Best Percussion Massagers 2023
Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet
A proper warmup before a run is essential if you want to perform your best and avoid injury, and the best percussion massagers are a great addition to your warmup or recovery routine.
The percussive action of these devices helps massage away knots in muscles and reduce soreness, and it also promotes blood flow to targeted muscle groups to keep them happy and healthy.
Unlike foam rollers or other manual massage tools, percussion massagers generate all the force you need, so you can sit back and relax while you reap the benefits.
As an added bonus, most consumer versions of percussion massagers are handheld and cordless, powered instead by a rechargeable lithium ion battery. This way, you can find the perfect tool for you without worrying about portability or bothersome cords.
The latest massage devices come with a wide range of features, from interchangeable heads to different levels of percussive performance to create a customized massage experience that suits your body’s needs.
Shop our picks of the best percussion massagers from a range of price points and abilities:
- Hyperice Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt 2 Pro
- Therabody Theragun Elite and Theragun Pro
- Addaday BioZoom
- TriggerPoint Impact
- Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2
- Theragun mini G4
- Power Plate Pulse 3.0
- ROLL Recovery R1 Percussion
[This article is part of the Best Massage Tools 2023 Buyer's Guide. Find the right massage tool for all your needs at Fleet Feet.]
Hyperice Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt 2 Pro
The Hyperice took one of the most popular percussion massagers in the market, the Hypervolt, and improved it with the Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt 2 Pro.
Hyperice developed the percussion-style massage gun to precisely target hard-to-work areas but made it powerful enough to tackle your entire body. The Hypervolt 2 weighs less than two pounds, but it can reach up to 3,200 percussions per minute and fits easily in your hand with it’s ergonomic handle.
One of the most-appreciated features about the Hypervolt, though, is its QuietGlide technology. Despite its power, the Hypervolt isn’t loud, which means you can get a massage in front of the TV without cranking up the volume.
Hyperice also created five interchangeable massage attachments that give the Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt 2 Pro more versatility. The attachments are:
Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can run up to three hours a single charge, the Hyperice Hypervolt 2 is a compact and powerful massage tool that’s capable of working your entire body.
Like the Hypervolt 2, Hyperice also developed the Hypervolt 2 Pro to deliver more power and options for your massage. It has five different speeds and a more powerful motor to allow you to further customize your massage.
Not only does Hyperice have great how-to videos to help you learn how to use your percussion massager, but they have integrated both the Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt 2 Pro with HyperSmart™, which gives you step-by-step warm up and recovery guides made by experts in the Bluetooth® connected Hyperice App.
Therabody Theragun Elite and Theragun Pro
A premium build quality and standout performance make the Theragun Elite (formerly the Theragun G3) one of the best percussion massagers around.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Theragun Elite is its unique shape. The triangular handle lends the massager a visually striking appearance, but it’s also designed for a purpose: Each side of the triangle acts as a handle that gives you the ability to change grips to reach more muscles without straining your wrists.
Another thing that sets the Elite apart is its amplitude (the measure of how much the shaft travels during each percussion). Therabody says the Elite has an amplitude of 16mm, which presses deep into muscle tissue and then lifts off the surface of the skin before pressing down again.
The deep tissue work aids in recovery after a hard workout, but it can also accelerate your warmup, too. One Fleet Feet reviewer said the Theragun Elite’s power and speed make it easy to use regularly.
“I used to think I needed to dedicate a certain amount of time to a massage session,” he said. “The benefit of a percussion massager is I can use it quickly before and after a run so I find myself using these tools more consistently.”
The Theragun Elite comes preprogrammed with five percussion speeds per minute:
But Therabody doesn’t limit the speeds to those five presets. Using the accompanying Bluetooth app, you can set the Elite to any number of percussions per minute between 1,750 and 2,400.
Therabody says the updated Theragun Elite is also 75 percent quieter than its previous generation thanks to the QuietForce technology built into its motor.
The Elite also comes with its own integrated smartphone app that syncs with Apple Health, Google Fit and Samsung Health. Therabody developed the app with the ability to send guided massage routines to the Elite via Bluetooth.
Want even more? The Theragun Pro does everything the Elite does and then some. With more power, a longer batter life and a rotating arm, the Theragun Pro deliver the ultimate percussion massage experience.
Addaday designed the BioZoom for an efficient massage at a more affordable price. The $250 BioZoom is the same type of percussive massager as more expensive units, and it gives you similar accessories, too.
Engineers equipped the BioZoom to run at five different speeds, ranging from 22 to 48 percussions per second (1,320 to 2,880 percussion per minute). A trigger button on the handle lets you cycle between the different speeds. The button placement is easy to use while continuing your massage.
Fleet Feet reviewers said the BioZoom is a little quieter than similar models, and it still delivers a powerful massage thanks to its different speeds.
To improve its versatility, Addaday included five interchangeable massage attachments. The attachments are:
- Happy. Created from a low-density foam for sensitive areas, like adductors
- Ms. Fascia. The two-pronged attachment hits muscles twice: once on the initial strike and again on the rebound
- Knotty. Designed for pinpoint accuracy
- Bubbles. A medium-density foam that’s great for general use
- Mr. Torch. High-density and firm for stubborn knots. The large surface areas works well on big muscles, like quads, hamstrings and lower back
Addaday’s BioZoom comes with a playlist of informational videos to help educate you on the best use of the massager. From videos on the individual massage attachments to how to use the BioZoom with a partner, Addaday’s library will help get you going with percussion massage.
