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What is the highest amplitude massage gun? Is high amplitude always better? This post will seek to answer these questions.
We have been buying and reviewing massage guns for a while now, and though we don’t consider ourselves massage gun experts, we know a thing or two about the amplitude of a massage gun.
We also know that amplitude is not the only thing that should be paid attention to. There are other features to look out for. We’ll list devices that we’re sure deliver what they promise.
In This Article hide
- What is Amplitude/Stroke Length in Massage Guns
- Highest Amplitude Massage Gun Comparison
- How Does Stall Force Relate to Amplitude?
- It’s About Amplitude AND Stall Force
- Is High Amplitude Always Better?
- Highest Amplitude Massage Gun (Full-Sized) – Our Best Picks
- More High Amplitude Percussion Massagers we Recommend
- Highest Amplitude Mini Massage Guns – Best Picks
- Highest Amplitude Massage Gun – Conclusion
If you are pressed on time and would rather quickly find a high amplitude massage gun, check out our best recommendations in both full-sized and mini massage guns categories:
- Achedaway Pro (full-sized massage gun) – does not only have the longest amplitude in the market, it also ranks best in other features – i.e. plenty of stall force, and great percussion range.
- Minirex ex-aequo and Ekrin Bantam – Have 10mm amplitude which is less than the longest for a miniature gun (12mm), but have more stall force, are better equipped, and more affordable.
What is Amplitude/Stroke Length in Massage Guns
A quick definition for amplitude is the distance covered by the massage gun head as it moves back and forth.
That movement results in percussions (hits per minute) that are delivered on the skin.
The longer the distance covered the harder the punch you get, which leads to a better percussive massage.
Why Is It Important?
Well, the amplitude is what pretty much makes it a percussive massage. Before percussion massagers came into the market (before Theragun had become famous for it), vibrational therapy was the favored recovery method.
Massage guns changed the trend to percussive therapy following Theragun’s invention. Even though many massage guns came into the market, they didn’t pay attention to the amplitude, and as a result, those devices back then only delivered vibrational therapy (surface-level massage).
Today however, after Theragun had made everyone realize why the amplitude is important – the longer the better – many brands have chosen to make amplitude count in their devices.
A long amplitude combined with the right intensity (most devices rev up to about 3000 hits per minute) is what characterizes a good enough percussive massage. There is a third element that we’ll also discuss in a minute.
How Can You Know If a Massage Gun Has a High Enough Amplitude?
Well, we had a bit of a debate about how to classify amplitude in massage guns. We couldn’t find many such classifications anywhere. We decided to come up with our own based on what we know about massage guns.
Mini Massage Guns
Does 1 mm, Tiny, Make any Difference?
We’d say, not really. That is a very small margin to have any significant difference.
We’ll also say that even though the difference between a device with a 12mm amplitude and one with 16mm amplitude can certainly be felt, you’ll rarely feel the difference between a device with 15mm amplitude and the one with 14mm amplitude.
What is the Maximum Amplitude a Device can Have?
Well, as far as we know, 16mm is the highest amplitude on the market today.
We have picked devices that have this highest amplitude and included them first in our list. Note that this can only be found with the full-sized massage guns.
For mini massage guns, 12mm is the longest amplitude. As far as we know, only Theragun Mini has this amplitude. However, it’s not necessarily the best mini massage gun on the market today because the stall force isn’t as high as some of the others.
Highest Amplitude Massage Gun Comparison
Full-Sized Massage Gun Stroke Length Comparison
Here is the list of guns with the highest amplitude. As you can easily see, the most desirable 16 mm amplitude is available from Achedaway, Urikar and obviously Theraguns, but the rest of competition is right behind them.
Mini Massage Gun Stroke Length Comparison
At first glance it seams like the king is only one: Theragun mini. Other guns can reach a maximum of 10mm amplitude, yet as we have already mentioned, balanced combination of all parameters is important and so Ekrin is the best.
How Does Stall Force Relate to Amplitude?
Another important aspect that we cannot ignore, even though this post is dedicated to amplitude, is the stall force. This is the amount of pressure it takes to stall the motor of a device, consequently shutting off the device.
You cannot talk about amplitude and forget to talk about stall force (that is if you want a powerful percussion massager). That means that the highest amplitude percussion massager is not necessarily the best and most powerful massage gun.
