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  • Therabody Theragun Elite

  • Vybe Pro Percussion Massage Gun

  • Therabody Theragun mini

  • Ekrin B37

  • Sportneer K1 Percussive Massage Gun

Best Overall
Therabody Theragun Elite

There’s a reason why Theragun is synonymous with massage guns as a whole—it’s amazing at what it does. From its ergonomic design to the educational Therabody app, and even to its sleek, professional-looking packaging, Theragun has all of its bases covered. Featuring five speeds, five attachments, and a handle that makes it easy to reach most places on the body, it is the top massage gun on the market.

When I tested the original Theragun G3 model last year (which is no longer available), one of my main complaints was that it sounded like a jackhammer on your body. The Theragun Elite tones down the noise—it still isn’t quiet, but while using the most intense setting, you won’t have people coming from another room asking if construction is happening outside. Its five-speed levels and attachments provide a wide range of sensations and pressure levels that should satisfy everyone from the professional athlete to the casual runner. It also has a triangular ergonomic handle that sets it apart from the rest. Other guns’ handles don’t fit as easily in the hand, which makes reaching the back, neck, and shoulders tough, but the Theragun’s handle lets you get to those spots with ease. It's also simple to go up or down intensity settings, with the small control panel at the top of the gun that can easily be toggled with your thumb while you massage your muscles, while most other massage tools require cycling through all the settings to get to previous ones.

The biggest gamechanger that this product offers is Bluetooth capability with the Therabody app. The app connects to your Theragun and offers preset programs, so all you have to do is pick a warm-up or recovery treatment and the settings automatically ‘play’ right on the Theragun. When you go into the app, you can choose from different warm-ups and cool-downs for specific sports, like running, cycling, or yoga (just to name a few). You can also look for treatments that will help you with specific muscle issues, like carpal tunnel, sciatica, even “tech neck” (or neck pain caused by gazing downward at computers and phones for long periods of time), which is a lifesaver if you work at a desk all day. From there, you click on the treatment, make sure your Theragun is on, and the app guides you through. It shows you where on your body you should hold the Theragun, how you should be moving it, how to hold the handle, and for how long you should keep it pressed to your muscles. If the recommended pressure is too much for you, you can tweak the intensity from the app with more nuance then you get from pressing the buttons on Theragun. The app also suggests the ideal amount of force and what attachments you should be using while targeting certain muscle groups.

A few tiny downsides: I sometimes experienced small issues with the app, with pictures not loading or having to restart the entire treatment session after it shut off when I tried to switch attachments. Still, even though it isn’t perfect, it’s close enough for me to think it’s the best massage gun out there.

All in all, this experience blew me away, as it took all the guesswork out of the massage. The app made me feel like I had a health and wellness coach at home, with videos, straightforward images, and helpful information posted. All that makes it more than worth its higher-than-most price. When it comes to the Theragun Elite, you definitely get what you pay for.

Pros

  • Ergonomically designed handle

  • Bluetooth capability with app

Cons

  • Expensive

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Vybe Pro Percussion Massage Gun

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, the Vybe Pro is here for you. With nine speeds and eight attachments, which far exceeds the typical four or five the other guns had, it offers something for everyone. The first thing you should know, however, is that this massage gun is big compared to other models. Like, “maybe I should go help a pit crew take tires off at a NASCAR race” big. If you’re OK with that, it gets the job done. It has a standard L-shaped handle and buttons to change speed levels on the side, where you can easily change speeds with one hand. There are separate buttons to go up or down, unlike some other guns we tested where you have one button to cycle through the entire range of intensities just to get back to lower speeds. Still, nine speeds can feel overwhelming, so it’s nice that the Vybe has a ‘memory,’ which means it stays on the level you used before you turned it off.

