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  • Writer's pictureCasey Wilson

I Tested And Ranked The Best Massage Guns In 2024

I’ve tested the most popular massage guns in America, so I speak from experience when I say that each of the following will decrease muscle pain and reduce inflammation. Here’s my ultimate ranking.

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FYI, prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. TOLOCO - Deep Tissue Massager for Athletes


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Highlight: Can run for up to 6 straight hours.

Helpful review: "I was recommended by my physiotherapist to use a percussion massage gun to loosen up my calves and shoulders, but I couldn't justify paying $300 or more for a Theragun. First, I picked up the sharper Image pro(SIP) massager from Costco for about $100. It seemed okay, although somewhat loud. After a few days, I came across this TOLOCO T11 pro massager on Amazon, and thought to give it a try. The regular price for TOLOCO is in the ballpark of the popular SIP, and they both offer very similar functions and form factor. So I thought it made sense to compare them side-by-side.
Size and Weight: The Toloco is almost the same size as the sharper image, though the handle is a bit thicker than the SIP. They both have about the same weight. Using either of these shouldn't be a problem for an athlete or an average person. But if you have particularly small hands or suffer from conditions that limit your grip or arm strength, you might want to get someone else to help you administer the massage.
Build Quality: The Toloco feels solidly built; there is no give or movement on any of the surfaces of the machine. There's a nice colored ring that lights up when the machine is powered on, and the back display is bright and clear. The SIP is comparable in this regard, with the advantage of having a bit nicer feel and a metallic color on the surface of the machine. The seams on the SIP also have no gap. On the Toloco, there are small changes in height between some surfaces but these are only aesthetics and don't impact the function in any way.
Performance: Now this is where I was impressed by Toloco. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it is compared the SIP. I was bothered by the noise the SIP makes starting from lower settings and getting louder as I increased the power. But the Toloco is pleasantly quiet at the lowest setting, with very small increases to the noise when increasing the power all the way up. SIP falsely advertises itself as whisper quiet but that is the description that the Toloco deserves. The only unexpected noise that I got on both devices was a very low volume but high frequency noise (like a hiss) that came from the display when the devices were On but idle. Ofcourse, this is not a practical issue, as you are supposed to turn off the device when not using it, and you absolutely won't be able to hear this hiss during the massage.
Next in the performance department, Toloco can be adjusted in 20 steps, compared to the six steps on the SIP. This certainly gives you more fine-grained control over your massage experience, if that is something that you require. Toloco's max RPM is 3200. The full strength on both devices seems to be comparable with a bit of an edge for Toloco but I can't tell for sure as the SIP doesn't provide the power for their motor. Regarding the movement range, the Toloco cites 12mm as its amplitude, while again the SIP says nothing about its range of motion. I could be mistaken but I feel that Toloco has a higher range of motion, which is exactly what you want in a massage gun, as it enables you to reach deeper tissue.
Battery: The battery size on both is advertised as 2500mah. The battery percentage is shown on both devices. I have never used either of them so much to run out of juice, and I'm in the habit of not letting any battery run completely empty as it is supposedly bad for the battery life on any kind of electronics. But I can say that using the Toloco for the recommended 10 minutes didn't put a dent in the battery, as indicated by the display. Speaking of the 10 minute limit, both devices recommend limiting your sessions to 10 minutes at each sitting. This is partly due to physiological reasons and to prevent you from overworking your muscles. But also, you need to give the motor on these kinds of devices some rest to prevent overheating. The Toloco has an auto-shut off function that turns the device off after 10 minutes of continuous use. I appreciate this feature as it protects my device. I don't know if the SIP has a similar feature, but I didn't see it in the manual.
Accessories: I was initially persuaded to buy the SIP because of its 6 massage heads, but Toloco comes with a whopping 15 massage heads! It is certainly nice to have more choices about the shape and size of the heads you wanna use. The SIP tries to make up for it by including two soft ball heads as opposed to only one in Toloco, but I personally prefer having more options instead of one more soft head. Both devices come with nice carrying bags and a separate smaller case for the heads. The last thing worth mentioning here is the user manual. I really liked that Toloco gives you detailed specification of the device and provides you with extra information regarding the heads and how to use the device in general. The SIP comes with a very small manual that tells you almost nothing about the device itself and says very little on how to use it. Generally, I recommend that you go online and watch some videos on how to use a percussion gun, if you haven't had previous experience with one, but it's not necessary, and you can start right away by pointing the gun at you muscle and starting to get the pleasant feeling!
All in all, I found the Toloco to be a formidable device, capable of holding its own and even providing advantages over the popular SIP device. As a declaimer, I should say that I have used both of these devices for only a few days, as I wanted to write this review as soon as I can, before returning the Sharper Image device that I don't need anymore to Costco. Therefore, I have no idea about the longevity of either device. I will try to update this review after a few months of use and let you know how it holds up (though if I don't, it usually means that it is working fine :)" — Milad Kelley