The TriggerPoint Impact is one of the most affordable and beginner-friendly percussion massagers you can find today, but it doesn’t skimp on power or features.
TriggerPoint engineered the Impact with a unique shape. The angled handle places your hand very close to the massage head to give you good control over the device. It also includes a stubbier handle on top of the device to allow for two-handed operation, like a construction worker with a jackhammer.
One major difference you’ll find with the Impact compared to other percussion massagers is its single head attachment. The Impact only comes with the one massage head. TriggerPoint designed the universal head, though, to be broad enough for large muscle work and precise enough for more sensitive areas.
The upside to the universal massage head is it takes any guesswork out of choosing an attachment. It’s great for your quads, glutes, forearms, hips or back (and almost every other area), which makes the Impact very approachable for anyone who’s new to percussion massagers.
TriggerPoint’s brushless motor delivers powerful but quiet operation, and it has four speed settings to cycle through with a press of the power button on the side of the unit’s body. Like the other devices on this list, designers powered the Impact with a rechargeable battery that packs enough juice for at least two hours on a single fill up.
Like other brands, TriggerPoint created a host of accompanying educational videos for the Impact. The videos walk you through how to use the percussion massager to work different muscle groups, like your shoulders, glutes or lower back.
Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2
The Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2 is one of our favorite percussion massage guns for runners and athletes on the move.
This small but mighty massage gun easily packs into your running bag when you’re traveling to the gym, your next Ragnar Relay or just want to keep up with your running routine on vacation. Plus, it’s TSA-approved and comes with different power adapters, so you can bring it with you when you travel internationally for a marathon.
Don’t let the size of this effective recovery tool fool you. The Hyperice Hypervolt GO 2 has plenty of power to relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, improve your range of motion and promote circulation, so you can train harder and recover quicker. With three different speeds and two different attachments (flat and bullet), you can personalize it for the perfect massage depending on the body part and your preferences.
The Hypervolt GO 2 also features Quiet Glide technology so you can massage your muscles without needing to turn up the volume on the TV. Its sleek, ergonomic design fits better in your hands, and the modern arctic-gray finish looks better than ever.
Theragun mini G4
Looking for something even smaller? The Theragun mini G4 will be your pocket-sized training partner that comes packed with power.
Weighing less than 1.5 lbs, Theragun built the mini G4 for portability. The ergonomic design fits easily into the palm of your hand and comes with a standard ball attachment that’s perfect for overall use on large and small muscle groups.
To customize the level of your massage on the go, the Theragun mini G4 comes preprogrammed with three percussion speeds per minute (PPMs):
The mini is remarkably quiet too. It uses a proprietary brushless motor with QuietForce Technology™ that delivers plenty of power without sounding like you’re running a jackhammer in the other room. Plus, it comes with a soft case that you can use when you’re traveling to your next race or running during vacation.
Power Plate Pulse 3.0 & Case
We love the Power Plate Pulse 3.0 because it comes with six different head attachments so you can fine-tune your massage. Plus, six different levels of vibrations help rejuvenate sore muscles, work out tight knots and improve blood flow.
The Power Plate Pulse 3.0 also comes with a protective case that makes traveling to a race or heading to the gym with your massage device easy.
Great for pre-workout warm-ups and post-workout recovery, incorporating self massage into your daily routine is easy with the quiet and powerful Power Plate Pulse 3.0.
ROLL Recovery R1 Percussion
The compact size and seven hours of battery life of the ROLL Recovery R1 Percussion gun make it one of our favorites for travel. For such a small device, it boasts an impressive speed range of 1800 - 3200 ppm and comes with four different head attachments which is perfect for the budget-friendly price point.
- Four speeds (1800 ppm, 220 ppm, 2600 ppm, 3200 ppm)
- Four attachment heads
- Premium USB-C charging
- Long-lasting, lithium-ion battery lasting over 7 hours
- Aircraft-grade anodized aluminum body
- 15-minute self-timing shutoff to preserve battery life
- Less than 3 hours of full charging time
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What to Consider Before Buying a Massage Gun
Amplitude: Ranging from around 7 mm to 16 mm, the amplitude is how far the device travels from top to bottom. A higher amplitude allows you to reach deeper into muscle groups, though lower amplitudes can be preferred if you enjoy a less intense massage.
Percussions Per Minute (ppm): This is simply the speed at which your massage gun vibrates or completes one full cycle. Most massage guns have an adjustable speed ranging from 1700 - 3200 ppm.
Attachments: Percussion guns often come with one or more attachments to customize the massage. A standard foam ball attachment is most common, however, some massage guns also include cone, thumb, dampener or flat-head attachments.
Battery: Long-lasting battery life is key. Most percussion devices come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Look for a massage gun that can keep up with your training and provide ample massage time without frequent recharging.
Size/portability: If you travel frequently to races or want to be able to bring your massage gun with you on the go, size can be a deciding factor. There are plenty of smaller options that can easily be thrown into a gym bag or suitcase without sacrificing too much power or amplitude.
How We Tested the Best Massage Guns for Recovery
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Collectively, our experienced team of Fleet Feet editors has tried, tested and fallen in love with percussion guns from the top running brands. With this knowledge, we meticulously pour over the smallest details like performance, materials, durability, price and weight, to decide which massage guns and recovery gear are the best. From running shoe and gear reviews to workout tips and inspiration, we are your go-to source for running knowledge and motivation.
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