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Who hasn’t heard about or seen Hyperice’s Hypervolt Plus? The brand is a giant in the percussive therapy and massage gun space. It’s endorsed by the freakin’ NBA - Steph Curry uses it to keep himself pumped during games. LeBron James and even Tiger Woods are said to have one.

So, if these superstar athletes endorse it, then it’s definitely worth the money, right? Or is it?

As a matter of fact, there is one. And it’s the brand that has disrupted the fitness and recovery scene since its launch last year - The Hydragun.

So, I’ve tried both the Hypervolt Plus and Hydragun deep tissue massage guns, compared them and now share my thoughts below. Hopefully, when you get to the end of this article you can decide which brand best suits your needs.

Shall we?

First Things to Consider

If you’re buying a deep tissue massage gun for the first time, there's three major things you need to consider:

  • Power -  Does this provide just the right massage to relax muscle knots and relieve my pain?

  • Noise Levels -  Is this device quiet enough to help me relax?

  • Price - Is the performance and the features worth the price tag?

There are other factors that you can also look into when making a decision and I’ve covered them in this article too. But let’s start our comparison with these three major points.

Power

When it comes to massage guns, more than the design and surface-level features, the important thing is how powerful they are. And in this case, power refers to speed and amplitude.

Here’s one thing that big massage gun brands won’t tell you: The way these devices are built means there will ALWAYS be a trade off between amplitude and speed. Allow me to explain.

Deep tissue massage guns have a component called eccentric that helps the motor produce the punch-like, percussive action that you see/experience. Now, the bigger this component gets, the higher the amplitude which means the massage gun gets slower - but you get more powerful massages.

A smaller eccentric on the other hand increases speed but creates shorter punches - meaning a lower amplitude, a gentler massage. In short, massage guns can’t have both high speeds and high amplitude - the engineering just doesn’t work that way.

I go on a 2-hour morning walk 6 days a week. So, I don’t really like deep massages as my leg muscles feel sore afterwards. So the Hydragun -  with its 12mm amplitude -  provides just the right massage to keep the post-walk soreness at bay.

But if you're, let's say, a pro athlete or a pro bodybuilder that benefits from more robust, deeper massages to stimulate muscles, I can see how Hypervolt Plus ' 13mm amplitude and deeper massage can work for you.

As for speed, both Hydragun and Hypervolt Plus have maximum speeds of up to 3200ppm (percussions per minute). Hypervolt Plus has 3 speed settings while the Hydragun has 6.

I would say though that while I don’t use the maximum speeds on either gun, I liked that Hydragun’s six speed setting doesn’t go from 0 to 100 real quick, which is the case with the Hypervolt Plus. Not everyone likes to get a hard massage right away.

The gradual speed increase also makes sense if you’re recovering from an injury and can’t do hard massages from the get-go.

So for power - I would say that while the Hypervolt Plus DOES give a deeper massage, not everyone likes or can do intense massages. The three-speed settings also kind of limits the number of people that can use it, in my opinion - ”Only the strong can take it”, kind of vibe.

The Hydragun on the other hand gives a more balanced, well-rounded massage experience. The gradual speed increase and just-right intensity means that this is a device that the majority of people - fitness enthusiasts or not - can easily use.

Noise Levels

As someone who uses a massage gun on my arms and palms after a day of writing or to unwind after a long morning walk, I’m telling you without batting an eyelash that yes - noise levels matter a lot. I mean, something that sounds like a power drill isn’t conducive to relaxation.

Having said that, the Hypervolt Plus certainly isn’t as notoriously loud as that one other major brand we won’t mention. But it’s not THAT quiet either. At its lowest speed according to their website- it clocks in at 60dB - which is as loud as the hum of a dishwasher.

I find that I can’t use it while watching TV or while chatting with someone sitting across from me. And that’s at the lowest setting. The Hydragun in comparison is surprisingly quiet at 40dB - its lowest speed. In comparison, it reached 60dB (Hypervolt Plus’s quietest) at speed level 3.

During actual use, the sound produced by Hypervolt Plus is the same sound I would say as a power drill being used on a drywall. It’s this rumbling, high pitched sound that’s just too distracting.

Hydragun has a duller, subdued humming sound, I think largely because of the metal casing. The solid body material helps minimize the noise as opposed to Hypervolt Plus’s ABS Plastic structure.

