The 13 Best Massage Guns of 2022 Provide Deep Tissue Massages at Home or On-the-Go

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Narrowing in on the best massage guns of 2022 took some work. It’s a product category that has continued to expand in the past couple of years, as fitness and massage enthusiasts alike have embraced the convenient portability of these popular devices. In our experience, a massage gun can be a very useful tool for recovering from intense workouts, easing muscle soreness throughout the body and providing satisfying deep tissue massage anytime, anywhere. They usually weigh only a few pounds but can provide powerful relief through multiple speeds and intensity levels, making them a device almost anyone can benefit from.

SPY has tested dozens of massage guns ever since we first began writing about this product category in 2018. To bring you the most elite products, we tested over 20 different massage guns from 10 different brands, including the entire collections from Therabody and Hyperice. We’ve also called in a number of the highest-rated massage guns on Amazon and the most popular budget massage guns. We performed rigorous testing on these products to assess criteria such as ergonomic design, battery life, motor power and portability. After years of testing and staying on top of the latest massage gun trends, we’ve narrowed down our selection to a list of 13 different massage guns, which represent a variety of designs and price points.

If you’re looking for the best massage guns of 2022, we’re confident you’ll find them in our guide below.

selection of the best massage guns in front of brick wall A selection of massage guns tested by SPY.com. Taylor Galla | SPY

  

The Best Massage Guns at a Glance

For our in-depth massage gun reviews, you can keep scrolling to see the results of our testing. However, we also wanted to put together a quick guide to the top options. When making our selections, we looked at a number of objective metrics including the motor speed, intensity settings, the depth it reaches, the tested battery life and the number of massage gun heads it comes with.

Here is an abbreviated list of our favorites. Keep reading for detailed product specs and our favorite features of each of these massage guns:

1. Best Overall: Theragun Prime — $299.00 at Amazon

2. Runner Up: Hypervolt 2 Pro — $399.00 at Amazon

3. Best Budget: VYBE Premium — $169.99 at Amazon

4. Runner Up Budget: Sportneer Elite D9 — $129.99 at Amazon

5. Best Splurge: Theragun PRO — $599.00 at Therabody

6. Most Portable: Hypervolt GO — $179.00 at Amazon

7. Best Mini Massager: Theragun Mini — $199.00 at Therabody

8. Quietest: Sonic Percussion Massage Gun — $119.99 at Amazon

9. Best Value: Ekrin B37— $229.99 at Amazon

10. User-Friendly Design: Sportneer K1— $99.99 at Amazon

11. Quality Pick: Hypervolt 2 — $299.00 at Amazon

12. Great for Massaging Others: Theragun Elite — $399.00 at Amazon

13. Quality Pick: Renpho Massage Gun — $99.00 at Amazon

  

How We Chose the Best Massage Guns

Why should you trust our ranking? We’ve tested dozens of massage guns over the past few years. Between all members of the SPY team we’ve tested upwards of 20 different massage guns from 10 different brands including high-end, splurge guns from Therabody and top-rated budget options from Amazon. We carefully tested every feature, interchangeable head and button they come with. Some of our favorite massagers offered more than we knew was possible in a small handheld device, while others fell short of what we were expecting and didn’t make the cut.

Senior E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla has tested the majority of our picks, setting up a testing facility in her home gym where she analyzed everything from grip design to battery life, massage gun head quality and the durability of the cases.

massage gun testing A selection of massage guns tested by SPY.com. Taylor Galla | SPY.com

It’s no surprise that Therabody took many of the top spots in our ranking, as the quality of their guns is hard to beat. However, they also have price tags that are outside of most people’s budgets, so we made sure to factor that into our rankings as well.

For SPY’s massage gun reviews, we assessed all of the massagers we tried according to the following criteria. Then, we compared the results side-by-side to determine the best options for our readers.

  • Speed Range: Number and range of speed settings
  • Battery Life: How long does the brand claim the battery lasts, and how long it actually lasts
  • Motor: The power, depth and force of the motor
  • Overall Design — Is the gun ergonomically designed? Any “wow” factors? Is it easy to use?
  • Quality and Effectiveness of the Treatment — Does the massage gun feel like it’s making a difference? How effective was it at easing soreness?
  • Noise Level — How loud is it? Is it disruptive?
  • Storage Options — Does it come with a case? How easy is it to store and move around with?
  • Self Massage vs. Others — How easy is it to massage yourself? How about another person?

