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What is the best massage gun under $100 like? Can you get a good device at less than $100 price point? We’ll be answering that question in this post and you just might be surprised at what you can get.
Truth is, a few years ago – make that a year or 2 ago – it was almost unheard of that a massage gun would cost anything less than $200 – not even knock-offs were that cheap.
- Best Massage Gun Under $100
- What Makes a Good Massage Gun Under $100?
- Key Criteria for Choosing The Best Massage Gun for Under $100
- Massage Gun Under $100 – Our Best Picks
- Best Massage Gun Under $100 – Bottom Line
Best Massage Gun Under $100
But fast-forward to 2021 and the market has been flooded by new brands looking to sell these devices.
So much so that the pioneer brands have been forced to significantly lower the prices for their devices in order to stay competitive – which is good news for us customers. The avalanche of these devices onto the market has been triggered by a rise in their popularity.
To be fair though, you are probably more likely to find an excellent massage gun under $200. However, we searched far and beyond for some sweet deals under $100.
We couldn’t find many posts on the internet that had something nice, the ones that came close are actually outdated. We hope you find this post useful!
In a hurry? Try our 2 best picks:
The best bargain at this price point with its monster performance features.
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PS. Yes, we know it is slightly over $100, but we couldn’t resist including it here.
Wodfitters Mighty Mini
A mini massage gun with above average power, great battery and a lifetime warranty.
Use the SUPERDEAL code at wodfitters.com to get it under $100.
What Makes a Good Massage Gun Under $100?
We debated among ourselves whether it was worth doing a post on best massage guns for under $100.
To be honest, even though the market is now flooded with thousands of Hypervolt knockoffs, most still cost more than 100 bucks. But given the experience we’ve had and our zeal to never stop buying and reviewing massage guns, we were certain we could find some gems under $100.
But there’s a catch.
Most cheap guns desperately lack in key parameters, that is, amplitude and stall force. What that means in massage-gun language is that these devices will not be able to offer percussive therapy massage.
The best they can do is vibrational therapy, which is okay if you just want to relax or have a surface-level massage for other benefits that include proper blood flow. However, they won’t be able to punch deeper due to a significant lack of power.
That said, our top picks have the best possible specs and we tried as hard as we could to make sure they’re percussive devices and not vibrational therapy tools.
But, realistically speaking, you shouldn’t expect to find insane power in these devices. This is because most are entry-level at best and you should brace for low to medium power.
Another thing you also need to know is that some of these devices are mini massage guns. These serve a particular niche and are meant to be portable and discreet. However, it’s not unheard of to find some great mini massage guns with superior performance features. The main thing is that we made sure to not only pick the small but powerful, but also the affordable.
Key Criteria for Choosing The Best Massage Gun for Under $100
Here’s what the best massage gun under 100 should have.
Stall Force: This is the amount of pressure it takes to stop the motor of a device consequently shutting it off. Sometimes when you need a deep tissue massage, passing the massage gun head over a particular muscle doesn’t always do the job. Pressing hard against the muscle can get you the required results. A stronger gun can withstand much force.
Full disclosure here from us that you should not expect a lot of power from cheap devices, and the fact that our list has some mini massage guns means that the stall force is much lower.
We got a little lucky with Lifepro Dynasphere which has admirable stall force if you consider its price. However, apart from it, the others aren’t as powerful. But, from our list, expect at least 30-plus lbs. stall force.
That said, a good under $100 massage gun should have upper 20s to lower 30s stall force.
Stall Force Comparison of Massage Guns Under $100
Conclusion: Most massage guns under $100 are entry-level devices with low stall force, usually within the 20 – 30 lbs. range. However, as the graph above demonstrates, sometimes you can find a device with a significantly more power (Lifepro DynaSphere). In the mini gun category, anything in the upper 20s or low 30s (lbs) will be great.
Stroke Length: This is the length travelled by the massage gun heads as it hits your skin in the back and forth movement. The stroke length plays an important role in a device, because with it you can tell what kind of a massage you will have.
