Differences Between Theragun G3 and G3Pro Massage Guns - MMA Life

Differences Between Theragun G3 and G3Pro Massage Guns

Theragun, one of the leading brands in percussion massage guns, has two current models out right now. They are the G3 and G3Pro. You're here because you're deciding which one you should get. This article will attempt to provide a thorough comparison between the two massage guns so you can pick the right one.

Below, we have condensed all the important differences in a single table for you below so you can easily see the similarities and differences. Below the table, we will explain what those different features means for you.

G3 Versus G3Pro Comparison Chart

G3 (white) versus G3Pro (black)

FEATURE

G3

G3Pro

Battery Life

60 minutes

75 minutes (x2)

Detachable Massage Heads

4

6

Speeds

1750 and 2400 RPM

1750 and 2400 RPM

Adjustable Arm

No

Yes

Stall Force

40 pounds / 18 kg

60 pounds / 27.2 kg

Product Weight

2.6 pounds / 1.18 kg

3 pounds / 1.36 kg

Stroke Length

16 mm

16 mm

Noise

68 and 72 decibels

68 and 72 decibels

Buying Options

Comparing The G3 and G3Pro by Features

Battery Life

The G3 comes equipped with an internal battery lasting 60 minutes after full charge. The G3Pro comes with two detachable batteries, each lasting 75 minutes. 

As you may know, battery life of electronics degrade with time.  So having two detachable batteries means your battery won't degrade as fast. It also means it is easier to replace if it dies. An internal battery would require you to send it in to get it replace. 

Detachable Massage Heads

G3 Massage Heads

G3Pro Massage Heads

The G3 comes with 4 detachable massage heads while the G3Pro comes with 6. However, I've come to realize that the extra massage heads don't really matter all that much. What is going to happen is that you will discover 1-2 massage heads that you really like and will use those exclusively. So while the latter has two more massage heads, both have enough variety to meet most needs. 

Speeds

Both massage guns have the same two speed settings, 1750 and 2400 RPM. These speed settings would be enough for most people. The speed setting button is right below the power button on both massagers, providing for easy switching back and forth between massage speeds.

Adjustable Arm

Picture 1

Picture 2

Aside from battery design, this is the other important distinction between the two. 

The G3 does not have an adjustable arm but the G3Pro does. The adjustable arm makes all the difference in the world. My complaint about most massage guns in the past is the lack of ability for the user to massage their own backs. The G3Pro fixes that issue with the adjustable arm. You can adjust the arm so that you can massage yourself anywhere on the body.

In the picture 1 above, you can see both massagers in their default position. In picture 2, you can see what the G3Pro looks like after adjusting the arm. You can adjust the arm to 4 different angles. 

Stall Force

The G3 has a stall force of 40 pounds (18 kg) while the G3Pro has a stall force of 60 pounds (27.2 kg). Although the G3Pro has a higher stall force, I do not feel that this is an important enough feature alone to demand a premium on price. 

Essentially what stall force measures is how much pressure you can put on the massage gun before it stalls. So a stall force of 60 pounds means that you harnds are putting 60 pounds worth of pressure into the massage gun before it stalls. Most massages will not use more than 20 pounds of force. So 40 pounds of stall force is more than enough for any massage.

Product Weight

Both of these weigh essentially the same (2.6 versus 3 pounds). However you wouldn't know that from just looking at the two side by side. The G3Pro looks much bulkier. The bigger design allows for detachable batteries that last longer, and an adjustable arm. Kudos to Theragun for being able to put these features in there without increasing the weight of the gun.  

Stroke Length

Both of these provide a 16 mm stroke length. This is about the industry average for percussion massage guns.

Noise

There is no difference in noise for either of the products. They both run at the same speeds with the same motor so it shouldn't be too surprising that there is no difference in noise. The decibels will fall between 68 to 72, depending on which speed you choose. Both of these are much quieter than massage guns of previous generations.

Which One Should You Get?

If you can spring the extra money, I would go with the G3Pro. The adjustable arm is a game-changer. Having an adjustable arm means that you can massage pretty much anywhere on your body. In addition, the G3Pro has two batteries, totaling 150 minutes of battery life. But if you do not have the extra money to spring, the G3 is a fine choice.

(Last Updated On: January 5, 2020)
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