Do you really need all nine speeds? Probably not. During testing, the last three felt the same to me, and the only thing that seemed to increase when I went up each level was the noise. Also, as this was the largest product we tested, it was one of the heaviest. Because using a massage gun usually involves holding it with one hand for extended periods of time, this may make it more difficult to use for some people with limited hand or wrist strength.

Pros

  • Can easily change speeds with one hand

  • Great variety of speeds and attachments

Cons

  • Heavy

  • Can be awkward to hold

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Therabody Theragun mini

The Theragun Mini has just one attachment and three-speed settings, but it packs a big punch in a small package. This was the most unique-looking product we tested, with an ergonomic design that fits in the palm of your hand without feeling awkward. Because it’s significantly smaller than the other massage tools we tested, if you’re looking for something to travel with or throw in your gym bag, this is your answer. While you can still benefit from using the Therabody app with the Mini, with plenty of videos showing you what muscle groups to massage depending on your needs, it does not have Bluetooth capability like the Theragun Elite, so it doesn’t automatically adjust to the perfect speed or tell you how you should be holding the massage gun.

Out of all the Theragun tools, the Mini offers the least bells and whistles. You can attach any Theragun attachments to it, but the Mini itself only comes with one attachment, so you have to own another Theragun massage gun as well if you wanted to have different attachment heads. Much like the Theragun Elite, this massage gun can be easily maneuvered to massage your back and shoulders, and it provides plenty of control wherever you use it.

Although three-speed levels might seem not enough compared to what other massage tools have to offer, I felt that each level got the job done, and had enough distinction between them that I felt satisfied every time I adjusted it. If you’re looking for something small and basic, the Theragun Mini is a great choice, especially if you want to have something with the Theragun name without forking over $400 for its other products. However, if you want to spend a little less, and gain a little more without the sparkle of a hot brand name, there are better options out there.

Pros

  • Ergonomic grip

  • Compact size for traveling

Cons

  • Only comes with one attachment

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Ekrin B37

The Ekrin B37, with its five speeds and four attachments, performed pretty fine if not outstandingly throughout testing. The speeds each offer a decent enough massage, and the sound isn’t too overpowering, giving it a middle-of-the-road experience. The main drawback of the B37 is that the button to adjust levels of pressure rests on the top of the gun, making it impossible to change speeds with one hand if you’re holding the gun at the bottom of the L-shaped handle.

Having to change speeds with two hands may not be the biggest inconvenience, but that knocked it down a few notches in our book, as other massage guns have perfected one-handed controls. Another minor flaw is that it requires you to churn through all of its speeds if you want to go down to a lower one because the one button on the gun only allows you to go up.

Pros

  • Great variation of speed levels

  • Each speed gives decent massage

Cons

  • Position of power button feels awkward

  • Can be annoying to change speeds

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Sportneer K1 Percussive Massage Gun

The Sportneer has five-speed settings and six attachments, two of which are made of metal and specifically for use with oils (which no others in our test offered). I tried using the metal attachments with essential oils, and the experience was just OK. What I mainly enjoyed was that the metal attachments were cool to the touch, which was a welcome sensation after a long, sweaty run. It was also much more gentle than other guns I tested—so, while it didn’t offer the intense pressure I sometimes wanted, it was the massage gun I reached for when my muscles were so tender, I didn’t even want to foam-roll.

Putting on the lowest setting, then gradually working my way up, the Sportneer was best when I was using it for light pressure on sore spots. Though it offers speeds up to 3,200 PPM, it does not offer as much force, making it one of the quieter guns we tested. I also found I had to recharge it more than others. This is ideal for someone who is on a tight budget, wants multiple levels of power, but isn’t looking for something to get deep into their muscles.

Pros

  • Includes attachments to be used with oils

  • Great for very sore muscles

Cons

  • Not enough deep pressure

Meet the tester

Kate Q. McCarthy

Kate Q. McCarthy

Head of Social Media

@kateqmccarth

Kate McCarthy is the Head of Social Media, who often writes about health and fitness.

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