[Update: With Covid19 affecting massage bookings, many massage guns are sold out. At the time of writing, most of the top rated massage guns listed below have stock availability on Amazon]
We love the feeling of manual massages but when you want more convenience and flexibility you need a deep tissue massage gun in your life. The hands-on approach of a masseur is soothing and helps unbunch knotted muscles but for pain relief and deep tissue muscle relaxing, arguably the best approach is using one of our top-rated massage guns.
For a masseur to tackle the deepest problem areas he or she must put a lot of onto the area and this can have unwanted implications, chiefly more pain and increased tension in the local muscle groups as you begin to resist the pressure. This is where a deep tissue massage gun comes into its own. Using focused vibration these devices penetrate down in way a masseur can’t and stimulates blood flow and the joy of relaxing troublesome muscles for awesome pain relief.
It should be said that trained practitioners will get the most out of using the deep tissue massage guns, being able to put their knowledge into practice. However we would add that you know your own body best and being able to guide your own treatment will bring its own rewards.
The other benefits include cost and convenience: visits to masseurs can be expensive and need to be repeated over time for best results. If you own a massage gun you can use it whenever it is a good time for you and for as often or as long as you want.
Let’s dive in and check out our top five picks for the best deep tissue massage guns you can buy today! In our selection we’ve chosen from a range of prices to suit every pocket while not sacrificing quality.
Commanding pride of place in our list of best deep tissue massagers comes the Theragun G3PRO. Theragun produces three models: the liv, the G3 and this one, the G3PRO.
The brainchild of world-respected Dr Jason Wersland, the G3PRO has the tagline of ‘designed for professionals, made for everybody’. The Theragun is popular with professional athletes, trainers, sports health practitioners and physical therapists everywhere. It’s little wonder that over 250 sports teams are proud to be associated with it.
This model comes in a fully loaded package. It boasts six attachments, more than any of our other choices. These include the ‘dampener’ attachment which is intended for use on tender areas or near bones. This is a bit of a departure from the usual attachments as you usually need to take care to avoid any area that isn’t muscled. The ‘large ball’ attachment is for targeting your large muscle groups like the quads and glutes.
For your regular go-to attachment the ‘standard ball’ is the most flexible fitting. You use the ‘wedge’ attachment for shoulder blade work and down your iliotibial (IT) band. We love the ‘thumb’ attachment too; it’s perfect for lower back, lumbar pain. The sixth attachment is the ever popular ‘cone’ for targeting those precise spots of chronic soreness.
The Theragun is a premium product whose motor and noise suppression are among the best. This is a quiet operating massager that will run reliably for years. It comes with two rechargeable Li-ion batteries which is really convenient: use one and charge one. The attachments come in a neat little pouch and everything fits inside the branded travel case. The package is rounded off well with the Theragun app.
If you’re looking for a massager that won’t break the bank then look no further than the Power Massager from TimTam. Whether you’re not convinced about the tech and wanting to trial it without sinking lots of your hard-earned cash or just intrigued in getting your foot on the deep tissue massager ladder then TimTam is for you.
This device is aimed at those of us who struggle with chronic muscle pain, knotted muscles and are looking for relief, increased blood flow and disperse lactic acid that causes cramping. It delivers an impressive 33 Hz or 2,000 strokes per minute through its ‘round’ massage tip to help penetrate deep into your affected muscles. Other tips are available separately. If there is a negative then it’s a little on the noisy side.
Despite this being one of the cheaper models available it’s well-built and benefits from being the second generation model. It even features a patent-pending threaded shaft from its motor to give great durability for the long-term. The TimTam’s head is articulated on a 90-degree ranged mount to make it easy to reach awkward areas yourself.
Out of the box, the TimTam also includes the 12V Li-Ion battery, charger and carry case. The charger is rated from 110 volts to 240 volts so that you can use it abroad.
Second on our list is the affordable, great quality massager from Wasagun. This model boasts the four popular attachments from the everyday ‘flat’ for any part of the body through to the ‘fork’ for neck and spine, the ‘bullet’ for trigger points, joints and deep tissue, and the ‘round’ for your larger muscle groups.
The Wasagun features five different speed settings to help give you the best deep massage. The frequencies vary from 28 Hz to 32 Hz. It’s designed for single-handed use and although it weighs 2.2 lbs, it never feels too heavy thanks to its ergonomic design.
It is of course a cordless device which is super convenient and comes complete with a carry case, a molded insert and charging cable.
Putting sports and training recovery first, Intelitopia is keen to associate its marvelous product with rapid deep tissue relief. It operates in a similar fashion to its competitors on test but has an edge on cheaper models by having a much larger capacity battery. The 24v Li-ion powerhouse has a 15,000 mAh life which will ensure it runs for four hours between charges.
Living with the Intelitopia is a good experience, its overall build quality is top notch and feels satisfyingly weighty and well-balanced in your hands. The controls are solid and responsive which make it a pleasure to use.
You get four attachments included: the bullet, ball, fork and flat. The fork attachment does a really good job of swiftly ameliorating tightness around muscles. It has three speed settings starting from 1,800 rpm through to 2,400 rpm and topping out at 3,200 rpm. These speeds are the equivalents of 30 Hz, 40 Hz and 54 Hz which provide a useful variety of percussive pacings for moderate to severe muscle aches.
As another example of the build quality, the Intelitopia’s operating noise is well below its cheaper competitors’ being under 60 dB. If you use a deep tissue massager for long periods or if you use it on friends or family for protracted periods, then the noise level definitely becomes a factor to consider. Put it this way, you can still hold a conversation while using this massager! For long use you will find that the comfortable, ergonomic grip stops you from tiring and its aluminum body keeps the all-important weight down.
By being one of the more powerful models we recommend that you would start your treatment at one of the lower settings and increase the speed as required. For safety we like how the unit won’t work while charging. The charging itself is around two hours from empty to a full charge.
To finish, Intelitopia also offers free returns within 30 days, the standard 1-year warranty and the charging cable in the box. The box has a molded foam insert for storage of the components. Note that this product doesn’t come with a portable bag.
The HyperMuscle product is one of those rare products that makes you want to give it a rating of 10/10. It has no flaws to speak of and it effortlessly and efficiently goes above and beyond what you might expect from such a device.
Okay so we admit to being charmed by this performer! It makes light work of delivering muscle relief and, when used after training it helps make cool down and recovery significantly shorter.
If you want to improve your range of motion than the HyperMuscle is ideal. It has a five speed levels that go to a maximum of 3,200 percussions or pulses per minute, giving you a wide range of intensities to choose from so you get the right relief for you.
HyperMuscle proclaims that their deep tissue massager is the quietest available. While we can’t confirm that, we must agree it’s one of the quietest we’ve ever tested. The overall heft and feel of this massager makes it one of our favorite choices for the home practitioner.
It comes with a high capacity 16v rechargeable Li-ion battery that is good for four hours life. The HyperMuscle is the only massager on test that comes with a waterproof EVA case allowing you to take it anywhere.