We tested battery life by turning on each gun and letting them buzz until the battery drained. Some of them have an auto-shutoff feature to save the battery, and in that case we kept track of when/if the battery was dead when we wanted to use it over the course of the 3-week testing period. None of the guns lost their power at a noticeably quick pace while sitting idly.

We tested the ability to self massage and massage others by using the gun on ourselves in difficult-to-reach places like the lower back, as well as on others. Many of the guns were easier to use pointed at others’ backs, but the Theraguns were noticeably simple to grip no matter where you needed to aim them.

A note about massage gun heads: 

Many massage guns tout the number of interchangeable massage gun heads included with the gun as a plus, and use them as a selling point. However, our product testers found that the number of attachments a gun has matters less than the quality of the gun itself. Also, the most used massage gun heads in our tests were the palm, trigger and ball-shaped heads. All the others were barely used and largely deemed unnecessary.

  

SPY Massage Gun Reviews: Comparing the Best Massage Guns of 2022

SPY Senior E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla testing the Theragun PRO in her home gym. SPY Senior E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla testing the Theragun PRO in her home gym. Taylor Galla | SPY

After testing out all of the leading massage guns and comparing them based on the criteria above, we selected only the 13 best devices for SPY readers. We tried to select massagers that would suit a variety of athletes’ needs and budgets, so no matter what you’re looking for, you can find a great massager below. We’ll regularly update this page as new products become available, and keep checking back for more massage gun reviews.

1. Theragun Prime

BEST OVERALL

We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it as long as it’s true: if you’re going to splurge on a massage gun, then you should buy a Theragun. Therabody consistently makes the best massage guns according to our tests, and the Theragun Prime offers the best mix of power and value. The Theragun Prime is Therabody’s flagship model, and we found that it was a powerful tool for workout recovery and relaxing deep tissue massages at home. We’ve tested the entire Theragun line of massagers, and we think the Prime is the best option for most people.

Whether you want to use this as a self massage tool or give a massage to a client or partner, the ergonomic design makes the Theragun Prime easy to operate and control. We prefer the dial-based controls of the Hypervolt 2 Pro, but on balance, we believe this is the best massage gun available today.

Features We Love: Ergonomic multi-grip, 110 minutes of battery life, 30 pounds of force, 5 speed settings

Pros

  • Easy to hold and operate
  • Great for massaging yourself and others
  • Impressive ergonomic design
  • Great for serious athletes

Cons

  • Twice as expensive as our favorite budget massagers

Theragun Prime massage gun, best Christmas gifts Courtesy of Therabody

  

2. Hypervolt 2 Pro

RUNNER UP

The Hypervolt 2 Pro also has an elevated price tag, but it marries an incredible design with a powerful motor, plus thoughtful features that kept us coming back over and over again. Like the Theragun Prime, it has five speeds, the two fastest of which the average user probably won’t be compelled to use. It has an LED battery level indicator light that wraps around the bottom of the handle, a visually effective feature, and the speed dial on the back streamlines the process of using it more than any other gun we’ve tried. By comparison, the Theragun has button-based speed controls, and adjusting it while the gun is vibrating can be unpleasant.

Hyperice’s massage gun heads, which come with the Hypervolt 2 and 2 Pro, are the best we’ve found so far. If you prefer the “T” shaped design of traditional massage guns over the triangle design of Theragun, then we recommend opting for the Hypervolt line of massage guns instead. Finally, the new generation of Hypervolt guns features a silicone grip handle that makes it easy to hold for long periods of time.

Features We Love: 3 hours of battery life, powerful 90-watt motor, the best massage gun heads of any brand

Pros

  • Incredible battery life
  • Extra intense settings
  • High-quality massage heads
  • Attractive LED display

Cons

  • $100 more expensive than Theragun Prime
  • Highest speed settings will be too intense for casual users

Hypervolt 2 Pro, best massage guns Courtesy of Amazon

  

3. VYBE Premium Massage Gun

BEST BUDGET

VYBE has recently become our favorite budget massage gun, surmounting Sportneer as the go-to brand for a high-quality cheap massage gun under $200. Before this massage gun, we had to crank every budget massage gun up to at least the third intensity level to feel like we were getting effective treatment. Not so with the VYBE — it has a powerful motor and five different intensities, all of which give you a quality massage for a lower price tag. The user controls on this gun are impeccable, and thanks to indicator lights on the handle, it’s one of the most user-friendly massage guns we’ve tested to date.

