The 5 best Theragun alternatives in 2022

The 5 best Theragun alternatives in 2022

Whether you’re looking to get fit, train faster or harder, get stronger or break some PBs, recovery is an important feature in achieving any of these goals, alongside a clean diet, hydration and sleep.

 

As both technology and our understanding of the human body advance, increasingly useful recovery tools are developed. Gone are the days of simple recovery sticks and resistance bands. Now is the era of vibration technology. Enter the massage gun.

 

In this article, we will cover:

 

What is a massage gun?

A massage gun is a handheld device which uses percussive (striking) movements to offer percussive massage therapy. They’re so named due to their shape. A massage gun will normally come with multiple attachment heads and will generally offer multiple speed settings in order that the user may customise their massage.

 

Who should use massage guns?

Massage guns are used on muscles and offer percussive therapy, delivering strikes and strong vibrations deep in the muscle tissue. This deep, percussive treatment enables improved blood flow to the muscles, which in turn helps to improve flexibility and range of motion, relieve pain and inflammation, and improve recovery.


Massage guns can therefore be used by anybody looking to improve their recovery or combat muscle soreness or tightness. Examples include athletes and sporting professionals and manual labourers, and anyone who enjoys a deep-tissue massage.


What to look for in a massage gun:

There are so many massage guns out there, that it can be difficult to know what exactly to look out for. If you’ve read up at all on massage guns, you’ve probably spotted a few key terms dotted about the page, such as amplitude and stall force, with each massage gun supposedly being better than the rest.

massage gun for biceps


We’ve tried to help you out by putting together our top recommendations regarding what to look for in a massage gun.

 

Price

Some massage guns might be pricing themselves out of the market because, let’s face it, if a massage gun costs more than £500, you may as well be subscribing to a professional massage service. At the same time, you don’t want to end up at the opposite side of the scale, paying almost nothing for a low-quality product. Price is a really important factor when it comes to selecting a massage gun, and it can speak volumes about the quality of the goods and services you’re paying for.


Weight

You might think a massage gun with a bit of weight behind it is a good way to go - maybe it helps to deeply penetrate those aching muscles. Just remember that you’ll be holding on to this thing and manoeuvring it around your body - mostly with only the one hand.

 

Amplitude

What is amplitude? Great question. The massage gun amplitude tells you how deep it penetrates the area it’s applied to. So, if you’ve got that massage gun pointed at your quads, and it has an amplitude of 12mm, then the massage gun should be penetrating 12mm deep into your quad muscles. Generally speaking, the higher the amplitude, the more effective the massage gun will be.

 

Speed levels

If you come across a massage gun out there with just one speed setting, please do not pick it up. Most massage guns come with a variety of speed settings - we’re talking 2 to 4 - so you can start off with slow and controlled pulses and work your way up from there depending on your individual requirements. Massage guns are not a case of one speed fits all.

 

Noise levels

Unsurprisingly, massage guns, like many other electronic devices, let out a certain level of sound. Now that they’re no longer a new recovery tool, noise-dampening within massage guns has become much more perfected, so you should be able to find one that doesn’t ruin the soothing and calming feel of a percussive massage. Most brands will now list either the noise output of their device in decibels or they’ll mention some sort of noise-dampening technology, so be on the lookout for these in product descriptions.

 

Battery life

When selecting your massage gun, be sure to select one with a realistic battery life. Anything less than 2 hours probably isn’t going to be worth it, but you can now find massage guns on the market with a battery life of 4+ hours, which will help prevent you running out of power if you find yourself out and about with your massage gun, for example, recovering after a gym session.

 

Warranty

Most brands will now state a warranty period for their massage guns. For peace of mind, you might want to go for a massage gun with a warranty period of at least one year. 

 

Attachment heads

Massage guns come with different attachment heads to target different areas of the body. The wider the variety of attachment heads, the more versatile the massage gun. You should be on the lookout for a massage gun that at least comes with a round head, flat head and pneumatic head as a minimum.

 

Trustpilot rating

When it comes to choosing a massage gun, ratings can give you a lot of information. Forget own-brand ratings and make sure you check out Trustpilot ratings. Trustpilot is essentially a review-hosting site, so you shouldn’t encounter any bias when it comes to product- and company ratings.


Theragun Alternatives

If you have any prior knowledge of massage guns, then you’ve most likely heard of Theragun. They offer a selection of massage guns, ranging from the Theragun Mini at £175 to the Theragun Pro at £549.


We’re going to look at the top 5 alternatives to Theragun, which we’ve selected with care owing to them having the closest technical specifications to Theragun’s massage guns.


1. Pulseroll Pro Massage Gun

pulseroll massage gun

Pulseroll is very quickly becoming Britain’s leading muscle recovery brand, with a range of recovery products and athlete- and team partnerships.

