5 Best Handheld Percussion Massage Guns - MMA Life

5 Best Handheld Percussion Massage Guns

Below is our review of the 5 best massage guns on the market. We've tried them all so you don't have to. We have also created a handy comparison chart for you to compare the different massagers if you do not want to take the time to compare and contrast the 5 different percussion massager guns. 

By the way, if you have any questions about the guns down below, please shoot me an e-mail at tri[at]mmalife[dot]com and I'll try to get you answers right away.

Percussion Massager Comparison Chart

Massager

Battery Life

Max Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)

Speeds

Stroke Length in milimeters

Editor's Choice

Theragun G3

1 hr

2,400

2

16 mm

LifePro Sonic XL

4 hr

3,400

9

12 mm

Pleno M 5.0

3 hr

3,400

9

Unknown

User's Choice

Hypervolt

3 hr

3,200

3

10 mm

TimTam Power Massager

1 hr

2,500

1

26 mm


Our Rating System

Each product will be rated from 1 to 10 black boxing gloves depending on how good it is depending on user feedback. For instance, below is a rating of 9 out of 10  (9 black boxing gloves):


Editor's Choice

Theragun G3

Theragun's 3rd generation percussion massager has 40 pounds (18 kg) of torque/stalled force with up to 2,400 revolutions per minute and 16 mm stroke length. Unlike it's predecessor, the G3 now comes with two speeds, at 1,740 RPMs and 2,400 RPMs. This is adequate power to dig deep into muscles to work out the kinks, relieve tension and even break apart scar tissue.  In terms of raw power, this massager is unrivaled.

The powerful motor along with the wide and dense massage heads provides for a powerful massage that I have not been quite able to feel with any other massager. Although I was initially thrown off by the high price point, this gun is now my favorite gun---it is my go-to gun when I want to get a deep penetrating massage to break up scar tissue.

I own a lot of percussion massagers and there is nothing I have found  so far at this price point that has as much power.  This is the ideal massager for athletes and those wanting a powerful massage.  This massager is a very worthwhile investment---worth the higher price.

The Theragun G2Pro had a battery life lasting 45 minutes. The Theragrun G3 now has a battery lasting up to 60 minutes. 

The Theragun G3 has a stalled force (torque) of 40 pounds, which means you can apply 40 pounds of pressure into the G3 before it stalls. 40 pounds of stalled force is way more than enough for a percussion massager. Most people apply 5 to 15 pounds of pressure when using a massage gun. But if you want more stalled force for whatever reason, try checking out the G3Pro, which has 60 pounds of stalled force. 

One HUGE advantage that the third generation Theragun massagers is the bigger handle, enabling you to hold the handle in multiple positions, thereby allowing you to massage anywhere on the body.

It's used by athletes and people trying to get in shape as well as gym owners and massage therapists. You can switch between four attachments of different sizes and shapes, each targeting muscles of different sizes. One attachment is designed for bony areas or sensitive spots, so it delivers a gentler touch.

This is a lightweight massager that weighs less than three pounds, so most users find it comfortable to hold for long massage session. You can switch the arm between four positions to easily reach all areas of the body, but there is only one speed. That speed is quite aggressive, so some users find it uncomfortable on the neck and other sensitive areas.

Pros

  • 16 mm stroke length, one of the longest on the market
  • 6 massage head attachments (called ampbits)
  • Lighweight
  • 50 percent quieter than previous version
  • Battery life up to 60 minutes of continuous use
  • Ergonomic handle to reach anywhere on the body

Cons

  • Limited to two speeds

Overall Rating

Since our initial review of the G2Pro, Theragun has come out with the G3Pro. The latest one has added a second speed of 1,750 revolutions per minute and has extended its battery life to 75 minutes per battery. It also comes with two batteries. You can also apply 20 pounds more force than the Theragun G3. The newer model is made to operate with much less sound also. However, with the addition of these features, it is also more expensive.

We have a full comparison table that explains the differences between the G3 and G3Pro, go take a look at if if you are interested.


Editor's Choice

LifePro Sonic XL

With a max 55 decibels, a long 7.75 inch (19.7 cm) handle, 33 pounds of stalled force, 12 mm stroke length, 9 speed settings, 7 attachable massage heads, a 4 hour battery life, and up to 3,400 percussions per minute, this device is the perfect blend of all the features of other top massagers.

At 55 decibels a minute, it will certainly be quieter than many massagers. So if noise is a concern for you, this is great.

With 9 speed settings, this massager has more variable speeds than the other massagers on the list.  The minimum speed is at 1,800 RPM and the maximum speed is at 3,400 RPM, making it as fast as the Pleno 5.0.