Getting 30 pounds of force from a massage gun that’s less than $200 is rare, and you can feel the difference instantly when using the VYBE massage gun. The weight distribution is perfect, and it’s not needlessly large. It fits easily into the palm of your hand, unlike larger models like the Theragun PRO.

Features We Love:  3.5 hours of battery life, 24-volt motor, 30 pounds of force, speeds up to 3,200 reps per minute

Pros

  • The best budget massage gun of 2022
  • Extra powerful for a budget massager
  • Intuitive user controls

Cons

  • Not as powerful as Theragun or Hypervolt massage guns
  • Fewer massage gun attachments than competitors

Full Review: The Vybe Premium Massage Gun Wowed Us

VYBE Percussion massage gun Courtesy of Amazon

  

4. Sportneer Elite D9 Massage Gun

RUNNER UP BEST BUDGET

There are some budget-friendly massage guns worth purchasing, including this pick from Sportneer, but I will say this: with a lower price tag comes a loss in motor power. All of the budget-friendly massage guns I tried had less powerful motors than the more expensive guns, and I had to crank them up to a higher speed to get to the same intensity as the first level of the Therabody guns. Now, with that being said, the highest speed levels of the most expensive guns on this list won’t be used by the majority of average users, and I find them unnecessary.

This Sportneer gun packs a few handy features into a sub-$130 price tag including an easy-to-use speed dial on the back, and six interchangeable massage gun heads. It has a nice weight to it without being too heavy, and the handle has silicone material on it for grip. It comes with a large case with slots for each gun head, a charger and the body of the gun itself.

Features We Love: 3 hours of battery life at medium speed, 11 millimeters of massage depth, 6 interchangeable massage gun heads

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Easy-to-use speed dial on the back
  • Carrying case, six interchangeable massage gun heads
  • Very quiet motor

Cons

  • Less powerful than more expensive guns

Sportneer massage gun, best massage gun Courtesy of Amazon

  

5. Theragun PRO

BEST SPLURGE

We’re going to talk about additional affordable massage guns shortly, but I have to admit when I tried the Theragun PRO I understood the gargantuan price tag. Does the average person need to purchase a $600 massage gun? Absolutely not. Does the average professional athlete absolutely NEED this machine? I’m not convinced of that either. However, it’s impressive, and probably one of the best deep tissue massage guns available on the market. When you hold it in your hands, it feels like the best this product category has to offer.

It feels like everything about this massage gun has been upgraded beyond its competitors and the other guns in Therabody’s line. It’s larger, heavier, more powerful, comes with more interchangeable heads and a much longer battery life. It has two removable lithium batteries that last for 150 minutes each when fully charged. This gun has Therabody’s signature ergonomic multi-grip as well as a rotatable arm for even more customization.

Features We Love: 300 total minutes of battery life between two lithium removable batteries, 360-degree adjustable ergonomic arm, Supersoft foam massage gun head, QX150 motor — the most powerful one of all the guns we’ve tested

Pros

  • Powerful QX150 motor which makes it the best deep tissue massage gun on the market
  • High-quality massage gun heads, including a soft foam one made for injuries
  • Large ergonomic multi-grip arm
  • Fancy blue decoration
  • Easy to hold silicone grip

Cons

  • Very loud even at the lowest level due to the powerful motor
  • LCD screen on the back is basic, and can be hard to read when the gun is on and vibrating
  • Very expensive price tag

Theragun PRO massage gun, best massage guns Courtesy of Amazon

  

6. Hypervolt GO 2

MOST PORTABLE

One of the main perks of this entire product category is the portability. Massage guns are super easy to travel with, and even the largest ones pack a powerful therapeutic punch in a machine you can carry with you from point A to B. Hyperice took all the bulky, unnecessary parts of a more expensive massage gun and got rid of them with the original Hypervolt GO, and now they’ve streamlined the product even more with the Hypervolt GO 2.

