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Welcome! Today we’ll talk about the best massage gun under $150.
It’s been months since we did a post on the best massage guns under $200. We got a lot of feedback for that post and we loved the engagement. However, since most massage guns covered in that post were very close (some even over) to the $200 mark, we had people ask us to do a post about guns that are a bit cheaper; something closer to $150 or ideally under that. Well, we have listened and here it is!
This article lists the very best guns under $150. As always, we explain our reasoning behind the picks, and we will give details on each gun we’ve chosen – we love doing massage gun reviews!
One thing we like is that since that under $200 guns post, new massage guns have come into the market. We’ll be taking a look at some of these as well.
We’ll also share discount coupons that make more expensive guns fall into the under $150 category.
- What Can You Expect for Under $150?
- How We Choose – Our Criteria
- Best Massage Gun Under $150 – Our Recommendations
- Best Massage Guns Under $150 – Conclusion
In a hurry?
If you absolutely cannot read through the entire post, we recommend checking out these two massage guns;
- Ekrin 365: Newly launched but has all the features you need in a great massage gun. From excellent power and ergonomics to an impressive pressure sensor, premium build quality, and a lifetime warranty.
- Bantam mini gun: If you need something compact and highly portable yet truly powerful, Ekrin Bantam has got your back!
You will find more about them below.
What Can You Expect for Under $150?
Well, expect something decent. At least something better than what under $150 would’ve got you about a year ago. Since then, things have changed dramatically, and for the better too.
Now you can find some awesome devices that go for under $150. And it’s not just the poorly made devices that have little to no power, which flooded the market back then; these are proper devices.
Of course don’t expect to find a Theragun or a Hypervolt with less than $150 – even the cheap mini versions will set you back $199. These are two industry giants that love to charge a premium for their products.
We chose to filter out all the crappy devices that are available on popular marketplaces, and only go for what we believe are truly the best massage guns under $150.
We love examining specs for each product we buy and test. We compare data to sieve out jewels from a sea of clones. We also have to be practical about how we pick any device for our list. All devices have to meet our high standards in quality of materials, noise levels, and obviously, quality of performance.
However, remember we don’t make massage guns, but we share our opinion based on actual data and proper reasoning. We also openly let you know of any cons we encounter with the devices we pick.
How We Choose – Our Criteria
While many reviews out there ignore or belittle some of these criteria, we don’t. We take it seriously and have to ensure all devices meet them. Let’s start with the performance, shall we?.
Stall force is the pressure it takes to stall the motor of a device. This happens when you push a massage gun against your skin. A massage gun with a weak stall force will quickly stall when pressure is applied.
Like we have already explained, massage guns under $150 today are decent enough to offer you great performance (otherwise we wouldn’t need this article).
A while ago, when we did the under $200 massage guns post, we explained that you could easily get a massage gun with 40-50lbs. of stall force for that price.
Today, we’ll say the same thing, this time for the under $150 category. Again, new massage guns have been unveiled since we did that post and prices are fantastic.
We believe that a lot of stall force is good for any massage gun, and here’s why;
- You can have a delicate massage (soothing and relaxing) if you want to. All you have to do is float the massage gun over the skin and it will do the trick. However, when you want a deep massage1, especially when you have bigger muscles, you have to press the gun against the body, and that’s where you need the stall force (TIP: learn more on how to use massage gun here).
- Another reason is that stall force is an important performance aspect in determining the quality of a device. For instance, a device with a good amplitude but a weak stall force, isn’t necessarily great.
Stall Force Comparison of Massage Guns Under $150
Ekrin 365 is our benchmark gun when it comes to the stall force. The 365’s 40 lbs. aren’t overstated – this device matches the likes of mighty Theragun Elite! Other massage guns are reasonably powerful, but not more than the 365 (even though their specs say something different).
Stall force is one thing, we also look at…
Also called amplitude, this is the distance traveled by the massage gun head as it hits your skin (percusses). It determines how deep a massage you can get. A low amplitude device vibrates more than it percusses and may only offer surface-level massage. It would be best if you had a mid-range or higher amplitude for a proper percussive massage – which is why you buy a massage gun in the first place.
We believe that a good percussion massager should have at least 12mm stroke length if it’s a full-sized gun or 10mm if it’s a mini massage gun.
But look out for a good stall force here. Many cheap massage guns promise up to 16mm amplitude (Theragun-like) but have feeble stall force. These aren’t good enough, and we avoided listing them here.
Stroke Length Comparison of Massage Guns Below $150
12 to 13mm amplitude is a sweet spot – not too punchy, but not too vibrational either. The all-new Bob and Brad X6 has only 10.5mm so expect more vibrational massage. Lastly, the 10mm head travel distance in the case of Bantam is actually pretty good for a mini massage gun.