Sometimes muscle soreness can occur deep into the muscle tissue. Simply passing the massage gun over that particular area may not be effective enough to relieve the soreness.
That means you have to apply some pressure using the massage gun. You’ll agree with us that it will be quite frustrating if your massage gun keeps stalling as you try to apply some pressure.
Many cheap massage guns (there are hundreds on Amazon) use amplitude as their main selling point, promising the best in amplitude but delivering poorly in stall force. Many have devices with less than 25-30lbs. of stall force. This is not enough stall force to deliver a deep tissue massage especially on large muscles – quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
It’s About Amplitude AND Stall Force
We’ll give you a little expert advice (expert; we said it!). Always look for both amplitude and stall force information. You’ll do yourself a huge favor by skipping guns that promise you a long amplitude but have a very weak stall force. You’d better go for a device that promises slightly less amplitude but more stall force.
For instance, a device with 12-13mm amplitude but has more stall force is a sweet spot. This is because even though it may feel way below the high 16mm mark, with enough stall force, you can press such a device against the skin and actually get a much deeper massage.
Devices like Ekrin B37 and B37S have received high praise from buyers because of this. The same goes for mini devices like Ekrin Bantam and Minirex. These have slightly lower amplitudes but have more than enough stall force.
Is High Amplitude Always Better?
No. Not always. There are certain situations that call for moderation. High amplitude means harder punches and a device with 16mm amplitude will punch harder than a device with 10 or 12mm amplitude.
However, while some people may prefer a deeper massage, some areas of the body don’t need the heavy-hitting punches. Even as a bodybuilder, you’ll probably only need harder punches around your glutes and hamstrings or other areas with large muscles.
But for other areas, like the neck area, you’ll probably just need a 12mm amplitude device. Also, some massage routines call for a delicate massage. If you just want to relax or get some sleep or even warm up the muscles, you’ll not need a 16mm amplitude gun.
In fact, a device with a moderate to low amplitude may be more effective for such routines. This is because such devices tend to rev faster and the faster percussion helps accelerate the blood flow.
Older adults and those with more sensitive skin should also consider massage guns with a lower amplitude to reduce the risk of skin abrasion or tearing. Another option for managing sensitive skin is to use a soft head attachment for your massage gun (most devices come with such).
It’s therefore important that you figure out what kind of routine you need a massage gun for. It’s also wise to check out a device based on both stall force and amplitude.
Highest Amplitude Massage Gun (Full-Sized) – Our Best Picks
The following products have the industry-leading 16mm stroke length.
Achedaway Pro – Our #1 Pick
Achedaway Pro has the industry highest 16mm amplitude with some other great features as well. It’s a very powerful percussion massager with over 60lbs. of stall force – it will definitely punch harder and can be pressed hard against the skin.
The build materials are great and it comes with an angled handle for better ergonomics. It’s rather bulky but that doesn’t stop it from delivering awesome performance and it does so very quietly (it’s the quietest massage gun in this category).
It’s well equipped too; we loved those aluminum attachments and carrying case. It comes as a standard package with removable battery or an extended set including additional spare battery.
Achedaway Pro is awesomely priced, costing $299 regular but you can get $25 discount when the coupon MGA25 is used in the Achedaway Store right here.
TIP Learn more about this device in our dedicated Achedaway Pro review →
Another one with 16mm amplitude. It however lags behind in stall force as compared to our best pick above (we recently tested and reviewed it).
It has an innovative design that screams tech everywhere. For instance, it has a massage head recognition feature, a smart mode that adjusts speeds automatically and an infrared sensor that detects proximity to the body.
We also loved the fact that it’s very quiet – Urikar did a very good job insulating the motor.
It revs at a very high frequency – up to 3600rpm despite the long amplitude.
AT1 usually costs $269 but you can use the code Urikar200 to get 20% off that price – it then only costs $215. Get it right here.
TIP Read our full Urikar AT1 review for more details →
Theraguns: Prime, Elite and Pro
Theragun being the pioneers of the long amplitude have to feature here. Their 3 full-sized massage guns all have the same 16mm amplitude.
What separates them from each other is mainly the stall force. Prime has the weakest stall force while Pro is the strongest. Elite falls in between but it’s closer to Prime than Pro.
They also have the best ergonomics in the business – their multiple grip handles are not rivaled by anyone so far.