It’s smaller than most other regular-sized massage guns without entering mini massage gun territory, and it has two and a half hours of battery life on each charge which is more than enough for most people. It only comes with two massage gun heads, a palm and trigger point, which in my opinion is all the average user needs. I have a lot of thoughts on massage gun heads, but let’s just say I appreciated not having a hand full of heads I had no interest in using come with this gun — I only had what I needed. This new, upgraded Hypervolt GO design is also more ergonomic than the original version, with a more comfortable grip and even weight distribution that greatly improves the user experience.

Features We Love: Streamlined size that’s not as large as a regular massage gun but not mini either, one button operation for the whole device, grippy silicone handle

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable grip with even weight distribution
  • Only comes with two massage gun heads, a.k.a exactly what you need
  • Powerful motor
  • Moderate noise level

Cons

  • No carrying case

Read More: Hypervolt GO 2 Massage Gun Review

 

Hypervolt GO 2 massage gun Courtesy of Hyperice

  

7. Theragun Mini

BEST MINI MASSAGE GUN

If there’s one gun I got to try that I would actually buy for myself, it’s the Theragun Mini. It’s arguably the only massage gun on this list you need, and it’s my favorite design out of the 20+ guns I’ve tested. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand, has a perfect amount of power for soothing sore muscles and it’s super easy to pack. Because of its triangle design, you’re applying direct pressure via the massage gun, as opposed to larger guns where it’s diverted by an angle or extra length. The gun head is directly beneath the arm and hand that’s manipulating it, with amplifies its power and usability.

Features We Love: One-button operation, comes with smooth pouch for travel, 3 speeds and 12-millimeter depth

Pros

  • Small, compact size that’s perfect for travel or on-the-go use
  • Very powerful motor for a mini gun
  • User-friendly design that gives you complete control over your massage
  • 12 millimeters of depth for soothing, intense percussion therapy

Cons

  • More expensive than other mini massage guns
  • Louder than other mini massage guns, due to extra motor power

Theragun mini massage gun Courtesy of Amazon

  

8. Sonic Percussion Massage Gun

QUIETEST

If you’re looking for the lowest noise level possible, the Sonic massage gun is your answer. None of the massage guns on this list produce disruptive noise, but some of them are definitely louder than others. Therabody is among the loudest, followed by Hyperice due to the power of their motors. This gun is definitely weaker than the more expensive massage guns, as had to crank it up to level 3 to feel anything, but it creates almost no noise at the lower levels.

The square-shaped handle is a tad awkward, but overall it’s easy to hold and not ridiculously heavy. The carrying case didn’t have a slot for all the included massage gun heads, a careless design flaw, but they’re not all necessary either. This gun would be perfect for an older user who doesn’t need a super intense massage and appreciates the peace and quiet.

Features We Love: 5 speed levels, 4 hours of battery life, 8 interchangeable massage gun heads

Pros

  • Very quiet massage gun motor
  • Affordable price tag
  • Comes with a carrying case
  • 8 different massage gun heads

Cons

  • Motor isn’t as powerful as other massage guns
  • Massage gun case doesn’t have a spot for every head

sonic percussion massage gun, best massage gun Courtesy of Amazon

  

9. Ekrin Athletics B37 Massage Gun

BEST VALUE

Ekrin Athletics makes an excellent middle-tier massage gun, which we wanted to make sure we included on this list. The handle has an angle slightly larger than 90 degrees which makes it more comfortable to use on your thighs and arms, but a little harder to use on your back or the backs of your legs. For these spots, I found myself gripping closer to the head so I could apply more direct pressure.

It’s a pretty skinny massage gun which makes it easier to hold, and it’s not unnecessarily heavy. It has five speeds rather than three, which pushes it into the middle tier range especially given its more powerful motor. It’s louder than the Sportneer massage guns, but quieter than more expensive guns. In almost all categories, this massage gun falls in the middle.

