If you are looking for a thorough comparative review of two popular handheld massagers from Pure Wave and Theragun, then you are in the right place!
In this review, I will take a close look and compare the Pure Wave CM7 and the Theragun Prime.
Both brands have several models to choose from, and I would argue that the CM7 and the Prime make the best comparison when considering price, functions, and popularity.
The Pure Wave CM7 is the winner in my opinion since it offers the best value for money. However, there advantages to the more premium Theragun Prime that might make it worthwhile for you to spend some extra.
So scroll down if you are interested in learning more about the differences. You will find:
- Short summarizing comparison table
- Presentation of each product
- The product comparison (the pure wave vs Theragun part)
By the time you have finished reading this, you will be able to make a much better-informed decision.
Product Comparison Table
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- Reach” hard-to-reach” spots by yourself
- Less hassle due to long battery life
- Multi-purpose and versatile at a very affordable price
- Advanced capabilities with phone app integration
- A powerful massage without much noise
- Built to last! Very strong and durable build
For more alternative options, you can check out this lengthy comparative review.
Pure Wave CM7
The Pure Wave massager is a popular handheld massager designed for consumers. It has two different motors, each with its own distinct functionality.
Very few massagers offer such features and attachments at such price, making it the “best bang for your buck” choice.
What it means for you is that with the CM7, you get more “massage options” and the potential to remedy a broader variety of muscle pain and issues.
Pure Wave CM7 comes with 6 different massage heads, enabling you to enjoy a wide variety of massages. These attachments allow you to enjoy a variety of massage intensities, from very subtle to more intense.
In other words, you are both able to penetrate deep into thick muscle tissue like your thighs and work delicate muscle tissue or fascia around joints or in your face. As such, it is just as suitable for average users as well as for professional athletes.
With its relatively long battery life of reported 180 minutes, you don’t have to worry about constantly charging. Although in the user manual it is recommended that you charge regularly in between use for optimal battery health.
The Pure Wave CM7 customers are generally very positive towards the product, and the Pure Wave is also liked and recommended by professionals.
In the marketing videos, physical therapists are seen praising the CM7 and say that they even use it to treat their clients and recommend for home use.
Like any healthily-skeptical buyer, I would not take such information by itself at face value and neither should you.
However, with some digging, I have found other physical therapists recommending the CM7 who are completely unaffiliated and unbiased.
The one source I trust the most is a popular youtube channel by two physical therapists Bob and Brad.
These guys are great and if you are looking for some good advice on all things about muscle issues and pain you should take a look at their youtube channel.
For more detailed information, you can check out my pure wave CM7 review here.
Theragun Prime is the improved and rebranded version of its prior equivalent, Theragun Liv.
It is amongst the newest line of truly premium handheld massage guns that are designed with everyday users in mind from the company Therabody (previously Theragun).
And I think it is safe to assume that the 4th generation of the massagers has only made it even better.
With the Prime, you can be sure that you are getting a professional-grade handheld massager. I would argue that the ergonomic and sturdy design reaffirms its effectiveness as a premium massage equipment.
Keep in mind, that it is also reflected in the price 🙂
The Theragun has different speed options between 1750 – 2400 RPMs which, according to the founder, are the optimal speeds for muscle recovery.
Apart from the predefined 5 speeds (1750, 1900, 2100, 2200, and 2400), you are free to choose any speed in the range.
It comes with four different changeable “massage heads” that allow the user to personalize their massages accordingly.
The massage gun has an internal Lithium-ion battery which boasts significantly improved operational capacity. It can power the massager for 120 minutes of continuous use without fail.
It also boasts considerably reduced noise levels. The newer generation emits about 70% less noise – a huge leap from its previously noisy versions.
Pure Wave CM7 and Theragun Prime: Features and Specs
First of all, I want to emphasize the fact that both products are great handheld massagers. So no matter which you pick, you will get a very capable massager!
When comparing the two, the most obvious and significant difference is the price, the Theragun being over 2x more expensive than the Pure Wave.
