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Welcome to our best massage gun under $200 post. This one comes hot in the heels of the previous post where we tried finding the best massage gun under $100. That was a tough one, to be honest. We had to search nook and cranny for massage guns that are cheap but without compromising on our highly set standards. However, for this one, things are looking up.
- Best Massage Gun Under $200
- What Makes a Good Massage Gun Under $200?
- Criteria for Choosing – A Few Practical Tips
- Best Massage Guns Under $200 – Full Sized Devices
- Mini Percussion Massagers Under $200
- Best Massage Gun Under $200 – Bottom Line
Best Massage Gun Under $200
Just 2 years ago, it would’ve been difficult to come up with a best massage guns below $200 list. This is because back then, anything under $200 would only fetch you an introductory device, and boy were those awful!
But since then things have changed and the fact that the market is flooded with these devices means that many are cheap now. You can easily find a worthy massage gun with this budget. In fact, we have seen hundreds of devices under $200 and amazingly enough, a few of our favorite as well.
We’ll be sharing our best picks in this category and coupons for devices that are slightly over our threshold to even things out.
So, let’s find you the best massage gun under $200!
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What Makes a Good Massage Gun Under $200?
Things are not as murky in 2021 for the under $200 category as they are for the under $100 category. Most under $100 massage guns are mediocre devices from unknown brands that we know will not survive one more year. However, as we saw in our post, you can get some good devices from trusted brands that actually care about their customers.
For the under $200 category, now in 2021, it’s somewhat easy to find good massage guns that will serve you well. However, it’s also not uncommon to encounter devices that just won’t cut it – very poor performance features.
We believe it’s very important that the performance features be good enough because there are flashy toys in the market. All these brands do is embellish their products to look like Theragun or Hypervolt but with no real quality.
Another thing that we also noticed in our research for this post, is that most guns are still vibrational therapy tools. Instead of more power and long head travel, all they do is offer intensive surface-level massage.
While this is also fine, for those just looking for a soothing device, we prefer percussive massage guns – those that deliver power, and punch deep into the muscle tissue.
Criteria for Choosing – A Few Practical Tips
Here’s what to look out for.
Stall force: Stall force is the amount of pressure it takes to stall the motor of a device. This happens when the device is pressed hard against the skin. Strong devices can withstand a fair amount of pressure before they stall. The pressure is measured in pounds (lbs.).
Almost 80% of devices on Amazon have 30lbs. or below of stall force. However, some under $200 guns will still offer more power – 40-50lbs or sometimes even more. We are believers in more stall force.
This is because a device that can offer more stall force is more versatile than one that offers very little power. Even though you may need a delicate massage, hamstrings and glutes will need a bit more power.
Stall Force Comparison of Massage Guns Under $200
Conclusion: Finding a massage gun with reasonable power under $200 was difficult two years ago but things have changed since then. Devices like Ekrin B37, Opove M3 Pro Max, or Minirex and Ekrin Bantam (both in the mini category) all offer plenty of stall force while being reasonably priced.
Stroke Length (a.k.a Amplitude)
Stroke Length: Commonly referred to as amplitude, stroke length is the distance traveled by the massage gun head to give you the percussions per minute. The amplitude of a device tells you whether a device is percussive or simply vibrational. A long amplitude means the device can reach deep into the muscle, while a short one means it’s a vibrational tool.
A good enough stroke length, paired by just enough stall force can propel a device to the top of percussive performance. We believe that even for massage guns under $200, the amplitude should be at least 12mm long. Our top picks have more – 13 to 15mm long.
Amplitude Comparison of Massage Guns for Under $200
Conclusion: Generally, more amplitude is better for a percussion device but only if there’s enough stall force available. Our top picks all have pretty powerful motors (which doesn’t mean they cannot be used gently). Some of them, like Ekrin B37 have less amplitude (12mm) but plenty of stall force to compensate for that. In the mini category, 10+ mm is what you should look for.
Percussions/RPMS: In this category, most guns will have a percussion range of 1800-3200rpm. This is standard percussion range for most guns.
However, there are devices with less percussions per minute. These often have long amplitudes. Some devices will have up to 4000 maximum RPMs. These are, in most cases, vibrational tools that need more intensity to get the work done.
Other Features To Look Out For
- Speed gears: We prefer 4-6 speeds. 3 speeds is acceptable, and maybe 7-8, but really nothing more (cycling through 20+ speeds = frustration guaranteed)
- Pre-programmed massage modes: When pressure changes means automatic intensity change as well. These are preferable.
- Extras like pressure sensors.
- Build quality: Unheard of 2 years ago but now there are awesomely built devices that cost less than $200.
- Noise: There are many massage guns under $200 that are way quieter than even the so-called best in the business.
- Weight: This is an issue for the full-sized massage guns. Some tend to be too heavy. We chose that are not heavier than 2.5lbs. Ideally though, go for guns that are 2.2lbs or lighter.
- Size: Size is a real challenge for most cheap massage guns. Many are bulky. We prefer compact devices and we tried to find those.
- Ergonomics: we gave more points to devices that tried to be innovative in this area.