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2. RENPHO - Active Electric Massage Gun


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Highlight: Weighs only 1.5lbs.

Helpful review: "I have been working out my entire life and never really bought into the whole idea of foam rollers and post-workout massage and all that nonsense. To me, you worked out, you stumbled home on sore legs and the soreness was an indication of how effective your workout was. However, now that I am in my 40s, soreness tends to linger a little longer and gains are a little harder. Not fun. Someone at my gym a few years back was telling me about the wonders of "massage guns" and it sounded too good to be true (less soreness, faster recovery, faster gains in the gym).
Anyway, I tried one in a store back then and was not impressed. It just felt like a powerful massage that, for the $600+ price, was not worth it. As time passed, I read a lot about the great physiological benefits but never invested in one because they still cost hundreds of dollars. Fast forward a few years, trickle-down economics has kicked in, and this year I happened to be looking at massage guns again and the prices were very enticing. There seemed to be a lot of good options for about $100, and this particular RENPHO unit for less than $100.
I heard about RENPHO a few years back when I was looking for one of those scales that measures weight, BMI, bone mass, etc. and all the reviews I read online pointed to them as the best value. As a shopper I am all about value. I am willing to forego one or two bells and whistles if the reviews are solid and the price is considerably less. Anyway, I bought that scale and it was (and still is) awesome. Ever since then, if I see RENPHO is selling something I am looking for, I get it. I have never been let down by the company and this massage gun is no different.
First, you should know that this is not the type of thing you are going to use for a relaxing backrub. This can HURT. But not in a "stop, stop, stop" kind of way, more like a "wow, it's really effective" kind of way. Massage guns are for breaking up scar tissue, releasing lymphatic fluid back into your bloodstream, increasing bloodflow to the muscle and interrupting the pain cycle in the brain. At most you will use them for 2 minutes per muscle group, not 15-30 minutes like you might with a "relaxing" massager.
OK, second thing you should know is that this massager *really* is for people who are personal trainers and physical therapists to use on others. It even comes with a handy little carrying case so that you can take it from appointment-to-appointment. The reason I say it's not for "solo" use is because even though you can probably target your own chest, quads and calves, you would have to be Stretch Armstrong or Plastic Man or Mr. Fantastic (these are all people with really stretchy arms) to be able to use it on your own upper back, lower back, triceps, glutes, rear delts and hams. So keep in mind you will need a husband, wife, significant other or a really good friend who is willing to help you with your DOMS for a few minutes a week. Tell them you only need them for a minute or two per muscle group and they might help you out. Other wise, bribe them by offering to use it on them. Anyway, it's a tool you need but you also need someone else to do it for you (unless you are doing muscle groups on the front of your body.
So, with all that said, how does it work? Lots of videos out there online but make sure to know your gun tips: Flat head is for pretty much any body part. Bullet is for severe areas as well as trigger points and the thick soles of the feet. The bullet is also PERFECT for getting in between muscles such as running it down the side of you leg where the quads and hams meet. Keep in mind if you use the bullet attachment, or any to be honest, and you hit bone, it might hurt so start with a low speed and be careful. The round head is for large muscle groups and the ridge head for going up and down the spine and getting the muscles around it without hitting the actual spine. I haven't used the air cushion head but it is supposed to be for sensitive muscles. Supposedly different speeds are for different therapeutic effects but I just go with what is tolerable.
What else? As with all things that have a rechargeable battery, make sure to charge fully before your first use. All subsequent uses will be limited by how much charge you gave it the first time, so don't be tempted to charge it for only 15 minutes. Your future standby and use-time will be limited. It's really sturdy, and heavy and STRONG. The case (not that it matters to me) is handsome-looking but more importantly, a way to keep all your stuff together.
So...final conclusion? If you workout or have chronic pain issues like sciatica, YOU NEED THIS. These things used to cost $600 and now you can get this awesome little portable, cordless, rechargeable, handheld massage gun for less than $100. You'll probably need a friend or loved one for your back areas, but use it on them as "payback" and they won't complain. It is NOT a relaxing back massager that you're going to use for long, relaxing massage sessions, but it is an important and surprisingly effective tool for chronic pain as well as post-workout recovery." — Al Porter

