We compared over 30 massage guns! There are many factors to break down and compare. Let’s dive in!
Speed, Stall Force & Amplitude are the data making up this category.
Some massage guns have only one speed (base Theragun). Some have 20. But honestly, that many isn’t necessary. I’d say aim for 3-5 speeds.
Stall Force is important. It tells you if & when a massage gun stops as you apply force. I haven’t found that the numbers claimed by the companies on their listing tend to be very accurate. This is why you need an honest reviewer to make sure it works.
Amplitude is how far in and out the head travels. Theragun has some of best amplitude at 16mm, but for my wife that it actually is a detriment as she thought it was too rough for her sore calf.
Recommendations: Theragun comes out on top, but 99% of people will be fine with something with less power. The Bob & Brad is the smallest gun I have that still as an amazing stall force.
Noise Levels are super important for anyone who needs to use this in a situation where other people might be around. In your office, at the airport, during a sports practice, while watching tv with the family, or while having a conversation. Keep in mind whle looking at the graph below that every increase of 10dB is twice as loud!Size – the Medcursor Mini used to be my go to, but now that the Bob & Brad gun came out, I actually like it better as it’s smaller.
The number of attachments seems important and is one thing that does differ between guns, but I find that I have 1-2 favorite heads that I use 95% of the time. From metal heads (Sportneer), cushion heads (Bob & Brad), or even a heated head (Medcursor) – there are a lot of options that might be something you are intrigued by.
Battery Life – For most people, battery life is rarely an issue. Obviously lasting a long time is ideal, but all of them have a decent battery life. For most people using it 15-20 minutes a day, it will last 5 days or more.
So how should you decide? First, verify the gun has enough power. Then determine if it is quiet enough for you. Lastly, go based on additional features you may want.
I recently saw a massage gun that was $35. What is the value of it if it can’t do what you need it to do? Sometimes specs can be deceiving or outright wrong. Make sure you have an honest reviewer show you the Stall Force & Amplitude and verify it actually does the job as a massage gun. On the opposite end of the spectrum, what are you getting when you buy a $300+ massage gun? I would argue little to almost nothing more than the mid-range priced guns. There are even guns that mimic the Theragun for almost half the price. In my opinion, most people will be happy with a massage gun right around the $100 mark. The Sportneer ($130), the Bob & Brad ($120), & the Medcursor Mini (under $100) are the ones I would suggest. The one I end up carrying around myself? The Bob & Brad – developed by 2 physical therapists – find them on YouTube.
Last year I recommended the NoCry ($180), but I think some of the newer ones feel better in the hand. It almost feels heavy and awkward now compared to some of the smaller ones.
I am always happy to answer questions, so please leave them in the comments on my video and I will get back to you!
► Medcursor Mini: Always under $100! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DqLhvz
► Theragun: I have both the Prime and Elite. I haven’t really noticed much difference personally so you want to go that route, get the prime. You can purchase here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/32VByag“
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