hypervolt vs theragun

Theragun vs. Hypervolt – Battle of the Percussion Massagers Pioneers

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Here’s a chance to settle the Theragun vs Hypervolt debate – who rules the percussion massagers market?


Hypervolt vs Theragun

We know that both these brands have been long-term rivals owing to their aggressive marketing, deep pockets and the fact that both hold the first-movers advantage. When no one was yet using massage guns, these two giants took the initiative and have never looked back since.

But let’s forget the “early bird catching the worm” mentality for a minute and talk about which bird caught the bigger and better worm and as a result still does well. Or does each brand seek to address different needs?

therabody vs hyperice brands

We love testing and talking about massage guns and we’ve heard, not infrequently, from our readers, about how sometimes it’s not easy to choose between Theragun and Hypervolt devices.

Well, this post seeks to address everything there’s to know about both these brands. We’ll talk about their approaches, philosophies and how each brand addresses different needs.

Note that we’re not doing high-level product descriptions, but facts, in-depth and objective dive into each brand – we are massage gun users, not makers!

We will also, for a wider perspective, share with you some good alternatives to both brands. So follow along as we take you through the most comprehensive Theragun vs Hypervolt guide on the internet!


Brand Philosophy – What You Should Know

There are a few differences to note here before we proceed deep into this guide. This is probably the most important part of this guide – that you understand the brand philosophy and approach of these two giants.

These differences, we believe, will make it easy for you to understand what you are getting, should you choose to buy a device from either brand.

Hypervolt vs Theragun Elite
Hypervolt vs Theragun – Brand Philosophy     

Here are some points to take note of:

  • Theragun hit the market first. All that talk about first-mover advantage, Theragun probably made a lot of strides before Hyperice came onto the scene with their maiden device. The first Theragun was unveiled in 2016, while the first Hypervolt didn’t show until 2018. 
  • Theragun was invented by a chiropractor, Dr. Jason Wersland. So, from the get-go Theragun has the medical health touch to it. On the other hand, Anthony Katz (Hyperice founder and president) invented the first Hypervolt as a recovery tool for professional athletes – early adopters were mostly NBA players (like Blake Griffin or Kyrie Irving) and currently Hyperice is an Official Recovery Technology Partner Of The NBA, NFL and MLB.
  • The first Hypervolt was promoted as a vibrational therapy device. The focus was more on what was already famous as a recovery method. Theragun, on the other hand unveiled their first product as a percussive therapy device. They decided to go with something that would go deep into the muscle tissue. This was revolutionary because not many devices were doing that at the time. Theragun from the outset made it clear that their whole thing wasn’t vibrational but percussive Therapy. They went ahead then to make certain aspects of their devices to reflect this – long amplitude, and more stall force (or no-stall force)
  • Fast forward to 2021 and a lot has changed including how both these brands have chosen to make their devices. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is Theragun’s focus on percussive therapy – stuck to the long amplitude.
  • Hyperice too changed (or evolved) their earlier philosophy and just last year they released their very first “percussive” device – Hypervolt Plus. From vibrational therapy to percussive therapy, because that’s the new trend being adopted in the wellness world.

As you can see, these two brands started from two different points, both in time and philosophy.

It was Theragun who made the virgin step into making percussion massagers. Their product line is inspired by medical experience.

Hyperice on the other hand took advantage of what was already popular to make their entry into the market. Either way, they both have done pretty well in making their brands popular.

So, let’s see how devices from these two giants compare…


Model Mapping

  • The current 4th generation Theragun devices have 4 models; 3 full-sized and 1 mini massage gun. There’s Theragun Mini, Prime, Elite and Pro (all of which we have compared in this post).
  • Hyperice has 3 products; the small and portable Hypervolt Go, and the two full-sized ones – Hypervolt BT (BT just means Bluetooth enabled) and BT Plus which was unveiled last year. Hypervolt BT replaced the older model that lacked Bluetooth connectivity and the force meter.
  • Theragun Mini easily corresponds with Hypervolt Go.
  • With full-sized guns, Hypervolt BT – entry-level – better corresponds with Theragun Prime. However, to some extent it can also correspond with Theragun Elite given their almost similar stall force. Hypervolt BT Plus is somewhere between Elite and Theragun Pro.

