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Massage Guns Made in USA – Are There Any at All?

Are there any massage guns made in USA? We know all about the hype of massage guns and how they are the trendy thing in the fitness recovery world.

We know of Theragun and Hypervolt and how famous they have become because of all the endorsement from famous sports personalities and celebrities. The NBA guys talk so much about how they love their Hypervolts and we don’t seem to get a rest from the barrage of Theragun ads all over our social media.

But are any of these made in the USA?

This post will show our findings and list USA brands you can support. We’ll also answer some frequently asked questions about the origins of the 2 popular brands. Come along!



American Made Massage Guns – Are There Any?

The simple answer is no – at least not that we know of.

We know that products, especially electronic devices made locally in the USA, have their own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages are certainly for the buyer from the USA – you get a product you are sure of – but are sort of disadvantage to the brands that have to deal with the logistics.

FTC Logo: made in the usa
Made in the USA logo, credit: ftc.gov

Making devices in the USA is not cheap. The FTC will only recognize a USA-made product if everything happens in the USA (manufacturing, assembly, etc.). As it turns out, that is a challenge.

To cut a long story short, it’s easier to manufacture such devices outside the USA – especially for the brands. That means there aren’t any massage guns we know of that are made in the USA.

We didn’t just make this conclusion based on our knowledge. We had to thoroughly research, including asking about some of the best massage gun brands questions directly.

Unfortunately, most massage guns are manufactured and, most of the time, assembled overseas – mainly in China. But there is a reason why – cost-effectiveness (as already seen).

  • Massage guns are generally expensive devices. The affordable yet decent ones (value for money) will set you back at around $200. The most expensive one can cost up to $600.
  • Fierce competition. Sometimes, brands are forced to lower their prices to attract customers. As much as this may sound good for the customers, but it’s sometimes a nightmare for the brands.
  • A device made in the USA is too expensive if you consider the initial cost. That means such a device will not compete easily with the market prices. Some devices made and assembled overseas could go way below $100. Some even cost below $50. 

Related: Discover the actual difference between cheap and expensive massage guns in this post.


So What Can You Do? Support Genuine And Ambitious USA Brands

As a patriotic American, it’s a bummer not to have a USA-made massage gun. However, that shouldn’t be a big problem if you are a responsible consumer of massage guns. You can support local brands that sell massage guns – they don’t necessarily manufacture them but market and sell them.

Some of these brands may be US established businesses with foreign shareholders, but some are brands and businesses run by hardworking American entrepreneurs. They hire American employees and provide customer support from the USA. They also pay their Taxes to Uncle Sam, as all good US citizens do.

You’ll do well to show your patriotic spirit by supporting these brands. You could start your own American-based massage gun manufacturing company, but until you do, these brands should be your go-to when you need a massage gun.

These brands have American roots and a real physical presence in the US, which means you will still get a good and sure product and not have to worry about the device not getting to you on time.

We have listed some of them in our post and some of their best devices here.

Another reason to support these brands is that most massage gun sellers are Chinese (with no names). They sell mostly via Amazon, which, although an American company, allows way too many non-American products to enter the country.

Hundreds of such brands don’t have a US presence but still sell directly to American customers, not only via Amazon but also eBay. Instead of buying something you’re not sure will get to you, why not support these small yet ambitious brands that need it to thrive?


Best US Brands Worth Supporting


Ekrin Athletics: Top Recommended

Ekrin was founded in 2019 by Dan Kozak and Elise Williams, college mates who wanted to give back to the community their fitness knowledge. They figured massage guns would be the proper way to do this.

Logo: Ekrin Athletics Massage Gun Brand
Ekrin Athletics

They are a wonderful brand that we have had the privilege to know and interact with. They have a small team of dedicated and friendly people. Their obsession is to make top-quality percussion therapy devices all the time – we can attest to that!

They have so far been able to produce five percussion devices. These include:


Ekrin Bantam

This is one of the best and most powerful mini massage guns that we have laid our hands on. It has impressive performance features.

We love to use it as our mark for quality when buying similar devices. It has 35lbs of stall force and a 10mm amplitude, which means it can provide a deep and intensive massage. It’s on par with Theragun’s Mini but has better accessories.