Features We Love: Easy one-button operation, up to 8 hours of battery life, 56 pounds of force at the highest intensity, 5 speeds between 1400-3200 reps per minute

Pros

  • Long handle makes this gun easy to use and maneuver
  • Fast massage gun speeds
  • Powerful motor with high force at top level of intensity
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Heavier than other massage guns
  • Included massage gun case is thicker and bulkier, difficult to pack

Ekrin Athletics B37 massage gun, best massage guns Courtesy of Amazon

  

10. Sportneer K1 Massage Gun

USER-FRIENDLY DESIGN

The Sportneer K1 massage gun has an LED panel on the side that incorporates all of the buttons you need to operate the gun, making it super easy to use. The panel is also backlit by a battery indicator LED light that tells you via a green, yellow or red glow how much battery life is left, so you’re never left in the lurch. The panel is difficult to see when it’s not on, but when it’s illuminated it’s very helpful.

It comes in a rounded case which is unique and feels more travel-friendly than the other models I tested; however it doesn’t hold onto the included massage gun heads as securely as some other models. This gun is also not as easy to hold, since there isn’t a different, more grippable texture on the handle, but the streamlined design makes it lighter and still a solid budget pick. It’s also much quieter and less powerful than more expensive massage guns, a common theme with more budget-friendly guns and this brand in particular.

Features We Love: The illuminated side panel that shows speed and battery level, small and portable size, 5 massage gun speeds, 3 hours of battery life, stripped down and simple design

Pros

  • Simple design that’s very user-friendly
  • Circular case that’s a unique shape
  • Six different interchangeable massage gun heads
  • Easy to recharge

Cons

  • Not as powerful as more expensive massage guns
  • Can’t see side control panel when the gun is off
  • Carrying case doesn’t hold massage gun heads securely

Sportneer K1 massage gun, best massage guns Courtesy of Amazon

  

11. Hypervolt 2

QUALITY PICK

The upgraded version of Hyperice’s original Hypervolt massage gun deserves to be on this list, because it has a simple, user-friendly design and a powerful motor. It’s very simple to set up, has the same LED battery indicator light as the 2 Pro and has three different speeds — an ideal number for most users. The first speed was plenty therapeutic for me most of time, I rarely found myself wanting to go to the second speed, and almost never reaching the third. This gun is slightly louder than the Hypervolt 2 Pro, but not ridiculously so, and the silicone handle has a textured detail that makes it even easier to hold.

Hyperice makes great massage guns that do the trick recovery-wise. They will help your muscles feel better, and while I like the Hypervolt 2 Pro more as a tool as a whole, the Hypervolt 2 is a solid bet if you want to spend a little less and opt for a simpler gun.

Features We Love: 3 massage gun speeds, weighs only 1.2 pounds total, 3 hours of battery life and 5 massage gun heads with an included carrying case just for them

Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Massage gun heads feel high-quality and easy to change between
  • Easy to operate and charge
  • LED battery level indicator light that’s color-coded, so you always know how much power you have left

Pros

  • No carrying case
  • Not as easy to grip and massage yourself as it is with Therabody’s guns
  • Louder than less powerful massage guns

Hypervolt 2 massage gun, best massage guns Courtesy of Amazon

  

12. Theragun Elite

FOR MASSAGING OTHERS

The Theragun Elite massage gun is a little like the awkward middle child for whom you have to search to find their “special talents.” At first, I wasn’t quite sure why Therabody had made the Theragun Elite. The PRO was their professional-grade, ultra-powerful massage gun, the Prime was their gun for the everyday user, and the mini was their portable solution: so why did they make the Elite? I’m still not totally sure, but it does have some nice features.

I will say, it provides a nice premium option that’s not bonkers expensive like the PRO. It has many, but not all, of the features the PRO has. The area where the Elite shines the most is in massaging others. Due to its weight and the silicone grip handle, it’s perfect for giving others percussion therapy on hard-to-reach areas including the lower back, trap muscles and back of the calves. The carrying case for this gun and the PRO both feel very high-quality, and the LED screen, while small, is easy to read.

Features We Love: Large multi-grip very similar to the PRO, shiny luxe body, QX65 motor with 40 pounds of force and 16 millimeters of depth, five massage gun speeds between 1750 and 2400 reps per minute, 5 massage gun heads

Pros

  • Less expensive price tag than the PRO with many of the same features
  • Powerful motor with 5 different speeds
  • Quieter operation than the Theragun PRO, even at its highest speed
  • Very easy to use to massage yourself and others

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • LCD screen that displays speed can be hard to read when it’s vibrating

Theragun Elite massage gun, best massage guns Courtesy of Amazon

  

13. Renpho Massage Gun

HONORABLE MENTION

We haven’t tested the Renpho massage gun as intensely as we’ve tested the others, but it’s definitely a solid pick for athletic or fit folks who want a cheap massager that checks all of the baseline boxes. It has many of the same features as the massage guns above, including five speeds up to 3200 reps per minute and a convenient battery primed for recharging. It’s super lightweight and the brushless motor can run at noise levels as quiet as 45 decibels.