Hypervolt vs Theragun – Model Comparison

Hypervolt vs Theragun Comparison
FeatureTheragun PROHypervolt PlusTheragun Elite
Hypervolt
Theragun PrimeTheragun MiniHypervolt Go
Stall Force60 lbs45-50 lbs40 lbs~35 lbs30 lbs~20 lbs<15 lbs
Stroke Length16 mm14 mm16 mm10 mm16 mm12 mm10 mm
Battery Life2.5 hours2 hours2.5 hours2.5 hours2 hours2.5 hours2.5 hours
Speed Options5
+ Custom w/ App
3

5
+ Custom w/ App
3

5
+ Custom w/ App
3

3

Noise65-71 dB 62-69 dB66-68 dB55-67 dB65-69 dB59-68 dB45-55 dB
Weight2.9 lbs3 lbs2.2 lbs2.5 lbs2.2 lbs1.43 lbs1.5 lbs
DisplayOLEDNoneOLEDNoneLEDNoneNone
Bluetooth
+ App
YesYesYesYesYesNoNo
# of Attachments6555412
MSRP$599$399$399$349$299$199$199
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Hypervolt vs. Theragun Comparison

The Basics: Design, Color, First Impressions

There are a few things to note here. We’ll look at them briefly though because we cover most of the individual features for products from both brands in our comprehensive product reviews.

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Hyperice Hypervolt massage gun line up.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Hypervolt have a different design philosophy from Theragun. Their devices are T-shaped; power tool-like design. Unlike Theragun who have the triangular multiple grip design (more when we compare ergonomics).
  • Hypervolts (the two full-sized ones in particular) look pretty similar. However, you can easily distinguish one from the other because Hypervolt is silver, while Hypervolt Plus is black. These are the only 2 color variations available for both products.
  • Theraguns (full-sized ones, Mini looks pretty unique) also look very similar and unlike Hypervolts, you may need to note a few things if you are going to identify one from the other. 
    • Theragun Prime is the entry-level one but also the most basic one – no excessive bells and whistles. It’s matte plastic and comes in one color only – black. Unlike its counterparts, its basic nature means it’s not a fingerprint magnet.
    • Theragun Elite is rather stylish with one or two embellishments. It’s piano black with a plastic body. The arm looks basic, similar to Prime, but one side, the part covering the motor and the arm are shiny and fingerprint magnets. It has 3 color variations; black, white, and RED(Product). Read more in our Theragun Elite Review.
    • Theragun Pro is even more elegant. The handle and the rest of it is matte plastic apart from the shiny arm. The thing however, that lets you know you are looking at the Pro is the big round colored motor cover. There are two color variations here; red and blue. Check out our Theragun Pro Review for more.
  • Both these brands have made their devices stand out with proper materials. They feel good to touch with rubberized handles.
  • Hypervolts don’t come with carrying cases. They have a small case for storing attachments and that’s it. This is a real disappointment because most brands sell their products with a carrying case. Plus, Hypervolts come at a too hefty price not to include a carrying case (they sell cases for $49). 
  • We had the same complaints when we reviewed Theragun Prime because for its high price it doesn’t come with a carrying case. Elite comes with a carrying case while the Mini only offers a small pouch. Theragun Pro has a proper case and an extra small pouch for attachments.
  • Hypervolts have a power switch located at the bottom of the handle. Not an ideal place for a power switch, but we’ve seen similar shaped massage guns taking the same approach.
4th gen theragun massage guns
4th generation of Theragun devices.

Size, Weight, and Ergonomics

So which of the two brands offers more handy devices? Again we covered most of the points in our individual product reviews. But here’s a blanket view on what you can expect here.