Most guns under $100 will not have more than 10mm amplitude. Most of them are clones of the original Hypervolt which was more of a vibrational therapy tool than a percussive one. They try to make up for lack of amplitude with more percussions per minute (more rpms) but the best you can get with these devices is a surface-level massage.
For a massage gun to really be considered a percussive device, at least 11mm or ideally 12mm is required. Even so, for a device like this to really be effective, a lot of stall force is also needed. This is because a better stall force can make up for a short amplitude.
Even though the device may not be able to hit deep into the muscle, it can be pressed hard against the skin to achieve this. We took this into consideration when choosing which massage gun to include in our list.
Finally, there are cheap guns like Legiral Le3 (which we reviewed), or Cansou that scream at you with their 16mm amplitude but have very low stall force. In their desire to be like Theragun, they miss out on what really matters. These are not ideal for a percussive massage.
Amplitude Comparison of Massage Guns for Under $100
Conclusion: Our best pick, Lifepro’s DynaSphere is not only the gun with plenty of stall force, but it also has an above average amplitude of 13mm. If you want a deeper massage, this is it. Devices like Flyby F1 Pro have lower amplitude but still a lot of stall force, so they can be pushed harder against the skin and thus allow reasonable performance overall. In the mini category, 9 or 10mm is usually good enough.
Percussions/RPMs: Most massage guns under 100 will be more intensive and have a high percussion range – typically 1800-3200rpm. This is often because they have short amplitudes. The ones with longer amplitudes tend to be less intensive.
There are devices that have over 3800 rpms. These are meant as vibrational therapy tools and cannot hit deep into the muscle tissue. Most have very dinky stroke lengths.
Other Features to Look Out
- Speeds: Cheap devices tend to be exaggerated here. It’s not surprising to find a device with 20 or 30 speed gears. Don’t be fooled by this. Typically the less speeds a device has the better it can serve you. We recommend 5 or 6 speeds. We can tolerate less – say 3 or 4 – or more – 7 or 8, but nothing more.
- Pre-programmed massage modes: This is when a device has modes that change the intensity automatically. You don’t find many such devices in the under $100 category.
- Build quality: It’s possible to get a very nicely built massage gun under $100.
- Noise: Cheap doesn’t mean loud. There are very quiet guns that are less than $100. In fact, some are quieter than their expensive counterparts.
- Weight: It’s not uncommon to find bulky guns in this category but we focused on the ones that are 2.5lbs or less. Ideally though, go for a gun that weighs 2-2.2lbs (full-sized guns).
- Size: We chose the less bulky ones.
- Ergonomics: We love brands that try to be innovative with their devices’ ergonomics.
- Accessories included: Number of attachments (5 or 6), travel case or pouch.
- Brand trustworthiness: Don’t buy unless they can stand behind their product.
- Battery capacity and time on battery: This is not an issue because most devices have batteries that will need to be recharged a week or 2 later. Bigger batteries mean more weight.
- Warranty: Cheap guns will probably have just a 1-year warranty or nothing at all. There are gems that offer lifetime warranties, we tried to include many of those here.
- Value for money: Our picks are under $100 or slightly more in some cases.
Massage Gun Under $100 – Our Best Picks
Here are our top massage guns under $100, starting from our best pick.
LifePro DynaSphere – High Amplitude and High Stall Force
Lifepro Dynasphere is our best pick because it has some really scintillating features for a sub-$150 massage gun. We say that because Dynasphere normally costs $119, which is slightly over the $100 threshold here.
But our 10% off coupon MGA10 slashes the price to $107.99 when you buy in the Lifepro store here. That still takes it over the $100 threshold, but we believe the $7.99 is a small price to pay for what you are getting with this percussion massager.
To substantiate our high praise and a little compromise, this device has 66lbs. stall force. That is staggering if you consider the price. There aren’t many massage guns with this kind of stall force in this category.
Now we know that sometimes brands advertise false stall force and sometimes it can be real low. That is not the case with the Dynasphere, it is really not easy to stall this massager.
