You might be familiar with percussive massage guns -- the funny-looking gadgets, resembling power drills, regularly promoted by athletes and fitness influencers. Therabody released the first Theragun in 2016, and in five years, the tool has amassed a client base of athletes, chiropractors, physical therapists, fitness professionals, gym rats and people suffering from sore muscles and chronic pain.
There are four Theragun models in the fourth generation -- Theragun Pro, Theragun Elite, Theragun Prime and Theragun Mini -- ranging in price from $199 to $599. The more expensive models offer more pounds of force, a greater range of speed (PPMs, or percussions per minute) and preset options. They are also more attachment-heavy and equipped with Bluetooth technology, so users can connect with a Theragun app for guided massage routines. The more budget-friendly models are less powerful, and lighter on features and attachments.
Before investing hundreds of dollars on one of the percussive therapy tools, you might want to check out this lowdown on all four fourth-generation Theragun models.
The smallest of all the Theragun models, the Mini weighs just 1.43 pounds. It offers 20 pounds of force and three speeds --1,750, 2,100 and 2,400 PPMs. While the three standard-sized models are Bluetooth enabled, the mini is not. Like the Prime and Elite, though, it is covered under a one-year warranty. While the Mini likely won't replace the need for a full-size, full-powered massage gun, it is a great supplementary option for anyone who travels often.
Prime is Theragun's most basic, standard-sized model, with up to 30 pounds of force. It also offers a five-speed range with customizable speed through the Theragun app; weighs 2.20 pounds; and is equipped with four attachments: dampener, standard ball, thumb and cone. This model is quite user-friendly; it will suit the needs of the average person suffering from muscle
soreness, tightness and pain.
Therabody calls the Theragun Elite is its quietest model, providing up to 40 pounds of force with an OLED screen, a customizable speed range of 1,750 to 2,400 PPMs (percussions per minute) with three presets. It weighs a little less, at 2.20 pounds, and includes five attachments -- dampener, standard ball, thumb, cone and wedge. The Elite is a great option for athletic types, or any semi-casual user looking for a built-to-last percussive massager.
Theragun Pro is a professional-grade device constructed for physical therapists, trainers and other professionals, but also for athletes. Like the elite, it is equipped with an OLED screen, and a customizable speed range of 1,750 to 2,400 PPMs (percussions per minute) with three presets. However, instead of 40 pounds of force, the Pro boasts 60 and is the only model with an adjustable arm, allowing for easier use.
The Theragun Pro comes with six attachments: a dampener, standard ball, wedge, thumb, cone and supersoft tip. A two-year warranty (compared with just one with the less expensive models) makes it more appealing for anyone who might use the gadget daily. Like the Elite and Prime models, the top-of-the-line Theragun Pro is equipped with Bluetooth, but, as a possible downside, it weighs the most of all three, at 2.86 pounds.