Another major difference is that the Theragun belongs to what you can describe as a newer generation of handheld massagers that has a jigsaw or gun-look to it.
However, both massagers perform what is called percussion massage therapy. They are both lightweight and, of course, handheld enabling you to service the unit by yourself (self-massage).
Essentially, percussion massage therapy is short bursts of pressure in a concentrated point at a very high speed. We are talking 1000s of bursts per minute.
At first glance, this might seem like nothing special, but if applied to your sore and overworked muscles it has numerous potential benefits that you can read more about here.
For a more systematic comparison of the two massagers, I am going to do a Pure Wave vs Theragun rundown of the following aspects:
- Massaging “power” and versatility
- The batteries
- The design
- Price difference – justified or not?
1. Massaging “Power” and Versatility
The Pure Wave has two massaging motors and you actually get two massagers in one.
The main one operates at anywhere from 1,500 – 3,700 RPM (revolutions per minute) changeable by the user.
The second and smaller one designed for delicate areas like your face operates at a single speed of 11,000 RPM so-called micro-vibrations. This is clearly a lot faster but the distance traveled (stroke length / amplitude of the revolution) is also a lot shorter hence the name “micro-vibration”.
The Theragun Prime can cover any speed in the range from 1750 – 2400 RPM. With a stroke length of 16 mm, the distance traveled with each revolution is relatively long and it packs A LOT of power.
The Prime can withstand up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg) of pressure without stalling. This enables it to perform excellently in most situations.
Theragun Prime comes with 4 attachments (dampener, standard ball, thumb, and cone). The Pure Wave model comes with 6 attachments (air cushion tip, six head tip, point tip, scalp tip, body oil tip, and migraine tip).
Pure Wave has more attachments that are ingeniously designed to serve their specific purposes effectively.
Most people will probably find the CM7 more versatile with its large range of speeds and dual-motor. Although, it won’t be able to get as deep into the muscle as the Pure Wave. The company behind the Pure Wave hasn’t officially stated the stroke length, but some have found it to be about 4 mm.
Both massagers are (not surprisingly) powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
For these models, the batteries are built-in / internal, meaning they cannot be easily removed or changed. However, both companies offer battery replacement services for their respective models.
Check out the Pure Wave CM7 on Amazon here.
The Theragun batteries are more powerful, but due to the increased need for power output, the batteries last a shorter duration.
In almost all cases, this is won’t be an issue at all, because no massage or series of massages won’t come close to last that long. In addition, they are easily recharged.
3. Lightweight Design
The massagers have a sturdy and lightweight design. The CM7 is slightly lighter than the Prime, but at just 200 grams, there is not much of a difference to note.
However, you can more easily reach your back with the “shaft design” of Pure Wave CM7.
Check out the Theragum Prime here!
The Theragun also comes with a handy carrying case, increasing its portability.
When comparing the looks of each massager, I think it is safe to say that most people would agree that the Prime looks a lot cooler and that there is a certain “wow” factor to it.
4. Price Difference – Justified?
The Theragun Prime packs more power, is of a newer handheld massager generation, and includes a carrying case.
Unlike the CM7 it is designed for professionals, and it is probably going to last much longer.
While I am no mechanical engineer, I would assume the Prime to be of a much more durable build. After all, the Prime is designed for professionals like physical therapists and the CM7 is designed for normal consumers.
To back that assumption up, it is specifically written in the CM7 user manual that the unit should be expected to break down much faster if used for commercial use.
But it should be noted that both products come with 1-year warranty.
Based on all this, it makes sense that you are charged a higher price for the Theragun. But with the significantly higher price tag, it is not going to be for everyone.
Making The Buyer Decision
As mentioned the Theragun will cost you somewhere a little over 2x compared to Pure Wave.
After all, they are both great handheld massagers with relative same functions and effects. So most people will probably want to go with the cheaper option.
Even if you and your whole family are heavy users, you can still replace the CM7 at some point for less money than buying the Prime.
If you are a physical therapist or buying the massager for heavy use in a gym, then the strong durability and power could make the Prime worth your money.