If you are a dedicated athlete or fitness enthusiast, you may have heard about the recent popularity of deep tissue massagers. There are so many ailments that a deep tissue massager can help treat, such as sports injuries, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure, sciatica, and more.
Swimming through the sea of companies trying to capitalize on the massage gun craze can be daunting. That’s why we did the work for you and picked out some of the best deep tissue massagers that won’t break the bank.
This list of budget-friendly massagers is great for those who don’t want to commit to the best of the best yet. Many people can’t afford to spend $500+ on something that might help them. So, if you’re looking for effective relief, but aren’t sure if deep tissue massage is for you, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to get your feet wet in the world of deep tissue massagers.
The Theragun Wave Roller tops our list due to its supreme quality and affordability. The foam roller comes in a compact 12” size and features vibration and Bluetooth connectivity. When connected to your phone, 5 vibration speed settings are available to you. The three-hour battery life ensures that you can enjoy a full massage without needing to charge.
The 12” size is great for portability and usability. Moving the roller to a different part of your body is quick and easy. Theragun designed the Wave Roller for full-body use on a variety of body types. If you enjoy this foam roller, pairing it with a Theragun percussive massager will make your massage even more effective!
We only had positive experiences with the Wave Roller. Everything about it feels well-designed and useful. The price to quality ratio is always great with Theragun products. You always feel like you are paying for a high-quality device that will last for a long time.
The Hypervolt by Hyperice is a budget-friendly alternative to the higher quality Theragun PRO. The Hypervolt features cordless operation with three-hour battery life, ensuring that it won’t die in the middle of a massage session.
This massage gun is definitely more powerful than most other “cheap” massage guns. The Hypervolt operates on three different speed settings and has the capability to deliver 3,200 percussions per minute. That’s a lot of knot breaking!
In addition, it includes five different heads to precisely target different body parts and muscles. Just make sure that you purchase a legitimate product! There are fraudulent, fake versions of the Hypervolt that often get sold as the real thing.
The Sonic Handheld Percussion Massage Gun is similar in nature to the Hypervolt, but at less than half the price! The Sonic claims to be “whisper quiet”, operating between 55db and 75db, depending on the speed setting. We found the noise level to be very quiet, as you could not hear it being used through a closed door.
Similar to the Hypervolt, the Sonic gun includes five different heads to help target different parts of the body. The Sonic’s five-speed settings have a maximum RPM of 2800, clocking in just a little slower than the Hypervolt. The Sonic is portable and holds a charge of up to six hours! If you charge it regularly, you will never run out of juice in the middle of a massage.
The Exerscribe Vype is another percussion-style massager that claims to be “not quiet, but powerful”. And they are right – if you are looking for a massager for at-home use, this may not be the one for you. However, if you are looking for over 60lbs of percussive force and a rotatable head, the Vybe will fit your bill.
The head rotates 90 degrees, allowing it to reach different muscles and parts of the body than most other massage guns. We didn’t find that it was very useful – the rotating head felt more like a gimmick.
The power is definitely there – people who claim that other massagers are too weak should definitely try out the Vybe. At a maximum of 2400 RPM, it does move a bit slower than other percussion massagers. It makes up for its lack of speed with quality, knot-breaking power.
The Vybe features three different head attachments to target different body parts. The battery lasts for up to two hours, which should be adequate for most users if they charge it every day or two.
The next product on our list takes us on a detour from the popular percussion style massagers. The Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager is a kneading massage pillow with heat. The rotating nodes on the pillow dig into your sore muscles while the heat helps soothe. This pillow is not portable or rechargeable and requires proximity to an electrical outlet.
The ergonomic design of the Shiatsu lends to it fitting comfortably behind your neck or the contours of your lower and upper back. It even can be used under your thigh or calves to relieve your leg muscles. The heat provides an extra level of relief – adding heat to sore areas increases blood circulation and reduces joint stiffness.
The Shiatsu is only 13” x 9.5”, meaning it is still very portable while providing a larger surface area of relief than most other massagers. This is also one of the cheapest devices on the list, so it is worth a try even if you have a low budget.
Timtam produces a wide variety of massage products. The Polish Light is one of their most affordable options. The Polish is a small roller ball around two inches in diameter. The small size of the ball allows for targeted pressure on different parts of your body. You can roll tight spots out of your back, or you could use it to massage the bottom of your feet.
The Timtam Polish Light boasts four different vibration speeds and heat! The warmth, vibration, and pressure all work together to relieve even the toughest of knots. The Polish is great for traveling and quiet, personal use. The vibration is not too loud, but it can also be used without the vibration to ensure silence.
Take a closer look at one of Timtam’s other products, the Timtam Power Massager.
TriggerPoint CORE Multi-Density Solid Foam Roller
Foam rollers are one of the most budget-friendly ways to experiment with deep tissue massages. The TriggerPoint CORE foam roller comes in a compact 12” length. The CORE is firm without being too hard, unlike many other foam rollers. It forms to the body in just the right way.
The TriggerPoint CORE Instructional videos are included with your purchase to ensure you are using it properly. There is no need to injure yourself further while trying to recover! The only complaint we have is the lack of extra features, such as vibration and Bluetooth connectivity. If you are looking for more from your foam roller, check out the Theragun Wave Roller.
We saved the best for last with the Theragun Mini. It is not quite the cheapest option on our list. However, it is one of the most effective and reliable deep tissue massagers you can purchase. It is the perfect combination of power and size. It is small enough to fit in a purse or backpack, while it is powerful enough to take care of most muscle aches and pains.
The Theragun Mini features three percussion speeds from 1750 RPM to 2400 RPM. The Mini is also one of the quietest massagers on the list. It is barely audible, even when using it alone in a quiet room. With over two and a half hours of battery time, you won’t need to worry about recharging it throughout your day, even with frequent use.
If you are looking for the best on our list, the Theragun Mini takes the cake. It boasts just enough power and battery to be useful in most situations. At the same time, it is small enough to travel anywhere and to be used on any part of the body.
If that is a little out of your price range, the Theragun Wave Roller would make a great alternative. The foam roller style is useful in a variety of situations and you just can’t beat Theragun’s high quality. You definitely can feel the difference in quality and craftsmanship when using a Theragun product.
If you still need help choosing, read our guide on how to identify a quality massage gun. And if you are looking for even more info about Massage Guns, check out the rest of our blog. Here at Massage Gun Experts, we have tested, tried, and reviewed the best of the best in at-home massage gun therapy – so you don’t have to.