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Whether you work hard, train hard, or just have a tough shoulder knot, sometimes at the end of a long day the only thing that does is a nice, long massage. But if you don’t have the time or patience to make an appointment — or have a tendency to pay a professional every time you feel the tension rising — then a massage gun is your new best friend.
Massage guns, which have become popular over the past two years thanks to products like the Theragun, work by applying rapid bursts of pressure to vibrate your muscles, loosening them up and increasing blood flow. Although originally intended as home fitness equipment, they have now earned a place in many people’s wellness and self-care routines.
Ahead, we’ve put together our picks of the best massage guns you can buy right now. We can already feel the tension draining away!
Theragun Pro, $899
The Theragun Pro is capable of 2400 rpm (which essentially means beating your aching muscles 2,400 times per minute) and comes with six attachments to target different muscle groups and concerns. These include a wedge for use on shoulder blades, a cone for hands and feet, and two soft tips for use on sensitive or bony areas.
The only downside is that the Theragun Pro sits right at the bottom of the pricier side, meaning it might not be the best choice if you’re not using it before and after intense workouts. The Elite, Prime, and travel-friendly Mini are slightly cheaper at $649, $499, and $349, respectively.
HoMedics Physio Massage Gun, $99.95
With three intensities and three attachments, the HoMedics Physio is a powerful massage gun for beginners. By switching between the different intensities and attachments, you can adapt every massage to your needs in every application.
Wahl heat and ice massage gun, $449.95
What sets the Wahl Heat and Ice apart from other massage guns are the built in temperature settings. Not only can you adjust the intensity and choose from six attachments, but you can also set the massage head hot or cold to soothe stiff joints and cool tight muscles.
The Hydragun claims to be the quietest massage gun on the market, which is definitely a bonus if you use it on your neck or shoulders – your poor ears shouldn’t have to suffer just to give your muscles some relief. It comes with seven attachments, including a fork-shaped attachment that you can place over your calf and forearm, and a wide, curved attachment that you can place over curved muscles like biceps and shoulders. It also comes with three steel attachments if you want it to really dig in.
RENPHO Mini Massage Gun, $99.99
This compact massage gun is perfect to pack in a suitcase and take with you when you need some rest and relaxation after your flight. Despite its size, the RENPHO Mini can reach speeds of 3200 rpm and comes with four interchangeable attachments. Best of all, it charges via USB-C, meaning it’s even more convenient when traveling as you don’t need to pack a separate charger.
Hypervolt PLUS, $699
The Hypervolt PLUS connects to the Hyperice app to guide you through a professional massage at the touch of a button. The massage gun will automatically change settings as you follow the guide, so all you have to do is hold it in the right place (which the app also tells you). It’s perfect for anyone who’s afraid of using a massage gun – although it’s aimed at people who engage in intense workouts on a regular basis.
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