targeting different parts of the body, primarily athletes.
Flyby F1Pro Massage GunLowThe best massage you can get for the lowest price. Any lower, and quality will be affected.First-time buyers of massage guns who want to try them out, and anyone else with budget constraints.

Product Reviews

Best premium (Our top pick) Theragun G3Pro 

Theragun is a well-known brand in sporting massage circles and has perfected its line of G2 flagship massage guns. With two adjustable speeds and six different heads, there are some decent options for those who want to cover different areas of the body. Another good thing about this particular product is that the grip is ergonomically designed which makes it possible for one-handed operation. Like previous entrants in their lineup, the G3 pro is compatible with the Theragun app which gives you advice on working different areas of the body.

One thing to bear in mind is that this is a strong massage gun, with a stall force of 60 lbs with a lowest ppm of 2700, which may still be too high for some. If you are a more casual user, we might recommend that you go for something with a few more speed options.

What you get:

  • 6 Easy-to-Clean Closed-Cell Foam Attachments
  • Adjustable Arm for a Full-Body Reach
  • Comfortable Ergonomic Multi-Grip
  • 2 Interchangeable Batteries
  • Protective Travel Case

Tech specs:

  • Weight: 3.1 lbs
  • Size 10.4 in x 7.9 in x 2.8 in
  • Max force: 60 lbs 
  • Amplitude: 16mm
  • Optional speeds of 2,400 ppm and 1700 ppm

What do we think?

Pros

Great battery life  
The six different heads give good location options
Premium build with lots of power
The app is great for guidance  
Fully adjustable arm for better reach  
Attractive carry case and excellent presentation  

Cons

On the higher side of the price spectrum
Vibrations may be too strong, even on the low setting
Limited options for speed and power
Can be quite noisy when compared to others

Best All-round Pulse FX massage gun

You’re not going to see any ‘best of’ list that doesn’t mention the Pulse FX, which wins our spot for being the best all-rounder out there. Together with an attractive design and smart ergonomics, this mid-priced puncher provides a good balance of features and power.

Delivering an impressive 16mm of amplitude with power ranging up to over 3,300 PPS there’s plenty of power here for athletes and casual users alike. Another big benefit is that unlike some other options, you can actually adjust the angle of the massage head to reach more difficult areas and keep your hands and wrists comfortable during operation.

What you get:

  • Rotating angles
  • 250W motor
  • Four attachments
  • Up to 7 hours of battery
  • Controls built into the handle

Tech specs:

  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Size 7.1 x 9.3 x 3 inches 
  • Max force: up to 30 lbs 
  • Amplitude: 10.6 mm
  • Optional speeds ranging from 1800 to 3000 PPM

What do we think?

Pros

Good balance of features
You can angle the head of the angle
Great battery life
Not too loud

Cons

Might be too strong for casual users
Medium noise level
A little heavy compared to others

Best powerful TimTam Power Massager v1.5 Deep Tissue Massage Gun

If you’re looking for raw power, then look no further than the TimTam Power Massager. It’s right there in the name! As well as being one of the hardest-going massage guns in the market, it’s price is not quite as high as the premium models out there, making it an attractive choice.

Going up to a massive 2,800 hits per minute, this gives more premium machines a run for their money and has a decent stall-force to keep up with demand. Battery life runs for about 30 minutes which is not as much as others on the market but should give you plenty of time to carry out your treatment. If you’re on a budget and looking for a good bang to buck ratio, you can’t do much better than this.  

What you get:

  • Battery Charger
  • Travel Bag
  • Standard Round Shore 85 Rubber Tip
  • Auto Heating Tip
  • Vibrating Tip

Tech specs:

  • Weight: 4.2  lbs
  • Size 10.4 in x 7.9 in x 2.8 in
  • Max force: up to 75 lbs 
  • Amplitude: 20 mm
  • Optional speeds of 1000, 2000 and 2800 PPS

What do we think?

Pros

Raw power that is unrivalled by most
A good price for what you get
The battery is removable/swappablet
Well reviewed across the board

Cons

Very loud when compared to others on the market
Other massage guns have longer battery life
It’s quite bulky and heavy compared to others

Best Quiet Hyperice Hypervolt Vibration Massage Device

Massage guns are notorious for being loud, which is why we’ve included the best quiet option in our list of recommendations. That option comes in the form of the Hyperice Hypervolt which runs at a reasonably quiet 54 decibels on its highest setting of 3200 hits per minute. 

This is also one of the more versatile and portable massage guns on our list, weighing in at 2.5 lbs and a well-designed handle. The selection of accessories is also impressive, offering five different attachments to treat different parts of the body, including a unique two-pronged head for a deep and effective treatment.

What you get:

  • Quiet glide technology
  • 3 speed settings
  • Five attachments
  • 3 hours of battery life
  • Minimalist design

Tech specs:

  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Size 11 x 14.2 x 3.5 inches 
  • Max force: up to 30 lbs 
  • Amplitude: 10.6 mm
  • Optional speeds of 1800, 2400 and 3200 PPS

What do we think?

