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You’ve probably seen athletes using massage guns post-workout and thought, Hmmm… that looks real nice.

And trust us, it is. There’s nothing like a deep tissue massage for sore muscles. And it’s even better when you can get one anytime, anywhere (for free — sorta).

A massage gun can turn that soothing dream into a reality. And whether you’re buying your first device or upgrading your current one, we’ve got recommendations for everyone. That includes beginners to advanced athletes, and the totally broke to those who want to invest in a super powerful, high tech device.

Here are our 10 favorite massage guns.

Best massage guns

Percussive therapy massage is a type of massage therapy that may help reduce muscle soreness and promote faster recovery after intense workouts.

Percussive therapy devices (aka massage guns) work by rapidly striking your muscle tissue and increasing blood flow.

Sort of like an in-person massage, it can potentially help ease muscle tension and soreness from sitting at a desk all day or after a workout, and if you’re an athlete, give you a quicker recovery time and potentially help your muscles go harder for longer.

Some findings even suggest that regular use could help improve flexibility and range of motion.

That said, there aren’t any clinical guidelines for how to use these devices, and overuse has the potential to actually hurt your muscles. So we’d say talk with your doc before dropping the dough on a massage gun for yourself. You can talk through any possible downsides and decide if this kind of device is right for you. Got it? Good.

  • $ = under $100
  • $$ = $100–$199
  • $$$ = over $200

Best overall

Cryotex Massage Gun

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Force: up to 3,200 rpm
  • Noise level: 30–50 dB
  • Customization: 20 speeds, 6 massage heads
  • Pros: midrange price, several customization options, 6 hour battery life
  • Cons: less powerful motor than more expensive massage guns

With excellent reviews (and a price that’ll make you happy), this is a good all-around choice for anyone looking to add a massage gun to their recovery routine.

It’s got tons of customization options and some interesting settings, like Flow Mode — which delivers random waving rotation speeds to your muscles.

Top rated

Fusion Muscle Massage Gun

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs
  • Force: up to 3,300 rpm
  • Noise level: less than 45 dB
  • Customization: 6 attachment heads, 20 speed levels
  • Pros: 4 hour battery life, several customization options, travel case
  • Cons: less powerful motor than some other massage guns

This massage gun is another solid choice for anyone from beginners to massage gun skeptics to competitive athletes. It’s moderately priced and has a whopping 4.8 stars on Amazon (from nearly 3,000 reviews).

Best for travelers

Hyperice Hypervolt Go

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Force: up to 3,200 rotations per minute
  • Noise level: “Whisper quiet operation” according to the manufacturer
  • Customization: 3 speeds, 2 heads
  • Pros: cordless, easy to use
  • Cons: limited speed and attachment head options

This massage gun is perfect for travelers because it’s compact, cordless, and rechargeable. It’s also a good option for new massage gun users because it’s reasonably priced, easy to use, and has only two attachment heads (rather than the mind-boggling 6+ that some come with).

Best for bodybuilders

LifePro Sonic Handheld Percussion Massage Gun

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Force: 1,200–2,800 rpm
  • Noise level: 55 dB–75dB
  • Customization: 5 intensity levels, 8 attachment heads
  • Pros: includes carrying cases, several attachment heads, cordless and rechargeable
  • Cons: multiple attachments may come with a learning curve, louder than most massage guns

This massage gun from LifePro comes with eight different attachments, so you can target any muscle group that may benefit from massage — that’s why we recommend it for serious athletes. It’s also got stellar reviews from lots of happy users.

Best for the massage gun curious

MKHS Power Percussion Muscle Massager

  • Price: $
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Force: 1,200–3,200 rpm
  • Noise level: 35–50 dB
  • Customization: 20 speeds, 6 attachment heads
  • Pros: inexpensive, variety of speeds and attachments
  • Cons: sketchy Amazon sales page

With solid reviews, a great price, and a plethora of different speed options (along with 6 different attachments), this massage gun is great for anyone who’s curious about percussive therapy but doesn’t want to make a big investment. Even if all the misspellings on the Amazon page don’t exactly inspire confidence.

Best for newbies

TaoTronics Percussion Massager

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Force: 1,400–3,200 rpm
  • Noise level: 42–52 dB
  • Customization: 10 speeds, 6 attachment heads
  • Pros: variety of attachments, travel case, auto shut-off
  • Cons: weaker motor than some higher end models

This massage gun from TaoTronics is great for new massage gun users. It’s reasonably priced with excellent reviews, and has a super simple 3 button operation. It’s also got 6 different heads so you can work all dem muscles.

Best for the tech-obsessed

Hyperice Hypervolt Plus with Bluetooth

  • Price: $$$
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Force: up to 3,200 rpm
  • Noise level: features “Quiet Glide” technology per manufacturer
  • Customization: 5 attachment heads, Bluetooth programmable
  • Cons: heavier than most, expensive

Early adopter? Here’s the massage gun you’re gonna want. The Hypervolt Plus has the most powerful motor in the whole Hypervolt line, and this one’s got Bluetooth connectivity. That means you can program custom recovery programs into the Hyperice app, or just use their presets. No button pressing for you!

Best high end option

Theragun PRO

  • Price: $$$
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs
  • Force: 1,750–2,400 rpm
  • Noise level: “QuietForce” technology, per manufacturer
  • Customization: 5 speeds, or complete speed customization through Theragun app; 6 attachment heads
  • Pros: extra long battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, rotating arm and multi-grip
  • Cons: very expensive

This thing is hypnotically pretty, and it packs a punch (literally). It’s definitely an investment, but if you’re looking for a super powerful, tricked out massage gun with app connectivity and several attachment heads for a totally custom experience — then this is it!

Best for competitive athletes

Theragun Elite

  • Price: $$$
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Force: 1,750–2,400 rpm
  • Noise level: “QuietForce” technology
  • Customization: 5 speeds, or full speed customization with Theragun app; 5 attachment heads
  • Pros: powerful motor, Bluetooth connectivity
  • Cons: expensive

Hey, another gorgeous work of art from Theragun! This one is slightly less technologically advanced — but also has a less eye-popping price tag. It can still connect to the Theragun app via Bluetooth, so you can use custom recovery programs made for your workout style and your muscles.

Best budget option

FITPULSE Muscle Massage Gun

  • Price: $
  • Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Force: up to 3,200 rpm
  • Noise level: 60 dB or less
  • Customization: 30 speed levels, 10 attachment heads
  • Pros: very inexpensive, 10 attachment heads, carrying case
  • Cons: some reviewers report that the unit broke quickly

On a tight budget? As one of the least expensive massage gun on this list, it’s a bit surprising that this gun also offers the most speed options and attachment heads.

FYI: The reviews are overwhelmingly positive. But a common theme among the negative reviews is that the massage gun broke shortly after purchase. Womp womp.