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3. AERLANG - Muscle Massage Gun with 20 Speeds


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Highlight: High definition LCD touch screen.

Helpful review: "I own a hypervolt but decided to buy this to take on trips since it came with a carrying case, and if I lost this cheap one on a trip I wouldn’t be upset. It works as intended, but since I know the effectiveness of a hypervolt, I can see/feel the difference. The biggest difference being that I can’t push hard to dig as deep as the hypervolt. The motor on this one will slow down and likely break well before my hypervolt if I put too much pressure. For context, I can press with a good amount of my bodyweight before my hypervolt starts to slow, but if I put even a light amount of pressure with this one, the motor struggles. This one’s going to be great for the occasional trip that I bought it for, but I’ll probably never use it over my hypervolt when home. If you want an entry level just to see how these things work, I think this is a great deal. Otherwise, you might want to look at name brand massagers. Oh also, the battery life on this one is pretty good. It’s maybe 1/3 of the battery life of my hypervolt, but that’s still at least 1-3 hours of use before it needs a recharge. The batteries on hypervolts just last seemingly forever" — Alex D. Palmer
Trending review: "I was experiencing excruciating back pain one night trying to go to bed. I ordered this massage gun at 1am and it was on my porch by 10am. Thankfully it came already mostly charged because I wasn't sure how much longer I could endure the pain waiting for it to charge. There's several attachments and the book explained what each is best for as well as a nice case for it all. This didn't eliminate my pain 100% but it certainly made it tolerable! Overall, very happy with my purchase and a great price!" — Brittany Dempsey
Reassuring review: "I brought this as a gift for my sister who called to thank me for what she is calling "The gift that keeps on giving". My sister will always give me a hug and kiss and thank me for my gift. However, this is the first time she called to personally thank me for my gift, which I feel speaks volumes for this massager. The ratings are based on her response, but the battery life was probably too early to rate. That said, she feels, based on the high quality of this machine, that the battery life will also perform with excellent results. If she finds the rating should be lower I will amend this review (she feels that it is unlikely to change)." — Kory Tiffany

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4. Elefor - Percussion Back Massager with 10 Massage Heads


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Highlight: This portable massage gun is super-quiet.