Most massage guns today have a percussion of range of 1800-3200rpm or thereabout. Some, with a higher amplitude, tend to have a slightly lower range because of the greater head travel.
However, it’s not uncommon to find guns that have percussions up to 4000rpm. These usually have very low amplitude and are better suited for vibrational therapy.
Other Features to Look Out For
- Number of speeds: 4 to 6 speeds is a sweet spot, 3 might be good for some devices. If you have to stretch it, then go for 7 speeds but not more.
- Extras like a Pressure Sensor: It’s now possible to find a sub $150 gun with a pressure sensor. Something unheard of just 6 months ago.
- Build Quality: There are some premium quality devices that cost less than $150.
- Noise: More sub $150 guns today are quieter than the expensive guns.
- Weight: Some guns are made with heavy material and tend to be bulky. We chose devices that weigh 2.5 pounds or less (for full-sized guns).
- Size: We prefer compact guns and not the cheap bulky ones.
- Ergonomics: We reward attempts to improve ergonomics, and innovative brands in this area got more points from us.
- Accessories included: We check for the number of attachments included, if there’s a traveling case or pouch – 4-5 massage attachments are enough for the whole body.
- Brand trustworthiness: We love brands that engage with us when necessary.
- Battery capacity and time on battery: This shouldn’t be a big issue since most guns can go for a week or 2 with a single charge.
- Warranty offered: No-name brands often do not offer warranties or at best only offer a 1-year warranty. Best brands offer a lifetime warranty – we looked for devices from these brands.
- Value for the money: obviously the list only includes devices that are under $150 but we picked those that offer the best bang for your buck.
Best Massage Gun Under $150 – Our Recommendations
TOP 1 – Ekrin 365
We’ve always loved Ekrin for their high quality devices and great customer care.
Their newly released (in September 2021) Ekrin 365 is aimed at beginners but offers so much more for a sub $150 gun. It has great performance specs that we can confirm are accurate (we did a hands-on review recently).
Ekrin decked this new massage gun with everything a great massage gun should have. We haven’t seen many entry-level massage guns with 40lbs. of stall force, but this one has. Ekrin are suckers for devices with strong motors. Their very first device (Ekrin B37) was a success for this very reason.
We are glad they stuck to their formula even with this massage gun. It’s not just the stall force. With a stroke length of 12mm, this device can hit deeper when pressed against the body. When you want a soothing massage, where you need some decent percussions, this device can provide up to 3200 hits per minute. It’s also the only gun under $150 that has a Pressure Sensor.
It also has excellent ergonomics that somewhat mimick what Ekrin has been doing since they came onto the scene (slanted handle). But they also added a twist to it by making the handle thinner for people with small hands.
The handle is also longer on this new device and is great for when you need an extended reach for your lower back area. We also suspect that the trimmed handle could be the reason this new device only weighs 1.7lbs. Many full-sized guns weigh 2.2 pounds or more.
It comes with 4 nicely varied attachments for a full body massage and a super juiced battery that can go for 4-5 hours on a single charge. With few sessions a day, the battery can last a few days before you can charge it again. It’s a quiet device, just like all Ekrin devices. It’s also the first full-sized massage gun that charges via USB (a convenient way to charge).
Ekrin is a trusted brand that offers premium quality devices that are backed up with a lifetime warranty. Their customer service is also top-notch.
It usually costs $179.99 but with our MGA20 coupon, you can buy it at ekrinathletics.com for only $143.99 – that’s a 20% discount.
READ MORE All new Ekrin 365 review →
TOP 2 – Lifepro DynaFlex
This is also a newly released massage gun from another trusted brand with a lot of affordable massage guns. It offers a slightly different proposition from our top pick.
For instance, instead of a 12mm amplitude, it has 13mm amplitude – 1mm more, barely noticeable once you start using it. That said, this one punches slightly harder.
It also comes with 40lbs. of stall force and can be pressed hard against the skin for a deep tissue percussive massage. You won’t get the same number of maximum percussions, but you won’t need more either – it has a percussion range of 1500-3000rpm.
But the outstanding feature on this device has to be the adjustable arm. Not many brands make them this way, and you have to appreciate the innovativeness.
The arm can be adjusted into 4 lockable positions of 0, 30, 60, and 90 degree angles. This is awesome for when you are massaging yourself and need an extended reach (we covered more in our post about adjustable massage guns).
It’s a quiet device as well (not as quiet as Ekrin 365), and weighs just 2.5 pounds – slightly heavier, but not something anyone can’t handle. The handle diameter is also bigger than Ekrin 365 and may be uncomfortable for guys with small hands. It also doesn’t come with a pressure sensor.
However, Lifepro is a proven fitness brand. They offer a lifetime warranty for all their products and the customer support is superb.