The 2 full-sized Hypervolts are the same size. Measuring 9.7” x 7” x 2.5”. This is good territory for any full-sized massage guns but we’ve seen smaller devices. Theraguns on the other hand have a different shape but somewhat similar measurements. Elite measures 9.5” x 6.7” x 2.8”. Prime is slightly smaller than Elite. Pro is the largest of the 3 by about 0.5” more. 

In the weight category, Theraguns have a slight edge. Both Prime and Elite weigh 2.2lbs. The largest Pro weighs 2.8lbs. The lighter Hypervolt weighs 2.5lbs while Hypervolt Plus bulks to 3lbs. While 2.5lbs in the regular Hypervolt is acceptable, 3lbs for the Plus feels too heavy. That, if you consider the T shape. So you’re not just getting a power tool, it’s a heavy one as well.

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Triangular vs T-Shape design types.

Theraguns also take the crown with their more than proper ergonomics. The multiple grip handles combined with just enough weight makes them the better choice. Hypervolts simply don’t stand a chance here.

There are plenty of ways you can hold a Theragun to reach even the toughest of spots – lower or middle back. Theragun Pro even has an added advantage with its adjustable arm.

Hypervolts on the other hand can be difficult to handle and use. It’s not just their jackhammer design but the bulkiness doesn’t make it easy for a 15-minute massage session. The devices put a lot of tension in your wrists and hands making you fatigue rather fast. Even though they have a round handle – which is acceptable, the diameter is a problem for people with small hands. 

But we hold a different view when it comes to ergonomics for the brands’ mini gun versions. In our Hypervolt Go vs Theragun Mini comparison we gave more points to the Go. Theragun Mini may have a novel design but we don’t believe it’s the best ergonomic device. Using it for longer periods causes fatigue.

OUR TAKE
Theraguns are lighter and better to hold than Hypervolts. If you are looking to have a DIY massage, Theraguns will be easier and more comfortable to use. For a non-DIY massage, we don’t think it really matters. However, we don’t like the bulky handles in Hypervolts.

For the mini gun category, we actually prefer Hypervolt Go to Theragun Mini. That’s because the Go’s traditional shape makes it more practical to use than the Mini’s unique configuration. The Go also has an angled handle to make things even easier.


Attachments

For Hypervolts, there are 5 attachments for each of the two regular-sized devices. For the Go, there are only 2 attachments included. For Theraguns, there are 4 attachments for Prime, 5 for Elite and 6 for Pro. There’s only one attachment for the Mini.

Theraguns’ attachments are generally softer than those for the Hypervolts. We also noticed that at least 3 of Theraguns massage gun heads feel the same (dampener, ball and thumb).

They are also less varied compared to what we’ve seen many other brands offer. We talked about this in some of the individual Theragun reviews. 

theragun Attachments for massage gun
Theragun PRO set comes with 6 head attachments.

On a different note however, we liked how the attachments on Hypervolts are nicely varied. We particularly appreciate that they include the fork and the flat head attachments.

These two are important for massaging the Achilles and large muscles respectively. The only attachment that we didn’t see with the Hypervolts is Theragun Pro’s Supersoft attachment which is excellent for massaging bony areas.

hypervolt attachments
Hypervolt attachments set include 5 heads.

Performance

This is where it gets even more interesting. Because it’s only in performance that we get to see the different value proposition that Hypervolts offer compared to Theraguns. This is particularly apparent when you consider Hypervolt BT (Bluetooth).


Stroke Length

Stroke Length: Commonly referred to as the amplitude, it’s the distance covered by the massage gun head as it gives you the percussion – back and forth movement.

Stroke length is an important characteristic of any percussion massager. Generally, the longer the stroke length the better the device. If it’s too short, then it may be a vibrational therapy device and not a percussion massager. There is a close relationship between the stroke length and the stall force (we’ll talk about this later).

Now, the first Hypervolt only had 10mm stroke length. That didn’t change even when they introduced their Bluetooth enabled Hypervolt BT. But, going by what we have seen brands do in recent times (2021), 10mm is mini massage gun amplitude. Percussive therapy massage guns have amplitudes ranging between 11mm and 16mm.

