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Hypervolt Vs Theragun – Which Is Right For You?

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.

Both Hypervolt and Theragun are definitely among the popular ones, and you will be getting a great massage device either way.

Theragun is arguably the most premium one (perhaps on the whole market) but also comes at a relatively much higher price.

If you want to see other cheaper alternative, you can check out this list I made here.

Summarizing Comparison Table

Name
Pricing Pros Cons
Hyperice Hypervolt $$
  • Quieter
  • Long battery life
  • Less handy
Theragun G3Pro $$$
  • Ergonomic
  • Easy self-massage
  • Versatile
  • Pricy

Brief On Massage Guns

In case you are wondering, these so-called massage guns are handheld massage devices that works by sending pulses of pressure onto your skin and to some degree penetrating your muscle tissues.

Also, they look something like a gun or a repurposed jigsaw.

Using them on sore muscles feels great but also promotes muscle recovery, reduces pain and tension, improves blood circulation and range of motion. Read more about how here.

Basically, you get most of the same things you get with a manual massage.

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. This probably includes a good majority of us with desk jobs.

It is for a really good reason that these devices have become popular, and there is an incredible amount of anecdotal evidence that they work well. Also, there is scientific evidence backing it up.

Although they come at a steep price, this one-time investment could quickly become a more cost-effective treatment method, if the devices 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

There is a reason why these massage guns have become super popular in the past few years. They feel great and can make a big difference for people with sore and achy muscles.

Furthermore, people looking for faster muscle recovery will not be disappointed.

This is all true for both models. However, their main differences are:

  1. Price
  2. Ease of self-use
  3. Noise

There are of course more differences than that, and I will be going through each of them below.

Here is a cool demonstration of how to use the Hypervolt at home.

Noise Level

I am sure that most people associate a good massage with being relaxing. That will probably also include being free of unnecessary noise, and a good massage device should produce a little amount.

If you haven’t tried out one of these devices for yourself, perhaps you will 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 continuos 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 employs 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 of the massage guns you can buy come with interchangeable “massage heads” / attachments.

This means you can adjust the kind of massage you get to 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 much less intense massage than thick muscle tissue in the thighs or biceps.

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 each have a similar function like the ones that come with the Hypervolt and besides that, there is a special wedge for shoulder blades and a thumb for trigger point therapy. Works well for people with lower back pain or sore chest (pectoral muscles)

Maneurability

With a 90 degree articulating massage arm and a great grip, the Theragun is 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.

Besides that, 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…

Speed Settings

Another important feature of the two massage guns is speed settings. Here Hypervolt is the winner since it has 3 settings that can work up to 3200 RPMs compared with 2 speeds of G3Pro, 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 (total 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 can be an additional expense since you have to purchase the travel bag separately.

Price Difference Justied?

The Theragun G3Pro is the significantly more expensive option. It is about double the price, and I think it is fair to say that you will have to thoroughly consider whether your specific needs justify spending the extra money.

Although subjective, I do feel that there is more premium feeling to the Theragun, but it does come at a steep price.

man massaging a woman
Not sure if these massage device can ever be better than a good-old manual massage.

Spec Comparison Table

Here is a table comparing the two models across all the specs mentioned above for an easy comparison.

HypervoltTheragun
MotorOwn motor with
Quiet Glide Technology TM
Industrial-grade
Japanese motor
Noise65-70 dB
(depends on speed setting)
70-75 dB
(depends on speed setting)
Speed3 settings up to 3200 RPM 2 settings up to 2400 RPM
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion battery.
Lasting up to 3 hours.
1 Battery included.
Rechargeable Li-ion battery.
Lasting 75 minutes each.
2 Batteries included.
Attachments4 attachments included:
Bullet – pinpoint areas
Fork – specific muscles
Ball – greater surface area
Flat – denser muscles
6 attachments included:
Dampener – delicate tissue
Large ball – large muscles
Standard ball – overall use
Wedge – for shoulder blades
Thumb – lower back and
trigger point therapy
Cone – pinpoint muscle
treatment
Weight2.5 lbs / 1.13 kg 2.9 lbs / 1.32 kg
Carrying
case
Separate purchaseIncluded
PricingApprox. half the priceApprox. double the price
Guarantee?1-year warranty30-days money back
1-year warranty

Conclusion

Hypervolt is cheaper, quieter, has plenty of adjustability and long-lasting batteries.

I think it is safe to say that it will be the 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.

Marcus

Hello there! My name is Marcus, I am a lawyer (LL.M.) and the founder of this website. Besides sometimes doing lawyer stuff, I like to write about fitness and health and share with others what I have personally found “works” (others have as well). I like weight training, yoga and figuring out how to overcome the many challenges caused by our modern lifestyle. If you want to know more about me and my vision for this website then you can click here.

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