Despite all their awesomeness, their biggest drawback is their high prices. For example, their entry-level Prime costs more than Achedaway Pro – which is actually way more powerful.
More High Amplitude Percussion Massagers we Recommend
These do not have a 16mm amplitude but have something close – the difference is minimal and can barely be felt.
This one has somewhere between 14-15mm amplitude. Hyperice does not disclose this information and we had to do our own measuring.
The Hypervolt Plus has a high stall force and 25% more intensity compared to Theraguns. That means that you will likely not feel the small 1-2mm difference in stall force.
In our individual review for Hypervolt Plus, we praised it for having more power than Theragun Elite. It also has a removable battery like Theragun Pro and Achedaway Pro.
It’s a proven high-quality device but it’s very expensive. It’s not as well equipped as some of our best picks here and it’s not the best ergonomically. It lacks a carrying case and is the heaviest in our list – 3lbs.
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Opove M3 Pro Max
Opove M3 Pro Max is the cheaper alternative to Hypervolt Plus. It looks very similar to Hypervolt Plus – similar configuration.
It has a 15mm amplitude and up to 50lbs. of stall force. It has the same percussion range as the Hypervolt Plus but feels slightly more powerful.
It’s a very simplified device – it doesn’t have a pressure sensor like Hypervolt Plus. But it has a better battery performance and is lighter (2.3lbs) than Hypervolt Plus.
Urikar Pro 2
Here’s another Urikar. This one, however, doesn’t have a 16mm amplitude. Instead it has a 15mm amplitude but you will probably not feel the small 1mm difference.
It does however have 50lbs. stall force and the same percussion range as the AT1 which makes it feel more powerful.
It has a heated massage gun tip – cool feature. We recently voted it as the best heated massage gun. Heated massage loosens up soft tissue and has a soothing effect for muscles that can reduce pain. There’s only one heated tip, the rest can be used normally.
It has unique ergonomics – a 360-degree rotating arm. It’s a quiet massage gun just like its fancy counterpart.
It costs $149.99 but with Urikar200 takes 20% off the price. You can then buy it for $119.99 – very good deal.
Highest Amplitude Mini Massage Guns – Best Picks
These are the new trendy small massage guns with high amplitude.
As the kings of amplitude, Theragun equipped their mini gun with a high amplitude. It has a 12mm amplitude and is the highest in the Mini category.
It can punch hard but has probably less than 20lbs. of stall force. This is not enough to massage large muscles. It’s also very expensive ($199) but very poorly equipped – just the one attachment and has no USB-C charger.
It’s a great addition if you already have any of the large sized Theraguns because the attachments are interchangeable.
We’d suggest going for awesome alternatives out there. They may not have better amplitude, but they have more stall force and have more percussions.
TIP Read our full Theragun Mini review →
This is a perfect alternative to Theragun mini. It has a 10mm amplitude but still very good for a mini massage gun.
It also punches more intensively with a percussion range of 1800-3000rpm. Theragun has a less intense range – 1750-2400.
It has a better stall force – over 20lbs. but feels more like 30lbs. It has 4 speed gears and a good capacity Samsung-branded battery. It also comes with 4 attachments.
It normally costs $279, but you can get it for $179 by going to this page – save $100.
TIP Read our Mini rex massage gun review →
It also has a 10mm amplitude but it’s stronger than the Minirex. It has 35lbs. of stall force which makes it more powerful than some of the full-sized massage guns e.g. Theragun Prime.
It’s a nicely made mini massage gun with great equipment; 4 attachments, a carrying case, and a USB-C charger. It comes with a lifetime warranty.
It’s greatly priced at $149.99. But you can get it for 20% less if you use the MGA20 coupon code. It then costs $119.99.
TIP Read our hands-on Ekrin Bantam Review →
Highest Amplitude Massage Gun – Conclusion
So hopefully now you can easily pick the highest amplitude massage gun with the information above.
Amplitude determines how much of a punch you can get from a massage gun. The better the amplitude the better the percussive massage you can get.
However, it’s not always the best thing to have the longest amplitude. Find out what you want to do with the massage gun before deciding whether to go for one with a high amplitude or choose one with a moderate amplitude.
Another important factor to consider is the stall force. Find out if a device has enough stall force.
Read the individual reviews for some of our picks to get more details about them. In case of further doubts, please ask us a question or write a comment below.
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