To be fair though, the first Hypervolt and by extension the Hypervolt BT are advertised as vibrational therapy devices and not percussive devices. This means with the BT you are getting exactly what it says it does – high intensity yet low depth massage to relax the muscles, help with myofascial release etc. This it does without a problem. 

But, like we mentioned before, Hyperice released their first percussive device last year – Hypervolt Plus. This they equipped with enough stroke length – about 14mm (note: Hyperice doesn’t mention an exact length anywhere)

We know that Theraguns are the kings of the amplitude because from the word “go” they set out to deliver percussive therapy. Their 16mm amplitude for their regular-sized guns has led the industry for a while.

However, 14mm amplitude is good enough as well provided the stall force is enough. In fact, sometimes even 12mm stroke length with enough stall force can perform better than 16mm stroke length but low stall force.

Stroke Length Comparison Chart

Stall Force

Stall force: Is the amount of pressure needed to stall the motor of a percussion device. You don’t need more for a vibrational therapy device, but if you need deep tissue massage then more is recommended. 

There isn’t much on information about stall force for any of the Hypervolt devices. This is obviously disappointing, but we are experienced users and through our tests we can tell the stall force for each of their devices.

We estimate their entry-level Hypervolt has about 35lbs. stall force. Given its 60W motor – which means it must be in the 30-something range – and also after comparing it to Theragun Prime, we felt it was a tiny bit more powerful. 

In our Theragun Prime review we complained about its 30lbs. stall force. We felt, given its long amplitude, more stall force was needed to make it a true deep percussive massage device.

Compared to Hypervolt BT we feel both devices can serve different needs; we would’ve preferred the 35lbs. stall force on Prime and a slightly longer amplitude on Hypervolt. Nonetheless, Prime still works better as a percussive device than the regular Hypervolt.

But it’s something entirely different with the Hypervolt Plus. With ~14mm amplitude and est. 45-50lbs. stall force, Hypervolt Plus is finally the true percussive device from Hyperice. It has a 90W motor which means it offers 30% more output compared to the regular Hypervolt.

That’s why we estimate its stall force to be between 45lbs. and 50lbs. This makes it stronger than the Prime and slightly stronger than the mid-range Theragun Elite (40lbs.). There’s a 2mm difference in stroke length between Elite and Plus, but given Hypervolt Plus revs faster and is slightly stronger, it may just have an edge over Elite. 

But can Hypervolt Plus punch harder than the mighty Theragun Pro? Plus’s 50lbs. stall force is strong enough for a deep tissue massage even on large muscles (think of quads, glutes, hamstrings). However, Pro has more stall force (60lbs.) and an even longer 16mm amplitude. Pro also has a more powerful motor which no doubt make it a more powerful device.

But BT Plus has something else up its sleeve, it revs faster. It has 800 more percussions per minute than Theragun Pro. This means that even though Pro may have better and powerful stats, BT Plus cannot be ignored as a deep percussive device as well.

Stall Force Comparison Chart

Percussions and Speeds

Here again we see the different approaches taken by these two brands.

Hypervolts have better intensity compared to Theraguns. But that’s because Hypervolts are more vibrational than percussive – they provide more frequent punches but less punch. They all have a percussion range of 2000-3200rpm. Theraguns’ range is 1750-2400rpm.

Another reason why Hypervolts rev faster than Theraguns is due to the different stroke lengths. Because Hypervolts have shorter amplitudes (10mm and 14mm for Hypervolt and Hypervolt Plus) while Theraguns have longer amplitudes (16mm). But Hypervolt Plus will of course be noticeably punchier than the regular one. 

Theraguns also have more speed gears built into their devices – 5 speeds. Hypervolts on the other hand only have 3 speeds.

If you’ve read our massage gun reviews then you probably know that we have always had a bone to pick with brands that equip their devices with too many speed gears – Chirogun has up to 30 speeds, this is nonsense!

However, we will take Theraguns 5 speeds over Hypervolts 3 speeds. There’s nothing wrong with 3 speeds, but given the wide percussion range, we feel more speeds are warranted. Another brand that has a similar percussion range for its devices is Ekrin. But their devices have 5 speed gears. This means the Ekrins are more balanced than the Hypervolts.

