If you are wondering whether the Theragun or the Thumper would be the best for you, then you have landed on the right page!
In this comparative review, I am going to take a close look at two popular massagers from each brand so that you can make a better-informed decision.
As you might already know both companies have several models, and I have picked the Theragun Prime and the Thumper Mini Pro for the comparison because they are both popular and resemble each other in terms of functions and pricing.
The short answer: most people will be happy to spend more money on the Theragun Prime since the product is “up-to-date” and packs a lot of power.
Continue reading to learn more about the two products and how they differ. Below you will find:
- Short summarizing comparison table
- Presentation of each product
- The product comparison (the Theragun vs Thumper part)
Product Comparison Table
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- Reach” hard-to-reach” spots by yourself
- With a power cord, you never have to worry about battery life
- Cover a larger area with the unique dual massage head design
- Advanced capabilities with phone app integration
- A powerful massage without much noise
- Built to last! Very strong and durable build
Increase In Popularity
Lightweight and handheld percussion massagers have seen an extreme rise in popularity in the past years.
Since massage devices are nothing new, perhaps the rise in popularity has something to do with the fact that there is an increasing variety of massagers available that actually work well.
An interesting thing to take note of is that Therabody (the company behind the Theragun) is a fairly new in the industry and have had big commercial success.
A bunch of athletes and celebrities have been seen using massagers from Therabody, and if you are interested in that sort thing you can read more about it here.
On the other hand, the company behind the Thumper designed and patented its first massager back in 1974. Obviously, they have made design improvements since then.
Of course, there is also scientific evidence that shows both percussion and vibration massage therapy works, which are exactly what these massagers do.
Theragun Prime: New Massager On The Block
After suffering from a motorcycle accident that caused a disc herniation, the founder (who is both a chiropractor and athlete) spent 8 years developing the Theragun with the purpose tof creating a less expensive, more efficient and accessible product than its competitors.
Since 2014 the Theragun has been used by professional teams and top athletes over the whole world.
The Prime is among the latest iterations in Therabody’s product line. It is designed and marketed to make massagers available for everybody.
Despite incorporating only the essentials, the massager is just as usable for professionals as for new users. You can use it on yourself.
It is powered by powerful batteries and because of its portability, it is probably especially good for people who are often moving around and have active lifestyles.
But anyone who suffers from aches and pains due to the modern lifestyle can bring it to good use.
It has 5 different speed options between 1750 – 2400 Percussions Per Minute (PPM). According to the founder, they optimal speeds for muscle recovery.
The ergonomically designed grip makes it very easy to use.
Included in the purchase is:
- Thereagun Prime
- 4 different changeable “massage heads” so you can customize the massage
- Power adapter
- Carrying case
- Comes with a 1-year warranty
Thumper Mini Pro: Not Just For Pros
The Thumper Mini Pro is the company’s solution for both professionals and non-professionals. It is intended for use at home or at the office.
While it does have a relatively small and light design, its main selling point is not portability and it is operated with a power cord.
It is designed to be used with either one or two hands and because of its long shaft, it is ideal for reaching areas like shoulders and mid-back by yourself.
Like the Theragun G3Pro it is great for people with active lifestyles that need to speed up muscle recovery or treat aches and pains.
The Thumper Mini Pro has two massage spheres/massage heads that operate simultaneously at three different adjustable speeds: 1200, 1800 and 2400 RPM.
It comes with a 2-year warranty.
Check out the Thumper Mini Pro in this super short video.
Theragun And Thumper Features And Specs – Comparison
As I mentioned in the introduction, you will be getting a great massager whether you choose Theragun or Thumper.
The main differences between the products are:
The Theragun is the more expensive option. However, unlike the Thumper, it is cordless and more compact in size.
The Theragun batteries are very powerful and should last you 120 minutes, with a recharge time of 80 minutes.
In other words, it is not a great sacrifice that is being made in order to go cordless.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the jigsaw/gun-looking design of the Prime could be considered a newer handheld massager generation than the Thumper.
For a more systematic and easy-to-navigate comparison, I am going to cover the following aspects of each product below:
- Massaging “power” and versatility
- The design
- Price difference
1. Massaging “Power” and Versatility
The Theragun Prime has 5 speeds between 1750 – 2400 RPM. With a stroke length of 0.6″ / 16 mm, the distance traveled with each revolution is relatively long and it packs considerable power.
The Thumper Mini Pro operates at three different speeds 1200, 1800 and 2400 and unlike the Theragun has two massing heads operating simultaneously.
The two massage heads move up and down 0.25″ / 6 mm each and also packs a lot of power but probably not as much as the Theragun.
The Prime should be able to withstand up to 30 lbs / 13.6 kg of pressure. I could not find any information regarding the Mini Pro, but according to several customers, the more recent Mini Pro model that came out 2-3 years ago is not as strong as its predecessor.
With an ergonomic grip and using 4 different changeable heads, the Theragun is the more versatile option.
Since it has a compact size and is battery powered, it is also easier to navigate around on your body.
The Thumper Mini Pro does have a benefit of its larger size though, and that is you can massage upper and mid back by yourself easily using either 1 or 2 hands holding it.
2. The Design
The massagers are both relatively lightweight but have a study design.
I have mentioned before that the Prime is more compact, but as you can see in the table below it is not a big difference. However, having the cord attached is another factor that makes the Mini Pro less compact.
When comparing the visual design, the Theragun is the winner in my opinion. It does look more modern and cool.
The Theragun also comes with a handy carrying case.
3. Price Difference: Justified?
The Theragun Prime is the more expensive option. With that being said, it does include a lot more, it is newer, more powerful and is battery-powered.
A thing to take note of is that the Mini Pro comes with 2-year warranty while the Prime only has 1-year warranty.
Making The Decision
If you are often on-the-go and want to take the massager with you, then the Theragun Prime won’t disappoint you.
If you just want to use the massager at home and don’t care about the different massage options that the changeable massage heads have to offer, then Mini Pro should be enough for you unless you want more power. Besides, you will be able to massage your back by yourself easily, which I think is what most people really want.