Will give this round to Hydragun. Quietness plays a huge role when I’m unwinding and trying to relax my tense muscles. I found the noise Hypervolt Plus makes to be too distracting. Hydragun on the other hand is quiet enough to aid relaxation and I even use it while watching TV.

Price

When it comes to price, I tend to take a closer look at the product design. How well is the product made parallel to its cost?

The two massage guns both have a gun-shaped design. The Hypervolt Plus has a black colour, the body made out of ABS Plastic. All is pretty standard - the gun feels hefty and solidly built. Handle is also made of plastic.

The Hydragun on the other hand has a matte black colour with red details on its smooth, one piece body. It’s made out of Aerospace-grade aluminum which gives it a solid yet lightweight build, and has a nano silicone handle for extra grip and comfort for when you’re using the gun.

At first glance the Hydragun looks and feels more premium than Hypervolt Plus because of the choice of materials. I mean, even the parts of the gun where plastic was used feels more solid and well thought out than Hypervolt Plus’s.

Giving this round to Hydragun. At a much lower price than Hypervolt Plus, the materials used and the one-piece design look and feels expensive. Impressive for a mid-priced massage gun.

Guess folks at Hyperice need to be at that price point to afford those NBA endorsement deals. But with what we’ve discovered so far in terms of the major factors, do you think spending $50-$100 more on a Hypervolt Plus is worth it? Will park that question here for you.

Other Factors to Consider

Attachments

Standard massage gun attachments are included with every Hypervolt Plus purchase: ball shaped (foam), fork, bullet and the flat head attachments. Hydragun has these four standard attachments as well but has added two steel massage heads in the mix.

The two steel head attachments won this round for Hydragun. While the standard head attachments worked well on both guns - I felt that the steel heads gave a much deeper massage than the plastic ones, even at low speeds.

The steel attachment heads glide easily over clothing, too. I see how this can be helpful to physios or fitness trainers to use on their clients.

Battery

The Hydragun comes with a non-removable 2600AMH battery, has a 90-minute charge time and up to 6 hours of battery life.

Hypervolt Plus has a removable 2400AMH battery, 90-minute charger time and up to 3 hours of battery life.

I also liked that I’m able to read the battery level of my Hypervolt Plus from the control surface. On top of that, the green light strip changes colors as the battery drains (turning yellow and then orange and finally red).

In comparison, the Hydragun has a pretty simple battery indicator (I suppose to keep with its minimalist design). Three small lights at the back of the device indicate battery level.

While I appreciate Hydragun’s longer battery life, I’m giving this round to Hypervolt Plus.

There’s an advantage of having a removable battery. I’m assured that I can simply replace the battery at any point in the day (which also makes sense for people that use massage guns frequently like athletes or physiotherapists).

Also, if the battery starts to wear out as is expected over time - I can just go to Hyperice’s website and order a replacement battery instead of buying an entirely new massage gun unit.

Warranty

Hypervolt Plus offers the industry standard 1 year warranty, which gets it a half point here. Hydragun on the other hand went the extra mile and improved the offer, extending their warranty duration to a full 18 months (1.5 years).

Money Back Guarantee

Both brands offer the standard 30-day money back guarantee. So I’m giving both a half point.

User Interface

Hypervolt Plus comes with Bluetooth connectivity that allows me to connect to the Hyperice app. The app has these guided warm up, recovery and maintenance tutorial videos.

No bluetooth connectivity feature for Hydragun but using the device is pretty intuitive. Simply choose the attachment head you want to use and put it into the slot at the front of the device. LEDs indicate speed and battery levels and the device can be operated with just one button.

This round is a draw for me. Personally, I don’t mind Hydragun’s intuitive, straightforward interface. It goes with the minimalist style of the gun. I also think this simple interface just makes the gun feel more premium, somehow.

But I also like Hypervolt Plus’s bluetooth connectivity to the Hyperice app, and can see why others would, too. It makes using the device more interactive for me plus it’s a fun take to just following a user manual.

Overall - no clear winner for me here. So giving both brands a half point each.

Ergonomics

Although both are gun-shaped, the Hydragun has a 99-degree handle that makes it easier to use on hard-to-reach areas like the upper back.The silicon handle is not too wide and doesn’t get slippery even when used with sweaty hands.

Hypervolt Plus on the other hand is heavier than Hydragun at 1.3kgs (Hydragun’s at 1.0kg) so I found my hands get tired easily. Also has a wider handle so it’s not as easy to use on hard-to-reach areas like my upper and lower back.

