The Best Massage Guns on the Market

The massage gun arms race is heating up. Here’s what to know.

If you’ve been inside a gym or physical therapist’s office over the past couple years—or scrolled through your Instagram feed—you’ve likely come face-to-face with a percussive massage gun. These popular tools look like power drills and are designed to aid recovery, decrease soreness and increase range of motion by pleasantly beating your muscles into submission.

 

Hypervolt - Percussion Massage Device

Relieve stiff and sore muscles with the Hyperice Hypervolt Cordless Vibration Massage Device. Featuring Quiet Glide technology, this innovative device makes it easier to tend to your aching muscles. Likewise, it increases your range of motion and circulation while also improving the overall health of your body’s soft tissue. The ergonomic and lightweight design enables you to use the Hypervolt for self-myofascial release no matter where you are. Weighing just 2.5 pounds, you can easily bring the device to the gym or while traveling. Furthermore, the cordless massager works for up to three hours on a single charge. The Hypervolt offers three-speed settings, delivering up to 3,200 percussions per minute. It also comes with four interchangeable head attachments so that you can personalize your experience.

 

Theragun G3PRO - Award-winning Percussive Therapy Device

The Theragun G3PRO Muscle Pain Reliever helps you recover from muscle pain faster than ever. You put your body through repetitive motions—whether during boxing or rowing—that tighten and strain your muscles. This device provides the deep muscle work you need to help loosen you up so you can perform better next time. This muscle recovery device is a natural form of pain relief that won’t stall your performance. Plus, it requires only 30 seconds of work on each muscle group to help it grow stronger and more flexible. The handle is ergonomic so you can grip it easily. You’ll find this important because this muscle reliever delivers up to 60 pounds of force to help eliminate muscle spasms. The Theragun will keep your muscles healthy so they can keep you strong for a long time to come.

 

Eleeels X1T - 360° Percussive Massage Gun

Bounce back from pain faster than ever with the Eleeels X1T Percussive Massage Gun. With two different modes to choose from, this massage device can achieve up to 3,200 strokes per minute. This delivers powerful waves of pressure through your muscles so you can recover faster. It’s great for athletes as well as those with physically demanding jobs. Eleeels X1T has six different speed settings and four interchangeable applicators to achieve therapeutic benefits no matter your needs. In addition, thanks to Endurance Motion Technology™, Eleeels X1T runs virtually silently. This sports massage device also features a unique 90-degree angle. This design makes it easy to hold naturally and ergonomically in your hand as you treat your muscles or even those on someone else. Finally, with a long-lasting battery, a single charge will give you up to 10 hours of use.

 

What to look for in a percussive massage gun

Speed and power: These two elements are definitely the most important. Everyone's pain tolerance and massage preferences differ, but anyone can benefit from a massager with at least two settings: one being less intense so you can still use the gun on very sore muscles where you are experiencing muscle tension or pain.

Type of motion: As discussed in the Nordictrack description, percussion and vibration are very different. When shopping for a massage gun, consider which mechanism is more important to you. 

Portability: If you're going to be traveling with your massage gun, you'll want one that can easily fit into a bag or suitcase, or one that has its own carrying case. Though most are indeed handheld massagers, some units are rather bulky, such as the TimTam models.

Attachments and accessories: Where on your body will you use the massage gun? If you'll only use it on just your large muscles, such as your back and legs, you probably don't need many attachments or accessories. But if you intend to use it on specific areas and trigger points, such as the arch of your foot or your neck, you'd benefit from smaller attachments intended for those specific areas.

Battery life: Pretty self-explanatory -- the longer the battery life, the better, as with all electronics.

Cost: Of course, you'll want to look for a therapeutic massager device within your budget. The most expensive massage guns usually offer more speed, power and motion settings, but less expensive models can certainly get the job done.