But there’s a little matter of Bluetooth connectivity and the dedicated apps which both these brands have. When connected, the app can automatically adjust the device speed based on the routine.

However, we like Theragun more because you can easily set custom speeds apart from the fixed 5. That is not the case with Hypervolt. You have the 3 speeds and that’s it!


Performance Summary

OUR TAKE
If you want something more than a soothing and a relaxing massage, then forget the regular Hypervolt. It has no amplitude and the stall force doesn’t make it anything more than a solid vibrational therapy tool.

Hypervolt Plus on the other hand offers something different and may be worth your consideration. With 14mm amplitude and a higher stall force than even Theragun Elite, it can give you the punch you need for a percussive massage.

It’s only bettered by Theragun Pro as far as performance goes.


Pressure Sensors and Presets

Both these brands have equipped their devices with pressure sensors. But, Hypervolts take a much simpler approach compared to what Theragun does.

For Hypervolts there are 3 levels indicated by LEDs (soft/medium/firm). Theragun on the other hand makes it a bit flashier with a 6-level bar graph which makes it a bit more useful as well. However, it’s only available on Elite and Pro. Prime doesn’t have it. 

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3-level vs 6-level pressure sensor in Theragun and Hypervolt.

Theragun allows for custom presets to be saved within their devices. You can save up to 3 of your favorite pre-sets straight from working with the routines within their app.

You can save your favorite speed and pressure and even time needed for a massage. You can then easily access these presets with the click of a button. Hypervolt on the other hand doesn’t include any such embellishment. 

OUR TAKE
It’s clear to see that there was more thought process involved in designing and engineering of the Theraguns – especially Elite and Pro. The features are more user-friendly and allow you to have control of the device.

On the other hand, Hypervolts take a simplistic approach that doesn’t offer that much extra value to the user.


Noise

None of the Theraguns even comes close to being as quiet as Hypervolt Bluetooth. Only Hypervolt Go is as quiet. But we actually expect this because both devices have very short amplitudes.

Hypervolt BT Plus is a few decibels louder – 62dB at the lowest speed and 69dB at the highest speed. This means it’s somewhat on par with Elite and Prime as far as noise levels are concerned.

Theragun Elite – according to our tests – is the quietest of all Theraguns. It’s 1dB louder than Prime. Theragun Pro is the loudest.

But even though Elite is somewhat hushed down, it’s still not as quiet as some of the competition (Achedaway Pro). When we tested, Hypervolt BT Plus and Elite registered similar readings. However, in our overall assessment, Theraguns sound a bit rough and aggressive. Hypervolts sound more hushed and balanced.

When we tested the mini guns, Go and Mini, the clear winner by far was Go. The Mini is way too loud for a mini massage gun, and the sound it makes is rough. In our opinion, Theragun still has a lot to do to stabilize their devices in this aspect.


Battery     

The two full-sized Hypervolts come with 2400mAh capacity batteries. This just about the average battery capacity for most massage guns.

theragun elite vs pro battery
Theragun PRO comes with 2 Interchangeable Batteries

In fact, it’s a bit surprising that they are heavier than most massage guns given their normal juiced batteries.

Theragun doesn’t advertise the battery capacity on their devices but we speculate it be between 2400mAh and 2500mAh – similar to Hypervolts. 

Hypervolt’s battery will last for 2.5 hours per single charge. Plus’s battery will last 30 minutes less due to its increased power output – it’s a more powerful device.

Both Prime and Elite’s batteries will last for 2 hours on a single charge. Theragun Pro will last an extra 30 minutes more. The mini massage guns will last for 2 to 3 hours per single charge. 

The Hypervolts have a slight advantage over the Theraguns because both Hypervolt and Hypervolt Plus have removable batteries. In Theragun’s case, only Pro has removable batteries. However, it comes with a spare battery that allows you to use one while the other is charging (and you can even get a wireless charging stand to do so).