Helpful review: "Bells Palsy, Tennis, Before & After Workouts - that's why I bought it. Paid $30 for this to replace my $200 ProlLX. I've been using for the past year, even though the battery would only last 5 min max and produce 20% power. I thought, "what am I doing? I know you get what you pay for in this world. Don't believe the reviews. I'll probably end up trying to return this, contacting customer service and going through all those hassles..."
And, full disclosure, I just got this and it's 2 days old.
However.... most of us work hard for our money and everyone on this planet wants to separate us from it.
This Bad Boy was charged 80% right out of the box, so I just turned it on and applied it to the back of my neck at level 5 and said out loud, "Really!!!" I know that reaction was in comparison to the weak performance of my old one, but I said, "Ok, good job, I did good! If this lasts 6 months, 1 year or longer, I could buy 5 of these before I'd spend the money for 1 of the expensive models."
I've done the deep dive into researching the differences and similarities of Vibration vs Percussion because I want something that I'm going to use and notice a difference. I also looked at the 1 Star reviews and saw their videos of this unit being used at a low level (1-5) and, without warning, automatically going into level 20 mode. That concerned me. So, I was careful during my 1st use. Yes, mine did it too, BUT, only after I put deliberate force and pushed (on my thigh) very hard.
I, for now anyway, think that is a benefit when I want/need more vibration in a particular area. I don't have to stop, change to 20, then stop again to change it back to a lower setting. Some claimed this is Dangerous. If their unit does that at random and without notice, I would agree with them 100%. Mine did not, at least not yet. In the end, massages cost $100, I've paid $30 bucks for a bag of cat food at Sams Club, so I'm pretty happy when I can get a nice machine for personal rehab for less than a tank of gas!
Anyway, it takes a little bit of testing around different shapes, speeds and so on to get which ones are best for you, but I was able to alleviate pain, which is what's really important here, isn't it? So, all in all, the bottom line is that this massager has great cost effectiveness. Would definitely buy again." — Michael P. Kelly

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5. DDVWU - Handheld Percussion Massage Gun


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Highlight: Charge can sustain 8-15 hours of use.

Helpful review: "This was my first percussion massager. Saw it on prime day and felt it was a good deal compared to more recognizable name brands. I've also seen it on Youtube a few times too. It performs as I thought it would. Both me and my wife can use it before it shuts off at 10 minutes for a "cool down" break. I can't attest to the longevity of the device as we've only had it a week. The only thing I can say negatively thus far, is that the battery size listed (3300 mAh) wouldn't seem to support an 8-15 hour run time. There are cells phone out there with larger battery capacity and no moving parts, that can struggle to make it that long and this thing has a rapid fire percussion motor that also heats up. That said, I have never ran it from 100% battery to dead and kept track of the time it ran. I haven't felt the need to know that it runs 8 hours. I'll put it back on the charger after maybe 20 minutes of use for the day. Everything about this product was expected. I wasn't looking for a percussion massager but saw it on Prime Day and thought it was a good deal. So far I feel my gut reaction to buy this was a good one. Will update if there are any changes" — Mark Meier
Trending review: "This was a replacement for one we "thought" we lost. It's the upgraded version of the one before. It's a great piece of equipment. It has a nice case that keeps it and the heads together. It isn't too heavy, but is very durable. And I like the digital speed control. It's a clean looking massager. My son uses it for football and he said it has saved him multiple times. I use it on my thigh after knee surgery. It has many heads that can be changed and most are useful in one way or another. Probably the only complaint I have is, it has bugged out a few times lately. It'll say 40% battery life and then in the middle it dies. But, it's something I can recharge and it works fine. I'd rather keep it and deal with it than order something new. I like it more than the glitch bothers me. I don't think I'll have to replace it any time soon, but if for some reason I did.. or if I needed one for someone, I'll pick this one again." — Jordon Payton
Reassuring review: "I purchased this product hoping it would assist me and my wife with some muscular issues that started following a car accident. After using the product, we are now fans of the different attachments and speeds, especially since I’m more of a deep tissue person and my wife tends to prefer a softer rub. I will say that the instructions could be more helpful for first time users. They say which areas this gun can be used for, but don't really explain how to use it for each area. So it took a lot of trial and error until we finally managed to massage ourselves properly and actually feel the results. However, I'll highlight again that after using it correctly, it does help with the discomfort and the pain. So I really highly recommended it, but I would also recommend looking up methods on using the attachments if you're a first time user, like we were." — Zachary Bodack

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6. Fusion Black Pro - Chiropractor Massage Gun


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Highlight: Cutting-edge Japanese brushless motor.