You can purchase it directly at ekrin.com. Use coupon code MGA20 to get 20% off.

Read our full review of Ekrin Bantam →


Ekrin 365

Designed as an introductory massage gun for newcomers, it fills a gap in Ekrin’s lineup by offering a more affordable and user-friendly option.

Regarding specs, it ticks all the boxes for surface-level massages and deeper percussions. With a stall force of around 35 lbs, a 12mm stroke length, and percussions ranging from 2000 to 3200 rpm, the 365 impresses. Considering its competitive price point, It stands out in our tests.

But the 365 isn’t all about power; it’s also about style and comfort. It boasts the superb ergonomics of other Ekrin devices, paired with a lightweight design and premium feel. It’s particularly tailored for women and those with smaller hands and has features like USB-C charging and a unique pressure sensor.

In conclusion: the Ekrin 365 is a smart buy. Don’t forget to apply the MGA20 coupon for a 20% discount.

For an in-depth analysis, don’t miss our comprehensive Ekrin 365 review →

Here is our video showing how we interact with the 365. You’ll see how it looks, how it works, and how to use it.


Ekrin B37

This is Ekrin’s first deep-tissue massage gun, designed for treating tired muscles and muscle tension relief. It provided a sort of blueprint for what they have been able to build since.

It’s a full-sized massage gun with a powerful motor capable of delivering up to 56lbs. of stall force. It has a 12mm amplitude and can rev up to 3200rpm. It has great ergonomics with the typical slanted handle and is nicely balanced. We have it as one of our best alternatives for Theraguns and Hypervolts

You can get it at ekrin.com (don’t forget you can get 20% off with our code MGA20).

Read our full review of Ekrin B37 →


Ekrin B37S

This is Ekrin’s second massage gun, and it’s even better than their first one. It has a more powerful motor that delivers a high stall force even at lower speeds. Something the first device, and by extension many other massage guns, have been unable to achieve.

It features dynamic speeds and has a nicely done pressure sensor. It comes with 2 more attachments than its predecessor.

Purchase it directly at ekrin.com with our MGA20 coupon for extra 20% off.

Read our full review of Ekrin B37S →


Model / FeatureBantam365B37B37SKestrel
Best for/as…Portable / mini gunEntry-levelEveryday-useDemanding UsersBest
ekrin bantam massage gunekrin 365 massage gunekrin b37 massage gunekrin b37sekrin bantam massage gun
Stall Force max.35 lbs40 lbs56 lbs56 lbs
(first 4 gears 30% stronger)
55 lbs
Stroke Length10 mm12 mm12 mm12 mm12.8 mm
Speeds3455 incl. variable5
Percussions2000-32002000-32001400-32002000-3200+1500-2500
Attachments44465
Price
20% OFF
MGA20
$159.99
$127.99
$179.99
$144.00
$229.99
$183.99
$329.99
$263.99
$169.99
$135.99
Full ReviewBantam Review365 ReviewB37 ReviewB37s ReviewKestrel Review
Five Ekrin Athletics Massage Guns – Comparison Table.

Additionally, Ekrin is one of two or maybe three brands that go the extra mile to offer a lifetime warranty for all their devices. They are also known for the amazing customer support they are happy to offer throughout the lifetime of their devices. It’s easy to get in touch with the founders.

Their products are manufactured in China. But the company has a way of ensuring they get the bAlthough their products are manufactured in China, the company has a way of ensuring that the best quality materials are used.

We believe they deserve the support for what they do. Who knows, maybe with time they may We believe they deserve the support for what they do. Who knows, maybe with time, they may decide to shift all operations to the US with time.

Five Ekrin colorful Massage guns laying on a table one behind the next one
All five Ekrin massage guns.

Lifepro Fitness: Second In Rank

This is another US-based massage gun-selling brand. Joel Gottehrer and Abraham Brach founded it. Two friends who love fitness and fitness products. The company is based in Eatontown, New Jersey.

lifepro massage gun

Unlike Ekrin, Lifepro doesn’t just sell massage guns. They are into various fitness devices and machines like vibrational massagers, treadmills, rollers, and more.

