Which is Better: Theragun vs Kraftgun?

Want to know if the Theragun or the Kraftgun is the better choice as your new premium massage gun?

The quick answer: the new Kraftgun Force has some incredible specs at a very affordable price (especially if you get it at 120 USD off, scroll down for the link).

This makes the Kraftgun the the best choice for most people. HOWEVER, expect to wait a very long time for it to arrive.

I should note that Therabody, which is the company that makes Theragun, has a range of 4 different massagers, while Kraftgun only has one.

In this article, I will be comparing the Theragun Pro with the Kraftgun Force.

Product Comparison Table

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Theragun Pro
  • Get advanced capabilities with the OLED screen and phone app integration
  • Customize your massage with 6 high-quality attachments
  • If one battery runs out, you can quickly swap it out with the second one that is included.
Kraftgun Force
  • A powerful massage without the noise.
  • Never run out juice with impressive 3.5 hours of use per charge
  • You get incredible specs for less money!

Theragun vs Kraft Gun: Which to Compare?

The first issue with comparing Kraftgun and Theragun is that the pricing isn’t exactly the same.

The most expensive model of the Theragun is far more expensive than the Kraftgun is (especially if you use my 120 USD coupon).

To further complicate the issue, Theragun has multiple products with various price and functionality and Kraftgun has only one as of this post’s writing.

So, the simplest way is to take the models with closest specs and compare them. Surprisingly, the Kraftgun has what it takes to rival Theragun Pro, the highest-tier product offered by Therabody.

The Kraft Gun is intended to be a high-quality, medium-priced massage gun. I will be using the Theragun Pro to compare it to which is also intended to be a premium-range model.

If you want to check out the other models from Theragun, then this comparison should be useful.

Immediate Specifications of Theragun and Kraft Gun

Right away, a few differences can be noted. The first one, is the difference in supposed battery life between Theragun and Kraftgun.

The Theragun Pro has 2 interchangeable lithium-ion batteries. Each delivers 150 minutes of continuous power and takes 75 minutes to recharge. On the other hand, the Kraftgun has a 24V built-in Samsung battery which lasts 3.5 hours on a single charge.

The speeds are extremely similar. The Kraftgun has three speeds, and its lower settings are far slower than the Theragun: but when you crank it up, both are about even on the speed at about 2400 Percussions Per Minute (PPM). The Theragun Pro has speeds ranging between 1750 – 2400 PPM.

They are both very light, with the Kraftgun sitting at 2.2 lbs / 1 kg and the Theragun sitting at about 2.9 lbs / 1.3 kg.

The force of each gun is another place where the Kraftgun edges out. It has a stall force of anywhere between 66 and 80 pounds, according to their website. The Theragun Pro can withstand 60 pounds of force without stalling.

This is a noticeable increase and win for the Kraftgun in this area. The Theragun’s flagship model has a similar force–but then, it is much more expensive, and the Kraftgun is managing this at a lower price range as the Pro.

The 90 degrees adjustable arm of the Theragun Pro is a win over the Kraftgun, which has stationary arm. The adjustable arm does make it easier to hit different spots on your own body. The 6 massage heads that comes with the Theragun Pro is another win. Here Kraftgun only comes with 4.

The Theragun and Kraftgun design differs slightly, but they’re similar enough that it’s not really worth comparing. They are both lightweight, portable and have ergonomic grips for more comfortable use.

One final point to make before we move on here is that the Kraftgun is quiet while operating at about 65 dB. The reason why this is important is in many reviews of the Theragun Pro, people complain that it is somewhat louder than its competitors. With the recent new generation of products from Theragun this is still the case, but the difference has been reduced significantly. This means that the Kraftgun is only a bit more quiet than the Theragun Pro when operated.

See the Kraft Gun in action in this video.

Why Get A Massage Gun?

Since you are on this page, I am confident you already know something about massage guns or percussion massagers.

So, I will keep it short in restating the purposes:

Reducing muscle soreness, promoting blood flow, and speeding up recovery time after a workout. They do this by rapidly massaging deep muscle tissues without any pain 🙂

Pricing Difference

When a new product or product type comes into an industry, like percussion massagers have come into the health and fitness industry in the last few years, there are usually a few products that sit at the top initially.

These are usually products with a lot of money and development time invested in them from the companies that made them, and they do this to grow and create a brand so this product is known in the new niche of the industry.

In the percussion massage industry, it can’t be argued that one of the most well-known products is Theragun by the company Therabody.

The Kraftgun is of a complete other nature, and that is why the pricing of the two products are very different. At the end of the day, this might matter very little to you as a consumer and if you take advantage of my 120 USD coupon, the Kraftgun is significantly cheaper!

Customer Impressions

Of course the pricing of a product is not the only thing that matters, customer impressions are also important. In this matter, Theragun actually edges out. The biggest issue has been complaints about noise, which has been much improved upon with the new generation. For the most part, people are praising performance and ease-of-use.

With the Kraft Gun, a lot of people are very happy with the product and praise how useful it is, but there are also some noticeable negative reviews posted on their own site. The issue is that many customers are waiting for up to two months or even more for the Kraftgun to arrive.

I know the company has been facing extreme diffuculties with logistics and production facilities, and that they are working hard to improve the situation. However, in the modern world, that’s unacceptable shipping time and I hope they will get it handled soon.

People also complain about the customer service with the Kraft Gun, as they leave question after question and try to get updates on their shipping and their order, only to be left in silence. All of these reviews are readable on the Kraftgun website if you are curious.

If nothing else, I respect their honesty in leaving these reviews readable on their website, though it obviously only hurts their brand. Still, any wary consumer can be warned about the possibilities of waiting six to eight weeks or more to receive their product.

Final Thoughts

There’s a lot to compare and think about when it comes to this purchase. The Theragun has much faster shipping time and better customer service while having a comparable performance in most areas to the Kraftgun. It only truly loses in terms of stall force, and noise, but keeps up in speed, weight, different modes and attachments, and nearly all other areas.

Despite a significant price difference, the Kraftgun makes a close comparison in even those categories in which it has lost except for the adjustable arm. That speaks a lot about its quality.

The Kraftgun, for the price range, has the incredible specs, but there are noticeable negative reviews about the shipping time, with some people not receiving their product after two months. Many users complain about a delay in shipping.

Both products are very good at what they do. If you don’t mind the risk of the delay, the Kraftgun is better value, but otherwise, the Theragun Pro is very similar while being far more safe to order.

No matter what, both products are incredible at providing massages, and will assist you in recovering from workouts, muscle damage, back pain, and a multitude of other issues.

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About the author: 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 what I have found “works” for people like YOU. If you want to know more about me and my vision for this website then you can click here.

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