Are you looking for a handheld percussion massager to relieve your sore and achy muscles?
These fancy electronic massage devices are becoming increasingly popular!
Since you landed on this page chances are that you have read a lot of good things about them before.
I have been a massage junky for as long as I remember, and I remember a time when the majority of these devices were mostly gimmicks.
At best they didn’t do much and in bad cases felt like torture instruments.
Luckily, this is not the case any longer!
I have taken a thorough look at many different percussion massagers on the market and listed the best below.
Summarizing Comparison Table
Theragun G3 Pro
The G3Pro is like the “Ferrari” of percussion massagers. It has a good-looking design and packs a lot of power. However, not unlike the Ferrari it also comes at hefty price tag.
After the success of the G2 Pro, Theragun launched the G3 Pro eliminating minor issues of its predecessor.
Theragun G3 Pro offers two speeds options of either 1750 RPM or 2400 RPM (revolutions per minute).
Improvements have been made in the battery life, enhancing it to 75 minutes. The noise from the motor unit has been reduced significantly – about 50 %.
There are 6 attachments included in the purchase and according to the company, this should make you able to cover 90 % of the body.
There are also 2 powerful batteries included each with a battery life of 75 minutes. It takes about the same time to fully charge the battery because of the fast charging unit so you can essentially keep using it for many hours in a row.
– 90 degree adjustability.
– The light weight makes it easier to use.
– Covers 90 % of your body.
– Includes a lot of things:
6 attachments, 2 batteries, and carrying case.
– A little bit noisy (even considering recent reduction).
– Some complaints that is it not as powerful as its predecessor.
Users have rated the product very high, and you will see many people talking about getting great results.
It does have a high price tag, and I believe that most consumers would be fine picking a cheaper alternative.
If you feel that the Theragun is just a little too expensive for your budget, then the Hyperice Hypervolt is a great alternative.
The Hypervolt is faster and quieter but with less adjustability. According to the company, the Hypervolt is the most quiet massager on the market.
The massager has four attachments and three speed options with the fastest being 3200 RPM.
It has an incredible battery life of up to three hours per charge so you won’t have to worry about charging all the time.
– 3 different speed settings.
– long battery life of up to 3 hours.
– quieter when operated.
– 4 head attachments included suiting most needs.
– no way to adjust the angle of the massaging head.
– some complaints about battery getting loose over time.
The product is generally rated very high. There have been some complaints about the quality of the “product build” and that the battery gets loose.
TimTam Power Massager
In Australia, they make a delicious chocolate cookie called Timtam, but there is no relation here (at least not my knowledge).
If you want to enjoy deep tissue massage at a low price point, then the Timtam Power Massager v1.5 is a great choice. It is a very powerful massager that some people say is even more intense than the Theragun.
The massager has a similar design to the
Similar to the
Currently they are selling the Power Massager v1.5 at a steep discount because they will be releasing an updated model soon.
– Not many things included
– Battery life not impressive
The easy-to-use nature and the great price point of the product make it popular amongst users, although it doesn’t include as much as others.
UPDATE: TimTam has a new model named “Power Massager v2.0” coming out soon. You can preorder it here and save 100 dollars. If you consider waiting, know that TimTam is discounting their v1.5 massager because of the new model coming out soon.
Pure Wave CM7
Pure Wave CM7 is the flagship model in a serious of massagers by the company Pado. The CM7 is a very popular percussion massager at a relatively low price.
The CM7 has a unique “dual motor design” which means it has two massagers in one unit. Its main massager
This design is special and not seen on many other massagers. What it means for you and is that the unit is much more versatile and that you can get a broader range of “massage options” treating different needs.
6 different massage heads are included and it has a battery life of up to 3 hours. However, if used at max power it
– affordable yet highly versatile
– design make it easy to reach back by yourself
– some complaints about battery life degrading fast
– a bit noisy
– doesn’t pack as much power as others
The Pure Wave CM7 customers are generally very positive towards this massager. It has a ton of positive reviews on Amazon. However, there does seem to be a pattern in complaints about the battery life worsening over time at a faster rate than should be expected.
