Pure Wave Vs Theragun: Which Is Best For You?

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!

Hopefully, the title name also revealed that to you.

In this review, I will take a close look and compare the Pure Wave CM7 and the Theragun G3Pro.

These specific models are arguably the most popular products from each of these brands.

By the time you have finished reading this, you will be able to make a much better-informed decision when choosing which to buy.

Before I get into this, I want to point out that both the Pure Wave CM7 and the Theragun G3Pro are two great handheld massagers.

man getting a massage

In general, people are very positive about both of them and you can find a ton of positive reviews on e-commerce sites like Amazon (CM7 Reviews).

With that being said there are major differences between the products that you can learn more about below presented in the following format:

  • Short summarizing comparison table
  • Presentation of each product
  • The product comparison (the pure wave vs Theragun part)

Comparison Table

Name
Pricing Pros Cons
Pure Wave CM7 $
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in battery
  • Not for commercial use (less durable)
Theragun G3Pro $$$
  • Design + carrying case
  • Durability
  • Battery convenience
  • Pricy

For more alternative options to the pricy G3Pro, 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 and I have not found other handheld massagers that offer this.

What it means for you is that with the CM7 you get a more versatile massage. Basically, you get more “massage options” and the potential to remedy a broader variety of muscle pain and issues.

Paired with the 6 different massage heads that are included and its variable speed and you can get a massage anywhere from very subtle to 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.

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.

ocean view
These massagers might prove a cost-effective alternative to getting a professional massage. But it will be without the relaxing ambience.

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.

What physical therapists Bob and Brad have to say about the Pure Wave CM7.

For a more thorough look at the Pure Wave CM7, you can check out my review here.

Theragun G3Pro

The G3Pro is the third iteration of the truly premium handheld massage guns that are designed with professionals in mind from the company Theragun.

The last model G2Pro was quoted as:

“A revolution in muscle pain relief and an essential tool in recovery”

And I think it is safe to assume that the massager has only been made better with this new model.

With the G3Pro you can be sure that you are getting a professional grade handheld massager. I would argue that the elegant and slick design also reflects this fact.

However, it is also clearly reflected in the price and I believe it to be one of the most expensive handheld massagers (if not the most expensive) on the market.

The Theragun has the option of different speeds of either 1750 or 2400 RPMs which according to the founder is the optimal speeds for muscle recovery.

It comes with six different changeable “massage heads” allowing the user to customize the massage for personalized treatment.

It also comes with 2 changeable batteries each with a reported battery life of 75 minutes of continuous use.

With the new model, the company has managed to reduce the noise considerably, which was a common complaint with the previous model.

To see it in action, you can watch the short video from Theragun’s Instagram profile below

Pure Wave CM7 and Theragun G3Pro: Features and Specs

As mentioned above, both products are great handheld massagers.

When comparing the two, the most obvious and significant difference is the price, the Theragun being 3-4 times 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.

On top of that the G3Pro is the most recent one of this newer generation.

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 which 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:

  1. Massaging “power” and versatility
  2. The batteries
  3. The design
  4. 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 a lot shorter hence the name “micro-vibration”.

The Theragun G3Pro has 2 speeds: 1750 and 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 G3Pro should be able to withstand up to 60 lbs (27 kg) of pressure, so even a thick bodybuilder leg should not be a problem.

Both massagers come with 6 different massage heads that are easily changeable for customizing the massage.

On the G3Pro you can adjust the angle of the massage, while on the CM7 both massagers are stationary. Depending on the situation, the G3Pro could be easier to handle when navigating the different spots you want to massage.

However, most people will probably find the CM7 more versatile with its large range of speeds and dual-motor.

man getting a massage
The Theragun got more power than your sports masseuse

2. Batteries

Both massagers are not surprisingly powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

However, while the Pure Wave has a built-in battery the Theragun has an easily removable battery (like loading a gun) and two batteries are included.

That means if the battery stops working it is much less of a problem with the Theragun than the Pure Wave. The company does offer to replace a battery for battery cost + installation fee, but you might want to consider replacing the whole massager instead.


Pure Wave CM7Theragun G3Pro
Battery power7.2 V, 2.2 aH12 V, 2.5 aH
Est. duration180 minutes75 minutes
Est. recharge time60 minutes75 minutes

The Theragun batteries are more powerful, but due to the increased need for power output the batteries last a shorter duration.

Since there is a second battery included, and that the recharge time is about the same as how long it will last, you could run the massager for much longer periods. That is if you would be swapping the batteries in and out.

It is a smart feature, but probably only relevant if you are using it for treating many clients in a row, or brought the Theragun to a large family gathering.

3. Lightweight Design   

The massagers have a sturdy and lightweight design, but the CM7 is noticeably lighter than the G3Pro.

Anyone should be able to use both massagers on themselves, but if you have a smaller build or not used to lift things e.g. overhead, I would assume that you tire faster using the G3Pro.

Pure Wave CM7Theragun G3Pro
Weight1.75 lbs / 0.8 kg2.9 lbs / 1.3 kg
Dimensions
L x W x H
(approx.)
16.5″ x 2.75″ x 4″ /
42 cm x 7 cm x 10 cm
10.1″ x 8″ x 2.7″ /
25.7 cm x 20.5 cm x 6.8 cm

The Theragun also comes with a handy carrying case.

When comparing the looks of each massager, I think it is safe to say that most people would agree that the G3Pro looks a lot cooler and that there is a certain “wouw” factor to it.

4. Price Difference – Justified?

The Theragun G3Pro packs more power, is of a newer handheld massager generation, includes 2 changeable batteries and has 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 G3Pro to be of a much more durable build. After all, the G3Pro 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 (3-4 times more expensive), it is not going to be for everyone.

Making The Buyer Decision

As mentioned the Theragun will cost you somewhere around 3-4 times more than the Pure Wave.

Even if you and your whole family are heavy users, you are still saving a significant sum of money if you have to replace the CM7 at some point.

Unless you have fallen in love with the looks of the G3Pro or have a lot of money to spend, as a consumer you would probably want to go with the cheaper option.

After all, they are both great handheld massagers with relative same function and effect.

If you are a physical therapist or buying the massager for use in a gym, then the strong durability and convenience of batteries could be worth it.

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.

6 comments… add one
  • Jessica Whitacre Feb 20, 2019 @ 20:03

    Hay! MARCUS
    I like your post. In your post, I got different information. Your compare is so good as like as a lawyer.
    Thanks for giving us a good suggestion. Keep stay posting

    • Marcus Feb 21, 2019 @ 10:29

      Thanks Jessica!

  • Michael Pierson Mar 13, 2019 @ 20:07

    I’m very much glad to find this article and I am inspired by your work and got some great ideas. Thanks and keep sharing !!

    • Marcus Mar 15, 2019 @ 9:15

      thanks!

  • Ebeth Apr 11, 2019 @ 18:47

    Great article Marcus!! Unbiased and well written for readers like me who were undecided on the two. And I really appreciate the links.

    • Marcus Apr 11, 2019 @ 20:45

      Thanks Ebeth!

      Really make me happy to hear it was helpful 😀

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