Helpful review: "I ordered this product for my son and his wife as a Christmas gift. They were very happy with the way the product worked and spoke highly of it until it just quit recharging. It only worked just long enough to be out of the Amazon return period. I bought an extended warranty at the time of purchase, but when contacted, the warranty company said the product was still under the manufacturers warranty! Felt like I am getting “the run around.” And I hoped the seller will stand by this product. Then I updated this review from one star to four. The seller responded to my review and promptly replaced my defective unit with a brand new one. My son enjoys this product and the seller stands behind it." — Janet Wester
Trending review: "I recently purchased the Fusion Black Pro Muscle Massage Gun and have been using it regularly for pain relief therapy and relaxation. Overall, I am quite satisfied with its performance and the affordability it offers compared to other models in the market. One aspect I appreciate about this massage gun is its effectiveness in providing deep tissue percussion muscle massage. It effectively targets sore muscles and helps alleviate pain and tension. The different massage heads allow for versatile use, catering to specific muscle groups. The gun's design and build quality are also commendable, ensuring durability during use. However, there are a couple of drawbacks that I have noticed. Firstly, although the speed increases as you adjust the intensity, I didn't feel a significant increase in strength. This could be a slight limitation for those who prefer a stronger massage. Additionally, the massage gun tends to produce a noticeable amount of noise during operation, which can be slightly distracting. On the positive side, the Fusion Black Pro Muscle Massage Gun is priced remarkably well compared to other similar models on the market. This affordability makes it an attractive option for athletes and individuals seeking an effective percussion therapy massager without breaking the bank. So in summary, despite the minor drawbacks of not experiencing a significant increase in strength and the noise generated during use, the Fusion Black Pro Muscle Massage Gun delivers an excellent performance at an affordable price. It effectively provides deep tissue percussion massage, offering pain relief therapy and relaxation for athletes and individuals alike." — Braddan Jacobson
Reassuring review: "We are a family of 10. My husband and I, 6 daughters and 2 sons. Our massagers get a lot of use and not always gentle use. We have athletes and oldies. Last Christmas we purchased 3 as gifts, and only 1 was left standing. Honestly it was the least valuable of the 3. Our family has been using our new massager daily for about a week and the overall consensus is this is the best massager of the 4 we've purchased. So many different heads and speed variations to relieve the most intense or minimal of discomforts. I highly recommend this massage gun!" — Jeannette Zachariah

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7. RAEMAO - Percussion Massager with 10 Speeds


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Highlight: Can operate for up to 5 straight hours.

Helpful review: "I bought this for my mom on mothers day! She enjoys it although as she is older, she finds some of the heads rough when used on her as she is more sensitive, even when using it on the first mode. As for me personally, I think it is a great buy and don't have a problem with any of the heads. My only issue is that you can't exactly use the heads that are made for the back and spine on yourself so you would need another person to use the massage gun on you. But other than that it is really great and there are many heads that you can use by yourself without needing another person to assist. The product is made in very nice material and is sleek yet comfortable to the touch. I am also a fan of the charging, it lasts us for days and has a quick charge as well. The touch screen is also a nice feature although in order to power up the massager, you need to flip a switch at the bottom of the gun then tap on the screen to turn it on." — Amy Pale
Trending review: "I got this massager on the Prime days so got a super deal. I have another massager from the 90s but it bites you, so glad to get an updated one. This one works very well with the attachments and I was able to use is on my back. BUT I am flexible. I got shoulder relief like super fast, and I have been hurting for over a year! The battery life has done well so far. It is great actually and hopefully will last as long as the old one. The only negative I have is that the handle would me more comfortable if the diameter were slightly smaller. My husband agrees with this as well. I wear a large woman's glove if that gives you an idea. If I were smaller I would be looking at a product with a smaller body for certain." — Shannon Wright
Reassuring review: "I absolutely love that I purchased this product. I stand up on my feet for up to 10 hours daily. So when I come home I’m pretty tired & just want to take my shoes off. I use it mostly on my feet & thigh but recently started using it on my back, shoulders & neck area. My BF would use it also when he would come over & liked it so much that he bought one also for himself. And when he bought his, it was $20 cheaper than what I paid. Lol! The only thing bad I have to say is that when I am using it sometimes it seems to cut off. It doesn’t actually turn off but I have to increase the volume again." — Alejandra B. Garcia

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8. OLsky - Handheld Electric Muscle Massager with 30 Speeds


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Highlight: 30 speed levels.

