We were so excited when we heard that Theragun had just dropped their new generation of percussion massagers.
The brand has relaunched under a new name, Therabody, though they’ve kept the trusted Theragun name for their percussion devices.
Their name in the industry really does stand for quality, but over the past few years a number of competitors have started to catch up.
Theragun’s 4th generation launch positions them again as market leaders, with a range of different devices to choose from.
If you’re struggling to decide which device is right for you, we’ve taken a close look at each one to help you make your mind up.
Theragun Massagers: Compare Massage Guns by Features and Price
See the features of each model at a glance, in our handy table below.
You can focus on the features that matter most to you and see how each of the four Theragun devices stacks up:
|Device||Price||Weight||Stroke||Max. No-Stall Force||Max Speed (PPM)||No. of Speed Settings||Battery Life||No. of Attachments||Rotating Arm||Carrying Case Included|
|Theragun Prime||$$||2.2lb||16mm||30lbs||2400||5||120 mins||4||No||Yes (protective bag)|
|Theragun Elite||$$||2.2lb||16mm||40lbs||2400||5||120 mins||5||No||Yes|
|Theragun PRO||$$$||2.8lb||16mm||60lbs||2400||5||300 mins total (2 swappable batteries)||6||Yes||Yes|
|Theragun mini||$||1.4lb||12mm||20lbs||2400||3||150 mins||1||No||Yes (soft case)|
4th Generation Theragun Range: Researched and Reviewed
Now you have the specification of each model in the range, we’ve taken a look at all four in a little more detail.
Our aim is to help you find the right Theragun massager for both your needs and your budget.
Five unique attachments help you target different areas, including a Cone attachment to work on your hands and feet.
Shipping with a protective carrying case, it’s available in two colours, black and white.
If you’re looking for a massager that looks good but also has the power then you have to choose the Elite.
Like the other models, you get five in-built speeds, but you can also tailor your speed anywhere from 1750 to 2400 PPM.
Theragun’s PRO ships with six attachments, so just one more than the Elite, but it’s a good one!
The Supersoft attachment has been designed for sensitive areas, and it ticked all the boxes when we were testing this model.
It enables you to massage areas where the other closed-cell foam attachments might feel a little too tough, such as around your ankles.
Unfortunately to make way for the Supersoft attachment, the PRO doesn’t ship with the large ball.
We’ve always been a fan of the large ball as it’s perfect for activating large muscle groups, like your hamstrings and quads, before exercise.
So the fact the large ball isn’t included is disappointing, considering the price tag, though you can buy the attachment separately for $20.
All their attachments are now made from a closed-cell foam, that can be easily cleaned making Theragun devices more hygienic.
The OLED Screen with Force Meter helps you adjust all the settings, and like the Prime and Elite models, it syncs with the app.
You can store your presets on your PRO, to remember your favourite programs and settings even when you’re away from your phone.
Therabody don’t just sell you the PRO device then leave you to work things out for yourself. Their website has lots of instructional videos demonstrating how to use the device to treat everything from tech neck to plantar fasciitis.
Despite its power, the new QuietForce Technology means you don’t need to worry about waking the neighbors!
The G3 Pro (the previous top-of-the-line model) sounded like a jackhammer! This model still kicks out some noise, but is nowhere near as loud as its predecessor.
Though if noise is a deal breaker for you, it could be worth looking at the Elite model or a quieter non-Theragun alternative.
With the PRO you’ll never run out of power:
Shipping with two swappable batteries, you get an amazing 300 minutes of battery life.
Buying the top-of-the-line device means you’re equipped for wireless charging, although you don’t get a wireless charger included, so you’d need to buy the PRO Wireless Charging Stand separately.
Weighing 2.8lbs, the PRO is just 0.6lbs heavier than the Elite model. However that weight does make a difference when it comes to using the device on some areas, particularly the back.
For some the PRO will start to feel heavy if held in one place for a period of time, so consider the weight when choosing between the devices.
In terms of the previous PRO model it’s a real step up, tackling the noise issue and adding more flexibility with the speed settings and preset programs within the app.
If you’re using the old model and wondering if you’ll notice a difference? We’re sure you will.
As we mentioned earlier, we really love the large ball attachment, as you get an incredible feeling when you use it to activate muscles in your legs. Making it a must-have for cyclists and runners!
Though mini by name, there’s nothing mini about the battery power. Offering 150 minutes of life when full charged! You also get a soft case for transportation.
Gun massagers are generally seen as fairly cumbersome, and therefore can rule out a large section of the market. However the mini is a game changer that has cracked that market wide open.
Still Struggling to Decide? We’ll Summarize!
If you want to invest in your first Theragun then the Prime ticks all the boxes. With lots of the Theragun power and none of the fuss, the Prime is offered at an accessible price point.
You might be tempted to instead opt for the mini, but you won’t get quite the same experience, as the device doesn’t penetrate as deeply.
The Elite is the perfect middle ground, offering the looks and the power.
However the PRO is really the only option for serious athletes and personal trainers, delivering a powerful treatment solution for all body types.
If you’re investing in the PRO, you might want to add the mini to your toolbox, for using on the go.
Oh, and if they’re all out of your budget then there are five great alternatives you might want to take a look at!