 

The Pro Massage Gun is one of the two massage guns offered by Pulseroll. It’s a 4-speed massage gun with a 3-hour battery life and quiet noise technology. Let’s take a closer look:

 

    • Price: £224.99
  • Weight: 1.1 kg
  • Amplitude: 12 mm
  • Speed levels: 4 (1300 - 3300 RPM)
  • Noise levels: 70 db
  • Battery life: 3 - 5 Hours
  • Warranty: 12 Months
  • Attachment heads: 6 (Large round head, Small round head, Flat head, Pneumatic head, Spinal head, Bullet head)
  • Trustpilot rating: 4.8 / 5 based on 827 reviews


  • 2. TimTam Power Massager Pro™

    TimTam sells recovery products intended for athletes, coaches and physios, amongst others. They offer individual- and bulk purchasing options on their site and are the creators of the TimTam Power Massager Pro™. Impressively, this massage gun uses heat technology to add yet another layer of recovery.

     

      • Price: £379.21 ($499.99)
  • Weight: 0.9 kg
  • Amplitude: 12 mm
  • Speed levels: 3 (1000 - 2800 RPM)
  • Noise levels: 10 - 25 db
  • Battery life: 1 Hour
  • Warranty: 90 Days
  • Attachment heads: 3 (Heated head, Vibrating head, Plain head)
  • Trustpilot rating: Not available
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    Cons: Though the Power Massager Pro lists product reviews on its site, these are not independent trustpilot reviews. The warranty is only 90 days despite the massager being considerably more expensive than a lot of its competitors.

     

    3. Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro

    The Hypervolt 2 Pro is an impressive piece of kit with 5 speeds and a 3 hour battery life. This particular massage gun also offers Bluetooth connectivity to connect to the Hyperice App for automated speed control.

     

      • Price: £379
  • Weight: 1.18 kg (2.6 lb)
  • Amplitude: Not listed on site
  • Speed levels: 5 (levels not listed)
  • Noise levels: Not listed on site but uses a brushless high-torque 90W motor
  • Battery life: 3 Hours
  • Warranty: 12 Months
  • Attachment heads: 5 (Fork head, Ball head, Cushion head, Flat head, Bullet head)
  • Trustpilot rating: Not available
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    Cons: Whilst the Hypervolt 2 Pro does have some pretty nifty features, such as the 5 speed settings, their site leaves visitors with a lot of questions. What are the speed settings? What is the amplitude? How loud is it?

     

    4. Hydragun Massage Gun

    Hydragun is reportedly (self-reported) the quietest massage gun on the market. It’s got an impressive 6-hour battery life, which is one of the longest we’ve seen. It boasts 7 different attachment heads (4 plastic and 3 metal) to really offer a variety of massage capabilities.

     

      • Price: £269
  • Weight: 1.04 kg (2.3 lb)
  • Amplitude: 12 mm
  • Speed levels: Unknown. Top speed 3200 RPM.
  • Noise levels: 30 - 50 db
  • Battery life: 6 Hours
  • Warranty: 18 Months
  • Attachment heads: 7 (Ball head, Fork head, Bullet head, Curved head, Steel round head, Steel flat head, Domed steel head)
  • Trustpilot rating: Not available
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    Cons: Contrary to its claims, the Hydragun Massage Gun isn’t the quietest on the market. You just need to compare it to the TimTam Power Massager Pro from previously in this article to see this. Though we know it tops out at 3200 RPM, there is no knowing as to what the other available speed settings are.

     

    5. Recovapro SE - Bluetooth Enabled

    The Recovapro SE is yet another Bluetooth enabled massage gun with smart app integration. Impressively, it has 5 speeds and 5 attachment heads, with an amplitude of 14mm, so you can really customise your massage with this one.

     

      • Price: £359 
  • Weight: 1.1 kg
  • Amplitude: 14 mm
  • Speed levels: 5 (1400 - 3200 RPM)
  • Noise levels: Not listed on site
  • Battery life: 4 Hours
  • Warranty: 24 Months
  • Attachment heads: 5 (Thumb head, Flat head, Fork head, Bullet head, Ball head)
  • Trustpilot rating: Not available
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    Cons: Unfortunately, the Recovapro SE lacks the credibility of Trustpilot reviews, despite some of its impressive technical specifications. We’re also at a loss as to the noise levels or any noise-dampening technology with this one.

     

    Takeaway

    When it comes to Theragun alternatives, there is a lot to consider, but there are a good number of brands and massage guns out there offering high-quality technical specifications for an affordable price.

     

    The Pulseroll Massage Gun Pro is a versatile alternative, with 4 speed settings, 6 heads, a long battery life of 3 - 5 hours, and an amplitude of 12 mm. With Pulseroll, you also have the added peace of mind that you’re getting a quality massage gun, with its 4.8 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot.

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