OUR TAKE
Both brands have equipped their devices with decent batteries. They may not be industry-leading in terms of capacity because brands like Ekrin and Lifepro have batteries than can last for up to 8 hours on a single charge.

But 2 hours is enough massage time and if you only use the device for 15-20 minutes a day, you’ll need to charge it again in a week’s time. Keep in mind however, that most batteries will drain faster when the motor is overworked – usually with more pressure applied and on higher speed gears.


Apps

Apart from the mini guns, all Hypervolts and Theraguns connect via Bluetooth to a mobile phone app that guides the user. There are guided routines within the apps – step-by-step instructions that educate you on how best to use the device.

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Therabody App helps you control Theragun device.

Both apps are well thought out, but we prefer the Therabody app. It’s sleeker and more user-friendly. For instance, it will not show you routines for an unknown device, which is what the Hyperice app does.

You can set custom speeds within the app while the app also tells you the amount of pressure to be applied during any routine. It also gives you more detailed instructions, like how fast to move the attachment head over the muscle.

All you get with the Hyperice app is a video of a person that you should mimic. This means total focus on the phone during a massage.

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Hyperice Hypersmart App paired with the Hypervolt Plus.

OUR TAKE
While many other brands don’t include apps with their devices, and it sure isn’t a must-have, these apps can be great for novice users who will benefit from the actionable advice given.

For the moment we believe the Therabody app is more complex and nicely done. However, we are sure with time, we’re going to see both brands work to improve the apps.


Price, Warranty and Discounts 

Both brands are premium priced. The regular Hypervolt BT usually costs $349 while the advanced BT Plus usually costs $399. Given the fact that the regular BT is not even a percussive device – the below average features – the $349 price tag is a bit on the higher side. The entry-level Theragun Prime is a percussive device but costs $50 less ($299)

But this past week Hyperice surprised us when they slashed the prices of both Hypervolts by $50. The regular BT now costs $299 – same as Theragun Prime – while BT Plus now costs $349. Please go here to check if the lower price is still available.

However, we’d still argue that $299 is still too much for a vibrational therapy device.

For BT Plus the new price tag is actually perfect. Given the strong features, better amplitude and stall force, it’s now even $50 less the price of Elite. But, given it’s 2021, there are far better devices that cost even less. 

Warranty offers for both brands are unsatisfactory in our opinion. You only get a 1-year warranty for most of these devices. Only Theragun Pro offers a 2-year warranty. Brands like Ekrin and Lifepro offer lifetime warranties while others offer between 2 to 4 years.


Summary – Similarities and Differences

To wrap-up our Theragun vs Hypervolt comparison, here are the key takeaways:

Hypervolt vs Theragun Prime

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Hypervolt vs Theragun Prime

Similarities:

  • Both have Bluetooth connectivity and work with an app
  • Similar battery performance
  • Both offer just 1 year warranty
  • Same price (for a limited time, Hypervolt used to costs $50 more)

Hypervolt advantages over Prime

  • Much less noise
  • More stall force – est. 35lbs. vs 30lbs.
  • More intensity – 800 more percussions per minute
  • One more attachment – 4 vs 5
  • More varied attachments
  • Pressure sensor built-in
  • Detachable, replaceable battery

Theragun Prime advantages over Hypervolt

  • Significantly bigger amplitude – 16mm vs 10mm
  • Made for percussive therapy vs. vibrational therapy
  • 5 speeds vs 3
  • Better ergonomics, more grips;
  • Less weight at 2.2 lbs (vs. 2.5)
  • Pouch to store everything (vs. just pouch for attachments in Hypervolt’s case)

OUR TAKE
It’s important to note what your expectations are. If you are looking for a gentle, relaxing massage, then vibrational Hypervolt is a better choice.

For percussive therapy, Hypervolt with its low 10mm stroke length won’t match the Prime’s 16mm – even with slightly more stall force available. Since we’re more into percussive massage guns, our pick would be the Prime.