They have as many as ten massage gun models – the most by any brand we have interacted with. Their devices are affordable, and most cost less than $200.

Our favorite ones include:


Lifepro DynaSphere

This is a powerful but cheap massage gun – something we don’t say very often when it comes to massage guns. We picked it as our top device for the best massage gun under $100.

Even though it costs just a little over $100 (when used with the MGA10 coupon code), it’s a very impressive massage gun. It doesn’t have many bells and whistles – a very simplistic build. It has a powerful motor and an excellent 13mm amplitude. It’s also very quiet and has a powerful battery.

Read our full Lifepro DynaSphere Review →

a hand holding percussion massager lifepro dynasphere
Lifepro DynaSphere percussion massager.

Lifepro DynaFlex

The latest device in their collection. It’s not as powerful as the DynaSphere but has its strengths.

It has an excellent 13mm amplitude and is way cheaper. Its ergonomics feature an adjustable arm. It’s also very quiet and well-equipped – it comes with 10 attachments.

Read our full Lifepro Dynaflex Review or check it out here at lifeprofitness.com →


Lifepro Fusion X

This is an entry-level massage gun with an impressively unique feature that we like – it has a heated attachment. The ceramic heated attachment, combined with high frequency, accelerates muscle recovery.

It has a 10mm amplitude and approximately 30 lbs of stall force. It revs up to 3200rpm.

the back a woman holding on her hand a lifepro fusion x heated massage gun against her trapezius.
Lifepro Fusion X is a heated massage gun.

Other Massage Guns Made in the USA Also Worth Checking Out


Wodfitters

A small but ambitious US-based company founded in 2013 by Katalin Cseke. Their most known massage guns include the Mighty Mini and the Mighty Pro.

The Mighty Mini is our favorite because it’s really powerful for a tiny massage gun.

wodfitter mighty mini massager
WODFitter Mighty Mini (credit: wodfitters.com)

Addaday

This is a Santa Monica-based brand. They first came up with the Biozoom Edge massager, which has a unique look and more.

It comes with Bluetooth connectivity, which allows it to connect with a nice app that provides guided recovery sessions. The app almost rivals Therabody and Hyperice’s app.

cordless percussion massager Addaday BioZoom
Addaday Massager

Bob and Brad

The two most famous therapists on the internet (by their own admission). They took YouTube by storm with their educational recovery tips videos and DIY routines.

Their popular massage guns include the C2, the C2 Pro, the mini-sized Q2, the X6 Pro the D6 Pro, and the latest D5 Pro. They are also super quiet, reasonably powerful and have many positive customer reviews (5-star).

NEW RELEASE

Bob and Brad have released their newest device, the D5 Pro. It’s a 12.8mm amplitude, with 55 lbs of stall force, with and ergonomic D-shaped frame that has a grippy textured rubber on the standard handle to avoid slips. We love that it is also quiet, powerful, build with quality parts, and is very reasonably priced.

Check it out at amazon.com (P.S. use our exclusive code MGAAIR2MINI to get an additional 10% off).


What About Theragun? Where Is Theragun Made?

You ask where Theragun is manufactured. Well, Theraguns are designed in the US but manufactured in China. That may sound shocking to some of our readers who adore Theragun, but it’s the honest truth.

Logo: Theragun by Therabody

However, you shouldn’t be so quick to cast them aside. Theragun is a successful American corporation, and they started the whole percussive industry.

first theragun 2009
First Theragun
(image credit: theragun.com)

It’s actually a classic American success story. Dr. Jason Wersland, a chiropractor, designed the first Theragun in 2008 to treat himself after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. His initial success inspired him so much that he vowed to continue.

He later hired experts who made better versions of the product. With help from celebrities and famous athletes, he collected funds that enabled him to further the development of his product even further.

It’s also worth noting that the initial development of their technology involved “top mechanical and sound engineers from MIT.”

Something else that makes Theragun even more American is that its newly launched USDA-certified organic CBD line (TheraOne) is 100% manufactured in Colorado.

To summarize, even though Theraguns are made in China, the company has 100% American DNA. The majority of its owners and shareholders are American, they recently took on some high profile investors on board. If there is any potential IPO or sale, the money goes back into supporting the US economy.