To sweeten the deal even more, it has a 13mm amplitude. We would’ve preferred something slightly longer given the stall force, but 13mm is still perfect for a percussive massage. The 13mm amplitude is also the longest among Lifepro products.
It has a nice percussion range – 1200-2800rpm – which means you can have a gentle, a relaxing, and intensive massage if you want to with this device. It has 6 speeds to cycle through. It also has 5 nicely varied attachments.
The battery is a 2000mAh capacity battery chargeable via USB – you can use a Power Bank to charge it. It also comes with a carrying case which is something you don’t see with cheap massage guns. To put it into perspective, Theragun Prime costs $299 but doesn’t come with a carrying case.
It’s a quiet massage gun, advertised to rev at just 50dB – could be more, but quiet enough not to draw attention and cause disturbance.
Lifepro has a lifetime warranty for it and – again – if you use our MGA10 code at lifeprofitness.com you get 10% off. You can then get it for $107.99, and we think it is a steal!
Medcursor MG02 – High Amplitude, Low Stall Force
The Medcursor MG02 is no Dynasphere by any stretch, but it offers decent performance with “good enough” performance features. If you can’t opt for our top pick because of the extra bucks, this one should work just fine for you.
Some of its features include 30lbs. stall force. Now, this may not be enough to give you a deep-to-the-bone percussive massage, but it’s still the best you can get with the price point.
It has 12mm amplitude which in this case is actually good enough to provide a percussive massage rather than vibrational therapy. Theragun Prime has similar stall force with a longer amplitude but we feel the Medcursor is more balanced.
It also has 3200 maximum percussions per minute. It has somewhat confusing settings; there are 3 modes with different intensities, each of these modes has 4 speeds. That makes it 12 speeds to cycle through.
Other than that, it’s a light enough device – 2.2lbs. It’s also quiet revving at 35-65dB. The battery is a 2600mAh capacity that can last 3-6 hours depending on usage.
It’s very well equipped for its price; 6 attachments that are nicely varied and comes with a carrying case. Unlike Dynasphere, it has a 1-year warranty. The Medcursor MG02 is a decent massage gun for its price and will do what it’s intended to do.
You can buy it on Amazon right here.
Flyby F1 Pro – Low Amplitude and High Stall Force
We couldn’t let this one “fly by” us and we made sure to include it in our list because, for its price, it offers astonishing power. It can be said to be a direct opposite of what our second ranking gun in our list is.
Where it lacks in amplitude, it makes up for it with impressive stall force. It’s a simple device and does not have many bells and whistles. However, it’s nicely built and weighs just 1.8lbs.
In terms of performance, Flyby offers mixed results. While the amplitude is only 10mm, which we frowned upon, it has an impressive 50lbs. stall force.
This is good power for a massage gun this cheap. When we tested it, we found out that the stall force is progressive. That means that at lower speeds it stalls easily. At higher speeds it gets harder to stall it.
It has 1800-3200rpm, which is standard for most guns but in this case also makes up for the meager amplitude. It has 5 speeds to go with the percussion. This is awesome and not ridiculously configured like some other cheap guns with over 20 speeds.
It comes with 6 attachments that are nicely varied. It has a 2000mAh capacity battery that can last for 3-4 hours and up to 10 days under minimal use (10-minute daily sessions). It has a 1-year warranty.
Check out user reviews and the current price at Amazon.
Renpho R4 Pro – Great Ergonomics
Renpho has a fascinating massage gun in the R4 Pro. It’s not as powerful to compete with our top pick – Dynasphere – but it has its own unique features that made us decide it should feature here.
For starters it’s uniquely built with good quality materials. The thing that made us feature it on our list though is its Theragun Pro-like ergonomics. It has an adjustable arm that can lock into 5 positions. This already means that you have a device that will make your massage sessions a breeze.
In terms of performance features, the R4 Pro didn’t impress us with its 30lbs. stall force. However, this is not all doom and gloom because 30lbs. is still good enough to warm up muscles, treat soreness and give you a good massage in areas that have less muscle mass like arms and feet.
