If you can, the ideal way to choose a percussive massager would be to try it out in person, getting a sense for how it feels and works. But since that’s not easily doable for all, Ritchey has some suggestions for making a choice. While our scores should help you make a pick, the right choice depends in large part on which features are most important to you.
If you want maximum adjustability and the ability to reach your back by yourself—and price and loudness are no concern—the Theragun Pro might be the choice for you. However, this is a premium product that may be somewhat more positioned for professional use, Ritchey says.
If you are just looking for a percussive massager that’s straightforward, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive, check out the Renpho R3 Massage Gun.
People with smaller hands or limited grip, arm, or shoulder strength should check out one of the more lightweight devices, like the Renpho R3 Massage Gun, Theragun Mini, or Hypervolt Go.
If grip strength is no issue, you have larger hands, and want better reach, take a look at the Hypervolt Plus, which has a longer handle.
The Theragun mini is a great choice for people most interested in portability and basic use, without the need for different attachments.
No matter what device you opt for, make sure to check out the instructions that come with the box and online. Start with the lightest setting on each device, since you may not need as much pressure as you think. It’s best to keep your wrist in a neutral non-bent position when holding devices, as much as you can.
If you’re concerned about the prices of these devices, you have other options—sometimes simple items like a lacrosse ball or foam roller can apply pressure to your body tissue and help work out knots.