Hypervolt Plus vs Theragun Elite

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Hypervolt Plus vs Theragun Elite

Similarities

  • Bluetooth + an app compatibility
  • Similar battery performance
  • About the same noise level (but Hypervolt’s sound being less rough, more tolerable)
  • Pressure sensors built-in
  • Same number of attachments
  • Both offer just 1 year warranty
  • Same retails price of $399 (now Hypervolt BT Plus is $50 less for limited time)

Hypervolt Plus advantages over Theragun Elite

  • More stall force (est. 45-50 vs. 40)
  • More intensity – 800 more percussions per minute
  • Better varied attachments
  • Detachable, replaceable battery

Theragun advantages over Hypervolt Plus

  • Longer 16mm stroke length (vs 14mm)
  • 5 speeds vs 3
  • Better ergonomics, more grips, better to hold;
  • OLED display (e.g. better visualized pressure levels applied)
  • Custom routines pre-set + space for 3 of them to be saved on a device
  • Less weight at 2.2 lbs (vs. 3.0)
  • Stylish design – but glossy parts are fingerprint magnet
  • 3 colors available (vs just one for Hypervolt Plus)
  • Carrying case included

OUR TAKE
This is a tough one. Theragun Elite is more user friendly, lighter and with better ergonomics. But Hypervolt Plus wins where it matters most. While it has a shorter amplitude, more stall force available and more intensity gives it an edge.

If power is what you are looking for, then go with Hypervolt Plus – especially now that it is $50 less.  Otherwise, Elite will offer more features, enough power for most users and better executed design.


Hypervolt Plus vs Theragun Pro

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Hypervolt Plus vs Theragun PRO

Similarities

  • Bluetooth + an app compatibility
  • Pressure sensors built-in

Hypervolt advantages over Theragun Pro

  • More intensity – 800 more percussions per minute
  • Lower noise level
  • Better varied attachments
  • Significantly cheaper – normally $399 (now $349) versus $599

Theragun advantages Hypervolt BT Plus

  • Longer 16mm stroke length (vs 14mm)
  • Much more stall force – 60 lbs vs about 40-45;
  • 5 speeds vs 3
  • Better ergonomics, more grips, better to hold;
  • Adjustable arm with 4 fixed positions
  • OLED display (e.g. better visualized pressure levels applied)
  • Custom routines pre-set + space for 3 of them to be saved on a device
  • Less weight at 2.8 lbs (vs. 3.0)
  • 6 attachments vs 5 included
  • Super-soft attachment included (Hypervolt doesn’t have anything like this)
  • 2 batteries included, detachable;
  • 3 colors available (vs just one for Hypervolt +)
  • 2 year warranty (vs 1 year)
  • Carrying case included
  • Personalization: Custom engraving possible (for an extra $50)

OUR TAKE
Hypervolt Plus won’t offer a deep to the bone massage as the Pro will. However, it still has enough power to satisfy most users and is also cheaper. The Pro has plenty of power, better ergonomics and adjustability, and offers more fancy features.

But, it is noisier and $200 more expensive – now $250 with the latest discount on Hypervolt Plus. Unless you’re a pro-athlete or a therapists looking for maximum power, Hypervolt Plus might be a better value for money device.


Why not Look at Some Alternatives?

We just looked at how the crème de la crèmes of the industry compare. However, this is not everything because now there are brands that offer better quality devices that are stronger.

On top of that, these brands provide top notch customer support than you can ever hope to get from either Therabody or Hyperice. Here are some worth your consideration.


Alternatives to entry-level Hypervolt & Theragun Prime


Ekrin B37

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Ekrin B37

The B37 is the maiden device by Ekrin and it packs a punch. It’s a full percussive device, unlike Hypervolt. It has more power with 56lbs. stall force and a longer 12mm amplitude – optimum for a percussive device of such power.

It has an excellent build and is better ergonomically with a 15-degree tilted handle. Ekrin offer a lifetime warranty for it.

It costs $183.99 when used with the coupon code MGA20, which slashes the price by 20% from the original $229.99. Check it right here or read our Ekrin B37 review for more details.