Helpful review: "I bought this percussion massager so that I could bring it with me to table tennis nights. My friends and I get together twice a week for table tennis and it becomes fierce sometimes. As a former athlete, I have some aches and pains left over from all those vigorous activities. The fierce table tennis competition can sometimes give me pain in my hip and back and the OLsky Massage Gun is perfect to work out that pain! What's more, the battery life of this rechargeable massager is excellent! It's worked perfectly for me for the past FOUR sessions, each lasting two and a half hours. That means MANY uses each evening! And the battery is STIL at 60%. Oh, yes... it has a little meter that gives you a ballpark idea of how much batter charge you have left. Also, it has 30 degrees of intensity. I tend to use the highest (30) intensity massage as a rule, but have also used lower settings when the pain is less intense. It has worked every time to eliminate the muscle pain from the intensely competitive table tennis match play. The massager has a lot of attachments, and I have tended to use the round ball most, but I might try the others for more focused muscle pain. The best part: It was NOT expensive! It cost about $70, marked down from $130, I think, about twice that. But it would STILL be well worth it at twice the price! I'd recommend this excellent percussion massager enthusiastically, and have done so numerous times." — Alan Mitchell
Trending review: "I recently purchased the OLsky Massage Gun Deep Tissue as a birthday gift for my daughter, and I must say, it has exceeded my expectations. Not only does my daughter love it, but I had the opportunity to try it myself, and I can confidently say that it is amazing. One of the standout features of this massage gun is the variety of attachments it comes with. The numerous attachments allow you to target different muscle groups and provide a customized massage experience. Whether you're looking for a gentle massage or a more intense deep tissue treatment, this massage gun has got you covered. What impressed me the most was its ability to provide relaxation, even if you don't have sore muscles. I found it incredibly soothing to use on my arms and legs after a long day. The percussive massage action penetrates deep into the muscles, releasing tension and promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being. Additionally, it has adjustable speed settings, which is a great feature. You can choose the intensity that suits your needs, whether you prefer a gentle massage or a more vigorous one. The user-friendly controls make it simple to switch between speeds and adjust the intensity to your liking. Overall, I highly recommend it. It's a versatile and effective massage tool that provides a range of benefits. Whether you're looking to relieve muscle soreness or simply indulge in a relaxing massage, this device delivers excellent results. Its wide range of attachments, comfortable grip, and adjustable speed settings make it a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a top-notch massage experience." — Natalie Baker
Reassuring review: "I bought this massager for my knees with some skepticism and have been blown away by how good it is. It came with multiple different heads that do so many things! First of all, it provides fantastic relief to my knees, and I have very bad knee pain. One knee has been replaced and has had two surgeries since the replacement and still has pain! I have had physical therapy to help the knee and what helped the most was a form of impact treatment, and this massager has continued that treatment. I no longer need the physical therapy thanks to it! I need a knee replacement on the other knee, and I am getting such great relief with the impact treatment of this massager that I can put off the knee replacement. My knee is doing well right now, at least so far. I also started using the massager for helping me with cellulite treatment on my legs and glutes and it is working wonderfully! I am so pleased with this gadget. Glad my husband talked me into getting it." — Angie Trabach

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9. Kelices - Percussion Muscle Massager for Athletes


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Highlight: 2500mAH capacity battery and Type-C Charging.

