If you haven’t already heard, massage guns are making waves in the fitness recovery industry. They provide muscle relief similar to that of a deep tissue massage. However, you only have to purchase this item once, compared to the endless cost of paying for a masseuse.
Not only that, but the small size and quiet operation of most massage guns means they are perfect for home use!
Percussion massage guns are a versatile tool. They can be used before a workout to loosen and warm up your muscles. They are most commonly used as a post-workout tool. Most guns feature a wide variety of head attachments so the device can be used on different parts of the body. Tight knots and muscle aches can be broken up with the percussive power of a massage gun. No masseuse necessary!
There is one problem that many interested consumers will face: there are so many different massage guns to choose from! Luckily, we have done the heavy lifting for you. We have narrowed down the wide field of massage guns to a few of the best. Theragun and Hyperice offer tried and true products with happy customers all over the world.
While the Theragun PRO blows all other massage devices out of the water, we will even the playing field today by comparing the Theragun Elite and the Hypervolt Plus. Both of these devices have an MSRP of $399. They are both well-respected brands that consistently produce high-quality devices.
The Theragun PRO is one of the best massage guns that money can buy. However, at $599 MSRP, it may be out of the price range of most people. For that reason, Theragun has produced a line of percussion massage devices, including the Mini, Prime, and Elite. We will be covering the Elite today, although they all share a lot of the same features.
The Elite utilizes “QuietForce Technology” in their new QX65 commercial-grade brushless motor. While in operation, the device is quieter than an electric toothbrush. You can hardly hear it on the other side of a closed door, which makes it perfect for personal, at-home use.
At maximum power, the Elite massage gun delivers 40 lbs. of force with each of its strokes. This is less than the Theragun PRO’s 60 lbs. of force. However, most users only operate the device at around 10 lbs. of force, so the extra power mostly goes unused.
One of the main differences from the PRO is the lack of a rotating head. The rotating head would normally allow you to change the angle of the head, leading to reduced stress on your hands, wrists, and arms while they are supporting the high powered massage gun. Alas, we did not really notice the difference, as we use the Theragun PRO in its standard position most of the time.
The Theragun Elite can be controlled by a Bluetooth enabled device. The Therabody app is able to merge with Apple Health and Google Fit to learn your fitness behaviors and suggest new routines with the Theragun. For instance, if you have been riding the car for a few hours, the Theragun might offer to lead you through a leg recovery routine to get your blood flowing again.
The app also allows you to customize the speed to your exact specifications, rather than work with the Elite’s preset speeds. The device operates between 1750 RPM and 2400 RPM. If you aren’t using the app, the Theragun also features an OLED that displays your current speed and a responsive force meter. The dimensions of the Elite are 9.5” by 6.7” by 2.8”.
The Theragun Elite claims to reach 60% deeper into the user’s muscles than the average massage gun. The amplitude is 16mm, which is a measurement of how far forward and back the device moves. This is noticeably higher than most other massage guns. At 40 beats per second, the therapeutic benefits are delivered faster than other devices.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has led to cleanliness becoming a top priority. The five different head attachments are crafted from non-porous closed-cell foam. This means they are not affected by water or gentle cleaning solutions. So wash away! We find a simple sanitizer spray to work best. This level of cleanliness allows the Theragun to be shared with family or teammates when necessary.
The two-hour battery life is nothing compared to the PRO’s five hours, but it definitely gets the job done. As long as you keep it on a daily charging schedule, you should never run out of juice in the middle of a massage. With a two year warranty, the Theragun Elite is a long-term purchase that won’t break on you anytime soon.
The entire package includes the Theragun Elite, a protective carrying case, five attachments, and a power adaptor. A wireless charging stand is also available for an extra cost.
The Hypervolt Plus is a highly regarded alternative to the Theragun line of massage guns. The Hypervolt Plus is the same price as the Theragun Elite. However, the Plus is actually a cheaper copycat of the Theragun PRO. It performs almost as good as a Theragun product, but it just always feels like something is missing.
The Hypervolt Plus is a percussion massage gun, crafted and marketed very similarly to the Theragun line of guns. They provide a cheaper alternative to Theragun products. Like most things, you get what you pay for. The Hypervolt line of massage guns does perform at a similar level to Theragun. However, they cut corners on overall durability and their warranty.
The Hypervolt’s features and accessories are similar to the Elite. Five different head attachments are included to target different areas of the body. There are three-speed settings from around 1,800 RPM to 3,000 RPM. The device features a brushless high-torque 90-watt motor that puts out very little noise. In a head to head battle, the Theragun Elite was just a little quieter.
When connected to the app, customizable speed settings are available, just like the Theragun. The app also offers guided routines with their HyperSmart technology. It automatically tailors and adjusts the speed so you can focus on your warmup or recovery.
The Hypervolt features three hours of battery life, which is 50% more than the Theragun Elite, but about half of the Theragun PRO’s five hours. Three hours is sufficient to get most people through daily use, as long as they are diligent about plugging it in at night.
Hyperice only offers a one year warranty, compared to the two years offered by Theragun. This is a big difference, especially because the build quality is not quite up to par with Theragun’s. You may save a few dollars upfront, but you have a lot bigger chance of having to purchase another unit in the near future.
The complete package includes the Hypervolt Plus, five head attachments, a pouch for the head attachments, and a wall charger. A noticeable difference here from the Theragun is the lack of a carrying case. The Hypervolt will undoubtedly experience more bumps and bruises without a custom carrying case, which is available for an extra cost from Hyperice.
Other extras for sale include a charging base and extra batteries. The Hypervolt Plus measures in 5.23” by 3.25” x 10”. This is approximately the same size as the Elite.
With all of that information considered, we believe the Theragun Elite is the better option. The build quality and overall durability are unmatched by any other massage guns currently available. While the Hypervolt Plus is a good alternative, they don’t offer anything extra and they do not have the same reputation as Theragun.
The Hypervolt’s lower cost to power ratio may be tempting. While you do technically get “more for your money”, the quality and durability are just not the same as the Hypervolt. The main drawback to the Theragun Elite is the lack of maximum force.
However, as mentioned earlier, this will hardly ever come into play, as most users do not push their guns to their full capabilities. If you really need that extra force, consider opting for the Theragun PRO.
One of the biggest reasons to choose Theragun is the two-year warranty. They are so proud of their products that they back them up with twice as long of a warranty as Hyperice. You can be confident in your purchase and know that they have you covered if anything did happen to go wrong.
The Hypervolt is more likely to become damaged in the near future because of the lack of an included carrying case.
Here at MassageGunExperts.com, we know it can be difficult to find trustworthy and reliable information about personal massage devices. That’s why we have tested, tried, and reviewed the best of the best in at-home massage gun therapy – so you don’t have to. If you need further help on identifying a quality massage gun, check out our guide.