Lifepro Sonic LX Professional

Lifepro Sonic LX Professional
Lifepro Sonic LX

This one looks similar in design as the Hypervolt but offers percussive therapy rather than vibrational therapy.

Some of its features include a more powerful 72-watt motor that offers mid-30lbs. stall force. It has a 12mm amplitude and revs even faster – 3400rpm max. It has 7 attachments with two metal ones and 9 speeds.

Like Ekrin, this one too has a lifetime warranty and goes for $179.99 when the 10% off coupon code MGA10 is used. Get it right here.


Alternatives to Hypervolt Plus and Theragun Elite


Opove M3 Pro Max

OPOVE M3 Pro Max
Opove M3 Pro Max

Opove M3 Pro MAX is the latest device from Opove, a brand known for offering affordable massage guns that are similar to those offered by Hyperice.

The M3 Pro Max is a pretty good gun, and it has better performance features in comparison.

For starters, it has 50lbs. stall force and a longer 15mm amplitude – a true deep tissue percussive device. It’s lighter, quieter, and more affordable.

While it doesn’t have pressure level LED indicators, it has another smart feature, the auto mode. When selected, the device will automatically increase percussions (speed) when it detects more pressure being applied. This is pretty cool approach to utilizing the built-in force meter.

The only thing the M3 Pro Max doesn’t have is a bluetooth connectivity, and also the battery isn’t removable on this model. On other hand, it is two times less expensive than Hypervolt Plus and Theragun Elite.


Ekrin B37S

ekrin b37s
Ekrin B37S

The more advanced newer device from Ekrin that is even more elegant and has plenty of power.

It has a pressure sensor (one of the best executed ones) and 57lbs. maximum stall force. It’s fitted with more power on lower gears – 30% more than its predecessor. It has fantastic attachments and comes with a lifetime warranty.

This is one of our favorite massage guns, and we definitely recommend checking it out in Ekrin’s store right here.

With the coupon MGA20, you will enjoy a sweet 20% discount and will only pay $263.99 (instead of $329.99)

Read the full Ekrin B37s review for more information.


Achedaway Pro

Achedaway Pro massage gun
Achedaway Pro

An even more powerful percussion massager that betters even the mighty Theragun Pro.

It has a maximum 80lbs. stall and 16mm amplitude to provide a deep punch. It has a removable battery. To top it all, it’s the quietest gun we’ve come across.

Read our Achedaway Pro review for more details.

Oh, and if you decide to buy it, use MGA25 discount code to get a flat $25 off at checkout. It will then cost you only $274 – an incredible price for what it offers. Only valid in Achedaway store.


Alternative to Mini Versions


Minirex

rexogun MINIREX massage gun
Rexogun MINIREX

This one is about the same size as both the Hypervolt Go and Theragun Mini but lighter than both. It’s much harder to stall and overall it’s a great compact massage gun.

It costs $179 via our special link (save $100).

Read the full review for more.


Ekrin Bantam

ekrin bantam massage gun
Ekrin Bantam

The Bantam is way smaller than the Go and Mini but almost twice as powerful as both!

This little baby has 35lbs. stall force – same as Hypervolt, and more than Theragun Prime. It’s made of quality material, is punchy and quiet.

It comes with a lifetime warranty and costs $127.99 (20% OFF) when the MGA20 code is applied. Get it here.

ps. You’ll find more details in our Ekrin Bantam review.


Hypervolt Vs Theragun – Bottom Line

That is it for this Theragun vs Hypervolt comparison guide. Both brands have great devices to consider.

However, you need to be aware of what you are looking for in a device. While Hypervolt Bluetooth is a more vibrational therapy device, the Hypervolt Plus is a proper percussion massager.

Theraguns have their bit to offer as well. You don’t have to worry so much about vibrational therapy here, because Theragun have always been about percussive Therapy.

Overall, these two brands offer premium products but at a premium price. If you can’t afford one, there are great alternatives that will be perfect for you.

As always, feel free to comment below and if you’re struggling with a decision or need more information, feel free to ask us a question. We’ll do our best to help you choose the right device for your needs.

Bye!


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