This is my favorite massage gun by far because it is quiet, small, very well built, easy to use, and just powerful enough to do what I need. I've found the next step up in power is more than twice the size and cost.
It is built by a company that makes a wide variety of camera-stabilizers for drones etc. and they seem to have mastered the art of packing power into a compact package. The brushless motor is super smooth and the battery life is excellent. Convenient charging with USB-C is also a huge plus, as most massage guns require a special charger for their high-voltage batteries. Note: it will not charge on a 20v UCB-C MacBook charger, but most others do work.
I first got into percussion massagers in Singapore in 2001. They were big and awkward and plugged into the wall. Shortly after that I discovered that a car buffer makes a fantastic massage tool when used on edge! Ryobi released a cordless buffer and I thought I was all set. And my Ryobi cordless buffer is still one of the best massage tools I’ve found, but it’s big, and loud, and hard to use on yourself. Then in 2008 Los Angeles-based chiropractor, Jason Werseland, invented the first known cordless massage gun, which became the commercial product: Theragun at $400. I decided I was happy enough with my buffer, but as more options became available I started trying them. I have bought, kept, and returned many massage guns over the years, including the latest theragun and theragun mini. And I have come to a few conclusions:
There are lots of powerful options available and it’s constantly changing. Most are fairly big and heavy, some of them are very quiet. I won’t recommend a specific product, because there are so many and they keep changing, but I have found the most expensive options have actually been louder than some cheaper ones. This small light-weight massager fills most of my needs and I use it way more, because it’s quiet and easy to handle.
- Sean von Stade, flowtoys co-founder & Chief Toymaker