If you’ve been in a gym, visited a physio or even just scrolled through your Instagram feed, you’ve probably seen a percussive massage device. These common tools look like power drills and are designed to support recovery through percussive massage therapy, a type of deep soft tissue manipulation.
It may not sound like that, but the massage gun is your new hidden workout tool to relax your muscles and increase your blood flow. You can use it before exercise, to brace your muscles for a session, or to post-workout to fend off any possible DOMS. You’ll heal faster, improve your circulation and lymphatic drainage, increase your endurance and expand your range of motion – eventually enhancing your overall performance.
We’ve picked four of the best massage guns money can buy:
Hypervolt Portable Massage Device
A cleverly crafted alternative for hard-working athletes, it’s easy to use and fast to charge. There’s even a gage that tells you just how much battery life is left. It comes with five different nodules and it has three different speeds. Best of all, it delivers on its promises of silence. After some initial difficulty turning it on (there’s a small switch on the bottom and a separate switch to get it going), the Hypervolt was powerful. It was an excellent performer in terms of noise, and it could be used at home at all hours. Nevertheless, the manual was less detailed than the rest of it.
Theragun G3 Percussive Therapy Device
The G3 is the mid-range alternative for Theragun. While it can’t make the same promises of efficiency and quietness as the Pro model used by Mat Fraser, it’s £ 200 cheaper. It has two speeds and a variety of fittings, and it promises to help cure everything from back pain to sleep issues. This charges completely in an hour and provides pain relief to the post-workout muscles almost instantly. It was quick to work on a workout schedule, but it was really loud – a concern if you choose to do it at home at night. The detailed, app-based guide also distinguishes all Theraguns from their rivals.
Hyperice Hypervolt Plus
Developed for professional athletes and fitness lovers, Hypervolt Plus drills into the muscles with 30% more strength than the original. The battery yields around two hours of use per charge, and the plain, T-shaped design is comfortable to carry.
With a lightweight, compact frame and a powerful battery, Theragun Liv is the ultimate in portable pain relief. It comes with two attachments so that you can hit every nook and cranny of your body, packing 40 percussions per second with a respectable 30 lbs of power.
RecoveryVolt Massage Gun
Featuring three custom speeds and five interchangeable heads, this versatility is the spice of the RecoveryVolt Massage Shotgun. From warm-up to cool-down, tailor your attachments and speed to the particular muscle group you are targeting.
TimTam Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Show the sore muscles of the boss with the TimTam pistol. Created by MMA legend George St-Pierre, CrossFit and agility coach Kelly Starrett, and Dominique Blake, a track and field athlete, the system inflicts up to 2,500 strokes per minute on helpless muscles.
Recovapro Massage Gun
This gun guarantees three hours of recovery from a single charge. This has five speeds, but although it appears to be quieter than the others, the max speed is noisy. The USP is a wide variety of hands, so you can always pick up your poison. The tool is robust and looks like it’s made of a high-quality material. If you have discomfort from hanging over your desk, here’s your remedy: a special nodule for your neck and a spine relieved discomfort in the upper traps and shoulders of our testers. Back day is never going to hurt the same.