When it comes to working out knots and getting deep into sore muscles, the best massage guns on Amazon are effective and convenient. That said, there's a surprising amount of terminology that comes with the shopping experience. Rather than vibrations, the best massage guns will use percussion technology (which mimics the motion of kneading hands with the goal of helping with muscle warmups, recovery, and circulation). But to find the best one for you, consider the speeds, attachments, and battery life.
Most best-selling options have at least a few speeds to choose from, so you can personalize the intensity of the massage — but the range of intensities will differ from model to model. Brands often list the gun's minimum and maximum percussions per minute, or PPMs, which are a reflection of the motor's speed capabilities. (Some of the brands below use revolutions per minute, RPMs, instead.)
Still, the personalization options usually don't end there. Most top-selling massage guns also come with interchangeable massage heads that differ in shape and density. You can switch out these attachments depending on the body part and the massage's objective, but for the most part, the more attachments a gun comes with, the more versatile it'll be.
Last but not least, consider the battery life. All of the following massage guns are fully rechargeable for convenience and portability — but that means you'll have to charge them after every few hours of use. If you're often on the go and can't always get to an outlet, opt for a longer battery life (though this usually comes with a higher price tag).
According to real Amazon reviewers, these are the top-rated massage guns to relax and recover.
1. The Overall Best Massage Gun
- Also available on Therabody, $249
Yes, it's an investment, but the Theragun Prime is considered the best of the best when it comes to massage guns. It utilizes percussive therapy technology that reaches 60% deeper into muscles than cheaper competitors, according to the manufacturer, all while remaining relatively quiet and comfortable to hold thanks to its ergonomic triangular shape. The Prime even connects to an app via Bluetooth, so you can personalize your massage treatment based on your personal goals. And while there are just five pre-set speeds, the app allows for more customization.
- Speeds: 5 (1,750 - 2,400 percussions per minute)
- Included attachments: standard ball, dampener, thumb, and cone attachments
- Battery life: 120 minutes
One reviewer wrote: "It’s worth it. This thing is life changing. It's more powerful than I expected and the different attachment heads hit spots I didn't know I had.”
2. The Fan Favorite
In terms of popularity, this massage gun is at the top of the list and boasts more than 19,000 reviews and an impressive overall rating of 4.6-stars out of five. In short, this massager has it all: 20 different speeds, 10 interchangeable massage heads, a long battery life, a powerful (but pretty quiet) brushless motor, an LCD power display, and an ergonomic shape with a nonslip silicone handle — all at a mid-range price. No wonder people love it so much.
- Speeds: 20
- Included attachments: round, Y-shaped, fork, crescent, convex, bullet, flat, wedge, shovel, elbow
- Battery life: 240 minutes
One reviewer wrote: "No exaggeration; if you suffer from muscle or joint pain, you NEED this. My husband bought this because he was having the WORST neck/shoulder pain of his life. [...] I live for reviews when I'm shopping, so I knew I needed to share. No one likes to spend money, but this was 100% worth it.”
3. The Best Budget Option
- Also available on Walmart, $40
If you're looking for a bargain, look no further than the cotsoco massage gun. Even though it's well under $100, reviewers say it "gets the job done" and "feels amazing." In fact, some have even gone so far as to write that in terms of power, it's the "same quality as the high-end products." It has six speeds, four interchangeable massage heads, and can last a few hours on a single charge, according to the brand. (Keep in mind, however, that reviewers' biggest complaint was the battery quality.) Last but not least, it comes in three different color options and has over 2,000 five-star ratings.
- Speeds: six (2,100 - 3,600 revolutions per minute)
- Included attachments: fork, flat, bullet, and round attachments
- Battery life: 180 minutes
One reviewer wrote: "This one is nice, plain, and is priced below the others.This is a lifesaver for my upper back/shoulder soreness. I've used different ones on the market, this gets the job done.”
4. The Editor’s Pick
"I've tried a bunch of different massage guns, and this one is by far my favorite,” wrote Carina Finn, an Associate Commerce Editor at BDG. The PADO massager has dual motors (one for percussion and one for micro-vibration) so you can treat any area — even your face. “The longer handle makes it easy to reach my shoulders and lower back, and the swappable attachments are great for targeting different kinds of muscle soreness. It also holds a charge seemingly forever,” Finn added.