- Accessories: We looked for the number of attachments (5 or 6 is enough), travelling case/pouch.
- Brand trustworthiness.
- Battery capacity and time on battery: This is no big deal because most devices these days tend to stay juiced up for 1-2 weeks after a single charge.
- Warranty offered: Many no-name brands offer just 1-year warranties or nothing at all. Trusted brands often offer lifetime warranties – we tried to find such.
- Value for money: Obviously we picked devices under $200 but we also tried to pick those that offer the best bang for your buck.
Best Massage Guns Under $200 – Full Sized Devices
Below is our list of what we think are best massage guns under $200, starting from our best pick. We’ll first include regular-sized devices, and then follow up with our best picks in the mini/small category.
Ekrin B37 – Top 1 Pick
Ekrin is one of our favorite brands not just because they have great quality products, but also because they offer superb customer care. We can never help it but go back for more.
When we compiled this list, their B37 massage gun was over our $200 threshold. However, because they have a great offer that knocks 20% OFF the usual price (use code MGA20), we had to include it here – and rank it as our number 1 recommendation too.
Straightaway Ekrin shines where it matters most – stall force. This device has a whopping 56lbs. stall force. In most of our massage gun reviews we have always ranked it right next to the mighty Theraguns because of this.
To go with the great stall force, it has a 12mm amplitude. This means that Ekrin B37 can give a deep-to-the-bone percussive massage. Even though the amplitude is not Theragun-like, the great stall force allows for this.
Other features that made us pick the B37 include the percussion range – 1400-3200rpm. It’s probably normal range for most guns in this category. But we like how the range is so spaced out. It means that with this gun you can start slow and climb up as you see fit. Instead of starting at 1750rpms like in Theragun, you can start at 1400rpms. It has 5 speeds to cycle through, which is just perfect.
It’s nicely built and comes in great size. It weighs 2.2lbs, which is just about the accepted weight limit for massage guns in its category.
It also has great ergonomics. Ekrin probably started a revolution with their 15-degree angled handle concept, many brands are angling this way.
It has a Samsung branded battery with 2550mAh capacity that can last for 5-8 hours with a single charge. It’s also a fairly quiet gun (advertised as revving 35-55dB, but it starts at 50dB to slightly over 60dB).
Ekrin is our favorite brand because they offer a lifetime warranty for all their products.
With the MGA20 coupon code you get 20% OFF the normal price so you can get it at only $183.99.
Opove M3 Pro Max – Top 2
The first Opove device we encountered was the Opove M3 Pro which was more Hypervolt-like than anything else. The M3 Pro Max (get the names right here) looks more similar to Hypervolt Plus, but stands out with great features.
Not only that, it’s a great bargain for what you are getting. It also slightly falls over the $200 mark, but we have a great offer that puts it right within our category here.
For starters, unlike our beloved Ekrin B37, Opove M3 Pro Max focusses more on amplitude. It has a 15mm amplitude that wowed us. We are used to seeing this kind of amplitude in high-end massage guns like Theragun and Achedaway Pro.
That is powerful company to be in but only if you have enough stall force. The Pro Max has plenty of stall force as well – 50lbs. We thought this was more advertising than real, but we tested it and it’s not easy to stall it.
The Pro Max is a power tool ergonomically and our top product – Ekrin B37 – probably gets an edge over it here. It also weighs slightly more than the B37 – 2.3lbs.
It has a nice percussion range for a gun with a long amplitude – 1500-3300rpm. It has 4 speeds to cycle through but also has an auto mode that allows the speeds to change automatically. It comes with 5 varied attachments and in a carrying case. It’s quiet enough – 63dB at the highest intensity.
The best part? It’s normally $220 but with this link you can get it for $169 – it’s $50 OFF.
Lifepro Sonic LX – Top 3
The Lifepro Sonic LX is the third device in our list but don’t let the ranking fool you. As we said in our full review, this is a serious device with a lot to offer and at a great price.
But perhaps the thing that made us stop and pay attention to this massage gun, is its motor power. It’s a 72 Watt monster that we are certain can deliver a lot of power for a percussive massager.
Yet, with that kind of power output Sonic LX has about 33lbs. stall force. We’d expect more, to be honest, but on the other hand we’ve recently seen a number o brands overstating the specs, so we’ll take the real 33lbs. instead of fake 50 or so.
To go with the decent stall force is a 12mm amplitude that guarantees a good punch.
It also has a great percussion range – 1800-3400rpm across 9 speeds to cycle through. Not many guns have a wide range like this one has.
It’s a power tool as well and unlike our beloved Ekrin B37, the ergonomics are a bit of a letdown. It however weighs just 2.3lbs which is superb for a full-sized massage gun.
It comes with 7 attachments and a carrying case. The battery is well juiced and can last for up to 4 hours depending on what mode you use. It’s a quiet gun – 60-65dB – maybe not the quietest on our list, but still ok.
It comes with a lifetime warranty. It normally retails for $199.99, but with our MGA10 coupon code you get a 10% discount. It then only costs $179.99.
Urikar Pro 2 – Top 4
The Urikar Pro 2 is an interesting percussion massager. For starters, it’s the one heated massage gun on our list.
