The 5 Best Massage Guns for Sore, Tired Muscles
We’re calling it: 2020 is the year of the massage gun. Google searches for “best massage gun” have risen 87 percent since August, and our favorite fitness influencers are posting about them incessantly. We did our research and found the five best massage guns for sore, tired post–boot camp muscles. If you need us, we’ll be on the couch with the Theragun.
Editors’ Pick: Theragun G3PRO Percussion Therapy Device
- Comfortable ergonomic handle
- 50 percent quieter than previous models
- Two speeds, four angled arm positions and six attachments
There’s a reason Theragun is one of the most well-known massage gun brands. Their products have a reputation for being high quality and effective—which ONE37pm fashio
Best Value: WAPIKE Massage Gun
- 30 speed levels and six massage heads
- Five-hour battery life per charge
- Weighs only 2.2 pounds
We get it, you might not want to shell out upwards of $500 for a wellness trend you’re not sure about yet. If that’s the case, try this $146 alternative. It does the same thing as a pricier gun—working to relieve soreness with deep and powerful muscle massage—but at a fraction of the cost. It also offers 30 different speed variations, a feature that even the most advanced models generally lack.
Splurge-Worthy: Rapid Release Juvenate Cordless Targeted High-Speed Vibration Massager
- Lightweight and portable
- Effective on smaller muscles
- FDA-registered medical device
Looking to bring in the big guns (see what we did there)? The Rapid Release Juvenate is the massager for every nook and cranny of your achy body. It features three built-in treatment heads to combat everything from hand and wrist pain to deep backaches. Plus, it’s an FDA-registered Class 1 medical device, so you don’t need to be wary about its safety.
Runner-Up: OPOVE M3 Pro Massage Gun
- Anti-drop shell
- Three speed levels
- Convenient carrying case
OPOVE’s M3 Pro is the ideal compromise between affordability (it’s only $200) and quality (it’s not a Theragun, but everyone from doctors to treadmill walkers seriously love it). The four different attachment heads are specifically designed to work each muscle group in different ways, and the handheld device’s three settings can be used to warm up, relax or deeply massage muscles. It also comes with a convenient carrying case which we love because, let’s be honest, we want to take it with us to the gym.
Underdog: LifePro Sonic Handheld Percussion Massage Gun
- Lifetime warranty
- Quiet brushless motor
- Five levels of intensity and five massage heads
If this is your first foray into the world of massage guns, LifePro has you covered. Its “Ready, Set, Pro” easy-start guide and included video library will show you the way. Before you know it, using the five interchangeable heads to improve recovery, loosen tight muscles and release knots will become second nature. The round tool works to reduce soreness post-workout, and the spinal head loosens tight back tissues. For more heavy-duty relief, the bullet-shaped heads are designed to release knots, while the flat tool will simulate a no-nonsense deep-tissue massage.