Features We Loved: Super portable, powerful enough motor to ease athletes’ sore muscles, included carrying case

Pros

  • Very affordable price tag, frequently on sale on Amazon
  • Five massage gun speeds and five interchangeable heads
  • 10-minute auto-shutoff feature to save the battery
  • USB Type C charging

Cons

  • Users have found that the battery life drains quickly, especially at the higher speeds you need for therapeutic relief

Renpho massage gun Courtesy of Amazon

  

Can You Travel With Massage Guns?

You might be wondering: can you travel with massage guns? The answer is yes! For the most part, massage guns can be carried on or put in a checked bag if they don’t have removable lithium-ion batteries. Any loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags, and will need to be carried on and most likely inspected by a TSA agent.

I’ve traveled with multiple massage guns in my suitcases before with no problems, and my bags haven’t been searched. However, most online resources note that whether or not a massage gun makes it past a security checkpoint is at the discretion of the TSA officer on duty. If they’d prefer you check the bag, you have to check it.

Theragun and suitcase, best massage guns Courtesy of Therabody

  

How to Clean and Store Massage Guns

Thankfully, massage guns don’t require a ton of maintenance to stay in good condition. Most of the time, you can wipe them down with a simple household disinfectant wipe to remove any grime and keep them in their storage case as a best practice. If you’re using them during or after a workout when your skin is sweaty, you might want to wipe them down quickly after use. Otherwise, regular cleanings can be few and far between.

One note I have is to keep track of your chargers. Massage guns require a specific charging cable that’s distinct from other devices, so you’ll want to make sure you always have it handy. I recommend keeping it plugged in at a certain designated spot in your home, or keeping it in the case.

SPY testing the Theragun PRO massage gun Taylor Galla | SPY

  

Is Bluetooth Worth It When Buying a Massage Gun?

A few of the luxe massage gun options from Therabody included in our picks above come with Bluetooth capabilities that enable you to build a custom recovery plan in the Therabody app, sync it with your gun and run it from there. This recovery plan may include switching between different intensities for different amounts of time, and moving the gun to certain parts of your body depending on the intensity being used, much like a physical therapist would.

Our editors didn’t find this feature particularly useful, and more a way for the brand to bolster their products and call them “smart.” In reality, we believe that most folks will turn on their massage gun, adjust the speed based on where their body needs soothing and go from there. You don’t need to overcomplicate it with Bluetooth, and you can receive the same benefit from using the gun without using an app.

Man using Bluetooth features with Theragun PRO Courtesy of Therabody

  

Massage Gun Benefits

A massage gun can have benefits for you and your body even if you’re not a regular at the gym. If your muscles are frequently taxed from intense weightlifting, running, cycling, yoga or other activity, having a massage gun around can be very handy for recovery. They’re relatively small, portable, wireless and can be used anywhere on the body with relative ease.

Massage guns are a great way to supplement professional massage therapy from a masseuse at home, and reduce your muscle soreness and pain with a portable, easy-to-use device. Massage guns are designed to help stimulate blood flow to targeted areas and reduce pain post-workout to help your body recover. They also help to scramble up fascia so your body can reorganize it post-workout and grow stronger in the process. I personally love using massage guns because they’re great for overall muscle maintenance and recovery alongside a rigorous stretching routine and consistent use of a foam roller. They’re great for easing pain in hot spots and super sore areas quickly, and are relaxing to use after a long day or grueling training session.

If you want to invest in the best massage guns, then the brands to know are Theragun and Hypervolt. The lower you go in price, the more you will sacrifice in quality. However, another important factor in receiving the benefits of any massage gun is knowing how to use it effectively. We’ve created a guide on how to use massage guns that any user, new or experienced, will find helpful.

