Two top-of-the-line percussion massage guns — the Theragun Pro and Hyperice Hypervolt Plus — face off in a battle for the ages, er, aching muscles.
Massages are commonplace for professional athletes like runners, cyclists and basketball players, but for the rest of us, they’re still a luxury. The good news is that there are tools you can buy to mimic a massage — and they’re easy to use. The Hyperice Hypervolt Plus and Theragun PRO are two of the best-selling recovery tools on the market right now. And these top-of-the-line products from the top names in percussion massage are ripe for a head-to-head comparison
Handheld massage tools are like foam rollers on steroids and studies have shown that using one can help eliminate soreness. Both the Hypervolt Plus and Theragun PRO are massage tools that use percussive therapy to warm you up and cool you down. The two devices are similar in shape and weight, each with an easy-to-use on and off button.
Going out on a long run? Use each along your major muscle groups (hamstrings, quads, calves) for roughly 15 seconds before exercising and then use for up to two minutes on all those same groups post-workout. Each can be charged via long cords and both have small indicator lights to let you know how much battery is left. There are five built-in speeds on the Theragun and three on the Hypervolt. Both feel pretty similar, but make varying noises as you push and press into your muscles.
To figure out whether the Hypervolt or the Theragun is right for you, we compared the newest model from each brand on four factors: Design, Charging, Performance and Price. Here are our findings.
Factor 1: Design
The Theragun PRO's on/off button is user-friendly and in a logical spot, and the ergonomics of the handle make sense. The four different angles of the arm also provide added range, so it's easier to hit upper back muscles. While the look may have you thinking you're about to re-do a deck, the smooth design fits great in the hands.
The Hypervolt Plus handle is the opposite — clunky and awkward. It has a two-inch diameter battery pack embedded in the handle, which makes it too wide for comfort. Turning the Hypervolt Plus on is a two-step process — flip the on/off switch at the base of the handle, then press the circular power button located where the air vents are, opposite the head attachments. However, we like that the Hypervolt features display lights, so you know immediately that it is powered on, and at which level.
The Theragun PRO comes with a carrying case that also accommodates six attachments, two rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries and a charging cable (all included). You can buy Hypervolt case that fits the five included attachments plus the AC cable and 24 V charger. But honestly, both the PRO and Hypervolt Plus are small and solid enough that they can easily be thrown in your gym bag — without a carrying case. The PRO weighs 2.9 pounds, just a bit less than the Hypervolt Plus, at 3 pounds.
Winner: Theragun PRO for its natural-feeling ergonomics and intuitive interface.
Factor 2: Charging