Helpful review: "I would have given this product a 5 star but the power button doesn't show until the unit is turned on. After looking at it several times and instructions, I figured out you hold your finger over the bottom of the center digital screen for 2 seconds and then the unit turns on and you can see the controls. There is nothing indicating where you hold your finger. It's all guess work. My other disappointed is, the devise does not come with a carrying case or bag. I wish I would have noticed that and purchased one with a case. There are others in the same price range. The device itself works as expected and does the job." — Kate Heabe
Trending review: "It came with a few different heads, but I decided to use the round head and the U-shape head. The round head seems the most comfortable and the U-shape head apparently is recommended for cervical spine. Since it was vibrating pretty vigorously, I had to use both hands until I got more used to it. The round head felt really good on my upper trapezius. When I tried to use it on my suboccipitals at the base of my skull, I had to hold it more carefully or it would bounce too much over the area that’s more bony. I had to close my eyes during when I massage my suboccipitals because my whole head was vibrating so much that my vision was blurry. In order to not get dizzy I had to close my eyes. It felt like someone was throwing tiny little jabs into the back of my neck, which actually felt alright. When I used the U-shape head, it took me a minute to figure out how to hold it in place. I decided to hold it overhead with both hands. It felt pretty good. I just had to guide it up and down the back of my neck. I have some mixed feelings about the U-shaped head. It did feel better than the round head in the suboccipital region but it did require the use of both hands, while I could hold the massage gun with just one hand when I used the round head. All in all this one is the most versatile since it works on all areas of the neck and shoulder." — Jason LeGree
Reassuring review: "I ordered this on a whim during Prime Day and I am so glad I did! I’m 42 and I box for exercise and cardio about 60-70 minutes, 6 days a week and I had no idea I needed this massage gun, but I am such a fan. With the 8 different massage heads and 30 speeds, this is going to relax and relieve pain in even the tightest and sorest of muscles. It’s so easy to use and feels great to hold and I am so happy with this. The battery life is unreal too. I haven’t had to charge it yet and I have used it for at least 10 mins daily for 2 weeks. Do yourself a favor and pick-up this massage gun- you will be so happy you did." — Barbara Russ

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10. APHERMA - Deep Tissue Massager with 30 Speed Levels


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Highlight: 30 speed levels and 10 massage heads.

Helpful review: "Calling this Muscle Massage Gun for Athletes a "gun" is no exaggeration. It's like shooting your muscles with pure relaxation bullets! I was skeptical at first, thinking it might turn me into a human maraca, but boy was I wrong! The moment I turned it on, I felt like a seasoned percussionist giving my muscles a rockin' performance. It's like having a drummer at the gym, pounding away the post-workout soreness with rhythm and flair! The different massage heads are like a buffet for my muscles. There's the "soft ball" for gentle kneading, the "bullet" for pinpoint accuracy, and the "fluffy cloud" for full-body relaxation. They should add a "tambourine" head for extra fun! But be warned: using it for the first time can lead to uncontrollable giggles. I was laughing so hard that I almost forgot my muscles were getting a spa treatment." — Stephen S. McPhetres
Trending review: "I had a Hypervolt before and it was stolen. Not wanting to shell out another $300+ dollars again… I tried a similar product from Walmart. That one wasn’t very good and stopped working after about 3 week. After dealing with a lot of muscle pain and tension for months I decided to try and find a massage gun on here. I’ve had this thing for about 3 months now and it works great! I will say it isn’t quite as powerful as the hypervolt, but I am a 250lb bodybuilder with exceptionally tense muscle tissue and this 100% gets the job done. And for literally 1/10th of the price of the hypervolt, this product has far more value! 10/10 recommend!" — Ashley Corliss
Reassuring review: "This massager has headed off several migraines before they could take hold! I massage my neck muscles, then push from my chin into my jaw joints repeatedly and before I know it all the tension is gone. I also have a lot of foot pain from an autoimmune disorder. After 30 minutes on my feet cooking, I'm almost in tears. I started massaging the bottoms of my feet for a few minutes when I'm done and very soon there's no more pain! Thank you for this great product! And I paid a fraction of what my daughter paid for hers! (side note: at first I was worried because the battery % goes down in increments of 20%, then back up again, so I thought it was defective, but there have been no issues. I only recharge it every few weeks.)" — Brittany Herald

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