It has a 10mm amplitude to help with that. This is good enough only for vibrational therapy, it must be said, but it will be good enough for the gun’s intended use.
It has 3200rpm as its maximum percussion which makes up for the dinky amplitude. It has 4 speeds to go with the percussions, which is enough for us. It’s a quiet device and even at the highest speed will still do under 60dB. It has a 2200mAh detachable battery that comes with a charging stand making it very convenient. It also comes with 6 nicely varied attachments and a nice carrying case.
It only comes with a 1-year warranty.
It only costs $99.99 in their store but you can use the coupon RECOVERME that gives a 30% discount. The price drops down to $69.99 only. Great deal!
Lifepro Dynaflex Mini – Best Compact Gun under $100
Another Lifepro that made it to our list. As we wrote in our Lifepro DynaFlex Mini review is a flexible massage gun because, even though it’s listed as a mini massage gun, it performs like a full-sized massage gun. We will call it a mini massage gun for now because for starters, it only weighs 1.4lbs.
Even though it’s a small massage gun, the Dynaflex has 45lbs. stall force. This is an awesome stall force if you want an effective percussive massage. Most mini massage guns will not be as powerful because their role is to sooth rather than treat.
The Dynaflex will do more than just get the blood flowing. It’s a perfect on-the-go partner.
It has a 9mm amplitude, you might say small, but this is standard range for mini massage guns – in fact, most of them don’t go past 8mm.
It revs up to 2450rpm, Theragun percussion range. It has an adjustable arm that rotates up to 90 degrees for extended reach.
This is what makes this massage gun stand out. The arm adjustability is a great additional feature.
It’s a very quiet massage gun that will not rev past 50dB. It may (on highest speed) reach 55dB, but that’s it. It comes with 6 attachments that include metal heads which is fantastic.
It sells for $79.99 but with our MGA10 coupon code you get 10% off that price. You then get it for $71.99 in Lifepro store.
This is a fantastic bargain from a reputable brand that also offers a lifetime warranty for all their products.
Wodfitters Mighty Mini – Best Mini Gun Under $100
The Mighty Mini really lives up to its name. It’s a mighty little massage gun that has a lot to offer those who will dare try it.
Wodfitters is a small but successful fitness equipment company that is probably best known for their training bands. Unlike most massage guns, the Mighty Mini is made of good quality metal (aircraft grade aluminum). If you needed a guarantee on durability you’ve got it.
We couldn’t find stall force information on their website but we did our tests and determined it was about 30-something (low 30s).
This may not be perfect for a deep percussive massage but it will be good enough for relaxation, muscle warm-up, treating soreness and getting rid of lactic acid after intensive training. It’s also a good massager for runners.
It has a 9mm amplitude to go with the stall force. Again, this is a mini massage gun range and will do what it’s intended to do.
It has a percussion range of 1800-3200rpm which again is standard percussion but intensive enough for what the gun is built to do. It has 4 speeds to cycle through.
It also has a powerful battery advertised as being able to last for up to 11 hours. In our opinion that’s probably true if the device is used very minimally – probably on the lowest speed and with very little pressure applied. Otherwise we estimate that you may run out of juice in 5-6 hours under intensive use – still very impressive!
It’s a very quiet massage gun, revving between 40-55dB. It comes with 4 attachments. Wodfitters offers superb customer support and buying experience. On top of that, all their products have a lifetime guarantee.
The Mighty Mini will cost you $99 if you use the coupon SUPERDEAL that gives a whooping $200 discount (which is only for a period of time). So hurry while stocks last!
Best Massage Gun Under $100 – Bottom Line
Hopefully you now know what best massage gun under $100 you would like to buy.
In our opinion the Dynasphere from Lifepro is the best pick if you don’t mind spending $8 more bucks. The Wodfitters Mighty Mini is a “mighty” little gun that will be the best companion if you want a percussion massager on the go.
Apart from these two, all the devices on our list will perfectly suit your needs. And you don’t have to spend a fortune for any of them!
PS. If you still have some doubts, or need a word of advice, feel free to ask us a question here.
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