- Speeds: N/A (variable speed change: 1,500 - 3,700 revolutions per minute; percussion massager motor: 11,000 revolutions per minute)
- Included attachments: air-cushion stick, point stick, 6-head stick, scalp massage stick, body massage oil stick, facial massage stick
- Battery life: 180 minutes
One reviewer wrote: “I use it 2-3 times a day and it is fantastic! It helps with recovery from workouts.....almost eliminating any stiffness from weight lifting or strenuous aerobic activity. Beyond that, I have bought two for gifts.”
5. A Massager With A Rotating Arm
- Also available on Renpho, $100
The RENPHO R4 is unlike everything else out there for one main reason: a rotating arm. It has a curved handle and five adjustable arm positions, so you can personalize the massage to your needs and specific body part (especially those hard-to-reach areas). In addition to the adjustability, it also offers six massage heads, four speeds, and a surprisingly lightweight design. It even comes with a carrying case. It's also relatively quiet.
- Speeds: four (up to 3,200 revolutions per minute)
- Included attachments: large ball, medium ball, fork head, bullet head, flat head, and air cushion head attachments
- Battery life: 60 minutes
One reviewer wrote: "Superb design for reaching the back. A relative bought one of these on a Black Friday deal. She was so impressed that had me try it out. I was so impressed that I bought one the next day. The design is way better than the conventional T-shaped design. The curved handle allows me to use it one-handed on my back and neck. I can reach almost my entire back using it one-handed.”
6. The Most Portable Massage Gun
- Also available on Therabody, $159
For those who are always on the go (and want to use their massage gun just about anywhere), there's the Theragun Mini. Despite its size, which fits in the palm of your hand as well as your gym bag, this thing is surprisingly powerful: it can deliver 1,750 to 2,400 percussions per minute and its rechargeable battery lasts for up to 150 minutes. It's also designed with an ultra-quiet motor, and it comes with a soft case for travel.
- Speeds: three (1,750 - 2,400 percussions per minute)
- Included attachments: standard ball attachment
- Battery life: 150 minutes
One reviewer wrote: "The Theragun Mini is incredible! My boyfriend and I both work out a lot and this product has been a lifesaver. It really helps to ease our sore muscles and any other pains or kinks we get. I also love how portable it is! We can take it on vacation or wherever we go and always have a massage at our fingertips. Although this is a mini, it is still super powerful and works just as great as the full-sized one.”
7. The Massage Gun With The Most Attachments
- Also available on Walmart, $70
The Chirogun massager has over 1,800 reviews and an overall rating of 4.7 stars. Buyers love it because it’s powerful, quiet, has a super long battery life, and is easy to hold and travel with — especially since it comes with an included carrying case. That said, the real value lies in the 15 included attachments, which allow you to massage virtually any area of your body and all muscle groups with ease and precision. You even get two free massage balls.
- Speeds: 30 (N/A - 3,200 revolutions per minute)
- Included attachments: 15 various shapes (not individually listed)
- Battery life: 360 minutes
One reviewer wrote: “This item is wonderful for temporary pain relief. I love the multitude of attachment heads as well as the different power settings. The battery life is great and charging time is rather fast. It is handy to use whenever pain sets in after a strenuous workout or long work hours sitting hunched over at a computer. No need to pay for a massage when you have this great machine at your disposal.”
8. The Best Massage Gun With Heat
Finally, for those looking for temperature therapy as well as percussion therapy, there’s this heated massage gun. As indicated by its name, this one has a special head and a heating function that reaches 118 degrees Fahrenheit to further reduce muscle tension and ease pain. Among its other great features, you’ll find simple on-device controls, five adjustable speeds, a super long battery life, a quiet yet powerful motor, and an overall 4.4-star rating to back it all up.
- Speeds: five (1,600 - 3,200 percussions per minute)
- Included attachments: heated massage, round, flat, bullet, spinal
- Battery life: 300 minutes
One reviewer wrote: “This gun is amazing. So glad I purchased it. It got me through a painful time when I through out my back and was having a hard time getting. Pain relief. Definitely recommend. The heated option is everything!”
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