Although 33 pounds of force/torque doesn't top this list of ours, it is enough to give you a decent enough massage that will relieve aches and pains in 5-10 minutes.

LifePro is a well-known exercise recovery brand that makes excellent product. This massage gun is no different. They also make a heated massage gun called the Fusion FX if you want to try it out.

Pros

  • Long-lasting battery
  • One of the fastest massager on the market
  • 9 variable speeds
  • 3 different color choices
  • Lightweight at 2 pounds and 5 ounces (1.1 kg) 
  • Long handle allows for massages anywhere on the body

Cons

  • Not as powerful as Theragun G3

Pleno M 5.0

We originally reviewed the Pleno M3 when we first published this review. However, since our original publication, Pleno has really stepped up its game and released the Pleno M 5.0. The newest version promises 3 hours of battery life, with  up to 9 speed adjustments, three more than the Pleno M 3.  The newer version also has much less noise. And if you saw my review of the Pleno M 3, it was definitely noisy.

If you look for products with solid reviews from other buyers, the Pleno M 5.0 may meet your standards. It routine exceeds the expectation of buyers and receives five-star ratings from massage therapists as well as at-home users. This was the first percussion massager to offer nine speed settings, and it gives you maximum flexibility when selecting the right amount of power for each part of your body. This is a big advantage if you want to use your massager on sensitive areas of the body that don't do well with excessive power.

While the Pleno M 5.0 comes with four massage heads that are easy to switch on the arm, two of the heads are the standard ball of the same size. The massager weighs about the same as the version 3.0 at 4.5 pounds (2 kg). But unlike the Pleno M 3, but the newest version does not feature an adjustable arm. So if that matters to you, you might want to get the older version. It's also a bit cheaper than some competing massagers, so the power delivered for the price is quite impressive.

Pros

  • 9 speeds
  • Five massage heads included 
  • The most percussions per minute out of all top percussion massagers
  • Makes very little noise, especially compared to its predecessor

Cons

  • No adjustable arm like its predecessor

Overall Rating


Hypervolt by Hyperice

Hyperice is quickly becoming a major player the "physical recovery" space with the addition of its newest brand ambassador, Naomi Osaka. Along with name recognition, they also make great products. Their massage gun is no exception. 

Many people who find the Theragun G2/G3 Pro too loud and powerful appreciate that the Hypervolt vibrating massager is quieter, faster and more adjustable. The arm percusses up to 3,200 times per minute and delivers a powerful force to release pressure deep in your muscles. You can switch between three speed settings and four head attachments, which makes it easy to adjust the shape and size of the head as well as the amount of force delivered to each area of your body. If you want to use a percussion massager on your neck or other sensitive areas, this adjustability gives the Hypervolt massager an advantage over single-speed competitors.

The Hypervolt massager weighs less than three pounds and features an ergonomic design that makes it easy to grip for long massage sessions. It comes with one rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last up to three hours per charge.

We feel that the combination of the ability to adjust speeds, the 3,200 maximum percussions/revolutions per minute, and the long 3-hour battery life makes it the best in its class.

Pros

  • Has 3 different speeds
  • Battery life up to 3 hours
  • 4 head attachments

Cons

  • One of the more expensive ones on the list

Overall Rating 

Hyperice just released their Hypervolt Plus, which features a 13 mm stroke length (compared to 10mm for Hypervolt) and is 30 percent more powerful thanks to a bigger motor (90 watts versus 60 watts). But it is also $100 more expensive. So if you need more power and longer strokes but want to stick with Hyperice, check the Hypervolt Plus out.


TimTam Power Massager

If you want to enjoy the benefits of deep-tissue massage while sticking to a budget, the TimTam Power Massager is slightly less expensive than other highly recommended options. It has gotten some noise in the martial arts world because Firas Zahabi talked about it. This version has a much improved battery life over its predecessor, giving you 60 minutes of continuous use. This version is also much quieter than its predecessor, clocking in at 25 decibels, making it one of the quietest in the market.

The reduced price is likely due to limited power and accessories, but it's still a quality product for entry-level users. You'll receive one massage head in the box, and you can buy others separately. The included head is a round bulb that is suitable for most muscle groups.

If you find other percussion massagers too powerful for tender areas of the body, you may appreciate that this massager only goes up to 2,500 revolutions per minute. It has a single power setting and is easy to use right out of the box without reading pages of instructions. The arm rotates 90 degrees, giving you multiple positions to easily reach every area of the body. The massage heads go on easy and stay on securely due to a unique threaded shaft.

Pros

  • Stroke length of 26 mm, the longest on the market
  • Adjustable arm to reach all body parts
  • One of the cheaper ones
  • One of the quieter ones on the market

Cons

  • Only comes with one massage head
  • Only one speed

Overall Rating