Conclusion

With all of that done, let’s do a quick look of how each massage gun stack up against each other:

Hypervolt Plus

Total Score: 3.5

Hydragun

Total Score: 7.5

Power

Harder massages, ideal for pro athletes and bodybuilders with more muscle mass

Gradual increase from gentle to intense massages. Ideal for athletes and non-athletes alike

Material

ABS Plastic body
Plastic handle

Aerospace-Grade Aluminum  body
Nanosilicone handle

Noise Level

60 decibels at lowest setting. Has a rumbling, power-drill like sound

40 decibels at lowest setting. Has a dull, humming sound

Attachment Heads

5 regular attachment heads (plastic)

4 regular attachments heads (plastic) + 2  flat steel heads

Battery

Removable.
Up to 3 hours use

Non-removable.
Up to 6 hours use

Warranty

Standard
1 year warranty

Extended
1.5 years warranty

Money Back Guarantee

30 Days

30 Days

User Interface

Has bluetooth connectivity to Hyperice app. Single button interface, No LED screen

No Bluetooth. Intuitive, single button interface, No app, no LED screen

Ergonomics

Heavier at 1.3kgs, Has a  bulky plastic handle that makes it harder to grip and use on hard-to-reach areas.

Only 1kg, 99-degree handle makes it easier to use on lower and upper back. Slimmer, silicon-wrapped handle gives a firmer, more comfy grip.

Price

$399 **
(AUD/SGD 530)
**Hypervolt Plus price at the time of writing

$299
(AUD/SGD 399)

In terms of price, massage strength and quietness - I would say that the Hydragun is the overall winner for me. The brand has, in my opinion, successfully found that balance between the three major factors that should be considered when buying massage guns, and came up with a device that the majority of people can use.

So, whether you’re a gym buff that works out five times a week and want to reduce DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) or you need a no-pill alternative for pain management, or want to give your loved one a unique gift that helps them relax, the Hydragun is definitely a suitable choice for you.

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But if you’re let’s say a professional athlete, whose body is used to really intense, deep massages after training. And paying an extra cost for pretty much the same features as the Hydragun isn’t a big deal for you - then Hypervolt Plus can be a good option for you too.

But hey, you don't have to take my word for it. You can check out what everyday people like you and me have to say about their experience with using a Hydragun.

Reviews

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11/07/2021

adrian pope

Relieved pain caused by fibromyalgia

"I had read up on myofascial release massage as a way of reducing pain in Fibromyalgia.
I found this highly effective and my wife uses it just for general massage. The battery lasts a long time and i rarely go above 50% speed as this works for me. but good to know I can go harder if i feel like it."

J

30/06/2021

Jonathan Adam

Will never loot at warmup and recovery the same way again.

"Love using this massage gun has changed the way I warm up and recover from sports forever. It’s quiet, easy to use, and comes with plenty of attachments specific to the different types of massages and areas of the body. I was tossing up between this and some more expensive brands and even though it doesn’t have the same deep tissue massage it is value for money and perfect for what I need in a massage gun."

M

29/06/2021

Mugen Tayalan

Good Product

"Got this as a birthday gift and have been enjoying its use. Affordable and helps in my recovery. Good choice to go for in the market."

X

23/06/2021

Xiaomeng Shan

Wonderful massage gun

"Compared a few similar products and found hydragun is the best one I need. Since I run regularly, hydragun helps me easy my leg pain after the run."

V

29/05/2021

Vivien

Highly recommended!

"After a few weeks of use I can say Hydragun has definitely helped with my chronic neck and shoulder pain. I’m a photographer, and I haul around hefty camera gear when I shoot and sit in front of the computer when I’m editing, which all takes a toll on my neck and shoulders. I now use Hydragun as a routine after a day’s work, and it’s quiet enough that I can use while watching TV. I feel instantly relieved after a few minutes of using Hydragun."

And there you have it - my honest take on comparing two of the most popular massage gun brands today. Now that I’ve used them both - I wish I had held off spending that $399 on a Hypervolt Plus and just went for Hydragun - the  quieter, equally effective, more affordable alternative to relaxing my muscles and relieving pains.

Jai is a content writer who walks 17,000 steps every morning for fitness and to keep her sane. Still not comfortable about getting a massage in spas, so she owns and uses a Hypervolt Plus and has recently acquired a Hydragun for this comparison.  

She is definitely not a medical professional, so please consult your physician first before using a massage gun for any health concerns.