Be sure to check our reviews of Theragun mini, Prime, Elite and their flagship massager, Theragun Pro. You can also check out our in-depth Theragun comparison.


Is Hypervolt Made in USA?

Like Theragun, Hypervolts are designed in the US but manufactured in China. However, the company is American through and through.

Logo: Hyperice

They are based in Irvine, California, and they were founded by Anthony Katz, who came up with the idea while in college at the University of Southern California. He first tested his post-workout recovery aid idea on basketball players.

Just like Theragun, Anthony Katz’s idea has been embraced by big names in sports and celebrities who have offered to sponsor it. Last fall alone, they raised over $48 million, partly contributing to their over $700 million growth.

That said, Hypervolts are mainly used by NBA players who are, amongst other things, their official main clientele and promoters. Currently Hyperice is also an official recovery technology partner of NFL, MLB, UCF, PGA Tour and the U.S. Soccer national teams. Great and impressive!

Like Theragun, the company’s main operations are based in the USA. That should be reason enough to support them.

Be sure to check our detailed Hypervolt Go, Hypervolt 2 and Hypervolt 2 Pro reviews. Earlier on, we also covered predecessors in our Hypervolt review and Hypervolt Plus review.
We also have a post, where we compare all current Hyperice models.

five massage guns laying on a table all hypervolt
All Hypervolt massage guns (both 1st and 2nd gen).

Conclusion

So, even though there aren’t any massage guns made in the USA – at least, we are not aware of any – there are seriously genuine American brands that are worth supporting. We are also sure that with time, some of these may shift everything they do back into the country.

As much as the big names like Theragun and Hyperice have all their prominence, we love the hardworking Ekrin team for what they do. They have a true American spirit, and their devices are worth every dollar.


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Here's a quick rundown of all the tweaks and edits we've made to this article to keep it accurate and up-to-date!

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February 9, 2024 Made minor text and interlinking changes to reflect the current market state of each device. (Author: Greg)

September 18, 2023 I’ve updated our post to include the Ekrin 365 and Bob and Brad D6 Pro massage guns in their respective brand sections. Additionally, minor editorial adjustments have been made for clarity, and I’ve refined both internal and external links for better navigation and accuracy. (Author: Greg)

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Hi! I'm Luke, a Biomedical Engineer with a passion for sports. I'm a lead reviewer for massage guns and wellness tech products at Massage Gun Advice. Alongside a dedicated Experts Board, I ensures each review is the result of thorough testing, in-depth research, and rigorous fact-checking, providing our readers with reliable and comprehensive insights.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Luke
    Based on your recommendation, I ordered an Ekrin B37S only to discover that it is made in China not USA!
    The enclosed manual stated their battery runs for upto 4 hours(based on settings) and not 8 hours (or even ‘upto 8 hours’) as stated on their website. This is false advertising and your article needs to be updated to reflect this so that Ekrin Athletics does not get customers based on misleading info. I have returned my order and they are charging me postage for the same although info on their website is false and misleading!!!
    Please revise your article so that others are aware before they order Ekrin massage guns. Thanks

    • Hey Shashi, thanks for the comment.

      Nowhere in this article or in our individual B37S review (here) do we claim it’s made in the USA. In fact, right at the beginning of this post, we clearly state that such massage guns simply don’t exist (or we’re unaware of them). However, Ekrin Athletics is indeed an American company with offices and support in the USA. R&D and design are done in the US. We’ve double-checked that.

      Regarding the battery, you’re right that the website mentions 8 hours while the manual says 4+ hours (notice the plus). It can be a bit confusing, and we’ve used our connections to bring it to their attention. From our own experience, I can tell you that our unit, used for over two years quite frequently (it’s our “benchmark” massager that we often compare others to), still lasts over 5 hours on a single charge. It’s equipped with a 2550mAh battery – not a small one. So, it all depends on how you use the massager, the intensity, and the pressure you apply.

      Hope this info helps. Take care!

  2. Thank you for the article. I am always looking for American made products or American companies. I found the article very helpful in my decision making process. I chose one of the models from your article after doing more research.

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