Want to know if the Hyperice Hypervolt or the Theragun G3Pro is the right massage gun for you?
In this comparative review, I will take a close look at these two popular massage guns 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.
Theragun G3 Pro is arguably the most “premium one” (on the market as well) but also comes at a relatively higher price.
If you want to check out other cheaper alternatives, you can refer to this list I made here.
Summarizing Comparison Table
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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.
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”.
The Hyperice Hypervolt and Theragun G3Pro Comparison
The two massagers have a lot in common. They both work well and customers are generally very pleased with their purchase.
Looking closely at the differences, I would say they mainly consist of the following:
- Ease of self-use
I will cover each of these and more below.
Here is a cool demonstration of how to use the Hypervolt at home.
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 a less noisy experience, and it is a continuous effort.
The Theragun G3Pro produces 50 % less noise than the predecessor, but despite the changes, 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.
Operating the Theragun creates about 70 – 75 decibels, while the Hypervolt only creates 65 – 70 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 Hyperice Hypervolt comes with 4 interchangeable heads which are probably enough for most users.
The Theragun G3Pro comes with 6 interchangeable heads. 4 of them are similar to what you get with the Hypervolt. Besides those 4, there is a “wedge” for shoulder blades and a “thumb” for trigger point therapy. Works well for people with lower back pain or sore chest (pectoral muscles)
With a 90 degree articulating massage arm and a great grip, the Theragun is easy to navigate and you can hit pretty much any spot on your body by yourself.
In this regard, the Hypervolt falls short. It is, in general, harder to use by yourself and there might be several spots where you need assistance from someone else.
The design of the Theragun is ergonomically superior and for those longer sessions, it will be less demanding to operate it.
See the Theragun in action in the video below…
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Another important feature of the two massage guns is speed settings. Here Hypervolt is the winner. It has 3 speeds that can work up to 3200 RPM. The G3Pro has 2 speeds, the highest going up to 2400 RPM.
RPM stands for revolutions per minute. One revolution is when the massaging arm has moved from the position of being fully contracted to fully extended and back again.
Battery + Carrying Case
The G3Pro comes with 2 exchangeable and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. They each last up to 75 minutes, a total of 2.5 hours.
Hypervolt on the other hand, only got one battery. But it still exceeds the G3Pro in battery life and can last 3 hours per charge.
TheraGun G3Pro 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.
Price Difference Justied?
The Theragun G3Pro is the significantly more expensive option. I think it is fair to say that you will have to thoroughly consider whether your specific needs justify spending that extra money.
Although subjective, I do feel that there is a more premium feeling to the Theragun, but it does come at a higher price.
Spec Comparison Table
Here is a table comparing the two models across all the specs mentioned above.
Hypervolt is cheaper, quieter, has plenty of adjustability and long-lasting batteries.
I think it is safe to say that it will be a better choice for almost all people.
If ease of self-massage is very important to you, it might be worth the price difference to buy the Theragun.
Finally, there is another comparable massage gun that would be worth considering as well. It goes by the name TimTam Power Massager and I have reviewed here.
Another more economical massager would be the Pure Wave CM7, which you can learn more about here.