Pros

One of the quietest on the market
The price is in the middle 
Great battery life of up to three hours
Five attachments and three speeds provides versatility

Cons

The massage arm is static and does not rotate
Amplitude is lower than others on the market
Max force is also lower than competitors

Best Versatile Fitpulse Massage Gun for Athletes

Some massage guns have more features than others, but none are likely to have quite as many as the Fitpulse. As well as boasting power that’ll rival any competition, it offers a jaw-dropping 30 speed/power settings which let you dial in exactly the massage you’re looking for. Then you have ten different attachments to choose from, ranging from the standard foam ball used for larger muscle groups right down to smaller hooks and numbs for feet and palms. If this sounds like a lot, don’t worry – the detailed manual explains everything.

With so many bells and whistles, you might worry about the build quality. Overall, the machine feels great in the hand with soft-touch plastic, together with an attractive carry-case and good battery life.

What you get:

  • 10 massage heads
  • 30 speed settings
  • Six hours battery life
  • Noise reduction design
  • Elegant carrying case

Tech specs:

  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Size 15 x 4.1 x 9.2 inches 
  • Max force: up to 30 lbs 
  • Amplitude: 12 mm
  • Optional speeds maxing out at 3200 PPS

What do we think?

Pros

Targets a wide range of muscle groups with different heads
Excellent speed control
Good battery life
Good for beginners and pros

Cons

It is not the quietest option out there
Some people may prefer simplicity
The handle is unusually wide for smaller hands

Best value Flyby F1Pro Massage Gun

If you want to try out a massage gun and see how it feels, you’re probably not going to want to spend too much on it. That’s where the Flyby comes in. At 1.8 pounds this is already one of the lightest on our list, and fortunately, this doesn’t have too much of an impact on the overall power. Boasting an industrial-grade motor, the flyby offers users three different speeds which max out at a respectable 3200 PPS.

There’s also a decent selection of extras that come with the Flyby for the price, including six different massage heads to target different areas of the body, as well as a pretty robust 4 hours usage time between charges. If you’re looking for a budget option, then look no further.

What you get:

  • Quiet operation
  • 3 speed settings
  • Six attachments
  • 4 hours battery life
  • Battery LED display

Tech specs:

  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Size 10 x 13.5 x 3.2 inches 
  • Max force: up to 50 lbs 
  • Amplitude: 15 mm
  • Optional speeds ranging from 1800 to 3200 PPS

What do we think?

Pros

Lots of features for the price
Powerful with good amplitude and stall force
Good battery life
Quiet operation when compared to others

Cons

Build quality less than premium models
Battery cannot be swapped around
Case is not supplied

Our verdict for the best massage gun

So, there you have it. Six very different options for different needs: but which one is the best? When choosing our very favourite, we looked at the broad benefits of each one and decided that the winner was the Theragun G3Pro . Taking everything into account (quality, options, price, features and number of positive reviews), the G30 pro just about edged out the competition.

Although it is one of the most expensive ones out there, we believe that when it comes to massage guns and your overall wellbeing, it’s worth paying for. At the end of the day, massage guns are mostly targeted towards athletes who are going to need the very best power and quality, which the G3 delivers in spades.

However, we would like to give honourable mentions to our fantastic all-rounder, the Pulse FX  , and the surprisingly feature-rich quality of our value option, the Flyby F1Pro.

Questions and answers

What are the benefits of massage guns?

Massage guns provide a variety of benefits for both athletes and casual users, but primarily, they are engineered to help with muscle tension and ache from buildups of lactic acid after exercise. They can also accelerate muscle recovery, stimulate muscle growth, improve blood circulation and gentle stretch out muscles to reduce pain from overtraining.

How do massage guns work?

Massage guns employ an impact-based therapy to treat soft tissue pain, break up knots and relieve tension. They do this by delivering a fast series of strong, concentrated pulses deep into the muscle tissue, with varying speeds, depths and focuses. It’s best to think of them as a miniature jackhammer that can be adjusted for certain areas and needs.

How often should you use a massage gun?

This depends on how often you exercise or experience muscle pain. You can use them every day if required but it’s recommended to give your muscles time to recover after a workout, so the general advice is to use them every other day instead. If you aren’t an athlete, consider using them with less frequency. If you are experiencing persistent muscle pain you should consult a medical professional who will be able to give you additional advice and treatment.

Why are they so popular amongst athletes and fitness fans?

Athletes and people who exercise regularly have different needs when it comes to their muscles and their care. They are generally much more informed about how to tune their bodies for performance and recovery, and therefore look further to make sure that the demands on their bodies can be met. Massage guns empower them to own their recovery treatment in any location of their choice without setting up multiple appointments with massage and sports therapists.

What are the safety considerations?

Massage guns are meant to be a therapeutic tool but should never be overused or considered as a replacement for medical treatment. They can be very forceful and if used incorrectly in the wrong areas can increase pain and worsen existing issues and injuries. It’s important to listen to our bodies and if the muscle pain after use is too much, don’t attempt to ‘power through’. Also, when you’re using your massage gun, only apply the treatment to fleshy and muscular areas. If you accidentally use the divide on bones you can cause serious bruising.