Massage guns are very popular these days. You have probably seen videos and photos of athletes and fitness influencers using these devices and loving every minute of it.
And why won’t they? Using a massage gun is a great way to speed up muscle recovery. And we’ve written a lot about the benefits of using these percussive therapy devices that this time, we’re going over the things that make a worthwhile massage gun.
With the number of options available in the market these days, it can be difficult to decide which massage gun to buy either for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. So, we’ve made shopping around a little easier by coming up with a quick buying guide.
Massage Gun Buying Guide
There are five main things that you need to look at when choosing a massage gun: power, design, battery life, portability and warranty.
When we’re talking about massage guns, “power” refers to a couple of things: speed and amplitude. Speed refers to how fast the massage heads vibrate or “punch” you, while amplitude refers to how deep every “punch” go. These two factors are very important because they both dictate how comfortable a massage you will get.
Not everyone likes getting a massage the same way. Some prefer gentle, relaxing massages, others aren’t happy unless they feel their muscles being pummeled into submission. This is why having a massage gun with variable speed options is ideal. It allows you to choose speed settings that are comfortable for you. HYDRAGUN for example, has 6 speed options so you can get a personalized massage every time you use it.
As we mentioned earlier, amplitude is the depth at which massage heads go. The higher the amplitude, the “punchier” the gun gets, meaning you get a deeper massage. Lower amplitude equals light, gentle and shallower massages. The deeper the massage head goes - which is usually measured in millimeters - the more force is applied to the muscles.
Massage guns come in a wide range of designs. Some look utilitarian (resembling a power tool, if you will), some brands are sleek and modern-looking. While aesthetics do play a role in making massage guns - heck any product - more appealing, you need to consider some details that actually contribute to the overall massage experience.
What is the massage gun case made out of? Most brands are made of composite plastic which makes the device stronger but also a bit heavier. And if you’ve already spent an hour working out in the gym and lifting weights, using a bulky, vibrating massage gun can get uncomfortable.
HYDRAGUN on the other hand is made of aerospace grade aluminum, so it’s comparatively lighter. It’s also corrosion-resistant and very durable, able to withstand long-term use.
Since most massage guns are made of plastic, the handles don’t do much when it comes to protecting the hands and wrists from the gun’s vibrations. And post-workout sweat leaves a sticky film on the handle which is just...gross.
We have taken the next step into designing the device for user comfort. HYDRAGUN’s nano silicone handle is designed at a 99° angle, making it more comfortable to hold. The easy-grip design allows you to massage hard-to-reach places easily, so you don’t strain your hand and wrist. Most importantly, you don’t leave a sticky film of sweat on the handle.
Naturally, you need to check just how much noise a massage gun makes before you buy one because you wouldn’t want something that makes such a racket. HYDRAGUN for example, is 10x softer than a normal human conversation on its highest speed setting. You can watch a movie while massaging your calves. Or do some post-workout massages while your toddler is taking a nap.
3. Battery Life
Most of the massage guns today run on rechargeable, lithium ion batteries. They’re cordless and have an average of around 2 hours of battery life, used at full speeds. Some of the most expensive massage guns only have a 60-minute battery life. Conversely, HYDRAGUN has a battery life of 3-7 hours.
The longer the battery life, the better. You don’t have to keep on charging your massage gun. It’s easier especially when you’re travelling and don’t have immediate access to a power outlet. Besides, who wants to worry about their massage gun running low on juice every time?
While you’re most likely to use your massage gun in the gym or at home, there’d be times that you’d want to take it with you while travelling or even taking it with you at work. This is where portability becomes a huge consideration.
Opt for massage guns that come with a case that you can easily take with you anywhere. You’re also less likely to lose the charger and attachment heads that way.
Also, check the weight of the massage gun. If it weighs more than 2.5 lbs, it’s a burden not just to carry around, but to use on yourself too.
The quality of massage guns aren’t the same. And even the most expensive ones does not mean you’re getting the best quality product. On the other hand, don’t expect 5-star results from anything you bought off Amazon at ridiculously low prices. Point is, before you whip out your credit card to buy a massage gun, check out the warranty first.
Apart from the usual 1 - 2 years warranty period, how does the company fare in terms of customer service? How responsive are they when it comes to complaints? What do reviewers say? Apart from the website, go to their social media feeds and check out what customers are saying.
Much has been said about the benefits of massage guns and why it makes sense to get one for yourself, particularly if you live an active lifestyle: doing regular exercises to improve mobility and movement, or training for sporting events. However, in order to enjoy those benefits you have to make sure you are getting the best massage gun for your needs. And we hope that this quick guide has helped point you in the right direction.