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Our editorial team chose the following massage guns after conducting extensive research, reading real customer reviews and drawing on personal experience. For each category, we carefully selected criteria based on our research and identified the massage guns that ranked best within those parameters.
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The Theragun PRO isn't just our pick for best high-end massage gun, it's also our choice for features. Designed with professional therapists and athletes in mind, this commercial-grade device comes with a progress-tracking app and six attachments. It offers 300 minutes total usage, with charging taking 75 minutes.
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Compared to other massage guns, the Hyperice Hypervolt is very quiet, making it a discrete choice for use while watching television or at the gym. It's also used by NBA players and other athletes including tennis pro, Naomi Osaka. It has five attachments and charges via wall socket to provide up to three hours of usage.
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When it comes to mid-range value, we can't go past this one. It comes with six attachments and has a huge six-hour battery life. It's made from sturdy aluminium and the aesthetically minded will also appreciate its elegant, minimal style. The HYDRAGUN Quietest Massage Gun scored 5 stars from 203 reviews on its own website.
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Weighing in at just 650g, this one is very portable and easily tossed into your gym or weekend bags. It has decent battery life (150 minutes) and offers three speed choices at 1,750, 2,100 or 2,400 percussions per minute. It comes with just one attachment but is compatible with other fourth generation Theragun attachments.
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Bearing an uncanny resemblance to a power drill, the TimTam Tech Power Massager looks like it means business. With a maximum rate of 2,800 strokes per minute, it's currently the most powerful massage gun on the market. Uniquely, it has a heated tip to soften and relax muscles. It makes an excellent choice for professional masseuses or those doing high-level sports training.
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For one that's solid overall, we can't go past this buy. With a one-touch control, it's unfussy to use and comes with three attachments for customising your massage. It's compact and weighs under 1kg.
It provides powerful percussion therapy at up to 3,000RPM, has a 4.5 average star rating based on 78 reviews on The Good Guys and 90% of buyers recommend the product.
Massage guns are electronic tools with percussive or vibrating arms that deliver pressure into muscles. They assist post-workout recovery, reduce soreness and improve flexibility.
In 2009, the first iteration of the massage gun was launched by Los Angeles-based chiropractor, Jason Wersland, who went on to found Theragun. However, it wasn't until recent years that the concept has really taken off. There's now a huge variety of massage guns on the market.
As the technology is new, evidence backing its benefits is largely anecdotal at this stage. However, a 2014 study delivered promising results, finding vibration therapy can help prevent and treat delayed onset muscle soreness (AKA 'DOMS').
"Massage guns are said to be helpful in improving muscle recovery, muscle range and flexibility; and reducing stiffness and pain," physiotherapist and Chief Operating Officer of Sydney Physios and Allied Health Services, Patricia Issa, tells Finder.
"They definitely have a place in recovery and performance. Studies show that use in a warm-up regimen can optimise the flexibility of an athlete without losing muscle performance. What that means is more flexibility without affecting strength."
Patricia says that while massage guns are excellent tools, it's important to note they're not for everyone.
"I would recommend seeking advice from a health professional such as a physiotherapist to ensure appropriate use. If used incorrectly, or if one has underlying medical conditions, there is some evidence of negative reactions such as severe hematoma (bruising) and, in severe cases, rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue)," says Patricia.
Manual handheld massagers made from plastic, timber or rubber offer a no-frills way to massage and trigger points. From $5, they're inexpensive but much effort is required for use.
Simple vibration massagers cost around $12 to $20 and provide a buzzing feeling on the skin which may be soothing. Once again, they generally don't provide the same effectiveness as a massage gun.
From $8, foam rollers are a cheap option for manually relieving muscle tension and improving range. They do require a lot of manual labour as the user must physically roll back and forth.
Remedial massage is manual application of pressure to muscles by a trained massage therapist. At $55 to $110 a pop, it can be expensive for ongoing treatment. However, you'll be looked after by someone with extensive knowledge of human anatomy.
At over $200 for basic models to $2,000 (and beyond) for upmarket options, these luxurious gadgets have electronic kneading nodes. They provide a relaxing experience, but generally lack targeted power.
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