The device usually sells for $149.99 but with the MGA10 code, you can save 10% off the price and buy it for $134.99 at here at lifeprofitness.com
READ MORE Full Lifepro Dynaflex Review →
TOP 3 – addsfit MAX
addsfit company has been around for a while now and built a good reputation as a fitness brand.
However, their addsfit Max massage gun is their best selling device so far. It’s not the most interesting device with top features, but it offers good-enough performance specs for those who want something affordable.
It has the typical, T-shape massage gun look and doesn’t offer much else in ergonomics. However, it only weighs 2 pounds and can be easily maneuvered.
It has a 12mm amplitude, which is what we are looking for in a sub $150 device. The stall force is about 35lbs. and will offer a percussive massage. Even the first few gears don’t stall easily (the first gear has 26lbs. of stall force). We have seen too many guns that stall easily on the first few speed gears.
It has a percussion range of 1700-3300rpm – better than the first two on our list.
You don’t have to worry about the battery draining out before you can finish your session with this device. The 2500mAh battery can go for 6 hours straight (or 4 hours if you use higher speed gears and apply pressure). It also comes with a nice hard-shell carrying case and 5 nicely varied attachments.
- So-so ergonomics
- Not very powerful
- No USB charger
- It has 9 speed gears, which we think is perhaps too many.
However, addsfit is a customer-friendly brand and you can expect up to 3 years of warranty if you register your device on their website – just 1 year if you don’t register. They also have a 30-day moneyback guarantee, and their device ships internationally.
Normally it costs $189.98 but the price has been reduced to $129.98. To make it even better, our MGA20 coupon that slashes 20% off the price to make it only $103.98. This is awesome if you don’t have the budget for Ekrin 365.
TIP We have featured this device in our Best Massage Guns for Plantar Fasciitis post as well.
TOP 4 – Ekrin Bantam: The Best Mini Massage Gun Under $150
Another Ekrin massage gun that we are proud to include in our list. This one is a mini massage gun and it’s an option if you want something highly portable to carry with you on your travels.
It’s a super-compact massage gun measuring 6 x 4.5 x 1.9 inches (HLW). It’s one of the smallest massage guns out there. It also measures a meager 1.1 pounds, and it’s the lightest device on our list. It has an ergonomic handle as well – a slanted 15-degree handle.
For a mini massage gun, it carries so much power. It has 35lbs. of stall force – the same as the addsfit massage gun we just looked at. That makes it one of the most potent mini devices out there.
It complements that power with an awesome 10mm amplitude. That is enough stroke length for a mini gun – those don’t need more. It also has a percussion range of 2000-3200rpm across 3 speed gears – awesome for a mini massage gun.
It has a sturdy build and a premium look. It comes with 4 attachments in a nice carrying case. The high quality Samsung battery will do about 3-4 hours before you may need to charge it again.
It usually costs $159, but with our MGA20 discount code (gives 20% off), it is only $127.99. Get it here at ekrinathletics.com .
READ MORE Our detailed Ekrin Bantam review →
TOP 5 – Bob and Brad X6
It’s probably not okay that the last device on our list is inspired the most famous therapists on the internet. Bob and Brad have 3.4 million subscribers on YouTube and have been doing an amazing job educating their followers on physical health.
Bob and Brad say that it has a 10.5mm amplitude which is decent for its cost but not for a proper percussive massage. They also claim that it has up to 44lbs. of stall force, which we had to check just to be sure. We compared it to Ekrin 365, and we can tell you it’s not as powerful. If we are being honest, it’s probably about 30-35lbs. That’s similar to Addsfit but not more than Ekrin 365.
It has a percussion range of 2000-3200rpm across 5 speed gears.
We like the ergonomics approach with the oval shape rather than the typical cylindrical shape that most massage guns have. We saw the same shape with their C2 massage gun. We have also seen it with the new Hypervolts 2.
The device weighs 1.9 pounds and is very quiet – 55dB to 60dB. It comes with 5 nice attachments including one made with aluminum for hot or cold therapy (put it in a freezer or hot water). There is a carrying case as well included.
- The low amplitude might feel vibrational
- Just 1-year warranty
It’s still a nice gun that deserves a spot on our list. It’s not as powerful as the rest, and that’s why it had to come last.
It sells slightly above $150, but last we checked, the price had gone down to under $150. It is best to check the current price on Amazon.
Best Massage Guns Under $150 – Conclusion
Hopefully you now know which best massage gun under $150 is good for you. As you can see, many of them are over the $150 threshold, but we got you covered with our coupons. Feel free to apply them when you are shopping.
Just remember that now you can get a very decent massage gun for $150. Just check out the features and make sure they’re as good as we have explained in this article.
Go get a percussive massage!
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NOTE: We only use high-quality sources and rely on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations to support the facts within our articles.
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