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Why Trust SPY When Shopping for the Best Massage Guns?

We’ve tested 20 of the top-rated massage guns over the course of the past 4 years and our Senior E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla spent 3 weeks testing each of the top massage guns for sale in 2022. Taylor Galla has been testing massage guns for years, is a certified yoga teacher and a fitness enthusiast very familiar with the recovery space. She compared every massage gun on this list to dozens of other models and tested against the strict criteria we outlined above. She let 10 different massage guns vibrate for hours in her home until their batteries died, tested different percussive speeds on different body parts to feel the intensity, and swapped massage gun heads in and out to test their durability and feel.

After all of this time, SPY editors have become experts in this product category, and won’t steer you wrong. Every massage gun on this list is one we would purchase for our loved ones suffering from muscle soreness, or our partners whose necks cramp up after sitting at a computer all day.

Editor’s Note: We last updated this piece on April 11, 2022. We added a few hands-on reviews to the piece for the Theragun Elite, Theragun PRO, Sportneer and Sonic massage guns. We’ve also more recently replaced the Hypervolt GO with the Hypervolt GO 2, their updated version of their most portable massage gun. 

  

Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Guns

What Are Massage Guns?

Massage guns are percussive therapy devices that provide deep-tissue massage to muscle groups throughout the body anywhere via strong, powerful, relatively quiet motors. They often come with multiple speed and intensity settings, and some come with interchangeable heads. They offer relief and recovery in a handheld package.

What Is the Best Massage Gun?

The best massage gun for you depends on a lot of things — your unique body, your recovery needs and your budget. After testing dozens of massge guns, we believe that Therabody makes the best massage guns, and the company is most known for its Theragun collection. We believe the Theragun Prime is the best overall massage gun. Of course, Theragun products are expensive, and after extensive testing, we believe the Vybe Premium Massage Gun is the best budget option.

How Do You Use a Massage Gun?

Good question. We've got a whole guide on the best ways to use a massage gun. We recommend starting on the lowest setting and sensing your comfort level from there. Point the gun directly at your muscle and let the head massage your tissues, moving across the muscle group. Avoid joints, bony points or super sore spots. They're excellent for working out knots, kinks or sore muscles — but you want to make sure it's the good kind of discomfort rather than the painful kind. Please consult a doctor or physical therapist before starting any new injury recovery regimens.

How Often Should You Use a Massage Gun?

This depends on the individual, but no more than once a day is a good rule of thumb. Because of the intensity of percussive therapy, every time you use one you are introducing tiny traumas to your muscular tissues, so you want to be tactful about how hard and often you're using a massage gun. They can be great for quick sessions right before or after a workout, or right before bed to calm the body.

What Is the Best Budget Massage Gun?

Massage guns tend to be expensive, but their popularity has spurred the creation of some super high-quality budget options. Currently, our pick for the best budget massage gun is the Vybe Premium Massage Gun, which has an impressive amount of power and depth for the price. Previously, we've named the Sportneer Elite D9 Massage Gun the best cheap massage gun, and both options can be purchased for under $150.

Remember: not every cheap massage gun is worth purchasing. There are lots of massage guns under $100 on Amazon, but not all of them are worth your money.

What Is the Best Massage Gun for Travel?

If you're regularly on-the-go and want to take your massage gun with you, then the Hypervolt Go is a solid pick. We've tested this one hands-on, and it's got a compact design that's easy to throw in a suitcase or backpack. It's got a high-torque, QuietGlide motor as well as three different speeds to choose from up to 3200 RPM. It only weighs 1.5lbs, so it's lightweight and easy to use, and it's TSA-approved to bring in any carry on suitcase.

What Is 'Depth' in Terms of Massage Guns?

Many massage gun brands tout the "depth" of their massager, and this refers to the distance the massage gun head travels from its starting position. If you want a true deep tissue massage, then a greater depth is desirable. In our testing, we found that this was an important differentiator between different models.

How Much Should You Pay for a Massage Gun?

In general, we recommend spending between $150 and $300 when shopping for massagers. After completing dozens of massage gun reviews, we've found that the majority of our favorite products fall in that price range. The Theragun Prime, the best overall product in this category, costs $299 (although it's often on sale), while our favorite budget massager, the Vybe Premium Massage Gun, costs $150.