Another critique is that it can’t work as deep into muscle tissue as other massagers. So if you got big muscular legs and massaging them is a high priority, then this massager is probably not the right choice for you
Jigsaw Massage Adaptor
It is exactly as the name implies – a massage adaptor for your jigsaw. You simply equip your jigsaw with this adaptor instead of a saw blade and its function should then be quite similar to the Theragun or TimTam.
It was invented by
There is a selection of three different massage heads which you can buy separately or in a bundle.
The speed and power you get as well as cordless or not obviously depends on which jigsaw you use.
– good option if you have a jigsaw at home
– 100 % depends on your jigsaw
Most jigsaws will be much heavier, larger, and noisier. Most people agree that using a jigsaw to massage is more troublesome, but it gets the job done.
A lot of people say that there is an
As the cheapest product on this list, the
The massager comes with 5 different interchangeable massage heads and can work at three different “strength modes” and at 4 different speeds maxing out at 3600 pulses per minute.
The battery lasts for approximately 140 minutes, but the
Comparing the massager with others on this list, it is clearly an inferior product, but also much cheaper.
– low price
– a bit heavy to hold
– massage is less powerful and stops every 20 minutes
Some users say it gets
Even though the massager is not as powerful as many others, it still gives a good
What Is A Percussion Massager Really?
Electronic massage devices are nothing new. In fact, they have been around for a very long time and according to Wikipedia, the first electronic massage chair was made in Japan before the second world war.
A percussion massager is one kind of electronic massager that uses very rapid bursts of pressure (percussions). The term “percussion” is also used to describe certain kind of musical instruments like drums.
In massage technical terms, rapid bursts of pressure using the side of a hand is called tapotement, but with these electronic
Put simply, a percussion massager is unique due to its ability to “hammer down” very fast on your sore muscles.
It might sound like nothing special, but it has shown to be effective at accelerating growth and repair of tissue because it increases blood circulation, relaxes and lengthens muscle tissue and fascia, it breaks up adhesions and scar tissue and in general increases the range of motion.
There is a reason why athletes use them, and even NASA has been using them to prevent bone loss in astronauts.
A percussion massager can take many different shapes and forms, but the recent popular products you see on the market are mostly handheld, cordless and easy-to-use.
An easy way to differentiate the products are on the basis of speed, the level of pressure applied and the different types and sizes of attachments available.
If you want to learn more about how percussion therapy works, then I recommend you take a look at this article from evolve-mma.com.
Why Get Massage At All?
I doubt that you need much convincing on why you need to get a massage. However, I want to emphasize how massages are not just some luxurious and decadent indulgement but also a very effective treatment method.
Yes… a massage can feel awesome, but sore and achy muscles do inhibit your movement and can make daily routine actions harder than they should be.
Sore and strained muscles or tendon pains can have a lasting effect and turn an important day into an even more challenging one very quickly due to uncomfortable tightness, pain or even spasms.
Massaging overworked muscular tissue can speed up recovery and get you ready for your favorite physical activity faster.
But it is not only about physical exertion because muscle strain and soreness can also occur due to mental stress. Let’s be honest, almost all of us have a stressful environment encompassing deadlines, tests and/or new challenges occurring often.
Both physical and psychological stress will make your muscle tense. If you want to perform well and sustain long hours of hard work and focus, then you can’t afford to lose out because of sore muscles.
In addition, the way we use our body and interact with the environment on a daily basis creates muscular imbalances, e.g. working or studying at a desk, using a computer, looking at a smartphone, watching television
Some muscle tissue gets short and tight while others become overstretched and weak resulting in poor
Figuring Out What To Buy
The Theragun, Hypervolt and Timtam are all relatively similar in design and function. If you have no budget restriction whatsoever, the G3Pro is the most premium choice.
However, you can probably get away with a cheaper alternative without missing much. If you can live with the short battery life, the Timtam Power Massager v1.5 is a great tool for the athlete or sports enthusiast.
If you got a good jigsaw at home in your garage, then the
But if you are just trying to get rid soreness and pain, then the CM7 would be smart and budget-friendly choice.