Every so often, a new health and fitness fad makes its appearance: spinning, the keto diet, juice cleanses, and even the infamous “shake weight”. Some of these trends die a prompt and well-deserved death – others, like percussive massage guns, stand the test of time and experience.
Percussive, deep-tissue massage guns are simply the next step in the evolution of the art of massage, enabling anyone to enjoy an experience comparable to that offered by a professional therapist, whenever it suits them.
Good: The aluminum chassis is strong and provides good noise insulation while staying light and malleable. Meaning it won’t chip, crack, or wear and tear over time.
Not so good: It’s not the most lightweight percussion massager of the field, but just by a tiny margin (and the ergonomic 99º handle more than makes up for it).
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a strong, powerful, smooth, and easy-to-use percussion massager, there’s nothing better than HydraGun. Well worth the slightly higher price.
Good: A pretty full-featured massage gun at a reasonable price, this may save you a couple of trips to the chiropractor.
Not so good: While there’s nothing in particular to point to as a drawback, there is definitely a difference in sensation and usability compared to more expensive products.
Bottom Line: All in all, the amount of power and functionality at a good price makes the Darkiron a very attractive choice.
Good: With above-average stroke length and a rotating massage head to reach all spots, this massage gun can help take your workouts to the next level.
Not so good: It’s definitely not cheap, nor delicate enough for some types of injury.
Bottom Line: Someone who takes their exercise routine seriously may fall in love with this. It’s gratifyingly powerful without being too noisy.
Good: Very affordable and with a wide range of attachments, this is an attractive choice for self-therapy.
Not so good: Not the most powerful massage gun out there, and it shouldn’t be expected to keep working for years to come.
Bottom Line: Inexpensive but not cheaply made, it comes with useful attachments for dealing with abdominal muscles, calves, and upper arms. Or even some reflexology.
Good: A balanced all-round massage gun, it shares many of its best features with the Darkiron. The sensation is even better, it feels deeper.
Not so good: Though it’s well made and does everything most users will want, it fails to stand out in any significant way.
Bottom Line: The top seller status of this massage gun is no surprise. It’s powerful, versatile, and will benefit anyone who needs a percussion massager for therapeutic purposes.
Good: A long handle makes this deep tissue massager easy to use even if you have poor joint mobility.
Not so good: It’s not a true massage gun: you’ll struggle to apply sufficient force to penetrate large muscles thoroughly.
Bottom Line: If you don’t specifically need a massage gun, or you’re looking for a gift, this is a good low-cost option.
Good: Powerful and with a handy triangular grip, this massage gun certainly gets the job done.
Not so good: It’s uncomfortably loud and requires frequent charging, limiting its use to certain situations.
Bottom Line: People who are serious about their training will find the Vybe very useful, but it’s not the massage gun most people will want.
Good: From the brand that is to many the gold standard of massage guns, this is certainly a very well-designed product.
Not so good: It’s extremely expensive, yet arguable gets outperformed by more economical rivals.
Bottom Line: Although there’s no doubt about its effectiveness, it would be hard to call this massager good value for money.
Good: Very affordable compared to products with similar feature sets, this massager offers good value, at least on paper.
Not so good: Buying from an unknown brand always entails risk, especially if your unit develops a defect.
Bottom Line: If cost is the most important factor for you, or you just want to try out massage guns without making a major commitment, this may work for you.