Want to know if Hyperice or Therabody have the right massage gun for you?
In this comparative review, I will take a close look at two popular massage guns from these companies and make their differences clear so you can make a better-informed decision.
There are a lot of similar models on the market today, some more popular than others.
But, both Hypervolt and Theragun are definitely among the popular ones, and you will be getting a great massage device either way.
There are currently 4 different Theragun models, and the one I will be using for the comparison is the Theragun Elite – which is their “mid-tier” model that compares well with the Hypervolt in terms of functionality and pricing.
Summarizing Comparison Table
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- Less hassle with long battery life
- Features high-speed massage setting
- Great specs for less money
- Get advanced capabilities with the OLED screen and phone app integration
- Customize your massage with 5 high-quality attachments
- Handle massage with ease due to great ergonomic design
Hypervolt Vs Theragun – The Comparison
Looking closely at the differences, I would say they mainly consist of the following:
- Massage Heads
- Performance Specifications
I will cover each of these and more below.
I am sure that most people associate a good massage with being relaxing. In other words, you probably don’t want any unnecessary background noise.
If you haven’t tried one of these devices for yourself, you might be surprised by the volume that some machines produce.
Both Theragun and Hyperice are committed to providing great percussive massage for all muscle groups without being too noisy, and it is a continuous effort.
Theragun Elite produces much less noise than the predecessors. Therabody has proven its commitment towards developing better products with the integration of “QuietForce” technology in its newest generation. This has significantly reduced noise by up to 75%. Despite that, the Hypervolt is still quieter.
This is actually one of the pros of the Hypervolt model. It uses a so-called “Quiet Glide Technology” – a trademark of Hyperice and according to the company it was several years in the making.
Both massage guns come close to each other in terms of noise produced. Theragun Elite emits 60 – 65 decibels, while the Hypervolt creates, while the Hypervolt only creates 50 – 65 decibels.
To make this more relatable, a normal conversation at a restaurant is about 60 decibels, and when you are speaking/whispering in the library it is around 40 decibels.
Massage Heads / Attachments
Most massage guns come with interchangeable “massage heads” / attachments included in the purchase.
This means you can adjust the kind of massage you get, and this is particularly useful for targeting different body parts and needs.
After all, the delicacy and sensitivity of your muscle tissue vary a lot. E.g. muscles close to or around a bone or joint should get a less intense massage than the thick muscle tissue in the thighs.
It also varies depending on the soreness of the muscle, and people have different pain thresholds.
The Hypervolt comes with 5 interchangeable heads which are probably enough for most users. The same goes for the Theragun. As you can see from the table below, they are quite similar.
Some massage guns come with an adjustable arm which can make it easier to reach various spots on the body, especially if you are massaging yourself.
The Theragun Elite and the Hypervolt both have their massage arms at a fixed angle, so in this regard, they both fall short. For those harder to reach spots, you might want to have someone assist you.
The design of the massage guns are done well, which makes does make them easy to maneuver. At least, in my opinion, the Theragun is ergonomically a bit superior and for those longer sessions, it will be less demanding to operate it.
Speed Settings And Power
Another important feature of the two massage guns is speed settings. Here, both massage guns have their own advantages. Theragun Elite has 5 speeds at 1750, 1900, 2100, 2200, and 2400 Percussion Per Minute (PPM). While Hypervolt has a lower 3 speed setting at 2000, 2600, and 3200 PPM, it has a notably higher PPM.
This makes it more effective for penetrating deeper muscle tissue. On the other hand, The Elite covers a more broad spectrum of massages ranges.
Both massage guns pack considerable power and will give you a relaxing deep tissue massage. In terms of stroke length, the Elite is superior with its 0.6″ / 16 mm vs hypervolt with a stroke length 0.4″ / 10 mm. To put it another way, the Eliteshould be able to get a bit deeper into the muscle. This means it is more suitable for denser tissue, such as glutes and back, where the muscle fibers are denser and stronger.
Battery + Carrying Case
The Elite has a built-in Lithium-ion battery with 2 hours of battery life.
Hypervolt, on the other hand, has a removable Lithium-ion battery with up to 3 hours of battery life.
The Elite is a good choice for frequent travelers or those who are always on the go because of its free carrying case. For the Hypervolt, this is an additional expense since you have to purchase the travel bag separately.
However, the removable battery does provide its own advantages of easy replacement and recharging.
Spec Comparison Table
Here is a table comparing the two models across all the specs mentioned above.
The Theragun Elite is normally a bit more expensive than the Hypervolt. The massage guns vary in terms of battery life, speed, and power. But overall they are quite similar and will both give you a great massage.
Although subjective, I do feel that there is a more premium feeling to the Theragun and its design is better. Its design, quality, OLED screen, and smartphone app do set it apart from the rest.
Making The Decision
Hypervolt is cheaper, a bit quieter, and has plenty of adjustability and long-lasting batteries. I think it is safe to say that it will be a better choice for a lot of people unless you are looking for more power.
If you want the most powerful deep tissue massage, then you probably want to choose the Theragun.
BONUS Brief On Massage Guns
In case you are wondering, these so-called massage guns are handheld massage devices that look something like a mini jackhammer or a repurposed jigsaw. Essentially, they work by “hammering” down on your muscle tissue at very high speeds – a.k.a. percussion massage. Learn more here.
Using them on sore muscles feels great (I have used them myself) and there is an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence that it promotes muscle recovery and provides relief for sore muscles.
Massage guns are very popular among athletes (also eSports athletes) and anyone who is prone to muscle aches due to how they use their body. Basically, you get most of the same things you get with a manual massage.
However, it should be noted that the scientific evidence surrounding the topic is not very clear about why it works or the extent of it. But this is a general concern for massage, and not specific to these massage guns. Notable effects that evidence suggests include:
- It could help alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Read more about it here (meta-analysis).
- The so-called myofascial-release can potentially help muscle recovery and performance. Read more about it here (meta-analysis).
- Decrease to cortisol and increases to the level of the two neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Although these massage guns come at a steep price, this one-time investment could quickly become a more cost-effective treatment method, if the device replaces regular visits at a massage clinic.
Besides that, having a massager available 24/7 is very convenient. It can easily be brought with you and used “on-the-go”.