Heated massage guns are a new twist to the whole thing and offer a different approach to muscle recovery. We reviewed the Urikar Pro 2 and hailed it in our best heated massage gun post. Here we include it because it’s a great bargain.
The Urikar Pro 2 has an advertised 55lbs. stall force which at first sight sounds pretty amazing. But that kind of force rarely comes from a 65 Watt motor.
Our experienced judgement tells us it’s actually somewhere between the high 30s to low 40s, which is still good enough for a percussive massage.
It may not hold the record for the highest stall force, but the 15mm amplitude is something to behold.
It’s uniquely built which makes it ergonomically superb. It has a 180-degree rotating handle that allows for maximum reach.
It has a very impressive percussion range of 1200-3600 – this thing can definitely rev. It has 6 speeds to cycle through including 2 dynamic gears. It comes with 8 attachments and a carrying case.
It has a 2-year warranty and retails for $149.99, but you can use our URIKAR200 coupon that knocks off 20% and then you can get it here for only $119.99.
Everyfun M3 Pro – Top 5
This is another affordable massage gun that we had to include in our list. We got it and reviewed it and we must say we had fun doing it.
It’s a rather basic device and doesn’t have many bells and whistles, but it has an array of impressive features, especially performance features.
It has an advertised 50lbs. stall force but we tested it and feels like 40lbs. delivered from a 70 Watt motor. This is reasonably enough stall force for a percussive massage.
It has a 12mm amplitude to go with the stall force. It’s not a lot, but it does the job it’s meant to do. We have our Ekrin B37 that has a slightly better stall force, but this one is not that far off.
Another feature worth mentioning here is the “smart pressure sensor” technology. It’s the only device on our list with this. What it does is increase the intensity of the massage gun when the pressure is increased. It’s only available on 5th gear but it’s pretty awesome!
The M3 Pro weighs 2.3lbs same as the Opove M3 Pro Max but slightly heavier than Ekrin B37. The noise is advertised as 45dB but with an attachment on it’s about 55-60dB.
It currently retails for$129.99, which is an attractive price for what it offers. That said, you can get it 5% cheaper with the MGA5 coupon – it slashes the price to $123.49. Check it out right here.
Mini Percussion Massagers Under $200
Minirex – Best In Small/Compact Category
The Minirex will be a great companion when you need to carry a massage gun with you. It’s not just convenient but offers impressive features that you will be proud of if you love percussive therapy.
We were impressed with its powerful motor for a small device. It’s a hybrid between a mini gun and a full-sized one and weighs just 1.1lbs. It has a shiny metal-like build that we loved.
It has a 22lbs. advertised stall force but when we tested it felt more powerful – perhaps the only device that has more than the advertised stall force. We believe it’s because of the powerful motor that it’s able to withstand a fair amount of force.
Apart from the stall force (30lbs.), it has a 10mm amplitude, which is impressive for a mini massage gun – most have 6-9mm stroke length.
To make it even better, it has a percussion range of 1800-3000rpm. It has 5 speeds to cycle through. To put that into perspective, Theragun Mini has 3 speeds.
It has 4 nicely varied attachments – again, better than Theragun Mini and many other mini massage guns out there. It’s quiet enough, revving at 55-59dB. It has a nice Samsung branded battery that will last 4-5 hours per single charge. The battery charges via USB.
It normally costs $279 but for a limited time our readers can get it for only $179. A whopping $100 OFF the original price. Just make sure to use this VIP link.
Ekrin Bantam – Best Mini
Ekrin Bantam is the scaled down version of the successful B37 and we enjoyed reviewing it a few months ago. It’s a super-compact device that is about 6.5” tall, 4.5” long (with the ball attachment), and 1.9” width.
That means it’s even smaller than the Minirex – you can literally put this device in your pocket and it won’t bulge it. It has the same 15-degree angled handle like its bigger counterpart. It’s nicely built and weighs just 1.1lbs.
This massage gun also impresses greatly with its performance features. It has 35lbs. stall force, which is one of the best among mini massage guns.
Like the Minirex, it has a respectable 10mm amplitude which is enough when paired with the great stall force.
It has a 2000-3200 percussion range with 3 speeds to go with it. The Minirex has more here but 3 speeds is standard for most mini massage guns.
It comes with four attachments with a nice instructions manual on how to use them. It has a Samsung branded battery that will last 3-5 hours depending on usage. For a mini massage gun, it comes with a carrying case, something we don’t get with the highly priced Theragun Mini.
It normally costs $159, but with our MGA20 that gives you a 20% discount, you can get it here for only $127.99 – a fantastic deal in our opinion.
Best Massage Gun Under $200 – Bottom Line
There goes our list for the best massage gun under $200. As you probably noticed, many of them have a coupon discount that makes them even cheaper.
We chose the Ekrin B37 as our top pick because we love what Ekrin are doing for the percussive therapy industry with their great devices and unrivaled customer support. The Minirex ranks top among mini massage guns under $200 with a powerful motor and nice build.
If you still have doubts and need help, you can always get in touch by asking a question. We’ll be glad to suggest you the right massage gun for your needs.
Till the next one!
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